Perfect Palette

Choosing the Picture Perfect Palette
Aubergine. Blush. Aqua. Charcoal. Apricot. Navy. So many colors so little time. Determining the colors of your
wedding palette play into much more than one would assume. As we’ve discussed before, a theme carries throughout a wedding day, and your color palette should as well. So, what things should you consider when choosing a perfect palette for your wedding day? We have a few ideas!
Time of Year
It’s important to consider the season when choosing wedding colors. For example, would you pick hot pink and lush
green in the dead of winter? Or how about a burnt orange and mocha during spring? That isn’t to say you can’t do these things but it is helpful to have a perfect palette to blend things together.  This doesn’t mean you’re stuck with prissy pinks or greens just because it’s spring, but you can consider Mother Nature as a helper that can somewhat dictate the perfect palette.

 

Perfect Combo
It’s nice to consider colors that you both find equally pleasing. Keep in mind your palette can be many more than just
two or three. Choosing shades that lift your mood and you are drawn to make the most sense. Trust your gut!
Consider the setting
Look at the colors your venue has. Do you absolutely love the gold embellishments on the door handles or chandeliers? Using metallic colors like gold, champagne,etc will bring these adornments out. If your venue has
white and black carpeting, fixtures, etc keeping with that theme and adding pops of color such as red, purple, pink, or any other inspirational shade!
Create an Inspiration Board
A color wheel or picking out images that you find inspirational can be your first step to helping guide you through
picking the perfect palette. There are many tools out there that can help including:
Finding the right balance and complimentary colors is what to keep in mind. If color matching isn’t your thing, then you can always consult a wedding coordinator or stylist. Friends are always a helpful sounding board as well! They can help you choose your perfect palette for your wedding day!

Wedding Website

Wedding Website
As a new bride you’re sure to be gushing with the news! What better way than to create your own wedding website or
Wedsite? Having a wedding website is a great way to keep guests and bridal party informed and share your love story. Putting information online can also reduce the amount of detail needed in your invitations, saving on printing and postage.
There are dozens to choose from and it all depends on how savvy you want to be. If you’d like it to be easy and foolproof we suggest Wedding Wire or Nearly Weds. These sites provide templates in which you just fill in the information and pictures. The Knot and Wedding Paper Divas are also great choices that allow you to spread the word about your big day. They have a variety of backgrounds and themes to choose from.
Now, if you want to go all out, you can absolutely pay for your own site. One of the top sites this year is EWedding and prices range from $5-15 per month, depending on how much you want to customize it. Some brides will prefer the basics and with everything else you have to pay for, we think a website might be towards the bottom of that list. That $5 can add up each month so be sure to read the fine print on renewing your website and don’t leave it on auto renew.
Another great site is Wed Simple. This is also a paid site ranging from $10 per month to a onetime only flat fee of $80. This site is cool because you can also plan your wedding on it! This site offers RSVP with meal preference options (something many sites don’t have), a reception seating planning tool, Facebook integration, your own blog to keep your guests entertained.
So, get to it! You don’t have to be a web designer to create a beautiful and informative wedding website site that you can remember long after your wedding.

Bridal Gown Options

Bridal Gown Options
Some of brides have fantasized about their wedding dress for years. They think about the details of the bodice, train, or fullness of skirt, and sometimes it’s hard to live up the expectations in their heads. However, there are many sources to find your dream dress without breaking the bank, try these bridal gown options.
1) Consider a Used Wedding Dress
This can be a great option because you’re dealing directly with the seller, you
can negotiate the price.
A drawback with this option could be that you’re dealing with an individual as opposed to a business, so you must be prepared for the unpredictability.  Some sites such as Pre-Owned Wedding dresses or Bravo Bride let you search the database based upon fit, type, designer, etc. You can also be a seller or a buyer on each site. Things to keep in mind when purchasing an already worn gown:
– Can you Skype? We’ve seen sellers who will Skype with long-distance buyers to
show them the dress.
– What are the measurements? Nearly every wedding dress is altered, and a previously-altered dress won’t match the size label. If it’s a sample size, they tend to run smaller than street sizes.
– Was the dress cleaned after use? How? Did the original wearer get anything on it?
2) Check out Sample Sales
Consider a local sample sales and trunk show at your bridal salons and department stores. We can also recommend charity sales —Brides Against Breast Cancer hosts trunk shows across the country featuring donated new and used
gowns, and proceeds fulfill wishes for terminal breast cancer patients. Encorebridal.com, which has a mix of both new and used dresses, donates to cervical cancer for each gown sold.
3) Take Advantage of Seasonal Sales
Last-season sales offer deep discounts. Many bridal shops sell last season’s designs or even the store’s fitting sample at discounts of 30 percent or more.
4) Run, Bride, Run
Run with the brides. Yes, Filene’s Basement made it famous, but some other retailers now also host wedding gown
sale days where brides and their bridesmaids try to elbow out other teams to snag designer dresses for a song.
5) Have your dress made
Check into local dress shops and seamstresses who make wedding gowns. They can emulate a gown you admire, or
you can combine features from several you like and the price, though not rock bottom, will be lower than that of a designer gown.
Hopefully, with these bridal gown options, you find your perfect dress!

Woodland Wedding

Woodland Wedding
With Spring coming in just a few months, why not explore a Woodland wedding? Whether it’s a destination or
just in your backyard, it’s a perfect time of year for this trendy theme! If you love nature and want to combine your big day with the outdoors then consider a more rustic setting. Brides, you can bring the outdoors inside with simple touches like branch center pieces and combining natural colors like whites, olives, golds, silver and jewel tones. Another great color that goes well for a woodland wedding theme is Marsala, this decadent rich wine red color will compliment any rustic style.
We are also loving how affordable mother nature can be! If you have a special tree,why not consider getting married under it? Or had a great memory in a park or forest preserve, why not checkout that space as the venue for your ceremony? Weather is certainly something to consider so if you’d rather not chance it, then bring the beauty to your tables, chairs, décor or bouquet. Deep plum colors contrast very well with beige and brown, making your decorations pop. You can even think about making the food match the Woodland wedding theme with a s’mores bar!
Go have fun with fall colors and if you’re a more rustic bride but don’t want the standard barnyard, then consider the Woodland Wedding theme.

M&M Chauffeur

M&M Chauffeur
Everything’s been set but there’s one thing brides can have fun more with–transportation! How are you and the bridal party getting to the wedding and reception? This is one thing that brides needn’t worry over, there are dozens of options available. It’s not overly taxing to call chauffeur companies and request a free quote. We are featuring M&M Chauffeur service this month. They are a local, Naperville company that has been in business for 14 years. They are also featured in the Glancer magazine for June. Depending on your bridal party size you need to consider what kind of vehicle you’d like. Some brides prefer only to have themselves chauffeured between the ceremony, pictures and reception. If this is your case, consider a vintage vehicle like this 1961 Classic Rolls Royce.

 

If you have a large party and want to include the bridal party on your trek, consider the SUV or long limo! This is perfect for partying with your friends in style.
M&M Chauffeur is located in Naperville and serve Chicago as well as other suburbs. Feel free to contact them via Facebook or call for a quote!

Wedding Weight loss

Abs are Made in the Kitchen, Not the Gym: Wedding Weight loss
Did you know that diet is the most important aspect when aiding in losing weight? Both are very important; however, eating the right balance of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates is essential to building muscle,
shedding fat, and slimming down for the big day. So, get started on your wedding weight loss today!
We suggest making small changes over time rather than going cold turkey with a diet. You are much more apt to cheating and failure if you treat it as a punishment rather than a lifestyle. If you can start with six steps to creating a better physique, here are our list toppers in matter of importance:
 cut out store bought treats (i.e. junk food!)
 cut way back on white flour and refined sugar
 add healthy fats to diet such as nuts, avocados, and coconut oil
 track calories to make sure food consumption is less than
calories burned in exercise
 add more lean protein to diet such as lean chicken, fish, and Greek yogurt
 increase water intake and cut out sugary drinks Figuring out your caloric needs without exercise is the first step.
Here is a quick trick from Fitness Guru, trainer, and model, Jamie Eason.
 Multiply your goal weight by 10. Example: 130 pounds x 10 = 1,300 calories. This is the bare minimum amount of calories your body needs just to survive.
 Consider your activity level. If you’re sedentary, add 300-400 calories to the bare minimum number. If you weight train on a regular basis, add 400-700 calories. If you’re extremely physically active on a daily basis then add 800-1000 calories.
Example: 1,300 calories (bare minimum) + 700 (for weightlifters) = 2,000 calories.
Remember, these need to be CLEAN calories. Jamie Eason also recommends eating 5-6 small meals per day. So if you’re eating 1,800 calories a day divide that by 6. Your meals should roughly be around 300 calories. Think Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, and almonds or apple with almond butter. A great tool to track your eating habits is with sites like My Fitness Pal. This app seems to have the best balance of pre-loaded meals, takeout, and chains. Although, we aren’t highly recommending you eat out all that often. Speaking of which, cooking from scratch or cooking light is the best way to handle portion control and butter/fat intake. Some wonderful, low-fat/low-calorie, nutrient dense sites include:
Get friends involved and your wedding weight loss journey will be easy! Don’t sweat the small stuff, and keep it in perspective.

Bachelorette Pole Dance Party

Bachelorette Pole Dance Party
Technically, it’s the maid or matron of honor’s job to scout out the bachelorette party but there’s no harm in hinting! If you’re bold, sassy and sexy–and hey, you are–why not try something unique and perhaps a little risqué? There’s a hot work out called Pole Dancing, and while the name may be tied to strip clubs, this dancing fantasy is not about taking your clothes off. Pole dancing can be more of a gymnastic art form than stripper girl. It’s a total body work out that also lets women’s inner kittens come out to play. A bachelorette pole dance party is more for you and your girls to make great memories and also tone those bodies!
Dance studios such as Naperville’s Tease Dance and Fitness or Geneva’s Tiger Lily Vertical Fitness offer private sessions on the weekends for bachelorette pole dance parties. You’ll be instructed in the fine art of pole dancing by a certified pole instructor. Learn how to strut around the pole and do spins that make you feel like you’re flying. It’s a great way to burn those calories off as well as get your sexy on! You can go barefoot or bring heels to show off those legs. The attire is usually general work out style–shorts, tank and a sports bra. Or, you can spice it up with boas, sparkly bras and bride short shorts. There’s no such thing as too much glitter here. If you’re not into dancing around a pole, they also offer strip tease classes that give you moves to make your man melt.

Call each studio for more information on pricing. It’s a lot of fun and a safe, woman empowering environment. Check with the studio about how many girls are able to fit in one dance room but there’s usually room for up to 6. They have candles, large mirrors and teach you stretching before warming up the poles. It doesn’t hurt that you burn a lot of calories in addition to it being the best bachelorette pole dance party ever! You may even find you pick up a new work out hobby.

Go give it a chance or, if you’re the one planning it, give your bride a night they won’t forget!