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ach year, millions of couples around the world tie the knot. But before couples walk down the aisle, the proposal to get married must take place. Many couples mutually agree to get engaged, while the experience may be a surprise for others who have thought about it, but may not have been sure when one partner or another would pop the question. Upon getting engaged, couples may ponder how long their engagement should last. There is no perfect answer, and engagement length typically depends on personal preference and the needs of the couple. In fact, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, the average length of an engagement is 14.5 months. A number of factors affect the length of a couple’s engagement and couples should not feel as if they need to hurry down the aisle. For example, couples who will be financing their own weddings may need a longer engagement than those whose parents will be chipping in. In such instances, longer engagements give couples more time to save and may help them ensure their weddings are successful.

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Others may prefer a shorter engagement if they are financially stable and prepared to tie the knot. Couples in their late 30s may feel the tug of a biological clock and want to ensure there is ample time to get married and have children. A shorter engagement can facilitate that. Some couples may have little choice in the matter, as the length of their engagements may be dictated by the availability of their favourite venues. Military deployment, work commitments, medical issues, or travel responsibilities also may affect the length of an engagement. Some couples may feel that an especially lengthy engagement diminishes their excitement about getting married. That “new engagement shine� can wear off as family and friends wait months or years for the wedding to take place. Couples generally are advised to stick with what feels right to them regarding the length of their engagements. Just like all aspects of the wedding, couples can weigh the opinions of others but follow through with what works best for them.

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wedding is a tough time to experience a bad hair day. Clothing styles, time of day and weather all can dictate a wedding hairstyle, but ultimately one of the most important factors in a wedding hairstyle is finding a stylist who understands you and can exercise your vision. A patient, understanding stylist who is open to viewing different photographs and drawing inspiration from various places, as well as running through a few trial styles, can help brides (and grooms) look their best. In fact, trials are a must to ensure that a chosen style will work with your hair texture. If you plan to get your hair coloured, professionals recommend doing so about three weeks in advance of the big day so it looks natural and any potential snafus can be remedied beforehand. Your stylist may suggest a light trim prior to the wedding so the ends are fresh and healthy. And since you’re putting your faith in a qualified stylist, trust their expertise and vision. Keep an open mind to their suggestions. You may fall in love with one of the options you hadn’t considered.

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Wedding Prep HEALTHY HABITS A

fter the big question is popped and loving partners decide to spend their lives together as a married couple, a whirlwind of activity will

ensue. Although wedding planning is exciting, some couples may feel overwhelmed with all the decisions that need to be made before they can tie the knot. In this state of increased pressure, stress may build and health could falter. Here are some easy ways to stay mentally and physically fit in advance of a happy wedding day. • Get daily exercise: Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy body weight and keeping stress levels in check. Exercise also can boost mood. People should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week. Strength training exercises performed at least twice a week complete a well-balanced exercise regimen. • Slow down and relax: Those who go full-throttle with all of their responsibilities — including wedding planning — may burn out. Stress can weaken the immune system and make people vulnerable to illness. Schedule some time for date nights and don’t overlook the benefits of hanging out with friends and getting away from wedding planning for a bit. • Eat body-boosting foods: The foods we eat can impact everything from energy levels to skin radiance. Foods like berries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, greens, green tea and dark chocolate all contain antioxidants that boost the immune system. • Cut down on alcohol consumption: Toasting to the future with a glass of wine may become rote in the months leading up to the wedding, but alcohol is a diuretic and a source of liquid calories. Alcoholic beverages dehydrate the body and cause it to hold onto water. Feeling and looking one’s best starts long before the wedding day. By making health a priority, couples can start their new lives together on a healthy footing.

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ngagement rings are often sizeable investments. An engagement ring symbolizes the start of a lifelong commitment and may even set the tone for a couple’s wedding day. Jewelry styles are personal and grooms-to-be should carefully research their significant others’ preferences in terms of precious metals, colours and gemstones. Even though tradition holds that a diamond gemstone is classic for engagement rings, these precious stones are not the only options. In fact, before the Second World War, just 10 per cent of proposals involved diamond engagement rings. That number jumped to 80 per cent by 1990. However, many modern couples now lean toward other offerings, not only for the uniqueness they provide, but also for the potential cost savings.

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Those seeking something unique can embrace these engagement ring options: • Amethyst: This vibrant, lavender-hued stone can be breathtaking when cut the correct way. Purple shades have long been associated with royalty, making an amethyst fitting for such an occasion as special as an engagement. Because amethysts, which are less expensive than diamonds, are a seven on the Mohs scale for gemstone hardness, they can be extremely durable. • Knot rings: These rings do not have a centre stone. Rather, they’re designed to be a tied knot or infinity symbol. These rings can be particularly sentimental as they represent true, unbroken love. • Opal: Gemstones, like flowers, have been assigned certain meanings. Tying the engagement ring to one of them can infuse more symbolism into the relationship.

Opal, for example, represents love, passion, creativity, spontaneity and inspiration. Those traits seem tailormade for surprise proposals. • Sapphire: While sapphire stones often are blue, they can also be yellow, green, pink and white. Sapphires are the third-hardest mineral. A white sapphire can be the perfect diamond replacement. • Garnet or ruby: Red is the definitive colour of love. A Valentine’s Day proposal can be made even more special by presenting an engagement ring with a red gemstone. • Moissanite: First discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan in a meteorite that fell to earth, moissanite is remarkably similar to a diamond in appearance and strength. Moissanite also has heightened brilliance, with a refractive index higher than that of a diamond.

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any couples preparing for their trip down the aisle follow the familiar sentiments expressed by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Such couples feel “there’s no place like home” when hosting a wedding ceremony or reception. There are many benefits to hosting a wedding at home. Homes often hold couples’ most cherished memories and hosting a backyard celebration or an intimate indoor ceremony at your own home or the abode of a loved one can be a costeffective way to have a good time. Here are some tips to help couples navigate hosting an at-home wedding: • Assess the space: The average home is not equipped to handle hundreds of guests, wait staff, caterers and parked cars.

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Concessions in regard to comfort and safety will have to be made when drawing up the guest list. A general rule is between six and 10 square feet of floor space per guest for row seating. You’ll probably need even more space for buffet tables, seating and a dance floor. You will likely need to temporarily move furniture to comfortably fit everyone indoors — or rent a large enough tent for a backyard wedding. • Hire a cleaning service: It’s important to present a clean, inviting space when hosting a wedding at home. A cleaning service will conduct a thorough cleaning before and after the festivities, freeing up your time for lastminute tasks or to embark on your honeymoon. • Book an officiant early: Confirm

with an officiant that they can oversee the wedding proceedings at your home. Many religious officials are not able to perform ceremonies outside of a place of worship. • Learn if it’s legal: Certain municipalities may require permits for parking on street, noise past a certain hour, closing of streets and much more. Do your research. You may need to co-ordinate parking at a nearby lot (like a school closed on the weekend) and shuttle people to your home. • Consult with an insurance carrier: Inquire if having such a large party at home is covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, particularly if your home is damaged or someone gets injured during the festivities. Supplemental liability insurance or an umbrella policy may offer greater protection.

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ummer approaches with the promise of warm temperatures and weather is one reason why summer is such a popular season to tie the knot. But just because sunny skies and rising mercury are par for the course, that does not mean Mother Nature won’t invite herself to the festivities — and attempt to upstage happy couples in the process. Some feel it’s good luck for couples to get rain on their wedding days, but many couples would trade in a little of that luck for clear skies. However, weather can be fickle and couples who build contingency plans into their wedding festivities are much more likely to overcome inclement weather than couples without such plans: • Have solutions for sun and heat: Couples don’t want their wedding guests or bridal party members passing out due to heat exhaustion. Make sure to offer shade if the

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ceremony or reception is outside. Stock the area with cold bottles of water or a chilled lemonade stand. Have fans and umbrellas available just in case guests need a way to protect themselves from the sun. • Strong storms: Over the course of hot and humid days, storm clouds can develop and roll in. Afternoon thunderstorms are quite common on summer days. Accommodate for sudden downpours by hosting early luncheon receptions or ensure there is a plan B that includes a covered area. Couples can stash spare shoes or even rain slickers in a car to keep their wedding attire protected against rain as they dash between venues or take photos. • Embrace the rain: Vivid skies with lightning or overcast days can make for unique and striking wedding photography. Couples needn’t look at the downside of rain, but should see the opportunities for one-of-a-kind memories.

• Keep a generator on standby: Storms may knock out power. Some reception halls or banquet facilities may have their own backup power, but be sure to address how power outages are handled. If need be, bring in a portable generator to keep the reception room cooled by fans. • Plan for wind: Coastal outdoor weddings present beautiful backdrops for weddings. But being near the shore may mean accepting windy conditions. Tie down tents and use weights to keep wedding programs or other papers from catching a current. The bride and her wedding party should opt for free-flowing tresses so they needn’t worry about intricate do’s coming undone. • Maintain a sense of humour: It’s impossible to predict wedding day weather, but staying calm, going with the flow and laughing at things they can’t control can help couples make memories that last a lifetime.

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aking the important decision to get married can fill couples with joy and excitement as they imagine spending the rest of their lives

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to wedding party members. That ratio is one pair of wedding attendants for every 50 guests. This creates a balanced feel where the more people in attendance, the larger the wedding party and vice versa. • Consider your expenses: Wedding party members may be asked to spend considerable amounts of money to be in the wedding, but the couple will have certain expenses tied to the wedding party as well. These can include limousines to ferry people between the ceremony and reception, photography costs to arrange and photograph large wedding parties, the cost of boutonnieres and bouquets, attendants’ gifts, as well as extra mouths to feed at the rehearsal dinner. Small wedding parties can be easier on couples’ budgets. • Know your expectations: Couples should discuss what they expect from their wedding parties. Do couples want their loved ones to be very hands-on or waiting in the wings? For those who want a lot of input from their wedding parties, asking distant friends or family to be included may be impractical. • Select reliable, easygoing people: Wedding party members should be people couples can rely on, and it only helps if wedding party members are not prone to overreacting. Choose a wedding party that can be trusted and people with whom you get along.

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