Miles + Smiles

Miles + Wedding: A Glossary for the Bilingual Bride

September 2, 2016

Oh, to be bilingual! The joy of having two languages in your mind at all times and simultaneously alternating from one to the other without even flinching. We have been blessed with this great gift but when it comes to a formal affair, it feels a bit like a curse! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn't change this for the world but I have had such a hard time creating a bilingual wedding.

Our wedding is a couple of days away, but I’ve had the intention to write this for a while since I lived through this experience. This guide might be helpful to future bilingual brides. This time of celebration will also be a time of reuniting family from Colombia whom we have not seen in over 15 years. There is a lot of pressure to make them feel comfortable since it's an environment they have never been to, however, we also have a big part of the invitees that live or are from the United States. So, basically everything has to be in both languages (thank God we live in Miami and having a bilingual ceremony is an option!).

So let’s take a dive into wedding world! I have divided it by category so that hopefully when you are planning your wedding you can refer back to this easily. Also, keep in mind that I am Colombian and I will translate everything into my language, but there are many ways to s express things in different countries.


I won’t get into flower names because that is a nightmare, so here is a list of general terms.

-       Center pieces: Centros de mesa
-       Bouquet: Ramo de la novia
-       Boutonnieres: Botones florales
-       Halos: Coronas de flores
-       Succulents: Suculento/a
-       Corsages: Ramillete
-       Wreaths: Corona
-       Floral Tape: Cinta de floristeria
-       Floral Wire: Alambre de floristeria

Talking about flowers, I want to give a huge shout out to Field of Flowers and Lush Celebrations for partnering up with me and helping me bring my vision to live on one of the most special days!


My fiancé and I decided to use an online tux and suit service for convenience because his groomsmen are from Maryland to Colombia and everywhere in between, and getting them all together was just impossible. We went with Generation Tux and it was a great experience. I love how they made everything very crystal clear, especially with measurements. Okay, back to the glossary.

-       Best man: Padrino
-       Groomsmen: Cortejo
-       Tuxedo: Esmoquin
-       Tail Coat: Frac
-       Lapels: Solapas
-       Cuffs: Mangas
-       Bow tie: Corbatín
-       Neck tie: Corbata
-       Cuff links: Mancornas
-       Measuring tape: Metro
-       Overarm: Sobrebrazo
-       Outseam: Medida exterior de la pierna
-       Inseam: Medida de entrepierna
-       Inseam: Tiro


At first, I concentrated on that all my bridesmaids needed to look the same, but as time went on I figured out that the easiest thing to do was to tell them the color and they would find their own dress, according to their budgets and taste (with my blessing, of course).

-       Maid of Honor: Madrina
-       Bridesmaids: Cortejo
-       Bridal Party: Cortejo de la novia


We chose to do a Catholic ceremony, so here are some terms that I encountered.

-       Witnesses: Testigos
-       Ushers: los hombres del Cortejo / ujieres
-       1st reading: Primera lectura
-       Gospel: Evangelio
-       2nd reading: Second reading
-       Prayer: Oración
-       Psalm: Salmo
-       Officiant: Oficiante/ sacerdote/ ministro de bodas
-       Vows: Votos
-       Ring bearer: Pajecito
-       Flower girls: Pajecitas
-       Wedding party/ Bridal Party: Cortejo y padres
-       Sacrament of matrimony: Sacramento de matrimonio
-       Blessing: Bendición
-       Holy communion: Comunión
-       Homily: Homilia
-       Gathering song: Cancion de entrada
-       Offertory: Ofrendas
-       Blessing of the rings: Bendición de los anillos


-       Wedding Registry: Lista de regalos
-       Favors: Recordatorios
-       Guestbook: Libro de invitados
-       Place cards: Tarjetas del lugar en la mesa
-       Save the date cards: This is a very american tradition and does not exist in Latin America
-       First Dance: Primer baile
-       Bouquet toss: Lanzamiento del ramo
-       Toast: Brindis
-       Photo booth: Cabina de fotos
-       Cake cutting: Cortar el pastel
-       Bridal Garter: Liga de la novia
-       --: Hora loca. Doesn’t really translate since this is a very Colombian tradition
-       Vendors: Proveedores
-       Hors D’ Oeuvres: Pasabocas
-       Sit down dinner: Cena
-       Buffet: Buffet
-       Sweetheart Table: Mesa de lo novios
-       Table setting: Arreglo de la mesa
-       Cocktail Hour: Hora de Cócteles


-       First-look: There is no real translation but this is that photo when you both see each other at the ceremony
-       Shot list: Lista de tomas. Please do this ahead of time so that your photographer knows exactly what you want to see afterwards!
-       Boudoir shoot: No real translation, this is a sexy shoot from the bride to the groom
-       Digital Proofs: Pruebas digitales

Hope this can help you on your big day! If you know any other terms that I can add here for other brides, please share with me in the comments below!

Miles + Wedding: Staying safe while online shopping for the big day!

August 29, 2016

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CHASE. The opinions and text are all mine. 

One of the biggest things to stress about while planning a wedding is money. Sadly, a day that special relies heavily on some sort of a budget. Whether big or small, this day is tied to a number.

As you all know by now, my fiance’ and I decided to get married this Fall and we actually wanted to! Not only because we have a lot going on in the first half of the year (family birthdays, anniversaries, etc), but also because we think it’s one of the best seasons. Our venue had an AMAZING off-season rate and that was the reason we decided to book Villa Woodbine. The house is incredible and they take care of absolutely everything from catering to valet. They even provide a beautiful clear tent with A/C, which in Miami is an absolute steal!

Miles + Beauty: Must-haves to feel your very best

August 26, 2016

I’m very happy and excited to partner up with Dove to bring to you my must-haves to feel my very best everyday. While a big part of feeling your best is your confidence, some beauty or personal care products can help the cause, and we all like to have that little “umph” to take us to the next level of confidence!

I have a very simple daily beauty routine because, well, I have a full-time job. Each thing that I decide to include in it has to have a very specific purpose, and I must be able to count on it to work all day long. From my makeup to my personal care products I always make sure to use the best, and by best I don’t mean expensive. You guys already know that I don’t do expensive and even more so now that my wedding is around the corner.

Miles + Smiles turns one! Cheers!

August 17, 2016

How crazy it is that its been a whole year since I began my blog?! From the very bottom of my heart I want to thank each one of you, my readers, for coming with me on this journey.

A lot has happened this year. Now, a month away from tying the knot, I reflect back to all the big and small moments that made me start Miles + Smiles. So you all know, Miles + Smiles started because I simply needed an outlet to vent; a way to deal with my long distance relationship. But, then the blog grew and eventually, my fiancée and I were able to close the distance. A lot of people continued to ask: Ok, so now what is the blog going to be about? Are you going to change the name? At the beginning, my answer was a simple “I don’t know” -- I wanted to let the blog evolve into whatever it needed to be.

I do believe that the best things in life happen organically, without over planning or over thinking. That’s what happened with this blog; it happened one day while I was visiting my fiancé. We were eating ribs and drinking beer. He said to me, “you should start a blog.” The idea had been in my mind for quite a while, but I could not find the right angle. He said “just start it” and so I did. Quite possibly the best decision I have ever made.

This blog has been fun, it has never felt like a chore. Honestly, I feel that everything I write has taken me into a new experience. Both personally and professionally, this blog made me grow and learn things that I really never thought I would encounter.

Through my blog, I’ve also met amazing people and the true meaning of empowering one another. I do have role models and one day I hope to be like them, and I also have bloggers of my “size” that I help out and they help me. It made me see that blogging is not about a competition, and that you should always focus on improving yourself before comparing to other bloggers.

So all and all, it’s been a great first year! Here is to many more… cheers!

Increíble que ya haya pasado todo un año! Y desde lo mas profundo de mi corazón muchas gracias a cada uno d mis seguidores por acompañarme en esta aventura. 

Han pasado tantas cosas en este año que ahora que estamos a solo un mes de nuestra boda me pongo a pensar en todas las cosas grandes y pequeñas que me hicieron comenzar Miles + Smiles. Para que sepan, este blog empezó por mi necesidad de tener un lugar en donde pudiese sacar lo que llevaba por dentro y a la vez poder sobrellevar mi relación de larga distancia. Pero el blog creció y creció y logramos volver a vivir juntos. Mucha gente me preguntaba que iba a pasar con el blog? que si le iba cambiar el nombre? y yo simplemente decir "no se" porque quería que el blog solito se desarrollara y tomara el rumbo que tenia que tomar.

Yo en realidad creo que las mejores cosas en la vida pasan orgánicamente. Sin tanta planeación y sin tanto pensarlo, solo pasan. Y así paso este blog, un día cuando estaba visitando a mi novio, comiendo costillas y tomando cerveza el me dijo "deberías empezar un blog" y le dije que si lo había estado pensado por un tiempo pero que no sabia que ángulo darle y el solo me dijo "solo empieza" y así fue, simplemente lo empece. Y probablemente ha sido la mejor decision de mi vida.

Este blog ha sido una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida, y jamas he dejado que se me convierta en un deber. Honestamente siento que con todos los posts que he escrito me ha llevado a nuevas experiencias. Tanto personales como profesionales, este blog me ha ayudado a crecer y aprender cosas que jamas me imagine que yo iba a tener.

También me ha hecho conocer gente increíble y me hizo aprende el significado de ayudarnos a crecer los unos con los otros. Que los blogs y la industria de las bloggers no es una competencia y que siempre hay que enfocarse en uno mismo para ser mejor y siempre dar la mano a la gente que necesita un consejo. Intento no compararme con otras bloggers, al contrario, soy feliz viendo que les va bien y también las promuevo en mis canales de social media. Es importante tener un modelo a seguir como inspiración pero jamas para competir. 

Ha sido un año inolvidable, asé que ¡Salud por muchos mas!

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