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Ahead of the Game… I Think.

After the whirlwind of the proposal, Mike and I decided early on we’d only start the planning process “after the holidays”.  We had Thanksgiving, a trip to Punta Cana, Christmas and New Years to get through.  We mostly stuck to that, although it’s impossible to stop the wedding conversation from occurring at least a few (dozen) times.

I “researched” a little (a lot) before that – but as a planner at heart, it was hard not to dive right in.  And let’s face it, I’ve really been planning my wedding for quite some time (ahem, secret Pintrest board).  Just now, we needed to start planning OUR wedding.

We started to look at places online the January 2nd, and in my head, I already feel like we’re behind since we’ve come to the idea of October 4th.  Over the next two weekends, we visited 4 locations, but when we walked into #3 – I just knew I was going to be getting a different wedding date.

Ya see, I had been talking to Lauren at Morningside Inn for a couple weeks and she had already told me that the 4th and 18th were only available if we could take the morning (11am-3:30pm) time slot.  For a brief second, I thought about it, but as my mother said “It’s WAY more fun to dancing into the wee hours of the night, than the wee hour of mid-afternoon”.  October 25th was the only October Saturday NIGHT left.

After touring the venue and talking to Lauren for the next hour, we got in the car and Mike asked “So, what do you think?”  The only thing I could think was “I think we’re getting married October 25th”.

It’s not fair really, but we saw one more location after that.  A perfectly beautiful country club not too far away, that HAD October 4th available.

That night, we applied Mike’s scientific elimination process.  Seriously, there was graph paper, a category list (weighted by importance), average of our ratings…  Let’s just say, there was math.  Lots of math, which I left to him.  Despite the change of date it was more the obvious we had our place so I contacted Lauren that night.  By the next morning, we were confirmed and able to check that (very important) item off our checklist. 🙂

Since then, we’ve met with the priest and a DJ, both of whom we’ve booked.  The ladies’ dress choice is all but final, Mike’s pretty sure about the guys’ attire, and MY dress shopping day is coming up soon.  It’s hard to believe that we’ve truly only started this process 20 days ago… I honestly feel like it’s taken forever.  All in all, I believe we’re on our way!

Next up – meeting with a few photographers next week!

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