T Minus 18 days

We are only two and half weeks from my wedding now! Where does the time go?

When we first got engaged, it felt like I had a ton of time and was very impatient waiting. But somewhere around the thirty day mark, it finally hit me that this is happening and happening soon.

I’m so looking forward to calling Brad my husband. I’m looking forward to seeing as many friends and family as I possibly can all together in one place and having fun together. It’s going to be great.

I’m also getting nervous now. Not about marrying Brad, who is the most wonderful partner in the world, but about the experience of being the center of attention and putting on a party for people.

I actually had a stress dream the other night. Everyone was sitting in chairs waiting for the ceremony to start and I was desperately trying to print out my vows while my mother told me we had to go NOW. I was weeping because I had left my jewelry back at my room and my makeup wasn’t done and I didn’t have my vows, but people were starting to get up and wander away.

Then a cat jumped on my face and woke me up.

Thanks, Moksha!

It definitely is time for me to make sure that everything is organized and I have all the details together. Maybe I better get working on that program now…

Still To Do

  • -Put together a playlist on my ipod for lunch and for after lunch dancing  <—–Mostly Done
  • -Figure out how to rent speakers and microphone <—–Done (Thanks, Brad!)
  • -Flowers (I’m not hiring a florist, but planning to make strings of carnations myself…at some point)
  • -Finish favor baggies (I’m monogramming them with a sharpie, one of my only DIY projects)
  • -Make programs
  • -Buy lattice and put together a mandap <—- Got a backyard tent type thing instead
  • -Buy quilt squares and pen for “guest book”
  • -Get marriage lisence
  • -Put together digital slideshow of pictures of us
  • -Print out and frame pictures for the memorial table

After the first wedding, Brad and I will be flying to where my parents live (and I grew up) to have a ceremony at the Hindu temple where my mother teaches Sanskrit. I’m so grateful to my mom and my cousin for setting that up!

I’m not sure entirely what to expect from that ceremony, so I’ll be sure to tell you all about it. I’m happy I’ll get to experience an authentic Hindu wedding along with my crazy mish-mash one.

About Ambaa

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • Garvi Sheth

    Ooh awesome about the backyard tent! I was wondering how the mandap was going to work. Sounds like you have a manageable amount to do in the next 17 days- it’s a lot, but doable.
    How are you doing the programs? Oh man, I’m excited! I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a “wedding nerd” but I think I’ve become one.
    Also, you + Moksha = EEEE adorable in that pic. I can’t imagine it’s possible to be too stressed out with that cute little kitty-face looking at you!
    When you start to stress, just remember that everybody loves you and will have a good time because we’re all happy for you. Even if there’s a freak blizzard that destroys everything and we all have to relocate to the local Starbucks on foot in our summer dress shoes, it’ll still be amazing. =)

    • Ambaa

      You’re so sweet! I agree that as long as we’re all together, it’s going to be great. The details don’t matter that much to me!

      We got to Home Depot and saw how floppy the lattice was and I could not figure out how that would work! I hope the canopy thing we have will work. We should try setting it up ahead of time and make sure!

      I think I’m just going to print out the programs here at work. Regular paper, no fancy design to them.