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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Carbzilla

    I know you’ll be able to shake it off and enjoy yourself.

    I’m a party planner from way back (and also worked for a stationers) so I didn’t have as much stress as you did except for at the end. Somehow I always knew it would be work.

    Funny though, I always thought I’d be crying too hard to make it through my own wedding but on the day I was so psyched that I don’t think I cried at all. It’s an amazing feeling to be totally surrounded by people who love you and are wishing you the very best. Can’t wait!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I didn’t think it would be that stressful for difficult. While I don’t have party planning experience, I am very organized and good at planning things. It was kind of surprising just how stressful it all was.

      I am looking forward to our day! I know it will be perfect! And if not, the wedding coordinator’s job is to fix it. 😉

  2. Jess


    Ok, that’s done.

    Wedding planning is stressful and SO many times I wished we had just eloped but in the end I wouldn’t change it for the world.

    My advise is this

    – Pick a colour and let your BMs pick their own dresses! Saves SO much hassle and it was the thing I got the most compliments about. My 3 girls all looked wonderful and they felt comfortable. I am a bridesmaid at a wedding in January and the bride has insisted we all wear the exact same thing despite the fact that we are all different heights and sizes (there is a 10 size difference between me and another girl). Another girl has to lose weight to fit her dress… Trainwreak ahead!

    – Don’t sweat the small stuff.

    – Get the pictures you want. There is only 1 shot and if you want a photo with great aunt Mary then get one!

    – Take a minute to sit back during the reception and just take it in

    – Have a family member ready with a bottle of water for after the wedding. My mouth was SO dry it was horrible. I had to wait ages for someone to bring me a drink after the ceremony and it made talking to guests really hard.

    – Go and talk to people. No one wants to talk to the bride because they don’t want to monopolise your time.

    Now, breathe. Enjoy because the day is over before you know it. I can’t wait to see your photos!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ve gotten a lot of tips and read a bunch too…your tip about the water is the first I’ve heard of it and DUH. Makes so much sense! Thank you for that!

      I am surprised at just how stressful the wedding planning has been. Perhaps if it wasn’t in addition to all the other super stressful (and expensive) stuff that we’ve dealt with this year it would be easier….who knows.

      Thank you for the kind words!!

  3. Biz

    I had to laugh about the Pinterest – you could drive yourself insane with all the ideas! And I have to tell you – you won’t remember all the details of your wedding down the road, so don’t sweat the small stuff. So excited for you!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I know! The details aren’t important. And despite my stress and frustrations, I AM looking forward to the day! 22 more days….

  4. Deb

    I swear if I ever get married, we will elope at the courthouse, and have a potluck for the reception in our backyard with a handful of close friends. I don’t even know that I would bring family into it. I would have a complete meltdown trying to plan an actual wedding- when we have a small party at the house I end up freaking out that we won’t have any food and I bake the entire day of the party. Then we have way too much food and no money… O.o But our guests’ taste buds are happy even if their waistlines aren’t!

  5. Juan Carlo

    Great post! I tried to get ideas from Pinterest regarding best wedding tips for a bride and I’m amazed with all the results that I got. BTW, I learned a lot of things from your post. Thanks for sharing.

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