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Do You Know About Weddings

If you are planning a wedding, or just enjoy them, you may think that you know quite a bit about weddings. Chances are that you do! But do you know all that there is to know? Take this quiz to find out…

1. In the United States, brides typically wear a white gown. Chinese brides, however, have another favorite color. Is it:
a) Blue
b) Red
c) Yellow

2. The first bride to popularize the wearing of a white bridal gown was:
a) Cleopatra
b) Grace Kelly
c) Queen Victoria

3. Pearl bridal jewelry has long been a favorite of brides. Did the wearing of bridal jewelry created from pearls become standard in the Victorian era or was it earlier?

4. Why did brides begin wearing bridal veils?
a) To confuse the evil spirits who were out to harm them
b) Because it was done in the Old Testament of the Bible
c) To hide their tears as they walk down the aisle

5. True or False: You have a year after the wedding to send a thank you note for gifts received.

6. In the United States, husbands and wives wear their wedding bands on the ring finger of the left hand. Is this also the way that German couples wear their wedding bands?

7. There is an old saying that the bride should wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. Traditionally, there was one more thing that she should have on her wedding day for luck. Was it:
a) A sixpence in her shoe
b) A kazoo
c)Her grandmother’s handkerchief

8. Champagne comes from France, and Prosecco comes from:
a) California
b. Australia
c. Italy

Now for the answers:
1. b) Chinese brides wear red, because it is considered a lucky color in their culture. Many brides in China will wear a traditional red gown for their ceremony and then change into a typical Western white wedding gown for the reception.

2. c) It was Queen Victoria’s 1840 all-white wedding to Prince Albert that made the white wedding gown the color of choice. Before that time, brides generally wore their best dress in any color, or wore a color like blue to symbolize fidelity.

3. Although pearls were certainly beloved by brides in the Victorian era, their use as an adornment for brides dates back to antiquity.

4. Trick question! The answer is actually a) and b). The tradition of brides wearing veils is linked to both ancient beliefs that brides were vulnerable to evil spirits and to the Bible.

5. False! Wedding guests have up to a year to send out a gift to the newlyweds. Thank you notes should be completed immediately after returning from the honeymoon, if not completed as gifts were received. Bring a nice box of stationary and your address book with you on your trip; it will give you something to do on that long plane ride home from Hawaii.

6. German couples actually wear their wedding bands on the ring finger of their right hands. In addition, it is not customary for a man to give his intended an engagement ring (poor German ladies!).

7. a) The last item to carry on your wedding day is a sixpence in your shoe, in the hopes that the marriage will be blessed with riches. If you are interested in the custom, it is possible to find old English sixpence pieces at a coin dealer. After all, who wouldn’t take all the luck they can get in that area?

8. c) Prosecco comes from Italy. It is a light and lively sparkling wine that some couples choose as an elegant but more affordable alternative to Champagne.

So how did you do? Are you ready to start planning your wedding, or do you need to brush up on your wedding trivia more first? Either way, congratulations and best wishes*!

*One last piece of wedding etiquette: did you know that it is customary to say “congratulations” to the groom, and “best wishes” to the bride? The idea is that you are congratulating the groom on his lovely bride, but that it would be unseemly to imply that you are congratulating the bride on finally snagging herself a husband!

Things About Wedding Dresses

Let’s face it, one of the most wonderful and exciting things about getting married is your wedding dress! Whether you’re girlie or not – everyone enjoys the dressing up aspect of a wedding, and as the bride, your outfit is the most important of all. So let’s celebrate the wedding gown and look at the best 5 things about wedding dresses:

1.You get to play dressing up!

Most of us wear the same kind of clothes day to day – uniform, work outfit, suit or jeans and a t-shirt. Unless you have a spectacularly busy social life, not many of us get to wear special clothes very often. On your wedding day, however, you have free rein to wear whatever you like! As extravagant, sparkly or different to your normal style as you choose! No one will bat an eyelid, and in fact, they will expect you to turn up and turn heads.

2. It draws all the attention to you

Perhaps this is obvious, but be prepared to be the centre of attention on your wedding day, and rightly so! No one else will be wearing an outfit quite like yours, and you should be instantly recognisable as the bride. This is your day as a couple, and you will be treated extra special by your guests, family and friends. When you wear a wedding dress, even complete strangers will acknowledge how gorgeous you look! Even if you’re normally a little bit shy or uncertain about being ‘on display’, relax and enjoy it for one day.

3. It’s a BALLGOWN!

Ok, whether or not you’ve actually chosen a ballgown style wedding dress, the fact remains that you are wearing something extra special and not your usual daily attire! The majority of wedding dresses are certainly different from daily clothes, or even other special occasion dresses. They are constructed specially and will most likely be tailored to fit you exactly. If that doesn’t make you feel like a princess then nothing will!

4. You can get away with so much more…

A cheeky one but it’s true. Once again, this is your day. Your bridal party and guests are there to celebrate your marriage, and look after you too. Have a ball; dance wildly; take off your shoes and walk around barefoot if you want to; tell everyone how much they mean to you; ask random guests to hold your drink while you go off and dance; kiss your husband passionately in public! Anything goes and no one will think anything of it.

5. Everyone tells you how fantastic you look…and you will believe them

This is the one you need to make the most of. For once, let all your insecurities go. There’s something magical about putting on a wedding dress, having your hair and makeup done, walking out in beautiful new shoes and being admired wherever you go. You will feel like a million bucks and everyone will tell you as much! And most importantly, you will believe it!

The Three Most Talked About Weddings

When world-famous celebrities, blue-blood royalty and beautiful people enter the bonds of matrimony, the media starts talking at a frantic pace and everyone stops to stare. When reality TV sensation Kim Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries, 10 million watched on television, and silver screen starlet Elizabeth Taylor had eight extravagant weddings. Although many celebrity weddings are hot topics, they don’t compare to these historic weddings.

Grace Kelly and Monaco’s Prince Rainier
Known for her poise and style, Grace Kelly left the movie business just six years into her high-powered Hollywood career. Billed by the press as the wedding of the century, the film industry and the general public were buzzing as they realized that one of Hollywood’s premier starlets was finished making films. Ironically, Grace Kelly first met Prince Rainier on a trip to participate in the Cannes Film Festival and a photo shoot at the Palace of Monaco. Before the 1956 wedding, Grace and her family produced a $2 million dowry to ensure the engagement and wedding would proceed.

When Grace Kelly arrived in Monaco with her family, her poodle and 80 pieces of luggage, 20,000 admirers lined the streets. Their dual-ceremony wedding featured Grace Kelly in a stately gown embellished with antique Brussels lace and seed pearls. In addition to the 10-carat, emerald-cut diamond and two baguette diamonds set in platinum that adorned her finger, the bride carried a fragrant lily of the valley bouquet and wore a Juliet caplet decorated with sweet-smelling orange blossoms. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had three children, and the couple celebrated their 25th anniversary a year before Grace Kelly suffered a fatal stroke and a traffic accident.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles
It was 1981 and an estimated 750 million people were gathering around their TVs to watch the ultimate royal wedding and the hoard of 600,000 that lined the streets surrounding London’s St. Paul Cathedral. In true 80s style, 20-year-old Diana wore a puffy taffeta dress with an infamous 25-foot train decorated with 10,000 pearls. According to reports, the pair had 27 wedding cakes at their extravagant reception. Although the couple separated in 1992 and divorced only a year before Diana’s tragic death in 1997, their lavish ceremony remains one of the most talked about weddings ever.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Not to be outdone by his late mother, Prince William’s marriage was lavish, tasteful and publicized as much as any event. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, donned an ultra-sheer veil, a 1936 diamond tiara from Cartier, and a striking high-waist gown with a fitted bodice inspired by the dress Grace Kelly wore. Known for her classic yet trendsetting wardrobe, Kate’s wedding gown sparked a lace revival with its sheer bodice and beautifully appliquéd skirt. With such a fairy tale wedding, it’s hard to imagine their marriage being anything but perfect.

All About Wedding Reviews

Wedding reviews are a source of great insight. All you need to know about weddings can be found in good wedding reviews. Reviews will help you gauge the kind of wedding you would like to have. Weddings are very important in life; they mark the onset of committed love and trust. For this reason, a lot is placed on making the occasions especially perfect. Good reviews will provide information on different aspects of weddings and even provide a platform for rating various weddings. Many reviews can be done by guests or people observing the wedding. It is true that most people will review a wedding even without putting it on paper; when invited to a particular wedding. This comes naturally to many of us. You will be concerned about the kind of dresses and gowns they will be having on. Reviews help us in various ways and apart from gauging different events, they help us improve.

Wedding reviews will reveal some of the flaws that were clearly evident and, as you plan your wedding, you will be in a position to avoid the pitfalls. Apart from how the wedding party is dressed the venue of a wedding can be reviewed too. It is therefore important to hold a wedding at a place that will bring out elegance and class. It does not mean that you need to have a lot of money but, it means that you have to a have a sense of style and class. Wedding reviews will feature exotic venues and places where you can go to have your wedding. Many weddings that might be reviewed can be of famous and prominent people. This is to provide a peak into the kind of lifestyle they lead. However, wedding for people who are not prominent are reviewed all the time and this is a good way to learn from various groups of society. The best place to look for this reviews are online. Online, you will be in a position to take time and see all the various aspects that you can have for your wedding.

Wedding reviews for photography are very prominent. Online, you will get to see different shots of various weddings. Photos can be brilliant and how you choose to take them will definitely count. From reviews, you will be in a position to look for great ideas that can help shape your wedding. Society is full of ideas that you can use. When you personalize those ideas, you will have a wedding that is perfect. Even if you are not planning for a wedding, you will find that you are entertained by all the pictures and ideas. It is also an eye opening experience which can really work great for you. Therefore, look for good reviews today and see the difference. Individuals and organizations can undertake the reviews and, to see vendor reviews, you can visit sites like Project Wedding. Have fun as you go through the reviews and if you have any comment or wish to write a review, you can learn more on how to do this at the site.