What’s the first thing when you think of traditional romantic wedding? Red roses probably come to mind, along with some form of chocolates, but what else? Surely, a string ensemble of some kind also entered your mind. Hmm…
When it comes to weddings, many couples choose to accentuate the romantic theme running throughout. And why shouldn’t they; the entire day is about celebrating the love you and your fiancé have for each other, right? Of course it is! And while you don’t want to do something too traditional and played out, really stop for a second and think about the last time you attended a wedding that had an ensemble of string instruments. Personally, I’ve never been to that wedding, nor do I have any friends that have been to that wedding. So as traditional and “tired” as the concept may be, it’s actually very rarely done! And when something is rarely done but is insanely romantic, we say go for it.
Of course we do understand the financial limitations for hiring an entire group instead of a DJ, and we also know that getting down and dirty to a string quartet is a bit tough to do. So we’ve got a few ways to incorporate them into your wedding in a classy way that will still leave a memorable mark will also keep your wedding modern and fresh.
1.) As arrival music. Hiring a group to play for just an hour before guests arrive won’t break the bank and will add a beautiful touch to your big day. Many guests are unsure of what to do when they first arrive for a wedding, as there aren’t usually drinks or food available until after the ceremony. Showing them to their seats with delicate music playing will not only give them something to do (watching a group play is just as interesting as listening), but will also keep them from checking their watch every three minutes wondering when the show is about to start. Plus it puts them in the right mood to watch a beautiful ceremony. Want people to cry at your wedding? Have a string quartet playing in the background.
2.) For walking up and down the aisle. Of course if you’re going to have a short ceremony (20 minutes max), you might want to keep them around for the actual ceremony. They can play the song you walk down the aisle to (any song performed in strings is absolutely inspiring) and the song for your return trip.
3.) During photos. Your DJ may just be getting set up, so have the ensemble play a little something as background music while the cocktails and appetizers are being served. If the group plays modern hits, you can even have the guests request songs as a little fun activity to pass the time. Then as soon as you and your new spouse return from photos, have the DJ turn on the louder music and get your party started!
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Planning a wedding can be quite a stressful experience, so it’s no wonder why so many people feel the most stressed out on the day when everything is supposed to come together. In one day, you’re about to find out if all those sleepless nights were in vain.
However, no one wants to look like an actual ball of stress in their wedding pictures. This is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, don’t you want to enjoy it a little?
Of course you do! So we’ve gathered a few tips to use on your wedding to help calm your nerves and release a bit of that overwhelming stress.
1.) Dance. Moving to music is one of the best ways of releasing stress. Not only can the right song completely change your state of mind, any form of exercise releases endorphins, which are proven to lighten your mood. No need to break a sweat, just turn on one of your favorite feel good songs and bob your head to the beat.
2.) Get outside. There is something so soothing about just standing up and stepping outside for a moment. It’s called “a breath of fresh air” for a reason, after all. So get away from all those papers, makeup and everything else and step outside for a moment. Spend a few minutes in the backyard or go up to the roof of your apartment building. You’ll be able to regroup in no time.
3.) Lay down for a bit. Take a quick catnap. You might feel like there’s absolutely no way you could sleep on a day like this, but if you have a few extra minutes try and rest for a second. You’ll appreciate how much better you’ll feel after a quick power nap. And the rest of your bridal party probably will too.
4.) Make a list. The main reason brides are so nervous about everything on their big day is because they can’t see what is functioning right in front of them. You may be so flustered you may not realize that you’ve already talked to the caterers about setting up a half hour early. So make a list of everything that needs to be done on this day, then cross off everything that has been completed. Allow others to cross off tasks they have also completed. Seeing things get crossed off that list will help put your mind at ease.
5.) Eat something. This is no time to let your blood sugar drop. You don’t want to faint in front of 250 people, do you? So even if you don’t feel like it, eat a little something. A granola bar, some cheese and crackers or even just a piece of candy will give you the added boost you’ll need to de-stress and regain your footing.
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Eeek…you were probably hoping we would skip this area of expertise, weren’t you? Well, unfortunately, most couples have to confront the subject of whether or not they will be inviting exes to their wedding. And with people waiting until later in life to be wed, the subject is much more common than you think. So we’ve spent some time digging through the advice of many and narrowed it down to the following considerations:
1.) What was your past relationship like? It doesn’t matter how important this person is, how much your family loves them or what they think they may be entitled to, if this person treated you poorly they absolutely don’t deserve a seat at your wedding. In addition, if your fiancé has spent years undoing the damage they have done, they are probably going to have an issue with feeding them a $75 plate of food on your wedding day.
2.) How long were the two of you together? The length of time you were together can mean many things. If you were together for 8 years, you probably know each other pretty well, in which case the “No one knows Susan like Mark does” line in your Maid of Honor’s speech might cause everyone to shift in their seats a bit. On the other hand, if it was a casual thing and the two of you decided after a month that you were better off as friends, simply explain to your partner that it was a test trial and you’re very happy with the person you’re marrying right now.
3.) Would it be good for the kids? We all know kids are a sponge, so it’s incredibly important that they see Mom and Dad being supportive of each other even though they are with different people. Seeing Dad supports your marriage to Dan will help them feel at ease with your new husband and do away with any bitter talking behind your back. If the two of you are on great speaking terms, it could be very beneficial for the kids to see what a mature, adult relationship looks like after a divorce. Remember though, we said if the two of you are on great speaking terms.
4.) What does your fiancé think? This is not just your wedding, this is also your fiancé’s wedding, which means they get just as much say in the matter as you do. If your partner is going to feel uncomfortable all night with your “first” sitting out in the lobby, you might want to consider leaving the invitation at home. After all, your future spouse’s happiness is one of your top priorities. Your ex will surely understand.
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Most of us envision our wedding night as a torrid all-night affair between the sheets. And according to most movies, that’s exactly how the night is supposed to end up. You stay up all night in each other’s arms, wake up the same way, savagely wolf down some breakfast, take a shower and begin your new life together. Well, not quite.
Here’s what usually happens on the wedding night. Of course there’s a lot of boot-knocking, but here is what happens when that isn’t going on.
1.) You sleep. Think about it; you’ve been utterly exhausted for months, and now that everything is finally over, you have no kids to worry about, no nagging in-laws to deal with and no phones, email or anything else (because every knows the sure as hell better not bother you on your wedding night), what would you want to do? Trust us, the first time you lay down on that soft clean, wonderfully relaxing mattress it’s all over.
2.) You cry. “It’s emotional!” shares Kendra, 26 who was married in June of 2012. “It just really hit me as soon as it was all over. Then when I started crying, he started crying…not that it was a bad thing, we were both just so surprised at our reaction!” Is this really that surprising? The reality that you’re married combined with the fact that you’re dog-tired is often the perfect combination to open the water gates.
3.) You stay out later. What happens when everyone has left but you are both still wired? You keep going! Many couples are still so excited with the high of the night that they go out (still in their full wedding gear of course). Somewhere like Vegas is perfect for a couple that plans on staying out all night long even when their friends and family have turned in for the night.
4.) You watch tv…well at least one of you does. And what happens when only one of you still has the energy to carry on? Your partner might have fallen victim to the ridiculously comfortable mattress described in point one, but you’re still going strong. That often means a long and cozy night with your favorite television show.
5.) You get sick. So many couples spend their entire night mingling with guests and tearing it up on the dance floor that they hardly get a chance to eat some of the delicious meal they’ve been planning for the last year. Combine that with an open bar and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a late night, and not in the good way. Your wedding is your wedding, but if you were to ask us, we’d say to take it easy on the hard stuff. You want to remember this night as the happiest night of your life, not the night you puked all over a $2000 dress.
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