Best Gifts to Give Your Mom for Your Wedding

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Saying thank you to your parents for taking part –  financially, emotionally, physically – in your wedding is super important! While many brides-to-be gift their soon-to-be spouses a sentimental gift before the ceremony, many are also giving their parents gifts, too! Today, we’re talking about what to get the woman who raised you and gave you life, your mom! But what gift accurately expresses your gratitude to her for all her help planning your wedding?

Keep it simple. Think about giving her something she can wear at the wedding, like jewelry. A lovely pair of stud earrings, maybe a simple gold bangle or even a nice watch are all acceptable gifts.

Think about giving her something that she can keep for a long time and that marks the occasion. Getting mom a personalized handkerchief or a photo album of the two of you are both great ideas that will make her feel special.

If you really want to say thank you, gift mom a weekend getaway to a spa retreat or a winery! Plan out the accommodations, travels, and events for her so she can relax after the big day.

For more ideas and inspiration, check out our Insider Tips!

How to Host a Bachelorette Party

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There’s no better way to say goodbye to being single and have one last fling before the ring than by having a bachelorette party. Whether that includes a night out on the town, spa day or a weekend trip to a sunny destination, planning the party is easier than you might think! If you’re in charge of putting your best friend’s bash together, read on for the full rundown of everything bachelorette party.

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Who hosts a bachelorette party?
Virtually anyone can host a bachelorette party. Typically, the maid of honor and bridesmaids, who are close to the bride, do the honors, but any friend, relative, or even coworkers can host the party. However, we recommend having the bride designate who is hosting the party so nothing gets confused.

Who is invited to the party?

Depending on where and when the party takes place, usually, only the bridal party and a few close friends are invited. We recommend keeping the invitations exclusive and keeping the guest list small to essential personnel only.

What do you do at a bachelorette party?

Anything goes, really! From nights out on the town to spa days or a long weekend out of town, there are so many ways to celebrate the bride to be. Definitely, plan the activities around what the bride likes doing and make her experience feel special. If you know she doesn’t drink, then bar hopping may not be her idea of fun, even if that’s what you’d like to do.

What about gifts?

The bachelorette party is not a gift party in the same way a bridal shower is, so presents aren’t necessary. That being said, this is a great opportunity for guests to give the bride silly gifts or even sexy ones like the lingerie that was just too risqué for the shower! You might ask everyone to bring a gag gift like something nostalgic. The goal is for the bride and her guests to bond and have a blast before the wedding.

The Secret to Beautiful Indoor Wedding Photos

We’ve all seen those insanely gorgeous, incredibly expansive wedding photos of a couple in a wedding chapel or in a field with the wind blowing through the bride’s dress. But how do photographers get those shots? Well, it’s all about planning!

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Whether or not you’re planning on having any part of your wedding inside, it is vital to plan out what photos you want and where. Have a plan of must-have photos to give to your photographer so you can be on the same page. Look for venues that have a lot of natural light. Natural light allows for bright, airy images and more natural skin tones. Make sure to check out the colors of the ceiling, walls, and floors. Light, neutral colors help reflect pretty light, whereas dark ceilings or vibrant colored walls could reflect unflattering light. Look for venues with large windows that let lots of light in so your pictures turn out great.

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By giving your photographer a list of must-haves, they can do the necessary prep work beforehand. The best photographers do a simple location scout before the wedding so they know what the light will look like during the time of your wedding and so they know where the best angles are.

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Having a space with beautiful interiors will make for a really dynamic image and will essentially do a lot of the décor for you! Use the space for the structure and get imaginative with your ceremony space. It’s a great chance to bring the outdoors in- with beautiful blooms, greens, and any imagery you like. A gorgeous altar will not only set a tone for the ceremony but will hopefully serve as a good setting for several photo opportunities.

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Having a space with beautiful interiors will make for a really dynamic image and will essentially do a lot of the décor for you! Use the space for the structure and get imaginative with your ceremony space. It’s a great chance to bring the outdoors in- with beautiful blooms, greens, and any imagery you like. A gorgeous altar will not only set a tone for the ceremony but will hopefully serve as a good setting for several photo opportunities.

Self Care Tips for the Stressed out Bride

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Wedding planning can take a toll on all of us, no matter how zen we might be in reality. Don’t let yourself become a total stress ball before your wedding! Here at Pure Bliss, we’ve met our fair share of stressed-out brides-to-be and today, we’re tackling some of our best tips and tricks to keep stress at bay with our top self-care tips!

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Taking care of yourself is vital not only to your physical health but your mental health as well. Planning a wedding is an emotionally straining experience at times and while you’ll always have a partner to lean on when times get a little hectic, it is important to make time for yourself while planning. Self-care does not need to take a ton of time or money either! It can be as simple as taking time to make yourself a cup of tea before sitting down and making the dreaded seating arrangement. Below, are our fave ways of kicking stress our the door.

  1. Take a cycle class – Not only do you get a great workout in a short amount of time, you can really forget about everything else going on outside the studio and just focus on getting those RPM’s up. What we love so much about cycle is it really is for everyone’s skill level. You can make it as hard or as easy as you want when you set your own pace.
  2. Fill your home with essential oils – Scents have a powerful way of guiding our emotions. Fill your home with calming scents like lavender and ylang-ylang to promote well being 24/7.
  3. Buy sheet masks in bulk – Places like Target and Sephora always have budget-friendly face masks in the check-out aisle and you def need to take advantage of it! Go ahead and give yourself permission to buy one face mask per week when you do your grocery shopping and let the stress melt away. 
  4. Indulge in some nice skincare products – There’s nothing like slathering on a new moisturizer or face balm that makes you feel truly luxurious, right?! Well, what better excuse than your wedding to splurge a little bit on some expensive skincare. Taking 5 minutes a day to massage your products into your skin will not only make them work better but will alleviate some of that stress you’ve been holding in your jaw and neck.
  5. Take a walk – Exercise really is one of the easiest ways to rid yourself of stress. Taking a nightly or morning walk every day will allow you to not only get some fresh air and vitamin D, but you can let your mind ease and wander. Have a friend or your partner tag along for some company. Bonus point for trying some new hiking trails on the weekends!
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Remember, the most important thing you can do is to take care of the body you have. Wedding planning does not negate that! Making sure you’re getting the exercise your body needs as well as the mental break your brain needs from wedding planning is uber important to maintaining healthy relationships. We challenge you to do one simple thing each day for yourself while you plan your big day!

 

Everything You Need to Know About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress

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The big day is quickly approaching for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. And while the world waits, we’re speculating on what the bride-to-be’s wedding dress will look like! With so many details to iron out, and with the entire world watching, you can bet Ms. Markle’s dress will be absolute perfection. To help our readers out with all that goes into a royal wedding, we’ve put together a cheat sheet for everything you need to know about Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Who is Invited to the Royal Wedding? 

Everyone from heads of state to pro athletes like Serena Williams to A-list celebrities like Victoria and David Beckham are expected to help the couple celebrate their nuptials. Meghan and Harry also invited around 1,200 commoners of outstanding achievement to the wedding. Of course, Harry’s older brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, along with their now three children will be in attendance as well.

Will Meghan Markle Wear a Tiara? 

Since the turn of the century, every royal bride has worn a tiara to her wedding. However, Meghan is neither royal by blood or British, so she may choose to forgo the tradition and instead take a more modern approach to her accessories. 

What Silhouette will her Wedding Dress be? 

The question to end all questions! If tradition has anything to do with it, the future Mrs. Prince Harry may wear a ballgown. But! Long sleeves are totally still in the running. Whether the American bride goes with a fit-and-flare silhouette or something a little sexy like a sheath wedding dress, she will bring a style and attitude to the royal family we have not seen before.

Ask the Designer! 

We asked Martine Harris, Chief Creative Officer for Essense of Australia, Martina Liana and Stella York what she thinks Ms. Markle might wear. You can read her predictions here but according to Martine, a ballgown with few embellishments may be the best bet. And we have to agree!

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