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  • Invite your friends and family
  • Share your favorite photos and videos
  • Manage your guest list and RSVPs
  • Stay organized with your wedding planning with the Task Management page
  • Share stories of your courtship and romance

And lots more!

It’s free and easy to use, and you can choose from many themes and color schemes!

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If you need some help with putting together your wedding website, or if you want some assistance with your wedding plans contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

National Lucky Penny Day

May 23rd is Lucky Penny Day – a day for people around the world to appreciate the good luck of the penny.

Finding a penny is considered lucky. We all know the saying “See a penny pick it up, all day long have good luck.” But did you ever hear of putting a penny in your shoe for good luck on your wedding day?

It comes from the saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” but the saying doesn’t end there. The last part of this rhyme is “a lucky sixpence for your shoe.” The sixpence is an English coin, and the tradition which associates it with weddings started during the reign of Elizabeth I.

At that time, the Lord of the Manor where the bride lived would give her a sixpence as a wedding gift. Toward the end of the 17th century, parents of the bride gave the groom a sixpence as dowry. Eventually the coin became thought of as a lucky charm which brought wealth and happiness to the married couple.

The tradition of the bride’s father placing a sixpence coin in his daughter’s left shoe on her wedding day dates back to the Victorian era. It is said to guarantee the newlywed couple a lifetime of health, happiness, wealth, and wedded bliss.

Instead of using a sixpence, many brides instead will use a penny with her birth year, the year of her wedding or any other special date. However, any coin that holds special meaning will do.

The custom of giving the sixpence as a lucky coin continues today.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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2013 Wedding Planning Trends

This year we’re seeing different trends in the choices and details made by brides for their wedding – such as color (emerald) or thematic elements (burlap). We’re also seeing a gradual shift not just in these individual details, but in how couples approach their weddings.

  • Couples are including elements with personal meaning to their wedding choices. They are expressing themselves through multi-cultural and/or inter-faith statements in their ceremonies and receptions. Signature colors, monograms and motifs pull the wedding theme together from save-the-dates to the wedding day décor.
  • The Internet and technology continue to play in important role in wedding planning. High tech access is used in vendor selection, gift registries, information sharing, guest information sources and communication with members of the wedding party. Even on the wedding day itself, some couples are having interactive hubs and social media walls during their reception where guests post comments, wishes, and photos they’ve taken at the wedding.
  • The importance of color continues in bridal apparel. While white and ivory remain favorites, designers are including touches of color to wedding gowns, such as Monique Lhuillier, with the use of subtle colors like blush pink and champagne. Romona Keveza has designed a stunning black and peach mermaid style wedding gown. Vera Wang (www.verawang.com) even debuted a line of black wedding gowns in Fall 2012, and red dresses in Spring 2013.
  • The groom’s role during wedding planning continues to grow. From the guest list to the thank you notes, more and more decisions being made jointly by the couple about all aspects of their wedding.

Brides need to remember that no mention of gifts, even “no gifts please” is ever made on a wedding invitation or with the invitation ensemble. It is acceptable to mention a wedding website on an enclosure card and that website can contain information about gift registry options.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Another Fabulous Wedding Personalization Idea

Fun Wedding Personalization Idea

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Wedding Personalization Tips

I’m always on the look-out for fun wedding personalization ideas for a ceremony or reception to share with my brides and grooms and saw this fabulous idea the other day in an article by Natalie Vishny. I immediately fell in love with the idea.

“Plan an unconventional wedding ceremony start time… 5:23 (Date you met) 7:04 (Date you got engaged) 2:13 (Your Grandparent’s Wedding Date)”

See the rest Vishny’s article here.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Wedding Personalization Tips

Are you looking for easy and inexpensive wedding personalization ideas that represent and are significant to you and your fiancé instead of being just another “cookie cutter” wedding?

Here are some wedding personalization ideas to fit any theme or style.

For a more traditional wedding try:

  • Instead of dropping petals, have the flower girl pass out flowers to various guests as she walks down the aisle
  • Carry your grandmother’s handkerchief or wear your mother’s pin

Another Fabulous Wedding Personalization Idea

Tradition with a little twist:

  • A special thank you dance with all of your guests
  • As one of your ceremony readings, include a love poem written by you (or your fiancé)

Unexpected, but fun:

  • Provide a list of trivia questions about you and your fiancé for your guests to answer
  • Have a “ring warming” (also called “ring blessing”) during your ceremony

Your guests will enjoy themselves more and your wedding day will be more memorable if it includes things that aren’t exactly like what they’ve seem at other weddings.

For more wedding ideas on personalizing your wedding, sign up for my free report which includes ‘33 Super-Easy, Low (Or No) Cost Ways To Create A Wedding That Is Totally YOU!’ where you’ll find these and many other fun ideas.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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5 Wedding Beauty Dos and Don’ts

Your wedding day – the one day when all eyes will be on you, and you’ll have more pictures taken of you than any other day. It only makes sense that you’re going to want to look your very best, so of course you’re going to be focused on your wedding beauty regime.

Follow these 5 easy and inexpensive tips – from skin care to hair, and everything in between — to look beautiful on your wedding day, and all the days after so you’ll look like yourself, only better.

1) With so many bridal fashions that are skin baring (strapless, low backs, sheer lace) and body hugging (sheath and mermaid), any bride will be body conscious. So if you want to shed a few pounds, or just tone and firm up, it’s never to early to start a work-out routine.

Get a dvd or a membership at your local gym. Some gyms even offer personal trainers so you can get the right work out for you. The side benefit – not only will you look fantastic on your wedding day, but you’ll be healthier too.

If you are on a routine to lose weight, make sure you stop about 2-4 weeks before your wedding, and just do a work out to maintain. This should occur right around your final dress fitting. That way your gown won’t be too loose.

2) Are you longing to wear your hear in a fabulous up do? You may need to grow out your hair. On the average, hair grows a half inch a month, so depending on your current hair length, you may need to start growing your hair 6 to 12 months before your wedding date.

You can’t really make hair grow faster – but you can make it grow healthier (and appear to grow faster) by eating right. Protein is essential for healthy hair, as is the proper amounts of zinc, iron and Vitamin C.

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3) Don’t forget to take care of what’s on the outside. It’s never too early to start a skin care regimen. Use products that are designed specifically for your skin type – from cleansing to moisturizing and toning. If you have any type of chronic skin problem see an esthetician or dermatologist. Professional facials or other skin care treatments will clear your skin right up.

Drink plenty of water. Eight glasses a day is still the recommended amount. This will help keep your skin hydrated and flush out any toxins. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables will also help you achieve healthy glowing skin.

Don’t try out any new skin care or make up products in the weeks right before your wedding. It takes skin time to adjust to a new regimen, and sometimes skin can have a reaction to new products.

4) Brighten up that smile! Whether you need to do some serious whitening or just want a little boost there are different methods.

  • The one hour, in-office whitening treatment by a dentist
  • Bleaching trays and gels from your dentist or purchased over the counter
  • Whitening strips sold over the counter
  • Whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes
  • Homemade mixture of baking soda and peroxide

5) Don’t make any drastic changes. Avoid a radical new hair cut or color. If you don’t regularly wear any makeup, then your wedding day is not the day to go for a dramatic smoky-eye look. You want to look like yourself, after all, only better.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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