Tag Archives: Bride’s Diary

February 3

Bride’s Diary: I Love Them All! How Do I Choose?!

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!

When I first started to “plan” my wedding a couple months ago, I knew that I wanted a “girly and vintage garden party” themed wedding. Pink was a must.

Simple enough, right? Pink. Not so much…

Now that I have been in touch with different florists, they have been asking me questions like, “what type of flowers do you want?” Or, “specifically, what shades of pink do you want in your bouquets?” “Do you want pink flowers mixed with other colors as well?” Good question! I have been scratching my head for the past couple weeks because I don’t know what shades of pink or what types of arrangements I want to do on the tables. Here are a couple of my inspirations:

Do I go with this pretty pastel palette of garden roses mixed with peonies and yellow roses…

There is always the choice of gorgeous all-pink displays with multiple bouquets as well:

Or a fabulously girly, yet sophisticated bouquet of white, light pink, dark pink and green…

And swooning over these perfectly pink peonies all in a row…

And then there is this image of pink, purple and yellow, which is exquisite too! Not to mention the touch of lace…

I could literally go on and on with inspirations. See my Pinterest account for proof!

I am learning towards the simplicity of the darker pink flowers in the second photo, but I’m not sure! Stay tuned to see what I choose—your guess is as good as mine!

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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January 26

Bride’s Diary: Planning the Honeymoon

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 there are only three more months until Adam and I say “I do!” With almost all of the big things now booked and taken care of, we are now focused on our honeymoon. A few months ago I asked Adam where he wanted to go and right away he said, Italy—one of my favorites to visit! Since he had never been before and I have a couple times, I suggested we go to the northern part of Italy, as it (I feel) would be the best place to go for his first time.

We sat down and came up with a plan. We would start in Rome, then head up to Siena and Florence, then finish off our trip with a drive down the Mediterranean coast. When planning your honeymoon it is important to have a plan of what cities you would like to visit, and then you can build your trip upon that. It is also important that you do/see something each of you would like, especially if one of you has been to your destination before.

After we booked our flight we started looking at hotels. Adam realized he could use his Marriott points and ended up booking the beautiful Boscolo Palace Roma hotel in Rome and because he used his points, we got the fifth night free! We are also going to be using my Visa Rewards points to book our hotel in Florence!

Next we will sit down with my Uncle—who is from Milan and travels to Italy many times a year for work—and plan out the rest of the details. Because I have been Rome and Florence before, I know which places we should see and which we should skip, but having someone who knows the area well will help when it comes down to the details like where to eat and what off-the-map places we should see.

Here are my tips for planning your honeymoon:

  • Decide where you both would like to go early on in your wedding planning so you can start looking out for deals.
  • If you have points (i.e. frequent flyer miles, credit card points, etc.) see if you can use them on your trip. This really helps to cut down on cost!
  • Remember this is a trip for the both of you to celebrate your new life together. Compromise and do/see things you both want. And if you are going to a foreign country, like Italy, make sure you pick a hotel/resort at some point on your trip where you can take a break and relax for a couple days. Enjoy this time together!
  • If you know someone who is from or has traveled to your destination before, use them as a resource. You will probably get tips and ideas from them you can’t find in a travel book or on a website.
  • Lastly, book the big stuff first (flights, hotels, car) worry about the details later. Don’t stress yourself out early on in your wedding planning with the honeymoon details, you have enough to stress about. Two-three months out is a good time to start planning the little things.

Happy Honeymooning!

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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January 19

Bride’s Diary: Details, Details and More Details

I sort of feel like I am up to my ears in details. All those little last details that you can’t really start on until a few months before the wedding. Decorations, timelines, flowers, songs, jewelry, makeup, vows (ok, will this list ever end?). I still have 4 months but I am starting to feel the crunch. Nonetheless, I have lists galore, checklists and timelines to keep me on track. Only problem? Finding the time. Anyway, I am sure it will all come together slowly but surely.

In happier news, we got our honeymoon registry up and running. The most exciting part? We just got a mystery gift that was beyond generous. I am completely intrigued as to who sent it. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

While on the topic of our honeymoon, did you hear about the Italian cruiseship that crashed? Well, that is the exact ship we are supposed to go on. It is such a horrible and tragic incident—we feel horrible for all the people involved. But as far as what are we going to do? Your guess is as good as ours. After the crash of the economy in Greece (which changed our first honeymoon itinerary), I figure this too will work itself out.

I’m ready to see what ups and downs come our way in the next couple months. Definitely looking forward to my bridal shower next month and the bachelorette party after that. I’ll be back to share all the details with you…

Meet Jessica

Jessica and Dan met nearly 7 years ago on Myspace. (Remember Myspace?) It took weeks of contemplation until they decided to finally meet… and I guess you could say the rest was history. After discovering their mutual shoe addiction, surviving countless Thanksgiving family meals together and three apartment/house moves later—they are officially ready to tie the knot.

Jessica and Dan are getting married May 27, 2012 at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Los Angeles.

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January 12

Bride’s Diary: The Bridesmaid Dresses!

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, I am five months into wedding planning, and now the bridesmaid’s dresses are at top of mind. I have twelve bridesmaids. Yes, twelve. I have six sisters (two real sisters, two sisters-in-law and two God sisters) and six best friends, and I wanted everyone to be a part of my special day—the more the merrier! I am extremely excited about including my favorite gals, but the large bridal party has me a tad stumped on what dresses to choose.

I have been scouring Pinterest 24/7 for pictures of larger bridal parties, and have come to the conclusion that having a muted color palette of either grey, blush pink or beige is less overwhelming, incredibly romantic looking and doesn’t drown out the bride in pictures. Here are a couple inspirations:

I adore these muted colors—so romantic and timeless, and looks great on a larger bridal party.

Another question I’m having is do I want matching dresses, the same fabric but in different styles or to have my bridesmaids pick out their own dresses in this muted color palette or a specific color I choose? I can’t decide!

Thank goodness I have a couple more months to have a plan! What do you think? I would love some feedback!

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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December 20

Bride’s Diary: Don’t Panic!

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!

You know when life is cruising along, things are somewhat perfect and bam! It stops you right in your track and reminds you that you are not as in control as you think? Well this happened to me in a major way last week.

I had gotten a voicemail from my venue that said, “Please call us back as soon as possible, it’s regarding your wedding date.” I knew it was not good. And it wasn’t. The venue, Ralston Hall, is an old mansion built in the 1800’s and when you live in California (earthquake zone) old buildings like this are inspected annually. These inspections lead to the closure of Ralston Hall due to seismic issues with the building. Once my coordinator said informed me of that, I bawled.  So many things were running through my head and I felt like I was having a panic attack. There are only four months until my wedding… what am I going to do? If this happens to you, DON’T PANIC!

It stinks, I know, but it’s a lot more common than you think. I found out that a lot of my friends went through the same thing—some with just three months until the big day. Thankfully the staff there was wonderful and called around to see what venues were still available on our date. Even the ones I called that weren’t on that list knew what was going on and offered their assistance.

So what should you do if you find yourself in this situation?

  1. Don’t panic!
  2. It’s okay to cry and freak out, but once you have calmed down you need to move on and find an alternative venue.
  3. Check with your venue to see if they can assist in finding you other venues that are still open on your date.
  4. Notify your vendors of the situation. They might know of great places to look for a new venue—especially your caterer.
  5. Notify your guests ASAP, especially if the invites have already gone out (you can choose to do this after you have booked a new venue if you want).
  6. When you are looking for another venue, make sure to let them know your situation and also let them know you have booked all of your vendors (if you have). They hopefully will waive any fees associated with bringing in a vendor that is not on their list (hotels will be the hardest to do this with since they usually have their own catering).
  7. Start setting up appointments to look at places right away.
  8. Once you have found something, notify your vendors so they can adjust their schedule if needed.

You will find something, I promise! The wedding will go on and you must remember that the most important thing is you are marrying your best friend.

Thankfully, we ended up finding a venue much closer to home which is great! It’s called Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California and I cannot wait to host our wedding there!

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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December 14

Bride’s Diary: Two Months Married

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!

Melissa here again…actually [clears throat] it’s Mrs. Melissa now! That’s right, I survived. I made it through the planning, the big day, the dreaded first day back at work and I’m happier than ever. No post wedding depression here. Now I’m not saying I didn’t love planning with my friends and my wedding day wasn’t the best day of my life (seriously the best.day.ever), but I was so ready to be done. I was exhausted! So exhausted in fact, I hibernated on my honeymoon.

With that said, here’s a few tips for the brides-to-be!

  • You know those teenie, tiny details you lose sleep over? Yeah, no one notices. And you’re even too busy to notice. Forget the bows you didn’t tie on the mason jars and the song that never played. No one knows they’re missing.
  • Save your money for the important things. Psst…want to know a secret? I got the most compliments on the easiest and cheapest details of my wedding. A couple examples: people told me they loved my shoes and I found them at Ross for $15. The popcorn at the candy table. I wanted more of a retro-feel so I bought a few bags of kettle corn and one pack of popcorn boxes. Total: $20 tops.
  • Schedule “first look” pictures before the ceremony, if possible. I felt so anxious all day and it all melted away once I finally saw Chris. It was truly the only alone time we had all day and after that I felt relieved and ready to walk down the aisle.

Here’s our wedding under 3 minutes for your enjoyment!

Our Wedding! from BF Chef on Vimeo.

So now onto the pictures! We had a Beatles-themed wedding full of Beatles song titled tables, Abbey Road photobooth, Beatles quotes in our programs, Yellow Submarine signature cocktail, etc. Thanks to Ashley Rose Photography for the fantastic photos!

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