Thursday, August 12, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
The trend of wearing white dresses on weddings is getting un-popular with the modernization. Now more brides prefer dresses which are out of the tradition and this is the main reason why brides now choose black wedding dresses. The trend of wearing black wedding dress is getting more and more popular with time.
There are a few people who scoff at the concept of wearing black wedding dresses because of their traditional thinking that this is the tradition of Gothic community. But, no matter who has started the trend, it is a fact that more and more women choose black wedding dresses all over the world and this has changed the life styles as well.
There can be many reasons behind the selection of black wedding dress on wedding day and one of these reasons is the season. This means if your wedding is near Halloween, you may prefer to wear black wedding dress. The other reason most of the time behind the selection of the black wedding dress is the liking of bride as she may feel that fabric in black color will flatter her more.
One other important reason behind the popularity of black wedding dresses is change in the trends as most of the weddings are now about style. Bride feels that she does not need to wear the traditional white dress to show her purity and faithfulness. Now she likes to look beautiful and stylish and this is the reason behind the acceptance of different colors for the selection of bridal dresses.
Another good reason behind the change in trend is that the bride can wear her black dress again as well. White wedding dresses are no more usable for most of the women while by wearing black dress, they can make some easy alterations in the dress and wear it again on some occasion. Thus they can fully utilize the money spent on the purchase of the dress.
There is one problem if you want to choose black wedding dress on your special day and that is the unavailability of these dresses at every bridal store as this trend is still new and is still not that much common among the brides. But this does not really mean that you cannot find your dream dress. You just need to explore some of the wedding stores and you will surely find your perfect dress which will suit you.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
a young women's coming of age on her 15th birthday (Quince Anos).
In the US a similar right of passage takes place on a young ladies 16th birthday, (Sweet Sixteen)
Today many are merging their Hispanic and American heritages by choosing to celebrate a Sweet Sixteen party as their Quinceanera party.
They do honor quinceanera traditions, the religious ceremony, the reception, but tiara has the number 16 on it. At Bridal Online Store we want to make your choice of a Quinceanera dress (Quinceanera Vestidos), as simple as possible. With a large selection, every day discount prices on your dream dress, and all the accessories you will need to make your party perfect.
Modern celebrations include religious customs, family virtues, and the upcoming social responsibility of the young woman.
The Quinceanera tradition celebrates the young girl's XV Birthday
(la Quinceanera), and acknowledges her journey from being considered a child to the maturity of a woman. The party highlights God, dancing, family coming together, friends, good music, and of course great food.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The first step is to decide who will pay for the wedding. While traditionally, the parents of the bride and groom are responsible for paying for a wedding (with the bride's family shoulders most of the financial responsibility), it's becoming more and more common for the couple as well as their families to contribute towards the cost of the wedding. As men and women get married later in life, many couples decide to foot the entire bill themselves. You and your intended should sit down with your families and determine how much each is willing to contribute.
The next step involves taking a realistic look at the wedding style and wedding size you want. Keep in mind the bigger and more elaborate the wedding the more it costs. Compare this with the available funds. Is it possible to get the wedding you want with the money you have? If not, look for more cost-effective alternatives in the style or size of the wedding. Controlling the size is a little easier. Simply limit the number of guests when creating a guest list (granted, this is easier said than done). Finding a compromise in the style may require more imagination. Do you have your heart set on a Renaissance themed wedding in an English castle? The costs would be enormous! However, having your wedding at a local Renaissance fair or theatre would provide the same look and feel at a much lower cost.
Once you have a firm idea of the total amount you can spend the next step is to divide that number among the various wedding parts. How much do you plan to budget for the wedding dress, the reception hall, the invitations and the honeymoon? Do some research and estimate the costs. Then do the math. Does it all add up to your total budget? If not, play with the numbers until everything balances. Compromise is very important during this step. You'll both have different ideas of what you're willing to spend on a given item. Once a decision has been reached stick with it. Constantly altering the numbers will make it impossible to maintain and balance your budget.
We have provided a worksheet to help you with your decisions, which can be downloaded in either a PDF or Microsoft Excel™ format. The worksheet has columns for both budgeted and actual expenses, so carry it with you when you go shopping. It will keep you organized and help you stick to your decisions.
If you don't have the funds already saved, the next step involves creating a savings plan. On average the couple should try to save 20% of their income a month. Although it may seems a lot, that amount can be reached by cutting costs in other areas in you life. For example, bringing your lunch to work rather than going out to a restaurant can save you $15 - $20 a week. That's an annual saving of $1040. You'd be surprised at how those little changes can save you a lot in the end.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
From as young as 12 years old I began to dream about my future family and my wedding day! I tried to get all possible information about wedding tips and ideas. My room was piled up with magazines and books on weddings in different countries, wedding traditions in different cultures and nations. Many years passed since that time. Till now this information helped not only me for my the most important day in my life, but to many of my friends and colleagues - for their wedding day. And today I would love to share my homework on weddings with you. Worth-trying wedding ideas from foreign cultures. Surely, it will make your own wedding very unique and really memorable. And here it follows... Let us take a look at weddings in Russia and Ukraine.
Customs of weddings in Russia
Nowadays, Russian weddings come in a variety of different forms. They can contain elements of a traditional Russian wedding and also hints of a European or American-style wedding. The latter have become more and more popular and modern in recent years. True Russian weddings are unique in the fact that they are always lavishly played out! We say "played out," as a Russian wedding ceremony is usually conducted as though it were a theater spectacle where there is a script and everyone knows their role.
In times gone by, a form of courtship would have taken place to secure the union of the happy couple. By tradition, the groom's parents would ask the bride's parents for their daughter's hand in marriage for their son. Nowadays, this tradition has become practically extinct and only from time to time will the groom ask the bride's parents for their daughter's hand in marriage or request an approval of their union.
As part of the Russian wedding ceremony, people still enjoy the tradition of ransoming the bride. Before the young couple leave to go to the ZAGS (Registry Office), the groom must go to his future wife's house where he will be greeted by friends of the bride, relatives and guests. They organise various fun games for the groom, like, for example, asking him challenging risque questions, persuading him to carry out certain tasks and demanding a ransom for the bride. The groom must fulfil all the tasks, namely, singing, dancing, reciting poetry, solving riddles and various other challenges. Then, as a ransom, he must give out sweets and money to all those who have arranged the obstacles along the way to him winning his bride (in other words, those who have set the groom challenges to prove that he is worthy of his bride.)
There is an age-old tradition that on the day before the wedding the bride will arrange a hen party and invite all her friends who will support and protect her in her new life. It is now also common for the groom to arrange a stag party; a tradition that has been imported from the West. The groom will say goodbye to his bachelor lifestyle whilst in the company of his friends.
After the registration in the ZAGS or the ceremony in the church, the newlyweds and all their guests go to the reception which is usually held in a restaurant, a banqueting hall or at someone's house. By tradition, the young couple is met by the mother of the groom or all the parents who offer them bread and salt. The young couple must then take turns to eat the bread. The person who eats the largest piece of bread will be the head of the household. This equal opportunity ritual between the couple has only been observed recently as before it would have always been the male who would stand at the head of the household.
It is while everyone is sat around the table that all the guests will pass on their good wishes to the couple, raise toasts and offer presents. By tradition, two toddlers will be put in the centre of the room, one dressed in blue to symbolise a boy and the other dressed in pink to symbolise a girl. The guests will then offer sums of money to whichever toddler they choose. The toddler who receives the most money determines the sex of the married couple's first child.
A fundamental component of the Russian wedding is the cries of "gor'ko" where the newlyweds must stand and kiss for as long as possible. All the guests stand round them and count "1, 2, 3... 15.... 20, etc." The longer the young couple can kiss for, the stronger their union will be. The guests always demand that they kiss for as long as possible. Often, the reception can be a tiring experience for the young couple as they have to entertain their guests by this kissing ritual.
According to European tradition, the wedding ends with the bride throwing her bouquet over her head to all the unmarried girls in the crowd. Whoever catches it will become the next bride. After the ceremony has ended, the young couple goes off to their new house or hotel. At this point, the groom must take the bride in his arms and carry her across the threshold; a ritual that symbolises the strength of their union. As a rule, the young couple then happily journey off into the sunset for their honeymoon.
Given their common Slavic roots and culture, it is not surprising that Ukrainian weddings are very similar to Russian weddings. Having said this, there are still some differences.
On the day of the wedding, the groom's first duty is to pick up his bride from her house. Before he meets his loved one he is met by relatives and friends who will demand a ransom for the bride. This is the most special and exciting part of the whole affair. The groom must complete several tasks in order to demonstrate his strength and intellect. If he fails to complete a task, then he must give out money, sweets and drinks to the guests. The result of his efforts is the possession of his loved one. This tradition remains popular to this day. After the groom's challenges, the young couple will go to the ZAGS (Registry Office) and then the church (if they so choose). A celebration of the events usually follows the registration of the marriage.
Nowadays Ukrainian weddings have become more equated to the European style of wedding where the reception is held in a restaurant or banqueting hall.
Despite the loss of some traditions, the guests still present the young couple with a karavai loaf. As a rule, the loaf is baked only by those women whose family life has been very successful as it is said to bring good luck to the young couple in their own family life. On the way to the wedding or directly in front of the building where the wedding feast is held, the groom and bride will release two doves.
One of the distinguishing parts of a Ukrainian wedding is that a giltse (a large wreath which is decorated with flowers and ribbons) is placed on the table next to the karavai loaf. This symbolises maidenly beauty and innocence.
On her head, the Ukrainian bride will wear a wreath with different coloured cascading ribbons. At the end of the festivities, the bride will throw the wreath into a crowd of unmarried girls. The person who catches the wreath will become the next bride. This tradition is very similar to the European tradition where the bride throws her bouquet into the crowd. It has been said that the European tradition of throwing a bouquet into the crowd came from the Ukrainian tradition of throwing wreathes, however, nowadays Ukrainian weddings usually conform to European traditions.
The host of the occasions will organise fun games, poems and little ditties. Guests usually give the couple useful, practical gifts, which will be helpful to the couple in their married life. Accepting the gifts is no easy matter. The bride and groom must show interest in every gift. They must unwrap the present, study it and then express their gratitude to the guest. The money usually goes to the groom, and other items and flowers go to the bride.
Without any doubt, some wedding traditions are intertwined and interrelated in all cultures. There is always room for improvement in preparation for the moment of your dream - wedding day. Do your own research, share ideas with others, send me your own wedding tips - it will assist us all. Our efforts can make a difference to make wedding ceremonies better, brighter, more exclusive and worthy to be proud of.
Lilia and Alice are co-authors of inspirational articles on marriage and wedding ideas in different countries. To learn about unique wedding customs in FSU (Former Soviet Union) and exotic traditions in the East, feel FREE to read & download dozens of wedding articles in marriage site=>
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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Friday, December 28, 2007
So, what do you do? Continue doing fun and romantic things together or you will end up resenting your wedding! Wedding planning can be stressful enough already. It is important to set aside quality time for you and your fiancé aside from talking or thinking about the wedding. Do not stop contributing time and effort into the wonderful relationship which got you here in the first place!
Ok, your budget for entertainment is practically non-existent. If you have ever had any creative ability, this is the time to get your imagination out of the attic! You actually have the opportunity to think and scheme like a kid again. What could be better? Actually, I am doing the thinking for you. In this article, you will find creative, but more importantly, cheap date ideas.
Summertime Sledding: Locate a large piece of cardboard. (Try the furniture store) Curve the end like a toboggan. Find a sloping hill of dry grass and slide down. The park is a great place if you live in a state with hardly any hills. This really works!! Wedding Crashers: This one is for the risk-takers. Go to a wedding reception of someone you don't know. Dress accordingly, so you aren't found out. Fancy date for you and your fiancé; on top of that, you get to practice your acting skills and pick up ideas for your own reception! Test out that southern or British accent you've been experimenting with. This will be a night you'll both remember forever.
When we were kids: Be kids again. Play hopscotch, go to a park, and play on the playground.
Couples night: Have an Ice cream sculpting contest. Each couple gets a block of ice cream, spoons, knives, and toppings. It is messy, but a whole lot of fun! And if you do get messy, you can help each other lick it off! If your friends or you are artsy types, you will love this.
Local store date: Plan a date somewhere you will be surrounded by many people. Before going on your date, head to the local thrift shop together. Once there, specify a small amount of money to purchase clothing or accessories for the other and then both head off to find your items. The goal is to pick items for your fiancé to wear for the rest of the evening. The entertainment is seeing the reaction from all the people who see your new outfits as you go out on your date. Here is a tip to make it more exciting: Don't pick his or her usual style. Choose a silly costume or another era. Be creative.
Sports: Play a set of tennis, jog in the park, toss a Frisbee about, play catch with a baseball or football or shoot some baskets. Ride bicycles- rent them if you don't own any.
Picnic: They can be made as casual or romantic as you want. Take a casual picnic meal, add some cheese and wine along with a red rose and the picnic instantly takes on a romantic feel.
These are only some ideas; feel free to come up with more on your own. And, remember, if you do some of these dates and spend quality time together, you won't resent your wedding!!
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Friday, December 7, 2007
While bridal accessories do not get much of the attention that say venue, catering, photography do when it comes to wedding planning, many brides pride themselves in their work with finding the right wedding accessories for their special day. For many, finding the right jewelry to match the bridesmaids dresses can become a very involved issue. But it does not have to be.
Bridal accessories are sold by a variety of merchants and online retailers. These items are usually easier online than, say, a dress or a bridesmaids outfits, things that need to be evaluated by how they look on the wedding party and how they blend into the occasion. While blending into the outfit or occasion is also necessary for any bridal accessories, these are items that are usually small, and complement without overtaking a situation. They are not the focal point of the wedding.
Bridal accessory retailers tend to offer other products as well, like invitations and ring pillows. These things and reception decorating touches like personalized match books and other touches like that can mostly be found by any bridal accessory shops as well.
Bridal accessories, particularly the ones that deal directly with what the wedding party should wear, can be quite reflective of the bride's personality. If you are a bridesmaid and you are being force to wear big or loud earrings, the bride may have her eyes on something like that as well. Same goes for more conservative choices as well.
Depending on how high profile a person's wedding is may also depend on how much accessory attention may be needed. For a smaller wedding, like a back yard affair, the bride may not even see it necessary for the bridesmaids to wear any particular accessories.
One type of accessory that has caught on in popularity of late is string-drawn bridal bags, or purses. These bags can be worn by the bridesmaids and even the bride after the wedding. But perhaps some of the most important bridal accessories are the printed champagne glasses and instant cameras left on each reception table. The glasses, or flutes, can become wonderful keepsakes. But the cameras, which can be used to catch the most candid of moments at the wedding, can be the greatest treasure. Many times, after these pictures are developed, a whole other side to the wedding is found that could not be captured by the photographer.
No matter what bridal accessory you may focus on, remember to enjoy the process of adding your own unique touches to your special day. Wedding accessories can add that perfect touch to your wedding day. Select the accessories that match your theme wedding and you will be sure to impress your wedding reception guests.