Wedding Wednesday: Picking the Perfect Dress

My name is Bryn Adams and about a month ago I got engaged to my best friend!

Over the last month, my fiancée and I got a lot of planning for the wedding done. One of the major things that happened two weeks ago was that I finally found my wedding dress! After searching for a while for the perfect dress, I believe that I have finally found the one. Through this dress shopping experience, I feel like I’ve learned a lot. So, allow me to share my newly gained wisdom with all you future brides.

wedding dress shopping

  1. Don’t feel pressured: Although the employees at bridal shops are usually helpful and nice, they want you to pick one of THEIR dresses. Bridal shops will tell you things in order to convince you to decide on a dress that day. However, don’t let them pressure you into a decision unless you’re sure about the dress. Check out other dress shops and pick the dress YOU want. Don’t let your friends or family members pressure you into a decision either. It’s your dress; you are the one who will be wearing it on your special day.
  2. Temple Appropriate: When picking out your wedding dress, you should consider the rules your temple has. Different temples have different requirements for dresses and you should look over them and know what is and is not appropriate. If you want to wear your wedding dress in the temple, then make sure it follows the guidelines. You could even talk to the matron of your temple to double-check. A word of advice, though—if you find a dress you love that is modest, but perhaps has too many sequins, or is ivory instead of white, don’t worry about it. Wearing a temple dress for your sealing is perfectly fine and may even make it more special. You will most likely wear that temple dress again when you go to the temple to do ordinances. Every time you wear it you will be reminded of that special day.
  3. The one that goes WOW: By wow, I mean pick the dress that makes you feel and look amazing. You’ll know when you find the one, your mom will start crying, and you won’t be able to stop smiling. There are a lot of pretty dresses out there, but pick the one that feels like a wedding dress, not just another prom dress that happens to be white. Picture yourself in the temple, in that dress, with your future husband staring back at you and you’ll know.

Just have fun! It’s not everyday that you get to try on tons of beautiful dresses and have people tell you how awesome you look. Good luck, I hope these tips come in handy.


The Ten Commandments of Procrastination

  1. Start your diet… tomorrow.
  2. Push the snooze button four times. Out of bed—7:45am. Class/work—8am.
  3. Avoid putting your clean laundry away until it’s all dirty again.
  4. Leave the dishes in the sink until you bring out the paper plates because nothing is left.
  5. Fill up your car with gas only when your friend rescues you on the side of the road with a gas can.
  6. Go to the grocery store only after you have consumed your food and your roommate’s.
  7. Wait to cash that check until your card is declined on a date.
  8. Stall for bed until just before you would have to get up anyway.
  9. Delay replacing the one light bulb out in your bathroom until you have to shower in the dark.
  10.  Refuse to mow the lawn until people ask you if you live in a forest.

Procrastinators! Unite tomorrow!


By Chelsea Jamison, Junior Editor

Meet Conor, Blogging Editor

This is teeny tiny baby Conor.

This is teeny tiny baby Conor.

Conor, a junior studying English and political science (aiming for a Ph.D. in English lit, Victorian perhaps, with a side of adaptation theory. Ideally not filling out unemployment papers), hails originally from Boston, but was raised primarily in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

He enjoys politics, religion, pop culture, Lithuania, super heroes, literature, film, food and any intersections that those interests can have.

Conor writes often (seriously—close to constantly), whether that be literary criticism for class, beatnik poetry for kicks, satire for the Student Review, blog posts about Mormonism, or pieces for Stance.

He also loves a semi-snarky use of parentheses (as if that wasn’t clear from their abundance in this brief bio).

Check out Conor’s blog: Mini Manifestos

First-Ever Failed Family Photo Contest!

We get it. Not every family picture is a winner. But…the laughs to be had afterward? Priceless.

HENCE, our first-ever Stance Failed Family Photo contest! Starting today, we will be sharing our favorite hilarious family photos gone wrong. The top three pictures chosen by our staff will be featured on the blog (along with the knee-slapper tale behind the picture), and the winner will receive a special PRIZE! So get sharing!

HOW TO SHARE (so many ways!): 

  • Tag us in your picture on Facebook.
  • Share the picture to our Facebook page.
  • Tweet the picture to our Twitter account.
  • Email it to
  • Tag us in your picture on Instagram.

Here’s a little inspiration, courtesy of

This was the photo shoot for my newborn son. I was supposed to be looking lovingly at him and instead sneezed all over him. The photographer caught it at just the right moment.


First Aid Friday: CPR 101

cpr 2Earlier this year, I conducted a survey in Utah Valley that tested many individuals’ understanding of First-Aid. One of the most frequently missed questions was, “When performing CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), how many chest compressions are done per minute?” After missing this question, the surveyees responses lead to the same statement… “I FORGOT!”

According to the American Red Cross, CPR licenses last for a total of two years until another course is required. The reasoning behind this limitation is in-part due to the normality of forgetting these skills, but as forgettable as they can be, it is important to renew CPR understanding — it could be the difference between life and death.

But fear not, Stance is here to help renew your CPR knowledge!

The Basics of CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation)

When attending adults in need of CPR:



  • Push hard, push fast in the middle of the chest at least 2 inches deep and at least 100 compressions per minute


  • Tilt the head back and lift the chin up.
  • Pinch the nose shut then make a complete seal over the person’s mouth.
  • Blow in for about 1 second to make the chest clearly rise.
  • Give rescue breaths, one after the other.

Note: If chest does not rise with rescue breaths, retilt the head and give another rescue breath. DO NOT STOP

Continue cycles of CPR. Do not stop CPR except in one of these situations:

  • You find an obvious sign of life, such as breathing.
  • An AED is ready to use.
  • Another trained responder or EMS personnel take over.
  • You are too exhausted to continue.
  • The scene becomes unsafe.



TIP: Person must be on firm, flat surface.

Minor Adjustments For Infant CPR:
cpr3During Chest Compressions, use two fingers (index and middle) instead of two hands. Push about 1 ½ inches deep. When performing rescue breaths make a complete seal over the infant’s mouth and nose. An infant must be on a firm, flat surface.

Note: CPR instructions have been retrieved directly from the American Red Cross online manual (sources found below) for your convenience. Find out more at:

By: Jessica Porter, Senior Editor