Ladies, I get it: Being a bridesmaid isn't all glamor and champagne toasts. It's a big job that requires a lot of your free time, money, and changes the wedding experience altogether. We've all had those thoughts following the infamous inquiry of "Will you be my bridesmaid?"
All at once, I was overcome with the weight of the moment and I found I couldn't take another step. Suddenly very aware of my frizzy hair and rumpled t-shirt, I retreated to behind a tree, my destination all but forgotten, and watched.
Although happiness is often a very real byproduct of a healthy relationship, marriage is designed to pull dysfunction to the surface of our lives, set it on fire and help us grow. The job of marriage is to refine our dysfunction and spur us into progressive wholeness.
While you've probably already chosen the perfect venue, a photographer to capture your most precious moments, and a wedding dress that's sure to make your groom's heart skip a beat, you may have overlooked one important tradition.
Recently I had an interesting opportunity to work with beautiful Miss USA, Erin Brady, whose reign is coming to an end this summer to design her wedding registry. Erin and her fiancé are getting married this year.
Imagining the romance of Florence is easy enough, but it is easy to get overwhelmed with the number of tourists in this historic and popular city. Take a breath, realize you can't do everything in one trip and focus on making memories that will last long after you return home.
No matter how much you plan to spend, it is critical to buy a ring from a reliable source with an excellent reputation. Otherwise, you risk overpaying or getting a product with an undisclosed flaw, or a custom design that's not exactly what you had in mind.
I think we can all agree on the power of love as a force in the world. The word I believe applies to finding love is empower, visualizing and taking full personal responsibility for having the love you want.
Vows are, obviously, a big deal. I'd argue that they're actually the most important part of the wedding. For all the couples out there who want to write their own vows... but don't actually want to write their own vows, here are some alternative ideas that will be just as meaningful.
If you are not financially prepared, social engagements can leave your finances strained. When you plan and set aside funds for social engagements, you won't have to dip into your emergency fund, your day to day spending account or max out credit cards.