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How to Not to be a Bridezilla

How to Not to be a Bridezilla

The majority of women who get engaged and begin planning their weddings do not intend to turn into the dreaded bridezilla. However, we have all heard stories of how crazy some women become when it comes to planning their weddings and how hard to deal with they are. Make sure that you do not turn into the crazy bride-to-be that everyone avoids like the plague. Here are a few tips to remember as your wedding day draws near.

  • Listen and respect the opinions of others. While your wedding day is the one day you have most likely been dreaming of for years, this doesn’t give you the right to ignore the thoughts and opinions of others involved in the wedding. Yes, you and your fiance will have the final say when it comes to the decisions that need to be made, but make sure that you take the time to listen to the input of others before you make your decision. And, when you do make a decision that isn’t in-line with what someone else thinks, be respectful when explaining why you chose to do things the way you did.
  • The last word doesn’t always have to be yours. I’m not quite sure why so many people feel like they always have to have the last word these days. Even in heated discussions, the discussion can easily be diffused by saying, I think we are going to have to agree to disagree. If you find yourself in a discussion about weddings (or even your wedding), remind yourself that you don’t have to have the last word. You don’t want everyone around you to think that you are trying to be a know-it-all or that you believe your opinion is superior to everyone else’s. Therefore, make a point to refrain from always giving your opinion on every topic involving weddings.
  • Don’t set ridiculous expectations for your wedding. Too many brides-to-be walk around expecting perfection from everyone involved in their wedding. Don’t do this and furthermore, don’t expect to have a perfect wedding day. I honestly believe that perfect weddings don’t exist. Even if your decor and the ceremony have been planned to the last detail, there will be something happen at the last minute that may require you to improvise. And, even if the issue appears to be a major deal to you, if you handle it with grace and don’t let it ruin your day, then most likely your guests won’t even know there was an unplanned problem and your day will appear to have been perfect to them. When you go expect ridiculous expectations for your wedding and the people involved in it, you will most likely create tension and stress for yourself and everyone else that doesn’t need to be there.
  • Be flexible. Again, I know that the upcoming wedding is your wedding but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t remain flexible. Many women get ideas for their weddings stuck in their heads before they actually check to see whether or not they have the budget for these ideas. For example, let’s say you have always envisioned your wedding to take place in an award-winning park. However, either the park is booked for your wedding date or you can’t afford it. Don’t let this ruin the entire day and don’t treat it like a major tragedy. Be willing to be flexible. Either change your wedding date or book a more affordable, yet equally beautiful, venue. Apply this flexibility to all areas when planning your wedding. Don’t get caught up in the small details. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you will have married your soul mate, right?
  • Don’t talk non-stop about the wedding. Everyone knows that you are planning your wedding and that it is the top priority on your mind right now, but that doesn’t mean that they want to talk about it non-stop. Your family and friends have lives of their own, remember? Therefore, let them talk about them every now and then and refrain from bringing the subject back to you and your wedding plans. Nobody wants to be around someone who is self-absorbed and doesn’t care about anyone except themselves.
  • Remember, this isn’t just your wedding. There are two of you getting married, remember? While your fiance may not have quite as many opinions as you do about the details for the big day, chances are that he does have one or two wishes that he wants for his wedding day. Just remember that you aren’t the only one who is looking forward to this wedding. You do have a fiance who will be sharing the day, and its memories, with you. Therefore, give him the ability to add a few of his own personal touches to the wedding.

There is a lot of pressure that comes with planning a wedding and, if you aren’t careful, the pressure can easily get to you and before you know it, you will be a bridezilla. Hopefully, the tips above will help draw you back in as the pressure and stress begins to mount. Just remember, the main thing is that you will be married to your best friend when the (wedding) day is done, all the other little details don’t come close to that one major detail. Therefore, treat all of those issues like the ‘little’ issues that they are and enjoy your day!!

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

Have you ever noticed that more and more homes are being decorated in neutral tones that can have a “blah” effect? Well, the same is true for a lot of weddings and other formal events too. It appears that people are increasingly becoming more afraid of using color to make statements at these events for fear that others will frown upon the color combination. You may even have a tendency to tone the color combinations down yourself when you are planning an event…or even picking out your child’s clothing. Do everything in your power to not be sucked into this pitfall!

There is a reason we are surrounded by beautiful colors. They are here to be enjoyed. While it’s perfectly acceptable to plan a wedding with browns, whites and creams, these types of colors can be bland if there isn’t another color “thrown” in with them. Brown is one of those colors that almost anything can go with because it’s a warm and neutral color. Therefore, consider using yellow, orange, blue/turquoise, pink or green as an accent color to brighten up your event.

If you are bit more daring, consider leaving the neutral colors out of your wedding or other important event. For instance, have you considered pairing up plum and fern together? While you may think these colors will clash, they actually compliment each other perfectly. Other fun combinations include: red, yellow and orange/ purple and red/ and turquoise, pink and white.

Your options really are endless when it comes to color combinations. Just remember not to be intimidated by color. You’ll have more fun when you incorporate bright, bold and passionate colors into your event. Even those who have to wear the colors will like break from the popular bland and boring colors!

Cons of Child Beauty Pageants

Many people enjoy watching child beauty pageants because young children are just a joy to watch, especially when they are all dressed up and enjoy what they’re doing. While many of the little contestants competing in child beauty pageants genuinely enjoy the competition, there can be some negatives associated with these events. However, keep in mind that most of the cons of child beauty pageants flare up when the child is being forced to participate, or the child’s parents take it too seriously and eliminate the fun that is supposed to be had at these events. Below are a few of the cons that can come from child beauty pageants:

  • Bad Attitude – Some children do not enjoy getting up in front of people and performing. When they are made to do this repetitively, they can develop a bad attitude towards themselves and others, which is unhealthy.
  • Low Self-Esteem – Child beauty pageants should help a child develop self-confidence, but sometimes the opposite happens. Some children have a strong desire to win and when they fail they can develop low self-esteem if their parents aren’t supportive and encourage them to work harder for the next pageant.
  • Time Commitment – Child beauty pageants take a lot of time to prepare for as contestants need to practice their talents, smile, walk and posture regularly in order to get ready for a competition. While this doesn’t have to take up hours every day, it will take up some time, when done properly.
  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Surprisingly, most of the unsportsmanlike conduct that is exhibited at child beauty pageants is done by other parents when their children don’t win. While it may be beneficial for your child to be exposed to this, as a parent, you have to be careful to refrain from becoming one of the above mentioned parents if you want your child to learn how to lose (and win) with grace. You also need to be around to protect your child from parents who behave like this too!

Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

After watching shows on television like Toddlers and Tiaras, many parents make the assumption that child beauty pageants are a bad thing. The main reason is because there are a lot of people shown on these shows who place a huge weight on their toddlers to win. Of course, this isn’t a good thing, but when parents take their focus off the winning side of child beauty pageants, their children can reap big benefits from these competitions. Below are a few:

  • Confidence – As adults, we know the importance of being confident in your abilities. Having a healthy level of self-confidence helps us achieve our goals, make friends, pursue a career and many other things. Building confidence starts at a young age and child beauty pageants are a great vehicle for toddlers to start building self-confidence.
  • Social Skills – Child beauty pageants also help children improve their social skills as they learn how to make new friends with other kids their own age. Children competing in child beauty pageants will also learn how to effectively communicate with adults as well.
  • Good Sportsmanship – Learning how to be a good sport is something every child should be taught how to do. After all, no one ever wins everything in life…we all fail at some point and have to learn how to get back up. Child beauty pageants teach children this lesson as not every contestant will go home with a trophy. The good thing is that young contestants learn that with hard work and determination they can earn a trophy, and when they do, the win is that much more valuable to them.
  • Prizes – Of course there are prizes given out at child beauty pageants. While they shouldn’t be the sole reason for entering these competitions, they are considered benefits. Young children can win anything from trophies and crowns to modeling lessons, trips and iPods. However, if a child continues to compete in beauty pageants in the college, there are often monetary prizes that can help one pay for a college education.

Cons of Child Beauty Pageants

Kids Formal Wear: Should you Rent or Buy?

We are all aware of how expensive formal wear is for adults, but have you priced children’s formal wear lately? It can be just as expensive to buy flower girl dresses as it is to buy bridesmaids dresses. Weddings are not the only events that require formal attire for kids. What about little boys suits for special occasions like Easter and Christmas or communion dresses and pageant dresses? The good news is that you have a couple of options if you need formal wear for your little ones: either rent or buy it. So, which is best for you?


  • Renting – There are several advantages for renting kids formal wear, but perhaps the biggest is convenience. You simply bring your child in for measurements, pick out the style from an in-store selection, leave and then return to pick it up a day or two before the big event. Then, when it’s over, you simply return it to the store. You don’t even have to worry about washing it! A couple other advantages include paying a low one-time fee for something your child is will probably wear once before he or she out grows it and, of course, you don’t have to store it.
  • Buying – While renting sounds great, buying has its own advantages. Many take comfort in knowing their child is the first one to wear her flower girl dress. This means there will be no hidden damage, odor or stains on the dress. Also, if you give yourself plenty of time to browse before the big event, you will most likely be able to find the formal attire you’re looking for, for less than it would cost to rent! Shopping online at stores like Kidsformal are great places to find bargains. Usually there’s a larger selection of colors and styles online too. And, most stores offer great promotions for shopping with them online. Examples of promotions you may find at KidsFormal.com include free shipping after you spend so much, a 30 day flexible return policy or a special discount for placing an order online. If you are planning a wedding, you may even be able find the perfect ring bearer pillow and flower girl basket, as well.

There are many things to take into consideration when choosing whether to rent or buy kids formal wear. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each to make the best decision for you and your family.