First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Life

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Life

Romantic Wedding

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Getting married is a wonderful moment in someone’s life. The wedding ceremony is full of love, promise, and hope. The bride and groom are standing before all of their friends and family, sharing their love with each other. Truly, it is a beautiful thing. However, the wedding and marriage are two separate things. Your wedding day is a sweet memory you can lock up in boxes, pictures, and sentiment. Marriage can be equally sweet, but is out in the open, experienced day in and day out, and comes with a lot of responsibility. Both are beautiful, but the later requires everlasting effort and isn’t done in a day, though you may find that life still runs by in a blur.

Because of this day in and out experience with your loved one, it is easy to lose a little bit of your wedding day spark between the toe nail clippings and the mouth guards. The days of waking up to your husband’s mysteriously minty fresh breath and your wife’s seemingly naturally smooth and hairless legs are over. But does this mean you love each other less? Of course not! Does this mean you can’t still get butterflies when he smiles? No! But sometimes you may need to remind each other of just how crazy in love you are with one another.

3 Tips for Keeping the Romance Alive:

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Date Ideas to Celebrate Your 1st Anniversary

Photo: Ruffled Blog, “Puck’s Farm Wedding”

Your first wedding anniversary is a special one. You are still all extra lovey-dovey, you have made it through the first year of adjustment, and you are looking forward excitedly toward the future. So, how are you going to celebrate?

Start the date out by getting ready is separate rooms. Have your sweet husband “pick you up” either at the front door or even at your bedroom door. Sometimes being married means that romance will get shuffled to the side, so it can be fun to encourage the night with the butterflies of anticipation.

Romantic Boat Cruise

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What you go and do, is going to depend on you and your tastes, but I would suggest going out somewhere you either have never been or don’t usually go to. This could be an expensive restaurant, something thrilling like rock climbing, renting out a boat and taking the romantic evening out to sea, or a weekend get away. The important thing is to do something that will break routines.

Next, something else to make the night special is to fill it with surprises. This goes along with the idea to go do something different and fun, but adds in a sprinkle of gifts. You can do a series of small gifts throughout the night, or you can just give one (it doesn’t even have to be expensive). As we discussed earlier this week, the traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper. To see ideas of how to get creative with this gift read our blog, “1st Wedding Anniversary Traditions“.

Wedding Cake

Photo: Ruffled Blog, “NotWedding New Orleans”

End the night by keeping with tradition and share that top layer of your wedding cake. If you looked ahead and saved your top tier for your anniversary, you will surely be rewarded with deliciousness and sentimentality (ie. lovey-dovey-ness). If you didn’t save it, try and see if you can get a small cake like your wedding cake by the baker that worked your wedding. Some bakers actually offer making you a cake on your 1st anniversary as a part of your original purchase.

 

1st Wedding Anniversary Traditions

 

Wedding Anniversary

Photo: Ruffled Blog, “Riverdale Manor Wedding”

The Paper Anniversary

If you didn’t know yet, your first wedding anniversary is also known as the paper anniversary. Wedding anniversaries are known after what gift it is traditional to give your spouse, so the first anniversary is the paper anniversary because it is customary to gift each other with a paper gift. No, this does not mean hand your spouse a piece of printer paper and be done with it!

The first year of marriage is considered the adjustment year. You are adjusting to living together, sharing bank accounts, responsibilities, budgets, etc. You may or may not be financially secure. The paper gift plays off of all of this. It may seem limiting, but this is where creativity can blossom…and it can help your better-half who may or may not have a clue what to do!

A Few Gift Ideas…

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Navy, Gold, and Silver: An Elegant Wedding Theme

Wedding ColorsHave you been dreaming of your wedding since you were just a little kid? Have you pictured chandeliers, fresh flowers, a full course meal, and pulling out all the wedding traditions? If this is you, then you deserve and should strive for an elegant traditional wedding. Navy, gold, and silver on their own push a wedding in a more decadent direction, but together, they are a force to be reckoned with.

What is more, is that you can manipulate this color scheme for any wedding season. Navy is a dark color, but that doesn’t mean it has to be avoided in the spring and summer. As demonstrated in the picture above with the peacock feather, you can add splashes of other bright colors and light colors to switch up the tone. This allows you some wiggle room, but keeps you in the classy zone.

Gold and silver work great together as traditional colors, but as you mix and match metals and tones, you can really create a contemporary style.  And remember, contemporary doesn’t always mean casual. You can even put an elegant twist on the fun emerging trends like photo booths with backgrounds like the one in the above collage (upper right!). Furthermore, you can keep in classy, while adding things that are unique to you and your groom, like accessorizing your canine with a navy scarf to join your bridal party. The key is the small touches.

Truly, this color scheme cannot go wrong. It can be manipulated into creating a wide range of atmospheres, while still keeping its elegant core.

Be sure to not only check out the wedding accessories in this color theme collage, but also our other unique wedding accessories here at weddingcollectibles.com!!

Real Wedding in California with Becky and Charlie (Part 2)

Wedding Photography

Meet Becky and Charlie and see their fun sports themed photo shoot with Double Take Photography in our previous blog article, Real Wedding in California with Becky and Charlie (Part 1)

Full of Life and Color

-The Wedding Day-

Wedding Photo Shoot

Wedding Photos were done by the wonderful Double Take Photography.

Becky and Charlie were married on August 9th of 2013 in the Sand Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as LDS or Mormon). Since Charlie is Tongan, Becky really wanted to bring in that culture into their wedding day. So, their wedding featured bright colors – with the main two being coral and gold, gorgeous tropical inspired flowers, and some traditional Tongan attire and dances. For both this Bride and Groom and their wedding guests, it was a night to remember.

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A Sunset to Summer Wedding Inspiration

The month of August is the call to summers end, much like the sunset marks the end of the day. Right now, social media sites are being flooded with posts about celebrating the last days of summer and the vibe is excited, sentimental, and full of warmth. This same excitement trickles into weddings during this month.

Unique Wedding Cake

Photo: Ruffled Blog – Romantic Hickory Street Annex Wedding

Having your wedding in August is a great move if you love those warm golden tones of a sunset has it hits the horizon on the dark ocean. You can still have your pop of bright colors like discussed in our blog article, The Best Summer Wedding Colors, but the warmer and dark base tones become more important than ever. By including those colors, you can concentrate on the romance of summer nights and that wonderful feeling of knowing that the summer memories will last forever.

A color combo favorite for this summertime sunset wedding is warm, but bright, colors like orange, magenta, or red matched with a light or cool color like grey, sea foam, or cream.

summer wedding

While summertime usually opens doors to the more spunky and quirky wedding themes and styles, the end of summer vibe often calls for more traditional or romantic styles. Look for wedding accessories like those you can find here on wedding collectibles that are inviting, simple, and romantic. These can often lead to vintage and shabby chic wedding themes.

Romantic Hickory Street Annex Wedding

Photo: Ruffled Blog Romantic Hickory Street Annex Wedding

Real Wedding in California with Becky and Charlie (Part One)

Sport Engagement Photo

Becky and Charlie are a romance that didn’t plan on happening. They were best friends that often insisted that they were “just friends”. Eventually, and happily, that friendship grew into something more as Becky says they decided to “explore the unthinkable; dating”. Moving from friendship to romance can be pretty tricky, but that is where knowing each other so well comes in handy.

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3 Don’ts for Your Cake Cutting Ceremony

Wedding Traditions

Earlier this week we talked about how to cut your wedding cake during this sweet wedding tradition, but now let’s talk about some things you want to avoid.

1) First off, don’t cut into the fun. Basically, what I mean here is to pay attention to the timing. Cutting the cake has usually been at the very end of the reception, but a lot of couples are wanting to do it earlier in the night, especially if it is the only desert of the party. This can be a great idea and allows those guests that need to head home to do so and not miss out on these time honored traditions. So, don’t cut the cake during the dance portion of the evening. It can be good to do it between dinner and the fun or right after you close the greeting line. These are both good because they tend to be transitional times where the focus is not yet at any one place.

2) Don’t take too long. The cake cutting ceremony is meant to be short and sweet. Don’t gather everyone to the cake to have your father talk for 15 minutes or to explain your frosting choices. It is meant to be simple, so don’t try to over complicate it. Plus, because it a is a simple tradition, it doesn’t need more than a few minutes.

Wedding Traditions

3) Don’t Smash Without Permission. A lot of couples want to smash the cake into their new spouses face – it is funny right? And it puts on a good show for the guest. BUT, if your partner really really does not want to do that new part of this tradition. Just don’t do it. This, small as it seems, is something you should discuss with your soon-to-be when you are planning your wedding. A groom may feel uncomfortable with the chaos and a bride may be worried about getting the cake on their dress….or in their hair.

 

How To Cut Your Wedding Cake

Cutting the Wedding Cake

On your wedding day, not only are you going to marry your best friend, but you are also going to get the opportunity to participate in wedding traditions that have been practiced by millions of people from all walks of life. Really, one of the things that makes the tradition of a wedding so special is its creation of community, its link through generations and for some traditions even continents. It really is a beautiful thing.

If you don’t have someone to show you the ropes, you might feel at a loss when approaching these time old traditions. So, lets take a look at some of the things that you should do when cutting your wedding cake.

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