Monday, January 31, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

And I feel like I'm making them all by myself! lol. But how many husbands are actually interested in helping plan the wedding. All they know is that they really really like this girl and want to have her babies, lol. I want him to come with me next weekend to start choosing our wedding registry items. It won't be a lot, it will just be what we need. But he won't care if I decide to scan a Sausage Stuffer! But he does surprise me sometimes... The other day I was at our local consignment store and I was going to buy a beautiful (vintage, I think) glass pitcher. It has the older style painted design on it. And Hubs actually stopped me and was like we have like a billion pitchers at home. I was like yeah, but they're old and probably leak in bpa. He pays attention at the weirdest times. Blah! Anywho...

So, with all the decisions I've been making, this past weekend I went for a jog. I just took in the scenery and now I want to drive around and take a look at all the local parks! I mean there was a lot of people at the park that I was at... thinking... and was like like can I ask these people to leave during my wedding? Lol. There was lots of hot sweaty men playing soccer. Which, come to think of it, wouldn't be a bad photo opp, right?!

So I'm still having trouble picking a venue! I so want to pick one before we make our "Save the Date" video that we won...


Sunday, January 30, 2011


Don't know when the last time I weight myself... but I'm down almost 5 lbs!! **Happy Dance**

I haven't been exercising as much as I like, but I have been eating pretty good. Yesterday Hubs took me to a buffet, which I really don't like going to, but it was FREE cus it was my birthday, so I had no objections. I had a salad plate, no dressing (lemon & pepper) and then a plate of... i can't remember. I didn't like the fact that there wasn't much vegetables! Ahhh, I really 'dislike' that!

Anyways.... so, just got to pick up the exercise and I should be good.

Okay... wedding input needed. I finished wedding *first dance* song. I want it to be our first dance, but I also want to say "hell & goodbye" to my daddy and my hubs daddy. We both lost them recently (2005/2009). These were really low times for both of us and we miss them dearly. So both our dads loved music. My dad was a musican as well. He loved the beatles and music with meaning and a great beat! So I was looking for beatles "Love songs." But their loves songs are really lovely, lol. Then I stumbled across this one! Ohhh, I hope this is the one.... My daughter was 16 months when my dad past and my mom got or found a cute chim that you can play "All You Need Is Love" on it... she'd walk around the house humming and singing this song!

Other than this one... Thinking of Barbra & Bryan! "I Finally Found Someone!" I would listen to this song when I was younger thinking of boys! lol


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Guest List

Ohhhh! How can I do this? I have my family, my hubs family, my grandmas family my other grandmas family and my grandpas family. My "friends" list won't be long. Don't have that many close friends, thank goodness. But it's hard to not forget anyone. How did you decide who to invite and where did you cut it off. How many guests did you have.

When I talk to vendors I've been telling them 200, but I'm afraid it might be more. I'm using TheKnot to put everything together, but I'm thinking of having something in writing to just flip through pages instead of clicking!

Then I have the invitations.... Ohh I'm sure etiquette has changed... How do you invite family members who are not in good standings with others, or those who are divorced, or those who are just not good in social events?

I got a headache already and it's only 7am! I think I'm going to stop for now. I started my list... I only have 26 so far!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another Event *FREE*

Excited to go to this one because I entered to win the $10,000 Wedding Package and you are required to be present to win as well as the monthly giveaway at!

And some news... Monday we will be calling venue and photography people to set up appointments to go and visit. I wonder how they will react when we tell them we want it to be as green as possible. I want to see what other recommendations they give.I know it's over a year away, but I want to be prepared.

So, if you are local... be sure to visit the event. It's on the corner of Texas & Business 83!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Welcome New followers!

Hi, ya'll.... hasn't ABE been fantastic! I haven't entered all the giveaways but plan to!

Well, I thought I'd take the time to welcome all my new followers. I really hope to gain some experienced (haha) women who have been married before. Also those who are great inspiration maybe even competition in looking their best at their wedding!

We are already married civilly but along with tradition, and ME, I've always and have been waiting to get married through the church, the church I grew up going to. Finally we have just gone a head and set a date, ready or not here we come!

Our wedding Date is July 28, 2012. Our first date was on July 28, 2003!
Our theme is Asian Chic. My hubs loves anime and I love the simple yet elegant look of their culture and my girls (I have two daughters, 6 & about to be 2!), love chinese food! We also plan (and it would be a dream if we could go to China or Japan for our honeymoon) to visit some time after we retire.

Anyways... I also plan to have a green wedding. My family (my aunts) have agreed to help me make the decorations and I want all the food to be bought locally as any flowers (but I plan on using as little as possible) that we may use.

I won't name names, but I'm going to be getting my wedding dress and accessories for FREE from two dear friends (maybe one should be my maid of honor!). And as you can see in the previous post I won my save the date video! Any suggestions on that?!

I think our colors will be crimson & creme. Although I don't know what other items to use, I'd like to incorporate the usual wedding symbols for luck and love, but was also thinking of faith hope and love. I also really don't want to use the traditional lanterns, but rather making fabric pom-poms.

Well, take a look at these pics: (found via Google Search)

These pom poms were hand-made for an Asian themed wedding (look at the hanging lanterns in the background!) using Chinese newspapers and took 6 hours to make each one!

These are adorable! I think we can make these... what do you think?
Again, not sure if I want to have these, but I want to use the symbols or letters, whatever they're called, :p
Love that the candles are hanging from the branches!
I think these were glass, which is a good idea, maybe just as decorations at the "sing-in table?"

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Guess what?! I won something for my wedding already. Isn't that awesome. I wasn't even trying to win. Anyways, this past Sunday we attended the wedding expo and I entered all their giveaways. There was so many people I didn't think I'd win any. But this morning I got a call from Mr. Geraldo telling me that I won!

I won a Save The Date Video from!

We will be visiting next week to set up everything! This is just a great way to start off planning the wedding, don't you think? It's also motivation to keep on working out!

Hubs and I had a date night today and I was looking for an inspirational piece for the wedding. We also went by Macy's to see if we wanted to get a registry there. Where did you get or want your registry at? We aren't that "fancy" of a couple, of course we'd want sustainable items that we can use for years.

As far as the working out, it's been going good. Been working out about 2-3 times a week and plan to step it up once I get use to working out, lol.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I got a heads up from a local twitter-er about a Bridal Show this weekend! You know where I'll be! I hope they have what I'm looking for or atleast point me in the right direction. I will take some pics and share any vendors that I learn of. Here's the details:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

McAllen Convention Center

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission $10.00

The event will include fashion shows, bridal ideas, products, food sampling, and money-saving offers. Grab your hubby to be or your friends and start planning your most important day! Congrats on the engagement :)

For more information visit:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hope to get new followers to HELP!

Just incase you're wondering, I also blog @ The Mommy Blog. This blog is dedicated to losing weight and doing it to have the best wedding ever! lol

Thank you for being friendly and following!

Monday, January 3, 2011


Just wanted to see if anyone wants to join in losing weight, wether it be for you, your health or a resolution. I've been apart of this GROUP for years and they helped me lose weight so that I could have my second baby.

There's been very little activity but I hope to change that. So if you're interested go ahead and stop by! Weight Loss Buddies @

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The List

Here are some must haves for my wedding. I wish I could have a truly "Green" wedding but hubs doesn't like that color, lol. Which are your favorites?

  1. Have your ceremony and reception at the same location.
  2. Keep the wedding cake simple.
  3. Use the linens that your reception site provides.
  4. Wear a dress made of raw silk.
  5. Use a reply postcard, rather than a note card that needs an envelope.
  6. Purchase a simple wedding gown that you would wear again.
  7. Create a wedding website, rather than using mailer inserts with your invitation.
  8. Use polished stones as a centerpiece in a lovely, shallow bowl.
  9. Donate your wedding dress to a charity when the wedding is over.
  10. Choose bridesmaids dresses that your friends will wear again.
  11. Have the groomsmen wear a suit they can use again for work.
  12. Blow bubbles rather than tossing rice; rice kills birds when they eat it.
  13. Rent real glasses and dishes, as opposed to using disposable plates.
  14. Use a florist who uses flowers from local or organic farms.
  15. Have your guests reply on the website, rather than send in paper reply cards.
  16. Register for your gifts at local shops, so as to save on shipping materials and gas.
  17. Use recycled gold for your eco wedding rings.
  18. Select a wedding venue close to your home.
  19. Create your own bouquets from wildflowers.
  20. Ride a tandem bike home from the reception.
  21. Use potted plants as centerpieces for a more organic wedding.
  22. Use biodegradable, compostable dishes and flatware made from cornstarch, sugar cane, or tropical leaves.
  23. In lieu of a favor, give the money to a charity for a greener world.
  24. Use a green wedding registry.
  25. Use cloth napkins, rather than paper.
  26. Order your programs to be printed on 100% recycled post consumer waste paper that has been processed without chlorine.
  27. Rather than hosting a full bar, have a personalized cocktail made of organic ingredients – including organic vodka.
  28. Use hemp paper for your save-the-date cards.
  29. Use food that is in-season for the reception.
  30. Keep the wedding small. The more guests you invite, the bigger the carbon footprint left from the wedding.
  31. Donate the flowers from your wedding to a hospital.
  32. Give each guest an 11-watt compact fluorescent bulb as a favor. Each replaced 50-watt incandescent bulb with the wedding favor will save 685 pounds of carbon dioxide.
  33. Give a recycled handmade paper bookmark with wildflower seeds as a favor. This can be planted once they are finished using it.
  34. Purchase wedding shoes that you will wear again.
  35. Use a caterer who composts the leftover food.
  36. Use locally grown flowers for your arrangements.
  37. Throw rose petals after the ceremony, rather than releasing butterflies.
  38. Give antique wedding bands to each other.
  39. Have your invitations made on bamboo paper.
  40. If you want to have a camera at each table for guests to use, rent the digital ones rather than single use.
  41. Travel by train, rather than by plane.
  42. Purchase your dress or tuxedo from a vintage boutique.
  43. Take an eco-considerate honeymoon. Travel close to home or consider eco-tourism for your honeymoon destination.
  44. Consider having a meat-free menu at your reception.
  45. Have an outdoor ceremony and reception.
  46. Hire vendors who are committed to being "green" and providing sustainable wedding practices.
  47. Purchase a conflict-free gem for your engagement ring.
  48. Live green after the wedding.
  49. Give organic chocolate as a favor.
  50. Use all local wedding vendors.
  51. Give dried organic herbs as a favor.
  52. Hire an all-digital photographer.
  53. Give flower-bulbs as green wedding favors.
  54. Plant a tree in memory of your wedding day. Then, plant a tree together on every anniversary.
  55. Use beeswax candles.
  56. Use reusable linens, rather than disposable ones.
  57. Use an organic wedding caterer.
  58. When printing for your wedding, use a printer that can use paper with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
  59. Use all natural make-up.
  60. Ask your friends to grow flowers in their personal gardens for your centerpieces. This adds a personal touch as well!
  61. Rather than having a big party, elope!
  62. Have your guests sign the mat of a framed photo from your engagement instead of a guest book.
  63. Travel to your guests instead! If most of your guests come from one part of the country, go to them instead of everyone coming to you.
  64. If you have a lot of clutter and are trying to move in together, why not ask your guests to take a gift, rather than buy you something. Give away your clutter! What’s old is new again.
  65. Give your guests the option of donating to charity, rather than purchasing a wedding gift.
  66. Buy a diamond mined from Canada or Australia for your engagement ring.
  67. Use a non-profit space to host your ceremony and reception.
  68. Arrive to the wedding reception in a hybrid or smartcar!
  69. Donate the leftover uneaten food from your reception, instead of throwing it out.
  70. Tell out of town guests about the eco-friendly hotels in the area.
  71. Choose fair trade flowers if you want a flower that requires being flown into your area.
  72. Have an outdoorsy honeymoon, such as camping, backpacking, or fishing.
  73. Use your Grandma’s vintage veil. It can be your "something borrowed."
  74. Donate all the leftover food to a local food bank.
  75. Use a pump spray hairspray can, rather than an aerosol can.
  76. Go barefoot!
  77. Give a reusable, locally made cloth tote bag to your bridal party as a gift.
  78. Have bridesmaids carry matching clutches, rather than bouquets. A clutch or purse they will use again.
  79. Use soy-based candles.
  80. Decorate with branches!
  81. If you have separate sites for your ceremony and reception, use the same d├ęcor from the ceremony for the reception.
  82. Collect all the paper products at the end of the night and recycle them.
  83. Use a horse and carriage as your form of transportation, rather than a car.
  84. Have your caterer purchase the meat from a "cruelty-free" farm.
  85. Go for shabby-chic and mix and match plates from a local thrift store. Donate all the plates back when you are finished.
  86. Rather than purchase champagne for the toast, have guests toast with what they are already drinking.
  87. Use an environmentally friendly cleaner when it comes time to clean the dress.
  88. Give all the guests a downloadable play list with your favorite songs.
  89. Serve local, organic wine at the reception.
  90. Opt for a cocktail and appetizer reception, rather than a plated dinner.
  91. If you want to have a local destination wedding, have all the guests stay in the same bed and breakfast or inn. Have the reception and ceremony in that same place!
  92. Calculate the mileage guests will travel and then offset their carbon footprint by donating to preserving the rainforests.
  93. Use locally grown berries in your wedding cake.
  94. Have your bridesmaids wear black dresses that they already owned for the ceremony.
  95. Rent the tuxes from a local shop.
  96. Do your rehearsal dinner at a friend’s home and have everyone chip in to cook.
  97. Elope locally for your ceremony and then have a cocktail party when you return to celebrate with your friends.
  98. Hire an all-digital videographer.
  99. Give tree saplings as a favor.
  100. Give a donation in your bridal attendants' names, in lieu of a gift.
  101. Continue spreading the word about ways to be eco-friendly to all your friends and family!