3 Ways To Know You’ve Found Your Perfect Dress

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Finding the perfect wedding dress is every girl’s dream. Getting to dress up in some of the most beautiful gowns on the market and sharing the magical moment with your closest loved ones is a pivotal part of the wedding planning process! However, with so many to choose from, and with the occasional pushy salespeople who work on commission per dress sold, it can get extremely overwhelming. These 3 tips might help you determine which dress is “the one.”

1. You’ve seen all your options
You may have a particular style in mind, like a trumpet skirt or a-line fit, but be sure to try dresses you wouldn’t have normally considered. You want to make sure you’ve tried on different types of dresses to ensure you’re weeding out the ones you won’t like.

2. It’s Comfortable
Unless you have an outfit change planned, you’ll be wearing your wedding dress all night, so you’ll want it to move with you comfortably all night long. Be sure it fits in the right places and is comfy during all your wedding traditions– so DON’T be afraid to speak up at your alterations appointment!

3. You’re making smart decisions
Just because your favorite celebrity wore the same dress, it doesn’t mean it’s the one for you. Be sure to choose a dress because it works for you and makes you feel like a million bucks. Don’t let others dictate your choice either. Just because mom doesn’t approve, doesn’t mean it’s the wrong choice for you. It it makes you feel great and you can just see yourself walking down the aisle to say your “I Do,” then it might be the only one for you!

Finding the perfect dress will be a magical time for you as a bride and with these tips your search will be made easier. Remember it is your big day, choose the best fit and cut for you so that your big day is perfect.


What Foods To Avoid Before Your Wedding Day

Every bride wants to feel and look their best on the big day. Whether you have a workout regimen or are sticking to a healthy meal plan, there are still some foods that may make you feel bloated. Avoid these foods before your wedding to feel your best!


1. Junk Food





This may be a given, but all that saturated fat and sodium will make your body feel awful. Sometimes we need to indulge, but having fatty foods too often is not good for your digestive system, especially before the big day.

2. Beans





Although there are health benefits to this great food, beans will cause your body to produce gas throughout your digestive system. Choose a different form of protein that is more lean to keep your gas at bay.


3. Artificial Sweetener





Artificial or regular sugars can lead to bloating and discomfort. This can mean your digestive system will be out of whack on the big day. If you haven’t already, try to cut out as much sugar as possible so that your body is alert and feeling in top shape.


4. Carbonated Beverages


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Carbonation expands your stomach which will make your feel bloated and, not to mention, the amount of sugar some carbonated drinks may have; i.e. soda, champagne, fizzy drinks. If it’s full of bubbles, don’t drink it. Your body will thank you later.


5. Alcohol


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Alcohol may taste good in the moment, but it will leave you feeling like a giant puffball the next day. Save your toast for the big reception dinner (you’ll thank us later).


Avoiding these 5 foods won’t work miracles, but it will help you stay on track and keep your body healthy so that you feel your best!


5 Way To Coordinate Your Holiday Plans With Family

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You’ve finally tied the knot and joined a new family. But how do you deal with the holiday season? Each of your families has their traditions, and you’ll want to start your new traditions as well. There will be a fine balance of making everyone feel the love and coordinating the perfect celebrations. These 5 tips will keep you organized and make sure everyone is happy this holiday season.


1. Communicate with each other first before getting the families involved.


Be sure to talk about what you both want as a couple for the holidays. Don’t commit to anything unless both of you are on the same page. You may not be able to attend all holiday celebrations, so decide which family gets which day. It will be the best solution to keeping the peace between everyone. If you can’t decide, maybe hosting the celebrations at your humble abode can bring new traditions in the mix!


2. Which traditions are your favorite with each family?


As you’ve grown up, you’ve decided what your favorite holiday is with your family. As you’ve come together you’ve experience each other’s traditions equally. Now that you’re married, you will have to decide who’s traditions you love more on which holiday. Hopefully each family loves a different holiday tradition so your decision (or at least your compromise) is easy.


3. Compromising is key.


As much as you’d love to do it all, sometimes it just won’t work. Your families will hopefully understand your decisions, but let them know you’ve come up with a compromise that should appease (almost) everyone.


4. Unite the families.


Be sure to let everyone know your decision was made by both you and your honey so that nobody is thrown under the bus. Saying something like “Adam is making us spend New Years with his family…” can put a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Communicating with everyone and making each family feel involved will really keep the harmony during the holiday season.


5. Stay Together


Again, you may not be able to please everyone, but going your separate ways is not the solution. The holidays are about family and joy and splitting up just to make everyone happy may be a bad idea. Whether you can make it to Aunt Sheila’s X-Mas celebration or not, the decision should be to attend together, no matter what.


You may have some tough choices to make during the most wonderful time of the year, but as long as you both communicate openly, your new holiday traditions can live on for years to come.


Stay Stress Free Before Your Wedding Day




Your wedding planning will be a wonderful experience, but the process can get stressful, especially in the final few weeks. As your wedding day approaches, keep yourself calm and collected with these 5 tips.


1. Meet your wedding deadlines.


Before the big day, make sure you’ve checked off your major priorities. Finalize and confirm your “day of” itinerary with your wedding planner/coordinator, and call your photographer to make sure everything is still in order. You’ll feel more at ease knowing your major tasks are confirmed. (PRO TIP: Your DJ/Emcee *must* have your finalized timeline! They usually run the show!)


2. Try on your wedding gown.


It’s probably been a while since you’ve tried on your gown. Be sure to have an at home fitting a couple of weeks before the big day to make sure everything is in tip top shape. This way, if you need to make some last minute adjustments, you’ll have some time to adjust the fit.


3. Wedding shoe trial.


Don’t wait until the last minute to wear your shoes. You’ll want to break them in ahead of time so your feet don’t get tired or sore on the big day. A great way to break them in is to wear them around the house (try it with socks!). Just a few minutes a day until your wedding day will loosen them up and make them feel cozy for your wedding day festivities.


4. No last minute rehearsal dinner plans.


Be sure to plan your rehearsal dinner a few weeks before the wedding day, not the week or day before. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress and anxiety if you plan ahead. Plus, this gives you ample time to make changes, re-adjust seating charts, and determine if you need any equipment for music, slide shows, etc.


5. Take care of yourself.


The last thing you want to do is get sick or feel run down on your big day. With all the tasks you’ll be taking care of, you may forget to get keep yourself healthy. Take your vitamins, get plenty of sleep, and drink a ton of water. As it gets closer, schedule a day or two for some R&R to rejuvenate yourself and be at your best for your big day.


In the end, all that matters is that it’s your big day, and you deserve to have nothing less than a wonderful time while celebrating your love for one another. Keeping yourself stress free will make everything feel at ease when you finally walk down the aisle to say “I Do.”


4 Things To Do For Your Second Wedding




Maybe your first time down the aisle wasn’t the forever you originally planned for. That’s okay! Another chance at love has come your way, but what do you do if this is your second or third wedding? You’ve done the traditional wedding thing and feel your second time can be different. No matter what you decide, your wedding day is still your big day, so your second wedding can be just as special. Here are a few ways to plan.


1. Plan The Details Together


If you and your partner have been married before, planning may get tricky. But not to fear. Find a unique way to make this wedding different from your previous nuptials. Both of you are looking for a fresh start, planning together can be a great way to bond even more before the big day.


2. Make It A Family Affair


Include your family in the wedding traditions. If you and your significant other have kids, consider giving them roles in the ceremony or the reception. Including them in the bridal party or having them give toasts are great ways to make them feel involved. Besides, who better to tell funny stories about you than your kids?!


3. Think Big


Get creative! If you’ve done the traditional ceremony, this time around find new ways to celebrate love. Maybe you wear a colorful wedding dress instead of the classic white, or you have an intimate cocktail reception with lots of fun food and drinks for your guest to enjoy. The possibilities are endless!


4. Wedding Registry


You probably already have what you need to start your new home. So your registry can be different. Maybe you have a home improvement registry to help fix some of your homes minor needs. Or you can have guests directly donate to your favorite charity! Lots of couple also are opting to have guests contribute to a “honeyfund” to help pay for the honeymoon. Who needs new flatware when you can go on vacation?! Whatever you decide, your wedding registry can be anything but traditional.


No matter what number wedding day this is for you, it doesn’t mean it has to be any less special. Go all out for your new-found love. Whether you stick to tradition or go a different route, make your wedding day as special as you both are!


3 Things To Consider When Writing Your Thank You Notes




Your big day is over. You’ve gotten married, gone on your honeymoon and returned to your home sweet home and settled back into your daily life. But your work isn’t done yet; now you have to send out the thank you notes. Whether you had a large wedding or a small quaint ceremony, thank you notes are a great way to show your appreciation to everyone who came out. Here are 3 things to consider when writing your notes:


1. Make them personalized.


You’ll want to make each of your guests feel special, after all, they came to celebrate a very special day with you. Personalize each thank you note to each couple or party to make them feel the love, even after the celebration has ended.


2. Be enthusiastic.


Be sure to make your note seem grateful, appreciative, and happy. You don’t want to make a guest that attended your wedding feel like they were just another person on a list. Make your thank you not as genuine as possible.


3. Thank them for the gift.


Be sure to mention their gift. You’ll probably have opened a ton of gifts, cards, etc, so be sure to mention you received their gift and thank them for the wonderful surprise. They will appreciate your gratitude.


Thank you notes may seem like a drag, but going the extra mile to let your wedding guests know you are thankful and happy they were there to celebrate your big day will make them feel special and loved.


5 Ways To Include Your Pet Into Wedding

If you’ve ever had a pet, you know that many times, they are the light of your life. Just like a child, you would do anything for them, so it would only be appropriate to include them into your wedding planning. Here are a few creative ways to incorporate your loving pet into your special day….
 
 
 
1. The Proposal:

If you’re planning a proposal to your significant other, why not get the help of your best friend? If you are the proposer and do not have a pet, but your significant other does, commission their pet’s help. It will make the moment extra magical. Plus…. how could you know who could say no to that sweet face?
 
 
 
2. Ring Bearer or Flower Girl:

A special way to have your pet at your wedding is giving them their own special little task. Ring bearer or flower girl is a cute and fun way to have them involved and showcased. Whether they are guided or on their own, your pet will definitely love to be a big part of your big day.
 
 
 
3. Save The Dates:

Chances are you’re sending out special save the dates to announce your engagement and ensure people clear their calendars. If you’re including a fun photo, consider a new “family” photo of you, your partner, and your pet! It’s a sweet and fun way to make this big announcement.
 
 
 
4. Wedding Photos:

Your pet may not be there for the entire wedding celebration, but make sure they don’t leave before the photos! After all, you didn’t buy them that cute bow-tie or flower crown for nothing 😉
 
 
 
5. Walk Down The aisle:

Many couples are choosing to stray from traditional wedding “norms.” If you’re having your pet walk you down the aisle, don’t forget to dress them in their Sunday’s best for the big walk!

 
 
 
Whether your pet is big or small, fury or scaly you don’t have to leave them out on your big day celebrations. These simple and fun ways can help you include your entire pack on your dream day festivities.


8 Trendy Wedding Must-Haves

If you’ve ever gone to a wedding, you know that most have a trendy touch to them. Whether it be a chalkboard sign or a photo booth, it’s no surprise that a bride and groom add a pinterest favorite at their big celebration. These 8 trends will never get old…

1. Chalkboard signs

These are a great touch to any wedding. You can add any personal signage, details, or menus on a fun chalkboard. PRO TIP: Add a frame for a quirky finishing touch.

2. Photo booth and props

Everybody loves taking fun and silly photos! This is a great way to get people out of their seats during the wedding festivities and a great way to seal the memories forever.

3. Burlap or Lace

Whether you go for a rustic look or a chic touch, these are great details and accents to add to almost any decor at your wedding. Use it as a table runner or wrapped around the flower vases; you can’t go wrong.

4. Signature Cocktail

A signature cocktail is a great way to share your favorite drink with all your guests. Get creative with your cocktail names and mixology to keep it fun & unique.

5. Cupcakes

You’re not limited to just cake at your wedding! Cupcakes are a great addition. If you and your significant other can’t decide on a flavor for a cake, cupcakes are a great solution. Easy, compact, and delicious-you can play around with different flavoring and designs to provide a little something for everyone.

6. Dance Floor Song Favorites

You can’t deny that when you hear Outkast’s “Hey Ya” you can’t help but shake it like a polaroid picture. Throwing those popular and catchy songs in the mix gets people moving and grooving all night long.

7. To-Go Snacks

Give your guests a treat for their after party with a bite size snack. Do mini burgers or cookies and milk to snack on as they head home…after all, they’ve been dancing for hours, they’re probably starving!

8. Wedding Hashtags

Wedding guest love a napping photos of your magical day. Instead of having a million texts with the photos they send to you, create a wedding hashtag so you can see what photos have been snapped all night long. PRO TIP: print your guest’s hashtag photos from Instagram and make a fun coffee table book!

Don’t feel like you have to leave out these wedding trends because they are “over done.” We promise these will always be a hit.


10 Love Songs You’ll Regret Not Adding to Your Playlist

No wedding is complete without an epic lap around the dance floor. Whether you’re shakin’ ya groove thing with friends, or sharing a tender moment with someone special, music helps keep the good times rolling and the love flowing. After all, without love there would be no celebration. These 10 love songs are a sure way to get your guests feelin’ all the love…


1. “I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder



2. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers



3. “(What A) Wonderful World” By Sam Cooke



4. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops



5. “Every little Thing She Does Is Magic” by The Police



6. “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles



7. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King



8. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Andy Williams



9. “How Sweet It Is [To Be Loved By You] by Marvin Gaye



10. “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge



From upbeat beats to slow jams, keep spreading the love all throughout your wedding with these classics. Which songs would you add to the list?


Wedding Day Emergency Kit Must-Haves

There will be lots going on during your big day. Getting ready, getting to the venue, finding time to grab a snack (this is a MUST!), and so much more. Amidst the hustle and bustle, things happen, such as: a seam may pop open or forgetting to put on deodorant. Stay prepared during your wedding day by manning your MOH with a bridal emergency kit, so that your big day will go off without a hitch.

Here are a few things to include in your emergency kit so that you’ll be prepared for the worst:


1. Deodorant Wipes


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You may be nervous and have butterflies in your stomach, but don’t let that get the best of you. Stay fresh and prevent odor with deodorant wipes, AND avoid chalky white armpits when you walk down the aisle.


2. Mini-Sewing Kit





In case the worst happens, like your zipper splits or there is a tear, a mini sewing kit can save the day. Keep it handy… trust us.


3. Lipstick





Always have your perfect shade of lipstick ready for any last minute touch ups during your wedding. Whether you’ll need it or not, having one in your bag is a great precaution.


4. Mini Hairspray





Take care of any stray hairs and keep them in place by spraying them down when needed. Especially in the age of camera phones, people do nothing but snap away, so you’ll want to look your best and stay away from fly-aways.


5. Breath Freshener


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Whether you like mints or spray, keep your breath minty fresh all day with a little pack just tucked away. You’ll be talking to lots of people throughout the day (and stealing kisses from your new spouse) and you’ll want your breath to be fresh. Expert Tip: Stay away from gum to avoid any sticky mishaps.


This is our top list of must haves for your wedding emergency kit. As your big day approaches you’ll know exactly what you’ll need to stay calm and collected throughout the day, so be sure to modify this as needed.


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