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Sweet Treats

Hi everyone!

There are a lot of reasons to love weddings. Maybe it’s the romance, maybe it’s the dancing, the open bar…but let’s not forget about the sweets! Are you looking for some sugary treats to serve on your special day? Here are some ideas!

1) Waffle Sundaes. Who doesn’t love breakfast at night? Offer different flavors of ice cream and different toppings so each guest’s taste buds are satisfied.

2) Berry Parfaits. Appealing to not only the taste buds, but also the eye! You can dress these up with all kinds of toppings, fruits, and syrups! This is the perfect option for guests who have a sweet tooth, but don’t want to feel heavy and bloated all night.

3) Cake Pops. Stray from the traditional tiered wedding cake with a more fun option. And what’s more fun than cake rolled into spheres covered in chocolate?!

4) Doughnuts. Easy, cute, and who doesn’t love doughnuts? This is sure to appeal to every one of your weddings guests.

~S.O.W.

Valentine’s Day Dates

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

We hope you and your SO have a fun night planned to just spend some alone time and have fun together! If you don’t…Here are some ideas we have to make Valentine’s Day a very special occasion! If you’re looking for ideas for dates that aren’t the typical “dinner and a movie” Valentine’s date, read on…

1) Take a hot yoga class. This can be a very fun and sensual date for you and your significant other. It gets the blood flowing, helps with flexibility, and endorphins will be running rampant! And if one of you already takes yoga, this can be a fun way to involve the other one in the other’s hobby!

2) Breakfast in bed. Where did the idea of dinner being the more romantic meal come from? Morning is when you feel most refreshed, and maybe even most romantic! Bring your significant other pancakes, eggs, bacon (you name it) while they’re still in bed. Add a red rose in a vase to the tray for a romantic touch!

3)Take a wine-and-paint, or drink-and-draw class. You can have some fun, drink some wine, and let your creativity flow! Just let loose and paint or draw whatever / however you want. In fact, it’ll probably be more fun if your work isn’t that great, so you can poke fun at each other! Having alcohol in the mix will just make this all the more entertaining…

4) Cook dinner at home! Sometimes, just staying home in fuzzy socks, blasting some music and cooking together is the most romantic thing there is! No need to perfectly curl your locks or slap on the mascara and foundation. Twist that hair into a top not, throw on some sweats, and get cooking!

Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids

Hey Brides,

Are you scrambling around to figure out what on earth you should get your bridesmaids to thank them for standing by your side on your special day? We’re here to help! Read on for some advice:

 

Pampering gifts. These are gifts you could get your bridesmaids so they can pamper themselves, and maybe relax after the hustle and bustle of the wedding. These can include silk pajamas, monogrammed bath towels, makeup bags with makeup and mud masks inside, a gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure.

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Homemade gifts. These include personalized jewelry, candles, a hand-bound photo album or scrapbook, a knitted scarf or throw blanket.

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Wine and dine gifts. These can include a french press with their favorite coffee or tea, a bottle of wine or champagne, chocolates, gift cards to favorite restaurants, etc.

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Gifts for their passions. If one of your bridesmaids loved to read, maybe gift a bookmark or little book of poems. If one of them likes to work out, give her a cute water bottle that purifies the water as you drink it, or a personalized towel to bring to the gym.

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Good luck!

~SOW

Tips For Choosing Venues

Hi Brides!

Choosing a venue is hard work, and there are a lot of options out there. Keep reading for tips on how to pick what venue will best suit you, your groom, and your wedding!!

Choose one that aligns with your vision. This one may seem obvious, but pick a venue that you’ve always pictured yourself in. You’ll know it when you see it. Every bride has pictured themselves getting married at a certain location at some point, so choose one that makes you smile and feels like the place you’re supposed to say “I do!”

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Choose one that allows for all your guests. You never want to choose a venue that doesn’t have enough space for all your guests, or one that has too much space and just leaves the venue feeling empty. Consider how many people are coming to your wedding, and plan accordingly.

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Keep your budget in mind. Obviously, you want to choose a great venue, but also one that works with your budget. Some venues already offer to provide tables, chairs, linens, etc., but this can also rack up the price.

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Consider your guests. Think about what will be easier for your guests, especially about your out-of-town guests. Think about choosing a venue that’s connected to, or at least close to the hotel they’re staying at.

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Pre-Wedding Relaxation

Planning a wedding can bring a boatload of stress upon any bride. And as the wedding gets closer, that stress just builds up more and more. There are some really effective ways of managing this stress and keeping pre-wedding anxiety at bay. Read on for some tips!

 

Take baths. This is a great way to relax your muscles and let yourself take a while to calm your mind. Fill the tub with bubbles or good-smelling bath salts.

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Pleasure your nose. Lavender has always been known for the calming effect it has, so get some essential oils or lotion and dab some on your wrists, neck, under your nose, and maybe even get a massage with it!

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Pleasure your ears. Listen to calming music that you enjoy. Music has a huge effect on mood and how we feel, so choose tunes that will set you up for relaxation.

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Get some exercise. Go for a jog or check out a yoga class. This is a good way to settle nerves and get the endorphins going.

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Deep breathe / meditate. Practice deep breathing. This will automatically calm your thoughts and let your body know everything is okay. Meditation is also a good way to relax your mind and do whatever you need to do emotionally before the big day.

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Good luck, and relax!

Engagement Photo Ideas

Hey brides!

We’re giving you tips today about engagement photos. Do you ever find yourself in front of the camera, unsure about how to pose? You’re not alone. Here are the best go-to poses for your engagement photos so you’re not wondering what to do when it comes time to take pictures!

Traditional

A lot of couples opt for a traditional shot, like side by side shots of them walking or sitting together.

Embrace

If you want a little more emotion, hug each other and let your photographer capture it. Wrap your arms around each other, and you can choose to either look into the camera or don’t!

Close-Up

You can choose to get a close-up of whatever you want- your engagement rings, your hands, your feet- don’t be afraid to have some fun with it!

Playful

This is for the silly couple that has a hard time keeping a straight face, especially while taking pictures. Make jokes with each other, have fun, and just try to forget that the camera is even there. This will make for some cute laughing shots that show how you have fun together!

Have fun!

~SOW

Affordable Honeymoon Destination

Wondering where you should go for your honeymoon, but don’t wanna break the bank? Here are some affordable honeymoon destination for you and your new spouse to enjoy!

Jamaica.

Not only is Jamaica beautiful, but it’s where Sandals Resort was founded. They offer a lot of good incentives and deals, like spa credits and free nights!

Thailand.

Again,beautiful location, but also affordable! Because of some fierce competition going on, Thailand has some cheap accommodation s, and hotel prices are often ridiculously low!

Portugal.

Portugal is a favorite when it comes to affordable vacation destinations. With it’s gorgeous views and wide variety of options when it comes to hotels and dining, it’s the perfect place to destress after your wedding!

Mexico.

Just like all these other destinations, Mexico also has great hotels for great prices! Don’t forget to look into this one for honeymoon option!

~SOW

Losing Weight for Your Wedding

We know a lot of your brides want to drop a few pounds pre-wedding. Here are some tips, courtesy of Shades of White, for you to optimize your weight loss process.

Drink water.

Not only does water improve your skin, give you energy, and rid your body of toxins, it will keep you feeling full so you don’t mindlessly snack all day. Eight glasses a day is probably a good number, but everyone’s different.

Eat smaller portions.

No need to over-indulge in consuming food when you don’t need a lot of it. Make sure you start with small portions, and then only take more if you’re still hungry.

Eat slowly.

It takes a while for your brain to process that you’re full. Try to eat slower and really savor each bite. Give your body time to process that you’re full and don’t need to eat anymore.

Get your exercise.

This is a no-brainer. If you’re trying to lose weight, exercise. Do about 30-45 minutes of cardio and aerobic exercise a few days a week, and be sure to replenish with water afterwards!

Good luck!

~SOW

What to Register For

It’s wedding season, and I’m sure a lot of you couples are scrambling to figure out what you’ll register for. We have some categories you shouldn’t forget, and then a list of a few things under those categories you should make sure to ask for . Here they are:

Kitchen Electrics:

Blender

Coffee maker

Juicer

Hand mixer

Slow cooker

Toaster

Microwave

Cookware

10-piece Cooking Set

Saucepans

Griddle

Cast Iron Skillet

Bakeware

Bakeware Set

Baking Sheets

Cake Pans

Cookie Cutters

Mixing Bowls

Kitchen Tools

Measuring Spoons and Cups

Spatulas

Whisks

Tongs

Can Opener

Pizza Stone

Ice Cream Scoop

Oven Mitts

Dinnerware

Dinner Plates

Salad/ Dessert Plates

Bowls

Coffee Mugs

Serving Bowl

Fine China

Formal Chine Place Settings

Accent Plates

Chargers

Tea pot

Gravy Boat and Stand

Table Linens

Napkins and Napkin Rings

Napkin Holder

Tablecloths

Placemats

Bedding

Fitted and Flat Sheets

Bed Skirt

Mattress Pad

Blankets

Pillows and Pillow Cases

Bath

Bath Towels

Hand Towels

Bath Mat

Shower Curtains

There’s more, but this list would’ve been ridiculously long (or even more so)! But we’ve given you the essentials, so start registering and know you have this list to refer back to!

Good luck,

SOW

How to Pair a Veil With Your Dress

Pairing veils with dresses is a hard task. Even us here at Shades of White struggle with it occasionally. However, we have some valuable tips and tricks for you if this is something you’re currently in the process of deciding! Read on…

Aim for the exact shade of your dress, or a shade lighter. Above all, just make sure it’s not darker. And if your dress has a lace overlay, match the veil color with the lace, not the dress’s undertone.

Choose a veil with more than one layer of tulle. This will give your veil a pretty, voluminous look. It’ll look better if it has some body and isn’t just laying flat.

Wear a hairpiece with your veil. You could add a little flower or glittery clip with your veil to add some extra pop. Then, after your ceremony, you could take off your veil for the reception but keep the clip in so you’re not tripping over your veil all might, but your hair is still decorated!

For outdoor ceremonies, wrap your veil around one arm. You could wrap it around your arm and it could act as a sash of sorts. This will keep it from dragging on the ground so much and keep it out of your face if it’s a particularly windy day.

~SOW