Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Tips’

7 Tips for the Unstressed Bride

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

The months leading up to your wedding are an exciting time in your life! Not only do you get to start planning the day you’ve been dreaming about for so long, but it’s also an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with family and friends you never get to see.


However, with the immense amount of excitement comes moments of inevitable stress. Planning a wedding is a big undertaking. There are so many moving parts, small details, and time-consuming projects. Though stressful moments may not always be avoidable, there are plenty of things you can do to manage the stress you experience to ensure you feel calm, happy, and healthy on your wedding day!


Increase your water intake

Even when you’re not planning a wedding, staying hydrated is essential. Many of us tend to forget to hydrate because we are constantly drinking coffee, tea, soda, or sugary juice. During increased times of stress and busyness, stay hydrated by drinking at least a half-ounce of water for every pound you weigh. Drinking water has a never-ending list of personal benefits from clear and youthful skin to decreased bloating in your abdominal area. Although this tip may seem small, it can have a significant impact on your overall health and give you that radiant glow you crave for your wedding day.


Break a sweat

Exercise is a tried and true stress-buster. The endorphins released during exercise not only help to reduce stress and increase happiness, but they also help you fall asleep faster and deeper, reducing stress even further. Plus, incorporating a workout routine into your regular schedule will tone muscle and burn fat. Exercise helps you feel good and look good — the ultimate confidence booster!


Want to start a workout routine, but don’t know where to begin? While gym memberships work for some, many prefer the structure and accountability of a group fitness class like high-intensity interval training at a facility like OrangeTheory Fitness. If you don’t want to commit to a specialized fitness class without trying it out first, check Groupon for different classes in your area. Oftentimes, many facilities will provide discounted two-week memberships so you can decide whether or not that type of exercise is suitable for you.


Treat yo’self

Making the time to take care of yourself (during wedding planning and beyond) is always a good idea! It’s true when they say self-care isn’t selfish– you need to fill your cup so you can give your best self to the world!


Consider booking yourself a spa day, massage, or a fresh manicure. If your wedding-budget is on the tighter side, treating yourself can include something as simple as a quiet, relaxing bubble bath or an evening curled up with your favorite drink and a TV show that never fails to make you laugh.


Don’t skip meals!

As a busy bride, you may be tempted to skip meals for a number of reasons. For example, you may feel too busy to meal prep or take a lunch break, or perhaps your daily lunch outing is no longer fitting within your tight wedding budget. However, skipping meals may be doing you more harm than good!


Not only will skipping meals make you feel low-energy and groggy, but it may even lead to opposite outcomes if you’re looking to tone up for your wedding dress. When you skip meals, your body first experiences a decrease in blood sugar, causing that feeling of “brain fog” and the inability to concentrate. Then, your body will naturally turn on “survival mode,” slowing your metabolism while storing extra fat.


To avoid skipping meals, try having multiple small meals throughout the day and plan your meals ahead of time. This will help keep you on track and away from resorting to fast food as your only option. Consider adding an overall wellness-based healthy eating plan such as that from WW to your wedding budget to help you feel good on your big day and provide lasting health long after you say “I do.”


Cut back on caffeine

Drinking caffeine during the day may help you stay focused enough to check off those boxes on your to-do list, but overindulging in coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverages may hinder your ability to get a good night’s sleep.


While coffee-powered days are sometimes inevitable, try to limit your caffeine intake as much as possible by only drinking it before noon and making an effort to choose water over other beverages.


Learn how to be in the moment

Before you know it, your wedding day will be over in the blink of an eye. Although wedding planning may feel stressful or at times impossible, the most common piece of advice you will receive is to take in as much of the process as possible.


Though it isn’t possible to freeze time, you can make the effort to stop throughout the day just to look around and take it all in. Take in the sights, the faces surrounding you and their expressions, all of the tiny details, and most importantly, try to remember the feelings you felt throughout the day. Being in the moment on your wedding day will not only help you remember the day better, but it will also help to bring you happiness by appreciating the love and happiness surrounding you.


Journaling and practicing meditation in the months leading up to the wedding are both great ways to destress while learning how to be present in the moment.


Loosen the reigns

It’s likely you’ve been daydreaming about your wedding day for a while now, and you have a specific vision in mind for every detail of the day. Though no one knows your vision like you do, consider putting your trust and faith into those around you and ask for help, especially if the size of your to-do list stresses you out.


Delegating tasks between your bridesmaids, parents, and others around you will feel like a huge weight lifted off of your shoulders throughout the planning process.

-Anonymous guest blogger

Bride and Groom outside The King and Prince Resort

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((Above photography courtesy of River West Photography))

*The King and Prince Resort is not in affiliation with any third parties mentioned in this article. The Resort, the author, along with any content contributors, are not medical professionals. The information contained in this blog post is not intended to be a substitute for medical care provided by your own physician. Always seek medical counsel from your physician before starting a new diet or exercise plan. 

5 Last Minute Beauty Tricks For Your Wedding

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

1) No Glow? No problem. Coconut Water.

This magic elixir is here for you, in more ways than one! Drink it up, soak it up, or why not try both?! It’s the ultimate 2fer! Coconut water helps clear toxins from your skin AND makes sure you are totally glowing on your Big Day! You should notice more radiant and moisturized skin by the time you walk down the aisle.

Coconut Water Uses

2) Pore me? Ice, Ice, Baby.

Stress and adrenaline can take a toll on your skin. The countdown to the wedding can certainly contribute! Here’s a cool solution- ice cubes. It’s your special day, so don’t sweat the small stuff.

Ice Cubes

3) Case of the Casper? 2 words. Spray Tan.

This trick is nothing new, but if spraying isn’t in your normal beauty routine then we advise that you try spraying in advance. We’ve seen Bride Wars. It’s important to not overdo and to also choose a shade that works with your natural skin tone. We also like that you can achieve the sun-kissed skin with minimal time required!

Bride and Groom on Beach

4) 50 Shades of Whiter Teeth! That’s Something to Smile About. Charcoal Capsules.

Surprisingly, charcoal is very effective at removing stains on your teeth. Activated charcoal capsules are sold as dietary supplements at most health stores so if you ingest a little, you’ll be okay. Crack a capsule open and dip a wet toothbrush in the charcoal and brush lightly for a few minutes. Make sure you don’t scrub too hard because the jury is still out on whether it’s abrasive enough to damage your enamel.

Activated Charcoal for Teeth

5) What’s taking so long!? Hair’s the plan: Extensions or Biotin.

While patience is a virtue, time is also of the essence. Want instant longer locks? Have some fun and try extensions. Want to grow your own? Biotin is the ultimate go-to vitamin. Your hair will thank you!

Hair Extensions


5 Unique Wedding Registries

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Top Wedding RegistriesWhen we think of wedding registries, we often think about the usual places like Macy’s, Target, Bloomingdales and Bed Bath & Beyond. But what about expanding your horizons and registering for not just household items but also experiences, art or even to help others? Here are our top 5 picks for unique wedding registries that you will want to check out!

Add some culture & art with a registry through The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. You’ll be able to register for beautiful reprints from your favorite artists as well as unique lamps, stunning vases, tea kettles, flatware, candles and more! You’ll be able to add items from artists like Keith Haring, Frank Lloyd Wright and Henri Matisse.

Simplify your life with a registry from Zola. Through their site you can register for housewares, honeymoons and lots of other fun things to  make your new life together a great adventure! It is a one stop shop which will make things much easier for not only you, but your wedding guests too!

Support small businesses with an Etsy registry. You’ll be able to decorate your house with some uniquely beautiful items like this abstract painting or a custom family name sign.

Say “I do” to giving to your favorite charities with The I Do Foundation. For those couples that want to help others when they get married, this registry allows you to choose your favorite charities for your friends and family to donate to in lieu of giving gifts to you. Your guests can learn about the charity, their mission statement, how they help others and even their financials so they know that their gift is going to a legitimate cause.

You can’t go wrong with a registry from Amazon! Tried and true, Amazon remains one of America’s favorite ways to shop! You can find (and register for) pretty much anything under the sun and it can be shipped to their door….or yours! Can’t find what you are looking for? Did you know that you can add items from other websites to your Amazon registry?

For more wedding tips or to learn about oceanfront weddings at our resort, visit our website!

5 Wedding Tips That People Often Forget

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Pixel Pop Photography


Sometimes it seems like the moment you say “yes” everyone starts throwing questions and tips at you and it never seems to stop! Planning a wedding can be both memorable and stressful and there are a million things that you need to remember to do. Here is our list of the top 5 things many brides forget to do when planning their wedding.

5. Set up a wedding website- It may sound cheesy, but if you set up a simple (and easy to make) wedding site, you can direct people there if they have questions about your registry, need directions to the church, etc. It really can save your sanity and it’s such a simple solution!

4. Reserve a block or rooms at a hotel for your guests- Even if most of your guests are local, it is always a good idea to set up a block of rooms at more than one hotel. If you are having your reception at a resort, be sure to set up a block of rooms there as well so your guests have the option to take the elevator home. Usually, hotels will not charge you to set aside a few rooms for your guests which means there is no extra cost to you for this convenience.

3. Designate someone to be responsible for your “belongings” the day of your wedding- Believe us when we say that you will have a million different things on your mind on your wedding day. Make sure to designate the maid of honor or another friend to look after your things. She can keep your cell phone, lipstick and anything else you may need safe and close by for when you need it….without you having to carry it around or worry about it.

2. Break in your wedding shoes- There is nothing worse than wearing brand new shoes for 5+ hours straight! Break your shoes in by wearing them around the house during the last few weeks before your wedding. Your feet will thank us later.

1. Be present on your wedding day- With so much going on during your wedding day, it is so easy for everything to become a blur. This is your “once in a lifetime” wedding! Don’t let this day pass you by without you remembering most of it due to stress. Remember to take a little time for you and later on with your husband as well. Remember to be in the moment and enjoy every moment of this special day. There will be plenty of photographs but those wonderful memories last so much longer.

Our Top 5 Wedding Tips for 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Beach Wedding Photo

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is right around the corner. Since it is the holiday season and we know that many engagements happen this time of the year, we thought we would close 2014 and start 2015 with some wisdom from our wedding experts.

5. Set a budget: There are so many important aspects to planning a wedding but if you do not set a budget, you really cannot plan accordingly and can get yourself into sticky situations as far as your finances are concerned. One of the first decisions you should make about your wedding is your budget. After that big decision is made, you can really start planning for your wedding.

4. It is never too early to shop for bridal gowns: It can take brides several months to find the perfect dress for their big day. Add to that the time (and a lot of it) that it takes for alterations, and you’ll understand why we recommend starting to look for a dress sooner rather than later. There is nothing worse than rushing to make a huge decision. Go early, bring a few friends or family members with you and have fun! We recommend starting to look at least 9 months in advance.

3. Hire a planner: If you have money in the budget, we suggest hiring a planner for your big day. They will take care of a lot of last minute details that can stress out a bride. They will make sure that your day is perfect in every way possible and you won’t have to worry about the caterer showing up late or fielding phone calls about electrical outlets.

2. Consider getting married at a resort: Your wedding day can be hectic. Out of town guests usually stay at a hotel, your wedding ceremony is at one place, the reception is at another….it adds up to a lot of extra time spent driving for you and your guests. When you have your wedding at a resort, you are just steps away from the ceremony and reception. You don’t have to worry about your guests getting lost or drinking and driving and you have one point of contact for everything. Read more about resort weddings here.

1. Add some of your personality to the day: We’ve all been to weddings and we know how amazing they can be and also how bland some can be. Don’t have a bland wedding! There are so many ways you can add personality to the day! If you have a dog, incorporate them into the ceremony. Write your own vows, use childhood photos or quotes for table numbers, have a sundae bar or a signature drink for your guests. The possibilities are endless! For more fun ideas, check out our Pinterest boards.

Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Wedding Do's and Don'ts

There are so many different things to remember and consider when planning your wedding. Everyone will give you advice on what to do and it can be information overload. Here are some top “Do’s and Don’ts” from our wedding experts.

Wedding Invitations

Do: Double-check the wording on your invites several times and have someone proof-read them to make sure all information is correct.

Do: Order a few extra invites just in case you forget to add someone to your list.

Don’t: Include your registry information in the wedding invites. This information should go out with bridal shower invites or save the dates.



Do: Hire a wedding planner. This single decision can help save you from a lot of unnecessary stress up to and through your wedding day. (They can even help you save money!)

Do: Clearly communicate your budget with your partner and anyone else involved in the financial aspect of your wedding.

Do: Make a budget and stick to it!

Don’t: Ask guests for monetary gifts.

Don’t: Overextend your bridal party. They may be on a budget as well. Make sure everyone is clear on what they are expected to pay for (if anything).



Do: Have someone else do your hair and makeup. You will be too nervous!

Do: Make sure to do a trial run with hair and makeup prior to your wedding day. Take photos when you are finished and bring them with you to ensure that you look as beautiful as you did on your trial run!

Don’t: Look drastically different from how you look every day.

Don’t: Look like a lobster (or an orange). Work on your tan well in advance. Or, test out your spray tan before the big day.


The Reception

Do: Set up a time for a menu (and cake) tasting prior to your wedding day. It is important that you are completely satisfied with the food at your reception and it is also a good time to clearly communicate with your caterer.

Do: Offer a vegetarian entree option.

Do: Seat older guests away from the music or the DJ. They may not enjoy the loud music as much as the other guests and may be happier talking to the others at their table.

Don’t: Drink too much. You’ll regret it.

Don’t: Go over 4 minutes when delivering a toast. As a rule of thumb, ask the bride and groom is there is a certain time allotted for each speech.


Do make sure that when you are planning your wedding, you are happy with the choices you have made. If you have any questions about planning your wedding or would like to learn more about weddings at our oceanfront resort, visit our website.




Celebrating National Wedding Month

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

February happens to be National Wedding Month! For brides looking to comparison shop or check off key items from the wedding planning list, here are a few helpful tips to prepare for national wedding month.

wedding idea board
Overwhelmed on Pinterest? Create a wedding idea board the old-fashioned way!

1) Buy a few bridal wedding magazines. Refer to the latest publications to create your wish board. Tear out wedding dresses, wedding venues, honeymoon destinations planners and other vendors specific to your vision. Many wedding planners use this concept to produce spectacular wedding events.

Be sure to visit online wedding magazines such ModernLuxury Brides and TheKnot to create your own Pinterest wish list board.

Check out our wedding Pinterest board here!

2) For the wedding dresses, make note of which styles, features and designer prices appeal to you the most. Maintain a list of the wedding gown prices so you can compare this information during your quest for ‘the dress.’


3) Next, evaluate the wedding destinations from your tear sheets. Visit the websites to gain an insight on amenities, menus and other details.

WEDDING VENUE COMPARISON NOTE: It’s a popular mistake to compare wedding venue day rates only. However, most wedding destinations charge an assortment of fees. From venue to venue, charges range from set up, wait staff and other minimums to compare when analyzing venues.

4) Attend one or two bridal expos. Use your research from step 1 (above) to help you price wedding dresses, vacation packages, wedding venues and visit wedding vendors comparable to your wish board.

5) Find a wedding trunk show! Trunk shows often offer a large variety of dresses at reduced prices. Click here to search for a trunk show in near you.

6) Schedule wedding tastings. February is not just National Wedding Month, but also prime-time to schedule tastings, especially after Valentine’s Day.

Learn more about weddings at The King and Prince Resort.