Wedding Planning Q & A – I’m Vegan and Really Don’t Want Meat at My Wedding

Vegetarian Burger
Vegetarian Burger
Q. – I’m a vegan. I really don’t want to serve meat or other animal products at my wedding. Am I expected to?

A. – No you do not have to serve animal products. It’s your wedding and you can serve (or not serve) whatever you choose.

Your wedding reception is to celebrate your brand new marriage, and create a wedding day that represents you and your fiancé. The choices you make – flowers, music, food, etc. – will reflect the two of you. So naturally, if your personal dietary choices lean towards or away from something specific, it is absolutely ok for you to include those choices in your wedding day meal.

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Mexican Vegan Vegetable Pilaf

You are not “making a statement” or trying to convert anyone. Instead you are staying true to yourself by following this dietary choice.

A good caterer will be able to create for you a delicious, flavorful menu that will keep your guests tummys happy, yet follow your daily dietary guidelines.

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Tomato, Tofu, and Arugula Salad

We all know the importance food plays in any get-together. As long as you serve good food, your guests will survive. Pick foods that are colorful and full of flavor and you will have a big hit. Ok, at first some of your guests may wonder what’s on their plates, but since your caterer has whipped up something that smells amazing, and tastes great, their focus on the food will soon be back where it should be, (Mmmmm, this is good!)

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Photo credits:
Vegetarian Burger & Tomato Tofu Arugula Salad – marcomayer / 123RF Stock Photo
Mexican Pilaf – timolina / 123RF Stock Photo

Stay Sane While Planning Your Wedding with “The Bride’s Manifesto”

The Bride's Manifesto

A few weeks back I shared several tips to deal with any stress you may be experiencing while planning your wedding. (If you missed it, check it out here).

Since then I came across this great infographic full of great quotes and words of wisdom to help you stay relaxed and confident during your wedding planning.

The Bride's Manifesto by IntimateWeddings.com

“The Bride’s Manifesto” by Christina Friedrichsen with IntimateWeddings.com is a way to help you “stay grounded and keep your eyes on the prize; marrying the love of your life”.

I hope you find inspiration in these words of wisdom, and that they ease your mind.

For an 8.5″ x 11″ printable version of The Bride’s Manifesto visit Intimate Weddings.

Weddings From The Heart can help keep you sane through the wedding planning and on your wedding day itself! Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!
Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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59 Literary Love Quotes for Every Romantic

Quote from "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman

Words don’t come easy for all of us, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. The most famous writers even say the feeling of love can be indescribable.

If Ernest Hemingway and Jane Austen have a hard time finding the perfect words to explain love, you deserve a little help.

Writing your wedding vows can be super intimidating. Instead of getting overwhelmed, why not get inspired!

Today I’m sharing this Love Quotes Interactive from ProFlowers.

Use the filter buttons (Hopeless Romantic? Cynic?) to find the type of quote that is perfect for your bride or groom.

Quote from "Rainbow Rowel" by Eleanor & Park
 
Incorporate these love quotes in:

  • your wedding vows
  • a love note to send your fiancé before the ceremony
  • or even in fun signage at your reception

Quote from "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert

These quotes are also perfect for Valentine’s Day cards!

Thanks to Taylor Poppmeier from ProFlowers for this fun, and inspirational, Love Quotes Interactive.

Hearts, Joy, Love
Jean

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Old, New, Borrowed and Blue – Origins and Meanings of This Familiar Rhyme

Lucky Sixpence in the Bride's Shoe
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”

We all know that singsong rhyme but may not know where it came from or what it means. Most brides just buy a blue garter and hope that covers it.

But the traditions surrounding it are quite charming.

The something old is usually covered by the bride choosing a piece of jewelry or other accessory to represent the chain of happiness flowing from one generation to another. When a bride uses her mother’s wedding gown or other family heirloom she is recognizing that this item symbolizes the ties between generations of family.

The something new is the marriage itself. It is symbolized by wearing something new (a new wedding gown or new earrings for example) that helps bring good fortune and success to this new union.

The something borrowed is usually on loan from a married friend or family member to help bring happiness to the new bride. The something borrowed item can be a piece of wedding attire (like a veil), jewelry, or even a handkerchief or family bible.

The something blue belongs to a tradition which dates back to biblical times when blue stood for purity and fidelity.

The English addition of the phrase “and a sixpence in your shoe,” is a favorite. If a bride places a coin in her left shoe, it is said to ensure wealth and that she will always have money.

Looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Photo Credit: Jo Ann Snover | Dreamstime.com

2017 Wedding Trend Predictions

zodiac wheel with red heart for love divination

It’s time to take a look and see what trends we’re going to be seeing at weddings this year.

Rustic/Barn Weddings
Yes, the desire for Rustic/Barn weddings is still going strong. But it’s more than mason jars and wooden slabs.

Couples are going for more sweet and whimsical, and vintage inspired. Sunflowers are a fun choice. We’ll see touches of burlap, lace, and distressed accent tables (for your guest book or wedding cake), and romantic lighting.

rustic wedding reception in a barnPhoto by: Zac Fisher
Venue: Canopy Creek Farm

Softer/Muted Color Schemes
We’re seeing more pastels and neutrals – the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses, the table linens, and the flowers – in weddings that range from rustic to elegant.

pastel wedding flowers linens decorPhoto by: Weddings From The Heart
Flowers by: Jan Baker
Linens by: Prime Time Party Rental

Non-Traditional Food and Beverage Choices
Food trucks (think gourmet croquettes, homemade pretzel bites, slow roasted pork belly, pizza), and artisanal beers from a local brewery will be big hits.

food truck sliderFood (pork belly slider) by: Harvest Mobile Cuisine

Yellow
From sunny sunflower to romantic pastels yellow is the “in” color, and will be used in flowers, attire, accents (ex. ribbons, napkins), and other decor.

yellow wedding ceremony decorPhoto by: Childers Photography
Flowers by: Jan Baker

Metallics
Mettallics are showing up all over, including wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, the wedding cake, shoes, and vases. It’s no longer a choice between “gold or silver” but a mix of metallic colors (think warm golds, copper, polished silver, pewter, bronze).

bride's silver wedding shoesPhoto by: Faye Sommer Photography

Dark Gray
We’ll see this elegant color in mens formalwear, bridesmaids dresses, table linens and accents.

wedding gray formal wear

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Photo credit for Love Divination Wheel: studio3321 / 123RF Stock

A Fun New (Old) Approach for Your Wedding Processional

wedding ceremony aisle ready for processional

What’s an easy way to set the tone and mood of your wedding?

Make an entrance, of course! Your ceremony processional, where the wedding party and the happy couple enter, is the official start of your wedding, and is full of drama and anticipation.

Unless you’re having an extremely casual wedding, having everyone just sort of walk in is anti-climactic. (And who wants to start off that day like that?)

Walking to the pace of a slower tempoed song, such as Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (aka Here Comes the Bride), or Canon in D is more solemn and traditional.

These days, it’s not uncommon for couples to choose more current songs to walk down the aisle to, such as “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran or “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

Other couples are taking it up still another notch. They’ve got to come in somehow, right? So to get the energy going, and expressing a light-hearted and whimsical tone, they’re dancing up the aisle.

Hundreds of years ago, the wedding ceremony was preceded by dancing to the ceremony locale. This represented the celebration of the joy of life. Through the years the dancing evolved into the modern processional.

Go back to the wedding ceremony roots and dance in.

Check out this fun wedding, featuring Bruno Mars and “Marry Me.”

“Well I know this little chapel on the boulevard we can go”

Love the song (yeah, I’m a Bruno fan). But really LOVE the energy of this processional. You can already feel the joy through the computer screen. Can you imagine how the guests were feeling experiencing this in person?

What do you think of the dancing wedding processional? Would you consider this type of entrance for your wedding ceremony?

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Photo credit: The Flower Studio in Austin, TX via photopin

5 Proven Ways to Beat Your Wedding Planning Stress

stress, worried, upset, angry bride
Are you experiencing a rush of anxiety? Do you have a dark cloud over your head? Do you find the thought of wedding planning stressful?

I can help you solve this because I’ve worked with many brides and grooms who’ve felt this way and we’ve gotten through it.

The reason it’s happening is simple. Unless you’ve planned several weddings before, you’re in unfamiliar territory. You’re wedding day is very important to you, you want it to go the way you’ve envisioned it to be. With all of the details and decisions you’re now faced with, things can definitely be daunting, and all-consuming, and well, stressful.

Here are five ways to help you deal with and avoid the stress.

1. Yoga
Yoga relaxes the mind and can help you stay calm and relaxed. You need to be mindful when doing yoga poses, so your attention is on the pose and your breath, which helps to free the mind of the unnecessary clutter that breeds anxiety.

2. Exercise
The energy created when we get anxious and stressed just channels back to create even more anxiety and stress. Exercise diffuses that energy. So go for a brisk walk, run, ride a bike. Take your dog for a walk, or turn on the radio and dance around the living room.

3. Deep Breathing
A super easy relaxation technique is controlled breath/deep breathing. It doesn’t take long, five or ten minutes will do, and you can do it anywhere. Inhale through your nose for a count of four, hold it for a count of four, then exhale through your nose for an equal count. Do this for 4 – 8 reps.

4. Healthy Eating
When we’re busy it’s too easy to just grab the quickest thing (or going to the fast food drive thru). Instead of reaching for that can of soda or fast food burger and fries, pick low-fat and healthy protein snack options. It’s easier than you think.

• Roll up a slice of turkey, lettuce, and tomato
• Trail mix
• Celery and carrot sticks with hummus dip
• String cheese sticks
• A handful of almonds
• Fresh fruit
• Canned tuna and whole-wheat crackers
• Cottage cheese
• A glass of low-fat chocolate milk
• Popcorn (but skip the butter)

5. Hobbies
Participating in a fun leisure activity relaxes your mind and gives it a break from any anxiety and tension because the focus is taken off of what you’re stressing about and placed on the activity.

By incorporating even one or two of these, your stress levels should decrease, your mind will be calmer, and you’ll actually be able to enjoy planning your wedding. This is a busy phase in your life with a lot of decisions to make.

Weddings From The Heart can help keep you sane through the wedding planning and on your wedding day itself! Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net, 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 so we can chat!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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