Wedding Diet: Making the Most of the Month Before

Fruit | By-lisaclarke

Did you know that July is one of the most popular month to get married? It’s when almost 12% of couples tie the knot! That makes June the month of final wedding preparations, which includes making sure you’re in your best shape for the big day. Consider using June to create a “month before” wedding diet to prepare for your July or August ceremony. Your goal might be to cut back on junk food or include more fruits and veggies into your meals. You may want to add protein to your diet or remember to drink more water to stay hydrated. Whatever your diet needs, here are some eating tips and meal ideas to help you plan your month before wedding diet.

More peas please!

Adding fresh veggies to your meals is an easy way to boost your energy and vitamin intake. June is a great month to start looking out for the latest harvest of vegetables at your local grocery store. You’ll start seeing fresh radishes, peas, lettuce, and spinach during this month and more vegetables like carrots and turnips will soon follow. These foods are great for creating crunchy salads and flavorful side dishes. If you don’t like eating your veggies raw, try incorporating them into your cooked meals. Add some spinach to a quiche, mix in peas with your favorite pasta dish, or roast carrots in sweet honey glaze. Check out these recipes for meal ideas that use June vegetables in tasty and nutritional dishes.

Summer Radish Salad | Snow Peas with Water Chestnuts | Carrot, Tomato, and Spinach Quinoa Pilaf

Sweet Nothings

Can’t seem to stop those candy cravings? For some people cutting back on sweets is the toughest part of a diet. But instead of trying to go cold turkey on those cookies and candies, set up a diet plan that lets you indulge in one sweet treat a day. This way you’ll limit the amount of sugar you consume but you’ll be able to enjoy a bit of sweetness. Let yourself have a piece of dark chocolate or a small cookie for dessert. And don’t forget that sweet foods can be healthy too! Try baking oatmeal cookies filled with nuts and raisins or dipping fresh strawberries in chocolate. Below are some more recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Fruit Sherbet | Tropical Mango Mousse | Pumpkin Protein Cookies

Snack Machine

Are you the type that’s always munching on chips or grabbing a handful of pretzels every time you walk by the pantry? Snacking is one of the hardest habits to break because so often you don’t even realize how much you’re doing it! For your month before diet, take the steps to cut back on unhealthy snacking. First, don’t leave your food out on the counter where it can tempt you all day. Keep your food stored away until you are ready to eat it. Second, replace unhealthy snacks with celery sticks dipped in hummus or a handful of mixed nuts. Because if you’re going to snack, do it with foods that give you energy and keep you full throughout the day. And if you’re the type that snacks because you constantly need to be chewing on something, always keep a pack of gum or tic tacs on hand.

Baked Kale Chips | Granola Snacks | Apple Toast

Diets aren’t always the easiest regimen to stick to but think of this diet as a way to make sure you’re strong and healthy for a day that’s going to very special to you. Use these ideas to plan out your month before diet and check back in with us soon for tips on a wedding exercise plan!

 

How Your Honeymoon Could Be a Secret Ingredient to a Lasting Marriage

honeymoon - photo by joshjanssenIt’s no secret that happy couples share fond memories, but just how important are the bonds you make in the first year of marriage?  A research article titled “The Connubial Crucible: Newlywed Years as Predictors of Marital Delight, Distress, and Divorce”, published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, may shed some light on that very question.

The 13 year study followed 156 couples and found that feelings of ambivalence, lessening of loving feelings, decline in overt affection and the perception that your spouse is responsive were large contributing factors in divorce. Couples who showed distress signs within the first two months of marriage were even quicker to the chopping block.

The research points to evidence that the prevailing mood of couples “right after they tied the knot” were key in predicting marriage success and happiness. Happily married couples were able to recall positive feelings about their spouse in the first 2 years of marriage and were able to “keep the romance alive”.

Honeymoons are all about the romance. Creating bliss and an environment where a couple can really bond is a large ingredient in the recipe for success. Financing that honeymoon is where many couples get into trouble and dealing with conflict is not the best way to bond before the honeymoon.

If you know what you want for your honeymoon but are just not sure how to get it, a great honeymoon gift registry can help you afford it. If you aren’t sure what you want for a honeymoon, inspiration is what is required.

To get inspired, here are a few great links to successful honeymoon stories to get your creative brain working:

Try making a list of every fantasy desire you have ever had. Even as small as a pair of gloves you always wanted as a child or a concert you wanted to attend. Discuss these lists with each other and then turn them over to your lover. Chances are you will forget the many small details you wrote down but they will have the chance to surprise you in their very own way. Maybe they can’t get your favorite band back together but what if they produce the concert shirt from that year? Remember, romance is key so learn as many small details as you can about your soon-to-be and keep the love alive!

 

The Modern Wedding Cake: Cupcakes and Cake Pops Oh My!

Cake Pops | By- niner bakesIn Part 3 of our special blog series on wedding cakes, we’ll talk about the modern trends and latest fads in the wedding cake world. If you missed our Part 2 post on wedding cake flavors, check it out here.

Now that we’ve gone over designing a wedding cake and choosing flavors, it’s time to really think outside the box. While many couples choose to have a wedding cake with a few tiers, some couples are opting to forgo the traditional cake structure. The modern wedding cake now includes elaborate cupcake towers, bite-size cake pops, or combinations of cake and cupcakes. These new desserts are easy to serve, and guests won’t have to wait for a large cake to be sliced and handed out. Here’s how to incorporate these trendy and tasty designs into your wedding dessert.

Cupcake Wedding Cake

This modern take on the wedding cake looks and tastes as good as it sounds. Because cupcakes are quick and easy to bake, they’re a great way to ensure that your dessert is fresh and flavorful. Bakeries can whip up a batch of cupcakes shortly before your wedding and design them just like a regular cake. Talk with your wedding bakery about choosing flavors for the cake and frosting, and see what type of designs they can create for your wedding cupcakes. It may also be possible to choose a few different cupcake flavors and frosting combinations since your baker will probably be making quite a few batches of the tasty treats.

Once you’ve settled on flavor and design, think about how you can display the cupcakes. One option is to mimic the look of a traditional cake structure by setting up cupcakes on stands with a pole running down the middle for support. Decide on how many tiers you’ll need (easy to calculate-roughly 1 cupcake per guest, plus a few extras) and make sure your baker uses a sturdy material that can hold the weight of all the cupcakes. Another idea is to use the cupcakes to line the border of a regular cake. Here’s where different size cupcakes with various colors can create a beautiful effect that will really impress your guests.

Cake Pops

These little treats are another trend in the cake world that modern couples are incorporating into their weddings. Cake pops are like dessert lollipops, and who doesn’t like lollipops? They’re easy to serve and don’t require much effort to make. Like cupcakes, cake pops can replace the traditional structure of a cake or be used as decorations on a regular cake. If you want a simple but pleasing wedding dessert, cake pops will satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth without making them feel like they’ve overindulged on dessert.

Remember that using cupcakes or cake pops can also help you save money! Many establishments charge a price for cutting a wedding cake if it has been made out of house. Consider using the modern wedding cake trends discussed here if you’re looking to cut down on costs. For inspiration on how to do so, here are some ideas on making cupcakes or cake pops work for your wedding.

The Modern Wedding Cake: Designs and Decorations

wedding cake | Photo by: Sugar DazeIn Part 1 of our special blog series on wedding cakes, we’ll show how you can create  unique and modern wedding cake designs that are sure to be eye-catching. Links to Pinterest images of wedding cakes included!

In addition to the new couple, the wedding cake is often the other star of a wedding reception. As the cake sits on its stand waiting to be cut, guests walk by admiring details of the edible flowers or the patterns stenciled on the tiers. Deciding on these details when designing a wedding cake can be a fun and creative process. As you plan your reception, try using some of these ideas to create a unique and modern wedding cake.

Choosing a Design

The traditional wedding cake typically has a few tiers covered in white fondant with some flowers. Although this design may fit the style of some couples, don’t let the traditional image of a wedding cake limit your creativity and personal style. Think of your wedding cake as a blank canvas- it can be kept simple and minimalist or decorated with different colors and designs. Consider whether you want your wedding cake to fit in with any color themes you have (such as with tablecloths, flowers, etc.) or whether your cake will have its own design. Coordinating with the bakery making your cake can help you with these decisions of the design process. Wedding cake bakeries usually have a portfolio of previously designed cakes that can provide inspiration for your own cake. Use your bakery as a resource, and find more inspiration from online sites like Pinterest or from your favorite artwork.

Deciding on the basic details like color and shape are the first step. The typical shape of a wedding cake involves circular tiers, but bakeries are also able to make cakes that are square and tilted. For a really unique cake, see if your baker can create a wedding cake in a shape representing a favorite hobby, such as a guitar. Once the shape has been decided, think about any patterns or stenciling you may want on your cake. Here is a beautiful example of a cake with the pattern of stained-glass windows.

 Deciding on Decorations

Flowers, polka dots, seashells, bows- wedding cakes can have it all. As you add accessories to your cake, keep a few things in mind. Many cake decorations are edible- bakers can make roses out of fondant and create pearls out of icing. Think about whether you want your entire wedding cake to be edible or have some accessories that your guests will need to remove before eating. Also think about the size and placement of the decorations- do you want flowers flowing down the sides of the cake or a few large flowers on the bottom tier? Communicating with your baker can help with these decisions as you create a modern and personalized wedding cake.

Next up on our special wedding cake blog series is all about the taste! Check back in to learn about deciding on cake and icing flavors.

[In Spanish!] Yoga en tu luna de miel: prepárate para el romance

Yoga en ParejaLa noche de bodas es uno de los eventos más importantes en la vida de una pareja. Sin embargo, también puede ser motivo de enorme tensión.

Y es que después de organizar la boda, planear tu luna de miel, dónde vas a vivir, regalos, tarjetas de agradecimiento, entre otras cosas, hasta las personas más fuertes se agotan, claro, con justa razón.

Por tal razón los consejeros matrimoniales sugieren a sus clientes alternativas para disfrutar al máximo la luna de miel ¡y relajarse!

Sin duda una opción que cada vez se populariza más es incorporar una experiencia de yoga en tu luna de miel, pero en pareja. Aunque esto pueda parecerte un tanto extraño, sobre todo si no lo practicas, date ahora mismo la oportunidad de explorar este interesante y romántico concepto y prepárate para sorprenderte.

Si tu destino está dentro de México puedes elegir un hotel ecológico para pasar tu luna de miel. Aparte de ser más económicos que los resorts de lujo que están tan de moda, estos centros recreativos suelen tener playas privadas que serán el escenario perfecto para que inicies esta etapa de comunión con tu pareja.

Xinalani, El Copal y Xic Xanac son algunos de los hoteles más conocidos en estados como Jalisco, Oaxaca y Puebla que cuentan con este tipo de servicios donde la luna de miel y el yoga suelen ser la combinación perfecta para que goces tu intimidad.

Concretamente en Puerto Vallarta, el Xinalani es un hotel que se especializa en preparar retiros inolvidables junto al mar, pero también dentro de un paisaje selvático.

Estos sitios de hospedaje, muy adecuados para los recién casados, ofrecen un ambiente 100 por ciento natural donde todo lo que se utiliza, desde el jabón de tu baño hasta las servilletas del restaurante son biodegradables y, por consiguiente, benéficas para el medio ambiente.

Entre las novedades están las largas caminatas por caminos frondosos y verdes que no tienen el típico ambiente turístico de los lugares preferidos por los vacacionistas.

Además de las actividades acuáticas y las oportunidades para conocer las ciudades cercanas, los huéspedes pueden alejarse del mundanal bullicio y participar en talleres diseñados para unir alma y cuerpo.

Clases de yoga, spas al aire libre con masajes y faciales de todo tipo, menús especiales, sesiones para practicar el surf y cursos de cocina vegetariana te ayudarán a ti y a tu pareja a pasar esa primera noche especial, lejos de tu rutina cotidiana.

Para mejorar tu experiencia, te sugerimos leas un poco acerca del yoga y que, incluso, tomes algunas clases para que puedas plantearle a tu pareja la idea de evitar el viaje tradicional de luna de miel y vivir algo más novedoso y personalizado.

Por último, no descartes la posibilidad de alcanzar el nirvana en tu habitación si aprendes a decorarla con la mezcla idónea de velas aromatizantes, flores, ropa de cama blanca, música relajante, y, por qué no, una botella de champaña para que inicies la luna de miel con el pie derecho.

 

Wed&Wish es una mesa de regalos de boda y luna de miel que le permite a los novios recibir todos sus regalos en dinero para que luego compren las cosas que realmente quieren. Ideal para parejas modernas que viven juntos y no necesitan más cosas en la casa. No te quedes con regalos que no necesitas! Crea tu mesa de regalos gratis en Wed&Wish aquí!

 

The Online Honeymoon Registry Guide to Preventing Honeymoon Hang-ups

honeymoon hangups by Bunches & Bits KarinaThe cake’s been cut, your Maid of Honor is recovering from the aggressive bouquet-toss-scramble and you’re pretty sure your dress has soaked up about as much champagne as your uncle Frank; congratulations, you survived your wedding! So now it’s time to kick off the satin sandals and head to the beach with your new love…well, almost.

Before you drop the dog off with the new in-laws (thanks, “mom & dad!”) or update any one of the ten social media profiles, lets go over a few potential buzz-killers that could really throw a wrench into the mix.

If you’ve planned and survived your own wedding, chances are you can probably handle the contents of your purse, so we’re considering issues of a far more potent nature here in this online honeymoon registry guide; the kinds of things that a margarita and aloe-gel will not be able to fix.

Honeymoon Hang-up #1 – Location

Number one on the list of honeymoon hang-ups: Location, location, location! Yes, we’d all like to visit the island where they filmed The Beach, ideally with Leonardo DiCaprio as a tour guide, but like all too-good-to-be-true locations, the pitfalls will soon outweigh the glamour. Go for locations that have the amenities you need to be comfortable. Pay especially close attention to the bathroom facilities. Don’t like the idea of a “shared” shower? Better check first! We have seen everything from rationed toilet paper to bathrooms so small the toilet was in the shower, so don’t take anything for granted.

Electrical outlets can become an issue as well. What kind of power does your destination use? Do you have the extension or converter that fits? Will there even be a working outlet? Think ahead and pay close attention to reviews.

Deals and Deal-breakers

Second on the list of honeymoon hang-ups: Deals of any kind. Nobody is saying that you shouldn’t be frugal, but for the love of Tom Brady, signing yourself up for an 18-hour layover that breaks up a 6-hour flight makes about as much sense as putting a pair of gloves over a set of freshly painted nails- yes, even when it saves you $100.

You can’t put a price on sanity, but if you could it would be far greater than $100. Besides, when your beach days are limited you’ve got to make them count! Trust us when we say that, after about 6 hours in any airport, you’ll start dipping into the money you “saved” on the flight tickets for things like beer, magazines, massages, and Starbucks- all of which you can get at the mall when you come back from vacation.

Love those Logistics.

Let’s play a game:

The clerk says… “Your last name please, Mam?”

You… proudly state your married name.

The clerk answers… “I’m sorry Mam, we can’t seem to find your reservation.”

You… freak out.

Game over.

It may seem like a no-brainer, but this rookie move is actually quite common and quite lethal to romantic moods all over the world! Please don’t confuse this for a passport check. Of course you’ve already put both passports in your carry-on bag, next to your new copy Nicholas Sparks novel. This is a “your passport isn’t going to do you much good if the name on it doesn’t match the one on your hotel reservation or your flight reservation or the rental car reservation; you get the point.

Remember these three lessons, have fun, be safe and don’t forget sunscreen! ;)

 

Affordable Wedding Favor Ideas for 2013

People love to feel appreciated, so as a thank you to guests of special occasions sometimes there will be a ‘favor’, usually known as a party favor. This is generally a small item, more of a token of esteem and affection, than any sort of valuable gift. It can also be a great way to have fun and add a touch of flavor to your event. For weddings this can be a miniature set of ball and chains, bells, bubbles, personalized items; anything you feel will add to the experience.  There are a few classifications you can sort them into to help decide on what you may like:

Personalized Wedding Favors
These fun favors include: glasses, pens, cozies, mint tins or candles with a message, name, or picture added. These will require more lead time for approval and manufacturing, but are generally a quick and easy way to produce a large amount of gifts for your guests.

Environment Appropriate Wedding Favors
If you’re having a beach wedding, perhaps a small bucket and shovel, skipping stones or sandals may be best as a way to make the most of the setting and provide what your guests may be lacking. Likewise knit gloves or hats for a cold reception, or leading into the cold season.

Edible Wedding Favors
Everyone loves chocolate, especially those who may be feeling stressed! Small collections of candies or chocolate never fail to be appreciated by guests and can be an artful way to add color to your table settings.

Home-Made/Hand-Made Wedding Favors
Easily the most time consuming, home-made favors take the cake, but no-one can argue the time and energy needed to accomplish a successful home-made favor. Small decorations that can be added to an outfit can help tie everything together while still being simple to make. It will also give your guests something to start conversation with and serve as a way to break the ice and get guests connecting with each other. Remember to have fun with it and wrap it up nicely, presentation counts!

 

Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dresses For Pregnant and Expecting Brides

Pregnant Brides - Photo By - Adrian Dreßler

While the social awkwardness of being a pregnant bride is dampened in 2013, finding a dress that will fit, instead of does fit, is an awkward experience of its own. How are you supposed to know how much weight you will gain? While some women stay thin with a big baby bump, others blossom from head to toe.

Learning About The Empire Waist Dress

As a preggo bride your best, and safest bet, is to choose an empire waist dress. Here’s a link to a curated list of empire wedding dresses to get you acquainted with your new best friend. The empire waist is designed to flatter any woman that has a wider middle section, raising the waistline high above the actual waist and sometimes right up under the breasts. This has the effect of flattering the breasts and lengthening the body.

Estimating Your Dress Size in Advance

Number one tip is to look at your mother and grandmother. How many sizes did they increase? Is your diet similar? Most expecting mothers will gain 2 – 4 sizes during pregnancy and a few will gain more than 4. The most important thing to pay attention to when considering an empire waist dress is not the size of you from the waist down, but from the breasts up! If you tend to gain a lot of weight in your arms, face and breasts when you put on pounds, you will need to choose a dress that has “room to grow” with you.

If you want a complete tailored look, the better option is to pick the style of dress you want and wait till one month before the wedding to purchase the dress. Then schedule a fitting 1 week before your wedding and have the tailor sew it a little wide (in-case you have swelling in the arms or breasts). It is easier to pin in day-of than alter to make more room.

Picking The Right Length

Length is a style preference but it can also be helpful to consider the season you are getting married in and the look you want to achieve. Short empire waist dresses can look ultra-cute with billowing layers of ruffles and pleats while silky-smooth, longer dresses ,played up with a bit of with embroidery, can look positively regal.

Either way you choose, remember that you will want to be comfortable most of all so pick pair of shoes that will go the distance with you. For more inspiration check out this Google Images page for preggo wedding dresses.

Wedding Inspiration: Hot Trends for Spring 2013

Wedding Inspiration | Photo by- Francesca PalazziWith wedding season just around corner, the latest spring wedding trends offer inspiration for every couple. This season the focus on customization continues to gain popularity as more couples look to put a unique spin on their ceremony and reception. As you create the wedding of your dreams, here’s three spring trends to help you personalize the details:

The New Venue

Couples are thinking outside the box when it comes to the location of their ceremony and party. For your wedding, consider booking a space that comes with its own beauty, like a favorite art gallery or museum. If you plan to have an outdoor wedding, think about using a family farm or childhood summer camp where you can play up the natural beauty and surroundings. Your choice of a unique venue location can show off personal style or tell about the special attachment you and your partner have to a space.

Have Fun with Food

Think whimsical and fun when planning the menu, especially for desserts and snacks. Many couples are now offering their favorite sweets like s’mores or a bar with different candies that make for fun, DIY food. Make this trend your own with a selection of your favorite sweet treats (for some delicious inspiration, look through these Foodgawker wedding food photos).

On the savory side, gourmet food trucks are another popular trend that can show off personal flavor. Bring in a late night truck for tacos or BBQ to keep guests full and the party going. And if you want to personalize a sit-down dinner menu, think back to childhood meals or the dishes eaten on a first date and let those memories inspire your food choices.

The Wedding Game

Great music and space to dance are still classic elements for having a fun reception but the new trend for wedding entertainment is all about the games. Bocce ball, croquet, and corn hole let your guests team up and have some wedding competition. These games are perfect for outdoor venues with plenty of space, and indoor receptions can work well with a small arcade or area for card games. If you want to personalize the games, try custom designing the game pieces with your initials or the wedding date.

To get more wedding inspiration, visit these special pages on Pinterest and Etsy that showcase the latest trends and help you personalize all the details of your celebration. Staying true to your personal taste never goes out of style, so always make any trend your own by customizing it the way you like best!

A Great Wedding Fund Provides Wedding Ideas For Modern Couples

Wedding Fund | Wedding Ideas | Photo Credit: AlphaOnline wedding registries like Wed&Wish provide the perfect opportunity for modern couples to get the gifts they really want. Most modern couples already have much of the typical home goods that a normal registry provides and may be looking to downsize with the merging of two households into one.

This is where a great wedding fund can really enhance a modern wedding. Instead of struggling to find a registry that is perfect, or signing up for multiple registries and confusing your guests, couples can ask for gifts like down payments, air travel and destination honeymoon funds.

Once you have your registry squared away there are many more things on the to-do list. Wedding gawker makes inspiration for you wedding a snap. Loaded with pictures galore, this site is a must see for those planning a wedding. From cake designs to dresses and hairstyles, this user generated site is filled with hundreds of pages of photos, so you can let your eyes do the walking and read more later if you see something you like.

We have made a quick tutorial of the Wedding Gawker site, we like it so much, to show you just how fun and inspiring it is. In it, we take you through, browsing the photos, what happens when you click on a photo, how to save to favorites and search for similar photos or by user.

One of the best things about Wedding Gawker is that you can be as linear or random as you want. Search for specific items using a defined keyword search or browse at random by clicking on a picture’s user to see their entire upload portfolio.

Please take a second (One minute and 30 seconds to be exact) and cruise the site with us. You’ll be glad you did!

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