Is Wedding Planning More Stressful for Men?

We always hear about “Bridezillas” and how stressed they are in planning their wedding day.  They want everything just perfect, no mistakes and no screw ups. But what about the groom?  Do grooms become stressed out along the way as well?

According to recent surveys by Kalms, an herbal stress remedy company, the answer is a resounding yes.  16% of women found planning their wedding stressful, while 23% of men found it to be one of the most stressful life events. That’s one in every four  men.

What part of the planning process causes the most stress?  According to Kalms the top three stressors are the guests list, managing to stay within their established budget and making family and friends happy. This can be a huge task to achieve for any couple.

When men and women were asked what are the top stressors in their life, they included moving, having a child, getting married and securing a new job to name a few.  37% found moving to be the most stressful, which is followed closely by 34% regarding having a child.

The survey also addressed how wedding planning affects couples. While 40% indicated they were not stressed by planning their wedding, 30% were noted to be anxious, 23% lost sleep and 18% argued with each other.

So what’s a groom to do?  Finding something to help you de-stress is the key.  Play a game of basketball with your buddies, golf with family and friends, have a guys night out to help you regroup and come back to the table calm, cool and refreshed.  After all, women do this all the time, whether it’s a spa treatment, hitting the gym or simply meeting the girls for a glass of wine.  Everyone deals with stress in their own way.  At the end of the day, it’s about enjoying your big day with the love of your life. So don’t let the stress of planning that day dictate your planning style.  Take a deep breath and forge ahead. 

Wishing you happy planning!

Mary Homer

courtesy of the Huffington Post

 

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This Isn’t Your Mom’s Wedding Card Box

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When our parents were married, many moons ago, options for weddings and all the “little things” that went along with it were very limited and conforming.The days of a cookie box wedding is over ladies.

Your dreams, your wishes and your loves can make your day extra special! Even down to your wedding card box.  Yes, I said your wedding card box. When my parents were married, they had a traditional little white box for gift cards. But today’s world has options galore! It’s all about your style, your color theme and what you what your day to look and feel like. If you’re a traditional bride, you may want that little or big white gift box, by why not pump it up? Use a white quilted chest….or add a few crystals to give it that sparkle you’re looking for.  If you like color, play with them. Colors are abound in gift box options. Whether it’s a black and white color scheme or you love peacocks, there’s one for that too!

Don’t be afraid to have fun with your wedding planning and the details. Remember it’s about you and your groom coming together and joining in union as one. You can still have a splash of fun, or color or a little bedazzling going on to make it you.

Happy planning!

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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We’ve all heard the rhyme for weddings and it’s a tradition right?  “Something old, something new, some borrowed, something blue”.  This rhyme is from the Victorian era.  It represents different symbols for the wedding tradition.

-Something Old: This represents progression.  This would typically be a piece of your grandmothers or mothers jewelry, passed down from one generation to another.  You could wear it or incorporate into your bridal bouquet.  It doesn’t need to be jewelry however, this is the most common “something old”.

-Something New: This represents success in your marriage.  This can be any aspect of your wedding….whether it’s your wedding gown, new jewelry, shoes, or a special hankie to remember the day.  This shows the union between the bride and groom as they start their life together as a couple.

-Something Borrowed: This represents unity with family and friends who surround the bride on her wedding day.  Whether it’s a simple piece of jewelry, a locket, a pair of shoes or even the all important wedding dress, something borrowed is something special.  It can be from your friend(s), your sister, you mother or even your mother-in-law.

-Something Blue: This represents faithfulness and loyalty in years gone by.  We all know a bride who has worn a blue garter.  However it’s easy to incorporate a little blue (or a lot of blue if you so wish) into your wedding in flowers, your nail polish, ribbons on your bouquets, centerpieces, table linens, your dessert/candy bar and even your up lighting.  How fun would it be to have a blue bottom to your shoe, as opposed to a red bottom? Be creative and have fun.

After all, this is a one of kind day and putting your special touches on it will make it even more special and memorable.  Wishing you much joy in your planning!

Valentine Ideas for your Special Someone

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When it comes to gifts on Valentines Day, you automatically think of candy and flowers.  But what if you went a little further and made extra special?  A fun way to show your love for that special someone is always personalized m&m’s, whether it’s a picture of your love, a special saying you share or simply hugs and kisses, these will certainly tell your special someone you thought about them and how special he/she is to you.

Write a “love letter” from the heart. Tell him/her why they are so special to you and why you want to marry them (or are married to them).  Everyone has those special qualities that we look for in people, but how often do we share those thoughts and ideas.  To make it extra special have a calligrapher write it on pretty paper. If it’s from the heart, she’ll love it!

A special dinner is always fun for Valentines Day, but what if you cooked/baked dinner for your special someone? And if you can’t cook, and we know who we are, order out and make it special at the dinning room table, with linens, special dishes and candle light.Turn those lights down gentleman…..candle light has an aviance of it’s own.

At the end of the day it isn’t what you get your love for Valentines Day, it’s that you took the time to think about them and make it special. Wishing you all a loving and fabulous Valentines!