Tips for Buying Your Wedding Shoes

When it comes to picking out wedding shoes, too many brides-to-be end up blacking out and ending up with a ridiculous cute – but ridiculously painful – pair of heels. You don’t know what happen; all you remember is seeing them in through the window display and all of a sudden you were swiping your credit card. Sure, you absolutely love them and they’re great now, but will you still love them this much after 12 hours on your feet? We want the tears you shed on your wedding day to be tears of joy, not agony. So to save you the trouble, check out which heels may or not be right for you in this quick break down:

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Platform Heels – Yes, this type of heel will give you a ton of extra height, but due to the fact that they have a platform in the sole, there’s less of a strain on your feet to arch so high. That’s to say if you choose a platform shoe with a 5 inch heel, you’ll only feel the pressure of a 3 inch heel.

Wedges – Because this type of shoe has a flat bottom, it will give you the most stability when compared to any other heel. If you plan to get married in an outdoor setting and are nervous about getting your heel caught in glass, this may be the shoe for you.

Stilettos – With is flat sole and skinny heel, the stiletto is undoubtedly sexy and sophisticated.  However, because the heel has less of a stable surface to support you and there is no platform sole to take help counteract the added height, they can be the most difficult to break in. However, if you wear heels often, you should have no problem adjusting.

In any case, it’s always a good idea to break your wedding heels in as much as possible before the big day. That way, if you really don’t wear stilettos very often but you just have to have them, you can give yourself the best chance of making it through the night without crying in pain. However, if you get closer and closer to the wedding day and you still aren’t comfortable in your heels, don’t wear them. You won’t want anything to hinder your experience as a bride and at the end of the day, one pair of heels just isn’t worth it.

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Choosing the Perfect Song for Your Wedding Reception Entrance

After you and your new husband have exchanged “I dos” and the ceremony has come to an end, it’s time for you and your guests to gear up for a night of good food, great drinks and a lot of crazy dancing. If you’re like most newlyweds, the thought of your family and friends anxiously awaiting your arrival will only serve as motivation to make your wedding reception entrance worth the wait. After all, this will be the first time that you are introduced as husband and wife.

So how do you go about choosing the perfect song for this moment? Well it all depends on the type of message you want to send. While some couples will choose a classic song that is heavily-focused on love, others will choose something more modern, upbeat and energetic. Whatever you decide to go with, just make sure that it’s something that shows off your personalities and that you can have fun with!

With millions and millions of songs in the world, it can seem next to impossible to choose just one. That’s why we were glad to see that Brides.com had compiled a list of top “Reception Entrance Songs” through Spotify.

Take a listen and let us know if you could see yourself walking out to any of these songs, or if you have a few others in mind!

Tips for Curing that Post-Wedding Hangover

Two words: open bar. Sounds fun, right? Not always. You see, once the ceremony is over and you are finally husband and wife, you’ll be dying to let loose and just have some fun with the people that you love. However all too often, one glass of champagne leads to two glasses, which in turn leads to a few vodka teas and before you know it, you’re throwing back shots of Jack and it’s tomorrow. All you seem to really know is that you had a great time and that the sooner you can make the pounding in your head stop, the better. You’re officially the victim of a classic wedding hangover.

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Try a few of these tricks to get you back to feeling (and looking) like a beautiful, blushing bride:

Hair of the Dog – For years now, people have sworn by the hangover-healing powers of a quality Bloody Mary. While it may not make the pain go away completely, it’s definitely a good place to start.

Advil – While some believe that the best time to take a couple of Advil is before you go to sleep on the night that you’ve been drinking, others claim that the best time is as soon as you wake up in the morning. Either way, this anti-inflammatory pill will definitely help to reduce some of your headache pain. Just make sure that you take them with a big glass of water to dehydrate yourself.

Eucalyptus Steam Shower – Have you ever heard someone say that they needed to sweat all of the toxins out of their body? That’s why so many people prefer to head to a spa and sit in the steam room after a hard night. If you don’t have the time or energy to make it all the way to a spa, that’s no problem. Place 15-20 drops of eucalyptus oil on a washcloth that has been soaked in hot water and hang it up in the shower while it’s running. Once you begin to smell the eucalyptus, hop on in and detox.

Nobody likes to be hungover, but the good news is that the feeling doesn’t last forever. You’ve been going, going, going nonstop for months so just give yourself this one day to lay around and do nothing but recoup with your love. You’ve got the rest of forever to nurse each other’s hangovers.

(Source: Brides.com)

What to Do When a Friend is Copying Your Wedding Ideas

When it comes to planning a wedding, we all look for tips and advice anywhere we can find it. For some, this means “pinning” anything and everything we see on Pinterest and creating our very own dream wedding board. For others however, this means turning to the people we trust most: our friends and family. But what if one of the people you are sharing your thoughts and ideas with is actually getting married as well and you begin to notice that her wedding ideas are very similar to the ones you’ve expressed previously?

Dealing with a Friend Who’s Copycatting Your Wedding Planning | Brazos SpringsBelieve it or not, many women find themselves in situations where a friend has become quite the copycat wedding planner, and that can sting a little. Anyone who has ever needed to plan a wedding will tell you that the experience can be very stressful. You plan for months and months and put everything you have into personalizing your wedding to fit both your personality and your groom’s personality. Now what?

Well before you get too upset and end up saying something to your copycat that you may regret, look at things objectively; when you live in the same city and have the same friends, sometimes it’s not the fact that she’s taking your ideas, it’s just that this is what she’s always dreamed of as well and sometimes things overlap, unfortunately. However, if you’ve known each other for years and all of the decisions your copycat has made about her own wedding don’t really seem to reflect her personality or anything that you would ever picture for her wedding, there may be something else at play here.

According to relationship expert, Melanie Ross Mills, some women are just too afraid to break away from the norm of what everyone else is doing. “We’re fearful of stepping out and doing what we’d really like to do because we’re afraid it won’t be accepted or approved of.” Say your copycat friend has always said she’d want a black and purple theme at her wedding, but all of a sudden because you’ve expressed that you’d like to go with a champagne off-white theme and everyone else loved that idea, that’s now what she wants.

So instead of getting frustrated and losing friendships over this incident, maybe now is a good time to sit with your friend and ask her how she really pictures her dream wedding. It’s possible, and even likely, that she doesn’t even realize what she’s doing by copying you. By talking things through with her, you may be able to snap her back to reality and allow yourselves to both have your perfect, different weddings.

These Things May End Up Ruining Your Wedding Photos

Months and months of careful planning come down to one special day – your wedding day. Before you know it, the day will be over and what you’ll have left are your fondest memories and those gorgeous photographs. That’s why hiring a quality wedding photographer is so important! However, keep in mind that there are also a number of little things that go into making sure that your wedding photos are picture perfect. Here’s a hint: they have nothing to do with the person behind the camera.

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Here are just a few things that could end up having a negative influence on your photos:

Brands and Logos – Wedding jitters keep you up until all hours of the night before the wedding? If you choose to battle the fatigue with a venti caramel macchiato from Starbucks, make sure that the cup is out of view when your photographer snaps photos of you in the makeup chair. Logos can be very distracting and actually take away from the beauty of the shot.

iPhone Photographers – Everyone has a camera phone and everyone is looking to get the best shot to post on social media. You’ve hired a wedding photographer for a reason; make sure your guests respect this. The last thing you want to see in your professional and otherwise gorgeous photos is Uncle Sal in the background, halfway leaned into the aisle with his cell phone, or worse – iPad.

Videographers and their Equipment – If you’ve chosen to hire both a photographer and a videographer, that’s great! Just keep in mind that as the two compete for the best shot, they may end up getting in each other’s way and the next thing you know, you’re left with photos of a videographer in the background. To avoid this, ask your photographer if he has any recommendations for a videographer he’s worked well with in the past.

You’ll be looking back on these photos for the rest of your life – make sure they are as perfect as your memories!

5 Must-Do Things for the Morning of Your Wedding

The morning that you wake up and realize that you will be getting married in just a few short hours will be one of the most exciting, nerve-wrecking and awe-striking moments of your life. While you know that your morning will already include getting your hair and makeup done, and primping with your bridesmaids before your walk down the aisle, there are quite a few other things to consider.5 Must-Do Things for the Morning of Your Wedding | Texas Old Town

Chances are, you have already made yourself aware of a few of the tasks below, but we would highly suggest writing them down so as not to forget when your mind is in a million different places on the morning of your wedding.

Eat Breakfast – You may think you’re too busy to sit down and enjoy a nice breakfast on the day of your wedding, but you should really think again – especially if you and your bridesmaids plan to enjoy a little bit of champagne. Once you walk down that aisle, you really won’t have any time to yourself. Take the time in the morning and have a healthy yet hearty breakfast that will give you the energy to make it through the day.

Double Check Your Bridal Bag – This is the easiest thing to forget, but probably one of the most important. Before leaving to get your hair and makeup done, remember to check your bag one last time and make sure that you have the essentials: shoes, accessories, perfume, blotting pads, etc.

Steal a Moment for Yourself – Traditionally, the bride and groom will have a gift or a letter sent to the other on the morning of the wedding. Take some time away from the chaos and the rest of the bridal party to open this up privately. This will be the moment that you remember why you’ve put yourself through all of the craziness and all the pre-wedding jitters will disappear.

Thank Your Parents – Our parents take a lot of the heat from our misplaced anger and frustrations and we’re sure that it has been on full blast during the wedding planning process. This day is big for you – but remember that it’s big for them, too. It’s the day that their little girl gets married, so don’t give them such a hard time. Instead, thank them for everything they’ve done to get you to this moment. They deserve it and you have no idea how much they’ll appreciate it.

Breathe – No really, breathe. Take a big breath and really process the fact that today is the day that you’ve been waiting for your entire life. Shake out the nerves and just jump around and scream and enjoy the moment because it’s here and you’re finally about to marry the love of your life!

Now take this list, write it down and tape it to the garment bag that contains your wedding dress so that you won’t forget it. If you need any more tips, check out an extended list on SheFinds.com!

Things to Remember When Having Your Wedding Dress Fitted

Besides making it to the altar and actually exchanging vows with the man that she loves, every bride would probably agree that one of the most important things about her wedding is her dress. Not only do you want to choose a dress that is designed to fit your individual style and personality, but you also want to make sure that it fits in a way that looks and feels amazing.

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This is why it is extremely important to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of wedding dress alterations and fittings. Assuming that you have never been through this process before, here is just a little bit of advice:

Ask about the price of alterations before choosing your dress. Every bridal shop is different; while some will charge one flat rate, others will charge you based on the amount of work that needs to go into it. Remember that this isn’t always just about shorting the skirt and adjusting the waistline. If there are delicate details, such as lace or beading, there is going to be a lot more that goes into the process and out of your wallet.

You may require more than one fitting. In order to get everything absolutely perfect, it’s more than likely that you will have to have two, three or even four fittings before you’re completely satisfied. Relax – this is normal. Just make sure that each time that you return, you are wearing the appropriate bra, slip and especially shoes so that you can see where the hemline falls.

Make sure that it is short enough. The hem of your wedding dress should barely skim the front of your toes when you are wearing your heels. If it is too long, it will skim the floor instead, causing wrinkles to form. Even worse, a too-long dress could cause you to trip and fall when walking down the aisle. Nobody wants that.

Never underestimate how much of a difference a quality, properly-fitted gown can have on your overall wedding day look. Have any of your own gown fitting tips to add? Share them with us in the comments section below!

(Source: Brides.com)