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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Choosing Wedding Rings and Engagement Rings
The tradition of wedding rings have lasted thousands of years ago. Indeed, there is no data exactly when the ring began to be used for marriage. But some literature mentions in ancient Roman times many couples use a simple metal plate as a sign of bonding.

The ring is a symbol bond of love of all time and universally applicable. Its became a marker of the beginning of a relationship and explain the status of the wearer. The ring on the left ring finger as if to speak: Hey, leave me alone, I'm with somebody. They believe the circular ring as a symbol of eternal love.

Centuries later adopted the tradition of the western world. The ring is considered as a symbol of love and trust that characterizes the relationship of men and women. Sometimes given before marriage, known as the engagement ring, it could be when the marriage ceremony known as wedding ring.

Symbols In the ring

In the development of the shape and design of the ring - the ring evolved. In ancient Roman times, for example, there is known as a key model rings made of brass, bronze, or iron. This ring as a symbol to enter the house and the husband may use his property. Key rings particular model used to open the jewelry box.

Diamond rings ranging widely used in the engagement began in the 18th century Europe, there are several reasons that make the diamonds become so popular, that it emits beauty, strength and diamond mines are found in Brazil.

Noble women usually use a large diamond for earrings, tiaras, necklaces, and bracelets. But for them to wear small diamond ring or fine silver tied on a gold ring is Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England is called the first time chose a diamond-studded ring for his marriage. The queen is known as the Queen of Diamond.

Choosing rings At present, a variety of wedding rings available in various models and materials are very varied. But a wedding ring is the most commonly used base material using gold or platinum. The gold appears in a variety of colors such as yellow, pink or white as platinum. Levels of rust which is commonly used is 18 carat gold. Pure 24 carat gold wedding ring less suitable because of the nature of the metal is soft so easy to change due to daily use.

Another option is a silvery-white sheen of platinum-colored classic style. As with gold, the value of this ring is determined the levels of a mixture of other metals such as iridium and ruthenium. For the price of platinum based ring is relatively more expensive than gold.

Generally simple wedding ring design. Many couples choose a plain design as practical for daily use. If they want to be special, the choice is with a touch of jewels on gold or platinum ring. Diamonds are still the most popular choice to date.

In selecting a suitable wedding rings there are several things that can be used as a guide.

Price wedding ring is usually determined by the type of material, rust and severity level. As well as additional ornaments like-diamonds. For a certified diamond wedding ring, for example, the price is definitely more expensive than a regular ring. When a limited budget can be circumvented by reducing the weight, concentration, and simple models. For the price of precious metals is generally the same. You can save money by finding a cheaper cost of manufacture.

Beautiful least rings usually be the first consideration in choosing. You can choose a ring or looking directly at the store and asked for a reference model of special. In choosing the model you need to remember, unlike other rings, wedding rings will be used forever (ideally). So consider also its shape, what does not interfere with the activity, whether the design will last a long time and not get stale. Do not forget to consider the two rings look beautiful in your hand. Choose what will diengrave posts inside the wedding ring. Usually the wedding date or the name of her partner. Choose a wedding ring that favored both partners and choose a design that is self-sustaining. You can bring an example of a dress that you will wear on the day of your wedding to adjust to the shape or ring models and accessories.

It is not only related to the budget or taste, in determining the choice of materials, should also consider the health aspect. What are you allergic to ingredients - certain ingredients. In some cases, a person sweat react differently to certain ingredients. When buying a diamond ring do not forget to pay attention to 4C (Carat, Clarity, Cut and Color).

Do not buy a ring without trying it. The ring should be comfortable and attached to the fitting on the finger, not to narrow, ill-fitting, or the color does not match the color of your skin. The tradition of the left ring finger on your left hand is commonly used for wedding rings. There is no fixed rule on this subject but this tradition is so popular and universally apply this tradition supposedly originated from the ancient Roman belief that mentions that the left ring finger vein amoris are related directly to the heart. Practical reasons are also often raised, left hand ring finger is considered as the least used so that the ring is relatively safe to use.

Do not forget to bring gloves that you will wear on the wedding day if you are going to wear gloves while trying to avoid mistakes wedding ring size.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Unique Wedding Invitations
Why should create unique wedding invitations? Marriage is a very special moment for couples who will begin their family life. Therefore, invitations to events and wedding receptions already contract should be designed as attractive as possible so that it becomes a unique wedding invitation.

Expected of interesting unique wedding invitations, the couple can appreciate and give the impression of love to special people who have been faithful to accompany them while still single and after marriage oath of loyalty.

Unique wedding invitation said if the invitation is different with invitations in general. Perhaps among us had ever seen in person or receive a unique wedding invitation from a friend or colleague. So we ask, how to make invitations like this? Where is the message? How to write an invitation like this?

The questions that arise because we wonder or awe at the unique creations wedding invitations sent by friends. Interested to make the invitation? then you should read this article.

Something unique for sure attract attention and get people to easily remember. Similarly, the wedding invitations, unique wedding invitations will be easily stored in the memory of people who read or saw.

So many types of unique wedding invitations that have been circulating or produced around us, especially those living in urban areas. Bercitra bustling city in the world of work or the noise of a motor vehicle forming townspeople always looks stressed and tense-faced. It is better if we tried to make our friends smile and forget penatnya daily activities of unique wedding invitations while viewing the work of our own.

Unique Wedding Invitations and Sympathetic

Do you crave for a unique wedding invitation? Implement marriage already is incumbent upon every man and woman who had grown up. Marriage is actually intended to serve the Lord Almighty so expect to marry someone of a lifetime.

Choosing the right partner for him for the next life with full of happiness. Marriage is expected as a means to further identify the selected partner. In addition, of course to get a descent through the halal way by religion.

Planning a beautiful wedding is the desire of every couple. All people are always hoping lived marriage is the wedding of a lifetime. For that, all things in the organization of the wedding should be as perfect and beautiful as possible. Every man and woman will be united in holy matrimony to perform the marriage ceremony.

Marriage not only unites man and woman, even unite the two great families. Beautiful moment is of course necessary, witnessed by all the people we know, be it friends, friends, and brothers and sisters.

Various things must be considered in planning a wedding reception, such as the selection of the bride wedding dress, the theme of the wedding reception, wedding that will be used, searching the building for the reception, choose a cake, and no less important is choosing the wedding invitation card. Unique invitations can be made alone, can also be made through the services of a designer.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Living in the US makes one feel free - free to do anything, free to live, free to love, free from traditions.  While this is true, there are still many practices done during wedding that renders this memorable event with a distinct American touch.  Here are some:

Starting from the engagement, Americans can think of unique ways to personalize their wedding.  As there really isn't any engagement tradition, the more unique the marriage proposal is done, the better.

For most wedding preparations, the engaged couple visits their parents to inform them of their recent engagement.

At times, the engaged couple hosts an engagement party.  The engagement party costs less than a wedding reception since most of the time, the menu will only include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  Therefore, if the couple is on a tight budget, they can just invite more guests to the engagement party if they plan to limit the number of guests during the wedding.

Most wedding preparations have a bridal shower given by the maid of honor and the bridesmaids.  The groom may also have a bachelor party the night before the wedding but he has to be careful not to drink too much.

Wedding invitations should include response cards to quickly inform the couple whether the person has accepted or declined the invitation.  The wedding invitations should also be sent within four to six weeks before the event.

Usually, there is a rehearsal dinner in which the wedding party and guests came from far places to be present at the wedding attend.  It was practiced that the groom's parents pay for this dinner.

A bridal luncheon may be hosted for the bride's attendants during the wedding day.  However, time constraints may not permit this to be part of the schedule for the wedding day.  Likewise, the groom may also host a groom's dinner for his groomsmen.

Interestingly, even if the couple is not very religious, they still prefer a religious ceremony.  However, this may pose a problem since in America people of different faiths and religious backgrounds get married.

Even if there are few people who believe in bad luck, some couples still make sure that the groom does not see his bride until she starts waking on the aisle.

It is still practiced that the groom and his groomsmen enter the church through a side door.  The bride will then walk down the aisle with her father.  In some cases when both her father and stepfather brought up the bride, she may ask them both to escort her.

During a formal reception, there is usually a bridal table where the couple and the attendants sit.  Also, food and drinks should be served as the guests appear at the reception.

Before, gift giving used to depend on what the guest will feel useful for the couple.  Now, it is better to register for gifts so the guests will know what to bring that the couple will need.

Upon receiving an engagement or wedding gift, it is better to send a thank you note apart from saying "thank you" to the giver.  This should be sent within two weeks upon receipt of the gift.  Make a personalized thank you note, instead of using an impersonal generic thank you note.

These are just some American practices during weddings. Whether one chooses to this or prefers to have a very different wedding, what's more important is that American's still believe in the wedding vow, "For better or worse, 'til death do us part."

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's a tradition for the newly married couple to leave the reception early and have a grand exit. If they'll be driving their own car, one fun thing to do is secretly decorate their car so that when they go to leave it is covered with loving messages that identify them as a newlywed couple. It will put a smile on your newly married friend or family member's face.


    1 Write on the windshield and windows with a bottle of white shoe polish, preferably one with a nice tip like a marker. Write messages such as "Just married," "Newlyweds," "Ball and Chain" or the date of the wedding.
    2 Clean out some empty cans like those that hold canned vegetables. Drill one hold near the top in each can. Cut one 2-foot long piece of ribbon for each can. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and tie a triple knot. Repeat for all the cans. Four or five cans is best. Tie the other end of the each ribbon onto the rear bumper of the car. If you can't tie it onto the bumper then tie all the ends of the ribbons together in a single large double knot. Take a piece of mounting tape and peel off one side of the protective covering. Stick it onto the bumper and press down to secure. Peel off the other side and stick the ribbon clump knot to the adhesive. Hold down for several seconds to ensure it sticks. A good mounting adhesive will be able to hold the weight of the cans and withstand the motion of them bouncing on the street.
    3 Cut 20 2-foot long pieces of white streamers. Take five and hold them all together in a bunch. Take one end and tie it in a knot around a car handle. Repeat with all of the handles.
    4 Hang a wedding flag from the antenna. It may clip on or it might slide over the antenna through a small vertical hole in the fabric.
    5 Inside the car sprinkle flower petals and spray a romantic body spray.

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Car decorations are a traditional way to mark the car of a newlywed couple. Members of the wedding party or other close friends usually decorate the wedding car with ribbons, empty tin cans and writing to announce the wedding for all to see. Attaching ribbon to the car takes just a few minutes. Once the ribbon is in place, it will remain intact until it is removed.


      1 Unravel the ribbon if it is spun on a spool. Straighten the ribbon so it lays flat. You may need to set books on the ribbon overnight to flatten it.
      2 Open the driver and passenger side doors. Pass the ribbon through either side and out toward the front of the car. Close both doors.
      3 Pull the ribbon across the front hood. Thread both ends of the ribbon through the front hood ornament or car mascot, if applicable. If your car does not have a hood ornament, just pull the ribbon across the front hood to the front bumper.
      4 Tie a bow in the same way that you would tie a pair of shoe laces. Keep the ribbon snug as you pull both sides into a bow. Make sure the ribbon does not cover the front license plate. It will rest on the front bumper.
      5 Secure the ribbon running across the hood of the car and the bow resting on the bumper using adhesive pads from a car wedding ribbon kit. These adhesive pads are specially designed to temporarily bond to the hood of your car without causing damage.
      6 Reach under the ribbon and set each pad in place. Sweep your hand over the ribbon and gently press down to fasten the ribbon to the pad. Continue along the hood and down the front bumper; add enough pads to secure the bow.

      Friday, April 25, 2014

      How to Write a Newspaper-Ready Wedding Announcement

      Many newspapers social editors will allow you to run your wedding announcement the way you want it to appear and will be grateful if you write the wedding announcement yourself. Writing your own newspaper wedding announcement is easy if you know what you're doing.


        1 Call the newspapers that you'd like to submit your announcement to and ask which email address you should send your announcement to. Also ask about the publication fee. Some newspapers prefer a picture of the bride; others want a photograph of the bride and groom. The newspaper may have size and color requirements, so ask about them.
        2 Collect your thoughts and start writing the details including a description of the bride's and bridesmaids' dresses; the bouquet descriptions; first and last names of everyone in the wedding party and their hometowns; the name of the minister and any other information you'd like to include in your wedding announcement.
        3 Write the first paragraph of the wedding announcement. It should include both the bride and your groom's names, along with the day, date, time, and location of the wedding as well as who officiated the ceremony. Be sure to check the officiant's exact title and the spelling of his name
        4 Put together the second and third paragraphs. These should include the names of the bridal couple's parents and their hometown. This paragraph also may include the names of the grandparents. If the grandfather of the bride or groom is dead and the grandmother is alive, don't write, "The bride is the granddaughter of the late Joe Smith and Mary Smith of Hudson," because this implies that the grandmother is deceased as well. Instead write, "The bride is the granddaughter of Mary Smith of Hudson and the late Joe Smith."
        5 Decide if you want to use the expression "given away." For some brides, the notion of being given away is offensive. The next paragraph should tell who escorted whom. Here's an example of how using both escorted and given away together would work. "The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father, and given away by her parents."
        6 Describe the dress and bouquet but keep things simple. The bride will be pictured in the dress in the same announcement, so don't waste space describing every detail. Be sure to hyphenate "chapel-length," "finger-tip" and "A-line." Ask the florist for the proper names and colors of the flowers. "Hand-tied" is commonly used to describe bouquets. It is hyphenated as well.
        7 Announce the wedding party, which should include the maid of honor, matron of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, honorary attendants, ring bearer, flower girl, program attendants, guest register attendant and readers. Be sure to double check the spelling of their names and hometowns. If budget is a concern, just list those who stood up with the bride and groom. A sample paragraph would read: The bridesmaids were Joann Nightingale, friend of the bride, of Cornelius; Jasmine Smith, sister of the groom, of Larder; and Rayann Whitnel, cousin of the bride, of Jacobsville. Separate names, hometowns, and relationship with commas, and listings with semi-colons.
        8 Use the next few paragraphs to include anyone else that you'd like to have listed in your announcements. This would include the wedding planner and musicians. Keep the sentences short and simple because you are being charged by the line.
        9 Provide the details of receptions and any other parties in the next few paragraphs. This would include the time, date, and place of the reception, rehearsal dinner and perhaps the bridal showers. Be sure to mention who hosted the events.
        10 Consider including some basic information about the bride and groom's education and occupation. A sample paragraph would be: "The bride is a 2002 graduate of Appalachian State University and is employed as a teacher at Baton Elementary School."
        11 Write the last paragraph. This paragraph tells where the couple went on their honeymoon and what town the couple will reside in upon return. Don't include the exact address because this can make your empty home a target for theft.

      Wednesday, April 23, 2014

      How to Correctly Address Wedding Invitation Envelopes

      The etiquette of addressing formal invitation envelopes can leave you scratching your head. When you're inviting a single mom or a family where not everyone has the same last name, the formal address gets tricky. Don't fret about making an etiquette faux pas. Just educate yourself on the proper titles, and your wedding invitations will make the invitee smile.


        1 Address an invitation to a a female guest that is single and not married, with Ms. in front of her first and last name. For example, "Ms. Sally Brown."
        2 Use Mrs. in front of the guest's first and last name if it is a female guest who is divorced but still uses her married name. For example, "Mrs. Sally Rose." You can also use Ms. in this instance. Use whichever courtesy title you think the recipient would prefer.
        3 Address an envelope to a female guest that is divorced and now uses her maiden name, with the same address you would use for a single female, for example, "Ms. Sally Brown."
        4 Use Mr. in front of an unmarried male guest's first and last name. For example, "Mr. Bobby Rose."
        5 Address the envelope of the invitation to a married couple using the same last name with "Mr. and Mrs." in front of the first and last name of the husband. For example, "Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Rose."
        6 For a married couple where the wife kept her maiden name, you would address it as "Mrs. Sally Brown & Mr. Bobby Rose."
        7 Send an invitation to an an unmarried couple that does not live with each other only to the more intimate friend. Address her as a single female, "Ms. Sally Brown."
        8 Inviting an unmarried couple that lives with each other, means you address the invitation to both as single people, but you would do so alphabetically by last name. So, in the case of Sally and Bobby, it would be "Ms. Sally Brown & Mr. Bobby Rose."
        9 If you have a same gender couple, address them alphabetically by their last names. For example, "Ms. Sally Brown & Ms. Susan Smith."
        10 Do not include children under 18 on the outside envelope. Children over the age of 18 should be sent their own wedding invitation, even if you are already sending one to their parents and they live at home with them.

        Monday, April 21, 2014

        Wedding planning is one of the most exciting times in a persons life--and one of the most hectic. If you are planning to invite guests to your engagement party, bridal shower or wedding, your guests will want to know where you are registered so they can purchase gifts for the occasion. This is where a wedding registry comes into play. Registries can be set up at nearly any retail location. A good rule of thumb for any engaged couple is to register at 3 to 6 retail locations. The stores should range from low to high end to accommodate each guest's gift purchasing ability.

        A great mid-range store is Target. Target stores carry a large inventory of reasonably priced home goods and have many locations throughout the United States. Target even allows you to create a registry online for added convenience.


          1 Compile a list of items that you need or want. Wedding registries typically consist of household items such as bed linens, bath towels, kitchen utensils, furniture, and other household goods or decorations. If you cannot come up with a list off the top of your head, you can go to a Target store or to their website and browse items that are available.
          2 Choose your method of registry. Your registry can be set up at a Target store or online at their website. If you decide to start your registry in a physical store, you can always add items to your registry list online and vice versa.
          3 To set up your registry in a physical store, locate a Target near you. When you enter the store, go to the customer service counter located at the front of the store and explain that you would like to set up a wedding registry. The customer service representative will ask you a few questions such as your name and contact information. You will then be given a scan gun to be used for adding items to your registry. When you find an item that you would like to add to your list, point the scan gun at the bar code on the item. The scanner should make a beeping sound to indicate that the item has been added to your registry list. When you have finished adding items to your list, return the scan gun to the customer service desk and receive a print out of your list.
          4 To set up your registry online, go to At the top of the page you will see a link for "Gift Registries + Lists." Click on this link and it will give you the option to set up your wedding registry through an application called "Club Wedd." You will need to create an account by filing in your name, contact information and creating a user name and password for the account. After your account is enabled you will be allowed to add items to your registry by clicking the "add item to registry" option next to each item in Target's online inventory. Once an item is added to your registry it will be available for your guests to purchase online or by requesting a copy of your registry at any Target store nationwide.

        Saturday, April 19, 2014

        For atheist couples, a wedding doesn't have to end with a visit to the local courthouse. Just because you don't want God involved in your union, doesn't mean that you can't celebrate your wedding in front of your family and friends. There are many options open to couples who wish to hold a non-religious wedding ceremony.


          1 Select an officiant of your ceremony. An officiant can be a judge, lawyer, Justice of the Peace, or even a non-denominational minister that will promise to keep God out of the ceremony.
          2 Decide where you would like to hold your wedding ceremony. There are many options available that don't include the tradition church or chapel. Hold your ceremony on the beach, in your back yard or in a community center. The sky is the limit when it comes to location.
          3 Focus the wedding's theme around your personal views, instead of a set philosophy or institution. An atheist wedding ceremony should demonstrate the hopes, goals, aspirations and dreams of the bride and groom, taking into account the uniqueness of their relationship.
          4 Choose the "Gathering Words" of your ceremony. Many traditional, Christian weddings begin with the words, "We are gathered together under God," however the atheist option could be something like, "We are gathered together in love," or the like. The opening words can be a statement, or something more personal and unique, like a poem or song.
          5 Write your wedding vows. Regardless of what you decide to add to or eliminate from your wedding ceremony, it is important that you include vows, because without them, the marriage is not legal. You can keep your vows as simple as the traditional "I do's," or write your own, personal declarations for one another.
          6 Exchange a symbol of your new, legal relationship. Many atheists choose to eliminate the traditional exchange of rings, however you might consider other symbols of your love, such as bracelets, charms, or necklaces. If you choose not to exchange gifts, you might consider the symbolic tying of the wrists, which represents the union, drink wine from the same bottle, or simply light a candle together.
          7 End your atheist wedding ceremony with an acknowledgment of the union. These words do not need to be the traditional, "I now pronounce you man and wife," but may be anything that your imagination can dream up.

        Tuesday, April 15, 2014

        Once the bride and groom have said "I do," wedding guests look forward to an evening of food and drink. Calculating the amount of alcohol needed to ensure a sufficient supply throughout the reception is a challenging proposition. Purchasing too much can put a big dent in the budget, but running out during the festivities may make you look cheap.


        Finalize the Reception Logistics

          1 Determine the number of people expected to attend the wedding reception before embarking on any calculations. Include the bridal party in the final count, but omit any wedding guests under the age of 21, the legal drinking age in the United States, and any guests who you know do not drink alcohol.
          2 Assess the overall demographics of the attendees. In a demographically diverse group, expect roughly 50% beer consumers, 30% wine drinkers and 20% who prefer cocktails. If your guests are predominantly young men, expect a higher beer consumption. A predominantly female audience may consume more wine and wine coolers.
          3 Finalize the wedding reception itinerary, particularly the duration of pre-dinner cocktails and post-dinner dancing, and list the type of drinks you will serve during each portion of the reception. Some people prefer an open bar serving beer, wine and spirits throughout the entire reception, while others may choose to limit the types of drinks served. It is acceptable to limit pre-dinner cocktails to wine, champagne, punch or a special signature drink chosen by the bride and groom. While this may not change the amount of alcohol you must buy, it is crucial in determining how much of each type of beverage you must purchase. It is very common to serve only wine and champagne during the meal, with a full bar open for the post-dinner festivities.

        Determine Specific Beverage Needs

          4 Estimate roughly one drink per person for each hour that you plan on serving drinks at the reception. If you expect your wedding reception to last for four hours and you have invited 100 guests, estimate a total of 400 drinks.
          5 Use the ratio of beer, wine and spirits that you determined while reviewing the guest list to calculate the amount of each type of beverage. If you expect your guests to consume 400 drinks at the wedding reception in total, that translates to 200 beers, 120 glasses of wine and 80 cocktails using the standard 50/30/20 ratio.
          6 Calculate necessary champagne for toasting separately, using one 4 oz. glass per person. Many of the guests who are otherwise beer, wine or cocktail drinkers will sip the champagne during the toast to be polite, but will probably not consume the entire glass.

        Calculate Total Alcohol Needed

          7 Use standard per-drink consumption measures to determine the amount of alcohol you will need for your reception: 1 to 2 oz. of alcohol for each cocktail, 4 oz. for each glass of wine and 8 to 12 oz. for each beer, depending on the size of the glass, bottle or can.
          8 Calculate beer needs based on whether you want to serve beer on tap or in bottles or cans. For a total of 200 servings of beer, purchase a half keg for beer on tap or 33 cases of 12-pack bottles or cans.
          9 Calculate wine based on one 750 ml bottle providing roughly five glasses of wine. For 120 glasses of wine, purchase 24 bottles, which is the equivalent of two cases.
          10 Calculate spirits based on 1.5 oz. per drink to ensure a sufficient supply. Although a standard cocktail contains 1 oz. of alcohol, spillage and incorrect measurements may happen unless you have professionals tending bar. Since a standard 750 ml bottle will make 18 cocktails, you will need the equivalent of 4.5 bottles of liquor.
          11 Calculate champagne based on six glasses per bottle. For 100 flutes of champagne, purchase 17 750 ml bottles.