Silver Wedding Favors: Add a Little Flair to Your Event

Planning a party is more than a notification. There are many steps involved in hosting an event. Aside from the obvious, such as maintaining a guest list, preparing invitations, and deciding on a menu what else is involved? Let's not forget the fun stuff – party favors! Giving your guests party favors are a must when hosting a special occasion. Nothing says "thank you" better than a unique keepsake for your attendants to take home. There are tons of party favors on the market. Some are traditional, while others are unique, but they are not all practical. How do you decide what party favors are best for your event? Choose something practical, memorable, and unique.

Silver wedding favors are the perfect accent to any occasion. Since the turn of the new millennium, silver has grown more popular than in times past. There are a variety of silver party favors that will compliment the theme of any wedding, bridal shower, or any other special occasion. You may ask, why silver? Consider the fact that silver is defined as a soft white lustrous transition metal and it has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. Although, all silver wedding favors are not made of pure silver, they still make a wonderful addition to any occasion.

With that said, silver wedding favors are a great alternative because they are subtle, elegant, and they are full of energy (energy is vital for any party). Such favors will add a little flair to your event without overshadowing the rest of your d├ęcor. Silver does not have the tension to clash with other colors and it certainly will fall in line with almost any theme. Let's look at a few options that are elegant, unique, and practical.

o Personalized silver tealights

o Silver heart-shaped cookie cutters

o Silver heart-shaped tea infusers

o Silver plated bell place card holders

o Silver traditional mint tins

In keeping up with the times, make your event a memorable one. Silver party favors are practical and are sure to leave an everlasting impression on your special occasion. After all, your event favors will serve as a lasting memory of the special time that your guests shared with you. …

A Look at the Traditional Western Wedding Ceremony

The wedding is the day when two souls unite and become one. It is the point of time when one's dreams and hopes of a perfect partner begin to materialize in life. A time when people want to celebrate, show their happiness and want other people to be a part of their happiness too. This ceremony is conducted in many ways across the globe, across different communities; Christian weddings are celebrated in a particular manner.

They usually begin with seating of the parents. Immediately after this begins the wedding procession, which is followed by the wedding march and it is then that the call of worship is connected. After this the priest starts the opening prayer. At this time the entire congration is standing, their seating follows this, after which the ceremony includes giving away of the bride. At this stage the bride and the groom exchange rings, the symbol of their love, happiness and togetherness. The bride and the groom also take vows, which are like ground rules of any marriage. Both bride and groom are invited to understand the promise and say, "I do" as a symbol of approval. This is followed by a kiss, which shows the world the love and affection between them. A closing prayer and a recession follow this, which is where the religious ceremony ends.

After this there is a fever song, dance and many other forms of entertainment. The essence of the fact is that the bride and the groom wanted to share their happiness, their moment of unity, love and all the magical feelings; they have in their heart with the people. Although weddings are considered special and religious, in my opinion it is spiritual because it is the ceremony where two spirits unite and come together for existence life. …

Gift Registry Tips

Yes a gift registry makes it a lot easier for you. You do not need to worry about getting three ice buckets (which I got by the way), you can be sure you'll get what you want (or at least 80%) and that most of the gifts go together. The other side of it, of course, is that it makes it easier for the guests. Trying to think of an original wedding gift without any clues is really hard. So bear that in mind as we go through the following tips on getting your wedding gift registry just right.

Stores

Only use a competent of stores. It's easier to coordinate between them, avoiding duplication of gifts. Make sure you choose things that are available, and you let the guests know which stores they are, and where they can find the list. I would choose one big department store and a couple of more specialty stores.

It's worth investigating things like return policies at the stores you choose as you are bound to get a few duplicates.

Timing

As soon as you announce your wedding it's a good idea to set up a short list in one store. Close friends and relatives may want to buy you something as soon as they hear the good news. Another thing to bear in mind, is that you'll want to get the lists out at least a month before any engagement parties or wedding showers.

In terms of the big day, a six month window will help you and your guests a lot. You can update and add to the list as you get closer to the day, and the guests have plenty of time to choose their gift. One thing to look out for though, is that you do not want anything discontinued, so make sure you review the lists every week or two.

The Gifts

The more gifts you list, the more likely people are to find one they like. So start with a "core" list, and add items as your plans for the weeding and your life together unfold. The more gifts on that list, the more likely you are to get some you like!

Do not be narrow when it comes to list gifts – yes there are the traditional items like kitchenware, appliances, linens, dinner sets etc., but it's worth putting some unusual things on the list too. Computer accessories, DVDs that you both like are a couple of ideas. This will also give a wider price range for those that can not (or will not!) Spend a lot.

The internet is the best tool here of course, with most stores having gift registries online. …

Father's Day – Choose a Personalized Gift

It used to be that personalized gifts were one or two initials on a few leather goods. I used to think it was in case you lost something or it got mixed up with someone else's. That would mean every watch and pen I have should be personalized; as well as my glasses, sunglasses, car keys, shopping list, remote controls, slippers, mobile phone, dog, and (if I'm being totally honest) my children.

Nowadays there is a much wider range of goods that can be personalized with more advanced technology.

Photographs can be put on almost anything, including clothing, blankets, watches and mouse pads. This means you could go into the office the day after Father's Day with a tie with the picture of the kids, a mug with a picture of your wedding day, the watch with your whole family on the dial and a mouse pad with a picture of your lost dog (you really miss him, shame he did not have your initials on). This may or may not be blessed with snorts of derision depending how important you are, but no matter if you are the big boss, or the janitor, people would still probably laugh behind your back.

Specially printed T-shirts make a great gift. They can be personalized with humor, a photograph or just a special message. Do not go too overboard and come up with something crude or off – you want him to wear it! In addition, there is no point buying a sweatshirt for someone who lives in Florida!

Boxer shorts can have your name stitched onto them – very useful if you do actually lose them. Ah, the good old days.

You can also compose poems and have them etched onto glass plaques – "Dear Dad you're a hit, It's great I turned into such a wit".

Another option is to have your name superimposed onto a sports jersey in a photograph so it looks as though you were on the winning team in the Superbowl or World Series. On the other hand, in the case of the Washington Nationals, just trying very, very hard.

My favorite is where you can have your name put onto a real football jersey. The fact that it comes down to your knees and does not seem to fit quite the way it does on the players is of no consequence. No, it means that the dream is still alive.

In all seriousness, personalizing something for Father's Day can make a very hard to choose gift that little bit more special. And even if people laugh behind his back, he'll treasure it always. …

Where Do Those English Wedding Traditions Come From?

Today's weddings follow many superstitions and traditions that date back literally hundreds of years. Ever surprised where they came from and why? Many of these traditions were originally based on fertility, wealth, evil and good fortune.

In Anglo-Saxon times a man would select a wife and move her into his home for producing children, cooking and cleaning. Pathhers soon recognized the value of their daughters and introduced a 'fee', if you like. Suiters had to offer the family gifts to show they were able to provide for their daughters. Hundreds of years later, this reversed when fathers began to offer a dowry to the prospective husband. The theory behind it being that the marriage would last as the women had brought something into the marriage. If the marriage broke down, then the husband no longer had control over the dowry.

Engagements

In the 6th Century early engagements were an agreement between the groom and the bride's father that a marriage would take place. By Victorian times the groom would request permission from the bride's father for his 'daughter's hand in marriage'. Once the permission had been granted, the groom would propose to the prospective bride by asking on bended knee. If accepted, the groom would then have a legal obligation to marry his fiancee and if he jilted her she could sue for a break of promise. Thes days there is no legal obligation to marry from an engagement. In most cases it was the responsibility of the men to propose, but tradition did permit women to propose on February 29th. The engagement ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand, due to the Greek belief that this finger connects to the heart.

Which Day

Upto the 17th Century Sunday was the most popular wedding day as people did not have to work. However, the Puritans put a stop to this believing that it was improper to celebrate on the Sabbath. Saturday is the most popular day in present times, although more couples are choosing mid week, and eithe side of the weekend to save on costs. If you believed this rhyme, you would never get married on a Saturday.

Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all,

Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all

Having got the day sorted, what about the time of the year. The old saying, 'Marry in the month of May, and you'll live to regret the day' goes back to the pagans. In the Nineteenth Century there was a rush to get married on April 30th because brides refused to marry during May.

Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind & true,

When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.

If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.

Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man.

Marry in the month of May, and you'll certainly rue the day.

Marry …

Balance – Wedding Budget Blues

Let's think about what goes into your wedding budget. Your caterer / banquet facility will get the lion's share of it. If you are having 150 guests (an average number) and the banquet facility charges $ 100 pp. (typical high-end facility in New England area – including gratuity, tax, hidden fees) – that works out to $ 15,000 right off the top. If you have it and want to spend it – great. If you are trying to stretch your wedding dollars, then you really need to step back. Many couples get so caught up in the facility that they spend all their budget on it and do not have enough left over for quality entertainment or wedding photos.

If you took that same 150 guests and found a facility that only cost $ 75 pp, you now have an additional $ 4,000 that you can spend on your photographer and disc jockey. Why? When you walk away from your reception – if the music was a disaster – the entire event is a disaster. If you do not have quality wedding photos to cherish for years to come, it will just fade in your memory. The reality is – if the view was not so great at the facility and the food was just OK – people will not care as long as they had a great time. Think about that before you spend your entire wedding budget on the facility and run out of money for everything else. There needs to be a balance in your wedding budget.

In the New England Area average pricing for a quality disc jockey ranges between $ 1000- $ 1500. For a quality professional photographer, you should expect to spend at least $ 2,500- $ 4,000. Believe me, you will know the difference if you hire below this range. …

Steps to Choose the Best Wedding Photography

A wedding photograph is one of important things in a wedding ceremony. It is importance since it covers all the memory of your special day. It will also represent and remind every different memory of your wedding day. If you want to make your wedding photograph as good as the precise wedding that you have, you do not need a traditional wedding photograph. As an alternative, you would like to think of an exclusive wedding photograph idea to create your wedding photographs creative and exclusive.

Including your relative

Those of relatives are the most cherished wedding photos. There are many ideas for a wedding family photo, but you can come up with that integrated a family photo that has many interesting and exclusive photo ideas. It is the best time for you to take a family photo in a wedding day as in that day your family members will be dressed to make an impression. If you want to get an exclusive and unique family photo, you may think to arrange your family members in a humorous way. You can also arrange your family from tallest to shortest just like sit on the stairs. There are many unique and exclusive wedding photo ideas that you can choose for you and your family members.

The photograph of the Bride and Groom

One of the most important things in a wedding day is the photograph of the bridge and the groom. It is better to take the photo with a unique and exclusive way. You can take the unique photo of the bridge and groom in a different ways to make it interested. The first thing that you could do is that you should make a difference of the funny cake topper where the groom is dragged the bridge behind him. The real life moment would make the unique and exclusive wedding photo. For the second option, you may take a picture of some famous man and women who are invited in the wedding ceremony.

Exclusive and Elegant

If you do not interest about a unique with funny, you can still try with another unique wedding photo idea. You do not need to worry because you can be exclusive and elegant at the same time. You may ask the photographer about the backgrounds to turn the traditional into exclusive wedding photos. You can also transport the entire wedding ceremony to beach and also a snowy winter meadow by using the background.

Anything photo ideas that you will choose, you have to be sure that you will get the best photos since it covers the whole moment of your important wedding party. …

Finally! Gay Wedding Cake Toppers to Compliment Your Gay Wedding!

Gay wedding cake toppers … you'd think that it would be an easy mission to find the same sex figurines for your wedding cake right? Many traditional wedding supply stores and vendors really do not take same sex relationships into account because for some reason or another they refuse to acknowledge that you exist.

More often than not, you've got to buy two of the same looking figurines and they end up looking like twins. And even if do decide on going that route, who wants a stiff & cheap looking plastic figurine that looks like it is made of lego on top of their cake? Is not there some kind of way to make it look like it slowly resembles you? What if you've got different features that you'd like to accent on such as:

– Is your hair, is it blonde, brunette, long hair, or bald?

– Maybe your skin tone, is it fair, tanned or dark?

– What about your wedding clothes? Will they be traditional white, or maybe a nice pastel?

– Accessories? Do you have distinguishing things such as ear rings, tattoos etc-

Do you really need to go through all that hassle? It's supposed to be the ultimate occasion and your day of triumph where you commit to the person you'd like to go through life like it's a dance? Would not it be nice to seal your perfect celebration as a wedded couple by going through the ritual of cutting the cake with gay wedding cake toppers made to suit just you and your partner?

Imagine if you could get your own custom gay wedding cake toppers made and sculpted to your specifications; your desired clothing, poses, hairstyles, skin tone – everything. And all you had to do was to send in your desired photos and images to do so? Would not you find that appealing to make your wedding perfect?

Hey, maybe you'd like to surprise your partner with your own custom made gay wedding cake toppers too! …

Wedding Planning – Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a cute way to thank your guests for joining you on your special day and for their blessings. Wedding favors come in many different varieties. You are sure to find something that suits you and your guests will love.

A few traditional wedding favors your guests will love are dried fruit, chocolate, and Jordan almonds. Dried fruits are a simple favor and they fit perfectly with an outdoor wedding. Chocolate is an old favorite and your guests are sure to love it. Who does not love chocolate? However, if your reception is taking place outdoors you should make sure it will not be hot enough outside to melt the chocolate. Jordan almonds are almonds covered with a candy coating. Almonds have a bittersweet taste. They represent the ups and downs of life. The extra sweet layer represents the hope that the new couple will have more ups than downs in the journey they are just beginning.

If you want to give your guests a wedding favor they can use then there are many sweet practical advantages. There are many cute designs for salt and pepper shakers. One pair of salt and pepper shakers look like apples for "apple of my eye." Another pair looks like peas for "two peas in a pod." There are soaps shaped like an "x" and "o" for 'hugs and kisses.' Another practical favor is bottle stoppers and pourers for "for richer or pourer." Whatever your choice, guests like favors they can use long after the celebration ends.

Want your wedding favor to be as special as you are? Try a unique wedding favor. If you are having a summer wedding, bottled water monogrammed with your initials is perfect. "To have and hold" magnets are great and useful. The distinct look of using wine corks as place card holders is also appealing. Stand out from the crowd and give your guest something they do not get at every wedding.

Wedding favors are classic and a great way to show your guests that they are appreciated. With so many favors available, there is no excuse to not find your perfect match. …

Men’s Titanium Wedding Bands

There are many different types of titanium wedding bands. The rings vary by the grade of the titanium, size of the ring, level of decorative additions to the ring, whether or not there are inlays and the use of different gemstones which could include rubies, diamonds, emeralds or other precious and semi precious stones . Men’s titanium wedding bands tend to be bolder than those for women, but they can still be fashionable without being heavy or plain. Even the plainest titanium ring can be very striking and the wearer never has to worry about allergic reactions to the metal.

Popular Types of Wedding Bands

Generally, titanium wedding bands come in the higher grades of metal. Often, the band is a simple circle with inscribed braiding or other decorative motifs on the face of the band. Some of the wedding bands feature titanium bands with gold or silver inlays. Many bands have the distinct silvery color which is associated with the metal titanium, but there is also a form of black titanium which makes a very striking wedding band. The titanium may be inscribed or the inlay can be inscribed. Some titanium bands are designed making use of gemstones either in outline designs or as a showcase stone in a setting.

Plain Titanium Bands

The beauty of unadorned titanium wedding bands is very appealing to anyone who does not want an overly fussy band. Many times the band is just associated with decorative designs. Braiding motifs or cross-hatching is found in many plain bands. The metal can be black or silver colored – either choice is available from top designers in the art of jewelry making. The titanium in the wedding band can be formed from different grades of titanium. The pure titanium is the slightly softer version and adding minute amounts of other contaminants such as silicon or tin makes the metal harder.

Titanium Wedding Bands With Gemstones

Men’s titanium wedding bands decorated with gemstones are becoming more popular, particularly when the man’s ring matches the wedding set of the bride. A very striking style features the titanium band with diamonds set in a bezel setting. Obviously, the titanium ring has a more modern look than the traditional gold or silver men’s band. Titanium is not so shiny as silver or gold, but it is still popular with men. The sparkle can be added through the use of the gemstones.

Adding Inlays of Gold or Silver

Men’s titanium wedding bands with inlays of gold or silver is a way to add detail to the basic titanium band. Since silver or gold has a higher luster than titanium it’s a method of making the basic ring appear more interesting without adding gemstones. There are some very beautiful designs in men’s rings that feature a double band of gold or silver or even black inlays. The inlays can be plain or inscribed with designs. The inlays can be full circle or in geometric designs on the top side of the ring.…