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Have you decided to write your own vows for your wedding? Struggling to come up with the right words? Don’t worry, I’ve got some great inspiration for you! You can either use the following vows word for word or add your personal touches to it, it’s up to you how romantic or humorous you want this love speech to be. I wish you the best!
For the Positive Dreamers
I believe in you, the person you will grow to be and the couple we will
be together. With my whole heart, I take you as my wife/husband, acknowledging
and accepting your faults and strengths, as you do mine.
I promise to be faithful and supportive and to always make our family’s love
and happiness my priority.
I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure
and in triumph.
I will dream with you, celebrate with you and walk beside you through whatever
our lives may bring.
You are my person — my love and my life, today and always.
For the Partners for Life
I promise to be your lover, companion and friend,
Your partner in parenthood,
Your ally in conflict,
Your greatest fan and your toughest adversary.
Your comrade in adventure,
Your student and your teacher,
Your consolation in disappointment,
Your accomplice in mischief.
This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things. all things
For the Hopeless Romantics
In your eyes, I have found my home.
In your heart, I have found my love.
In your soul, I have found my mate.
With you, I am whole, full, alive.
You make me laugh. You let me cry.
You are my breath, my every heartbeat.
I am yours.
You are mine.
Of this we are certain.
You are lodged in my heart.
The small key is lost.
You must stay there forever.
For the Realists
I promise to leave my apple cores and dirty butter knifes on the counter
I promise to overdraft the checking account
I promise to complain about the kitty litter
I vow to encourage us to try new and strange things
I vow to fill your ‘I love you’ Bank every day
I vow to never use a recipe when fixing dinner
I vow to be the best parts of me that fit perfectly with the best parts of you
Although I will be imperfect, I pledge to be sensitive and respectful of your unique talents, abilities and quirks
I pledge to lend you strength for all of your dreams
Through our union we can accomplish more than I could alone
I believe in you
For the Adventurers
I promise today to be your navigator, best friend, and wife; honor, love, and cherish you through all of life’s adventures. I swear to always and forever be your confidant and you mine. I vow to grow old with you and to keep the kid in you alive. I take you today to be my co-captain of team (insert groom’s last name).
Choosing the perfect wedding date is usually one of the very first things you need to decide on in wedding planning. When you imagine your perfect wedding are you seeing a ceremony filled with colorful Spring flowers or the soft sounds of waves crashing in the background of your intimate beach location? Perhaps you are thinking having a cozy Fall wedding or dreaming of a Winter Wonderland? That right there should narrow it down to what season you’re looking to celebrate in.
You may have to make some hard choices. If one of you really wants to get married on your anniversary, but it falls on a Friday, and the other really wants a Saturday evening wedding, you’re going to need to find a compromise. Each of you should rank what is most important to you. Perhaps there’s something else that one of you wants that you can trade for your choice of wedding date.
Dates to Avoid
Now before you think about the perfect date the last thing you want to do is have your wedding on Super Bowl Sunday, or on an important religious holiday. You want wedding guests to be happily present, not resentful or secretly listening to the big game. If your sister will be in the midst of college finals, or your parents will be in Aruba, that’s not a good wedding date. Don’t worry about too many people, only those who absolutely must be there. Here’s a great list of wedding dates to avoid so you won’t accidentally make a huge mistake.
Before Sending Save the Dates
If you really want your wedding ceremony at your church, or the reception at your town’s most beautiful hall, you’ll want to make sure they’re available before you start sending out Save the Dates. Most people won’t change their wedding date just because their favorite photographer isn’t available, but if that’s important to you, you’ll want to book him or her first before finalizing your wedding date. Not having the very best location or vendor won’t mean disaster, but their availability is at least something to consider.
Symbolismon the Date
How romantic would it be to marry on the date your eyes first met, on the date you officially became a couple, or on your grandparents’ anniversary? You may not be able to marry on the exact day you want; the venue you want may be booked or that special date could fall on a Monday — but you can probably get pretty close. Make sure you tell your guests about any significance of the timing in your ceremony programs!
If you’ve always wanted a Nutcracker wedding, or you’re hot for a heart-covered wedding cake, sounds like you’re a holiday wedding couple. If you’re Irish, opt for March, when everyone is already in the St. Patty’s Day spirit. Try a wedding party in pastels and an Easter egg hunt in March or April. Have a Fourth of July celebration with flags, barbecue, and fireworks. A plus: Some holidays fall on long weekends, which might make it easier for out-of-town guests to attend. On the flip side, some guests may not want their holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well. While it may seem really romantic to be married on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or your or your fiancé’s birthdays, many couples have reported that, after years of marriage, they have felt cheated out of a holiday and an anniversary by scheduling their wedding date on a major holiday.
If you and your fiancé work, and you want to have a honeymoon after your wedding, it is important to schedule your wedding date around a time that both of you can take enough time off work to have that honeymoon after your wedding. If you are a teacher, summers might be best. For tax accountants, spring is definitely out.
Let us know what your perfect wedding date is!
Are you looking for some inspirational quotes to display at your wedding? Perhaps you are looking to write your own vows or have an inspiring greeting to your guests, either way these beautiful quotes and sayings will be a grand way of remembering your special day.
This day I will marry my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love ~ Author Unknown ~
Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage.~Finnish Proverb~
“Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length.” ~Fawn Weaver~
“My first thoughts after waking are – and always have been – of you.” ~ Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding~
You make me happier than I ever thought I could be and if you let me I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way.~Friends~
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You’ve picked out the perfect wedding dress, the shoes fit just right and your jewelry is just waiting for its time to shine, but have you thought about the walk down the aisle? It’s your time to shine and I want to help you make that walk the most beautiful part of your wedding (aka no falling). So here are a few tips that will have you prepared and ready for that special moment.
Long Train? No Problem!
Select a dress that bustles the train up and out of the way so you can walk safely and elegantly in your wedding gown during your reception. Many dresses have detachable trains so this would not be an issue. Just make sure you can still move around comfortably if the length of the skirt meets the floor.
Practice Makes Perfect!
Take a practice “run” for your big walk a few times before your wedding. Wear the dress with your shoes and practice walking on carpet, tile, wood, any surface in your home. Take smaller steps than usual and walk slowly. If your wedding day shoes slip on carpet or certain indoor surfaces, scuff up the bottoms with sandpaper – this will help you out on your big day and prevent falling. The more you walk in your heels, the less likely you will be to get blisters or fall on your wedding day.
Standing up straight will give you better balance for your walk and a better silhouette in your dress. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed, and imagine a string attached to your belly button that runs up through your head and to the ceiling. This will keep you relaxed, upright, and looking beautiful. Practice your walk enough so you can look as comfortable and natural as possible.
If you have done all you can to prepare, then all you can do is take a deep breath and enjoy your day. Don’t be too conscious about walking perfectly or standing straight. You’ll probably end up looking too stiff or artificial and we don’t want that! A beautiful bride is a natural one so do all your stressing, fussing and practicing before the wedding day so that walking in your gown becomes second nature on your big day.
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So you know who the bride/groom will be, you know who will be invited and you’re pretty certain about the venue. So what’s next? Deciding what type of wedding ceremony you will host. Are you dreaming of a white wedding, church-aisle, blessings of a priest type of ordeal? Or does an intimate get-together on the beach sound more like your style?
Civil Wedding Ceremony
A civil wedding ceremony is one in which a Justice of the Peace, a judge, or a ‘Marriage Commissionaire’ is hired to marry you, outside of a church. These people are appointed by the state (or in Canada, the province). They will have some scripts you can choose from to say your vows.
Even though this sounds cold and impersonal, a civil wedding ceremony can be large and formal, or small; indoors or out – and every bit as romantic and elegant as a religious wedding ceremony.
Non-traditional Wedding Ceremony
A non-traditional wedding ceremony is similar to a civil one, but may have religious overtones if you as a couple, or one of you, is a member of a ‘non-traditional’ religion. You may have an officiate recognized by your organization who is qualified to marry you, and your wedding ceremony may contain some religious elements. A non-traditional wedding ceremony gives you the most leeway to ‘do your own thing’ at your wedding – you can be as creative as your imaginations will allow!
By far the most common of the wedding ceremonies, a religious wedding ceremony, is still really popular. It becomes a ‘problem’ only if you and your intended are of different faiths, but many churches are working together now to help inter-faith couples marry. Depending on your chosen church, it’s even possible to have two officiates marry you at the same time.The best thing to do is to check with your minister, priest or rabbi and find out what the options are, and then discuss it. You may need to work on one of your first compromises – picking the best of both worlds to create something truly unique to you.
Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony
A traditional church wedding is still the dream for many brides-to-be but if this isn’t your first marriage it can be tricky to find a church that will perform the whole ceremony. Most will allow you a blessing instead though, so you still get that walking down the aisle moment, the hymns and a religious service.
Military Wedding Ceremony
If you or your partner is in the military (or retired after serving), you may be entitled to a full military wedding ceremony. This ceremony often takes place in the military chapel, but can sometimes be arranged for outdoors or elsewhere, too. The military person will dress in appropriate uniform (whites in the summer, dark for winter). Officers will sometimes carry a sword, and an ‘arch of swords’ is sometimes formed for the new couple to walk through on their exit.
So what type of wedding ceremony will you be having?
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If your pet is a part of your family it is not so out of the question that they would also be a part of your wedding. It is becoming more and more common to have the family dog serve as ring bearer. So with that being said, we’re going to make it easier for you! Now available are our Dog Wings Ring Holder that allows your furry friend to carry the ring pillow with ease. Simply place the elastic leg bands around your pet’s legs, put the rings through the satin ribbon and let your ring bearer do the rest! Your guests will melt in awe at how adorable your four-legged ring bearer looks as they walk down the aisle.
Some wedding traditions go way, way, way back others, like the lighting of the Unity Candle, is only 40 years old. The lighting of the Unity Candle is more of an American tradition and symbolizes the “union” of two families and/or two individuals. Some trace the popularity of the Unity Candle to a famous wedding that took place on the soap opera General Hospital in the early 80′s. When “Luke & Laura” finally tied the knot and had a Unity Candle at their fictional wedding, Unity Candle Ceremonies suddenly became popular in the U.S.
Here is a sample of Unity Candle Vows:
Unity Candle Ceremony
“___________________ and ________________ the two lighted candies symbolize your separate lives, your separate families and your separate sets of friends. I ask that you each take one candle and that together you light the center candle. The individual candies represent your individual lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one.”
If Children Are Involved
“The lighting of the center candle represents not only the union of ____________ and ___________ in marriage, but the unity formed in this new family in which your lives will now shine as one family.
Moments of Elegance has a nice selection of Unity Candles to choose from and they range in prices from as low as $20 to $84.99.
Queen Anne Red Swarovski Crystal Unity Candle and Taper Set($64) – This heirloom quality paraffin unity candles are hand made in an oval shape with red and Queen Anne flowers, Swarovski crystals and shimmering faux pearls. They add sophisticated beauty and sparkle to any wedding or event. Personalization is the two first names of the bride and groom, the first initial of the groom’s last name and the numerical wedding date. Comes wrapped in cello and tied with a red/burgundy ribbon. Pillar measures 3″x9″. Hand decorated tapers are 12″.
Single Unity Candle ($39.99) — Hand printed, hand polished, heirloom quality unity candle. Choose candle image, white or ivory candles, silver or gold band, and black, gold or silver ink. Includes one 3″ x 9″ unity candle.
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Dazzle your guests when you personalize your special day with fun and whimsical reception decor, reception accessories, and centerpieces. The perfect wedding is in the details.
Here are some easy tips to add that extra special “touch” to your wedding:
- Think outside the box — yes, flowers and candles are lovely accents to any wedding, but how about going that extra mile and use Wedding Sparklers or Willow Tree Lights Tips Branches?
- Think like a wedding planner — use your creativity, have fun, look to not only wedding mags for inspiration, but design and fashion mags too. You can also go for fun details like Custom Vinyl Wall Monograms or Personalized Wedding Ceremony & Reception Signs.
- Think Drama & Sparkle – make your wedding sparkle with Swarovski Crystals or Dazzle Swarovski Monogram Cake Topper.
For more unique and beautiful reception decorations, visit Moments of Elegance Reception Decor Catalogue.
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Everybody knows that the wedding is the bride’s special day. It is and we would never argue that point. Ever. But it is also about the friends and family that you have asked to share in your special day. We all have those wedding nightmare stories — cash bar, not enough food, or bad music. The last thing you’d want is your guests to have a bad time at YOUR wedding. Right?
1) Cash bar — nope your guests aren’t coming to your wedding to get hammered. (Okay, maybe your drunk uncle Fred). At the same time asking your guests to pay for drinks its just not done. To save money on drinks you can go with beer, wine and a signature drink. If you do go the cash bar route, be sure to let your guests know, so they can bring cash.
2) Not enough food — it does happen, it can happen, but don’t let this happen at your wedding. A good catering manager should always build in “extra” plates just in case. So make sure that you discuss this with yours.
3) Bad music –you may think it is a great idea to save some money by hiring your co-workers cousin who wants to Dee Jay on the weekend. But honestly you know what can clear a dance floor faster and send your guests running for the door? A bad Dee Jay or band. You want your guests to kick up their heels and have fun.
Check out Shine from YAHOO! for The 7 Biggest Fattest Wedding Complaints. Do you have any wedding complaints? Pet Peeves? Or wedding horror stories? You do? Great! Post a comment below.
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Let’s face it. There is a bit of a Bridezilla lurking in all of us. It’s a big day. It’s your big day and you want it to be perfect. You have thought over every detail in your mind over and over and over. If you want to know if you are a Bridezilla, they check out Blushing Bridezilla.com. The site features their Are You a Bridezilla Quiz, where you can answer questions like:
Your Maid of Honor gets pregnant 8 months before your wedding. You…
- Relieve her of her Duties. You need a Maid of Honor who can actually party at the bachelorette party and the bridesmaid dress won’t fit her now anyway.
- Change your entire color scheme to match her most comfortable maternity moo moo.
- Schedule her a dress fitting for 2 days before the wedding and call your caterer to order a supply of sparkling cider.
The Bride-0-Spherefeatures pics and stories from other brides. These ladies look like perfectly sweet brides, they must just have a touch of zilla in ‘em. And you can even submit your own Bridezilla Tale. This one is priceless:
My husband and I own a Bed & Breakfast overlooking a lake and we often host weddings on site. Last summer we had this Bride who was furious because there were no sailboats out on the lake that day. She complained that – all of the photos on our brochures and website had sailboats in the background, so why wouldn’t there be any out there on this, most important of days? She accused us of deceiving her and told us we ruined her wedding photos now that she didn’t have her picture perfect setting. Worst of all was the fact that, after explaining to her that we don’t actually own any sailboats and therefore have no control when they’re on the lake, she replied by saying: “Better start calling your neighbors!” — Gloria
Lot’s of fun stuff like all the info on bridal gowns, wedding favors, bridal registry, wedding cakes, flower decorations, engagement rings to check out, whether your the bride or in the bridal party. Today’s post is about Pastel Wedding Gowns. Who knew white weddings were a thing of the past? So have fun embrace your inner Blushing Bridezilla.