The Day Before My Wedding

I never got nervous for my wedding, but the day before my wedding at 2:00 AM by then fiancee decided to take me some mariachis! In Mexico it’s a really nice affection when you’re boyfriend serenates you with mariachi, it’s such a Mexican tradition. So, I was sleeping and then I heard the song and looked out the window and saw my fiancee with a group of 20 friends all screaming “Eva, Eva, Eva,” it was so much fun, and I don’t know why I got nervous about the next day’s wedding when I saw Adrian!

It was seriously an unforgettable memory that I will never ever forget. Obviously for the rest of the night I couldn’t sleep because I was so happy for the next amazing day!

It was so sweet and so emotional!

Mariachis (Click here)

xoxo,

E.

My Wedding Day!!

I have the image of my wedding day freshly in my head. This is how my day began:

10:00 AM Wake-up and head to the show

10:30 -1:30 AM Make-up artist and hair

1:30 PM Slipped into my wedding dress with the help of an upholstery woman that’s close to the family

2:00 PM Wedding pictures of myself began

2:40 PM My fiancee arrived and we had our pictures taken

4:00 PM Wedding pictures with my family

5:00 PM Wedding pictures with his family

7:00 PM Wedding Mass

8:30 PM Head to the Wedding’s location

10:30 PM First dance with my wonderful fiancee

10:45 PM First dance with my Dad

11:00 PM Dinner served, violins began playing and the party started

6:45 AM Party ended

10:00 AM Headed to Los Cabos, Mexico to begin our romantic Honeymoon, it was amazing (I truly suggest to begin your honeymoon at a beach, so relaxing and very romantic)!!!

P.S THE HONEYMOON WAS UNFORGETTABLE, IT WAS WONDERFUL!!!

xoxo,

E.

Please Don’t Stop The Music

Let’s get the party started with the right DJ!!

12 months

  • Start your entertainment search as soon as you have your reception site selected.
  • Sign a contract to secure your wedding date.
  • Remember to pay, without payments, anything can go wrong!

6–8 months

  • Choose first-dance, last-dance, father-daughter and other important songs.

3–6 months

  • With your catering manager or wedding planner, create a timeline of events for your reception. Be sure to keep a copy for the entertainers.
  • Have the reception site manager check in with the entertainers to be sure that technical requirements and set-up needs are covered.

1–2 weeks

  • Call the entertainers to verify the time and date of the wedding reception.

Wedding day

  • The entertainers get paid on the wedding day usually, so don’t forget to pay them, if not who knows what they’ll be up to!
xoxo,
E.

Wedding Favors

Having Favors is not a must-do, for example in Mexico, people are not used to giving favors because the tradition is that the favors are given in the parties that the mom of the bride and mom of the groom make, but I decided that I wanted to give favors as an expression for thanking my invites.

Here is a checklist that will help you decide on what to give as a favor depending on the season of your wedding.

Essential Wedding Guide - checklist

Please click (here)

Spring

  • Mini cupcakes with candied violets or peach blossoms
  • Potted herbs
  • Cookies shaped like spring flowers
  • Colorful linen sachets in the scents of the season
  • Bags of potpourri featuring spring blooms

Summer

  • Cookies shaped like beach balls
  • Frisbees printed with your names and wedding date
  • Citrus-scented soaps
  • Earthenware pots painted with guests’ names
  • Small, hand-painted sailboats that double as place cards
  • Accordion-style fans printed with guests’ names

Fall

  • Glass mugs etched with your names and wedding date
  • Candied apples
  • Velvet eye masks (for October weddings)
  • Mini copper pails with apple-, pumpkin-, or cinnamon-scented candles
  • Cinnamon-scented candles

Winter

  • Heart-shaped marshmallows and packets of hot cocoa printed with a personal message
  • Personalized snowflake ornaments
  • Balsam-scented votives in silver gift bags
  • Mini snow globes with your picture inside
xoxo,
E.

Health and Fitness

All of us want to look spectacular on our wedding day, but it takes time to loose those 5 pounds you want to loose, and sometimes with all the pressure you loose weight without even thinking. Click (here)

Remember to exercise, rest and eat well. Here are some helpful tips for your health and fitness regime:

For Exercising:

  • Hiking or Rollerblading will also give you calming “me time,” which is so necessary in the months leading up to your big day.
  • At the gym, focusing on complicated moves in classes like kickboxing or aerobics will help keep your mind off wedding planning annoyances.
  • The best that worked for me was Spinning, it was marvelous to listen to the intense music and just let all sweat it out. Click (here)

Nutrition:

  • Eat Breakfast, it will get you going through all the activities you have to do the whole day
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Don’t load up on Carbs and tend to it mix up your proteins with a Salad and the right carbs such as brown rice, quinoa, whole-wheat bread and of course vegetables
  • Eat lots of fish and turkey, it will make you feel light through your day
  • On the day of the wedding, don’t miss lunch even if you can’t. The day of my wedding I wasn’t hungry, but I still ate something to prevent fainting or feeling sick for the rest of the night! Click (here)

xoxo,

E.

P.S To feel at your best, always remember to make the better choices!

Hair and Make-Up

I’m not going too much with this topic, because you can find in my previous posts that I interviewed my wedding stylist, and you can get many wonderful tips from her. The only tip that I can give you is stay true to your colors and self.

Do:

  • Get facials if you feel that your skin is a bit dry, make the appointments 1 per month, and stop two months before your wedding
  • Do treat your face with SPF 30 moisturizer every day
  • Make different appointments with your make-up stylist to try your wedding day make-up before the big day
  • Hydrate your skin with a body lotion that makes your skin feel healthy
  • Do get hair treatments and make sure your highlights are done at least 1 month before your big day
  • Do get a relaxation massage, it works so nicely ; )

Don’t:

  • Don’t try a new hair color for your wedding day
  • Try to stay the most natural with make-up
  • Don’t overdo make-up
  • Don’t go to tanning beds
  • Don’t wax the week before your wedding day, skin tends to get sensitive

I also found this link, were you can upload a picture of yourself and play with the make-up tones that match your skin better, the best way to have your hair, etc.

xoxo,

E.

Photography and Video

Just remember to make a checklist that might include the following, so that you can give it to your photographer and the person that will be doing your video, so that they remember to get these memorable shots.

I wore this, and it was simply beautiful!!

Pre-ceremony

  • Bride’s gown before she slips it on
  • Bride having her hair styled and makeup applied
  • Candid shots of the bride and her ‘maids getting ready
  • Bridal party reacting to the bride in her gown
  • Bride heading to the ceremony site
  • Bride and her father just before walking down the aisle
  • Groom with his father
  • Candid shots of the groom and groomsmen getting ready
  • Groom heading to the ceremony site

Ceremony site

  • Exterior and interior of the ceremony site before guests arrive
  • Guests arriving
  • Bridal party arriving
  • Musicians performing
  • Family members being seated
  • Processional and recessional
  • Bride and her father (or escort) walking down the aisle
  • Groom reacting to bride walking down the aisle
  • Father giving the bride away
  • Bride and groom reciting their vows
  • Bride and groom exchanging rings
  • The couple’s first kiss
  • Bride and groom being introduced to their guests as a married couple
  • Bride and groom exiting their ceremony site
  • Receiving line
  • Bride and groom in their getaway car

Reception site

  • Exterior and interior shots of the reception site before guests arrive
  • Table settings
  • Menu, escort, and table cards
  • Guests signing the book
  • Escort-card table
  • Food stations and bar setup during cocktail hour
  • Bridal-party table
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Wedding-party entrances
  • Guests seated at their tables
  • Bride and groom’s first dance
  • Toasts and blessing (if applicable)
  • Father-daughter dance
  • Mother-son dance
  • Band or DJ
  • Guests dancing
  • Bouquet and garter toss, anniversary dance
  • Candid shots throughout the night
  • Bride and groom send-off

Formal portraits

  • Bride and groom, each alone
  • Bride and groom posed together
  • Bride and groom with wedding party
  • Bride with her family
  • Groom with his family
  • Bride and groom with bride’s family
  • Bride and groom with groom’s family
  • Both families together
  • Bride with her mother
  • Groom with his father
  • Flower girl and ring bearers with bride and groom

Close-ups

  • Bridal bouquet
  • Boutonniere
  • Shoes
  • Details on the bride’s gown
  • Details on the groom’s attire such as cuff links
  • Jewelry
  • Ceremony programs
  • Centerpieces
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Specialty drinks
  • Wedding cake
xoxo,
E.