How To Keep Your Wedding Simple

Although wedding ceremonies are a special moment in one’s life, most people have a hard time wrapping their heads around planning the event. This is mainly based on the amount of work that seems to surround wedding planning. But we always tell our clients that weddings don’t have to be stressful. In fact, we stress the importance on keeping it simple because at the end of the day, it’s simply about celebrating the union of two people. We try to let them know that it’s not about creating what you see in the movies because in reality, the industry spends millions of dollars on the production. Rather, it’s about spending the time with each other and friends and family. So here are our tips to keep your wedding simple.

1) Don’t blow all the cash on the dress

Just because the wedding dress is the center piece of a wedding, it’s more about you – the person – rather than the dress. You don’t have to break the bank to buy a beautifully wedding dress. There are plenty to choose from. Plus, by spending less on the dress, you can spend more to tailor, add accessories, and to style your hair for that complete, unique look.

2) Don’t get attached to specific design

We get it – you see a certain design or imagine your wedding in a certain theme, but when it comes to execution, it almost always never turns out the way you imagine. Don’t get caught up in perfection. The reality is that weddings are never perfect, but they always turn out to be a memorable experience that you will look back and smile. So don’t get attached to superficial details, because those hardly matter years down the road. What matters is the experience.

3) Send invites out early

Allow your guests the time to prepare. They’ll also have lots to prepare to attend your wedding. Some may need to buy clothes, book airfare and transportation, book hotels, and take time off work. It’s also a generally a good idea to make a call to very personal invitees to let them know about the invitation. Your guests will appreciate this courtesy and they will, together with you, make the event memorable.

4) Share duties

You are the commander of your own wedding. You are the one who will get your boat safely to shore. So as a couple, you will divide the duties and set deadlines for yourselves while keeping communication with each other about wedding specifics. But make sure you take a break from wedding planning too before you burn out. We usually recommend couples set aside a specific time each week to discuss wedding details so they’re not discussing about it all the time!

5) Be flexible

Keeping an open mind and being flexible is an important part to wedding planning too! Just because you can’t get your cake in raspberry flavor with green pistachio icing doesn’t mean it will be a bad cake! You can object certain things that you feel strongly about, but don’t object to every single thing. See what matters most and least and let go of the things that matter least.

Wedding Gift Responses: Bread Machine!

We got some feedback from the last post asking what wedding gift have you received from or given to someone. Many of the responses were very creative and even helpful. We got an email from Hailey who tells us she’s given her cousin a bread machine as a wedding gift and the couple have been finding it very useful. She didn’t want to pick something that they wouldn’t be using and feared that she would be getting something duplicate for her cousin, so she thought that a bread machine is rather unique and would be a good choice because bread is a staple.

Since we know nothing about bread machines, we’re happy to invite our friends Bread Machine Pros to introduce us to them. They’re a group of friends who have done extensive first-hand reviews on bread machines. Ironically the only reason why they did this was because they were, too, looking for a gift for a friend!

Now how do you know which one makes good bread? Well to begin there are only a few brands on the market that are super reliable. For wedding gift giving purposes, we recommend choosing a reliable brand instead of something you can pick up from Walmart. Something like Panasonic, Zojirushi, or Breville would be perfect.

Bread Machine Pros say that it’s easy to get caught up in all the programs and features of a bread machine, but really all you want to look for in one is that it will bake bread properly and has specific features that you must have. So if you are buying a bread machine for someone who eats gluten-free bread only, make sure the machine is able to handle gluten-free dough. You should be able to find a bread machine that has the gluten-free program already programmed into the machine.

There’s definitely a difference between the quality of bread a machine makes, according to Bread Machine Pros. Some are fluffier on the inside than others. To make sure your bread turns out good, it’s important to add the ingredients in the order the machine’s recipe books indicate. Today, bread machines come with very easy to follow instructions so even if you’re getting this wedding gift for someone who doesn’t normally cook, they will be able to make bread without a problem.

Hailey says that the wedding gift idea turned out better than she expected. Her cousin makes more than just bread because bread machines can make dough, pasta, cookies, and more. So she’s really happy she got her cousin a bread machine as a wedding gift. The feature her cousin boasts about the most is the timer. She’s able to set the timer to start baking whenever she wants, so she usually sets it at night to let the machine bake bread in the morning. Then when her family wakes up, they have fresh bread for breakfast.

P.S. We really appreciate all the comments we’ve received about wedding gift ideas. Keep them coming! If you happen to be looking for a gift for someone, La Promesse has great gift guides and catalogs that we can provide you. You can visit the store to pick these up or send us an email for more information on how to get them.



Pressure Cooker As Wedding Gifts

When it comes to wedding gift ideas, it can be the simplest or the hardest thing to decide on. Earlier this week our team was treated to a wonderful pressure cooked meal by the chefs and bloggers at Cook With Pressure and we thought, what a wonderful gift that would make!

For those who don’t know, pressure cookers are these air-tight cookers that cook your food under immense pressure. They seem like normal cooking pots except they cook much faster and you end up with condensed flavors. Even the inexperienced cook will be able to make delicious meals in minutes. It’s very popular in Europe and most people probably already have one, but for newly weds, we think this would be a great gift for the new home.

To describe in more detail how pressure cookers work, food is first inserted into the pot. Then liquids, such as broth and wine, are added. The pot is sealed and it’s brought up to high pressure on the stove. (Electric models are plugged in). Then the pressure is lowered and the food continues cooking. After all is done cooking, the pressure gets release and the food is ready to serve. These cookers can make anything – braises, soups, stews, pasta, rice, roasts, ribs, etc. – really flavorful.

This gift is absolutely perfect for newlyweds. Think about this. In the first years of marriage, where they are probably experimenting with cooking meals at home, the pressure cooker can help them become better cooks because it’s really simple to use. You just toss the ingredients in the pot and it will do all the work. It’s healthy. Also, it’s budget-friendly because it uses less energy to cook food. As the family of two grows, the pressure cooker will be a time-saver. When parents have to take care of work and kids, it’s hard to cook a full, nutritious meal every day. So this is where the pressure cooker can help.

The chefs from Cook With Pressure tell us that good pressure cookers typically last decades and can be handed down from generation to generation. One such machine is the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker. They tell us that this pot is the “Mercedes-Benz” of pressure cookers. If you’re looking for that special gift for someone, this is a great choice. It doesn’t feel like a cheap gift and it’s a very thoughtful and useful present.

So what do you think? What have you gotten as a wedding gift and what have you given as a wedding gift? Tell us about what you think would make the perfect gift too.