Wedding Tip - Don't forget about dad

Tuesday, March, 3 2015   •   Etiquette   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Don't forget about your dad- On your special day it's easy to get caught up and forget about some of the most important people to us. After the ceremony is complete don't forget to kiss your father goodbye and say thank you, it will mean a lot and will also make for a great photo and memory to have.

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Wedding Trend - Champagne Toast

Monday, March, 2 2015   •   Catering & Beverages   •   by Dynamite Weddings

The champagne toast can get a bit expensive these days. It's another cost to add to the bar, food, venue, decorations, etc. Therefore many couples have decided to get rid of this tradition. Instead of a champagne toast, you can do a simple toast with whatever drink your guests are enjoying at the moment. Eliminating the champagne toast if you don't plan to serve champagne during your event, will eliminate a hefty cost.

That said, we are hearing this year that the champagne toast is coming back! A large part of this is due to the variety of champagne and toasting glasses used as favors as an ongoing trend. Like so many other wedding day trends that come and go, this trend is back. Cheers!

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Wedding trend - floating wish lanterns

Sunday, March, 1 2015   •   Decorations & Favors   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Who doesnt want the fairytale princess wedding? Most of us do! Well now you can have wish lanterns just like Rapunzel from the fairytale story! Floating wish lanterns have cells that are fueled and ignited and when they fill up with warm air, they float, lighting up the sky. Best of all, these floating lights are biodegradable and nonflammable, so you dont have to worry about where they land. Ask your guests to add their wishes for you in the lanterns and then release. Your guests will love this idea!

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wedding trend - floating flowers

Sunday, March, 1 2015   •   Florals   •   by Dynamite Weddings

If there are fountains, ponds, pools, etc. at your ceremony or reception site you can add fresh blooms like peonies to incorporate your theme colors, style and texture.

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Wedding Trend - Wedding GOBO Patterns

Saturday, February, 28 2015   •   Decorations & Favors   •   by Dynamite Weddings

Talk to your entertainment or lighting company about different GOBO patterns and lighting options for your day. Lighting can create a festive ambiance in your reception area that will wow your guests. It can take a reception room from nice to amazing!

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Wedding Tidbits - Wedding Vows

Friday, February, 27 2015   •   Traditions & Customs   •   by Dynamite Weddings

In a follow up to last week's Tidbits about Ceremony Traditions, from Real Weddings, let's hear from them on wedding vows.


So, you are getting married. You've set a date, found a place for the ceremony, and bought a dress. You've made all the preparations you need to make this an unforgettable day. Best of all, you have even found someone who is willing to spend the rest of your life with you. And then, something dawns on you. You are about to make one of the single most important decisions of your life, you are going to make lifelong promises: your vows.

As I meet with couples who are at this major crossroad in their lives, I often hear the questions: What exactly should we promise to one another? and Should we write our own vows or use traditional vows?

Even before you decide the actual form your marriage vows will take, it is important that you and your spouse-to-be spend some time thinking about the purpose of marriage. Marriage is a way of life that must not be entered into carelessly or selfishly, but responsibly and only after some careful consideration. You want your vows to reflect a deep and comprehensive understanding of marriage.

When done well, vows can give us such a vision of marriage that is broad and deep. The vows most commonly used in Western ceremonies have traces of the ancient Roman wedding ceremony and are an interesting mix of liturgical language and legal jargon. Take for example the traditional vows:
I Tim, take you Betsy, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.
To have and to hold is language used in conveyance of belonging to each other. From this day forward dates the contract. For better for worse," shows the unconditional nature of the contract. "Till death do us part, suggests the condition for terminating the contract.

Some couples prefer to use tried and true wedding vows rather than writing their own. There is some solid rationale for this. By using the vows that have been used before, we recognize that these vows and our marriage are bigger than us. If the vows contain only the words and the thoughts of the couple, they can be far too narrow and therefore less than the bride and groom deserve. The traditional vows are timeless classics that have withstood the test of time. Some popular options:
Do you solemnly declare that you take Betsy as your wife, and do you promise that you will, with the gracious help of God, love, honor, and care for her, live with her in the holy bonds of marriage according to God's ordinance, and never forsake her, so long as you both shall live?
Or another traditional option:
"I, Betsy take you, Tim, to be my 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, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow."
Or a classic civil ceremony vow:
Betsy, I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all of your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.

If you choose to write your own wedding vows make sure that you are mindful of the following:
The vows need to withstand the different cycles of marriage, including adverse circumstances. And, the vows should not be for as long as our love lasts, for as long as we continue to be happy, or for as long as it is convenient.
Be creative, but not too creative. The vows need to be carefully worded so as to make sure they are not too sentimental, cutesy or cavalier, yet still thoughtful, meaningful and beautiful. They need to provide some ethical direction. And most importantly, the vows should indicate permanence and selflessness.

After you have taken your vows and your wedding day has passed, do remember that you will fail your spouse in many ways. But, marriage is a lifelong commitment, you will grow with each other as will your love for each other. On a daily basis we extend mutual forgiveness, understanding and love; and depend on the grace of God to be with us during the changing seasons of marriage.


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Wedding tip - skin care products

Thursday, February, 26 2015   •   Hair, Makeup, & Beauty   •   by Dynamite Weddings

All you need are a few tried and true skin care products to keep your face looking youthful and healthy all year long! Our skin is our largest organ, let's keep it protected from the elements. For a cleanser, dermatologists recommend Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. This gentle cleanser is great for all skin types and there is even a store label that is less expensive, both can be found in your local grocery store.

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For night time repair, try SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex, great moisturizer for minimizing fine lines (a form of vitamin A).

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And important during the day is SPF. We love the brand Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30. This easy to apply SPF is a safe and light weight mineral powder that will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.

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And lastly, use a moisturizer during the day with SPF. One to try is Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 and is under $20 bucks! And you can find it at your local drugstore or grocery store.

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Wedding trend - Norman Love Confections

Wednesday, February, 25 2015   •   Cakes & Desserts   •   by Dynamite Weddings

We found some unique wedding favors just for you! Check out these gemlike chocolates your guests will die over! They are definitely one of a kind! These unique candies are only $5.75 for a two-piece box set. Check them out at

Norman Love Confections

Norman Love Confections

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Wedding Tip - Guests who don't RSVP

Tuesday, February, 24 2015   •   Planning   •   by Dynamite Weddings

How many times have you been to a wedding or party and you forgot to rsvp? Now that you are getting married and requesting lots of rsvp's to your shindig, you understand the importance of the rsvp. So, you've sent your invitations out and still haven't heard back from all you guests? Wondering what the protocol is on this? Well, first wait until your rsvp date has passed. If you haven't heard from some folks yet, send an email requesting their rsvp because your caterer needs a head count. If you still don't get a prompt answer, a phone call is next. These days, a text is a great way to get a quick response. Don't take the non-responses personally. People just tend to be bad about it. You're not alone, all couples deal with rounding up responses from many invited guests.

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Wedding Tip - Ask An Older Flower Girl

Monday, February, 23 2015   •   Florals   •   by Dynamite Weddings

As cute as the itty bitty flower girls areâ?¦ they are unpredictable when it comes to sending them down the aisle. If you have an older niece or friendâ??s daughter, give them consideration. They are less likely to disappoint you, and the older ones follow directions fairly well. They usually enjoy wearing hair adornment (whereas many little ones pull wreaths or halos off their heads and usually destroy the flowers in the process.)

Tip provided by A Day to Remember Wedding Consultants
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