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Hi! Dama y Catrin here…maybe you’ve missed me. I’m the friendly blog that was popping up weekly early this summer but vanished as it got hotter. I can totally explain…You see, La Dama herself (me!) is getting hitched! If you have been or are planning on getting married at some point in your life, let me tell you- the planning is no piece of cake! Even the simplest of weddings takes commitment, patience and many follow-ups!
To make-up for the long disconnect, I thought I would offer up some wedding tips for the gals and some of the guys out there planning. Maybe one day they will come in handy.
- Read Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married By Gary Chapman. Work out the relationship kinks before you say “I do”. This short paperback book brought out tough topics of conversation that we would have otherwise avoided or never thought to speak about. Easy read with lesson exercises. Do it! Boys, don’t be shy. It’s for your future wifey and happiness.
- Include tias and other important family members in the wedding by having them read at the ceremony. I hit a dilemma when I ran out of ceremony padrino/a spaces so rather than leave people out, I incorporated special readings in the ceremony script. It gives the rev/priest/minister/etc. a break and allows people to get involved.
- Make appointments before going to look at dresses. I thought I could just show up and casually try on dresses (wedding & bridesmaid) but I found out the hard way. You are a second class citizen at most places if you have no appointment….Oh! and when you go, bring a limited number of guests that know your style and can really help you weigh the options because there will be many-many!
- Don’t feel bad if your guy is not as into the details as much as you are. Make sure he contributes to the planning- yes- but don’t expect him to get excited about tablecloths. Give him specific tasks to tackle like the tuxedo rentals and music.
- For the fashion adventurous dama y catrin, you can get chucks (aka Chuck Taylor Converse) custom embroidered direct from Converse online. After searching embroidery places everywhere, we settled on embroidered shoe bags made locally instead. Most places can’t handle the direct printing to shoe job. Sidebar note, Shoe Carnival has the lowest prices on the Cons.
- Roses are a good flower choice. They are classic and always in season! Sam’s has kick-ass prices…like 15 bucks for 100! Just make sure you get the special order flowers that will guarantee availability. Order direct from a floral department manager vs. random employee. I didn’t and may have to wait until the week of the wedding to confirm in-store stock.
- Get a wedding planner if you can! Or ask a best friend to be your main planning lead to help manage the load. I pulled in a good friend and am soo relieved I had him there! He made calls when I couldn’t and scored me some yummy Italian food with lots of add-ins for a pretty sweet price. I can’t share my friend but I can share the fact that Aaron from Maggiano’s at the Domain in Austin has got it together. Best service ever!
- Tap into your friends. I used friends for my invitation design, printing, photography and music. If I am going to pay someone or support, I’d rather it be people I know. That said, if you need design or printing I know where to send you. For photography, call Celina at SiLOVE Photography! I’ll solute music contributors in future posts…too good!
- Don’t go cheap on the mariachis and go hear them live. If you are Mexican, mariachis over dinner is a must. I was about to hire a group because they were low cost but when I secretly visited them on a gig, I found out one of the musicians likes to use a pitcher as his cup of beer and the chic singers don’t mind carrying a Negro Modelo in-hand during sets. Not to mention, the voices didn’t carry over the music itself. I was underwhelmed. Anywho, if you are going to entertain with mariachis be prepared to dish out starting at $450 or so. It will be worth it.
- Make a playlist of music for your DJ. There is a formula for Mexican wedding music that seems to be a secret. I scanned the interwebs for solid Mexican wedding playlists that hit the mark on my previous experiences as a wedding guest but found zero that fit the bill. Most were watered down “Spanish” song lists including the likes of Ricky Martin and such. For this final tip, I wanted to hand you a plug and play list I put together on Spotify. It’s missing the salsa styles but it is a true blend of Texican sounds, if you want that sort of thing…
Please enjoy the music: Mexican Wedding Tunes