Door to Happiness

A wedding is a door to happiness,

When two decide to share their lives as one.

Your marriage is an adventure bright and new;

The pleasures and delights have just begun.

I/We wish for you a lifetime full of love;

May you always keep that magical attraction.

Let your bond and your commitment grow with time,

So that all your days are filled with satisfaction.

By Joanna Fuchs

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 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!)

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)

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

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

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)

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)

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

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.

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

How to Officiate a Wedding: What to Do When Someone Faints or Throws Up

By Matt Nathanson 

For the first time in nine years of officiating weddings, a recent bride threw up during the ceremony.

She came down the aisle with her mom and then barfed out of nervousness before anything was even said. She handled it like an absolute champ, but was certainly embarrassed nonetheless.

If you want to really know how to officiate a wedding when someone faints or throws up, follow these steps.

1) Instruct the couple and their bridal party to eat a little before the ceremony. Don't suggest they pig out, just have a little something in their stomachs.

2) STAY CALM! Your energy is contagious and if you freak out, you'll make it much worse for the wedding participants.

3) Instruct the person who's experiencing upset to squeeze their feet and toes inside their shoes. This naturally grounds us and brings our conscious awareness back to the present moment.

4) Instruct the person who's in trouble to BREATHE. Tell them to take full, deep breaths.

5) Ask a guest or someone in the bridal party to get water for whoever's about to pass out or throw up.

6) Get a cold, damp towel or handkerchief for their forehead or to wipe their mouth and clean up.

7) Act like it's no big deal! The person who experienced the upset is undoubtedly embarrassed and if you remain calm and act like it's no big deal, their embarrassment will be diminished and you'll look like a pro. Celebrate their recovery and ask the guests for applause.!

Having a bunch of people clap for you feels great, even when you're embarrassed. That person will then know that his/her guests love and support them and then the ice has been officially broken before the ceremony even started. It'll be way more comfortable for the fainter/barfer when first walking into their reception.

8) Give them a mint. Man do I wish I remembered that I had Altoids in my pocket! I carry a small tin of Altoids to hand out to the couple and their bridal party before walking into a ceremony. I would've looked even more professional, but it was my first time experiencing something like this and I forgot that the mints were there.

The 8 steps above work equally well for someone who faints, as long as they don't hit their head on the ground. If they hit their head, seek medical attention!

Weddings are live events and so they don't always go as planned. The best way to handle unexpected things is to act like you've seen it before and that it's not a big deal. Stay calm, THEN ACT.

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Happy Anniversary To Those Celebrating In November

Indian Marriage Starts With Indian Wedding Invitation Cards

By Mike Ramidden 

An Indian marriage is essentially different from a typical American wedding and Indian wedding invitation cards come in many designs declaring the process of the wedding to guests. Details of wedding programs are mentioned in the marriage cards along with their timings.

Most of the marriage cards carry the picture of the "Lord Ganesha" or "Lord Ganapathi." Both the bride and groom send out wedding invitation cards to their respective guests separately, and wedding programs are arranged jointly or separately for the guests.

The wedding invitation wording on the invitation cards usually starts with the invocation of the Gods that are worshiped by the Hindu religion, if it's a Hindu marriage. Wedding invitation cards may be printed in any of the many Indian languages or English, or both. Even if it is printed in English, the ancient Vedic Sanskrit mantras are still printed on the cards. Sanskrit mantras in English make for interesting text to read.

The riot of colors, loud music, and the boisterous dances are what captivate you at an Indian marriage. No Indian marriage is complete without hearty dancing. People accept Indian wedding invitation cards readily for these reasons. Of course, there is sumptuous food and tons of gossip awaiting the guests.

"Tie the knot" programs are loaded with fun activities. The fun activities are not additions but are inherent features of Indian weddings that infuse a lot of playfulness between the bride and the groom and between their families.

Heavy bridal decoration forms an essential part of wedding decorations in India. The most beautiful part of the marriage is the bride that is usually decked up with precious jewelry from head to toe. The home of the bride and of the groom are decorated as part of the decorations of this special day.

Instead of candles, oil lamps made of brass are used for decorations of this special day. A special dais is built for the solemnization of the marriage and both the bride and groom repeat mantras chanted by a priest. Starting from the Indian wedding invitation cards to the honeymoon trip of the couple, every event in an Indian marriage is celebrated joyously with a riot of colors and an abundance of bonhomie.

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What to Wear to a November Wedding
By Laura Firenze

November is not one of the more common months for weddings, and if you have been invited to one, you may find yourself wondering what on earth to wear. Dressing for a November wedding can be a little bit tricky, as the weather will be wintery, but the festive holiday season has not yet begun. From colors to fabrics to styles, this is what to wear to a November wedding.

One question that many guests have is, "Can I wear velvet in November?" To some extent, this is a personal preference, but a good rule of thumb is that velvet is best reserved for the time between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day. There is some flexibility to that; if you were attending a formal wedding the weekend before Thanksgiving, no one would give it a second thought if you wore a velvet dress. If the wedding is in the beginning of November, head to toe velvet would be a bit much. You could, however, get away with a pretty velvet jacket and a silk skirt. A style with a wide portrait neckline is a gorgeous way to show off your favorite wedding jewelry.

Heavy silks like shantung, satin, and dupioni are always beautiful for a late fall wedding. The shimmer of satin makes it best suited to evening weddings, or to use as a trim (such as a satin color on a dress made from a matte fabric). Dupioni and shantung are wonderful for a November wedding at any time of the day. For an afternoon wedding ceremony, a silk dupioni sheath with matching tailored jacket would be stunning. If you choose one in a neutral color like champagne or mocha, you will find that it is a versatile outfit to wear again for special occasions year round.

The wintery feeling of November means that shimmer and shine are appropriate. The beaded top that would have been entirely too much for a summer afternoon wedding can work wonderfully when the weather turns colder. One signature sparkly piece can be used to add pizazz to an otherwise simple outfit, such as dressy wide leg trousers or a tailored skirt. In the evening, the same beaded top would be marvelous with a long silk velvet or satin skirt. Be sure to layer on lots of crystal wedding jewelry to complete the outfit.

If you are invited to a casual November wedding, think cozy and luxe for your outfit. Beautiful fabrics with great texture are the way to go. Informal pieces with special details work very well, such as a cardigan with a beaded neckline. A cashmere cable knit sweater worn with a brown suede skirt and high heeled boots would be perfect. Add some pretty jewelry, like a Tiffany-inspired silver bracelet or a large pair of pearl studs.

November is close enough to winter to start playing with other special details. A coat with a fur collar (faux or real, depending on your preference), patent leather shoes, or a satin hairband will all make your outfit more festive. With all of the early holiday styles coming into the shops, finding the perfect outfit to wear to a November wedding may be easier than you think.

Laura is interested in wedding planning and wedding trends including jewelry, receptions and gifts. The perfect wedding jewelry will add style and flair to your outfit, whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid, or simply a guest.


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


A Perfect Plan to Ensure a Hassle Free Wedding Event

By Aalia Khan 

A wedding plan is something that encompasses everything you wish to happen in your wedding event and it avoids all those things that you don't want to happen. A marriage ceremony or wedding event requires to consider a thousand of things. From deciding the color theme of the wedding, to accommodation arrangement for guests and relatives, to decoration of the event venue, to arrange refreshment, food as well as beverage for inviting guests & contacts, a wedding event includes numerous tasks.

Some of the grooms take pleasure to make arrangements of their own and smart ones hire professionals to make arrangements that they can enjoy the ceremonial activities to the fullest. Experts or agencies that offer professional services to organize events such as wedding, engagement or corporate gathering, eliminates all the hassle that occur during a wedding event.

An event manager knows well what actually requires making an event successful, also, they are equipped with the appropriate tools and manpower to organize an event smoothly. Apart from this, they are aware with all the probable issues that might occur during a wedding, and they come up with an expert solution for every existing issue instantly.

Hiring experts or a professional wedding event management agency is just not enough to ensure success of an event. You have to check out the proceedings your own. In order to ensure that things are going well or not, you can prepare a checklist of the tasks which are going to be done. Thus, you would be cleared that you are not missing anything. As you find that tasks are getting done, mark them progressively.

Remain close and connected with the event management professionals to get updated with what's going on and what is required to be done. Moreover, you need to prepare a list of guests, relatives and contacts, you wish to invite on this special day of your life, to make certain that no significant person is left.

Have a conversation with the caterer on estimated budget. Tell him frankly about your financial capacity and insist him the get the things done within your budget. Suggest him the whole sellers, who can provide uncooked food material and other essential things at reasonable rates. Do the same concerning decorator, photographer, and videographer.

Find a travel agency that can deliver affordable travelling packages in bulk that you can ensure that all the outsider guests can reach to their destination after the event with no hassle. Considering these tips and precautions, one can efficiently plan his/her wedding event, ensuring that he or she is going to enjoy this cherished day to the maximum.

Aalia Khan is a reputed content marketer from India and has involved in writing for event management and catering services. Currently she is working for wedding planners in Delhi NCR.