Yes, it's true. I, the editor of OceanCityWeddings.com, got engaged a few days before Christmas. It looks like I'm going to be planning a wedding!
What I'm most excited about is, obviously, getting to be married to the love of my life, who I already essentially feel married to (we live together and have a dog), but why not make it official, for perks like joint bank accounts and visitation rights if either of us is ever hospitalized and what not. And love.
But what I'm second-most excited about is getting to document my wedding planning experience here on this blog. It's not so much the wedding planning that excites me; my hands are already very full with my full-time and part-time jobs, running a film festival, keeping the dog happy and exercised, and finding just enough spare time at the end of the day to maintain my sanity. Adding a wedding on top of everything else sounds a lot like adding that last playing card that brings the tower down.
We're not getting married immediately. As of now, we're thinking March or April of 2019 for the big day, which gives us a little over a year to plan. I would be happy eloping, but for the sake of my family and friends and the hope that I'll get to pass on some advice to future newlyweds, we'll be having a small ceremony here in Ocean City. There's a possibility we might decide on a beach wedding and push the date back further, to May or June (we know how downright freezing it can still be here before then).
The date is all we've really thought about at this point, and even that is up in the air. The date, and that we'd like to do this somewhat frugally, in order to save money for a honeymoon that'll possibly happen somewhere in the United Kingdom.
The first wedding I'll ever attend will be my own, so everything about this experience is totally new to me! We'll be taking the planning at a slow and steady pace, and I'll be keeping the blog updated with the experiences I have, from dress shopping to flowers to deciding on a venue, whether it's the beach or a hotel or a schooner in the middle of the Atlantic.
Please wish me luck as I embark on this totally alien journey, and feel free to send any advice my way, especially as it pertains to getting married in Ocean City. I'll be relying on our trusty professional wedding planning bloggers more than ever in this next year, but I always appreciate the knowledge of those that have done this before!
By Tony Russo
Ocean City is a fantastic couple’s getaway which is why proposing on the beach is so popular. It isn’t as if you need a reason to propose in Ocean City. After all, for so many people who visit here the beach is as central a part of growing up as any other of the milestones. From your first getaway alone during Senior Week, to your first getaway as a couple to (hopefully) your retirement home.
There are a million great reasons to propose in Ocean City, though, but here are four of our favorites.
This article first appeared on OceanCity.com on June 5, 2017
1. It's the perfect automatic backdrop
2. It's the perfect way to commemorate something you love to do together
3. It's a perfect and permanent memory
"This photo was taken June 16, 2016. My fiancé of now four-and-a-half years proposed to me when we were waiting to go on the Get Sum fishing charter on the dock. We had always gone on vacation to Ocean City with his family or with my family. It was our first vacation together when he popped the question! We are getting married this year July 15, 2017 and of course our honeymoon is going to be well spent in Ocean City! My name is Rebecca Haschak and my fiancé is Brian Cunningham."
4. It's the perfect prelude to a stunning beach wedding