Wedding Traditions For Your Dream Wedding

Whether you are planning your very own dream wedding or helping out a friend, you can never run out of good ideas to make the day perfect. One way to honor this momentous day is to know about, and follow certain wedding traditions that can make this day of unity memorable for the decades to come! You can, of course, adjust to these traditions and have a pick of those which fit your wedding theme. Whether you want to use one tradition or if you want to use all of them, they will help to create a perfect wedding day that will be remembered forever!

1. Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue … This popular rhyme is one of the many wedding traditions followed by most brides for culture or race. To use something old (like a piece of jewelry passed on from the bride's family) is to tie the bond with family members. To use something new (wedding dress, a tiara, or even a ring) is to welcome the bride and groom's new life together. To borrow a happily married woman's item (earrings, a special pin, a necklace) passes on the good luck for a happy marriage. And to use something blue (a precious stone on a ring, flowers) brings fidelity to the marriage.

2. First piece of the wedding cake … This is often shared by the couple as shown in the ceremonial cutting of the wedding cake. The newlyweds are often seen to give each other their first bite of the cake. This is done to symbolize the sharing of life together and of creating bonds with each other. The wheat used to bake the wedding cake symbolizes fertility and the sweetness symbolizes the sweet and happy union of the couple.

3. The white bridal dress … While more and more brides opt to incorporate color to their wedding dresses, using a white bridal dress remains to be one of the dominant wedding traditions all over the world. Mary Queen of Scots was known to be the first royal bride to wear white on her wedding. White is known to symbolize the purity and virginity of the bride. While this idea can be quite unfitting for most modern women, white remains to be the favorite color for weddings. The color is also believed to ward off evil spirits that may haunt the newlyweds' union. These few beliefs, some brides simply look amazing on white wedding dresses.

4. Throwing of rice … Throwing rice grains on the newlyweds right after the wedding ceremony is known to symbolize good luck and prosperity for the newlyweds. While some churches have already taken this particular wedding tradition, there are still many who follow it, making sure to do everything to wish the bride and groom the best.

5. The throwing of the wedding bouquet … This is one of the many wedding traditions that is seen in most weddings. After the wedding ceremony, all single women gather round …

Vegan and Vegetarian One-Stop Shopping Made Easy

Are you a new vegetarian or vegan? OR maybe just surprised with having to read product labels at the supermarket and not happy with the limits such things can place on your lifestyle. Well finding vegan and vegetarian foods and lifestyle products is so easy these days it's a breeze!

One Stop Vegan and Vegetarian Shopping is EASY.

There are more options than ever before as one stop vegan stores are now in abundance all thanks to the world wide web. So vegetarian shopping is now made very simple and easy for anyone Wishing to avoid animal by-products VEGAN SHOPPING is now readily available to everyone.

The sites below are by no means the only shops that cater for vegan and vegetarian needs, however the ones we've listed are some of the better known stores and they do carry vegan and vegetarian products ranging from food and sweets, to vitamins & supplements , clothing, shoes, cosmetics, baby products, pet supplies, books, magazines and DVDs and skin and hair care plus much more.

To the best of my knowledge they are usually all owned and run by vegans and you will not find any animal testing or products at all within their product ranges.

So here are just a few Vegan & Vegetarian Stores To Pick From. . .

** VeganEssentials is both an online store and a retail shop located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have been in business since early 1998 and are one of the USA's oldest cruelty-free retailers, filling the needs of vegans worldwide for nearly a decade. Living free from animal products is easy with Vegan Essentials as they guarantee the authenticity of all their vegan products and strive to make a vegetable shopping experience with them a pleasant one. They have over 1200 vegan items in stock and ship worldwide with fast turn around

** Pangea Vegan Store based in USA, Pangea Vegan Store has a great selection of 'anything vegan' including their very own range of vegan sweets and marshmallows. They have both a store front (in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC is open for walk-in customers every Saturday & Sunday (holidays exceeded)
see their website for full details on opening times) and their famous online store which is a one-stop source for all things cruelty free and vegan.

** The Vegetarian Site has many things a vegan can benefit with online shopping, recipes, environmental news and views plus juicers, hemp products, gifts and everything in between. The great thing about The Vegetarian Site is that they donate 10% of sales to nonprofits, its 100% vegan and satisfaction is guaranteed.

** The Cruelty Free Shop – Australia has loads vegan goodies including cosmetics, body & baby care, food, books, candles and gifts if you live in Australia and are looking for options this is one of only a few 100% vegan stores around. They vegan products are certified by Choose Cruelty Free / The Vegan Society so you can …

5 Reasons Not To Have A Friend Or Relative Videotape Your Wedding

Many brides feel as if they simply can not afford professional wedding videography. So, they ask a friend or relative to do it for them. Of course, their friend agreements, setting into motion disappointment and missed opportunity. Here is why you do not want to have a friend or relative videotape your wedding …

You will miss A LOT

As great as your friend's intentions are, they will miss A LOT of very important footage. It takes professional videographers years to develop the skills and experience necessary to capture all of the important shots on your wedding day. Not to mention the enormous amount of tact, diplomacy, organizing skills and physical fortitude that the job demands. Without comprehensive training and direction about what to shoot, when to shoot, and how to shoot it; it's a real crap shoot as to what you'll get (key word here is "crap").

The quality will be disappointing.

You are used to watching broadcast quality TV, not amateur hour. You'll have shaky camera work, out of focus and poorly framed shots. Plus, the quality will be grainy and will lack the crispness of professionally shot footage. While still noticeable today, this difference will be enhanced very much in five or ten years when you are watching your grainy video on an HD TV (if you're not already!). It will be equivalent to watching your grandparents 8mm film compared to Discovery Channel HD! Big bummer.

The sound will suck.

Sorry, there is no nicer way to put it. As much as consumer grade equipment and operator inexperience will affect the picture quality of your video, the poor sound quality will be your biggest disappointment. You will not hear your wedding vows, or every word of the toasts. In fact, most of the sound you hear will simply be background noise that is picked up from the mic on the front of the camera. Most people end up turning down the volume on the TV when watching these videos because it is so frustrating and annoying.

No editing = BORING!

So, your friend or family member has given you the tape of your wedding day. The picture quality is poor, you can not hear much of anything, and 90% of the tape is your cousin's baby. Now, without editing capabilities you will be forced to sit through every painful moment hoping to see something that is remotely entertaining. Which means ….

You'll never watch it.

It will be so boring and un-interesting that unfortunately, over time, that's how you'll remember your wedding day. What a missed opportunity. …

Top Benefits Of Buying Jewellery Online

Shopping online is a way of life in the 21st century. It is how people get their stuff these days because it is more convenient to shop while you’re at home using your desktop PC, laptop, or even your phone. This also goes for buying jewellery online. But you will also find more benefits when shopping for the latter since the fashion industry is an ever-growing business especially on the web.

Below are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy while shopping for jewellery online:

[1] Aside from convenience, you will find many online fashion jewellery shops that sell unique items. These are mostly hand-made pieces and sets that would cost a hefty amount if branded or sold in high-end shops and malls. But on the web, fashion jewelleries can be as low as $10 each, depending on the material and intricacy of the design.

[2] Another benefit you can get from buying fashion jewellery on the web is the variety of options. You won’t be stuck on a few choices and sky high prices at once. As you browse the web, you will find more and more stores that cater to most buyers who love to shop without having to splurge. In connection with this, it is also possible to find more discounts online versus offline. You’ll be glad to find sale items that have price drops of more than 50%.

[3] As a frequent-buyer, you may also encounter online jewellery stores that offer ‘frequent buyer’ deals and discounts exclusively. Many online sellers provide e-mail notifications when these deals are about to commence. So, if you have submitted your e-mail address to one or more of these online jewelers, you can be sure to get the notification a few days prior to the sale event.

[4] Getting the best price for bulk orders is also possible. Not only can you get the best discounts on certain collections or pieces, but you can also pay less for more items. Look for the details or ask the customer service for information.

[5] The best online sellers, in general, will provide money-back guarantees and return/replacement policies. As a consumer, you have the right to be given these provisions because it is part of doing business online and offline as well.

There are many more benefits of shopping for jewellery online. The key is to search for a couple of stores and compare their offers based on the above-mentioned benefits. You can always ask around for opinions, but it is also imperative that you do your own research.…

ProExtender – How to Straighten a Penis Curvature?

Many men are very surprised to discover that there is actually a name for what they are suffering from – Peyronie’s Disease. Penis curvature is actually a fairly common problem, but it still causes the sufferer to feel extreme anxiety and distress over the look of their penis.

An obvious curve in a penis, will cause even the most secure men to be afraid to get intimate with a woman. All the thoughts begin going through their minds, such as “What if she recoils when she sees it?” or “What if she laughs?”.

Although women are generally more understanding, the worries and anxiety remain, and these men can suffer from severe self-esteem issues. In direct contrast, however, there are some men who are actually proud of their curved penis.

They feel that their special look demonstrates a rebellious nature. Not only that, but a curved penis actually can be very desirous for a woman, due to the curve allowing the penis to come in contact with areas that would normally not be reached by a straight penis.

This is why having a curved penis can, in fact, not be considered a liability to many men. However, the pros and cons should be considered regarding a curved penis, because there are still women who prefer a straight penis and men who cannot accept looking different.

There are generally two causes of penis curvatures: caused either by natural growth of the penis, or a condition known as Peyronie’s Disease.

The natural curvature happens when two chambers of the penis develop at different rates through the years, bending the penis in towards the slower growing chamber. There is no way to predict a tendency for this condition to occur, although it can be treated if the person so chooses.

Peyronie’s Disease is named after Francois de la Peyronie, a surgeon to Louis XIV of France, who was one of the very first men to offer a treatment in 1743. While the mechanism of this disease is very clear, it is still not entirely understood what causes this disease.

In effect, the “tunica albuginea”, which is the tough layer of connective tissue containing the Corpus Cavernosa, begins to form a scar tissue. This, in turn, prevents the normal expansion of the penis during an erection, which eventually bends the penis to one side.

There are completely natural penis exercises available which can improve the curvature in a penis. One of these exercises which has been effective in treating this problem, is called the Jelq. Another very effective method for fixing a penis curvature, is a traction device. The constant pull of the traction device eventually loosens up the “tunica albuginea”, which then straightens the penis.

The best way to ensure success, is to combine both of these methods together, to see maximum results. This will obviously speed up the healing process, although it does need to be noted that results will not happen over night. While the scar tissue has taken time to develop, …

What You Need To Know About Back Acne

Having back acne is really one of the most annoying things that happened to you. Because this skin disease makes an epidermis look hideous, a person's self-esteem and confidence can go down. Of course, having acne on your back is not as bad as on the face, but it's still a very unsuccessful trial to go through. Sure, you can cover your pimples with clothes, but what will you do if the girl you like invites you to go for a swim? Unless you will put on a diving gear, you will show your skin disease to the people around you. Back acne can really make even the most ripped person seem uncertain of himself.

There are multiple types of back acne (or "bacne" as some people call it): you can have whiteheads or which is worse – cystic acne. Also, bacne can consist of very painful pimples that are really difficult to treat.

Typically, this type of skin disease affects people ranging from age eleven to fifty. So, most likely, you either have back acne already or you will have them soon. In most cases, it is males how suffer from back acne more.

Back acne is not caused by the same bacteria that form acne on any other part of your body. In case you did not know, our backs contains sebum – a secret fluid that causes a person's skin tissue to clog and inflame.

Here are a few tips that can help you to get rid of this type of acne:

1) Keep your back clean at all times. Bath at least once a day, and make sure that you scrub your back until it is exfoliated. But please do not scrub it too much, because this can lead to inflammation, which on its hand will lead to the development of acne.

2) Keep your back dry and try to avoid perspiration. If you are doing sports, make sure that you remove your shirt after you are done.

3) Get rid of tight clothing, because they can irritate the pores.

4) Since the skin on your back is much thicker than on the other parts of your body, you can use benzoyl peroxide.

5) Contact your local dermatologist. As I've already mentioned, in some cases bacne can present itself as cystic acne, which should not be toyed with.

Let me, please, emphasize again how important it is to consult a professional first. If you have a serious case of bacne – call a doctor. Just do not make any rash decisions that you will regret in the future. …

Why Businesses Profit From Accepting Credit / Debit / Gift Cards

Many small businesses are leaving money and new relationships on the table by not accepting credit cards or other forms of cashless transactions. Studies have shown that merchants can achieve 50% plus increases in sales by simply offering multiple payment options.

How many times have you been sitting in traffic thinking about that new "toy" you want, but realize your short on cash this month. You arrive home, check the mail, and there is a new consumer credit card staring at you. We are an impulsive society and want things now!

Many industries can benefit from an expansion of payment options. For example, a large property manager could use a secure internet payment solution to accept recurring payments. Oil delivery drivers could swipe a credit card with a wireless terminal before filling a consumers oil tank. Limo / Taxi's could accept credit cards and we would not have to accept another blank receipt from a taxi driver (happens every time). Flea market, swap meet, and tradeshow merchants could use wireless solutions to sell more product / services.

Businesses often complain about the fees they pay to the credit card companies. How often do those same businesses often spend hours upon hours chasing invoices? I would prefer to get the sale I might not have had if I did not offer alternatives to cash. My guess is the combination of lost sales and time / effort chasing accounts receivable cost the merchant far more than the fees that are paying to the credit card companies! …

Top 50 Christmas Quotations

  1. “Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.”
    — George Matthew Adams
  2. “The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”
    — Louisa May Alcott
  3. “Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever.”
    — Bess Streeter Aldrich
  4. ” The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!”
    — Charles N. Barnard
  5. “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
    — Peg Bracken
  6. “The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung.”
    — Phillips Brooks
  7. “I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never aone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.”
    — Taylor Caldwell
  8. “Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”
    — Charlotte Carpenter
  9. “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
    — Calvin Coolidge
  10. “Christmas, in its final essence, is for grown people who have forgotten what children know. Christmas is for whoever is old enough to have denied the unquenchable spirit of man.”
    — Margaret Cousins
  11. “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
    — Bing Crosby
  12. “Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.”
    — Grace Noll Crowell
  13. “It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one’s fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.”
    — Isabel Currier
  14. “Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.”
    — Hugh Downs
  15. “They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.”
    — Mrs. Paul M. Ell
  16. “Christmas,

Great Inexpesive Wedding Centerpiece Ideas That You Can Really Use!

Always remember that coming up with great wedding centerpieces should be first and foremost, fun!! When planning your table arrangements, make sure that each table has a centerpiece. You certainly don’t want the tables to be plain, dull, or boring! Depending upon your price range and budget, you can invent creative and memorable wedding centerpieces! Also, as a budget is usually a fixed amount, you may want to consider using more of the budget on other items such as the facility and entertainment!

A great place to check out bargains is at the local dollar store. Most communities have at least one if not more. And of course, you can always check out other places to buy on line. You may also have hobby stores available such as Hobby Lobby to offer more comparisons.

This article will provide a few inexpensive wedding centerpiece ideas for you. It is also a good idea to check with relatives, family, and friends as this is obviously a common experience to us all.


Balloon are a great idea for inexpensive centerpieces. You can purchase balloons, ribbon, and then rent a helium tank. After you fill them, make sure to attach a weight to each one so they stay put and don’t float away. You can also scatter confetti or rose petals around the centerpieces.


There are many, many ideas for inexpensive centerpieces using candles. You can use a simple flower arrangement and put a candle in the center. Make sure to choose the candle size so that it is appropriate to the size of the centerpiece. Typical candles can be pillar or votive types. They come in many different sizes and colors

You can also use floater candles where you would place them in small drinking glasses. Fill up the glasses with water and place the candle inside. Using shorter glasses makes it easier to light. A good tip is to have a long-handled Bic type lighter available as it makes quick work and saves on the fingertips!


Mirrors are very creative indeed! There are a number of ideas for inexpensive centerpieces that center around the use of mirrors. One idea would be to take a mirror and place a candle in a glass holder on top of it. The candle or the holder can match the colors of your wedding theme if you can find a matching color.

Once again, scattering confetti on the mirror adds to the delight! You can also place a single rose in a tall, thin vase when placed in the center of a mirror can look quite stunning. Using realistic silk flowers is much better and less expensive than the real thing.

There are lots of great ideas for inexpensive centerpieces. Just take your time, look at all your options, and see which ones appeal to you. When you decide on choices, always compare relative to your overall budget! Even if you find an idea that you really like and at first blush appears too …

Know Yourself And Know How To Dress

People who know how to dress and look fabulous any time, any occasion know their own style. They understand that fashion is subservient to style. Many words have been written on the subject of style versus fashion. The challenge for those of us who seek to express the difference is comparing the tangible with the intangible. Fashion is obvious but style is ephemeral. There are numerous expressions offered by many people in an attempt to encapsulate the difference between style and fashion. Perhaps the most succinct of these is attributed to Yves St.Laurent; "Fashion fades, style is eternal".

A person of style leaves an enduring and positive impression.

They are surrounded by an aura of confidence and credibility. They are at ease with themselves and they have the gift of putting others at ease. True style lacks pretension and contrivance. The external persona is a genuine reflection of the inner personality. George Clooney and Helen Mirren are wonderful examples of this. Yes, they are fashionable and good looking but they also exude a sense of style that sets them apart from others. They have created a visual image that reflects their own personal identity so that their elegance and glamor appears effortless and comfortable.

Fashion fits in, style stands out .

Perhaps the true difference between style and fashion is maturity and self knowledge. A genuinely stylish person knows how to dress not only because they understand what suits them but also because they like themselves. They are clear in their own mind who they are and what they represent. This self knowledge and self confidence gives them the courage to be noticed and to be different.

It's not by accident that young people in the turmoil of adolescence are the most Slavish adherents to fashion. They adopt the current look because they are not yet ready to stand alone as individuals. They need their social networks to validate themselves, to provide their identity and bolster their fragile sense of self. They are still in the process of becoming and so in the meanime they seek conformity with their peers.

Fashion is conformity, style is individuality.

Although most people emerge from their adolescent years with some semblance of personal identity, many continue to live with high levels of self doubt. This insecure is reflected in their visual image. They choose to wear understated and tended down garments devoid of statement or self expression. They live in neutrals and shy away from color. They often say that they do not know how to dress which is why they choose the safe options. They admire the temerity of others who wear striking designs and creative combination's but recoil from attracting attention to themselves in a similar way. They admire style in others but lack the confidence to create a purposeful style for themselves.

The majority of people want others to perceive them positively, (most people want to be liked) but they have neglected to recognize and articulate to themselves how they wish …