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One of the bridal style trends we’re always excited about is dress embellishments. These details can add limitless options for a bride to put a little extra personal style into her wedding day look. At this year’s New York Bridal Fashion week we saw lots of exciting embellishment trends, from lace appliqués to feathers and everything in between. One of our favorites this year (and always!) is buttons. From boho to elegant, this beautiful trend can dress up any style gown.

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You’re in the home stretch of your wedding planning, but there’s one more thing on your mind. You’ve heard that soon-to-be-newlyweds may have trouble sleeping before their big day, and you’re worried you might have the same problem. Lucky for you, there’s some good news. By planning ahead and making a few small changes to the day before, you can put yourself in the best place to get a good night’s sleep before you start the next phase of your life!

Exercise

If you can manage some me-time during the day, it’s recommended to try to do a little bit of exercise. It helps your body to feel physically exhausted, as well as the mental exhaustion you are no doubt feeling from your wedding planning. If you have time earlier in the day, try doing some moderate to heavy exercise so that the adrenaline has time to stop racing through your body by the time you go to bed.

If you’re wanting to exercise right before bed, it might be worth trying a few yoga poses to stretch your muscles and focus your mind before bed. You can even do it from bed if you have a firm enough mattress. There are affordable mattress options online if you need a new one.

Keep Your Routine as Normal as Possible

The human body thrives on routine, especially when it comes to bedtime. You might think that keeping a bedtime routine is only for kids, but it’s really helpful for people of all ages, especially when you’re out of your normal environment.

Whatever you do before bed, whether it’s a hot bath, a face mask, half an hour of reading, or meditating, make sure you can do as much of it from wherever you’re staying the night before your wedding.

Avoid Alcohol

It may be tempting to have a glass of wine or three at your rehearsal dinner to deal with the stress of the evening, but you should avoid alcohol for about four hours before you want to go to sleep.

While alcohol might help you get to sleep, it will definitely cause you to wake up more often in the middle of the night once your body starts trying to process the alcohol, according to the Huffington Post. It can also cause you to become dehydrated, because you’ll have to use the bathroom more often.

If you are going to be drinking alcohol, use the two for one rule – two glasses of water for each alcoholic drink. This can help you from becoming dehydrated later, and make it easier for your body to flush out the alcohol.

Avoid Overeating at Dinner

When it comes to the rehearsal dinner, you will want to eat enough to feel full, but not enough to put yourself into a food coma. If you’re hungry when you go to bed, you won’t sleep well. If you’re too full, you’ll feel sluggish, but are more likely to have trouble getting to sleep.

You’ll also want to avoid caffeine, tobacco and foods with high amounts of sugar or saturated fats, because they can cause sleep problems, according to NBC News. The effects of caffeine and tobacco can stay in your bloodstream for up to six hours, so if you’re having coffee, make sure it’s in the morning.

 

Written by Samantha Kent of SleepHelp.org

The wedding planning process can seem to go on forever; especially for the bride and groom to be. After all, you are planning a day for not only yourselves, but all of your closest friends and family to enjoy. This is why we enlist the help of our dearest friends to aid in wedding preparation. From giving their opinion on the perfect dress, visiting potential venues, searching for vendors, test cake flavors, the list goes on!

When all is said and done, it’s important to take a step back and think about the people who helped pull your day together. When you asked your closest friends and family to be in your wedding, you were asking for a large commitment both in time and finances. It’s one of the most selfless things a person can agree to. So how do you let them know how much you appreciate them? Add gifts for your wedding party to the list of things to do before the big day! It can be a little overwhelming to think about, so here are a few ideas we’d like to share:

For Your Mother (and new Mother In Law)

Your wedding day is sure to be filled with lots of emotions. While it’s a joyous day filled with love, it can sometimes lead to tears of joy as the bride and groom say I do. No one wants to carry a pack of tissues around. A great, and maybe a little uncommon, gift to give is a handkerchief! Gift your mother and mother in law a personalized handkerchief with a message of your choice.  Armed with their own personal messages, giving the same gift to the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom is great symbolism for the unity your marriage is creating! It’s also a great way to express your thanks, and share a gift that is likely to come in handy.

wedding gift for mom

For Your Father (and Father In Law)

To the same sentiment, get your fathers matching yet personalized presents. One idea is to gift a nice set of cufflinks to wear as they walk down the aisle. Take it a step further than a standard inscription, and find your favorite picture of you and your dad together. If you really want to tug at the heart strings, find pictures from your childhood to include. Nothing says sentimental like taking a trip down memory lane before you set down the aisle on one of the biggest days of your lives.

cuff links for groom

For Your Wedding Party

Getting presents for the entire bridal party is tricky. Getting matching presents for the bridesmaids and groomsmen is an entirely different story. Your best bet is to get them a gif that they will likely use again. Giving your guys and girls fashionable sunglasses is sure to be a hit. Not only can it further distinguish them as a part of the wedding party, but it is a gift that can be used beyond your wedding day. If you’re going to spend money on a present, you might as well ensure that it’s relevant for use for more than just one day!

colorful sunglasses

For Your Bridesmaids

It can be argued that the job of a bridesmaid is one of the most stressful. Thank your girls by putting together a care package of their favorite things. After months (sometimes years) of planning, a great gift option could be a certificate to a day spa! What better way to say thank you than treating your girls to a day of pampering and relaxation. Want to do more than hand them an envelope? Go the extra step and put together a basket of spa day essentials! Equipped with a robe, slippers, a makeup bag, and a cute tote to pull it all together! If you do want to customize and item, the makeup bag may be the way to go. It’s something that is sure to get a lot of use, and something that will likely get a lot of compliments!

bride and bridesmaids with bouquet of flowers

For Your Groomsmen

While not all groomsmen may appreciate a spa day, the idea of treating them to something they can do for themselves isn’t a bad idea. One option to consider is putting together a gift of favorites. It can be anything from a giftcard to their favorite restaurant, a bottle of their favorite drink or even just an assortment of their favorite snacks! Nothing says thank you like a gift of all of your favorite things. Make it easy on yourself and buy a variety of gift cards online!

groom and groomsmen in tuxedos

We are thrilled to present our brand NEW Winter 2018 Issue of Nebraska Wedding Day, out now on newsstands! Our winter collection features 1 incredibly stunning cover, 3 new editorial spreads and 3 new local real weddings. Bursting with chic wintry vibes >> gender-mix fashion with bridal blazers, a gorgeous black wedding gown, and a plethora of modern cascade bouquets >> we know this issue will give you all the wintry feels to get you ready for the chilly months ahead. So grab a hot mug of cocoa and check out this stunning sneak peek!

 

 

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Fashion Shoot + Cover Image  >  Ashley Nicole Photography

Feature Shoot  >  Jessica Blex Photography

Floral Shoot  >  Lauren Denise Photography

 

 

We cannot contain our excitement to announce that the release of our new Winter 2018 Issue of Nebraska Wedding Day is coming soon! With a rich history of eye-catching NWD covers, we have to say that this new one is no exception. Check back next week for the COVER REVEAL and a SNEAK PEEK of our new winter editorial! While you wait, here’s a recap of 3 years worth of NWD covers – YAY! Which one is your fav?!