How To Entertain Your Wedding Guests

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life.

It’s something beautiful that you share with your friends and family. While the excitement of getting married might be enough to entertain you, it won’t be enough to entertain your guests. They aren’t getting married after all!

If you want to ensure your wedding is memorable for all the right reasons then here are some great tips for how to entertain your wedding guests.

  1. Keep Them Fed

You need to make sure that your guests have something to nibble on before the ceremony as well as after it.

It takes a long time between a wedding getting started and the reception afterwards. It’s more than enough time for people to get hungry, which just makes them crankier.

Find small appetisers that your guests can enjoy while they wait so that they are happy and refreshed by the time the ceremony starts.

  1. Stick to the Plan

Okay so you can’t stick to a wedding plan with military precision, but you should also avoid keeping your guests waiting around while you take pictures.

If you know there’s going to be a lot bit of dullness for your guests, such as when taking pictures; then you should consider setting up a space with some snacks and drinks for guests to sit and wait. They can get the party started before it really gets started.

  1. Change The Venue

If you’ve got the budget for it you’d be surprised at where you can hold the reception. Why not go all out by doing something unconventional such as holding your wedding reception at a science museum or even a zoo?

Of course even if you have to stick with a more traditional venue you can still spice it up a little with some décor or entertainment. Have a chat with the site manager to find out more about what you can do with the space to make it more entertaining.

  1. Time the Toasts

Every wedding needs a good toast or two. Or five.

The problem is that these toasts quickly add up and they can end up going quite long too. You should consider limiting the amount of toasts you have and how long each toaster has to give their speech.

That way it doesn’t get too long and painful for your guests and they can quickly get back to the festivities and having fun.

  1. Relax

There’s no underestimating how stressful it can be to plan a wedding, but you should avoid stressing out about any tiny details and just have fun. Your wedding will likely not be 100% according to plan and something will almost definitely go wrong.

Just relax and don’t stress out about it and your guests will have a whole lot of fun too. Keep a friend at hand who can slip you some drinks when you start getting stressed out if you need to.

keep in mind you can also simply let your wedding planner handle all the tiny details 🙂

Remember that it’s your wedding. It needs to be the happiest and most fun day of your life. So don’t stress out and enjoy yourself and your guests will enjoy themselves too.

Tips for a Healthy Marriage

happy-marriageMarriage, and relationships in general, are never easy.

Things come up and things happen. The thing is though; no one ever said love would be easy. They just said it would be worth it. Which it is.

you read our article about knowing when you are ready for marriage. But what about after the marriage? If you want to know how to keep a healthy marriage then just read these tips for a healthy marriage.

Communication is Key!

One of the biggest reasons that marriages and relationships fail is one that is ever so easy to avoid. That is a lack of communication.

When you get started in a relationship you can spend hours just talking to eachother. Over time the levels of communication go down though. You talk less.

Change that. Talk more with your partner. Especially if something is on your mind. If there is something bothering you then say it before it becomes such a big problem that you explode and start an argument. There is a difference between communicating and arguing. check this article with nice tips to help you with communication.

Keep the Passion Alive

Another problem with long term relationships is a lack of passion.

Again, at the start of a relationship, you’re lucky if you keep your hands off each other long enough to get anything done. Then things just fall into a routine and you’re lucky if you ever feel the passion again.

A lack of passion is a common cause for cheating or for falling out of love. People meet someone new and they feel that same spark of passion but you know what? Typically they could end up in another passionless relationship. Take the time to enjoy being together and find ways to keep the passion in the relationship alive. check these dating ideas from the health website here.

Say “I Love You”

It may sound silly to keep saying that you love someone after years together but it’s a small gesture that can go a long way.

If you go too long without saying it then it’s easy for the other person to think that perhaps you don’t love them anymore.

Those three little words can have a serious effect on a relationship so make sure to keep the love alive by letting your partner know how much you still love them. Surprise your partner by calling them up just to say it to them.

Be Complimentary

Don’t be afraid to compliment your partner in public.

You should at least feel comfortable complimenting them in front of children if you have them. Complimenting your partner makes them feel better and makes them feel closer to you. It makes them know how much you really like them.

If you do it in front of the kids then they pick up positive messages about how couples should interact and it makes them feel good to know their parents are loving towards eachother.

These are just some of the ways you can secure a long and happy marriage. There are plenty of other things you can do too. If you feel like your relationship isn’t as healthy as it could be, whether you’ve been together ten weeks or ten years, then it’s up to you to do something about it. No one else will.

Tips to choose your wedding planner

roses marriageThe big day is on its way, and you find yourself drowning in a sea of crinoline and decoration options. Your husband-to-be doesn’t know the first thing about helping you organize.

It all seems to be falling apart before it starts. If only you’d hired a wedding planner to get you through this!

Thankfully, wedding planners are readily available to help you make sense of all the catalogs, cake decorations and venue options, but how do you pick the right person?

Before choosing your wedding planner, make sure you have your budget set and a vision for your wedding.

Leaving those details to the planner will probably overwhelm them, as they specialize in the details and not the overall picture. They simply make the overall picture happen while you relax and let the stress fade away. Once you’ve decided what you want for your wedding, there are a few questions to ask when interviewing a potential wedding planner that will help you decide which person is right for your and your fiance:

  • Are you available for the day of our wedding? This one may seem obvious, but you want to make absolutely sure they’re available before you hire them. They might be already booked that day, so have your wedding date planned and check their availability. Inquire as to how many clients they take on at one time so you know for sure they’ll be able to dedicate the time needed to planning your wedding.
  • Ask about experience. Ask for a resume if you want to. Have them tell you how they deal with any issues that arise and how they’ve handled these issues before. You want someone who won’t fall apart at the first sign of trouble. You can also ask them where they received their training and education to be a wedding planner. It never hurts to ask.
  • How will you work with vendors? Communication between the wedding planner and vendors at your wedding is key. Will you be able to hire your own vendors, or do you have to hire vendors your planner approves of? Hiring approved vendors can be a requirement with some wedding planners. Find out how any vendor issues will be handled as well.
  • How much of the planning are we responsible for? Each wedding planner is different. Some are purely logistical (making sure things run smoothly, floor plans, etc.) while others take a more hands-on approach. Decide your level of involvement so you can do the same for your wedding planner when choosing them. Have a clear payment plan and contract laid out before your wedding planner goes to work. You don’t want any surprises further down the line.

Although there are many details to work out with your wedding planner, these are the essentials to ensure a smooth run of your wedding ceremony. Any accomplished and experienced planner should be able to work off of these details and make your day a happy and stress-free one.

How to write your wedding vows

wedding vowsWhen the biggest day of your life draws near, every single detail can seem trivial.

Everything from centerpieces to flower arrangements to finger foods to lighting will get planned out to very specific details on your special day.

One important detail are your wedding vows. Many people choose to go with pre-written or traditional wedding vows recited by the officiator.

But sometimes, people decide to write their own vows.

After all, who knows you and your partner’s relationship better than the two of you?

There is no one better at professing your love to each other, so take advantage of that!

Writing your own wedding vows can put what feels like massive pressure on you to get them just right. But there’s no need to struggle.

Follow these simple no-sweat tips at writing wedding vows, and they will soon be another box checked off your to-do list:

  1. Determine if you and your fiancé will write your vows together or see them before the ceremony. Sometimes, people want their vows to be a surprise. Others don’t. You and your fiancé need to be on the same page as soon as you decide to write your own vows. Take the time to discuss what you want your vows to accomplish.
  2. Set a structure, tone, and a word count together, even if you will see each other’s vow beforehand. Even set a due date if you need to. You guys want to be on the same page, especially if you don’t know what the other is writing. You don’t want one to be too long or too short or too playful while the other is serious. Planning this out beforehand will help you avoid that disaster.
  3. Read tons of examples. Use traditional wedding vows as a starting point. What is their message? What are they trying to convey? Don’t be afraid to pull from things other than traditional wedding vows either. Look to books, poetry, movies, songs, and more! The possibilities are endless.
  4. Think about your relationship. Making a list of important moments and memories that highlight important times in your relationship. Add them into the mix. Try and find words and phrases that convey how you feel about your fiancé that have significant importance to your relationship. You know better than anyone what will touch your fiancé’s heart.
  5. Write too much. Write a book if you have too. It’s better to start with too much than too little. After all, how can you summarize the miracle of your love in just one or two short minutes? Start by pouring your heart out and refine it from there.
  6. Keep editing until you have a masterpiece. Move phrases around, swap them for different sayings, or just cut them out. Edit your vows to your heart’s content. Eventually, you will get to the point where your vows are perfect.

Writing you own wedding vows can seem challenging and stressful . But with a little planning and a lot of hard work, you can create vows that are perfect to express your love to your partner on your special day.

How to choose your best wedding photographer

wedding photographerNothing gives you the wedding blues like horribly-taken photos.

You may have saved a ton of money on a wedding photographer by entrusting your special day to Uncle Frank, but paying for it afterwards is not what you had in mind.

That’s why it’s important to hire a professional wedding photographer to make sure your happy memories don’t turn into serious regrets.

When looking for a good wedding photographer, make sure you’re choosing the right one by following these tips:

• Experience.

Just because they have 15,000 followers on Instagram and an expensive camera, it doesn’t mean they’re qualified to photograph your wedding.

Having the right equipment is one thing, but you also need someone who knows what they’re doing. Professional wedding photographers usually have online portfolios that allow you to check out both their work before you buy.

If they have reviews on their site, great. Check out what people are saying about them. If you can find reviews about them other than on their website, that’s even better.

You’ll get a more honest view of what they’re like from those who haven’t been handpicked for online testimonials.

• Price.

Weddings can be incredibly expensive.

You’ve got your dress to think about, table decorations, catering, etc., and the last thing you need is an overpriced photo shoot that ends up breaking your budget. That is stressful enough

You don’t want to have to cancel the honeymoon due to lack of funds. That being said, you don’t want to get the cheapest photographer on the market.

Quality photographers have a price; you’ll still have to spend a decent amount of money to get someone who has the experience necessary to take stunning, commemorative photos that you’ll cherish for years to come.

The best thing you can do is shop around. Don’t pick the first photographer you look at; wise shoppers weigh their options and don’t make hasty decisions.

• Recommendations.

Don’t stop at reading reviews on the photographer you’re considering hiring; if your photographer is local, seek out other people who have worked with this photographer before.

Have any of your family or friends had a good experience with this person? Was the photographer professional and friendly? Did your friend get the quality that they paid for?

Answering these questions through acquaintances you know and trust will not only help you pick your perfect wedding photographer, but it will put your mind at ease to hear others’ experience was a good one.

Your special day should stay special.

With the right know-how and a discerning eye, you’ll be able to pick the perfect wedding photographer who will capture those magic moments and make sure your wedding is an affair to remember, not a nightmare to forget!

Last minute Body Wraps for the Wedding Dress that Won’t Fit

belly inches lossok question time : What do you do if you tried on your wedding dress again, a few days before the wedding, and you found out that it wouldn’t fit?

Your choices are:

  • A: Go on a crash diet for the remaining days until the wedding.
  • B: Exercise until you lose the weight.
  • C: Try body wraps to get a few inches off of your measurements.

What would your choice be?

Well, A is obviously a bad idea as crash diets are bad for your health. B could be a good option but you wouldn’t want to tire yourself too much right before the wedding and exercise might not give you the instant results you need.

The most logical answer has to be C: to try out homemade body wraps using natural ingredients so your body can lose a bit of water and be detoxified in the process.

What are Body Wraps?

BODY WRAP :

A type of beauty treatment involving the application of skin-cleansing ingredients to the body, which is then wrapped in hot towels. (source: Google)

This is basically what body wrapping is. You use certain ingredients on your skin and then wrap your body up using towels, plastic wrap or bandages. It has a number of benefits including skin cleansing, as mentioned, body detoxification and, in our case, losing a few inches on the body part that was wrapped.

Why Body Wrapping?

Come to think of it, there are plenty of other options for you to lose the extra inches. You could go to a beauty clinic and get other treatments but they’re more expensive. You could also go to the spa and o sauna as well as other body tightening services. Hhhhmmm…they’re probably going to wrap your body anyway.

I guess what we’re saying is, body wrapping is the cheaper option since you may have to wrap your body not just once. Granted that you do have to put extra effort in for applying your skin mixture and wrapping your whole body up but you can always ask for help from friends and family (Note: In this case, have your maid of honor’s number on speed dial).

We came up with great DIY recipes after finding this awesome beauty article about homemade body wraps  which basically inspired us. They also have a tumblr blog in case you are more on this platform: my awesome beauty posts.

At home body wraps are pretty easy to make, and are definitely cheaper. Yet, it can be messy if you are not organized, so we recommend you to do it in your bathroom to make things much easier….to clean afterwards 🙂

2 Effective Body Wrapping Recipes

Now on to the best part! When you do body wrapping, there are 2 main ingredients your body wrapping recipes need to have: seaweed and/or Bentonite clay because both have been known to be effective in detoxifying the body, solving certain skin issues and, of course the result we want, helping trim down wrapped body areas.

Bentonite Clay Body Wrapping Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of Bentonite clay
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • Enough plastic wrap
  • Enough bandages to fit your problem area(s)

Directions:

  1. Boil water in a big enough pan and add sea salt until it is dissolves.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. You can add some more water to get a paste-like consistency.
  3. Let the mixture cool for a bit and then apply it on your problem areas.
  4. Wrap the area you applied the mixture to with plastic wrap.
  5. Tighten your skin using bandages.
  6. Watch TV or read a book for an hour.
  7. Remove everything and rinse.

Seaweed Body Wrapping Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup of dried or powdered seaweed
  • Enough water to make a thick paste out of the powdered seaweed
  • Enough plastic wrap

Instructions:

  1. In a big enough bowl, mix all of the ingredients together to make a smooth paste (no need or heating).
  2. Once you have the consistency you want, take the paste and spread it all over your body.
  3. Take your plastic wrap and wrap the areas where you just applied your seaweed paste to.
  4. Get your plastic and wraps yourself with it. Don’t be afraid to get messy but if you’re particular about this sort of thing, you can get in the tub and do steps #2 until #4.
  5. Let the mud dry.
  6. Once it does, rinse the mud off with warm water.
  7. Pat your skin dry and apply your moisturizer.

How’s your wrap?

We hope the two very simple recipes can help you fit into your beautiful wedding dress. It probably might but if it doesn’t, don’t hesitate to repeat the process after 24-48 hours. Who knows, the recipes might even give you glowing skin that you absolutely should have on your special day and your honey moon 😉 just saying…..

Wedding Makeup Tips for Your Special Day

make up tips for weddingOn your special day, the person doing your makeup is going to have a very important job to do. He or she has to make you the most beautiful you’ve ever been, ready to walk down the aisle, not to mention that he or she also needs to make your “most beautiful look” last for hours. It’s a pretty big job to do which is why it’s also the hardest.

The pressure is on but to ease it a little bit, we’ve gathered a few wedding makeup tips that you can remind your makeup person of. If you’re doing your own makeup, great! These tips will make it easier for you to achieve the perfect bridal look.

Wedding Makeup Tip #1: Less is More.

Simplicity is the key to any wedding makeup look because the idea is to bring out your best features and enhance them. There’s no need for over the top colors or over the top enhancements. Your motto should be less is more:

  • Choose neutral colors that bring out your eyes.
  • Tight-line your eyes instead of creating a bold wing.

(Tight line – applying eyeliner as close as possible to the lash line.)

  • Stick to peachy or bright pink colors for your cheeks and lips.

Wedding Makeup Tip #2: Waterproof.

Is it really necessary to waterproof your makeup even if your wedding venue is indoors? Absolutely. You’re still going to sweating, possibly crying, kissing, hugging, dancing and so on so it has to be waterproof or budge proof.

  • Use waterproof makeup products – waterproof eyeliner, waterproof mascara and etc.
  • Do not skip face primers
  • Use tint whenever possible – lip tints are a great idea.
  • Go for oil-free makeup products.

Wedding Makeup Tip #3: Never forget the trial.

If you do have a person doing your makeup, you absolutely have to book a trial run with him or her and, then, get your photo taken with and without flash once the trial makeup is done.

Doing the trial makeup will put your mind to ease since you’re going to see what you’re makeup is going to be like on your wedding day. This also presents you with a chance to give your makeup person some feedback on the makeup look he or she has done during your trial.

  • Be honest with your makeup person and let him or her know what you want and what you don’t want.

Now, let’s talk about taking photos with and without flash. Aside from seeing what you’re going to look like on your wedding day, you should also see what you’re going to look like in photos. Some foundation colors don’t appear the same way in photos as they reflect light differently. The same goes with highlighters, bronzers and blushes.

Wedding Makeup Tip #4: Hide and conceal.

The main thing that you should be focusing on is having perfect, glowing skin on your wedding day. It may be difficult to achieve when you don’t have great skin to start with but a combination of a good concealer and a full coverage foundation will do the trick.

  • Your skin has to look flawless during your wedding day so blend out your concealer and foundation with a sponge.
  • Apply just the right amount of both concealer and foundation. If both have great coverage, you don’t even have to apply much to get the result you want.

Wedding Makeup Tip #5: It’s YOUR day.

Don’t forget that it’s YOUR special day so whatever you say goes. If you want purple eye shadow, go for it. If you want darker lips, go ahead.

Why not? As long as you’re comfortable with your choices and as long as sure that it’s what you want then let your makeup person know.

Other Recommendations

Aside from the tips that we’ve already mentioned, don’t forget to work on your skin and your brows weeks before the wedding.

This means waxing, plucking, and facials have to be done early so any redness or irritation can be dealt with days or even weeks before the wedding.

Beauty treatments are also great for de-stressing so make sure that that you have enough of it or at least you have to make sure that you de-stress every once in a while as it will take a toll on your skin.

How to Choose your Makeup Artist for your Wedding Day

wedding makeup artist“The big day”, “Day-W”, “My wedding day”, however you want to call it, it will be one of the most important days in your life. It’ll be your next big adventure, your new chapter and your new beginning. This is why, as the bride and the center of attention on the coming special day, you have to look good. Scratch that!

You have to look your best with your wedding dress and one way for you to do this is by choosing the best bridal makeup artist. It has to be a major to-do on your bridal checklist.

Because choosing the best bridal makeup artist is as important as everything else you have to do, we know that it is added pressure so have we figured that we’d give you two scenarios.

So is there an Easy and Stress Free Way to Choose your Makeup Artist for your Wedding Day ?

Choose the scenario that best represents your current availability:

Easy, Breezy Bride to Be

Wow, you have enough time in your hands. You probably have a wedding planner or you probably have a group of people helping you plan your wedding! Great! Since you’re mostly free to do this task by yourself, here’s what you should remember when choosing a professional bridal makeup artist:

  • You have to get along well with the makeup artist.
  • You have to be familiar with the bridal makeup artist’s past work.
  • You have to research others’ reviews on the artist’s work.
  • The artist has to understand the preferences you have with your makeup.
  • The artist’s rate has to be within your budget.

With all of these 5 in mind, you can start following these 5 steps:

  1. Identify how much your budget is. Hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day may be costly but remember that you still have options. First thing, though, is you have to know how much you’re willing to pay for the makeup services.
  2. Research different bridal makeup artists in your area. Make a list of bridal makeup artists in your area who are within your budget. List about 3-5 that you can choose from. If you don’t find an artist who’s within your budget, you have to decide if you want to compromise. Remember that this is a sort of an investment on your part.
  3. Call the makeup artists, visit their websites and research reviews on them. Get as much information as you can on what the artist is like, how he/she works and if you’re getting your money’s worth with the services offered. Filter your list according to your preferences.
  4. Schedule a trial. A trial makeup is like a preview of what you’re going to look like on your wedding day. Once you’ve zeroed in on who you want to do your makeup, schedule a trial makeup run.
  5. Book with a contract. When you’re happy with the artist’s work, book them right away as they may have other engagements to consider. On top of booking them, you have to make them sign an agreement contract so both parties, this means you and the bridal makeup artist, understand what needs to be done. You can draw your own guidelines on the contract and you can review it with the artist so both of you agree on the terms.

Busy, Lively Bride to Be

Ok. If you’re on this scenario you’re probably DIY-ing your own wedding and you, for sure, have a mountain of tasks to do. The best thing to do is designate searching for the best bridal makeup artist to your maid of honor. Here are a few things that you need to be clear about:

  • Since your maid of honor knows your personality, make sure that she knows what you’d like in a makeup artist – funny, light, accommodating and so on.
  • Tell your maid of honor what your budget is on hiring a makeup artist for your wedding so she knows the price range your comfortable with.
  • Make her compile links to the artists’ portfolio in a list.
  • Allow her to organize this list from the lowest priced to the highest priced artist.

You and your maid of honor have to be on the same page. You’re best friends so it’s most likely that you are, meaning that you don’t have to put in effort to explain things deeper. Once you’ve taken into account the 4 items above. You can move on to these:

  1. Check her list and do your research. You can do extra research on things that you need further clarification in. Once you’re done, eliminate choices on your list.
  2. Let your maid of honor do the scheduling for the trial. By this time, you should already have your top choice. Let your bff call the makeup artist to schedule a trial makeup run. She should let you know when the artist is available and she should be in charge of allowing the schedules to meet.
  3. Let your maid of honor draft up a contract. It’s highly likely that you’re going to be doing this with her but you can also hand her notes to organize. The contract should clearly state what needs to be done on what day. Approve the contract and get it ready when you book the professional bridal makeup artist.
  4. Book right away. Now that you have your contract ready, book the makeup artist of your choice and wait for your big day to come.

The Bride Should be awesome

This guide should make choosing a makeup artist on your wedding day easy and stress free. Remember that you need to be awesome on your special day so: do this to-do as early as you can and communicate what you want clearly.