Dance Practices!

…Are A LOTTTTT of fun!!

We started off with our dance choreography today and enjoyed every minute of it! It was in a dance studio and it was great having the giant mirrors to see ourselves in. The practice was early this morning, and it really put us in an upbeat mood for the rest of the day.

We go again tomorrow, and I have done my homework (practiced in my bedroom). Feels like the wedding really IS near now!

House hunting continued this weekend – seem to have narrowed down the search to a particular complex… let’s see what we end up with.

Till then… we’ll keep dancing 😀

Wedding Invites Designed!

After a LOT of revisions, it looks like we finally have the designs of the wedding invitations down.

The “bride’s side” cards have been designed entirely by my family and I, with A as the graphic designer. A and his family entirely designed the “boy’s side”invites.

This was accomplished by a lot of post dinner “meetings” around the dinner table. Poor A;; he would make changes to the cards as per me, only to change them again as per Mom, only to then change them as per Dad. It took a lot of patience but the end result is well worth it. My wedding invitations have the theme, or inspiration, of ‘haldi’ and ‘sindoor’.Some of the card inserts are bright yellow, others are a bright red, and we also have a mehendi green colour in there. Overall, the colours flow well together and it looks gorgeous.

All through this card design process, A was very cocky and kept saying watch what I do with my cards. Now that his invitations are complete, I can say the cockiness was justified. His are a beautiful combination of silver and royal blue with our names entwined as a crest. It truly is unique and I cannot wait to see them printed. I am so very glad to have such a talented fiance 😀

Now that the invites are a reality, it takes me back to our early days when I would write our names together at the back of my notebooks. It brings a smile to my face- at long last, those names are together for ever.

The Lazy Bride’s Guide to drinking enough H2O

Everyone knows about the 8 glasses a day theory. It is supposed to give you awesome skin, and should make you feel refreshed in general. I don’t know about the being refreshed, but with the wedding so close, I want my skin to be at it’s best and so I figured I will really have to fall in line with this water thing.

I have always been notorious in never having my 8 glasses of water a day. Frankly speaking, it is just so easy to forget about it. I have tried all manner of things to make drinking water more appealing to me. The latest was dropping wedges of lemon into my water.

Though that got me drinking more, I got bored after a point and back to my forgetful old self again.

Until I recently discovered a great iPhone app – Water Tracker

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It’s an awesome app where you indicate what the goal is (as in number of glasses of water to drink each day) and what kind of reminders you want. It tracks your progress as you go and keeps a history.

I have kept my goal as 8 glasses and have promised myself to get up and drink a glass of water whenever a reminder pops up on my phone – and I have set the reminder to ‘random’ so I will not be anticipating it.

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So far, it is working great and I feel so happy checking off glasses throughout the day and hitting my goal of 8. Trouble area – weekends. I’m so busy on weekends that I have been ignoring even the reminders. It works great for weekdays though, when I am at work and home and have easy access to water .

So here’s to glowing, hydrated skin – and to technology!

The Rings Are In!!

My engagement ring was chosen by A and I in December 2011. It was made to order and picked up by A this summer. He held on to it and proposed in July, which is when I fiiiiiinaaallllyyy had it on my hand. However, I am so scared I’ll wreck it, and so I have not worn the ring at all. It sits prettily in its box. I think I’ll only really start wearing it after our formal engagement ceremony a couple of days before the wedding. Till then, I am quite happy having it safe in its little box.

We picked out A’s ring this weekend. It looked fabulous on his hand, and the best part is that the rings match. In fact, when we came home and I put both of them together, they really were a pair!

Our ring shopping is unusual because it has been done entirely by us (unusual in terms of an Indian wedding where the whole family goes shopping). However, it has made the experience all that more personal and given us great memories.

There was a sweet romance to the event of choosing my ring- we knew it was the one when both of us went “wow” as soon as I tried it on, an there was romance to the event of finding his ring, where we made a set out of our rings.

The only thing left is the engraving of the rings- we’ll do that next week with a code word that we used all through high school that means “i love you”.

Another check mark off our list- another bunch of beautiful memories made. 🙂

House Hunting!

House hunting can be a tiring affair. It is also a time consuming one. But it’s also fun 🙂

There is something special about looking for your first home together. It’s a whole new energy, a whole new vibe. It truly is the unknown. But a happy unknown.

We went house hunting again this weekend, and it was a great experience, because one of the condos we walked into took our breaths away. It felt like a perfect space for us, and that has never happened so far, so it was a positive sign. Only downside – it’s available for September, and not December. However, things we took away from this:

 –  We both definitely want hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances – all the bells and whistles as our real estate agent calls it.

 – We’re willing to compromise on space a bit for these features.

 – We definitely want a 2 bedroom 2 washroom unit.  If the space is small, the 2nd bedroom is needed, and since we both leave for work at about the same time, the 2 washrooms are a must. And so we have crossed out the 1 bedroom + den from our “maybe” list. 

So we’re learning as we go, and I smell victory – the perfect condo is just around the corner. In fact, we may have even checked it out.

We checked out the sister building of this complex right after – the location was different though. However, it did meet a lot of our requirements:

 – It is also a brand new space, and available for November, which we can easily to push to December

 – It’s on the top floor (26th), so the view will be great

 – Its a 2 bed 2 bath, and falls within our budget

 – The complex itself is very luxurious and inviting – lots of amenities.

 – Close to both A’s and my work

Only downside (as there must always be) – the location. It’s in a part of town that we’ve never lived in before and we are apprehensive of making the move there. That is the only thing that is holding us back for this. So we decided to check out a few more options so that we really know what is out there before we zero in on anything. 

While looking at their model suites, I was keeping an eye out for furniture placement – biggest and best trick: they had a giant mirror on one wall of the living room, which doubled the space. We’re definitely doing that – it’s on my checklist for “Stuff to buy for new home: Giant mirror”

And so, on goes the hunt…hope to “catch” something soon! 🙂

 

 

99 days to go- house hunting on, dance choreography on, packing start

Now that we are in the double digits, the fact that we are getting married seems all the more real. The countdown is truly on now!
Things that we have been up to:
We started with the house hunt a couple of weeks ago. Met a real estate agent who showed us some pretty swanky condos, but I thought they were too small. So we’ll go for house hunting round 2 very soon- probably this weekend. I have to say, there is an element of unrealism to this whole experience. Always having lived under my parents roof…and now to live on my own is definitely a bittersweet idea. Stepping into a house and imagining where our stuff would go is a very very foreign feeling- and yet highly welcomed and anticipated. It’ll truly be our love nest… Just hope we find “the” condo soon!!

Apart from that, I met with a choreographer and figured out a plan for dance practices. We have an idea of performing to a medley of 3 songs on the Sagan ceremony. While speaking to the choreographer, i mentioned that A isnt overly excited about doing a performance since he thinks its a bit too cheesy. She said that all grooms are the same. They start off very hesitantly, but by the end, they are more into it than the bride! Lets hope that happens for us! I was proud of our song choices though- they were very uncommen. Practice starts next wednesday 🙂

And then there is the bane of my life – packing! I really need to get my act together and start with this. “stuff to keep”, “stuff to throw”, “stuff to take with me to the new house”, “stuff to take to India” and “stuff to leave here” (yes, im still keeping my bedroom closet in my parents house! Need the storage!). I have all the categories sorted out in my head… Its just the execution that is a problem. Planning on starting this weekend.

But the upside- honeymoon shopping!! With the summer sales on, I have stacked up a good clothes collection 🙂 i have all the basics- tiny skirts, dresses, tops, and the not so basics- printed pants (which i looooove btw!!) so it should be good. Just need to get swimwear now- bikini shopping soon:)

Hopefully I’ll get things checked off my list soon and be a calm bride… Here’s hoping!