Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Everyone who knows me knows how much I love shoes. Fortunately, one of the items on my to-do list for the wedding is to find THE shoes. I did not think finding shoes for my wedding would be challenging at all. However, so far, I have not been successful. What I am looking for in wedding shoes is height, comfort, and ideally to be able to wear them in the future.

Here are the shoes I have tried on and my opinion about them. I am excited to read what you guys think about these:

Badgley Mischka, Humbie II
Nice, but poor quality for the price

RSVP, Carol
Did not like the flowers
RSVP, Lovely
Nice, but hard and the quality not very high
Jimmy Choo, Crown
Great looking, but $$$. I will need to try them on once again to make sure I am not taller than groom

Enzo Angiolini, Sully
Extremely similar to the Badgley Mischka shoes, more affordable and much higher quality.
However, I am taller than the groom.

Jimmy Choo, Clue
To try on, but $$$

I am excited to read what you guys think about these shoes and any recommendations that you might have. 



Monday, May 30, 2011

To Hire or Not to Hire a Wedding Planner?

Wedding planning, time for decisions!
When I began planning our wedding, I had zero wedding planning experience and unlike many women, I have not been planning my wedding day since I was 5 years old. My (and my closest family and friends') lack of time and knowledge of planning a wedding, made us determine we needed to hire a wedding coordinator.
Our first task to find a wedding coordinator forced us into entering the world of the wedding industry. For us, it was difficult to narrow down our selection of wedding coordinators with the overwhelming number of people and companies who provide the same service. As an alien to the wedding planning world, how do you know you are hiring the right company and avoid the hassle of having to fire a vendor, like we had to do with our first weeding coordinator?

  • Click: See if your personality, style, and vision, clicks with the vendor's. Do not ignore your gut feeling.
  • Patience: Do not make rush decisions because you are desperate. Think decisions through.
  • Joint effort: When bride and groom meet with the vendor, you get different perspectives of the meeting.
In the process of hiring vendors, I have realized it is crucial to acknowledge and accept the type of person you are. If you are like me, a woman who likes being in control, you might enjoy planning your wedding better if you hire a coordinator for the Day Of instead.
I think that the key to a joyful wedding planning process is to Know Yourself.

Vendors (thus far) helping us make our wedding, a dream come true:
Wedding  Planner - Occasion, LLC. with Janel Ellefsen            
Photographer - Jean Marcus Strole                                   
Florist and Decor - Anna's Flowers        
DJ - Braden Landon                                 
Printed Goods - Silberman Brown                                       
Hair and Make-up - Salon Maison                                             
Bridal Gown and Jr. Bridesmaid's dresses - Princess Bride
Bridesmaid dresses - Moms, Maids, and More
Musicians - Windsong Trio


Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Until about a month ago, I had been worrying about all the items theknot.com and my wedding planner have been telling me to worry about, i.e. the venue, church, decor, photographer, wedding dress, bridal accessories, honeymoon, etc. To my surprise, I came to the realization that Walt Disney had taught me that one day, I would meet Prince Charming and get married wearing a white long dress. However, W.D. had not prepared me for all the thing that can happen between the "and they fell in love", "they got married", and "they lived happily ever after."
When planning a wedding, it is extremely easy to get caught up in little details, trying to make everyone happy, family drama, and to forget what really matters. During this time, I have found that checklists lack a very important element that is not found on any checklist, and that is, to Remember. It is crucial to remember to ask yourself, what is truly important? And most importantly, why one is planning the wedding.
Thus far, the wedding planning process has been a journey that has taught me life lessons.

What I have learned:
  • There is only one person responsible for a person's happiness, one's self.
  • Have faith
  • To give my fiance more credit. I never thought how many opinions and great ideas he had that have made it easier. The best part is that the final product would be a reflection of both, it will be Our Wedding.
  • There will be drama! There are two options: to be mad or to embrace the process. Use the bumps on the road to lean on each other and to learn about each other.
  • Choose your battles.
  • Remember what the moment is truly about, no matter what.
  • Turn the page onto a new chapter in life, a new chapter written by the bride and groom.


Special thanks to: My fiance, my future in-laws, my grandma, and Chantelle

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why A Bride Like You?

It has been 8 months since I began planning my wedding and still have 5 months to go. Since I began planning my dream wedding, I have found an overwhelming amount of information about "how a wedding should be planned" written by people working in the wedding industry. However, I was not able to find many blogs or sites created from and to brides-to-be. This inspired me to create this blog from a contemporary bride to other contemporary brides and everyone who wants to read it.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog!