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February 21

Groom’s Diary: The Craziness Before the Storm

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! Kevin proposed to his girlfriend over the holidays, and he can’t wait to share a guy’s perspective on wedding planning:

I know that they say the truly stressful part is still to come, but I feel like the last few months have been a whirlwind of activity.

It all started in November. Even though I’ve known for years that Tex (that’s what I call her) was the one I wanted to marry, I kept getting cold feet every time I thought about proposing. Ring shopping? Planning the actual proposal? Who has time for that in this busy world?

Well in November, I overcame my excuses and went for it. I did an abundant amount of ring shopping—reading blogs and visiting stores. I proposed on Christmas morning, while we were visiting her family in Houston. It was honestly the happiest moments of my life seeing her face light up and a smile from ear to ear.You can see the video we made of our proposal here.

What a huge relief…or so I thought. We had about 30 seconds of pure joy before her brother asked, “So when’s the wedding going to be?” Yikes, pure panic, I hadn’t thought that far out…

You see, I’m looking to pursue an MBA, and we aren’t entirely certain where we’ll be this fall. So later that night, we talked it through and decided to plan a summer 2011 wedding in Sunnyvale, CA (where we live). That left us just seven months to plan the entire wedding, in the busiest month, in an extremely busy area of the country.

When we got back from our trip, we hit the ground running. We knew that priority number one was getting a date and a venue. We put together a rough guest list using an online spreadsheet so that we could figure out the appropriate venue size, then began our search. We considered any venue that could meet our budget: ranches, vineyards, beaches, hotels, golf courses, sports clubs and restaurants. After looking through every online resource, we hit three wedding fairs and began contacting venues. We visited about 10 different venues.

After so much research, you don’t really expect to be surprised by any location. But when we walked into our future reception hall (at a restaurant down the street from our house), our jaws dropped and we immediately knew. After being frustrated with other venues, we walked into an amazing space with good food, beautiful décor, an outdoor patio, a reasonable price and the date that we wanted.

With the reception hall and church booked, I finally feel like we’re getting a handle on this wedding. And thankfully the future in-laws are coming thisweek to help us choose some of the vendors. Is this the calm before the storm, or is there more craziness to come? You tell me!


Meet Kevin
Kevin and Christina (Tex) met their freshman year of college in Colorado. She lived on the third floor while he lived on the first of Andrews Hall. The two became best friends and fell madly in love. They live with their crazy, hyper, marathon-running dog Kiah, and plan on getting married July 9th in Sunnyvale, CA.

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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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July 21

Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Mania

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!

As I blogged last month, my best friend and I are getting married just one month apart. Every bride knows that with the wedding also comes along the joys of bridal showers and bachelorette parties. The past two weeks have brought both these events to my best friend, Angela. It has been such a nice break from my own wedding planning to focus on throwing her the best shower and bachelorette parties ever.  And boy, did we succeed. The theme for the bridal shower was Moroccan/Hot Summer Nights. Here are a few images from the day:

As for the bachelorette party, we all went on a 3 day cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. We can honestly say it was one of the best trips of our lives. It wasn’t just the cruise that made it fun, it was the company of best friends.

Planning a wedding is probably one of the most stressful times of your life, but it is also one of the best. There are so many activities and events that you will never get to experience again, so I advise all of the brides out there to try not to take this time for granted. It is once in a lifetime.

Two months to go!

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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June 9

A Bride’s Diary: Planning My Bridal Shower

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 new feature!

Planning a bridal shower can be a lot of fun. I know it’s more traditional to be surprised for your shower, but I wanted to help out. We are planning the bridal shower along the lines of a princess bride shower with soft pinks and blues. I originally wanted to have a tea party, but tea in the middle of July in Fresno is not a good idea for an outdoor party. Instead, I want to make sun tea and ice cold punch for refreshments. For snacks, we will have fruit, veggies and finger foods, like cucumber sandwiches. Lastly, for dessert, I’d like to have a simple cake with the darling cake topper I found of a princess kissing a frog. My wedding cake topper is a monogram, so I think it will be nice to have the more traditional cake topper for the shower.

We are using the Glass Slippers bridal shower invitation by Wedding Paper Divas. It’s simple, elegant, and has the fairy tale charm I love—but most importantly it was designed by me! Being a designer for Wedding Paper Divas is really something special.

To add to the theme, I found some cute clear pink table decorations to use as centerpieces or accents. I also have some diamond confetti I saved from my brother’s engagement party to use on the tables. Additionally, I have been looking for fun party games that everyone can have a good time playing. Some ideas include: the toilet paper wedding dress game (my favorite), guessing how many diamonds are in a container, finishing the lines of popular quotes and Disney quotes, and some more surprises! Some of the games will have handouts, so I want to design them so they look more finished and get everyone in the mood to play games.

The bridal shower sounds like a great way to have some fun before the wedding and an excuse to get together with everyone. I still have a lot of planning to do for it, along with my wedding planning. August seems to be fast approaching and it just can’t get here faster!

Meet Brittany

Brittany B. is marrying her best friend, Jared, on August 28, 2010. The couple met at Brittany’s older brother’s wedding, where he was a groomsmen and she was a bridesmaid. It was love at first sight, and the couple now plans to marry at the same location as where they first met.

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June 2

A Bride’s Diary: Mr. & Mrs. Johnson…and Baby?

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

My fiancé and I recently went to one of our friend’s wedding. It was a nice, small wedding ceremony with their friends and family. Then, in the middle of the ceremony, a baby cried. The parents tried to clam the baby down with no success. Minutes later, another baby cried. The ceremony was inside a museum too, so you can imagine the echo in there. I was no longer paying attention to my friends’ vows . I had lost my focus, and all I could think about during the ceremony while glaring at the parents was, “Why aren’t you taking your baby outside?”

After the ceremony, the first thing my fiancé said to me was, “No babies at our wedding.” I couldn’t blame him. I was pretty annoyed myself. I couldn’t hear anything over the screaming babies. It’s a justified and rational reason to not want a baby at a wedding. Can you imagine watching your wedding video 10 years later and hearing a crying baby while you and your fiancé are exchanging vows? But is it fair for me to not invite my friends’ babies? What about my cousins’ babies? I ran this by my mom just to see what my parents’ generation thought.

“How can you tell people not to bring their kids to a wedding? Who’s going to watch their kids?” she asked.

“They can always hire a babysitter, Mom,” I said.

“If you’re telling them not to bring their kids to the wedding, you’re basically telling them not to come. Period,” was her reply.

I don’t quite agree with my mom’s opinion, but she does have a point. What if my friends don’t trust their baby to a sitter yet? That probably means they won’t come. Then I thought back to the parents at my friends’ weddings. Maybe they didn’t want to miss the wedding either…

Sure, your wedding is about you and your fiancé and the wonderful life you are going to start together, but you also want your family and friends to be there to enjoy the special day, too. So you really need to consider all the pros and cons. What’s worse—a screaming baby or not seeing your close friends and family at your wedding?

Whatever you plan to do, baby or no baby, it’s something to think about. If you do go with the no baby route, be sure to talk to your friends or family members who have babies early on in the game. You can’t assume that your guests will know what you’re hinting at when the invitation says “Mr. & Mrs. Johnson.” It won’t be pretty when your guest enters a “3″ in the “People Attending” line of your RSVP cards when you only wanted them to write “2″.

Plus, there are etiquette rules out there on how to handle these kinds of situations, including how to word it nicely on your wedding invitations so no feelings get hurt). If you’re concerned, you can always call us here at Wedding Paper Divas for free etiquette advice. Remember that you’re not alone… just be sure to do your research!

When did planning a wedding get so complicated?

Meet Becky

Becky and Erick met eight years ago through their parents. Both of their parents were into performing Chinese Opera along with Erick, and all three of them were in the same opera association. During the summer of 2001, Becky volunteered to help out backstage during a performance where she first saw Erick, but he didn’t notice her at first (he claims she was never there!). The two eventually started to hang out more during the summer of 2002. They started out as friends, and then started dating when Becky joined Erick in Southern California for school. Seven years later, they’re engaged!

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May 26

A Bride’s Diary: The Look…Decisions, Decisions!

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

Your wedding day is your ONE shot to get it exactly right. From the dress, to the hair, to the makeup, to the shoes, everything must be absolutely perfect. While dreaming of your wedding day, so many ideas and visions run through your head. But then reality sinks in. How do you know what perfect is?

While investigating different looks, I have found a lot of fun accessories, beautiful makeup and amazing hairstyles. But how do you know the one you choose is going to be the one you will look back and love forever? You won’t. That is why you need to just stick to the basics and do what feels right to YOU.

Here are a few things I have come to terms with:

  • If you NEVER wear your hair up, odds are you won’t want to wear it up on the most important day of your life. You won’t feel like yourself.
  • If you don’t wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis, don’t go all glamazon on the big day. It will feel unnatural.
  • Just because other girls like to sparkle doesn’t mean you have to. Again, this is the one day that will be perfect for YOU. You don’t have to be covered in sequins and bling because your latest bridal magazines tell you it’s “in”
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY—be yourself!! A super dolled up version of yourself, that is.

As of today (this could change at any moment), here is the look I’m going for:

Hair & Makeup

Accessories

*Note: I have opted to leave the dress out for fear that my fiancé may actually read this. Hi Marv!!

4 MONTHS TO GO!

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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