Thursday, October 13, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
1. Make a "love notes" journal. The Mr. is a published author and while I couldn’t be prouder, he isn’t exactly the king of public speaking or even conversing in a private setting. However, he knows just how to melt my heart by scattering love notes around the house. I will publish each one in a leather-bound journal, along with new letters written by me, and give it to him on the morning of our wedding day. It doesn't cost a lot, but the sentiment is priceless.
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2. Get your bridal party in on the fun. Although I adore all things mush, we all know I can’t deny my inner sass, which is why I just may have my girls flash my groom a message right before I walk down the aisle. Not only is it adorable, but he’ll never expect it...
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…or have your girls text him the message instead. Either way, he’ll be counting the seconds till you walk down the aisle!
3. Engrave his wedding band with a meaningful message. It can be a verse, your wedding dates or something that is sure to make him laugh. (While he knows about this idea, the Mr. will not know what I choose to engrave—he will surprise me with my own engraved ring on the wedding day as well).
4. Plan a private moment after the vows. We’re marrying in Italy near a lake, so after the vows, I plan on surprising Edwin with a magical boat ride for two. The guests will be mingling during the cocktail hour, so it’s the perfect time to sneak in some alone time. If you're having a fall-themed wedding, consider having a hayride, instead.
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5. Include his favorite foods. It’s 12 a.m.—do you know where your man is? Mine is snacking away, and since food is the way to a man's heart, why not include some of his favorite munchies at the wedding? Add them in for cocktail hour if he's a hamburgers-and-hotdogs kind of guy, and you want your reception menu to be a bit more upscale. Or have a midnight lounge where you serve breakfast items like mini pancakes, quiche and donuts, to celebrate his favorite meal of the day.
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6. Have breakfast in bed the day after the wedding. Nothing is more romantic than waking up to your guy as his wife for the very first time. But with crazy events and the never-ending hosting that comes along with throwing a wedding, you may be too busy to enjoy lounging the day after. Ask your Maid of Honor or planner to send over breakfast in bed, which could be just the cure.
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7. Take some boudoir photos for him. It’s a trend that I L-O-V-E and couldn’t be more of a fabulous gift. You don’t have to channel the vibes of Playboy, but you can make it sensual by wearing his favorite sports jersey or his 9-to-5 business shirt (and nothing else). Although most brides surprise their groom with boudoir photos on the wedding day, I plan on giving him mine either on our honeymoon or one-month anniversary so that he won't see it coming.
Photo Credit: Charlotte Boudoir
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Below are some ideas and suggestions to help your wedding day go smoothly. Enjoy!
- If your wedding is held in the warm summer months, plan on enough cold beverages for your guests, and keep them available throughout the day. Chilled bottle water is a simple but thoughtful drink. The wedding party will also appreciate a handy cold beverage if they are being photographed outside.
- If your gown is an heirloom, allow time for cleaning and freshening, and any alterations that may need to be made.
- Select a pretty handkerchief to tuck into your bouquet for sentimental moments.
- Practice wearing your wedding shoes before the big day.
- Pack a small emergency bag for your dressing area: iron, needle and thread, hair spray, aspirin, nail polish, safety pins, extra panty hose, etc.
- Planning an outdoor wedding? Have a colorful supply of umbrellas on hand to help ward away the rain. And, don't forget the bug spray!
- Remind the wedding party to gather quickly after your vows for group photographs. You'll want to greet waiting guests as soon as possible.
- It's proper to send lodging information to your out-of-town guests. Most facilities will do so for you if provided with your guest list. You could even provide this information on your very own bridal web site, available for free.
- Don't forget to place a pretty guest register at the reception.
- Arrange for a close friend or relative to transport gifts that are delivered to the reception.
- If you're planning on candles, be sure to appoint someone to light them.
- Leave your honeymoon itinerary with a family member.
- Ask your bridesmaids to place their bouquets around the reception area as additional decoration. They'll be thankful not to hold them during the celebration.
- Select a special gift for your parents as a gesture of thanks. Present it to them the morning of the wedding.
- Send a romantic note to your fiancé just before the ceremony.
- Enjoy a light snack before leaving for the ceremony. Many brides never taste the food at their reception.
- The best time to cut the cake at the reception is immediately after the main course is cleared. Eating the first piece of cake together symbolizes your first meal together. The grain it's made of stands for fertility and fruitfulness. Proposing a short toast to one another reinforces the mood of the moment, making it a special one.
- Be sure to get a good night’s sleep before the wedding. You'll be glad you did!
- Be sure to have your gown cleaned after the festivities. Stains that may not be visible now may yellow later. Visit Wedding Gown Specialists to locate a dry cleaner that specializes in cleaning and storing your gown.
- Gowns are best stored in a cool, dry place. When stored on a hanger, sew straps to the waistline to relieve pressure on the shoulders. Wrap the gown in a sheet or muslin, stuffing the sleeves and bodice with white tissue to prevent wrinkling. Take equal care with the headpiece and veil. Consider Wedding Gown Specialists to locate a dry cleaner that specializes in professionally storing your gown.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
Mother of the bride to-do listRemember…DO Look after her – she is going to be working hard for you behind the scenes
- Give her a bouquet at the reception, during the speeches
- Encourage her to wear a complementary outfit to the colour scheme
- Invite her to be involved with choosing your dress. It’s the most special bit for her
- Encourage her to meet up with your fiancé’s mum regularly so that they know each other before the day (and don’t wear clashing outfits)
- forget to thank her
- exclude her from anything
- forget her on the day – she’ll be longing to be useful
- leave her to do everything. By tradition, she would be the last to leave the reception, but don’t ask her to stay until the last drink is sunk
- forget to book her in with the hairdresser and nail technician in the run-up to your big day
- let her interfere. It’s your day really…