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All Aboard the Wedding Train!

Get your tickets since this train is leaving the station right now! It’s almost peak wedding season in the summer! I’m so glad that mine is done at this point even if I was a bit under the weather. Everywhere I turn I can’t avoid engagement announcements or upcoming nuptials. Even some unexpected department stores are getting in on the Wedding industry action. Namely slapping the “W” word on anything white, ivory or special occasion looking.

Let’s play a game and look at the image to guess which (unexpected) business wants in on the wedding game?!





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Italy Honeymoon Travel Map

2 weeks away from our 2 week Tour of Italy honeymoon! We are eternally grateful for everyone who contributed to our honeymoon fund to make our trip even more memorable! In addition to uploading photos on social media, we will share details about our trip here since we don’t travel often enough to warrant a separate travel blog. Of course there will also be reviews and stories integrated for all the main stops!



I also created a Google Map, which you can browse of some locations we will visit on our adventure. Thanks to my friend MlleJia for sharing how she embedded the map while she’s documenting her adventures in SE Asia. I think that is an upgrade WordPress feature that’s not available for the basic package we have. You can just click on the image and it will take you to my Google Map for more details about each of the stops laid out over the course of 14 days!


If you have any recommendations please share we would love to add more places to check out while we are in Italy!

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Schedule Announcement!


We are still going strong since my First Post on February 10th with the ambitious goal of posting 2-4 times a week!*

Thank you for the positive response on my Engagement & Wedding Series idea! Me and my Guest Author (or more like co-author at this point) have come up with a schedule that we hope you will enjoy! We’ve even made alliterations so that it’s easy to remember. If you check the TOP MENU, I’ve also added quick links so you can pull up all of the posts under our featured categories. Don’t forget to check out my Rating Rubric page too where you’ll get an idea for how I determine how to rate items.

Mark your calendar folks:

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Engagement & Wedding Series

Despite all my initial protests the wedding is happening! My poor friends and family know all too well the struggle of my Anti-Bride tactics. Posting this moments before my bridal shower hosted by my bridal party! The wedding countdown on TheKnot alarmingly marks 50 days away. As my wedding is relatively early in 2017 (most popular month is June), maybe this series will help whoever is reading. Newly engaged, future brides, bridal party, those who want to live vicariously through my experience?

I plan to write several posts (based on interest) and share them leading up to the wedding and while Dana and I are on our honeymoon in Italy. You can use this post as a landing page to link to all the others in the series! I can also make this a main page in the links at the top menu.


Please take a look at the listing below and COMMENT with the related bulleted # you would be interested to read about info/reviews and if you have any questions!

PRE-WEDDING TOPICS – Mostly enough experience to make an informational post!

  1. Free Wedding Websites Part 1 – Ah wedding website… which one to choose? These days most couples have one! Hopefully this is the first resource that guests can use to get info on your event and yourself if they don’t know you directly very well.
    • TheKnot Part 2 – I spent a tremendous amount of effort crafting useful and entertaining information.
      • Features – Guest list manager, collecting addresses, RSVP, pages
  2. Save the Date & Wedding Invitation – Where to print these things that will supposedly live on your loved one’s fridges.
  3. Bridal Shows – Set up a separate e-mail before you go to this or else your personal e-mail will be inundated with offers forever!
    • FREE perks! – which ones are legitimate and potential scams to sell you more stuff (looking at you MaryKay)
      •  Boston Harbor Lighthouse Luncheon Cruise
      •  Engagement Photo Session with Kristin Griffin Photography in Larz Anderson Park
  4. David’s Bridal – They seriously have a monopoly on wedding dresses and bridal dresses. Should this be your default/ultimate choice?
    • Are their sales really sales?!
  5. Wedding Withouts – What not to expect at our wedding from the Anti-Bride. I tried to cut out a lot more, but was only successful in some aspects.

POST WEDDING TOPICS – We haven’t had enough experience to make a full conclusion just yet!

  1. Registries – Target, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Zola (Honeymoon)
  2. Raffael’s Banquet Facility – We chose a venue that included a package for catering, invitations, floral center pieces and various other amenities. Ceremony & Reception execution: don’t worry I won’t spare any details!
  3. db Studios – Dance lessons so we don’t look like we have no idea what we are doing for the first dance.
  4. Kristin Griffin Wedding Photography – As mentioned above, I actually found her through a bridal show and decided to sign a contract for the wedding day.
    • EcA Productions Videographer – subcontracted through Kristin 5 hours
  5. Honeymoon Overview – 14 day trip through Italy through Gate 1!
    • Gate 1 Escorted Tour Review
    • Optional excursions – Gondola ride in Venice, Day trips to Florence, Siena, Capri and more!
    • Meals & Hotel Accommodations also documented on Yelp & Trip Advisor
  6. Q & A – Any burning questions about overall wedding planning process.

P.S. This is my 10th official blog post, 14th in total if you also count ones made by hannasotherhalf (Dana)!

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SNOW & Exploratory Preview

Good evening ladies and gents! This marks my first official blog post one of many to follow.


Ol’ mother nature bestowed a lovely foot of snow for New England today… I just recovered after a momentary lapse when my poor car beached its tail end in the fresh snow bank. After struggling for over half an hour, a kind neighbor or two came to my rescue! The first savior tried pushing my car and gave up. The second savior (whom I obstructed from dog walking) helped me dig my car out enough to push it out of the icy clutches of the snow bank. Remind me why I live here again folks?


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