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My Wedding Day Was Awesome


It’s been a minute, but I’m back! I just got back a couple weeks ago from the most amazing honeymoon in the entire universe, but I’ll address that in another post. 

My wedding was perfect. Things went wrong, as they inevitably will, but it was still perfect. By the time I was at the venue, there were already 20 hiccups but I didn’t give a damn. Leading up to the wedding, I would never have guessed I would have handled things the way I did but I handled them gracefully… I mean I think I did. I could have actually been a raging bitch. Who knows?

Anyway, my bridal party was late getting ready, I didn’t get all the photos I wanted, I left the one bag I needed to bring with me in the house, I never put a garter on, I got charged extra from my limo company for being late, a door opened during our photos before the wedding and people saw us ahead of time, it was POURING RAIN, my feet lasted just through the ceremony in my wedding shoes, and I found out that people suck… BUT, I was totally cool. I let it all go. It was finally my day and I was going to go with the flow and enjoy it for every single cent that it cost us. 

And you know what? I did. All the blood, sweat and tears that went into planning this wedding was worth it. Admittedly there were more tears than blood and sweat… but still, I wouldn’t change a thing. 

My hair and makeup were perfect, my flowers were gorgeous, my venue was classy, the food was amazing, the DJ was awesome, my dress was beautiful… and none of that compared to the fact that I married my best friend. 

Ladies and gentlemen, things are going to go wrong at your wedding and you have three choices when it comes to handling those things. You can get upset, which won’t help and let it ruin the day you’ve been waiting for forever, you can make someone else deal with it because you’re the bride and that’s just how it goes, or you can let it go.

I opted for a combination of number 2 and 3. If it was something that could be handled, I let someone handle it. If it couldn’t, I let it go and kept the show moving. 

In the end, it’s your day. Enjoy it. Enjoy the flaws. Enjoy your new spouse. And things may go wrong but who cares? You’re about to start a new life and if you must, you can cry about it over cocktails on your honeymoon!
Much love and good luck ladies and gents,


A.Squared

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Ranting and Raving!

So I belong to a Facebook group for Brides… basic, I know. 


That group has actually been my saving grace. I’ve gotten so many tips and great ideas from that page and I’d be lost without them. 

With that being said, it’s also extremely infuriating at times. Some girls on there talk about how their parents pay for everything and life is great, and good for them, but don’t tell me you’re stressed out trying to come up with money to pay for flowers and that’s it. If all you have to pay for for your wedding is flowers, get a handle on your amazon addiction, and pay for  them. You won’t get sympathy from me as my fiancé and I are workin full time and part time jobs to pay for our wedding by ourselves because we’re not financially dependent on anyone, not even each other. 

If your parents want to and can help you, that’s awesome. Trust me I’m not salty… ok I’m a little salty, but honestly good for you. Just don’t act like a helpless idiot when you have to actually pay for something when the bulk of your wedding is taken care of. It’s not a good look. It really isn’t. If anything I feel more bad for you than salty. And if your parents are that well off, give them my number. They can donate to my wedding and attend too. 

 

All I’m saying is, we’re all adults here. Let’s act like it. Accept your responsibilities and handle them without being a baby because it makes people dislike you. That it. 



Much love and good luck ladies and gentlemen,



A.Squared 

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Friendships. 

This ones about friendship. 

I’ve been told that you find out who your real friends are when you get married, but I had no idea how true that was until I started planning my own. 

If you accept the bride and grooms request to be in their bridal party, you’re accepting the financial obligation that it is. You can’t get mad when you have to spend money. You can’t get mad when asked to participate in a wedding related event. You can’t get mad when things are required of you.

Weddings are expensive. Being a part of a wedding is also expensive. It’s not a surprise, so don’t act surprised when you have to pay for things. 

Also, it helps NOT to lie to the couple at all. You never know, they may actually know the truth before you lie. And then you look like a fool. 

And for the record, it’s really shitty if you’re the only bridesmaid that doesn’t participate or doesn’t make themselves part of the group. The bride picked you for a reason, don’t make her regret it. Being a bridesmaid is an honor because it means you’re important to the bride. She should be important enough to you to to be treated with respect.  

With that said, get your damn hair and makeup done because regardless of what you think about you skills, they’re nowhere near good enough to be professional. and make sure you’re there when everyone’s getting ready. Don’t come late. 
Remember, it’s not about you. Don’t be a jerk and make the bride fire you. 

Much love and good luck ladies and gentlemen,



A.Squared 

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Don’t Invite Eveyone You’ve Ever Met…

For the love of god, stop inviting me to weddings. 


I mean this in the nicest way possible… if there’s a nice way to say this. I feel like I’m working just to be able to give reasonable wedding gifts, and I’m no longer ‘about that life’.

And FYI, I swear to GOD if people don’t give me back what I’ve given them as a gift, I’m going to be so angry. Some of you are thinking ‘Wow, that’s selfish,’ and that’s ok because the ones that are thinking ‘Yes girl, preach!’ are the ones who truly get me. 

Weddings are so expensive. You never get back what you spend unless you’re fortunate enough to have parents help or pay for the whole thing (and if you are, I’m jealous!). And after all is said and done, you could have had a house. 

Thankfully we already have a house. 

Stupidly we decided to get a house at the same time as planning and paying for a wedding. 

I make bad choices, and I’ve accepted that. 



Anyway, if we haven’t spoken in a year, whether we’re related or not, don’t invite me to the wedding. I don’t need to be there. You know it. I know it. We’ve drifted apart. It’s probably because I don’t like you. It could be because you don’t like me. But let’s be honest, I’m a gem. You like me.
 
I’m kind of joking… but not 100%. 

Anyway, I’m going to give you the hard truth. If you don’t hangout with people regularly, odds are they don’t want to be invited to your wedding. In the last two years, I’ve been to a few dozen weddings. They’re all the same. Every bride is beautiful. The food is mediocre at best. The DJ’s are usually pretty good. The bands are decent. Photographers should be given awards for capturing love that isn’t always there. And if you don’t invite me to your wedding, I’m going to live, I swear. 

(Side Note: if you’re having a really cool, non-traditional wedding, still invite me. I like new things.)

Also, don’t act like saving money isn’t the best thing on earth when you’re planning a wedding. I’m helping you save money by not being invited. That’s TWO plates you’re saving money on. The least you can do is thank me. 

So, with all that being said, cool it with the invitations. I’m poor. I have no social life. I can barely afford food right now. 

We’ll see how things are after my wedding, which you probably weren’t invited to because we haven’t spoken since Hugh school, when I no longer owe every red cent to a vendor or the venue. I mean, I probably still won’t want to go, but you can ask. 


Much love and good luck ladies and gentlemen,



A.Squared

P.S. This blog was written with excessive sarcasm so don’t get your panties in a knot!

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Seating Charts…

Seating charts are the Devils work. 
Before you’ve done one, you think to yourself, how hard could this be? You put people at a table, there’s a table maximum, and you move to the next. 

Wrong. 

It’s hard. It’s especially hard if your parents get involved and tell you who can sit with who and who can’t. 

It’s EVEN HARDER if you come from an Italian family that is in the middle of a disagreement. 

Here’s what happens…
You get X number of tables and those tables usually sit 8-12 people, depending on venue and table size. That’s cool… until you put the people who CAN sit together at one table and get tables of 7 or 13… and get no groups that can fill in those gaps, or you get groups that will disown you if separate them. 

In the event that your only issue is fitting people at a table and not taking into account who they are and are not speaking to at the moment, consider yourself super lucky. 

I will tell you this, you will be so grateful for people who RSVP alone. These are the ones you will use to plug up the holes. They’re life savers. And anyone brave enough to go to a wedding alone will be able to hold their own at any table you sit them at. 

Take a deep breath, have some wine, not too much because the seating chart does have to make sense, and work it out on paper. 

It will eventually workout, hopefully before the wedding. Much love and good luck ladies and gentlemen,



A.Squared

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Cards or a Board?

Escort cards or an escort board? That’s the question. 

I have found that they cost roughly the same. They both equal out to a waste of money… but you have to have something so you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. 


The cards are cool, but they get lost before your guests make it to their table… at least that’s what happens to me. 


The boards are cool, but what are you going to do with it after the wedding besides throw it out? 

You have to pick which one you find more appealing. I’m personally going to go with a printed board because I have the handwriting of a 3rd grader learning cursive, and having them printed could become costly. 

Take a deep breath, and just make a choice. It’s one of those little details no one talks about or remembers, so do what makes you happy!

And hey, if your family is half as nosey as mine, they’ll LOVE the board so they can gossip about who is sitting where!


Much love and good luck ladies and gentlemen!





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Hidden Fees!


So, you find a venue you absolutely love and the price is only $109 per person! That’s amazing! That’s so much cheaper than other places that are $120, $150, $200 per person!

While the base price IS much lower than other venues, it doesn’t mean that you’re paying $109 per person. 

Not. Even. Close. 

Ever notice the two plus signs next to the per person price? That means plus tax and plus gratuity. That $109 per person is actually $144 per person when all is said and done. 

I bet you forgot to budget for that. I know I did! And it was a terrible surprise! After the initial shock, I had to recalculate and re-budget everything. Don’t get me wrong, I knew it would be more than a flat $109 because everything has tax but I wasn’t prepared for an additional $35 per plate! 

While we’re talking about per plate charges, weddings would be so much more affordable if it was socially acceptable to NOT have an open bar. My base price would have been $69 instead of $109! Open bar adds $40 per person. 

Highway robbery if you ask me. Give me wine and I’m good. I don’t need the whole bar. (P.S. Some places offer a beer and wine option for half the price of a full open bar).

BUT, it’s really crappy if you to expect a gift (in New York, it’s usually monetary) and then also expect people to open their wallets to buy their own drinks. That’s just my opinion. That and I know I’ve talked shit about people who haven’t had open bar because it’s kind of tacky. Unless you’re doing a super non-traditional wedding not at a venue, then it’s totally cool. But seriously, don’t have your wedding at a beautiful venue and then expect your guests to pay for overpriced drinks at the bar, that’s not cool. 

Let’s talk about some other fees. Like the addition of ANYTHING to your menu. Oh you want to add some vegetables or a meat and cheese platter to your cocktail hour? $5 per person. You want a pasta added to your reception? $5 per person. No big deal, it’s only $5 per person… but multiply that by 170 people and that’s almost another $1000. 

At this point, I’ve already sold my soul for the wedding so where am I going to pull this extra money from? If you say, ‘From your money saving tips post!’, I love you, but I’ve already saved all that I can, not including my sanity. 

Anyway, just be mindful when budgeting for your big day. Get all the facts and figures AFTER tax because that will make a huge difference for you and make the headache slightly less painful. 

Wine also helps the headache, but you already know how I feel about wine. 


Much love and good luck ladies and gents!


A.Squared

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Wedding Disasters…

Everyone says that something will inevitably go wrong when planning your wedding… and I’ve been paranoid about that for the last year. 

Well, the paranoia is over because my my centerpieces were completely destroyed. My moms friend picked them up because she was going to bedazzle them for me, because she’s an angel, and someone rear-ended her on the way home. 

All of my beautiful GLASS centerpieces. Ruined. The centerpieces that I got for $150 flat for 17. I had gotten an amazing deal and jus like that… they’re gone. 

Now, we’re 5 weeks out to to the day, and I have no idea what we’re going to do. We’re strapped for cash because final payments need to be made, and I’ll never find anything that’s as perfect as what I had found. Anything now will be something I settle on because it’ll have to be cheap and it’s lost definitely last minute. 

BUT, the silver lining here is that at the end of the day, whether we have centerpieces or favors or cake or not, or if it monsoons or snows or whatever, I’m still marrying the man of my dreams. No matter what could go wrong, the love of my life will be at the end of the isle waiting for me. 

So ladies, whatever will be will be. A lot of things are going to be out of your control. Let it go. Remember the wedding is about marrying your soulmate. It’s not about all the bells and whistles that cost us a fortune and make us cut ourselves to sleep at night. 

Haha. 

Take a deep breath. Have a tall glass of wine. It’s going to be ok. 



Much love and good luck ladies and gents,

A.Squared

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Wedding Rants. 


RSVP’s have a due date. They also have a self addressed, stamped envelope for you to mail back your RSVP. PLEASE, tell me why it’s so hard to put it in the mailbox? You check your mail every day, just throw it in there!

Don’t send it to me 2 weeks late and expect me to squeeze you into the seating chart cause it’s not happening! And don’t think that just telling me you’re coming is sufficient. We invited 200+ people and I can’t remember if I ate breakfast at this point so send the damn RSVP! 

Next. Don’t let shitty people get you down. They will try, some of them won’t even realize they’re doing it (but believe, some do). Let it roll off your back. They feed off your feelings. Don’t let them see their negative attitudes phase you. 

Don’t wait til the last minute to do your centerpieces because it’s stressful and no one wants to help because everyone’s selfish. I’m kidding, but seriously, were 45 days out and I have ONE free weekend between now and the wedding and I have 300 things to do on that ONE. SINGLE. DAY.
 
No problem. I got this. 

After that I just need jewelry, an undergarment, a strapless bra, shoes… basically everything except the actual dress.

Ladies, do everything early. You can never do anything too early. 

That’s all I got for today. I’m so stressed out I don’t even know who I am right now. And it one more person tells me everything is going to work out I’m going smash their faces in because that’s useless advice!


Much love ladies and gentlemen,



A.Squared