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Spring Wedding Color Ideas

A beautiful spring wedding is the ideal setting for many wedding, that’s why it is usually known as “wedding season”, Picking colors for a spring wedding can often be more fun than any other season because your color selections are often fun, funky, and just outright stunning in this weather.

Your colors always set the mood for your wedding and how your guests will feel in the space. The best advice will be to look at as many inspiration boards to decide exactly which group of colors will be best for you and your overall theme. Remember your colors have to fit everything you want for your wedding whether it’s formal, semi-formal, spring chic, or just wedding casual.

Here are some of my favorite spring color combo’s:

Pink and Orange are always great together. Especially for a beach wedding, the colors just pop!

 

 

 

 

Yellow , Orange , and Teal how gorgeous are these colors for an outdoor soiree.

 

 

 

This is another twist on Pink and Orange with softer shades of the colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Green and Orange , love this color combo.

 

 

 

Teal, Light Blue , and  Green. A lovely soft color combination that we love.

ENJOY!!!

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Gifts for the Bride

Giving the Bride gifts can be a hard task for those closest to her. It can be hard to differentiate between things the newlyweds may need as a couple and the things that will relieve that Brides stress after the big day is all over. There a few simple things to remember when doing your shopping and you’ll be on your way to the perfect gift in no time.

Digital Camera:

During their Honeymoon the bride and groom are going to visit many beautiful destinations and will want to remember their first days as a married couple for their entire lives. What better way to remember these moments then by having a sleek camera to snap shots with while these two love birds are on the go!

Gift Certificates:

There’s no better gift then a gift certificate, this way you can assure that the bride gets exactly what she wants and you will know she’s happy with it. You can fund things like a trip to her favorite department store or clothing boutique. Giving certificates to a spa is also a great idea, but with the honeymoon and all of the pre-wedding festivities your bride may want something more than to be pampered.

Personalized Goods:

If the bride is indeed changing her name, she will enjoy getting items that reflect her new initials. Most registries don’t feature items that are personalized so if you do purchase both the bride and groom personalized gifts they will be unique.

Honeymoon Gifts:

If you know where the bride will be jetting off to after the wedding it will be great to get her items that are a necessity for the location. You can even include pointers on must see places while she is away. More than likely she’s been so stressed out about planning her wedding that she hasn’t had much time to plan for the trip afterward.

Honeymoon Lingerie:

Every bride can use some new lingerie, especially for the honeymoon. If you’re not exactly sure about what to get her bring someone along that will know , maybe her future husband? If your shy you can opt for a conservative lingerie option that will still be a big hit on the wedding night.

Happy Shopping. ENJOY!!!

 

 

 

 

Weddings Military Style

Ceremony Location

Many military weddings take place at military chapels or on academy grounds , if you’d like to use another location, run it by your installation. Most military chapels are like other in-demand ceremony sites — you need to reserve them at least a year ahead of time, often by applying in writing to the chaplain’s office. All service academies have more than one chapel; at the Air Force Academy, for example, there are Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish chapels. To marry in a military chapel at a service academy, you must be a graduate or one of the following: a dependent of a graduate; an officer or enlisted person assigned to the academy complex, or his or her dependents; or a faculty or staff member, active or retired, or his or her dependents.There will probably be no charge for the use of the chapel, but a donation to the chapel fund will be expected. Rules for decorating military chapels vary across the country, but all flowers, candelabra, and other decor are arranged by the Chapel Altar Guild and are the same for all weddings. Some chapels and churches do not furnish decorations; the couple plans them themselves.

Choosing An Officiant

If you marry in a military chapel, the chaplain will perform your ceremony, and when you reserve the chapel you’ll arrange a meeting. A few sessions of pre-wedding counseling may also be required. If you’d like your civilian clergy person to co-officiate, talk to both officiants early about the possibility. Chaplains are commissioned officers and are paid by the service they represent; you do not need to pay them a fee.

The Arch Of Sabers

After the ceremony the newlyweds walk through an arch of sabers, which are curved swords with only one edge. Actual swords are used in a Naval wedding. The arch is not mandatory, but it’s definitely a memorable part of a military ceremony. On most bases, at least one chapel or an honor guard usually has sabers available for wedding ceremonies. Another possible source is the local ROTC unit. The arch is usually formed outside of the church or chapel; traditionally, a sword should never be unsheathed inside a religious sanctuary. Only commissioned officers can carry sabers or swords and participate in this ceremony. (The Marine Corps is the exception, with NCO’s also authorized to carry them.) Often the military groomsmen participate, but other officers (guests, perhaps) may be designated to help create the arch. Usually 6-8 officers are included. Officers have been known to detour from tradition, announcing the couple or lowering the final two sabers to block the couple’s way and demand that they kiss! A Marine Corps tradition, often adopted by the Air Force, is for the last saber bearer to “tap” the bride with his saber and say, “Welcome to the Air Force, Ma’am.”

The Reception

Military receptions at academies or bases are often held at officers’ or enlisted clubs on the installation, or you can have a traditional hotel or restaurant reception. Military guests are traditionally shown to their seats in order of rank. You might play  regimental music, including the theme song of the bride’s and/or groom’s branch of service. Decorations could include American flags and/or the standards of your unit(s) in addition to flowers.

The highlight of a military reception comes when the bride and groom cut the cake using a saber , one belonging to the groom if he owns one. The groom presents it to the bride and she cuts a slice of the wedding cake with the groom’s right hand resting over hers.

Winter Wedding Ideas

Planning a winter wedding does not mean that you have to go with an over-used christmas or holiday season theme. You can find a simple way to incorporate the season into your wedding day without suffocating your guests with holiday season.

Cocktail Hour

Incorporating the season into cocktail hour is super easy, offering up some warmth as your guests arrive to the reception location is always great. You can do this by offering hot chocolate and warm apple cider or even special adult beverages that will surely keep your guests warm.

The Cake

Winter cakes can sometimes become uniform, but the bigger your bakers imagination the better the cake. Your baker can make a winter wonderland on your cake by using plenty of different elements to reflect any desired image.

The Favors

Your wedding favors give your guests a little piece of your big day to take home so make it good. Winter treats are always good but don’t limit yourself to food. Also try things like winter essentials that allow your guests to enjoy the winter season, try warm booties or luxurious bath salts.

The overall Decor

And of course if your just so in love with winter that you cant help but to immerse yourself and your guests into everything that is winter, then so be it. But please be sure to do it tastefully. Your guests will appreciate a beautiful winter wonderland if and when it is done right.

Incorporating the winter into your big day isn’t hard at all with a little effort and class you can pull it off.

ENJOY!!!

Etiquette ~ requesting monetary gifts instead of toasters.

Asking for money from your guests is definitely an uneasy task for many couples. However, many of these couples prefer to receive cash over the everyday household item that they may already possess. So how do you do this without being completely rude to your guests or making them feel that they absolutely have to get you a gift? That is exactly the question we’re here to answer.

The easiest way to ask your guests for money is to have your close family and friends put the word out for you. No this does not mean that you will have your parents and your bridal party walking around the reception with a collection hat. This just simply means that you should express these feelings of wanting cash instead of gifts to them, this way when someone asks them what to get you they can express your feelings to that particular guest. This gives you guests the option to decide whether they will follow through with your wishes and give you cash or buy  you a traditional gift.

Though word of mouth this an effective tool in spreading the word it may also be effective to express your feelings to your guests. How? Use your wedding website to its fullest extent, instead of adding a link to a  gift registry in the “registry” portion of your site you can ask your guests to help contribute money towards a home, car, or even your honeymoon. And of course no one wants to come off as completely vulgar when asking for money from their guests so you can get creative and say it through a poem:

“If you were thinking of giving a gift, to help us on our way.

A gift of cash towards our house, would really make our day.

However, if you prefer to purchase a gift, feel free to surprise us in your own way.”

If you still feel a little wary about asking for hard cash it’s ok, I know of some other ways to ask. You could incorporate a wedding wishing well into your reception space, this allows your guests to give you money without handing you a wad of cash in your hand. However, for your wishing well to be successful the word should have been spread that this wishing well would be present at the reception. Of course your wishing well would also require some form of creativity. This will mean that it should be decorated to match your entire wedding decor, but it should NOT have a sign next to it that says ” cash here please” , a poem would also be great for you wishing well.

More than just kisses so far we’ve shared,

Our home has been made with Love and Care,

Most things we need we’ve already got,

And in our home we can’t fit a lot!

A wishing well we thought would be great,

(But only if you wish to participate),

A gift of money is placed in the well,

Then make a wish …. but shhh don’t tell!

Once we’ve replaced the old with the new,

We can look back and say it was thanks to you!

And in return for your kindness, we’re sure

That one day soon you will get what you wished for.

Though some guests may love your approach and may be more than willing to fund your new beginnings some guests may remain wary of handing over cold hard cash. For the comfort of these guests there are sites that will allow you to register for cash, yes that’s right you can register for cash, How Perfect! On these sites you can register for cash and your guests can choose to give you whatever amount they would like, the check is usually sent out on or after the wedding day. You can also find banks like suntrust that have bridal registry and your guests can go on the site and contribute to a down payment on a new house for the two of you. There are also many sites that will allow your guests to do similar things while also leaving the option for a traditional gift open to them.

Uncomfortable doesn’t have to mean stressful, so remember the best way to ask your guests is to just be honest, it is up to them to get you two a gift or to hand you cash. Either way I’m sure you’d greatly appreciate both, or at least you should.

ENJOY!!!

 

Mother-Son Dance Music

One of the most emotional moments of any wedding reception is the Mother-Son and Father-Daughter dances. Moment like these will be the things that everyone remembers long after the wedding festivities is over. So, in order to assure that your moment is as memorable as possible you should pick a song that speaks to that lifetime connection between a parent and a child , specifically a Mother and her son.

Our top 10 songs for the mother-son dance are:

1.Parents Prayer – Steve Curtis Champman (2006)

2. Mother – Pink Floyd (1979)

3. The first time I ever saw your face – Roberta Flack (1972)

4. Always on my mind – Willie Nelson (1982)

5. Because you loved me – Celine Dion (1996)

6. A song for mama – Boys II Men (1997)

7. I hope you dance – Lee Ann Womack ( 2000)

8. My wish – Rascal Flatts ( 2006)

9. Through the years – Kenny Rogers (1982)

10. What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong (1968)

 

Of course there are many more songs that will touch the hearts of both mother and son on your wedding day. Just make sure to keep extra tissues at each table because this can be emotional.

Enjoy!!!

 

 

Long or Short Engagements?

For some people, the wedding planning starts immediately after the proposal. However, this does not mean that the wedding will also be as fast. While some couples choose to marry immediately following their engagement some couples choose to take some time and simply enjoy their engagement.Which one will be right for you?

Pros of a Short engagement:

Less time to be stressed out about planning.

There isn’t enough time to be stressed about minor details.

There’s no time to think twice about style.

No time to disagree with your bridal party.

Cons of a Short engagement:

You have to make quick decisions.

Unless you have an unlimited budget , you will not get your perfect wedding.

Theres not much time to simply enjoy being engaged.

Finding the perfect date to get married will be hard.

You will most likely have to go with the plan B for all of your elements.

Pros of a long engagement:

You have more time to plan your perfect wedding at prices you can actually afford.

Theres more time to enjoy being engaged.

You have a free range of dates to choose from especially if you want your wedding to be on a special holiday weekend.

You get to pick your dream venue and the perfect band to make your day all that you’ve dreamed of.

Cons of a Long engagement:

There is more time to feel stress and pressure.

It’s easier  to procrastinate if your wedding date is far away.( that’s not always a bad thing is you ask me)

Remember no matter how long or short your engagement will be you should make a point to enjoy it full heartedly.

Enjoy!!!