Ball is Rolling!
22nd May 2014

life, SO, thoughts, wedding | 1 comment

It has been pretty nuts over the last couple of weeks. It’s been nothing but wedding, wedding, wedding. I’m not complaining though! It’s been wonderful because I FINALLY have the ball rolling for this wedding!! Over the span of a couple of weeks I have gotten a decorator, DJ, florist and photographer!! I have met some pretty amazing people who are sooooo good at what they do and I am getting so excited!! I still need a few more vendors to round out the wedding but it will come in time.

I was just getting worried there for a while because I only have 3 months left until the wedding and I had nothing. A meeting with the set of parents for dinner at our place pretty much lit the fire under my ass about this wedding. I am just horrible at organizing and planning things but I am happy that I have people to help and support me throughout this whole thing. All I really need left is a videographer, church musicians and POSSIBLY a limo. I’m still considering doing the whole limo thing because our venue is only 8 minutes away from the church. The only other place the limo would drive us to is Minoru Park for our photos which seriously only right across the street from my reception. So we would only need the limo for a couple of hours and honestly if I can save myself a couple hundred bucks for a 2 hour session then I am willing to. If anything, we can just borrow someone’s car and decorate it and have them drive us around for a total of less than half an hour. Makes sense right?

I’m just trying to iron out the little details now for the wedding. I found my vases for my centerpieces at this wholesale store for $10 each!! I couldn’t believe it!! Normally, those kinds of vases are at least $30-$40 each at Michael’s or wherever else I’ve looked. I’m buying them today so I’m sooooo happy for that! I even found really nice waterproof white LED lights to put into the vases on EBAY! 24 lights for only $17. That’s not bad at all!! At Michael’s they are 3 for $14. Finding some pretty good deals so far.

All this wedding stuff is a real eye opener though on how much some people can spend on weddings. Having connections seriously do help. Without them, I don’t know what I would have done. For example, flowers … The first couple of florists I met with were quoting me about over $2000 for flowers!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?? ON FLOWERS?! That’s insanely expensive! The florist I hired (who happens to be a good friend of my fiance’s mom) is only charging us $1000 or less and all because he knows my mother-in-law. That was a relief. Plus his work is soooo amazing. I couldn’t believe what his definition of “simple” was. His “simple” is something crazy that looks like it would be double the price. Him and his wife are very dedicated to their craft and I was very impressed of their work.

Photographer … Most photographers are charging $1600 to $3000 JUST for photos and that’s only for 6-8 hours for only ONE photographer. My photographer happens to be the cousin of my fiance’s best friends since childhood and she’s only charging us $1600 (or less actually because she said she can work out lower on our next meeting) for the WHOLE DAY. Not only that but that also includes my make-up/hair with unlimited trials, a personal makeup artist to follow me around on the special day, make-up for my mother, special in-studio photoshoot, and there will be 2 photographers!! Makeup/hair alone already costs about $300 in total just for the bride if I went with a separate artist. 2 birds with one stone! I’m sooooo happy with that!!

My DJ … the average price is $500 to $700 and I got one for $350!!! He said I didn’t even have to put down a deposit because they already remembered me from my sister-in-law’s wedding and because we’re both Filipino.

My decorator, what a sweet woman. She was actually hilarious and told us so many stories of the wedding world during our meeting with her. We talked for a good 2 hours just having nice conversations and also talking about the best designs for my wedding. I was able to get decor for my backdrop, head table, cake/sign-in table for only $500. She also said that she gave me a deal because she did my sister-in-laws wedding and she thought we were super nice people. Other decorators that quoted me $800-$2000!!

What was funny to me was that people kept telling me that I should start getting my dress altered as soon as possible because most places need a month or two to prepare all the tailoring and because it’s Grad/Prom season. I called my bridal store and she was like “WHAT? LOL It’s soo early for you to get your dress fitting!” Apparently, they already have in-store tailors and are incredibly efficient at what they do with the best quality work so I don’t have to go until the end of June at least. What a relief because I wanted to lose a bit more weight LOL.

So I’m very happy so far with my vendors for the wedding. I hope everything comes together perfectly. My engagement photos are on Saturday too so that helps in making me feel even better and excited. What are you suppose to wear at these things? Is there a rule for engagement photos? I actually have 2 engagement photo sessions. My awesome friend is also volunteering to do a free session with us because she needs the practice since she is starting her own photography business. The only catch is that she gets to post some of the photos on her website for her portfolio. I’m okay with that! She’s actually also doing my wedding cake/cupcakes. She’s really one all-around-talented human being. She’s freaking amazing!!

Sorry to bombard you all with wedding stuff. If you are a bride-to-be or plan to have a wedding sometime in the future, I guess what you can take away from this blog post is to NOT procrastinate, and ask around for the best quotes and TRY TO GET SOME CONNECTIONS! You can save yourselves hundreds to thousands of dollars on your wedding!!!! It’s one night. It’s going to be the best night of your life but at the same time you don’t need to break the bank for it. My fiance and I decided not to overly spend so much money on this wedding because we want to have money leftover saved for when we have a family. We both would rather spend money on building our family than an over-luxurious wedding that will only happen for one night.

 




EPIC CHEAT MEAL DAY
5th May 2014

food, life, memories, SO, thoughts, weight | 3 comments

My fiance and I had the most wonderful day ever on Saturday.  We called it our EPIC CHEAT MEAL DAY.  Since we have been doing so good on our meals and our healthy eating, we have decided to dedicate ONE DAY every month to eat whatever we want.  It’s our cheat meal day!!  We were so excited that we had been talking about it for days on what we should eat for our special cheat meal day.

First we went to IHOP.  I’m sorry I didn’t get to take any pictures but it was a pretty typical breakfast morning kind of food like eggs, french toast, sausages, pancakes, hash browns and the like.  We had just come from the gym too at 8am and starving so the timing to have IHOP AFTER the gym just made it even more incredible.

SECOND … We heard about this place called “The Score on Davie”.  It was featured in the newspaper and I saw a few of my facebook friends try it and wow it looked incredible.  So we decided to try it because the food looked monstrous.  We figured it would be an amazing way to celebrate our cheat meal.  And boy it was!!

The Checkmate!!Look at how big that is!

This is what this huge thing (Called the Checkmate) came with:
6 Onion Rings
Pulled Pork and Macaroni Cheese Hot Dog with Barbeque Sauce
1 Full Slow Roasted Cornish Hen
1 Big Cheeseburger (pretty thick patty too!!)
1 Siracha Slider
1 Chocolate Fudge Moist Brownie (the best brownie I have ever tasted)
6 Spicy Hot Chicken Wings
1 HUGE HUGE glass of Caesar

All this was $60 and it was their ultimate special meal. When we said we wanted the “Checkmate”, the girl was like, “OHHHHH” and was surprised because it was just the two of us. Little did they know how epic this was for the two of us. Every waiter and waitress kept coming up and congratulating us on our awesome meal. One waitress said that no couple ever finishes it, usually at least 4 people can finish it. The bartender said though, however, that it was the fastest they have ever seen anyone eat the Checkmate LOL!!! I guess we were hungry!!! It was an amazing meal. It was a nice bar too. My fiance even bought a shirt from there because their logo was really really cool.

 

Having fun on our date!My fiance having a good time

Third place we went to was FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES!! You would think we were done after the Score on Davie but nope!! 3 hours later, we were hungry again!! So we drove all the way to Langley because that was the closest 5 guys to us and each had a burger and fries!!

 

Enjoying is 5 guys burger!!!

I was really starting to really feel it by the end of this meal. I was ready to tap out with all the food. I barely even got to eat any of my fries and just wanted to make sure I didn’t waste the burger hahaha. My fiance was having a fun time though. It’s been so long since he’s eaten like this. Like I said before in older posts, this guy is one of the most dedicated guys I have ever met when it comes to his food plans. He’s very scheduled, very calculated and very conscious. So to see him go nuts was really awesome!!

Last but not least … MARBLE SLAB and CREAMERY for some ice cream!! Herbie had a big cone of Vanilla Raspberry Cheesecake mix ice cream. I just had a small cup of Vanilla Yogurt, which I was not even close to finishing because I couldn’t intake anymore food. I was done. I think I only ate about a quarter of the cup and if I had eaten anymore, I would have puked LOL.

After that night though of amazing food and fun times with my fiance, I have realized that I think I’m done with eating that much food now. I’m actually looking forward to going back to my planned and portioned meals. It was fun for one day but I think that one day will last me for a while LOL. To think though … we used to eat like that everyday back in the day when we were super fat. Now I can’t even imagine eating like that now everyday. My stomach hurts just thinking about it. I guess once you get into the groove of things when it comes to diet and exercise, things change.

It was a great day though. My fiance and I thought it was one of the most memorable days we have had so far in a very very long time!