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Monday, May 29, 2006

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Wedding Decor and More! - Smorgasboard of Wedding Tips

First, I would like to acknowledge that today is Memorial Day and I gratefully appreciate the men and women who have died so that our country can be free. I also want to recognize those men and women who are currently serving in our military. A BIG thank you to all!

The following is a list that I have compiled of tips that you will want to remember as you plan your special wedding day:

1. Inform Guests - When including a traditional custom in your wedding (such as "jumping the broom") give your guests an explanation of the significance of the custom so that they too can appreciate its meaning. By the way, "jumping the broom" is an African tradition that was later used by slaves in the United States to symbolize marriage.

2. Prepare for Traffic - If you are getting married in a big city like Los Angeles or Chicago, provide your guests (especially the out of town guests) with maps on how to get to your wedding. Also, include any traffic trouble spots.

3. Allow Guests to Meet - If your family is from Texas and his family is from Missouri then chances are EXTREMELY high that the two families do not know each other. Consider hosting an event before your wedding for guests to get acquainted with on another. For instance, consider having the men go play golf while the ladies catch a movie. Do something so that everyone has a chance to meet.

I hope these tips prove to be valuable for you as you prepare for your wedding.

Brandi also has blogs on Going To The Hospital,Looking At Cooking, Easy Kid's Craft Ideas, Craft Ideas,Father's Day Craft Ideas, 4th of July Craft Ideas

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

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Wedding Decor and More! - Who Pays For What?

In a time when weddings easily run into the thousands of dollars there is much frustration when trying to determine what the bride's family should pay for and what the groom's family should pay for.

This can be a really touchy subject for most families. As a bride you don't want to offend your future in-laws by telling them they should pay for this and that when you don't have an idea of what is expected of them. Hopefully, with the following list that gives an idea of the financial responsibilities expected from all parties you will become more comfortable in approaching your parents and in-laws with any financial situations.

This is some of the items the bride is responsible for:

Gifts for the bridesmaids
Lodging for the bridesmaids
Couple's stationery and thank-you notes
Wedding programs and/or guestbook


This is some of the items the groom is responsible for:

Bride's engagement ring
Marriage license
Officiant's fee
Rental or purchase of his formalwear
Lodging for groomsmen
Gifts for the groom's attendants


What the Bride and Groom are both responsible for:

The wedding bands
The honeymoon


This is an Idea of What the Bride's Parents are Responsible For:

Engagement and wedding pictures
Wedding invitations
Wedding consultant
Bridal ensemble
Ceremony fees
decorating items
Flowers
Reception
Music
Bridesmaids' luncheon
Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception


Here's what the Groom's Parents are responsible for:

Rehearsal dinner or any other expense they choose

And the Bridesmaids should pay for:

Bridal shower
Bridesmaid dress and shoes
NOTE: The flower girl and ringbearer outfit is paid for by the child's parents
Any traveling expenses
Bachelorette party


The Ushers are responsible for:

Rental of formalwear
Bachelor party


Guests pay for:

Traveling and lodging expenses (even if the guests are traveling a good distance to your wedding because you've decided to have it in Jamaica or something)

There are several items above that can be divided between the bride's family and the groom's family if you are looking for more equal financial division. If you are wanting to divide the costs more between the bride, her family, the groom, and his family then consider the following:

These are some additional responsibilities pertaining to the Groom's Family:

All beverage and liquor service
Limousines
Music for the reception
Photography and/or videography


Some additional costs for Bride and/or Groom:

Bride's ensemble
Wedding flowers
All wedding stationery, including invitations, announcements, and thank-you notes


When planning your wedding it is important that everyone within the wedding party, your parents, and the future in-laws are informed about what is financially expected of them. They don't want any surprises and you don't want any mishaps.

Brandi also has blogs on Going To The Hospital,Looking At Cooking, Easy Kid's Craft Ideas, Craft Ideas,Father's Day Craft Ideas, 4th of July Craft Ideas

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Wedding Decor and More! - How To Not Be A Bridezilla!

You want to get things done. You've got bridesmaid dresses to choose from, the caterer needs to be booked, you need to decide on the flowers, not to mention that you need to decide on a wedding dress! You realize that you can't do everything on your own and finally decide to ask for help. But remember, you want to be a bride not a bridezilla!

When needing help during difficult or stressful situations sometimes one ends up demanding help rather than asking for help. This will get you nowhere. You will alienate those around you and they will play "Here Comes The Bridezilla From Hades" as you walk down the aisle.

Here are a few tips to help you ASK for favors rather than DEMAND help.

1. Asking For Favors is an Earned Privilege - When asking for favors don't run asking help from those people you rarely speak to. They will feel like you only call on them when you need something.

2. Don't Make Them Feel Obligated - If you ask for help and they want to help you then they will. If you can, send them an email or leave a message asking them the favor. This will give them time to think it over without feeling pressured. Don't wait until 15 minutes before the florist closes to ask your friend to run by the florist to pick up flowers. Plan ahead.

3. Imagine You Were Them - Before asking the favor of someone ask yourself if you would be aggravated if someone asked you to do the same thing. For instance, wouldn't you be a bit frustrated if a friend asked you to drive 2 hours to pick up a wedding favor sample?

Brandi also has blogs on Going To The Hospital,Looking At Cooking, Easy Kid's Craft Ideas, Craft Ideas,Father's Day Craft Ideas, 4th of July Craft Ideas

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Wedding Decor and More! - Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Wedding

One of the best colors to include in a Spring wedding is yellow. You may be asking "Why yellow?" Yellow is the color often found in nature.

Think about it. The first flowers to bloom in Spring season are daffodils, tulips and forsythia. So by including yellow in your wedding colors scheme you could be symbolizing the start of your life together. Also, keep in mind that yellow is a cheerful hue and could be included in a summer wedding. The fall season is also a great time to place yellow among your wedding colors by using gold or mustard hues.

If you don't want yellow to be a main color then include small amounts of yellow and accent the yellow with whites and ivories.

When choosing colors for your wedding you may want to apply some research to the process and choose colors that are not only appealing but have a special meaning.

Brandi also has blogs on Going To The Hospital,Looking At Cooking, Easy Kid's Craft Ideas, Craft Ideas,Father's Day Craft Ideas, 4th of July Craft Ideas

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Wedding Decor and More!

Thanks for visiting today. If you are visiting then you likely planning your wedding or know someone who is. Well, hopefully you will gain some helpful wedding tips and ideas and be sure to treat yourself to today's "honeymoon specials" which are sure to be great gifts to take with you on your honeymoon.

I attended a friend's wedding about 2 years ago. It was a very simple wedding ceremony and a simple wedding reception but the ideas were rather creative.

Instead of the bridesmaids walking down the aisle with floral bouquets they carried small glass bowls that were filled with water and contained a floating candle. The lights in the church were turned off but there was enough sunshine pouring through the church windows that it provided a warming glow throughout the sanctuary. Plus with the lit floating candles it added to the elegance.

Also, the bridesmaids were barefoot! Hey, it saved them from having to spend money on shoes they may never wear again! But surprisingly it looked very nice.

Then, at the wedding reception, on the tables she had goldfish bowls with various fish in them. Then after the reception guests were able to take the fish home!

Brandi also has blogs on Going To The Hospital,Looking At Cooking, Easy Kid's Craft Ideas, Craft Ideas,Father's Day Craft Ideas, 4th of July Craft Ideas

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We will be discussing current wedding trends, colors, wedding cakes, and more! Feel free to comment on anything wedding related!

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