Friday, August 19, 2011


Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings
The Save the Date is the first introduction to your guests about your upcoming wedding.  There are so many fun and creative ways to express yourself with your save the date but you will want to remember to include these key ingredients.

DATE - Naturally, this is one of the most important pieces on the save the date!

SOON TO BE BRIDE and GROOM-  Your name and your fiance's name.  You will want to include both of your last names as well so everyone knows exactly who is getting married and from what side of the family!

LOCATION -  You want to include the city and state.  In the event of a destination wedding, your guests will want to know if they need to start thinking of travel arrangements!  

WEDDING WEBSITE -  This is one of other most important pieces to include on your save the date! The website serves as a great communication tool for your guests throughout the rest of your planning days, so please be sure it is visible!  They can visit the site periodically to find nearby hotels you may have arranged for room blocks and your wedding registry plus, hear about your personal LOVE story of how you met and how he proposed.  You can include some fun survey's like where you should go on your honeymoon or what song should you play for your first dance.  With so many free templates available, it only takes a little bit of time to create a website that is reflective of you two as a couple.  One of my favorites is, click Free Websites to get started! 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST - the famous line, Formal Invitation to Follow!

Best Wishes Always!

Cindy Stonehouse

Friday, August 12, 2011

10 Commandments of Marriage

I was reading through one of my magazines this morning and came across this piece on What Every Husband Should Know.  As a wedding planner, I know how much time it takes to plan a wedding and everything that goes into the wedding day.  However, I know that it takes EVERY DAY to keep the marriage going.  So I wanted to share this with you and may you always remember, "The 10 Commandments of Marriage".

1.  The children come first.  If there are no children, your wife comes first.
2.  Be kind.  A cruel word, once said, cannot be unsaid.
3.  Your wife is always the most beautiful woman you've ever seen.
4.  Your wife is always the best S*X you've ever had.
5.  Everything is your fault.  Learn to embrace this.
6.  When your wife says "fine", it means she is not happy.
7.  Don't seek to change each other, seek to accept each other.
8.  Let the past stay in the past.  Your marriage is about today and tomorrow.
9.  Your wedding anniversary and your wife's birthday are the most important days of the year.
10. Laugh. A lot. Laugh with her. Laugh at yourself.

Enjoy!  Best wishes always!

Cindy Stonehouse

As seen in Wedding magazine,  June * July 2011