Sonja
Sonja

Ajax, Ontario · From March 2017

This is not my first time around. I'm probably the oldest bride on this site (just turned 58). My fiancé and I will be getting married on September 24,... View more

This is not my first time around. I'm probably the oldest bride on this site (just turned 58). My fiancé and I will be getting married on September 24, 2017 at the Deer Creek Golf Club. It's a small wedding with only 31 in attendance. After 6 years of getting to know each other and each going through some real financial and health difficulties, we've decided that we are stronger together than we are as individuals.

Happily married 🎉

September 24, 2017

1492days 12hrs

Discussions

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Sonja
Engagement to wedding day - how long?
Sonja of Plan a wedding, On August 14, 2017 at 23:38

How many months (or years) from the time you got engaged to your wedding day? Nine months for me.

Janaya, saturday 15-Sep-18 71 427
Sonja
Mascara
Sonja of Beauty, On September 21, 2017 at 09:53

My wedding day will be hot and humid. Should I wear waterproof mascara or is the regular kind satisfactory? I bought regular that gives you fuller, longer lashes. Should I return it for waterproof? ...

Ethel, thursday 9-Aug-18 22 138
Sonja
Splurge or save: wedding and engagement rings
Sonja of Before the wedding, On August 23, 2017 at 23:47

Did you look for a deal or did you lay out all the cash for your rings?

Elise, wednesday 25-Jul-18 34 279
Sonja
Wearing your glasses or not?
Sonja of Beauty, On August 22, 2017 at 19:37

Hi lovely brides, I was wondering if any of you who wear glasses will be wearing them at your wedding, or will you take them off?

Jocelyn, saturday 3-Feb-18 17 149
Sonja
Rustic Theme Overdone? Yay or nay.
Sonja of Before the wedding, On October 18, 2017 at 21:12

Hi Ladies, do any of you feel that "everyone" is doing the rustic theme these days and it's getting old? (no pun intended). There are so many options for wedding themes but it seems that many brides...

Vinod, saturday 27-Jan-18 40 558
Sonja
Centrepieces for patio tables
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:17

Patio Centrepieces I found out yesterday that the venue has outdoor tables on the patio for my guests to use at cocktail hour (or anytime during the wedding), and I didn't have any centrepieces made....

Vinod, monday 15-Jan-18 14 76
Sonja
Homemade seating chart
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:33

Seating Chart My colours are ivory, gold, and orange so I used this old frame that I had for the seating chart to be put on an easel at the entrance to our room. I used scrapbooking techniques to...

Vinod, monday 8-Jan-18 12 125
Sonja
Save or splurge: gifts for wedding party
Sonja of Before the wedding, On August 23, 2017 at 12:50

Will you go high end or are you looking for a bargain?

Sidni, friday 5-Jan-18 18 91
Sonja
Price of marriage license
Sonja of Before the wedding, On August 18, 2017 at 10:26

What does it cost to get a marriage license in Ontario? Does it vary depending upon which city or town you go to?

Sidni, friday 5-Jan-18 10 226
Sonja
Calling all frugal brides
Sonja of Before the wedding, On August 2, 2017 at 13:09

I'm a firm believer in "Why pay full price when you don't have to". I've been extremely frugal with my wedding arrangements so that I could put the money into the venue and dinner for my guests. I'd...

Vinod, thursday 4-Jan-18 14 150
Sonja
Photographer - good deal?
Sonja of Plan a wedding, On August 20, 2017 at 16:50

I found a good photographer with 10 years experience for $260.00 for 3 hours. Do you think it's a good deal? Editing is included and I've seen tons of beautiful pictures on his website. Should...

Vinod, monday 1-Jan-18 57 331
Sonja
How much is your dj costing?
Sonja of Plan a wedding, On August 20, 2017 at 18:11

Just wondering what couples are paying for their DJ. I've been researching and found one with 10 years experience, references, and a light show on the dance floor for $240.00 for 3 hours.

Vinod, monday 1-Jan-18 39 318
Sonja
Marriage license...check!
Sonja of Before the wedding, On September 11, 2017 at 15:47

With just 2 weeks till the wedding, we finally got time to fill in the papers and get the marriage license this past Friday. Now I'm experiencing the butterflies! By the way, it was $125.00 at...

Vinod, sunday 31-Dec-17 15 148
Sonja
Made my card box
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:09

Homemade Card Box Again, I used dollar store boxes and thrift store ribbon to make this card box.

Vinod, sunday 31-Dec-17 32 205
Sonja
Jazzed up guest book
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:22

Guest book I found this new guest book at Value Village for $1.99 so I used these pearl and 3D stickers to pretty it up. Got to love Dollarama!

Vinod, sunday 31-Dec-17 9 82
Sonja
Guest book sign
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:30

Guest Book Sign Continuing with the DIY theme, I made this sign to place at the guest book.

Vinod, sunday 31-Dec-17 5 66
Sonja
Cohabitation or not?
Sonja of Living together, On August 2, 2017 at 22:05

There's a lot of controversy regarding cohabitation. Do you think it's better to live with your fiancé before the wedding, or wait until you're married?

Candace, sunday 31-Dec-17 39 332
Sonja
Ceremony Glitch
Sonja of Just married, On October 8, 2017 at 12:56

Hello Ladies, We got married exactly 2 weeks ago (Sept. 24). I worked so hard to make sure everything was perfect. The ceremony began. We stood before the officiant and our friends and family. Ten...

Vinod, saturday 23-Dec-17 24 248
Sonja
Thank You Cards
Sonja of Just married, On October 23, 2017 at 10:04

How long did it take you to get your thank you cards written and sent after the wedding?

Vinod, thursday 21-Dec-17 30 254
Sonja
Today's the Day!!
Sonja of Before the wedding, On September 24, 2017 at 12:05

I'm getting married in less than 3 hours on the hottest day of the year. It's 32 and with the humidex it will be 40 degrees. Wish me luck.

Sonja, saturday 30-Sep-17 20 183
Sonja
It's 3 days till my wedding!!
Sonja of Wedding ceremony, On September 20, 2017 at 23:12

I was so happy to chose a date at the end of September when the leaves would be changing and the weather would be cooler. NOT!! Sunday is supposed to be 30 and with the humidity it will be 37...

Sonja, thursday 21-Sep-17 18 129
Sonja
Hand-decorated menus
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:42

Menus These menus will be placed on each plate so that people will know what is offered at the buffet before they go up. The vines were hand-drawn with a gold metallic sharpie.

Sonja, saturday 16-Sep-17 9 61
Sonja
Finished my bouquets
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:04

Our Bouquets My MOH and I made our own bouquets using all materials from the dollar store. The theme is fall.

Sonja, saturday 16-Sep-17 17 108
Sonja
Embellished place cards
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:52

Place Cards I ordered these place cards but they were plain. I spray painted them gold and then put each persons name on them using scrapbooking layering.

Sonja, saturday 16-Sep-17 18 100
Sonja
Candle holders
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:37

Gold Candle Holders My candle holders were bought from Varage Sale. I got 26 for $7.00. They were partially spray painted gold so I finished spraying them and added the gold glitter rim.

Sonja, friday 15-Sep-17 8 62
Sonja
Diy favours
Sonja of DIY, On September 14, 2017 at 20:47

Favours There was certainly a lot of work put into these homemade goodies. I made apple butter, apple butter with no sugar for diabetics, and tart peach & plum compote. I'm glad I didn't have to...

Sonja, friday 15-Sep-17 12 80
Sonja
Alternative to bridal shower
Sonja of Before the wedding, On September 10, 2017 at 16:22

Yesterday we had a lovely Ladies' Meet 'n'Greet dinner at a small, quiet restaurant. I decided to do this instead of the traditional bridal shower because both my FH and I have 2 complete households...

Sonja, tuesday 12-Sep-17 6 106
Sonja
The aftermath
Sonja of Just married, On August 22, 2017 at 23:12

When it's all over, do you feel like it's a big let down and there's now a huge gap in your schedule that you have trouble filling? What do you do about it?

Carol, sunday 3-Sep-17 23 157
Sonja
Bridal shower or not?
Sonja of Before the wedding, On August 30, 2017 at 21:09

Hi ladies, I've opted not to have a bridal shower because both of us have complete households and we just don't need anything. Instead, I've organized a ladies' meet and greet dinner at a restaurant....

Sonja, friday 1-Sep-17 35 243
Sonja
Best books on relationships
Sonja of Just married, On August 23, 2017 at 23:58

What is the best book you've read on relationships? Mine is "Women are from Venus, and Men are from Mars".

Sonja, saturday 26-Aug-17 13 71
Sonja
Help! my shoes don't fit!
Sonja of Before the wedding, On August 17, 2017 at 21:02

I am beside myself. I've been struggling all summer with weight issues and swollen feet. Today I tried on my wedding shoes which I bought as 7.5 E width!! I could barely get my left foot in. Now what...

Sonja, sunday 20-Aug-17 32 170
Sonja
Help! gift suggestions needed.
Sonja of Before the wedding, On August 11, 2017 at 15:22

I'm beside myself when it comes to buying a gift for my 51 year old matron of honour who has everything. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Sonja, wednesday 16-Aug-17 25 113

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