1st Wedding Anniversary Traditions

 

Wedding Anniversary

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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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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.streaming Moonlight

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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Top 10 Wedding Cake Serving Sets

Since cake cutting is a wedding tradition favorite, there are a lot of wedding cake accessories. Really, it is those accessories that is Wedding Collectibles’s specialty, focusing on wedding cake toppers. Along side toppers we have a wide variety of cake serving sets. It might seem silly to have so many different options for a server set and you may ask, “Does it matter?”, but when you are cutting your cake and all eyes and cameras are on you -zoomed in on that serving set – you will be happy you picked out the perfect one. So, this week’s top ten is on Cake Serving sets, with a focus on the unique and the beautiful. Enjoy!

1.  Mother of Pearl Wedding Cake Server SetBeautiful Cake Serving SetThis mother of pearl serving set starts off the group in absolute elegance. It would work with almost any wedding style, including vintage, shabby chic, country, and seaside!

2. Vintage Embossed Cake Server SetVintage Wedding Cake Server Set This vintage set is a gorgeous choice for any vintage or traditional wedding. We love the detail and the customization. This could even make a sweet anniversary gift for couples renewing vows or having an anniversary party.

3. Foundations Wedding Cake Knife and Server SetFoundations Cake Server Set The best part of this sweet and simple set is the hidden, “love always” on the server handle with the small heart.

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How to “Rush” Your Order From Wedding Collectibles

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Is your wedding date coming up fast? Are there a few more items you need for the big day that you are worried won’t be able to reach you in time? Every wedding is going to have those last minute details that either slipped through the cracks or just couldn’t be ordered sooner. This may tempt you to run to your local Walmart and pick up something generic. While this may do in an extreme crunch, you probably don’t won’t to settle for just about anything.

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The Best Summer Wedding Colors

When it comes to styling and decorating your wedding, one of the first decisions you are going to need to make is to choose your wedding colors. Summer can sometimes be a bit of a tricky season to pick wedding colors for, especially if you prefer a darker tone ( burgundy, dark brown, navy, etc), but the key to summer wedding colors seems to be finding a balance. In other words, choose a color scheme that will have a solid foundation – like a deep blue or purple – with a pop of something bright – like orange or teal – followed by something light – like pale yellow or sky blue. For summer, it is less about having a specific color that is the best for summer, but having the perfect color balance.

If you are planning a summer wedding, then you should take a look at these color schemes that are sure to capture the romance of summer.

Summer Wedding Colors

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Colors: Magenta, Beige, Lime, Maroon

This is a great color palette for any warm summer night wedding. It has a great base with the maroon that is lighted up by a wedding color basic, beige, and brightened up with the pizzazz of magenta and lime. In this particular color scheme, depending on what tone of lime you choose, the lime also acts as a cool and light color. The overall effect is warm, inviting, with a touch of excitement – a.k.a romantic.

Summer wedding colors

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Colors: Succulent Green, Scarlet Red, Lavender

The constant for this color scheme is the warm succulent or moss green. The punch of red adds a heavier tone that is warm, powerful, and even passionate, while the lavender adds a sense of whimsy or summer breeze.

Bright Summer Wedding Colors

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Colors: Magenta, Antique White, Tangerine, Aqua.

We love this color scheme from theknot.com for a seaside summer wedding. The antique white acts as a perfect back drop to the color pops of magenta, tangerine, and aqua. The key with working with this many bright colors is to use them in your wedding accessories as accents (To find great summer and beach themed accessories, follow the link here). For example, as pictured above the table cloth is done in the white versus it being in the bright aqua. This lets each bright color shine and add its flavor without being overwhelming and without competing with one another.

Gold Summer Wedding

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Colors: Mint, Baby Pink, Gold, Fuchsia

Instead of having a dark color as your base, try using  multiple soft colors like the mint and baby pink to set the stage for your dominant fuchsia. The warm gold adds warmth and really helps bring the colors together, rather than the bright colors just jumping off the page. Plus, glitter and shimmer is always a great for a summer wedding.

For more ideas for your summer wedding, check out the following Wedding Collectibles Blogs!

How to Deal with Summer Heat on your Wedding Day

Summer Wedding Inspiration Boards

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Top 10 Wedding Guestbooks

Top 10 Wedding Guestbooks

One of the funnest ways to look back on your wedding, that moment when you find yourself looking through pictures and wanting to watch the ceremony video, is to read through the sweet and funny messages guests write as they sign in, or even just reading through the names of who was there of a more traditional guest book. Guest books offer a perfect opportunity to capture the memory of the love and joy that surrounds your wedding day with friends and family. No matter how much you try to stay in the moment, that special day is going to fly by and chances are, you are not going to remember hardly anyone or what they said that added to your happiness. That is what is so great about guest books that give your guests the chance to write you sweet notes for you to remember years from now.

These guest books in our top ten offer unique, fun, and beautiful options to suite your wedding accessory needs.

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How to Deal with Summer Heat on your Wedding Day

Summer brings in wedding season, sunshine, and blue skies – as well as heat, sweat, smeared make up, and bad tempers. If you are having a gorgeous, outdoor summer wedding, you may be worried about how you are going to make it through in your floor length ball gown or how your grandma will do sitting in the sun so long.

Here are 10 quick tips for  surviving the heat on your wedding day:

Summer Wedding Dress

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1) Wear a slip to take tulle off legs and skin

No matter what kind of wedding dress you are wearing, even if it is strapless,chances are it is going to be hot. There are just so many layers, and layers that cling. It might seem counterproductive to add another layer to your onsomble, but by wearing a silk or light weight slip underneath you can keep the tulle – major heat maker – off your legs and from clinging to your skin.

2) Get ready and dressed in a cold room – keep that AC going!

Have you ever gone from a freezing room and then out into 100 degree weather and felt: “awww that feels nice”? Well, that is the goal here. If you get ready in a cold room it will make it so it takes longer for the heat to take it’s toll. Plus, it will give your make up a chance to set and encourage a good attitude and feeling beautiful (think trying to get your skinny jeans on in a hot humid room versus during winter when everything is nice and cool).

3) Make sure any car or transportation is completely cooled before you get in.

This is a similar concept as getting ready in a cool room with the added detail of avoiding irritation if the car is crammed and not giving your make up the opportunity to sweat off before you even reach your summer ceremony.

4) Keep some blotting papers ready to help your face stay matte

On your wedding day, you are going to sweat and chances are your face is going to get shiny – and I don’t mean the bridal glow. The best and easiest way to handle this is stocking up on some blotting papers. Perhaps have your maid of honor carry them for you, or keep them in your bridal purse.

5) Use Primers and Waterproof Mascara

While we are talking about make up, another tip to help it survive the heat is to use primers for you face and eyelids and then also use a waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara has improved leaps and bounds, so you don’t need to worry about it being flaky.

6) Provide accessories that will help keep guests cool

Now, to look beyond the bride. Provide cute little umbrellas or fans is a great way to help your guests enjoy the ceremony and not complain about the heat. To take things cuter, you can create a fan program. There are a lot of great DIY templates available and it will create a cute keepsake, rather than a crumpled make shift fan.

7) Schedule your ceremony for the late afternoon or early evening and reception at night.

This may seem simple, but…well…it is. This is a great option to avoid the heat if you don’t mind planning around that burning sun. If you are having an outdoor wedding it may be well worth it to schedule it so that you don’t have to worry about getting sunburnt or anyone getting hit stroke. Plus there are very few times of year that are more romantic than summer nights. 

8) Have a portion indoors

If you don’t want to plan the time around the sun, than perhaps just plan the where around the sun. This way you and you guests are not outside in the heat of the day for the entire celebration. Having that beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by and indoor reception may be that perfect compromise. Plus, if your venue allows it, you could still have some outdoor options at the reception, but have the primary party inside.

9) Keep the Ceremony Brief

If you are determined to have an outdoor ceremony, try keeping it short (like 20 mins) to avoid having to stand -and your guests sit- in the harsh sunlight for a long period of time.

10) Serve cold water and keep the wedding party hydrated

Really, this should almost be number one. When it comes to summer hit, it is not just discomfort that is a concern. There is a very real safety issue: heat stroke. So be sure to have lots of water available and keep yourself, your wedding party, and your guests plenty hydrated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Real Wedding with President and Jackie Kennedy

JFK Wedding Day

As we approach Independence day, we would like to pay homage to and feature the wedding of one of the most loved presidential couples in our history as a country: President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie). Known for being a socialite and having impeccable, classy style, it is a wonderful privilege to be able to take a peak into Jackie Kennedy’s wedding day and to celebrate a time in their lives that was full of hope and promises.

Vintage Wedding Entering the Church escorted by her step father, with a look of absolute thrill.

President Wedding Ceremony The church and ceremony

bridal party  The wedding party.

Keeping Wedding Traditions

As a country, the U.S. is full of traditions as a part of the foundation of who we are. The fact that most of the country will be attending holiday parades, park events, and fire work shows in honor of those who have served and in celebration of the independence of this country is a demonstration of our love for (and need of) tradition. There seems to be a security or reassurance in tradition. That is probably why we uphold them and why it is so comforting -and even exciting- to see that in the lives of our Presidents traditions are kept. JFK and Jackie Kennedy upheld many wedding traditions, including but not limited to the first dance and cutting the cake.

Kennedy first dance The First Dance.

Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Veil Is that wedding veil not insanely gorgeous?

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President Wedding TraditionThey look like the kind of couple that would smash the cake in each other’s faces (under extreme punishment if he got any on her dress, of course).

Having so many glimpses into their wedding, knowing where their future led, emphasizes the wonderful nature of the wedding day. It is a snap shot, and captured moment of simple joy, complete love, and the promise of many days of happiness.

As you approach your wedding day, don’t forget it’s significance goes beyond the table settings and the reception decorations. Have your goal for the day to have the same look of joy on your face as the Kennedy’s do on their wedding day.