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How to Incorporate String Instruments on Your Wedding Day

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String Instruments On Your Wedding Day - Wedding Dresses, Prom Gowns

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.

String Instruments On Your Wedding Day - Wedding Dresses, Prom Gowns

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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Wedding Thank-You Card Etiquette

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The final touch of your Wedding, the Thank You cards. Your guests have returned home and started back up with their daily lives, no doubt still glowing from their mini-vacation of attending your tastefully fun wedding. But one thing is still missing; the thank-you card.

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Thank-you cards are your way of tying everything together from your Wedding, so they are actually a lot more important than you think. Here are a few ways of ensuring your final touches are some of your best ones:

1.) Do it the old-fashioned way. That means handwriting them and sending them through snail mail. Yes, this may the digital age, but a handwritten card will be infinitely more appreciated than a typed card or an e-card. Honestly, sending all your guests generic e-cards as thank-you cards is just plain lazy.

2.) Be personal. Writing a simple, “Thanks for coming!” on every card and calling it a day won’t mean a whole lot to your guests because that card could have literally been sent to anyone. It doesn’t show that you appreciate that they came, it shows that you’re just too busy (and possibly self-centered) to show appreciation for a guest that probably took time off work and spend a few hundred dollars (if not more) to make it to your wedding. So say something that would prove that the card was meant for only them. Something like, “We’re so glad that you and Uncle Tim could make it to our wedding. We loved the handmade quilt you gave us and we can’t wait to snuggle up in it once the weather cools down. Give (insert name of pet) a hug for us and enjoy all that sunshine or us down in Florida!” Or at least something to that affect.

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3.) Send them within a couple weeks of the wedding. This may seem like a time crunch, but it really isn’t; you can find the time to write them out. If you’re on your way to your honeymoon use those extra couple hours during your layover in Dallas to get started on them as well as during the plane ride. If you’re delaying your honeymoon for a bit, pick a day and focus all your energy on getting your thank-you cards done. After all, you did just get married; which means all that time you were spending planning your wedding is now free. You have time.

4.) Keep them readable. That means write legible and write in an ink that shows up. It’s completely understandable for your handwriting to start to slack once you’re on your 74th thank-you card, but if you need to take a break and come back when you can slow down a little bit. And please, please write in a color that’s visible. I once received a thank-you card written on light blue paper in white ink. Sure, it paid tribute to their baby blue and white wedding colors, but the thing was ridiculous to try and read. I made it through, but I’m fairly young with decent vision. I can’t imagine being in my 60’s with bifocals trying to make out what it said.


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Prom Phenomenon

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The must attend Prom Event of 2012 is at Lily’s Bridal. No other prom shop in Maryland will have an event like this at their shop! Come shop our prom shop and find your exclusive prom dress at Lily’s Bridal. Lily’s Bridal has designed their own line of prom dresses, Lily Mae. Lily Mae prom dresses are a must see. If you are looking for something trendy, fun, couture, sophisticated, or sweet, Lily Mae prom dresses has you covered. Prom dress sizes from 0 to 30 and prices from $249 to $799.

What is the Prom Phenomenon? First it is FREE to everyone who attends. No appointments are required but we will work on a first come basis. You will work directly with our Prom Stylists to find your perfect prom dress. Once you find your prom dress you will spin our prize wheel. Every spin is a winner. You can win $20 to $40 off your prom dress, $$$ off of jewelry, or a FREE breathable bag.

At the event you can have your pictures taken with your friends in the Photobooth, visit with our Hair/Make up Artist to discuss your special night, and visit with our florist to see what is new with corsages. While dancing and singing along to your favorite songs from the DJ.

Did we mention DOOR PRIZES! All prom shoppers that register with Lily’s Bridal automatically are entered in to our door prize drawings.  We are having an extra special drawing on 03/31/2012 for 3 Coach bags. All registered prom shoppers are entered automatically BUT when you purchase your prom dress from Lily’s Bridal you will receive additional entries depending on your prom dress purchase price.

We are so excited to have this extra special event at Lily’s Bridal. We can’t wait to see everyone and help you find your perfect prom dress.