Work it out Wednesdays – Get in Shape for your Big Day!

It’s so common that as women we become overwhelmed with all of our daily tasks that we tend to forgot some of the important things that need to be done.  For instance, for all our Brides-to-be, if you are the midst of planning your wedding, odds are that as you’re stressing over centerpieces, looking for a photographer, dealing with your bridesmaids and everything in between.  The last thing on your mind is considering what you’ll look like to your nearest and dearest as they stare at your backside on your way down the aisle.  Can you feel me on this one?

According to a Brides.com 2006 American Wedding Study, out of 2.3 million American Weddings, only 80% of the brides and over half of the wedding party & family members will take steps to change their eating or exercise habits for the big day.  And hopefully if you are reading this you will be one of them!  If not, let’s work on getting that percentage up…not only for your wedding day, but for your future and that of your children and future generations.

I’m not saying that if you are not a fitness model for your wedding day, that you won’t be a beautiful bride.  I think ALL women are beautiful no matter their weight, or shape!  Everyone is entitled to make the decision about whether or not to work out and/or eat right on their own.  No one wants to witness a Carb-free wife-to-be lose her mind over place settings at the rehearsal dinner, because from experience I know that this can be an ugly sight!!  One of the main reasons I believe eating right and working out are important is because this is an ultimate CONFIDENCE BOOSTER…oh and it would feel so cool to have people stare at a HOT back side walking down that aisle!  ;o)

Your engagement time should be an amazing time in your relationship transition.  Both your mind and your body are going to be running on overdrive from the moment you said Yes to the ring until you’ve said good-bye to your last guest after your reception.  So get your heart rate up, work those muscles to the max, and eat healthy to kick your brain into the “I’m a HOT Bride!” mode.  Just remember that making time for regular workouts can keep you focused and feeling great about yourself.  So what’s better way to start your new life?

I am sure you have a ton of other things that you are worried about in the process of wedding planning, so you are probably wondering why/how or when you will be able to focus on staying fit!

Ask yourself – IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN???  Start today by visiting our recent Work it out Wednesday Bootcamp postings:

https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/work-it-out-wednesdays-lets-trim-the-fat/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/work-it-out-wednesdays-aint-nobody-got-time-for-back-fat/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/work-it-out-wednesdays-legs-for-days/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/work-it-out-wednesdays-hush-up-squat/

Thank you for reading..Happy Training!

~Yosie

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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget… 8 ways to help you pick your venue!

You’re probably wondering how you can afford a high-end venue when you may be working with a not-so-high-end budget.  We have come across an increasing number of newly engaged couples that have a hard time finding the venue that’s falls within their budget (and their vision).  And since the venue will be the largest expense on the wedding planning list, many Brides-to-be are looking to reduce the cost of their reception venue, while making sure it’s everything they’ve always dreamed of.

We have gathered some ideas that might help ease the process of finding the right venue that will cater to you and your needs.

  1. When you call the venue to set up an appointment, do not mention that you are interested in hosting your wedding there.  In the beginning, just say you are interested in setting up an appointment to visit the location for an upcoming event.  The word “wedding” automatically marks up the price!  Once you get a feel for the pricing for regular events, then you can start talking about the pricing for a wedding and see how you can leverage the initial conversation.
  2. Look for a venue that allows you to use your own vendors.  Usually, when the venue has preferred vendors, they have set rates so they can make more money, leaving you at a standstill financially in other areas of your wedding planning. Oh and feel free to contact @Favors_and_More to discuss pricing for floral arrangements, favors and much more!  ;o)
  3. Although there are specific wedding seasons throughout the year, try to host your wedding on an off-season.  This is true in other areas of your life as well…such as Halloween Costumes being super expensive just before Halloween, but 50%+ off the day AFTER Halloween. If you have an off-wedding-season wedding, you may be able to save a little.
  4. Try to pick a date other than Saturday Night; Saturday is such a huge party night, so the rates are more expensive at almost every venue.
  5. Think outside the box! Look for a location where people wouldn’t normally think to host a wedding, such as a Golf Course, a Winery or even a Museum/Aquarium. Those places would be an interesting site for your guests and the cost may be less than a venue that typically hosts weddings. Some non-traditional places such as a museum may have historical significance and a great amount of design elements that can be worked into your wedding theme/decor. When you find a venue that suits your personal style, look around to see if you can use anything in the space that you’ll be able to tie into your floral arrangements, table decor, etc.
  6. See if hosting your event during the day is less expensive. Brunch style weddings are a lot more common lately and can save you some money in the long run.
  7. Consolidate!  Consider choosing a single venue for both your ceremony and reception. That way, you can cut down on travel costs, and you won’t have to pay fees for two separate locations.
  8. Last but not Least don’t be afraid to ask for a discount if you are paying in full/cash when you book the location.

We hope these tips help you on your journey to finding the right venue for your wedding day!

Thank you for reading!

~Yosie~

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue….huh???

Traditional brides incorporate something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in their weddings.  Many brides are unfamiliar with the origin and meaning behind the old-new-borrowed-blue custom though.  This tradition stems from an old English rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.”  Traditionally, family members and the bride’s attendants gave old, new, borrowed, and blue items and a sixpence to the bride as tokens of love on her wedding day for good luck just before her marriage. Today, brides are working the old, new, borrowed, and blue objects into their weddings themselves.  Here are some ideas for brides to personalize the old-new-borrowed-blue custom for their weddings.


Something Old represents a continuation of the past moving to the future.  The  item can be an antique, an heirloom object, or a sentimental piece that represents the bride’s past.

  • Get a vintage purse to match the bride’s gown
  • Bring out the great grandmas jewelry to wear like an engagement ring or wedding band, a brooch, earrings, a bracelet, a necklace, or some sparkly hair pins
  • Pin your grandfathers broach onto your bouquet
  • Sew a button from one of the bride’s father’s old coats on the inside of the bride’s gown at the hem or place it in her purse
  • Wear a headpiece, tiara, or veil that has been handed down from generation to generation
  • Wear vintage white gloves
  • Display your parents’ cake toppers or use it as the wedding cake topper

 

Something New represents optimism for the future and the new life the bride will share with her groom.

  • Buy a new lipstick in a pretty shade
  • Buy a new clutch to use on the day of the wedding
  • Select a new jewelry item to wear on the day of the wedding like a bracelet, earrings, or a necklace
  • Wear new lingerie that you may have gotten at your Bridal shower to wear under your gown

 

Something Borrowed represents “borrowed” happiness.  A lot of brides have a borrowed item from a long-time happily married couple for this, but it can also be something borrowed from a friend or other relative.  The borrowed item should be returned to the owner following the wedding day with a thoughtful thank you.

  • The Groom can borrow his grandfather’s pocket watch or have the bride carry it in her purse
  • The groom can wear his father’s silk handkerchief
  • Use a best friend’s strapless bra for the day (interesting suggestion!)
  • Borrow a headpiece or hair bobbles/hair tie
  • Use your sister’s silver knife she used at her wedding to cut the cake with at the reception
  • Wear borrowed jewelry from a happily married best friend or family member
  • Borrow the flower girl or ring bearer from a friend’s wedding (make sure you return this child!)  lol

 

Something Blue represents love, good fortune and fidelity.  This can be done is so many ways!  Some will not want blue to be a dominant wedding color and so they will prefer to limit the blue color to less visible areas. The something blue item is also an opportunity for the bride who loves blue to embrace the color blue as one of her wedding colors.

  • Make it fun and wear a blue Garter
  • Have the groom wear a blue undies 😉
  • Paint the bride’s toenails or fingernails with blue nail polish
  • Have the florist use blueberries in the table centerpieces
  • Wear blue shoes
  • Wear sapphire, tanzanite, opals, or aqua marine jewelry
  • Use a blue stone on your bouquet
  • Drive a blue car for transportation
  • Pack blue lingerie for the honeymoon

 

A Sixpence in Your Shoe – This is actually new to me as well!  The sixpence represents good fortune and prosperity, which we all want!  The sixpence is usually placed in the bride’s left shoe, but it can also be carried in the bride’s purse.  Silver sixpence coins can be purchased from various online stores that sell them specifically for weddings, but many brides have found other ways to interpret this custom by using various items and carrying the item instead of placing it in their shoes.

  • Buy a silver sixpence to use for the wedding
  • Get a coin from your country or your grooms country
  • Carry another valuable object like a different coin, jewelry, or a large dollar bill

 

Some people may consider this a superstitious belief and since many people do not believe in superstitions, they do not follow this tradition.  This is something that is entirely up to the bride (and groom) to decide upon (unless you have grandparents or parents who wish that you follow tradition…then you better get to collecting!).

In some Latin American cultures, one of the traditions is that during the ceremony, the groom traditionally presents the bride with 13 gold coins to symbolize giving up his worldly possessions.  Also, a rope or garland is wound around the couple, symbolizing eternal love and equal responsibility.

Please let us know of any wedding traditions that are implemented in your culture.  We would love to read about them!

 

~Yosie~

Introducing “Work-it-out Wednesdays” – Bridal Bootcamp

We have noticed that a good number of brides want to lose weight or tone up before their wedding day.  If you are one of those Brides, and you’re not sure where to start, you are at the right place!!  We’ve got a lot of interactive weight loss tools & wedding diet tips to help you stay on track.  If your goal is getting in shape for your wedding, there are 5 important things you should consider incorporating into your daily routine starting NOW!

1. DRINK UP:  I’m not referring to happy hour, I mean water and LOTS of it.  Here are 6 Reason why you should drink water.  Source:  www.webmd.com

             i.    Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water.  The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

              ii.    Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.

              iii.     Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. “When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer,” says Guest.

              iv.     Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But don’t expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines, says Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD.

              v.     Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine, explains Guest. “Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate,” he says.

               vi.     Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.

2. EAT SMALLER MEALS:  There is no reason to starve yourself!  You definitely don’t have to go hungry, but when you eat a few meals throughout the day you find yourself eating less and still fulfilled.

3. EAT YOUR FRUITS & VEGGIES: Create a daily log and keep track of your snacks, the more healthy snacks you eat, the less you’ll crave more unhealthy options. Always have your veggies & fruits pre-cut and ready in little zip lock bags for your convenience.

4. CUT BACK ON THE HAPPY HOUR: The empty calories in wine, beer and other liquors can cost you 150 calories per drink or more.

5. EXERCISE: Find a plan that works with your lifestyle and stick to it. There is no need to become stir crazy about going to the gym. Start walking more, do some gardening, go out dancing (just don’t have any drinks)

Workout of the day: Every Bride wants sexy lean arms on their wedding day:

Tricep dip: THESE ARE MY FAVORITE!

  • While sitting on a chair, grip the edge of the seat with your hands and stretch your legs out in front of you.
  • Move your body forward so that your feet are flat, your arms are bent behind you holding you up and your body is extended above the ground.
  • Slowly raise and lower your body using your triceps.
  • Do three sets of 15.

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Targeted Muscles

The great part is that you can do these anywhere…even on your office chair!!

Stay tuned for more work-out tips next Wednesday!!

Favors & More is Excited to announce that we give 2 complimentary bridal bootcamp sessions for our brides to be used before her wedding day.  ;o)  Contact us for more info!!

Happy #WorkitoutWednesday

~Yosie~

 

 

All White Everything in NYC…

So what is the hype with an All-White affair?

Here’s the reason….

“The color white can represent a successful beginning.  In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.  White, an inherently positive color, is associated with purity, virginity, innocence, light, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance, illumination, understanding, cleanliness, faith, beginnings, sterility, spirituality, possibility, humility, sincerity, protection, softness, and perfection.  The color white affects the mind and body by aiding in mental clarity, promoting feelings of fresh beginnings and renewal, assisting in cleansing, clearing obstacles and clutter, and encouraging the purification of thoughts and actions.”
Source:  http://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-white

With that said, we would love to share an all white wedding we decorate.  Below are some images that show the venue along with the centerpieces and Head table. This Bride & Groom wanted their event to very, very natural and clean-looking.  The guests did not have to wear white but the entire venue was decorated in white.

 

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These are their menus that the Bride and Groom designed to show their love for NY.

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The entire location was dressed in white, from the walls to tables, linens & chairs, giving the room such a spacious and clean look.

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The Bride was looking for Eiffel Tower design centerpieces with the lighting and Ostrich feathers which is exactly what we created for her.


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We added Votive candles all around the room to give it a romantic feel.

Below are some more All White wedding inspirations we found on Pinterest 🙂

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Photography by jessicalorren.com

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Elegant Wedding Bridal Showcase 2012 Photos By: Monique Simon Photography

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