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Ways to Make a Grand Exit

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Yes, the exit. We think about all the other aspects of the wedding: the cake, the food, the music, the flowers, and completely forget about the end of the night! Your exit is the very last thing your guests will remember. I don’t know how many weddings I’ve been to where I’ve drank and danced the night away, and honestly the last thing I remember is watching the bride load paper plates of half-eaten cake into a black garbage bag. Not the best mental picture to be ending your night on.

So plan a grand exit instead. Either budget to have the venue do the cleaning up, or assign the duty to your close family or wedding party. This is your night and you should be heading out the door in one of the following scenarios, not on your way to the garbage out back in the alley.

1.) On a bike. Grab your grandma’s old vintage bicycle, tie a few cans to the back and add a front basket with a “Just Married” sign. Have your hubby do the grunt work while you ride on the handlebars. This kind of getaway is perfect for a little ceremony or when the bride is wearing a short dress (don’t want it to get caught in the tires). Or have bikes for both of you, and have the photographer take a few pictures of the two of you walking off into the sunset together.

2.) In a horse drawn carriage. People say horse-drawn carriages are overrated. They say the horse stinks, it’s loud, it’s not a smooth ride; please, let the naysayers be naysayers! We love the idea of a horse-drawn carriage! And take it from me, a girl born and raised on a horse ranch in western Montana, the naysayers got it all wrong. It’s still incredibly romantic. People may complain all they want, but they sure as hell will remember (and talk about) your amazing exit for years to come.

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3.) In a boat. Personally, I’m particular to the idea of hoping on a jet ski in a little white bathing suit and twisting the throttle until you’re headed toward that sunset at a respectable 65 miles per hour. However, if you’re looking for something just a bit slower paced, stepping into a gondola, a sailboat or even a rowboat can be super romantic. Just make sure you know what you’re doing; that rowboat is a lot tipsier than people want to believe.

4.) In a balloon. Rent a hot air balloon. It’s not that expensive (maybe a few hundred dollars, depending on the company), and it’s incredibly memorable. You’ll be able to glide across the countryside with your new spouse. What’s a better way to make an exit than that?


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Wedding Lingerie Tips

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Your wedding dress is a huge part of your big day. So much so, that it’s the first thing many brides run out to purchase as soon as they’re engaged. They call their parents, friends and family to announce their engagement, then they hang up the phone and start looking at dress magazines. No worries, this is completely normal.

Of course there happens to be one aspect of wedding dress shopping that many brides tend to shove to the side until the last minute, and that would be what they are planning on wearing under the wedding dress. So if you’ve just purchased your wedding dress, here are a few tips to making sure your wedding lingerie is just as perfect as the rest of your day:

1.) Make sure the style goes with your dress. Just as there are countless styles of wedding dresses, there are also countless styles of wedding lingerie, and you want to make sure the two match. If your dress is strapless your lingerie should be strapless, if your dress is fitted, your lingerie should be smooth and seamless, and if your dress has any sheer aspects to it, your lingerie needs to be appropriately placed where any words or embellishments won’t be showing up for all to see.

2.) Make sure your lingerie is comfortable. There’s nothing like a 12-hour day of awkwardly tugging at your underthings. You’re going to be walking around greeting guests, dancing, eating and among other things, getting married. The last thing you want is to be distracted by uncomfortable tugging, rubbing or pinching. So after you buy your dress and your lingerie, wear it around the house for a full day. This should give you an idea of what your wedding day will feel like. Plus, this will give you plenty of time to take it to a tailor so they can have a chance to fix any uncomfortable areas.

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3.) Make sure it fits your personality. This may seem like a silly point to include, but it’s important. Just as with any article of clothing, your lingerie says something about who you are. If your fiancé loves you for your sense of humor, a cheeky (haha “cheeky”…get it?) or clever phrase written across your undies might be just the fit. If you’re more of a bling girl, take a look at an embellished set. Either way, make sure your lingerie is just as much of a reflection of your personality as your wedding dress.

4.) Make sure it’s sexy. We could’ve skipped over this point entirely, but let’s be honest: lingerie has one very, very specific purpose. Sure it’s important that it creates the perfect shape underneath your dress, but that’s not exactly why brides purchase wedding lingerie. They purchase wedding lingerie because they want it to be seen and then removed in the frenzy that can only occur after someone has gotten married. And with the countless cut and fabric options, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to find the set that makes you feel that the amazing woman you already are.


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4 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

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Let’s be honest; back in the day when our grandmothers got married, shopping for a wedding dress was a very simple experience. If you didn’t have one that was being handed down to your or personally made for you by another family member, you simply went to the one dress shop in town, picked out your favorite and moved on to other aspects of wedding planning.

But this isn’t your grandma’s wedding, and this isn’t the 1950’s.

It’s the 21st century, which means the ways to shop for a wedding dress are not endless. You now have unlimited options when it comes to fit, color, cut, material and everything else, not to mention the little fact that a dress halfway across the world is no longer off limits, and with a little bump in shipping and handling you can have that custom-made dress from Italy shipped right to your doorstep. So you would think the process would be even better than it used to be, right?

Not quite. As it turns out, all these options are sending brides a bit over the deep end, so to prevent you from running off the same cliff of wedding dress anxiety as the rest of them, we’ve gathered a bit of advice on how to shop for your wedding dress in our current day and age.

1.) Know what you want. Now we don’t mean you need to know the exact cut, fabric, color and every other detail of your dress, but you should know the general logistics of it. Are you looking for something that’s a bit whimsical and earthy or something more classic and traditional? Short or long? Knowing your venue, price range and other wedding factors will help you narrow things down to a general idea of what you’re looking for.

2.) Trust your store associate. If you’ve entered a boutique with sales associates that really know what they’re doing (research to find a boutique with a stellar reputation in this department), trust them. They know which cuts work well on which bodies, and even though you might think a mermaid cut will only make you look fat, let them show you otherwise. You may be limiting your search and not even know it.

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3.) Bring pictures. Don’t worry if the dress in the picture is $40,000 over your price range, the picture will help give the sales associate an idea of what you’re looking for. These bridal consultants see brides like you all the time that probably have a picture in their minds but can’t quite think of how to describe it in fashion-forward terms, and as good as they are at being able to turn your blabbering made-up words (“flowy-ish”) into concrete examples of exactly what you’re looking for, a picture sure would speed the process along.

4.) Stand your ground. You try on a dress and it’s perfect: you’re twirling in front of the store mirror, imagining yourself walking down the aisle to your future spouse and you see his/her face light up when they see you. Honey, you’ve found the perfect dress. If your mother-in-law thinks “it’s a bit over the top”, your sister thinks it’s horrid and your Maid of Honor just shrugs, who cares. They aren’t the ones getting married, you are, and you’re the one going to be wearing this amazing dress you’ve already fallen in love with.


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July Wedding? Here’s How to Beat the Heat

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A wedding in July? No matter where you are in the country, July is usually one of the hottest months of the year. It’s no wonder that many brides begin second guessing their decision to get married in July.

However, not all is lost. Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean your wedding day can’t be amazing! We’ve gathered some surefire ways to help you remain calm and cool and your July wedding.

1.) Stay hydrated. Nothing makes you feel hotter than you already are than being thirsty. Even in 100 degree heat, a cold glass of lemonade can work wonders. So be sure you and your guests have cold drinks available at every turn. Hand out mini bottles of water as favors and have pitchers of ice water at every table. Alcohol dehydrates, so it’s essential that everyone have access to a cold, hydrating beverage at all times.

2.) Have shade. Many outdoor wedding venues, as gorgeous as they are, are very lacking in the shade department. Brides often ask how much it costs to set up a tent or indoor facility in case it rains, but many of them forget to ask about the possibility of adding shade for their big day. Some venues charge the same as a shade tent for a regular tent, while others have more affordable price if you’re just looking for a quick fabric solution.

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3.) Give plenty of props. Little umbrellas and hand fans are adorable on their own, but they become quite handy at a warm, outdoor wedding. A small hand fan can really take the edge off when there’s nothing to be done about the outdoor temperature.

4.) Use it to your advantage. If it’s excruciatingly hot outside, have something your guests will associate with the heat in a good way, like an ice cream truck or a snow cone machine. Instead of talking about how unbearable your wedding is, they’ll be talking about how fun it was to eat snow cones at the reception. And instead of other wedding day props that some guests hardly ever use, you can rest assured everyone will be participating in the ice cream bar.

5.) Keep the air moving. A breeze in any circumstances will help make the heat more bearable, especially if it’s a cool breeze. Having your ceremony close to the ocean, for example, will ensure it’s at least a few degrees cooler than everywhere else that day. Have overhead fans running and set up additional fans along the edges of the ceremony and reception site.

6.) Move the party indoors. It might seem like common sense, and it is. Having a tent in case of rain is a smart move in the first place, so it’s not too much of a stretch to have it booked anyway. A large room shielded from the sun with some fans and a space cooler will help everyone have an enjoyable time, not matter how much the sun is beating down outside.

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Having a Bug-Free Outdoor Summer Wedding

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Ah, the perfect sunset wedding. It’s been a pleasantly warm day, the air starts cooling down, the sun just barely dips below the horizon and everything couldn’t be more perfect; until the bugs come out, that is.

There is nothing attractive about huge mosquito covering your body in all your late night wedding pictures, and your guest certainly aren’t going to want to stay for the cake cutting when they themselves seem to be the ones being devoured. As beautiful as a sunset, outdoor wedding may seem in our minds, an abundance of uninvited pests are sure to crash the party quick.

Never fear though, we’ve done a little research. So before you make the switch from June to January, here are a few tips to keep the bugs at a minimum:

1.) Stay away from stagnant water. Bugs breed in the still pools of water, so avoid having your ceremony right on the bank of a pond or lake. You’d be swatting your way through the vows. Moving the ceremony a couple hundred yards away might be your best move yet.

2.) Choose a breezy spot. If you were to move up a hill a few yards to a more breezy location, do that. Besides the bugs Maine refers to as it’s state bird, most insects aren’t strong enough to fly in windy conditions, so they avoid them. Besides, have a soft wind blow the hair back from your face would work wonders for your wedding pictures.

3.) Offer bug repellent in your gift favors. Small little bottles of bug repellent lotion will certainly come in handy later. Allow to choose either the DEET or non-DEET option and leave a few extra in areas around the ceremony and reception area. Even a little station with bug repellent wipes will give guests a quick fix should they start to feel a little nibbled on.

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4.) Use plants to your advantage. Believe it or not, mosquitos despise the smell of marigolds. Thai lemongrass can also have the same effect.  Tie some with pretty ribbon and hang it from a couple trees. Put a few potted marigolds in the doorway of your tent or spread them around the border of the reception area.

5.) Take advantage of bug-repelling candles. Citronella candles can work fairly well in deterring bugs, just as long as you’re okay with the smell the put off. Take a whiff before buying them in bulk and then spread them along the border with your marigolds or even have them in hanging lamps.


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How to Not Invite Guests to Your Wedding

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In a perfect world, everyone you know would be invited to your wedding. And we’re talking everyone: your family, closest friends, semi-close friends (like your Friday night drinking buddies), coworkers, people that follow your blog and even people you absolutely can’t stand, like that “popular” girl that made your life miserable in high school but has since gained 40 pounds and works at a gas station. Yeah, she’s going to want to see this.

But the fact is, not everyone can come to your wedding, even people you really, really do care about. So what happens when they clearly expect an invite but are definitely not going to receive one? We’ve got you covered.

1.) Sorry, but you just don’t have the budget. Weddings are expensive; everyone knows this. So just blame it on the budget. Bring up something else that costs a ton of money that you were completely unaware of, like the photographer. This will direct the conversation to something else and give you something to bond over. Say with how stretched your wedding budget already is, it’s hard to see how you are going to have any guests at all!

2.) Sorry, but it’s just going to be family and maybe a few close friends. If it’s a friend, you can even say that it’s going to be mainly just family. If it’s a family member, well…they probably already know why they aren’t invited. If not, just direct them to your mother. She’ll let them know.

3.) Sorry, but the venue is really limiting in the number of guests we can invite. Venues are tough to find, so when you do find one that fits 90% of your needs, it’s understandable that a few things might get pushed to the side. So simply explain that your venue strictly limits the number guests that can attend, and with your fiancé’s huge family, you’ve really had to cut out quite a bit of people that you wish could come.

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4.) Sorry, but everything is still up in the air. If it makes you feel better to dance around the subject, simply say you haven’t finalized your guest list and are desperately trying to figure out a way to avoid narrowing down your current list. Say limited space and funds are making it difficult, so you’ll let them know.

5.) Go rogue. Here’s an option that’s just craze enough that it’s actually known to work. Wait until after the wedding, then call up the scorned guest asking if you two are “good.” Explain that you were disappointed not to receive an RSVP from them and hope everything is okay. They’ll explain that they never got an invitation, you can blame it on the postal service, and you both can go out for coffee and laugh about it. Then in three weeks text them and let them know the same thing happened to (insert name of made-up friend or family member here) too! Crazy, right?!


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Wedding Invitation Essentials

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Wedding invitations may sound simple enough, but there’s a little more to it than that. As two friends of mine who are getting married recently found out, details in the wedding invitation (like the date of the wedding…yes, they actually left that part out) can be easily overlooked. So here are the basic things you need to make sure of before you ship out your beloved invitations:

1.) All general information is included. Who is getting married, the date, time and place of the wedding (and reception, if it is in a different location), the dress code and a picture of you and your fiancé need to be included. And yes, a picture is essential. You may know who your grandmother is, but if she’s got 12 other grandchildren to keep track of (and she’s in her mid-80’s), a picture will be an invaluable help to her.

2.) A map and accommodation information. Sure, it may seem incredibly unnecessary, what with all the GPS systems nowadays, but don’t assume all your guests have this technology. Even so, many of the weddings I travel to are located in Western Maryland, and there’s definitely no internet connected in the middle of the mountains. A map is always useful. In addition, you are going to have guests that are attending your wedding from out of town, and it will be a huge help if you can provide them with a few options of where to stay.

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3.) RSVP instructions. If you want people to RSVP by mail, it’s essential to include a self-addressed, pre-stamped RSVP card. If you want people to RSVP online instead, you need to give them directions to website or Facebook page, etc. However, it’s best to keep an open mind. Your grandmother is probably not going to have a Facebook page and most likely won’t be able to navigate to your website. Make sure she has an actual RSVP card that she can mail back. Put a number on the back of the RSVP card that you track. As some guests forget to put their names on the card.They just say yes, 2 attending.

4.) Website and related events. If you choose to have a wedding website (a fantastic idea, and I explain why here), add it in with your invitation. Related events would include a rehearsal dinner or brunch, a round of golf or a mid-day hike. Just make sure that you’re inviting the right people to the right event. If you don’t want all 200 guests to show up to the rehearsal dinner, make sure all 200 of them don’t get an invite for it.

5.) Registry information. In some circles, putting registry information in your invitation can seem rude (yes Martha Stewart, I’m talking to you), but many people (myself included) that it’s even more rude to leave them in the dark until they get the courage to ask you or one of your family members where you are registered. Giving them a heads up in your wedding invitation isn’t rude, it’s considerate.

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What Your Wedding Guests Will Appreciate Most

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Everyone has their favorite part of the wedding; maybe it’s the moment the groom first sees the bride, the food or just the open bar. Many of my friends enjoy the act of getting dressed up, while personally, I’m all about the cake. A wedding with good cake is a fantastic wedding indeed.

However, as much as your guests may differ about their favorite parts of a wedding, they tend to be on the same page with what they appreciate the most. Read on for some of the best suggestions for a wedding your guests will truly enjoy.

1.) You keep things moving. Nothing makes people antsy quite like having nothing to do. Taking photographs between the ceremony and the reception is a common practice, but making your guests wait three hours between wedding and reception can be a little much. When dinner is over, get on with the cake cutting; don’t dawdle! When people get hungry and thirsty they get cranky, and the last thing you want at your wedding is a group of 200 cranky people.

2.) You keep them comfortable. A ceremony in direct sunlight is understandable, but don’t make your guests sit in that climate for 45 minutes! No one wants to start off the reception sweaty and sunburned. And on the contrary, don’t subject your guests to a freezing cold room for the entire night; especially your elderly guests.

3.) You keep things light. Too many rules can stress people out. There’s nothing wrong with having a set schedule for things (an order in which tables are served, for example), but anything too stringent will make guests wonder just what they are allowed to do. Is it an appropriate time to dance? Can they approach the bride and groom for a hug or will they be ushered away?

4.) You keep speeches short and appropriate. You know the ones in your wedding party that have a tendency to go on and on and on and on and on; so nip it in the bud and make sure they keep their speeches to a 5-10 minute maximum. It’s also a smart idea to read through the speeches first. What your best man thinks is a funny story could actually end up ruining the entire evening. Case in point: a recent wedding I attended where the bridesmaids’ speeches turned into a bridal roast, and the father of the bride didn’t wish the happy couple any congratulations, he just talked about how proud he is of his son that couldn’t make it that night.

5.) You provide them a ride home. Chances are, your wedding couples are making the silent deal they often make with each other; one of them can drink while the other will stay sober for the drive home. Making sure they have free transportation at the end of the night is a perfect way to let them both enjoy your wedding without any of the risk.

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Most Common Wedding Mistakes

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It seems that no matter how many weddings I attend or how many post-wedding conversations I have with the bride, the same mistakes keep popping up over and over and over again. And it’s not necessarily their fault; after all, we all like to think we’re going to do whatever it takes to make our wedding the best wedding of all time. But just in case you’re the reasonable type that wants to learn from others’ mistakes, here’s a list of the most common:

1.) Going over budget. Honestly, it’s a slippery slope. If your wedding ends up costing $10,132 and your budget was $10,000, you’ve done a damn good job as far as I’m concerned. But things tend to add up pretty quick, and before you know it your big day could be passing the $15,000 price mark. Unless you always want your wedding to be a sore subject, stay within your means.

2.) Being predictable. This is your day to do whatever you want! You don’t have to play “Here Comes the Bride” when walking down the aisle, you don’t have to get married in a church, and you don’t even have to wear a white dress! So many brides and grooms complain later about not making their wedding day more personalized.

3.) Taking over everything. Fun fact: your groom is a part of this wedding, meaning his opinions need to be valued as well. Even if he’s completely not involved in the planning, there are going to be one or two things he’s passionate about, like the band or the food. And if he doesn’t want to make a decision, he’s sure to at least tell you what he doesn’t want. He might not be able to decide between buttercream and cream cheese frosting, but he knows he definitely doesn’t want lemon.

4.) Not hiring professionals. Let me be perfectly clear here: you need to hire professionals for certain aspects of your wedding, period. All those gorgeous wedding photos you see on Facebook from your friends’ weddings? A professional did that. Hire your little sister and your photographs will look exactly like what they are; photographs that were taken by your little sister.

5.) Undervaluing comfort. Those four inch heels you bought for your wedding dress? They’re going to hurt later. That gown that weighs 22 pounds? It’s going to wear you out. In either situation, you are going to be spending some time on the sidelines taking a breather. Many brides regret not bringing an extra pair of flats or a lighter, more danceable (yes, it’s a word) dress for their reception. This is your wedding, so trust me when I say you’re going to want to be participating in it as much as possible.

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How to Be a Good Wedding Guest

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Everyone has gone to a wedding at one time or another and witnessed what we all like to call “a train wreck.” And yes, while this always tends to make a good story for the guests leaving the party, the bride and groom on the other hand would probably rather do without the huge scene on their big day. And to make sure the person everyone is whispering about isn’t you, we’ve gotten together a little list of proper wedding guest etiquette.

1.) Don’t wear white. It doesn’t matter if the only thing in your closet is a white sheet from a college toga party; don’t wear it. It’s rude, it’s inconsiderate and it’s the #1 rule of all weddings, meaning there’s no way someone will forgive you for not knowing it. Unless the bride and groom have specifically asked their guests to show up wearing white (which does occasionally happen for black-tie weddings), don a frock with some color to it.

2.) Keep your opinions to yourself. It doesn’t matter if you think the bride’s dress looks like a wet poodle, if your place card has a spelling error on it or if the cake looks crooked; keep it to yourself. There’s nothing the bride and groom can do about it, and frankly your opinion doesn’t matter. She picked her dress because that’s the one she wanted to wear, the cake is as good as it’s going to get and there are probably other errors you just haven’t noticed yet; because the bride probably hasn’t slept in a year and a half. Just tell her she looks radiant and let them enjoy their day.

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3.) Be on time. This is the couples’ big day, and you showing up late will only draw attention to yourself. Some couples even have someone man the door after the ceremony has started; ensuring their precious moments won’t be interrupted by the loud squeaking of a wooden door and echoing footsteps and whispers as someone desperately attempts to find an empty seat. The last thing you want to do is walk in during a moment of silence for the bride’s late mother. As a matter of fact, give yourself an extra half hour to get there, just in case traffic or directions prove to be more difficult than you thought.

4.) Get them a gift. Have an old sweater you’ve desperately been trying to re-gift to someone else? Sorry, but you’re just going to have to keep trying. This is not the day for cheap gifts. Get them a gift card or something off of their registry. And if you include a card (of course you need to include a card), put in the time to figure out how to spell both of their names.

5.) Turn your phone off! Do you really want to be the one responsible for ruining the moment just before the bride and groom kiss for the first time because your college buddy just had to send you a picture of his new riding lawn mower? That ruined moment will be on their wedding video….forever. Turn your phone off and don’t even think of turning it back on until the reception is well under way.

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