ROMANTIC PROPOSALS

Our favorite from The Knot !
Romantic proposal ideas

1. Choose a favorite place — whether it’s a fountain, hotel rooftop, monument or national park — that has personal significance to the two of you. Once you’re there, ask someone nearby to take a picture of you together, and instead of posing, drop down on one knee.

2. Have a choir, brass band or drum line show up for a surprise performance of your fiance-to-be’s favorite love song in a park or public location for your proposal. For a really personal touch, ask the performers if they can incorporate your fiance’s name into the lyrics.

3. Get in touch with the stage manager of your favorite production and propose after the cast’s curtain call. Call ahead and see if you can have a special note or ad placement added into the playbill, so you have a keepsake of the proposal.

4. Arrange a surprise proposal with a street caricaturist. Have the caricaturist sketch a picture of you two with word bubbles that say, “Will you marry me?” and “Yes!”

5. Ask the divers at an aquarium to put on a proposal show inside their biggest fish tank. Give them a (waterproof) sign that says, “Will you marry me?” to hold up against the glass and then position yourselves for what will, at first, seem like feeding time.

6. Send your unsuspecting fiance-to-be on a treasure hunt that ends with your proposal. Start with a clue at home (a handwritten note or text message) that leads to a tour of your favorite spots all over town.

7. Go out for a night of dancing and ask the DJ or bandleader to pass you the mic so you can dedicate a song and propose on the dance floor.

8. Hire a skywriter to spell out your proposal for everyone around to see.

9. Take out a full-page ad in a newspaper, and then pick the perfect spot to have a relaxing morning of catching up on current events. Another twist on this idea is to call into a radio station and then make sure your fiance-to-be is listening when your proposal is on the air.

10. Ask your local movie theater to run your special proposal “trailer,” then show up early for the previews.

11. Upload a video of your prerecorded love story with a surprise ending (the proposal!) to YouTube and then insist you have a hilarious cat video that’s a must-see and watch it alone or with friends.

12. This one requires some lead time. Without your partner knowing, take a month (or even a year!) worth of video moments each day and set it to play. When the countdown of romantic moments reaches the current day, propose!

13. Pack a romantic picnic, and put the ring in with the dessert. After a leisurely meal, ask your sweetheart to get out the dessert.

BRIDAL BODY TIME TO GET FIT

I came across this very helpful guide to getting fit from The Knot. I wanted to share this with our brides since they are always asking us what really works, when it comes to staying lean for your BIG DAY!

Wedding Fitness Checklist
Cardiovascular workouts, like walking or jogging, can be done anywhere outside. Just make sure you have the following:

Comfortable clothes
Running shoes
Two 3- or 5-pound hand weights
A straight-back chair
A mat or blanket (optional)
Month 1
This month, you should mainly be focused on just getting active and engaged in the program. A good way to get motivated is to start a workout diary. Write down the date, all the reasons why you need to work out, and what your goals are. Write down your weight (always weigh yourself in the morning for consistency), and use a measuring tape to record the size of your chest, waist, hips, thighs, and forearms, so you can monitor your progress. To stay motivated, keep notes all the way through.
Tip: Weigh in and take measurements once a month only. Focusing on quick results will only discourage you.

Weeks #1 and #2

20 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
Weeks #3 and #4

30 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
Month 2
Still here? Good work! Now get out that measuring tape and scale. Any improvements? You shouldn’t focus too much on weight loss yet, but your energy should be higher. Keep writing in your journal, and pay special attention to how you feel, how you’re dealing with stress, and what you think you are gaining from your exercise program.
Tip: Remember to check your heart rate about 15 minutes into your aerobic exercise to make sure you’re hitting your target heart rate.

Weeks #5 and #6

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
2 sets of 10 stomach crunches
1 set of 10 push-ups
Weeks #7 and #8

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
2 sets of 10 push-ups
Month 3
This is usually when people start to give up. Get out your diary, and flip back to your first entry. Remind yourself why you are doing this. Also, flip ahead in your calendar and check how quickly your wedding day is approaching: Aren’t you glad you started exercising weeks ago? Weigh yourself and take your measurements again. Are you making progress? Even if you haven’t lost weight, you should see some results in your muscle tone.
Good to know: Muscle weighs more than fat, so you might have gained a few pounds, but you’ve most likely turned some of that fat into muscle.

Weeks #9 and #10

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
2 sets of 10 push-ups
1 set of 10 squats
Weeks #11 and #12

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
3 sets of 10 push-ups
2 sets of 10 squats
2 sets of 10 bicep curls
2 sets of 10 tricep curls
Month 4
Take a minute to write a note of congratulations to yourself — you’re doing an amazing job (we know it sounds cheesy, but do it anyway). Weigh yourself and take your measurements: If you’ve been following the program, you definitely should notice some changes by now.
Good to know: At this point, if nothing has changed, you may need a more advanced program, and you should consult a personal trainer.

Weeks #13 and #14

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
2 sets of 10 chest presses
Weeks #15 and #16

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
Month 5
Okay, now it’s time to get serious: There are only eight weeks to go until your wedding. Weigh in and take your measurements. Now, where do you still need the most help? Stomach? Thighs? Butt? Pick one or two areas, and focus, focus, focus. We’re going to continue along the same program, but now we’re going to add an intense three sets of 15 extra exercises for whichever area still needs help. With every crunch or set, envision yourself in your gown — you’ll get there.

Weeks #17 and #18

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
3 sets of 15 “extra target area”
Weeks #19 and #20

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
3 sets of 15 “extra target area”
Month 6
Just four weeks to go! As you get closer to your wedding date, your crazed schedule may threaten to derail your exercise program, but don’t let it. Weigh in and take your measurements, but don’t be surprised if they aren’t as important anymore — the way you feel should be motivation enough to keep exercising. We are going to continue working at the same level as last month. If you’re having trouble finding the time to keep up this pace, cut back the number of sets you do, but use heavier weights.

Weeks #21 and #22

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
3 sets of 15 “extra target area”
Weeks #23 and #24

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
Source– The Knot

DON’T FORGET!

Top 10 Items Brides tend to forget

Don’t forget :

1. Bring your marriage license: “An important part of making it ‘official!’ Check with the jurisdiction where your ceremony will take place about any deadlines for applying for your marriage license well in advance of your wedding date and also whether a blood test or special documentation is required to complete your application. Start gathering your documents early so that when it comes time to get your license, you have everything you need and can make the process as efficient as possible.”

2. Vendor Tips & Meals: “Be sure you remember to feed the people that are working nonstop to make your day flawless! You’ll be expected to give your final guest count to your caterer within two weeks of your day, but don’t forget to include the number of vendors you’ll have so that the caterer can prepare simple meals for them, separate from your guests. Most caterers will count your vendor meals as half-price, so be sure to include your band members, photographer, videographer (and any second shooters), as well as your planner and their assistants.” After all is said and done, have your Thank you Cards ready with a tip inside. It is best to give your Thanks You cards to your Wedding Planner the day of Rehearsal so you don’t have to worry about distribution upon each of their departures. Make sit easy on you and them so that they can leave without trying to find you and take your time away from your guests.

3. Favors: “By no means are favors required, but they are a fantastic detail that each of your guests will appreciate! So don’t make your favors an afterthought — think about what you’ll present your guests as a ‘thank-you’ for coming at least two months in advance of your wedding date, so that you can place the bulk order of the items in time, and also personalize each one for that finishing touch.” Check out 10 Edible Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love.

4. Guestbook and pens: “Include something for your guests to leave their well-wishes for you upon arriving at your reception…Many brides that leave this to the last minute might make a trip to a local book store for a coffee table book that’s characteristic of the place where they’re getting married or something that is special to the couple. This could be a favorite recipe book for cocktails or a book of historic mansions in the city where your nuptials take place. Also, don’t forget the pens!” Check out 10 Unique Wedding Guest Book Picks.

5. Invitation suite: “This is one of my favorite details to style and have photographed on the day of the wedding! Brides should remember to pack at least one full invitation suite and any other stationery details (rehearsal dinner invites, shower invites, save-the-dates) that were mailed out during the engagement to bring with them in the bridal prep suite the day of the wedding. If you have beautiful calligraphy and/or special envelope liners, bring more than one set — I always recommend two sets — so that your photographer can shoot the front and back of the invitation in the same frame.”

6. Cake knife and toasting flutes: “You may receive these as a gift at your shower, opt to purchase your special set on your own, or use ones that have been handed down to you by parents or family members. When packing up your items to be placed at the reception, be sure to remember to pack your cake knife and toasting flutes (and keep the original packaging to avoid breakage) so that this detail will not be overlooked. Once this item is off your to-do list, you can focus on other things to pack — like your trousseau for the honeymoon!”

7. Tech chargers: “When it comes time to get ready in your bridal suite on the day of the wedding, have your electronics charged and ready to go! If you’re planning on using your iPod for any part of the reception music (i.e. your favorite recording of the first dance you and your groom will sway to), make sure you have the right charger and the correct connection to your band’s or DJ’s sound system. Also, keep your phone charged overnight. You’ll want to have it ready to go as soon as you leave for the honeymoon.”

8. Passport and identification: “Speaking of the honeymoon, be sure your passport and driver’s license are up to date and packed safely in your carry-on luggage. Airport security will not let you get on the plane with expired identification, so be sure you have taken care of this detail one month before your wedding.”

After the Wedding
9. Thank-you notes: “It’s easy to let things fall by the wayside in the aftermath of your big day as the dust begins to settle, but your thank-you notes to your guests should be sent out no later than two months after your big day. Carve out fifteen minutes each day to dedicate to writing these notes, so that you don’t get overwhelmed…Also, don’t forget the important people in your life, including your parents, family members, and bridal party that were there with you through the planning from the beginning.

10. Online reviews: “The people that have worked so hard to make your wedding day dreams come to fruition are often forgotten once the big day has passed. The best thank-you you can give your vendors is an honest review online and an email follow up. That is the only way that your vendors can continue to improve the level of service they provide to future brides, so your feedback is very important! Plan to carve out time to review your vendors within six months of the big day.”

CIAO BELLA’S CHECKLIST FOR YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Your Wedding-Day

Make sure you don’t miss any of the must-have photos with this checklist:

Getting Ready

► Wedding dress on a hanger
► Wedding invitation / photos of your shoes/ rings / details
► Engagement ring and wedding bands
► Bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets
► Bride’s jewelry
► Bride applying makeup
► Bridesmaids and/or mother of the bride helping the bride into her dress
► Putting on the veil
► Groom tying his tie
► Groom pinning boutonniere on his father
► Father pinning boutonniere on the groom
► Leaving for the ceremony

Before the Bride and Groom See Each Other

► Bride alone
► Bride with mom and dad
► Bride with dad
► Bride with mom
► Bride with immediate family
► Bride with siblings
► Generational shot: Bride, mom, sister(s), grandmother
► Bride with mom and mother-in-law
► Bride with mother-in-law
► Bride with bridesmaids
► Bride with maid of honor
► Bride with flower girl(s)

► Groom alone
► Groom with mom and dad
► Groom with dad
► Groom with mom
► Groom with immediate family
► Groom with siblings
► Generational shot: Groom, father, brother(s), grandfather
► Groom with father and father-in-law
► Groom with father-in-law
► Groom with groomsmen
► Groom with best man
► Groom with ring bearer(s)

Photos Together

► Bride and groom (see the new must-have photos on our Pinterest!)
► Bride, groom, bride’s immediate family
► Bride, groom, bride’s parents
► Bride, groom, groom’s immediate family
► Bride, groom, groom’s parents
► Bride, groom, both sets of parents
► Bride, groom, both immediate families
► Bride, groom, siblings
► Bride, groom, all grandparents
► Bride, groom, each grandparent (or set of grandparents)
► Bride and groom with extended families
► Bride, groom, maid of honor, best man
► Bride, groom, flower girl, ring bearer
► Bride with groomsmen
► Groom with bridesmaids
► Bride, groom, full wedding party (check out some fun ideas!)

Important Moments

► The first look
► Room shots at ceremony
► Wedding party and parents walking down the aisle
► Bride walking down the aisle
► Groom’s face as he waits/sees her
► The vows
► Close-up of the exchange of rings
► The first kiss as husband and wife
► The recessional
► Ketubah signing and/or signing of marriage certificate
► Room shots at reception
► Close-up of seating-card display
► Close-up of centerpieces
► Reception entrance
► The first dance
► Father/daughter dance
► Mother/son dance
► The toasts
► The cake cutting
► Bouquet and garter toss
► Parents of bride dancing
► Parents of groom dancing
► Couple’s departure

Enjoy and have fun!

Warmest wishes,
Your Wedding & Event Extraordinaire!

LEARNING TO TIE A BOW TIE

1. Drape the bow tie around your neck, under your collar, and grasp the ends. The end on your right should extend about 1.5 inches lower than the end on your left side.

2. Cross the longer end over the shorter end. You should cross the tie near your neck so that the loop around your neck is just large enough to work with but not loose; you don’t want your bow dangling in front of your chest.

3. Pass the longer end up through the loop, forming a simple, loose overhand knot. Use this opportunity to tighten the knot if necessary.

4. Pull the dangling end to the left and then fold it back over itself to the right. Hold this fold, which will be the front loop of the completed tie, between your shirt’s collar points.

5. Drop the raised end of the tie over the front of the bow.

6. Grab the left and right sides of the horizontally-folded end and pinch them together in front of the dangling end. The top of the dangling end will now be held between them.

7. Feed the middle of the dangling end back through the knot you made in Step 3. It will now form the back half of the bow.

8. Tighten the bow by pulling on opposite sides and halves simultaneously. Pull the front right and back left ends apart to loosen; pull the front left and back right apart to tighten. Repeat until the bow is the desired shape and tightness.

9. Finished ! You did it!

BRIDAL BOUQUET

Choosing your Bridal Bouquet

A bridal bouquet, more than any other type of flower arrangement, is chock-full of lore and symbolism. The bouquet itself must be beautiful, to highlight the beauty of the bride, and meaningful, as it is such a special day. The flowers themselves are a symbol of fertility and femininity, fragile petals held together by a strong stem, blossoming and blooming, much like the blushing bride. It’s a good idea to understand a bit about flower meanings when you are choosing your bridal bouquet or any of your wedding flower arrangements.

While white is traditional, to carry only white flowers down the aisle foretells bad luck for the superstitious. White flowers are traditional for funeral arrangements, and so the bouquet must be mixed with another color.

Adding another color also pleases the eye aesthetically, as pure white flowers would blend in with the traditional wedding gown. Adding another color, for luck, also makes the flowers stand out in stark contrast to the gown, and highlights the beauty of the bride.

Traditionally, herbs or edible flowers are often placed within the bridal bouquet as well. Marigolds, an edible flower known to symbolize constancy and endurance are often included in a bridal bouquet as are roses because they symbolize eternal love.

Orchids and Calla Lilies are two other very popular choices for bridal bouquets, although not necessarily together. They are unique and add a personalized ÿtouch to the happy couple’s special day. Exotic flowers may be a bit tricky to keep fresh throughout the day, but they definitely make a statement.

After the ceremony, the bride will be throwing her toss bouquet to one of her bridesmaids or single friends. Legend has it that the woman who catches it will be the next to marry. The bride is symbolically tossing away her single-hood, and at the same time, bestowing good luck in love upon the recipient.

In recent years, brides have begun to have a second or ?toss? bouquet, which they throw to the lucky friend, thereby allowing the bride herself to keep the actual bouquet she carried in the wedding as an heirloom or souvenir. Sometimes the toss bouquet is made of silk flowers and, increasingly, brides are choosing silk wedding flowers since their appearance is so lifelike.

The bride’s bouquet, and the flowers carried by her attendants, set much of the tone for the wedding. The bridal flowers are a personal choice and a statement by the bride about the woman she is and the physical representation of all her wedding dreams come true.

WEDDING CEREMONY AISLE IDEAS

image1Have you ever had the most beautiful wedding pictured in your mind? The venue is picturesque. The audience is oohing and awing over every little thing. Flowers are unique and vibrant. Everyone is smiling and waiting for that moment when the beautiful bride takes her long awaited stroll down that aisle. The moment has finally arrived. Nothing could go wrong. That is until you look down and notice that your aisle isn’t so glamorous. The aisle you see before you isn’t what you pictured growing up. It is plain. Boring. Lifeless. Dull. The best part of picturing your wedding and all the finite detail is that you now know what you are missing. Decorating an aisle to show yourself off to the many who made their way to see you can be exciting, easy, and cost effective. The most traditional way of going about this is throwing down some rose petals to blanket the aisle. Not only is this traditional, but it is very classy looking as well. However, putting rose petals down doesn’t have to be the end of the tradition. Add to it. Put them on the aisle as well as to the sides so that it widens the perception of the walkway. To really add some class, put a vase next to each row of seating with a floating candle to really enhance the image. If you can manage to gather roses from your own garden or from someone you know that would drastically cut down on wedding expenses. Be sure to clip them in the early morning, as they will provide you with the freshest blooms.

For the artistic bride, or bridesmaids, setting up poles along the aisle can give you the opportunity to hang paper lanterns for intimate lighting. This sounds pretty lame and a little cheap but it’s all about creativity. Find paper lanterns that match the wedding colors first of all. You definitely want to decorate your poles so that it flows with the theme: a wedding. By doing so, go into a fabric store and get a few rolls of silk ribbon. Wrap that along your poles along with clusters of fresh flowers. If you are having flowers on the floor, bring them up into the poles as well. It will provide a real warm and intimate feeling.

To really spruce up the aisle on a budget, go with luminaries. Basically a luminary is a paper bag with a candle inside it. This sounds tacky but it really does look nice, especially if you are on a tight budget. This will have a similar effect as the paper lanterns: warm and intimate feeling.

Aisle decorating is by far one of the quickest and easiest parts of a wedding to plan for. With a little bit of imagination you can create a very beautiful walkway. Now go back and visualize your perfect wedding. The venue. The audience. The flowers. And now, even the aisle.

WEDDING CAKE TIPS

Choosing the right wedding cake

1. Budget. Set a budget straight from the beginning and be open with your cake decorator. It will make the process much easier and smoother for both parties.
2. Theme of the cake. When meeting your cake decorator for the first time, bring as much information as possible; photos, your pinterest pins, themes for your wedding, color of your dress, bridesmaid dress and inspiration from the room and flowers. It will make the selection easier.
3. Selecting the Flavor of the cake.
It doesn’t have to be a traditional fruit or sponge cake. Be inspired; go for chocolate, red velvet or carrot cake and mix the layers. Make sure you taste them. Remeber it must taste as good as it looks.
4. Delivery and setting up of the wedding cake. Before confirming your order, find out who will deliver your cake on the day and more importantly who will set it up. Too many brides forget about this.
5. Serving your wedding cake as a dessert. Why not save money and let your guests enjoy your delicious cake by serving it as a dessert, instead of waiting till late in the evening when people are too busy partying. Your guests tart to leave so make sure your planner out the cake cutting in an appropriate place on the timeline most suitable for you and your guests. You want them to enjoy your cake not leave before it is served and cut. They will want to take pictures of the cake cutting ceremony.
6. Making your own wedding cake, this is not recommended unless it’s your profession. Good on you to try to make your own wedding cake but remember the magic word is time. It’s very consuming and even more stressful coming closer to your wedding date. In order to avoid any anxiety and disappointment you will not want to have anything such as this to be holding you back from just relaxing and enjoying your wedding day as it arrives.
8. Helping hand from family and friends. Before accepting an offer from a friend or family member to make your wedding cake, ask to see their work and taste the cakes. Be honest with them, without offending them, instead of feeling sorry on your big day. If for any reason they get sick or are unable to attend your weddings day, you will not want to rely on them for bringing your cake.
9. Displaying your wedding cake.
Too often forgotten, you must make sure you display and light your wedding cake where your guests can see it in its full glory. Select the right time for your cake to be dropped off so it doesn’t interfere with your cocktail hour and can be snuck into the reception area without you or your guests seeing it. You will want your cake on display prior to your grand entrance from ceremony to the reception room or area.
10. Keeping the top tier of your wedding cake. If you’re planning to keep your top tier of your wedding cake for a christening or anniversary, make sure it’s a fruit cake inside. The best way to keep it is to freeze it. Make sure to ask your bakery for a to go box for the top tier so after the wedding your planner can pack it up for you.

GUIDELINES: HOW TO WRITE YOUR VOWS

The first 5 are guidelines I send to all my brides and grooms to help assist with writing them, the last 3 tips are to help when speaking to the audience.

When writing your vows make sure to be in the same page. If you do not to know each other’s vows make sure to agree on topics that both of you can write about. There can be a variety of memories you want to share or even inside jokes. It may also be stories you both can relate to and sharing special moments that have brought you to where you are today. Things like this that you both can touch base on or possibly your outlook on marriage. You may want it to be a collaboration of all of the above. Here are tips I offer:

1. To get inspired:
Start by reading traditional, by-the-book vows — from your own religion, if you practice a certain faith, but others, as well — to see what strikes a chord with you. You can incorporate these into the original words you write, or simply use them as a jumping-off point to base your personalized vows on. Remember you may rewrite them as much as you would like until you are comfortable and confident with the words you have chosen.

2. Set the tone:
Before putting pen to paper, decide what overall tone you want to achieve. Humorous but touching? Poetic and romantic? It’s your call — the most important thing is that your vows ring true and sound like they’re from your heart. One word of advice: While your vows can be lighthearted (or even hilarious), they should, in some way, acknowledge the seriousness of the commitment you’re about to make. One way to do that is to weave little jokes into traditional vows (for example: “I promise to love you, cherish you and always watch Monday Night Football with you”.)

3. Figure out the logistics:
Make sure you and your fiance are both on the same page. Are you each going to write your own vows, or will you write them together? If you’re writing them separately, will you want to run them by each other before the wedding? If you’re writing them together, will they be completely different for each of you, or will you recite some of the same words and make the same promises to each other, as you would with traditional vows? If you want them to be a surprise on your wedding day, make sure you both send a copy of what you’ve written to your officiant or to one friend or family member so they can check that your vows are about the same length and similar in tone.

4. Make sure to ask yourself:
What are you most looking forward to about married life? What make your relationship work? What hard times have you gone through together? What have you supported each other through? What challenges do you envision in your future? What do you want to accomplish together? What makes your relationship succeed? Answering these questions will help you make and keep your promises, and talking about your bond may expose your inner Wordsworth and help you come up with phrases and stories you can and want to incorporate into your vows. What did you think when you first saw them? When did you realize you were in love? What do you most respect about your partner? How has your life gotten better since meeting your mate? What about them inspires you? What do you miss most about them when you’re apart? What qualities do you most admire in each other? What do you have now that you didn’t have before you met? You may be surprised how these answers may lead you to the perfect words.

5. Look for inspiration:
Borrow freely from poetry, books or even from romantic movies that you two have watched together. You might find a word or phrase you would like to add into your vows. Jot down words that capture your feelings or intrigue you. What grabs your attention when you read these words? How does it make you feel, how do it relate to the two of you. How does it express your passion for one another.

Remember Your Audience:

Don’t make your vows so personal that they’re cryptic — or embarrassing! You’ve invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words.

Time It Right:

Don’t make them too long — aim for about one minute or so (it’s longer than it sounds!). Your vows are the most important element of your ceremony, but that doesn’t mean they should go on for hours. Get at the heart of what marrying this person means to you with your vows; pick the most important points and make them well. Save some thoughts for the reception toasts — and for the wedding night.

Practice Out Loud (Seriously!):

These are words meant to be heard by a live audience, so check that they sound good when spoken. Read your vows out loud to make sure they flow easily. Watch out for tongue twisters and super-long sentences — you don’t want to get out of breath or stumble.

JASON WAHLER TIES THE KNOT

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Star of The Hills ties the knot with Ciao Bella Weddings & Events this weekend.

This was an article written by Life & Style Magazine that features CiaoBellaLagunaBeach.

Jason Wahler has said “I do” to model girlfriend Ashley Slack!

Life & Style can exclusively reveal that the pair tied the knot today, Oct. 12, in front of 180 guests at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Calif.

The former star of The Hills even shared his wedding vows exclusively with the mag:

“Dr. Seuss once said you know you’re in love when reality is better than your dreams. I always lived my life through my dreams until the day I met you. In your eyes I have found my home. In your soul I have found my mate. In your heart I have found my love. You make me laugh, you let me cry. I am yours and you are mine. You are my breath, my every heartbeat. Today I stand before you offering my love. I promise to love you today, tomorrow and always. I promise to nurture your dreams because through them your soul shines. I promise to be faithful, supportive and to always make our families’ love and happiness my priority. With you, I am whole. You are my best friend, my confidant, my love and today you become my wife.”

Ashley stunned in a customized Allure Bridals gown, while Jason looked dapper in a David August suit.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, Janice Dickinson, Andy Milonakis and Laguna Beach’s Cedric Channels were among the pair’s celebrity pals who attended the beautiful nuptials.

For their first dance as a married couple, Jason and Ashley held each other close as they swayed to David Gray’s “This Year’s Love” surrounded by gorgeous floral arrangements by Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Florist. Christina Lomonaco — with Ciao Bella Events Laguna Beach — was the mastermind coordinator behind the luxe affair.

Guests took turns taking advantage of the photo booth and cigar bar before noshing on yummy food, which included roasted chicken breast, seared Atlantic salmon and grilled polenta cakes with wild mushroom.
When it came time for dessert, Sweet and Saucy Shop created a 4-tier cake with chocolate, vanilla and red velvet flavors.

Before meeting Ashley, Jason suffered from substance abuse addiction. He’s now three years sober since completing VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2010.

The 26-year-old reality star, who once dated Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari, proposed to Ashley last November. He revealed the news on Instagram when he shared a picture of the blond beauty wearing a gorgeous diamond engagement ring in January.