A Do It Yourself Wedding in New York City For $10,000 Or Less, Is It Possible?

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 $10,000. Well, under $10,000. You can still have quite an extravagant wedding, even an over the top wedding for under $10,000 AND in New York. Let me show you how it can be done, including your honeymoon. Now I know you’re thinking that is an impossibility. My husband and I did it and so can you.

It mostly depends on just what it is you want your fantasy day to say and whether or not one thing is the most important item or if you would prefer to have featured several things. For me I wanted the colors of our wedding to be featured, my dress and the water feature for my husband at the reception. At another time I will tell you about my excursions to and from the various locations to secure, just what I wanted for my wedding. Right now, I will give you the nitty-gritty about what I reaped from my excursions.

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 the wedding that they can not. 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. 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 Riverside Church Chapel for me cost $800 (In a previous …

Importance of Good Maternity Wear

There are many things you need to take care of when you are pregnant like diet, exercise, maternity clothing, being happy, meditating, and looking after your self in general. This article deals with the importance of maternity clothes for an expectant mother and what she should look for.

Maternity clothes are today being made by many young and fashionable people who understand the need of mixing fashion and sensible and practical maternity clothes. Who says pregnant women can’t be fashionable? You can today indulge in the latest trends in maternity wear and rock the natural glow that is associated with pregnancy.

Mommies to be often ask why it is important to wear maternity clothes. Why can’t they just wear their old ones in larger sizes the answers are here:

Change in Size

Most maternity clothes can be bought in the same size as your normal clothing. It is just that maternity clothes are cut in the same way as normal clothes, with the difference being that the belly area is cut in a different way.

You will need Expandable Waistbands

Today you get many different types of waistbands like scoop under the belly, V belly under, over the belly, flat front or fold over instead of the traditional big rib pouch. As your waist expands with the progress of the baby you can’t wear your old pants and jeans. You get stylish maternity jeans which look very stylish and smart.


Every pregnant women needs to be as comfortable as possible. Pregnancy is not all easy as there are times when you are overtly emotional, or there are days when you are feeling unwell, you feel bloated and swollen. In such cases you need comfortable maternity clothing which allows you the movement and freedom of space that you need. It is important that you don’t buy tight maternity clothes as they will only get tighter and won’t allow your skin to breathe.

Maternity Bras

Your breast size will change after the 3rd month and you will require a maternity bra from the 5th-6th month. You need the extra support that only maternity bras can give you. Some even are cross back. Some ladies even need to wear bras to keep their breast pads in place as there can be pain and discomfort in the region of the breast and these pads offer a cool relief. Women after delivery especially need to wear maternity bras of breast feeding bras for convenience and easy access.

Feel Good About Your Self

It is very important to know that you are a gorgeous women who is responsible for bringing a new life into this world. And what better way to celebrate this than to show off to people with smart and attractive maternity wear. There is nothing like a pretty dress and compliments that follow to boost your morale and ego, so why not indulge in the best maternity clothes you can find?

If you are interested in some great maternity wear in Brisbane …

I Thought All Women Were The Same

I started speaking to a woman who was a few years older than me on an online dating site and, before long, she called me up. As we hadn’t been speaking for very long this surprised me, and what also surprised me was that she opened up about her own history.

This was something that took place in the beginning of 2012, and it soon became clear that this was someone who had had a challenging childhood. At the time, she said that she didn’t know why she was telling me all this.

A Match

I said that it was fine and that she didn’t need to worry about what she was telling me. It was clear that part of her felt safe enough to open up, and I wasn’t going to judge her for what she was telling me.

In fact, I found it hard to believe that I had come into contact with a woman who was like this. Not only was I speaking to a woman who was able to relate to the kind of childhood that I had had, I was also speaking to a woman who was intelligent.

Her Profession

I don’t think she had a degree in psychology, but she had a degree in something similar. In addition to this, she worked with children who were going through a tough time at home and at school.

When I met her for the first time, I thought she was classy, intelligent, and attractive. I soon came to see that she was attentive and curious; it was clear that this woman was different.

The Next Step

We soon arranged to meet again, and this was when everything went to the next level. I remember that we had sat down to watch a film (I think it was called Hanna) and she ended up sitting on my lap.

However, this wasn’t a time when we ended up getting physical; it was a time when she asked me about my childhood. On one side, I was amazed that I had a woman like this on my lap and, on the other, I felt uncomfortable.

This Was Different

I had been with attractive women before, but I hadn’t come into contact with a woman like this before. Ultimately, I had come into contact with the kind of woman I didn’t expect to meet.

The reason for this was that due to how my mother treated me as a child, I felt completely worthless. For a number of years, I believed that all women were the same, and this meant that my desire to be with a woman was often covered up by my need to avoid them.


So, even though this woman was different and I could see that I could trust her, another part of me was unable to embrace the present moment. Still, I opened up to her, as I had done before this moment, and it was clear that she worked in the helping profession.…

The Pocket Watch Gift

A friend of mine had a difficult few days looking for a gift for his father, it was the fathers seventh year birthday and the occasion called for a special gift that would be remembered and used for a long time, it is almost always very difficult to find the right kind of gift for older men, the many ties and letter openings that they got through the years do not give a lot of options for a surprise quality gift.

The one solution my friend found the men's pocket watch, a symbol of time past when men used to carry their watches and every pocket watch was completely different in make and design, the pocket watch is still considered as a gift of elegance and uniqueness, almost as a jewelry is for women the pocket watch can be worn for special occasions and used for only a part of the time.

The gift can be also made even more special, you can choose to engrave something on the body of the pocket watch, so you can make the occasion with some words for the person that you are giving it to, or even think of an original line that you think that the person would appreciate. An engraved pocket watch is an excellent idea when giving a pocket watch as a gift to a colleague or work associate. Personalizing the watch is also a nice gesture of appreciation and can hold some words about the men who is carrying it.

While regular watches are very popular as gift for men, the pocket watch is not yet as popular, mostly because of the price and the fact that not everyone uses a pocket watch today, so you should also get the pocket watch to, is he going to use this kind of thing and appreciate its beauty and uniqueness, or is the pocket watch going to find its way to the draw, never to be seen again? In this case it will be better for all involved to look for a different present.

Some people are antique lovers and that can give you an excellent opportunity of finding an antique pocket watch as a gift, this is almost as sure as you can get to giving the best present you can, an antique watch is something that will inspire the antique admirer and will supply him with many hours of joy and pleasure, the great thing is that the internet and antique shops around the world have many pocket watches to offer, some of them tell very special stories, this is one gift you do not forget, and that even if not used is greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

In general the pocket watch is a gift you will need to spend some time researching and finding, it is also a gift that, if given to the right person, will be forever remembered and enjoyed. Even the simplest of men likes to think of himself an old time gentlemen from time …

Sex Help for Women – Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Making a Man Orgasm Revealed

If you worry that your ability to please your man just isn’t up to par, then you need to do something about it. Your man craves some sexual satisfaction and he wants to have an amazing orgasm with you. If you are able to give him amazing pleasure, then you will keep that bond between the two of you very strong and you will be able to have a very happy life together, both emotionally and sexually.

Sex is a very important part of any relationship. Without sex and without that desire to please one another, there is nothing else. You two may as well just be friends if you don’t seem to have that kind of connection with each other. If the spark is fading or if you just think that you are unable to please him properly, it is time that you did something about it.

You need some sex help for women. You want to be able to please your man and you want to give him amazing satisfaction. You want to watch his body shake in a way that you haven’t seen in years and you want to literally watch him explode in bed. You need to learn everything you ever needed to know about making a man orgasm and you are going to learn that today.

The first thing to learn about the male orgasm is that a man responds well to all kinds of stimulation. Making him feel pleasure is about much more than just rubbing or stroking his penis. Just like the female orgasm, he needs more than just some touching. He needs to feel you pleasing him and he needs to feel your involvement in it. If you give him more, in the form of kissing him passionately, scratching his skin or licking his neck as you are pleasing him, you will notice that he will have a much more powerful and meaningful orgasm.

Another piece of sex help for women is to learn how to let loose. The women who forget about all of the little things in life make for the best lovers. If you forget about your drooping breasts, or the pouch on your stomach and you just focus on loving and pleasing him, he will respond very well to this. The more of yourself that you give to pleasing him, the more pleasure he will ultimately feel. When you are able to let loose and get lost in the moment with him, that is how you give him amazing pleasure and that is how you make him orgasm in such an intense and powerful way.…

Style Watch – Be a Fashion Diva This Fall

For Fall 2007, bright colors and big skirts dominate the fashion runways. For fashionistas, this means we need to mix and match our basics with bright tops, voluminous bottoms and our most fashionable accessories. Whether you throw them on for a casual day of shopping, dress them up for a wedding or add a pair of your sexiest shoes for a night on the town, a few pieces sure keep you in step with the hottest looks include:

The Bubble Hem Dress

The fashion industry is buzzing about the new, voluminous look – and the bubble hem dress is leading the trend. With its fun, flirty look, you can dress this look down for day, up for evening and wear it practically everywhere.

Every Day: Slip a pair of leggings under your bubble hem dress with ballerina shoes and you'll look fabulous and feel comfortable all day long. Add some fun accessories like a stone pendant and matching designer handbag to sport an outfit fit for Hollywood.

Of course, the bag you pair your bubble hem dress with has to be as stylish as the dress you're sporting, so make sure it's a cutting-edge piece or a classic that simply can not go out of style. For my money, I'd go with the Fendi Zucca handbag. It's a beautiful bag that gives just a little something extra to everything it touches. And regardless of your style, there's a Fendi Zucca handbag shape and size you'll love.

Going Out: Add some glittering accessories and ankle-strap sandals and you're sure to turn heads.

Special Occasion: Stars like Sandra Bullock and Beyoncé have been spotted on the red carpet in extravagant bubble hem dresses, but even if your bubble dress is a bit more on the plain side – do not worry – you can still look celebrity-fabulous by pairing your bubble hem dress with a beautiful jacket, some chic jewelry and stunning pair of heels.

The Corset Blazer

The corset blazer is a notched-collar jacket with beautiful lacced-up detail at the center of the back. It's a gorgeous, feminine variation of the classic women's blazer and is perfect for this season's modern silhouettes.

Every Day: As fall approaches, the corset blazer can add that bit of flare you want while still feeling comfortable as the cool weather approaches. Wear it with your favorite jeans, a simple white T-shirt and some fun jewelry to make it a style all your own.

Going Out: Pair this flirty, feminine jacket with a pair of low-rise jeans or an A-line skirt and a sexy corset top for the perfect evening ensemble.

Special Occasion: For a slightly more luxurious look, pair your favorite corset blazer with a flowing pair of wool trousers or a pretty satin skirt. Add a great pair of shoes and your outfit will be complete.

The Pleated Skirt

Because of their "bell" shape, pleated skirts are a perfect way to add some volume to your look and show off your figure. (even if …

Where Do Those English Wedding Traditions Come From?

Today's weddings follow many superstitions and traditions that date back literally hundreds of years. Ever surprised where they came from and why? Many of these traditions were originally based on fertility, wealth, evil and good fortune.

In Anglo-Saxon times a man would select a wife and move her into his home for producing children, cooking and cleaning. Pathhers soon recognized the value of their daughters and introduced a 'fee', if you like. Suiters had to offer the family gifts to show they were able to provide for their daughters. Hundreds of years later, this reversed when fathers began to offer a dowry to the prospective husband. The theory behind it being that the marriage would last as the women had brought something into the marriage. If the marriage broke down, then the husband no longer had control over the dowry.


In the 6th Century early engagements were an agreement between the groom and the bride's father that a marriage would take place. By Victorian times the groom would request permission from the bride's father for his 'daughter's hand in marriage'. Once the permission had been granted, the groom would propose to the prospective bride by asking on bended knee. If accepted, the groom would then have a legal obligation to marry his fiancee and if he jilted her she could sue for a break of promise. Thes days there is no legal obligation to marry from an engagement. In most cases it was the responsibility of the men to propose, but tradition did permit women to propose on February 29th. The engagement ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand, due to the Greek belief that this finger connects to the heart.

Which Day

Upto the 17th Century Sunday was the most popular wedding day as people did not have to work. However, the Puritans put a stop to this believing that it was improper to celebrate on the Sabbath. Saturday is the most popular day in present times, although more couples are choosing mid week, and eithe side of the weekend to save on costs. If you believed this rhyme, you would never get married on a Saturday.

Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all,

Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all

Having got the day sorted, what about the time of the year. The old saying, 'Marry in the month of May, and you'll live to regret the day' goes back to the pagans. In the Nineteenth Century there was a rush to get married on April 30th because brides refused to marry during May.

Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind & true,

When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.

If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.

Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man.

Marry in the month of May, and you'll certainly rue the day.

Marry …

Anti-Aging Beauty Makeover – What is the Best Makeup For Looking Younger?

Many women have a problem with makeup. Although they instantly spot another woman who looks great, they cannot copy that look no matter what they try. Often, it’s because they get stuck in a rut when it comes to makeup. Anti-aging is not simply eating right, exercising, and the like…it is everything from prolonging life to feeling good and looking your best.

Makeup can help you look great whether you are at home cleaning your house or out on the town. Choosing the right colors and the appropriate textures are the most important factors. Of course, the base can make all the difference. As skin changes over time, so should your makeup. The base or foundation plays a big role. Make sure you choose the one that complements your skin, and skin tone. Under the foundation you should have a clean slate. Then, the proper moisturizer.

Now, you can begin. Start by applying your base, preferably with a damp cosmetic sponge. This ensures proper coverage and avoids clumping and caking. Follow up with a powder. These two products will ensure that your cosmetics “stick” and stay on longer without running.

Eyeliner: The older you are, the more you should steer clear of liquid liners. Use a pencil liner instead. Also, perhaps you should opt for browns or dark browns instead of black liners. It softens the look.

Eyeshadow: As you age, the wrinkles of the eyelids are more apparent. Avoid creamy and sparkly shadows at all costs. Instead, try powders. They don’t enter the creases as much, therefore they give your eyes a more youthful look.

Mascara: Always use mascara. Again, you can go with dark brown. Mascara makes eyes livelier.

Blush: As we age, our “rosy” color fades. In fact, the older we are, the more gray it becomes. Brush on some blush in more neutral tones with a real applicator blush brush. Throw away the brush that comes with the product as it makes it very difficult to apply and often causes streaks.

Lips: Use a lip liner! Match the lip liner to the lipstick! The older you are, the more you should opt for a lip stain which will avoid any running.…

Pass Her Test: The Key to How to Get Women in Bed

The initial interaction between a man and a woman is all about the guy trying to find out how to get women in bed. The woman, on the other hand, is trying to find out if the guy passes all of her tests on his way to being allowed to go to bed with her. Guys need to know how to pass these tests if they ever hope to reach their ultimate goals. Below are some guidelines on how to pass women’s test that will surely get you to bed with her.

To begin with, if a girl is testing you, it is a positive sign. This means she is, at a minimum, interested and attracted to you. It also means that you are succeeding with your approach toward picking her up. Now, she needs to find out whether you really are a cool guy or if you are simply faking it to get into her pants. She is going to ask you some basic questions that aren’t about anything really important. They are going to ask things like “do you pick up a lot of women?” or “do you kiss and tell?” Nothing earth-shattering, but you still have to pass them in any event.

The first key to passing the test is to always agree. Even if she is asking you a completely preposterous question like “are you gay?” you need to sarcastically agree with her. Make your response as exaggerated as possible so she knows that you are being sarcastic and that she understands that your real answer is no. She will also find this kind of response to be humorous, which is a bonus since humor builds attraction.

After you answer her question, the next part of passing her test is to change the subject right away. This allows the conversation to progress without any awkward moments in between passing the test and moving to the next stage of the interaction. If you allow any space to grow, she will continue to test you, which you do not really want. You can also choose to ignore the test, since answering the question might not be useful for your end goal.

All girls will test you to make sure you are who they want. So, if you want to learn how to get women in bed, you have to learn how to pass their tests. Once you pass, your path toward your goal will be a lot smoother.…

Develop the Diva 2 – 12 Things to Know About Women

The word Diva inspires different reactions. Some women say they want to be a Diva, or they do not want to be a Diva, or they think they already are a Diva.

Webster's defines Diva as a "goddess, a fine lady." The term often describes a person who, although irritating, can not be done without.

Women leaders need to communicate with the clarity, conviction, and confidence to move their agendas forward in negotiations and other forms of communication.

So I refer to it as Developing the Diva Within. First identify and then use the skills that women possess. Often women do not recognize these as skills and do not lease them to empower their communication success.

The key to successful communication is to understand that the audience drives the communication, not the speaker. The speaker needs to talk in a way that the audience will "get it". It is not incumbent on the audience to understand the message. In the business world, women are often talking to male audiences. Here they need to speak in a way a male audience will "get it".

ORIGINAL 7 STEPS TO "Get OUT OF THE Way" of your Inner Diva:

1. End Sentences with Voice Low and Strong

2. Do not Talk Through Defining Moments

3. Be Empowered in Word and Action

4. Have the Confidence to Ask Questions

5. Engagement to Pass the W Test

Why you, Why now, What manner

6. Use Scalpel of Clarity-Mercilessly

7. Begin at the END. Be Your Own GPS

Tips to Develop the Diva 2

1. Use rhetorical devices to connect with the audience. Easy to use examples are: If you could see what I see, the simple truth is, you deserve to know.

2. Be a Sharkette – no one gives up power willingly. Do not ask for power, you take it.

An illustration of verbal uncertainty is the use of tag questions. Instead of making a statement that can stand alone, female employees may add a short question at the end:

"The meeting starts at nine, does not it?"

"I think the project is coming along do not you?"

In sharp contrast to the communication style of men, which seeks to establish and maintain status and domination, women's communication is more egalitarian, or rule-by-consensus. You could say the female mode prevents women from displaying excellence.

3. "If you do not like change, you will like irrelevancy even less", General Eric Shinseki

Being irrelevant is far worse than being ineffective.

4. Visual – how women and men communicate differently

The visual aspect of communication involves varying levels of body expression, with women usually functioning at high intensity. Faces are animated and hands are in motion, often touching others. These characteristics may make women look hyper and emotional.

Men are more conservative in domestic movement and body contact. Women as the speaker may want to reduce the intensity of their visuals.

Men tend to be unreserved in sitting styles: sprawling, stretching and spreading out. The intensity level …