Ian Sagabaen
Apr 15, 2009 · 4 min read

Yikes, it has been a long time since my last entry! I have a few topics lined up that I want to get into, but since wedding preparations have been taking up much of my spare time, I thought I should cover that first. Even though we’re having a small wedding, there are still little things to do. Nothing really big, but just little things that we have to figure out to make our little big day the way we want it.

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Online registry for your convenience!
Online registry for your convenience!

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One of the things that’s been consuming my time lately is registering. Two of my aunties have been kind enough to host a shower for me, so I’ve been busy registering for things so people have plenty of options. It’s been pretty fun, especially since I can think about what I like first before thinking about the price tag. I mean how often can you shop like that? I figure the people that are doing the buying can be the ones to think about it.

One of the cool things I’ve found is that a lot of the places will give you discounts on the stuff on your registry that people don’t purchase them so I’ve gone a little overboard and have registered for pretty much anything we might ever need or want. I guess now that we’ve been convinced to hold Ian’s family party the day after our ceremony, this also comes in handy.

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1000 Paper Cranes
1000 Paper Cranes

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I’ve also embarked on another project: folding 1000 cranes. The origin of this tradition stems from the Japanese tradition that folding 1000 cranes would grant you a wish; the most famous story being of Sadako Sasaki who folded cranes as she battled leukemia, caused from the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

Over the past 25 years or so, this tradition has extended into Japanese-American weddings, being most popular in Hawaii. If you look online, you can find a lot of different companies that will either fold the cranes for you, or take your folded cranes and arrange and frame your design for you. They get really creative with what they do with their folded cranes, arranging them into their family crests or other signs of good fortune of prosperity.

Since we’re working under a tighter time constraint (I just started on April 3rd and need to finish by May 22nd), most likely we are going to incorporate them into some kind of decorations for the dinner after our ceremony and Ian’s family party. Maybe after the parties, we can see if we can repurpose them into something else. After all, it is taking quite awhile to fold all of them.

I’m proud to say though that I’ve folded almost 500 myself in less than 2 weeks. I have to say I kind of like the challenge of doing most myself, but I do appreciate my family (parents and bro) and Ian folding more than 100 and are asking to do more. Thank you!

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Wedding dress shopping is hard.
Wedding dress shopping is hard.

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The biggest and most important thing I need to work on is finding a dress! I’ve gotten and returned quite a few. I have one that I like, but I just can’t find one that I’m convinced is “the one.” Since our wedding is going to be more casual than most — and I don’t feel like it would be me if I got dressed up in one of those big fancy dresses — I’ve been looking for something off the rack. There have been many good possibilities, but nothing that I really love. I have a few more dresses on the way, so I’m hoping that one of those will work. If not — like I said — I have one that will work. I figure I still have some time, but it’s probably something I should decide soon since it’ll dictate what Ian will wear.

I’m sure in the weeks to come there will be many more decisions to be made, but I’m really glad that we’ve decided to keep things low-key. While it may be unconventional, it is something that we are comfortable with and something that is uniquely us.

Juice & Snacks

A personal blog of a San Francisco Bay Area married couple. They discuss topics like: technology, health, traveling, photography, & Bay Area lifestyle!

Ian Sagabaen

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A personal blog of a San Francisco Bay Area married couple. They discuss topics like: technology, health, traveling, photography, & Bay Area lifestyle!

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