First Things First.
Now that I’ve made the biggest announcement of my life, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has expressed their love and support in the last couple of days via Facebook, Twitter and my blog. I am truly appreciative of all the wonderful thoughts and congratulatory messages that Erik and I have received. And I completely agree: the ring is lovely. (Oooh shiny!)
I thought I would follow up my post by answering a couple questions that I have received in the last couple days that you also might be wondering about.
Do you have a date?
I think about every other person I have talked to has asked this question. The short answer: No. The long answer: Well, kinda. Since I knew the engagement was coming, Erik and I have had a lot of time to discuss and figure out when we would want to get married. I have it narrowed down to April or May or September or October of 2011. Not this year. I am not that fast. Beyond that, I think I would prefer a spring wedding, namely because my birthday is in August and Erik’s is in October, and I would like to spread out our celebrations. The weather is also the best in the spring on the East Coast (less of a chance of a surprise thunderstorm), though weather is never a guarantee. But I’m trying to move the odds in my favor.
As for an exact date, we will know more about that once we nail down a venue.
Are you getting married in Oregon or New York?
New York. For the last year I have flip-flopped between wanting to get married in my homestate (really really wanting to get married there) and being absolutely petrified of planning a wedding across the country and/or not having any say in what happened. We decided that if we wanted input in our wedding, we would have to do it in New York. It’s a bit overwhelming, since I know so few people who have married in the tri-state area, and since it’s rather expensive, but I know we can do it.
Are you totally excited/happy/over-the-moon?
Yes. That’s an easy question. I’m very happy.
I’m also slightly freaking out. Although I’ve spent awhile looking at various websites, reading magazines and watching WEtv like they are going off the air next week, I have only been to two weddings in my whole life. I don’t have that many girlfriends who are married, so I haven’t watched the process unfold. Most married women I know were married when I met them. I’m a bit at a loss as to what the hell I’m actually supposed to do now. I know I get to wear a pretty dress. I know there is yummy cake involved. I know that I need a photographer and someone to entertain my guests. I know I need to feed my guests and I know that I need to find a way to tell my guests when and where to be. That’s about as far as I’ve got, though. Oh, and flowers. Those too. Is it too soon for a wedding anxiety attack?
If you are married or also planning your wedding…
HELP! I’m engaged… NOW WHAT?!