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What Are Wedding Rings

Wedding rings are the most important part of every wedding ceremony. They symbolize the union of husband and wife. Did you know that in some countries and cultures, they have different myths and legends about wedding rings?
According to Egyptians and other cultures, the ring is a symbol of eternity because it is round. For them, it has no beginning and no end. The round shape of the ring was the same as the sun and moon that were worshiped. The hole in the center of the ring is also important for them because it symbolizes gateways or doors.

Nowadays, most of us wear the ring on our third finger of our left hand. Most of the people I know when asked why they are wearing the ring on their third finger of left hand, usually answer, “Because it is closest to the heart”. This is the belief most of us believed. My mother said that is because the vein on the third finger of the left hand connects to the heart. Why in the left hand and not in the right? Well, aside from the reason that the left hand has veins to the heart, other people also believe that when the groom faces his bride and reaches out to her with his right hand, he would normally touches his bride’s left hand. Thus, the ring is placed on the left hand finger.

Rings also come in different colors. When you are getting married, you have to choose between gold, platinum, silver or white gold. Although in Irish folklore, they believed that it is bad luck if you get married and your wedding ring is not made in gold.

There’s also an old wives’ tale that a wedding ring can predict the gender of a baby. I remember my grandmother telling me that dangling a wedding ring with a string over the belly of a pregnant woman can affect the gender of the baby. According to the myth, if a string with a wedding ring swings in a circular motion, the baby would be a girl. However, if the ring swings like a pendulum, the baby is said to be a boy.

Today, most couples do not believe with these myths and folklores. I, too, don’t believe in these. For me, wedding rings are all about faith and love. If the couple love each other dearly and if they have faith in their union, then nothing can harm their marriage. It will all root back to the wedding ring. Regardless of how they wear their rings, or what color or material their rings were made, the most important is the unending love symbolized by their wedding rings.

We are now in the modern times and wedding rings come in many designs and color. Although some couples prefer traditional wedding rings, there are still couples who love to have unique, exquisite and contemporary wedding rings. Nowadays, wedding rings come in many designs and not just plain bands. There are now wedding rings with stones and exquisite details. The most common are those wedding rings with diamonds.

About Wedding Florists

How do you envision your dream wedding? Are you floating down the aisle carrying a bouquet of the most breathtaking flowers ever seen? Do you imagine scores of flowers covering the altar and decorating the reception tables? If so, you will need the help of a great florist to help your dream become a reality. Not all florists are equal, however, and these are ten things that every bride should know about wedding florists.

  1. Each florist has a unique style; look for one with a similar taste to your own. In other words, if every picture in a florist’s album shows very traditional rose and baby’s breath centerpieces, don’t assume that she will be able to recreate the spectacular custom wedding centerpieces made from cherry blossoms, orchids, and dangling crystal jewelry drops that you just saw on “Platinum Brides”. You are better off finding a florist who regularly designs the style of arrangements that you want.
  2. Many florists can do a lot more than just provide flowers. Some also offer wedding planning services, or rentals for everything from tablelinens to custom lighting. This can be a real lifesaver for a time-pressed bride.
  3. Trust their guidance. You hire a professional for a reason, and if she tells you that your favorite flower is out-of-season at the time of your wedding, accept her suggestions for substitutions. Even if budget is not a concern, you do not want to take the chance that an out-of-season flower you insisted on special ordering arrives the day before your wedding looking bedraggled and awful.
  4. Prices fluctuate with demand. The classic example of this is that red roses cost an arm and a leg for weddings held right around Valentine’s Day. Either move your date or select a different variety of flowers if you do not want to pay a premium.
  5. Florists can provide food-safe flowers for your wedding cake. There are two options here. You can request that your florist give your baker edible blossoms (so adorable on cupcakes) or that they find pesticide-free non-edible decorative flowers to decorate your wedding cake. This is a much less costly alternative to having a baker handcraft sugar flowers.
  6. Your florist can move your ceremony flowers to your reception site after the service. This is a great way to avoid paying for more arrangements than you need, and most florists are happy to provide this service for a nominal fee.
  7. You don’t always get what you pay for. Yes, there is a reason why the best-known florists charge more than some of the other ones. For instance, the floral designer who is renowned for creating one-of-a-kind fantasy centerpieces that not only match your reception décor, but also your gown, crystal bridal jewelry, the season, and your favorite colors will rightfully command a premium over the basic florist down the street. However, if you are interested in a very simple type of centerpiece, like a single flower bouquet, you may not need the services of such an accomplished florist, but they will still be more expensive. It pays to interview at least two or three florists.
  8. Not all floral designers are in florists’ shops. Brides on a budget might consider contracting for the services of a florist at their local grocery store. They can often order virtually any type of flower that you want, the same as a regular florist. What you may not get is the same level of design service and delivery options.
  9. If you ask your guests to take home the centerpieces, it may cost you extra. Speak to your florist about this beforehand. Some assume that the centerpieces will be going home with the guests and factor the cost of the vases into their estimates, whereas others will charge an additional fee for each vessel not returned after the wedding.
  10. Finally, remember to ask your florist for suggestions on how to preserve your bouquet after the wedding. They will likely have all sorts of ideas, ranging from simply hanging them to dry to much more elaborate preservation services. After you have put so much thought into getting your wedding flowers to be perfect, you will surely want to keep some as a souvenir!

All About Wedding Candles

A wedding without any candle is so not a wedding. It is hard to imagine a very significant day – a religious ceremony – without the soft glow of candles that create solemnity and romance into a wedding ceremony. Wedding candles serve different purposes and meanings. Read this article and you will know all about wedding candles.

Unity Candles

The unity candles are usually used to symbolically unite the bride and groom, as well as their family during the wedding ceremony. Representing the couple, the two tapered candles are often placed on the side of a larger pillar candle, on a small table on the altar. They will have to be located where the couple can easily reach them. Anyone from the family or wedding attendants can pre-lit the side, taper candles during the ceremony. The ceremony officiate should give comments about the significance of the unity candle during the lighting ceremony. After which, it is the turn of the bride and groom to light the unity candle, which the flame symbolizes their new life together as husband and wife. The taper candles on both side may be left burning or extinguished.

Memorial Candles

Memorial candles symbolizes loved ones who already passed away, but significant in the lives of the couple. These candles may also be placed on the same table as with the unity candle, or on a separate table intended for memorial candles only. The memorial candles doesn’t need to be uniform, just like each person had his/her individual personality. Usually, each memorial candle will be noted with a name and relationship to the bride and/or groom.

Candles as Wedding Decorations

Romantic in nature, candles as wedding decorations can create an intimate effect in a wedding. Considering them as your wedding decors, you can find different types of candles with different designs, colors and scent that can make a perfect accent both in the ceremony as well as reception. You can find large candelabra, which are just an exquisite décor, available in many shapes, styles and finishes. Another thing why candles are a favorite choice when it comes to decorating a wedding is that, they are actually cheap! You can row votive candles along ledges, or make the centerpieces on your reception tables – cheap yet dramatic!

Candles as Wedding Favors

Another great thing that candles can do to in your wedding is to serve as your wedding favors. Candle wedding favors are becoming very popular these days, not only because they are beautiful, but also they are cheap. You can either buy pre-made candle favors or make your own at home. Both local and online stores offer a wide variety of wedding favors – from candle favors, soap favors, edible favors, useful favors to unique wedding favors. And if you opt to make your own candle favors at home, all you need to do is to purchase DIY kit for candle favor at your local craft store. Making homemade wedding candle souvenirs is very easy, as DIY kits usually include all the necessary materials and instructions that will help you.

Things That You Should Know About Wedding Florists

Is your wedding around the corner? If yes, you will need to look for a wedding florist. If you do a search online today, you can find many wedding florists around. With so many choices, whom do you choose? In this article, let me share with you 8 things that you should know about wedding florist:

1. You should look for a florist who shares a similar taste with you. There are many ways to decorate a wedding event and every florist has her own way to do it. So you should choose a florist who has a similar taste to your own.

2. If you hire a professional florist, trust their guidance. Professional florists have a lot of experience in floral decoration. You can let her know your ideas but always listen to what she is going to say. This is the reason why you hire a professional.

3. Ask whether the florist provides more than floral decoration. Some wedding florists offer more than just flowers. They also provide wedding planning services and photography.

4. Check out their prices before you commit. Prices fluctuate with demand. Sometimes depending on period such as Valentine’s Day, the prices for flowers tend to be much higher. It is wise to compare a few quotes first before you decide to hire a florist.

5. Look at their past work. When you are looking at their past work, ask yourself whether do you like what they have done? You should choose a florist who shares a similar taste with you.

6. Interview at least a few florists before you hire. If you rush into hiring a florist without a thorough research, you may end up not getting what you pay for. Therefore, it is important for you to look at a few florists before you make any decision.

7. Will the florist charge you for each vessel that is not returned after the wedding? This is a question that you must ask the florist. Your guests may take home some of the centerpieces. So if the florist is charging you for each missing vessel, then you need to let your guests know that the centerpieces will not be going home with them.

8. Ask your florist how to preserve your bouquet after the wedding. You may want to keep your bouquet as a souvenir after the wedding and the florist will have all kinds of ideas and suggestions to help you preserve it.

About Wedding Photography

Sydney is a city blessed with amazing beauty. Beauty found in natural rock formations, in a sparkling harbour and in the most world-renowned and unique buildings. Beauty that enhances the beauty of every bride. That’s wedding photography Sydney style wedding photos set against the most gorgeous backdrops available anywhere in the world…

The location opportunities for wedding photography Sydney has on offer are endless. The harbour and Opera House are timeless classics. However they aren’t to every brides liking or realistic for every couple.

The views from the Rocks, Observatory Hill, the Botanic Gardens or Opera House are out of the question for majority of the people if you are not having a city-based wedding. The travel time to the wedding photo location shoot and the added stress which places upon the day aren’t worth the result. There are good-looking buildings and features all over the city of Sydney and in each direction.

A more candid, natural and in certain ways photo journalistic style is being adopted by the style of wedding photography. Its about wedding photographers capturing the essence of the day. It is a wedding photo style in which photographers are in the background shooting the raw emotion. The wedding photographs in this style showcase the excitement, the anticipation, the joy, and the love which are the wedding day.

They’re less artificial or formal wedding photos in favour of real interactions, real hugs, real smiles and as-it-happens photography. That’s the challenge for any photographer who is not a specialist wedding photographer. There’s a practised art to capturing moment as they unfold on film. There’s a knack to being in the right place at just the right moment ready to capture the perfect shot. It is the proficiency beyond photographers other than the most competent specialist wedding photographers.

Wedding photography Sydney style is about showcasing the bride and the groom, the energy and emotion of the day and the beautiful wedding locations Sydney can provide.