Personal Wedding Day Tips For Grooms From Marisa Nicole

Hi lovebirds!

After giving our personal wedding tips for our beautiful brides and bridal parties out there, it is now time for you gentlemen! We know that you want to make your beautiful bride’s wedding day just perfect, but you might not know exactly where to start which is why we are here to share a few tips that will help you be successful in that pursuit. These guidelines are small, yet thoughtful gestures that will ensure you have a great day together! Most brides work really hard on planning out the details of her wedding day. Therefore, grooms you will want to consider doing the following to make that happen on your big day!

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The Wedding Gift

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This doesn’t have to be something that is super expensive (but it can be). It can be something big or small, it doesn’t matter, but it is simply a way of saying thank you to the gal you love for agreeing to become your wife! Whether you get a card or some kind of present, it should ultimately be something to show her how much you love her and how happy you are to soon be her hubby for life.

The Honeymoon Suite

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Decorating the honeymoon suite isn’t something that you actually have to execute yourself. It is important that you are really enjoying every second of your reception. However we highly suggest that you make a plan to secure all the items you will need in advance. This being whatever is going to make the place you and your new wife go to spend your wedding night a romantic love nest that she will never forget! Perhaps have one of your groomsmen connect with one of the bridesmaids and ask them to spend a few minutes making the suite feel special. Petals, champagne, whatever your style is, do something. For one day you should be uber romantic, and not hold back on the extra step. Your bride shouldn’t have to lift a finger.

Keep It Classy

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Your wedding day is one of those days that should be super fun for both you and your partner. With that being said, we encourage you to hold back the reigns on the form of “fun” you engage in with your crew until after the ceremony. If you are a cigar guy, please don’t have one before you walk down the aisle (so that you don’t smell like cigars the first time she sees you – yikes!). A bit of pre-wedding drinking is not only acceptable, but encouraged. However we beg you not to go overboard. Keep it together, and be the classy gentleman we know you can be.

Be an Us

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Be by her side, and take on your wedding as a team. There is a time and place for hanging with the boys, jamming with the band, and managing family drama, but you should stay together as much as possible. She has celebrated with her crew, and you with yours, so this is the time for everyone to come together and celebrate as a group.

Take the Weight Off Her

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Again, most brides are very active in working out the details for her wedding day, so help take the load off her by pitching in if need be. You can think of it as your way of repaying her for all the work she did. If there is stuff that needs to happen last minute, offer to do it or try to find a solution that doesn’t involve her so she doesn’t have to be the one to make it happen. If she is getting frazzled, be the one to help calm her nerves. Let’s try to keep her worrying to a minimum. Take the initiative to make sure you have all your items organized and ready for the big day – your shirt, cuff links, all your belongings, etc. This way she and her gals can worry about her stuff and you are worrying about yours. She shouldn’t have to remind you to bring your vest or get that haircut she keeps dropping hints for.

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Soon-to-be-grooms, these tips are for you and you can do with them what you will. All of these gestures and actions are simply small ways of telling your bride thank you, and showing her that you are doing the most you can, and the best you can. Show her your best! Be romantic, be thoughtful, be on top of your game, or be whatever she needs you to be. At the end of the day, this day is all about you guys as a couple, and we want you to have the best day possible!

Personal Bridal Party Tips From Marisa Nicole

Hi lovebirds,

As mentioned last week, this week we will be continuing our mini series on personal wedding day tips. Today we will be focusing on sharing advice for your wonderful bridal party members. It is no doubt that being a bridesmaid (or bridesman) can be extremely fun and exciting but there are also a few things that we want you all to keep in mind so that our bride can have the best day possible. So without further ado, here are our top 10 tips for all our bridesmaids out there!

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1) Don’t wake the sleeping beauty

Of course, we all want our bride to get as much rest as possible for her big day so just let her be! Let her sleep and help her get to bed at a respectable hour so that and get all the rest she needs until it’s time for her to get ready.

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2) Keep it upbeat

Obviously bridal party members are people that the bride cherishes and wants to have fun with so just keep the day upbeat. Have some fun, play music, keep it airy and light and maybe even pop some champagne! The day deserves to be celebrated!

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3) Be self-reliant

At the venue, it is so important that everyone takes care of themselves… Bring enough water, snacks and other necessities to keep you running for the day. All the vendors on-site will be busy putting the couple’s dream wedding together so just make sure you’re prepared for the day!

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4) Focus on the couple

We know that being a part of the bridal party can be super fun and exciting but it is important that you don’t get carried away. Focus on the couple and shower them with love! Keep an eye on the couple throughout the party and help them out when needed!

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5) Be your best self

On the day of, we just ask everyone to be their best selves. Be on time and don’t complain too much about hair & makeup if something isn’t exactly how you would like it. Of course, we’ll do whatever we can to make sure everything goes as ideal as possible, but try not to make yourself the focus.

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6) Comfy shoes

You will be on your feet and toes running around all day, so we recommend that you bring at least 1-2 pairs of shoes to change into throughout the day. Trust me, you’ll thank us later!

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7) One for one rule

What is a celebration without some booze? We know you all want to have fun, but just make sure you stick to the one for one rule (one glass of water per boozy drink) so that you can last all night without feeling sick.

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8) Come to us!

If something doesn’t seem to be going as planned for the couple at any point in the day, the first people you should be reaching out to is the planner or coordinator because that’s what we’re there for! The last thing you want to do is stress the couple out for no reason so come to us first and we’ll see what we can do.

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9) Ceremony walking

A lot of the times, bridal party members are unsure of what to do when they’re walking down the aisle. We suggest that you just walk as comfortably fast as your feet will allow and smile! During the ceremony, make sure your shoulders are back and don’t lock your knees. Stay relaxed and remember, your bouquet isn’t your necklace.

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10) RELAX AND HAVE FUN!

While there are so many things to keep in mind as a bridal party member, we also want you guys to have fun on the day so just be as calm and relaxed as you can. Enjoy the special day just like the couple wants you to!

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This is it for now gals! We hope you found this helpful and have a wonderful time at the wedding!

Personal Bridal Tips from Marisa Nicole

Hi lovebirds,

This week, we’ll be starting a very exciting mini-series focusing on the do’s and don’ts for wedding days. We totally get it, wedding days can be stressful and nerve-wracking… especially for brides. But hopefully, our personal tips and experience will bring you a little comfort and you’ll be more prepared for your big day! So without further ado, here are our top 10 tips for all our beautiful brides out there for making your day as fun-filled and smooth as possible.

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1) Hydration

Make sure you drink at least 2 cups of water right when you wake up in the morning. We can’t stress how important this is because not only will it keep you skin looking fresh and glowing, it will keep you moving throughout the day (and of course, not get you too tipsy too early)!

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2) Eat!!!

We know that on your wedding day, it is easy for eating to fall low on your list of priorities. We get it, there are better things to do than to stop and sit down for a meal on your wedding day. And you may not even be hungry. However we strongly suggest that you try to make an effort to eat a little carbs and protein so you’ll have energy for the day.

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3) All writing related

Whether it is personal vows or a letter to your significant other, please please please don’t wait till the last minute to put pen to paper! Make sure you give yourself at least 2 weeks in advance so you can gather your thoughts and let your loved one know exactly how you feel.

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4) Comfy shoes

For your special day, you’ll most definitely be running on your feet all day. Make sure you keep your toes and feet open and bring 1-2 comfy shoes to change into so that you can show off your dancing feet at night!

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5) The person

This often gets overlooked but it is so important that you have at least a person to go to the final dress fitting with so that she knows exactly how to bustle your dress on and you’ll have one less thing to worry about on your big day.

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6) Bathroom break

You want to be as comfortable as you can for your big day so make sure you go potty before your get into your beautiful dress. Then do it again between cocktail hour and the reception. This way, you’ll be more stress-free walking down the aisle and you’ll get as much time as you possibly can with all your guests.

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7) Gratuity

Whether it is gratuity for your vendors or gifts for your wonderful bridal party, it is recommended that you organize these at least 3 days before the wedding. You want to be generous and the last thing you want to do is forget about someone!

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8) Personal emergency kit

Prepare a personal emergency kit so that you’ll be more equipped for all kinds of situations on your big day. Some things to consider are:

  • A travel-sized deodorant
  • Baby powder because nobody likes chaving
  • Your lipstick for the day so that you can touch-up whenever you want
  • Tissue but make sure you give this to your maid of honor

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9) Bouquet placement

You’ll want to look your best while walking down the aisle and one thing that you may not pay attention to is the placement of your bouquet. You don’t want to be blocking your face or dress so just keep in mind that your bouquet goes lower than you think!

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10) LET GO AND ENJOY!

The week of your wedding is when you want to start letting go of things. This means no more DIYs or adding things to your wedding that wasn’t already planned. This is the time when you want to really enjoy yourself and be in the moment. So before you walk down the aisle, just have your phone, watch and timeline away and have a great time!

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Wedding Gifting Etiquette 301: Guest Gifts

Hi lovely people!

This week will be the final part of our gifting etiquette discussion! Today we are focusing on treating your guests right by giving them a little something to walk away with (other than the crazy memories, that is!). Depending on whether your guests are spending the entire weekend celebrating your wedding, or just coming out for the day, you have options when it comes to presenting your guests with a memento. We recommend greeting guests who are staying overnight with a welcome package to introduce them to the area and with essentials for their stay. For a single-day celebration, you can gift them a sweet treat or something functional to remember your day!

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Welcome Gifts

Everyone loves a warm welcome! Welcome gifts aren’t always necessary, but if you have a destination wedding or have guests traveling in from out of town, then it is the courteous thing to do to make them feel at home. To be the hostess with the mostess, you can provide tote bags filled with items needed for planned activities throughout the weekend, maps noting the hot spots around town, and creature comforts that will help your guests enjoy their stay! We suggest choosing a theme and sticking to it with these gifts. Below is an example of one of our favorites with a “fun in the sun” vibe (filled with sunblock, water, flip-flops and cute sunnies)!

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Favors

We love a creative and useful wedding favor! While these adorable takeaway gifts may have fallen out of fashion due to budget restrictions, gifting your guests with a little something makes a big difference. Letting your guests know that they matter is essential to a successful day. Make sure your favor is something that your guests will take home and use or enjoy again after the wedding is over. These can be topical to your venue location, symbolic of something meaningful to you and your fiance, or just plain functional. Don’t waste your time or money on anything people will throw away! Some of our favorite ideas include fans or parasols to keep the heat off of your guests, wine stoppers, or mini bottles of champagne.

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Whatever you choose to gift your guests, whether it be a celebrity style swag bag or a small thoughtful token, we promise your guests will appreciate it. Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the various situations regarding the when, where and who of gifting your significant other, bridal party, families and guests for your wedding. We think it is super important that you know when you should show some love to your nearest and dearest so that no outpouring of love for you is overlooked. You only have to say thank you once to have someone remember your gratitude forever.


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