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Apr 13 2016
Comments Off on Getting In Shape for the Big Day

Are you looking to slim and tone for the big day? Proper exercise and diet are lifelong pursuits, but if you are trying to lose another pound or two before the day finally comes, try some of these tips. First, start drinking more water. Right now. Sometimes our cravings for snacks are actually signals of thirst from our body. Try drinking an entire glass of water next time you feel like reaching for chips or cookies, give it a few minutes and see if you still have that craving....

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on The Right Makeup for the Bride

From fake eyelashes to lip gloss, makeup for the bride is a key factor in the wedding. The main goal, besides marrying the love of your life, is to feel absolutely beautiful on your special day, so having flawless makeup is just the first step. A subtle look is totally in this year, just enough to show that you’re wearing makeup, but not to the point where it takes away from the dress and the hair. Start with the basics, such as foundation, then set that with a skin colored...

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on Who and How Many to Invite to Your Wedding?

You and your fiancé get to work on your guest list. Your friends and family list is bigger than your budget. How do you select who makes the cut? Set The Wedding Budget Plan your wedding budget. Your guest list will consider the cost per person for dinner, alcohol, rentals, etc. Be honest when deciding how much you can afford for everything. Kids or No Kids? Do you have families with a lot of children? Will the venue be a backyard affair or a winery? If you do not want children...

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on Marriage and Money

The “Big Day” is around the corner and a new phase in life will begin, so it is crucial to start on the right foot. Come to terms with managing your financial life by having upfront conversations on how each feels about money, who will handle what, how you invest, who has debt, and how your new family unit will deal with these issues. Here are some free online tools to make your financial life easier: 1. SmartyPig – Create specific goals for saving for a wedding,...

Mar 13 2016
Comments Off on Weddings in Japan

Not surprisingly, weddings in Japan are very different than weddings here in America. Not only are cultures different, but traditions as well. In ancient times, weddings in Japan consisted of neighbors and family sitting around a small table for the ceremony, followed by dinner at the bride’s house. It was small and dainty, nothing extravagant or expensive like the weddings that take place today. Japanese weddings today are “Shinto-Style”, with a Shinto priest, held...

Sep 22 2015
Comments Off on Honeymoon Finds

As you start to plan your honeymoon you will see there are lots of options. So many that it could be overwhelming on top of planning of a wedding. Below are some options to get you started narrowing down what is the best type of vacation for you and your new husband. All-Inclusive Resorts Resorts that include meals and beverages are very popular with honeymooning couples. The Dominican Republic, Mexico, St. Lucia and other Caribbean destinations feature all-inclusive options for...

You selected your wedding venue, now you need to decide on a DJ or band to provide music. A decision that has several considerations, including what is most suitable for your location. Talk to the Wedding Planner at the Venue  Ask the venue’s wedding planner what couples typically hire for that location. Having an outdoor wedding? Inquire about noise ordinances. There are venues that have limited hours for weddings because of such ordinances. Consider Your Guests Will...

Jul 05 2015
Comments Off on A True Honoring of Our Temple

As we rise to meet another sacred passage of our lives, we take leaps forward. Some will partner up, while others continue to walk their road in a different way. None better, none worse, all a place for growth and adventure. Marriage is one of the steps that many will take. Here in America, we may have ideas of what that ‘should look like’. Much of our focus is placed on the actual day; What dress will I wear? What kind of flowers? What’s the right type of music?...

May 12 2015
Comments Off on Flowers for the Wedding: Simple or Elaborate? How Do You Choose?

Selecting the right flowers for your wedding can be a daunting task. Before heading to the florist, have a clear vision and a list of questions to ask. How Much Will You Need If you ever ordered flowers you know they can be expensive. How many bouquets and boutonnieres are needed? Will you have floral centerpieces? Ceremony flowers? Corsages for both mothers? The more people in the wedding, the less elaborate the flowers may be to stay within budget. The Wedding Dress and...

May 10 2015
Comments Off on Get in Shape for the Big Day

Your special day is coming up quick. How does one get in shape for this special day, not only body, but mind and spirit as well? Katie Weiss, Director of Youth Development & Healthy Living at the YMCA, and personal trainer Marie Mason agree on some basic components for getting in shape for the big day. You are what you put into your body. It takes commitment and  consistency with healthy eating and exercise. Promoting a healthy routine helps a person make better choices,...

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