Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning 101 – Become a Planning Pro

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Planning your wedding should be a fun, exciting, and enjoyable time. It’s the chance to set things in place for your dream day and, of course, marry the love of your life. However, even with the best intentions, it can turn to a stressful hinderance. Even though I am still in the early stages of planning a wedding, I have a few ideas on what makes a wedding more stressful than others. So here are a few ways to make sure that you can plan your wedding like a pro and take the stress out of it all.

Hire Experienced Professionals

If you have the brother of a friend that has a decent camera, do you really want him to be the one responsible for taking the pictures at your wedding? Though he might have volunteered his services or be giving you a good rate, if he hasn’t done a wedding before, they are pictures that are hard to do again. This is the part that lasts forever! So instead of worrying and stressing about it all right up until the day, choose a professional with plenty of experience. The same goes for florists, videographers, and caterers, for example.

Choose An All Inclusive Venue
If you choose a venue that is simply a room, like a barn or in a garden, then it makes other parts of the wedding busier and more stressful. Though those locations might be really stunning, you will have to think about hiring everything out. Right from the chairs and tables to the knives and forks. So if you want to reduce how stressful organizing and planning a wedding can be, then choose the more simple option of a venue where it is all included. Many manor houses and hotels will offer this kind of thing. Then the price that you pay includes everything, and you won’t have to arrange delivery or hire of any other things.

Try Your Caterer’s Food

Many caterers and hospitality services, like Riverhouse Hospitality, will offer you the chance to sample their food. Don’t turn the chance to try this down. If you are feeding a large room of family and friends, you want to make sure that you are feeding them something good, right? So take up any chances to sample their menu and what they could offer. Then you can have peace of mind that the food will taste simply amazing on your wedding day. You don’t want to be ‘that wedding with the bad food’ do you?

Have a Contingency Plan


There may be one or two things that don’t go according to plan on the actual wedding day. So make sure that you have a contingency plan in place. It might simply be that you want to have alternative transport arrangements just in case the wedding car doesn’t turn up, or it runs late in traffic. It doesn’t have to be anything too set in stone. But having an idea of what you might do in an emergency will help you plan and keep your cool.

631 Days to Wedding Day – The Wedding Weight Loss

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Wow…that’s a lot of days. But with my mind racing and the excitement building for what I’m hoping is the best day of my life, there are a few things that need to get done so time to get down to business. First and foremost, the wedding weight loss.

I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life – chubby child, insecure teen, and extreme crash dieter in my early adult years. I’ve tried it all. But over the past year I’ve truly fallen in love with working out and killing it in the gym. But, of course, it’s not all about working out. Weight loss heavily depends on your diet and what you’re eating. Without a doubt this is where I struggle. As any of my family and friends can attest, I love food and lots of it. So this journey is never an easy one. Although I seem to know what needs to be done, the follow through is not my strong suit.

My weight has changed over the past year. The number on the scale has remained the same, yet with my workouts and more active lifestyle the weight has really shifted itself around making it seem as though I’ve lost weight. Of course we all know muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe its true I’ve lost some inches. But when my pants are just as tight as they were before it’s incredibly discouraging. I get caught in bad habits: skipping meals, eating well all day only to binge at night, eating twice the amount in one sitting than someone twice my size should, etc. And after each and every meal I berate myself and get moody, wondering why I’ve caught myself up in this horrible vicious cycle once again. So with 631 days until the wedding (that’s approximately 20 months and 21 days) it’s time to get down to business.

So this is where I could certainly use some help. I’ve got the workout and the gym stuff covered! Thanks to my good friend Cynthia at Cynergy Fitness I’ve really learned how to optimize my time in the gym and crush it! But when it comes to a meal plan, a diet, just simple everyday eating I could use all the help I can get. I know what I should eat but maybe it’s just a case of motivation and sticking with it? What works for you?

I just want to feel as beautiful as I can on my wedding day and love my body. I want to do this for myself. For those of you who have had successful weight loss journeys, what’s your secret?

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