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How to Break in Shoes

Today’s Shoes Week post is to help keep your feet comfortable through out the day and night. We have all had the misfortune of buying a new pair of shoes, then, forgetting to break them in before the event for which they were purchased. Don’t make that mistake with your wedding shoes. Blisters on your wedding day are not fun. A few hours wear around the house will certainly help, but most experts recommend a longer break-in period, especially if you are not accustomed to wearing the type of bridal shoe you’ve chosen. Techniques that have helped others include these how-to tips: Wear your shoes off and on around the house for three or four weeks. This will help break them in gradually. For an Read the full article…

Part 1: Walking in heels on your wedding day. Get the feel.

It’s day 4 of Shoes Week and we are going to start learning to walk in higher-than-normal heels. We all want to look awesome in our wedding heels, yes? Seriously, high heels can look heavenly with your dress and make your legs look better than you knew. There’s may be only one problem if you are typically a “low heel” person: walking in them! Don’t worry. Just as you can break in your shoes, you can “break in” yourself. You can gradually get accustomed to the height of the heel with a few easy steps. (No pun intended!). Start your break-in period with a heel that is slightly higher than most of your shoes; and gradually work up to the bridal shoe. Step 1: Get Read the full article…

Part 2 Walking in Heels: Learn the Nuances

In Part 1, we went over the basics, getting used to wearing and moving in high heels. Today, for steps 5 through 7, you will gain grace as you move around in the shoes. (As a sidebar, special thanks to my friend Bobbi Linkemer of WriteANonfictionBook.com, who originally ghost-wrote some of these tips for the website’s original shoes section.  At the moment she’s off to Florida, where her daughter and son-in-law live, for knee surgery. When I wrote her about Shoes Week, she said she’d have to read it, because she had no idea what I could find to talk about for seven days! Lol, Decided to let it be a surprise that it’s partially what *she* said. ~Bobette) Anyway, without further ado… Step 5: Move Read the full article…

Elegant Rustic Wedding Cake Tutorial (no decorating experience required)

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I am excited to announce a new video series on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com–cake decorating tutorials showing, in detail, step-by-step instructions on how to ice and decorate the rustic wedding cake in the photo at left. (Tip for when using non-food-grade material: back it with wax paper before putting on the cake.) The best part is it’s easier than you may think. You can do this without decorating bags or tips and you do *not* need experience. What’s in the new section? At the beginning and end of each video you will find what I call a menu, where there will be links to each of six videos and this page. The cue that you are in a menu section will be my black shirt. In the actual Read the full article…

Easy Ruffle-Like Wedding Cake Icing Tutorial

How to Frost a Tree-Bark-Like Cake (FYI…smoother than other bark technique)

Country Love Knot Heart Tutorial

Do you adore the concept behind hearts—love—but you find the look of a traditional heart not quite your style? Then a rope love knot heart may be just your taste. Step-by-step instructions for making love knot hearts from sisal rope are below, followed by the video tutorial. (Note, this video is part of the making a rustic wedding cake series. If you do not need to see the “menu” section at the beginning, skip straight to the 1:06 point.) What You Will Need For the heart itself, you need ¼” sisal rope and Matte  Mod Podge. Separate the rope into strands (my rope had three intertwined). I used a single strand to make the smaller hearts and two to make the larger ones plus to Read the full article…

Tree Style Country Wedding Cake Tutorial (using buttercream)

How to Create a Basic Rustic Wedding Cake Look With Buttercream Icing

Wedding Toast Options for Those on a Budget

Wedding toast--ideas for having a formal toast while also saving on champagne. #myonlineweddinghelp

Toasts are traditional and lovely, but hardly anyone actually drinks the champagne! That means it is both smarter and less expensive to avoid the waste. You can, of course, ask folks to use whatever they are currently drinking, but there are ways to both save and provide a special beverage for the ritual. . 1. Toast with a signature drink instead of champagne. 2. Serve a bubbly alternative. Sparkling grape juice or white soda pop works just as well. If you do want to have the traditional drink, there are still ways to save. 3. Make the toast beverage a sparkling wine. If it looks like champagne and acts like champagne, it may not actually be champagne.The authentic beverage is made from grapes grown in Read the full article…

Budget Wedding Idea #221: Hire a Day-Of Coordinator

Wedding Idea on a Budget: Hire a day-of coordinator. Paying a coordinator can help you save. Article explains and there is a link to find a wedding planner who offers these services. #myonlineweddinghelp

Hire a “day of” coordinator. Doing it all yourself on the day of the wedding is like directing and starring in your own production. It’s doable, for sure, but it is a lot more work and likely to be less than dreamy. Even the best-planned events have something go wrong. Do you really want to be dealing with those hiccups—or even directing the players—when you should be relaxed and having the time of your life? Of course not. After all your hard work, you want to be able to enjoy your big day. A day-of coordinator should come into the picture three or four weeks before the wedding so there is time for her to put together the schedule and communicate with everyone involved. She Read the full article…

How to Get Heirloom Quality Wedding Photos Without Breaking the Bank

Wedding photography tips: how to get good-quality on a budget without breaking the bank. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp

One of the most important facets of a wedding has nothing to do with the day itself but is your memories years and decades later. This is why the photographer and videographer are so important. The images they create, edit, and deliver to you will be the tangible record of one of the most memorable days of your life. A combination of experience, quality equipment, and a professional lab really does make a difference in the results. For those reasons, many are of the opinion this is the one area where you DON’T want to scrimp. Bobbi Brinkman of Bobbi Brinkman Photography explains, “My service and products are the only thing, aside from the rings, that are more valuable after the wedding is over. Documenting Read the full article…

Skin Care Ideas and Other On the Cheap Tips for Becoming a Radiant Bride

Bridal skin care, stress relief, and health tips. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp

There is much truth to the observation that every bride is beautiful. In her own way, each glows with happiness and excitement. What could be more beautiful than that? The secret is starting early so you have time to cultivate that glow with good habits. There are steps even those on the most frugal of budgets can take in the months leading up to the wedding Eat and drink right at all times to stay healthy The best thing you can do to be most productive throughout planning and look your best on your wedding day is to take care of yourself by eating right and staying well hydrated. This helps you stay on top of your game by warding off illness and stress, thus Read the full article…

5 Winter Save the Date Theme Ideas

Winter wedding save the date ideas ... snowflakes, Christmas, snowy tree landscapes, silver, New Year

Even though it is the heat of summer, now is the time to send save the date cards for your winter or holiday wedding. You can send them later, of course, but conventional courtesy asks that you give people a heads up about six months before the event. Here are some ideas to consider for yours (click each to browse more designs). And as an added bonus, most are very affordable, in the range of $1-$2 each …   Snowflakes falling from the sky or simply incorporated into your design add an elegant touch.   Christmas red and/or holiday trees are cute for a late December wedding.   Silver is a classic and usually gives a more beautifully formal vibe.   New Year’s-related save the Read the full article…

How to Make Mini S’mores Bar Centerpiece Favors

Mini smores bar wedding favors tutorial. They are the centerpieces, too. | #MyOnlineWeddingHelp

Nearly everyone loves s’mores and they are so fun to make! They are a natural for outdoor dessert stations, but we tweaked the idea for use as favor centerpieces. What you will need. 1. S’mores ingredients: chocolate bars, graham crackers, and marshmallows. 2. Skewers (or forks) to hold marshmallows. 3. An indoor flame: non scented pillar candles (better than votives in the photo) or Sterno cooking fuels (works even better). 4. Glass platters. Plastic is doable, but I’d be wary of them getting melted. 5. tulle 6. ribbon 7. scissors How to put the centerpiece together. 1) Make two chocolate and graham cracker “sandwiches” for each favor pouch and top with two marshmallows.  2) Make the pouches: Set each s’more stack in the center of a circle or rectangle of tulle, and Read the full article…


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