Wedding Planning – Blunders Can Cause An Epic Fail

January 27, 2015 by  
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In this day of reality TV, we often are privy to some horrible blunders made in wedding planning. One big mistake, for example, would be allowing the groom to plan the wedding. Who knows what the wedding and reception would look like? Maybe you could have a sports themed wedding and a reception at the local sports bar.

We all know wedding planning can be stressful.

 

If both the bride and groom are on board with the choices made, everything should be okay. But there are other things that need to be taken into account as well. In fact, if the bride is happy, everyone will likely be happy.

Good choices can make a world of difference in relieving the stress leading up to the day and during the wedding.

Psychology Today recently shared an article on making your wedding planning happier:

The peak season for “I do’s” is upon us, and if you’re among the excited couples about to walk down the aisle, you’re probably getting advice from all directions. Everyone from grandparents to groomsmen, coworkers to caterers are lining up to offer up suggestions for every detail of your big day. While planning your wedding can surely be a fun and exciting venture you share with the people closest to you, it can also be a source of stress and certain unanticipated tensions that act as bumps on your road to married life.

While we may think of a wedding as a purely joyous occasion, there are psychological factors at play that also arise as we approach this major life transition. As practicalities and details pile up, it’s so important for couples to focus on the big-picture and keep certain values close to their heart. This means looking a bit beyond that fairytale-glow that seems to surround the wedding day and recognizing the real reasons you’re getting married and what they mean to you on a daily basis.

…via 6 Tips for a Happy Wedding | Psychology Today

So, it is important to think through your wedding planning, but in the end, you need to have fun and enjoy your day.

 

Wedding Dresses – “Nice Day For a White Wedding”

January 26, 2015 by  
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wedding dresses“White Wedding” was a song by Billy Idol first released in 1982. Today we are all very familiar, even comfortable with the concept of a white wedding, especially white wedding dresses. Unquestionably, there is a strong history behind the concept, but why is this, and is it still relevant in the present day?

 

Are white wedding dresses still considered desirable?

 

According to an article in Aeon Magazine, discussing more “traditional” weddings, white wedding dresses are relatively new.

Prior to the mid-20th century, weddings of this ilk were the domain only of the wealthy. Most people could not afford to spend money on extravagant festivities and so married simply, wearing their Sunday best with an afternoon party or dinner at home. In fact, prior to Queen Victoria selecting white satin as the material for her wedding dress in 1840, gowns were rarely white. The elite copied this fashion first, which trickled down to the masses from the 1950s onwards.

In Brides, Inc.: American Weddings and the Business of Tradition(2006), Vicki Howard shows that, for most of US history, weddings were private affairs planned by family, with few ritualised conventions. Elite families had large formal weddings that served as an indicator of social status. Major social changes in the 20th century, namely the postwar era of prosperity and the emergence of a wedding industry, set the climate for business people to create convincing rhetoric in favour of a consumerist wedding.

…via The modern wedding – Aeon Magazine

For many, the reasoning behind white wedding dresses is directly connected to the idea of the bride’s purity. In this day, this “tradition” is no longer even relevant. Many are choosing wedding dresses that have color and are not limited to traditional white. But a white dress can be part of a wedding for more reasons than tradition. Some designs practically demand to be made in white because they are so intricate that adding color to the mix would be somewhat garish. Some people just want to wear white.

When all is said and done, on the day you get married there are only two opinions that should even matter, those of the bride and the groom. If you want a white wedding, then have one – and if you don’t, then that is also fine.

Celebrities – Perhaps Not The Best Role Models

November 5, 2009 by  
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Although we live in a world where diverse tastes are accepted by more and more people, it has to be considered that there are some things which are very hard to argue in favor of. Not least of these is the terrifying three-word phrase: “Celebrity Inspired Wedding”. And yet, if you look briefly at the results of a Google search, you will find that there are many people making this choice. Considering how the marriages resulting from these weddings often turn out, it has to be wondered if taking inspiration from the celebrity world is quite wise.

If the celebrity is someone you have long admired and who influences your style in other ways, then there is an argument to say that you are being true to yourself by being true to them. If, however, you have simply seen the wedding photographs from their expensive and publicity-soaked wedding, you might want to slam on the brakes and think about things. Fashion is an unforgiving mistress. At any given time, a fashionable wedding might look like a real triumph, but those photos will exist in ten, twenty, thirty years’ time, and you are liable to cringe if the celebrity who inspired the look got divorced acrimoniously three months later.

Celebrities get a lot of latitude in what they do because they are celebrities. The media want to keep them sweet and will usually refrain from asking them what exactly they think they are doing. It is wiser to stick to the classics than follow a trend when permanence is an issue. If you want to follow a celebrity, wait until you’re married and copy their haircut.