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“An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.” -Unknown

My topic for today is MY 5TH ANNIVERSARY of having this blog. I am grateful for everyone who has stuck with me. I may not be the most consistent blogger or the most interesting but you have been here for me though it all. From my first post, “A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime” to my wedding plans and trips around the US. So much has happened in my life and I am glad I get to share it with you. I am grateful for those who have been with me the whole five years and for those who are just joining me in my adventures.

I just can’t believe that it really has been 5 years since I opened this account and began sharing my stories with the world. Literally, people from all over the world have viewed my blog, something I thought would never happen. I may not have millions of followers or be any sort of popular in the blogosphere but I am here and I am happy.

I hope you all keep coming back and enjoying my content. And for now, enjoy this amazing song that came to my mind.

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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

disneySince last week I have thought about what I would post about pertaining to my planning and adventures to Orlando, Florida. It was an amazing experience but wouldn’t have happened the way it did without prior preparation and planning. And, as I said last week, without the help of Shannon from WDW Prep School. This week, I want to discuss how I picked my date.

If any of you noticed, in my post last week, I said it was our honeymoon/first anniversary trip. I call it that because it was our planned honeymoon that we wanted to take right after the wedding but were unable to, due to short funds and other things coming up. It happened for the best, though. We then pushed it back to January or February 2016, we were going to make it part of my birthday. This also fell through for one reason or another. Finally, in early November 2015, we settled on May, for our anniversary. And we booked it early enough to be able to make early character meal plans. It is recommended to do so 180 days before the first day of your trip and we were able to do that.

Shannon goes into more detail on how to pick the perfect date. If you’re not going for a special occasion, like we did, then you have a few different things to consider; what is the weather typically like at the time you’re thinking of going? What are the crowds like? Is it during their peak season or their off-season? Shannon goes over all of this and more.

When we went in May 22-29, 2016, the weather was almost perfect; it was warm but not hot during the day and cold but not freezing at night. I would suggest a light sweater for the cooler evenings. It didn’t rain at all while we were there but we had ponchos just in case. The crowds were relatively low, even with schools going on field trips there during our week. Many school in the neighboring states take trips there. We went through lines fairly quickly. The time of year we went was not quite their peak season, schools hadn’t gotten out yet and it was mostly during the week.

I know that this isn’t a how-to or an advice column but more of a referral post but Shannon gives the best advice and she knows what she’s doing. I just want to give you a first-timers perspective. Thank you for reading my Disney posts! I’ll keep posting as often as I can. There’s more to be discussed! Comment below with any tips on how to pick the perfect date for your Disney trip

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” -Michael J. Fox

There have been so many people asking about our future and we have only been married for a year. I was getting asked everywhere I went, by everyone, when we are going to have children. One day, at my previous job, I was having a conversation with a coworker. She asked when I was planning on having kids. I told that we were waiting until after our Disney World trip. Her reply still annoys me to this day; “Oh wow, way to sort your priorities.” Just don’t, EVER, say that to someone. She’s been married for a few years and doesn’t have any children yet. Are her priorities wrong? And she didn’t mean it in a nice way. Just because we’ve been married for a little over a year does NOT mean that we need to start popping out babies. Some couples want to focus on alone time together before they add a third person to the equation. Yes, we would love to have children. Now is not the time, though.

It’s not only to have fun and be free, though it is a perk. Hector, my husband, just started a new job and we’re moving to a new place, out of Fresno. We’re moving into a tiny studio and we want to wait until we are settled in a better living situation next year.

It will happen, on our timing not yours. So please, stop asking. I don’t make this post to be rude. It happens to newly married couples all too often. I know plenty of newlyweds who are already expecting or who have just had a baby. We just chose to wait a bit. We have time, I still have a while before I dry up.

Next time you want to ask your friend, for the millionth time, when they are having a baby, stop…they get it enough. And if you’re that important, they’ll tell you when they are pregnant; whether it be in person, over the phone, in a message or letter, or on Facebook, you’ll know.

I’m not the only one who feels this way, here’s a thread from Wedding Bee that speaks on the issue.

Thank you for reading and I apologize if this came off as rude. I just get tired of the same question getting ask with everything I do.

“If it were not for the presents, an elopement would be preferable.” -George Ade

Today we are going to talk about something that everyone needs but never wants to talk about. The registry. First, you need to answer a few questions.

  1. Do you want a registry?
  2. Why do you want a registry?
  3. What kind of registry do you want?
  4. How will you present your registry?

registryNow I must tell you that they way we did our registry is considered “tacky” by the women on Wedding Wire. We did a honeymoon registry and we put the registry information on our invitations. Some people think that you shouldn’t post anything about your resistry but I think that’s ridiculous. People will want to know and if it’s not presented, you’re going to end up with 2 crockpots and a bunch of picture frames. Trust me, you’re going to want to include it. Of course, if you don’t want to add it to your actual invitation, you can put it on a separate card with the invitation. I’ve seen it done with pretty much everyone I know. We didn’t go with the separate card because we were on a very small budget and needed to save money. We didn’t care if [people thought it was “tacky”

Now, a registry is really good for anyone. For example, we already have a house with all the stuff we need but we can’t afford our honeymoon on top of all the wedding expenses and we know other people who chose to do a honeymoon fund so we thought it was perfect. Not everyone pitched in, we still got some pretty cool stuff. We didn’t expect to get much…we didn’t expect the presents we got either. Like I said, you’ll end up with a lot of picture frames. They came in handy, though!

There are many places you can register, you have to decide what stores fit YOU. Never pick the place you put as your registry based on where other people shop. This is for you and for your home NOT for theirs. Now, with that being said, if you pick a store that is not accessible for everyone, you might want to pick two stores just to have a variety.

This May give you some ideas on what to put on a registry. Be careful, though, because Pinterest can be a little overwhelming. Wedding Registry Ideas

Whatever you decide to do, do it because YOU and your spouse want it, not because of what others will want or what they will think. You do you.

“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy.” -E.B. White

Hello everyone. Today is Thursday, which means I will be talking about wedding planning. Thursday wedding posts  will be going on for a good while because I know that there are so many people out there who need advice but want it all in one place. Well, here you go! But first, I do need to let you know, this will be a very short post, as I have very limited time today.

Today I want to talk about something we are doing, Live Stream. Live streaming a wedding is a little difficult, especially if you’ve never done a live stream before. I had been doing a lot of research because I knew there were going to be a lot of people I wanted at my wedding but were not going to be able to make it across the country due to cost and other circumstance. I have found a very helpful article from offbeatbride.com that helped end my search. I will post the article for anyone to read later in my post.

We had decided to go with the Google Hangout on Air because 1) it is free and 2) it broadcasts on YouTube, which will then save it to YouTube automatically. How great right? I even did a test run and it worked. I had people all over the country watching it and it was clear and worked great. Only thing that bugged me was that it was a little lagged but who will notice? It is even accessible via tablet and phone. How great! And yes, I will post the link to our trial run.

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If you have any questions, comments, or reports to add about your live stream, please comment! You never know when what you say may help someone else. Thanks for reading!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HkgWXtG3DE (Trial Run)

http://offbeatbride.com/2014/07/live-steaming-your-wedding (Live streaming info)

http://offbeatbride.com/2014/08/broadcast-wedding-youtube (more about live streaming with Google Air)

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” -Luther Burbank

Last time I posted, we talked about why and how I chose my flowers. Today I want to share with you how you, too, can chose your flowers. First, there are a few things you need to consider when choosing the “perfect” flowers for the big day.

  1. What are your wedding colors?
  2. What is your wedding theme?
  3. Do you want real flowers?
  4. Do you want flowers at all?
  5. Is anyone in your bridal party allergic to any certain flowers

I can think of more questions but these are the most important. First, the wedding colors and theme. You most likely don’t want your flowers to clash, it could throw the whole thing off. Instead pick either the same colors, similar shades, or complimentary colors. For example, our wedding colors were hot pink and royal blue with hints of light blue. Are flowers? The Maid of Honor’s bouquet was hot pink, the opposite color of her dress, while the bridesmaids’ bouquets were royal blue, also opposite color of their dresses. My bouquet was white, with one blue symbolizing something blue. On the tables for the reception, we had white flowers. The arch during the ceremony had white, hot pink, and royal blue flowers. The theme didn’t clash with our flowers at all, it was Disney themed but very subtle. However, it is possible to clash with the theme. Your floral designer, if you have one, will be able to help you there. If you are doing it on your own, like we did, then look at ideas online and even do a mock up for yourself. There’s ways to tie almost any flower in with any theme, you just have to be subtle sometimes…and very creative.

Real flowers versus fake flowers is a reoccurring argument that everyone will have an opinion on. I’ve had comments such as “If you don’t have real flowers, is it a real wedding” “If you have fake flowers, your whole wedding might as well be fake” and many more, horribly negative comments. Does any soon-to-be bride want to hear comments such as thins? No! You just need to figure out if you want real or fake, not what others want. If there are allergies, you may want to consider fake if you’re set on a certain flower. If you want the sweet smell of fresh flowers, use real ones or get a scented spray. If you want to keep your flowers and want them to look the same five years from now, fake would be the way to go. There’s also financial reasons that may dictate what you pick. If you have a tighter budget on floral, you may want to go with fake. Real flowers can be very pretty but can also coast way too much, especially when you tack the word “wedding” onto it.

There are other alternatives to flowers. You can do a brooch bouquet, they are very creative. Some do paper flowers out of their favorite books or songs, such as these Harry Potter page flowers. You can even use sea shells, I’ve seen it done and it’s stunning! Some don’t carry anything down the isle at all, even. You are the one who needs to decide what you want. You can be very unique in the ways you do non-floral bouquets.

Here are a few links I thought you might enjoy, as well as some of my flowers (added in May):

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer

10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Florist

A-Z Flower Names (with pictures)

Unique bridal bouquets without flowers

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Thank you for reading. I hope this helped you get closer to picking your flowers, if any at all. Plese, share any tips you have for picking bridal flowers. Share your pictures below.

“Love is the flower you got to let grow.” -John Lennon

Today I would like to talk about wedding flowers. There are so many different kinds of flowers and it can get overwhelming rather quickly. That is why I decided to make this post. I was originally going to make it one post but after much thought, it would be beneficial to make it into two posts. Today I would like to talk, specifically, about how I chose the flowers that I did. First, here are questions I asked myself:

1.  What color flowers do I want? What color will go with my color scheme for the wedding?
2. What type of flower do I want? Why?
3. Should I get real flowers or fake flowers?
4. What will other people think about my flower choice?
5. How much will flowers even cost?
6. Do I really need flowers?

So, looking at these six questions, you can see I was just as confused as you may be now. I thought long and hard about my colors for the wedding and I didn’t want my choice of flowers clashing with those colors. I also wanted to tie in something that reminded me of my grandma but I was still unsure how. I knew her favorite flower was the Stargazer Lily but I wasn’t sure it would go with my color scheme nor if it would be in season because I didn’t see many online.

Durning my search online, I saw many different bouquets but none of them looked like ME and isn’t that what it’s supposed to represent? I looked and looked, for days…maybe even weeks. Finally, I went on Amazon and saw beautiful flowers but they were fake. I was sure they wouldn’t look exactly like the pictures but the date of our wedding was getting closer and closer and I needed 1 Maid of Honor bouquet, 3 bridesmaid bouquets, and my bouquet. I ordered the amount that I thought would be perfect and hoped I made the right decision. Of course, not having a lot of friends who were married, I needed to find another source of help from people who have been there. I found a site called Wedding Wire and I had been posting questions and getting so much help. I figured I would ask them what they thought about fake flowers at a wedding. This was a mistake. I got a lot of negative feedback, which made me feel terrible. I shared the experience with my MOH and she laughed. She felt those ladies were insane, which I was slowly starting to agree with.

The flowers came and they happened to be more beautiful than I had hoped. They looked real! I was so beyond excited. I took a picture and posted it on the weddingwire.com website and everyone loved them. That’s when I decided that real flowers didn’t matter. I actually ended up buying decoration flowers at Joann, and Dollar Tree. It might seem crazy to think that I really bought flowers for the biggest day of my life at craft stores and Dollar Tree but I felt that it was more important to spend the money I would have pent on flowers, elsewhere.

If you want fake flowers, do it! If you want real flowers, do that too. You can even do both. But never let anyone else make up your mind for you. It’s yours and your spouse’s day, no one else needs to direct it. If you are stuck, talk to them first. Then your bridal party because they are there to support you and help whenever you need it.

Here are a couple pictures of the flowers I used at my wedding, the white flowers in the vase are from Dollar Tree, the blue flowers on the arch are from Joann and the pink flowers on the arch are also from Dollar Tree. My bouquets are, again, from Amazon.You can click the Amazon or Joann links above and they will take you to the specific flower I used but the link to Dollar Tree will take you to their flower section.

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I do hope that this post on why and how I chose my flowers helps give you confidence that you need to pick your flowers. Stay tuned next time for more on how to chose your flowers.

“If he cant handle you in sweatpants, he doesnt deserve you in a wedding dress.” -Unknown

It’s Saturday everybody! How great is that? For anyone who works only on weekends….probably not so good. However, if you are like many people I know, you are excited that it is the weekend because you don’t have work or school. Since it is Saturday I get to talk to you about wedding stuff, the subject that has taken up a majority of my thoughts since before I even had a ring on my finger. Yes, this should have been done yesterday but it wasn’t…. so here you go.

This week I want to talk about the dress. Yes, THE dress…not just the one you looked at briefly that was cute but the dress you love and want. I was so afraid of budget I thought I would never have the kind of dress I wanted. Of course, I was dead wrong. I have a beautiful dress and I absolutely love it! It is from David’s Bridal and I would upload a picture if I knew for sure my soon-to-be husband wasn’t going to come look at my blog.

At first I had given up all hope of ever getting the dress of my dreams, the beautiful ball gown. I had settled on a dress that was an A-line that we found at Goodwill, because I knew I would never have the money to buy a brand new one and the dress was in good shape. Plus, I hate shopping for clothes because I get frustrated. Well, I ended up starting to resent my dress, I didn’t want to wear it because it was a spur-of-the moment thing and it was nice (and only $26). Never do that, ever. Well, I got a job and we have been able to pay for a lot more than I had hoped! One being the dress. And yes, I am selling that old dress on Craigslist…

Anyway….how do I find a dress that I love? Well, this can be stressful. My dress id probably the 2nd or 3rd most expensive thing that was a single purchase. Insane, I know. Be prepared to spend at least a couple hundred if you go to David’s Bridal. There are other stores you can check out. Like here, there are a few other wedding dress stores around David’s Bridal but I had contacted them and they didn’t currently have my size in my price range. Make sure to call ahead!

You can also look online but the problem I find with that is…you don’t truly know what you are paying for nor if you will like it on your body. Clothes look very different on a model than they do on me so I worried that if I bought one online, which I had seriously considered, that I would end up hating it. Also, if you purchase one from the David’s Bridal website, please note that if the style number starts with an AI it means that they are selling it “as is” which means it could have a tear or a stain….a number of things wrong with it. I know this because the dress I bought, it was cheaper on the website and they told me that was why. Also, you won’t know what is wrong with it until you get it. So…be very wary. It’s great to find ideas, though!

Good luck on your search to your dress. I hope this helped even a little! Don’t be discouraged, you will find THE dress, I know it.

Here are some links you may like to look at!

http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2014/03/wedding-bells-how-to-find-the-right-wedding-dress/

http://www.orlandomagazine.com/OrlandoWedding/January-2012/Whats-Your-Shape/

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“Love is a song that never dies” -Bambi

May 23, 2015 was a day I will never in a million years forget. I know that there are people who are less fortunate and are unable to marry their love for one reason or another but thankfully I was able to. There were some bad moments but it’s to be expected. I would never think that it would go over smoothly and perfectly but I did all I could to make it go as close to perfect as I could. I want to share with you, from my point of view, what I remember going perfect and what I remember/know of turning into a disaster.

Good things:

  1. The decorations were beautiful and it all came together
  2. The weather was beautiful!
  3. The Bridesmaid’s dresses all matched in color, which I was slightly afraid they wouldn’t
  4. My dress was such a dream
  5. My makeup and hair couldn’t have been more beautiful
  6. Food was wonderful
  7. The cake was stunning
  8. People got up and danced!
  9. We started on time!!

Bad things:

  1. The live stream failed
  2. The dinner was late
  3. We didn’t get to do the memorial dance
  4. We didn’t get all of the photos we wanted
  5. Some people trashed out ceremony decorations while we were inside enjoying the reception
  6. Most, if not all, of my family left early (unavoidable, so I understand, but still lame)
  7. Some of the sound on the video recording was off
  8. Over half of the people didn’t come
  9. Dyed my hair 4 days before the wedding and it wasn’t the color it was supposed to be

There are more things to add to each part but I don’t want to list everything…But I do want to list things that I wish I had done:

  1. Spent more on a videographer and photographer, I love what we got but we could have gotten more
  2. Waited a little longer so we could have had more money to spend on more stuff
  3. Had more time to plan a bridal party dance, we wanted to do a dance to Thriller but we were unable to because of time restraints and conflicting schedules
  4. Had a timeline, I ran out of time and didn’t make a timeline at al…
  5. Had a photo booth
  6. Paid for a wedding planner/day-of coordinator

I could probably think of more things but it is done and over with, the day will never come again. I am happy to be married to my wonderful husband and maybe one day we will do a vow renewal but I know it will be smaller and a lot more planned out than this was. I was very unexperienced with weddings, as the only other wedding in the family was my cousin who is quite a bit older than me and I had nothing to do with the planning because I was only a kid.

If you are planning a wedding, please do your research. Also, feel free to ask me any questions. Here are a few pictures I will share with you from our day.

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Thank you to all who were there are supported me in my planning. A big thank you to my Maid of Honor, Michaela, I would have been a wreck without her and my wonderful bridesmaids. I love them!

Also, Here is our “first dance” song: What are Words -The Piano Guys. When we heard this song, we knew it was “the one.” Hope you enjoy it.

“Two Souls but a single thought. Two hearts that beat as one.” -John Keats

We are in the last week of before the wedding. How insane is that? Whhhhoooooooo! I am so excited. I am also sad, though. After months of pouring my heart into planning this special day it will all be over in less than a week. We will have the memories and the photos/video but we can’t ever fully have that day back. How insane is it? I mean, every single day we live is like that but this is my wedding day. It will never happen again. I cannot wait to walk down that isle with my uncle to my wonderful fiancé. I don’t have much to say today because I am just so ecstatic but I will definitely post about the big day later so keep checking back!

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