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.
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.
Wedding and a Bridezilla
Bridezillas can be one of the most difficult obstacles for a person to overcome when planning a wedding. Here is a person that is under such an intense level of stress that they start taking it out on their friends and family members. If you’re going to survive the next few months with this woman, you’re going to have to follow a few of the tips we’ve lined up for you below:
1.) Realize who you’re dealing with. Everyone gets stressed about something, and chances are you know the bride so well that you know what she’s stressing over. So help her calm some of her stress. If she thinks there’s absolutely no way she’s going to be able to stuff 368 envelopes full of wedding invitations, get on the phone and get a small collection of people over at her house to do the job.
2.) Really give everything a legitimate try. Even if you think it’s crazy, at least try. Of course there are just some things you won’t be able to do, like travel to Rome for the wedding dress fittings. In these cases give a strict, non-negotiable “No”. For other things though, go ahead and try and indulge her. Baking 400 cookies for the rehearsal dinner sounds pretty impossible, so bake as many as you can and then stop by the store the next day to make up the difference. She’ll see how much of an effort you put in as well as possibly realize that her original demands were pretty impossible to begin with.
3.) Treat her like a princess. Sound tough? Of course it is, but she’s planning her wedding day. In her head, nothing is more important than this wedding, so treating her like the important person she feels she is right now will actually help you both to get on the same page. Don’t worry, as soon as she’s married the urgency will go away and everyone will be more relaxed.
4.) Seek out close friends. If you do have some issues going on in your own life, contact your friends and vent with them instead. You’ll be able to clear your head all while they’re intently listening and not worrying about what exactly you are doing.
5.) Stay positive. It’s perfectly natural to want to talk about the bride behind her back. If she’s bossing you around like crazy, of course you’re going to be bitter. However, you have to remember that she is not herself right now. All of the crazy demands and even insults that she hurls your way are not what her personality is made of. You’ll have your friend back as soon as the wedding is over, so keep the negative talk to yourself for just a few more months, at least.
It is wedding season. The overwhelming majority of couples choose to get married in the warmer months for a variety of reasons; it’s easier for family members to travel, it’s far enough from the holiday season everyone has some money and vacation days saved up and, of course, there’s a better chance of having an outdoor wedding. However, if you aren’t prepared, your outdoor wedding can turn into a disaster in the making, so here are a few tips to help ensure things run smoothly:
1.) Obtain the necessary permits. It might not seem like such a big deal, but if you don’t have all the required permits on your wedding day, you could be looking at some serious fines, and we can bet you’ll already be over-budget as it is. Virtually any public land or site (public parks, wildlife preserves and historical landmarks, just to name a few) requires a permit to not only use the land but also gather a large number of people.
2.) Have a backup plan for the weather. No matter how stable the weather seems to be, there is always a higher chance of inclement weather on your wedding day (according to Murphy’s Law, that is), so you’re going to need a solid backup plan. You’ll have to make sure your backup plan has many of the same features as your original wedding site, like the ability to contain 250 people without creating an overcrowded fire hazard.
3.) Be safe. There are plenty of things that could go wrong at an outdoor wedding, so it’s best that you cover your bases. That means leaving the candles at home and using enclosed lanterns instead. Wear plenty of sunscreen and use common sense; you don’t want to be having a BBQ in the middle of a bear preserve.
4.) Think about your guests. Many brides have no idea how hot it is sitting in those chairs in direct sunlight because they’re not in direct sunlight; they’re under a shaded arbor. If it’s going to be 100 degrees outside, make sure your guests are sitting in a shaded area, have plenty of water and have something to fan themselves with.
5.) Don’t forget about the restrooms! No one wants to think about restrooms on their big day, but trust me, you need to. If there’s a business nearby you’ll have to check with them first before telling your guests to use their facilities, and if you’re out in the middle of nowhere you’re going to need to bring in some porta-potties to keep everyone comfortable.
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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.
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.
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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Wedding food tends to be one of those topics that has brides a bit befuddled; either they’re completely clueless in the food world so they leave everything up to the caterer (meaning their food will most likely be somewhere generic, dull and expected), or they have no idea how to budget for more interesting fare. Well, as it turns out, you can do both.
You don’t have to be an amazing cook yourself to have amazing food at your wedding, nor do you have to be rich. Instead, a little creativity and a lot of communication can end up going a long way.
1.) Have the right recipes. If you’re going to serve chicken, make sure it’s some of the most delicious chicken you’ve ever had, which often means hiring the right people for the job. For the same price, an experienced caterer will know exactly what temperature the meat should be cooked at for how long, rendering you a juicy and flavorful main course, while a less experienced caterer will give you a dried out, chew-toy for a similar price.
2.) Change how things are served. Mac’n’cheese might seem like the last thing you would put in your wedding, but when made with the correct recipe and served in martini glasses, it raises to a whole other level. Serving things in interesting and fun ways will make them more memorable, while the cost of the food itself remains the same.
3.) Have a “pick and choose” theme. Mexican food, an Asian station or make-your-own pizzas, for example, tend to be crowd pleasers at weddings. Guests can pick and choose what goes on their individual taco or pizza. A few meat choices and plenty of vegetarian toppings mean every guest can make their entrée exactly how they like it.
4.) Choose crowd pleasing flavors. Sure, you and your fiancé may absolutely love that chipotle chocolate icing used in your deserts, but unless you’re planning on taking 80% of it home with you, you’re going to have to go for some more generic options. And don’t be afraid of the word ‘generic’. Vanilla frosting may sound boring, but when done right, the best vanilla frosting can taste better than any outlandish creation you might dream up.
5.) Go bite-size. Bite size means you’re controlling the portion size, and it’s been rumored that having bite-sized desserts cut the cost of a dessert buffet by up to two thirds.
6.) You don’t need champagne. A toast is just as beautiful and meaningful if guests use the drinks they have in your hand.
7.) Use cheaper cuts of meats. Once again, the taste and finesse often comes in the way the dish is prepared. Ask your caterer to show you different pricing options for different cuts of meat.
8.) Choose in-season. Choosing fruits or vegetables that are out of season could end up costing double not triple what in-season fare would cost. Do a little research about your local market and ask your caterer for a price list of fruits and vegetables around the time of your wedding date.
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Unique Wedding Transportation Ideas
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!
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!
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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Brides don’t need anyone to stress to them the importance of looking good on their wedding day. After all, they already know of the photographs that they will be displaying for the rest of their life, the friends and family members they haven’t seen for years and probably won’t see again for a few more years to come and the fact that they (along with their partner) are going to be the center of attention all night long. But as much as a hair and makeup professional can make a difference, there are some things you can do to help them out. Clear skin and healthy hair, for example, are easier for any professional to work with.
1.) Get plenty of sleep. As much as you’ve probably heard it, sleep has more benefits than you think. Growth hormones that initiate tissue repair, for example, are most active during your deepest stage of sleep (the stage right before REM. Plus, collagen (which is responsible for increasing the firmness of your skin) is at its peak during sleep hours. Beauty sleep, indeed.
2.) Drink plenty of water (and ditch the other stuff). Drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps to flush out toxins and other waste products (which your energy drink, coffee and wine are only adding to), and it helps your organs function properly (which can be reassuring with the amount of stress you are probably under). Plus, being properly hydrated helps you have more energy and improves the texture of your skin.
3.) Eat clean food. That means lay off on the preservatives and salt, specifically. If you’re drinking plenty of water, let it do its job! Don’t sabotage it by eating crap! Fresh fruits and vegetables (especially those that are darkly colored, like spinach, blueberries and blackberries) have anti-oxidants and plenty of water, while foods like bananas, cranberries and asparagus are natural diuretics, ridding your body of any excess fluid it’s holding on to (hello no more bloating).
4.) Get plenty of exercise. Not only does an adequate amount of exercise keep you feeling great (literally, it’s the best natural anti-depressant out there), but it also keeps your looking great. Besides the obvious health and beauty benefits (you’ll look amazing in your wedding dress and be able to dance the night away without feeling out of breath), your skin, hair and nails will thank you as well. Not only does regular exercise keep cortisol levels (which create wrinkles) at bay, it also improves circulation, which means less acne, healthier shinier hair and the end of yellow, brittle nails.
5.) Moisturize and use SPF. Dry hair and skin is not attractive on anyone, and as much as you love that tan, it’s only doing damage to your body. Help yourself out by keeping your skin moisturized with an SPF rich lotion, and consider giving your hair a weekly deep moisturizing treatment during the weeks leading up to your wedding.
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There is a lot that goes into choosing a bridesmaid dress for your wedding; you don’t simply pick the first thing off the rack and apply it to the five girls that will be standing alongside you on your wedding day. Something that would look darling on you might look incredibly unflattering on your friends, and something that you think anyone could afford might be a whole month’s rent to another pal. However, as much thought that goes into choosing your bridesmaid dresses, you should be good as long as you keep these four tips in mind you should be good to go:
1.) The price is right. You might even want to ask ahead of time before deciding on a price range. Of course this is your wedding, but if none of your bridesmaids can afford the dress, they might have to bow out of being your bridesmaids, and isn’t who is standing up there with you more important than what they’re wearing?
2.) If the dresses suit the wedding theme. Formal weddings need formal bridesmaid dresses while casual countryside weddings can get away with casual bridesmaid sundresses. There are countless bridesmaid dresses available to you, but don’t go choosing one until you have an idea of what kind of wedding you’ll be throwing. Many brides make the mistake of buying a wedding dress and then deciding on other factors later. Then they realize the whimsical, breezy dress they fell in love with isn’t going to be appropriate for the formal church wedding they’re planning. With how difficult it is to find a new wedding dress, can you imagine how difficult it would be to find five new bridesmaid dresses?
3.) Comfort is key. Nothing spoils a good time faster than wearing something uncomfortable. Whether it’s shoes that are too high, a dress that is constantly riding up or undergarments that pinch in all the wrong places, it’s pretty tough to have a good time when you’re in constant discomfort, so aim to find dresses that all your girls can dance the night away in without feeling self-conscious.
This also includes considering which undergarments they’ll have to wear. Strapless dresses can be difficult for busty girls to wear all night. Even with a good bra, they’re likely to be pulling and tugging to make sure everything is in place. If you have a couple girls in your ensemble that are, shall we say, a bit “top heavy’, consider choosing dresses that have straps or some kind of built-in support.
4.) Keep it appropriate. That gorgeous mini-dress might look absolutely adorable on your 5’2” frame, but on your 5’11” Maid of Honor it could look downright scandalous. If you fall in love with a specific dress though, consider getting the long version and then leaving it up to the girls to hem it to a shorter length that would be appropriate to their height.
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Summer Wedding Hair Tips
Summer is quickly creeping up and that means plenty of summer wedding hair dilemmas. Many brides this time of year make the mistake of choosing their hairstyle while they’re in the salon; they pick out something that’s absolutely gorgeous that fits their theme and compliments their features, only to have it all fall apart on the day of their wedding. Wind, humidity and high heat can all cause chaos on a perfectly planned updo. So this summer, whether you are getting married or are simply attending a wedding, here are a few tips to ensure your hair will be the least of your problems:
1.) Fight sun damage. You probably remember to apply sunscreen to your skin, but what about your hair? UV rays are just as damaging to your hair as they are to your skin, leaving your hair dry, brittle and dull. Plus, if you’re planning on wearing your hair that leaves a part somewhere, you’re going to want to make sure you have sunscreen on that area of your scalp. Various leave-in conditioners and hairsprays now have SPF (or HPF), so choose wisely.
2.) Fight humidity. No one wants frizz and fly-aways on their wedding day, so be ready to counteract any unsuspecting humidity. The best thing to do in this case is to work with your hair, not against it. A leave-in conditioner may once again prove useful, while a smoothing serum will help with those out of control fly-aways. Less is more though; too much will make your hair appear greasy and limp. A light touch with the styling products will keep your look fresh.
3.) Consider your hair length. Long hair and short hair often need entirely different styling products and techniques. A haircut might also be in order if you want to look your absolute best. Long, flowing curls might look better with some longer layers added throughout and an already short do might look absolutely darling if you were to have an sophisticated pixie cut. Of course, you should always consult an experienced hair stylist before trying anything drastic.
4.) Trust your stylist. Hair stylists have seen it all, so they do know what they’re talking about. If you have issues with a specific style you should absolutely voice your opinions, but you should also trust that your stylist knows what they’re doing. Plus, if they suggest a specific product or style, you have every right to give it a test run. Use the products they will use on your wedding day a month or two before to see how your hair reacts.
5.) Don’t forget the accessories! Part of the fun in wedding hair is the accessories! There are veils, flowers, brooches, hair clips and many other things to play around and have fun with. Whatever style you’re going for, there is most likely a perfect accessory to go along with it. Of course a natural look is perfect as well, but you’ll want to know all your options before making a decision!
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5 Things to Do Immediately After Getting Engaged – Now A Wedding!
One of you asked and the other said yes: congratulations! Now a WEDDING!!!!These next few weeks are probably going to be some of the happiest times in your entire life, so it’s completely understandable if your mind checks out of a few things. How are you supposed to focus at work when people are stopping by your cubicle for a quick proposal story? How are you supposed to do anything with your new shiny ring staring right at you? Which reminds us, you might want to take a day or two off from driving…
Of course there are also a few important things you need to take care of, and lucky for you we have already made a list:
1.) Tell those closest to you. It might be your first instinct to shout the good news from the highest mountaintop you can find (aka: Facebook), but your closest friends and family deserve better than that. These are the people that love you most, so deserve to find out from you in person, not over a computer screen. Besides, announcing it on Facebook before you’ve told your inner circle will rob you of seeing their faces the first time they hear the news.
2.) Insure your ring. The immediate weeks after you get engaged are some of the riskiest times for your new ring. People will not only want to see it, but they’ll want you to take it off so they can see it up close (and even try it on, as some of your closest girlfriends will probably do). So make sure you insure it right after the proposal.
3.) Lay off the wedding logistics. Wedding planning is stressful, and there’s plenty of time to lose sleep over the guest list and the price of the venue. So kick back and relax, this is a truly unique time in your life and you should enjoy the feeling of just being engaged!
4.) But feel free to fantasize. However, we know that wedding planning is also part of the fun, so by all means collect inspiration! Invite your girlfriends over for a night of drinking wine while flipping through bridal magazines. Stay up late with your fiancé laughing about the idea of the two of you using a penguin as your ring bearer. Have fun with it!
5.) Throw a party! Not an engagement party (that takes planning and comes later), just a celebratory “We’re engaged!” party. Invite everyone over for a backyard BBQ or have everyone to get dressed up and meet you at your favorite restaurant. Be prepared to show off your ring and tell the proposal story over and over again (trust us, at this point, it just gets better every time). And once again, congratulations!
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