Ways to De-Stress During Your Wedding Planning

By Lauren Pardee, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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Don’t look over at your agenda! We both know that it is filled to the top with the amount of things you have to do before your big day! Building your dream wedding is the most exciting time of your life, but I hope you did not go into the process thinking it was going to be all bliss. Yes you get to taste delicious cakes, try on extravagant dresses and register for all the gifts you will need when starting your life with your partner, but that is only a small part of the to-do list. Of course you have been working hard and most likely juggling a job and other life duties as well, so you deserve a break. You need to remember to take care of yourself so that when your big day comes you are able to enjoy yourself and be in a state of bliss. Here are some great ways to shed that wedding stress and take a night to yourself!

1. Wine night

There is nothing wrong with sitting down with a glass of your favorite wine and doing what ever you want. Try watching a movie, listening to some music, reading a book, or invite some friends over. Just unwind and have a simple night to yourself. You don’t even need to go out of your way, sometimes it is best to just stay in the comfort of your own house snuggle up and enjoy yourself.

2. Fire Therapy

No matter what season you are in there are always ways to take a load off and de-stress. If its cold, snowing or rainy out set up a bunch of pillows make a fire in your fire place and sip on some hot chocolate or coffee. Breath deep and listen to the fire crackle as you are curled up with your warm beverage. Relax those shoulders and let yourself fall asleep. Don’t feel guilty about a perfect nap, the more rest you get the happier and more productive you will become.

3. Beach Bumb

If it is a beautiful, warm day take a trip to the beach. Not only will a tan make you feel better about your appearance but letting your toes sink into the sand and feeling the ocean breeze on your skin is the best salt air remedy. Don’t have a local beach? Make your own! Lie out in your backyard or a local park!

4. Climbing Your Way

Go for a hike! The endorphins you get while working out will only increase your happiness. This is also a fun way of improving your body and the satisfaction you get when you see the amazing view at the top is worth every second.

5. Full Tummy Full Heart

Ditch the pre-wedding diet for a day. If you know that it won’t throw you off then cook up a big batch of pasta with two forks. Let you and your fiancé chow down on an easy dinner with minimal clean up. Not only is the meal simple but fun. Sharing a bowl of pasta with you special someone gives you time to catch up and share some laughs. Enjoy the carbs!

These activities are so easy it make it inexcusable not to take some time off and catch up on the things you need. The benefits of partaking in these activities make the lost time worth it. Yes you could be scheduling appointments or making a seating chart at the same time but you need to take care of your mental health. Enjoy yourself and rejuvenate your energy so that you can avoid becoming a bridezilla!

And make it even easier on yourself by using our Wedding To-Do List to check off your tasks!

Top 5 Summer Ceremony Trends

By Christina Hedges, Editor-in-Chief of Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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Things are starting to heat up as summer is on its way! Summer is the biggest season for weddings so we can’t wait to see all of the beautiful trends come into play! Here are the top 5 trends we will be on the lookout for!

5. Destination Wedding

Why not make your big day into a vacation for everyone! Sun, sea and sand is the perfect combination for a beautiful beach wedding in an exotic location! If you’re planning a destination wedding, be sure to check out our tips and hints, here.

4. Full Florals

Expect to see tons and tons of flowers this summer! Aisle will be lined in them and bouquets will be overflowing! There are so many beautiful flowers that bloom in the summer so why not incorporate a bunch of them!

3. Groomsmen Alternatives

Summer heat and traditional tuxedos don’t always mix so well. There are a ton of great tux alternatives we expect to see groomsmen rocking this summer, including vests, suspenders and shirts and bow ties.

2. Pretty in Pink

The big color this summer is pink! Ranging from hot pink to pale blush, this will be the hottest color of the summer!

1. Outside Nuptials

And of course, the biggest summer trend is outside nuptials! Now that its sunny and warm outside, embrace it with a ceremony in your favorite spot. This makes it meaningful and the natural setting provides a beautiful backdrop!

We can’t wait to see all of these beautiful trends incorporated in ceremonies this summer!

Tell us your favorite trend in the comments below!

 

Easter Cocktails

By Lauren Pardee, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosa’s

The perfect drink for an Easter Brunch, or a spring gathering filled with strawberries, grapefruit, tequila and topped with champagne.

Ingredients:

  • 5 whole Large Ripe Strawberries, Stem Removed
  • 1 whole Large Grapefruit, Juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 ounces Casa Noble Reposado Tequila
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 Half Bottle Pink Moscato Champagne, cold
  • 2 whole Additional Small Strawberries For Garnish

Directions:

In a blender combine strawberries, grapefruit juice and sugar. Blend until smooth. Then, strain strawberry/grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker add Casa Noble Tequila and ice. Shake until mixture becomes cold and is well combined. Strain strawberry tequila mixture into champagne flutes to remove ice, fill halfway full. Top glasses with champagne and garnish with strawberries.

The Toasted Peep

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Sour Apple Pucker
  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 6 oz Lemonade
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Cool Whip
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Malted Milk Eggs
  • Sugar Sprinkles
  • Peep
  • Waxed Paper
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Spatula

Directions:

Toast shredded coconut in a pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until golden brown. Set aside. Then, on a piece of waxed paper, form a nest made from a dollop of Cool Whip. Make an indentation in the middle that will eventually hold the malted milk egg. Garnish with the toasted coconut and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Next, dip margarita glass rim in water, then in sugar sprinkles. In a cocktail shaker, combine about 1/2 cup ice, 1 oz Sour Apple Pucker, 1 1/2 oz vodka, 6 oz of lemonade, and a generous spray of whipped cream. Shake. Pour into your margarita glass over ice. Then, gently remove frozen Cool Whip nest from waxed paper with a thin metal spatula. Carefully slide nest off of the spatula into the drink. It floats! Place egg in the nest. Garnish rim with a Peep (make a slit in the bottom of the Peep).

These are both great festive drinks to celebrate Easter! We hope you enjoy them!

And while you’re at it, check out our new ways to dye Easter eggs!

 

Carmel Cashew Brownies

By Megan Brown, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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Even though bikini season is just around the corner, I made this recipe after finding it in Newsday and sharing it was a must. It’s a crowd pleaser for a party or is just great to nibble on here and there.

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp course sea salt
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cups cashew, plus additional for garnish
  • 15 soft caramels

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper.

2. In a large saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring to combine. Let the mixture cool slightly.

3. In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and salt. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and stir until well combined. Add the flour mixture and stir until mixed. Begin to stir in the cashews and pour into the prepared pan.

4. Bake 24 to 28 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center to make sure it’s done! It should come out nearly clean.

5. While the brownies bake, unwrap the caramel candies and roll each one flat. Cut with medium-sized leaf cut-outs cutter. (I didn’t have this so I sliced them into somewhat leaf-like shapes with a knife).

6. Remove brownies from the oven and immediately top with caramels. Position a cashew on each caramel and return to oven for 1 minute. After removing the brownies, cool brownies until barely warm. Sprinkle sea salt on top for extra flavor, and serve warm or at room temperature.

These brownies are the perfect mixture of sweet and salty and are great to bring to any event! Just a tip – right before I served them I threw them back in the oven to make sure the caramel was gooey and delicious!

And check out more of our delicious recipes including Mint Pie, Hershey Kiss Cookies and Skinny Dessert Options!

 

Crafts for Your Wedding on a Budget

By Megan Brown, Writing Intern for Carrie Ann’s Bridal Magazine

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It’s not secret weddings, can be pricey! Buy you can save some extra cash with simple crafts that add personality to your venue! Here are some great DIY ideas that will look great and save you money! Best of all, all of the supplies can be bought at the local dollar store or even found in your attic!

Paper Mache Lanterns

Supplies:

  • Pack of Balloons
  • Colorful Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • String

Directions:

Buy a regular pack of balloons and some colorful tissue paper (preferably corresponding to your wedding colors). Blow up the balloons. Then, take the tissue paper and wet it with glue to create a paper mache bowl shape with the top left open. When they paper is dry, remove the balloon and use strings to hand the lanterns. Put an electronic candle in them and enjoy! The plus side of this project is that you get to keep the balloons for the party as well!

Colorful Trays

Supplies:

  • Serving trays
  • Small candlestick holder
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Food-safe spray paint

Directions:

Whether they are collecting dust in your kitchen or you buy them from the dollar store, serving trays are easy for any project. Depending on the size of your wedding, buy the appropriate amount of trays and decide if you want them solo for serving or tiered platters. Then, use food-safe spray paint to make your trays and candle-holders different pops of color. If you decide to tier the trays, use an old, small candlestick holder and hot glue the trays on top – largest at the bottom to smallest on top.

Fish Bowl Candle Holders

Supplies:

  • Glass fishbowls
  • Silk Flowers
  • Tea Light Candles

Directions:

Those giant fish bowls can be useful after all! Buy one glass fish bowl for each table at the reception, or specifically for the catering table. Fill the bowl about half way with those old silk flowers bought at the dollar store or your local crafts store. Next, add water almost to the top of the bowl. Next with your choice of regular tea light candles to float and light before the reception.

Get creative with crafts you can make for your big day! Look around local art stores, dollar stores, or even in your own home. You’d be surprised what you can make and what will save you money!

And don’t forget to check out our Springtime Crafts!