Wedding Wednesday Weekly Roundup

With visits to three beautiful botanical gardens in the past week, it only seems proper to have a roundup on flowers for the big day. There are so many fabulous choices when it comes to flowers. Here are 5 articles to help you make your wedding day decision.

Seasonal Flower Guide for Summer via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Flower Trends for 2014 via The Knot

Lookbook: Wedding Bouquet via Wedding Magazine

The Dos and Don'ts of Wedding Flowers via Brides

21 Absolutely Pretty Peony Wedding Bouquets via Brides

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Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Do's and Don'ts for a Stress Free Wedding Day

Every bride wants her wedding day to be happy, fun, and stress-free. Here are 5 do's and don't to help you find peace of mind and enjoy your wedding.

1) Do find time to meditate and find your inner balance on the big day. With so much going on around you, it might be the last thing on your mind, but taking a few minutes to collect your thoughts, examine your emotions, and find calmness and serenity within will prepare you to take the first step down the aisle.

2) Don't worry yourself with wedding details on the big day. Your job is to focus on your groom and the love surrounding you. Have someone else on hand take care of any last minute concerns or hiccups during the ceremony or reception.

3) Do have a wedding day emergency kit handy. Life happens and being prepared is one way to keep you from worrying more than you need to. An emergency kit might include stain remover, hairpins, tissues, Band-Aids, deodorant, contact solution or anything else you might think would come be useful. Make sure to have it ready in the bridal suite should you need it.

4) Don't forget to eat and drink. Sure you'll be busy getting dressed, taking pictures, visiting with guests and well, being the bride, but that doesn't mean there's no time for nourishment and staying hydrated. Forgetting to eat or drink on your wedding day could cause fatigue, headaches, and general feelings of blah. If you want to feel good physically, definitely don't forget this point during the celebration.

5) Do enjoy the moment and have fun! Your wedding day is sure to be one of the most memorable days of your life. It's also likely to be one of the busiest. From the minute you wake up until the moment you and your groom exit the reception, you'll be in the spotlight. With all that attention, you might focus on your "bridal responsibilities" or worry about being on schedule. Leave those thoughts behind and remember to be in the moment. Be mindful and fully engaged whether you're toasting or dancing. It's these moments that will last a lifetime.

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Posted on July 22, 2014 and filed under For the Bride.

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Monday Motivation

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Posted on July 21, 2014 .

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

5 Communication Tips to Remember Once You're Married

We speak a lot about communication. And there's good reason. It's one of the biggest culprits in relationship woes. It's also something you can control and work on throughout marriage. While there are lots of ways to improve your communication, these 5 do's and don'ts will help you get started on the right foot towards a happy marriage:

1) Do Be Thankful: It goes without saying, that when someone does something nice for you, you offer some form of gratitude. But when you live with someone, often the lines of what's considered "nice" is blurred. Once you get married, you may come to expect certain things from each other and not think to say thank you. You do the shopping and laundry; he does the cooking and dishes. It's the household game plan. Even so, acknowledging someone else and offering thanks goes a long way to show how much you appreciate each other and all that you do.

2) Do Compliment: When we talk about compliments, we tend to think about appearances. "I love your new haircut" or "You look amazing in that dress." And while those types of compliments are good to give and receive, there are many more that go beyond looks. Compliments on listening skills, generosity, honesty or other good character traits are also important. It's important to note that the more your compliment in these areas, the more likely you'll see the repeated behavior. So if your husband isn't the best listener, for example, and one day he really tries hard and hears what you're saying, you need to compliment him on that if you want him to improve those skills. An example might be, " I love when we can sit down and talk like this. I feel like you really listened and understand me; and that makes me feel more connected with you."

3) Do Be Open & Honest: Marriage comes with ups and downs. There will be times when one of you says or does something the other doesn't like. People aren't mind readers. So if it's something that is bothering you or on your mind a lot, let him know. Take a moment to collect your thoughts and think through what you want to say. Speaking in terms of how it made you feel works best. "I felt bad when you decided to go see XYZ movie with the guys before you asked if I'd like to see it. I was actually looking forward to watching it with you."

4) Do Not Kid About Sensitive Issues: Humor is a good, healthy aspect of any relationship. But taking jabs at your partner on issues that are sensitive for him is a no-no. Whether it's his weight or receding hairline, it's no fun to be laughed at, even if it's "just a joke." No one wants to be that person, least of all, your spouse. Always think before you speak and put yourself in his shoes.

5) Do Not Nag: It's true now that you're married, you have some shared responsibilities. You need the money to pay the rent, the light bulb in the kitchen replaced, and the tire in your car to be changed. And although these are all things your husband has agreed to take care of, don't inundate him with requests the minute he walks in the door. Block off a time when you can discuss your to-do list, but save when you come home from work to hear about each other's day. It's important to unwind from work and not be bogged down with more work to do.

Photo by Leah Moyers Photography at http://www.leahmoyers.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leahmoyersphotography and Twitter @LeahMoyersPhoto

 

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Thursday Action Step

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.