In October 2010, we kicked off the start of "Wedding Fever" with one of my best friend's wedding. In April 2011, we got married. We had weddings in May and June 2011. Then our two other best friends got married (to each other!) in September 2011 and with that came the responsibilities of throwing a shower & a bachelorette party.
Then we had a lull - we missed a wedding in November 2011 due to Brian's track schedule. In June 2012, we started back up with a wedding in the Poconos. In August, we not only had two weddings, but the weddings were on the same day. I went to one, while the hubs went to the other. Besides the wedding, I also went to the shower, bachelorette party, & helped plan her office shower. The day after her wedding, I went to a bridal shower for Brian's cousin. Three weeks later, I attended a wedding for my co-worker.
Besides the weddings, I've also been to at least two baby showers in January 2011 and May 2012 (which was for triplets!).
Which brings us to the present. Lots of presents.
But don't get me wrong. I love weddings. I love bachelorette parties and I love showers. I'm a weirdo. I love planning them and I love going to them. Most women I know dread going to showers, but not me. Food? Presents? Cheesy games? Possibly Mimosas? Count me in.
Remember way back in April when we were talking about Financial Literacy Month? I briefly discussed back then that I have a hard time sticking to budgets when it comes to gifts. Weddings are fairly easy because all you have to do is write the check and buy a card (although our standard amount has risen about $50 since we first started dating). But now having gotten married and done the whole she-bang I find it harder to stick to a budget for my engaged friends because there are so many products out there that are useful.
Coming up, I have a shower in mid-October followed by a family wedding two weeks later. Throw in multiple birthdays in October/November and that takes us right to Christmas. We have a wedding in January 2013 and a long distance wedding in Colorado in May. I *think* Wedding Fever offically ends in October 2013 when two of our close friends get married, but a lot can happen in one year.
So we have some friends who are engaged, some who are married, and some who have started to segway into the baby portion of their lives. With all of these life events intersecting, it's become even more important that I stick to any budgets I set for each event.
Anyone else hanging out at the intersection of weddings and babies? It looks like I'll be here for awhile, so get comfy!
sidenote: There will be no budgets, ever, for my future neice. That goes against the Aunt code (that totally exists, right?)