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In today’s wedding traditions, the responsibilities of the best man are actually pretty benign. Hes consigned to remembering the rings and giving a speech at the reception and, while these may be stressful to a certain degree, they certainly aren’t hazardous to the best man’s health.

Things were much different, however, when the concept of the best man originated with the Germanic tribes nearly 2,000 years ago.

During this time, a man in search of a bride often had to kidnap her from a nearby village.  This was, as you can imagine, often a dangerous mission, and it would have been foolish for a prospective groom to try it alone.  Therefore, he would select the best man in his village to assist him.  The best man was chosen for his strength, reliability, and weapons skills. Whats more, the best man’s job was not over once the raid had been completed.  There was still the possibility that the bride’s family would crash the wedding and attempt to steal her back by force.  For this reason, the best man would stay next to the groom throughout the ceremony, ready to protect the blissful couple until the marriage could be completed.  This is also the reason why the bride traditionally stands to the left of the groom during the wedding ceremony – so that he and the best man could keep their weapons in their right hands to protect her.

Since the likelihood of furious, armed relatives storming a wedding ceremony and dragging the bride away has diminished in recent years (at least in most wedding Ive been to :)) , the title of the best man has become a symbol of honor and of friendship rather than of confidence in the ability to use a spear.  If you have been selected to be a best man, however, you can take pride in the importance that your role has carried throughout the millennia.…

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The center of any wedding reception and one of the major decisions of the bride and groom is the choosing of the wedding cake. Wedding cakes come in all shapes, sizes and flavors but one thing they have in common is frosting!

With many flavors and types of frostings to choose from, making a selection can be difficult. Wedding cake frosting has come a long way from the butter cream which was typically used in the past. Today, frosting can come in any flavor combination imaginable with extracts and natural fruit juices.

The wedding cake is the culmination of the wedding ceremony and the ingredients for the frosting should be well thought out. The main thing which needs to be remembered when choosing a wedding cake frosting is to make sure the frosting can hold up for the amount of time it will be displayed before cutting and enjoying it. A good way to ensure the frosting can sit for the hours necessary is have the bakery bake a small sample cake with the frosting of your choice and let it sit over night to see if the frosting will hold its shape and flavor. Another factor to consider when choosing the perfect wedding cake frosting is taste. Many times this can be the most important factor because if the cake is covered in fondant for the perfect look, you want to make sure it tastes just as good as it looks.

When choosing the flavor of the frosting the best way to make sure you get a frosting you will enjoy is through a tasting with the bakery. Call the bakery and set up a cake tasting and they will prepare several types of cakes and frosting for sampling. Frosting can come in any flavor but you need to make sure that the taste of the frosting will combine well with your choice for the cake recipe.Of course, the baker will be able to guide you and offer advice about what frostings pair best with each cake.You have many more choices than just chocolate and vanilla. Orange added to white chocolate can give a refreshing burst of flavor to the cake. Almond extract added to a vanilla fondant can add also add an extra layer of flavor. If you are making your own wedding cake, it is a good idea to experiment with different cake and frosting combinations prior to making your actual wedding cake. Just make small round cakes using different recipes and then see how they taste with different flavors of wedding cake frosting. This experimenting can be a lot of fun, especially for brides and grooms who happen to have a sweet tooth.

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The term goes all the way back to sixteenth century, when a small piece of bread would be placed in a goblet of wine. The goblet would be passed from guest to guest until it reached the person being honored who would drain the goblet and eat the morsel of bread in the bottom. This tradition is practiced at weddings today – usually in the form of one or more champagne “toasts”.

The best man usually has the honor (or duty) of making the first toast.

Usually the bride and groom remain seated for the toasts while all the guests are usually standing to honor them. This all happens before they pack their large suitcases and head off for the honeymoon.

The couple may then make a few remarks thanking their families, wedding party members, and guests. They may also “toast” each other or share a “toast” together.

In the Jewish tradition, the Rabbi recites the marriage blessings over a goblet of wine. Both the bride & groom then drink from the glass. In most ceremonies, after the marriage contract is read, the groom then crushes the glass under his right foot and the Rabbi gives his “priestly blessings”. Conversely, according to Irish wedding traditions, it was bad luck if a glass or cup were broken on the wedding day.

Here are some great ways to give a quick wedding toast in a variety of cultural languages.

Chinese: Ganbei! (dry your cup)
Dutch: Prost! (health)
English: Cheers!
French: Santé! (health)
German: Prost! (cheers)
Hebrew: Le’chaim! (to life)
Irish: Sláinte! (to your health)
Italian: Per cent’anni! (for one hundred years)
Italian 2: Salute (health)
Japanese: Kanpai! (dry your cup)
Russian: Vashe zdorovie! (to health)
Spanish: Salud! (health)
Welsh: Iechyd da! (health)

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The Wedding March is a tune that this just about as recognizable as the Happy Birthday song. There are lots of other tunes out there to that we quickly associate with weddings – Pachelbel’s Canon in D is one of them, too. Of course, everyone does want one of these tunes playing at their wedding – because without them, a wedding just doesn’t feel like a wedding. While a little tradition is nice though, no one says that wedding reception music our ceremony music has to be all traditional. It can be as individual as you are. The great part here is that you can save a lot of money going the non-traditional way.

The best way to save on money setting the atmosphere up with music at your wedding is to stay away from live music, of course. Live music requires trained professionals, and they happen to cost a lot of money. Great CDs and a nice public address system are often all you need. If you really want people to admire what you’ve done with the music for the ceremony, look hard for some beautiful but unfamiliar music.

When it comes to what to do for your wedding reception music, you have a great option in hiring a DJ. When there’s a DJ, it kind of feels like there’s a live person putting up the music; but since it’s just one person and not a whole band, it doesn’t cost you very much. If you have a friend who kind of fancies himself an undiscovered treasure in the deejaying business they could be willing to get up there for free. Not least because they imagine that the girls all love the DJ.

If you really have your heart set on live wedding reception music, you certainly do have a few options. For the ceremony, you can easily hire someone who is a student musician. You just have to go down to a local music school and ask for a really talented student. They would be happy to have a gig.

In any wedding orchestra, do solo instruments are usually the ones that cost the most. While they can be very nice of course, if you’re trying to get things through on a budget, just having a three-piece a band and no solos would really help your cause. And if your wedding is in a church, using the church organist or pianist could really help.

Hiring a brand-new DJ or a brand-new band could really help you cut down on costs. But you do want to be sure you know what kind of music really they play. You don’t want to be in a situation where you get a …

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Lots of people think that if you hire a wedding photographer, you need to sit down and write out a full list of all the kinds of important shots that you’re looking for. You can kind of see where this comes from. It used to be that wedding photographers only had so many rolls of film to shoot. They had to make sure that they got all the important shots. Bridal magazines would give out very specific ideas on what kind of shots to get – like “Get a shot of the bride looking happily at the cake as the mother clasps her hands together standing behind”. These kinds of instructions aren’t really necessary these days when digital cameras can hold thousands of pictures. Check out this set of wedding photography tips on all the other myths and fake beliefs there are that come with the territory.

People really love the idea of beautiful wedding portraits these days – where there are formal pictures of all the important people in the wedding. Quick lists of wedding photography tips will often make it sound like wedding photographers who shoot in a journalistic style – wedding photojournalists – don’t do formal portraits.

This isn’t true at all. Just because they shoot in a reporter’s style, like they are capturing news as and when it happens, doesn’t mean they can’t do anything that is posed and prepared. Any wedding photographer – of the journalism persuasion or anything else – is supposed to be completely equipped for anything.

Often, people will think that if it’s a large wedding, that there’s more going on than what just one wedding photographer can handle. And so, they’ll divide their photography budget up in two and hire two mediocre photographers. They think that they’re getting more for their money.

Now nothing could be farther from the truth. You may have ten inexperienced photographers at your wedding, and they would still miss lots of important things if they don’t have experience covering a wedding. You want an experienced photographer. No matter what.

Outdoor weddings have become popular. But often, the weather can play spoilsport by literally raining on your parade. This does not mean though that an experienced photographer won’t be able to take many good pictures.

You’ll find wedding photography tips everywhere on how to make the most of a rainy day. Make sure your photographer is skilled enough at his craft that he knows how to work his camera for the best results in unpleasant weather.

And finally, to put to rest a particularly stubborn myth that never seems to leave us, you can’t hire an amateur for a wedding just because he seems to know more …