Wedding Ideas

How to combat anxiety ahead wedding

If you feel nervous at your wedding, this article will tell you how to Combat Anxiety is before the wedding.

I have anxiety and panic attacks because I was a teenager who led my wedding last year and I was determined not to let my anxiety rain in my march and destroy the accumulation or excitement of the day.

Of course, any form of anxiety or mental health problems is a complicated thing, and I do not mean to simplify it. I am confident in raising, making some significant progress is decisive last year and choosing positive thoughts (I might be in another article), but there are some small, simple things that have largely affected me Feel the eve of our wedding.

1. Manage Expectations

From the outset, we let our parents and friends know what to expect from our wedding. This meant we weren’t worried about disappointing anyone with our choices and we weren’t dealing with conflicts along the way, as so many couples find when planning their weddings.

Often the pressure you feel can be in your own head, but when people aren’t lending their opinions as much, it does make it easier to keep your mind clear and be confident in your decisions.

2. Curb the Guestlist

We only had people we love, and who love us right back, at our wedding.

I can really struggle ahead of social situations with strangers, so having only people we were close to at our wedding, meant I was instantly at ease when I walked up the aisle and felt all that love radiating from our guests (it was pretty special!).

It can be really tricky to limit your numbers, I know there’s a lot of politics involved, and that can be stress-inducing in its own way, but by managing expectations from the start (à la point #1!) we didn’t encounter too many issues.

3. Limit the ‘Look At Me’ Moments

So contrary to what you might think about someone with social-anxiety, I am a massively social person, as is my husband Marko. We love a party, we just don’t need to be the centre of attention at it. We had a short ceremony and gave a short thank you speech, but other than that, we just blended in with our guests – no cake cutting, no first dance, no bouquet toss, no top table.

I totally get couples wanting to be the focal point on their big day, but it wasn’t for us. And by opting out of those big moments, it really helped me keep my anxiety in check on the day.

4. Pare Back the Prep

I’ve mentioned this before as part of my Real Bride Diary, but Marko and I got ready for our wedding on our own. I did go for hair and make-up with the other ladies in my family, but it was just the two of us getting dressed and having some pre-wedding bubbly.

Not only was it so lovely to have some downtime together right before it all kicked off, but it was probably the best decision I made on the anxiety front.

I’ve always been triggered in hectic getting ready situations, from a girls’ night out with everyone vying for a spot at the mirror, to being a bridesmaid when there’s a dozen people in the bridal suite, with hair dryers blowing and lots of chatter.

For me, having that calm time together meant I never felt a second of anxiety in that last hour before our wedding.

5. Get the Formalities Out of the Way

So this one won’t work for everyone, and it wasn’t intentionally planned this way, but it really turned out well for us.

Marko and I wanted our friend Dan to be our officiant, so we did the legal ceremony a couple of days before the wedding. I didn’t expect it to have such a big impact, but having that part out of the way banished a lot of our pre-wedding jitters.

We were already married so we could just relax and enjoy our party. And I wasn’t worried about the groom being a no-show!

6. Get Organised

I was really impressed by our organisational skills in the lead up to our wedding. I’m generally a pretty organisational person, but we seriously took it up a notch!

We used Trello to divvy up tasks in the months ahead of our day, and every week we made a list of priorities and ticked them off as we went.

We had a running list of things we could only do the week of the wedding, and set a deadline three weeks before our date to have everything else ready to go.

We printed out our vendor list, our day-of timeline, and our schedule for the week up to the wedding, so our family knew when we’d be free, or when we were doing wedding prep if they wanted to get involved.

Feeling really organised banished the kind of anxiety I get when I’m stressed or overwhelmed. We were confident we had everything covered, and we didn’t have much to do in those last few days other than the set-up. It allowed us to just sit back and enjoy the last few weeks of build-up.

Whether you are prone to anxiety or not – even the most chilled people feel stressed in the last weeks before their wedding, but getting super organised (or hiring a co-ordinator to do the worrying for you!) will really take the weight off.

I hope this has helped some of you out there – I’d love to hear your tips too, please do share them in the comments or on social media!

Bride Dresses

You May Want to Ask These Question Before Choosing the Perfect Bridal Lingerie

How to choose the best bridal lingerie? Here are the answer.


1. I’m going wedding dress shopping, what should I take
with me?

A. Take a few lingerie options with you when you’re dress
shopping so you get an idea of what works. This could include; a
plunge bra, strapless bra, shapewear, high waisted briefs and so
on. It’s always best to be prepared and the right underwear will
help you get a better idea of what the dress will look like on your
big day.

2. What type of underwear should I wear under my wedding

That really depends on the style of your dress. If you’ve got a
full skirt, you can wear pretty much any underwear you like! If
your dress is a little more form fitting, however, you’ll need to
find a seamless option that won’t leave you with a horrid VPL. Even
though they’re not the most alluring, seamless nude thongs and
briefs or shapewear pieces generally work best with anything slinky
or figure hugging. It’s better to have a flawless finish than any
VPLs or lumps and bumps showing. Plus, you can always change into
your special bridal lingerie before the end of the evening.

3. When should I buy my wedding lingerie?

Once you have decided on your dress and know the requirements
and practicalities, it’s time to go lingerie shopping! Ideally, you
need to have your underwear for your first fitting so aim to go
shopping a few weeks before this date. And remember, the aim of
your underwear is to enhance your look so you have to be practical
and tailor it to the needs of your dress – even if that means going
for something less sexy and more sensible.

4. Where shall I buy my wedding lingerie?

It really depends on what you need. Department stores offer a
huge selection of shapes, sizes and styles but if you need
something very specific, going to an independent boutique may suit
you better – they tend to offer a more personalised service and
have an in-depth knowledge of brands and sizes and will ensure you
find the perfect fit for your big day.

5. I’m conscious of my tummy area: what should I

A. Thankfully, there are lots of options to help disguise and
draw attention away from your middle section. Waist cinchers,
basques, corsets and shapewear all work wonders! Although the idea
of shapewear often conjures up thoughts of shrivelled nude cycling
shorts, don’t be put off: it’s come a long, long way in
the past decade. Marks & Spencer have some pretty yet practical
pieces and many brands now offer ‘hold you in’ slips that look
sophisticated and streamlined as opposed to frumpy and will help to
make everything look smooth and neat underneath your dress.

6. My dress is backless, what bra do I

A. You could go braless with pasties and adhesive tape, if you
feel brave enough (and don’t have a big bust). You could also ask
to have cups sewn into your dress by the seamstress – this could
eradicate the need for a bra if it feels comfortable. Other options
include stick-on bras (again, not practical if you have a bigger
bust), backless and multiway bras. It’s a case of trial and error
to see what works with your dress and offers you enough


7. What colour should my bridal lingerie

As most wedding dresses tend to be ivory, white or cream,
ideally nude, beige, cream and pastel tones work best. However,
your lingerie is a great way to include your “something blue”, so
if your dress is made of thick fabric or many layers, you can be
more adventurous. If in doubt about your lingerie colour, stick to
something that blends with your skin tone – a skin tone bra is
always much better under white than a white bra as it won’t show
through.  Always remember, you need to be practical and think
about what lingerie works best with your dress. Above all, it’s
important to feel comfortable and confident on your wedding day: if
you do have to compromise on your underwear, treat yourself to
something slinky for the night!

Real Weddings

Get Ready For Your Wedding – Experts’ Tricks For Avoiding Those Tantrums

Let’s get to know it.


1. Think easy breezy

‘If you know you’ll have lots of mini guests, consider a venue
where everything’s on one site, so parents aren’t stressed out with
travel time between the ceremony and reception,’ advises wedding
planner Jenna Hewitt ( who plans around 30
nuptials every year. ‘The ideal is outdoor space plus accommodation
(you could even consider tents), so kids can dip easily between
downtime in their rooms and the party zones.’

2. Be crystal clear

If you want to invite children but also ensure they’re kept
under control, you need to inform parents from the get-go, says
Jenna. ‘On your invites, try something like: “Children are welcome
but if you’d prefer to be carefree and let your hair down, leave
your little ones at home”. It will clarify that parents who keep an
eye on their children are welcome, but it’s also a great excuse for
those who want to be child-free for the day.’

3. Get savvy with your selection

‘It’s OK only to invite children of close family – many people
do – just make sure you send the appropriate invite to the right
guests,’ adds Jenna. ‘You don’t have to make allowances for other
parents – it’s your day.’

4. Reveal your running order

When Liz Mossop, 37, married David, 42, last year, 50 of their
200 guests were children aged from six weeks to 16 years. Fifty out
of 200! And nope, the couple weren’t even parents themselves at the
time. ‘We made the running order really clear on our invites, so
that all the parents knew what kind of entertainment we would
provide and the times when we’d be eating, meaning that they could
be prepared with snacks and distractions,’ says Liz.

5. Keep the ceremony sacred

The only tears you want
are the love-struck variety. So how do you lock down tiny howlers?
‘We had a church with a side-room – which many have – and we filled
it with toys and broadcast the service into there,’ says Liz. ‘In
the order of service we specifically asked guests to take their
children there if they couldn’t manage the ceremony, and the vicar
tactfully reiterated this before I walked down the aisle.’ Get your
ushers on board, too. ‘If the parents are part of the ceremony, sit
them at the front, but at the far end of the pew, so they can
evacuate in a hurry,’ says Jenna. ‘Put other families at the

6. Supply tricks and treats

‘Think stickers, puzzles,
crayons and colouring-in books,’ suggests Susie Young from The
Little Top, which offers bespoke wedding childcare
( ‘Ribbon wands will look really cute in the
pictures too.’ And forget blue for boys and pink for girls. ‘Stick
with your colour theme so there’s one less thing to argue about –
plus your wedding photographs will look more sophisticated, too,’
says Jenna.

7. Handle demonic flower girls

Don’t be fooled by her
cuteness; she thinks this is her big day. ‘Keep your flower girls’
involvement really simple to eliminate any stress,’ advises Jenna.
‘Give her a prop like
a basket of rose petals to scatter, or bubbles to blow, and ask
her mum or dad to practise with her at home before your rehearsal.
Also have her parents swoop her into a pew instead of standing to
watch your vows.’

8. Plan cocktail-hour capers

While the grown-up guests
dig into Pimm’s o’clock, wow the kids with a wedding guest
scavenger hunt. ‘Children have a sheet and pen, and have to spot
things like a bow tie, a candle, a blue hat and red lipstick,’
suggests Susie. ‘You could personalise the items to you, and
illustrate the list for children who cannot read.’

9. Know your audience

Younger children love
anything playful – so think about games where they can jump up and
down, and provide a fancy dress box with lots of balloons (then
watch them jump up and down with balloons wearing fancy dress).
Older children love anything that’s competitive: why not set up
your own beach-ball volleyball contest? Ask Snapchat-obsessed
teenagers to live-blog your day, (with flattering camera filters,
obviously). Everyone loves a bouncy castle and croquet – just watch
adults don’t get competitive….

10. Free the beasts

‘Children are more likely
to sit still when needed when they’ve had a chance to blow off
steam,’ says Susie. ‘A bouncy castle is ideal, but even inexpensive
items such as footballs can keep school-age kids occupied for
hours.’ Outdoors not an option? ‘Ask the venue in advance for an
extra room to create a family VIP area,’ suggests Jenna. She
advises zoning one end of the room off as a crazy space, with loads
of toys and board games. ‘Then fill another corner with rugs,
cushions, books and Frozen playing on a loop so parents have a calm
and cosy space for feeding, naptime or talking down a

11. The three Ps of catering for

i. Personalise: ‘Giving children a smaller
portion of fancy food could backfire,’
warns Jenna. ‘Ask your venue to hand out a lunchbox and theme
it to your day.’ Try heart-shaped sandwiches and Hula Hoops, so
mini guests get a ring on their finger, too.

ii. Prepare to party: ‘If children eat and then
leave the table, this can upset a seating plan, leaving lone
parents having to shout across the table or missing out on the
adult fun,’ says Susie. ‘Try a separate supervised children’s area
– with a childminder – where they can eat their packed lunch and
play. Activities like Lego challenges will keep them happy.’

iii. Ply with food they can play with: If
you prefer to have children at the meal, make their food double as
entertainment. ‘Give them biscuits to decorate with icing pens and
edible dyes, or set up a fruit kebab-making area,’ suggests

12. Project a speech-saviour

‘We hooked up lots of wireless “silent disco” headphones to a
laptop and then projected a film on to a wall at the back of our
venue for the children to watch,’ says Liz. ‘It meant the adults
could enjoy the meal, plus speeches, undisturbed. We put a
13-year-old in charge of swapping over the DVD when the first
finished. Win, win.’ (Silent disco equipment hire, from £95,

13. Get the party started

No need to worry about getting people on the dancefloor –
children have no qualms about dragging their parents on to it, so
use it to your advantage. Play Tiny Dancer by Elton John to score
some cute points.

14. Alcohol 101

Though kids are basically like squiffy adults – they make
mischief and fall over a lot – a party heaving with tipsy big
people can be overwhelming for kids. ‘Saving the really boozy
drinks, like strong spirits, for when children are in bed will stop
the party peaking too soon,’ says Jenna.

15. Throw a pyjama sleepover

‘We set up sleepover dens with films, popcorn, and story time
for all the little ones so parents can stay late and party with you
guilt-free,’ says Susie. Alternatively, set up a corner with
blankets and cushions at the end of the marquee farthest from the
DJ. Partied-out children curled up together are a sign of the Best.
Wedding. Ever.

… Not inviting children? Here’s how to handle it without
the parents having tantrums

 ‘Traditionally, the
rule is only those whose names are on the invite are invited,’ says
William Hanson, author of The Bluffer’s Guide To Etiquette (£7,
Bluffer’s Guides). Nonetheless, some people assume that their
little darlings are included. ‘Printing “no children” in black and
white sets the wrong tone, while saying “We’re sorry, we can’t
accommodate children” is far more palatable,’ he advises. Even so,
you may receive a few personal requests – every parent thinks their
child is special. How to respond? ‘Try “I’m sorry, please don’t
take it personally, and please don’t put us in a difficult
position”,’ suggests William. ‘Ultimately, your guests need to act
like the grown-ups that they are.’

Cake Toppers

Wedding Cake Recommended : Black and White Wedding Cake


Here’s a wedding cake recommended.

And if those polka dots look like tiny hearts? Well, that’s even better.

Today’s wedding cake is a study in fun – a stark white, three-tier cake adorned with black fondant hearts instead of black polka dots!

It is nearly wedding cake perfection.

To add just a hint of color the cake is adorned with pink poppies (made from gum paste). The white wafer-paper tulips are gorgeous too!

This cake would be perfect any time of year, and I’d love to see deep red blooms used in place of the poppies – just because I love the red, white, and black color combo.

You’ll find this cake here. It was created by Wild Orchid Baking Co.

Meals & Drinks

Wedding Drinks Recommended : Personalized Rocks Glass


Let’s get to know this  fun idea, it’s like a 2-for-1 deal.

I love these personalized rocks glasses – they’re fun and functional. And they’re somewhat economical if you order in bulk.

Imagine giving your guests a lovely personalized rocks glass filled with your signature cocktail! (This is the fun idea).

You and your spouse can choose your favorite on the rocks cocktail – or work with the bartender on a recipe – and then serve that drink in these glasses.

Of course the guests can take home their glasses along with a recipe for your signature wedding drink.

How fun is that?

You can choose from many different designs or monograms for the glasses.

You’ll find these personalized rocks glasses here.

Wedding Ideas Wedding Planning

23 Ways To Save On Your Wedding

Ways to Save on your Wedding |

Here are some ways to stretch your dollar without anyone ever being the wiser. Small changes and smart planning that we’re betting none of your guests will notice.  (Don’t worry, your secret will be safe with us.) Want that luxe look on a budget?


Exchange vows in a garden. 
Host your ceremony outdoors in a garden to take advantage of the built-in floral decor.

Photo: Jodee Debes

Choose a single flower bouquet.
Going with a single type of flower or one single jumbo flower, such as proteas, peonies or dahlias, for your bouquet or your bridesmaids bouquets will create visual impact but won’t be as expensive. Like this bride, above, who chose astilbes.

Use in-season flowers.
On that note, work with your florist to ask which flowers are more likely to be in season during your wedding. Often, with flowers, you are paying for shipping from far away places, or are paying a premium for flowers with a short growing season, such as peonies.

Choose the time and season wisely.
November to April often sees shoulder season rates as it’s outside the popular summer season. Time of day and day of the week matter, too. You’d be surprised how much more you are paying for a Saturday wedding venue during a prime time. Other options to consider include brunch weddings or a dramatic Friday evening wedding.

Photo: The Schultzes

Use a wedding sign.
Instead of printing out (and paying for) individual programs, use a sign to welcome guests and let them know about the ceremony’s proceedings and who’s who.

Use postcards for replies and save the dates.
We love stationery but if you want to save a few dollars, look into sending postcards or electronic save the dates or reply cards. Postage and paper costs add up faster than you think.

Skip square invites. 
Yes, that’s right. Simply changing the shape of your invites to not be square will save you on postage as there is often a surcharge for irregular shapes. Crank up the tunes from your smartphone.

Buy PreOwned.
Okay, we’re biased but buying another bride’s gorgeous gown is smart. You get all the benefits of a trendy design or luxury label as your dream wedding dress at a fraction of the cost. And you’ll still look like a million bucks. Even smarter, choose a PreOwned gown with a corset back and you’ll be less likely to need alterations.


Inquire if your venue has a support team. 
Using the venue’s on-site staff and planners can save you quite a bit of money. And who knows the venue better than they do?

Host your reception at a restaurant. 
Using a favorite restaurant for your reception does double duty: you’re more likely to keep the guest list small and you get to save on rental costs for things like linens, cutlery, tables, chairs and more. You might even save on wedding menu stationery if the restaurant provides menus and you’ll get to use some on-trend decor.

Ways to Save on your Wedding |

Photo: Maria Vicencio

Serve signature cocktails.
Good news: If you are swooning over those wedding photos of sharply dressed waitstaff delivering super pretty drinks to guests, you’re in luck. This is actually a money saver. Choosing one or two signature cocktails for the bartender to make at your reception can save a lot of money as you end up buying just a few kinds of alcohol in bulk and you won’t have to stock a full bar. If you look for a store that buys back unopened bottles, you’ll save even more.

Skip the menus.
Instead of individual printed menus for each guest, write the menu on a chalkboard, mirror or piece of wood (depending on your theme) at the entrance to the reception or one for each table.

Photo: D. Lillian

Use a cutting cake for photos.
Cutting the cake is a fun tradition, but can be expensive with some cakes costing upwards of $5 a slice. Instead, host a dessert bar with a variety of treats such as a doughnut tower, cupcakes, candy or other alternative sweet for your guests to indulge in. Then have a bakery make a small cake for you to cut. All the show at a lower cost.

Buttercream’s better.
Often it’s a matter of looks, but buttercream is a less expensive option than fondant (and tastier, we happen to think.) Wedding cake styles that use buttercream include stylish naked wedding cakes so you won’t sacrifice an ounce of style, either.

Limit your open bar hours.
Choosing to serve unlimited drinks during a cocktail hour then switching to wine, Champagne or beer at the tables for the reception will save a bundle. Most guests won’t notice.

Grow or make your own favors.
Buy pretty packaging in bulk, then use team work and a family recipe to DIY edible wedding favors. Some great choices: cookies, truffles, jams or flavored oils. Home made is best made. To further reduce costs, consider giving one favor per couple instead of one per person.

Staff your buffet. 
Buffets aren’t for everyone, and choosing to staff it may seem counter-intuitive, but it creates a classier feel, keeps the lines moving and will help people control their portion sizes, ultimately keeping food costs down. Another trick event planners use? Provide 7″ plates instead of 10″. People won’t feel the need to fill every inch.

Skip the live music.
Opting for a DJ instead of a band won’t matter when people start to head to the dance floor. If you’re set on live music, consider using a violinist during the ceremony only, to control costs.


Use one venue for ceremony and reception.
Combining your ceremony and reception at different areas of the same venue is a smart move. Discounts sometimes come into effect, you won’t have to spend extra on transportation and it’s easy to reuse design elements or the venue’s setting to your advantage. This is especially nice if the venue offers both indoor and outdoor options. The best of both worlds!

Photo: Enzo Campitelli

Work with your venue’s existing decor.
Instead of creating a whole new theme, work with strong design elements that already exist to your advantage. For example, the venue pictured has an amazing vine canopy and view that needed only minimal additions.

Upcycle your floral arrangements.
Re-purposing your ceremony flower arrangements is a power move when it comes to saving money. Aisle flowers, altar flowers or even bridesmaid bouquets can be used for sweetheart tables, centerpieces or supplementary displays such as bars or dessert tables. Pictured: The altar arrangements are used on reception tables at this wedding.

Photo: Raelene Schulmeister Photography

Sign everything.
If you can’t spend a bundle on decor, do try making signs for the important things such as bride and groom’s chairs, “This way to the dance floor”, dessert table and bar. They’ll anchor photos and are an easy DIY design element.

Optimize lighting and draping.
Using these decor features effectively will help limit floral and decor costs, but will still look great in photos and to guests.

Songs Wedding Planning

3 Romantic First Dance Wedding Songs

You know the type of song — when you hear it, you can’t help but smile thanks to it’s just so darn perfect. Here, in no particular order, are 5 of our all-time favorites.

‘Everything’ by Michael Buble

‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys

‘It Had to be You’ by Frank Sinatra

Beauty Hairstyle

Tell You How To Make Special Wedding Hairstyles

Whether you’re the mother of the bride or simply a guest, this twisted French bun will certainly impress.

It works well on long and mid-length hair, and only takes a few minutes to master.

For the sake of recreating the look yourself, follow these simple steps from our how-to video with John Vial, creative director at Fudge Professional.

John Vial


  1. Work a volumising mousse through dry hair and blast with a hair dryer.
  2. Section the hair into two parts and pin one half out of the way.
  3. Tie the loose section of hair into a high ponytail, then spritz in place with hairspray.
  4. Twist the ponytail into a loop around your thumb, adding grips to secure it in place.
  5. Comb through the other side of hair, before pulling it round the bun you’ve just created.
  6. Tuck the loose ends into the top of your chignon and pin it to secure everything in place.
Meals & Drinks Wedding Ideas Wedding Planning

Give 5 Wedding Ideas For Bride

Give 5 wedding ideas for bride. Therefore there is no denying the fact that it is good for bride.

1. The Accessories

Think monogrammed cufflinks and colorful team socks for the guys. As for the bride, not many people will actually see your garter so if you want to have one that’s in your favorite team’s colors, go for it, urges wedding planner Kelli Corn of Kelli Corn Weddings & Events.

Wedding Ideas For Bride

2. The Photo Booth

Take one for the team, and turn your photo booth into a game…well, sort of! Celebrity event designer Brett Galley of Hollywood POP recommends stocking your photo booth full of fun sports-themed props and/or having each guest create their own sports magazine cover as their photo favor.

3. The Wedding Monogram

If you both root for the same team, why not consider a subtle use of the logo for your wedding monogram? “While it’s true that team logos are predominantly made up of thick block letters and wedding monograms are typically swirly and romantic, a combination of both design elements can successfully be achieved by a talented graphic designer,” says Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. And the applications for it are literally endless! “It can be utilized as a light projection on the dance floor or walls, on stationary items such as menus and seating cards, as well as beverage napkins and signage.”

Wedding Ideas For Bride

4. The Favors, Table Numbers, and Escort Cards

Mini basketballs, footballs, etc. branded with your team’s name are always a fun idea for favors. As for escort cards, these can actually be designed to look like tickets to the big game. Get creative with your tables and use the jersey numbers of your favorite players to label them.

5. The Signature Drinks

In the south, wedding planner Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events, tells us that rarely does a wedding go by without an alma mater somehow incorporated into it. One idea she’s a big fan of is either naming your signature drinks after your favorite teams or having them served in your team colors, something your guests can definitely enjoy!

Wedding Ideas For Bride

Wedding Ideas

Give You Some DIY Tealight Holders Tips

DIY Tealight Holders

Spray the inside of a glass tealight holder or jam jar with one part water to one part white vinegar. Follow with a light spray of shiny metallic paint on the inside, leave for a few minutes, then blot lightly with a kitchen towel. Repeat so you have five layers. Our tip: use a mix of silver and gold for a layered effect.

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