Get Into Shape Before Your Wedding

Getting into shape before the big day can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be. Make it easy and enjoyable with these easy tricks. Instead of forcing yourself to exercise, motivate yourself to get to where you want to be, and make it FUN!

1. Recruit your friends or family.

The buddy system is a great motivator to keep you on track to your exercise goals. Get one or two friends to join you and keep each other accountable of your goals.

2. Try something new.

Running or weight training may not be your thing, so don’t do the traditional. Try something different like a dance class, rock climbing, or even a swim class. Challenging yourself during your workout can keep you in the zone and keep you on your toes.

3. Set a reasonable goal.

Aim for a goal you can reach in the amount of time you give yourself. Nothing UNmotivates you like not reaching an unattainable goal. Keep your journey positive. Start small and keep pushing yourself as time goes on.

4. Treat Yo Self!!

It doesn’t have to be all work and no play. When you’ve met a goal or completed a challenge, keep yourself focused and inspired by giving yourself a little treat like a manicure or massage. (sounds like something to look forward to, eh?!)

Once you find an activity you enjoy, exercising will no longer be a chore, but something you can look forward to! Find your groove when it comes to starting your journey, and you’ll start seeing results in no time!

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Shopping for a dress is a huge step for a bride. It’s the princess moment many brides wait for their whole lives, and for many, can make the planning process finally feel real! You’ll be trying on a *lot* of different dresses that each come with even more opinions from your loved ones, but don’t forget your opinion is the most important. Here are a few things to remember during your appointment:

1. Be open to something different than your Pinterest Boards

You may have your heart set on a certain style dress, such as mermaid or ball gown, but be open to try on different shapes and designs. You never know what is going to look good on you until you try it on. Sometimes the styles we dream of don’t fit our body type, so be open to your consultant suggesting something new. (( You’d be surprised how many brides leave the boutique with a lace floral gown saying “I thought I *hated* lace and flowers!” ))

2. Big girls sometimes don’t cry.

If you’re a bride, you’ve seen photos and tv shows depicting brides crying the moment they find their perfect dress, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. That’s okay! Not all brides cry the moment they find their perfect dress, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t shed a tear. You’ll know when you’ve found the right dress, whether the waterworks make an appearance or not.

3. Don’t stress about when you find the dress.

You may try on 5 dresses or 20. That’s totally fine. You may find your wedding dress at the first store or may have to go to a few different ones to find “the one.” Don’t worry. You’ll find it. You also don’t want to second guess your decision, so if you’ve found it, get it! One less more thing to cross off your to do list.

4. Fit is key. (Be Realistic!)

When you’ve found the dress and are ready to get fitted, be honest with yourself. Everyone wants to feel their best, or even lose those few extra pounds for the wedding day, but you don’t want to be uncomfortable or disappointed when you get it altered and it still doesn’t fit.

Every bride has their own experience when it comes to a wedding dress fitting, but these pro tips will keep your dress fitting smoothly and your experience stress free. Find your groove when it comes to your fitting and don’t forget to HAVE FUN!

4 Unique “Honeymoon” Trends

Honeymoons don’t have to be for after the wedding. There are some unique trends to put the “moon” in many of your getaways. Whether it be a traditional honeymoon or a mini-cation these trends will lead you to an above and beyond celebration.

1. Engagementmoon

Want to make your engagement extra special? Plan an engagementmoon. Take your sweetie on a surprise getaway with a few of your closest friends and family to make the surprise extra special! Take an all-inclusive resort to make thing simple!

2. Minimoon

Wedding planning can take a toll on both you and your groom. Get away for the madness before the big day and take time to decompress. Try something local like a weekend spa or a new city to check out some sites.

3. Familymoon

If you’re a couple who is getting married with children, bring your new family together by taking a family vacation to blend your two families! Familymoons are a great way to make your new kids feel included and special before your official wedding day.

4. Buddymoon

Don’t forget about your friends! Your friends will be there for you throughout your wedding process, so make them feel extra special by planning a little getaway after the wedding to get back into the rhythm of things.

These are just some unique and trendy ideas to get you on track to relaxation. Whether you want get away from wedding madness or reconnect with your friends, the “moon” in honeymoon isn’t just for after the wedding. Celebrate your new life in your own special way!

3 Things To Avoid On Your Wedding Invitations

Sending out the save the dates is a big step in your wedding planning. But nothing can ruin all the hard work like a mistake on the card. With all the to-do you will have on your plate, the wedding invitations are not the place to cut corners. Before sending out your wedding invitations, double check you haven’t made these mistakes.

1. Spell Check!

Quadruple check your spelling. It only takes one wrong letter to send your guest to the wrong address or one wrong number to have guests showing up at the wrong time. If you’ve been staring at the invitation too long, have a fresh pair of eyes take a look to catch any misspellings.

2. Stick On Address Labels

Although it may save you time, a stick on label for the address on the invitation might feel too impersonal. Take the extra step to handwrite your guest’s addresses on the envelope. If you don’t have the steadiest hands, hire a professional or recruit a friend to help!

3. Avoid Cluttered Information

Unless it is pertinent to the invitation, don’t include information your guests don’t need. For example: gift registries or alcohol service. Such information is implied and your guest will know what to expect, or they’ll ask for additional information if they need it.

Don’t let the stress get the best of you. Be sure to check your invitations before they go out to make sure your guests get the perfect invitation to your big day!

4 Ways To Save On Your Wedding

Planning your wedding is an exciting time, and it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind so that you can have your big day! That being said, keeping your wedding on budget can be difficult. As the planning begins, the costs will add up, but these simple tips will keep you from breaking your bank on your big celebration.

1. Location

Finding the right venue at the right price will help you keep your costs down. A full service venue can eat up a lot (even most) of your budget. If you’re going for a rustic theme, try finding a wedding venue you can rent at a small cost, such as a park, camp site, or garden location. You may only need to purchase a permit or pay a small fee to the city or county.

2. Guest List

Another way to keep the costs down is keeping the guest list down. If you’re having trouble making the list short, it maybe a good time to sit down and decide which friends and family you must have at your big day and which will have to be cut. The more guests you have means the more you’ll have to pay per person on food and seating. (Sorry, Aunt Muriel, but your best friend’s husband’s brother does not “have” to be there).

3. Don’t over-do the DIY Projects

For starters, wedding professionals are professionals for a reason — and that’s because they know exactly what they’re doing. DIY wedding projects often cost more than their pre-made counterparts, PLUS if the project goes awry, you’ll be spending the double the money to hire or purchase whatever it was you were trying to do in the first place. Keep this in mind while building those pinterest dream boards!

4. Borrowing

Asking to borrow or rent some of the things you need is a great way to save money. From linens to decor, and even the bridal gown, finding pieces you can borrow will help you keep your budget low. For example, if you’re having a backyard wedding, borrowing chairs to use at your tables instead of renting is a great way to save. Many brides offer things like decor, table numbers, and accent pieces for little to no cost.

Finding ways to cut your budget doesn’t mean you can’t have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. These simple tips will help guide you in the right direction to keep your budget down and give your the best wedding you’ve always dreamed of. After all, love is eternal and your memories should be too!

5 Tips To Choosing Your Wedding Cake Baker

A wedding cake can be a beautiful focal point. Whether you go big or keep it small, your cake should reflect who you and your groom are together. Finding your wedding cake baker doesn’t have to be hard, and the tasting can be one of the better experiences of wedding planning! These tips will help you get creative and find the best baker for your cake.

1. Troll your baker’s website

Be sure to do your research. Find a few bakers in your area or near your venue before choosing one. Go through their portfolio to make sure their baking style fits the look your want your cake to be- but do *not* skimp on the tasting! Trust us.

2. Matching Your Cake To Your Wedding or To You and Your Soon-to-be Spouse?

Everyone is different, so you both may love super heroes, but if an Avengers cake doesn’t match your winter wonderland theme, you may not be happy with the final product. On the other hand, you may want the cake to reflect your personalities, and let the theme fly out the window. At any rate, a good baker should be able to take your ideas, and turn them into a beautiful and classy cake that fits into your theme!

3. Structure

Decide what tyoe of cake you’d like. Traditionally square or round and tiered? Oblong? Cupcakes and Rice Krispie Treats in the shape of a cake? This may be your chance to get creative, but work with your baker to make sure it’s still chic and delicate (or whatever look you’re going for!). Be sure to confirm with your baker about their cake building comfort levels (they’re all different, and that’s okay!). You don’t want to ask for an Eiffel Tower and get the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

4. Decor

The decor will be very important to tying your cake to your wedding theme. From the icing to the toppings, you’ll want to draw focal points around your cake. (PRO TIP: ask your lighting designer if they have the ability to display soft lighting that makes sure your cake is a prominent piece of decoration!) Play around with different ideas, such as topping your cake with flowers or fruit.

5. Taste, Taste, Taste

Your cake may look good on the outside, but don’t forget about the inside. The fun part about deciding what your cake will be filled with is tasting all of the delicious flavors. Get creative with mixing and matching your flavors, accept suggestions from the baker, and most of all — have fun! This is one of the best parts of wedding planning; getting to unwind with your future spouse and fill up on sweets!

Whether your cake is a huge work of art or an intimate masterpiece, you’ll have a great time exploring the different choices your baker has to offer. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your design, but keep in mind that less is often more! In the end, all that matters is that you two love it.

The Pros & Cons of a Choreographed First Dance

YouTube has made the world of social gatherings much more interesting!

From choreographed first dances to surprise flash mobs, you might be feeling some pressure to “entertain” on your wedding day, but here’s a quick list of some pros & cons of hitting the dance studio to learn some sweet new moves for your big day!

If being the center of attention is not your strong point, or you’re nervous about your two left feet, a choreographed first dance may help take some of the pressure off. After all, you should be focused on your new spouse, not on worry! Which leads us to….

It’s one more thing to remember. If for any reason, you forget the choreography, then you may feel nervous or frazzled, meaning your focus is elsewhere besides spending a loving moment with your new partner.

Taking dance lessons before the ceremony can be such a fun way for you and your future hubby/wifey to bond! You can even make it a ritual — dance class date night, where afterward you enjoy a glass of wine at home, and practice some of the new things you learned that day!

Nearly every wedding has a budget, and you may decide you’d rather put that money elsewhere, which is fine too! It can get quite pricey.

*FUN!* So many people who choreograph dances with their spouse say they had nothing but a blast doing so. If your wedding vibe is more laid back, then a fun musical number could definitely be the way to go!

So, let’s hear it! Are you planning to choreograph a fun or fancy number for your first dance as a married couple, or will you be kicking it old school? Let us know in the comments below!

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!