Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms- and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature! Kevin proposed to his girlfriend over the holidays, and he can’t wait to share a guy’s perspective on wedding planning:
I know that they say the truly stressful part is still to come, but I feel like the last few months have been a whirlwind of activity.
It all started in November. Even though I’ve known for years that Tex (that’s what I call her) was the one I wanted to marry, I kept getting cold feet every time I thought about proposing. Ring shopping? Planning the actual proposal? Who has time for that in this busy world?
Well in November, I overcame my excuses and went for it. I did an abundant amount of ring shopping—reading blogs and visiting stores. I proposed on Christmas morning, while we were visiting her family in Houston. It was honestly the happiest moments of my life seeing her face light up and a smile from ear to ear.You can see the video we made of our proposal here.
What a huge relief…or so I thought. We had about 30 seconds of pure joy before her brother asked, “So when’s the wedding going to be?” Yikes, pure panic, I hadn’t thought that far out…
You see, I’m looking to pursue an MBA, and we aren’t entirely certain where we’ll be this fall. So later that night, we talked it through and decided to plan a summer 2011 wedding in Sunnyvale, CA (where we live). That left us just seven months to plan the entire wedding, in the busiest month, in an extremely busy area of the country.
When we got back from our trip, we hit the ground running. We knew that priority number one was getting a date and a venue. We put together a rough guest list using an online spreadsheet so that we could figure out the appropriate venue size, then began our search. We considered any venue that could meet our budget: ranches, vineyards, beaches, hotels, golf courses, sports clubs and restaurants. After looking through every online resource, we hit three wedding fairs and began contacting venues. We visited about 10 different venues.
After so much research, you don’t really expect to be surprised by any location. But when we walked into our future reception hall (at a restaurant down the street from our house), our jaws dropped and we immediately knew. After being frustrated with other venues, we walked into an amazing space with good food, beautiful décor, an outdoor patio, a reasonable price and the date that we wanted.
With the reception hall and church booked, I finally feel like we’re getting a handle on this wedding. And thankfully the future in-laws are coming thisweek to help us choose some of the vendors. Is this the calm before the storm, or is there more craziness to come? You tell me!
Kevin and Christina (Tex) met their freshman year of college in Colorado. She lived on the third floor while he lived on the first of Andrews Hall. The two became best friends and fell madly in love. They live with their crazy, hyper, marathon-running dog Kiah, and plan on getting married July 9th in Sunnyvale, CA.