Engagement & Wedding Series

Despite all my initial protests the wedding is happening! My poor friends and family know all too well the struggle of my Anti-Bride tactics. Posting this moments before my bridal shower hosted by my bridal party! The wedding countdown on TheKnot alarmingly marks 50 days away. As my wedding is relatively early in 2017 (most popular month is June), maybe this series will help whoever is reading. Newly engaged, future brides, bridal party, those who want to live vicariously through my experience?

I plan to write several posts (based on interest) and share them leading up to the wedding and while Dana and I are on our honeymoon in Italy. You can use this post as a landing page to link to all the others in the series! I can also make this a main page in the links at the top menu.


Wedding Planning Timeline


  • August 1, 2015 –  Proposal/Engagement
  • September 21, 2015 – Bridal Show at Chestnut Hill Mall
  • December 31, 2015 – New Years Eve Engagement Party


  • February 13, 2016 – Visit Raffael’s meet with Lynne/Tina about package and put down Deposit #1.
  • April 3, 2016 – Bridal dress shopping part 1, forced to try on designer bridal gowns
  • May 22, 2016 – Engagement Photo Shoot with Kristin Griffin @ Larz Anderson Park
  • June 13, 2016 – Signed Wedding Photography Contract with Kristin Griffin and for Sub-contracted Videographer EcA Productions.
  • July 9, 2016 – Bridal gown shopping part 2
  • August 28, 2016 – Said YES to the dress from ModCloth!
  • October 28, 2016 – Deposit #2 Due
  • November 3, 2016 – Raffael’s Tastings
  • November 8, 2016 – Picking out stationary, linens and cocktail napkins


  • January 8, 2017 – Konditor Meister Cake Tasting #1 & Bridal Dress Roundup part 2
  • January 14, 2017 – Judy’s Flowers Florist Consultation
  • February 11, 2017 – Konditor Meister Cake Finalizing
  • March 11, 2017 – Tea Party Themed Bridal Shower
  • April 1-2, 2017 – Bachelorette Celebration
  • April 16, 2017 – Headcount / Meal chart finalized
  • April 25, 2017 – Remainder balance/deposit due
  • April 27, 2017 – Rehearsal & Dinner
  • April 30, 2017 – Wedding Day!
  • May 9, 2017 – Review photos from Wedding Day & Final Payment
  • May 13-26, 2017 – Honeymoon in Italy
  • June 4, 2017 – Visit Kristin Griffin’s Studio & Pick Prints
  • June 28, 2017 – Receive Wedding Video BluRay & Raw Footage



Please take a look at the listing below and COMMENT with the related bulleted # you would be interested to read about info/reviews and if you have any questions!

PRE-WEDDING TOPICS – Mostly enough experience to make an informational post!

  1. Free Wedding Websites Part 1 – Ah wedding website… which one to choose? These days most couples have one! Hopefully this is the first resource that guests can use to get info on your event and yourself if they don’t know you directly very well.
    • TheKnot Part 2 – I spent a tremendous amount of effort crafting useful and entertaining information.
      • Features – Guest list manager, collecting addresses, RSVP, pages
  2. Save the Date & Wedding Invitation – Where to print these things that will supposedly live on your loved one’s fridges.
  3. Bridal Shows – Set up a separate e-mail before you go to this or else your personal e-mail will be inundated with offers forever!
    • FREE perks! – which ones are legitimate and potential scams to sell you more stuff (looking at you MaryKay)
      •  Boston Harbor Lighthouse Luncheon Cruise
      •  Engagement Photo Session with Kristin Griffin Photography in Larz Anderson Park
  4. David’s Bridal – They seriously have a monopoly on wedding dresses and bridal dresses. Should this be your default/ultimate choice?
    • Are their sales really sales?!
  5. Wedding Withouts – What not to expect at our wedding from the Anti-Bride. I tried to cut out a lot more, but was only successful in some aspects.


POST WEDDING TOPICS – We haven’t had enough experience to make a full conclusion just yet!

  1. Registries – Target, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Zola (Honeymoon)
  2. Raffael’s Banquet Facility – We chose a venue that included a package for catering, invitations, floral center pieces and various other amenities. Ceremony & Reception execution: don’t worry I won’t spare any details!
  3. db Studios – Dance lessons so we don’t look like we have no idea what we are doing for the first dance.
  4. Kristin Griffin Engagement & Wedding Photography – As mentioned above, I actually found her through a bridal show and decided to sign a contract for the wedding day.
  5. Honeymoon Overview – 14 day trip through Italy through Gate 1!
    • Gate 1 Escorted Tour Review
    • Optional excursions – Gondola ride in Venice, Day trips to Florence, Siena, Capri and more!
    • Meals & Hotel Accommodations also documented on Yelp & Trip Advisor
  6. Q & A – Any burning questions about overall wedding planning process.

P.S. This is my 10th official blog post, 14th in total if you also count ones made by Hanna’s Other Half (Dana)!


Overly long quiz proving I wasn’t a Bridezilla! I’m not sure if brands and materials correlate.

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  1. Definitely want to hear about Honeymoon in Italy – any excursions & day trips! That’s a future trip for Ricky & I!

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  2. Good information Hanna.

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  3. I think the knot, facilities, photography, and invitations might be interesting posts. Also an exposé on David’s bridal sounds intriguing 😁

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    • Thanks Leona! Haha I feel like I’ll definitely have to interview my bridal party and Lisa about their experiences too with DB. I actually did’t end up getting my dress from there but totally tried on a few “designer” dresses that were marked up to be several thousand $. Only downside was I never got to ring that bell! (For yes to the dress.)

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