EVENTS


WEDDING POEMS 

My Little Girl Don't Cry For Me

© Chastity

My little Girl, Don't cry for me
I'll be right by your side.
I'd never miss out on this day
that you become a bride.

I'm here with you to hold your hand
and give your heart away
To a man God chose to take care of you
forever from this day.

Today, I place your hand in his 
with blessings and with pride.
My little Girl, Don't cry for me
I'll be right by your side.


Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2017 and 2018

Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.

By Justine Lorelle Blanchard    

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one. But costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you're looking to marry around Valentine's Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you've got your heart set on red roses—they'll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year's Eve wedding. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they'd prefer not to miss.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of January 13-15, 2018

Presidents' Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of February 17-19, 2018

Mother's Day (always a Sunday) Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother's Day when (or if) you become a mom?

Weekend of May 12-13, 2018

Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 26-28, 2018

Father's Day (always a Sunday)

Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you're okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father's Day if you decide to have kids.

Weekend of June 16-17, 2018

Independence Day

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Labor Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of September 2-4, 2017

Weekend of September 1-3, 2018

Columbus Day (always a Monday)

Weekend

Weekend of October 6-8, 2018

Halloween

Avoid it if you're terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)

November 23, 2017

November 22, 2018

New Year's Eve

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monday, December 31, 2018

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you're allowed to marry at these times.

Palm Sunday

March 25, 2018

Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

Passover (begins at sunset)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 until nightfall on Friday September 22, 2017

Sunday, September 9, 2018 until nightfall on Tuesday September 11, 2018

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Friday, September 29, 2017 until nightfall on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 until nightfall on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sunday December 2, 2018 until nightfall on Monday, December 10, 2018

Christmas

Monday, December 25, 2017

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Kwanzaa

Tuesday, December 26, 2017, until Monday, January 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018, until Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)

Thursday, June 14, until Friday June 15, 2018

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Ram Navami

Monday, March 26, 2018

Krishna Janmashtami

Monday, September 3, 2018

Days of Remembrance

We're talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful—it's up to you to decide.

Patriot Day

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Friday, December 7, 2018

Major Sporting Events

If you're die-hard sports fans—or if you're worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game—avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict.

Super Bowl Sunday

February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, March 31, 2018 and Monday, April 2, 2018, in San Antonio, TX

Unlucky Dates

If you're superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.

The Ides of March For ancient Romans, an "ides" was simply a date that marked the middle of the month—until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 B.C. Since then, "Beware the Ides of March" has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday the 13th The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Babylon's Code of Hammurabi doesn't include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as old as 1700 BC. And it wasn't until a successful novel titled Friday, the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.

October 13, 2017

July 13, 2018

Leap Years Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event— from getting married to baptizing a child— in a leap year would bring bad luck.

Following Leap Year: 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020


A Fun Way to Travel to That Special Event

By Didier Mario 

Everybody just loves that special car for their special event, whether it is your wedding, your high school prom or a 21st birthday party - or an event where you celebrate some important milestone in your life. Even a fun day out for a group of friends - or a sports team - may be made so much more memorable when the vehicle is special, even unusual. To make it truly special many people go out of their way to arrive at the event in a special vehicle and some will look for a double decker bus to hire.

Depending on the number of guests to be transported, one will obviously try and find the right bus to accommodate everyone in the group. Very often a bus that offers two levels can transport 50 and more people, so when you want to get a fairly large group to a destination, this may be a good choice. There are many benefits to hiring this kind of transport for your special event. It means, firstly, that the whole group can relax and hand over the driving responsibility to someone else.

The group that wants to book a double decker bus that is for hire can then concentrate on having some fun knowing that someone else will make sure they arrive safely at their destination or the event for which this vehicle was hired. If they are grown-ups they may enjoy a few drinks - if indeed the bus owner or hiring company allows that - on their way to their destination.

Children, of course, should always be under adult supervision and can have eats and soft drinks. Food and drinks always put everyone in a good mood and will help to get the party or celebration going while on the bus. This bus has the added advantage that the guests can see far into the distance as they travel.

Double decker bus hire is one of the options for those who do not want to arrive separately at, for instance, a birthday party or wedding. To set the mood before the time among the guests, it may be a good idea to let all of them travel together, get to know the others in the group and start to relax. Very often guests for the same occasion may be from different backgrounds and may benefit from an icebreaker such as being introduced to other guests and getting to know them before arriving at the destination. That way the event starts in a relaxed fashion and it ensures that everyone is put at ease.

Of course, when you are looking for a double decker bus for hire, it is a great way, too, to transport a group of people who know one another - such as the family members of a bridal couple, for example. Or a sports team. Or friends who attend a birthday function - or graduation ceremony.

It makes it easy for everybody to arrive at the function at the same time, which often suits the hosts since they may have made specific arrangements in terms of meals or even speeches which must be made at a specific time. That way the host knows exactly how to plan his or her function.

Also, when you're looking for a double decker bus for hire it makes it easy for the group to be taken back to the point where the driver had met them and from where everyone can then make his or her own way home afterwards.

To find a company that hires out these vehicles one would look in the local press - or a bit further afield, since not every town or city may have this service available. If you don't find what you're looking for nearby, log in and browse the internet. The good, trustworthy companies are mostly available through their website where you will quickly establish who has a double decker bus for hire.

So, next time you want to make sure a large group has to arrive at a venue at the same time - and be transported back to their original pick-up point, consider booking a big bus.

At Premier Carriage we help all bridal couples arrive in style on their most important day. Whether you choose something from a bygone era such as the 1920's, something classy from the 1960's or one of today's modern options, we can help you make your day memorable - truly unforgettable. If you want something unique like a bus or old-style limousine, talk us as we can help. We have driven celebrities, the aristocracy and everybody who wants a special car on their special day for more than 20 years. You can choose from more than 600 vehicles and be assured of the best service and attention to every detail. For more


Can Anyone Officiate a Wedding?

By Matt Nathanson 

Yes, in 47 of our 50 states. Online ordinations are widely recognized, with Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Tennessee being notable holdouts. Check your local law. Some states require your ordination credential to be filed, so be sure to check with your county. What about other countries? At the time of this writing, online ordinations have been recognized in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK.

Many couples are now having their ceremonies officiated by a close friend or family member, assuming their ceremony will be nonreligious. Maybe you've seen the ads in the back of a Rolling Stone magazine offering online or mail-in ordinations? There are plenty of celebrity wedding officiants out there.

Many times the ceremony is officiated by someone who barely knows the couple, whether clergyman or justice of the peace, and so the words are often generic and lame. Officiating a wedding is no small thing. Hopefully you're comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, and will be able to rise to the importance of the occasion. My advice is to be careful with sarcasm during the ceremony and anything that might offend.

You may be wondering how you should dress to officiate a wedding. Men should normally be wearing a suit. I always ask the couple what their colors flowers, dresses and ties are, so I can coordinate with my tie/suit combo.

A female officiant should probably wear something a fairly conservative guest might be wearing. No hot pink or anything that shows too much skin. You don't want to take attention away from the bride. A dark dress, accented with tasteful jewelry is a great choice. If the groomsmen are wearing tuxedos, match their vibe and dress for a charity gala. If it's a morning or early afternoon ceremony and the groomsmen aren't wearing jackets or ties, dress down too. If you're appearance is markedly different from the couple and their bridal party, you'll distract from the couple and potentially hurt your confidence and stage presence.

Officiating a wedding ceremony as a personal friend of the couple's can be a wonderfully memorable experience. You can help make their big day even more special.

Get ordained online and become a wedding officiant at any one of these three sites, The Universal Life Church, American Marriage Ministries, or GetOrdained.org.

You might not have to buy your ordination credential after becoming ordained. Call your county clerk's office to see if your municipality requires you to file anything. Many counties do not, so you can save a few bucks by not buying the card that says you're an ordained minister.

Some of these online churches offer ceremony material, but the material is standard and lame. Contemporary wedding ceremony material is hard to come by, which is how I feel I'm making a difference.

Matt T. Nathanson, 1st Officiant

http://www.mattsweddingceremonies.com

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What Is Wedding Imagery? What Is a Sand Ceremony?

By Matt Nathanson 

Symbolism and metaphor are effective ways to dramatize any ceremony. Imagery helps to make a great wedding by starting a new tradition, creating a keepsake or getting guests involved. Using imagery also makes for excellent photos.

Usually something like this is said...

"Bride and Groom have chosen to commemorate their marriage by blending sand. (Nod to couple or ask them to head over to the unity sand table) For those of you who aren't familiar with the sand ceremony, it's meant to represent separate lives coming together as one. Bride and Groom, today you join your lives together. The separate bottles of sand represent your lives before today. Each grain of sand not only represents every memory and experience you've had individually, but also represent your combined experiences going forward for many years to come. (Tell Bride and Groom to blend sand now) As these two containers of sand are combined, the individual containers of sand no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand aren't easily separated and poured again into their individual containers, so will your marriage be." and then ask your couple to return to their spots.

There are at least 16 different pieces of imagery to choose from. The most common are the sand ceremony, unity candle, and letter box or wine box. Other pieces of imagery include wine or champagne sharing, presentation of flowers to female VIPs, the blessing tree, butterfly or dove release, parental vows to children from previous relationships in a newly blended family, presentation of gifts to those kids, tying the knot, hand fasting, Irish bell of truce, stone blessing, signing the marriage license during the ceremony, and stomping the glass for Jewish couples.

Ceremonies that don't incorporate some piece of imagery are often too short and lack the same interest as ceremonies that use some sort of imagery. It's a great way to keep guest's attention and is a great way to get guests involved.

Often times people are invited up to participate. For example, moms are usually invited up to light their children's individual candles before the couple then lights the unity candle. Immediate family is usually invited up to put letters into the couple's letter box. One of their dads is often asked to present the couple with their bell, if they've chosen to incorporate the Irish Bell of Truce. Kids from previous relationships are often invited up to pour sand too or even light a candle. Some couples even make something up and create their own piece of imagery. The unity painting is a great example.

Incorporating imagery helps to make a great and memorable wedding ceremony. Maybe you'll include it in yours!

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How to Officiate a Wedding

By Matt Nathanson 

Most people who get ordained online have no idea how to officiate a wedding and this outline and process is an excellent guide.

The main elements of a contemporary ceremony are:

1) Welcoming Guests (thank everyone for coming and let them know how important they are)

2) Opening Commentary (speak to the couple about their relationship and marriage)

3) Reading #1 (can come from anywhere)

4) Imagery (unity candle, blending sand, letter box, champagne toast, etc)

5) Reading #2

6) Exchange of Vows (only around 10-15% of couples write their own)

7) Exchange of Rings (find a tradition that's meaningful to the couple)

8) Reading #3

9) Pronouncement (send them off smiling!)

There's no right or wrong way to officiate a wedding, but this outline works well and naturally flows from one part of the ceremony into the next.

Couples are welcome to add or remove readings to play with their ceremonies length, and sometimes have more than one piece of imagery. Interfaith Jewish and Christian couples often light the unity candle and also stomp the glass at the very end of their ceremony. Couples have even jumped the broom (African tradition) and then both stomped on a glass as their guests yelled, "Mozel Tov!" It can be great fun.

If the ceremony is not a religious ritual, there's no right or wrong way. Weddings don't have to be somber or follow any ancient format. If the couple wants their dog to escort their rings down the aisle, let them! If they'd like one of their grandpas to be their flower girl, awesome! People love it and it makes for great photos. If they'd like to have friends or family members come up to read during their ceremony, that's okay too.

The fewer rules officiants have, the more fun couples have. I dressed up as Julius Cesar and wore a laurel and toga for one wedding and have been asked to dress like Elvis. You got it! Those are amazing life experiences to put on a resume and life is short so I try not to take myself too seriously. I encourage you to do the same. Have fun!

Very few people get to officiate a wedding so enjoy it. I do it for a living because it's so rewarding. Where else can someone consistently get 'high fives' and be told how great they are each day at work?

Doing a great job is a sober high for me and I truly hope you have the same experience.

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ANNIVERSARY GIFTS LIST

Most people know the Silver Wedding Anniversary is the 25th Anniversary, and the 50th is considered the Golden Anniversary. How many are aware the 40th is Ruby, or the 45th is Emerald?

Well let N.E. Informer help you with your anniversary questions.  Whether you wish to give the traditional gifts given through the ages or stay in the loop with what the modern gift lists consist of N.E. Informer has it here.  

Anniversary Gift

1st  Paper
2nd  Cotton
3rd  Leather
4th  Fruit, flowers
5th  Wood
6th  Sugar
7th  Copper, wool
8th  Bronze, pottery
9th  Pottery, willow
10th  Tin
11th  Steel
12th  Silk, linen
13th  Lace
14th  Ivory
15th  Crystal
20th  China
25th  Silver
30th  Pearl
35th  Coral
40th  Ruby
45th  Sapphire
50th  Gold
55th  Emerald
60th  Diamond


BRIDAL EVENTS


5 Dos and Don'ts of Being a Bridesmaid

By Leo Eigenberg 

Being part of a friend's bridal party is certain to seem like a lot of fun and can be a great honor. But, the process of helping to organize a wedding isn't always straightforward and there are often plenty of bumps and disagreements along the way. Here are a few useful things to consider about being a bridesmaid:

Understand your duties

The role of the bridesmaid can vary with brides having very different expectations. Try to find out early on what you will be expected to do, and also how often you will need to be available to help.

Organize a fab bachelorette party

The bridesmaids are likely to be asked to help the maid of honor in the process of organizing the bachelorette party. The timing of the event can vary and may be held four or five weeks before the special day or left until the last weekend before the wedding. The party should be organized with a theme that matches the bride's personality and something fun for everyone to enjoy.

Expect to spend money

There is a great chance that being a bridesmaid means spending money. The costs involved may relate to pooling funds with other members of the bridal party to plan the bachelorette party, as well as cover the cost of your hair, make up and dress for the special day. Also, there is the cost of travel to consider if you don't live close to the bride.

Only accept the role if completely interested

Don't accept the role of bridesmaid simply because you were asked. It can be time-consuming and take up several months of your time. Also, there are times that are certain to be very stressful, so it is only worthwhile while taking on the responsibility if 100% committed to helping your friend or family member. A bridesmaid will take on a lot of roles, such as invitation writing, organizing things and dress shopping.

Don't get difficult about the dress

The bride may already have a clear idea of the dresses to be worn by the bridal party. So, if it is a style that doesn't match your particular tastes, you really want to simply grin and bear it. It is only for the one day and you should do what is necessary to keep the bride happy.

However, there are occasions when it is possible to object, such as those times when you are expected to foot the bill for the dress. If an ultra-expensive dress has been chosen and you can't really afford it, you can politely ask to buy an alternative in a similar style, but much cheaper.

Discover the stylish and attractive robes for bridesmaids


BRIDAL SHOWS 2017

Schedule for 2017

Event Date
New England Bride
Comes To Life at
DoubleTree Bedford
Glen
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
6:00pm-9:00pm
Wed Boston Bridal
Show at The Warren
Conference Center
Sunday, September 17, 2017
11:00am-2:00pm


2017 WEDDING PLANNER BOOKS


Why Should You Choose Me?

By   

You already did.

For better or worse, we chose each other, and we exchanged vows.

But maybe that doesn't matter as much as I thought it did...

Marriage is hard. It's the culmination of lives lived, blended, melded, and separate, including all the mistakes that are made. And believe me, mistakes are made... Every. Single. Day.

We live in Colorado, the watershed state...

It wasn't really a big deal to me, that we live here, but I'm beginning to understand exactly how big a deal it is. Water arrives as snow in the mountains and it flows down. Any way it can go down, it flows that way. It seeps into the crevices in the rocks and through the valleys, into streams and rivers, until it can escape the state.

There are no rivers flowing into Colorado. They all flow out. Except for the Cimarron, that flows out, then for a micro-minute flows back across the corner of the state.

From the moment water arrives in Colorado, as a snowflake, it begins weaving its way out. Through whatever means it can find.

We build dams, form lakes, and push it back into the state via drainage ditches and pipelines, but eventually... No matter how hard we try to keep that water in check, it flows out of Colorado.

Slowly it flows to the sea, where a storm brews and builds, and eventually. That water comes back again as snowflakes on the mountain. Pure and lovely. Fresh and new. It comes back. But for a time... the water escapes to the rivers that flow out of the state, into the sea.

Marriage is like that.

Relationships are like the state of Colorado and Water. The people change places now and then, sometimes one is a rock hard mountain, unmovable. And the other is water, penetrating deep and draining away out of the mountain, determined to be free. But eventually... If the mountain stays true, the water comes back as a snowflake, pure and lovely.

At any given time in a marriage, one person may be the mountain, or they might be the snowflake. When things get really rough... The mountain may just be God holding onto you both as you part ways, go different directions for a while, until you get out to the sea. Hearts change and you find yourselves as snowflakes again, on the mountain.

Relationships change. People change. Life happens.

Why should you choose me?

You already made that choice. You chose me when you said I do and promised for better or worse. You choose me...

That's why you choose me.

Jan Verhoeff writes for bloggers, for business, and for many reasons. Sometimes, she writes for love... And she prays it works.



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