Tag Archives: Wedding Planning

It’s Getting Real!

23 days until my mehndhi party and first wedding event!  It’s getting real over here!

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My family is in full wedding mode as we prepare little by little each and every day.  For example, last week, Vishnu and I met with the decorator to finalize all of our ideas and selections.  I also met with the event coordinator at the hotel to finalize some details.  My parents and I cleaned and organized the entire house this weekend.  One of the bedrooms is now a storage room for all things related to the wedding (decorations for the house, gifts for our guests, paper products, etc.)

And it’s more of the same this week…

Today, Vishnu and I are doing our final food tasting with the caterer.  We are also going to meet with the DJ to talk through…what else…some details about the music at each event.  Later this week, we are also meeting with our videographer for a special project.  But mum’s the word on that since it’s a surprise for our guests.

Besides meeting with our vendors, I’ve also been working on a detailed wedding weekend agenda that includes the who, what, when, where and how for every event/ceremony/detail.  This is mainly for my bridesmaids plus a few immediate family members and friends.  I’ve been told that when my first event begins, I have to relinquish control.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m not very good at that.  However, I’ve promised myself that after a certain point, my job will be to relax and have fun no matter what.  So that’s why I’m creating a very detailed agenda! Smile

My mom and I also planned out a 10 day menu for the days leading up to the wedding.  Because a number of family members are flying in early to help us out (my grandparents fly in this Friday!!!), we want to prepare and plan as much as we can now.  In a few short weeks, this semi-quiet house of ours is going to be filled with people and pretty chaotic!

This (all of the above plus some) is pretty much my life right now.  With each passing day, I get more and more excited!  It’s hard to believe that in a few days it’ll be a year since Vishnu popped the big question.  Time flies!

I hope to write a few more of these posts in the coming weeks, detailing more of what’s going on.  As y’all know, Indian weddings usually span the course of a few days, and honestly, a lot of the details are ironed out a month before the big day (basically, what we’re doing right now). I want to be sure to document as much of these next 23 days as possible, so that a year from now, I can read about and relive all of this excitement!

Oh and I have a surprise post coming up later this week…be on the lookout! Winking smile

 

Forgetful Blogger + Half Marathon Training: Week 5

Hi, friends!!!  I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages.  I’ve missed y’all!

Soooo…I’m a super bad blogger.  I totally forgot to tell y’all about my trip to Atlanta this weekend…oops!  I don’t know about you, but I often forget to include certain details in my posts, only to remember a few hours later when it’s too late.  Oh well. 

This was actually a really last minute trip – I bought my ticket on Wednesday and flew out on Saturday.  My parents really wanted me to go home and spend some time with them and Vishnu’s parents since we just got engaged.  And of course, I wanted to see everyone as well.  Since we aren’t doing a formal religious pooja (prayer service) to celebrate our engagement, our families met at the temple yesterday.  Both sets of parents are pretty religious, so it was nice way to spend time together.  We also went to dinner afterwards.  For all the Indian food loving Atlanta readers out there, go check out Gokul Sweets (Lawrenceville Highway and Church Street) for some authentic Indian street food.  SO DELICIOUS!

[Note: Another reason why I’m a bad blogger is because I didn’t take any pictures this weekend.  I kind of just forgot.  Oops!  Last time…I promise!]

Other weekend happenings included dropping off my ring to be resized (unfortunately, I’ll be without my ring for two weeks Sad smile), meeting with an Indian designer for outfits, meeting with a decorator, and lots of eating (duh!). 

Being at home for less than 48 hours was tiring but so much fun!  I miss everyone already!!! 

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I also wanted to let you know that I finished The Alchemist (my part II review coming soon) and started The Help.  And can I just say that I LOVE The Help…love love love!!!  It’s such a beautifully written novel that’s humorous, fun, and emotional all in one.  If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and buy a copy because I guarantee you’ll want to read it more then once. 

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Half Marathon Training: Week 5

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Stretching on my own

40 minute power walk 4 mile run

35 minute strength training routine

3 mile run REST 45 minute power walk

I felt like I was on track and going strong this week…until Sunday.  As you can see, I missed my long run.  I planned to head out early Sunday morning and pound out 8 miles before it got too hot.  Too bad that didn’t happen.  Instead, I woke up at 9:15 and power walked.  I was so exhausted…I couldn’t even fathom running 8 miles.  I think it had something to do with the weather.  Atlanta is HOT HOT HOT (and humid) right now.  I felt dehydrated all weekend.  I’m going to move this 8 mile long run to this Sunday.  Here’s to a better week!!!

I hope y’all had a great weekend!

Are you a forgetful person?  Do you ever feel like a bad blogger?

Half Marathon Training: Week 4 + Prioritizing

Thank you times a billion for the sweet engagement comments and tweets!!!!!  You have no idea how much each one meant to the both of us.  I always knew the two of us would be super excited to start our lives together, but I never imagined all of the support we would receive along the way…absolutely amazing!

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Since the engagement, I’ve been thinking a lot about my half marathon training and the importance I place on following my plan (to the tee).  Well, I’m still going to run the race in August, but I think I’m definitely going to have to be more flexible with my plan.  I already know of three Sundays where I may not be able to run due to travel, so long runs may have to be shifted around.  It’s all about priorities, I suppose.  I’m not going to lie, I feel very jittery just thinking about deviating from my plan but after this past week and weekend, I think I’ll be ok.  Let’s review and then debrief…

[Note: I’m not using my usual chart format because I’m lazy and because this week was really a dud in terms of working out and running…]

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3.5 mile run
Wednesday: 3 mile walk
Thursday: No More Trouble Zones DVD (Jillian Michaels)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest

So you see…I didn’t follow the plan at all.  There was supposed to be a little cross-training and 5k action going on, but I clearly strayed.  I’m not going to get down on myself though.  I got engaged on Friday, and I wanted to spend every minute I could with Vishnu.  I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about Week 4.  Priorities!

I think that even after this half is over and I’m back to my old workout routine (4-5 times a week), I will have to keep reminding myself to remain flexible, especially on the weekends.  Indian wedding planning is a very involved process (and kind of exhausting from what I hear).  Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited to set a date and begin, but it is what it is…all about priorities!  

Completely random side note…check out this cute little cartoon I found!!

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Vishnu & Parita as cartoons Smile

Anyways…I’m sure I’ll be blogging about how to deal with stress and change and conflicting priorities as this is what my life is going to be for the next few months.  Practice what you preach, right?!

And to top it all off, work is getting to be very busy as of late.  Confused smile

My once a day blogging routine may change to once every other day or so…oh life, how you get in the way!!!

Thanks, y’all…for reading, for supporting, and for being so excited for me.  I wish I could give each and every one of you a BIG hug!!!  Hopefully one day it’ll really happen, but until then, let’s pretend!

 Left hugRight hug<- That’s us!!!

So tell me…how did (is) wedding planning going for you?  If you’re not married or engaged, do you want a super fancy wedding or something simple and cute!?