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Classy Wedding

Classy Wedding
Having a classy wedding is the more traditional route but it’s a road well traveled for a reason. The best way to gauge your wedding style is by asking yourself some simple questions. Let’s get started. Ball gown or slinky mermaid-style? Bling or strand of pearls? Church or beach? Do you find yourself drawn to timeless, elegant, and sophisticated attire, décor, and the like? A classy wedding inspiration board may help. Your style inspirations might be Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn. Your ideal bouquet is roses. You prefer a ring without halo diamonds, too much bling, and the like to apiece that will be looked at in 50 years as timeless. You are classic.
Some ideas, concepts, and traditions will set you a part as a classic bride. From your attire to your linens and
invitations, these little details are simple and beautiful. Let’s take a look at a typical classy wedding!
Your look / His Attire
Hair is kept neat and in a coiffed hairstyle. Makeup is fresh, pretty, and not overdone. Accessories are under stated and compliment your dress. Your dress might be a simple A-line or ball gown. Your man will don a dapper look and choose a tux in either all black or an ivory ceremony jacket.
The Invites
Traditional wedding invites include an inner envelope and most likely will consist of one flat page. Colors are usually in a bone, ivory, or muted tone with calligraphy.
Centerpieces
Floral centerpieces are simple and typical of a traditional, classic wedding. Votive candles surrounding your simple
centerpieces can help make the event more intimate.
Favors/Gifts
Small boxes or mesh bags containing classic favors such as Jordan almonds or dinner mints are a common favor for
your guests.
Reception Musts
As a traditional, classic bride you may choose to opt fora band versus a wedding DJ. And no laser beams or fog. It is typical for the Father of the Bride, Best Man, and Maid of Honor to give toasts and speeches in the Bride and Groom’s honor. Don’t forget the first dance between bride and groom, cake cutting ceremony, and celebratory
bouquet and garter toss!
Opting for a classy wedding won’t keep your guests guessing. In fact, they may appreciate that they know what to expect.

Mexican Wedding Traditions

Mexican Wedding Traditions
What can you expect in Mexican wedding traditions? Pinatas, mariachi bands, thirteen gold coins….Oh my! These are just some of the symbols and customs you will find prevalent at a Mexican wedding. Family is very important to Mexican families. It is not unheard of to have very large weddings and invite all extended family relatives.
In addition to many guests, Mexican wedding traditions have a large number of attendants. The attendants are called madrinas and padrinos and they have special roles in the wedding. Sponsors’are usually god parents or special others who contribute to the cost of the wedding. In establishing the wedding budget, and particularly in contracting for wedding services, it is important to know which sponsors may be paying for what part of the wedding.
Other members of the wedding party include:
Flower girl, ring bearer, and madrina de arras holds 13 coins
The Madrina de ramo carries flowers for the Virgin Mary
The madrina de laso carries a jeweled or beaded rope
The madrina de copas carry the wine glasses for the toast
The madrina de velacion, is chosen to turn to for guidance throughout her married life. There are two symbols significant in the ceremony of a Mexican wedding including thirteen gold coins as a symbol of his unquestionable trust and confidence. These coins become a part of their family heirloom. As part of the ceremony to symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads or a lasso (cord) is placed in a figure eight shape around the necks of the couple after they have exchanged their vows. At the end of the ceremony, the lasso is given to the Bride as a memento of her becoming the mistress of the groom’s heart and home.
As in many cultures, music and food are muy importante to Mexican families. Traditional meals are feasted upon and the sounds of cumbia, meringue, and salsa fill the air. Mexican dancers and mariachi bands are often hired to play music and dance during the dinner portion of the wedding and to get guests dancing!

Tradition

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.