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How to Starting a Pre-Wedding Exercise Program

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bridal fitness - wedding lose weightAre you trying to get in shape for your wedding day? Most brides-to-be have at least some fitness oriented items on their wedding to-do lists. Those dresses can be pretty unforgiving, after all! Here are some real-life tips to get you started:

Make Time – If you tell yourself you will exercise when you have time, you will never get to it. Make exercise a part of your routine and put it into your daily schedule. If going to the gym is too much of a hassle, find ways to work out at home. There are lots of aerobics videos on YouTube! Here’s one free workout we love.

Start Slow – Begin with a low-intensity activity such as swimming, biking, or walking. Do this three times a week for 15 minutes. Gradually increase your workout to 30 minutes a day, six days a week, with more strenuous activity. Obviously if you already work out your starting point may be different.

Stretch – Before exercising, jog in place for a few minutes to warm up and then do a short stretch routine. When you complete your exercise routine, make sure you stretch well to prevent stiffness and increase flexibility. Stiff? Yoga can be a workout all on its own.

Drink Water – Drink plenty of water throughout the day and especially before and after exercise. Dehydration can cause dizziness and exhaustion at the very least, and heat stroke at the worst. Water also helps your body recover after workouts.

Use Weights – For muscle definition, consider walking with small hand weights. If you are feeling up to it, begin a weight routine with 5-lb barbells like this one. Give your muscles plenty of rest in between weight workouts. A trainer can help get you started and once you learn the ropes, you can continue on your own.

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Don’t Rush – The worst thing you can do is crash diet before your wedding. You won’t feel good and if your body is starving for nutrients, you aren’t going to look that good either. Remember that thin does not necessarily equal beautiful. Think about being your best, healthiest you on your wedding day.

Never forget that your intended loves you the way you are. Of course you want to look amazing in your wedding photographs. And if you’re happy, well nourished, healthy, and fit, you will, no matter what the tag in your dress says.

christa terry author of iDo

Note: Beginners should only use weights twice a week. If you have any health concerns, it’s important that you see a doctor before starting an exercise routine.

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You’re Not Fully Bridal Without…

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A veil! That is if bridal veils are your thing. Many women just don’t feel like a bride without one and that’s okay. How often to you get to wear a veil, anyway? If you’re like most of us, not that often. And that’s probably what makes bridal veils feel so special. Put one on and you immediately feel different. More regal. More beautiful. More bridal!

wedding veil - lace wedding veils - rhinestone bridal veilCan you be a bride without a veil? Of course, you’re every bit the bride even if you’re saying your “I dos” in jeans. But even if you have never considered wearing a bridal veil, don’t miss out on the opportunity to don a very fun wedding accessory because it’s unfamiliar. When you’re gown shopping, try one on!

In fact, try on several in different lengths to see what you like, what you definitely don’t like, and what works with the dresses you love. Even if you end up buying your bridal veil online (which I highly recommend you do for the discounts) trying on a multitude of veils in person is the best way to find the one you really and truly want.

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While it might seem like veils are a pretty straightforward wedding accessory, they’re actually quite complex when it comes to the options available. In general, longer veils are considered more formal and shorter veils less – birdcage veils being the least formal of all. But length isn’t your only option! There are rhinestone and lace edges, thick and thin, single, double, and triple layers, corded veils, beaded veils, and more. It’s actually a bit dizzying when you’ve already been asked to choose a dress and jewelry and all the other bits and pieces that will become your wedding day look.

bridal veils - lace bridal veilYou’ll never hear me faulting a bride for skipping the veil, of course. I didn’t even wear one myself! But if I can tell you a little bitty secret, I actually kind of regret it. I felt beautiful on my wedding day but not particularly bridal, and since I don’t plan on ever getting married again it’s an experience I’ll never get to have.

christa terry author of iDo

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7 Mistakes You May Be Making With Your Bridal Jewelry

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Now I hate to be confusing. If you follow my posts you know that I’m always saying anything goes, do what you love, wear what you want, etc. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some style mistakes that should be avoided. You can wear what you love and look a bit silly – or worse, look back and realize you don’t really like how you looked on your wedding day. For that reason alone it pays to pay the tiniest bit of attention to some simple style rules.

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So what are the bridal jewelry mistakes you might be making without even realizing you’re about to commit a fashion faux pas? Read on!

1. You buy your bridal jewelry before your dress.

I’m not going to say there’s not a single reason to grab jewelry before the gown – a good sale is a good sale, after all – but how can you accessorize your wedding dress if you don’t even have it yet? Even if you’re in love with your necklace, earrings, bracelet and shoes, and headpiece, too, you may end up with an overall bridal ensemble that looks incomplete or mismatched.

2. You’re upstaging the dress.

You find the ultimate wedding gown and now you’re draping it in every bit of crystal and every pearl you can find. That’s wonderful except… your perfect dress is already embellished to the max. My advice – take it down a notch. Think about balance. A beaded, lacy gown with lots of bows and ruffles may call for simpler bridal jewelry than a simple sheath that can be dressed to the nines. But be careful. Sometimes a bold dress demands bold jewelry.

3. You have ignored your skin tone.

You were so careful when wedding dress shopping to differentiate between ivory and cream and diamond white, now you’ve descended upon the pearls with nary a thought to your own coloring. Are you a gold or silver girl in your day to day life? Stick with the tones that work well on you. Gold wedding jewelry may not be as popular as silver but if it looks gorgeous on you, who cares?

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4. You’re getting too trendy.

Your wedding day will be over in a few hours; your wedding photos will be there forever. Make sure you still love looking at them years later by thinking timeless. Sure, no piece of clothing or accessory is truly timeless but some trends are more long-lasting than others.

5. Your thinking is limited.

This is a great time to play dress up. You’re shopping – try something new! Maybe you always wear tiny stud earrings. It’s fine if you want to wear them on your big day, too, but why not think outside of your usual repertoire and have some fun. Try on pieces that don’t immediately call to you. It’s like wedding dresses – the one you fall in love with isn’t always the one you thought you’d like!

6. You’re getting too matchy-matchy.

Maybe you have a special accessory you inherited from your grandmother and you’re trying to build your bridal jewelry ensemble around that. Don’t worry about achieving perfect harmony. Your gran’s pendant can be the standout piece that takes center stage. No one is going to notice if its gemstones are champagne while your other accessories are crystal clear. In fact, the difference could make that pendant all the more striking!

7. You’re wearing a veil when you’d rather not.

Yes, it’s traditional but so was capturing brides back in the day. You can wear a tiara, a headband, or nothing at all! The same goes for almost everything else. If you don’t want to wear earrings, don’t. If bracelets make your wrists itch or you can simply never find the right size, why feel obligated to wear one. They’re accessories, for goodness sake. They should be fun. If they aren’t, move on!

How much time have you spent shopping for your bridal jewelry?

christa terry author of iDo

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This Hot Wedding Invite Option Doesn’t Have to Be Hard (Or Boring)

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One of the least lasting parts of your wedding will be the invitations. While you may hold on to an invite or three for a memory box, chances are your guests will (at best) recycle them and (at worst) throw them in the trash. You can minimize the environmental impact of your wedding invitations by doing the trendy thing and shopping around for eco friendly invitations. The good news is there are now big invite companies and indy artists designing and printing earth-friendly wedding invitations that are every bit as beautiful as the less green options out there.

Here are some examples we love:

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It doesn’t get much more conscious than this all of a piece invite from Paper Lapin! It’s a wedding invitation, a map, and its own envelop – printed on recycled paper that was created using only green energy.

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Did you know that cork is a sustainable material? I didn’t! Cork Country Cottage creates wedding invitations (and save-the-date cards) out of cork and also wood. The text is laser engraved instead of printed, which makes this way more of a keepsake than your everyday invite.

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I am so in love with the invitations designed and printed by A Bird & A Bee!

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Eco-friendly, green, natural, and traditional is how Beacon Lane describes their wedding invitations, and how could you not agree? The best part is that the company offers complementary customization on almost every option you can think of.

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Simple and unique, the designs on offer at Appleberry Ink are not only earth-friendly and adorable but also affordable. Great news for any bride who wants to respect Mother Earth while keeping to a budget.

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Eco friendly letterpress? YES! Bella Figura is an upscale letterpress studio in upstate NY. They use things like tree-free paper, recycled envelope liners, and FSC-certified pocketfolds. Learn more about green printing options here.

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This wedding invitation suite comes from K&V Crafts, which has committed to using as many green raw materials as possible in its invites and other stationery. So beautiful for a rustic wedding, and good for the planet to boot!

Seriously, how can you not love these? When in doubt, chose soy-based inks, recycled papers, and consider seed paper – your invitations become flowers. Amazing!

christa terry author of iDo

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Why Where You’re Getting Married Matters

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No one is going to wear a winter coat to the beach. Or a tank top while skiing. Would you wear club attire to church – or vice versa? So doesn’t it seem just a little weird that no matter what the season, what the setting, and what the weather, wedding dress options seem frightfully limited? Even when you’re saying your vows, your surroundings should play a role in your sartorial choices.

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Walking down the aisle in 2015? Consider not only the who and the how, but also the where. Here are four things to consider:

Air temperature and humidity: Did you know some fabrics can literally wilt in the heat? I, for one, didn’t until I started researching this post. If you’re getting married outdoors in somewhere like Florida look at lightweight gowns first. Fabrics like cotton eyelet will keep you cooler, more comfortable, and looking great for longer. On the other hand, do you really want to freeze your buns (and your bust) off in a strapless gowns in the dead of winter? A jacket works wonders out of doors but some ceremony venues can be surprisingly frosty.

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The Mood: Kicky little 1950s style wedding dresses and simple pearl wedding jewelry looks amazing when the backdrop is city hall. A longer-than-long cathedral train? Not so much, but inside an actual cathedral and you’re rocking it. The one crossover option seems to be the basic sheath. You can dress it up with your bridal jewelry or wear it dressed down, Bohemian style, making it the chameleon of the wedding gown world.

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Your backdrop: Will you be walking down the aisle in a church, a museum, or down on the farm? Will you dance the night away in a barn floor or on an old fashioned parquet floor? If it’s the former (and the barn hasn’t been entirely converted into an event venue) pass on the long, lace train and wear a lace wedding veil instead. In any weather, outdoor weddings call for dresses that won’t attract too much schmutz.

The laws of the land: Culture, religion, and even a family’s own culture can dictate what is appropriate and what isn’t when it comes to bridal fashion. Some religious faiths demand that brides wear modest gowns – and what modest means in any given faith can be quite different. One church may have different guidelines from another even within the same faith! Lots and lots of bridal jewelry is customary in some cultures. The less is more approach in others. When in doubt, ask or risk committing a faux pas that’s captured forever in your wedding photos!

How is your wedding venue driving your choices when it comes to your dress, shoes, and accessories?

Images: Sareh Nouri

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2015 Wedding Jewelry Favorites

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Last week, I posted some of my absolute favorite 2015 wedding dresses (from some of my fave designers) and this morning I thought let’s talk about some of the bridal jewelry you can wear with a simple wedding gown. Why go simple when elaborate is so often the name of the game in the bridal world? The short answer is because you can accessorize with impunity. Anything goes! So with that in mind, why don’t we go on a little tour of my favorites from our collection…

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The Addison rhinestone bridal bracelet is relatively simple but has so much sparkle!

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And I love the crystal swirl cuff – it’s silver plated and positively dripping with hand-cut rhinestones.

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Only the most dramatic brides need apply when it comes to the Serafina bridal headband. It is so big, so bold, and so beautiful.

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Another bridal headband? YES! They’re still hot and this elegant side headband is one of the hottest.

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Pearl bridal jewelry never goes out of style! The Pearl Bliss wedding jewelry set is one you may be able to pass on to a daughter, a niece, or someone else you love!

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The Ravishing bridal jewelry set is set with scores of generous cz gemstones that will catch the light brilliantly – along with everyone’s eyes.

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You can’t miss these stunning bridal earrings and when they’re paired with a simple gown? Heads are going to turn like crazy.

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And finally, with a name like Crystal Fascination how can you possibly go wrong?

What bridal jewelry have you bookmarked? What have you already bought?

christa terry author of iDo

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The Most Gorgeous Simple Wedding Dresses of 2015

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What’s better than a blog post featuring one gorgeous gown? How about a post featuring all of my favorite 2015 wedding dresses in one place! I am not kidding when I say you are going to adore these dresses – which are beautiful and simple and perfect for accessorizing excessively. You know, if you’re into that. These are the kinds of wedding dresses that let you go absolutely crazy when it comes to your wedding jewelry and accessories. Ready to fall in love? Okay, let’s do this!

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Rosa Clara 2015

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Rosa Clara 2015

Aire Barcelona 2015 Bridal Collection

Aire Barcelona 2015

Amsale Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

Amsale 2015

Delphine Manivet 2015 Collection

Delphine Manivet 2015

Marchesa Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Marchesa 2015

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Romona Keveza 2015

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Rosa Clara 2015

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Rosa Clara 2015

Rosa Clara 2015 Bridal Collection

Rosa Clara 2015

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Sarah Seven 2015

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Vera Wang 2015

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Watters 2015

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Our Favorite Simple Wedding Centerpieces

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simple wedding centerpieces 6Can I just tell you how much I am loving the return to simplicity that I have been seeing at this year’s weddings? While there will always be over-the-top everything from ten-tier cakes to wedding jewelry so heavy it gives the bride a migraine, it’s nice to see so many things that are just plain – well – nice. Doable for those of us who weren’t born with the Colin Cowie gene, even.

Wedding centerpieces for reception tables tend to be at the forefront of this return to all things simple – possibly because if you’re not a natural born designer or hiring an all purpose planner who’s wrangling the flowers for you, centerpieces can be tricky. Too small and they look dinky on a ten-person table. Too big and your guests are knocking the salt cellar onto the floor every time they take a bite.

But when you keep things simple, it’s a lot easier for the lay-bride to see what works and what doesn’t. Nothing too fussy. Mostly a lot of glass and flowers and candles – all of the kinds of things you can grab at a craft store on the cheap, in fact. Not that DIY wedding centerpieces have to look cheap, mind you. Some of the least expensive weddings I’ve been to have been some of the most arresting and amazing visually thanks to brides who put in the time.

If you’re thinking you’d rather put in the time than spend the money for gorgeous wedding centerpieces, here are some ideas I’m loving right now:

PrintI can’t imagine these are actually drinking glasses but they do look an awful lot like drinking glasses. One bloom per glass and you have the perfect centerpiece for a long rectangular table.

simple wedding centerpieces 3Bedazzling glass jars and vases was all the rage on Pinterest a while back so you’ll have no trouble finding a how-to. Pick the right receptacle and you can once again get away with one bloom per.

simple wedding centerpieces 5Not a fan of flowers? Simple sticks and floating candles make for surprisingly striking centerpieces.

simple wedding centerpieces 8Or ditch the twigs and go for greenery. Wouldn’t this setup be lovely with succulents or cacti?

simple wedding centerpieces 7Here’s another idea – twin greenery into a vine and trail it along the table. A few tea lights in glass complete the look. It’s very fresh and in keeping with the trend toward more botanicals!

simple wedding centerpieces 9It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Check Etsy for these candle holders or give DIY a try.

simple wedding centerpieces 4Did I say it couldn’t get any simpler? I lied. Beach stones and lilies are a perfect pairing.

simple wedding centerpiecesIt might take some time to collect all the tiny glass bottles you need to mimic this look, but don’t you think the results will be worth it?

DIY always takes time, of course. But the result can be a more beautiful, more personal wedding than you might otherwise have had. Scared to dip your toe into the wide world of wedding DIY? Centerpieces are a great place to start.

(Images via StyleMePretty, AFloral.com, Project Wedding, The Frisky, Burnetts Boards, Colin Cowie Weddings, A Low Country Wedding, and How to Be Perfect Woman?)

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Taking Care of Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

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There will more than likely be guests coming to your wedding who live hours away. By plane. I’m talking serious travelers, here. People will hustle to your wedding ceremony coping with sleeping off jetlag in an unfamiliar bed. While you, the bride and groom, are not obligated to pay for any of their extra expenses, it’s just simple courtesy to do what you can to make traveling less of a chore for your out of town wedding guests. How can you make your out of town wedding guests’ time in your hometown as comfy as possible? Here are some easy ideas:

* Research hotels in your area and post them on your wedding website. Find two with good reputations and different price ranges and reserve a block of rooms at each. Send the hotel information with your wedding invitations. By reserving the rooms in bulk, everyone on your guess list can score a discounted rate.

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* Send out a wedding newsletter early on.You can include travel tips and things to do, of course, but if you’re feeling ambitious take it to the next level with a multi-day schedule of events (e.g., a pre-wedding barbecue or a post-wedding brunch).

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* Of course, that means scheduling events. Ask your mom or a friend to host a pre-wedding cocktail meet and mingle for the bridal party and out of town guests.Just don’t go overboard – give out of town wedding guests a chance to relax, too.

* Provide them with rental car information. And if you can afford it, arrange to have a car service pick them up at the airport. It’s a nice way to welcome guests and take one thing off their plate.

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* Provide them with transportation to and from the wedding. This is a really nice gesture for your out-of-town guests that don’t know their way around your city or town. It is also good for any elderly guests that might have trouble driving. A mini-bus or van can be rented for the day and you can ask a friend to be the chauffeur.

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* Put gift baskets or bags in your out of town wedding guests’ rooms before they arrive.The best welcome bags and baskets are fun and useful. Maps are good, as are toiletries hotels don’t usually provide. Local delicacies, from wine to spice blend or even specialty candy, are always appreciated. Don’t forget to include a thank you!

* Don’t go too crazy, though, unless your budget allows. Most welcome bags for out of town wedding guests are a little treat rather than a big to-do. One way to make simple welcome bags special is to choose cloth totes with your state or some other form of personalization on them.

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* Finally, consider inviting out of town wedding guests to the rehearsal dinner. It’s not a necessity but it is nice!

(Images via Be Collective, An Exercise in Frugality, 23Eleven Events, Anne Elizabeth Designs, Lion in the Sun, The Indigo Bunting)

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Today We’re Loving Truvelle

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Love this wedding dress? Us too! Vancouver-based designer Gabrielle Bayona was relatively new to the bridal scene when she created Truvelle in 2013, but her style is certainly established. Her gowns are just perfect for sophisticated yet non-traditional brides who want to feel every bit the princess without looking like one. This particular gown, which goes by the defiantly understated name Julia, is a stunning rose gold sequined number for the bride who will “dance like nobody’s watching, dye her hair a new colour just because she can, and create something out of nothing.” Dazzling? Absolutely. Dazzlingly simple, too!

 

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