Archives for September 2009

Inexpensive Date Ideas

You don't have to be dating to go on dates. Spending quality time together as an engaged or married couple is important to maintain a healthy relationship. Just because money's tight doesn't mean you can't go out for a night on the town... or spend the weekend doing something new and fun. So get out of your pj's and check out these budget-friendly date ideas from Marie Claire. 1. Rent bikes and go for a ride in the park or by the beach. Pack a picnic lunch or grab hotdogs at a nearby … [Read more...]

Are you having enough fun??

"Couples who play together stay together," says Gail Saltz, MD at iVillage. She talks about a new study from the University of Denver, showing that couples who have more fun time together also report more marital satisfaction and good feelings about their partner. Now this probably seems obvious to you, but the ironic part is that so many couples are working very hard to be able to afford some fun... and yet they don't make any time to actually do that. Another recent study found that couples … [Read more...]

Tacky: Every Bride’s Nightmare

If there's anything brides fear more than being jilted at the alter, it's having people think their wedding is tacky. You see this word posted all over the message boards and blogs, you'll hear it on your mother's lips, and you'll read about it in bridal magazines. Well Offbeat Bride has a great commentary on how to avoid being tacky when planning your wedding. Basically, um, don't even try.  Because someone, somewhere, is bound to think something about your wedding is tacky: People are … [Read more...]

Have your wedding flowers and eat them, too!

It is pretty common to see wedding cakes decorated with edible flowers like violets, roses, or lilacs, although most floral embellishments are removed before serving (those flowers probably don't taste that good on wedding cake).  But a great post by Manolo points out that: Cooking with flowers is coming back into vogue and has a long history. Flowery cookery can be traced back to ancient Rome, China, India, and the Middle East. Edible flowers were particularly popular in the Victorian era … [Read more...]

Grooming the Groom

With all the attention paid to the bride's attire, hair, makeup, and accessories, you might forget that someone else is sharing the spotlight, too. Don't let the groom look anything less than perfect himself! Here are some expert styling tips from InStyle Wedding, to help the groom look his best! Formal Shirt: A formal button-front shirt should be white or cream. No ruffles! Jacket: Single-breasted, single-button jackets are timeless for a good reason—they'll make his his waist look trim … [Read more...]

Find your Signature Wedding Cocktail

Why should you pick a Signature Cocktail? Having a signature cocktail at your wedding can serve several functions. First off, it enhances your theme or color selections. Although one type of drink is plenty, you may choose a couple more to compliment your theme, says the New York Wedding Guide. Another advantage of having one or two signature drinks is that it's economical. Instead of having an open bar with a wide variety of alcoholic drinks available, you can have a cocktail hour with just … [Read more...]

6 Meaningful Bridal Shower Ideas

If you are looking for a more meaningful way to celebrate with your female friends and family, then elegala has some great ideas for you! Showers for a Cause Who said the bride needs to get all the gifts? Instead, direct that spending power toward a greater cause, and dedicate the day to a charitable organization that holds special meaning for the bride and groom. Some ideas: Help the fight against breast cancer with a Pink Envelope Bridal Shower. Or have a green bridal shower where you … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Weddings

September is here, and the start of a new school year brings with it all the hopes, dreams, and uncertainties of what this year will hold... much like a new marriage, we look forward to a fresh start that will bring with it much learning, growth, fun, love, and laughter. If you met back in elementary school, or maybe you're a teacher, a school-themed wedding is just too adorable for words!  Here's a wedding inspired by the "sweet little nostalgic details and the story behind the couple who have … [Read more...]