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Weddings from the World: Japanese Weddings

Photographer: Vivian Chen  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/03/12/diy-california-chinese-cultural-wedding/

Photographer: Vivian Chen
http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/03/12/diy-california-chinese-cultural-wedding/

We have been talking and learning about weddings celebrated in other countries, with cultures very different from ours and that you can bring you so you can immerse into their traditions. Today we will learn about Japanese weddings, which ceremonies are full of tradition even if they have been very influenced by the Western lately.

In Japan, you may see Christian, Buddhist, Shinto and non-religious weddings. In addition, the couple may choose a style of ceremony without being part of their religion.

When you receive the invitation for a Japanese wedding, the recipient must return it with an answer. Also, you have to take cash with you so you can give it to them as a gift in a special envelope called “Shugi-bukuro” with your name written on the front. The amount for the gift will depend on the relationship you have with the couple. Just take into account that the amount must always start with an odd number because when the Japanese marry, they are looking forward union and not dividing anything between two.

The bride and groom’s gowns are very traditional. The bride wears the “shiramuko” which is a white silk kimono. The most appealing detail is that they cover they head with a circular hat called “tsuno-kakushi” which purpose is to cover the horns (jealousy) to her mother-in-law and future mother. Really traditional brides will also paint their faces white to symbolize virginity and purity. Once they are married, the bride usually changes her costume to celebrate. They usually use red because it is a good luck color. The groom carries a “montsuki” which is black kimono. They also change for the celebration by wearing a gray kimono or a black Western suit.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The wedding are held in a temple called “Shinto”. Guests and family are to enter first, followed by the bride who enters taking her mother’s hand and leaves by taking her mother-in-law’s hand. After that, the groom enters taking his father’s hand. Finally, the Shinto priest enters lastly.  The ceremony take approximately 20 minutes. It begins with a prayer in classical Japanese, then the couple exchanges the “Juzu” which is a type of old rosary and then exchange the rings.

The most important part of the ceremony is when they drink the “San San Kudu,” which means Three-Three-Nine and represents heaven, earth and man. This act symbolizes union of the couple and the gods. They use three cups called “sakazuki” and drink in three sips. Number nine is three times number three, which is a sacred number meant to bring happiness to the couple.

After the ceremony, all the guests and family members walk, in procession following the couple for the family photos. Now is when the bride takes off her hat. Japanese do not usually have physical contact or displays of affection in public, for you to take into consideration.

Top 7 Ethnic Cake Toppers

Every day, our country becomes more diverse and full of new cultures. Therefore, more and more couples are looking to display their ethnicity through their wedding decoration. If you want your wedding to be traditional or ethnic, you must be careful to preserve the native and cultural style of your ethnicity All the wedding deco, even the colors, must be in harmony with the couple’s traditions. Ethnic wedding are commonly held in the place where the couple or one of them is from. However, if you are not lucky to be at your place of origin, ensure you make yourself and your invitees feel as if they were. A vital part of the decoration that you cannot miss, are the cake toppers. We have pulled together a list of our top seven ethnic cake toppers, check it out!!

African American Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper

This cake topper is perfect if both of you are African America. It is a very traditional but beautiful cake topper that you will want to have in your wedding. Check more African American cake topers here. 

 

Cute Asian Couple in Traditional Wedding Attire

This adorable cake topper shows an Asian couple wearing a traditional wedding attire! Imagine how cute it would look if you are also wearing a matching attire. Check more Asian toppers here.

  Latin Dancer & Mariachi Player Cake Topper Figurine

This is so cute!! If you have Mexican heritage, why not depicting it through your cake toppers? You may find other cake toppers here if you are Latin American.

 

Contemporary Indian Bride and Groom Mix & Match Cake Toppers

This is a must cake topper if you are looking forward mixing traditional and modern. A bride with henna and bindi details and wearing a sari plus a black suited groom. Check our complete Indian colection here. Groom in Kilt Figurine and Fashionable Bride Mix & Match Cake Toppers

If you want to embrace your Scottish heritage, you should consider this beautiful cake topper showing the groom wearing a Scottish attire while the bride wears an elegant dress. Find more Irish and Celtic toppers here.

  Dutch Cake Topper

This cute Dutch cake topper with the bride wearing a Volendam hat, black dress and blue jacket while the groom wears an black fisherman cap and a red jacket with black breeches is perfect to show your Dutch heritage. Find more scandinavian cake toppers here.

 

Chic Interracial Wedding Cake Topper – Caucasian Bride / African American Groom

What if both are from different ethnicities? Nothing to worry. You can always find interracial cake toppers to suit your needs. Here you have a caucasian bride with an african american groom. But you may find more combinations here.

Do you see how wide the cake topper world is now? Just make the arrangements and certainly you will find the perfect one to suit your needs.

Ideas to Decorate the Aisle

Photography: Max Wanger http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2013/04/15/southern-california-wedding-amanda-tim-part-1/

Photography: Max Wanger
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If you have already thought of decorating every single space in your wedding such as the banquets, tables, chairs, roof, and so on. One more pace you should take into account is the aisle… the way to the altar. Walk to the man of your dreams through a magical passage.

When people think about decorating, they usually forget about the floor, or, they use a red carpet for the aisle; however, more and more couples are now choosing to decorate the floor with cute, original and unique ideas perfect for any bride. Some ideas would suit especially well if the ceremony is outdoors, some others to decorate the church hall and others are versatile. Let’s check them out!

Carpets

The safest choice for the aisle is the traditional red carpet, but why not risking and getting away from the conventional by being bold and using other colors. What about white, green, pink, blue… the color you want to use will be just perfect. Analyze the decoration of your wedding and the theme so the color matches. If you want something even more innovative, you may print your names or initials in the carpet or you could build a road with using carpet for the path to the altar, choose to print the names or initials of the couple in it or you could even build a road with different kilim rugs if you are holding a boho wedding.

Petals and more Petals

Embellishing the aisle using petals is the trendiest option these years. There are so many different options in which you can decorate the way to the altar by using petals and create a magical atmosphere that you will be awed by the results. You can choose to scatter petals without a specific order. Try a monochromatic style or combine different colors as well as types of flowers.

Now, if you prefer a more organized style, fill the hall with petals of the same color or create a drawing if you want a slightly more orderly style, chooses to completely fill the hall with petals of a single color or create a degraded drawing with them. Petals are super flexible for decoration because they allow you to create beautiful figures and make your way to the altar a fairylike experience.

The Edges of the Hall

If you are not attracted to the idea of walking on petals, you can also use them for the roadside or play with different types of floral arrangements and place them on the floor. If what you want is to light the road, use beautiful lamps or candles inside cages and place them on the sides of the aisle.  This idea will be super cute if you are getting married at night.

The edges could also be decorated in accordance to your wedding’s theme. Use straw or bales for a rustic theme; palms and exotic flowers for a beach team or incredible floral arrangements for an elegant and chic wedding.

There are so many options to decorate the aisle, choose the one you like the most so you feel in heaven when you give the expected “I do.”

Top Ten Cartoon & Animation Cake Toppers

Cake toppers are highly regarded by couples and guests at a wedding. Some couples want cake toppers that resemble them, some others want classic ones or vintage, while some others look for funny and unique ones. The idea is to catch everybody’s eyes and give them more to talk about. A great and original idea is to use wedding toppers inspired on your favorite animated movies or TV cartoons. That’s why we have put together a list with the top ten cartoon and animation cake toppers. Take a look!

 

1)      Beauty and the Beast Cake Topper

Beauty and The Beast is such a romantic story about a couple who fall in love regardless of physical appearance and rise above all the incidents they face. It is a great topper if your love story is similar or if this is your favorite animated movie a wonderful story about love overcoming all obstacles.

2)      Cinderella and Prince Charming Wedding Cake Topper

Cinderella is one of the favorite fairy tales ever because it shows that when you are meant to be with someone, it will happen. It will be a lovely detail, especially if you have a fairy tale or Cinderella-inspired wedding.

3)      Feel The Love Lion King Simba and Nala Cake Topper

Simba and Nala, a couple of friends since birth who eventually realize they are in love and want to be together for the rest of their lives. Did this happen to you?  Then you might want to have them as your cake’s decoration.

4)      Lady and the Tramp Wedding Disney Wedding Cake Topper

The Lady and the Tramp movie depicts how love can be true no matter social boundaries or obstacles. Plus, they sharing a spaghetti string is such a sweet and romantic scene. Wouldn’t you love to have them in top of your cake?

5)      Mickey & Minnie Disney Wedding Cake Topper

Mickey and Minnie are the pure image of love! He is always courting her and even if they have their issues, at the end, they are always together. Perfect if you feel identified with them or if you are a Disney fan.

6)      Miss Piggy Kissing Kermit Wedding Cake Topper

Miss Piggy Kissing Kermit have such a funny relationship. He runs away from commitment while she demonstrates how to control a man. It is a great cake topper if you are a fan and you want a little humor at your wedding.

7)      Vive L’Amour PEPÉ LE PEW and Penelope Wedding Cake Topper

L’Amour… L’Amour… Did you fall in love at first sight? Then, this is the cake topper for your. Pepe le Pew is a clear example of how to be persistent.

8)      Arlene Kissing Garfield Wedding Cake Topper

Arlene is often the one helping Garfield  make the right decisions and she loves him in spite of his rudeness and gluttony. Does it ring any bell to you? Then you might want to have it as your wedding cake topper.

9)      Superman & Lois Lane Wedding Cake Topper

This cake topper portrays a very common situation in Superman’s life: rescuing Lois Lane. It is a great decoration if you love Superman or if you feel you groom is a superhero!

10)   Flintstones Wedding Cake Topper Figurines

The Flintstones was one of the most successful animated TV shows ever and if you want them as part of your wedding, you have the option to choose between Fred and Wilma, Betty and Barney or Bamm Bamm and Pebbles. Which relationship do you feel identified with?

 

How to Get What You Want for Your Wedding

How to Get What You Want for Your Wedding

Beautiful Wedding

Photo: Ruffledblog.com “Dallas Arboretum Wedding”

Saying “no” while planning your wedding may seem like a natural reflex to some brides, but may actually prove difficult to others who cannot seem to be comfortable with asserting what they want when it comes in conflict  with someone else’s wants. Which is really a more complicated way of saying they are people pleasers and can’t give up on their people pleasing way. Really, it can be a good thing to be so aware of other people, but sometimes that awareness can turn into substituting anything you need and want to providing the needs and wants to other people. One of the biggest times in a people pleaser’s life where they are going to not want to compromise what they want for other people is their wedding day.

Your wedding day is suppose to be all about you and to help you celebrate your love. So when it comes to planning this special day, you need to go with the mindset that yes, there is an “I” in “Team”.

How to Assert What You Want – No Matter What

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How to Choose the Perfect Ring for Your Sweetheart

Keeping on the topic of Engagement Rings and Proposals, we wanted to share this helpful engagement ring infographic! We have already talked about how much a ring costs, but how about how to know what ring is the right ring for your soon-to-be bride. Buying an engagement ring is a big decision and getting that girl of your dreams the perfect ring holds a lot of pressure. This is the one piece of jewelry that a girl plans on wearing for the rest of her life, so it is important to get it right.

Tip to women: Even if you don’t like your ring, know that he tried! You can of course be honest with him, but try to soften the blow.

Tip to the men: If she is not overly excited about the ring you chose, know that it is not the proposal and prospect of marrying you that she is exchanging! It may even be a good idea after the dust has settled after the big proposal, to see how she feels about the ring and offer to exchange it. Chances are she will say no, but remember, she plans on wearing this forever!!

To help avoid any disliking or exchanging of rings, the following infographic breaks down which styles tend to suit which kind of girl, as well as what all goes into picking out a ring. Yes, this is a simplification, but not overly so.

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Fall Wedding Inspirations and Tips

Fall wedding boardAs we enter into the month of September with summer closing down, we can be excited about at least one thing: Fall weddings are gorgeous! With fall weddings you can use rich and warm colors. A step in the rustic direction -which is a very popular trend — is never a wrong move in the fall. Plus, it is the season of change, making it the perfect choice for a wedding.

Fall Wedding Flowers

Photo: Ruffled Blog — “Chagrin Falls Wedding”

With fall weddings, your flowers can be bigger and darker with natural tones taking the lead. This is, however, a season where those popular succulent flower choices look a little less at home.film Fifty Shades Darker online

The desired look or feeling is comparable to how you would feel looking up into the bronze and gold leaves -with that hint of green — watching the sunlight trickle through. Rich reds, purples, and oranges of the burnt orange variety are great color choices when using those changing leaves as an inspiration. Also, when deciding on your wedding colors,  keep in mind that gold accents will amp up this season’s natural beauty.

Rustic Cake Topper

Photo: Wedding Collectibles — Personalized Wood Veneer Sign

For your wedding accessories, items like burlap table runners, wedding sparklers, and rustic wedding cake toppers will really fit into this season. If you are wanting to do a unity candle or sand vase as part of your ceremony, for fall, the candle is more ideal. Also, leaf designs done right can really make your fall wedding look absolutely perfect; you probably just don’t want everything to have that big maple leaf on it!

 

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

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

Romantic Wedding

Greenweddingshoes.com: “20′S-INSPIRED CARONDELET HOUSE WEDDING: MICHELE + ADDISON”

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.