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Thursday, May 28, 2015

How About a Foot Massage for the Bride?

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Hey gals, your wedding shoes can make or break your day. Make sure you bring happy feet to the wedding and do everything to keep them happy. Refuse to wear uncomfortable shoes. If you are buying new shoes, remember to break in your shoes before the wedding. Be sure to break ’em in to avoid dealing with blisters. Wedding shoes like any other pair of fashion footwear should fit properly and not be too tight, too small or too big.

If your dress is long, wear some fancy flats or tennis shoes – no one will be the wiser and they are as comfortable as they are stylish. Shop around. Some brides wear wedges to make them taller, and others wear them to save money on alterations. Will you be designer driven or comfort driven?

WEDFootMassageMindy Weiss, a celebrity wedding planner and author of “The Wedding Book,” offers four tips:

• Buy the shoes before your first gown fitting. You’ll need to wear them to each and every fitting to make sure you hem the dress to the right height. It’ll also help you get used to them.

• Don’t wear white shoes with an ivory gown or ivory shoes with a white one. It’s OK, though, to step completely out of the box and wear a bright color (maybe blue?) if you feel comfortable with it.

• Watch out for rhinestones; they can snag the dress. If you really love sparkly shoes, run a piece of delicate fabric over them to see if they cause any snags. If you still want to wear them, cover with clear scotch tape.

• Flip-flops are acceptable as long as the wedding isn’t overly formal. “I’m not a fan of flip-flops, but it’s fine – I’m not against it. It’s time to party and it’s better than being barefoot. Barefoot only works after midnight,” Weiss says.

Stuff happens: heels break, your shoes can make your feet hurt, or you may want heels for photos but sandals for dancing. In any case, bring a spare pair of shoes just in case. Don’t skip the pedicure.

Consider a rejuvenating foot massage treatment on your own or as an add on to another spa treatment. Modern technology has made hand and foot massages more popular than ever. Initial gentle pressure yields to increasing pressure, with circular motions of the thumb and fingers over the sole of the foot, and even more pressure in areas such as the ball of the foot can really feel great when you’ve been on your feet all day and into the evening. Try foot reflexology – This type of foot massage involves the application of pressure with a thumb, fingers and hand techniques to the feet.

Brides, please don’t maintain the illusion that you can wear those fabulous designer heels all night long. They will begin to hurt your feet and impede your ability to hob-knob with your guests. Pack some cute previously broken in flats or some simple white sandals so you can keep dancing all night long.

Grooms: Want to earn a few extra points, pamper your bride with a foot massage. Take your lovely bride to get a foot massage a couple of days before the wedding. Add a pedicure and manicure and it will truly brighten her day. The morning and day of the wedding will be very busy, so make sure there is enough time if you want to schedule something like a foot massage or – better yet – a full-body massage.

WEDFootMassage2Give her anything the bride needs to make sure everything runs smoothly and she stays cool, calm and as stress-free as possible. It’s a wonderful way to invigorate and refresh a bride before she is married to her best friend. This is sure to make her feel very special and loved.

Terrific Idea: One groom I know hired a Masseuse for “foot relief duty” to be at the reception. He invited everyone to indulge their feet and get in line behind the new bride for a FREE foot massage. Just a few minutes is all you’ll need to spend here. That will make your guests feel more relaxed and ready to get back to the dance floor.

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Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: Cell: 480-205-3694. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prepare a “Must Have” Wedding Day Emergency Kit

A bride without her trusty emergency kit (some call it a survival kit) is a meltdown waiting to happen!

WEDEmergencyKitIt’s always better to be safe than sorry. There’s no time for panic on your wedding day. The last thing you need on your wedding day is to be unprepared if something goes wrong. Have your bridesmaids or maid/matron of honor, or do-it-yourself and put together a list of just-in-case items that will ensure your dream wedding goes off without a hitch. They have been known to save the day on more than one occasion.

These things might include makeup, bottled water, a phone, band-aids, Altoids, etc. Pack up your kit in a tote bag, satchel or gym bag and keep it easily accessible in the bride’s dressing room and close by during the reception. The better prepared you are, the smoother your wedding day will go.

Before the wedding day, put together a little kit of must-haves in case something should go wrong. Ideally, you should have extra make-up, safety pins, pantyhose (both black and nude), nail polish for snags, hairspray, a comb, and anything else you deem appropriate to combat wedding stress. If a situation does arise, you’ll be thankful you had these things with you.

Reminder for the Groom: To make sure he looks dashing for the wedding, remind him to bring along shaving cream, skin cleanser, cologne and other necessities. Show up. Bring the wedding ring. A few other reminders for the groom.

By the way, if you don’t have any wedding day mishaps, beauty blunders, fashion faux pas, or personal care predicaments, pass it along to the next bride from your bridal party.

Take a look at a list I put together: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com/bridesemergency.html. In sharing this article with a bride whose wedding I was about to perform, she suggested, “smelling salts” in case she (or, more likely, the groom) keeled over during a pivotal moment, requiring immediate resuscitation. 😉

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Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: Cell: 480-205-3694. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Selling Your Wedding Gown… Online!

If you’re not the sentimental type, there are several online outlets that will gladly take your once-worn, pre-loved wedding gown off your hands. Selling a wedding dress after the wedding is a growing trend. If you will be selling your wedding dress, here are a few ideas.

In addition to eBay and Craigslist, consider sites that specialize in preowned wedding gowns – Tradesy, Nearly Newlywed (They make it super fuss-free to sell your wedding dress), Sell My Wedding Dress, Encore Bridal, Once Wed, Pre-Owed Wedding Dresses, RecycledBride.com and Still White.

SELLWeddingGownOnlineIn a recent listing, a bride asked $495 for a once-worn $6,000 Vera Wang gown. Policies covering listings and commissions vary – check the sites, and watch for promotions.

The best time to list a wedding dress is February or March… the slowest time for sales is Thanksgiving to New Year’s. List dresses while they are still in style – ones more than three years old are hard to sell, although vintage dresses can be popular.

In the listing, include designer, size, original price, details of style and information on extras, such as beads and pearls. If the gown has been worn, it is not “New without tags,” it is “used.” The description is crucial.

Take lots of photos showing the whole dress and all of its detailing. Make sure your gown is photographed from all angles, including the train, the back, the bodice, the side, and with the train up if the gown is already bustled.

Let your bridesmaids know that if they want to sell there dresses, you are okay with that.

Best Sellers: Plus size, short, lace, white and ivory gowns. If it applies, make sure to use these keywords in the headline and body of the listing.

Or… you could go out in style and “Trash the Dress!” What a terrific photo-opt!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Married? Now You Can Begin Dating Again!

Filed under: Dating,Relationship Tips — Larry James @ 7:22 am
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One of the secrets of keeping a marriage great is to never, ever stop dating! Do you know what kills love in marriage faster than anything else? Boredom. When we get bored with each other, it’s all too easy to start ignoring each other’s needs, taking each other for granted and to stop being kind. That is never a good way to begin a marriage.

How about making some new memories? You must never stop stirring the romantic pot. Now is not a good time to settle in. You have to keep actually doing things together… FUN things! Just because you’re married now, doesn’t mean your dating life is over. It is, in fact, just beginning! You went through the single dating phase and now it’s time for married dating.

WEDMarried&Dating“I encourage you to date your spouse, pursue them whole-heartedly, and understand that dating shouldn’t end just because you said, ‘I do.'” ~ Jarrid Wilson

Karl Pillerner, PhD., a Cornell University gerontologist, and author of “30 Lessons for Loving: Advice From the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships and Marriage,” learned this secret from a 70 year-old woman, Leigh. Leigh and her husband had each been married before and agreed to treat their marriage together as a lifetime date.

What a great idea! Latch on to this idea because it is an important tool to keep love alive, exciting and interesting.

Here’s why it works: When you go on dates, you do your best to be interesting, upbeat, attractive and attentive. You try to make the person you are with feel special.

When people have been married a long time, they often begin to take each other for granted. Always remember, what you take for granted… disappears. When this happens, we don’t feel the need to make an effort, because, after all, we know they love us, so why do we need to?

What? Down deep in your heart, you know the answer to that question. You do need to. When you make an effort, you fuel the spark that makes a marriage thrive.

Another aspect of dating is that it’s exciting because it offers an element of the unknown. Married couples who try new things… take spontaneous trips… and give surprise gifts increase their odds of remaining happily married.

Treating marriage like a date doesn’t mean that there won’t be trying times. The trick is to view the difficult days of a marriage like the time between dates – not as a problem with the relationship but as an unavoidable intermission from it. Then we look forward to when we can resume the date of our lifetime.

Larry’s NOTE: A special “thank you” to Karen Larson for bringing this to my attention.

Copyright © 2015 – Karen Larson and Larry James. Karen is the Editor of Bottom Line Personal.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Assistance for Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

Anna Post, Guest Author

Many couples invite wedding guests from near and far to join them on their special day. Providing an experience that makes out-of-town guests feel at home and welcome will create a lasting memory for everyone. Give guests ample time to plan, suggest places to stay and eat, and if time and money permits, throw in a few weekend extras.

businessman lost in field using a mapAdvance Notice

Save the date cards are especially important for guests who may be traveling to join you on your special day. Usually mailed four to eight months in advance, they allow out-of-town guests to book plane tickets and hotel rooms with plenty of time.

If you are planning a dinner or get-together for out-of-town guests at a local club or restaurant, include this information for these guests on a separate card within your wedding invitation. It is also ideal to include this information in a tab on your wedding website that lists the schedule of wedding events.

Accommodations

Provide a list of suggested hotels in close proximity to your ceremony and wedding reception site. You can add this information on your wedding website as soon as you know it so guests can book early. Offer a few selections at different price points, or you may be able to hold a block of rooms at one or two hotels at a special price. Couples often ask a few close friends or family members if they would be willing to host an out-of-town guest or bridal party member at their house for the weekend.

At the selected hotels, consider leaving a welcome letter for your arriving guests. Include a personal note thanking them for joining you and showing your excitement. This is also a good place to include a timetable of events, relevant addresses for venues, links to online map sites, telephone numbers and any information about transportation services if they will be provided.

While by no means a must, a goodie bag is a popular way to welcome out-of-town guests. These are often DIY projects and can incorporate whatever your time and budget allow. Some suggestions include bottled water, restaurant suggestions, mints, small candies or chocolates, granola bars, tissues, sunscreen wipes, maps, and brochures of local activities.

Weekend Extras

When wedding guests will be staying several nights, couples often organize or suggest ways for out-of-town and even local guests to spend their free time. These plans can include things such as golf outings, reserved tennis courts or could get as creative as a trolley tour of the city where your wedding is held. It is important to note that it isn’t the responsibility of the couple to pay for these activities; however, it should be clearly communicated that guests are expected to pay if they attend. Choose activities that align with what your guests are interested in, what they can afford and what makes sense with the schedule of other events for the weekend.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Wish Lanterns for Your Wedding

Make your guests “ooh” and “ahh!”

Here’s how to get that true wedding day glow! The best part is there are tons of beautiful lighting options to choose from for your big day. Picking the right one can really set the tone of your wedding and add a sweet, romantic feel.

WEDWishLanternsWish lanterns are a long-time tradition at Asian festivals for thousands of years, paper lanterns were used to celebrate the Chinese New Year and as a signaling device. Countless were launched to rid the people of their worries and to decorate the city’s sky with light. The flame would symbolize knowledge and wisdom.

Search for the kind of wish lanterns that are biodegradable, wire free and made from the highest quality flame resistant paper. Wish lanterns are traditionally made out of oiled rice paper stretched over a bamboo frame, containing a small candle or flameproof fuel cells. When you light the candle, the air heats up, and the lantern rises into the air. The lanterns will make a fantastic evening even more magical.

Most are stylish and elegantly designed, and are suitable for many events, including weddings and can be decorated or drawn on. Light your lantern, make a wish for the bride and groom and watch it float up into the evening sky. These lanterns are a perfect send off for the bride and groom. Paper lanterns for weddings symbolize a couple’s love for one another, bringing light and even more joy to the special day. It a wedding lantern display that will stun your guests and is sure to stay in the minds of everyone for years to come.

Once they come down, in time they are absorbed into the ground, since they are completely biodegradable. For material to be defined as truly biodegradable, half of it must break down within 180 days.

“If you decide to invite your guests to launch their own wishes, make sure you provide colorful markers so they can write down their well wishes for your future. Guests could send off their lanterns as you emerge from the chapel or outdoor alter, anytime during the reception or just as you are departing to start your new life together. It will be much easier to gather your sober guests at the beginning of the event, and having someone pre-fill the lanterns will save precious time.” ~ Nicole Kidder

While the flame is lit, wish lanterns can fly into the air for up to 15 minutes, traveling several miles in distance and up to 1,000 feet in altitude before the flame goes out and the lantern floats safely back to the ground. To maximize the visibility and enjoyment of a sky lantern release, and because they can travel such long distances, wish lanterns should always be released outdoors in a clear and wide open space without any overhead obstructions like trees, power lines or buildings.

To determine the best place and time to launch the lanterns at your wedding, it may be best to talk with your wedding consultant/planner.

LanternsImagine the finale to the big day, when the happy couple, and all their guests, release dozens of lanterns, bearing messages of love and luck, into the sky. This is usually done immediately after the bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife and after they have their final walk down the aisle from the alter.

Wedding Sky Lantern Ceremony: Before sending up your sky lanterns, have the Minister/Wedding Officiant or Master of Ceremonies share a little about the symbolism of the wish lanterns and the following heart felt poem by Author D. Simone with your wedding guests.

May light always surround you, hope kindle and rebound you.
May your hurts turn to healing, your heart embrace feeling.
May wounds become wisdom, every kindness a prism.
May laughter infect you, your passion resurrect you.
May goodness inspire your deepest desires.
Through all that you reach for, may your arms never tire.
You may now release your wish lanterns.

Another way to achieve the wow-factor during a Rocky Point, Mexico beach wedding is to incorporate Chinese sky lanterns into the ceremony or reception.

Please check with your wedding venue and local marshal to see if it is legal to use in your state before you purchase. If you do decide to integrate a sky lantern release into your wedding, make sure you adhere to all safety warnings and proceed with extreme caution. Available at Walmart and other places. Google: “Wish Lanterns for Your Wedding.”

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