Signing Off

Ok, so obviously I am the worst blogger in the history of blogs.

This seemed like the best idea when I first got engaged.  I was spending hours a day looking at all things wedding.  I had such grand plans to neatly compile everything here in a charming, entertaining way.  It so totally did not happen.

About half way through the engagement, I got completely sick of looking at photos of other people’s perfect weddings; dreading the inevitable imperfection of my own.  I thought wedding blogs were the solution to the over-the-top, completely unattainable image bridal magazines promote, but in fact, it was quite the opposite for me.  I was way more jealous about some fabulous hipster bride’s DIY save-the-dates than I was about a designer wedding dress I could never afford.  I stopped reading blogs (with the sole exception of the lovely and real Cupcake Wedding) and stopped writing my own.  Instead, I focused on planning my wedding without the influence of way-too-pretty pictures and way-too-perfect projects.

So here I am, about two weeks away from the big day.  I randomly checked good old Whoa Wedding to see that I still had a decent number of people dropping in here, and even a few comments to keep it up.  I figured I should at least explain myself.

In conclusion (unless I become overwhelmed with the desire to post recaps), here are all of the location details that I strangely never revealed.  I hope they might be helpful to some other budget-minded Boston bride.

Rehearsal/Welcome Party (night before): private event room at Tavern in the Square, Central Square
Ceremony: MIT Chapel (mid-century awesomeness pictured above)
Lunch Reception (family only): Oleana
Party that night (friends only): Gallery 263

The decision to split our celebration into two separate events was a big one, and I hope everyone understands.  It saved us GOBS of money, which was a very important factor.

So far we’ve spent just under $7000, and when all is said and done, I hope we’ll be under $15,000.  That includes all four events listed above.  My original budget of $10,000 was only for the ceremony/lunch reception, so I can deal with this.

If I’m ambitious, I’ll tell you how it all goes.

| photo from Viejito’s Flickr |

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5 Responses to “Signing Off”

  1. Susan Alena E. Says:

    Thanks for posting what you have , both in the beginning & in the end. Wishing you & yours all the best as you make this transition!

    Bright Blessings,

    – Susan (another bride-to-be trying to keep it real in the overwhelming, envy-inducing, insanely beautiful vastness of ‘wedding porn’).

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    I was sorry the blog didn’t work out (can never have enough sane wedding blogs out there), though I understand completely. I affectionately referred to you as our doppleganger wedding. I also married an architect at the MIT Chapel, followed by a reception at Oleana a few short weeks after you. We also shared Dani and Lisa as vendors – you’ve got great taste! 😉 Saw your beautiful pictures on Lisa’s blog – congratulations! Hope you’ll someday work up the ambition for a post-wedding recap. Wishing you and your new husband all of the best.

  3. Norah Says:

    Elizabeth, thank you for your lovely comment, which I am just seeing now! We saw your wedding on Lisa’s blog, as well, and LOVED the shot of you holding hands in the chapel’s entrance. It’s beautiful!

    I hope you’re finding wedded life blissful. No more wedding planning! Hooray!

  4. Hillary Says:

    Hello Whoa Wedding,
    I just wanted to say thanks for this post. I got engaged in February and have since spiraled into wedding blog insanity all while my brain is saying “hey, this isn’t what this is all about.” It felt fun in the beginning but, as you say, seeing endless photos of other’s perfection wrapped up in ribbons makes you quest for things that in the end may not be that important. It really messes with your head! So, thank you for making me feel like I have a kindred spirit out there and reinforcing my feelings of needing to ignore all of the hype (even when it is shrouded in simple DIY). Great choice with Oleana as well. Love it there.

    Best,
    Hillary

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