May 2010

Humanist Wedding Ceremonies

When one thinks of a wedding, certain images generally come to mind: the rings, a bridal gown, a nervous groom, and usually, a church. In modern society, however, couples can choose to include all of the traditional elements of the wedding ceremony, some of them, or none of them at all. The only thing that you really need for a wedding is the presence of the bride, groom, officiant, and guests to act as witnesses.

 

How to Remember Your Wedding Vows

Writing and reciting your own wedding vows adds a unique and personal feeling to your ceremony. Rather than relying on the same words repeated by millions of couples around the world you are choosing to tell each other what your commitment means in a deeply personal way. However while your commitment to each other may be as solid as a rock, the idea of having to come up with personal, meaningful vows and then speak them in public may strike your heart with terror. Most people's worst fear: What if you forget your vows?

 

Don't panic!

 

A Favor Idea to Go Nuts Over

If you’ve been searching for a unique, out of the ordinary idea for your wedding favors, Superiornutstore.com has just the thing to add a touch of special sweetness to your special day. The Superior Nut Company started out as a one-person operation in Massachusetts in 1929 producing quality nut products for retail stores. Their line soon expanded from little tins of salted nuts to peanut and other specialty brittles, and continued expanding into the wide variety of high quality nuts, dried fruits and gourmet chocolates they offer today.

How to Throw a Great Bridal Shower

Traditionally, the task of organizing and hosting bridal showers falls on the maid of honor or a bridesmaid, but today, a bridal shower can be thrown by anyone close to the bride.  If you’re the lucky host, here’s a quick guide to throwing a great bridal shower.

First, plan to hold the shower two to six weeks before the wedding day.  Talk to the other members of the wedding party. and of course, the mothers of the bride and groom to let them know of your plans and make sure that they will be available on the chosen day.   Unless you’re certain you know everyone that the bride would want to be in attendance, and you have access to her daily schedule, it’s probably not the best idea to make it a surprise.  With all the wedding planning and preparation, you’ll want to make sure the bride hasn’t already scheduled something else on the day of the party.

How to Beat the Wedding Day Jitters

The first thing to know about premarital jitters is this: they are absolutely normal. After all, the bride and groom are making a commitment to love and honor one another for the rest of their lives. It's a huge decision and one that will have a big impact on your life – of course you should feel a little nervous.

You’ve spent months and probably many dollars planning, organizing, and making a thousand decisions about your wedding. You’ve gotten opinions and suggestions from everyone concerned, whether you asked for them or not. While your wedding may be one of the happiest days of your life, the size of the event also makes it one of the most stressful.

Here are a few things you can do to ease some of that stress.

International Wedding Music Choices

When you think of wedding music, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the traditional wedding march which is actually entitled “The Bridal Chorus” by composer Richard Wagner.  Another popular piece frequently heard at weddings is the lovely Pachabel’s Canon in D.   You’ve probably enjoyed hearing those familiar classics at other weddings, but may want to choose something special and memorable for your own wedding day.  Many modern brides are opting to place personal choice over tradition when choosing their wedding music.

What do your wedding flowers mean?

Since the early days of human civilization, different flowers have held spiritual and social meanings.  These meanings have evolved and changed over the years: the Victorians (who used flowers to convey coded messages by sending posies of specific flowers) regarded carnations as an insult, while today they are a popular flower in gift bouquets; poppies were once thought of as evil, yet after the war they began to symbolize peace and hope.  If you want to incorporate some floralsymbolism in your wedding flowers, here is a list of popular choices for wedding flowers and their meanings.:

Mother of the Bride Dresses at Davids Bridal

Today’s brides are choosing more sophisticated styling and bolder colors for their wedding, and this is opening up some great options for the rest of the wedding party. Bridesmaids and the mothers of the bride and groom can now find dresses in a wide palette of colors and styles to suit all fashion tastes. David's Bridal, in particular has some great mother of the bride dresses this season.

 

Easy on the budget? Yes. High on style, selection, colors, and wearability? Also, yes! Bright and beautiful colors, sleek styles, gowns or knee length dresses, and there’s not a matronly outfit in the bunch. Here are some of our favorites: