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09 Nov 14

Roman Catholic Wedding Ceremony

Our family is Roman Catholic.  It is not easy to be married “in the church.”  There is more work involved than a protestant ceremony.  I can speak from experience, as my husband and I were married first in the Presbyterian Church, (my church growing up), then we had a second wedding in the Catholic Church after I converted to Roman Catholicism. I think if religion is important to both the bride and groom, it is not to everyone, it’s easier if a couple is untied.  My husband and I made the decision before we married that we would first get married in my “hometown church,” then I would convert.  I didn’t realize, however, that it would take me TWO years to complete the process, and that it would require getting married in all over again in a Roman Catholic Wedding Ceremony.  I don’t think any parish requires that today.  This […]

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23 Oct 14

Be Prepared For Any Wedding Disaster

You know it’s going to happen…Something is going to go wrong…And really you can’t be plan for everything.  But you can try to be prepared for any wedding disaster.  The best thing to do?  Accept the fact that something will go awry.  You can not control others.  You can give instruction, but you can not be everywhere to check up on people. Did anything go wrong at my daughter’s wedding?  You bet it did.  First off, I wore stockings with my open toed wedding shoes, and on my trip down the isle, I just about walked out of my sandals.  Note to self…Next time, stick a little two sided tape on the heel and toe of my shoes to provide some friction. What about the missing “Toss Away Bouquet’?  Our florist forgot to provide the promised bouquet for my daughter to throw to the single ladies.  I couldn’t have her […]

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16 Oct 14

Would You Consider Two Wedding Ceremonies?

Would you consider two wedding ceremonies?   Europeans seem to have a civil ceremony on one day, and a religious one following.  Here in the United States, we have just one wedding ceremony.  Religious or civil, both are considered legal as long as the proper license is applied for and filed. I was talking to a new friend about her pending wedding plans.  She is getting married next summer, but has a different twist to the process.  She and her fiancé are inviting only their immediate family – parents and siblings – to the wedding.  Their honeymoon is up next and two weeks later, the reception.  The norm, of course, is to have the reception/party immediately follow the ceremony.  I think her plan is brilliant.  Her nearest and dearest will be present when she and her fiancé become man and wife.  They will enjoy a rare intimacy.  Dinner after the wedding […]

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11 Oct 14

Would You Consider a “Fake Wedding Cake” For Your Big Day?

Would you consider a “fake wedding cake” for your big day?  What are “fake wedding cakes”?  you ask.  It’s simple, although as a mother of a recent bride, I had been unaware of this option until last night when I watched the TV program, “Shark Tank”.  It’s simple.  The cake is formed of  styrofoam rounds decorated in fondant, (edible icing), or “perm-icing” (non-edible icing).  http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/weddings/planning/wedding-cakes/fake-wedding-cake.htm  gives a great explanation on how it’s done. The plan is to “Display the ‘fake cake’ ” at the reception, but serve other desserts to the guests. The  American TV show, “Shark Tank” gives wanna be entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their products to venture capitalists. The bakers on last night’s episode presented the “fake wedding cake” option, but with a twist.  Their cakes had a secret compartment which would face the bride and groom.  They would “pretend” to cut the cake.  The secret compartment […]

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04 Oct 14

What Will Your Signature Wedding Cocktail Be?

What will your signature wedding cocktail be?  It’s all the rage to have a signature drink at your wedding reception. So what is the purpose of the “Signature Wedding Cocktail”?  From what I can discern, two things – to add a bit of flair in either your theme or wedding color scheme, or – to save cost on your bar tab.  Maybe both… It can be more economical to have a beer, wine and “signature cocktail” bar vs. a full bar. If you have only beer, wine, and  signature cocktails, the host only has to buy alcohol for three drinks, vs. having to stock a full bar.  This is provided the host is buying his own alcohol – a cost effective choice.  You may also get away with fewer bartenders/stations.  If wedding signature cocktails can be pre made, the bar line moves much more rapidly.  Another options is to pre […]

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01 Oct 14

Would you DARE to BARE Your Arms at Your Daughter’s Wedding?

  Would you ‘DARE to BARE’ your arms at your daughter’s wedding?  I SWORE I never would.  Let’s face it…we MOTHERS of the bride do NOT look as we did as BRIDES…  Then came my search for my “Mother of the Bride” dress.  If you’d like to read about it, click on the following titles of pervious blog posts:  “My Personal Shopper Experience – Mother of the Bride Dress” ,  “Mother of the Bride Dress Personal Shopper – Part II”  or even “Mother of the Bride Dress” Well…I found what I thought was the perfect dress, and in my very favorite color.  Not only that, the color complemented the wedding colors, and my daughter Maggie, the bride, liked it.  Perfect, right?  Wrong.  It was SLEEVELESS.  It takes a lot of work to keep your arms toned as a woman of a certain age.  I really wasn’t up to countless hours in […]

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27 Sep 14

Save the Date…Magnet, Postcard, Formal Card or Email?

etsy.com The “Save the Date” card is now de rigor for the wedding ensemble.  And when you think about it, it makes sense.  As busy as everyone’s lives are, the more advance notice a bride can give her guests, the better.  Which reminds me…I need to get KK and Tyler’s sent out… So add one more decision to the bucket of “To Do’s.”  You have to decide on which type of “Save the Date” you want to send.  This sets the tone of your wedding, really.  If you’re planning a relaxed affair, your “Save the Date” should reflect that.  If it will be formal, give your guests a heads up so they can plan proper attire. Do you want to give your guests a chuckle, or do you want your “Save the Date” to be functional? The top photo is from etsy.com.  You can insert your photos into this calendar magnet. […]

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24 Sep 14

Do You Know How to Cut a Wedding Cake? Do You Need To?

Do you know how to cut a wedding cake?  Do you need to know?  Probably not…but one NEVER knows…It is quite an art.  Even if you never have to cut your own wedding cake, or that of another bride’s, it’s interesting.  The top layer of a wedding cake is never counted in the “number of pieces” that a cake will serve.  At least in American, the top layer of the wedding cake is taken down as soon as the bridal couple “Cut the Cake” and feed each other a bite.  It is then kept in a safe place until it can be preserved and stored for the newlyweds to enjoy on their first anniversary.  I posted an earlier blog post: “Preserving the Top Layer of Your Wedding Cake” on the process.  If you would like to read it, just click on the title. Wedding cake slices are much smaller portions that one […]

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22 Sep 14

Must Your Bridesmaids Shoes Match?

I have four daughters.  When daughter number two became engaged, she of course asked her three sisters to be bridesmaids.  Lots of drama in the house with a bride and three bridesmaids in residence.  You may think the bridesmaids’ dress was the main topic of conversation…well, you’d be wrong.  It was the shoes!  There were four very different ideas, well FIVE if you count mine…  So I ask you, “Must The Bridesmaids Shoes Match?” In the photo above, from the bridaldetective.com, all the bridesmaids are wearing different shoes, but they are the same shade of red.  I happen to love this.  It flows, but allows for individual tastes, comfort, and age appropriateness. The bridesmaids and shoes can also be a way for the bride to express her color scheme or theme.  The picture below, from theweddingspecialist.net, shows how a bride used her attendants shoes to create a unique color scheme and tone […]

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20 Sep 14

What Your Wedding Veil Says About You

What your wedding veil says about you…  Provided you choose to wear a veil and a “blusher” (a blusher is the netting that goes over your face)…You need to consider what your coiffeur will look like once your veil is removed.  Will you remove your headpiece?  The headpiece is the part of the veil that the netting is attached to.  If you’re a royal bride, you’ll wear a tiara.  If you’re a regular bride – maybe a crown of orange blossoms.  If you’re an American bride, anything goes.  My daughter, Maggie, is in the photo above.  She is wearing her own veil, (cathedral length), and my headpiece.  Her vision was to always take the veil and headpiece off for the reception.  It would be too cumbersome to wear all night.  She needed to make sure her hairstyle was up the formality of the event.  And it was.  Her hair style was […]

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