4 Ways To Get Your Groom Involved With The Wedding Planning

Wedding planning is often stereotyped into only being planned by the bride, but as modern brides we want our groom to take part and be more involved!. These simple tips can get your groom EXCITED about wedding planning! Yes!

1. Beginning Plans

When it’s time to start the planning process, sit down together and decide what you must have and what you can leave out of the wedding,. Then you can decide who will take care of what. If you both tackle planning from the beginning, it’s a great way to help you each define your roles in the planning process.

2. Be Open Minded

Don’t forget to ask your groom for his opinion. It can be easy to get caught up in the Bride mentality, but it’s his wedding day too! It’s easy for Brides to subconsciously take control, but don’t let it seem like his opinion doesn’t matter, or he may start backing away from the planning process.

3. Registry

Every time you go to Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, or Crate & Barrel, you are probably subconsciously adding things to your wedding registry. When the time comes to do it for real, bring your groom along! There may be some cool house gadgets he wants that will be an amazing addition to your new home. (PRO TIP: If your groom hates shopping in general, there are many stores that offer the ability to add and remove gifts from the registry on their website.)

4. Make It A Friendly Competition

If you are still having trouble getting him involved, make it a little competition. After all, who doesn’t love winning? Set little challenges for your beau that will make him feel productive and relinquish some control on your end.

Most of all, just find ways to make it work between the two of you. Discovering your likes and dislikes and working together will truly create a unique wedding that is the best of you both. If you have any questions, or if your beau doesn’t know where to start, send him our way! We can help guide him along and nail down exactly what he needs to get done.

3 Bachelor Party Ideas On A Budget

Congratulations! You’re engaged and now the celebrations can begin. You and your significant other will be celebrating your big day with your groomsmen and bridesmaids to kick-start the wedding fun. For the groom, a bachelor party is the last hoorah of single life before he enters the new chapter of life. If your groom is struggling to decide what to do for his bachelor party and still stay on a budget, these ideas will get the ball rolling.

1. Baseball Game
America’s past time is a great way to have a fun filled day with the guys, drinking beers and eating nachos and hot dogs. Opt for the great outdoors with a great baseball game, and still enjoy a good time without breaking the bank.

2. Video Arcade
Kick it old school and take your bachelor party back to the good ol’ days at a video arcade! Relive your childhood with classics like Pac-Man or Street Fighter. Can’t find an arcade with these nostalgic beauties? Opt for a night in playing Super Nintendo with the guys!

3. Barbecue
Bring the gang over for a backyard celebration. BBQ, beers, lawn games, and good times will be a great way to spend the day with your best buds. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, have everyone bring their favorite dish and turn it into a potluck! Guaranteed your buddies will have a great time relaxing.

Whether you want to go big or keep it small, a bachelor party doesn’t have to be costly celebration. No matter how you decide to celebrate, your groomsman are your closest friends, and they’ll find ways to make it fun and exciting.

6 Things Never To Ask Your Wedding Planner

Your wedding planner is your guiding friend during all your wedding events. From the beginning of your wedding to the end, they seem to make the impossible happen. There are limits to what they can do, however. These 6 things are your planner’s limits.

1) Dispute Settling
Arguments may arise during the planning of your wedding, but your wedding planner is not the person to ask to settle the score. That is a lot of pressure to put on them and they are honestly just there to help make your big day special.

2) Run Your Errands
Your wedding planner is not your personal assistant. There may be certain things you can ask him or her to do for you pertaining to your wedding, but check with them first. It will help you gain a better understanding of what their limits are, and you also won’t be surprised if there are any additional fees tacked on to your bill if you’ve given them an extra task that requires a fee without realizing it.

3) Take Care Of Sick Guests
You won’t be able to predict everything that happens at your wedding, including if someone gets sick. If needed your planner will take charge in ensuring your guests are safe and well, but be sure to let them know if any of your guest have food allergies or health conditions, so they can be prepared.

4) Wedding Party Demands
A wedding planner will make sure your things are taken care of during the wedding day festivities, however they can not worry about the wedding party. Ultimately the wedding planner is there to take care of the bride, not the entire wedding party.

5) Availability 24/7
Between your wedding (and probably a few others) there is a lot on your planner’s mind. Be courteous of their time. They will not be available at all hours of the night, so if something must be changed for your wedding, respect business hours.

6) Set Up Everything
Depending on the type of wedding planner you have hired, their services may not include everything and then some. Most have a limit, so if you will be needing this, or any other special kind of service, discuss it with your your potential planners to ensure you’re both on the same page.

A wedding planner can be extremely beneficial to any bride. They will be there to make sure the day runs smoothly, so that you have an amazing time. However, it’s important to remember that while your wedding planner isn’t a magical fairy that can do it all, they will do everything in their power to make sure your wedding is a total success!

Three Ways to Include Your Children in Your Wedding!

Creating those lasting memories at your wedding is one of the things every family looks forward to. From getting ready to walking down the aisle to the “just married” getaway car, you’ll be sharing those special moments with some of the most significant people in your life. For some, this will mean your children. These three tips will help you include them in the best ways possible on your big day.

1. Make them part of the bridal party.

Depending on their age, making them a part of the bridal party can really give them a special purpose and help them feel more involved in your upcoming nuptials. Including them in bridal activities like the bridal shower, bachelorette party (PG version of course), or other pre-wedding fun will help them feel grown up and enjoy your big day that much more. (Plus, many designers offer “junior” bridesmaids dresses so that they can match the rest of your party but in their own style!)

2. Walk Down The Aisle

Who says you have to stick to tradition? Make the moment extra meaningful by asking your sons and/or daughters to walk you down the aisle. They’ll feel extra special when you give them this responsibility, and it will symbolize not just the joining of two people, but the start of a new family.

3. Have Your Kids Give A Speech

Giving them a moment in the spot light can really re-enforce how much they mean to you and how happy you are to share this day with them. It is also a great way to get them to share their feelings on the big day, and show their excitement for the future!

No matter what happens, your kids will always be there to support and love you unconditionally. Creating a happily ever after for everyone on the big day can help them feel involved, excited, and best of all, loved.

How did you include your children on your wedding day? Let us know in the comments below!


Preparing For The Rain

You have your dream wedding all planned out, and everything is just perfect; the flowers, the dress, the venue… What we can’t plan for is the weather. Whether it’s your big day or not, mother nature will not hesitate to rain on your parade. How do you prepare for this situation? These tips will keep you ahead of the ever-changing weather and keep your outdoor wedding just as perfect as you’ve planned it to be.

Plan A,B,C…

Be sure to have a couple of back up plans in case the whether turns on you last minute. Contact your venue and ask if things need to be moved, how fast/easy will it be or what options they may have for you. ((PRO TIP: Make this one of the interview questions when you’re first searching for venues. “What are your contingency plans in case of bad weather?”)

Rent A Tent

Whether you’ll need it or not, having a back up for the weather *JUST IN CASE* is a great way to stay prepared. If you have an outdoor wedding planned, having a tent available and ready to be delivered can help keep stress levels down if the unthinkable happens!

Get Creative
Droplets in the forecast? Have a bin near the entrance of large umbrellas your guests can grab on the way in and keep with them at their seat. Or perhaps leave a compact umbrella on each seat so that guests may use if needed during the ceremony or reception. And DO NOT forget to prepare for winds, as well! The wind can make things extra chilly, and your guests (especially out-of-towners) may not be prepared for what your hometown weather has in store. Consider wicker baskets with small blankets at each table so that your guests may stay warm before it’s time to hit the dance floor!

These are just a few tips to keep your wedding running smoothly even if your local meteorologist promised sunshine. Staying prepared and keeping things in check will help you enjoy your day rather than stress about your guests.

3 Ways To Know You’ve Found Your Perfect Dress


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


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


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


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!

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