My Wedding Day

© Lacey D. Karlek

I think about the time,
Not so long ago,
That when I needed a helping hand,
You where the first to know

I think about the memories,
The good times we've shared,
I think about all you've taught me,
And how my broken heart you always repaired

Now as I stand here today,
And reminisce on the past,
I think about how hard this day is for you,
How fast the years have surpassed

But as you walk me down the aisle,
Daddy, please don't cry,
You know how much I love you,
And this is not good-bye

As I spread my wings and fly,
Look at me and know,
That you will forever be in my heart,
Even as the years grow

I think of today as a new beginning,
But my love for you will stay,
So walk me down the aisle Daddy,
It's my Wedding Day

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 13-14, 2017

Weekend of May 12-13, 2018

Memorial Day (always a Monday)

Weekend of May 27-29, 2017

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 17-18, 2017

Weekend of June 16-17, 2018

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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 of October 6-8, 2018


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

April 9, 2017

March 25, 2018

Easter Sunday

April 16, 2017

April 1, 2018

Passover (begins at sunset)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tisha B'Av (begins at sunset)

Monday, July 31, 2017

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


Monday, December 25, 2017

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


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)


Saturday, June 24, until Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

Enjoy Your Wedding at an Amazing Location


You can set up your wedding and honeymoon at an amazing location. Securing one of the wonderful wedding holiday packages abroad takes the stress out of the planning and it allows you to get the wedding day you will always remember. In order to make this work well, you need to find an outstanding planner and provider to take care of the details with.

If you don't have a reputable provider on your side, it is going to be hard to know the plans are concrete and going to fall into place. There is a good chance you won't be traveling to that country until a few days before your wedding takes place. You need to be able to trust them 100% to help you get it all to fall into place. Do your homework to get a great outcome.


You need to openly communicate with the provider of your wedding holiday packages abroad. Let them know what you are interested and where you would like to go. Share with them the type of wedding and honeymoon you would love to have. They can share with you the various options that fit your budget. Ask any questions you may have and get all the information.

Next, you can decide what you would like to have put in motion for your wedding day. Once you make that decision, they will take care of the rest. They will touch base with you periodically to update you and to let you know about any further options you need to decide upon for the continued planning.

Wedding Party and Guests

When you secure a wedding holiday packages abroad, it is reasonable that you will have a small group of friends and family able to attend. It isn't practical to assume large numbers of people can come to such an event. You have to decide if you would like to pay for the travel plans of the wedding party and guests or if they will need to pay them on their own.

This can be a bit of a touchy subject so you need to make some decisions early on for the budgeting. You may decide you would like to limit the guests to your parents and other immediate family. Perhaps include a few close friends, but you have to draw the line at some point. The provider can help you with setting up travel plans and accommodations for them.

Some couples make the decision to have the wedding holiday packages abroad for only the two of them. This gives them a lower price and allows them to explore time together in this new place. Then they host a smaller wedding and reception when they get back home for family and friends to attend.


The good think about a wedding holiday packages abroad is you will get one cost that includes everything. You aren't going to be paying money to this vendor or that provider in order to get what you need. The cost is often non-refundable so if your plans fall through, you will lose that money. You may need to pay a deposit at the time you set it up and then monthly payments.

The overall cost will vary depending on what is included. Some wedding holiday packages abroad are simple affairs and others are quite lavish. The accommodations you choose, where the wedding will take place, the type of reception, and what you wish to do on your honeymoon all have to be taken into consideration. The terms can be flexible though to fit your budget.

Let's Talk Travel is very excited to continue bringing you wonderful ways to save money on the vacation you want. Since 2014, we have been involved with providing information so you can make well informed decisions. Don't spend more on your vacation than you must. We can help you to customize your holiday plans, it doesn't matter how small or how grand they are going to be! Our team will be happy to help you get it all in place with ease. We are also here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at and get your dream vacation booked!

In April Issue N.E. Informer will have a 4 page wedding guide special. Check it out.

Wedding Stamps


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

Engagement Rings 101: A Guy's Go-To Guide for Finding the Perfect Ring


For many guys out there, shopping for engagement rings can be the toughest part of a proposal. While the answer may be a sure thing, the sheer number of choices can make the selection feel overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help even the most nervous guy find the perfect ring for that special someone.

Remember the Budget

Engagement rings can be expensive; establishing a budget should be every shopper's main priority. Before heading to the jewellery store, they should look at their current finances and determine how much they can realistically afford. It's far more romantic to find one they can afford than to blow their budget on a single piece of jewellery.

Ask Friends for Advice

Before heading to a jewellery store, it's best to ask friends and family for advice. Friends who are recently engaged or married may have insight into the best stores around town, how to sneakily find a partner's finger size, and tips on how to pick the right stone. They may have even overheard their friend's significant other's preferences!

Shop Around

When hunting for the perfect engagement band, it's important to remember that different stores work with different designers. Guys need to shop around to find the band that will most appeal to that special someone rather than settling on the first store they visit. Once in a store, guys should look for attentive staff members who are interested in helping them make the best purchase rather than focusing on the size of the commission they'll receive.

Pick the Right Stone

Traditionally, diamonds are the choice for engagement rings, but guys shouldn't feel obligated to stick with tradition. Almost any gem can make a perfect center stone, and straying from the traditional diamond may help them save money. Consider what that special someone wears on a daily basis. If they love sapphires, look for options that feature sapphires as the center stone. If they frequently wear diamonds or have expressed their desire for a traditional ring, stick with a diamond.

Understand Cuts

Gemstones come in different cuts or shapes, and finding the right cut for a significant other can seem daunting. Again, take a look in their jewellery box to see if there's a particular shape they prefer. If not, stick with what's popular. Round cuts are one of the most popular shapes and are the most widely available, but because of their popularity, they will cost more. A cushion or square cut will still show off the gemstone's sparkle but can cost significantly less.

Metal Matters

Gold is by far the most traditional metal choice, but it's not the only one available. The best way to find out what type of metal that special someone will prefer is to head to their jewellery box. If they wear a lot of gold, stick with gold. However, if they wear mostly silver, opt for platinum or white gold. That way, they'll be comfortable wearing the ring with other pieces.

Shopping for engagement rings can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Follow these tips and be ready to pop the question with the perfect band.

To learn more about their options for engagment rings, readers should visit


Schedule for 2017

Event Date
New England Bridal
Affair - Newton
Sunday, May 7, 2017
New England Bridal
Affair - Andover
Sunday, June 4, 2017
New England Bride
Comes To Life at
DoubleTree Bedford
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Wed Boston Bridal
Show at The Warren
Conference Center
Sunday, September 17, 2017
17th Annual Brides of Distinction Bridal
Brunch & Fashion
Sunday, April 9, 2017


Garden Wedding Receptions


Every bride wants their day to be special and memorable so what better way to do that than having a garden wedding reception. This is a popular way to end your wedding, as it is open to the sky, allowing guest to enjoy natural beauty. You can also have your wedding in the garden. There are many reasons to hold both your wedding and reception in a garden, such as they can accommodate big gatherings, and are less expensive than indoor wedding venues for a reception.

When planning your garden wedding venue there is one thing that you need to take into consideration. You need to ensure there is enough space to accommodate a big group of people, that there is an area where people can dance, room for a band or DJ, room to set up tables if you are having a banquet, and more. Most brides who are planning a garden wedding and reception think that it is going to be a beautiful sunny day but no one can dictate the weather and make it be a sunny day. It could be a wet miserable do so you should rent a tent. Not only will it give you protection if the weather does not cooperate, it will give an ambiance to the wedding reception.

If you are using a tent, make sure that it is placed on even ground at a high level. If the water accumulates after a shower or the area is uneven install a subflooring of vinyl or plywood. Make sure that there are no overhead utility lines. The size tent that you will need depends on how many people will be there at the reception along with allowing space for dancing and seating if these are to be held under cover. You can choose from sturdy frame tents to the traditional pole tents.

Lighting is an important consideration, which adds to the romance of the wedding and reception. You should choose colors that create the mood you are trying to portray, which can include:

• Oranges and reds to energize your guests and create excitement
• Purples and blues will give your wedding reception a relaxing tranquil setting
• Golden and amber tones will give you beautiful pictures that make your guests and décor look beautiful
• Pinks will give your wedding reception comfort and warmth.

The décor for your garden wedding reception should be minimal because nature also adds to your decoration. To complement the natural settings a garden wedding reception provide choose floors. If the flowers are a table center, do not make them so big they take up most of the table. If you want to have big flower arrangements put then in English garden-type urns or on tall pedestals.

This article is penned by Lora Davis for Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. For more than 26 years the hotel has provided wedding planning services at our Gold Award Winning hotel. If you are someone planning wedding reception Toms River or need to find a venue for weddings in Ocean County NJ then call (732) 341-2400 today!

What Is Marriage?


1. Marriage is, and always will be the union of a man and a woman, in a holy covenant as established by God. (Genesis 2:18-25) Any alterations of this divine concept will result in confusion and gross abnormalities.

(A covenant is a two-way commitment to the promises made--sealed by a vow.)

2. In marriage, the husband is to the wife, what Christ is to the church, and the wife is to her husband, what the Church is to Christ. The mystery of Christ and the Church is revealed in marriage. (The church is his bride.)

3. Marriage is that divine crucible into which two people may enter, and by a series of humbling, God ordained transformations become one with each other. Ephesians 5:31 says, "They two shall be one flesh." Contrary to popular belief, you cannot become one with your spouse while maintaining your individuality. We and us must replace I and me.

Indeed, any two people can have a wedding, but it will take more than lips and hips, six-pack abs. or six-figure incomes, to have a marriage. Be warned-the emotional and physical demands are far greater than butterfly romance and tantric sex. "O for a closer walk with God" is going to be the deep desire of everyone who dares to walk to the altar and vows "I do."

The ceremony may sometimes last a few hours, and cost a few thousand dollars, but the marriage is meant for life and will cost more than most couples are willing to spend. The cost of marriage is far more than the proverbial arm and a leg, it's a total sacrifice. Not a matching 50/50, but each spouses committing one hundred percent.

4. Marriage and Christ-likeness are synonymous. Marriage demands that a man must love his wife to the measure of Christ love for the church. To love like Christ you need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you can ask what you will and it will be done... (St John 15:7). "To Err is human but, to Love is divine."

5. Marriage has no I did, or I will, only--I do. Yesterday is past. Tomorrow holds no promises. Every day from that memorable moment at the altar, each spouse must continually say to the other--I do. Therefore, the foundation and strength of a marriage cannot be based on the initial attractions or the honeymoon experiences. Changes in physical appearances, finances, health and many other issues will occur--so that, some of the exciting things you shared during the courtship may not be practical in the marriage.

There's a greater purpose for commitment--the promises made by the vow in the covenant.

"To have and to hold--I do

To love and to cherish--I do

In sickness or health--I do

For richer or poorer--I do.

For better or for worse--I do

Till death do us path--I do.

Each statement of promise is lived out every day.

It doesn't matter how you feel--I do.

Even when you don't feel anything--I do.

When you're unhappy with each other--I do.

Regardless of the circumstances--I do

Every day should be a new day--a new beginning, for, all you'll ever have is the boldness of now--today. So, over and over and over again, I must be willing to do until all that I do is because of all that I'm becoming. Daily sacrificing while progressively reconciling all accounts, until one plus one equals one.

Following the Pattern: Walking.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

When Moses was about to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. God said-- "Do all things according to the pattern showed thee in the mount." Numbers 8:4, Exodus 25:40, Hebrews 8:5. Moses obeyed God.

Likewise, in marriage, we cannot deviate from the God-ordained pattern stipulated in Ephesians 5:21-33.

1. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Verse 21.

2. Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands as unto the Lord. Verse 22.

3. As the Church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Verse 23.

4. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church... Verse 23.

5. Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it. Verse 25

To ignore these instructions is to guarantee a failed marriage or even divorce. The statistics are a clear indicator of how far we've strayed away from the biblical precepts. None of our fig-leave efforts can or will ever be successful.

The answer to our marriage problems is not counseling, but a willingness to return to the word of God, and simply--do whatsoever he says.

It was Mary the mother of Jesus who--at the wedding feast in Cana, admonished his disciples "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." The results were miraculous-Jesus turned water into wine. If we would learn to obey the word of God, that which seems impossible can very well be possible.

Marriage is not complicated as many would have us to believe. Jesus said, "My yolk is easy and my burden lite." However, complex issues do arise, and times can get difficult, but, that's when we draw closer to God. He makes all things work together for our good, as we continue to love him. The Bible says," We walk by faith and not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7) Meaning... there are times when we'll have no clue as to what to do, or where to go; when all our senses are screaming give up--It's over--walk away. But, it's in those times you keep walking, even though it's dark, it hurts, and the pain is unbearable. Like Job in the Bible, you and I must learn to trust God, even when we feel forsaken, cast down, despised and even rejected.

The Bible says we must walk-- by faith.

Walking is a natural, step by step physical activity most of us were able to master by age two. Similarly, we can all learn the discipline of walking by faith-step, by step, by step. Simply follow the Instructions.

From my book: As Christ Loves the Church.
Maurice W. Armstrong-- Writer, Pastor/Teacher. Husband.