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Make You Love Smile with flowers

A sweet smelling innocent looking flower brightens up a dark gloomy room with its aura of hope and positivity. No matter how hard and fast your life is, the sight of a blooming flower always fills your mind with wise thoughts. Flowers teaches us to smile always and this is the only reason why we do not get tired of gifting flowers to all our friends, family, relatives, and loved ones. Flowers actually suit any event and any emotion. Birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Holi, Diwali, etc. flowers are the easiest gift items that crowd in our mind. If you are happy you can send a flower to your loved one, if you are angry and want to conclude a war you cans end a flower to that person. With online flower delivery in Pune, you can make most use of both the flowers and the online services that various e-commerce serves.


With advancement of time we have seen numerous growth like liberalization, privatization, and globalization. One of the result of these three is massive urbanization, thus opening many job gates for many people. In today’s date, all the job opportunities to grow financially lies in these urban centers. So, it’s very obvious that many of your friends, relatives, loved ones are scattered here and there. In India we have more than 30 major cities and online shopping is one of the threads that connects you with your near and dear ones spread across the nation. Send flowers to Pune to your sweetheart on his/her special day using products and services from these e-commerce portals. Distance is one factor which would dissipate with emerging time as we are webbed beautifully with latest technologies. Therefore, nowadays, you cannot miss your loved ones on any occasion even when there is no physical presence of that person beside you. You can exchange pleasantries through facebook, whatsapp, social life, etc. and gifts can be easily sent across to that person using various logistics services.


When the person you love is staying away from you, exchanging gifts on special occasions becomes all the more important because you have to let the other person know about your love. This is the sphere when your creative brain should work a bit more. Because just buying any gift is not everything, it’s the dash of ingenuity put into beautifying that simple gift that matters. Your love done would surely applaud your labor put into making him/her happy in the most unique way. Buy some flowers and send those flowers to Pune in case you have your sweetheart seated there. But those flowers should be special ones. For example: you can make a tiara for her with those flowers, you can decorate a handmade pen stand with these flowers, or you can also make your own flower bouquet with these flowers.

The will to make a gift look different is everything. And in this age of easy internet access you can learn to make a tiara, pen stand, bouquet very easily as DIY tutorials are available online. Brush your creative brain and smile like these flowers while gifting these gifts of love to your darling.

The latest choices of Indian wedding dresses for men

The grandeur of a wedding is all about clothes. Be it the bride or groom, their dress is of the utmost importance. In contrast to a common understanding that men do not have enough clothing choices unlike women, changing trends in fashion has now brought in a variety of party wear for men. Unfortunately, a formal shirt with a pant, even though branded and of high quality will not do for a wedding. Therefore, like brides, it is also expected of men to analyse all the choices available out there, take his time shopping and then pick the right dress for the occasion.

The traditional Kurti

There is, of course, the traditional kurti with dhoti combination among other Indian wedding dresses. This is still in style. These kurtas are available in a range of neck designs like collarless, high collar, embroidered neck, etc. They are available in multiple shades made of different materials. For those who wish to attend a wedding, there are simple cotton kurtas which can also be worn with jeans or a contrast legging. For grooms, there are elegant silk kurtas available in great cuts. It is customary for old people always to go for Kurtis during a wedding as it gives them a respectable look that no other dress style can offer.

Sherwani for sophistication

Another common choice among Indian wedding dresses grooms wear today is sherwani. This is a knee length dress with a buttoned up front that is worn along with a legging and a stole. Most of the men prefer their sherwanis to be custom made. This way, they can obtain the dress of their dreams. There are also ready-made sherwanis available in the market. These sherwanis can be worn heavily or in a light manner. It may depend on the importance of the occasion. Heavily worked sherwanis look like something royal a king would wear. With intricate thread work, beadwork, stonework and such, sherwanis can offer the kind of sophistication expected from a groom. Light sherwanis come in contrast colours with no additional work. Some men prefer to wear plain sherwanis with extensively worked stole. This can also portray style in a wedding.

Jodhpuri coat to look trendy

A famous style that is trending recently among men’s Indian wedding dresses is to wear a Jodhpuri coat. This is a waist length coat with buttons on the front worn with tailored pants. These coats are usually worn in white, shades of white or cream colours. For men who wish to wear darker colours, there are coats available in grey or black colours. This coat gives an ethnic look of great elegance. This coat is also available with embroidered high necks that look great on tall men. Grooms are in the habit of wearing this coat along with jewellery to match the elegance of the bride.

Traditional Pathani suits

Men love to wear Pathani suits for their wedding. These are not of Indian origin but are extensively worn by Indians. These are also referred to as the Khan suits denoting people of Pakistan, who were in the practice of wearing them. These suits are usually available in plenty of styles during Eid season. With all these choices of Indian wedding dresses, every man can have his dream wedding.

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A Show of Saintly Courage in Shambles

A Show of Saintly Courage in Shambles

The Shambles in not an adjective; it is a well preserved street in York, England. Although not as popular as London, York is just as historical. The city of York has been in existence for at least 2,000 years. The core of the city of York is walled, just like in medieval times, and its historical landmarks are well preserved.

The word Shambles refers to open-air slaughterhouses and meat shops. There are streets named Shambles in other parts of England as long as there are animals to kill, dress and sell. The pavements of the streets are elevated on both sides, creating channels or open canals. In those days all the innards are thrown out; the wastes from the slaughtered animals like blood pass through those canals.

The Shambles of York is unique or special; it is the most well preserved street of its kind and thus one of the most visited in the whole of Europe. The Shambles was also home to Saint Margaret Clitherow.

Clitherow married a butcher at the age of 15 and lived along York’s Shambles. She became a Roman Catholic at the age of 18. During those day Roman Catholics were being persecuted and as a Catholic herself, she sympathized with those regarded as fugitives. Her home became a safe house for priests hunted by the authorities. She was a mother of 2 and a school teacher to her children and neighbors’ children.

Although repeatedly arrested, it was not until 1586 that Margaret Clitherow was brought before the criminal courts. One of her students was pressured into providing evidence against the teacher. The authorities were able to find mass related paraphernalia in her home, leading to her arrest.

She refused to enter a plea so the trial could not commence. Margaret Clitherow wanted to prevent a trial to protect her children from being forced to testify against her. As punishment, she had to lay naked beneath a heavy stone. She did not last 15 minutes and met her saintly death. A shrine for her as St. Margaret was erected on the spot thought to be where her old home was. It was later discovered that her old residence was a few houses away from the shrine.

Today the Shambles is clean and lined not with meat shops but with specialty stores. The cobble stones, quaint shops, the shrine of St. Margaret and the old stories handed down from generation to generation keep visitors coming back for more.

Get Married Or Honeymoon In South Africa

Get Married Or Honeymoon In South Africa

Making your wedding ‘just perfect’ entails a blend of factors, not least of which includes the dress ‘to die for’ and a great venue. With Cape Town, South Africa as the city of choice for your big day, you won’t have far to look. Cape Town is the city of fair skies, gorgeous beaches, magnificent gardens and an extensive list of wedding and reception venues. Outdoor locations for wedding photographs abound.

Picture the oldest and largest botanical gardens in South Africa, Kirstenbosch, with the eastern slopes of Table Mountain as your backdrop. These gardens alone contain as many as 6 000 floral species and over 22 000 indigenous plants, so whatever your colour scheme and whatever season you choose, there will be blooms to augment and complement your style.

Early morning shoots are probably best for Cape Town’s beaches as the Cape Doctor – another name for the spring and early summer south-easterly wind that prevails in the city – tends to make its presence felt in the afternoons, although with it comes Table Mountain’s legendary table cloth – providing yet another perfect photo setting.

Nevertheless, you are spoilt for choice as the Mother City has some of the most picturesque beaches in the world with wide expanses of sand, sparkling water and strategically placed boulders for those ‘photo’ moments.

From the fashionable beaches of Cape Town’s ‘Riviera’ – the Atlantic Seaboard – including Camps Bay, Llandudno (definitely one of the most beautiful) and Noordhoek with its miles of sand and dunes, to the beaches of False Bay offering some real character beaches, such as St James or Boulders.

The wine estates in and around Cape Town all have a unique beauty of their own. Invariably wine estates lie tucked into picturesque valleys, surrounded by majestic mountains and vineyards heavy with grapes during the summer months.

The Cape West Coast, until recently largely unexplored and unexploited, is a region of unrivalled beauty and geographical diversity. This area of the world is renowned for its spectacular display of wild flowers during spring, its unspoilt beaches and beautiful mountain ranges and picturesque little towns like Darling, St Helena Bay and the fishing village of Paternoster.

And if that doesn’t tempt you then the Garden Route’s shadowy forests, peaceful lakes and wetlands or the Overberg’s numerous quaint villages and the dry Karoo with a sullen beauty all of her own – flat, sandy plains, shimmering heat and distant smoky-blue mountains – certainly will.

It’s Baby Bath Time!

It’s Baby Bath Time!

Baby’s first bath. It can be a little unnerving, especially if you are a new mother and never given a newborn a bath. Don’t worry though, you’ll do just fine. Mothers have been giving babies a bath since the beginning of time. Today is much safer with all the new types of tubs designed just for infants and toddlers. And many babies love getting a bath!

Your newborn should just get sponge baths for the first couple of weeks at home or until the umbilical cord heals. Since your baby doesn’t need a bath every day, you can give sponge baths twice a week or as often as you feel is necessary. It is important to go ahead and gather everything you will need before you start. And here is the equipment you will need to bath a newborn:

* 1. thick towels or a sponge-type bath cushion
* 2. soft washcloths
* 3. bath seat for basin or sink
* 4. cotton balls
* 5. baby shampoo and baby soap (non-irritating)
* 6. hooded baby towel
* 7. clean diaper and clothing

Make sure the room you are using is warm (around 75 degrees F). Place a non-skid cushion or towel at the bottom of the seat/tub so your baby will not slide around (little ones are very slippery). Run warm water (between 90 to 100 degrees or warm to the inside of your wrist) into the sink/tub. Gently undress your baby while talking in a soothing voice, explaining what you are doing. Place the baby in the water slowly.

Start with the face with just a little bit of baby soap. Next, wash the head, and continue moving downwards. When bathing your baby, make sure to clean the following areas (and creases) thoroughly: neck, ears, buttocks and groin area. Try not to get the umbilical cord area wet; gently clean with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. And if your son is circumcised, try not to move the foreskin back when cleaning the groin area. Once you have the front clean, then finish with the back side.

Dry your baby thoroughly and then dress them. Make sure the head is completely dry. The first time may take a little bit of time because they will squirm and they are very slippery. But never take your hands off your baby. Once you both get used to this routine, it will be extremely easy. Have fun!

Who Should I Invite To A Baby Shower?

Who Should I Invite To A Baby Shower?

It’s often a challenge to decide just who to invite to your baby shower. What is the proper etiquette and how do you avoid hurting someone’s feelings?

When determining your guest list, it’s important to define your target group. Is it your idea to host the traditional women only gathering or will you include children? Today it’s becoming increasingly popular to invite couples and/or complete families.

When you decide on the type of shower you are going to be hosting make sure your invitations are precisely worded, such as “women only”, “children welcome” and so on based on your decision. If you are planning a specific theme make sure this is included on your invitations as well as any special instructions such as what to bring, how to dress, and directions to the party location. This will save you countless telephone inquiries regarding the specifics of your shower plans.

Always ask your invited guests to RSVP and keep in mind that typically about 20-25% of those confirming will ultimately fail to attend for a variety of reasons.

Baby Showers held at an office, social club or church have a pre-determined guest list of co-workers, club members or fellow church members but make sure that you find out if your shower is the only one being held for the mom to be. If it is, then you may want to extend invitations to her personal friends and family. It may take a bit of discreet probing to find out if there are additional showers planned.

Alternatively, if you are a friend or family member planning the only shower, it’s a thoughtful idea to make a call to the prospective mother to be’s employer to find out who should be invited from her workplace.

In most cases her husband should be able to supply contact information for her friends and work associates.

Don’t forget that if your shower is the sole party planned, you should extend invites to the mom’s family as well as her husband’s family.

Make Your Dream Wedding An Amazing Reality

Make Your Dream Wedding An Amazing Reality

Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking and some people find it very difficult to manage all the details that go into making a memorable ceremony and reception. Read this article for great advice on how to plan a wonderful wedding without driving yourself crazy. It isn’t as hard as you think!

It might be a good idea to provide a place to spend the night if your guests are coming from far away or plan on driving home after the party. Excess drinking is unavoidable at wedding parties, so make sure people don’t feel pressured to drive themselves home if they’ve had a few too many.

Research what flowers, fruits and vegetables are in season. By choosing the right products at the right time, you will save a significant amount of money on your wedding. The flowers will be more vibrant and the food will also taste better if you carefully plan what you are going to buy.

Try to use a limousine driver that you know and trust so that you do not have to get worried on the day of your wedding. Make sure that he shows up in advance and pay him the extra hour to sit and wait for you. This will ensure that you arrive on time.

The worst thing that can come out of a wedding is a huge debt. Don’t overlook your budget when choosing items for your big day. If you are cash-strapped, look for savings like having your family cater the event or do all the photography. At worst you can ask for cash in lieu of gifts to help offset the costs.

If you will be having a wedding where many of the guests are out of town, you might want to consider sending out a save the date post card that just serves as an announcement of your upcoming marriage. It will help these guests start planning and making it more likely that they will attend.

If you’re wearing a floor length wedding dress, you can get away with wearing less than fashionable shoes down the aisle. No one will see them and you’ll be more comfortable standing during your wedding ceremony. You can put more fashionable shoes on later for the reception where you’ll be sitting down.

If you are the bride, make sure to include you include your fiance’s parents, especially his mother, in your wedding plans. Even if you’re not thrilled about the prospects of your mother-in-law being that involved, it is a nice way to extend an olive branch and make her feel like she is a bigger part of her son’s special day.

Ask one of your shutterbug friends to do the pictures for your wedding. Professional photographers are expensive and, with the advent of digital cameras and editing software, often an amateur can do just as good of a job. Tell them to forgo the wedding gift and just give you a disk of digital images instead.

Wedding planning isn’t as difficult as most people think it is. With the right information, and help from others, anyone can plan a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. Use the advice and tips you have read in this article to get you on your way to planning the perfect wedding.

Great Guide On How To Get The Wedding Of Your Dreams 2

Great Guide On How To Get The Wedding Of Your Dreams

Weddings can be touchy times for some people, in regards to tough decisions that need to be made as far as the invitation list. You may not feel it is necessary to invite your old neighbor from down the street, while your mother sees it as absolutely necessary. This article will give you some tips for tactfully dealing with the dilemma of the guest list.

Choose a wedding ring that is both appropriate for you and your future spouse; diamonds are always popular, but sometimes cliche and very costly. Sterling silver and white gold are more affordable than platinum and shine up just as well. There are many natural gemstones also available that make a great alternative to diamonds and are more affordable. Shop around to make the right decision because this is a ring that you will have for years to come.

Choose a venue that is willing to work with your schedule. Sometimes, the room rent will be completely waived by the facility if you use a certain amount of their catering and concession services. This can be a great way to save on renting a venue, especially since weddings are so expensive.

Research what flowers, fruits and vegetables are in season. By choosing the right products at the right time, you will save a significant amount of money on your wedding. The flowers will be more vibrant and the food will also taste better if you carefully plan what you are going to buy.

Flowers are for more than the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls! The men of the wedding party usually wear boutonnieres. Finding just the right kind can really add to the polished look of the party. The boutonniere often coordinates with groom’s outfit or matches the flowers in the bride’s bouquet. If you keep this tip in mind, you will find just the right flower for the fellas.

Bring a nice-looking hanger for your dress. This is the wedding gown, and it does not belong on a plastic or metal hanger. Find a beautiful silk hanger so it can be photographed before the bride wears it for the most wonderful day of her life. Other than the bride, the dress is the most important thing of the day and should be treated with care.

If you are planning a big family wedding, be sure to assign roles for people in your family during the wedding. Honoring and thanking the people involved are very important. Make sure that moms, dads, grandparents, and other important people are given a role that they are comfortable with doing.

Finding flowers for a winter wedding doesn’t have to be a chore. There are many popular winter flower options–such as roses, gerber daisies, and chrysanthemums–which are available year round. Well-known holiday decorations such as holly, ivy, and poinsettias can make lovely centerpieces for reception tables. It might also be fun to have tropical flowers at your winter wedding to offset the colder season!

As stated in the beginning of the article, weddings can be touchy times for some people, especially in regards to the guest list. This detail of the wedding seems to cause the most issues amongst family members. Hopefully, this article has given you some great tips for strategically dealing with the sensitive issue of the guest list.

How To Plan For Your Wedding On A Tight Budget

How To Plan For Your Wedding On A Tight Budget

Weddings are a social gathering that will never diminish in today’s or our future’s society. That said, there are always different types of people from different cultures with different beliefs at every wedding. This article discusses ways to feel comfortable around different types of people at weddings and how to socially interact with them.

Don’t be a bridezilla! Delegate tasks for your wedding to your loved ones to help relieve the stress on you and get them involved. If your Mom loves to cook, ask her to help with the catering. If your Dad is a wine aficionado, have him help with the wine selection for your reception. Get everyone involved!

Consider a buffet-style dinner rather than one served individually for the meal at your wedding reception. A buffet not only allows more choices, but is usually the more affordable option.

Don’t put so much time and energy into what you want your name to be when you’re getting married. A name is just a name and it can be whatever you want it to be. You don’t even have to change it if you don’t want to. Don’t get stressed about it.

Fun wedding favors are a great way to keep kids entertained at your reception. You can go to the dollar store and pick up a basket full of goodies to set at the tables which can keep the kids busy while their parents have a great time at the party.

Have your wedding on a non-traditional day. For example, if you celebrate on a Friday instead of a Saturday, you will save a substantial amount of money. There are some complications associated with having a wedding on a work day, so think about having it in the evening. You will also have the entire weekend to continue to celebrate with friends and family members.

When choosing children who will be in your wedding, begin with four and up. Younger children than this may not have the patience, maturity or understanding of their role in your ceremony. Every case is different and you must weigh personality over age, however, age can play an important role in the success of the child in the wedding.

Consider wearing an heirloom wedding gown from your mother or grandmother. This can give your wedding a very classic feel, and it will have a sentimental meaning too. Also, it saves you from having to purchase an expensive wedding gown of your own. The gown can always be altered if the fit or style are not what you are looking for.

As the bride, it is very important that you have a dress that you feel mentally comfortable in. If you are very self-conscious in your wedding dress, you will be very unhappy during the event. The wedding lasts a long time and it is your night, so you want to be happy and comfortable the entire time!

As we have come to find, weddings invite an array of people from an array of backgrounds. Not everybody there will have the same point of view. However, there are ways to get along with everybody and be the “Switzerland” of the group. Just apply the aforementioned advice from this article and you will be a professional, adaptive wedding guest!

All Your Parenting Questions Answered Here

All Your Parenting Questions Answered Here

Nobody can tell you how to raise your children unless they have walked in your shoes. This is why it is so hard to find good advice on parenting. This article provides many tried and true methods of making sure that you are raising your kids as best as possible.

When you are going to a place where there will be large number of people, dress your children in colorful clothing that will be distinctive from a distance. You might want to consider matching clothing for the adults in your party. It will help prevent you and your children becoming separated in a crowd.

When teaching your teenager to drive, the key is practice, practice, practice. Try to plan specific skills to go over each time you go out with them- coinciding with skills learned in a driver’s ed program if possible. Make sure to test them in various types of inclement weather like fog, rain, snow, and the like.

A great parenting tip is to be aware of how your actions can influence your child. If you curse a lot at home, don’t be surprised if your child gets suspended or sent home from school for bad behavior. Always try to set a good example for your child.

Use clothes or items from the mother to wrap a bottle in if the baby is having trouble getting used to drinking from it. The smell of mom in the clothing will help calm the baby because he will associate it with his mother, thus making him more likely to give it a try.

Connecting with your child on more of a friendship level is good, but your child must always know that you are not his or her friend, rather that you are the parent. You can be friendly but you cannot allow yourself to be viewed as just a friend. That first name basis and secret handshake stuff is good movie fodder, but it doesn’t go over too well in the real world.

Let your children explore their world. Small children tend to get into everything and make a mess. This can be frustrating, but they are learning all about the world that they live in. Give them the freedom to explore and learn on their own. You can always clean up a mess later.

Give your children a big hug as often as possible, and remind them that you love them. No matter how angry they make you, or how badly they mess up your home, they’re still your kids, and they will be forever. They will grow up to be well-adjusted adults as long as they know they’ve been loved.

One of the most important things to understand when it comes to parenting, is that your child will misbehave, act up, throw tantrums and have meltdowns occasionally. But, you need to set an example of what happens if they misbehave and follow through with your intentions should they become out of control.

In conclusion, nobody said that it was going to be easy or that there would be a clear path to follow for how to properly raise your children. Hopefully the advice in this article gave you a good background in parenting and what it takes to excel at it.

Excellent Advice For Putting Together The Ultimate Wedding. (5)

Excellent Advice For Putting Together The Ultimate Wedding.

You are planning your big day. Tons of time and effort goes into this process and the end result had better be good. So how do you make that happen and still keep your sanity along the way? The answer is quite easy and that is to read along and we will provide some wedding planning tips that can really help anyone to make it to the big day.

Try to use a limousine driver that you know and trust so that you do not have to get worried on the day of your wedding. Make sure that he shows up in advance and pay him the extra hour to sit and wait for you. This will ensure that you arrive on time.

When you have decided on a florist, instead of giving them a specific type of flower to stick to, decide on a color scheme to fit the theme of your wedding. This will provide your florist with more flexibility, which will help to exude a more elegant feel to your wedding.

Carefully consider who you will hire to provide the catering for your wedding. People are going to the wedding for the experience and the company, not the food. You want it to taste good but you don’t need the most expensive service out there. Years later your friends and family members will talk about how much fun they had and not what they ate.

Make sure your maid of honor is someone with whom you are really close. Your wedding day is something you will remember for the rest of your life, and you want to make sure your most loved family member or friend is part of that. If you cannot pick who you want your maid of honor to be, just have more bridesmaids.

Bring a nice-looking hanger for your dress. This is the wedding gown, and it does not belong on a plastic or metal hanger. Find a beautiful silk hanger so it can be photographed before the bride wears it for the most wonderful day of her life. Other than the bride, the dress is the most important thing of the day and should be treated with care.

If finances are tight, just have cake and drinks at your reception. Not providing a full meal is a great way to keep your wedding costs reasonable. You will still be able to have fun celebrating with your friends and family, but you can do it at a fraction of the cost. Time your wedding so that the reception will not fall during a meal time.

A good piece of advice to keep in mind for weddings is to make sure that the bride’s maids and the mother of the bride are ready to go before assisting the bride. This is because you want to ensure that full focus can be put on making the bride look great.

The time has come to plan your wedding. It is the biggest day of your life, and you’re putting every drop of energy into the process. You just might lose your sanity along the way, right? Wrong! If you follow the tips we have provided, you can make it to your big day and keep your sanity intact. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!

Planning Your Big Day – Tips For A Wedding To Remember!

Planning Your Big Day – Tips For A Wedding To Remember!

The food served at your wedding is something that your guests will be talking about, whether good or bad. It is important to choose a reputable caterer that you can be confident will serve delicious food that your guests will love. This article will give you tips for choosing the right caterer for your wedding.

When you are giving your speech at the wedding, understand that it is okay to show emotions. The stories that you tell will most likely be very emotional, as everyone at the wedding will be expecting you to shed some tears. Let it all out, to show how much each story means to you.

If you can’t have a limo for your wedding, dress up the cars you’re going in. Put on crepe paper flowers, streamers and whatever else the owner will let you dress it up with. It will make you feel like you have your own customized coach, so you don’t really need a limo anyway.

A good piece of advice to keep in mind for weddings is to make sure that the bride’s maids and the mother of the bride are ready to go before assisting the bride. This is because you want to ensure that full focus can be put on making the bride look great.

Remember that even though weddings are exciting, they can create stress. Have some stress relievers planned into the planning of the wedding such as a day at the spa or a massage, look at the wedding as a step, not the ultimate goal and ask for help when you need it!

On the day of the wedding, send a nice text to your groom or bride to tell them that you love them, and they are the most important person in your life. This will help them feel reassured that they are making the right decision and will help to relieve their stress.

You can have a sit down dinner if you desire, however, a buffet meal will be less expensive. The labor cost associated with a sit down dinner can be very pricey because of the staff needed to accommodate the service needs. By offering buffet style you can allow your guests a bit more freedom and save much needed dollars.

On the days leading up to your wedding, try to limit the amount of stress that you have by doing pilates and exercising a lot. This will help you to reduce the amount of anxiety that you have so that you can be in good shape and in good spirits when the big day comes.

For a destination wedding, start planning a year in advance. You will need to find out what kind of permit you need: language might be a problem if you are going abroad. You might need passports and visas too. Find caterers and other services in the area in advance to communicate with them as much as possible.

As stated at the beginning of the article, people will either be raving or complaining about the food at your wedding. Serving good, tasty, high quality food is important. After reading this article, you should have some great ideas for choosing a caterer that will have your guests raving.

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Simple Suggestions For A Great Wedding.

Simple Suggestions For A Great Wedding.

Creating the perfect wedding takes a lot of effort, and many people feel the process of planning and putting together a wedding is beyond their skills, even with help from those who have planned weddings before. Having a great wedding can be a positive learning experience; however, if you keep a few things in mind. Here are some wedding tips.

Consider wearing an heirloom wedding gown from your mother or grandmother. This can give your wedding a very classic feel, and it will have a sentimental meaning too. Also, it saves you from having to purchase an expensive wedding gown of your own. The gown can always be altered if the fit or style are not what you are looking for.

Prior to the actual wedding and reception, you should definitely scout all the locations involved and identify the best areas to take photographs. You will want to select areas that have a lot of space for your large family pictures, and also private areas that capture essence of the venue well for the more intimate pictures. Also remember to schedule your larger group pictures so you do not end up running around looking for these people.

If the bride or groom has served his or her country, incorporate patriotic touches into the wedding ceremony, reception, and decor. Add flashes of bold red, bright blue, and platinum or ivory accents to floral arrangements and centerpieces. Vintage all-American glass bottles, crates, and memorabilia can be subtly used as part of table arrangements or around the guest book.

Try to have a couple close friends on standby to solve emergency problems. This should be your day, so you should be able to enjoy it without worrying if the priest will be there on time. After you found these friends, let go of the problems and allow them to do things for you.

If your flower girl or ring bearer are very young, consider having an adult or older child walk them down the aisle. Young children are extremely unpredictable. They might walk down the aisle fine, or they might not walk at all. Having a trusted friend or family member to coax them along might help your ceremony to run smoothly.

Make sure that you send your dress to get cleaned the day after your wedding and that it is wrapped up for you to hold as a keepsake. You will want to limit the amount of dust that gets on your dress so that it stays fresh for years to come.

Seasonal wedding flowers are a great way to mark the season that your wedding will take place in if you will be taking most of your photos indoors. Sometimes seasonal flowers can be expensive, so it can be a smart financial decision to combine seasonal greens with plants that are available year round such as roses, lilies, and gerber daisies.

With the above new knowledge to help you, you can plan a great wedding — especially if you enlist the help of other people who can add their own knowledge to yours. Then, someday, when someone else you know and love is planning their wedding, you can offer up your own knowledge to help ease the process for them, including the great tips you just learned.

Talking To Others Is The Key To Planning A Wedding

Talking To Others Is The Key To Planning A Wedding

Planning her own wedding is one of the most stressful events any woman will ever go through. The hardest part is choosing the perfect dress. It is a mistake for a woman to go try on dresses without some idea of what she likes. Another huge blunder is inviting the entire bridal party, all the mothers, and even the groom.

Consider having your wedding in a public park. Venues can be extremely expensive, but a park offers you a large, beautiful space at a fraction of the cost of other places. It is important to remember that you will have to set up seating and offer shelter for your guests, which could add on to the cost.

When selecting a make up artist for your wedding, be sure to see the make up that they have done in the past. Do you like the style of the make up? Be sure that it is what you want. You do not want to be an hour before your wedding with a make up artist who does your make up in a way that you dislike.

For a unique spin on the traditional wedding guest book, use clothespins to affix blank heavyweight over-size gift tags to a floral garland, hemp rope, or line of pennants. Mount the line over a table near the entryway and provide a variety of pens and markers in bright colors. Guests can write messages of hope and blessings for the new couple, then pin them back on the rope.

A good piece of advice to keep in mind for weddings is to make sure that you do not try to cut costs in areas where you really should not. Often times, you get what you pay for when it comes to photography and music. Pay what you can afford but be careful when bargain shopping.

If you are going to be spending a lot of money on various items for your wedding, use a rewards credit card. This card will allow you to earn a lot of points, which you can use on the flight for your honeymoon. Make sure to pay on time to avoid interest fees.

A good piece of advice to keep in mind for weddings is to make sure that the bride’s maids and the mother of the bride are ready to go before assisting the bride. This is because you want to ensure that full focus can be put on making the bride look great.

When ordering wedding invitations, make sure that you always order a few more then you are expecting to mail out. When you will be writing the invitations you might realize that you should have had someone on the list but did not. Since it costs quite a bit to have them printed, it is good to just have them handy.

On her wedding day, the bride is the focus of everybody’s attention. Wearing the dress she loves will fill her with confidence, making her even more beautiful on her day. Before trying on dresses, she needs to know what style she likes and what style flatters her body type. She should take one trusted and honest friend or family member to help.

Steps On How To Get The Wedding Of Your Dreams 3

Steps On How To Get The Wedding Of Your Dreams

While your wedding day is one of the happiest occasions of your life, planning the event can be very stressful. There are a myriad of details to take care of, including choosing a photographer, deciding where to hold the reception, and making travel arrangements for your honeymoon. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, the following article can give you a wealth of advice on how to achieve the wedding of your dreams.

Once you have started your wedding planning, remember that securing a location should be one of the first things on your checklist to do. The location will ultimately determine the day of your wedding depending on the demand for the venue and the amount of guests that you will be able to invite.

Do not break your wedding budget on the cake. The cake can be a beautiful decoration, but there are other things you can do to make your reception site look amazing. Cakes are often very expensive; find someone who can provide you with a reasonable price and go with them.

When you have six months before your wedding, consider planning your honeymoon, have your invitations and thank you cards decided upon and ordered, and have your bridesmaids order their dresses. These details make the busy months to come much more stress free and will eliminate any hurdles to come in the meantime.

If you are the bride, make sure to include you include your fiance’s parents, especially his mother, in your wedding plans. Even if you’re not thrilled about the prospects of your mother-in-law being that involved, it is a nice way to extend an olive branch and make her feel like she is a bigger part of her son’s special day.

When it comes to your wedding, be sure that you do your research when it comes to the band or disc jockey that you hire. This is important because hiring a poor band or disc jockey can make or break your wedding reception. Make sure that you get reviews from recent couples before making your decision.

A good thing for the bride to keep in mind when it comes to weddings is to make sure that you do not have any distracting tan lines. This is important because you may try to get a nice tan before the wedding but tan lines may be distracting when in your dress.

Consider serving a smaller meal at your wedding reception. If you want to have a lot of guests at your wedding, you may need to cut costs in other areas. You can stick to your budget if you serve a smaller meal to your friends and family members. If that is not an option, you will have to cut your guest list instead.

In order to plan the perfect wedding, you have to be detailed and organized. Some people start making arrangements two years in advance in order to ensure that what they want is what they get. However, if you’re not quite that thorough, don’t worry. The tips contained in this article can guide you through the entire process, from conception to execution.

Secrets for Success in Meeting her Parents

Secrets for Success in Meeting her Parents

There is nothing as stressful and intimidating as
having to meet the parents of your girlfriend for
the first time. But, if you know how to handle
this, you will see that can be a real interesting

It comes a day in your life when you figure out
that your relationship with your girlfriend is
getting serious and she has to take you to meet
her parents and family. This is a big step in
your relationship and it is very important to
make a good impression from the beginning, if you
want that they agree to meet their girl anymore.

There are several occasions in which you can meet
her parents, such as a holiday or birthday,
picking her up for a date, or just a dinner in
family prepared special for the meeting. No
matter in which circumstances you meet, for
impressing her parents you must be prepared.

First of all, dress to impress. You must be
presentable at your meeting, that’s why the best
to wear is probably a suit. Your performance will
be judged by the first impression you make in
their eyes.

Before the big meeting make sure to find out from
your girlfriend all the details about her family,
so you will know what to talk with them. Ask
where her parents work, about their personality
if they are very serious or they have sense of
humor, and if they like funny people or much
reserved, to know how to act with them. It is
important to know some details, to not refer to
her grandparents if you don’t know if they are
still alive.

Also asking questions about her family will show
her that you really care, that you are interested,
and ready to do all the sacrifices that are
necessary to make their parents like you.
Remember that in the first meeting you must make
sure that they observe your good manners, to
prove her parents that you deserve to be with
their daughter.

If the meeting takes place at their home, don’t
forget to bring a gift, such as flowers, a box of
chocolate or a bottle of wine to show that you
are polite. Be confident, give her father a firm
handshake, and as a sign of respect call him Sir.

You have to make a good conversation, but also be
prepared for many questions towards your family.
Don’t panic, relax and look in them eyes and
answer as nicely as you can. Be prepared to
answer at the question about what do you want to
do in the future. Speak about your job, family,
sports, but don’t bring any discussion about
money, politics or personal questions. Asking
questions about their family will show your
interest about them, as far as your aim is to get
along with both partners, to get on their good

Keep a smiled face to show you are friendly; be
personable, polite and respectful. Flatters her
mother’s look or clothing and compliment her
cooking by finishing your plate. You may offer
your help to clean up the dishes; this will
certainly impress her mother.

Be yourself, to see from the beginning how you
are, and don’t show too much affection towards
your girlfriend in their presence, one kiss is
enough, to not think her parents that you are
over reacting.

Before you leave tell her parents that it was a
pleasure meeting them and they have a very
special daughter.

You will see that it will be harder with her
father which wouldn’t accept easy that now it is
another man in his daughter life except him, but
if you conquered her mother you will see that she
will be the one which will invite you for dinner
and will defend you in front of her husband if
she really likes you.

So, meeting her parents can’t be so bad, and if
you really success with this meeting it will base
a great friendship between you, which will have a
big positive effect on your relationship.

Diet Food Doesn’t Have To Be Boring!

Diet Food Doesn’t Have To Be Boring!

Not too long ago, my mother and I were talking about food and diets. “Your grandmother used to feed you pasta five nights a week,” my mother insisted.

“She did not!” I exclaimed, stung. After all, I remembered my grandmother as a wonderfully varied cook who could make anything taste wonderful. She served all sorts of meals, not just pasta! There was spaghetti, of course – she was Italian, after all. But she also made Ziti with vegetables. And Linguine. And tuna casserole with. ..elbow macaroni. By the time I’d finished naming off a typical week’s worth of menus, I had to concede my mother’s point – but I made mine as well. “But… it didn’t FEEL like we were eating pasta every night!”

There’s a point to this story, I promise, and here it comes:

One of the biggest reasons that people slip off their diets and eating plans is BOREDOM.

It’s very easy to look at the foods allowed on your diet and see it as restrictive and boring. Chicken four nights a week. Fish three times a week. Green leafy vegetables till they’re coming out of your ears. Who wouldn’t get bored?

The answer is – anyone with a good set of cookbooks and a healthy imagination. Perk up your cabinet with spices and fill your refrigerator with fresh fruits and vegetables, then look for novel ways to combine them.

Here are a handful of tips for non-boring, healthy, low-cal eating

1. Spice it up!

Spices are one of the quickest ways out of the diet doldrums. Rosemary and fennel with chicken, mint rubbed into pork, pepper and lemon mint on fresh fish – the ‘blander’ the food, the higher the effect of the spices.

2. Dress it up.

Fruit vinaigrette dressings make wonderful marinades for meats and dressings for warm or cold vegetables. Try broccoli drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette or cabbage spiced up with apple vinegar and pepper.

2. Herb-infused olive oils – tarragon, ginger, fennel and more.

3. My brother the chef gave me a set of three oils for Christmas one year and it completely changed the way I’ll cook forever!

4. Low sodium soy sauce is a great way to flavor up just about anything.

5. Fruit

The bitterness of dark leafy greens like spinach were practically designed to be eaten with mandarin oranges, raspberries or chunks of pineapple.

Still need some help? Here is a list of the absolute best cookbooks on the market to help you fight those diet boredom blues!

The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
This cookbook features polenta, couscous and more!

Laurie’s Low-Carb Cookbook
This everyday chef shares recipes that are so easy to do!

Low Carb Meals In Minutes
Use this book and get six weeks worth of complete menus that include shopping lists.

Dr. Atkins New Diet Cookbook
This one’s from the creator of the Atkins Diet

The South Beach Diet Cookbook
This book is packed with more than 200 recipes for delicious low-fat foods

Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat Favorites
If meat isn’t your thing, this cookbook shares recipes from one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in America

American Heart Association Low-Fat Low-Cholesterol Cookbook
Are you trying to lower your cholesterol or take care of your heart? This book has great tasting recipes that are good for you—and your heart!

American Heart Association Meals in Minutes
If you’re constantly eating fast foods because you simply don’t have the time to create great tasting healthy meals, check out this book!

Joslin Diabetes Center’s Vegetarian Diabetic Cookbook Meatless and vegan recipes that are low fat, high fiber, and delicious

The Guilt-Free Gourmet Famous cruise ship chef Sam Miles put together this wonderful cookbook from his six years traveling on ships as a cook.

So, now you’ve got some ideas and some resources—there should be no reason that you have to live with boring foods—even if you are on a diet!

Making Your Baby’s Clothes Last!

Making Your Baby’s Clothes Last!

As any mother with a young child will tell you, babies grow very quickly. So for new mothers, making the most out of baby clothes is of the utmost importance. So what do you do when those onesies just don’t quite snap anymore? How do you get an extra month out of those jeans that are a little too short for the winter months?

The great thing about onesies, is that they’re a very workable cotton fabric, and there really isn’t any hemming necessary to turn a couple of onesies that fit at five months into a couple of shirts that fit at eight months. Simply cut them off right at the leg holes, and gently pull the material around the edges so that it rolls a tiny bit. This way there are no exposed threads for baby to pull at or chew on. The same can apply to footsie pajamas. By simply snipping off the feet, you can easily get another month’s wear out of the sleepwear.

Adding extra buttons to overalls or snappy shirts makes them naturally grow with your child. Perhaps one of the best investments a new mother can make is in a mid-priced sewing machine. This makes alterations and additions a breeze, and gives you a new hobby for when baby naps (Just make sure there is enough wall between you and the crib so that the whirring of the machine doesn’t make undue stress for you!)

Things like adding extra material to the bottom of a dress or skirt can be done in just minutes, as can letting out the hem of a pair of jeans or overalls. Buying clothes initially that are mid-priced and made of a cotton material with a lot of elastic and snaps makes transitions that much easier. Shoes are always going to be a problem, but buying a canvas sneaker in the spring can convert into a mule for summer wear, as long as the baby is not walking yet. Socks without built in heels is key—that way the baby can grow a little bit longer in the socks. Also, even though socks with ducks and elephants are cute, sticking to a plain color can help extend the life of individual socks if one gets lost. In the summer a grey or white sock is less likely to irritate a sweaty baby’s sensitive skin because they don’t contain dyes.

Think of ways that you would extend the life of your own clothes. T-shirts that come three to a pack can easily be downgraded to rags or dust cloths. Jeans and pants that have become worn or are too short can be cut and hemmed for summer shorts. Sweaters can become blankies. Things like first outfits and special occasion’s clothes can be put into a special chest to pass on to your child for when they have children of their own. For the most part, making baby clothes last, laundering aside, is about ingenuity and personality. Learn the basics of stitching and hemming and let the designer in you shine through!

Your All-In-One Jewelry Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Your All-In-One Jewelry Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Add elegance, sophistication and fashion to your wardrobe with fabulous jewelry. Earrings are the ideal accessory because you can keep up with the latest trends without overpowering your outfit. A basic diamond stud in a simple setting is the perfect addition to your little black dress. For casual everyday wear, try hoops or twisted styles.

Understand that there are definite no-buy zones for diamond shopping. One of the most notorious and disreputable (yet unreasonably popular) buyer traps is New York’s Diamond District, which is located on 47th Street in New York City. Tourists and inexperienced shoppers fall for the tricks and deception of these street-level vendors, who are more than willing to offer fakes, frauds, and low-quality stones at very low prices.

To avoid breaking the chain of your necklace, pair it with a pendant that matches it in weight. A thin necklace should only be worn with delicate charms, and heavy pendants should be saved for thick, durable chains that can handle the strain. This tip also applies to charm bracelets.

Mother of pearl is a popular choice for jewelry because it offers all the beauty and iridescence of fancy pearls at a much lower price, and can be carved into a multitude of shapes. It can be recovered from many organisms and a very popular source is currently abalone shell. One popular shape is the hibiscus flower.

When you are wearing pearls you have to make sure not to expose them to any harsh hair sprays, perfumes, or other chemicals. They tend to lose their luster very fast if they are exposed to these chemicals because the nacre (skin) of the pearl will start to peel off.

Clean your turquoise jewelry with warm water and a soft toothbrush. Never use chemicals on turquoise, as it is very susceptible to damage. Simply lightly scrubbing it and drying it with a soft dry cloth can keep your turquoise clean and undamaged, allowing it to last much longer than if you were to use any solutions.

Most people immediately think that there is no good way to tell whether a diamond is actually real without the help of a licensed gemologist. Actually, you can differentiate between cubic zirconium and real diamonds by viewing the questionable stone in natural sunlight. Cubic zirconium will typically display an almost grayish cast in the sunlight.

When selling a piece of jewelry online, you should aim to present the stone in the best way you can. You need to be very creative to sell the piece. If there’s any unique feature, be sure to include that feature. However, you must make sure that any metaphysical claims you make are not claimed to be scientific facts.

Remember to add sparkle with emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds without detracting from your outfit. Two of the newest trends are twisted earrings made of silver and hoops in bright colors. It’s easy to try something new because earrings are such a subtle piece of jewelry. Enjoy fashion and try the latest trends to dress up your ears.

Make Sure You Have The Perfect Wedding With These Tips (4)

Make Sure You Have The Perfect Wedding With These Tips

The time has finally come, and you will be married soon. Planning your wedding is no small task. However, with the right advice you can plan an event that will give you some of your best memories. Read on and you will find some tips that can turn potential chaos into beauty.

If this is your first wedding and the costs just keep adding up, you should recycle some items. For example, can the bride wear her mother’s wedding gown with a few alterations? Can the engagement ring be a family heirloom instead of buying new? In most cases these items will have more meaning than a new item, you will be glad you chose to recycle.

It is easy to overlook the basics in the midst of your large scale wedding planning. Besides the important things like selecting a venue, choosing a caterer, and picking out a dress, you will also need to make sure you have makeup, tissues, and maybe even some Advil. Creating a checklist of all the simple and small things you may need is a good way to be prepared.

Do not budget every available bit of your money. There are going to be surprise expenses associated with your wedding. For example, there may be a mistake printed on the invitations and you will need to purchase more or your dress may need to be altered more than you expected. Leave approximately 10 percent of your budget open for these things.

If it possible for you to afford it, consider having your wedding on a cruise and invite only your closest family and friends. This way, you can begin your honeymoon right after your ceremony is finished. Some cruise companies even have special rates for those getting married and honeymooning on their ships.

Consider using fake flowers for your wedding. This saves a lot of money and most people will not be able to tell that they aren’t real. If you are crafty, you can put together the arrangement yourself in advance of your big day. You can also spray a floral scent on the bouquet if you want the flowers to smell fresh.

Pick food for your wedding that YOU enjoy. Don’t worry about what your guests think, it’s your day to enjoy! The only thing you should consider, is if you were a vegetarian, then you should offer a few meat options to your guests and not force a tofurken on them.

A great way to make your wedding fun for both yourselves and your children is to have a destination wedding. This can be a fun-filled vacation for the kids and a glorious matrimonial adventure for the two of you. This can help ease tensions between children and step-siblings or step-parents, keeping spirits high.

Using these tips and others like them will help you get to the alter with a smile on your face. You can make the most of your day and the most of your budget and perhaps create a lifetime of fond memories.

Have The Best Wedding With These Tips 3

Have The Best Wedding With These Tips

Weddings are one of the most planned for events on earth. So many people plan for a perfect day and usually, start planning a year or more in advance. This article can help you to deal with the stress of planning such a big event and be able to have an enjoyable day and not a stress filled nightmare.

A wedding planner is an excellent idea if your desire to have a destination wedding. It’s next to impossible to plan your wedding from home, so a planner can save you money and time by doing everything locally. They’ll know all of the best vendors to use and all the ways to get a discount.

Plan for a place to get ready for your wedding to be somewhere with a lot of natural light. You will also want to find a place that has a lot of room for people to move around easily. There will likely be photos taken in this area so you are going to want a room that is pretty.

Leading up to your wedding, you will want to find a top makeup artist to do your makeup, which will maximize how you look. This is very important as you will want to be as glowing as possible and hide any imperfections so that you can be flawless when your big day comes.

When it comes to weddings, be sure that you do not drink too much at the reception. While this may seem like common sense, it is also a common mistake that can lead to years of embarrassment and shame. Be sure to keep your drinking under control especially if you are not used to alcohol.

A good piece of advice to keep in mind for weddings is to make sure that the bride’s maids and the mother of the bride are ready to go before assisting the bride. This is because you want to ensure that full focus can be put on making the bride look great.

This may seem like common sense, but make sure that the wedding dress you plan on wearing actually fits. Too many times, the dress is too long, too tight, or just a poor fit. If you are planning on a train, make sure that it isn’t too long as to make you trip, fall, or catch on something.

Not looking forward to dancing the night away in those uncomfortable heels? Give flip flops a try. Buy some white flip flops for the bride, and colored flip flops for the bridesmaids too. This can help to make the reception more enjoyable, and the dance party last into the wee hours of the night.

As already covered, weddings can be a big source of stress. Proper planning is important but it is possible to over plan it. By taking the wedding advice in the above article, you can learn what things are not worth stressing over and learn where any potential problems may occur. When it comes to weddings, expect the unexpected.

4 Reasons Why Customer Loyalty Is Vital To Your Business

4 Reasons Why Customer Loyalty Is Vital To Your Business

Have you ever wondered why some businesses may set up shop in areas that might not be very conducive to business and do quite well, while others are placed at major thoroughfares where walk by and drive by traffic are all but guaranteed, yet within six months they fold and the place goes up for lease or sale? The truth of the matter is that success is not always determined by your location – although it does play a vital role – but more often than not it is dictated by customer loyalty.

Here are four reasons customer loyalty is vital to your business:

1. First and foremost is the fact that a loyal customer is a repeat customer. This person will know about your business practices, about what to expect from your goods or service, the advantages and the disadvantages, and she or he will do business with you in such a way that it is a mutually satisfying transaction.

2. As you establish a relationship with your customer, you are also establishing a relationship with the customer’s family. Thus, it is not uncommon to have the wife bring in the dry cleaning for the family and turns her mother, mother in law, aunt, and best girlfriend on to your business. As the husband is sent one day to pick up the dry cleaning he becomes familiar with the business, and he will tell his brother, business associates, and others who are looking for a drycleaner. Thus, you are suddenly becoming a commodity which is being shared with others.

3. While family referrals are great, business referrals are even better. If you are a dry cleaner, you will want the dress maker down the street to recommend your services to its customers. Similarly, if there is bridal shop with which you may have some professional ties, then these business referrals are simply priceless! Customer loyalties – when you have other business owners or clerks shopping at your store or utilizing your service – are quite often the gateway to a great number of new walk in customers.

4. Yet the fourth and perhaps most important reasons why customer loyalty is vital to your business rests in the fact that many major purchases are not made during the initial contact. For example, if you are a furniture store, you might have someone come in looking for a computer desk. While these may be expensive – depending on the materials – by and large these items are small fish. Yet if the consumer is satisfied with the product, the delivery, the setup and also the price, the odds are good that she or he will be back when it is time to furnish the nursery, buy that new wall unit, or acquire that bedroom set that was saved up for!

So, customer loyalty is one of the many foundation stones you have to put in place if you are going to build a successful business.

Is It A Boy? Is It A Girl? I Don’t Know… Find Something Green!

Is It A Boy? Is It A Girl? I Don’t Know… Find Something Green!

There are some things we take for granted in today’s world. Day in and day out we know the sun is going to rise in the morning and set at night, the freeway is going to be jam packed with traffic every Friday afternoon from about three pm until six or seven, and people who are having a baby shower will be able to tell us whether the cute blue sailor suit or the pretty pink dress will be an appropriate gift. Until, of course, we learn that the drive home on Friday was smooth sailing and the expectant mother whose shower we’re attending has no idea what the gender of her baby is. Eyeing the sun superstitiously, we head to the mall and try to figure out what sort of shower gift to buy when we have no idea whether we’re buying for little Jerry or little Elaine.

Interestingly, we forget that its only been about twenty-five years or so since we even had the option of knowing in advance whether the new arrivals in our lives would one day use the “his” towel or the “hers” towel and shower gifts were always either androgynous or delivered with a store receipt included. Because we now take the medical technology of an ultrasound for granted we forget that purchasing shower gifts without the advance knowledge of the combination of X and Y chromosomes included in the pending package was once the rule rather than the exception.

A great many people today either choose not to know the sex of their babies before delivery (“Don’t point anything out to me on that weather map, doc”) or, for whatever reason are unable to know (“Is that my son, Doc?” “No, Mr. Jones… that’s the umbilical cord.”). For these reasons gifts are still readily available in “unisex” varieties, making them equally appropriate for baby girls or baby boys.

Purchasing unisex gifts is easier than many people may think. The first rule is to simply avoid anything that is decidedly pink or blue. Those two colors will forever have the gender bias unmistakably attached to them. Pale blues may be appropriate for either gender, but there’s no getting away with putting any shade of pink on a baby boy. We’ve just not come that far yet. Whites, reds (dark reds, crimsons, and scarlet hues, no fuchsias), and greens work fine. If it’s on the flag of Mexico or Italy, run with it. Clothing items can be avoided altogether in favor of nicely androgynous layette sets with white onesies, white socks (no “frillies”), and completely asexual spit-up towels or some similar purchase.

Of course, if you prefer, it is still acceptable to purchase a gender specific gift for the expectant mother who does not know the sex of her unborn child… just remember to save your receipt.

ps In Prepping A Mother’s Day Dinner

Steps In Prepping A Mother’s Day Dinner

Mother’s Day is a special day to give your mom a royal and special treatment she deserves. One of the great treat that you could give to your mom is to prepare a dinner that’s exciting, new and healthy. Although a lot of families go out to some restaurants to celebrate Mother’s day, you can do something unique on your own. This way, you let your mom take a rest for the day and do all the chores and cook for her.
Home cooked meals allows you to return the love that your mother puts in every meal that she’s been preparing for some years for you. So in sprucing up dinner for your mom on this very special day, you need to remember a few steps.
First, plan ahead on what the dinner would be. Before the day comes, you need to prepare the menu that you will be serving your mom and your whole family. The menu must be something that your family would love to eat especially your mom. If you know some specific food that your mom loves, then include them on the menu. This is the time that you let your mom see your cooking skills. Also, don’t forget to have a dessert on your menu. A good idea would be to plan a dinner at the thought of bringing her back to a favorite event, vacation spot or her childhood. Have the dishes attune with those events and it surely would be a great treat for your mom.
A day before the Mother’s Day, you need to be prepared with everything. You need to buy all the ingredients that you need, so that on this day itself, all you will focus on is how to cook, spice up and set the dinner. Make your preparation for Mom’s dinner hassle-free by buying what you need ahead – and setting up ahead of time as well.
You can also ask someone in your family to help you prepare your surprise dinner for your mom. The surprise dinner – or even if it’s planned – becomes much easier when you have several hands working at the same time. It could also be a great time to bond with your siblings or your dad while prepping that special dinner treat for the queen of the house. In the meantime, consider sending out your mom to a day at the spa or the beauty parlor so that she doesn’t take over the cooking and preparing the dinner table. Of course, decide on this and consider making mom’s break another treat!
Before dinner time, prepare the table and the rest of the house according to the same idea of what the dinner would be. If you’ve prepped a Mexican dinner, then get the music and the ambiance to fit. Or if it’s an Italian dinner you have in mind, get those romantic tunes from Sicilian performers up in the air, and encourage everyone to dress accordingly.
Of course, to have a great dinner with your mom, it must have that element of surprise! You must not tell her that you are preparing a dinner for her even if she knows that the event will take place. Keep track of her whereabouts while prepping the dinner so that she doesn’t suddenly barge in while everyone’s working in the kitchen. To do this, you could ask your dad or your siblings or her friends to go out with her. Don’t forget to coordinate with the assigned person so that you are given ample time to spice up that surprise dinner.
To cap the dinner, it’s always best that super luscious desserts are around and expensive wine would be served. Then when your mom thinks that the Mother’s Day dinner is about to end, it’s about time to take out those special presents. For sure, the celebration would be among her most memorable moments in life!

Must See Bangkok Temples

Must See Bangkok Temples

No visit to Bangkok is complete without visiting the temples in the city. The temples, or wats, are all over and the main temples can be seen in a day or two.

You can either plan your own trip or check in the lobby of your hotel and sign up for a ½ or full day trip. There are 5 temples that are definite “must see”.

Wat Arun is the temple of the dawn. It is located on the Chao Phraya River. As the name indicates, it is ideal to visit first thing in the morning as the sun rises. This way you will see the sun bounce off the walls of the temple with a pearly iridescence.

Wat Phra Kaew, or the temple of the Emerald Buddha, is in the heart of Bangkok, at the Royal Palace. Despite the name, the statue is really made of jade and is adorned in golden garments. There are three sets of gold clothing that are changed according to the seasons.

Like all the temples, you should dress appropriately. For the men, this means slacks and a collar shirt. For the ladies, wear a dress and cover as much skin as possible. If you are improperly dressed, you will either be turned away or be offered to rent some clothes.

Another temple to visit is Wat Pho. This is the temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is the oldest temple in Bangkok and houses over 1,000 images of Buddha. The Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long, plated in gold, with inlaid mother of pearl on his eyes and soles of his feet.

Next is Wat Benchamabophit. This is a beautiful marble temple built in 1899. Inside the Ordination Hall (Ubosot) is a Sukhothai-style Buddha statue named Phra Buddhajinaraja, cast in 1920 after the original located in Wat Mahathat in Phitsanulok. The ashes of King Chulalongkorn are buried beneath the statue. In the gallery surrounding the ordination hall are 52 Buddha statues, collected by Prince Damrong Rajanubhab for his king.

Lastly, is Wat Tramit, the Golden Buddha. This is a fascinating story and a temple you have to see. You need to read the history and learn how the Thai people hid this Buddha in clay to keep the Burmese from taking it and melting down the gold for war. It went undiscovered until an accident chipped away some of the clay to reveal part of the 5 tons of gold. No guards in sight as no one would dare steal it.

Whether you are religious or not, visiting the temples in Bangkok or anywhere else in Thailand is something you should do.

Roses 101: When To Send Them & Why

Roses 101: When To Send Them & Why

Roses are perfect for any occasion because they are classic and they smell just as terrific as they look. Whether you opt for real or silk roses, the lucky recipient is sure to be happy. Below are some common uses for roses:

$ Valentine’s Day. Because the classic red rose is a symbol of passion, it is undeniably the most popular floral arrangement to be given on a holiday that is all about love. On Valentine’s Day, florists find themselves delivering countless orders of roses to all who are lucky enough to have found love.

$ Wedding bouquet. Speaking of love, there is no better day to celebrate it than on a wedding day. Many brides prefer to carry a bouquet draped with roses because of their classic beauty and elegance.

$ Prom corsage and boutonniere. Every high school student looks forward to their prom and, as such, they are responsible for selecting a flower for their date. The gentleman will select a corsage, either wrist or pinned, that will feature a rose and ribbons to coordinate with their date’s dress. The young ladies will select a rose boutonniere for their date, which will commonly feature a simple rose bloom with an accent of babies breath.

$ Mother’s Day. Every woman loves roses and this is especially true of moms on Mother’s Day, which is the perfect day to remind her how much she means to you with a beautiful bouquet of roses or a vase filled with a beautiful arrangement and accented with a red bow.

$ Anniversary. Whether it’s your anniversary, your friends or family, roses are the perfect gift to celebrate this happy occasion.

$ Congratulatory messages for a new birth, graduation, new business or other milestone. Nothing says congratulations quite as well as roses do.

$ Show of appreciation. If someone has been especially kind, helped you through a difficult situation or simply offered you encouragement when you needed it the most, roses are the perfect way to say ‘thank you’ and offer a thoughtful way of showing your appreciation.

Just as there are many different occasions for which roses are appropriate, there are a number of variations in their color. The most classic rose color is red, but these slender beauties are also grown in white, pink, peach, yellow, etc. An arrangement of roses is usually prepared with babies breath, which is a white decorative addition that adds the perfect contrast and brings out the brightness of the rose. If you are looking for a classic way to show you care, roses are just the ticket.

How To Elope – Without The Upsets!

How To Elope – Without The Upsets!

Generally, eloping tends to evoke negative connotations in the head of the bride-to-be and the groom, as they picture their parents, mothers especially, with a broken heart for decades to come. Do remember that nothing is impossible, even eloping and getting your parents’ blessings.

Disadvantages of Eloping
When considering the option of eloping, there are several distinct and common disadvantages that are likely to emerge as a result. Namely, the mothers of the bride and groom, along with other family members, may feel hurt and take your abrupt actions as a personal offence. In addition, another noted negative aspect of eloping is the missed photo opportunities of numerous candid shots with family and friends on your wedding day.

Be Honest
Now, the good news is there are ways around these seemingly massive pitfalls. If indeed you have chosen to elope, effective communication and honesty will become your saving grace.

As soon as you have made your decision to elope, the time has come to approach your parents. Be prepared for an emotional reaction, and focus on the benefits of eloping. This is a good way to start the conversation. Be sure to mention the benefit of being able to reduce the cost of the wedding significantly. Not to mention, divorced or feuding parents and family members do not have to be accommodated.

Keep Mum Involved
Keeping your mother happy, even if you elope, means keeping your mother involved in your personal decisions for the elopement. Ask her to help you decide on the appropriate wedding dress. Keep your parents engaged with all the personal details and decisions you make.

You Can Still Have Guests
Even if eloping, you can still have a best man, main-of-honor, your parents, and choice close friends present. Additionally, you can always celebrate with friends and family later. Once you get back and are officially Mr. And Mrs., announce it to every one. Send out your announcements informing family and friends of your elopement. There is absolutely no sense in keeping any of it secret.

And Finally…
When and how you choose to celebrate is totally up to you. You can reserve your celebrations for your one-year anniversary, or you can choose a formal or casual affair. Eloping remains an exceptional and functional choice for those couples that simply cannot afford all the bells and whistles. Further, scheduling a delayed reception gives the newly weds an opportunity to save up for the reception, especially if the reception will be reserved for the first-year anniversary.

This Year’s Top 7 Wedding Accessories

This Year’s Top 7 Wedding Accessories

If you have any doubt that fashion dictates everything you wear, carry and use to decorate on your wedding day, just take a look at your parents’ and grandparents’ wedding pictures. See the frill-front shirts on the men? How do you like the mini skirt and knee-high boots your mother wore? Your grandma may have kept her bouquet of silk roses … imagine, not using fresh flowers for such a special occasion. Well, just as with wedding gowns, bridal accessories are fashion items that fade into and out of popularity according to the whims of brides the world over.

1. The groom – A loving, devoted husband-to-be is the all-time favorite must-have bridal accessory! Without him, you’d be standing at the altar twiddling your thumbs!

2. Your bridal party – Ok, so technically, people are not bridal accessories but you really need your best supporters by your side on your wedding day. With so much to remember, so many small tasks to take care of and the occasional bridal meltdown, your sisters, cousins and best friends are essential. And besides, you need someone to carry your Bridal Blush lip-gloss!

3. A tiara – Royal weddings have a way of infiltrating into our own more ‘common’ nuptials. Keep an eye on Prince William of England; when he ties the knot, you can bet that whatever his bride wears or carries will be the fashion for at least the following year. Tiaras make every girl feel like a princess for a day. They are bridal bling at its best. From the sparkly tiara comes the idea for the hairstyle, the veil, the earrings and even the neckline of the dress. Some are encrusted with Swarovski crystals, others are festooned with a rainbow of different colored stones. Yours could even be your Mom’s family heirloom.

4. Hairpins – These tiny little bridal accessories are as important to your overall look as your gown itself. If your hair will be up for the day, you’ll need pins to keep it in place. Decorative hairpins will look much better than plain, generic ones. They can feature crystals, pearls or enamel-painted flowers and you can even have them custom-made to suit your dress.

5. Lingerie – Even though your groom is the only person who will really see what you wear under your dress, lingerie is one of the more important bridal accessories because it helps your dress to look right. No bride wants a VPL – visible panty line – on her wedding day! Keeping your bust looking perfect is the job of your bustier, bra or corset. Above all, though, your lingerie should be comfortable because you’ll be in it for hours!

6. Shoes – Well of course, unless you get married on the sand at a beach, you’ll need shoes. But what’s in fashion for this year? First things first: you need to take into account your height compared with your fiance’s, the kind of ground you’ll be walking on (think garden wedding) and how much comfort you want. You don’t want your big day ruined by excruciating feet. Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Vera Wang all have stunning styles perfect for weddings but if your budget is a little less substantial, stick to feminine sandals with beautiful embellishments. Wear your wedding shoes in a few times before the day.

7. Jewelry – Bling is the thing. This year, bridal accessories tend more towards glitzy and feminine rather than subdued and low-key. Go for an outstanding piece and don’t overdo the look by wearing matching earrings, necklace and bracelets. Choose either stunning earrings or a choker or necklace.

Thanks to the Internet, you can buy a lot of your bridal accessories online and have them shipped to you. But there’s much to be said about going shopping with your best girlfriends and buying everything you need between cocktails, lunch and cappuccinos.

Shopping For Your Bridal Gown

Shopping For Your Bridal Gown

Shopping for your bridal gown is one of the most important essentials of your wedding preparation. It should be a lot of fun, and it’s going to be if you do your homework. Although it might be difficult to resist at first, you should never shop for a bridal gown based on instinct.

You should research before you walk in to the first bridal gown salon. Chances are this is going to be the first time you shop for a bridal gown, so you need to prepare.

It is essential that you give yourself plenty of time to buy your bridal gown. Choosing your bridal gown up to one year prior to your wedding day is not unusual at all. If your dress needs to be ordered and altered you’ll need that much time. Buying your bridal gown early is also a great stress reducer.

Before you visit the bridal gown retailer, you have to do your homework. To get a general idea of what’s out there, you should start with magazines. Then, move on to the Internet for more detailed searches. There are thousands of Web sites dedicated to wedding shopping where you can learn about bridal gowns.

After you get a general idea of what you like, be sure to take detailed notes. Even if you have an excellent memory, it is best to make detailed notes for reference. You shouldn’t just write down what you like about a bridal gown, but the reason why you like a particular feature. If you are well prepared, your sales person at the salon will be able to help you better.

Once you have a detailed list of designs and designers you’d like to try, you should make an appointment with a salon. Don’t go by yourself. Take your mother, your sister, your girlfriends, your bridesmaids, your honor attendant, and your relatives. In other words, bring everyone that matters! Instead of bringing all of them to each salon at the same time limit the shopping team to no more than five members per shopping trip. It is OK to shop around for your dress by yourself if you need the privacy, but you shouldn’t make your decision without some outside opinion.

You should bring the following with you on your wedding gown shopping trip.

· Shoes with the same height as your wedding shoes are going to be on your wedding day.
· A bustier, a control-top panty hose and be sure slip a slip into your purse.

The Best Tips For Your Wedding!

The Best Tips For Your Wedding!

Many couples strive to have a wedding like the ones they see on TV or in bridal magazines. But this is so unrealistic that it actually sets you up for disappointment. It is a wiser approach to plan a wedding that puts the focus on the couple and not on extravagant extras. This article can help yous decide what is important for your wedding.

To save money on your wedding, you may want to consider making a CD of your favorite songs instead of having a DJ. The price of a DJ can really hurt your pockets and picking out the songs that you and your spouse like can make your day more personal.

If this is your first wedding and the costs just keep adding up, you should recycle some items. For example, can the bride wear her mother’s wedding gown with a few alterations? Can the engagement ring be a family heirloom instead of buying new? In most cases these items will have more meaning than a new item, you will be glad you chose to recycle.

Even if you have you dress picked out and purchased, it is smart to keep it at the bridal shop until your wedding day. By putting it in your closet, it could get wrinkly or get stained. Keeping it at the bridal shop ensures that it will be fresh and pressed for your big day!

Do not forget to learn about how you will handle tax reporting for your business. Reporting taxes for a business is much more complicated than filing taxes for yourself. You might need to hire a tax accountant to sort out what you have to do in the first year that you are filing as a business, just to make sure that it is done correctly.

Be sure to have many drink options available at your wedding. Not everyone enjoys the same things and will be happier with a large selection to choose what type of drink they would like. When there is alcohol being consumed, be sure to keep hydrating drinks available, such as lemonade and tea.

Don’t starve yourself to fit in your wedding dress! Like a mixed martial arts fighter preparing for a fight, you will end up dehydrated and light-headed if you try to rush losing weight. You don’t want to faint as you’re saying your I do’s! Instead, buy a dress with a corset back so you can take it in or out as necessary on the day of your vows.

If you have a huge list of wedding invitations to write out, do not do them all in one sitting. Make sure to make time to break them up over a few days. If you do too many in one day, then the writing on the last ones will start to look pretty bad.

As noted above, dream weddings exist only on television and in bridal magazines. Real people have real weddings that are sometimes low key but nevertheless beautiful events. The couple should be the center of the wedding, not the decorations and details. By adopting the wise strategies in this article, you can have a beautiful wedding without an extravagant budget.



The art of embroidery has been a popular craft for centuries. As far back as the 16th century, embroidered clothing was the mark of an affluent household. Knowledge of the art was expected of a noblewoman and this knowledge was passed down through generations of women. Young girls learned to embroider at their mother’s knee. Worked in strands of silk or cotton, embroidery decorated necklines, cuffs, hems and bodices. Designs were elaborate and a variety of stitches were developed to create texture and illusions of light, contributing to the beauty and distinction of the finished garment. A single garment might require many weeks, or even months to complete.

Although hand embroidery is still practiced, today you can create complicated designs in minutes. Machine embroidery makes this traditional art quick and easy, requiring no specialized knowledge. Newer sewing machines come equipped with several embroidery stitches. You simply turn the dial to the stitch of your choice and sew away. There are also embroidery machines, with an astounding selection of stitches and capabilities that the 16th century woman would never have imagined possible.

Machine embroidery is easy to learn. All of the stitches are calculated by a computer chip. Stitch length, zigzag effects and curves are done automatically, applied to the cloth with absolute precision. Thus, machine embroidery allows you to effortlessly turn out a perfectly symmetrical design. Hand embroidery cannot replicate this absolute symmetry, even by the most practiced hand. Another advantage to machine embroidery is speed. You can turn out a shirt or dress, embellished with the most ornate designs, in a day. Metallic threads, available in several shades of gold, silver and bronze, can be used in machine embroidery with stunning effects.

When you’re making a garment you plan to decorate with complex designs, it’s best to choose a garment pattern of simple design. This strategy allows the beginner to concentrate on the stitchery, while showing off the embroidery to best effect. A peasant blouse made with plain cotton is a good choice. Once you’ve mastered the techniques of machine embroidery, you’ll be ready to tackle a fancy Renaissance-style dress.

If you already have a sewing machine, try creating a sampler of a mix of your available stitches. When you see what can be done with machine embroidery, your enthusiasm may prompt an immediate trip to the fabric store for a demonstration of the embroidery machine. That’s when the real fun begins!

Tips For An Elegant Wedding Without The High Price

Tips For An Elegant Wedding Without The High Price

A wedding should be about two people in love and not about seeing how much money and outrageous details you can cram into one event. The important thing about the wedding day is the couple and the people they love. This article can help you to focus on the important things for your wedding

Though the idea may not appeal to you at first, a “like new” wedding dress can really cut your dress budget. Most of the dresses you will find have only been worn once and some sellers require this. You can find and afford much grander options for your dress that you would not have originally considered trying to buy.

When planning your wedding, consider the flowers that you want to use. Some weddings have color themes and flowers can become costly when you are trying to match colors. Flower color depends on the season and if you are looking for a certain color of flower during the off season, it will be more expensive.

A good piece of advice to keep in mind for weddings is to make sure that the bride’s maids and the mother of the bride are ready to go before assisting the bride. This is because you want to ensure that full focus can be put on making the bride look great.

Spend as much time as you need when writing your wedding vows. Remember you want your soon-to-be spouse to know how much they mean to you. Also, try not to use outside sources when writing your vows–you want to make sure the words are what you feel, not what someone does.

Practice walking down the aisle before the big day. Many brides get nervous when they have never walked down the aisle, which can cause them to trip and fall. Also, if you have young children as ring bearers, make sure they practice before your wedding day, so they know what they are doing.

Whether or not to invite children to your wedding is a delicate choice to have to make. You don’t want to offend your guests by saying they must come childless, or forcing them to find a babysitter. At the same time, you don’t want kids tearing around your reception or disrupting the ceremony. If you want to have kids there, give them something else to do or another room to play in.

Starting to plan your wedding? Use resources like StumbleUpon to select your interests (weddings, of course) and look through blogs, websites, and idea boards such as Pintrest during your free time. You will find many great DIY ideas as well as some ideas you may not have thought of otherwise.

As already mentioned, a wedding is about two people in love and not about impressing everyone with a display of ostentatious decorations. Your wedding can be a beautiful event because it is about love. Apply the advise from the article and you will be able to find that the important things in your wedding are the people and not the props.

Beautiful Wedding on a Budget

Beautiful Wedding on a Budget

Few people realize that having a beautiful wedding does not require spending their entire savings.

If you’re planning a wedding, learning where to cut costs and how to budget will leave you with money to spare.

“There are many ways to have the wedding of your dreams without the nightmare of huge bills,” said Anna Griffin, wedding industry expert and designer of the Wedding Studio line of wedding products. “You just have to be resourceful.”

Here are some tips from Griffin on how to create a designer wedding on a budget.

* For something old, wear a vintage wedding dress. You can save hundreds on a wedding gown by shopping in consignment or vintage shops, in newspaper classifieds and on the Internet. You also can update your mother’s, grandmother’s or aunt’s wedding dress with a new neckline or hemline, beading or lace.

* Print your own invitations. There are many wedding accessories that can be made instead of bought – the veil, the centerpieces and even the invitations. Do-it-yourself kits are available to help you create designer looks without the designer price tags.

The Wedding Studio, for example, is an entire line of paper-related wedding accessories – from invitations to menu cards to guest books and photo albums – designed for brides who want original and elegant paper goods. The invitation kit comes in four styles in three color options and includes envelopes, reply cards and printing instructions.

* Use an antique or classic car instead of a limousine. Contact a local antique or classic car club to rent a luxury vehicle, such as a 1939 Rolls-Royce or a 1952 Cadillac DeVille. Most of the owners will be thrilled to loan out their cars and you’ll have more than enough room for the married couple at a much lower price. And, whereas a limousine is rented for a couple of hours, you have the benefit of keeping the antique vehicle for 24 hours or longer.

* Keep the flowers simple. Instead of hiring a florist, contact a floral-design school and hire students to provide you with flower arrangements. You also can create your own flower arrangements. Buy one color of flower in bulk. It creates a visual impact while saving money. Contact a wholesale florist; many will sell flowers directly to the consumer.

Dealing with Your Teenager and the Latest Fashion Trends

Dealing with Your Teenager and the Latest Fashion Trends

Are you the parent of a teenager? If you are, you likely already know that many teens want to look their best, at least fashion wise. For that reason, many teens keep up on the latest fashion tends and use them. While this is okay in some aspects, it can result in your teenager wearing baggy pants showing their boxers or revealing shirts that show off too much cleavage. While these do seem to be popular fashion trends, do you really want your child displaying them? If not, you may be wondering what you should do.

When it comes to your teenager and fashion trends that you may not necessarily approve of, your first thought may be to lay down the law. As a parent, this is your right to do, but did you know that you may actually end up causing more damage? Do you remember what it was like being a teenager? If you were like most teenagers, there was a good chance that the last thing you wanted was to be told how to dress by your parents and the same is likely so for your own teen. That is why you may want to think about taking a different approach.

One of the many instances where you should speak to your child about their fashions is if it may end up causing them some harm. As previously mentioned, many of the latest fashion trends for women and for girls are low cut shirts and low rise pants. This often ends up leaving a good portion of the body exposed. In today’s society, you always need to be on the lookout for sexual predators. While your teenager may not necessarily be interested in someone, someone may actually end up getting that type feeling from them. This could put your teenager in a weird and possibly dangerous situation. If that is the case, you may want to take the time to explain that, as it may sink in better than if you were just to say “change your clothes; you can’t wear that.”

It is also important that both you and your teenager remember that fashion trends regularly change. It is not uncommon for a fashion trend to only last a few months. If you are not happy with the current fashion trends, but your teenagers are, you may want to encourage them to explore other options. There are a number of fashion magazines and online fashion websites that have a large number of fashion trends and information on those trends. Not all fashion trends require the wearing of “skimpy,” clothing. For that reason, you may want to explore other options. If your teenager is a girl, it could actually turn into a neat mother daughter bonding experience between the two of you.

Something else that you may not necessarily think about, but should, is if your child goes to high school. Many high schools have dress codes and these dress codes often prohibit the wearing of revealing clothing. While not all schools actively enforce their dress codes, many out there do. Like with being told not wear certain clothes by their parents, many teenagers may feel angered being told by school officials. For that reason, you may want to take action before anything serious happens that could seriously jeopardize your child and their school records. It is not uncommon to hear of instances where children are suspended from school due to not following the school’s dress code.

In short, teenagers and fashion are something that just seems to click together. While it is important for your teenager to fit in with others and be popular at school, they do not necessarily have to be wearing the “hottest,” clothes or fashion accessories to do so. They may not necessarily understand it at the time, but as a parent it is your job to help them and keep them safe.


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Want A Stress-Free Wedding? Use These Tips

Want A Stress-Free Wedding? Use These Tips

Some people claim that the best things in life are free. Well, while this might be true for love in a general sense, it’s definitely not the truth for weddings. They can be quite expensive, not to mention, just how complicated it can all be. The tips below will help you navigate the tough terrain.

Even if you have a wedding planner, make a checklist on the days leading up to the wedding, for things that you have to accomplish. This will allow you to take care of your personal needs so that you feel comfortable when the wedding day comes. Finish everything on this checklist for optimal success.

If your heart is set on a destination wedding, talk to a travel agent to see if you can get a deal for everyone who is attending at a group rate. They are likely to have planned many wedding trips before yours, and will know exactly how to get the best deals possible.

If you are the bride, make sure to include you include your fiance’s parents, especially his mother, in your wedding plans. Even if you’re not thrilled about the prospects of your mother-in-law being that involved, it is a nice way to extend an olive branch and make her feel like she is a bigger part of her son’s special day.

You can have a sit down dinner if you desire, however, a buffet meal will be less expensive. The labor cost associated with a sit down dinner can be very pricey because of the staff needed to accommodate the service needs. By offering buffet style you can allow your guests a bit more freedom and save much needed dollars.

Consider having an alcohol-free reception to alleviate the worries that inebriated guests can cause. If you do choose to go this route, make sure to offer many beverage options to your guests including soda, water, coffee, and tea so they don’t feel like they’re going to get parched. Having a homemade fruit punch served in a fountain can make a gorgeous centerpiece for your catering table!

If you want to have reception next to a pond or in the evening, think about bugs. Put bug repelling candles on the tables. Protect the food and drinks from bugs with cloths or nets. You can also hand out bug spray to your guests and tell them to dress accordingly.

For men who are about to get married, it is just as important that you wear a nice tuxedo as it is that the bride wear a beautiful dress. Men just assume that all the attention is on their bride, but the groom has all eyes on him as well.

Whether you need to save money or time when planning a wedding, the practical tips you’ve just read in this article can help you do both and much, much more. Your wedding day is something you’ll want to remember for as long as you live. Use the tips above and make sure that it’s well worth remembering.

How To Choose Proper Business Attire

How To Choose Proper Business Attire

Choosing proper business attire may seem simple, but as times and fashion change it can create some tough choices. When most of our grand mothers were in the business field clothing was modest. Longer skirts and suit jackets that covered up the feminine physique. A look that was bland and often uncomfortable. For most of our mother’s business attire began to take a change. Skirts could be worn on or slightly above the knee. The option to wear slacks and blouses was becoming more popular. For the modern day woman we are faced with numerous choices for a business wardrobe. So how do we choose?

Often business’ will create a business dress code to assist attire conflict. This can sometimes make your choices narrower. Some companies allow stereotypical business dress such as, slacks, blouses, skirts and suit jackets. These always allow an employee to look well groomed, and professional. Other companies will allow any clothing item such jeans, t-shirts, Capri pants to denim dresses. This allows a more casual laid back appearance. If you are given this freedom of choice ask yourself some basic questions to assist you in choosing proper business attire.

What does my attire say about me? Do I look professional? Do I show that I have put an effort into my appearance? Your appearance says a lot about you as a person. It is one of the first things that another person will notice about you. You don’t have to be a designer tag diva, or a modest maven. You simply need to take the time to choose clothing that reflects you in a positive light.

Another question would be, am I comfortable? Does your attire allow you to fulfill your daily job duties without interference? By the end of the day are your shoes causing you foot pain for a fashion statement? Can you bend down to pick up those fallen files, or would you reveal too much of your physique? Comfort can be very important in any job. If you are too focused on your discomfort from a clothing item, this can take away from your concentration on a job task. You choose fashion or focus.

Casual or Formal dress is another consideration. You can still look professional in a job environment if you choose casual business attire. Dark denim jeans, belted with a button up blouse can be very appealing. Still providing a clean and tidy appearance. If you wanted to be more formal Chino or Khaki pants with a blouse may suit your mood. The choice between these may be as simple as matching your dress to your job environment. If you are a banker, administrative assistant or have a job that a more formal appearance is suitable the choice becomes simple. Working in a call center, day care, or other similar environment may lead to a more casual dress choice.

By taking the time to ask yourself these questions you are prepared to make the proper choice for business attire. Appearance attitude, Comfort, Casual/Formal the choice is yours.

Picking The Perfect Maternity Evening Dress

Picking The Perfect Maternity Evening Dress

With today’s fashion trends, pregnant women are actually lucky with the many choices they have. For evening parties, pregnant women can easily choose the perfect maternity evening dress to wear to these occasions.

No matter how large her belly is, a pregnant woman can still manage to look sexy in the right maternity evening dress. It is simply up to her to pick the right one. However, in order to make the right choice of maternity evening dress, it is essential for her to have a good look at herself and be familiar with the shape of her body. Pregnant or not, the basic silhouette of the body does not change. What a pregnant woman needs to do is to factor in her bump into the equation.

Getting Familiar with the Body Shape

Just as when shopping for regular clothing, a pregnant woman should consider her own body shape when buying a maternity evening dress. Some dresses flatter a particular pregnant body shape, while others do not. Picking a maternity evening dress that fits well is the key to a woman looking gorgeous in that dress.

There are four basic body shapes: top-heavy, bottom-heavy, hourglass and straight.

* Top-heavy women have broad shoulders and chests that are wider than their hips.
* Bottom-heavy women have hips that are wider than their chests; they also typically have narrow shoulders.
* Women with hourglass figures are curvy. The chest and the hips are in proportion with one another.
* Women with straight figures do not show defined curves.

An expectant mother should also give some thought on her being either tall or petite in choosing the right maternity evening dress. A tall woman would probably look good on anything she wears, depending on her body shape, while a petite woman should try to avoid anything that will make her smaller and more girlish.

The point of dressing according to body shape is to create the illusion of balance on the body. This point applies not just with wearing a maternity evening dress, but to any kind of clothing.

Decisions to Make Before Buying a Maternity Evening Dress

A pregnant woman has a few options to decide on before she picks up a maternity evening dress. First of these decisions is to whether to hide her belly or not. Some pregnant women would want to flaunt their gorgeous roundedness while some prefer not to draw too much attention to it. This decision plays a major role in picking what maternity evening dress to get.

If the expectant mom wants to emphasize her pregnant belly, she can wear a maternity evening dress that is a little clingy but not too constricting. If she wants to hide it, she can wear an empire dress that flows from under her bust line and skims down her body.

Another option is a draping wrap dress – pregnant women who want to flaunt their pregnancy can tie the wrap dress a little more tightly, while those who do not want to call attention to their belly can tie the wrap dress loosely.

The one thing that most women love about being pregnant is that their breasts become bigger and more rounded. Many women take advantage of this by wearing maternity evening dresses that have low necklines, with their breasts pushed up to create a deep cleavage.

Black maternity evening dresses are common choices among pregnant women these days. Black is an elegant and timeless color. It is also very flattering to the pregnant woman because it makes her appear slimmer and sexier.

Accessorizing the Maternity Evening Dress

It is always best to keep things simple and thus put accessorizing to a minimum, whether a woman is pregnant or not. For a pregnant woman, she can accessorize her maternity evening dress with jewelry that can make her look slimmer, less bloated and more elegant.

Dangling earrings are always effective in creating a slimmer silhouette and a thinner face. It looks especially well when matched with an upswept hairdo. If a woman wants to keep other people’s eyes on her face rather than her rounded belly, she can wear something shiny around her neck, like a lustrous string of pearls, or a sparkling pendant on a chain. If the maternity evening dress she is wearing sports a deep V-shaped neckline, she can pin a brooch at the point of the V to draw the eyes up rather than to her belly.

As for shoes, pregnant women should stick to wearing flats, even in a maternity evening dress. It can be very uncomfortable for expectant mothers to wear heeled shoes, not to mention a little dangerous. The flats do not have to be drab, of course. There are flats that are strappy and sexy or embellished with beads. Flats like these can be perfect evening wear.

Buying Maternity Evening Dresses Online

The Internet presents a great convenience to pregnant women because it allows them to shop for their maternity evening dresses through online stores. This means they do not have to strain their fragile bodies and tire themselves out with shopping at boutiques and department stores. All they need to do is use their computers and log into the Internet.

Buying clothes on the Internet can be tricky, though, because one cannot try the item first before making a purchase. Thus, when buying a maternity evening dress online, one should check first if the store has a good return policy in case the dress does not fit.

Dressing Your Wedding Guests

Dressing Your Wedding Guests

When Jennifer began to plan her wedding, she ran into one novel problem: how to dress her wedding guests.

Normally, this isn’t a problem. By tradition, a wedding is a formal event where guests are expected to show up either in tuxedos and gowns if part of the wedding party, or in suits and formal dresses if an invited guest.

By and large, everyone understands and accepts this. The details of proper attire for the guests is left entirely to the guests themselves. The bride has enough trouble worrying about her own and her bridesmaids’ gowns. Usually this works splendidly. Most people already know what they should wear to a wedding, or if not, they at least have enough sense to ask a mother or sister who will be delighted to explain exactly what they should and
should not wear.

Of course, even this does not always work. Now and then you find a poor schmuck with a sister who has a vindictive streak and you get a wedding guest who arrives wearing a plaid jacket, red and green striped tie and a yellow beanie with a propeller on top. But this is rare. Mostly your guests are well behaved and arrive appropriately dressed, sober and with the suitable amount of discomfort required of all wedding guests everywhere.

Jennifer’s wedding was going to be a little different. She (and her fiance of course) had decided to have a casual dress wedding at a country club overlooking the beach. The bride’s dress was still planned as a formal gown, but the bridesmaids would wear sun dresses and the best man and groom would wear khaki slacks and summer jackets.

Jennifer wanted her guests to know that they were encouraged to wear casual clothes. At least, fairly casual clothes. She wanted the ladies to come in summer dresses or skirts with nice blouses and the men to come wearing sport shirts and slacks with a jacket. No suits or ties, but also no T shirts and cut off shorts if you please. And especially no swim suits and bikini tops, thank you very much. The total effect was going to be a casual, country club style atmosphere. Relaxed but not scruffy. No, definitely not scruffy.

Jennifer wanted to say this in a nice way, without having to include a lengthy and offensive dress code decree in her invitation package. There is nothing quite so objectionable as having someone tell you in specific and didactic detail how you are supposed to dress. Jennifer was very much aware of this potential etiquette land mine and wanted wholeheartedly to avoid it.

On the other hand, she couldn’t just leave it to chance and simply say “casual attire” because sure as tank tops, someone would construe casual to mean T shirts, shorts and sneakers.

Jennifer fretted about this for days, trying several versions of her dress code message, none of which satisfied all the conflicting requirements of brevity, inoffensiveness and clarity.

Finally Jennifer hit upon the solution: a short, humorous poem, printed on an index sized card along with the invitation.

This would immediately let people know exactly how to dress and would offend no one. Since the poem would also be humorous, it had the benefit of being entertaining and therefore easily remembered.

Jennifer overcame the last hurdle of being unable to write poetry by hiring a poet and working with him through four drafts until she had exactly what she wanted: eight lines of lighthearted verse which told the guests how they should dress and left them with a smile.

With a sigh of relief, Jennifer could now focus on the next problem which needed her attention: the weather….

Safety Tips – Important In Careing For Babies – Part 1

Safety Tips – Important In Careing For Babies – Part 1

What You Should Do?

1. Always keep the baby neat and clean.

2. Cut the nails properly with utmost care.

3. Wet nappy should be removed and parts should be cleaned with soap.

4. Take care of the genitals because fungal infection is common in that area. Parts should be kept dry.

5. Care of the scalp is very important.Fungal infections, dermatitis ect can be prevented by proper cleaning.

6. Tight dress can cause irritation, hence dress should be loose and should allow entry of air.

7. Room should have sufficient light and ventilation.It should be free from dust and insects.

8. Seperate bed preferably water proof is needed for kids .It should be arranged near mother’s bed.

9. Always keep some music making toys near the baby.

10. While carrying the baby, support the head with hand. Since the neck muscles are weak sudden fall of head can be dangerous.

11. Mothers milk is the best nutrition for the baby,it also gives emotional attachment.Breast milk should be given as per the babies need preferably in mother sitting position.Proper cleaning of nipple is also necessary.Mother should take good nutritious diet throughout lactating period.

12. If there is some contraindication for breast feeding cows milk can be given.Feeding bottle should be cleaned with warm water and should be kept dry till next use.

13. Cows milk should be boiled and cooled.Some diseases like bovine tuberculosis,brucellosis ect spread through raw milk.

14. Some children are allergic to some substances like food,milk,dress,cosmetics ect.. Try to find out the material causing allergy and avoid such things.

15. Mosquito nets should be used regularly.Diseases like malaria,dengue ,filariasis,yellow fever and ect spread through mosquito bites. Mosquito bite can also produce skin eruptions with some allergic reactions.It also disturbes sound sleep.

16. A calm atmosphere should be maintained for a good sleep.Compared to adults infants need more sleep.It is said that growth hormone secretion is activated during sleep.

17. Growth developement,behavioral developement,motor developement,personal social developement,language developement ect should be noted down in relation to age. However parents need not be over anxious because slight variations are seen from individual to individual.

18. Assessment of growth by measuring height and weight is necessary.

19. In the early months of life infant may defecate after every feed.Proper toilet training should be given when the infant grows.The infant can be placed on the toilet seat by the age of ten months.

20. The toilet seat (potty seat) should be cleaned with antiseptic liquid before and after use.It should not be shared by other children.

21. If the baby shows some signs of distress like excessive crying,convulsions,fever with rigor,stiffness of neck,frequent vomiting and diarrhoea,bluish discolouration of the body,difficult breathing with grunting, ect pay attention and consult your doctor.

22. A first aid box should be kept in the room ,which should contain sterile cotton,dressing materials,antiseptic lotion and ointment and forceps.Seperate book should be maintained to note down the phone numbers of doctors, ambulance,police ect.

23. Child’s medicines should be kept in seperate box.Information regarding dose and mode of administration should be written in a paper and affixed on the box.

24. While driving keep the baby in seperate seat belt.

25. When you are going out with the baby keep an identity card with your phone number and address inside his small pocket.

26. When the infant starts walking always accompany him to prevent a fall and injuries thereby.

27. In emergencies take the first aid measures and take the victim to nearby hospital.

The baby may swallow some solid objects and cause obstruction. Immediately make the baby to lie on the abdomen in head low position and press the abdomen backwards and towards the chest. Stroking the upper back is also useful. If no result call a trained person to take the material with the help of forceps.

Accidental poisoning:
Try to takeout the poisonous substance and induce vomiting (except kerosine & acids). Wash the body with water to reduce absorption through skin.Identify the pioson and take the victim to the hospital.

First of all remove the source of heat and put clean cold water. Burned cloths should not be removed immediately. Cover the wound with sterile cotton and take to nearby hospital.

Clean the wound with clean water and stop the bleeding by compressing, raising the wound above the level of heart or use a tourniquet to compress blood vessels. Then dress the wound with sterile cotton, bandage and consult a doctor.

Drowning in bath tub:
Take the baby immediately and keep the head in a low position, press the abdomen gentely or give a mouth to mouth sucking till the air way is clear. Give mouth to mouth breathing and cardiac massage and take the victim to the hospital.

Electric shock:
Stop the source of current. Then observe the victim,if no breathing give mouth to mouth breath along with cardiac massage and take to the hospital.

28. And the last but not the least, give your child maximum care, love and support to make him/her healthy and happy for ever.

Choosing a Wedding Gown

Choosing a Wedding Gown

One of the first things that comes to mind when a
wedding is being planned is the bride’s wedding gown.
But there are so many wedding gowns available. How do
you choose the one that is right for you?

Well, there are a few things to think about when you
are looking at wedding gowns. These will help you to
pick out the wedding gown that is right for you.

Time of year –

The fist thing to take into consideration is what time
of year you will be getting married. This will help
you to decide on what type of cloth, the length of
your sleeves, and the length of your gown.

Your body type –

There are a couple of types of gowns that will work
for all body types but you want to be sure that your
gown makes you look the best that you can. A person at
the bridal shop can help you select the dress that is
right for you.

Your own style –

hink about what kinds of dresses you like, and that
will also help you to find a good wedding dress. No
matter if they are plain or fancy, every gown is

It’s always a great idea to take your mother or
another female relative or friend to help you choose
your gown. It’s a great bonding experience and it’s
always a good idea to have a second set of eyes.

Your Wedding Day: Tips To Make It One-Of-A-Kind!

Your Wedding Day: Tips To Make It One-Of-A-Kind!

Weddings are amazing ceremonies that you can truly make your own. Whether you are a bride or groom, you can have fun planning the venue, guest list, menu, centerpieces, and music that you want to play. Read this article to get some tips on having your special, memorable dream wedding!

If you are the bride, make sure to include you include your fiance’s parents, especially his mother, in your wedding plans. Even if you’re not thrilled about the prospects of your mother-in-law being that involved, it is a nice way to extend an olive branch and make her feel like she is a bigger part of her son’s special day.

Do not try to please everyone at your wedding. Some guests don’t like chicken, and some family members do not like the type of flowers you like. These things are unimportant in the long run. It is your day and that means making yourself and your future spouse as happy as possible. Sure you can have special meals for special diets; however, it is your day in the sun. Let yourself shine.

For brides-to-be, it is important not to gain any weight before the big day. You have already been sized for your dress and weight gain can cause your dress to have to be altered, which could be impossible. Try not to eat bad foods and exercise as much as you can in the months before your wedding.

If you are the kind of person who enjoys drinking, feel free on your wedding day. It is a good time to celebrate and relax; however it is one time that you just do not want to be drunk. There is nothing worse than throwing up on your wedding dress.

Try to avoid the holidays when you are planning your wedding. Yes, some weddings are going to happen on holidays for specific reasons. However, if your’s is not one of these, target a date that will not force guests to decide between your special day and a holiday trip. Find a neutral time that will allow for the best turnout.

Remember that the wedding is not your marriage. Plan a beautiful wedding, but be aware that the wedding is just the beginning of your marriage and keep that in perspective. It is one day to celebrate your love and your decision to commit to each other, but the real work comes after that day is over.

If you’re already living with your spouse-to-be and don’t really need housewares for wedding gifts, ask for cash instead. If you include a cute little poem asking people to consider giving you a cash gift instead of something you can’t use, you’ll be saving them the time it takes to shop and helping pay for your honeymoon!

You can really express yourself and your love for your new spouse at your wedding. Whether you want to go classic, funky, or a mix, you can show your flair and have a wedding that everyone will remember. Just remember the tips in this article to make sure that the wedding goes smoothly!

Green Little Beans – Childrens Clothing

Green Little Beans – Childrens Clothing

After waking up at 2 a.m. to feed your precious bundle of joy, a name like Green Little Meanies might be more appropriate than Green Little Beans. But after you take one look at your sweet angel’s face (that is before she spits up on your brand new sweater); you want to give her the moon and stars.

Since you can’t reign in the heavens, material items (and your unconditional love of course) will have to do. You had every intention of knitting your baby’s entire wardrobe because handmade clothes just feel better. But as every mother knows, at the end of the day you don’t have the time or energy to whip out the knitting needles. Fortunately, Green Little Beans’ clothes are hand made with such special care everyone will think you made them yourself. Not only do you get the benefit of homemade clothes, your friends will think you’re Super Woman.

Your baby will be so comfy in her cozy, hand-knit cashmere pullover () from Green Little Beanies that she?ll forget all about the carrots & peas mash she wanted to throw up (we can only hope, right?).

Aside from changing diapers and cleaning up partly digested baby food, there are plenty of fun parts to parenting. Like dressing up your baby girl. The Elegant Princess Dress (0) was made for your little princess. Featuring an empire waist dress and flare skirt, this chic dress is made with hand women cotton, silk and viscose microfiber blend yarn, making it heavenly soft. A -must-have for future fashionistas! Have a baby boy? You can still pay dress up. Your little guy will look adorable in the cashmere lion set (6). Knitted by hand with cashmere and cotton, your baby will be all set for winter. And what about those tootsies? Baby booties () are an essential part of any baby?s ensemble. Keep those little piggies covered with these luxuriously soft wool booties. Get one in every color!

Saving On Wedding Dresses

Saving On Wedding Dresses

Saving on wedding dresses is something that every bride wants to learn how to do. If you are planning to get married anytime soon then you need to get up on all of the best ways to save money on wedding dresses. And it is good to note that there are plenty ways to save on wedding dresses and most of them are easy to find online.

One of the simplest ways for you to save on wedding dresses is to get one from a family member. If your grandmother or your mother or even your sister had a great dress when she got married then you should consider asking them if you could wear one of these wedding dresses on your wedding day. Not only will this save you money on wedding dresses it will also add to the sentimentality of the entire day. You will be helping to build a tradition in this wedding dress.

There is another very handy way for you to save on wedding dresses and this is to purchase a simple wedding dress that does not have a lot of details on it. These plain types of dresses tend to be much less expensive. Oftentimes when wedding dresses are purchased the high costs are due to the expensive embroidery or the fine details like lace and or pearls and other gems. If you get one of these plain types of wedding dresses you can then add your own details to it. If you are good with a needle you can even sew on your own pearls turning your wedding dress into a work of art. This is one of the most fabulous ways to save money on wedding dresses.

These are only a couple of was to save money on wedding dresses if you would like to read some more ideas all you have to do is a search online.



Wedding Etiquette: The Basics

People these days are thinking, does WEDDING ETIQUETTE still exist in our age wherein every rule that anybody can think of could be bent? In this rule defying age, it seems that WEDDING ETIQUETTE is just a thing of the past. But is WEDDING ETIQUETTE really now just part of history? I don’t think so. And maybe even you and the rest of the population don’t think so, too.

Every culture has WEDDING ETIQUETTE. Even if we think those who live in far flung areas are barbaric and do not know a thing about WEDDING ETIQUETTE, they have their own sets of rules and etiquette to follow. Their WEDDING ETIQUETTE may not be as proper as we think ours is, but for them their WEDDING ETIQUETTE is the proper WEDDING ETIQUETTE.

The WEDDING ETIQUETTE that we have come to know dates back from the 1800, at the time of the Victorians. Victorians are well educated, intelligent and well mannered. They value social manners and behavior. This is the reason why lots of social and WEDDING ETIQUETTE books had been published during the Victorian era.

The social and WEDDING ETIQUETTE practices of the Victorians has been passed on to us and became the basic WEDDING ETIQUETTE of the westerners. These Victorian WEDDING ETIQUETTE has been modified or bent to suit our current culture and lifestyle.

What are the basics of WEDDING ETIQUETTE? Should we follow every rule in Emily Post’s famous WEDDING ETIQUETTE book?


In every all aspect of the wedding there is a WEDDING ETIQUETTE that should be followed. There’s a WEDDING ETIQUETTE to follow when creating an invitation, sending it out, and replying to it; in attending a wedding, guests should abide to the basic WEDDING ETIQUETTE for guests; when sending out gifts there’s a WEDDING ETIQUETTE too that must be followed. < Here are some of basic WEDDING ETIQUETTE for the wedding parties and the guests: For the bride and groom: - Wedding invitation must be worded either formal or informal. It depends upon the couple. If they want a formal wedding celebration, they must choose formal words. If the wedding will be celebrated with closest family and friends, an informal wording on the invitation would do. Invitation should be sent out four to six weeks before the wedding. If your wedding is a wedding destination, you may send a Save a Date card to your guests six to eight months before the wedding. Your guest also need to prepare themselves financially and physically for your wedding destination. - A bride can now choose any dress design and color that she wants. But if she will be wed in a church with strict rules on dress code, she should abide to the rules of her church. - A groom may wear either a suit or black tie. He could also wear a loose dress in beige pants for a beach wedding. - The couples should not ask for cash gifts. As for wedding registry card, they should not insert it invitation. Just mention in your invitation that you have an online wedding registry. - The stepmother may seat at the church's first pew only if the bride (if the bride is her stepdaughter) is closer to her than her mother. However, if the bride is close to both her mother and stepmother, she should seat her mother at the first pew. For the guests: - Invited guests should reply to a wedding invitation immediately after receipt of the invitation card or not later than two weeks before the wedding. Couples need to be informed of the actual head count for the sit down dinner. - Guests should be formally dressed if the invitation is worded formally even if there is no indication that the attire should be formal. Women are now allowed to wear evening dress for a formal wedding especially if their escorts are in black tie. - Guests are not obliged to buy gifts from the registry. Invited guests who can't make it to the wedding are also not obliged to send gifts. Gifts may be sent to the couple before or one year after the wedding. It will help the newlywed alot if the gifts will be delivered at the couples new address.

Used Wedding Dresses

Used Wedding Dresses

If you don’t want to shell out a lot of money for your wedding dress, you are not alone. I saved a lot of money on my dress by buying something that was deeply discounted because it was a year off-season. If you can’t find something you like this way, then you might want to consider looking at used wedding dresses. Before you dismiss the idea, remember that many women do this when they use their mother’s or their grandmother’s wedding dress for their wedding day. I know getting a stranger’s dress is not the same thing, but the principle is the same.

The great thing about used wedding dresses is that they have in most cases only been used once. Most people wear them for their wedding day and they are then cleaned and put away, or sold. Some used wedding dresses are sometimes brand new. Sometimes weddings are cancelled, as we all know, and the bride usually wants to get rid of the dress. This happens not only to get some of her money back, but also to get rid of the memory of the day that never happened.

You can find used wedding dresses everywhere. If you look online, you can find hundreds if not thousands of them from which to choose. Don’t forget to check auction sites like eBay, and classifieds for your area. You have to consider what size you want, and perhaps what style, and this will make your search for used wedding dresses a little easier by helping you weed out what won’t fit or what you don’t like early. If you are looking for a dress for Halloween, you can find them very cheaply in your local thrift store.

One extra expense you may find that you have with used wedding dresses is cleaning. No matter what you do, you want to have the dress cleaned, even if the previous owner claims to have had it done. You will also still have to pay for alterations, but these shouldn’t be too bad. It still beats paying a thousand for a dress you can get for 200. If you are really lucky, you will find a dress that fits perfectly, but this is a rarity. Most bridal stores will do alterations for you if you make an appointment, even if you didn’t get your dress through them. Make sure you call ahead to find out though. If they can’t, they may be able to refer you to someone who can.

Bridal Jewelry: Common Mistakes

Bridal Jewelry: Common Mistakes

The Engagement Ring

Shopping for the perfect engagement ring can be very exciting, yet thought provoking. For most couples, an engagement ring is intended to serve as a permanent fixture in their relationship. With this said, it is important for the couple not to select a diamond engagement ring that is too trendy. Selecting bridal jewelry that is too up-to-the-minute may cause the bride to grow out of her ring in a couple of years. The best engagement ring is one that is timeless.

Bridal Accessories

The average bride will choose a bridal jewelry set to wear with her wedding gown. However, it is important that the bride refrain from choosing bridal jewelry before she has selected her wedding dress. Hence, bridal accessories are supposed to enhance the dress–not the other way around. This important factor follows the age-old question–What comes first, the chicken or the egg?

Something Borrowed

Inheriting a family treasure from mother, grandmother, or even great-grandmother is a kind gesture–especially when it can be worn on the bride’s wedding day. Although wearing a family heirloom for bridal jewelry is sentimental, it may not be a practical choice. As mentioned earlier, the purpose of accessories is to enhance the overall appearance of the wedding dress. If grandmother’s antique pearls conflicts with the style of the wedding gown, it may be best not to wear the heirloom. In this case, it may be a good idea to agree to wear the borrowed jewelry to the engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or on the honeymoon.

Something Old

This could easily apply to something that you received from your mother, grandmother, etc.. but it can also be something that brings back pleasant early memories. How long did you know your future husband? Maybe your bridal jewelry is a reflection of the first present he gave you (visit to a fabulous beach). How about beach themed jewelry for you and your bridesmaids.

Something New

Even if you choose to make an heirloom as the center of your bridal jewelry, complement it with some of the elegance of modern Swarovski crystal accessories or the latest designs in pearls.

Bridal jewelry is a significant element in preparing for marriage. As a symbol of everlasting love and an enhancement for the bride’s wedding attire, it’s important to avoid common mistakes that many brides have made in the past. When it comes to selecting the perfect bridal jewelry, the bride should choose wisely!

Article written by Michelle Lindsey

Cost Cutting Ideas For Your Wedding

Cost Cutting Ideas For Your Wedding

Don’t leave your shopping to the last minute. The more time you have to shop around, the more you can negotiate. It’s difficult to find bargains under pressure, so leave plenty of time to work with wedding vendors. Never hire the first vendor you meet. You should always make your decision based on several vendors.

Avoid a Saturday wedding. Saturday is the busiest wedding day of the week, and the most expensive. If you can try to have a Sunday or Friday wedding.

When you pay your bills use a credit card with a reward program. You have 30-days to pay the bill, in addition, you might earn enough miles to cover your flight to your honeymoon destination.

Avoid the busy summer wedding season. You might be able to get better deals during the fall and winter months.

You might be able to wear your mother’s or your grand mother’s wedding dress. In addition to saving a bundle, but you also might make you mother very happy. Buy a sample wedding dress or rent your wedding gown.

Hire businesses you know to get a great deal. If you have a friend who is a musician, a photographer, a caterer, try to work out a deal with them.

If you want to save a lot of money, hire a non-wedding photographer. Almost any good photographer should be able to do a good job photographing your wedding.

Buy your wedding accessories from non-wedding professionals. Many of your wedding accessories might be available at non-wedding vendors. Shop online. You can more effectively comparison shop online than trying to visit your local bridal shops.

Work with a wedding reception venue that allows you to provide your own alcoholic beverages. In addition to the obvious savings, you can return the unopened bottles to the store.

Work with an airline to get a group discount on the plane tickets for your wedding guests. Your wedding guests will appreciate the savings, and you might save on your plane ticket to your honeymoon destination.

Maternity Wedding Dresses – Gone are the Days of the Maternity Bridal “Moo-Moo”!

Maternity Wedding Dresses – Gone are the Days of the Maternity Bridal “Moo-Moo”!

With upwards of 20% of women now expecting before they marry, the pregnant bride no longer has to worry about the “shotgun” wedding. Only a few years ago the wedding dress choices were extremely limited and many brides truly had to compromise on their dream gown. However, times have changed and today’s ASAP wedding has a new definition when it comes to appropriate attire for a gown.

Thankfully the days of the Maternity “Moo-Moo” and hiding the fact that the bride is pregnant are behind us. Even the once forbidden “white gown” has taken its rightful place as an acceptable color choice for maternity brides.

Even though the planning cycle is at a quicker pace for most of these weddings you finally have some choice and can select a wonderful designer gown. Today’s “Mother-to-be-Bride” can select from a variety of styles and fabrics. Designs range from those featuring full and formal to sleek and clingy that leave little to the imagination.

In general look for a dress that highlights your positive features. If you want to minimize your growing tummy then look for an Empire or A-line style dress that breaks away at the bust line. These styles can be found as off-the-shoulder, strapless, detailed upper bodice or with simple lines.

On the other hand, if you want to show the world that you are a proud expectant Mom then choose something more form fitting. Sheath style gowns in soft fabrics such as stretch silks will not add bulk but will instead show off your curves.

Wedding gowns these days are designed around brides’ individual tastes and lifestyles. Modern women are breaking the moulds when it comes to choosing their dress. There are many exciting options now available to the Mother-to-be-Bride. Today’s pregnant bride is no longer embarrassed like they were 10-20 years ago and the Maternity Wedding Dress is proof of that.

Outstanding Gift Ideas For Mom

Outstanding Gift Ideas For Mom

Your mother is the first woman in your life. Make this Valentine’s Day special for that special woman in your life. There are women that will come and go in your life; but there is one woman that will give up the world for you. If she can sacrifice enough for you, the least you can do is to give her something to remind her how loved she is. Take time to send something to your mother this Valentine’s Day. Here are some gift ideas that your mother will surely appreciate.
Homemade crafts
Don’t miss the opportunity to tell your mother how you love her. One of the best ways of letting her know about your love for her is to give some homemade crafts. Crafts that you made yourself reflect your personality, your character. It tells your mother that there is no great gift that you can give her than your own person loving her for the rest of your life. Make an effort to make homemade soaps or sew some left over cloth to make a nice apron with the words that will be endearing to your mom.
Giving flowers on Valentine’s Day may be passé. But to give her out-of-the-ordinary flowers will be something special. Give her a bunch of pink carnations or tulips this time around. She would be probably getting that bunch of flowers for the first time in her life. It is not usual for people to give non-roses during this time, so a complete departure from the usual can be a time that you can tell your mom that she is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Day off
Try to take over mom’s usual chores around the house and give her the second day off for the year other than Mother’s Day. She will appreciate the initiative by family members thinking about giving her a much-needed respite. Nothing can be endearing to a mother’s heart than her children and her husband pitching in some effort to clean the house, wash and fold the laundry and any other stuff that has become a routine for mom but definitely a gargantuan task for somebody else. Try to appreciate mom more when you fill her shoes and you will find out how it is hard to be a mother and still come out with grace and elegance.
While you take over her chores around the house; treat her to a time at the spa. There are lots of promotions going on around Valentine’s Day which you can take advantage. Get her some of those gift certificates for a spa treatment. An hour of massage is enough to wipe the stress and anxiety.
Makeover and a new dress
Throw in some make over and top it off with a new dress; you will make you mother a happy camper. Sometimes mother would left out the pampering and contented to have the same old dress that she would wear for church. It is time for payback; give her the things that she truly deserves. She will have a great time looking good for once and you will make her realize that you are also looking out for her welfare. What a perfect Valentine’s gift for the greatest woman that will be loving you.