Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wedding Traditions

You may be interested
in the origins of some
popular traditions
included in observing
your marriage.

Bridal gowns, for example, are white because the Greeks
believed white embodied purity, innocence and joyfulness.
Wedding veils have always symbolized modesty, privacy,
youth and maiden hood. That way of thinking still has a
foothold; bridal etiquette authorities today advise
second-time brides to skip the veil and wear a less
traditional headpiece instead.

Most are familiar with the poem about bridal attire:
“Something old, something new, something borrowed,
something blue and a lucky sixpence in your shoe.”
What’s not generally known is that if a bride borrows
an item from a happily married woman, the giver’s
happiness is said to be passed on to the bride.
Something blue symbolizes constancy in a relationship.

The bridal garter originates from at least two cultures.
In ancient times, it represented the virginal girdle;
the groom’s removal of the garter symbolized her
relinquishment of that status. The garter can also be
traced to the Old English custom of flinging the stocking.
Wedding guests would sneak into the bridal chamber,
pick up the newlywed’s discarded stockings and throw
them at the couple. Whoever flung a stocking that hung on
the bride or groom’s nose would be the next to marry.

Wedding bands, symbolizing eternal love by their lack of a
beginning or end, grew out of an ancient tribal custom of
using circlets of grass to decorate a bride’s wrists and
ankles. The Romans and Egyptians, with their love of
precious metals and stones, initiated the practice of using
silver and gold. Rings are worn yet today on the third finger
of the left hand because ancient cultures believed that
finger had a vein running straight to the heart.

The “throwing of the rice” at fleeing newlyweds is a traditional
way of wishing them many children.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wedding couples at Thanksgiving

For many families,
Thanksgiving Day is
a time for families
and friends to reunite,
to watch football games
and Thanksgiving Day
parades, consume lots
and lots of traditional
Thanksgiving Day foods,
and to remember and share
old stories and experiences.

Put Your Relationship First

The most important thing the two of you can do to make
your Thanksgiving Day holiday a joyous and stress free
occasion is to put your relationship with one another

• Stand together and support one another as you communicate your holiday decisions to your families and friends.
• When making decisions about where to go, who to see, and how to spend the day, remember to make decisions together that are life-giving to your marriage.

Make Thanksgiving Less Chaotic and More Meaningful

If Thanksgiving Day for the two of you doesn't match the ideal
and is a day of stress and turmoil in your marriage, check out
some of these ideas for making the holiday more meaningful and
less chaotic.
• Consider having your own Thanksgiving Day dinner alone.
Then join your families later for dessert.
• If you really don't want to choose between which family
to spend the holiday with, then get away together. You don't have
to go far away. There are probably some great resorts near your
home that have holiday packages that include a romantic place to
stay and Thanksgiving dinner.
• You can also get away as a family if you have children. We had
a great Thanksgiving dinner with our four kids at Cinderella's
Castle in Disney World. Years later, the kids still talk about
the wonderful stress free time we had as a family that holiday.
• If you are in an interfaith marriage, rather than saying grace
at dinner, you could have a moment of silence before eating, or
have everyone at the table share something they are thankful for.
• Sometime during the day, take a nap or a break from the
• When the two of you are alone together, share the blessings you
each feel in your marriage.
• If the two of you are hosting a Thanksgiving Day dinner, remember
to try and keep balance in your lives.
• Don't strive for perfection in either the way your home looks,
the way your kids behave, or the way the meal turns out.
• Decide together on who will do what when it comes to the
straightening the house, planning, preparation, cooking, and clean up
• Look for ways to go beyond the inner circle of yourselves and y
our families by taking canned foods to church or a local food bank,
or helping to distribute hot meals on Thanksgiving Day.
• Tell a story from your past Thanksgiving celebrations to each other.

By Sheri & Bob Stritof,

Most importantly, enjoy spending the time together, count your
blessings and have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Wedding Gown Care

After your Wedding Day,
it is important to have
your wedding dress
properly cleaned by a
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The Clothes Doctor only uses pure "green cleaning" methods,
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This unique process, not used by cleaners with who have little
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Weddings Become Marriages

Getting Married
should be about
the Marriage
and not about
the Wedding.

So many Brides get caught up in planning
a perfect Wedding, they don’t think about
the “Ever After”.

I am a firm believer in Marriage and living
“Happily Ever After”.

That doesn’t mean that everything in your life
after your Wedding will always be perfect, but
if your expectations aren’t unrealistic you can
have a very happy life together.

When you go through the good times, it is so
wonderful to have someone to share and enjoy
those times with, and when times are tough,
you have someone by your side to help you,
and you can work through them together.

The secret is, not having any secrets from
each other.

That doesn’t mean that you need to report to each
other on every little detail of your life, but
that you always share your feelings and opinions
with each other.

You can agree to disagree, but at least you are
talking and sharing.

Pick your battles carefully, everything is not worth
fighting about.

Starting with the day you say “I Do” to each other,
work together as a unit and you can accomplish so
much more in life.

Don’t try to change each other, just accept each
others faults and focus on your strengths.

Work to bring out the best in your partner, and
allow them to bring out the best in you as well.

Always make time for each other, and remember why
you fell in love, and you should stay in love for
the rest of your lives.

A few “Words of Wisdom”
shared with you from
Debbie Christensen, Publisher
of The Wedding Guide.