No worrying about “does this match that?”
It has been a while since I wrote for the blog. School assignments keeping me busy, plus wedding planning and even a job. Any minute now “they” won’t let me call myself a blogger.
So here is a very cute infographic that made me smile:
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Hace tiempo no escribo para el blog. Muchas tareas para mis estudios, los detalles para nuestra boda, y hasta un trabajo. Ya me van a quitar el titulo de bloguera.
La buena noticia, es que anoche leí una nota de McDonald’s, y aquí la comparto con ustedes. “Me encanta” que por McDonald’s ahora sé que “año bisiesto” es “leap year”.
Aqui les dejo con la imagen que me puso a sonreir:
If you have trouble viewing the infographic, here are the important details:
Purchase one Sausage McMuffin with Egg, get another one FREE
Buy one Big Mac and get another one FREE
How’s that for a fun “extra”? Gracias, McDonald’s!
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Si acaso hay dificultad con ver la grafica, aqui los detalles importantes:
Con la compra de un Sausage McMuffin con huevo, recibe uno GRATIS
Comprando un Big Mac, recibe uno GRATIS
Que crees, de este “extra”? Thanks, McDonald’s!
My fiancee and I are planning a summer wedding. Summer 2012. It seems so soon! Since we have different work schedules, I have gotten creative on how to discuss wedding and reception ideas. So far a few things we did:
- Create a joint wedding email account, which forwards to both of us. Then we can say: did you read that one from (insert vendor) instead of waiting until we see each other to discuss what was in the message.
- Found ribbons in “our colors” at a crafts store, then going to a home improvement store so we could get paint chip samples. This is a little more manly for when he has to choose his tuxedo and pocket square, and a lot less messy than a ribbon fraying.
- Drafted invitations online. No commitment to print or order from that vendor, but a nice image of how the words would look with different fonts and paragraph alignment.
- Use an online “inspiration board” to collect ideas. This way I avoid bookmarking websites and forgetting what I liked at each one.
- Design a virtual wedding dress online (I don’t want him to see the REAL finished product until the wedding day).
Have you found new ways to use technology for event planning? Do you have any ideas for other wedding planning shortcuts?
You may have seen my update on Facebook or Twitter:
After Thanksgiving dinner, while the rest of the family lounged over dessert, Arthur suggested we move to the living room. He gave me a beautiful engagement ring, which made me lose my breath and giggle like a little girl. I ran to the dining room and flashed the ring. The adults refused to believe it until Arthur proposed loud enough for them to hear. We all hugged, some of us got emotional. We all floated away from the table happy and excited. I later learned, Arthur had Lesli approve the ring before presenting it to me.
The next morning it started to hit me. I AM GETTING MARRIED! I have to plan a wedding. Correction, we have to plan a wedding. I have to juggle my work schedule while finishing this semester, then Spring 2012, at least, before becoming Arthur’s wife (or as Latinos say, la señora de Arturo). Add in Arthur’s work schedule and we have a lot to coordinate while planning for the joyous event.
There are so many things to be planned, purchased, paid for, positioned. Every time I turn around it seems another item is added to the list.
So far we have decided a few things:
- Ceremony location – the place where we met.
- Colors – ocean and sand (shush, it’s better than blush and bashful in Steel Magnolias).
- Theme – tropical, beach, relaxed.
- Wedding date – early summer, after school ends for me and the children we want in the procession.
Invitations and printed items are still to be decided. Call me a digital bride, I fail to understand the need for tissue over the invitation. I also wonder about response cards. So many people call, text or email with questions. Enclosing these extras with the invitation seems a bit unnecessary unless the menu has choices like beef, chicken or fish. Which leads me to:
The reception menu is still to be decided. So far we know we want to share our favorite foods. We both enjoy sushi, barbecue, pasta, rice, seafood, pastries, cakes, you name it. This also leads to another sticky point:
We will not serve liquor during our reception, except perhaps for the toast.
As I mentioned above, so many things I never considered are now becoming important. What seems most important right this minute is to practice the following phrase, maybe use it two times a day during the planning and decision time:
I need to check with Arthur on that.
A few weeks ago I was walking along on a New York City sidewalk when this store display caught my eye. Apparently they have so many different types of wedding invitations that someone got inspired. It was the first time I got the idea of dressing up for spring in such a unique way. It just screamed “Wordless Wednesday”. Click on the photo to see the full-size image.
Many moons ago, in a state far, far away from New Jersey, my sister got married. I traveled with my daughter and the other New Jersey relatives for the festivities. As we approached the location for the wedding ceremony, I started to giggle.
Only my daughter knew the reason – my obsession … ducks! We have a stash of rubber duckies, and even planned spring break 2009 to include the Peabody Ducks in Memphis, Tennessee. That’s a whole separate post though. Whenever possible, I buy babies a safety duck like this one, to check bath water temperature. Go ahead now, I’m ready for your comments. Right after you check out the cutest road sign ever.
August 12, 2009. I woke up knowing it would be memorable. My calendar entry said “City Hall with Leti and Mauri” which is NOT an everyday event. They got engaged in October 2008; in July 2009 they set a date and asked me to be maid of honor (plus witness on the application for marriage license). Who could say no?
The appointment at City Hall was for 11. I was nervous about the whole “official business” thing and even got to City Hall about 10 minutes before the lovebirds. We walked into the office at 11, and the lady behind the desk started asking for documents. Rummage, check, here ya go. She’s filling out the forms … full name, date and place of birth, wedding date? “THIS Saturday?” Her eyebrow went up, and she said something like “well, you need to go to the County courthouse for a waiver of time.” Two cities away, the County courthouse.
Walking out of City Hall, Leticia called the officiant to see if he had this happen before. Thank goodness, he knows what to do. A phone call to the next level person at City Hall, who says she can get an answer. We just have to wait 2 hours – overlapping lunches and whatnot.
** Now if you’re wondering, let me tell you why Leti & Mauri are two of my favorite people on the planet. They balance and complement each other, they make me hopeful about love as an action verb. In the face of bureaucracy, when told to wait, they looked at each other and said “well, everybody else is having lunch, let’s go eat”. Off we went for a delicious Peruvian brunch, then to find clothes for the wedding day, pretending to ignore the clock.**
Incoming call. There’s a Judge at the County courthouse who will be happy to sign the waiver, as long as we get there by 2:30. Um, yeah .. it’s 2:10. Leti calls for a cab, which appears almost by magic. Hold on, now the show’s on the road! We speed down the highway as raindrops start to fall. We made it to the County building at 2:25, walking through security Mauricio set off the metal detector with his belt. Never expected that – Leti and I had been joking in the cab, wondering which of our underwires would beep. Quickly to the elevators, get upstairs, find the Judge’s chambers. Not so fast. Leti’s calling me back. The lady at the desk, as it turns out, has the form that needs to be filled out before seeing the Judge. Fill it out, call the officer, he comes out to escort us…
Into an empty courtroom. The officer has gone back to get everybody. Now here he is, then the Judge, clerk and secretary. Swear in the participants. Judge asks “so what happened here, why do you need a waiver?” Leticia explains what happened at City Hall, plus how the family is expecting something to happen Saturday night. The Judge asks Mauricio “You sure about this? Because as soon as I sign and enter this, there’s no backing out for you.” Giggles from the staff, Mauricio says “yes, of course”. The order was signed, stamped and copied, Leticia invited 4 extra people to her wedding.
We walked a block for the bus, made it back to City Hall before they could close for the day. We tried not acting smug when Leticia gave everything to the lady. The marriage license will be ready on Friday, and the wedding is still Saturday. Leaving City Hall, each headed our own separate ways, we exchanged a look and said “see you at 7″. We both knew that after such a day, it was time for mojitos and margaritas! Let’s just say last night, we had enough mojitos and margaritas to lose track…