Tag Archives: Bride’s Diary

August 9

Bride’s Diary: Last-Minute Wedding Planning Checklist

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

Well, it is about three weeks before the big day. I can’t believe how quickly time flew by since I got engaged a year ago! Since I still have a couple more important tasks to complete, I have made a wedding planning checklist of my last minute details that I am working on.

To-Do Before Wedding:

-Complete the final fitting for my wedding dress

-Order thank you cards and matching address labels. I’m loving these to go with my garden wedding theme:

-I still need to meet with my event planner tomorrow to finalize which linens, plates, and flowers I will use. I am completely inspired by these tablescapes below and am doing a combination of the two, with shades of pink, white and green flowers, off-white linens, bistro lights and hanging lanterns:

-Finalize ceremony vows

-Order wedding programs and wedding place cards (like these):

-Pick up bridesmaids gifts

- Make a schedule for the wedding weekend which includes a contact list of wedding vendors

- Attend the pre-wedding hair and makeup consultation (very excited for this one!)

-Meet with DJ for final walk-through at the venue

-Get marriage license (kind of a big one)

After I complete this list, then I will be able to breathe a bit easier! I can’t wait to unveil how everything turns out for my big day. Cheers!

Meet Alison

Alison met David over six years ago while attending the University of Oregon. Alison and David are grateful for everything that they have gone through together while dating, since it has made them stronger and molded them into the couple that they are today.

David proposed to Alison at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and they are excited to get married August 25, 2012 in Atherton, CA.

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June 7

Bride’s Diary: It’s Official!

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

Wow! I can’t believe that on Saturday it will already be one month since Adam and I said I do. Everything has flown by so quickly these past few weeks but we both survived! The wedding was more than we could have ever imagined. In the morning I drank some champagne and watched Sex And The City with my girls—so fun and a great way to set the tone for the rest of the day. The weather was perfect and everything (well almost) ran smoothly. I just learned to go with the flow and be as relaxed as possible.

If I could give you one piece of advice, relax! Some things are going to be beyond your control and there is no point in stressing out about those things you cannot change. Enjoy every moment, good or bad, and know that everything will turn out the way it’s meant to. Take in as many moments as you can because it goes by so fast.

With that, here are some highlights from the big day! Photos compliments of Rock The Image.

Meet Ashley

Ashley and Adam met a little over three years ago when they were both out with friends at a bar. They spent the night talking about sports and dealing with other friends’ drama. A few days later they went on their first date and have been inseparable since. Three years later, Adam popped the question to a very surprised Ashley!

Ashley and Adam were married April 28, 2012 at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.

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April 13

Bride’s Diary: Registry Madness!

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

It is now five months before the wedding, and I am now thinking all about my wedding registry. My fiancé David and I have lived together for over six years, so honestly, what do we need? A new set of dishes perhaps? Bedding? A new coffee table? Sounds good to me!

We have decided to register at Pottery Barn, Macy’s and Target. I’m not going to lie, I have my eye on several things.  Here is a sneak peek into my registry…

I am registering for that fabulous vintage trunk from Pottery Barn which will be used either as a coffee table or at the foot of our bed:

My fiancé David and I are big entertainers, so we thought the platter below from Pottery barn was also a must-have!

Here are two of my absolute faves that we registered for from Target:

Hope you enjoyed my little preview, and I can’t wait to check in again on my wedding planning soon!

Meet Alison

Alison met David over six years ago while attending the University of Oregon. Alison and David are grateful for everything that they have gone through together while dating, since it has made them stronger and molded them into the couple that they are today.

David proposed to Alison at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and they are excited to get married August 25, 2012 in Atherton, CA.

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March 29

Bride’s Diary: One Month Left!

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

I can’t believe that the big day is only a month away! Time has flown by. Since my last entry my Maid of Honor and one of my Bridesmaids threw a gorgeous shower that was accompanied by amazing weather! Here is my invite and some pictures from the day:

The dessert table

Yummy food!

Getting ready to open presents

It was such a perfect day with a wonderful group of people!

Now that the wedding is quickly approaching, I feel relaxed but my mind is constantly racing with things that we need to get done.  Hopefully my bachelorette party is this weekend will take my mind off of things. We are headed down to Paso Robles for some wine tasting and good times! Can’t wait!

Meet Ashley

Ashley and Adam met a little over three years ago when they were both out with friends at a bar. They spent the night talking about sports and dealing with other friends’ drama. A few days later they went on their first date and have been inseparable since. Three years later, Adam popped the question to a very surprised Ashley!

Ashley and Adam are getting married April 28, 2012 at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.

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February 23

Bride’s Diary: February Showers Bring Fun, Fun, Fun

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

This past weekend I celebrated my bridal shower with those nearest and dearest. My mom and a few friends flew up from Los Angeles to join my local friends and family—what a nice treat! I had no idea what to expect since they kept most of the details under wraps. They did however consult me on the invitations (I mean I do work at a stationery company, after all) and I’ve loved this design from Tiny Prints since the moment I laid eyes on it. So we re-purposed it for my bridal shower. How cute!

 

One of my bridesmaids had the shower at her house. While on the way there I realized I have never had a party thrown for me as an adult. A whole new experience! When I arrived, I was totally stunned at what a wonderful bash they all put together. Decorations, tons of delicious homemade food, a slide show of me throughout the years, music, friends, family and all kinds of fun, new games!

 

Here are some of the highlights:

This doesn’t do all the delicious food justice, but to give you a taste.

A few of my favorite people…

Dan’s adorable cousin modeling the latest wedding toilet paper fashion!

Making perfume!

Opening tons of thoughtful gifts.

Meet Jessica

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February 16

Bride’s Diary: Managing Your Vendors

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

The day is getting closer and closer and it is starting to sink in that in just 72 days I will be married! With the major items booked and ordered, the planning process is starting to feel much more relaxed. The calm before the storm!

With the details coming into place I have been emailing with my vendors a lot more. This is where being organized is very helpful and also having a fabulous day-of coordinator who has helped me start constructing the day-of details.

Here are some tips with vendor management before the big day:

  1. Keep a spreadsheet of your vendors with their contact information as well as payment information. In my wedding binder I have copies of the contracts, checks deposited and invoices for each vendor. In the front section I have a calendar with payment dates so I don’t forget. I would also recommend putting this information in your phone or whatever calendar you like to use.
  2. It’s important to email vendors with any restrictions, timing changes, etc. as soon as you get the information. This will save a lot of headaches as the big day gets closer or on the day itself.
  3. Confirm the arrival and departure time of every vendor and put that in your spreadsheet to reference.
  4. Never feel like you are annoying them. If you have questions or concerns let them know. They want your day to be just as perfect as you do.

Do you have any tips on how you’re managing your vendors or how you managed them during your wedding planning?

Meet Ashley

Ashley and Adam met a little over three years ago when they were both out with friends at a bar. They spent the night talking about sports and dealing with other friends’ drama. A few days later they went on their first date and have been inseparable since. Three years later, Adam popped the question to a very surprised Ashley!

Ashley and Adam are getting married April 28, 2012 at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.

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