We like to think that choosing your bridal jewelry can be one of the most fun activities of the wedding planning storm. It’s your chance to be Holly Golightly, having breakfast at Tiffany’s or even just to pretend you’re picking pieces for a night at the Oscars. You’re most likely only going to wear them once, so don’t hold back and unleash your inner jewel goddess. Here are 10 pieces of bridal jewelry fit for a queen, and will hopefully get you inspired for the big day: These lovely epaulettes that work for you whether your theme is 1920s vintage, bohemian, or just big and luxurious.
Your bridal manicure should be something that reflects your personal style, while at the same time complimenting the fashion, decor, and overall style and theme of your wedding. Whether you are going for simple monochrome or bedazzled flare, here are our favorite 12 gorgeous Spring wedding manicures to help you get inspired:
Most wedding hairstyles are french twists, subtle curls, and luscious chignons. That’s all fine and dandy, but what about the rest of us who like to walk a bit more on the wild, hipster side? We need a little inspiration too. Something a bit less politician’s wife, and a bit more viking warrior goddess. Here are 9 edgy wedding hairstyles we love right now:
1. Slicked Back
Show off your high-fashion side with a classic, bold slicked back style
Kids are cuckoo. That’s just a fact. Some people choose to have a kid-free wedding, and with the wiled coyote antics of those little bundles of energy, it’s easy to sympathize. We invite you to consider the alternative of inviting those balls of sunshine to bask in your wedding bliss glow, and crank that reception into high gear.
Here are 10 Reasons to Have a Kid Friendly Wedding:
You know them. You love them (well, some of them maybe.) Waiting in the wings to provide you with laughs, or just plain embarrass themselves. Either way, it makes for great entertainment. Get ready to enjoy the show ladies!
Check out our list of 10 types of wedding guests:
The Crazy Aunt
She’s kooky, she’s judgmental, and she’s decided to ignore the doctor’s orders and mix alcohol with her prescriptions. Look out everyone, here comes crazy Auntie Brenda. This gal will provide your guests with some unexpected entertainment, but you might want to give her with a shiny distraction to keep her somewhat under control.
Slightly handsome, sweaty, and possibly shirtless, he’s the dancing guy and he’s a fixture at every wedding from Long Island to San Francisco. He’s probably gonna embarrass himself and possibly you, but he’s usually necessary to get things going on the dance floor.
It might be a couple o’ gal pals, or it might just be a broheim out on the prowl. Either way, they’re single, ready to mingle, and they’re lurking around every guest at your wedding…just try to keep them away from your parents.
He rolled in late to the wedding with some excuse, and he’s got the lame wardrobe to back it up. Clothed in cotton, draped in denim, or sheathed in shorts, this guy’s here to be one the more hilarious focal points of the evening.
The Amateur Photographer
They’re discussing the differences in frame rate and pixels between the iPhone 5 and 6 cameras while furiously snapping pictures of your wedding in increasingly uncomfortable and contorted positions. They are the photographer you didn’t hire, but they think maybe you should’ve.
[photo: Thomas Stewart]
They’ve starved themselves all day in anticipation of their free wedding dinner, and they’ve piled their plates mile-high with their buffet bounty. Good thing you ordered that extra round of food.
Her back hurts, she’s used to eating earlier, she doesn’t approved of the music, and she’s not afraid to let everyone know about it. You know her, you love her, she’s the oh-so-lovely, yet oh-so-cantankerous moody grandmother.
Want to know the REAL reason Jared and Stacey broke up, or why Candice seems to be flirting with every guy at the wedding even though her Facebook page says she’s in a relationship with John? Ask your resident gossip girl. She’s there with her Samsung Sidekick, and she’s typing away furiously.
This guy looks for any excuse to get loaded, and what better excuse in the world than a wedding with an open bar? Luckily, he’s one of your oldest friends, and he’s a “fun drunk” that will create some of the best wedding stories.
The 3 Sisters
They say 3 is a magic number, and that’s never more true than on a wedding reception. Whether they’re yours or your hubby’s sisters, they’re out there, destroying that dance floor, and the party don’t stop till they say so.
[source: wallflower photography]
Who do you think out of our 10 types of wedding guests will show up at your wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
This week, I will keep it short, simple, and sweet (with a side of tough-love) as I imagine you may have some last minute shopping or cooking to do.
Taking time to be alone is so important. You need space to be able to think for yourself. You need time with yourself to practice gratitude and to simplify. Learning to love alone time with yourself is the key to a healthy, happy life and a wedding day of ease and bliss.
Here are 5 beneficial ways to take time for yourself now:
1. Wake early, before your roommate(s) or your fiance. Enjoy a cup of tea. Make time to journal. Do some light yoga or stretching. Make breakfast and prepare for your day in silence (no tv, or try soft music). Waking just 10 minutes early to enjoy some solo-solitude will have you feeling more calm and collected. How you spend your morning is very important in setting the tone for how you feel and react throughout the day. Experiment with these variations and notice how you feel when you step out the door. Smile at the new-found spring in your step.
2. Take lunch away from the desk/technology/co-workers. This is a piece of advice I give to nearly all of my clients. Mindfulness at mealtime is so important for proper digestion, weight management, and maximum absorption of nutrients. Far too often, we swallow our lunch whole, either sitting at a desk while staring at a computer, while responding to messages and social media on our phones, or while gossiping with co-workers in the lunch room. Catching up with a friend over lunch can be food for the soul, but take time to look at your meal, to taste it, smell it, and chew it. Notice your dialogue, and try to include more listening, more positivity, and more gratitude. Focus on the good, and always come back to The Golden Rule.
3. Get in nature. Take 5 minutes to look at the sky, to walk in a nearby park, or on the beach. Don’t take the power of nature for granted. We become very detached to it and even I forget the serenity it brings after a day or two without exposure to it. Another way to do this is take a different way home from grocery shopping, or add in more time around your errands to sit on a bench and watch the clouds. We spend so much time and energy rushing from point A to point B without really knowing why. Take control of your place in your environment. And who knows, you may find yourself hugging a tree, or pouring your soul out to the fallen leaves. No judgment here!
4. There are more popular and obvious forms of self-care, like baths, massages, and facials. This can all be done at home to save money and time if you wish. I recommend making this a weekly or bi-weekly practice – don’t wait for the big day! Caring for your physical body is very therapeutic and increases your ability for self-love and compassion. Self-massage can be done with essential oils, (or sesame or coconut oil from your pantry) or your favorite lotion. It feels especially good on the neck and shoulders or legs and feet, depending on your day job. Facials can be done using pantry items like honey and baking soda, or oats and yogurt. And a warm bath become a luxurious ritual with soft music, candles, and Epsom salts. Make a date with yourself and schedule self-care. It is the easiest way to lower your stress levels and is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle.
5. Create boundaries around your wedding. Keep secrets! Have something that will be a surprise. Allow aspects of your union to remain sacred. Share what you wish and keep the rest to yourself. When people ask why, tell them because its what you and your partner want. Feel free to be vague and not show everyone you meet pictures of the dresses you have tried on. I was surprised at how inquisitive mere acquaintances were about the details of our wedding. One day at work last year I was approached in the elevator by someone whom I didn’t even know who asked what my veil was going to look like. When I responded that I wasn’t wearing one she looked appalled and asked me “why not?”. I told her because I didn’t want to and changed the subject. It is that simple. Limit the amount of time you actually talk about your wedding – it is an important event, not a full-time job. Keeping healthy boundaries around your wedding will also prevent the post-wedding celebration blues that sometimes show up once we return to life as is.
Taking time for yourself prevents burn-out and allows you to be more present at family gatherings, holiday parties, dress fittings, and catering meetings. It allows you the space to make decisions that matter. It is necessary for a happy and healthy body, mind, and spirit. You are worth it.
Jennifer Jakes is a Certified Health Coach who is on a mission to support people in living their best life. Through simple recipes, daily motivation, and 6-month programs she helps people achieve their wellness goals. J.J. loves to run, cook, bike, make homemade face masks, be in nature, laugh, play, dance, and find balance as a yogi. She is a student of the world and is always ready for the next book or adventure. Please join her at fastpacedfoodie.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Get to know a little bit more about Jenny at Jenny Does Weddings, and how she met her fiance, Glen!
Our love story may be a fairytale now, but it didn’t necessarily begin that way. Was it love at first sight? Absolutely. Out of all the classes I took in college and all the students I saw but never paid much attention to, I remember almost everything about the class we took together and how quickly I noticed Glen. His smile, his laugh, his voice, and his height were all pretty swoon worthy.
We didn’t officially meet until I opened my drunken mouth and asked one of his teammates if they knew each other. Had I ever spoken to him? Nope. But the next day, Glen walked right into classes and said, “Hey Jenny”. I then sat through an excruciatingly long 3 hour class and tried to calm the mini heart attack I was experiencing. After dropping my phone right in front of him and sprinting out the door, we began texting on a daily basis, sometimes right up to 4am.
We eventually ended up dating other people and after over a year of poor relationship decisions we starting talking again. We hung out with a group of my friends – it was awful. He was uncomfortable, I was newly single with no patience, and we didn’t speak for 2 weeks.
When my friend, now a bridesmaid, convinced me to reach out and give Glen a second chance, I asked him to pick the place and I met him on his stomping grounds. After a few beers I could see he was relaxed. I had butterflies multiplying at a rapid rate in my stomach and after our first kiss they never really stopped.
Since that night we have been inseparable. We moved into our first apartment together after dating for 4 months and were engaged one year later.
It has been a whirlwind. If someone had told me my Junior year that signing up for Drugs and Society would change my life, I would seriously begin to question what exactly they were referring to. Our story reminds me that everything happens for a reason, and almost everything has to do with timing. We let our story unfold over time, never rushing, and never forcing a decision. Now we get to see how the rest of our lives together will unfold, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Are you looking for a romantic movie to watch with your Valentine tonight? Well we came up with the ultimate list of the best romantic movies of all time. Check them out below:
1) The Notebook 2) Pretty Woman 3) When Harry Met Sally 4) My Best Friend’s Wedding 5) The Wedding Planner 6) You’ve Got Mail 7) How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days 8) 10 Things I Hate About You 9) The Holiday 10) 50 First Dates 11) Gone with the Wind 12) Ghost 13) Dirty Dancing 14) Sweet Home Alabama 15) Titanic 16) Love Actually 17) Jerry McGuire 18) 16 Candles 19) Sleepless in Seattle 20) Crazy, Stupid Love
Which ones will you be watching this Valentine’s Day? Do you have a favorite romantic movie that isn’t listed here? Comment below and let us know what we missed.
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