Women tend to be natural givers. Often having an instinct to put the needs of others before their own — even when it comes to planning their weddings. 

Of course the engagement will always have stressful moments, there are lots of decisions to be made and it is up to you to make them. But that stress goes into overdrive when trying to accommodate the demands and expectations of others.

Here are six tips for handling stress and prioritizing self-care during your engagement, to feel calm, confident and relaxed in the busy months ahead. 

Prioritize What You Want

Before you were influenced by Pinterest, Martha Stewart, David Tutera, your best friend’s wedding, and your mother-in-law’s opinion, what did you want your wedding day to look like?

Make a list of the non-negotiable, must-have wedding details that represent your style and personality. Then only share this list with the people who need to know about it, such as your fiancé, your caterer, and wedding planner. The more people you tell, the more opinions you’ll receive, and eventually your personal touches may no longer feel like you.

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Stop Asking Opinions

Start getting very specific about whose opinion you ask for any wedding-related detail. More chatter, more opinions, and more decisions lead to more stress. Rather than having to validate your ideas with multiple people, become confident in making your own decisions and let your guests receive a lovely surprise on the big day. 

Get More Sleep

Everything feels more stressful late at night, and rarely is a good decision made in the early hours of the morning. Replying to vendor emails might seem urgent, but it’s not nearly as important as getting enough rest. Prioritize your sleep and watch as everything else falls into place a little more easily. 

Move Your Body Everyday

Not only does regular physical activity help you to look great on your big day, it also calms jangled nerves and boosts your mood. Keep in mind that exercise doesn’t have to be intense to be effective, and just 20 – 30 minutes a day can have a calming effect on the mind and still shape your bridal body. 

Don’t have time to get to the gym? I’ve got your covered! Download your free, Mind Body Bride 14-day at-home workout calendar right here!

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Swap Social Media For Real Face Time

Have you ever ended a session on Instagram or Facebook only to feel like your life and your wedding doesn’t match up to everyone else’s? Close that can of comparison worms and spend time engaging with friends and family face-to-face, or at least pick up the phone and have a chat. Bonus points if you don’t talk about the wedding!

Honor Your Yin

Life doesn’t stop because you’re planning a wedding, it may just become more hectic. We all know you are able to step up and work hard to move the wedding planning process forward, and also keep regular life humming along as usual.

While this is fantastic, it tends to draw from a very “yang” energy. Yang is masculine energy, it’s what you feel when you’re focused on completing a task, pouring out creativity and solving problems. But the expense of too much yang — i.e. decisions, responsibility, expectations — is the depletion of calm, softness, intuition, and nourishment (or your “yin” energy).

Remember as you continue planning your wedding that taking time to prioritize your feminine side will balance the flow of energy and bring you more peace, calm and joy as your continue to move through this very exciting time of life. 

With love,

Jennifer Dene


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Hello friends!  If you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area over the weekend, you should definitely take the time to stop by the gorgeous new Carolina Herrera location in Beverly Hills for a special viewing of the Spring 2017 Collection.  That is, if you’re in the mood to see some swoon-worthy gowns ;)

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Lately we’ve noticed a proliferation of soft, rustic, moody, romantic images online.  Plenty of blush, periwinkle, bursting naturalistic bouquets, and gauzy lighting.  While we are definitely on board with all of these trends (they’re gorgeous!) we sometimes want to spice up our visual diet!  So today we thought we’d share a few highlights from Andrea and Brett’s Beverly Hills wedding.  The event was filled with glowy, twinkling, dramatic lighting, towering lush roses, and plenty of sparkle!  We hope you enjoy this little blast from the past as much as we enjoyed digging it up!  What are some of your favorite dramatic or striking design elements?

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Quick answer:  “Ms.” is the way to go for any unmarried woman over the age of 18 (and whenever you find yourself in doubt!)  “Ms.” is also used if a woman is married but chooses to go by her maiden name.

Here are examples of how you would address your envelopes in both circumstances:

Ms. Clarissa Dalloway
123 Main Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Ms. Elizabeth Bennett
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
123 Main Street
Boston, Massachusetts

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Running a wedding planning and design focused business can be a hectic and time-consuming endeavor, with days packed with trips to rental companies, linen showrooms, and cake tastings and nights spent glued to the computer catching up on email and reviewing contracts.  One of the things I think we all experience as working professionals, in the wedding industry or not, is a tendency to allow self-care to slip to the bottom of the to-do list – it’s pretty easy to find yourself relying on caffeine or whaterever-is-nearby to get you through the day if not skipping meals entirely.  Recently, as we head into National Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve been thinking about how important it is to make self-care a priority.  So today I thought I’d share my five most favorite snacks that help me get through busy days traveling LA and nights at my desk.  What strategies do you use to prevent yourself from getting too run down?  What snacks or meals do you rely on to keep you going on your busiest days?  (And click here for more information and to get involved in National Mental Heath Awareness Month.)

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Ashley was the third of her parents’ three daughters to be married within an eighteen-month time span and the entire family couldn’t have been lovelier.  Our bride opted for minimal florals and design, allowing the stunning Pelican Hill location to take center stage, so we turned our design attention to incorporating Italian-inspired details throughout the venue, using branchy table arrangements and soft spot pin lighting.  The bride was pro-dance party from day one and, after a reception featuring one of the most memorable father-of-the-bride speeches I have ever heard, we made it happen!  Ashley and her groom had such a ball that she eventually cut off some of her wedding gown to be more unencumbered on the dance floor – what a moment!


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My best advice is to get ahead of the game! Begin to think about seating when writing out your guest list. While the seating arrangement seems like a big project to untangle, it really only becomes truly difficult if left until the last minute.

When you sit down to start your invitations draw a map of your tables and jot down notes regarding who might go where. And ask that RSVPs be returned two to four weeks before the wedding date – you’ll be grateful for the extra time to prepare. Lastly, when you have your RSVPs back and are ready to finalize the seating arrangement, try using All Seated if you are tech-inclined.  It’s really simple and allows you to create and adjust seating arrangements with little hassle or stress.

But the bottom line is that seating only applies to a small portion of the evening. Guests can and will get up and move around. Don’t stress too much about it! Do the best you can and then let it go.

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Today we are so excited to share with you our interview with two of LA’s most talented floral designers – Jennifer Juhos and Nicole Renna of Fiore Designs.  Most everyone loves some gorgeous flowers and swoon-worthy florals are crucial to the design of a gorgeous event, but we wanted to dig a little bit deeper and learn more about the business of it all, score some insider tips, and get the scoop on Jennifer and Nicole themselves.  So let’s get to it!

What sparked your interest in floral design, Jennifer, and when and why did you start your own business?

I’ve been interested in flowers since I was a little girl, but never thought about floral design as a career.  After working in flower shops in high school & college, and helping write plans for other businesses, I decided to use my degrees in business & fine art and start my own business.  I started Fiore Designs in October of 1999!

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Since becoming a partnership what have you learned and how have things changed or grown?

So many wonderful things have developed in our business since becoming a partnership, most notably, a presence of balance.  After Nicole joined Fiore Designs, I was able to look at the business in a more objective way and really evaluate what was and wasn’t working.  We are constantly evolving and fine tuning our skill sets, which are so often complimentary.  I have happily returned to my design roots and collaborate with our amazing team to execute a vision, whether that be in our boutique, on weddings or our larger scale events!

What are the most important things a couple should keep in mind when meeting with their floral designer for the first time?

A couple should feel comfortable with their floral designer and confident that the designers will use their experience to create a lovely affair.  I find that if a couple is too consumed with making everything perfect, they sometimes lose sight and aren’t able to enjoy the magical parts of the creative process.

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What is the most helpful thing a client can bring to the table when it comes to planning the florals?

Themselves!  We love initial meetings with our clients, because they are usually casual and fun (and typically involve a lot of laughter).   In that first meeting, we really try to get a sense of the couples style and personality which helps drive the aesthetic of the florals and entire event.  Our goal is always to enhance & incorporate the couple’s uniqueness into the décor.

What is the best thing you’ve done for your business over the years?

Letting go and letting people help.  For so many years, I had to do everything myself (meet with clients, go to market to pick out flowers, design, write the proposals, update the website, pay the bills, and on and on) and I could feel myself burning out.  As we continue to grow and build our team, I’ve become much better at delegating tasks.  I’ve learned that by empowering our team, we can be much more efficient, and we are all better because of it.

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What is the greatest challenge you’ve come up against in running your own business?

Many aspects of running a business can be challenging, but that is also part of the fun.  Like most artistic people in business, I think keeping oneself motivated and “fresh” in creative development is a huge challenge.  Its easy to question yourself when you’re having an off day or create something that doesn’t feel right.  Sometimes I need to just step away for a while, then come back to a project in order to come at it from a different angle.

What’s the most important asset in running your business and leading a happy life?

Our team is our most important asset.  We spend so much time together, and truly are a Fiore family!  I believe that if you surround yourself with positive and hard working people, you can achieve a really balanced and happy life.  We try to create a fun and safe work environment, where we listen and support each other (and bicker too!) but most importantly try to always be respectful.

Are there any other thoughts or additional insights you’d like to share?

At the end of the day, its just flowers!  We try not to take ourselves or the business too seriously.  We are so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful things every day, we try to honor that and be thankful we can work with our hands and create beautiful things!

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