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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Say No to Blisters -
Keeping Your Feet Comfortable in Your Wedding Shoes

Shoes . . .

We all wear them. And no pair will be more important, or have more thought put into, than the ones you’ll wear on your wedding day.

Your wedding shoes:
  • are the perfect accessory for your wedding gown

  • will be photographed

  • will be oohed and aahed over by your guests

But you’re going to be on your feet for seven to eight hours straight easy, and . . .

There’s nothing worse than painful blisters, pinched toes, and hurting feet, especially on your wedding day.

Avoid hobbling around the next morning by:
  • Skipping narrow styles and opt for a pair with a wide toe box

  • Choosing a moderate heel (2 - 2 ½ inches is good)

  • Wearing those stilettos you’ve been dying to wear for the ceremony, then switching to something lower for the reception

  • Practicing walking in your shoes before your wedding day

  • Using cushiony insoles to help protect the bottoms of your feet

  • If you frequently get blisters, applying a blister preventative (try Dr. Scholl’s Blister Treatment or Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm), before putting on your shoes

  • Having blister treatment, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions, on hand in case your feet do start to rub
Looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Jean


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why We Do That - Origins of Popular Wedding Ceremony Traditions

A wedding ceremony is a wonderful event - a rite-of-passage full of ritual and symbolism.

Have you ever wondered where these rituals and practices come from and why we do these things? Then read on.

The White Wedding Gown


We can thank Queen Victoria for the tradition of wearing a white wedding gown. She was the first to wear a white satin and lace dress for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

Colored gowns were common at the time as white fabric was considered impractical (hard to come by, and hard to keep clean). Many brides wore their "Sunday Best."

Enter Queen Victoria. She had some beautiful lace that she wanted incorporated into her wedding gown. The final product was made of white satin. Although she wasn't the first royal bride to wear a white gown, it was her choice of attire that caught on and inspired brides to be married in white.

Today, while most brides still opt for the white gown, it’s not unusual to see non-white wedding gowns. Vera Wang’s fall 2014 bridal collection featured various shades of pink, including rose, coral and peony; and she also created bridal collections of red and black.

Bridesmaids Dressing Alike


Centuries ago, all of the women, including the bride, dressed alike, not just the bridesmaids. This was to confuse the evil spirits who lurked around. The evil spirits intended to cause harm and ill will to the bride. Since everyone was dressed the same, the evil spirits couldn't tell who was the bride, and so were unable to cause any harm or mischief.

The Ceremony Processional


The ceremony starts with the processional, the formal entering of the wedding party.

Many couples have only the bride's attendants walk in during the processional (with the groom's attendants coming out with the groom and officiant), however having the entire wedding party enter as couples is perfectly acceptable. It's your preference.

The processional dates back hundreds of years ago when a wedding ceremony was preceded by dancing (celebrating the joy of life) to the ceremony locale. Through the years the dancing evolved into the modern processional.

With This Ring



During the ceremony, couples exchange wedding rings.

The practice of exchanging wedding rings dates back thousands of years to the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks.

The symbolism of the wedding ring originated with the Egyptians. A ring is round, with no beginning and no end. It represents eternity and the never-ending love of the couple.

In ancient Rome and Greece, wedding rings were used to represent a promise of fidelity.

Sealed With A Kiss


Who can forget the kiss when the couple are pronounced husband and wife? We can thank the Ancient Romans for this as they sealed contracts with a kiss. Also, it was believed that as a couple kiss, their breath intermingles, therefore giving each other a little bit of their souls.

Decorating The Getaway Car



Tying shoes to the back of the getaway car dates back to ancient Assyrian, Hebrew and Egyptian cultures where exchanging shoes sealed an agreement or contract.

Tin cans were later used although it is unclear as to when this practice began). It was thought that the clanking sound would scare away any evil spirits.

If you’re looking for fun ideas or help with your wedding plans, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Jean


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Photo Credits:

Queen Victoria - unknown

Bridesmaid walking down aisle, and
Bride and father walking down aisle
Jeff Schaefer

Stargazer lily with rings, and
First kiss
Sandra Reed

Bride with bridesmaids,
Wedding party lined up for processional, and
Decorated vehicle
Weddings From The Heart

Why We Do That - Origins of Popular Wedding Ceremony Traditions

A wedding ceremony is a wonderful event - a rite-of-passage full of ritual and symbolism.

Have you ever wondered where these rituals and practices come from and why we do these things? Then read on.

The White Wedding Gown


We can thank Queen Victoria for the traditional of wearing a white wedding gown. She was the first to wear a white satin and lace dress for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

Colored gowns were common at the time as white fabric was considered impractical (hard to come by, and hard to keep clean). Many brides wore their "Sunday Best."

Enter Queen Victoria. She had some beautiful lace that she wanted incorporated into her wedding gown. The final product was made of white satin. Although she wasn't the first royal bride to wear a white gown, it was her choice of attire that caught on and inspired brides to be married in white.

Today, while most brides still opt for the white gown, it’s not unusual to see non-white wedding gowns. Vera Wang’s fall 2014 bridal collection featured various shades of pink, including rose, coral and peony; and she also created bridal collections of red and black.

Bridesmaids Dressing Alike


Centuries ago, all of the women, including the bride, dressed alike, not just the bridesmaids. This was to confuse the evil spirits who lurked around. The evil spirits intended to cause harm and ill will to the bride. Since everyone was dressed the same, the evil spirits couldn't tell who was the bride, and so were unable to cause any harm or mischief.

The Ceremony Processional


The ceremony starts with the processional, the formal entering of the wedding party.

Many couples have only the bride's attendants walk in during the processional (with the groom's attendants coming out with the groom and officiant), however having the entire wedding party enter as couples is perfectly acceptable. It's your preference.

The processional dates back hundreds of years ago when a wedding ceremony was preceded by dancing (celebrating the joy of life) to the ceremony locale. Through the years the dancing evolved into the modern processional.

With This Ring



During the ceremony, couples exchange wedding rings.

The practice of exchanging wedding rings dates back thousands of years to the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks.

The symbolism of the wedding ring originated with the Egyptians. A ring is round, with no beginning and no end. It represents eternity and the never-ending love of the couple.

In ancient Rome and Greece, wedding rings were used to represent a promise of fidelity.

Sealed With A Kiss


Who can forget the kiss when the couple are pronounced husband and wife? We can thank the Ancient Romans for this as they sealed contracts with a kiss. Also, it was believed that as a couple kiss, their breath intermingles, therefore giving each other a little bit of their souls.

Decorating The Getaway Car



Tying shoes to the back of the getaway car dates back to ancient Assyrian, Hebrew and Egyptian cultures where exchanging shoes sealed an agreement or contract.

Tin cans were later used although it is unclear as to when this practice began). It was thought that the clanking sound would scare away any evil spirits.

If you’re looking for fun ideas or help with your wedding plans, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean


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Photo Credits:

Queen Victoria - unknown

Bridesmaid walking down aisle, and
Bride and father walking down aisle
Jeff Schaefer

Stargazer lily with rings, and
First kiss
Sandra Reed

Bride with bridesmaids,
Wedding party lined up for processional, and
Decorated vehicle
Weddings From The Heart

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Wedding Planning Q & A
What's So Difficult About Planning a Wedding?

Q. - What's so difficult about planning a wedding? It seems like a simple celebration with family, and throwing a party shouldn’t be hard, but in execution, this doesn’t seem to be an easy task. Why is that?

A. - Yes, you’re “throwing a party,” but a wedding is so much more than that.

First off, a wedding is a 2-part event, a ceremony and a reception (not just a party).

The ceremony is a rite of passage. Yeah, a big deal. So special attention is needed to give it the honor and respect it deserves.

Your wedding ceremony, particularly your vows, is your declaration of your commitment to each other, a “verbal contract” if you will.

Will you have readings? Do you want special music played during the ceremony itself? Are you wanting to get your guests emotionally involved in the ceremony (and not just be passive spectators)?

Also, not only will you be picking out a special venue for both the ceremony and reception that is suitable to the style of event you want, all of the other details are typically looked at and decided upon with more scrutiny, including the menu, beverages, décor (centerpieces, linens, lighting, etc.), entertainment.

Even though the reception is the “party” part, it’s not just any old party (regardless if your wedding will be formal or casual), so there will be a lot of "moving parts".

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  • The day will be documented (you’ll have a photographer and possibly a videographer).

  • You and your fiancé will get special attire.

  • You’ll be inviting lots of people, so you need to make them aware of what type of event to expect (Formal at a country club? Casual in the backyard? Something else?), so you’ll want invitations that reflect your event.

  • Maybe you want your first dance to be especially memorable, so dance lessons may be in order.

  • And so much more.
Yes, the devil is in the details. And planning a wedding includes A LOT of details.

Difficult? Doesn’t have to be.

Time and effort (and love)? Absolutely!

Let Weddings From The Heart take the difficulty out of your wedding plans. Contact me today at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 or by email at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net!

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean


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Bride-to-be planning wedding: batsheba / 123RF Stock Photo
Wedding related words: lyricsai / 123RF Stock Photo

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Need vs Want: What Do You Need to Get Married?



While talking with a bride several months ago, she mentioned that a friend of hers told her that she doesn’t need a wedding planner.

She then asked me what I thought.

Of course, since I am a wedding planner, you’re probably thinking that my answer was, ”Yes, you absolutely, positively, unequivocally do need a wedding planner.”

Well, sorry. No, that was not my answer.

Instead I told her that no, she does not NEED a wedding planner. But then again, to get married you also don’t NEED a florist, or a dj, or a photographer, or a caterer . . .

What DO you need? Well, to get married, there are really only 3 things that you need. They are:
  1. Two people
  2. A marriage license
  3. A person who can legally perform the ceremony
Everything else beyond that depends on what you WANT.
  • Do you want a stunning ambiance to your wedding decor? Do you want to enjoy the day before your wedding sipping mimosas and relaxing at the spa, (instead of spending hours making bouquets)? Do you want your floral arrangements to be fresh, and beautiful, and dazzling, and WOW?

    You hire a florist.

  • Do you want to share a delicious meal with friends and family? Do you want to avoid having your mom slave over a hot stove and oven the week of your wedding? Do you want an experience instead of just “food”?

    You hire a caterer.

  • Do you want your wedding day to be creative, fun, and represent you and your fiancé? Do you want to save money and time? Do you want to remain stress-free and have the peace of mind that your wedding day will turn out how you envision it to be?

    You hire a wedding planner.
So . . .

What do you want?

Do you have questions or are looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Jean


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Rising Costs of Being A Wedding Guest

The newspaper headline said, “It’s getting pricier to be a wedding guest.” Naturally I had to read it.

Why is it getting pricier? The article didn’t really say, other than citing wedding gifts, travel to the wedding locale, attire, and other wedding related festivities. But haven’t those expenditures always been linked to attending a wedding in some shape or form?

It also cites that weddings used to be community affairs where friends and family members took care of the food, photos, music, etc. So how does this really affect what it costs to attend a wedding?

While the article doesn’t give any clear explanation, think of it this way . . .

Where the wedding is held

Weddings were community affairs as the bride and groom were often from (and possibly still lived in) the same town, as did their families and friends. Everyone knew everyone. Meaning . . . the wedding took place where everyone was.

Fast forward to today . . .

College and job prospects now take the bride and groom away from the towns where they grew up. So, where to have the wedding? The bride’s home town? The groom’s? Maybe the town where they currently live? Either way, many people will have to travel beyond just driving across town.

So if they have to travel anyway, why not a destination wedding?

Travel = airfare and lodging. An expenditure that didn’t exist in the times of “community affair” weddings.

Gifts from the wedding guests

The article also shares a couple views of increasing costs of wedding gifts that I can only explain as faulty logic:

1. Your gift should be “equivalent to how well you’re wined and dined” by the bride and groom.

Um, no.

Your gift is a GIFT. Merriam-Webster defines ‘gift’ as “a thing given willingly to someone without payment.” What you choose to give the couple is not compensation for what they paid for their event.

2. “People instinctively knew what a couple needed to start housekeeping.”

Guess what. People still know this. They haven’t forgotten. However, couples are typically older and have established a household already by the time they get married. They have pots and pans, tablecloths, bed linens and whatnot needed to “start housekeeping.”

Is it getting pricier to be a wedding guest. Absolutely. The dynamics of weddings have changed.

But then again isn’t everything (groceries, filling the gas tank, seeing a movie, . . .)?

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Super Easy Ways to Decorate the Newlyweds’ Car for a Stylish Getaway

Photo credit: Just Married via photopin (license)

Q. - What are the best decoration ideas for the bride and groom's getaway car?

A. - Back in the 5th century people threw shoes at the bride and groom. This practice eventually evolved to shoes being tied to the couples’ getaway carriage. This was done to wish the couple luck and to represent the happy couple being tied (or committed) to each other.

And back in Tudor England (14th - 16th centuries), tin cans were tied to the back of the vehicle.

Photo credit: © Romaset | Dreamstime.com

The noise they created scared off any evil spirits who may try to cause trouble for the newlyweds.

Today, decorating the couple’s getaway car is a fun gesture, to call attention to the newlyweds as they drive away from their wedding reception.

There are many fun and easy ways to creatively decorate the newlyweds' getaway car.

* Window clings (quick and easy).

Photo credit: liorpt | 123RF Stock

* A floral arrangement on the hood of the car.


Photo credit: © Pfluegler | Dreamstime.com

* “Just Married” or “Honk! We’re Married!” signs or banners. Other sign/banner ideas: “Lovebirds,“Tied the Knot,“Newlyweds on Board.” Don't you just love the "Marriage Rocks" sign?

Photo credit: © Joshua Rainey | Dreamstime.com

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* Glass markers work great to write on the car’s windows. You could also use soap, but soap is difficult to write with and doesn’t show up as well.

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A couple other fun décor ideas are:

* Steamers are fun and colorful. If there’s potential for rain use metallic streamers instead of crepe paper ones (the metallic ones won’t “bleed”).

* Balloons (attached to the outside, or stuffed inside).

A few car decorating “Don’ts”

* Don’t use shaving cream or whipped cream as they may damage the paint on the vehicle (not to mention extremely messy - what newlyweds want to spend their wedding night cleaning the car?)

* Don’t use glitter or silly string (way too messy).

* Don’t attach anything with electrical or masking tape (can pull off paint).

Have questions or looking for fun ideas for your wedding? Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937- 235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean