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5 Helpful Links and Tips on Planning a Wedding.

5 Helpful Links and Tips on Planning a Wedding.

Congratulations!  You (or someone you are very close to) are engaged to be married! Or are you planning a wedding in hopes of being engaged soon?  Or whatever your reason, I’m so happy you decided to check out this post to skip a few tedious site-searching minutes.

Since I just married my husband 8 months ago, I have a few things still fresh in my mind that I found most helpful.  I know several people getting married within the next year, so I hope they have time to check these sites out.  Our wedding budget was $10k, so this list might be more helpful to those that are going the do-it-yourself (DIY) route. We had a budget for many reasons, and I’m glad we were able to go well under it. However, if you have the budget for an extravagant wedding, then just get a wedding planner and save yourself the stress. You can still look at Wedding Wire (see below) to find a good wedding planner. I hope you find the following links as helpful as I found them.

Five Helpful Links for Wedding Planning

Helpful Wedding Websites

If you’re planning a wedding, you might have already found a few helpful websites. These are some of my favorites. (Some of you may already know about theknot.com, which I found to be rather confusing and too high-class for my taste, so since I didn’t really use it for my planning I decided not to list it.)

weddingwire.com

Wedding Wire has a list of a lot of venues and vendors (including ratings) from Wedding Wire members. I mainly used this site to find vendors, but they also have an inspiration tab. Their app also gives you the checklist you need to stay on track before, during, and after the wedding date. I liked how the app was accessible through my phone for me to check what I needed to complete and how my overall budget was doing at that time. They also have a wedding website creator; however, I didn’t use it.

ewedding.com 

Ewedding is a free hosting wedding website maker. You can personalize it to your liking. I found it to be more appealing than the website creator from theknot.com. I think I must have made my wedding website through Ewedding, because it had the most flexible design options.

honeyfund.com 

Honeyfund is the site I used to make a credit card wedding registry. They charge you 1.50 for each transaction. So if someone gives you $50 then you’ll only get $48.50, but it’s convenient for those who can’t send or give cash/check in the mail or in person, respectively.

vistaprint.com

Vistaprint’s site can be a little expensive; however, they always have coupons and special deals. I made my invites for 25% off and then my thank-you cards were on sale too. INVITE25 is the coupon code I used — not sure if it is still available. If you’re on a budget, try using postcards as thank-you cards. They also have Groupon deals for Vistaprint every once in a while.

weddingfavorsunlimited.com

Weddingfavorsunlimited.com is where I purchased my wedding favors. They had the best prices for travel tags. Shipping prices can be a bit steep though. I would still look around at other websites if you’re thinking of a different type of favor. This website at least offers you good ideas.

Bonus if you didn’t know already…

pinterest.com

Okay, I know I said five and this is number six on the list. I figured probably 95% of people who are planning a wedding already know about this website, because it’s a MUST! Basically, it is a visual/virtual bookmarking site that lets you find and save ideas (pinned by people all over the world) in which you may be interested. I use this for researching pretty much everything, from how to create anything “DIY” to what I should make for dinner. I’ve discovered a lot of my favorite hobbies through Pinterest. I would have never started a blog if it weren’t for the pins I found through Pinterest on how to “easily” make a blog. It also has many funnies in there if you’re looking for a good laugh. And Pinterest provided me with the inspiration for the main design of my wedding. If you don’t like it after using it for about 15 minutes, then I guess you’re one of the lucky non-addicts.

Enjoy Planning!

I hope these websites will be as easy for you to navigate through and enjoyable as they were for me. If you found any websites I didn’t mention to be very helpful, please mention them in the comments below so other readers (and myself) can learn more.

Guess What? – A little BIG Announcement

Guess What? – A little BIG Announcement

It’s finally here! This is my first post for my long awaited blog that I’ve been dreaming of starting for years. I just always let things distract me, but this year, 2017, I decided that I’m done with distractions. I finally broke through those walls and MADE IT HAPPEN!

Now that I have gotten that off my chest, I guess I’ll just explain what’s in my belly …

guess what with cups

Guessed it yet?

Well, I assume most of you who are reading this know us, and if you didn’t hear already … Trevor and I are pregnant!

We are 6 months along, and the baby is due on May 1st. Want to guess what the gender is? We don’t know either. It’ll be a surprise to discover the gender when the baby is born, just like in the old days. Yes, we’ve heard it all before: “Are you crazy? How can you wait?” Honestly, it’s not a big deal to us. We like that we will get gender-neutral items for the first baby so we can reuse anything for the second child, if the child ends up being the opposite gender. And it’s not like knowing the gender would change anything about our future plans anyway. We know we absolutely love the baby all the same. We don’t consider being pregnant as “we will be parents when the baby is born.” We are a mother and father already, as the days of being parents started the moment the baby was conceived. Of course, we didn’t totally know that we had filled those roles until a month or so after the baby’s conception — the easiest time of parenting.

standing photo with baby clothes

We didn’t plan this. We really wanted to experience at least a year of being a married couple before our first child arrived in our lives (just married in June ’16). However, I guess God had other plans for us and realized we were ready for the next step already.

So far, during this pregnancy, the hardest movie for me to watch was “Finding Dory.”  Gawsh, the tears were streaming down my face as if I was turning into a river. Oh, and it was not helpful that I was in the middle of a crowded airplane, with no one around me understanding my emotions.

My first trimester was kind of a blur. Maybe it was traumatizing enough that my memory has blocked it. I’m defiantly not a fan of the nauseous side effects that this little one has brought up. There have been a couple days when I’ve still experienced that side effect. Thankfully, those days have been when I’m at home or church.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been one of the lucky ones experiencing fun food cravings. In fact, food hasn’t been my friend. I’ve already had to strike eggs and popcorn off my to-eat list, which saddens me because I love both of those. The effects of those two rascals have just not made them worth it. A month ago, I already started having acid reflux which is especially annoying when I want to sleep. Overall, I know that these feelings will be totally worth it in the end, as we can’t wait to meet our little one in May.

4 months pregnant

I know once the bump starts to become more obvious, we will be receiving a lot of advice. So far, we have appreciated all the advice we’ve gotten from family and friends. We would also like to hear great advice from new and seasoned parents reading this. So if you have some neat tips or tricks on babies/children, would you like to share it here?

Also, if you somehow had a baby with SAG insurance, please let me know, as there are so many questions I need to ask you.

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Before Wedding Slideshow and Wedding Highlights

Before Wedding Slideshow and Wedding Highlights

So as some of you may know, I do film editing as a hobby. No, I won’t have it become my job, because the rendering and coding can be tedious enough for me to dislike it. Also, after all the effort and hours it takes me to work on this stuff and then to hear only a few people enjoyed my work — out of the hundreds of people who have been given an opportunity to view it — it kinda hurts my soul just a tad.  I know I’m not bad at this stuff either; a lot of people have complimented my video in person and have said that I should become a professional editor.

If you enjoy the videos, please let me know so that I don’t feel like all this hard work was in vain. Even if it’s just one sentence, you’ll brighten my day. No matter how modest someone is, they do prefer to hear compliments on things they spent hours if not days working on.

For my family, friends, new people in my life, and of course my love, I made a little slideshow to share the growth of my relationship with my sweet husband, Trevor. This slideshow was for him and was shared at our wedding, but it is also a tribute to all those who have touched our hearts throughout our lives.  Since we are film fanatics — you kinda have to be when you work in the film industry — I intermixed a lot of clips from some of our favorite movies and TV shows.

I also made a quick highlights video with the clips from our wedding that our videographer gave us.  He wanted to make a highlights video himself, but he said it was going to be 30 minutes long. I didn’t need it to be that long, so I picked one song and made the clips flow with that.

Please don’t forget to comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts, even if they are constructive criticism.  Thank you!