Monday, December 2, 2013


Everyone, big news. I'm back!

I'm so sorry that I didn't post for about a week. Things got a tad bit crazy around here. But now I'm breathing again, so I thought I would update you. I really missed posting and am very happy to be back. Isn't it always a lovely feeling when you are joyful to come back to something from which you've taken a break? 

So what has been happening? Many big and exciting things having to do with our wedding. 

In a nutshell, I freaked out about how large our families are and how many people we have to invite. Then I got excited about including our families and just accepted that we need to prioritize a large wedding. 

Then Josh and I started to do intense research on venues. We are looking in the Northern VA area and there are myriad options, but after talking to 25-ish places, it became apparent what we liked and what kind of place would be able to fit all 200 of our guests. 

Last weekend we visited 5 venues in person and we think that we found our wedding venue! It was quite an exhausting process and I think we made it more complicated by having multiple dates as a possibility. I don't recommend that. :)

At this point, we think we have a venue and we just need to make sure there is a church near by that can accomodate us for the ceremony. We would like to get married in a church that means something to us and we are on the waiting list for two. Please say a prayer that it works out!

The other truly wonderful thing that happened last weekend is that we got to share our home parish with our parents. My Dad was in town from Iowa so we had my mom, my dad, and Josh's parents come to mass with us on Sunday night to witness our priest give us a blessing as we prepare for marriage. 

It was such a surreal and wonderful experience to be at mass with my parents and get to stand in front of the congregation with Josh and receive a blessing. 

After mass we had our parents over to my apartment for dinner and we went through the venues we'd visited and answered questions and explained our thoughts. By the end of the evening I was exhausted but the good news is that we think we have a venue!

Josh and I are planning to get married in Northern Virginia next September. Eeeee! I can't believe it's actually real. 

We know we have a lot of work to do to plan and get ready but we are excited. I hope you are too!


  1. Congrats on getting so far in the venue-selection process! That was something that overwhelmed me early on, for sure. My husband and I also come from large families, and we knew immediately that we wanted everyone who could be there to come -- which meant kissing anything that couldn't accommodate 200 people goodbye! But it all worked out, and I'm quite sure your wedding will be wonderful! My sis just got married in September -- a gorgeous month, especially in our area. :)

  2. Stephanie @Shades of Color ArtDecember 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Ahhh!!! I'm so excited for you!!!!! :)

  3. Wedding preparations take so many days to plan all the things like dresses, cake, whom to invite, honeymoon, etc. The period leading up to a marriage is a busy, exciting and often stressful time. Many preparations are to be made so it should be done calmly. Other then things mention above there is the most important factor as a place where wedding is going to take place. That is called as venue. There are different types of venues like , it depends on the the choice of the person.


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