2014 Bridal Veil Trends

Bridal veils are THE classic wedding accessory but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear one and still be fashion forward. Veils have their trends like everything else related to wedding fashion – in 2014 the diversity of the bridal veil trends you need to know about mean that veils are in for every kind of bride. Here are our picks for the bridal veil trends for the 2014/2015 wedding season:

It’s All About the Drama

Long and flowing, Cathedral length or short and sweet birdcage veils – however you wear yours, take things to the extreme. Expect to see modern shapes with traditional embellishments or statement veils. Yes, we said statement veils.

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More Is More

Veils are bigger than ever with more volume in a nod to 80s fashion. Think billows and airiness and pouf! There is so much opportunity for expressing your personality with your veil – go big, or even bigger!

Bright Whites are Back

Forget ivory and cream, because starks and diamonds are where it’s at. This veil trend is probably the result of brides embracing pops of color yet again. Nothing highlights an accent color like bright white.

Lots of Lace

Lace is everywhere at weddings this year, including on the bride’s head. Lace edge veils are perfect for the bride who wants an ultra feminine, elegant wedding day look.

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Casual weddings are a lot of fun, but more and more brides are planning sophisticated events with all the trimmings – and that includes ultra formal (and ultra romantic) bridal accessories like formal bridal veils.

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Loving Length

As majestic as it can be difficult to wear, the cathedral length veil does not actually require a cathedral to make an appearance at your nuptials. If you want to make a serious statement, feel free to go long, longer, or longest when it comes to your veil.

Or Go Boho

Romantic and fresh, the boho look is still hot – albeit in a modified, more sophisticated form. Embrace this look without looking like a hippie by choosing upscale embellishments and luxe fabrics.

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Amazing Wedding Guest Book Alternatives

Wedding guest books? Love ’em. But you have to admit that the whole big book of signatures thing has gotten kind of stale – especially when you consider that some wedding guest books are so long that even if you have 200 guests and each leaves at least a sig you’re still going to have oodles of blank pages. Wedding guest book alternatives are now appearing on more reception tables and there are some amazing trends we want to report for brides-to-be who are looking for a wedding guest book alternative that will wow their family and friends. Here are just some of our favorites:

Love from around the world: Get a globe that has only the outlines of countries and continents but not too many other details and invite guests to write their best marriage tips and well wishes in Sharpie near their home locale. It’ll make a wonderful display piece so you actually, you know, enjoy your guests’ congratulations.

The advice tree: Pretty gift tags with strings hung on painted (or plain) branches set in a vase look beautiful at your wedding reception. Ask guests to share their best marriage advice or well wishes and hang them on the “tree”.


Wedding guest book as art: Have your relatives and friends sign pre-painted watercolor circles on specialty paper – or use acrylics on canvas. This can be a fun pre-wedding DIY project for you and your bridesmaids. Or just go the easy route and have something special painted.


A dictionary or copy of your favorite book: While it might seem a bit weird to let guests write on the pages of an already wordy tome, this is one guest book alternative that you’ll actually flip through more than a few times. Plus, no blank pages. Imagine looking up a word and finding a special note from your favorite cousin or best friend – sweet, right?

The origami paper vase: Have guests choose sheets from a selection of pretty, coordinating origami (or craft) paper and write their notes on the white side. Ask guests to fold their notes into squares and place them in a clear glass vase that can be used to display white painted branches or just put somewhere special as is.

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3D wedding hearts: This is easy on your wedding day and a post-wedding craft you and your sweetie can do together once you’re home from the honeymoon. Glue gently creased paper hearts with advice and well wishes from your loved ones onto a piece of matting paper and then have it framed in a shadow box frame.

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A canvas of fingerprint balloons: Have guests leave their fingerprints using colored ink at the end of pre-drawn strings – you can ask them to write their names on their fingerprints for even more personalization. It will look beautiful framed and hung somewhere in your home.

Why use one of these guest book alternatives? We say if you’re looking for the perfect gown, unique wedding jewelry, a to-die-for venue, and want everything else to be just right, it just makes sense that you’d want your guests to leave their congrats in something original.

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Easy Edible Wedding Favors from Real Brides

Looking for easy wedding favor ideas? Edible wedding favors tend to be inexpensive, easy to DIY (for those brides who want to), and  beloved by wedding guests who are happy they don’t have to find a spot for another little knick-knack. Here are some amazing edible wedding favor ideas from real brides who wanted to give their guests something special on the big day.

Fortune Cookies
Rebecca, Deming, WA

We are ordering fortune cookies with personalized fortunes as our favors. They are very inexpensive.

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Personalized Hot Chocolate
Kathy, Erie, Pennsylvania

Since we’re getting married during the winter and it gets cold in our area, we decided to give everyone a personalized packet of hot chocolate with our picture, a thank you message, and our wedding date printed on them.

My fiancé used a computer program to place our photo on top of a background of snow-covered mountains. We’re wearing winter hats and coats, but we really had the picture taken on a rather warm day. It usually takes me about an hour to glue 20 labels onto each packet. I do it while I’m watching TV so it’s no bother. We look really funny and it suits our personality. Everyone will get a good laugh. The hot chocolate costs 11 cents per packet. We’re having 100 guests.

Homemade Jam
Leah, Edmonton, Alberta

We, with the help of our mothers, will be making homemade jams for everyone. We bought 200 of those tiny jam jars for a total price of $15.00 at a discount store and the rest is free since we picked all the berries ourselves this past summer. We plan to make personalized labels for each jar with our names and the date of the wedding.

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Muffin Wedding Favors
Jeanette, Milwaukee, WI

Our wedding color is cranberry. My fiancé works in a restaurant and they are going to make cranberry muffins and we’ll add a cranberry tea bag and a little poem.

Heart Cookie Cutters for Heart Cookies
Kami, Woodland, CA

I baked 4×4 inch heart sugar cookies and dipped half of the heart in white chocolate and put my soon-to-be first initial (of my last name) in the middle of the cookie. Then I wrapped the cookie in a clear bag and tied it with a silver ribbon. All this for about $1.00!!!

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Apple Themed Wedding Favors
Jennifer, New Milford, CT

We are getting married in the fall at an old inn…. our centerpieces are baskets filled with apples and small apple blossom flowers. Our gifts… a metal apple corer with cinnamon sticks tied on top and a recipe card (folded over) of a recipe calling for cored apples. The front of this card is embossed with a seal that reads “From the Kitchen of Jennifer & Scott 10-10-98”. We are giving the men “shooter”, of a variety of Apple Liquors.

Homemade Jam
Doreen, Philadelphia, PA

My fiancé and I took an evening to make strawberry/banana jam. We then put them in cute, 4 oz. jars, one per family. They’ll be placed at the entrance to the reception with a label on the top designating the family and what table at which they’ll be sitting. We think it’ll be a personal, unique, and scrumptious reminder of the special day we all shared together.

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Cheap & Chic Wedding Reception Centerpieces

Looking for amazing, DIY-friendly reception table centerpieces for your wedding? We’re here to help! Here are just a few ideas for prettying up your tables without spending a lot:


Mother Nature’s Own Fresh Tulips

Use tall glasses and cut fresh tulips and greenery. You can find the glasses at the dollar store. Paint them for more impact.

Framed Family Photos

Have your parents, family and friends make copies of their wedding photos and put them in nice frames to use as centerpieces. Your guests can enjoy the look of weddings past – especially with parents and grandparents’ wedding photos.

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So Sweet Sugared Fruit

Make your own centerpieces out of real fruit covered with sugar – so easy. It makes a beautiful centerpiece and you can eat the fruit later, so no waste at all.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These do double duty – dessert and decor! Display them in piles or pyramids, as many as you need to make a big statement.

The Story of How We Met

Write out the story of how you met, print it on nice paper, and place the story in silver frames. After adding a little ribbon & silk flowers, you’re done!

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Gently Scented Candles

With these, you wouldn’t need flowers and you wouldn’t need a mirror or a dish. Just simply light the candle and set it on the table, and add great scents to your reception. Just make sure they smell fresh and not overbearingly perfume-y.

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Classic Silver Candelabras

Simply rent silver candelabras for each table. Each candelabra holds 5 white candles. Display them as is or place each on a square piece of mirror and put real ivy and small white flowers around it.

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Choosing the Perfect Bridal Headpiece

Here is the best advice we can offer when it comes to choosing a bridal headpiece or hair accessory!

1. Pick out your wedding gown first
2. Decide on your hairstyle second
3. Choose the headpiece and veil third

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In my career as a bridal style adviser I have actually tore apart a headpiece on the bride’s wedding day and redesigned it because it did not go with the hairstyle she wanted. The best way of course is to have a couple of trial run appointments at the hair salon prior to the big day. This way an exchange can be made for a different style headpiece if that is what is necessary to create the look a bride wants.

Don’t feel pressured into purchasing a bridal headpiece because it “matches your dress”. Instead look for a detail from the gown you would like to enhance and find a headpiece that complements. It may be pearls, a flower detail, or the trim. Or maybe you want a hair accessory that will match the flowers in your bouquet.

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Petite? If you are finding that the headpieces seem to big, look at what is offered for first communion headpieces and ask the bridal salon to add a longer veil.

Second marriage? Having a veil is fine if you want one, but you may want to skip the blusher. A beautiful tiara is perfect or ornament your hairstyle. Try a hat, they are coming back!

And here’s a new trend you can be a part of: ornament your hairstyle! There are also many beautiful decorative bridal hair pins, barrettes and bobby pins to add to your hairstyle! Simply attach a comb with netting to cascade down the back of the hairstyle – best part is you can remove it easily at the reception!

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Tips for Getting Married for the Second Time

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Getting married for the second time? Or maybe you’re marrying someone who has been married before? Here are a few tips:

Don’t ask about the details of his first wedding, and if you were married before, don’t bring up what you did at your first wedding. Just concentrate on planning the wedding you want.

If he’s been married before and you want a large, traditional wedding and he wants something much smaller and informal or vice versa the only answer is compromise.

If your groom-to-be has been married before, then he should allow you the opportunity to have the wedding that you’ve always dreamed of. But you need to compromise too. If your fiancé agrees to the church ceremony for 200 guests, then, you should let him choose the reception location.

No matter whether it is your first, second or third wedding… the focal point is still the wedding dress. Many second-time brides choose a simpler, more elegant or sophisticated wedding dress. Be as flashy as you want with your bridal jewelry and accessories.

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Many “etiquette experts” advise second-time brides to not wear a bridal veil or a long train for their second wedding. Don’t listen to them! This is your day, wear the bridal accessories you want to wear! Wear what makes you feel beautiful!

When it comes to bridesmaids, many second time brides choose to have a smaller wedding party with simpler bridesmaids dresses.

If you or your fiancé have children from previous marriages, include them as much as possible in your wedding plans. Invite them to be bridesmaids and groomsmen or junior attendants and let them participate in family ceremony rituals.

Children in a second weddings can do special readings, sing a song or play an instrument to be part of the ceremony. Wedding vows can also be written to include children.

You may feel uncomfortable registering for wedding gifts because friends and family gave you gifts at your previous wedding. There is no getting around that! People will want to give you a gift for your wedding. By registering, you help yourself by getting gifts that you want and you also help your guests in choosing gifts for you too.

When selecting items for your registry, you may already have all the china and kitchen items that you need, so try registering for other items such as sporting equipment, camping gear, electronics, or honeymoon excursions.


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10 Reasons to Build a Wedding Web site

Building a wedding website to keep guests informed and share some of you and your fiance’s backstory does add yet another thing to your wedding planning to-do list but we think it’s worth the time (and sometimes the trouble).

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Here’s why:

1. When you’re either planning a wedding at the last minute or years in advance, it’s an easy way to either keep guests informed or store important information for later. It’s also a fun way for your loved ones to keep tabs on your during your engagement, especially if you’re blogging. And a wedding web site can provide late-breaking details to keep your guests up to date about all the most recent changes in your plans.

2. The wedding invitations, reply cards and envelopes, and reception cards barely fit into their envelopes. There’s no way you can stuff in directions and special requests, but that’s okay because that is exactly what your wedding website is for. Include the address of your wedding website in your invitation. Then your guests can log on to find out additional information: where to bring gifts, if you prefer donations to a certain charity, whether you want children at your wedding and if childcare will be provided, and any other special requests. You can also scan in a copy of your actual wedding invitation and post it on your site.

3. Your family and friends are going to lose the paper invitation, anyway. On your web site, you can include information that is either troublesome or just plain impossible to add to your invitations. One of the most helpful tips: list where you are registered and include a link to their site if they have one because while it’s considered rude to put your wedding registry info in invites, it’s fine to share it on your website. Include a link to local hotels, restaurants, the local weather forecast so your guests will have an idea of what to expect climatically.

4. Half of the people in your wedding don’t know each other. Introduce your families and your wedding party to each other before they meet in person by posting pictures and short profiles. When they finally meet in person at the wedding they’ll already know something about each other. And it’s fun for guests to learn something about your attendants, too!

5. Information on paper has a way of disappearing. Why not put a newsletter online for your wedding party where you remind them of special duties or give tips on attire. How about those other people that will be helping with the wedding that may not know what they are supposed to do? They can log on to your web site site to find out when they’re needed. You will take a huge amount of stress off yourself and your wedding party.

6. You and your fiancé come from different cultural backgrounds (or it just feels like you do). Use this opportunity to explain wedding traditions you will be incorporating that your guests may not be familiar with before the big event. Then your wedding day can be more meaningful for your friends and family and all your guests will feel involved.

7. Most of your family members live out-of-state, cross-country, or internationally. After the wedding, use the same site to recreate the event for your family and friends. This is especially nice for those who couldn’t attend the wedding. Wouldn’t it be nice to put it online for those who sent gifts, but couldn’t make it? A walk-through of your wedding is a great way of saying thanks and it brings all your long-distance family and friends closer to your special day!

8. Everyone wants to join you on your honeymoon. Don’t stop with a play-by-play of your wedding day. Process those great honeymoon photos and put them online for the world to see. No one else gets to go with you, so bring them the next best thing—pictures that will make them drool!

9. Because it’s fun! Your wedding is the most spectacular day of your life and you want everyone else to know. So let them in all the details. Have you always wanted to blog? Here’s your chance to share your wedding planning triumphs and stresses with the world!

10. Finally, it gets the groom involved. One of the best ways to get your groom involved with the wedding planning is to build a wedding web site together. It’s a fun way to spend time together… (writing the text for the pages and scanning pictures) and if your groom is not “intimately” involved with the wedding plans – at least he can stay up-to-date by reading the web site!

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Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Party

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Wouldn’t you just love it if you could have 14 bridesmaids and invite everyone you love and like to be in your wedding party? Sure, but we’d still say you need to choose your attendants carefully! Not every friend or relative will be a perfect – or practically perfect – attendant. You especially want your maid of honor and bridesmaids to be:


‘Must have attributes include showing up for fittings and activities when they are scheduled and being on time for the rehearsal and the ceremony! ‘Nice to haves’ include there for you when you need shopping help or ready to drop everything and fold programs at the drop of a hat.


Able to wear bridesmaid jewelry and dresses that may not be their ideal choice and NOT complain! Honestly, it’s one day out of their lives, and if they’re not willing to wear the uniform then they’re going to have more fun as a wedding guest anyway.


Willing to help out with any wedding details, errands, shopping, and things like putting together favors. Within reason, that is. Your bridesmaids are not hired help and are not actually responsible for stuffing envelopes. Many ‘maids will graciously accept any burden put upon them but please be nice and don’t hijack their lives in the name of your wedding.

More tips for choosing bridesmaids:

When choosing the members of your wedding party, pick friends and/or family members that you are close with NOW. You may want to ask an old college roommate that you haven’t seen in a while, but don’t feel obligated to include people just because you were a bridesmaid in her wedding. Ditto for anyone you wish you had a relationship with – your mean future sister-in-law will not magically become your friend just because you ask her to be a bridesmaid.

If you’re on a tight budget, try to LIMIT the number of attendants. This will reduce your costs in more ways than one! It will reduce your flower bill (bridesmaid’s bouquets can be expensive); the number of attendant gifts that you’ll have to purchase; the cost of a bridesmaids luncheon and rehearsal dinner and you’ll need a smaller limo; and more.

Be conscious that others may be on a budget, too. You may want to look at bridesmaids dresses first and set a budget for the dress, shoes and other accessories that THEY will be required to pay for. Then you can let your prospective bridesmaids know a realistic budget of what they will need to pay to be a bridesmaid in your wedding BEFORE you ask them to accept.

If you are asking bridesmaids who live out of town, be sure to take into consideration the travel and lodging expenses when figuring the projected “bridesmaid budget”.

When choosing your wedding attendants – remember that you don’t necessarily need to have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. Bridesmaids can walk down the aisle together in pairs, alone or two bridesmaids can be escorted by one groomsman.

How many male attendants will my fiance need to pick? The rule of thumb is… there should be one usher for every 50 guests. The average wedding party for formal or semi-formal is four to six bridesmaids and users. Also, keep in mind a bride does not need as many bridesmaids as ushers. Having a mismatched set of wedding attendants is okay!

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20 Ways to Panic-Proof Your Wedding Day

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Here’s a piece of truth every bride- and groom-to-be should memorize and internalize: something will go wrong on your wedding day. It just will. Hopefully it’s something small and entirely inconsequential, but rest assured there will be something. Best case, your attendants will make sure you never see it happen. Worst case, it’s your problem to fix. In any case, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure that your chances of having a big issue are slim. Here are 20 ways to panic-proof your big day:

1. Tell wedding vendors providing you services exactly what your requirements are. Put everything in writing and make sure your wedding vendors sign the agreement. Be sure to specify items you don’t want as well (e.g., racy rap songs, too many posed photos, onion dip, and whatever else you don’t want).
2. Two or three days before the wedding, call all your wedding vendors and verify your bookings. Have them read back to you the time, date, and location of the wedding as they have it noted as well as the services or items they’ll be providing. That way, you’ll know if they have the right information. Make sure they know how to get to the site. It’s a good idea to send a reminder letter as well. Bring your list of phone numbers so someone can make a phone call if they don’t show up.
3. Avoid asking friends or family to provide food, flowers, or official photography. It will create an awkward situation if you’re not pleased with the results. It’s easier to expect perfection from someone being paid rather than a favorite uncle whose feelings may be hurt if you complain about his photography. He probably also doesn’t have a spare camera to bring along if his breaks or an assistant to fill in if he catches the flu and can’t make it.
4. Never let a friend serve as a bartender. He may pour too much liquor which could quickly deplete a limited supply, run up the bill, or get guests too drunk. He might also get drunk, or leave the bar unattended to socialize.
5. Avoid heavy cake tops or too many tiers. These can make the cake unstable – trust your cake designer who will give you the right advice.
6. Protect your wedding dress. Never iron it or attempt any kind of touch up on wedding dresses. If it is badly wrinkled, contact the bridal shop for pressing. Do not eat, drink, or smoke after putting the gown on. Do not apply makeup and keep away from pets. If you’re traveling to the wedding in your gown, avoid exiting the car near dirt or bushes. (Tell your bridesmaids to follow the same tips with their bridesmaids dresses.)
7. When you get your wedding dress, practice putting it on, walking, turning, and moving like you will during the ceremony. Get a feel for how the dress moves and how much extra time you’ll need to handle the train.
8. Avoid having children under age three in the wedding party unless their parents are bridesmaids or groomsmen. If you do, let one of the attendants walk with the child or pair them with an older child.
9. Secure fake rings to the ring pillow so they won’t fall off as the ring bearer walks to the altar. Have the Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man carry the real ones.
10. Make sure someone knows of any plans to use alternate entrances to the ceremony space (side doors, back doors) so they won’t be locked out for the ceremony. That person can work with the ushers to direct others.
11. Accompany the bridesmaids to their fittings to make sure the dresses are not altered to be too short, too loose, or too tight.
12. Advise out of town members of the wedding party to arrive early on the day before the wedding so you don’t run the risk of missing or delaying the rehearsal.
13. Have attendants arrive early to get dressed so there is no delay when the photographer arrives and no worry about making the wedding on time. Make sure there is plenty of time for hair and makeup.
14. Have a spare tape recorder, batteries, and extra tape in case the one you’re planning to use to record the vows acts up.
15. Get your marriage license application in advance of the ceremony and have it with you on the wedding day. You don’t want to discover on your wedding day that you aren’t licensed to be married!
16. Have someone assigned to take care of the last minute details and ensure the bridal party is dressed and ready to go. She can answer the phone, go on errands, and make sure everyone has something to eat before the wedding.
17. Practice driving the route to the ceremony at the time of day and day of week to check out traffic patterns. That way you’ll know how much time you’ll need to get to the site.
18. Bring along an emergency bag. Include a needle and thread, safety pins, nail polish, hairpins, and extra panty hose. Also tuck in a couple of cookies and some hard candy in case someone needs a quick pickup.
19. Try not to stay up late the night before the wedding. Avoid drinking too much alcohol or caffeine so you’ll be at your best all day.
20. If something goes wrong, don’t panic. You’ll probably be the only one who notices that the ribbons in the bridesmaids’ bouquets are the wrong color. Don’t let little things ruin your day. Accept the idea that your wedding may not (and in fact, probably will not) go as planned. Always keep your sense of humor!

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Brides: How NOT to Faint at the Altar

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Many brides and also some grooms fear that they will faint once they are standing at the altar. And yes, it does happen, but it’s still pretty rare. That’s because most people aren’t prone to fainting – the brides, grooms, bridesmaids, and groomsmen who do faint often do so because of nerves or because they’ve been neglecting to eat or skipping meals on purpose. We have all the sympathy in the world for anyone who has a medical issue that causes fainting but when it comes to the overzealous dieters, we say EAT! You need energy to get married!

Here are a ton of great tips to keep in mind as you plan your wedding, just in case you do feel you might just “keel” over at the altar or on the dance floor:

  • The night before the wedding, pack smelling salts and give them to your officiant, maid of honor or best man. Make sure they will be close in case you need them.
  • The day of the wedding, avoid eating very heavy meals but do eat lightly throughout the day. In any case, make sure you eat ENOUGH. Don’t try to lose those last few pounds on your wedding day.
  • Eat chicken or fish, cold salads, cheese and crackers, toast, scrambled eggs, bagels, and lightly seasoned pasta dishes (avoiding spicy tomato sauces because of the risk of heartburn) like pasta in light olive oil with veggies.
  • Avoid gas-producing foods such as beans, cauliflower and broccoli. Obviously.
  • This may sound crazy, but eating salty foods like popcorn, potato chips and salty pretzels an hour before your wedding will help you to retain water, eliminating the urge to have to go to the bathroom.
  • When standing, never lock your knees and stand with your legs apart even with your shoulders, knees relaxed.
  • Request chairs or a place to sit at the altar be provided so that if you do feel overcome with dizziness, you will be able to sit.
  • Take advantage of the prayers. Bend your head and breath slowly and deeply inhaling and exhaling to a slow, mental count of 7.
  • Lean on your fiancé if you must.
  • Dress for the season. If you are marrying in the colder months, do not wear a summer gown. You should feel comfortable. If you are marrying in the warmer months, avoid heavy under clothes such as crinolines and petticoats.
  • Your dress should fit you comfortably, not too tight.
  • Choose a gown with short or no sleeves (if your Officiant allows). If you must choose a gown with sleeves, make sure they are loosely fitted, lacy or illusion material. Make sure your dress lets you “breath”.
  • Choose shoes that will let you stand comfortably and do make sure they are broken in. If you must, take them to a shoemaker and have them stretched so that they aren’t binding on your wedding day.
  • Avoid heavy scents and perfumes, which are overly sweet smelling. They can overcome your senses and make you feel nauseous if you are dizzy.
  • Have water available and close by.
  • If you do feel that none of this is helping, simply whisper to your Officiant that you feel faint and have him/her seat you and your bridal party.
  • Ask to bring in fans if air circulation or air conditioning is a problem.
  • Relaxing is the most important thing you can do to avoid fainting during your wedding.
  • Before walking down the aisle, you may find that a short “loosening up” is in order. Shake your arms and legs and do a few head and neck rolls. You may look funny, but it helps.

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