Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Resolutions For The 2009 Bride

Its time for the 2009 bride to make new years
resolutions for her wedding. Yeah, I know how
hard it is to make resolutions stick. If you
follow the resolutions, you'll have an easier
time with your wedding planning and actually
have a fun and enjoyable time planning and executing
your wedding. And isn't that what we all want?

Resolve to get organized.
An organized bride is a happy bride. Invest
in a wedding planner or purchase a software
program on the net that keeps track of your
progress and leads you to the next step.

Resolve to keep the focus on the marriage
and less on the party.

Too many brides forget that the purpose of
the wedding is the union of two people in
marriage. If that means going to couples
counseling, pre Cana counseling or whatever
your church deems necessary, then just do
it! If everyone spent as much time on planning
the marriage as they do planning the wedding,
there would be less divorces.

Resolve to treat your bridal/wedding party
with respect.

Keep their budget and figure concerns in
mind whey you pick out bridesmaid dresses.
Don't demand that they host a shower for you.
Don't demand they host a bachelorette party
for you. Accept whatever they plan and enjoy
it. It might be a lot more fun than what you
had in mind.
Don't expect your bridesmaids to plan your wedding.
Its NOT their job. Don't expect them to be as
excited about your wedding as you are. Don't
expect them to be available every moment for
wedding shopping or assembling invitations.
Accept whatever help they are able to give
and show your appreciation.

Resolve to treat your parents with respect
during the wedding planning process.

Your parents may or may not be paying for the
wedding and they will want to give you input
and suggestions. Accept it in the spirit to
which it was offered and then make up your
own mind as to what you really want to do.
They may be having a hard time with their
"little girl" getting married regardless of
how much they love your groom.

Resolve to make a budget and work within
your budget.

Budgets aren't fun. I personally hate 'em, but
its a fact of life and you have to deal with
the money you have available.

Resolve to have the wedding you can afford.
Don't go into debt for a wedding. If you can only
afford a small wedding, have the best small wedding

Resolve to be happy for what you have instead of
stessing over what you don't have. Count your

You are marrying the man of your dreams. You have
your health. Life is good. Stress the positives
and be happy. Jealousy, envy and wanting what you
can't have for your wedding will eat you alive and
make you miserable. Don't go down that path.

Resolve to spend time NOT planning your wedding
and to spend quality time with your fiance.

No one wants to deal with a 24/7 bride, including
your fiance. Wedding planning shouldn't be the
focus of your life. Take time to smell the flowers,
laugh and have fun with your fiance and friends.

Resolve to hire professionals to service your wedding.
There are great ways to save on wedding services,
but you have to hire experienced wedding
professional if you want the job done right.
Uncle Joe and his camera won't capture the moments
as well as a professional photographer. There are
great professionals in all price ranges. Trust your
most important day to a pro and you'll not regret it.

Resolve to read every contract before you sign it.
Make sure you know what you are signing before you sign
on the dotted line. And make sure you get everything
in writing.

Resolve to follow up with all your vendors in a timely

Follow up and you'll all be on the same page.
Don't follow up and you are heading for disaster.

Resolve to make deposits and payments in a timely manner.
If you don't make a deposit, you'll lose your
services. As Elvis would say, Take care of business!

Resolve to follow through.
If you decide to make your own favors, just
do it. If you come up with an idea, make it
happen and finish the task. Don't wait until the
last minute to get 'er done.

Resolve to take advice in the spirit of which
it was intended.

Everyone is going to give you a lot of advice.
Don't get ticked off. Take the advice, tell you
will take it under advisement and then forget
about it. Every person who has ever been married
is going to give you advice. Expect it, accept it
and toss it with a smile.

Resolve to enjoy your wedding!

And from Weddingzilla, have a happy wedding
and congratulations!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wedding Dress Discount Coupon

Bridal Online Store is having a Christmas sale
on wedding dresses. On Christmas day, enter
Coupon Code xmas25 and get 25% off any wedding
dress you purchase on Christmas.
Designer Wedding Dress & Bridal Gowns
at 80% off retail prices. In stock and ready to ship in you size.

This is a great deal.

Happy holidays to all my wonderful brides and
readers. I wish you health, happiness and
prosperity and a happy wedding!

Engaged at Christmas, Time to Start Planning the Wedding

Congratulations on your holiday engagement. Whether
it was a complete surprise or somewhat expected,
you are now engaged to be married. Relax, its normal
to look at your ring finger a hundred times a day, just
don't do it while you are driving down the road!
Its also normal to be completely confused and clueless
as to how or when to proceed with planning your wedding.

Maybe you and your fiance have talked of the kind of
wedding you want. Or maybe not. But its time to sit
down and have the "big talk". Your expectations and his
expectations may be totally different. I know a lot of
brides who don't want a wedding, and a lot of grooms who
have dreamed of seeing their bride in a white gown walking
down the aisle in a traditional wedding.

Here's a big surprise for a lot of brides: There are a lot
of grooms who have also dreamed of their wedding day. And they
might be even more excited than you! The media puts so much
emphasis on the bride, but without the groom....hey, there
is no wedding. I talk to a lot of grooms and some want a lot
of input. Some just want to show up and party. And others
will help plan, make suggestions and run errands.

You need to make sure both of your expectations are on the same
page. You both have to want a traditional wedding or a
destination wedding. You have to understand your grooms
expectations, you need to respect his feelings. Its not
just about you, its about us, its about the marriage.

Set the date, talk to your parents if they are paying for
the wedding and see what they are willing or able to pay
towards the wedding. They'll also have expectations and
suggestions for the wedding. They might have family traditions
that they want included in the wedding. One word springs to
mind: Compromise. Don't argue, scream or fuss. Just
keep an open mind and make decisions when you are in
a calm frame of mind.

Take your time making decisions. Don't jump into any contracts
until you've had time to think and compare your options.
Don't immediately ask everyone to be in your wedding party.
Think, plan and then act. And do it as a couple. Its
training for marriage!

Enjoy your engagement. Its a time to come together as
a couple to plan the rest of your life. Its a time to
plan the wedding. Its a time to enjoy life and look
forward to the future! Look at that ring, show off that
ring and enjoy the congratulations of family and friends.

Here's a great site to help
with planning your wedding and answer your questions.
Wedding Loco Wedding Planning
And if there is a destination wedding in your future
check out Beach Bride 2 Be: Weddings in Paradise.

Have a happy wedding!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Is a Christmas or New Years Eve Wedding For You?

Yes, Virginia, there are a lot of
holiday weddings during Christmas and
new years. This time of year, weddings
are not for everyone. What about you?

Every place is decorated, you don't need
to spend a lot on wedding decorations.

The family is in town.

People are in a festive mood.

Everyone likes to get dressed up on
New Years eve and party.

You need to blend your wedding colors to
match the holiday colors in the decorations.
If you don't like shades or red or green,
you have a problem.

Mom WILL go crazy with weddings at holiday
time because she still has to deal with
the holiday and holiday stress. And you have
to deal with Mom.

Not everyone will be able to attend because
of prior commitments.

Lets face it, your guests will have to buy
a wedding present and holiday presents for
their families. Money is tight!

Mom Wants A Wife For Son For Christmas

"ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS … a WIFE for my SON," it begins.

Signed Christmas Mother-in Law, the ad continues:
"I'm sad that he's alone, a 37 year old handsome
Tampa professional …

"Help me find him a wife!"

According to the Tampa Tribune, this desperate
mother in law to be is running an ad in their
paper looking for a bride for her son.

"He's such a good boy," she says. "He's so
good hearted, so good looking. He's got a good job."

Jason, the prospective groom, is a software
marketing manager who was even the employee
of the month.

And he's good hearted, just as mom says.
He volunteers with a group that works with
teens with Down syndrome. The group takes them
to the movies, shopping and shows them how to
make change at the store.

"I don't have kids," he explains. "And that's
something I would like in the near future."

If you're interested, send a photograph and
information about yourself to:
Christmas Mother-in Law,
P.O. Box 11802, Blacksburg VA 24062.

I've got to hand it to her for her ingenuity.
Not many sons would be able to deal with
mom's matchmaking.

Kind of smacks of Mama's Boys on NBC. If you
get a chance, check out an episode. I went from
shock to disbelief in less than 60 seconds.
Its like watching a train wreck! I can't wait
for the next episode.
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