The Little Details

Every year the same saying goes... "Where has the time gone?"  It is now December, and what was a time that I thought would never come is now too soon approaching.  I leave for my wedding on December 13 (next week, a month before the actual wedding) and probably the most daunting task to date are all the little details that really do matter.  As I look through the WeddingWire checklist, I realize there are still things that need to get done like locking down a DJ, band, rehearsal dinner reservations, and more.  Thankfully, I am able to get those things squared away when I get to Saipan.  What I wanted to share with you today are some of the little details and inspiration I drew from that helped pave the way for the look and feel of the wedding. 

I love the idea of having a delicate overlay for the reception tables.  Pic via Pinterest.

I love the idea of having a delicate overlay for the reception tables.  Pic via Pinterest.

Gold accents like this is something I will try and incorporate into my decor.  Via Pinterest.

Gold accents like this is something I will try and incorporate into my decor.  Via Pinterest.

Greenery is an important touch for me since I am from an island and since the wedding is taking place on an island.  Via Pinterest.

Greenery is an important touch for me since I am from an island and since the wedding is taking place on an island.  Via Pinterest.

love the classic and clean look of these arrangements. Via Pinterest.

love the classic and clean look of these arrangements. Via Pinterest.

A photo booth and with a pretty background adds a fun element to any wedding.    Via Pinterest.

A photo booth and with a pretty background adds a fun element to any wedding.    Via Pinterest.

Since it is hot all year round in Saipan, an updo is kind of necessary. Pic via WeddingWire.

Since it is hot all year round in Saipan, an updo is kind of necessary. Pic via WeddingWire.

Soft glam is the makeup look i will be going for. Pic via Pinterest.

Soft glam is the makeup look i will be going for. Pic via Pinterest.

Pic via WeddingWire.

Pic via WeddingWire.

Pic via Pinterest. 

Pic via Pinterest. 

this gives me inspiration to a possible second dress for the reception. pic via pinterest.

this gives me inspiration to a possible second dress for the reception. pic via pinterest.

in love! pic via pinterest.

in love! pic via pinterest.

Love the effortless yet stylish look of this birde. Pic via pinterest. 

Love the effortless yet stylish look of this birde. Pic via pinterest. 

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Wedding Invitations and Where to Start When Planning a Wedding

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It has been a while since you've seen anything on my wedding planning process.  Honestly, it has been pretty overwhelming since I am the planner of my own wedding.  It has also been crunch time for me as the days are just passing me by.  Just when I thought I could relax a little, it's already the end of September and I have 3 months to go!  If you too are going through this same feeling, my heart goes out to you!  What I want to talk about today is where to even start. Getting engaged is rainbows and butterflies and that's the part I enjoy.  What I don't enjoy is the long check list and the work that comes with it.  If you are one that works well with to-do's and enjoys planning party's, then more power to you... I, for one, am not that person.  I have partnered up with WeddingWire again to show you that with their help, it can all be a breeze!

So you've celebrated your engagement and now it's time to start planning.  If you're not clear on where to start, you may feel like you want to do everything all at once and it can drive you stir crazy.  Since everyone's vision for their wedding is different, we might all start in different places. WeddingWire has a really cool quiz that you can take to tell you what your start should look like or what your next steps should be.  They take into account where you are in your wedding planning process, if at all.  I myself took the quiz and at this point, I still need to finish booking the rest of my vendors like a band and my cake!  If taking the quiz is not your thing, they also have an extremely helpful checklist that you can live by.      

One of the first things that I did to help jumpstart my process was figure out a theme.  The theme is extremely important because it sets the tone for everything that has to do with your wedding... from invitations, to decor, website, dress and venue. I feel like once you have that down, it will guide you to everything else.  Read my post on How To Find Your Wedding Theme. WeddingWire gives great inspiration of real weddings so that you can picture yourself in it.  It makes it easy to choose the kind of wedding you may want.  Next, we chose a venue.  Since our venue is on a tropical island, that's exactly the direction we took for our invitations, website and decor.  To give you an idea, I've attached some photos of our invitations.  

full suite front

full suite front

Full suite back

Full suite back

Since we are having a tropical destination wedding, I wanted something that would jump out at people to get them excited to get away. We used Rachel Marvin Creative to draw them up.  The palm print has been a little played out by now so I was very careful not to make it too animated or whimsical, but more edgy and modern with a touch of romance.  What I love about our invitations is that there is a different element of design for the back of each card, and that the marble lining for the main envelope is something unexpected.  

For us, a website was necessary to help our guests keep track of things that are happening.  We used Riley & Grey as our web host.  You can also host a free website though WeddingWire. We wanted to touch more on the elegant theme and went heavy on the gold.  I wanted to stay with classic colors so we went with a white, gold and green theme.  Our venue represents lush gardens and sits right in front of the ocean.  I felt like it tied in nicely with the whole theme of our wedding.  

invitation card front and back

invitation card front and back

rsvp card front and back

rsvp card front and back

details card front and back

details card front and back

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If you feel like you're going in a similar path, but need more direction, use WeddingWire to help with theme, venue, website and more!            

Saipan Recap

Back in January of this year, Jamie and I flew back to Saipan where I was born and raised.  It was his first ever visit to the island.  Prior to this trip, we had already planned on having our wedding in Los Angeles and we even had our venue picked out.  That was before he fell in love with this tiny little place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  I couldn't be happier with the decision he had made, and for me, it was an easy yes!  I also knew that it would come with some challenges, but since I'm not a quitter, I was ready to take that challenge on!  For example, there aren't any wedding planners in Saipan so I knew I would basically have to do everything on my own and hope for the best!  This trip back home before the wedding was necessary just to make sure everything was in line and in place for the big day.  All you ladies who have had destination weddings feel me on this one.  Thankfully, however, I have a florist to take care of most of the flowers and decor.  Personality wise, I am very OCD and like to have control of things so in a way, this might be a good thing.  With Saipan being so far away and with such a large time difference, it poses some complications in that I can't just drive there if something needed to get done.  This trip definitely put my mind at ease, but I also didn't know there were so many new things that we needed for the wedding.  I arrived with a short list of things to do and left with a long one.  I can't believe it is already August and before you know it, I will have to fly back again in December to tie up all the loose ends.  

Since I can't show you much when it comes to the big day details, I have compiled some snippets of my outfits (that you can shop) that I wore and other things in between.  

Here is a sneak peek of what my wedding venue looks like!

Here is a sneak peek of what my wedding venue looks like!

On the way to scout rehearsal dinner locations and found these beautiful and enormous bougainvillea plants... so we had to stop and take pictures!!

On the way to scout rehearsal dinner locations and found these beautiful and enormous bougainvillea plants... so we had to stop and take pictures!!

A potential rehearsal dinner spot.

A potential rehearsal dinner spot.

Randomly found this Jamaican inspired wall and had to take a pic.  This was one of the most hectic wedding planning days of all.  Glad I wore easy clothes because it was super hot! 

Randomly found this Jamaican inspired wall and had to take a pic.  This was one of the most hectic wedding planning days of all.  Glad I wore easy clothes because it was super hot! 

The perfect bag for a tropical island.  It isn't bulky but still fits all your girly things! 

The perfect bag for a tropical island.  It isn't bulky but still fits all your girly things! 

Typical islander breakfast- Fried rice, portuguese sausage and eggs!

Typical islander breakfast- Fried rice, portuguese sausage and eggs!

Latte Stone- what the ancient Chamorros used back in the days to build.

Latte Stone- what the ancient Chamorros used back in the days to build.

Acai Bowl from The Shack!

Acai Bowl from The Shack!

Strolling along Beach Road and stopped to take a quick pic like all the tourists do!

Strolling along Beach Road and stopped to take a quick pic like all the tourists do!

Micro Beach

Micro Beach

Post workout silhouette.  Sunsets like these are an everyday occurrence back home.  

Post workout silhouette.  Sunsets like these are an everyday occurrence back home.  

There is a lot of Japanese influence when it comes to food, so bento is a must!  Here I have tempura, chicken teriyaki, sashimo, miso soup, Japanese pickles, rice, cold tofu and fruit. (Dolphin Restaurant, Grandvrio Hotel)

There is a lot of Japanese influence when it comes to food, so bento is a must!  Here I have tempura, chicken teriyaki, sashimo, miso soup, Japanese pickles, rice, cold tofu and fruit. (Dolphin Restaurant, Grandvrio Hotel)

In case you are curious and want to see more of Saipan, here is a vlog of us on our trip back in January.