Yes I can but the apartment office isn’t really open at the most convenient times for me to get packages from them so I thought it would be better to get it delivered to my office.  Not the first etsy package I had delivered here.

Yes I can but the apartment office isn’t really open at the most convenient times for me to get packages from them so I thought it would be better to get it delivered to my office. Not the first etsy package I had delivered here.

I bought these cute, fun cards from a shop off etsy to ask my girls to be bridesmaids and they were delivered to my work over the weekend BUT they are lost in my building. I have no clue where the mail person delivered them. All it says on the tracking was it was delivered Sat. I can’t go asking around as there are about 100 different offices in my building. I contacted the shop owner to give her a heads up that I can’t really review her until I actually get them and that they may be sent back. I hope they are so I can maybe get them to me at some point!

This is just really making me apprehensive about ordering wedding invitations off etsy!

Favorite tools for wedding planning

For those planning a wedding or just got done planning a wedding, what are some of your favorite online tools for planning your wedding?

I’m a major slut for a good spreadsheet and I had no problem making one for us to look at possible venues.  Joel’s sister sent us over a great spreadsheet for budget but I’m struggling with a good way to breakdown our budget (spending $xxx for food, $xxx for venue, etc).

Let the wedding planning begin!

Let the wedding planning begin!

Let’s talk about engagement rings

The question hasn’t come up but I feel like talking about the whole engagement ring process in case anyone else is getting ready to embark on that journey. 

Joel and I have been talking about getting married for a while before we actually got engaged.  We started shopping around for rings a good 8 months before we actually got engaged.  I knew that I wanted something different when it came to my ring, but nothing too off the wall different. I first found an Australian Sapphire that I instantly fell in love with the color of it. It’s a very beautiful Blue/Green (which is mine and Joel’s favorite color) but sadly it sold before we were really ready to purchase. Which, now I’m happy it didn’t work out because I am in love with my stone. 

I also knew that I really wanted a simple diamond wedding band. I didn’t care if the engagement ring setting had pave diamonds or was a plain white gold band but I knew that I wanted the diamond pave wedding band. I also knew that I didn’t want a setting that had a tall prong.  I talk with my hands way to much and was afraid that I’d knock the stone out from waving my hands around talking. After much discussion and looking we picked the setting I currently have based on the fact that it was more like a cathedral setting and it had the diamond wedding band I wanted. 

Joel ordered both my engagement ring, the stone and my wedding band online.  Until Joel received it from Brilliant Earth (where he purchased it), he never saw it in person. And I of course didn’t get to see it until he proposed.  Was that scary for Joel? Yes, he was very worried about having buyers remorse.  However, we had a pretty dang good idea of what it would look like because we contacted them and requested photos of the stones and photos of the stone with the setting to give us a better idea of the looks.  I absolutely love the contrast between the diamonds on the band and the blue/green stone. And the fact that depending on the light my stone changes from dark blue green to light blue. 

TL:DR Aside from having the final say, I was apart of the entire engagement ring picking out and I loved every minute of it. 

They have their own policy actually! It’s super inexpensive and if anything happens to my rings I don’t have to pay a deductible and they’ll replace it.

They have their own policy actually! It’s super inexpensive and if anything happens to my rings I don’t have to pay a deductible and they’ll replace it.

Things I find odd about insurance..

To get both my engagement ring and wedding band (Joel purchased the both at the same time) insured it litterally took maybe 5 mins once I sent them the paperwork. But to get anything changed on our renters or car insurance it takes months!

I always knew that Joel and I were horrible about remembering to take pictures together when we celebrate things but jesus, I figured we’d at least be better about taking pictures the weekend we got engaged!

As you all know, Friday we got engaged! I was totally surprised by it.  Joel has always said that he would never propose on a day with any special meaning (christmas, birthday, anniversary, you get the idea), so I knew that he would not do it on Saturday since that was our anniversary.  I kind of thought that he may do it Friday, but then when we found out over the 4th of July weekend that his sister got engaged on July 11th two years ago I kind of pushed the idea of Joel proposing to the back of my brain. 

When he surprised me at work with flowers, I still didn’t think anything of it. He had taken the day off of work just for some R & R. When I got home from work I didn’t expect him to be standing there all dressed up. As soon as I saw him though, I instantly knew what was going to happen. I of course said yes. We called and texted friends and family letting them know the awesome news.  Joel had made us reservations at a restaurant but I didn’t realize until we got there that we wouldn’t be the only ones at dinner.  Joel set up dinner with both of our parents. It was a fantastic dinner and I’m so happy that both of our parents were able to be there to celebrate with us.

Saturday was our three year anniversary.  We scheduled massages in the morning and booked a hotel so we could bar hop and not worry about driving.  After massages we got cleaned up and started our day of bar hoping. 

We had such a great weekend, it was really hard to go back to work!

Thank you again for all the congrats! We are so excited about taking this next journey together.

I am in love with this bag!!! maryanne photos for you!

First two pictures are empty. Third has all my purse contents (wallet, makeup bag), work computer and notebooks. Forth is with all contents and it’s not leaning against anything to keep it propped up.

the only thing I am hoping works out is the fact that I am going from a purse with multiple pockets to one with just one, which I knew when I bought it. I am definitely going to be purchasing thw travel case sets.

It’s here!!!!

It’s here!!!!