Popular Ceremony Readings
Looking for a ceremony reading or blessing? Here are five of our favorites: To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh To love is not to possess, To own or imprison, Nor to lose one’s self in another. Love... Read More
How to Choose Your Ceremony Readings
You know you want at least one reading at your wedding, but not sure what to pick? Here are a few tips: Pick something that is reflective of how you both feel about your wedding, relationship, or future. The theme... Read More
Ask the Editor: Church Wedding for a Non-Member?
I’m not exactly a member of any particular church but still would like to have a typical church wedding (too afraid it may rain at an outside wedding). So…do most churches allow you to use their place for a wedding... Read More
Ask the Editor: How Do I Cut the Guest List?
My fiancée and I would love to have a large wedding, but our budget is limited. If we cut the guest list, who do we cut? Zach, Madison, WI First, if you are trying to have a more lavish affair,... Read More
Ask the Editor: How Do We Pick a Date?
My fiancé and I can’t seem to pick a date. We don’t really care when we get married and have no preference over a certain season or day. What are some other factors we should consider? – Matthew, Thousand Oaks,... Read More
Ask the Editor: Should I Attend My Gay Brother’s Wedding?
My brother is gay and getting married to his long-term boyfriend. I’m religious and don’t approve of his lifestyle, or gay marriage in general. We still see each other regularly and I am always polite to his boyfriend, but both... Read More
Ask the Editor: Can You Invite Guests to Just the Reception?
Can people be invited to just the ceremony or reception, but not both? Risa, Austin, TX This question comes up most often for those having a destination wedding. While it is problematic to invite many people to your wedding, but... Read More
The Importance of Budget “Wiggle Room”
When you set the budget for your wedding, it’s always smart to allow for some “wiggle room”. The more you delve into your wedding planning, the more unexpected costs you will find. Most likely, you will not only end up... Read More
Considering a Holiday Weekend Wedding?
Although the couple might be thinking that a holiday weekend is a surefire way for guests to be able to attend, often the opposite is true. Especially during the summer, holiday plans are often booked far in advance. Although people... Read More
Wedding Size and Family
Disagreements over the size of the wedding? Ultimately, the choice lies with the bride and groom, within the constraints of the budget. Now, that isn’t to say that the couple ought to veto whomever they want from the wedding when... Read More
When to Take Wedding Pictures
Often, the easiest time to take the wedding party pictures is before the ceremony. The makeup and hair is impeccable, the suits haven’t wrinkled, and the guests haven’t arrived. Photographers can also take what is known as “first look” pictures’the... Read More
Try an Off-Season Wedding
Don’t care when you get married? Think off-season. Depending upon where you live, there are generally a few months when it seems like no one is getting married. For those in the northern half of the country, that is usually... Read More
Finding an Officiant
Looking for a wedding officiant and have no idea where to start? Although many couples generally select their officiant depending upon what religious services they attend, others face the daunting prospect of finding a virtual stranger to play such an... Read More
Trying to Decide on an Invitation?
Your invitation is one of the first indications your guests may have about your wedding. Although you don’t have to, it’s fun to make an extra effort when picking out your invite so that it matches the theme of your... Read More
First Meeting with Florist
As with most wedding vendors, choosing the right one can seem overwhelming. Here are a few quick tips: Do your research ahead of time. Whether from their own websites or real weddings, check out examples of their work. When you... Read More
Symbolism of Flowers
Particularly during the Victorian era, symbolism was an important part of the courting process. Flowers had significant meanings and when a beau gave one, it was his own sort of hidden message to his sweetheart. When you plan your floral... Read More