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Caution Urged on Pre-Wedding Diets for Brides


For some women, it’s the most important day of their lives.

Brides spend months planning their guest list, booking a reception venue, and practicing for their first dance.

But increasingly, brides are feeling the pressure to fit into the perfect dress and are adding a pre-wedding diet to their list of preparations.

A bride in Texas has documented her journey to lose 115 pounds in the year between getting engaged and getting married.

It is a trend dieticians are seeing more frequently.

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“Brides who dream of a church wedding with a reception afterward know they will be in the spotlight for the entire day. Every step they take will be captured in photographs and videos, so they want to look their very best,” Robyn Flipse, dietician and author of “The Wedding Dress Diet,” told Healthline.

Beautiful bride pressure

The emphasis our culture places on “beautiful brides” puts a tremendous amount of pressure on brides-to-be to transform themselves so they can look their personal best, Flipse said.

Unfortunately, she added, some do set unrealistic goals that can be dangerous.

Flipse has worked as a registered dietician for the past 25 years, and 16 years ago published her book to help brides safely lose weight for their wedding day.

“’The Wedding Dress Diet’ was triggered by the increase in the number of women coming to me for weight loss counselling in preparation for their wedding day … since then I believe the number of books and services marketed to brides looking for ways to get in shape before their wedding has grown steadily, and I don’t think all of the options are safe or reasonable,” she told Healthline.

Flipse isn’t the only one concerned by the number of brides seeking to lose weight leading up to their wedding day.

Claire Mysko, chief executive officer of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), says that some brides may feel so much pressure to be thin for their wedding day they could be at risk of developing eating disorders.

“As a culture, we’re surrounded by images that represent a very narrow definition of beauty and we see the same problem in bridal magazines and advertising,” Mysko told Healthline.

“This ‘thin ideal’ has become internalized, so not only are we feeling pressure to be thin from messages in the media, but brides also may be getting feedback from well-intentioned friends and family members who are encouraging brides to lose weight so that they ‘look their best’ on the big day,” she added.

Starts with a few pounds

Mysko says she often hears patients say their eating disorder started off due to an attempt to lose “just a few pounds.”

“Dieting is one of the most common triggers for an eating disorder. Thirty-five percent of ‘normal dieters’ progress to disordered eating, and of those, 20 to 25 percent progress to partial or full syndrome eating disorders. Once someone goes down the road of dieting and weight loss, it may be extremely difficult to notice when ‘normal’ dieting has crossed into dangerous territory,” she said.

Dieticians like Flipse suggest that before embarking on a weight loss program, brides should ask themselves if they would be able to safely maintain such a program forever. If the answer is no, they shouldn’t even begin.

Instead, Flipse advises brides to set realistic goals and shift their focus to adopting healthy eating behaviors and activities that can be maintained throughout their lives. She also advises brides to involve the groom in the process, so that they can both make a commitment to healthy living.

A healthy life

Although there is nothing wrong with brides trying to eat a healthy diet and exercise, experts say such habits become dangerous when they start to interfere with a bride’s life and well-being.

“We would also encourage brides to be mindful of how their pre-wedding regimen is impacting their lives. Are they becoming rigid and inflexible with habits? Exercising despite injury or exhaustion? Withdrawing from friends and activities that used to give them pleasure? These may be signs that weight loss attempts have gone too far,” Mysko said.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder and can have serious health consequences such as kidney failure and heart attack, so it is important symptoms aren’t ignored.

NEDA advises that friends and family should be honest and talk with a bride they fear may be struggling with eating or body image issues. If the problem persists or gets worse they should contact a professional.

“Friends and family members can also help by shifting the focus away from appearance and compliment the bride on their wonderful personality and accomplishments. Remind them that ‘true beauty’ is not skin deep,” Mysko said.

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Infant Alice Attends Her First Wedding


I took a 2-month-old to a wedding. Yes, you read that right.

It’s not that I insisted on bringing her, but since I’m breastfeeding, it was either bring her or not go at all. So we brought her with approval of the bride and groom of course. My husband was one of the groomsmen to our friend C.J. Marin’s wedding.

My husband being in the bridal party meant that I was on my own with our little one for much of the event, which made things a little tougher.

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Since we've been together, Cody has been in three bridal parties, which has left me looking like a bit of a loaner during the ceremonies. It also means a night or a weekend without your significant other because they have the duty of attending the bachelor party.


I suppose Cody will have it worse when I'm a bridesmaid for my friend Kristin’s wedding in April. I mean girls just don’t have a bachelorette party; there is also the bridal shower.

But that is beside the point; let’s get back to being the date of someone in the bridal party, with a baby in tow.

One of the most nerve-wracking moments of my life was worrying about Alice during the wedding ceremony. It is so quiet during those you can hear a pin drop, and in my case, a snoring baby. I guess I should be happy with that instead of her screaming and me having to make a mad dash out of there like Julia Roberts in “Runaway Bride.”

I do have to say, me taking a 2-month-old to a wedding made me feel like a bit of a super mom. I had to not only get myself ready and the baby, but also feed her. Plus I had to take the stroller with me on a shuttle that took us to the venue. Remember, I did all of this without Cody’s help because he was at the venue early for pictures.

I really thought I was going to be late to the ceremony; I got there about 15 minutes before it was going to start. But silly me, I should have realized that weddings never start on time, except for mine, which started a half hour early. In the history of weddings, I guarantee ours was the first to ever start early.

After the ceremony was over and I sweated about a half a gallon of water, I took a sigh of relief. The people around me complimented me on my mothering skills for being able to keep a baby quiet for so long.

That's of course when Alice started to cry.

She was hungry. There I was, huddled in the corner of cocktail hour, trying to breastfeed. I didn’t even get a chance to grab water or appetizers. Not until Cody came over to help me.

Once he left to get me something, a guest jokingly said I need carbs because I’m a breastfeeding mom. He then went on to say that his wife just stopped breastfeeding at five weeks, and I’m a trooper for still doing it at two months. There goes another super mom moment.

The rest of the evening we made small conversation with another couple who took a night out away from their 4-month-old. She kept checking her phone every now and then. I smiled because I knew that would be me when I get to go out without Alice.

She was a good baby the rest of the wedding. In fact, she slept through a lot of it, even the DJ’s music blasting. While that was going on, several guests told me how well behaved and beautiful she was. Of course, you can’t help but have a proud mom moment there.

I have to say, the best part of the evening was dancing, with not only with my husband, but also Alice. Cody put her in our front carrier. It was funny seeing Cody moving his body while Alice moved with him. It was a nice way to let go some of the stress during the day. But as we danced, it dawned on me. This will probably not be the last wedding Cody will dance with Alice at. Someday Alice will be in a beautiful wedding dress and Cody will remember that moment as he dances with his little girl on her special day.

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So Now You’ve Been Invited to That Wedding


It’s wedding season all year round, and every weekend, people are tying the knot all over the country. This is the perfect time to remember these rules so you don’t fall victim to any one of these wedding guest crimes.



Bring Your Dancing Shoes

You want to look chic and put together, but you also want to be able to dance the night away with the couple. So make sure that whatever shoes you pair with your outfit are the perfect mix of style and comfort. It’s tempting to buy heels specifically for a special occasion, like a wedding, but never wear your shiny new kicks without breaking them in first. At a wedding, there’s absolutely no escape from your pretty-yet-painful pumps. It would be a real bummer to miss all the dancing because you can’t walk! It will be advisable to bring a pair of dressy sandals with you, if you know you can’t dance for long in the heels of choice for the day.

Confirm You Can Bring a ‘Plus 1’

Unless the invite says ,“and guest”, you should be the only person attending. And no, DON’T call the bride and ask if you can bring a date, either. If it were in their budget, the bride and groom would’ve extended the extra invitation. Trust me, every couple goes through a painstaking process of deciding how many people they can have at their wedding. So if yours is the only name that appears on the envelope, then you are the only one invited, period. If the couple intend for you to bring along a date, the envelope will read “Ms. Jane Doe and Guest.”

No Kids Allowed

Do not carry your kids along with you for the wedding if it’s not expressly stated. It’s a safer choice than carrying your kids just because no objection to the contrary is passed. Some couples might prefer to have an ‘adult-only’ wedding. It’s their choice. It’s their day. If you choose to attend, drop the kids at home with the nanny.

Don’t Wear White

Do not wear a plain white dress for the wedding. This still remains a no-no for any wedding guest. You can afford to play with safe by wearing white paired with another colour, but a plain white dress still remains an absolute abomination at a wedding. You don’t want to be seen as trying to outshine or upstage the bride on her day. Save the white dress for other appropriate occasions. Thank you. Good thing, there is now ‘Aso-Ebi’ for weddings to help wedding guests avoid making this mistake.

No Jeans, Either

Do not wear jeans to a wedding. No matter how cool those jeans look, or how sexy the denim shirt makes you look, denim remains very inappropriate for a wedding. You want to look chic and classy and definitely not trashy.

Keep Your Purse Small

You don’t want to carry that big bag to the wedding. Trust me, carrying a bulky bag can be a major problem for any wedding guest. No matter how effective you think you will be in managing the bag, the better option will be to carry a small purse you can easily move around with. All you need are your cards, cash, wedding invitation and maybe your powder compact to touch up on your makeup during the day.

Put the Revealing Outfits Away

Do not dress too revealing or slutty to a wedding. It’s a big DON’T – any day anytime. That low cut dress that shows off a little more of your boobs than necessary should be left in your closet when you are deciding on what to wear. The wedding venue is also not a club house. As much as you are trying to be comfortable in whatever you wear, do not wear something too short. Your underwear (bra and panties) should not be noticeable or seen in any wedding outfit of choice.

You’re Not the Bride… Turn Down the Flash

Again, no need to be extra flashy. Let the bride have the attention on her day. It’s not the time or place for that ‘avant-garde’ outfit you have had for a while for lack of occasion to wear it to. Look nice and classy but still try not to wear anything overly dramatic.

Slow Down the Social Media Updates

Our phones, pictures and videos have become common place at weddings by wedding guests but it is highly recommended and advised that you do not post any picture of the bride or groom till they have had their fair share of posting the wedding pictures. Social media has become a part of our everyday lives but put a pause on that Instagram post of the bride till later. You are not the photographer for the day so it’s absolutely not necessary.

Have Fun

Finally, remember to have as much fun as you can. Being wasted is however not the most pleasant thing to do. Be merry and celebrate the couple, but remember at all material time that IT IS THEIR DAY!

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Couple will honeymoon in St. Thomas


Candi Sue Michaelis and Patrick Jon Fete were married Sept. 17, 2016, at Ascension Lutheran Church, Montgomery, Ohio, by Pastor Joshua Miller.

Parents of the bride are Art and Pat Michaelis of Defiance. Parents of the groom are Jonathon Fete and Kathleen Semple of Fairfield, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Fete

Wedding music was performed by soloist Kate Miller and pianist Hyejin Pak.


The bride chose a satin sheath wedding gown with an illusion lace bateau neck with sweetheart styling, an illusion lace racer-back and a form-fitting skirt with an elegant train. Her bouquet was cascading with lilies, roses, hydrangeas and babies breath. Wedding colors were pomegranate and black.

Attending the bride as matrons of honor were Mandy Fritz, a friend of the bride from Des Peres, Mo., and Gretchen Yarborough, a friend of the bride from Clovis, N.M.

Bridesmaids were Katrina Broering, a friend of the bride from Cincinnati, and Becky Francko, a friend of the bride from Lebanon, Ohio.

The flower girl was Megan Timbrook, a friend of the bride from Jackson, Mich.

Serving the groom as best man was Cory Fete, the groom’s brother from Columbus. Groomsmen were Brad Almendinger, a friend of the groom from Cincinnati; Matt House, a friend of the groom from Fairfield, Ohio; and Keith Michaelis, the brother of the bride from Powell, Ohio.

Ring bearers were Isaiah and Jeremiah Michaelis, nephews of the bride from Powell, Ohio.

The bride is a Tinora High School graduate, with a bachelor of science degree from Miami University in early childhood education and a master’s degree in multiple and severe disabilities from Georgia State. She is an intervention specialist for Loveland City Schools.

The groom is a Fairfield High School graduate and a tennis professional at Mercy Healthplex in Fairfield, Ohio.

A reception for 150 guests was held at Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, Ohio.

The couple will honeymoon in St. Thomas at a later date. They currently reside in Mason, Ohio.

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Waterfront Cebu to hold Wedding Expo 2016


ON October 21, 22 and 23, 2016, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino will be holding the Wedding Expo 2016 with the theme, “Celebrating World-Class Weddings.”

Now on its second run, this event aims to help brides-to-be and grooms-to-be with all their wedding preparations. A pool of different wedding suppliers ranging from caterers, florists, printing press, event stylists and more will be gathered in the heart of Cebu for the ultimate one-stop wedding assistance that will definitely ease the stress of couples.

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A breathtaking lineup of events will also unfold prior and during the expo. On October 21, a bridal fashion show featuring Cebu’s premier designers will kick-off the event. A gathering of the Queen City’s best wedding suppliers will take place at the Waterfront lagoon for a fabulous ‘glamping’ evening on October 22. The first 150 couples to register during the Wedding Expo will enjoy a dedicated gala dinner with an exclusive lingerie fashion show by Victoria’s Secret on October 23.

Amazing suprises await the first five couples to register during the expo which includes a honeymoon destination package, wedding ring discounts, free save-the-date videos, customized bridal shoes and a pamper session. For more inquiries about the Wedding Expo, please 232-6888 local 8044.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino is one of the well-known landmarks in the City of Cebu and is the premier venue for events and conventions in the country. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino is located at Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines.

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Fairy Tale Wedding


Kerry Leikin came into the world with congenital heart disease, a malady that necessitates constant, costly medical care.

The 27-year-old preschool teacher and her 26-year-old fiancé recently postponed their wedding because health care bills had eaten away their finances, leaving them with no money for a ceremony.

Then Ben learned of a promotional package that would pay for a couple’s wedding atDisneyland, the enchanted kingdom the Los Angeles couple loved to visit to take their minds off Kerry’s health difficulties.

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He secretly applied, and after several conversations with representatives of the sponsors, Kleenex and Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, Ben was told he and Kerry were the new recipients of a free wedding, complete with Cinderella’s carriage and footmen.

Ben didn’t want to spill the beans just yet, so he said to Kerry, “I’m not cheating on you, but I got to do a lot of work on my phone,” he told Wednesday night.

He eventually broke the news by going to her preschool, dressed in something in he rarely wears – a suit and a tie – and interrupted a staff meeting.

He got down on one knee and handed over a piece of paper that said he and Kerry were going to have a fairy tale wedding in the California theme park dedicated to fairy tales.

“I was shocked … I was like ‘You’re interrupting my day! I’m at work!” Kerry said.

And so it was that Kerry, wearing a wedding dress supplied by a designer who makes Disney-themed gowns, walked down the aisle at Disneyland at 7 a.m., long before it opened.

“It was very special,” she said. “Being in the park before it’s open, the music was softly playing, the sun is coming up, all the lights were twinkling, it was very magical,” she said.

The two had gotten engaged at Disneyland. “It just became a special place for us. We looked at it as a safe haven, where we could feel normal. We didn’t have to think of anything serious,” she said.

And on their wedding day, Aug. 31, “we had it all to ourselves,” said Ben.

They haven’t yet gone on a honeymoon. That will come later, they said. For now they are thankful that Kerry’s health is being managed, though someday she may need a transplant.

“I was kind of afraid when I surprised her that would affect her heart,” Ben said.

But the wedding was everything they dreamed of.

“Magical, magical,” said Ben. “From the beginning to the end.”

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