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Top 10 Things to Avoid on Your Wedding

By: Dave J. Davies

There is nothing worse than a wedding that ends up as a total disaster. You’ve spent a lot of money, your family and friends have shared their time and experience. The perfect wedding isn’t always easy to pull off. It takes a lot of work to make that special day a lot of fun.

Experts on weddings all give tips and information on how to have a perfect wedding. What they sometimes neglect is the things you should avoid completely. Here are a few tips about things not to do to make your wedding better.

1. Spend Way Too Much Money On Your Wedding

Many couples make this mistake, and it can ruin your entire wedding, and years into your marriage. A perfect wedding isn’t about spending thousands of dollars. It isn’t the price of the wedding that makes it a success. Your guests aren’t going to ask you how much you spent on china and catering. (If they do, you have permission not to answer.)

Develop a budget and stick to it. If you plan far enough in advance, you can have the wedding you want without spending a lot of money. Don’t spend money where you don’t need it. Write down what’s most important to you at the wedding, and research ways to save money on your wedding, so you can save or spend the money as you want later.

2. Forgetting What Will Make It Fun For You

You and your other half have worked hard to get to this moment. You’ve made a commitment to each other, and you know those little quirks and the individual personalities. Does this come through in your wedding? Is this wedding simply filled with things and objects?

Who says the bride has to wear white? Who says the cake has to be traditional? Who says you have to be inside a church? Weddings are not about tradition any more. It’s about a wonderful day, shared with family and friends, as they join you in celebrating becoming husband and wife. Forget tradition if that’s not what will make it a special day for you. Do what you want.

3. Using Just Anyone In Your Wedding

Too many people quickly pick a Master of Ceremonies, a DJ, caterers, without spending time with them. That’s crazy! You never know what the person might say or do. He could be so boring. That caterer could be completely rude. You simply don’t know if you don’t talk to the people before hand.

Don’t pick out a DJ, or a preacher or anyone else involved in your ceremony or involved in the reception based on rates alone. Get referrals from everyone, and talk to each of your options. Get to know them a little bit and you’ll find a personality match.

4. Disorganization On All Sides

The reason why many couples spend much more than they really should have on a wedding is usually due to disorganization. Party favors get bought early on, and then are misplaced and have to be repurchased. That location you wanted, you delayed on getting and now it is no longer available.

It happens at many weddings. Probably the worst offense being tuxes rented too late or wedding rings being misplaced. Such small things can be so much trouble. Help yourself and your loved ones by setting aside one area where you can keep everything organized and together.  For items that need to be reserved, rented, etc, keep a calendar of important dates with your planning information.  Download the Today’s Bride 40pg Wedding Planner to help with all of your planning needs.

5. Rainy Day Wedding

Too many people neglect to check the weather and make separate preparations in case there is going to be rain. Check the weather in your area the week before. You could actually save yourself some trouble by picking beautiful indoor locations for the wedding ceremony and reception.

6. Celebrating The Night Before Or The Morning Of

A huge mistake made by a lot of bride and grooms or friends of the bride and groom is the huge celebration made the night before. It’s common, especially for friends of the groom, to go out and drink and celebrate the night before. However, the disasters that have occurred because of this are plentiful in wedding history.

Think before going out the night before. If you’re planning a celebration, consider having it two or more nights before the wedding. Let the few days and nights before the wedding be relaxing.

7. Not Doing The Wedding Planning As A Couple

All too often, the bride takes over most of the wedding planning, leaving the groom with nothing to do. This is a common mistake. The wedding is just as much for the groom as it is for the bride. Let him pick out a few things he’d like in the wedding as well.

Ask him what he’d like to help out with. Make sure he gets to choose elements that will make it a special day for him too. Working on this together can help strengthen the relationship as well.

8. Being The Star And Asking Too Much

Yes, the bride is usually the star of the wedding, but does that mean that it has to be all about you? Ask for too much from your wedding party , and you could be left disappointed and losing friendships. Take it easy, girl. Remember why you’re inviting your closest family and friends to the wedding, or asking for their help. Be kind to them.

9. Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen Syndrome

Everyone wants to be involved in the wedding planning, both mother-in-laws to be, best friends, sisters, cousins, etc. Everyone wants to contribute because they want to feel they mean something to the bride and groom. In some cases, it can get too overwhelming. Remain organized and in charge of your wedding. Pass out assignments to those who want one, and keep it that way.

10. Is This A Wedding Or Just A Fancy Party?

Weddings don’t have to be traditional, but some people forget the meaning behind the wedding. It’s about the couple coming together as husband and wife, and sharing that moment with close friends and family. Make it special for everyone.

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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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How To Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet For A Lifetime

When you imagine your wedding bouquet sailing through the air as you toss it toward eagerly waving hands, how do you see it?

Floral arrangment by Flowerama

Flowers by Flowerama

There are thousands of different types of bouquets, each one stunning and unique. There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to creating the wedding bouquets, the flowers and accents play a big part, but also if they will have long or short stems, how the bouquet will be wired together or if it will be placed in a holder. Every little detail is thought of by the florist and needs your approval.

The whole point of a bridal bouquet is to accentuate the wedding gown. You do not want the bunch of flowers to take focus away from the dress. If you have a Victorian style dress or one that is on the petite side, a small elegant short-stemmed one tied with a ribbon will accent the gown and bring it all together.

If your wedding gown is elaborately made out of layers of satin and lace with a long train, you may want to choose a wedding bouquet of larger flowers known as cascade style. The petals of the flowers are tear shaped and flow downward toward the gown.

You should also consider the brides body frame when choosing a wedding bouquet. There are certain types that do not compliment certain body types.

Timeless Moments Flower Preservation

Most brides want to preserve their wedding flowers. There are several ways that you can do this. Air drying and pressing the bunch is the oldest used method of preservation today. When you use these methods, your flowers will not look fresh; they will lose their color and finally wither away. This will also happen if you use dry silica gel.

The best way to preserve the flowers is to freeze dry it. This not only preserves the colors, but also helps it hold its shape. This method needs to be done by a professional, but your bouquet will last a lifetime.

When considering preservation of your wedding flowers, remember to avoid putting in certain flowers like some orchids to make the flowers stay as fresh looking as possible.

Summary:
The most important part of choosing a wedding bouquet is the final arrangement. You can go with the traditional one or an unconventional one-of-a-kind work of art.  It is your decision. Those who have a wild side have often chosen the unconventional! Just remember, your bouquet will be in your wedding photos forever, so choose correctly.

For more information on preserving your bridal bouquet, visit Timeless Moments Flower Preservation in the Greater Cleveland/Akron/Canton area.

Visit our list of area florists here.  Each one is looking forward to speaking with you about your ideas!

Source: Brooke Hayles,  Free Articles

How to Decide on Your Wedding Cake

Your wedding should be one of the most memorable days in your life. Before you even start planning the wedding there are many details you need to see too. The first thing you and your finance need to discuss is how much you are willing to spend on the whole wedding. Many couples try to make the perfect day by supplementing their wedding with credit cards. This can actually add a lot of stress to the day, and in the end disappoint you. It is more important for you to pick a style of wedding that will fit in your budget, without going so far into debt that you start off with a bad financial outlook. Having said that let’s talk about just the cake portion of your wedding.

West Side Bakery

Part of getting your wedding prepared is the reception and of course the main centerpiece the cake. The cake can be any type from a simple style to the most elaborate. Again when asking how much to spend on your wedding cake that will be up to you. Most wedding cake designers offer a cake around 400 pounds and up. The more decorative you get with the cake the more it will cost. If you decide to have each layer in the cake be a different filling the cost will also increase. It is easier for the wedding cake designer to make one type of filling over four.

All Occasions

The design of the cake will also make a difference. If the cake needs special cake and more time to create you are going to pay a little more for it. The easiest cakes are the square or round cakes. They can be done in a regular cake pan and then the decorations can be added. Something more elaborate like a tower cake or the Castle of Edinburgh is going to require more time.

Your cake should have a particular meaning to you. This means you should choose the type of cake and the design based on the theme of your special day or a special meaning to you and your fiance.

White Flower Cake Shoppe

Only you can know how much you want to spend on the cake. Remember that there are some ways to spend a little less if you have a restrictive budget.  For other pointers in how much to spend on your wedding cake you should look at how many individuals would be attending. This will help you decide if you need the larger cake or the smaller cake. You can add or drop layers to most designs based on the amount of individuals you need to serve. It is your happy day so don’t let too many things influence your decisions.

Visit these great wedding cake designers and many more on our website TodaysBride.com Wedding Cake Vendors

Planning the Rehearsal Dinner

Thanks to GroomGroove.com for this information.  Grooms, check out their site for more Groom and Best man Info.

Whether you’re having a formal wedding or one in your backyard wedding, the wedding rehearsal dinner is an opportunity to relax with friends and family before the demands of wedding day kick in. It’s typically one of the groom’s duties to plan a rehearsal dinner. The guys at GroomGroove.com vote in favor of taking it easy, and for grooms to volunteer to plan it.

Formal Table Setting Guide

Most brides will never even have to worry with setting a formal place setting at their reception; however, I wanted to share this table setting guide in the event that you and your husband-to-be plan to use that new china you registered for and entertain guests after the wedding. Therefore, if you’re unsure on how to set a formal place setting, now you’ll know! 🙂



The placement of utensils is guided by the menu, the idea being that you use utensils in an “outside in” order.

Service Plate: This large plate, also called a charger, serves as an underplate for the plate holding the first course, which will be brought to the table. When the first course is cleared, the service plate remains until the plate holding the entrée is served, at which point the two plates are exchanged. The charger may serve as the underplate for several courses which precede the entrée.

Salad Plate:  The medium-sized plate is the first plate used during the course of the meal.  This plate will be placed directly on top of the charger and removed when finished to allow the next course to be placed.

Butter plate: The small butter plate is placed above the forks at the left of the place setting.

Dinner fork: The largest of the forks, also called the place fork, it is placed on the left of the plate. Other smaller forks for other courses are arranged to the left or right of the dinner fork, according to when they will be used.

Fish fork: If there is a fish course, this small fork is placed farthest to the left of the dinner fork because it is the first fork used.

Salad fork: If salad is served after the entrée, the small salad fork is placed to the right of the dinner fork, next to the plate. If the salad is to be served first, and fish second, then the forks would be arranged (left to right): salad fork, fish fork, dinner fork.

Cake For & Dessert Spoon: If dessert will be served, these utensils should be placed directly above the service plate pointing in opposite directions.

Dinner knife: The large dinner knife is placed to the right of the dinner plate.

Fish knife: The specially shaped fish knife goes to the right of the dinner knife.

Salad knife: (Note: there is no salad knife in the illustration.) If used, according to the above menu, it would be placed to the left of the dinner knife, next to the dinner plate. If the salad is to be served first, and fish second, then the knives would be arranged (left to right):dinner knife, fish knife, salad knife.

Soup spoon or fruit spoon: If soup or fruit is served as a first course, then the accompanying spoon goes to the right of the knives.

Oyster fork: If shellfish are to be served, the oyster fork is set to the right of the spoons. Note: It is the only fork ever placed on the right of the plate.

Butter knife: This small spreader is paced diagonally on top of the butter plate, handle on the right and blade down.

Glasses: These can number up to five and are placed so that the smaller ones are in front. The water goblet is placed directly above the knives. Just to the right goes a champagne flute; In front of these are placed a red and/or white wine glass and a sherry glass

M. Napkin: The napkin is placed on top of the charger (if one is used) or in the space for the plate.

In general:

Knife blades are always placed with the cutting edge toward the plate.

No more than three of any implement is ever placed on the table, except when an oyster fork is used in addition to three other forks. If more than three courses are served before dessert, then the utensil for the fourth course is brought in with the food; likewise the salad fork and knife may be brought in when the salad course is served.

For more information on Wedding Etiquette, visit The Emily Post Institute website.

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