Wedding traditions and how to make them work for you

Georgiana ArltMany brides are surprised by how traditional they become as they work through the process of planning their wedding. One reason is that traditions often create a cement that binds a group together, however being playful with wedding traditions can bring a freshness to the ceremony that allows everybody to have a deeper experience. For example, when Abby Mershon got married recently in Minnesota it was her 92-year-old grandmother who served as the flower girl.

Georgiana Arlt, had never participated in a wedding except her own, and her eight children, 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren were all delighted to have her centre stage. As the bride says, “I was in hiding and I heard people shouting and clapping so I had to peek through the window. People were cheering. It was amazing. That's exactly what I wanted. I wouldn't have wanted anything less than make my grandma feel special.”

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Wedding day blues …bridesmaid style

 

It seems that weddings aren’t just stressful for brides any more - in the USA there is increasing pressure on bridesmaids to get in shape for the big day. A recent report suggests that it’s not just losing weight that’s part of the pressure - some brides-to-be are setting up cosmetic parties for their bridesmaids that include Botox injections, hair extensions and spray tans to ensure that the whole bridal party is picture perfect on the big day. One American bride insisted that on her hen weekend all her bridesmaids wore strapless bikinis to ensure they didn’t have strap-marks for the wedding and an Israeli bride-to-be is asking her bridesmaids to go on a special diet (which she is the inventor of) with the incentive that she’ll give them 15% off the retail price of the supplement packs they need!

 

Of course every bride wants her wedding to be perfect, but perhaps it’s time to step back get some perspective:

 

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Rural weddings

 

Farm weddings are a real joy at this time of year, although they do carry a certain degree of risk - even the lightest summer shower creates mud, livestock can be smelly and farm machinery can become an intrusive feature of your ceremony.

Farm Wedding Tyre

 

There are fantastic advantages too - barns make amazing wedding reception venues, the countryside is the most wonderful backdrop for wedding photos and you’ll often find that on-farm catering is both cost effective and wholesome. However, when Brad and Janessa McKillens, from Ontario, Canada, got married, they didn’t realise that in one of their wedding photos there were two cows humping in the background! Janessa found the picture so hilarious that she sent it to the Ellen DeGeneres show and it got a national airing on American TV. So beware - when love is in the air, it’s everywhere!

 

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Saying no to a wedding

 

It seems that more and more guests are saying no to wedding invitations. A survey by travel website Priceline discovered that of a thousand people in their twenties and thirties, nearly 40% had made excuses not to attend a wedding because of the cost involved.

 

Given that most millennials attend around three weddings a year, and are expecting to cough up an average of $893 (nearly £700) per wedding, it’s no surprise that they are increasingly finding reasons not to commit to destination weddings. Even if the celebration is local, stag or hen trips, hotel stays, new clothes and a bridal gift still make a hefty dent in the average wedding guest’s budget.

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Posted By Victoria Barber

So … it’s that time of year when people look out for fake news stories and pranks, and when we were writing our Bridal Gift Box round up of the bridal world of the last few weeks we realised there was more than one story that could be considered a wedding April Fool - but can you work out which story it is?

The bride who got married at Taco Bell

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The bride who got married at Taco Bell. For those who don’t know, Taco Bell is a huge thing in the USA with 7,000 outlets there, and three in the UK. So one couple who love their fast food took their plan to marry at the company’s flagship store in Las Vegas to the ultimate. The competition was called Love & Tacos and gave the lucky winners a chance to win a trip to Vegas and a wedding in the restaurant there. Diane Nguyen wanted to win so much she made a wedding dress out of Taco Bell burrito wrappers and instagramed it to the company - of course they won!

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Posted By Victoria Barber

We’re willing to bet that many a bride and groom (or the bride’s parents) wish there was a cap set on the amount you can spend on a wedding, and one  Somali town has gone for just that to try and encourage young people to marry locally rather than migrating to cities.

 

Here’s what you can have if you get married in Beled Hawa on the border of Kenya:

 

  • A mere three goats will be slaughtered to feed your guests
  • The reception will take place in your family home, not a hotel
  • Up to £500 can be spend on furnishing the young couple’s first home
  • The dowry (bride price) is limited to £120.
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The only place for truly inspirational bridal keepsake, good luck gifts and wedding party thank yous. We’ve got the best gifts for the bride and groom, perfect bridesmaids gifts, stunning presents for flower girls, the top best man gifts, fun usher gifts, brilliant page boy gifts and charming and thoughtful mother of the bride and father of the bride gifts … not forgetting mother of the groom and father of the groom presents, and little thank-yous to show how you appreciate everybody who’s made your wedding day special.

 At The Bridal Gift Box we know that little touches will make a big impact on your wedding day – the tear in a proud father’s eye, the look on a groom’s face as he sees his bride for the first time, the little note of appreciation that shows a friend that on this special day you’ve remembered how much they mean to you. We’re devoted to putting the wow factor into your wedding, giving everybody a day to remember and providing you with happy memories of your special day.

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