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    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins

    In order to ensure every minute of their wedding is perfect, the future bride and groom spend every waking hour planning the ceremony down to the finest details. However, there are some things you cannot plan for. For one, you can hardly predict what the weather will be like when you are booking that luxurious outdoor venue.

    However, there is another thing nearlyweds fear even more than bad weather, and that’s superstition. Just like traditions, there are many wedding superstitions passed on through generations. While some dismiss them as relics of past times, others go out of their way to find something borrowed and something blue.

    Wedding superstitions range from those related to wedding jewellery. Others to what you should or shouldn’t gift the newlyweds. There are also rules they should follow before and after the wedding. In this article, we list 7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins

    Your Wedding Ring Shouldn’t Be Too Loose or Tight

    Just like in the old tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the wedding ring should be perfect. If the wedding ring is too loose, that could result in the couple breaking up. Similarly, a ring that is too tight is often related to jealousy and restrictions someone in the relationship imposes onto the other.

    If you are afraid of this superstition coming true, the best way to make sure the wedding ring is a perfect fit is to try on the rings at a dealership before the big day. Companies like Leo Hamel Fine Jewellery and Engagement Ring Store in San Diego offer a wide range of unique wedding rings, and one of them is bound to be a perfect fit.

    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins

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    Something Old, Something New…

    Probably the most well-known wedding superstition involves the old English rhyme ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’. But do you know what it means? Each of these items represents something and the bride has to wear one charm related to each.

    ‘Something old’ means that the bride has to wear something that symbolises her old life. The phrase ‘Something new’ stands for the happy future the couple is going to have. Also, ‘Something borrowed’ usually involves borrowing something from a happily married couple so that the newlyweds can get some of their good luck. Finally, ‘something blue’ stands for fidelity.

    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins something blue garter

    Watch Who You Borrow Your Wedding Jewellery From

    In line with the previous entry, some brides are very mindful of who they borrow their wedding jewellery from. While most borrow the accessories they are going to wear on their wedding day from friends and family, superstitious brides warn that you should only borrow jewellery from someone in an established, happy marriage.

    Dropping The Ring is Dooming the Marriage

    A superstition dating back to folklore, dropping the ring during the ceremony is believed to be a bad omen. Moreover, this superstition also states that the one who dropped the ring will be the first in the couple to die! Morbid, isn’t it?

    On the other hand, if the ring drops on its own, the groom should put it back on. This will help drive off the evil spirits that caused the ring to drop in the first place.

    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins 5 Interesting Wedding Jewellery Traditions, Beliefs & Superstitions

    Pearls Represent the Tears of the Bride

    There are different accounts involving this superstition. While some believe that the pearls represent the future tears of the bride, others indicate that the pearls will replace those tears and signify a happy marriage.

    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins pearls

    Never Gift a Watch

    While many grooms enjoy receiving a vintage, mechanical watch, in many cultures doing so is a bad idea. A tradition originating in Europe states that a watch given as a gift to the couple signifies that the time is running out on their relationship. This likely has to do with the fact that timepieces signify the passing of time, which is never good for something that should last ‘until death does you part’.

    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins watch

    You Shouldn’t See Each Other Before the Wedding

    We’ll wrap this article up with another well-known superstition saying that the bride and the groom shouldn’t see each other before the wedding because it brings bad luck. In fact, this superstition was born from the similar old tradition that the groom shouldn’t see the bride before the wedding. And the reason for that is so that he doesn’t change his mind.

    Somehow this tradition evolved into a superstition involving bad luck. In reality, lots of couples spend time before the wedding together. However, grooms should still try not to see the bride in her wedding dress. Not because of tradition or superstition, but because their first glimpse at their wife-to-be is something they cannot fake in the wedding photos!

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    The First Steps in Wedding Planning

    Congratulations, you and your soul mate have tied the knot and are now engaged. After celebrating and showing off your ring, it’s time to start planning your big day. It can seem like a fun and exciting thing, but when it comes down to it, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start.

    The First Steps in Wedding Planning

    Don’t let the daunting process put you off, its hard work but it is fun hard work. During the first steps in wedding planning remember it is the most important day of your life. Relish in the fact that you and your fiancée have total power to create a perfect wedding day that reflects you and your personalities. This article explains where to start with your wedding planning and the most important things you need to do to kick it all off.

    Set up a timetable

    Make a planning timetable and schedule yourself weeks in which you want to get certain this done. This will help ensure you stick to time frames and don’t forget anything. You won’t be able to pick an exact date until you have booked your venue. You won’t be able to organise entertainment until you have booked that date and so on. So make a list of all the things you need to do and put them into your timetable in chronological order.

    The First Steps in Wedding Planning

    Create a vision of your day

    Before you sample any food, try on any gown or decide on any flowers, look at the bigger picture and create a vision in your head of what you want your big day to look and feel like. Imagine the style and vibe of your wedding and close your eyes and picture it. This will help you to ensure when looking at wedding venues, you pick the right place for you to create this vision.

    Here are some key questions to consider when creating your vision; big or small? Outdoors or in? Home or away? Modern, classic, romantic, vintage, rustic or glam? Fancy or casual? Spend some time looking through wedding magazines and Pinterest to give you some inspiration.

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    Set a budget

    Sit down with your family and work out what everyone is contributing. With this information, you can get yourself an overall wedding day budget. Then divide that up into sections so that you can have a limit for how much you spend on the wedding venue, flowers, dress, entertainment etc. This will avoid overspending in one area, leaving you short in another.

    Start a guest list

    Your guest list will probably be added to many times along the way of your wedding planning journey, but now is the best time to start drafting one. Keep in mind your vision of how big or small you wanted your wedding to be. Also keep in mind that more guests mean higher prices in other areas, as catering costs are usually based on per-head.

    Select the wedding party

    Now it’s your turn to propose to your groomsmen and bridesmaids. The earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist for their help. Remember that they are going to be donating their time and efforts to you, so make it a nice gesture. Get creative with your proposals and make them feel appreciated. This will help encourage them to help you to the best of their abilities.

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    Book the venue

    Now that you know roughly how many guests you are having and chosen your budget, you can decide on your venue and get it booked! Remember that the reception venue will be the backdrop for most of your photos and can influence the overall feel to your day. Ensure that you select the venue with the look, price and extras you want. Also, by signing your venue contract, you will officially have your wedding date!

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    Creating Fun Memories for Wedding Guests

    In most surveys of the most stressful things one can experience in life, a wedding always makes the top 10. It is meant to be one of the happiest and most memorable moments of your life. However, the lead up to it can be far from that. To make a wedding memorable the guests should be entertained. This can be done easily by hiring party products such as a photo booth, chocolate fountain, Ferrero Rocher pyramid etc. With a fun photo booth not only will these items be a talking piece but your guests will be able to take a memento home with them.

    Creating Fun Memories for Wedding Guests

    Photo Booth

    For example the wedding photo booth will print out photos upon which you can have a personalised message such as:

    “Congratulations Claire & John 26/02/17”

    or whatever you fancy. Furthermore these photos can be stuck in to a guest book where your guests can write a message along side their photos in order to make your day a little more special. With a large variety of props mixed with a small splash of alcohol the photos will be fantastic!

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    Creating Fun Memories for Wedding Guests photo booth

    Chocolate Fountain

    A fountain of chocolate which you can dip a variety of food products, such as fruits, biscuits, marshmallows etc. For some reason kids love this much more than adults, maybe it is due to the free food or perhaps it’s the sugar content, or the mess factor, who knows?

    Creating Fun Memories for Wedding Guests wedding chocolate fountain

    Imperial Photo Booth provide a variety of party products which can be hired for your wedding. However they do not just cater for weddings, but also private parties such as birthday parties, anniversaries and corporate events. If you have a wedding coming up then check out their website and their gallery in order to get a feel for some of their events. If you do decide to go ahead with booking a photo booth, you will not regret it!

     

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    Where and How to Find the Right Bridesmaids Dresses

    After searching for months for the perfect dress to wear on your big day, you’ve finally found it. Now, all you have to do is find the perfect bridesmaids dresses to complement it. That should be easy, right? Wrong!

    For many brides-to-be, bridesmaid dress shopping is a lot more stressful than it was searching for their own dream dress. Why? Because unlike the pictures you see in magazines of perfect, similar-size models, your bridesmaids are more than likely going to look completely different to one another. Not only are they different heights and sizes, but they have their own preferences of what they like to wear. This means it’s extremely difficult to please everyone.

    There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the right bridesmaids dresses. If you want to avoid the inevitable headache, here you’ll discover where and how to find the right bridesmaids dresses everyone will love.

    Where and How to Find the Right Bridesmaids Dresses

    Things to consider

    Finding bridesmaid dresses to complement the style of your own dress is the easy part. What you really need to pay attention to is the colour. Many brides have a strict colour scheme in their head, without realising that it may not work in reality. Your bridesmaids have different skin tones, so it’s important to choose a colour which matches each of them.

    Where and How to Find the Right Bridesmaids Dresses rainbow bridesmaid dresses

    It’s worth considering having different shades of the same colour to address the skin tone issue. For example, if your colour scheme is purple, choose different shades such as a deep purple for darker skin and lighter purple for pale skin bridesmaids.

    Where and How to Find the Right Bridesmaids Dresses shades of purple bridesmaid dresses You’ll also want to think about having different style dresses. This will help accommodate for different shapes and sizes, as well as increase the chances of keeping all of your bridesmaids happy. However, don’t forget that this is your day so never compromise your own happiness for the sake of keeping other people happy.

    Where to look

    Once you know what to look out for, the question is where should you look? Again, this will depend on numerous factors such as the budget you have to work with. At one time, the only place you could purchase bridesmaid’s dresses was an actual bridal shop. However, these days you can find them online and even in high street fashion stores such as Coast.

    Where and How to Find the Right Bridesmaids Dresses coast bridesmaid dress

    High street stores are an excellent place to look as not only are the dresses considerably cheaper, but the range available is also fantastic.

    Overall, there is a lot to think about when choosing the right bridesmaid dresses for your big day. If you follow the advice above, you’ll find it much easier to choose the best dresses everyone will be happy with.

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    Wedding Planning Alternative Wedding Music Ideas

    Today we are tapping along to the beat with some alternative wedding music ideas. They come to us courtesy of Bands for Hire, who have a wealth of musical options and ideas to suit all tastes.

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    Alternative Wedding Music Ideas

    You’ve pinned down your wedding venue and the date is set in stone, it’s now time to put on your wedding planner hat and get busy organising.

    When it comes to booking your daytime wedding music there are obvious choices that instantly come to mind. Whether that is a string quartet, harpist, jazz band or pianist, they all are fantastic options to go for and will certainly deliver the desired effect. However, perhaps you’re looking for something a little different on your wedding day. Something more memorable and unique that will get heads turning and guests talking.

    At Bands For Hire we work alongside some incredible instrumentalists that you may not have considered. Take a look at some of the ideas below and head over to our site to see what else we have on offer.

    Pannist

    A pannist is a great alternative to a solo harpist or classical guitarist. Ideal to create a warm and relaxing vibe during your wedding breakfast, or afternoon drinks reception.

    Not sure what a pannist is?

    Have a look and a listen below.

    Gypsy Jazz Band

    Rather than the usual piano based jazz band sound, a Gypsy Jazz band has a more laid back, informal jam vibe, ideal for rustic and festival style weddings.

    Sax quartet

    A string quartet is usually the go-to ensemble for the ceremony, but a sax quartet is equally as striking and will be sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

    Sitarist

    A solo sitarist is perfect for a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere, a real head turner at any wedding reception or breakfast.

    Country Band

    If country is your thing but you’re still looking to appeal to a wide audience, ‘Country Girls’ have put together the perfect repertoire of well known country songs, ideal for rustic barn weddings and more.

    So plenty of alternative music ideas there. Do you have a favourite? I definitely fancy a Gypsy Jazz band at the next party I have.

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