May 27, 2009

A Note to My Readers . . .

This blog was created for when they hired me to be their wedding columnist. Unfortunately, they have decided to discontinue their blogging columns.

This blog will remain here with all the awesome links and info, but I will not be adding any new content. If you have any wedding questions, you may continue emailing me at

And as always, you can find me on my personal blog: Queen of the Clan

Happy wedding preparations, everyone!

Danyelle Ferguson

May 11, 2009

Wedding Paper Divas Contest Winner!

First, I'd like to send a great big thank you to Wedding Paper Divas for donating a $50 gift certificate for this contest! They are super generous and awesome!!!

The winner of the totally awesome gift certificate is . . .

Joni Gardine!

Congratulations! Please email me with your snail mail address and be on the look-out for your fabulous prize!!!

May 1, 2009

Spotlight: Wedding Paper Divas and a Contest!

It all began with a monogram.

As I researched for my post on a Monogram themed wedding, I discovered Wedding Paper Divas. I loved their colors and wedding invitation styles, so much I used them as exampled in another post about wedding zing.

Lucky for me, Wedding Paper Divas knows how to use their Google Analytics and discovered I was linking up with them. Lucky for my readers, we struck up a conversation and came up with a totally fun spotlight and contest! Read on, my friends - read on!

Like I said before, I love the modern/contemporary style of the invitations at WPD. I was able to choose some of my favorite invites, and WPD sent them to me to check out. Their colors are splendid and just as vibrant as they appear on the website. I really liked the thickness and texture of the paper, as well.

Some things I love about their website: You can search for invitations by style or by color. I love that! If you want to bring your wedding colors into your invitations, it can be such a pain looking and looking through pages of invitations just to find which ones have those specific colors. The search by color option takes you right to all their invitations with the specific color you want. Now, if it's a certain style you want - minimal, modern, contemporary - you just go over to the "Shop by Style" button and you'll have tons of results in an instant.

I also like how easy it is to navigate their website, with buttons along the top and links on the left hand side. I enjoy going to a website that is not only visually appealing, but also easy to work my way around.

I've already spotlighted some of my favorite invites on my monogram & zing posts (see links above). But here are a few more I recently found . . .

I highly recommend Wedding Paper Divas. They have gorgeous, high quality products and I have just been super impressed with their customer service!

Wedding Paper Diva's Contest!

One lucky winner will receive a Wedding Paper Divas gift certificate for $50!

There are three ways to receive a contest entry (which means you could earn up to three entries!) All entries need to be received by 12 noon (CT) on Monday, May 11th. The winner will be announced later that afternoon. When you comment, be sure to leave your email address or blog link so I can contact you. The winner has until Wednesday, May 13th to send me their mailing address or another winner will be chosen. Good luck, everyone!

1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me which WPD invite is your favorite.

2. Become a From My Wedding to Yours follower. (Please leave another comment letting me know you became a follower or if you are already a follower.)

3. Announce this contest on your blog, with a link back to this post. Be sure to leave another comment so I can stop by to check out your announcement!

Happy Wedding Preparations!


April 17, 2009

Marrying Again: What to Wear

When my husband and I bought our first home, we were lucky enough to have an incredible neighbor named Laura. I loved living next to her. She was vibrant and always had a smile on her face. Laura was also in her early 80's and had been widowed twice. I learned a lot from Laura during our two years as next door neighbors. But the greatest lesson Laura taught me is that no one is ever too old to find or renew love.

I still remember how excited Laura was to tell me about finding some of her former schoolmates online and renewing old friendships. One of those friendships bloomed into love as Laura re-connected with an old flame. Their wedding (Laura's third and his second) was truly a celebration. Laura was beautiful in her floor length bridal gown and simple veil. It was wonderfully romantic when Laura reached the front of the chapel and her soon-to-be husband took one of her hands and raised it to his lips. You could just feel the sigh from all the ladies in attendance.

Today, it's quite common to meet couples marrying for their second or third time because of either the death of a spouse or divorce. No matter the circumstances, the most important thing to remember is that it's not the number that's important, but the celebration of your love, union, and commitment to each other. If the couple wants to have a huge splashy wedding and reception, then go for it! Other couples may prefer a more intimate, casual gathering with family and friends. The couple should talk together, and include any children they may have, to decide what type of setting they'd like for their wedding.

One of my readers asked what to wear to a second marriage that is not going to be formal. Than answer is - anything you'd like! Color is no boundary - white is perfectly fine. Today, white is a symbol of joy rather than virginity. Also, remember that before Queen Victoria wore white at her wedding, brides got married in their best dress of any color. The only color I would caution against (and this is just my personal opinion) is black. While black can be elegant, it's a dark color usually associated with sadness or death. But like I said, that's my personal opinion. If black is your favorite color to wear, then that may be the color you'd like for your bridal outfit.

When considering what to wear for your wedding, think about the setting. If it's not formal, how "less-than-formal" will it be? You can find very simple, but beautiful wedding dresses. Other options are cocktail dresses, dress suits, or a pant suit. Some brides even get married in jeans and a dressy top!

I did some research and found a variety of outfits as examples.

Eternity Gowns #8913
Matte satin sheath with gathered empire waist accented with lightly jeweled band.

Eternity Gowns #8302
Matte satin mermaid with three-quarter length bell sleeves.

Eternity Gowns #7902
Beaded Georgette sheath with bias cut ruffles, double flutter sleeves and a sweep train.

Alex Evenings Beaded Jacket Dress

There are many options of beautiful outfits for an encore bride. I would like to point out that the most, most, most (yes, I really mean it!) important part of choosing your bridal outfit is that you absolutely love it and feel gorgeous in it. Because no matter if it's your first or fifth marriage, one thing remains true - every bride wants her groom to think she's so beautiful, he can't take his eyes off her. And ladies, your groom will feel that way if you feel that way, too. So go out, shop, and enjoy finding the perfect outfit for your wedding day!

Happy Wedding Preparations!


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April 9, 2009

How to Add Zing to Your Wedding

One of my friends just got engaged and emailed me with her wedding color selections - black, white, and lime green. This totally suits her personality - formal, with a touch of playful zing. Then, as I laid in bed this evening trying to get some much needed sleep, my mind kept coming up with all these awesome ideas of how to take some basic formal colors, in this case black and white, and add another color for some fabulous accents. Here are some of my ideas:

Just for the Bride

Tie some zing onto your gown by adding a colorful sash. A removable sash allows you to still wear your gown for the temple ceremony. When you return to the bridal room, you can put the sash on for wedding pictures and the upcoming reception. Sashes can be custom made with any color, material, or style your prefer.

There are lots of wonderful ways to add zing to your wedding. I hope you find some inspiration and are bursting with creative ideas for your wedding.

Smithfield Gown by LatterDay Bride
The sash on this gown is tied in the back,
creating a touch of color on the front with a dramatic sweep of sash in the back.

Prescott Gown by Latter-Day Bride
The sash on this gown is "tied" on the front,
adding a playful, but elegant look.

Bridesmaids Only Please

I love my friend's choices of black and white, which are both elegant and versatile colors. Adding a sash of lime green to either of these colors will either make it more formal (black with a lime green sash) or summery and playful (white with a lime green sash). As I searched for bridesmaid dresses, I discovered that both LatterDay Bride and Modest by Design offer custom dresses. You get to choose the design and they will make it in the colors of your choice. Here are a few bridesmaid dresses as examples:

Taffeta Gown by Modest by Design
features a contrasting wide ruched sash.

Duchess Satin Gown by Modest by Design
features a contrasting band and bow at the waist.

Plumeria Gown by LatterDay Bride
features a sash with bow in the back.

Gorgeous Groomsmen

Even the guys can get in on a little color co-ordination. You'll see from the pics below, that you can get vests, ties, and tuxedo bows to match your wedding colors. If having a vest and tie is too much color, consider wearing a vest to match the suit and the tie the accent color. Just that little bit of color truly pulls the complete bridal party look together. Also, think about if you want all of the guys wearing the accent colors, or the groom in traditional tux with just the groomsmen wearing the accent colors. Here are examples for both a white tux and a black tux with co-ordinated accessories:

Wilke-Rodriguez Two Button Satin Edge Notch Lapel Tuxedo from Men's Wearhouse

Wedding Invitations with Zing

Don't stop with your bridal party, be sure to pull your wedding colors through your whole wedding. You may find a wonderful invitation with your wedding colors on it. Another option is to choose a simple, elegant invitation and tie some organza ribbon around the middle. Here are some invitation from Wedding Paper Divas I totally loved:

Monogram Stripe - Meadow
This is an excellent example of using my friend's black and white theme with just a touch of lime green. This invitation is beautiful, simple, and elegant. I love the personalization with the monogram at the top as well.

Banded Damask - Kiwi
This invite does the exact opposite as the one above.
Instead of having the green color as an accent,
this invitation brings that fun accent color into the spotlight.
It's very bold and energetic.

Simple Elegance - Black
This is a great example of choosing a simple, but elegant invitation
then adding your accent color with some organza ribbon.
Obviously the ribbon isn't pictured here, but can't you just see some pretty lime green ribbon tied in a bow across the middle? Gorgeous!

Tie It All Together

Ribbon is an inexpensive way to co-ordinate the wedding colors throughout the wedding and reception. There are lots of options for different looks and textures - satin or organza, shiny or beaded. And there are limitless ways to use the ribbon - wrapped around candles or center-piece stands at the reception, braided into the flower girls or bridesmaids hair-dos, as well as the examples below.

Above are two unique ways to wrap bouquets with ribbon.
I love how they added the gemstone pins for bling and the beads to create a bow pattern.

These little black boxes are great for reception thank-you's.
Simply wrap a bit of ribbon around it and it totally compliments your wedding colors.
These boxes are available in a variety of colors from Beau Coup.

These personalized tags look fab on your guest gift boxes.
They would also look fantastic on the wedding bouquets (especially the one the bride tosses!),
candles, and table centerpieces.

Happy Wedding Preparations!


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April 8, 2009

And the Winner of the Blanca Bracelet Is . . .

Sorry I didn't get this up yesterday. My hubby had an accident on Saturday, and we spent yesterday going around to various doctor appointments.

Today's contest winner is announced on this video!

Congrats, Laura! Please send me your mailing address and I'll get the Blanca bracelet, along with catalogs and 20% off gift certificate. Enjoy!!!

April 3, 2009

Around the Clock Bridal Shower

Around the Clock themed bridal showers are very popular. Basically, the idea is to assign each guest to represent a certain time of day. The guest then purchases a gift for that time frame. And yes, we're talking all 24 hours of the day! As the bride opens her gifts, have the guests tell her what her assigned time was and why she chose that gift. Here are some ideas to incorporate the Around the Clock theme into the bridal shower.

First of all, let's talk invitations. These fun invites are from My Gatsby.

Clock Mega Topper on Orange/Pink Base

Jewel Clock on Green Slimline Invite

If you're making your own invites, here's a fun way to word them:

An Around-the-Clock Shower
Come celebrate our bride-to-be
Jane Smith
as she prepares to have the time of her life
when she marries John Jones
An Around-the-Clock Bridal Shower and Brunch
April 14th, 2009, 11:30 am.
Your time of day is _____________
Please bring a gift appropriate to that time of day.
For example, 8 am might mean a breakfast tray or a robe.
7 pm might be movie tickets, or whatever else you can think of!
RSVP: Maid of Honor, 555-555-5555 or by April 1st.

Now, let's great those refreshments ready!

Something sweet: A chocolate clock cake. Yummy!

Something light: Put together trays representing the different times of day, such as bagel bites with cream cheese for morning, mini-chicken salad sandwiches for lunch, sliced fruit for snacks, etc. Come up with little place cards with a clock representing the time for each tray, ie. 8 am for the bagel bites, 12 noon for the sandwiches, etc.

And the winner is . . .

A fun game to go along with this theme is to come up with a questionnaire and see how well the guests know the bride. Include questions like: What time does the bride get up in the morning? What time of day did the couple meet? What time does the bride like to go to the grocery store? What time of day did the bride go shopping for her gown? What time is the couple getting married? What time did the groom propose?

Another fun game is everyone likes is bingo. Make up bingo cards with different times of the day, (each card should be scrambled differently). Then the guests mark off the times as the bride opens her gifts. Whoever gets bingo first wins the prize!

For the guests . . .

As a guest, sometimes it isn't easy to think of something to go along with your assigned time. Here's a list of suggestions for different time frames:

Early Morning (1-5 am)

A book to read to go back to sleep
Lavendar lotions to relax
Bedside lamps
Bed Sheets
Warm blankets
Alarm Clock

Mid-Morning (6-9 am)

Hot chocolate
Breakfast foods (instant oatmeal, bagels, cereals)
Breakfast cookbooks
Kitchen towels and washcloths
Bathroom towels, washcloths, and hand towels
Scented bath soaps and body sprays

Late Morning (10-12 noon)

Crock Pot
Cleaning Supplies
Laundry Detergent
Cook books
Cooking Utensils
Lunch Plates
Smoothie Machine

Afternoon (1-3 pm)

Cake stand
Serving plates and dishes
Gift cards to grocery stores

Early Evening (4-6 pm)

Pots and pans
Pot holders
Food Basics: oil, sugar, flour, etc
Cute apron
Grill supplies

Mid-Evening (7-9 pm)

Movie tickets
Gift cards to restaurants
Bed sheets
Bath robes
Fluffy slippers

Late Evening (10-12 midnight)

Massage for Couples book
Wine glasses & bottles of sparkling grape juice
Gift Certificate to hotels or B&B

All in all, an Around the Clock shower is a lot of fun and a great way to get the couple started for their new life together. Enjoy!

Happy Wedding Preparations!


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March 29, 2009

Costume vs High Fashion Jewelry PLUS Enter to Win a Gorgeous Bracelet!

Today we are going to talk about bridal jewelry. Just like diamonds, there's a vast selection of quality. When you finally narrow your selection down to one or two gowns, the store associate will probably pull out the big guns - the accessories. Just about every bridal store has it's own display of bridal jewelry. The associate will point out how one necklace matches the crystals on your gown, how another accentuates the neckline, and still another that co-ordinates with your veil. Your mind will be whirling with accessory overload.

My suggestion - don't even look at jewelry that day. Shop around to other stores. While you're shopping, pay attention to the two types of jewelry most brides consider: Costume Jewelry and High Fashion Jewelry

Costume Jewelry
(cost: $20-135 per necklace)

Most bridal stores carry costume jewelry. While it looks nice and is designed to match the gowns and bridesmaid dresses on display, it's lower quality than high fashion jewelry. It also does not come with a guarantee. If it breaks before the big day, then you'll need to purchase another necklace.

Another thing to consider is that since your necklace matches your wedding dress or the bridesmaid gowns, will it match anything in your closet after the wedding? In my case, the answer has been no. I chose a pretty costume necklace my bridal associate recommended to go with my dress. While I loved it and it's certainly a very pretty necklace, for the last ten years it's sat in my jewelry box collecting dust. No matter what dressy occasion I attend, I've never had another gown or dress that necklace looked good with again. I can say the same for the other three necklaces I wore as a bridesmaid in other weddings. Right now, all four of those necklaces have just been collecting dust. I've seriously thought about getting rid of them, but so far have kept them for sentimental reasons.

Here are some examples of costume bridal jewelry:

Cost: $30/necklace

This necklace is a lot like the one I wore when I was in my brother-in-law's wedding.
A combination of pearls, gold, and crystals makes this a definitely bridal piece in that
it's very difficult to match up with another outfit.
Cost: $40/set

My bridal set was much like this.
While it's very elegant, I haven't found anything to wear it with since.
Cost: $80/set

Cost: $99/set

I have a necklace like this with an emerald green stone to match the bridesmaid dress I wore. This type of necklace was very popular for bridesmaids back in the 90's.
Cost: $20/necklace

High Fashion Jewelry (Cost: $20-250 per necklace)

High fashion jewelry is higher quality than costume jewelry, although lower in quality than fine jewelry (the really nice stuff with real pearls, gems, and diamonds). One benefit to high fashion jewelry, is that many stores or high fashion jewelry companies will replace your item for free or at a very low cost (shipping & handling) if your item breaks. This is definitely good if you're spending $30 or more on a necklace.

High fashion jewelry is also more versatile. You will find beautiful pieces to co-ordinate with your bridal party, but you'll also wear these pieces over and over again in your day-to-day life which makes it a much better addition to your jewelry box. You can Google "high fashion jewelry" and find lots of companies to choose from. When I did my Google search, on the first page of results, there's one company who came up multiple times as a favorite high fashion jewelry supplier - Premier Designs.

I was surprised, but I guess I shouldn't have. My girlfriend, Laura Marion, is a Premier Designs jewelry lady and I love getting her new catalogs. I have lots of Premier Designs jewelry, but I never knew they were so in demand that they would come up as the top hits on a Google search! Armed with this new info, I called up Laura and talked to her about my upcoming post on bridal jewelry. I asked her to bring over some jewelry she would recommend for a bridal party so I could take pictures for this post. She gathered up her favorite pieces (which were quite a few!) and here they are below. Disclaimer: I am not a professional photographer. These pictures don't do justice to the actual colors of the jewelry, but you'll get a good idea of what's available. Believe me, they are gorgeous! In between photos, I was trying on each of the necklaces and running to the bathroom for mirror access!

Silvers: From Left to Right Two Hearts Necklace ($39)
Very romantic silver necklace. I love the toggle and hearts draping down.

Luxe Necklace ($35)

I have the Luxe necklace. It didn't turn out very well in this picture.
On one side of the silver circles, it's blingy with crystals and hammered silver.
You can also open the clasp holding the circles
and flip them over to a smooth, shiny silver surface.
I love how this necklace and be all bling bling for a more dressy occassion
or sleek for with jeans and a nice shirt.

Unbelievable Bracelet
This is a blingy silver and crystal bracelet.

Earrings: Lookin' Good Silver Bracelet ($28)
More Imagination Necklace ($21) Different colored cords available

Silver Companions Oval Earrings ($26)

Golds & Metallics: The colors in this picture didn't turn out well.
Rio Necklace ($49)
Rio Bracelet ($39)
The Rio Set is made up of blocky strands of gold, silver, and copper.
Avant Garde Gold Necklace

Silver and Beads
Austin Necklace ($38)
Austin Bracelet ($35 for set of 3 bracelets)

The Austin Set is made of silver strands with blue, brown, and tan beads

Euginia Silver Necklace ($49)

Gold and Beads
Kristiana Gold Necklace ($69)
Mahogany Necklace ($49)
Mahogany Bracelet ($29 for set of 3 bracelets)
The Mahogany set is made up of chocolate brown and plum colored beads.

Black & White Beads
Jet Set ($49)
The Jet Set is made of black and gray beads.
Opposites Attract Necklace ($35)

Opposites Attract Bracelet ($28)

The Opposties Attract set is made of silver strands with black and white beads.

Beads and Pearls
Waterfall Bracelet ($26 for set of 4 bracelets)
Pearl Bracelet
Sandstone Bracelet ($36)
Carolyn Gold Beaded Necklace ($44)
Carolyn Earrings ($21)

Romantic Glass Beads
Lavendar Rose Necklace ($29)
Lavendar Rose Earrings ($17)
The Lavendar Rose set is made of lavendar and pink glass beads with silver links.

Spring/Summer Trendy Glass Beads
Venetian Necklace ($34)
Venetian Bracelet ($24 per bracelet)
The Venetian set is made up of blue, pink, and green glass beads
in a variety of geometrical shapes on a silver strand.

As you can see, there's a much larger variety of jewelry pieces available - everything from bling to metallics to beads - with a more styles to choose from. High fashion jewelry is unique and certainly not like costume bridal jewelry, although the prices are comparable.

So,whether you're the bride or the mother-of-the-bride, shop around for your jewelry pieces. You will most likely find something you like much better than the selection at a bridal shop and you'll also enjoy wearing it again and remembering that special day.

Premier Designs Jewelry Give-Away!

My girlfriend, Laura, was kind enough to offer this beautiful Blanca bracelet for one lucky From My Wedding to Yours reader!

The Blanca Bracelet is made of inter-twined silver hoops with pearl accents.

Here it is on my wrist.
It's so pretty and romantic!

The winner will also receive a gift certificate for 20% off an order placed with Laura! Hmm . . . a beautiful bracelet AND a 20% discount! I wish I could enter!!!

There are three ways to receive a contest entry (which means you could earn up to three entries!) All entried need to be received by 12 noon (CT) on Tuesday, April 7th. The winner will be announced later that afternoon on April 7th. When you comment, be sure to leave your email address or blog link so I can contact you!!! The winner has until Friday, April 10th to send me their mailing address or another winner will be chosen. Good luck, everyone!

1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what topics you'd like to see in future From My Wedding to Yours posts.

2. Become a From My Wedding to Yours follower. (Please leave another comment letting me know you became a follower or if you are already a follower.)

3. Go to Laura's jewelry blog, Laura's Jewelry 411, and leave a comment. Be sure to let her know you're a From My Wedding to Yours reader. I check her blog frequently & will give you an additional entry to the contest when I see you there!

Happy Wedding Preparations!


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March 20, 2009

Receptions - Love 'Em and Hate 'Em

As part of the "Your Temple Wedding" give-away, I asked you to leave comments about what you loved and hated about wedding receptions. While you gave me lots of reasons you hate receptions, there was one common theme of why you love weddings . . .

You all said you love to seeing and visiting with friends and family. I totally agree. It's so much fun to be surrounded in one room by tons of people you haven't seen in a while. It's so much fun to bop from table to table visiting with friends and family, laughing and enjoying the reception. I love it when friends are so excited to see me, they grab me (interrupting whatever conversation I was in) and start a hug fest!

Some of my favorite parts of the reception is seeing the wedding cake and pictures of the bride and groom. I just love all the different wedding cakes and think it's so much fun to see what the couple picks out. I also appreciate it when the bride and groom put up pictures and other fun things for the people in the waiting line to enjoy while they . . . yes, wait.

Now let's delve into the things you didn't like about receptions.

Standing in line for hours as a bridesmaid.
I have to say I totally agree. I never understood why, at LDS receptions, they make the attendants stand in line with the bride and groom. I mean really, the reason everyone is there is to see the bride and groom. It's rather uncomfortable for both the attendants and the guests to have to make small talk with a bunch of people they may or may not know. I recommend just having the bride, groom, and the parents in the line. Let the attendants enjoy the reception or help with the food. This is the other thing I don't understand about LDS weddings - why do you need bridesmaids and groomsmen? It's not like they are walking down an aisle or participating in the wedding ceremony. Yes, I can totally understand wanting everyone to dress up or have co-ordinating suits and dresses. But if you're being married in the temple and not having a ring ceremony that you walk down an aisle, you really don't need to assign "bridesmaids".

Money dances.
As a guest, you may not like them - but the bride and groom sure appreciate the cash for their honeymoon! Seriously though, this can be just as uncomfortable for the wedding couple. My experience with the money dance as a bride wasn't too much fun. You'd think everyone would want to dance with the bride, right? Nope. Our big reception was at my hubby's family ward in Kansas. I only knew one person there - my sister. And let me tell you, my hubby had a HUGE line of women waiting to dance with him. And I had . . . no line at all. How totally embarrassing. So my sister came up with a big bill and we danced together for a couple songs. So, even though as a guest you may not like the money dance, don't think you're the only one. And please, if you ever see a bride or groom with no line - go dance with them!!! Even if you don't add a dollar to the money pile!

The Work.
Oh. Yeah. I hear ya, sister. Receptions aren't the easiest things to throw together. Of course, that all depends on the bride and groom. Our wedding day reception was in Utah with all our college friends. We had a cake, punch, a DJ, and hired some BYU swing team dancers to come teach swing dancing. It was easy to set up and we were done before the reception started. I remember sitting around with some of my college roomies chatting while we waited for guests to arrive. Our Kansas reception was another story though. We told my hubby's parents we wanted a DJ for a dance and left everything else up to them. Holy smokes! We had a huge wedding cake, a groom's cake, a whole catered buffet, and the rest of the works. I was amazed at the amount of work everyone put into celebrating our marriage! I'll put together another post with tips about organizine your reception and how to make the day less stressful.

The wonderful feeling of being in the temple gets lost as you go into stress mode, pulling all the reception details together, ending the day completely exhausted.
So we go from this spiritual high from being in the temple and - if you aren't the bride and groom - you go from this calm, wonderful environment and jump right into the fire! Set up the cake, set up the tables, what happened to the center-pieces??? I will post more about how to keep that feeling with you as you pull all the reception details together.

Thank you, everyone for responding and entering the contest! Speaking of the contest, I bet you'd like to know the winner! (Drum roll please . . . ) And the winner is . . .


Come back next week for a new contest (hint: think bling!) Amy, send me an email with your address and I'll get your book in the mail for you.

Happy Wedding Preparations!


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March 12, 2009

Your Temple Wedding by Jeri-Lynn Johnson & Amy Jones and Give-Away!

Make your wedding beautiful, simple, and sacred. Learn how to make the temple and it's sacred ordinances the focus of your special day. Jeri-Lynn Johnson and Amy Jones are here to help. They will guide you through all the details and help you create just what you have dreamed of - without the added stress.

Today, I have the honor of reviewing the book, Your Temple Wedding, by Jeri-Lynn Johnson & Amy Jones.

I really enjoyed reading Your Temple Wedding. It's a great book that gives simple answers to questions many brides have - from the ring to the honeymoon. There are also sections for difficult questions such as; What if one parent isn't able to attend the temple? Or if the one side of the bridal couple's family are non-members, how do you explain a temple marriage? Jeri-Lynn and Amy give kind, loving answers to help brides in these situations.

My favorite part of Your Temple Wedding is all the gorgeous photography! Let me tell you, I was surprised at what these authors could do to transform a cultural hall into an elegant and beautiful reception location! No basketball hoops, ladies!

While reading the book, I also had the opportunity to email back and forth with Jeri-Lynn and ask her some fun questions and bridal tips. (BTW - The picture you see is Jeri-Lynn with her daughter, Amy. What a great mother-daughter writing team!)

Q: Why did you decide to write Your Temple Wedding?

Jeri-Lynn: I have two daughters and they both had amazing weddings. We used a wedding planner and yet, I still had a 5" thick notebook full of ideas - so my oldest daughter and I decided to condense our findings into a book.

Q: If you were sitting down with a bride today, what advice would you and your daughter give her?

Jeri-Lynn: Our top tips are:
1. Make your wedding day personal. Have it reflect your personality.

2. Remember, this is just the wedding and reception - don't get carried away and stress yourself out. It is the "marriage" that is the most important thing. Keep your focus on the marriage - not the celebrations.

3. Make every effort to keep within your budget. Don't start out your marriage in debt. Marriage is all about compromise - start practicing that ideal when planning your celebrations.

4. Ladies, contrary to popular belief, your wedding day is NOT all about you. It is also your fiance's big day. Is there anything he'd like to incorporate into the plans? Did you bother to ask?

Q: Do you have a website?

Jeri-Lynn: Yes! You can find us at We've posted all of the overflow material from our book on the website to supplement the book. As a bonus,you don't have to buy the book to use the website.

To purchase Your Temple Wedding, click here.

And now, From My Wedding to Yours very first contest information!

I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to Jeri-Lynn and Amy for autographing their book as a prize for one lucky From My Wedding to Yours reader.

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me what your very favorite and least favorite things are about receptions. To receive a second entry, announce this contest on your blog and link back to this post, then leave an additional comment here so I can come check it out.

All comments received no later than Midnight (CT) on Thursday, March 19th will be put into a hat and my 2-year-old will draw a winner. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 20th and will receive a free copy of Your Temple Wedding. The winner must email me within 3 days of the announcement or another winner will be drawn. Enjoy and Good Luck!

Happy Wedding Preparations!


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