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5 Fall Wedding Trends You’ll Want to Follow
Planning a wedding can have its stressful moments, but one of the most enjoyable parts is getting to find all the small touches that make it uniquely suited to you as a couple. See which of these fall wedding trends will be perfect for your special day!
1. Vintage accessories
Old-fashioned chic is not going out of style any time soon. Take advantage of timeless touches that you can incorporate into your wedding day, such as vintage jewelry, hair accessories, vases, picture frames, champagne flutes or a box to hold your his and hers matching ring set. Search for unique pieces at garage sales, thrift stores, your parent’s basement and Etsy.
2. Royal colors
Rich jewel tones are a stunning choice for a fall wedding. Choose from merlot, emerald green, royal blue, magenta or other colors that will complement the white, ivory or champagne color of the bridal gown. You can incorporate a bold color sparingly into the details of your wedding - from the invitations and the table arrangements to the flowers and the bridal party attire - but be careful not to go overboard. It’s most effective as an accent to more neutral tones.
3. Natural touches
One of the wedding trends fits perfectly with fall is using natural elements in your decor. Colorful fall leaves, vines, pinecones, acorns or grains are inexpensive and sophisticated. Blend them into your bouquets, or use them with vases, mason jars or bowls to take center stage in table arrangements.
Lace is delicate and full of subtle sophistication. It can be part of your wedding style in many different ways, whether you opt for lace sleeves on your gown a la Kate Middleton or you use the material to tie up bouquets or favors for your guests. Instead of the traditional ring box, you could also make (or commission from a seamstress) a fine lace envelope to hold your his and hers matching ring set.
5. Local food
One of the wedding trends you can adopt no matter where you are is to seek out a menu that is local and fresh. Opt for a caterer that uses many products from the surrounding geographic area, and ask how you can feature local specialties, such as apples, root vegetables, jams or wines. A farm-to-table wedding feast is both modern and a throwback to simpler times.
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Wedding Traditions of the World: Food Edition
Your wedding day is a time to mark a major milestone in your relationship and exchange wedding band sets, but it’s also an occasion to celebrate the family and cultural traditions that are most important to you and your partner. And what brings people together more than delicious food?
Here are just a few of the edible wedding traditions from around the world that you might want to incorporate into your own special day.
Pastry lovers will swoon over France’s traditional wedding cake, called a croquembouche. Instead of one large wedding cake, a croquembouche is actually an elegant tower made from cream puffs - profiteroles - and covered in cream, caramelized sugar or chocolate, as well as decorations such as flowers or sugar art.
The traditional Thai dessert foy thong, a long noodle dish made from egg yolks and sugar syrup, is often served at weddings. The name translates to “golden silk threads,” and the dish represents the enduring love between the married couple.
After the couple says “I do” and exchanges wedding band sets at the ceremony, the English wedding reception traditionally continues with a custom that dates back to the medieval era: a three-tiered fruitcake (Prince William and Kate Middleton served a larger version at their wedding in 2011). The dried fruit and nuts are symbols of fertility and good fortune, and the top tier is called the “christening cake,” which the couple keeps to eat at the christening of their first child.
In Morocco, delicious wedding traditions abound. Guests begin the celebration with milk - symbolizing happiness and safety - and dates - representing a sweet life. The wedding feast might include pastilla (or bastilla) - a meat pie traditionally made with pigeon but can also be made with chicken or seafood - or roasted lamb.
Kazunoko, or herring roe, signifies fertility and prosperity in Japan, and it is often served at weddings. The fish eggs are dried and pickled, then served on top of rice.
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Do Budget Weddings Lead to Stable Marriages?
A lavish fairy tale wedding may not lead to a fairy tale marriage, according to a new study.
Researchers at Emory University studied 3,000 married couples to determine factors that predict if a marriage will last or not. Their study found that couples who spent more on engagement rings and wedding expenses were more likely to divorce than couples who went for affordable engagement rings and more modest budgets: “Overall, our findings provide little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry’s general message that connects expensive weddings with positive marital outcomes.”
Here are some of the interesting results from the study:
Affordable engagement rings are a wise investment.
Spending a more modest amount on an engagement ring is linked with a longer-lasting union. Men who spent between $2,000 to $4,000 on an engagement ring had a 1.3 times greater risk of divorce than men who spent between $500 and $2,000.
Budget weddings are prudent.
Though wedding costs continue to rise in the US - according a national survey conducted by TheKnot.com, the average wedding cost was $29,858 in 2013 - keeping expenses low is advisable. Weddings that cost more than $20,000 were more significantly associated with divorce than those with a lower price tag.
The size of the guest list is important.
The study results suggest that couples should strive for budget weddings, but that doesn’t mean you should head to Vegas to elope. Couples who have a large wedding ceremony attendance are more likely to stay married. In fact, couples who elope are 12.5 times more likely to end up splitting than couples who have 200+ guests at their wedding.
A longer courtship relates to a longer marriage.
Couples who dated longer before their engagement were less likely to split than those who dated less than a year (1-2 years: 20% less likely; 3+ years: 39% less likely).
Going on a honeymoon is a good idea.
Book those plane tickets! Couples who took a honeymoon were 41% less likely to get divorced than those who didn’t.
Some conclusions we can draw from the study are:
- Knowing each other well is an essential part of a stable marriage.
- It’s important for a couple to be surrounded by friends and family who support the marriage.
- More expensive is not better when it comes to weddings. Affordable wedding rings and more modest wedding budgets may alleviate the financial stress and debt that can come with more lavish weddings.
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4 Ideas for Affordable Altars and Arches
The place where you and your spouse-to-be exchange vows and matching trio rings should be stunning and complementary to the setting. Renting or buying altar decorations can be expensive if you are on a budget. With a little bit of time, DIY know-how and creativity, you can create gorgeous and affordable altars and arches that are perfect for your ceremony.
DIY Altars and Arches
1. Wedding Chuppah
At a Jewish wedding, the couple is married beneath a canopy or chuppah - which means “covering” or “protection.” The chuppah symbolizes the couple’s new home together. Renting a chuppah from a florist or event company can be expensive, but they are easy, inexpensive and customizable if you build one yourself. This step-by-step tutorial uses materials you can find at most hardware stores, including PVC pipe, connectors, cinder blocks, fabric and plaster.
2. Church Altar Decorations
If you are getting married in a church with a beautiful altar, you will be able to save money by using the decorations that are already there. If you want to personalize the space, ask the church what is permitted and add simple touches, such as flowers, candles or fabrics.
3. Ladder Arch
Form an arch from simple wooden ladders, and decorate with flowers, garlands, ribbons, lanterns, candles or other accessories. This lovely archway is perfect for rustic chic wedding decor, and it’s a snap to put together.
4. Natural Wedding Arch
If you are getting married in a forest or anywhere that has uniquely shaped trees, you could take advantage of this natural beauty for your wedding altar. Sheath downward facing branches in lace, chiffon, ribbon or other fabric in your wedding colors. Use this arch to frame you as you’re saying your vows and putting on your matching trio rings for the first time.
Looking for more DIY inspiration? Check out these beautiful pinterest boards for tutorials, tips and real-life examples.
Alternative Wedding Arches: everything from handwritten backdrops to living wall altars
Rustic Wedding Arches: combining natural elements, such as wood, flowers and vines
DIY Wedding Arches: inventive ideas that you can create easily yourself
4 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Holiday Proposal
If you are thinking about getting down on one knee this Christmas or New Year’s Eve, now is the time to start making preparations for your romantic moment. If you are thoughtful and thorough in your planning now, you can relax and enjoy this life-changing event.
1. Think about what would make her light up.
There is no “one size fits all” proposal that is right for every woman. You know your partner better than anyone else, so spend some time asking what would make a holiday proposal most memorable and meaningful to her. What is most important to her in your relationship? How does she like to be shown love and affection? What proposal story would she love to tell for years to come? Brainstorm a few different scenarios, and go for the one that feels right for her.
2. Decide how you want to involve loved ones.
You may want your proposal to be a private moment for just the two of you, but your families and friends will also want to be a part of your celebration in some way. If you are planning to see your loved ones at the holidays, it could be a perfect opportunity to arrange a casual get-together, dinner or cocktail party after you propose.
3. Make arrangements and reservations as early as possible.
The holidays are a busy time for special events, so as soon as you decide on how you want to propose, organize and confirm all the arrangements you need well in advance so you’re not scrambling for something important at the last minute. Reserve a room at that romantic B&B in the mountains, book the table with the best view at your favorite restaurant or make the shopping list for the incredible meal you are going to make her. Browse affordable engagement rings in different styles, and order the one you know she’ll love.
4. Have back-up plans ready, just in case.
It’s likely that your holiday proposal will go just as planned, with nothing more to worry about than the butterflies in your stomach. You will have researched affordable engagement rings well in advance and have the perfect ring ready for the right moment. The location you chose will be just as you imagined it, and everything will be easy and stress-free. But just in case, have a Plan B for your own peace of mind. Select another restaurant you’d be happy with in case your first choice has to close unexpectedly. Have a second florist or tour guide or horseback riding instructor programmed into your phone on the off chance that any of your arrangements fall through at the last minute.
What are your planning tips for a stress-free proposal?
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