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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Choose Your Wedding Colors

If you are having bridesmaids, then choosing the bridesmaids dress is extremely important. One way to simplify choosing wedding colors is to visit a wedding boutique store with your bridesmaids. Choose a dress that looks good and everyone is comfortable in. This is very important, too often the bridesmaids end up in an uncomfortable dress that fits poorly. Now what you do is just ask the clerk what colors the dress comes in. You just eliminated all the colors the dress doesn’t come in. Once you decide on a color for their dresses, you can use this as a main color for your wedding.

When choosing your wedding colors think about the different colors that you like most. You may want to choose a main color and one or two accent colors for visual beauty. If you really don’t have a favorite color – or if it really isn’t suitable for a main wedding color, think about the season that you’re getting married in.

If you’re planning a spring or summer wedding go with pastels and lighter, brighter colors. For winter ceremonies you might want to consider darker tones like purples and burgundies. Or you can also use red and silver for more of a Christmas theme wedding. For a fall wedding, using yellows, oranges and even reds can provide a warm harvest-time feel.

But whatever, defintely don’t over-use black or extremely dark colors. Although it is perfectly all right – and even popular – to incorporate black into the wedding, over using it can make for a too somber, even funeral-like atmosphere rather than the joyfulness of a union of two hearts.

Once you have chosen a main wedding color, you can always use a color wheel, which artists use to accent colors in paintings. Using a wheel will help you choose another color or two that will compliment your main scheme.

No matter what you choose for your wedding colors, remember that this is a detail that will stick out the most with your guests. It will be the center and focal point of flowers, dresses and decorations. So, be sure when you choose a color, you choose carefully and be sure it is something that compliments your wedding party and the atmosphere that you want to set for your wedding.

Another idea to help in choosing wedding colors is thinking about what the colors represent. For instance, reds read as vibrant and energizing. Blue is cooler, more relaxing and offers a calming vibe. Greens are comforting, refreshing and tranquil, and yellows offer happiness and brightness, giving off an uplifting spirit.

Other possibilities to help you choose wedding colors are team colors (if you are a sports fan), colors that you saw used in a favorite movie or book, or maybe dominant colors from a time period that gives you that “loving feeling”. You don’t have to have a ‘wedding theme’ to have a ‘color scheme’. Be comfortable in the colors that you choose.

Tricks Customize Wedding

· Choose your music according to your tastes, not how it’s been done for years. If there are a lot of traditionalists in the audience, you may want to only have one song that is uniquely your song, while the rest are traditional songs. For example, the recessional at the very end is a great place to play “your song.”

· Instead of flowers, which are costly and short-lived, consider candles which can be as equally as beautiful but are cheaper and there will still be some life left in them after the wedding for your personal use.

· Incorporate important aspects of who you are into the ceremony and reception. If you are both into horses, why not ride off together into the sunset on horseback? If you are both into scuba-diving, why not have your ceremony at a beautiful resort overlooking the ocean?

· The bride’s bouquet does not have to be entirely made of flowers. It can also contain candles, a teddy bear, and even a tasteful urn of the ashes of a departed loved one who should be honored on this special day.

· A wedding cake is an expensive and very traditional piece of decoration. Perhaps there is some other appropriate item that can be used instead of a cake but with much more meaning. After all, who will miss it when it’s gone? You will have so many pictures of your wedding it will be hard to remember “oh, where’s the cake picture” even if you have one!

· The wedding dress… is probably something you don’t want to touch yet. Many traditions are valuable and the wedding dress is one of the primary symbols at a wedding that may not be welcomed so readily. If you’re really daring, though, go for it!

Wedding Vows

Traditional Vows Have Years of Meaning

There is history in traditional vows, and something moving about reciting the same vows as generations of men and women before you, promising a lifetime of love and commitment to each other. Many faiths have their own distinct version of the promises a couple makes to each other, and because they have been used for so long, they have depth of meaning already built in. Even if you decide to be very creative in writing your own vows, it would be wise to study traditional vows and consider what makes them so moving and incorporate some aspects of them into your own vows.

A Creative Expression of Commitment

Writing your own wedding vows allows you to be creative in the words you speak when promising your life to another. They allow you to create very personal and individualized expressions of marital commitment. Here are some ideas to help you put together the perfect wedding vows.

If you have any favorite love poems, stories, or songs, write down your favorite passages. Look through religious literature and select passages that are appropriate for your relationship or feelings. Consider how you really feel about this step in your life and about your soon-to-be spouse. After you’ve thought about all of this, begin writing it out on paper.

Wedding Gift Ideas

If you know the theme of the wedding, your shopping time could be cut in half. Simply choose a unique gift, they both will enjoy that concentrates around the theme.

If you don’t know the theme of the wedding, think about the couple. What is their couple “identity”? For example, if they take a trip together… Do they go camping, skiing, golfing, to the beach, to the mountains?

Another approach… what’s their entertainment style? What do they do in their free time? The concept is to come up with something you know they both love and then choose your gift to match the topic. Here’s a sample:

A friend of mine knew my husband and I had a small vacation home on one of the North Carolina beaches. She also knew that whenever we could get away, that’s where we went. For our wedding present, she gave us a book full of photographs and information on the North Carolina coast. Inside the book were two gift certificates, one for a day at the spa for me, and one for a massage for him.

It has been almost fourteen years and we still have the book and remember the gift.

If you want your gift to be as memorable as their wedding day, here are two gifts that will do the trick:

  1. Buy the bride and groom engraved keepsake boxes to safely place the special items they’re sure to accumulate as the day goes by. The boxes will safely and securely protect precious memories of the day they married for years to come. For something very special, as you’re choosing the boxes, go beyond the typical keepsake box. Specialize each box to depict the personality of it’s owner.
  2. Watercolor wedding paintings make a sentimental and unique gift. You give a gift certificate that allows the bride and groom to send in pictures from their wedding day that are used to do a watercolor painting. The couple will have a one of a kind painting of their favorite photo that keeps the memories alive for years to come.