Do you march to the beat of a different drum? Are you budget-minded? Will you stop at nothing to have the best? Or do you like to keep it simple and traditional? Have a little fun by taking our short quiz to see what your wedding style is! Your answers should give you a clearer picture and head you in the right direction as you plan the wedding of your dreams! (more…)
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With all the planning that must happen, and all the details of a wedding to consider, taking pains to keep the process flowing and your planning more joyful, we advise brides to consider the following tips for avoiding wedding planning stress: (more…)
Seems like a simple question, right? But do you know what the role of a bridesmaid entails? Or where the tradition of bridesmaids came from? There are all sorts of resources that discuss the history of bridesmaids, but here are two traditions. (more…)
We’re frequently asked about the “rules” of guest seating. Brides want to know if it’s okay to ignore traditional ceremony seating etiquette when it doesn’t suit their particular situation.
For instance, at a traditional Christian ceremony the bride’s friends and family sit on the left side of the aisle facing the altar, and the groom’s friends and family on the right. (The opposite for Jewish ceremonies). But what if one family is significantly larger than the other? (more…)
We all know that when you’re planning a wedding, cost is a big factor! The average cost of a wedding in Massachusetts is $25,000 – $30,000. As a wedding planner, I focus on the wedding expenses of the bride and groom and their families, but never really think about the cost of being a wedding guest. Have you ever thought about what it costs your guests to attend your wedding? (more…)
The tradition of the wedding cake has ancient roots. The Roman wedding ceremony included a simple cake made from salt, water and wheat flour. The cake culture may also be connected to the fertility rituals of many cultures. One custom, similar to that of throwing confetti, involved showering the bride with many small cakes after the wedding. Sometimes the cakes were even broken over the bride’s head.
At Elizabethan weddings, the bride and groom would kiss over a stack of small sweet buns. A 17th century French chef frosted the little cakes with white sugar to hold them together. White wedding cakes appeared in the United States around the civil war, replacing the British dark fruitcake. (more…)
A relatively new addition to the wedding paper trousseau is the “Save the Date” card. Recognizing the busy schedules of today’s brides/grooms and their families/guests, the Save the Date card has evolved to “reserve” important dates well in advance of the official invitation.
Including children as ring bearers, flower girls, or junior attendants in your wedding party can add a special touch to the ceremony. But children can be unpredictable. They may find it fun – if perhaps a little intimidating- but only you know how involved you’d like the children to be, especially if the wedding will be held later in the evening (well past usual bedtimes).
If your including children in your bridal party, try to make them feel comfortable in their role.
- Assign the younger children someone also in the bridal party to keep an eye on them before and during the ceremony. (Like Pippa at Kate and William’s wedding)
- Read them a book about being a flower girl or ring bearer
- Let them practice walking up the aisle carrying their flower girl basket or ring bearer pillow so they get used to it.
- Let them know exactly where their parents will be sitting (preferably in seats close to the front and the aisle so the children can sit with them during the ceremony and parents can take them outside if they start to cry.
- Remind parents to bring them a change of clothes for the reception so they can eat and run around (you know, normal kid stuff) without ruining their “wedding clothes”.
If you’re including children in the wedding party and as guests, you may wish to consider a “mini” reception for them. Consider having a separate bar set up at the reception just for the kids, and provide juice, water, milk, punch, or soda. Have tables set up just for them with games, coloring books, dolls, and other toys to keep them from getting bored.
For wedding celebrations with many children in attendance, many couples arrange for the children to to spend some time at the reception and have a separate room for them set up with movies, games, and entertainment such as a clown or magician. Hire babysitters or young adults to supervise the room.
Providing the children with things to keep them occupied will ensure they have a good time, and so will their parents.