25 Precious Flower Girl Moments

If you want to get the most “Awww’s” out of your wedding, it’s time to round up your daughters/ nieces / god daughters and more!

Here are some of our favorite Flower Girls moments, that will make you reconsider children at your wedding!

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1. Just taking care of my baby brother!

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Photo Credit: MOD Wedding

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2. We think someone’s having a princess moment!?

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Photo Credit: The Huffington Post

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Simple DIY Wedding Centerpieces Using Wine Bottles

Don’t throw out those empty glass bottles!  “Upcycle” them into chic vases and candleholders by adding yarn, twine, paint, and/or glitter.  We love the look of different size bottles grouped together.  Mix and match colors and textures with candles, flowers, or a collection of both for a stylish centerpiece.

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Yarn Bottle
(see original article at Wedding Chicks)

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1)  First, you will want to remove your glass bottle labels so that you can’t see them peeking through. Submerge your bottles in hot water.  After they have soaked for a while you can peel off the labels pretty easily.  For any stubborn bits or remaining goo, pour a couple drops of olive oil onto a paper towel and rub at the remaining residue from the label. Make sure to wash your bottle afterward to get the oil off.  If you need something stronger try Goo Gone.

2)  When your bottle is clean and dry you can begin wrapping it.  Starting at the top of your bottle, apply a tiny dab of hot glue, just under the edge. Press your yarn into the glue horizontally, leaving a tail-end. Point the tail-end downward and start wrapping…as you wrap you will hide the end! You will want each layer of yarn to rest closely to the next, without any room in between. Try playing with different tensions to see what works best.

3)  When you get to the curve, you may need to ease up slightly on the tension, or apply small dabs of glue to the bottle to hold the yarn in place, depending on the angle that the bottle curves outward.

4)  Continue down the bottle until you reach the bottom. Apply another small dab of glue along the base, and once the yarn is set, snip the end.

5)   This method will create a clean and smooth look. For a less symmetric, more organic look, let your yarn overlap and bunch up in various directions.

Now, fill your bottle with one or several beautiful blooms, trimming your stems so that the blooms sprout right above the opening of the bottle and are staggered at different heights.

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Twine Bottle
(same instructions as above)
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Glitter Bottles
(see original article at Jenny On The Spot)

See the original article at Jenny On The Spot (and for other great ideas!)

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What you’re going to need:  
– Glossy, acrylic sealer
– Fine grit sand paper
– Empty wine bottle(s)
– Glitter
 

1)  Rub the bottle with sand paper so that the adhesive has something to hold on to

2)  In a well-ventilated area, lay your sanded bottle on a covered surface, spray with adhesive, and generously sprinkle glitter.  Don’t spray it all at once… do it in parts

3)  Turn your bottle (gently) and repeat.  Spray adhesive.  Generously glitter.  Spray adhesive.  Generously glitter.  Spray adhesive.  Generously glitter.

4)  Once you’ve gone all the way around your bottle, look for thin spots, missed spots, or spots that make you crazy. Spray adhesive and add more glitter as needed.  Stand it up and let dry.

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Painted Bottles
(see original article at Ruffled Blog)

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1)  First, you will want to remove the bottle labels and then clean and dry your bottles (see Step 1 of the Yarn Bottles for how to).

2)  Next cover a hard surface outside and place bottles on the surface.

3)  Spray one thin, even coat of spray paint on each bottle.  Make sure you are not holding the can too close to the bottle or the paint will get on too thick and start to drip.

4)  Give the bottles time to dry between coats and apply additional coats as needed.  This amount of time will vary—be sure to check the can label for specific dry time instructions.

5)  Be sure to pick up the bottle and spray around the bottom edge so no glass is showing through. Then do a quick spray at the very top of the bottle. Leave bottles out to dry in a shaded place.

6)  Voila! You now have beautiful vases or candle holders for your centerpieces.

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5 Tips for the Newlywed Homebuyers

The knot has been tied, vows exchanged  and your perfect wedding was everything you dreamed!  Now…on to reality!  The decision to purchase a new home together is going to be one of the biggest investments of your lifetime.  Not only from a financial standpoint but from the point that THIS home is going to be the beginning of many, many happy years together!

When beginning the process of home buying, consider these important talking points:

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Know What You Can Afford

Sometimes it’s hard to put the daydreaming aside…but now it’s time.  First things first: talk to a lender before you even start looking at homes.   Let them help you establish a comfortable price range for your new home.  And don’t just factor the Principle & Interest of your loan.  Try to get a understanding of what your potential annual tax bill, insurance cost and HOA dues (if applicable) will be.  To make life easy on you, we suggest having your taxes and insurances be paid through an escrow account; meaning when you make a monthly mortgage payment, that payment will include PITI (principle-interest-taxes-insurance) and the lender will pay those expenses on your behalf.  This makes life simpler and you don’t feel the need to save up one large lump sum due at the end of the year.  Out of sight, out of mind!

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Interview Real Estate Agents

They’re a dime a dozen.  Some are worth their weight in gold.  Others…not so much.  Avoid the part-time agents and stick with agents with at least 5 years experience on a full-time basis.  Your agent represents you and ONLY you.  Don’t get yourself into situations where an agent tries to represent both you and the seller (yes, this happens)!  You want an agent who is looking out for your interests only.  And most importantly, find someone you enjoy being around…you’re going to be spending a lot of time together!

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The Home

Statistics show that first time (newlywed) home buyers will stay in their first home together for 3-5 years.  So when purchasing your first home, also consider resale.  Will this house be “sellable” in the next 3-5 years?  Is it in an area that will appreciate?  If possible, try to stick to more traditional styles/layouts…min. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths.   When considering your first home, just be cognizant of how YOU are eventually going to have to sell it!

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Financing

Interest rates are at all-time lows but how do you know which financing option is best for you?  First and most importantly:  You do NOT have to use the first lender you speak with.  Truth be known, you should speak with 3-4 lenders…make them compete for your business.  Ask them for a GFE (Good Faith Estimate) that breaks down your payments and closing costs.  While it’s good to speak directly with banks, also bring a mortgage broker into the mix…mortgage brokers have access to different monies that bank institutions do not.  (Warning:  When speaking to these 3-4 lending options, ask them not to pull your credit while they provide you GFE’s.  Pulling your credit reports in short amount of time periods can negatively impact your credit score).

When it comes to the financing itself, it’s always best to try to put down at least 20% downpayment.  This means you avoid paying what is called PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance).  This is just another monthly expense that is tacked on to your mortgage payment and does not apply towards your principle balance.  Realistically, not everyone has that kind of cash on hand.  If you are short on funds, explore FHA financing options.  With FHA, you only need a 3.5% downpayment.  Many 100% financing options went away with the real estate crash, but some do still exist like Suntrust’s Physician Loan Program.  Point being, take your time when exploring your financing options…money is cheap right now and it’s a great time to consider buying!

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Inspections

Do not…we repeat, do NOT forgo your opportunity to get the proper inspections done on the home you are now under contract on.  Yes, they can be somewhat expensive, but we promise, it is the best money you will spend!  The inspections are a great time for you to learn the “in’s and out’s” of your new home.  Make sure at least one of you can be there for it!

This is one of the most exciting times in your lives.  Buying a new home isn’t as daunting as it may sound.  Educate yourself first before going into it and hopefully some of the tips above will help you down that path towards home ownership.  Good luck!

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For The Groom: Inexpensive Upgrades to Transform Your Wedding Attire

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Whether you’re looking to upgrade the wedding day attire for your groomsmen, or just yourself, we’ve got you covered with these inexpensive options.

Outspoken Groom Decree: come wedding day leave no pocket behind. Companies like General Knot and Squared Aweigh offer numerous pocket square pattern and design options for you and your groomsmen. Don’t worry about having a perfectly symmetrical fold in your pocket square though. It looks better when just a little disorderly.

Unless you wear a Rolex or Panerai on a daily basis, and if so you’re probably a pompous douche, opt for a casual watch like the Timex Weekender with interchangeable straps. Remember, your wedding day is supposed to be relaxed and fun.

Okay, so maybe not suitable for those boardroom meetings with your senior partner, but colorful laces are a simple and economical way to make any pair of dress shoes stand out. Just remember, when replacing your wingtip’s original laces for something bright, stick to a dark, solid dress sock. You don’t need to look like Willy Wonka.

Believe it or not, you can probably wear suspenders without looking like Larry King or Bill Lumbergh…under two conditions. One, only if you have a slim and slender build, otherwise it just looks like you couldn’t find a belt long enough to fit. Two, always remember that opposites attract. A striped or patterned shirt looks best with solid colored suspenders, and vise versa.

Cheers Gents.

 

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