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How Your Wedding Guests Should Dress

When Jennifer began to plan her wedding, she ran into one novel problem: how to dress her wedding guests.

Normally, this isn’t a problem. By tradition, a wedding is a formal event where guests are expected to show up either in tuxedos and gowns if part of the wedding party, or in suits and formal dresses if an invited guest.

The details of proper attire for the guests is left entirely to the guests themselves. Most people already know what they should wear to a wedding, or if not, they at least have enough sense to ask a mother or sister who will be delighted to explain exactly what they should and
should not wear.

Now and then you find a poor schmuck with a sister who has a vindictive streak and you get a wedding guest who arrives wearing a plaid jacket, red and green striped tie and a yellow beanie with a propeller on top. Mostly your guests are well behaved and arrive appropriately dressed, sober and with the suitable amount of discomfort required of all wedding guests everywhere.

Jennifer’s wedding was going to be a little different. She (and her fiance of course) had decided to have a casual dress wedding at a country club overlooking the beach. The bride’s dress was still planned as a formal gown, but the bridesmaids would wear sun dresses and the best man and groom would wear khaki slacks and summer jackets.

Jennifer wanted her guests to know that they were encouraged to wear casual clothes. She wanted the ladies to come in summer dresses or skirts with nice blouses and the men to come wearing sport shirts and slacks with a jacket. The total effect was going to be a casual, country club style atmosphere.

Jennifer wanted to say this in a nice way, without having to include a lengthy and offensive dress code decree in her invitation package. There is nothing quite so objectionable as having someone tell you in specific and didactic detail how you are supposed to dress. Jennifer was very much aware of this potential etiquette land mine and wanted wholeheartedly to avoid it.

On the other hand, she couldn’t just leave it to chance and simply say “casual attire” because sure as tank tops, someone would construe casual to mean T shirts, shorts and sneakers.

Jennifer fretted about this for days, trying several versions of her dress code message, none of which satisfied all the conflicting requirements of brevity, inoffensiveness and clarity.

Jennifer hit upon the solution: a short, humorous poem, printed on an index sized card along with the invitation.

This would immediately let people know exactly how to dress and would offend no one. Since the poem would also be humorous, it had the benefit of being entertaining and therefore easily remembered.

Jennifer overcame the last hurdle of being unable to write poetry by hiring a poet and working with him through four drafts until she had exactly what she wanted: eight lines of lighthearted verse which told the guests how they should dress and left them with a smile.

With a sigh of relief, Jennifer could now focus on the next problem which needed her attention: the weather …

Dos And Don’ts For a Successful Wedding

Wedding planning can be full of challenges, stress and confusion! If you feel that you need help in anyway to better understand the wedding planning process read on for useful tips.

If your wedding cake is a more colorful one that easily serves as the star of the show at your reception, after you and your new spouse of course, consider having it displayed sitting on a piece of fabric that coordinates with the colors in the cake. To make things interesting, fabric can be solid, patterned or heavily textured materials of silk, satin or velvet.

Whilst you may feel guilty for not following family traditions or recommendations, you need to remember that your wedding day is yours, not theirs. Let them know in no uncertain terms that the two of you are in control and that they have no say in the matter. You’ll be able to remember your wedding day and say that it was everything you wanted it to be!

Your reception location should have a dance floor or room for dancing. You can make room by moving some chairs and tables around when it’s time to dance, just make sure you find enough space for people to get their groove on.

Wedding dresses can be very expensive. Look at dresses that aren’t actually classified as wedding dresses. They are usually much less expensive but they can be just as beautiful. A bridesmaid dress might strike your fancy as an option, and it would be cheaper than a dress designated for the bride. You can have a dress altered and still likely spend less than you would have on a wedding dress.

As you seek out a dress, don’t just think about the kind of dress you ‘d like to wear, also consider what sorts of dresses will flatter your body. If you are not very tall, steer clear of getting your dress altered, just go to the petite section. When all is said and done, you’ll be much happier with your dress.

Apply for a credit card that has a rewards program before paying for event services. Frequent flyer miles or other credit card rewards can help defray the cost of your wedding. Use the card to make purchases related to your wedding and you will quickly accrue points towards rewards.

When you’re getting plans together for your wedding, consider the types of alcoholic beverages you’re going to be serving. Be aware of the cost. Keeping an open bar doesn’t come cheap, but keeping it open for an extended time can be even more costly. Ask the venue you’ve chosen for the reception which options they have available to you, and what the cost would be for each.

Try talking to local and specialty boutiques and bakeries about individual-sized portion cakes if you don’t want a fatty and expensive cake. Some specialty bakeries also ship fresh, low-cal cupcakes and healthy fare, like gluten-free options if you so desire.

Once you have decided on the date of your wedding and your wedding theme, bring all of your ideas together by deciding on invitations. Invitations not only provide the details about the ceremony, but they traditionally include the wedding colors and hints about the theme. Before you make a decision on wedding invitations, consider all of the options.

If you would like a relative or a friend to perform your wedding ceremony, you can ask that person to become ordained via an online program. Doing so allows for individual customization of your personal ceremony, and it can also save you having to spend money on an officiant. Before you do this, check with your city or town to make sure they recognize online ordinations.

On your wedding day, there will be many guests with whom you want to take photos. If you’re going to have a big wedding, then getting all of the people into pictures without a prearranged plan can be difficult because things are hectic. Tell your guests ahead of time where and when you would like to take pictures, and work with your photographer to designate a good time and place for shooting.

Find out if the lights at your reception venue are the type that can be dimmed. This might seem a tad bit trivial, but the option should be there if you prefer to have low lighting for your first dance, as opposed to brighter lighting for the other activities. Ask the venue about this before committing to it.

If you wish to look more stunning on your wedding day but are strapped for cash, consider renting diamonds. You can get the stunning look without spending too much money.

You will find that planning your wedding will be a lot of work, but the information in this article can make it easier! With any luck, the ideas in this piece have provided you with a few techniques for making the planning process easier and more enjoyable.

Little Changes that Can Make a Big Difference on Your Wedding Day

Little Changes that Can Make a Big Difference on Your Wedding Day

 

Getting ready for your wedding is more than just buying a dress and getting your hair done. You need to get your body in the best shape possible. Weddings are highly stressful and can take a big toll on your bodies immune system. So to avoid getting sick and not having enough energy for your wedding day, follow these guidelines.  Thanks to the Marriage Notary website for this material.

Dietary Changes

Your body requires certain nutrients to rebuild itself. It requires certain enzymes, minerals and vitamins to ensure that the rebuilding process is done properly. There are a few small steps you can take immediately to improve the health and appearance of your skin and hair. Skin repairs itself at a pretty rapid pace, so you can expect to see improvements within a month of adding the following to your diet:

· Vitamin/Mineral Supplement: Begin immediately by adding a good multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement to your daily diet.

· Antioxidants: Add an antioxidant supplement (A, E, Equivalent, selenium or c).

· Oils: Replace your salad oil with olive oil immediately, and change your cooking oil to coconut oil. (Polyunsaturated fats like canola and soybean oil commonly used today oxidize at a lower temperature– this means that they throw off free radicals at body temperature, which cause cellular damage and accelerate aging.).

· Vegetables: If you aren’t already, add at least one very large serving of dark leafy green vegetables, one serving of yellow vegetables and one of dark red vegetables per day. This will add important enzymes, phytonutrients, minerals and fiber. The easiest way to do this is to insist on one large salad of romaine and RIPE tomato with carrots to nibble on the side– and don’t forget to use olive oil for dressing. A squeeze of lemon goes nicely with this, and the combination of olive oil and lemon helps balance liver enzyme function.

· Eggs: Protein is vital to cellular regeneration. Carbohydrates can give you energy, and in the long run your body can use vegetable proteins to synthesize human proteins, only eggs contain every single amino acid necessary to rebuild human cells. Unless you are allergic, add one or two eggs to your menu every day. You can hard boil and chop it over that salad.

· Yogurt: In addition to the protein it adds, yogurt also adds calcium and important digestive enzymes to your diet. Add at least one serving of live-culture yogurt daily. It’s cheap, it tastes good and it’s good for you– what more can you ask for? Full fat yogurt is preferable, since the low-fat kind is usually filled with food starch for texture and adds empty calories. Avoid the kind with lots of added sugar if you can, since sugar has little to no real long-term nutritional value.

Hydration.

Your body requires adequate water to move nutrients and enzymes throughout the body. One of the first habits you need to develop is drinking at least a 32 to 64 ounces of clean water daily.

Sleep.

It’s hard to find, adequate sleep is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your appearance. You body spends most of your sleeping hours regenerating itself, rebuilding cells, balancing hormone levels and brain chemicals. Adequate sleep will not only help you look good, it will help you feel good. Neurochemicals that control mood and pain levels are produced during sleep, which is why so many chronic pain patients are found to have an underlying sleep disorder. Even if you are not the raving beauty you wished you were, proper mood can lead to proper perspective, and at least it won’t bother you as much. There is, of course, no such thing as perfect, and there’s nothing like a good night sleep to put those nagging doubts and insecurities into perspective.

· Adequate Sleep: Make a habit of getting enough sleep. Most experts claim seven to nine hours per day is the required amount. Some experts say that setting the total amount of sleep to coincide with the natural 90 minutes per sleep cycles is best. This would mean either 7.5 or 9 hours of sleep per night. Five cycles would mean 7.5 hours, six cycles would be nine hours of sleep. Try experimenting with setting your clock for either 7.5 OR 9 hours, depending on your schedule, so that you can complete each and every sleep cycle naturally. On the other hand, if you find that 8 hours or 8.5 hours is what makes you feel best, by all means, do what works for you.

· Napping: Make a habit of grabbing naps. Humans were meant to take naps. That’s why those of us who are permitted to live according to our normal biological cycle (babies, small children and the elderly) take naps. Humans are designed to nap during the afternoon. Current studies show a natural rise and fall of hormones that indicate a programmed “nap” time in the afternoon. That famous mid-afternoon slump isn’t just lack of sleep at night, or a heavy lunch, or stress or overwork– it’s your instincts kicking in and telling you to take a few hours of down-time. If you can, take a nap during the weekend. Instead of sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday, get up at your normal time and then take a two hour nap in the early afternoon. Your body will thank you. And hey, if all you end up doing is resting in a cool room with your eyes closed and clearing your mind, that’ll help too.