I get the feeling that's what T and I are experiencing right now. The finishing touch on what I called the "planning" phase of wedding planning happened last week when I sent our florist her deposit check. [Aside: I consider wedding planning in two stages - planning and preparation. Planning entails research and making decisions and making deposits but everything still exists in theory. Preparation is where the rubber meets the road and things start getting done for the wedding day, decisions for the day are made, people are asked to help, and the floating details are solidified.] That was the last thing to be crossed off our list (well, the rehearsal dinner is still TBD, but that's because we're waiting to see if we can host it ourselves) and it was the only thing that we didn't research forever before we made a decision. To be honest, the entire past month has been quiet and wedding-planning-free.
It's been a nice little lull, although it has built up in me a desire to get this show on the road. Kind of like "helloooo everything's planned and ready to go SO WHY ARE WE NOT GOING?!" except I realize that part of why everything is not going yet is because we planned and hoped for this quiet time in between when planning was happening and preparing started. As much as I've got ants in my pants and am ready to start preparations, I realize that if I had gone straight from planning to prep I would be a nervous, emotional, and burnt out wreck. Thus, I am thankful for this time, even if I am anxious for it to be over. Nobody needs a bridezilla on their hands, least of all my wonderful and patient fiance. As it is, the anticipation is good for me because it means that because I've been looking forward to the commencement of preparations, I'll probably enjoy them more. Because while the planning is what it is at this point, there is still much to be done...
And the doing will start this weekend. We're hoping to start and finish a project this weekend with "hope" being the operative word. We have time before this project absolutely positively MUST be done, but it would be nice not to have to worry about it too much after this weekend.
I can't believe we're only four months away from our wedding day! In the busyness of the lull (because let's face it, when one aspect of life quiets down some other busy finds it's way in) we missed our 18 monthiversary and I can hardly believe that we've been together that long already. Five months of our engagement have flown by and I'm sure the next four will as well... so as much as I'm hoping the four months aren't as long in practice as they seem in theory, I'm also trying to make the most of every moment and savor this engagement period. This will only happen once in my life... all of this... engagement, wedding, and newlywed-bliss... so I better make the most of it while I can!