Bridesmaid to Judy’s spring wedding!

As posted before, I was a bridesmaid to my cousin’s wedding last month. I had the best time and loved being a part of her big day. She sent me her finished wedding pictures the other day and I absolutely love love love her pictures! I love her choice of colors: white, coral, and mint. I love spring weddings. So soft and elegant. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m always surprised at how great the pictures come out knowing full well how much hair spray and makeup is caked on my face! You always think it’s going to be too much but it’s just the right amount for the camera. Let the pros work their magic, I say!

I just realized all the bridesmaidsย are sporting similar hair stylesย – it wasn’t intentional. I hope you guys are able to pick me out. FYI, I’m the one with the shortest curls. ๐Ÿ˜›









Bridesmaid Do’s & Dont’s

After being a bride and a bridesmaid, I think I’m pretty knowledgeable in this area…? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Me and my bridesmaids.


Here are a few tips and tricks I put together for any future bridesmaids:

–ย  As I mentioned in my previous post, I know you want to stand out but come with neatly trimmed nails. On the day of, do not wear acrylics or have long fingernails. They will get in your way of everything! You want to be able to help tie/button/buckle your bride in her dress and your acrylics will not help you in any way.

–ย  Be ready to run for your bride! I think I was the only one who was in a wedding before because I was the only one in modest wedges. I love them so much because I can wear them for any occasion and they did not hurt my feet at all! I purposely picked something that would be easy on my feet – wide open toe, moderate height, and a nice buckle to keep me fastened in. The others wore sky-high heels that became painful to walk in. They teetered while I ran around unhindered. I probably helped my bride more than the maid of honor herself. Remember that this day is about your bride – not you!

My cousin was actually the one to help button me up – all 25+ of them!


–ย  Have a small emergency kit ready (I think they sell a bridal emergency kit online too). In the kit include tissues, cotton swabs, q-tips, bobby pins, safety pins, soft pink lip gloss, setting powder & brush, and a mini sewing kit. Because girrrl, you never know what’s going to go down!

In our case, there were 2 emergencies: 1. our bride’s ruching came undone on her dress and 2. a bridesmaid’s dress imploded on her. She was complaining about being horribly bloated from the meal the night before and how the dress was fitting too tight. Well, half an hour before the ceremony, her zipper decided to pop off. Thankfully, our bride was calm and collected while her wedding coordinator sewed them back in.

– As aforementioned, be careful about what you eat prior to the day. I asked the bridesmaid if she ate anything out of the ordinary. She said not really but that she had avoided salt/sodium for the past week until the day before at the rehearsal dinner. Oh goodness. Isn’t it obvious? Her body just ate all that salt up, of course! Be mindful and don’t do anything out of sync – it will backfire on you!

– Stop disappearing. It’s comforting to the bride if you stick by her side. If you have to leave for the bathroom, run to the car, smoking break, etc, just make sure to tell her or someone beforehand. We had a quite a few instances where one or two groomsmen/bridesmaids weren’t where they were suppose to be. It takes up time and energy to find you when everyone’s running on a tight schedule.

– And do have fun! Enjoy this special occasion with lots of laughs, chats, and pictures. I loved being a bridesmaid! I would love to be one again. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope this post was helpful. If anyone has any other tidbits to share, please feel free to comment!

April wedding fun

My cousin got married on Sunday! The weather in Costa Mesa couldn’t have been more perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

We are only a year apart and basically grew up together like sisters – since I was 6? She asked me to be a bridesmaid just as I had when I got hitched in 2012. I’m so glad we got to be in each others’ bridal party. We only want the best for each other and are so happy to still be so close after all these years. ๐Ÿ’•

I think I was able to help her out the most the day of since I was the only one that didn’t wear sky-high heels or pointy fake nails. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, as a note to all future bridesmaids, I know it’s important to look nice but be comfortable – your job is to help the bride!

At the rehearsal dinner.

Her spring wedding was so beautiful! I had a autumn wedding so I can definitely appreciate the bright colors and soft textures. Her color were white, coral, and her favorite mint green. I can’t help but love the mint green. I love it!

And that glass of whiskey & coke? Both mine. That first sip of whiskey took me back to my college days real fast! ๐Ÿ™‚



Thank you gift crafted by the bride herself.

Ted Baker bag filled with lip glosses, lotion, etc. Cute!

Her wedding day was so much fun. I’ll post more at a later time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wedding invitations speak for themselves

I was going through my week-old emails and came across this iVillage article, “Wedding Invitation Says Everything You Can’t…But Wish You Could.”


I almost laughed out loud at work when I saw this because I’m assuming that everything on the first card happened to everyone’s wedding. Mine included.

  • A good friend of mine TEXTED me 3 hours before the wedding saying that she was too sick to attend. Can I say that I had just seen her 2 days prior at one of my bridesmaid’s birthday shindig? She didn’t seem too sick to knock back a few shots.
  • My husband invited his friend who didn’t mention that he had a girlfriend AND a toddler. His friend decided to just bring them along without notifying us in advance. They gifted us with a $50 gift card to Target…
  • I invited my friend’s long-time boyfriend as her +1 and found out that she came alone. When asked of his attendance, she said that he normally doesn’t like these things. Oh, really? Thank you for telling me ahead of time.


Thank goodness I didn’t encounter as many problems but I did have 2 small episodes all stemming from the same friend. She got inebriated with the open bar and started having a tiff with her boyfriend. He didn’t look very happy. Nor did it tickle his funny bone when she wandered off and somehow managed to bite my husband’s friend’s finger. We don’t know why. Thank goodness that he was a good sport… and drunk. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Share your funny and strange wedding stories or the ones you experienced at a wedding.

Marriage License Blunders. Oops.


To ensure that all you future brides & grooms have a smoother transition, I will share with you how not to botch up this simple process… like we did. ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. First and foremost, remember to bring your marriage license to your ceremony! Or better yet, entrust this small but very important task to someone you can rely on.I completely forgot about it until AFTER the ceremony was over. Ay caramba!
  2. When you’re filling out your application, be preemptive and just request/pay for 2-3 extra copies of your approved marriage license. It’ll save you time and the headache afterwards.We didn’t do so and wondered for 2 months if we were officially married or not since we didn’t get anything in the mail. I finally looked into it and realized that if you hadn’t requested it initially, the state of California doesn’t have to notify you of its’ approval. On my recent trip back to L.A., I had the fun errand of requesting these copies.If you live in California & wish to receive them via regular mail, I will save you the trouble:
    1. Go to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website
    2. Scroll down to the Marriage Records section
    3. Print out 2 documents (varies depending on public or confidential marriages). We had a public marriage so I am including those below:
      –ย  Application for Public Marriage Record
      Certificate of Identity
      * NOTE: Print out extra copies or don’t write/sign anything until you know for sure what you’re doing!
    4. Find a notary & have them notarize the Certificate of Identity document. Have your driver’s license/state ID/passport and cash/card handy. I had to pay $10 for this service.
    5. I didn’t have any checks on handy so I went to my local post office to make a money order. $14 for each copy.

    My mom Skype’d me to say that the official copies arrived on Friday. It took only 3 days! Nice!

  3. When filling out your initial marriage license, make sure not to cross out or make any changes to the wording. It must be someone’s job in the registrar’s office to go through each application with a fine comb because they are definitely doing their job!Our first marriage license was rejected (they send you the rejection via regular post with amendments instructions) due to 2 errors:
    • I put an ‘X’ next to each signature line for the witnesses. I thought I would make their lives easier. Don’t do this!
    • My officiant initially wrote 10/20/2011 and tried to fix it by attempting to slightly alter the 1. Doesn’t work!

    Now onto changing my passport, SS#, DL, insurance, banks/cards/checks, etc. I think I’ll hold off until next year…