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Friday, May 25, 2018

How to Cope with Stress During Your Wedding Day




Your wedding day should be the happiest moment of your life, not the most stressful. However, many weddings suffer from stress. You worry that something will go wrong. You want to avoid any drama with your friends and family. You don’t want to have anxiety over the marriage in general. There’s a lot to worry about. Luckily, you can reduce the amount of stress you have and achieve the best wedding possible, and here’s how.

Plan a Flexible Wedding Day Schedule

When planning, you should have some kind of schedule that details everything, but leaves room for flexibility. Sometimes, an event or a speech during a wedding can go on for longer than you would think. Consider that in your schedule and make sure every event has some room to breathe. If everything is tight, it can all come crashing down like dominoes.

Get Yourself a Day of Coordinator

Even if you think everything is planned well, a day-of coordinator can help tie some loose ends during the day and help fix anything that goes wrong. The last thing you want is for you to worry about something not being delivered during the day of your wedding.

Spend Some Alone Time Together

Before the wedding, it’s good to unwind with your future spouse. Set some time for the two of you. Maybe eat some breakfast together, or take a warm bath. You’ll be surprised at how much this will make you feel better.

Get Some Rest

Easier said than done. It’s hard to get some rest on the most exciting day of your life, but resting up can help control your stress. Don’t party too hard the night before, and if you find yourself too excited, take a warm bath or find some other way to wind you down.

Make Sure Everything is Paid For

One of the biggest reasons for stress during a wedding is getting an unexpected bill or realizing that not everything is paid off. Before your wedding day, make sure all the payments have gone through and you still have some money left over. It’s better to prepare.

Breathe a Little Bit

Before your wedding, practice some breathing exercise to calm your nerves. It’s okay to feel anxious during your wedding day, but don’t let it control you. It’s your day, not anyone else’s. Take a deep breath.

Avoid Drama

The greatest vision for a wedding is one where every family member sets aside their differences and unites to celebrate your marriage. However, some people just don’t want to unite. If you have family members who don’t like each other attending, try to make sure they’re seated as far away as possible. Make a strict no-fighting policy, and address any concerns before or after the wedding. Don’t let people make your wedding about them. Instead, throw them out if needed.

After the Wedding

Once the wedding is over, it’s time to celebrate. Some may go on a nice honeymoon, or start building their life. Whatever your idea is, make sure the two of you are in it together.

If you have any concerns about your marriage, want to make sure the two of you are communicating well, or have any other questions, don’t be afraid to talk to a marriage counselor or a couple’s therapist for consultation. You can visit a traditional therapist, or use an online service such as BetterHelp for therapy at any time.

Your wedding should be about you. Don’t stress about anything that’s not under your control. Instead, plan ahead, breathe, and have fun.


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Blending Culture



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On May 19th, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marked a monumental moment in wedding history of blending cultures on the big day. The lovely couple took this opportunity of coming from different backgrounds to make their day represent each of them but also update the traditionally stuffy past of royal English weddings. Most couples wish to represent both cultures on their big day but may be unsure how to go about doing it.

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Décor is a great way to show both sides of your culture and heritage. This can be done with small details throughout the room such as vases or candles, the types of flowers used in your reception space, or even your wedding colors. Traditional culture prints may also be available for your napkins or place cards.

Food is personally my favorite part of any event. By offering different food stages that each have different traditional cuisine, it gives a more personal feel and helps your guest see the type of food you were familiar with when growing up. Another spin on this would be to make your signature cocktails a traditional cocktail that aligns with your heritage. 

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Ceremonial details may be brought in from both sides. One side may have a traditional dance done at weddings or celebrations to show their excitement. Another may have traditional outfits instead of the well-known white gown and suit. A couple may switch into these different outfits for their wedding photos or reception. Research your significant others culture to see what you feel comfortable with incorporating into your wedding.   

Music can be a very emotionally moving element. Traditional music from different cultures may be played while the bride is walking down the aisle or in the reception space. Music has a way of making us feel immersed in its message and may help your guests better connect to these different cultures.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Simple Steps Toward Healthy Living




As a couple getting married you may have some concerns about how to look your best on your wedding day.
It is not too late to start with a new exercise regime and eater better.

We live in a world where unhealthy choices seem quick and easy. Driving through a fast food restaurant
is more convenient than taking time to cook a meal for yourself. However, these easier options may
cause you health issues and heartache in the future. Many people in America are living a lifestyle which
may not be completely healthy. We consume unnecessary chemicals in our diets and lack the daily
exercise needed to keep our hearts healthy. After years of encouraging quick 30-minute lunch breaks
during jobs where we sit behind a desk all day, it is easy to see this problem may be an institutionalized
one. Luckily, many new healthy living trends are on the rise. New studies and experts are looking out for
Americans and our health. There are new tips and tricks to eating healthier and developing a workout
regimen that you can actually be excited about. Follow these simple steps toward healthy living to begin
your journey to a happier and healthier life.


Getting Started


Beginning a wholehearted journey into a healthy lifestyle demands commitment. It’s called a “lifestyle” for
a reason, because it really does affect most aspects of your life. You have to plan time to cook, eat, and
exercise into your day. Plus, your decision-making will be affected as well. This won’t require you to give
up your current life, just merge an old lifestyle with a new life fueled by healthy choices.


You may want to start with some research. Whether you are interested in guidance from experts out of
allied health degree programs or simply direct your own health journey, there is a lot to learn about how
our bodies act and react to nutrients and movement. Find a specialist or even your primary doctor and
ask for their input. Changing your diet can help cure a multitude of health issues. If you research
facts about prostate cancer or causes for diabetes, you will see connections to bad dieting and lack of
exercise.


Diet Plan


Often when people hear healthy living they expect to be put on an extremely strict diet. Healthy living
affects your food, but it doesn’t have to be as incredibly restrictive as some assume. Most healthy diet tips
recommend maintaining a happy relationship with food. As soon as you see food as a bad thing, you
introduce negativity into cooking and eating.


Overall, a diet plan requires expanding your options rather than limiting them. In order to achieve a balanced
diet, you may want to consider meal prepping. You can plan and prepare a whole week of meals at the
beginning of the week to stay on top of your nutrition every day. Filling your plate with a variety of protein,
whole grain, and produce will leave little room for the trans fats and sodium that can easily creep into food.
The processed foods that flood the market introduce chemicals and fats that our body has a hard time digesting,
leaving us lethargic rather than energized.


Knowing what foods will give us fuel is easily the hardest part of building a healthy diet. There are several
resources out there that can help you monitor what you need. Most will give you a guideline for your food
consumption, limiting fats, and encouraging you to eat fruits and vegetables.


Exercise


While finding a healthy lifestyle is based in finding a healthy diet, the other half of that equation is staying
active. Even if you aren’t someone who considers him or herself a gym rat, you can find fun ways to
stay active every day. Beginning a workout regimen can start with something simple. Even going out for a
walk for 20-30 minutes every day keeps your heart rate up and your body moving. Consistent exercise can
help with weight loss, staying energized, and a multitude of other health concerns.


There are many ways to have fun while also working out. Find a motivational playlist that can keep you amped up.
Maybe take a Zumba, Pilates, or pound class; there are fun ways to make working out feel more like dancing or
something fun and less taxing. You can also enjoy the great outdoors as you exercise. Hiking is a great option to get
your heart moving while you enjoy your surroundings.


Just as with a diet plan, exercising can be more fun and productive if you have a buddy and a goal. Find a friend who
can help keep you accountable and come to classes with you. Running for 30 minutes can fly by when you have a friend
to keep you company. Additionally, creating a goal will give you something to work for and a sense of accomplishment once
it is done. Set a goal to run a marathon or even a 5K. That way you can’t slack, because you are working toward a specific goal.


Final Thoughts
Diet and exercise are easily two of the biggest factors when it comes to healthy living. But it’s also essential to maintain an overall
healthy lifestyle that integrates good habits and avoids bad ones. For instance: no smoking! It’s essential to visit your doctor regularly.
You should at least get a yearly physical. You should also make twice-yearly or annual dentist appointments, especially if you have a
special condition such as receding gum lines or veneers. Regular visits to your healthcare experts will help you catch any potential
problems before they get too bad.

Also remember the importance of mental health. Mental health does have an impact on physical health. Monitor your stress levels,
and meditate, do yoga, or even take a restorative vacation to explore Henry County, Georgia, to get your mental health rejuvenated. Overall,
embodying a healthy lifestyle will require commitment, but you will gain energy and positivity in return.


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4 Advantages of Kitchen Cakes

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Kitchen cakes offer many benefits to stressed out brides.  Kitchen cakes, are standard sized sheet cakes that are kept in the kitchen. These cakes are purchased usually in addition to a smaller tier cake or fake cake to keep on display.  They have a basic icing finish and no decoration whatsoever but are never seen by your guests until it is cut and served to these guests. Here are four advantages to having kitchen cakes at your wedding.


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1.       COST: The biggest deciding factor for many brides in getting a kitchen cake is the cost saving qualities. Since they involve less than half of the decoration time for a tier cake, the labor cost that the bakery factors in will go down dramatically.

2.       TIME: Many of us have attended weddings where there is a large time gap between when the bride and groom cut the cake, and when the guest receives it. By having cakes in the back before the guest and groom have even started, the catering staff is able to start cutting and platting so that servers may start bringing out cake as soon as the tier is cake is brought back. 

3.       VARIETY: Many bakeries are used to baking multiple flavors in different sized tiers for the happy couple. Kitchen cakes assure that there is an equal amount of each flavor instead of worrying about the top tier being too small to accommodate everyone that would prefer that flavor. This also allows the bride and groom to pick different icings flavors. This may raise the cost but be perfect for the couple that would like a rich chocolate cake with a peanut butter buttercream icing in addition to a carrot cake with cream cheese icing.

4.       ALLERGIES: For those couples that have guests or family members with allergies, kitchen cakes are a great way to keep things safe and avoid cross contact/contamination. Many bakeries offer doing a separate allergen free tier but this may worry some since the tiers are still touching. By keeping the cakes separate and letting both the bakery, and catering staff know, there will be no worries about allergic reactions.



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Make sure to shop around and see all your options when it comes to your perfect cake. Many bakeries offer different styles and flavors and it is important to pick the best one for you.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Wedding Priorities: Get These Things Right For A Relaxed And Fun Day!

Now, you may be laughing at the title of this post, because you think having a fun and relaxed wedding day
is impossible. However, I'm here to tell you that it's true, and all you need to do is focus on few critical issues
before the big day comes around. Keep reading to find out more!


The dress.


The dress, for many brides it is the single most crucial part of the wedding. After all, you want to feel like a
million dollars, even if your dress budget doesn't quite stretch that far! However, choosing the dress can be
a process that is peppered with pitfalls that can easily put you off your game in the run-up to the big day.  






Firstly, there is the trying on, something that should be a fun time that helps to build the excitement for the
coming day, right? Well not always, in fact, it can be stressful to try on dresses if you don't have a
great body image to start with. Combine this with an opinionated and picky entourage, and it can
certainly turn from a dream into a nightmare.


With that in mind, it can work better to keep your party small, or if you are more comfortable doing so,
even going on your own to try dresses at first. You can always get some friends and family in to help
make the final decision at a later date.


Also, it's pretty essential that you pick a dress that not only look amazing but that you will be comfortable
in for the whole day. Otherwise, you risk feeling stressed out and uncomfortable when you should be your
happiest!


The decorations.


Next, make getting your decorations sorted a priority. After all, these are what set the tone for your wedding
and can help differentiate it from an ordinary party to one of the most important days of your life!


Of course, with so much choice on the market concerning themes and individual decorative piece it can be
pretty confusing and stressful just picking things out.


Happily, there is a way that you can make it much more, and it is to get hold of a wedding trends guide that
collates all the information you need into one place. Then you can easily compare the different types of decor
available and make your decision in a more relaxed way.


The music.


Last, of all, most brides want their wedding to be fun. What this means is that the music you pick is an essential
part of the day, especially the stuff that you play once the food is over and everyone starts dancing.




Sadly, this can create a lot of hassle for the bride as they try and find music that all of their guests will like
and want to dance to no matter what their ages and tastes.

However, there is a crafty way around this problems, and its to request that each guest supply a list of three
songs they would like to hear at the wedding with their RSVP. This is an action that then takes the problematic
choice out of the bride's hands and guarantees that there will be at least some music that everyone will love.
Consequently, making the day and the wedding prep much more fun in relaxed.



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5 Things Every Bride Should Know



Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and will be the happiest you've ever had.
It is a day where you get to marry the person you love and celebrate with your closest family and
friends. A wedding is a wonderful time to celebrate and is also a time for planning. As a bride, you
are the head honcho and there are a few things you need to know.


Your hair and makeup
On the day of your wedding, the last thing you want to think about is your hair and your makeup
being a mess, and you may want to call in a professional to do them for you. However, if you are
fussy with your hair and makeup, the worst decision you can make is letting someone else do it
for you. It can go wrong and then for the rest of the day you will feel like a clown rather than a
princess. Watch a few Youtube videos, practice your look and do it yourself the way YOU like it.


You are the star
This day is about you and your husband to be, and you will want to look the part and shine like
the biggest star. Take care picking your dress and make sure you are comfortable throughout the
day. Also, look at Diamond Expert online for the ideal ring for your sense of style. If you don’t like
attention being solely on you, you are just going to have to endure it when you walk down that aisle.
Once you are at the wedding breakfast you can have a drink or two and you’ll feel much more
confident!


Wear sensible shoes

Just because those diamanté stilettos look super stylish and princess doesn’t mean you should
wear them on the day. If anything, you can wear your sparkly shoes for the photos and then switch
over to a comfy pair. You are going to be wearing your shoes for over 12 hours, so make sure they
are shoes you can wear without falling over or getting blisters.


This is the only chance

If there is any advice you take from our list it is this: make sure everything is right for you. It is so
important to make sure that you get everything the way you want it and that you are happy with
every element of the wedding. You will only have one chance to get everything right so it is crucial
that you don’t make the mistake of rushing it for anyone. Take your time if things aren’t working out
because you can always reschedule for a little later in the year and make it perfect.


It’s your day

The most important thing to remember is that this is your day and you should be able to enjoy yourself.
This is your wedding day, it’s the happiest day of your life and you deserve to enjoy it as much as everyone
else in the room. Let go, have a few drinks and dance with the person you love.




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Friday, May 11, 2018

Adventurous De-stressing Before the Big Day


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Many brides are aware that de-stressing activities such as spa trips with their bridal party will help them stay calm and relaxed as their big day is approaching. However, some brides may be a bit more adventurous and find the thought of sitting in a chair and getting pampered as somewhat boring.


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A high ropes course with your wedding party can be a great way to focus on fun and not stress. This is also a great way for your wedding party to get to know each other and become friends if they may not be that well acquainted. Physical activity has been shown to reduce stress, so why not make that physical activity fun? Many different high ropes companies will offer discounts when working with groups. They also tend to offer team building activities that can help with better communication skills or trust. These are great for those wedding parties that may be experiencing conflict from the stress of the big day.  Start talking to your wedding party today and see if they are up to some new adventure in their lives.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

5 Tips for a Wedding in the Celestial Heavens.


A recent trend seen across multiple social media platforms is the romantic gift of celestial constellations from important and memorable dates. 






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When it comes to your significant other, these dates could be the day you two first met, your first date, or even when your official engagement was. A new trend is taking these romantic stars a step further by including the celestial heavens in all aspects of your wedding. Here are our 5 tips for the perfect wedding in the celestial heavens.





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·         The key to a celestial theme is to stick to dark and mysterious colors. The linens should be done in shades of navy, maroon, and charcoal. These colors will set the mood as being both sexy and romantic.
·         Metallic accents such as vintage gold and silver will help give the room some glimmer without being overpowering.  This will help remind your guests of the night sky filled with shining starts.
·         Tables named after famous constellations with a seating chart that resembles the night sky gives a unique touch to a simple setup.  
·         Your flower arrangements should be kept simple to keep the mood intimate. Anything too attention grabbing will throw off the mood of your reception.   

·         A simple way to incorporate this outer world experience is by using strands of fairy lights hung above to give the appearance of the night sky.





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 These tips give your reception space a much more intimate and romantic feel. Hopefully these tips have helped you become inspired when it comes to your own magical day. 


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