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6 Ways to Treat Your Wedding Guests without Giving Them a Welcome Bag

July 22, 2014

If you have been to more than one wedding this year, you may get the sense that everyone provides welcome bags for wedding guests upon check-in to the hotel.

In fact, it may seem so "2010" by the time you plan your own wedding,  You start to wonder, "Should you ditch the idea?" Not really.  It's a nice treat!  But, if you are looking for a new way to treat your wedding guests, consider one of the six ideas below.

A Pitcher of a Summer Fruit Sangria Punch

  • Quench Their Thirst upon arrival and/or on the Ride Home. Work with your caterer to serve a beverage to your wedding guests upon arrival. The beverage could be champagne, iced tea, lemonade, iced water, hot apple cider, or the signature drinks. For a last impression, have the valet parking staff place an ice cold bottle of water in each guest’s car before they return the car to each wedding guest. The water bottles can include a note card of thanks from the couple.


A Piece of Chocolate on a Hotel Room Pillow

  • Wish Them a Good Night. Ask the hotel to place a note card on every guest’s pillow that says something like, “Thank you for sharing this special day with us. Sweet Dreams.” And, leave a piece of dark chocolate with your note. The note will be a nice surprise, and the dark chocolate contains serotonin, which is known to relax your body and mind.


A Wedding Hotel Room Door Tag

  • Help Your Wedding Guests Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Leave a door tag on their hotel room doors that says, “Do Not Disturb. I’m Recovering from __________’s Wedding!” Add an eye mask and/or ear plugs, a hangover kit, and don’t forget that piece of dark chocolate!



  • Keep Them Comfortable During Your Outdoor Ceremony.  Do you have a couple of criers in your group?  If so, consider placing some antique hankies near your entrance with a sign that says, "For Your Tears of Joy."  Is your wedding reception outside? Place a "comfort station or a "refresh station" near the entrance of the ceremony, and consider including the following items — Iced Water and/or Lemonade; Sunscreen Packets; Bug Spray Packets; Hand Fans; Parasols; Sunglasses; Wash Cloths soaked in Cold Water, and/or Water Misters. If it is a little cool outside, consider adding pashminas and hand warmers to the basket; and serve hot apple cider.


A Wedding Day Eye Spy Game Card

  • Show a Little Love to the Non-Dancers. Do you have a group of wedding guests who don’t like to dance? Schedule your reception to allow all of the special moments to take place before the dancing begins. Or, engage them by providing them with some things to do so. This could include a photo booth; a game of “Eye Spy,” or a game of “Mad Libs;” or even a Wedding Newsletter for your guests to read.


A Taxi Cab in Traffic

  • Make Sure They Get Home Safely. Make sure that your wedding guests get home safe and in one piece! Place a sign on the bar with a list of phone numbers or web sites of the local taxicab companies in your area. Give the dispatcher the heads up that numerous people may take a taxi home from your wedding venue. Or better yet, give them a lift. Arrange for shuttle transportation for your wedding guests to and from the wedding venue. The shuttle pick-up and drop-off location can be in front of the hotel(s) where your wedding guests are staying.

Love and Soul Always, Kay

Photos: or My iPhone

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Four Posts That Will Simplify Your Wedding Planning Life

July 16, 2014

A Bride's Veil in the Wind

Wedding Planning Can Take a Toll on your Emotions and Stress. Here are four of our previous posts we hope will help you lighten your emotional load.

  • Trust. This post will help you learn to how to better trust your professional vendors during your wedding planning.
  • Your "Type F" Friend. This post will help you identify that friend or advisor who cares or at least "gets" what you care about, but can help you think about it differently and actively flip it. This friend will help you chill out (a little) when you are really "wound up!"
  • 7 Ways to Show Yourself Some Love. Let's face it, wedding planning can eat up so much of our thoughts and time that we forget to take care of ourselves. This post lists 7 ways you can show yourself some love while planning your wedding.
  • What "The Maids" Could Teach You about Wedding Planning.  Years ago, I realized my "perfect neighbor" had help!  I shared it hoping that couples would see that comparison is the thief of joy.  If you are wondering why someone else is doing so well with their wedding planning (and you are not), the answer is in their systems and the fact that they probably had a lot of help!

Love & Soul Always, Kay

(Photo: J.A. Laub Photography)


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Simplify Your Life: The Tile App

July 15, 2014

The Tile App

Wedding planning can be a beast on your day-to-day thoughts! You spend an afternoon thinking about wedding planning tasks, bridesmaids, and that budget!  And before you know it, you lost your keys or you left your purse behind.

We've all been there.

Fortunately, a solution may be on its way. The Tile App is a bluetooth-enabled tracker that remembers an item's location.

You just attach the tile to an object you want to keep track off (keys, laptop, smartphone, purse, you name it), and it will let you know if you are getting closer to your lost item. It will also sound an alarm to help you zero in on its location.

According to this site, this tile is supposed to be available in the fall of 2014. I hope they hurry up because my husband loses everything!

Love & Soul Always, Kay

(Photo: The Tile App

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How to Hold a Wedding Bouquet

July 10, 2014

An African American Bride and Groom Near the Chart House in Old Town Alexandria

After reading all of the social media posts, I finally got an opportunity to see pictures of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss, in her gorgeous and ultra sexy wedding gown.  And, as I suspected, she was stunning!

Unfortunately, I could see very little of the wedding gown in the pictures.

Why? Because she was holding her wedding bouquet up so high that it covered her gown’s entire bodice.

Brides! As you make that once-in-a-lifetime walk down the aisle, hold your wedding bouquet right below your belly button.  If you have a very long torso, then simply try to curve your arms slightly -- You will achieve the same effect.  Follow this advice, and we will be able to see how your bouquet complements that gorgeous wedding gown of yours (just like our beautiful bride, Kim, in the picture above).

If you doubt my advice, try it out in the mirror — Try holding a bunch of flowers chest high.  Then, try holding them right below your waist.  You will definitely notice the difference.

Love & Soul Always, Kay

(Photo: Anne Lord Photography)

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