Should I Get A Port-A-Potty For My At-Home Wedding?

Should I Get A Port-A-Potty For My At-Home Wedding?
Having your wedding reception in a tent in your backyard? It’s a lovely, extra personal touch for your wedding. But while you’re putting the plans in place, on the hunt for a caterer, florist, dj, and all the other pieces of your wedding, there is one thing that most people only think about at the last minute. Renting a Port-A-Potty!

You may be thinking, “But there’s a bathroom in the house. Why should we get a port-a-potty?”

Fact – Your bathroom typically accommodates a handful of people (at the most) on any given day. Most folks “go” about 6 times or so in a day. For a family of four, the bathroom is used at least 25 times or so. And that’s for the whole 24 hour period.

On your wedding day, your bathroom will be accessed by 100 people or more – for a 5-hour period, not 24. Figure in that they’ll be drinking, and well . . . that’s a lot of flushes! Even smaller guest lists will cause a considerably higher usage on an existing bathroom.

Problems caused by using the house bathroom:

    • There’s more “wear and tear” on the toilet.
    • People will flush things that they shouldn’t be flushing (such as paper towels and feminine hygiene times for example).
    • Also, people will be traipsing through your whole house. You may be thinking, “That’s no big deal. They’re just heading to the bathroom.”
      Uh, no. People are nosy.
  • Also –
    • They’ll stop to look at your photos, check out the titles on your bookshelf, sneak a peek at your cd and dvd collections (yes, people still have these!).
    • They’ll take a peek into your medicine cabinet.
    • And they’ll track in dirt and whatever from their shoes all over your floors and carpeting.
    • Someone may have sticky fingers (sorry, not trying to accuse anyone, but theft is a reality).
    • Some will think that it’s ok for them to go in the house for non-potty reasons (want to get out of the heat, want to get a glass of water, want a quiet place to sit away from the hustle and bustle of the reception).
    • Having just the one bathroom/toilet creates the #1 thing guests hate the most at weddings. Waiting. In. Line!
    • Plus, this creates more time and expense on your part cleaning up after the wedding.

You may also be thinking, “I don’t want those ugly blue construction site type port-a-potties at my reception.”

Don’t worry. You can rent restroom trailers – port-a-potty units that look just like a regular bathroom, complete with real flushing toilets and sinks with running water.

Check out these photos courtesy of Mobile Sanitation of the inside of their restroom trailers. No “construction site” look here.

Port-A-Potty by Mobile Sanitation - Large Trailer Sink

Port-A-Potty by Mobile Sanitation - Midtown Interior

Port-A-Potty by Mobile Sanitation - Urban Interior

Having a portable restroom unit near the festivities makes it more convenient for you and your guests.

    • It helps to eliminate the possibility of the drunk guy from relieving himself behind a nearby tree.
    • Clean up is a breeze – you don’t have to do anything (compared to having to deal with the wreck that your bathroom would be in after being used a couple of hundred times).
    • No septic tank issues.
    • Multiple units means less wait for everyone. Rule of thumb is one unit per 25 guests (with a minimum of two – one for men and one for women).

Yes, renting a port-a-potty is another expense. But one that will enhance the overall comfort for everyone.

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Jean

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Surviving a Bridal Show – 9 Easy Tips

Bridal Show season will be here before you know it.

Surviving a Bridal Show - 9 Easy Tips

A Bridal Show is a great place to get started with your wedding plans. Held at various types of venues – including convention centers, banquet halls, even your local shopping mall — they can be quite large (100 different vendors or more!) or much smaller, and more intimate (only 10-20 different vendors). Regardless of size, the main purpose is still the same, you get a chance to take a sneak peek at the local professionals – see examples of their work, taste samples of cakes and foods, and collect vendor brochures and literature.

While tempting, now is not the time to get all of your planning done in a whirlwind of a few hours. You want to be a savvy shopper, and select just the right vendors for you. Here are a few easy tips to help you along.

Surviving a Bridal Show - 9 Easy Tips

1. Create a game plan

Which types of vendors you are most interested in? Are you looking for a DJ? Perhaps you still need a florist. Figure out the types of vendors you most want to see, then plan on visiting their booths first.

2. Things to bring

  • Pen and paper, (you’ll want to take notes)
  • A tote bag (to carry all those flyers and brochures you’ll be picking up)
  • Address labels (saves time filling out all those contest and door prize slips)
  • Cash (to pay for admission and to purchase a light snack or beverage)
  • Checkbook or credit card (in case you find the perfect vendor and want to put down a deposit)

3. Wear comfortable shoes

And if possible, leave your coat in the car. You’ll have enough to carry without having to lug around a coat. And you’ll be that much happier if you’re comfortable. Also, wear clothing with pockets. When you come across a vendor that you especially want to remember, place his or her card in your pocket instead of in the tote bag where it can get mixed up with all of the other cards and flyers you’ll be getting.

4. Only bring one or two people with you

Have mom, your maid of honor, a bridesmaid, or fiancé come along. They can help you carry the brochures you’ve picked up, and you’ll have someone who knows you to bounce ideas off of. Just don’t bring a whole entourage. It’s harder to keep a large group together (you don’t want to be spending your time looking for who you came with!) Also, too many people will offer too many different opinions, which will be confusing and not much fun.

5. Eat before the show

Not all shows offer snacks for purchase, and you don’t want to be walking around on an empty tummy! While there will be plenty of yummy samples of foods and cakes to try, this is not the place to load up your plate for a meal.

6. Take notes

Jot down pricing and package information, as well as your personal opinions. Is there anything about a vendors’ personality that stands out to you? Is he or she courteous and polite, or unfriendly and grumpy? Are they enjoying themselves, or do they seem to want to be somewhere else? After you get home and are sorting through that pile of flyers you’ve picked up, it will be hard to remember who was who. A few notes will help remind you who you’ll want to contact later, (and who you want to steer clear of!).

7. The Fashion Show

A popular portion of most bridal shows is the Fashion Show. If you’re like most brides, you’ll want to attend it, so find a seat early – at least 20-30 minutes before it starts. However, if you already have your gown, or otherwise aren’t planning on attending the fashion show, use this time to talk with the vendors you are most interested in. Things will be much more quiet and calm, and you’ll have a better chance at getting their undivided attention.

8. When to sign on the dotted line

Guess what? You don’t have to make a hurried decision at the show. Sure, all of the vendors would love for you to sign on the dotted line right then, and may even offer a discount if you do. But wouldn’t you rather be a savvy shopper and take time to carefully look over everything and figure out which vendors will truly best suit the style of wedding you and your fiancé envision?

9. Read

Before you decide to book someone, be very thorough. Carefully read everything (literature, samples, flyers, contract – EVERYTHING!!) before you sign and put down a deposit. Make sure what they offer is really right for your wedding vision, is what you and your fiancé really want, and that their terms are acceptable. Ask questions so there is a complete understanding between you and the vendor. You don’t want that ‘great deal’ to turn out to be a headache because you didn’t notice the “additional costs” or the “fine print.”

So go and enjoy yourself! It’s just a bridal show!

Upcoming 2018 bridal shows in Dayton, Ohio

A Bridal Affair
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Landing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dayton Bridal Expo
Saturday, January 6, 2018 & Sunday, January 7, 2018
Dayton Convention Center
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dayton Bridal Expo
Sunday, January 21, 2018
The Dayton Marriott
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Photo by Sarah Parrott

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Jean

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3 Areas To Go All Out With Your Wedding Plans

Your wedding day is such a huge day, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be doing things halfway. There’s sure to be some areas of your wedding day where you’ll want to go all out, and may need some wedding inspiration. You’ll most likely have spent months, if not a year or more, planning for this one day!

Hopefully you’ll only have one wedding day in your lifetime, so you’re sure to want it to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Here are some ideas to help to give you a bit of wedding inspiration.

Wedding Inspiration - 3 Areas To Go All Out With Your Wedding PlansImage source: pixabay

The Ceremony Venue

Some couples prefer a traditional church wedding. Others want something a bit more unique. There are several really beautiful locations all around the world that offer something different.

A great setting for a wedding is (and a very popular choice) is a barn venue. Many couples have both their ceremony and reception there. Providing the weather is cooperative, their wedding ceremony will be held outdoors (in a beautiful field or woodsy setting), with the reception in the barn. A barn setting can be decorated in unique styles – from more rustic to more elegant, depending on the couples own style.

Various catering styles are fitting to the barn venue can vary depending on the couples’ style as well. From hog roasts, to food trucks, or whatever strikes your fancy, there’s a style to suit any couple. And with a barn wedding you’re sure to have a beautiful setting to get lots of fabulous pictures to look back on.

The Transportation

If you want to arrive to your wedding in style, you need to focus on the transportation. Luckily there are several options. Take a look at companies such as Luxe Limo Service to see some of the different options.

The first (and the most popular) is the classic limousine. You can also go low-key with a simple sedan, or choose a more elaborate vehicle such as a party bus or stretch hummer. Your transportation can be for just you and your fiancé, or for your entire wedding party.

Into something flashier, such as a supercar or exotic car? You can rent those too (but with a considerably higher price tag).

The Dress

Your dress is definitely going to be an important part of your wedding day. You’ll be spending the whole day in it, so you need to make sure it is the perfect mix of style and comfort.

A lot of brides are still choosing the more traditional ball gown. There’s something romantic about the puffy, floating dress. But many others are switching it up with some truly stunning and dramatic designs.

A very glamourous design that is currently on trend is the mesh see-through dress. Styles run the gamut from minimalist with some sheer details, to all over see-through. These beautiful yet daring dresses often feature sheer paneling and cutouts on the bodice or skirt, in body-conscious silhouettes (like the mermaid style worn by Kim Kardashian on her wedding day), to flowy A-lines.

What parts of your wedding do you want to go all out with?

* This is a contributed post

I hope you found this information useful!

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Jean

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It’s Your Wedding Too! – Groom’s Wedding Planning Tips

Groom's Wedding Planning TipsImage source: pixabay

There are plenty of ways gentlemen can get involved in the wedding planning, dare we say even take the lead in certain responsibilities. For some grooms-to-be, this may come as a bit of a shock. However, the groom can – and should – do more than just getting his wedding suit fitted. Mmmm hmmmmm. Terrifying? Doesn’t have to be.

Well, to help you out and put your mind at ease, here’s a list of things/responsibilities/gestures/tasks (take your pick) that you, the groom, can help do to your soul mate out when it comes to wedding prep and planning. Yes, the brownie points and satisfaction you receive from following these Groom’s Wedding Planning Tips will be totally worth it.

The image of the stereotypical useless groom stops now.

1. All Things Groomsmen

This one should fall under that column entitled, “Obvious” but, just in case, it is the groom’s responsibility to choose his groomsmen. But it doesn’t stop there. You also need to make sure they are actually invited to the wedding, that they know where and when the suit fittings are, what the schedule for the day is, what roles they will be playing and any activities that will be occurring. Luckily, that is where the best man comes in because it is their duty to help you coordinate. Just make sure you check things off, though, and don’t just leave in their (possibly) incapable hands.

2. The Guest List Takes Two

This is where the politics of wedding planning really takes off and, trust me, the struggle is real. It isn’t just a matter of whittling your friends and family down to a number that fits your budget or venue, it is also about allocating a certain number of seats for your parent’s friends too (insert sigh here). Of course, it isn’t just a matter of reeling off some names because you will also need to track down their correct addresses (insert the second sigh here).

3. Those That Haven’t Replied

Yup, with every wedding, there will be those that fail to RSVP, which is when you need to embody Dog The Bounty Hunter and track these people down. You can’t be expected to do all of them, but you should certainly hunt down those on your side of the guest list, and get their dinner selection (if you are offering an entree choice) while you’re at it.

4. Choosing The Photographer

Make a shortlist of options to show your bride to be. Let’s say you’ve settled on a Lake Como honeymoon, then make a list of local photographers and pop Vittore Buzzi at the top. Or if you’re on more of a budget, then ask friends (especially those who were recently married) for any recommendations and then go through their portfolios with your fiancé.

5. Two Left Feet Won’t Do

This is one of the most undervalued parts of a wedding day, but you really need to learn how to dance and then practice as much as possible. The reason for this is simple: most couples (read: brides) want to choreograph their own first dance (and rightly so). It doesn’t have to be an elaborate dance routine, but you want to look comfortable, and polished, and the old “high school sway” just won’t cut it.

Look for a local dance instructor and sign up at least four months in advance. (You can also Google Arthur Murray Dance Centers, who have studios in 22 countries). Make it your weekly date night; dance class followed by a dinner out. Just promise you’ll put the effort in.

6. Writing The Vows

If you have decided to write your own vows, then it is your responsibility to take the time to write from the heart, to edit and re-edit, to practice and rehearse and make them as beautiful as possible. Going all last minute on your vows is never a good idea. So, make sure you give yourself plenty of time, and get plenty of help as needed, and set out to see happy tears.

7. The Giving Of The Gifts

This is your chance to thank your best buds, the guys that have helped you look semi-efficient, the chaps that will stand with you at the front of the church on your big day. They have been with you for years, they are with you now, and they will continue to be with you as the days roll on. What you need to do is buy them gifts that are worthy of this. Engraved silverware, matching watches, tickets to Twickenham or other favorite sporting event. So long as it is worthy of thanks, you can be as personal as you like.

* This is a contributed post

I hope you found this information useful!

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Jean

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Think You’re “Naive” About Wedding Planning? Don’t Feel Bad.

Confused Bride, Naive Bride

Not too long ago, I came across this question, “In what ways are brides and grooms naïve during the wedding planning process?”

First of, we need to understand why many couples are “naïve.”

It has absolutely nothing to do with their intelligence, or ability to comprehend. Instead it’s more like the saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

Think of it this way – it’s highly unlikely that you’ve ever planned an event on this scale before. A wedding is two events (ceremony AND reception) with special attire, special décor, dinner, entertainment . . . So. Many. Details.

Wedding Reception With Decor, Centerpiece, and Food

Sooooo, if you haven’t done something before, how can you know and understand (or be expected to know and understand) all the ins and outs? (BTW – This reasoning can apply to anybody, not just those planning a wedding).

Ok, so in what ways can brides and grooms not fully understand the ins and outs?

Often, couples:

Underestimate the Time Involved
One way that they are “naïve” is that they usually aren’t thinking beyond the 6 – 7 hours of the event itself.

Among other things, there are preparations that need to take place prior to the wedding day on the part of the caterer (food purchasing and prep for their wedding menu), and the wedding coordinator (including timeline creation and vendor confirmations). Also, after the fact – the work for the photographer and videographer isn’t done at the end of the reception (they have hours of editing, creating photo layouts, etc.)

Or the couple has misjudged the timing of the day.

Have you ever heard that 1 hour of “wedding time” is equivalent to 1 ½ hours of “real time” (meaning things will take 1 ½ times longer than anticipated on your wedding day)? Believe it. Things will take longer – from getting ready, to eating dinner, and doing a receiving line.

Wanting to do a receiving line for your 150 guests, then finish after-ceremony photos, (including both sides of the family), then a quick stop at that cute garden for a quick pic of just the two of you, AND get to the reception within an hour? Not gonna happen.

Another area of underestimating time is with DIY projects.

We’ve all seen those funny “nailed it” pictures on Facebook. You know the ones with the original picture of how it’s supposed to look next to the photo of the crazy mess of how it turned out. The “crazy mess” is the result of the project needing more time to properly execute, and/or the person not truly knowing how to properly execute the project.

Which leads us to:

Have Limited Knowledge
Back to “You don’t know what you don’t know.” We base our plans on what we know, or at least what we think we know. Unless it’s an area of expertise, there will be gaps in this knowledge.

A perfect example is with flowers. Unless you are a florist or have worked extensively with flowers, your flower knowledge is probably limited. Don’t feel bad. Even after being in the wedding business for over 20 years, my flower knowledge is still limited, (although I have learned a lot through the years).

Anyway, like most people, you probably know the names of flowers such as roses, lilies, and daisies, but not much beyond those few popular flowers, or a particular flower that you’ve really loved for years. Because of this, most people are unfamiliar with what flowers are in season, and what flowers are hearty enough to stay fresh throughout the entire event, and not be wilted halfway through the reception.

Incorrectly Use Tools
Also, many get too caught up in what they see on tv and online, particularly with Pinterest and styled shoots. Don’t shoot me for saying that. I actually love seeing stylized shoots, and am a Pinterest junkie.

weddings from the heart interest board

But for those of you who are planning your wedding, you need to understand and use tools such as Pinterest as ways to get ideas and inspiration. Then weed through those ideas and bits of inspiration to hone, craft, and build upon to create a wedding that really represents you and your fiancé.

Unfortunately, rather than using these as tools for inspiration and starting points for their own ideas, many couples try to recreate what they see exactly as it appears in the photos.

Stylized Wedding Shoot

There are two problems with this desire and attempt to recreate. 1) There’s no personalization. It completely takes “you” out of the equation because you weren’t there (or even thought about) when it was created; and 2) The expense. Most couples don’t realize the time and expense it took to produce that one look (particularly for a stylized shoot). The specialty items (linens, vases, plates, glassware) and custom-made items can get expensive when trying to recreate the desired table-look for 15 – 20 tables.

How to Avoid the Naïveté?

1) As vendors, we need to continually share our knowledge and wisdom, if you will, with couples so they become educated, and have the opportunity to learn and understand what they need to know for their own event.

2) As brides and grooms, couples need to delve deeper than what’s on the surface, ask questions, and trust what their vendors are telling them, so they can be educated consumers.

Do they have to learn all there is to know about weddings? Of course not. (Guess what? That’s an impossible feat, even for the professionals). But a little bit of knowledge goes a long way.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Wedding Q & A – When Are Aisle Runners Used in a Wedding?

Bride's processional with her father, entering wedding ceremony on a traditional white aisle runner
Photo credit: Childers Photography

Q. – When is an aisle runner used?

A. – The use of aisle runners at wedding ceremonies originated centuries ago.

The three main reasons for their use were:

1) Out of superstition – it provides a barrier between the bride and any evil spirits that may come up from below the ground

2) The bride was considered “royalty” and an aisle runner prevents her from having to walk directly on the ground

3) Cleanliness – since roads were unpaved and guests would track in dirt and mud an aisle runner kept the bride from dragging the hem of her gown and her train through the dirt

These days it is done out of tradition. When asked to imagine a bride walking down the aisle, most people imagine her walking on a white aisle runner.

bride and groom's wedding ceremony recessional, walking on traditional white aisle runner
Photo credit: Faye Sommer Photography

When is the aisle runner put in place?

A wedding aisle runner is most commonly put in place after the mothers of the bride and the groom have entered, and before the ceremony processional (when the bridal party enters).

Groomsmen putting traditional white wedding ceremony aisle runner in place
Photo credit: Shiloh Photography

It is secured at the front of the aisle with pins and tape so it can be easily unrolled, then, once completely unrolled, is secured at the back so it won’t roll back up which helps prevent anyone from tripping.

Sometimes couples prefer to have the aisle runner already in place before the start of the ceremony.

In this case, the center aisle is blocked with ribbon preventing guests from walking on the runner, and guests are seated from the outside aisles (not the center aisle). The ribbon is removed right before the moms are escorted in.

There are many options for aisle runner styles. The most common and economical are made from a durable heavy-weight plastic or rayon. You can find these in the wedding section of some craft stores or in a floral supply store. You can also get them from your florist.

You may also want to read: Alternatives to the White Aisle Runner

Aisle runners can also be personalized, with your names, monogram, or a romantic saying. They can even coordinate with your wedding colors or season.


Photo credit: Faye Sommer Photography

Be extra careful when using an aisle runner for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Since ground is rarely smooth and level (even the best manicured lawns will have some minor bumps and soft spots. May not be easily seen, but easy to find with your foot and potentially wobble, trip, or sprain an ankle).

For an outdoor ceremony, either omit the use of an aisle runner for safety’s sake, or choose one that is more durable such as a carpet runner (can be found in different colors and patterns), or heavy fabric such as burlap.

Make sure to get the length of the aisle before purchasing an aisle runner. They come in 25′ increments, starting at 25′ long and going up to 150′ or more.

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Jean

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It’s Here! Pour a Cold One & Celebrate "International Beer Day"

beer in mugs

International Beer Day, a global celebration of beer, is held on the First Friday in August. This year it’s tomorrow, August 4th.

Beer is an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented grains, such as wheat or barley.
international beer day - hops
Typically flavored with hops, herbs and fruits can be added for a different flavor. It is one of the world’s oldest beverages, thought to date back to the early Neolithic era (~9500 BC).

A popular beverage, beer is listed on many Top-5-Beverages-In-The-World lists, following water, soft drinks, and tea. (With coffee taking the #5 spot).

How to Celebrate?
• Try your hand at brewing your own beer. At-home beer making kits are readily available and cost less than you’d think (many start under $50).
• Spend your evening at a bar trying out new types of beer. Local craft beer bars and microbreweries are popular.
• Take a brewery tour and spend time learning the science behind beer making.
• Be adventurous. Sample beers varieties that you haven’t tried before.
• Enjoy beers from other cultures.

international beers

Fun facts . . .

. . . Beer is the name of craters on Mars and on the Moon. They are named in honor of the German astronomer, Wilhelm Beer.

. . . Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.

. . . Banana beer is made from the fermentation of mashed, ripe East-African Highland bananas. Commercial brands of banana beer include Mongozo Banana Beer, Raha, and Agashya.

Serving beer at your wedding?

Get creative by:

• Offering beer flights for your guests to sample different beers.
beer flight

• Want a fun summertime drink? Try a Shandy. It’s half beer/half lemonade. For a fall wedding do a half beer/half apple cider mix.
International Beer Day - summer shandy

• Decorate with wheat and hops. Create a hops garland, or boutonniere, or use a bundle of wheat as a centerpiece.
International Beer Day - Standing Preserved Wheat Grass Bundle

• Give little jars of beer jam as favors.
International Beer Day - Raspberry Vanilla Jam Beer

• Give personalized bottle openers as favors.
silver heart bottle opener keyring wedding favor personalized favors

• Incorporate beer in your menu. Serve a delicious beer bread, chocolate Guinness cake, beer cheese dip, honey beer braised ribs, or chili beer glazed steaks.
Beer Bread

Do you have any good recipes using beer, or other fun ideas using beer?

So raise your pilsner glass and give a toast to brewers and bartenders and beer!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
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5 Proven Ways to Beat Your Wedding Planning Stress

stressed, worried, upset, angry bride Do you have wedding planning stress?

Are you experiencing a rush of anxiety? Do you have a dark cloud over your head? Do you find the thought of wedding planning stressful?

I can help you solve this because I’ve worked with many brides and grooms who’ve felt this way and we’ve gotten through it.

The reason it’s happening is simple. Unless you’ve planned several weddings before, you’re in unfamiliar territory. You’re wedding day is very important to you, you want it to go the way you’ve envisioned it to be. With all of the details and decisions you’re now faced with, things can definitely be daunting, and all-consuming, and well, stressful.

Here are five ways to help you deal with and avoid the wedding planning stress.

1. Yoga
Yoga relaxes the mind and can help you stay calm and relaxed. You need to be mindful when doing yoga poses, so your attention is on the pose and your breath, which helps to free the mind of the unnecessary clutter that breeds anxiety.

2. Exercise
The energy created when we get anxious and stressed just channels back to create even more anxiety and stress. Exercise diffuses that energy. So go for a brisk walk, run, ride a bike. Take your dog for a walk, or turn on the radio and dance around the living room.

3. Deep Breathing
A super easy relaxation technique is controlled breath/deep breathing. It doesn’t take long, five or ten minutes will do, and you can do it anywhere. Inhale through your nose for a count of four, hold it for a count of four, then exhale through your nose for an equal count. Do this for 4 – 8 reps.

4. Healthy Eating
When we’re busy it’s too easy to just grab the quickest thing (or going to the fast food drive thru). Instead of reaching for that can of soda or fast food burger and fries, pick low-fat and healthy protein snack options. It’s easier than you think.

• Roll up a slice of turkey, lettuce, and tomato
• Trail mix
• Celery and carrot sticks with hummus dip
• String cheese sticks
• A handful of almonds
• Fresh fruit
• Canned tuna and whole-wheat crackers
• Cottage cheese
• A glass of low-fat chocolate milk
• Popcorn (but skip the butter)

5. Hobbies
Participating in a fun leisure activity relaxes your mind and gives it a break from any anxiety and tension because the focus is taken off of what you’re stressing about and placed on the activity.

By incorporating even one or two of these, your stress levels should decrease, your mind will be calmer, and you’ll actually be able to enjoy planning your wedding. This is a busy phase in your life with a lot of decisions to make.

Weddings From The Heart can help keep you sane through the wedding planning and on your wedding day itself! Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net, 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 so we can chat!

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Your Engagement – The First Thing to Do When You Get Engaged

diamond engagement ring in a red rose

Congratulations to all the couples who got engaged over the holidays.

The next thing you should be doing is . . .

. . . enjoy your engagement and being an engaged couple.

I know you’re excited (and rightly so!), and probably want to dive in with all of the fun of planning your big day.

But, I repeat,

Enjoy being engaged!

Getting and being engaged is a once-in-a-lifetime experience so for right now savor this time and . . .

. . . show off your ring

. . . lose yourself while gazing into your beloved’s eyes

. . . relish being a “fiance/fiancee”

Of course it’s normal to want to start working on your wedding plans, and some folks even wonder why it’s recommended to just enjoy this period without doing any actual planning.

  • It will give you a little breather before you get knee-deep in the plans and details.
  • If your honey spent a lot of time and effort on the proposal, give him (or her) a break from another round of planning.
  • It’s very likely that the two of you haven’t even talked about how you’re envisioning your wedding day to be. So how can you really start planning it?
  • Once you do start in on your wedding plans, you may experience “wedding overload” – where you’re thinking about wedding stuff 24/7, everywhere you turn someone is asking about your wedding. If you do, you’re going to thank yourself later for taking this “newly engaged period.”

Then, when you do start in on your wedding plans, give me a call so we can create a “game plan” that allows you to enjoy the next phase of your engagement.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Have questions or looking for fun ideas for your wedding? Contact me at 937-235-2586, 937-581-3647, or jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net and schedule your free, initial appointment!

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Your Wedding Planning Timelineby Erica Bond, Adorn Wedding Invitations

 

Between the time your partner asks “will you?” to the moment you both say “I do,” so many decisions need to be made.

Before you feel completely overwhelmed by the massive task ahead of you, have a glass of wine and check out our wedding timeline infographic.

ORGANIZATION IS KEY

Your wedding binder is going to be your new best friend. Budgets, timelines, and contact details need to be easy to find at all times.

Budget:
Always remember your budget. Your day needs to be special but that four-tier cake is not worth selling your first-born child for. Plan with your partner early where you will be spending the big bucks.

To give you an idea of a typical budget break down:

  • 48 to 50 percent of total budget to reception
  • 8 to 10 percent for flowers
  • 8 to 10 percent for attire
  • 8 to 10 percent for entertainment/music
  • 10 to 12 percent for photo/video
  • 2 to 3 percent for invites; 2 to 3 percent for gifts
  • 8 percent for a wedding coordinator

Keep an extra 5-10% of your budget tucked away for any extra expenses like reprinting additional invites.

Contact details:
Having these listed for all vendors can help you delegate, ask a bridesmaid or your future hubby to chase up vendors.

Timelines:
DIY jobs may help your budget woes, but make sure you don’t stretch your time too thin. Taking on too much can cause a lot of extra stress and sleepless nights leading up to your big day. Make sure you have a good understanding of just how much these DIY jobs will cost (are they really saving you money?) and how long they will take.

Brides need their beauty sleep.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT VENUE

Before setting out on your quest to find that perfect venue, be prepared with a list of questions, that are as detailed as possible. Many brides get wrapped up in the overall feel of the venue and book, only to find many restrictions will hinder their planning later on.

Remember the big questions like:

  • Number of guests: are you restricted to a cocktail party rather then a sit down meal to squeeze all your guests in the door?
  • Date availability: this may be a deal breaker if your date is already set
  • What exactly is included in the price: catering, linen, decorations, A/V equipment?
  • Restrictions: number of children, end time, noise restrictions, public transport, parking?
  • Weather options: what wet weather options are available for outdoor ceremonies or is shade adequate enough for hot days?

Research is the key here ladies.

CHOOSING YOUR DATE

Carefully consider having your wedding date shared with a holiday. Extra costs may be involved for both you and your guests, vendors may be harder to book in over the holiday periods. If guests are traveling, consider accommodation and transport availability at this time of year.

Weather will influence the style and mood of the wedding. If you’re planning an outdoor cocktail party in the middle of summer, your bar tab may also be higher than expected.

Adorn Biography
With branches in the UK, Australia and soon to be in the U.S – Adorn Invitations is the leading supplier of exquisite wedding invitations and stationary for brides looking for exclusive and remarkable designs. Initially established off of the back of a global graphic design studio, Adorn’s design team boasts over 20 years of design and print experience. With a rare combination of incomparable design ability and with the resources to produce and manufacture high quality pieces – Adorn is truly a trailblazer in its field in delivering beautifully crafted wedding stationary.

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