You're probably familiar with the most theatrical Jewish wedding tradition — the stomping of the glass, where the groom breaks a glass, everyone shouts "mazel tov," and the wedding's cocktail hour begins. To go beyond glass breaking, here are seven Jewish wedding traditions worthy of consideration (and modernization) for you and your groom, whether you're planning a Jewish or an interfaith ceremony.
The BG web team has been afflicted with spring fever. Blame the warm air, but we've been daydreaming of breaking out of our stuffy cubicles to surround ourselves with fresh-cut flowers and all things pastel. With Easter just a couple of days away—and bunny-inspired ideas popping up all over our Pinterest feed—the symptoms have only been getting worse. So when we spotted the following photo compilation over at mrs2be.ie, an online community in Ireland for engaged ladies (referred to as "Missies"), we knew they must be kindred spirits, and we couldn't wait to share with all of our springtime brides.
When incorporating a holiday motif into your wedding, subtlety and consistency are key: blink quickly and you'll barely notice that the porcelain ring stand has ears or that the bridesmaids' shoes resemble tie-dyed Easter eggs. Our personal favorite? The egg escort cards, topped with a thumbprint. Each of these ideas could easily work for a bridal shower, as well!
In The Emily Post Institute's latest book, Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette: 6th Edition, Emily's great-great-granddaughters Anna and Lizzie Post tackle modern-day wedding questions that the original etiquette expert never could've dreamed about, from how to use (wisely) use technology, the rules for same-sex weddings, and much more. Here, the fourth generation of Posts tackle the biggest wedding invitation mistakes.
Before you okay your proofs or send your invitations to the printer, review them for the following:
Check, double-check, and then have others check the wording. Be particularly attentive to spelling, the correct names and addresses of ceremony and reception sites, and the correct date and time.
Avoid any mention of gifts or listing of gift registries. Also, don’t include a notation such as “No gifts, please,” tempting as it may be. This keeps the entire focus of the invitation on the person you are inviting, not on any implied obligation to bring a gift. You can put registry or charitable-giving information on your website, or have family members and attendants help spread the word.
Would you dare to get married on the scariest day of the year? These couples did! Browse their photo galleries for tons of spooktacular ideas.
Classic Halloween Wedding
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Incorporating an orange and black color scheme, Tamara and Jason's wedding truly captured the essence of Halloween. The men donned classic orange ties before changing into hilarious pumpkin ones for the reception. Mini pumpkins were used as escort cards, and skulls made surprise appearances throughout the room's décor. The dramatic centerpieces were adorned with branches and hanging candles. And, of course, no Halloween theme wedding is complete without a candy buffet.
Guest blogger: Augusta Cole
With an inherent love for all things design and style paired with creative energy, extreme organization, and a drive for perfection, Augusta is a critical member of the Easton Events team in South Carolina. This senior planner's design-oriented focus, enthusiasm, and superb management skills make her an invaluable asset to clients. She's executed over 100 weddings, private social events, editorial photo shoots and executive level corporate programs.
With summer wedding season upon us, we thought it would be helpful to share some tips on hosting a successful al fresco soirée! Outdoor weddings are a highly desirable way to entertain and celebrate with guests, but they also pose potential challenges. That being said; strategic planning is important. Here are some key things to consider.
What to Consider for an Outdoor Tented Event:
1. No matter how tempting it may be, we only recommend using a clear top tent if you're getting married in a cooler month. Tents act like greenhouses so heat can build up even when it isn't particularly hot. For this reason, it's best to use them when the high is no more than 75 degrees.
The Kentucky Derby takes place on May 7th — in celebration, check out creative wedding ideas inspired by the most exciting two minutes in sports!
When Pigs Fly Events put together a wedding inspiration shoot that's filled with equine accents, and a special dose of Southern charm. Event planner Courtney Stone walks us through how any bride can achieve this chic and timeless look.
We're swooning over this gorgeous green and white inspiration shoot from Michael Paul Photo. Featuring with shamrocks, horseshoes, crafty DIY projects, and plenty of luck and love, this styled shoot is filled with fun ideas you can copy for your own St. Paddy's Day celebration. Take a look!
The bride accented her beautiful gown with a shimmering green bolero and a matching sash around the waist.
The bride's real shamrock tattoo is the perfect accessory for a St. Patrick's Day wedding!
While some couples encourage their friends and family to snap as many photos as possible throughout the day (they're even signing up for apps that make it easier to compile everyone's photos in one place!), others are asking their guests to shut off their cameras for the day. There are strong arguments on both sides — there's something so special about seeing your wedding day unfold from your guests' perspectives, but photographers have noted that "guest photographers" often compromise your professional pictures. Photographer Corey Ann, an international award-winning photographer based in Northeast Ohio, shares why you might want to ask your guests to put aside their cameras for the night.
Last year, one of my friends got married, and I was so thrilled to be her photographer that day. What was even more amazing was that she had an “Unplugged Wedding,” after seeing pictures and reading my rants over the years about well-meaning guests whom have inadvertently (or heck, even completely on purpose) ruined images.