My three favorite wedding related words that begin with the letter "S" are:
I love stationery; I could spend hours looking for just the right message, the feel of the card stock, not just the front of the card, but the back too. You could say I'm a stationery geek. Enough about me. You have lots of choices--a digital invitation sent by email, traditional 'send in the mail' invites both with an awesome array of designs from whimsical to opulent.
Minted.com has a "all-in-one" design; the RSVP detaches from the invite which makes for a less bulky invite and likely no extra postage needed. GoldenMomentDesign Co. an Etsy featured company, is the place to find acrylic invitations, perfect for family members as a keepsake from your special day.
Some couples think they need to stick to the traditional wedding procession songs to have a nice wedding by their guests standards. I caution against that kind of thinking; don't allow yourselves to be limited. Here in the Bay Area many couples take advantage of all the wonderful outdoor locations in which to be married. Whether it's Faith Hill's "Breathe" or Billy Joel's, "Just the Way You Are" or this Elvis classic, "Can't Help Falling in Love", by either Andrea Bocelli or Haley Reinhart. Love the melody of a particular song, but don't want the lyrics for your Big Day? You might enjoy the Piano Guys, this one a piano/cello cover, but Piano Guys has a great variety from which to choose. So many musical choices!! Don't forget you'll want a Recession song too! I highly recommend something up beat as you celebrate your union.
Every smart planner knows the importance of a seating template. If you are hosting a buffet-style or plated meal during your wedding reception you'll want to utilize a seating template in figuring out where your guests will be seated. To master that tedious task easily visit Etsy for a variety of choices in both design and of course printed size.
R = RSVP, répondez s'il vous plait; French for “respond if you please”.
In today’s world of tech, instead of receiving a printed invitation delivered to your residence, you may very well get an electronic invitation along with the RSVP request to reply in kind.
Thinking a digital invite might be a great solution for you? Following are two of my favorite sources:
Public Marriage License - In California, a Public Marriage License is required to be legally married and allows for your ceremony to take place anywhere in the State of California, requires at least one witness who is present at the ceremony and the record of marriage is made publicly available.
A confidential marriage license differs in the following elements: Parties to the marriage must be living together already, there are NO witnesses required, your wedding officiant is NOT considered a witness; and the record of marriage is ONLY available to the named parties on the marriage license. Celebrities typically obtain confidential marriage licenses, but anyone may request one.
Marriage Licenses can be obtained at any California County Clerk's Office.
NOTE: I reference California requirements because this is the state in which I reside and am most familiar with the regulations.
Personal Flowers - the term used for floral items such as bouquets, wrist corsages, boutannieres, to be worn by Bridal Couple, Bridal Party and their family members, as opposed to floral decor for table-tops, arbors, aisles, etc.
Plated meal - you wedding reception guests are served by wait staff vs a serve themselves style buffet.
Procession - The entrance of the Bridal Party and ultimately Bridal Couple, which is the official start of your wedding ceremony. You'll want to think about the music you want to accompany this important aspect of your wedding--something traditional or modern or a sentimental favorite.
We'll start at the beginning!
Arbor or Arch: is used to create a focal point where vows will be exchanged during a wedding ceremony. In the Jewish faith, the arbor/canopy is known as a Huppah; in Hindu weddings, it's known as a Mandap. DIYers, visit this site for arbor and arch ideas and craft instructions.
Congratulations! If this topic interests you, I'd imagine you are newly engaged. After putting together your spending plan, you'll next begin the process of gathering information to find and book your ideal venue. The Internet will allow you to get the first level of your choices narrowed down, those that fit within your spending plan and those that do not. Keep in mind that if you're planning your wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area during the months of May, June, September and October you'll pay premium pricing because these months are considered peak wedding months--venues and professional service providers are most in demand and simple economics come into play! December can also be expensive only because you may also be competing with companies who are also booking venues for their holiday parties. Which day of the week you book your wedding is also a factor that affects your pricing. Fridays and Saturdays are peak days. Sundays are second in expense to Fridays and Saturdays. If most of your wedding guests are local, you might want to consider a week-day evening wedding, with daylight savings time, a summer mid-week wedding may be ideal for you. Wedding 'high' season will likely be very different if your thinking about exchanging your "I Do's" in the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera or other international destination. Need an experienced thought partner as you start this process? Contact me, I'm happy to help. I Do X Two - Wedding Planning/Coordination/Officiant Services.
Happy Valentine's Day--
You've likely heard about the love-locks on the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris, but did you know there are others around the world? Seoul Korea, Germany and more. Check out the article and visit one if your honeymoon takes you nearby. Happy Hearts Day from I Do x Two!
It's no surprise that the San Francisco Bay Area remains a top "Destination Wedding" locale. Though California does not require you to be a U.S. Citizen to grant you a marriage license, you will need to check with your country marriage officials/registers to determine if the marital paperwork we provide you will be sufficient, or if an Apostille is needed.
What's an Apostille? It's a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961.
I've officiated ceremonies for a few couples who are UK residents, and happily arranged to get the requisite Apostille document up at our state capital. How can I be of service to you?
For all you DIY Brides...do you have red or white in your wedding decor color scheme? Then head to Michael's for huge savings TODAY....yes, most of what they have are Christmas colors but if you are using Red (maybe a Valentine themed wedding) or white (wintertime or anytime) even green it's a great opportunity to pick up decor items you need at 50 to 70% off. Don't forget to pull up Michael's online for their coupons. Happy shopping!
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Yes, I'm a Star Wars fan!
I remember standing in a very, long, long winding line in Westwood when it was first released.
Loved the story, the characters and the imagination of it's creators.
Happier still that decades later, my son and his buddies became fans too,
starting with Star Wars Legos.
With the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII release of The Force Awakens,
I expect that a few brides and grooms will incorporate their love of this epic series--
may be you'll hear the Star Wars movie theme as the Groom's procession music,
or see lots of Luke and Princess Leia cake toppers, perhaps the lead singer of their wedding band dressed as a wookie, a waiter as an ewok, or C3PO costumed bartender alongside a statue of R2D2.
Maybe a few brides will splurge on these pumps featuring light saber heels
to surprise and delight her groom and the other guests!
Find these gems on ThinkGeek.com
May the Force be with you!
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