Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wedding Traditions

In honor of our upcoming Independence Day, we are sharing some Wedding Traditions Many couples prefer a traditional religious ceremony, though some people depart from custom. Some even write their own wedding service. A traditional marriage ceremony begins with the bridesmaids and ushers walking slowly down a center aisle to the altar. They stand on each side of the altar throughout the ceremony. The groom enters and waits for the bride at the altar. The bride then walks down the aisle with her father, another male relative, or a family friend. She wears a white dress and veil and carries a bouquet. At the altar, the bride and groom exchange marriage vows and accept each other as husband and wife. The groom puts a wedding ring on the ring finger of the bride's left hand, and the bride may also give the groom a ring. After the ceremony, the bride and groom kiss and then leave down the main aisle. People of many backgrounds follow the traditional wedding ceremony, but certain religious groups add their own features to it. For example, different Protestant groups have their own versions of the ceremony. Many Roman Catholic weddings take place during a Mass, and the bride and groom receive Holy Communion. Most Jewish weddings are held under a special canopy that represents the couple's future home. At the end of the ceremony, an empty glass or other breakable object is placed on the floor and the groom breaks it with his foot. This act symbolizes the destruction of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and reminds the couple that a marriage can also break if it is not protected. Mormon weddings are held privately in Mormon temples. Only church members in good standing can attend these ceremonies. Mormons believe that marriage and family life continue after death. A Quaker man and woman marry at a public gathering where they declare their commitment to each other. Quakers believe that God makes a couple husband and wife, and so a minister or other official is not required. Many wedding customs have been popular since ancient times. For example, Roman brides probably wore veils more than 2,000 years ago. Bridal veils became popular in the United Kingdom and the New World during the late 1700's. The custom of giving a wedding ring dates back to the ancient Romans. The roundness of the ring probably represents eternity, and the presentation of wedding rings symbolizes that the man and woman are united forever. Wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand is another old custom. People once thought that a vein or nerve ran directly from this finger to the heart. An old superstition says that a bride can ensure good luck by wearing "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue." Another superstition is that it is bad luck for a bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day. After many weddings, the guests throw rice at the bride and groom as a wish for children and good fortune. Rice was once a symbol of fertility, happiness, and long life. The bride may toss her bouquet to the unmarried female guests. The woman who catches the flowers will supposedly be the next to marry. This custom probably started in France in the 1300's. The bride may also throw her garter to the unmarried men. The man who catches it will supposedly be the next male to marry.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wedding Thank Yous

Cynthia at A Legendary Affair specializes in invitations. Whether your style is creative and fun, formal and traditional, elegant and sophisticated or a variation of styles, colors, and design --- I am always delighted to assist you in finding just the right invitation and just the right words to set the mood for your event. Here's a question regarding thank you notes for Wedding gifts:... Our wedding isn't until the end of October, but we are already starting to receive wedding gifts. I've been seeking out answers online but am finding mixed reviews so I wanted your opinion on thank you notes etiquette. I'd prefer to send notes as gifts come in; however, some sites recommend sending closer to the date of the wedding. It seems odd to me to wait to send a note for something I received last week ...can you confirm that I may send notes as gifts come in? Answer: Your instincts are correct! Thank you notes should be sent as soon as possible. For gifts received up to 1 week before the wedding, notes should be sent out within 3 weeks. For gifts that arrive immediately before the wedding or on the wedding day, it is acceptable to send out notes within 4 weeks of receipt. Your note reassures the giver that you have received the gift and that you truly appreciate the time, money and thought spent on your behalf. Remember that the notes you send out before the wedding should be from the two of you - but you should not use your married last name or married monogram until after the wedding takes place.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Family Portraits at Weddings

Family Group Portraits_ This is one of the few articles specifically directed to the parents of the bride and groom. Once the wedding plans are completed and you’re only days away from the big event, the entire family will begin to gather from near and far to join in the celebration… one of the happiest occasions experienced by your immediate family. As busy as we know you’ll have been, we strongly suggest you set aside one hour with your family to create a cherished memory… the family portrait you’ve talked about for years. Weddings are one of the few celebrations we know of that gathers families together from all over the country and, in some instances, worldwide. There won’t be an easier or more convenient time to have a professional photographer take your family group portrait. So plan a special family time, a day or so ahead of the wedding to create your unique Family Heirloom Portrait.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wedding event Wednesday, June 19th

OC Brides Upcoming Wedding Networking Event, Monthly Events Free to Brides! Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM Diamond Bar Golf Course 22751 Golden Springs Drive Diamond Bar, CA 91765 Orange County's Premier Bridal Directory and social community for Brides and Wedding professionals to interact. If you’re searching for where to have a wedding in Diamond Bar, look no further than Diamond Bar Golf Course. One of the best places to get married, our ceremony site and grounds provide ample photo-worthy locale for wedding photos or engagement photos. Among them, our picturesque bridge presents an idyllic scene for a romantic shot of the bride and groom, and several water features on the course also provide wonderful backdrops. A private bridal suite is available for your bridal party, and we can accommodate up to 300 guests for the wedding reception. Raffle prizes include: Groom's Tungsten Ring from Diana & Co. Jewelry Designs, Casino Table Rental w/Dealer from High Roller Rentals, and a Mini Destination Vacation from Good Time Entertainment! You will want to: • Savor the Creations from Amazing Cake Creations, • Enjoy the sounds of our featured DJ, • Make Memories with Walter Gonzales Photography and our featured photobooth, • See the beauty of Elegant Wind Waves and White Feathers Events - With special deals from Diana & Company Jewelry Designs, Premier Bridal Shows and more! And Pick up your complimentary copy of The Wedding Guide __Register at (714) 970-6380 or

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Trend for Outdoor Weddings

Here's a new idea for outdoor Weddings to add a touch of elegance, for something different and very dramatic. Feathery white banners create a stunning visual display remembered by you and all of your guests long after the day... These dramatic and elegant decorations can transform your Wedding or any party into a very special event! From dusk to darkness, our colorful Wind Waves will light up your event and make it memorable. Use our Wind Waves as a path for your guests or for the Bride to enter, as a backdrop framing your ceremony, or to make a private area for your Wedding. To book the rental of our Elegant Wind Waves for your next special event, for banner sales, or more information please contact Debbie Christensen 562-425-7069

Monday, June 3, 2013

Two Bridal Expos this weekend

This Sunday there are 2 Bridal shows we will be attending. Sunday, June 9, 2013 Long Beach Convention Center 300 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802 Show Hours: 11 am - 3 pm Fashion Show: 1:00 pm Grand Prize Extravaganza: 2:45 pm Southern California LARGEST Upscale BRIDE EXPO Showcasing Southern California's top wedding professionals for all your wedding planning needs. Shop, compare and get insights and advice from the leading wedding experts. Preview new ideas and fresh styles. Taste gourmet cake and cuisine, see fashion, enjoy music/entertainment and take advantage of show discounts and giveaways. Have fun while discovering the best options to make your dream wedding come true! (714) 572 -1363 ___AND___ Sunday, June 9, 2013, 10am-4pm, $10 admission. O.C. Fair Event Center 935 Arlington (Entrance Gate) Costa Mesa, CA 92626 - This season's smartest brides-to-be will be attending BrideWorld Expo, the area's largest gathering of wedding exhibits, planning ideas, fashion, and fun! Shop and compare local retailers, audition entertainers, sample cake and catering, enjoy a bridal fashion show, and discover many of the absolute best wedding values. (800) 600-7080 •