Wedding Survey

Using food from a weeknight dinner again in my lunch makes me feel like a money-saving maven!

I love feeling like I am stretching my money into several meals. It must be the “saver” in me. πŸ˜€

Today’s lunch included leftover salmon from Wednesday night’s dinner.

Salmon Salad

I used the fish to create a simple salmon salad that included:

  • Broiled salmon
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Light Miracle Whip
  • Relish
  • Mustard

I served my salmon salad on Nature’s Pride oatmeal bread that I received to sample through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program.

Nature's Pride Oatmeal Bread

Friday Lunch

The bread was super soft and had a slightly sweet flavor which I really enjoyed.

Along with my sandwich, I snacked on a sliced green pepper.

Green Pep

Since today was Foodie Friday at my work, I also nabbed a chocolate pumpkin cheesecake bar for dessert.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar


Wedding Survey

One of my colleagues at work sent me this fun wedding survey the other day and I loved reading her answers! I figured I would take the survey myself and post it on the blog in anticipation of my wedding in exactly 8 days!

How long did you date before you got engaged?
6.5 years … We met my freshman year of college.

Did you get the ring you wanted?
Yes! A platinum band with a princess cut diamond. Perfect.

Was the proposal a complete surprise?

Yes. I was TOTALLY shocked.

Did you cry when he proposed?

Was the proposal romantic or creative?

Both! The clues Ryan created for our scavenger hunt were very creative, but the proposal itself was very romantic.

Where do you want to go for your honeymoon?
We’re going to St. Lucia!

Are you buying his wedding band for him?

Yes. His band is a platinum band with light etching at the top and bottom.

Is your wedding band simple or elaborate?
It’s a lot more elaborate than I initially anticipated. There’s a lot more bling than I thought I would want, but after shopping around, I fell in love with my band. I cannot wait to wear it! I think my engagement ring is gettingΒ  a little lonely.

Have you gone over your original wedding budget?

What day of the year will your wedding be?
October 30, 2010.

What kind of weather?

Cross your fingers for sunny skies and cool temperatures!

Inside or outside?
The ceremony is outside in a garden and the reception is inside in a ballroom.

Time of day?
Early evening.

Any kind of theme?


Will you serve dinner? Plated or buffet?
We will be serving a plated dinner.

What are your wedding day colors?
Yellow, gold, ivory, cream and white.

How many bridesmaids? How do you know them?
Six. One is my college roommate/sorority sister, I’ve been friends with four since elementary school and my sister is my maid of honor.

What kind of cake/what will it look like?

Red velvet with white chocolate mousse and buttercream frosting. It will look like Jessica’s!

What kind of dress will you have/color/material?
My dress is ivory and is mostly lace. It reminds me a lot of a modern version of my mother’s dress.

What kind of flowers in your bouquet?
Roses and “field flowers” for an un-done romantic look.

Will you wear your hair up or down?


Is the reception big or small?

How long is your honeymoon?
6 days.

What will you do?

Zip lining, scuba diving, hiking, relaxing and eating.

What is the age difference between you and your groom?
1.5 years. I’m 25 and Ryan just turned 27.

Have you hired a wedding planner?

I love surveys! I think they’re so much fun to read and also pretty fun to do!

I’d also like to reach out to you guys about the dancing portion of our wedding reception. There are so many cute ideas out there for fun, interactive dances.

There is one I definitely want to include in our reception. The DJ asks all the couples to get on the dance floor and then they sit down when the DJ calls out the number of years they’ve been together. I love seeing couples out there dancing who have been together for 20+ years! It’s so heartwarming!

Please let me know of any other fun and romantic dance ideas you have seen or may have done at your wedding… or any songs we absolutely must play during our reception.


  1. Jenn says

    If you are going to scuba dive on St. Lucia, I highly recommend the “Superman’s Flight” dive right at the base of the Picons. My husband and I did that dive last year while visiting St. Lucia and it was AMAZING!!! Best dive ever. It’s a gentle drift dive along the Picons.


  2. says

    Surveys are one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I love reading people’s answers and then seeing how mine differ!
    I’ve never heard of the dance that calls up the couples by how long they’ve been dating. That is SO sweet, I almost teared up imagining grandparents celebrating their high school romances <3<3!!!


  3. Laura says

    You have to do a dollar dance. The maid of honor and best man each have a basket and then everyone makes 2 lines one for the bride and one for the groom. They place a dollar in the basket to dance with either the bride or the groom. It lets everyone have their dance with the happy couple. And the money is supposed to go towards your honeymoon. Its a great time πŸ™‚


  4. Lizzy says

    I LOVE “Stars Go Blue” for a romantic dance song at a Wedding…annnnd of course you have to play Cupid Shuffle, as well as any and all Michael Jackson songs! πŸ™‚

    I also wanted to say you totally motivated me tonight. I did NOT want to work out, but I remember your “I’ve never regretted a workout” mantra and dragged my butt to the gym with one of your interval treadmill workouts printed out. Awesome workout and I feel so much better.

    Thanks Julie! 8 days, so exciting!


  5. says

    we did the anniversary dance too at our wedding! but just be specific to your DJ if you want to just honor the 2 couples who have been married 50+ years (just an example) or if you want to make it clear that grandparents A have been married 57 and grandparents B 51. we didn’t make that clear enough & our DJ didn’t do that… not the end of the world, but just a small disappointment. πŸ™‚ your wedding will be beautiful! it’s almost here!!!


  6. Mae says

    I love “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper…it’s probably already on your list, but it’s one of my favorites because everyone can do it, and it’s fun!


  7. Caroline says

    The anniversary dance is a big deal in the midwest (particularly in NWOH). We did a different take on this, we just danced with his grandparents who were having their 63rd wedding anniversary on the same day.

    Another one they do here is the dollar dance. The maid of honor and best man stand with baskets and folks ‘pay’ to dance with the bride and groom. I think its weird, but all weddings have it here.

    We also incorporated the dances we did while in college, Shout which played during football games, Jimmy Buffet which was played at the Piano Bar, etc.

    So excited for you!


  8. Kerry says

    My husband and I just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary yesterday, and we watched our wedding video, so this idea is fresh in my mind. One of the most fun parts of the reception was the “soul train” line to Outkast’s “The Way You Move.” Have the guys line up on one side and the gals on the other side and the people at the front of the line pair up and do a funny dance down the line. We had a lot of fun and laughs with that!!


  9. Stephanie Clement says

    Julie! This is the first time I’ve ever commented, but I love your blog! The best “game” i’ve ever played at a wedding was the DJ had a pile of all the couples name’s in a jar. He would reach in the jar and call out one couple. The couple would then have to kiss each other, in whichever way they wanted, and then the bride and groom had to do their best to replicate the kiss. It was really sweet and got everyone laughing!



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