So often the focus of a wedding is on the bride.
The dress... hair... make-up.... flowers... the ring....
Of course we focus on her, she has so many options and just ONE DAY to put it all out there. This is the day she's been waiting for.
Well, so has he.
I recently came across a website that celebrates the dude in your life... the groom. The website is focused on men only and it's called 'The MAN Registry.'
This one site allows you to create a registry for the groom, shop the registry, research places for bachelor parties and the like, and even do your own search for wedding vendors in your area. The Man Registry was created in 2007, but I only just found it. Where have I been?
If you haven't checked it out yet, I highly recommend you get on it! The Man Registry. com
Already married? Bookmark this website anyway for creative manly gifts for your guy!
Let's face it...
We all want to look good ALL the time, but there is something about a special occasion that turns up the heat on how we feel about our physical appearance.
Whether you want to fit into a certain dress or dress size, look good for a high school reunion, or walk down the isle, we can find ourselves stressing over every decision having to do with food and activity.
No matter what it is you are preparing for, the BEST recommendation I have ever received was for an itty bitty device called the "FitBit."
This little tiny tracker is more than a pedometer... it is a life tracker!
The FitBit tracks every step you take, stairs you climb, time at rest, sleep, calories you burn, and more! For just $99 you have an accurate read on your activity. You are instantly motivated to get more steps in! (The daily recommendation is 10,000 steps). Do you know how many you are taking a day?
If you've seen the show, "Extreme Makeover; Weightless Edition," you know that those picked to participate lose an incredible amount of weight in just 1 year. The participants swear by the FitBit, which they all use to track their activity.
If you are ready to get honest about how much you move, check out the FitBit website, or purchase online through REI or Amazon.
You won't be disappointed!
One of my clients invited me to her bridal shower and I thought long and hard about what to give her as a gift. Of course, you should ALWAYS give something off of the registry, but a personal gift is always nice too.
Then I thought back to a gift that I was given when I got married, and just knew I should pass on the wisdom from my dear friend. My girlfriend, Monica, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in St. Louis, MO. She happens to swear by a particular book, and has suggested it to clients, and friends. It's called, "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work." It's by John M. Gottman. The book is helpful to those both in a relationship trying to correct things, and to those soon to be married, or just married.
Throughout the relationship industry, this book comes highly recommended... therapists, counselors, and Oprah all agree, it's a must have reference book.
Then I got thinking about books in general and what great gifts they can make. The best books I have ever read have all been given to me, or were 'on loan.' I wondered out to my favorite bookstore, Anthology Book Co. in downtown Loveland, CO to search for this book, and they had a couple copies--- both new, and used! (Don't you just love independent, locally owned book stores!)
I can't help but get lost in all the possibilities of books I could read to better myself, learn more, or get lost in!
What better gift to give and to pass on than a book purchased with love?!?
Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park CO --- photo by Snap Lounge
One of the most challenging things about planning an event can be finding the perfect venue!
You are looking for a place that suits you and your guests, it represents who you are, must be the right size for your head count, fit within the budget, and is in the perfect location.
I myself have a spreadsheet with over 160 venues in Colorado alone that I researched for just ONE wedding! The options are unlimited, although at the time of your venue search, can seem so limiting.
Sometimes it all comes down to timing. Once you find that PERFECT location, they may not have any openings for the date you had in mind... or even the MONTH!
Venue Please is a fantastic website I was recently introduced to. You can search for what you are looking for, or... if you have found a hidden gem, you can post it for others to see! Simply sign up for an account with them to get started!
With every wedding comes tradition. With every tradition comes a twist.
Table favors have long been a common tradition as a way of saying 'thank you' to guests.
Today brides and grooms are more creative than ever! Crafting is not only a skill it's an art form. Now seen in multiple magazines, websites, blogs and tv shows... you can craft your way to the most creative and thoughtful table favors ever.
Gone are the simple bells you'd ring with a kiss or simple chocolates set on your dessert plate. Couples are finding the most unique ways to thank guests, as well as, present the token of their thanks. Personalized gifts, jars of homemade preserves, mini pies, candy bars, the list goes on! Below are some photos of table favors I found on the now "GO TO" place for all things wedding, Pinterest. In the search area, just type in 'table favor' and you will find an amazing list of ideas for your BIG DAY!
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