Traditions

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: 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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Planning: Old Wedding Poem – Part 2

Some brides are lucky enough to have an heirloom in their family that everyone uses as their something old or something borrowed. Here are some ideas to use if you don’t have an heirloom, or want a little extra continuity or happiness for good measure. Pieces of a family members wedding dress or veil– Chances
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Planning: Old Wedding Poem – Part 1

An old English rhyme has been guiding brides for years past and will guide them for years to come. Wedding traditions and superstitions have come and gone and come back again. This one seems to be here to stay and has recently gained in popularity again. If you aren’t familiar with the poem it suggests
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