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Wedding Tips for Wedding #2…or #3, or #4…

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In this day and age it’s really not uncommon for people to be married more than once. It’s been proven time and time again that getting married before the age of 25 skyrockets your chance of divorce (don’t even get me going on the psychology of human brain development before 25 years old), so it’s perfect understandable that a generation of people that got married before 25 would get divorced and then find real love later on in life.

So that being said, let’s get to the fun stuff!

Your second (or third, or fourth) marriage doesn’t have to be exactly like your first wedding, nor does it have to be completely different. There are, however, a few tips you might want to keep in mind.

1.) Focus on this wedding. It can be easy to bring up your first wedding during wedding planning. “When Bob and I got married, we had these adorable little cupcakes…” But it’s not recommended. This should be about your current relationship, not past relationships. Plus, are you really going to take the “amazing” suggestion anyway? Chances are, if your future spouse and his ex had cupcakes at their wedding, you’re not going to want a cupcake near your venue.

2.) Wear what you want. For many women, the first time around was a compromise. They chose a wedding dress that their mother, sister, maid of honor all agreed on, even if it might not have been the dress you would have chosen. For your second wedding, do whatever you want! Screw the ballgown you weren’t crazy about the first time around, and go for a clean elegant white gown covered in lace or a short, blue dress with feathers. Yes I said blue. Or any color you could possibly want.

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3.) Invite the right people. If you had reservations the first time around about inviting your sister-in-law because she makes everything about her and sure enough she showed up in white announcing her engagement, don’t feel bad about leaving her off the guest list this time. And if your mom just insists on inviting your childhood neighbors tell her too bad. No harm, no foul.

4.) Consider including your kids. If you happen to have kids during this time, think about including them in the ceremony. And not just as a flower girl or the best man, but in some of the rituals. A marriage between two people with children is not just about those two people coming together, it’s about the joining of two families. Letting your kids get involved will help them be more accepting of their new step-parent and/or siblings.

5.) Don’t stress. A wedding is a time for happiness, and since this is not your first wedding, consider the weight lifted. Many couples look back on their big day and wish they would’ve slowed down and enjoyed it a little more instead of being worried about if their guests are enjoying their choice of music or not. So on this round, have a good time and appreciate how lucky you are to have found the love of your life.

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How to Know When You’ve Found “The One” (Wedding Dress)

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Finding the right wedding dress is actually a lot like finding the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. You’ll do some searching, you’ll question whether or not it’s worth the investment and you might even have second guesses about taking the leap. Thankfully though, we’ve compiled a list of ways to know when you can put down that bridal magazine and put down a deposit; here’s how you know you’ve found your dream dress.

1.) You can afford it. No matter what dress you think you might need, if you can’t afford it, it’s the wrong dress. There’s no use putting yourself in debt for the rest of your life for one night in a beautiful garment. Think about it; it’s going to be pretty tough explaining to your kids that only one of them gets to go to college because Mom “just had to have 10,000 hand placed crystals.”

2.) It matches your personality. Your dress should be a perfect reflection of who you are. If you’re a free-spirited bohemian bride, you probably aren’t going to be very comfortable in something very structured or architectural. Likewise, if you’re a funky, high fashion bride, you should hold out for something with a unique cut or embellishment. You should feel 100% like yourself in whatever you choose.

3.) It makes you feel like a million bucks. This is your day to feel absolutely amazing! You’ll know you’ve found “the one” because it will make you feel like a goddess the second you slip it on. Things you’ve been self-conscious about will melt away and beautiful curves you may have never even noticed will be perfectly accentuated.

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4.) You know your fiancé will love it. Your wedding dress is your choice alone; it really doesn’t matter what your fiancé thinks of it. However, your fiancé will still love it. Not because he has a specific taste in wedding dresses, but because the right dress will be a perfect reflection of yourself, along with all the little reasons your fiancé fell in love with you in the first place. If you can imagine the look on his or her face as you walk down the aisle, you’ve probably found “the one”.

5.) You get “the feeling”. “The feeling” refers to that same feeling you get when you know you’ve found the right person. You know this is it; you have no other reason to keep searching for your dress. As soon as you get “the feeling” trust it. Doubting yourself will only create confusion. If the dress fits, is a true reflection of yourself and is in your price range, you’ve probably got it made.

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Why You Should Have a Wedding Website

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It seems like a new idea, but the wedding website has really been circling around for a few years now. What’s more surprising, is how few couples actually take advantage of this service. It’s understandable to shy away from it if you’ve never gotten along well with computers, but let me give you an idea of what your missing out on, and why having a wedding website will make your entire wedding run much, much more smoothly.

1.) A website doesn’t get lost. As much effort as you’re putting into your invitations (and yes, they look absolutely stunning), many of your guests are going to lose them, along with all the additional information you stuffed them with. Nearby hotels, directions to the wedding venue, where you and your fiancé are registered, the dress code, all of it: gone. A wedding website allows you to put all this information in one place, so even your most disorganized guests will have a place to find all the information they need.

2.) Websites are more intimate. This may seem counter intuitive, of course, and you’ve probably got your mother in your ear explaining how hand-written invitations are much more meaningful, but I stand by my statement. Websites allow you to upload much,much more than what you could put in a mail-out invitation. You can add countless photos of you and your fiancé, not to mention photos of important people in the wedding party. People are going to need to get ahold of the Maid of Honor and the Best Man for various things and a website lets people know how to get ahold of them and just who exactly they are. Plus, how awkward is it go to a wedding and not know the bride’s parents or the groom’s brother? A website takes care of these issues.

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3.)  Websites are active 24 hours a day. You know those idiots (oh yes, I’m calling them idiots) that end up calling the bride on the day of her wedding asking for directions to the venue? Yeah, a wedding website will cut those idiots in half, if not eliminate them completely. And no one has to worry about when they can or can’t get ahold of you. Think of it as your own personal wedding secretary; the website will have all the required information and it will be available to all of your guests every second of the day. That’s got to be enough to give you a little sigh of relief.

4.) Websites are convenient. Attending a wedding is more of a process than many people think it is. You have to find a place to stay, figure out something to wear, buy the couple a gift, get time off work, book your tickets, budget for the trip, etc. So make things easier on your guests. Having all the information in one area will make it infinitely easier for them to book their trip, find out where you’re registered and RSVP.

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Wedding Proposal “Mistakes” that Aren’t Mistakes

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Oh, proposals! I can’t think of a person alive that doesn’t love a good proposal story, regardless of what happened. Of course, every story is different so that means every story is often up for criticisms.

So one day after browsing the internet, I came across an article that claimed the dos and don’ts of a proper proposal. One of these ‘tips’ was to avoid a public place. “It should be an intimate moment,” it said, “so it should be just the two of you. Having other people around is a recipe for disaster.”

Excuse me? I’m not yet engaged, but every proposal fantasy that I have has one thing in common: everyone I know will be there. I think it takes a certain amount of bravery to announce your love to the world and not care what anyone thinks. The more people around, the more romantic I feel it is.

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But that’s just me. So I started browsing articles for other common ‘mistakes’ and found these. And here’s why none of these are proposal mistakes:

1.) Proposing without a ring. The ring does not make the proposal. Theoretically, it’s supposed to show that you’ve been thinking about this for a while are sure that it’s what you want to do. You’ve clearly been saving and planning the appropriate design for someone you love. However, that doesn’t man proposing without a ring is a mistake. It takes a lot of guts to get down on one knee and ask someone to spend their life with you. That is all that matters.

2.) Proposing in front of family. Many “experts” say proposing in front of family is a no-no, but all they say is that it adds to the stress of the event. Get over it. In all honesty, she’s going to call every single person she knows as soon as that ring is on her finger, so many women love turning around to see all the other people in her life ready to congratulate the two of you. If you want to do it in front of family and friends, do it.

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3.) Proposing without a plan. Proposing is a big deal, so planning it out only seems natural. However, there are many people out there that only get more and stressed when trying to plan something, so the answer is to just do it already. Drop to one knee in the middle of the living room as soon as she gets home from work. Do it when your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere in the pouring rain. You don’t need a plan for it to be perfect.

4.) Proposing in any way someone else would consider silly or stupid. Proposing in a supermarket aisle? Might sound awful, but the truth is anywhere can be romantic when presented in the right light. You might think being proposed to onstage at a concert is over-the-top and attention seeking, while someone else might see an intimate mountaintop proposal as boring and lame. You know your soon-to-be-fiancé better than anyone; propose however you think they would love it. If you think she’s prefer you dressed up as a penguin and surprised her at work, do that. If she’ll love it, that’s all that really matters. 

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Unique Wedding Transportation Ideas

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One of the most interesting things about your wedding day is often the transportation from the ceremony site to the reception venue. There are literally countless ways to arrive at your reception in an unforgettable manner, so by no means is this an all-inclusive list. Instead, we’ve rounded up a list of options people have actually used for their wedding transportation (not lying!).

1.) By Animal. Yes, a horse-drawn carriage has been done time and time again, but it’s still one of the most romantic ways to travel! There’s no getting around the fact that a horse-drawn carriage causes everyone, and we mean everyone to stop and stare. You’re virtually royalty for a day!

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2.) By Air. Sure you might not have the budget for it, but getting dropped off to your own reception via helicopter is just too James Bond (read: awesome) to ignore. Of course if you’re more of a realist and prefer that all the effort your stylist put into your hair be wasted in hurricane force winds, there’s always the more relaxing option of a hot air balloon.

3.) By Sea. Arriving to your reception location via water not only means your spot is probably relatively exclusive, but it also shows you have a carefree personality. And if you’re wearing a short dress, a paddleboat or a jet-ski isn’t going to be too difficult to navigate. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that it’s simple impossible to frown while riding a jet-ski, so go ahead and get your party off to a great start!

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4.) In something completely you. Fun fact: I drive an ice cream truck during the summer time. It’s a teeny-tiny little thing, and it’s been used as a prop for a variety of things across town. My mom has always said that if she remarried, she would love to make that little truck a part of her wedding.

So don’t be afraid to add a little bit of yourself into the mix. Sucker for classic cars? Borrow a buddies 68’ Camaro for the day (let him drive if it makes him feel any better). Are you and your hubby local firemen or police officers? Consider using an out-of-commission fire truck or one of your cruisers to travel in style.

5.) Embrace your inner kid. Everyone loves a couple that isn’t afraid to have a good time, and those pictures of you and your hubby on an old-school tandem bicycle are sure to bring a smile to peoples’ faces for years to come. So think about a moped, a motorcycle with a sidecar or even a couple of skateboards!

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Wedding Day Summer Hair Tips

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Chances are, you’ve probably had an idea of what you want your hair to look like on your wedding day for some time now. You probably have a decent Pinterest board of various cuts and style that you’re considering incorporating somehow. Of course all of these styles will look amazing on you in the salon chair, but as soon as you need to test them out by dancing in a hot and humid environment, everything could very well fall apart. Your hair stylist should be able to take care of that for their wedding day (after all, that is what they do for a living), but we’ve got a few other things you might want to consider if you want to make their job as easy as possible.

1.) Don’t forget the hair protection factor. Sure everyone knows to put sunscreen on their skin, but what about their hair? Your hair and scalp is just as susceptible to UV damage as the rest of your body. Fortunately, it’s the 21st century, which means there are plenty of products on the market that can alleviate this issue. Just choose your favorite spray-on product or leave-in condition that comes with a little extra UV protection power.

2.) Understand how humidity works. You can’t make your hair immune to the effects of humidity, but with the right products a little humidity can actually help your style. Using smoothing conditions and serums will work with the moisture in the air to help seal the cuticle and tame fly-aways. This is definitely an occasion where you want as little product in your hair as possible; otherwise your style will end up looking limp and maybe even greasy.

3.) Have the right haircut. As we all know, a decent haircut can make a world of differences in the way a person looks and feels. So getting a quick trim before your wedding day is of course recommended to make sure your style looks as fresh as possible. However, doing something drastic like going from long hair to a pixie-cut might be something to save until after your big day. You might love it, but then again you might hate it, and now you’ll have hundreds of pictures reminding you of that haircut you despised. Work with a stylist and save the experimental cuts for the honeymoon or later.

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4.) Choose the right accessories. There are so many accessories to choose from, it’s a wonder you can even narrow it down to one. Work with a stylist so choose a hairstyle and a perfectly complimenting hair accessory. Perhaps you want something soft and romantic, like long flowing locks with a sweet flower, or something elegant and sophisticated like a one-of-a-kind tiara atop an intricate updo. Either way, you should be able to choose something amazing to make your hair look the best it’s ever been for your wedding day.  

 

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How to Incorporate String Instruments on Your Wedding Day

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What’s the first thing when you think of traditional romantic wedding? Red roses probably come to mind, along with some form of chocolates, but what else? Surely, a string ensemble of some kind also entered your mind. Hmm…

When it comes to weddings, many couples choose to accentuate the romantic theme running throughout. And why shouldn’t they; the entire day is about celebrating the love you and your fiancé have for each other, right? Of course it is! And while you don’t want to do something too traditional and played out, really stop for a second and think about the last time you attended a wedding that had an ensemble of string instruments. Personally, I’ve never been to that wedding, nor do I have any friends that have been to that wedding. So as traditional and “tired” as the concept may be, it’s actually very rarely done! And when something is rarely done but is insanely romantic, we say go for it.

Of course we do understand the financial limitations for hiring an entire group instead of a DJ, and we also know that getting down and dirty to a string quartet is a bit tough to do. So we’ve got a few ways to incorporate them into your wedding in a classy way that will still leave a memorable mark will also keep your wedding modern and fresh.

1.) As arrival music. Hiring a group to play for just an hour before guests arrive won’t break the bank and will add a beautiful touch to your big day. Many guests are unsure of what to do when they first arrive for a wedding, as there aren’t usually drinks or food available until after the ceremony. Showing them to their seats with delicate music playing will not only give them something to do (watching a group play is just as interesting as listening), but will also keep them from checking their watch every three minutes wondering when the show is about to start. Plus it puts them in the right mood to watch a beautiful ceremony. Want people to cry at your wedding? Have a string quartet playing in the background.

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2.) For walking up and down the aisle. Of course if you’re going to have a short ceremony (20 minutes max), you might want to keep them around for the actual ceremony. They can play the song you walk down the aisle to (any song performed in strings is absolutely inspiring) and the song for your return trip.

3.) During photos. Your DJ may just be getting set up, so have the ensemble play a little something as background music while the cocktails and appetizers are being served. If the group plays modern hits, you can even have the guests request songs as a little fun activity to pass the time. Then as soon as you and your new spouse return from photos, have the DJ turn on the louder music and get your party started!

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Coping With Stress on Your Wedding Day

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Planning a wedding can be quite a stressful experience, so it’s no wonder why so many people feel the most stressed out on the day when everything is supposed to come together. In one day, you’re about to find out if all those sleepless nights were in vain.

However, no one wants to look like an actual ball of stress in their wedding pictures. This is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, don’t you want to enjoy it a little?

Of course you do! So we’ve gathered a few tips to use on your wedding to help calm your nerves and release a bit of that overwhelming stress.

1.) Dance. Moving to music is one of the best ways of releasing stress. Not only can the right song completely change your state of mind, any form of exercise releases endorphins, which are proven to lighten your mood. No need to break a sweat, just turn on one of your favorite feel good songs and bob your head to the beat.

2.) Get outside. There is something so soothing about just standing up and stepping outside for a moment. It’s called “a breath of fresh air” for a reason, after all. So get away from all those papers, makeup and everything else and step outside for a moment. Spend a few minutes in the backyard or go up to the roof of your apartment building. You’ll be able to regroup in no time.

3.) Lay down for a bit. Take a quick catnap. You might feel like there’s absolutely no way you could sleep on a day like this, but if you have a few extra minutes try and rest for a second. You’ll appreciate how much better you’ll feel after a quick power nap. And the rest of your bridal party probably will too.

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4.) Make a list. The main reason brides are so nervous about everything on their big day is because they can’t see what is functioning right in front of them. You may be so flustered you may not realize that you’ve already talked to the caterers about setting up a half hour early. So make a list of everything that needs to be done on this day, then cross off everything that has been completed. Allow others to cross off tasks they have also completed. Seeing things get crossed off that list will help put your mind at ease.

5.) Eat something. This is no time to let your blood sugar drop. You don’t want to faint in front of 250 people, do you? So even if you don’t feel like it, eat a little something. A granola bar, some cheese and crackers or even just a piece of candy will give you the added boost you’ll need to de-stress and regain your footing.

 

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Reasons to Consider Inviting Your Ex to Your Wedding

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Eeek…you were probably hoping we would skip this area of expertise, weren’t you? Well, unfortunately, most couples have to confront the subject of whether or not they will be inviting exes to their wedding. And with people waiting until later in life to be wed, the subject is much more common than you think. So we’ve spent some time digging through the advice of many and narrowed it down to the following considerations:

1.) What was your past relationship like? It doesn’t matter how important this person is, how much your family loves them or what they think they may be entitled to, if this person treated you poorly they absolutely don’t deserve a seat at your wedding. In addition, if your fiancé has spent years undoing the damage they have done, they are probably going to have an issue with feeding them a $75 plate of food on your wedding day.

2.) How long were the two of you together? The length of time you were together can mean many things. If you were together for 8 years, you probably know each other pretty well, in which case the “No one knows Susan like Mark does” line in your Maid of Honor’s speech might cause everyone to shift in their seats a bit. On the other hand, if it was a casual thing and the two of you decided after a month that you were better off as friends, simply explain to your partner that it was a test trial and you’re very happy with the person you’re marrying right now.

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3.) Would it be good for the kids? We all know kids are a sponge, so it’s incredibly important that they see Mom and Dad being supportive of each other even though they are with different people. Seeing Dad supports your marriage to Dan will help them feel at ease with your new husband and do away with any bitter talking behind your back. If the two of you are on great speaking terms, it could be very beneficial for the kids to see what a mature, adult relationship looks like after a divorce. Remember though, we said if the two of you are on great speaking terms.

4.) What does your fiancé think? This is not just your wedding, this is also your fiancé’s wedding, which means they get just as much say in the matter as you do. If your partner is going to feel uncomfortable all night with your “first” sitting out in the lobby, you might want to consider leaving the invitation at home. After all, your future spouse’s happiness is one of your top priorities. Your ex will surely understand.

 

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Wedding Night Truths Revealed

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Most of us envision our wedding night as a torrid all-night affair between the sheets. And according to most movies, that’s exactly how the night is supposed to end up. You stay up all night in each other’s arms, wake up the same way, savagely wolf down some breakfast, take a shower and begin your new life together. Well, not quite.

Here’s what usually happens on the wedding night. Of course there’s a lot of boot-knocking, but here is what happens when that isn’t going on.

1.) You sleep. Think about it; you’ve been utterly exhausted for months, and now that everything is finally over, you have no kids to worry about, no nagging in-laws to deal with and no phones, email or anything else (because every knows the sure as hell better not bother you on your wedding night), what would you want to do? Trust us, the first time you lay down on that soft clean, wonderfully relaxing mattress it’s all over.

2.) You cry. “It’s emotional!” shares Kendra, 26 who was married in June of 2012. “It just really hit me as soon as it was all over. Then when I started crying, he started crying…not that it was a bad thing, we were both just so surprised at our reaction!” Is this really that surprising? The reality that you’re married combined with the fact that you’re dog-tired is often the perfect combination to open the water gates.

3.) You stay out later. What happens when everyone has left but you are both still wired? You keep going! Many couples are still so excited with the high of the night that they go out (still in their full wedding gear of course). Somewhere like Vegas is perfect for a couple that plans on staying out all night long even when their friends and family have turned in for the night.

4.) You watch tv…well at least one of you does. And what happens when only one of you still has the energy to carry on? Your partner might have fallen victim to the ridiculously comfortable mattress described in point one, but you’re still going strong. That often means a long and cozy night with your favorite television show.

5.) You get sick. So many couples spend their entire night mingling with guests and tearing it up on the dance floor that they hardly get a chance to eat some of the delicious meal they’ve been planning for the last year. Combine that with an open bar and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a late night, and not in the good way. Your wedding is your wedding, but if you were to ask us, we’d say to take it easy on the hard stuff. You want to remember this night as the happiest night of your life, not the night you puked all over a $2000 dress.

 

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