Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Food Trucks At Weddings?

1. Take the season into account.

It might seem like summer is the obvious choice for a food truck at a wedding, but think about this: A food trailer means your guests will be standing in a line...outside, probably curbside (read: away from the shade and comfort of the courtyard or tent you rented). So depending on your location, a milder fall or spring day might be the best choice for a food truck. Already set a summer date? Try a food truck that serves up ice pops or slushies to keep 'em cool.

2. Figure out seating.

You have basically two dining options: set up formal tables so guests can grab their grub and have a sit-down meal, or put utensils and napkins in a central location to encourage guests to stand and mingle while they eat. The latter setup is a better option for a more casual party, like a rehearsal dinner, so if your wedding will feel more formal, try this option for your cocktail hour or after-party.

3. Plan the menu.

If food trucks will provide the main meal at your wedding, have a few different selections. Some popular entree options: falafel, gyros, fried chicken and stir-fry. (Here's another hint: Some popular brick-and-mortar restaurants are launching food trucks, so ask your favorite burger joints and diners if they have one in the works!) And naturally, food trailers can provide a fun take on appetizers and hors d'oeuvres in the form of dumplings, sliders or other small bites. And for a great alternative dessert option, think: food trucks that serve cupcakes, frozen yogurt, smoothies or Italian ice. And remember that not all food trucks are created equal. While the phrase "food truck" usually calls to mind messy street eats and summer fairs, this trend is so huge that it hath wrought a new breed of food trucks that are serving up high-end dishes with locally sourced ingredients and menus that change seasonally -- a perfect fit for a more formal affair. Wine trucks that offer tastings and bar service are also a classier take on the street fare.

4. Choose the look.

Food trucks come in lots of shapes and sizes -- from colorful retro-style trucks to the kind you'll see parked at (not-so-pretty) construction sites. So do your research and make sure the look of the food truck complements your reception decor (think: a small ice cream truck with a cute awning for a garden wedding). If you see a food truck you love on the street, don't be afraid to ask about rental information -- this will help make sure you get the exact food truck you want.

5. Do the math.

Food trucks are capable of feeding a lot of people quickly (that's why you'll see them at big festivals and fairs), but it will still take time for all your guests to get through the food line. Plan on at least one food truck for about every 75 guests. Any fewer and you may have a lot of hungry people waiting around!

6. Make it late-night.

Thinking about bringing in a midnight snack to satisfy your guests' late-night munchies? A food truck might be just the thing: waffles, hot dogs or French fries handed down from a truck will hit the spot. And don't think that having an indoor wedding means you can't have a food truck: Many companies have mini food carts that can be wheeled into an indoor venue (as a fun surprise) at the end of the night.

History of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Every bride has heard of this traditional wedding day checklist. But, did you ever stop and wonder how this tradition came about in the first place?

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Every bride has heard of this wedding day checklist, and if you’re hoping to head off bad luck before heading down the aisle, you’re probably planning to stick to it pretty faithfully. But, did you ever stop and wonder how this tradition came about in the first place?

Well, as it turns out, brides have been sporting some of these good luck charms down the aisle for centuries. The color blue has actually been associated with weddings since way back in ancient Roman times as a symbol of love and fidelity, so who wouldn’t want to wear blue on their wedding day? You can have fun bringing this age-old tradition into your day with a blue sash, blue garter, or even blue shoes! For those of you looking for something a bit more sweet and subtle, you can sew your name or wedding date into your wedding gown with blue thread.

Something old, borrowed, and new date back to the Victorian era. Something old symbolizes the progression of the bride’s old life into her new married life. It used to be that the something old was the wedding dress handed down from the mother (and sometimes, it still is!), but with fewer brides wearing mom’s gown, it’s a great chance to incorporate a meaningful family heirloom as an accessory. “Something new” symbolizes hope and the bride’s new life, and is a pretty easy tradition to check off the list. As for “something borrowed,” an item is borrowed from a happily married family member to carry the happiness over to the bride and her own marriage.

Of course, for all you traditionalists out there, you know there’s more to the poem…"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.” The sixpence is an old English tradition where you tuck a sixpence in your shoe on your wedding day to bring you wealth and financial luck for the future (yes, please!). Though not every bride adds a sixpence to her shoe, you can buy a keepsake sixpence, or modernize the tradition with a more current coin!

So as you can see, something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue are not only fun traditions, but have been a part of weddings for centuries as a way to bring happiness and good luck to the new bride. So if you’re the superstitious sort, go ahead and use these traditions on your big day. After all, they must have stood the test of time for good reason.

Throwback Love Song

Monday, November 28, 2011

Words of Bob Marley

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you. ― Bob Marley

Together We Stand

In every relationship, there are obstacles. We may not know what they will always be, but we know it is apart of the process. I try to remain calm and encouraged in knowing that whatever obstacles are brought to us, to anyone, that we all face them head on and know that we will come out good at the end of it all.

You never know how STRONG you are until being strong is the only choice you have.....

Friday, November 25, 2011

Hold the hand of the ones you LOVE

Today I went out with Scott, Jacelyn, Marlene, James and Isaiah for a little Family Black Friday Shopping and it was great. It was a great family outing and it was a good time for us to all get together. Isaiah wanted us to walk in a family line and hold the hand the one you love... It was too cute. Its always mice to know what life will be like........

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Love of Family.

I am THANKFUL on this Thanksgiving day for my Family, Friends and for Love. Today more than ever I understand the meaning of blending families and how the progression can go. So nice to have so much love and family.

Happy Turkey Day All!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

He is my Strength

I learned something very important about my Fiancee from Day 1 and see now more than ever.... He will never give up when it is something he cares for and what he wants.

Before we really started dating, He made it VERY CLEAR that he wanted to not only date me but have a true relationship with me. When people would ask about us gettng married before we were engaged, I would always say if (just so I would not jinx it) and he would always say when.

He is a fighter, always has been and always will be. He never second guess what it is he has in life and what it is he wants and thats why HE WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED.

I praise him for his strength, Im proud of him and all he stands for. The world might spend time on his shoulders but he never lets it get the best of him and thats why he is the best.

Gotta LOVE him....... 339 and counting

Beautiful Bridal: Corset Cookie Favors

Beautiful Bridal: Corset Cookie Favors

Affordable Ways to Help Style Your Bridesmaids

Affordable Ways to Help Style Your Bridesmaids

Photo of the Week

This Photo of the Week is courtsey of our Best Man Mr. John Barnes.... He came to town from ATL to visit and we had a fun night out at Yardhouse in Downtown LA. There was a fight, a wheelchair incident and yards of beer. There is always a good laugh when Barnes and Cameron get together... Love them both.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

25 Ways to Keep Your Guests Happy

Don't pick a bad date.

Of course you could pick Super Bowl Sunday for your wedding, but don't be surprised if some of the groomsmen look a little, um, distracted during the ceremony. Trust us, your guests will be way happier if you avoid major holidays or national events where they might already have plans. And double-check your community calendar just to make sure you won't be competing with any major events, like a homecoming parade or city festival.

Register well in advance.

While his fantasy football drinking buddies might procrastinate, you can bet that your great aunt is going to start searching for a gift the moment you announce your engagement. Start your registry early, using a site like GiftRegistry360.com to stay organized, and add to it over time (GiftRegistry360.com lets you store all of your registries in one convenient list that's easy for you and your guests to check up on). This way, your guests will have plenty of options (and opportunities) to pick the right gift for you.

Create (and maintain!) your wedding website.

Just like you set up your registry, you should create a wedding website early on. Post the information from your invitations, plus anything extra, like hotel info, things to do, registry info, what to pack (if it’s a destination wedding) and even details about the bridal party. Once you have it set up, the key is to keep it updated. (If your ceremony time changes, make sure you let your guests know right away.)

Don't make them travel too far.

Remember: It's a wedding, not a marathon. If you're holding the ceremony at a place of worship and the reception at a separate venue, keep the driving distance between the two locations limited (15 - 20 minutes max). If you're trying to simplify, or have lots of out-of-towners who may not have cars, holding the ceremony and reception at the same venue is a great choice.

Hire a coordinator.

Hiring a day-of coordinator who can field questions from friends and family is a great way to save both your and your guests' sanity. Even if you don't hire someone, pick a go-to person for all guests-related issues (your mom, the maid of honor or a very organized family friend).

Consider first look photos.

It should come as no surprise, but your guests came to see you. As hosts, you should spend as much time with your guests as possible, meaning you should keep couple photo time to a minimum. Doing first look photos (taking your photos together before the ceremony) means you'll have all of the cocktail hour and reception to enjoy the time with your guests. If you really have to stick to tradition, ask that your photographer limit the shot list so you still have a chance to mingle with your guests.

Start the ceremony on time.

And write the actual start time on your invitation. Trust that your guests will show up on time to your wedding and that you don't need to write 4:30 p.m. on the invitation when you're really planning to start at 5 p.m. Sure, there might be stragglers, but sticking to your time frame will keep prompt guests happy.

Pass on the receiving line.

Thank each guest for coming during the reception (table by table or as a toast) and don't hold up the party by having a receiving line. Trust us, your guests will appreciate not having to wait around after the ceremony.

Do group photos first.

Give your photographer a detailed list of the posed family and friends shots you'd like and start with the biggest groups first. That way, your second cousin once removed who only needs to be in one posed shot is free to mingle as soon as possible.

Give them a list of activities for down time.

If you have lots of out-of-towners flying in for the wedding day, make sure they have plenty of things to do during any down time. This doesn't mean you need to organize big parties, but it does mean you should provide them with a list of location attractions and within-walking-distance suggestions whenever possible. Include the info in their welcome bags or simply add it to your wedding website.

Don't ask them to shell out at the wedding.

Asking your guests to shell out at the wedding, whether it's paying for parking or having a cash bar, is a big don't. All ceremony and reception costs should be covered. Think of it this way: When was the last time you were invited to a formal party and then asked to pay the hostess once you got there? If the bar is breaking your budget, scale back by not serving liquor or hosting the wedding earlier in the day (when guests are likely to drink less).

Limit the lag time.

We're guessing your invitation didn't say "Reception to Follow... at Some Point," so try keep the timeline tight. That means no more than two hours between the ceremony and the reception. Or, if you simply must get married at 11 a.m. because that's the only time your church can accommodate and the venue won't let you in until 4 p.m., plan something for guests to do in the meantime, like an afternoon boat cruise or a short trolley tour of your hometown.

Say thank-you.

This might sound difficult if you've got a guest list of 250-plus people, but it's so important. Taking the time to walk from table to table during the reception and thank each person for coming will really make your guests feel special. They'll understand if you're brief -- but not if you don't say hi all night long. Even if that just won't work with the itinerary, give a quick thank-you over the mike.

Seat them with people they know.

Repeat after us: This is not time to play matchmaker and pair cute single friends with people they don't know. Seat your guests with their friends to keep conversation flowing all night. (And if you're really intent on hooking some people up, introduce them another night after the wedding).

Keep the music low during the cocktail hour and dinner.

While your friends can't wait to hit the dance floor, older guests might really be looking forward to catching up. Compromise by keeping the music low during your cocktail hour and dinner so people can talk, and then cranking up the volume (and the tempo) later in the evening. Seat the elderly away from the dance floor.

Provide enough seating.

We think it's great that you went with a nontraditional cocktail-style reception with a just a few high tables and scattered low couches -- but your 75-year-old grandparents might not. Make sure you've got enough seating to comfortably accommodate everyone who will want to sit (and don't forget to put a few comfy chairs near the dance floor so they can still catch all the action!)

Keep centerpieces conversation-friendly.

"What's that?! I couldn't hear (or see) you over this giant tree in the table!" There's a comment you don't want to overhear. Keeping your centerpieces below eye level means your guests will have an easier time chatting and seeing you during the first dance. If you really want the height, just make sure they're skinny enough so that people can easily talk around them (candelabras or thin glass vases are perfect).

Skip any traditions you don't like.

If you think it's corny to have a single guy slide a garter on the leg of one of your bridesmaids, then chances are your friends do too. Your guests will likely appreciate not having their solo status on display for all to watch; and what's more, if you don't identify with a particular tradition, there's no reason you should feel obligated to do it.

Play danceable music.

That indie band that no one's ever heard of might not be the best choice for your reception -- even if it's your favorite. We're not saying you're limited to Etta James and Stevie Wonder, but playing crowd-pleasing danceable songs will keep your guests laughing and entertained. Give the DJ a list of songs you'd love to hear (and also a do-not-play list) weeks before the wedding.

Keep your toasts and dances brief.

Maybe your maid of honor has been your BFF since third grade -- but that doesn't mean everyone at your wedding needs to hear the last 20-plus years of friendship recounted. Tell your speakers (typically, the maid of honor, best man and father of the bride) to keep it short -- and give them a time limit (under five minutes). Try something like, "We really don't want you to stress about writing a big speech, so less than five minutes would be great." You could also add that the rehearsal dinner is the time for longer speeches and stories.

Find something for the kids to do.

Inquire about hiring a babysitter who can keep kids close by at the hotel, or simply designate a table with some crafts to keep them busy. You might even consider suggesting babysitters to all of the parents and that everyone split the cost (this is the one time it's okay to ask your guests to pay together). Just remember, not having your first dance ruined by a couple of toddlers is all about making sure they're entertained as well.

Serve a stellar menu.

It's no secret that guests want a great meal when they come to a wedding. Plan your menu carefully, asking for any food allergies or dietary requirements ahead of time. Stick to something that's seasonal and just a little on the light side so guests aren't too weighed down to dance.

Book a block of rooms at a hotel.

Reserving a block of rooms at a hotel usually means a discount for your guests -- a great way to show you've thought about them. If you're really looking to please your guests, reserve rooms at two different hotels in different price ranges so they have a choice of where to stay. And don't forget to add the information to your wedding website.

Make transportation easy.

Having a plan to get your guests to and from the reception safely is a great way to let them know you care (this is especially true if you picked that awesome wedding venue that's 25 miles away from the closest hotel). If busing guests in and out simply isn't in the budget, make sure transportation is still readily accessible. It's as simple as posting a taxi phone number in a cute frame near the door. Better yet, give your guests options on your wedding website ahead of time -- providing them with local car rental info or taxi suggestions.

Give meaningful favors or none at all.

Your guests don't need another random knick-knack to clutter up their shelves. Give them favors they'll actually use and enjoy, like a small box of chocolates, sunglasses for an outdoor wedding, flip-flops to keep them comfy or even pashminas for a winter wedding. They'll be glad to get something thoughtful and you won't see anything left behind on the tables at the end of the night.

The Family Theme Song..... :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

First Dance Songs - Music for First Dance | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

First Dance Songs - Music for First Dance Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Things To Do When You Get Engaged

Bad Wedding Etiquette Comebacks

"Are you sure you're ready?"

Translation: Coming from an unmarried acquaintance, this sort of question is likely a projection of their own fears -- they're not in a position to make a lifelong commitment, so it's hard to imagine that you could be.

Quick comeback: Exude confidence and leave no room for anyone to debate if you or your fiance is in any way unprepared for what you're getting into: "Absolutely! We are completely in love and ready to be together forever."

"The marriage won't last."

Translation: Whether it's a reflection of their own marriage problems or a past incident that convinced them monogamy is impossible, this person has a knack for souring good news.

Quick comeback: It's easy to get seriously offended by this one, but take the high road and try cheesy humor. Ask if their favorite precious stone is "jaded" or whether they hit any traffic on the Pessimist Expressway that morning.

"Your engagement is too long."

Translation: Any engagement over a year might seem excessive to some, but it takes a lot of time to pull everything together. The person's comment may be out of surprise, not ill will.

Quick comeback: You have a few acceptable options: Explain that the best wedding vendors are booked more than a year in advance, that you're extending the engagement to save more money, or that you have something you want to accomplish (finish your degree, settle into a new job) before you make your marriage official.

"Your engagement is too short."

Translation: While you and your fiance have probably discussed getting engaged for a while, the news might be a shock to some. The person who says this doubts you'll have enough time to plan a nice wedding.

Quick comeback: Reassure them that though your engagement is brief, you set the wedding planning wheels in motion well before he popped the question. Be calm -- if you seem too swept up in the excitement of the proposal, it supports the idea that you're rushing things.

"Is that really the ring you wanted?"

Translation: Almost any engagement ring can elicit a snide remark, whether it's too big, too small, too sparkly, or not sparkly enough. This sort of nastiness undoubtedly stems from jealously that you've been proposed to, and the ring is an object that provides an outlet for them to concentrate all their envious feelings on.

Quick comeback: It's every newly engaged woman's right to show off her rock, but if you get negative vibes from someone, draw focus away from the ring with a simple reply like, "We're both really happy and excited."

"This bridesmaid dress is ugly."

Translation: While it's a cliche for a bridesmaid to gripe about the dress, it still happens. If she's strapped for cash, her disapproval may be in hopes that you'll pick something less expensive. Or she could really think it's hideous.

Quick comeback: Find out why she doesn't like it and try to locate some middle ground. Suggest that she stick with the dress color but then let her choose her own silhouette.

"That's a great idea...I'll do it too!"

Translation: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it's aggravating when a friend steals a unique wedding idea. Take it as a compliment that your ideas are so great; then steer your friend in a new direction.

Quick comeback: Agree the idea would work well in your friend's wedding, but suggest she personalize it to better fit her style. Encourage some brainstorming and change an element of the concept so it's similar but not identical.

"Who is paying for all this?"

Translation: Maybe they're surprised by all of the nice details you've included in your wedding, or perhaps they're wondering how your parents could afford to host such a great party on their own dime. Either way, this one ranks near the very top of the bad etiquette list.

Quick comeback: Unless you're willing to share that info, immediately let the person know they've crossed the line: "I'm sorry, but that's between my fiance and me."

"Am I going to be invited?"

Translation: No need to decipher this one -- this person simply wants to attend the party. Tactless on their part, sure, but don't be surprised when an annoying coworker, excitable neighbor, or wayward cousin asks for an invite.

Quick comeback: Rather than postpone the awkwardness with a dodgy line like, "We haven't finalized the list yet," tell them that, due to a tight budget, you're keeping things intimate and the guest list will be mostly close family.

"How much did that cost?"

Translation: This can be interpreted in a few ways. If the person is planning their own wedding, they're probably asking out of genuine interest because they like what you're doing. If, however, there's no chance they're planning their nuptials, odds are whatever you tell them will garner an obnoxious response.

Quick comeback: A simple "That's none of your business" will suffice, or you could throw them off with some dramatics: "It cost me an arm and my fiance a leg -- next week we're going in for surgery together. Romantic, right?"

"I'm RSVPing...with guest."

Translation: Some people think that it's fine to tack on a "plus one" to any wedding invite. Though it's definitely a wedding etiquette faux pas, you should give your guest the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to an innocent misunderstanding rather than a snobby "I don't go anywhere without a date" attitude.

Quick comeback: Call as soon as you receive the offending RSVP and gently explain: "I'm sorry that it wasn't clearer, and we're excited you're coming, but our guest list is packed so we can't include a date for every guest."

"I want to make a toast."

Translation: They want the world (or at least the reception) to know how proud they are you tied the knot. And a minute in the spotlight satisfies any extrovert tendencies they might have.

Quick comeback: Say that you're flattered by the offer, but you want to keep the toasts to a minimum -- just the parents and honor attendants. If a close family member really wants to speak, you should consider letting them say a few words at the rehearsal dinner.

"So when are you going to have kids?"

Translation: The joy of a wedding leaves some people overly enthusiastic about the next huge life event: starting a family. Curiosity about baby plans is natural -- most people keep those thoughts to themselves, while others prove to be significantly less reserved.

Quick comeback: Even if you have a clear plan about when you want to start having babies, be vague in discussing a timeline. Try, "We'd love to be parents someday, but we're taking things one step at a time -- starting with the wedding."

The Plan is in Action

My plan of Action is to take my Mom and My Future Mother in Law out for a Girls day of shopping and lunch. I thought it would be a good way to bond and have some time with them. Its another thing on my list that lets me know that we are coming closer to Our day. It seems like the last few weeks have been a blur but its good that we are getting back to our routine and back into wedding mode. I am excited to spend some time with them and I am hoping for a good day.... I will keep you posted on how that turns out when the day comes.

341 and counting

Im on the hunt...

I am on the hunt for these Jeffrey Tyler shoes... If anyone knows where I could find them, I would greatly appreciated it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wedding Rules for the Techy Bride

Do: Use Facebook to share pics from prewedding parties...and, later, wedding photos!

Don't: Don't skip sending traditional wedding invites. It's a formal event (yes, even if it's in your backyard), so treat it that way.

Do: Read blogs, online forums and review sites (go to WeddingChannel.com vendor reviews) to get real brides' opinions of potential vendors and to write reviews of your favorites after the wedding.

Don't: Don't bash your vendors on review sites! Give kudos when deserved, and remember that your vendors are human. A thoughtful and honest review is the way to go.

Do: Use social media (like foursquare or Facebook) for checking in during your planning (at the cake bakery or floral studio). You could even score a discount along the way!

Lady in Red

I thought it would be a good idea to bring in Red as my pop of color via my shoes and I have a few that I am currently looking at (The shoes I wanted are discontinued) so here are the choices via www.heels.com

Personalized Wedding Plates

Personalized Wedding Plates

The Holidays are near.....

The radio stations here are staring to play Christmas music already and now more than ever I associate Christmas with Scott because we were engaged on that day.... Gotta love the holiday season

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Honeymoon Dreams...

Santorini, Greece

Venice, Italy
Virgin Islands
I had a dream that I won the Lotto and I was finally able to get a stamp in Scott's passport. These are some of the places I dreamed of going with him...
I wish it were that simple for us but a Honeymoon (In the traditional sense) is not in the cards for us right now. We are getting married in a hotel and our Wedding Night will be spent there...after that, who knows but we will be Husband and Wife so that's all that matters.
We will more than likely do a 1 year anniversary trip and it will be GREAT.... Maybe even to one of these place so we will see whats in the cards for us to do.
A Girl Can Dream.......

Top 10 Celebrity Weddings! - Project Wedding

Top 10 Celebrity Weddings! - Project Wedding

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

For Jacelyn

Check out this great MSN video: Thriller Wedding Dance

The Bridal Look


Paul Newman's letter to his wife on their wedding day: .

“ Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner."

Photo of the Week

This Photo of the Week comes from my computer at work... Its a daily reminder of the man I love and will marry.... I know it is pretty geeky but its the best view for my day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wandering Eyes of Bridal

I tell you... One of the tough parts of wedding planning is seeing and hearing everyone elses ideas. You think you have in mind what you want to do and another bride tells you what they are doing and you think, "I can do that too". I am doing my best to stay focused on my thoughts and not veer too far off course with things that sound good to do. I have to think that other brides do the same thing and even married brides think to themsselves, "I should have done that at my wedding".... Such an interesting thing to be a bride but I am loving the outcome of it all... I will be his wife.


Food for Thought....

Being someone's first love may be great but to be their last is beyond perfect......

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tips for Planning a Flawless Wedding Weekend

Give a Warm Welcome

It doesn't matter if your loved ones are traveling by train, plane, or automobile. When they get to your location, they'll want a cold beverage (or hot toddy, depending on the weather) and a few moments to refresh and recharge. Have the hotel staff greet everyone with a drink, and leave a handwritten note in each room that says something along the lines of, "Cheers to your arrival! We look forward to seeing you soon."

And while welcome bags aren't a requisite, they're a thoughtful way to give guests their bearings and a feel for the area. In lieu of standard-issue water bottles and pretzels, get creative: Bestow inexpensive flip-flops and towels at the beach, or street maps and a copy of Time Out magazine in the city. Or, if your friends like to work hard and play hard, event planner Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events in Boston suggests a "too much fun, too much sun" survival kit with an eye mask, sunblock, and aspirin. As a personal touch, include a homemade guidebook that steers them to your favorite local spots.

Start Off Slow

As much as you'd like to get the party going on the first night, keep your welcome gathering casual since guests might be jet-lagged. "A laid-back cocktail party or informal dinner eases people into vacation mode and encourages conversations," says Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events in Los Angeles. This is also the best time for all your loved ones to meet one another before a more formal event, like your ceremony.

To help them loosen up, incorporate an ice-breaking game. What do they all have in common? You and your fiance. "Make a fun crossword puzzle with clues about you as a couple," suggests Todd Fiscus of Todd Events in Dallas (log on to varietygames.com to create one). Put them on tables, and guests will work on them together. Talent shows, scavenger hunts, and karaoke are also good options. Then serve your favorite informal fare from the area and play music you love.

Arrange Some Group Activities

"When you host an outing, it gives guests an opportunity to get out and see the place they've traveled to," says contributing editor and planner Claudia Hanlin of the Wedding Library in New York City. The key is to entertain your friends without overwhelming them. Keep these pointers in mind:

Make the most of your locale: You chose your ceremony spot because you love it -- and now's the chance to show everyone why. If you're crazy for the snorkeling in Cozumel, take guests to your favorite reef. To highlight the food in Italy, set up a traditional cooking class.
Include everyone: Keep in mind that not everyone is comfortable in a swimsuit, and your elderly relatives may not be up for a hike. "Folks should be able to have fun whether they're participating or just observing from a distance," says Rafanelli. Ideal activities are those that are easy and don't leave anybody behind.

Be realistic: You may like rock climbing, but why risk walking down the aisle on crutches? Just say no to anything that requires a stunt double.

Pencil In Some Downtime

Yes, your friends and family are there to see you off into married bliss, but it's also their vacation, says planner Paige Appel, co-owner of Bash, Please in Culver City, California. To make sure they get the chance to hang out by the pool or explore the area independently -- your homemade guidebook in hand -- limit activities to one a day (nothing before 9:30 a.m.), and avoid anything too long or too far away. Fiscus likes to leave afternoons open so guests can go off on their own before dinner.

For those who will be staying close to the hotel, Hanlin suggests letting them know where they can find one another in your welcome packet or via the concierge. Think: "Want to bike the grounds? Meet in the lobby at 3" or "Stop by the bar's wine tasting at 5."
Last, don't schedule anything for the wedding day besides optional light exercise, like late-morning yoga or a walk, says Hanlin. Emphasis on optional, because you want them to save their energy for later!

End with a Bang

Saying goodbye is never easy (especially after a wonderful wedding weekend!), but there are ways to make it better. Brunch is one option. If you go that route, keep it informal and let people drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon so they can sleep in and pack.
Another luxurious alternative? Treating your attendees to breakfast in bed. Alison Hotchkiss of Alison Events in San Francisco has delivered pastries, fruit bowls, coffee-filled French presses, and local papers to rooms for bleary-eyed guests to enjoy at their leisure. (If you opted out of the "too much fun" kit, a Bloody Mary and aspirin might be wise, too.)

Finally, travel hassles risk tainting guests' memory of the trip. To smooth their departure as much as possible, organize shuttle buses to bring them to the airport, suggests Hanlin, or prepare a box lunch for the flight so everyone feels pampered on the way home


I was watching the My Fair Wedding Marathon this past weekend and I saw an episode where the Cake Baker said to the Bride.. Make sure you pick your favorite flavor cake for the top for your Anniversary and it made me think.... Do people still do that? Do you freeze the top of your cake to eat on your first anniversary? I have heard of some places giving you a small fresh cake as apart of your package for you to have on your anniversary but the question remains.... Will we eat frozen wedding cake or get a fresh one?? Things that make you go hmmmmmmm

Wedding Reception Music - Wedding Reception Songs | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Wedding Reception Music - Wedding Reception Songs Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Friday, November 11, 2011

Husband digs through nine tons of trash to find wife's ring

We've all accidentally thrown something valuable away in the trash, but what if that something was worth more than $10,000? Would you swim in a pile of waste to find it?
One husband was faced with that conundrum and he didn't think twice.

"The worst move of my life, horrible," is how Brian McGuinn says he felt when he realized he had thrown out his wife's engagement ring.

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McGuinn, from Margate, Fla., meant to throw out a disposable razor, and ended up chucking the ring with it. The one and a half carat diamond ring was valued at around $10,000, and worth its weight in sentimental value.

He and his wife Anna have been married five years, and are now expecting a child.

"I just started crying and I would stop crying, and remind myself that jewelry is replaceable," says Anna.

By the time they realized what happened, Waste Management had already picked up the trash from their community. Devastated, Anna called Wheelabrator — the waste management company, and within an hour, McGuinn was suited up, ready to jump into more than eight tons of garbage.

Workers were able to identify the garbage from McGuinn's collection route, they even leveled the 10-foot high pile so that he could search for the ring.

After sifting through sludge, gunk, food scraps, and anything else you'd find in a dumpster, he found his diamond in the rough.

"Once I found it, I actually let out a manly scream!," says McGuinn, who describes the moment of finding his wife's bling amongst the garbage as winning the lottery. He rushed home to return the ring to its rightful owner.

"It was covered in muck. He just slipped it right on my finger and promised to never touch it again," joked Anna.

She says she's so appreciative of her husband's uniquely chivalrous move. McGuinn says he wouldn't think twice to search through the garbage again.

"She's the love of my life. That ring was meant for her and no one else," he said. "She's everything to me."

Wedding Welcome Bags - What To Include

Wedding Welcome Bags - What To Include

Cause He Loves Me and it was Thursday.....

Happy Veterans Day

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Disney Weddings - 11/11/11 Weddings | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Disney Weddings - 11/11/11 Weddings Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Team Jascott Colors....

People have asked "Why the colors?"... The simple answer, I LOVE the combination. The complicated answer, The Sweet Tooth is what got me... Chocolate, Vanilla and Red Velvet.

Food for Thought......

True love has no conditions and even though the worst times it still last...This is the type of love God has for us and some so while you are trying find somebody to love you you've already failed to realize that somebody already does, never stopped and wont stop #lovemysac

Nancy O'Dell's Favorite Ideas For Wedding Keepsakes | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Nancy O'Dell's Favorite Ideas For Wedding Keepsakes Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

6 Fall Wedding Trends!

Fall Color Trends

The typical fall wedding colors like purples, golds and browns will always be popular palette choices, but this season event designers are pairing those classic colors with vibrant jewel tones (think bright pink with brown and ivory or Kelly green paired with slate gray.Also big? All-white weddings with a hint of color like chartreuse, blush or even lavender.

Fall Flower Trends

Dahlias are going to be huge this fall. And there's good reason: Dahlia season is at its height in September (so it's abundant and relatively inexpensive in most parts of the country). Dahlias also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from mini dahlias (perfect for structured boutonnieres) to dinner plate dahlias that can reach up to 10 inches in diameter, perfect for filling out centerpieces! Also big? Never-before-seen chocolate-brown roses (just hybridized and hitting the market this season), chocolate-brown cosmos, fern curls and dusty miller (for a slate-gray, vintage theme).

Fall Reception Trends

This season, event and floral designers are taking the cozy reception vibe up a notch by adding tons of texture and overlays. Long farm-style wooden tables topped with burlap runners and low, lush floral arrangements (that don't block conversation) will create an intimate vibe. Also, tree, birch and bark-accented arrangements bring the perfect rustic touch to an elegant reception room. Also big? Seasonal reception lounges featuring cozy couches, rugs, coffee tables and even throw blankets.

Fall Cake Trends

Blame it on William and Kate's groom's cake (made of chocolate biscuits), but cake bakers are churning out foodie-approved fall flavors this season, like pumpkin spice with cream cheese frosting, and vanilla bean cake with a hint of cinnamon buttercream. Design-wise, it's about simple and elegant frosted accents inspired by delicate wedding dress details and bright fall flowers.Also big? On the bridesmaids, airy floor-length dresses or satin knee-length cocktail dresses in wearable colors like brown, slate gray, blush and even champagne.

Fall Food Trends

Caterers are creating intimate, sit-down, food-focused reception dinners -- think traditional fall foods passed family-style around the table. Give a nod to autumn by starting with warm mulled wine and hot apple toddies at cocktail hour. A pumpkin spice soup course, cheese plates with warm bread and apple cobbler with fresh apple slices are all ideas that'll really play off of the season. Also big? Comfort foods like mini gruyere mac-and-cheese cups and bite-size BLTs.

Fall Stationery Trends

You'll be seeing lots of nature-inspired accents on invites and other stationery, as well as at the reception. Wooden invites or save-the-dates set the tone for a casual wedding while pretty raffia and lace wraps and patterned envelope liners will add a personalized element to traditional, elegant invitations. Also big? Formal calligraphy, whether hand-drawn or done via custom-made calligraphy stamps (with your return address or monogram) will give a sophisticated finish to envelopes and escort cards.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Boudoir Photos

A friend of mines and I were talking last night about the evolution of sexy when in a relationship... I am a known tomboy but I find myself "trying" to be more sexy in my relationship. One thing I am thinking about doing as one fo the gifts to Scott is a Boudoir shoot. I have been pulling inspiration from Pinterest (of course) and here are a few shots I am considering.... Might not look as good as these girls do but dam it, Im going to work it the best I can.

Photo of the Week

This Photo of the Week is of my Romeo.... Scott and I had been dealing with alot of family stuff for the last 2 weeks so we decided to brave the rain and go out on a date night to one of our favorite restaurants, Bamboo, for their famous Sangria (Which we got to watch get made...its a secret) and Yucatan Chicken (YUM). There was a woman selling roses and he bought me one and took this picture. Its the wallpaper on my phone right now and it makes me smile each time I look at it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Team Jascott Ideas

5 Bachelorette Games That Don't Suck!

Bachelorette Game Idea:

Test the Bride

The Gist:

It's like The Newlywed Game


Questions about the couple's relationship for the groom -- Video recording (either on DVD or flash drive) of the groom answering the questions-- A TV or computer to play the video-- A remote for pausingPre-Party Prep: Film the groom (or have him film himself) answering specific questions about their relationship. Have him start by posing the question, for example, "Where did we first kiss?" and then answering it.

How to play:

At the party, play the video and hit pause after the groom asks the question, giving the bride a chance to say her answer to the group. Then play the rest to see how the groom answered the question. If the bride gets it wrong, give her some sort of punishment, like taking a drink.

Bachelorette Game Idea: Lingerie Shower Guessing Game

The Gist:

Everyone brings lingerie. The bride, using her knowledge of each guest and their friendship, has to figure out who brought her what.


One item of lingerie from each guest-- Hangers-- Enough room to display it all-- Pen and paper (for the bride)

Pre-Party Prep:

Let each guest know ahead of time to bring one item of lingerie for the bride as a gift (a bra, a teddy, panties -- you name it). Distract the bride while you hang each one around the room

How to Play:

The bride walks around the room and surveys all of the lingerie, then writes down who she thinks brought what. Once she pairs each person to an item, she can read her list and see how many she guessed correctly. (She takes a drink each time she gets it wrong!)

Bachelorette Game Idea: Couple's Charades

The Gist:

Split up into teams. Everyone writes down topics pertaining to the couple (their pet, places they've been, activities they love to do). Each team tries to guess.


Cardstock or index cards

Pre-Party Prep:

Not much! Just gather supplies.

How to Play:

It's just like traditional Charades, only this time the categories pertain to the couple. The first team to 5 wins.

Bachelorette Game Idea: Taste the Cake

The Gist:

Sample cake and try to guess the flavors.


Bite-sized cake pieces (maybe even from the bride's cake baker!)
A display table with pretty cake plates
Blindfolds (one for each guest)
Champagne (or your drink of choice)
Cardstock or index cards and pens (enough for each guest)
Envelopes (one for each cake flavor)

Pre-Party Prep:

Two people, "the hosts," will set up the cake bar and know all the flavors. They will write the flavors out ahead of time, put them inside envelopes behind each plate and run the show.

How to Play:

Each player is blindfolded and walks down the table with one of the hosts, who notes the player's flavor guess. The player takes sips of champagne between bites to cleanse the palate. (Of course, the hosts can sip champagne at any point in the game.) Whoever guesses the most flavors correctly wins.

Bachelorette Game Idea: A Nose for Wine

The Gist:

Everyone votes on the best wine, but they don't know the type, the year or the make


Bottles of wine (have each guest bring one)
Brown paper bags or numbered wine sleeves (optional)
Wineglasses (one or two per guest)

Pre-Party Prep:

Tell each guest to bring a bottle of wine disguised inside a brown paper bag. If you're feeling crafty, make numbered bottle sleeves and have guests slip their bottles inside when they walk in the door.

How to Play:

Guests taste each bottle of wine and votes for their fave. Once the winner is revealed, the person who brought it explains what kind of wine it was and how much it actually cost.


Today I woke up with his arms around my waist and rolled over to see a smile on his face and it hit me.... This is my soon to be husband.. This is how my life is going to be and I am loving it. Something is very calming about having someone in your life that loves you for you and will do all he can to make you happy and thats what he does for me. He is there for me, for my daughter and for my family. This is my soon to be husband and I Love Him more than words can say.....

Monday, November 7, 2011

Do you wear a wedding band at all times?

Do you wear a wedding band at all times?

And so the Bachelorette Party huh..

So My BFF and I had a chat this morning (As we try to do every weekday morning on the way to work) and she said to me, What do you want to do for your Bachelorette Party? Now since I am a West Coast Bride, the popular answer would be Las Vegas but there are so many choices and with my friends, who knows what is bound to happen.... All I ask is that someone not leave me on the rooftop of a Hotel, In a trunk of a car or at a Hospital.

Team Jasmine is on.... 355 and counting

What's Your Wedding Day Must-Have? - Brides Share

What's Your Wedding Day Must-Have? - Brides Share

Friday, November 4, 2011


I made a few changes to the Blog because I feel like a change will do you good sometimes.... Wish I could add tabs on here but thats something else for me to play with. If anyone knows how to, let me know and I would be grateful!

TGIF, Have a GREAT weekend and 358 to go

Symbol of Love

The wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger because the vein in the left ring finger, referred to as the vena amoris, was believed to be directly connected to the heart, a symbol of love. Very Sweet......TGIF

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Groom demands new wedding???

PSP: Groom demands new wedding -

Pinterest Photos

Jumping for Joy!!

Love the Hair...


Bridal Shot

Love the Hair/Flower Combination


I am starting to feel like more and more things will get done for the wedding and it is exciting. Less than a year away and my focus is larger now than it was a few months ago because there is only so much you can do when your more than a year out. I LOVE that everyone is excited for us and I think all in all we will have a great day.

So many things to do, So little time......

National Men Make Dinner Day

November 3, 2011 is National Men Make Dinner Day.


10. While cooking, you can still wear your tool belt, simply replace the hammer with a whisk.

9. Several recipes include beer as a legitimate ingredient.

8. The blender, the electric mixer and the food processor are loud enough to drown out anyone in the house who is learning a musical instrument.

7. Whoever is cooking always gets the most attention from the dog.

6. Whatever recipe you choose, you can name it after yourself. Example: tonight’s dinner is called ‘Doug’s Surprise’.

5. Discovering that ‘250 ml’ is the same as ‘8 ounces’ AND ‘1 cup’ is half the fun.

4. Since YOU choose the recipe, it can be a turnip-free night.

3. Some desserts, such as crème brulee, require the use of a propane torch. How much fun is that?!

2. Since other husbands in your neighbourhood are also cooking dinner, ironically this could be the ultimate male bonding experience

1. Participating in ‘National Men Make Dinner Day’ gives you optimum points with your wife. Use those points wisely!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Most modern wives still take husband's name

Most modern wives still take husband's name

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses, Bouquets & Shoes?

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses, Bouquets & Shoes?

Photo Of The Week

This Photo of the Week comes from Las Vegas for FuFu's 30th Birthday Weekend. Scott was the brave man that went with us to a club (even though he does not like clubs) and we got our Bonnie and Clyde look going on in this photo. It was hot in Vegas all weekend but overall we had a great time.

One of these trips it will be just he and I for sure......

Nsync - This I Promise You (Edited)