Monthly Archives: December 2008

Traditions: What’s Your Name?

Traditionally when a woman marries a man, she drops her last name (maiden) and takes on his last name.  Well times are changing.  Some woman choose to drop their middle name and replace it with their maiden name, while others decide to keep all three names they were given at birth and use a hyphenated
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Reception: Wedding Trivia

The term honeymoon came about from ancient Teutons. Couples would only marry beneath a full moon then drink honey wine for thirty days after.   Rice throwing began in the Orient. Rice is a symbol of fertility and was thrown on newlywed couples in hopes of a marriage that would produce many children.   The
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Planning: Hire a Wedding Planner?

Wedding planners, wedding consultants, wedding coordinators and bridal consultants are all terms that describe a professional that can help you organize, plan and guide you through a successful wedding and reception.  You may need to hire a professional if you do not have the time or the inclination to plan the wedding yourself.  If your
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Planning: Opening the Gifts

Many couples make the choice to refrain from opening any wedding gifts at the reception.  Today, more and more newlyweds are opting to extend the wedding weekend an additional day.  Consider hosting a Sunday brunch for out of town guests, relatives and your wedding party, where you will open your gifts. Arrange for someone to
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Ceremony: Barbeque by Candlelight

Enjoy a lovely spring or summer evening by holding the rehearsal dinner outdoors.  Place candles everywhere you can in your backyard.  Outline the yard or patio area with lawn torches, hang Japanese paper lanterns and white twinkle lights from the trees.  Place wind chimes in various places to catch the night breeze and add even more
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The Bride: A Pretty in Pink Party!

One of the highlights of being a bride’s maid of honor is planning the shower.  This is a fun celebration with the bride’s female relatives and close friends.  Be sure to include the mothers of the bride and groom on your guest list. This should be an intimate affair perhaps in your own home.  A
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Stationery: Public Announcements

After you have become engaged and have the ring on your finger, the news will travel far just by word of mouth.  An engagement announcement in your hometown is the next step.  If your fiancé lives in another town, submit an announcement to that newspaper as well. First of all, check with your newspaper to
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Ceremony: Family Style Rehearsal Dinner

If your wedding party is not very large, consider hosting the rehearsal dinner at home.  The groom’s family traditionally hosts this event.  But if it is agreed by all parties, the even could be hosted by a close friend or relative.  The bride should consult with the hostess regarding the food and drinks to be
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