Jan 15, 2011

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THE DRESS.  This is my mom's dress, and it looks so gorgeous on her!  We got it in a plum color, though.  It matches nicely with her snow white skin and blue eyes.  We found it at Macy's.


THE SHOES.  She found her shoes and they match perfectly!  She found them at TJMaxx for $16!  She's always finding the best deals!  Lol.

ACCESSORIES.  She found this silver shawl at JCPenney's (I think) for like $6!  I think it matches nicely.  We are going to pair it with a silver clutch and a silver hair piece (see hair piece below).  She got her jewelry from TJMaxx.

THE HAIR.  She looked absolutely gorgeous!!  Here's her wedding day hair.



SOMETHING OLD.  My pearl necklace; I've woren it for every special occassion in my life.  And I've had them since I was about 14.

SOMETHING NEW.  My dress and probably my earrings and bracelet

SOMETHING BORROWED. I'll be borrowing a handkerchief that my baby sister was given when she was born.  It doubles as a baby bonnet (one to take your newborn home in) and a handkerchief (for her to carry on her wedding day).  I decided to wrap it around my bouquet.

SOMETHING BLUE.  My grandpa was someone very special to me.  Let's just say I was "Grandpa's Little Girl."  Well, I lost him over 15 years ago and ever since then I've always known he was watching over me.  Interestingly enough, it always seemed that I would see owls everywhere (at any time of the day) and usually on very important days for me.  Then one day I came across a box that I had when I was a little girl. It had tons of things that my grandpa had given me over the years.  One of which was this owl pendant.  Soon after that, owl stuff just popped up everywhere, including when I was in Austin (the infamous Owl-looking tower, lol).  I knew it had to be him coming back to me to remind me that he loves me and is with me.  So, it's only natural that I carry this with me as my "something blue" on my wedding day.  I'm thinking of maybe pinning it to my bouquet.  I just have to make sure we know where my bouquet is at all times.  I don't want to lose it.  ((Sounds like a job for my MOHs!! lol)).

UPDATE.  So I've decided to add on to my "something blue."  My blue undies from Victoria Secret and "Light Blue" perfume by D&G.

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Ceremony Musician -  Charles Garcia

Reception Cocktail/Dinner Music - Rene Sandoval Jazz Band

Reception Party Music - DJ West Entertainment


Music Possibilities

First Dance  - Wonderwall by Ryan Adams

Father-daughter Dance - I Loved Her First by Heartland

Entrance Music - Detroit Rock City by KISS

Bouquet Toss -  Single Ladies by Beyonce

Garter Removal -  Legs by ZZ Top

Garter Toss - Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top

Dollar Dance - Money by Pink Floyd

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For our dinner, we are planning on doinng a Luau buffet.  This is what's included:

  • Array of Island Fruits
  • Pineapple Carrot Salad
  • Pasta & Crab Salad
  • Tossed Mixed Green Salad & Assorted dressings
  • Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Polynesian Egg Rolls
  • Roast Suckling Pig
  • Fried Gulf Shrimp
  • Blackened Catch of the Day
  • Carved Roast Baron of Beef, au jus
  • Pineapple sesame chicken
  • Seafood Pasta Casserole
  • Island Style Vegetables
  • Hush Puppies
  • Freshly Baked Bread & Butter
  • Assorted Desserts
  • Roasted Corn
  • Boiled Peel and Eat Shrimp
  • Fried Flounder
  • Iced Tea & Coffee

Mmmh.  My mouth waters just thinking about this!  I better get to eat that night!  Lol.

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Ceremony Shoes. Malibu by Via Spiga (Color:  Carrot)

Reception Shoes. My personalized Converse

Necklace.  My Pearl Necklace.  This is also my "something old.  My Godmother and Godfather gave these to me back when I was in middle school, and I've worn them for every big occassion (HS graduation, College Graduation, etc.), so of course, it was only natural I wear them at my wedding.

Bracelet.  My future aunt found me my bracelet at Karla's in McAllen.  Oh, it's absolutely gorgeous! 

Earrings. I just ordered these from Blustarfruit on and I am so in love with them!!  She makes such wonderful jewelry. 

Garter.  My first purchase from Lola in Lace!  They came in pretty quickly and they are so awesome!  Very happy I got them and they aren't tight on my leg like I was worried they might be.  I have rather large thighs.  Lol.

Perfume.  I've decided to go with Dolce & Gabbana - Light Blue as my wedding day scent.  It'll also be part of my something blue.

Hair Flower.  I found this burnt orange hair flower from EnchantedlyYours on and it's absolutely perfect!  It doesn't weigh my thin hair down and it's the perfect size.

Veil.  I will be doing a cathedral veil and a blusher veil that I purchased at Occassions Bridal when I purchased my wedding gown.

Accessories photo 16

Sweater.  I love the way brides look in colorful sweaters!  The girls of PW convinced me to look for a burnt orange one.  Of course, since I was actually looking for one, I couldn't find it anywhere.  But low and behold, after a visit to Target with FI, I found the PERFECT one.  And for only $18!


IN ACTION.  On my wedding day. <3  All photos courtesy of Raul Salazar Photography.

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6 - 8 months (May - July)

Choose florist

Book reception band & DJ

Book ceremony musicians

Look for hair and make up places

Look at bridesmaids styles:  dresses, shoes, hair, jewelry

Collect necessary measurements for bridesmaids (Cat, Lana, Sici, Ileana, Sarah)

Order wedding dress

Sign reception hall contract (July 26th)

Finalize reception menu and service details  (July 26th)

Book hotel rooms for guests (July 26th)

Finalize invitation wording

Book your cake baker

Finalize bouquets & bouts 

Work on DIY projects

Accessories for bride:  Flower hair piece, garter, shoes, jewelry, veil

4 - 5 months (August - September 15)

Send out save-the-dates*

Set up appointment with Sponsor Couple - Pending date

Meet with Stephanie to discuss cake & favors

Book hair and make-up artist  (Need final head count from girls).

Grooms:  decide on what type of formalwear (tux, suit, casual button-down)

Start planning groomsmen attire

Grooms:  Start looking into renting wedding day attire  (8/28)

Fill out registeries (Target, BBB)

Choose your flowergirl dress & accessories (headband, jewelry, shoes)

Order UT jersey

All BMS need measurements by August 14th

Rough draft of wedding day timeline

Research Marriage License requirements  (Jan. 3rd)

First hair trial - September 4th

Work on DIY projects:

  • Registry cards for bridal shower invitations
  • My bouquet - need ribbon
  • Hair flowers for BM
  • Favor tags

2 - 3 months (September 16 - November 15)

Finish assembling & start addressing wedding invitations

Book hotel for your wedding night

Check details on blocked rooms for La Copa Inn - Not happening

Decided on transportation

Groom:  Give all the GM the info they needs to buy/rent their tuxes

BM accessories (hair flower, jewelry, flipflops)

Send out wedding invitations (Early November)

Bride:  Make sure you have all the under-the-dress essentials and any special lingerie in time for your first wedding dress fitting.

Bride:  Confirm delivery date for your wedding dress and schedule fitting; October 4th dress ships; 7 - 10 days at store.

Schedule bridal session with Raul Salazar Photography.  November 13th or 14th

Book hotel for Friday night with the bridesmaids.

Get flower girl gift (jewelry?)

Second fitting - October 26th

Make a "must-play" list and a "do not play" list.

Meet with DJ - October 27th

Bridal Session in Brownsville November 14th @ 5:00 pm

Work on DIY projects:

  • Flip flops 
  • FG headband/flower


6 Weeks (November 16th - December 4th)

Finalize transportation to and from church/beach

Look for rehearsal dinner dress

Schedule rehearsal with Nora  January 14th @ 5:00pm

Arrange all things necessary for name change

Start planning rehearsal dinner - Call for reservations - Antonio's?

Groom:  Buy gifts for your groomsmen

Call Ric on December 1st to set hair appointment for December 18th

Work on DIY projects: BM newsletter


3 - 4 Weeks (December 5th - December 25th)

Finalize and confirm ceremony songs

Finalize and confirm ceremony readings (and the people doing them) with your Officiant

Send out Rehearsal Dinner invitations/agenda

Give final head count to caterer; Make final payment to Reception Hall

Have hair and make-up trials.

Give final head count to hair dresser (Me, Mom, Sici, Illeana, Norma, Rosie, Sara, Delia)

Talk to Viveca - "Stock the Bar" Shower Date

Brides:  Get your final hair cut (December 18th @ 1:30 pm)

Decide on unity candles and other accessories for the ceremony; Bible & Rosary

Work on DIY projects:  Thank you poster, BM survival kits, Parents photos

Get parents gifts, groomsmen gifts, and candles for cake table.

Make final paymentsCake, Flowers, PB, Charles


1 - 2 Weeks (December 26th - January )

Finalize music selection with Charles

Place order for bouts and corsages for mothers and fathers, and "Flowers to Mary"

Apply for marriage license

Get gifts for parents and groomsmen

Put together an overnight bag for wedding night (and night before)

Get manicure and pedicure week of the wedding

Get massage week of the wedding

Whiten teeth 2 weeks before wedding


Important Dates:

Breakfast at Tiffany's bridal shower on November 20th

Alice in Wonderland bridal shower on November 27th

Bachelorette Party on December 17th

Rehearsal dinner on January 14th