3. Who is responsible for paying for the bridal party's attire?
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
When it comes to wedding etiquette there sometimes isn't an easy yes or no answer. Making socially acceptable decisions when it comes to your wedding and pleasing everyone can be tough. So just remember it is your fiancé and yours big day, so you have the final say! Here are some of the top wedding etiquette questions I have come across according to our Facebook fans. Read on, chances are you have these questions too!
1. What is the etiquette for a second marriage wedding? Is it appropriate to wear a white dress? Should I have a gift registry?
Second marriage weddings are very prominent this day in age and there are no set rules on how to celebrate your special day. It is totally appropriate to wear a white wedding gown to your second wedding ceremony. The 'etiquette' on wearing white has relaxed over the years. As the bride, you should wear whatever you are comfortable in and feel beautiful wearing, including white!
A lot of couples who are embarking on a second marriage have already established a home with all the supplies and items newlyweds usually receive, so often they do not have a gift registry. It is acceptable to state on your invitations that you wish not to receive gifts. Or couples sometimes suggest that their guests make a donation to a favorite charity instead of gifts. But saying that, it is still very acceptable for you and your fiancé to register for gifts because your loved ones will want to get you something. Tailor your registry to your interests or hobbies. Consider DVDs, camping equipment or gift cards to your favorite restaurants.
Many couples wish to honor an important loved one who has passed away during their wedding without creating a sad mood or making the ceremony feel like a memorial. A special way to honor these loved ones is with a memorial candle or vase engraved with their name or names. You may also consider having a short prepared remembrance read during your ceremony. Some couples also denote a missing parent or loved one with an empty seat in the front row with a rose placed on it.
3. Who is responsible for paying for the bridal party's attire?
3. Who is responsible for paying for the bridal party's attire?
It is usually the responsibility of the bridesmaids and groomsmen to purchase their own dresses and rent tuxes. That's why it is important for you to consider the cost of the dress you choose for your girls to wear. Some couples who are able will cover the cost of the ensembles but usually it is up to the bridal party themselves.
Many couples wish to just enjoy some 'adult time' at their wedding and some reception sites don't allow children. It is perfectly acceptable to state that on your invitations. Consider using the following phrase, 'We kindly request adults only please' or list your reception as an 'Adult Only Reception'. Another option is to specifically address the invites to those invited (i.e. Mr. and Mrs. So and So). When you don't list the children's names or '& Family' your guests should get the point.
5. When should I send out my wedding invitations? What about Save the Dates?
Wedding invitations should be sent out 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding. This gives your guests plenty of time to clear their calendars, make travel arrangements and it is close enough to the wedding that it keeps the date fresh in their minds. This also allows for you to request that your guests RSVP at least 3-4 weeks before the wedding, giving plenty or time for a final head count for seating charts and the caterer.
Save the dates are appropriate to send out when having a destination wedding or if you have many out of town guests who will need to make significant travel arrangements. Send out save the date cards or magnets 4 to 6 months before the wedding.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Have you been searching for that perfect gift to get for a new Mr. and Mrs.? Look no further. I have done the research for you and found 5 great gifts that any new couple would love and they are also a great price.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Wedding favors are a little thank you gift given to guests during your wedding reception. Often, these small tokens of appreciation are presented at each guest place setting or set on a larger table for guests to grab on their way in or out of your reception. While there has been some debate on whether favors for weddings are necessary or not, I say they are a definite must. Not only will wedding favors help say 'Hey, I was thinking of you', but favors will also help convey to your loved ones that you were excited they could share in your special day.
To help you in your hunt for the perfect guest favor, we polled our Facebook fans to see what they chose for their wedding day. The common theme across the board was personalized, personalized, personalized. But we took it one step further and broke down the most popular items for you. Without further ado we give you the top wedding favors ideas selected by our Facebook fans:
#1 - The Edible Favor
#2 - The Fun Favor
On the wedding fun-o-meter, photo booth strips were at the top of the scale with other quirky gifts like personalized koozies also making the list. Photo booths were a favorite among our brides mainly because of fun and laughter that follows. Reasonably priced, professional photo booths provide priceless entertainment for all your guests and are even more fun if you provide props like fake mustaches, chalkboard bubbles, open picture frames, etc. Afterwards, guests can take home their candid shots or put them in a wedding guest book along with a special message to the newlyweds. If you go the guest book route, most professional booths also provide a copy of the photos for you. This way you can include your guest's photo strips in with their thank you card.
#3 - The Useful Favor
The #3 pick by our Facebook fans was the useful wedding favor. The idea behind this favor is that guests will be able to take home their memento to use after your wedding day has passed. Among the top of the lists were candles with personalized matchbooks, plantable flower seeds, and decorative hand fans. Personalized glassware like cups, wine glasses, votive candles, and beer mugs, were also among the top wedding favors ideas.
For other great wedding planning tips and ideas, visit us on Facebook.
Image credits: Row 1: Personalized M&Ms courtesy of Wish Special Events, Wedding Favor Boxes Row 2: Personalized candy favor bags, Candy buffet via Amy Atlas Row 3: Photo booth guests via Ruffled Blog, Word bubble chalkboards available at Hello Lucky Row 4: Personalized can koozies, Photo strip guest book via Paper Lady Invites Row 5: Paper hand fans, Personalized cups Row 6: Personalized votive candles, Personalized wedding matches
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Image credit: Garter from The Garter Girl by Julianne Smith
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe!
Who hasn't heard this popular wedding saying before? But have you put much thought into what it means or why people follow it. Is it a tradition? A superstition?
This saying has been around for awhile! The tradition can be traced back to the Victorian Era in England. This quaint poem is said to bring good luck to the newlywed couple. So while some consider this a superstition, I would call it more of an endearing tradition. Each of the items called for in this poem is said to bring good fortune and blessings to the bride. These items are said to represent things from your old life as a single gal to items that represent optimism for the future, support from your family and friends and items to represent wealth and financial security.
The color blue has a long standing connection with weddings and is used as a symbol of love, purity, fidelity, good luck and loyalty. Are modern brides still abiding by this tradition and following the old saying? Well you don't have to be superstitious to join in on this long standing wedding practice. This day in age brides are using the tradition to honor loved ones by including sentimental family heirlooms in their wedding or they are just having fun gathering the random collection of goodies!
According to our Facebook fans, this tradition is alive and well! You guys are incorporating blue into your wedding in fun and creative ways. Some of the most popular ways you guys are adding that all important touch of blue is with garters, jewelry, sashes, shoes, undergarments and bouquet embellishments!
Image Credits: Blue shoes, Peacock garter from MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com, Blue Bouquet image from HY Studio
Image Credits: Shoe decals from The Wedding Party Studio, Blue bracelets and garter from MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com
So if you are an admittedly superstitious bride or if you just want to have a little fun accessorizing your wedding ensemble, jump on the band wagon and join in on this charming tradition. From garters to bracelets, to special heirlooms, whatever the touch of blue is you add to your wedding it will certainly be special!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
With the first day of Spring only days away, it is the perfect time to put the finishing touches on your spring wedding. Springtime is a time of new growth, gorgeous colors, and the welcoming promise of warmer days. This is the perfect atmosphere for beginning your new life together as husband and wife.
|Photo Credit: Hyacinths, Magnolia Bouquet found on Etsy, Peonies from Martha Stewart, Tulips from Real Flowers|
Spring Favors and Decor
A spring theme wedding can have lots of bright colors or a simple natural palette. I love the idea of using twiggy browns, tulip pinks, and robin's egg blue. A garden theme wedding is also perfect for spring using shades of green and cream with touches of pastel blues, yellows, pinks, or purples. Mini potted herbs are unique favors for guests, as well as miniature natural birds nests with candy eggs, adorable gerbera daisy favor boxes (shown above), or even cute little floral boutonnieres for each guest. The wooden love bird trees shown below make beautiful and simple centerpieces that are also great for hanging your table numbers.
|Photo Credit: Wooden Love Bird Tree from MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com, Bird's nest favors from MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com, Potted Plant favors from Design Sponge|
Spring Wedding Cakes
Top your cake with an adorable spring theme cake topper -from love birds to a bride and groom kissing under the shade of an umbrella. Colorful flowers are another way to make your cake look as fresh and fun as a breath of spring air.
|Photo Credit: Bride and Groom Cake top from MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com, Floral Cake from Special Ice, Love Birds cake topper from MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com, Peony Cake from Wedding and Cakes.|
Spring Wedding Dress
Carry your spring theme into your wedding gown with color or texture. I love breezy dresses with floral inspired lace and ruffles. You can add a pop of color with a sash or flower pinned to your dress. If you are in love with tea length dresses, spring is the season to wear your's! A jaunty little white vintage inspired suit definitly has a place in a spring wedding as well.
|Photo Credit: Row 1 - Lace sheath dress by Tara Keeley, Roses by Aire Barcelona via OneWed, Bow Bolero by Monique Lhullier. Row 2 - Vintage Look Suit by Stephanie James Couture via Kenzie Kate, Polka Dot Tea Length by Michelle Roth May via PlanningToElope.com, Roses via BridalReference.com|
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Jamaican Rum Cake Recipe
1 lb raisins, ground or chopped
1 lb prunes, ground or chopped
1 lb currants, ground or chopped
1 tsp grated or ground nutmeg
Red Label Wine (or other red cooking wine)
Wray and Nephew Overproof Rum (or other white rum)
Place the fruit in a jar for at least one day before preparation (longer if possible). Pour wine and rum over fruit, so that it is completely covered. Cover jar and leave fruit to soak.
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp mixed spice for baking
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
3 cups baking flour
1 cup breadcrumbs
finely grated rind of 1 lime
8 oz butter
2 cups sugar
3 tbsp browning
2 tsp rose water
1/2 cup sherry or blackberry brandy (or what ever is handy!)
2 tsp vanilla
Sift together the first five dry ingredients. Add breadcrumbs and lime rind, and mix in well.
Cream butter and sugar in a very large mixing bowl. Add browning. Add 4 cups of soaked fruit, stirring in with a large wooden spoon. Beat eggs until light and frothy (10 to 15 minutes). Add rose water, sherry and vanilla. Add egg mixture to butter mixture, fold in well. Fold soaked fruit into this mixture. (Any left over fruit can be left to soak until the next time you bake!) Gradually fold in flour mixture. Test to see if the wooden spoon can stand upright in middle of the mixture. If not, add some more flour until the mixture can support the spoon. Grease baking pans and line with grease paper. Grease and flour lined pans. Pour mixture into tins and bake for 2 hours in a slow oven, 300F. Place a pan of water in the bottom of the oven to ensure cakes do not dry out. Check cakes from time to time, as baking times may vary. Cakes are ready when a toothpick or skewer inserted in centre comes out clean, or almost clean.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
After months to even years of planning for your wedding day, every bride-to-be deserves a bit (even a lot) of R & R. There is nothing better than sitting back in a cushiony chair while scents of aromatherapy oils linger in the air and licensed therapists cater to your every need. As your wedding day draws closer, be sure to pamper you and your bridesmaids for all your hard work. Let all your stress slip away by giving the gift of relaxation with home spa gifts.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The cons: Some couples find traditional vows to be a little bland. They may not suite your individual style, culture, or situation. Your bride may not want to say "to love, honor, and obey" for example.
Advice: If you love the meaning tradition carries and you want a low stress approach, go for it! Your guests may know the script, but they will also see how the words take on a new meaning when spoken by such a great couple! There is also comfort in the familiar.It is completely acceptable to write some of your vows, use some portions from a pre-written ceremony, and tie in your favorite elements of a traditional wedding. Your vows are an important part of your wedding ceremony. While the promises are real and serious, that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with it too!