Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year!

We at The Wedding Guide want to take this opportunity to send warm wishes for much happiness in 2017, and that you and your families are filled with love and good health in the new year. Happy New Year! New Years Weddings Will you be married when the ball drops? Many couples want to begin the new year as man and wife. We celebrate you! Here is some history of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, in celebration of the end of the year. Revelers began celebrating New Year's Eve in Times Square as early as 1904, but it was in 1907 that the New Year's Eve Ball made its maiden descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. The first New Year's Eve Ball, made of iron and wood and adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds. It was built by a young immigrant metalworker named Jacob Starr, and for most of the twentieth century the company he founded, sign maker Artkraft Strauss, was responsible for lowering the ball. As part of the 1907-1908 festivities, waiters in the fabled "lobster palaces" and other deluxe eateries in hotels surrounding Times Square were supplied with battery-powered top hats emblazoned with the numbers "1908" fashioned of tiny light bulbs. At the stroke of midnight, they all "flipped their lids" and the year on their foreheads lit up in conjunction with the numbers "1908" on the parapet of the Times Tower lighting up to signal the arrival of the new year. The Ball has been lowered every year since 1907, with the exceptions of 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended due to the wartime "dimout" of lights in New York City. Nevertheless, the crowds still gathered in Times Square in those years and greeted the New Year with a minute of silence followed by the ringing of chimes from sound trucks parked at the base of the tower - a harkening-back to the earlier celebrations at Trinity Church, where crowds would gather to "ring out the old, ring in the new." In 1920, a 400 pound ball made entirely of wrought iron replaced the original. In 1955, the iron ball was replaced with an aluminum ball weighing a mere 200 pounds. This aluminum Ball remained unchanged until the 1980s, when red light bulbs and the addition of a green stem converted the Ball into an apple for the "I Love New York" marketing campaign from 1981 until 1988. After seven years, the traditional glowing white Ball with white light bulbs and without the green stem returned to brightly light the sky above Times Square. In 1995, the Ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones, strobes, and computer controls, but the aluminum ball was lowered for the last time in 1998. For Times Square 2000, the millennium celebration at the Crossroads of the World, the New Year's Eve Ball was completely redesigned by Waterford Crystal. The new crystal Ball combined the latest in technology with the most traditional of materials, reminding us of our past as we gazed into the future and the beginning of a new millennium.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Event on December 6th

Well, now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to get back to business with our upcoming mixer! Our local networking group of Wedding Specialists meet on the first Tuesday of each month, at different locations, from 6:00 – 8:00pm, and admission is absolutely FREE! Please join us for our next networking mixer on
 Tuesday evening, December 6, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm at Majestic Garden Hotel 900 South Disneyland Drive Anaheim, 92802 next to Disneyland Castle themed, with 13 acres of strolling gardens and a koi pond! Visit with other Wedding specialists, hear about becoming a Wedding Wizard, exchange business cards, and meet Kimberly and her team. www.TheWeddingWizards.net • The Wedding Wizards is affiliated with The Wedding Guide publication This is an outdoor event, so dress warm, and invite a few friends….. Coming up: January 3, 2017 at Courtyard by Marriott, in Culver City/LA Westside February 7, 2017 at Highway 39 Event Center, in Anaheim March 7, 2017 at Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, in Santa Ana/OC Airport

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thank You Notes

On the subject of Thank You Notes... One of your duties as newlyweds is to acknowledge each and every wedding gift with a hand-written note of appreciation. Write your notes on plain white or pastel paper, perhaps with borders, but simple enough to maintain the dignity of the Wedding occasion. Mono-grammed stationery is also an elegant touch. To help keep a record of gifts received, you can use a bridal book, an ordinary notebook, or a box of notecards. Allow space for the name of the giver, the description of the gift, and the date the thank you note was sent. The easiest method is to combine your invitation list and your gift list on the same page; this way, addresses are readily available, and you only have to add two additional columns. Ideally, you should write each note as the gift arrives, so that you won’t get behind. Regardless, however, all thank you notes MUST be sent within three months after your wedding.In circumstances where a prompt note is impossible (such as a large wedding of over 250 guests), a printed acknowledgement is acceptable but always followed by a hand-written note. Since most gifts are sent to the bride, it is she who usually writes AND signs the notes, making a reference to the groom (“...John and I appreciated...”). In some cases, where the gift-giver is a stranger to the bride or a close friend of the groom’s, it is correct for the groom to do the honors. Always mention the specific gift. Most of all, be warm and appreciative, remembering that the gift-giver spent extra time and energy to choose something special for you both.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Recipe For A Successful Marriage

Recipe For A Successful Marriage 3 cups – Tenderness 1 cup – Commitment 1 cup – Consideration 1 cup – Courtesy 2 cups – Unselfish support 2 cups – Milk of human kindness 1 gal. – Faith in God & in each other Add 2 cup – Peace 3 cups – Cooperation 1 small pinch of in-laws 1 realistic financial budget 3 T pure extract of “I am sorry” 1 cup – Contentment 2 cups – open & honest communication 1 cup each: Confidence Encouragement Supportive friends Blindness to each other’s faults Individual interests and hobbies Mix in: Several mutual activities and hobbies Flavor with occasional tokens of your love and a dash of happy memories. Stir well and remove any specks of temper, jealously, or criticism. Sweeten well with a generous portion of love and keep warm with steady flame of devotion. Never serve with a hot tongue or cold shoulder. “Stand together yet not too near… let there be spaces in your togetherness… fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup… remember, the oak tree and the cypress do not grow in each other’s shadow."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ocean Institute Bridal Show

Upcoming South OC Bridal Extravaganza Presented by KCP Events October 30, 2016 • 11:00am - 4:00pm at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point Meet OC's top Wedding professionals Tour the luxurious Ocean Institute, enjoy music, fashion show and raffle prizes including $1000.00 towards your Wedding! (949) 466-7925 • www.kcruzproductions.com For tickets: www.kcruzproductions.com/sobe-vip

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pasadena Bridal Show

Bridal Show this Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $12 Admission at the Pasadena Convention Center, 250 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101 Shop and compare hundreds of local wedding professionals each season. These include photographers, invitations, cake bakers, tuxedos, wedding coordinators, hotels, unique crafts, and more. Meet individual artisans and professionals, ask questions, and find unique wedding-related products and service providers. Register with a local gift registry. Audition entertainers. Discover the best wedding packages and discounts. Shop at your own pace anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Those who are first time shoppers should allow for at least two hours of shopping time to collect as much information and literature as possible from each exhibitor. Returning shoppers who are well into their planning process may plan for as little as 30 minutes of shopping time. Prizes are a part of each event. Just by attending one of the fashion shows, each bride-to-be, groom-to-be, family members and friends, become eligible for an array of wedding planning giveaways. By visiting each company or exhibit at Bride World Expo, couples can also register for additional prizes and promotional items. See you on Sunday...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday Bridal Show

Upcoming Bridal Show October 15, 2016 11:00am - 2:00pm Lakewood Country Club 3101 Carson St., Lakewood Free Admission to Brides! Verdant foliage and majestic trees will surround your garden wedding here. We can accommodate up to 300 guests in a ceremony site customized with a gazebo, archway, or columns. (888) 386-2175 ext 2

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Brides at Knott's

Bridal Showplace Bridal Show on October 9, 2016 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel, 7675 Crescent Ave, Buena Park, 90620 Over 22 years bringing you the best Wedding Expo in Southern California! Meet some of Southern CA most Distinguished Wedding Professionals. At our show you will find some of Southern CA most distinguished wedding professionals offering every product and service for your wedding. Each event offers a variety of on-site features, such as: cake tasting, hors d'oeuvres, mini massages, beauty makeovers, entertainment and live performances. You can have your photo taken at the photo booths, learn the latest trends at the Wedding Planning Seminars, Ask the Experts, get free wedding planners and magazines. Preview the latest bridal fashions for the entire bridal party featured in our beautifully choreographed fashion shows. Enter to win thousands of $$$ in Door Prizes. Grooms are special too - at each event we hold a separate "Groom's Only Drawing".

Monday, September 26, 2016

Diamond Bar Bridal Show

Diamond Bar Golf Course Upcoming Bridal Show: October 2, 2016 • 11:00am - 2:00pm Free Admission to Brides & Grooms 22751 Golden Springs Dr., Diamond Bar Enjoy meeting wedding professionals and tasting samples of our Chef's best hors d'oeuvres and seeing the most current wedding trends! (909) 861-5757 ext. 252 www.diamondbargc.com

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bridal Show weekend

We will be at 2 Bridal shows this weekend with our Wedding Guide books, and Wind Waves. Center Catering & Black Gold Golf Club Upcoming Fall Bridal Show on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at the Yorba Linda Community Center in The Yorba Room, 4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda 92886 Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres & Champagne RSVP to Wendy at: wherckt@kempersports.com www.centercatering.com ___AND___ at the Expo Bridal Upcoming Bridal Show: 11:00am - 3:00pm on September 18, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, The Anaheim Hilton Bridal Show, 777 Convention Center Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

Friday, September 2, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Labor Day History

Enjoy Labor Day weekend! Here is a little bit of the the History of Labor Day & how it came about. The first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Labor Day Legislation Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. Founder of Labor Day The father of labor day More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. The First Labor Day The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend, with very little work!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Bridal Show

Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28th at the Los Angeles Convention Center 1200 L.A. Live Way Los Angeles, CA 90015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $12 Admission, or FREE with The Wedding Guide. Approx. 150 Wedding Vendors Shop and compare hundreds of local wedding professionals each season. These include photographers, invitations, cake bakers, tuxedos, wedding coordinators, hotels, unique crafts, and more. Meet individual artisans and professionals, ask questions, and find unique wedding-related products and service providers. Register with a local gift registry. Audition entertainers. Discover the best wedding packages and discounts. Shop at your own pace anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Those who are first time shoppers should allow for at least two hours of shopping time to collect as much information and literature as possible from each exhibitor. Returning shoppers who are well into their planning process may plan for as little as 30 minutes of shopping time. Bride World simplifies the shopping process by providing each registered couple with eighty contact labels. These contain the information provided by each couple during the registration process and are printed for use at the expo. Each label will include names, a mailing address, an email address, and a wedding date. Simply peel and stick a label when you choose to sign a vendor guest book, complete a registration form, or to request a follow up call or email. Register at least 24 hours in advance to allow time to prepare labels. These will be available upon check in. We will see you there with our Wedding Guide books and our Wind Waves.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wedding Ceremony Sequence of Events

Ceremony Sequence of Events Take note of the order and timing of the following events… 1. Seating of the Guests Pre-ceremonial music as the ushers seat the guests. Music usually begins 15 minutes before the ceremony. _2. Seating of Parents After the guests are present and seated, the groom’s parents are escorted to their seats. The bride’s mother is the last to be seated. The bride’s father is waiting with the bride. _3. Groom Takes His Place The officiant, ushers, best man and groom take their positions. _4. Attendants’ Procession The processional music for the bridesmaids, maid or matron of honor, flower girl & ring bearer, begins as they are ready to walk down the aisle. _5. Bridal Procession Following the attendants, the bride’s father offers the bride his right arm as they begin down the aisle. Music is played and the guests rise in honor of the bride. _6. The Exchange of Vows Traditional vows may be exchanged or you may write your own personal vows to recite. _7. Music With Ceremony Music is played during the candle-lighting or other non-verbal portion of the ceremony. _8. The Ring Exchange Be sure to know where your rings are before you go down the aisle! _9. The Kiss Have Fun! _10. The Introductions At the end of the ceremony, the officiant may introduce the newlyweds to the guests as the new Mr. & Mrs. _11. The Recessional The bride and groom lead the wedding party back down the aisle.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Happily Ever After

Are You Ready for the Happily Ever After? Plan Your Wedding, but Perfect Your Marriage A Tip from a “Not-So-Perfect Husband” by Michael Letney with Karen Hardin Dear Bride-to-Be, You are planning the wedding of your dreams. Congratulations. After finding “Mr. Right,” everything about your wedding also needs to be right. It should be a day you will never forget in preparation for a lifetime together. It is important in this flurry of activity to remember that after the candles are blown out, the tulle is tucked away and the runner rolled up, the real work begins. Your marriage deserves just as much loving care to detail and attention as your big day. Great marriages don’t just happen. Trust me. I’ve been blessed with the most amazing wife, but it’s not because I have always been the most amazing husband. I’ve learned a very important lesson along the way about creating a great marriage that I would like to pass on to you as my personal wedding gift. The art of a good marriage depends on the couple and their commitment to each other. Like the canvas of a painting, it is what you do with the paint on the canvas that makes it a beautiful picture. Love must be fed and nurtured, constantly renewed. It requires our attention. It also requires four key ingredients which I learned several years into my marriage with my wife, Barbie. These important ingredients are essential. They are transparency, truth, trust and unity. You see, transparency requires that we are truthful with our mate. Truthfulness builds trust and trust, in turn, creates unity. The question becomes, just how willing are you to be transparent and truthful with your mate? Those four important elements were missing to some extent in my marriage at one time, not because I didn’t want to be truthful with my wife, but because in not being completely truthful about my business, our finances and the struggles I encountered along the way, I felt I was protecting her. My intentions were good, even I felt at the time, honorable. After all, why stress her out with the knowledge that my business, which had experienced enormous growth and provided us a very comfortable lifestyle, was suddenly on the verge of financial collapse? Why worry her with the knowledge that we might lose our house and have to file bankruptcy? After all, I could still turn it around and she need never know. So I chose to remain silent, although she could see my stress. She knew something was wrong. Terribly wrong. But ultimately what was wrong wasn’t the crisis in my business, it was my actions and it could have cost me my marriage. Transparency. Truth. Trust. Unity. Four Ingredients that when mixed into the recipe of your marriage can provide a foundation so strong it can weather even the hardest of hits as you stand together in unity. This is where the paint is applied to the canvas of your marriage and the result is beautiful. For a moment, I will be transparent with you and share that I learned the importance of these ingredients as my faithful wife stood with me through the tough times. This included not just one but two bankruptcies, a burglary that completely cleaned us out, the loss of our home, embarrassment over our loss, and months in which I walked through depression so thick it was like trudging through cement. During that season, she also became the primary breadwinner as I struggled to get back on top. If that weren’t enough, she held on after I received a diagnosis that could have resulted in my complete disability or death. Many women would have walked away. I’m grateful she stayed. Why? Because Barbie made a choice when we said “I do.” That when it came down to “in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer,” when it was all put to the test, she had already made her decision the day we married. She chose us. And I chose us. I made the decision to change, to be completely transparent and truthful which created a deeper level of trust and unity than we had ever experienced. Transparency requires truth, which creates trust, which builds unity. Everything in life is a choice. Barbie made the choice to stay. I made the choice to change and be transparent. To offer her all of me, not just what I wanted her to see. The result? A marriage to my best friend that is more amazing than we could have ever dreamed. Marriage is a relationship. Relationships are built not just birthed. It is a journey. As you embark on your journey, may it be one that encompasses those important ingredients of transparency, truth and trust that creates unity. May you learn to live in strength and vulnerability with each other, hand in hand, doing life together rather than just two people living in the same house, together but separate. Perhaps someday, after the wedding, when life’s challenges hit, you may look at your decision of marriage and wonder, “Did I marry the right person?” You may question whether you should stay. Motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar, who enjoyed a marriage that lasted sixty-five years until the death of his wife, was often asked about the longevity and strength of his relationship by some who questioned theirs. His response is worth repeating. “I have no way of knowing whether or not you married the wrong person, but I do know that many people have a lot of wrong ideas about marriage and what it takes to make that marriage happy and successful. I'll be the first to admit that it's possible that you did marry the wrong person. However, if you treat the wrong person like the right person, you could well end up having married the right person after all. On the other hand, if you marry the right person, and treat that person wrong, you certainly will have ended up marrying the wrong person. I also know that it is far more important to be the right kind of person than it is to marry the right person. In short, whether you married the right or wrong person is primarily up to you.”[1] So as your wedding day approaches, my personal gift to you, as you enter into the most sacred covenant of marriage, is to make the decision to include these four ingredients from the very beginning. Make the decision to be transparent and truthful, which will create trust that will ultimately develop a unity that can withstand the storms of life. The storms will come. But when you are in unity, you can weather them together. How do I know? Because Barbie and I just celebrated our twenty-eighth wedding anniversary together. Our relationship is more than I could have ever dreamed and what I wish for you---that you will also experience a happily ever after. # # # ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Letney is the founder and creator of The Unity Cross and Michael Letney Design Studios. His new book on preparing for your happily ever after, will be available July 2015. For additional information go to: www.michaelletney.com or www.unitycross.com.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Anaheim Sheraton in August

Local Networking Group of Wedding Specialists Our mixers are always on the first Tuesday of each month, at different locations, from 6:00 – 8:00pm, and admission is absolutely FREE! Please join us for our next networking mixer on
 Tuesday evening, August 2, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm at Sheraton Hotel Anaheim/Garden Grove 12221 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, 92840 The Sheraton Garden Grove - Anaheim South offers more than 9,000 sq. ft. in banquet rooms all conveniently located on the same level of the hotel. We have Wedding & Ceremony Packages which include tastings for a customized menu. Conveniently close to Disneyland. Visit with other Wedding specialists, exchange business cards, hear about becoming a member, and meet April Haye at the Sheraton. www.TheWeddingWizards.net • The Wedding Wizards is affiliated with The Wedding Guide publication Coming up: September 6th at the DoubleTree Hotel rooftop garden, Downtown Los Angeles October 4th at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Santa Ana / Orange County Airport Hope to see you there, invite a few friends….. Debbie Christensen, Debbie@TheWeddingWizards.net • www.TheWeddingWizards.net

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday at the DoubleTree

Sunday, July 24, 2016 We will be at the DoubleTree Hotel Ontario 222 N Vineyard Ave Ontario, CA 91764 Shop and compare 90 Inland Empire wedding products and service companies. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $12 Admission

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thursday at The Hills

OC Brides Bridal Networking Event Join fellow wedding pros and future brides at the beautiful Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills. The Hills Hotel 25205 La Paz Rd Laguna Hills, , CA 92653 Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. And, 3 Lucky brides will win a GOLD package from Solid Wedding Dance! The Hills Hotel has become one of the "go-to" venue locations in South Orange County in the last few years. As one of the only boutique hotels in the area, The Hills Hotel has been sought after for its grand ballroom and modern upscale decor. The Crystal Ballroom, holding up to 280 guests for a wedding reception, boasts six gorgeous chandeliers along with beautiful high ceilings providing the perfect venue for that unforgettable wedding! Big or small, The Hills Hotel can handle it all. Not only equipped with a grand ballroom known as the Crystal Ballroom, the Garnet Gallery is the perfect ballroom for a smaller, more intimate wedding. The Garnet Gallery hosts a comfortable 90 guests wedding reception. Decked out with an intricate riverstone and crystal art wall at its entrance, this venue sets the stage for an elegant, chic wedding affair. - Tastings by the chefs of The Hills Hotel - Chocolate Tastings by Luisa Chocolatiere - Live music by Vaughn Fahie Jazz - Personalized 3D Photo Keychains by 3D Cheeze - Decor by White Feathers Events & All About You Events - Solid Wedding Dance Performance - Get your personal 3D Photo Keychain form 3D Cheeze - Play a little blackjack with High Roller Casinos - Get Makeup tips from Red Carpet Makeovers - Check out the food offerings from Darya Restaurant

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 17th San Pedro Bridal Show

The Elite Event Professionals Bridal and Special Event Show When:Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM Where: LA Harbor Masonic Lodge – 1640 West 9th Street San Pedro, CA 90732 The Elite Event Professionals are excited to invite you to our Second Annual Bridal and Special Event Show. You will have the opportunity to meet, get advice from and gain valuable wedding insight from Southern California’s top wedding and event professionals (D.J, Photographer, Videographer, Event Designer, Floral Designer, Coordinator/Event Planner, Cake specialist, Caterer, Luxury Cars, Photo Booth and more)… Take advantage of our Mashed Potato Bar, Dessert Bar, Cake Samples, Bridal Show discounts and Door Prizes! (Free Admission and Free Parking) Everyone is encouraged to attend, especially your fiancĂ©s!! Show is open to anyone having a party or social event. We look forward to welcoming Event planners…Contact Demetra (310) 644-9400 or email: Demetra@sbdevent.com • www.sbdevent.com Come by and pick up a Wedding Guide book...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitation sets the mood and style of your wedding. You should coordinate your invitations to complement the color or theme of your wedding and the style of attire of the wedding party. Formal wedding invitations are usually ordered well in advance (a minimum of three months) to allow time to be addressed and mailed six weeks before the wedding. Invitations are usually written in the third person. Your invitation professional or printer can help you with formal wording. Also, be sure to proof everything carefully. The traditional wedding invitation has changed little over the years. Its essential purpose is to invite your guests and to tell them where and when your wedding is being held. Most other information is superfluous.It’s that simplicity, coupled with fine paper and distinctive engraving, that makes formal wedding invitations so elegant. There are a number of basic points of etiquette to follow when wording a traditional wedding invitation. For instance, the Groom's name. The groom always uses his full name, preceded by his title. There are no abbreviations, except for "Mr." All other titles, such as "Doctor" and “Reverend" should be written out, although "Doctor" may be abbreviated when used with a long name. Initials should not appear on formal wedding invitations. Men who dislike their middle names and use their middle initial instead should be discouraged from doing so. If your fiancĂ© refuses to use his middle name, it’s better to omit his middle name entirely than to use just his initial. Assembling the Invitations Your wedding invitations may arrive already stuffed into their inner envelopes or in separate stacks of invitations, enclosure cards, and inner and outer envelopes. If yours come unassembled, there’s no need to panic. Assembling wedding invitations is really quite simple, although a bit time-consuming. For the most part, wedding invitations are assembled in size order. The invitation itself is first. The enclosure cards are stacked on top of the invitations, not inside. The reception card is placed on top of the invitation. Then the reply envelope is placed face down on the reception card. The reply card is slipped face up beneath the flap of the reply envelope. These are the most frequently used enclosures. There are several types of enclosure cards you may wish to send, alerting guests to special arrangements. Reception Cards: to limit the number of guests invited to the reception. Ceremony Cards: to invite a limited number of guests to the ceremony. Pew Cards: for special seating for friends and relatives. Any other enclosures are added face up in size order (usually at-home card, directions card, accommodation card, pew card, etc.). The single-fold invitation and its enclosures are placed into the inside envelope with the fold of the invitation at the bottom of the envelope and the engraving facing the back of the envelope. You can tell whether or not you stuffed the envelope correctly by removing the invitation with your right hand. If you can read the invitation without turning it, it was stuffed correctly. The procedure for assembling traditional invitations (those with a second fold) is similar. The enclosures are placed on top of the lower half of the invitation's face in the same order described above. The invitation is folded from top to bottom over the enclosures. The invitation is then placed into the inside envelope with the fold toward the bottom of the envelope. As with other invitations, traditional invitations are correctly stuffed when they can be read without being turned after being removed from the envelope with your right hand. Once stuffed, the inside envelopes are inserted into the outside envelopes. The front of the inside envelope faces the back of the outside envelope. Be sure to order enough invitations. You’ll need one for every married couple, each single adult guest, each attendant, your attendants’ dates (if single), everyone in the groom’s family, and your clergyman and their guest. Also order additional invitations for emergencies and keepsakes. Extra envelopes are a must! This allows for mistakes made when addressing. Be sure to order response cards (R.S.V.P.) and matching envelopes. Response card envelopes should be pre-addressed and stamped for the convenience of your guests. Address envelopes by hand or calligraphy, using full names. If a guest or additional family member(s) are invited, they are indicated on the inner envelope only. The invitation is inserted into the inner envelope with the enclosure cards and printed side facing the back flap. Insert the inner envelope into the addressed envelope. Finally, be sure to order Thank You notes… and send them out within one or two months after your wedding. Dear Abby is deluged with complaints about brides who don’t send these most important expressions of gratitude. This helpful information by Cynthia Adkins, A Legendary Affair Photos by Happy Photos

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Wedding Event July 5th

Local Networking Group of Wedding Specialists Our mixers are always on the first Tuesday of each month, at different locations, from 6:00 – 8:00pm, and admission is absolutely FREE! Please join us for our next networking mixer on
 Tuesday evening, July 5, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm at Orange County Mining Co. 10000 Crawford Canyon Rd. Orange, CA 92705 Rustic, casual, and relaxing American steakhouse and saloon. Quality meats, poultry and seafood. Hearty soups, fresh produce and rich desserts. Eclectic wines, classic, and new classic cocktails. Allow yourself to relax and enjoy as you soak in the incredible view of the world from up here. You’ll just feel better! Stop by to see this unique venue with a fantastic view of the city, visit with other Wedding specialists, and hear about becoming a member. www.TheWeddingWizards.net • The Wedding Wizards is affiliated with The Wedding Guide publication Hope to see you there, invite a few friends….. Debbie Christensen Debbie@TheWeddingWizards.net

Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

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 20, 2016

A Garden Wedding

It is no secret that, at one time or another, every bride-to-be has dreamed of a garden wedding. Whether she has grown up in a big urban city or small rural town, the thought of an outdoor wedding conjures up feelings of romance and happiness. The wonderful thing about a garden wedding is that it can be simple or elaborate. Whatever the budget, an outdoor ceremony can be truly magical. Imagine walking down a long white runner sprinkled with rose petals, hearing the birds sing overhead, and seeing the man of your dreams standing under a lower-filled gazebo. Or if the wedding is to take place after sundown, twinkling white lights in the trees and around the gazebo can add a special touch. Location and atmosphere are especially important for an outdoor wedding. The bridal couple should look for a place that can accommodate a wedding. Whether they are interested in having it at a hotel, park, or country club, they should be sure to check out what facilities are readily available. And most importantly, the location must have a few good spots for professional photographs to be taken before and after the ceremony. For example, photographs in front of a gazebo or a pool always come out beautifully. So if you are planning a wedding and cannot decide where to have it, check out your local outdoor wedding facilities. A garden wedding can be even more romantic and beautiful than you’ve ever imagined it to be!