The 8 Most Unique Seating Chart Ideas

We love creativity and we love when weddings reflect you! So if you're tired of the same-old same-old when it comes to decor, ideas, and seating charts, find a way to switch it up and make it you! Why have a simplistic seating chart when you can create something unique?

Check out our eight favorite seating charts of all time!

Why didn't you tell me before I get married?

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Our pastor was fantastic at counseling us before marriage. We talked about finances, about our goals for the future, and he made us speak about some "issues" that were slowly tearing us apart (or though it seemed at the time). And for those of you in the process of planning your marriage, I would highly recommend going to some counseling to prep you for some of the more difficult times you are going to encounter together in years to come.

I know it sounds a bit scary when worded like that, but with the lows come the highs. And you're going to have the most memorable times of your life with your spouse. You thought a night out in college was fun? Get ready for the time of your life!

That is, if you make the most of it. You have the decision to start your new life together happy, or fighting for what you (as a single person) think you should have. We are selfish beings by nature so joining forces and joining beliefs is hard enough. But marriage is what you make of it.

And so, I've come up with the top things I wish I had known before marriage, to share with all of you.

- At the end of each day, you have nowhere to go other than your own bed...together.

- Even when you're the most mad at him, the only way to feel better is to be in his arms.

- Sometimes you have to admit you’re wrong, even when you aren’t.

- Apologize and don’t just say it...mean it.

- Don’t let finances tear you apart – it’ll all work out as long as you're together.

- You won’t always get it your way, but find a way to see it in his eyes. Make his way, your way.

- Compromise not because you have to, but because you want to.

- Give it all you have, even if he isn't. You can only control your own actions.

- Boys forget things...a lot. Remember, we are chemically different.

And if all else fails, remember the moment you knew you were in love. Re-live it all over again and those things that seem so terrible in the moment, will quickly fade away.

We are in this for the long rung and it’s far better to be happy for a long time than sad, angry, and spiteful for a short time. Take your pick!

what I wish someone had told me before marriage

Bring Your Sexy Back...it hasn't gone very far!

Written with love, by Nikki Lian

Ever get that feeling of being un-pretty?  I mean, you know you’re gorgeous.  Your beauty from the inside seeps out of your pores to the outside, giving you an illuminating glow that radiates positive energy, attracting the most amazing people and experiences into your life.  However, there are those days where you feel like you’ve let yourself go rather than let yourself glow. 

 

Get a Manicure

And throw in a pedi while you’re at it!!  Being on your feet all day can build up some serious calluses.  Obviously dead skin cells don’t weigh much, but when your cuticles are cut and your feet are scrubbed you may actually FEEL ten times lighter—and cleaner!  Your hands are one of the first things people notice.  Sometimes I let mine go a little too long and gross myself out.  Make some “me” time, and get some color on your claws.

 

Dress Up (or Down)

Some of us have schedules that are so absolutely exhausting and demanding, and we forget to look in the mirror before we leave the house!! Or, your career may call for you to be in business attire the entire day (ugh, heels) and your self-presentation means everything!  I know as a trainer I’m constantly in sneakers and workout clothes.  When I start to slip and feel just “ugh,” I like to put on a dress and some shoes for an evening on the town, or even to lounge with my friends or myself.  But if you constantly have to look picture perfect and you’re tired of the business suits, fancy shoes or just wearing underwear in general, throw on some sweats!!  You’ll still look amazing because you’ll feel amazing (and less constricted) and you can completely relax!

 

Exercise…outdoors!

Spring is just around the corner (for some of us), and according to everwell.com, studies show that the more time people spent outdoors in the warm weather, the more their mood brightened.  And if you’re spending that time exercising, you’re releasing those feel-good brain chemicals.  Meeting exercise goals, however big or small they are, can boost your self-confidence.

 

PMA All Day!

We’ve all heard this before.  Contrary to the laws of science, positive attracts positive when it comes to a good energy and a happy mood.  If you’re having one of those mornings where you look in the mirror while brushing your teeth and just want to mentally bash your appearance, try saying five NICE things about yourself.  You’d be surprised how much better you’ll feel leaving your house.  Another exercise you can try is to give one (genuine) compliment to a coworker or stranger per day.  We all know how it feels to receive nice comments from people, so pass it along!!  Positive Mental Attitude will take you into a higher level of happy.

Today on The Bridal Boutique: Mrs. Tee by Prep Obsessed

Are you nearing your wedding date? Getting more and more excited by the day? Want to declare your marriage to the world?! Then this week's product is perfect for you!

This Mrs. Tee from Prep Obsessed is equal parts comfort and cute! With adorable gold writing on a classic white tee, this would be perfect for wearing on your honeymoon...or anywhere really! Whether you dress it up with a fun tulle skirt and a statement necklace or dress it down with jeans and sneakers, this shirt will brighten up your day and let the world know that you're happily taken.

Mrs. Tee by Prep Obsessed
Mrs. Tee by Prep Obsessed
Mrs. Tee by Prep Obsessed

All photos courtesy of Bleudog Fotography


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The Sure Way to Make Your Wedding Stand Out

A wedding is not for you. Yes, the purpose of the wedding is for YOU to get married but let's be real, you do all that you do for your guests.

The perfect decor, the months and months of DIY's, sweat, and tears, the savings account you are draining. It's all for your guests.

If you knew that no one would be at your wedding besides you and your fiance and that no photos would ever be seen and nothing would ever be spoken of your wedding, don't you think things would be a little different? You want everyone to call their friends the next day, post on Facebook and Instagram, and talk for years about how your wedding was "the wedding." It was beautiful, memorable, and like no other wedding that they had ever been to. It was fun, more fun than any night they can remember. That was your wedding.

Now are you convinced?

We all know that we want our own wedding to be memorable, and there is nothing wrong with that! Of course we want to do a great job, give our guests the time of their lives, and create a beautiful memory for everyone to share! That's all great!

And with all of that being said, there is one area that you can truly make your guest experience stand out. Every wedding will have flowers, every wedding will have decor, and there will always be a beautiful dress worn by the bride. But here is one way to make your wedding stand apart from the rest.

It may seem silly, but a couple of restroom essentials will truly make your wedding day stand apart...and you may even save the day ;)

Add a touch of decor and you are all set!

restroom essentials

The Perfect Signature Cocktail

Time and time again, brides say to me, " I really don't want my guests to pay for alcohol, but I just don't have the budget to host the bar!"

Now I've written many posts on different ways to handle this situation - hosting for an hour or two, hosting just beer and wine - but most brides come back to me and refuse all options. They want their guests to drink at no cost, for the duration of the wedding.

While personally I don't think this is necessary (because your guests aren't REQUIRED to drink), I have managed to find a way for brides to host for the duration of the event, ON A BUDGET.

And the answer is...

a signature cocktail.

A signature cocktail is a drink that you personally choose that is free to your guests (well, it doesn't have to be hosted). I've even seen couples choose a "Groom's Drink" and a "Bride's Drink" so that their guests have more options.

And the great part of it is?

It's much less expensive than hosting a full bar!

So you can host for the duration of the event, have some adorable cocktails available, AND stick to your budget! That sounds like a win-win to me!

I love signature cocktails, so here are some of my favorites so get your creative juices flowing (no pun intended).

If you have a great signature cocktail idea, share your recipe in the comments!

A Wedding to Win the Oscars

In honor of the Oscars this past weekend, we just had to showcase our favorite Oscar-themed wedding ideas!

So if you watched the Oscars and wish you could have been part of the fun, no need to worry! Here are wonderful ideas to incorporate into your wedding day. By incorporating the colors red, gold, and black and the glitz and glam, your wedding will surely win over the academy’s hearts!