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Planning Your Vegetarian Hudson Valley Wedding

Written with contributions made by FRESH Company. The word “wedding” and the word “tradition” have always gone hand in hand. Planning any wedding is exciting and labor-intensive, so when something “unusual” is thrown into the mix, it becomes that much more complicated and that much more difficult. It has become much more popular in recent(…)

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Advice To Brides From A Professional Wedding Planner: Part One

Any bride who has been fortunate enough to have a wedding planner working with her knows what a pleasure it is and how it works to significantly reduce the stress in planning a special event. Planners are experienced professionals who bring what they have learned to the table. (You can browse a list of terrific(…)

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How to Announce An “Adults Only” Wedding

It’s not unusual for bridal couples to want to exclude children at their weddings. The problem of getting the word out to your guests is a tough one and so are the solutions. According to etiquette authorities, the only truly proper way to indicate “no children” is by not including the children’s names, or “and(…)

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Here Comes the Bride, Again: Second Wedding Etiquette, Tradition and Planning

Almost 50% of marriages today involve someone who has been married before, so it’s no wonder that attitudes toward remarriages have changed greatly over time. What once was considered no cause for celebration, in the light of a past “failure,” has become, appropriately so, cause for celebration of what everyone hopes will be the start(…)

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Prenuptial Basics

Your wedding will bind you and your spouse in love, friendship and, perhaps, in parenthood. In the blush of preparations for your special day, it’s difficult for some couples to deal with the less exciting and sometimes even uncomfortable aspects that your union implies. A prenuptial agreement need not be viewed negatively. It is just(…)

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To Top It All Off, Your Bridal Headpiece

As a bride to be you should consider your headpiece as carefully as you consider any other wedding day accessory and choose it as carefully as you do your wedding gown. It is, after all, your crowning glory. Not only should your headpiece bring out your best facial features, but it should also complement your(…)

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What About An All-White Wedding?

The white wedding gown is a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria in the early 1800’s. She could not have known that she would be a trend setter for a tradition that would live on long after she was gone. The tradition of the white wedding gown survives to this day as the favorite(…)

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No Children At The Wedding

It’s not unusual for bridal couples to want to exclude children at their weddings. The problem of getting the word out to your guests is a tough one and so are the solutions. According to etiquette authorities, the only truly proper way to indicate “no children” is by not including the children’s names, or “and(…)

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Wedding Trends for 2014

As a newly engaged you may enjoy seeing what are expected to be the hot trends in 2014. Whether you go with traditional, renew an old favorite, or you mix and match, here to help you are the trends as collected from various wedding planners, brides, magazines and newspaper articles. Let’s start with color. Blue,(…)

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Wedding Trends for 2013

Kate Middleton’s impact on weddings: Lots of lace, sleeves, ball gowns, more traditional settings and details like having flower girls and a white budding bouquet. Lace is even making an appearance on wedding cakes! Let there be Pockets: Finally, pockets are coming to the forefront. Why wouldn’t you want pockets on your wedding gown? Amount(…)

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Engagement Ring Trends for 2013

More often than not, today’s prospective bride either comes with her fiancé to shop for an engagement ring, or gives him input into what she would like. Many couples agree that a ring that a bride will wear forever should be in a style that she likes and should fit her lifestyle so they have(…)

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The Money Dance

There are various cultures in which “The Money Dance” is a traditional part of the wedding reception. In such cultures, the guests are prepared with money and straight pins and they know what to do. The concept of “The Money Dance” is that the male guests pay for the privilege of dancing with the bride.(…)

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Choosing A Figure-Flattering Wedding Gown

Some wedding gown styles look good on every bride . . . A-line silhouettes, Queen Anne necklines, tank/scoop necklines and cap sleeves. Unfortunately there are many more styles which seem to flatter only one particular body shape. The following list may be used as a general guide for who looks good in what and to(…)

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Wedding Gown Fabrics: Pros And Cons

With the advent of manmade materials, today’s bride has far more choices than her predecessors did when choosing the fabric for her wedding gown. The number of choices may be a bit overwhelming. Start by considering the time of year in which you’ll be married and whether your wedding will be indoors, or outdoors. You(…)

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Choosing The Right Bra Size

When it comes to a wedding gown, it’s not only what the eye sees that make for a perfect picture. The right undergarments are extremely important and can make a very big difference towards your gown looking its best. A correctly sized bra will make your gown fit better, but it should also be comfortable(…)

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To Buy a Wedding Gown, Be Prepared

There is probably not much argument to the statement that the purchase of her wedding gown is the most important, special and exciting acquisition that a prospective bride makes. It’s also a fairly costly one and for these reasons it is important to enter the shopping-buying process with as much information as possible. Here are some(…)

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Including A Pet In Your Wedding

In keeping with the trend for couples to personalize their weddings, some bridal couples include their family pet. This decision should not be taken lightly and preparation is the key. Begin by checking with both your ceremony and reception venues to make certain that pets are allowed. If you’re getting married in a house of(…)

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The Bridesmaids’ Party

The bridesmaids’ party is a tradition that doesn’t get as much play as other wedding-related customs. It is a pre-wedding event that is the obligation and responsibility of the bride. The party can be held as a luncheon, which it most typically is, or as a breakfast, brunch, dinner, or after work “for drinks” get-together. Some(…)

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Gifts For The Groomsmen: A Guide For The Groom

It is customary for the groom to thank his attendants by presenting them with a gift as a token of appreciation. The objective is for you to select a gift that is meaningful and thoughtful, something that hopefully will not be relegated to the back of a closet, but instead will serve as a lasting(…)

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The Responsibilities Of Honor Attendants At A Traditional Wedding

Today’s weddings are continuously becoming more creative. We are always hearing about something new that a wedding couple has added to make their day just a little bit different. With that, we have also seen a return to what could be considered the traditional weddings. Despite the fact that new slants and additions certainly can(…)

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Better Safe Than Sorry: Your Emergency Wedding Kit

The key to any successful event is planning. It is wise to follow the “better safe than sorry” adage, and the Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared.” Mix the two and the likelihood is that your wedding will come off without any glitches, and perhaps, even more important, should there be an “oh-oh,” you’ll have it(…)

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Dressing Your Pregnant Bridesmaid

There is no reason to exclude the mom-to-be from your attendants’ list. A mother-to-be can make a beautiful bridesmaid, as long as you, the bride, encourage her to shop “well.” Take the mom-to-be on a shopping adventure, perhaps even before you shop with the rest of your maids. Avoid stiff fabrics like satin and taffeta.(…)

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Bridal Party Gifts: A Way to Say ‘Thank You’

A group of items that certainly cannot be overlooked in setting a budget for your wedding are the gifts you will give to your attendants. If you are fortunate enough to have had friends and family from whom to choose, who you care about and who happily and proudly agreed to be in your wedding(…)

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Delegating Tasks For Your Wedding

Planning a wedding involves months of work and a long list of tasks which needed to be completed. Regardless of how capable the bride and her mother may be, there are times when a helping hand would prove invaluable. The rule of thumb is “Don’t be afraid to ask.” Especially friends and family who have(…)

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Choosing Your Honor Attendants (A Choice Not to Be Taken Lightly)

Inherent in the names of these attendant positions is their level of significance. The titles of “Best” Man and Maid of “Honor,” are important roles, with responsibilities attached. Neither the acceptance of such an honor, nor the process of selection should be taken lightly. Traditionally it is the bride who picks her honor attendant, while the(…)

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Announcing Your Marriage: Letting Everyone Know

He proposed. She accepted. She proposed. He accepted. Now you want to shout from the roof tops and let everyone share in your joy. As with almost everything surrounding engagements and weddings, there is a proper procedure and guidelines to follow. If they don’t already know, because someone couldn’t wait to tell, this is the(…)

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Memories Are Made of This: Preserving Your Wedding Day

The feeling of wanting somehow to keep alive your very special day is one shared my most young couples. There are the traditional ways of preserving your wedding day, such as photography and videography and, hopefully, your budget will allow one or both of these options. There are also some creative ways in which you(…)

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Saving the Memory: What You Should Know About Bridal Gown Preservation

Your wedding gown is probably the single, most important purchase you make. It’s that special dress about which every little girl dreams. It is quite possibly the most expensive item of clothing you will ever buy and it has all the joy, excitement and memories of your special day, all wrapped up in it. It is(…)

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Coping with After-Wedding Letdown Blues

Planning a wedding is an emotional, financial and physical strain, even though it is an exciting joyous time. The events which consumed hours and hours of your time and were the subjects of much of your thoughts, as if suddenly, disappear. It is this combination of feelings that creates a tremendous letdown, sometimes called an(…)

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Your Wedding Guestbook: Creating Memories in New and Creative Ways

It’s difficult to say exactly where and when the concept of a Wedding Guest Book first began. What is certain, however, is that what once was a simple custom has, at many contemporary weddings, been redesigned and redesigned again. Once upon a time, tradition held that upon arriving at the church or other ceremony location, each(…)

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Creating a Shower Wedding Quilt

This wedding shower activity is an enjoyable craft activity which “creates” lovely memories. Each of the shower guests is asked to design one quilt square that reflects the theme of love. The shower hostess will need to have materials available. Ribbon, fabric glue, buttons, fabric paint, and sequence are just a few examples. The hostess,(…)

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After Your Wedding Day…Now What?

Your special day has come and gone and you are left with warm, wonderful memories. It feels like all the planning is done, but your “work” isn’t quite over yet and there still remain several important decisions to be made and responsibilities to be met. Winding down can be a letdown. Keep your spirits up(…)

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Back at the Hotel After the Wedding

If your wedding plans include hotel reservations for guests attending your wedding, then you want to stretch the wedding by hosting an after-the-wedding get together at your hotel. The party can be as formal or informal as you wish. If your wedding is in the afternoon, it’s possible that you and your guests will get(…)

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Where Will Our Guests Stay? A Primer and Checklist for Selecting Lodging

Unlike years ago when most of a couple’s family and friends lived in close proximity to one another, today’s guests more often than not travel from a distance to attend a wedding. This fact makes it incumbent upon the caring bridal couple to consider, visit, select and book a block of rooms for the convenience of(…)

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Planning Makes Perfect For The Older Bridal Couple

It’s no more difficult for an older bridal couple to plan their wedding, as long as they remain mindful of whom they are and in what way they wish their wedding to reflect that. Wise and thoughtful decisions can make the wedding of an older couple and absolutely delightful for themselves and for their guests.(…)

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Melding Families With Children

Second marriages are more the norm today than ever before. Almost 50% of marriages today involve someone who has been married before. That statistic brings up the real issue of whether or not minor children should be made a part of the wedding and the bridal party. More bridal couples than not look for a(…)

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam. . . Rituals for Remembering Click Here to E-mail this Page to a Friend. Second marriages are much the norm today. Some of these marriages are a result of divorce, while others involve either a widow, widower, or both. Especially when children are part of the wedding party, the mention of a spouse(…)

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Small Intimate Weddings

Small, Intimate Weddings Click Here to E-mail this Page to a Friend. At its core, a wedding is about personal preferences, dreams, family, friends and budgets. A couple may decide to have a small wedding for any number of reasons. Despite what people may think, budgetary restrictions are not the only motivation for having a(…)

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Second Weddings

Here Comes the Bride, Again- . . . Second Weddings: Etiquette, Tradition and Planning Click Here to E-mail this Page to a Friend. Almost 50% of marriages today involve someone who has been married before, so it’s no wonder that attitudes toward remarriages have changed greatly over time. What once was considered no cause for(…)

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