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Pure Romance Parties

Pure Romance Parties

Your wedding date is getting closer and closer. As the maid of honor why not host a Pure Romance Party for the bride to be? These fun and tasteful bachelorette parties are a great way to start the evening off before heading out on the town. Have all the girls over at your home, break out the bubbly and some savory appetizers and let the consultant show you all the products available!

So what can you expect from hosting a party? Pure Romance breaks it down as follows:

“A trained consultant will come to your house and provide a night of unforgettable fun for you and your girlfriends. From innovative ways to spice up your relationship to sexual health information you wished you had learned a long time ago, a Pure Romance party is anything but typical. Unlike shopping in a store or online, your guests will learn how each product works and how it can enhance your most intimate moments. The part? Ordering is confidential so your guests can ask questions and shop in private.”

They have a wide variety of products from beauty to massage oils to toys and games to keep the fire burning. Come meet them in person and book your next party at The Art of Weddings Bridal Show on March 26th, 2014.

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Giving a gift to your groom or bride the day of your wedding

Giving a gift to your groom or bride the day of your wedding

Some couples give each other a meaning gift while they are each getting ready. I think think is a kind gesture. You are both nervous, away from each other while you are transforming into a beautiful bride or handsome husband. You are surrounded by your best gals or guys and trying to remember to take a deep breath every once in awhile. It’s nice to break up that nervousness with having something special delivered to your room. Over the years as a photographer I have seen an original painting created by the bride’s favorite artist hung in her room to surprise her to a hand gun hidden under the bride’s dress to surprise her groom after the wedding. Whatever it is, make it meaniningful. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars but instead take time to put thought in to it. Here are some ideas that may get your creative juices flowing.

Your man loves hanging with his boys, sipping a fine glass of bourbon and smoking a good cigar. Give him a brown leather case to hold the cigars and to celebrate the big day with his crew. Personalize it with his initials on the lighter. We found this one at Red


Give her something she will wear everyday, a personalized love letter that will never get lost. Choose silver or gold and then a short note of why she means the world to you, or tell her just that…”you mean the world to me.”  This vintage necklace was also found at Red Envelope, a great site for personalized gifts.


Surprise him with his own stainless steal pocket watch. Keep him on time and stylish with this skeleton pocket watch with 14 karat gold accents. Add a special engraved note to your man on the outside so he know’s you are counting the minutes until you get to see him again:) Find it and others at Things

Your lovely bride loves all things that sparkle from champagne to jewelry. Surprise her with a silver fortune cookie that opens to reveal a love message from you or a fortune about your new lift together. Add a pair of stud earrings to the box of fortune and she will be smiling from ear to ear. Let us know what special gifts you gave to your fiance on your wedding day!



Advice for a Happy Marriage

Advice for a Happy Marriage

With all the planning for your wedding day it’s important to not forget how to maintain the excitement and joy after the party is over. Many couples have experienced depression after the big party is all said and done. All the build up, the anticipation to one of the biggest days of your lives is an amazing thing but what about when it’s all said and done? Once the loud music stops, the cake is all eaten and the presents are opened than it’s back to the real world of just you and your husband. Now it’s time put the energy back into the two of you. Take these three pieces of advice, view them monthly, weekly or daily, and you’ll be on the right track for a long and meaningful marriage. Then visit this website to get more marriage advice. Spread this post with your friends or family who are already married. A refresher is never a bad idea:)

1. Share quality time with each other. 

  • Never stop being friends and supporting each other’s goals.
  • Connect with quality conversations – even if the time has to be scheduled. Whether it’s for 15min or a hour, take time.
  • Always take time to laugh and play together inside and outside the home.
  • Continue to date.

2. Become skilled at healthy communication.

  • Speak to each other lovingly and respectfully; Do not criticize, belittle, ridicule or reject your partner.
  • Have patience with each other, it’s hard at times but worth it!
  • Be gentle and kind to one another.
  • Listen. Sometimes talking is not needed and when you are quiet you can really hear the other person.
  • Talk about what is on your mind, keeping it inside only brings more pain.
  • Be willing to validate what your partner is expressing, even if you do not agree with it.

3. Choose your battles

  • Be quick to forgive and slow to anger.
  • The worst possible advice you can give a newlywed couple is to express your feelings about everything. Far better advice is to choose your battles, so when you make a request of your spouse, and your spouse doesn’t comply, step back for a moment and ask how important is this? Is this one of those issues I go to war over, or do I focus instead on what my spouse does for me, and let this one slide by? Be creative about differences and find a compromise. If you talk to people in long-term, happy marriages, they’ll tell you acceptance is one of the key components to making it last. – Michelle Weiner Davis, author of bestsellerDivorce Busting.

Less Stress on Your Wedding Day

Less Stress on Your Wedding Day

Weddings are a magical time in one’s life. It’s an amazing thing when two people commit to spending the rest of their lives together and want to share that love and joy with their family and friends. It should be a time of celebration and not worrying. As history and many weddings have shown us is that it can become stressful quickly. The stress can come in many forms so we’ll go over a few of the top ones and ways to help rid your day of them.

1. Your mother thinks it’s her wedding day.

Well, we have seen this time and time again. Everything is going good after the engagement and then when planning starts the mother of the bride and sometimes the groom’s as well will start to plan the day for you. Be prepare that this will happen so you can stop it before you get in too deep! The best way to handle this stressful situation is for you and your fiance to talk over the plans you two want before mentioning it to others.

Sit down, drink some wine and make a list of must-have’s and wishes. Then get as many of these booked or completed so when you talk to family members about your day it’s already locked in. By not having a plan then you leave yourself open to hear this statement,”I’d love to help you pick out your wedding day flowers,  lilies (insert the flower you dislike most here) will look perfect for you.”  This is a delicate situation so handle it with care and love. Be patient with your parents and if all else fails give them a task to be in charge of so they don’t feel left out.

2. The guest list keeps growing and growing and growing. 

Congrats, you are engaged and trilled to tell the world! Stop! Put on the brakes before you do. Once you open those flood gates everyone you tell will think they are invited before they get the invite. I know it seems odd but if you tell all of your office staff you then may have to invite ALL of them. Do you have the budget for an additional 30 guests and how close are you to these people?!

Yes, some folks will get worked up over not getting the golden ticket to your nuptials but don’t let them break you. Stick to your plan and budget for your reception. Be firm and polite if someone expects to be invited. Let them know as soon as possible that you have a strict budget and limited seating at the event. If they are a good friend they will understand. Weddings are expensive and just because you can’t invite the world doesn’t make you two bad people.


3. The flowers didn’t turn out how I wanted! (or insert any other details you purchased)

This is going to happen. Something you ordered is not going to look EXACTLY the way you thought it was going to. Why? You are working with creative people and as human’s we all see things differently. You may see a purple flower and another person could see it as a deep blue. That doesn’t mean that one person is wrong and other is right. So don’t get mad or stressed when the flowers you ordered aren’t the exact shade of pink you requested. Professional vendors do they best they can (yes some are shady but we aren’t getting into that here) and maybe just maybe the flowers you wanted looked horrible at market so they chose the next best thing.

The point being here is to be flexible. So what if your hair moves a bit and curl falls out. Is that what your wedding is about? No, it’s about the love and unity that you and your husband have for each other. Don’t loose sight of that.

This site is called the ART of weddings for a reason. A wedding is a creative event and many creative people come together to execute it. With art there is interpretation and even though you broke it down in detail the vendor may see it differently . That’s ok. It’s doesn’t make them bad at what they do it makes them adaptable and creative. Let the pro’s do their thing, they are good at it and trust me, they have been to A LOT of weddings over their career.

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