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Saturday, June 11, 2016

The History of Wedding Traditions

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Hidden Meaning Behind Wedding Traditions

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Have you ever wondered why confetti is thrown over the bride and groom at a wedding? Or why the bride traditionally wears something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? Here are some of the hidden meanings behind some of our most cherished wedding traditions.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Unexpected Wedding Trends 2016

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Crafting A Wedding to Remember

Filed under: InfoGraphic,Wedding Planning,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:35 am

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Copyright © 2016 – The Daffodil Hotel & Spa.  This contemporary hotel on the A591 road sits among rolling hills beside the River Rothay. It’s a 12-minute walk from Grasmere village.

Chic rooms feature contemporary furnishings, plus free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Most also have bathtubs and some have lake views. Colourful suites add oversized beds and living areas, and a few include private balconies and whirlpool tubs.

All-day meals, including signature afternoon tea, are available in a swanky restaurant, plus there’s a lounge bar. A spa, thermal pool, sauna and tepidarium round out the amenities.  Keswick Road, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9PR, United Kingdom

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Changing Your Last Name When You Get Married?

Alizah K. Lowell, LCSW-R, CEDS, Guest Author

When Joy got engaged, she was excited and ready to dive into planning her wedding. Questions from friends and family started popping up: When’s the big day? Have you found a dress? Are you going to change your last name?

Joy sat in my office expressing her ambivalence about taking her partner’s last name. She had not planned on doing so, but found herself wanting to consider it. As we explored her thoughts and feelings, we began to understand the complexity of the decision.

WED-NameChangeThe more I listen to people in my practice, and in my life, the clearer it becomes that this decision has a range of meanings, and can be approached in very different ways. Here are some things to consider:

Changing your name can represent a shift in identity.

Our identity forms over a lifetime and is based on different parts of ourselves, including our culture, race, ethnicity, values, spirituality, sexuality, and gender. A person’s identity is what makes them a unique individual—and our names are part of that.

When Eva was born, she was given her mother’s last name as a middle name and her father’s last name as her last name. Her parents divorced when she was in elementary school, and as she got older, using her mother’s last name in certain contexts felt more important to her, as it represented, for her, a way to maintain connection to both parents.

Years later, when Eva was getting married, she decided that this was an important marker of change in her life, and she wanted her name to represent that. She decided to take her husband’s last name, and stopped using her parents’ names altogether. Creating a new family with her husband became the most important part of her identity.

When Mia got married at age 26, she decided not to change her name because she strongly identified with and felt connected to her family of origin, particularly her father’s side of the family. Her last name represented her lineage and the family within which she felt solidly rooted, something she wanted to preserve as a foundation for the family she and her husband hoped to establish.

Is it important for you to share a last name with your children?

Jen wanted formal recognition of her nuclear family by sharing a last name with her husband and children. Her identity as a mom felt compromised to her if she did not share her children’s name. “I didn’t want to call my son’s school and have the school not know who my kid is because my last name is different.” Her decision to take her husband’s last name was an intentional and deliberate way to define her family.

Sara and Emily hyphenated their last names when they got married. When they decided to have a child, Emily carried the baby and the couple gave the girl Sara’s last name. For them, their daughter’s last name represented a connection to Sara as the non-biological mother. Sara’s role and identity as a mother was represented through sharing a name with her child, while Emily’s was established through her pregnancy.

How does your partner feel about the options and what they mean?

Aaron is newly engaged. He feels strongly that neither he nor his partner should change their names. “His name is his name and mine is mine. Why would marriage change that? To me it feels like when people get married and one partner takes the other partner’s last name it suggests that the person who changes their name now belongs to the other person.” Aaron detects a power dynamic embedded in name change and worries it could impact the relationship negatively. He and his partner spoke about what changing their names meant to each other, and together agreed on the decision to keep their own names.

Mark sees himself as traditional: His parents just celebrated their 40th anniversary and both of his siblings have been married for years. In each instance, the woman took her husband’s last name. When he got married, he wanted to follow in that tradition. The custom marked an important milestone for him and asking his wife to take his name held a lot of importance.

Our identity is what makes us who we are. As we move through life’s stages, making decisions that reflect our values and beliefs is essential to feeling good about our choices. No matter what you and your partner decide about the names in your family, be thoughtful about the choice you make and take the time to reflect on what your name means to you and your identity.

BONUS Article: Name Change Checklist for the Bride
Brides: Taking the Name Change Plunge?

Copyright © 2015 – Alizah K. Lowell. Alizah K. Lowell LCSW-R, CEDS, is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in full-time private practice in New York City. She is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute’s Psychoanalytic Program. In her practice, Alizah works with individuals and couples and specializes in treating eating disorders and body image disturbance.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

How to Find Your 1st Dance Wedding Song

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Give a Door Prize at the Reception Instead of Favors

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The cost of a wedding can be astronomical. Depending on your wedding budget and the number of guests, it may be difficult to buy wedding favors for everybody. Although most wedding favors are priced reasonably, the cost can add up if you’re having a large wedding.

Wed-DoorPrizeThe point of a favor is to acknowledge and thank your guests for coming to your wedding. Many couples shell out hundreds of dollars on junky favors that will just get thrown away or left on the table when the guests leave the reception. Instead of buying hundreds of cheap wedding favors, why not consider one big wedding favor as a “door prize” at the wedding reception?

When it comes to the wedding favors it’s completely up to you what you do. Make a note on the invitations that one lucky guest will go home with a very special gift. Ideas for that big wedding favor gift include:

• A large basket filled with a personalized wine bottle, candles, chocolates, wedding napkins, etc.
• A Vera Wang Toasting Flutes Set
• Centerpiece
• A golf bag
• A chocolate basket
• A beautiful pen and stationery set
• A spa package
• A gift certificate to a boutique or restaurant
• Pick up the tab for one night at a nice hotel
• A special portrait session with your photographer

Door prizes should be gender neutral and are usually awarded on a lottery basis to the holder of a certain ticket. An easy way to award door prizes at a wedding reception is to number the backs of all of the place cards that wedding guests will pick up to find out what table they have been assigned to. Then, have the DJ randomly draw numbers during the reception and award fun door prizes that are in line with the theme or destination of your wedding.

One way to do this is to place a sticker underneath one chair at each table and have the DJ make an announcement to check the chairs to see who gets to take the centerpieces home. Or what about the couple with the closest anniversary day to the newlyweds? Ask your DJ if he/she can offer some suggestions.

Or… Instead of giving the guests a small favor, use the money budgeted for favors and make a charitable donation. A charity gift is a memorable way to thank family and friends for sharing this special day with you.

If you need to be frugal or must cut something out completely, favors would be the wise choice. Most people will not even notice if you eliminate favors.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. The idea is to buy one great wedding gift in lieu of hundreds of inexpensive wedding favors. Depending on the number of people at the wedding, those “inexpensive” wedding favors can really add up.

BONUS Article: Do Me a (Wedding) “Favor”… or Not!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

DIY Wedding Centerpieces

Jane Blanchard, Guest Author

WED-CenterPiecesMany couples are trying to cut costs during the wedding planning process and centerpieces are one easy place to save money if you get a little crafty and do-it-yourself. We love finding all of the unique DIY ideas that brides and wedding professional come up with and are sharing our favorites with you. If you’ve chosen the DIY route for your wedding décor, feel free to get inspired by these creative, beautiful and easy do-it-yourself centerpiece ideas.

Recycled and Gorgeous

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This gorgeous centerpiece captures the raw beauty of nature with a sweet feminine touch. Using a basswood or birch slab as your base, top off the wood with a lace-clad Mason jar and twine-wrapped wine bottle. Fresh flowers add a healthy dose of color to this neutral palette, so fill the jar and bottle with roses, baby’s breath and other greenery to brighten it up. All of the materials for this project can be purchased in bulk; and it makes for a great craft night with your bridesmaids! You have to get those wine bottles from somewhere, right?

Gold & Sparkly

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Add an ultra glam touch to your tables without the high price tag. Fill a small round vase with water, and then add a heap of thick gold glitter or confetti. Once the glitter has settled to the bottom, stuff the opening with fresh flowers in colors that complement your wedding palette. You’ll have a chic, modern centerpiece in minutes with this simple DIY.

Mossy Magic

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These are seriously adorable and really easy to create if you live in area with lots of moss (hello Pacific Northwesterners!). Just fill old cans or jars with some cheap filler (like packing materials), harvest moss from your yard or nearby forest and voila! For an even more unique look this couple covered the cans in vintage wallpaper but we think they’d look great plain too!

Ribbon Lanterns

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For a fun bohemian look make some little lanterns out of jars, ribbon and little tea lights. Again, you can coordinate the ribbon colors with your wedding theme or go for a more eclectic look by reusing old ribbons from your craft bin and making each lantern unique.

Book Lover’s Vibe

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Hit up a local book sale, thrift shop or rummage sale to find vintage books to make up this unique centerpiece. Top a stack of old hardcovers with a Mason jar of flowers, and you’ll have an easy yet elegant focal point for your guest tables. Bonus points if you use books beloved to you and your betrothed (that means you’ll get to keep them in the family library!).

Mercury & Succulents

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Mercury glass is all the rage right now, but the cost of the real thing has the potential to drive up your wedding budget. Faux mercury glass can be achieved in just a few quick steps, and your guests won’t even be able to tell a difference! Coat the inside of a glass container with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, then spritz the wet paint with a vinegar and water solution. Dab at the inside of the glass with a paper towel to distress the paint to your liking. Once the paint is dry, add some fresh flowers or succulents and arrange as you see fit!

Clever Paint Stick Box

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Can you believe this beautiful display started as a pile of paint stirrer sticks? This DIY centerpiece is sure to wow your guests, and you’ll be amazed at the simplicity of this project! Just apply wood stain the stirrers, fasten them together with strong glue and a few staples, and you’ll have a fabulous floral display box to decorate as you like. No woodworking classes needed!

BONUS Articles: Centerpieces… Plan With Your Guests in Mind
For the Love of DIY Wedding Flowers!
Get More for Your Wedding Floral Budget

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

10 Hen Party Tips to Avoid Any Bridal Party Tantrums

Alice Rimes, Guest Author

Banish bridal party tantrums and dramas for good with these 10 top tips for planning the perfect hen celebration!

Make it affordable ~ Your dream hen party may consist of a luxury break abroad, but not everyone can afford such a lavish trip, so be considerate. Hen parties can be expensive, plus your girls may have to take annual leave from work to attend if you plan it on a weekday. Weekend parties at home are just as much fun and cost less.

WED-HenPartyTipsFun for all ~ Not all your hens will be into the same things as you and although it’s your party, try to choose activities you’ll all enjoy. Why not put it to the vote?

Have a pre-party introduction ~ Try to arrange a gathering with your girls before the party so they all get to know one another. This can sometimes be difficult to organize but it will be well worth it if they’re familiar with each other before the weekend away.

Put someone in charge ~ It’s always best to have one person organize the day rather than having several girls arranging different things. Make sure this person is organized but not too bossy, or it won’t go down well. Plus, this person should not be you!

Body hang-ups ~ Hot-tubbing it in a bikini and wearing skimpy fancy dress might sound great to you, but are all your girls happy to flaunt their flesh? That’s something to think about when planning a hen party!

Keep everyone entertained ~ Think about the time in between the activity and the club. Collect up board games, a karaoke machine, iPod player and more for hotel entertainment.

Stay together ~ You must stick together! Not only is it safer and reduces the chance of someone getting lost, it also avoids any awkwardness – there’s nothing more annoying than girls having in-jokes that exclude the other hens.

Get some sleep! ~ We know what you’re thinking – yeah right! But you don’t want Sunday’s activities to be ruined by Saturday night’s hangover.

Larry’s NOTE: If you are going to have a hen party, schedule it several days “before” the wedding day!

Buy them a thank you gift ~ Your hens have spent a lot of money to celebrate with you, so show them how much you appreciate their efforts by buying them a little gift to say thanks. This could be something they can use on the hen night itself. We’ve got some brilliant buys in the Wedding Ideas Shop.

Have a kitty for expenses ~ Make sure you have extra petty cash when planning a hen party. Whether it’s for a taxi or lunch, it’s not fair for one person to pay and be owed money from the rest of the party, so have a pot to pay for minor expenses.

For more hen tips, including our fabulous hen party A-Z list where you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love, head to our Hen Party section on the website. It’s full of ideas and advice for you and your hens, so have a look!

BONUS Articles: 6 Things Bridesmaids Do That Really Annoy the Bride
Cloned “look alike” Bridesmaids
So, You’re a Bridesmaid… What Now?
Brides! Should You Fire Your Bridesmaid?
8 Things You Should Never Do at a Hen Party

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Military Wedding Guide

Army Bride, Guest Author

Since today is Memorial Day and I am marrying my very own military man, I decided to write a post about military weddings. I myself am not having a military wedding, since my fiancé didn’t seem too interested in wearing his dress blues. However, there are many people out there that do decide to have one. A military wedding isn’t really too different from a typical wedding.

WED-MilitaryWeddingMany decide to have the ceremony and reception on a military base, but it’s not necessarily the location that makes a military wedding. It’s the attire. Each branch has their own rules and uniforms that are to be worn in a wedding. The type of uniform depends on the style of the wedding, the time of day, the season and their government-issued uniform manual.

Below are a few tips, courtesy of The Military Wedding by Vanessa L. Baldwin.

• For very formal or formal weddings (i.e., a white or black-tie affair) a Mess Dress Uniform should be worn. Semi-formal evening weddings should also use the Mess Dress Uniform but for a daytime semi-formal wedding a Class-A or Service dress uniform is appropriate.

• If the groom or groomsmen are military then they must be in uniform. Non-military groomsmen must wear civilian attire of equal formality. Groomsmen who are members of a different service than the groom (Army instead of Navy, for example) must wear a uniform of comparable formality.

• A military bride the option of wearing their uniforms (if applicable) or may elect to wear appropriate civilian attire, a traditional white wedding gown. Although military bridesmaids also have the option of wearing appropriate civilian attire, it is important to note that they must be in military uniform if they are to participate in the sabre arch. Non-military bridesmaids should wear civilian attire of equal formality.

• Active or retired military mothers/fathers of the bride or groom may wear a uniform of matching formality to that of the bride and groom or may wear appropriate civilian attire.

• Guests who are active or retired military may wear their uniforms or may wear traditional formal attire. Be sure to give an indication to the level of formality desired as part of the wedding invitations. Adding “Mess dress uniform invited”, “Class A uniform invited”, or “Service dress uniform invited” will suffice for members of the military.

VanessaBaldwinAnother unique part of a military wedding is cutting the wedding cake with a saber or sword belonging to the groom, if he owns one. Traditionally the groom presents his sword to the bride, and together they cut the first slice of wedding cake. One important note is to remember to have napkins ready to clean the sabre after the cake cutting. If the sabre is placed in its sheath before being cleaned then icing and sugar will dry inside and be a real pain to clean up later.

Another really cool military wedding tradition is the arch of the sabers/swords. The Army and Air Force will use sabers and the Navy and Marines will use swords. The arch is not mandatory but if it is to be done it should include 6-8 officers, usually uniformed groomsmen and bridesmaids but other uniformed guests may participate to meet the numbers. Tradition varies across the branches and those forming the arch, but commonly the arch team leader will announce the couple before they enter the arches and then the last saber pair will lower their sabers and demand a kiss before passing. Some saber arches may even demand kisses at every pass!

BONUS Article: A Guide to Military Weddings

Photo Credit: Gwyneth Colleen Photography

Copyright © 2015 – Vanessa L. Baldwin. Vanessa L. Baldwin is the President and Senior Consultant of Elegant Beginnings, a wedding consulting and planning service in Northern Virginia.Ms. Baldwin is a graduate of University of Maryland BaltimoreCounty and Howard University School of Social Work, Washington, DC. After professional experience as a social caseworker and a social science analyst, Ms. Baldwin was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. Ms. Baldwin retired from the Air Force in 1998.

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