August 2014

American Wedding Dances – Get Your Groove On!

  American Wedding Dances…. First up, “The Dollar Dance.”  I don’t know if other communities have the “Dollar Dance,” tradition, but our little town of Ojai, CA does, or at least it DID, thirty years ago.  I told my parents before my wedding that I really didn’t want it.  One of my dad’s friends stepped in at the reception, and over-ruled me, however.  And truth be told, I’m glad he

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“American Bridal Shower Gifts”

            American Bridal Showers  – this is a party where female guests of the bride literally “shower”  her with gifts.   Shower gifts are typically simple in nature – practical if you will.  But the presents can range anywhere from a set of mixing bowls to a Waterford picture frame.  There are many shower types – a kitchen shower, personal shower (where the bride is

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“Preserving The Top Layer of Your Wedding Cake”

  The tradition of eating the top layer of your wedding cake on your first anniversary is at least as old as my great-grandparents.  Some bakers now offer a “free” separate top layer to save.  You must store it the right way, however, or it will NOT be a delicious experience.  We must have done a decent job of storing our top layer, as I know my husband and I

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“Your Grand Departure – Make A Statement!”

A bride’s Grand Departure…If I had it to do all over again…I would arrange a very romantic, scripted departure from our wedding reception.  I would leave about an hour before the band was due to end — almost everyone was still in attendance.  I would have the guests follow us out to our waiting limo and throw birdseed… the environmentally friendly alternative to rice at the time.  There are so

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Wedding Flowers For Your Honored Ladies

There are four ways an honored wedding guest can display flowers — a pin on corsage, a wrist-let, a kissing ball, and a carry bouquet.  I was familiar with all the options except the kissing ball (see pictures above and below).  I think it’s unique and pretty. www.flowersbyerin.blogspot.com The mother of my daughter’s groom, Debbie, introduced me to a 5th way… For my younger daughter’s  prom, Debbie purchased a bracelet,

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Wedding Invitations

techblogstop.com The all important wedding invitations.  It sets the tone for your entire wedding.  Your color scheme, your style – casual, formal, whimsical. When Debbie, (Rob’s mom), and I went to the Bridal Fair, there was OF COURSE a vendor for invitations.  It was four months before the wedding.  The sales person asked if we had invitations yet – we did not.      “OH MY GOD!” she wheezed.  “Your

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“Tips and Fun Facts”

Remember when you were planning YOUR wedding?  After it was all done, didn’t you feel like you could be a professional wedding planner?  I sure did.  Then…thirty years pass, and things change.  And I felt like a complete novice… well, I am.  I had only planned one wedding up to this point… So here are a few things I picked up planning Maggie’s wedding: 1) Did you know that there

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“Choosing the Best Reception Site…for YOU!”

  We thought of all options, or at least I THINK we did.  We contemplated a reception at the house, with a tent in the back – Kenny wasn’t a fan of this.  It DID create problems I hadn’t thought about… porta-potties would have to be rented, we didn’t have a commercial size kitchen for the caterer to use… We then moved on to the local country club.  That was

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“The Prepared Bride…Be Ready For Any Emergency…”

So when the big day FINALLY arrives, you want to be prepared for any minor problem, OR, Heaven forbid…major disaster. I suggest assigning a trust-worthy female member of the wedding party to be in change of “the bag”.  This should include the following items: Bride’s personal make-up items for touch-up Fashion tape for last minute adjustments Band-aides Mini sewing kit Advil, or other pain reliever Tums Immodium – please God—no!

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“American Bachelorette Party Part II”

  Bachelorette Party Part II!  Above is the picture of the older girls at a Boston club later in the evening.  Maggie is the bride in the center.  Her guests were requested to wear black, she wore white. But before the “After Dinner Celebration” in the picture above, Kathleen decorated the hotel room in her “Blue Box” theme.  It took her countless hours, to paint the white boxes blue –

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