No Longer Letting My Romantic Relationship Eagerness Get the Better of Me

When I was getting into the dating scene I was about as novice as novice can get. I can look back now and feel downright embarrassed. I was in a rush to make it happen. I wanted Prince Charming to fall in love with me completely and make my romantic life the stuff of paperback romances and fairy tales. I wanted instant real love from the first date so bad I scared a lot of good guys away. I remember talking about our wedding day on a first date with a doctor once. I would go to blog posts looking for information on how to capture the eye of the right man, only to mess it up with my impatience. Continue reading

Destination Weddings

No matter where you and your future groom are wed, your wedding will have the same meaning and give you the same new start to a beautiful beginning together, however destination weddings can add a little extra touch to the wedding of your dreams. When planning a destination wedding talk about different places where you would like to be united. An advantage to having a destination wedding is being able to have your ceremony and honeymoon in the same location. One way to get some ideas about where to hold your destination wedding is to check out some of the different resort locations on the internet. Most resorts offer wedding packages that have everything included, even a wedding planner. All you need to do is provide the bride and groom! If you want more control over your big day use these tips and ideas for planning one of the biggest days in your life. As with every wedding, prepare a wedding planner or organizer. This will keep tasks organized and remind you of dates that certain tasks need to be accomplished by. Remember that by having a destination wedding, you will be planning your event long distance, so it will be important to have a list of things that need to be done before you arrive. When inviting guests to your destination wedding, send out announcements early, letting them know which hotel to call to reserve rooms, as well as dates and times for plane tickets so they can be purchased in advance. You may also think about having a large reception when you return home for those who cannot attend your wedding. Send out separate announcements for this and let them know they will have a chance to congratulate you at a later date. For destination weddings it is important to check on regulations and laws. If you are being married outside of the United States, be sure to have passports, blood tests, a U.S. marriage license, if needed, and any other paperwork that will need to be completed. Stay ahead of the game so when you arrive at your destination everything is in order. Also consider how you will get your attire to your destination wedding. Rather than trying to check everything in at the airport on the day you fly out, ship everything separately two weeks in advance. Call the destination and confirm that everything arrived in a peaceful state. This will also give you two weeks extra time in the event that something is damaged in travel. Do not forget to hire a photographer, clergy, wedding planner and bakery to complete your wedding. For information on different services offered, you can contact the destination’s Visitor Bureau. A few of the more popular destination wedding spots include Jamaica in the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, the blue waters of Hawaii, and Las Vegas, with its hundreds of wedding chapels. As long as you plan ahead and expect a few challenges, your destination wedding is sure to be day to remember.

Weddings

With Weddings everything seems to be over in such a hurry. The best thing that you can remember to do, if anything, is to remember to enjoy your engagement period and Wedding planning process. It’s always over so quickly; so make sure to really enjoy the time. What other tie in life can you plan or a really huge party all centered around you, your spouse tied in with happiness and dancing. Well, usually, not ever again. Parties don’t go all that extravagant. So this is the one opportunity to just shine and have a wonderful day. So suggestions are to make sure that the food is appropriate for the season in which your Wedding will take place. Summer Wedding usually calls for lighter food while Winter Weddings call for heavier foods. Make sure whatever you decide to do you make sure that its appropriate for the season and also the state where you Wedding will be. Another thing to watch out for and consider is the coloring. People are very effected with the coloring around them in the world whether we like to admit it or not. And example would be like a Wedding in December would probably benefit with using color is such as golds, silvers, blacks, whites, and deep reds. Using like pastel like colors would seem out of place and would sometimes disrupt people feeling and thoughts subconsciously. However, during an March or April Wedding, pastel or lighter colors make a person feel right in the season and would make sense to the subconscious mind. It’s amazing, physiologically, what our brains and body will subconsciously pick up! Food and colors are two of the Primary concerns for making sure your Wedding fits right with the season. Of course other little things to consider is stuff like the time you will be getting married. The sunset at very dramatically different times from Summer to Winter and to make sure you Wedding video and photos turn out just right, you really need to consider timing of everything. Keep your photos in mind because half of a good photographer is based on where the sun is at Photographers like the sun and uses its power for amazing photos. Talk with your Photographer about when is the best time for the Ceremony and picture taking according to the date that you will be getting married. Many website online have a time list of when the sun is scheduled to go down and a list of when it comes up for those of you who want morning Weddings. Morning Weddings are just beautiful. I’ve only seen just one sunrise Wedding. But it was the most emotional Wedding I’ve been to. People like sun rise Weddings because our emotions are at their peak in the morning and the first emotion in the day being the Wedding sets off for a wonderful day. Not to mention, the whole day is spent with people you love and it is able to last longer. So whatever you style maybe, make sure you stick to the season if you’re able to and consider along the way, maybe something fun to make your Wedding unique.

A to Z Guide to Wedding Planning!

A is for Atmosphere

Setting the scene for the perfect wedding can be a daunting task and with wedding trends changing rapidly over time, it can mean decision making is hard. Often the best place to start is by thinking about the formality of the event and how you would like your guests to feel on your wedding day! Whether you choose a relaxed garden wedding with subtle coloring and natural tones or a themed wedding at a wild venue with bold wedding colors and outlandish wedding decorations, whichever way you go it is the wedding atmosphere that you create that will generate the most memories!

B is for Bachelorette Party & Bridal Shower

Second to choosing your bridesmaids, this is often the next stage in the planning of your pre-wedding activities! This is the event, other than the wedding itself, that the girls look forward to most! Renowned as the tamer of the two, a bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding, it is a time for the females in your life to get to know each other and to share advice before your big day.

The Bachelorette Party also known as a hens night, hens party or hens do on the other hand is deemed “an evening of debauchery,” a girls night out in honor of the bride-to-be in the style that is common to that social circle. This is when the bridesmaids take control, organising silly outfits for the bride, dares and games along with gifts for the girls including name tags, fun drinking straws along with personalised bachelorette koozies for a unique gift idea!

C is for Ceremony

Ultimately your ceremony, the moment where two people are united in marriage, is the reason you are planning this special day. The way that you choose to perform your ceremony and the wedding reception that follows are often linked in formality and theme and the options are endless.

For the ceremony you will have to give some thought to the location, a church or temple, beach, garden or formal venue often this is driven by the choice for a civil or religious ceremony. Most ceremonies have a similar structure, with your vows, readings and music making a personal service.

D is for Destination Wedding

More and more couples are escaping the traditional big celebration wedding in favor of a smaller more intimate ceremony in an exotic location. Whether your destination wedding is overseas or interstate it can still take a lot of organization, not only for the couple and the wedding day itself but in making it fabulous for the guests that have gone that extra mile to share in your special day!

E is for Engagement

Congratulations on your Engagement, let the fun begin. Start with your engagement announcements, maybe a notice in the newspaper to inform the community or an item that you can send in the mail to let your friends and family know the good news! If you are moving fast you could even add your wedding save the date to your engagement announcement to help with your planning budget.

Some couples will choose to have an engagement party, an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends and for future guests to get to know each other before the big day. Engagement party favors are often handed out to the guests as a thank you for attending, such as candy treats or custom beer koozies to take home as a memento.

F is for Favors

Wedding favors also known as bonbonniere are small gifts given as a gesture of thanks to guests from the bride and groom. Wedding favor ideas have become a major part of wedding planning, with modern gift trends including: CDs with the favorite music of the bride and groom, candy jars, picture frames and wedding koozies. Gifts may also be personalized with the couple’s names, initials or wedding date and even an individual guest name to create a gift and place card.

If you choose wedding Koozies as your wedding favors then it is a great idea to start browsing the designs a few weeks before you need them to be delivered. There is an extensive range of designs available to help you create the perfect match to your wedding color scheme, theme and more. Please read a previous article to help with your design; Personalized Wedding Favors on a Budget – Inspiration for Wedding Koozies to Wow Your Guests!

G is for Gift

A wedding present is a gift taken by a guest to congratulate the couple on their marriage. There is usually some etiquette when it comes to gift giving, some couples may choose to take the hard work out of this for their guests and have a gift registry with a wish list to choose from. Others may have a wishing well, this is where guests can anonymously drop cards and monetary gifts into a box known as a wishing well to help the couple on their way to starting a new life together.

H is for Honeymoon

A honeymoon is the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in seclusion. Jetting off to somewhere exotic and romantic is not uncommon although the holiday should be something of choice that suits the couple’s outlook and interests. For couples on a budget a destination wedding can be a great way to spread the cost making the addition of a few days for a honeymoon easy.

I is for Invitations

Wedding invitations are a great way to set the scene for your guests. As a follow on from your wedding announcement or save the dates, your wedding invitations can be fun or formal but should be informative and hold an RSVP date so that you can keep to a deadline in your wedding planning.

In modern times the way an invitation arrives is becoming more and more imaginative, you might choose a link to an online wedding website where guests can respond electronically or include a link to a video message. Items sent in the mail can also be creative and unique such as origami style folded gifts, printing a message on a balloon that can only be read once blown up or sending custom wedding koozies for your guests to enjoy at home and on bring on the day!

J is for Jewellery

Wedding jewellery can be simple and sophisticated or bold and colorful. This is a very personal choice that that bride will make when choosing her wedding dress and bridal party attire.

Sometimes traditional jewellery will be passed down the generations within a family, bridal accessories can include earrings, bracelets, tiaras and hair combs to name a few.

K is for Kiss

“You may now kiss the bride”… the words that the groom has been waiting for all day! Many couples will have a discussion prior to the wedding about the kiss, some even finding this the moment that makes them most nervous! Questions like, how long should it be? Should it be a full-on smooch? Or just a peck? What is the etiquette in wedding kisses? The answer to which is that there is not really an etiquette, just show each other how happy you are to be making this promise to each other and show this off to your guests, just bear in mind that you might be in front of your parents, grandparents and young children.

L is for Love

LOVE. An intense feeling of deep affection and the reason you have been ploughing all of your time into planning the ultimate wedding celebration. Say no more.

M is for is for Music

One big question for your wedding reception, DJ or Band? Often the answer to which is dependent on budget, formality of your event and location. There is also the decision of which music you should be walking down the aisle to, creating an amazing playlist that will get your guests on their feet and of course the first dance! Here are our choices for a first dance song;

Top 5 First Dance Wedding Songs

Make You Feel My Love – Adele
You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
The Way You Look Tonight – Michael Bublé
Better Together – Jack Johnson

N is for New

If you are following tradition in the sense of the rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” then this is your something NEW! You can include your wedding dress as your something new if it is made to order, or perhaps one of your bridal accessories or a fancy new pair of shoes. Let’s face it when it comes to your wedding there will be a whole heap of items that you can consider using to tick this box!

O is for Outdoor Wedding Venue

Weddings are often planned for the perfect weather, the most popular seasons for a wedding are spring and summer so that you can have great light for your wedding photographs and that you have the best chance of enjoying sunny spells outdoors with your guests over welcome drinks.

Your outdoor wedding venue might be in a national park, flower garden, winery or a beautiful beach, whichever you choose for your outdoor wedding be sure to have a wet weather plan on hand, just in case!

P is for Photographer

Wedding photography for a lot of couples is a big box to tick. It is lovely to be able to capture your big day and all of that hard work into images that you can cherish for years to come. Choosing a photographer can be a daunting task, be sure to ask around for recommendations, view portfolios of previous work and get to know your photographer so that they learn to capture what is important to you. Looking at your photographs together as a family is a beautiful way to connect after the event, each image will tell its own story and each story will be a memory captured for life!

Q is for Quiz

The Mr & Mrs Quiz, the ultimate quiz that any bachelorette should have to complete on their ‘last night of freedom’..! It is a fun way for the maid of honor to connect with and get to know the groom before the event. She will prepare a series of questions that the groom will answer, things can of course get a little cheeky depending on the formality of the bridal shower or bachelorette party, the bride will then need to see how many answers she can match to the groom’s responses, often followed by a forfeit for every wrong answer.

R is for Reception

Wedding reception, this is the fun part, after you have nervously said your vows in front of your family and friends you can relax with food, drinks and dancing at your wedding reception. Wedding reception ideas include a formal sit-down meal, cocktail reception or a casual beach BBQ. You can usually leave this up to your wedding planner or venue to organise, that way you can enjoy the celebration and spending time with your guests.

S is for Save the Dates & Stationery

Your wedding announcement and first item of wedding stationery is your Save the Date! An ideal gift used for long engagements this is designed to be sent out to your guests well in advance of the formal invitation, once you have your date set you can mail these out so that your guests can save the date in their diary. Some popular methods of sending a save the date include; postcards, calendars, tickets, magnets, custom beer koozies and more.

T is for Table Plan

T is also for troublesome, often considered one of the most controversial parts of the wedding planning process, the dreaded table plan! Great aunt Joan cannot be near second cousin John and really you’d like to sit with your pals rather than follow the traditional top table style with your parents… at the end of the day this is your wedding and as a couple you should be able to choose a seating plan to suit your wedding formality and your guests.

U is for Ushers

An usher, also known as a groomsman is normally a friend of the groom that has been recruited to direct guests at the ceremony, and generally be available to the bride and groom for assistance throughout the whole wedding event. The ushers would generally be dressed in the same wedding attire as the groom and best man and would feature in the formal wedding photographs alongside the bridesmaids.

V is for Vows

The exchange of wedding vows is an important part of your wedding ceremony. It can be a very romantic moment and often the perfect place to express your feelings for each other. Vows can be modern or traditional, led by a minister or celebrant, written for you or by you and can be tailored to your individual personalities.

W is for Wedding Dress

Almost every girls wedding dream begins with the dress! There are so many gorgeous styles available and all designed to suit different shapes and sizes… you can find the perfect wedding dress style amongst these… Ball gown, mermaid, A-line, Sheath. Strapless, V-neck, halter-neck, one-shoulder, illusion and more!

Once you have found the perfect style, you can start to create a unique look through the color and density of the material, heavier fabrics such as brocade and jacquard or lighter materials like silk and chiffon, traditionally a wedding dress would be predominantly white or ivory in color, but these days anything goes!

X is for X -rated (entertainment at bachelor party)

Although it is not necessarily the way every groom will spend their last night of ‘freedom’, the bachelor party, as portrayed in the movie The Hangover, certainly has a reputation for being a night or indeed a weekend of debauchery! Some will go all out with a weekend in Vegas, but generally the party vibe will include trendy bars, nightclubs and, most importantly, strip clubs!

Much like the bachelorette party, this is where the best man and other members of the bridal party will shine with ideas, organising embarrassing outfits for the groom, along with drinking games and dares! Gifts for the guys might include matching t-shirts, shot glasses, beer horns or custom beer koozies personalised for each of the guys!

Y is for Years

The number of years spent together, number of years engaged and then number of years married. Once your wedding day becomes a wonderful memory you have the many years of wedding anniversaries to look forward to and to celebrate. Each anniversary that passes will have a symbolic gift that is presented, there is both a traditional and modern gift here is the traditional list;

1st Paper
2nd Cotton
3rd Leather
4th Fruit/Flowers
5th Wood
10th Tin/Aluminium
15th Crystal
20th China
25th Silver
30th Pearl
35th Coral
40th Ruby
45th Sapphire
50th Gold
60th Diamond

Z is for Zero Regrets

In a perfect world, every bride and groom would have the perfect wedding with absolutely no mishaps. However, this is not the perfect world and every turn makes for a new story! Our only advice is to enjoy every minute of your special day, spend as much time with each guest as you possibly, and have zero regrets!

For a fantastic personalized gift idea consider Coolaz Wedding Koozies as part of your wedding planning. They can be stylishly designed to match your wedding colors and are perfect as wedding favors for your guests. Coolaz Koozies have an extensive library of Wedding Koozies to choose from on their website.

They are also a fantastic party favor idea for your bachelorette party, hens night or bridal shower and make a great gift for the guys on their bachelor day, stag night or bucks weekend.

Wedding Traditions and Superstitions That You Should Observe

Over the past fifty plus years that I have been alive I have had many occasions to watch friends and loved ones marry. There are more than a few things I have learned about weddings as a result of all this, but adhering to some of the most common traditions and superstitions associated with weddings are the most important. Why? Because it just so happens that many of those who chose to ignore these seemingly nonsensical and sometimes almost comical steps to get to the alter have often paid a high price for their disrespect of these long standing customs.

The Wedding Dress

We have all heard that it is bad luck for the groom to see bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony. The truth is that a longer standing tradition says that it is bad luck for the bride to wear the complete wedding outfit before the day that she takes her wedding vows. That is why you almost never see a bride trying on a wedding dress with her wedding shoes, veil and so on. A female college friend of mine knew a young girl who decided to ignore that tradition and display her complete wedding outfit to her bridal party for the purpose of having “some photos taken with her friends” the night before her wedding. So she said, most of those present think she was just showing off. The dress seemed unusually tight to some who saw the bride all decked out that night and soon gossiping tongues spread the news quickly.

The next day the groom decided not to show up for the ceremony after my college friend said that she called and told him that his bride looked “fat or pregnant” when she saw the bride in her outfit the night before. My friend was not being mean, but she felt sorry for the groom who had gone out of his way to keep his bride pure (she had claimed to be a virgin) by abstaining from sex with her. He had never seen her in the wedding dress, but even his sister said that she noticed an unusually rapid weight gain in the bride who was not one known to fluctuate in her weight or overeat. There could have been a lot more to the story than that, but I have no doubt that the catalyst for the groom’s cancellation was that phone call from my friend and the call would never had been made if the bride had not been showing off and scoffing at a long-standing tradition.

The Wedding Shoes

Both bride and groom should know that the superstitious among us say it is unlucky to wear any shoes for the ceremony that are not to be used specifically and only for the wedding. They claim that it is also bad luck to wear the shoes before the day of the ceremony, or to ever wear them again after the bride and groom take their vows. The shoes should be ripped apart or burned sometime shortly after the ceremony and never given away to anyone else. This tradition began sometime in the late 1800s and probably came from merchants eager to sell shoes. However, there may be some truth to it.

A friend of mine reports that a neighborhood friend of his who got married about twenty years ago had some very bad luck as a result of ignoring this odd superstition. Ben was a thrifty guy who hated wasting money. Sometime in the year before he was married he had purchased an expensive pair of shoes to wear for weddings, funerals and other special occasions. When my friend went out with him to help choose an outfit for his own wedding, he asked Ben about shoes. Ben told him that he was going to wear his best pair of shoes because they had barely been worn and were like new. After all, even back then a new pair of quality shoes could easily cost over one hundred dollars and Ben felt that money would be better spent elsewhere.

My friend told Ben about the wedding tradition regarding shoes that he had heard about from his mother, father and grandparents. My friend took the advice himself, got married without incident and has remained married ever since. Admittedly, he and his family are very superstitious about things like weddings, but there have been few divorces in his family line and many successful weddings and marriages. Ben wore his “best pair of shoes” on the day of the wedding despite the warning he received from my friend. Amazingly, his bride had her own unique plan for wedding footwear. She decided to wear sneakers for the wedding as a kind of joke as to say that she might be a runaway bride. The joke backfired.

Ben and his family were highly insulted by the presence of the sneakers and an argument began during the wedding reception which continued throughout the honeymoon and for weeks afterward. Things really came to a head when relatives on both sides viewed the wedding photos. The photographer became fixated on the bride’s sneakers and kept taking pictures featuring them. Many of the guests were captured displaying a scowl on their face as they spoke to the bride and stared down at the sneakers. The couple broke up and divorced within three months of their wedding. I say that we should add wearing sneakers to a wedding to the bad luck list for wedding footwear, apparel and choices.

Placing a coin (especially a silver dollar) in one of your wedding shoes is considered extremely good luck. Although this applies mainly to the bride, I suppose that the groom has nothing to lose by trying it as well. This tradition goes back to the “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe” wedding superstition from old England. Relatives and close friends would give the bride small tokens of their affection to wear or carry with her on her special day. These items were presented just before the wedding began and were not wedding gifts, just mementos to remind the bride that she has family and friends that care about her and support her decision to marry.

Something Old was usually a token carried by another bride at a previous wedding who has had good luck or a successful and happy marriage. This gift is about sending the previous bride’s good luck and fortune on to the present one. Something New is supposed to impart good luck to the bride giving her hope and confidence for the future. Something Borrowed is said to represent happiness that is imparted to the bride from her family and friends. Any happiness that they have experienced they offer to loan to the bride while she makes her own happy memories. Something Blue is given with the hope that the bride’s marriage will be filled with an honest and pure love, as well as fidelity. A Sixpence (Coin) In Your Shoe is said to impart a financial blessing on the marriage. Few brides dare to ignore this tradition which many consider the most important of all. I know one that did.

She insisted on a marriage ceremony with included just her, the groom and a clergyman. Most of the bride’s family and friends, as well as those of the groom, were against the marriage due to a huge age difference between the bride (who was very young) and the groom (who was thirty five years older). Most of the groom’s family thought she was a gold digger because he had a substantial fortune and his family was well known in the city where they lived. However, the bride also came from money, but it was new money. Sadly, I think her decision to marry this man really had more to do with the fact that she may have wanted to enjoy the status of being married into a family with a major standing in society than real love. Anyway, she decided to punish all the nay sayers who were against the marriage and prove them wrong by insisting that her wedding be held in a public park with no guests. The couple spent the money that a huge wedding would have cost on an elaborate honeymoon.

That bride broke nearly all the rules of tradition and superstition involving weddings. This included the tradition of bringing tokens to her wedding given to her by a friend who thought the age difference thing was no big deal. That friend could not attend the ceremony regardless of whether she was invited or not because she was living in another country at the time, but she hoped that the tokens would bring the couple good luck. And they might have done their job if those items had been brought to the small ceremony by the bride. They were not. Despite what seemed like a marriage filled with bliss during and just after the honeymoon, the couple divorced after just five years citing irreconcilable differences.

The Wedding Rings

It is considered extremely unlucky to go shopping for a wedding ring on a Friday because that is a tradition Sale Day and a highly discounted ring set is considered bad luck overall. It is even more unlucky to wear a wedding ring (other than trying it on) for any length of time before the ceremony. I know of at least a dozen occasions where either the bride or groom wore their ring (for whatever reasons) for hours or days before the wedding and could not for the life of them remove it. This not only caused physical and emotional discomfit, but ultimately ended up in arguments that broke up four of those couples before the day of their weddings. There could have been a million other reasons for those break ups, but why take the chance?

There are other things to watch for when it comes to wedding rings. Too loose and that could mean a husband or wife might stray from the marriage bed because they would forget the full meaning of their wedding vows. Too tight could curse the couple to a marriage full of arguments and fights bringing out the worst in one or both people. Wearing the ring on the left hand is considered very good luck. That tradition goes back centuries to when most work was done with the right hand making it appear more aged or dirty than the left. A plain wedding band is good luck compared to a highly decorated one in some societies, while a ring with religious or cultural icons on it is considered very lucky in nations with people from a Celtic background.

I cannot say that anyone I know has ever broken up over a plain or decorated wedding ring, but more than a few have had major disagreements over the cost and style of wedding bands which may expose a lack of character on the part of the bride, the groom, or both. The biggest superstition surrounding a wedding ring involves dropping it. Superstition says that a bride or groom who drops a wedding ring during the ceremony will be the first to die. This is said to be almost guaranteed if the ring rolls to a stop on a memorial or remembrance stone in the church or chapel. Wow! Be careful not to drop the ring.

The Flowers

Tradition says that the best choice of flowers for the bridal bouquet are either orange blossoms or roses. Orange blossoms are said to represent chastity and fertility, while roses stand for true love. It is also considered extremely good luck for members of the wedding party to wear garlands. This is a very old tradition, but one which has been making a comeback over the past several decades. If the bride tosses her bouquet and it is dropped, the bad luck is not on the bride, but on the person who failed to catch it; so no worries there. It is thought of as good luck to catch the bouquet even if that does not lead to the person catching it being the next to marry. No good or bad stories to share here, but fresh flowers do often help make the wedding and/or reception photos all the more precious when the wedding album is complete. Beware of the presence of wilted flowers which are considered extremely bad luck.

The Wedding Cake and Reception

There are many traditions involving wedding cakes. One of the most popular has been that when a couple agrees to place a statuette of the bride and one of the groom on the cake these should be of equal height. This is said to represent equality in a marriage. However, more often than not, people these days choose not to include likenesses of the bride and groom on their wedding cake. Instead, many are choosing eatable representations of their favorite flowers on the cake presented in various styles and set in all kinds of positions. Another popular trend is for the wedding cake to include the favorite flavors of the bride, while a separate cake is prepared called the Groom’s Cake which is designed to please his taste buds.

It is considered bad luck for anyone except the bride or groom to be the first people to taste the wedding cake. So I guess the tradition of getting a piece of cake shoved into your face will continue for some time to come. The bride usually does that to the groom first, then some grooms reciprocate. Others fear the wrath of ruining that expensive make up job that most brides have professionally applied shortly before most weddings. On multi-tier cakes it is considered very good luck to save the top tier, freeze it and eat it about three months later or after all the wedding photos have been entered into the wedding album. Most couples serve the remainder of the cake to a small circle of family and friends who stop by to view the completed wedding photo album.

Many brides like to include special charms into their bridal shower or wedding cake. This long-standing tradition brings good luck and normally includes gold or silver charms in the shapes of hearts, clover, horseshoes, wedding bells, baby carriages or money purses donated by bridal shower attendees or wedding party members. Sometime in the 1980s it became a new tradition to include one or more French-style Cream Puff Trees (croquembouche) in the bridal shower and wedding reception among with the cake. This amazing creation is made of many individual cream puffs covered in caramel and presented in the shape of a tree. Guests can use a small spoon or fork to remove as many cream puffs as they care to eat and place them on small plates.

Some couples opt to have their wedding cake divided up carefully and plated by serving staff out of sight of the wedding guests after the cake is shown to everyone and the bride and groom take the first piece or pieces. This is a popular way to make sure the cake is carefully and equally divided. However, the bride and groom should always be sure that the first piece or pieces of cake are cut with a silver cake knife and silver server. Those first pieces should be placed on fine china and eaten with silver or high quality forks. This is considered extremely good luck. Having been to a number of wedding receptions, I can tell you that nothing says cheap and nasty like a couple who choose to cut their cake with a regular kitchen knife and serve it with a pie server. The only thing worse is slopping those first pieces of cake on to paper plates. Once the bride and groom are served, cake should always be served to guests on ceramic plates.

Beware of cracked or damaged plates. The presence of cracked or nicked plates is considered extremely bad luck for the bride, groom and wedding guests. I have never personally seen this (or, I should say I am personally unaware of it), but some of my older family members claim that almost anything bad that happens during or after the reception is brought on by the improper presentation of the wedding cake and other food items. I have heard of everything from fist fights to auto accidents and missed flights blamed on bad or improper presentation of the cake and food during the wedding reception. Even bad toasts are extremely unlucky and usually the cause of spats and fights, so never hand a microphone to someone that you know will say something stupid or improper.

The Wedding Vows

People who write their own wedding vows may think this is the best way to express their love, but wait! A newer wedding tradition says that writing your own vows is not the best of ideas and could mean disaster to a newly married couple. This is probably because of all the hippie marriages that took place in the sixties and seventies. People used pet names for each other and authored often long, convoluted and embarrassing vows that made no sense to anyone at the ceremony and sometimes had nothing to do with the couple’s promises to each other. I sat through one of those types of weddings and wished I had not. No one knew what the couple was talking about and they even appeared to confuse each other. This is why people should never do drugs. The couple I spoke of broke up within two years and now hate one another.

A long-standing tradition says that wedding vows should be set by the minister. A more recent tradition states that it is good luck for the vows to be written by the bridesmaid for the bride and best man for the groom when the minister suggests the couple provide their own vows. Superstition says that parents should keep quiet during the ceremony accept for occasions when a father or mother is asked if he or she gives their daughter or son away to marry. Having a stand in for the bride’s father is considered bad luck. I know of at least two weddings where both the parents refused to attend and both marriages later ended in divorce. I am sure there were other causes for those break ups, but why take the chance?

The Parent’s Blessing

Finally, it is extremely good luck for the groom to be given the blessing of the bride’s parents or parent. This goes back to Biblical teaching and tradition, and also happens to be a tradition that I think is essential for a long and happy marriage. That is just my opinion. I guess I have just seen too many couples torn apart by family influences and interference because someone had something against the groom (or the bride for that matter) to begin with and that remained a matter of contention until it caused an eventual break up and divorce. Only the strongest of couples can stand up to that kind of pressure, so I do not recommend ignoring this tradition. If worse comes to worse try to get on the good side of the family of the bride or groom well before you announce an engagement or wedding date.

Inspired Beauty and Accuracy With Schon Cues

If you play pool, you are sure to realize that there are many different types of pool cues available. Narrowing down which one that you want will take some time, but you will be very happy when you realize what a difference it can make in your game.

A high-quality and affordable cue, from a manufacturer like Schon, can be just the one that can upgrade your game and give you hours of enjoyment with superior hit ability.

What makes a Schon Pool Cue such a great value? Schon cues have been made in the same location in Wisconsin for over 12 years. Every employee is a craftsman, and every cue is tested for quality and accuracy before it reaches the hands of the customer.

A Schon Pool Cue is one that you want to consider in your search for the right stick for you and your game. They offer crafted pool cues that will give you accurate and solid hits, while looking great in the process.

In addition, their cues offer you greater accuracy and a solid hit. Made by some of the oldest cuemakers in the world, these sticks are made with great precision and detail. You will notice this in their choice of materials, their construction, and in their detailed designs. They will give you a quality stick that you will enjoy playing with, time after time.

One very strong reason that supports the purchase of a Schon pool cue is the high quality materials that are used to craft them. With unique wood choices, beautiful inlays, and special joint details, you will find a beautiful and durable pool cue that will help your game and make you proud to own it. You will be delighted with the unique beauty and style that these Schon custom pool cues will add to your game, as well as the precise hit that it can give you.

Another reason for choosing a Schon pool cue is the great beauty and selection. These unique pool sticks are not plain and uninspired sticks. They feature great style and design that will help you express your own individuality each and every time that you play the game. They live up to the meaning of their German meaning of the Schon name, which means beautiful. Schon offers several lines of cues, which indicate how many cues were made. STL cues are some of the best sellers from over the years, while SP cues are special cues that are not made regularly. Even more difficult to find and collectible are the LTD and Elite, which are one-time only, limited edition cues. All Schon cues adhere to the same strict quality control and attention to detail.

You will be delighted to play your game with one of these beautiful sticks. With the beauty and accuracy of the Schon cues, you will find that your game is brought up to a new level. You will enjoy it more with a stick that you like the look of and you will make your game more competitive and fun. Consider a Schon Pool Cue for your game today!

Affordable Weddings at Dream Caribbean Destinations

Destination weddings are growing more and more popular with one for every three couples choosing a wedding getaway. The Caribbean is an ideal location for destination weddings for plenty of reasons, one of which is its inherent diversity. Comprising of more than two dozen countries, the Caribbean offers utmost versatility to suit any style of wedding.
While the entire region has the tropical paradise appeal that draws couples to get married on its shores, brides and grooms-to-be will find that there is something distinct with every Caribbean destination. For instance, there are destinations noted for their high aesthetic appeal such as Grenada and Anguilla whereas Grand Cayman and the Grenadines are known more of as high-end luxury destinations. Then there are the charming and laidback places like Nevis and Tobago.
Indeed, there is a perfect destination for every wedding in the Caribbean whether you want to get married on the beach, on a yacht, on a cliff or a garden overlooking the ocean. With the tremendous options that the Caribbean offers, it would be smart to hire a professional and experienced Caribbean wedding planner who can help you make informed decisions.
Most people think it will cost an arm and a leg to have a vacation-like wedding. The truth is Carribean weddings [http://www.caracolche.com/caribbean-wedding.html] are usually more cost-effective than traditional weddings in the United States. Getting the help of a Caribbean wedding planner is one of the best ways to have an affordable wedding in your chosen Caribbean destination since they know affordable and reputable wedding suppliers.
You can take advantage of a Caribbean wedding package to make your dream destination wedding come true without the staggering costs and the headaches of planning a wedding. It will all depend on the wedding package you choose. Some are absolutely all-inclusive, meaning everything from your travel needs to your accommodation and of course everything about your wedding will be taken care of.

Civil Wedding Venues

While weddings often bring the image of a ceremony in a big church, this isn’t the only wedding venue that you can choose from. If you are having a civil wedding, you may wonder what civil wedding venues you can choose from. There are many places you can choose from so you just need to see what is available locally and what venue would fit your weddings theme.

Civil wedding venues can be many places. You can hold your wedding at a beach, a park, in a restaurant, on a cruise ship and much more. When you are planning your wedding in a particular city, you can get a wedding planner who will let you know all of the venues that are options. If you already have a venue in mind, a wedding planner will be able to do the work into looking into if weddings are even allowed at that venue and what the cost will be.

If you don’t have a wedding plan, you will have to look for and book your venue yourself. The internet can be very helpful because there are several wedding planning websites out there. You can usually talk to other brides who are local to your area which can help you find that civil wedding venue that will fit your needs.

Before you start looking for a wedding venue, you will need to have some information. You will need to have a rough number of people who you plan on inviting. It will also be a good idea to know how many bridesmaids and groomsmen you are going to have because some venues may have limited space for a wedding party. You should have a budget in mind so you will know if you can even afford the venue when you see it. If you have all these things in place, you should be able to find a great wedding venue for your civil ceremony.

When you are thinking of your wedding, you need to decide what location would fit best for you. More and more couples are opting to get married in civil wedding venues that fit their dream of what they want their wedding to be. Once you know what city you want to get married in, you can use the internet or a wedding planner to help you find the perfect venue. You will need to have some numbers like how many guests and your budget, but as long as you have that information you can find a civil wedding venue perfect for you.

Wedding Hair Styles And Ways To Stay Clear Of Disaster

Your wedding hair planning has started. It seems that there are numerous information you need to finish at the very same time. You have envisioned that you will have the most lovely of wedding hair styles.

However will it match with your wedding apparel and wedding event hair accessories and will it be complimented by the bridal hair styles of your bridesmaids? All of this wedding event info currently has you just about overwhelmed, so you think that you need support.

You have approached to the right location. I will assistance you appear like the stunning, romantic, storybook bride-to-be that you always fantasized that you would be. You see, for over 20 years I have actually assisted brides with their wedding event hair and bridal makeup.

Finally I will provide you some inside information that other beauty shops don’t wish you to know concerning wedding event hair styles services and contracts.

Wedding hair styles and bridal makeup plans should be made a minimum of 3-4 months prior to the occasion. Have your hair stylist shown you some photos of their work on brides or of unique event hair styles? Bring the wedding hair pictures featuring the styles you like the greatest.

Photos of wedding hair designs are just one of the greatest means to stay clear of bridal hair disasters. Pictures will help do away with misconceptions between you and your hair stylist.

Be efficient. Attempt a style that is comfy for dancing and moving around. Consider the wedding location’s temperature (damp, dry, wet, cold, too hot). Make a selection from wedding event hair styles that will match with the style of your dress. Keep your wanted bridal hair designs in mind when choosing add-ons.

Wedding Hair Accessories like hair ornaments and headpieces must not overpower your wedding event hair. If you organize to use a more sophisticated headpiece, your wedding hair style should be simple. Bridal Tiaras can easily be extremely flattering.

Really simple jewelry will do for the bridesmaids. Stick with earrings, bracelets, or rings, however avoid pendants. The whole bridal party must have one theme for the wedding event hair styles and bridal party cosmetics. However the bridal party might all have different hair lengths, colour and texture of hair.

Your bridal makeup should highlight the eyes, lips, and skin-tone as these parts should be video camera friendly at all times. Keep in mind that bridesmaids are to compliment the bride-to-be and are not there to eclipse her.

It is not a bad idea to have an up-do, if your outfit covers all the way to the neck. Don’t be scared of a short hair style specifically if you are petite. Short hair can be one of the more sexy wedding hair designs.

It is normally better to not to request a traditional hair do with a modern wedding dress. If you have your heart set on one of the classic wedding event hair styles, then it must be a laid-back one.

For a modern-day or classic Victorian style, one of the beach wedding hair designs is better when it is a basic chignon or down hair style with simple, loose curls. Soft curls give you a very romantic look. This goes with the bridesmaids also. It is better that they all follow the exact same pattern.

The bridal party must use the same color scheme and style of outfit as well as a comparable hairdo. For example, either all the bridesmaids must wear flowers in their hair or no one should at all.

Ensure to read your contract thoroughly before signing. Review every word and make certain to ask questions if you don’t comprehend something. If you are uncomfortable with the text, it is fair to ask that the contract be changed.

Don’t merely gloss over the information of the agreement. It should include essential info such as the date of your wedding event, the sorts of wedding event hair styles and bridal make up services to be rendered.

Lots of beauty salons will certainly ask for a deposit to hold the consultation in advance. Some agreements will specify that deposits are nonrefundable.

If your wedding hair styles contract has such a provision, identify if there is a grace duration. Pay a percentage of the service and not the entire cost. Also make repayment with a charge card. Ought to there be an issue or quarrel, you will have a better possibility of getting your money back.

Choosing A Dj For Your Wedding

0) The day after the Wedding many Brides and Grooms often hold a party for close Family and Friends. On the Kareena Kapoor and Saif wedding date in night a post marriage party was held on same date. While decorating a golf theme wedding can be relatively easy, it is much more difficult to think up ideas for the food and entertainment. Countries like India do have rich cultural heritage and so there are different dance forms as well. A wedding DJ should be dressed smartly, be professional on the microphone and know exactly what they are doing to enable the guests to have a night to remember.

To make sure that all parties involved in your event are happy with the services rendered then you are going to have to make sure that every detail is covered when you are contracting for these services. They usually provide all their own equipment, so you won’t have to worry about organising this – though it’s always worth checking with them beforehand! A bird show is when a bird instructor secretes a group of birds inside the reception which have been trained to perform aerial stunts and also fly around the banquet area amazing the guests. You can spend $50,000 on all the other pieces of your wedding, but if your DJ or band is bad, your guests will leave early and all that hard work and funds will be squandered. Sometimes a DJ will get people on their feet, but no matter how good the band or DJ is, every wedding could use some personal interaction among the guests.

Find out whether the photographer has worked at your wedding venue before. A wedding seems incomplete without someone in charge of the music. Wedding entertainers are great, especially for marriage with many guests. Plus, “older” people today were around during the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s. Hence, the disc jockey may have to play different types of music.

Make the talent show a fundraiser. The wedding venues need to be adorned with flowers properly. One of the most attractive features of a brunch or luncheon wedding reception is that the food and drinks are usually less expensive than those served at evening receptions. Cost may seem to be your highest priority at first, but as you weed through the list of considerations, you will need to find someone you trust to keep your special day flowing smoothly. A great DJ additionally realizes whenever to speak and whenever to remain quiet and leave the singing speak for him.

While these forms of entertainment are really not conventional they might be a lot more common than one might believe. For town weddings, the Limo also offers a bit of privacy. The goal here is to find a venue that is beautiful and that will make your guests feel welcome. Either way, a good wedding ceremony is one which utilizes entertainment and is out of the container. They will offer wedding DJ services that can make your special day amazing.

This ceremony is held on the Monday 15th October one day before the wedding. The musicians have been together for over twenty years and know how to put on a show. An experienced wedding DJ can pick the right songs even during spontaneous parts of the wedding celebration. Some people have actually included more than just musical entertainment with their wedding parties. Traditional or non-traditional?

If your friend is a music lover, then it will be a real treat for them to have a live band playing a melodious track as they exchange rings and vow to each other in front of Jesus. The first step in the wedding budgeting process is to get an overview of all the potential expenditures you might have. This is why it is recommended to spend as much as possible on your wedding entertainment. These things will let kids create their own wedding entertainment, and can occupy them both at the table and throughout the evening. Other impersonators and tribute acts include Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Roy Orbison and Freddie Mercury.

A magician is online to perform feats or mystifying illusion and also actually connect alongside the marriage guests. Another Charleston, South Carolina favorite, the East Coast Party Band specializes in beach music, soul music and classic rock. Precisely what will make a good DJ is somebody which simply doesn’t understand the music they portray and the people they portray it for. This is now where you will notice the atmosphere change to a livelier and up tempo mode. Where am I going to get the money?

The costs for the services provided by the wedding caterer should be agreed in advance and the written quotation should also detail payment terms and conditions ie. At this point you’ve probably got a lot of questions running through your mind. Slightly different from a cover band in that instead of doing a whole bunch of different popular hits, a tribute band will only play songs from one artist and will usually play the part of the band characters for the whole evening. Every one of the these can make a wedding ceremony fun as well as some sort of everlasting memory for your self and additionally those which attend. Choosing a wedding music boils down to individual preference in the end.