In case you’re wondering how to express your love on Valentine’s Day: Love is chocolate. Just ask the Buddhist monks who make Intentional Chocolate™.
Infused with the intention of health and well-being by experienced meditators—some of whom trained with His Holiness the Dalai Lama—Intentional Chocolate nourishes both body and spirit.
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Through rigorous scientific testing, researchers found that one ounce of Intentional Chocolate per day for three days increased subjects’ well-being, vigor and energy by an average of 67 percent and, in some cases, up to 1,000 percent. Besides being a great treat for your significant other, it’s also the perfect pick-me-up for couples exhausted from spending all their free time planning a wedding (including yourselves!), and it makes a thoughtful wedding favor.
Did you see the article in the New York Times about pre-owned wedding dresses? I wouldn’t have either, if it wasn’t for my colleague Jennifer who forwarded the link to me. Anyway, the upshot is that while it’s still “all about the dress,” many brides are watching their budget and shopping for gently used or bought-but-never-used wedding gowns. Not only does this save money, but eco-conscious brides are doing their part in the “reuse, recycle…” mantra.
Since shopping online has its risks, we were excited to see that the article featured one of our recommended bridal salon partners, the very reputable Encore Bridal:
“Encore Bridal is an upscale resale and consignment bridal e-boutique where brides can find new, sample and ‘recycled couture’ gowns, discounted 30 to 60 percent off retail prices. They can buy online or at a private styling session in the Los Angeles area.
To be sold on their site, dresses must be less than three years old, said the owner, Julie Jones, who rejects 90 percent of the used gowns she is offered. (No ’80s gowns with poufy sleeves or out-of-style silhouettes.) ‘We cater to the bride who says, “My budget is $1,500 but I’m really attracted to gowns in the $3,000 to $5,000 range.” They’re looking for ways to get a dream dress that fits in their budget. This way they can have it all.’” (New York Times, January 31, 2009)
After your wedding, instead of sticking that lace and silk confection in the back of your closet, you can continue the recycling tradition and donate your gown to a worthwhile charity, like Brides Against Breast Cancer/Making Memories Foundation or DonateMyDress.org, a national network listing local dress drive donations.
These challenging economic times have created a novel wedding trend: The mid-week wedding! While Wednesday-night knot-tying is never going to replace Saturday evening extravaganzas, we’re hearing about wedding couples that opt to celebrate on a non-traditional day of the week. And why not? Since it’s an off-time for wedding vendors, they’re more likely to discount their fees. Same goes for your wedding location—you’re sure to get more for less if you wed on an alternate day. Want to upgrade from community center to hotel ballroom? For sure.
And a mid-week celebration isn’t really much of a stretch for your guests. Your single friends are used to partying after work, and even married couples typically have some extra-curricular activity after work. So instead of heading for the local bar for cocktails, they come to your wedding instead. Just think of it as your own personal “Happy Hour”… with presents!
For more about how the economy is affecting wedding budgets, check out this article from the Long Beach Business Journal. (And see if you can spot a familiar name!)