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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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Very Inviting – How to Word Your Wedding Invitations

In an age of impulsively written email and online communication, a beautifully worded invitation is a reminder of the delight that can come from receiving a well-crafted message.   A save-the-date card or invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of the wedding, so you’ll want it to be special. . .and well-written!

It’s an ageless question:   How exactly do I word my invitations?   As most newly engaged couples know, this can be tricky subject because what’s read between the lines is who’s hosting (in other words, paying for) the wedding.   Fortunately, many of today’s etiquette rules are versatile.   But before you can tweak the rules to meet your unique wording needs, you first have to understand the rules.   The following will guide you through the options you should consider.

Invitations are issued in the third person form.   Traditionally, it is sent in the name of the bride’s parents, if they are paying for majority of the expenses.   If the groom’s parents are sharing the cost, the invitation should be issued in their name also.   If the couple is hosting their own wedding, they may choose to honor their parents by including their names.

The traditional form of a formal wedding invitation

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Taylor
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Abby Marie
to
(Mr.) Steven Arthur Keller

Saturday, the eighteenth of November
two thousand and eight
at two o’clock in the afternoon

St. Hilary Catholic Church
2750 West Market Street
Fairlawn, Ohio

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SAYING THANKS: Tips for Writing Thank-yous

Every engagement, shower and wedding gift deserves a prompt thank-you note. Here’s how to keep the process manageable.

Engagement gifts, shower gifts, wedding gifts – you’ll probably never receive more presents at any one time during your life than you will around your wedding. Unfortunately, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the task of writing so many thank-you notes. Don’t sweat it: the whole process of reflecting again on your treasures can rekindle all your best engagement and wedding memories. With the right system, you can have your obligations polished off in no time. And, your notes will sound more heartfelt and enthusiastic if you write them right away.

Thank-you notes should be written promptly within two weeks if you receive a gift before the wedding within a month after your honeymoon if it’s delivered the day of the wedding, and within a month of delivery if the gift arrives after the wedding. If you’re falling behind, remember, a late thank-you note is still better than no note at all. Besides the fact that it’s good manners to respond promptly, it’s also practical to prevent work from piling up.

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Why Use A Wedding Program?

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A wedding ceremony marks the special occasion of a man and woman uniting their lives together. What a wonderful event in which friends and family gather to celebrate this magical union! There are many traditions associated with weddings. It takes careful planning to include the right amount of tradition and fun.

A wedding program can be a very important part of the ceremony. This article will look at a few of the reasons behind this important piece of paper.

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Includes Guests
A wedding program is a great way to include guests in the wedding. Especially if you are having a formal or classic church wedding you will want to include a wedding program so that people can know what is happening. Often if you are having a traditional wedding in a church or place of worship it can be common that some of the guests will not be familiar with the particular traditions of the church or place of worship.   For example I once had the wonderful opportunity to go to good friend’s wedding who had a traditional Indian wedding ceremony. I honestly had no idea what was going on at the wedding.

So by giving a wedding program you can give information on the ceremony and traditions that you have in your wedding. This allows guests to feel comfortable and included in the ceremony.

You can often give little clues within the ceremony on what you expect from the guests. They will then know when to stand, sit, or kneel for example.  Tip: Be sure to review your program with your church before it goes to print. The  church might have specific guidelines or rules regarding the order of service or embellishments used and they may request changes be made to the format, wording or design.

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Personalizes the Wedding
The wedding program is a great way to personalize the experience for your guests. You can include clip art and information that is about you and your wedding party. The look and feel of the program will hopefully carry you own style. This will help to personalize a classic wedding and help everyone to enjoy the occasion.

Informs Guests
If the wedding is a very large event many of the guests might not know every individual in the wedding party. By including information like names and even a little background information on the ceremony you can keep your guests informed which they will really appreciate. It is nice to know that your Bridesmaid is your best friend or a sister for example.  This can be a huge help to the guests and again make them feel included.

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Give Direction to Guests
As spoken of briefly above a wedding program can be a great way to communicate directions to your guests. It can not only provide information like what actions they should take during the ceremony it can help them find their way to the reception and know where to put their wedding gift. This kind of information helps the guests and the overall ceremony run smoothly.

A wedding program is a very important piece of the wedding. It is not an absolute and it can be left out if you are having a very small wedding or civil ceremony. For everyone else though a program can provide all of the information they need to feel comfortable.

For more information on Wedding Programs or Invitations, contact any of the Invitation companies listed on TodaysBride.com

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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

CLEVELAND OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
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

AKRON/CANTON OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
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!

AKRON/CANTON JANUARY 2011 SHOW
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

CLEVELAND JANUARY 2010 SHOW – Now 2 Days!
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)
$8 parking, $10 Admission. Purchase Tickets at 50% off online at www.todaysbride.com.

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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