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Lose a few pounds by eating more often -- yes, it's true! (expert advice)
If you're not particularly thrilled with your body, you've probably been dieting as your wedding day approaches in an attempt to reach your desired weight before the walk down the aisle. Many brides do this but find that they are lacking a few pounds a week or so before the wedding. If this sounds familiar, here are some important tips to lose those last pounds.
Eat More Often
Wow - didn't know it would be so easy, did you? That's right. If you want to lose those last pounds before your wedding day, eat more often but eat much smaller portions. By doing this, you will be giving your digestive system a break as well as speeding up your metabolism. As your metabolism kicks into overdrive, you will burn more fat and calories - and lose more weight.
Drink More Water
Another important thing that will help you lose those last pounds is drinking more water. Most experts recommend that you drink 8 glasses of water each day. Not only does this help you feel full for a longer period of time, but it aids the body in the natural fat and calorie burning process.
If you find it difficult to drink so much water each day, there are a few different things you can do. Go to bed after drinking 4 ounces of water and drink 4 more when you wake up. This is one glass gone - only 7 more to go. If you don't like the taste of water, slip a wedge of lemon in to create a more palatable drink.
Don't neglect your exercise as you try to lose those last pounds. Anything that gets your heart pumping and makes you break a sweat is an excellent exercise to do. For instance, jumping rope, skating, dancing and even jogging can help you lose those last pounds. While most people aren't overly fond of exercise, doing it regularly will boost your energy and even your sense of well-being! Exercise each day for about a half an hour to forty-five minutes at a time.
Skip the Sugar
In the last week before the wedding, don't indulge in processed sugar at all. Instead, fill your rumbling tummy with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meat. This will help get rid of those last stubborn pounds and you may notice that you feel a lot better too! These foods are great for your health and provide important nutrients and vitamins.
By following the tips above, you can lose those last pounds and feel beautiful and confident in your wedding dress.
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Project By: Jenny Batt
Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.
Materials:Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.
Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later. Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center. Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too. Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.
Alcohol isn't the only party-starter, but it's certainly the most reliable. Cheers!
1. BEER DISPENSER
Photo by Sweet Little Photographs
The beer aficiandos will be pleasantly surprised by this cool addition to your reception. Guests can sample all the varities you have to offer and refill as often as they like!
2. DRINKABLE FAVORS
Photos by Andi Mans Photography and Carla Ten Eyck
Why not share your love of yummy drinks with your guests? Just add a tag to personalize the booze!
3. TROPICAL DRINKS
Photo by Joanna Tano Photography
Everyone loves a good island-inspired drink. Whether you're in a tropical location or not, you can't go wrong with a fruity beverage.
4. PERSONALIZED BEER
Photos by Kristine Marie Photography and Katie Slater Photography
Add a personal message to your favorite beer. Use the same fonts and graphics from your wedding invitations to tie it all together!
5. DRINKING ACCESSORIES
Photos by Jessican Lorren Organic Photography and Shelly Kroeger Photography
Add a pop of color or sparkle to your signature drinks with a fun straw or stirrer!
6. FESTIVE DISPLAY
Photos by Cuppa Photography
Display your drinks in a fun way that matches your reception style! This boat idea is perfect for nautical and beachside weddings.
7. MIXED DRINKS
Photos by Turnquist Photography
These mixed drinks are a great addition to an outdoor summer wedding. Save some cash by ditching the bartender putting it in a beverage dispenser.
8. BOOZY SIGNAGE
Photos by Taylor Lord Photography and Sweet Little Photographs
Use fun quotes on a whimsical sign to encourage guests to celebrate with a cocktail.
Photo by Our Labor of Love Photography
Another easy way to serve alcohol and avoid hiring bartenders.
10. IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE
Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography
Calm your wedding jitters by having a champagne toast with your girls while you get ready!
11. HIS AND HERS COCKTAILS
Photo by William Innes Photography
Personalize your reception by serving your favorite drinks!
12. BE YOUR OWN BARTENDER
Photos by Marie Skerl Photography and Aaron Watson Photography
Probably better for smaller weddings, where you can trust guests to control their intake.
13. OPEN BAR
Photo by Flora and Fauna Photography
And of course the golden rule for any beer and cocktail-loving couple: open bar!
NEXT: How To Style a Beverage Station
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!
Directions:First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet. "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems. Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm. Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year. Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest. Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon. By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery! The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon! Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
This DIY packaging is a shabby chic and sweet way to present candy favors to guests.
For this sweet project, you will need:Colorful candy Newspaper (We like the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique which is usually available at newsstands. It has glossier paper and doesn't bleed ink) Embroidery floss or string Parchment paper Double stick tape Scissors Simple white tags Directions:
1. Cut a 1-inch wide, 5-inch long piece of newspaper and parchment paper.
2. Add a small pile of candy.3. Wrap the paper over and tape together. 4. Twist the ends and tie them with string. 5. Add name tags if needed. Watch your guests open up their sweet surprises! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Photos By Carly TaylorThere is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge! In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married! Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle To Make: Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart. Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better! Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date. Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart. Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place. Almost there ... Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests. Photos By Carly Taylor
Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors
Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.
Photos By: Chelsea FussYou'll need: 1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!) Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers. Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully! Almost there... Voila! Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides. Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth. Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving. Your cake is ready to decorate now! Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers. Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting. Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving! Your gorgeous cake is ready! The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.