Let’s start this with the new, user-generated feature of SuperNoVABride. The SuperNoVABride Wiki! I compiled a list of every possible DC-area wedding venue I came across during my wedding planning and put it on the Wiki. But, it’s just that (for now) … a list! Why? Because its a Wiki! Which means that ANYBODY can contribute. So, check it out, and if you’ve used one of those venues, we’d very much like to see some information added! Know of a venue that’s not on the list? Add it! I suppose that in between other projects, I will also contribute to the content!
Update November 2013 – Due to an absolutely insane amount of spam, I had to take down the wiki. Sorry for any inconvenience! Stupid bots!
Let me know what you think!
And now, about the blog itself.
When I started SuperNoVABride back in November 2010, I didn’t have high hopes. I thought out would get bored with it within a month. Or get so busy with the actually PLANNING of a wedding that I wouldn’t have time to BLOG about planning a wedding.
But holy shit.There I was nearly 18 months later. Heck, nearly 6 months past the wedding, and I was still blogging about wedding stuff. That, I certainly thought, would NEVER happen.
Rather, I am so insanely happy that I maintained this blog. I am so happy that I have a chronicle of all the batshit craziness that occurs during the course of planning a wedding.
Sure, I don’t blog about the normal wedding stuff. I don’t post inspiration boards or go gaga over invitation suites. I kept it practical. I kept it controversial. Oh, and I have at least three blog posts with the word “hate” in their title. Yup. ‘Cause haters gonna hate.
Most of the wedding bloggers around the blogosphere have planned and had their own weddings, but have continued to blog about it for years later. Many of them enter the wedding planning business or do something else in the wedding industry. A lot of those bloggers I really respect. But, I am not one who can continue to write about it, and am certainly not one who wants to work in the wedding industry. (Because I could just see myself telling a bride, “Geezus, just chill the fuck out!)
About two months ago, I found myself un-following all wedding-related boards on Pinterest. Then I realized that my “unread” count on Weddings folder of RSS feeds routinely exceeded 1000 unread posts. So I started unsubscribing to many of them. And then sure enough, I couldn’t find much mojo to write on my own wedding blog.
So, before this blog begins to really languish, apologizing for only posting maybe once per month, and then I have to begin each post with an apology for not posting recently, I have decided that it’s time to bow out gracefully.
Well, as gracefully as I can. Because as Ken can attest, I can’t even walk up stairs with grace.
SuperNoVABride will always remain up so that future brides can continue to read the content when they need a breath of practicality in an overly prettied up wedding blogosphere. I, of course, will still always be accessible via e-mail at melissa [at] supernovabride [dot] com, so send me a note if there’s anything I can help you with! Hosting and domain names and all that boring stuff will be renewed. And maybe I’ll even hop back over here if I ever get the urge to write some new and amazing wedding-related blog post.
But, I doubt it. And if I do, they are plenty of other wedding blogs that I can write guest posts for!
I’ll do some cleaning up around the blog, maybe create a static landing page and make it easier to navigate the archives, but this is it for new content. It’s time to move on.
So, speaking of moving on. Ken and I have started a new blog called SuperNoVAWife. We’ll be documenting our travels, life, and home projects, especially technology-related ones. And, there will definitely be some wedding-related tech projects on there that Ken completed for our wedding. It’s still in its infancy, but I promise, it will rock your world. (Okay, maybe not. But please stop by and say hello!)
I am so incredibly thankful that I blogged this entire experience. I’m so happy that I got to (virtually) meet many other brides planning their own weddings. And I hope that maybe, even just a teensy bit, I managed to help other couples planning their own weddings.
And they lived happily ever after.