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8 Wedding Reception Dances to Never Do

January 31, 2017

While many are stressing out about what dances to do at a wedding reception, a few should consider the dances to never do (you know who you are):

1. The Shuffle

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This song was a huge hit in 2011, but that was 6 years ago. A lot of things have changed within 6 years and the shuffle dance should stay in the past. When business make their animated animals do a dance it’s time to modernize your dance moves.

2. Vogue-ing

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Models do this because the photographer instructs them to do poses. It is their job, not a kind of dance for people to do. I’m sorry to say, but you don’t look cool “vogue-ing” in the middle of dancing.

3. Twerking

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Weddings are formal events, not clubs or parties. Keep it classy! I’m sure you can go one evening without bumping, grinding, or twerking and still enjoy yourself. You have many other dance moves that are more appropriate for the occasion.

4. Intense Dance Faces

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While not specifically a dance, it’s important to note that while often hilarious, Intense faces are either frightening and embarrassing. Nobody wants to be remember as that person who makes the face when dancing. Tone it down and just do your best to keep your face calm while dancing. I know that dance helps you feel free and release your soul, but please for your own sake, dial it down.

5. Breakdancing

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If you can do this, then you are talented. However, most wedding receptions are not the right place or time for this kind of dancing. (If you have any doubt whether it’s acceptable you shouldn’t do it.) Plus, you don’t want to show off or scare any grandmothers. The wedding is about the couple being the center of attention, so keep your dancing formal.

6. Cotton Eyed Joe

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Unless the wedding theme is country, I don’t suggest doing the cotton eyed joe. Many weddings don’t use this song in their wedding playlist so it is safe to say that you can leave your cowboy boots at home. Just ask the bride or groom if they plan on playing this song and then you will know for sure.

7. The Worm

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It is adorable when kids do it, but for adults that time has ended. You could get hurt doing this, or worse hurt someone else, so it is best to leave it to the resilient-bodied children. Plus the kids will laugh and it is entertaining to see them trying to learn or be the best. Cheer on the kids while they are cute and small enough to do the worm at a wedding.

8. Raise the Roof

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This dance move has reached the point that parents and grandparents do this to embarrass their children. It is safe to say that raising the roof is dead in the sense of it being popular. Now it is a dance to be silly and laugh with friends. Don’t do it at a wedding unless you are trying to be funny.

 

Just remember to keep it classy and have fun. It is best to not do the dances listed above unless you want to make people laugh or get the bride and groom upset. And please do not make any grandparents have a heart attack from the dances you do.

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7 Activities to Do with Your Besties before Your Wedding

January 30, 2017
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Being a bride brings on a lot of stress to make sure your big day is perfect! Not only are you trying to plan everything so your guests are happy for the whole wedding, but you also need to keep up with your normal life. That includes your social life!

You can’t just leave your besties out to dry; they have been keeping you sane throughout this whole journey. Carve out a day to show them your appreciation and do something you all would enjoy. Here are 7 activities that you can do with your girls to show them the love:

1. Slumber Party

Slumber parties are a chance for you and your besties to have your girl talk, pig out on whatever snacks you want, have a movie marathon, and give each other mani/pedis! You will feel like a teenager again but with the added bonus of not worrying that your little brother will barge in. Take advantage of this opportunity because you might not get the chance again after you start your new life with your groom. If you have to be up early the next day you can still do all of these activities but not have them sleep over.

2. A BYOB Painting Class

A bottle of your favorite alcohol plus painting with your besties while they have their own bottles, how can that not be fun? One of them is bound to be hilarious when they get tipsy, just make sure you all have a safe way of getting home afterwards! Who knows, maybe one of you will scream at a painting? No matter what, you should feel loose and stress-free after this.

3. Spa Day

Need I say more? Massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, maybe a sauna, and a healthy lunch. Yes please! Reserving a private space would be perfect for you and your girls to enjoy a nice relaxing day together.

4. A Yoga Session

You can arrange to do yoga on the beach, in a park, or even in a yoga studio room. This allows you to get your workout done while spending quality time with your besties. Yoga helps you destress and clear your mind. If yoga isn’t your thing, you could look into pilates or even zumba!

5. Picnic

With this option, you can have the scenery be whatever you want. All you need is a day with good weather and you can enjoy the picnic at the beach, in a park, or even your backyard. Each person can make a sandwich how they like it, have snacks for everyone to enjoy, and you can decide if there will be alcohol or not. Enjoy connecting with your friends without technology and really catch up with one another. Preparing the picnic all together could be a fun activity to do as well.

6. Paintball

An active way to have some friendly competition. You all could do a free for all against each other or find a group of people to go against for a “team deathmatch”. In a team deathmatch you and your friends will need to work together to beat the other team. Beware, you could ruin the outfit you wear so choose clothes you don’t care to have splattered in paint.

7. A Cooking Class

Find one that you and your friends can do as a group. You may need to schedule your own class for your group. All of you will have fun cooking together, maybe drink a little, and eat some delicious food you all made. Maybe you will learn a skill in the kitchen to impress your soon-to-be husband!

 

Whatever activity you all decide to do together, focus on your communication. Choose an activity that will fit you and your group of friends and have those heart-to-hearts. You will soon start your new life as a wife, but that doesn’t mean your friends are not important and special to you.

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Should You Upgrade Your Wedding Ring?

December 8, 2016
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Obviously, the choice to upgrade a wedding ring is a highly personal decision, but if you find yourself wondering whether you should or shouldn’t upgrade, here are a few points to consider:

What are your reasons for upgrading?

“Keeping up with the Joneses.”

There can be valid reasons to have a flashier ring. In some cases you or your significant other’s profession requires you to go to conferences and other events in which you need to convey an appearance of success and grandeur. In these types of situations, it may be beneficial to your career to have a flashier ring. If so, upgrading is totally okay and remember, you can compromise by wearing a flashier ring at events where the appearance may matter and your original in everyday life.

You can afford a nicer ring now.

In many relationships you’ll end up in a much better financial position than when you were first married. In these situations, you may have purchased a ring that wasn’t your dream ring, but was all you could afford at the time. Now that you’ve move up on the ladder and are earning more than before, you may be able to afford your dream ring. If that’s the case, it won’t hurt to talk about it. Afterall, life is meant to change and as we mature and become more successful we upgrade our wardrobe, our homes, our cars and more. Why not your rings too?

You never liked the ring to begin with.

In some cases, you love everything about him, and everything about the proposal, except for the ring. In these cases, it’s best to bring up your feelings immediately. If you’ve already waited, it’s best to wait until 5 years or so before bringing it up as this may offend or hurt your significant other.

Why wouldn’t you upgrade?

There are more important things to spend money on.

A point that likely came up when you purchased your wedding ring is that you could spend the money on more important things. This is an important point to consider as dropping a few grand on a ring may not make you as happy as say putting that towards a new car. Take into account how much happiness your upgrade will bring you versus spending the money elsewhere.

Your ring holds sentimental value.

Your original wedding ring contains a lot of sentimental value. It can remind you of how your significant other proposed, the memories you had in your early relationship and more. Plus, there’s the fact that your significant other picked out the ring which makes it special in its own way. The argument could also be made that as a family heirloom the ring would be more meaningful if it was the original. Though – you could argue that it’s more valuable as an upgraded ring as well.

It comes down to you and your significant other

Ultimately, no list of pros and cons, nor opinion from friends and family should make this decision for you. It’s good to take these into consideration, but the decision should primarily lie in the feelings you and your partner have. So take the time to discuss it with them and come up with your own answer.

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How To Turn Any Venue into A Dreamy Wedding Place

August 30, 2016
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How Decorations Can Add Wow To Your Reception

Not everybody can afford to celebrate their wedding reception in a 5-star hotel ballroom or a vineyard. So if you have chosen a plain white tent or a blank space such as a loft for your dinner reception, you can still dazzle and mesmerize your guests upon entering the reception venue with just a bit of creativity here and there.

Here are some elements you can use to transform your wedding reception venue:

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Flower Power

Flowers have a way of cheering up an otherwise boring room. Choose colorful mix of blooms that matches your wedding motif and use it in different elements at the reception: your stage backdrop, centerpieces, etc.

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Highlight the Ceiling

Hang lots of lights at the ceiling and be amazed on how these immediately change the ambiance of your reception venue. Anything from chandeliers, lanterns, to bulb strings will do as long as this is well coordinated with the overall theme that you are going for.

 

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Take on a Wedding Theme

Take your reception on a different level by embracing a theme for your wedding. Beach-themed, Coachella, Hollywood, and Rustic Chic are just some of the themes you can use. You can even personalize your wedding by using a theme that speaks a lot about how you and your partner met or something that you both love doing such as a travel-themed reception.

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Photographs

Display several photographs of you and your partner all over the venue to keep your reception interesting. Aside from adding your own personality in the venue, it also serves as a conversation starter for your guests while waiting for the reception to begin. You can display some snapshots of your love story, travel photos with your partner and even some cute pictures from your childhood.

 

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Ceiling Décor

If your venue has a high plain ceiling, you can choose to add few elements to beautify it. You can install drapes or hang Chinese lanterns, chandeliers, paper pom-poms or a combination of any of this at the ceiling.

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Handwritten Messages

Scatter several chalkboards or wood planks with handwritten notes such as important milestones or dates of your love story, love quotes, or a few lines from your vows to keep it interesting and cute.

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Cozy with Candles

Use lots and lots of candles especially for a dinner reception. A candlelit room will immediately cozy up the mood and make the ambiance apt for a romantic evening.

 

 

 

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