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Making Your Ceremony Yours July 27, 2009

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Many brides and grooms are so excited to get married that they plan their futures together and they plan the details of the reception, but they don’t pay much attention to the ceremony. Short and sweet makes a happy group of guests. Get to the party!

Having a short ceremony isn’t a bad thing. Just don’t forget the sweet part. Put some thought into how the ceremony will take place and how you want to incorporate your personalities. Here’s an example. Ever seen 18 Kids and Counting? When the eldest Duggar boy got married, he and his bride added to their vows that they would trust God with the size of their family. This may seem extreme to you, but it was on their hearts to include it in their vows before the people they loved.

Writing your own vows is another good way to make them personal. This may seem like a daunting task, so here are a few tips for making it easier. Begin several months before the wedding. Give yourself time to come up with ideas, edit them and edit them again. Make a list of the things that you think are important to let your future spouse know. Remember that these will be vows that you make in front of many people who will be involved in your life and your marriage. Your vows should be considered an oath that your friends and family will keep you accountable to in the future. In fact, many officiants will charge the guests with the task to support the marriage in this way. Think about the things that you would want from your spouse and promise those things to them despite whether or not you receive them too.

If you have special readings or songs in the ceremony, explain either aloud or in the programs why you chose that piece and what it means to you as a couple. There is so much symbolism in a wedding ceremony. Share that with your guests. Put it in your album. Remember it through the years.

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Contest Winner – Inspiration Boards July 14, 2009

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Remember that contest we had a while back? Here’s the winner! Jen will receive a free consultation as well as a basket of goodies to help her de-stress.

Board created by Jennifer Robison

Board created by Jennifer Robison

 

Guest Blogger-Covenant Marriage July 10, 2009

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“When you pledge yourself to your husband before God and all your family and friends, do you really mean it?  Is “for better or for worse” really your intention?  If it is, then consider a covenant marriage.  A covenant marriage is basically a strengthened marriage license.  Couples agree to participate in pre-marital counseling, as well as pre-divorce counseling, if the need should arise.  This diminishes the divorce rate and increases the amount of happy and healthy marriages and families.  With the rate of broken families skyrocketing, a call to commitment is necessary.  Don’t make your wedding vows temporary, make them forever.”

-Megan

 

Guest Blogger: Etiquette July 7, 2009

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“Etiquette is possibly the most complex issue that you’ll tackle during your engagement.  Everyone has a differing opinion.  E-invites are uncivil, money dances are a semi-sin, non-handwritten envelopes say “I care more about hand cramps than I do about you”, etc.  But for goodness sakes, please don’t forget to write thank you notes.  While doing introductions at my shower, a relative chose that moment to admonish my sister-in-law by saying, ‘And by the way, Rachael, I’m still waiting for my thank you note from your shower!'”

-Megan

 

Guest Blogger: Bride July 6, 2009

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Megan has gone through the stress of planning a wedding and is now enjoying that great thing called wedded bliss. I asked her to write as a guest blogger here this week, to give some advice on things she learned from experience. I hope you enjoy her witty posts. If you have a question for Megan, email me at jamie@designerplanning.com and I will pass it on to her.

“Having been engaged all of one time, I have recently been told that I am entitled to advise you during your brilliant engagement period.  I certainly do not profess to be an expert in nuptial matters, but I’m guessing that most of you are pretty new to this, so I can pretty much tell you what I want.  In hindsight, I think the most important lesson I learned was the following:  make sure that all extended family knows not to bring poodles to your wedding reception.  Apparently, that’s not a given.”

-Megan

 

DJ versus Live Band at the Reception: Part II June 26, 2009

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  DJ:  A really skillful DJ can really help to liven up the reception, and can engage with and respond to the audience.  He will know how to balance songs between slow and fast, different styles,  and set the right volume and feel to carry the event from dinner hour music through the last slow dance at the end of the night.  As with the band, he can announce the arrival of the wedding party, instruct people when to eat, announce the cake cutting, etc.  The benefit of a good DJ is that he / she can literally have 1000s of songs at the fingertips, and can take almost any request. He should be able to bring a very high quality sound and lighting system, if requested, and play any special songs you may desire.   As with the band, make sure they have experience performing at weddings, and get references. 
 
 Make sure your DJ knows the following at least 2 weeks prior to the big day:
 
1)     what time to arrive for their setup and sound check
2)     who their point of contact is
3)     where they can load and unload
4)     who will let them in
5)     where they can park
6)     what time to begin playing, timing of any special songs
7)     where their power outlet is located
8)     how much of a sound and / or lighting system they will need to bring
9)     attire (ie how formal)
10)  whether food and drinks are included with their fee.
11)  How they will be paid

 

Wedding Decorations June 15, 2009

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globe.candleSave on flowers and include other elements in your decorations. Enclosing flowers is a great way to cater to those with allergies. An arrangement like the one to the left, borrowed from the Wedding Flowers Guide, is beautiful and can be used with a variety of flowers. You don’t have to have gigantic centerpieces to make a statement. I think this would be breathtaking on a mirror, with tea lights surrounding it.

 

 

 

 

 

candle.flowerThis one, from Stylish Beach Weddings, has a sophisticated, modern look. Floating candles are right out of a fairy tale love story and the combination of flowers and stones at the bottom of each vase gives the look both a stability and a femininity. Being creative with your wedding decorations will give the affair a special quality and make it even more memorable.