Dashing Times https://dashingtimes.com Sat, 04 Aug 2018 04:56:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 3 Ways to Choose Your Wedding Rings https://dashingtimes.com/3-ways-to-choose-your-wedding-rings/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:32:11 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=507

Gone are the days of the thin yellow bands. Today’s wedding rings can be anything your heart desires: a half-eternity ring set with coloured stones, a chunky platinum ring in a brushed finish, or a bespoke design that curves around your engagement ring.

The only rule you need to abide by is good quality. This ring is supposed to last you a lifetime, so it should be strong enough to withstand decades of chafing, knocking and handling without wearing away. For this reason, it is best to choose a hard metal base (either gold or platinum) with a minimum width of 2.5 mm.

Here are a few other points to bear in mind when choosing your wedding ring:

Choosing Gold

Yellow gold is the classic choice for a wedding band, but it’s not for everyone. While it is a favourite with traditionalists, this colour works best against skin that has yellow undertones. White gold looks best against very pale or very dark skin with blue undertones, while rose gold tends to complement skin with pink-ish hues.

When it comes to the carat, less is more. Pure gold (24 ct gold) may be more expensive, but it is actually less hard wearing than 18 ct or 9 ct options. The lower the carat, the more alloys have been added to the metal, strengthening the gold while maintaining its colour. As a result, 9 ct gold may appear paler than 18 ct, 22 ct or 24 ct options.

Choosing Platinum

Platinum is even harder than gold, and the most non-reactive of all metals. This means that it will not fade over time, and it will not wear away at the edges. It is slightly darker than white gold with a dark grey lustre, so it works best against most skin tones.

The only catch is the cost. A solid platinum ring is not cheap, but it will last. Unlike gold, the purer the platinum, the tougher it is. Before buying, check the purity of the ring, 95% is the optimum level or purity, and anything less than 80% should be avoided.

Choosing Diamonds

If you are pairing a diamond wedding ring with an engagement ring, make sure you match up the ‘4 Cs’: carat, colour, clarity, and cut. This may not seem like a big deal, but when worn side-by-side, contrasting shapes and shades can attract attention for the wrong reasons.

Be wary of choosing a band with diamonds the whole way around. Depending on the setting used, these can chafe against your fingers, and the diamonds on the back will gather dirt much more quickly than those on the front, requiring regular professional cleaning. Our fingers change shape as we get older, and you will probably have to get your ring expanded at some point. When diamonds are involved, this can prove extremely costly.

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Your Role as Mother of the Bride https://dashingtimes.com/your-role-as-mother-of-the-bride/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:28:19 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=501 Whether you’re an experienced MOB or this is your first time, preparing for your daughter’s wedding may be hard to navigate. Many mothers struggle with knowing exactly what their role as Mother-of-the-Bride entails, and to be honest, there’s no hard and fast list of duties. It all comes down to how involved you feel comfortable being and how involved your daughter wants you to be. With that being said, here’s our list of situations you might encounter in your role as Mother-of-the-Bride and how to handle them.

Planning

Planning the big day is a roller coaster of emotions – there’s excitement, stress, joy, anxiety, and a million and one things to do. As the MOB, helping with wedding planning and organizing is like that 4th grade science project you helped out with all those years ago times a hundred. You may be more or less involved depending on your daughter, but either way you’ll likely be a part of the planning process, which can include helping plan the guest list, picking colors, venues, linens, cake flavors, bridal shower, dress shopping, and more! Just ask your daughter what SHE wants your help with.

Support

One of your many roles as Mother-of-the-Bride is to provide support for your daughter. Whether it’s stress from planning or just pre-wedding jitters, you have the opportunity to share your experience with her and remind her that everything will be alright. Support her choices when it comes to wedding planning even if you don’t agree because at the end of the day it’s her wedding not your chance to relive yours.

Family Traditions

This is your opportunity to share any family traditions or heirlooms with your daughter. Family traditions are a great way to combine your family’s past with your daughter’s future, but remember that your job is to provide advice and knowledge about these traditions, not to become the enforcer. For some brides family tradition is everything, but for others it’s not something they want to incorporate into their wedding day. Just do your best to be open to whatever your daughter decides.

Whatever your role as MOB entails, trust your instincts, and don’t sweat the small stuff. However, if you do find yourself a little overwhelmed.

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Flower Tips for Your Summer Wedding https://dashingtimes.com/flower-tips-for-your-summer-wedding/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:24:49 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=495 Tis the season of marriage and love, and there’s nothing better than a summer wedding! With all of the stress of wedding planning and dress shopping, finding the right flowers wouldn’t be different. Which flowers should you get? What are the best flowers for summer? How do you choose? I have compiled a few simple tips to choosing the best summer flowers for your wedding and keeping your flowers looking fantastic on your big day!

Tip 1: Choose flowers that can withstand the weather conditions

With it being summertime, the temperature will only rise throughout the day, making flowers wilt and look old. When consulting with your florist, try and choose flowers that are slightly waxy. Just like any living thing, plants need water! Try and keep your flowers in vases of cold water and frequently spray your centerpieces with water (if your venue is outdoors). Try looking for flowers that are primarily summer flowers, wild or not. This may bring the upkeep down throughout the day.

Tip 2: Be you, be unique

It’s okay to go bold with your flowers, whether with the individual flower, or with its color. Summer is the perfect time to go with an almost wildflower feel with bright tangerine, fuchsia, poppy pink, and maroon colors. Sunflowers and larkspur are two great options for a more casual wedding, bringing a pop of color to your bouquet and centerpieces. You’re a bold, beautiful person, your flowers should reflect that!

Tip 3: Hire an expert florist!

Living in Utah, I know it’s easy to pin to a board on Pinterest and purchase the flowers yourself. Pinterest is a great way to narrow down what you want and plan a large portion of your wedding, but it’s good to remember that there are people technically trained in the art of floral design. They have ways of keeping your flowers fresh and are able to see things before you do. To keep your flowers fresh and vibrant, go to a florist, and save your wedding from a potential flower massacre.

Flowers set the mood for your event and summer flowers will definitely make your wedding one to remember.

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8 Amazing Wedding Cake Trends https://dashingtimes.com/8-amazing-wedding-cake-trends/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:21:13 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=484 Besides your groom, the next tastiest thing in the room will be your wedding cake! There are numerous different designs, styles, flavors, frostings, heights, etc…but you’ll most likely be the one taking the first bite, so get something you’ll love. Below are our favorite 8 wedding cake trends for 2018. Feast your eyes on these beauties!

1. Multiple Wedding Cakes

Why stop at just one cake when you can have…well, more! Try a small spread of three cakes differing in height for a fun, eye catching display. This will be a unique display and give you the chance to have different flavors and designs on your cakes, all while sticking with  your gorgeous theme and style, of course.

2. Naked Wedding Cakes

If you’re thinking of doing a colorful cake batter, adding fruit between your cake layers, or doing something fun and scrumptious besides cake (like crepes or rice crispy treats), this is a fun way to show off the delicious insides! You can get very creative and colorful real quick with this style.

3. Metallic Wedding Cakes

Make that cake shimmer! A little pizazz on the table with the right metallic color choice can fit any wedding style and your cake is the trendy place to put that bit of sparkle. Go for traditional gold and silver or jump out of the norm with reds or blues!

4. Geometric Wedding Cakes

Go for a contemporary look with squares, triangles, hexagons, and more. Your color palette and the right shape could inspire a beautiful design pattern that is rhythmic and complementary to your whole event.

5. Fresh Flower Wedding Cakes

Fresh flowers are making a huge statement on wedding cakes! The natural beauty, color and design will cause doubletakes and act as the perfect compliment to a tiered cake. This is a gorgeous way to tie in all your florals from your wedding bouquet and centerpieces. Keeping it real is spot on trendy.

6. Illustrated Wedding Cakes

When designing your wedding cake, you need to think about your colors and theme/style — and if you’re ready to make a statement with those two things, illustration can take it to a whole new level. You can actually have ANY design style and illustration printed on your cake to make your theme pop in the most unique way possible.

7. Strawberry Tower “Cakes”

Now here’s one you’ve probably never seen – check out the twist on this non-cake wedding cake! We love the use of dipped strawberries that can be easily tailored to your wedding colors, and the incorporation of fresh flowers is spot on. Your guests will love this unique creation purely for the jaw dropping eye candy that it is, and it will be sooo tasty too!

8. Ombre Wedding Cakes

Let’s talk about gorgeous! Imagine one or both of your wedding colors in a nearly waterfall-esk gradient down your cake. This transitional color palette strikes the whimsical fancy in all of us. It’s glamorous, yet fun. Love this trend!

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How to Involve Your Family in Planning a Wedding Long Distance https://dashingtimes.com/how-to-involve-your-family-in-planning-a-wedding-long-distance/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:16:53 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=477 There are many moving pieces when it comes to planning a wedding and it can get overwhelming at times, especially if you don’t have your family and loved ones close by for support and help. Many might say this is a blessing in disguise, after all you and your husband-to-be get to do what you want and make decisions without having too many opinions to handle. That is good in a way but at the same time this is such a unique opportunity to involve your family in celebrating the next chapter of your life and they will want to play a bigger part in all of this. Here are some ways on how to involve your family in planning a wedding long distance.

If you’re like me, you probably started collecting ideas for your dream wedding way before the perspective of getting engaged in real life (I mean, you didn’t want to let all those amazing ideas just pass by and run the risk of not remembering that perfect centerpiece when the moment actually came). Well, now that you are engaged, a simple and cool way to involve your family (and future family) in the wedding planning process is by inviting them to pin to your Wedding board! That will give them a better idea of what you’re envisioning for your big day, they’ll be able to add their ideas and feel like they are contributing, plus it will give you more time to work on other wedding details while your Pinterest fairies are doing the work for you there.

Ask for Help

It will not only mean a lot to them, but it will be special for you knowing that everyone contributed a little bit in making the big day happen. Don’t be afraid to be strategic and think with your fiancé who would like to do what, contribute how, etc. For example, I was set on designing my wedding invitations because I knew I needed to keep my wedding DIY projects realistic and that wouldn’t be too time consuming for me. After coming up with a couple of designs, I approached my future sister-in-law (who happens to be an amazing illustrator and designer) and told her I felt there was something missing. She took that burden right off my shoulders, connected me with another incredible artist who created this beautiful made-to-order watercolor illustration for the invites. I couldn’t be happier and I’m so glad I asked for help!

Delegate, delegate, delegate

Along the same lines of asking for help, there is no shame in delegating. For example, when you’re planning a wedding long distance, most likely not all of your family and friends from your hometown will be able to make it. If you have the time and the means, think about throwing a simple engagement party in your hometown to connect with those who won’t be able to be there on your wedding. When my fiancé and I thought about doing this, we also had in mind that this would be a great way to involve our family by asking them to plan the small celebration and get their party planning wishes fulfilled.

Stay Connected

Facebook, text messaging, phone calls, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Snapchat… Nowadays it is easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family, so take your pick! Send pictures of what you’ve been picking out, keep them updated on wedding and honeymoon plans, vendor choices, etc. Of course you want some things to be a surprise, so it’s okay not to share everything. Most importantly, not all talk needs to be wedding talk. The wedding topic can be a nice ice breaker when it comes to talking to your fiancé’s family (especially if you haven’t met them in person yet) but take the opportunity to get to know them outside of the wedding planning world as well.

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Average Cost of a Wedding and Awesome Budget Tips https://dashingtimes.com/average-cost-of-a-wedding-and-awesome-budget-tips/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:13:15 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=471 You’ve had that vision of the perfect wedding embedded in your mind since the time you were 5. Now you’ve finally found your dream man and you can make that vision come to life – Congratulations! But do you have any idea what your dream wedding will cost? There are a lot of things you wouldn’t normally know the pricing of until you’re actually planning a wedding (since you don’t purchase these items everyday), such as flowers, cake, venue, etc… So take a look at the average cost of a wedding to get a better idea of how much you’ll need to budget. Then we’ll give you a few insider wedding budget tips on how to keep your dream wedding a reality without breaking the bank.

Budget Tips

Most Important Things First: Decide what aspects of your wedding day are most important to you and don’t skimp in that area. If you want the best quality pictures and video, then go for that perfect photographer and videographer! But if there are areas you don’t feel as strongly about, find some good deals or DIY projects to bring down those costs. For instance, if a live band and favors aren’t a must on your list, an awesome playlist from your ipod and a sincere hug to all of your guests works great!

Venue: As you can tell from the infographic, the venue you select can be the priciest part of your whole day. Having your ceremony and reception or dinner in the same location or nearby might help bring this cost down. There are also great deals with venues that do more than just providing the location. Look into venues that offer in house event planners, catering, floral and/or decor to get a better rate.

Get Family/Friend Help: You might have friends and family who have some skills they would be more than willing to provide you with as a wedding gift. Maybe your future sister-in-law is phenomenal with hair and makeup and your brother can design your invitations – by all means, use them if they are willing! These little things can really help bring down your overall cost.

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What does an Event Coordinator Actually do? https://dashingtimes.com/what-does-an-event-coordinator-actually-do/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:09:32 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=465 So he’s popped the question, you’ve made the announcement and now it’s time to start planning, but what exactly goes into planning a wedding? For most people, planning a wedding is a once in a lifetime thing and can be new, unfamiliar, and daunting. How do you navigate the complex intricacies of planning a wedding as easily and stress free as possible?

An event coordinator is someone who will help you visualize your dream wedding and then guide you as you bring that dream to life. Having an event coordinator takes a huge weight off of your shoulders and allows you to simply enjoy the process. But what does an event coordinator actually do? Here are a few ways an event coordinator will make your life easier.

An event coordinator is some who will help you visualize your dream wedding and then guide

Listening

One of the most crucial skills for an event coordinator to have is the ability to listen. Every couple who walks through their doors has a different story and unique needs. Your event coordinator is there to help you make smart decisions, but also to create a wedding that is personal and unique to you. Bring your own ideas and concerns to your first meeting and let them work with you to address them.

Designing and Planning

A lot goes into a wedding –  picking the colors, the flowers, the room layout, the food, and the music, and putting all of those things together into one beautiful and fluid event can be difficult. Event coordinators know what works, they are trained in the newest trends, and have the experience needed to bring everything together smoothly. They will make sure everything runs perfectly on your big day so the only thing you have to worry about is enjoying the happiest day of your life.

Guidance

One of the biggest advantages to having an event coordinator is their experience. Most people are only involved in one or two weddings in their entire life, but for an event coordinator it happens on a weekly basis. They have done it enough times to foresee common problems and know how to avoid them. Things like common wedding customs, guest accommodations, and how to save money. I mean, would you think to accommodate your sister’s kids with plenty of children’s activities or your vegetarian aunt with plenty of meatless options? These are the types of things your event coordinator knows to expect and how to handle.

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The Best Bridal Shower Ideas https://dashingtimes.com/the-best-bridal-shower-ideas/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:06:26 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=453 Your best friend, daughter or sister’s wedding day is around the corner and you get the awesome privilege of planning the biggest pre-wedding party there is – the Bridal Shower! There are so many options out there on how to throw a smashing celebration, but what’s right for this girl? Every woman has her own personality and preferences, so it can be hard deciding what to plan for her shower. But don’t worry, we found the best bridal shower ideas that will work for any bride-to-be.

Theme

Does this girl and her bae LOVE something in particular, like hiking, or the beach? If so, why not host this bridal shower with that theme in mind. Not only will it be adorable and personalized, it will make your life easier as you now have something to base all of your food, decor and gift decisions off of. Check out these fun bridal shower theme ideas!

Artsy

If that bride is into anything artsy or crafty, why not have a painting party? You could get some canvases and let people go wild with painting whatever they’d like (even splatter painting is a blast when done outdoors), get a paint by numbers for the less confident artists in the room, or go to a fun painting class.

Foodie

Everyone likes food, but some people LOVE it. If you have a foodie girl on your hands, throw her a party that she’ll love – a cooking class! Bring in a friend that is a chef to teach some fun quick appetizers that will also supplement your food for the party. Or have a fun Iron Chef competition between all the guests!

Outdoorsy

The bride-to-be might love to be active and enjoy the great outdoors, so don’t stop her on the bridal shower day! Take the crew for a small hike and a simple picnic. Or enjoy a short drive to a lake to spend a few hours on the beach with the girls. You can always have the guests drop off their gifts at the host’s home and everyone carpool to the outdoor destination. Then come back for treats and gift opening after the activity.

Classy

Keep that classy girl happy with a sleek, beautiful bridal shower theme inspired by Paris or the bride’s favorite love story.

Food

Of course no party is complete without delicious food! You might decide to stick with sweet treats or add in some savory snacks. Whatever you choose, find a fun way to make it personal for the bride. Below are some fun ideas!

For the toppings lovers

Let the people build their own! Makes for easy setup and a cute, colorful display.

Let’s be real, breakfast anytime of day is delicious! This fun bridal shower food idea is a perfect way to let everyone customize their dish with exactly what they want. You can also switch out the waffles for pancakes, french toast, or crepes.

Doughnuts are pretty amazing as is, but add in some delicious custom toppings and you have a real treat!

For the mini-sized lover

Everything’s cuter when it’s mini sized. These ideas are just tiny adorableness.

Mini carrots and hummus. Yum! And don’t even get me started on the adorable pot presentation! But you can always simplify this and do a mini cup with hummus and any sort of veggie or cracker.

The cutest chip and dip concoction on the personal size level. Love this!

Cook a few meatballs, add a little cheese, bacon, lettuce and a tomato and you have probably the cutest version of a cheeseburger known to man!

For the wedding inspired

If you want to keep the bridal shower theme along the lines of the actual celebration – the wedding – then keeping the food creatively inline makes for a fun display!

There are no words for how adorable these little doughnut “rings” are, and they’re so simple to make!

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11 DIY Wedding Projects You’ll Love https://dashingtimes.com/11-diy-wedding-projects-youll-love/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:01:14 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=436 The more you get into planning your wedding, the more you will think about things that you can “do-it-yourself” – either to add your personal touch to the event or simply to save a little bit of money. With that in mind, we looked everywhere for unique and practical DIY wedding projects you’ll love! And don’t worry, you don’t have to be Miss Crafty to get these done (or own a hot glue gun for the majority of them for that matter).

1. Cake Topper

Cake toppers are so versatile and can say so much about the couple. This cute idea is the perfect way to glam up your cake! You can easily match the flags with your color scheme, plus personalize the words however you like.

2. Pomander Balls

Spice up your decor with these exultant pomander balls! Easy to put together, there are so many ways you can use these babies on your decor. You can decorate the aisle as shown in the picture, hang them on the chairs, fill tall glass vases with them, or do a suspended centerpiece, just to name a few. Also, bonus points for the tutorial that helps you with the math and figuring out how many flowers you’ll need depending on the size you want to make them.

3. Escort Card

If you are the kind of person with a lot of good intentions but limited craftiness or time, this one is for you. This simple yet elegant idea will add a nice touch to the event, at the same time that the dried lavender will provide a pleasing fragrance your guests will enjoy.

4. Vintage Luggage Guest Book

There are many DIY guest book ideas out there but we particularly like this one because it’s simple and looks fun. The idea is setting up a vintage luggage on the table, get a few postcards to go with it and have your guests sign the postcard. With that, the DIY part of the project is straightforward – print out directions for signing the guest book and customize the luggage as you wish.

5. Macaroon Place Cards

Who doesn’t like a small treat before dinner? This fun idea is an awesome combination of practical and delicious. You can order the macaroons matching your decor and color scheme, and just DIY the flags and stacking them up. If you feel extra inspired, go ahead and make the macaroons from scratch!

6. Floral Wedding Crown

Nowadays it seems that brides are slowly moving away from veils and choosing some sort of headpiece instead. This gorgeous floral wedding crown goes really well with outdoor and/or rustic boho wedding events.

7. Concrete Candles

The industrial look in weddings (as well as in dining establishments) have been becoming more and more popular in the past couple of years. These distinctive concrete candles will definitely stand out in your decor and set the right mood and feel for your event.

8. Napkin Rings

So classy and so easy. You can choose from hundreds of design (according to your crafty skills) and make stunning napkin rings that will take your table setting to a whole new level. Most likely you’ll have a considerable amount of napkin rings to make so this is a great project to do as a group if you want to involve more people (or if more people want to be involved).

9. Table Frame

For brides, coming up with a seating chart is either a thrill or not. Whichever is the category that applies to you, here’s an adorable way to show off all your hard work. If you’re not doing a seating chart but is so excited to try this out, you can use it to hang Polaroid or Instagram pictures of you and your future husband to display at your wedding.

10. Rosy Stationery

I really want to meet the person who had this idea. Such a neat and simple way to decorate blank cards and envelopes! It can also be a cool way to involve your fiance in the DIY wedding projects world if he doesn’t have experience in this realm.

11. Buffet Stands

We love this idea! It takes more skill and effort than the previous projects, but it’s still doable. You can be as creative as you want with the designs, colors, heights, etc. and truly make it your own. After all, the delicious food you’ll serve at your wedding deserves a place where it will stand out (no pun intended).

Maybe now you want to make all of these ideas come to life, but remember to keep your DIY wedding projects list realistic. If you have a couple or more projects, make sure they complement each other and that you’re not doing multiple things because they look cool on their own but don’t really go together. You are doing a lot already and you don’t want to add more stuff to your plate if it will just stress you out.

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Top 5 Things to Not Forget at Your Wedding https://dashingtimes.com/top-5-things-to-not-forget-at-your-wedding/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 08:51:39 +0000 https://dashingtimes.com/?p=428 Whether you’ve been planning your wedding for months or you just got started, you probably feel like you’re drowning in a sea of never ending decisions. You’re planning the venue, your colors, the food, and a million other little things to make your day perfect. And even though these things are fun to plan, there are only 5 things you absolutely cannot forget at your wedding.

What is Most Important:

Once your big day comes, as long as you get married, that’s all that matters. Remember that. As long as you at least have you, your future spouse, the person solemnizing your wedding and your witnesses there for the ceremony, you have everything you need. Obviously you’ll probably invite several more people and have a ton of fun things planned for the day, but remember the actual ceremony of combining your two lives together is the most important part! If everything else goes wrong that’s OK. Try to laugh it off and chalk it up to fun stories you can tell later.

2. Marriage License:

This goes right along with the previous paragraph – don’t forget to get your marriage license BEFORE your wedding. The state requires you have a license in hand at the time you solemnize your wedding so it can be signed and then turned back into the state.

3. Time:

Take a moment to be alone with your new spouse and write down some things you remember from the ceremony. You might think you’ll forever remember the sweet words said, but trust me, they’ll leave you quicker than you might think. With so many other things calling for your attention after the ceremony, you’ll lose sight of those tender words expressed. So write them down as a keepsake or have someone else do it for you! Whatever you choose, make sure to spend a moment as newlyweds to soak in the excitement of the day.

4. Snacks:

Don’t forget to bring snacks to eat throughout the day! You’re going to be running around like crazy with pictures, people, events, etc… and hunger will catch up with you. Make sure you don’t go too long without eating to keep your energy levels up. And don’t forget to drink a lot of water, especially in the summertime. It might be good to have a wedding day survival kit to make sure you are prepared for anything.

5. Love:

Your wedding celebrations might go off without a hitch, or there might be a few things that will get completely mixed up or even forgotten. No matter what your situation is, remember to focus on the people you’re around. Make sure to focus on your new spouse and the tender memories and commitments you’re making together. Also, remember to really show your appreciation for all of your guests who came to celebrate with you. They made the special effort to be a part of your day and many of them came bearing gifts, so make sure you express your sincere gratitude and love for them. Don’t sweat the small stuff, just focus on loving those you’re celebrating with.

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