Monday, June 30, 2014

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. We, at The Wedding Guide, wish you and your family a very happy 4th of July celebration weekend!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Long Beach Conv. Ctr. Bridal Show

See you this Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802, Show Hours: 11 am - 3 pm Fashion Show: 1:00 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 •

Friday, June 20, 2014

Downtown LA Bridal Show

This Saturday and Sunday, June 21 & 22, 2014 - L.A. Convention Center, in Los Angeles is LA'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. See the famous cake dive on Sunday. Visit us at our booth, and pick up your copy of The Wedding Guide book.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Marriage License

Marriage License Or Confidential Marriage License Most people don’t give much thought to the laws in effect which govern marriages within the state of California. Here is a summary of these laws to help ensure that everything in your upcoming marriage is in order. Marriage License • Can get married in any county within California • License is filed by county clerk and becomes public record. • No blood test required • 1 or 2 witnesses required to sign at time of wedding • Valid for 90 days from date issued • May obtain certified copy after wedding (Additional fee required) • Can be obtained from county clerk’s office Confidential Marriage License • Must get married in county where license is issued • License is filed by county clerk, but does not become public record • No blood test required • No witnesses required to sign, but deputy or notary journal acts as witness • Valid for 90 days from date issued • May obtain certified copy after wedding (Additional fee required) • Can be obtained from county clerk’s office OR authorized notary public • Couple must be living together as man & wife To apply for and obtain a Marriage License in the greater Los Angeles area, both applicants must appear together at the Office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to complete an application and submit it to the cashier no later than 3p.m. The processing time to complete the license is up to 2 hours. For same day service, we recommend that you be at the office by 2 p.m. A valid California I.D., drivers license, passport or alien resident card must be presented as proof of age. All persons previously married must present a copy of divorce/annulment papers if the event occured within two years or less. The fees for both Public and Confidential Marriage Licenses is now $70. Locations Where Marriage License Can Be Obtained: LAX Airport Registrar Recorder County Clerk’s Office 11701 S. La Cienega Bl., 6th Flr. Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm M-F (310) 727-6142__ Norwalk 12400 Imperial Hwy. Room 1002 Hours: 8am-5pm (562) 462-2137__ Beverly Hills 9355 Burton Way, 1st Flr. Hours: Tues-Thurs, 8:30am-4pm (310) 288-1261__ Van Nuys 14340 West Sylvan St. Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm (818) 374-7176__ Los Angeles 4716 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. (formerly Brooklyn Ave.) Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm (213) 260-2991__ Florence Firestone 7807 S. Compton Ave., Room 215 Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm (323) 586-6192__ Orange County 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Rm. 201, Santa Ana Hours: 8am-4:30pm (714) 834-2710__ Fees and requirements differ slightly. Please call for details.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Father's Day Weddings

Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Typically, families gather to celebrate the father figures in their lives. It was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. It did not have much success initially. Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother's Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes.[9] But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and they eventually succeeded. By the mid-1980s the Father's Council wrote that Father's Day has become a Second Christmas for all the men's gift-oriented industries. Celebrate Father's Day with us at a Bridal show this Sunday!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Bridal Events

June is a busy month for Weddings, Bridal Gown Trunk Shows, and Bridal Expos. Congratulations to all the couples getting married this month...Please send us your story and photos to post on our Wedding Guide app! Here is the schedule of where we will be handing out our Wedding Guide books this month: __June 5-7 & 11-18, 2014, - Mary Me Bridal, Orange __June 8, 2014 - OC Fair Center, Costa Mesa __June 14, 2014 - Blush Bridal Couture, Tustin __June 15, 2014 - Crowne Plaza Resort, Anaheim __June 21 & 22, 2014 - L.A. Conv. Center, Los Angeles __June 29, 2014 - L.B. Conv. Center, Long Beach We hope to see you at one or two of these events!