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St. Patrick’s Day Themed Wedding

March 17th is quickly approaching and with it the classic green beer of St. Patrick’s Day. Green has traditionally been associated with spring and new growth so it is a very appropriate color for your wedding and celebrating your new growth as a couple. Here are some ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day themed wedding.

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When you are picking colors for your wedding, green may not be on the top of your list. But, when you are planning a St. Patrick’s Day wedding, green is the best color to use for this theme. The plus side is that there are so many different shades of green to pick from a shamrock green to a dark, hunter green, so finding a shade that looks great on everyone in your bridal party shouldn’t be a problem. You may even want to mix it up and use a bunch of different shades of green that compliment each other.   For a more formal wedding, green bridesmaid dresses would be lovely, especially if you incorporated traditional Irish elements like gold ribbons in their hair or bouquets. Shamrocks would make festive boutonnières for the groom and his men. Or if you prefer a more casual affair, perhaps you could dress as Irish fairies and leprechauns with airy gowns, green jackets, and buckled top hats.

When you are choosing a design for your wedding invitations, you may want to go with a Celtic knot or cross as the focal point of the design. You could also incorporate the Celtic knot or cross into the rest of your ceremony maybe in a wax seal for your programs, or as the decoration for your wedding cake. You may be able to find some napkin holders that have a symbol of the knot or cross on them. However, you choose to use it, it is definitely one of those extra little details that will pull everything together.

When selecting the music for your ceremony, some traditional Irish music would be a perfect touch to your special day. Not only is Irish music romantic and beautiful, but also its instrumental ballads will add just the right touch to take your St. Patrick’s Day wedding from clash to class.

Irish wedding blessings are similar to Irish readings. Some can be shortened versions of Irish readings. Blessings can be said at any time throughout the traditional Irish wedding day. Sometimes the mother of the bride or groom will say a short blessing before the ceremony in the privacy of family and friends.

A friend or family member may include a blessing in a toast or speech after the wedding. Frequently, the couple chooses an Irish wedding blessing to include on their wedding program or a small card that guests receive upon entering the church.

When choosing the foods for your reception, don’t feel like you have to go all out with the green food coloring. Why not take a different approach and serve traditional Irish dishes such as Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, coddle, bread pudding, and soda bread. Of course, no Irish wedding celebration would be complete without the Guiness!

When you are decorating you could use greenery, white Christmas lights, and candles. This is sure to set the right mood for your ceremony and reception. Don’t be afraid to use colors like white and yellow to help contrast the green, and to incorporate those colors into your floral arrangements. Maybe you and your groom could stand in front of a huge Celtic cross wrapped in greenery and Christmas lights while you say your vows? Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to get creative and do some research to pull lots of ideas from traditional Irish weddings.

Wedding favor ideas for a St. Patrick’s day wedding easily come to mind. Gold foil coins in small caldrons or tulle bags are a simple yet fitting favor. Or in keeping with the idea of the “luck of the Irish” you could “give guests a lucky, rabbit foot’s key chain.” Small clay pots spray painted gold with shamrock or clover seeds are another clever idea. Or if you prefer you could give your guests a rainbow – a bag of colorful jelly beans, mints, or M&Ms.  Another great idea for wedding favors would be to purchase some potted four-leaf clovers and put your names and wedding date on the side to give to your guests as they leave. This is something they can take home and plant and it symbolizes your growing love for each other.

Consider Celtic-style wedding bands.  They are used by some people claiming Irish or Scottish descent. This style of wedding band will often be engraved or embossed with a Celtic knot design, which is meant to symbolize oneness and continuity. Sometimes a Claddagh design is also used to symbolize fidelity.

There is also the Celtic Knot.  The ancient Celts based their artwork on geometric shapes, and it is estimated that there are eight basic pattern types. Although the exact meaning of Celtic Knotwork is not known, the patterns are commonly considered as representations of the way that life interconnects in an endless cycle.

May the light of friendship guide your paths together. May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, A twinkle from your eye. May the Spirit of Love find a dwelling place in your hearts  ~an Irish Blessing

Today’s Bride Announces 2010-2011 Bridal Show Schedule

Sun, Oct 17, 2010
Embassy Suites, Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
Doors Open:  10am – 4pm
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
Sheraton Suites
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Doors open: 10 – 4pm.
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Each event has OVER 80 Exhibitors, Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Battle of the Grooms, Make-Over Bride, Prizes, Discounts, and Giveaways!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$10 Admission.  Purchase Tickets online at http://www.todaysbride.com at 50% off!

Sun, January 9, 2011
John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH
Doors open: 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 150 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last).
$10 admission.  Purchase tickets at 50% off by registering at www.todaysbride.com

Sat. & Sun, January 15 & 16, 2011
I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH
Doors open: 1/16/11 from 4-8pm
1/15/11 from 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows on Sunday:  11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 200 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
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The Soundtrack of Your Lives – Wedding Ceremony Music

From the moment your guests arrive at the ceremony, they will be serenaded by the sweet sounds of music – – as they enter the church, as you are accompanied down the aisle, and when you arrive at the reception.

Whether you’re planning an informal garden ceremony or a traditional church wedding, large or small, you can characterize the mood of the event through your musical selections. Most wedding ceremonies, civil or religious, call for music in at least three places: before the wedding (the prelude), during the bridal party entrance (the processional), and as you make your exit (the recessional). You may also include post-ceremony music (the postlude) and/or additional songs — interludes — during the ceremony.

Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the mood while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually begins when the doors open, or as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. Traditionally, Baroque classical music is played during the pre-ceremony while guests are being seated. There are a number of standards to choose from, including Bach’s ” Air On The G String” , though you should feel free to consider alternative ideas to design a unique ceremony. Couples focused less on tradition may choose contemporary tunes that mean something to you and your fiancé — perhaps the first song you danced to, or the song that was playing on the radio when he proposed.

Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party — family, bridal party, and bride. The same song can be used for each, or you can change to another song when the bride enters to add drama and highlight her entrance. There’s no right or wrong way to choose your processional march. Whether you want something traditional, such as Wagner’s ” Bridal Chorus” (” Here Comes the Bride” ) or Pachelbel’s Canon, or something out of the ordinary, experienced musicians have extensive play lists that can help you make the perfect choice.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you recess (that is, make your exit) and is traditionally bright and lively. The recessional tends to be more informal than the processional, thereby affording you even more freedom in regard to your musical choice. You’ve been officially declared husband and wife, so here’s your chance to be unique and really have some fun. Have someone play a violin, or even a set of bagpipes, as guests head toward the exit. You could even ask the musician to lead guests out of the ceremony in a parade like fashion.

When choosing pieces for the processional and recessional, keep the length of the aisle in mind. Longer pieces will need to be adapted for a short walk down the aisle, or as a combination of songs for a long aisle.

Many couples choose to add interludes or songs played during significant moments such as the unity candle lighting or the ketubah signing. When choosing ceremony music, take cues from your site’s architecture and decor.

When saying your vows in a place of worship, you’ll probably want (or be asked to choose) the traditional accompaniment of an organ, harp or string quartet. On the other hand, if your wedding will take place at an alternative site, you may have a variety of options to choose from.

Lastly, think about matching the musicians and musical selections to your wedding theme or style. For example, a bagpiper for a Scottish or Irish wedding, a New Orleans-style jazz band for Cajun-flavored festivities, or a harpsichord for a Baroque-inspired day. Since music plays a key factor, be sure to seek out the type of talent that will suit your wedding style!

Things to Consider in Choosing Your Wedding Officiant

By: Maureen Thomson

Choosing a ceremony officiant for your big day can be a daunting task.  If you are getting married in your church or synagogue, the decision is simple.–you take what they give you, usually. But maybe you don’t belong to a church yet want a heartfelt ceremony that expresses your personal beliefs. If you are like many brides- and grooms-to-be, you are looking for creative alternatives to the traditional cookie-cutter ceremony.

You deserve to have your ceremony be like no other and to develop a warm and personal relationship with your officiant. With the popularity of out-of-church-weddings, many people are hanging out their shingles calling themselves “wedding officiants”. Beware, for you don’t want an amateur handling this aspect of your big day. If the florist or photographer doesn’t show, it is unfortunate, but the day can go on. If your officiant doesn’t show–you’ve got BIG trouble. Ask some of your recently married friends for recommendations. Or, type in the name of your state or city followed by wedding officiant (e.g. Colorado wedding officiant) into a search engine and you’ll get a bunch of hits. Look for someone with an established presence, who issues contracts and has a fairly sophisticated website. These are good clues that the person or business is stable and will be around for your big day. Then follow these guidelines when you meet with a prospective celebrant.

1)        When you meet with him or her (or chat on the phone) do they exude a calming presence? Does their energy fit in with what you are seeking for your ceremony? Do they come across as being passionate about performing weddings? Are they interested in hearing your story?  If you find yourself smiling, or nodding in agreement as the officiant speaks to you, that’s a good indication that your wedding ceremony will be one that you will happily remember for many years.

2)        Will he or she help you to craft a ceremony without restrictions–including all of your ideas?

3)        Are they thorough and easy to understand in explaining the ceremony-writing process to you? Are you clear on how it all works, the booking procedure, how many meetings you will have together, timelines, etc? You will want an officiant who explains things easily and clearly so there will be no confusion on your wedding day.

4)        Does the officiant view your wedding ceremony as the heart of your wedding day–a celebration as opposed to merely a prescribed ritual?

5)        Does the officiant honor all spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof) and view their primary role as that of facilitator of your ceremony?

6)        Is he or she adventurous of spirit and willing to try unconventional things? Ask them to recount an example or two of creative touches they have incorporated into ceremonies.

7)        Is he or she a proficient writer and a dynamic speaker? Is their speaking voice pleasing to the ear and free from pauses, “ums” and irritating phrases such as “you know,” “like,” and “OK.”

8)        Is the officiant a one-man/woman show or is he or she part of a group? If they are solo, do they have a backup in case of an emergency?

9)        Do they offer more than one level of service in order to accommodate your needs and budget or is it “one size fits all?”

10)        Do they have a wealth of written options for you to include in your ceremony?

11)        What are their pre-marital counseling requirements, if any?

12)        Is their fee in writing? What extra charges, if any, could possibly apply over and above the original fee? Are the payment terms reasonable to you?

13)        Is there pressure to upgrade to a more expensive level of service (perhaps including things you don’t need)? Do they try to get you to book on the spot, telling you that they may not be available for your date unless you book immediately? Or do they give you the opportunity to go home, discuss it and get back to them?

14)        Is he or she a professional wedding ceremony officiant, or is officiating ceremonies his or her sideline business? Are they ceremony experts or do they divert their attention to other wedding services? You don’t want your officiant also serving as your DJ or your bartender, do you?

15)        How long have they been in business? Do they have a written contract? What are the contract terms?

16)        Is he or she willing to give you the benefit of his or her experience of what has worked and not worked in the past, and then leave the final decision up to you?

17)        Are they knowledgeable about their state’s marriage license procedures and do they advise you on the process of obtaining your license?

18)        Most of all, what does your gut tell you when you talk with this person? If it feels right, then you’ve probably found the best fit for you.

Need an Officiant? Check out Wedding Officiants in the Greater Cleveland and Akron areas: http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/topics/officiants.phtml

About the Author

Lyssabeth’s Colorado Wedding Officiants, Bay Area Wedding Officiants and Rocky Mountain Wedding Officiants. Visit us at http://www.MemorableCeremoniesBA.com, http://www.RockyMountainWeddingOfficiants.com and http://www.MemorableCeremonies.com.

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Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money

An Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money, All the While Making Your Dreams Come True

As couples begin thinking about their wedding, they are often overwhelmed deciding how much to spend, where to obtain specialized services, and how to choose vendors. These worries can mount as quickly as the cost of the wedding does. And after the euphoria wears off and the reality settles in, it’s shocking to discover of how much preparation is involved in planning a wedding.

Faced with decisions about everything from invitation wording to planning their honeymoon, combined with full-time careers and limited time to devote to planning details, couples often find they want the help of a professional wedding planner.

Not long ago, a wedding coordinator was thought of as a luxury, only considered practical for couples with unlimited budgets. Now wedding planners are nearly essential to a well planned affair, having become indispensable today to many brides and grooms who find their services well worth the investment.

A wedding consultant guides you through the planning process and the wedding day itself, assisting in whatever capacity you need. He or she can help you refine your ideas, connect you to the appropriate vendors, advise you on proper etiquette, and suggest ways to use your budget wisely.

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