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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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Integrating Cultures With Wedding Invitations And Themes

By: Amy Carter

Your wedding should be a celebration of you and your fiancé’s love and the seamless union of your cultures.  Often, this can be a difficult task as the religious aspect of your traditions and cultures don’t always mesh together.  To best combine cultures pick those elements that you love and integrate those details into your wedding invitations, reception décor, even your wedding dress and bridal party attire.

A delicate mix

Combining cultures as you plan your wedding isn’t always easy.  It is important that you, your fiancé and your families are comfortable with the things you are including and those elements you are leaving behind.  There is no automatic ‘right’ answer, just knowing that you are going to have a wedding experience that is uniquely your own.  From your wedding invitations to the reception, you should think about intertwining your personal cultural customs and traditions that will suit you.

Picking the right elements

While it is important to include elements from both of your cultures, you should also be aware of the impact of these elements.  Including too many elements, customs and traditions can often be just too much to handle.  Not only will you have your hands full with planning and organizing, but too many things can decrease the significance of any one thing.  You don’t want to have a confusing ceremony or a reception that feels like a multicultural circus.  Choose just a few things to pepper into your ceremony and reception and you’ll have a tasteful and interesting ceremony.

Start with a well-composed wedding invitation

Your wedding invitation is a great place to start your cultural combining.  Since it is a small in size you’ll be forced to choose some essential pieces from both cultures to showcase.  Your wedding invitation is also a great place to include a note about the cultures you are highlighting and the significance of those cultures to you and your fiancé.

Including elements not necessarily from your culture

There are thousands of wedding traditions and customs that you may choose to use in your ceremony and reception.  These elements can have significance in other cultures; they can just be interesting and stylish touches for you. Pick a Celtic knot or a lucky Chinese red for your wedding invitations.  Dress your bridesmaids in traditional Lehnga Choli for your bridesmaids for an unexpected and fashionable touch.  Your imagination and vision is your only limitation.  A classic Jewish tradition, the yicud, when the bride and groom spend a few moments together privately before the reception, is a great idea in any culture.

What is right for your wedding?

There is no black and white answer to what is the absolute right fit for you and your wedding.  Make sure you have an idea in your head about what you must include and what you can live without.  Discuss this with your fiancé and make sure you’re on the same page with regard to the important details – wedding invitation, ceremony, reception accents, etc.  Also keep an eye out for trends.  You just might be able to have a wedding that is culturally significant to you and stylish beyond your dreams.

For information on wedding invitations, reception cites, ceremony sites & so much more, visit our website TodaysBride.com.

About the Author
Amy Carter is a former wedding and event planner with lots of great tips, tricks and advice to make your wedding spectacular. Check out MyExpression.com for great wedding invitations. You’ll also find a great selection of stylish theme wedding invitations, wedding announcements and wedding stationery.

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Balloons An Innovative Twist Wedding Decor

Bride & Groom by BalloonSculptures.com

A very interesting and innovative idea to decorate a wedding venue could be to add balloons to the list. A huge balloon arch with white and gold or maroon balloons woven together sounds and looks different and yet marks the event with style. The balloons could be color coordinated to match with the rest of the theme. Balloons can be used very effectively to set the tone of your party.

Suppose you have the island wedding theme in mind, then bunches of blue, green and yellow balloons all around the venue would add a sense of cheer

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and island casual. A color tone of cream/gold and maroon would lend a note of sobriety and formality to the event. Wedding Balloons floating around on the ground would add a fairytale touch to the whole occasion. You could even use Wedding balloons to arrive in style arrive at your wedding venue in a hot air balloon! That’s really doing things differently. Balloons may be used in an arch at the entrance or red balloons can edge the red carpet accentuating the theme.

Cinderella Carriage by BalloonSculptures.com

Some decorators even use balloons as stand-alone arrangements just like flowers around the venue of the wedding. Party planners and decorators use color themes to great advantage to beautify and enhance this special day. Some couples use balloon decorations as wedding flavors each guest may receive a pretty set of balloons tied in a creative fashion to take home. A small poem or some thoughts may be written down and tied to the balloons as a lasting memento to the occasion.

Balloons are a unique way to add pizzazz to a party or wedding reception.


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In Remembrance of Family That Has Passed

How to Keep the Mood Joyous While Remembering a Relative that has passed at Your Wedding

When a parent or other close relative has passed away recently, it’s important to find an appropriate way to remember them without ruining the joyous tone of the wedding. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and while a missing parent is certainly sad, it shouldn’t overpower the wedding day.

Some ways to remember a parent:

  • Set up a special small table at the wedding reception with a flower arrangement and a card saying “In memory of those loved ones who are not with us today” or more specifically, “In memory of Martina Jensen, mother of the bride.” You could also put a picture of the bride or groom with the deceased person you are honoring.


  • At the wedding reception, display wedding pictures of family members, or pictures of loved ones with the bride/groom. This is a more subtle way of not only honoring the bride & groom’s parents but also including the dead in your day.

  • Wear a piece of jewelry or article of clothing. (For example your mother’s wedding dress, your father’s cuff links, or your grandfather’s signet ring).

  • Carry the same flowers that your mother had in her bouquet.

  • Attach a small photo frame of the loved to your bouquet.

  • At the end of the wedding program, it is appropriate to add a memoriam line. For example, you might write “Today we honor those who could not be with us, especially the bride’s stepmother Alison Janet Brooks.”

  • If the person who is conducting the ceremony is someone who knew the deceased relative, it might be appropriate for him/her to say something during the ceremony – particularly if they are saying a homily or other sermon-like speech. They might say “Today, we have come together to celebrate the love of these two people and the life they are building together. As many of you know, the groom’s father recently passed away. And in times like these, it can be more important than ever to honor love and family. I know (groom’s father) was so happy to see (groom) find the love he has with (bride). Although it would be easy for his recent death to make this a sad occasion, (Groom’s father) would want to see you all so happy today,celebrating and full of joy. So today, let’s remember how precious life is, and be thankful that (bride and groom) are creating a new family together.”

By Nina Callaway, About.com
Center photos by Catherine McKinley Photography, courtesy of Elizabeth & Rob Mosher


Something Borrowed Something Blue

Ever wonder where all those wedding traditions come from? Depending on where you live, weddings you attend will all have different types of things going on. Some will be in churches, some at the beach; some will even play The Chicken Dance at the reception.

Typical weddings in the United States are loosely based on the Italian’s structure. If the couple and couple’s families are religious, they start out their ceremony in a church or somewhere where a priest or pastor can unite them and a usual mass is performed. If it is the bride’s first marriage, she must wear white. This is usually called a white wedding, and originated from Victorian England, and symbolized purity. In Italy, wedding invitations are to this day still engraved and addressed by hand to show the importance of the occasion.

One interesting tradition that many brides must wear is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a lucky sixpence in her shoe” symbolizing the unity of both families, fidelity, virginity, and financial security. This is also a Victorian-era tradition, but is now a part of many weddings celebrated in many countries.

Christians believe that marriage is one of the Seven Sacraments and it is encouraged for couples to get married, that is why is it sometimes referred to as “Holy Matrimony”. And as far as Christian weddings go, Catholics believe it is morally wrong to divorce and if done, neither of the couple may remarry in the church.

The term “cocktail hour” comes from Italian tradition. At the start of a reception, the bridal party and all the guests are separated for an hour and served cocktails. Nowadays, this hour is typically used for taking pictures and getting things ready. As soon as the hour is over, the bride and groom and rest of the bridal party enter and perform their first dance. At one point, no gifts were given. Instead, everyone brought the newlyweds an envelope of money and received a wedding favor in return.

In ancient Celtic times, the bride and groom to be married would tie their hands together (called “Handfasting“). This is where the phrase “typing the knot” came from. It’s rarely still used today, mainly in families that celebrate a pagan lifestyle.

And then there are the popular traditions such as rice. Rice is thrown to wish the newlyweds prosperity in their pantry.   This tradition has opened the door for many “green” alternatives such as, bird seed, bubbles,  & flower petals.  Then there’s the cake cutting ceremony where the bride and groom often smear cake on each other’s faces. And then there’s the part where the bride tosses her bouquet and the groom tosses his bride’s garter. Whoever catches the bouquet and garter is said to be the next in line to be married.

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

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.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach Florida.
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Why Use A Wedding Program?

Paper Persuasions

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.

Paper Persuasions, Photo by Genevieve Nisly Photography

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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