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Fun Pen and Paper Bridal shower games

One of the traditional rules for a bridal shower is “There shall be games.” You can of course, have a bridal shower without any games, but remember that bridal shower games were introduced with more than one purpose. While all the guests know the bride, they may not know each other, and games are the best way to break the ice. Plus, they make the party fun and exciting as it brings guests of different generations and age-groups together and give them a chance to mingle freely.

1. Do you have it in your purse?

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Things you need: List of items, markers or pencils

Make a list of items that you would normally find in every purse like credit cards, tissues and makeup, and add a number of random items like cookies, toothpicks and band aid, to the list. Print out a list with all these items and distribute it among the guests. Ask them to strike off all that they have. The winner is the one who has most items.

2. Bridal bingo

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Things you need: Bridal bingo cards, markers or pencils

Add a wedding-related twist to the classic bingo game by providing the guests with bingo cards that has wedding words instead of numbers in the grids. The rest of the rules remain the same: the host calls out the words, and guests strike out those that are on their cards. The first player to complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line wins. You can either buy wedding bingo cards, or print it off the Easy bridal shower ideas website.

3. Petal wishes for the bride

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Things you need: Petal wishes kit from Best for Bride or note papers and writing pad, pens

Make use of our petal wishes kit, and get the guests at the bridal party to write their wishes to the bride. Once they have done it, you can simply snap the petals together to create a beautiful flower bouquet that the bride can treasure forever. Alternately, you can also provide the guests with mini writing boards and a note to share their thoughts, which you can later put together into a book and gift the bride.

4. Whose lines are these

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Things you need: list of questions, answers to the questions and pens

The hostess compiles a list of things that the bride and groom have said in the past. This is then printed beside two columns which have the bride’s name and groom’s name on them. All the guests are asked to circle who they think said the statements. The hostess then calls out the answers and the guest who gets most answers right wins the prize. This is a game that opens up conversation and can prompt friends and relatives to also share wedding stories and other trivia.

Aside from these sit-down and play games, you can also organize few active ones which will get the guests up and about. Just remember to balance it out, so that everyone attending the party enjoys it. For more wedding tips and advice, keep visiting us at Best for Bride.

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6 Things You Must Know to Avoid Pre-Wedding Weight Gain

Wedding planning is stressful! There always seems to be too much to do and too little time to get it done. Though everyone deals with stress differently, weight gain is a commonly reported issue amongst stressed out folks like busy brides-to-be.

Here are the top 6 Things You Must Know to Avoid Pre-Wedding Weight Gain:

  1. Evaluate Your Options & Build a Balanced Plate

Whether you are at a buffet, celebration, or on the run there are usually several food options available for you to choose from; some healthier than others. Though making an occasional exception to indulge might usually be fine, the closer you get to your wedding day the more important it is to be extra vigilant of your intake.

The best way to balance out calories and nutrition is to aim for a healthy plate, which features ¼ protein + ¼ carbohydrates + ½ vegetables.

  • Go for lean proteins such as beans, lentils, tofu, poultry, and lean cuts of meat
  • Choose complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole grain bread or pasta, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, oatmeal; stay away from white & refined grains
  • Load up on vegetables—two handfuls worth at lunch & dinner—of various colours that are served fresh, steamed, grilled, or lightly sautéed

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  1. Use Smaller Plates

The eyes are often hungrier than the stomach, especially when we are famished. Most people fill their plates to the brim and consume larger portions than are needed to satisfy hunger. As visual queues are an important aspect of satiety, it is important to understand how to use them to your advantage.

Using smaller plates will help you feel fuller with a smaller amount of food. This is particularly important if you have a habit of finishing everything on your plate. Eating an identical portion of food from a filled small plate will actually make you feel fuller than eating the same amount of food from a partly empty larger plate. Think of it as an optical food illusion that you can use to control your weight without changing the foods you eat.

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  1. Limit “Sometimes Foods”

Between engagement parties, bridal showers, and wedding food tastings there is sure to be a fair share of “sometimes foods”—sugary, fried, and generally unhealthy food options.

Though it will likely be impossible to avoid these entirely, it is important to try and limit them. They can wreak havoc not only on your waistline, but also on your skin and overall mood.

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  1. Be Mindful of liquid calories

Though watching our calories often focuses on the foods we eat, it is important to also be mindful of the liquid calories one may be consuming. Both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages can have quite the caloric kick.

Consider the following:

  • A medium white hot chocolate from Tim Horton’s is 380 calories. If you have 2 a week for 1 year, this adds up to just over 10 lbs.
  • Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, which is almost as much a gram of fat, with some varieties—like liqueurs—adding calories to that with sugars. A shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream is about 121 calories. If you have 3 shots per week for a year, that adds up to just over 5 lbs.

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  1. Work in a Workout Plan

Though nutrition is a huge part of the weight control pie, we cannot discount the importance of exercise. Being physically active can help burn off those extra calories, as well as improve overall health and mood. However, it’s important not to give yourself permission to eat extra because you exercised a little, as calories are much harder to work off than consume.

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  1. Review Your Intake with a Registered Dietitian

Tried all of the above and still gaining weight or not losing it fast enough? Do you feel stuck and unsure about what you’re doing wrong or how to eat healthy? Best for Bride’s personal nutrition consultant—Anna Gofeld, RD, M.A.N.—can help answer all of your food related questions.

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 dietitian services are included in many employers’ health insurance plans, you may be able to access Anna’s services for free or at a 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 professional nutrition counsel is investing in your health for year to come.

And for a LIMITED TIME, Best for Bride customers receive a 10% discount* on services from Eat Well Anna Nutrition Consulting

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

*New clients only. Limit of one discount per customer. Offer may be revoked at any time and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Best for Bride offer must be mentioned prior to payment to be applied. Limited time offer. No cash value.
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How to Choose The Perfect Wedding Colors

The first thing anyone does when planning a wedding is deciding on what colors they’d like for their wedding. Usually, women already know the answer after the ring is slipped on their fingers, but there are a few who have no idea what color combinations they’d like to use for their special day. Thinking up the perfect color palette shouldn’t be stressful but fun! Here’s some great tips on how to choose a winning color combo that will dazzle all and help make your big day beautiful and special, just like you dreamed of the day you said yes!

Favorite Colors

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Most go off of their favorite colors. Many love pink, while others may adore lavender or lilac. To help if choose colors, make a list of your top five favorite colors. Then slowly go through the list and start picturing your cake, flowers, centerpieces in that very color. Does it appeal to you? Maybe a lime green won’t look so great for bridesmaid dresses? But your next color on the list, a pale green would look lovely for and early spring wedding. Also be aware of color combos you’re interested in. Maybe there are two colors on your list that would look fabulous together!

To make an educated decision on colors and see them in person, visit a local fabric store and collect color swatches or chips of colors you’re thinking of using. This way you’ll know the exact name and shade you’d like to use so it won’t be mistaken for a regular green or blue. According to The Knot, getting access to a Pantone book, which is a collection of colors that graphic designers use for their work, will provide great insight on all the different variations of the hues you like.

Set The Mood

Another great way to choose your wedding colors is to think ponder what type of mood or emotions you’d like your wedding guests to feel at your big day. Are you going for a high-energy party or maybe you want something more romantic? Pinpoint what type of aura you’d like to create and think of colors that will help evoke those feelings.

Accents On The Dress

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These days, the traditional rule of just white for your wedding dress is totally outdated. You can add splashes of color with a silk sash or make a bold statement with colored heels. Whatever it is, you can easily and beautifully incorporate your wedding colors into your wedding gown. If you’re thinking about doing this, imagine what colors you loo good in and then test out sashes at a local wedding shop to see what you’d like the rest of your wedding decor to be.

Decor, Flowers and Cake

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If you already know the type of cake, flowers or invites you know you want to have for your wedding start looking at how your color combos will match with them. You’ll be able to find flowers in any shade you choose so that’ won’t be hard, and decor accents come in all colors of the rainbow these days, so you’ll easily find matching coordinates. As for the cake, color reigns supreme here and it’s an great way to incorporate your wedding’s color combination.

Once you pick your wedding colors, the rest of the planning should be relatively simple.

Head over to www.BestForBride.com for a wide selection of wedding decor in every color imaginable, in addition to hundreds of beautiful wedding dresses and gowns for the entire wedding party. Best For Bride is your one-stop shop for all your bridal needs!