Apr 12, 2008

Wedding 2008 Registry Tips

Creating a wedding registry should be one of the most enjoyable parts of the Wedding Planning process- you are after all picking out the gifts and goodies you'd like to receive as you start your new life together. This excitement could be accompanied by anxiety- too many choices, should I ask for this, etc. Here are some tips for you on how and what to register for. Hopefully this will keep any anxiety to a minimum. These keep with the times and are updated to consider the 2008 wedding trends and themes.

Where to register? You will probably want to keep your registries to a minimum (3 is good, 5 is really the max) to help your guests find gifts. Consider the selection and quality of the items a store carries. Amazon.com is a great start. Your guests will appreciate the online convenience, and you'll be able to find most anything there. Department stores are another great option. You can select the items to register for online, or in person with a Registry Representative. With this option your guests can choose to go to the store and pick something out, or they can enjoy shopping from home.



What to register for?
Don't register for items you feel like you should want (but don't); register for the items you want and will use. Consider that your guests will have different budgets. Make sure you register for small or inexpensive items, but it's also okay to register for a big ticket item- maybe a few guests will want to chip in together. So, include everything from towel sets, to that plasma TV.

Who to bring?
It's okay to seek the advice of your Bridesmaids and Mother, but leave them at home when it comes time to set up the bridal registry. This is a time for just the bride and groom to go out together. This is a mutual wish list, and you want to make sure both of your tastes are reflected, after all, they are gifts for you as a new couple.

A couple things to remember:

Have items shipped to your parents' or another close relative's house before the wedding, and shipped directly to your home afterwards.

Make sure you check your registries periodically to keep them updated. If there's nothing left that isn't already checked off you may end up with 12 towel sets or 6 toasters. (And that defeats the purpose of the registry ;))

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Wedding Readings #5

Ephesians 5:31-33:
31. As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."
32. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.
33. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

~Song of Solomon 2:8-17:

The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes
Leaping upon the mountains,
Skipping upon the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Behold, he stands behind our wall;
He is looking through the windows,
Gazing through the lattice.
My beloved spoke, and said to me:

“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
And the vines with the tender grapes
Give a good smell.
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away!
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely.”
Catch us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes.
My beloved is mine, and I am his.
He feeds his flock among the lilies.
Until the day breaks
And the shadows flee away,
Turn, my beloved,
And be like a gazelle
Or a young stag
Upon the mountains of Bethel

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Apr 11, 2008

Dance Lessons?


When planning your Wedding Day keep in mind that there are certain universal traditions that everyone will expect the newlyweds to include. These range from Cutting of a Wedding Cake to Throwing the Bouquet. What can be the most terrifying of these for non-dancers is the first dance a married couple.

It has become a recent trend for the engaged couple to choreograph their first and last dance with a dance instructor. This can be very helpful to keep the stress off of this portion of the night, as well as being a nice way to relieve some of the day-to-day stresses of the wedding planning process.

It is easy to find an instructor. Just look in the yellow pages or do a google search for Dance Schools. Then call the closest one and ask if they offer private lessons to engaged couples. Ask if they offer a package deal to get you on your feet. Most will be able to help, and in fact look forward to this fun experience.

Things to keep in mind:

I just won't have a dance- It is not a good option to just not have a first dance. You'll be missing out on a very memorable experience, a great photo opportunity, and you'll disappoint all those guests who were looking forward to seeing you and your sweetie showcasing this very romantic moment.

Start practicing early- The worst thing is to look uncomfortable dancing with your new mate

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Practice at home
- Remember to take time to practice so you look comfortable. Just put on a romantic song and hold each other tight. This is a lovely way to spend a Saturday night.

Keep dancing- Even after the Wedding is done, spend some time dancing together in the living room. It is a great way to reconnect with your most beloved after a tiring day at the office or with the kids.

Dancing is meant to be enjoyable. Don't fret over it. And remember that even if you can't afford or don't want lessons, you should dance at your wedding. It is always an option to hold each other and dance in a circle, just like you did at your first dance in Junior High School. It is about showing how much you love each other and letting everyone see you doing it.

--Mickey

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Apr 10, 2008

Christmas Weddings Articles

Modern Wedding Advice loves off-season weddings. The following articles will help you plan you Christmas or Winter Wedding with ease.

How do you decide on Winter Wedding Flowers?

Trying to come up with Christmas Wedding Ideas?

There are many Christmas Wedding Themes.

Make your Christmas Wedding centerpiece stand out.

Wedding Favors differ for your Christmas Wedding.

Which Variation is right for your Christmas Weddings.

There are other Winter Wedding Ideas.

Alternative Stone Engagement Rings

Diamond engagement rings are a modern standard, but they are not the only options for a beautiful and meaningful engagement ring. One could look for your favorite stone, a stone that has special meaning to the couple, a birthstone, or an heirloom or estate ring. Here is a list of suggestions for stones that make a beautiful ring, that can be combined with each other, accented with diamonds, or stand alone.

Topaz- Blue and pink are both stunning, though there are other colors

Tourmaline- red, blue, green, pink

Sapphire

Ruby

Garnet

Amethyst

Spinel

Pearl

Emerald

Opal


Moonstone

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Birthstones
:

January: Garnet

February: Amethyst

March: Aquamarine, Bloodstone

April: Diamond, Sapphire

May: Emerald

June: Emerald, Pearl, Alexandrite

July: Onyx, Ruby

August: Peridot, Sardonyx

September: Sapphire

October: Aquamarine, Opal, Pink Tourmaline

November: Topaz, Citrine Quartz

December: Ruby, Turquoise

Apr 9, 2008

Wedding Gown Sleeve Options

There are many options when it comes to Wedding Dress Sleeves. A walk through any Bridal Salon will show that by far, the most common choice these days is the strapless gown. If you wish to try something else, whether it is for modesty's sake, what suits your body best, or any other reason of personal preference, you have plenty of options.

Spaghetti Straps- These take some of the emphasis off the exposed areas of your chest and back, and hold the dress up. They do not provide much more coverage than a strapless dress.


Halter
- Halter tops can be very flattering, although not ideal for all body types. This is a great option if you want to show off your back and shoulders while covering up your neckline. Halter necklines can be fun and flirty or classy and elegant.

Sleeveless- You have some coverage on your shoulders and necklines, but the dresses straps don't entirely cover your shoulders

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Cap Sleeves- These can be very sheer lace, or they could be the same material as the rest of the dress. Cap Sleeves are very sweet and romantic.

Short Sleeves
- These cover your shoulder, but leave most of your arms bare.

Three-quarter length Sleeves
- These can also be sheer or opaque, lace, satin, or other fabrics. These are great if you want your arms to be covered, but not overwhelmed.

Long Sleeves
- Again, these sleeves can be any number of fabrics. Long sleeves provide warmth, coverage, and a classic look.

Bell or poet sleeves- Long sleeves that flare at the wrist.

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Off-the-shoulder- Either long or short sleeves that rest off the shoulder add interest to the look of the Wedding Dress, while still showing off your shoulders.

Many dresses can be ordered with your choice of sleeve. Even if it is shown as strapless or having spaghetti straps, you can ask to add sleeves to make the dress your own.

--Minnie

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Apr 8, 2008

Wedding Favors - Tips On Choosing The Right Wedding Favors

By Pius Ephenus guest author and the owner of Planning A Wedding Resources.Com.

While wedding favors may be one of the simplest parts of planning a wedding, they can also be the part which is often left until the last minute. Luckily, you will almost be spoilt for choice so you won't have to worry too much about having a problem deciding what to go for. There is no longer any need to get stressed about what favors you intend to use with the large range it should make your decision easier and take less time.

One option for an easy wedding favor, especially popular with the ladies is flowers. The preparation for flowers is almost non existent other than deciding on what flowers to use which can be ordered reasonably close to the big day.

Red roses always look attractive and of course they don't have to be wrapped like many other flowers. It is simple to have these placed by the caterers on the day just prior to the wedding reception.

Unfortunately flowers do no appeal to everyone, but with three in every four receptions using candy, this is an easy wedding favor that will. Some people now use a more convenient way to present candy to their guests. Now, how simple is a large glass bowl filled with candy going to be in the centre of the table?

Supplying each wedding guest with a small tin or other presentation container so they can fill it with whatever candy they wish. This could be called a self service gift because all you have to do is supply the candy and something to place it in.

Although candy is popular, you may wish to give your guests a picture frame which is longer lasting and more useful. This is a good idea but wrapping this type of wedding favor can put many people off especially when there are a large number of guests. By using the picture frames as placeholders provides a way around this, making it a gift that does not need to be wrapped.

Another easy wedding favor option to end this article is to arrange for a professional photographer to attend the wedding reception and take a photo of every couple as they arrive looking their best. The photos can be printed out whilst the reception goes on and the guests will have a pleasant surprise at the end of the evening when they leave as their photo will be waiting for them. It is a nice gift and a wedding favor your guests will appreciate when they leave with a photo of how they looked on your wedding day. Many professional photographers have purchased small digital projectors so there is no reason why you couldn't request one at the reception and this way your guests could see the images that had been taken during the day.

Pius Ephenus is the owner of Planning A Wedding Resources.Com. Planning a Wedding Resources.Com is the premier resources for finding valuable planning a wedding advice, planning tips and tools, wedding party gifts and personalized wedding gifts.

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Modern Wedding Invitation - Tips and Guides

By Jerry Leung guest author and editor of website on Marriage and Wedding Planning.

Wedding of any person is the first step towards a new life. Everybody thinks of making his or her wedding a unique one. With the advent of the various new technologies it has become very easy to find out ways which will make the wedding a memorable one. The Internet plays a key role in making the wedding really exclusive.

The various ideas for an ideal wedding ceremony and also for the modern wedding invitations make the Internet really important. With the contemporary and simple themes like the heart and the rose designs the Internet also provides the people with the opportunity of getting some more sophisticated designs. The Internet promises the people to provide them with some romantic and executive wedding invitations along with the endless information that can be of vital importance.

Wedding invitations are the only means by which the couple announces the upcoming ceremony and all the details related with it. For the young couples, it is always advised to get to the Internet and choose the perfect type of modern invitation card that suits their personality and style.

Through the Internet, the young couple will not only be provided with all the kinds of designs that are available in the market but they also get a chance to come through all the information related with modern wedding invitations. They can also make comparisons between the various cards and designs that are produced by the various companies.

Most of the modern wedding invitations that are available in the market today are made using the endless Japanese designs. The use of these Japanese designs has brought about a revolution in the wedding invitations which are now even more stylish and elegant.

The use of the oriental designs that have been blended with the modern art makes these cards even more attractive. These splendid designs along with the lively colours that are used make the cards very romantic and provide them with an elegant touch.

These modern invitation cards can also be self designed or custom made according to the requirements of the people. But, it is always advisable that the young couple keeps the card elegant and pure. Selecting the wording of the card is also important and should be portraying the love and the taste of the couple.A modern wedding invitation always expresses the style of the wedding and helps in the creation of a long lasting effect upon the guests who will be present in the wedding.

Jerry Leung designs Free Wedding Invitations in Modern Chinese Style He runs a website on Marriage and Wedding Planning Be sure to check Wedding Vendor Directory and Wedding Tips

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Bridesmaids: Eden Maids


Eden Maids Bridesmaids Collection
Eden Bridals has been designing and manufacturing wedding apparels since 1988. Our product line includes bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, junior bridesmaids dresses and flower girl dresses. Our design concept is to incorporate latest fashion to our gown designs, ensure high quality fabrications and offer them at the best prices to our brides. Because acquiring a wedding gown is a highly personal process that requires the expertise of an authorized dealer, we do not sell our gowns over the Internet (see our Buyer Beware). You’ll need to experience our products in person to see the quality and workmanship we put into each wedding gown, assembled by hand at our own factories.

Eden Bridals has won several industry awards for its products, value, and services. You can see our beautiful gowns in every issue of national magazines such as Bride's Magazine, Modern Bride, and Bridal Guide.


Eden Maids Bridesmaids Collection gallery and retailer information available at Eden Bridals.

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Bridesmaids: Dessy Collection


Dessy Collection Bridesmaids Collection
Dessy Collection by Vivian Diamond, our premium dress line, offers upscale, modern options for you. Each dress is designed with excellence in mind and constructed with specialty fabrics. These are upscale modern styles designed with excellence in mind.

More than ever before, bridesmaid's dresses mirror the best trends from the fashion runways and red carpets. The dress, in fact, is one of the season's most appealing fashion statements, and both the bride and her attendants will delight in the selection. Whether sleeveless, off-the-shoulder, slip dress or two-piece dress, there's a look to suit every taste and to highlight the best features of each member of the bridal party.

Bridesmaids are very much in style! While the bride, naturally, takes center stage and is the star of that special day, elegant bridesmaid's dresses complement the bride's gown, as well as enhance the wedding's unique d├ęcor.

"The key for bridesmaids is to keep it simple and easy to wear," says Vivian Diamond, designer of the Dessy Collection. "There are so many different body types to consider." It's a big plus that today's bridesmaid's dresses are a modern wear-again part of a wardrobe and have a post-wedding life perfect for a number of future dressed-up events.


Dessy Collection Bridesmaids Collection gallery and retailer information available at Dessy.

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Bridesmaids: DaVinci Bridesmaids


DaVinci Bridesmaids Collection
DaVinci is an exciting new collection of bridal and bride's maids gowns by EMME Bridal designed to give you an elegant alternative to purchasing from national chain stores, such as David's Bridal. DaVinci offers popular styles at low prices.
Get the gown you want at the price you want to pay.

National chain-store gown styles are comparable to many DaVinci
styles, but are more expensive than DaVinci. Also, chain-store gowns
are often sold off-the-rack, and may have been tried on, and soiled
or damaged, by many other women before they are offered to you
to wear on your special day. When you buy a lower-priced DaVinci
gown, the first person to try on your wedding gown will be you!
DaVinci bridal gowns are available for viewing and fitting at
hundreds of quality boutiques throughout the United States, including
one near you, and generally are available for shipping within one
week or sooner. If you need your gown faster, ask your boutique
about our next day delivery.

Shop the national chain stores. But when you are ready to buy,
consider DaVinci. Compare the quality and price for yourself!

DaVinci gowns are in no way affiliated with, connected with,
sponsored by, manufactured by, or associated with any national
chain store, including David's Bridal.


DaVinci Bridesmaids Collection gallery and retailer information available at DaVinci Bridesmaids.

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Bridesmaids: Couture Collection by Jordan Fashions


Couture Collection by Jordan Fashions Bridesmaids Collection
Jordan Fashions, one of the largest bridesmaid's manufacturers in the country, has been attending to the special needs of the Bride and her Bridal Party for almost 4 decades.

Founded in 1966 by Mariano Giordano (Marty), and still a family owned business, Jordan has never deviated from the fundamental principals established by Marty of offering you affordable, fashion forward gowns to create the picture- perfect dream come true wedding.

Considered one of the best delivery companies in the industry, Jordan is proud of its history of reliability and customer satisfaction not only with our brides, but also with our network of independent full service bridal salons.

Recipient of many of the industry's most prestigious awards, Jordan has never stopped its quest to remain an industry leader in design, fashion and service by offering our customers affordable, high quality wedding attire.

Our design team, led by award winning Bill Pesce, sets new standards for design excellence. We offer an incredible selection of Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, Flower Girls and Bridal styling options, represented by our nine unique collections, each catering to the needs of a diverse population. Often duplicated, but never equaled, Jordan thoughtfully selects style and fabrics. A variety styles are offered in over 50 colors. Jordan offers its bridesmaids gowns as well as its bridal collections in sizes 0 - 28 and accommodates Junior's in sizes 4 - 16. The Caterina Collection ranges in sizes 0 to 28 and Sweet Beginnings is available in sizes 1-14.

Couture Collection Bridesmaids Collection gallery and retailer information available at Jordan Fashions.

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Bridesmaids: Coren Moore



Coren Moore Bridesmaids Collection
In 2001, Coren Moore and Lee Genung launched their first retail product – photo albums made at their respective dining room tables in Hanover, NH and Stowe, VT.

While working together, they discovered their mutual love of designing new products, working with vibrant colors, and their shared commitment to high quality products and customer service. They began selling Dunham Road Designs photo albums to small boutiques across the country.

In the summer of 2003, Coren moved to New York where she launched a new product line of bridesmaid and cocktail dresses. Inspired by her love of colorful fabrics, Coren began designing a line of dresses with classic, elegant lines that would appeal to brides and their attendants looking for stylish, flattering and fun dress options. Dresses are manufactured in the garment district in Manhattan.

Coren and Lee have been friends since high school, where they attended Westminster School together. Coren graduated from Bowdoin College in 1997, Lee graduated from the University of Vermont in 1997.

Coren Moore Bridesmaids Collection gallery and retailer information available at Coren Moore.

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Bridesmaids: Charsa


Charsa Bridesmaids Collection
Brides and their bridesmaids can choose from a selection of 43 silk dupioni colors, 28 charmeuse and chiffon colors, 9 faille colors and over 30 satin ribbon colors. Simply choose a dress style from the Charsa collection and mix and match color combinations to personalize the bridesmaid dress to your unique wedding and your own individual style.

There are many options available to bridal parties. Our collection allows each bride to mix, match, and customize the fabric color combinations to create a dress design for your special day with your personal style.

Alterations may be required once you receive your garment. We recommend that you order your dresses 4 months before your wedding date to ensure your bridesmaids have time to make any necessary alterations.

Our dresses are made for women of average height. If you are 5·8" or taller, you will require additional length on your collection. There is a $15 charge for dresses requiring additional length.

For the convenience of those brides and bridesmaids who do not have a retail location in their area, we offer a Try-On program. Through our Try On Program, you may request up to 3 dresses be shipped to you so you may see the style of the dresses before placing an order. We do require that if you have a retail location in your area, that you please work with our retailers.

Charsa Bridesmaids Collection gallery and retailer information available at Charsa.

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Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff


Bill Levkoff Bridesmaids Collection
Bill Levkoff has been dressing bridesmaids for over 60 years. With numerous fabrics, colors and styles you're sure to find something to compliment your wedding. Bill Levkoff Classics provide elegant, stylish and affordable quality for your wedding. With clean lines and fantastic fabrics they're perfect for any special occasion. Dresses are available in sizes 0 - 26. Our top designs are now available in Junior and Flower Girl sizes. We do not carry maternity dresses. However, many of our styles can be altered to accommodate the pregnant bridesmaid. Your retailer will assist you in determining what extra measures must be taken. Dresses are sold only through authorized retailers.


Bill Levkoff Bridesmaids Collection gallery and retailer information available at Bill Levkoff.

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Tips for Choosing A Great Wedding Cake

By Kristi Patrice Carter guest author and writer at wedding-cake-idea.com.

Choosing your wedding cake is not an easy decision! There are so many different things to think about that you could spend hours in the bakery discussing designs, colors, flavors and more. Of course, you want everything to be perfect, so it's a labor of love. There are some really great tips for choosing the perfect wedding and they will help you save time as well. Simply decide on the following things before you head for the bakery and you will be more prepared and ready to make a decision.

Theme

Does your cake need to fit a certain theme? For instance, are you having a tropical or Hawaiian themed wedding? If you need to fit your wedding cake into a theme, you may not have to make as many decisions as you thought. One example of a great tropical or Hawaiian themed wedding cake is to have tropical edible flowers, a citrus flavor such as key lime or pineapple and to use soft, tropical colors like pastel green or peach. This is one way to certainly narrow down your wedding cake choices and may save you a ton of time.

Guests

How many guests are you serving? Would it be more practical to have a small wedding cake and matching, small table top cakes? Or, do you want to get one huge cake to serve your guests from? By deciding this, you will already know what size cake you want to order, so this will save time as well. The small table top cakes are great if you're finding it hard to make up your mind as far as one color or design. If you get smaller ones which accent the large one, you can do more in the way of decoration.

Style

There are so many different styles of wedding cakes available now that your choices really are unlimited. If you are a traditional person, you can opt for the traditional and beautiful white wedding cake. If you're modern and stylish, go for a square tiered wedding cake, or alternating squares and circles. There are many different choices and you can use your own personal style to help you decide.

Choosing your wedding cake might still be a labor of love, but it doesn't have to be frustrating or difficult. By deciding which style, colors, themes and decorations that works with your existing plans, you can find a wedding cake in no time. Or, simply find the cake that works with your existing theme and you're good to go. Using the tips above, find the perfect wedding cake for you!

If you're tired of traditional and expensive wedding cakes and want a unique, delectable, and creative wedding cake that doesn't break your budget, then you should visit http://www.wedding-cake-idea.com We're your number one resource for creative and unique wedding cakes for special and budget-conscious couples like you!

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Apr 7, 2008

Bridesmaids: Belsoie



Belsoie by Jasmine Bridesmaid Collection
Elegance and high-class... Belsoie has the bridesmaid dress you need. Belsoie gowns are ahead of their time with exclusive, high-end innovative designs that will dress your bridal party in ultra-glamorous detail. No maid will be able to resist wearing her Belsoie gown again and again!

Sizes of Jasmine Bridals dresses are: for Bridal and Bridesmaids: 4-28 anything over a 28 can be custom made for an additional cost. Extra skirt length is also available. For junior bridesmaids: size 4 to 16. Several of our most popular bridesmaids gowns are also available in maternity styling. The gowns are noted as "available in maternity" in the product description remarks.

Belsoie and B2 are both divisions of Jasmine bridesmaids. Both Belsoie and B2 gowns can be worn again after the wedding. Belsoie is a very upscale, sophisticated line, creating a powerful look with couture craftsmanship. B2 gowns are made of Satin, Taffeta, Chiffon, depicting a very modern, trendy, fun, youthful looks.

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Apr 6, 2008

Groom's Guide to Wedding Planning

So you spent the better part of your life trying to figure out the opposite sex and now either you have come to the conclusion you will never figure them out, or you have found the only gal you can understand. Either way congratulations, you have entered into a very select group of men called Grooms. With these simple steps I will help you become a Super-Groom and your Bride will be able to relax that much more.

Step one
Realize this is the only time you have ever asked someone out and are not expected to plan the day. She is in charge from the moment the ring goes on the finger. It is your responsibility to be her support. You must care about the Wedding planning (even if you don't). She expects you to help pick out the flowers, even if you have never done so in your life.

-Remember, have an opinion about everything Wedding related, but also remember that her opinion is better and say things like: "I never saw it that way" or "what would I do without you"

Step Two
You will need to actually plan a few things, including the Rehearsal Dinner (Traditionally the groom's parents host this event). This Rehearsal dinner is a low-key event held as a "thank you" to your attendants and special family members. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it does have to be well thought out. It will happen after a very long day and it needs to get everybody ready for the Wedding which is usually the next day.

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Step Three
Pick your Best Man and Groomsmen. These are your brothers and buddies. (If you can fit him in, it is always a good idea to include the Brides brother; after the ceremony he will be your brother, too). Make sure they know what is expected of them (they are not to ruin the wedding). Then you get to dress them and yourself in the attire entirely of your choosing (as long as the bride agrees)

Step Four
Give the Best Man some Bachelor Party Ideas and expressly warn him he may not ruin your Wedding by have a Roman Orgy. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do and you should be clear with your Best Man what is out-of-bounds at the party.

Step Five
Freak out

Step Six
Purchase tokens of appreciation for you attendants. These Bridal Party Gifts should be from the heart as a "thank you" to your nearest and dearest friends. It is also a good idea to buy something special for your Bride and give it to her before you separate the night before the Wedding. I think something like Pajamas or jewelry could work, but if it is heartfelt and you consider her feelings first, anything could work

Step Seven
Freak out again; you are getting married, to the only girl in the world. She will be with you from now on. Remember why you picked her and everything will work out great.

Step Eight
Make sure you have the marriage license and the blood testing required to be wed. Bring it with you to the church or ceremony site. Put it in you breast pocket. Also make sure you give the bride's ring to the Best Man for safe keeping.

Step Nine
Plan your Honeymoon. Anywhere you both can relax and enjoy the beginnings of married life.

Step Ten
Say "I Do" and enjoy the day.

Remember these are just the beginning; your bride will help you, just like you will help her. Also remember that the bride's to-do list is closer to 200 and you are getting off easy with these ten things. She loves you and you love her, so enjoy the time you get to spend planning this party, but remember that it is the life you are planning that is far more important.

--Mickey

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