January 21, 2011

Checking off the To-Do's

My my my, it has been a while.

But can I just tell you - we have been so, SO productive!! Through the holidays, the time off of school (which I'm now back into), and everything in between. Productive, productive, productive.

A few highlights of items checked off the to-do lists:

  • Bridesmaid Dresses - check! Since we have such big bridal parties, I'm letting my lovely ladies pick their own style of dress. They'll all be from the same manufacturer, the same length, and the same color, but the style is all completely their own. I want my ladies not only to be comfortable in their dresses, but if they feel comfortable they will look even more fabulous than they already are. Plus, I love how everyone is going to look unique. Woo!
  • Groomsmen Tuxes - check! We were able to get our account set up with Men's Wearhouse, and all of the men will be looking dapper in their tuxes. The guys have it so easy - they just get measured and it's done.
  • MY Dress - check! Yep, you heard right. I have a dress. But that's all you're going to hear about it ;)
  • Wedding website - check! I was finally able to take some time and update our wedding website with all of the event, travel, and accommodation information for our guests. Hopefully it's helpful for people, but I definitely enjoyed putting it together. Check it out at: www.allenandkaitlyn.com.
  • Registry - check! Well, at least one part of it. We did a partial registry at Bed Bath & Beyond, but will also be hitting up Crate & Barrel in February and possibly Macy's if necessary. At first I wasn't sure how much Allen was going to enjoy registering, but once he got that scanner gun in his hand I think he felt a new sense of power. I think we both got a little scanner-happy at some points (everyone needs a wine refrigerator, right?) so we may be doing some editing once we get our other registries taken care of.
  • Wedding bands - check! A super easy night out resulted in us walking out of the mall in under 45 minutes with our wedding bands. I think we both just went in with clear ideas of what we wanted, and it was just quick as can be. We have them at the house, and it's fun for me to just take a quick peak at them whenever :) So fun.
  • Honeymoon flights - check! We were able to secure our vacation time for the year, and are now booked for our TWO WEEK honeymoon! We'll be flying into Barcelona, spending a few days there, then fly into Rome, spend a few days there, and then spend the second week touring around Italy. I don't remember ever taking a full two week vacation (at least not since I was much younger), so I am really excited for our adventure!
  • Save the Dates - almost check! I've been working on our save the dates for a while now, and after many, many, many drafts, revisions, theme and color changes, format changes, etc. I think we finally got our favorite nailed down. I really, really love them. I'll be sure to post more up once they finally go out, but I'll be releasing the art to the printer this weekend and putting them together in the coming weeks. But MAN! If I was this indecisive and nit-picky over our save the dates, I can't even imagine how I'm going to be on our invites.
It's been really great and a huge relief getting a lot of these items taken care of. I'm so excited to keep getting things checked off!

January 11, 2011

Thank you, Madame Secretary

Feel free to disagree with me, and I welcome any discussion, but Secretary Clinton's words in this article (which, is a great article and you should read it if you're interested) definitely hit home for me:

"Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing - that human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights - well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights, and gay rights are human rights, once and for all."

I hate to do this, because I know that many people have different views than I do on touchy subjects like this one, but it's one that I happen to feel particularly strong about. I am not a Democrat, but I am not a Republican either. And I know that Secretary Clinton does not agree with gay marriage (only civil unions, according to this article), but it is a step in the right direction. She is helping to make strides for protection of human rights against violence and discrimination for everyone, which is also admirable. There is definitely a little bit of hope in this article. Now I will rarely ever bring up political opinions on this forum, but I strongly believe that if I am so lucky as to be able to marry, commit, and have spousal rights with the love of my life, that everyone should have that right. That is all :)