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Planning An Intimate Wedding

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Remember when Katy Perry married Russell Brand in 2010? Do you remember how Katy, resplendent in an Elie Saab Haute couture down and $7,000 Casadei heels, and husband to be, Russell, rode in to the ceremony at Rajastahan, India’s Aman-i-Khas resort on the backs of elephants, then celebrated her 26th birthday on route to their Maldives honeymoon? Ever think big weddings are overrated?

Now, calm down. Romance is a beautiful thing, and a couple is entitled to spend their wedding day however they want, and big weddings can be absolutely breathtaking, but, just in case, you don’t have the funds, or you just don’t have the energy, here are some ideas for a more intimate wedding that can be a little more expressive, if a little less impressive.

Destination Weddings
A destination wedding is a good idea if you want to keep the number of guests down, as few will be able to make the journey. The Caribbean Islands could be the setting for the wedding of your dreams. Invite family and friends to come out a few days early, to make an extended vacation out of it.

City Hall and Brunch
A City Hall wedding always has an element of the off beat to it, plus it saves a lot of stress and cash. Bring your own photographer to get a snap of the wedding kiss and wear a casual white dress to suit the occasion.

Backyard Wedding
Set up the grill and play a few rounds of badminton. Go DIY with fabrics and flowers to make your outdoor setting into own version of shabby chic.

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Food Truck Wedding
Food trucks are great ways of keeping it funky while taking care of the menu. Choose your local favorite and see if you can work with the owner of the food truck to dream up a wedding day menu.

A Potluck Meal
Why not? If your wedding is super small, get the whole family involved. Grandma can handle the desserts and your aunt can take care of the pigs in a blanket.

Consider a Low Key Venue
If people can get married at Taco Bell, you can certainly get married at the local brewery. You might even get some free karaoke in. You don’t need tons of space, so just make up for it in atmosphere. Give you and your guests a night to remember without going over the top.

Go Camping
Most campsites have park shelters that can be rented out for events, and weddings certainly qualify as events. As long as your guests don’t mind roughing it, you can have a singalong around the fire at night, and spend the next day at the beach. (You might want to make sure there’s a hotel nearby for Grandma).

Elope
Talk about intimate- why invite anyone? All you need is the two of you and someone to make it official. If running away to Vegas isn’t your idea of romance, consider Paris. Just think, with the money you save on the wedding, you’ll have plenty to spend on some great designer clothes.

Are you keeping your wedding on the down low? Let us know what your doing to make it your own. We love to hear it!

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Choosing Perfect Bridesmaids Gifts

Let’s hear it for the bridesmaids. They’re your besties. They’ve been with you through thick and thin. They’ve seen your bad hair days and your bad hair years. They know how your first boyfriend looked and they knew you before the nose job. That’s why you need to treat them well. Make sure they have sexy dresses, throw the bouquet in their general direction, and get them some really nice gifts to show how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you.

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Here are some ideas for choosing the perfect gifts for bridesmaids.

Play on Their Tastes
Are your girls total fitness buffs? How about some workout gear or a session with a personal trainer (make sure he’s cute)? Send them to an introductory ballroom or hip-hop dance class to show off their strong calf muscles. If they cook, get them the latest cookbook or a first edition classic by Julia Child. Include a subscription to a cooking magazine, or, if  they’re into horticulture, offer them a blossoming flower plant or a couple of useful gardening tools.

Entertain Them
Show them a good time! You can buy them tickets to a musical, film, dinner theater, or movie venue for a little night on the town.

Girls' night out

If they’re more the stay-at-home type, give them a movie-themed gift basket or a set of movies themed around their favorite actors. If reading is their thing, consider a magazine subscription or an e-reader. Include a bottle of bubbly and they’ll be set for the evening.

Make Them Something
If you’re the artsy-craftsy type and have the time to invest, a homemade gift can be more precious than anything you can buy at a store. Make a necklace with their favorite gems, or knit a scarf in their favorite colors. Brighten their homes with a platter or vase, and accompany that with a scented candle. Let them explore their earthy side with all natural soaps or holistic beauty treatments or brighten their kitchen with some homemade jams and scones.

Pamper Them
Give your bridesmaids a taste of the good life. Dress them in silk pajamas or a Morrocan-inspired robe.

Spa friends

Give them the monogrammed set of bath towels they’ve always wanted for some upscale lavatory luxury. Treat them to designer wallets so they have somewhere to put their gift certificates for hair and makeover sessions at a salon. Offer them a luxury boudoir photo session.

Food and Drink
You can’t go wrong by giving your bridesmaids chocolate! Give them a decadent assortment or gift basket. Of course, they will need to complement that with some good wine or gourmet coffee. You can also leave the choosing to them by giving them gift certificates to a gourmet grocer. Help them set the table with some luxe table linens, napkin rings, and card holders and buy them some caviar to help break them in.

If you’re getting married, congratulations! Don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing to celebrate your bridesmaids!

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Planning An Outdoor Wedding

So, you came downstairs on Christmas morning and there he was holding the box with the cutest little smile on his face. You rip off the wrapping and open the little velvet case and there it is! 2 karat emerald cut. You’re ecstatic. After you post pics on every form of social media you can think of, you realize that this means you have a wedding to start planning for. And not just a wedding, this wedding is going to make William and Kate’s look like Vegas. You know you want the traditional outdoor setting, sometime in May or June…..

Beach wedding
Location
The Beach. Beaches are beautiful and symbolic places for a wedding. If you want to have it on a public beach, be sure to look into the required paperwork for a beach wedding ceremony. There is also the option of choosing a restaurant near the beach that will accommodate your guests. A Backyard. If you know someone with a big backyard and you’re prepared to procure a large tent for the occasion, this can be a lovely option.

Winery or Vineyard. Marriage receptions at wineries can be extremely romantic. Wineries usually have a canopy tent, gazebo or an indoor dining room in the case of inclement weather.

The Decor
Of course, one of the great advantages of an outdoor wedding is natural landscape. Visit the site a week before to make sure it is in good order. Some decorating ideas to help you capitalize on the outdoor theme include string lights, white paper lanterns hung from the ceiling of a tent, floating candles in a clear vase or pond or a chandelier hung from a tree. Consider using a trellis as a focal point covered with flowers and foliage.

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Keeping Guest Comfortable
Water. While spirits are usually flowing at a wedding, don’t forget to keep guests hydrated. A bowl of punch is a classic outdoor entertainment feature or you can greet your guests with a drink dispenser full of iced tea or lemonade when they arrive. Water bottles personalized with the names of the bride and groom are also likely to be a big hit. Cooldowns. Another great idea is to offer guests parasols and fans. They are useful, decorative and can add a thematic element to the festivities.

Sunscreen. Your guests might also appreciate it if you make sunscreen available. Let them know you are concerned about their skin health and comfort by providing bottles of sunscreen at the tables or throwing a few in a basket for your guests to have at their disposal. Warmups. If the night turns chilly, have some blankets on hand to add a little coziness to the atmosphere.

The Cake
You definitely don’t want anything to happen to the cake. Keep the outdoor temperature and placement of the cake in mind, or you may find that your butter cream icing puddling at the tiers of your newly exposed cake. If you intend to display your cake in the sun, fondant will hold up longer than butter cream and the shelter of a shady tree is sure to come in handy.

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The Dress

You may want to go light on your wedding gown, but if a multi-layer crinoline is all that will do, at least make sure your bridesmaids are comfortable.

Other Things to Consider

  • Weather. Remember the hottest part of the day is between 1 and 3 in the afternoon. Try to schedule your ceremony for some time after that time frame.
  • Insects. Make sure to protect food stations with proper cover. You may want to place some citronella candles throughout the area.
  • Rentals. If your space is not equipped with restrooms, you will probably want to rent portable bathrooms. Also consider renting heating lamps and tents for late night cooldowns.
  • Rain. Always have a backup plan or alternate location if Mother Nature is not acting in accordance to your wishes.

The most beautiful part of your wedding is you, so we want to make sure your day is perfect and has everything you could wish for. Let us know what you’re planning. We love to hear from you!

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The Fall Blushing Bride

Bride in Fall

Why do people get married in the summer? Is it the weather? True, you do have a better chance of blue skies, but you’re also more likely to get frizzy hair and melty makeup. Is it because schools are out and your “attending” list is more likely to grow? Maybe, but who really wants all those people at their weddings anyway? It’s your day, right? Do you really need to see your Uncle Arnold who always pinches your cheeks even though your almost 30, or your sister who is going to try wear a better dress than you and will undoubtedly get drunk and try to elbow all the other women out of the way when it comes time to throw the bouquet?

When it comes to weddings, fall is the new black. You can pick jewel tones as your wedding colors, drink hot toddies and eat pumpkins! If you are planning to get married this fall, hurrah for your daring to be different, and here are some fall trends you may want to take advantage of.

The Dress
Layers add a touch of femininity and glamour to every wedding dress. While Oscar de la Renta goes for a Spanish inspired number this year, Monique Lhullier creates dimension with an asymmetrical tiered skirt. Textures are also big this year. Look for 3D florals popping up on this year’s brides while organza appliqués adorn the gowns of Naeem Khan and Reem Acra. Look to the bedroom for inspiration this year with sheer and lingerie inspired dresses being all the rage or, for those who prefer a more understated look, minimalist and modern styles are always a classic option. Other runway hits? Spaghetti straps, flowing sleeves and silhouettes.

fall wedding centerpiece Centerpieces
When it comes to fall wedding centerpieces, take advantage of what nature has to offer. Go out of the box by adding crab apples, persimmon, garden roses, and calla lilies to your arrangement. You may even want to include some mushrooms or stalks of asparagus.

fall wedding cakeCakes
When you hear about your autumn cake options, you will probably wonder why anyone gets married in the summer. You’ll see autumn confections adorned with marzipan pears and persimmon, fondant maple leaves and fresh berries. As for what’s inside, how about apple cake with alternating layers of cream cheese topped with a citrus glaze, fresh apples and powdered sugar?

Fall wedding invitation
Invitations
Think woodsy wedding when it comes to choosing your invitations. Consider using apples for a border or a maple leaf or acorn motif. You may want to use a wood veneer as the base for your invite or send them in a wheat trimmed box.

Menu
When it comes to fall wedding menus, apples are big. Think about mini fried apple tarts for an appetizer and spiked apple cider for a beverage. If you’re going for a classic fall entree, you can’t get more autumnal than roasted pork with sliced apples, raisins and carrots. And, while your at it, why not include some caramel apples for a touch of fun?

Tell us about your fall wedding! What you ate, what you did, how you decorated: we love to hear your comments!

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The Stress-Free Bride: Tips For Reducing Wedding Week Stress

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Aside from wedding jitters, the last thing a bride-to-be wants is a week of stress leading up to the big day. A combination of nerves and excitement are common, but if you’re worrying about everything and anything, stop right there. We’re here to limit your stress and offer some valuable tips to the run up of your wedding.

Forget Those Who Haven’t RSVP’d Yet
It’s just seven days before the wedding and you’re still anticipating if your aunt and uncle will confirm their attendance. But assume that those who haven’t got back to you won’t be attending. You gave everyone a deadline date for a reason and if they can’t respect that then all the more wedding cake for you. Chronic lateness isn’t your problem, it’s theirs.

Don’t Be a Control Freak
You can arrange your attire the night before and have everything at the ready, but you can’t plan exactly how the day will go (including unexpected bad jokes during speeches). Let go a little and relax. It’s fun to not know what the day will bring and the most important thing is that you’re marrying the love of your life. What could be better than that?

Surround yourself with friends and family who support you and delegate any last-minute tasks to them (ask nicely of course).  Don’t email the catering service three days before the wedding, call them and get your answer straight away rather than waiting around for a reply.

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Try on Your Wedding Dress, Shoes and Plan Your Hair
Most women stress about what they’ll look like. Will my dress still fit? What if my shoes hurt? How should I wear my hair? These questions won’t miraculously be answered unless you do something about them. Throw on your shoes for the big day to wear them in so they’re not uncomfortable when you’re walking down the aisle. Put them on whilst you’re doing the housework or chilling around the house. You’ll thank us for it!

Just four more pounds to lose… Stop trying to shrink your frame in the name of looking good. Your dress won’t fit right and then you’ll have problems. Spend a night of trying it on and using another mirror to see every angle of how you look. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your dress fits perfectly. Make sure you’re booked in with a hairdresser, or if you’re confident at styling, plan out what you’ll have it like. It’ll relax you to know that everything about your appearance is covered.

Don’t Do Too Much on the Wedding Morning
You’ve probably been fantasizing about this day for as long as you can remember. Manicures, hair styled, personal makeup artist and the list goes on. But like we said earlier, no matter how much you plan things out, not everything will go the way you want: bridesmaids will show up late, you’ll have a bad hair day etc. So don’t plan too many activities for the morning of your wedding, or the night before for that matter.

Your wedding day will go by quicker than any other day. All that hard work and planning will be over in a matter of hours. So embrace what truly matters – love. All the accessories and material things don’t really matter.

Happy wedding!

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Skin Care Tips for Brides-to-Be

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Your special day is coming up quickly and you, understandably, want your skin to look as fabulous as possible. It can be nerve-wracking enough trying to make sure your wedding goes smoothly, but then when it comes to your skin, it may feel like you have no control over it whatsoever. The good news is that you do! There are several skin care tips that you can adhere to as a bride-to-be to help increase your chances of having the gorgeous skin you desire.

See a Dermatologist
If you have specific concerns about your skin, you’ll want to see your dermatologist about 6 to 8 months before your wedding so you can address the issues as soon as possible. The two of you can come up with a tailored plan so your skin can look as wonderful as you want it to for your big day.

Don’t Try Any New Products
The closer your wedding gets, the more you may feel inspired to try different products in an effort to improve your skin’s appearance. This may not be such a great idea. You don’t want to have any type of reaction on your skin from products that you thought would help. Stick to the products that you’ve been using that you already know work for you.

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Moisturize
Moisturizing could help your skin look amazing for your wedding day. Apply it throughout the day, but make sure to do it right after you step out of the shower. Pay special attention to areas that usually need a little extra TLC, such as your feet, elbows, knees, and the backs of your arms.

Load Up on the Sunscreen
Chances are you don’t want a sunburn for your wedding day, and you may not even want tan lines, so it’s a good idea to make an even more conscious effort to load up on the sunscreen in the months leading up to the ceremony. Opt for at least SPF 30, apply it about 30-minutes before you will be exposed to the sun, and don’t forget to continuously reapply it every two hours throughout the day.

Woman meditating

Meditate
As a bride-to-be, you’re probably feeling quite stressed as your wedding day approaches. However, that’s not going to do anything good for your stress levels or your skin. Meditating can help, and the best part is that you can do it anywhere whether it’s in the comfort of your own home or while you’re in the bathroom stall at work.

Change Your Diet
Adjustments in your diet could result in a big improvement in the look and feel of your skin. For example, load up on green tea and vegetables, but you may want to stay away from dairy and junk food. The sooner you incorporate healthy changes before your wedding, the better it could be for you.

As flawless as you probably want your skin to look for your wedding, keep in mind that you’re still going to look and feel amazing, especially when you catch the eye of the person waiting for you at the end of the aisle.

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