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Welcome to New Jersey's Wedding Blog!
There is so much to know when planning a wedding! Our New Jersey wedding blog format assists NJ wedding couples, their families and friends stay on top of what is happening in New Jersey weddings. You are invited to share your thoughts, ideas and observations on what's going on! Go ahead and blog!
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2019 Wedding Trends: Looking towards the future - Contemporary influences and design trends around the world focus on "personalization." Take advantage of current inspiration to create that memorable experience that is relevant to you. Try on a eco-friendly green wedding! We invite your input!
Share meaningful lyrics and love quotes with your wedding guests by incorporating them into your wedding decor! Any surface can be a great place to share your favorite wedding quotes! Here are a few ideas below:
- Write a quote on a chalkboard
- Hand-paint a wooden sign
- Ask your cake designer to include a sweet and meaningful quote in frosting on your wedding cake!
- Have your photographer snap a pic of you two holding your favorite love quote.
- Place a Mirror on the Wall painted with your favorite quote.
- Consider including special words on your invitations.
- Frame your favorite love quote.
- Have napkins printed with wedding quotes
- Have professionally printed Quote on Plates
Now share with us your favorite wedding quote display idea!
Pose With A Love Quote! Begin your walk down the aisle with a quote such as this one. Express your love for one another with some cute wedding day signage! Find a New Jersey wedding photographer athttp://www.bestweddingnj.com/new_jersey_photographers
Since it’s YOUR wedding, it is essential that you are surrounded by people you love and who love you. So while working on your guest list, you may ask, “Do I have to invite them?”
Here’s what you can do about those on-the-fence guests:
Co-Workers This one is your call. If you work in a small office where you socialize with your co-workers outside of work, then invite them. However; if you aren’t personal friends with your colleagues, then you aren’t obligated to invite them.
Parents’ Friends You Don’t Know Your mom really wants to invite her new friend. If your parents are paying for everything, you can sit down with your mom and calmly express that you really want to be surrounded by people you actually know and love at your wedding, but if mom insists, there isn’t too much you can do.
Your (or Your Fiance’s) Ex Even if you and your exes are still good friends, you should probably skip inviting them to your wedding to avoid any possible drama.
Your Friend’s New Boyfriend The bottom line is, you don’t have to invite plus-ones, but once you make a decision, stick to it – no exceptions!
Kids This is similar to the plus-ones debate – if you decide against having kids at the wedding, you need to be consistent. The one loophole would be to only invite the children in your wedding party, but no others.
Thrilling and Shrilling! - Imagine the unique sounds of the bagpipes at your wedding ceremony! At BestWeddingNJ.com, our experienced New Jersey bagpipers can custom tailor a melodious bagpipe performance to suit any type of function. Our NJ bagpipers have played at countless weddings, funerals, private parties, corporate events, grand openings, galas, book signings, fashion shows, fundraisers, and so on! The rhythmic bagpipe music will surely make your special day unforgettable!
Do you want to make a big hit at your New Jersey wedding? Create a memorable photo booth experience! Our experience is that photo booths have been a hot trend in the wedding world and rightfully so . . . because they are great entertainment and FUN! They are enjoyed by guests of all ages! The photos can be used as a cool wedding favor, too! Have you been to a wedding with a photo booth? What was your experience?
So what are your thoughts?
Nowadays, not just celebrities do prenups, many couples do, too. It's not about thinking of divorcing before you even get married however; from what I read from Suze Orman's book, it's what SMART LADIES will do. It's just a way to protect your assets. A pre-nup would outline what you would want to claim or protect in the event of a divorce. Get a pre-nup if you have a lot of personal assets that you accrued prior to the marriage that you would like to protect for yourself.
Congratulations! You have tied the knot and now need to make your marriage name change! Your new legal name change has to MATCH ALL your travel documents, most importantly, your passport and processing name changes on passports generally takes anywhere from four to six weeks - so do it after your honeymoon.
In ancient times, it was believed that there was a vein in the third finger of the left hand that ran directly to the heart. Thus, the wedding ring being placed on that finger, denoted the strong connection of a heartfelt love and commitment to one another. Although during times of modern autopsy, this long held belief was found not to be so, the tradition continued to this day.
For more wedding folklore visit our wedding traditions web page! What wedding tradition do you want to know about?
What do you give as wedding gifts when you go to New Jersey weddings? NJ weddings are usually expensive. New Jersey weddings run around $40K! For 2 guests, wedding gifts are from $200-$500, depending on how well you know the couple. Wedding gifts can go higher if you are really close friends and family. It can vary greatly with ethnicity and culture. Anyone else?
Are you nervous about your first dance?
Our New Jersey dance instructors will customize wedding dance lessons to give you the confidence and skill for your first wedding dance together as husband and wife! When that magical wedding dance moment arrives, your friends and family will be amazed by your elegance, style, and grace!
Feel like a Prince and Princess on your special New Jersey wedding day with majestic trumpet music by costumed trumpeteers! Just imagine splendid trumpet music filling the air as trumpet players play long, herald trumpets, with attached colorful banners, to announce your arrival with pure grandiosity as the Bride & Groom! Have you ever been to a wedding with trumpeteers?
Classical music NJ provides a harmonious, melodic mood for your New Jersey wedding! Whether you desire a Solo, Duet, Trio or String Quartet NJ, just imagine the sweet sounds of a Classical Ensemble NJ filling the air with beautiful classical music for your ceremony followed by cocktail and wedding reception music! Are you looking for a flutist, cellist, violinist or harpist?
Just imagine a chocolate fountain where a flowing curtain of delicious, rich, warm chocolate is cascading down fountain tiers like a chocolate waterfall! Doesn't that get you excited already? Your New Jersey wedding guests will just love creating luscious chocolate covered delicacies as they dip into a variety of fruits and desserts, which is not only delicious, but entertaining as well! What foods do you like to put out for dipping?
The food you serve is one of your most important decisions for the success of your NJ wedding reception.
Before you meet with potential NJ catering services, put together your essential details: the reception time and date, location, guest total, service style, menu options, and the size of your food and beverage budget. Don’t be afraid to ask your NJ caterer lots of questions.
Before signing a contract with your New Jersey caterer, check out our list of catering questions today!
Add a Romantic Fairy Tale touch to your New Jersey wedding! Imagine the enchantment that only a horse drawn carriage can create when a romantic Cinderella carriage arrives to your ceremony with the thunder of hoofs accompanied by royal footmen dressed in traditional top hats and tails! All of your guests will be in awe as they are swept away into a personal fairy tale as the Bride and Groom make their Grand Entrance!
Caricatures are great fun and are very entertaining! Our professional NJ caricaturist draws personalized cartoon character quick sketch drawings to entertain your New Jersey wedding guests! Caricatures are perfect for for Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Retirement Parties, Corporate Events, Fundraisers, Picnics, & Barbecues! Memorable caricature drawings will make great take home wedding favor gifts, too! Were you ever at a wedding that had caricature drawings?
Make your New Jersey wedding day even sweeter! The wedding candy buffet has become a sweet, grand finale tradition for wedding receptions. Whether it's a Wedding, Communion or Special Event, our wedding candy designer can customize a yummy gourmet wedding candy buffet perfect for your special event. From mouth-watering chocolate indulgences to sugar-free treats, we have you covered! What are some of your favorite candies for the candy buffet?
Congratulations! You've found the love of your life, Now say "I Do" with style! Our inspiring New Jersey Clergy: Ministers, Priests, and Rabbis have performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies throughout the state of New Jersey. Our professional NJ Clergy are committed to making your very special wedding a day to remember!
If you find yourself wanting to have calligraphy on your wedding invitations but have no idea where to start, then this is precisely the blog post for you.
Make your wedding guests first impression a perfect one! Our professional New Jersey calligrapher will add elegant calligraphy that will add sophistication and romance to your upcoming NJ wedding celebration!
This is YOUR Special Day to be the Star so live like a celebrity! On your wedding day you deserve extra special bridal pampering! To make sure that your bridal makeup and wedding hair is flawless and picture perfect, here are some professional makeup tips:
If you choose to wear fake eyelashes, you may want to try them before the wedding day.
It is not recommended to use mascara on your bottom lashes if you cry easily. If you still want to, use a soft brown so it will not cast shadows under the eyes.
For long lasting lipstick, line lips as well as the entire mouth, apply the lipstick, blot your lips, and apply lipstick again. Then add a little gloss just in the center. Avoid long-wearing lipstick, which has the tendency to dry out your lips.
Avoid dark liner, extremely glossy lip, shimmer or bright shadows, foundation and powder that are too pale for bridal makeup.
Blend, blend, and blend for a natural, flawless wedding makeup NJ look.
- Get plenty of sleep! Sleep helps the skin look its best! Share some of your tips with us!
Here are some wedding cake tips for saving money:
- Order a small one or two-tiered wedding cake and then supplement cake with a larger sheet cake (hidden back in the kitchen).
- Keep the add-ons simple.
- Use fresh flowers instead of sugar ones.
- Reuse your ceremony flowers for the wedding cake table.
- Skip the fancy, exotic fillings like mango and guava.
Now let us know your ideas!
Party balloons at can be used to transform simple halls as well as grand ballrooms into a festive balloon decorations masterpiece! Balloons can match any color scheme or theme. Come make your next event FUNtastic with colorful balloons!
Top 10 Celebrity Weddings of 2014
1. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
2. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
4. Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard
5. Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker
6. Lauren Conrad and William Tell
7. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo
8. Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
9. Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson
10. Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting
Which wedding was your favorite and why? We want to know!
Do you want to add extra fun and make a big hit at your New Jersey wedding? Create a memorable photo booth experience! At BestWedding NJ offers photo booth rentals that capture all those hilarious wedding moments! It's also the perfect party favor! We want to hear what you think about photo booths.
Set the Mood and Light Your New Jersey wedding venue to Perfection!
Uplighting will transform your wedding, or any special event, and create the perfect ambiance! Our wedding lighting is the latest technology including quality moving heads, conventionals, dimmers, LED’s, gels, expenditures, lamps and more! Make an exhilarating impact on your guests and clients that will leave them raving about your New Jersey wedding event long after it has ended! What are your favorite colors for wedding lighting?
Looking for a distinctive New Jersey Wedding Reception Hall?
Deciding on your NJ wedding reception site is the FIRST thing you do when planning your New Jersey wedding. At Best Wedding NJ, we have listed our favorite New Jersey Reception Halls just for you! Search for budget-friendly, romantic NJ banquet halls or posh & glitzy NJ wedding reception halls here! Let us know your favorites!
Ice Sculptures and Ice Luges have become very popular and are displayed at many prestigious events and weddings. Bestweddingnj.com offers visually stunning New Jersey Ice Sculpture designs that are sure to add a touch of magical icy elegance to your wedding event! What are your favorite ice designs for weddings? We want to know!
Congratulations! You've found the love of your life - Now say "I Do" with style! You are in love and have found the right person to marry, but who's going to pronounce you "husband and wife"? At Best Wedding NJ our New Jersey Clergy: Priests, Rabbis, and Officiants have performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies throughout the State of New Jersey. Our NJ Clergy are committed to making your wedding a day to remember!
At BestWeddingNJ.com, you will find the information you need to contact your local New Jersey Registrar so to apply for your New Jersey Marriage License. All the NJ registrars are listed here on our NJ wedding web site to make getting your NJ marriage certificate easy!
INTERFAITH WEDDING CEREMONY ~ Our New Jersey Interfaith Ministers can officiate a wedding ceremony that is multi-faith or interdenominational - a combination or blend of religions ranging from only little or no religion to being entirely religious. Interfaith is in essence a respect for and an acknowledgement of all of the many different religious beliefs and spiritual understandings. It is an embracing of the values and traditions of all religious and spiritual paths. Come speak with our interfaith ministers in NJ today!
This is YOUR Special Day to be the Star so live like a celebrity! On your New Jersey wedding day you deserve extra special bridal pampering! Our personal NJ bridal makeup specialists are ready to make sure that your bridal makeup and wedding hair is flawless and picture perfect! Discover our free bridal makeup tips! This is your day to shine!
What joy a newborn baby brings to our homes! The birth of a child is certainly among one of the most life-changing and wondrous events in our lives. Our celebrant Reverend Diane Cuesta will perform a loving & joyous baby naming ceremony for this sweet new life that touches everyone in your family. A baby blessing ceremony is a distinctive way of celebrating the birth of your baby and welcoming the new arrival into your circle of family and friends. As an alternative to a religious christening or baptism, New Jersey baby naming ceremonies are a fantastic opportunity - before family and friends - to promise your child you’ll be the best parents you can be!
At BestWeddingNJ.com, we honor all beliefs. New Jersey same sex marriage ceremonies became available for NJ same sex couples on October 21, 2013. Since then we are happy to say our professional NJ wedding ministers have been officiating many same sex weddings! We welcome the opportunity to serve and celebrate with you in personalizing your dream wedding come true!
There is no better place for romance than the beach! BestWeddingNJ makes Jersey Shore beach weddings memorable! Imagine your ceremony while you're barefoot in the sand on the most romantic stretch of beach in the country, the white sand coastline of the Jersey Shore! The warm sand is inviting and perfect for boundless beautiful panoramas, ideal for romantic interludes and creating treasured memories that will warm your hearts for years to come! Book your ceremony with us today!
To make sure your wedding photographer captures all of your special wedding moments, create a wedding photo wish list. Although the first dance and the cutting of the cake are standard wedding photos, you may have special shots that you wish to have your photographer take during your wedding. Make a list of what you want and share your creative ideas with your photographer. In this way, your photographer can plan in advance to include these shots.
This one's important! You would hate to spend an hour interviewing your New Jersey wedding DJ, and like his personality, only to have some other DJ show up! Make absolutely certain your contract spells out exactly who will be your DJ on your wedding day. If you want the owner and not their employee it should be on the contract.
SAY IT WITH STYLE! So you're getting married! Congratulations!!! We would love to be a part of making your guests first impression a perfect one! Our calligrapher's world class calligraphy for all occasions can be shipped anywhere in the US and around the world. With each curve of the pen, our professional calligrapher will add elegant calligraphy that will add sophistication and romance to your upcoming wedding celebration!
NEW!!! Our online wedding accessory shopping resource offers an amazing range of accessories and decorations. Included are many exclusive designs created specifically with today's Brides in mind. Combined with perennial favorites, our collection is unmatched in selection, quality and value.
From Bridal Collections, Wedding Accessories, Unity Candles, Sand Ceremony Kits, Wedding Cake Tops, Wedding Cake Serving Sets, Bridal Accessories, Bridal Jewelry, Wedding Guest Books, Toasting Flutes, Flower Girl Baskets, Bridal Shower Gifts, Wedding Programs, and Save-the-Date Kits . . . when it comes to wedding products, check out our ultimate selection!
If you have ever been to a wedding with a photo booth you already know the answer! Photo booths are great entertainment and so much FUN! Those silly faces and sexy poses come naturally in the curtained privacy of a photo booth! There's nothing like seeing who can make the goofiest strip, or seeing the charm of old friends together trying to fit in a small booth. Compare your photos; you might even want your DJ to announce a contest for the funniest photo! The photographs are also the perfect party favor!
Some brides choose to have a big wedding and cut costs in many other ways however; keeping your wedding small will help you save in several ways. Only inviting close family and friends means that you will pay less for food, you can rent a smaller venue, you can have less decorations, setup, and party favors. As tempting as it is to invite everyone you know to your wedding, take the time to really evaluate your list. You may feel obligated to invite certain people, but who will you really be close to in a few years? Also, consider cutting out coworkers completely; this way you will have a much smaller guest list and won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
Having a small wedding can also provide a more intimate experience, give you less stress and potentially even give you more choices for your reception, food, and most everything else, because you will have less guests.
(Huge congratulations to those of you who have just gotten engaged over the holidays; exciting times!)
Did You Know? There is no legal requirement that says you have to take your husband's name after you get married. This is a tradition only. You can keep your own name if you wish or you can decide to take your husband's name if you choose to. As a matter of fact, your husband can take your name! Start a new trend!
1. Red Velvet - The perfect compromise if the groom likes vanilla, but the bride likes chocolate. Don't forget the cream cheese frosting!
2. Chocolate Devil's Food - For chocoholics! Go with chocolate devil's food cake layered with chocolate ganache, mocha mousse or fudge filling.
3. Lemon Cake - Since wedding season is at its busiest during the summer, it's no wonder that a citrus-flavored cake is popular with guests. Add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or cherries, too!
4. Yellow Butter Cake - You can't go wrong with the most traditional of them all. This basic flavor is paired best with a light, cream filling.
5. Coconut Cake - Great for a destination wedding! Give your guests a tropical flavor textured onto each tier.
6. Champagne Cake - Your cake baker can add some bubbly to the batter instead of water to create a showstopping wedding cake.
7. Spice Cake - A harvest pick (combined with apples and caramel) is perfect for a fall wedding inside a rustic venue like a barn, farm or ranch.
8. Carrot Cake - If you're having many assorted cakes on your dessert table, opt for an unexpected flavor like this one.
9. Banana Walnut Cake - A brunch reception isn't complete without this wake-me-up favorite.
Put some thought into it! At www.BestWeddingNJ.com, we have been to hundreds of weddings and the ones that stand out that we loved were the ones where the bride and groom took the time to make the ceremony personal. If you don't have any ideas, talk it over with your wedding officiant. More than likely, they have experienced some really great things!
Every New Year brings us the opportunity for a fresh start. Know that what we give out comes back to us multiplied. This year will be different from any other we have lived. Our knowledge and understanding will grow and deepen in new ways. Our capacity for compassion will expand.
The New Year brings the opportunity for new beginnings! Although we are able to start each day anew, some people need the turn of a New Year to find the inspiration to do so. Making major changes in our lives can often be a challenge. Are you really living or just existing? Did you ever wonder why you are here on Earth? Serving a purpose driven life can bring you joy! What unique gifts do you have to share with the world? Discover your Divine purpose today at www.SpiritualitySolutions.com!
When the bride is one religion and the groom is another, do you think that one of you should have to give up your beliefs to be married?
As much as you and/or your parents would love for him to convert to your religion, don't push it. Love and accept each other for who you are.
Convert to the religion of LOVE!
As long as your hearts are in the right place, and you don't judge or force the other person to give up their traditions and faith, you will be fine. HONOR their beliefs instead!
Although Christmas is meant to be a time of joy and sharing, many people find the holidays to be one of the most stressful times of the year. To keep stress levels from negatively impacting your health - Eliminate Unrealistic Expectations. Many people try to fit as much activity into planning and preparing for the holidays. You want to do it all and do it perfectly however; this may set you up for disappointment. Try on not expecting too much out of yourself or others during this time of year. BestWeddingNJ.com wishes you and your loved ones a very happy, stress-free holiday!
No matter how comfortable a shoe is, if it is a high heel, it may make your feet hurt. Having a flat as a backup is a must have! Be happy, comfy and classy on your wedding day! There are many elegant choices in flats. Be comfortable - why remember sore feet when you are making memories of a lifetime!
Have you been completely authentic since the beginning of your relationship?
In the early stages of a relationship there is a tendency to hide yourself however; the things you hide are going to come out eventually!
Most arguments happen because someone in the relationship can't articulate one of their feelings, or they're not listening to a feeling they are having. Combining this with the tendency to hide who we really are from our partner, creates the potential for stress and conflict.
So what's the best way to keep stress out of your relationship and dance through life? Try on making this commitment to your partner: "I commit to speak honestly to you about my feelings."
A winter cocktail hour calls for warm, comforting drinks. You can't go wrong with hot chocolate or warm apple cider however; for something really HOT, serve up white hot chocolate in small espresso cups and eggnog in small punch glasses for your guests as they arrive!
The difference between a venue coordinator and a certified wedding planner is:
A venue coordinator’s primary role is protecting the venue that they work for and delivering the contracted services that have been ordered.
The role of a wedding planner is protecting and serving the wedding couple as their advocate, helping them choose reliable wedding professionals, negotiating contracts that serve in the best interest of the wedding couple, confirming wedding professionals setup times and ending times, keeping the wedding couple within their budget.
Add extra fun at the end of your reception! Before your wedding reception winds down, delight your guests with a candy buffet! It's sure to bring out the inner kid in everyone! Provide to-go bags so your guests can satisfy their sweet tooth long after the party ends!
Wedding Tips to Save Money on Food & Drinks!
1. Skip the main course - have great appertizers, drinks and desserts! People are usually too full by the time the dinner comes around.
2. Offer beer, wine, and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.
3. Serve comfort foods like sliders, barbecue chicken fingers, and mac and cheese. It's fun and often cheaper.
4. Skip the champagne toast.
Come share your ideas!
Let Them Eat Cake!
1. Make your wedding cake the favors!
2. Give one favor to each couple.
3. Have your wedding favors double as escort cards.
4. Email your save-the-dates.
5. Get single-page wedding invitations to save on postage.
6. DIY your own menu cards, escort cards and wedding favor packaging.
Here are 4 money saving tips for an inexpensive wedding flower budget:
- Use more greenery than flowers.
- Swap out costly flowers - did you know peonies can be five times more expensive than roses?
- Stick to just one or two kinds of flowers.
- Buy flowers that are in season. Include non-florals, like lanterns, white pumpkins, tall vases filled with apples, floating candles, etc.
Here are 5 money saving tips to cut costs on your wedding reception:
1. Trim down your guest list. This will slash your catering costs, invitations and the number of centerpieces.
2. Book off-peak season and save thousands!
3. Hold your ceremony and reception in one location. This will cut travel time for vendors you pay by the hour.
4. Skip the Saturday wedding. Thursday night can be chic!
Show us what LOVE looks like!
We want to see the couples of our New Jersey Wedding Blog forums! Post your favorite picture of the two of you!
It could be a wedding photo, an engagement photo or just an old favorite. Share away! :)
When you are knee-deep in wedding planning stress, it's easy to resort to unhealthy behaviors, like emotional overeating or guzzling a bottle of wine. The trouble is, these things will leave you feeling lousy and probably more stressed than before you started! At BestWeddingNJ.com, we offer up suggestions for healthy tips for Managing Wedding Stress. Keep calm and marry on! Come share with us what positive things you do to de-stress!
Inspiration straight from the vineyard! Clusters of perfect grapes - So-o-o-o- winery wedding!
Looking for a unique & memorable venue for your wedding? Have a winery wedding! Whether elegant or rustic, in a grand chateau or a historic barn, in a candle lit cellar or among the vines. The table decor you choose can brilliantly or simply complement the winery wedding setting of your dreams! Come share with us your ideas for a winery wedding!
Thanksgiving is a time to commune and reconnect with family and friends, celebrating the gift of nourishment from Mother Earth. As we celebrate this wonderful holiday, may we remind ourselves the reason for the season with the Attitude of Gratitude! May you find inspiration in the following Iroquois prayer. At BestWeddingNJ.com, we wish you and your loved ones LOVE, good health, happiness, and abundance!
Have a very Happy and meaningful Thanksgiving! Many Blessings!!!
"We return thanks to our mother, the earth, with sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and squash, which give us life. We return thanks to the bushes and trees, which provide us with fruit. We return thanks to the wind, which, moving the air, has banished diseases. We return thanks to the moon and the stars, which have given us their light when the sun was gone. We return thanks to our grandfather He-no, .., who has given to us his rain. We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children."
Are you wary about purchasing your wedding dress online without trying it on? Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life so who needs any unexpected problems when it comes to your bridal gown. Plus, you will miss out on all the fun of going with your family and friends to pick a one out! If you purchased online, let us know if you liked it once you were able to try it on? Or would you recommend just buying from a store instead? We want to know!
From 30’s glam to beach chic, from new off-the-shoulder necklines to bold colors, tulle over-skirts, capes and collars, infused many of the designers' 2015 Spring Bridal gown collections.
Off-the-shoulder necklines and the romantic draped shoulder shined. It's a great option for brides who want a sleeve, but don't want to look too covered.
New colors emerged like blues, grays, and even mint green creations, which stole the spotlight from the blush, pink, ivory, and of course, white gowns we are accustomed to seeing.
The most creative dresses boasted convertible skirts, particularly in tulle, adding a playful and ethereal vibe.
Brides that want to ensure a dramatic walk down the aisle will love a cape! Whether it's a sweet sheer illusion with appliques or a sweeping, full-length overcoat, a cape allows you to cover up for the ceremony and helps create two looks from one.
Last but not least, collars are an addition to the already-popular high illusion necklines. Just gently gracing the neck these lace tops give your gown a regal finish.
One of the best parts of a wedding reception is the moment when your guests hit the dance floor! Add some personality to your dance floor with lighting! For a WOW factor, you can add your monogram to your dance floor in the color lighting of your choice! Share your lighting ideas with us!
One of wedding couples BIGGEST struggles in wedding planning is creating a seating chart. What if you seat the wrong people together? Is having to control where people sit really necessary? Why not give your wedding guests freedom to sit where and with whom they want! Come share with us your ideas and thoughts on seating charts!
Your special wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life. As the bride, you will be the center of attention, and want to look like yourself, only better! There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a beautiful gown, whose hair and makeup came out dreadful. So as a bride you want to make sure to have a trial with your bridal hair & makeup specialist at least one month before the wedding date to ensure that your dream hairstyle comes true!
For your Autumn wedding - Paint and carve names on tiny pumpkin gourds and use as unique place cards for guests at your reception! This seasonal do-it-yourself idea can also be used as table numbers, too! Come share your ideas with us for Fall weddings!
Don't Blow Your Entire Budget On Just Your Gown
One big planning mistake a bride can make is spending her entire fashion budget on her wedding gown. For example, say you have $1,000 set aside for your outfit. This doesn't mean you can buy a $1,000 gown! Know that you will be tacking on tax, and if you're not buying off the rack, you may get charged for shipping. You might possibly need alterations, too. Consider your undergarments, shoes, hair accessories and jewelry when budgeting as well.
Searching for the perfect reading for your wedding ceremony?
Selecting the right wedding ceremony readings can surely be overwhelming. Couples are searching for just the right words to express their feelings and love to one another. Readings for weddings can set the tone for your ceremony. Great resources for ceremony readings include religious texts, poetry, historical literature, plays, movie lines, song lyrics, and even your own love letters. Not sure where to start? BestWeddingNJ.com has compiled some heartfelt wedding ceremony readings for you to assist you on your quest for the perfect ceremony readings.
Our true happiness comes in living from a place of Divine Love, living in harmony with the Source that created us. We become wiser by examining the lessons from our life events that may have seemed difficult when they happened. However; they were always leading us to higher rungs on the ladder. Come to know that here are no accidents in life . . . A profound intelligence lies behind everything. If we live with an awareness of the larger picture, and become aware of the choices that we make, we can watch Divine Love manifest itself in our lives.
Here’s the scoop . . . I performed the very first wedding at a popular New Jersey farmer’s market and it was FALLtastic! Try on these Autumn Colors: Chocolate Brown, Oranges, Plum, and accents of Green and Yellow . . . and lots of Sunflowers!!! Plan on using pumpkins, gourds, apples, burlap, leaves, mason jars and bales of hay for your decor, too! Come share with us some of your ideas.
From the minute you started sharing the exciting news about your engagement, you’ve probably been inundated with questions. When’s the big day? Where are you having your wedding? What type of dress do you want? Before answering these questions, you have to create a style that you want for your wedding day. Make it easy and fun with these wedding tips:
· Start by perusing photos and wedding ideas and save the ones that you love.
· Decide if you want a casual or formal wedding.
· Pick a location or venue where you’ve always dreamed of getting married.
· Sit down and talk it out with your fiancé(e)
· Then pick a date, time and location and book your wedding officiant. Then you can start a wedding planner and fill in will all the fun wedding vendors you want to hire for your special day.
Nothing sets the mood and transforms a space quite like the right lighting! Candles, string lights, LED colored lighting and lanterns all create ambience and add warmth to indoor and outdoor weddings alike. Click here for magical EVENT LIGHTING ideas that will leave your guests positively spellbound!
The First 7 Steps of Wedding Planning:
1. Start Keeping a Journal
2. Announce Your Engagement
3. Set the Date & Tone of Your Event
4. Set the Budget
5. Choose Your Attendants
6. Look for Venues for Ceremony and Reception
7. Hire a wedding officiant
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Bakers can be amazing artists with butter cream, and now, wedding cake bakers have turned their skills to recreating all the beautiful, trendy fabric inspired details in cake! You can now coordinate your wedding cake with your wedding fashion! Come share your wedding cake ideas with us!
When it comes to wedding photo portraits, a good eyes-closed-and-kissing shot is great however; we also love when a couple gets a bit creative on how they strike a pose! What are some of your ideas to share?
Here are some first dance wedding songs for our New Jersey wedding couples. Please tell us your favorites!
1. “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
2. “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble
3. “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
4. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore
5. “All of Me” by John Legend
6. “Marry Me” by Train
7. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
8. “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong
9. “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson
10. “Then” by Brad Paisley
11. “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
12. “At Last” by Etta James
13. “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran
14. “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields
15. “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover)
16. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli
17. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
18. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
19. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
20. “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
One food that is sure to please your young wedding guests (and the older ones, too!) is Mini-Sliders! Serve this classic American food in bite-sized burgers during your cocktail hour! Post some of your kid-friendly foods ideas!
Feel comfortable on your wedding day! Why stand on uncomfortable high heels all day! Ditch those high heels and bring pretty flats with you for dancing your wedding day away! Why remember sore feet when you are making memories of a lifetime? If your feet hurt, switch to comfortable shoes and have fun!
With a little planning, your Jersey Shore beach ceremony can be the wedding of your dreams! Here are 10 tips for making your NJ beach wedding dreams come true:
1. Imagine your beach ceremony. Do you see yourself and your friends in formalwear, strolling along the sand? Or do you have a handful of flowers, bare feet, and a short dress while your partner rolls up his pant legs and you get wet? How formal or informal your ceremony is will affect your choice of everything from ceremony location to invitations to bridal party wear. Keep guest comfort in mind and choose save-the-date cards and invitations that express the degree of casualness in their dress-you don't want people showing up in floor-length silk dresses if they are going to be standing near the water line with their feet wet.
2. Choose a theme or not. Some beach weddings strive to retain a formal, elegant air-perhaps seashell or starfish motifs on the invitations, programs, and small touches during the reception will make the statement for you. Other beach weddings choose a casual theme- Hawaiian, Caribbean tropical, New England clambake.
3. Think about how many guests you have. If you have fewer than 50 guests, you may want to have them stand in a semi-circle while you and your sweetheart exchange vows. More than 50 guests requires seating-it will take longer for everyone to arrive and guests grow restless and tired. Make sure you have chosen a location that will allow chairs on the beach.
4. Make sure guests are comfortable. Larger, more formal weddings mean you need to rent flooring for people to walk on and to be seated. Remember that for people with disabilities or weakness, walking on the sand can be challenging. Remember to make arrangements so these guests can watch the ceremony, too.
5. Consider the roar of the waves. The great thing about the ocean is that it provides background noise that helps drown out sounds of traffic or construction. The downside is, it can also drown out your ceremony. Look into having a microphone for the officiant so your guests can hear your ceremony.
6. Decide upon the best time of day. Morning weddings lead to brunch or luncheon receptions. The beach is usually quieter and more private, and the rising sun makes for preferred lighting. Guests appreciate the less-intense sun, too. Mid-day weddings on the beach should be kept shorter and shade should be provided, often in the form a tent for guests. Check with your ceremony site and your party rental provider for suggestions on the best way to accommodate your guests. Evening weddings also provide a break from intense sun, and the lighting can make for wonderful photographs. Some places will be still filled with beach-goers, though, so keep that in mind when you choose.
7. Mark a distinct location for the ceremony. If you are having a small ceremony, you may wish to place large seashells, candles, or luminaries around the edge of the space so guests know where to stand. Consider raking the sand to smooth it out and create a strong visual impression. For larger ceremonies, the aisle can be marked with seashells, candles, luminaries, or torches. You may also want to rent a wedding arch for you and your partner to stand beneath for the ceremony itself.
8. Select music and readings that fit your beach style. An instrumental version of "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid may be a good recessional choice if you are creating an informal, party atmosphere. Acoustic guitar may fit better if you have chosen a more formal affair. Readings can also be suited to the location. If you are not marrying in a particular faith, choose a wedding officiant who can guide you toward appropriate readings.
9. Plan for the sea breeze. While the ocean breeze is refreshing, it also blows sand. Seat your guests so the breeze it at their backs, if possible. Unity candle ceremonies, while lovely, tend to disappoint outside because it is hard to light the candles or to keep them lit. Sand ceremonies, where the bride and groom combine two small vials of sand into a single container, are appropriate to the beach theme and are less likely to be interrupted by the breeze.
10. Remember the care for the environment. Birdseed, while safe, will also encourage sea gulls to disrupt your wedding, much to your guests' dismay. Consider bubbles or real flower petals (check with your ceremony site) instead. Make sure you send someone around to collect anything handed out to guests to be sure you don't leave anything behind, including plastic bubble bottles.
Having a New Jersey beach wedding? Here's something creative just for you! These seashells couldn't be for more festive for a NJ beach wedding to guide guests to their seats!
Choosing wedding hair accessories with pops of color for you and your wedding party is an easy way to add personal style to your New Jersey wedding. Fashion trends over the past several decades, have distanced New Jersey brides from the millinery arts. So, let’s be innovative leaders, like Carrie Bradshaw, and return to the glory of headpiece options!
How do skin and hair color influence headpiece choices? White bridal gowns are actually somewhat new in the history of weddings, so welcome the use of color in wedding fashion! You can create beautiful and memorable statements by adding touches of these colors to gown accents and headpieces. Skin tone, hair color, and eye color, play a role in which hat or hair accessory colors work best to enhance natural beauty.
- Natural blonde or brunettes with pale skin tones are complemented best by cool and muted colors associated with summer. Burgundy, colors with rose or blue undertones, and the pastels are excellent for augmenting these assets. Black and oranges should be avoided.
- Brown-eyed red heads and brunettes with golden (light ivory to bronze) or mahogany complexions are best enhanced with earthy and spicy color tones associated with autumn, such as warm and muted camel, orange to terra cotta, beige, and olive green. Choose rich and muted colors, rather than bright and clear, to enhance the beauty of this group and avoid blue tones.
- Brunettes of deep eye color, with blue or pink skin undertones look stunning in cool and clear colors such as black and white, navy blue, reds and jewel tones. Light, icy tones work better than pastels with this group, and beige or other washed-out shades should be avoided.
1. Don't wait too long to book your New Jersey wedding officiant. Book your officiant around the same time the venue is booked. Many couples decide to book an officiant within 60 days of the wedding, which limits their choices significantly.
2. Many couples want to include everything in their ceremony. They want a unity candle ceremony AND a sand ceremony. They want their friend to sing a song during the ceremony AND have their best friend read a long poem. Sometimes it can be too much. Ideally, a ceremony is best when it's around 20 minutes.
3. A big mistake is not having a back-up plan for an outdoor wedding. Although having a wedding outdoors can be very beautiful, you must realize we are working with Mother Nature here. Plan to have a Plan B in case of inclement weather.
From the moment you received happy news of your engagement, you’ve probably had many questions. What will be the date for my big day? What will be my color scheme? What type of dress do I want? Before you can answer these questions, you may want to come up with a general idea of the type and style of wedding you’re looking for. Here are some tips to make it easy and fun:
Look at Photos
Start by perusing wedding photos and saving the ones that excite you. Then, look at your saved photos and find some common ground between them. Are there certain colors you gravitate toward? Or do the photos all come from weddings at a specific venue type?
Casual or Formal
One of the decisions you will need to make is if you want a casual or formal wedding. Do you picture your guests wearing long gowns and tuxes in a grand ballroom or having a picnic-style reception outside - or something in between?
Is there a particular venue where you have always dreamed of getting married? Or even just a type of venue that you like - a beach, garden, ballroom or historic inn, perhaps? The venue you choose is the first step to deciding on your wedding style. Think about the type of wedding that would best fit with your ideal venue - a beach wedding calls for a more casual feel, while a wedding at a historic inn could be more vintage-inspired.
Talk It Out
Sit down with your fiancé and have a discussion about how each of you imagine your wedding day. Write down a list of adjectives that describe your ideal wedding, then compare lists. Try to find common ground and come up with a final list of "wedding adjectives" to share with vendors as you meet them.
Once you have decided on your wedding style, it’s important to stay focused, especially when dealing with your vendors. Make a decision and stick with it for your own sanity! Looking to get started finding your style? Check out our wedding ideas that will inspire you!
You now have the wedding basics covered! But check out these must-have New Jersey wedding ideas that will have a "wow" impact on your guests:
1. Mood Lighting - Give your venue space a romantic ambiance with led lighting, string lights, lanterns, or candles.
2. Comfy Lounge - Not everyone likes to dance, so create a home away from home away outside the tunes complete with couches, chairs, pillows, blankets, and maybe a fire.
3. Beverage Display - Nothing's sweeter than a signature drink at your designated dressed up station.
4. Entertainment - Now, this doesn't mean merely a DJ or band. Consider adding extras like a Mexican mariachi band, dancers, celebrity impersonators, and magicians or a caricaturist.
5. Photo Booth - Not only will guests pose with props at least once during the night but also will be able to take home their snapshots as favors. It's great for mingling!
6. Late Night Snacks - Order in your favorite local fares, like pizza or bagels so no bellies are left hungry and send them home with the morning newspaper.
When it comes to cutting wedding costs, examine the difference between fleeting moments of "wanting" and cherished memories that last a lifetime. What matters more to you? Having the most expensive DJ in town or having a dazzling photo album to show your grandkids? If you need to adhere to a certain budget, make sure to do so. Also, when choosing a wedding officiant, choose a professional who has performed many weddings. This is the most sacred part of your wedding day! Words to the wise, do not spend under $375 for less than the best . . . and do you do not need to spend inflated prices of over $475 for those who may think they are the best.
Exchanging your New Jersey wedding vows in the hot heat of summer can turn your wedding day into a sweaty, melting mess! Here are 3 ideas to keep you and your guests cool at an outdoor wedding:
- If you are having programs, turn them into fans by pasting a stick on them! Your guests will be especially thankful if there's no natural breeze on your wedding day.
- Keep ice cold small plastic water bottles submerged in an ice bucket so that guests can grab one if they are thirsty. There's no better way to quench your thirst than with an ice-cold water!
- Provide sun umbrellas or parasols for your guest at the outdoor wedding ceremony, especially if it's in the sun.
- Come share with us some of your COOL ideas!
It may seem impossible to pay back your Mom for all her love and support that she has continually offered to you. So let's use this Mother's Day to brainstorm wonderful ways to show appreciation for your mother at your wedding! Besides maybe wearing her wedding dress, read our favorite ideas below and come share with us your ideas, too!
1. Have Mom walk you down the aisle Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle.
2. Give her a rose during the ceremony. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a rose from your bouquet. Tuck the rose into your bouquet and present her with it.
3. Dedicate a space to her memory. If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.
4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.
5. Incorporate her wedding veil into your ceremony. You could drape her veil over the wedding arch. This is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.
6. Recreate a photo from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—guaranteed she'll be touched by the gesture.
During your wedding ceremony you can have your Officiant invite you to say your own personal vows to one another. Check out these beautiful vows:
____, I love you because you care for me like no one else in the world. You make me feel loved, safe, and beautiful.
I love you because you always take the burnt piece of French toast and let me have the one that's cooked perfectly.
I love your deep belief in me as a person and as a partner.
I promise to keep both of us in view, to remain flexible as we build the rest of our lives around one another's needs and happiness.
I promise to be here, to be the one to help you stay grounded, to be the one you come home to, in the biggest sense of that word.
I promise to always encourage you to be your fullest self, and I will gratefully accept the same in return.
I promise to continue our efforts to build a relationship founded on deep respect for partnership.
I promise to always believe in you, and in this marriage.
Come share your ideas for personal wedding vows with us!
Even Donald Trump had a wedding budget to work with! Sure his wedding budget was most likely more than yours, but the truth of the matter is that everyone needs to set a realistic budget for their wedding.
Your wedding budget reflects the average wedding expenditures and their estimated percentage of the wedding budget. Click here for your wedding budget worksheet and allow it to serve as a guide to assist you in planning your New Jersey wedding!
The innocence of the little girls holding their baskets, looking like Angels as they walk down the aisle, captures an unforgettable moment of time and sets the tone for the arrival of the bride.
They are the flower girls! In most instances, being asked to be the flower girl marks the debut of her first formal occasion. Once you have selected your little girl for that special day, you may need to speak to her parents about the time and financial commitment. The flower girl will need to attend rehearsals and other wedding-related activities and her parents will probably need to accompany her.
Many brides today are finding it fun to dress up their favorite little girl as a miniature bride and send her down the aisle to stir up anticipation for the real bride. The flower girl’s dress is usually linked to the rest of the bridal party, by the color of the sash or by the color of the flowers on the dress. When choosing a dress some brides choose a dress that is similar in style to the bridesmaids dress or can be a miniature version or similar to the bride's dress but tailored to fit the little flower girl. Fabrics such as silks and satins work beautifully depending on the formality of the wedding party. It's probably best to leave the flower girl's dress until last about 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding date.
Most flower girls carry a small basket with either flowers or petals to sprinkle while walking down the aisle. It's probably a good idea to have your flower girl walk up and down the aisle several times by herself so that she feels comfortable having all eyes admiring her once the big day arrives. She will be ready to make that long walk down the aisle. Dazzling with the charm that only a little girl has, your flower girl will lead the rest of your wedding party and bring smiles and joy to many of your guest’s faces.
What are your opinions on weekday weddings? They can be a lot less expensive! Have you ever attended one? Would you take off of work and go if invited? And what if it were after work so that your day isn't affected? We want to hear your thoughts!
If your groom wants to make a unique mark on his wedding tuxedo or suit, instead of flowers, have him consider a unique boutonniere idea like a feather or a key or a special pin!
Send us your creative boutonniere ideas!
During your final days of wedding planning, get ready for your honeymoon! Make sure to pack wisely . . . and if you’re flying to your destination, bring the most important items with you on the plane (you never know where your checked bags could end up). Check out this list of the top 9 items to carry on:
- Tickets and confirmations: Bring your boarding passes with you on the plane, but be sure to also bring any printouts tickets or confirmations you’ll need throughout your trip.
- Passport and identification: If you’re traveling abroad, a passport is essential. Within the U.S., you’ll need your driver’s license or other approved government-issued form of ID.
- Money: Don’t take all of your credit cards – two will suffice. Call the credit card companies to let them know what dates you will be out-of-town. And don’t forget cash and traveler’s checks, too.
- Photocopies: Make photocopies of all of your important documents – ID, health insurance, etc. to keep in your room in case anything is stolen while you’re on the go.
- Toiletries: In case your checked baggage gets misplaced, be prepared. A set of travel-sized toiletries will help get you through a night or two without your main stash of supplies.
- Change of Clothes: It’s important to have extra clothing in case your checked bag doesn’t make it to your final destination.
- Entertainment: DVDs, Books, magazines, your iPad – whatever will help get you through the long flight.
- Hooded sweatshirt or blanket: Planes are usually a bit chilly, so bring something to snuggle up with (besides your spouse).
- Medication: Any medication that you or your spouse will need on your trip keep handy at all times.
We Love: A Whole New World Artist (Aladdin Soundtrack) Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey Album: Disneymania, Vol. 3
Some of the Lyrics:
I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?
Come share with us your favorite last dance songs!
When planning your New Jersey beach wedding, it is good to choose a theme that totally fits your style! Come send us your ideas for a NJ beach wedding celebration that is uniquely you!
The ceremony music you choose for your New Jersey wedding ceremony should be very significant to the two of you. Many couples choose songs that have a personal meaning to them or music which sets the mood for the beautiful ceremony that is about to take place. Whether it's your favorite love song or a traditional wedding march or something totally out of the ordinary, come share with us your favorite ceremony song picks!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Enjoy the bagpipes, cornbeef & cabbage and have a safe, FUNtastic day! Go GREEN!
Did any one have a St. Patrick's Day wedding today?
With all the snow we had this winter, we can't wait for Spring and Spring Weddings!!! For wedding flowers we love tulips. Tulips are a sign of springtime and their delicate petals are known for their freshly-picked look. A tulip bouquet represents elegance and grace.
What other spring flowers will you be having at your Spring New Jersey wedding?
Love the idea of wedding rings but hate to wear them? What about a wedding ring tattoo? It's another way to show how committed the two of you are.
Show us your wedding ring tattoos!
A One-of-a-Kind Wedding Ring Tattoo
If you want to make sure that your tattoo wedding rings are unique, you'll need to find an artist that can draw and design their own tattoos.
Settle on a price for how much your tattoos will cost ahead of time and have a few designs drawn up. This way you can pay the artist for their time without feeling pressured to pay them by getting a tattoo you aren't thrilled with.
Make sure that the tattoo artist understands that you do not want the wedding ring tattoo design you choose to be used again on anyone else. Make sure to keep the only copy of the tattoo drawing. You can have someone draw up a design and take it to a tattoo artist, or have the artist use his/her own designs they have experience with.
Are you having children attend your wedding ceremony and reception? Are any of your family members or friends with children offended by this?
This can be a touchy subject. We have been to weddings where kids were crying loudly during the ceremony and running around like crazy during the reception . . . do their parents honestly have a good time? Would you rather have your wedding a night off from the kids?
What have you decided to do?
Married ladies, please show off your wedding cakes! Us new brides can use some cake inspiration!
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Need inspiration for a Springtime wedding?
- Ask each wedding guest to leave their fingerprint on a framed drawing of a family tree.
- Accessorize your lace wedding gown with a statement necklace and pair of romantic, petal peep-toe platform sandals.
- Ask each bridesmaid to wear a different shade of pastel: blush, sage, lavender and creamsicle.
- Bridal bouquets of peonies, ranunculuses, sweat peas, delphiniums, orchids and tulips are a must-have.
- Place a garden-inspired cake topper on top of your wedding cake. Examples: birds, bird’s nest, robin’s eggs, birdcage, etc.
- Send each guest home with a bag of seeds to plant and watch love grow!
Instead of having a guestbook on your wedding day, have your wedding guests write on Jenga game pieces. Then every time you play Jenga, you will be reminded of all the well wishes from your New jersey wedding day!
Do you have any creative ideas to share with us?
No need to stress over choosing your first dance song! With thousands of tunes to choose from, you’ll find a song that speaks to you and your fiance – it’s just a matter of taking the time to look – and listen.
Think About Your History Take a look back to the most important moments in your relationship. The night you met, the first “I love you,” your proposal. Were there any songs that made those moments even more special? If there’s a song that you’ve been listening to or singing together for the duration of your relationship and feels appropriate for your wedding, go for it!
Listen Pay more attention to the music you listen to, and be sure to visit our wedding dance web page and check out our first dance song options. Note any songs that you like, and listen to them with your beloved. Ask him/her to do the same. Schedule some time each evening to listen to song options until you’ve found one you both agree on.
Is your New Jersey wedding weeks away and you still have to come up with an idea for for your bridesmaids' gifts! Well, you most likely don't want to give what everyone else does right? And you probably wouldn't want anything that takes too much time or too much $$$ . . . so check out these great gift kits: www.spiritualitysolutions.com/spiritual_gift
Your chosen bridesmaids and maid or matron of honor assisted you throughout your wedding planning process. Bridesmaid gifts serve as a cherished reminder of your appreciation for their time and attention well beyond your wedding day.
Come share your bridesmaids' gift ideas with us!
You finally applied for your New Jersey marriage license so you can now begin the process of changing your name . . . but will you keep your maiden name? Even if you take his last name, your maiden name is a name you have identified with your whole life! If you never liked your maiden name, then kiss it goodbye . . . OR you can add your maiden name as your middle name or hyphenate it and attach it to your new married name. What would you do?
Be a Budget Bride!
Cheap Wedding Ideas for the Bride & Groom that want to save money:
Here are 12 wedding things you DO NOT NEED to spend money on!
1. Save the Date Cards
2. Wedding Ceremony Program Cards
3. Personalized Anything!
4. A Rehearsal Dinner.
5. The most expensive dinner menu items.
6. Too many appetizers and desserts.
7. A Master of Ceremonies.
8. Fireworks. You need a spend an awful lot of money to get a good display.
9. A special quill pen for signing the register.
10. A wedding outfit for your pet.
11. Wedding Favors that your guests will throw out when they get home.
12. A wedding planner. Check out our free wedding budget planner.
13. Hire a reasonable priced wedding officiant!
Did you or someone you know get engaged on Valentine's Day?
Come share with us the details all about it! We love romantic stuff!!!
Here is a Valentine just for YOU:
Stop criticizing yourself—now and forevermore.
Love and accept yourself as you are right now. When you do, you will blossom in ways that you can’t even imagine!
Love will heal you. Your love for yourself will work miracles in your life!
Here are 10 affirmations to help you love yourself and bring more love into your life.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!!
- I choose to see clearly with eyes of love. I love what I see.
- Love happens! I release the desperate need for love, and instead, allow it to find me in the perfect time.
- Love is around every corner, and joy fills my entire world.
- Today, I remember that Life loves me and will reward me.
- Life is very simple. What I give out comes back to me. Today I chose to give love.
- I rejoice in the love I encounter every day.
- I am surrounded by love. All is well.
- I am comfortable looking in the mirror and saying, “I love you. I really love you.”
- I draw love and acceptance into my life, and I accept it now.
- Love is all there is!
The Perfect Way to Pamper your Sweetheart!
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BREATHE!!! . . . Take a deep breath . . . that's better!
You are worried about the future, which didn't happen yet!
January flew by and are you keeping you New Year's resolutions? How about resolving not to be a BRIDEZILLA!
February marks the beginning of peak wedding planning season for all those new Brides-to-Be. It is only natural to get caught up in all of your New Jersey wedding planning, and your fantasy of the ideal New Jersey wedding. Sometimes a bride can forget for a second that she's not a real princesss. Yet a bride can resolve to make her wedding stress less stressful and more joyful!
Acceptance: Accept that everything may not go perfectly.
When you are planning your big New Jersey wedding event, something is bound to happen that may not be as you expected it. If you accept that the day may not go exactly as planned, then you can have a good time! You will ultimately be a lot less stressed, and enjoy your wonderful, although not perfect, wedding day! Remember to be patient and kind to everyone who assists you in planning your New Jersey wedding, and resolve not to lose your temper if things should go wrong.
Winter Weddings Make You Believe in Magic!
The ambiance of a winter wedding is equivalent to that of the first winter snowfall — it’s magical and very romantic! Make sure you highlight and maximize the winter elements with faux snow or Holiday lights for a perfect winter scene!
A winter wedding allows you to experiment with winter theme decor. An easy way to incorporate this is with natural components such as: frosted pine cones, pine leaves and snowflakes to enhance your winter wedding wonderland.
You'll Get Your First Choice Vendors
Although June and September weddings are a dream, they are two of the busiest months for weddings — so the chance that all of your top wedding vendors will be available on the same date is pretty slim. However; since December, January and February are less popular months, they are your best bet to get the vendors you want — and for less! You'll find that many wedding vendors are willing to cut you a deal during these cold weather months!
Tell us why you LOVE winter weddings in New Jersey!
Do you plan to go tanning before your wedding?
Our Best Suggestion: Get your tan prior to 2 weeks before your wedding. After 2 weeks . . . if you get too dark, in your wedding photos you could end up looking aged, orange and leathery!
AVOID the BURN! Here's 4 Sun Protection Tips:
Apply Sunscreen Generously
Your basic common sense skin care message is: Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a SPF of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every 80 minutes, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
Sunscreen is not all you need to stay safe. Although it is very important to use a natural sunscreen, also seek shade whenever appropriate. Remember to seek shade between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. This is when the sun’s UV rays are strongest. Here’s a shadow rule for when you are in the sun: Look for Your Shadow. No Shadow, Seek Shade!
Watch for the UV Index
While many sunscreens provide some UVA protection, it is important to watch the UV Index, which provides important information to help you plan your skin care and outdoor activities. The UV Index was developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, and is issued daily in cities across the United States.Some safe ingredients found in broad-spectrum sunscreens include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients reflect the sun to prevent overexposure to the sun by sitting on top of the skin and not by being absorbed.
Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
Don’t fret! You can still have a healthy glow with a little bit of sun each day and get your vitamin D naturally and safely. But too much UV light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. So if you want to look tan at the beach, you may want to consider using a natural self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
I don't know about you, but brides & grooms and their wedding parties have been known to get tired at their New Jersey wedding. If you think about it, you are at it for at least 12 hours, the bridesmaids are in sky-high heels, then throw in the fact you're fed copious amounts of champagne and food, and it's not surprising some of us might want a little rest half way through the New Jersey wedding celebration! I'm not suggesting you supply a mattresses for you and your wedding party, but maybe a little chill-out area?
A Chill-Out Zone is definitely a trend for 2014 - all you need to decide is your style of chill-out zone. Will you go shabby chic or Gentleman's Club style? Or a zen beach vibe, with lots of squishy bean-bags? Either way, take pity on yours and your friends' feet, and provide everyone with a little comfort!
Share with us your Chill-Out zone ideas!
Guest books are the perfect reminder of your guests that attended your wedding . . . so why not supply them with an interactive guest book alternative that's creative!
Here are 7 guest book ideas below:
Jar of Well Wishes - Ask guests to wite their well wishes on notepads and place in the decorative jar.
A Monogram Letter - Ask guests to write well wishes on a monogram wooden letter of your new last name that you can hang in your home.
Wine Bottles - Ask guests to sign your favorite bottles of wine that you can read when you open them on your 1st, 5th, 10th, and 15th anniversaries.
Wine Corks - Ask guests to sign a cork from a pile of wine corks and place it in a wine box.
Recipes - Ask guests to fill out a recipe card with their favorite appetizer, entree, or dessert.
Mad Libs - Ask guests to fill out Mad Libs-type cards that give you marriage advice . . . the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Puzzle Pieces - Have one of your engagment pictures printed onto a puzzle, then ask guests to pick a piece to write their well wishes on.
Come share with us your creative guest book ideas!
“First looks” are wedding photo sessions that take place BEFORE the wedding ceremony, capturing the soon-to-be-married couple seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. Wedding couples, check out these wedding photo tips for a successful first-look photo shoot!
Before Your Wedding Day
Discuss with your photographer the logistics of the first-look photo shoot. The first look session can be done about two hours before the ceremony, so plan your time accordingly.
Pick a Location
Your photographer will find a intimate spot that’s relatively secluded so no one can enter.
Avoid seeing each other before the first-look wedding photos. Get ready in separate locations and tell your bridesmaids and groomsmen to avoid downloading any photos of you on social media before you’ve seen each other for the first time. You want the moment to be genuine!
This is one of those wedding day photo moments that should not be posed!
Keep It Simple
The most important part of the first-look wedding photos is seeing the expressions on both of your faces. Keep it simple, sweet, easy to stage, and you will get the emotional, clear photos you desire.
Enjoy your Day!
Before seeing each other for the first time, take a deep breath and let all the wedding day stress melt away. After your first look moment, express your love for one another. This is your once-in-a-lifetime moment and you want your wedding photos to convey your happiness, not any wedding day anxiety.
Don't Want to See Each Other?
If you and/or your spouse do NOT want to see each other before the ceremony, you can still snap a great photo by standing on opposite sides of a doorway, holding hands, but not peeking at each other. This can be a sweet, romantic wedding moment to capture!
Let us know your ideas!
Don't risk losing the wedding vendors you want for your big day!
First: Prioritize your search for wedding vendors. Cover your bases by booking your vendors based on the importance of the service to the wedding. That is why the wedding officiant is one of your first calls. Next you can either hire a wedding planner or use our wedding planning website www.BestWeddingNJ.com for all your wedding planning needs.
Next: Move on to the wedding photographer because good photographers book up more than a year in advance.
If you care about the food, make the wedding reception hall and the caterer your next call.
Follow that call with a call to wedding musicians for your ceremony and/or reception and a DJ for the reception.
Then speak to a florist, wedding cake baker, bridal hair & makeup artist, and transportation limousines.
Finally, get your wedding invitations designed four months prior to the wedding and reserve your tent rentals if needed.
Remember to mind your manners when dealing with these professionals. Great vendors put their heart and soul into their work for you so be sure to show them some appreciation. Last word to the wise: Do not assume you have reserved a vendor unless you have given them a deposit. Without a deposit, you will not be on their calendar and they may not hold the date for you! When you snooze, you lose! Don't risk losing the vendors you want for you big day!
Looking for something BLUE?
You can't go wrong with a blue garter or shoes that match your bridal gown, yet a playful chic choice this year is BLUE satin pumps! In addtion, the same goes for a stunning BLUE bag! They will add a splash of color when you are looking for that special something blue!
Every Bride is familiar with the poetic prose requiring her to wear Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue on her wedding day…and let’s not forget the silver sixpence in her shoe.
Most even willingly oblige to this customary tradition, yet most don’t know how or why the ritual became part of matrimonial formality.
This part of the “ancient” custom originated as a representation of the bride’s old live and her “former” family. Getting married meant she would leave her life and her family behind to start anew with her husband. Wearing something old commemorated her family in her heart, showing that she still loved and remembered them.
This serves as a token of “good fortune”, happiness, and success for the bride and her new life.
According to custom, the bride was suppose to borrow something from a happily married women to bestow the same blessings on her, her marriage, and her future.
Blue traditionally exemplified purity and innocence. Wearing something blue was a sign and promise to the husband of his wife’s (carnal) innocence and purity.
While many of today’s brides replace this with a penny, the basic representation remains the same. Putting a silver sixpence or penny in her shoe is supposed to ensure a financially and spiritually abundant future, and a blessed married life.
If you have a meddling or controlling, soon to be mother-in law, before you complain to your groom about his mom, check your own attitude!
It is not a good idea to put your groom between you and his mom. Your groom will most likely get angry at you if you criticize his mom. Since most men like to fix things, ask your groom for some tips on how you can learn to handle his mom's requests. Let him know that you don't want any stress between you and his mother. This is a mature way to enlist your groom's help. He will come to admire you for repecting his family.
If your future mother-in-law has wedding planning ideas that don't still well with your plans, handle each of her requests separately. If you love flowers on the tables, but she wants candles, calmly take charge and you might respectfully say to her with a smile, "That sounds lovely, however that doesn't work for me." Empower yourself by sticking to your plans. Make an effort to creatively include some of her ideas that combines both your tastes, so you can keep the peace!
Let us know now you are handling your husband's mother during your wedding planning!
What do the Different Colors of Roses Mean?
Significance of Rose Colors
Red Roses - Love, Beauty, Courage and Respect, Romantic Love, Congratulations, "I Love You", "Job Well Done", Sincere Love, Respect, Courage & Passion
Pink Roses - Appreciation, "Thank you", Grace, Perfect Happiness, Admiration, Gentleness
White Roses - Purity, Peace, Innocence, Silence, Secrecy, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness
Yellow Roses - Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Promise of a new beginning, Welcome Back, Remember Me, Jealousy
Orange Roses - Desire & Enthusiasm
Black Roses - Death, Farewell
- Light Exercise - Take a walk to release stress, give gratitude and visualize yourself radiant!
- Eat a light breakfast - Calm any butterflies in your stomach with fresh fruit, yogurt or oatmeal. Stay energized!
- Have fun! - A happy bride is always a beautiful bride!
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1 You WILL tire from talking about weddings
If you're already married, you're convinced that you weren't this detail obsessed when planning your own wedding day; if you're not married, you've taken a vow that you will never, ever ask anyone to go through the humiliation you have endured for BFF's wedding day.
2 And there’s that dress
No, not The Dress - rather, the one you're being made to wear. Obviously you appreciate that it's the bride's choice (despite your subtle hints that you might maybe like to pick your own bridesmaid gown) and that it's her wedding day and all . . . but there is no excuse ever to wear Pepto Bismol Pink.
3 And there's also all the opinions
Opinions you didn’t even knew you had! From cake choices to the font used in the invitations, you've been asked for your opinions on it all. It's flattering that the bride hold your opinion in high regard, you thought - but then, you ended up having a long debate about the merits of a having harpist for the ceremony that you drifted off into an out-of-body experience.
4 You've now considered concocting stomachaches to avoid wedding planning sessions
Not that you ever actually would, of course. Partly because you fear what the bride would do if she found out you told a little white lie . . . yet also because you are obviously her good friend.
5 Yet, organizing her bachelorette party was fun
Your main priority of any bachelorette party is to make sure the bride has fun and your savvy hiring of that stripper saw fit to that. All the covert planning and secret emails made you feel like a bridal spy!
6 Add therapist to your resume now
You and the bride have spent hours of quality time going over her hopes and fears, like discussing the seating plan for feuding family members.
7 BTW, you’ll be hanging out with the bridesmaids
You've watched the movie, Bridesmaids. A good relationship with the other members of the bridal party is almost an unspoken law: you simply must gel so as to make things joyful for the bride.
8 You will remember everything on The Big Day
And we mean everything! The bride's lipstick, the name of the groom's mother and the magic words that will get the little flower girls to stop having tantrums. Of course, it's nothing that you can't handle. Just keep on smiling!
9 Don't forget your sensible shoes and tissues
Both are wedding day essentials. Tissues are crucial for those who get swept up in the emotions of the day and sensible shoes will make dancing the night away a whole lot easier.
10 You will feel very, very happy when it's over!
You did it! You've helped and watched your best friend marry the man of her dreams and waved them happily off to their honeymoon. Plus, the Hot Pink dress wasn't so hideous after all. You feel like a triumphant athlete who's just crossed the finish line in first place - and all while wearing sensible shoes. Kudos to you!
Has it been difficult finding that perfect song to dance with your Father?
You yearn for the perfect song that is touching and meaningful . . . but definitely not romantic. Oftentimes, you may find a song that’s almost perfect however; then there’s that one verse that frames it as borderline creepy! You could request that your DJ simply edit it out. For example, Frank Sinatra’s “I Wish You Love" is a great suggestion, when the first 30 seconds are cut out. Check out the songs below and share some more with us!
1. Bruce Springsteen – “When You Need Me”
2. Tom Petty – “Wildflowers”
3. Ben Folds – “Gracie”
4. Wilco – “My Darling”
5. Natalie Merchant – “Kind and Generous”
6. Loudon Wainwright – “Daughter”
7. Paul Simon – “Father and Daughter”
8. The Temptations – “My Girl”
9. Stevie Wonder – “Isn’t She Lovely”
10. Ray Charles – “Ain’t That Love”
11. Lulu – “To Sir With Love”
12. Nancy Sinatra – “It’s For My Dad”
13. Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds”
14. Heartland – “I Loved Her First”
15. Rascal Flatts – “My Wish”
16. Frank Sinatra – “I Wish You Love”
17. Billy Joel – “Just the Way You Are”
18. Beyonce – “Daddy”
19. Edwin McCain – “Walk With You”
20. Michael Buble – “Daddy’s Little Girl”
So you are ready to say, I DO with style! It’s the New Year and we are ushering in a new fabulous wedding season. Wedding experts are buzzing that this new year of 2014 will be one of true romance! Wedding designers are going for the heart: softer, sweeter and honest. It’s a renaissance of classic chivalry, to the little joys things that made our mothers cry, and it’s happening just in time for you to make heartfelt memories.
Pinks are back! Do you already feel like a blushing bride? Carry that sweet love over to your color scheme. Check out the blushes, the peaches and the nudes — not Pepto Bismol pink!
Come share with us your PINK finds!
The honeymoon . . . aaaaah . . . the grand payoff after all the wedding stress! Where are you heading for to relax and have fun on your honeymoon (or where did you go)? Tell us - show us!
I just got back from a private island on Aruba! . . . pretty inviting!
5 Wedding Day Superstitions - From seeing each other before the ceremony to looking at yourself in the mirror fully dressed and wearing something old, new, borrowed, and blue to getting carried over the threshold, read what we have to say below about why it’s NOT bad luck.
Superstition #1: Seeing each other before the ceremony is bad luck.
We say: There is a certain magic about couples seeing each other for the first time as one walks down the aisle, however for many couples; waiting until the ceremony doesn’t work with their New Jersey wedding day style. A "first-look photo shoot" pre-ceremony can be just as magical, and it’s not bad luck at all.
Superstition #2: Looking at yourself in the mirror when you’re fully dressed in your bridal attire is bad luck.
We say: Clearly you want to look at yourself in all of your wedding-day gorgeousness before you head down the aisle – so this superstition is clearly outdated.
Superstition #3: You must wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
We say: Sure, this is a fun tradition however; if finding these items are causing you stress, then you don’t have to do it.
Superstition #4: The bride must be carried over the threshold when you arrive home for the first time after the wedding.
We say: Sure, it’s a sweet tradition, but don’t freak out if you forget. You’ll probably be exhausted right after the wedding anyway!
Superstition #5: Getting married on a date that includes the number 13 is bad luck.
We say: Ask anyone who got married in the year 2013 (or Taylor Swift) – the number 13 can totally be good luck, so flip this superstition on its head and get married any day you desire!
Summer is here! Here are a few new looks that are fun additions to your bridal makeup look.
* Honeysuckle made a huge color statement with clothing on the runways and is already on the shelves of our favorite stores. A beauty trend that is big right now is the coral lip, a bright and fun way to add some pop and color. However, if coral is not your color, try a shade of fuchsia or bright pink.
* While the smoky eye is always going to be a great bridal makeup look, another way to make those eyes smolder is to go with big lashes and liquid eyeliner. As for the eyeshadow, go with a nude shade or a very light sheer color. It will definitely draw someone in.
* Cheekbones, ladies! If you are thinking that you want to emphasize your cheekbones, but not with bronzer, this is the makeup look for you. Colorful cheeks are back, so break out the pink blush and have some fun.
* Pastel shades amped with color are making an appearance. Mac Cosmetics has a whole line of products devoted to this trend. The pinks remind you more of cotton candy than makeup. It is a fun and playful way to add some zing to the makeup or your outfit.
While all these looks may not be for you, remember that makeup is fun and that its OK to try something new. It can always be taken off, and no one has to know that you attempted it at home.
Here are event planner tips to minimize hurt feelings while creating your wedding guest list.
- Discuss your wedding guest list with both families early on. Then state the facts of what you decided on paper or in an email to your families, so everyone is clear going forward.
- Limit your wedding guest list to immediate family. Otherwise, be consistent: If you invite one cousin, invite all of them. With friends, invite only the ones who are most important to you.
- Make sure both sets of parents are able to invite the same number of wedding guests. If one family has more friends or relatives, one compromise is to allow the side of the family with fewer wedding guests to invite more people to the rehearsal dinner.
- Date or no date? If a guest has been dating a person for more than six months (or a year—pick your time frame), that person can bring their date. If someone decides to bring a date even when one wasn't invited, politely say that only one seat had been reserved; apologize for any inconvenience.
- Kids or no kids? Politely say, 'I'm sorry, this is an adult reception,' if that's your preference. If your family has a lot of children, you can compromise by paying for a babysitter.
10 Best Wedding Trends for 2011
Sophisticated Elegance Returns
It's back to basics with elegant, sophisticated style in 2011. Wedding decor will be simple and understated, with modern design elements trumping DIY touches. Scripted calligraphy, custom monograms, and classic wedding cakes embody this trend. Brides will wear pearls, and grooms will ditch the Converse in favor of more tasteful wedding day kicks.
Outdoor Venues- Where It’s At
Couples tying the knot in 2011 will gravitate toward outdoor ceremony and reception venues. The backdrop of an outdoor setting leaves room for personalization, a major perk for creative newlyweds. Lakeside venues, vineyard locations and spaces situated alongside sprawling mountains will dominate, and they’ll be spruced up with personalized touches that represent the bride and groom.
Grey is the New Black, Crazy for Navy
Gloomy no more, grey is the neutral IT color for 2011 weddings. Organic and natural, shades of charcoal, dove, stone, oyster and shell will be incorporated liberally into wedding color palettes and paired with vibrant hues to make the colors pop! And while grey remains the talk of the town for 2011, navy blue (and other deep blues) are definitely on-trend for the coming year. Wonder if Prince Will's royal wedding has anything to do with the crazy for navy trend... what do you think?
Mad for Metallics & Bold Color Palettes
Whether it’s two bright hues with a metallic accent, or several metallic shades used together, brights and metallics will be popular choices for wedding color palettes in 2011. Gilded gold, shimmery silver and sparkling champagne will be used alone or with accents of yellow, purple or teal.
Big Ball Gowns are Back
Dramatic ball gown wedding dresses floated down 2011 bridal catwalks in droves. Wedding dress designers draped, ruched and layered clouds of tulle, power netting and chiffon to create dresses with limitless volume. The outcome? Fairytale-inspired bridal style and whimsical wedding dresses for 2011.
Grooms Take a Walk on the Stylish Side
Grooms are taking a stand in the name of fashion. Their tuxedo choices will no longer be dictated by some “rent 5, get 1 free” deal. Instead, they’ll choose formal looks that represent their unique style. Bow ties will replace classic long neck ties, and embroidered dress shirts, engraved cufflinks, stylish lapel pins and the color of the season- grey- will grace the white aisles.
Wedding Invitations Go Green
The green weddings movement continues full speed ahead in 2011. From totally paperless wedding invitations and save-the-dates, to stationery printed on 100% recycled paper, invitations have truly gone green.
Luxurious Textures-- from the Dress to the Tables
Luxe textured fabrics will bring a sumptuous, opulent vibe to 2011 weddings. Wedding dresses will feature 3D appliqué, layered light fabrics (tulle, lace, chiffon), romantic ruffles, oversized florals and illusion fabric with eye-catching beading. Textured linens will be layered to dress up reception tables, chair covers may be embroidered or beaded, and branchy centerpieces and floral arrangements will captivate wedding guests.
Ethnic Influences, Cultural Wedding Details
At long last, brides and grooms are embracing and showcasing their unique cultural traditions and ethnicity. Whether it’s a religious wedding ceremony ritual, traditional wedding day garb, cultural cuisine infused throughout the reception dinner, or wedding decor with bold, ethnic prints, you can’t help but embrace the unique cultures and ethnicities of couples in 2011.
Revved-Up Wedding Receptions
Who wants the best day of their lives to end? Not couples and guests in 2011, that’s for sure! Couples will plan a post-reception after party lasting into the wee hours of the night with drinks, candy buffet, entertainment, and dancing so that wedding guests can party all night long!
Now that you've read the top 10 trends for 2011 weddings, share your thoughts! What do you love, and what would you leave?
Share the Gift of Authentic, Heart-Centered Communication with Your Family, Friends and Loved Ones This Holiday Season!
The December holidays can be the most challenging and stressful of the year. It doesn't matter whether you celebrate, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or anything else, this time of year is charged with so many "supposed to’s", guilt trips, apprehensions, unpleasant memories of holidays past, that it can shut us down until it's all over.
Nonetheless, it doesn't have to be that way!
Spiritual Holiday Tips:
- Remember to breathe,
- Be willing to communicate lovingly
- Be authentic in all your decisions
- Remember the reason for the season!
And may your holiday season and coming New Year be filled with treasured experiences and heartwarming times with the people you love.
Blessings and best wishes for a joyful 2011!!!
Winter Weddings: A Modern Holiday Table Decor
Who says a winter wedding needs to be decked out in traditional red and green or stark white and silver? Get inspired! By adding some unexpected colors and natural elements, you can create a warm wedding table that compliments this winter season while still looking fresh and modern. Try on dark blue, cream and lots of white to make up your table's color scheme. Use dark brown pinecones to keep it earthy and seasonal. Keep the napkins and dishware simple, so as to not compete with a printed fabric table runner.
Beat the belly bulge and stay slim and sexy for your wedding day.
7 Great Tips for Fabulous Abs!
1. Limit Your Salt Intake: Your body retains water when you fail to watch your sodium intake. Remember to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water in order to maintain proper hydration, thus helping the body carry out excess fat, toxins, and regular digestion functions.
2. Change Your Exercise Routine: Utilizing the same routine year after year causes your body to plateau once it has "mastered" the strength level needed to perform that exercise movement. Therefore it is important to constantly be changing and challenging the abdominals. Rotate which movements you do for the stomach and core and progressively build them to become more challenging.
3. Add Cardio: It take proper diet, weight lifting and cardiovascular exercise to ward off the pounds in the middle. Aim for 30 minutes of cardio 3 days per week at modern intensity.
4. Add the RIGHT Cardio: Just because you "workout" does not mean that you are going to lose weight. Ensure that your heart rate stays in the optimal “fat burning zone" - 65% of your max heart rate. Do the math: 220 minus your age = max heart rate. Multiply this by .65= what you should aim to keep your heart rate target.
5. Get Your Fiber Fix: Eating enough fiber helps digestion, helps flush excess waste and fat out of the system, keeps you full longer, helps prevent diabetes, and makes everything regular. Women should aim for 25 grams of fiber daily, Men 38 grams daily.
6. Avoid Late Night Eating, Fad Dieting, Yo-Yo Dieting: Enough said! Remember, never miss breakfast, snack every 3 hours, and avoid late night heavy meals and leave yourself at least 1.5 hours to digest before bed.
7. Don't Blame Your Age: As you age your metabolism does slow down but this does not mean that you will never again fit into your "skinny" jeans. Increasing your lean muscle mass will help burn more calories and fat around your middle. Setting up a consistent, regular program geared toward your abdominal goals can help you stay focused and on track.
Although grooms are not involved in every decision of the wedding planning process, barriers are breaking down quickly. Some grooms have a strong opinions. Couples consider many wedding pros when making wedding decisions. Taking these extra steps to understand the groom's point of view can help set you apart from the competition.
Consider more masculine offerings: Brides love pastels colors and romantic portraits. Let's face it though, most grooms may not. Keep this in mind with a heavily involved groom. Maybe the cake could be the colors of his favorite sports team? Suggest throwing in a few action shots of him hanging out with his groomsmen. Couples showers are becoming a hot trend, too! The possibilities are endless as long as you are creative when considering your audience.
Patience might not be their virtue: In general, grooms have less patience for the wedding process. Consider keeping meetings with the groom to high-level considerations and meetings with just the bride to the nitty-gritty details. You don't want to lose the sale because the groom wants to leave before the deal has been struck.
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Choosing your groomsmen can be about as delicate a task. Your best buddies, college roommates, brothers, cousins, and even long-lost elementary school friends may be vying for the coveted position of best man. After all, they'd get to know the bridesmaids a little better. Wondering who to choose for your groomsmen and how to go about it without bruising any egos? Read on.
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How Many Groomsmen?
You can choose as many or as few groomsmen as you like. The groomsmen often wear two hats, doubling as ushers and seating the guest. (In general, you'll need one usher for every 50 guests.) The groomsmen also escort the bridesmaids down the aisle, so you may want to keep the boy/girl ratio even, although that's up to you and your fiancee. If you decide to have just a few groomsmen but would like to include more friends or male relatives, get them in on the action by having them just seat your guests. That way you'll be able to include everyone and avoid bitter comments at the reception.
What about her brother or your sister?
The choice is yours and yours alone, right? Well, the choice of best man should be yours, but your bride may have her heart set on a favorite brother as groomsman. As long as you can stand the guy, you'd do well to play along. The opposite is true, too: If you'd like your favorite sister to serve as bridesmaid, your bride will probably agree. You needn't stick with tradition, though. If you two are open-minded types, your sister can stand on your side -- in an official groomsman role -- and your fiancee's brother can stand on her side.
Selecting Your Best Man
Who to pick for the sought after role of best man? Well, for starters, he should have a modicum of taste, since he'll make the first toast at the reception and you’d probably prefer that he avoid any inappropriate remarks. He should also be responsible, since he'll hold the ring until you slip it onto your new wife's finger. Plus, the more dependable the fellow, the more wedding-related duties you can give to him. Most importantly -- he should be fun, fun, fun, since it's his job to organize the bachelor party. Choose someone who's an active part of your life and your fiancee's life.
Negotiation is truly an art and if done correctly can lead to a win-win situation between you and your New Jersey wedding vendors where all parties feel good with the outcome. If done poorly, you may be paying more for your New jersey wedding than you need to, or you may be saving money but receiving substandard service. Here are some tips to avoid the pitfalls of poor negotiation:
1. Don't make a decision without comparison shopping
In order to negotiate from a position of strength you need to do your research. Know your requirements, your wish list, vendor availability and rates. Make sure you get multiple quotes based on the same criteria so that you can determine what sets the vendors apart and where you need to place your focus when it comes to negotiation.
2. Don't succumb to pressure tactics
You may be at a bridal show and told that the deal is only good for the day or requested to sign an agreement immediately upon being in contact with a vendor to obtain a special promotion. These are pressure tactics to get you to commit on the spot and can result in regrets particularly since you don't have the time to evaluate the offering objectively in a removed setting.
3. Don't be overly aggressive, negative or confrontational
Being overly aggressive and or confrontational is counterproductive to the negotiation strategy and can be very off-putting to a wedding vendor. In this context if you get a good deal you will have lost the respect of the wedding vendor possibly resulting in substandard service. Entering negotiation with a negative approach on the outcome can also set you up for failure. Typically if you don't think you're going to get something you probably won't. If you ask: "You can't give me a deal on that can you?" you are more inclined to get a negative response versus asking "What is your best deal?"
4. Don't forget that relationship is central to negotiation
The best negotiators are those that can effectively build relationships. The key to building a relationship is understanding where the other party is coming from. As a negotiator you need to realize that both parties need to be heard and feel that they are gaining from the deal. Using language that brings both parties together suggesting shared ownership and teamwork is highly effective in establishing a willingness to make concessions. Don't forget that you will need to be flexible as well to show that you are invested in the relationship.
5. Don't focus only on cost
Many people mistakenly assume that the sole focus of negotiation is about bringing the cost down. While cost is certainly a factor in weddings don't overlook exploring other avenues such as an increase in package offering, service time, number of dedicated staff and selection upgrades. The realization that you can negotiate an upgrade on a package might be even more enticing to than negotiating on the cost of the original offering so don't overlook asking for more.
Find out what your subconscious knows! Have a pen and paper handy before you read any further. As soon as you read a question, write the answer right away. Make sure to answer questions 1-6 before moving on:
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1. You are walking to your fiance's house. There are two roads to get there. One is a straight path to take you there quickly, but is very plain and boring. The other is significantly longer but is full of wonderful sights and interesting things. Which one do you take to get to your significant other's house, short or long?
2. On the way you see two rose bushes. One is full of red roses, the other full of white. You decide to pick 20 roses for your fiance of any color combination. What number of white and red do you pick? (you can pick all of one or any combo of the two).
3. You finally get to their house. A family member answers the door. You can have them get your fiance or go get them yourself. Which do you do?
4. You go up to your fiance's room, but nobody is there. You decide to leave the roses. Do you leave them by the windowsill or on the bed?
5. Later, it's time for bed. You and your fiance go to sleep in separate rooms. In the morning when it's time to wake up you go in your fiance's room and check on him/her. When you arrive, is he/she awake or asleep?
6. Now it's time to go back home. Do you take the short, plain road or the longer, more interesting road?
Love Test Answers
1. THE ROAD REPRESENTS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS FALLING IN LOVE. IF YOU TAKE THE SHORT ROAD, YOU FALL IN LOVE QUICKLY AND EASILY. IF YOU TAKE THE LONG ROAD, YOU TAKE YOUR TIME AND DO NOT FALL IN LOVE AS EASILY.
2. THE NUMBER OF RED ROSES REPRESENTS HOW MUCH YOU GIVE IN A RELATIONSHIP, WHILE THE NUMBER OF WHITE REPRESENTS WHAT YOU EXPECT IN RETURN. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU CHOSE 18 RED AND 2 WHITE, YOU GIVE 90% AND EXPECT 10% IN RETURN.
3. THIS QUESTION REPRESENTS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS HANDLING RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS. IF YOU ASKED THE FAMILY MEMBER TO GET YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER, THEN YOU LIKE TO AVOID PROBLEMS AND HOPE THAT THEY WILL SOLVE THEMSELVES. IF YOU WENT TO GET THEM YOURSELF, THEN YOU ARE A MORE DIRECT PERSON AND LIKE TO WORK OUT PROBLEMS IMMEDIATELY.
4. THE PLACEMENT OF ROSES DETERMINES HOW MUCH YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR BOY/GIRLFRIEND. PLACING THEM ON THE BED MEANS YOU LIKE TO SEE THEM A LOT, WHILE PLACING THEM ON THE WINDOWSILL MEANS THAT YOU ARE ALL RIGHT WITH NOT SEEING THEM AS MUCH.
5. THIS IS REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THEIR PERSONALITY. IF YOU FIND THEM ASLEEP, YOU LOVE YOUR BOY/GIRLFRIEND THE WAY THEY ARE. IF YOU FIND THEM AWAKE, YOU EXPECT THEM TO CHANGE FOR YOU.
6. THE ROAD TO HOME TELLS HOW LONG YOU STAY IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE. IF YOU CHOSE THE SHORT ROAD, YOU FALL OUT OF LOVE EASILY. IF YOU CHOSE THE LONGER ONE, YOU WILL TEND TO STAY IN LOVE FOR A LONG TIME.
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Happy New Year!!! The New Year brings the opportunity for a new beginning. Although, we are lucky enough to be able to start anew each day, some couples need the turn of a New Year to find the motivation to do so.
The Top 10 Most Common New Year Resolutions include:
1. Lose weight
2. Stop smoking
3. Stick to a budget
4. Save or earn more money
5. Find a better job
6. Become more organized
7. Exercise more
8. Be more patient with your at work/with others
9. Eat better
10. Become a better person
Choosing a New Year's resolution is usually the easy part. Committing to your choice is another story. By the end of the second or third week, some of us even forget what our goal was! Here are ten ways to see your resolution through and achieve your goal:
1. Choose a resolution that is realistic.
2. Take your choice and follow it through on a day to day basis.
3. Reward yourself in two week or one month increments.
4. Keep a journal of your progress.
5. Get others involved or find like people working toward the same goal.
6. Keep motivated with a calendar, friends, diary, partner.
7. Be patient!
8. Be grateful that you have the opportunity to do this.
9. Find the fine line between motivation and obsession.
10. Make your goal a lifestyle change, not just a means to an end.
Making major changes in our lives is never easy. Especially when it is a habit or an addiction that we have had for many years. Use every resource available to achieve your goal. Laziness and complacency are the biggest culprits, when it comes to achieving a resolution or goal. Stay focused! Stay motivated! Stay happy!
Ring in the New Year With Your Wedding!
If you want to create a great memory of your New Jersey wedding, have it on New Year's Eve! Although it might seem fun to have a midnight ceremony, in actuality it is probably more practical to have the ceremony earlier on in the evening, and have your NJ wedding reception as the New Year's Eve party. This way all your friends and relatives have a great party to go to, and it's even better because your guests at the party knows plenty of other guests. After the wedding ceremony, you could change into "party" clothes. A New Year's Eve New Jersey wedding reception can be a festive, formal affair! The bride can wear a glittery cocktail gown, and the groom can change into a suit, rather than a tux. A gray suit is classy and unique. Good colors for a NJ reception on New Year's Eve are silver and white or silver and black. Gold can substitute for silver. These are colors that go well with nearly any décor, and also say, "New Year's Eve Party!"
A great thing about a New Year wedding is that you won't need to pay for a dinner. Instead, have a nice buffet of finger foods and appetizers. Veggie, fruit, cracker, meat, and cheese trays are perfect for this occasion. Go upscale include finger foods such as buffalo wings, wontons, and shrimp. People can easily eat these foods standing up. A full bar with non-alcoholic options are a nice touch. Make sure you have champagne on hand for the midnight toast, and provide sparkling non-alcoholic grape juice for the non-drinkers in the crowd. Little plastic wine glasses are good alternatives to real champagne glasses, which can be expensive. Happy New Year!
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When you think or hear about a themed New Jersey wedding, there are ways to keep your themed wedding fun and classy at the same time. If you are someone who loves Halloween, then here are some ideas for you:
The Dress – There are a few different options for your wedding gown. The first is to keep the dress traditional white with a mermaid silhouette like Mortica from the Addams Family. Add a black or fall colored ribbon around the waist. Or you break from the norm and wear an elegant black ball gown; after all, your wedding has a Halloween theme so you could be completely untraditional and certainly memorable
The Bridesmaids – Keep your ladies in a typical bridesmaid dress in a fall color or basic black but add some flair by having a fun orange pin for their hair or dress. Just look for simple autumn inspired pieces that can be added to the bridesmaid dress, jewelry, hair or flowers.
Groom/Groomsmen – Wear the traditional black tuxedo but add a splash of Halloween color by wearing a Fall colored bow tie, vest, cummerbund or tie.
Bouquets – Use orange, gold, red or even plum colors for the flowers and look for fun Halloween decorations to be added into the bouquet such as miniature pumpkins, skeletons, spiders, etc. You could even look for Halloween themed ribbon to be wrapped around the stem of the bouquets.
The New Jersey ceremony itself could remain traditional but with little touches of Halloween. The reception is the time when you could go all out and really showcase your Halloween theme.
Your Guests - In the spirit of Halloween, ask your guests to participate by wearing a Halloween costume instead of what they’d typically wear to a wedding.
- Hollow out pumpkins and use as flower vases or candle holders
- Add black and orange pillar candles around the tables and coordinate with matching black table clothes
- For unique centerpieces, spray tree branches black and place cobwebs and spiders throughout
- Use fake miniature gravestones as name cards
Reception Area Decorations
- Hang dark drapes around the reception area
- Hang white lights around dark drapes to give the feeling of a twilight setting
- Add a Halloween themed topper to your cake
- Place dried branches throughout the reception area
- Spray paint pumpkins gold or silver to add color and pizzazz to the basic pumpkin and place the pumpkins throughout the reception area
- Hang orange and/or black lanterns
- Lead the way to the reception area with pumpkins that have arrows carved in them to show guests where to go
- Place candles in bags to line the entryway to the reception
- Use witch caldrons to hold beverages
- Personalize a Jones Soda bottle with your picture, wedding date and/or thank you
- Create trick or treat bags filled with candy
- Create masks for guests to wear at the wedding reception and to take home; these could also be used as name cards as well
- Buy miniature coffins filled with candy
- Place Carmel apples on your reception table to use as decorations and favors
No matter what you do, a Halloween inspired wedding will be one that your guests will never forget!
For the perfect wedding flowers for your autumn wedding, choose rich, textured hues. Roses and dahlias are the most classic choices as they come in so many different varieties. Hydrangeas and chrysanthemums are also popular options. If you're set on lilies or tulips, that's fine. Just be aware that they're probably not in season and will cost you a lot more then an autumn bloom. Some other more affordable fall options are sweet Williams, fuchsia, zinnia, and amaryllis. Your New Jersey wedding florist will be the best one to assist you.
When it comes to centerpieces, forget pink. Think layered and lush tables with a more bountiful look with colors like red, blue, gold, orange, and purple. Sunflowers are a wonderful option: just one on each table will do magic for your look. Couples really in the spirit of things go with mini-pumpkin displays. Gourds and squashes are great accents to an autumn wedding. Go for the holiday mood with nutmeg and cinnamon-scented candles.
Plants, in general, are more popular during the fall season, with ferns and berries topping wedding lists. Twigs and pinecones are a heavenly idea to give you that crisp and cozy feel. Dried grasses like wheat are often added to the bouquets, and cornstalks can be planted around the room. If you really want to save, use fruits for your centerpieces. A fall wedding reception is the one time where apples and oranges do mix!
A green wedding is a celebration of awareness. At a green wedding, a couple is not just affirming their commitment to one another, they are also affirming their commitment to a sustainable life together - one that takes the needs of the environment and future generations into account.
With your big New Jersey wedding day approaching you have countless opportunities to make eco-conscious decisions that will have a lasting effect as your wedding guests take part in the green wedding you create using these simple eco-friendly wedding tips:
New Jersey Wedding Planning:
- Use local vendors, including an organic caterer who uses all local ingredients. This will reduce carbon emissions and support your local economy.
- Rent or buy instead of using disposable dishware and linens. If your organic caterer does not provide this service, this is another small way that you can make a huge impact.
- Recycle everything! This includes mailing out wedding invitations printed on recycled paper, buying gently used wedding items and a used wedding dress, and exchanging rings made of recycled gold and fair-labor gemstones. You can take this a step further and create a wedding website with everything from invitations to directions and photos that all of your guests can access without wasting any paper!
- Peruse your local farmers markets or organic florist shops for potted plants to add some natural color to your New Jersey wedding ceremony. When the wedding is over, give these plants away as wedding favors!
- Give wedding favors a new spin by letting each guest choose an environmental charity you will donate to in their name.
- Share your love in the splendor of a natural setting that highlights just how beautiful our planet is. Consider having your New Jersey wedding ceremony at the beach or a park.
- Keep a digital wedding album. Most photographers use digital cameras nowadays and you can keep up the green trend by reducing the amount of prints you buy and keeping all of your special moments on a computer. Nervous about not having hard copies? Back up your files with a flash drive, DVD, or even create a website for just your pictures!
Not only will you feel great about throwing a HUGE New Jersey wedding party with such a small environmental impact, but your wedding guests will take the lessons learned from your New Jersey wedding and implement them elsewhere. Let’s “pay it forward” with eco-conscious living!
Here's some honeymoon wedding planning tips:
Make a list
Before you hit the internet or a travel agent, come up with a list of honeymoon “musts”. These “musts” will help you narrow down the type of honeymoon you and your fiancé want to take. For example, our honeymoon must be somewhere neither of us have ever been, a warm place with a beach, and/or be reached by a direct flight.
Do your honeymoon research
Research your honeymoon options by checking out sites like tripadvisor.com or frommers.com which have useful hotel and destination reviews. Pay close attention to traveler opinions and user reviews. They are wonderful sources of unbiased information about a hotel or destination and a great way to choose one hotel over another. Don’t forget to talk to your friends and family for suggestions and recommendations.
While a travel agent is always an option, travel websites are easy to use and offer some amazing package deals.
All inclusive resorts are popular choices for many couples. They offer packages that can include food, drinks and certain activities. They are a great option for those on a strict budget because the majority of your vacation expenses are paid for up front. When looking into all inclusive resorts, be careful to read the fine print and make sure you understand what is and is not included.
Honeymoons come in all different shapes and sizes, just like weddings. As long as your honeymoon reflects your tastes as a new couple and allows you a chance to enjoy and celebrate each other, you will have a wonderful, memorable honeymoon!
Most brides wait to change their names just after the honeymoon, since you can't change the name on your passport or other IDs before the wedding. The most popular newlywed name options are:
- The bride keeps her name (For example: Jennifer Jones)
- The bride takes the groom's name (Jennifer Smith)
- The bride hyphenates (Jennifer Jones-Smith)
- The bride takes the groom's name and keeps her maiden name as middle name (Jennifer Jones Smith)
- The bride and groom create a new name
Happy New Year & Happy Wedding Planning Season!
January marks the beginning of peak wedding planning season for all those new Brides-to-Be, and all those Engaged Couples who vowed to start planning their nuptials in the New Year. It is only natural to get caught up in all of your New Jersey wedding planning, and your fantasy of the ideal New Jersey wedding. Sometimes a bride can forget for a second that she's not a real princesss. Yet a bride can resolve to make her wedding stress less stressful and more joyful!
Acceptance: Accept that everything may not go perfectly.
When you are planning your big New Jersey wedding event, something is bound to happen that may not be as you expected it. If you accept that the day may not go exactly as planned, then you can have a good time! You will ultimately be a lot less stressed, and enjoy your wonderful, although not perfect, wedding day! Remember to be patient and kind to everyone who assists you in planning your New Jersey wedding, and resolve not to lose your temper if things should go wrong. Happy New Year!
Are you the bride-to-be who has been picturing your wedding since childhood and can’t bare the thought of someone, even your groom, infringing on your womanly right to obsess over wedding details? No matter what your situation, remember that there is plenty your groom can do for your wedding than just show up on the big day.
- Food and Beverage: Men love food so they will certainly enjoy sampling whatever tasty treats your New Jersey wedding venue caterer has to offer. And what man can turn down selecting the bar menu? Suggest that your groom and his buddies go out for a beer and wine tasting to pick some options for the reception.
- Transportation: Whether you need a New Jersey limousine for the wedding party or a get-a-way car for the two of you, most guys will enjoy selecting stylish ways for you to get around town.
- Music: By spending an evening listening to your favorite tunes with your husband-to-be, you can also check the wedding reception music playlist off of your To Do list. It will hardly seem like work and it will bring back some great memories for you two to reminisce.
- Wedding Officiant: Your New Jersey wedding officiant will want to meet with the bride & groom before the wedding to get to know the two of you.
Lastly, if you want your fiancé's opinion on anything else wedding related, make sure to give him options! Narrow your ideas then let him choose his favorite. This way he won’t have to come up with anything on his own but you will still know what he prefers.
Now that you have included your groom in the wedding planning and asked for his opinion, make sure you listen to it. It is a special day for the both you and compromising is key to getting your marriage off on a great start.
All weddings have one thing in common . . . the Bride wants to look her very best! Her hair, makeup, nails and dress have to be just her style.
But don't forget that the first step is good skin care. By planning a skin care schedule in advance, you'll be able to knock off the steps in time for your wedding, and you'll notice the stunning results. Use all natural award winning products all year long from http://www.SkinCareBaby.com (Good for babies & adults!)
Are there any skin care NO's that a Bride should be aware of when she's planning her pre-wedding skin care schedule?
The biggest no is to make sure she doesn't change her daily skin care routine before the wedding. Many times it takes skin a period of time to adjust to a new skin care routine; this is not the time to experiment.
The big day has arrived, and no bride wants to have dull skin or at the opposite end, shiny skin. What products do you recommend brides have on hand the day of the wedding?
In order to create the perfect balance of the perfect glow without too much shine you’ll only need a few items.
- The correct moisturizer for your skin type to even out the porosity of your skin.
- Foundation primer it is a product that will keep your skin balanced all night long.
- A very finely milled loose powder, just used in your t-zone, to keep shine under control.
- A shot of bronzer for the added glow.
- Lastly, don’t forget water proof mascara and eye liner to prevent raccoon eyes.
Are there any extra tips you can give to a bride to help make her look her absolute best on her special day?
- Remember definition and color does not have to mean dark, it is just about the right color choices.
- A beautiful flush of color on the apples of your cheeks always look healthy, fresh and glamorous.
- Lashes, lashes, lashes are the most important part of defining your eyes.
- And add a touch of shimmer on your lid for that fresh, never over-done, glamorous look.
Looking for a Bachorette Party Game? Here's a fun one:
Bride and Groom Trivia
Trivia games are lots of fun! Although you will have to do some research to initially set up the trivia questions, the payoff will be worth it! You can either play Bride and Groom Trivia or simply Bride Trivia. Who knows the bride the best? The obvious answer may seem to be her family or her childhood friends, however that is not always the case. To set up this game, ask the bride some really obscure questions, like what kind of work would she do if she had no money concerns? Or what type of clothes would she wear everywhere if it were socially acceptable? (You may be surprised what you learn about your friend!)
Do you know any Bachorette Party games? Please share them with us at the New Jersey Wedding Blog!
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Why not consider an off-peak time?!!!
Most New Jersey wedding couples want to get married on a Saturday night in June. However, if you pick a date and time with less competition, you can often negotiate better rental rates. Many reception halls have discounts for Thursday, Friday or Sunday weddings. In other cases, you may be able to negotiate a lower rental rate for less-popular months of the year.
Why not have a wedding reception lunch or brunch instead of dinner?!!!
The biggest expense of most New Jersey wedding receptions is catering, and the most expensive meal to serve is dinner. If you are on a budget, consider a Wedding lunch or brunch. What's the cheapest time of day to tie the knot? Two o'clock. Your wedding guests will already have eaten lunch, and are not expecting dinner. Hence, a reception with cake, punch and light hors d'oeuvres is all that's needed. (And it's forty to sixty percent less expensive than a full dinner!)
Here's the usual wedding etiquette when it comes to a reception time:
- Your grand entrance
- Your first dance
- Optional: father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, or these can go after the first toasts
- The Best Man's Toast
- The Maid of Honor's Toast
- Start of dinner, with dancing during the meal and between courses
- Additional toasts after the meal, such as your toast to your parents
- The Cutting of the cake
- The Bouquet toss, if you'll have that tradition
Wedding invitations are the number one wedding category where traditional wedding etiquette still holds true of what is proper and what is not. Therefore, here are some etiquette mistakes to avoid so your guests and parents won't take offense.
1. Not listing the parents' names when they're paying for the wedding.
2. Not conveying the formality with your wording. Guests want to know if your wedding will be a formal wedding or not so they know how to dress.
3. Misspelling a guest's name, or not including their title, on the envelope.
4. Putting gift registry information on the invitation. Registry information can go on your personalized wedding Web site and in shower invitations, but never on wedding invitations.
5. Writing, "And Guest" when the recipient is in a long-term relationship or is engaged. Find out the names of your guests' guests. It's a gracious move that is the essence of proper wedding invitation etiquette.
Wedding shoe shopping tips:
Don’t forget to break in your shoes. Start walking in them about two weeks before the wedding. This is also a good tip for your groom.
Scuff up the soles of your shoes (and his) with sandpaper so you don’t slip when you’re headed down the aisle or on the dance floor .
Slingbacks can be hard to keep on your foot, so pick a pump or something that goes around the ankle.
Skip the rhinestones and jewels on your shoes. They can snag on your dress.
Start with the wedding location. When choosing a New Jersey wedding reception venue, ponder on the amount of travel required. If many of your wedding guests live in one city, you may want to pick a wedding venue close to it to minimize fuel usage and save money.
A great wedding speech has a good opening and a good closing. Start by introducing yourself. Once you have the guests attention, follow your introduction with something interesting or funny, whatever suits your style. The beginning of your toast is when the wedding guests are focusing on you and really listening to what you say.
Share a story about the wedding couple that not many guests have heard. Just keep it short, and exclude unnecessary explanations. The best stories are short and straight to the point; this way you keep the guests attention at all times. It's a good idea to not have your story longer than 3 to 4 minutes.
Most speeches at weddings are closed like a normal wedding toast, by wishing the happy couple all the best in the future and by raising your glasses. You might read the bride and groom a poem, or something of that nature, if you want to be a little different.
Planning your New Jersey wedding, even with the best professional help, is a job in itself. You have to find florists, caterers and musicians, etc. who share your vision, respect your budget and treat you well. If you want to keep the hired professionals from pulling the wool over your eyes while planning your wedding, then read these 3 simple warning signs:
- Be cautious if your caterer, DJ or any wedding vendor gets vague when it comes to dollars. Is the catering being charged by the head or by the platter? Does the DJ get a flat fee or a rate per hour? Vendors who shy away from answering these types of questions might suddenly spring on you exorbitant fees later by pointing out all the "extras" you agreed upon, items you agreed to without knowing that they were actually in addition to the original estimate.
- Be cautious if they stop returning your telephone calls and e-mails once they have your deposit.
- When you are writing the check, YOU should get what you want! If any wedding vendor belittles you, rolls his or her eyes at your ideas, or makes you cry, tear up that check immediately! If you can't get out of a contract, after the wedding is over, help other brides. Alert brides about how you were treated so they don't make the same mistake.
Make sure to register for wedding gifts for your New Jersey wedding! Since today's wedding guest wishes to get you something you need and can use, creating your wedding gift registry is considered in today's etiquette to be a service to your guests as much as to yourself. You don't have to register for expensive things; just make sure you fill up a registry or two with a nice range of gifts that allow your loved ones, friends and colleagues to get you something you desire. When couples don't register, they may get a strange collection of items that wind up in their next garage sale! So do not worry about establishing a registry. . . it is considered now the norm.
As far as spreading the word about your gift registry, word-of-mouth is a great way to go. It wouldn't be proper to send out an e-mail saying, "Here's where we're registered." Just make sure that parents and friends know where you set up your registry lists, so that they can tell people who ask. Which they will. Also it IS in good etiquette for registry information to be included in bridal shower invitations but never on wedding invitations.
There is a lot more to being married than the wedding ceremony. It is only when you are able to share everything with each other that you will be able to build a strong marriage and relationship. Knowledge is power so never leave the other person guessing or wondering. To do this bring everything to the table and be completely open to constructive criticism. Practice communication and exercise common sense in your marriage and you can meet most of your life’s challenges head on. Here are some great tips to deal with any bad financial habits or shortcomings the each may have or need to overcome.
1. Do you really know everything you need to know about your spouse’s financial history?
2. It is better to pool resources for joint duties (example, kids education fund, mortgage, utilities, pets, car payments/transportation and food) you get the picture.
3. Agree on how much each person has to contribute monthly, weekly to these common elements that you are each jointly responsible for yearly.
4. Maintain individual bank accounts just as you did when you were single and have your pay check go into your separate accounts monthly or weekly.
5. Work out a monthly budget and agree how much each will contribute.
6. Plan for breakfast, lunches and dinner - if you have to save to buy a home this will allow you to control spending and provide some extra dollars for your down-payment.
7. Allocate money for entertainment (movies, gym memberships, travel, vacation, camping, etc.)
8. Once a month review your plan and see if you need to make any adjustments to it. Take this time to communicate with each other. Be frank and explore what you like or don’t like about the plan, be totally honest with each other.
9. Keep each other informed about your individual jobs so you know what paths your careers are on and if you are enjoying work or if you are having issues that could impact your earning potential.
Tipping your wedding vendors is something you may not be familiar with. When it comes to giving gratuities to hairstylists and makeup artists on the day of your wedding, you can generally tip as you would for a regular appointment (about 15-20 percent), but if the makeup artist or hairstylist owns her own business, you can forego tipping altogether. The same goes for wedding officiants, photographers, videographers, and florists. If you feel a vendor was extraordinary, feel free to give a 10 percent tip. Or you can send a thank-you note along with a photo of them working at your wedding. And of course, an enthusiastic recommendation is always appreciated!
When the two of you become one, it is important to discuss your plans for joining your finances. Setting up a budget together after the wedding can be a challenge. Begin by tracking all your expenses. Sit down and create a budget that you can both be comfortable with. Find out where you are overspending and put together a plan to spend less. You may want to get expert advice for planning your new life together. Some helpful financial tips to consider are:
- Figure out your financial future plans together and set savings goals. It may seem hard to put away for your retirement now; however it's the perfect time to set aside 15% of your gross salary that can produce many years of compounding.
- Determine whether you want to open a joint checking for paying your bills and household expenses, as well as keeping your own separate accounts. Decide who would be best at paying the bills while the other can be responsible for opening the mail, etc.
- Update your beneficiaries on your investment and savings account, insurance policies, pension plans, your 401(k) and IRA.
- Decide with your accountant if you want to file joint or separate tax returns.
- Consider your insurance needs. You may qualify for discounted rates by merging all your policies with a single provider.
- Organize all your financial and legal documents and keep them in a protected place, like a bank vault, in case of an emergency.
Are you obligated to invite vendors (dj, photographer, whoever is marrying you, etc.) to your New Jersey wedding and/or reception? I would suggest that you do not want to feel obligated to do anything that feels uncomfortable to you. Inviting them is fine. It is usually expected with a minister. If the photographer, florist, etc. are not working at the reception, it is not expected that you invite them. However, it is standard practice to serve them whatever food you are providing. As to how to invite them, you can verbally ask your minister or send him or her an invitation. With the other people working for you, just as with any guest, I would send an invitation if they aren't working your reception. Another option: you can invite them to attend the cocktail hour after the ceremony.
Here are five new trends for your New Jersey Wedding!
- Couples are looking for elegant dinners, however they no longer want to make their guests sit through a four hour meal with dancing in between each course. It is trendier to eat through the entire meal and then party!
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- Try a global theme like a Mororccan Tent or a glamourous period theme like a 1930's Busby Berkeley and hang jewels, crystals and flowers from the wedding arch.
- Group sofas, chairs and coffee tables to lounge around on in the reception area for guests to get away from music that is too loud and from assigned table seating!
- Green weddings are also the rage. Get ideas from our green wedding ideas blog entry.
Long-lasting, happy marriages have great communication. Irreconcilable differences are normal. Be open to come to terms with them, instead of trying to resolve the unresolvable. A happy marriage is based on deep friendship, knowing each other well, having mutual respect, knowing when it makes sense to try to work out an issue, and knowing when it is not solvable in that moment.
Be nice to your partner! Make small gestures, and make them often. The little things matter!
Active listening, which involves paraphrasing, validating, affirming your spouse's feedback, may help you get through some conflicts in a less destructive way. Learn how to identify issues that must be resolved, that can be fruitfully discussed. Then learn to live with the rest. All you do is waste your breath and get angry when you want your partner to change. You're better off not trying to change him or her. Learn to work around them. Commit to staying together, even though this is something you may not like.
A long-lasting, happy marriage is about knowing your partner, being supportive, and being nice. Research shows that for every one negative thing you do, there must be five positive things that balance it out. So balance the negatives with many positives. Do nice things often. Especially when it's harder to be nice when the heat is on!
In happy marriages, couples naturally use humor, which helps diffuse the escalating heat. Make light of things!
There are several ways to involve the children in your wedding ceremony. You can have your children serve as attendants, flower girls and ring bearers if they are young. If they are older, they can do a reading, a special passage or a blessing. A unity candle ceremony or a sand ceremony involving the immediate family members can be a beautiful way to customize your New Jersey wedding ceremony to include your children in the wedding.
Many brides host a bridesmaids' luncheon to thank their friends & family for all their support and to have some last-minute bonding. Usually on the casual side, the luncheon is an opportunity to swap stories and for the bride to present each bridesmaid with a bridesmaid gift. The bridesmaids' luncheon is usually held a day or two before the wedding. Think intimate and invite girls only: your maid of honor, bridesmaids, and flower girl. Some brides also include mothers, grandmothers, and other female family members. No invitations are necessary. Host your luncheon in an elegant, convenient setting or in a place that has special significance for all of you. You may want to consider an outdoor beach picnic or park party if you prefer something casual. Plan a menu of traditional treats like finger sandwiches, mini pastries and mints. Also, a Caesar salad, bagels and fruit, and even sushi can work. The emphasis of the luncheon is about enjoying each other's company. Now is also the time to give your bridesmaids their gifts. You can place the gifts at each bridesmaid's place setting, or personally hand out the gifts. Be sure to thank each of them with a handwritten note.
Helpful tips for pulling together a sophisticated and successful outdoor New Jersey wedding event.
- Choose a date and a theme. Whether you're choosing to host a casual beach wedding party or a more sophisticated fete, choosing a date and a theme is the first and most important step. When choosing a date, make sure your wedding date won't be during some big sporting event, or the guys won't be happy about attending.
- Prepare well in advance. Know exactly what you want to do and have an idea of how many guests are coming. If you are not used not used to planning an event, buy wedding planning software to help you organize.
- Rent your party equipment. If you will be needing tables, chairs and a tent rental, be sure to rent them in advance.
- Enlist help. Whether it's your best friend or a family member, engage someone who enjoys helping out to assist you in preparing for your New Jersey wedding party.
- Prepare for the unexpected. More or less wedding guests may show up than anticipated or the weather may be bad, so prepare some extra food and have an indoor plan just in case.
- Keep a sense of humor. Hosting a wedding party should be fun! Keep a positive attitude and know that everything may not go perfectly in your eyes.
If you decide to say "I do" in the sand, here are some new jersy beach wedding ideas to make your seaside New Jersey wedding reception one to remember:
Starfish, sand dollars and colorful shells can be incorporated into your wedding invitations, in your wedding cake design and wedding flowers.
Accessorize your wedding gown with simple pearls to bring in your New Jersey beach wedding theme.
Arrange tea lights in glass candle holders with layers of pale-colored sea glass, shells and sand around the candles.
Find beach wedding favors like starfish soaps.
Keep your wedding guests hydrated and happy with bottles of water with customized wedding labels.
Here comes the bride...in a gorgeous hemp-silk gown! When it comes to dressing your bridal party, there are plenty of green wedding options around. You can:
- go vintage (and update your look as necessary with tailoring and modern shoes and accessories)
- pick clothes made from hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton or silk--or find a dressmaker who will make a one-of-a-kind item out of these sustainable fabrics (men's suits and shirts come in organic cotton as well)
- borrow an elegant wedding gown from a stylish friend
- buy something you will wear again and let your bridesmaids do the same.
- accessorize with a unique recycled purse and/or jewelry
- accentuate natural beauty with all-natural mineral makeup
- donate the dresses to charity after your New Jersey wedding!
Instead of just doing the traditional something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, now include something green to the mix!
You can also ask your wedding guests for charity donations instead of paper wrapped presents!
Also, seek out wedding reception halls that have a recycling policy. It's important to support companies that make an effort to reduce their impact on the environment!
It is the year 2008, and it it time that your groom receives a wedding planning to-do list. In addition to what grooms have traditionally been used to doing like: attend their bachelor party, pick-up their tuxedo, show up at the wedding, and go on the honeymoon, it is time to get your man more involved in the planning of your New Jersey wedding!
Below are a few to-dos you can add to your groom’s New Jersey wedding planning list:
- Have him find out how much his parents are planning on contributing to the wedding budget
- Have him to pick a few romantic honeymoon options and then present them to you.
- Research New Jersey photographers and New Jersey videographers
- Research New Jersey wedding bands and/or DJs
- Put together a playlist of songs and a do not playlist
- Choose his groomsmen and ask them to be in the bridal party
- Look for wedding bands for the two of you
- Draw up a guest list of his friends, colleagues as well as the relatives and friends his parents want to invite
When you meet with wedding photographers and videographers ask to see a complete wedding album they have done. Many tips they will show you their "greatest hits" album! (Their best wedding photos they have ever taken from various weddings. You want to make sure that the wedding photographer you hire can consistently capture great photographs throughout the course of your special day and not just a few good ones here and there.
Many brides purchase an outfit to wear while they are getting ready the morning of the wedding. Whether you get a custom shirt that reads “Bride” or just grab something from your closet, it is essential to wear something with a zipper or buttons! After hours of getting your wedding hair & bridal makeup just right, you do not want to have to pull your shirt over your head. It will be much safer and easier to unbutton or unzip something.
Don't forget to watch your posture. To ensure you look elegant and naturally poised, keep your stomach comfortably tight, shoulders relaxed and neck slightly extended. For an upper arm slimming trick, keep your elbows an inch away from your body. Here's an image that's a must for your photo album! Have your photographer capture the groom's face at his first glimpse of the bride walking down the aisle. This is such a meaningful moment, and the look on his face will reflect the emotion of the day for years to come!
Be sure to also read our Wedding Photographers Article: What You Should Know Before Hiring A Wedding Photographer
Are you ready to sink your teeth into a wedding day confection? Not many guests leave the reception before the wedding cake is cut! Here is some wedding cake etiquette for you to know:
- The wedding cake is displayed on a beautifully decorated table, which goes in front of the main table without blocking the guests' view of the bride and groom. A decorated knife is usually placed at the table.
- The wedding cake is cut after the reception lunch or dinner has been served.
- The cutting of the cake is announced prior to the cutting.
- The right hand of the groom goes over the right hand of the bride, while they cut the wedding cake together. The first slice is fed by the groom to his bride, after which the bride serves her new husband.
- The wedding cake is then taken away by a family member, friend or the catering staff to be cut. The cutting is not done in front of the guests.
- The wedding cake is then served with coffee or tea. Know that once the cake is served and eaten, your guests will start to leave.
Have your cake the way you want it! Check out our Wedding Cakes for your New Jersey wedding!
Who is having a Green Wedding in 2008? BestWeddingNJ.com is looking for the most creative, authentic green and organic wedding ideas to share with our New Jersey couples. It is exciting and wonderful to see more couples making a commitment of love to each other and a commitment of caring for the Earth as well!
A growing number of brides and grooms each year are seeking ways to make their big day environmentally friendly. For example, you can buy recycled gowns, donate leftover food instead of throwing it out, use recyled paper for your invitations and give live plants for your party favors that can be replanted.
GO Green and blog a description of your green wedding event and we will post your ideas to help Mother Earth!
The Ultimate Wedding Reception Ending
Its midnight, and your wedding guests have been dancing all night! Get their taste buds dancing as you send them home with a surprise midnight snack! A new wedding reception trend is to bring in an unexpected snack at the end of the night. Couples are choosing late night snacks such as pizzas, bagels and even cookies and milk to go. Top it off with the next day's newpaper. For an afternoon reception, you could hand out an assortment of flavored nuts and bottled soda. The selections for this type of surprise snack are endless. This is a perfect place for you to be creative and serve one of your own favorite comfort foods to share with your guests!
Are you planning to get married this winter? Here are some wedding tips on decorating and planning your romantic winter wedding.
Décor that appeals to the senses is essential when creating a romantic winter wedding. Choose colors of rich jewel tones such as purple, forest green, and navy. Sapphire blue, ice blue or powder blue, silver and white can also be used.The added glow of candlelight will add warmth and ambiance to your ceremony and reception.
Use flowers that are already available during the winter months. Some wedding flowers to choose from are: poinsettias, roses, amaryllis, and lilies. Evergreens are popular choices for decorations while holly branches and other plants with red berries are ideal for use in wedding flower arrangements.
Winter season creative ideas for wedding centerpieces: add pine cones or holiday items, white flowers silver twigs or silver netting and silver ribbon on the cake, tables, bouquets or chairs.
Choose a new jersey wedding reception hall that has a cozy fireplace to add ambiance and warmth for your winter wedding.
Add ice sculptures during your cocktail hour and reception. An ice sculpture is always a great idea for a winter themed wedding.
In addition, consider winter food for your menu. Start off with a hot soup appetizer and include hot chocolate with your coffee service.
As for favors, use Cinnamon Apple, Pumpkin Pie and Vanilla scented candles. Spiced tea, a coffee mug or a snow globe imprinted with your name and wedding date can make a great favor.
Good luck with your upcoming New Jersey wedding. May it be a special winter wonderland wedding event!
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