Most academics say that the majority of learning takes place at a very young age…like under 5.  This is also when you retain most of that learning.  This is why they recommend that if you want your child to learn a second language, start ’em early.  It isn’t like most college info that only stays trapped in your brain long enough for you to pass the final.

That being what it is, I still like to learn new things, and this wedding is the perfect excuse for it!

Lesson #1: LEARNING TO SEW AGAIN.  I have broken out the sewing machine I was afraid to run, and began just simple stitching projects on the little things…like can koozies or garters.  A few of Mr. Kuz’s work pants and shirts got thrown in there.

Lesson #2: CALLIGRAPHY.  I love working on this!  While in high school, I was continually recognized for my (very) bad handwriting.  There were times I couldn’t read what I wrote.  So study hall time was spent re-practicing my penmanship until I was satisfied that it was pretty.  I found my biggest problem was slowing down and finishing a letter.  I still catch myself writing fast and, yes, it looks very bad.  But this was a big accomplishment to me.  Now I bought a simple set online and am practicing again, but with all kinds of fun fonts!  And it fits in perfectly with the kind of wedding he are having.

Lesson #3: BOUQUET ARRANGEMENT.  When I was a kid, my grandma got into the craft fairs.  She always had he work room full of silk flowers that could be made into all kinds of crafts and arrangements.  I took many a silk arrangement to the county fair through 4-H.  Now, with our decision to go with silk flowers (mainly because we are not doing a lot of flowers, real ones are hard to get during the freeze season here, and silk are less expensive), I get to revisit my creative inner  4-H self and put together arrangements that might look like they were made for a wedding.  Most of my other projects were in baskets that sat around to collect dust (and look pretty).

Lesson #4: NUTRITION:  Ok, I’ll be completely honest here.  Like every other bride out there, I want to look my best on our wedding day.  That means to me loosing a few pounds and looking fit.  I know the actual weight number does not matter. I will be happy mostly with toning up and feeling healthy.  For the first time, I am taking my nutrition seriously.  I am going jogging in the morning, attend fitness classes several times a week, write down everything I eat,  and think about what I put into my mouth. You are what you eat!  It was hard at first, but after a couple of weeks it becomes second nature.  I am learning what it really takes a body to perform. Do you know a person has to burn 3500 calories just to loose 1 pound?  That bag of Combos doesn’t look as appetizing when you realize what you have to do to burn 3500 calories.

Lesson #5: JELLY:  One of our favors is going to be small jars of homemade jelly.  I have canned most things for years.  When I met Mr. Kuz, I was introduced to pressure canning, which I still will not do without him around. I don’t have enough experience yet to not possibly blow myself up.  But I also never made canned jelly.  I have made TONS of freezer jam, but never jelly.  We weren’t that fancy.  But jelly opened us up to a lot of new flavors…apple, peach, cider, grape, plum…anything can be made into jelly.  I did try a sample of apple…was afraid…it passed the test. YAY!

Lesson #6: TECHNOLOGY: I got to make a wedding website, I got to start-up a blog, I began using apps on my phone, I created budget spreadsheets…I was using the tools I already had in new fun ways!  Buttons I never knew existed are now part of my daily routine. 

Other lessons:  There are million other little tidbits of (useless) info I have retained while planning this wedding.  Weird facts that no one else really finds interesting, how to budget (and stick to it), the difference between quality products and cheap crap, how much family each of us really has…endless!

Any new things you are learning, for weddings or otherwise?