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When Wedding Prep Becomes a Workout…

While I’m a proud member of the Exercise Avoidance Club, my colleague Denise is definitely one of those energetic women who loves to pump it up. (She actually confessed in a recent post that she loves exercise boot camps!). This contrast became strikingly obvious on a recent business trip when Denise lured me into our hotel gym. She ran for 30 minutes on a treadmill and called it her warm-up. I walked for 30 minutes, and needed 2 aspirin, a margarita and a nap.

Buff Brides FitnessI think what bugs me most about exercise is its purposelessness. I mean, does it balance your check book, return your emails or take out the trash? No. Even the nebulous goal of “weight loss” is immediately negated by the chocolate truffle with which I reward myself.

In order to overcome this lack of immediately perceivable benefit, I’ve substituted household chores for the conventional workout. This may seem like a rationalization for skipping the gym. But my house does look a lot cleaner. It goes something like this:

    • Dusting=warm-up
    • Mopping the floor=3 sets on rowing machine
    • Scrubbing the tub=2 sets of bicep curls
    • Walking upstairs to go to bed=1 minute on the stairmaster
    • etc., ad nauseum

Buff BridesIt occurred to me that brides can develop their own exercise equivalency chart, so that all those wedding-related chores can actually count as gym time! Charts will vary, but might look something like this:

    • Running up the 3 flights of stairs because you’re 15 minutes late to meet your caterer at a historic private estate=2 minutes on the treadmill
    • Hiking to the secluded forest altar where you dream of having your wedding ceremony=10 minutes of step aerobics
    • Lifting 17 albums of sample wedding invitations=17 bench-presses
    • Barging through the crowds outside of the bridal superstore sample sale=1 round of kick-boxing

See what fun this is?

(For those of you interested in a more traditional workout program, check out Sue Fleming’s Buff Brides books and video downloads with real exercises!

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Oct 10, 2008.
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Black Magic

I occasionally get to work at actual weddings with some of our fantastic Certified By The Guide event professionals, like floral designer Nancy Liu Chin.

To get you in the wedding mood, here’s a little inspiration from her own blog, Brown Bag:

Courtesy of Nancy Liu Chin's Blog, Brown Bag

Nancy Liu ChinMy copy of Elle magazine with Jessica Simpson on the cover came in the mail last week. After flipping through page after page of fashion spreads, I noticed that black is huge and I for one am glad. You will see black minimalism, black lace accents, black biker chic, black vintage detailing.

When I got into the office today, I knew that I had to show black to be suitable for weddings and then inspiration hit. I did do a wonderful black & white wedding a year ago. The accent color was inspired by deep, black magic red roses. It was a stunning wedding! We used mostly large imported South American roses, so it really had a European style to it—with a bit of an edge. And the photographers at Love Kills did such a great job capturing the spirit of our lovely bride, Kajsa! The cake was expertly designed by my friend, Shinmin, of I Dream of Cake. Hotel Vitale was the venue. Linens were by Classic Party Rentals.

Denise Posted by Denise on Oct 08, 2008.
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Finding Gay-Friendly Wedding Services

Since California legalized gay marriage, many same-sex couples—including Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi—have already happily tied the knot. So after all is said and done, what is the difference between a same-sex wedding and a straight one?  “Gay weddings don’t seem to be much different than straight events, except for what’s on top of the cake: two girls, two guys or a mix,” quips Mark Belhumeur from the Russian River’s Village Inn.

Cake Topper from GayWeddings.comGay couples are now (finally!) legally allowed to marry anywhere they wish in California, but like everyone else they still have to contend with planning their event. Karen Hester of Here Comes The Pride (great name, isn’t it?) is doing what she can to make that easier: Her wedding packages include hand-picked gay- or lesbian-friendly wedding locations and services. “We want to offer the best possible wedding for those couples who have waited a long time for this historic moment,” notes Hester.

Not coincidentally, Hester recommends some of our loveliest Here Comes The Guide wedding venues, including: The Claremont Club and Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, Hotel Durant, Terrace Room at Lake Merritt Hotel. She’s also personally approved Boon in Guerneville and The Village Inn in Monte Rio.

Trend Alert: According to Denon & Doyle Mobile DJ, the hottest “First Dance” song for same-sex weddings is ‘I’m Coming Out’ by Diana Ross. “The same sex weddings we have been doing are all about fun,” says Brian Doyle.Cake Topper from

Allison Posted by Allison on Oct 06, 2008.
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