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14 Ways Your Wedding Wardrobe Can Help Keep You Healthy

  • Posted on December 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

You know that your wardrobe is one of many lifestyle choices that can help you stay healthy. Remember to choose wisely even when it comes to wedding clothing, shoes and bags, with these tips.  During your nuptial preparations and especially on the day of your wedding, you will be going through so many emotions that it is imperative that your clothing helps rather than hinders your movements.


Your Wedding Day Clothing Choices:


  1. Wear the correct size. Tight clothing can cause circulatory problems and aggravate high blood pressure.Buy clothing that fits comfortably. That goes for jewelry as well.

    Budget Weddings NYC apparel

    Tight and Comfortable?

  2. Dress for the climate. Let your local weather forecast help you decide what to wear. If you are marrying in the summertime, don’t wear items that make you extra hot.  With little or no food that day, you might faint.  High heat and humidity is easier to bear when you’re decked out in light weight and loose fitting gear.  Not very much fun for you, your new spouse or your guests.  In harsh winters call for coats, hats, gloves and boots if need be prior to your arrival to the ceremonial spot.  You’ll want to start your marriage well, rather than with the sniffles.

  3. Protect yourself from the sun. Keep using your sunscreen and let your garments provide an additional line of defense. Hats shield the delicate skin on your face and neck year round. If you go on your honeymoon to somewhere with a beach, then don’t forget to pack appropriately.  Toss on a tunic or sarong after your swim at the beach or pool.

  4. Customize your bra to your shape. Bras with adequate support reduce back pain. Specialty shops and department stores often offer free fittings. Fuller figures may need underwire and front hook closures.  You will want the perfect fit, shape and comfort for you wedding day.

  5. Shop for compression socks. Many doctors recommend compression socks for patients who are recovering from medical procedures or have conditions like diabetes that interfere with circulation. They’re also great for anyone who wants to boost blood flow or stands on their feet all day.  These could be a great rehearsal dinner gift for your fiancé and the groomsmen.




  1. Measure your heels. High heels may look sexy but the misalignment can trigger pain and posture issues. If you want to wear them down the aisle and for pictures, go for it, but comfort and health are my bi-words at all times.  Since you give your feet a break by looking for styles with good support and alternating with flats most days, why not do the same for your wedding day?  Your feet will thank you.
  2. Take off the flat flip flops. Flip flops provide little support for your ankles and knees. They’re convenient at the pool but put on walking shoes if you’re covering longer distances.  Even though wedding flip flops are all the rage, they do not provide the needed support you will need to stand and greet all your relatives.  Find some comfortable, pretty shoes with support to change into after your first dance.  You’ll be happier for it.  When your feet are happy, so is the rest of you.

    No more Flat Flip Flops

  3. Learn the facts about toning shoes. Lots of people liked the idea of shoes that would shape up their legs for them. However, studies showed that those claims failed to hold up and some brands actually caused injuries.  Whatever shoes you decide to wear on your wedding day, make shoe you have worn them at least twice before, so they are broken in and you know they are comfortable.  A hobbling bride and groom at the end of the festivities is neither fun nor happy.

  4. Keep up to date with your shoe size. Your feet may keep growing all your life, so ensure your favorite boots or heels or even flats still fit before you put them on for all-day wear. Allow about a half inch of space around your toes.

  5. Drive responsibly. If your feet hurt because you followed none of the above suggestions, don’t compound your chances by driving* barefoot.  1. Bare feet and flip flops can be dangerous behind the wheel. 2. You may slip or find your toe caught under a pedal. It’s worth the time to change into footwear that grips well.  *It is my hope that you will have someone else to drive and drop you somewhere after your reception.



  1. Lighten your load. Your handbag may weigh more than you think. The general rule of thumb is to limit yourself to ten percent of your body weight or less. Empty out stuff you no longer need.
  2. Leaving for your honeymoon right away.  Don’t overstuff your luggage; after all wherever you are going you probably will want to buy souvenirs or even more clothing.  No need to pack everything and have to check bags.  Pack just what you might need, plus one outfit less and you will be doing quite well for check in and your return flight.
  3. Switch sides. It’s easy to get in the habit of carrying stuff on one side of your body only, which leads to overuse over time. Make a conscious decision to alternate from one shoulder to the other throughout each day.
  4. Try a cross-body bag. Even better, pick a style with straps that you can wear across your chest or back. It will distribute the weight more evenly and take the pressure off your shoulders.

  5. Switch wallets. While women may be putting too much stress on their shoulders, hips are often the area of concern for men. Ditch that overstuffed wallet in favor of a lean credit card case. You can always keep your old wallet in your glove compartment for those occasions when you need the extra items.

    Fat for a reason.

    Fat wallet with money?

Fashion on your wedding day is great, so let that special day’s wardrobe help you to lead a long and active wedding day healthily and with fun. Use these tips to check out your wedding day trousseau and guide you through your next nuptials’ shopping spree.

A Do It Yourself Wedding in New York City For $15,000 Or Less, Is It Possible? Part I

  • Posted on March 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

A do-it-yourself (DIY) wedding in New York City sounds like an oxymoron, but it can be done. There are various ways of complying with that statement above and all for under $15,000. Even well under $10,000. You can still have quite an extravagant wedding, even an over the top wedding for under $15,000 AND in New York. Let me show you how it can be done, including your honeymoon. Now I know you’re thinking that is impossibility, but it is not. My husband and I did it and so can you, even in 2011.

Our wedding was almost six years ago, and I know you are thinking “Com‘on inflation has set in, things have probably almost doubled.”  It can’t be done, but I will show you in my new book just exactly how it can be done and save you well over $35,000.  When we got married the New York City average cost of a wedding was $35,000, but now in 2011 it is up to $50,000.  That to me is even crazier.  Think of what you can do with that money that can last a lot longer than one day of celebration.  

What if you only wanted one thing to be the major featured item? Of course, it does not have to be just one thing, it can be several, but just so you don’t go crazy, I suggest you choose one to two items rather than a whole slew, but if you want more than that, don’t do any more than five. Most brides start off believing they can do it all and realize within eight to six months of wedding planning that they can not. Most often that is when a meltdown or ‘Bridezilla’ starts showing up.  A friend’s help comes in quite handily, after all your really close friends will have asked you all along what they can do to help. At about ten to eight months out from the wedding is the best time to take them up on their offers. I did. More about me later, though. I have a friend who did a wedding with a potluck reception at a very famous church here in Manhattan and even though it was phenomenally delicious, to my idea that was not even the featured item in her wedding. I am getting ahead of myself though.

Her wedding had a committee of three women -the project managers- to help her stay within her budget which was WAY under $10,000. I believe she and her new husband paid no more than $6000 for their entire wedding, which included the reception space in that very same famous church, which was because she is a member and soloist at the church. They did not pay for catering which can be quite pricey when it comes to weddings. In fact, the wedding couple paid nothing for the food at the reception, so plus the cost of the space, If they’d paid for catering it would have run close to the $6000 for their 150 guests. By having a potluck, she paid nothing other than the cost of the hall. The Chapel at this famous church cost me cost $800 (In a previous article, I said $1200, but in reality it was $800 for mine.) in 2005, but for the aforementioned last year, she paid $1500. I got the members’ cost, but last year, there was no differential between members and nonmembers, so even though she is a member, she had to pay big bucks.  This year there is a membership price differential in that there is a percentage off for various costs of your rehearsal dinner [Free], ceremony and reception.

My friend’s wedding costs are approximations, because I didn’t pry that much…  Forgetting about the cost of hers and her husband wearing apparel which I can tell you he had his own tux in his closet and her wedding dress was bought from a non-wedding wedding store on sale.

  • Since my friend is a singer too, she had friends who sang during her wedding, that were of course gratis or gifts. Basically that is a win-win situation all around. Since you tap your friends, you tap the voices you want singing your songs of choice. That’s what I did and both she and her ex-husband sang at my and my husband’s wedding.
  • Here’s a big tip if you don’t want to spend big time money on your dress, if it’s to be one of the featured items, go to a non-wedding store in search of your gown. Personally I went to Filenes’s Basement bridal store, a year before my wedding and bought a dress for $536 with tax, so it is possible to pay for a dress under $3000. But my friend did not go the bridal store route. She went to Paramus Mall to Lord & Taylor. I don’t remember exactly how much she paid, but I do know it was almost half as much as my dress.
  • She also did not go with a traditional veil, but went with a tiara alone. For mine, I had both, but did not pay a premium for either. I made up my own veil for less than $10 and found a tiara that didn’t look cheap at Claire’s Accessories for less than $20. She wore a tiara as well. A gold tiara, which costs no more than a $100.
  • For her reception, she had no music we’d had plenty during her wedding ceremony. In another article I’ve already told you about using your own Mp3 player and saving big bucks in that respect. If you do want to hire a DJ or reception host, I suggest you go with a friend of a friend who is just starting to spin, but that the friend can vouch for their abilities, if you have not experienced them for yourself. Although there are DJ’s out there who can give you a great price as well.  You just have to flexible with where and how you find them.
  • Remember, whatever you do, GET a contract. One that spells out exactly what you want and expect them to do at the party. That means the songs you expect and when. That way, the surprises won’t have anything to do with dancing. Both you and your guests can be happy without much annoyance on anyone’s part. New DJ’s can start as low as $75 an hour and go up from there. If you want an established DJ, it could be as much as $125 – $350 an hour. This again is if you want to stay within your budget of $10000. Just remember you will need your DJ for at least four hours, so do your multiplication from there.
  • Transportation: Ah, you can go the traditional route with the white limos, or you can go with black limos, too. Did you know that the color of the limo can determine the price? White limos are more expensive and if especially, you mention wedding [additional money is often added] for that special day. Just be glad that you are not going to prom, because that is the limousine’s big day(s) for money making. Limousines can be anywhere from $500 for a two and half hour rental to, of course thousands. To save more money, if you are friends with a special car association you could rent or borrow the owners’ cars. Or now with the Internet companies, Zip Car, Drive Mint or even Connect By Hertz, you could rent a car of your dreams for a great rate. Each of these dot com hourly car rentals can save you a bundle. Think about it.
  • If you have a friend who has an exotic car that rarely gets out find out from them if they would be willing to escort you around the city, either right before the ceremony or right after the reception.  Transportation – Getting to and sometimes from the wedding ceremony can be challenging when it comes to keeping costs down, but with these suggestions you can be home free.
  • Did you guess already that the featured item for my friend’s wedding was the dress? Well, if you did you would have been correct. The bride wore, what appeared to be gold. In actuality, the dress was a copper lace with a light pink undergarment that peeked through, which made the dress upon entrance and even as she continued to walk down the aisle appear to be molten liquid gold. She was drummed in. Of course, the bride is usually the center piece of most weddings, but as they say in the theater, people were humming the dress the rest of the evening, especially since she was able to match the dress with a cape, that was already in her closet.  Another pure savings.

Weddings come in all sizes and in all price points.  Don’t get suck into believing just because your wedding doesn’t cost the city or even the national average, that it can not be as festive and sophisticated.  It can be and everyone will have a great time, too.  We certainly did at my friends’ wedding.  Dreamers can!

Bow Ties Are Back!

  • Posted on February 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

CharleyNoble Bow TiesMen’s Wedding Attire, almost never changes, right?

If you looked at wedding attire through the ages, say the last 100 years or so, the changes would be noticeable, but not so much that you’d wonder how are why the change.  Really the only things that have changed are due to formality versus casual.  With the exception of flared or non-flared pant leg and cutaway jackets.  Really again the cutaway jacket can still be employed in a formal wedding.  Not a major difference.  Let’s look at the tie, though, that is something that has had a radical change, even in the last five to seven years.  Unless the men were in a formal wedding, the tie was long and very often black or gray, unless the bride wanted the ties to match the colors of the wedding, then of course the tie could be any color at all.  NBO and other mens’ apparel stores have complied by having ties the color of the rainbow available for the groom and his groomsmen.

Guess what, though?  A change has begun now to seep into everyday life, as well as for weddings.  Imagine a fashionable look at men’s attire.  Weddings may never be the same for the guy again.  The casual wedding or even everyday office life for the male, may be changed by a retro look at the bow tie.  Not the clip on version either.  The real bow tie.  It’s back!

Bow tie shops and companies are starting to pop up everywhere.  Well that might be hyperbolic on my part, but I have read about a new bow tie company in the New York Times, just 3 weeks ago.  Granted it is on the high end for bow ties, with their second store is in West Village, so it would have to be high end ($175/bow tie) to pay their rent.   So why am I talking about bow ties, if it is a high end item, on my website, you may well ask.  Well, because I of course, have found you an alternative.  First though, a little about the other company which I do not know of other than what I read in the NYTimes, is that they also sell suits which are also made in England, (~$3200 – $6000) also on the pricey side, or suitable for a $50, 000 or more wedding, which I found out on Monday is now the real average price of a New York City wedding,  from a talk by a NYC wedding planner.  EEEEKkk!

Anyway, that’s another entry.  this is about bow ties and their comeback for weddings and other events.  If your groom is going to go with a bow tie for the wedding, I suggest he just buy it rather than renting it.  Not for a hundred and seventy-five dollars, of course.  The bow tie, if it is not an outrageous, and even if it is an outrageous color combination is affordable.  Dare I tell, you?  Yes, it’s only $35 at Charley Noble.  You can not* get a better deal anywhere and their ties are spectacular in design and colors.  Of course, I checked this out for you.  How could I not?  Plus, I was able to get you a deal, because I thought of you all when I was talking to the owner on Monday night at the business expo I participated in.  Just mention either my name or and you’ll receive a 10% discount off*, your entire order.  It’s a great deal, especially from a brand new company to offer a discount.  These ties are also handmade here in New York City, so you will help keep people employed in New York City and a new company running.  Plus, if you don’t know how to tie a bow tie, the owner will give you lessons as well.  Now you too, can be in fashion for your own wedding or another event with your own bow tie.  Even if you never wear another bow tie in your life, I think you should purchase your own bow tie, as a remembrance of you wedding.  The groom, I believe should have something to pass on to his son (or daughter) when he (or she) gets married, like the wife does with her wedding dress or veil or shoes whatever is manageable to keep via apartment living?  I think yes, and the bow tie is a perfect fit all around.

So check out at the end of February when their website will be live, otherwise contact them via their Facebook page of the same name. Mention my name or and get your 10% off. Also look for a chat with the owner in the near future on