Yay! You’re Engaged! Now What? Part One

Engaged? What Now? Planning Tips from Your Wedding VenueValentine’s Day is just around the corner, and while that means chocolates and flowers for most, it could mean a surprise engagement for some! Holidays are wonderfully popular times for popping the question, perhaps because of the intrinsic romance of spending a special day together (but also because it makes it much easier for your guy to remember the date). If Cupid is kind enough to bring you a stunning ring over the holiday, here are some helpful tips for what to do next, after the shrieks of joy, calling your mom, and texting your bestie, of course! (more…)

To Invite or Not to Invite, How to Answer That Pesky Question

Wedding Planning? How to Get Your Guest List Under ControlAh, the guest list, every bride’s personal nightmare. Just when you were getting excited to invite your closest friends and family to help you celebrate the biggest day of your life, you realize formulating the perfect guest list is not at all as simple as it sounds. Whether you’re planning to host a small, intimate destination wedding, or a lavish affair in your hometown, getting your guest list to a manageable number can feel anything but fun. Fortunately, there are some fairly painless ways to start whittling down that list in a way that ensures you are surrounded by love and support on your wedding day, without bursting your budget or breaking the fire code at your beautiful wedding venue.

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Make Healthy Living Fun and Enriching for You and Your Groom

Healthy Cooking As a CoupleIf you want arrive at your dream wedding venue looking your best, and feeling just as great inside, there are several steps that can be taken. Yesterday we talked about how brides can take better care of themselves, by being kind about their bodies and taking time to de-stress. But you also want to feel even closer to your groom-to-be on your wedding day than you do today. So how can the two of you take care of yourselves and each other, while planning the wedding of your dreams? Hint: it’s getting hot in here, and it’s going to be great for your relationship! (more…)

Feel Your Best as a Bride with Some Self-Care

Bridal Habits for Self-CareEvery bride wants to feel like she’s glowing on her wedding day. Sure she wants to take her groom’s breath away, but it’s just as important that she feel her best, inside. Unfortunately many brides-to-be go to extreme measures trying to fit into their dresses, or reaching their personal bests physically. And they sometimes resort to drastic, even outlandish, methods that may leave them feeling moody, instead of magical on their big day. Instead of crash dieting or strange spa services, try some good old-fashioned self-care throughout wedding planning and especially leading up to your wedding, that will leave you feeling great inside, and looking gorgeous! (more…)

How to Plan an Awesome Rehearsal Dinner

Awesome Rehearsal Dinner IdeasOnce upon a time the rehearsal dinner was an opportunity for two families to get to know one another, in a formal setting, often over the fanciest of meals. But now? Most brides and grooms prefer a more laidback approach. After all, two families are becoming one great big family, not a business conglomerate. There is no need for suits or stuffiness. This should be a celebration, not a conference! If you want to host an awesome rehearsal dinner, that’s more pre-party for your wedding day, than pretentious platitudes, here are the do’s and don’ts involved to hosting a great one.

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Enjoy Worry-free Planning with an Elopement Wedding

Enjoy Worry-free Wedding PlanningMany brides think of their local courthouse or Vegas when they hear the term elopement, and even if they find that idea appealing they may shy away from getting wed without any of their friends or family present. Still, even those brides that always hoped to plan a lavish wedding, may sometimes find themselves dreaming of the seemingly stress-free process of literally going to the chapel to quickly get hitched. Especially while in the often pesky throws of wedding planning, even traditional-minded brides and grooms can long for the ease of an elopement. Fortunately, if you want the joy of sharing your wedding day with your friends and family, without all the hectic months – or even years – of planning, some wedding venues offer the best of both worlds, with packages known as elopement weddings! (more…)

Planning the Perfect Proposal: Part Three

Advice to Guys About Popping the QuestionWell gentlemen, today we have arrived at the final portion of our series of tips on proposing. We’ve already discussed finding the perfect ring, and why we think you still need to get down on one knee, but for those of you still nervous about popping the question, we have just a bit more advice that we think can help calm those nerves and prep you for your big moment! If you want to plan a proposal your girlfriend will be proud to recount to all her friends – and what guy doesn’t – here are the final ideas to weigh, while planning for this special occasion! (more…)