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I love a bride that loves tradition, with some twists!
For instance did you know that weddings were NEVER on Saturdays!?
More than a century ago, there was a rhyme that helped brides pick a wedding date. Mondays were for wealth and Tuesdays for health. "Wednesday the best day of all, Thursdays for crosses, Fridays for losses, and Saturday for no luck at all." The 1903 White House Etiquette guide reminded young, society women of the rhyme and also noted that in addition to bringing terrible luck, Saturday weddings were terribly unfashionable. In today's world most weddings are on Saturday, some on Friday & Sunday.
Did you know that most weddings began at Noon! "High noon," assured the White House Etiquette guide, was the most fashionable time to get married. Lunchtime weddings were modeled after English tradition, and demanded more effort than the late afternoon nuptial, which only required a reception. In addition receptions were optional - this is why receiving lines were created. You had your ceremony did the receiving line and you left. Your guests could enjoy cake and punch, but more often they left right after!
These are all fantastic tradtions that can be altered to any couple. The "high noon" tradition and receiving line with no recpetion are great options for couples on a budget!
Now, I'm not going to quote anything here, nor am I going to give you the why's behind why the royals do what they do. There are plenty of websites and blogs about that. I did get the photos from Town & Country's Pintrest page so you may want to check that out too!
What I am going to do is take you on a ride of planning your own wedding with true meaning for you and your significant other. To show you how to make sure that each moment is full of meaning, that the planning process means something and so that its not just about - "let me get that too" type of syndrome.
I love the fact that the ring has significance. Everything they've done including the proposal and engagment has some sort of meaning to both their past and it moves through to their future together. For this Harry choose the middle diamond, but the two side diamonds are from his mother's engagement ring.
Again, this ring design is significant to the both of them. She chose gold bands but the gems are from Harry's moms wedding ring - Princess Diana.
How happy her mother must have been for her! Also how nervous and out of place her mother may have felt being in a different country and with Royalty no less! I am super proud of her mom for holding it togeher and being such a beautiful and classy woman herself!
I thought her ceremony was just beautiful! They had the traditions of the old English Church with some traditions of Meghan's own. My favorite part was Ben E. King singing "Stand by Me". Another favorite part was when Prince Harry's Aunt (Princess Diana's Sister) stood up and did her reading. Part of making your own wedding memorable is making sure that you add in your own traditions or start some new ones.
Carriage Ride Through Windsor
Instead of running off for photos like we do here in America, I loved the fact that they went to have a carriage ride to allow the citizens and tourists of Windor celebrate their wedding day with them. Yes, I get it, it was a quick ride through, but how thoughtful. I would have LOVED to have been there! Another fantastic part of Meghan is that she doesn't wear a lot of makeup. She is a natural beauty and just allows that to shine through! In your own wedding what about getting back to the Receiving Line! I know they take a while, but it really helps to move guests along and allows the guests to congratulate you!
Ok, I have a little information for you - but its the dress! Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. I thought it was stunning and classy and sometimes you don't need a lot of "bling" to be shining! Her dress was perfect for her and perfect for the occasion and the location of her wedding.
Bridesmaids & Page Boys
What do you do when you can't choose a Bridesmaid? You choose 10 little ones! I thought this was fantastic and just so cute. She choose family from both her side and Harry's. Also in tradition the bride usually walks before the bridal party - because she is more important. I also thought the page boys were cute and loved catching a glimpse of the wedding planning "shooing" them along!
As a nod of respect to Harry's mother Meghan's reception dress was made similar to the one Princess Diana wore to her own reception following her own wedding ceremony. I am eager to see how she does and what differences she can make in our own world.
I'll be following up with a couple of posts on the Royal Wedding Invitations and Receptions - yes two, very soon!
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One of the largest items on your wedding budget is your food - so make it important and make it memorable! Make sure that your friends and family talk about the food at your wedding for years! Here are a few tips on how to do just that!
- Don't Procrastinate - If your venue doesn't have a caterer start the hunt ASAP, make sure that you let the caterers know that food is very important on your wedding day. There are some caterers in the Greensboro area that have gone lax and are ready to serve your guests rubber chicken and string beans. There are food out there that are cost effect and taste much better....and some that are even more fun!
- Consider the Experience - Do you want a traditional sit down dinner or do you want your food served family style - adding a different element to your event. Do you want food stations and people to mingle and get what kinds of food they want from different stations. For those on a budget passed appetizers and fun finger foods are great and easy on your pockets.
- Part of the dining experience is also the seating - change it up! Aren't you tired of round tables and white chair covers YET!!!??? Talk with your designer about something fun and interesting that suits your wedding venue.
- Tie in a theme to you food - is it all Italian, Mexican or do you like Chinese food - better yet Japanese food made right in front of your guests! Let's get rid of Chicken, mashed potatoes and string beans!!!
Not sure what to do or how to do it - that is what your wedding planner is for! Give her (or him!) the ideas and let them sort through and come up with something unique for your event!
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