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.


8 Things Running Through the Mind of the Father of the Bride




As a bride-to-be, your engagement and wedding is a huge announcement to the family, especially your parents. Though the mother of the bride will probably be in the trenches with planning and making sure everything is perfect, the father of the bride isn’t completely absent. There are a few things the father of the bride has going through his head during the process…


1. Time Really Flies


When you make your announcement, one thing that will be put into perspective is how time has flown by. From the day you were born to your graduation day, every milestone you’ve shared together will be running through his head, and the idea of you being a soon-to-be bride hasn’t quite sunk in yet.


2. Always Be Daddy’s Little Girl


No matter what happens or what you do, you’ll always be his little girl. Through all of the dating ups and downs, he has always been by your side, and now that he will be giving you away, he still sees you as his little angel and the bond you have will never change.


3. The Groom Better Step Up


It doesn’t matter how well your groom and father get along, you father will want to know that he will be able to take care of his little girl. He’ll always be there to protect you, but one fundamental thing he needs to make sure is that you’ll be safe and sound.


4. Who Is Paying For What?


Tradition states that the father of the bride pay for the wedding, however modern brides and grooms take on a chunk of the cost. So who pays for what? Your father will be there to help, but he will definitely want to know who is paying for what so there is no confusion.


5. Dress Cost


If your parents will be helping with wedding dress costs, your father will want to know how much. Although he’ll want to give you the best dress possible, a budget guideline maybe implemented. Don’t worry though, once he sees you in your dress, all talk of money will go out the window.


6. Speech Preparation


He will start to think of what he will say when the time comes to give a speech about the bride and groom. Whether he just “wings it” the day of, or writes down every word, he’ll want to put something together that’s funny, witty, and compliments the both of you.


7. The Water Works


As a father, there is a certain demeanor and composure expected year round, but the day of your wedding will be the ultimate test. Will he be able to fight back the tears or will the water works just flow? The moment he sets eyes on you on your big day, a flood of emotions will take over.


8. Father Daughter Dance


Even if your father isn’t a big dancer, he will be looking forward to sharing a special moment with you during the wedding. He’ll probably be reminded of when you used to stand on his feet and glide around the living room, and that sweet moment will be one he won’t want to forget.


As you start planning your big day, you father will have a million and one things running through his mind, reviewing all of your special moments. Although he may not be involved in making the major decisions, he will be there through thick and thin to celebrate your big day.


Wedding Ring To-Dos




You’ve finally been asked the big question, and you get the ring you’ve always wanted. What now? There are a few things to do now that you have that beautiful rock. You’ll want to keep it safe and shining bright forever, so make sure to take into account these three tips…


1. Insurance


Life happens and there are some things we can’t control. Damages, losing the diamond, dents, etc. You’ll want to keep your ring protected over the years, so contact an appraiser to see what your rock is worth and then get it insured. Getting jewelry insurance will protect your gem from life’s unexpected mishaps.


2. Safe Keepings


There will be some instances where you won’t be able to wear your ring, which means you’ll need to take it off. Although the best way to keep it safe is to keep it on you at all times, if the time comes when you need to take it off, be sure to set it in a safe and designated spot. For instance, in a jewelry dish on your dresser.


3. Routine Cleanings


Your ring will become an extension of you, and since you use your hands for everything, whatever gets on your hands will probably get on your ring. At least once a year, be sure to get your ring professionally cleaned. Although it is tempting to clean it yourself, you run the risk of damaging your gem in the process and missing dirt or gunk unseen to the naked eye.


Your ring is a representation of your love that will need nurturing forever. Keep your ring safe with these easy to-dos to keep your diamond shining bright.


Wedding Cake Alternatives

Non-traditional weddings are becoming more and more common. The more you look around, the less you see the “white wedding” at a church with a traditional reception. Brides and grooms these days are looking to add unique and alternative touches to their weddings. One way to stray from the pack is changing the wedding cake. Cutting the cake is a traditional activity many weddings have, but if you’re a non-traditional couple, these alternative wedding cake ideas will set you apart and surprise your guests in the best way.


1.Candy Bar





Treat your guests to a lush and extravagant array of your favorite sweets. From gummy bears to sweet chocolate treats, your guest will love the idea of building their own goodie bag. Bring out the “kid in a candy store” smiles with this great set-up.


2.Chocolate Fountain





If you’re looking for elegance, but want to add a fun little touch, try a chocolate fountain. Keep things simple with a light array of dipping arrangements, such as: fruit, marshmallows, or rice krispies treats. Who needs a cake when you can dip multiple goodies into chocolate?


3. Pie Station


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Not cake fans? Go with a selection of your favorite pies! A great and unique option to break wedding cake traditions is pie. From fruit filled to key lime and everything in between, you’ll give your guests something to talk about with a crispy and sweet slice of pie.


4. Cupcakes





A cupcake tower is a great way to treat guests to a little sweetness. If you can’t decide on a favorite flavor, not to worry! With cupcakes you can choose several different options, which are sure to be a real crowd pleaser.


Stray from the traditional and create your own unique style. Customize your flavors and designs and have the “wedding cake” of your dreams with these alternative sweets!


5 Must Have Photos With Your Bridesmaids

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A bride’s bridal party is a wonderful blend of loved ones. You have some wonderful personalities coming together on the special day, and working hard to spread love, joy, and most importantly, support for the bride. A wonderful time for any bride and bridesmaid is the photo shoot, a way to capture your best moments on that special day. These 5 photo poses are a must for any bride to be!

1. Waking Up

Before the beautification process begins, be sure to capture some raw moments of you and your bridesmaids. It’s a great time to be playful and silly before the transformations begin.

2. Helping the Bride into her dress

Every bride is going to need help slipping into her gorgeous gown and who better to help her than her partners in crime. Another sweet moment every bride will love to have.

3. Mirror Photo (more…)


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