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29 Mar 15

Alternatives To Wedding Veils

I had no idea…and I mean NO IDEA… of the vast options available for the bride who wants something different from the traditional wedding veil!  Alternatives to wedding veils  –  the choices are endless!   www.farrellandchase.com (photo #1)   www.pininterst.com  (photo #2)       madisonplus.com (photo #3) The most common alternative seems to be some sort of netting covering the eyes, like the two photos above.  Commonly called a “Blusher,” word on the street is that it’s making a come-back.  Coincidently, “blusher” is the name of the short “mini” veil the traditional  bride wears over her face these days, while a much longer, more intricate fabric of gauze trails behind her.  While I am a traditionalist, and I think “veil” equals “bride,” I must admit the smaller, more tailored style allows focus to be on the bride’s beautiful hair, make-up and dress.       thebridalwishlist.blogspot.com (photo #4) Photo number 4 is merely an embellished headband, but what […]

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02 Feb 15

Wedding Cupcakes?

  Will you have a wedding cake…a fake cake…or wedding cupcakes?  We all know what a wedding cake looks like – no surprises there.  It’s a beautiful, but very traditional choice.  You can’t miss.  Everyone loves the pageantry of the bride and groom cutting the cake, feeding each other – and don’t forget the all important pictures. What’s a “fake cake”, you may ask. Click “FAKE CAKE” and read my post about them…   Cupcakes are a big deal now.  There are bakeries that sell nothing but cupcakes, there are cooking shows devoted to cupcake bake-offs.  The advantages to cupcakes over a conventional cake are many.  The bride can have many more flavor and frosting choices – something for everyone!  There are even vegan options available. In the photos above, there is a nice combination of “Traditional Wedding Cake” and cupcakes.  The top layer is a cake for the bridal […]

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02 Feb 15

Colored Accessories For The Bride

      Colored accessories for the Bride?  Sooo…You’re not a fan of  white.  And as the bride, you want to add a splash color to your ensemble.  Not hard at all, and surprisingly, there are many options.  Take the bride in the top photo.  I’m not sure if I’d wear it, but she incorporates her “Something Blue” nicely with her veil.  I think maybe a paler blue would be a softer touch, by maybe she was going for a color contrast with her white gown. What about a tulle slip to highlight your own personal sense of sass, and the color theme of your wedding?  I think the above photo is very fun.  Maybe shoes to match?  Granted, a ball gown type of wedding dress would be required to adequately pull this look off, but it’s sure cute. A bride can always choose to brighten the ‘all white’ standard […]

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09 Dec 14

Unique and Beautiful Wedding Bouquet

Of course you want a unique and beautiful wedding bouquet.  It’s what every bride wants.  But how far are you willing to go to be different?  Would you consider any of the options on this page?   If I had it to do all over again, I might consider the top bouquet made of succulents.  These lovely plants are native to the West where I was born and raised.  I think it would be a nice tribute to my roots.  But that is NOW.  When my husband and I got married 31  years ago, my mind-set was on soft and romantic – which the succulent bouquet is not. Another option is the origami bouquet below.  Please read the included blurb from theweddingscoop.com.  If you click on the link, you can check out the instructions on how to DIY.  I think one would have to be quite talented for this creation…but the […]

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30 Nov 14

The Sand Ceremony Alternative

First it was the unity candle, then the sand ceremony.  What is a sand ceremony?  you may ask. Well, according to the website, “How Stuff Works”, (see citation below), it is: “At its simplest, a sand ceremony involves a symbolic blending of two different-colored sands into a single vessel. The meaning is clear: The blending of two different beings, the bride and the groom, into a single, inseparable unit that is theirmarriage — the joining of their lives. Hard as it would be to separate out those grains of sand, that’s how difficult it is to separate these two people. It usually takes place after the exchange of rings and vows (although it can go before or even during), and lasts just a couple of minutes.” http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/cultural-traditions/sand-ceremony1.htm   But people, especially brides,  are always trying to be different, unique.  A forward thinking company came up with a new idea…that of providing a […]

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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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