Mar 29, 2008

Wedding Videography

A Wedding Video is a great way to capture moments in greater detail than a photograph. You'll be able to see the ceremony from start to finish, hear each other's happy, nervous voices, capture the reactions of your guests, and record the whole atmosphere of your wedding. It can be a priceless memento of your Wedding Day.

Wedding Videos are not only a way for you to relive your Wedding Day in the years to come, you will have photographs, but they are a great souvenir that you can show to your children and grandchildren. You will be able to remember your 2008 wedding, but the Wedding Video will help with remembering all the details.

When choosing a Wedding videographer, do your research. Ask recently married friends who they used and how they liked the finished video. Ask your reception host or Wedding Planner if they have recommendations for you. When you interview Videographers, ask for references, and also ask to see a complete video of another Wedding they have done.


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Mar 28, 2008

Simple Wedding Checklist

This isn't complete it is just the start...You can get a more complete timeline through Here. Whether you are planning a 2008 wedding or later this is timeless information.

Tell Your Parents, friends and other important family members

Arrange for your families to meet (if they already haven't)

Announce your engagement

Have an engagement party

Envision your Wedding theme. (we like the Christmas Wedding theme)

Set your Budget and figure who is contributing

Free bachelorette party games you can download

Select a Wedding Date

Hire a wedding planner

Choose and book your Reception and Ceremony sites

Start your Guest list

Beginning thinking about Wedding Favors

Choose and book you Officiant or Priest

Choose and ask your Bridal Party (if you are stuck on who's going to be MOH or BM then wait and promote someone later)

Meet with Florists, Caterers and Musicians or DJ's

Arrange for a Cake Tasting

Well these should get you through the first couple of weeks of planning and then you will have more choices about more wedding related topics then you could ever imagine, but the good news is you have atleast already found your date to the wedding, which you will find is the best part.


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Sample Wedding Vows #1

Here are some simple Wedding Vows. Just insert your names and you are off. These vows will work great whether your having a Christmas Wedding 2008 or a 2008 beach Wedding.

Sample One
I, _____, take you, ______, to be my wedded wife. With deepest joy I receive you into my life that together we may be one. As is Christ to His body, the church, so I will be to you a loving and faithful husband. Always will I perform my headship over you even as Christ does over me, knowing that His Lordship is one of the holiest desires for my life. I promise you my deepest love, my fullest devotion, my tenderest care. I promise I will live first unto God rather than others or even you. I promise that I will lead our lives into a life of faith and hope in Christ Jesus. Ever honoring God's guidance by His spirit through the Word, And so throughout life, no matter what may lie ahead of us, I pledge to you my life as a loving and faithful husband.

I, _____, take you, ______, to be my wedded husband. With deepest joy I come into my new life with you. As you have pledged to me your life and love, so I too happily give you my life, and in confidence submit myself to your headship as to the Lord. As is the church in her relationship to Christ, so I will be to you. _____, I will live first unto our God and then unto you, loving you, obeying you, caring for you and ever seeking to please you. God has prepared me for you and so I will ever strengthen, help, comfort, and encourage you. Therefore, throughout life, no matter what may be ahead of us, I pledge to you my life as an obedient and faithful wife.

Sample Two
I love you, _____, and I know that God has ordained this love. Because of this I desire to be your husband. Together we will be vessels for His service in accordance with His plan, so that in all areas of our life Christ will have the pre-eminence. Through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties of the future, I promise to be faithful to you. I promise to love, guide, and protect you as Christ does His Church, and as long as we both are alive. According to Ephesians 5 and with His enabling power, I promise to endeavor to show to you the same kind of love as Christ showed the Church when He died for her, and to love you as a part of myself because in His sight we shall be one.

I love you, ____ and I know that you love me. Because of this I desire to be your wife. For _ years I have prayed that God would lead me to His choice and I am confident that His will is being fulfilled tonight. Through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties of the future I promise to be faithful to you. I will love, serve, and obey you as long as we both are alive. Christ told us that the wife must submit herself unto her own husband as unto the Lord. For as Christ is Head of His Church so is the husband head of his wife. _____, I submit myself to you.

Sample Three
I _____, take you ______, to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

I, _____, take you ______, to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, 'till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

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Mar 27, 2008

Wedding Tuxedo Advice

By Sarah Evans, guest author and owner of Wedding Help

If you’re like most guys out there and don’t have a real eye or concern for fashion, then going to pick out tuxedos for your wedding can seem like cruel and unusual punishment from your bride to be. Nevertheless, the task does need to be done eventually, and with enough time for your groomsmen to get in and get their measurements done. So, in other words, you can’t put it off forever. So, if you’re looking at having to go and pick out your wedding tuxedo, and don’t know the difference between a single and double breasted suit jacket, then here is a great list of terms you’ll need to know to finish the task .

Tuxedo Jackets

Single Breasted Jacket- This tuxedo jacket can have anwhere from one to four buttons, all in one column on the jacket.

Double Breasted Jacket- This tuxedo jacket is a little dressier, and has anywhere from two to six buttons in two columns on the jacket.

Full Dress Jacket- Also called tails or a tailcoat, this tuxedo jacket is cropped (or shorter) in the front with two tails in the back, with two to six buttons in the front. This is a great tuxedo jacket for an ultra-formal event.

Mandarin Jacket- This jacket can be distinguished by a stand-up collar and is worn with a Mandarin collared shirt. No tie is worn with this tuxedo.

Cutaway Jacket- This tuxedo jacket is short in the front and longer in the back, tapering from the waist button to the tails on the back. It’s a great jacket for a formal daytime wedding.

Tuxedo Collars/Lapels

Wing Collar- The most formal choice for tuxedos and has a stand up collar with downward points.

Crosswyck Collar- This collar style crosses in the front and is fastened with a button

Mandarin Collar- Like the Mandarin Jacket, this collar stands up at the neck and has a more contemporary look.

Tuxedos Ties and Accessories

Bow Tie- Bow ties are a classic, and come in many colors to choose from.

Neck Tie- Wearing a classic necktie is also an option and still looks great with a tuxedo.

Ascot Tie- This tie is a wider tie, more formal, and is folded over and fastened with a tie tack.

Vests (Waistcoats)- Vests come in all colors with all sorts of patterns to choose from for you to express yourself and your personality. A white vest with a white tie is an excellent choice for the groom, very classy.

Cumberbunds- Cumberbunds are basically pieces of fabric worn around the waist when there is no vest. Cumberbunds are usually a basic black, with white for the groom, but any colors can be chosen to go along with wedding colors.

Trust me, when it comes to wedding day styles, guys really have it easy. Finding the perfect wedding dress can be a huge undertaking, and it can be hard to find the perfect wedding dress you’re looking for. I was lucky that I had someone who showed me how to design your own wedding dress! That made it much easier for me to get the wedding day look I wanted! I hope this guide helps, and happy tuxedo shopping!

Editor's Note: Sarah's website Wedding Help is a great advice site that Mickey and Minnie frequent. We highly enjoy Sarah's writing style and impeccable fashion sense. Modern Wedding Advice highly recommends visiting Wedding Help for any Wedding Advice you need. She offers great advice on all your 2008 wedding needs.

You can search for a Tuxedo and Men's Formal Wear store near you.

Modern Wedding Anniversary Dance Songs

Here is a list of Modern Wedding Anniversary Dance Songs. The anniversary dance is typically a time where married couples can come onto the dance floor and share a dance, as a celebration of marriage. These songs will work perfectly for your 2008 Wedding. You can Preview or Purchase each song through the provided Link.

"100 years" by Five for Fighting
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"A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson
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"Accidently In Love" by Counting Crows
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"As the World Falls Down" by David Bowie
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"Because Of You" by Tony Bennett
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"Bring It on Home" by Little Big Town
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"Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations
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"Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra
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"I Could Not Ask For More" by Edwin McCain
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"Don't Know Much" by Aaron Neville
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"Good Luck Charm" by Jagged Edge
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"I Want to Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler
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"Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison
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"I Could Not Ask For More" by Edwin McCain
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"I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Frank Sinatra
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"I Swear" by John Michael Montgomery
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"I've Had the Time of My Life" by Bill Medley w/ Jennifer Warnes
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"In My Life" by The Beatles
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"It's Your Love" by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
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"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green
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"On This Day" by David Pomeranz
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"Ordinary People" by John Legend
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"Remember When" by Alan Jackson
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"Songbird" by Eva Cassidy
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"Summer Wind" by Sherry Petta
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"Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden
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"Underneath It All" by No Doubt
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"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
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"When I'm Sixty-Four" by The Beatles
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"You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker
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"You Are the Sunshine of My life" by Stevie Wonder
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Mar 26, 2008

Bridal Party Duties

This is a little go-to list for the duties of the Bridal Party for your wedding 2008. Remember every Bride and Groom are different and may wish to augment this list in order to fit their own Wedding. Basically the only constant is the Bridal Party are the closest friend and relatives of the Engaged Couple and will help them as great friends would. These are updated to keep with the 2008 Wedding trends.

Maid or Matron of Honor

* Assists bride in addressing envelopes, making favors and helping with shopping duties
* Pays for her own attire
* Hostesses a shower for the bride
* Makes sure all bridesmaids arrive on time
* Holds grooms ring until appropriate time in ceremony when ring is exchanged for the bride's bouquet
* Assists bride in dressing for the ceremony and before she leaves the reception
* Acts as legal witness and signs the wedding certificate
* Bustles the bride at the altar with arranging the train and veil
* Is seated to the right of the groom and may prepare a toast to the couple during dinner
* Attends to almost any other details that would help the bride
* Organizes Bachelorette Party (if it is the Bride's Wish)

Best Man

* Coordinates the bachelor party (Per the Groom's wishes)
* Pays for his own wedding attire
* Makes sure the groom is on time and is dressed properly
* Holds the bride's wedding ring and makes sure the groom has the marriage license secure in his breast pocket
* Receives officiant's fee from the groom and presents it to the officiant either before or after the ceremony. The payment can be conveniently enclosed in a sealed envelope.
* Acts as legal witness and signs the marriage license
* Makes a toast (last) to bride and groom during the reception. A well prepared toast usually goes over better than one "off the cuff."
* Sees that the luggage is packed into the honeymoon car, and that the groom has any necessary plane tickets or travel itineraries.
* Returns the groom's formal wear on the next business day following the wedding. Some best men are asked to gather all rented formal wear to return after the wedding.
* Acts as Grooms Representative in all matters
* Usually Walks the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom Down the Aisle
* Dances with the Maid of Honor during reception
* Helps Maid of Honor transfers gifts to the location they are going


* May assist in pre-wedding errands and tasks(as assigned by bride or Maid of Honor)
* Pay for their own wedding attire
* Attend all pre-wedding parties and may hostess their own shower or assist the Maid or Matron of honor in planning a shower
* Often participate in the receiving line
* Helps Groomsmen, Bridal Party decorate the going away vehicle

Groomsmen & Ushers

* Pay for their wedding attire
* Help organize the bachelor party along with the best man
* Direct the placement of gifts
* Distribute wedding service programs as they seat the guests ( bride's on the left and groom's on the right)
* First seat the groom's parents in the right front pew and then the bride's mother in the left front pew. She is the last to be seated before the processional begins.
* Unroll isle carpet after all guests have been seated
* Escort the bridemaids
* Other duties as assigned by the Best Man or Groom

^In some instances there will be more Usher's than Groomsmen. This is to balance the Bridal Party at the Altar...In this case you can include them as much or as little as you want.

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Mar 24, 2008

Simple Groom's Checklist

Here is a simple (though thorough) checklist to take you through the typical duties a groom needs to pay special attention to. This is not an absolute list, it is a typical one. Feel free to change items from the bride's checklist to the Groom's and vice versa as needed to plan your 2008 wedding.

6 Months Prior (or sooner)

Start and Complete guest list with fiancee.
Select your best man. Decide how many groomsmen you need and select them.
Arrange visit with minister to discuss ceremony.
Discuss wedding expenses with fiancee.
Discuss honeymoon plans.
Visit wedding gift registry with fiancee.

3 Months

Consult with fianceé and order wedding attire for self, best man, ushers and fathers.
Arrange transportation (limousines, etc.) for wedding party to ceremony and reception.
Complete honeymoon plans: buy tickets, arrange for hotel, Passports should be in hand before this point.
Order wedding rings and engraving.
See your doctor for exams and blood test.

6-8 Weeks

Plan rehearsal dinner.
Consult with fianceé and arrange lodging for relatives and ushers from out of town.
Select gifts for best man and ushers, to be given at the bachelor dinner or wedding rehearsal.
Choose bride's wedding present.
Make sure necessary documents - legal, insurance, financial, medical, and religious - are in order.
Attend bachelor party.
Pick up wedding rings, check engraving before you leave store.
Help fiancee with thank-you notes.

2 Weeks

Make a date with your fianceé to get the marriage license.
Arrange with the best man for transportation from the reception to the airport or train.
Double check honeymoon reservations and hotel for wedding night.

1 Week

Explain any special seating arrangements to head usher.
Put the clergy member's or judge's fee in a sealed envelope and give it to the best man, to be delivered after the ceremony.
Purchase traveler's checks.
Get your going-away clothes ready so you can change after the reception.
Pack for your honeymoon.
Remind best man and ushers of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner details. Present gifts to attendants at rehearsal dinner.
Arrange for rental returns.
Be sure you and your bride sign the wedding certificate and see that it is safely put away before leaving on your honeymoon.
Have best man send a thank-you note to your bride's parents the next day saying how lovely both the wedding and reception were, and thanking them for all they did.

Day of Wedding

Say I do
Remember to keep Breathing, even if you don't want to


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Mar 23, 2008

Wedding Cost-Cutting Tips

Weddings cost entirely too much money. The following will hopefully help you keep some of your hard earned dollars in your pocket, and not giving it to vendors who will be more then willing to take it. There are many Wedding Cost-Cutting ideas and these are just a sampling.

Avoid saying "Wedding" whenever you are dealing with vendors in the wedding planning process. If you can get a quote for a product you are trying to purchase or rent for your Wedding Day, you will get a much better price if they don't know that it is for your Wedding Day. This is not possible with every item (it would hard with your Wedding Gown) but with other things (such as chair rentals) they don't need to know that it is for a wedding, they just need to know how many, when and where. You might think that people are good by nature and everyone is happy for you and when they say that they are going to give you a deal because of your wedding, that they are being honest. Truth be told the "Wedding Package" typically adds 10-20% to the cost other customers would pay. So keep that it mind when trying to save money on your "big party".

Don't upgrade when you don't have to. This is a simple solution and one you probably could figure out on your own, but it is worth saying. Consider what an extra $400 could get you besides other than fancier linens. Now, I'm not saying don't get linens, but I am saying get the cheapest, nicest ones you can.

It is possible to have a fabulous reception that is not the typical sit-down meal. You can consider Brunch, Family Style, or Buffet. Each type comes with its perks.

Brunch is a unique way of offering a elegant meal- not just breakfast foods- without the expensive full-service dinner options. It also can make your Wedding stand out in the winter months as an early event that lets people get home before it gets too late.
Buffets really only work well with a top shelf caterer. It is cheaper than a sit-down meal, but maybe not the cheapest way to eat. If the caterer is not of good quality it will be to your disappointment.
Family-style is a great alternative to the other choices. It gives you the perks of a sit-down meal, with the bonus of being cheaper. The waitstaff bring all the fixings right to the table and the guest get to serve themselves. This is a great way for breaking the ice at a table of new friends and a nice way for old friends to reconnect.

Invitations can easily be a cost-cutting venture without losing quality. Do you really want to spend hundreds of dollars on an item that most people will not even keep? You can get the highest quality stock paper from your local retailer and print the invitations from home. If you don't have a good printer you can experiment with a Kinko's and have them copy the inviations for you. In this day and age you can even have a website set up to receive RSVP's and you will save money on the return postage stamped envelopes.

Florists can charge you entirely too much on your Wedding Package. First off shop around with a list of items, and find the cost of them individually. Secondly, you can go to a floral wholesaler and get twice as many flowers for half of the cost. Third if you pick certain times of year for your Wedding, Churches and Reception sites might already be decorated. Consider how many flowers you want and then get only that amount at the best price possible.

If you are lucky enough to have a Filene's Basement's "Running of the Brides", you can easily find a designer dress at a fraction of the cost. Keep in mind Wedding Gown alterations can cost hundreds more-which you might need on any dress you buy- but you might find a $9000 dress for only $249.

Guest list cutting is another easy way to save some money. Do you really need to invite your parents' kindergarten teacher? You don't have to invite your childhood friend whom you haven't seen in fifteen years. But make sure you don't start cutting family members just because you don't like hanging out with them. Friends you can cut, but you are stuck with family.

Well, hopefully some of these ideas will get you started. I am sure I will have more to come. These are many great ways to save money. Feel free to add yours through a comment.


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