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January 29, 2013 - Liz Skoczylas
Over the weekend, I was told by one of our groomsmen that I don't update my blog enough. And, here I thought I was updating too often! So, a big thank you to everyone who reads my blog and is actually interested in all of these little details!!
Saturday, we trekked to Erie for tux fittings. I was fortunate enough to ride in N's car, with our junior groomsman and two of our other groomsmen, J and S. And, they all kept me laughing the entire way to Erie.
It turned out that N's dad was able to attend the fitting, so we were only missing our best man! The manager of the store who was helping us was very impressed that we had gotten almost everyone together. I just let her know I was one of those "scary" brides, and all of our guys have learned that if I say something, it gets done ;) Orrrrrr, we just have amazing groomsmen. Either way.
The manager was also very impressed with how quickly we picked out what we wanted. Apparently - as I have heard from now her, our bakery, the florist AND the dress shop - most brides are indecisive when it comes to wedding planning.
Here's the thing, though. I've been planning my wedding since, I don't know, kindergarten? Maybe before then? A friend and I even put together "wedding books" when we were in middle school, complete with pictures. I'm not typically an indecisive person. I find something that I like, and that's what it's going to be. N finds something he likes, and that's what we get. The two of us, being soooooo madly in love, have been on the same page for the majority of the wedding planning. So, to recap: We know what we want. We are not indecisive. I have been planning my wedding since before I was born.
Anyway, I made sure the groomsmen matched my bridesmaids, as I was prepared with color swatches. N picked out the vest he wanted. The manager of the store pulled out vests for the dads, and they pointed to the same one at the same time. N picked out the tux. Everyone was measured and we left. Fairly simple.
To give an indication of just how much fun we are going to have with this wedding party of ours, several of the groomsmen decided they weren't too keen on wearing black dress socks. So, they are apparently going to buy some bright-colored socks. Which, I totally hope we get some awesome photos of! And, J decided he wants to wear his "I <3 Jesus" suspenders, instead of the plain black ones, which should be great. All in all, the tuxes were just as easy as picking out everything else has been!
Sunday, my mom and I went to a bridal show here in Jamestown. My brother's fiance was supposed to come with, but, unfortunately, she wound up with the super-flu over the weekend and couldn't make it. My mom and I still had a great time, though. It was a lot of fun to spend time with her and talk wedding stuff, because, well, this is going to be the ONLY time we will do this together.
Later Sunday, my only close-by bridesmaid stopped over for a few hours. I spend so much time around guys (being the only girl in the office and then going home to my fiance... Plus the occasional stop at the fire hall!) that it's nice to have some girl-time. My other bridesmaids are some of my best friends, but they are living all over. And, all of my close friends from college are several hours away, each. So, Sunday night was a nice reminder of having girl time.
The close-by bridesmaid helped make dinner, we learned the dance the Mashed Potato while making mashed potatoes (hard dance, by the way!), ate with us, hung out, played some Just Dance on the wii with me AND watched the Kardashians. N doesn't play Just Dance or watch the Kardashians, I'm usually on my own for those activities. It was nice to have another girl to hang out with.
I had a request on my last blog for what we have chosen as far as music for the wedding. We're keeping our first dance and some of our other music selections a secret, but we had spent A LOT of time on YouTube and Google looking for songs that would be appropriate for everything we need. I will say, I cried when listening to our first dance... But, I won't tell you what it is until after our wedding... And, even after that, you will have to wait until we are back from our honeymoon to find out!! I really like pop, dance-y music, the type that probably makes most people's ears bleed. We both like rock, although N leans toward 80's rock. And, N likes country music. Aside from that, we will have some 50's and 60's music thrown in, dinner music... And, well, it will be quite the party!
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