Going with Tradition
We’ve all been raised on what our wedding day should be, so what is tradition anyway?
Traditionally, wedding ceremonies are held in a church or other place of worship and have strong religious significance for the bride, groom, and their guests. Depending on the couple’s religious preferences, their ceremony may include prayer, Scripture reading, hymns, or other religious observances. This type of ceremony is almost always officiated by a minister, priest, rabbi, or other clergyman.In traditional wedding ceremonies, the bride’s family sits on the left side and the groom’s family on the right.The groom will enter with the clergy. The number and types of attendants will vary between different wedding ceremonies. The bridesmaids, usually escorted by groomsmen, enter next and can either stand flanking the altar or take seats in the second or third row.
When it is time for the bride to enter, most wedding ceremonies include lively music such as the traditional”Here Comes the Bride” or “Canon in D.” The bride is escorted by her father or another family member who”gives her away” at the altar. The bride and groom, of course, stand next to one another as they face the clergyman.
At the reception it begins with a receiving line consisting of both mothers, the bride and groom, and the
female attendants. It is distinctly non-traditionalto skip the receiving line or to hold it at the church. Theannouncement of the bridal party is garnered with special theme music of the wedding party and parents are
also not a tradition from mainstream etiquette. Waiters can circulate with drinks and hors d’oeuvres while the receiving line is in progress.
Toasts should begin at the end of the guests’ time to eat. If the wedding cake is the major refreshment, then the bride and groom should cut the cake before any toasting takes place. The first toast is the best man’s toast to the bride. This may be followed by other toasts or not.
If there is to be a dinner followed by dancing, the”first dance” occurs after dinner. If food is to be served after dancing begins, the “first dance” is the first major event. In the most traditional format, once the bride and groom have danced, other guests are allowed out on the floor while the bride dances with her father, the groom with his mother, and so on.

Last thing before she exits, the bride tosses her bouquet to the single women in the room. (There is no garter toss at a “traditional” wedding.) The bride and groom change into their “traveling clothes,” return to the party, and exit through a shower of rice, rose petals, or bubbles. And that’s it! The only thing left is to write the thank-you notes.

Cinderella’s Shoe

Cinderella’s Shoe
Every bride dreams of finding Cinderella’s shoe – that perfect pair of shoes that will make her a princess! Gone are the days of dyed to match shoes.  In today’s wedding world, we dream of shoe art from Jimmy Choos to Louboutins to knockoffs,you can find simple, sexy, or glitzy shoes to compliment you on your big day. There’s a lot to know about wedding shoes. If you’re going to be walking down the aisle soon, you’ll definitely want to check out our tips.
There are several things you’ll need to take into consideration before you buy your wedding shoes. Of course, comfort is essential, and you’ll want your bridal shoes to be special. But, if they don’t work with your dress, you’ll be really disappointed. The perfect wedding shoes will need to be many things, but mostly, they must be comfortable. Just think, you’ll be walking down the aisle, posing for photographs, greeting attendants, cutting the cake, and possibly dancing in your bridal shoes. This could add up to hours and hours on your feet, so be sure, above all else,that you choose shoes that are comfortable on your feet. For the choosy bride, there’s always the option of more than one pair of shoes! You can have formal heels for the ceremony, and comfortable shoes for the reception and dancing.
The heel height of your wedding shoes is of utmost importance. Your dress will be fitted to accommodate the height of your bridal shoes, and if you’re not comfortable in really high heels, your wedding may not be the best time to try them out. If you want a bit of added height, but aren’t used to stilettos, you can consider platform heels, or lower kitten heels. And, of course, if you prefer a flat, satin ballet slipper can make beautiful bridal shoes.
While your shoes should be a good match to your dress and the setting of your wedding, they should also reflect your personal style. Some brides opt for two pairs of shoes, one for the ceremony and pictures and a more practical pair for dancing into the wee hours. Just be sure you wear all your shoes before the big day to avoid blisters!

Wedding Website

Wedding Websites
As a new bride you’re sure to be gushing with the news! What better way than to create your own wedding website or Wedsite? Having a wedding website is a great way to keep guests and bridal party informed and share your love story. Putting information online can also reduce the amount of detail needed in your invitations, saving on printing and postage. There are dozens to choose from and it all depends on how savvy you want to be. If you want it to be easy and foolproof we suggest Wedding Wire or Nearly Weds. These sites provide templates in which you just fill in the information and pictures. The Knot and Wedding Paper Divas are also great choices that allow you to spread the word about your big day. They have a variety of backgrounds and themes to choose from.
Now, if you want to go all out, you can absolutely pay for your own site. One of the top sites this year is and prices range from $5-15 per month, depending on how much you want to customize it. Some brides will prefer the basics and with everything else you have to pay for, we think a website might be towards the bottom of that list. That $5 can add up each month so be sure to read the fine print on renewing your website and don’t leave it on auto renew.
Another great site is Wed Simple. This is also a paid site ranging from $10 per month to a onetime only flat fee of $80. This site is cool because you can also plan your wedding on it! This site offers RSVP with meal preference options (something many sites don’t have), a reception seating planning tool, Facebook integration, your own blog to keep your guests entertained.
So, get to it! You don’t have to be a web designer to create a beautiful and informative site that you can remember long after your wedding. With such great options, there’s no reason not to make a wedding website.
Aruba, jamaica, Oooo I wanna take ya

Aruba, Jamaica, Oooo I Wanna Take Ya

Aruba, Jamaica, Oooo I Wanna Take Ya

Are you looking to say “I Do” on a tropical island, sandy beach or private beach? Do you want a small, simple wedding? Do you want something different than the normal wedding affair? Whatever your reason, you have come to the right place. Toes in the water, tush in the sand, salty sea air whipping through your hair, these are just a few of the highlights of a beachy fun wedding. From Cape Cod to the white sandy beaches of the Virgin Islands, beaches come with some details that you need to consider when planning your love fest.

1) Pick an Off-Season Date

This may seem like a no-brainer, but pick a date in the off-season. Peak times may include Memorial Day through Labor Day. Off-peak is anything outside that window of time. The weather will still be stunning, but you’ll hear a lot more “yes” if you’re not trying to pull off a huge event in the middle of local business’ bread-and-butter season. Also, they’ll probably be more flexible in off-peak pricing than if you were trying to get married over 4th of July weekend or something.

2) Privacy

Once you pick a date, you’ll need to decide if you’re going public beach or private beach. The reality of getting married on the beach is that beaches very rarely offer the same freedoms as private property. Also, some people have serious aversions to sand, and consider it a glorified form of dirt. But beach weddings are possible, and not all of them require you to throw a large chunk of cash at an all-inclusive beach resort place.

Also, keep in mind that you may have a lot of gawkers that watch your wedding on the sidelines. There is really no way to avoid this unless you have bouncers or something.

3) Permits

If you choose a public beach, literally memorize the city ordinances governing that beach. Some beaches require permits for bonfires, food services, etc. Also, know THERE IS NO WAY TO AVOID OPEN CONTAINER LAWS. This may depend on the state, country, etc that you are having your beach wedding at, but know this could be a costly mistake if not adhered to.

According to many travel and wedding magazines the following 10 spots are the best locations to get hitched on the beach, in no particular order:

  1. Petit St. Vincent, Grenadines
  2. East Hampton, NY
  3. Watch Hill, Rhode Island
  4. Coronado, California
  5. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii-
  6. St. Tropez, South of France
  7. Sitges church, Catalonia, Spain
  8. Mount Irvine Bay, Tobago
  9. White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines
  10. Anse Chastanet, St. LuciaAruba, Jamaica, Oooo I wanna take ya

Golf Wedding

Golf wedding, anyone?
Do your parents belong to the local country club?  If so, you might be able to reap some major benefits on your bottom line and extras if you book your big day there. Some country clubs offer discounts for members and can really give you a bang for your buck. And you don’t even have to be crazy “fore” golf!
Most country clubs have golf courses included on the premises. Why not include that theme into your wedding day? From argyle socks to golf ball décor, you can never go wrong with this uber preppy style!
Here are a few ways to incorporate golfing into your theme:

1) The Attire
I wouldn’t suggest the bride do too much to immerse her look in the golfing theme; however, the guys are fair game. From argyle socks to golf ball inspired cuff links, these are just a few ways to incorporate the look and feel of the game.

2) The cake
Petite golf ball cakes or mini donut balls are a cute way to pay homage to the game. If you don’t want it to be your main wedding cake, suggest to your sweetie a “groom’s cake” to have a little more fun with your theme.

3) Grand Entrance / Exit
You can’t forget the golf cart! This could be a unique way to bring the bride to the ceremony spot. Not crazy about that idea? What about your getaway vehicle? The wedding party can decorate the cart in a fun fashion as your private mobile post ceremony.
4) The Décor
Your décor can sprinkle in as much golf-y goodness, from “here comes the bride” flags that mimic the flags on the course, prints inspired by golf wear, to the wedding favors. Colors to think about incorporating into your palette are bold reds, yellow, green, and even navy blue. Pew bows could have small round white flower balls attached to them or use golf flags on each pew. The bridal bouquet should be all white to resemble a golf ball. Use indoor/outdoor grass/carpeting as an isle runner. Keep a supply of mini-pencils handy for your guests to send you their best wishes in your guest book. Attach tees to your unity candle to complement the links feel as you seal your wedding vows for now and for always. However, if your wedding is actually taking place on a golf course, consider sealing your vows with a shot for the hole together!
5) Program
Ever think of putting a little twist on your wedding program? Your program can mimic a golf score card. Little details like this keep your theme consistent while having a little fun!

Bonobos Guideshop

Brideside and Bonobos

840 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-4910
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We found a something for both brides and grooms happening at Bonobos Guideshop – Taking the angst out of wedding party shopping and coordination, luxury ecommerce site and bridesmaid resource, Brideside and men’s tailoring experts, Bonobos, are coming together at the Bonobos Guideshop (840 W. Armitage) on Sunday, February 17th to streamline the process and help brides and their wedding parties get everything done in one place at one time. From 12PM – 3PM, brides/grooms and their wedding parties can browse over 120 different designer bridesmaid dress styles with 80+ color options courtesy of, while also sizing and fitting grooms to perfectly match. A wedding party’s dream come true, this is one event your engaged readers (and their anointed bridesmaids) won’t want to miss.

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.