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wedding stress…snap out of it!

This is a public service announcement on behalf of your family, friends and wedding vendors. If you are getting married and you are stressed out…..QUIT IT! Okay, easier said than done, but we can help you SNAP out of it! Just follow these few straight-forward tips:

  1. Believe it or not, everything will get done before the wedding. You just have to sit down and write a list with deadlines.
  2. Prioritize the task list. A=most important B=needs to be done C=if we have time to get to it. And no, not EVERY THING on the task list is an A task.
  3. Stick to the deadlines you set yourself but don’t go overboard. Getting sleep is much more important than tying 300 ribbons on wedding programs.
  4. If you are like me, you will wake up at 2am with your brain racing with a million things to do. Keep a pad of paper and pen by your bed to jot them down. Or…just get up and write them out and then you can go back to bed with a clear mind. (I have to do that second option because my hubbie isn’t a fan of me turning on the light in the middle of the night…and I don’t write well in the dark).
  5. Delgate. For Pete’s sake, delegate!!! If you are a Type A personality and want to take on the entire wedding yourself, I understand. But don’t. If you can’t let go there has to be some little task that you can delegate to someone else. Pick the big and most important projects to manage directly.

Now try your best to quit freaking out because you just stress yourself and everyone else around you that wants to help you. Not to mention, you won’t enjoy your day that you are spending so much time, effort and money on.

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plan on!

check out the new wedding wheels…

I’m excited about the new wheels for planning…forever events. You’ve got to have room for wedding stuff. Decor, vases, flowers, 56 table linens, wedding party items, or 200 goldfish for a wedding reception…you need ROOM!

Introducing Lucie Liberty…the newest addition to the wedding team. It was love at first sight….since I have always been a Jeep person. I lost my Laredo to an inattentive city worker who took an illegal left turn in front of us out in LA. Rest in Peace, Louie Laredo. Rest in Peace.

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ride on!

top 10 signs you are a wedding addict

It’s 2008 folks. Let’s get this year started out right. This is an article I wrote that will be published next month (among others) for a local wedding magazine. Let’s get a preview, shall we?

Top 10 Signs you are a Wedding Addict

10. To the chagrin of your friends and family around you; your wedding is all that you can talk about. At dinner. At the gym. At your office. At Target. At your yearly check-up. In your sleep.

9.You download a count down clock that tells you the months, weeks, days, hours and minutes until your wedding. Because you are that cute.

8. You quickly have run out of space in your 2 inch wedding binder and now can fill at least five more.

7. You Tivo all the wedding cable shows and find yourself yelling at the brides at their ridiculous choice of wedding flower arrangements.

6. You have regular nightmares regarding your wedding. The DJ doesn’t show up, the prime rib you ordered comes out looking charred, and the cake is dumped on the floor because Aunt Martha’s eight unruly children running through the reception hall.

5. You’ve maxed out your bridesmaid’s email server because of the sheer volume of pictures and constant itinerary updates.

4. You find yourself rehearsing what you will say in the thank you card to your cheap relatives that always bring gifts from the Family Dollar General Store.

3. You regularly miss your exit to your house off the highway because you’re lost in thoughts about the details of your wedding.

2.If you could get a dollar for every time you’ve said “Because it’s my day” you realize you would probably be able to pay for a full hosted bar.

and the number one reason, that let’s you know you have a wedding addiction problem (drum roll)……

1. You’re so obsessed that you now speak in wedding short-text lingo. For instance; you tell your FOB that your MOB, MOG and FI need to meet to discuss the OOT guest list and your FSIL’s son who is the RB.

[Translation: You tell your Dad that your Mom, fiancé’s mom and fiancé need to meet to discuss the out of town guest list and your future sister in law’s son who is the ring bearer.]

i don’t get christmas

First let me tell you I never grew up with a Christmas. Never. I never had a tree. I never had a gift. I never had a stocking…..you get the picture. No, we aren’t Jewish but we might as well have been. (oy vey)

So after I turned 18 I started to explore the whole Christmas idea. First I had to learn the songs. Boy. Are there A LOT OF SONGS. And there are other inconsistencies that I’m not to sure about. Such as:

  • What’s up with the 12 Days of Christmas song? Who the hell would want a partridge in a pear tree? What would you even do with something like that?
  • Why do parents jack up their kids with peppermint candy, sugar cookies and fudge; then expect them to be GOOD or else Santa won’t bring them a present? Aren’t you setting yourself up for failure?
  • Why do parents force their kids to sit with a big guy with an obvious fake beard? I hated beards when I was kid.
  • Don’t get me started on the whole elves thing. Just weird. Although I would like to see them teamed up with The Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz. THAT would be a cool movie.
  • Who came up with the idea of Santa coming down the chimney? The North Pole and a flying reindeer are more believable than some fat dude squeezing down a gross, soot filled chute.
  • The bell ringers must stop. STOP.
  • The whole idea is to spread good cheer, peace and harmony. Well the people waiting in line at Abercrombie & Fitch for 30 minutes weren’t feeling the cheer. And the lady who tried to cut in front of me at the last minute certainly didn’t feel any peace and harmony from me.

Lest you think I am being a bah-humbug, I’m not. There are some traditions that are fabulous:

  • The Mistletoe. A great ice breaker when your single.
  • Being with family and friends; eating, drinking and hanging out. When is that never fabulous?
  • Decorating the tree. How fun is that? I adore ornaments!!!
  • Two movies: Christmas Vacation and It’s a Wonderful Life. Truly, national treasures.
  • Opening presents. Who doesn’t like to open a nicely wrapped present?
  • The concept of us to all STOP and think of others. We should do that every day.
  • Having your family create their own traditions. Although we are starting from scratch we are finding our own way and sometimes creatively borrowing ideas from other families.

Happy Holidays everyone (the new politically correct way of telling everyone to enjoy their time off from Christmas to New Year’s).

 

 

 

scott baio weds!

*sigh* Scott is married.

I have a secret to tell you. I have always loved Scott Baio. He was right up there with Rick Springfield.

I’m not sure when the love affair began. He grew on me very slowly as Chachi Arcola (little cousin of the Fonz) on Happy Days. Who could not resist the red bandana tied around just one leg? By the time he had his TV wedding to Joanie…I was hooked.

What a TV wedding! Then of course he moved on to Charles in Charge. What girl in her right mind would not sign up to have HIM be your nanny! Hello? I’d hire him now to watch Boy Wonder (my husband might protest).

Now we’ll get really personal. I even….(I can’t believe I’m going to admit this)…..bought his one of the two albums he ever made. The best song on that record was “What Was in That Kiss“? I can still sing the chorus. Maybe because I listened to that song falling asleep every night for months.

Don’t judge me.

Anyway, he’s gotten married to some chickie, Renee Sloan. May they have a life time of happiness…..blah, blah, blah. Whatever. He was MY first love. 

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