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

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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.
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 sampling of different beers

• 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.
summer shandy - a mix of beer and lemonade

• Decorate with wheat and hops. Create a hops garland, or boutonniere, or use a bundle of wheat as a centerpiece.
Standing wheat centerpiece for your wedding

• Give little jars of beer jam as favors.
jar of raspberry-vanilla beer jam

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

• 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!
Jean

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5 Proven Ways to Beat Your Wedding Planning Stress

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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 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!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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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 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

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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.

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Need vs Want: What Do You Need to Get Married?

 

 

 

 

 

While talking with a bride several months ago, she mentioned that a friend of hers told her that she doesn’t need a wedding planner.

She then asked me what I thought.

Of course, since I am a wedding planner, you’re probably thinking that my answer was, ”Yes, you absolutely, positively, unequivocally do need a wedding planner.”

Well, sorry. No, that was not my answer.

Instead I told her that no, she does not NEED a wedding planner. But then again, to get married you also don’t NEED a florist, or a dj, or a photographer, or a caterer . . .

What DO you need to get married? Well, to get married, there are really only 3 things that you need. They are:

  1. Two people
  2. A marriage license
  3. A person who can legally perform the ceremony

Everything else beyond that depends on what you WANT.

    • Do you want a stunning ambiance to your wedding decor? Do you want to enjoy the day before your wedding sipping mimosas and relaxing at the spa, (instead of spending hours making bouquets)? Do you want your floral arrangements to be fresh, and beautiful, and dazzling, and WOW?

      You hire a florist.

    • Do you want to share a delicious meal with friends and family? Do you want to avoid having your mom slave over a hot stove and oven the week of your wedding? Do you want an experience instead of just “food”?

      You hire a caterer.

  • Do you want your wedding day to be creative, fun, and represent you and your fiancé? Do you want to save money and time? Do you want to remain stress-free and have the peace of mind that your wedding day will turn out how you envision it to be?

    You hire a wedding planner.

So . . .

What do you want?

Do you have questions or are looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Say “Cheese!” 5 Ways to Make the Most of Posed Photos at Your Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When all is said and done, your wedding photos will be THE lasting memory of your special day.

Standing for posed photos may not seem like much fun, but don’t make the mistake of skipping them. This is a special day that will only happen once. Even if you think you don’t want them, years from now when you’re looking at your wedding photos, you’ll be glad to have them.

  1. All of the people who are most important to you will be together under one roof – at the same time! (How often does that happen?) Everyone is together looking their best. People you probably haven’t seen in years (and may be a loooong time before you see them again). There may be your grandparents and other elderly folks who are super special to you. Get their picture!

2. Still leery about a long post photo session? Then pare the list down to your top five “can’t miss” photos, such as the bride and groom together, the entire wedding party, the happy couple with their parents, and the couple with their siblings (one of my favorite wedding photos is of me and Rob with all three of my brothers), the couple with their grandparents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Sure, we always think of getting shots of the bride and her ladies getting their hair and make-up done pre-ceremony. Don’t forget about getting some photos of the groom and his men getting ready.

4. First Look photos are getting more and more popular. These are fun at a scenic location (an elegant staircase, a garden in full bloom). Your photographer will capture his reaction to the first time he sees you in your gown. And you’ll get a few moments for just the two of you (before the whirlwind of the day starts blowing!)

 

      Like the idea of a First Look but still want to follow the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the ceremony? A cute alternative is to stand on opposite sides of an open door, and reach around to join hands.

5. Most wedding ceremony photos (from the processional clear through to the recessional) are shot from the back of the ceremony area (with the camera facing the same direction as the guests). How about having your photographer capture the looks on your guests’ faces (particularly parents and immediate family members) as you come down the aisle? Believe me, even though you’re right there, you won’t even have noticed their reactions (nor will your groom because he will be focused on you!)

Keep in mind that wedding photos are more than just something you or your parents will be looking at. They will become a family heirloom for your children and grandchildren to enjoy. Take a little time to add to your record of family history. Think of it this way, if you had the chance, wouldn’t you like to see photos from your parents wedding, or your grandparents, or even great-grandparents?

Photo credits:
Photographer Behind Camera – © Tosher | Dreamstime.com – Girl The Photographer At The Wedding Photo

First Look – Sandra Reed Photography

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean