Surprise, surprise, surprise!

What’s the big Valentine’s Day surprise, you ask? It’s that yours truly is engaged. Yes, N.t.B. has entered the ranks of those who are not only obsessed with weddings, but also articulate their expressing by spending thousands of dollars on stuff with no practical purpose! But pretty is purpose enough sometimes, right? Are you with me here?

I know ya’ll love reading about the who, what, when, and where of two people deciding to spend their lives together, so here’s a dramatic re-enactment of the proposal:

Aw, isn\'t that sweet?

Just kidding. The Beard was totally mushy about it, all with the getting down on one knee and the wearing of the ceremonial tie. And while they have not yet arrived, I am getting not one, but two engagement rings! A classic ring set with labradorite and a more modern ring set with Swiss blue topaz.

What’s this mean for the blog? Well, it probably means that you’re occasionally going to have to listen to me while I ramble on about my own wedding planning experiences. And I may just have to bombard you with reviews of the schwag I actually bought, the schwag I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, and the schwag I wish I had enough money to buy.

First up? Books, of course. I wouldn’t have sprung for wedding planning books…being that I don’t have much need for them…but, heck, this blog is a job, which means that all my books on nuptial know-how are tax deductible! Whoo! I naturally went for some of the more eccentric titles:

Anti-Bride Guide: Tying the Knot Outside of the Box

I Do but I Don?t: Walking Down the Aisle without Losing Your Mind

Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides

As an aside, I’m sorry to have to disappoint all the romantics out there, but it wasn’t a Valentine’s Day proposal. I just thought I’d save it up so I’d have something sweet to post for V-Day. So happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Just in case you’re jonesin’ for some cuteness, here is a picture of some pigs in love, courtesy of Go Veg:


50 Responses to “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

  1. spring says:

    Congratulations! I confess I came to the site wondering if today was THE day. And even if it wasn’t THE day I’m so happy for you and the Beard and I’m really looking forward to your wedding planning.

    I live vicariously. *grin*


  2. Dawn says:


  3. Stephanie says:

    Many congratulations!

  4. Nina Armstrong says:

    Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing about your planning!

  5. RZA says:


    I’d suggest “The Conscious Bride” guide. A friend gave it to me as an engagement gift, along with “Conscious Bride: Wedding Planner” and they have been the books that, when I’ve reached a breaking point, I’ve turning to. They’re really quite good, and different from “Ooh, look at all the pretty flowers.”

  6. Bethgirl says:

    Many Congratulations to you and the Beard!

  7. MLE says:

    Longtime lurker just coming out of the woodwork to say Congratulations, NtB!

    I read the Wicoff book this past summer; it’s terrific! I highly recommend it to those pre-engaged or newly engaged. My boyfriend even read some of it while I had it out from the library. Yes, we’re still BF/GF though at this point that’s kind of a formality, just because my BF has some sort of thing he’s planning re: the ring and a surprise and all that.

  8. *C* says:

    Yay NtB! Congratulations…that is very exciting (and about time–hehe). I have had a blast planning my upcoming wedding. Even the stressful stuff somehow ends up being fun. I have loved so much of the stuff you have posted…I use this blog constantly as a resource for all kinds of things. Keep up the great work and congrats again!

  9. katrpillar says:

    Best wishes! (I just saw in a movie “best wishes” are for the bride and “congratulations” are for the groom.) I’m glad the Beard finally did the deed in a sweet way and I look forward to reading about the planning details. I also would love to see pics of your rings when you get them!


  10. Meg says:

    Hooray! Congratulations!

  11. Twistie says:


    I’m so happy for you both! Plus I’m looking forward to seeing your wedding plans come together. That’s going to be fun!

    Enjoy this time, NtB. It’s got a lot going for it.

  12. Samantha says:

    Best wishes to you!

    I received the Anti Bride Guide as an engagement present, and it is probably one of the best pre-wedding gifts anyone could have given me. Definitely worth the read.

    Have a wonderful time with your now fiance and enjoy planning and dreaming for now.

  13. srah says:

    Best wishes! I hope your obsession with weddings won’t end once yours is over!

  14. Fionna says:

    Congratulations! I hope you get to put all your expertise to good use!

  15. oliviacw says:

    Three Cheers! I also highly recommend the book “Weddings for Grownups”.

  16. Christine says:

    Congradulations! I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait to see what your wedding is like! Be sure to dish out every detail. :O)
    So I gess you’re not ‘NtB’ anymore, are you?

  17. Lori says:

    May you have a long and happy life together.

  18. Bee says:

    Yay so happy for you!!!! Congratulations!!!! =)

  19. Lowy says:

    Mazel tov!!!!

  20. SJ says:

    Best Wishes to you!
    Congratulations to the Beard!

    May you both continue to rejoice and bask in each other’s love for a long time to come!!!

  21. Lori says:

    “But pretty is purpose enough sometimes, right? Are you with me here?” NtB

    “The beautiful is as useful as the useful, perhaps more so.” Victor Hugo

    Great minds think alike.

  22. Kai Jones says:

    I wish you both joy!

  23. Phyllis says:

    I thnk you can still be NtB – the “N” can be the word “Now”

    Mmmmwa! :oD

  24. JayKay says:

    OH MY HEAVENS! Congratulations indeed! How wonderful!
    Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness =)

  25. enygma says:

    Awesome! Congratulations on the engagement.

  26. Kori says:

    YAYYY!!! finally, congratulations! please post pics of the ringS (you lucky girl) =]

  27. Riona says:

    Fantastic news – and congratulations to you both! I liked I Do … But I Don’t, though I read it after the actual wedding; and Offbeat Bride is great.
    May you have a wonderful life together.

  28. Yay!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    How exciting!! How could you keep that a secret!??

    Looking forward to hearing about your plans and eventually seeing your wedding pics!

  29. la petite chou chou says:

    Wow! It’s great news Neveh. Though I have to confess…I thought you were already engaged to The Beard!

  30. Cassie says:

    Woo! Congrats, NtB! I hope you and the Beard will have a gorgeous wedding, and a happy marriage!

    *bounces up and down in her chair* I can’t wait to see the schwag assortments!

  31. Rondi says:


  32. JaneC says:

    Huzzah! Welcome to the ranks of the Brides-to-Be. It’s a fun and wacky place.

  33. aimlessjoys says:

    Many happy sighs & outcries for the upcoming nuptials. A laboradorite ring–how interesting! A new topic of discovery, of course! Many Blessings on you & The Beard!

  34. Pencils says:

    Congratulations! You’re not supposed to say that to the bride, but I’m not sure what you’re supposed to say instead. Anyway, that’s wonderful. I love being engaged. Best thing ever. Although I’m hoping being married will be better. And I also have a blue engagement ring, an aquamarine, a lovely vintage one from the 1940s. Good for you.

    And congrats to the Beard as well.

  35. idoido says:


  36. jj says:


    And I really liked the Anti-Bride Guide, it was one of my favorite bridal books.

  37. Vis Major says:

    Many congratulations to you & The Beard. I hope you have a super fantastic wedding and a lifetime of love & good times.

  38. Ninjarina says:

    Gong xi ni (congratulations [to you])!

    I think we’re all looking forward to the planning stories ^.~

  39. Kristin says:

    Congratulations and best wishes, NtB!!

  40. Phalene says:

    Does this mean you’re going to change your name to ‘Now teh Bride’? 😀

  41. Stephanie says:

    Best wishes! Looking forward to reading all about the planning.

  42. Jade Walker says:

    This is fantastic news. You must be absolutely thrilled. Congrats!

  43. MollieBee says:

    Holy Crapoli! Congratulations!

  44. Becs says:

    Congrats! That’s wonderful news 🙂

  45. Koree says:

    That’s awesome news! How funny, I have not checked your site for a while, and I decided to today, wondering if you were engaged to the Beard yet. Your sweet personality shines through this blog, and I am happy for you!

  46. Kim says:


  47. shoelover says:

    Elope……….trust shoelover on that, Elope.

  48. mrs. dalloway says:


  49. Vilyamnj says:

    Hello! great idea of color of this siyte!