Body Image and Surviving Your Wedding

When brides start to look at the check list of wedding planning almost all of them start off with diet plans, work outs and skin regiments that need to be started far in advance of the wedding. Isn’t marrying the love of your life more important than the number on the tag of your white dress on your wedding day? Since when does a bride to be want to worry about getting on a diet plan in the first week of her engagement when she is still on cloud nine? Furthermore, if you have always been healthy and happy with the way you look, what gives anyone the right to decide that you should be any different on your wedding day? After all, you are marrying a man that has proposed to you for who you are and marrying you just the way you are, not because of what you should supposedly look like on one day out of your entire marriage.

Sure, your wedding day is special and every girl has certain expectations of how it should be. However, the perfect wedding doesn’t mean you have to stress over your weight. It is perfectly normal to want to be healthy and fit on your wedding day. Your confidence in your body image will determine what you constitute as healthy. Rather than spending time and money on Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, find your comfort zone with a body image specialist or try Walk and Talk Therapy with which you can walk to your health and discuss all the stressors and concerns you may be having. It is bound to get you to a healthy point mentally and physically for your upcoming nuptials.

Our tips for finding a healthy balance through your wedding planning:

  1. Embrace yourself and your natural body shape
  2. Know that your physical appearance does not reflect your value or how much you are loved
  3. Learn the styles that are the most flattering for your body type
  4. Focus and enhance the best parts of your body that you love.
  5. Be realistic and confident to be yourself, rather than striving to be like others

Love your bridal body at any size and choose a dress that reflects the beauty you possess at the present moment. That way you will truly end up with the wedding gown of your dreams.

May Day Baskets Made with Blue Berry Baskets

We love these May Day Baskets that were made with the Natural Blue Berry Baskets that we carry for wedding favors.  These are quite inspirational for flower girl baskets or gifts.  Check out the following sites for instructions on how to make these pretty baskets with our Natural Blue Berry Baskets.

May Day Basket of Pansies from Love Food Life Alchemy

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Berry Basket May Day Bouquet from A Petty Cool Life

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Spring Berry Basket ideas with Little Blue House and Fancy Pants Designs

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5 Easter Party Favor Ideas

Sunday is Easter and we spotted some Easter ideas that make perfect favors to send friends and family home with after the party or brunch that you have planned.

Easter Bunny Marshmallow Box

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Turn our clear favor boxes into the Easter Bunny with a sharpie, a little construction paper and cotton balls or pom poms.

Easter Bunny Box

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If you want to skip the marshmallows, you can do the same with white bon bon favor boxes and fill with whatever your heart desires this Easter.

Easter Bunny Milk Jar Favors

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Fill our Kate Aspen Milk Jars with pastel candy and glue on bunny ears that you can make using this template courtesy of Kate Aspen.

Take Out Box Easter Baskets

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Looking for some quick fix Easter baskets? Turn our white take out boxes into baskets for the masses with pretty personalized labels that send Easter wishes. The wire handles on the take out boxes make them easy to carry around and collect treats. Afterwards they can even close it up so their Easter hunt finds won’t fall out.  You can turn these boxes into bunnies as well!

Easter Cookie Bags

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Add on some fun labels to paper cookie bags and send guest home with simple treats.

Hot Wedding Ideas With Shot Glasses

Shot Glasses can be used to make fabulous presentations and wedding favors.  Use shot glasses for small servings at your reception that will impress your guests.

Gold Glam Shot Glass Presentation

Make it a DIY project by adding fold glitter to the bottom of your shot glasses to add some glam to a black time affair.

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Individual Cake Shots

Serve a pretty red velvet cake layered with cream cheese frosting in shot glasses for individual servings of cake.

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Chinese New Year Celebration Idea

Chinese New Year 2016 is one week away and will be on February 8th.  It’s essentially a celebration of the coming of spring and Chinese people celebrate a year of hard work, have a good rest, and relax with family. Chinese people believe that a good start to the year will lead to a lucky year.

How To Celebrate The Chinese New Year

Most people celebrate by having dinner with family, giving red envelopes, firecrackers, new clothes, and decorations.  Modern gifts and creative ideas are becoming more and more a part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.  We have modern twist on traditional Chinese items for a cute gift token for friends or a party favor for your Chinese New Year party.

We spotted our frosted takeout boxes with gourmet fortune cookies spruced up into this adorable Chinese Takeout Box Favor Idea at Love Food Life Alchemy.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month DIY Wedding Favor CD

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so in support we have a DIY Wedding Favor project that gives back to the cause.  Instead of purchasing wedding favors, show your guests that you truly care by putting together a wedding favor yourself and donating what you would have spent on wedding favors to your Breast Cancer Cause.

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A CD is very easy to make and it will be a very nice gesture to provide your guests with some of your favorite songs that will be played at the wedding in a CD to take home.  You can download, compile and burn it yourself on to blank CD’s, which are very inexpensive, or ask your DJ to do it for you.

Present your CD to your guests in an earth friendly handmade paper envelope that is easy to make using a simple regular paper size sheet of card stock.  Wrap it with a pink ribbon or a color that coordinates with your wedding colors, and add a personalized label with a message to your guests stating that you have made a donation.

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It looks authentic and pretty.  Handmade favors are truly sweet and when it is accompanied with gesture to charity, it makes a even sweeter gift.

Do you want the labels that you see here? Custom Order them with us!

 

5 Fall Wedding Favors to Welcome the Autumn Equinox

Today is the Autumn Equinox marking the first day of Fall.  Those planning a Fall Wedding can look forward to leaves turning warm colors of reds and oranges and the surroundings echoing your fall inspirations.  Here are a few wedding favors that you consider this year.

1. Vintage Reserve Spreader

Fall is a time of harvest and with that comes the winery festivals at Vineyards which are harvesting grapes and having grape stomp events.  You may be having your wedding overlooking a vineyard, so why not give out a favor that expresses this.

2. Burlap Eat, Drink and Be Married Coasters

These coasters echo vintage, rustic and a spirited message all at the same time.  The burlap material of the coasters is very symbolic of the fall season and farm houses or country sides where you may hold beautiful location weddings during this season.

3. Dreamcatcher Fabric Favor Boxes

With this Fall Equinox, let the mystic in you emerge.  These are great to give out as party favors if you are celebrating the coming of fall with friends or if you just want your inner spirits to flow for you wedding celebration.  Fill them with some soothing herbs like lavender, that guests can use to make dream pillows or put in their baths for a goodnight’s sleep.

4. Birch Place Card Holders

What speaks true to the earth if not these Birch Place Card Holders.  Bring in nature and the outdoors to your wedding reception.  As the cooler seasons approach, people are forced to spend more time indoors, so an element of the outdoors inside is always nice to have around.

5. Gold Glitter Bottle Openers

Glamour doesn’t have to be left out of your fall inspired wedding.  Whether you are serving rootbeer and apple cider or reserve wine and champagne, these Gold Glitter Bottle Openers will be welcomed by guests and add some spark to your event.

 

 

Spectacular Fall Wedding Inspirations

Ahh… Fall. It’s the time of the year when the crisp breeze in the air harkens rustic elegance among deep orange and wine colored foliage. This is the season when you want to serve Moscow Mule in copper cups and draw in rustic elegance to your special occasion. Oatmeal pinstripe favor box filled with homemade caramels as wedding favors screams vintage elegance. All you need is an Autumn inspired menu and a wedding setting that simply enhances the Autumn ambience. We love an atmosphere in outdoors and perhaps in the country side with tall grass and breath taking views.fall