Pets in your Wedding

You’ve got the fiance, you’ve got the venue and dress but what about pets in your wedding? Most of us have that special animal or animals in our lives that we just couldn’t live without. We’d love to include pets in our weddings if possible so here a few ways you can!

  1. Include pets in your wedding ceremony! Thousands of people have done it and what’s cuter than your dog all dressed up with a bow-tie walking down the aisle towards you with the rings? You’ll have to keep in mind how your dog does with large crowds but if Fido is a brave guy or gal then why not have him or her in your ceremony? You can also accessorize them appropriately or just leave them plain with a nice collar and bath beforehand!

 

2. The Farm wedding. If you’re having a rustic wedding out at a barn why not include your donkey? Even the most odd pets can be included in your wedding day. You can make it more romantic or glamorous with a fun flower crown too!

3. Photo ops! You can include your pets in your wedding in the photo opportunities as well. Maybe they can’t handle the stress of walking down an aisle but someone could be holding them for the photos afterwards! You can have great candid shots with your pets whether it’s a bird, dog, cat, guinea pig or llama! Your bridal party can get in on the action too and it’ll make for great pictures!

Dog photo bomb

No matter how you decide to involve pets in your wedding be sure they are comfortable with it! You don’t want to be worried about their safety and comfort on your big day. If you’re lucky enough to have someone trusted take care of them during the day that’s great! And if you think your pets will be disruptive then just opt for taking photos with them instead!

Ceremony Backdrop

The ceremony backdrop is an often overlooked detail in planning a wedding! How do you envision yourself standing with your significant other? Are there flowers behind you, lights, fish tanks or arbor arches? The ceremony backdrop isn’t exactly the main thing brides need to focus on right away. First, you should pick out your venue where you’ll have the ceremony and go from there. If the space you chose allows props to be put up behind you that’s great! We have a few ideas that you might have thought of.

First, if you’re doing a winter wedding but don’t want the hassle of the cold try a projection of a winter wonderland behind you! It’s great for the ambiance of bare trees and snow.

You and your spouse might be travel enthusiasts and what better way to add that flare to your ceremony space with a world map? You can also add paper decorations like planes or cars. We love making a unique space that people haven’t seen before and that says something about you two as a couple.

Or, perhaps you are more of a fairy tale bride! A great ceremony back drop that adds great flare could be an open story book that starts with “once upon a time”. You can add greenery and glitter to make it sparkle.

Finally, maybe the ceremony backdrop is already gorgeous. Sometimes picking a venue is as much for space accommodation as it is aesthetics. If the space if gorgeous and already has the style you love then why change it? You could spice it up with ribbons and greenery if you want too but remember it’ll save you money if you don’t need to decorate the ceremony space and the reception space!

Alaskan Wedding

For you unusual, nature loving and perhaps a bit daring brides we love the Alaskan Wedding! The heat is boiling right now so why not think about a cool getaway? If snow and mountains are your thing then consider a destination to Alaska.

Alaska has been nicknamed the last frontier and it’s one of the last places you can truly get the rustic/nature experience. An Alaskan Wedding can be for those native to the area or if you simply have fallen in love with the mountain peaks and lakes. Wedding venues can be elaborate as huge log cabins with giant fireplaces and views of the mountains or a more simple outdoor setting.

You can embrace the ancient traditions of the Alaskan people as well which is a fun way to deviate from the normal traditional wedding! A lot of brides like to arrive to the ceremony in a kayak or boat rather than walking down an aisle. Additionally, you may want to opt for a ceremony in a large hut with a bonfire or outdoor venue. What’s more romantic than a fire and lanterns? An Alaskan wedding wouldn’t be complete without the stunning scenery. We are loving the unusual backdrop that you can find in Alaska. Many retreats or lodges offer great venues for both the ceremony and reception. We can’t think of anything more amazing than getting wedding photos under the Aurora Borealis.

For the fashion conscious bride strapless dresses are probably not a great option in an Alaskan Wedding. But never fear, there are plenty of great warm couture pieces to help with the cold. It will depend on the time of year you go to Alaska but most of the year prepare for colder than average temperatures. If you want a strapless dress then you can pick out a fabulous wrap or faux fur shrug to go over your shoulders. Even ankle boots are perfectly acceptable at an Alaskan wedding!

 

 

Bridal Makeup

Hello Brides! There’s nothing more important than your dress and groom but let’s not forget about your bridal makeup look. Makeup can be a scary world with so many products to choose from. There are thousands of make up artists as well that are out for your business. So how do you choose?

If you’re a low maintenance kind of bride you may want to do your own make up. There are a lot of great products on the market that you can use that are reputable for long lasting. Look for Laura Mercier, MAC or even some drug store brands like Maybelline or Cover Girl. If you’re on a budget the cheaper make up can be made to last long if you use a primer under it and a pore eraser. We love Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser. The pore eraser will smooth out your skin so the foundation and powder will give you a flawless, hours of wear look!

 

A big make up trend we’re seeing this year is the pink eye shadow and monochromatic bridal makeup. By matching your eye lids and lips color you are creating a soft, romantic look. Try letting your eye brows grow in to complete the look – bold brows and glowing skin are always in!

You don’t have to do monochromatic. If you’re a bold statement bride and want your bridal makeup to be colorful then try a red lip! We love orange undertones and a matte lip for this bridal makeup look. It depends on your skin tone but most of the orangey reds are going to compliment you.

Why not try these bridal makeup trends on your own first? If you decide you’re not up for the task then there are plenty of makeup artists who are! It’s also just a fun way to experiment with your look. Get a few of your bridesmaids for a makeup play day and vote on which palettes you love most.

Metallic Wedding

Hello Brides! We are loving the Metallic wedding accents and breezy metallic dress silhouettes this year. Metallics can range from gold, silver and all the shades inbetween. You will love the sparkle and glimmer they can add to a wedding!

Sparkly gold and silver gowns with metallic beading are gorgeous. They’re great for all seasons too. Metallic wedding accents can brighten up a winter wedding or add mystery to a fall wedding. A summer wedding wouldn’t be the same without sparkle! We also love the off the shoulder trend that is hot right now for wedding gowns!

Breezy skirts and flowing, airy material like organza and tulle are also great for a metallic wedding accent. They are the essence of a summer evening elegance. They are also materials that lend themselves nicely to a destination wedding since they pack up a little better than a full ball gown. Metallic wedding dresses are also great for a second look for the reception if you’d like more dazzle on your big day! They can be a little more informal but still glamorous.

Another way to incorporate metallic wedding accents is on your cake. We love the naked cake this year and a way to dress that up is to have metallic sheen on it!

 

The cake is the centerpiece at your reception so why not make it sparkle even more? The best part of metallic wedding accents is they go with any color scheme. The pop of silver or gold can really take your little details into suave and gorgeous. What other day is it perfectly appropriate to be over the top anyway? We love adding metallics to shoes, bridesmaid dresses or the food!

 

Pinterest Wedding Trend

Hello Brides! We’re sure you are no stranger to the Pinterest wedding trend and we’d love to talk about the hottest ones happening. Pinterest is a great place to get ideas and see what worked for people and what didn’t. We are seeing a lot of off the shoulder wedding dresses. This trend is romantic and a little bohemian! We love the off the shoulder look especially when paired with the other big Pinterest wedding trend: Statement earrings. The off the shoulder neckline leaves your ears and neck bare to be adorned with jewels.

Statement earrings can be anything from dramatic diamonds to long, elegant colored gems. We are loving vintage this season so even better if your earrings have a sentimental value. Necktie earrings elongate the neck and make a great statement.

Another Pinterest Wedding trend is natural hair. Brides are deciding to love themselves and their assets! We think going with your natural look is fabulous. Natural doesn’t mean messy or flat. You can have your stylist work with what’s best for your type of hair. If you’ve got a lot of volume then pump it up! If you’ve got thinner hair do beachy waves or accentuate with accessories.

No matter what your style Pinterest Wedding trends is a great place to get started! You can find several images and get creative with what you see for your big day!

Destination Wedding

For those bride and grooms who want a smaller, intimate venue and a breathtaking backdrop, then the destination wedding is for you! Some couples prefer to leave the hum drum of their home towns and go someplace new. There’s nothing wrong with wanting your wedding photos to include snow capped mountains, beaches or quaint European villages.

There are a few things to think about when planning a destination wedding. First, if you’re thinking of tropical be aware of the Zika virus threat. For anyone pregnant or trying to get pregnant this is a serious health hazard and they will not be able to go. Keep an eye on the places with Zika warnings. A lot of couples are having their destination wedding in Hawaii or Laguna Beach, California. Hawaii is a longer distance to travel but worth the no worries. Laguna Beach has all the perks of being tropical but with perhaps a shorter flight.

If you and your significant other don’t want sand in your clothes than how about someplace like Iceland or the Canadian Rockies? There are plenty of venues that accommodate wedding parties and have amazing views! You’d be asking your bridal party to go further if you plan a destination wedding in another country but maybe they could turn it into a mini vacation too. A lot of couples work with smaller resorts for a destination wedding. The resorts offer more customization and accommodation that will make your wedding easy!

Another touch for a destination wedding you can do is make a map and give out welcome bags! Your guests have traveled varying distances so give them a great welcome bag filled with fun stuff and essentials like Advil, band aids, Pepto or brochures for things they can do around the area. Your custom map can also help with that. If you know the area well you can point out spots for kid friendly activities and adult fun.

Wedding playlists

After the ceremony it’s time to let loose and here’s where your wedding playlist comes in handy! You want your day to be elegant, amazing and stylish. It can also be a super awesome party with the right music! We hear that Christina Perry’s “Thousand Years” is still quite popular and will of course be topping a lot of couple’s dance floors or ceremony aisles.

Here is a list of the top 10 songs for 2017:

  1. Beyonce “All Night”
  2. Emili Sande “Breathing Underwater”
  3. Digital Farm Animals “Only One”
  4. Taylor Swift “I don’t want to live forever”
  5. DJ Snake and Justin Bieber “Let me Love you”
  6. Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  7. Rihanna “Love on the Brain”
  8. John Legend “Love me Now”
  9. Dua Lipa “Blow your Mind”
  10. The Weekend ft. Daft Punk “I Feel it Coming”

Your wedding playlist is the time where you can pick personal songs that mean a lot to your and your now husband or let your guests request songs from the DJ. If you elect not to have a DJ the orchestral musicians are certainly familiar with popular tunes. Give them fair notice that you’d like certain songs played and ask if they do pop music. It can be a great twist on familiar tunes for a three or five piece orchestra to play them!

We love the usual artists for weddings of course like Beyonce, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Lady Gaga! There are some wedding playlist songs that are classics for a reason. A wedding playlist can also be a cute favor to give away to your guests. You can compile a CD of your favorites and give them to your friends and family as a way to remember your big day! Your wedding playlist is a time for you and your fiance to have fun and pick songs that you want played at your reception.

Where to Register

As part of the wedding planning you and your fiance will need to decide where to register! If you already live together it might be a great time to get some upgrades or try new appliances. But, if you’re still living separately then you both should decide what you’ll need when you move in together. You will need to decide which stores suite both your needs and style! And, for the couple who already has it all, perhaps you’d like to raise funds for a charity!

The first places you can register are the usual suspects like Crate and Barrel and Bed, Bath and Beyond. These stores can be found all across the U.S. and they offer affordable and great styled pieces for a new couple. It can also make it a little cheaper for your guests to browse through some options that aren’t all over $100 or more.

The second place you should think about is Snowe, an online registry that caters to those who enjoy minimalist looks and modern silverware/place settings. It’s easy to register online and they have free standard shipping across the States. A fun detail on this site is that you can also request “Hold Gifts Until” option and Snowe will wait to ship gifts until a certain date. They also have discounts: 15% post-wedding discount, 20% discount on the couples first year anniversary and $20 discount post wedding for wedding guests with their purchase of $100 or more.

The second fun place we recommend to register is Etsy. This is a fabulous online shop where you can find hand crafted treats or vintage treasures. Since it’s so broad there’s bound to be something for everyone on here. And, since most sellers are self contracted they’re happy to personalize things for you and the communication is personal – not through a corporation. You can easily register online. The only possible con to this is the return policy – each seller is individual so the policies will differ.

Wherever you choose to register have fun with it! Try not to go overboard since you won’t get everything you register for.

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Stay Sober At Parties

Helping Others (And Yourself) Stay Sober At Parties.

It’s been a long, hard fight getting (and staying) sober. It took a lot just to realize you had a problem and needed to make a change. But you did, and now you are walking that straight edge and staying clean.

But this isn’t a light switch. It’s not like you just flipped something to “sober” and you’re fine for the rest of your life. Instead, you’re going to face temptations and challenges as someone in addiction recovery. Things get harder when you’re at a party where there are plenty of people using, so how are you supposed to avoid temptation?

That depends on the kind of party you’re talking about, but it can be done — and more importantly, it should be done.
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Holiday Parties

When it comes to avoiding temptation, holiday parties and weddings can be among the most challenging times. Many of your friends who rarely drink or get high can go crazy at weddings, 4th of July, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. How can you navigate through these parties?

First, make sure you’re going to one run by a good host. That means someone offering non-alcoholic drinks like mocktails, not just a dusty 2-liter of soda. It also helps to have something to do at these parties, as being bored is always the enemy of anyone in addiction recovery.

Make sure there’s a friend or close family member who will stay sober with you. Not only can they lend support to help you avoid temptation, but just seeing someone staying clean will encourage you to do the same.

If you’re traveling on vacation around the holidays, look for the triggers that can knock you down. There will likely be parties at bars and clubs, so try to avoid these. Instead, plan plenty of activities for that vacation so you don’t need to hit parties to socialize.

Backyard And Smaller Parties

Sometimes, you can more easily avoid temptation when you’re on vacation or at a holiday party. It’s unusual, so it’s easier to remember why you entered addiction recovery in the first place. But there’s a different kind of temptation at the small parties. Backyard barbecues, watching the game at a friend’s place, or just hitting a club to catch a band can be rough.

That’s why you need a sober plan. Literally practice turning people down. Once you know what to say, you’ll be more likely to say no to whatever they’re offering. Keep in mind when you had your last drink, and how proud you’ve felt with staying sober. Order yourself something like water or soda, and keep that drink in your hand.

And since these are small parties, there’s nothing wrong with leaving early, right? Be prepared to head out should things get too much to bear.

Creating Your Own Parties

If an abundance of parties is starting to take its toll and you’re finding it hard to avoid temptation, why not take control of the situation and start throwing your own parties? This way, you can make sure there are plenty of things to do while staying sober.

Here are some tips to ensure these are successful:

  • Make sure any invitation (formal or just a text) clearly explains that this is alcohol- and drug-free. You don’t want people showing up with a case of beer.
  • Hold the party earlier than normal. If people have to drink that night, end your event so there’s still time for them to leave and go somewhere else. That can help get more people to come to your party.
  • Have plenty of things to do. A movie is good, but games are better.

You Can Stay Sober At Parties

Like any part of addiction recovery, staying sober at a party is not always going to be easy. But by following these tips, you can avoid temptation and stay sober — just like you should.