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Wedding Day Pranks and Practical Jokes

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Practical jokes at a wedding are risky business. Tension is high, nerves are strained and you never know what hornet’s nest you might be stepping in to. On the other hand, a really great joke can help calm tensions and make for a memorable day. In honor of April Fool’s Day we asked some wedding professionals to share their stories of wedding day practical jokes. Read more…

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Wedding Reception Family Dynamics

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A couple of weeks ago we talked about some of the tricky family dynamics that can come in to play when planning your wedding ceremony. I think that because the wedding ceremony has more ritual and meaning behind it than the reception it’s more of a minefield for those families. But the reception can also be contentious. The reception can be especially difficult if the two (or more) families blending have different traditions and ideas about what constitutes a party. Read more…

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How to Hire a Wedding Officiant

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One of the newer items on the wedding “to do” list is hire your officiant, the person who will perform the wedding for you. Even if you belong to a house of worship and have a rabbi or minister who will be performing your ceremony, you may want to consider some of these tips. If you are planning on asking a friend or relative to perform your ceremony, you’ll definitely want to do so. Read more…

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Gay Wedding Etiquette

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Gay marriage is becoming legal in more and more states. Even in those states that do not legally recognize gay marriages many couples are choosing to do away with the “commitment ceremony” language of the past and call their ceremony and celebration what it is, a wedding. Weddings are steeped in etiquette and tradition so many people planning and attending weddings with a same sex couple frequently have questions about how having two celebrants of the same gender affects things. We’re here to help. Read more…

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First Look Photos, Pros and Cons

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Although a fairly new tradition, the “First Look” photo relies on some old-fashioned traditions. Traditionally, the bride and groom did not see each other the day of the wedding and the groom did not see the bride’s dress until she walked down the aisle. The “First Look” photo moves that moment of surprise when the bride and groom first see each other away from the wedding ceremony itself. Read more…

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How to Create a Wedding Program

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Wedding programs are often cited as something that a financially or time-stressed couple can do without for their wedding. It’s true, not every wedding needs a program. But, if your wedding ceremony involves cultural or religious traditions with which not everyone is familiar, wedding programs can be very helpful. Programs can also be great if you have things you want to make sure you say and don’t trust yourself to do a speech or toast at the reception. Read more…