You’ll quickly find that everyone wants to know how you met your soon-to-be life partner. People are pretty shocked when they learn I first met Mr. Sea Monkey at a party at around 4:00 AM. As I mentioned, I’m pretty shy and I am definitely not a partier. I actually try to avoid them. So just how did we meet at a party?
Around here, a major event is this big bike race. Yes, our whole entire lives revolve around a bike race. No, it’s not because of the actual bike race. Somehow, the weekend bike race has turned into a week-long party. Even the professors give you some slack for the headache you’re guaranteed to have.
I was going through a rough time, and a good friend of mine from high school was trying to cheer me up, so she invited me to her boyfriend’s apartment party. Everyone there was drinking it up, my friend included. She decided she wanted to go out for shakes and her boyfriend did too. I was friends with both of them and was not drinking, so they asked me to drive them. Problem was, I didn’t have a car. I don’t drive other people’s cars either.
Luckily for me, Mr. Sea Monkey walked in just at that moment and they started pestering him to drive them. He had been working the big Little Wayne concert, so he was sober. He was actually my friend’s boyfriend’s roommate. They finally got him to agree to drive them and somehow convinced me to stay, despite the fact that it was 4:00 AM and I was sober.
As with any trip, there were things that we were really glad that we did and things that we wish that we had done to prepare for our trip to Italy. This was a major trip—we were gone for two weeks immediately following our wedding. It was Mr. Coral’s first trip to Europe and my first European trip in a decade. We wanted to share some of the things that we learned, things that we are so glad that we did (or didn’t do), and a few things that, retrospectively, we wish we had done.
We’re glad that we packed in backpacks. I packed in this 46 liter backpack and Mr. Coral used his old 70 liter Boy Scout bag (similar here). It was so crucial that we didn’t have rolling bags—with the amount of trains and walking and traveling we did (every other day was a travel day) the backpacks were easy to grab and go. We couldn’t have done certain trips, like our quick jump off the train to the tower of Pisa, if we had to roll bags behind us. For day packs, one of the best buys of the trip was this collapsible backpack. It’s big enough that I used it as my airplane carry on (it carried the laptop, iPad, books, a toiletry bag, and more on the plane), and then we zipped it up and transferred those things to the big backpack on normal travel days. We also used that bag as our day pack, and it was perfect for water, snacks, and souvenirs. Finally, I carried this anti-theft travel purse daily, and Mr. Coral wore our cash and passports on this money belt on train trips. We were very thankful for both!
When you decide to get married at your home, your to-do list contains many things that a couple getting married at a venue wouldn’t normally have to think about. You have to build a lot from scratch, and it certainly eats up a significant chunk of your time available to take on other tasks. I haven’t taken on too many labour intensive DIYs for this reason (I still have one big one I will share in the next couple of months).
With our invitations, they weren’t extremely time consuming per se, but a DIY that I definitely prioritized. I had so much fun creating them and seeing how they came together. And, while waiting out the winter, I definitely had the time to take it on.
I was actually kind of surprised how the math per invitation worked out on this one, because I really felt like this was a low-cost project because it was done over many months. Wedding planning at its finest—you don’t realize how much something is costing you until you add it all together!
Invitation and RSVP cards – $26.47
We’re so excited to introduce our newest blogger, Miss Sea Monkey! She’s putting together an intimate destination wedding on the beach in Florida, so the sea monkey icon is so appropriate!
Miss Sea Monkey, Sunny Isles Beach / Miami
Age and Occupation: 24, Preschool Teacher.
Fiance’s Age and Occupation: 28, Radio/TV Services / Television Engineer
Engagement Date: May 12, 2014
Wedding Date: June 2015
Venue: Solè on the Ocean
About Me: I’m a 24-year-old preschool teacher who loves kids. When I’m not teaching, you can usually find me babysitting or reading books. I have grown up in Hoosier Nation, and I bleed blue during football season and am a Heat fan during basketball season. I love Roger Federer and the Williams sisters. You can say I love most sports. It’s a good thing that I love them so much, because Mr. Sea Monkey not only loves them, but works in them. He works on the behind-the-scenes on the TV side.
When we aren’t watching sports, we are usually hiking trails, watching TV, or eating food. We love working out in the yard of our new house and are currently experiencing the good, bad, and in between of being first-time homeowners. We have two fur babies who are our lives. Our little boy Casper is a Chihuahua-Poodle mix, and our girl Muffy is a Rat Terrier. We rescued them and their puppies from being abandoned in a vacant house.
I can’t believe we are about to embark on this journey together. I never thought the time would come, and now it seems it is whizzing by. We love the beach, so we decided to have our wedding overlooking one. It will be a small wedding and we are making almost all the decorations and details ourselves. We are so excited to share our wedding with you guys.
Holy smoly!! I’m a bee! I can’t believe I made it in finally. I knew if I just put my mind to it, I could get in. I will admit that I was waiting for my rejection letter, since my wedding was so close. Imagine my shock when the email from Mrs. Mouse popped up right as I was turning off my phone for the night! So thankful for this opportunity.
I decided to embark on this journey after stumbling upon the ‘Bee about two years ago, pre-engagement (wait, there was a time I wasn’t planning a wedding? Hard to BEE-lieve), and decided that I HAD to become a bee, if not for anything other than finding my own voice.
OK, corny jokes aside, blogging has opened up my eyes to a whole new world. I am very shy and quiet and wanted nothing other than to give this a shot. I want to prove not only to others, but also to myself, that I can do this.
I also wanted to help get rid of the stigma on small weddings, as well as destination weddings. We are planning on a small destination wedding, and I have heard a lot of negativity or uncertainty about them. I want people to realize we are still planning a wedding, just not as big as most.
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In part one of this post, I told you about finding Curvaceous Couture, a boutique specializing in gowns for plus-size brides. For me, dress shopping was always going to be one of the most stressful parts of the wedding-planning experience, but the staff at Curvaceous Couture made it easy—and dare I say, slightly enjoyable?
Yes, it was awkward standing there in my underwear in front of a total stranger. But the consultant I worked with was patient and reassuring. I’m a nervous talker, and at one point I cracked some joke about shaving my armpits twice that morning since I knew she’d have to be all up in there. (I’m classy like that.) She in turn told me a funny story about a not-so-considerate bride. After that, a lot of the stress dissipated, and I was able to concentrate on the dresses.
But before I go too much further…Mr. Puffer, are you there? Go on, puff along now. This is no place for you.
What’s the best part of wedding planning? Many brides, I’d venture to say, would name dress shopping as their activity.
Not so with me. Being a plus-size bride, I dreaded the dress-shopping experience. I’d read horror stories about women like me going to the bridal boutique with their friends and family, only to discover none of the dresses fit them. I’m not going to lie: The thought of that happening to me kept me up at nights.
So if there are any brides-to-be like me out there reading this, listen up: It wasn’t that bad. I survived and found myself a beautiful dress.
Confession time: I’ve never watched Say Yes to the Dress. I have nothing against wedding shows, but they’re not my thing. (With one exception: Bridezillas. That show is a riot.)