« Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world.” Or in this case, her wedding.
On your wedding day, you’ll be on your feet all day long, whilst looking fab, before finishing the day off on the dance floor, so it’s important that you find the right pair of shoes for you; a pair of shoes that’s the perfect combination of gorgeous and comfortable.
A long, long day
One of the best days of your life, yes, but also one of the longest. Your wedding preparations will start early in the morning, with a hair and makeup session with your bridesmaids. For this you’ll more than likely be wearing slippers, but one you slip on that wedding dress, you’ll also slip on your shoes. Don’t feel forced to wear heels if you’re not a heel wearing girl; wear whatever makes you feel comfortable as well as beautiful. Bear in mind you’ll be on your feet, in your shoes, from the minute you walk down that aisle right until the end of your wedding reception.
There are many different styles and types to choice from.
- Shoes with a rounded or pointy end
- Flat shoes or high heels, why not even platform shoes
- Booties, ballerinas or even sandals.
It’s up to you to choose. If you’re having a wedding outdoors, you could even try wearing personalised wellington boots!
Once you’ve decided on a style, then you can decide on a colour. Bearing in mind your shoes might not be seen under your wedding dress, you could stick to something simple. Or you could choose a bright colour, to match your wedding flowers or colour theme. You could then have your groom wear a bowtie which matches the colour of your shoes.
Your wedding day is an important day, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy shoes you’d never wear again! Depending on your budget, the high street offers a huge variety of choice and styles; you’re sure to find the right pair for you. And the best bit? You can wear them again for other occasions! Find more information on Tee Junction tshirt design from www.teejunction.com.au.
A bit of fun
Why not add some fun to your wedding day, and request that your guests all wear brightly coloured shoes! You could add this request to your wedding invitations, giving your guests plenty of time to prepare. Not only would this allow your guests to be more involved in your special day, but also make for great photos and even better memories!
You’ve probably noticed by now, that wedding rings are always worn on the left hand. Why is that? As with all traditions, there are many various explanations. Planet-cards, specialists in wedding stationery, will explore this question in more depth…
A bit of history
In India, the wedding ring is worn on the thumb. Hebrews placed it on the index finger. It was the 3rd Century BC Greeks who are at the source of wedding rings being placed on the left ring finger. Doctors at the time believed that the “Vena Amoris”, the vein of love, directly linked the ring finger to the heart. Hence the idea of wearing wedding rings on the ring finger, symbolic of the union. Romantic, no?
The third finger
Another theory put forward by the Church: during the wedding ceremony, when the groom takes his vows, he presents the ring to his wife from the index announcing: “In the name of the father”, then he moved to the middle finger saying “and of the Son” before finishing with “And of the Holy Spirit, Amen” by putting the ring on the ring finger, also known as the ‘third finger’.
Today, the ring finger worn on the left hand has become a strong symbol of the union between spouses, and is a symbol that we often see on wedding invitations.
The origins of wedding rings worn on the left hand may have come from Asia. For the Chinese, each finger symbolises a member of the family. The thumb represents the parents. The index represents brothers and sisters. The middle finger symbolises you. The ring finger represents your spouse. And the little finger represents the children.
Fun little test
Put your hands together, palm against palm. Then bend the middle fingers towers the middle, one against the other. Try to then separate your thumbs (parents). You should be able to do this, because parents aren’t meant to spend their lives with their children. Now, bring back your two thumbs, and try to separate your index fingers (brothers and sisters). You should also be able to do this, as brothers and sisters are destined to live their own lives. Put your index fingers back in place, and separate your little fingers (your children). Here too, you should succeed, as once fully, your children will leave your home and build their own lives. Now try and do the same thing with your wedding fingers (spouses). Surprise! It’s impossible, as spouses are made to be together forever, united by a sacred link.
Did you know?
The ring finger is called so, because it’s the finger on which we place wedding alliances!
Create a beautiful setting with your wedding decoration
Your wedding day is a special occasion; you therefore want to make every aspect of your day special. Your wedding decoration will help capture the moment and leave a lasting impression on your guests. Try and match your wedding stationery to your wedding decorations, and create a consistent feel for your guests.
Creating your own wedding decoration
As for every part of your wedding preparation, there are wedding services which exist that will decorate your venue for you. You just have to give them the general idea of the wedding, the wedding theme, and they’ll take care of the rest.
- Wedding decorators will help create an atmosphere most suited to you and your wedding.
- Florists are practically a must for your wedding day. Could you imagine a wedding without flowers? From the bride’s bouquet to the table decorations, the decorations on the cars and even the venue itself, flowers are everywhere/
- Finally, for those who want to leave everything to the professionals, you could always call upon a wedding planner. These wedding specialists are organised and will take the stress off your shoulders. Sit down to discuss wedding themes, colours, wedding dresses, venue decorations …. They’ll also work closely with various wedding shops, maybe even getting you better prices. It’s an investment, as they don’t come cheap, but it’ll save you precious time.
All will depend on the young couple and their capabilities, free time and wedding budget.
It’s all in the details
A thousand and one details make up your wedding plans. Many cannot be ignored as they are that roots below your wedding. It’s therefore better to try not to ignore them!
Party balloons are part of these strong traditions. They don’t have to be kitsch, you could tie gorgeous little boys onto the string, and they provide endless entertainment for children! Choose colours in harmony with your overall colour theme, leave them stuck to the ceiling or in the corners.
Flowers, flowers and more flowers… for outside weddings, you could have flowers on the back of chairs, or flower centre pieces. Hang little reminders of your flower themes around your venue and the entrance.
The rest of the decoration is mainly concentrated around and on the tables. Table centre pieces can be modest or extravagant, chairs can be decorated in ribbons, flowers can scattered across the tables, and favours placed on peoples plates…
Table art is a popular part of wedding preparations. Full matching dinner sets, beautiful table cloths, personalised place cards and a reception menu for each guest or table.
You can’t necessarily see it, but music is an essential ingredient to a successful wedding.
Music will accompany all those specials moments on your big day, from the ceremony right until the end of the reception.
Each musical moment helps shape the events of your special day. There are the beautiful hymns during the wedding ceremony and the cool beats during the reception.
What music should you choose for the ceremony?
Music helps set the mood and evoke emotion. Many choose classical music for the ceremony. You need to think of the processionals and recessionals and the prelude or postlude music. The most popular songs are: “Here comes the bride” by Wagner and “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.
You could also go for a more festive atmosphere, with gospel music, a choir or a live band. Most churches today don’t impose classical or religious music, so you can personalise your wedding ceremony with the music of your choice.
A DJ for the reception?
The advantage of a professional DJ is that they’ll come equipped with all the necessary material and will set everything up themselves. Depending on their experience, they’ll know how to set the mood and bring your guests together on the dance floor.
Set up a meeting with your DJ before your big day to let him know what kind of thing you’re after. Avoid cheesy DJs at all cost! Create a list of songs you’d like him to play, types of music you love and types you wish to avoid. Add a note in your wedding invitations telling your guests to RSVP with their favourite song to dance too! A lot weighs on your DJ, so you don’t want to improvise too much!
If your wedding budget permits, a live band or orchestra could be a lovely touch. A little jazz band could really get the mood going, and your guests could ask the band to play their favourite songs. During the ceremony, you could have a choir.
Who takes care of the sound?
Often, the DJ will take care of setting up all the equipment for the sound. If you don’t have a DJ, then the responsibility falls on you. You’d have to rent a sound system, set it up and put your music loving friend in charge. They’ll be responsible for changing songs and swapping disks. You’d have to prepare mixed tapes and playlists in advance and all that you’ll need to do on the day is press play!
It’s the long awaited moment of all the single women that attend the wedding. According to tradition, the one who catches the bouquet thrown by the bride will be the next one to get married…
The history of bridal bouquets
The wedding bouquet is a tradition that goes back to ancient times. Women would carry aromatic bunches of herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits. In some cultures, the bride and groom would wear garlands round their necks, a symbol of fertility, new life and hope. It is true that flowers have been long known as a symbol for fertility 0- so the tradition of throwing the bouquet could be linked to passing on that fertility,
During the Victorian era, flowers were known as the secret messengers of lovers; with different flowers having specific meanings. It therefore makes sense for flowers to take part in such a special occasion with love at the centre of it. It also helps that they look and smell wonderful!
Today, many brides will have two bouquets. One more extravagant one, to carry down the aisle and pose for photos, and a smaller one to throw to the women who will attempt to catch it, becoming the next women destined to be married.
Choosing your bouquet
Flowers and your bouquet are an important part of your special day. So much so that you might even want a flower theme; if white roses are your wedding theme, you could send out wedding invitations with a white rose design, and matching wedding stationery for your tables; white rose table centre pieces, and even roses pinned to your hair.
There exist all sorts of flowers and flower combinations. The good thing about bouquets is that you can truly put together something just right for you.
Try and have it so that your bouquet matches your wedding dress and wedding theme. You can then have the groom wear flowers that can be found in the bouquet.
Your choice of flowers could also depend on the season – sunflowers in winter could look a bit odd; and would look perfect in summer.
There even exists today bouquets made out of beads and such material, making for beautiful, vintage look bouquets. They can truly add that added special touch to your special day.