Buying a wedding gift isn't always easy. Everyone wants to be the gift-giver who sails in with a memorable, ever-so-thoughtful gift! A wedding gift seems so weighty; we always want them to be perfect. We're saying something with a wedding present and we're sending out our best wishes to the couple for a happy future together. Forget the nesting bowls and the napkin rings. Is there anything more depressing than wrapping silver-plated napkin rings that you know will languish in a drawer somewhere, slowly tarnishing? Let’s think about more personal options. ...more
It's that time of year again! June marks the traditional beginning of wedding and commitment ceremony season, and we're beginning to see the beautiful flowing gowns, the sharp tuxedoes and tuxedo dresses, the perfectly arranged flowers, and the long stretch limousines carrying nervously excited bridal parties to ceremonies across the country. Guests arrive, tissues tucked in pockets and sleeves, ready to celebrate the loving union of people the watched fall in love....more
In the age of what some consider to be "over-sharing" and having instant access to, well, everything, it is no surprise that more couples are taking to social media to share the joy of their wedding celebrations. As I comb through Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and Pinterest, I almost feel like I'm a guest at weddings around the world. No longer do couples have to wait for their $2500 photography packages to be emailed and delivered; guests can now share wedding ceremonies with the world in real time....more
I'm so excited! We're in Wedding mode in our family, and few things will make you as crazy busy and as crazy happy as helping two amazing people get ready to say "I do."Especially when the bride is your cousin, sister, girlfriend and sweetest cutie-patootie all rolled up into one...more
So last night was my hair and makeup trial for the wedding, you guys, and apparently I’ve been doing hair and makeup wrong for pretty much, well, my whole life? Or at least from late teens onward. Before then, I think I pretty much nailed it. Anyway, I learned quite a few tips and tricks, some that I’ll share with you all now because I’m altruistic like that. Here we go: ...more
In my modest black dress, as I helped my son into his ring-bearer tuxedo, I felt like a staff member at Downton Abbey. The illusion was completed by our comfortable little "below the stairs" room. As we ascended the winding staircase to my sister's expansive suite, she greeted us in a filmy peach dress. Clearly, she was a member of the nobility.
For a brief period of time, Eric and I were seriously considering the destination wedding route. A part of me would still love to, but it’s just not practical for us. Instead, I’ve taken my research and turned it into a Destination Wedding Cheat Sheet for you to use for your dream day!Read more for links to the resources listed....more
Oh how times have changed. When I was out in the dating pool, most of my friends and family couldn’t comprehend the influence technology had on my love life. Now that I’m preparing for my wedding, I am overwhelmed with the amount of technology available.
One thing I’ve realized from reading various wedding websites is that everything outside the norm is controversial. And if you don’t have your etiquette down to a T, you’re an awful, awful person who probably kicks kittens for fun.Seriously, people need to calm the hell down....more
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