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Vendor Spotlight: fitlosophy, inc.

Wedding season is officially here, so whether you’re getting ready for your wedding dress or bikini, our friends at fitlosophy, inc. has a great product to help you get reach your fitness goals!  The perfect addition to your bridal workouts!  The “fitbook” helps you create a plan, track your progress, and attain your goals.  Research shows that by jotting it down and physically writing your activities and dietary intake, you are more likely to stick with a program and achieve your goals.  See the right hand column of the blog to see where you can purchase your own fitbook, or scroll down to the bottom to see how you can win one!

The Plan: 12 weeks is a great time frame to get in shape!  With the fitbook, you can set weekly goals making your long term goal of three months more realistic! The fitbook is a great size too! It is 5.5 inches so you can bring it in your purse when you’re on the go!

Progress: The first week of any diet or lifestyle change is always the toughest. You learn to give up the bad choices you’ve been making and learn to love new ones you make! The fitbook also has space for you to record all workouts and food intake. This is great because having it on paper makes you feel more accountable.  As the saying goes, “It takes four weeks for you to see changes, eight weeks for your friends and family, and 12 weeks for the world.” The fitbook is great for keeping you on track an measuring your progress, and keeping you motivated.  You’ll begin to find yourself being held accountable for your workouts and for what you eat!

Goals: After 12 weeks you’ll be in better shape and feel great! For brides, you can add the fitbook to your wedding keepsakes and reflect on the journey and progress you made.  Aside from before and after pictures that give you a visual of your transformation, the fitbook will show you changes through measurements and the food choices you’ve made!

Contest: fitlosophy, inc. was nice enough to give us a free fitbook to give to one of our readers looking to improve their health and fitness in preparation for their wedding!  To enter, leave a comment of your favorite workout to outside of the gym!  Do you like hike or go bike riding by the beach? Tell us your favorite “fun” workout for a chance to win a free fitbook.  All comments must be made by Friday, June 14th and the winner will be announced on Monday, June 17th.

Wedding Etiquette for the Parents of the Bride and Groom

Two words: In-laws; for both the bride and groom. As you plan to tie the knot and share your entire lives with one another, keep in mind that your families will be intertwining, which means you both will be having a new set of parents (sometimes two new sets)!  InsideWeddings gave great advice on how to approach and include your parents and new in-laws up to big day!

Reaching each other: Woohoo! You’ve announced your engagement to your families and friends, but now what?  Traditionally, the groom’s mother would call the bride’s family to arrange a get together and celebrate.  Nowadays, your announcement is much more important that who does what; you’re getting married!  So it could be the groom’s family, the bride’s family, or as a couple you and your groom can invite both side’s of the family to a gathering where everyone can meet, congratulate, and welcome you and yours to the family!

Ryan Weeger Photography

Money Matters:  Financials are always a very personal and sensitive subject, so proceed with caution. Traditionally the bride’s parents paid for  majority if not all of the day of wedding day arrangements and the décor as well as the engagement party.  Traditionally the groom’s parent’s paid for everything that leads to the wedding day with a few additional décor costs “(the rehearsal dinner, the bride’s engagement and wedding rings, the marriage license, and officiant fee, and the flowers).”

Today, wedding expenses and finances are divided up in any way that best fits everyone’s budget. It important though to give everyone notice prior to discussing the finances of your wedding. As the bride, who wants only the best for your big day, keep in mind that they are supporting you and you may need to compromise with some of their wishes.  Never expect someone to financially support your big day, be grateful for those who can and those who can't, either way you will be with the ones you love.

Lines of Communication: After your parents meet your future in-laws, encourage them to communicate directly with one another! This will make planning and coordinating with both sides of the family much more simple and fewer questions for you to answer!

Proper Attire: Your mom and mother in law will of course want to look fabulous on your big day. Traditionally the mother of the groom will ask the mother of the bride what she plans to wear, giving her the option to choose first. Regardless, your mothers should wear their personal preferences; but colors and styles that complement one another, and the wedding colors are always a plus!

Ryan Weeger Photography

Roles on the Big Day: On the day of the wedding, your parent's and the groom's parents should act as hosts throughout the day. They should all be included within the procession at the ceremony and greet guests at the reception. Your parents and in laws should also prepare to give a toast as well (usually father of the groom at the rehearsal dinner and father of the bride at the reception).  This will be a very happy day for them as well, so be sure they enjoy, have some bubbly, and celebrate with all the guests.

Ryan Weeger Photography

Venue Spotlight: Center Club in Costa Mesa

We are so excited to be featuring the Center Club in Costa Mesa on our blog!  Kaitlin Kuykendall, their fabulous private events director, was so nice to send us the description of this fabulous venue below as well as the gorgeous pictures…and I can confidently say, the club is even more gorgeous in person! We hope you enjoy.  Contact us at info@simplysweet-weddings.com if  you would like us to put you in touch with Kaitlin for more information about holding an event at the Center Club.

“Be the first to say “I do” at the newly reinvented Center Club in Costa Mesa!  Orange County's premier private business club has gorgeous new decor that would accent any wedding or event. They have recently announced a multimillion dollar make-over that includes: an upscale bar, that would be a wonderful place for your guests to grab a drink and mingle before you and your groom arrive, a brand new outdoor terrace, lovely for taking newly wed photos that provide an intimate touch, and a new ballroom, perfect for anydécor or wedding theme!”

“Truly unrivaled to other wedding locations in Orange County – Center Club's new Symphony Ballroom featuring elegant and sophisticated surroundings, floor to ceiling windows offering a view of a tranquil water garden, unsurpassed service and award-winning chef and culinary team creates a perfect and unforgettable wedding day. Have your special wedding day at Center Club and experience an incredible, unparalleled private club atmosphere that will be the perfect backdrop for the most memorable day of your life. Bring your wedding ideas and your creative touch to the Center Club and have your dream wedding!”

Vendor Spotlight: Sara C. Accessories

I have fallen in love with Sara C. Accessories! Her customizable purses add a unique touch to any bride's special day. Flipping through her catalog, I can't help but want to purchase them all! As a wedding planner, I love to see bride's put their own unique, personal touch into planning their wedding day. With Sara C's purses bride's can easily do this.

When you order one of Sara C's handbags you can immediately begin personalizing your very own purse. Sara tells me you can “customize your purse by selecting color, hardware color, lining color, and adding up to two short lines of embroidery text.” If you want to take your custom order a step further, you can email Sara, and she will work with you to make all your ideas come to life.

Sara started her purses in 2007, creating tote bags and handbags for her friends and family. After realizing how much she loved designing purses, she decided to take it online. She the created her Etsy store where she started receiving requests for bridal clutches. Sara soon turned her attention to bridal designs.

“I love that my customized purses make great bridesmaids gifts and are pieces that the bride and her girls can use long after the wedding is over.”

I love the personalized embroidery that can be put on the inside lining of the purse. They make such beautiful keepsakes and add a unique flare to a bride's wedding look.

Make sure to check out her ETSY STORE, and like her on Facebook! Order your clutch through us and mention this blog post to receive 10% off your custom clutch!  E-mail holly@simplysweet-weddings.com for more information!