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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

8 Ways to Guarantee Happy Bridesmaids

Leah Messenger, Guest Author

You may be the star of the show but your bridesmaids need to be happy too! Here are 8 easy ways to keep your best girls sweet throughout the wedding planning process, right up to the big day itself…

WEDBridesmaidsHappyGive them options ~ Present your bridesmaids with options. That way you are effectively giving them their own choice on what color of dresses to go for or what hairstyle to do, but keeping in the restrictions of what YOU want most. If you want them the same, giving them options to discuss means you aren’t the bad guy, and the disagreeable bridesmaid is. Or if you want mismatched bridesmaids, even better! They can form their own look.

Consider their budgets ~ Consider your bridesmaids’ financial situations before you start making them buy their own dresses or planning a hen weekend abroad. They will feel honored that you’ve asked them to be part of your special day, but it shouldn’t cost them an arm and a leg.

Make introductions ~ Set a date night for proper introductions between your bridesmaids. They’re your favorite girls and you want them to get along, so don’t just leave it to the hen night and the actual day. Sort out nights in and nights out so the whole bridal party can bond.

No favoritism ~ Don’t have favorites, or make people compete to be your favorite. No one wants tension or jealousy between the bridesmaids . And if you’re having a chief bridesmaid of maid of honor, make this clear who it is from the start. Then, at the very least, the other bridesmaids have a port of call aside from you if they have any problems.

Think how they feel ~ You can’t forget to think about how they feel. Yes it is your day and you have envisioned it a certain way, but make sure you think about what they might not be saying out loud. Maybe they’re not comfortable in their dresses? Maybe they feel you’re giving them too many tasks? Think about your maids and always ask if they’re okay.

Plan ahead ~ Expecting them to drop everything because you call an emergency DIY craft evening, or have a wedding-related panic isn’t very fair. Organize things like this and let your maids know in good time – if they can make it, great, if they’re already busy, don’t be a bridezilla about it!

Provide alternatives ~ Things like high heels will make you and your bridesmaids look great on the day, but may prove painful by the evening. Provide a comfy alternative like flip flops or flats and your girls will love you for it.

Be generous ~ Shower them with fun and gifts and presents! Organize lots of fun get togethers involving wine and yummy snacks, and spoil them with special bridesmaid gifts. Nothing will make them feel more special than a personal gift from you, the bride, and it will be a perfect keepsake from your wedding, too. Overall, be the coolest bride you can be – treat your bridesmaids well, and they will return the favor!

BONUS Articles: So, You’re a Bridesmaid… What Now?
Brides! Should You Fire Your Bridesmaid?
6 Tips on How to Avoid Embarrassment as the Bridesmaid!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Three Engagement Don’ts!

Anna Post, Guest Author

Holiday cheer often leads couples to start the New Year with the news, “We’re engaged!” Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s many people are sharing news of their engagement. Which leads to the first engagement don’t:

1. Don’t share your engagement news on social media before sharing it with your family.

WEDEngagmentsYou’re engaged, you’re so excited, and you can’t wait to tell everyone! The world of social media sometimes makes us forget the importance of face-to-face and verbal communication. But before you update your status for all to see, be sure to tell parents and children firs-ideally in person or over the phone if that is the only possibility. People want to hear the news directly from you!

Family, such as grandparents, and close friends can be hurt if they find out news of your engagement through something as impersonal as a group email or a Facebook post. So, tell the most important people first, and ask them in turn not to share the news until you’ve made all your personal announcements. Then, tweet and share away.

2. Avoid the rush to gush.

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It happens so quickly – you’re engaged one second, and the next, everyone is asking the date, the location, and the names of everyone in your wedding party. Despite your excitement, don’t get too caught up in the pressure to have all the answers.

Instead of sharing undecided plans or digging yourself into a hole by making promises you can’t keep, pause a moment and say, “It’s so early in our planning, we still have lots of things to decide!”

3. Don’t forget the big picture.

With sites like Pinterest full of beautiful wedding images it’s easy to be inspired by every tiny element of wedding planning. But it’s also easy to get lost in those details, even early on. Once you know your date and location, talk with your partner about your top big-picture priorities for the wedding; maybe food and music, or the invitation and flowers.

This will help you create your vision and keep the focus on what’s most important to the two of you as the decisions and expenses mount. And while you’re prioritizing your top elements of wedding planning, put the plans down from time to time and spend time together on the other interests you share.

Copyright © 2014 – Anna Post. Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of etiquette guru Emily Post and author of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette. For more information on sharing engagement news, check out, Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, 6th edition or visit www.EmilyPost.com.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Watch Larry James in Action!

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This is for Brides and Grooms who are looking for a customized, “romantic” wedding ceremony with some refreshing words that will capture the attention of your guests; one that is truly different from the ordinary, traditional wedding ceremony. If that’s what you are looking for you’ve come to the right place. Your wedding is your very romantic day! We want to help you create a day uniquely your own and make it a memorable event.

Larry’s Note: A very special “Thank you” to Sarah & Carl Anderson of Princess Bride Cinematic Videography for their contribution and excellent work on top two videos below. Visit their Website: www.PrincessBrideVideo.com. Arizona (Greater Phoenix Area & Tucson) and Minnesota (Twin Cities Area).

To watch a video which highlights all the main events from Tasha and Brian’s destination wedding at Sassi in Scottsdale, click here!

The following video showcases Larry James, non-denominational minister, professional speaker, author & relationship coach. Larry performs the most “romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Enjoy this clip from a wedding performed at Sassi Ristorante in Scottsdale featuring Tasha and Brian Winkels. Visit http://www.CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com – More than 475 pages of wedding tips, ceremony ideas, and everything you need to have a “romantic,” memorable wedding. Larry James has been voted “Best Wedding Officiant” in the Greater Phoenix area by the Wedding Chronicle’s Reader’s Poll for 2007, 2008 & 2009. Also voted “Best Wedding Officiant” by Arizona Sites and Services Magazine for 2008. He has won the “Bridal’s Choice” award from WeddingWire.com for 2009, 10, 11, 13, 14 & 2015.

The following 27 minute ceremony was shortened and compressed to 10 minutes for YouTube. We started with the 80 minute DVD we produced for Tammi & Jay, and re-edited it to feature the officiant Larry James. Here, you can see why Larry remains, year after year, one of the most sought-after officiants in Arizona. Cherished Moments Video & Photography was pleased to share the joy and love this couple celebrated, and worked with Larry to make this day their most memorable. Visit us at http://www.azcherishedmoments.com

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Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: Cell: 480-205-3694. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Guaranteed! No Hangovers on Your Wedding Day!

You’ve all seen “The Hangover,” a movie about three groomsmen who go overboard at their friend’s bachelor party and wake up with no memory of what has taken place. The groom is nowhere to be found, and the groomsmen go on an epic mission to find him before the wedding.

Oh, my!

WEDnoHangoversOne idea is to skip the bachelor and bachelorette parties. That’ll help.

If you have lots of friends in your wedding party, you will need a rehearsal. By having a wedding rehearsal, you can ensure that everyone involved with the ceremony knows the rest of the bridal party as well as their responsibilities.

Every person involved in your ceremony should attend: the bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, flower girl, ring bearer, Officiant, readers, and especially the bride and groom. It is considerate to invite the spouse or significant other of each attendant. The purpose of a rehearsal dinner is to provide an intimate setting for the two families to mingle before the big event. The rehearsal is designed to make the Bride and Groom familiar with the ceremony so they can be more relaxed on their big day.

Here is my idea: Break tradition! Have your rehearsal two days before the wedding, not the typical night before. Why?

Consider scheduling a Wednesday rehearsal for a Friday wedding or a Thursday rehearsal for a Saturday wedding. In other words: Consider choosing a rehearsal date two days before your wedding day, not one day before. This idea separates two stressful days and gives you a day of rest before the wedding to get last-minute things done. (The Groom will need time for a pedicure, right?) 😉

At the rehearsal dinner… the social lubrication portion can can get a little crazy and can offer a few headaches the morning after the night before. If you have that extra day in between the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner and the wedding, that pretty much will guarantee that every one in the wedding party will be clear-headed and ready for the main event.

There is also more time to relax, recuperate, and get ready for the big day. If most attendants won’t be arriving until late on the eve of your wedding, a breakfast celebration the morning before the wedding is also acceptable. Some couples are just having the rehearsal and skipping the rehearsal dinner.

If you have 12 in your wedding party – 6 bridesmaid and 6 groomsmen – and 2 or 3 are from out-of-town, go ahead and have your rehearsal without them and fill them in on the details of the rehearsal the day they arrive or the day of the wedding. If you only have 1 or 2 on each side you may not need a rehearsal.

Have out-of-town bridal party people? Plan special things for them to do – sans social lubrication (no pub crawls) – the day before the wedding. Plan some tame things for them to do. Take this opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones because the best day of your life is just around the corner.

BONUS Articles: Goody Bags for Out-of-Town” Wedding Guests
7 Dos and Don’ts for a Perfect STEN Do
How to Host a Unique Bachelor Party
Get Me to the Rehearsal on Time!
The Rehearsal & the Rehearsal Dinner! It’s Fun Time!
Do You Need a Wedding Rehearsal?
Will You Have Out-of-town Guests?

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Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

A Groom’s Version of Wedding Planning

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Leah Messenger, Guest Author

We take a cheeky journey inside the mind of a groom to help you delegate jobs and duties of wedding planning accordingly…

What he’s interested in… ~ Make the most of your groom’s real interests and don’t pass him off the boring jobs. This way, you’ll have no problem with keeping him engaged in the wedding planning process.

WEDgroomsplanningThe honeymoon ~ It’s a holiday after all, and all that is associated with honeymoons – sun, sea and sex – cannot be seen as a bad thing in the mind of your groom.

The gift list ~ Presents, cash, and maybe returnable presents for cash. He sees this as a chance to get money back on you spending too much on those huge, elaborate table decorations that you ‘just needed’ to have!

The music ~ Why not choose a traditional tune to walk in to, but then let your groom decide on your recessional song? We’ve got lots of ideas right here!

The food ~ Food is the way to a man’s heart as some say, and it’s definitely one of the more fun jobs of the wedding planning. Did someone say tasting session?

The drinks ~ Need we say more? Your wedding is a party, and drink tends to get the party going and everyone having fun! Perhaps your groom can suggest his favourite tipple or create a wedding cocktail just for you?

The guest list ~ ‘You invited who?!’ – Make sure your husband-to-be is involved with the guest list. You won’t necessarily know everyone he wants there – or anyone he doesn’t.

The suits ~ Any excuse to buy a nice, new suit, will not go amiss to any man, and as it’s for his wedding day, it’s extra special. Just make sure he knows these top groomswear rules and tips!

What the groom should stay away from… ~ There are a few things that it’s probably best to handle yourself. These are…

The invitations ~ Your invitations will be the first glimpse of your big day that your guests will get. Make sure they complement your theme and more importantly include all the right information – and get sent on time.

The wedding dress ~ If you’re considering which wedding traditions to break, DON’T make it this one! The dress has to be kept a secret from your groom until the big day itself – the shot of him seeing you for the first time will be one of your favourites in the album, we promise!

The cake ~ In the mind of most men, a wedding cake is a cake. Perhaps, but it’s also the centrepiece of your reception and it will be captured in your wedding album for years to come. If you’re not really bothered, either, simple naked cakes can look amazing, too – just take a look.

The flowers ~ Your bouquet will have to complement your wedding dress so it’s best to keep this one under wraps until the big day too. Discuss colours and, of course, his buttonhole with the groom but don’t give any other details away.

Our list may be a little tongue-in-cheek but do try to delegate some jobs to your h2b (husband-to-be) or other members of the bridal party. You can’t do everything yourself!

BONUS Article: The Ultimate Wedding Planning List for Grooms
Grooms… Listen up!
Brides Want Grooms to Be More Involved in Planning the Wedding!
Here Comes the Groom! – A Call to ACTIVE Duty!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The State of Matrimony 2015

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Sheryl Davies, Guest Author

Every couple envisions their wedding day as being the stuff dreams are made of. And this season is no different as we find them immersed in dazzling details, wrapped in fabulous fabrics and sparkling accents.

From chic and elegant to informal and fun, today’s couples are willing to invest to get the wedding of their dreams and many of them are covering the cost themselves.

transmit 12214616Rustic weddings are increasingly popular, but the age of elegance and luxury is definitely in. Think Great Gatsby, champagne toasts and art deco. Downtown formality with crystal chandeliers, textured, shimmery, gorgeous linen, candlesticks, sparkle and pearls are now in the spotlight as the look of this upcoming season. Elements of gold, silver and copper are sentimental and add a rich feel to the decor.

Decorator Diane Spencler, owner of Designs by Diane loves this look. “Rose gold is hot, but hard to find and I have it,” she says. She’s ordered new candelabras, vases and fabulous linens to complement what brides are seeking. She says, “There’s a lot coming in, but I’ll be ordering more elegant and amazing accents to heighten that ‘glam’ feel.”

Accessories such as bird cages, lanterns and big flowers will also dominate receptions. Professional lighting is also a big consideration; it has a dramatic impact of the look, feel and mood, while creating an original experience for the guests.

Look for the palette of blue this season, from aqua to royal navy, its presence will be seen everywhere signifying serenity, peace and loyalty. Toasted Almond, Custard, Tangerine, Strawberry Ice and Glacier Gray will round out the fashion colours as reported by The Pantone Color Institute.

Innovative signs will be everywhere as couples communicate memorable, unique and distinctive messages at ceremonies and receptions.

Couples continue to choose unique statements for their venues which range from beach to yacht, museum to mansion and mountain top to garden weddings. Outdoor settings are still popular, as well as the traditional settings of clubs, wineries and hotels.

When it comes to seating options, many brides and grooms are eliminating head tables completely and going to either a sweetheart table for the two of them, or sitting with their parents and friends.

The club atmosphere is still a popular feature with receptions featuring a swanky lounge area with sleek leather banquettes and seductive mood lighting, dotted with many nooks and crannies for guests to carry on conversations.

Today’s brides are delighting in delicious wedding gowns in all colours of the rainbow from soft blush to mint, icy blue, mocha or even black. Luxurious fabrics of lace, silk, satin, taffeta and tulle are all favoured options; some embellished with sequins, glitter and crystals.

Nelly Semaan, owner of His & Hers Wear and Bridal says, “This season it’s all about romance, femininity and elegance and we’re seeing tulle ball gowns making a huge comeback. There’s something special for every bride to choose from… Look for a lot of back details, which are delightful.”

From long and elegant to short and sassy, bridal gowns are sporting unique and detailed open backs with styles to suit any figure. Frothy ruffles, sleeves, belts and pockets add to the design features. Long cathedral veils and romantic mantillas silhouette the bride’s face, but expect to also see fascinators, jewel-encrusted headpieces and stunning garlands of flowers in her hair.

Flowers are always a signature statement at receptions and this year will be no different. Bridal bouquets will be larger than in past seasons, with generous arrangements of flowers. One colour may dominate, or the bouquet may sport but one single magnificent flower. You’ll see simple, but towering, bright green centrepieces and pomanders for the flower girl. Brooch bouquets are still garnering a lot of attention and evolving from last season.

Farm-to-table is an important consideration in creating both innovative and organic menus. Caterers are working with couples to create meals where the local bounty is a prime consideration in menu planning, particularly during summer receptions.

Recently elected City Councillor and proprietor of Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House, Chef Rino Bortolin, believes “there is no better way to ensure a creative, fresh, seasonal menu for your guests than by considering the taste of place and sourcing the best local ingredients. From big table country dinners to small quaint local restaurants, let your chef create an experience that will elevate your celebration, while supporting the local economy.”

Fun food bars are still hot too: donuts, snow cones, biscuits, pasta, coffee, waffles, and more inventive items will be served to delighted guests as part of a culinary adventure.

Wedding cakes are stunning for 2015 with metallic influences of gold and silver. Embellished with flowers and decorated with ribbon, pearls, sparkles and unique cake toppers are often a focal point for picture taking. Once the traditional cake-cutting is done, it signals the end of the wedding meal. Stephanie Bouttette, owner of The Cake Lady sees “the rustic look gaining momentum, with cakes decorated with both burlap and lace! Larger cakes are back and the more tiers the cake has, the more the glitter I will be decorating with!” She loves to create and deliver unique personalized designs each season.

Gift cards have taken on a new status as a wedding present. Once considered impersonal, today they make a perfect gift. They are easy to wrap and the bride and groom can shop anytime; a perfect pastime after months of wedding planning.

Although no two weddings are identical, at the end of the day, one thing is certain: two people totally in love with one another are legally married. Whether it’s a small intimate affair or a large ballroom reception, they will have stood before others to sanctify their vows and celebrate with their family and friends.

The 2015 wedding season will be a WoW from the vows to the end of the reception. It will be detail driven, emotional and filled with joy as it reflects the signature style and personality of the couple marrying.

BONUS Article: Sneak Peek: The Hottest 2015 Wedding Trends
10 Top Wedding Trends for 2015!
7 Wedding Trends for Couples to Watch Out For in 2015

SherylDaviesCopyright © 2015 – Sheryl Davies. Sheryl Davies is the Publisher of The Wedding Guide Windsor/Essex County, and President of DMS Communications. Sheryl is also the Canadian representative of EWEDNewz.com, New York City. She also serves as a Social Media Commentator for businesses locally as well throughout the U.S. As a proud supporter and advocate for the Arts, she is a founding member of the Canada South Festival Network and a past president of the Arts Council Windsor Region. Sheryl spent 18 years as one of the original organizers of Bluesfest International.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Marriage Quilt Wrapping Ceremony

Although this “add-on” quilt wrapping ceremony is not the most popular ceremony in the Valley of the Sun – Greater Phoenix Area – it is something for some brides and grooms to consider (perhaps where the weather is not so hot). 😉

QuiltCeremonyIn some Native American traditions, couples are wrapped in a blanket to signify their coming together and their new life together. This ceremony is also inspired by the way Tahitians have married for centuries. The vows culminate with the wrapping of the couple in a traditional and colorful Tahitian wedding quilt.

Instead of signifying unity through a candle lighting ritual, some couples are wrapped in a quilt made from the fabric of friends and family to signify unification, the warmth and support of friends and family that are needed to sustain a healthy relationship, the comfort we bring to each other, and the bond between us that will continue to develop.

Some couples ask family and friends to send them fabric scraps in a specified size. You can sent some away to folks who are not able to attend in person. Then they have a quilt made which they are then wrapped in by their Wedding Officiant at their wedding, symbolizing how the love and warmth of others would nurture and strengthen them together. This is a quilt which has been signed with love, from family and friends. Some couples choose to use the quilt as something to stand on instead of wrapping it around them.

QuiltCeremony2Together within this blanket, they will sign their marriage license. This usually comes right before the kiss. Next, the Wedding Officiant/Minister announces the kiss… they then embrace and kiss to celebrate that they are now officially united. The quilt would then be removed by the Wedding Officiant/Minister and placed on the altar table or handed to someone to hold.

After the ceremony, some couples display it at the reception and ask the guests to sign this very special quilt as their guest book. The marriage quilt could also come out again for the couples first dance, wrapped around their shoulders as they twirl slowly around the dance floor. It can be used as a prop in their wedding photographs.

One couple had the marriage quilt made with 26 squares to represent the letters of the alphabet with the intention of using it as a baby blanket at sometime in the future. Another bride and groom chose to kneel before me just before the kiss as I draped them in the marriage quilt, shoulder to shoulder. The brides’ father came forward and asked a blessing.

Here are some words that I have used in the past. Keep in mind that in my ceremonies, the bride and groom are asked to edit anything they would like to add, change or delete. Some prefer to shorten this part of the ceremony.

QuiltCeremony3Minister: (Before the kiss, the couple moves to a table that contains the marriage license and the minister lightly wraps the quilt around their shoulders). This quilt signifies the warmth and support of family and friends that are needed to sustain a healthy relationship. It signifies the bond between them and the closeness that will continue to develop day after day. And, it signifies the comfort and beauty they bring to each other and will continue to bring to each other.

_____ and _____, take a moment to just breathe, and simply enjoy your friends and family who have gathered here to spend this day with you. This group of loved ones may never be together in the same place again. Take some time to think about how they have touched your lives, and why they’re here with you today. Marriage isn’t just the joining together of two lives, but the joining together of two families and who have cherished and loved you for all your lives.

Let me draw special attention to the bride and groom’s families. Today, as parents, you look with love and affirmation on the faces of your children, whose independence you’ve nurtured with your love, guidance, and support. Not withstanding all the challenges of their upbringings, they now represent the fullness of your lives. Each one of you is an enduring part of who they are, having made an indelible mark on their characters. May you be for both of them now, what you were to the one: accepting, supportive, caring, and with a generosity of spirit that always includes them both.

Ladies and gentleman, your presence here is a visible expression of your love and respect for their decision to marry, and reminds them that they don’t belong to one another alone, but to a larger community of friends and relatives who wish them well. As a part of that community, I invite all of you to play your part – by lending an ear, a hand of kindness, a voice of experience, an encouraging smile, and the gift of your company. Stand beside them, and never between them. Offer them your love and your support, but not your judgment. Support their union with your friendship.

At this time, together, within this blanket, they will sign their marriage license. _____ and _____ (two witnesses) will now join us to make this part of the ceremony official.

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