Monday, July 21, 2008


The countdown to the wedding is now down to less than three weeks. In less than two weeks I’ll be back home in Honolulu. I’m mildly freaked out about the whole event. I was never the type of girl who dreamed of her “fairy tale” wedding or planned out the details when she was six years old. If I had my way, there would have been an easter egg hunt, piñatas, and an “iron chef”-esque challenge. Everyone would be having a blast, playing games and winning prizes. Lucky for me, there is a smidgen of the wedding that I actually have control of, so there will be some non-traditional activities.

Okay, back to the reality of the matter, I’ve been crying more sad tears than happy tears these past few days. I guess that’s inevitable when it comes to planning a wedding for ~300 guests...and you live miles away. Luckily, I have a really caring sister and awesome and supportive friends both back in Hawaii and Illinois.

My advice to future brides:

  1. If you do not want a big wedding, then be firm and stand your ground (whether this is against your parents or fiancé).
  2. It’s YOUR wedding. There is no “right” way that a wedding should be. Do not let others control your wedding or do not let others dictate or guilt you in what is appropriate.
  3. Remember to smile and breathe. Things are not as bad as they seem.
  4. When in doubt, eloping is just fine.

Pictures: Top-where the ceremony will take place; Middle-same buffet we'll be having; Last-my friend who took me as his "date" so I could scope out an actual wedding at the venue (it was last year during Winter Break).


K and S said...

sounds beautiful! hope it all goes smoothly, enjoy the moment!

Ms. _______ 2 be ! said...

Sounds exciting.
I don't want a big wedding but I always been told by family about having a big wedding. Though I know what I want..hehehe

Lori said...

Those were totally my guidelines as well when I got married! Don't worry, the time will fly by and you'll be relieved hanging out in Lanai before you know it! :)

chou said...

It'll work out. Really. And Kendell will give the best toast EVER!

Mike said...

Aww! Looks great to me! I heard the food is awesome!

genkitummy said...

to everyone,
thanks for all the wishes. the wedding is quite soon and i'm sure all the worries will disappear when the day comes.

Michelle said...

Wow - it looks beautiful. That's some great, very true advice for brides - just keep some of those things in mind for yourself too! Everything will go smoothly and be better than you imagined. I freaked out and cried lots up until the day of - then suddenly, it all floated away and I was able to just enjoy the day. My only other piece of advice: delegate, delegate, delegate!! Hang in there!

shar said...

Hi lauren, Wow almost time huh ?

I only can imagine what your moms been up too..haha. She can be a handful..;)

enjoy and take care

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!