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Getting the Best Possible Out of Your Wedding Photos

Pictures are worth more than thousand words, therefore your wedding photos must include some perfect combinations of humorous, serious outrageous and sentimental shots, because they are the ones you will treasure for the rest of your life. Here are some tips you should consider.

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For your pre-wedding meetings, make sure you set up some consultations with your chosen photographer at the venue of your wedding because it helps in all cases. Try to organize a consultation with your photographer late in the afternoon because that is the time mostly scheduled for couples’ photo-shoots. You need to make plans with your photographer, especially how the day’s events will unfold. For instance, your photographer needs to know when will the couple walk into the reception hall, and He needs to know where you want your pictures to be taken from. Adequate preparations for timing, and lightning will save you from any likely embarrassments.

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You need to book your engagement shoots ahead of time. The quality of photos taken at your engagement will help you work with your photographer ahead of the proper wedding. Engagement photo-shoots can serve as wedding photo-shoot trials and the quality you get can help you determine whether you can hire him for the next phase of your wedding program.

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The venue of the wedding must be arranged early so that your photographer can take pictures of the wedding decor earlier in the day, and just before the arrival of your guests. It is almost impossible to get excellent decor photos when your guests are already at the venue. Make arrangements with your photographer and ensure that he arrives not later than 3 hours before the start of the wedding ceremony.

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Preparing your venue for the wedding photo-shoots is important. Make sure you choose a large hall with lots of windows to provide natural lightning. Make sure you plan the overall look and feel of the wedding venue by de-cluttering and making the room as neat as possible.

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Try to get your wedding ceremonies done at one venue as much as possible, this will save you the hassle of moving your guests from one place to another as such can disrupt the effectiveness of your photographer. This will also save you some money, considering the fact that you are paying your photographer on an hourly basis.

Try as much as possible to keep the total number of your family photos to between 8 and 12 in order to save time and give the lists to your photographer as well as someone in your bridal party who can gather people when they are needed to take pictures.

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The Benefits of Eating Chocolate

The month of February is often associated with Valentine’s Day, an occasion often celebrated with chocolate. Considering its historic use as an aphrodisiac, ability to improve mood, and potential heart health benefits, it is no wonder why this dark delight has long been linked to the celebration of love.

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Here are some benefits of eating chocolate include:

1. Improved mode, libido, and alertness

Eating chocolate releases chemicals in the brain that can help improve mode and libido. As well, its caffeine and threobromine content gives chocolate stimulant properties similar to coffee, which may help to improve alertness. This, in combination with the carbohydrate energy it supplies, makes chocolate a great snack for long romantic evenings.

2. Antioxidants

Chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which help repair damaged cells in the body and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease. However, antioxidant content varies greatly among chocolate products, with the least processed—i.e. cocoa powder and dark chocolate—being highest in flavonoid content and potential health benefits. For the greatest benefit, choose dark or unsweetened chocolate that lists 60% or more cocoa solids on the label.

Despite some health benefits of chocolate, it also contains compounds that are detrimental to health.

Cocoa butter—a saturated fat that can raise cholesterol—is a popular chocolate additive. As well, all chocolate is high in sugar, fat, and calories, which could all lead to increased weight and associated co-morbidities. Unfortunately, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or chocolates with any sort if additives (nuts, nougat, caramel, etc.) are low in flavonoid content and thereby lower in health benefit.

When weighing out the pros and cons, it is still best to enjoy chocolate in small quantities, particularly since research is insufficient to recommend chocolate for its health benefits benefits. If you do choose to indulge,

  • choose dark chocolate containing >60% of cocoa solids
  • use cocoa powder in beverages and baking to reduce the fat and calories content

The health benefit of flavonoids can also be reaped from consuming citrus fruits, apples, berries, nuts, grapes, green tea and onions. In addition, these foods provide other nutrients beneficial to overall health and can easily be incorporated into the daily diet without the drawbacks of chocolate.

If you have any questions about healthy eating, weight loss, chocolate or any other foods, Registered Dietitian Anna Gofeld will be more than happy to answer them for you.

~Live, love, laugh, and eat chocolate in moderation~

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Paying for the Wedding – What to Expect

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A wedding can be very expensive and there are many different areas to consider when planning a budget. The costs can be overwhelming when it comes to one or two people paying for the majority of the wedding fees, and for that reason certain traditions have been set up in regards to who is expected to pay for certain portions of the wedding.

Below, you will more about these traditions so that you will understand what is expected of each of the members of your family and wedding party. Knowing this information may help you to select certain members of your wedding party and will help everyone who is involved with the wedding determine the costs that are related to their specific responsibility.

The Rings

This is one of the lasting memories that comes with a marriage. While it is standard for the groom to purchase both the engagement ring and the wedding ring at once, the bride is typically expected to purchase the wedding ring for her husband later.

Gifts

It is also typical for the wedding party to receive small gifts when they become a member of a family member or friend’s wedding. Usually, the groom purchases gifts for the bride’s attendants and the bride purchases gifts for the groom’s. The bride and groom also normally purchase a gift for each other as well.

The Bride’s Family

Most of the expenses that are related to a wedding are paid by the bride’s family. Below is a list of some of the main items that are typically paid for by the family of the bride:

  • Invitations
  • Announcements
  • Attire for the Bride and the bride’s family
  • Flowers and decorations
  • Fee for the ceremony venue and reception
  • Food and Beverages
  • Photographer
  • Entertainment
  • Limo Rentals

The Groom’s Family

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In order to make the cost of a wedding more affordable for everyone involved, the groom’s family usually takes care of quite a few important elements as well. Here are some of the items that can be expected of the family of the groom.

  • Tuxedos for the groom and his family
  • Flowers for the bridal bouquet
  • Boutonnieres for the grooms attendants and family
  • Corsages for the mothers
  • Rehearsal dinner

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There are also some items that are specifically taken care of by the bride and groom. For example, the groom usually handles all of the honeymoon arrangements. Many make the decision to make this a surprise for their bride.

The bride, on the other hand, usually pays for the accommodations for her attendants if the wedding requires hotel rooms. However, the attendants are expected to cover the costs for their travel arrangements and attire on their own.

Conclusion

The costs of a wedding can be very expensive, but with everyone working together, it is more manageable to arrange a suitable wedding for the happy couple. When planning a wedding, it is best to sit down with everyone involved and set up a budget before anything is chosen. This way, no one will receive any surprises when they are expected to pay for a certain portion of the wedding.

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Most Important Wedding Etiquette Questions

A wedding is surrounded with traditions and customs that are usually followed throughout the planning process. If you are recently engaged and are just beginning to plan your big day, it is likely that you have many questions to go along with the planning process. Below, you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to the etiquette involved with the wedding planning process.

Who hosts the engagement party?

Traditionally, the engagement party planning was left up to the parents of the bride. However, this is not always the case and in recent times other family members have taken on this task as have friends of the bride and groom. It is always best to give a small token of your appreciation to whoever hosts your engagement party.

What should I buy for my attendants?

Purchasing gifts for attendants is common and you can offer something small as a gift. Many people choose gifts that can be personalized with their name or a special message. Some of the most popular items are jewelry boxes or jewelry.

How many attendants is normal?

Sometimes it can be difficult to include every important person in your wedding planning process. When you are faced with this dilemma, focus on your top four options for attendants and ask them first. If you have extra names on your list, you can always select them for other important areas of your wedding instead.

Should I put a registration slip in with my invitation?

Typically, this information will be provided in the invitation that goes along with your bridal shower. It is not considered proper to place registration information in with the invitation to the wedding itself.

How much should we pay the pastor?

If your pastor does not require a certain amount of money to perform the ceremony, it is standard to give him $100 to $200. This will help provide them with the money that they need to clean up after the wedding and a little extra due to your appreciation.

How do I handle the meal response cards?

Many people place these cards in with the RSVP cards that are placed in the wedding invitation. While this is acceptable, you may also choose to make the decision yourself. There are likely to be some people who fail to turn their cards back in and you may find yourself scrambling for an answer as the wedding approaches.

When should I send thank you notes?

It is customary to send thank you cards about four to six weeks after a wedding. It is best if the thank you notes are hand-written and personal. This will make your guests feel as though you truly appreciated their presence at your wedding.

Conclusion

When you begin planning your wedding, you are likely to run into many different questions and concerns along the way. Some of the most common questions have been listed above and are a good starting point for planning your wedding.

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Choosing your Wedding Color Palette

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One of the most powerful ways to showcase the theme of your wedding is by selecting a special color palette. There are so many colors to choose from that finding the best options for your wedding may be difficult at times. However, if you rely on the following tips, you will easily be able to choose colors that are beautiful and that fit your personality and wedding theme.

Time of Year

Some colors work better depending on the time of year that your wedding is taking place. For example, you may want to choose fall colors when the leaves are changing colors, but pastels may be better when the flowers are blooming. Traditionally, spring is the best time for pastels, summer weddings typically use bright colors, earth tones are used in the fall and jewel tones are saved for the winter.

Venue

Another factor that can be important is the venue that you have chosen. Some venues may have décor that will not work well with certain colors. It is best if you avoid matching the colors of the venue too much, but you do want to choose colors that work well with your surroundings. If you don’t, the colors could wind up competing with each other and causing a distraction for you and your guests.

Your Favorite

Is there a color that you love or that will look great on your friends? Keep this in mind when you are planning your wedding colors. You should try to choose a color that will be flattering to everyone and that will work well with their complexions. You should also keep in mind the color that you look best in because you will be surrounded by the color that you choose on your wedding day. Choosing a color that is unflattering to you will make a difference in the way that you look.

Popular Colors

There are many different color options and you can find many options on popular sites like Pinterest and other wedding sites. Getting some ideas that others have used in the past can be helpful when you are planning your own wedding. This will help you to know which colors work well together and allow you to see them put into action in other weddings.

Conclusion

Choosing your wedding colors can be an exciting part of your wedding planning process. Be sure to take some extra time to decide which colors work best for you and will help you to create the theme that you are looking for with your wedding. Take into consideration the colors that work well together and complement each other nicely. When it is time to plan your wedding colors, be sure to keep these tips in mind so that your wedding is as beautiful as you imagined it would be.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Bridal Make-Up

To help you deal with the wedding day anxiety, we’ve gathered a list of several do’s and don’ts, when it comes to bridal make-up:

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Arrange your trial make-up session at least three weeks before the big day. Experts also advise on having a test-run with the fake tan, if you intend on applying it on your wedding day – this will help the make-up artist see what your skin will look like tanned and chose the best color scheme to complement it.

Experiment with colors! The bridal make-up allows for brighter color scheme, as it needs to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. Also, bridal make-up tends to be very different from your normal everyday make-up in order to help you stand out.

There are several elements to your look and the first one is your skin. Make sure you have smooth and natural-looking skin. Accentuate your eyes with individual eyelashes, instead of a full strip – they look fuller and are far more subtle. You can also finish your look with a highlighter shade on the brow bone – this will make your eyes really stand out!

Don’t:

Be careful not to arrange your test trial in a place with fluorescent or unnatural lightning – it will make the color scheme and your face look differently. Also, if you have your make-up artist coming at your home, ensure it’s still light outside.

Stick with neutral colors. They look washed out in photos, so better chose a brighter color for your eyeshades and lip color. Don’t be afraid to experiment with red or pink! Plums and roses are indeed a classic choice for brides, as they look stylish, while being eye-catching at the same time.

Overdo your eyes. You can define them by applying colour in the crease, but don’t use too much eyeliner or too dark shade.

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5 Reasons for Newlyweds to Adopt Healthy Habits

It’s no secret that good nutrition and lifestyle habits are important to living a long and healthy life. We often make New Year’s resolutions or “I’ll start on Monday” goals, but lack the motivation to begin or maintain the changes.

However, as you make the transition into married life, it is more important than ever to adopt healthy habits. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. New chapter brings change

Getting married brings a lot of changes into your life. New extended family, new ring, perhaps a new last name or house—there are many ways in which a wedding changes your life.

It is important to use this time of transition to bring as many positive changes into your life as possible, using this momentum as motivation. This is a great time to change your health habits for the better, such as improving your eating and exercise routines.

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  1. Eating for two

The food choices you make now will affect at least two people—you and your spouse—as well as anyone else who may be joining you.

Considering that each food choice you make will have at least double the impact than before—on both your short-term and long-term health—it is a worthwhile investment to make sure you’re doing it right.

Getting advice from a registered dietitian (RD) is the best way to make sure you’re on the right track with your eating. As the only nutrition professionals accredited by a provincial regulatory body, RDs use evidence-based knowledge and skills to promote good health. Since registered dietitian services are included in many employers’ health insurance plans, they can often be access for free or at low out-of-pocket cost. Most importantly, an RD will help you make changes that are sustainable for life, which is more than what any fad diet can offer. Investing in their professional counsel is investing in your health for year to come.

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  1. You have an ally

Now that you’re married and living together, you both have a new ally, by your side to support you through the easy and difficult aspects of change. Take advantage of this and make health improvements a team effort.

People seeking to make positive health changes often reported that having a gym buddy or healthy eating friend has helped to keep them motivated to reach their goals. Cooking or being active together is also a great bonding opportunity. Getting healthy together will allow you to strengthen your bodies, but also your new bond as you find more activities you enjoy doing together.

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  1. You have someone to be healthy for

You’re no longer on your own. The health choices you make impact your spouse, but have an even greater impact on your kids, both current and future.

We learn eating habits at an early age and often maintain them for life. As the rate of childhood obesity continues to rise, it serves as a reminder to the importance of setting a good example and building good nutrition habits early in life. Obesity often starts in childhood and continues into later life, so it’s important to prevent the problem before it begins.

Parental attitudes toward health usually transfer over to their kids, as they take queues from what they observe in their environment to form their own preferences. Parents and caregivers are the gatekeepers to good nutrition and healthy habits. If children can only choose between several healthy options, they have no opportunity to make unhealthy choices.

Start by building your own good eating habits now, so that when kids come along it will be one less thing you have to worry about.

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  1. Stay beautiful for years to come

Many couples will set a “wedding body” goal as motivation to lose weight and start exercising. It’s a shame that these positive changes are often abandoned after the big day.

However, your wedding should be a checkpoint instead of an endpoint to your healthy habits. Who doesn’t want to look as good for the rest of their lives as they did on their big day—or even better!

Instead of reverting to your old unhealthy lifestyle and nutrition habits, adopt those improvements into your new union. Use your anniversary as a way to assess your progress in the last year and since your wedding, as well as identify what else you need to work on. This will help you both look good and feel great for life, not just for one day.

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Wishing you great health and good food,

Anna Gofeld, RD, M.A.N., BASc

Owner of Eat Well Anna Nutrition Consulting – annagofeld.com
Registered Dietitian
Masters of Applied Nutrition
BASc Nutrition and Food

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Finding the Best Wedding Day Hair

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Every portion of your wedding is equally important. However, one of the ones that brides tend to focus a great deal of time on is their hair and how it will look on the big day. There are so many styles to choose from and you will be looking for an option that looks fabulous with your dress and in the many pictures that you will be taking.

There are many things that you can do to make sure that you are satisfied with the way your hair appears on your wedding day. Below are some of the simplest paths to take.

Review the Different Styles

Because there are many different hair styles to choose from, it is best to review your options and compare them to the specific time of day that your wedding is taking place. Certain hairstyles work best for winter weddings held at night and others are best for outdoor summer weddings.

You may also want to consider whether you are wearing a veil or other accessories in your hair as well as the type of wedding you are having. For most formal weddings, brides tend to stick with up-do’s while informal brides opt for long flowing or loose styles.

Make an Appointment

You will need to make an appointment with your salon a minimum of eight weeks before your wedding. It is also a good idea to check back periodically to make sure that your appointment is still on the schedule.

It is also likely that you will have to find a special hairstylist to complete your wedding day look. While your regular hairstylist may be a fantastic option, don’t be surprised if they do not specialize in wedding styles.

Complete a Run Through

Many brides choose to go through a practice session with their stylist to make sure that the hairstyle is the one that they had in mind and so that the stylist will have the opportunity to see how much time the style will take and to master creating it before your big day.

You can also determine if the style is comfortable and if it will stay place as it needs to. Just remember that an excess of pins can be uncomfortable and the more intricate that the design is, the more likely that you will have issues with it falling down throughout the ceremony.

Extra Tips

On your wedding day, make sure that you wear a button up shirt to have your hair fixed. This will help eliminate the issue that you will be faced when you are ready to dress for the wedding. You should also step into your gown rather than pulling it over your head so that you don’t damage your makeup or hair.

It is possible that your stylist will tell you to arrive with your hair dirty for the styling. This is a common request because there are many hair types that will hold together better if there is natural oil in the hair. This also helps to avoid fly-aways and other issues that are typically seen with clean hair.

Conclusion

Selecting the hairstyle that you will wear for your wedding can be an exciting thing to do. However, it is important that you plan is it wisely so that you do not have any issues with it on your wedding day. You will be able to avoid many of the issues that usually go along with your hair if you stick with the tips that are listed above.

 

 

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For the Mother of the Bride

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As the mother of the bride, you are looking to be beautiful when you share the special day that your daughter has been looking forward to her whole life. Naturally, it will be a bittersweet moment because you know that your little girl has grown up and is now an adult, but you will be thrilled that she has found happiness.

Choosing the Perfect Dress

When you are looking for the perfect dress to share her special day in, there are many to choose from and a variety of styles that will make any woman look her best. The first and most important thing to do is to get to know the taste that your daughter so that you will be able to choose a dress that she will love.

You should also look for a dress that will compliment her and the colors that she has chosen for the wedding. You can also keep in mind the style of the wedding that she has chosen. If she has chosen something formal, you should choose a dress that matches this style. The same goes for a more casual wedding.

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Next, you should consider whether you plan to wear the dress again or if it is a one-time affair. If you only plan to use it one time, you may want to consider choosing a dress with a little bit of a less expensive price tag. This portion is entirely up to you and what your budget is, but you will find that there are many different price ranges depending on the style and designer that you are choosing from.

You should also consider the style of the dress that you are choosing and the age that it will make you appear. While some dresses are intended to make the mother of the bride appear older and more formal, there are also some younger options to choose from as well. You can get your daughter’s opinion for this decision so that you will match her style and taste.

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Most importantly, make sure that the dress that you choose is a color that compliments the color that your daughter has chosen for her wedding. Remember that you will be standing next to her on her big day and posing for pictures with the wedding party. It is best to choose a dress color that will look good in these pictures and that will not make you appear out of place.

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Finally, you will need to select your shoes. It is typical for the shoes that you wear to match the dress color. Make sure that they are comfortable, especially if you are older, because you are likely to be standing quite a bit throughout the day.

One of the best things about being the mother of the bride is getting the opportunity to choose the dress that you will be wearing on your daughter’s big day. In order to make the process fun and exciting for both you and your daughter, it may be a good idea to spend a day with your daughter choosing your dress and accessories. This will give you a chance to bond with your daughter before her big day and give the pair of you a special memory to share for the many years to come.

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The inside scoop of flower girl duties

According to the flower girl dictates, she walks down the aisle in front of the bride and the bridesmaid at the wedding. They have held an important place in wedding and till today they continue to do so. These girls have also symbolized fertility at the nuptial union and have melt most hearts with their innocent and angel looks. There is no doubt she is the sweetest and youngest guest at the wedding. Apart from dropping flower petals in front of the bride, a flower girl performs other duties as well.

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Although the bridal fashion has come a long way, but flower girls dress did not change a lot. Even though it is not necessary, but most brides select her dress similar to hers. This is mainly done to create a miniature version of her. This is really a great thing, but above all the girl’s dress depends entirely on her comfort level. Apart from the bride, the flower girl’s parents also choose the dress and accessories. It is usually a tea-length dress along with a satin bow or white bonnet. She carries a beautiful bouquet and a flower basket.

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Now coming to the duties performed by the cute little flower girl. There are a couple of duties which the girl needs to perform during the wedding. Traditionally, the girl walks behind the ring bearer down the aisle and moves to the maid of honor. But along with this, it is also acceptable that she walks ahead of the bride and drop flower petals and grains on the floor from the basket. The main task is to look good while walking down the aisle. The girl also attends the rehearsal which helps her know the duties. This even helps to reduce her anxiety on the big day.

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After performing her task, she can either stand or sit with her relatives throughout the wedding ceremony. The bride decides what works best for the girl. After the wedding, the flower girl once again walks up to the aisle to the maid of honor. Along with these duties, the flower girl also appears in the family portrait with the bride. This is also an important part of the duty and it can either take place before or after the wedding.

Now coming to the bride, the bride makes sure she prepares the girl just like her miniature version. Due to this reason, in most cases, the bride selects her gown and gives her a similar look like her, at the wedding. The bride also introduces her to the guests at the end of the ceremony.

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