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Independence Day in Washington DC

It’s been over 20 years since I’ve spent the day in the District for the Fourth of July!  One – time flies because two decades is quite some time.  Two – I definitely take the city and all its events for granted, especially since I live so close to it.  Three – I finally had the opportunity to not only celebrate Independence Day in the heart of America but to also be a part of the annual parade! The Vietnamese-American Celebrate Freedom (VACF) is a group consisting of the Vietnamese community in the local areas of DC, MD, and VA.  VACF has been a part of this parade for the past 20 years!  I was beyond ecstatic to stand alongside with so many great Vietnamese-American leaders, including military and veteran personnel to represent the Vietnamese community.  Huge thanks to VACF and Miss Vietnam DC for allowing me to be a part of this. Most Vietnamese-Americans here in the states were once refugees escaping communism from Vietnam.  My parents and I were also Vietnamese refugees.  Although …

DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

Chose your bridesmaids?  Now it’s time to propose to them.  Back in the day, a simple phone call or text message was the norm to ask your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids.  Well more and more are taking it a step further to channel their inner creativity when proposing to their bridesmaids – making it a more enjoyable experience. Proposing to my bridesmaids was one of the most exciting pre-wedding experience.  The looks on their faces and the “ooh’s and ahh’s” made me super thrilled that they loved their bridesmaid boxes. You can definitely create your boxes that matches your personality or interests!  I added personal notes on card stock with information on their duties and the wedding day. Sources: Shoe box/Photo box | A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts Paper crinkle | A.C. Moore Mini Prosecco | Total Wine Bridal party sunglasses | Amazon Essie Nail Polish | Skyline Nail Supply Beads/Pearls | Michaels Sheer glitter fabric for veil | Michaels Gold glitter spray paint | Michaels Bridesmaid bangle | Kate Spade New York Card stock | …

Tips on Wedding Venue Shopping

Before you get into all the nitty gritty details of wedding planning, i.e. colors, dress, flowers, and cake selection… finding your wedding venue is probably the first to-do thing on your list! And budget too – the not so fun part of wedding planning. Everything else will then fall into place after you’ve decided on a venue. Here are some tips from my personal experience: Location Using search engine tools like WeddingWire.com and TheKnot.com are great ways to have an idea what venue options are in the area. You should start a list of maybe 5-10 potential venues.  Also, do you plan on having multiple sites?  Ceremony at one site and then the reception at a different venue or will it all be held at the same place? Budget You should have a budget set in mind before visiting these venues. Some venues have a significant fee just to rent the place versus some that have a lesser venue fee. Keep in mind that you need to leave a significant amount of room for other …

2016 re-cap

What an eventful year!?  From starting the year off with a Bieber concert to in between bachelorette parties… and to top it off with a ring on my finger! I am so grateful for the same group of people in my life each year.  Being able to stand by my close friends as they each get married off is such a wonderful feeling.  Seeing my married friends have babies is even more precious!  Although I’ve lost a couple family members this year, I know that they are at a better place.  Thus, a huge reminder to value the time with the ones that are still here. Traveling is something I’ve always wanted to do but find it hard to achieve due to my commitments and schedule.  However, 2016 allowed me to do the most traveling I’ve ever done within a year.  Some spots I hit this year included: NYC – it’s annual thing since it’s not a far drive, Los Angeles – Jenn’s birthday celebration, Emerald Isle – Candice’s bachelorette trip, Las Vegas – Thanh’s bachelorette trip, and …

Bridesmaid Do’s and Don’ts

The soon-to-be bride just asked you to be her bridesmaid and you have no idea what your duties are… Well, I have been a bridesmaid six times (I know, that’s a lot).  Thus, I have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts to help you on your wonderful experience as a bridesmaid. Bridesmaid Do’s Be supportive She chose you to be her bridesmaid to be there to support her during her journey to get married.  You need to be there for her both emotionally and physically.  The bride goes through plenty of mixed emotions.  She can be ecstatic about one thing and then she’s crying about something else within the next hour.  There are a lot of things going on in her mind and you might not understand why she’s upset, but it’s okay as long as you’re there to lend an ear.  And what I mean by “physically” is things like holding her wedding dress up while she goes potty. Be prepared to spend money The least I’ve spent on being a bridesmaid was …