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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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It is not that hard to choose the proper wedding attire to wear when going to a wedding.  Most of us exert a lot of effort to look our best when going out, and going to a wedding is not any different from that.  As some people would say it, just look better than your best when attending someone’s wedding.

The Clues Are on the Invitation

A question that may come to mind when choosing what wedding attire to wear is exactly that: What should you wear to a wedding?  The answer to your question lies on the wedding invitation itself.  If the wedding invitation you have in your hand is embossed and engraved and talks in a very formal language, it only goes to show that the wedding is a formal event.  However, if the invitation is casually presented and written, it means that the wedding is a more casual and intimate affair.

Another clue that will help you decide what wedding attire to deck yourself in when you show up at a wedding is the venue of the wedding.  Church weddings with reception at a fancy restaurant always call for dressier wedding attire.  If it is a wedding at a beach or a destination wedding, it is perfectly acceptable to wear something more laid back.

Daytime or Evening?

Perhaps a more important clue that you should pay attention to in deciding what wedding attire to wear is the time of the wedding.  It spells a huge difference if the wedding is going to be held during the daytime or at night.

For daytime weddings, you do not need to show up in formal wedding attire.  It still depends on the degree of the formality of the wedding, but you can get away with wearing a suit in light colors or a stylish pastel dress.  You can also choose a skirt-and-blouse outfit as long as it looks sleek and smart.  Always go for light-colored clothes for daytime weddings and stay away from wearing black.

As for evening weddings, formal wedding attire is usually the required dress code, but that still depends on whether the wedding is black-tie optional or strictly black tie.  If the event is just black-tie optional, you can wear a dark suit or a cocktail dress.

With strictly black tie weddings, the appropriate wedding attire is a formal ball gown.  This is your chance to show off your style by wearing a floor-length evening dress, fancy evening wraps or shawls and formal jewelry.  Your makeup should be a little more heavy and dramatic than how you usually wear it.  Make sure, however that the wedding attire that you will get is something that fits well and …

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Jewelry and weddings really are a natural partnering. The most popular leading pieces tend to be, of course, the engagement and wedding rings. Since you’ll be wearing the actual rings every single day for the remainder in your life, they ought to reflect your personality as well as your lifestyle.

Of course, any jewelry that you wear for the big day should enhance your overall look–your gown, your hair and even your environment. While appearances play a large part, cash does as well, so if you cannot afford to turn up dripping with diamonds, then take a look at department stores for his or her designs in cubic zirconia.

Now, it may be traditional within the USA for wedding rings to contain a minimum of one diamond; nevertheless, in Europe along with other parts of the world, wedding rings frequently contain a selection of coloured stones.

  • If you go searching for a gemstone, decide on the budget, then select the carat or weight of the diamond. After that decide on which cut you want, that will determine just how much light is going to be reflected and will affect how the gem looks. You will also need to consider gemstone color (less colour equals much more fire), diamond clearness or blemishes within the stone, and also the mounting.Carefully think about the bride’s dress; that will dictate whether a necklace is required. If the  bodice of the dress is heavily embellished with sequins or pearls, you don’t have a need for much more embellishment like a necklace. Nevertheless, if your clothes are plain and sophisticated, a little string of pearls or a stylish diamond (or even cubic zirconia pendant) is definitely an appealing choice.Decide whether a bracelet will be appropriate to wear with the dress. When the dress offers long sleeves with embellishments around the cuffs or if you, the bride-to-be plan on putting on lacy mitts, then the bracelet is, once more, unnecessary. However, if the marriage dress is short-sleeved, sleeveless or even strapless, an easy yet stylish bracelet will be a tasteful addition to the ensemble.

    Wear earrings when the bride’s hairdo is swept up. When the bride has a long neck and the bodice of the wedding dress is simple, earrings which dangle are a stylish choice. When the bride’s neck is short or when the bodice of the dress is actually embellished, then stud earrings really are a better option. Whichever design earring are actually worn, they should complement the pendant if the former is worn.

    If the bride opts to put on a gemstone necklace, then she should complement it with a set of pearl ear-rings.Choose jewelry for that bride’s locks that will go well with

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So there you are, two months away from the big day, and you are at the printer’s (our guys are www.ashgrovetrading.com, incidentally) to pick out the perfect wedding invitation. Which happens to be not as easy as he thought, as they have far too many perfect wedding invitation styles laid out before you to choose from. It almost seems as if you can’t make your mind up.

The thing is, people don’t realize that wedding invitation styles aren’t just about what seems to look nice printed on those cards. The style is supposed to give you some kind of inkling as to what you can expect the wedding to be like.

Certainly, a wedding invitation is supposed to lay some definite pieces of information out about when the wedding is, where it is to be, the names of the people it is to take place among and so on. But the people who receive invitations will also read between the lines – to see what kind of wedding it’s likely to be. It’s their first taste of the wedding. You want it to be pretty good.

This actually makes it easier for you to choose the wedding invitation styles that are presented to you. You just have to choose something that represents the style you’ve planned your wedding in.

For instance, if your wedding is to be a modern or contemporary affair, you’ll have a lot of freedom picking colors and styles to play around with. You can have a lot of fun with crazy envelope styles, cartoon or even movie characters. If it’s to be a classic or traditional wedding though, a mellower wedding invitation styles might go better.

Cotton paper that’s cream colored would probably look best. The lettering should probably be done in the gray, silver or a classic black. Some people feel that pure white stationery is the best way to go. Sometimes, paneled stationery can communicate a feeling of class and timelessness.

Brides tend to forget when they choose among the wedding invitation styles, that there is another kind card they need to think about – the RSVP card and perhaps the thank you card. If you ordered all of them at once, you’d save a lot, probably. It’ll probably qualify for some kind of a bulk order rate. Not to mention, you can easily order to have all of them in the same look and style. Some people even order their wedding place holders right then).…