Honeymoon Highlights

We’re back from 8 amazing days in Maui aka the most-beautiful place on earth! It was the perfect spot for our honeymoon with the right mix of adventure, activities and relaxing time by the pool.

We did so many cool things like powered hang-gliding, hiking to secluded waterfalls, snorkeling and lots of time by the pool. Of course we also ate some amazing meals, most of which had gorgeous sunset views.

This slide show showcases some of the best parts of our trip.

Please excuse the extra-wide screen, I wanted you all to see the full extent of the photos. There’s a lot, so if you want to skip some, click the player to go to Picasa and see thumbnails.

I can’t wait until we can go back!!

The Last Few Days…

In the last few days leading up to our wedding, I’ve gotten a lot of well-wishes and advice from other former brides. The one thing they all say is “try to soak up as much as you can, it goes by SO FAST!”

I have no doubt that this weekend will breeze by in a flash, so I’m going to do my best to take their advice to heart. Exactly how I’ll do it is another question. I can’t help but think of Pam on The Office and the “mental snapshots” she took throughout her and Jim’s wedding.

But beyond the events of the weekend, I am wondering how I am going to feel. I’ve heard two different takes on the wedding day from former brides:

  1. “It was the best day of my life!”
  2. “I couldn’t wait for my wedding to be over! It was just stressful and not fun for me at all.”

One of my biggest fears is that I’ll end up feeling like the second example, anxious and stressed on Saturday instead of relaxed and happy. We’re in a really good position with the little details and last minute stresses, but it still worries me.

I’m going to ask my bridesmaids and family to do their best to stay calm and relaxed, because I think they’re demeanor will rub off on me. I’m also going to keep reminding myself that it’s ONE DAY and it doesn’t have to be “THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE,” because that’s a lot to live up to.

What I’m expecting in all honesty is an array of emotions from joyful and excited, to stressed and even sad when it’s all over. Through it all I will try to remember what it’s all about, my love for Luke and our commitment to each other.

Do you guys have any tips for staying sane on my wedding day? How can I make the most of the short 24 hours?

Life Certainly is BATTY!

Hey guys! I’m sorry I’ve been sort of MIA these past couple weeks. With my wedding coming up next week, I’ve been all sorts of busy with dress fittings, program printing, meeting with my vendors…the list goes on.

On top of that, work has been hectic. I had a big event yesterday for my client Sharpie markers, which thankfully was a big success. Now I’m trying to wrap up all my other work before I’m out for my wedding.

There’s so much to talk about, yet no time to write!

I promise I’ll try to do a better job keeping you guys updated and will definitely fill you in on all the details of this crazy last week eventually.

Thanks for all your support, words of encouragement and comments. They mean a lot to me.

NINE MORE DAYS then I’ll be “Mrs. Batman!”

A Rant About Wedding Veils

For some reason when you put the words “wedding” or “bridal” in front of anything – cake, dress, flowers – the cost automatically jumps 100%. This is especially true for veils.

A few weeks ago I had a dress fitting at the bridal salon. I decided I wanted a veil, so I had the sales lady pull some chapel-length, ivory options with no trim or embellishments. I found one I really liked…until I asked the price…

$250!! WOWZA! Seriously?? $250 for 72″ of netting fixed to a plastic comb??

I was floored.

Needless to say, I  handed the veil back like I was playing a game of hot potato and decided to look online for cheaper options.

Once again my old friend Etsy came to the rescue. Within 10 minutes of searching I came across a shop that sold gorgeous veils for $20-$30. Phew- that was MUCH better.

My veil arrived in the mail this morning and it’s exactly what I wanted- a simple, ivory, chapel-length veil. The netting is really soft and not stiff at all. It came fixed to a clear hair comb (for TWENTY DOLLARS!).


So if you’re looking for a veil, please, please, PLEASE do not spend more than $50. Visit A Busy Mom’s shop on Etsy and have yours hand-made at any length, with options for embellishment, for a reasonable price.

Okay, veil rant is over. I’m glad I got that off my chest!

Happy Monday!