Well ladies and gents, we've talked about nice things like 'How NOT to buy a wedding dress' and 'Wedding Traditions', I figured it's time I got down and dirty with the TRUTH about wedding planning!
It's going to be the best day of your life but that doesn't mean it has to cost the earth. You really can get the wedding you want without a big budget. The easiest way to save money on your big day is to forget traditional trends. It's your day, make your own rules and you can make it unforgettable and affordable. Here's how:
Imagine spending thousands to ensure that one 24 hour period of your life is filled with beauty; from your outfit, to the ground that you walk on right down to the napkins that you wipe your face on and then the next day, you never get to see it again - because the memory card in your cousins camera failed or the flash didn't work on the disposables.
The best speeches - no matter who is giving them and for what purpose - have a few things in common - the speakers build connections with the audience. They look and sound comfortable and confident - their messages land and resonate with the audience.
You've had your big day, you looked and felt amazing, now what to do with that beautiful wardrobe filler?
As a modern western girl, who happens to be black, I felt completely ignored by the mainstream wedding industry and I wondered why, in such a multicultural UK? An unexpected familiarity began to remind me of some of the challenges with race and identity I encountered as a child and into my young adulthood.
Do I seem ungrateful? I don't mean to. If someone wants me at their big day, I'm the first one to dust off my fascinator and help them celebrate with quaffing some champagne. But I hate the thought anyone would feel obligated to have me there as an extension of who I'm with - it just seems a bit unfair.
I dislike that phrase "arranged marriage" because in my mind, that equals a "forced" marriage. And mine, like most others in my community, was anything but. At any time you have the option of saying no.... I'm proud to report that after 18 years, I'm still very happily in love, and our marriage isn't any different than any of yours. My dear husband is everything I thought he would be; caring, heart of gold, great sense of humor, and does everything for me and our children.
Don't ever give up on love. One thing I believe to be true is that, life is ALWAYS conspiring on our behalf, and I have absolutely no regrets in any of it, no matter how hard it got (and boy did it get hard!!). Keep the faith, keep looking ahead and allow your heart to soften, and your dreams to blossom. Don't let life toughen you too much, often when there is a heartbreak it can be a blessing in disguise to allow an even better match in to your life.
Your wedding is supposed to be the 'biggest day' of your life! Here's how to keep all those stresses at bay, whether you're new to all the planning or you're hours from your big day.
YOGA & WEDDINGS, HAPPILY EVER AFTER... "It's not about the perfect dress, it is about the perfect frame of mind"...
I am so glad and grateful that the short time we had was crowned by a miracle. It was the first and it wasn't the last. It's one of the reasons that I am a priest--once the miracles start coming you have to begin to believe in something greater than you that is all love.
Calling all brides, bridesmaids and members of the bridal party; if you're counting down to the big day now is the time to get your skin in tip-top condition! Forget about the dress, looking great starts with beautiful skin. A glowing complexion will give you confidence and ensures you look your best on the day, as well as the hundreds of wedding pictures that follow...
Wedding season is now in full swing. Whether you're the Bride-to-be, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaid or Friend .... There is no doubt that, as a woman you will want to look and feel your best.
A wedding is a completely personal event, and there's no right or wrong way to do it. But for me, to make solemn promises in front of a god I don't believe in, using language I didn't agree with, in the kind of building I rarely visit, seemed a pretty insincere way to kick off a marriage. But there was one thing that religious weddings offer that I really wanted - reflection and preparation.
Wedding invites and stationary can be an extremely pricey addition to your wedding budget but some good stationary really adds extra detail to your big day. There are lots of companies out there that will print up stationary for you or design or mass produce stock wedding invites but what if you want to add that personal touch?