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Hot Weather Wedding Tips

Busy lives mean year-round weddings, even in some of the hottest regions of the world. Extreme heat is not only uncomfortable; it is dangerous. It is necessary to protect yourselves, your bridal party and your guests when heat is a factor. Take these steps to help keep everyone safe.

  • Time Carefully. Plan to hold your ceremony very early in the day or very late in the evening to escape the worst heat. Remember that 4:00 PM is usually the hottest part of the day when the sun has had to most time to heat the Earth.
  • Be creative with shade. Position your ceremony under a tree or on the shady side of a building. Order an open sided tent, but make sure the position actually provides protection from the sun at the time of day you will use it. It’s a good idea to order at least one or two sets of sides in case you need to block more rays.
  • Stock colorful parasols for guest use before and after the ceremony. You may need your officiant to remind them to take them down to allow others to see during the ceremony, however.
  • Distribute paper fans. Some fans even double as ceremony programs.
  • Provide cold refreshments liberally. Host a water or lemonade station close to the ceremony. Keep it non-alcoholic and hire staff to replenish beverages and guide guests to the best place for cup or glass disposal.
  • Dress appropriately. Don’t plan a black tie outdoor ceremony on the hottest day of the year. Your groomsmen won’t make it through seating of guests, processional, and standing up for you at the altar. Instead of a heavy ball gown, if temperatures are expected to soar, you might consider wearing something like one of the more bridal styles of white beach bridesmaids dresses. You’ll be vastly more comfortable and still stunning. Your bridal party could also consider beach bridesmaid dresses in your wedding colors for maximum comfort.
  • Makeup. Ladies should keep makeup light or seek out waterproof varieties to make sure it doesn’t run as they perspire.
  • Opt for the right venue. If your inspiration about having a wedding on some of the Hawaii islands is still a very sparkly idea that you decided to turn into reality, double check all the things that can go wrong. It is extremely important to check the weather conditions of the island where your destination wedding is going to take place.
    You might want to switch from a beach wedding to a place with a more of a cool breeze – such as ranches or private properties that are still very Hawaiian and just far away from tourist areas as they should be.
    Incorporating natural beauty in the color palettes of the wedding can look really magical, especially dusty blue and ivory with just an accent of gold. Opting for a right venue should be both: comfortable weather conditions at extremely magical venue.
  • Warn guests to dress appropriately. If you are having a destination wedding and your loved ones are traveling to your ceremony, they might not be familiar with local weather patterns. Send detailed information about anticipated heat, best ways to dress for maximum comfort, need for sunscreen, hats or insect repellant, and availability of refreshments before and after the ceremony.
  • Rent comfort. Work with your caterer, rental provider and venue to secure every possible cooling source to keep guest areas comfortable and safe, as well as maintain healthy food temperatures.
  • Read your vendor contracts. Live musicians in particular, and some other types of professionals, have specific weather clauses indicating the steps that need to be taken if the temperature exceeds a certain number of degrees. You might be contractually obligated to provide a shade tent, access to specific beverages at certain times or an indoor performance location. In some cases, your musician might have the right to cancel without notice if temperatures are excessive and will either be dangerous to the performer or harmful to his or her instrument.
  • Hold your events indoors. It might seem like the most obvious of all of the advice, but an air-conditioned wedding is going to be safer and more comfortable all around.

However, should you choose to have an outdoor wedding on a hot day, take the above steps to heart and do everything you can to keep everyone cool.

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First Anniversary Gift Ideas

Last month was Aaron and I’s first wedding anniversary! I cannot believe that our wedding was already a year ago!! The traditional gift category for the first anniversary is paper. So I had to brainstorm ideas on paper products to get my husband and that definitely wasn’t easy! I ended up getting him an autographed picture of John Travolta from his favorite movie – Pulp Fiction. He loved it and it was so special to see his face when he realized it was autographed! For me, Aaron purchased a custom watercolor painting based off of one of our wedding pictures! Talk about thoughtful!! And, to top it all off, he had the artist hand-deliver it to our home as a bonus surprise! I was completely shocked and elated to get to meet this fellow creative!

So, if you’re looking for the perfect anniversary gift for your first wedding anniversary here are three ideas!

    1. Custom watercolor painting of the two of you. Obviously this is my number one choice :) There are a few artists out there that do this style of work, but my personal favorite is Simply Jessica Marie:
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    1. Custom calligraphy framed wedding picture. This is a chance for you to hire a calligrapher to write your wedding vows, or your first dance song lyrics on a framing-mat and then you can put your favorite wedding photo inside the picture! Caddy Corner Designs has a beautiful example of this type of work:
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    1. If you’re a little more into the DIY type of paper gifts, then you can get a large framed map and then cut out pictures of the two of you from each state. It then becomes a gift that you can continue to build onto as the two of you travel in your marriage! (Image Credit)
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Groomspo: Because The Groom Can Be Fashionable Too

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Why should wedding dress selection be the biggest fashion choice of the big day? Where is the 72 hour marathon of Say Yes to the Tux? Let us forget about tulle and silhouettes for just one minute and focus on ties and tails! Here are seven looks from the most stylish grooms of the past year to inspire your attire.

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For the boho wedding and hipster groom, here is a tweed twofer with colorful accents to bring life to the otherwise dark suit. Great for: Country wedding, boho wedding, rustic wedding

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You won’t have the blues on your big day, but if you are a fan of the shade, here is a stunning way to incorporate it in your look. Great for: Modern wedding, industrial wedding, rustic wedding

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The tan suit; the timeless staple for beachy weddings. Complete the look with a white shirt, brown belt and matching shoes or none at all if you want to go all out. Toss on a lei or accessorize with a tropical flower to complete your beach ‘fit. Great for: Beach wedding, white wedding, destination wedding

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For the flashy, floral-loving, fashion-forward groom! Pick a rich hue and play it up for an unforgettable outfit. Great for: Holiday weddings like NYE or Christmas

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For an edgy take on the traditional tweed suit coat, tie in a floral tie! Add a matching pocket square to take it up a level. Great for: Industrial weddings, barn wedding, rustic outdoor wedding

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If you are going for Gatsby glam, contemporary chic or anything in between, this take on the traditional groom look is for you. Trade your black coat for a grey jacket and add a splash of pastel that Jay Gatsby himself would sport, old sport. Great for: Gilded age wedding, contemporary wedding

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Blush is no longer reserved for the blushing bride! Bring a romantic vibe to your look with light shades like beige and blush, making for an outfit that will be the envy of the wedding party and guests alike! Great for: Vintage romance, country wedding, beach wedding

Whether you are a groom or are dressing your groom, gather some inspiration from these fashionable fellas and start planning your wedding day look!

 

Image Credits: Trendy Groom | Blue Suit | Tan Suit | Burgundy and Floral Groom | Popular Dark Suit | Gatsby Groom | Blush Groom

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Friday “Rocks”! featuring Krizanti

Happy Friday!!! I hope everyone is looking forward to a wonderful Memorial Day; but before you take off for the weekend, check out today’s post featuring the gorgeous collection from Krizanti! It’s been awhile since I found engagement rings that really catch my eye and stand out amongst the rest! I absolutely love the bold creativity and intricate detailing… all of which radiate beauty and elegance! Just BEAUTIFUL!!

Krizanti represents our jewelry crafting at it’s finest. Decades of expertise go into the design and creation of every piece. Simply put, Krizanti jewelry is of the highest quality possible.

18K Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring 

18K Round Diamond Engagement Ring 

18K Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

18K Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

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Orlando City Walk Couple Photoshoot

Today is Part 1 of a Three Part Proposal Story – you read that right!! For Danish and Ikrah’s proposal there were three separate parts so they get three whole weeks on our blog! To start off their magical proposal day, the couple went to Universal Studio’s City Walk in Orlando. Danish had told Ikrah that as a belated Valentine’s Day Gift, they were going to do a private river-tour with photographer! So they got these adorable couple pictures to start their proposal day! A photoshoot on the City Walk’s River in Orland, talk about a dream come true :) Make sure to check back next week to see this awesome couple’s proposal continue to unfold!

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Date Planning – The Yes Girls Events
Photographer – El & Em Photography 

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