You might have expected jitters before your wedding, but you may not have counted on sleep deprivation, too. Lack of sleep can make you feel awful, interfere with your personal relationships, and destroy decision-making abilities. Anytime you get less than seven hours of sleep, the emotional center of your brain becomes oversensitive to negative thoughts and emotions. At the same time, the brain’s logic center slows down and doesn’t keep your emotional responses in check. That means you’re more likely to experience outbursts and more stress, which continues the cycle of stress and sleep loss.
Your wedding is over, and you finally get to spend some quiet time with your favorite person! Your honeymoon is a gift to you and your new spouse, and you want to be able to enjoy it to the fullest. However, more than one couple has found themselves sleeping the day away and wide awake in the middle of the night due to jet lag. But, you can get ahead of jet lag before you step on the airplane. With a good planning, you can be well on your way to enjoying the alone time the two of you have needed for months. Continue reading
We’ve all seen the glamorous pictures on Pinterest of the beautiful bride surrounded by her loving bridesmaids while all the gals get their hair and makeup done. What those pictures don’t show you is the insane chaos that comes with so many women trying to get ready in a single bridal suite at the same time!
We talked to Courtney, the Spa Manager for the Newport Marriott’s luxurious spa located on the street level facing Newport harbor. After years of working with Brides and bridal parties of all sizes, she’s seen it all and has some insider knowledge on what works, and what doesn’t. Courtney has three main reasons brides should consider getting ready someplace other than their hotel room and we agree with all three!
Wedding registry guides are cluttered with items like serving dishes, sheets, and pots and pans. All totally useful items, they are the no-brainer choices. Every couple is capable of crafting the perfect registry with a mix of practical and fun items. The thing is, there are always items that you don’t realize you need until after the wedding, sometimes even years later! We’ve pulled together our top items that you just have to put on your registry. They are specific, but for all the best reasons. Continue reading
Choosing your bridal party can be as stressful as choosing the perfect dress. Don’t let the gals get you down. Use our 5 tips and choose the best bridesmaids and hopefully it’s smooth sailing from there!
If you’ve ever taken a public speaking class, you’ve probably heard about the 5 second rule. When you get up to do your thing, take 5 seconds before you start speaking to settle yourself and create a calm feeling for the audience. This great advice applies not only to public speaking, but also to your wedding. Weddings are hectic and emotionally charged. It’s important to make the most of every second of your special day. The best moments to stop and savor are below. #3 is especially important!
When I first drew up a guest list my side alone had over 200 people and my then fiance’s about the same. We hadn’t even set a date but we had 400 people on the list. Between immediate family, extended family, friends from college, friends from work, amazing neighbors, family friends, parents friends, and childhood friends; the first draft guest list was a little overwhelming. Actually, make that a LOT overwhelming. Breaking through the chaos of a guest list takes patience, humility, and the 10 year test.
The best conversations always happen around the dining room table. After bellies are full and hearts overflowing, good thing happen. Banquet tables allow the togetherness of a dinner at home, to translate into a dinner for 200. With a neighbor on the left, right, and at least three ahead, the conversation is sure to never lull. Consider banquet tables as an alternative, or an addition to the traditional bridal rounds. Whether you have an outdoor or indoor wedding, banquet tables are a beautiful way to encourage conversation among guests.
Things to think about: Banquet tables can be tricky to navigate around when space is limited. Choose a table length that is appropriate for your reception space and everything is sure to flow perfectly.