Love is all around

By: jamessmith12


Weddings are perhaps the best celebration for families and friends to come together and make even bigger circles of friends and family. People rejoice in the fact that two people have come together to swear their undying love for one another and want the world at large to know about it.

With this in mind, the wedding preparations take on mammoth proportions, in most cases, and being organized is an absolute must. Wedding planners have come to the fore to take over this planning from the bride, groom and respective in-laws, to take away the frustration and anxiety linked to the big day.

These days you are more likely to see wedding weekends or wedding holidays being planned rather than the focus being on just one day. Some weddings take place overseas and act as both the wedding venue and honeymoon at the same time. Unusually though, most of the important members of the wedding party are also there! None of this ‘quiet hideaway’ stuff for some of today’s newlyweds!

With the advent of this ‘super’ wedding comes all types of ‘add-ons’ that were not seen in days gone by. Then, it was customary to give the guests a small decorated bag with sugared almonds in as a keepsake of the big day. The nuts represented love, life, prosperity, fertility and happiness, which were meant to be a good luck wish to all who had come to the wedding.

Even rice had its part in some weddings. This was thrown, before confetti became popular, as a sign of abundance (of food, therefore prosperity) and fertility for the newlyweds. Nowadays, with the advent of political correctness, some wedding are confetti-less or have birdseed being thrown to assist wildlife in the area.

Add-ons include wedding rehearsal dinners, or even weekends, where friends, family and important members of the wedding party go through the service and motions of the wedding itself in preparation of the wedding day. It usually gives the wedding guests a chance to catch up on family ‘gossip’ before they go to the actual wedding and usually adds extra warmth to the wedding day itself.

Members of the immediate wedding party are usually given a gift of some sort to thank them for their participation in the wedding. The best man and groomsmen can be given jewelry (cufflinks etc) or special gifts to commemorate the day. Sometimes the Best Man himself can get something extra special to denote his special services to the groom. This can take the form or perhaps a cigarette lighter, engraved with details of the day or his initials, or some other trinket that will show him that he added some special touch to the day.

Bridesmaids, too, get the same type of treatment with the Maid of Honor being singled out, just as the Best Man was, for an extra special gift. Women usually get necklaces or bracelets, or something similar, to commemorate the day.

Of course, the gifts are not limited to jewelry or cigarette lighters. These days, with the advent of easy air travel and such, these maids and groomsmen are likely to get something that helps them with their travels. Perhaps a monogrammed weekend case or laptop computer case for example.

Even the parents of the bride and groom can receive a gift from the bride and groom themselves. Gift baskets, with all kinds of luxury goods, can be given, along with flowers for the mothers, as a ‘thank you’ for funding the big day. These baskets can also hold massage oils, candles, or indeed anything that will pamper the parents after so much work during the lead up to the wedding day.

For the guests of wedding there is also a gift available. Don’t forget that without these guests, the day would probably be very low key. As a sign of gratitude for coming to the wedding, the trend these days is to give out wedding ‘favors. These can take many forms, dependant on the budget for the day, and are many and varied.

For the budget conscious, these gifts can take the form of cookies, perhaps in the shape of a wedding dress or wedding bell, and wrapped in frilly paper and ribbons. Sometimes the name of the bride and groom are added for that extra touch of class and as an extra reminder of the day.

Shot glasses, coffee mugs, golf paraphernalia etc, are all ideal candidates for wedding favors and each can be engraved or embossed with the initials or such of the bride and groom. Maybe some special chocolates or sweets could be added to the mugs or glasses as a ‘something for now and something for later’ touch.

Some families set up sweet counters, a sort of ‘pick and mix’ set up, for guests to help themselves to a monogrammed bag of candies to take home. Of course, in some circles, this could be misconstrued as a cheap alternative to giving out more costly favors.

More expensive wedding favors include silver key rings, silver yo-yos or other executive style gifts again with engravings to mark the day. Sometimes more than one favor is given with a different one for males and an alternative one for females. Even photo frames, complete with a favorite photo of the bride and groom, and the date stamped on the frame, are great keepsakes of the special event.

Whatever is chosen as the favor, or favors, for the day, many people are now looking for that something that is a little different. Perhaps if you are stuck for ideas then it could be ideal to give out gift vouchers so that the guests can choose exactly what they want. It is sometimes better to do this than to give something that will be thrown in a drawer never to see the light of day again.

Whatever is chosen as a wedding favor, guests don’t really expect a huge or expensive gift to take away. Most will be happy with a small, thoughtful gift as a reminder of where they were on that very special day!

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Members of the immediate wedding party are usually given a gift of some sort to thank them for their participation in the wedding. The best man and groomsmen can be given jewelry (cufflinks etc) or special gifts to commemorate the day. Sometimes the Best Man himself can get something extra special to denote his special services to the groom. This can take the form or perhaps a cigarette lighter, engraved with details of the day or his initials, or some other trinket that will show him that he ad

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