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8 Alternatives to the Wedding Dance

 

western-florida-beach-wedding-84You don’t know how to dance or you don’t are too into the wedding dance? Don’t worry! Even if most weddings have a wedding first dance, there are some grooms and brides who prefer to replace that with other activities. Here you have some ideas so you can use them as an alternative or as ideas to come up with your own one.

1) The first idea is that you choose love songs that you like a lot or that have a special meaning for you. Then, you can organize a karaoke. But not a regular one. It would be a sort of competition of the guests against the bride and groom. You can have little gifts as rewards.

2) Something else you can do is to show a video of how you two met, images of your childhood, your best moments together, etc. You can even tape a video thanking your guests for being there.

3) The third proposal is the shoe game. The couple will sit in a chair giving their back to the each other. Each will have a bride and a groom shoe in each hand. A volunteer will ask you questions and depending on the question, each of you will raise the shoe of the person who is best suited for the answer. This will show how much you agree in your answers and how much you happen to know each other.

Here are some questions that you can use:

  • Who wears the pants in the relationship?
  • Who cooks better?
  • Who drives better?
  • Who is more romantic?
  • Who is the best kisser?
  • Whose feet smell worse?
  • Which of the two says “I love you” more often?
  • Who spends more money?
  • Who spends more time on Facebook?
  • Who is the most conceited?

4) You can also do a monologue about marriage. Prepare yourself and you can choose the funniest friend you have to memorize and recite the monologue. Or, it if is possible, you can pay a professional that creates a special monologue for you.

5) A great game that will keep your guests wide awake throughout the wedding is “I spy.”  Put disposable cameras at each table for guests to capture moments in photos. Then, you will keep the photos as souvenirs for the couple.

6) You can also put a photo booth which is becoming very popular- To make it even better, you may give a small prize to the table that makes the funniest picture.

7) Another original idea and popular idea for the nightfall is to release balloons with LED lights or lanterns.

8) You can also play the musical chairs game. Choose one or two guests from each table and try to make it barefoot so no accidents happen.

Which idea do you like better? Did you come up with your own? Have fun at your wedding!!

 

 

 

Top 5 Girls you Must Not Invite to Choose your Wedding Dress

Are you ready to perfect wedding dress? Choosing the ideal wedding dress is one of the most important tasks of a bride; therefore, everything related to it has to be flawless so she finds in the mood to buy it. So, no matter if you love them or are dear friends, there are five people who you should leave out when you buy your wedding dress.  

Intense Smarty

There is always that girl interested in fashion who thinks she is an expert in image design. If you don’t want to suffer by someone telling you that you look fat, too thin, flat boobs, pear body or that white doesn’t really suit you well. Please don’t you ever take her to buy your wedding dress!  You will definitely not feel comfortable with her comments and she can even make you feel insecure about the dress you might want to get home.

The Single Mother who Hates Weddings

This is a definite no! When you choose the perfect wedding dress, you must be a little selfish. That means that all eyes should be on you and all comments must help you decide which dress is perfect for your body type. If you invite a friend who hates marriage, weddings and everything relate, will most likely end up sucking up your energy.

The Girl who is Getting Married and Wants Attention

It is to be nasty or have a bad attitude, but it is common that this girls discuss everything related to your wedding in a way that attracts the attention to their wedding and them. It may happen that when you are trying your dress, she will be talking about heirs and how prettier or expensive it will be. You want to feel like a princess that day, regardless of what type of dress you are buying, so keep her away.

The Very Judgmental Girl

Yes, there will always be that rude person who says exactly she has in mind. Although frankness may be appreciated in some scenarios, choosing your wedding dress is not one of those. You want to be surrounded by people with the right attitude because you will most likely be super sensitive due to all the nerves and emotions. If you want to be with positive and supportive people, do not invite her.

The Married and Depressed

This is a big DON’T. If you have a married friend who is really depressed, never invite her. It is feasible that she will keep talking about her wedding and how sad she is because it was not as good as she expected and so on. If you don’t want to start with the wrong foot, leave her out of your special choosing day.

The day you go to choose your wedding dress, make sure you invite people with a great attitude and who you feel comfortable with. Those who understand your emotions and feelings in making such an important decision. Just go with those who get you and enjoy!

 

Money, the New Trend in Wedding Gifts

Money is an always welcomed wedding gifts because it provides the couple with the freedom of buying whatever they want and need. This trend is becoming more popular every day. Why? Maybe because before getting married, couples now prefer to live together for a period of time so they now each other better; therefore, they end up buying a lot of the furniture and other house stuff they would usually ask for as wedding gifts.

If you are interested on asking for money instead of gifts but you are afraid of doing so, continue reading to learn some great ideas and tips to politely get money from your guests!

Wedding Gift Card

The most popular option to ask money as a gift is to use a wedding gift card which will be included with the invitation. The gift card will include a nice phrase and a bank account number so the guests deposit or transfer the money for the newlyweds.

Gift Envelope

Another choice is to include a little envelope inside your wedding invitation. Now, as part of the invitation, make sure to include a funny or poetic phrase to make your guests understand you prefer them to give you cash instead of a gift.

Sample Phrases to Ask for Money

If you are not sure which phrase to use in case you choose any of the above options, let us give you some brainstorming. You may feel free to use these or to edit them and make them sound as you wish:

  • Your presence at or wedding is the most important for us. In case you wish to give us a gift, we will appreciate if you may deposit at our bank account: XXXX.
  • In case you want to give us a gift, you may use the small envelope you will find inside your invitation. There will be a wish box the day of the wedding.
  • We appreciate you giving us a gift. Since we are building our house, a cash gift will be really welcomed. You may use the envelope you will find with this invitation.
  • Would you like to give us a gift? The best give you can give us is our honey moon! Find a small envelope in which you can give us your contribution towards our dream.
  • Your best wishes and your company in our special day are more than enough. However, if you want to give us a gift, we prefer a monetary one to help us build our new house.
  • Fortunately, we have all our household items. If you want to bless us with a present, we will greatly welcome cash gifts.

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European Wedding List

Our final suggesting is a new trend in European weddings. You will create a regular wedding lists at your preferred store (first ask them if they have this option). Once your guests choose and pay the gifts, the store will provide you with a gift card for the total amount of money. With that, you may buy whatever you want as long as you use it at the same store.

 

 

 

 

 

DIY: Prepare your Face and Makeup for a Perfect Look at your Wedding

Getting ready for the wedding does not only involve choosing the perfect dress and a gorgeous hairstyle. Makeup is fundamental for a perfect look and more importantly, preparing your face days before the Day. If you want to do your own make up and preparation, we have prepared a list of steps and tricks you may follow to make an impact with your perfect face.

Preparation

It is essential to start getting your face ready ahead of time. At least a week before your wedding, exfoliate it and keep it moisturized; as a result, your skin will look fresh and with less fine lines. Make sure you use special eye contour gels or lotions. However, if you do not have these, you may use chamomile tea bags instead. On the rest of the face, use Aloe Vera for at least eight nights before the big day.

Note: It is super important to take into account that if you will need to remove any facial hair, do it at least a week before. You definitely don’t want a red face, swelling or any bubbles in your beautiful bride’s skin.

The day of the wedding, ensure to close your pores so your face is completely ready to get makeup on. You may use some ice cubes or cold water to close them.

The Makeup

Follow this steps and you will get a perfect DIY wedding makeup:

  • If you want your makeup to last for at least 12 hours, first apply a makeup primer. A primer is a cream that not only improves the effect of your makeup, but also makes it last longer. You just need to put a bit of the product in your fingertip and spread it through your whole face.
  • You have the option to apply a corrector or concealer—or both—if you need to cover any face’s imperfection or balance your skin’s color. A corrector is applied to reduce the redness or yellowness of your skin. To know which color you need, stick to these guidelines:

a)      Use green to correct redness or any red area in your face.

b)      Choose pink for purple under eye circles if you have a reddish skin tone.

c)       To hide brownish blemishes, use peach.

d)      If you have olive or tan skin and purple or blueish under eye circles, use yellow.

 The concealer is used to hide any blemish or dark circles and it always goes in top of the corrector.

  • Apply your foundation (prefer HD foundations to make your face look more natural.) If you are not sure which color to choose, try applying a bit in your forehead and waiting for it to dry and check how it merges into your skin.
  • Apply the pressed powder using a brush. Don’t use translucent powder or it won’t last. Be careful when spreading it; you want to avoid lighter spots.
  • Use a waterproof liquid eye liner to make sure it stays all day, no matter how many times you cry!
  • Remember to put on eye brow make up to define your face.
  • You might want to use a long-wear lipstick; however, it is better to go for a regular lipstick and retouch it through the day.

It is vital to try your make up several times before your wedding: trial and error will lead you to perfection. The day of the wedding, bring your make up kit with you to take care of any unexpected imperfection. The most important, enjoy and feel beautiful and confident. You will shine!

 

Guys: How to Deal with a Bridezilla

When you proposed, she was so happy and full of love and excitement…then she started planning the wedding. The girl who once was sweet and calm, suddenly became grumpy and obsessed about all her wedding details. There is a name for that my friend: A bridezilla! Unless you want to end up leaving her at the altar, stick to the below pieces of advice.

Calm a Bridezille

 Photo Credit: Amanda Watson Photography greenweddingshoes.com

 Help her with the Planning

If you want to have a really angry bride, don’t show any interest on the wedding. Otherwise, try to get as involved as possible. Take her look at the locations, give your opinion regarding decoration or do some research to choose a theme: she will be delighted. In addition, ensure you make her understand she is not alone at this, you will support her through the whole process. Don’t forget that leaving her alone will make everything worse and you will be the main affected.

 Spoil her Every Now and Then

Try to keep your bridezilla as relaxed as possible. How? Well, there are a couple techniques which never fail:

  • Buy her an emergency survival kit.  You will not only fulfill one of her needs, but you will demonstrate how caring and loving you are. This one doesn’t fail.
  • Book a spa session for you two. You will both relax and enjoy a nice moment together. If you want to save money, try to do the massage yourself. We bet she will think it is really romantic and will appreciate it.
  • Pick one day of the week and name it the “weddingless day.” None of you will be allowed to talk about the wedding during that day and in exchange, you will let her choose an activity for that day.

Don’t Allow Tantrums

Yes! you have to support, love, help her and be patient; however, that doesn’t mean you must let her be a bridezilla. As soon as she starts yelling, doing tantrums and disrespecting you: stop her. You don’t have to put up with that. Let her know you will gladly comfort her and listen to her; but, whenever she calms down. Don’t let her turn you into a groomzilla.

Most likely, you will be the one with the feet on the ground. Therefore, make sure you help her stay in the real world. If you remember to show her how much you love her and at the same time draw the respect line, you will definitely pacify your bridezilla.

 

How to Get What You Want for Your Wedding

How to Get What You Want for Your Wedding

Beautiful Wedding

Photo: Ruffledblog.com “Dallas Arboretum Wedding”

Saying “no” while planning your wedding may seem like a natural reflex to some brides, but may actually prove difficult to others who cannot seem to be comfortable with asserting what they want when it comes in conflict  with someone else’s wants. Which is really a more complicated way of saying they are people pleasers and can’t give up on their people pleasing way. Really, it can be a good thing to be so aware of other people, but sometimes that awareness can turn into substituting anything you need and want to providing the needs and wants to other people. One of the biggest times in a people pleaser’s life where they are going to not want to compromise what they want for other people is their wedding day.

Your wedding day is suppose to be all about you and to help you celebrate your love. So when it comes to planning this special day, you need to go with the mindset that yes, there is an “I” in “Team”.

How to Assert What You Want – No Matter What

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How to Choose the Perfect Ring for Your Sweetheart

Keeping on the topic of Engagement Rings and Proposals, we wanted to share this helpful engagement ring infographic! We have already talked about how much a ring costs, but how about how to know what ring is the right ring for your soon-to-be bride. Buying an engagement ring is a big decision and getting that girl of your dreams the perfect ring holds a lot of pressure. This is the one piece of jewelry that a girl plans on wearing for the rest of her life, so it is important to get it right.

Tip to women: Even if you don’t like your ring, know that he tried! You can of course be honest with him, but try to soften the blow.

Tip to the men: If she is not overly excited about the ring you chose, know that it is not the proposal and prospect of marrying you that she is exchanging! It may even be a good idea after the dust has settled after the big proposal, to see how she feels about the ring and offer to exchange it. Chances are she will say no, but remember, she plans on wearing this forever!!

To help avoid any disliking or exchanging of rings, the following infographic breaks down which styles tend to suit which kind of girl, as well as what all goes into picking out a ring. Yes, this is a simplification, but not overly so.

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Fall Wedding Inspirations and Tips

Fall wedding boardAs we enter into the month of September with summer closing down, we can be excited about at least one thing: Fall weddings are gorgeous! With fall weddings you can use rich and warm colors. A step in the rustic direction -which is a very popular trend – is never a wrong move in the fall. Plus, it is the season of change, making it the perfect choice for a wedding.

Fall Wedding Flowers

Photo: Ruffled Blog – “Chagrin Falls Wedding”

With fall weddings, your flowers can be bigger and darker with natural tones taking the lead. This is, however, a season where those popular succulent flower choices look a little less at home.

The desired look or feeling is comparable to how you would feel looking up into the bronze and gold leaves -with that hint of green – watching the sunlight trickle through. Rich reds, purples, and oranges of the burnt orange variety are great color choices when using those changing leaves as an inspiration. Also, when deciding on your wedding colors,  keep in mind that gold accents will amp up this season’s natural beauty.

Rustic Cake Topper

Photo: Wedding Collectibles – Personalized Wood Veneer Sign

For your wedding accessories, items like burlap table runners, wedding sparklers, and rustic wedding cake toppers will really fit into this season. If you are wanting to do a unity candle or sand vase as part of your ceremony, for fall, the candle is more ideal. Also, leaf designs done right can really make your fall wedding look absolutely perfect; you probably just don’t want everything to have that big maple leaf on it!

 

How to Decide Where to Get Married

Wedding Party Full of Family

Photo: Wedding Collectibles, “Destination Hawaii Real Wedding Feature – Melissa & Cameron”
This cute couple decided on a destination wedding at their honeymoon spot. It was the perfect choice for them, but meant a small ceremony with a limited number of guests.

A problem some couples will encounter is the difficulty of deciding where they should get married. These are usually couples that have family in different states, opposite sides of the country, or even a different country all together. There really is now barrier to who you will fall in love with in relevance to where your families and friends are from. So how do you decide where to get married?

Here are some factors to consider:

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