Healthy YOU: Navigating Pumpkin Season

The leaves are turning and pumpkin flavor everything is all over the place. Oh how we love Fall.

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It’s so easy on these brisk mornings and dark evenings to cozy up on the couch and snuggle in.

Way too easy. Trust us.

The only more comforting than a soft blanket and your significant other is chocolate. And snacks. Maybe some Halloween candy too. (Fun size means more, right?)

Wrong.

Summer is not that far gone and Spring is right around the corner. The way far corner, but it’s still coming. So is wedding season. Remember that when you get the whip on your pumpkin spice latte.

Here are a few tips we like that help ease into the chilly weather without losing our calorie count completely.

  1. Drink Water. Warm or hot water specifically. Water helps to curb hunger and warmer water keeps you satisfied and cozy.
  2. Search sites like Pinterest and Spark People for healthier pumpkin flavored goodies that are easier on the scale.
  3. Bundle up and tough it out. You can still enjoy the outdoors, just break out those cute boots and scarf.
  4. Move your workout indoors. Take the hold off your gym membership or pop in a workout DVD.
  5. Soup it up! Soup is so entirely delicious, especially in the Fall. It’s also very filling and can be one of the healthiest options for comfort food.
  6. Make your own hot chocolate. So easy. Mix 1-2 TBSP of coccoa powder + 8oz of your favorite milk + 1 tsp of sugar. Thin out with water or add more powder for more thickness. Clean, healthy, and warm.

It’s so easy to cozy up into Fall! It’s one of the prettiest times of the year and also a kind of pre-test for the impending cookie season. Follow our favorite ways to keep in check this year.

Cheers!

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Healthy YOU: Navigating Pumpkin Season

The leaves are turning and pumpkin flavor everything is all over the place. Oh how we love Fall.

Pretty

It’s so easy on these brisk mornings and dark evenings to cozy up on the couch and snuggle in.

Way too easy. Trust us.

The only more comforting than a soft blanket and your significant other is chocolate. And snacks. Maybe some Halloween candy too. (Fun size means more, right?)

Wrong.

Summer is not that far gone and Spring is right around the corner. The way far corner, but it’s still coming. So is wedding season. Remember that when you get the whip on your pumpkin spice latte.

Here are a few tips we like that help ease into the chilly weather without losing our calorie count completely.

  1. Drink Water. Warm or hot water specifically. Water helps to curb hunger and warmer water keeps you satisfied and cozy.
  2. Search sites like Pinterest and Spark People for healthier pumpkin flavored goodies that are easier on the scale.
  3. Bundle up and tough it out. You can still enjoy the outdoors, just break out those cute boots and scarf.
  4. Move your workout indoors. Take the hold off your gym membership or pop in a workout DVD.
  5. Soup it up! Soup is so entirely delicious, especially in the Fall. It’s also very filling and can be one of the healthiest options for comfort food.
  6. Make your own hot chocolate. So easy. Mix 1-2 TBSP of coccoa powder + 8oz of your favorite milk + 1 tsp of sugar. Thin out with water or add more powder for more thickness. Clean, healthy, and warm.

It’s so easy to cozy up into Fall! It’s one of the prettiest times of the year and also a kind of pre-test for the impending cookie season. Follow our favorite ways to keep in check this year.

Cheers!

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Destination Wedding Tips

Forget about an alter, your back drop is the ocean and a romantic sunset:

A destination wedding is the perfect blend of a vacation and honeymoon. Many couples choose to wed in a tropical paradise for many different reasons. A wedding and dream vacation all in one? Yes, please!

 

Below are some tips and tricks to help plan your perfect destination wedding

1.  Use on on-site planner: Most destination wedding venues provide the couple with someone to oversee planning. Since you are not able to be there and physically go over all the details in person, it is important that you have someone who is.

2. Be mindful of the weather: A satin ballgown with a cathedral length train is gorgeous, but not on a beach. Think of soft, flowing fabrics- maybe even a shorter style? You don’t want to be sweating more than necessary.

3. Research the law: Make sure to brush up on the marriage laws of the area you are visiting. Some places have stricter laws governing marriage than others.

4. Do something special for your guests: Most of your guests are spending around $1000 or more to attend your big day. Make sure to do something special for them. Hosting an extra party or excursion is a thoughtful way of saying “Thank You”

5. Check up on your vendors: Your on-site planner should help with this too, however, make sure you are using reputable vendors. Check up on their references and past clients. Always sign a contract.

6. Book in advance: You are sure to get the best rooms and best price if you plan out far enough. Many popular resort destinations sell out of their best views in the busy season. You want the honeymoon suite, don’t you?

 

 

7. Relax, your on vacation: Wedding planning can be stressful, but remember you are on vacation too! Enjoy your time in paradise.

A Holiday Wedding

Plan a very “Marry” Christmas this year. It’s that time special time of year, all your family is around, and spirits are at an all time high. Why not tie the knot over the holidays?

You play the time of year into not only your attire but into the little details that make this time of year more special than any other

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The Church is pre-decorated with poinsettias at the alter and lit trees outside to set the mood…

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You are escorted via a horse drawn sleigh to your reception destination

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Once you arrive, the mood is set with candlelight and soft jazz music. Your guests are greeted with a hot chocolate bar to warm up from the cold outside.

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After dinner comes dessert.. A wintery wedding cake and cookie bar to boot!

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As the night winds down, your guests have a special gift to remember your wedding by

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Aisle Style: What’s trending now

Vintage Chic

Your Venue: A historical hotel, barn, or even fancy garden suits your style. You are a bride who wants to think outside the box for her venue.

Your Dress: A modern style ballgown or lace fit and flare suits your style. You want something that has a vintage feel with a modern touch.

Your Bridesmaids: An eclectic mix of textures, lengths, and color. Working with a neutral toned color scheme, you want your girls to be comfortable. Letting them select their own style makes for a happy wedding party.

Your Color Scheme: Neutral tones of pinks,  shades of grey, and colorless taupe’s set the mood for your wedding. It lets the textures and personality of your venue and other details show through.

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Destination Beach

Your Venue: Somewhere Sunny and 75+! Maybe Florida or something really exotic like Antigua. No matter the actual geography- you will have white sand, blue sky, and a fabulous resort.

Your Dress: Chiffon or Organza – something that will capture the breeze and the lightweight, carefree essence of your venue.

Your Bridesmaids-  Your girls will look the part in bright, chiffon, knee length dresses. These styles will pack nicely, be easy to wear, and keep your girls nice and cool.

Your Color Scheme- Bright and Bold. You want the tropical feel to encompass your big day. Bright fuchsias, blues, and purples match the venue best.

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Traditional Formal

Your Venue: The church you grew up in for the ceremony, a modern ballroom for the reception.

Your Dress: Something fabulous. Your gown will match your venue- beads, lace, puff, and a train. You want something that will turn heads when you take that long walk down the aisle.

Your Bridesmaids: Knee length with coordinating shoes or floor length. No matter the fabric, they will have clean lines and be tailored to fit perfectly. 

Your Color Scheme: Clean and modern, yet traditional and relate-able. Maybe black and white is best for you- bright cobalt blue with hints of yellow.

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Wedding Centerpieces The Affairs girls LOVE!

Wedding Centerpieces The Affairs girls LOVE!

A person can never go wrong with a candle centerpiece. The varied texture and neutral tones give this centerpiece a rustic yet elegant look. For a barn or outdoor wedding this would be perfect!

Simple, elegant and a great way to get two uses out of one thing!

We give these centerpieces the UNIQUE award! The different flowers along with the different types of vases are put together perfectly! Be careful if you decide to create centerpieces like these; it is really easy to “over do it!”

Hanging flowers! Everything about this set up is beautiful! Visually and aesthetically appealing; the main centerpiece gives the eye something to focus on while everything around it adds drama and depth. Also, have you noticed the couch in the background for seating?

For a couple that loves books, why not?! We love the flower detail laying on the books! Sometimes less is more but in this case we think all of the nick knacks are necessary.

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There are obviously no rules when it comes to centerpieces. A flower submerged in water is unexpected and creative!

Candles are so versatile! When the lights turn down the romance turns up with this style of centerpiece.

Who doesn’t love candy bars? The candy bar in this photo demonstrates a cute way to incorporate the wedding theme colors and with a variety of textures and bowl sizes.

Hidden Wedding Costs – Meaghan R.

Hidden Wedding Costs

Postage Stamps

When you are ordering your invitations from somewhere they do not advertise how much it is going to cost to ship your invitations or save-the-dates. As the invitations are already expensive enough, shipping adds up too. You can avoid this by skipping fancy boxed invitations or multilayered cards and just go with something simple (and cheaper too!).

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Dress Alterations

Most wedding stores don’t include alterations in the price of your wedding gown. It can cost more than just $100 to do your hem depending on what kind of dress you get. You should make sure that you know what the store will be charging for alterations or if they even do them.

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Overtime Costs

Your band or DJ and wedding photographers are booked for a certain amount of time. SO if you decide that you need them longer or your party runs a little long you will get charged overtime by the hour. This can cost up to $250 just for one overtime hour. As you might imagine that would add up. So make sure that you are very on-time or that you book your people for a little longer if you know you will be running late.

Rental Transportation

When you are renting things like chair and table for your wedding you would assume that the rental company would add delivery into their costs right? Well think again because most will charge a transport fee that can end up costing you a lot of money you weren’t planning for. SO make sure you ask the rental company up front if they have worked transportation into their costs or if they are going to be charging an extra fee.

Non-Approved Vendors

Some venues that you will choose may require you to use a caterer or florist that is on a preferred vendor list and then will tack on a fee if you do not use one. So make sure to stick to the list or choose a venue without one.

Cleanup and Breakdown costs

Many people spend so much planning their big day that they forget about what happens after. If you are just paying a flat fee to rent a space this fee is most likely not included and you should make sure to read your contract carefully so you won’t have any hidden costs there.

 

Wedding Band Equipment

You would think that the cost of the band just includes their playing time and the equipment that they always use. But if your venue is larger they may need more speakers and microphones the produce the best sound quality so make sure that you have them check out the place themselves before you book them or tell them how large it is.

 

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