What Happened In Vegas?

Hello Friends!

I am excited to be back! I am sorry that I have been gone so long. My husband and I had to move quite unexpectedly. It has been a whirlwind of a month! But, enough about that! I have been working to get organized and to come up with some fantastic series ideas!

Today’s post is about my trip to Las Vegas for my cousin Jennifer’s wedding. Her wedding was unique and quite fun!

Saturday night, everyone in Las Vegas for Jennifer’s wedding went to eat at this German place. I cannot remember the name of the place, but  what an atmosphere! The waitresses were dressed in authentic German garb. Live music included a trio with an accordion player, a clarinetist, and guitarist. They would sing these drinking songs that everyone seemed to know… something about “Ziggy Zaggy Ziggy Zaggy Oi Oi Oi.” I contributed to the Ois. It wasn’t until we were leaving that I realized they had provided the lyrics. The best part you ask? The fact that the waitresses walked around with wooden paddles. If you ordered a shot, they spanked you with the paddle! Talk about painful. BUT PEOPLE WOULD DO IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

Sunday was the big day!
They got married on the Pirate Ship in front of Treasure Island. Like on the ship. How awesome is that?

Treasure Island Wedding

Jennifer and Kelly getting married at Treasure Island in Las Vegas

To make it even more fun, the guests were asked to come in costume! I managed to miss that memo, which was a total bummer.

The ceremony was sweet and sincere. As you would expect, there were passers-by that stopped to celebrate with us!

After the ceremony, we went to a reception at the Kahunaville- a restaurant in Treasure Island. The music was great! I found Waldo! There was dancing and laughter, and fun to be had by all.

Can you find Waldo

Can you find Waldo?

The wedding was so special …it was the first time I had seen Jennifer and her family in like… fourteen years! I was thrilled that I had the opportunity to celebrate their love, and to reconnect with my family.

Bride and Groom Kissing

Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

And that, my friends, is what happened in Vegas.

So tell me, what is the most unique wedding you have been too?

See ya next time!
Corinne

Bad News

Welcome back, friends!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I will have to put my blog on hiatus for three weeks. I am very sorry and wish this didn’t need to be done. Thank you very much for reading my blog! I promise I will come back with some great posts once these circumstances are resolved. In the meantime, leave a comment on some topics you would like covered!

Thank you for your understanding.

Have a lovely day,

Corinne

 

 

4 Things To Know About Your Engagement

Welcome back friends!

I would like to apologize for missing a post on Saturday. It was horrible of me, and I shall never let it happen again!

Today I am going to talk a little bit about  The Engagement.

It should be one of the best days of your life. EVER. Your dreams are coming true. You’ll be his wife and he’ll be your husband. You can’t even think straight. Suddenly the fingers on your left hand don’t fit together like they used too and your ring finger is so heavy. An engagement ring feels different than any other ring you have ever worn before. Honestly.

Let’s skip ahead a bit. You have let everyone, I mean everyone, know that you are engaged. You’ve hardly taken your eyes off the ring, I’d reckon. You’ve spent so much time sharing details about the proposal, because you’ve told everyone remember, the truth has had time to sink in. You are getting married. Which means you are going to have a wedding. Which means you cannot waste another second before you begin planning the greatest day of your entire existence.

So here you are, planning your wedding.  Between the hours you’ve spent gazing at your ring and the extensive research you have done on Pinterest, pinning anything even slightly related to weddings on your board, probably titled “It’s happening!” it’s amazing that you are even functioning.

The journey to the aisle has begun.

4 Things To Know About Your Engagement

Photo by KGPhotography

Here are 4 things you should keep in mind while you are on this journey.

1. Don’t talk “wedding” all the time. To everyone. Even if they ask.

Answer their questions, of course, then change the subject. It’s the only thing you will constantly be thinking about for months. Just keep yourself involved in everything non-wedding too. Your friends and family will appreciate it.

2. Include your Husband-To-Be  in the planning process.

It’s his wedding too, and he should get a say. Give him some projects to be responsible for. He’ll love that you trust him. It shows him that you value his opinion. Plus, it’s a great way for you to work on things together. It will make him more excited for the big day.

3. Let your Husband-To-Be know you are more excited about the marriage than the wedding.

This is very hard. No, really. Because you know that you are excited about being married to him. But you are also really excited for the wedding. He knows that.  Remind him that you are very much in love with him and that you cannot wait to be his wife!

4. Planning your wedding is a test.

Not in the way you think, either. Both of you are stressed. Your families are probably stressed, which will cause both of you even more stress. Even if you have been together for years, have lived together, have children together, this journey will be a test. Emotions are running high. It can be overwhelming. You’ll feel pressured from someone about something related to the wedding, maybe even from each other. Breathe. It’s time to show each other what type of partner you’ll be .

 

I hope you found these helpful! Comment and tell me about your journey down the aisle! See you next time!

Have a lovely evening!

Corinne

Forever. Lifetime. Eternity.

Welcome back, friends!

Today, I want to talk about marriage.

It’s fantastic.

It’s also a lot of work. Seriously. All relationships are. You wouldn’t think marriage would be much different than before. Especially if you lived together beforehand. Perhaps it isn’t really. Yet at the same time, it is. I know I’m not making any sense. But hang in there.

Michael and I have been married for almost ten months. We’ve been together for almost ten years. In that amount of time, we have grown together, worked together, possibly even hated each other, still, we held on. We came to many points in our relationship when we had to stop and ask ourselves as individuals what we wanted. Sometimes our goals and dreams didn’t coincide. Was it worth losing each other over the “what ifs” that may never come to fruition? A firm and resounding NO! And so we continued to build our life together.

Then, Michael asked me to marry him., bless him. We forged ahead through the perilous obstacle called “the engagement.” More on that later. 🙂

Finally, the day came when we vowed to love one another forever and always. Suddenly, marriage happened. This beautiful thing was created in the space of a thirty minute ceremony. Every second of our lives had led us down that aisle, so that we would become man and wife. Forever. For a lifetime. Eternity.

I had known that Michael was my soul mate since the moment I met him. I had no reservations at any point leading up to or during the ceremony. Then…BAM! Afterwards, the colossal, life-altering, ginormous reality of it hit. Forever. Lifetime. Eternity. That’s when the commitment scared me. A little late, I know. Commitment was staring me in the eyes in the form of my new husband. Men get cold feet. I got the oh-my-gosh-I-am-going-to-spend-the-rest-of-my-hopefully-long-life-with-this-one-man feet.

It left me breathless. It was scary and exciting all at once! After the initial shock, because that is definitely what that was, I wrapped myself in the feeling of being Michael’s wife. And enjoyed the realization that Michael was my husband. I felt this confidence that overwhelmed me. I knew that Michael would always love me, that I had a partner and teammate to walk through all of life’s trials with. Of course, I felt this before, but having a husband amplified these feelings.

Our relationship was strong before, but now it’s the strongest it’s ever been. Marriage frees you, it does not bind you. It allows you, as a couple, to experience so many new levels of intimacy that are remarkable.

Marriage takes a lot of work… but it is so worth the effort!

Thanks for reading! Come back on Saturday for the next post!

Now, my friends, I’ll leave you with one of my favorites quotes:

Every love story is beautiful

I love our story

Have a lovely evening,

Corinne

 

What They Don’t Tell You About Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

Welcome back friends!

What they don't tell you about shopping for your wedding dress.

I hope everyone had a great time celebrating the 4th of July! We did, except I now have the worst sunburn. Ever. Whoops. Anyway, today I will share with you the things that people fail to mention about wedding dress shopping.

1.  That you can just walk in to a bridal boutique without an appointment.

What this means:

If you show up without an appointment you will have to wait for a dressing room and attendant to become available. Which, is fine, except you don’t know how long you’ll have to wait. You and your entourage will also be in the way, which could result in rising tempers and general disgruntlement. When they can finally see you, they will probably rush to get you out the door before their next appointment.

Or, they could simply turn you away and tell you to make an appointment. Talk about disappointment and frustration.

2. There is very little room in the boutiques and even in the big brand stores.

What this means:

Only take 3-5 people to make up your entourage. These people should work well together, be honest, kind, and truthful. If you ask more people to attend, people will have to stand, thus they will be in somebodies way.  No matter what. Also, the more people you have, the more opinions you have, which could really take the joy away from the day. Just watch some episodes of Say Yes to the Dress if you don’t believe me.

3. The stores only carry sizes 8 or 12 (could vary, of course) for everyone to try on.

What this means:

Brides who wear a larger size, prepare yourself now. None of the dresses will fit like they should. They won’t zip and they won’t lay right. You are still beautiful despite the fact that none of the dresses look good on you. It is emotionally draining and grows increasingly more depressing. How in the world are you supposed to make one of the most important decisions ever when the dress doesn’t even zip?! So, you’ll have to try to imagine how the dress will look when it actually fits you. No big deal, right? The attendant will of course hold it in all the right places to make you feel like it fits, and to give you a better idea of how it will actually look. Like that makes it better. Alas, it’s all they can do.

Don’t let this dissuade you. I still got all choked up when I tried on my dream dress and realized I was going to “say yes to this dress!”

4. The dress is not actually made for you.

What this means:

They will take your measurements and say the dress is made for you.

What you will think it means: “Oh great! The dress is going to be made just for me by my measurements! I probably won’t even need to get it altered!” False.

What it means to them: They make each dress when they are ordered. This keeps them from having left over dresses. I’m not even truly convinced they used my measurements.

So, once you get your dress back, you’ll still have to get it altered. I think I had close to five inches cut off the hem, on a dress that was made for me. And the bust didn’t fit.

5. Alterations are EXPENSIVE!

What this means:

If your dress budget is $1,500 and includes the price for the dress and the alterations, buy a dress that is around $1,000. Alterations are that expensive.

BONUS:

If your bodice is still not fitting after the alterations have been done, either send it back with the alterations lady, or take it somewhere else. TAPE IS NOT THE ANSWER. I cannot stress that enough. Do not accept it!

To prove this, here is some photographic evidence.

Being taped up

Being taped up

I don’t even know how much tape we used. I know it was a lot. I know it didn’t work. And I’m pretty sure some of it became visible during the reception.

Bodice

Look at this!

It’s awful.

Bodice

Holy smokes!

Unfortunately, that’s all I see in my wedding pictures.

 

I hope you found this list informative. Don’t let this tarnish your journey to saying, “YES TO THE DRESS!” When you have the dress on, and they put that veil on, it hits you. You are actually, really, truly, getting married. Whoa. And then you probably cry. And your mom cries. And everyone is happy.

That’s all for tonight! Come back Tuesday for another post!

Have a lovely evening!

Corinne

So This is Love

Welcome back friends!

I am so glad that you came back! Today we will be taking a close look at my wedding.

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After Starts Here

To begin, I love Cinderella. Always have. Always will. Her story is magical and beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to style their wedding after her and ‘live happily ever after?’  I wanted us to have an elegant fairytale wedding- not an overly Disney, childish, wedding. We chose the Civic Center Music Hall, Meinder’s Hall of Mirrors, located in downtown Oklahoma City. The ballroom is stunning with art deco inspired decor. We used a lot of gold, ivory and silver, as well as blue and pink. There were some French inspirations and definitely some subtle Cinderella tie-ins.

To begin, we had roses line the aisle. We had 8 sets, 4 on either side, every other row. The aisle runner said “Always and Forever.”

Pink aisle Roses

Pink roses with white baby’s breath tied with white and gold tulle

Our alter was on the stage and had a total of 4 columns and urns with baby’s breath with candles on the columns.

Ceremony Alter

Ceremony Alter with my bride’s maids, flower girls and me.

Look at the details of the ballroom! We had the ceremony and the reception in the same room. I wanted to have a grand entrance, so we made the partitions seen in the picture. It also allowed the reception area to still have a wow factor for the guests after the ceremony.

Meinder's Hall of Mirrors

Meinder’s Hall of Mirrors

For our ceremony, we decided on the Unity Cross for many reasons. It is gorgeous, and is something that can go on our mantle forever. We also loved the meaning behind each piece and the building of the cross.

I also made that rosette pom with the help of many friends and family. It was perfect, but I don’t think I could convince anyone to make rosettes again.

Alter and Unity Cross

Alter and Unity Cross

I insisted that we have place settings even though we had a buffet. We chose baby’s breath for the centerpieces because we (ahem, I) wanted real flowers. Baby’s breath had recently become a popular trend on Pinterest. It does make a fantastic statement, and it saves you from groaning at the bill, well, groaning as much anyway.

Table Setting

Table Setting

Here is a close up of the place setting. We did not, I repeat, did not use any real china, silverware or stemware. We did use cloth napkins and real chargers. This was a win-win-win-win-win situation.

Win 1. We had a beautiful place setting.

Win 2. I now have 200 ivory cloth napkins for a bargain ($40!),  150 made-with-love-by-my-(fairy) grandmother napkin rings, and awesome napkin folding skills.

Win 3. I have 130 gold chargers.

Win 4. We did not have to do any dishes.

Win 5. We saved a lot of money and did not have to sacrifice style.

I chose the Fleur-de-lis because it is French, and so is Cinderella.

Fleur-de-lis napkin

Fleur-de-lis napkin

On each plate we put our thank you and the guest take-way/ our send off. After much debate, my groom and I decided that we liked the wedding bell. Even though we bought them at the Hob Lob- aka Hobby Lobby- it still felt like a unique send off. Our guests lined outside, and we walked out to the sound of tinkling bells. It was simple and sweet! And, if you recall, that is how Cinderella and Prince Charming left. Subtlety was the name of the game.

Thank you note and Wedding Bell

Thank you note and Wedding Bell

I just love the way these table numbers turned out! It was a very easy project.

Supplies: David Tutera table numbers (cut, outlined, and printed) purchased from Michael’s, Elmers glue, a paint brush, gold glitter and voila! An easy craft that makes a huge impact!

Table Numbers

Table Numbers

The cake, my friends. The picture does not do it justice. The cake sat atop an ivory satin crushed rosette table cloth- a decadent splurge to be sure.

Rosette Draped Wedding Cake

Ivory, rosette wedding cake

By this point, are any of you surprised? OF COURSE we would have Cinderella’s Carriage on the cake table. This was a last minute purchase, and looked totally different in it’s original form. It is currently sitting on my buffet in the dining room.

Cinderella's Carriage

Cinderella’s Carriage

If you have done any search on Cinderella inspired weddings, most of them will have blue and pink somewhere in their color scheme. I was no different, however, I kept it fairly limited so it would not look like a gender reveal party. I also used the bouquets to differentiate the Bride’s Maids and the Maid of Honor, since their dresses and jewelry were the same. The MOH had a larger bouquet than the BMs. Then, as you can tell, my bouquet was the largest, and included pink and white roses, baby’s breath and little gems. Each of the bouquets was wrapped with the extra material from my wedding dress. Mine was also accented with a blue rosette, which served as my something blue.

Bridal Bouquets

Bridal Bouquets

No joke, I had dreamed of wearing this wedding dress for like 7 years. It is in the Alfred Angelo Disney collection. The Cinderella 205 dress to be exact. I know, shocking. It’s beautiful and glittery and makes you feel like a princess. Which, is sort of the point, I think.

Bride

Bride in Alfred Angelo Cinderella Dress

My handsome groom and his studly groom’s men. Michael (my groom) chose a white tie and the others wore a silver tie. We used the boutonnieres to differentiate between the groom’s men, the ushers, and the family. It was color coordinated.

Goom and Groom's Men

My Groom and his men

Just a fun picture!

Groom throwing bouquet

Who said Grooms couldn’t throw the bouquet?

 

So, that was our elegant fairytale wedding. Next time will be all about the dress. Look for that post on Saturday!

I do want to give appropriate photo credits to AshleyRWest Photography. Check her site out at http://ashleyrwestphotography.com/.

Have a lovely evening!

Corinne

Welcome

Welcome to my page!

My name is Corinne Maag- Cori for short. I married my Prince Charming and high school sweetheart in September of 2013. Planning my wedding was just as wonderful as I thought it would be. I mean, what could be better? Doing what I love leading up to marrying the man that I love- now that is perfection!

My sweet husband and I after the reception.

My sweet husband and I after the reception.

But, planning my own wedding is not what inspired me to become an event planner. No. It goes all the way back to my high school freshman Yearbook class. We watched a lot of movies (when I say a lot, I mean everyday we watched a movie) including The Wedding Planner. I watched as Jennifer Lopez planned her man’s wedding to another woman, and thought to myself, “This is what I want to do.” I, of course, did not want to steal a groom or go through the heartache she went through. You see, I have always loved the idea of love. To me, it is the most precious emotion we have. I adore happily ever afters, romance, commitment… all of it, even the messier parts of relationships.I wanted to make people’s dreams come true, cliché I know, by planning the most important day of their lives!

I will admit that I was torn between becoming the greatest event planner ever…or becoming a lawyer. The two are very similar obviously, and it makes sense that I was torn between those two career paths, right? I thought so. After much debate, I decided to go with law for all of two seconds. I realized almost instantly that political science and law were not my strong suits. I finally comprehended that I really did want to be just like Jennifer Lopez in that movie after all. It also helped that I was getting involved in event coordination through my student job and student organizations.

So, that’s how I ended up here. 🙂 I do hope that you enjoy reading my blog. I’d love to hear from you! What are some topics you would like covered?

Have a lovely day!

Cori