My Wedding Day Wasn’t The Best Day of My Life

I married my husband almost exactly one year ago, and I barely mentioned it on my blog or on Instagram after the wedding day. I know a lot of bloggers who get married do a recap right after the wedding, but I clearly missed that boat. Our anniversary was this past Sunday, which means that our wedding has been on my mind lately. I’ll go into a little detail about our wedding day, but considering it’s been a whole year, ain’t nobody interested in reading that anymore. This post is moreso about my thoughts on expectations surrounding weddings in general, now that I am married. Who knows, maybe this blog post might help future brides out there. I apologize¬†for the click-baity title, but I swear it’s not actually click-bait! Also, it was super hard finding shots from our wedding photos that didn’t show people’s faces; weddings, after all, are about people!

We had a most wonderful wedding, and there were so many things I loved about it. Having all of the people we loved in one room was, of course, the best part. We were blessed with perfect weather. My makeup artist made me look the best I have EVER looked; so polished and yet still like myself. While I chose all of the decor and did all of the DIY, our day-of coordinator and put it all together so that everything looked even more beautiful than I ever could have imagined – I actually gasped when I saw our reception area! Our photographer, videographer, DJ, and photobooth exceeded our expectations by a long shot, and we absolutely loved working with them. The feedback we got from our guests was incredible – some people said it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to (although I’m sure that’s one of their duties as a wedding guest to say that). Even the employees at our venue said it was one of the best weddings they’ve ever hosted there (they probably get paid to say that, too ūüėĚ). One of our friends who attended STILL talks about how organized the wedding was (little do they know…) In general, it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun, which was important to us. Our wedding day couldn’t have been what it was without the love and support of¬†our families, wedding party, guests, and all of the vendors.

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Wedding DIY: Gold Leaf Guestbook Globe

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but today I wanted to share with you what is probably my last wedding DIY project that I did for my wedding last year. We’re talking about how to make a gold leaf globe, which we used as our wedding guestbook.

Although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with¬†having a traditional guestbook, I knew that we¬†would probably look at it once after the wedding, and then stow it away in a closet, totally forgotten. Instead of that,¬†I¬†wanted something we could display as part of our home decor after the wedding was over. I found a few ideas on Pinterest, but ultimately decided on a gold leaf globe.

I was rather nervous to work with gold leaf, because it looked¬†difficult and messy. It wasn’t the best DIY project that I completed for the wedding, but overall it turned out fine. There are already a lot of tutorials online showing you how to make these globes, but like with my previous DIY glitter table numbers post I shared last year, I also have some tips to offer.

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Wedding DIY: Watercolour Place Cards

Although my wedding has long come and gone, there are still a handful of DIY projects I wanted to share but never got around to – nothing wrong with sharing them after the wedding, right?¬†Today I wanted to¬†talk about¬†how I made my place cards. I loved how they turned out, and they¬†surprisingly seemed to¬†be quite popular at our wedding. A few of our guests even told me they took theirs home, which is hilarious because I’m not sure what you would do with a place card after the wedding¬†ūüėĚ This was quite a tedious process that took me months to finish bit by bit, but I¬†enjoyed the process. I also¬†went through several shows on Netflix while working on it, so it was a win-win.¬†If you have any bridesmaids that are willing to give a hand (or be voluntold by the bride), that would probably be a great help!

Since my general wedding design was watercolour, the place cards featured a watercolour background with champagne-gold splatters and hand-lettering that I did myself. The gold splatters are optional Рour wedding colours were blush and dusty blue, but we ended up with a lot of gold accents in our décor, so I thought the gold splatters would be a nice tie-in with the rest of the room.

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Wedding Update #3

Today is an update on our wedding planning. According to the count on our wedding website, we are 87 days¬†out! Today’s post covers what we’ve done for invitations, bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits, my shoes, hair, and favours. This might be the second last, if not last, wedding update, because other than a DIY post or two, we’ve covered all of the big items!

Bridesmaid dresses:

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I asked the girls to pay¬†for their own dresses, so I wanted to keep costs as low as possible. My vision was for them to wear dusty blue dresses, but I couldn’t find any styles in this shade unless they were $300+. I ended up ordering online from a website called¬†Light in the Box for only $87 each. Ordering dresses online can be a little more than sketchy, especially when you’re ordering from a Chinese website like this one, but my MOH ordered her bridesmaid dresses from the same website when she got married, and the quality was great, so I felt pretty confident that these would turn out well. They arrived¬†in three¬†weeks, and look exactly like they do in the pictures!

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My Summer Wedding Scent

Today’s post is a combination between a wedding and beauty¬†post.¬†I wanted to do a review and¬†share with you the¬†perfume I’ve chosen to wear¬†for my wedding in June! I’m not the type of gal who has a ‘signature scent’,¬†so I didn’t have¬†a go-to fragrance that I immediately thought of wearing for the day.

I bought Jo Malone’s Nectarine Blossom and Honey¬†cologne at a Nordstrom¬†during a trip¬†to San Diego with my fianc√© in 2013, back before we had a Nordstrom in the city. I’ve been wearing¬†this perfume¬†for special events (parties, birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, etc.) ever since. It’s a¬†scent¬†I save for “happy moments”, and I¬†was wearing¬†it when we got engaged in Hawaii, so I thought it would be fitting to wear this fragrance on our wedding day.

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Wedding Planning Series: DIY Glitter Table Numbers

Today’s post is on a wedding DIY project that I’ve been working on¬†for the past few months – DIY glitter table numbers. They actually don’t take very much time; I made 15 of them and would say they can be finished in 3-4 days. I just¬†kept abandoning¬†the project¬†and going back¬†to it!

We thought about doing watercolour table numbers, but ultimately decided to do these glitter table numbers instead. These sell for around $15-$20¬†each on Etsy – which means I would’ve had to spend around $300 on table numbers. I’m not a¬†particularly crafty person, but knew I could spend only a fraction of that if I made them myself.

This is a fairly self-explanatory DIY. You can pretty much tell how it’s made just by looking at it! Spread glue, glitter, repeat. However, in this post, I hope to offer a few tips and tricks I picked up while making these.

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Wedding Planning: Update #2

Today’s post is Update #2¬†on our¬†wedding planning, and¬†focuses on entertainment and d√©cor. This¬†has probably been¬†the most fun part to plan!

Okay, let me start off by saying that there is a lot of “I want this, I decided this”, in this post, which makes it seem like I¬†don’t let my fianc√© have any input. That is a false impression! I honestly do¬†ask his opinion, to which his¬†response is always “I’m fine with whatever¬†you want”, which is mostly exactly what I want to hear except when I can’t decide between two things. Like many men, I think he’s honestly perfectly fine just showing up on the day to get hitched.

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This meme is actually hilarious, because I’ve done it twice so far! My married female friends say they did the same thing when they planned their wedding, so I don’t feel quite so bad.

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