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Looking for ways to celebrate your first 365 days of wedded bliss? Check out our unique and romantic ideas for your first wedding anniversary!
It may seem like just yesterday when you said “I do,” but a whole year has passed—and now you’re looking for first-anniversary ideas to celebrate the occasion! Traditionally, your one-year wedding anniversary is the “paper” anniversary, meaning you’re supposed to celebrate by giving each other paper-based gifts. While we love this notion, we also think there’s nothing wrong with breaking with tradition by celebrating your first anniversary with a memorable experience instead. Read on for seven ideas for what to do on your first wedding anniversary.
7 First-Anniversary Ideas
1. Go Back in Time
Ever wish you could relive your wedding day? (Only every day, right?) You can! Sort of. Go back in time and revisit the place where you said your vows. If you got married at a hotel, book a room for the evening. You can even ask if they have the bridal suite available if there are no weddings booked. If you got married at a restaurant, go back for dinner and possibly even order items served at your wedding. Indulge in dessert too, or head back home to have the top tier of your wedding cake if you’ve saved it.
2. Eat Your Wedding Cake in the Most Romantic Spot You Can Think Of
It’s tradition to eat the top layer of your wedding cake on your first anniversary. Take that custom to the next level by finding the most romantic local spot you can think of to have your cake. Whether it’s a moonlit beach or the park where you met, make it extra special by finding a place that means something to you.
3. Take a Second Honeymoon
Time flies when you’re having fun. But if the rest, relaxation, and bliss of your honeymoon feel oh so far away—get out of town. Literally. It doesn’t have to be as grandiose as your honeymoon (but it totally can be); it just has to be time spent together, and away, making memories as you kick off your second year of marriage and the rest of your lives together.
4. Get Glam and Have a Night Out on the Town
Chances are the last time you had your hair or makeup professionally done was your wedding day. (If not, we’re jealous!) So, treat yourself and glam it up for the night. Make reservations at a fancy restaurant or buy tickets for a show for the perfect excuse (not that you need one) to look your best for a night on the town.
5. The Ultimate Night In
We’re not talking the usual Friday night in with popcorn and wine. Think more along the lines of a luxurious and relaxing in-home massage treatment (services like Zeel will bring the spa to you), sexy lingerie, candles, music, and more. Ditch your usual takeout options and cook up your favorite meal together, or order in from your favorite upscale restaurant. You won’t need to leave the house (or the bedroom) for an anniversary to remember.
6. Treat Yourself
Once your wallets have recovered from all the costs associated with wedding planning, treat yourselves to something special to help commemorate your anniversary, whether it’s a right-hand ring for you and the latest tech gadget for him or something you can purchase together that will last forever, like a piece of art or an antique. It just might be the first time since you got married that you treat yourselves.
7. Get a Set of Couples Tattoos
Have you been considering getting couples tattoos? Your first anniversary is the perfect occasion to get matching ink! Choose tattoos of anything that means something special to the two of you!
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By Erin Celletti
Published on June 11, 2017
Who’s Really Supposed to Pay for the Bachelorette Party?By Jaimie Mackey
Published on July 17, 2017
Here’s who foots the bachelorette bill.
You’ve been invited to be a bridesmaid in your friend’s wedding, and you know what that means: bachelorette party! It is by far the most fun of the bridal party’s duties, but it can also be one of the priciest. Even if you’re not heading out of town (and thereby skipping flights, hotels, and car restaurants), the cost of planning can still add up when you throw in dinner, drinks, transportation, and decor. Who foots the growing bill? We turned to the experts to help break down who pays for the bridal party.
Traditionally, the only person who doesn’t pay for the bachelorette party is the bride. Especially for an in-town party that’s a single night out instead of a weekend away, the bridesmaids and other guests will often chip in to cover the bride’s share, as well as cover their own costs. That’s one upside to heading out on the town with a bigger group!
For a destination bachelorette bash, however, that rule doesn’t usually apply. Since there’s travel and lodging involved, plus multiple meals out, the bride will also contribute to help cover the expenses. You may all decide to treat the bride to one night on the town, but she’ll have to take out her wallet to cover that hangover brunch the next day.
While you’re still in the planning process, keep the bride in the loop so she (and all of the attendees!) have an idea of how much they’ll be expected to spend. Consider Airbnb over a pricey hotel suite, and look at options in a few price ranges to find something that works for everyone. As you’re planning activities and meals, be sure to share pricing information so the guests can start budgeting. Make pricier activities (like a massage at a high-end spa) optional, and fill in-between time with low-cost or free choices (like a local hike or an afternoon window shopping that everyone can participate in.
See More: Broke Bridesmaid? What to Do When You Just Can’t Afford Your BFF’s Bachelorette Party Weekend
If the bride is strapped for cash (hey, weddings are expensive!), scrap that weekend in Vegas in favor of something she’ll be more comfortable with. A slumber party with teen movies, popcorn, and junk food (plus the bride’s favorite wine or cocktail) is just as fun and will be much easier on everyone’s wallets.
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Here’s When (and Why) You Should Consider an Honorary BridesmaidPublished on June 17, 2017
For example, if your teenage sister is your Maid of Honor, you might want a little extra help.
Photo by The Hons
While you want to choose bridesmaids who will be a great source of support and assistance through your planning process, selecting your bridal party can often become more political than practical. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t turn to those friends who didn’t make the cut just because you didn’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings. That’s where the honorary bridesmaid comes in. So what, exactly, is an honorary bridesmaid, and why do you need one? Our experts break it down.
An honorary bridesmaid is just what it sounds like: a friend who can step in to help with bridesmaids’ duties, minus the matching dress. So why invite someone outside of your bridal party to help with wedding duties? If you’ve chosen to skip the drama by choosing only sisters and sisters-in-law as your ‘maids or have appointed your teenaged sister as Maid of Honor, there’s a good chance the skills you would want to have covered in your bridal party might not all be accounted for. And if you have a friend who really should have made the cut (but didn’t so you wouldn’t cause a stir in your friend group), giving her an honorary position helps acknowledge how important she is to you, even without a title. There’s a good chance you’ve got a friend who is great with logistics, knows your style better than you do, and maybe has even planned a wedding of her own before. She’s the one you’ll want to turn to if the ‘maids you have are more symbolic than actually helpful.
See More: How Much Is Too Much to Ask of Your Bridal Party When Wedding Planning?
Of course, you’ll want to run the situation by her. Let her know why she didn’t get that coveted title, as well as why you really would love to have her help. Find out how much time and effort they can donate to the cause, and play to their strengths: Bring your fashionable friend dress shopping, or invite your crafty pal over to help assemble invitations or work on a DIY project. Don’t forget: on your wedding day, give her a shout-out. You might give her an honorable mention in your program, or thank her in your toast. Let her know how much you appreciate her effort!
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