Traditions

Traditions: Origin of the White Wedding Tradition

White has been a traditional wedding color for hundreds of years.  Queen Victoria, who reined from 1837-1901, is believed to be the one who made the white wedding dress fashionable when she wore one in her wedding with Prince Albert.  She wore a pale gown trimmed with orange blossoms.  Before that, the bride wore her best
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Budget: Who Pays for What?

First of all, establish a manageable budget for your big day.  Determine what amount of money all of the parties involved – the bride and her parents and the groom and his parents – can and/or will contribute to the festivities.  It is customary for the bride’s family to cover the majority of the expenses.  Today,
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Traditions: The History of the Engagement and Wedding Rings

Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented the first known “official” engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy, on August 17, 1477.  During the 15th century, monarchs in Europe embraced the diamond as the seal to their future wives, due to its enduring qualities.  Ancient belief held that the diamond was the perfect stone because its sparkle symbolized
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Traditions: Traditional Wedding Phrases and Their Meanings

Most brides today would never even dream of taking their walk down the aisle without the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” included in the bridal wardrobe.  The “old” refers to the bride’s ties to her past, especially her childhood and family life.  The “new” is a symbol of hope for her
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Stationery: Wedding Invitations Inner Envelopes

Did you ever wonder why there is such a thing? The tradition goes back to the days when invitations were delivered by hand. The wedding invitation was delivered to the invitee’s home, with the name and address on the outer envelope so it could be delivered with ease. Before the invitation ever made it to
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Stationery: The History of Wedding Invitations – Part 3

Read Part 1 | Part 2 People have always wanted to celebrate important events with family and friends, but it wasn’t always as easy as it is today to inform them of those events. The Modern Era Following World War II, incomes for many families increased dramatically, creating an explosion of the middle class. This
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Stationery: The History of Wedding Invitations – Part 2

Read Part 1 People have always wanted to celebrate important events with family and friends, but it wasn’t always as easy as it is today to inform them of those events. The Colonial Period and Victorian Era In the early 1600s, as newspapers began to appear throughout Europe and in the American colonies, wedding announcements
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Stationery: The History of Wedding Invitations – Part 1

People have always wanted to celebrate important events with family and friends, but it wasn’t always as easy as it is today to inform them of those events. The Renaissance Period In the years before the invention of the printing press, the written word was much a luxury enjoyed exclusively by the nobility. Often, monks
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Traditions: Wedding Trend Watch 2012 – Less Is More

One of the most recent trends is the understated wedding. It seems like over the past few years that over the top glitz and glam has dominated the wedding scene. In fact it has more than dominated the scene, it’s practically bulldozed it! From the extravagant weddings, for all the daddy’s princesses of the world
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Traditions: Wedding Trend Watch 2012 – Unique Send-Offs

So many brides have worried about whether or not throwing rice is the best send-off for them. As many have worried about what if any ill consequences this could have for our feathered bird friends. More yet have opted to throw birdseed; however picking that out of your clothes can be uncomfortable at the very
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