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Traditions are something brides love to incorporate into their special day, whether it’s a special flower, dish, location, or an item of clothing that has some sort of special meaning to the bride or couple, it’s…well..tradition.
And no other type of wedding checklist has the same cache as the little poem we often hear brides and her maids recite than “Something old, something new…”. So I took it upon myself to research the actual poem and find out a little history about it. And after about 2.5 seconds of investigating, I came across an ASK Yahoo site that had it all clearly spelled out before me.
The next line of this old saying actually hints at its origin. The complete phrase is:
A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.
Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. “Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. “Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead. “Something borrowed” is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”
And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.
And after researching this small item, I coincidentally ran across a similar topic in Brides Magazine discussing what brides are “borrowing” for their day. Here are a few of the keepsakes these brides borrowed.
“My grandparents’ wedding cake topper from the 1950s,” says Tracy via Facebook.
Denise replies, “I will be the third granddaughter to tuck our grandmother’s hankie in her garter on her wedding day.”
“My soon-to-be MIL is loaning me her lace purse and the pearl comb she wore on her wedding day. She has two sons and a grandson, so I am honored to be the “girl” in the family,” Michelle responded.
Additionally in this piece, a poll was taken and not surprisingly, 41% of brides say they borrowed jewelry for their wedding and 78% said they did, indeed, have something blue on them on that day. Regardless of what you decide to integrate as your small treasures, we think it’s a great idea to memorialize things and people that are special in your life via these small tokens. It’s a great way to keep those close to you even closer and to create, yet another, special memory.Tags: keepsakes, poems, traditions
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We are fast approaching at least two major holidays where champagne could make an appearance. We think you should use this as your opportunity to test out some bubbly options for your wedding reception toast. The hard working staff at Brides Magazine have given their all for you and ranked their top four sparkling wines in their latest issue. If you have made arrangements with your caterer to provide the libation for the auspicious toast, then you might want to ask if you can have one of these as your go-to selection. If you are bringing champagne separate from your caterer, try these out first. Bring one or two for your holiday dinner and then the other two for your New Year’s Eve celebration toast. This way, you have enjoyed your evening and been bridal efficient all at the same time.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, do a blind taste test with these four different bottles and one you had already selected to see if you would still keep your original selection. Invite a favorite couple or a couple of bridesmaids and make a casual evening of it. Either way, you’ll get to mark something off your “To Do” list and get to try some amazing bubbly. Cheers!Information provided from Brides.com
FUN FACT: Acclaimed Chandon winemaker Tom Tiburzi used to be a microbiologist who made vino in his garage.
FUN FACT: When he died in 1826, Thomas Jefferson reportedly had 49 bottles of this wine in his cellar at Monticello.
FUN FACT: Korbel bubbly was served at the past seven U.S. presidential inaugurations, from Reagan’s to Obama’s.
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We love a good wedding story around here, and when we heard of another group of individuals that love one as much as we do, we wanted to hear more. It looks like two forces are heading up an endeavor to see one fantastic couple through all the stages of their dream wedding.
Kendall Plantation and Haute Weddings have been on the lookout for other wedding professionals to see if they would like to join in on their quest to make this good idea into reality. An outpouring of businesses have answered the call and the excitement is building fast. Almost 20 hosts and sponsors have already committed time and services to this worthwhile undertaking, and we’re so proud that a large majority involved are our dedicated Wedding Guide clients. To see a list of all these very generous vendors involved, take a look at this link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.303483553005324.71237.303365833017096&type=1 or type in MISSION Wedding to locate their dedicated Facebook page on the event.
Here are the current details we have on this amazing opportunity.
To honor and thank our military service men and woman, Kendall Plantation and Haute Weddings have joined forces to host a wedding for a military service man or woman. Valued at $40,000 MISSION Wedding will include all the wedding details for 150 guests donated by some of the most respected wedding vendors in San Antonio. Our goal is to reach active duty military and honor him or her with the wedding of their dreams. We are looking for military candidates who can submit their love story in 500 words or less and information as to why they should be chosen for a hosted dream wedding! One or both of the candidates must be in the military. Stories must be submitted no later than February 20, 2012. The chosen couple will be determined and announced by March 1, 2012. Entry submissions will be available on our MISSION Wedding website. Website link coming soon!
So submit your or some deserving persons entry to Kendall Plantation or Haute Weddings’ website. We know with such a large military community that San Antonio and Austin has, we can flood submissions and find the most deserving couple to win this contest. Use this as your chance to share someone’s amazing story with us and have everyone else know how this couple’s love story is a story for the ages.
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Your ceremony should be special and unique to you and your groom, and what better way to personalize your ceremony than by incorporating a different reading. The “standards” that you are probably used to hearing are “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” or “Love is patient, love is kind,” but there are others. These new options chosen by the editors at Brides Magazine might prevent your guests from a quick snooze and keep their attention.
1. Children’s book: All the World
by Liz Garton Scanlon
Excerpt: “Everything you hear, smell, see. All the world is everything…Hope and peace and love and trust, All the world, is all of us.”
by Judith Martin
Excerpt: “Anyone who tries to compete with the rest of the world, demanding to be someone’s sole source of…attention, is asking to be classified as a bore. ‘Why don’t you ever want to talk to me?’ will…never start a satisfactory marital conversation. ‘Guess what?’ will…never fail.”
3. Lyrics: “Wedding Song”
by Bob Dylan
Excerpt: “Oh, cant you see that you were born to stand by my side
And I was born to be with you, you were born to be my bride
You’re the other half of what I am, you’re the missing piece
4. Poem: “I Wrote a Good Omelet”
by Nikki Giovanni
Excerpt: “I wrote a good omelet…and ate a hot poem…after loving you
Buttoned my car…and drove my coat home…in the rain…after loving you.”
5. Prose: “The The Ent and the Entwife” (from The Two Towers)
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Excerpt: “Together we will take the road that leads into the West,
And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest.”
So now feel free to let the waterworks flow freely. We highly encourage you to research all the full versions of the readings above. And in your pursuit of trying to set your ceremony apart from others, if you find any amazing reads that others should know about (and you’re willing to share), don’t forget to comment back to us and let us know of your off-beat literary finds. As you can see from our short list of suggestions, you never know where you can find meaningful words to express specific sentiments. So go forth and start reading everything a little bit differently. Leave no bumper sticker, kitchen magnet, or school yard song unexamined. Happy reading.
Tags: ceremony readings, non-traditional wedding ceremony, personalizing your ceremony, readings
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Although not a terribly new trend, getting a friend to preside over your wedding ceremony has recently come under some scrutiny. The reason being that the main concerns stem from how legal it actually is from state to state and whether or not the couple or newly ordained officiant has to jump through extra hoops by filing additional paperwork even before the ceremony can even take place.
And where would one go to get ordained for just such an event, you ask? Well, the majority of people do it online (big shock), mainly through the Universal Life Church or the ULC. And we found a laundry list of celebrities who have jumped on the band wagon to become temporary “celebs of the cloth.” This list includes Sir Paul McCartney, Carson Kressley, Kris Jenner, Courtney Love, Goldie Hawn and even Conan O’Brien has recently got ordained to perform a ceremony on an upcoming show.
Surprisingly, the ULC does provide a fairly thorough website to address all sorts of issues related to the validity of its certification, appropriate sermons, and continued training options. There is even a handy gauge to give you an idea how difficult it could be to marry someone from other states and in other states.
As with everything, it’s always best to do your homework on issues like these if this is something you are contemplating. Here are some pros and cons to consider when making your final decision:
- It’s a way of making the ceremony ultra personal.
- Your friend will be able to draw on your relationship to share heartfelt thoughts during the ceremony.
- Since they know you well, they are likely to have a great rapport with the audience.
- You won’t have to pay them a fee (though a thank-you gift is certainly appropriate).
- Depending on your state, you may be faced with bureaucratic hassles, like filing extra paperwork.
- If your friend happens to be religious, they may object to getting a ULC certification.
- Unlike a pro, your friend may have no experience dealing wit wedding day problems like a cranky child or a broken microphone.
- Since they have never organized a ceremony, you and your groom will need to do so yourselves.
Supplemented from the November 2011 issue of Brides MagazineTags: non-traditional wedding ceremony, ordain, ordaining, preacher
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On the flip side of that extreme, are these random temperature drops like the one we will be experiencing tonight. 39 degrees when you wake up in the morning?! Yikes. If you are a bride this weekend and these temperatures took you by surprise, I hope you have a Plan B.
All kidding aside however, there are plenty of things to consider when choosing your venue. Indoor or outdoors, budget big or small, make sure you jot down these crucial questions we found in an online article entitled Chosing Your Wedding Venue by Nina Callaway.
- What’s the decor like? Does it fit your style and wedding colors? Will you have to spend a lot of money on flowers and decorations to make it beautiful?
- Do they have an in-house caterer, and do you like that food? (While an in-house caterer can be easier and cheaper, sometimes the food is not as beautiful as the room. So make sure you taste it!) Do they have a limitation on which outside caterers you can use?
- Do they have adequate coat check and bathroom facilities?
- Is the wedding venue wheelchair accessible? If not, are there many stairs to climb? How close is the parking to the ceremony and reception rooms?What’s the cancellation policy?
- Is there a payment schedule? What kind of deposits are required?
- Are there any hidden costs? (Before you sign the contract, read it carefully.)
- What are the overtime charges?
- Do they have a liquor license?
- Will they allow you to bring your own liquor? (This is usually cheaper, even with the customary corkage fee.)
- Is there room in the wedding venue for a band and/or dancing?
- Does the wedding venue already own a sound system with adequate speakers or will that need to be rented?
- Is there a space for the bride and groom to change and/or relax?
- Where will you take photographs? Is there a park nearby, or do the coordinators have recommended spots on the grounds?
- Who will be supervising and troubleshooting before the day of your wedding? Who will be supervising and troubleshooting on the day of your wedding? Can you meet them now?
- Where can your guests park? Are there extra fees for parking? Do they have valet parking?
- Is the wedding venue convenient to public transportation, especially in big cities? How long will it take your guests to get there?Especially in museums or private clubs, are there limitations on decorations? Do they limit food and drinks to only certain areas of the wedding venue?
- Are candles or other open flames allowed?
- If its an outdoor location, do they have any backup plans for rain or other inclement weather? If not, is there a place that you can put up a tent?
So after you have done you due diligence, you can feel confident that there will be one less thing to worry about on your special day. Don’t forget to visit our venues section in our San Antonio and Austin websites to start your venue hunting with some truly exceptional locations.Tags: ceremony, Reception, venue, wedding location
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How many of you that grew up in San Antonio have a fond childhood memory associated with the Tower of the Americas? Was it a 5th grade trip that was the culmination of your elementary experience? Did you end up at the Tower after a day long field trip at the Institute of Texan Culture? Did you roll up your jeans and play in the fountains that surround the base of the Tower? I know I did.
If you had a childhood sweetheart and the Tower of the Americas spurred some sort of loving memory, or…maybe that’s where you had you first date or where he proposed, you could incorporate this venue with your wedding day. Did you know that you could have your wedding at the Tower? You might want to make a trip downtown to check this unique venue out. Let’s face it, many people choose their wedding venue based on some sort of connection to that specific place.
You can treat your guests to the spectacular 360 degree view of the San Antonio skyline that only Tower of the Americas can offer. Two private dining rooms are located on the 4th Level Observation Deck and can accommodate any special dining experience; the Bowie Room seats up to 60 guests and the Crockett Room seats up to 40 guests. Tower of the Americas offers tailored menus with only the finest food prepared by the Chart House Restaurant.
Since 1961, Chart House has built its reputation on delighting guests with spectacular views, outstanding cuisine, and exceptional service. Featuring fresh fish specialties such as macadamia crusted mahi, slow-roasted prime rib and the Original Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic.
So feel free to conjure up all those old childhood memories and contact Tower of the Americas or Chart House to plan your wedding at San Antonio’s most unique venue with fabulous vistas.
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The walk down the aisle is the defining moment for the bride. Every detail adds to the scene. The ceremony music can be just as important as the ceremony site itself. The music can be as traditional or as modern as the bride herself. Tailor the style and sound to individual personalities to make this day truly yours.
One of the first steps in planning your music for the wedding ceremony is to research your church or synagogue’s policy for wedding music. Many churches have a set policy for wedding music and it is important to find out what is considered acceptable to avoid future problems that would arise. Don’t set your heart on walking down the aisle to songs that would be considered secular, which may not be allowed until you have determined the music policy of the place you have chosen.
Approximately 20 to 30 minutes of music is played before the wedding ceremony actually begins. If the ceremony is being held in a place of worship this prelude is considered to be an integral part of the worship service and the music must be appropriate. There should be various styles of music to choose from to fit the mood that you want to set for the awaiting guests. Remember that the music played at your ceremony does set the mood for your ceremony so it important to be creative in your planning.
Discuss your choices of music with the musician or organist who will play at your wedding. Be prepared to provide sheet music for any music that is unfamiliar to the musician and allow advance preparation time. You may consider hiring a professional to assist you in the music selections and create a music program to complement your individual desires. Another recommendation is that the bride-to-be come to a wedding at the church prior to the wedding to listen to the service and/or the organist to get ideas on planning her wedding.
A flutist, harpist or stringed instrument player can improve the sound of the music played and enhance your wedding. Expect to pay between $400 to $650 for a string quartet depending on the individual musicians’ experience and expertise.
Some brides arrange to have the church choir or the children’s choir to sing. The choir usually sings during the ceremony and prelude and on occasion for the processional. To involve everyone in the church a hymn can be sung which can add to the genuine experience of a church service.
Many churches allow both popular and secular music at a wedding. If you are not familiar with classical and traditional church music a good source to go to is the musician you have hired organist or otherwise. A good organist will have excerpts of various selections for you. Many Christian bookstores carry a supply of popular music tapes specifically for wedding ceremonies in addition to music stores.
Many churches will not allow the two pieces which are most familiar considering them inappropriate for a worship service. The Wedding March from Wagner’s Lohengrin is performed in the opera after the ill-fated wedding of Lohengrin and Elsa and the atmosphere it was meant to evoke is one of hatred and distrust. The correct title is not the wedding march at all but Bridal Chorus. The Wedding March is from Felix Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is the melody used by countless brides as the recessional. It is also the theme music from The Newlywed Game. Churches may refuse to play this piece because it was written for the pagan wedding of the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons.
Traditional Wedding Ceremony Music
- “Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin” (Richard Wagner) (also known as “Here Comes the Bride”)
- “Canon in D” (Johann Pachelbel)
- “Guitar Concerto in D Major”, Largo, (Antonio Vivaldi)
- “Air” (from Water Music Suite), (George Frederic Handel)
- “The Prince of Denmark’s March” (Trumpet Voluntary in D major) (Jeremiah Clarke)
- “Procession of Joy” (Hal Hopson)
- “Rigaudon” (Andre Campra)
- “Wedding March” (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
- Prelude from “Te Deum” (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
- “Trumpet Tune and Air” (Henry Purcell)
- “Trumpet Voluntary” (John Stanley)
Find music for your wedding in Austin by visiting the Live Entertainment section of ourAustin website. Find music for your wedding in San Antonio by visiting the Live Entertainment section of our San Antonio website.Tags: ceremony music, wedding ceremony ideas, wedding ideas, wedding music, Wedding Traditions
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When planning your small wedding, try thinking outside the box. A smaller wedding offers a variety of options for locations that are not possible for receptions of more than 50. Here are just a few ideas.
Bed & Breakfasts: With intimate and romantic settings, a bed and breakfast is a wonderful place for simple yet elegant wedding. Not only can you have the wedding on site, you can have a wonderful wedding night. Inn on the Riverwalk in San Antonio and The Winfield Inn in Austin are beautiful locations that provide a wonderful setting for intimate weddings.
Historic Sites: Nestled among the hustle and bustle of modern city life are many unique historical sites that can host your unique wedding. The Neill-Cochran House in Austin and Lambermont Events in San Antonio offer the beauty of a modern wedding in a historic setting.
On The Water: Celebrate your wedding on your own private island! Treat your guests, and yourself, to a floating celebration on a ship, yacht, or even old-fashioned riverboat. Both the nautical charm of the boat itself and the breathtaking scenery floating by enhance the dreamy effect of a wedding on the water. Flagship Texas offers sunset ceremonies on Lake Travis with a view and experience that will be unforgettable.
The Great Outdoors: There will be no place to marry as unique as the great outdoors. The changing of seasons can boast beautiful fall colors or sensuous spring flowers which will be different every year. An outdoor wedding can range from a simple garden atmosphere, a picturesque river or lakeside event, or an elegant buffet design set up to watch the sunset. State parks as well as city parks make excellent choices. The Gardens of Cranesbury View in New Braunfels and McMurtrie Farms in Pflugerville offer breathtaking outdoor ceremony options.
A Home Affair: Sometimes the perfect wedding site is one you’ve visited a hundred times: your parents backyard. Having your wedding in a place that has personal history will add to the beauty of a place more than any decorations. Walking down the banister you used to slide down or reciting your vows under the tree you used to climb will make beautiful wedding memories. The extra planning an at-home wedding takes is well worth the effort for brides who have their heart set on a romantic and memorable wedding.
The Place You Met: Ranging from the exotic to the very unusual, more brides are making their weddings memorable by hosting the ceremony, and occasionally the reception, in the very spot they met. From coffee shops to airports to zoos, you can make that first date or meeting the place where you say your final “I Dos.”Tags: Advice, ceremony, Reception, wedding ideas
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