“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” we’ve all heard that rhyme at some point in time. Wedding celebrations have been around for centuries, with every culture doing things just a bit differently. However, most traditions have the goal of blessings couples with good luck, happiness, fertility, and prosperity. Here are a few examples of some of the modern day traditions and how they got their start way back when…
Best Man and Bridesmaids
Back in the day, it wasn’t just a manner of picking your closest friends to party with and plan the wedding. No, this carefully selected bunch had to be on hand to possibly defend you if kidnappers, scorned exe’s, or disapproving parents tried to ruin the nuptials. The “Best” in Best Man meant that that guy knew his way around a sword and would fight for you and your bride, should the need arise. This is also why the groom and groomsmen stand on the right at the altar, this position kept their right hand, aka sword holding hand, free in case they had to fight at a moment’s notice. Read More
It is easy to get caught up in a nuptial frenzy. At every turn, family members, friends, experts, magazines, blogs, Pinterest, etc. are offering inspiration and helping instill panic in every bride-to-be. One bride or groom’s “nice-to-have” is another couple’s essential. It’s common to hear “You cannot possibly get married without a champagne toast!” or a church ceremony, or a live DJ, or a designer gown. So how does a couple decide to save or splurge?
There are necessities for a wedding and then there are “like-to-haves.” One particular “like-to-have” is a pretty white gown, but see, the thing is, the marriage will occur whether my bridal gown has a designer label or not. Read More
More and more weddings are moving away from the classic black tuxedo look and going more for a modern suit design, particularly with shades of grey or tan. Though wedding rules once stated that any wedding at night meant men would wear black tuxedos (usually with tails), now wedding parties are tending to make up their own rules. Basing a suit on the colors of the bridesmaids has become more popular, and wearing tan or light gray colors are now acceptable for anytime of the day.
Weddings seem to be becoming more relaxed, and the wedding party often exemplifies this trend. All weddings are not held in a church with a following reception; now weddings take place in backyards, music venues, and barns. Due to the lack of formality, the need to mirror the overall vibe of the big deal is pronounced. A suit allows for the wedding party to remain classic and well-dressed while straying away from the traditional tuxedo. Read More
There is no doubt that the Little Black Dress is a fashion staple for a reason. Done properly, black bridesmaid dresses can be amazing. It’s a classic, sleek look that almost every woman can pull off because its flattering for every body type. Plus, your girls will actually be able to wear a LBD again! (Not saying she won’t want to wear that lime green dress anywhere else but…) However, is black appropriate for bridesmaids to wear at any time of the year, only during the fall or winter, or is the color not acceptable for weddings at all? Read More
There are a lot of imporant questions circling your mind now that you’ve said “Yes!”
What venue should my ceremony and/or reception be held?
Which caterer should I go with?
Which DJ will be most interactive?
Well, to assist you in your endeavors, we have found a great system to help you with another important decision: who should I ask to be my bridesmaids?
The most obvious question is how many attendants to ask and who should be your maid/matron of honor. A new trend in the wedding scene is an increase in bridal party members. While it is important that you include those people to whom you feel closest, the etiquette is to limit the party to 12. Also consider how many people can fit on either side of you while you’re standing at the altar. Ideally, the same number of attendants on both sides looks best, but there is no rule that says they have to match. Read More
I woke up this morning to sunshine and birds chirping, and thought to myself: how beautiful would a morning like this be for a wedding? The idea of hosting a breakfast or brunch wedding is becoming more popular. The morning wedding isn’t a new invention, though, but was actually pretty normal a few decades ago. I don’t know if it’s the retro-craze trending these last few years, or the vintage feel morning weddings seem to hold, but here are a few reasons to consider having your wedding at sunrise!
- Usually morning weddings end before or by 3’o’clock in the afternoon, so the possibilities of what to do after the Big Event are virtually endless! Drive away from your reception and enjoy the rest of the day in the company of your new spouse. I mean, you just got married because you love spending time together, right? Morning weddings give you lots of time to hang out together, married, on your wedding day. (Plus you’ll wake up sober and with no hangovers!) Or you can get a jumpstart on your honeymoon and arrive at your destination before your wedding day is even over!
- Who doesn’t love breakfast/brunch food? Or an excuse to drink champagne and mimosas? Unlike an evening ceremony which usually calls for dinner or heavy appetizers, a morning wedding leans toward light fare. Most people simply aren’t that hungry early in the day. Plan a delicious menu that will wow your guests, whether you want a buffet or a formal sit-down meal. Think craft-your-own-waffle, an omelet station, or pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream, hickory smoked bacon and fresh squeezed juice as simple, yet elegant menu choices.
- Your vendors will love you, because it is so rare for them to be able to work and have a weekend evening off. Sometimes vendors will even provide discounts for non-traditional timed weddings, so there’s a BIG positive!
- That hard-to-achieve-but-beyond-beautiful venue location might be available at an earlier time during the day. Many area open to the public (such as botanical gardens, beaches, and parks) are only available in the mornings to allow for the public.
- You have to wake up early. Like, really early. On your wedding day. Also, your pre-wedding morning will be rushed, there is no way around that. So extra planning for your prep work will be in order.
- Consider your guests, especially those who live two hours away. They’ll have to get up very early to make it to your wedding. In the long run, I’m sure they’ll have a blast, but they might be questioning your sanity as they’re traveling in the wee hours of the morning before the sun even rises.
In other thoughts…
I’ve heard it voiced that morning weddings don’t allow for as much fun as a later wedding, but there is no reason why a morning wedding should prevent that! For those still wishing for a dance ceremony, by the time a ten o’clock ceremony and eleven o’clock brunch is wrapped up, it will be after noon, perfectly acceptable for a DJ and dancing. For those wishing to provide drinks for their guests, a mimosa bar, champagne, Bloody Mary’s, and other morning concoctions (think fruit juice mixes) are more than acceptable for breakfast soirées. In addition, come up with some fun and engaging activities such as croquet, badminton, or other lawn games. Read More
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