The Best Advice on Weddings, Honeymoons, Sleep and Habits

In this post, you’ll find some useful, practical advice and excellent resources on having a better wedding (and honeymoon) experience, better sleep, and better habits.

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Our wedding planner Handley and our married daughter Ellie.

How to Have a Better Wedding Experience

For some of the best advice on this topic, who better than a professional wedding planner?  This week, Handley McCrory (our wedding planner) was my guest on The SavvyCast. She shared valuable tips and advice on what to do from engagement day to wedding day. As you can see from the photo below, our daughter Ellie was all smiles on her wedding day, and Handley was a huge part in making it a dream come true. You can link here to the podcast with show notes or listen below. 

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Handley McCrory of Handley Breaux Designs

How to Have a Better Honeymoon

Mom’s know best, and especially in the area of honeymoon prep (because obviously all moms have been on a honeymoon lol). This honeymoon advice is practical and straight from some of my M.O.B. friends who shared their ideas for a “honeymoon kit” filled with items to help their daughters have a better honeymoon experience. The kit is ideally given a month or so prior to the wedding. Their suggestions are below. Note: these items are great for we women who have been married any length of time. I’ve read the book (excellent) and also carry most all the items with me when traveling with my hubs.

Mom Recommended Honeymoon Kit for Bride to Be Daughters

  • Book: Dr. Kevin Leman’s Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage is a great book for any couple about to get married. Leman gives frank, detailed advice on married sex that can make for a more informed and enjoyable honeymoon.
  • Lubricant. This high end lubricant is one of the best on the market, has only 4 ingredients, and is silky and luxurious.
  • UTI prevention. Brides to be can take these AZO daily (start months before) to hopefully avoid a UTI.
  • UTI Treatment. If a UTI happens, send an antibiotic and pain relief  (this AZO works well).
  • Other Meds. Zofran (nausea) might come in handy. Ibuprofen is a no brainer. One of my friends even put tamiflu in her daughter’s kit just in case.

On Being a Mother of the Bride (M.O.B.)

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I didn’t do this perfectly, but I shared what I learned in My Best Advice to Mothers of the Bride (To Be). There are so many things to navigate as a M.O.B. From dress shopping (for yourself and usually others in the family) to gift buying (for all hostesses and helpers) and more, there is a ton to learn, do, and navigate in this special role.

How to Have a Better Marriage

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Recording The Chair: How to Ask the Marriage with Zane

Marriage is wonderful, but it is one of the hardest things most of us will ever do (as is most everything worthwhile in life). Here are some helpful bits of advice from some of my favorite resources in marriage, family and personal growth.

Great resources on better habits.

You’ve probably heard of  and likely read Steven Covey’s classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book has been a game changer for many of us, and I recently bought the teen version for my 17-year-old daughter. Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens has been updated for the digital age, and my daughter is reading (and talking about the concepts in) this book. She asked me to buy the companion workbook and also a copy for a friend. I highly recommend this book for any teen, and it would make a perfect graduation gift.

Great resources on better sleep.

A great mattress is key to good sleep; I am on a search for a new one. I want the most comfortable one money can buy, but finding this elusive treasure is more than a notion. I recently asked on my instagram story for folks to share their favorites. Here are a few mattresses that were recommended: Temperpedic, Beautyrest plush pillow top Bradford, Cariloha, Sleep Number, and Casper Wave. I would LOVE to hear from any of you if you have a mattress that you LOVE and RECOMMEND!!! If so, please leave details in the comments below. We would all love to know!

Good sleep habits can be life changing. My husband and I are making every effort to get in bed early and rise early. This is a trend at his firm and with many of our friends who are reading the wildly popular book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. I am listening on audible. It is a powerful motivator to make sleep a priority.

I hope some of this advice that I gathered is helpful to you and yours in some way! If you have anything to add, share or ask, please do. I love hearing from you! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed and savvy day!!!

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  1. Hi Angela, thank you so much for sharing! Zane’s parents have a sleep number and love it. Several others have contacted me about SN as well. I am definitely going to give it a close look. Mattress shopping is SO hard!!! Thanks again for your help!!! XoXo

  2. We have had a Sleep Number for 20 years (the same one) and we still love it!! It is probably the most basic one they have but it is great!

  3. Hi Victoria, thank you for this! I laid on a temperpedic cloud last week at the summit and wanted to take it home that day! It was incredible and definitely on our top 5 favorites so far. And I am so glad you enjoy the recipes; thank you for leaving such a sweet comment. XoXo

  4. Hands down, a Temperpedic cloud mattress!!! Hubby and I bought one about 9 years ago. There was no discussion what we were buying when we needed a mattress for our lake house about 4 years ago. You have to try one and see for yourself…
    I love your blog and every recipe of yours I have tried! Thank you for sharing with us!

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