|Posted by Live Love Mom on October 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree
With more and more eco-friendly options available to help us save the planet, it’s only fair we do our part. Weddings can be incredibly wasteful with single-use plastics and a “littering” custom such as plastic or paper confetti. Here are some cheap, easy and even free ideas to buy or make your own biodegradable confetti!
This can often be free; simply gather fallen leaves or pick some from your backyard or local park and use your hole-puncher to create a natural, colorful confetti. You can prepare them a few weeks before the wedding and dry the leaves, but store in a dark, dry place to avoid mold growth. You can also do this the day before the wedding so it’s fresh and ready to go. You can even use shaped hole punchers to give you more variety in appearance. You can even mix in herb leaves for a naturally healing scent.
Dried flower confetti.
These are easy to DIY or even buy pre-dried. You can buy flowers from the grocery store, pick them from your yard or even pick wildflowers. Dry them and press them, then put them in reusable cloth bags and distribute to guests! You can buy pre-made by the litre. Get at least one handful per guest so they can enjoy throwing it at the newlyweds. Dried flowers are used in pot-purri and always smell amazing. The natural scent of roses or lilacs will be preserved and everyone will smell amazing!
Fresh rose petals.
These are often provided by florists, this is the priciest option. If it’s a year before your wedding, consider planting or buying rose bushes to pick your own. They smell great, look great and make for a very classic and romantic exit for the guests. You can choose whichever color you want; baby pink, hot pink, red, white, yellow, and even black or blue. You can also go to the grocery store and get a bunch of flowers a day or two before the wedding and use the petals from them. They are often cheaper than the florist's.
These can be gathered from plants or trees with small leaves. There is no need for a hole puncher and you can gather these stress-free the day before your wedding. If you don’t recognize poisonous plants such as poison ivy, stick to getting leaves from trees to avoid getting a horrible rash the day before.
You can plant them in the spring and harvest them in the summer! Whether it's basil, rosemary, mint, or sage, the leaves are sure to smell amazing. You can dry them or pluck them fresh a few days before the wedding and have guests throw them. They can even be an alternative to flower petals for the flower girl to sprinkle. These herbs are also calming so everyone will feel zen and serene.
Leave a feast for the birds and let guests celebrate with you at the same time! You can buy large amounts at your local dollar store. Since rice has been outlawed due to it being harmful for the birds, this will be our feathered friends' favorite option. Be sure to have this thrown in an area where you will not visit again that day, such as the ceremony location as the newlyweds walk back down the aisle as they are newly married. This will avoid birds flocking and bothering any guests or the wedding party. It can also be thrown at the end of the reception as the newlyweds make their getaway to their wedding night.
A calming flower, lavender confetti will smell amazing and help save the planet. Make sure no guest is allergic before ordering or gathering. Make paper cones to hold them with some old sheet music, book pages or newspaper. Lavender does have an effect that can make people drowsy, so be sure to use this at the end of the reception. You don't want your guests retreating home for a nap right after the ceremony!
Don't have roses or don't want any? You can go flower-picking in a field and use those petals! Simply go pick the flowers one or two days before the wedding and pull the petals apart from the flowers into little cloth bags so your guests can grab a handful and throw them. You can also do this a few weeks before the wedding and dry the flowers out in the sun for a day and then store the petals in the bags. You can also grow your own flower garden if you have at least a year before your wedding, or if you got engaged in let's say the winter, you plant the flowers in the spring and you marry in the summer. You can have whatever flowers you want for just the price of the seeds and some water to take care of them. If you don't have a yard or a garden, simply pot the flowers and put them on your balcony for some sun or even by the window.
Have any more ideas you'd like to share? Comment below!
|Posted by Live Love Mom on September 25, 2020 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
by: Dr. Stéphanie McEndree
Not sure how you can keep guests hydrated and happy without paying $2 a glass from a caterer? Whip up some punch! Here are some tips on how to make it happen.
Non-alcoholic punch. Having a dry wedding? It’s important to have some tasty drinks to keep things tasty, so mix up a mocktail for your guests. You can find plenty of recipes and ideas here.
Spiked punch. There are some wonderful recipes out there that mix many different types of alcohol, even beer! My favorite is a list of 14 big batches of recipes, all for under $30 here. You can also find many more recipes here.
Keep it cool. Make a punch ice ring that will slowly melt to keep your punch nice and cold for hours. It’ll infuse the concoction with flavor instead of watering it down. Not sure how to make one? Here is a recipe, and you can find many more online and on Pinterest.
Make big batches. Whether you are serving slush-like cocktails, spiked punch, cocktails or mocktails, you will need big batches for weddings, even if you only have 25 guests it’s better to have too much than not enough.
Glassware. Be sure your venue or caterer provides enough glasses for everyone, even if it’s just one per guest. If you are providing your own, be sure you have enough and that there is a sink available at the venue for guests to rinse out their glasses if they want to try many different cocktails.
Keep guests hydrated. No one wants a hangover in the morning, or guests getting sick due to dehydration. Keep plenty of bottled water on hand, or bring a water dispenser if you have one, or make sure there is a water fountain at the venue. This is especially true if your venue is outdoors and during the hot summer months. You want to keep your guests happy, healthy and comfortable.
|Posted by Live Love Mom on August 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM||comments (3)|
by: Dr. Stephanie McEndree
It’s the age-old question; is it cheaper and better to buy or rent linens? Here we break down the pros and cons of each so you can make your own educated decision.
Pros of renting linens:
You don’t have to worry about re-selling them
They won’t take up room in storage in your home
The renters often decorate for you
Your wedding insurance can reimburse you if you make a claim if something went wrong
No need to clean up, the providers will do it for you
No need to come back after the wedding and pick things up
Cons of renting linens:
It’s often pricier, going upwards of $3-$5 per item or more
There is a LOT of stuff to rent; chair bows, chair covers, table cloths, table skirts, napkins, table runners, etc.
You run the risk of the provider never showing up or bringing the wrong linens
The providors could decorate things not to your stipulations
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Pros of buying linens:
Often cheaper and sold in bulk
You can always make your money back by reselling them
You can decorate the room exactly as you like it
You get to keep them for future fancy events if you so wish, such as baptisms, baby showers, anniversary parties, retirement parties, graduation parties and more
You can pass them on to friends, family or even your child for their wedding
You buy exactly what you want and you know you’ll get exactly what you want at your wedding
Cons of buying linens:
You’ll probably have to wait until wedding season rolls around again for you to resell them
You’ll have to clean up yourself (in some cases)
You’ll have to go back to the venue after the honeymoon to pick them up, or arrange a family member or friend to pick them up after the wedding
You’ll have to wash them yourself, and depending how big your wedding is, can mean MANY loads of laundry
Takes up space in your home as you wait to resell them
Feel free to add more pros and cons in the comment section if you can think of any others. I hope this post helps you narrow down which choice you’d like to make for your wedding.
|Posted by Live Love Mom on August 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM||comments (3)|
by: Dr. Stephanie McEndree
Are you a bride who doesn’t mind going against the grain? Do you wish you could get away with a different color dress at your wedding? Do you dream of adding a splash of color to your dress? Then this beautiful trend is perfect for you!
You don’t even need to stick to one color. You can go with rainbow colors, colors of the sunset, or even many different shades of a single color. Your dress is sure to be unique and stand out on your special day.
Guests will be wowed that you took such a daring plunge as you walk down the aisle. Your dress will make a lasting impression for years to come. You won’t ever be forgotten, that’s for sure! Such a bold statement and all eyes are sure to be on you.
Sure, more traditional and closed-minded brides may turn up their noses at this trend. However, did you know that the white dress was made popular by one royal bride wearing it to her wedding? It was thought to be extremely lavish to have a white dress only for one day since it wasnharder to wash out stains back then. Without this revolutionary choice, brides would still wear black to this day!
So put on that dazzling dress and glide to your future spouse. You are radiant, confident and a goddess. You are a trend setter, and you follow your own rules. Strut your stuff and get married!
What I love about this look is that it looks like the bride stepped into the sunset as if it’s a painting. The yellow and red look like the flames of love that she will be fanning effortlessly throughout her marriage. It shows that she would walk through for for her spouse. The darker colors below look like the dark of night, like those cold winter evenings she will warm her husband, and how in dark times she will still be there. These types of dresses tell so many stories, they’re a work of art on their own. It’s like getting married in a famous painting that fits you just right.
A bonus is that this dress can fot in with all sorts of different traditions and cultures. It’s perfect for a Dia de los Muertos wedding, as well as for a Celtic wedding with the groom wearing a similar quilt. They look great in every season, and compliment many different skylines, backdrops and landscapes.
An unexpected advantage? With your dress dark at the bottom, any dirt accumulated during the day walking outdoors and kicking up dust won’t show at all. Some dirt won’t even show up in photos, let alone stand out against the wine red or midnight sky colors. You can trudge through mud, stomp the yard and dance up a storm without a worry!
Your photos are guarenteed to look spectacular. You can even have bridesmaids with dresses that compliment your dress colors; such as red, orange, yellow, blue or purple. You can even have all of the above with mismatched dresses! The possibilities are endless. You can even DIY this look yourself or custom order!
|Posted by Live Love Mom on August 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM||comments (7)|
By: Rev Dr. Stephanie McEndree
Wedding hashtags are rising in popularity. With the social media generation, it makes finding your wedding-specific posts easier.
Hashtags were created to find specific things you are looking for. Since the hashtag #wedding has millions of posts, it would be hard to dig through those for hours just to find your photos. Professional photographers, venues and family members can use a custom hashtag created by the couple so it’s easier to find their posts. Are you ready to find yours?
For those who have tough last names, such as Asian or Russian names, we suggest a hashtag in your own language. Or, use the woman’s last name in a hashtag such as this: #RomanovNoMore for those who will take their husband’s surname. You can also use generics, such as #MrAndMrsGusenov and such.
Here are some ideas for popular last names.
Murray: #WillYouMurrayMe #GettingMurrayed #WeAreGettingMurrayed
Smith: #SmithenByYou #ForeverSmithen #AlwaysSmithen
Hall: #HallwaysAndForever #DeckTheHalls
Moore: #ILoveYouMoore #MineForeverMoore
White: #AllDressedInWhite #WhiteDressWedding
Day: #ItsOurWeddingDay #DayTimeWedding #DayWeddingTime
Lachapelle: #GettingMarriedAtLachapelle #HitchedAtLachapelle
Gates: #GatesToMatrimony #GatesToHeaven
Rider: #RiderOffIntoTheSunset #RiderIntoTheSunset
Herman: #HerManForever #HermanAndWife
Tremblay: #ImTremblayingWedding #ImTremblaying
Black: #BlackTieWedding #BlackSuitWedding
Johnson: #JohnsonNoMore #JohnsonNotLonesome
Gahm: #2CanPlayAtThatGahm #GahmOn
Schucks: #AwwSchucks #SchucksToBeSingle
Wright: #FoundMrWright #FoundMissWright #FeelsSoWright
M(a)cPherson: #YoureMyMcPherson #YoureMyFavoriteMacPherson
Richards: #ForRichardsOrPoorer #RagsToRichards
Jones: #JonesingToBeA(husband's last name) #JonesingToBeHitched
For first names:
Chris & Mary: #MaryChrisMrs
Stephanie & Hugh: #StephanieReasonsToLoveHugh
Hugh: #HughTakeMyBreathAway #ILoveHugh #WillHughMarryMe
Saul: #SaulIEverWantIsYou #SaulIEverWanted
William: #WillYouBeMyBride #WillYouMarryMe
Mei: #YouMeiKissTheBride #YouMaeKissTheBride
Bart: #YoureAPieceOfBart #YoureAWorkOfBart #AlwaysPartOfMyBart #MyLoveMyBartMySoul
Cameron: #CamtWaitToMarryYou #CameronNeedsMaceroons
Zachary: #ZachsWhatImTalkingAbout #ZachsAllFolks
Wanda: #IWandaBeWithYou #IWandaMarryYou
Ashley: #AshleyEverAfter #AshleighEverAfter #AshleeEverAfter #AshMeToBeYours #AshMeToMarryYou
The best hashtags for weddings are punny and make use of the words and names used. When common names are used, such as Smith, the wedding year, date or location can make yours more unique. For your own unique hashtag, be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below
|Posted by Live Love Mom on July 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM||comments (5)|
by: Rev Dr. Stephanie McEndree
In my experience, it’s always better to write your very own vows. I’ve said vows to my husband three times; once at our wedding where they were bits and pieces of vows I read online I felt I related to. The second, at our handfasting where my husband and I read the traditional celtic vows. And finally, just today where I wrote my very own vows that came from the heart. It’s only with the vows from today that I cried saying them, and that they felt truly 100% right. My husband wrote his very own with no pre-written guides at the wedding, and he cried, and never regretted them. I therefore stand strong in my opinion: always go with your very own vows, straight from the heart.
Now some people aren’t the best writers, and that’s okay. There are many tips that can be used to make your words into beautiful vows, or even just say them the way they are. Here are some tips to help you write vows from your own very heart.
Listen to other people’s vows. Choose the style you like the most, and what you love most about what was said. Was it when the bride reminisced about when they first met? Was it when she described their first I love you’s? Was it when she described the very essence and depth she feels her partner’s love?
Use your own words. This is very important to make them your very own. For example, my cousin’s vows to her wife were ”You are in my bones Heather Dawn.” and her wife’s words were ”You are in my bones, the tips of my toes to the tips of my fingers.” So I went with the parts of me that I felt my husband’s love…I said ”You are in my heart, my mind, my soul, and my womb where our child will grow, Bart Alan.” You see, I described where he was in my being, which turns out were very different places, and had very different meanings. You can do something similar in your vows.
Get fancy. If vocabulary isn’t your forte, look up the adjective you want to use on the thesaurus website and search for synonyms of the word you want to say. For example, if you want to say your husband is good to you but want a fancier word…you can use sweet, kind, generous, understanding, compassionate, etc. Go deeper than a general word if you can. Just exactly HOW is he good to you? What does he do that makes your heart sing?
Choose difining moments. When was the time you knew she was the one? When did you have your first adventure together? How did you feel when she proposed to you? These and many more you can use in your vows, and bringing you back to those magical moments on your wedding day, with your future spouse in front of you looking your best in front of all your friends and family, will make your heart burst with joy.
Include your culture. If you want, you can include aspects of yours and your fiancee’s cultures. You can speak about the times you first read the Torah together, or how special it was having your fiance at Temple with you. If your spouse converted to marry you, that is also something you can bring up to show how moved you were at their dedication. You can include your spiritual journey together, or quotes such as ”couples that pray together stay together.”
Following these tips, you are sure to create a masterpiece. Feel free to write many different drafts, even combine them and make something truly unique.
|Posted by Live Love Mom on March 31, 2020 at 6:45 AM||comments (4)|
by: Stephanie McEndree
Your wedding is planned and all set. You’re getting married in a few days, weeks or months. Then, something happens that throws off your plans! For many brides and grooms all over the world, their venues, officiants, caterers, DJs and more are all cancelling on them. Months and years of planning are going down the drain. So, what can you do? Here are ways you can have your dream wedding, or a wedding, during hard times.
Throw out your guest list. If you want to get married on your date, you need to tell everyone not to come. If your country requires witnesses, you can bring two people, but it has to be people you are in close contact with regularly, such as parents, kids or roommates, to minimize the chance of passing on an illness (in the case of COVID19). Ask if the venue will consider still having the wedding if it’s just the couple, two witnesses and the officiant and maybe a photographer.
Online option. Ask if your officiant is willing to marry you both online, where he can sign the marriage certificate once you are married and send it to the both of you to sign it, then you can mail it in. I am not sure if this is possible or even legal, but it can’t hurt to ask.
Stay at home. You can scrap all of your plans and just get married at home. Tell the officiant to meet you at your domicile, or in your backyard for more safety. Get married just the three of you present, and sign the license and be on your way.
Go to the courthouse. If they are open, call and ask to schedule an appointment to get married by a justice of the peace. Remember you can always have your big wedding later. What’s important is to get married and make it official.
Reschedule. Tell your venue to postpone the date for 2021, or ask them when they have an open date available later this year. With the virus being unpredictable, no one quite knows how long countries will be shut down for, so ask for a date several months away.
Remember, the most important thing is that both you and your partner are safe and healthy. This whole thing really is unfortunate, it really is. Hopefully, in a few years you will be able to laugh about it with your friends. You will have a dramatic story to tell your grandkids someday.
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