Ultimate Coffee Date–My Anniversary Edition

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This edition of the Ultimate Coffee Date falls on a very special day for me–my 28th wedding anniversary! We don’t have plans for an epic bike ride this year, but we probably will go for a bike ride before we check out Oktoberfest in Shirlington or The Taste Of Georgetown–or maybe we’ll do both?

Cycling Couple

If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I married my high school sweetheart and got married the October after I graduated from college. Now that I have a recent college graduate living in my house, I don’t know how I pulled it off. I did have the summer off before starting grad school, and we had a relatively simple wedding, but still! 

I remember buying my dress at David’s Bridal Shop, ordering invitations, paper napkins and souvenir match boxes (!) at a local store, figuring out how to make my own veil, and making the cake topper and place setting decorations. I remember that my Mom took care of all the food–ordering some, making some, and overseeing the cake. Since I was in school by our wedding day, we postponed our honeymoon until Spring Break, but we spent our wedding night at a hotel in D.C. to make it more special. 

So, if we were having coffee, I would ask my married friends about their wedding days. 

Were there specific details that you stressed over? Did anything go “wrong”? (Our limo was late, but not so late that the guests were ready to leave before we did!)

And, if we were having coffee, I would ask my un-married friends if they have given any thought to their “dream” weddings.

Do you want a traditional wedding? Are you likely to get married close to home or have a destination wedding?  

Thank you for indulging my wedding day memories!

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36 Responses to Ultimate Coffee Date–My Anniversary Edition

  1. Farrah says:

    Awww, happy anniversary! <3 Major props to you for being able to get married so soon after graduating from college! Wedding planning seems like so much work! x_x

    I've never really thought about a "dream" wedding–I was thinking that if I ever found someone I wanted to spend my life with, we could have dinner with family/close friends and just elope and go somewhere super awesome for the honeymoon + put would-be wedding money toward a house! 😛

  2. Congratulations ! I thought quite a bit about our wedding this past weekend because we were at a family wedding. It is always fun to think back on it.

    We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this summer. Because I married a Frenchman, we had 30 French guests come to Maine for the wedding and we put them up with our friends and families and organized festivities for a week. I am not exaggerating when I say that people still talk to me about it !
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  3. Happy anniversary! Ours is in 3 weeks (give or take). We usually travel for it, as we are doing this year, with a half thrown in of course. 😉 My parents were high school sweethearts — they’ve been married almost 70 years!

    I never really gave much thought to weddings growing up. I wore my sister’s dress. It POURED on our wedding day. I’d left my birth control pills at my parent’s house & had to go there at like 2 am to get them & think up an appropriate story. Plus the rabbi put my ring on Mr. Judy & his on me when he married us . . .
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  4. Happy anniversary!

    Today is my 10 yr anniversary 🙂

    My wedding memories:
    -I got married at Newton White Mansion ( my dream location)
    -it rained in the morning but cleared up for us to have the wedding outside as planned
    -I did not stress at all on my wedding day. I planned it down to the milisecond and my sister hired a day of wedding coordinator and she made everything rum smoothly.
    -what went wrong – the steel band forgot my entry music and the kimono lost taking us to the bed and breakfast.

    Enjoy your anniversary!

  5. oh what a sweet story!! We celebrated our 21st anniversary this year. It is just amazing to me how fast times flies. As the oldest child in my family, my mom was really into making sure I did have my dream wedding. Hope you have a lovely day together today and congratulations! Nice chatting with you over coffee
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  6. Happy Anniversary! We’ll be celebrating our 24th in a couple of weeks!

    Wedding memories?
    – We got married on Columbus Day weekend so friends and family could fly in from all over
    – My grandfather, who was a minister, helped to perform the ceremony
    – we got married in a beautiful old chapel on the campus of the high school I went to
    – I remember being oddly calm…I’m sure something went wrong but I don’t remember
    – I remember the reception being one big party – we’d hired a 9-piece band with a killer horn section and everyone danced for hours!

    Hope you have a great day today!!
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  7. Happy anniversary! Your wedding memories are adorable. I completely admire the simplicity of your wedding day and can see how happy you still are 28 years later. It has to tell you something that you don’t have to go all out to show your love. And maybe couples in this day and age could learn a thing or two. Congratulations and enjoy your weekend!
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  8. Marcia says:

    Happy Anniversary! Lol at the matchboxes. I used to collect them. I have a box filled with matches somewhere…
    My wedding snafu was we did not anticipate my in-laws to get up and speak ad nauseum (MIL alone blathered over an hour) during dessert. To the point that we had to pay the band overtime to stay longer.
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  9. vicki says:

    Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 12th in July. I’m not a traditional person, and our wedding was a dream wedding for me… we went to Jamaica and got married on the beach, just the 2 of us. Later, we had our reception for our friends and family… it was a weekend long camping event!
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  10. Happy Anniversary!! We too had a small wedding, and I bought my dress at David’s Bridal as well. Well..my mama bought it for me.
    I hope you have a great day!

  11. Happy Anniversary! My husband I have been married 4.5 years and I got it right this time lol. Both of us had been married before so we did want it more personal. In fact we let our family know and that’s about it. We headed to the mountains of TN, and got married and spend 4 or 5 nights in a cabin.
    It was wonderful and no problems at all!
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  12. Happy anniversary, Coco! I’m not married yet, and I honestly have no idea what my dream wedding would be! I’d really prefer something small and not too expensive, but with a memorable venue. Hope you have a great weekend!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date – October 2016My Profile

  13. Happy anniversary! I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to plan a wedding at 22! I think I’d have a more traditional wedding that my closest friends and family could attend – so no destination wedding for me! Wedding planning in 2016 is super intimidating.
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  14. Kerry says:

    Happy Anniversary! I got married 5 years ago and I look back at my wedding pics and think of things I would have changed. Funny how tastes change over time!

  15. Have a great anniversary.
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  16. Congratulations! Our wedding was 12 years ago – we got married in Vegas and I remember it like it was yesterday, best day of my life! I hope you have a great date night tonight!
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  17. Congrats! I got married just over a month ago. However, my husband and I have been together for over 11 years. Since it is fresh in my mind I can tell you I did not stress over anything! I enjoyed the day but I am happy it is over! I am so happy to be married to my best friend.
    Missy – Getting Fit to Find Myself recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date – October EditionMy Profile

  18. Megan says:

    Happy Anniversary! I got married the summer after I graduated college and we did most of the planning ourselves as well. I managed to find a dress (and all the fixings) at a store that was going out of business, so I got a SUPER good deal on all of it! The only thing that I would say that went “wrong” was that it was over 100 degrees and our reception hall did not have air conditioning. My mom made hand fans for everyone and they all stayed, danced, and had fun until we left. It was a great day!

    Thanks for hosting the link up!

  19. Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated ours too–28 years! Can you believe it? I was in Austin with my sister–some romantic I am…

    Our wedding snafu wasn’t so much a snafu as it was a “really?” moment. My husband’s best friend was dating a woman (who he eventually married) who was insanely jealous that I was getting married. So insecure, she couldn’t handle him standing up in the wedding so she got drunk. By the middle of the evening, she was crying and hanging on my dress. People had to peel her off of me.

    She’s still a pill…
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  20. HoHo Runs says:

    Weddings were certainly different when you and I had our weddings. Our reception was at the church with just cake, cheese straws, nuts and punch. My dress came off the rack of a retail department store. My husband’s name was misspelled on the printed wedding napkins — a detail my Mother handled. LOL. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the linkup (sorry I didn’t notice the new badge until now).

  21. Sana says:

    Happy Anniversary! Marriage is a huge commitment and an amazing accomplishment so congratulations!
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