One of the most vivid and cherished memories from your wedding day will likely be the moment you begin your walk down the aisle. Whenever you hear it played, the music you chose to accompany your ceremony will forever bring you back to the experience, so selecting meaningful music is an important task. When it comes time to plan, start by considering four broad categories (which encompass many different types) of music, which we will refer to as Traditional, Sentimental, Contemporary, and Personal. Traditional Traditional music encompasses those melodies you probably know best from attending the weddings of others: Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus,” Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and “Trumpet Voluntary,” or “Air” by Bach. Some other tried and true songs are Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” the “Pavane” by Faure, or “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” by Grieg. Used mainly at Jewish weddings, “Dodi Li” and “Erev Shel Shoshanim” are also familiar favorites. ... Read More »
Most people think of the word commitment when they think of marriage, but it really goes beyond that. Marriage is a contract. You are probably aware that marriage is a legal contract with financial implications and if you have religious or spiritual beliefs regarding your marriage, then you add another layer to the complexity of this contract. But at the heart of it is the emotional contract you make with each other to love, honor and cherish one another. But what does that really mean? Love, honor and cherish are vague terms. I say -- be specific! Think very carefully about how you want your partner to demonstrate love and caring with words or actions. How will you do the same? It doesn’t matter so much if your “life together contract” is a verbal or written agreement. It matters that you have one. At the risk of sounding very unromantic, ... Read More »
Once you have confirmed the members of your wedding party and their attire has been chosen, the fun part of designing gorgeous flower accessories begins. According to ancient Roman law, ten witnesses were required at every wedding in order to outsmart the evil spirits believed to attend marriage ceremonies. The bridesmaids and ushers dressed in identical clothing to the bride and groom to confuse the meddling forces,and wedding bouquets were made of such strong herbs as thyme and garlic to further frighten the spirits away (and to cover up the body odor that resulted from infrequent bathing!). Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since those traditions, and couples can be free to tailor the look of their wedding parties to be individual and stylish without worrying about function. The following are some creative ideas: Stand-Out Bridesmaid Bouquets Create a monogrammed pendant for each bridesmaid with her initial(s) and attach them ... Read More »
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