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Dos + Don’ts before and for your Day!




DO triple check before setting the date. Decide the right date for yourself and all the important attendees.

DO ask for help. Maintain good communication with your event planner and others.

DO involve the parents. Remember it is a big day for your family, too.

DO be organized. It will help you keep track of the budget. You remember the budget, right? 😉

DO send thank you notes during planning and after. Be gracious and personal in your correspondence. This will not go unnoticed.

DO have a tasting and rehearsal. Make sure you feel comfortable with every detail.

DO try to get your beauty sleep. You are the STAR of the show!




DON’T drink like there is no tomorrow. You want to remember every moment of the day (and photos with brides holding liquor are tacky- they just are!)

DON’T let the little things stress you. Relax and smile, gorgeous.

DON’T over-schedule yourself. Enjoy what’s going on.

DON’T skip breakfast. This will help avoid low blood sugar and cranky- pants.

DON’T test out new beauty techniques or products. Tried and true products and styles are best days and hours before the event. This is not the time to perm, crimp, streak, or dare we say…tattoo.

DON’T forget to make the rounds at the reception. Give attendees a moment of your time, even if it’s literally just a moment. They want to feel noticed on your special day, too!

DON’T be bossy with your bridesmaids. Thank them, hug them, tell them you couldn’t do it without them, bring them into the celebration!

What’s Going On 2015-2016?


Open up your own calender and schedule a time with Families, Friends, Colleagues and some personal significant people. “Work hard and Play hard!”

Holidays – WooHoo!!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)
January 17-19, 2015
January 16-18, 2016

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)
February 14-16, 2015
February 13-15, 2016

Mother’s Day (always a Sunday)
May 9-10, 2015
May 7-8, 2016

Memorial Day (always a Monday)
May 23-25, 2015
May 28-30, 2016

Father’s Day (always a Sunday)
June 20-21, 2015
June 18-19, 2016

Independence Day
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Monday, July 4, 2016

Labor Day (always a Monday)
September 5-7, 2015
September 3-5, 2016

Columbus Day (always a Monday)
October 10-12, 2015
October 8-10, 2016

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Monday, October 31, 2016

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 26, 2015
November 24, 2016

New Year’s Eve
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Saturday, December 31, 2016


(Religious & Cultural)

Palm Sunday
March 29, 2015
March 20, 2016

Easter Sunday
April 5, 2015
March 27, 2016

Passover (begins at sunset the night before)
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Friday, April 22, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before)
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before)
Monday, September 14, 2015, until nightfall on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Monday, December 7, 2015, until nightfall on Monday, December 14, 2015
Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Friday, December 25, 2015
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 26, 2014, until Thursday, January 1, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015, until Friday, January 1, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on how each family observes)
Friday, July 17, 2015, until Saturday, July 18, 2015
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, until Thursday, September 24, 2015
Monday, September 12, 2016, until Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ram Navami
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, April 15, 2016

Krishna Janmashtami
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Thursday, August 25, 2016



Super Bowl Sunday
February 1, 2015, in Glendale, AZ
February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA

Final Four During March Madness
Saturday, April 4, 2015, and Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis
Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX




If You Love Someone… Tell Them!



“No matter what has happened. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you will do. I will always love you. I swear it.” Defiance by C.J. Redwine




“I wanted to tell you that wherever I am, whatever happens, I’ll always think of you, and the time we spent together, as my happiest time. I’d do it all over again, if I had the choice. No regrets.” – Boundless by Cynthia Hand




“And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.” – Across the Universe by Beth Revis




“It’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.”- Every Day by David Levithan



“I love you the way a drowning man loves air. And it would destroy me to have you just a little.” The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson



“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” –  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



“I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I’ll never love you any less than I do, right this second.” – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl



“Sometimes I can’t see myself when I’m with you. I can only just see you.” – Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson



“I am catastrophically in love with you.” – Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare



“I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.” – Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire



“I love you. Remember. They cannot take it” – Delirium by Lauren Oliver



“I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.”  – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell



“If my love were an ocean, there would be no more land.
If my love were a desert, you would see only sand. If my love were a star-late at night, only light. And if my love could grow wings, I’d be soaring in flight.” –
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher



“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen



“I don’t care how hard being together is, nothing is worse than being apart.” – Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini



“I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend. The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body.

I want to know where to touch you, I want to know how to touch you. I want to know convince you to design a smile just for me. Yes, I do want to be your friend. I want to be your best friend in the entire world.” – Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi



“But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.” – Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder



“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.” – Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson



“Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.” – Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith



“No matter where I went, I always knew my way back to you. You are my compass star.” – For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Suggested Bride Entrance Songs


8 Things To Remember During Your Ceremony

Feeling uncomfortable about standing in front of a big group of people? Feeling nervous about walking down the aisle? Feeling shy saying ” I Do”?

Don’t be! No need to be! You Have Us!

Here are 8 small reminders for one of the most important moments of your life…


1. Seems like a no-brainer, but remember to Smile!Depositphotos_1537510_original1dos


 2. Take your time walking down the aisle.marriage-3


3. Look at your groom (he’s freaking out, too! 🙂99832fa8f31d2f10707feb4fa1770046


4. Pay attention to the officiant (you don’t want to flub and become the next youtube sensation, do you?) xobecome-iowa-perform-wedding-ceremony-800x800


5. Listen to the vows, savor that moment. 6978995_orig


6. Hold your groom’s hand 88iuo-320x202


7. Say “I Do” out loud (we all want to hear it- 105 yr. old neighbor Ethel wants to hear it. Do it for Ethel!)I Do Wedding Shoes


8. Enjoy  “YOUR DAY”. Everyone will tell you that it goes by too fast and they’re right, of course. Thank everyone who helped you and celebrate this next chapter! Congratulations! Bridal-Party-Dance