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8 Flowers to Incorporate Symbolism into Your Wedding Bouquet

There are seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to wedding flower options. Chances are you’re enlisting a professional florist who will work wonders with your floral decor, but don’t hesitate to make a request if there is a particular plant that you’re dying to see in your bridal bouquet! Below, find some of our favorites and read a little bit about their traditional symbolism.

1. Anemone
Interpretations and meaning: Some say the anemone offers protection against ill wishes and can also symbolize excitement for the future.

2. Craspedia
Interpretations and meaning: Good health.

3. Dahlia
Interpretations and meaning: Dahlias can represent dignity and elegance. They are also the symbol of a commitment and bond that will last forever.

4. Lilac
Interpretations and meaning: Blue lilacs are said to symbolize happiness and tranquility, while the magenta blooms represent love and passion. Lilac, the color for which the flower is named, is a light purple that symbolizes a first love.

5. Lily of the Valley
Interpretations and meaning: Lily of the Valley frequently symbolize modesty and happiness and have been a popular choice for wedding ceremonies since the middle ages.

6. Peony
Interpretations and meaning: Symbolism of these gorgeous and incredibly popular blooms range from romance and prosperity to good fortune and a happy marriage.

7. Protea
Interpretations and meaning: Protea symbolize change and transformation in many different cultures.

8. Wax Flower
Interpretations and meaning: The Waxflower is sometimes associated with riches and enduring wealth, but they are also known to represent lasting love.

Images via Pinterest 

Worried about Sleeping Before Your Wedding? Plan Ahead to Rest Easy!

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

12 days of christmas: day three

As we approach Christmas, we are reminded of all the pretty and amazing items we decorate with for the holiday season. Now is the perfect time to stock up on holiday staples for your future wedding day. We took 12 holiday decor items to show you how to use them all year long. We bet after Christmas you will be hitting the stores as those 70% off signs pop up to grab any goodies left over!

Day Three:  Birch. You may have some birch bark laying around after a winter’s night in or a special craft. We love the 100 ways to use birch(who knew?) and are inspired by all of the DIY projects we came across. Go ahead and get started, we know you’re smitten too!

Images: Candle Holders / Pinterest, Name Cards/ GoingHomeToRoost, Table Number / LittleThingsBringSmiles, Lamp Shade / Etsy, Lamp / Anthropologie, Candles / Pottery Barn.

{bride blogger blair} one month left

This week we meet with our reception hall to finalize details.  Our venue is unlike many others, in that final numbers and payment are due a month prior, rather than a few weeks.  So we and our parents spent a few days getting a hold of the people who hadn’t yet RSVPd and things shook out to be about a 300 person-crowd.  Still, knowing all of these people will be in one place celebrating US doesn’t make it feel real.  I’ve been wondering throughout the whole process when things will stop feeling surreal. I mean,  not even picking placement of cake and gift tables and deciding upon a menu made it sink in. I’m hoping it doesn’t all just hit me on the day of and turn me into a big ol’ basket case!  I’m not one who cries at things normally (just Lifetime movies and that darn animal commercial with the Sarah McLachlan song) but who knows if the wedding will be different.  One thing I am legitimately excited about is seeing Matt’s reaction to seeing me for the first time. It’s always my favorite part of a ceremony and my own will be no different. We are taking pictures prior to the actual ceremony, but we’ll still do a sneak peek with each other so we can share in a few private moments before the rest of it.

Now, with the reception details finalized, the to-do list is shortening. Just lots of little things—programs, wedding party gift shopping, booking nail appointments, and of course meeting with the rest of the vendors to finalize.  Wish me luck that I can make it all happen in the next 4 weeks. Like, literally, just 30 days from today!!

P.S.  My bachelorette party was super fun! Here are a few photos.  

 P.P.S This weekend is my second bridal shower at my MOH’s house so I should have more pictures to share next week from that!  Maybe all the presents in hand will help me realize I’m really getting married?!

{fitness challenge} the results

As I said on Friday, Saturday was my final testing for Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping’s ten week summer session… which was also the conclusion to my Fitness Challenge by Nebraska Wedding Day!

 At the beginning of this program, we took all our measurements, our body fat percentages, and weight, but we did not do them again during our half-way, five-week testing.  Going into Saturday, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I knew I was making changes but I had no idea the real numbers… I am proud to say that I made improvements that really surprised me!

 I lost 12 inches. I dropped 2% body fat. I shaved nearly 2 minutes off my mile time. I improved in all areas: running, push ups, sit ups and even the sit and reach!  All in 10 weeks! I was feeling so proud and amazed when I left on Saturday. 

 I was shocked again that Saturday night when Farrell’s had their celebration party and they awarded the $1,000 to the person who was most improved.  We received our before and after shots together, and I really liked what I saw.  I could really see the change, especially in my midsection where I lost 5 inches at my waist!  And then my name was announced as a top five pick to win the $1000. I couldn’t believe it.  I knew I worked hard. I knew I looked better, felt better and lost body fat. (My lame goals from day one!)   But, Top 5?! I had no idea my efforts would pay off so much.  I did not win the $1000, and the winner deserved every penny—her results were seriously jaw-dropping.  It goes to show that Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping works, and I highly, highly recommend it to anyone that wants to change their body and get toned!

 I have to thank Nebraska Wedding Day for getting this challenge together.  Not only do I feel great, but I am so motivated to keep up what I’m doing to look and feel great on our wedding day in April! I would have never had this opportunity without seeing this giveaway on the blog! And of course, I need to thank Tammie at Farrell’s for an awesome opportunity and the guys at Max Muscle for their consultations and products for 10 weeks! You all rock. Thanks, again.

 Kelsey

 An extra shout out and congrats to my team… 3rd place overall! We did it!

Before, during testing:

After, at the celebration! Look at how great we cleaned up!