Friday, May 29, 2009

DIY flowers Part Deux

Yesterday I shared our DIY bridesmaid bouquet experience with you.

The fun did not stop there!

Ever wonder what the heck the bridesmaids should do with their bouquets after the ceremony is over?! Well, I have your solution here!

I had purchased vases for the bridesmaids to place their bouquets in at Michael's for about $1.50. They are so simple yet elegant and I LOVE them!

Once again, the fun did not stop there...

I was not satisfied with the bouquet just chillin in an empty vase like that... so, I conveniently had purchased some pearl beads (from none other than Michael's) and places some pearls in the vase.

I felt like it was such a simple touch that really added a lot.

Doesn't the bouquet look like fireworks?!

These can either become your centerpieces, or they can be scattered around your reception site, or they can line your head table.

What do you think!?

How are you going to use the bouquets after the ceremony?

Take care until next time,

Thursday, May 28, 2009

DIY flowers (as promised)

After having, not one, but TWO bad experiences with florists, my Martha Stewart Mom and I were determined to put together bridesmaid bouquets that would satisfy our mental picture as well as our wallets.

We purchased ONE bunch of million star baby's breath for $5 at a wholesale florist (which I just saw at Vons for the same price). Then, we went to work.

We started by pulling off the branches that were low. So that we did not waste anything, we used the lower branches as part of the bouquet. We gathered the pulled off branches and brought them up to be gathered with the rest.

My mom had seen on Martha Stewart that you should place a rubber band around the gathered stems. We did that here:

(Nice cleavage, eh)

Then we wrapped the stem with gorgeous green and gold ribbon that I conveniently had on hand. We pinned it in place with pearl ended bout pins that I also conveniently had on hand.

And... the finished product!!!!!

They turned out bigger than I expected! On the big day, we will probably make them a little smaller (which means we will need fewer bunches).

So, what do you think? Should we rock these and give the bird to the florist that wanted to charge us $40 per bouquet!?

Take care until next time,

Ever wonder what to do with the bouquets after the ceremony? Check out tomorrows post! ;)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

To put it simply...

I have some kick ass posts coming up.

Be patient with me.

They are WELL worth the wait!!!

P.S. I got my diploma in the mail yesterday!!!! WOOHOOO!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


So, we had the meeting with the florist on Saturday. It went really well until she gave us the final total.

We asked this florist for the same exact stuff as the other florist, yet somehow the florist from Saturday wanted to charge us $971!!!! What the heck?! Do they think I want this kind of plant for my wedding or something?!


She wanted to charge us $40 for EACH bridesmaid bouquet! WE ARE ONLY DOING BABY'S BREATH PEOPLE?!

It was absolutely absurd.

So, my mom and I took your great advice and attempted to make them ourselves. If they turned out okay, then it would only cost about $5.00 per bouquet rather than $40!

So, how did they turn out?

We will have to save that for another post. ;)

I know, I am mean, right?!

It is worth the wait!

Have any florists tried to take advantage of you?!

Take care until next time,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Answers to Ask me anything!!!!

Yes, I know I asked you to ask me anything a long time ago, but it is better late than never, right?!

Crazy Shenanigans said...
Ok: My question is, what has been the most memorable date you and your fiance have had together?

The obvious answer to this would be the night we got engaged, so I will say that that night doesn't count. The date that sticks out in my mind is when myMr and I took my niece and nephew bowling. Just wait... I promise it gets better.

While we were bowling, there was a man next to us who spoke to myMr a bit while I was helping the kiddies bowl. He was about to leave, so he came up to us and asked if he could say a prayer for us. Of course we said yes, so right there, in the middle of the bowling alley, we joined hands and he prayed. I had no idea what he was going to say. He began saying how he saw such a spark in myMr and I that he wanted to pray to have God take care of us in our long journey together. At this point, myMr and I had only been dating for a couple months. We were not even close to engaged. It was pretty spectacular.

Blogger samiam4eva06 said...

That's a good question she gave! What has been your funnest (is that a word? lol) wedding project or thing to do..

Oooh that is a toughie... the best one has probably been the shirts that I made for my Bridesmaids to ask them to be in my wedding. Don't you guys feel cheated now that you know I made these and haven't shared them with you?! I got black tank tops from Old Navy and I rhinestoned swarovski crystals on them. If you are going to rhinestone t-shirts, you MUST use Hot Fix rhinestones! They are SUPER easy to do and they stay on!!!

Blogger LauraAnn said...

How exactly did you meet the future Mr in college?

MyMr and I met in the computer lab at UCSD. I tutored his computer science class and he had a crush on me. He waited until he was done with the class before he made his move. I went into the lab to work on a project. Little did I know that myMr was on the prowl. haha He was already in the lab, so he left and walked right back in so that it wouldn't be obvious that he was moving just to sit right next to me. He sat next to me, I introduced myself, and we INSTANTLY hit it off. It was a match made in the computer lab! :)

Blogger Katie said...

What has changed in your idea for the style of the wedding? (decor, DIY projects, colors, guest list?)

Honestly, pretty much EVERYTHING!!! First we started off with a yellow June wedding with about 250 people. Everything was going to have a real summery feel to it, and I was not going to do many DIY projects. Now, we are having a fern green and gold October wedding with about 100 people. AND I am doing SEVERAL DIY projects.

I guess that is what happens when you have 2 years to plan the wedding AND you are EXTREMELY indecisive!! haha :)

ema.leigh said...

My question is--- where are you?!?!

I promise I am back!!! and I have SO many great things to share with all of you!! :)

I had so much fun answering all of your questions!!! I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit more!

Take care until next time,

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Premarital Counseling: Week 3

This weeks premarital counseling class was pretty cool!

We went around in a circle discussing something that many couples do not discuss together: Fear.

Realistically, EVERY person in a relationship has some sort of fear, no matter what stage of the relationship you are in. It is SUPER important to discuss these fears with your significant other.

Many men have the fear that they will not be able to financially provide for his wife. This is a VERY real fear that needs to be discussed.

Most fears can quickly be calmed with a simple, honest conversation, as long as the other person responds with an open heart.

So, this week, an exercise for you and your hubby to be is to share your fears, weaknesses, and more importantly have your spouse share how they can help reduce your fear. It will be a neat way to bring you closer and more on the same page. It really was a special conversation for myMr and me.

Take care until next time,

Friday, May 15, 2009

I got the estimate from the ICKY florist..

They told me that it would be $607.91 for my flowers.

Seems a little high to me considering we are doing baby's breath AND we don't need ANY flowers for centerpieces.

Everything seemed reasonably priced until I saw the corsages... They were as much as the bridesmaid bouquets!!! Is it normal for a corsage to be nearly $20 a piece?

I guess that was just one aspect that I did not look into very much. Other than that, they seemed pretty fair.

Here is the break down... He made a mistake and said only 1 Junior Bridesmaid... we have 4.

Does this look fair? Is there anywhere that I can negotiate? I thought the delivery charge was VERY fair. Only $15 bucks. I just don't know much about flowers, and I want to make sure I get the best deal possible!!

I guess we will find out just how fair they were when we go see the REAL florist in the morning...

What did your flower break down look like?

Take care until next time,

If you like Eiffel Tower Vases...

...Then I found THE place to get them.

These 12 inch vases are only $2.65 a piece!

Or if 12 inches isn't enough fabulous for you, then check out these 20" vases for only $4.98!

Or for the real divas, these 28" vases are only $9.98!

They also have 16 and 24 inch vases! So where do you find these, you ask?

At what is most likely going to be my REAL florist! Their website is here:

They sell ALL different styles of vases for great prices! Enjoy! :)

Take care until next time,

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Experience at the Florist: Take 1

So we met with the florist today... or who I thought was going to be the florist...

Our experience started with getting completely lost. My mom and I drove around for forever looking for this place. The address was 5745 yet all we saw was 5794 and then the numbers got higher and higher. Well, little did we know that if we kept going then the rapidly increasing numbers would start to decrease again. Makes sense, right? NOT.

So, anyways, we found the place. I was recommended this particular florist because they were really cheap did an amazing job at my FSIL's wedding. Right when I walked in, I knew I had made a big mistake. The first word that the woman uttered was in the most thick Russian accent.

I met the other florist before, and this was definitely NOT her.

So I began telling the woman that I wanted to have baby's breath bouquets for my lovely ladies. She had the most unpleasant look on her face and all she could say was "oh." Then I showed her pictures that I had brought, but that did not change her mind. She was disgusted by my baby's breath choice.


It was definitely not what I was expecting. I absolutely LOVE the look and feel of baby's breath bouquets. Whatever... It is their loss.

I have an appointment on Saturday morning with the REAL florist. Hopefully we will have better luck! :)

Take care until next time,

A little somethin to make you smile.

I found this somewhere online, but I can't remember where (I know, bad blogger). I made me smile, so I thought it would make all of you smile too.

Try to be a kid today! We all too often forget what it is like being a kid, but this brought me right back.

1. Do a cartwheel.
2. Sing into your hairbrush.
3. Walk barefoot in wet grass.
4. Play a song you like really loud, over and over.
5. Dot all your “i”’s with smiley faces.
6. Read the funnies. Throw the rest of the paper away.
7. Dunk your cookies.
8. Play a game where you make up the rules as you go along.
9. Step carefully over sidewalk cracks.
10. Change into some play clothes.
11. Try to get someone to trade you a better sandwich.
12. Eat ice cream for breakfast.
13. Kiss a frog, just in case.
14. Blow the wrapper off a straw.
15. Have someone read you a story.
16. Find some pretty stones and save them.
17. Wear your favorite shirt with you favorite pants even if they don’t match.
18. Take a running jump over a big puddle.
19. Get someone to buy you something you really don’t need.
20. Hide your vegetables under your napkin.
21. Stay up past your bedtime.
22. Eat dessert first.
23. Fuss a little, then take a nap.
24. Wear red gym shoes.
25. Put way too much sugar on your cereal.
26. Make cool screeching noises every time you turn a corner.
27. Giggle a lot for no reason.
28. Give yourself a gold star for everything you do today.

P.S. I have a meeting with a florist at 3!!! FINALLY!!!

Take care until next time,

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Our Venue: A closer look.

A few weeks ago, our venue had a mini Bridal Bazaar for all of their clients to come see the place decorated and get ideas for their weddings.

It was a real intimate setting. There were probably about 25 people that were not vendors checking out everything. I brought 3 with me. :)

I was able to drag my MOH, my MOM, and my DAD along so that they could see the venue all decorated for a wedding. They had never seen it decorated before and they were having a hard time picturing it.

Then, I realized, my readers probably don't have a great idea of where I will be getting married either. So, without further ado, here is Riverwalk Golf Course...

This is outside where the ceremony will take place. I will be using the white chairs, but they had the other ones there for people to consider using them. How great do the flower balls on the shepherds hooks look?! I am thinking about making them myself! :) Oh and from left to right is: my MOM, ME, my MOH.

Look how adorable this belly bar is!!! The ribbon around the bottom is the PERFECT color to match our wedding colors. This is definitely a feature I am considering.

They had several tables set up, but I could not keep my eyes off of this one. It is SO unique and gorgeous! What I found interesting is that the candles used on this table are the exact candles that we will be using at our wedding as favors for our guests.

Here is another view of the table :) I just can't get enough of it!

So, those are just a few teasers! There will be more to come in the future.

In the meantime, I have a random questions that I would like to find out... Has your venue raised their rates because of the economy?

Take care until next time,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Minimoon is a rising

After months of discussing realistic alternatives to a honeymoon, myMr and I thought we had settled on Catalina Island. It would be nice and close (no plane fare) but still secluded.

I mean, who wouldn't love this view?

But there would still be travel time involved that would take away from the short time that we will be able to take off of work.

Then, myMr and I did something very spontaneous. We booked a night at a luxurious hotel here in San Diego.

This was our view by day...

And that was our view by night.

One word. Gorgeous. Relaxing. Remote. Peaceful. Romantic.

There are far too many one word adjectives to describe how we felt. It truly felt like a vacation and we were only there for one night.

Then it dawned on us. Why go somewhere far and waste our vacation days on traveling when we can start our honeymoon right away close to home? We live in such an amazing city and we have NEVER taken the time to really explore all of it.

So, it is about 90% official that myMr and I will be spending our minimoon in none other than San Diego.

Are there any hot spots in San Diego that I should know about?

Take care until next time,

Monday, May 11, 2009


I just realized that there are only FIVE short months until our wedding!!!


Time to seriously get a move on things.

No joke, the Knots reminders have been yelling at me for months now!

I will FINALLY meet with a florist toward the end of the week. Its about friggin time, right?! Goodness. Thank God our wedding is on a Sunday. We have a way better chance of a florist being available.

What is one wedding task you have been putting off?

Take care until next time,

There is no way this is DIY!!

Yep, these GORGEOUS chocolate covered strawberries were part of a DIY tutorial featured on Wedding Bee Pro a couple days ago!

I am very tempted to give these a try, but they may be too much work to have them for the wedding. There will already be SO much stuff going on right before, that taking on a time consuming DIY craft may be pushin it.

If you are feeling ambitious, go check out the tutorial... AND make sure to tell me how it went!!!

Take care until next time,

Friday, May 8, 2009

Babys Breath Centerpieces

Katie over at the Indecisive Bride has just recently posted about a beautiful floral arrangement that she has put together.

Isn't it just drool worthy?!

In her post, she gave instructions on how she put it together! Head over there and take a look! :)

Take care until next time,

Thursday, May 7, 2009

For those of you who watch American Idol...

... this man MIGHT look familiar ;)

Tomorrow, he comes to MY his hometown. Thousands of people will be lining up just minutes away from where I work to show their support for Mr. Adam Lambert.

My sister is engaged to a pretty well-known man in San Diego... and he has asked me if I want to meet Adam tomorrow morning because Adam will be at the radio station where he works. HOLY COW, right? It would just be me and a handful of other people with Adam.

Guess who can't go.

Ya, that would be me. I have a HUGE deadline at work tomorrow which means that I have to be a good employee and be at work at about 6am rather than seeing Mr. Lambert.

Oh, the luck. If it were ANY other day, I TOTALLY would have been able to go. Darn.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Take care until next time,

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Homework after I have graduated?!

I am still alive y'all. I am SO sorry for the recent vacation from blogging. It was definitely NOT intentional.

Things have been absolutely CRAZY at work. I have been working 11 hour days. Then, I come home and eat with myMr and then get ready for bed. I cannot wait until Saturday because the major deadlines at work will be over with for now.

In the meantime, I have been reading all of your blogs and they are starred in my google reader so that I can go back and comment!!! I promise I will catch up!

So, today was our first day of premarital counseling. I am pleasantly surprised because I thought it was going to be dreadful. There are three other couples in our group...

1st couple: Super down to earth and really nice.
2nd couple: Didn't get to talk to them too much yet.
3rd couple: INTENSE couple. And by INTENSE, I mean beyond devoted to God (which is not a bad thing), that it is intimidating.

I think myMr and I will get a lot out of this class. Although we have already discussed most of our lessons in depth, there will definitely be little things that we will discover about each other.

One thing is for sure, they are not taking it easy on the HOMOWORK HOMEWORK. We have to read 75 pages by next week. PLUS we have to do an exercise together. Since this week is going to be crazy with work, I guess I will have to put it off until this weekend.

I will definitely be sharing interesting things that we learn in this class. I figure, if it brings myMr and I closer together, then maybe it will bring you and your Mr's closer together as well.

Well, I hope you all don't hate me for leaving you for so long without any word. I promise I am reading and I will comment. AND I will be doing a special post answering ALL of your great questions!!

Take care until next time,