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Category Archives: Wedding

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.

Bahamas Honeymoon Resorts

Every travel agency has its own selection of Bahamas honeymoon packages, so it is worthwhile to shop around and find the one that reaches your highest expectations. Whether it’s snorkeling in the sea or sunning on the silvery sand, the memories forged by a Bahamas honeymoon will remain with you for a lifetime.

The balmy, tropical atmosphere invites you to relax and enjoy life. At just about any given time you will be surrounded by the clear, blue sea on one side, with another sea of flourishing green vegetation on the other. Nature trails and guided tours immerse you into our truly genuine habitat: the great outdoors.

There is as much to explore under the water as above. Scuba diving and snorkeling are very fun and enlightening ways to pass the time. Experienced instructors guide you through a pristine underwater environment where you can explore a coral reef or maybe a shipwreck. Meet face-to-face with amazing underwater (aliens?) life forms including, yes, sharks!

Fine dining is an essential ingredient to a Bahamas honeymoon package. Restaurants offering gourmet preparation of the freshest local seafood prevail on the islands. Often spicy and always flavorful, Bahamian cuisine combines elements from around the world. The resulting seafood dishes are unlike anything else.

For more upbeat entertainment, casinos and nightclubs are a common scene on the islands. If you and your loved one would like to party with the pack, be sure your Bahamas honeymoon package puts you near one of the more enlivened districts. If crowds are not your thing, don’t fret. Plenty of secluded Bahamas honeymoon resorts are set peacefully apart from the masses, diligently catering to that special romantic moment, every moment of the day.

About Island Honeymoon Destinations

There are just too many possible island honeymoon destinations around the world that a couple can choose to go. Most of them are popular tourist destinations lined with top-notch beach resorts, each of them will full fledge activities and services made just perfect for house guests.

For instanace, there is the warm Kauai Island of Hawaii, Turtle Island in Fiji, and Cheju Island in Korea, with each of these islands offering a blend of local culture and unique cuisine. Of course, there wil be two types of activities. Water-based activities and land-based activities which are common to most island honeymoon destinations.

Land-based activities include spa services, horseback tours, cave explorations, dolphin and whale watching, private chef preparation of local delicacies or other delicacies by special request or ultimately a romantic dinner by the beach.

Cheju Island, for example, offers a scenic waterfall tour, Chonjeyon, also known as the Niagara of Korea. There are also stunning views of Hallasan volcano, a snowcapped mountain in the center of the island and Hallasan, Korea’s tallest mountain – a popular site for picnics, afternoon hikes, or rides upon the island’s unique breed of horses.

On the other hand, water-based activities such as surfing, scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking are pure fun adventures. In fact, personal trainers or private lessons for these skilled activities are also available locally. However, nothing beats a romantic stroll along a beautiful serene beach, watching sunsets together with a glass of wine in each hand, cuddling up and watching the world pass by.

Holistic planning is a prerequisite for the ultimate island honeymoon. A good approach would be to utilize the internet as a source of information on resorts, tours and activities for your island honeymoon destination. This will allow you to make an informed choice on a good resort that matches your requirements, as well as have an idea of the activities that you can partake in during your holiday. Tourist guidebooks are also great and handy to learn about local culture and scenic spots that you can incorporate into your plan.

Most hotels on the islands offer island honeymoon packages to newlyweds, including wedding functions hosting. These packages usually offer memorable experiences where wedding couples are treated as king and queen during their stay!

Botaira Resort, located on Fiji Island, for instance, offers a truly interesting ‘Deserted Beach Escape’ where a hotel staff will drop you off by boat at a selected beach and pamper you with a feast of tropical culinary delights. The idea here is to provide a perfect day for a honeymoon couple, especially for those who enjoy private moments in a tropical island paradise.

About Family Law

No simple answer exists to this question: our intimate relationships have been affected by the industrialization of society, urbanization, continued changes in the traditional roles of the sexes and greater economic independence for women, a rise in the percentage of the population pursuing a college education, a lessening of social pressure against couples who cohabit, the recognition of legal rights for llegitimate children, a decreasing birth rate, improved birth control methods and a longer life expectancy. All these factors contribute to our alarming divorce rate.

Is it any wonder the state ( literally, the state you live in and as, generically, any form of government) must pass laws that affect our personal relationships as we struggle for answers?

You can take opposing views of the laws in our country. One argument is that they protect society and its members, but the flip side contends they are a means of oppression. The laws that impact our intimate relationships are not necessarily harmful or intrusive in and of themselves. However, forming a relationship without a working knowledge of these laws and without considering all the ramifications can lead to situations where the end result is both.

The state’s role in romantic relationships has often been justified by “public policy” interests. The term “public policy,” though vague, is used to justify laws or actions that would injure the public welfare or be contrary to public decency, sound policy and good morals.

Understanding the necessity of laws that impact on our personal relationships starts with the recognition that our society is not the first to regulate love and the law. The efforts of governments throughout history to control the couplings of its citizens illustrates why and how our own laws were created and why and how, inevitably, they will adapt as society changes.

The one form of marriage permitted under our laws is the only option for couples who want a legal relationship. Happily, the single status is only a temporary situation for most Americans. Few will stop looking for love, trust, companionship and sexual and emotional fulfillment with another person. However, couples wanting to remarry, parents with ready-made families, couples over 65 looking for companionship without legal complications, all seek answers from the same legal relationship.

Although divorce laws have undergone radical changes in our lifetimes, the marriage laws have remained relatively static. Unfortunately, because couples considering marriage have many different needs, it is not uncommon for the laws that govern marriage to conflict with these needs. Too often, couples learn too late that financial penalties come attached to the marriage license. Marriage may be the only means of forming a legal and financial relationship under the law but, for many, legal marriage simply implies that they must suffer penalties to legalize their relationship.

As traditional marriage has proven less and less capable of living up to its potential in our society, alternatives such as unmarried cohabitation have arisen. The increase in couples who choose to cohabit can be traced to the fact that the marriage laws are not meeting the needs of these citizens in forming their personal relationships. Although there are a variety of reasons why couples choose to “just live together,” financial disadvantages are a major factor.

If you are previously married and considering a remarriage, you know that the older bride or groom has different needs than the young couple entering a first marriage. The responsibilities and obligations from prior marriages, particularly when children are involved, cannot be ignored. Men and women over fifty who have minor children fight the same uphill battle as younger couples do in defining and fulfilling their obligations of visitation, custody, support, and inheritance. These problems create stress for the old family, as well as the new, upon remarriage.

Even without children, it is possible that obligations to former spouses can impact a new marriage. Older couples must consider the potential loss of private pensions, alimony, social security benefits or tax advantages because of a remarriage. Also important is the issue of inheritance of assets that may have taken a lifetime to accumulate. Older couples may want to limit their financial obligations to each other in the areas of support, medical costs, insurance, and pension benefits.

Titanium Rings

Titanium colored with this method will not chip, fade, or peel, and will remain biocompatible with human skin. It is important that shoppers find out how a ring is colored before buying it because some methods are not a reliable.

Black titanium rings can have other metal inlayed in its design. A black titanium ring with an inlay of white gold can be particularly stunning, but metals like platinum and yellow gold can also be used to great effect. Black titanium can be mixed with gray titanium to create a unique multicolored ring made purely of titanium. Black titanium rings can also have settings of diamonds or other precious stones.

Black titanium rings with inlays or settings can range in price from around $200 to over $1000. These rings can also be used as wedding or engagement rings for buyers looking for something unconventional yet beautiful.

Info of Fiji Honeymoon Vacations

You can expect breezy warm tropical weather in your Fiji honeymoon vacation with temperatures between 26°C and 31°C all year round. However, the best months to enjoy the soothing tropical weather would be March through November. During these times, the cooling wind which blows from the south-east softens in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. Occasionally, there may be periods of heavy rainfalls and cyclones, so be sure to consult your travel agent on the current weather status for your specific destination amongst the Fiji islands.

There are quite a number of Fiji honeymoon resorts that form great hot spots for honeymooners. For instance, the Yasawa Island Resort of Yasawa Island is a perfect resort for those who seek for a romantic honeymoon. Secluded at the end of its own beach and hidden from the rest of the resort, honeymooners here will only be exposed to the sound of the sea. With such tranquility, this spot is perfect for quiet and romantic walks along the beach just for the both of you. However, it is common for the beach to be lined with coral, so care must be taken not to walk barefoot.

Another renowned destination is the Turtle Island, a five-star resort which has been honored with the title, “Small Luxury Hotel of The World”, is located in the Yasawa Islands group. This resort caters specifically for couples and no children are allowed in except during specified family weeks between the months of July and December. This makes this resort an ideal haven for lovers and honeymooners. With fourteen private beaches available, couples can “book their own beach” for a day complete with picnic. This feature is one of the highlights of this resort apart from the other common beach activities that you can think of. These would comprise of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, island cruising, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, as well as visits to the famous Blue Lagoon Caves or even sunset cruising!

Finally, for those who love to be pampered, spas, massages and baths are also available in the various resorts of your Fiji Honeymoon. There resorts offer a variety of high quality spa services, yoga classes and professional massages, all of which caters to the preferences of the individual. Additionally, a variety of delicious local food, especially the famous succulent fresh seafood of the Fiji islands, is all within reach of food lovers!

Wedding Reception Party Favors

Edible Place Settings

How cool would it be for your guests to arrive at your wedding only to discover that their place cards are actually attached to candy bars featuring your married name along with the date of your wedding? You can even create a special message on the reverse side of the label. Plus, your guests are sure to enjoy having something to nibble on while waiting for the festivities to begin.

Candy Buffets

Traditional wedding receptions feature the bridal cake as the dessert, but, quite often, the guests are looking for additional sweets to satisfy their craving for sweet-tasting foods. This is especially true once the after-dinner coffee is served. A candy buffet offers the perfect solution, giving you the chance to indulge in a little chocolate perfection yourself with Hershey bars, Jordan almonds, and a variety of your favorite candies.

Decorative Elements

Floral displays and balloons are the traditional choices for decorative purposes for morning, day, and evening wedding receptions. Adding displays featuring customized candy wrappers and favor tins can add a nice touch of color as well as personality to your reception theme. From the whimsical messages and photos on color-coordinated candy wrappers to the Hershey nuggets and miniature candy bars, your wedding venue is filled with sweet messages of wedding bliss and sugary things to come.

For evening and formal weddings, you can include decorative displays featuring small stacks of candy with sophisticated wrappers throughout the wedding venue. For casual, morning, and afternoon weddings, you can display mini-stacks of candy covered in different colored wrappers, each of which offers a unique message to your guests. For every type of wedding venue, you can sweeten up your location with decorative jars or plates covered with piles of personalized candy bars and tiny nuggets of chocolate delights. Of course, wooden tea boxes filled with candy bars also add a nice touch of sugary fun to your wedding event.

About Wedding Shower Favors

The tradition of wedding showers began centuries ago in the Netherlands. The story tells of a Dutch girl who desired to be married, but she had no dowry that would enable her to be wed. Her family was poor and nothing had been put aside for her dowry. At that time, the European cultures perceived that women were of a lesser value than men, so it was a requirement for a girl’s family to provide money or other material things to equalize the support a husband would provide for his new wife. Frequently men would refuse to marry a girl if she failed to provide a dowry. The girl’s friends seeing her distress, pitched in and “showered” her with the many items needed to establish a household. Preserved foods, quilts, linens, cooking utensils and furniture were contributed so that her dowry was in order.

Although society no longer requires dowry’s from women, it’s still quite expensive to establish a new household, especially if the bride and groom haven’t been living on their own. The tradition continues through all cultures and for brides of all financial means. Wedding shower gifts continue to be primarily household items and linens. Brides also frequently receive beautiful lingerie intended to spice up many an evening with her new husband.

Wedding shower favors provide a means to say thank you to the guest for the gift given and for participating in the bride’s happiness. Like the favors given at the reception, the options for expressing gratitude remain endless. Tokens can be utilitarian or strictly whimsical. Wedding shower favors can reflect the theme of the gathering or be tailored to the individual guests. Wedding showers are typically celebrations with a smaller number of guests, so it can be affordable to provide more elaborate gifts like tea for one sets or spa gift certificates. Wedding shower favors can be common items that have been personalized or uniquely designed. Tokens of appreciation don’t have to be expensive, while the most cost effective gifts can also be the most creative.

Wedding Shower Checklist

Who should host the shower?

Traditionally the maid of honour tends to plan the shower party. But today, anything goes and it is perfectly acceptable for both family and friends to work together to organize, host and share the cost of the wedding shower. It doesn’t really matter who actually hosts the party as long as it is planned well in advance and normally in consultation with the bride. If the shower is planned to be in someone’s home, then it’s always a good idea to choose the person with the largest home or garden.

When to have your party

Because of the busy schedule the bride and her family will have in the lead up to her wedding, it is best to hold the shower about four to six weeks before the wedding. A growing trend is that more wedding showers are no longer a surprise and statistics show that 4 out of 5 brides are employed, therefore it is necessary to include the bride in the planning when it comes to setting a date and time. A traditional ‘girl-only’ party could be a Sunday brunch, a midweek lunch or an afternoon tea garden party.

Couples showers are best held on a weekend day or evening. The majority of people tend to work between 9-5 Monday-Friday, therefore a weekend is a safe bet in that most of the couples’ friends and relatives can attend. If you are having a shower party with work colleagues, then the ideal time would be in your lunch hour or straight after work.

Who to invite

Apart from your family members, the host should invite people you know well whether it be friends, relatives or work colleagues. You don’t want to invite too many people, as a large group tends to split off in small separate groups. You want everyone to interact with each other and be a manageable size for everybody to play the hilarious shower games and not feel left out. Taking all this into consideration, a comfortable shower should involve about 10-20 people.

You don’t necessarily need to buy expensive shower invitations. Another growing trend is that many brides are doing their wedding research on the Internet. The internet has opened up many ‘cheaper’ avenues and you can now get some great printable-wedding-shower-invitations. These invitations are customized with your own wording and design, and are printed directly from your own printer.

What’s your Theme?

As with the actual wedding, it is wise to choose a theme before sending out the invitations. The theme can then be used throughout the shower and incorporated in with the invitations, decorations, favors and refreshments.

There are literally dozens of topics for a shower party theme. The most popular is the ‘kitchen’ theme as there are endless pieces of equipment and accessories you can buy for the kitchen. The host knows the bride well and will surely fit a theme around either what the bride and groom need, or their lifestyle. For example if the happy couple are both into health and fitness, then a fitness theme could be an option.

One good idea for a couples shower is a wine tasting theme. This is ideal for a Saturday night party and I am sure the men will enjoy this one and easily get into the swing of things!

Food, Favors and Games

Food: It depends on the theme and location for which type of food to prepare. For example, if you are holding a ‘wine tasting theme’, then a finger buffet with crackers, nuts and other nibbles goes down well with wine. If you are holding a garden shower party, consider light finger food – cheeses, crackers, fresh fruit, mini-quiches, blueberry cream puffs, crab dip and a bacon, egg and cheese casserole and salads.

Favors: Some people choose not to give shower favors. It really depends on where you live and if it is a tradition in your area or not. If you do, you don’t have to go overboard with favors if you want to keep the expense down. Give something small and useful like a scented candle. Most people like scented candles and they are practical. A potpourri satchel is another welcome and practical idea.

Games: Everyone should be included in the shower games. Shower party games are a great ice-breaker for people to get to know each other. Games can include bridal shower bingo as this is always a big hit as is ‘what’s in the bag (memory game). Trivia questions about the bride and groom or making a wedding dress with toilet paper are all fun games to be had.