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Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

Ladies, we know that planning your wedding can be one of the most stressful periods in your life. We are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. If you can implement just a few new habits in your daily routine before you start planning, and keep some things in mind during the process, it can be a lot less stressful for you and your guy.

Sleep/Exercise

Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

Get plenty of sleep and exercise! Doctors and sleep experts recommend you get 7-8 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. The exercise will help you burn off some of that stress steam, plus it will  help you fall asleep at the end of your day.

Meditate

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Even with getting enough sleep and exercise, you’re still going to have some freak-out moments. This is completely normal when planning a wedding. A good way to combat this is to meditate for at least ten minutes a day. Studies show that meditation can decrease mind-wandering and stress. So, find a quiet place, put on some comfy clothes, sit down and relax. You can picture yourself on a beach in Maui, listening to the gentle crash of waves, or pretend you’re sitting on the dock of a crystal-clear lake in Maine, surrounded by Honeysuckle trees.

Organization

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If organization isn’t your strongest skill, there are ways to develop it. Buy a dated planner/organizer and keep everything (receipts, ideas, names, and numbers) in it, so you don’t lose info or miss an appointment. There are also wedding planning apps such as The Knot Wedding Planner and Our Wedding Planner you can download that will help. The more organized you are, the less stressed you’ll be.

Wedding Day Contact

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One of the best things you can do to lift a huge chunk of stress off your chest, is appoint someone to be your wedding day contact. On the day of your wedding, your mind is not going to be capable of grasping such concepts as organization, planning, and scheduling. You will be off, floating in the clouds of another dimension, where new and different emotions are taking over. If you give a close friend or family member the authority to be the central contact person for venue employees, bakers, florists, etc., you will be able to focus on the one thing that matters at that point, which is marrying the man of your dreams.

Spoil Yourselves

couples massage

A lot of couples say that they felt distanced from each other during the planning process, and that this added to their overall stress. Take time out from the chaos every now and again and spoil yourselves. Continue to have date nights, go get a couple’s massage, get outside and ride your bikes. Or, if money is tight, just have a quiet night at home with all devices turned off, and reconnect. The next day, when the planning recommences, you’ll be thinking, “This is all worth it.”
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We hope this helps relieve some stress for you! What steps are you taking to ensure your wedding planning is as stress-free as possible? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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Best Places for a Destination Wedding

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Best Places for a Destination Wedding

At some point in your planning process, you may have decided to have a destination wedding. Not only is it a great excuse to limit the guest list, but you can also enjoy an exotic experience from ceremony to honeymoon, all in one place. Check out our best places for a destination wedding!

Kauai

If you want to be surrounded by a pristine beach, huge volcano, or romantic waterfall when you marry, then look no further than Kauai, Hawaii. Also known as The Garden Island, Kauai is one of the oldest and less populated islands in Hawaii, so it definitely exudes an old-timey, authentic feel.
best places for a destination wedding
(photo by Coconut Coast – Kauai Weddings & Photography)

Italy

Italy has been a hot spot for destination weddings for a long time. With such rich, diverse regions, it’s no wonder why. You can have your nuptials on the rocky Amalfi Coast, surrounded by the dazzling ancient ruins and art of Rome, or on a beautiful bridge in Venice. Either way, you’ll be livin la bella vita!
wedding in Italy
(photo by Cristiano Brizzi)

Costa Rica

If you want a tropical-vibe destination wedding with a little more affordability, you might want to consider Costa Rica. Lush rain forests, beautiful beaches, striking volcanoes, and some of the best eco lodges in the world have kept Costa Rica at the top of destination wedding lists.
Costa Rica wedding
(photo by a Brit and a Blonde photography)

Belize

With 78-degree weather year round, friendly locals, a great barrier reef, and ancient caves, Belize is a great choice. You can wed on the shores of Ambergris Caye by candlelight, and then explore Mayan ruins in Chiquibul Forest Reserve for your honeymoon. Plus, it’s just a quick 2 or 3 hour flight from most places in the U.S.
Belize wedding

Las Vegas

Everybody wants an excuse to go to Las Vegas. Have your wedding there and your guests will feel like they are getting away for the biggest party of the year. Say your vows against the backdrop of stunning canyons and rocky landscapes, and then head to the strip for swanky shopping amidst resplendent lights and energy.
Las Vegas wedding
(Seen on: 702wedding.com)

Aruba

Located in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is often called “the happy island.” What better place to start the happiest period of your life? Home to amazing, crystal-clear waters and intriguing shipwreck sights, Aruba provides the perfect backdrop to your special day. You and your guests can always party it up at one of many of the islands casinos in the days leading up to the wedding.
Aruba wedding
(Photo by Crooze Photography)

Jamaica

With 600 miles of gorgeous coastline and home to lots of wedding-friendly resorts and villas, Jamaica has always been a top destination wedding locale. Enjoy the frenetic nightlife of Negril, or tour a coffee farm in Brandon Hill. ‘Ey mon, it’s romantic!
Wedding in Jamaica
(photo by Tryall Club)

Bahamas

Picture your stunning, white wedding dress draped over soft pink sands. That little fantasy can be a reality if you wed in the Bahamas. This has always been one of the most popular wedding destinations thanks to it’s rich and friendly atmosphere. Consider having your wedding at the beautiful Versailles Gardens, located on Paradise Island.
Wedding in the Bahamas
(Seen on: OceanClub.com)
That about does it brides! Where is your wedding destination going to be? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
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How to Deal With Bridesmaids Drama

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How to Deal With Bridesmaids Drama

Are you having bridesmaids drama? Do you wish you could sail them all out into the middle of the ocean and leave them there? Fear not! We have gathered together the most common bridesmaid offenders and have offered possible solutions. Don’t go starting up that sailboat just yet!

how to deal with bridesmaids drama

The One with Dress Issues

This is the oldest bridesmaid problem in the book. She doesn’t like the style, color, or material of the dress you’ve picked out, and she’s not afraid of being VERY vocal about it. There is a solution to this and it involves a bit of compromise. If you can get your ladies to at least agree on either the style or color of their dresses, then you can let them choose on the other. Letting your maids feel like they are in some amount of control over what they will be wearing will usually diffuse most anxieties before they get out of control.

The One with Money Problems

Weddings are expensive affairs, and the bridesmaid’s portion is nothing to be taken lightly. If you are choosing unreasonably priced dresses and wedding locations, you’re going to hear some grumbles about money. Make sure you are taking into account your bridesmaids situations. Are they students, single-income household, etc? Once you have considered this information, determine your bridesmaids budgets and plan accordingly. If you are still getting complaints, try to determine whether or not you can help cover a bit of the cost of someone’s dress if their participation is important enough to you.

The Complainer

She doesn’t like the dress. She’s too busy to help you plan. She doesn’t like the other bridesmaids. She has too much stress in her life to worry about your wedding too. What if you’re saddled with a bridesmaid who won’t stop complaining? First, sit down and have a talk with her to find out if there’s a reason for this. Maybe you two are close and she is sad over “losing” you to your hubby. If you’re still not able to hash things out, then ask her as politely as you can if she wants to resign her duties as bridesmaid and ask someone else.

bridesmaids drama

The One Who Doesn’t Get Along

If you unfortunately have a couple of bridesmaids who are not getting along, then stress not. This is pretty common and there are steps you can take to ensure that an all-out cat fight does not occur. First, if the issue is just that your maids are not familiar enough with one another then just organize a little ladies night out at a bar or club. They can have a few cocktails, let their hair down, and really get to know each other. If the problem is that they just don’t like each other, try getting together with them for logistics separately on different days. You can also try seating them farther apart at functions like rehearsal dinners, and showers, etc.

The One Who Doesn’t Pull Her Weight

What if one of your bridesmaids is not quite measuring up in terms of her moral support or willingness to help with certain tasks? First, ask yourself or her if there’s a reason she doesn’t seem interested in helping. Maybe your wedding has stirred some negative emotions in her life based on past experiences. Once you’ve had a chance to talk all that over and she is STILL not pulling her weight, then it’s time to have a chat. As nicely as you can, communicate your needs and give her a few simple tasks to see if she can handle them. If things are still not working out, then remember it is YOUR special day and you can replace anyone in your bridal party if it’s not working out.

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That’s it brides-to-be! Are you having bridesmaid drama? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

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How to Write Your Own Vows

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How to Write Your Own Vows

Greetings ladies! Are you planning on writing your own vows for your wedding? You might be a bit overwhelmed wondering where to start. Read on to get some tips and pointers on the fine art of vow creation.

how to write your own vows

Step 1: Get Inspired

How can you set about creating something unless you first get inspired? Use books and the internet to look at as many different examples as you can to get an idea of WHAT you want and HOW you want it to be. Create a new folder on your desktop labeled “Vow Inspiration” and start loading it up! Encourage your fiance to do the same and then you will both be imbued with the creative power of inspiration!

Step 2: Get on the Same Page

Once you both have a rough idea of the direction you want to go in, make sure that you and your fiance are on the same page. First, you’ll want to go over your plan with your wedding officiant. Different churches may have different rules when it comes to vows. Some might not allow DIY vows, and some may require you to recite some of the traditional vows. Once you have done this, you’ll then start the process of agreeing on HOW you will both set about writing the vows, and what tone you want to create: Funny, romantic, tear-jerking, etc.

vow writing ideas

Step 3: Brainstorm your Beloved

We know that sounds kinda funny. Normally you would brainstorm things like new job possibilities, or ideas for other kinds of creative projects. What we mean by “brainstorming” your beloved is: Grab a paper and pencil and jot down all the aspects of your relationship that are the most special to you. What kinds of moments do you want to share with your wedding guests? Where did you first meet? When did you know you were in love? What do you love about him? Write down anything and everything that comes to mind.

Step 4: Dare to Declare

We promise that if you give yourself enough time to do the brainstorming in step 3, and make sure you are thinking about those key moments and memories, it will make the process of declaring your vows much easier. “In sickness and in health, through the good times and the bad,” are traditional vows that go without saying. Why not declare something more personal, like, “I promise to let you play Call of Duty in peace for at least 2 hours when you have had a bad day.” He could vow something like, “I promise to give you and your gal pals the living room all to yourselves so you can drink wine and watch Leonardo Dicaprio movies, at least once a month.”

Step 5: Revise and Refine

Once you have all your vows written down, you’ll want to revise and refine it until it is ready for the big day. Try to make sure there’s nothing that is too personal. You want to make sure that your wedding guests can connect to and relate to what you’re saying, even a little bit. You’ll also want to try to cut it down so that it does not take forever to read aloud at the ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to keep it to one minute or less per person.

Step 6: Practice Makes Perfect

Nervous about reciting your vows in a room full of 100 + people? Practice, practice, practice. We cannot stress the importance of this step enough. A lot of couples want to surprise their future spouse by not revealing the vows until the ceremony and end up getting tongue tied and feeling regretful. Practice saying your vows aloud to each other over and over again until it feels comfortable. If you really need to surprise each other, write a separate set of vows and recite them to each other in a romantic, honeymoon setting.

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*Extra Credit!*

Create a Keepsake

Want to use your vows to create a special keepsake that will last forever? Why not create a frame-able piece of art with them? If minimal is your style, you could just frame your original vows that were written in pencil. Or if you’re handy with Adobe software, you could digitally render them onto a photograph of the two of you. The possibilities here are endless.

That’s it beautiful brides! Are you planning on writing your own wedding vows? Let us know what steps you’re taking and if you have any advice for your fellow future brides in the comments section below!

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The Bride Box Vendor Spotlight

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The Bride Box Vendor Spotlight

Hey there brides! We thought we’d take some time to tell you more about some of the amazing and talented vendors that we have featured in The Bride Box – a monthly subscription box for brides!

Yellow Note

The Yellow Note is a wonderful, custom design studio based out of New York that features address stamps, stationery, and party goods. Visit their website and you will find gorgeous, gold foil lettering on napkins, tote bags, gift tags, and other items. They have designs ranging from classic and pretty to playful and fun, and will gladly work with any customer closely in order to provide a something that is perfect for their style or occasion.
best day ever napkins

Lola’s Handcrafted

Lola’s Handcrafted is an amazing shop, featuring luxurious, natural soaps that are hand-made with the cold process method. They are hand poured and 100% Soy wax. Lola also features mineral cosmetics, hand blended perfume, and lip balms made with local beeswax and nourishing oils. All of their products are made from scratch in the shop, with great passion. Visit their website to find alluring products with ingredients like jasmine vanilla, honey toffee, and Tahitian gardenia. Yummy!
lolas handcrafted

Pearls + Pennies

Pearls + Pennies is an East Coast boutique that specializes in wedding glassware, monogrammed accessories, jewelry dishes, and more. Visit their website to look for lots of customizable options, such as shot glasses, mugs, and ring dishes. They even have adorable little pacifiers for your future little ones! Buy the wine glasses to surprise the ladies in your wedding party, or one of their ring dishes to keep your most-prized possession safe until your big day!
pearls + pennies

Jesse & Co

Jesse & Co is a design studio based out of Los Angeles. They feature a collection of jewelry and leather accessories that are sure to fit your needs for any occasion. Go to their website to see a wide range of products like contemporary, nature-inspired designs and recycled pewter jewelry.  They also feature beautiful, personalized initial jewelry like the beautiful hammered initial cuff (seen below), which would make the PERFECT gift for your bridal party!
hammered initial cuff

Oh So Fabulous

Oh So Fabulous is one of the most charming paper goods shops around. Ashlee Sosa, owner and chief designer, calls it “sweet and sassy,” and if you visit the shop, you’ll see why. Featuring everything from lingerie shower and wedding invitations, to pillow covers, they’ve got you covered. There’s even a delightful, wine-bottle label and adorable bingo cards for you to use at your bridal shower! Have a great time ladies!
bridal bingo game
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2016 Wedding Dress Trends

illusion bodice wedding dress

2016 Wedding Dress Trends

Every girl fantasizes of wearing the perfect wedding dress on her fairytale wedding day. To walk down the aisle, all eyes on you, admiring your stunning display in white silk and satin, is the stuff dreams are made of. We’ve all combed through magazine after magazine of brides dresses, feverishly searching for that special, glittering gown. But, there are so many choices, it can be overwhelming. A good place to start is by narrowing it down to just a few upcoming trends, so that you can look not only gorgeous, but FRESH and ON POINT for your wedding. Here are some Spring 2016 wedding dress trends that have been setting the runways abuzz:

3D Floral Appliqué

Designed to elicit a garden-esque feel, the 3d floral appliqué trend has been steadily growing over the past few seasons. It made a big splash at the 2016 bridal runway shows, and we can see why. With blooms of Chantilly lace, or beautifully-detailed laser cut patterns, any bride who chooses a floral appliqué dress will feel like the queen of the garden.
 2016 wedding dress trends
[above dress by Marchesa Bridal]

Feathers

Wanting to create the illusion that you are fluttering through the day like a winged wonder on a sunny, picturesque day? Why not go for a feathered look? Feathers were all over the dresses in the latest bridal shows. Whether they are thick and dark on Vera Wang dresses, or soft and sparse on an Amsale, feathers are showing they are here to stay.
feather wedding dress

Illusion Bodice

If you don’t mind a bolder choice, try an illusion bodice. More designers are utilizing sheer fabrics in the bodice area this season to create a more sensual feel for 2016. Some designers even took it a step further and used the sheer fabric throughout the entire dress, and then strategically placed certain embellishments.
illusion bodice wedding dress
[above dress by Christos Costarellos]

Dipped V Neckline

Another fierce, bold trend we’ve seen this season, is the dramatic, dipped V neckline. This neckline goes lower than a sweetheart neckline, but is not quite as scandalous as a plunging neckline. This way you can show off your elegant femininity without showing too much skin.
dipped v wedding dress
[gown by Antonio Riva]

Tiered Skirts

The best thing about tiered skirts is their versatility, no matter what bridal dress design you have chosen. From skinny mermaid trumpets, to big tulle gowns, a tiered skirt can give you a luxurious, layered look. We love this beautiful blush pink tiered skirt.
wedding dress tired skirt trends
[Photo by FirstView]

Thigh High Slits

Want a touch of classy, Angelina Jolie-esque sophistication to your wedding gown? Try a dress with a thigh-high slit. Thanks to the black-velvet Versace gown that Angelina Jolie wore to the 2012 Oscars, this trend has been steadily growing over the last few years. The 2016 bridal runway shows were saturated with the look.
thigh high wedding dress
That’s it you gorgeous brides-to-be! We hope this helps you in your search for the perfect wedding dress! What style of wedding dress are YOU shopping for? Let us know in the comment section below.