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10 Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

Your bridesmaids will be standing by your side on one of the biggest days of your life. We love the tradition of giving them a little something special to honor their friendship and participation in your wedding! Here are 10 fabulous gift ideas perfect for your favorite ladies!

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10 Thoughtful Touches For Your Guests

Your wedding day is all about the two of you and beginning your life together, but you can’t forget about the many people who will be there to support you, often traveling hundreds of miles to get there! Although there’s lots to plan for your wedding, don’t forget the special touches that make your guests feel welcome as well. We’ve …

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Gorgeous Gold Rings

You’ve seen it around here a lot. It’s timeless, elegant and has a color so stunning we just can’t get enough. Sparkling on tabletops, glinting on cakes, glittering on shoes…gold has captured our hearts! It’s been a symbol of marriage for hundreds of years because of its preciousness, and we love seeing it in weddings…especially on …

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Friday Flowers: For the Moms

Although it’s not required by etiquette, it’s customary for the parents of the bride and groom to receive flowers. For the dads, the choice is easy: a bout. For the moms? A bit more difficult. Do you go corsage? In that case, pin-on or wrist? Do you give them a mini-bouquet? So many options, many of which conjure up horrible …

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Bachelorette Parties Your Grandma Would Approve Of

More and more I’m hearing of brides who have absolutely no desire for a bachelorette party that consists solely of body shots and male dancers, and I have to agree with them. Personally, all I wanted to do was spend some quality time with close friends, sharing laughs and telling stories. This weekend, I attended a bachelorette party. I had …

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The Chinese Banquet: Sneak Peak

Posted 08/06/2010 by in Customs and Traditions \ 4 comments

Our Chinese banquet was last weekend, and I almost cannot believe that all of our wedding events are over. It’s giving me time to reflect and obsessively plan for our trip to Japan, and while wedding planning made me crazy and lose weight from anxiety, there’s a part of me that’s a little sad it’s all over. Can I come …

Conversations about the first look

Conversations about the first look

Posted 04/01/2010 by in Customs and Traditions \ 15 comments

…one late night while (not) studying over boba…

Me: Hey, do you want to do a first look?
Him: Um…I do not know what that is, therefore, probably not.
Me: Ok.
{tapping of fingers on table}
Him: Aren’t you going to tell me what it is?
Me: Well you don’t want to do it.
Him: {look of annoyance} Ok, what is it?
Me: It’s when the couple meets …

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Celebrating Our Culture and Our Complicated Invites

This is the double happiness symbol I have been working with for our Chinese invitations. I purchased it on iStock. Invites to be revealed at a later date!

Lately I have been harping on how complicated our wedding(s) is(are) getting. To quickly recap, we have two events: a ceremony and reception in San Diego, and a big fat Chinese banquet in Sacramento. …

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Challenging Traditions

Where has the time gone? It’s been nearly five months since we said “I do” and one month since my last post. (Unfortunately, I didn’t meet my goal of finishing our wedding recaps before the calendar turned to 2010. I apologize!)

Since August, my husband left a good job in northern New Jersey and accepted an even better job in central …

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The Kransekake

Lance’s mother comes from Norwegian descent.  I remember the first time I went home with Lance for Christmas and was introduced to the wonder that is lutefisk.  Although I personally would not use the words ‘wonderful’ and ‘lutefisk’ in the same sentence, this seems to be a hot item amongst the men in the family (not Lance thankfully – I …

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Gifts Galore

I knew I would be giving gifts during our rehearsal dinner, but I did not I would be receiving gifts, too!

While we were waiting for our food to arrive, my soon-to-be father-in-law gave a touching toast. He even choked up a bit when he acknowledged that his “baby boy” was getting married.

He then turned it over to my soon-to-be mother-in-law, …

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What’s the deal with send-offs?

Really though, what’s the story?

Birdseed, flower petals, confetti to send off from the church. Got it.

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But what about the getaway from the reception? Sparklers, bubbles, etc…

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Are you supposed to do two send-offs?

I like the idea of doing a ribbon wand send off from the church, but I also like …