I had decided to go the au naturel route for our wedding decorations. The service was set to take place in the botanical gardens. We would be surrounded by the most beautiful roses and daffodils that I hadn’t seen much point in dressing things up beyond that. It wasn’t until the week before the wedding that disaster struck. I woke up Saturday morning to a frantic phone call, where I was informed that there had been a terrible frost last night, effectively killing all the buds that had emerged. Basically, I was ruined. I couldn’t think of anywhere I’d be able to find decorations on such short notice. It was time to take drastic measures – I was going to call my mother. I’d have to endure an hour or so of berating to be sure, but if she could fix my problem, I was only too happy to listen. And in this case, at least, I deserved it.
I was shocked. She hadn’t yelled at me at all. If anything, she’d commiserated with me! Now that I think about it, maybe she was just happy to be included in the planning.
“What do you want me to do with these?”
He’s holding up some of the disposable wedding cameras that had been set out for our guests to take pictures. “Stick them in the tote bag I brought. It’s in the kitchen, behind the bar.” He scurries off to comply.
I can’t help but feel a little empty. My life has revolved around this wedding for the past nine months – it’s almost like I had a baby. I’m not sure what I’ll do without worrying about what invitations to pick out or what shade the bridesmaids dresses should be. How bizarre. I could have sworn that I hated the whole process of planning, but now that it’s over, I kind of miss it. I suppose it gave me a purpose. I’ll have to find something else in my life to throw myself into to fill the void. Maybe starting up my own event management consulting agency?
As I mull this idea over, my hands work busily at clearing the table. I know there are staff to do this, but there’s something reassuring about cleaning up your own messes.
I walked into the brightly lit hall and gasped at the sight before my eyes. It was beautiful. The wedding planner truly had done a miraculous job. Everything was done in different shades of white and cream, with an accent of deep burgundy. White streamers and strings of lights criss-crossed across the ceiling, adding to the overall atmosphere. Red roses adorned each table, acting as the wedding centerpieces
, providing the perfect finishing touch.
I started taking mental notes. My wedding wasn’t too far away; a year goes by faster than you can blink. I’m not sure that I would use the same colors, but I do like the idea of having a neutral primary color, with a punch of color in the accents. Yes, I could work with this.
My fiancé looks over at me and smiles, clearly aware of what I’m thinking. I smile back, relishing how we always seem to be in synch. I couldn’t ask for a better man. I go back to taking stock. Yes for the lights, no for the streamers, no for the tablecloths. I’m going to have to call up my planner tomorrow and make an appointment. I’m sure she’ll have some input from the pictures I’ll be taking tonight. I do a quick double-check in my purse to make sure I remembered the digital camera. I breathe a sigh of relief when I see the case.
I have a confession to make. I’m a compulsive wedding crasher. Every Saturday (except the Saturday before Easter, which I take off) I search the announcement page in the paper for a wedding to crash that day. I usually go alone, but sometimes I take friends. I don’t know why I do it. There’s something about being surrounded by a roomful of happy people that just makes my weekend all the more worthwhile.
It’s all about your attitude. If you act like you belong, nobody will question your presence there. Some people go to great lengths, concocting elaborate back stories, but I prefer to keep things simple. Generally people are in such a good mood, particularly when it’s an open bar, they fail to be suspicious.
I’ve sampled some pretty fantastic food over the years. The truly defining part of the wedding is the cake. There was this one tiramisu-inspired creation that I still dream about. And then there’s the wedding favors
(I know, I have no shame). I have an entire shelf in my living room devoted to these collectibles. Chocolates are my favorite – you can eat them right away without having to worry what you’ll actually do with it.
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A unity ceremony is a beautiful way to symbolize the union of two individuals
into one partnership. Several ceremonies can include family members. There
are many different versions of the ceremony. Here are a few possibilities that
you can consider. The unity candle can be for two or more participants. It has
even been suggested that the unity candle symbolizes how the couple’s lives were
going to burn closer together for eternity. Another option is called the salt
ceremony. During ancient times covenants were sealed with salt. The bride and
groom takes a pinch of salt from their pouch and places it in the pouch of the
other. The agreement remains unbroken because their own grain of sand cannot be
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When you think about it a wedding plan is nothing more than a group of decisions
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Where ever you find your inspiration you should just go with it. Once you have
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It is so much fun to receive a surprise gift. We have all had instances where we were totally surprised by a small thinking of you gift. It may be a candy bar or perhaps a cup of coffee it is simply the thought that counts. When planning a wedding couples have the ability to create that same excitement for their guests. The wedding favors chosen for your guests are very important. They do not have to be large in size but they do need to look as though thought was put into your choices. That is easy to do if you present them well. The containers they are presented in are very important in making even the smallest of favors look more impressive. It is also a great idea to put name tags on the gifts. If your event is set up for tags to make design sense this can make each guest feel important and thought of. It is also important to place your favors in the right location. Some couples include them in their wedding design so they do not appear as an afterthought.
When we looked through our parents wedding guest book we were surprised to see many of the same names between the pages that were in our grandparents book as well. Then to be further shocked we compared those two books and once again found old friends that were actually at all three weddings. That is a lot of history. You can find so much information in these books as time passes. When researching our family history we used the wedding books from several weddings to get much of the information. We were surprised to see that some of the people were still living in the same house as years ago or at least one of their family members were. I was glad to see there is now a non fading ink because some of the names in the really old books were faded. This newer ink would be a huge benefit for the books that are being written in today for those that may read them in the future.
The best part when it comes to wedding plans is there are no rules. Couples can simply think of a style or theme and implement that dream for their wedding plans. Because of the availability of supplies couples can literally have anything they can dream of in their wedding plans. Because of this design freedom we are seeing so many really original wedding plans. Couples are able to design a wedding that fits both of their personalities and their styles. Creativity is certainly not in short supply in some wedding event plans. However creative some weddings may be they all still have one common theme. There are two people beginning their union together. This is such a romantic and special moment in any couple’s life. For that reason no matter how funny or formal your wedding plans are many couples are choosing to add a wedding enhancement to further give visual beauty and meaning to their special day. The most popular choice for enhancement is a unity ceremony. These ceremonies can include either candles or colored sands to execute them. The lit candle or the blended sands can truly give an effective and beautiful addition to any ceremony no matter the theme.