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Why Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer

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There is absolutely no doubt that brides and grooms want absolute perfection for their wedding photographs. These photographs will become a permanent reminder of their special day, and something that they will want to share with family and friends. These photographs have to capture not only the ceremony, but also unscripted moments that will really personalize the day. This is where a professional wedding photographer is worth his or her weight in gold.

So how do you choose the right photographer?  There is absolutely no doubt that there will be a plethora of photographers to choose from. Some will be experienced in shooting at weddings, others will be all-rounders who photographer everything from corporate events through to sport and scenic shots. Regardless of who you choose it is important to thoroughly check their history of the type of shoot you are looking for, as well as checking their portfolios.

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The History of the Wedding Cake and Wedding Cake Topper

One of the center pieces of any modern day wedding is the wedding cake. This has a long history dating back all the day to the Roman Empire. However the wedding cake was very different back then.

The history of the wedding cake dates all the way back to the Roman Empire. At this time wedding cakes were not the sweet iced cakes that we know of today. Back then the cakes were made of a whole wheat flour. These bread cakes were then broken over the brides head and the guests of the wedding would eat the small pieces of broken break eagerly considering it good luck.

Later in the 17th century the wedding cake became known as the bride’s pie or cake. These were typically mince pies made of sweet breads. The one of the main ingredients of these pies was a glass ring. It was believed that whichever lady found the ring would be the next women to be married.

Wedding cakes have historically been white a universal symbol of purity.

Another tradition that was probably first seen in fashion in the 17th century was sleeping with a piece of cake under ones pillow. The cake was broken into small pieces and then passed through the bride’s wedding ring. The pieces of cake were then given to the female guests who would put the pieces under their pillow when they went to sleep. It was believed that with the piece of cake under their pillow they would have a dream of the future husband.

The wedding cake topper has a long history and has been a tradition in wedding for a long time. It has been so long in fact that most of the details of when it started are shrouded in mystery. Yet there is no denying the significance of the wedding cake topper.

The story goes that it was first used over 100 years ago when the daughter of a baker was getting married. She asked her dad to make some symbol of the love between her and the her groom that everyone could see.

After several attempts and carefully deliberation the baker finally came up with an idea. He secretly place two figurines on top of the wedding cake. One of them symbolized his daughter and the other her future husband. The baker felt this was the perfect symbol of their love and their unity.

On the wedding day the daughter was so excited to see the cake and she was overjoyed with the beautiful gift her father had given her. The figurines stood in the center of the cake and at the center of the wedding. This showed the importance of the love between the couple!

It is not exactly known if this is a true story or not but it is a fun story at least and one that shows the significance of the wedding cake topper.

These are just a few of the historical traditions of the modern day wedding cake. The wedding cake is one of the oldest traditions of the wedding.

Ever since its introduction, a topper on wedding cakes has long been a traditional symbol for married couples.  These are always symbolically placed on the top of the wedding cake so that everybody can see them.

Couples have many options to choose from among various designs, colors & styles.  Trying to decide what fits not only their style but their budget is something every couple must go through.

Below are some important suggestions when it comes to choosing the right cake topper for your wedding:

1.  Your wedding cake topper should be a piece that reflects your style as much as the cake it adorns.  This might take you a bit over your budget, but it will be worth it.  Brides on a tight budget may opt for the traditional bride & groom found in many department stores but keep in mind, these pieces are not exclusive to your style or personal taste and may not fit the overall design of your wedding cake.  ‘Nothing like a bad hat to ruin a beautiful outfit’.

2. Be creative. Have a personalized topper created to look like you and your fiancé.  Choose something that shows a shared hobby or interest, a special memento from a trip, etc.  A personalized wedding cake & topper makes your wedding very creative and adds a sheer layer of romance, glitz & glamour to the reception.  Stay away from the usual, generic plastic bride and groom and design your own wedding cake topper.

3. Now-a-days there are several contemporary designs being promoted in the market that couples can incorporate into their décor.  Ask the baker to come up with some ideas as well. And choose what you feel is the best fit for you.

4. Family Heirloom. To honor your parents, grandparents, or someone else that was very close to you and your fiancé, and it’s available, why not use the cake topper from that person’s wedding.  It not only adds a lot of emotional value to the decor, but also pays homage to someone special.

The idea is that whatever style you pick for your wedding cake topper, it should be a symbol of your personality, your style, and your marriage. That’s what makes it a special piece to be cherished forever.

Cake toppers are not just decorations on a cake. They serve as the symbol of love that flows between two hearts coming together as one forever!

For a list of local bakeries, visit our vendor list on TodaysBride.com


Choosing A Live Band or A DJ For Your Wedding

Author:  Bryan Wong

Music is the live of a party. That is also true for a wedding. The song for the first dance will be in your memory for ever, so make sure it is played the way you like it. After the first dance musical entertainment can enhance your wedding or put a damper on the festivities. When choosing music for your wedding day it usually comes down to choose between a live band or DJ. It is important to choose a live band or DJ who is capable of ensuring that the guests in attendance are having a great time. This means that the band or DJ needs to able to sense the mood of the crowd and adapt to meet their mood and vibe in order to keep the party moving.

The choice for a live band or DJ is not so easy. One great way to ensure that you are choosing a good live band or DJ is to seek recommendations from close friends or family members. If you didn’t attend their wedding or don’t remember their entertainment, ask them if they would recommend their live band or DJ. If they do come highly recommended, ask your friend or family member if you can borrow a copy of their wedding video. Pay special attention to the parts of the video where the guests are dancing and decide if you think the live band or DJ might work for your wedding.

Before you can make the decision for a live band DJ you need consider the following issues. The first thing is price. A live band is usually more expensive than a DJ. The DJ often is just one person and a band has more than one performer. That is where the price difference is, the live band has to pay several people while the DJ is just one maybe two persons. The second thing is music selection. A band often has a more limited musical selection than a DJ. A DJ can have a considerable amount of CD and records available. This can be important when wedding guest request individual songs. When a band doesn’t have that particular song in their repertoire it can be a disappointment for the wedding guest. Another thing is that a DJ can play the duration of the wedding and a live band usually takes several breaks during the party. You need to keep these things in mind when making your choice.

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However, the best way to decide for a live band or DJ is see them at a wedding. Ask the band or DJ if you can see them perform at a wedding and if the couple that is getting married is OK with your attendance. During their performance you can judge if they feel the mood or the crowd and how they adapt to meet the mood and vibe in order to keep the party swinging.

When hiring a DJ it is very important to make a contract which specifies the name of the DJ and companions if needed. It sometimes happens that a DJ becomes so popular that he or she can not play at your wedding. In this case the DJ may offer your wedding party to another DJ for a small finder’s fee. This means that the DJ can sell the right to perform at your wedding to another DJ. It can also happen that the DJ sends a less experienced DJ that works for him to do the job. To make sure that this will not happen to you, you must make sure to specify the name of the DJ on the contract.

It is best to interview at least three to five candidates before you make your final decision even if you already made up your mind. Make sure you see the band or DJ in action at a wedding and set up a contract that specifies all of the details of your wedding as well as all of your expectations.

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For a list of Musicians/Live Bands & DJs in the Greater Cleveland and Akron Canton areas, visit TodaysBride.com

What Save The Date Cards Are And Why You May Want Them In Your Wedding Plans

Author:  Gregg Hall

Getting engaged and married is a wonderful, but sometimes very stressful time. There are so many things to think about. When and where is the wedding going to be, who to invite, what colors to use, what to eat, who is going to make the cake and the food, will there be a dance, and who will provide the music? There are all kinds of questions to be answered and dealt with. Not everything has to be so stressful; some of the preparations can be fun.

One of the more fun things to plan is the “save the date cards”. Your save the date cards can be a fun thing to pick out. When choosing your save the date cards have fun and pick fun cards that you like. Part of the reason these cards are fun to pick is because they do not have to match the rest of your invitations or decorations for your wedding. You can choose a different design, and a different color than your wedding colors. You do not have to make sure they match, but they can match if that’s what you want.

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Before you get your save the date cards printed you need to know what date you are wanting people to save. Before you can pick a date for sure you will need to check around for a place for the wedding and the reception. If you have a date in mind you will want to check and make sure your church of choice has that date available. After you set the date with the church you will need to find a place to hold the reception. These two events may need to take place at the same time if you already know where you would like to have your wedding and your reception.

Now that you have the place and time you can get your cards printed. Another reason these cards are a little less stressful are because you can do whatever you want with them. There is no set way to do your cards for your event. You will want to make sure you have your names on the cards, and the date and time of the wedding. Other than these few important items, it is up to you what else if anything is on the card. You can put more information on the card if you want, or you can keep it simple.

Who you send the cards to is also up to you. You do not need to send a card to the whole guest list. You do want to make sure that any guests that you really want to be there get a card. When you send your save the date cards is also up to you. Keep in mind that the earlier people know about the event, the easier it is for them to get arrangements made, and make sure nothing else will interfere with their attending. Most people like to send their cards out between six and nine months before the wedding, but it is completely up to you.

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Check out TodaysBride.com for a complete list of area invitation companies.  Each one ready to help you with your individual invitation needs.

Saving Money as a Newlywed Team

Author:  Nathan Dawson

As a newly wed couple, you may not always agree on things; however, when it comes to financial survival, the both of you will need to put your heads together and make some decisions with regard to money management.

For this reason, it is always wise for a married couple to seek financial marriage advice. A financial planner can help with matters such as whether or not to get a prenuptial agreement, and what percentage of your income to put into a joint bank account, and some wise investments to start out with.

Other decisions are best made between the two of you. What are your spending habits? Who will balance the checkbook? Who will pay the bills? What investments do you wish to make? What are your financial goals and what is your plan to reach them?

Another aspect of marriage that may require planning is your wedding budget. That would include everything from the price of engagement rings all the way to the actual wedding cost.

Planning your financial future together is crucial for a healthy marriage. If the both of you choose to undergo premarital counseling, take a few sessions to communicate about your financial issues. Get started early, and continue with couple counseling after tying the knot, as well.

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Nathan Dawson writes for http://www.marriedfinances.com and http://www.successfulmarriageresource.com, great online sources for marriage and finance information.

Make Your Wedding Day Even More Special By Writing Your Own Vows

Author:  Gregg Hall

The trend these days is to have a wedding celebration that reflects the personalities of the two people involved. To this end, you may want to consider including vows that you have written yourself as part of the wedding ceremony. While the traditional vows may be beautifully written, that does not necessarily mean that they are the right ones for the two of you.

The first thing to think about is what you really want to say in your vows. While the deep affection you and your beloved have for each other is the reason you are entering into the honorable estate of holy matrimony, you might also want to include such concepts as friendship, hope, peace, respect, kindness, patience, loyalty, and a shared future.

You might also want to include a passage about welcoming your new spouse into your family and becoming a part of theirs. Your desire to have a family of your own might be a part of the thoughts you express to each other as well.

Look at some sample vows for inspiration. The librarian at your local public library should be able to suggest some books for this purpose. If you are working with a wedding planner, he or she may be able to suggest some good sources of information as well.

Reciting your vows is not like an exercise in public speaking in that it needs to last for a certain amount of minutes or have a specific word count. Use as many or as few words as you need to express the promises you are making to your spouse. This is your day and no one is going to think it amiss if your vows are wordy and flowing or brief and to the point.

To that end, some couples find it helpful to try to write their vows together, while others would feel more comfortable working individually. This is also a case where no one solution is inherently better than the other; people just need to determine what would work best for them.

If you like the wording contained in traditional pre-written vows but want to add your own personal touch, ask the officiate you have chosen whether you can have a combination of the two at your wedding ceremony. In this way, you are not breaking with tradition by including the standard vows, but you are making the celebration of your wedding a more individual one by adding whatever thoughts you want to share with your chosen one and guests.

If your goal is to have a wedding that is truly a reflection of your personalities, then writing your own vows is one way of ensuring that your wedding day will be as unique as the devotion the two of you feel for each other.

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