As it is 11 months to go today and lots has happened over the last few weeks I thought this would be a good point to start my planning journal. Although we do have quite a lot planned as we have now been engaged for 2 years, I am going to start at the beginning and work my way through it so that I can remember everything we have done so far!! How we met When I was at college I worked in the local shop, and there was a guy - my now DF - who came in every Saturday night to do the lottery. I thought he didn't like me at first because he didn't talk to me - only to my colleague. Turns out he was shy Then this guy became my boss for 2 weeks when the owners went on holiday and we got on really well. Unfortunately I was with somebody else at the time, and it took DF a few months to persuade me I would rather be with him. This turned out to be the right decision as we are still together 6 years later! The Proposal We had been going to jewellery shops as it was around Christmas and DF wanted to buy me something 'sparkly' for Christmas. Whilst we were there DF also suggested I should start looking at rings. I found one I loved, it is fairly unusual, it is like a Celtic band with a nice sparkly diamond in the middle of it. I showed it to him and he liked it but didn't really say any more about it. We had a trip to New York planned in March 2009 but were were going with DF's parents so i wasn't expecting a particularly romantic trip. However, I had arranged for us to have one romantic dinner on our own at a nice French Restaurant. The proposal wasn't necessarily unexpected as throughout dinner DF decided that he wanted to talk about options for an engagement party! However after dinner we went up to the very top of the top of the rock. We took some lovely pictures of the empire state building from up there, and when I turned round DF had pulled out the ring that I had chosen. Even with all of the hints it was still 90% a surprise! I think I worried him because I didn't answer in that second - I was trying to think about what to say, somehow just yes didn't seem enough, so I kissed him instead. But he didn't like that - he pulled away and said "is that a yes" so I said yes Wedding Planning So we went to see lots of venues all over the UK, from Portsmouth and Hampshire where we live, to London and even all the way up to Scotland! We could not find the perfect wedding venue that fit within our budget because we would have about 125 'close' family and friends for an at home wedding. One night, quite late, I suddenly found out that you can get married at The Rock I New York. When I told DF about this, he said "well if you're going to do that then we could get married at Disney...". We talked for most of the night about this option. It was the most excited about getting married either of us had been since getting engaged. We quickly contacted Disney to get some information. However, after a couple of days we put the idea on the back burner because we weren't sure what family we would get out there with us, and both of us had envisaged a big family wedding. I'm going to leave it there for tonight, it is very late our time and I have work tomorrow! Sorry if this post is a bit wordy - there will be pictures as soon as I work out how to post them!! Coming up... Escape vs Wishes, and I have my beautiful dress!!