My wedded bliss started at 10:01 PM when my wedding was over and my bridesmaids waited no time jumping in the pool.  It was the first time that I felt like “I did it” and you girls.. go have fun!!!  I just could not ruin my Lazaro dress because I did want to resell it, see budget tips on how to save money.  My new husband and I went to our Send Off Party and then back to our bridal suite.  I thought that the “talk” of the wedding would be my bridesmaids jumping in the pool…

Our Wedded Bliss was awoken by a 6.1 earthquake in Napa, CA at 3:20AM.  It was the largest earthquake to hit the Bay Area in over 25 years.  Brad, my husband, was actually thrown out of bed by the earthquake, only with a minor scrape.  We had fallen lamps and glassware and no power.  Luckily our hotel was not hit as badly as others.

We realized that we were truly blessed to be married and although without power, none of our guests were injured and we were incredibly thankful the power outage happened after the wedding!!!  You never anticipate mother nature knocking on your door on your wedding weekend..  so we feel incredibly blessed for our special day.  Although you can’t anticipate mother nature sometimes, you just have to embrace her 🙂

bride in Lazaro wedding dress, bridesmaids in the pool

bride in Lazaro mermaid wedding dress and bridesmaids in the pool

With a 4 hour layover in Munich, Germany, we decided to take the train from the airport to a popular pub Paulaner to get a German beer, cheers!!

FINALLY! With hardly any sleep from the earthquake and 13 hours of travel.. we made it to Florence, Italy @Firenze

The Duomo

The Italians love ham, cheese, pizza and pasta and SO DO WE!!!

My husband loves taking pictures of me when I’m not paying attention. @Osteria Dell Agnolo

Here’s another picture of him catching me off guard with our Tuscany painting.

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I’m not talking about a sign from the heavens, I’m referring to use of the signage at weddings.  I got a little ‘sign happy’ when I was planning my wedding and I literally had to cut myself off.  Do you need a sign at your reception next to your escort cards that says “Find your seat, but your place is on the dance floor”?  Well no… but I do want my guests dancing all night!!  Guests can usually figure out what to do without signs, but they do serve the purpose of making the day run much smoother, rather than having to remind your guests all night to sign the guest book.

Signs can really tie the wedding together visually, so it’s important to know your wedding colors and theme before you start ordering signs left and right.  Do you have a wedding logo that you can put on your signs?  Do you want to use the same font as your invitations on your signs?  Or do you want to mix it up a little so it’s not so matchy matchy?  There are many stores and websites that you can purchase your signs from, my personal favorite was Etsy because everything can be customized (refer to my blog Pinterest and Etsy – My two BFF’s).  Below are some examples of wedding signs, but really any sign that your little heart desires, you can create!

Ceremony Signs
– Directional sign
– Welcome sign for water table
– Sign at front of aisle “Today two families become one, so pick a seat not a side”
– Here comes your Bride (sign for ring barrier)

Cocktail Hour Signs
– Signature cocktail sign
– Please sign our guest book sign

Reception Signs
– Find your seat, but your place is on the dance floor sign
– I’m her Mr., I’m his Mrs. sign for back of bride and grooms chairs
– Please take one sign for favors
– Find the perfect pair and dance without a care
– Table names or numbers
– Escort cards
– Let love sparkle sign for sparklers
– Love is sweet sign for cake table
– Gift tags for wedding favors

How do I pick my wedding theme?  Your venue is at a winery, but you don’t want rustic. You want a nautical wedding, so a yacht club, right??  You would describe yourself as shabby chic, so how do you incorporate that into your wedding?  It’s winter, should I do a winter wonderland theme?  I’m super girly, can that be a theme?

Before considering the venue or the season for your theme, think about who you and your husband are as a couple.  Stylish, sophisticated, beachy, playful, etc.  On The Bachelor, when Sean and Catherine were asked “What’s your wedding theme?” she replied “Grown Sexy.”  As long as they can describe what that is to their vendors, then they can help create the grown sexy experience that they envision.  Obviously… there is no right or wrong answer.  Think about the adjectives that would describe you and your fiance as a couple.

Next customize the wedding to you as a couple.  Do you like Rock and Roll?  Did you grow up riding horses?  Are you obsessed with bling?  Did he play football?  Do you love apples?  Did he propose to you with fireworks going off?  Is he British and you were born in the USA?  This is so important to incorporate who you are individually and who you are as a couple into your special day.  Your seersucker wedding theme can have mason jars as wedding favors and also have elements of where you are going on your honeymoon.  For example, name your table names after cities you are going to visit on your honeymoon in France…. Paris, Champagne, San Tropez, etc. Your new last name is Healy, so make a large “H” and use that as your wedding book for guests to sign.  Have you been together for 3 years?  Then incorporate 3 candles on each table.  These little ‘touches’ will make your wedding so special.

Once you have your wedding theme, incorporate the venue and season into your wedding.  If its fall, you don’t need to have pumpkins and orange and brown as your wedding colors, unless you want to!!  Instead, make sure your guests will be warm, serve coffee and hot chocolate or provide blankets if it is an outdoor ceremony.  If the venue is at a vineyard and you want a rustic wine theme, then do it!!  Name your tables after different types of wine and have wine barrels as cocktail tables.  You can always customize your wedding to create a distinctive wedding that is uniquely YOU.

So what came first… the nautical wedding or the yacht club?  You decide!!

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Before getting engaged, I did not have a Pinterest or Etsy account.  And initially I thought I could do a lot of DIY projects myself, purchase them from a wedding supply store or rent items from rental companies…It all started when I tried to order my wedding invitations online and I just couldn’t find anything that perfectly represented the vision that I had in an invitation.  I spent way more time than I’d like to admit looking online and in stores!!  If you do want to purchase your invitations online, FineStationery is the exception and a one-shop-stop, see beautiful examples below.  My friends told me to try Pinterest, and my obsession began!!!  In searching my wedding colors, I found the attached photo and I was in LOVE.  When I clicked on it, it lead me to an Etsy link for a cute little shop in Washington where I got in touch with Brittany who was happy to help alter these invitations to my wedding.

I joked that planning this wedding was my second full time job, so my BFF’s Etsy and Pinterest could allow me to still have a life and order anything… ANYTHING I wanted online and have everything customized 🙂  I ordered signs for the back of our reception chairs, a directional sign, a signature cocktail sign, escort cards, our table names, customized paper napkins, my sparkle cake table linen, my wedding favors, a welcome sign, a large white ‘S’ for our guest book…… are you still with me?? 🙂  My fiancé joked “How could we get married without these ‘Just Married’ paper napkins??” Ok……. I went a little overboard, but I would not have been about to accomplish all of this alone!!!  Thanks BFF’s 🙂

Additionally Pinterest provides inspiration to make your wedding unique with your wedding colors, theme and personal style.  It’s so helpful to see your wedding come to life all on one board.  And don’t forget to help Etsy with their reviews after you purchase so they can help other brides as well 🙂  Follow me on Pinterest and happy pinning!!! 🙂

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