December 12, 2012 @ 12:57 AM

There is no recorded history of when unity candles were first used in wedding ceremonies, but its use gained popularity in the mid to late 20th century. The unity candle was first used in wedding ceremonies when the bride and groom are of different religions, where the candle is symbolic of the unification of the bride and groom despite religious differences. In modern wedding ceremonies, it can also be symbolic of the bride and groom family's joining together in unity to become one family. Alternatively, some couples may use it to symbolize their love and commitment to each other, as their two lives become one.

A unity candle is a larger candle with a wide diameter, that is often decorated to match a wedding theme, or ...

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December 08, 2012 @ 01:57 PM

Decorating the gift table at your wedding reception can be easy and fun. To begin, make sure you have access to a table that can be used for wedding presents. Rectangular tables usually work better than round tables, because they can be pushed against a wall without disturbing the flow of your wedding reception. The size of the table you will need depends on the number of guests you are expecting. However, keep in mind that even if you are planning a large wedding, you might not receive a large number of gifts - many people ship presents before or after the wedding, and many guests will prefer to give a monetary gift. In most cases, a standard rectangular table size of 30 x 72 inches should work.
The next thing to consider is decor. When ...

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December 03, 2012 @ 11:15 PM

There are a few different formats for wording a wedding invitation. The format you use for your wedding invitation is dictated by two things: who is hosting the wedding and the type of ceremony you are having. The first lines of your wedding invitation, and thus the first names that your guests will read, should be the person or people hosting your wedding. Traditionally, this has been the brides parents, but today it is often both families or the couple themselves. This is followed by the request that your guests attend. The wording here is dictated by whether you are having a religious wedding ceremony or secular wedding ceremony. Therefore, there are four ways in which the first lines of your wedding invitation can be worded.

Style 1:...

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November 29, 2012 @ 08:32 PM

Your Wedding Invitation is an important part of the wedding planning process, and is something you will want to prepare once you have set your wedding date and secured the location. If you are planning to have out of town guests at your wedding, or are planning a destination wedding, it is also best to send a save the date card 4 to 6 months prior to your wedding date. This will allow your guests plenty of make their travel arrangements, and will ensure more of your family and friends are in attendance. Your save the date card does not need more detail than the date, location (even a city and state will do), your wedding planning website (if applicable) and a note that a formal invitation will follow. Your formal wedding invitation ...

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November 26, 2012 @ 03:57 AM

Having a gift card holder at your wedding reception is vital. Without one, you can be stuck carrying and keeping track of cards throughout your reception, or worst, you could risk losing your wedding gifts.

Gift card holders can take on many forms, but using an actual box is most common. If you chose to go that route, make sure to use a box that has a minimum depth of six inches. Remember, wedding cards tend to be large, and if you choose a box too shallow you can risk cards not fitting or overflowing from your card holder.

Another thing to consider is that you can easily make a gift card box to use at your wedding. Making your own gift card holder is not only inexpensive, but will allow you flexibility in color and design. Follow the...

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November 23, 2012 @ 03:52 PM

While they are not mandatory, a Wedding Programs is a great compliment to your ceremony and a wonderful keepsake for you and your guests. It is an especially nice touch if your wedding ceremony meets one of the following criteria:

- A religious ceremony where the bride and groom are of different faiths. In this case about half of your guest may be unfamiliar with parts of the ceremony. This will enable your guests to follow along and feel a part of your wedding.
- A non-religious ceremony that has been customized by the bride and groom. In this case none of your guest will understand your ceremony.
- A large wedding where many of the guest might not know the bride and groom or members of the bridal party well.
- A ceremony that is ...

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November 21, 2012 @ 01:46 AM

Flowers are one of the biggest expenditures in a wedding. A simple way to trim your wedding costs is to reduce the amount of flowers used as wedding decorations. This of course is a little bit easier said than done. Flowers are the best way to make an event elegant, and also to fill up space in an otherwise empty reception hall. Luckily, there are a variety of other centerpieces available that do not rely on large floral displays. These include, but are not limited to candles, statues, frames, and small bud vases.

Keep in mind that there is also the option to personalize a centerpiece. Think of what a nice touch it would be to be able to decorate your wedding reception using your monogram and wedding colors. Feel free to be creative ...

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