One Day Sale

I am sure that all of you have seen a Macy’s commercial that is similar to this one. They advertise the “One Day Sale” and make shoppers believe that is it THE ONE DAY where items in the store are on sale. If you miss it, the deals will be gone and you will  have to wait until there is another one day sale. The thing that they don’t tell you is that EVERY day at Macy’s is a sale day.

This year has been the year of weddings for me and Matt. We have traveled to South Bend (twice), Boston (twice), Vermont, Chicago and Ohio. The weddings have all been extremely inspiring to us, as we start to plan our own wedding. We are so lucky to have so many great friends to show us the ropes and support us as we enter into the next phase of our relationship and life.

Along with inspiration comes the wedding gifts. I LOVE going registry gift shopping. It is always interesting to see what people chose for plates, knives, bakeware, sheets, towels and coffee makers. Nearly everyone registers at Macy’s, and quite frankly, how can you blame them. You can register for EVERYTHING at Macy’s and with their 365 different One Day Sales, your guests can get some fabulous deals. And your purchases help to support to world’s best parade. It is a win-win.

A few months ago, I went online to buy a present for one of the weddings. I saw that their china was buy 2 pieces, get a third free. So I decided to order 3 pieces for them. Unfortunately, when I added these items to my online shopping basket, the deal was not applied. I promptly called customer service and asked to speak to someone who could solve my problem. While she was working on it, I found a coupon code online that earned me an additional 15% off AND free shipping. Then when my customer service rep came back, she told me that she fixed the problem and that I would get a free bowl for everyone ONE I ordered. Well, that wasn’t a deal I was going to question. In all, I ended up ordering nearly 600 dollars of china and paid only 150 dollars. SICK!

Today I went back to Macy’s to buy another wedding present. With very little effort, I found a toaster and a waffle iron that we both on sale (20% off), did a google search for a free shipping coupon and happily made my purchase. I ended up saving over 120 dollars.

Honestly, I think I should quit my job and become a personal wedding present shopping. Obviously, I have a gift :)

The Power of Being a Bridesmaid

This past weekend I had my first experience as a bridesmaid. I will be honest, while I was very honored to be asked to share this special day with my college roommate, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Well let me tell you, it was awesome. I am ready to become a bridesmaid full-time. I am not sure what Katherine Heigl’s problem was in the movie 27 Dresses.

The day began with 5 hours in the hair salon. This probably sounds like an awful experience, however with mimosas, bagels, coffee and gossip magazines things can ONLY be good. I have limited experience with hair styling; it would be a good day if I did something other than a ponytail. Because I was always swimming, I never felt like the efforts of blow drying my hair were ever worth it… in a few short hours I would be tucking my hair underneath my cap and diving into the pool again… So, it was a great think that my hair stylist had the creative insight to think of something to do with my tresses.

When I originally received my dress, it was a little tight. I then spend the next few weeks obsessing that I wasn’t going to be able to get my dress zipped up on the day of the wedding. I had this vision of myself walking down the aisle on the big day, with the front of my dressing looking ok, but the back being unzipped and my back hanging out. But when I put the dress on, a took a deep breath and my friend zipped it up all the way.  I don’t think I took another breath until the end of the wedding.

The ceremony was beautiful and I felt so honored to be standing up next to the happy couple. It gave the entire wedding experience a whole new feeling. I was a part of their vows, a witness to the awesome promise that they made to each other. Their happiness became my happiness and we all walked out of the church with huge smiles on our faces.

During the reception, we were instructed to create a 25 second dance move to go along with our grand entrance into the room. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have exactly one dance move: jumping. And to make things worse, the groomsman that I was paired up with was a 19-year-old, 6’4″ boy who wasn’t the world’s best dancer either. Well, after much thinking and not much result, we finally came up with something. Matt’s friends do a move called “the jump rope” where they “swing” a pretend jump rope and have people jump/dance in it. Let me tell you, it is a huge crowd pleasure at the bars, so I thought it would be an even bigger crowd pleaser at a wedding. Well, I was certainly correct. I am confident that we kicked the wedding off to a good start. Who would have thought that Matt would have delivered me a winning dance move.

As the evening progressed and the dance floor heated up, I experienced the awesome power of the bridesmaid dress. I could dance in the middle of the dance floor, dance with the groom, dance with the bride, dance with the groom’s dad… anything I wanted to do was perfectly acceptable because I was a bridesmaid! Who knew the power that came with being in this elite club of 5-6 girls with matching dresses.

By the end of the evening, I was exhausted, had completely “danced my hair out” and was so happy for the newly weds. Thank you to Moffat and Casey for including me in this special day. It could not have been a better weekend and I could not be happier for you both.