Thursday, June 26, 2014

What to wear on your wedding day

Sure, wedding magazines are filled with pictures of brides in taffeta and lace and grooms in tuxes; but what if that’s not your style? What if you want your wedding day attire to reflect a little more of you? Remember, while the traditional white wedding gown seems like a must today, it’s a relatively new idea. Brides used to simply get married in their best dress and grooms in their best clothes. Why not express your individuality in more than just your centerpieces and wedding favors?  You may need to do some explaining to your extended family why it’s ok to wear something unusual, but if the two of you are happy with what you’re wearing, that’s all that matters!

From mild to wild, here are some great ideas:

Mild: If you still picture yourself in a white wedding dress, but want to add a little fun, why not add a pop of color? Our favorites include using your wedding colors in a sash, on buttons, as a petticoat, or even on your shoes!
Medium: For a casual beach wedding, why not a white sundress? You’ll be more comfortable and will be able to get around easier on the beach.
Wild: Why not dress in costume for a themed wedding or wear your favorite green gown? It’s up to you!

Who says you can't wear a green dress? 
Mild: You can have fun with color, too! Maybe some bright socks, a festive tie or fantastic shoes that coordinate with the rest of the wedding colors.
Medium: Instead of a full tux, many men are choosing to wear just a vest over shirtsleeves. It’s still a polished look, but isn’t as formal.

Wild: You, too, can enjoy a costume for a themed wedding, or an over-the-top bespoke suit that fits your personality!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Keep yourself healthy while in the middle of wedding planning

Any major change in your life is sure to cause you some stress – even something as happy as planning your wedding! You’re trying to balance how the two of you see your big day with what your families and friends want; and possibly planning the biggest party you’ve ever thrown. It’s easy to let the wedding planning overshadow other parts of your life, but don’t neglect taking care of yourself!

Take breaks. Sure, you’re on a deadline and you feel like you have no time to spare. But if all you’re doing is wedding planning 24/7, you’re going to get burned out! Take time for the two of you to have a “wedding free” night, even if it’s just dinner. Go out with your best friend for brunch or a mani-pedi. Whatever it is, take time for you.

Check on each other. A marriage is a partnership – wedding planning should be one, too! If your other half seems really stressed out or overwhelmed, ask to help. If you’re the one feeling frazzled, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Don't let planning for the big day take its toll on your health!

Be careful with weight loss. Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day – but if you try to lose too much weight too quickly, you could make yourself sick. Check with your doctor before starting ANY weight loss plan. Remember, your sweetie fell in love with you exactly how you are – you don’t need to change it now.

But don’t neglect exercise. Getting up and moving around is the best recipe for relieving stress, even if it’s just a walk around the block with your dog. If you’ve got a regular workout routine, try to stick to it as much as you can. It’ll do wonders for your state of mind (and it’ll be good for the dog, too!).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Help your guests find their seats

Once you’ve figured out your seating chart, you need a way to help your guests find their seats – the escort or table card. At its simplest, it’s a card with your guest’s name and table number, possibly with a notation for their dinner choice. But, as with most things wedding-related, you have many ways of personalizing them!

Follow your theme. An elegant wedding needs an elegant escort card set-up, while a casual beach wedding should have a similar feel. You can work with your printer to create cards that match your invitation suite, or you can use objects like wine corks or seashells to DIY your cards.

Set aside some space. As you plan your reception set-up, make sure you have adequate room for your table cards. Most couples prefer to display the cards near the guestbook, so guests have everything in one place.

Limoncello bottles double as escort cards and wedding favors! 

More than just cards. Many couples like to have escort cards pull double duty as a wedding favor. Using small picture frames, mini liquor bottles or votive candle holders is an easy way to have a lovely gift for your guests as well as a way for them to find their seats.  

Your imagination is the only limit! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tips for the “Parent of the….”

Your son or daughter comes to you with the great news – they’re engaged! You’re ecstatic, and then it occurs to you that you have a lot of work ahead of you for the next year or so! And in addition, the “rules” for wedding planning have changed so much, you don’t even know where to begin.

First, acknowledge your own emotions. No matter how much you love your son or daughter’s significant other, this can be a bittersweet time. Just like your child’s first steps, first day of school, driver’s license or graduation day, this is a milestone for both of you. It’s ok to be a little sad as well as happy – just try not to let that influence how you help the happy couple!

Make sure you have the money talk. This is never easy, but you need to make sure everyone is on the same page with the wedding budget. Is the newly-engaged couple expecting you to help pay for expenses? How much can you afford? If you have this talk early in the engagement, it will ease a lot of tension later. Be honest and be clear.

Have the “who’s planning this thing” talk. This can also be awkward, especially if you and the couple have a very different vision of what you want the wedding to be! If you’re paying for the wedding, how much influence does that give you?  If you’re expecting a big religious wedding, while they’re thinking of a destination beach wedding, you have some negotiating to do!

Just like we tell brides and grooms – pick your battles. Figure out what is important to you, and explain why it’s important. Everything else is negotiable!

Be agreeable. Meet your child’s significant other’s family, if you haven’t already. Follow your son or daughter’s lead on what to wear on the wedding day itself. Offer to help, offer your advice, but be prepared for it not to be taken!

And most importantly, enjoy the day. Again, just like we tell brides and grooms, try to take a step back and enjoy the wedding itself.