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October 20

A Bride’s Diary: Back from the Big Day…

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff brides who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature! Kari is back from her wedding this week with wedding day tips for soon-to-be brides:

So, the saying is true. Your wedding will hands down be the absolute BEST day of your life. I mean, how can it not be? You spend all day with your family and your best girlfriends and you end the day with the man of your dreams. I made myself gag a little there, but it’s really how I feel, and how I felt that day.

Now that it is all over (tear), I learned so many things. For all of you soon-to-be brides out there, a few words of advice:

  • Take AT LEAST three days off of work before the wedding. I found myself scrambling up until the last minute working on little details.
  • Let people help you! As brides, we have a vision of how everything needs to be. This can still be done, but delegate the responsibilities and be very clear about what you expect.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day, it’s really not important.
  • Be nice to those around you. Don’t let your emotions start running wild. Remember, people are there to help, not make things harder.
  • Breathe, relax and take in every moment. It will go by WAY too fast. Take a minute at every stage of the day and realize what is actually happening. YOU’RE MARRIED!

Here are a few images that family and friends took on my big day (including my Wedding Paper Divas stationery!):

Life as a Mrs. (for all two and a half weeks) has been amazing. I highly recommend it…with the right person of course. For all of you brides-to-be, you have SO much to look forward to!

About Kari

According to Marvin, he met Kari at a college football game. Kari says the actual story is that they met at a mutual friends house. Wherever the love connection may have taken place, the two ended up becoming best friends and the rest is history. Four years after their meeting (or “meetings”), the two married on September 25, 2010 in San Ramon, California.

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September 15

A Bride’s Diary: 10 More Days!

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff brides who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature! Here’s Kari’s post for this week:

So, in 10 days, I will be waking up in a hotel room surrounded by all my BFFs and preparing for my WEDDING DAY! I think I might still be in denial. And to think, I STILL have not reached that coveted “Bridezilla” level (and let’s hope it stays that way). All in all, this entire wedding process has been such an enjoyable and fun experience. Not once have I uttered the phrases, “I can’t do this anymore,” “I can’t wait for this to be over” or “We should have eloped.” In fact, I am already preparing myself for the let down that I’m sure will follow once all the festivities are over.

With that said, I am BEYOND excited. I am excited for the pampering, I am excited for the anticipation, I am excited for the food and I am excited for the party. But, as cheesy as this may sound, the thing I am most excited about is seeing him for the first time and I walk down the aisle. I am excited to call him my husband and start our new lives together. So many brides lose sight of what this day really means and what people are actually there for. After the party is over, it’s just you and him. I can’t wait.

Final preparations are underway and last minute details are being handled. 14 months ago, this was all only a dream. And in 10 days, it will actually be my reality.

Signing off for the last time as Miss Hovik…and returning next month as Mrs. Stickel!

About Kari

According to Marvin, he met Kari at a college football game. Kari says the actual story is that they met at a mutual friends house. Wherever the love connection may have taken place, the two ended up becoming best friends and the rest is history. Four years after their meeting (or “meetings”), the two plan to marry on September 25, 2010 in San Ramon, California.

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August 5

A Bride’s Diary: Notes from a Newlywed

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

I’ve been officially married for 25 days and counting! So far, marriage has been wonderful and a pleasant surprise all the way. July has been such a whirlwind!  My married friends weren’t joking when they said that my wedding (like theirs), would be over within a blink of an eye. I went from finalizing all the details of my wedding up until the day of, to being quickly whisked away for my honeymoon in Dubai and Seychelles! But I’ll have to share more details of my honeymoon in a later post…

I think the most valuable piece of advice I received during my wedding planning phase was just to really enjoy and bask in the moment, as the time will quickly pass without you even realizing it.  I hope all of you brides to be will do the same! Don’t sweat the small stuff and of course, when you get close to the date, delegate, DELEGATE, DELEGATE!  I couldn’t stress this enough!

Meet Joyce

Joyce met Alex six years ago at a church event, and the pair have been laughing together ever since! She was enamored by his Australian accent and warm demeanor, and he fell in love with her sense of humor. They got engaged in May 2009 and were married on July 11, 2010 in Saratoga, California.

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