One great thing about weddings is, there are so many ways you can celebrate them. Weddings are as wonderful as they are diverse, so you can even borrow from other cultures or ancient traditions. It’s your day, and no one has a say in the matter like no one else has.
Jumping the Broom
The broom has always been used to represent the strength that comes with unity and togetherness. Jumping the broom at the wedding is a tradition believed to be from Africa. The idea is you’re supposed to portray the start of a new life by sweeping away your old, single lives. It also a sign that you’re embarking on a new path and leaving behind your former worries and problems.
Jumping the broom is still practiced in some African countries today and an advantage is that you can always keep the broom as a design piece in their new home. The broom jumping can be done after the wedding ceremony on the way to the reception.
Something Old, Something New
Believed to have originated from Lancashire and dating back to the 1800s, the sixpence mentioned resides in the bride’s left shoe to show prosperity. So, if you’re the bride, that’s exactly what you’ll do. Doing that is also a way to ward off evil from your rejected suitors.
Something old is also expected to bring protection to your future baby. Something new represents enthusiasm for the new life you and your spouse will begin. Something borrowed was to be gotten from a woman in a long, happy marriage so it reflects on your marriage too. While something blue represents fidelity and loyalty, which are necessary for any marriage to succeed, includ8ng yours
Something old and new could both be jewelry-a necklace or bracelet. Something borrowed could still be jewelry too, or perhaps a veil. Something blue is usually a small blue ribbon sewn into the insides of your dress.
A tradition believed to have been started by the Ancient Romans, the rice you’ll be flinging all over the place is meant to signify showers of rain, which in turn denotes good fortune, prosperity and blessings for you and your spouse. It also represents fertility.
You can have the rice thrown as you exit the wedding ceremony or as you leave the reception on your way to your honeymoon.
Pick any out of these three that really appeals to you or find a way to incorporate them all into your marriage ceremony. Bringing tradition into your wedding ceremony is a great way to go out of the norm and make your wedding day special, meaningful and unique.
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Most times when people hear or read about destination weddings, cost is one of the things that they immediately place among the cons. But does a destination wedding really mean huge costs? We don’t think so and here’s why:
First of all, a destination wedding could be a great way to have all the events concerned with your wedding in one location. Your bridal shower, Bachelorette party, wedding ceremony, wedding reception and honeymoon. Most destination wedding locations offer an all-inclusive package that could even include flowers, music and the wedding cake!
This is a great way to avoid all the excessive coordination and phone calls/email reminders you’d have to do for each of those events separately.
You can also save on destination weddings by booking way ahead of time. If your wedding is on short notice however, destination weddings are also a great idea because most locations have everything already in place and also offer free planning. What’s more, a destination wedding can also help with your bogus guest list because you’d be more inclined to invite family and friends most important to you.
So, a recap of all you’ve just cut out of your personal wedding planning: Finding the right location for your bridal shower, a wedding location, a reception venue, a honeymoon location, a caterer, a flower vendor, the nightmarish logistics involved with a bogus guest list, the transportation plans for each of the events involved in your wedding, the accommodation plans you’d have to make if your events were at separate locations and on different days, etc. Like the destination wedding alternative already?
Now to more obvious savings. From airlines to hotels, most locations are always ready to bargain where groups are involved. Airlines are known to give huge discounts on group traveling even though they may not all be from the same location. Some resorts are even known to throw in a free wedding depending on the number of guests that book rooms together!
Don’t forget the aesthetics involved with destination weddings. Crystal blue waters, white sands or breath-taking mountain views depending on where you choose, you can take your time to choose a location you and your spouse love.
So, quality time to kick back and relax with those you cherish, less planning for you to do, huge savings and an amazing location which is sure to look great in all your wedding pictures, we can agree that what you do need, is a destination wedding.
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Wedding etiquette has changed a lot in the past couple of decades –but even so, there are many rules that should still be followed, precisely because they lie at the very foundation of wedding tradition and simply making sure nobody is offended at your Big Day.
For instance, do you know how to word your wedding invitations correctly?
If not, we have some tips for you – so read on to find out more.
- The classic invitation. Even if your invitations are designed in a more modern way, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to skip the traditional wording. A classic invitation starts with the names of the hosts (the parents of the bride and groom) and is followed by the names of the bride and groom themselves. Furthermore, the expression “the pleasure of your company” used in traditional invitations indicates that this will be a nonreligious event (while “honor” denotes that this will be a religious one).
- The semiformal. This type of invitation tends to skip the unnecessary information and the very formal formulations. However, it still provides answers to the classic questions: who, what, when, and where. Furthermore, if the parents are hosting the wedding, they can be mentioned in a semiformal invitation (of course!), and both the first and last name of each couple are included.
- If your main concern is having a wedding that feels unforgettable, rather than following into tradition, then you can totally opt for a casual invitation. One of the ways you can denote the casual tone of the invitation is by simply mentioning “and their families” after your name to let people know that the wedding is funded by your parents too.
- Very informal. If you want a very casual wedding (and perhaps a smaller one that feels more like a gathering of friends and relatives, rather than a formal event), your invitation should reflect that. For instance, you could use full conversational sentences when letting your guests know about the wedding details, and you could sign off in a sweet way, rather than any formal way.
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Traditionally, the groom sees the bride for the first time the moment she walks down the aisle. There are even superstitions that say there will be bad luck if the groom sees the bride before that!
For those of you who want to bypass tradition (and superstition), though, having a First Look wedding photo shooting before the ceremony is a really good option, as it can help you ease off the nerves, and it can lead to some pretty emotional and unique wedding photos too!
What are some of the most original ideas for a First Look photo shoot that’s really special? We have gathered them right below – keep reading and find out more.
- Use props. Balloons, paper fans, flowers, action toys of your favorite movie characters – you name it and you can include it in this moment. This is a good idea because it will help you incorporate your personality, your wedding theme, or just bits and pieces of the things you like into this special photo shooting. It can also help you ease off the nerves, as it will offer you something to hold and cling on to.
- Use humor. Are you a quirky couple? Want your First Look photos to be really fun and unique? Plan a funny surprise for your loved one by showing up dressed in your pyjamas or even a funny costume. The shock on their face and the laughter that will ensue will be priceless – and having this caught on camera will definitely make your wedding photo album more special!
- Include your bridal party. This is a really lovely way of making your bridesmaids and groomsmen feel special and to include them in this amazing moment. Call them in for the First Look and it will definitely lead to some pretty emotional moments!
- Make it musical. Want to create a really emotional First Look? Sing something before the groom sees you (or before you see the bride). It will make for such amazing, romantic, unforgettable memories and it will make your loved one feel SO special!
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There’s nothing quite as grand (and as stressful) as planning a wedding. There’s simply no way in the world anyone can ever say planning their wedding was a piece of cake – especially since there are oh-so-many things you have to keep in mind!
What are some of the mistakes you may want to avoid making?
We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.
• You think things should only be done one way. No, they don’t, especially not in 2019. You don’t have to wear a white dress and it doesn’t even have to be a dress per se (have you seen those designer pantsuits? They are stunning!). And no, you don’t have to wear your hair up – feel free to let it down, free as your soul and your dreams!
• You don’t think of your guests. These people are truly wonderful for having traveled so far for your wedding! They deserve to be treated like royalty, really. Think of their entertainment and comfort throughout the wedding. Think of how they will get to your wedding. And definitely take the time to greet each table – it can make such a huge difference in how they feel!
• You overdo it with the décor. If you want an ultra-over-the-top wedding, then so be it. But most trends these days point towards minimalism – and why wouldn’t you go for that? It’s cleaner, prettier, and easier to pull off in a balanced and tasteful way.
• You choose a “trendy” lip color. You can do this, yes. But take responsibility for it if you do it! Will you like it twenty years from now as you shuffle through your wedding photos? If you think there’s even the slightest doubt on this, then you might want to reconsider and choose a classic shade – like a nude, pink, or red, for example.
• You skimp out on your gifts. Show your bridesmaids and your groomsmen you really appreciate them – pamper them with something unique and pretty, something they don’t get every day. It can make SUCH a huge difference!
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