botox groom

Grooms are styling like never before! Great looking suits/tuxes, shoes, custom bow ties, fantastic hair products and now, in some cases, Botox!

We found this article about how men are treating themselves to some Brotox. Hey, they want to look good for their celebration! 


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wedding gifts for your groomsmen

On Monday we talked about getting gifts for your parents, so today we’ll talk about gifts for the groomsmen. Let’s face it, women are easy to buy for. Really. Monogrammed bag, jewelry, makeup, whatever … we are good to go.

best tip for groomsmen gifts:

Really think about your guys. Get something they would like and use. So many gifts end up in the back of the closet, collecting dust. Be creative and different, but keep it simple. For instance …


This is a key chain, yes. But also a bottle opener. And let’s face it, your guys need to quit trying to twist off their import beers. This set can be purchased here: Set of 2 GROOMSMEN GIFTS Personalized Keychain Bottle by poptag.


This is one of our grooms and his groomsmen. Chuck Taylors or any kind of shoe really (one groom bought Air Jordan’s for each of his groomsmen #baller) is a good idea. Because rental shoes suck and hurt your feet.

Are you having a challenge finding a good gift? If so, contact us, we’ll see if we can give you some ideas. staff (at)

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followup on story:

Please check out this sweet little groomsmen gift that was sent to us for review from  We think it’s a great option to the usual beer mug!  And you can personalize it with your groomsmen initials. The piece was of excellent quality. Check out the their website for other groomsmen gift ideas! Disclaimer: we did not pay for this product, it was a gift. But we loved it!



wedding gifts for parents

We are asked all the time, “What should I get my parents?”

yes, get your parents a thank you gift.

Of course everyone is different. If your parents are helping you pay for your wedding, it is appropriate to do SOMETHING for them as a thank you. Gift certificate, heart-felt thank you card/letter, small token … something!

keep this in mind:

It should be personal. So even if it is a gift certificate, it needs to be thoughtful and meaningful. And let’s face it, the best gifts are the ones that are well-thought out and planned.

Here’s a few ideas (and it won’t break your bank):


You know how HARD it is to buy for a man. Check out this super cute keychain for your Dad. Click here for the vendor: Personalized Keychain FATHER of the BRIDE by ThreeMineBlessings.



Hello brownie points! Don’t forget that Mother of the Groom, ladies. You can score this precious little charm right here: Gift for Mother in Law

son to his mother


Cue the tears … Get this item right now at: Mother of the Groom Handkerchief

mother of the bride


This is the sappy stuff that is made for weddings. This cute card and necklace can be ordered here: Mother of the Bride Card/Necklace

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tossing birdseed at your wedding

The tradition started in Roman times, where wheat was thrown on the couple after the nuptials as a symbol of fertility.

Once wheat became too expensive, rice was used instead … and the tradition stuck.

Then enters the Urban Legend that rice will cause a bird’s stomach to blow up. Apparently you need to visit some rice farms, because birds EAT rice! They eat almost anything.

So guests switched to birdseed. Friendly to the environment! But NOT friendly to the bride and groom.

Have you ever been pelted by tiny little hard pebbles? That’s what rice or birdseed feels like. It hurts. And these itty, bitty, little hard particles of fun, get stuck EVERYWHERE. Down your strapless dress, in your expensive coiffed hair, your veil … you get the picture.

Don’t forget the aftermath on the ground after the tossing is all done. What do you think could happen with a bunch of birdseed on a smooth surface and then grandma walks across on it wearing her slick dress shoes? That’s right! Slip and fall!

So when I talked with Laura Kirtley today on Local 7 Lifestyles on the recap of her beautiful wedding that took place on November 16, 2013 … she told me the guests tossed birdseed for the wedding exit out of the church. She admitted that she remembered me mentioning not to do this in a previous wedding planning segment.

She said it was painful. There was birdseed stuck under her dress on her stomach that she didn’t find until later that night when taking off her dress. She couldn’t smile because she said she had birdseed stuck in her teeth and mouth.

Bless her heart.



image credit: anonymous guest at wedding

So please, if you aren’t going to listen to a seasoned wedding planner, then listen to this real bride. There are many other options to consider for your ceremony send-off:

  1. Rose Petals (real only)
  2. Feathers
  3. Wands with colorful ribbon
  4. Sparklers
  5. Bubbles (not the hugest fan because the pavement can become slick)
  6. Biodegradable Confetti (large size)
  7. Pom-Poms
  8. Custom Flags
  9. Choir Singing Escort
  10. Kazoos (see our real bride above)

… and more! What did we leave out? And thank you Laura for sharing your story and photos … you’re a great sport and you were a lovely bride.

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UPDATE: It’s gets better … you can see her sneak peek video of her wedding … the part of when they come out of the church is in the beginning.

marriage tips for grooms…

I’ve been married for 19 years. N I N E T E E N  Y E A R S!

Considering my husband initially asked me to marry him in my parent’s bathroom, he’s lucky I’m still around.

So when I came along this little gem (thanks Rayna Ortwein with Always Planned), I had to share. Growing up with all brothers, I know that men like to get advice from other men.

image credit: Dan Pearce from

Please take a moment to read Dan Pearce’s blog post: 16 Ways I Blew My Marriage.

It’s honest, refreshing and great advice for everyone (NOT JUST THE GUYS)! Because you should be taking advice from people who have successful marriages and people who unfortunately, have not.

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