Monthly Archives: November 2011

What to Wear ~ Groom’s & Attendants

On the day of the wedding, the groom and his attendants rent their suit from a formal attire shop to ensure the same style and color of suits. The groom’s suit should complement the bridal gown.

The groom wears a suit with a white shirt and a bow tie or neck tie and a corsage in his jacket lapel. Modern day grooms are choosing to wear colors that will blend in with the rest of the bridal party or the flowers, whether it be their shirt or tie or with an added vest. The colors for the bride’s attendants should be decided before you organize the colors for the male attendants. As with the bride, the groom should stand out from the rest of his attendants. The groom’s outfit can differ from his attendants through the use of a colored vest, tie or shirt.

The groomsmen can complement the bridesmaids by wearing a cummerbund or shirt in the same colour as the bridesmaids gowns. This has a great effect for photographs and when they are in line for official duties. You may choose to have their accessories of similar colour to the groom, but remember that the groom needs to stand out from his attendants.

As with the bride’s attendants, the groomsmen are responsible for the cost of their suit hire and for any other accessories. The groom and his attendants need to go shopping together to tailors or suit rental shops to ensure that everyone is happy with the selection. Arrange to have regular fittings and a final fitting no later than a week before the wedding.The groom and his attendants normally all wear the same color shoes, traditionally black, but not necessarily of the same style. If possible, take the shoes along to the first fitting to see if different shoe styles are suitable.

No matter what the groom and his attendants choose to wear on your wedding day it should give the bridal party a beautiful yet uniformed look .ENJOY!!!

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Mexican Wedding Destination

With miles of sunny white beach ,amazing sunsets ,and a vast array of ceremony locations Mexico has become an amazing place to marry.

Destination weddings in Mexico cater to all budgets and are diverse with beautiful resorts, stunning beaches and traditional Mexican fiestas. The most popular destinations for a Mexico wedding are Riviera Maya, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Cozumel, each exhibiting a uniqueness that differentiates them from one another and draws couples to their shores. The stunning Riviera Maya dates back to 2500 BC and bleeds Mayan culture and mythology, while Cancun is said to have the most spectacular beaches in the world.

No matter your chosen location to marry, attire for weddings in Mexico can be as lavish or as simple as you desire. You can elect to wear Mexican outfits that are culturally invigorating, don a tuxedo or soft, silky wedding gown, or go bare-foot in a light-weight beach dress. As you exchange wedding vows, the choice is entirely yours and you may dress as informal or formal as you like.

Once the formalities are taken care of you can then enjoy your beautiful Mexican getaway for your honeymoon.

Whats better than that?

Wedding tunes for your walk

The wedding processional is the grand entrance that every bride dreams about, it’s the moment when every head turns and all eyes are on the bride as she makes her way down the aisle. Having the right wedding processional music can make the moment even more memorable for you as you walk towards you soon to be husband. Usually a slow, romantic and uplifting piece of music works well for the entrance of the bridesmaids and their very elegant bride.

“I Do Cherish You” is a country song that sounds sweet even if you’re not a country music fan ,Mark Wills sings this song.

Nick Lachey  wrote and sang “This I Swear” for ex Jessica Simpson ,a very pretty song.

“Marry Me” by Train is an acoustic guitar ballad poignant in it’s simplicity.It’s been a favorite at many weddings this year.

“Back At One” by Brian McKnight is a nice R&B addition to the wedding song repertoire. If you want to walk to an original vocal version rather than an instrumental rendition, this is a nice mellow alternative.

“What A Wonderful World” is a transcendent feel-good song about life; perhaps it’s not the strongest as a wedding processional, but a great prelude or reception song.

Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” may seem a bit on the silly side for some but once you give the words a good listen you’ll understand.

“Only Hope” is a piano ballad from Mandy Moore, originally recorded (as far as I know) by the band Switchfoot .

“Grow Old With Me” is a vintage song from Mary Chapin Carpenter, its  reflective and thoughtful.

 

There are thousands of songs for you to choose from and whatever song you choose will ultimately reflect your personalities as a couple, choose wisely. ENJOY!!!

Bridal Bouquet Preservation.

Your wedding day is one of the most important events in your life, and you’d do anything to make sure you remember it all. While pictures and videos can do a great job with helping you relive those moments, you can also take something else away from that day, your flowers! Your wedding bouquet can be preserved and displayed so that you can enjoy them for years to come.

    The  Preservation process begins with the drying of your flowers. The drying method you choose depends on your budget and how you want your keepsake to look once it’s complete.

Air Drying:

This is the least expensive as you simply allow your flowers to dry up naturally. Air dried flowers will shrink considerably in size; they will lose their original shape and sometimes they will turn very dark or black. Many people trying to air dry have noticed mold or rotted flowers a few days after the wedding. While roses can be air-dried, lilies and orchids cannot be air-dried.

Flower Pressing:

This is an art form dating back many years. Many years ago heavy books were used to press flowers between their pages. There are flower pressing companies that will create beautiful framed art using flower presses. Framed pressed flowers are flat and allow the use of flat picture frames and other types of flat displays for decorating . If you do not like the look of three-dimensional flowers, then you should consider this drying method.

Silica:

This drying method can produce good results with some flowers but not all flower varieties, sizes and shapes of flowers can be maintained well in silica sand.  First, check to see if your flower types are known to dry well in silica before selecting this drying method. You will need enough silica sand to bury each flower separately from your bouquet. Flower petals may detach with the weight of sand on the blooms. The cost of purchasing enough silica sand to dry a large wedding bouquet may approach the cost of just selecting a professional service to dry your flowers.

Freeze-Drying:

This is the latest technology for wedding bouquet preservation. Orchids, lilies, and all varieties of flowers can be freeze-dried with near perfect, life-like results. Your flowers will keep most of their size, shape, and color throughout the drying process and look amazingly alive when dried. Unfortunately you cannot do this at home without having an expensive vacuum freeze drying machine. Professional freeze drying of your wedding bouquet will cost more than the other drying methods, but if you would like to save your wedding day blooms using the best drying method, then have your bouquet freeze-dried. The fee to freeze dry a wedding bouquet may not be much more than if you purchase enough silica sand to attempt the drying yourself.

Preservation begins with the drying method used but preservation is really the methods and materials used to prolong and keep your flowers for years to come once they are dried.The better the drying method, the better preservation encapsulation your flowers should have. Proper encapsulation in “sealed” preservation framing ensures that the flowers will last their longest after they are dried. Not all flower drying companies may provide this level of preservation for your wedding flowers.

Emergency Bridal Kit

We hope you don’t have emergencies on your wedding day, it’s always better to be prepared. We’ve come up with a list of all those just-in-case items that will ensure your dream wedding goes off without a hitch. The maid of honor should pack these emergency items in a tote bag and stash the bag in a safe but easy-to-access place during the reception.

The most important things:

  • Aspirin (or pain reliever of choice)
  • Band-Aids
  • Bottle of water
  • Chalk (to cover up any last minute smudges or smears on your wedding dress)
  • Clear nail polish (for stocking runs)
  • Corsage pins
  • Dental floss/toothpicks
  • Eye drops
  • Extra earring backs
  • Extra panty hose
  • Hair pins/ponytail holder
  • Hand towelettes
  • Hem tape
  • Matches
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Scotch tape
  • Small folding scissors
  • Smelling salts (fainting has been known to happen)
  • Spot remover
  • Static-cling spray
  • Straws (so the bride doesn’t have to smear her lipstick)
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers

 

The maid of honor should keep these items on hand at all times in her evening bag for the bride:

  • Breath mints/spray
  • Cell phone
  • Comb/brush
  • Cash (You never know what may happen)
  • Hair spray
  • Handkerchief
  • Makeup (for touch-ups)
  • Mirror
  • Tampons/sanitary napkins

 

African~American Wedding traditions

The joy of marriage can only be explained by experience, but your guests can join in on your union and watch as the two of you profess your love for one another. A vital part of many wedding ceremonies are the traditions they may or may not include for some cultures your wedding may not be complete or built to last without them. In the African-American community there are plenty of old sayings ,traditions , and tricks we use on a daily basis, but there are also some wedding traditions that are a must.

Jumping the Broom:

Jumping the broom, is a custom that has its roots in Africa to symbolize the beginning of making a home together.It took on a deeper meaning when during the days of slavery in the America , African-American couples were not legally permitted to marry. As a public announcement and a statement of their love and commitment, a man and woman jumped over a broom pronouncing their entrance into matrimony. Today, African-American couples tend to include this custom in their wedding ceremony.

Cowrie Shells:

Some African-American brides wear cowrie shell necklaces or decorate their attire with cowrie shells they are believed to encourage fertility.

Tasting the Four Elements:

A little known and less practiced African-American wedding tradition, require that the bride and groom taste: lemon representing the sour, vinegar representing the bitter, cayenne pepper representing the hot, and honey representing the sweet and delicious times of marriage. This ritual dramatizes the traditional promise to love “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health”.

        In every single tradition , no matter the culture there is a way to share and spread the love that the two of you feel for each other. Just remember to pick a few traditions and not too many is that’s an option, you don’t want your guests to become overwhelmed with things that are going on. Keep in mind it is easy to become confused if your traditions aren’t common place.

ENJOY!!!

Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

Thanksgiving is a great time to catch up with family and friends while enjoying plenty of great food and laughter. Why not add an extra special meaning to the holiday with your wedding? A thanksgiving wedding can seem like a challenging task because it is right before or during the holiday season. However, it can be a lot easier if you remember a few key things.

Invites and Wedding stationary:

      Remember to send out your save the date cards well ahead of time. This is especially important due to the fact that your wedding will be on or around the holiday weekend.

You can decorate your stationery with things like beautiful fall leaves and colors. This gives your guests a clue on the environment they should expect on the day of your wedding. They can also tie your entire theme together with things like your place and escort cards, menu’s , and ceremony programs.

Wedding flowers and Decor:

         Your overall decor should reflect the thanksgiving theme of your wedding. This means no overly gaudy centerpieces that feature flowers and trinkets that are not in season. Instead , go with hollowed out pumpkins or cornucopia as your centerpiece. Decorate your table with faux fall leaves, rustic trinkets, and warm pumpkin scented candles if you’d like. This gives your settings the warm and personal feel that a family usually has at the table on thanksgiving.

Menu’s and Favors:

         The menu is always an important part of the reception, your guests are always excited to see what will be served. Depending on the specific date of your big day you may want to omit a few thanksgiving favorites. If you are getting married the weekend after thanksgiving you may want to omit turkey from your menu. It is not because your guests won’t like it, but because they have probably had enough by the time the weekend rolls around.

Outside of your cake you will need some tasty desserts and favors to appease your guests, and you of course. Sweet potato pie’s are always a great fall treat and you can also try something new and have a barista at your reception serving up warm fall inspired drinks and treats. Serving up candy apples as a favor is probably the sweetest thing you could do for your guests, everyone loves this timeless treat and it does wonder for any sweet tooth.

 

No matter what season you choose to marry in, it is always important to tie your wedding to the season. This is the best way to get the most out of your day without the atmosphere clashing with your dream wedding.

ENJOY!!!