Wedding Day Self Care: 10 Tips for Brides To Live Your Best Life on Your Wedding Day

Wedding season is almost upon us and there are many things to consider when preparing for the biggest celebration of your life. You’ve read all the tips on how to choose catering, colors, and guest favors. Since this day is your day, we want to make sure you also take care of yourself! Feeling great and looking your best will help you get the most out of your big day. Here are our top ten golden nuggets of advice for all you foxy brides out there on your wedding day!

1. Start hydrated and stay hydrated.

First things first: drink two large glasses of water when you wake up on the morning of your wedding day. By doing this, your skin will be glowing and you will feel refreshed. Throughout the entirety of the celebration, remember to consume extra water.

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2. Abandon your phone and watch.

Ditch your phone and watch for the day! Don’t be concerned about what is being posted to social media or who may be texting you. Designate a trusted bridesmaid or friend to manage your essential communications. Trust your wedding planner to coordinate timing appropriately and keep the day flowing. It is important to be entirely in the moment and enjoy your wedding day.

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3.  Surround yourself with people who make you truly happy.

Getting ready for your wedding should be relaxing and pleasant. Prioritize your experience and keep your immediate company to those who will add positively to your day. For example, if you have a bridesmaid you felt obligated to include in your wedding party, discretely organize hair and makeup sessions to give yourself some distance from that person. If your beloved mom can also be a bit overwhelming, ask your best friend to be on “mom duty” for the day. By making these arrangements in advance, you will minimize conflicts on the wedding day.

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4. Look like you.

Hair and makeup is a fun way to enhance your natural beauty for your special occasion. Do what makes you feel your absolute best. Don’t be convinced by others to get carried away with a crazy hairstyle or heavy makeup that doesn’t make you feel like yourself. To get an idea of how a certain look feels on you, do a trial run of planned hair and makeup to find the style you love before a date night or your Bachelorette party!

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5. Monitor your alcohol consumption.

Feel free to enjoy a bit of bubbly with your bridesmaids while getting ready. However, don’t forget to balance your alcohol consumption with water, food, and time before the ceremony. We encourage you to have a good time, but not to go overboard.

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6. Eat!

Brides often get wedding day butterflies that give them a weird gut feeling, reducing their normal appetite. However, it is essential to make yourself eat something before the celebration begins. Dinner will be a long time away, and standing for extended periods of time in a long dress is not easy. You don’t want to feel poorly or, worst of all, faint. Before hopping into your gorgeous gown, munch on a little something — you’ll thank yourself later!

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7. Pack extra shoes.

There is nothing worse than being miserable by the time cocktail hour rolls around because your feet are killing you. We encourage brides to change their shoes often. Wear your cute heels for the ceremony and photos, but beyond that we urge you to wear heels only when you absolutely must. Bring a comfortable pair of flip flops or slippers to get ready in, a pair of flats for after the ceremony, and your most comfortable shoes to dance the night away. Being comfortable will allow you to have a good time!

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8. Stick with your partner.

We always encourage you to enjoy the company of your best girlfriends, but your wedding day is all about celebrating you and your partner. Make a conscious effort to spend the day side by side. Make memories together, enjoying the start of your new chapter!

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9. Get out on the dance floor!

If you want the dance floor at your wedding to be fun, lead by example. No one else will start dancing if the couple isn’t, so make sure the DJ starts the night with some of your favorites and get out there! This is a time to let loose and enjoy the festivities, so soak it all in and let yourself have a good time.

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10. Plan your exit ahead of time.

There comes a point in the night where there are few enough guests remaining that you will have to say goodbye to each and every person, leaving yourselves the last people left at your own wedding. Do not wait until this moment to leave! Avoid this uncomfortable scenario by planning a sendoff in advance. Or, if you prefer, do an Irish farewell, quietly exiting and letting the party continue. Either way, plan it!

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From properly fueling yourself for the day to prioritizing your own comfort to making arrangements that will help the day flow smoothly, these tips will help you, as a bride, enjoy your wedding day to the fullest!

Wedding Venue 101: Things to Consider When Finding the Perfect Spot to Tie the Knot

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Lovebirds!

Wedding planning season is underway and we know that many newly-engaged couples are in search of the perfect location to tie the knot. Finding the right wedding venue may seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help! Whether you want an enchanting evening spent outdoors, a modern urban space, or the feel of a traditional chapel ceremony, the perfect venue for you is out there. So, without further ado, we’d like to share with you our most important considerations for selecting your venue.

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Venue: Catalina View Gardens 

Staying in Budget

First things first: the financial component. When looking at a venue, assessing the overall budget for your wedding is where you should start. If the comprehensive cost of the location fee, reception expenses, food and beverage costs, and functional rental fees is only 40-50% of your overall budget, you can afford that venue. If it at all exceeds 50% of your budget, that venue is too expensive.

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Venue: Private Estate

Keep Future Costs in Mind

A venue you love may seem like an area you are willing to spend beyond your price range, but we discourage you from doing so. Choosing a venue that is too expensive will prevent you from being able to splurge on any other areas of your wedding. Since the detail costs are not as flexible as venue costs, you will be forced to cut back in pretty much every other area if you are to stay in budget. Small touches are what make big differences in personalizing and polishing your big day!

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Venue: Verandas Beach House 

Identify Venue Values

Just as important as understanding your budget is identifying what we call “venue values.” Your venue values are the most important things you are looking for in a site. These values will contribute to the overall vibe of your big day. Do you value natural beauty? Is having rolling vineyards setting the stage for your reception important to you and your partner? How about a mountain or ocean scene? Or maybe you envision a chic ballroom setting? Establishing this before searching for a venue will accelerate the process of finding your ideal space.

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Venue: Rancho Las Lomas 

Prioritize Venue Features

Next, narrow down locations based on the venue features that are essential to you. These are the make-or-break amenities the final spot must include. Consider if having on-site bathrooms, as opposed to bringing in portable restrooms, is important to you. Assess the height of ceilings, pillars, and chandeliers in a potential ballroom. See if adequate power is accessible on site. Ask if rentals are included with the venue. If overnight guest accomodations is a must, ensure that this will be an option at the location you are considering.

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Venue: Topa Mountain Winery 

Go on a Venue Hunt

Finally, you must go out and find that perfect venue. Our #1 piece of advice is: only look at places that are viable options, meeting both your budget and venue values. When you have found a venue you are seriously considering, go visit! Take as many pictures as needed, visualize how your wedding would play out at this location, and ask all the questions. These might include whether you will be required to work with in-house vendors and if the venue has time, alcohol, or sound restrictions you should be aware of.

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Venue: Avalon Hotel Palm Springs 

Follow your Gut Feeling

Choose the venue that gives you what clients have called “that warm, fuzzy feeling.” Pick the place that feels right and at home. This comfortable, gut feeling will confirm you have found the one!

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Venue: Pine Rose Cabins 

Planning your wedding is an exciting time. It marks the beginning of a new chapter with your partner and the countdown to your big day! Feeling stressed about finding the right venue should not take away from this excitement. We hope that these tips will ease your venue hunt!

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Venue: La Venta Inn 

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!