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Guest Blogger: Stress Management Tips for Busy Brides

Dress fittings, invitations, rehearsal dinners and more! As a busy bride, there’s a lot you’re likely dealing with, including tackling numerous tasks while trying to keep everyone involved and satisfied. Suddenly, minor things you never imagined could become sources of tension and stress may emerge, leaving you feeling frustrated and frazzled.

So what can you do to help manage wedding-related stress? Check out the following 3 quick tips for remaining blissful on the way to your special day.

Tip 1-Take Care of You

Whether you’ve been engaged a few months or a few years, as you set the date and the countdown to the big day begins, make maintaining your own health and well being a top priority. It might involve things like pampering yourself after a hectic week with something like heading to the spa, going for a walk outdoors or simply spending some time alone to rest and recharge. By caring for yourself and tending to your needs this way, you’ll be in a better position to focus on wedding matters that require your attention.

Tip 2-Manage Concerns

No sooner than you share the happy news of your engagement, you may find yourself hearing or reading tales of wedding horror stories that describe mid-ceremony disasters. It may lead you to start wondering whether or not your own special day will go smoothlyFortunately, there are ways to manage concerns like this to move from feeling helpless to feeling empowered. For example, if your concern is related to a reception detail that hasn’t yet been resolved, talk it over with your partner, your wedding planner or others who can help put things in perspective and offer assistance as needed. By addressing real concerns with practical solutions, you can make the shift from thinking the worst to preparing for the best.

Tip 3-Let Go

Your bridesmaids have opposite opinions about the wedding colors, a friend isn’t thrilled about the location for the ceremony and your co-worker is complaining about not being invited. Yikes! Are you wearing yourself out trying to make everyone happy in situations like these? Pause for a moment and breathe. Reflect on what matters to you and your partner in celebrating this special day. While you may wish that everyone else approved of every wedding-related decision made, it can help take some of the pressure off to recognize that this likely won’t happen.  So rather than dwell on it, let go of the idea that everyone will like all of your choices. As you weigh others’ opinions along with your own thoughts and desires, be comfortable with striking a balance that feels right for you.

These are just a few tips for managing wedding-related stress.  To learn more about goal-setting, accountability and support for your health and well-being, visit Balanced Butterfly.

Best Wishes!

Natasha Blakeney, MPH, CHES

Health Coach and Certified Health Education Specialist

Natasha’s passion and expertise in health and wellness spans over a decade, including experience as a health educator, trainer and health coach. Through Balanced Butterfly, Natasha supports women to unleash their own potential, create positive transformations and achieve their goals for whole, healthy living. A Certified Health Education Specialist, Natasha holds a BA in Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, in the area of Health Behavior and Health Education. Natasha is also a Health Coach, trained through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®.

Photo credits: Dream Wallpaper, Accademia Eventi, Writing Culturist

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Sneak Peek: Michelle and Rocco’s Cortlandt Colonial Wedding Cortlandt Manor, New York

When Michelle booked the The Ballroom at Cortlandt Colonial, she knew she needed to enlist the services of a wedding stylist to help give the event space a refined transformation. Thanks to a Facebook post, asking for help, a mutual friend told her she MUST hire me. Talk about the benefits of 6 degrees of separation!

westchester-new york-wedding-designerThe decor for this vintage inspired affair was gorgeous with details galore.  I can’t wait to share more with you next week.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

 

 

 

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The Stylist Picks: Wedding Gowns by Berta

Are you looking for a gown that will take your breath away?  Well, you must to check out wedding gowns by Berta.  #swoon-worthy…#sexy…#omg!!!  Here are a few of my favorite gowns from the winter 2014 collection.

This illusion back gown is simply exquisite!

Take the plunge!  I’m lost for words…

Look for a Berta Boutique near you!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Photo credit: Grace Ormonde via Berta

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Summer Sale: Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation

wedding-gown-preservation-nycAre you wondering what to do with your bridal gown now that the wedding is over? Well, I highly suggest our cleaning and preservation service. We partnered with the best of the best in the industry that offers the highest standard of quality and care of bridal gowns.

 

 

Here is how it works:

  1. You will set an appointment to drop off or have us pick up your bridal gown along with 3 accessories of your choice. i.e. veil, garter, tiara, gloves, sash, ring bearer pillow, etc.
  2. After we receive your gown and collect a 50% deposit, it will be inspected for stains, snags, holes, loose beading, etc. You will be informed about the current condition of your gown with the option for repair for an additional cost.
  3. Once your gown is checked into the system, it will be prepared for cleaning and preservation.
  4. 2 to 10 weeks later your gown and accessories will be ready for pick up, from our office, in a lovely preservation chest. It’s easy as 1-2-3!

Clean and preserve your gown before the sugar, perspiration, and grass stains become permanent! Click here to set up an appointment to drop off or have us pick up your gown. Our summer sale for this service ends Saturday, September 2oth.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

 

 

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Tablescape Inspiration: A Bold, Colorful and Festive Table Setting

I love color! So I had to design a bold, colorful and festive tablescape for my stylized photo shoot at the Renaissance Westchester hotel.

Color Palette: Plum, Chartreuse, Ocean blue and Gold

event-styling-and-design-a-perfect-setting-wedding-and-events-westchester-plannerThe design concept was Moroccan inspired with a funky flair.  I decided to style the table with a gorgeous plum ruffle linen (oh, how I love any shade of purple!).  I had plum ruffle chair backs made to add pizzazz to the commonly used chivari chairs. My graphic designer did an amazing job with the custom menu cards; triple layer with silk backing.

If you envision a bold and colorful theme for your wedding, go for it! Thanks Matthew J Wagner for these awesome pics.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Sneak Peek: Tina and Robert’s Villa Barone Manor Wedding Bronx, New York

Tina and Robert are officially hitched! Styling and designing this wedding over the last 9 months was so much fun.  I’m so thankful for the referral from Jonisha and Jason. Here are a few pics from Saturday and I can’t wait to see what Glamour Me Studio captured.

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More to come in a few weeks!  Stay tuned…

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Sparkle and Shine: Happy 4th of July!

high-end-new-york-city-wedding-plannerWhatever you do today, celebrate with style.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Photo credit: Broxton Art via The Knot

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Stylists Tips: How to Find the Wedding Gown of Your Dreams Without Breaking the Bank

If you are a bride on a budget or simply a gal who loves a great bargain, you can find a bridal dress at an affordable price. Here are some of your options:

Buy a Second Hand Dress

You can purchase a dress that someone else wore for their wedding at a fraction of the original price. Some brides-2-be feel this is bad luck and are not comfortable with the leftover karma of a pre-owned dress. Also leftover, most of the time, are the tares and stains that may not have been properly repaired or cleaned.

Wear your Mother’s Dress

She’ll be thrilled, but after all the alteration and dry cleaning costs necessary to get her dress looking fresh…you may not be.

Shop Sample Sales

You may find a wedding dress at a great price at a sample sale. They are generally chaotic, overwhelming and nerve racking. You compete with all the other girls shopping at the same time who are trying to grab the best buys. You are on your own without a stylist or salesperson that has the knowledge and expertise to help you make the right decision. They are held only a few times a year so you will have to wait to buy. Gowns that are handled by hundreds of girls, digging through racks and racks of inventory, get damaged and stained easily. As far as the special and beautiful bridal shopping gown experience…it’s not happening here.

Or you can shop a boutique specializing in designer wedding dresses without the designer price tag like Forever Amour Bridal. Our bridal salon is warm and welcoming with stylists who are dedicated to taking the stress out of finding your dream dress. We provide highly personalized service with an amazing assortment of leading designers in all styles and sizes. All gowns are priced significantly below regular original retail prices. Check out our reviews on The Knot…Now we’re talking!

Call Forever Amour Bridal today, by appointment, 212.486.2900 or Email us.

Stylishly Yours,

Regina and Joanna

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Decor Comparison: A Tale of Two Weddings at The Marros Estate in Rye, New York

One of my favorite wedding locations in Westchester is in Rye, New York. I refer to it as a “hidden treasure.” The Marros Estate is located on the expansive grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church. The 19th century stone mansion takes you back to the elegance of Old World European charm. Simply breathtaking!

Well, I had the pleasure of working two weddings at Marros. One where my role was that of a wedding day coordinator and the other as the planner and stylist. Can you guess which wedding was styled by me?

Wedding #1:

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Wedding #2:

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Marros Estate weddingPhoto credit: Nick Carter Photography

Are you having a wedding at The Marros Estate? If you are, I would love to help you transform the space. Don’t settle for “default settings” make your wedding reflect you and your fiancé(e)’s style.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

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Heeltastic: Valentino Dia Crystal and Satin Evening Pump

Are you looking for the perfect shoes to compliment your designer gown? Well, you may want to check out these swoon worthy Valentino’s.

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Oh my gosh, aren’t they glamorous? Run to Neiman Marcus to buy a pair before they are out of stock.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

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