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In today’s wedding traditions, the responsibilities of the best man are actually pretty benign. Hes consigned to remembering the rings and giving a speech at the reception and, while these may be stressful to a certain degree, they certainly aren’t hazardous to the best man’s health.

Things were much different, however, when the concept of the best man originated with the Germanic tribes nearly 2,000 years ago.

During this time, a man in search of a bride often had to kidnap her from a nearby village.  This was, as you can imagine, often a dangerous mission, and it would have been foolish for a prospective groom to try it alone.  Therefore, he would select the best man in his village to assist him.  The best man was chosen for his strength, reliability, and weapons skills. Whats more, the best man’s job was not over once the raid had been completed.  There was still the possibility that the bride’s family would crash the wedding and attempt to steal her back by force.  For this reason, the best man would stay next to the groom throughout the ceremony, ready to protect the blissful couple until the marriage could be completed.  This is also the reason why the bride traditionally stands to the left of the groom during the wedding ceremony – so that he and the best man could keep their weapons in their right hands to protect her.

Since the likelihood of furious, armed relatives storming a wedding ceremony and dragging the bride away has diminished in recent years (at least in most wedding Ive been to :)) , the title of the best man has become a symbol of honor and of friendship rather than of confidence in the ability to use a spear.  If you have been selected to be a best man, however, you can take pride in the importance that your role has carried throughout the millennia.…

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The center of any wedding reception and one of the major decisions of the bride and groom is the choosing of the wedding cake. Wedding cakes come in all shapes, sizes and flavors but one thing they have in common is frosting!

With many flavors and types of frostings to choose from, making a selection can be difficult. Wedding cake frosting has come a long way from the butter cream which was typically used in the past. Today, frosting can come in any flavor combination imaginable with extracts and natural fruit juices.

The wedding cake is the culmination of the wedding ceremony and the ingredients for the frosting should be well thought out. The main thing which needs to be remembered when choosing a wedding cake frosting is to make sure the frosting can hold up for the amount of time it will be displayed before cutting and enjoying it. A good way to ensure the frosting can sit for the hours necessary is have the bakery bake a small sample cake with the frosting of your choice and let it sit over night to see if the frosting will hold its shape and flavor. Another factor to consider when choosing the perfect wedding cake frosting is taste. Many times this can be the most important factor because if the cake is covered in fondant for the perfect look, you want to make sure it tastes just as good as it looks.

When choosing the flavor of the frosting the best way to make sure you get a frosting you will enjoy is through a tasting with the bakery. Call the bakery and set up a cake tasting and they will prepare several types of cakes and frosting for sampling. Frosting can come in any flavor but you need to make sure that the taste of the frosting will combine well with your choice for the cake recipe.Of course, the baker will be able to guide you and offer advice about what frostings pair best with each cake.You have many more choices than just chocolate and vanilla. Orange added to white chocolate can give a refreshing burst of flavor to the cake. Almond extract added to a vanilla fondant can add also add an extra layer of flavor. If you are making your own wedding cake, it is a good idea to experiment with different cake and frosting combinations prior to making your actual wedding cake. Just make small round cakes using different recipes and then see how they taste with different flavors of wedding cake frosting. This experimenting can be a lot of fun, especially for brides and grooms who happen to have a sweet tooth.

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The term goes all the way back to sixteenth century, when a small piece of bread would be placed in a goblet of wine. The goblet would be passed from guest to guest until it reached the person being honored who would drain the goblet and eat the morsel of bread in the bottom. This tradition is practiced at weddings today – usually in the form of one or more champagne “toasts”.

The best man usually has the honor (or duty) of making the first toast.

Usually the bride and groom remain seated for the toasts while all the guests are usually standing to honor them. This all happens before they pack their large suitcases and head off for the honeymoon.

The couple may then make a few remarks thanking their families, wedding party members, and guests. They may also “toast” each other or share a “toast” together.

In the Jewish tradition, the Rabbi recites the marriage blessings over a goblet of wine. Both the bride & groom then drink from the glass. In most ceremonies, after the marriage contract is read, the groom then crushes the glass under his right foot and the Rabbi gives his “priestly blessings”. Conversely, according to Irish wedding traditions, it was bad luck if a glass or cup were broken on the wedding day.

Here are some great ways to give a quick wedding toast in a variety of cultural languages.

Chinese: Ganbei! (dry your cup)
Dutch: Prost! (health)
English: Cheers!
French: Santé! (health)
German: Prost! (cheers)
Hebrew: Le’chaim! (to life)
Irish: Sláinte! (to your health)
Italian: Per cent’anni! (for one hundred years)
Italian 2: Salute (health)
Japanese: Kanpai! (dry your cup)
Russian: Vashe zdorovie! (to health)
Spanish: Salud! (health)
Welsh: Iechyd da! (health)

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The Wedding March is a tune that this just about as recognizable as the Happy Birthday song. There are lots of other tunes out there to that we quickly associate with weddings – Pachelbel’s Canon in D is one of them, too. Of course, everyone does want one of these tunes playing at their wedding – because without them, a wedding just doesn’t feel like a wedding. While a little tradition is nice though, no one says that wedding reception music our ceremony music has to be all traditional. It can be as individual as you are. The great part here is that you can save a lot of money going the non-traditional way.

The best way to save on money setting the atmosphere up with music at your wedding is to stay away from live music, of course. Live music requires trained professionals, and they happen to cost a lot of money. Great CDs and a nice public address system are often all you need. If you really want people to admire what you’ve done with the music for the ceremony, look hard for some beautiful but unfamiliar music.

When it comes to what to do for your wedding reception music, you have a great option in hiring a DJ. When there’s a DJ, it kind of feels like there’s a live person putting up the music; but since it’s just one person and not a whole band, it doesn’t cost you very much. If you have a friend who kind of fancies himself an undiscovered treasure in the deejaying business they could be willing to get up there for free. Not least because they imagine that the girls all love the DJ.

If you really have your heart set on live wedding reception music, you certainly do have a few options. For the ceremony, you can easily hire someone who is a student musician. You just have to go down to a local music school and ask for a really talented student. They would be happy to have a gig.

In any wedding orchestra, do solo instruments are usually the ones that cost the most. While they can be very nice of course, if you’re trying to get things through on a budget, just having a three-piece a band and no solos would really help your cause. And if your wedding is in a church, using the church organist or pianist could really help.

Hiring a brand-new DJ or a brand-new band could really help you cut down on costs. But you do want to be sure you know what kind of music really they play. You don’t want to be in a situation where you get a …

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Lots of people think that if you hire a wedding photographer, you need to sit down and write out a full list of all the kinds of important shots that you’re looking for. You can kind of see where this comes from. It used to be that wedding photographers only had so many rolls of film to shoot. They had to make sure that they got all the important shots. Bridal magazines would give out very specific ideas on what kind of shots to get – like “Get a shot of the bride looking happily at the cake as the mother clasps her hands together standing behind”. These kinds of instructions aren’t really necessary these days when digital cameras can hold thousands of pictures. Check out this set of wedding photography tips on all the other myths and fake beliefs there are that come with the territory.

People really love the idea of beautiful wedding portraits these days – where there are formal pictures of all the important people in the wedding. Quick lists of wedding photography tips will often make it sound like wedding photographers who shoot in a journalistic style – wedding photojournalists – don’t do formal portraits.

This isn’t true at all. Just because they shoot in a reporter’s style, like they are capturing news as and when it happens, doesn’t mean they can’t do anything that is posed and prepared. Any wedding photographer – of the journalism persuasion or anything else – is supposed to be completely equipped for anything.

Often, people will think that if it’s a large wedding, that there’s more going on than what just one wedding photographer can handle. And so, they’ll divide their photography budget up in two and hire two mediocre photographers. They think that they’re getting more for their money.

Now nothing could be farther from the truth. You may have ten inexperienced photographers at your wedding, and they would still miss lots of important things if they don’t have experience covering a wedding. You want an experienced photographer. No matter what.

Outdoor weddings have become popular. But often, the weather can play spoilsport by literally raining on your parade. This does not mean though that an experienced photographer won’t be able to take many good pictures.

You’ll find wedding photography tips everywhere on how to make the most of a rainy day. Make sure your photographer is skilled enough at his craft that he knows how to work his camera for the best results in unpleasant weather.

And finally, to put to rest a particularly stubborn myth that never seems to leave us, you can’t hire an amateur for a wedding just because he seems to know more …

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It is not that hard to choose the proper wedding attire to wear when going to a wedding.  Most of us exert a lot of effort to look our best when going out, and going to a wedding is not any different from that.  As some people would say it, just look better than your best when attending someone’s wedding.

The Clues Are on the Invitation

A question that may come to mind when choosing what wedding attire to wear is exactly that: What should you wear to a wedding?  The answer to your question lies on the wedding invitation itself.  If the wedding invitation you have in your hand is embossed and engraved and talks in a very formal language, it only goes to show that the wedding is a formal event.  However, if the invitation is casually presented and written, it means that the wedding is a more casual and intimate affair.

Another clue that will help you decide what wedding attire to deck yourself in when you show up at a wedding is the venue of the wedding.  Church weddings with reception at a fancy restaurant always call for dressier wedding attire.  If it is a wedding at a beach or a destination wedding, it is perfectly acceptable to wear something more laid back.

Daytime or Evening?

Perhaps a more important clue that you should pay attention to in deciding what wedding attire to wear is the time of the wedding.  It spells a huge difference if the wedding is going to be held during the daytime or at night.

For daytime weddings, you do not need to show up in formal wedding attire.  It still depends on the degree of the formality of the wedding, but you can get away with wearing a suit in light colors or a stylish pastel dress.  You can also choose a skirt-and-blouse outfit as long as it looks sleek and smart.  Always go for light-colored clothes for daytime weddings and stay away from wearing black.

As for evening weddings, formal wedding attire is usually the required dress code, but that still depends on whether the wedding is black-tie optional or strictly black tie.  If the event is just black-tie optional, you can wear a dark suit or a cocktail dress.

With strictly black tie weddings, the appropriate wedding attire is a formal ball gown.  This is your chance to show off your style by wearing a floor-length evening dress, fancy evening wraps or shawls and formal jewelry.  Your makeup should be a little more heavy and dramatic than how you usually wear it.  Make sure, however that the wedding attire that you will get is something that fits well and …

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Jewelry and weddings really are a natural partnering. The most popular leading pieces tend to be, of course, the engagement and wedding rings. Since you’ll be wearing the actual rings every single day for the remainder in your life, they ought to reflect your personality as well as your lifestyle.

Of course, any jewelry that you wear for the big day should enhance your overall look–your gown, your hair and even your environment. While appearances play a large part, cash does as well, so if you cannot afford to turn up dripping with diamonds, then take a look at department stores for his or her designs in cubic zirconia.

Now, it may be traditional within the USA for wedding rings to contain a minimum of one diamond; nevertheless, in Europe along with other parts of the world, wedding rings frequently contain a selection of coloured stones.

  • If you go searching for a gemstone, decide on the budget, then select the carat or weight of the diamond. After that decide on which cut you want, that will determine just how much light is going to be reflected and will affect how the gem looks. You will also need to consider gemstone color (less colour equals much more fire), diamond clearness or blemishes within the stone, and also the mounting.Carefully think about the bride’s dress; that will dictate whether a necklace is required. If the  bodice of the dress is heavily embellished with sequins or pearls, you don’t have a need for much more embellishment like a necklace. Nevertheless, if your clothes are plain and sophisticated, a little string of pearls or a stylish diamond (or even cubic zirconia pendant) is definitely an appealing choice.Decide whether a bracelet will be appropriate to wear with the dress. When the dress offers long sleeves with embellishments around the cuffs or if you, the bride-to-be plan on putting on lacy mitts, then the bracelet is, once more, unnecessary. However, if the marriage dress is short-sleeved, sleeveless or even strapless, an easy yet stylish bracelet will be a tasteful addition to the ensemble.

    Wear earrings when the bride’s hairdo is swept up. When the bride has a long neck and the bodice of the wedding dress is simple, earrings which dangle are a stylish choice. When the bride’s neck is short or when the bodice of the dress is actually embellished, then stud earrings really are a better option. Whichever design earring are actually worn, they should complement the pendant if the former is worn.

    If the bride opts to put on a gemstone necklace, then she should complement it with a set of pearl ear-rings.Choose jewelry for that bride’s locks that will go well with

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Most details of planning a wedding deserve a lot of thought and careful consideration. This is especially true when shopping for wedding rings. His and her wedding rings are a good idea for many couples, but some would rather choose individual rings.

His and her wedding rings are typically sold as a set that also includes the bride’s engagement ring. The cost for such sets runs the full gamut from a few hundred dollars and on up from there. While some couples really like the idea of having matching his and hers wedding rings, that will not work for every couple. Choosing matching rings is an especially bad idea if the bride and groom have very different tastes. Today, there are many choices when it comes to wedding rings. While in the past they were typically plain gold bands, today’s wedding rings are not only a symbol of the marriage, but they also often represent hobbies or other things that are important to the wearer.

There are wedding rings that display love for a sport’s team, golf, shopping even favorite bands. If the bride or groom wants to use her ring as another way to express her personal tastes, then his and her wedding rings might not be the best choice. Even if the bride and groom do have similar tastes in jewelry, there are other reasons that his and her wedding rings might not work. Examples include if one is allergic to a certain metal or if their work makes wearing a ring dangerous. If you do decide that his and her wedding rings are the best choice, then you will have no problem finding plenty of sets to choose from. You can start your search at local jewelry stores. They will almost always have a very large selection of these sets.

One thing to keep in mind is that while the jewelry stores will have a large selection, they might not have the best prices. Check out some online retailers, big box stores and wholesale jewelers before making a decision. The best place for you to find your his and her wedding rings depends largely on your budget. If you are trying to find a set for the lowest price, try the big box stores, such as Wal-Mart. If quality is more of a consideration than price, try wholesale jewelers. Their prices will beat the retail stores but without sacrificing quality. Some his and her wedding rings feature diamonds in both the bride’s and groom’s bands. Others include a diamond engagement ring, but plain bands. No matter what your preference, you will likely be able to find a set that matches what you are looking for. His and …

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Lets face it – your wedding only lasts a day, but the memories last a lifetime. And by memories of course, we mean great wedding photographs. Your wedding photographs are irreplaceable and, over time, they will come to actually replace the real memories you have of the day. Because of this inescapable fact, there are few things you can spend money on for your wedding that are more worthwhile and valuable than opting for a great wedding photography package.

If you opt for a complete package,then you're looking for a degree of style and beauty as well as large dollops of skill and creativity. And of course, you're looking at an ability to deliver all of these with consistency, picture after picture. So, how do you judge a wedding photographer for consistency? Well, you should make sure that when you check out the photographer's portfolio, you get to see entire weddings, and not just nice pictures that are highlights plucked out from here and there. Practically anyone can take a couple of good pictures among 100 or more but consistency is what sets the great photographers apart.

Should you go for a wedding photography package, or should you choose your options à la carte? What makes the most sense?

Well, before your wedding actually takes place, the fact is you really don't know how every situation is going to play out and what the best pictures are likely to be. It's only after you get to go through the pictures that you really know how many are keepers. What happens when you choose a wedding photography package instead of choosing your options one by one is that you end up buying things that you don't really need. Thats right – if you buy the services you need one by one, as and when you need them, and you often get better service and better value for your money.

In fact, I recommend that you should only ever choose a wedding photography package if you don't feel that you know enough about the whole process to actually make choices yourself.

When you go meet with a photographer (or, for that matter a wedding videographer) to see if they might be right for you, make sure that you look for experience and passion. Try to ask questions that will give you an idea of some kind how photography on the day is going to be handled. Typically, you don't want to go with the photojournalists – that's the even if that's all the rage today. Go with someone who will do a plan thing, and who will work on a shot list with you.

Look through the portfolio that the photographer shows you. Do the pictures seem startlingly clear? If so, …

Filming

When you’re drawing up your budgetary plans for your wedding, you might be tempted to skimp on what you spend on your videographer. After all, you figure, couldn’t uncle Bob do it? After all, he’s got a reputation as quite the videographer in the family and he’s certainly bored everyone to death talking about movie making and how good his recording equipment is! Well, heres some news. You really do need to find a professional wedding videographer. Lets look at the reasons why.

Video Technology

The reason most of us believe that making good movies is an easy thing thing is that today’s digital cameras are perfectly capable of taking first-class professional-quality footage under certain favorable conditions. This never used to be the way when everyone was restricted to an old 8mm cine cameras or super 8 video.

However, the problem is that at a wedding, the lighting is always far from perfect. There is the lighting in the church to think about, there is (hopefully) sunlight, there are candles, there are bright, white garments and there are all the shadows of the interiors of the church. Unfortunately,  even the best-equipped digital video cameras can’t do a whole lot in these circumstances without an expert videographer at the controls.

Of course you don’t have to find a wedding videographer if uncle Bob knows all about lighting and knows when the perfect shot is about to happen because of his vast experience but, lets face it.  that usually isn’t the case. A professional wedding videographer needs to be part of the scenery – in other words he (or she!) needs to be unobtrusive. That’s how the videographer can manage to capture great shots as and when they happen.

To find a wedding videographer who’s truly professional, you need someone who already has a portfolio. That’s how you get to know what kind of style they have. These days, just relying on a friend’s recommendation simply will not do. Why? Well, because people happen to have different tastes ranging from traditional to the ultra-contemporary.

Most pro wedding videographers will offer you a choice of different packages. Each package will include a different kind of setup for the bride’s family and the groom’s family, close in shots for some of the more important relatives, and a few outdoor shots at the wedding venue and the reception and so on. Be sure to make a note of what each videographer you come across charges for the kind of package you need, and make sure that your package includes the raw and processed digital files – preferably via a cloud-based internet service.

What you’re looking for in a wedding videographer is more than just professionalism …