Happy (early) Valentine’s Day

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Happy (early) Valentine’s Day, everyone!

I wanted to be sure to wish everyone a fun, romantic, sweet weekend with their loved ones. J and I have work to get done this weekend, so we’re celebrating tonight (and maybe a little bit tomorrow too). This will be our first Valentine’s Day in two years that we actually get to spend together, so I am definitely looking forward to getting through this weekend and spending an evening with my fiancé!

With that said, let’s keep praying today flies by so that we can all get to this lovely weekend that much faster!

What do you all have planned for this romantic weekend?

15 Facts About Valentine’s Day

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1. The most popular theory behind the origins of Valentine’s Day dates back to Ancient Rome. Emperor Claudius II wouldn’t let men marry during wartime, so Bishop Valentine performed marriage ceremonies in secret. He was eventually executed for his actions.

2. Before his death, Valentine wrote one last note to his beloved and signed it, “from your Valentine.”

3. In the Middle Ages, many people were illiterate and couldn’t sign their name. If they needed to sign something, they would sign with an X and kiss it to show their goodwill. This is how the X’s in XOXO came to signify kisses.

4. February 14 was officially declared St. Valentine’s Day in 1537 by Henry VII.

5. Chocolate has been prescribed since the 1800s as a way to calm the love-lorn heart.

6. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are bought each Valentine’s Day.

7. Between the heart-shaped boxes and other chocolates, over $1 billion are spent on chocolates for every Valentine’s Day.

8. Only 27 percent of flowers purchased for Valentine’s Day are bought by women. 73 percent are purchased by men (Way to go boys!)

9. However, women buy about 85 percent of Valentine’s Day gifts.

10. About 15 percent of women in the U.S. buy flowers for themselves.

11. You can thank Venus, the goddess of love, for the prominence of red roses for Valentine’s Day. It is said that the red rose was her favorite flower. The color red also symbolizes strong romantic feelings.

12. Each year, almost 190 million stems of red roses are sold for Valentine’s Day.

13. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year.

14. Every year, the Italian city of Verona (the home of Romeo and Juliet) receives roughly 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet. These letters are typically from the heartbroken and those lost in the ways of love.

15. Almost a quarter of a million marriage proposals happen on Valentine’s Day every year!

Do you have any other fun little tidbits of info about the lovey-dovey holiday? What’s your favorite part of this time of year?

Let’s Hear it for the Boys

This one’s for the boys! The groomsmen are an important part of the wedding, and likely a very important part of your groom’s life. You want to make sure they know how valued and appreciated their presence is, so why not get them a gift as awesome as they are? Shopping for men is actually pretty easy. My dad used to always say that a gift was good if he “needed it, wanted it or could use it.” While I agree, I think an easier set of trends can be applied to shopping for men: Utility. Men love practical things! They aren’t as taken by pretty things as women and would prefer a gift with a purpose besides just looking good. Think a personalized knife or some type of tool or utility card–they’ll love showing it off whenever they use it!

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Alcohol. Men like their alcohol. My fiancé and his friends are whiskey men, my dad likes tequila and my best friend’s man is a gin fan. Point: lots of options! Try to stick with the drink you know they’ll like and you get bonus points if you know their favorite brands. If you don’t know a specific brand they like but you know the type of drink they like, find one you think they’ll like! Maybe they’ll like trying something new! If you really don’t even know which drink to start with, try a monogramed flask for a no-fail gift!

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Hobbies. If you know they guys love doing something together, why not get them something special for their hobbies? If they’re all huge baseball fans or played little league together, get them personalized commemorative bats. My fiancé and his friends love golf, so I think new head covers or a commemorative ball marker would be a fun favor idea for them.

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Do you have any other ideas when it comes to awesome groomsmen gifts?

You Need Some Sugar!

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If you haven’t seen Maroon 5’s newest music video for their song ‘Sugar,’ you need to!

The video shows the band crashing several weddings across LA, surprising the bride and groom, and getting the party started! And while not all of the weddings are real, the concept is still pretty cool.

Adam Levine and weddings? In my book, that’s a perfect combination!

The Best Planners for Getting Your Life (and Wedding) Together!

If you’re like me, finding a good planner is like finding the Holy Grail. We all have our own preferences of what we like to see and what works best for us. However, there are so many different planners out there with so many different setups, that there is bound to be a perfect planner out there for everyone.

To help you all find the right one for you, I’ve put together a list of some of the best planners for the stylish bride and her fast-paced life!

1. Day Designer – $60

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I used the Day Designer for 2014 and I loved it! It’s sturdy and pretty, classic and functional. Each day received its own page in the planner with an hourly breakdown of your daily schedule, a daily to-do list (one of my favorite features), as well as spaces at the top of the page for your three most important tasks for the day and things like dinner plans and deadlines. This planner also includes month-at-a-glance pages with tabs, important date organizers. It even has worksheets at the beginning of the planner to help you get inspired and figure out your priorities for your year and your life, and your wedding if that’s a major focus for the year!

2. Simplified Planner – $58

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The Simplified Planner is very similar to the Day Designer, but a bit simpler (how about that!) Each day is given its own page complete with hourly scheduler, to-do list, notes block and a space to plan out dinner. It too has a month-at-a glance page with cute little monthly tabs. This planner doesn’t have quite as many bells and whistles in terms of worksheets and goal organization, but it does have a couple pages at the front to help you learn better time management–super important when planning a wedding!

3. Kate Spade Agenda – $36

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Who doesn’t love Kate Spade. The cover designs seem to call to you, and then you open it up to this charming little planner. This has the perfect combination of ringed pages and bound covers, with the rings cleverly concealed. The days in your weekly schedule aren’t formatted with times so you don’t have to feel restricted to a standard schedule note style; you have the freedom to write whatever you need to know or do for the day! Monthly views (with cute little tabs!) keep you aware of what’s ahead, and pockets help you keep track of all the little things in life and wedding planning.

4. Graphic Image Desk Diary – $98

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I love this planner. It looks like something someone with her sh*t together would carry and thoughtfully jot down appointments in perfect handwriting. Maybe having this planner will make me that girl! The smooth cover with foil year detail looks professional and pretty, and you can add your initials for free! Your schedule is laid out in a weekly view, with the time of day running along the side to keep you on track. There are also monthly view pages, holidays, expense reports and maps (just in case your phone is out of battery).

5. MyAgenda – $30 (On Sale!)

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This is a favorite among my friends! The days are all laid out in a weekly view, and there are spaces for notes and reminders at the bottom of each day. My friends would use these spaces for notes about homework from their different classes or different organizations they were in, but you could use it to keep things in mind that pertain to the most important parts of your life, like family or wedding planning! There are also extra note pages at the back, pages for important dates, monthly views and expense reports. Add personalization to the luxurious cover and you’re bound to feel in control of your life!

These planners will help you keep your life, and your wedding planning, on track. And they’re all perfect additions to your new year preparations! Which one would you use?

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

It’s 2015 and I could not be more excited! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started this little blog. I’ve learned so much about myself and my abilities over this past year. I am excited to see what this year brings and I am determined to make this blog even better.

2015, lets do this!

Does He Need Dad’s Blessing?

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The traditional order of events in the proposal process typically starts with a conversation between the groom-to-be and the father of the bride. It has always been considered polite, and almost necessary, for him to get her father’s permission. However, this doesn’t always happen, for various reasons, begging the question: is her father’s permission truly necessary?

The easiest answer is that it depends on the relationship the bride has with her father. If she is extremely close with her dad, then it is probably a good idea to have a chat with the man. If, though, she is not close with her dad, his blessing might be less of a necessity. Of course it would be a nice gesture, but it might not be key.

If there is another parental figure in her life that she feels closer to than her father, or if her father isn’t around, asking that next person would also be very considerate.

Grooms, talk with your girls and see how they feel about you talking to her dad and go with what she would be happiest and most comfortable with! More than likely, she’d like you to ask him, and he would probably like that too. Remember, you are asking for a blessing to join your families, so do what you feel would be most respectful and appropriate based on your relationship.

*I know this post is a bit on the untraditional side, but it’s just a thought I had and I wanted to discuss. No disrespect or offense is intended*