Monthly Archives: May 2011

“30-something” Couples, Second Time Around and Renewal of Vows

Love may indeed be lovelier the second time around, as the song says. Many second marriage couples and mature couples renewing their vows would agree. But what is the best way to properly capture the spirit of these celebrations?

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Elopements/Intimate Weddings — Romance, Spontaneity and individuality

Gone are the days when a young man propped a ladder up to his beloved’s window and burst forth in a poetic soliloquy before whisking her off to elope. However, even today there’s something to be said for the romance, secrecy … Continue reading

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Destination Weddings Make Beautiful Memories

A vineyard in summer, a beach at sunset, a glen in the midst of towering trees or an exciting cosmopolitan city—all are great destination choices for a wedding. Many couples choose locations with romantic associations, such as where they grew up … Continue reading

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Modern Wedding Etiquette

What we once considered to be proper wedding behavior was actually held over from the Elizabethan and Renaissance eras. Many traditions have gone out of style in the past thirty years. The following variations on wedding civilities are better suited to … Continue reading

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Turn-Of-”This”-Century Wedding Trends

Around the start of this millennium, there began a trend toward simpler weddings with increased focus on family and friendship. And, after investing so much time, energy, and money in their nuptial celebrations, why shouldn’t couples want more time to savor … Continue reading

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Today’s Wedding Traditions Evolved From Ancient Customs

Gold wedding rings, tiered cakes with icing, the long, white gown—all are traditions we associate with modern weddings. However, these traditions have roots in practical, romantic and odd ancient customs. For example, the sweet, iced wedding cakes served today spring from … Continue reading

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Who Pays For What?

Dowries no longer exist in our culture. Also long gone by the wayside is the old notion that the bride’s family is financially responsible for the entire cost of the wedding and reception. Having your parents bear the entire expense of … Continue reading

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How to Save Money Planning Your Wedding

Beautiful weddings don’t have to be costly. How much fun can it be to have a fabulous wedding and then worry how to pay off the debt? Anyone can have a lovely wedding within their means by setting aside some money, … Continue reading

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Why Weddings Cost So Much

One of the biggest hurdles for parents planning a wedding is that thirty years may have passed since they last planned a wedding. To say things have changed in that time is an understatement. Back then, brides were often unaware of … Continue reading

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