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The Perfect Wedding Guest Book

The wedding guest book is a very important but often forgotten detail of the wedding. It is very important for your future memories of the wedding. It will become the only written and documented record of who attended the wedding. The wedding guest book will be something that you can pull out in the future and read over and remember your special day. It is therefore to plan ahead and select the perfect wedding guest book to suit your needs. Below are some ideas that can be used or you can make you own custom wedding guest book.

Themes –
The most obvious and fun way to have a unique and individual guest book is to use one that will compliment the theme of the wedding. After the wedding guest book will be the first impression of the wedding that most of your guests will have. So this is not very shocking but if you have a fairy tale theme wedding with knights in shinning armor and a beautiful white horse etc. Then you will want to pick a wedding guest book that follows along with this magical fair tale theme.

Wedding Guest Book Platter –
The wedding guest book platter is a new non-traditional guest book but it can nonetheless be a very fun and unique. The nice thing about the wedding guest book platter is that it can easily be displayed afterwards. While the more traditional wedding guest book will be kept away the wedding guest book platter can be displayed publicly and everyone can read the plate without opening a book. There are many companies online that make these they are easy to find. However, they make for a unique wedding guest book that your guests are sure to remember.

Photo Wedding Guest Book –
Here is a great idea that has become very popular recently a photo guest book. This can be especially fun for those that are into scrapbooking. This is a very easy yet unique guest book that can create many fun memories of the wedding in a very visual way. Simply take a picture of the Bride and Groom with a digital camera. Print the photo and glue insert it into either a photo album or a regular guest book. They should then put a little message in the guest book to their guests. Something like “Thanks for coming to our wedding, it is a big special day for us and we hope you will enjoy it also.” Then leave this out with a Polaroid or digital camera and enough film to ensure that everyone get a few chances to take pictures. As guests come in they can take their picture and place it into the guest book with a little message.

Puzzle Guest Book
Wow! Want another non-traditional and very creative way to do a wedding guest book? You can do this by taking a favorite picture of the couple before the big day and turning this into a large puzzle. There are many places online that can easily turn a photo into a large puzzle. Then assemble the puzzle

Monogrammed Wedding Guest Book
Want to add an extra special touch to the wedding guest book? One easy and fun way to do this is have the book custom-made with the monograms of the Bride and Groom.

These are just a few of the many thousands of creative ideas you will have. It is necessary to spend time before hand when you are not stressed with a million other details. Think about the theme, colors and tone of the wedding and try to incorporate as much of these as you can. Again plan ahead and leave yourself enough time.

Platter, Photo, Monogrammed  & Photo Frame Guest Books photos courtesy of Beau-coup.com

Sam Smith is the owner of Plan Best Wedding found at http://www.planbestwedding.com
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Classic Style Trumps Trendy Ideas for a Wedding

Wedding album, videos and a carefully preserved gown — your wedding mementos are meant to be precious reminders of your special day. But you may find yourself cringing with shame when you look at your album years down the road if you choose trendy over traditional style for the look of your wedding.

It’s easy to tell the difference between a look that’s trendy and a more classic style. Think of the bell bottoms and love beads from the ‘70s and big hair and “Dynasty”-style gowns of the ‘80s — looks that were “hot” at one time, but that years later elicit an eye-roll and a “what was I thinking” attitude from women who wore them.

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, 1957

Now consider the elegance, grace and demure femininity of icons like Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn. Their style was classic and timeless — and one that today’s smart bride mimics to ensure she’ll love the look of her wedding as much in 20 years as she does the day she walks down the aisle.

Today’s bride knows that choosing fabrics, silhouettes and accessories borrowed from the classic era — the 1940s through the 1960s — will give her wedding and gown timeless appeal. No dated looks from easy-to-identify fashion fads for her. The classic look also plays well with the growing trend to achieve less with more by accenting the basics with luxurious finishing touches.
Here’s how to achieve that classic look for your spring wedding:
The Dress
Avoid large, modern swags of fabrics in favor of silhouettes that emphasize an hourglass figure. Nipped-in waists, or waistlines defined with belts and sashes, often in a color that slightly contrasts with the dress, create an elegant, eternal style. You can draw your classic style from the ‘40s, ‘50s and even ‘60s.
Designers offer charming gowns that evoke the look of 1950s prom dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts in tulle, lace and appliqué. For a 1960s look, a shorter, sophisticated frock with a gathered waist and narrow skirt will be reminiscent of the classic ‘60s cocktail dress.
The Accessories
A veil is essential for classic bridal style, and birdcage veils with large netting that falls at cheekbone length epitomize the look. These simple veils frame the bride’s glowing face and highlight special jewelry. Ladylike wrist-length gloves are the perfect complement to vintage bridal looks.
The classic bridal look is a perfect match with a simple and elegant pair of pearl stud earrings and a lustrous 16-inch strand of cultured pearls around the bride’s neck. Pearls have long been associated with the essence of sophisticated womanhood in American pop culture.
“The Hindu Lord Krishna is said to have offered pearls to his daughter as a wedding gift, which is where pearls and weddings were first married,” says Jeremy Shepherd of PearlParadise.com, the world’s largest online pearl company. “Pearls are considered a symbol of purity, making them the perfect fit with a bride’s white dress.” Shepherd recommends white akoya pearls, a saltwater pearl that grows primarily in the coastal areas of Japan and China.
Considered to be the classic pearls for jewelry, akoya pearls are prized for their perfect round shape, mirror-like luster and soft, neutral colors.
The Look
Tie a classic dress and accessories together with a polished hairstyle such as a bun or chignon and keep makeup understated. Dark brown or black eyeliner extended slightly past the end of the eyelid, a touch of black mascara and a shade of red lipstick perfectly matched to the bride’s complexion are all that’s necessary to complete the perfect, classic Hollywood face.
— Courtesy of ARAcontent

Getting Married? How To Change Your Name

A marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

Make your new name official. If you’ve decided to change your name, the easiest way is to apply for the NAME CHANGE is at the same time you apply for your Marriage License.  It will save you extra paperwork, time, and money. You’ll receive a simple form to submit to the Social Security Administration and you’re on your way.

If you wait until after your honeymoon, you’ll need to revisit the Probate Court where you reside (with your Birth Certificate) and fill out a CHANGE OF NAME APPLICATION.    A hearing date (need not be present) is set by the Court, normally 45 to 50 days from the date of filing. At least 30 days prior to hearing, you must have published a Notice of Change of Name in a newspaper of general circulation and proof filed with the Court. Your local Probate Court will help explain how to do this.

Once you receive notice that the Court granted your name change, proceed with your Social Security card and driver’s license. Without these, you won’t get very far down the list of other important changes. Some institutions only require a phone call others may ask for a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card. Always arm yourself with a certified marriage license — be sure it has a raised seal, which means it’s authentic.

  • Social Security Card
    Contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 or download form SS-5 online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov. Once you’ve filled it out, you can either mail it in or turn it in directly. Your new card will be free.
  • Driver’s License
    Visit the Department of Motor Vehicles, which requires you to make a personal appearance. Bring  your certified marriage license & Social Security card.
  • Car Registration
  • Car Insurance
  • Voter Registration
  • Passport Do not do this before the wedding — your passport name must match the name on your ticket and all other travel documents!
  • Checks and Checking Accounts
  • Savings Accounts
  • IRAs & CDs
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Credit Cards
  • Loans
  • Stock, Bonds
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Will
  • Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Property Titles
  • Leases
  • School Registration
  • Professional Information
  • Employee Records
  • Business Cards/Letterhead
  • Return Address Labels
  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Notify Post Office

While this list is by no means complete, it will give you a head start on getting everything changed to your new name.

For more marriage license information, click here

Money Can’t Buy Love: Northeast Ohio weddings still going strong despite economic downturn

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by Jennifer Boresz on January 20, 2010

Weddings tend to boom during decade years.

Who knew?

My fiancé, Brian, and I sure didn’t plan to get married in 2010 for any particular reason. It’s just the way things worked out. But bridal vendors throughout Northeast Ohio are hoping others will also choose this decade year to plan their big day. It would give their businesses a boost, following a not-so-great 2009.

It seems that just about everyone has been impacted by the struggling economy. Even though some couples in 2009 worked within a budget to throw the weddings of their dreams, others decided to postpone their big days. A decrease in wedding funds may delay plans, but bridal vendors can count on one thing: People will still continue to fall in love and get married.

This Friday night (January 22, 2009)  at 8:30 on NEOtropolis, we’ll talk about the economic impact of Northeast Ohio weddings. If you think about it, just one wedding — one single day — touches many different vendors. By having your wedding here in the region, instead of a “destination wedding” out of the state or even the country, you’re actually helping the local economy.

According to the Wedding Report through the Bridal Association of America, the average U.S. wedding cost more than $30,000 in 2009! (Now I’m not saying everyone pays that much, but can you imagine the impact thousands of weddings have on Northeast Ohio businesses each year?)

Here are some interesting statistics from the same 2009 study that I thought you might enjoy:

17 months = average engagement time

169 = average number of guests

26 = average age of bride

28 = average age of groom

2,326,485 = numbers of weddings in the United States (a 2.37 percent increase from 2008)

I’m proud to say that since Brian and I are both native Northeast Ohio residents, we are using all local vendors for our June wedding. We’re even incorporating elements from the Lake Erie shore into our centerpieces and decor to reflect the region we love.

What about you? Are you a bride or groom who is planning a wedding? Will it take place in the region? Or, if you’ve been to a wedding recently, did you notice that it was less extravagant due to the economy? What stood out? And who are your favorite Northeast Ohio vendors?


See Today’s Bride’s own Jim Frericks and Jennifer Fyffe discuss the outlook for the Northeast Ohio bridal industry on this episode of NEOtropolis.

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via Episode 112: The Business of Brides.

January is Bridal Show Month!

January is a very busy month for bridal show producers, including Today’s Bride.  We are the largest Bridal Show producer in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years, bringing newly engaged couples hundreds of wedding professionals all in one place!  It’s one-stop-shopping for all your bridal needs.

This Sunday, January 17th will be our largest show of the season at the IX Center in Cleveland.  Over 200 wedding professionals will be on hand, from florists to teeth whitening, Bridal gowns in Henri’s gown showroom to photobooths that will add additional craziness and fun to your reception.  It’s all here!  Beautiful fashions shows highlighting this seasons most sought-after gowns will be at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 3:30pm, brought to you by Henri’s Cloud Nine with fashions from Henri’s, Expressions Bridal, David’s Bridal, Dora’s Bridal & Formal and more!  For the Mother-of, beautiful gowns from Peneventures will also be featured.  Don’t forget to check out the American Commodore Tuxedo dancers showing off the latest in formal attire for the groom too!  They are sure to rock the show!

Doors will be open from 10am to 5pm.  Admission at the door is $10 but you can get a $3 off coupon or buy tickets online for 50% off by pre-registering at www.todaysbride.com.  Parking is $8.

To help you prepare for the show, check out our bridal survival guid by clicking here.  Come to the show excited and prepared!

Who Officiates Your Wedding Ceremony?

destin-officiantThe ceremony is the most important part of your big day. Here are a few things to think about when choosing your officiant.

Want friends and family to take part in the ceremony?  Booking your officiant and your ceremony site is generally done about 11 months before the wedding. If you want a religious service but don’t belong to a particular church, know that some churches will allow nonmembers to marry there.

Also, some clergypeople will agree to marry a couple at a nonreligious site. Since your officiant will be the “master of ceremonies,” it’s important that you both feel comfortable with him or her. Ask these key questions:

  • Is he or she licensed by the state to perform marriages?
  • Can you see the license?
  • What are the fees for the officiant’s services and for the use of the site? (Expect a fee ranging anywhere from $100 to $600 for the ceremony.)
  • Is your officiant open to personalizing your ceremony? Will he or she spend time getting to know the two of you?
  • Can he or she suggest music, readings and ways to incorporate family and friends into the service?
  • What documents must you present (e.g., marriage license, divorce decrees)?
  • For a religious ceremony: Does the officiant require you to take pre-marriage classes or counseling before the ceremony?
  • Is it permissible for the two of you to write your own vows?
  • Are there any music restrictions? (Some churches allow only religious pieces to be performed.)
  • Can the photographer and videographer work in the sanctuary?
  • Are there any décor restrictions at your ceremony site? Also, are decorations or props, like an aisle runner or pew ribbons, provided?
  • How much time is available for setup and cleanup? Is there another wedding planned right before or after your ceremony? (You don’t want to feel pressed for time.)
  • When will the wedding rehearsal be held? (Book the time and confirm at a later date.)

Consider these special readings:

Corinthians 13:4-8, The Bible “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful…”

Apache Marriage Blessing “Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other…”

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116 “Let me not to the marriage of true minds/Admit impediments. Love is not love/Which alters when it alteration finds…”

Goethe “It is the true season of Love when we believe that we alone can love; that no one could ever have loved as much before, and that no one will ever Love in the same way after us.”

~Rachel Griffiths

For a list of Wedding Officiants in the Akron/Canton/Cleveland areas, click here

How to Choose a Wedding Dress for a Second Marriage

andrewjohns_weddingWhen you get married the second time, it’s a brand new beginning. However, many second-time brides find themselves wondering how to choose a wedding dress for a second marriage. Sure, your great-aunt Betty may have some silly idea that you can’t wear white or you have to do things a certain way, but this is your wedding.

Step 1
Choose a style that is age appropriate. The low-cut, off-the-shoulder gown you wanted in your 20s may not be the appropriate choice at this point in your life. So, choose a wedding dress that will be age appropriate for your second marriage.
Step 2
Forget what people say and choose any color you want. Some people have the idea that you can’t wear white when getting married for the second time, but this is actually acceptable. Of course you have more options than just white. You can choose from ecru, ivory and pastels for your wedding. You can wear just about any color you choose as long as you like it.
Step 3
Keep in mind the wedding setting. When you’re choosing your wedding dress, make sure it is appropriate for the setting. If you are having a formal setting for your second marriage, then go with a formal gown. However, if the setting will be more laid back, such as on a beach, then something that is informal is perfectly fine for your wedding dress.
Step 4
Forgo the blusher. Usually the blusher is for first-time brides. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have some great accessories to highlight your face and hair, though. Consider a beautiful hat, tiara or hair jewelry that will accentuate the beauty and glow on your face.

Step 5
Don’t forget your unique personality. You want to choose a dress that will show off your own personality. Find a dress that suits you and your outlook on life, and you’ll look and feel great in your wedding dress on the big day.

Step 6
Find a dress that flatters your body. You want to look and feel great on your big day. This means you want a dress that hides your flaws and highlights your best features. Take some time to try on various dresses and find the one that looks the best on you. If you are not sure of yourself, take along a friend to help you figure out which wedding dress really looks the best.