wedding day

  • Honeymoon Destinations ~ How do You Choose?

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    If you are planning a wedding you've probably been swimming in all the details that will make your wedding day super special -- but you are probably also thinking about what you will do once the wedding is over.  If you are like most couples, you are looking forward to your honeymoon almost as much as you are to your big day! Have you decided on a destination, are you struggling to choose between a few favorites or are you so overwhelmed with wedding details that you haven't even narrowed it down? On the Charming Chick blog today, we have some tips that may be able to help you choose your perfect honeymoon destination.

     

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    1. First Things First

    The best and first thing you should do is to sit down with your sweetie and make a list of all the places the two of you might like to go on your honeymoon. Are you looking for tropical sandy beaches, do you want to get lost in a big city, are you looking for a destination that holds great historical significance or would you like to travel to another country - passports in hand - and experience the sights sounds and flavors it has to offer?

     

    2. Consider Your Budget

    If you have a budget, as most brides and grooms do, you'll want to take that into consideration while planning your honeymoon. If you are paying for your wedding yourselves then you might decide to have a short and romantic weekend getaway, then opt for a more elaborate honeymoon a few months after your wedding. You'll want to consider travel lodging, meals, activities etc. as you are mapping out your budget.

     

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    3. Honeymoon Activities

    In addition to the destination you and your soon-to-be-spouse will also want to consider the types of activities you'd like to on your honeymoon. Knowing what activities the two of you would like to do on your romantic getaway can be very helpful to determine where you ultimately want to go. Once you do that you can check prices and even see what packages are available. Sometimes travel packages can include airfare, hotel accommodations, a meal or two and one or two activities and a reduced price. You can research online or speak with a travel agent for more information.

     

    Whatever you decide to do, it will be memorable. Take a chance. Go somewhere you've always dream of going, do things you've never done and just enjoy each other!!!

     

     

     

  • Something New and Blue Wedding Tradition

     


     

    You have probably heard the wedding poem:

     

    Something Old
    Something New 
    Something Borrowed
    Something Blue
    and a silver sixpence for her shoe. 

     

    It is a good luck saying that dates back to the Victoria Era. It was meant to bring items together to symbolize and ensure a long and happy marriage.

     

    Something Old ~ Is a link to family history and represents continuity. An heirloom piece of jewelry, old handkerchief, or some other meaningful token is given to a bride   - most often by a member of her family - to carry or wear on her wedding day.

     

    Something New ~ This represents good luck as the bride and groom embark on a new life together. Many brides count their wedding dress as their "something new" or it may be a gift she receives from her groom or other family member that she will wear on her wedding day.

     

    Something Borrowed ~ It is best if the item that is borrowed comes from a happily married woman. The item is used to represent that the brides family and friends will be there to help her celebrate this most special day. This item must be something that will eventually be returned after the wedding. It can be anything that the bride can wear or carry with her on her wedding day.

     

     

     

    Something Blue ~  Blue is used as a symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. Many brides these days have a lot of fun incorporating their something blue. It could be a gorgeous pair of bright blue shoes under a pristine white gown that peek out gently as she glides down the alter. Some brides wear a bit of blue on their garter, paint their fingers or toenails blue or wear jewelry that houses a blue gemstone of some kind.

     

    A Silver Sixpence for Her Shoe ~ This part of the tradition is not as common here in the States as it is in England. According to the Martha Stewart Weddings website, a sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It used to represent prosperity and finacial security for the new couple.

     

     

     

     

  • Wedding Day Planning~ Ring Warming Ceremony

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    Your wedding day is one of the most important and special events of your life. You'll spend many months - and countless hours - planning so you can rest assured that everything  will be just the way you've dreamed and hoped it would be. For many couples,  the guest list is one of the things on their wedding day to-do list, that they agonized over most.  You may narrow it down and bulk it back up to ensure all the people you love most will be there. With all of that thought and consideration that goes into to deciding who you want to share in your special day, wouldn’t it be wonderfully fitting to include those people in your ceremony?

     

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    A growing trend among many couples is to have a Ring Warming Ritual as part of the ceremony. This deeply meaningful, yet simple gesture, is a beautiful and unique compliment to your wedding day ceremony. During the service, your wedding rings are passed around to all of your guests. Each guest holds the rings briefly, while silently saying a blessing or wish for your union. This ritual is ideal for small  ceremonies and is an interactive way to include your guests in the service. They will all feel so cherished by your gesture to include each and every one of them.

     

     

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    If you are worried about your rings getting dropped or lost, consider placing the rings in a small bag or tie them together with fabric. In addition if you are having a larger ceremony - or if you just don’t like the idea of having everyone touching your rings - pass them just among your immediate family members. The passing can even take place during the vows, so that by the time you get to the ring exchange the rings will have made their way back to you.

     

     
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     Your wedding day is your special day, so make it fun, unique and choose to include things that represent your personalities and your love for one another!

     

    HAPPY PLANNING!!!

  • Wedding Planning ~ Dallas Wedding Vendors

     

    Are you newly engaged? Just started wedding planning? Looking for wedding vendors in the Dallas area that you can trust?

     

    You only get one wedding - and there are no do-overs - so you'll want to make sure you choose the right pros to capture all of the special moments and to ensure things run smoothly on your big day! Wedding planning involves pulling together an enormous amount of well thought out details -- and trusting that the logistics of those details to professionals who have your best interest at heart. At Charming Chick we know and understand this, which is why we have decided to make your decision easier by featuring 3 local Dallas vendors who you can rely on. We are confident that they will make every effort to make your day extra special!

     

    2nd Generation Video Productions -- Dallas  -- http://www.2gvp.com/

     

     

     

    Your wedding day will pass by in the blink of an eye. You will be filled with so much love, joy and excitement but it may be difficult to remember the details and you'll long to relive those moments once again. Hiring a highly skilled videographer will ensure that each loving glance, tender touch and unique moment will be documented forever. This  means that  you can share and enjoy your wedding day over and over with friends and family -- as well as your future children grandchildren, and  great-grandchildren.

     

    (Photo courtesy 2nd Generation Video)

     

     

    2nd Generation Video Productions is a family owned and operated video production company. They are recognized as one of the best in their field and have been selected Best of the Knot for the past 2 years. They were also awarded a Creative Excellence Award from their professional association. 2nd Generation is able to ensure the highest quality videos because they use only HD Cameras and can produce videos on either DVD or BluRay. They also use wireless mics to provide their clients with clear audio of the vows, readings, toasts and everything in between. Before hiring a videographer be sure to read Questions to Answer Before Selecting a Videographer and Choosing Your Video on 2nd Generation's blog. You'll also want to follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information.

     

    Another fantastic option that 2nd Generation offers their clients is the ability for friends and family to give the gift of a professionally produced top-notch wedding video. They have made it very easy by providing an online Video Bridal Registry. They provide a shopping cart and secure payment site where couples can register -- then friends and family can purchase gift cards towards the cost of the wedding video. They also provide flexible payment options to fit just about any wedding budget.

     

     

    (Photo courtesy 2nd Generation Video)

    "This business is a labor of love for our family.  We treat every couple as if they were our own children and strive to deliver a product that will become a treasured piece of family history.  We feel our work speaks for itself: feel free to view our samples at www.2gvp.com"

     

     

    Event Elements -- Dallas --  http://eventelements.com/blog/
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    When you are wedding planning it is especially smart to consider hiring a wedding planner. Your wedding is all about you and your husband-to-be. You'll want to celebrate and enjoy each other, your family and friends without having to worry if each and every detail is playing out just the way you planned. These wonderful professionals can certainly be a sanity saver but you really want to hire someone who you connect with, someone who really "gets" your vision and is especially attentive to details -- and your budget. An event planner can be involved just the day (or weekend) of, to ensure that things run smoothly and on time -- or they can be with you every step of the way as you plan and design the perfect day.

    We recommend that you contact Event Elements for your wedding planning needs. Kristyn Hall, owner of Event Elements  is professionally trained by The Dallas Wedding Planner Program. She provides very personal service and excellent attention to details. She is creative, innovative and works to make your big day especially unique and personal. She also has accounting and budget management experience, which means she can help you plan the wedding of your dreams and help you stay on track with your budget.

    Event Elements also won the 2011 Brides Choice Award from WeddingWire, so they are now in the top 5 percent of Wedding Pros nationwide. Whether you just need someone for the days leading up to your big day or a full-planner who can walk your through the entire process, Event Elements will design a package specifically to meet your needs. Follow them on Facebook and visit their blog for more information and to see gorgeous photos from weddings they have helped plan.

     

     

    Rhonda Robbins Photography -- Dallas -- http://rhondarobbins.typepad.com/   

     

    Selecting a great photographer will mean so much to you. After your" big" day has come and gone, you will pour over the pages of your wedding album time and time again to relive all of the love and joy you felt on your most wonderful day. With each click of their lens, a skilled photographer can capture all the warm  feelings, sweet moments and blissful fun that will occur on your wedding day and document it for a lifetime.

    Rhonda Robbins, of Rhonda Robbins Photography will capture all of your most special moments. She not only does an amazing job as a wedding photographer, she also does gorgeous engagement sessions, family photo shoots and more. She  is a true professional who listens to your needs. You will be delighted with the results!

    Contact Rhonda today to learn more about her photo packages. Also, be sure to follow her blog and look for her on Facebook. She has some amazing photos on both, so take some time to look around.

    Have Fun Planning Your Dallas Wedding!!!!!!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wedding Dos and Don'ts ~ for the Groom

      

    You found the woman of your dreams. You asked her to marry you. Now she wants to plan, plan, plan! Are you wondering how much or how little you should do. Maybe she seems to have everything all planned out - or at the very least - an idea about how she wants everything to go. Maybe she asks for your opinion on things but does what she wants to regardless of your input. On the other hand, your bride might be looking to you for answers regarding each and every detail and you honestly aren't sure - or don't care - what the napkins look like.

    Do have a heart to heart with your bride-to-be. Let her know what you are comfortable planning, and what you are not. Be specific. This will let her know that you aren't leaving all the planning to her.

    Do make a list of all the things you would like to have at your wedding - or things you would like to be in charge of. If finding the right DJ is high on your list, or you have a good sense of what foods would work best -- let your bride know. This doesn't mean you have to - or even should - make the decision alone. Instead, it means you do the foot work in finding the right vendors to meet with and then you can decide as a couple who can make your wedding dreams, a reality.

    Do voice your opinion. It is your special day as well. You might also like to request your own cake -- the groom's cake is a wonderful addition to any wedding.

    Do make sure you communicate regularly - and clearly - with your groomsmen. You are responsible for keeping tabs on your guys. Did each one get fitted for his tux? Do they know when all the pre-wedding activities are taking place? Have you come up with a wedding day check list so they know what their responsibilities are and where they will be the most help.

    Don't go out drinking the night before your wedding. Make sure your friends plan your bachelor party. The day of your wedding you want to be well rested and feeling your absolute best.

    Don't forget to keep the bride happy. This is and exciting and stressful time for you both, and if you make sure you are there for her every step of the way, she will love you and appreciate you even more than she already does.

    Don't be late. Whatever you do -- be on time for your wedding!

  • Your Perfect Gown ~ Wedding Dress Dos and Don'ts

    You've probably dreamed about the "perfect" wedding dress, your entire life. Sure, your dreams about your ideal dress have probably changed and evolved over the years. Trends come and go. Our taste and fashion sense also change, but one thing is sure to stay the same -- you want to look absolutely stunning on your wedding day!

     

     

    Now you are engaged and reality has set in -- and perhaps you are thinking "What on earth am I going to wear?" First of all, relax. Take a deep breath and follow these wedding dress dos and don'ts. No matter what dress you choose - on your special day - all eyes will be on you! No pressure right? Well, don't worry, you will look absolutely radiant -- and you will take your groom's breath away as soon as he lays his eyes upon you.

     

    Here are a few tips that will help you do just that.

     

    Wedding Dress Dos and Don'ts

     

     Shopping

     

    {Don't}

    *take too many people with you -- they can sway your decision or further complicate the process for you.

     *go to too many bridal salons or try on too many dresses

    .*let other people's opinions influence your decision -- you know what you look best and feel most comfortable wearing. Trust your gut!

    {DO}

     

    *your research ahead of time. Look through magazines and on-line to see which styles appeal most to you.

    *take people with you who you trust and those who have your best interest at heart. Overly opinionated people can have you second guessing yourself.

    *start the shopping process alone. This can help you get an idea of what YOU want before other people express their opinions.

    The Gown

     

    {Don't}

     

    *select a gown that you don't feel absolutely gorgeous in -- this is your day to shine!

    *choose a dress with a long train if you are getting married on the beach -- in other words, consider your venue.

    *worry if you fall in love with a dress that isn't modest enough for your venue. You can always have sleeves added or wear a stunning wrap during the ceremony. Let the bridal boutique know exactly what you need. They will have some helpful suggestions for you -- so you can have your cake and eat it too!

    {Do}

     

    *have fun with your bridal accessories. You can add in a little color, a little whimsy, or just add a little dazzle to your attire.

    *select a gown that best suits your body type. No matter your size, shape or height -- the perfect dress is out there just waiting for you.

    *have fun with your footwear. Some brides like to wear boots, sneakers, flip-flops, shoes covered in rhinestones, brightly colored heels and more. Step out in style!

  • Wedding Love Letter Ceremony


      Wedding Love Letter Ceremony Box Set 

    If you want to add something to your wedding that is special, deeply meaningful, and will serve as a constant reminder of your love and committment for years to come -- then a Wedding Love Letter Box, might be just what you have been searching for. It is used in a ceremony, which is performed either during your wedding, or sometimes at the reception. Couples who choose the Love Letter ceremony, do so because of it's very personal and romantic nature.  

      

     

     

      

    What is a Wedding Love Letter Ceremony? 

      

    Before the Wedding the bride and groom write love letters to one another. These letters lovingly express all of the things they adore about each other, and why they are choosing them - above all others - to spend the rest of their life with. The box set includes elegant stationary for the bride and groom to write their special messages. The letters are then placed in the envelopes and sealed. They are later exchanged during the Love Letter Ceremony -- but not opened at that time. 

      


    Wedding Love Letter Box can be Personalized
    with your names and Wedding Date
     

      

    Here is some sample wording for the Wedding Letter Ceremony, which I found on the Things Festive Wedding Blog: 

      

    Sample Wording for the Ceremony
     

      

     

     

    Officiant: _____ and _____ have chosen as a couple to perform a Love Letter ceremony.
    This box contains a bottle of wine (or whatever beverage), two glasses, and a love letter from each to the other.   The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry.   The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written.

      

    I recommend that you keep the box in a place of honor prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other. 

    Officiant: _____ and _____ should you ever find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships, you are to as a couple, open this box, sit and drink the wine (or other beverage) together, then separate and read the letters you wrote to one another when you were united as a couple in marriage.   By reading these love letters you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today. 

    The hope is, however, that you will never have a reason to open this box.   And if this is the case, you are to open this box to share and enjoy on your 5th wedding anniversary! 

    Officiant: _____ and _____, you may now lock the box.

      

     

     

    It is important for couples to display their Love Letter Box in a place where they will see it everyday. This is a constant reminder of their deep love and devotion to one another. During this time, if they ever hit a rough patch - or a time when they doubt their love for one another - they should open the box, share the wine (or beverage that is in the box) and finally open the letters. If the couple doesn't find that they need to open the letters sooner than the 5th anniversary is the traditional time to do. Of course, this is up to the couple and they can wait even longer if they wish.
     
     
     
    This Wedding Love Letter Ceremony Box Set includes:
    -Walnut Veneer Wine Box with Lock
    -1 Pair Wine Goblets
    -Exclusive Stationery for Bride and Groom
    -Example Ceremony Wording and Instructions
    -Feather quill charm different from photograph
     
    Wine Not Included. Can be personalized for a small fee.

  • Wedding Favors -- Show your Appreciation in Style

     

     

    Hugs and Kisses -- From Mr. and Mrs.
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    As you are planning your wedding, you may wonder,  "What are wedding favors for any way?" Well, simply put, they are a lovely way for you so say Thank You to all of your friends and family, who have taken the time to share in your special day. Some of these guests may have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles just to be with you on your wedding day. Your wedding guests will help to make your day memorable and fun! That's why you'll want to be sure to give them a gift that really let's them know how much you appreciate them.

     

     

     

    If you want to give a gift that will leave your guests with a lasting impression and remembrance of your day, the Meant to Bee Personalized Honey Jar Favor makes a memorable gift. Your guests are sure to love the rich gourmet clover honey and each time they enjoy it, they will be reminded of you and your special day. These adorable jars can be personalized with your names and wedding date, then they are topped of with white organza ribbon and a bronze honey bee charm.

     

     

    These Love Bird Salt and Pepper Shaker Favor Set make a unique and useful gift. Your guest will love receiving these sweet shakers, elegantly packages in a light-brown, matte-finish gift box which displays the shakers behind clear, plastic window; delicate line graphics of trees and a branch with two kissing lovebirds appear on the tag. The packaging it topped of with a beautiful chocolate satin bow. Your guests will appreciate the thought that you put  into selecting this fantastic favor.

     

    Give you guests a memento from your fairy tale wedding -- the Cinderella's Carriage Bookmark. This wedding favor is beautifully detailed and makes a unique gift that your guest will love. It measures 5 inches tall.

     

    Wedding favors are the finishing touch to your very special day! Wedding favors don't have to be expensive. It really is the thought that counts.

     

     

     

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