weddings in the united states

  • Brides: Will You ChooseTraditional or Trendy?

    Here Comes the Bride

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    After you choose your wedding dress, you'll probably start thinking about what accessories will look best with your gorgeous gown. Many brides select very traditional pieces, but what if you want to showcase more of your own personality and style? Well then my dear, then go in search of accessories that speak to your fashion soul. Go with your gut and wear what love.
    The Dress
    Before we talk about the jazzy accessories you might like to select, you might want to decide on your dress. Would you like it to be more traditional, or a little out of the ordinary. You can always play around with adding colorful embellishments, going with vintage, raising the hemline and much more. Be sure that you select a gown you LOVE and makes you feel like a bride.
    The Shoes
    Bridal shoes generally peek out only slightly from the bottom of the wedding gown. More and more brides are having a lot of fun by putting their personal flare and funky style into their bridal shoe selection. At weddings today, you are likely to find glittery sneakers or pumps, brightly colored heels or ballet flats, beautifully embellished cowboy boots, and much more!
    The Accessories
    Bridal jewelry and other wedding accessories are another way that brides can really show off their personal style. Bold necklaces are very popular for brides who choose a strapless gown. However, some of these brides choose to forgo neck adornment and instead go for a striking pair of drop earrings. Many brides today are also losing the veil and instead selecting beautifully ornate hair pieces, or using a blusher.
    There are so many ways that brides can showcase their personal style. Brides, don't go with what you think people expect you to have or wear, instead choose what makes you (and your groom) happy. When all is said and done YOU will be left with those wonderful memories of how perfectly authentic your big day was.
  • Bridal Shower ~ Unique Ideas for the Bride-to-Be

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    Have you been selected by a friend or family member to be her maid-of-honor or bridesmaid? It is a great honor to be asked to be part of a wedding party and there are some very important responsibilities that come along with the title. One of these is planning and participating in the bridal shower. A bridal shower is a gift-giving party that is held in anticipation of a bride's upcoming wedding. You have probably been to a few bridal showers but if this is your first time hosting or co-hosting this type of celebration you may have some questions. Maybe you are looking to make this party as special and unique as the bride to be is. We have searched the web to find some of our top picks for making a bridal shower fun for the bride and the guests!!!

     

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    Unique Food and Drink

    Having fun food and drink on hand can really set the mood for a fun bridal shower! You don't have to spend a lot to wow the bride and her guests. Just take a look around on Pinterest and you'll find all sorts of fun and simple ideas for an eye-catching spread. The Popsicle and wine combination above would be just perfect for a warm summer day. Having a lot of finger food on hand is a great idea and gives everyone a nice selection to pick from. Mini sandwiches, veggies, cheeses, dips, things that aren't too messy and are easy to eat in one or two bites are ideal.

     

     

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    Unique Cake

    Another fun way to make the bridal shower you are planning unique and special is to get a creative cake. The cake pictured above is really elegant and fun. You can also choose to put the bride-to-be's new monogram on the cake or make or order finely decorated cupcakes. Anything that reflects the bride's personality and style can be very special and meaningful as well. Choose something funky, quirky, classic or modern. A cake that makes a statement will be remembered and appreciated.

     

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    Unique Bridal Shower Games

     

    Oh the games! They are either looked forward to or feared. You must first take into consideration the crowd that will be at the party. If it is a general mix of friends, family and family friends then tame games such a bridal bingo, who knows the bride best or guess what's missing from the recipe can be just perfect. A great website that has TONS of games for any crowd is Bridal-Shower-Games.com. Select a few, pick up some cute party favors and let the games begin!


    No matter what you decide to do, the bride is sure to appreciate all of the thought and care that you took in planning and preparing for this fun party! Look for an upcoming post about gift ideas for  the bride-to-be. For even more bridal shower fun and inspiration, check out our Bridal Shower Fun!!! board on Pinterest.

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

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