Monday, June 24, 2013

10 Non-Updos For Brides!

Not every bride wants a perfectly polished updo for their wedding day. Here are ten pictures of wedding day styles for brides who want to forgo the bun and let their hair down!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Clicking with Your Photographer

A picture says a thousand words, and if you don't want your wedding photos to say, "I was shot with a disposable camera," it's best to do some research before hiring a photographer. You're going to be looking at your wedding photos the rest of your life, they'll probably be displayed prominently in your home, so you'll want to hire a photographer that you're confident will do a good job.

You'll also want to delegate a significant amount of your wedding budget for your photographer. It's important to look at the pictures instead of the price. If you like the photographer's work, you can save money by not purchasing an album. Most photographers will give you a disc with all of the pictures on it. You can have your favorite images printed or purchase an album at a later date. It's a far better alternative to getting an album with a lot of photos that you're not happy with.

These days it seems like everybody and their brother is a photographer. There is a big difference between a photographer who went to school and has formal training in their craft, as opposed to someone who could afford a nice camera and likes to take pictures of their family and friends. I'm not saying that the photographers without schooling can't get a good shot, but I'm assuming you'll want more than just a couple nice pictures. Your wedding day isn't the time to give an amateur the benefit of the doubt. So when you meet with photographers, its important to ask them what type of schooling or training that they have had.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

App Helps Brides and Grooms Get in Shape

Recently I've been putting forth more effort into getting in shape for my wedding day. I know getting in shape is a two step process: Eating right and exercise. I've been trying to work out at least six times a week, and I've been incorporating different exercises to keep my body on its toes, and to make working out less monotonous. I've also been more vigilant about drinking at least eight glasses of water a day so my stomach is staying more full, and I'm doing less mindless eating.

I've been trying to cut down on my sweet tooth cravings, but it is not coming easily for me! However, I have found an app for my iPhone that helps me to hold myself more accountable and makes things a lot easier! It's called MyPlate by LiveStrong. To sign up, all you have to do is enter some standard information (height, sex, age) about yourself, and how much weight you're hoping to lose. One of the many nice things about the program is that you can set small goals of how much you want to lose in a week, as opposed to being focused on a larger number that you want to accomplish over an extended period of time. It's less daunting to see that you only have to lose half a pound every two weeks.

Each day you enter what you eat into the app, including the brand of the product and how much you ate of it, and it tells you how many calories you've consumed. Another cool thing about the app is that it is able to track the calories of meals at popular restaurants. After you have entered what you have eaten, it shows you how many calories you can consume the rest of the day to reach your goal.

MyPlate also allows you to track your exercise. You can track how long you've walked or run, and at what intensity, and it will calculate that into your daily calorie intake. It will also track various kinds of exercises like pushups, swimming, biking or yoga. I enjoy being able to see that if I'm nearing my suggested calorie intake, I can do some quick exercises to give myself a little more wiggle room with my diet.

For any bride or groom struggling to lose weight for their wedding, or anyone struggling to lose weight in general, I would recommend this app!

Monday, June 3, 2013

10 Bridal Updos That I Love!

As my wedding is drawing nearer (361 days...but who's counting?!), I've started to look at and pin several different hairstyles that I might want for the big day. Originally, I really wanted to get extensions and have big, hollywood-like waves, but now I'm considering possibly doing an updo. Here are ten bridal updos that I absolutely love!