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I'm Alive!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I'm still alive and well, I promise! ;) I know it has been a VERY long time since I last blogged and even signed on to Sparkpeople. Planning a wedding, taking care of my uncle, house work, and an unpredictable work schedule has really taken up a huge chunk of my time so I'm not on Sparkpeople as much as I'd love to. Also exercise has been taking up a chunk of time as well since I try my best to get as much exercise as I can without being worn out.

A lot has happened over the course of the past month... My maid of honor flew in from Seattle and we were able to pick out the dress with one of my bridesmaids! The dress looked great on both girls and yesterday I had another bridesmaid get fitted in the dress and it looked good on her too! I have 2 more bridesmaids to get fitted and have their dresses ordered. It was such a great weekend when my maid of honor was here visiting! We went out to lunch, went to a bunch of different shops to try on clothes, picked out my outfit for my engagement photos that are going to be later this month, and she got to dry on bridesmaid dresses.

When my maid of honor and I went to David's Bridal we went to alterations first so I could try on my dress and see what would need to be done in terms of alterations... let's just say my experience was horrible! The alterations woman had me lift my arms up so see the top of the dress and she said "Oh my goodness look at your flabby arms! There's so much skin." she had me take the dress off and put me in a size 12 to see if it would work better than the size 10 that was ordered. While I was changing she was talking to my maid of honor and told her "you know there's a lot of exercises she can do to fix those arms." Really?! I instantly became pissed off! We were able to have the store order a size 12 and I will need to have it taken in and add a bustle which would be $160.00. We walked out to my maid of honor's car to put stuff away so we could get ready for the bridesmaid dress appointment and I began to cry. I never felt so hurt, belittled, humiliated, and embarrassed in my entire life!

A few days later I was able to calm down and wrote David's Bridal and message on Facebook and was contacted by the district manager who offered me 20% back to my debit card for what happened. She e-mailed me the next day to apologize again and told me the dress was on sale right now so she gave me the sales price as well as a discount for what I went through. I ended up with $316.11 back! That will pay for the alterations, my flower girl's dress, and my fiance's sister's bridesmaid dress. All in all I am happy with the end result but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. It was definitely something I never would have expected and I was so shocked that it happened.

Overall I've been doing well! We did a cater tasting that went really well so I will be signing the contract today and dropping off the down payment this week. They offered me a 5% discount for paying with cash so that is a savings in itself! Also the dj contract has been signed and a 50% deposit has been made. He gave me $100 off because he had forgotten he was going to match another dj's quote. So I am saving money left and right which is a huge help! Weddings truly are expensive! I'm trying my best to cut costs and keep cost down which has been sort of working. I lucked out and am getting a free engagement photo shoot from a friend of mine who is trying to build up her portfolio. We're doing a pumpkin patch theme with the pumpkins and hay bales! I got some stencils, white spray paint, and 4 pumpkins so we can paint "I do May 31st 2015" on them. It'll be sooo cute!

  
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GRANNIEC1 10/27/2014 11:26AM

    I can't believe anyone in business working with the public would say such a thing! I'm wondering if she still has a job or if they are taking it out of her pay check?
Anyway, I'm so glad it's all coming together and you're catching some nice deserved breaks.
Make sure you post an engagement picture on here. I'd love to see it. I'm so happy and excited for you honey!! And I have missed seeing you on here. But, I also know know how hectic things get. emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 10/16/2014 6:03AM

    Umm has anyone thought that your arms arent flabby - but that's all loose skin from the exercise you have been doing. Those arent bat wings - they are victory ribbons! Good for you for speaking up for yourself.

One of my favorite ways to save money was by ordering my flowers through the supermarket. They were lovely and half the price of a traditional florist.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/11/2014 4:46PM

    wow you have been busy.what a horrid experiance especally in a bride shop.i hope that woman got a roasting so she doesn´t do it to someone else.would be nice if she had appologized to you as well.keep on keeping on emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 10/8/2014 3:27PM

    How awful to have to have that experience - but at least the store manager did his/her best to make it as right as they could. You can't take back those hurtful words and unfortunately, that will be what you remember most about that place!

Best of wishes with that wedding and keep sparking!!! emoticon

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BEACHCALSIX 10/8/2014 1:16PM

    wow, what a horrible saleswoman. It's NONE of her business what your body or anyone elses looks like. She doesn't know what you've been through and how hard you've worked to get where you are! Ignorant. When I tried on my wedding dress with my maid of honor, the saleswoman found out I was pregnant (literally only 2 weeks pregnant) and she said "OOOH wow, you are already showing!!"
It made me so mad, I was in tears. and it was Davids Bridal too. They need to train their associates a little better in my opinion.
Anyways, I'm so glad you're saving money! This will take so much stress off your day. Enjoy this time, you are making memories that will last forever!

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ICECUB 10/7/2014 6:44PM

    I AM SORRY THAT HURTFUL AND IGNORANT WORDS RUIN YOUR DAY. WHEN IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A SPECIAL AND HAPPY OCCASION. THE SALES WOMAN KNEW BETTER. I AGREE SHE WAS IGNORANT. I AM GLAD you WROTE DAVID'S SO MANY PEOPLE LET THESE INSENSITIVE EXCHANGES PASS. I THINK YOU HAVE TO TAKE UP FOR YOURSELF.

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POSITIVEHOPE 10/7/2014 6:09PM

    I am so proud of you that you let the bridal shop know what happened. The manager really stepped up to help smooth things over but a hurt like that can never really be completely removed. That tailor really needs to be taken to task by management. That should never happen to anyone. She should be so ashamed. Her mouth was way ahead of her head. Obviously, her opinions aren't worth anything. She was just dumb.

Your plans sound so lovely. There is so much to do to plan a wedding. Be sure to take photos whenever you go to tastings, the florist or whatever. Remembering the planning is wonderful.



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FORZACHANDMATT 10/7/2014 6:06PM

    Sounds like you are having fun except for that terrible experience - I'm so sorry! How can people be so mean?

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LALATIDAH 10/7/2014 5:00PM

    OhEmGee! I cannot believe that woman had the nerve to say that to you!! How rude!!!
I wish you all the best in your new life & marriage!
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Packages

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My wedding invites will arrive today! Can't wait :) Day off today woohoo.

  
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GRANNIEC1 9/22/2014 11:15AM

    AWESOME!

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2BDYNAMIC 9/11/2014 7:44PM

    wow ............ the clock is ticking ........... Hooray!

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ICECUB 9/10/2014 6:42PM

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THE Wedding Dress (With Photos)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I have finally gotten a free moment to get back on to Sparkpeople! It's been a few days and I really have missed logging on each day. Work has taken up a big chunk of time but I'm just happy to be working! I've been busy working, wedding planning, exercising, and taking care of my uncle. On my day off on Wednesday I saw 3 florists and that took a lot out of me! I had today off and I have tomorrow as well. I'm trying to set up an appointment tomorrow to visit with a potential DJ :) On Thursday night we'll hopefully have a tasting with the caterer! Once we lock in the DJ and caterer I'll be moving on to cake tastings and picking out the bakery that we'll be using. On the 26th my matron of honor is flying in from Seattle so she can be apart of the bridesmaids dress shopping! I cannot wait to have almost everyone there together trying dresses on :)

Without further ado! Here is THE dress that I bought along with the slip, bra, head band, lace bolero and veil. I can't wait for it to come in! I'm also including photos of the other dresses that I tried on. The one I chose was literally the 2nd one I put on and I just knew that was the ONE. They put my in a ball gown first to make sure it was a style I did not want and I was right, it was horrible on me. I wanted something more form fitting to show off the curves I've got going on now and to show off my hard work the past 7 years.



And here are the ones I didn't choose...







  
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OPTIMIST1948 9/29/2014 6:45AM

    Very pretty. YOU are the only person that needs to be happy. Not the sales lady!

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WEIGH-2-GO 9/10/2014 2:56PM

    They all are pretty :) what a dream. :) how wonderful.

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GRANNIEC1 9/10/2014 1:05AM

    Oh my, I couldn't agree more, the curvaceous dress is the winner!
You, my dear, are absolutely stunning in your gown. The Groom is going to be in tears the moment he sees you. emoticon And your 7 years has made you most deserving of the style!! emoticon

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ICECUB 9/8/2014 7:39PM

    BEAUTIFUL

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BEACHCALSIX 9/8/2014 2:15PM

    ooooooooooh sooo perfect!!! The one you picked is hands down THE best one of all of them! I wish I could have worn a form fitting dress for my wedding, ended up with an a-line style but still felt beautiful.
You will have an AMAZING wedding!! emoticon emoticon

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JAMIRBLAZE 9/8/2014 12:09PM

    Lovely!

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LILHOBBIT29 9/8/2014 2:09AM

    You look gorgeous in all of them!! :-)
So happy for you!!

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RORYLYONS 9/7/2014 11:18PM

    I love it ....yes it certainly looks awesome on you... emoticon emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 9/7/2014 10:29PM

    You made the right choice. Absolutely breath-taking! Congratulations on your accomplishments to give you those great curves!

Many blessings!




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CARRENK 9/7/2014 9:35PM

    Wow, they all look great (though I agree - the ballgown was maybe a bit much!)

Love your veil too - and the little lace jacket is really cute; gives the familiar mermaid style a slightly different look.

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I Found The Dress!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I had a wonderful time in Chico over the weekend. On Saturday I went wedding dress shopping at David's Bridal and ended up picking my dress!!!! It was totally unexpected and unplanned because I wasn't planning on finding the dress so quickly. The dress I chose was literally the 2nd dress I tried on and it was absolutely beautiful and perfect for my style. I tried on other dresses after it just to be sure but nothing compared to it. I went with a more form fitting figure flattering dress style because I want to be able to show off all of my hard work and determination... and who would have thought that I have an hour glass figure going on?! I had no clue until I put this dress on. The sales woman ended up putting a veil and head band on me and I loved them so much with the dress that I got those as well. I also go the bra and slip, a cloth dress bag, and a wedding dress preservation kit to have my dress preserved after the wedding. I lucked out by having the dress be $300 off making it an amazing deal. I got everything mentioned for $1591 which I think is an amazing price.

I spent Sunday getting things for some of the centerpieces that I will be doing myself. I got the blue pint sized mason jars with different pebbles/rocks from a craft store and brown twine from my job that I will hot glue around the top of the jars and will be placing an LED tea light candle inside the jar. I'm so excited to do a craft night with one of my bridesmaid's to get them done.

Everything is starting to come together :)

  
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BEACHCALSIX 9/4/2014 11:21AM

    I agree with mureimers, pictures! Unless you are waiting for your wedding to unveil it than make it a surprise lol! Glad you found your dress without stress, I bet you look gorgeous in it!

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MJREIMERS 9/3/2014 9:31PM

    Yay! Pictures of everything!!!

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CARRENK 9/3/2014 4:30PM

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GRANNIEC1 9/3/2014 3:28PM

    How FABOULUS that you finally SAW your pay off in the most AMAZING way, your Wedding Gown. emoticon
Someone was definitely watching over you emoticon
I'm so happy for you and your excitement comes through. I'm excited for you as everything starts falling into place. emoticon

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ICECUB 9/3/2014 1:51PM

    emoticon ON FINDING EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED. YOU WILL MAKE A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE. emoticon

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JANUT57 9/3/2014 12:38PM

  Sounds like you had a very productive day! congratulations on your upcoming wedding! You will look amazing! emoticon

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Bitter Sweet

Friday, August 29, 2014

Super excited yet nervous... I know tomorrow is going to be so bitter sweet for me because my mom won't be there to witness any of the wedding planning or the wedding. I really wish she could be there but I find some comfort in knowing her spirit will be present in some way.

  
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GRANNIEC1 8/29/2014 11:50PM

    Mother's are always close at heart. You'll feel her with you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNYMARIEC 8/29/2014 10:00PM

    Oh my gosh! You're getting married! Congratulations! I've been away from my computer for the greater part of the last month, so I missed that blog (and all the others after it).

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IMAVISION 8/29/2014 7:41PM

    Your cherished Mom will always be with you in your treasured memories & in your heart.

God bless you always!

Ima

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ICECUB 8/29/2014 6:12PM

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WIFE49 8/29/2014 1:16PM

    Bless you on your wedding day. I am sure your mom will be smiling down on you.

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DUTE06 8/29/2014 11:47AM

    You know she will be with you. And for always !

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