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Wedding Dress Workouts – Look Perfect on Your Big Day
November 28, 2007, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts, Diet and Fitness, Informative Articles

I found this great article on Sparkspeople.com written by Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainers
Every bride-to-be wants to look her very best on her wedding day. Once you’ve found that perfect dress, you’re probably working extra hard at sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan. We’ve designed four wedding dress workouts to help you focus on and play up the assets that your particular dress will show off. In combination with a healthy diet and regular cardio program (which will burn fat), adding these 3-4 exercises at least twice a week will help you look tight and toned on your big day.

Choose from one of these four dress styles to get your perfect workout:
1- Open back
2- Sweetheart neckline
3- Arm-baring (halter, strapless, spaghetti straps)
4- Form-fitting or Sheath gown

Open Back Dresses
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Open back dresses feature—what else—your back. To target those muscles (Latissimus dorsi, Trapezius, Teres, Rhomboideus, Deltoideus), use these four exercises:

Exercise 1: Reverse Flys (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: Dumbbells and a stability ball (optional)
Starting Position: Begin this exercise by placing your body balanced on the Swiss ball at your core with legs straight and toes on the floor. Hold dumbbells to the left and right side of the Swiss ball underneath your shoulders with arms extended.
Action: EXHALE: Raise your arms to your side, bringing the dumbbells up to shoulder level height. Keep your arms as straight as possible but do not lock your elbows. INHALE: Slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position to complete one rep. Aim for 8-12 reps and 2-3 sets.
Special Instructions: This is not an exercise for heavy weights. Keeping arms slightly bent will lessen the stress on the elbow. To use the ball without hurting you stomach, sit on the ball and then bend over from the waist so that your torso rests on your thighs. Repeat the same arm motion as described above from a seated position. To do this exercise without a ball, stand up straight. Pulls abs in tightly and bend over until your back is parallel to the floor. Repeat the same arm motion described above from this bent-over position. (Do not attempt this option if you have a bad lower back.)

Exercise 2: Seated Rows (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: A resistance band or seated row machine in the gym (follow specific instructions for machine)
Starting Position: Sit on floor with knees slightly bent, feet hip-width apart. Keep back straight, abs in, heels on the floor. Loop band around the soles of the feet, then cross the ends/handles over shins so right hand holds left handle and left hand holds right handle, palms facing down.
Action: EXHALE: Pull hands toward chest so elbows and fists are at or near shoulder level, pinching shoulder blades together at the end of the movement. INHALE: Slowly return to starting position to complete one rep. Aim for 8-12 reps and 2-3 sets.
Special Instructions: Make it harder: Spread feet apart so they lie on the band closer to handles for more resistance. Make it easier: Do not cross handles and keep feet close together at center of band.

Exercise 3: One-Arm Dumbbell Row (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: One dumbbell
Starting Position: Grasp a dumbbell with palm facing in. Rest opposite elbow on opposite leg. Try to create a flat back. Keep upper body steady.
Action: INHALE: Pull the dumbbell up as high as possible, keeping your elbow back & ensuring that the upper arm travels away from your torso a little. EXHALE: Lower dumbbell back down until arm is straight, but elbow does not lock, to complete one rep. Aim for 8-12 reps and 2-3 sets.
Special Instructions: Keep your spine in a neutral position.

Exercise 4: Wide-Grip Lat Pull Downs
What You Will Need: A lat pull down machine at the gym (follow specific instructions for machine)
Special Instructions: Take a wide (hands outside of shoulders), overhand grip on the Lat Bar and sit with feet flat on the floor. Pull the bar down and pause for a moment when the bar is just above the chest, squeezing the shoulder blades together. Slowly raise the bar in a controlled motion to complete one rep. Aim for 8-12 reps and 2-3 sets.

Sweetheart Neckline Dresses
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Deep sweetheart necklines feature your upper chest (Pectoralis major, Anterior deltoid) muscles. For the chest, try ‘Supersets’ (2-4 different exercises focusing on the same muscle group, right in a row, with no rest between exercises). You feel the burn early on and see great results in less time. Plus, because you’re not resting between sets, you’ll reduce your workout time. Try this series of exercises in this order. Complete one set of each exercise, back-to-back without rest. Rest for 30-90 seconds and repeat entire series 1-2 times more times.

Exercise 1: Close-Grip Bench Press (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: Barbell or body bar, and bench or aerobics step
Starting Position: Lie on your back on the bench with your feet flat on the floor and take an overhand grip on the barbell (palms facing out) with your hands only a few inches apart. Lower the bar down, bending the elbows, until the bar is as close to touching your chest as possible.
Action: EXHALE: Straighten your arms, lifting the bar straight up into the air until your arms are straight but not locked at the elbows. INHALE: Slowly lower down to the starting position, bringing the bar as close to your chest as possible without touching it to complete one rep.
Special Instructions: Make sure back stays flat on the bench during the entire exercise. Aim for 8-12 reps.

Exercise 2: Incline Dumbbell Flys (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: A pair of dumbbells and an adjustable bench (or stability ball)
Starting Position: Adjust the bench so that it is on an incline at about 30-45 degrees. Sit on the edge of the bench and grasp the dumbbells, palms facing in. Lie back onto the bench as you lift the dumbbells to your shoulder level, palms facing in. Lift your arms straight up above your chest so that the weights touch and your arms are straight but not locked. Make sure your back is flat on the bench and your feet are flat on the floor.
Action: INHALE: Keeping arms slightly bent, and your arms in line with the plane of your chest, lower the weights toward the floor at your sides. Stop when your arms are out to the sides like a “T” (elbows still bent) and the weights reach or drop slightly below your torso. EXHALE: Keeping arms slightly bent, return the weights to the starting position, weights touching above your chest to complete one rep.
Special Instructions: Keep abs tight and back flat. Keep feet flat on the floor in front of you. Do NOT lock your elbows at any time. Aim for 8-12 reps.

Exercise 3: Pushup on Stability Ball (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: A stability ball
Starting Position: Start behind the ball, place your midsection on the ball and roll forward until your hands reach the floor. Walk out with your hands until the ball is underneath your knees. Have your hands just outside of shoulder width. Keep your core strong by not dropping your hips. Your body should be as straight as possible.
Action: INHALE: Lower your upper body, bending elbows to 90 degree at the elbow. EXHALE: Straighten arms and return to the starting position.
Special Instructions: The stability ball makes a traditional push up harder. Keep you body, from your head to your butt, in a straight line throughout the movement. Make it harder: Walk out with hands so that the ball is closer to your toes. Make it easier: Place the ball closer to your hips. Do as many as you can (aim for 5-12). If you CAN do much more than this, then you are not lifting enough weight on the first 2 exercises.

Arm-Baring Dresses
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Depending on your dress style (halter, strapless, spaghetti straps, etc.), this type of dress places a lot of emphasis on the arm and shoulder muscles (Biceps, Brachialis, Deltoids, Triceps). If your dress also shows a lot of chest (strapless) or back (halter), try to incorporate moves from the other dress sections as well.

Exercise 1: “21’s” Biceps Curls (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: A pair of dumbbells, and a bench or stability ball to sit on.
Starting Position: Begin by sitting on a bench or chair. Hold a dumbbell with an underhand grip, resting that elbow on the inner side of your thigh.
Action: Exhale and curl the dumbbell up halfway (to about a 90 degree bend at the elbow) and lower while inhaling for the first 7 reps. Exhale and curl from the halfway point up to your shoulder. Inhale as you lower for the next 7 reps. Finish with 7 full curls from the lowest to the highest position to complete one set. Do not rest between each of these mini sets.
Special Instructions: Do 2-3 sets of “21s”.

Exercise 2: Front Raise to Overhead Press
What You Will Need: A pair of dumbbells
Starting Position: Stand with feet slightly apart, knees slightly bent. Hold dumbbells with an overhand grip (palms facing down), resting the weights on the front of your thighs or slightly to the side.
Action: EXHALE: With straight arms, palms facing down, raise the dumbbells up to shoulder height. Inhale: Quickly bend your elbows until you are holding the weights right in front of your shoulders, palms facing out. Exhale: Press the weights upward, directly overhead and in line with your shoulders. Do not lock your elbows. INHALE: Lower weights slowly to shoulder height, palms still facing outward. Turn wrists downward so palms face the body, and slowly lower the weights to the beginning position (weights in front of thighs) to complete one rep.
Special Instructions: Keep abs contracted and upper body straight. Avoid leaning backward while lifting the weights up. Do 2-3 sets of 8-12 reps.

Exercise 3: Bench Dips (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: A sturdy chair or bench
Starting Position: Sit on a chair or step. Grasp the front edge of seat near thighs. Walk feet forward until hips are slightly bent, legs straight, arms extended (don’t lock elbows). Keep feet hip-width apart.
Action: INHALE: Bend elbows about 90 degrees and lower hips toward the floor. (If you feel pain in the shoulders, your elbows are bent too much). EXHALE: Press up until elbows are straight, but not locked.
Special Instructions: Keep weight on your heels (toes up toward ceiling).

Form-Fitted Dresses & Sheath Gowns
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These dress styles cling to the body, placing more emphasis on the areas that are typically considered problems for many women—belly, hips, thighs, and butt. These four moves focus on those muscles (Abdominals, Gluteus medius & maximus, Tensor fascia lata, Obliques, Quadriceps, Hamstrings).

Exercise 1: 45-Degree Abduction with Resistance Band (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: A resistance tube/circle
Starting Position: Begin by lying on your back with a resistance band wrapped around your feet. The band should be snug around your feet, but not too tight. Lift your legs so they are at a 45 degree angle to the floor.
Action: Keeping your legs straight, push against the resistance band with your ankles so your legs go out as far as you can take them. Slowly release to bring your feet back together. Try doing 2 sets with 10-12 repetitions.
Special Instructions: Make sure to push out just as much with your non-dominant leg as your dominant leg – keep it balanced.

Exercise 2: Single Leg Hamstring Flexion with Ball (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: A stability ball
Starting Position: Begin this exercise by lying on your back with a Swiss ball under your right or left heel. Your opposite foot should be off to the side of the Swiss ball and off the ground at approximately the same height as the foot on the Swiss ball. Place your arms straight out to your side for support.
Action: Lift your hips so that you create a straight line with your body. Do not use your arms at any point. Take the leg on the ball and bring the ball in towards your body using your heels. Keep your opposite leg straight, slightly higher than the ball. Reverse the movement and lower your hips back to the ground. Aim for 2 sets of 10-12 repetitions on each leg.
Special Instructions: When rolling the ball in towards your body, make sure not to lift your pelvis towards the ceiling. Your hips should stay in the same position – this will force you to use your hamstrings.

Exercise 3: Runner’s Lunge onto Step (See an animated demonstration)
What You Will Need: An aerobics step (optional)
Starting Position: Stand behind the step with feet hip-width apart. Take a large step forward with right foot onto the step. Lower down into a lunge, right knee bent, left heel lifted. Bend arms at 90 degrees in opposition to your legs so right arm pumps forward and left arm pumps back as if running.
Action: EXHALE: Pushing off ball of left foot, straighten right knee as you lift your left knee up to hip height. Simultaneously pump arms in opposition to leg. Hold for 2 seconds. INHALE: Bring left leg down and back so that you are lunging again with the right leg forward and bent to complete one rep. Complete all reps (8-12) and switch sides.
Special Instructions: Be sure to keep forward (lunging) knee in line with ankle, toes pointing forward, hips square, and torso centered.

Exercise 4: Plank with Leg Lifts (See an animated demonstration)
This move works the entire core and the butt by lifting one leg at a time.
Starting Position: Begin this exercise by lying on your stomach with your forearms on the floor pointing straight forward, your feet together and your spine in a neutral position. Your feet should be touching or no more than an inch apart.
Action: Lift your body up on your forearms and toes, keeping your body as straight as possible. Maintain this position for as long as possible and challenge yourself to longer periods in the plank position. Keep breathing steady. Lift one leg at a time, raising heel toward ceiling a few inches and releasing. Switch sides to complete one rep.
Special Instructions: Don’t let your hips drop, knees touch, butt raise, or shift weight to one forearm. Do 2-3 sets of 8-12 reps.
Article created on: 3/30/2006



Beauty Timeline
November 26, 2007, 4:51 pm
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts

Brides have an uncanny way of looking absolutely amazing on their wedding days. Call it the glow of love, the thrill of the wedding, the attention to detail – brides make looking beautiful easy and effortless. The secret to wedding day beauty is: get prepared early on. Have those deep conditioning treatments, facials, manicures and trial hair sessions done months before your big day. So go ahead – plan on effortless wedding day beauty. Here’s how:

6 Months Before
Begin your search for a hair stylist and/or makeup artist you like and trust.
Have all your haircut and color experiments done now.
Begin weekly deep conditioning treatments.
Consult a dermatologist for skin problems.
Research and invest in a skin care regimen.
Work out to improve overall energy level and confidence.
If possible, indulge in a monthly facial.
If you have light or bleached hair, limit or avoid contact with heavily chlorinated water.

5 Months Before
If your nails are short, begin growing them out or consider acrylic tips and silk wraps.
If possible, start monthly manicures and pedicures.

4 Months Before
With your wedding dress in mind, workout target areas: d colletage (chest), arms and waist.

3 Months Before
Have your hair trimmed every four to six weeks.
Make an appointment to preview your wedding hairdo.
Make an appointment to have your teeth cleaned the week before your wedding.

2 Months to 6 Weeks Before
If you are planning to wear acrylic nails, experiment with lengths now.
Research and schedule teeth bleaching.
Research and schedule trial makeup sessions with your makeup artist.
Research and schedule trial hair sessions with your hair stylist, complete with veil and headpiece.

1 Month Before
Have a trial makeup session with your makeup artist.
Have a trial hair session with your hair stylist, complete with veil and headpiece.
Start drinking plenty of water – eight glasses a day, at least!
If you are coloring or perming your hair for the wedding, do so now.
Purchase and test your wedding day skin, hair and makeup products.

2 Weeks Before
Have a facial (only if you’ve had them regularly).
Have your hair cut or trimmed.
Touch up your hair color or highlights.
Keep drinking plenty of water.
Go to bed an hour earlier than usual every night.

1 Week to Ten Days Before
Have your eyebrows shaped.
Have your upper lip waxed.
Have a bikini wax.
Call your hair stylist and find out when you should wash or deep condition your hair. If you do so just before your wedding, your hair may be “too clean” to style, particularly if you are wearing an updo.
Have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist.

1 Day Before
Have a manicure and pedicure.
Have a massage.
Gently exfoliate or polish your skin, especially your d colletage and arms.
Apply extra moisturizer – everywhere!
Take a nap.
Drink two extra glasses of water.
Prepare a beauty emergency kit containing:
— Lip gloss
— Cotton swabs
— Cotton balls
— Makeup remover
— Moisturizer
— Bobby pins
— Hair spray
— Translucent powder
— Hairbrush and comb
— Breath mints
— Eye drops
— Nail polish

Your Wedding Day
Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
Eat nourishing, healthy meals. Have light, healthy and non-staining snacks on hand for you and your bridesmaids while you get ready.
Take plenty of deep breaths.
Relax.
Smile – you’re getting married

Great article found on The Wedding Channel website 🙂 Thanks so much for the useful information!



Four Reasons Men Need Flowers
November 14, 2007, 3:55 pm
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts

Four Reasons Men Need Flowers

Women and flowers never get boring. But what’s something you can give men year after year that they won’t tire of? They have enough ties, enough tool sets, and enough funny cards; what’s really going to make them feel special this year? A dozen roses will!!

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Male readers are gawking. A dozen roses will not make me feel special, they say—they think, but the truth is men need flowers for four most important reasons. So do something different this year: send the MEN some flowers—at the office. Everyone will be talking about it.

Flower Guru Bill Gross spends every day in the midst of hundreds of flowers, and from both personal experience and research has compiled four important reasons why men need flowers:

1. It’s been scientifically proven that the presence of flowers relieves stress because its aroma has a calming effect. How many men do you know that have stress-free jobs?

2. The presence of flowers in the office helps employees, clients—anyone—to be more open, intimate and honest in the workplace. Gross says these are ingredients for a successful business, and he knows.

3. A Texas A&M University study links flowers to increased productivity in the workplace. Cha-ching! Men want and need to be successful to boost their male egos.

4. A Rutgers Behavioral Study concludes that flowers trigger happy emotions, life satisfaction and improve social behavior. The fathers and men in your life will be better friends, husbands, and dads with a flower boost.

Gross, owner of Flowers to Go, has brought thousands of flowers to the people of western Washington. He’s changed the floral industry into affordability and convenience. He started with a flower bucket on the streets of Bremerton 25 years ago and from there started transforming old burger joints into drive-through flower shops. He now owns and runs the most flower shops in the state.

(thanks Flowers to Go for this fun article)



{{{Living Green}}}
October 16, 2007, 1:58 am
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts

There’s this awesome ‘movement’ (if I can call it that) in the blog-o-sphere which was started by Lara from ready2spark. Its called the Green Challenge.
Basically you need to answer the following question: What are you doing to introduce environmental sustainability into your daily life? but before you can answer this question, you must be tagged by a fellow blogger.

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I’m honored to be tagged by Miss Kelly at GlamourThis. In my personal life, I do many things daily to help the environment like having a desert landscaped yard at my home so I can conserve water, energy saving appliances and lights, and of course filling the recycle bin instead of the trash can. So I wanted to answer the question pretaining to how, at the Event Essentials, we go green to make a difference.

** INVITATIONS **
We offer paper with the highest percentages possible of recycled and sustainably harvested fibers, processed without the use of chlorine or chlorine derivatives.

** ACCESSORIES **
We can provide our clients with these adorable, echo-friendly 2″ “seeded lotka paper” boxes that you can actually plant and will blossom into a garden of flowers. The paper is 50% recycled and contains our Red Coreopsis and Sweet Alyssum seeds.

We can also can provide “seed paper” that you can print your programs, menus, and even invitations on. Just plant the paper in soil, keep moist, provide sun, and flowers will bloom.

** EVENT PLANNING **
As part of event planning we absolutely adore designing a theme that will echo the personality of the couple. A great echo-friendly service that we offer is candlescaping using natural and beautiful elements such as desert plants, river rock, and tons of biodegradable soy candles. biodegradable.

Thanks Kelly — that was such a FUN post today!! Watch out, I’m coming to TAG the next great blogger 🙂



Wedding Day Emergency Kit
October 13, 2007, 6:40 pm
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts, Informative Articles

Bride’s Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Of course, nothing will go wrong on your big day – yet better safe than sorry.

Below is a wedding day emergency kit list. It’s probably more than you need (or maybe not enough?!). In any case, just like your wedding, make this list your own. (For the groom’s kit, click here.)

Emergency Kit

Bride’s Emergency Kit

Click here to print out a PDF version of the bride’s emergency kit from WhatHappensNow.com.

Along with bringing your shoes, dress/veil and the groom’s ring, you may want to pick out the you want from the list below. Keep important last-minute items in your purse or ask someone in the bridal party to carry them for you.

In Your Purse or Maid of Honor’s Purse

Keep essential items on hand in a bag or purse.
Brush/comb
Cell phone (be sure to turn it off before the ceremony!)
Emery board
Extra panty hose
Hair spray
Handkerchief
Makeup
Mints
Mirror (small and portable)
Perfume, travel size

Appearance

Baby powder (useful for getting out last-minute spills on a white dress)
Bobby pins and hair elastics
Brush and comb
Clear nail polish (also helpful for stocking runs)
Corsage pins
Cotton balls/swabs
Extra earring backs
Extra pair of flat shoes
Hairdryer
Iron
Lint brush
Makeup
Nail polish in the bride’s shade
Sewing kit:
Buttons
Hem tape
Needle
Safety pins
Small scissors
Straight pins
Thread that matches the wedding/bridal parties dresses.
Shoe polish
Spot remover (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)
Static-cling spray
Straws (for drinking without messing up lipstick)
“Throwaway” garter
White chalk (to cover any stains on the dress)
Wrinkle out spray (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)

Health/toiletries

Antacid
Aspirin/ibuprofen
Band-aids (that best match your skin tone)
Contact lens solution/cases
Deodorant
Eye drops
Insect repellent (for outdoor ceremonies or events – be sure it smells nice!)
Lotion
Medications
Moist towelettes
Mouthwash
Smelling salts
Sunscreen
Tampons or pads
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Tissues
Wash cloth or hand towel

Outdoors

Bug spray (be sure it has leaves no spots and has no smell or smells nice)
Extra flowers (in case of sun wilting)
Handkerchief for dabbing sweat
Sunglasses (pre- and post-ceremony)

Just In Case

Cash ($20 – you never know what you’ll need it for)
Disposable camera
Driver’s license or photo I.D. card
Duct tape (good for any handy repairs)
Extra copies of directions to your reception
Important phone numbers:
Family
Wedding party
Wedding vendors
Taxi company
Notebook and pens
Portable flashlight
Roll of quarters (phones, parking meters, vending machines, etc.)
Snacks/bottled water (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
Umbrella
Watch



The (5) Five Senses of Entertaining
October 2, 2007, 4:12 pm
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts, Informative Articles

I found this fun little information on Urbanity Studios website and thought I would share! An event that is memorable appeals to all Five Senses. Think about these elements when you’re planning your next occasion…

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Sight
As soon as your guests walk through your front door or garden gate, set their sights on beautiful things. Fresh flowers, lit candles, or a beautifully set table, create a welcome that captures more than a glance.

Sound
Whether guests hear ambient music, birds singing, or water falling, sound is an essential component of a successful party. It helps to set the mood, the pace, and the overall feeling of the celebration. No matter if you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or a cocktail party, think about the atmosphere you desire and work to achieve that feeling through sound.

Smell
Smell has the power to remind us of our childhood, a moment in time, or a particular person. It has such a strong connection with our emotions, but is often ignored when planning an event.
Some easy and fairly inexpensive ways to create a wonderful smell that fits the occasion is to buy a candle that has been infused with the aroma that will delight your guest’s nose. Fresh flowers are also a great way to fill the space with clean scents. Timing when you bake your dessert or hot appetizer also helps to create great smells when guests arrive.

Touch
Entice your guests to not only study your table and party decorations, but make the party accessories either interesting or playful enough for guests to want to pick the items up. For instance, display photos of the guest of honor or strategically place memorabilia or items that enhance your theme all around your event space.

Taste
Some may argue that food is the most important factor to a successful party. We would say that we have to agree. That is why we rely heavily on some key cookbooks to help us delight our guest’s appetites. The Joy of Cooking and the Best New Recipe are some of our favorites. Generally, the recipes are easy and turn out wonderful, giving the perception that you are professional chef.



Tipping Your Wedding Vendors
September 19, 2007, 5:13 pm
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts

I found this great little article on a chat site, but unfortunately I don’t know who the author of it is. Sorry!! You have to check it out though. It’s full of great recommendations!

TIPS ON TIPPING:

All tips should be given in cash. If the person serving you is an employee of the company, their tip should be in a separate envelope.

No one/single person should get more then $150.00. For example: Let’s say your limo bus is $2000.00. 10 or 15% of that total is 200 or 300 dollars, not necessary.

Tips should be given just before your vendor leaves. That way you can judge how much to give, according to the job they did for you.

All vendors would love a thank you card. It is a great reminder of happy clients and let’s face it, it’ll help them book future clients.

Giving vendors a favour/bomboniere is totally up to the couple and how many they can spare.

THE ONES YOU SHOULD TIP

* Altar boys or girls – $10-15.00 each

* Limousine Drivers – 10-15% of the limousine bill, given at the end of the evening. See “FB Tip” above.

* Valet Parking Attendants – $.50 to $1.00 per car, prearrange this amount with the supervisor based on an estimate of how many cars will be arriving and a sign should be posted to guests that the gratuity has been taken care of.

* Wait staff – If the tip is not on the contract already, 15% of the total catering bill is tipped. Wait staff do the hardest physical labour on your wedding day.

* Bartenders – 10% of the total liquor bill, presented to the head bartender or divided equally among the total number of bartenders who worked the full evening. Make sure that a tip hasn’t been added to your contract already.

* Restroom and/or Coatroom Attendants – $.50 to $1.00 per guest, prearranged again based on the number of guests.

* Makeup artist or Hair Stylists – You don’t have to tip them if they come to you. If you go to the salon, then you should tip them 15%. Why you ask, well the salon makes the money, not the individual. If you have received a good job, and you would tip normally, then go ahead.

* DJ – If your DJ owns the company then the tip is optional but if the DJ is an employee $50-100.00. If you have 2 DJs (DJ & MC), give each person $50.00 in separate envelopes. When your guests rave about your reception later, it’s the DJ that had everything to do with the fun.

OPTIONAL TIPPING (amounts reflect optional tips)

* Business Owners – You don’t have to tip the owner of a business, unless you feel that they have gone beyond the call of duty and you want to give them a token of your appreciation.

* Ceremony or Reception Musicians – $5-10/hr per person, in one lump sum given to the person in charge.

* Banquet or catering manager – doesn’t need to be tipped unless they’ve thrown in extras or saved you a few hundred dollars on your bill. The tip would be between $50-$100.

* Photographer and Videographer – If these vendors own the company, then the tip is optional. If they are employees $50.00 goes to the main photographer and he/she can give a split to the assistant.

* Officiant – To tip them is to trivialize their profession and extremely bad etiquette. Generally you pay your fee and that’s it. If you wish to make a financial contribution to the church, you can do that separately.

* Florist – You don’t need to tip the florist for making your arrangements but you can tip them an extra $5.00 per delivery location (3 locations=$15.00) or $10-20.00 per staff member in one lump sum, for set-up and delivery.

* Wedding Cake Baker – You don’t have to tip for the baking of the cake but if you are at your reception venue at time of delivery and set-up = $10.00

* Wedding Coordinator or Room Manager- This is the person managing the reception venues staff and facility the night of your wedding = $50.00

* Your Wedding Coordinator – If this vendor owns the company, then the tip is optional. If they are an employee = $50.00

* Your Wedding Planner – This person has planned your wedding from start to finish. An appropriate tip would be 10% of their total commission or bill.

This should give you some guidelines on tipping etiquette. Tipping etiquette is different in different provinces, cities and towns. Please be sure to add this to your budget. The amounts above are only examples and are not written in stone.