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How to Make Your Male Guests Feel Special at Your Wedding

It is a commonly believed myth that men do not like to receive favors at weddings.

I mean, men are far too cool to enjoy personalized chocolates, receive silver bottle openers, down whiskey miniatures or blow bubbles in the shape of wedding cakes aren’t they?

Of course they’re not! In fact, men are increasingly feeling more and more ousted from wedding receptions as their female partners and children are munching through the Jordan almonds, whilst they have nothing to enjoy!

The ancient tradition of brides favoring their female guests has been part and parcel of wedding celebrations for so long that it’s about time this changed.

Research shows that providing they are not too girlie, men adore getting favors at weddings and brides who are already adopting this idea are finding it very well received by all their guests.

Even in terms of the table settings, by giving every guest a favor it adds uniformity to the reception tables and at the same time makes all your guests feel special, which they are!

So, what should you favor your male guests with? Is there a particular favor to give? Well, there is no set favor to give a male guest especially and as it is a very modern idea, the possibilities are endless!

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Chocolate in any form is always a winner; whether it is personalized, heartshaped, on a lollipop, in a box, on a plaque, in a box or in a bag, most guests don’t seem to mind what format it takes as long as it is plentiful!!!

Wine wedding favors also qualify as excellent choices. These may be bottle openers, corkscrews, bottle stoppers, wine sets, wine charms, coasters etc.

Personalized matchbooks are also a great choice for your male guests.

An increasingly popular choice is also the alcoholic miniature; these can be personalized too and look great at place settings. Don’t expect these to be the kind of favor that ends up going home with your guests, they are guaranteed to be consumed there and then!!!

Tuxedo Shaped Boxes and Top Hat shaped boxes are also an excellent idea as these can be filled with your choice of confectionery or, if you want to go for something a little different, why not go for a lottery ticket?

Favors such as these are guaranteed to raise a smile!

Whatever your choice of favor on your big day, just spare a thought for those male guests who more often than not, leave weddings empty-handed. Splash out on gifts for your male guests and you’ll be so glad you did!

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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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