September 14, 2011

recycling a wedding

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 pm by hbear46

wow. i’m bad at blogging.. sooooooooo since the last post.. i got married! projects came to fruition and everything that went wrong was ignored and the day was perfect!

all images taken by Huey Bui Photography


but the reason i’m coming back to the blogging world, is for this very neat company:

This company recycles all the hard work and money that goes into a wedding.. decor, flowers, centerpieces, signs.. literally everything that at the end of the day, after the photographs have been taken of them, are very typically trashed or pushed into the arms of unsuspecting guests to take home. I sincerely wish I had known they existed before the wedding.

Per their website:

Since every request we receive is unique, we customize each rescue to fit in with a client’s particular event requirements. Although the steps we take will vary slightly from one program to the next, the overall process can be summarized as follows...

Step 1: We receive an inquiry for our rescue service via phone, e-mail or the “Rescue Form” that’s linked to our website. Next, we review the specs of your program and work up an estimate for our rescue fee.

Step 2: We’ll get in touch with the venue where the event is taking place to discuss the timing and details of the rescue process.

Step 3: Leading up to the date of the event, we’ll identify the organizations and facilities that will be receiving the items we’re rescuing…and then contact them to coordinate the delivery arrangements.

Step 4: Following the event, our “Rescue Squad” will pick up the items that are left over and deliver them to the recipients we lined up in Step 3.

Step 5: Items that are not being donated are either recycled or repurposed by artisans into other useful products.



May 24, 2011


Posted in Uncategorized at 9:44 am by hbear46

So as you all know from my previous post.. I’ve been watching the rsvps come in via our website like a hawk. and like the true nerd I am.. every now and then, I like to check out the stats and calculate the percentages. (hello my name is hbear [ hi hbear] and i am an accountant)

so here we stand 50% of our guests have rsvped! woohoo!! except that for some reason.. unknown to me.. its sitting at 50% and has not moved at all. so here i wait. at a standstill.. i’m going to have to draft a reminder email soon!

April 8, 2011

on the move

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:10 pm by hbear46

crunch time is coming! we are officially in the double digits.. 99 days to go!!!

things to think about…


getting the invites to the printers so we can mail them out!

booking hotel blocks, rehearsal dinner reservations, and honeymoon stuff!


i’m excited/mildly stressed and almost ready to throw in the planning towel (whether or not everything is done)

anyways.. happy friday everyone.. hope your taxes are in (note to self: add mine to the to do list)..

March 17, 2011

it’s finally time!!

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:33 pm by hbear46

happy friday to me!! this is the weekend i’ve been waiting for… since early January!! and it’s finally here!!

why you ask? because like so many brides before me.. it’s time for my first fitting of THE dress! ahhhhhhhh

now unlike many brides.. my dress made it to my mom’s in January and i’ve not had the opportunity to visit home since it arrived..

now i cannot wait to try it on 🙂 yay for early fridays!

March 14, 2011

dolling up the hair

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:45 pm by hbear46

oops so it’s been a while.. yay for being super busy… (enter heavy coat of sarcasm)

in any case, things are getting EXCITING!!! this past weekend was spent running wedding errands! wheeeee

but first pics of the hair trial! i went with an updo .. i didn’t get pictures of anything else.. apologies.

which brings us to the tentative diy project i’m going to play around with 🙂

i’m considering buying some type of hair accessory. the one in the pics above is from forever 21, but i’m obsessed over these etsy finds..


can you say something blue?

so i’ve gone and picked up a packet of feathers from joann’s 😀 wedding hair piece diy here I come!!




February 24, 2011

updo, updon’t?

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:24 pm by hbear46

as you’ve probably noticed, i have lengths and lengths of hair. originally i just wanted to grow it out cuz i haven’t had long hair since high school.. in college i did a lot to it. lots of cutting, lots of dyeing and lots of diy cutting, which turned out isn’t such a great idea…

so now i have a lot of hair, damaged ends and some leftover colors. i’m planning on dyeing my hair one color very soon (something neutral/natural and work appropriate.. aka boring)

but aside from colors, here’s the big questions. hair up or hair down?



with so much hair on my head, is it better to show it off? or make an elaborate updo, cuz i can…?


February 21, 2011

video or no video

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:40 pm by hbear46

that is the question.

i wasn’t planning in hiring a videographer.. but it’s come to my attention that a deal might be found via Bride’s Rally.. They are an LA based group that finds local deals for brides and also donate part of the proceeds to charity. it’s a great idea and it makes everything super affordable. however, the problem is that everytime they have an awesome deal it’s always something i hadn’t planned for because it was out of budget.

this week, they are offering videography from TK Productions.

seeing as how i have done virtually NO research on videography, i’m rather clueless when it comes to what to expect or even how much it’s going for.

first of all, the mister and i weren’t big on video, cuz i think neither or us can imagine watching our wedding video more than once. on the practical side, who will ever want to watch it with us? our guests will have seen it live and they will not be interested in reliving the wedding. maybe our kids will want to watch it when they find it, we might watch it on an anniversary sometime in the future? who knows. but to spend over $1000 for videography that wasn’t necessarily going to be seen just doesn’t really seem worth it.

on the other hand, every bride has told me that their day went by SO fast that they were so happy to have a video to watch after the fact. so part of me does want a nice video of my wedding day. after watching some sample videos from TK though, i’m not entirely convinced they are the people i would want to go with, regardless of the awesome deal.

a third option is the home video. technically a handheld camcorder or flipvideo. etc etc can shoot some decent home videos these days. the fancier ones in HD even. but the problem is that i want my guest to enjoy the day, celebrate with us and not be focused on getting “good” footage for me.

so here are two questions.. a) would a home video suffice? b) is it really priceless to have an expensive videographer? c) do i want to inconvenience a friend with the task of holding a video camera?

February 17, 2011

invitation options

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:00 pm by hbear46

who knew there are so many choices when it comes to invitations?! paper weight, color, envelopes, envelope liners.. and the list goes on!

i’m super torn about all the invitation accessories.. the realist in me knows that honestly, very few people will actually keep and cherish my wedding invitations. in addition, they will also not notice all the extra details that actually require a good amount of work.. i’m 100% certain about this because a) the mister barely reads wedding invitations we’ve received, so of course he never notices the pretty envelope liner, or the embossing in the corner etc etc etc until i specifically point it out to him.. and b) while i love invitations and their details after the wedding is over, what can i do with this beautiful invitation? quite honestly it usually ends up sitting around, collecting dust on my desk or some other surface and ends up in the recycling before the couple that sent it has been married a year. unless of course it was the invitation from a close close friend, in which case, it will sit in a memory shoebox hidden in my closet.

my mother had a habit of collecting various invitations over the years.. she told me when i got engaged that she did it so i could get ideas of possible invitations.. which is fun, but now that i’ve picked my invitation design etc.. she has no reason to hold onto them anymore!

so what to do, what to do?

the creative, girly side of me wants to doll up my invitations to be uber cute and fun, but practical me says envelope liners = additional postage, extra effort and extra waste in the long run..

i’m afraid the practical/realist side of me is winning.. (clearly since this entire post does not have a rebuttal from girly/creative me…)

le sigh. goodbye cute envelope accessories.. (maybe i can make ONE fancy one for me and me alone)

ala paper source

** see how cute they look?!

February 7, 2011

all dolled up

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:15 pm by hbear46

and nowhere to go…

Story of my life every time I’ve done a makeup trial. Granted i’ve only done two so far, but still, the way my schedule looks my trials keep getting done in the afternoon or early evening! it’s ridiculous…

i can’t stress enough how important getting a makeup trial is.. regardless of how you like to do your own makeup, telling a makeup artist what you want vs seeing how they actually do makeup is vastly different.

piece of advice? do not do it in the evening as the sun is going down. while playing with makeup is definitely fun at any hour.. the practicality of doing a trial at night is pretty low.

in my opinion, a few essentials for a good makeup trial are:

the right foundation color.. SO essential! at my first trial we were pretty much using whatever was available and it was too pale, so i look pretty scary… the second one, we knew better and were able to get a more natural look going

good natural lighting. also super essential because it is so easy to put on too much blush in the dark.. among other things

vision of what kind of look you are going for. your makeup artist should already know how to do multiple looks (au natural, smoky eyes, more sultry type, etc) but in order to get the right look to match your style, you have to know what you are looking for, so that your makeup artist can do her thing

and for fun.. false lashes! they make a huge difference! i love that having false lashes automatically make you look girlier

so we forgot to take a “before” pic, so this one here is just after foundation has been applied. i still look tired though…which just confirms that under eye concealer is amazing!!


in person the liner looked much thicker to me, but in this side by side comparison.. it’s not as thick as i thought! which reminds me! pictures always make it look like you’re not wearing as much makeup as in person. i don’t know what it is.. maybe it’s the flash, or something.. but it’s actually not a bad idea to wear just a little more makeup than you normally do just for the pictures…

February 5, 2011

bargain *online* shopping

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:07 am by hbear46

it’s been BUSY at work.. hence the disappearing act.. but it’s friday and i’m back!!

i haven’t been able to do much of any brainstorming, but i still am able to browse here and there.. so this brings me to share with you all some pretty dang awesome websites that i have recently become a HUGE fan of. thanks to my friend A who read my shoe post and introduced me to i have to say that it is AWESOME. while i didn’t find a pair of shoes through them (i ended up finding a sweet pair on affliate of!.. but more on that later) i did find some potential earrings and a great dress!

now then, since wearing a white dress is a pretty rare occasion (and yes, i bought a cute white cocktail dress) i’ve come to the decision that i will be wearing and rewearing this dress to the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and whatever other wedding related occasion i can get away with wearing it to! i’m super tempted to buy a different dress for each occasion, but honestly.. between you and me.. i’m more of a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal. and while i do love the all the pretty dresses.. once they come into my closet, it’s rare for them to see the light of day more than once. in addition, more dresses = more money spent.

some other sites i’d gladly recommend are and a few things to note.. i’ve linked each of these websites to the invitation code they give me to hand out because they are all by invitation only. i know you don’t necessarily need an invite, but hey this way you can help me out 😉

each of these sites really just acts like an online sample sale for brand name items.. it’s not wedding specific, but really who says you have to buy things for a wedding from a store that has ‘bridal’ or ‘wedding’ in its name?!

so for a gratuitous picture… here’s the pretty dress i’m anxiously waiting for!


since it’s always a guessing game when you order clothes online, i was extremely careful about measuring the widest part of me and making sure that there would be  enough room  to be comfy, because quite honestly everything else can be taken in. here’s hoping it will be a perfect fit when it arrives!


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