Geneva Wedding 12 is giving away a Free Wedding on 12.12.12

From the dress and invitations to the music and reception, it is all included! Geneva Bride is thrilled to announce the Geneva Bride Wedding giveaway. The lucky winning couple will receive a complete wedding and reception for 125 guests. The wedding ceremony followed by drinks and appetizers will be held at the Herrington Inn & Spa, an award-winning boutique hotel and spa located along the banks of the Fox River. A reception will follow at Riverside Receptions complete with a wonderful collaborative dinner from some of Geneva’s top chefs.

Here’s how to win:

1. Visit Geneva, Illinois and create a 1-to-3-minute video explaining why you are the perfect Geneva wedding couple. The bride and groom must each appear at least once in your video, and it must feature at least one location (not a home) in Geneva.

Videos will be judged based on originality, personality, and the best presentation of Geneva as your ideal wedding location. When you’re done, upload your video to Youtube.

2. Complete the online application form.

3. Our judges will select 12 semi-finalists based on which videos show the most originality, the most personality, and the best presentation of Geneva as your ideal wedding location. Semi-finalist videos will be posted on the Geneva Wedding 12 website, where visitors will have 12 days to vote for the best video.

4. The 3 couples with the most video votes become finalists. Finalists will be interviewed by our judges, who will select a grand prize winner based on personality, originality and your presentation of yourself as the ideal Geneva bride and groom!

For a complete list of rules and entry guidelines, please click here.

Engagement Party Basics

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now, let’s celebrate. The engagement party, while not an absolutely necessity by any means, is a fun and relaxed way to kick off the wedding planning festivities early. Here’s a quick overview on the engagement party essentials…

Who: Traditionally, the bride’s family is responsible for hosting the engagement party, but every couple is different. It’s completely acceptable to have a party hosted by the groom’s family or a group of close pals. Or, if you prefer, host your own party in your home and invite friends to celebrate your good fortune with you.

What: The engagement party itself can be anything you want it to be, from a classy, lavish soiree to a backyard BBQ. Essentially, it’s just an opportunity to celebrate the news with the people you love so the theme can be as elegant or laid-back as you want.

When: The engagement party is the first official event of the wedding and traditionally happens shortly after you and your fiancé get engaged. There’s no set rule on how quickly a party should be hosted after the question is popped, but it’s typical for the celebration to be held in the first few weeks or months. This can vary depending on how long the engagement is slated to last. The important thing is that the engagement party is a separate celebration, not scheduled too close to the actual wedding.

Where: Determining a location for the engagement party is entirely up to you, or the party’s hosts. Some couples opt for their own home, or the home of a family member, while others go all out and rent out a hall or outside locale for the festivities. Just like the wedding, the party can be held anywhere you like.

Why: The main point of an engagement party is simply to celebrate that you two lovebirds are engaged. Gifts shouldn’t be expected, but don’t be surprised if some guests decide to bring one along. Registry information shouldn’t be included on the engagement party invites, but it isn’t a bad idea to already have your registry completed (or at least started) by the time the party rolls around to give guests some direction on gift purchasing should they choose to buy one.

Relay For Life – Luminaria Ceremony & Celebration of Life

2010 Relay For Life

Prospect High School
Friday, May 21st 4pm to 6:30am

Be sure to visit the Music By Design booth and say hi to our DJ Kyle.

Luminaria Ceremony

One important aspect of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those who have won their battle. One of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony.

As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those gone too soon. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.

Would you like to honor or remember someone with a luminaria during the Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony?

Would you like to honor or remember someone with a luminaria during the Relay For Life® Luminaria Ceremony of Hope?  Order your luminaria online now!

Celebration of Life

Survivors are the reason we Relay.

A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words “You have cancer”. And we invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay For Life.

Our goal is to create a world where more people survive cancer so they can celebrate another birthday. This year more than 11 million people will be able to do that thanks to the support of millions of dedicated Relay participants.

Survivors are the guests of honor at Relay. Some Relay For Life events may offer survivors special T-shirts or sashes or hold a special reception for survivors and caregivers. However, most Relays open with the Survivors Lap where survivors lead the way around the track while being honored and applauded by all participants. Being a part of the Survivors Lap allows survivors to celebrate what they’ve overcome while inspiring and motivating their community to fight. Survivors are proof that cancer can be defeated.

Relay For Life is also a great way for people to meet other survivors in their own community. In many communities, survivors form their own teams, join the Relay committee, or volunteer for the American Cancer Society in other ways.

If you would like to participate in this year’s Survivors Lap or other activities, please sign up today.