Keep Calm, You’re Getting Married


So, the engagement went perfect. He asked your parents for permission, the ring fit and it it’s BEAUTIFUL, now what? Isn’t the laundry list of things you need and want to do for your wedding growing longer by the second? Who will be my Maid of Honor? I need to try on dresses. How much should I have saved up to have the wedding of my dreams? Small wedding, grand wedding, Should I elope? Indoor or out door? Pink? champagne? light blue? teal? gray? Ahhhh! The ideas won’t stop. But you’re in luck. There will be time. What’s the secret of planning a stress free wedding? Not doing everything in one day.

Excitement – with the exception of money,  is one of the reasons stress levels increase when planning a wedding. Gathering every new detail and looking at the popular trends for this year’s wedding is a handful and can get overwhelming. Here are some tips to keep calm when planning the wedding of your dreams.

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1. Develop a plan – what kind of wedding do you want? How many guests? Do you want a church or an outdoor wedding? Oh! Don’t forget the date!  Once you’ve straightened out these details. You can get the venue(s) locked in, look for a photographer/videographer and determine who will be in your wedding party.

2. Build On A Strong Foundation – Identify your foundation. Your wedding program determines the flow the wedding day.

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You can also speak to a close friend of yours who recently got married. Particularly one with a wedding plan you like since you’ve seen it in action.

3.  Piecing it together – Look at what you’ll need that’s necessary  for each focus of your timeline.

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If you’re having a church wedding, they usually have a predetermined schedule to follow which should make it easier on you to plan. Just fill in the blank! It doesn’t get any easier than that.

5. Necessary Check – now that you’ve got what’s necessary and reviewed your budget. If you have some extra cash to spend, add some details to make it yours. Photo booths, children’s packs for kids to have to occupy themselves at the wedding, a donut bar, an ice cream bar, cupcakes, food trucks, giveaways, flowers, rehearsal dinner, limo, a honeymoon sweet. After all, you only get married once so make it a night you can remember forever.

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Meet the Birthday Girl!

“Research Associate by day and above all a wife and mother.” -Birthday Girl


Research Associate, yes. I’ve been an RA in R&D for about 2 years now at a Diagnostic company in San Diego, CA. I really enjoy my job there, which I’m finding out is a rare thing these days. Once my 9a-6p workday ends, I turn the lab rat switch off put on my Crafting Mommy Hat. I’m a new mom of a guwapo (from the Filipino word guapo , meaning ‘handsome’ as my mother would say) son, Nolan. Being a new mom… I can’t describe the feeling. More than happy, more than blessed, happy blessed with butterflies in my tummy, smiling eyes and 19 trillion more steps above the feeling when you meet your first grade school love who kisses you on the cheek. Wow, now doesn’t that take you back. Speaking of grade school love, I married mine and he’s wonderful. He supports me, loves me and brings out the best in me. He’s all the good things a husband should have and more. I love people who bring out the best in others. Individuals who have a positive outlook in life and make life fun and interesting. Life is to precious to waste on being selfish and having a “me only” attitude. It’s so much more rewarding when you’re sharing your life loving someone else, making someone laugh and helping those in need. Extending your love reach far beyond people you know. We are put here with love so might as well sprinkle it all around like candy on Halloween (no tricks included). I consider myself to be messy organized, I am definitely NOT a morning person, I’m terrified of bees, my favorite flowers are roses-the light purple kind and I am 5’2″ wishing I were at least 5’7″ because most dresses are too long for me to wear. I would LOVE to travel the world. I feel most comfortable in a t-shirt and sweats or tights, I recycle everything I can and throw everything I can in compost and I think everyone should. My birthday is on April 1, (TODAY!) and coffee, chocolate… YUM! Oh, and I do a little crafting on the side.


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Hello, I’m With Love & Petals

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We are With Love & Petals and we are absolutely thrilled to be finally out and published! Let us introduce ourselves.

We are a San Diego based small business focusing on handmade paper flowers. We mainly focus on paper roses and cater to bibliophiles, authors and unique individuals who want to kick the fresh flower idea to the left and want to make that move to something more lasting. I used paper flowers for my wedding and LOVED IT! I started off my wedding planning by looking at fresh flowers but I was scared of flowers wilting, dying and arriving less than perfect. Using flower alternatives wasn’t something I wanted to permanently convert to as I was thinking of only using them as practice bouquets for my bridesmaids for the wedding rehearsal. I loved the finished product so much that it was something I wanted to fully incorporate in my *ahem* OUR wedding, so I kicked the fresh flowers ideas to the left to the left.

Making paper flowers was something that I fell in love with and I wanted to share my talent with those individuals who want to add a unique personal touch to their wedding just as I did.  We officially opened our Etsy shop on March 31, 2009 and today, we’ve taken it a step up in size and increased our wedding participation and couldn’t be any happier from all the positive responses we’ve received.

For our 6 year anniversary we wanted to give more. We wanted to do something that can reach out to people and hopefully inspire Brides (and Grooms) to plan a wedding that is everything they dreamed of and more by providing tips, inspiration posts and wedding trends. Not to mention real weddings where we were the primary floral vendor. That’s why we’ve started this wedding blog.

To celebrate our 6 year anniversary and the launch of our website, what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway!




Entrants must comment on this post and share it on one social media site to be eligible.  Eligible entries must be submitted by April 18 2015, 11:59 Pacific Standard Time. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on April 19, 2015 through our  social media sites (Instagram, twitter, facebook and website). Links can be found on our homepage.


Eligible entrants must be residents of the United States.


Our handmade Ivory Rose Paper Bouquet A $90 value.

Each rose in this bouquet was specially made by me, with each rose having its own unique look just as the real roses would be. It’s stem is has a light brown unique look that’s wrapped with a black and white striped ribbon with some pieces that lay freely to add a romantic feel.

Approx height: 17″
Approx diameter: 9′-10″


The Winner will be announced on our social media sites (Instagram, twitter, facebook and website) and will be asked to respond via email. If the Winner does not respond within three business days following the notification, the Winner forfeits the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen.


Meanwhile, keep up with us. Watch us grow, or bloom rather, and  fall in love with our posts, because we’ve definitely fallen for you.


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