Hello ladies. Are you engaged to be married? Isn't it an amazing feeling?
Let's talk about ideas for the ceremony, invitations, flowers, hair, bridal showers, special touches, DRESSES, how to stay in shape for the big day, and everything else having to do with planng our wedding.
I've done a lot of wedding coverage for brides, but I was thinking how many of us are bridesmaids so many more times than we are brides - and how we all end up with many of those dreaded bridesmaid dresses.
So what to do? I've put together a couple of ideas for ways to recycle all those bridesmaid dresses collecting in your closet, and please - if you have any more ideas, do share!
Or if you'd rather have a great home decoration than another piece of clothing, Home & Garden TV has a how-to on turning the dress into a decorative lampshade or photo album cover - for real! Another site has a how-to on transforming the dress into pillow slipcovers.
If you're not so crafty, you can always take the dress to the tailor and get the hem altered to cocktail length, or the sleeves taken off so that the dress becomes a sleeveless sheath. There are a million possibilities, especially if your tailor is willing to collaborate and give you advice!
But if you just really can't stand the thing, can't even stand to look at it any more, consider donating it to The Princess Project, or a similar organization that collects prom dresses for high school girls in your area. That way the dress will be going to good use!
Hey there, Mrs! After all that work buffing, waxing, toning, brightening and beautifying, the ceremony is now over and you're not looking as perfect as you did in the wedding photos. Well, just because you have gazillions of thank-you notes to write, doesn't mean that you can't take a couple of breaks to primp and indulge!
Don't forget all of the little tricks that you used to get beautiful for the big day. I've gathered a checklist of things to remember. What's great about this list is that while you may have gone to a salon to have many of these treatments done professionally, now that the pressure of the big day is off, you can pamper yourself right at home. For the detailed list, read more
Did you get extra fit to look stunning in your gown? Or maybe you worked out extra hard to be the hottest bridesmaid wearing the ugliest dress? Maybe the big event you were losing weight for was your 10 year or 20 year high school reunion. Now that the event is over, how do you stay motivated to maintain all those glorious changes?
Here are a few ideas:
Get Competitive: If you are goal oriented or need an event to get you moving, sign up for a race. If you have been running for exercise pick an upcoming race in your area and enter the fray. Active.com is a great way to find races in your area.
Exercise with Your Husband: Turn your new husband into you fitness buddy with these ideas on how to get physical with your man.
Find an Exercise Buddy: If working out is your refuge and you don't want to share those moments with your man, find a different exercise partner like a friend, neighbor or co-worker. Make a standing date with your buddy and don't stand your buddy up.
Once you have figured out what to do if both you and your new husband have sets of pots and pans, it's time to get the kitchen organized. The key to fast, efficient cooking is an orderly, tidy kitchen. Everything should have a specific place and should always be put back in that spot. These tips are not only for newlyweds, but for recent college grads, new homeowners, and anyone who wants their kitchen's layout to be more productive.
Store items near where they will be most used: Place pots and pans underneath the stove. Stack cups and plates next to the dishwasher. Put cookie sheets, baking pans, and pot holders near the oven. Store tools, such as bottle openers, near the fridge.
While our favorite newlyweds, Julie & Scott, have all of the silverware, stemware, flatware, and kitchen gadgets they need to start their new life, their kitchen is far from complete. They need all of the homey decorations that make a kitchen livable: table, chairs, linens, candles, artwork, etc. Since they are both busy saving lives as doctors, we have to help them by finding the best decor for the kitchen. Scott will be painting the kitchen in aqua and butter yellow with green accents. Julie prefers cleanliness, modernity, and simplicity. Keep things in season by selecting items the couple can use now. Save your bookmarks in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag Decor For The Kitchen.
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Just because the honeymoon is over doesn't mean you can start slacking in the sexy department - quite the contrary. The art of seduction is a life-long commitment and there are easy ways to keep the fire alive. Hopefully you wowed your hubbie in some of the lingerie you received at your bridal shower, but innocent girlie sleepwear can also push some buttons. Also, there are two times I think you can ditch cute and sassy pj's: wearing your birthday suit and borrowing his sexy shirts - have fun!
We've nearly reached the end of Wedding Season on the Sugar Network and while I've given you tips on how to make a wedding website, put together a slideshow for the actual ceremony and even how to hire a wedding photographer, we haven't talked about how to display and share those photos after the big day.
Digital Photo Frames: Hopefully you included a digital photo frame in your gift registry. If not, make sure to get one and put all your favorite photos on it. It allows you to display a rotating collection of your best wedding pictures.
Share On Your Wedding Website: If you are using a site like eWedding or The Knot to host your wedding website there are simple ways to upload your pictures onto their site.
Share On Your Photo Service Page: In an effort to keep things personal, I suggest creating your own site, or using Flickr or Picasa to share your wedding photos and honeymoon photos (only the appropriate ones, of course). You can upload them in a flash (often you can use an uploading tool and get hundreds of photos online in a matter of minutes), tag them, give them captions and best of all allow your family, friends and even people who didn't attend the wedding to enjoy and comment on your photos. Check out my guide to using online photo services for more help.
Remember to Geotag!: If you do end up sharing your honeymoon photos on Flickr or Picasa, make sure to geotag them. Geotagging, or adding geographical identification to images (usually latitude and longitude coordinates or place names), was once a feature reserved to the most extreme online photo community addicts, but has become extremely popular and will help your friends get an idea of of exactly where you vacationed. (It's also a great memory resource in case you want to go back to the same place someday but can't remember where it was located!)
Yes, here on the Sugar Network we are wrapping up our wedding coverage. The honeymoon may be over, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get physical with your honey.
Now that you are settling back into "real-life" and life as a married couple, I suggest scheduling some exercise time together. In fact spouses can inspire healthy habits in their mate. From experience I would say nagging is not the way to go - it is annoying and not so effective. Instead you and your spouse should workout together and there are so many ways for the two of you to get physical.
You can bike together and really go all out in your new super cuteness as newlyweds and ride a tandem bike. There are also the classic outings for pairs like jogging, hiking, and tennis. Don't feel like you have to limit yourself to these, experiment with different activities like Salsa dancing, rock climbing, or tandem yoga poses like the airplane. After an invigorating workout you can give each other massages.
If exercising as a couple is new to you, these tips on how to exercise with a partner will be helpful to you. Remember all good marriages are based on these principles: love, honor and negotiation. OK - I read that on an appliquéd pillow somewhere, but it is really true.
If you're a traditional gal, chances are you won't move in with your husband-to-be until he is, well, your husband! Not to burst your lovey-dovey bubble, but getting hitched and living together means sharing a closet - gasp! For any gal who loves, and is overly protective over her clothes (guilty), this reality is a downright scary one. But don't go reconsidering your commitment now; I've got some solutions to ease your closet-sharing fears. As for setting up your new kitchen? Let Yumsugar guide you!
Since you'll possibly be moving your clothes into a new one, it's the perfect time to get rid of stuff you haven't worn in over a year. Honestly, if you haven't worn it in that long, you probably don't love it anymore. Plus, it'll give you a reason to buy new stuff to fill up your new wardrobe!
Ah, color coordinating - I love it! Since menswear-inspired clothing is so in, you don't want to run the risk of mixing your clothes up with your hubby. My solution? Color code your entire wardrobe. Start with dark colors (black, navy blue); then move on to neutrals (white, creme, heather grey); finally, get into the colors (fuchsia, orange, yellow). I like to create a little closet rainbow!
There's nothing like hanging your lovely clothes on pretty and scented hangers! Buy a bunch and you'll be able to keep your section of the closet ultra feminine.