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Planning A Unique Wedding
(FeatureSource) - Becky Long, author of "Something Old, Something New" (Meadowbrook Press), talks about planning a unique wedding.
Q: June is the known as the traditional month for weddings. How has this changed?
Long: Weddings are becoming more personal. Today's bridal pair wants to avoid a "cookie-cutter" celebration - opting for memorable matrimony instead. September has become just as popular for weddings as June.
Q: How is it possible to have a unique wedding if you're on a budget?
Long: It can be easy and inexpensive to put your personal stamp on your celebration. One simple way to leave guests reminiscing about your wedding long after you've tossed the bouquet is to pick a theme for your celebration. Choosing a theme for your wedding will provide you with a planning framework that will in turn make all of the little details gel into one magnificent and memorable occasion. For example, consider your honeymoon destination as a theme for your reception by serving up the sights, sounds, and tastes that are indicative of that location. You may also choose to simply sprinkle in a few unexpected surprises such as offering a personalized drink menu to your guests. One bride and groom served a drink called "The Plunge" at their reception as a tribute to the groom's underwater marriage proposal. Small plastic fish came floating in each glass of this nonalcoholic punch.
Q: What are some of the new trends in personalizing weddings?
Long: Today's bride and groom are weaving their personal style into their celebration in many different ways. Some are choosing to send wedding invitations that are uniquely their own. Whether the invitations feature childhood pictures of the bride and groom or are crafted of handmade paper, the original designs provide guests with their first glimpse of the upcoming celebration and ensure that something special is about to happen. Bridal duos of the new millennium are also tapping into the wedding customs of their heritage to personalize their weddings. For example, the Irish bridal pair may choose to present blooming shamrock plants to guests as favors while the bride or groom of Scottish heritage may incorporate bagpipes into the processional. The possibilities are endless.
Q: What's a good way to give a unique twist to a beloved tradition?
Long: It's fun to make something old become something new by adding a contemporary twist to beloved wedding traditions. For example, host a bridesmaids' slumber party several weeks before the wedding and skip the formal bridesmaids' luncheon in the busy days before your wedding. Add pictures to your wedding program. Give it a "scrapbook feel" by featuring snapshots from the past of the bridal party members at play with the bride and groom. Include a few words about how each friendship/relationship began. Have the ring bearer present the wedding rings tied to the center of calla lilies. Salute mom and dad by having the band or DJ play the first dance songs from their weddings.
Q: What's the most important thing to remember when planning a personalized wedding?
Long: Give yourself plenty of time to plan this once-in-a-lifetime event. Think big as you brainstorm the possibilities. Ask yourself how you would like for your wedding to be remembered. Don't suffocate great ideas by assuming that they're too expensive or too difficult to pull off. Research your options and then set a deadline after which prioritizing should begin. With proper planning, you may be surprised at how many of your dreams will come true in the end with minimal compromise.
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