3 Things Wedding Guests Remember (And Love) About Weddings

Who doesn’t love a good wedding? They’re exciting events with plenty of opportunities to meet new people. Of course, you often bump into a few people you already know! When it’s your own wedding, much of the planning you do is to make sure the day is perfect just for you and your spouse-to-be.

But what parts of your big day are the wedding guests going to love the most? What will they remember about the day the two of you got married?

The Photo Opportunity
We all love the chance to pose for a professional photo! After all, the pros manage to capture the our best sides and make us look extra glam. Plus, we’ve just bought this amazing outfit, and the photo will be a perfect reminder of the day we looked this good! Wedding guests love the chance to be in a photo with the bride and groom. When you choose a photographer, make sure you give them your “can’t miss” shots including the groups and people that you absolutely have to get a photo with.

Why not book a photo booth too? Photo booths offer another opportunity for fun photos of your guests as they’re enjoying themselves at your wedding reception.

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Congratulating and Toasting The Happy Couple
We all love the chance to sip bubbly! But it is perhaps the chance to honor and toast something that is good and personal to us that is most important on this day. Whether by a simple “Congratulations! We’re so happy for you!” said directly to the couple, or by a wedding toast for the entire room to enjoy, every sentiment is special for every person in the room. After all, everybody knows the happy couple, and they want to celebrate their love. Of course, free champagne always does taste pretty good.

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The Food
Who doesn’t love a big wedding feast! Chances are the venue you’re booking has their own catering staff and banquet menu. In fact, the food might be the reason you’ve chosen this place! Or you may have a fabulous caterer in mind, and need a venue that will let you provide the food.

Either way, if you’re having a wedding banquet, (regardless of the formality) then you need to plan the menu in advance, from the appetizers to the entrees. Choose foods that are familiar to your guests (you don’t want them wondering what’s on their plate!), but fancy enough for your wedding celebration.

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3 Unique Wedding Ideas to Inject Into Your Wedding Plans

A wedding is day of love and celebration, with a little cake, a glass of bubbly (and probably other alcohol beverages), partying on the dance floor, and looking spectacular bedecked in dresses and suits.

However, what do couples dream about and plan for when it comes to designing their wedding, besides these popular practices and other time old traditions? Ways to inject a bit of themselves into the festivities, of course! If you want to inject your own brand of fun into your wedding day for both you and your partner, here are some unique wedding ideas.

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1. Pop Some Photos in Your Bouquet

Flowers look pretty enough, and are a lovely pop of color amongst a sea of whites, blacks, greys, and pastels, but there’s a lot you can throw into a bouquet to make it bigger and better.

Putting some photos among the flowers, or trailing down the stems, is a great way to include the people you love in your vows. Whether it’s a picture of your mother or father, your dog, a house you’ve bought together, or just a much loved item, it’s a great way to put a personal and little unusual spin on your nuptial celebrations. There are no rules after all!

2. Play Some Games

And no we don’t mean board games. Invent your own games for your reception. Maybe you could play a round of musical chairs, in which certain tables are have to find a seat at another table far away from them.

You could also print riddles or special messages on paper napkins, like telling your father to stand on a chair and holler, or get your best friend to play some really cheesy music at a random time when it’s quiet, and have them at each place setting. It’ll be more fun if you make sure to mix up the messages at each table.

3. Have a Silent Reception Party

It’s a lot of fun, and it means people won’t argue over the music choice! A silent reception party is definitely not the typical reception that most people think of, but it allows everybody can enjoy themselves while creating a setting that feels a little less stuffy or expected.

It also means that if you want the first dance to be a little more private for the two of you, you can pop on your headphones and enjoy a good dance with each other by blocking everyone else out. Check out providers that can set up a Silent Events Party, as working with professionals makes sure everything is laid out and designed properly; plus it’s a lot cheaper to hire out the headphones rather than buy them in bulk!

There’s a lot you can do for your wedding, so don’t let yourself be limited by tradition! Plenty of ideas can fly around when you and a group of your loved ones put your heads together.

What unique wedding ideas will you be doing at your wedding?

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Creative Ways and Tips to Announce Your Wedding Engagement

HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have announced their engagement — congratulations to them both! Their announcement was, of course, met with fanfare in Britain and in the U.S., and in a fair few other countries too.

Now, your engagement might not be met with as much fanfare, but it will be just as important. Because your engagement is important, you have to announce it in the proper way. And you can get creative with the way you announce it too! For advice on how to do all of this, make sure to read on.

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Follow Engagement Announcement Etiquette

Before you even begin to consider how you’re going to announce your engagement, you’re going to need to follow some basic announcement etiquette.

The biggest rule when it comes to following this etiquette is making sure that everybody of importance in your life finds out in person and directly from you. You don’t want your mother finding out you’ve popped the question, or had the question popped to you, via word of mouth or by seeing it online, do you? And, speaking of parents, another big rule in engagement announcement etiquette is to ensure that the bride-to-be’s parents are the first to find out.

Go Public With The Announcement

Once all the important people are told of the engagement, then it’s time to go public with the announcement. Now, this is where you can have some fun when it comes to your announcing your engagement and can be as creative as you like.

You could opt for an uncreative and relatively lowkey announcement, such as announcing it via your social media outlets. Or, you could go really public with your engagement and have it be published in your local newspaper. To do this, you’ll need to contact the newspaper of your choice to check out and understand their policy and requirements for such announcements. Then send in a photo and some details about yourself and your fiancé. Make sure you buy the newspaper on the day of printing!

Or, you can go the old school route and have your wedding invitations created by a bespoke stationery producer, such as Paper Themes, and let them act as your announcement.

You can get a bit more creative than merely having the words ‘we’re getting married’ posted somewhere. For instance, you could have the message delivered via your pet – this involves hanging a sign around their neck (that’s not heavy and won’t hurt them, of course) that reads something along the lines of: ‘my humans are getting married’. Or you could have it printed onto a mug, then let people who visit your home to drink out of it.

Now you could go really extreme and get matching tattoos with your fiancé, and then reveal them at the same time to those who you want to announce the good news to. Okay, that last one might be a bit too creative, but the point is there are plenty of fun ways to announce an engagement if merely telling people of your good news does not seem good enough for you.

Don’t Be Afraid To Go OTT

But, saying that the tattoo idea might be a bit too creative and over the top isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because during the time of your engagement right up until your wedding, you’re allowed to be as OTT as you like. In fact, it is one of the only times in life you will be allowed the luxury to do so without getting on people’s nerves. Besides, getting engaged is a huge life milestone, so you have every right to go a bit OTT with the way you announce it, if this is something you feel comfortable doing!

Your engagement announcement is just as special as His Royal Highness’s and Ms. Markle’s, no matter how uncommercial yours might be when compared to theirs. And you can make your announcement just as memorable to those who really count, your family and friends, by taking the engagement announcement advice found above.

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

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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.

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Traveling Guests – Convenient Tips For Wedding Guests Coming From Afar

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You might be getting married in your hometown, but that doesn’t mean that things will be quite so convenient for some of your guests. That’s especially the case for your traveling guests, especially those who are coming from another state or, in some cases, another country.

Any guests who are traveling to your wedding might be worried about a whole host of reasons. For example, they might be anxious that travel delays could make them late for your ceremony, or they might be concerned about jet lag.

Want to help all of your traveling guests? Read on to find out how!

Think Of The Time Of Your Ceremony

If some of your guests are traveling from another time zone, they might not have gotten over their jet lag before your wedding day. So, think about scheduling your ceremony for the afternoon. That way, they can catch up on their sleep and be ready and alert for your wedding.

Offer Transportation From Airports And Stations

Guests from out of town probably aren’t familiar with your town’s public transport system. So, it’s always a nice idea to provide some transportation for them so that they can easily get from the train or bus station or airport. For a super classy touch, take a look at transportation companies such as http://www.bergenlimo.com/services/ewr-newark-airport-limo-service/ that offer a range of sophisticated limos. Imagine how excited your guests will be when they see a limo waiting to whisk them away!

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Provide Information on Hotels

Seeing as your traveling guests won’t be familiar with the surrounding area, they might not be too sure which hotels are worth booking. So do some research on their behalf. That way, you will be able to offer them some tips. You might want to take a look at sites like https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/book-a-hotel.html (if you’re in the UK) to find out which are the best-priced hotels close to your wedding venue. Also, if your venue offers accommodations, ask if there are any rooms available for guests on your wedding night.

Surprise Them With Gifts

Your guests might be very tired by the time they arrive at their hotel room after all of their traveling, so why not surprise them with a little gift in their room? For instance, some sophisticated toiletries or a box of chocolates will go over really well! If they have traveled really far, from another country for example, you might want to put together a small welcome pack for them. This could include local produce and specialties.

You don’t have to get elaborate, but a little goody bag/gift for your guests will certainly make them feel very welcome once they arrive in town for your very special day.

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5 Wedding Hacks Every Bride And Groom Must Know About

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Your wedding day will be the best moment of your life so far, but what if I told you it could be even better? There are so many little tips and tricks out there that will help your wedding day be all the more magical, affordable, and memorable. Have a read through for some wedding hacks below.

1. Get Rid Of Static To Avoid A Wedding Hair Disaster

Static electricity is every woman’s nightmare, particularly when you combine long hair with a wedding veil. Your veil can easily stick to your hair, making you feel very uncomfortable, and causing you to look annoyed as well. Thankfully, with one simple hack, you can get rid of static and avoid this problem. Often, rubbing a small amount of lotion in your hair can help you get rid of this pesky problem. The video below shows a few more ways you can do this.

2. Buy An Engagement Ring That Offers Rewards

One hack that can save so much money on your wedding day is to buy an engagement ring that offers extra rewards. As it’s shown here http://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/ritani-review/, some retailers provide you with discounts and rewards when you buy your ring with them. This could mean you save money on flowers, your dress, and even the venue!

3. Don’t Get Married On Sunday (in the UK) or On a Saturday (in the US)

Did you know that getting married on a Sunday in the UK or a Saturday in the US can cost a great deal more than getting married on any other day of the week? It’s the ‘traditional’ day to get married, and that means prices will be higher. So, one little secret is to get married on a different day, preferably during the week, to save even more money on your wedding! A simple hack, but you’ll be pleased you tried it.

4. Sneak A Tissue Into Your Bouquet

Slipping a little hanky into your wedding bouquet is one of the smartest things you can do. Why? Because you’re bound to get emotional during your ceremony, and I don’t see any pockets on that dress of yours! With a hidden tissue or hanky in your bouquet, you can slip it out to dry your eyes if you’re feeling a tad emotional on your big day.

5. Number Your RSVP Cards

When you’re planning a wedding, you need to know how many guests will be attending. Cue the long process of writing and sending out loads of RSVP cards. Also, cue the annoying moments when people respond without leaving their name or any idea who’s responding. To avoid this, you can do one simple hack; number your RSVP cards. When you get them back, you’ll know who it was from, as you’ll see their number. Make a list of everyone’s corresponding numbers, and your wedding preparations will be a lot easier. Speaking of these cards, there are some great tips at https://www.shutterfly.com/ideas/wedding-rsvp-wording/ to help you create the perfect ones.

Hopefully, these wedding day hacks will make your special day much better. You can save money, avoid fashion problems, and generally be more organized and less stressed!

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Easily Add A Touch Of Personalization To Your Wedding Details

When planning your wedding, the truth is that there are many details that you need to pay attention to. The smallest details can make the biggest difference to the overall effect, and remembering this simple fact will enable you to really plan the wedding of your dreams.

One factor that most people would admit to wanting from their wedding day is the personal touch. After all, you only get one such day, and it makes sense to want it to be as personal as possible. But what are some of the wedding details which you can make the most of in order to make this happen? As it turns out, it’s pretty straightforward.

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Your Rings

One of the most common ways to express yourself personally is through the choice of rings. You and your partner will probably want to spend a good amount of time choosing your rings. If you look at the selection at places like https://www.whiteflash.com/wedding-rings/tacori/ it is clear that you have many choices. This is both a blessing and a curse, of course, as it means that you will need to start early on your search, but that you’ll likely to end up with something truly personal to both you and your fiancé. Consider having the rings engraved for further personalization of your rings.

Your Dress

Of course, it’s likely that you will want to take your time in choosing your wedding dress. If nothing else, it is a fantastic opportunity to truly express yourself, and many brides have fun with finding subtle and exciting ways to make their dress as original as possible.

If you are struggling to find the right dress for you, don’t worry – most people find that it takes time to find the one which you can truly say suits you. Just remember that, with the right approach, the dress itself can be a great way to express your personality throughout your wedding day, something that everyone will appreciate when it is done well.

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Your Centerpieces

Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time on the table centerpieces anyway, so you might as well use them to express your own personal styles. The goal here is to spend some time and get a little creative. This opens up many possibilities, all of which can be fantastic for bringing out your true personality on your wedding day. The right centerpieces can make an amazing difference to the look, and in turn your experience of the whole day. Here are some wonderful examples of fun unique centerpieces.

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Wedding Photography – The Ultimate Guide To Capturing Your Special Day

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When it comes to getting married, it’s safe to say that there’s a lot you have to cover. There’s a reason why the word Bridezilla exists. Stress levels can soar, and even the most uninvolved of the wedding party and guests can feel it. But it doesn’t have to be hard, especially when it comes to your wedding photography and the photos taken to capture your day. After all, you want to be able to look back on your special day and remember it for the beautiful occasion it was.

Luckily for every bride and groom, there’s a wealth of expert wedding photographers out there to help you make it happen. To make sure that you’ll have a wide range of the entire day photographed, let’s take a look at the key things you and your expert photography team should take care of on the day.

The Bride Getting Ready

The morning of your wedding, as you are getting ready, adrenaline kicks in, and you may find yourself getting swept away in the moment and not really taking in what’s going on. This is often why it’s such a lovely idea to have your photographer come and take a few snaps of you getting ready with your bridesmaids. You may even be able to capture some other great memories from the morning too. Not everyone will be comfortable with this, but it can often be a great starting point for your memories.

The Groom Getting Ready

While your husband-to-be is getting ready with his groomsmen, you may even want to get some keepsakes of these moments too. Again, this will be up to what you and your groom wants, as he may not want to have a photographer fussing around before the big moment. But just as it can be nice for you to remember the morning, he may want to too.

The Dress & Shoes

As you’re getting ready, it might be nice for your photographer to take some snaps of your dress and shoes. You are definitely going to want some detailed snaps of you getting into it too, but shots of the dress hanging or your shoes styled around the room can be really pretty too. Definitely look into some inspiration for this, as when you have a stunning wedding dress, you definitely want to make sure you show it off in the best light.

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The Bride Leaving

Then it’s onto those precious moments when you’re leaving for the ceremony itself. If you’re leaving from your home or your parental home, this can often be a moment to savor. However, regardless of where you are, it’s nice to document the moment you made your way to getting married.

The Groom Arriving

We’re going to hope that when you’re on your way, your groom is already there ready and waiting. In many circumstances, the groom and groomsmen will be there before the guests. So, this is a great chance for your photography team to get in some snaps of them awaiting your arrival. The timing here will be crucial, but it can be nice to catch those few moments before your ceremony takes place.

The Ceremony

And, of course, you’re going to want to make sure that you get some really gorgeous shots of the ceremony itself. This is something that you should talk through with your photographer, but you could also look at some inspiration beforehand too. The ceremony photography you want is going to vary based on your personal taste, and the photography style you’re going for. If you will be getting married in a house of worship, make sure to find out their photography guidelines, and be sure to share that with your photographer before your wedding day.

Groups

Then you’ve got the group shots. They can be quite dramatic, especially if you have a lot of guests attending. Whether you choose to do a group shot of the wedding party and guests, or just smaller photos of family members and friends, you’re going to need to plan this out beforehand so that your photographer can work out the timing.

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Staged/Posed Shots

Up next, you’ve got some of the more staged shots. This is usually where you can get a bit more creative with your styling and the kind of photography used. Take a look at these photo ideas if you want to try something different and interesting. Ideally, your photographer will be able to guide you here, but if you do have some creative ideas to consider before the big day, be sure to make these known and schedule them in.

Guests

You may want to think about the kinds of photography that your guests can get involved in. For this, you could consider hiring photo booths from somewhere such as Booth Boy or putting disposable cameras on the tables for people to snap away with. You may even want to go old school and use polaroids which is more like a combination of the two.

The First Dance

And finally, you’ve also got the first dance to capture. Of course you’re going to want to make sure that your photographer snaps away while you’re dancing, but you might also want to consider filming it too. It is quite an emotional moment. Whether you’ve worked with something choreographed or not, this could be something that you want to remember forever and photography can’t always bring the moment to life as much as a video can.

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3 Tips For Choosing Accessories For Your Wedding Day

3 Tips for Choosing Accessories For Your Wedding Day
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Planning the details for your wedding day can take up almost every waking minute of your life. However, don’t forget that for your special day you need to prepare yourself, too. You need to decide what jewelry and accessories to wear on your wedding day. This creates some more decisions, so here are some tips to make it easy to pick out the right jewelry and accessories.

Don’t Wear a Watch

This one is simple – don’t wear a watch. It doesn’t matter if you have a lovely watch, and of course you need to be at your ceremony location on time, but – don’t wear your watch. With all of the different things going on at your wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, cake cutting, toasts . . .), it will be tempting to check your watch to make sure everything is going on time. Instead, relax, and enjoy your wedding day rather than repeatedly looking at the time.

Also, you’ll want your engagement ring (and your wedding ring) to be the star of the show when it comes to your hands. There will be camera close-ups of your hands, and the last thing you want is a watch taking the spotlight. With that in mind, be easy on wearing other rings too. Once again you want your engagement and wedding ring to be the center of attention, and other rings will take away from that.

Subtlety Is Key

You should be the focus of your wedding, so you don’t want to wear anything that is going to take away from that. You don’t need to be wearing a necklace, earrings, a tiara, a veil, a sash, and goodness knows what else to look great on your wedding day.

Instead, carefully think about which pieces of your precious jewelry will best compliment what you will be wearing and fit your personal style. The right pieces of jewelry and accessories can add that extra something to your wedding day look, but too much or the wrong jewelry or accessory can ruin it. Instead of going with an ornate necklace, consider something smaller that will accentuate your neckline.

The same is true for earrings. Small studs may be enough. Remember that you don’t want to copy the design of your wedding dress. You want to make sure that you are complimenting it instead. Less is often more in these kinds of situations. Try on a few things and see what looks best, and getting a second or third opinion never hurts either.

Just Be Yourself

When it comes to dressing for your wedding, you want to be yourself. Don’t let other people tell you how you should look for your wedding (or what the wedding itself should look like). If that means ignoring all of the advice in this article, then go for it.

Your wedding isn’t about turning yourself into a stereotypical “bride.” Instead it is a reflection of your and your fiance’s personalities, and for you that reflection is also in the jewelry and accessories you’ll be wearing.

Stick to your own style and if that means you stray outside the “usual” color scheme or typical way of doing things then don’t worry. Sticking to your own style is how you are going to look the most beautiful when you get married. Take a moment to reflect on what you are wearing and if any of it feels like it is only being worn due to pressure from others (you know who you are), then seriously consider ditching it.

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Wedding Planning Advice To Keep You Relaxed & Organized

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All the planning and decision making that go into pulling the gazillion aspects of your wedding into place can leave you stressed out beyond belief. The following pieces of wedding planning advice can help you stay relaxed, organized, and focused on the important aspects of your wedding.

Do whatever you need to do to unwind, relax and sleep well
Take your vitamins, exercise, and find effective emotional outlets for releasing the stress you feel. Remember your groom. Do fun things together and plan together.

Get and stay organized
Start early and document every decision made around your wedding day. It doesn’t matter if you keep records on line or in file folders or a paper bag. Find a system that works for you, implement it early on, and keep it current.

Determine your wedding priorities
Along with your bride- or groom-to-be, set and agree on priorities. Identify those key items that you both really want (and don’t want), and areas where you want to splurge and can under spend.

Be grateful for all that you have and for everything others are doing for you
You will get gifts, good wishes, and offers to help. Thank those who offer assistance whether you take them up on that offer or not. Because weddings are happy occasions, people feel good and want to help if they can. It’s nice to be a part of a positive and joyous event.

Remember your plan and stick with it
Yes, you’ll hear of a great idea or see something at someone else’s wedding that you’d like to adopt for yours, even though you may already have plans in place for your wedding. Be careful of over thinking or playing “one upmanship.” Is this new idea something you really want or makes sense for your wedding? What plans will you have to change or give up for it? Remember to plan your (and your fiance’s) wedding, not copy someone else.

And the best advice of all – let go of bridal guilt!
You can’t make everyone happy all the time. It’s not worth the worry and stress. Sometimes guilt is ok as it can help us acknowledge and deal with others’ feelings. But most of the time we are simply afraid of letting someone down or hurting someone’s feelings. Of course you should be aware of the feelings of others. But remember that on your wedding day, first and foremost, you are there to please yourself and your bride/groom as the two of you begin your new life together.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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