Wedding Planning 101: Please Don’t Stop the Music!

The day after you attend a wedding, what is the first thing that comes to mind?THE MUSIC.If the DJ was amazing, you will still be talking about it the next day. If the band was out of this world, you and your friends will still be talking about how awesome their rendition of “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé and Jay-Z was and how so-and-so grabbed the mic and was rapping along side of the band.Bottom line. Booking the right type of music is the most important aspect of your wedding planning. And so is the music choices you will have to make....more

Nautical Bachelorette Party // Sweets and Treats

I just came back from one of the BEST bachelorette parties ever! My bestie Lynette is getting married in November and chose Fire Island as her destination for a week-long bachelorette party! Her maid of honor (and my other bestie), Gina, organized the entire party. She did an UNBELIEVABLE job! Everywhere you turned, there was another thoughtful detail. Gina is insanely creative, so I knew that there would be some pretty awesome things at this party....more

7 Tips for Choosing Your Bridesmaids

Choosing your bridesmaids can be a difficult task. For me it was one of the most difficult. I agonized over it for months for the sole fact that I have so many amazing friends I wanted to include. In a perfect world where budget and realism were no factor, I probably would have had like 10 friends standing up with me. But Dave and I decided early on that was not realistic and decided to keep the number down as much as possible. In the end, we decided to have six people standing up on each side....more

Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Children?

It’s the nagging question on all of our minds.  It’s the silent tally we keep throughout each day and week.  We chastise or justify ourselves based on where we fall on this continuum....more

Marriage Done Right

Good evening everyone:I am looking forward to the next several weeks with great and seldom contained exuberance! I can't stop smiling. In fact, I'm smiling so much my cheeks hurt.I'm getting married - again - and I'm over the moon with excitement!Looking back on my previous wedding(s) (yes I've been married more than once before) I can't remember ever being this excited, happy, at peace, and in love. As I thought about this, I tried to figure out why and came to the following conclusions:...more

TOP 5 DESTINATION WEDDING SPOTS FOR THE BAREFOOT BRIDE

Destination weddings are definitely the new way to get hitched! There are so many pluses to a destination wedding like having your ceremony in a beautiful location, they cost less than a traditional wedding, and you can kick off the honeymoon after the reception!...more

4 Blogs to Help You Find the Perfect Wedding Gift

I haven't been to a wedding in over five years. This year? I've been invited to FOUR! I can only attend two because of my schedule, but I want to at least try to send a gift to the couples whose ceremonies I will miss.It's easy for me to write a check; I know that's what I wanted when I got married. When a couple has lived together and/or has amassed full homes-worth of items, it seems like money is the best gift to help them get started with their new life as a united, legal entity....more

My daughter's wedding day

 Today on Aug. 1, 11:30 a.m., my youngest daughter Maria Regina is getting married at Newport Town Council, England.Known as GG among friends and “Badik” to close family members, she would exchange “I do” to Simon Charles Boddison, her fiancée of two years.It is a union of two adult people with diverse cultures who would like to live their lives together....more

Can You Afford to Be a Bridesmaid?

I guess I'm at that age; I am not married or even engaged to be married. Despite this, weddings have seemed to take over my world during the past year.  Two of my best friends are getting married and I am in their weddings within two months of each other, and I am attending two other weddings with my boyfriend.  Two other couples we are close to just got engaged and are planning their weddings for next year.  Weddings seem to be the topic of conversation these days. ...more