Planning Your Wedding: Tips on the Mothers-In-Law

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Be sensitive to a mother’s feeling of jealousy and understand that she is going through emotional changes.
Let her spend time with her son without you.
Give them space together.
Be open to the idea that she may not change.
Look to other women for advice, kindness and mentoring.
Recognize and avoid triggers that create hostility or coldness.
Offer warmth and politeness to her,
and don’t feel offended if she stays distant.
Love her and her son anyway…and remember her when your own son gets married one day.

St Thomas Weddings: Vow Renewals

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Remember the day of your wedding? Was it in a church? Outside? By the ocean? Why not re-create the day all over again? You can arrange a Vow Renewal ceremony on St. Thomas and treasure the romance again. We can help you plan everything…keeping it simple and affordable. We love rekindling romance!

Getting Along with Your Mother-In-Law

Getting Married: Tips on Your Mother-In-Law

You may be marrying the man of your dreams but he comes with a monster-in-law, rather a mother-in-law that intrudes your boundaries and can create a strain in your marriage. If your mother-in-law already shows signs of hurting you emotionally, you need to do the following even before you walk down the aisle.

1. Think of her as an acquaintance, and not your other mother. If she is your mother, then the relationship should be warm and friendly and family like but that is not obviously the case. Do not call yourself Mom or Mother. Regard herself as her equal. Call her by her first name, that is if she does not find it rude. Address her with utmost respect. Be civil but not cold.

2. Pinpoint the problems. There are reasons why a mother-in-law can be difficult towards her son’s lover, especially if he is the only son or only boy in the family. She may be feeling a tint of jealousy toward you. She may also find it difficult to no longer be the only special woman in her son’s life. Understand the reasoning to her behavior.

3. Distance yourself physically. If you are not welcomed open arms, then you shouldn’t be at your betrothed’s family events all the time. Do not drive a wedge between your fiancé and his family. Let her spend time with her son without you.

4. Be open to the possibility that she won’t change. If your mother-in-law is already criticizing you and has been dismissive of the relationship, be open to the possibility that she will never like you. She will be civil toward you but it won’t progress to something more. Just keep your distance, even when she is being nice. Look to other women for advice, kindness, mentoring and role modeling.

5. Recognize and avoid the triggers. Always imagine the possible scenarios that can happen. What do you do or say that are sensitive for her? Once you figure these out, avoid doing or saying these at all costs. You do not have to raise the emotional temperature. When talking to her just be firm and don’t sugar coat.

It may be a hassle dealing with a mother-in-law but the important thing is you are with the man of your dreams. Just don’t make him choose between you and his mother. Be the bigger person.

How to Choose Wedding Colors and What They Symbolize

Picking colors for your wedding is fun and exciting, because the colors you choose reflect your personality and style. Whether you choose your favoite colors or the color scheme to match the season your having your event in, it’s a way to refect who you are and what you like. Below are common symbolisms of colors to consider when picking what suits you:

Black: Complements almost any color, especially lighter hues. Dignified and mysterious, black denotes sexiness and sophistication with a modern twist. Black is classic! As an opulent choice, black is timelessly elegant.

White: Purity and innocence, white has strong connotations of youth and perfection.White is a glorious hue (or lack thereof) that denotes a clean palette or fresh start for those who seek serenity and peace.

Red: A passionate, romantic choice, red is impulsive and outgoing. Whether it denotes joy, celebration, happiness or prosperity, red elicits a dramatic response. Red lovers tend to be restless and optimistic and go along with people with uncomplicated natures.

Pink: A softer, girlish choice, pink is the sweeter side of red. A delicate hue, pink represents a sensitive heart that is affectionate and nurturing.

Orange: Spontaneous and daring, brides who choose orange are bold. Because orange is a happy and trendy hue, orange enthusiasts tend to be popular, have excessive energy and are part of a large social circle. From a bright and happy backdrop to an exotic, spicy richness, brides who prefer orange tend to be fearless and curious, with a zest.

Yellow: The color of a sunny day, yellow denotes happiness and hope. Exuding warmth and vitality and usually possessing a great sense of humor, people who love yellow have cheerful spirits and optimistic values.

Green: Green shades symbolize life, freshness, nature and fertility. A common choice for eco-friendly brides, green shows that you value your health and the environment.

Blue: Soothing, compassionate and cool, blue is the color of tranquility and royalty. Blue
belles are deliberate, introspective, conservative and patient, tending to be sensitive and wise. Serene and cool, blue denotes cautious partners who are faithful but require
a calm and harmonious existence.

Purple: Often associated with both royalty and luxury, purple is a passionate color. Choosing purple symbolizes dignity, tolerance and value. Violet lovers tend to be unconventional and observant, with a multifaceted personality. Tolerant and witty, purple devotees are likely to achieve authoritative positions.

Brown: A natural, neutral color of the earth, brown represents wholesomeness and dependability. Symbolizing comfort and contentment, brown represents honesty. Just right for your wedding day, brown is substantial, steady and responsible.

The aforementioned color synopses are not strict rules or character definitions, but rather are designed as an indicator of what is important to you. Whether you select a spicy orange to match the falling autumn leaves or a peony pink simply because it is your favorite color, choose what looks and feels good to you.

25 Years Experience with St. Thomas Weddings

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Feel the Sand In Your Toes In Your Island Wedding

Island Weddings on St. Thomas

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Walking on the sand barefoot with your lover at sunset has got to be one of the sweetest experiences…
And walking on the sand as you walk down a floral aisle is one of the sweetest wedding experiences. With your guests smiling at you, standing by the blue sea and the island breezes tousling your hair. With the sounds of steel pan music around you…it becomes one of those priceless moments in life.
Creating that is a breeze with us…We’d love to help you create what your heart desires.

Choosing the Best Types of Wedding Dresses and Shoes for a Beach Wedding

When you plan a destination wedding on an island, the setting is romantic already. Therefore, it only makes sense that the beach wedding dress gives off the romantic vibe as well. From sophisticated to strapless, long and short, here are some ideas on the right wedding dress for an island wedding.

1. Goddess style gowns are made of flowy fabric that move with the sea breeze. Special hand worked details make it casual for a beach side celebration and still make the bride look gorgeous. Goddess style heels are appropriate for these dresses.

2. Sunday morning dresses are simple yet elegant and make less of a fuss for the bride when walking the sand-strewn aisle. Comfortable open toed sandals are ideal for these dresses.

3. Embellished halter gowns show off the bride’s shoulders and let her feel the cool breeze and supple touch of the sunlight. She can go barefoot if this is long enough to hide her feet.

4. Faux wrap gowns are flowing yet light and breezy. When made from soft fabric, these dresses are very comfortable to wear in beach weddings. Sandals or barefoot are the appropriate footwear for these beach wedding designs.

5. Floral gowns are quite a hit during the summer when most weddings take place. Gowns that have flowers for designs go well with the setting of a destination wedding.

6. Pleated chiffon gowns are other examples of simple yet elegant gowns that are appropriate for island weddings. Adding accessories contribute to the style of the dress. Since it is an outside wedding, the bride must be as comfortable as she possibly can with her dress.

7. Jersey draped gowns like halter gowns expose the bride’s shoulder which is very appropriate for weddings that take place outside. The longer the gown, the better as this gives off an elegant and fine look.

8. Cascading gowns match the cascading of the waves beside the place where the beach wedding is actually taking place.

9. For brides who wish to not worry about the sand that may seep in their long gowns, they can opt for short dresses. The popular kinds for beach weddings are the short strapless dresses as these are symmetrical in the sense that it shows the bride’s shoulders and legs at the same time.

As you can see, there are many choices out there for wedding dresses for a destination wedding. But the best wedding gown for beach weddings is the one that fits the bride in a way that leaves her feeling comfortable and confident about how she looks.

Best Flowers for a Beach Wedding

Beach wedding flowers can be quite expensive. Before finalizing the flowers for your wedding, you should have had consultant different florists. Listen to the recommendations of vendors, bridal associations as well as other brands who have had a good experience with specific wedding planners and event coordinators that handle beach weddings.

Check pictures of past weddings that they have handled and concentrate on the flowers. See how much they show up in pictures. In that way you know exactly which one to choose. If you are planning a destination wedding, keep in mind that your guests cannot take home the beach wedding centerpieces so you can be very creative on how you will utilize these.

If the flowers that you want are not in season or available in the destination of the wedding, you can always request this from your florist. They can arrange and relocate the specific flowers that you want to the reception site.

Here’s a checklist when finalizing the flowers that you will use for your wedding:

1. Location of the beach ceremony.
2. Location of the wedding reception.
3. The number of guests attending.
4. The number of bridesmaids.
5. The color scheme.
6. The number of boutonnieres and corsages that will be needed.
7. The number of centerpieces for the reception.
8. The type of ceremony.

These are the questions you can ask florists before signing up with them for their floral services.

1. What is their specialty and their design style?
2. Have they done flowers specifically for beach weddings?
3. Can you check out pictures from previous weddings they have provided flowers for?
4. How many weddings do they book in a day?
5. What flowers are in season?
6. How can you maximize your budget?
7. How long will it take for them to set up?
8. Is there delivery charge?
9. What flowers do they recommend for your beach wedding?
10. Will they be able to transport the beach wedding flowers from the ceremony to the reception, just in case it is a separate location? If they can, how much is the additional cost?
11. Do they provide rental supplies like urns, vases, candelabras, potted plants, palms, archway and trellis? How much will that be?
12. Can they provide you with an itemized quotation so you know exactly what you are paying for? This can also serve as your checklist on the big day.

It can be quite an overwhelming process coming up with the flowers for your wedding but just breathe in and out and choose the flowers that go well with the motif and theme of the ceremony. As long as you have the bases covered with the flowers supplier, then you can just sit back, smell the flowers and enjoy your wedding.