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

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

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