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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Ever wonder how this tradition came about? Where it was started? What does each item represent? Below is an article that I found this morning as I was doing my morning internet browsind.

Each item represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. "Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."

Red Theme Wedding

Everyone has a favorite color. Some of us have more than one. Well, my favorite color is RED. Red is bold, vibrant, it's an attention getter and it happens to be one of my sorority colors. Ever since I was little, I've always liked the color RED. It would've been my wedding color, but my husband wanted something different. So we settled on Burnt Orange. Today as I was browsing the Internet, I ran across some Red Theme wedding pictures that I thought would be nice to share.





What To Look For In A Wedding Planner

Are you looking for a wedding planner and really don't know what you're looking for? Here is an article, courtesy of Chicago Wedding Caterer, that will help you out:

Choosing to use a wedding planner can be a great way to take some of the stress out of getting ready for the big day. Picking the wrong planner, however, can quickly become a disaster in the making. There are things to look for to ensure the best.Since it's likely you will turn the decision making over to the planner, it is important to find one that is:
Knowledgeable. If event planning were a specialty that required bachelor's degree certification, wedding planning would need a doctorate's. A good planner is knowledgeable about putting together every detail of a wedding from the invitations down to the birdseed that's thrown on a couple's way out the door. They will cover almost everything.

Area savvy. A good wedding planner will know where to go to find exactly what a couple is looking for in just about everything. They can suggest the best printers, bakeries, restaurants, clubs and even florists within a geographical region. They will have at their disposal personal knowledge about these providers and will be able to suggest based on special requests, budgets and even theme requirements.Willing to listen.

A good wedding planner listens to a couple's requests and then decides or suggests based on them. The best wedding planners do not take over the show or make the big day "their" creation unless you want them to. They know when to ask questions, what questions to ask and when to steer clear of deciding. They should be as involved or as hands-off as a couplewishes.

Comes highly recommended. This is key in finding the best wedding planner. If a planner doesn't have satisfied former clients and a fair amount of experience, the person might not have the ability to handle all the details from the start to the ceremony. Be wary of those who come without references.

Willing to take on as much or as little as asked. Some couples ask wedding planners to handle every step in the process, from picking out the music to booking the reception hall. Other couples want their planners to perform a few major details. Good planners, however, can ride herd over as many or as few of the details as you want them to handle.

A person you can work with. If you and your intended are not comfortable with the person, go elsewhere. It is likely you will have to work closely with the wedding planner in the months, weeks and especially days leading up to the ceremony. If the person doesn't "click," do not sign a contract!If you do decide to go with a wedding planner to help you prepare for your big day, make sure to check into their background. Make sure they have the listening skills necessary to carry out your wishes and the organizational skills demanded to pull off a big event. When you choose the right planner, he or she will be able to take your "dream wedding" and make it a reality.

Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas

Reception lighting always add a nice touch to the Reception Venue. "Lighting creates a mood," says event designer Preston Bailey, and when it's done well, lighting can make everything -- including your flowers, cake, and guests -- look better. Here are some reception lighting ideas.







Off The Cuff

As I was perusing the Internet this morning I ran across these Beautiful Cuff Bracelets on http://www.brides.com/. Your wrist will definitely arrest attention in one of these beautiful bracelets.












Reception Centerpieces

Centerpieces always add a nice touch to a reception venue. But you have to make sure you don't over do it and crowd your space. Below are photos of centerpieces that I found on The Knot's website, www.theknot.com, that I thought were very unique and tasteful.

Pink floating orchids topped with a bouquet of yellow, orange, green, and red daisies and carnations.


Tall cylinders with white orchids submerged in water and tiny vases with white hydrangeas on either side.

Fresh cut Tulips in a glass vase

Tight grouping of calla lilies shooting out of a tall glass vase, surrounded by smaller vases of phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids.

What is the True Meaning Behind Jumping The Broom?

Jumping the Broom is often practiced at African-American weddings; however, throughout the years the meaning behind jumping the broom has been misconstrued. As I was browsing the Internet, I found this great African-American Wedding website, http://www.african-weddings.com/ that explains the meaning behind jumping the broom.

"Jumping the Broom" is a symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new, or a symbol of new beginnings.

Jumping the broom has become one of the most popular African traditions at weddings-traditional and African-centered. History tells us that the ancestral roots of this ritual began deep in the heart of Africa. It's original purpose and significance has been lost over the years because of the association with slavery.
This broom ceremony represents the joining of two families, it's showing respect and pays homage to those who came before us and paved the way. Therefore it should be practiced with honor for your ancestors and the beauty of our rich heritage. During the slave "transitions" we were not allowed to practice many of the traditional rituals of our past therefore, much of our heritage was lost during this time. However, a few were considered harmless and allowed. Today "Broom Jumping" is a ritual, handed down from generation to generation to remind us of a time when our vows were not legally sanctioned. During slavery, our ancestors sought the legitimacy of marriage by jumping over the broom and into the bonds of domesticity. For our ancestors, this small ritual was a legal and bonding act connecting them with the heritage of the home land and giving legitimacy,dignity and strength to their unions. In there eyes this union was now sanctioned by "the almighty" It is said that broom jumping comes from an African Tribal Marriage Ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple's new home together, I have also heard it said that the spray of the broom represents all of us scattered and the handle represents the almighty who holds us together...... You decide Today's ceremony can be performed at the wedding, after the minister pronounces the couple man and wife or at the reception, just after the bridal party enters the reception area. Should you decide to incorporate this wonderful tradition in you wedding remember to do it with the honor and dignity it represents.

The History of The Engagement Ring

Have you ever wondered why engagement rings are worn and not engagement necklaces or bracelets? Today as I was perusing the internet, I found the following information on the Wedding Gazette's website at http://www.weddinggazette.com/

The engagement ring of today also has its own varied and interesting history, some of which is explored below. Engagement rings have been known by many different names, have symbolised a variety of different things and have not always been made of precious metals and stunning gems!

Greeks
The ancient Greeks are thought to have been the forerunners in the rising of the traditional engagement ring. Given as a token of care and affection, the rings used by the Greeks were known as betrothal rings and were given before marriage. However, the giving of these rings was not always a pre-requisite to marriage and was often given in the same way as a friendship ring might be given today.

Romans
As seen by their use of the wedding ring, ancient Romans weren't the most sentimental of people, and the early version of their "engagement ring" were thought to have carved keys on them. It has been debated that this could have been to symbolise the woman's right to access and own half of everything following marriage. However, the more sentimental like to think that the key may have been a key to her husband's heart.

Royalty and the Affluent
Engagement rings as we know them today - stunning gems encased in precious metals - became popular in around the fourteenth or fifteenth century, when the affluent and the royals began to exchange and wear these jewels. However, these items were so expensive that nobody other than the royals and the rich could afford to exchange them. It was to be many centuries before these engagement rings would become more popular or traditional.
Why a ring?
The purpose of engagement rings and wedding bands is to convey deep emotions of eternal love, eternal happiness, eternal commitment, and eternal togetherness. In fact, these rings signify eternity - between the giver and the recipient. A ring, of course, is a complete circle with no break and no end or beginning, which means that it just goes on and on - it is eternal.
And, since folklore has it that the fourth finger of the left hand has a vein leading directly to the heart, it is only natural that both engagement and wedding rings would be worn on this particular finger, which was once reputed to be a direct route to the heart.

Summary
In short, it is clear that the giving of a ring in honor of a union, betrothal, and marriage has been going on since ancient times, and although it may not always have been as glamorous and romantic as it is today, it was still a way of exchanging a contract of betrothal or marriage.
Thankfully, today's wedding bands and engagement rings are not made of hair, grass, plants or twine as they may have been in ancient times, but of beautiful metals set with stunning gems, such as platinum, titanium, white gold, gold, sapphires, diamonds, rubies and emeralds. These incredible items of jewelry are likely to remain as popular as ever as the centuries go by, and even as the rest of the world advances in to a futuristic and technological age, it's hard to imagine a day where a beautiful diamond engagement ring doesn't melt the heart of its recipient.

This Origin of The Wedding Cake

Ever wonder where The Wedding Cake was originated?



The origin of the wedding cake can be traced as far back as the roman empire, when icing was not even invented. A loaf of barley bread was baked for the ceremony. The groom would then eat some of the bread and break the remaining piece over the bride's head!
In medieval England, the cake described in accounts were not cakes in the conventional sense. They were described as flour-based sweet foods as opposed to the description of breads which were just flour-based foods without sweetening. The presence of the cake was included in many celebratory feasts. However, there are no accounts of a special type of cake appearing wedding ceremonies. There are tales of a custom involving stacking small sweet buns in a large pile in front of the newlyweds. The couple would then attempt to kiss over this pile, with success being a sign of many children in the couple's future.
In the early 19th century, a popular dish being served was bride's pie. First appearing in the mid-17th century, it was a pie filled with sweet breads, a mince pie, or by some accounts, just a simple mutton pie. The main ingredient was a glass ring. An old adage claims that the lady who finds this ring will be the next to wed. Though bride's pies were not a fixture at weddings, there were accounts of these pies being the main centerpiece at less affluent ceremonies.
In the late 19th century, the wedding cake became popular, ousting the bride's pie from popular culture. The cakes were originally given the title "bride cakes" to emphasize that the focal point of the wedding was the bride (Many other objects were prefixed with the word "bride" such as the bride bed, bridegroom and bridesmaid. All these terms have altered or disappeared with the exception of bridesmaid.) The early cakes were simple single-tiered cakes, usually a plum cake, but variations were recorded. It was a while before the first multi-tiered cake appeared that the wedding cake started to resemble today's modern ideal.


The Wedding Sand Ceremony

The Wedding Sand Ceremony, a celebration that is usually two to three minutes in length, is a meaningful joining of two lives. In this timeless ritual of marriage, the couple ceremoniously pours various colors of sand from a container, such as a seashell, into one special container symbolizing their coming together as one. This trend is starting to replace the Unity Candle Ceremony. Below are some pictures of Wedding Sand Ceremony Sets. They can be purchased from various wedding sites such as www.idotaketwo.com, www.foreverwedstore.com, or you can go to your favorite craft store such as Michael's or A.C. Moore.






Day of Coordinator Service

On Saturday, September 27, 2008, I had the pleasure of serving as my cousin's Day of Coordinator for her wedding. I truly enjoyed assisting with this wedding. The wedding colors were Light Green, Ivory and Silver, and all decorations were created by Laura and her sister Cherly. These two young women have a knack for putting together exquisite flower arrangements and centerpieces. The wedding reception was hosted at The Brittany Reception Hall, a hidden treasure in Reisterstown, Maryland. Below are some pictures for your viewing:

The Browns


The Reception Head Table


Wedding Cake (Woodlea Bakery)


The Reception Site

The Origin of Bridal Showers

Have you ever wondered how did bridal showers get their start? Or who even thought about planning a bridal shower?.....
A bridal shower is a gift giving party given for a bride before her wedding. The custom originated in the United States, although the first stories about these events have been known to originate in Brussels, Belgium around 1860. It remains a primarily U.S. and Canadian practice. Showers are usually coordinated by the bridesmaids, who invite guests to offer gifts for the home of the bride and groom. The custom of the bridal shower is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practices when a poor woman's family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. In such situations, friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice. A frequently quoted legend traces the origin of this practice to sixteenth or seventeenth century the Netherlands. However there are also parallels with many dowry practices and the U.S. Colonial or hope chest (trousseau) custom. In the United States bridal showers started in urban areas in the 1890s, mainly among the upper middle classes. By the 1930s bridal showers had spread to rural America. The earliest use of this sense of the word in print may be in the Grand Rapids Michigan Evening Press 22 June 4, 1904: "The ‘shower parties’ that through mistaken hospitality the wedded couple are forced to attend..." And may derive from the custom in Victorian times for the presents to be put inside a parasol, which when opened would "shower" the bride-to-be with gifts.
Bridal Showers have since grown to become more elaborate affairs. Instead of hosting a shower at the maid of honor/matron of honor home, many bridal shower hostess are renting facilities to host the shower. Below is the Tiffany Blue Bridal Shower Tea that my mother and sister hosted for me at the Wickham Mansion. (Of Course they are partners with The Sophisticated Affair.) All of the women were asked to wear hats and come in their Tea Attire and the food was catered by New Psalmist Baptist Church Caterers. This was definitely a Sophisticated Affair!

The Surprised Bride!!


Tiffany Blue Decorations and Tiffany Blue Gift Box Favors

The Mother-of-the-Bride and Bride-To-Be.


Me and one of my Maids-of-Honor.


My Sister, my other Maid-of-Honor, and Me


The Tiffany Blue Cake from Woodlea Bakery.

My Sister's Destination Wedding in Jamaica

I'm planning my sister's destination wedding and I'm very excited about it. She and her fiance will be getting married at the Riu Hotel and Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. They are having a beach wedding and their colors are Clover Green and Lilac. Here are some pictures of the resort. I'm looking forward to this wedding.







Here are a few favors ideas that we have in mind. I found these on The Knot Website. (http://www.theknot.com/)

Flip Flops in the wedding colors for the guest



Chilled bottles of water personalized with the couple's name and wedding date to keep the guest cool during the ceremony.


I really like the Candy Buffet Idea. I did one of these for my church's Christmas Celebration and it went over really well!



I really like this idea for the bridesmaids.











 
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