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Wedding Toast Quotes

Are you hitting a wall writing your wedding toast? We’ve got you covered! Here is a list of wedding toast quotes that you can use:

Cultural Proverbs

“Where there is love, there is no sin.”
—Montenegrin proverb

“When the husband drinks to the wife, all would be well; when the wife drinks to the husband, all is.”
—English proverb

“Marriage has teeth, and him bit very hot.”
—Jamaican proverb

“Love is like a baby; it needs to be treated gently.”
—Congolese proverb

“Deep love is stronger than life.”
—Jewish proverb

“Try to reason about love and you will lose your reason.”
—French proverb

“Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.”
—Russian proverb

“The heart that loves is always young.”
—Greek proverb

Cultural Blessings

“May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
The sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.”
—Irish blessing

“Ten thousand things bright
Ten thousand miles, no dust
Water and sky one color
Houses shining along your road.”
—Chinese blessing

“May you grow old on one pillow.”
—Armenian blessing

“May their joys be as bright as the morning, and their sorrows but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.”
—Armenian blessing

“Happy the bride and bridegroom and thrice happy are they whose love grows stronger day by day and whose union remains undissolved until the last day.”
—African-American blessing

“May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river.”
—African blessing

“May your love be as endless as your wedding rings.”
—Traditional blessing

“May their joys be as deep as the ocean
And their misfortunes as light as the foam.”
—Armenian blessing

“Let’s drink to love, which is nothing—unless it’s divided by two.”
—Irish blessing

“May your joys be as sweet as spring flowers that grow.
As bright as a fire when winter winds blow,
As countless as leaves that float down in the fall,
As serene as the love that keeps watch over us all.”
—Old English blessing

Traditional Toasts

“Ka mau ki aha. (May you never thirst again.)”
—Traditional Hawaiian wedding toast

“A toast to love and laughter, and happily ever after.”
—Traditional toast

“Ad multos annos—to many years!”
—Latin toast

“Here’s to the bride and the groom!
May you have a happy honeymoon,
May you lead a happy life,
May you have a bunch of money soon,
And live without all strife.”
—Traditional toast

“Here’s to the groom with the bride so fair,
And here’s to the bride with groom so rare!”
—Traditional toast

“Here’s to the husband
And here’s to the wife;
May they remain
Lovers for life.”
—Traditional toast

“Let us toast the health of the bride;
Let us toast the health of the groom;
Let us toast the person that tied;
Let us toast every guest in the room.”
—Traditional toast

Traditional Graces

“Bless, O Lord, this food to our use, and us to Thy service, and make us ever needful of the needs of others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
—Traditional Protestant grace

“Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we have received out of Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
—Traditional Catholic grace

“For what we are about to receive, the Lord make us truly thankful, for Christ’s sake. Amen.
What we are about to receive, may the Trinity and the Unity bless. Amen.”
—Grace before meal

“Barukh atah Adonai Elohaynu melekh ha-olam ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Source of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth. Amen.”
—Traditional Jewish blessing over challah bread (Ha-Motzi)

Famous Quotes

“Insomuch as love grows you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.”
—St. Augustine

“Blessings
Be present at your table, Lord.
Be here and everywhere adored.
Those mercies bless, and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee.”
—John Cennick

“All love should be simply stepping-stones to the love of God…Blessed be His name for His great goodness and mercy.”
—Plato

Biblical Blessing

“The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!”
—Numbers 6:24-26

Shakespearean Toasts and Blessings

“A flock of blessings light upon thy back.”
—Romeo and Juliet, Act III

“Fair thought and happy hours attend you.”
—The Merchant of Venice, Act III

“Look down you gods,
And on this couple drop a blessed crown.”
—The Tempest, Act V

“I wish you all the joy you can wish.”
—The Merchant of Venice, Act III

“The best of happiness, honor, and fortunes keeps with you.”
—Timon of Athens, Act I

“God, the best maker of all marriages,
Combine your hearts in one.”
—King Henry V, Act V

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.”
—from “Venus and Adonis”

“Honor, riches, marriage blessing,
Love continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you!
Juno sings her blessings on you.”
—The Tempest, Act IV

Have you recently given a wedding toast and used on of these? What have we missed?

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10 Wedding Registry Items You Won’t Want to Forget

A wedding registry is a chance for you to share your gift wish list with your guests. Don’t miss out on a chance to get your hearts’ desires (and your home’s needs)!

Here are 10 wedding registry items to add to your list:

Luggage

If you plan to travel the world with your sweetheart at your side (or just get to your in-laws and back) you will need some luggage. Investing in good luggage is a smart move, as high-quality items will serve you well for years and keep all your key items safe as you explore new destinations.

Lighting

Lighting can really change the atmosphere and look of a space. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask for interesting lighting solutions, like lamps, fixtures, and chandeliers to give your nest a “bright outlook” for the future.

Storage

Chances are that post tying the knot, you’ll have a lot of new “stuff” in your home – houseware, kitchen supplies, etc. Don’t forget to add storage and organization solutions to your wedding registry list and keep all your other gifts in order. From cutlery organizers to shelving bins to shoe racks, these keep your home tidy and manageable. Believe me, the less clutter, the happier your life will be.

Cookbooks

With all these new kitchen appliances and cooking supplies, you may find you want some inspiration for dinnertime. Register for interesting and beautiful cookbooks that you will love flipping through for ideas and will come to rely on when that fancy dinner party comes up.

Entertainment

There’s more to living at home than just cooking with those brand new appliances or laundering all those new linens. Don’t forget to add some fun games and entertainment ideas to spice up life at home. They are also perfect for a get together with friends.

Rug

It’s easy to forget about the floor and just focus on major furniture pieces upon entering a room. Give your spaces some flavor by adding accent rugs to your wedding registry. Choose ones with interesting patterns or textures to add a pop and some warmth to your rooms.

Bathroom Accessories

Wedding registries always seem to skew towards the kitchen and linens. One thing that you don’t want to forget when compiling your list is your bathroom’s needs. Add matching cups, soap dishes and toothbrush holders and splurge on a gorgeous shower curtain that will make your bathroom look fresh and glamorous.

Kitchen Scale

Measuring cups and spoons are always a cute wedding gift. However, a digital food scale is just as important, yet often forgotten. Tack one onto your wedding registry lists for accurate baking and cooking experiments in the kitchen.

Knife sharpener

Almost everyone registers for a knife set or individual high-quality kitchen blades. Those same people often forget the importance of a knife sharpener to keep your knives in good shape for years.

Grill

With your indoor kitchen all taken care of, it’s time to start developing your outdoor one! Add a grill to your wedding registry list and you’ll be all set for those hot summer days that barbecuing is perfect for. Now you won’t be able to fend off your friends who will see this as an excuse to drop in for some backyard fun.

We want to hear your opinion! Did you register for any of these items when you got married? 

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Hawaiian Wedding Traditions

If you like the idea of getting lei’d at the beginning of your wedding ceremony, then a Hawaiian wedding may be right up your alley!

There are so many wonderful reasons to incorporate Hawaiian wedding customs into your ceremony, whether you’re getting married on the beach in Maui or in a Catholic church in Chicago. Central to the Hawaiian culture is the Aloha Spirit, which can be loosely defined as a commitment to treat oneself and others with kindness, respect and love.

Here is a quick guide to some traditional Hawaiian wedding customs that will lend meaning and originality to your ceremony:

Flowers
The traditional Hawaiian flower lei, signifies love and respect. They are worn by the bride and groom as well as members of the wedding party. Usually, there is a lei exchange between bride and groom at the beginning of the ceremony, along with an explanation of its significance. Like a wedding ring, the lei is an unbroken circle that represents your eternal commitment and devotion to one another. The beauty of each individual flower is not lost when it becomes a part of the lei, but is enhanced because of the strength of its bond. Additionally, the bride often wears a garland of flowers in her hair, rather than a veil.

Attire
In traditional Hawaiian weddings, both the bride and groom wear all white, and the groom wears a colored sash around his waist. It is also common these days for the groom and groomsmen to wear aloha shirts with light colored pants; while this is not traditional protocol, it is certainly acceptable and festive island attire. Let’s not lean too far in the vacation-wear direction, though: Ladies, while island style is casual, I recommend waiting at least until the reception gets going to don the coconut bras and grass skirts.

Music
The Hawaiian Wedding Song, Ke Kali Nei Au, is usually played during the ceremony, although it would work nicely as the first dance at your reception as well. It was originally written in Hawaiian in1926 by Charles King, and has been translated into English and covered by several artists; most notably Elvis Presley in the movie, Blue Hawaii.

Rings & Rings Blessing
Native to the Big Island of Hawaii, the Koa wood and Ti leaf ring blessing has a lovely meaning and is beautiful in its simplicity. Koa is a treasured and valuable hardwood that represents integrity and strength, which are foundational qualities of a marriage. The Ti leaf represents prosperity, health, and blessing of body, mind, and spirit. The officiant begins by dipping a Koa wood bowl into a body of water. The leaf is dipped into the bowl, and the water is sprinkled three times over the rings while the following chant is recited: Ei-Ah Eha-No. Ka Malohia Oh-Na-Lani. Mea A-Ku A-Pau, means: May peace from above rest upon you and remain with you now and forever. The water signifies two things: First, washing back into the ocean, symbolically, any hindrance to your relationship. Secondly, it represents a brand new beginning as husband and wife.

Ti Leaf and Lava Rock Ceremony
This is another significant and beautiful part of the traditional Hawaiian wedding. The lava rock is symbolic of the moment you made a lifetime commitment to one another. It is wrapped in a Ti leaf and left at the ceremony site as an offering, prayer, and blessing which remains steadfast at the place of your marriage, marking the birth of your union, while your rings are a symbol of that commitment that travel with you wherever you go.

Remembering Deceased Family Members
The Hawaiians contend that when the wind stirs at a wedding, it is the presence of their Ohana (family) who are physically absent but surround you at this moment with their love, support, and blessing. This draws attention to the dearly departed with its explanation and can serve as a pleasant and casual reminder throughout the ceremony. This method is most prudent if you’re having an outdoor ceremony or using a temperamental fan.

Did you have a destination wedding in Hawaii or did you incorporate any of these Hawaiian traditions into your wedding? We want to hear all about it!

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Winter Wedding Flowers

Brides getting married in the winter may worry there will not be many floral varieties and colors available. Far from it! There are many winter wedding flowers to choose from!

White weddings have always ruled in winter, but an all-white color palette doesn’t have to be stark white. Instead, opt for a soft, “antique” white effect, made up of flowers in creams, ivories, and even very pale blush hues. Or opt for elegant silver and white arrangements – a popular choice for flowers for winter brides. Silver leaves, sequins, and tendrils of silver ribbon and delicate, graceful snowdrops transform a classic white assortment into a glamorous wintry display.

To decorate a winter wonderland event, incorporate pussy willow branches – they have with soft, furry buds up and down the shiny bare twigs which look like the paw prints of a kitten. White-tipped pinecones, mistletoe and marabou feathers, blue-gray juniper boughs, sage green lamb’s ear and silvery Dusty Miller leaves give a frosty effect that reflects the snowy season.

Christmas wedding flowers can include festive holiday red flowers like velvety, perfectly opened amaryllis blossoms. Add hypericum berries, lacy sprigs of arborvitae, red berries, and holly for a stunning seasonal bridal bouquet or striking red table centerpiece.

List Of Winter Wedding Flowers In Season

Amaryllis
Anemone
Camellias
Casablanca Lilies
Forget-me-nots
French Tulips
Gardenias
Holly
Jasmine
Orchids
Mini Gerberas
Narcissus Paper Whites
Poinsettias
Roses

Did you get married in the winter? What flowers did you use?

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Potential Hidden Wedding Costs

Think you’ve got your wedding budget all figured out? Not so fast! Hidden wedding costs like décor rentals, permits, and even cake cutting can quickly send your budget through the roof! Here are a few hidden wedding costs to be mindful of when planning your big day.

Here are a few hidden wedding costs to be mindful of when planning your big day:

Postage
Wedding envelopes weigh more than regular letters – many can cost up to $2 each to mail. While not a huge expense, many couples are not expecting a $300 postage bill when choosing a large design.

Welcome Bag Delivery
Some hotels charge $5-$7 per bag they hand out to guests but might not advertise it.

Extra Hours
Both the wedding venue and the wedding band or DJ can charge more if the couple wants to go late (often after 10pm).

Taxes and Tip
These things can run up to 20% on top of costs – a huge difference.

Flowers
Choosing out of season flowers (like roses most of the year) can increase a wedding budget significantly because the flowers will need to be imported. Picking local, seasonal wedding flowers is better for your wallet and the environment.

Cake Cutting
Many couples think that bringing in their own DIY wedding cake will save money, but a lot of venues have their own in-house pastry chef and/or a contract with a cake company. They require a cake cutting fee that ranges from $1-$7 per guest.

Dinner Rentals
If the reception space does not provide wedding décor like linens, china, flatware, tables or chairs, couples will find themselves stuck with a huge expense. For example, rental chairs can range from $2-$20 per chair, and rental delivery can run up to $500+.

Set Up Fees
Things like décor, sound equipment, floral arrangements and rentals may require set up and delivery which, depending on agreements with each vendor, can add additional costs.

Clean Up Costs
Some venues include clean up costs, but others do not. These charges can run up to $750 for garbage removal, freight elevator use, and cleaning. If you want to make sure everything is recycled, be sure to ask ahead of time and/or arrange to have your friends or family pick up and deliver recyclables after the event.

Vendor Meals
When doing the head count couples need to consider their vendors. These are often offered at a discount, but need to be inquired about.

Corkage Fees
If they want to save money on wine, they may lose depending on the fees. Generally, wines over $20 a bottle make sense to pay cork fees on. Corkage fees also allow couples to bring in organic wine or a favorite that is not available on the menu.

Permits
If planning a wedding in a public area, there are often permits and usage fees to consider. Couples and wedding planners should look online well in advance of the big day.

The Backup Plan
Couples MUST have a backup indoor or tented venue. This plan, whether used on the day or not, can add cost.

When it comes to the budget, hidden wedding costs are easy to avoid or factor in with a little planning. If you keep these hidden wedding costs in mind before you make big decisions you won’t get caught with a bill larger than you anticipated.

We want to hear from you! Were there any other unexpected fees for your wedding that we may have missed?

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Transitioning From Miss to Mrs

Name change after marriage is big decision and there are SO many options.  Will you take your spouse’s last name, hyphenate, take two last names without a hyphen, take your maiden name as your middle name, use your name professionally and his/hers socially or simply keep your maiden name?  The possibilities are overwhelming and the emotions around the concept of name change can be highly charged.

If you do decide to change your name (which most do), there is a stack of government name change forms waiting for you to complete and file in a specific order.

Follow these simple steps to make your transition from Miss to Mrs. a smooth one!

1 – Purchase 2 to 3 Certified Copies of Your Marriage Certificate

2 – Obtain a Social Security Card with Your New Married Name

3 – Update your Driver’s License or ID from your State Motor Vehicle/Transportation Office

4 – Notify the IRS of Your Name Change

5 – Update Your U.S. Passport

6 – Notify the Post Office

7 – Change Your Personal Paperwork

8 – Last but certainly not least, Use Your New Married Name!

 

We hope this list will make your transition from Miss to Mrs a little simpler! We want to hear from you, too! Have you gone through the process of changing your name after getting married? How was the process for you?

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How to Create the Perfect Wedding Program

It does not matter if you are having a full-length religious ceremony or a quick one-two “I Do,” a wedding program is a great way to help your guests follow along and know what to expect. (Plus, it’s a fun way to get creative!) Here is how to create the perfect wedding program:

Make It Your Own

You are the one designing the wedding program, so make it fit you and your soon-to-be husband. Style it to fit the wedding you have created. Don’t worry about it being “traditional” because for today’s wedding, the more original you are, the better!

Looks Aren’t Everything

Of course making your program look beautiful is important, but just as important (if not more) is making it functional! Here is what is traditionally found inside the program:

– Name of bride and groom
– Name of parents of the bride and groom
– List of all bridesmaids and groomsmen
– List of all flower girls and ring bearers
– Name of officiate
– Name of musicians and/or others that will be part of the ceremony
– Simple ‘thank you’ to your friends and family for attending/their love and support
– List of events for the ceremony

Don’t Wait Too Long!

If you do decide to create your own wedding program, be sure to have them done a few weeks before the big day. Why add the extra stress by waiting until the last minute?

 

We want to hear from you! Did you create your own wedding program? If so, what did you include?

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What To Know Before Committing To Your Wedding Gown

There is SO much that you have to plan for your wedding, so to make at least the dress shopping a little easier, we have compiled a list of things you should be aware before you say “yes!”

Ask About The Fit

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and bridal consultants are great resources to help you find a dress style that is going to look AWESOME with your figure! I know sometimes you fall in love with a dress you see in a magazine, and we’re not saying that you shouldn’t try that on too, but definitely keep an open mind to different styles because you never know which dress will be perfect for you!

 Ask About The Bustle

You want to know how a dress would traditionally be bustled because there are many ways to do it. Each dress type will have a type that fits it best, but remember, your dress is bustled up for the majority of the night so you want to make sure you like the way it looks. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Ask About The Veil And Other Accessories

If you had your heart set on wearing your mother’s veil or a piece of jewelry that you love, make sure it fits with the dress that you are committing to. Otherwise, you might have to reconsider wearing the accessory for your big day.

Ask About The Hottest Trends

Consultants are great for asking about the current trends because they live and breathe weddings!

Ask About Delivery/Timeline

Make sure whatever dress you decide on can be made and delivered to you with enough time to also get further alterations. This is SUPER important!

Ask About Potential Alteration Fees

If you are a bride on a budget (and let’s face it, who isn’t these days?) you will want to make sure you have a round about idea of what the alterations will cost. Some dresses can be custom made to the exact length you need to save you on hemline costs. Look into these possibilities so you have a clear idea of what it will all cost.

We know sometimes wedding dress shopping can be stressful, but we want it to be a FUN time for you! So we hope these tips will help you in your journey to find the perfect wedding gown!

So did we get this list right? What else would you add to it?

 

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Wedding Day Emergency Kit

It’s always a good idea to prepared for the very worst when it’s the most important day of your life! To help make sure you have it all covered, here is a list of items that we recommend you include in a “wedding day emergency kit.”

Sewing Kit

  • Sewing needles
  • Safety pins
  • Small scissors
  • Hem tape
  • Fashion tape
  • Thread
  • Clear nail polish
  • Super glue
  • Lint roller
  • Chalk
  • Tide-to-go
  • Static guard

Makeup

  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eyeshadow
  • Chapstick
  • Lipstick
  • Lip gloss
  • Makeup remover
  • Q-tips
  • Oil absorbing sheets
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file
  • Tissues
  • Mirror

Meds & More

  • Pain relievers
  • Personal meds
  • Tums
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Band-aids
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Tampons
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush

Hair

  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
  • Baby Powder

Extras

  • Water
  • Granola bars
  • Chocolate
  • Energy drinks
  • Drinking straws
  • Mints
  • Phone charger
  • Bride’s I.D.
  • Cash
  • Earring backs
  • Black socks

 

We want your opinion! Did we get the list right? What else would you add?

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Maid Of Honor Checklist

Congrats on being asked to be Maid of Honor! There is a lot of responsibility that comes with this role. To help you be the best ‘MOH’ possible, here is a simple checklist to follow:

  • Manage the bridesmaids and mediate and conflicts that arise
  • Keep a level head throughout the bride’s wedding planning
  • Oversee and keep track of pre-wedding expenses for the bridesmaids
  • Pay for her own wedding attire and travel expenses
  • Help the bride shop for her wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses
  • Coordinate any necessary bridesmaid fittings and ensure bridesmaids are getting their dresses and accessories on time
  • Offer to help address wedding invitation and assist with misc. wedding projects
  • Organize and host (or co-host) the bridal shower
  • Organize and plan the bachelorette party
  • Attend all pre-wedding events, including the wedding rehearsal and dinner
  • Offer to help the bride pack for the honeymoon
  • Make sure the bridesmaids all arrive at the wedding on time with everything they need
  • Assist with bride’s appearance during the wedding and rehearsal
  • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony
  • Sign the marriage certificate
  • Give a toast to the bride and groom at the reception
  • Make sure everything at the reception goes as planned
  • Help transport wedding gifts from the reception
  • Attend the send-off party or post-wedding brunch

We want to hear from YOU! Did we get this list right? What else would you add to the list of responsibilities for a Maid of Honor?