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Bridezilla

Planning a wedding can be stressful, there’s no doubt about it. It’s expensive and time-consuming and no one seems to care about it quite as much as you do. With all of the added stress, it’s easy to become a little irrational and difficult to deal with, despite your best intentions. Here are a few ways to avoid becoming a total bridezilla in the months leading up to your nuptials…

Keep Your Priorities Straight: Yes, there are invitations to be mailed, flowers to be arranged, dresses to be ordered, food to be selected, but what’s the point of all of that? This wedding, above everything else, is about uniting your life with another, making a public declaration of your love, and committing to become husband and wife. As important as the favors or centerpieces or seating chart might seem right now, at the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your fiancé. When you feel the pressure of wedding planning creeping up on you, take a moment to remember why you’re putting together a wedding in the first place.

Keep Yourself Organized: Regardless of how big or small your wedding day is going to be, there are still tasks to be done. One of the biggest causes of bridezilladom is overwhelming stress. Avoid the added anxiety by staying on top of things. Buy a wedding planner, make checklists, and plan your time efficiently.

Continue Living Your Life: Although it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the month to get everything done before saying “I do,” it simply can’t be all wedding, all the time. You (and most definitely your fiancé) need a break from the wedding stress from time to time. Set aside non-wedding hours each week where you can spend an evening with your partner having fun and talking about anything but the upcoming nuptials. Or set up a girls’ night with some friends or an afternoon of solitary pampering.

Ask for Help: You don’t need to carry the full weight the wedding on your shoulders. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, family, and most certainly, your fiancé (Operation Groom Involvement). Even if you’re a total control freak, there are always tasks that can be done by others, you just need to reach out to the people in your life. However, when you ask…

Be Respectful of Others: Be considerate of time and expense when asking friends and family for help. Your maid of honor and bridesmaids should be there for you in your time of need, but it’s unreasonable to expect them to be at your beck and call 24 hours a day. Be honest with them about your needs and schedule a time that’s convenient for them. Be thoughtful about their budgetary concerns and limitations when picking out dresses, shoes, and activities they’re expected to participate in. Wedding Timelines.

Show Your Appreciation: Don’t forget to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who’s lent a helping hand throughout the planning process. Nothing says bridezilla more than an ungrateful or entitled bride. Be sure to express your sincerest gratitude to everyone—friends, relatives, vendors—who give of their time and finances to help make your wedding day a beautiful reality. Thank you card etiquette.

Thanksgiving Weddings

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for an elegant yet relaxed celebration, as the autumn holiday lends itself to natural settings, simple decor and comfort food. And while the general rule of thumb is to avoid having your wedding around a holiday, Thanksgiving presents an entirely different set of circumstances. While you probably don’t want to hold it on Thanksgiving Day, the Friday or Saturday after can be a great option. Most friends and family will either already be in town or planning on traveling anyway – so making the trip to your wedding may not be a burden. Plus, most of your guests will already have the day off. Need more convincing? Here are some creative ways to plan your Thanksgiving wedding in style…

Ideas for a Thanksgiving Theme Weddings

Invitations and Stationery

  • Send out save the date cards as soon as possible since your wedding will fall on a holiday weekend.
  • Dress up ordinary wedding invitations and wedding with inexpensive silk fall leaves included in each mailing.

Wedding Flowers and Decor

  • Instead of gaudy arrangements featuring pricey blooms – keep your decor a simple enhancement to mother nature’s natural bounty. Use the autumn harvest for inspiration; think gourds, pumpkins, squash, gold dipped fall leaves…you get the idea.
  • Use hollowed out pumpkins or cornucopias for centerpiece holders.
  • You’re not confined to rustic and casual for Thanksgiving. Create a posh Thanksgiving ambiance, and drape lush velvet in a rich chocolate brown or gold throughout your party space. Accent the scene with antique broaches, crystal candelabras and stemware.

Menu and Catering

  • The food is the main attraction for this party. You cannot go wrong with traditional favorites: turkey, red potatoes, corn bread dressing, green beans, and honey glazed carrots.
  • Consider incorporating your family recipes into your wedding menu and serving the meal family style (if your guest list is small).
  • Serve traditional fare in sophisticated, creative ways. For instance, present soup or veggie puree in mini shot glasses or hallowed out gourds, or warm apple cider in glass mugs with cinnamon sticks.

Wedding Cake

  • To round out the thanksgiving feast – serve a pumpkin cake or even a tiered pumkin pie!

Favors

  • Make it – homemade goodies like fudge, candy apples, or jams presented in festive packaging always go over well
  • Bag it – fill mini burlap bags with coffee beans, bulbs, or any treat you desire, and tie a label with your monogram or wedding date to the top
  • Pour it – miniature bottles of maple syrup are a sweet treat
  • Fill it – miniature wood crates lined with straw and filled with goodies are a rustic touch

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Wedding Invitations – Common Mistakes

Your wedding invitations are a crucial part of your upcoming nuptials. Not only do they notify guests of the specifics of the event, invitations set the tone for your wedding theme and style. Here are a few common invitation mistakes to avoid:

1. Ordering Too Late: If you order your invitations too late, you not only run the risk of mailing them behind schedule, but also being hit with a significant rush fee. Select a stationer early in the planning process and find out their printing and delivery wait times.

2. Overdoing the Design: Invitations are the first opportunity you have to reveal your wedding colors, theme, or aesthetic. While it can be tempting to go overboard on design elements, be careful not to overwork the design or incorporate too many features of the wedding. Sometimes simple is better.

3. Overlooking Typos/Grammatical Errors: If ever there was a time to proofread, this is it. Don’t trust yourself exclusively when it comes to spelling and grammar in the invites. It’s easy to make mistakes or miss errors when you’ve looked at it so many times. Ask a few grammatically astute friends or relatives to read over the copy and make sure you didn’t overlook any tiny details.

4. Mailing Too Early/Late: Invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding ceremony. Any earlier and you run the risk of the invitation being overlooked or forgotten; any later and you guests might not be able to attend. For international guests, invitations should be sent ten weeks in advance. Save-the-date cards are a great option to ensure that guests have ample time to make travel arrangements, get off work, and book the date. Save-the-dates should be sent six to eight months prior to the wedding.

5. Using Too Little Postage: Before mailing your invitations, take an assembled packet to the post office and have it weighed to find out the exact postage needed. Often, due to heavy card stock and extra inserts, wedding invitations require additional postage than one stamp. If you assume your envelope is light enough for a standard stamp and you’re wrong, all of the invitations will be returned.

6. RSVP Too Late/Early: Guests should be required to RSVP to your nuptials three to four weeks after receiving the invitation. If you give guests too much time to RSVP, they might forget to do it altogether. If you request an RSVP too early, you might not get an accurate count.

Save The Date Cards

Thank You Card Etiquette

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