Wedding Etiquette

Since Matt and I got engaged, I have become obsessed with weddings. Not only the process of planning my own wedding, but reading about other weddings, wedding vendors and looking at countless photographs. The main “feeders” of my addiction are wedding blogs: Once Wed, Snippet and Ink, and 100 Layer Cake. These are far and away the best wedding blogs out there. I also purchases a lot of bridal magazines when we first started the planning process, but now I limit my reading to the Martha Stewart Wedding magazine that arrives in my mail box every month.

While my father certainly sees this as an addiction, I see it more an informal research. Who knows when this will come in handy again. Knowing when it is appropriate to mail out save the dates (roughly six – seven months before the wedding), how many people to invite to your shower (only people who are invited to the wedding should be considered) and what are the Best Man’s responsibilities (throw the bachelor party, carry the rings – unless there is a ring bearer, and make sure the Groom actually shows up on time)! These are all crucial things that everyone should probably know.

In addition, I have learned that as a wedding guest you never wear white, always show up on time, don’t take pictures during the ceremony, RSVP promptly and send gifts either before or after the wedding – don’t bring it to the wedding. And while my list of “wedding guest skills” doesn’t include amazing dance moves, it does include, “amazing gift giver.”

As I wrote about earlier (see previous post) I have a talent for finding deals, especially when it comes to wedding presents. I am happy, yet slightly embarrassed to say, that I put these skills to use yesterday.

Conversation with Jamie (one of my bridesmaids):

Me: I am the best wedding guest ever.
Jamie: Why?
Me: Because I find deals and buy sick wedding presents.
Jamie: That does make you a good wedding guest. I can’t wait to invite you to my wedding.
Me: Yes, agreed. I am happy I invited myself to my own wedding. And I just bought myself two of my place settings as a gift.
Jamie: Umm, what?
Me: They were on sale at Macy’s… buy one place setting, get another free! That is just too good to pass up.
Jamie: That is a good deal, but I think the whole point of a wedding registry is to have OTHER people buy you presents.
Me: It is? Interesting…

Thank you Macy’s for randomly deciding the carry a limited amount of my china, at an incredible discount.

    

And for those of you who hate shopping and never know what to get off the registry, my services are available on a consultation basis.

Fill Me Up With PMA!

In an attempt to gain as much PMA (positive mental attitude) as possible, I have been making strategic moves:

1. Last night Matt and I had dinner at a favorite restaurant. The food is marginal and the bill is typically way hirer than I think it deserves to be. So why do we go there, you ask…. for Morris. Morris is an elderly bartender from Ireland. When you take a sit at this bar, it is like returning home. Kennedy’s is the place to go when you want to be taken care of and is certainly one of my favorite little things in life.

2. I have been reading old letters that I wrote to Matt. He is the cutest fiance ever and saved EVERY card, note and letter than I have given him. I love him for seeing that we had something special from day one.

3. While the return of many television shows used to bring me enjoyment, I am starting to realize that my brain is turning to mush from shows like: Jersey Shore, Kate Plus 8 and Say Yes to the Dress. I have decided to put down the remote and pick up a book  (or rather, my Kindle). I recently enjoyed the Book Thief and I am now reading a VERY interested book titled, “Room: A Novel.” I am about half way through and highly recommend this book for people who like book involving developmental psychology (like “A Child Called It by David Pelzer). No more mushy brain!

4. I have been trying to find a new blog every day. Today’s blog is The Neo-Traditionalist. I found her blog while taking my daily dose of Once Wed. They featured this bloggers SUPER cute wedding and of course provided a link to her blog.

Katie’s blog is filled with PMA, creativity and “little things.” I can’t wait to start reading through her posts and living according to her inspired manifesto!

Keep enjoying the little things in life!