Welcome, Twin Cities brides (and occasional groom)! I'm thrilled to write as a Real Bride Blogger! From now through January follow me as I navigate the shark-filled waters (kidding, sort of) of the Twin Cities bridal scene.
I have officially been a fiance, a frantic bride-to-be and completely worthless at work for seven months. Tim proposed the weekend before Christmas in what turned out to be a happy blur of holidays and engagement excitement (for the full proposal story check out my bio page). Now that we're past initial swarms of congratulations and finding any excuse to admire how my engagement ring sparkles in a mirrored elevator, I can finally say that some of the shock as subsided. We are smack in the middle of wedding planning, and it's been a thrill seeing our visions become reality.
Speaking of dreams come true, I recently experienced on of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. As I was on my way to the Britney Spears concert (who's with me ladies?!) I got a call that my wedding dress was in! Shopping for and picking out the perfect dress is arguably the most nerve-wracking part of wedding planning. I wasn't expecting to see mine until early September, so I was a bundle of excited nerves when I heard it was time to pick it up.
I blame my irrational fears on too many Say Yes to the Dress marathons, because a million devastating scenarios ran through my mind as we were driving to store. What if it's in so quickly because it's the wrong dress? What if it looks different than the sample? What if I don't like it anymore? What if (gasp) it's TOO TIGHT?
Luckily I had some members of my trusty wedding posse there to reassure me that it would be absolutely beautiful. The second I put it on I knew all was as it should be. While I had decided long ago that I would not be a bride who made her dress the most important event of the wedding, I must admit that when I wear it I get that bridal feeling. Seeing my family's smiles as I walked out of the dressing room was an amazing experience. It was a humbling moment that reminded me of how special this experience is for those who love me, and a gentle reminder that this wedding is about more than just Tim and me. I've realized it's important to have those reality checks during wedding planning, and to pause to appreciate those little moments that put it all into perspective.
My first piece of wedding advice is to take a deep breath every once and a while. It's okay to feel apprehensive and nervous about pieces of the planning process, but remember to pay attention to those little moment. They are loving reminders of how beautiful this experience is for you, your husband-to-be, and all of those in your life who love you. Regardless of your wedding style, budget and priorities, this is a one-of-a-kind journey that will follow you all throughout your marriage. Make sure it's a journey you can enjoy looking back on years down the road!