Flower Symbolism You Should Definitely Keep in Mind

 Flowers have meaning!

Flowers have meaning!

The beauty and grace of flowers will never cease to amaze us, and that might be one of the reasons these elements continue to be essential in most wedding planning efforts.

Of course, you want your flowers to look fresh and flawlessly brought together – but have you considered their symbolism too?

We have some tips to help you send the right message with your flowers.

· Tulips. If you plan on having a spring wedding, we recommend considering tulips for the wedding décor or bridal bouquet. Why? Aside from the fact that these flowers exude femininity and elegance, they are also a symbol of love and passion – so they truly make for the perfect wedding bloom.

· Orchids. It’s impossible not to love the huge variety of colors these flowers come in – they are downright astounding in so many ways! Even more, orchids stand for beauty, love, passion, and fertility – all of which are great symbols to associate with your wedding day. So, if you are searching for wedding flowers that feel luxurious and bright, this is the perfect option for you.

· Lilies. If you want your wedding blooms to really fill the air with their beautiful fragrance, lilies are among the best options. In terms of symbolism, lilies stand for majesty, luxury, truth, and honor – so they are a great choice to show your goals in your marriage.

· Daffodils. Joyful and pretty, these spring flowers make for a delicate addition to any wedding! Even more, their symbol is that of happiness and warm thoughts – so if you want to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere at your wedding, you should definitely consider these flowers.

· Carnations. Although frequently underrated, carnations can make for such stunning (and affordable!) wedding flower arrangements! Same as roses, each carnation color stands for a different symbol: the red ones are all about love (predictably so), the white ones signify talent, and the pink ones represent boldness. Lovely, right?

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Macramé Décor Ideas to Add some Homemade Flair to Your Wedding

 Macrame decor for your wedding

Macrame decor for your wedding

There are a thousand and one ways to decorate a wedding – and the beautiful thing about planning the perfect wedding décor is that you can always combine multiple themes and elements to create something that’s truly unique. Something that reflects you, your fiancé, and who you are as a couple.

Macramé décor is one of those trends that slowly makes room into your heart, the kind you really want to incorporate at least in a small amount into your Big Day for a touch of homespun love.

How can you do that? We have some ideas for you – so read on if you are looking for inspiration.

· The chairs. One of the easiest and most beautiful ways of adding a bohemian touch to your wedding is by decorating the chairs with macramé. You don’t have to cover the entire chair; you could only limit yourself to the bride and groom’s chairs if you wanted to keep it low-key. Even a simple macramé model hanging on the back of your chairs will work some magic.

· The backdrop. Want to add a very boho-chic touch to your ceremony? Create a woven macramé backdrop to place behind the altar. It will set the mood for the entire ceremony and show off your creative talents!

· The cake. Not sure how to decorate your cake in an original way? A small cake skirt made out of fondant “worked” as macramé will look really special. This works marvelously for any wedding with a bohemian, garden, or other nature-inspired theme.

· The bar. Your bar or candy table has to coordinate perfectly with your bohemian wedding theme – so why not decorate the table with macramé? Choose white macramé for a cleaner look or go for ombre macramé that coordinates with your wedding colors for something more festive. Either way, this will look really pretty!

· The bouquet. Wrap your bouquet in macramé if you want to make it look bohemian with a touch of vintage – even a simple bouquet of white roses looks beautiful with woven art around the outside. This could also be your “something old;” if you have any macramé décor that has been passed down as a heirloom, it’s even better!

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How to Plan a Multicultural Wedding

 multi-cultural weddings

multi-cultural weddings

Love transcends all borders – space, language, culture, or anything else that might stand in its way.

Love is not about the language you speak or the culture you belong to – it’s the connection that brings people together regardless of where they or their families come from.

If you are among the happy couples who hail from different cultures, you surely want to bring your heritage into your Big Day. This is, after all, who you are – and it’s important to celebrate your backgrounds on such an important day of your life.

But how do you do that? How do you plan a multicultural wedding? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

· Celebrate each other’s ancestries. There’s nothing more beautiful than showing the world your love goes beyond all differences – so why not surprise your loved one (and their family) by saying a few words in their native language during the wedding? You could say a sentence or two in their language during the wedding vows, or you could include something nice in their language in your wedding speech – no matter what you choose, you are bound to bring tears of joy to their eyes.

· Bring your languages together. You want their side of the family to be fully immersed in the wedding experience – and creating bilingual wedding stationery is one of the best ways to do this. Furthermore, if the ceremony will be held in one language and you want to make sure all the members of your significant other’s family understand what is being said, why not hire an interpreter so that everyone can be included?

· It’s more than just the language; it’s everything you grew up with. Your mom’s hot chocolate, their mom’s cookies, your traditions and theirs, all combining to create a unique ceremony. Even different traditional wedding attire can be paired together to celebrate both cultures. Including parts of your culture in your Big Day will not only show everyone how proud you are of your ancestry – it will create a completely unique event every single guest will love.

If You’re a Groom, You Should Do These Things on the Morning of Your Wedding

 Groom’s duties

Groom’s duties

Much of the wedding world seems to revolve around the bride. That might have made sense in the past, but these days more and more grooms are getting involved too. So there’s no reason a groom shouldn’t get some attention too!

For instance, do you know what to do on the morning of your wedding? We have some tips for you – continue reading if you’re curious to learn more about this.

· Just relax. We won’t lie: this will not be an easy day ahead of you. It will be stressful, busy, and quite likely chaotic at times. Take this precious morning time to relax yourself in every way there is. For some, this means squeezing in a morning workout – whether that’s lifting weights, running, or swimming, a short workout will put you in a great mood for your wedding. Just don’t overdo it! For others, the way to relax ahead of the big event is to get together with your best friends and have a bit of fun. Do whatever you feel is best for you – but keep drink to a minimum because the ceremony is rapidly approaching.

· Eat. It might sound completely silly for you to be reminded to eat, but the truth is that with all the agitation of the Big Day’s morning, you might actually forget to eat. Ask your Best Man to grab you some food before the ceremony. Gurgling stomachs aren’t romantic – and given that you might not get to eat much throughout the day, it’s really important to have some sort of breakfast before everything begins.

· Do something nice for your SO. This might be a special present you have prepared for her. Or it might be a note you have written from your soul. No matter what it is, it will definitely help her ease her own stress and bring her into a state of sublime emotion and grace.

· Don’t wait to the last minute to shave. You don’t want to be rushed shaving and miss a spot or nick yourself right before all those pictures.

· Triple check your tuxedo or suit, and also your shoes, socks, tie, etc. Your attire might not be as complex as the bride’s, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want everything to be picture-perfect on the Big Day!

· Finally, don’t forget the ring!

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Wondering about Cocktail Trends for Weddings Next Year? Here Are Some of the Best Ideas

 Cocktails at your reception

Cocktails at your reception

You want your wedding to be more than a nice event – you want it to be memorable from every point of view. And for this purpose, you will definitely want to make sure your décor, your entertainment and your wedding menu and bar are truly unique.

What are some of the best ideas that will dominate the wedding cocktail world in 2019? We have gathered them right below – keep on reading and find your inspiration.

· Ditch the plastic. Wedding, like other parts of our lives, in 2019 are leaning towards a more green and eco-friendly approach –and your wedding bar will not “escape” this trend. If you want to make your Big Day feel friendlier to the world around us, opt for cocktails that don’t include plastic. You can replace inedible garnishes with edible ones, and plastic straws with natural or biodegradable options (e.g., paper or natural fibers like papaya leaf stems) that guests will love.

· Embrace fresh garnishes. Want to make your wedding cocktails feel truly natural and refreshing? Using herbs and fresh edible blooms as cocktail décor will most likely be a pretty huge trend in 2019 – and this is a truly wonderful opportunity to add a bit of that natural vibe into your Big Day.

· Go back to the classics. Of course, new, unique, and inventive cocktail ideas will continue to be appreciated – but as signature cocktails flourish in the wedding bartending world, some of the old-time classics will also make their room back into people’s preferences. In the end, a classic cocktail is the best way to make sure everyone at your wedding will genuinely enjoy their drink – from your uncle, to your younger brother!

· Source it locally. It doesn’t even matter the exact location of your wedding – wherever it may be, you will most likely be able to source at least one type of local drink. Wines and craft beers are the most popular category in this respect – and since they are bound to be part of your wedding bar selection one way or another, why not source them from local small businesses? People will surely appreciate it!

· Make it a DIY experience. Want to make your wedding bar feel even more entertaining? Create a DIY station focusing on one type of cocktail – such as Bloody Mary, Martini, or Mimosa. Provide guests with the basic ingredients and some popular garnishes and they will love mixing their own drink, according to their preferences!

Not All of Your Wedding Guests Are Best Friends with Each Other. Here’s How to Handle It

 How to handle guests who aren’t friends

How to handle guests who aren’t friends

You want your wedding to be one of the happiest and most beautiful events of your life.

You want to feel excellent walking down the aisle and dancing the night away with your friends.

You want your wedding guests to have genuine fun too.

Unfortunately, though, when you invite 200 people to spend hours on an end together, it’s highly unlikely that they will all be compatible with each other in terms of personality. Even more, it is quite likely that some of them might have a history that prevents them from getting along 100% well.

How to handle this kind of situations? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

· Create a brilliant seating chart. You and your SO are supposed to know your wedding guests. Discuss with each other and avoid seating together anyone who might not get along. Also, be sure to not seat together people who have a history together (e.g. people who used to be a couple but have broken up). A good seating chart takes a bit of time to plan – but with a bit of attention to detail you can actually pull this off.

· Ask your friends to help you. Your Maid of Honor and/or Best Man can help you diffuse nasty situations as soon as they arise. Ask them to keep an eye on the guests and help them feel great – but also ask them to keep an eye on potentially dangerous situations that could turn into a quarrel or a fight. If you know certain guests are more likely to get to that point, ask your Maid of Honor and/or Best Man to pay more attention to those specific guests.

· Ask guests to leave if they become irritated or are likely to start a fight. At the end of the day, this is your wedding – and you, more than anyone, have the right to make sure your guests don’t ruin this special event in your life. Politely ask people to leave if they show signs of becoming quarrelsome.

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Top Trends for 2019 Brides and Grooms

 Wedding trends in 2019

Wedding trends in 2019

With November right around the corner, we’re all getting ready to step into a whole new year filled with love, beauty, and, well, weddings.

Of course, if you plan on having your wedding next year, you want to borrow some of the most interesting wedding trends of 2019 and bring them into your Big Day in a way that reflects your personality and style.

Yet, what are these trends, more exactly? We have gathered some of them right below – so read on and find out more.

· Wedding gowns will have actual pockets! Sure, you might not want to stuff your blotting papers and lipstick there, but even so, pockets are always a nice addition. Not only are they useful and practical, but they can add such a modern and interesting touch to a wedding gown!

· Simplicity will also dominate the wedding gown world. Expect long, simple dresses made from quality fabrics (such as silk). Expect embroidery and detail work to hide away for a while and allow minimalism to take over for the weddings of 2019.

· The same rule will be applied in wedding makeup too. Barely there, ultra-natural makeup will be really popular with brides (so if you want to opt for something like this, it’s really important to prep your skin properly long before the wedding). And if you want something a little more glamorous than a super-natural makeup, you will be happy to learn that bold red lips will make a huge comeback too!

· Say good-bye to plastic. Sustainability should be everyone’s concern, all the time, not just when it’s trendy. In 2019, though, wedding designers will place this above anything else – so expect to see a very small amount of plastic incorporated in weddings. Natural materials will take over wedding décor for a change, adding a new dimension to your Big Day too.

· Colors, colors everywhere! Of course, nobody can take white and cream shades from weddings. But in 2019, you will most likely see a lot of new and exciting colors marching down the wedding aisle. Pinks will be there, but so will suave and energizing shades of orange.

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What You Should Know about Your Siblings-in-Law and Etiquette

 Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Etiquette

Family relationships can be really complex, especially for a couple who’s about to get married and unite their families. Likewise, wedding etiquette in general can be quite complicated too – so it’s understandable if you’re confused about what you should or shouldn’t do in terms of your relationship with your future family.

What is it that you should know about your siblings-in-law and the wedding etiquette connected to them? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

· Do I have to include them in the wedding party? Yes, most definitely yes. Of course, you’re free to do whatever you want given that this is your Big Day. However, keep in mind that your future siblings-in-law will be part of your family – and even if you don’t like them that much or you aren’t friends with them, you should maintain cordial relationships with them. Asking them to be in the wedding party is a first step towards that.

· Do they have to be involved in the planning? Yes, if they want to help, give them one or two tasks. That isn’t to say you should allow them to take over your wedding planning – if you feel they’re too aggressive, talk to your future spouse and ask them to step in and have a kind, polite conversation with their siblings. If they don’t want to be involved in the planning, don’t push them too much – it can only lead to more stress and negative feelings.

· Do I have to postpone the wedding date if they have an important event they didn’t know of when I set the date? No, you shouldn’t. If, for example, your future sister-in-law is pregnant and due a couple of weeks after the wedding, you shouldn’t postpone the wedding. However, do expect that they might not be able to make it to the Big Day.

· Do I have to talk to my brother-in-law about potential embarrassing situations (e.g. a slurry speech)? That depends on how well you know them or how likely that is to happen. If you feel that something embarrassing could happen, ask your spouse to discuss things with their brother(s).

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Don’t Make These Wedding Etiquette Faux-Pas!

 Wedding etiquette

Wedding etiquette

To err is human, but truth be told, when it comes to your New Mexico wedding, you want to err on the safe side, rather than upset anyone (e.g. your grandma).

What are some of the most common wedding etiquette faux-pas and why is it (still) important to be sure you don’t make these mistakes (even today, in 2018)?

Here are some tips for you:

· Don’t take too much time between the ceremony and the reception. Sure, you will be serving drinks and snacks during the Cocktail Hour, and guests will love the opportunity to catch up with old friends and relatives they haven’t seen in a while. However, you and your SO are the main “VIPs” at this party, so guests want to spend time with you. Don’t take more than one hour for your photo session between the ceremony and the reception if you don’t want to make guests feel uncomfortable.

· “Singles” tables are seldom a good idea. You may think you’re helping your single friends mix and mingle, but that’s not necessarily true. A special table just for them will just make them feel awkward (and maybe even “desperate”), so it’s unlikely that they will create any connection with another “single” this way.

· Be nice to your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Being a total “Bridezilla” (or “Groomzilla”) is not a good way to treat people who are your friends and who have invested time and financial resources into making you happy on your wedding day. Show your wedding party how much you appreciate them! Spend time with them! And, if possible, offer them a nice gift too.

· No matter how limited your budget may be, don’t ask guests to pay for their drinks. It’s far better to have a wine and beer bar only (or a wine, beer, and signature cocktail bar, if you want to), than to actually ask guests to pay for their drinks. They are paying for their transportation, for their accommodation, and they have also sent a gift – don’t ask them to pay for their drinks too!

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Making your Wedding Fun & Memorable - Ones Guests will Love

 Wedding Games!

Wedding Games!

Your wedding in New Mexico can be a lot of things.

It can be outstandingly beautiful.

It can be sentimental.

It can be trendy.

But most importantly, it should be fun – because, at the end of the day, this is one of your life’s happiest events, and you want all of your guests to share in your joy and create amazing memories.

What are some games and fun entertainment ideas you could definitely incorporate in your New Mexico wedding day? We have some tips for you – continue reading if you want to find out more.

·       Instead of numbering the tables, name them according to a lyric from your favorite songs. When that song comes up, the entire table has to get up and dance. This is a fun way to ensure that everyone will be on the dance floor at least for one song (if not more)!

·       Forget about boring RSVPs! Make guests have fun with your RSVP and they will be much less likely to forget about sending them back. For instance, you could send them RSVP cards structured as Mad Libs with a wedding theme. This is also a wonderful opportunity to ask everyone what their favorite song/ musician/ band is, so that you can include it in the playlist of the Big Day.

·       Ask guests to leave small notes in a “wedding piñata”, instead of writing them in a traditional guest book. Break this piñata at your one-year anniversary and read your wedding guests’ notes – it will definitely bring tears of joy in your soul!

·       Ask guests to create a fun piece of art by popping balloons filled with paint and stuck to a white canvas. To make this more fun, make it like a darts competition (standing at a decent distance from the canvas will also help guests make sure they don’t stain their clothes).

·       Did you have a favorite fairytale? Get a copy of that book and cut out heart-shaped confetti from its pages. Use these to replace the traditional rice toss at your wedding exit – it’s much more meaningful and fun!

 

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Cute and Fun Games for Your Bridal Shower

 bridal shower games

bridal shower games

Traditionally, bridal showers aren’t planned by the bride. They are planned by the Maid of Honor (or another lady in the close entourage of the bride). So, if you have been assigned with this task, you surely want to make certain everyone invited at the shower has a really good time.

How do you plan a really fun bridal shower before your friend’s wedding in New Mexico? We have gathered some of the cutest and most entertaining bridal shower games out there – so read on if you want to find out more.

·       Whose line is it? Create a list of things the bride and groom said and ask your bridal shower guests to guess who said it. The winner (the person who guesses the most lines) gets a small prize (doesn’t have to be something expensive, just something to make people feel a bit more competitive and have more fun).

·       Champagne pong. This game is a great idea if you know that your guests are into this kind of activities. However, if you feel that some of the guests might not be interested (e.g. the mother of the bride), you might want to skip the idea.

·       Guess the gifts. This game is basically a bridal twist on the classic bingo. Ask guests to write down 8 presents they think the bride will receive, and then ask them to tick them down on a bridal bingo sheet while the bride opens the gifts. Like in the classic game of bingo, whoever guesses all the 8 presents wins.

·       Creative cocktails. Ask the guests to create the perfect signature cocktail for the bride and groom. The bride picks the one she loves the most (without knowing who created it), and that signature cocktail gets served at the wedding.

·       Dress designers. It is more than likely that most of the bridal shower guests don’t know how the bride’s dress will look like. Give them pencils and paper and ask them to “design” the perfect wedding gown for the bride.

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What to Do and What to Avoid When Giving a Speech as the Bride

 Wedding speeches

Wedding speeches

Traditionally, it is the groom, the Best Man and the Father of the Bride who give speeches at a New Mexico wedding. However, under the influence of the changes that have happened in society over the past few decades, more and more brides choose to stand up and make their own speeches as well.

If you are among these ladies, you want to be sure this moment is perfect – but how do you do that? What to do and what to avoid doing when giving a speech as the bride? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       DO talk about your loved one. That’s what he would do in a traditional wedding speech, and that’s what you should do too.

·       DO thank the closest people in your life. And yes, you can totally incorporate one or two anecdotes in this part of your wedding speech, instead of just naming the people you want to thank.

·       DO talk to your loved one about your speeches. You don’t have to completely ruin the surprise for each other – but do mention the stories and the people you will discuss in your wedding speeches, just to make sure they aren’t too similar.

·       DON’T make it too long. The number One rule of any wedding speech? Keeping it short and sweet. This is valid for anyone giving a speech at your wedding, and you make no exception. Depending on how many speeches there will be, each of them shouldn’t last more than 4-10 minutes.

·       DON’T make inside jokes. They might be funny to you, your SO, and a couple of other guests, but most of the other people will simply feel left out.

·       DON’T make offensive jokes. No matter how funny it may be to tell a story, think of whether or not it will make anyone present at the wedding feel offended or uncomfortable. You want your wedding speech to make people feel good, not awkward in the slightest of ways!

 

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Fall Wedding Trends Are Amazing!

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Fall is a truly spectacular season.

Spring is amazing for its energy and youthfulness. Summer is awesome for its sunny days and its carefree vibes. Winter is magical for its holidays.

But nothing can beat the awe-inspiring colors of fall in New Mexico. Warm and bewitching at the same time, this season is perfect for couples who like balanced temperatures, produce generosity, and the little touch of nostalgia only fall could bring with it.

What are the most important fall wedding trends in 2018? We’ve gathered some of them for you – continue reading to find out more.

·       Steal inspiration from the seasonal holidays. Thanksgiving and Halloween are two of the biggest holidays – so why not steal inspiration from them? For instance, if you are planning a wedding near Thanksgiving, you could create a wedding menu inspired by the classic turkey dinner. Also, if you plan on having your wedding near Halloween, you could borrow from sweet treats and motifs the holiday (and yes, you can do this in a balanced way, without making your wedding feel like one big spooky party).

·       Vibrant colors are everywhere. Of course, yellow, orange, and burgundy remain the quintessential fall colors. But if you want to plan something a bit more unique, why not settle on a gemstone-inspired color scheme? Colors like ruby, sapphire, and emerald add a touch of class and luxuriousness to any kind of event, so make the most out of this trend and plan a fall wedding that’s utterly elegant!

·       Bring the sweetness of fall into your wedding treats. Not sure how to create a fall wedding cake that’s not tacky in any way? Three words for you, then: mini squash pumpkins. They’re adorable, and they will look fantastic when used as décor for a simple white wedding cake. You can’t go wrong with this! And if you want to bring even more fall flavor into your Big Day, consider offering edible wedding favors based on the season’s best: jams made from seasonal fruit, homemade ciders, slices of pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice cookies, and so on. People will LOVE these

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STUNNING Wedding Décor Tips and Ideas

 Wedding decor ideas

Wedding decor ideas

Your wedding décor is meant to mirror your personality, your style, your love story.

It’s meant to help you create the most amazing atmosphere at your wedding.

It’s meant to make you and your guests feel amazing as you celebrate the big “I Do’s”.

What are some of the best ways to make sure your wedding décor is really impressive to your guests? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Color, color everywhere. White weddings are superb, but if you’re not into the ultra-traditional classics, you can always go beyond that and let your inner painter roam free. We’re not talking about painting your entire wedding, but about playing with colors and their liveliness. For instance, your wedding bouquet and your bridesmaids’ bouquets can be created with bold-colored, wild flowers, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

·       Not just flowers. Albeit important, flowers are not the only décor element in a wedding. There are so many other amazing things you can do with a bit of imagination! For instance, you could turn colorful ribbons and a few maypoles into a creative wedding ceremony canopy or chuppah. This is absolutely perfect for a casual summer wedding!

·       Forget about white wedding linens. They are an excellent “canvas” for those of you who want to create the kind of wedding décor that’s not risky at all. If you want to really surprise everyone, though, consider choosing wedding linens that are borderline outrageously stylish. For instance, a sequins wedding linen can be an amazing way to add some real-deal glamor to your décor. A white wedding linen with a watercolor-like pattern on it can be a really fun touch too!

·       Mismatching everything. There’s an almost timeless obsession with matching everything in a wedding’s décor. However, matching the décor elements is not something that absolutely has to be done. From your wedding centerpieces to your bridesmaids’ dresses, everything can be mismatched. Doing this will add a touch of personality to the entire ambiance, making it more you and less “glossy magazine copy”.

These Mother of the Bride Duties Will Make Her so Happy!

 Special ides to include your mom

Special ides to include your mom

Regardless of how your parents participate in the financial side of the wedding, they will definitely want to help you have a fantastic wedding day. Of course, you want them to be happy too – so you will be searching for the perfect tasks to keep them busy and make them feel involved in this special event in your life.

What are some of the best mother of the bride tasks that are bound to make her happy? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Ask her to walk down the aisle with you (together with your father). Tradition dictates that the father gives away the bride – but this is a custom rooted in patriarchy, so if you are not necessarily compatible with these ideas, why not ask your mom to join in as well? She will feel honored!

·       Take a multi-generation picture with her and your grandma. These photos are always filled with emotion and grace, so she will be more than happy to participate in this special photo shooting (and so will your grandma, of course!).

·       Steal something from her wedding. It may be photos of her Big Day that you use for the table décor/ table numbers. It may be a small piece of her wedding dress you have transformed in a delicate lace necklace. It may be her wedding song. Whatever it is, it will show her just how much she means to you – and how important her lessons are for your future.

·       Include her best recipe in the wedding menu. Does your mom make heavenly-good cookies? Steal her recipe (or ask her to bake a large batch) and serve them to your wedding guests. The same goes for any type of wedding food your mom has a special recipe for – we guarantee she will feel proud to share it with you for the Big Day!

·       Take her with you to a bridal show. She may not be that savvy searching the Internet for the best wedding DJ, but bridal shows is how she planned her wedding – so she will feel right at home attending them with you. You do need someone to help you stay focused when you’re amidst so many amazing wedding specialists – and your mom might just be the person for the job.

Lovely Bouquet Inspiration for Your Summer Wedding

 Bouquet ideas available in New Mexico

Bouquet ideas available in New Mexico

Summer weddings are madly popular for a very wide range of reasons. The chances that you get great weather on your wedding day is just one of the reasons – the wide variety of flowers and fresh ingredients for your wedding menus is another.

Of course, you want everything about your New Mexico summer wedding to be perfect – and obviously, that includes your bridal bouquet too. How do you make sure your bouquet will look fresh throughout the entire day, regardless of how hot it gets outside?

We’ve gathered some suggestions for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Hawaiian Hibiscus. Given that this is the national flower of Hawaii, it would definitely make for a wonderfully resistant option regardless of how hot it gets outside on your wedding day. Plus, this type of bloom comes in a very wide range of colors and it can be included in a million-and-one combinations, so it can definitely work for pretty much any type of wedding.

·       King Protea. This exotic-looking flower is a downright superb choice for pretty much anyone looking for a unique bouquet able to stay fresh in the highest temperatures out there. Combined with the right greenery and maybe even other types of flowers, King Protea will be a superb choice for sophisticated brides who really want to make a statement when they walk down the aisle.

·       Non-flowers. Greenery bouquets, succulent bouquets, plant-based bouquets – they are all very popular right now, and truly, they do make for the most wonderful choice when it comes to bridal bouquets. Plus, these options have no petals – so this means there’s much less likelihood that they will wither when faced with the heat. Not to mention how beautifully original and amazing they look!

·       Garden roses. Believe it or not, you don’t have to break your budget to create a bridal bouquet that will actually be able to stay fresh on a hot summer day. If you’re searching for a true classic, the garden rose is a beautifully romantic choice. The wide variety of colors is definitely appealing!

Bridesmaids gifts they'll love

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You want your gift to your bridesmaids to be remembered, so make it special. There's a new online boutique - bridesmaidgiftsboutique.com - that offers 100+ options. From tumblers to jewelry and robes to bags. Several of them are monogrammed or personalized to make it something you know they'll love and keep.

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We wanted to check them out and see about the quality of the gifts from the site, so we ordered a tote. It's grey and white and cute! It's well made and I'll have no problem with throwing it over my shoulder for a weekend, stuffed with supplies. 

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So whether you're looking for something in the $10 range or up to $50, you can get your girls a gift on this simple, easy-to-use website and have that task off your to-do list.  

Avoid Bridal Beauty Issues with These Tips

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beauty tips

All brides want to look fantastic on their Big Day – and you probably make no exception whatsoever, right?

Of course, you have picked the perfect dress and the daintiest jewelry, you have a bouquet that will emphasize your gentleness and femininity, and your pair of high heels is just high enough to make you walk graciously, but not too high to prevent you from dancing (or walking, at all).

What are some other, small, but very important things you should do to avoid any kind of bridal beauty disasters on your New Mexico wedding day? We have some tips of advice for you – continue reading and find out more.

·       Don’t drink or eat anything black, even more so if you have whitened your teeth for the wedding. Coffee, tea, chocolate, blueberries – they’re all delicious, but you want your smile to look pristine and shiny on your wedding day, and this kind of foods have a high staining risk.

·       Don’t pluck your eyebrows on the DAY OF. Do it about 2 or 3 days before that, to avoid redness or simply rushing through things. Yes, your brows need to be on fleek – but plucking them on the wedding day can turn into a disaster.

·       Don’t wash your hair on the morning of. This may sound completely weird to you, but it’s really important actually. Freshly washed hair tends to be less easy to work with, and it will be less likely to hold in a specific hairstyle. This depends a lot on your particular type of hair, but it might be much better for you to wash it one day before the Big Day, and then use dry shampoo on the day of to add texture and freshness to it.

·       Generally, avoid doing anything new with a couple of weeks before the wedding. New soaps, new face creams, new facial treatments, new haircolors – they should be avoided at all costs. It’s not that you don’t have great ideas or that you don’t use amazing products – it’s just that sometimes, things can go wrong when you least expect it and it’s best if you avoid the risks altogether.

These Things Commonly Go Wrong at Weddings

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Things that can go wrong!

This might sound apocalyptic for any bride and groom-to-be, but the truth is that no matter how hard you plan your Big Day in New Mexico, there’s still a chance that something will go wrong.

No worries, though. These unfortunate situations happen to a lot of brides and grooms – but what’s most important is that you know how to handle them with as much grace as you can.

What are some of the things that commonly go wrong at weddings – and most importantly, how to deal with them? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Rainy day. There’s no way in the world you can control whether or not it rains on your wedding day – and this is precisely why the best thing to do is simply have a plan B. It might be an indoor space or a wedding tent – but whatever it is, make sure you have it ready on your wedding day in case rain decides to pour down on you.

·       Family fights. Like it or not, most families have their beefs. If you know some of your guests are likely to fight at the wedding, try to seat them quite far from each other. Also, discuss with them and set clear expectations on how you want them to behave at your wedding – if you are clear and polite, they will understand and they will do everything possible to avoid any kind of scene.

·       Wedding dress torn. Whether it happens when you put it on or simply during the wedding (e.g. a guest steps on the train), it is important to treat this issue with as much calm as you possibly can. Yes, you have worked hard to find the perfect dress – but this is not the end of the world and it’s nothing a bit of patience and an SOS sewing kit or fabric duct tape can’t fix. Ask your Maid of Honor to help you if you can’t reach the torn part, fix the issue, and then go back to dancing with a huge smile on your face. NOTHING should ruin your wedding day!

You Probably Want to Avoid These Foods at Your Wedding

 Avoid these foods at reception

Avoid these foods at reception

Food is a quintessential element in every wedding, regardless of how large or small, regardless of how formal or informal, regardless of the wedding theme and even regardless of the location.

In many ways, food is the universal bride between various wedding traditions – so you definitely want your New Mexico wedding menu to be very thoroughly planned.

What are some foods you should avoid when planning your summer wedding menu, though? We have some tips for you – read on and find out more.

·       All kinds of soft desserts, chocolate, or chocolate-based desserts. We get it: chocolate is magical. And more than that, it is scientifically proven to boost the happiness hormones in our body. However, chocolate doesn’t do well in high heat – it can get really nasty, it can go bad, and it can just lose its appeal.

·       Foods that melt. Those fabulous buttercream wedding cakes are amazing, and they taste even better. However, if you want to serve a buttercream cake at your Big Day, DO make sure it’s well-kept in a cooled, closed area. Heat and insects just don’t do well with foods that melt easily (and yes, this type of cake definitely falls into that category).

·       Soda of any kind. Nothing’s more refreshing than a can of soda on a hot day, but the truth is that the extra-sugar in fuzzy drinks can very easily attract insects (and they can be not just annoying, but downright dangerous for guests who might be allergic to bee or wasp venom, for example). As a replacement, think of large containers filled with fruited water. Or, if you want to settle for the fancy option, think of non-alcoholic cocktails – they are amazing and they are suitable for all ages.

·       Smelly foods. Nobody can say no to smelly cheese or seafood. But during summer, these foods can turn your guests 180 degrees away from the buffet. To make sure no nasty odors kick into your wedding day, avoid any kind of smelly foods. It’s just the best thing to do given the high temperatures outside!