Coloring Books: The Creative Cure for Wedding Stress

If meditation and lavender baths aren’t cutting it for you as a wedding stress-reliever, try coloring books! Coloring books for adults are a new top trend in anxiety-busting and calm-creating, and there’s a big collection of gorgeous coloring books to choose from [No, you’re not stuck with Frozen or Peppa Pig coloring books!] Entertainment Weekly just did a big roundup of coloring books that are ‘gorgeous and sophisticated,’ the answer to a ‘screen-weary culture.’ (Pick up the Summer double issue of Entertainment Weekly to see more.] And pick up some coloring books, markers and pens to boost your serotonin levels and get rid of that wedding stress in a lovely way.

Some Amazon best-sellers in coloring books:

Color Me Calm:

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Secret Garden

Enchanted Forest

Adult Coloring Book

Color Me Happy

Creative Coloring Inspirations

Fab Find! Shari’s Berries Chocolate Awesomeness for your Wedding Parties and Guest Welcome Gifts!

Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding
We are in chocolate heaven over here at Sharon Naylor Wedding Books. The great folks at Shari’s Berries sent over some chocolate-covered goodies for our bridal shoot, and the place smells AMAZING!
Imagine setting up a chocolate platter on your engagement party, wedding or bridal shower bar, and giving your guests a great variety to choose from — and of course, the chocolate has to be The Best because your guests KNOW good chocolate from that cheap, waxy stuff you see at the supermarket. When you bring out the chocolate platter, your party space gets that mouth-watering chocolate scent, making your dessert bar stand out even more.
Here’s one of my top picks for your party:
Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding
The Shari’s Berries site describes it like this: What would make sandwich cookies, gourmet pretzels, and graham crackers even more scrumptious? Chocolate of course! Each item in this tasty gift collection is smothered with a milk chocolate coating and then decorated with artful dark chocolate drizzle.
  • 8 Milk Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers
  • 12 Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Bavarian Pretzels
  • 8 Milk Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cookies(R) Cookies
    Certified Kosher Dairy by Orthodox Union
  • Net Weight 1 lb 7 oz
  • Item #30001134

We created platters for ours:

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Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding

Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding

And think also about how happy your out-of-town wedding guests will be when they card-swipe into their hotel rooms and find a platter of chocolate-covered pretzels, grahams and Oreos instead of that been there-done that welcome bag of chips, packaged snacks and water. Instead, just like at a 5-star luxury resort, they find a platter of these chocolate-covered treats, or Shari’s Berries chocolate-covered berries (which are spectacular, fresh, sweet, juicy and every other word for delicious!) That’s indulgence, and that sets the tone for your guests having the best time ever on your wedding weekend. Or just set the pretty box in their rooms:

Shari's Berries chocolate-covered sampler for your wedding

Shari’s Berries also sent us some super-cute cookies that we’re photographing today, so I’ll post soon about those.

Freebie! Ways to Honor Family and Friends at Your Wedding — Part 3: Heirlooms

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You’re loving your freebie tips on personalized wedding elements to honor family and friends on the big day! Here is some more from my ebook, focusing on using family heirlooms in your wedding plans:

Family Heirlooms

  1. Since wedding gown styles are now accented with a sparkling brooch – either on the bodice or in the back, you can honor your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother or an honored woman on your groom’s side by wearing her brooch as part of your ensemble.
  2. Brooches are also popular accents for bouquet handles, so perhaps that brooch, or a cameo pin, can be your bouquet accent in tribute to its owner.
  3. Wear the necklace your mom or grandmother wore on her wedding day. It might be a demure piece you wear only for the ceremony, and then you can change into a more dramatic sparkler for your reception.
  4. Bracelets may be more fitting to your gown’s style, so wear an heirloom diamond tennis bracelet, or it may be that piece that your mom wore at her wedding, either as an heirloom or a gift from your father…which actually honors him as well.
  5. A saint medallion owned by your grandmother can be pinned underneath the skirts of your dress or pinned onto your bouquet handle.
  6. Rhinestone hair clips are often found in grandmothers’ jewelry boxes, and vintage hair accents are in for today’s weddings. If you slip these into your wedding day hairstyle, you add an element of your beloved grandmother’s style to your look.
  7. Sisters can be honored too, by wearing their jewelry or hair clips for your wedding look.
  8. Have your mother’s wedding-day headpiece re-made to include a slightly altered design, perhaps more or fewer rhinestones or faux gems.
  9. You don’t have to be the one wearing the heirloom piece! Perhaps your mother can wear her mother’s jewelry, or if you have a daughter, a small rhinestone hairclip owned by her grandmother or great-grandmother is a pretty way to include honored relatives.
  10. If an heirloom piece of jewelry doesn’t work for your wedding day look, wear it to your rehearsal dinner or engagement party.
  11. Take some lace from your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress and use that as the wrap for your wedding bouquet.
  12. Birdcage veils are in now, and if your grandmother wore one at her wedding, you might wear hers for your ceremony, or just for some post-ceremony photos if you’d rather wear a different style of headpiece for your ceremony.
  13. Your groom can wear his father’s or grandfather’s pocketwatch, wristwatch or cufflinks during the wedding.
  14. Handkerchiefs were musts in wedding days of old, so bring your grandmother’s along to the wedding to capture in some of your wedding photos.
  15. Don’t forget that your future in-laws would love to be so honored, so ask if there are any costume jewelry heirloom pieces that you might be willing to work into your wedding look. It’s quite an honor!
  16. If your mother’s or sister’s ring pillow fits with your ceremony style, and is in perfect condition, you might use that as your ring pillow. You can always pin on some pretty faux flowers or ribbon to make it your ‘own.’
  17. Save a little bit of money and honor your parents by using their original cake topper for your wedding cake, or use it as the topper for your engagement party or rehearsal dinner cake if you have a different style in mind for your wedding cake’s accenting.
  18. A mom’s or grandmother’s wedding shawl or wrap, or winter stole, can be a wedding day accessory – just be sure to get at least one pro photo of you wearing it!

Find more wedding freebie ideas in my book The Bride’s Guide to Freebies.

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FabFind! The eBay Sale on Coach Jewelry Pouches and Card Cases for your Bridesmaids’ Gifts

COACH SIGNATURE CARD CASE

$29.50, regularly $78.00 (62 % off)
$29.50, regularly $78.00 (62 % off)
Thank you, eBay! The Coach brand mega-sale is going on right now, and while I snapped up that satchel I had my eye on, both in-store and online, I found some very budget-friendly bridesmaids gifts for you to grab up and give to your bridesmaids as the most impressive gifts EVER. They’ll think you spent a fortune, but you’re really at close to half the average price of a bridesmaid’s gift! Moms, too, can get these cute cases or handbags from the www.ebay.com site [you’ll see their big Coach sale banner on the home page with a giant countdown clock!]
The card cases above are traditional black and brown for your classic bridesmaids, and then I picked out these fun, flirty, fashionista jewelry pouches with the Coach insignia. Now they’ll finally have something cute to put all their jewelry in when they go on a road trip or travel in for your wedding. As someone who used to put all my travel jewelry in a Ziplock baggie, I can tell you, these are great! Shop it up today and load up on fabulous bridesmaids’ and moms’ gifts!
COACH SIGNATURE STRIPE BOW JEWELRY POUCH

$34.50, regularly $88.00 (60 % off)
COACH SIGNATURE STRIPE BOW JEWELRY POUCH

$34.50, regularly $88.00 (60 % off)
COACH KRISTIN CHAIN LINK PRINT JEWELRY POUCH

$26.40, regularly $88.00 (70 % off)
COACH MULTICOLOR DOT JEWELRY POUCH

$34.50, regularly $88.00 (60 % off)
COACH SIGNATURE STRIPE BOW JEWELRY POUCH

$34.50, regularly $88.00 (60 % off)
COACH SIGNATURE STRIPE SCRIBBLE JEWELRY POUCH COACH SIGNATURE STRIPE SCRIBBLE JEWELRY POUCH

$28.00, regularly $88.00 (68 % off)
These aren’t the only Coach treats in the sale; you’ll find tons of handbags, satchels, wristlets, novelty items, ballet flats and more, on any budget level. So if you want to spoil your MOH or Mom, you’ll find great Coach pieces here. And if your wedding coordinator or floral designer are truly amazing, a thank-you gift like this will make for a happy wedding planning team member!

Fab Find! Speak Wedding Flashcards by Wedding Expert and Trend-setter Annie Lee

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In order to create your dream wedding with your wedding professionals, you have to speak their language. They’ve had 30+ years in the bridal industry, and you’re ultra-new to this world that’s far more detailed than you ever imagined. When you learn the lingo, you can share your vision with your wedding pros and understand their comments and questions sent to you.

Grooms? They definitely need Speak Wedding cards to help them communicate with your wedding pros, and with you as you plan the big day.

Helping you speak your wedding pros’ language, is Speak Wedding, the new beginner-level flashcards developed by award-winning, trend-setting wedding expert Annie Lee of Daughter of Design® with artwork from celebrity wedding invitation designer Ceci New York.

Here’s a bit about the cards:

Wedding vernacular seems foreign to those new to nuptials, but with these beginner-level flashcards, anyone can speak Wedding with confidence. Each of these stylish 50 cards developed by wedding expert, Annie Lee of Daughter of Design ® with artwork by Ceci New York, teaches common terminology, abbreviations, and other wedding vocabulary to help familiarize novices with wedding culture and have them sounding like natives in no time. Not only do the cards teach necessary wedding lingo, they also act as a great tool to start conversations on topics like what the Mother of the Groom will wear to the wedding and if the Bride and Groom will want to see each other before the ceremony. Read the wedding term on the front of these two-sided flashcards then flip the card onto its backside for a full explanation, correct usage, pronunciation, and other helpful tips. It’s the perfect gift for a newly engaged couple and a fun new bridal shower trivia game!

Here’s where you can get your Speak Wedding boxed sets: http://www.speakwedding.com/about/

Wedding Symbolism: The Finch Brings Happiness, Joy, Health and a Fun Celebration to your Big Day

Photo: TopAnimalSites.net

Photo: TopAnimalSites.net

 

Weddings are full of symbolism, bringing good luck and all kinds of wonderful, positive things to a marriage. So it’s no wonder that brides choose hummingbirds, dolphins, dragonflies and all kinds of lovely symbolic motifs into their wedding invitation designs, their wedding décor, their bridal showers, and even their personal wedding websites. Each of these symbolic animals – also known as ‘totems’ in some cultures – add a touch of good luck to the couple’s happily ever after.

Right now, birds are a top trend in wedding motifs, and I’ve chosen for this new Wedding Symbolism post a pretty, bright little bird: The Finch. Here are the symbolic meanings of the Finch:

  • Appreciation
  • Diversity
  • Enjoying the Journey
  • Happiness
  • Healthful Diet
  • High Energy
  • Honoring Resources
  • Joy
  • Simplicity
  • Variety

Legend has it that finches symbolize ‘bright times ahead’ or ‘bright days on the horizon,’ which couldn’t be more perfect for a wedding.

Native American culture holds the finch as a bird of happiness, since they’re so brightly-colored, and their flight patterns are joyful, ebullient, a bouncy, joyful pattern of bobbing through the air in complete delight. As a symbol for your marriage, think ‘We won’t always go from Point A to Point B in our marriage, but we’re going to make the journey a fun, playful one.’ The lesson of the finch is this: enjoy the journey!

Native American symbolism also calls the finch a harbinger of upcoming celebration, which again fits so perfectly with a save the date card or wedding invitation – a great celebration is on the way! And looking ahead at your many years of happy marriage, even more upcoming celebrations are ahead of you. So says the finch.

Getting a little deeper, animal symbolism also calls the finch’s birdsong to be an invitation to listen to your own song, and to sing it out loud. Don’t hide your brilliance from the world.

If you’re confused about the healthful diet symbolism of the finch, here’s where it comes from: a finch’s bright color comes from the food that it eats. The healthier its diet, the more vibrant it is. So that old adage ‘You are what you eat’ is reflected in the finch, as a lesson to make healthy living a top priority in your future together, so that both of you can be bright, happy, energetic, radiant and at your best.

Since finches are known to nest in a variety of places, the symbolism for the finch is ‘make a happy home,’ or ‘thrive where you are,’ or ‘appreciate where you are in life, and make your place your own.’

Finches brighten the day of anyone who sees them, and since they’re not a rare bird, they’re pretty much visible everywhere, and very often. So show up and make someone’s day even brighter…which you and your groom will definitely do on your wedding day!

Here are some of my additional Animal Symbolism posts for your wedding décor and wedding theme planning:

Seahorse: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/wedding-symbolism-the-seahorse/

Dolphin: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/wedding-themes-the-dolphin-and-its-magical-symbolism/

Dragonfly: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/wedding-decor-symbolism-of-the-dragonfly/

Visit my website www.sharonnaylor.net to get my newest books for brides, bridesmaids and the moms, use my free worksheet, and find out where I’m going to be appearing next!

 

Gorgeous Details for an Elegant Bridal Shower Theme: Ballet

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American Ballet Theatre – GeneSchiavone

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American Ballet Theatre - Reneata Pavam

American Ballet Theatre – Renata Pavam

One of my favorite bridal shower themes is Ballet, with the romantic, airy fabrics of tulle plentiful in the décor, classical music playing, bridesmaids wearing their hair in classic ballet buns, and tiny, delicate finger foods on the menu, petits fours for dessert and a cake featuring a gorgeous ballerina.

As an added special touch to theme this Ballet party, use plenty of those lovely ballet terms, as names for the guest tables, on the dessert table, as named signature cocktails, any way you wish! Here, from the American Ballet Theatre Dictionary are some terms to inspire you!

Adagio (Adage)
Air, en l’
Allégro
Arabesque
Arriére, en
Assemblé
Balancé
Ballotté
Battu
Brisé
Brisé volé
Chaînés
Chassé
Cinquiéme
Cloche, en
Couru
Croisé, croisée
Demi-plié
Demi-pointes, sur les
Deuxième
Écarté
Échappé
Élévation
Fouetté
Fouetté en tourant
Glissade
Jeté
Manèges
Pas de bourrée
Piqué
Pirouette
Plié
Relevé
Sissonne
Tour en l’air