Saturday, August 29, 2009

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Ceremony

The processional to the alter differs within each religion and obviously each ceremony site you choose. A typical Christian church processional is as follows: Groom and Best Man at altar – on the right. Processional Is: Ushers two-by-two Bridesmaids two-by-two Maid of Honor (centered) alone Ring Bearer (centered) alone Flower Girl (centered) alone (or with other flower girls) Father of the Bride and Bride (Bride on right arm of Dad) The bride's mother is always seated last and once she is seated no other guests should be seated using the center aisle. It is traditional to have equal number of bridesmaids as you would groomsmen lined up on either side of the alter.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Wedding Rhyme

Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind & true.
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wedding - Who Pays for What?

It is often difficult to know who pay for what when it come to your planning a modern wedding but here's what happens traditionally!

The Bride:

  • Wedding ring for the Groom
  • Gifts for the Attendants
  • Accommodation for out-of-town Attendants
  • Wedding gift for the Groom
  • Personal Lingerie
  • Bridesmaids luncheon

The Groom:

  • The Bride's rings including the Engagement ring
  • The honeymoon
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • The marriage license
  • The Groomsmen gifts
  • Accommodation for out-of-town groom's men
  • Brides bouquet
  • Corsages for mothers
  • Boutonnieres for men in wedding party
  • The gloves, ties and accessories for the men in the wedding party
  • Fee for clergyperson or judge

The Groom's Family:

  • Clothing for the Wedding
  • Travel and lodging expenses
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Wedding gift for the newlyweds
  • Getting gifts to the newlyweds home

The Bride's Family:

  • The Engagement Party and announcement
  • All facets of the reception.
  • Bride's attire
  • Invitations, announcements, thank you notes
  • Decorating costs
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Ceremony costs
  • Bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer flowers and accessories
  • Transportation for bridal party on Wedding day from ceremony to reception.
  • All gratuities for all services: parking, security
  • Their own attire
  • Their own travel arrangements to island

The Attendants:

  • Their Wedding clothes
  • Travel expenses
  • Wedding gift for newlyweds

Maid of Honour

  • Wedding shower
  • Hen Night

Best Man

  • Stag Night

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Bahamas

The Islands Of The Bahamas is a 100,000-sq-mile archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest water in the world. 700 islands, including uninhabited cays and large rocks, total an estimated land area of 5,382 sq miles, and register a highest land elevation of 206 ft. Most notable, however, is that each island has it's own diversity that continues beyond geography, carrying through to the heart of The Bahamas, the Bahamian people. These are The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Nassau is the home of the Bahamian national capital, New Providence, and is the bustling hub that traces its heritage back to the shipwrecking days of the legendary pirate Blackbeard. Prized for its sheltered harbour, the city made history and preserved it beautifully in colonial mansions, cathedrals, 18th-century fortresses and a Queen's Staircase whose 66 steps lead to a view not to be missed.

The 685 acres of Paradise Island are connected to the city of Nassau by two 600-foot bridges. The island is developed almost exclusively to accommodate travelers, with resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, a golf course, an aquarium, and a casino rounding out the amenities.

{Credit: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism}