As you know, not only do we strive to assist you with your Wedding & Event Planning, but we also have a passion for Fitness and a Healthy lifestyle. I recently “virtually” met Trina Kincey, a Certified Health Coach, and … Continue reading
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:
Thank you for reading..Happy Training!
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!
Congratulations on your recent engagement!! We know you are super excited about choosing the theme, colors, flowers and favors for your wedding. Or not! And that’s completely fine. 🙂
Although the wedding planning process may seem like it’s loaded with things women “should” be doing, there are plenty of goodies you can help out with. You may even enjoy it! Your level of involvement will determine whether or not you feel like a guest at your own wedding and it will help keep your fiancé sane throughout the process.
“How could I possibly be involved?” you ask? You can most likely help in a couple (or all) of these areas:
- Putting together the Guest List and Seating Arrangement
- Designing and printing your engagement announcement and/or save-the-date
- Working on your wedding website (if you choose to have one)
- Writing your own wedding vows
- Managing your wedding budget (assuming you’re good at math and/or using Microsoft Excel…lol). Keep in mind that whatever budget you decide on, you’ll exceed it by about 15-20%. Sad, but usually very true.
- Helping negotiate contracts with vendors (this will help with the bullet point above)
- Selecting a couple of Venues, DJs/Bands, Photographers/Videographers, Day-Of Coordinators, etc. to choose from and setting up meetings. We suggest you meet with all of the vendors together. This will help keep you and your fiancé on the same page (especially when it comes to the budget)
- Selecting Songs / Playlists / “do-not-play” list
- Looking for a dance company you feel comfortable taking lessons with (especially necessary if you have two left feet)
- Selecting Food and Drink menu
- Choosing the Limo / Car Service
- Tipping the Vendors – Gratuities are a big part of wedding etiquette. Research how much to tip vendors such as florists, photographers and entertainers.
If that is not enough to work on…here is one more thing for the list. Above all, and most importantly, remember your number 1 duty is to be supportive! The love of your life needs you to be there for her when things seem to be falling apart (even though everything is probably going really well). ;o)
Thanks in advance for all of your help during the planning process!!
Every Bride in the World