Non-Denominational or Mixed Religion Weddings

Couples of mixed religions or who come from families that do not have a strong religious background may choose to have either a non-denominational wedding or a wedding that blends two separate religions. This can be tricky however because many religions may not honor or recognize a wedding unless it is performed according to their own unique guidelines. For this reason it is very important to check with potential officiants and church leaders to ensure that your wedding plans will result in a union that is recognized by both churches. This is significant because you would not want to invest time and money on a marriage that will wind up not being recognized by the church and possibly not even recognized by the government. Whether a couple decides to have a non-denominational wedding, incorporate aspects of both religion into a ceremony that will not be recognized by either faith or participate in two separate religious ceremonies, it is important to remember that their love for each other and their love of their faith are equally important.

If both the bride and the groom have very strong faith backgrounds and wish to have their wedding recognized by their respective churches, they may have to take a few extra steps to ensure that their union is recognized by their churches. Sometimes the only way to do this is to have a wedding ceremony in both churches. This may seem like an unnecessary step but one of the defining criteria of having your marriage recognized by your faith, for many religions, is to have your wedding ceremony in the church. It is simply not possible to do this unless the couple takes the extra steps of having two wedding ceremonies to ensure that they will be both be accepted as a married couple into their faiths.

Another alternative to participating in two separate ceremonies in order to have the union recognized by both churches is to have a non-denominational wedding that is only recognized by the government. Couples may choose this option if they do not have the time or money that would be required to have two separate wedding ceremonies. A couple may choose a compromise that results in neither church recognizing the union. The theory behind this type of choice is that the couple decides that their love for each other is strong enough to survive and that they do not need to have the approval of their churches in order to have a successful and lasting marriage.

Still another alternative is to have a non-denominational wedding ceremony at a location in a natural setting. At this type of ceremony the couple has no restrictions and can choose to incorporate either religion into the ceremony in any way that they see fit. They may do this by using traditional prayers and religious songs during the ceremony. While this type of ceremony will not be recognized by the church is does offer the couple the opportunity to incorporate some of the religious traditions of both of their faiths into a beautiful ceremony that successfully blends two religions.

A final alternative is to incorporate one faith fully into the wedding ceremony and incorporate the other faith fully into the wedding reception. This option results in the marriage being recognized by one of the religions but does not allow the other family to feel neglected because their faith is well represented in the traditional activities of the wedding reception. This option is only feasible if the member of the couple who will not have their church recognize the union, is completely accepting and understand of this fact. This is important because the resentment and jealousy that could result from this could be very detrimental to the couple.

Inter-faith couples are on the rise. Years ago it was unheard of to marry someone outside of your faith but this is no longer true and many couples today are inter-faith couples. It is difficult but not impossible to integrate the two faiths in a way that is satisfactory to all of those involved. While the faiths can be blended to create a beautiful wedding, the problem is that many churches will not accept this blended wedding as a union. Sometimes the couple decides that their happiness together is more important than having the church recognize the union so they opt for a non-denominational wedding that is completely devoid of any religious traditions.

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Civil Service Weddings

A civil service wedding doesn’t have to include just the couple, an officiant and state provided witnesses anymore. Many states offer the option of a civil service wedding in small conference rooms that can accommodate as many as 50 guests. A civil service wedding is ideal for a couple that wants to be married but doesn’t want to deal with all the hassle and stress of planning an elaborate wedding. A civil service wedding is also an ideal alternative for couples who have different religious backgrounds and want to eliminate religious connotations from their wedding rather than trying to plan a wedding that blends the two religions. Some couples may also opt for an affordable civil service union and use their wedding savings for other options.

Civil service weddings are extremely affordable and convenient. In many states you can plan your entire wedding for you and a small number of guests for under $1000. If you budget correctly this fee could include the use of a decorated wedding suite or chapel, an officiant to perform the ceremony, a notary public who is capable of obtaining and filing your marriage license and even certified copies of your license that can serve as official proof of your marriage. You may also be able to use the suite or chapel for a limited time to host a small reception following the wedding ceremony.

A bride and groom who come from different religious backgrounds may opt for a civil service wedding. While there is an increasing trend in multi-denominational weddings that do an excellent job of creating a ceremony that blends the two religions beautifully there are some people who would rather have their religion not be a part of the ceremony than be compromised in a blended ceremony. While the issue of how a couple intends to deal with their religious differences in their married life is nobody’s business but their own, there are many friends and relatives who would be offended by a wedding ceremony that is not true to their religion. In this situation a couple may choose to have a civil wedding that is devoid of religious connotations in the effort to not offend any family members or friends. Of course the couple should not compromise their beliefs and if they desire a wedding with blended religions then they should go ahead and have their wedding exactly as they had planned. However, if the couple does not feel strongly about having a wedding that blends their religious beliefs then it might be wise to opt for a simple civil service wedding.

Another reason that couples may opt for a civil service wedding is to use their wedding savings for another cause. Although some couples may have saved for over a year to host an elaborate wedding, they may decide that they would prefer to invest their savings in a dream honeymoon or a down payment for a new home or even making a donation to a charitable cause. A couple that spends months or even years saving up for an elaborate wedding may decide in the end that they don’t think wasting their entire savings on a one night wedding extravaganza is such a good idea. If the couple makes this decision before the planning has gone too far they may be able to scrap their wedding plans without too much of a financial loss and choose to have a civil service wedding and use their wedding savings for another purpose.

The connotation of civil service weddings being strictly for couples needing to get married quickly for either citizenship reasons or due to an impending pregnancy is a thing of the past. Couples are beginning to see the value of a civil service wedding and are opting for these simple unions for a variety of reasons. The affordability and convenience that a civil service wedding offers is very appealing to couples who either do not have a large savings or the time required to plan an elaborate wedding. Religious differences also drive many couples to opt for a religious ceremony. Couples who come from vastly different religious backgrounds may opt for a wedding that is devoid of religious elements in order to not offend any of their friends or relatives. Couples may also choose to have a simple and inexpensive civil service wedding so that they can splurge on their honeymoon or on a new home instead.

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A Quick Peek into Japanese Wedding Rings, Tradition and Styles

With changing times, the Japanese culture and tradition has also accepted a lot of changes. Exchange of wedding rings in the marriage ceremony is one of them. For, the wedding rings were never a hardcore part of the traditional Japanese weddings. But the modern Japanese couples enjoy slipping the wedding rings in each other’s fingers.

In fact, it is believed that the history of the exchange of wedding rings in Japan is only 150 years old. The custom of wearing a wedding ring in Japan is related to the Edo Era, belonging to the late 1800s. before that, Japanese women used to color their teeth to prove their marital status.

The times have changed and Japanese married couples have started wearing wedding rings. While other things are still traditional in Japanese weddings, the exchange of wedding rings is a contemporary and popular concept. Still it is enjoyed greatly and practiced with respect. Japanese call the ring finger as kusuri-yubi.

The bride and the groom appear quite composed during the staid marriage ceremony. But as the time of rings exchange approaches and the groom slips the wedding band on the bride’s finger, they smile together.

It is interesting to note that people in Japan wear the wedding bands not because of any religious or supernatural reason. They wear it because they want to make the public announcement of their marriage. They wish to tell the world that they welcome a special person in their life and they plan to spend the rest of their lives with together.

Japanese people consider various aspects before buying the wedding rings. They consider the look, attractiveness, and the material value of the ring as important factors to choose a wedding ring. The religious connotations attached with wedding rings in other countries hold absolutely low or no relevance for the Japanese.

Let’s take a quick peek into the styles and designs of Japanese wedding rings.

Mokume gane is a traditional Japanese term used to explain the art of making wedding rings. It came into being a couple of centuries ago. The mokume gane artists layer the non-ferrous and precious metal and make patterns over it. It is originated from the ancient Japanese technique by which damascus steel was created.

In the mokume gane art, two or more metals are piled together in sporadic sheets and merged together. Then, a billet is forged, formed and filed to divulge an attractive pattern of the sheet layers. Mokume is an apt art for making the wedding rings, as it poses the perfect marriage of metals too.

Well generally Japanese people do not like wedding gaudy rings with heavy crafting on them. This is perhaps because big diamonds get stuck with clothes or other things and are not practical to wear daily. Most of them love simple and casual designing, which they can show off regularly.

If you also cherish simplicity in life, get a Japanese wedding band and adorn your wedding ceremony. [493 Words]

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10 Ways to Meet New People Without Even Trying

Meeting new people doesn’t have to involve a conscious effort. Just participating in activities you enjoy or running daily errands can lead to meeting new people without even trying. Of course, if your favorite activity is watching television it is unlikely that this will lead you to meeting new people unless you watch television in a public place instead of your home. Anytime you are out in public you are bound to meet new people without even trying.

A weekly grocery shopping trip can lead to meeting new people without even trying. Even this mundane chore gives you the opportunity to meet new people. Even if you shop in the middle of the night you are likely to not be the only person in the store and can wind up meeting someone new. You may be the only customer in the store but surely there will be store employees present. The cashier may strike up a casual relationship while they are ringing up your order and this could lead to the effortless start of a relationship with someone new.

Another errand that may result in you meeting new people without even trying is taking a trip to a bank. You will most likely encounter long lines and a significant wait. Rather than keeping to yourself, speak to those around you and you may find yourself meeting new people without even trying. While many people may be annoyed by the long lines, many others will be thankful for your starting a conversation because it offers them a distraction and a way to pass the time.

Participating in group exercise classes at a gym can also help you meet new people without trying. You are unlikely to meet someone new if you put on your headphones and hop onto an individual cardio machine but if you join a group class you will probably end up meeting some new people without even trying. The class automatically gives you something in common and if you can’t find anything else to talk about, griping about the intensity of the class is always a good ice breaker.

Those with children can find themselves meeting new people all the time without even trying. Children are incredibly social and often befriend most if not all of the kids in your neighborhood. While you may have not yet met all the neighbors you may find that your child has. If they have been making friends with other kids in the neighborhood, invite some of the other parents and children over for a play group and you will have the opportunity to meet the other adults while the kids play.

If your child is into sports, you can consider coaching a team that they are a member of in order to meet new people. The parents of the other kids will most likely attend games and practices and as the coach you will get the chance to meet all the parents at these games and practices. While your focus will be on the kids, the natural level of parental involvement will result in you meeting new people without really trying.

Taking a job where you interact with people such as customer service or retail is another way to meet people without even trying. Your job will put you in contact with many different people each day and each new person gives you the opportunity to strike up a conversation that may blossom into a relationship.

Attending religious services is another way to meet new people without even trying. At the start of many religious services the attendees are invited to greet those sitting around them. Most people simply offer a friendly hello but you are certainly welcome to introduce yourself and offer some basic information about yourself. If your neighbor responds affirmatively and offers additional information you can take this as an indication that they may be willing to begin a relationship. You may wait until the conclusion of the service and then ask the person if they would like to continue the conversation you started over a cup of coffee.

Still another way to meet new people without even trying is to volunteer for a charitable cause that you support. Your volunteer effort will put you in contact with like minded individuals who share your passion for the cause. As anyone who has ever volunteered can attest, it is virtually impossible to not be pulled into many aspects of the volunteer effort. As you become more involved you will likely end up serving on different committees and meeting new people without even trying.

Joining a club is another way to meet people without even trying. If you enjoy biking, try joining a club that meets for weekly cycling rides. There may be regulars on these rides and getting involved will lead to you meeting these people. Additionally there will probably be at least a few new people every week so you will be meeting new people just about every week.

If you take a class related to one of your interests, you may find yourself meeting new people who share your interest without even trying. A classroom setting gives students a chance to mingle before and after class and sometimes to interact during class. You will already have a common interest so use the class to form a bond with other members of the class. Either commiserating about the difficulty level of the class or raving about the interesting aspects of the class are both adequate ways to meet the other class members without trying.

Just going about your everyday activities may result in you meeting new people without even trying. Most of the activities, including errands that you normally engage in are wonderful opportunities for meeting new people. The key though is to be approachable or you may wind up missing these opportunities. Sometimes, all it may take is a hello to get a conversation started and sometimes you may need to dig a little deeper and ask some thought provoking questions of yourself and the other person to really form a relationship.

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10 Sure Fire Tips for Meeting New People

In order to meet new people, you have to get out and make yourself available to new acquaintances. It’s highly unlikely that you will meet many people while sitting alone in your living room watching television or playing video games. It’s one thing to want to meet new people but it is quite another thing to actually start meeting new people. If you really desire to start meeting some new people try making an effort to go out at least 4 nights a week and engage in an activity that you enjoy.

If you enjoy reading, libraries and book stores are your best bet for meeting people with similar interests. You can spend a weekend day or an evening perusing the racks at a local library or book store. Make sure to spend the majority of your time searching in sections that you enjoy but spend your time people watching instead of reading. You are more likely to meet someone with similar interests if you stick to what you like. If you notice someone looking at a book you have read or were planning to read, be bold and approach them. Using the book as a conversation starter gives you a starting point.

If you enjoy a physical activity such as running, make an effort to visit local stores that sell sneakers in an effort to meet new people. Since running is a subject that you are knowledgeable about and enjoy you may find yourself in a situation where you are able to offer your opinion or advice. For example if you notice someone who seems to be struggling to decide between two running shoes, don’t hesitate to jump in an offer your opinion. If you are knowledgeable about a subject most people will appreciate your opinion so offering advice about your area of expertise is one surefire tip for meeting new people.

Visiting local art museums and taking an interest in a specific piece of art can be a surefire tip for meeting new people. Chose your favorite piece of art and spend a little time lingering near this exhibit. If you spend enough time by your favorite exhibit, you are bound to overhear someone else admiring the art. You can take this opportunity to strike up a conversation about why you like the exhibit as well and offer your interpretation of the piece.

Joining a volunteer group for a cause you support is another surefire way to meet new people. You will meet many people who feel passionately about the same cause and will instantly have something to talk about. Additionally these groups often organize many projects and joining different committees will allow you to not only help out the group but also meet a variety of new people in the process.

You may also meet new people by signing up for a local recreational sports league. Most major cities have leagues available where you can sign up as an individual and fill in on a team that is short a player. While it may be fun to join this league with a group of your existing friends, signing up as an individual is a surefire way to meet new people.

Attending religious services is another surefire way to meet new people. The service itself may just be an hour long ceremony that does not promote meeting new people but religious groups often participate in a variety of other activities and are usually forming committees for many of these activities. Signing up for one of these committees affords you the chance to meet a few members of the congregation on an individual basis.

Becoming involved in local politics may lead to meeting new people. Getting involved in local politics can be a touchy subject because many of the people you meet may feel extremely passionate about their opinions. While this can be troublesome if you meet those with opinions that differ, you are also likely to meet many people who share opinions similar to yours.

Venturing to a nightclub or bar alone can be another surefire tip for meeting new people. Nightclubs and bars are traditionally thought of as places to meet new people but many people who visit these venues have trouble meeting people. The problem is that going out with a large group of friends makes you less approachable. Try visiting a bar alone and you may find yourself meeting more people than ever before.

Don’t pass up wedding or other party invitations just because you don’t have a date because attending these events solo can be a surefire way to meet new people. Many people would decline invitations for a function instead of going along but going alone can be your ticket to meeting new people. You will be likely to find others who are also attending the party without a date and this can be a great opportunity to strike up a conversation and meet some new people.

A final surefire tip for meeting new people is to attend a sporting event for a sport you enjoy. Here you will find many other people who have a similar interest and your common interest can lead to a new relationship. Sporting events also offer fans the chance to celebrate and commiserate together as their favorite team has its ups and downs.

If you seriously want to start meeting new people the first step is to start getting out of your house more often. Once you are out, be sure to make yourself available by traveling solo and making eye contact with those you are interested in meeting. Also, spend time participating in activities that you enjoy and you are much more likely to meet new people who share your interests. Getting out more, engaging in activities you enjoy and making yourself available while also taking a few risks by starting conversations are some surefire tips for meeting new people.

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August 28, 2006

A Quick Peek into Japanese Wedding Rings, Tradition and Styles

With changing times, the Japanese culture and tradition has also accepted a lot of changes. Exchange of wedding rings in the marriage ceremony is one of them. For, the wedding rings were never a hardcore part of the traditional Japanese weddings. But the modern Japanese couples enjoy slipping the wedding rings in each other’s fingers.

In fact, it is believed that the history of the exchange of wedding rings in Japan is only 150 years old. The custom of wearing a wedding ring in Japan is related to the Edo Era, belonging to the late 1800s. before that, Japanese women used to color their teeth to prove their marital status.

The times have changed and Japanese married couples have started wearing wedding rings. While other things are still traditional in Japanese weddings, the exchange of wedding rings is a contemporary and popular concept. Still it is enjoyed greatly and practiced with respect. Japanese call the ring finger as kusuri-yubi.

The bride and the groom appear quite composed during the staid marriage ceremony. But as the time of rings exchange approaches and the groom slips the wedding band on the bride‘s finger, they smile together.

It is interesting to note that people in Japan wear the wedding bands not because of any religious or supernatural reason. They wear it because they want to make the public announcement of their marriage. They wish to tell the world that they welcome a special person in their life and they plan to spend the rest of their lives with together.

Japanese people consider various aspects before buying the wedding rings. They consider the look, attractiveness, and the material value of the ring as important factors to choose a wedding ring. The religious connotations attached with wedding rings in other countries hold absolutely low or no relevance for the Japanese.

Let’s take a quick peek into the styles and designs of Japanese wedding rings.

Mokume gane is a traditional Japanese term used to explain the art of making wedding rings. It came into being a couple of centuries ago. The mokume gane artists layer the non-ferrous and precious metal and make patterns over it. It is originated from the ancient Japanese technique by which damascus steel was created.

In the mokume gane art, two or more metals are piled together in sporadic sheets and merged together. Then, a billet is forged, formed and filed to divulge an attractive pattern of the sheet layers. Mokume is an apt art for making the wedding rings, as it poses the perfect marriage of metals too.

Well generally Japanese people do not like wedding gaudy rings with heavy crafting on them. This is perhaps because big diamonds get stuck with clothes or other things and are not practical to wear daily. Most of them love simple and casual designing, which they can show off regularly.

If you also cherish simplicity in life, get a Japanese wedding band and adorn your wedding ceremony. [493 Words]

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February 14, 2006

Gift Ideas for Your Groomsmen

Choosing a gift for the groomsmen could be a difficult task for many grooms. Most grooms don’t want to go with a gift that is too traditional or unoriginal but they also struggle with feelings that a gift that is too creative may not be appropriate. Perhaps the most important aspect of a groomsmen gift is not whether it is traditional or unique but whether or not it fits the personality of the recipient. As long as you know your groomsmen very well and put an honest effort into finding their groomsmen gifts you are sure to find a gift that will be enjoyed by your groomsmen.

One of the most traditional groomsmen gift ideas is a flask. If this is something that you think your groomsmen will fully enjoy then by all means go out and buy them the most attractive silver or leather flask that you can find. It’s important to choose a gift not because of its traditional connotations but because you know the groomsmen will cherish the gift. If you believe that your groomsmen have a use for a flask or will be touched by receiving such a traditional gift as a souvenir and not be concerned by its lack of practicality then a flask may be a wonderful gift idea.

A CD case with a few CDs chosen specifically for the groomsmen can be a great gift idea if you know that your groomsmen enjoy music. This is a wonderful gift idea because it is sure to be used often by the recipient and your groomsmen will remember your wedding day each time they listen to one of their CDs. This is also a thoughtful gift because including CDs that you know your groomsmen will enjoy but do not already own shows that you really put an effort into choosing the gift. Personalizing the gift for each of the groomsmen also shows that you see them as individuals and took the time and effort involved in making the gift unique for each of them.

A men’s perfume or fragrance can be another unique gift idea for the groomsmen. Choosing a different fragrance for each member of the wedding party sends the message that you did not buy your gifts in a rush. Taking the time to choose a unique fragrance for each of your groomsmen lets them know that you truly appreciate their assistance and participation in your wedding.

Another idea for giving gifts for your groomsmen is to give each man a different gift. While the groomsmen are all close friends of the groom and may have certain common interests, they all still have something about them that makes them unique. You could recognize their individuality by personalizing a unique gift for each of your groomsmen. For example you could give a journal and fancy pen to the groomsman who likes to write and an assortment of dance CDs to the groomsman who enjoys going to nightclubs and dancing. While traditionally grooms have given each of their groomsmen either the same gift or very similar gifts, it is also acceptable to give each groomsman a unique gift that suits their personality.

Bracelets or watches are another traditional groomsmen gift idea. Depending on your budget, you might want to purchase a watch or bracelet that is appropriate to wear on your wedding day. This is a wonderful gift that not only expresses your appreciation for participating in your wedding but also gives the groomsmen a nice accessory to wear at your wedding and other formal functions.

Cuff links or tie clips are still another traditional gift idea for a groom to give to his groomsmen. These items are not very common and many groomsmen do not own either so giving them as a gift ensures that the groomsmen will have these items to wear with their tuxedo on your wedding day. Although these are traditional gift ideas, you could make them more modern by giving each groomsman an accessory that suites their personality. For example you could give your sports loving groomsman a tie clip that is in the shape of a basketball while you could give your musically inclined groomsman a tie clip that is in the shape of a few musical notes. Giving each of your groomsmen a variation of the same idea makes even the most traditional gift idea appear modern.

Groomsmen can be difficult to buy gifts for because many of the traditional groomsmen gifts seem boring or impractical. Traditional gifts can be made more modern with the introduction of a twist such as a variation in each groomsman’s gift instead of giving them each the exact same thing. The most important thing to consider in choosing a gift for your groomsmen is to make sure the gift will reflect the personality of the recipient.

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May 9, 2006

10 Unique Gift Ideas for Your Bridesmaids

It is customary to honor your bridesmaids for their participation in your wedding with a gift of appreciation. Traditional gifts include a piece of jewelry such as earrings or a necklace that complements their bridesmaids dress and can be worn on the wedding day but many bridesmaids will truly appreciate a more unique gift idea. With careful consideration you may be able to give your bridesmaids gifts that show your appreciation for their assistance and also demonstrate that you understand their personality as well.

One unique gift ideas for your bridesmaids is an evening bag to be used as an accessory on the wedding day. This gift can be a lovely gesture and will serve the purpose of keeping the accessories of the bridesmaids uniform and will free your bridesmaid from the burden of searching for an evening bag that matches the dress. In this case you may choose to give the bridesmaids their gifts early in the wedding planning so that they don’t purchase a bag specifically for the occasion of your wedding.

A photo album complete with a picture of you and the bridesmaid or the entire wedding party can be another unique gift idea for the bridesmaids. You could purchase photo albums with the date of your wedding engraved on the front cover and start the photo album with a picture of you and the bridesmaid. This is a wonderful gift idea because the bridesmaid can place her photos from the wedding day in the album and will always have a precious souvenir from your wedding day.

Gift certificates to a spa or a salon also make unique gift ideas for your bridesmaids. Your bridesmaids most likely spent a great deal of time and energy in helping you to plan your wedding. The week prior to your wedding was also probably especially hectic with a great deal of last minute details to attend to and errands to run. While you will have your honeymoon to relax and renew your energy your bridesmaids do not have this luxury so by honoring them by presenting them with a gift certificate to a spa or salon you are giving them the gift or being pampered and the gift of relaxation.

A few more unique gift ideas for your bridesmaids’ gifts include handcrafted or homemade gifts. For example you could put together a CD of some of your bridesmaids’ favorite songs. You could make the CDs different for each bridesmaid and include a photo of the two of you on the cover and include a heartfelt poem on the inside of the CD cover. You could also create a scrapbook for each of your bridesmaids. You could either make the scrapbook a memory of your entire friendship together and include photos and other items from your various adventures throughout the years or if you plan ahead and take many photos documenting your wedding preparations, you could create scrapbooks as a remembrance of the wedding planning that you shared.

Personalized cosmetics bags can also be used as unique bridesmaids gifts. You could purchase attractive cosmetic bags and have them embroidered with your bridesmaids’ initials and the date of your wedding. Another nice touch with this gift is to include a few items such as lipstick or nail polish that complement each of your bridesmaids’ style and complexion.

Another unique gift idea for a bride to give to her bridesmaids is a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Assisting in your wedding preparations was probably extremely stressful and time consuming for the bridesmaids and they certainly deserve a night on the town and the opportunity to not have to cook for a night. This simple gift lets your bridesmaids know that you appreciate their efforts and that you want to thank them for all that they have done to support you.

Unique gift ideas for the bridesmaids can also stem from the wedding theme. For example if you are having a beach themed wedding you might want to give your bridesmaids a gift of a tote bag, a beach towel and a novel to enjoy on the beach. This unique gift idea ensures that your bridesmaids will remember your wedding fondly the next time they are at the beach.

Traditional bridesmaid’s gifts such as jewelry and jewelry boxes are always welcomed but if you have a large group of friends and most of them will be bridesmaids several more times as more of your friends get married it might be nice to give your bridesmaids a gift that is unique. Unique gift ideas convey your message of appreciation but also let the bridesmaids know that you put a great deal of effort into choosing their gift.

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September 9, 2006

Baby names and their meanings

Naming a baby may seem simple enough but when you are the one doing the naming, it can be really frustrating. One of the ways that can help you with this really frustrating task is by giving names that have special meanings. The job of today’s moms and dads is a whole lot easier actually compared to parents in previous years. There are probably hundreds of baby naming books in bookstores as well as websites where you can enter the names that you are considering and find their meanings.

Some websites even have categories that group names into their origins. For instance, names that have Indian origins have their own grouping, names that have Italian origins have separate grouping and so on. Names are also classified according to gender or to popularity. Of course, alphabetical classifications of names will always be there. You can even browse through several different names and just take your pick from the pack.

Finding out the meaning of the name that you are going to give your child will not only make the name special but will also put a small meaning into the name. By giving your baby a name with a meaning that you like, you are, in a way, putting a representation of what you hope your child would grow up to be. Remember that a name is a stamp of identity, something that your child will be using for the rest of his or her life.

Here are some of the names and their meanings that you can find in websites. If you want a complete list, just go to a search engine and type keywords baby names meaning and voila, a list of websites where you can browse different names.

Aaron- High Mountain
Bailey- Server
Caesar – Purposeful
Abel- Breath of vapour
Caleb – Dog lover
Calvin- Bold
Abner – Cheerful
Cameron – Bewitched
Abraham – Father of Multitude
Barron – Fighter
Carlos – Expressive
Bartholomew – Friend
Carol – Champion
Cary – Charmer
Casey – Brave
Alan – Harmony
Benedict- Blessed
Cecil – Obstinate or Blind
Albert – Nobly
Alexander- Leader
Alexis- Helper
Alfred- Wise
Bing – Intuitive
Alison – Holy
Blair – Dignified
Clair – Famous
Clarence – Bright
Clark – Charmer
Claude – Lame
Alroy- Regal
Bradford – Mighty
Clay – Mortal
Clayton- Town-Dweller
Alvin – Beloved
Brandon – A Fighter
Clifford – Brave
Dale – Dweller
Dalton – Farmer
Dan – A Judge
Ebenezer – Integrity
Eden – Diplomatic
Farrell – Brave
Darius – Strong
Edgar – Fortunate
Felix – Happy
Gary -Old man
Ian – Lord’s Grace
Geoffrey – Peace
Ingram – Hero
Giles – Young goat
Irvin – Friend of the Sea
Godfrey – God peace
Isaac – Glad
Harlan – Warrior
Isadore – A good gift
Grant – Great
Harley – Athletic
Harry – Princely
Guy – Sensible
Hector – Defender
Kane – Exacting
Lachlan – Fighter
Kay – Rejoicing
Lambert – Wealthy
Jason- Healer
Kean – Tall
Keith – Gardener
Jed – Beloved
Lewis Well-Known
Lincoln – Settled
Lindo – Tree
Lionel – Lionlike
Llewellyn – Swift
Lloyd – Joy
Ludovic – Fighter
Loredo – Learned
Loren – Victor
Loring – Fighter
Lothario – Cheerful
Macy – Steadfast
Napoleon – Comforter
Nathan – A Gift
Malcolm – A Servant
Nat – Versatile
Nathaniel – Godly
Orlando – Famous
Paine- Rustic
Radcliffe – Fiery
Quincy – Restful
Ralph – Hero
Quinn – Wise
Parker – Princely
Patrick – Noble
Randall – Relentless
Shawn – Gracious
Trevor – Prudent
Sherlock – Eminent
Silvester – Earthy
Spencer – Provider
Stephen – Loyal
Samson – Resplendent
Xavier – Bright
Valentine – Healthy
Wade – Wonderer

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July 29, 2006

Pick a Celtic Wedding Ring and Steal The Heart Of Your Beloved Again!

Wedding rings have always been exchanged as an emblem of a ‘potent bond’ of marriage. The ritual of wedding ring ceremony has been practiced in various cultures and traditions, literally from the ages. The perfect circle of a wedding ring has always been a representative of undying love and continuous happiness for the nuptial couple. Moreover the circle represents the wholeness and timelessness of their wed-locked new relationship.

Today, there are several types of wedding rings available in the market. Some of the famous ones are the diamond rings, platinum rings, gold rings and titanium rings. But, there is one category of wedding rings which had its essence in the past and holds it even today. Any guesses? Well, this particular genre of wedding rings is known as Celtic wedding rings.

So, Let us take a closer look at some aspects related to the Celtic wedding rings and their popularity.

Thousands of years back, a group of liberal tribes called Celts spread throughout the various parts of Europe. A majority of these people were classy artisans who used to carve knot work patterns. These work patterns have also motivated the modern day jewelers to develop some exquisite wedding rings. The Celtic patterns created on the wedding rings today have some particular meanings. But understanding these patterns and their relevance to the wedding rings is somewhat illusive.

Some people tend to prefer Celtic wedding rings as a way to connect profoundly into their own heritage. Indeed they tend to feel compassion with a tribal tradition of Europe that regards the earth as the Mother Earth. Moreover some people tend to feel that a Celtic wedding ring brings them closer to the poetry and music. And for other people, it’s just another type of jewelry which holds some significance and value.

Well, coming a step ahead of the cultural aspects of the Celtic motif rings, you will find that people wear these rings irrespective of the fact, whether they belong to Celtic ancestry or not. A majority of people consider wearing Celtic motif rings because they believe that these motifs have a symbolic and universal meaning. In fact the knots in the Celtic motifs depict the interweaving of two different paths together. Moreover the knots represent the interconnection of various aspects of life. Indeed a Celtic wedding ring is a mascot which titillates the mystical connection of life and people.

There are several knot styles and designs of the Celtic motif wedding rings. Moreover people prefer certain knot work motifs over the other due to their specific meanings. For example, a couple might choose a simple and flowing knot work motif style as it depicts ease, harmony and partnership. The wedding rings with other knot work designs can be more intricate and dynamic, suggesting passion and other creative elements.

Apart from the round knot motifs wedding rings, the square knot motif works also hold their symbolism. A square knot motif wedding ring is a clear representation of stability of a relationship. Even most of the buildings are square-shaped because of the symbolism of the stability attached with the square designs. Other than these shapes, the Celtic rings also deal with the directions of the vectors. Another very common design of Celtic wedding ring is the depiction of trinity work pattern.

Considering the aspects of Celtic rings and knot work motifs, it would be appropriate to say that if you insist on buying a Celtic wedding ring, you should spend some time to understand the meaning of a particular motif as well. And you will surely choose a better motif style ring for your wedding. [602 Words]

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10 Action Phrases For Your Next Personals Ad

Personals ads and in particular Internet personals ads are becoming the wave of the future in dating. More and more people are meeting online and through personals ads and these services are becoming a booming business. Gone are the singles ads of yesterday with phrases such as SWF seeks SWM. Today’s personals ads are witty, informative and hopefully effective. If you want to keep up on the current dating scene, you will have to learn all about the world of personals ads. There are a few key points to placing a personals ads which include being honest, being witty and including action phrases that will attract attention to your ad and make it stand out from the rest.

One key phrase to incorporate into your next personals ad is, “long term relationship”. This phrase is perfect because it conveys a sense of commitment. This phrase lets people know that you are committed to finding an enduring relationship and that you are not just looking for a fling. Sure there may be those reading your ad that are turned off by this phrase but as long as you maintain your honesty you won’t include phrases that don’t express what you really desire in a relationship.

“No baggage,” is another effective phrase to use in placing your next personals ad. This phrase lets readers know that you are completely free of attachments such as a spouse or children. Again, there may be those that are looking for a relationship with someone who already has children but the majority of people who use personals ads to meet people are looking for someone who is free of other commitments.

You can spice up your next personals ad with the phrase, “Active and adventurous”. This phrase is beneficial for a couple of reasons. Active has the connotation of someone who is in shape because the reader of the ad equates active with physically fit. The word adventurous leads the reader to believe that you are romantic and daring which can be very intriguing.

“Honest” is another word that should be included in all personals ads. It is very unlikely that there are people out there who are looking for dishonest partners so letting people know that you are honest is very beneficial. It’s important to not only incorporate the word honest into your ad but to also make sure that the rest of your ad is extremely honest so that the person responding to the ad doesn’t get a sense of a lack of honesty in your ad.

Another action phrase to include in your next personals ad is, “Great personality”. These words let the reader know that meeting you will be well worthwhile because you have a truly magnificent personality. It is also a great phrase to use because it indicates that you understand the value of personality in a relationship.

“Enjoys travel,” is another action phrase to include in your next personals ad. Reading this phrase creates the image that the person placing the ad is well traveled and sophisticated and this is appealing to many. It also invokes a sense of adventure which many find appealing as well.

Additionally if you are seeking responses to your ad from a certain demographic group you may want to incorporate a phrase that illustrates this. For example if you are looking to meet single women of Russian descent, you may include a phrase such as, “Seeks single, Russian women”. This may seem overly simplistic but because it is so clear, it will most likely produce the desired effect of receiving the majority of responses from single, Russian women.

If you have a love of food and enjoy exploring new restaurants, you may want to include a phrase such as, “Enjoys fine dining,” to let reader of your ad know that dining out is an activity you enjoy. This phrase can be advantageous for a couple of reasons. First, dining out is first date activity that many people enjoy so knowing that a dinner date is likely if they go out with you may result in a greater number of responses to your ad. Second, the use of the word fine in the description leads people to believe that you enjoy expensive restaurants and this can be very appealing to many readers of your ad.

Those who enjoy physical activity and keeping in shape, may include a phrase such as, “Fit and active,” to convey this message. This phrase can affectively lead to you receiving responses from those who have a similar interest in fitness. While the term fit clearly means you are in good shape and may result in a large volume of responses from those interested in meeting someone in shape, the addition of the term active may greatly diminish the volume of responses and affectively weed out those that are not interested in an active lifestyle.

An extremely effective action phrase that you can use in your next personals ad is, “Ask me anything.” This simple phrase can lead to a multitude of responses to your ad. This simple phrase lets others know that you are honest, adventurous and open to sharing details about yourself.

The personals ads may be a great place to meet a potential partner. An ad that is written honestly and incorporates a few eye catching action phrases is likely to attract a lot of attention and responses. Try to use phrases that are not only attention grabbing but also an accurate representation of your personality. Incorporating phrases just because you think they will elicit a large response can result in many responses from people who are not suitable companions.

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Baby names and their meanings

Naming a baby may seem simple enough but when you are the one doing the naming, it can be really frustrating. One of the ways that can help you with this really frustrating task is by giving names that have special meanings. The job of today’s moms and dads is a whole lot easier actually compared to parents in previous years. There are probably hundreds of baby naming books in bookstores as well as websites where you can enter the names that you are considering and find their meanings.

Some websites even have categories that group names into their origins. For instance, names that have Indian origins have their own grouping, names that have Italian origins have separate grouping and so on. Names are also classified according to gender or to popularity. Of course, alphabetical classifications of names will always be there. You can even browse through several different names and just take your pick from the pack.

Finding out the meaning of the name that you are going to give your child will not only make the name special but will also put a small meaning into the name. By giving your baby a name with a meaning that you like, you are, in a way, putting a representation of what you hope your child would grow up to be. Remember that a name is a stamp of identity, something that your child will be using for the rest of his or her life.

Here are some of the names and their meanings that you can find in websites. If you want a complete list, just go to a search engine and type keywords baby names meaning and voila, a list of websites where you can browse different names.

Aaron- High Mountain
Bailey- Server
Caesar – Purposeful
Abel- Breath of vapour
Caleb – Dog lover
Calvin- Bold
Abner – Cheerful
Cameron – Bewitched
Abraham – Father of Multitude
Barron – Fighter
Carlos – Expressive
Bartholomew – Friend
Carol – Champion
Cary – Charmer
Casey – Brave
Alan – Harmony
Benedict- Blessed
Cecil – Obstinate or Blind
Albert – Nobly
Alexander- Leader
Alexis- Helper
Alfred- Wise
Bing – Intuitive
Alison – Holy
Blair – Dignified
Clair – Famous
Clarence – Bright
Clark – Charmer
Claude – Lame
Alroy- Regal
Bradford – Mighty
Clay – Mortal
Clayton- Town-Dweller
Alvin – Beloved
Brandon – A Fighter
Clifford – Brave
Dale – Dweller
Dalton – Farmer
Dan – A Judge
Ebenezer – Integrity
Eden – Diplomatic
Farrell – Brave
Darius – Strong
Edgar – Fortunate
Felix – Happy
Gary -Old man
Ian – Lord’s Grace
Geoffrey – Peace
Ingram – Hero
Giles – Young goat
Irvin – Friend of the Sea
Godfrey – God peace
Isaac – Glad
Harlan – Warrior
Isadore – A good gift
Grant – Great
Harley – Athletic
Harry – Princely
Guy – Sensible
Hector – Defender
Kane – Exacting
Lachlan – Fighter
Kay – Rejoicing
Lambert – Wealthy
Jason- Healer
Kean – Tall
Keith – Gardener
Jed – Beloved
Lewis Well-Known
Lincoln – Settled
Lindo – Tree
Lionel – Lionlike
Llewellyn – Swift
Lloyd – Joy
Ludovic – Fighter
Loredo – Learned
Loren – Victor
Loring – Fighter
Lothario – Cheerful
Macy – Steadfast
Napoleon – Comforter
Nathan – A Gift
Malcolm – A Servant
Nat – Versatile
Nathaniel – Godly
Orlando – Famous
Paine- Rustic
Radcliffe – Fiery
Quincy – Restful
Ralph – Hero
Quinn – Wise
Parker – Princely
Patrick – Noble
Randall – Relentless
Shawn – Gracious
Trevor – Prudent
Sherlock – Eminent
Silvester – Earthy
Spencer – Provider
Stephen – Loyal
Samson – Resplendent
Xavier – Bright
Valentine – Healthy
Wade – Wonderer

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Hiring a baby sitter

Most parents prefer to be hands on with their kids. Raising kids is a difficult job but still parents want to do it themselves because they feel like it is the only way to make sure that they can properly train their kids to grow up into ladies and gentlemen. However some parents have no choice because both of them have to work to fend for the family so either they leave their kids with other family members or friendly neighbors but then again leaving kids with other people can not go on for so long. This is when the idea of hiring a baby sitter becomes an option but a baby sitter is a stranger so careful thought should be given by the family about this decision from the time they say yes to the idea to the choosing of the baby sitter.

There are certain things that should be considered when choosing a baby sitter. First and foremost, the baby sitter should be credible meaning that he or she should have a good record with past employers. Second is that there should be certain characteristics present in the baby sitter like he or she should have at least a general knowledge of how to run a household including operating machines especially the complex ones present in the house and of course he or she should be patient when it comes to dealing with the kids because that is really the bulk of his or her work – taking care of the kids.

It is also advisable to ask around people who have past experiences with baby sitters so that you can have an idea how to set your criteria and how to actually find and eventually hire someone that will fit into the criteria you set. After the initial research you are now ready to do interviews for possible prospects. During the interview, you should not only concentrate on the resume or the answers but you should more importantly watch out for the body language because they tell so much. Ask routine questions but also come up with questions that will make you get to know more about the morals or the personality of the one applying.

After finally choosing a baby sitter make sure that you do some advance preparations like giving the baby sitter a tour of the places in the house where he or she will be working, machines he or she will be operating, list of numbers to call in case of emergencies and talk to him or her about any special instructions you might want to give. Also, go through with the family policies with him or her like no spanking or no cursing. These are simple things but make it clear so that you will not have any future problems.

Hiring a baby sitter will make parents focus on their jobs but during the first days of the baby sitter one of the parents should watch how the baby sitter is during active duty even for just a few hours. This is sort of transition time and it is also a way of still being involved with your kids despite the fact that you already have a baby sitter. There are many good sitters around and hopefully you will find the right one for your family.

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BABY MONITOR: THE DAWN OF ELECTRONIC NANNIES

How would you expect your great, great grandma to react on the existence of baby monitors nowadays? In their time, the only baby monitor around is their active presence. The whole idea could infuriate them, but practically in the 21st century, almost half the century since mothers gained liberty in climbing a career path, all possibilities were laid accessible. Perhaps the technology and the inventors should receive better appreciation instead of being cynical.

Baby monitors are gadgets that serve to produce and amplify the condition of the infant in the crib while the parents are not at hand to see them. It does not mean leaving the baby alone in the house, but it has more use at night during sleep. They come in various brands and sophistication but all the way serving the purpose of keeping the child safe. The audio sounds that it produces are the breathing, heartbeat and vital responses to avoid the dangers of SIDS, known to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS occurs in a baby’s life at the age of 1 to 4 months.

Baby monitors like these are not only used at homes but also in hospitals. If it is in the hospital, then one could expect all the transmitters, antenna and connections plugged to the baby’s crib. For home use, it could come in different portable functions, but the opinions that go along with it could range from the option of hiring a nanny to the point that the mom must quit the job instead of depending on baby monitors.

The advantage of having baby monitors is its capability to detect intelligently more than what practical nannies can detect by intuition. This is much applicable for children with breathing problems and some mental retardation that prevents them to respond like normal babies do. Baby monitors come in radio frequencies from 46 to 49 MHz, which can be activated by batteries or regular current plugged in convenience outlets. These gadgets can either had transmissions located less than 10 feet from the crib for clearer monitoring.

The main disadvantage is it could interfere with wireless phone, other baby monitors and other gadgets that use radio frequency. Literally, the sounds emitted from other sources could be heard in the monitor. Later, the products increased to 900MHz to solve the problem, but still it has no guarantee to patch the problem.

Other fancy things baby monitors can do in some push buttons include: lullabyes to pacify the crying baby, talks, vibrations, capability to connect to emergency lines, heart listener, baby movement censors, video.

Culturally, the use of baby monitors is more common in the western countries where parents do not co-sleep with their children. Chances are the child sleeps in a separate room, with doors left ajar while parents plug a monitor as aid. In Asian countries, SIDS is not a common dilemma. Mothers culturally co-sleep with children plus they are not so required to take part actively in climbing careers have the full-time dedication to tend to the children. These are commonly in rural areas. In cities where life is fast-phased, there is no use getting the financial role of parents as an argumentative matter.

Truly we cannot avoid life changes that technology offer as gifts of advancement. Using gadgets to aid parents will not mean to diminish the way they give care and love.

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A Quick Peek into Japanese Wedding Rings, Tradition and Styles

With changing times, the Japanese culture and tradition has also accepted a lot of changes. Exchange of wedding rings in the marriage ceremony is one of them. For, the wedding rings were never a hardcore part of the traditional Japanese weddings. But the modern Japanese couples enjoy slipping the wedding rings in each other’s fingers.

In fact, it is believed that the history of the exchange of wedding rings in Japan is only 150 years old. The custom of wearing a wedding ring in Japan is related to the Edo Era, belonging to the late 1800s. before that, Japanese women used to color their teeth to prove their marital status.

The times have changed and Japanese married couples have started wearing wedding rings. While other things are still traditional in Japanese weddings, the exchange of wedding rings is a contemporary and popular concept. Still it is enjoyed greatly and practiced with respect. Japanese call the ring finger as kusuri-yubi.

The bride and the groom appear quite composed during the staid marriage ceremony. But as the time of rings exchange approaches and the groom slips the wedding band on the bride’s finger, they smile together.

It is interesting to note that people in Japan wear the wedding bands not because of any religious or supernatural reason. They wear it because they want to make the public announcement of their marriage. They wish to tell the world that they welcome a special person in their life and they plan to spend the rest of their lives with together.

Japanese people consider various aspects before buying the wedding rings. They consider the look, attractiveness, and the material value of the ring as important factors to choose a wedding ring. The religious connotations attached with wedding rings in other countries hold absolutely low or no relevance for the Japanese.

Let’s take a quick peek into the styles and designs of Japanese wedding rings.

Mokume gane is a traditional Japanese term used to explain the art of making wedding rings. It came into being a couple of centuries ago. The mokume gane artists layer the non-ferrous and precious metal and make patterns over it. It is originated from the ancient Japanese technique by which damascus steel was created.

In the mokume gane art, two or more metals are piled together in sporadic sheets and merged together. Then, a billet is forged, formed and filed to divulge an attractive pattern of the sheet layers. Mokume is an apt art for making the wedding rings, as it poses the perfect marriage of metals too.

Well generally Japanese people do not like wedding gaudy rings with heavy crafting on them. This is perhaps because big diamonds get stuck with clothes or other things and are not practical to wear daily. Most of them love simple and casual designing, which they can show off regularly.

If you also cherish simplicity in life, get a Japanese wedding band and adorn your wedding ceremony. [493 Words]

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A Quick Peek into Japanese Wedding Rings, Tradition and Styles

With changing times, the Japanese culture and tradition has also accepted a lot of changes. Exchange of wedding rings in the marriage ceremony is one of them. For, the wedding rings were never a hardcore part of the traditional Japanese weddings. But the modern Japanese couples enjoy slipping the wedding rings in each other’s fingers.

In fact, it is believed that the history of the exchange of wedding rings in Japan is only 150 years old. The custom of wearing a wedding ring in Japan is related to the Edo Era, belonging to the late 1800s. before that, Japanese women used to color their teeth to prove their marital status.

The times have changed and Japanese married couples have started wearing wedding rings. While other things are still traditional in Japanese weddings, the exchange of wedding rings is a contemporary and popular concept. Still it is enjoyed greatly and practiced with respect. Japanese call the ring finger as kusuri-yubi.

The bride and the groom appear quite composed during the staid marriage ceremony. But as the time of rings exchange approaches and the groom slips the wedding band on the bride’s finger, they smile together.

It is interesting to note that people in Japan wear the wedding bands not because of any religious or supernatural reason. They wear it because they want to make the public announcement of their marriage. They wish to tell the world that they welcome a special person in their life and they plan to spend the rest of their lives with together.

Japanese people consider various aspects before buying the wedding rings. They consider the look, attractiveness, and the material value of the ring as important factors to choose a wedding ring. The religious connotations attached with wedding rings in other countries hold absolutely low or no relevance for the Japanese.

Let’s take a quick peek into the styles and designs of Japanese wedding rings.

Mokume gane is a traditional Japanese term used to explain the art of making wedding rings. It came into being a couple of centuries ago. The mokume gane artists layer the non-ferrous and precious metal and make patterns over it. It is originated from the ancient Japanese technique by which damascus steel was created.

In the mokume gane art, two or more metals are piled together in sporadic sheets and merged together. Then, a billet is forged, formed and filed to divulge an attractive pattern of the sheet layers. Mokume is an apt art for making the wedding rings, as it poses the perfect marriage of metals too.

Well generally Japanese people do not like wedding gaudy rings with heavy crafting on them. This is perhaps because big diamonds get stuck with clothes or other things and are not practical to wear daily. Most of them love simple and casual designing, which they can show off regularly.

If you also cherish simplicity in life, get a Japanese wedding band and adorn your wedding ceremony. [493 Words]

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January 27, 2006

Civil Service Weddings

A civil service wedding doesn’t have to include just the couple, an officiant and state provided witnesses anymore. Many states offer the option of a civil service wedding in small conference rooms that can accommodate as many as 50 guests. A civil service wedding is ideal for a couple that wants to be married but doesn’t want to deal with all the hassle and stress of planning an elaborate wedding. A civil service wedding is also an ideal alternative for couples who have different religious backgrounds and want to eliminate religious connotations from their wedding rather than trying to plan a wedding that blends the two religions. Some couples may also opt for an affordable civil service union and use their wedding savings for other options.

Civil service weddings are extremely affordable and convenient. In many states you can plan your entire wedding for you and a small number of guests for under $1000. If you budget correctly this fee could include the use of a decorated wedding suite or chapel, an officiant to perform the ceremony, a notary public who is capable of obtaining and filing your marriage license and even certified copies of your license that can serve as official proof of your marriage. You may also be able to use the suite or chapel for a limited time to host a small reception following the wedding ceremony.

A bride and groom who come from different religious backgrounds may opt for a civil service wedding. While there is an increasing trend in multi-denominational weddings that do an excellent job of creating a ceremony that blends the two religions beautifully there are some people who would rather have their religion not be a part of the ceremony than be compromised in a blended ceremony. While the issue of how a couple intends to deal with their religious differences in their married life is nobody’s business but their own, there are many friends and relatives who would be offended by a wedding ceremony that is not true to their religion. In this situation a couple may choose to have a civil wedding that is devoid of religious connotations in the effort to not offend any family members or friends. Of course the couple should not compromise their beliefs and if they desire a wedding with blended religions then they should go ahead and have their wedding exactly as they had planned. However, if the couple does not feel strongly about having a wedding that blends their religious beliefs then it might be wise to opt for a simple civil service wedding.

Another reason that couples may opt for a civil service wedding is to use their wedding savings for another cause. Although some couples may have saved for over a year to host an elaborate wedding, they may decide that they would prefer to invest their savings in a dream honeymoon or a down payment for a new home or even making a donation to a charitable cause. A couple that spends months or even years saving up for an elaborate wedding may decide in the end that they don’t think wasting their entire savings on a one night wedding extravaganza is such a good idea. If the couple makes this decision before the planning has gone too far they may be able to scrap their wedding plans without too much of a financial loss and choose to have a civil service wedding and use their wedding savings for another purpose.

The connotation of civil service weddings being strictly for couples needing to get married quickly for either citizenship reasons or due to an impending pregnancy is a thing of the past. Couples are beginning to see the value of a civil service wedding and are opting for these simple unions for a variety of reasons. The affordability and convenience that a civil service wedding offers is very appealing to couples who either do not have a large savings or the time required to plan an elaborate wedding. Religious differences also drive many couples to opt for a religious ceremony. Couples who come from vastly different religious backgrounds may opt for a wedding that is devoid of religious elements in order to not offend any of their friends or relatives. Couples may also choose to have a simple and inexpensive civil service wedding so that they can splurge on their honeymoon or on a new home instead.

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10 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

Beach destinations continue to be the most popular choices for a romantic honeymoon getaway. Honeymoons are the ultimate romantic vacation and just about any chosen destination can translate into a romantic escape for the newlyweds. The following are just a few of the many romantic honeymoon destination ideas.

Any of the Hawaiian Islands are always an excellent honeymoon choice. Whether you decide to do a little island hopping and visit several islands or spend your entire honeymoon on one island you are bound to enjoy an extremely romantic destination. The pristine and uncrowded beaches and warm, sparkling blue water are just a few of the benefits of honeymooning in Hawaii. Hawaii also has a culture all of its own and offers its guests the feeling of being in a foreign land.

Although it is more expensive than most other popular locations, Bora Bora is another truly romantic honeymoon destination that is well worth the price. It is an out of the way location that is not frequented by many tourists like some other popular honeymoon destinations. The relative serenity of the islands creates an atmosphere that is wonderful for relaxing with your new partner.

Colorado is another romantic honeymoon destination. Although the majestic mountain ranges and availability of cozy cabins in the woods make Colorado a romantic getaway location, it is truly famous for its abundance of winter sports. Choosing to honeymoon in Colorado affords a couple a romantic destination that also has a variety of adventure activities available.

Las Vegas can also be a romantic honeymoon destination. Although it is known as, “Sin City,” and is famous for its ostentatious glamour and gambling, Las Vegas can also be a romantic location for a couple enjoying their first few blissful days of marriage. The area offers a wealth of beautifully appointed hotel rooms in a variety of styles. This variety ensures that there is something for every couple in Las Vegas.

European locations such as England, Spain and Italy are also popular romantic honeymoon destinations. The traditions and culture that surround these areas make them unique in offering a couple the chance to surround themselves with the allure of history. Additionally if the couple does not speak the native language, it gives the couple a sense of being all alone even in a crowd which lends itself beautifully to the romantic atmosphere.

Mexico is another popular romantic honeymoon location. In particular the Riviera Maya offers a couple a multitude of beautiful beaches that are relatively empty compared to the crowds found in other areas of Mexico such as Cancun. Many of the resorts in the Riviera Maya are all inclusive and some even offer room service free of charge.

Although, it is known more for innocent fun and adventure, Florida can also be a romantic honeymoon destination. Florida offers an assortment of entertainment options from beaches to theme parks and nightclubs. Enjoying an afternoon of rides and attractions at a theme park is an excellent way for a couple to grow closer together. Newlyweds are sure to find everything that they are looking for in Florida.

Costa Rica is another romantic honeymoon locale that offers couples so much more than just beautiful beaches and sparkling waters. Costa Rica is an excellent choice for a couple who is looking for both romance and adventure on their honeymoon. Here you can spend your days kayaking, white water rafting or scuba diving in some of the most beautiful waters around.

New York City is another romantic destination for newlyweds to spend their honeymoon. There is so much to see and do in the city that a couple may find themselves wishing to come back for the first anniversary. New York City offers a variety of elegant restaurants, an extensive theater district and one of the best locations in the world for people watching.

Caneel Bay in the US Virgin Islands is another beach location that is a romantic place to honeymoon. Caneel Bay offers a gorgeous setting that is unparalleled in its beauty. This picturesque location is the perfect place for a couple to relax in the sun and enjoy each others company.

Although beach locations are some of the most popular honeymoon location destinations there are also other popular choices for a romantic getaway. Colorado, Las Vegas, Europe and New York City are just a few of the other popular destinations that are perfect for enjoying a romantic honeymoon that also offers a little something extra.

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Crunch Time … 1 Week to Wedding Day

The final week before your wedding day can be a stressful time filled with many details that need to be confirmed. Some of the last minutes details that need to be completed in the week before your wedding include confirming the details of your honeymoon, packing for your honeymoon, giving the caterer a final count for the number of guests, confirm details with the photographer, florist, DJ or band and the limousine driver. If the couple is hosting the rehearsal dinner, now is also the time to confirm these arrangements. It’s important to attend to all of these tasks but it is also important to take some time to get some rest and relaxation as well. If you have friends and family members who are willing to help out, you can delegate many of these tasks to reduce the stress of the final week before your wedding.

As your wedding day approaches it is important to begin making preparations for your honeymoon. Early in the week before your wedding you will want to confirm all of your honeymoon arrangements such as transportation, hotels and any other special plans you have made for your honeymoon destination such as excursions, dinner reservations or lessons. You may also want to pack for your honeymoon during this time to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and trying to pack the day before or even the day of your wedding. Getting the packing out of the way early will help to alleviate any concerns you have over being prepared for the honeymoon and gives you something to look forward to. If you procrastinate with your packing you may find yourself dreading even talking about your honeymoon because doing so makes you realize that you are not yet prepared for the honeymoon.

Most caterers also require a final count for the number of guest in the week preceding your wedding. If all of your guests have not yet responded to your invitation, you might want to consider calling them instead of assuming that they will not be coming to the wedding. These phone calls can save you the embarrassment of not being prepared for additional guests. Having a confirmed response from all of your invited guests will ensure that you give the caterer an accurate number of guests.

Now is also the time to confirm the final details with all of your service providers such as your photographer, florist, DJ or band and transportation provider. It’s important to confirm details such as times and expectations to ensure that there are no misunderstandings and that you will have all of the services that you are expecting at your wedding. You might also want to make arrangements to pay your balances with each of these providers if you have previously only left a deposit. While you may be hesitant to provide payment in full before the service is rendered and most of these services providers don’t require you to do so, you could make arrangements to leave the balance with a responsible friend or family member who will ensure that they are all paid on the wedding day. Many of these agencies will only accept cash or certified checks so you will have to provide the balance in either of these forms in individual envelopes to your trusted friend.

The rehearsal dinner is usually held the night before the wedding so it is important to confirm the details of the rehearsal dinner in the final week before the wedding. Whether the couple themselves is hosting the dinner or another person is taking on the responsibilities of the event, it is still necessary to confirm all of the details such as time, location and number of guests. Also, since the couple typically uses the rehearsal dinner to thank their parents, the wedding party and anyone else who has supported them in the wedding planning, now would be the time to plan out exactly what you plan to say during this offering of thanks. While it is important to speak from the heart, it’s also important to make sure that no one who has really gone out of their way to assist the couple is left out of the thank you speech.

Finally, while there are many details that require your attention in the final week before your wedding it is also important to take some time for yourself and do something that you consider relaxing. Whether you go to a spa to get a massage or spend an evening at the movies, it’s important to take some time to just relax before your wedding day to ensure that you are not completely frazzled by the time your wedding day arrives.

The final week before a wedding can be extremely harried and filled with last minute details but it is important to take some time to relax during this week. It’s important to ensure that everything is in place for the wedding and that nothing is overlooked but it’s also important to remain calm and not get caught up in the details of the wedding. Allowing yourself some relaxation time will ensure that you are well prepared for your wedding and that you have fully enjoyed the planning process.

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10 Incredibly Nice Things to Do For Him

There are a number of incredibly nice things that you can do for the man in your life to let him know how much he means to you. Really thinking about his personality and hobbies and personalizing your gestures will demonstrate that you care about him. You will surprise the man in your life with your thoughtful and tailored gestures.

One incredibly nice thing you could do for him is to make arrangement to have his car professionally detailed. Many men take pride in their car and enjoy spending their time to make sure it looks and runs its best. You can let him know that you understand his fascination with his car by making the arrangements to have the car detailed. If you know that he will be out of town for a few days, try making the arrangements for that time so that it will be a surprise for him when he returns. If you are unable to do this in secret, go ahead and let him know about your plans. It’s okay that it won’t be a surprise because he will probably enjoy being involved in the process.

Another incredibly nice thing that you can do for the special man in your life is to take the responsibility of completing a chore around the house that he usually performs. For example if he usually takes care of mowing the lawn, plan to come home from work early one day to mow the lawn before he gets home. He will not only be excited to not have to take care of this chore but will also be excited that you recognize the effort he puts forth into completing this chore.

Purchasing a gadget that your man has his eye on is another nice thing to do for him. Many men enjoy all types of gadgets and gizmos and figuring out one that he is interested in and purchasing it for him will be a very welcomed gift. It will also show him that you were paying attention while he was talking about this gadget and you understand how much it means to him. He will appreciate that while it may not be something you would want for yourself, you realize that it is something that he will enjoy.

Still another incredibly nice thing to do for him is to take control of plans for a date. Men are usually the ones who are in charge of planning and paying for dates so he will be grateful for you making date arrangements for a night. Carefully plan out a fun date filled with activities that he will enjoy and don’t rely on him to take care of any of the details. Make the arrangements, drive to the destination and pay for the date. The man in your life will feel pampered for the evening and will enjoy having the stress of date planning off his shoulders.

Surprising the man in your life by meeting him at work and taking him out to lunch or on a picnic is another incredibly nice thing you can do for him. He will enjoy getting out of the office for awhile and having some extra time to spend with you. The element of surprise will let him know that you are thinking of him. Also, having a break in his day where he can relax and enjoy your company will make the rest of the day seem to go by much more quickly for him.

Another incredibly nice thing you can do for the man in your life is to pick up a magazine or book relating to an interest he has while you are out shopping. Doing so will let him know that you understand his interest and that you want him to have some time to enjoy thinking about his favorite hobby. It also shows that you even while you were just out running a few errands you were thinking about him.

Learning about the man in your life’s favorite sport is another nice thing to do for him. He may enjoy spending his weekends watching his favorite sports teams and, if you are not normally a fan of this sport, you will surprise him by taking an active interest. Try doing some research on your own to learn a little more about his favorite sport and team and the next time he is watching a game, sit with him and ask pertinent questions. He will be astonished at your knowledge and eager to teach you more.

Another incredibly nice thing to do for a man is to buy him flowers. Women receive flowers for special occasions and sometimes for no reason at all but men don’t often receive flowers very often so showing up with a bouquet for him will be a welcomed surprise. He will appreciate the novelty of the gift and be delighted with the gesture.

If your taste in music differs from that of the man in your life, one incredibly nice thing you can do for him is to purchase tickets to see his favorite band in concert. While the music may not be your first choice, it’s something he enjoys so give him a chance to indulge himself. He will be excited to share his music with you and will be glad that you are interested in hearing the music with him.

Finally another nice thing to do for a man is to learn to barbeque. Many men greatly enjoy barbequed foods and have even been known to brave freezing temperatures to enjoy a barbequed steak in the dead of winter. While many men love the chance to barbeque they would also appreciate the opportunity to enjoy a barbeque without having to do any of the work. Preparing a barbeque will let him know that you realize it’s a meal he enjoys and that you appreciate the effort he usually puts forward to prepare this meal.

Doing something incredibly nice for a man doesn’t have to be extravagant or complicated. Simple gestures that show that you understand his thoughts and feelings are those that will be most appreciated. In surprising the man in your life with some of these examples or other applicable things you will let him know how important he is to you.

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Civil Service Weddings

A civil service wedding doesn’t have to include just the couple, an officiant and state provided witnesses anymore. Many states offer the option of a civil service wedding in small conference rooms that can accommodate as many as 50 guests. A civil service wedding is ideal for a couple that wants to be married but doesn’t want to deal with all the hassle and stress of planning an elaborate wedding. A civil service wedding is also an ideal alternative for couples who have different religious backgrounds and want to eliminate religious connotations from their wedding rather than trying to plan a wedding that blends the two religions. Some couples may also opt for an affordable civil service union and use their wedding savings for other options.

Civil service weddings are extremely affordable and convenient. In many states you can plan your entire wedding for you and a small number of guests for under $1000. If you budget correctly this fee could include the use of a decorated wedding suite or chapel, an officiant to perform the ceremony, a notary public who is capable of obtaining and filing your marriage license and even certified copies of your license that can serve as official proof of your marriage. You may also be able to use the suite or chapel for a limited time to host a small reception following the wedding ceremony.

A bride and groom who come from different religious backgrounds may opt for a civil service wedding. While there is an increasing trend in multi-denominational weddings that do an excellent job of creating a ceremony that blends the two religions beautifully there are some people who would rather have their religion not be a part of the ceremony than be compromised in a blended ceremony. While the issue of how a couple intends to deal with their religious differences in their married life is nobody’s business but their own, there are many friends and relatives who would be offended by a wedding ceremony that is not true to their religion. In this situation a couple may choose to have a civil wedding that is devoid of religious connotations in the effort to not offend any family members or friends. Of course the couple should not compromise their beliefs and if they desire a wedding with blended religions then they should go ahead and have their wedding exactly as they had planned. However, if the couple does not feel strongly about having a wedding that blends their religious beliefs then it might be wise to opt for a simple civil service wedding.

Another reason that couples may opt for a civil service wedding is to use their wedding savings for another cause. Although some couples may have saved for over a year to host an elaborate wedding, they may decide that they would prefer to invest their savings in a dream honeymoon or a down payment for a new home or even making a donation to a charitable cause. A couple that spends months or even years saving up for an elaborate wedding may decide in the end that they don’t think wasting their entire savings on a one night wedding extravaganza is such a good idea. If the couple makes this decision before the planning has gone too far they may be able to scrap their wedding plans without too much of a financial loss and choose to have a civil service wedding and use their wedding savings for another purpose.

The connotation of civil service weddings being strictly for couples needing to get married quickly for either citizenship reasons or due to an impending pregnancy is a thing of the past. Couples are beginning to see the value of a civil service wedding and are opting for these simple unions for a variety of reasons. The affordability and convenience that a civil service wedding offers is very appealing to couples who either do not have a large savings or the time required to plan an elaborate wedding. Religious differences also drive many couples to opt for a religious ceremony. Couples who come from vastly different religious backgrounds may opt for a wedding that is devoid of religious elements in order to not offend any of their friends or relatives. Couples may also choose to have a simple and inexpensive civil service wedding so that they can splurge on their honeymoon or on a new home instead.

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Ideas for Inexpensive Centerpieces

Traditional floral centerpieces can be expensive especially if you plan on having a large number of tables at the wedding reception. While floral arrangements have traditionally been the centerpiece of choice at many weddings there are many more original centerpiece ideas that are also very inexpensive. Depending on the theme and color scheme of the wedding, there are a variety of low cost options available.

A wedding with a light-hearted theme hosted by a fun loving couple might be a suitable opportunity to utilize candy to create festive centerpieces. Clear glass bowls can be filled with colorful candies such as jelly beans or M & Ms to create a lovely and very inexpensive centerpiece that reflects the personalities of the bride and groom. The candy and bowls can probably be purchased for a fraction of the price of floral centerpieces and create a lovely centerpiece that is easily assembled and can be enjoyed by all of the guests.

The bride and groom can also opt for silk floral arrangements if they are intent on having flowers as their centerpiece. Many hobby stores sell a wide variety of attractive artificial flowers that can be arranged by the bride and groom to create attractive centerpieces for the tables. Using fake flowers gives the couple more of an opportunity to express their creativity. The hobby store also likely sells inexpensive vases so the couple may be able to purchase everything they need for the centerpieces in one location. Arranging the flowers in a vase is nice but long stemmed flowers such as calla lilies also look very attractive tied with twine or ribbon and simply laid in the center of the table. The couple could either choose seasonal artificial flowers or artificial flowers that fit the theme of the wedding and arrange them in inexpensive vases or tie them with attractive ribbons to create inexpensive centerpieces for their wedding.

Another inexpensive option for a couple wishing to utilize flowers for their centerpieces is to use potted plants. You can find a multitude of inexpensive potted plants at home improvement stores, greenhouses, and even grocery stores. The couple can choose plants that match the other decorations for the wedding or that will stand out amongst the other decorations. These plants could be repotted into festive pots to create attractive centerpieces for a relatively low cost.

Balloons can be another option for a couple looking to have fun yet inexpensive centerpieces. Balloons are relatively inexpensive and can be easily found in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The couple could choose solid or print patterns that match the colors of the table linens. An extra tip for these centerpieces is to weigh down the balloons with a piece of candy. This will encourage each guest at the table to take home a balloon as a souvenir. With a typical centerpiece only one guest has the opportunity to take home the centerpiece but using balloons makes it possible for each guest to take home a part of the centerpiece.

Another inexpensive wedding table centerpiece is a picture frame in the shape of cube that allows the insertion of a photo into each side of the cube. The couple may choose to include pictures of themselves during their courting or they may wish to include pictures of them with the guests who will be sitting at that table. This is a great opportunity for the couple to express their individuality and share a little bit of themselves with their guests. Artfully arranged photographs create fun centerpieces that are also very inexpensive.

Candles also create a very attractive yet inexpensive centerpiece. The couple may choose to purchase many of the same candle or candles of varying shapes, sizes and colors to arrange on the tables. Candles of the same size, shape and color can be arranged in a uniform pattern to create a beautiful centerpiece. Candles that vary in size, shape and color can be placed at random on the table to create an eclectic appeal.

With a little bit of thought and creativity a couple can find centerpiece options that are affordable, attractive and well suited for the couple. The traditional centerpieces of floral arrangements can be boring and also extremely expensive. Utilizing creativity and ingenuity to create centerpieces that are an accurate representation of the taste of the couple often creates a more appealing centerpiece at a very affordable price.

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Baby names and their meanings

Naming a baby may seem simple enough but when you are the one doing the naming, it can be really frustrating. One of the ways that can help you with this really frustrating task is by giving names that have special meanings. The job of today’s moms and dads is a whole lot easier actually compared to parents in previous years. There are probably hundreds of baby naming books in bookstores as well as websites where you can enter the names that you are considering and find their meanings.

Some websites even have categories that group names into their origins. For instance, names that have Indian origins have their own grouping, names that have Italian origins have separate grouping and so on. Names are also classified according to gender or to popularity. Of course, alphabetical classifications of names will always be there. You can even browse through several different names and just take your pick from the pack.

Finding out the meaning of the name that you are going to give your child will not only make the name special but will also put a small meaning into the name. By giving your baby a name with a meaning that you like, you are, in a way, putting a representation of what you hope your child would grow up to be. Remember that a name is a stamp of identity, something that your child will be using for the rest of his or her life.

Here are some of the names and their meanings that you can find in websites. If you want a complete list, just go to a search engine and type keywords baby names meaning and voila, a list of websites where you can browse different names.

Aaron- High Mountain
Bailey- Server
Caesar – Purposeful
Abel- Breath of vapour
Caleb – Dog lover
Calvin- Bold
Abner – Cheerful
Cameron – Bewitched
Abraham – Father of Multitude
Barron – Fighter
Carlos – Expressive
Bartholomew – Friend
Carol – Champion
Cary – Charmer
Casey – Brave
Alan – Harmony
Benedict- Blessed
Cecil – Obstinate or Blind
Albert – Nobly
Alexander- Leader
Alexis- Helper
Alfred- Wise
Bing – Intuitive
Alison – Holy
Blair – Dignified
Clair – Famous
Clarence – Bright
Clark – Charmer
Claude – Lame
Alroy- Regal
Bradford – Mighty
Clay – Mortal
Clayton- Town-Dweller
Alvin – Beloved
Brandon – A Fighter
Clifford – Brave
Dale – Dweller
Dalton – Farmer
Dan – A Judge
Ebenezer – Integrity
Eden – Diplomatic
Farrell – Brave
Darius – Strong
Edgar – Fortunate
Felix – Happy
Gary -Old man
Ian – Lord’s Grace
Geoffrey – Peace
Ingram – Hero
Giles – Young goat
Irvin – Friend of the Sea
Godfrey – God peace
Isaac – Glad
Harlan – Warrior
Isadore – A good gift
Grant – Great
Harley – Athletic
Harry – Princely
Guy – Sensible
Hector – Defender
Kane – Exacting
Lachlan – Fighter
Kay – Rejoicing
Lambert – Wealthy
Jason- Healer
Kean – Tall
Keith – Gardener
Jed – Beloved
Lewis Well-Known
Lincoln – Settled
Lindo – Tree
Lionel – Lionlike
Llewellyn – Swift
Lloyd – Joy
Ludovic – Fighter
Loredo – Learned
Loren – Victor
Loring – Fighter
Lothario – Cheerful
Macy – Steadfast
Napoleon – Comforter
Nathan – A Gift
Malcolm – A Servant
Nat – Versatile
Nathaniel – Godly
Orlando – Famous
Paine- Rustic
Radcliffe – Fiery
Quincy – Restful
Ralph – Hero
Quinn – Wise
Parker – Princely
Patrick – Noble
Randall – Relentless
Shawn – Gracious
Trevor – Prudent
Sherlock – Eminent
Silvester – Earthy
Spencer – Provider
Stephen – Loyal
Samson – Resplendent
Xavier – Bright
Valentine – Healthy
Wade – Wonderer

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A Quick Peek into Japanese Wedding Rings, Tradition and Styles

With changing times, the Japanese culture and tradition has also accepted a lot of changes. Exchange of wedding rings in the marriage ceremony is one of them. For, the wedding rings were never a hardcore part of the traditional Japanese weddings. But the modern Japanese couples enjoy slipping the wedding rings in each other’s fingers.

In fact, it is believed that the history of the exchange of wedding rings in Japan is only 150 years old. The custom of wearing a wedding ring in Japan is related to the Edo Era, belonging to the late 1800s. before that, Japanese women used to color their teeth to prove their marital status.

The times have changed and Japanese married couples have started wearing wedding rings. While other things are still traditional in Japanese weddings, the exchange of wedding rings is a contemporary and popular concept. Still it is enjoyed greatly and practiced with respect. Japanese call the ring finger as kusuri-yubi.

The bride and the groom appear quite composed during the staid marriage ceremony. But as the time of rings exchange approaches and the groom slips the wedding band on the bride’s finger, they smile together.

It is interesting to note that people in Japan wear the wedding bands not because of any religious or supernatural reason. They wear it because they want to make the public announcement of their marriage. They wish to tell the world that they welcome a special person in their life and they plan to spend the rest of their lives with together.

Japanese people consider various aspects before buying the wedding rings. They consider the look, attractiveness, and the material value of the ring as important factors to choose a wedding ring. The religious connotations attached with wedding rings in other countries hold absolutely low or no relevance for the Japanese.

Let’s take a quick peek into the styles and designs of Japanese wedding rings.

Mokume gane is a traditional Japanese term used to explain the art of making wedding rings. It came into being a couple of centuries ago. The mokume gane artists layer the non-ferrous and precious metal and make patterns over it. It is originated from the ancient Japanese technique by which damascus steel was created.

In the mokume gane art, two or more metals are piled together in sporadic sheets and merged together. Then, a billet is forged, formed and filed to divulge an attractive pattern of the sheet layers. Mokume is an apt art for making the wedding rings, as it poses the perfect marriage of metals too.

Well generally Japanese people do not like wedding gaudy rings with heavy crafting on them. This is perhaps because big diamonds get stuck with clothes or other things and are not practical to wear daily. Most of them love simple and casual designing, which they can show off regularly.

If you also cherish simplicity in life, get a Japanese wedding band and adorn your wedding ceremony. [493 Words]

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Pick a Celtic Wedding Ring and Steal The Heart Of Your Beloved Again!

Wedding rings have always been exchanged as an emblem of a ‘potent bond’ of marriage. The ritual of wedding ring ceremony has been practiced in various cultures and traditions, literally from the ages. The perfect circle of a wedding ring has always been a representative of undying love and continuous happiness for the nuptial couple. Moreover the circle represents the wholeness and timelessness of their wed-locked new relationship.

Today, there are several types of wedding rings available in the market. Some of the famous ones are the diamond rings, platinum rings, gold rings and titanium rings. But, there is one category of wedding rings which had its essence in the past and holds it even today. Any guesses? Well, this particular genre of wedding rings is known as Celtic wedding rings.

So, Let us take a closer look at some aspects related to the Celtic wedding rings and their popularity.

Thousands of years back, a group of liberal tribes called Celts spread throughout the various parts of Europe. A majority of these people were classy artisans who used to carve knot work patterns. These work patterns have also motivated the modern day jewelers to develop some exquisite wedding rings. The Celtic patterns created on the wedding rings today have some particular meanings. But understanding these patterns and their relevance to the wedding rings is somewhat illusive.

Some people tend to prefer Celtic wedding rings as a way to connect profoundly into their own heritage. Indeed they tend to feel compassion with a tribal tradition of Europe that regards the earth as the Mother Earth. Moreover some people tend to feel that a Celtic wedding ring brings them closer to the poetry and music. And for other people, it’s just another type of jewelry which holds some significance and value.

Well, coming a step ahead of the cultural aspects of the Celtic motif rings, you will find that people wear these rings irrespective of the fact, whether they belong to Celtic ancestry or not. A majority of people consider wearing Celtic motif rings because they believe that these motifs have a symbolic and universal meaning. In fact the knots in the Celtic motifs depict the interweaving of two different paths together. Moreover the knots represent the interconnection of various aspects of life. Indeed a Celtic wedding ring is a mascot which titillates the mystical connection of life and people.

There are several knot styles and designs of the Celtic motif wedding rings. Moreover people prefer certain knot work motifs over the other due to their specific meanings. For example, a couple might choose a simple and flowing knot work motif style as it depicts ease, harmony and partnership. The wedding rings with other knot work designs can be more intricate and dynamic, suggesting passion and other creative elements.

Apart from the round knot motifs wedding rings, the square knot motif works also hold their symbolism. A square knot motif wedding ring is a clear representation of stability of a relationship. Even most of the buildings are square-shaped because of the symbolism of the stability attached with the square designs. Other than these shapes, the Celtic rings also deal with the directions of the vectors. Another very common design of Celtic wedding ring is the depiction of trinity work pattern.

Considering the aspects of Celtic rings and knot work motifs, it would be appropriate to say that if you insist on buying a Celtic wedding ring, you should spend some time to understand the meaning of a particular motif as well. And you will surely choose a better motif style ring for your wedding. [602 Words]

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Pick Antique Wedding Rings to Stand Class Apart!

Are you planning to buy some different and unique wedding rings for your wedding? And are you fond of antique jewelry and antique collection as well? Well, if you are affirmative with these two questions, you should definitely consider buying antique wedding rings for your wedding. Yes, these classy wedding rings would be an appropriate choice for your wedding.

So let’s take a look into various aspects, features and consideration of antique wedding rings.

Before moving deeper into the subject of antique wedding rings, why not understand the difference between antique wedding rings and estate wedding rings. Well, antique wedding rings refer to very old rings (over 50 years old). And “estate” wedding rings can be anything less than 50 years old. It also includes a ring that someone has brought last year only. If you want to consider some genuine antique wedding rings, you should prefer the ones which were made before 1950.

An alternative name for antique wedding rings is “vintage wedding rings” which is used by several jewelers to give these rings a more classy appeal. On the other hand, some people also denote antique rings as “old rings”, as they were made quite a time back. However, it doesn’t matter what names you coin for antique wedding rings, they would still remain a form of antique wedding rings.

Now, coming back to antique wedding rings, let us discuss some of the prominent types and forms of antique rings, along with the era in which they were made.

Victorian Wedding Rings (1800-1900)
Victorian rings are the oldest forms of antique wedding rings. These were crafted during the newly incepted industrial revolution, when the diamond mines of South Africa were discovered. A typical Victorian wedding ring features a row of diamonds which are carved with an additional surface on the bottom called the mine cut. Pearls were also included in the history of Victorian rings for the very special occasions.

Edwardian Wedding Rings (1900-1920)
The era of Edwardian jewelry prominently featured the usage of platinum, pearls, gold and diamonds. These metals were adroitly crafted into the delicate and lacy shapes of rings called the “Edwardian”. This name was coined after Edward VII took the throne of England, after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. The wedding rings of this era contained scrollwork, filigree details and milgraining. The usage of brilliant sapphires was also practiced in the Edwardian wedding rings.

Art Deco Wedding Rings (1920-1930)
The age of 20’s was full of exploration, exoticism and machinery. Amongst the blend of these three, the term “art deco” originated and became famous from the Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925. The art deco wedding rings are famous for their geometric shapes, contrasting gemstones and complementary colors. These wedding rings are one of the preferred choices of people when it comes to buying antique wedding rings.

While buying any of the antique wedding rings, you should give a careful attention towards the craftsmanship of the ring. This factor can really make a difference in your selection of your antique wedding ring. You should avoid the replica rings of the antique ones as they would look poor and won’t be able to hold the charisma and quality of the original one.

So, have a very happy wedding! [549 Words]

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10 Tips for Setting a Budget and Sticking to It

Budget concerns can be one of the most prominent sources of disagreement for a couple in the process of planning their wedding. The couple may have different ideas about what type of wedding they want and also about what they can afford. It is important for the couple to discuss financial constraints before the wedding planning goes too far.

The first tip for setting a budget and sticking to it is to have a conversation regarding finances well before the wedding planning starts in earnest. It is important that everyone involved in the decision making process of the wedding understand just how much money is available to be spent on the wedding.

Another tip for setting a budget and sticking to it is to start saving early for your wedding. Putting aside a portion of each paycheck for awhile can add up to a sizable savings that can be used for your wedding. This advanced planning and saving will allow you to maximize the budget that is available to you for your wedding planning.

Once the budget has been established, set it aside for a few days and then review it again. This time away from the budget gives those involved the chance to let the information settle in and the review of the budget after this waiting period gives the participants the opportunity to verify that they understand and agree to the budget. This is important because if someone does not agree with the budget, they may be likely to overspend in one area leaving the budget in jeopardy.

After an overall budget is established it is important to divide the total amount appropriately to establish budgets for items such as the venue, food and drink, the bride’s attire, the groom’s attire, transportation, entertainment, photography, favors, centerpieces, gifts for the wedding party and even gifts for each other. It is also important to partition a small amount of money for incidentals to account for small unexpected expenses.

In establishing a budget it is also important to be clear about who will be paying for what items. For example, if the groom’s family offers to pay for the centerpieces and you choose to let them, this will allow you to divert your previously designated centerpiece budget to other aspects of the wedding. The key to sticking to your wedding budget is to be aware of who has agreed to pay for what.

It is important that budgets for each individual aspect of the wedding be established to enable you to follow this next tip. This tip advises the couple to be mindful of their budgets for each individual component of the wedding before negotiating contracts for services. If you know that you have allotted $250 for entertainment you would be wise to seek out a DJ that is offering his services for approximately that amount and then negotiate your contract to ensure that you remain under budge.

Doing as many things as you can on your own is another way to ensure that you are sticking to your budget. Crafts and homemade invitations can greatly reduce the cost of your wedding. For example making your own favors or centerpieces can greatly reduce your costs and free up additional budget for other areas of the wedding.

Another tip for sticking to your wedding budget is to not view the budget as restrictive. If instead of thinking about the things that you can’t afford, you focus on how you can make your wedding and reception truly unique you will be inspired to create a fabulous and memorable wedding despite your budget constraints.

Still another tip for sticking to your wedding budget is to shop around and comparison shop for services. A limousine company may come highly recommended but if they are not in your price range, don’t be afraid to let them know why you are going to have to choose another company and you may be surprised at how soon they are willing to give you a different offer.

A final tip for creating and sticking to a budget is to realize that there are bound to be snags along the way. As long as you remain cognizant of your spending and realize the ramifications of your actions you are likely to realize that if you go over budget in one area, you will need to modify other areas by reducing their total budget.

A wedding budget can be a serious cause of emotional strain on a couple. It is important for them to discuss their finances and establish a budget for their wedding plans. Doing this early on in the wedding planning process can help the couple to avoid conflict during the planning phase of the wedding.

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Non-Denominational or Mixed Religion Weddings

Couples of mixed religions or who come from families that do not have a strong religious background may choose to have either a non-denominational wedding or a wedding that blends two separate religions. This can be tricky however because many religions may not honor or recognize a wedding unless it is performed according to their own unique guidelines. For this reason it is very important to check with potential officiants and church leaders to ensure that your wedding plans will result in a union that is recognized by both churches. This is significant because you would not want to invest time and money on a marriage that will wind up not being recognized by the church and possibly not even recognized by the government. Whether a couple decides to have a non-denominational wedding, incorporate aspects of both religion into a ceremony that will not be recognized by either faith or participate in two separate religious ceremonies, it is important to remember that their love for each other and their love of their faith are equally important.

If both the bride and the groom have very strong faith backgrounds and wish to have their wedding recognized by their respective churches, they may have to take a few extra steps to ensure that their union is recognized by their churches. Sometimes the only way to do this is to have a wedding ceremony in both churches. This may seem like an unnecessary step but one of the defining criteria of having your marriage recognized by your faith, for many religions, is to have your wedding ceremony in the church. It is simply not possible to do this unless the couple takes the extra steps of having two wedding ceremonies to ensure that they will be both be accepted as a married couple into their faiths.

Another alternative to participating in two separate ceremonies in order to have the union recognized by both churches is to have a non-denominational wedding that is only recognized by the government. Couples may choose this option if they do not have the time or money that would be required to have two separate wedding ceremonies. A couple may choose a compromise that results in neither church recognizing the union. The theory behind this type of choice is that the couple decides that their love for each other is strong enough to survive and that they do not need to have the approval of their churches in order to have a successful and lasting marriage.

Still another alternative is to have a non-denominational wedding ceremony at a location in a natural setting. At this type of ceremony the couple has no restrictions and can choose to incorporate either religion into the ceremony in any way that they see fit. They may do this by using traditional prayers and religious songs during the ceremony. While this type of ceremony will not be recognized by the church is does offer the couple the opportunity to incorporate some of the religious traditions of both of their faiths into a beautiful ceremony that successfully blends two religions.

A final alternative is to incorporate one faith fully into the wedding ceremony and incorporate the other faith fully into the wedding reception. This option results in the marriage being recognized by one of the religions but does not allow the other family to feel neglected because their faith is well represented in the traditional activities of the wedding reception. This option is only feasible if the member of the couple who will not have their church recognize the union, is completely accepting and understand of this fact. This is important because the resentment and jealousy that could result from this could be very detrimental to the couple.

Inter-faith couples are on the rise. Years ago it was unheard of to marry someone outside of your faith but this is no longer true and many couples today are inter-faith couples. It is difficult but not impossible to integrate the two faiths in a way that is satisfactory to all of those involved. While the faiths can be blended to create a beautiful wedding, the problem is that many churches will not accept this blended wedding as a union. Sometimes the couple decides that their happiness together is more important than having the church recognize the union so they opt for a non-denominational wedding that is completely devoid of any religious traditions.

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Civil Service Weddings

A civil service wedding doesn’t have to include just the couple, an officiant and state provided witnesses anymore. Many states offer the option of a civil service wedding in small conference rooms that can accommodate as many as 50 guests. A civil service wedding is ideal for a couple that wants to be married but doesn’t want to deal with all the hassle and stress of planning an elaborate wedding. A civil service wedding is also an ideal alternative for couples who have different religious backgrounds and want to eliminate religious connotations from their wedding rather than trying to plan a wedding that blends the two religions. Some couples may also opt for an affordable civil service union and use their wedding savings for other options.

Civil service weddings are extremely affordable and convenient. In many states you can plan your entire wedding for you and a small number of guests for under $1000. If you budget correctly this fee could include the use of a decorated wedding suite or chapel, an officiant to perform the ceremony, a notary public who is capable of obtaining and filing your marriage license and even certified copies of your license that can serve as official proof of your marriage. You may also be able to use the suite or chapel for a limited time to host a small reception following the wedding ceremony.

A bride and groom who come from different religious backgrounds may opt for a civil service wedding. While there is an increasing trend in multi-denominational weddings that do an excellent job of creating a ceremony that blends the two religions beautifully there are some people who would rather have their religion not be a part of the ceremony than be compromised in a blended ceremony. While the issue of how a couple intends to deal with their religious differences in their married life is nobody’s business but their own, there are many friends and relatives who would be offended by a wedding ceremony that is not true to their religion. In this situation a couple may choose to have a civil wedding that is devoid of religious connotations in the effort to not offend any family members or friends. Of course the couple should not compromise their beliefs and if they desire a wedding with blended religions then they should go ahead and have their wedding exactly as they had planned. However, if the couple does not feel strongly about having a wedding that blends their religious beliefs then it might be wise to opt for a simple civil service wedding.

Another reason that couples may opt for a civil service wedding is to use their wedding savings for another cause. Although some couples may have saved for over a year to host an elaborate wedding, they may decide that they would prefer to invest their savings in a dream honeymoon or a down payment for a new home or even making a donation to a charitable cause. A couple that spends months or even years saving up for an elaborate wedding may decide in the end that they don’t think wasting their entire savings on a one night wedding extravaganza is such a good idea. If the couple makes this decision before the planning has gone too far they may be able to scrap their wedding plans without too much of a financial loss and choose to have a civil service wedding and use their wedding savings for another purpose.

The connotation of civil service weddings being strictly for couples needing to get married quickly for either citizenship reasons or due to an impending pregnancy is a thing of the past. Couples are beginning to see the value of a civil service wedding and are opting for these simple unions for a variety of reasons. The affordability and convenience that a civil service wedding offers is very appealing to couples who either do not have a large savings or the time required to plan an elaborate wedding. Religious differences also drive many couples to opt for a religious ceremony. Couples who come from vastly different religious backgrounds may opt for a wedding that is devoid of religious elements in order to not offend any of their friends or relatives. Couples may also choose to have a simple and inexpensive civil service wedding so that they can splurge on their honeymoon or on a new home instead.

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Italian Wedding Traditions

Couples who are of Italian descent may choose to incorporate a variety of Italian traditions into their wedding even if they have never even set foot on Italian soil. This is a fun way to honor your ancestors with a nostalgic glimpse into the past. The religious aspects, dances and food at a wedding may all hold traditional values.

The dominant religion in Italy is Roman Catholicism. Therefore a traditional Italian wedding would also be linked to a traditional Catholic wedding and would include a full Mass with the ceremony. Although, not all Italians are also Catholics and if you and your future spouse are not Catholic you can still have a traditional Italian reception to celebrate your marriage. Immediately after the wedding ceremony the couple may release a pair of white doves. These doves symbolize the love and affection that the couple hold for each other.

There are a few other small traditions that apply to the ceremony. One of these traditions is to adorn each entry way that the couple will pass through with elaborately tied ribbons. These ribbons are symbolic of the unity of the couple. It is also customary for the groom to carry a small piece of iron in his pocket during the wedding ceremony. This piece of metal is said to ward off evil spirits and ensure a happy future for the couple. The bride may also rip her veil slightly. This is said to bring good luck to the couple.

The reception that follows the wedding ceremony is where the majority of Italian traditions take place. It is customary for the guests to assemble in the reception room before the bride and groom arrive. You should arrange for your guests to be served alcoholic beverages during this time. The women are traditionally served sweet liquors while the men are served stronger drinks. It is important that these drinks be served before the couple arrives at the reception because tradition holds that the guests offer a toast to the bride and the groom the moment that they arrive at the reception.

There are a few traditional dances that are typically performed at traditional Italian weddings. The Tarantella is one example of these dances. There are several different stories on the origin of this dance but most of the stories revolve around a spider bite. In just about every version of the story, la tarantella was a dance that was performed either to counteract the venom of the spider or as an uncontrollable response to the venom. In modern times this dance is performed as a way of wishing the couple good luck in their future together. La Tarantella is a group, circle dance where the participants dance in a clockwise direction until the music speeds up and then they reverse directions. These tempo changes occur several times and each time the tempos speeds up the group changes direction again. This continues until it is impossible to keep up with the tempo of the music.

No authentic wedding would be complete without a scrumptious feast featuring several courses. A traditional Italian wedding reception begins with an antipasto course that features olives, pickled sweet peppers, mushrooms and cheeses. That is followed by many other courses that include pastas, meats, soups, salads and desserts that are each accompanied by free flowing wine. There are certain foods that have symbolic meanings. For example guests are usually presented with an odd number of almonds. The almonds represent the fact that marriage is often bittersweet. They are presented in odd numbers that have different traditional meanings. For example three almonds wish the couple luck with children while five almonds wish the couple monetary wealth.

Another Italian wedding tradition is to have the couple break a glass or vase at the conclusion of the reception. The Jewish faith has a similar tradition where the groom will break a wine glass at the conclusion of the ceremony but these traditions vary in their intentions and symbolism. Jewish couples break a glass as a symbol of human frailty and the hardship that their ancestors have endured because of their faith. An Italian couple, however, breaks a glass or vase for a completely different reason. According to Italian tradition the number of pieces that the glass breaks into represents the number of happy years that the couple will enjoy together.

It is fun for couples of Italian descent to incorporate traditional elements into their wedding. Even if the couple only has distant relatives that originated from Italy and have never even been to Italy, it is still acceptable to follow these traditions. Couples of other nationalities may also choose an Italian themed wedding just for the enjoyment of trying something different.

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How to Choose a Marriage Counselor

Admitting you need the assistance of a marriage counselor is the first step to salvaging your troubled marriage. Once you and your partner have acknowledged your need for professional help, the two of you will need to choose a counselor together. Choosing a marriage counselor is a very personal thing. The right counselor for you and your spouse is the one that you both feel comfortable with and have confidence in their ability to help you resolve your problems. You may find counselors who come highly recommended and who have helped friends and family members of yours but unless you have faith in the counselor they won’t be able to help you. Choosing a marriage counselor may be hindered by the fact that your marital relationship is already troubled but it’s important that you work together to choose the right marriage counselor if you are serious about saving your relationship.

Seeking recommendations from trusted friends and family members who have employed the use of a marriage counselor is a good place to start your search. You can take the opportunity to ask your friends and relatives what they liked and didn’t like about the counselor who helped them and use this information to determine whether or not you have any interest in having a consultation with their recommended counselor. In speaking to your friend or relative try to ask questions that elicit specific responses about the marriage counselor’s demeanor and techniques without asking your trusted source to divulge any sensitive details about their counseling sessions. You need to understand that worked for others may not help your marriage but having a few trusted persons make recommendations is a good place to begin your search.

Next, utilize the Internet to research marriage counselors in your area. Look for counselors who have web pages that describe their education, life experience and techniques for conflict resolution. This type of information is useful for deciding before you even meet them if you think they can help you. If there is anything about their website that bothers you, trust your instincts and cross them off your list of potential marriage counselors. Trusting your marriage counselor is extremely important so if there is anything that bothers you right away, then they aren’t the right counselor for you because you will go into the sessions feeling guarded which will hinder your progress.

In a relationship that is already troubled, it might be worthwhile to do the preliminary research on available marriage counselors separately. This will allow the two of you to decide what you are looking for in a marriage counselor without further complicating any pre-existing issues in your marriage. Seek recommendations from friends and family members and do your Internet research separately. Once you have both compiled a list of potential counselors compare your lists and agree to interview those that overlap on your lists. If you do not have any overlap, agree to each choose two candidates and meet with these four marriage counselors in the next step of the process.

Once you have selected a few potential marriage counselors, it is time to set up initial consultations with each of them. These consultations will give you the opportunity to meet with each counselor to get to know them a little better and learn about their conflict resolution strategies. It is also a chance to determine how comfortable you feel around this counselor and whether you will be able to open up to him or her and express your true feelings. This is also your opportunity to decide whether or not you truly have faith that this marriage counselor is the one that can save your marriage. Prepare for these sessions ahead of time by coming up with a list of questions that will help you to obtain a better understanding of the counselor and their methods. In coming up with these questions, either work together with your spouse to develop a list of questions or encourage your spouse to do so on their own so that you are both prepared for the initial consultation. As with your Internet research if there is something you just don’t trust about one of the marriage counselors in your initial consultations then trust your gut and eliminate them from your list. An initial consultation is an excellent way to get all your questions about the marriage counselor answered and to become acquainted with the counselor on a personal level. Your initial consultation with a marriage counselor is probably the most important step in determining if they are right for you and your spouse so take this step very seriously.

Once you and your counselor have met with all of the marriage counselors on your proposed list, it is time to make your decision. Hopefully, the two of you will agree on a counselor and will be able to begin your sessions immediately but if you can’t reach an agreement try another method to determining which counselor to choose. You could try a method such as having each partner rank the candidates from 1-4 in order of preference and then agree to choose the counselor who receives the lowest combined score. While this method may sound silly, it is important to remember that you are going to counseling because there is a problem in your marriage and further aggregating the problem by arguing over a marriage counselor may lead to one of the partners deciding that counseling isn’t worth it and giving up on the relationship.

Choosing a marriage counselor can be a difficult and stressful process but it’s imperative to remember that this is an extremely important decision that deserves your utmost attention. Choosing the right marriage counselor is critical to the success of the counseling sessions. An already troubled marriage can be further weakened by the process of choosing a marriage counselor so you and your partner should exercise caution not to allow yourselves to argue over this process. The right marriage counselor will be able to salvage your relationship as long as you and your spouse are committed to using the counseling to solve your problems.

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Maid of Honor’s Role in a Wedding

The role that the maid of honor plays in the wedding depends largely on how much responsibility she is willing to take on and also how much responsibility the bride is willing to delegate. In general the maid of honor was chosen because she is one of the bride’s closest friend and her duties as a maid of honor do not differ that much from her duties as a friend. The role of the maid of honor is not to simply walk down the aisle ahead of the bride and stand beside her during the ceremony; she also is one of the most supportive assistants to the bride during the wedding preparations. Although there are some responsibilities that she takes on such as hosting the bridal shower and bachelorette party and helping to choose the bridesmaid’s dresses, she is also just there to be supportive of the bride and to be a friend and confidant and to help her in any way possible.

Hosting the bridal shower and the bachelorette party are two of the main responsibilities of the maid of honor. Since the maid of honor is probably one of the bride’s closest friends it stands to reason that the maid of honor is the ideal candidate to host these two gatherings. It is the maid of honor who will know best what type of party the bride is looking forward to, what she will enjoy and what types of gifts are most appropriate for the bride’s taste. The bridal shower and bachelorette party are also typically parts of the wedding preparations that the bride does not have any direct control over but she usually does not stress about these activities because she has faith that her maid of honor will hold her best interests in mind when planning these parties.

The maid of honor also plays a large role in choosing dresses for the wedding. The maid of honor typically chooses her own dress for the wedding from a selection provided by the bride. Once the color and style of the maid of honor’s dress has been established, the maid of honor works closely with the bride to choose a style and color of dress for the bridesmaids that will look good on each of the bridesmaids and also complement the maid of honor’s dress. The maid of honor also plays a role in assisting the bride in choosing her own wedding dress. While there may be many other friends and relatives who shop with the bride for her dress, it is the opinion of the maid of honor that is generally most valued by the bride.

The wedding day is a very busy day for a maid of honor. Although she has supported the bride throughout the planning process, her most important responsibilities take place on the actual wedding day. Besides simply walking down the aisle and standing on the altar beside her friend the most important roles that the maid of honor plays is to keep the bride calm and to handle and problems that may arise. Very few weddings actually go exactly as planned and it is the maid of honor’s job to make sure that small setbacks do not unnerve the bride. The maid of honor should also have a stash of emergency supplies on hand such as extra stockings, lipstick in the shade the bride is wearing, tissues, safety pins and hair pins. All of these items can come in handy if the bride has any trouble with her attire, hair or makeup. The maid of honor plays the important role of ensuring that the bride is looking her best even after hours of dancing and talking to friends and family members.

Perhaps the most significant role that the maid of honor plays is to be a friend to the bride. The planning and preparations and the actual wedding itself can be very stressful and emotional for the bride. The one thing that the bride needs more than anything else at this time is someone to talk to who will understand her concerns and give her practical advice and this is the most important job of the maid of honor.

The maid of honor plays a much more important role than just walking down the aisle before the bride and holding her flowers during the ceremony. Throughout the planning the maid of honor is involved every step of the way from choosing a dress and location to helping to wrap favors and set up for the reception. As the bride’s best friend the most important role the maid of honor can play is to be supportive and understanding of the bride.

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How to Become a Better Listener

Listening is an integral part of the communication process but it is also the part that is overlooked most frequently. Many people spend a great deal of time polishing their speaking skills but put little or no effort into becoming a better listener. The art of listening really isn’t very difficult and you can improve your listening skills in just a few simple steps.

Perhaps the most important tip for being a better listener is to give the speaker your undivided attention. Be sure to concentrate on the speakers words and resist the temptations to tune out their message. While speaking on the phone many people participate in other activities such as checking email, reading newspapers and other activities that distract from the conversation. Even in a face to face situation many listeners zone out by either thinking about their response to the speaker or daydreaming about something completely off topic. By allowing yourself to be distracted, you are not listening as well as you could be. Even just a small amount of distraction could result in you missing a critical point of the speaker’s presentation. Focusing 100% on the speaker, however, will ensure that you are listening well and taking in all of the pertinent information.

Part of being a good listener is making sure that everything you hear comes directly from the speaker and not from your interpretation of their words. This means that as the speaker is talking, listen to the words as they are being spoken instead of trying to guess the point that the speaker is trying to make. Many people are guilty of jumping to conclusions this way and this hurts their listening ability. People who do this often don’t hear the speaker’s message because it is blocked out by their own assumptions. Good listeners take in information as the words are spoken instead of thinking ahead and forming their own conclusions.

Creating mental images of the speaker’s words is another way to become a better listener. This visualization process allows you to really comprehend the words you are hearing. Visualization techniques can enhance the way that people process information. These mental images will help you to retain the information you have just heard and this enhanced comprehension makes you a better listener.

Asking questions that relate to the speaker’s presentation can also help you to become a better listener. It’s important to ask questions without allowing the formulation of the questions to interfere with your listening. If you latch onto one of the speaker’s key points and spend the rest of the conversation thinking up a question you will miss a lot of information. However, if you ask your questions immediately when they arise, you can have them answered in the context of the presentation without having it affect your listening abilities. Asking questions is an important part of listening because it lets the speaker know that you are following what he is saying and that you are interested in learning more about the topic.

Being mindful of your body language is another way to be a good listener. Be sure to not engage in body language that tells the speaker that you are not interested in their words. Crossing your arms, avoiding eye contact and wincing are all ways that you can send a message to a speaker that you are not listening carefully to them. These mannerisms can result in the conversation being cut short because the speaker does not feel you are interested in what they are saying.

Practicing your listening skills is another way to become a better listener. Make a conscientious effort to apply your listening skills each time you speak to someone or attend a presentation. You can practice your listening skills by remaining completely focused on the conversation or presentation, not trying to guess what the speaker is about to say, creating mental images of the spoken words and asking pertinent questions to affirm what you have just heard. Each time you have the opportunity to listen try to work on these elements.

While listening skills are not as widely practiced as speaking skills, they are just as important to a conversation. Being a good listener will not only ensure that you are receiving information but will affirm to the speaker that you care about the information being presented and that you understand their message.

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Picture Perfect: Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

The photos from your wedding day are pictures that you will cherish for a lifetime but you only get one chance at getting these pictures. If you don’t have a photographer for your wedding or you have an incompetent photographer, you may miss out on having photos from critical points of your wedding or reception. There are no do-overs or re-enactments in a wedding so it is important to have a photographer who is capable of documenting your wedding with style and precision. It is also important to hire an experienced photographer who is capable of producing photos that capture you and your wedding party in their best light. The following are all tips for choosing a wedding photographer who is qualified to shoot your wedding.

The power of references cannot be underestimated in choosing a wedding photographer. A photographer with a long list of references who are willing to speak to potential clients and an even longer list of testimonials from satisfied clients is an excellent indication of a photographer who will do a great job of photographing your wedding. It is important to contact each of these references and ask them questions about the photographer and their opinions of his work. You can use this opportunity to get a sense of the photographer’s ability to take pictures as well as his attitude towards his client. You will want to choose a photographer who is both talented as well as courteous towards his clients. One of the best ways to choose a wedding photographer is to pick a photographer that was used by a trusted friend or family member. If they had a positive experience with a particular photographer and highly recommend him, it is likely that you will also be glad that you chose this photographer.

If you do not have a personal reference that you trust for a particular wedding photographer you might want to consult the Better Business Bureau for additional information about the photographer. Here you will be able to find out if the client has had a number of unresolved complaints filed against him. While you may not be able to determine the nature of the complaints, a large number of complaints for any reason is not a sign of good business practices.

Viewing the photographer’s portfolio is also an important step in choosing a wedding photographer. Since the portfolio contains actual pictures taken by the photographer they will give you a good indication of his capabilities. It will also give him a sense of his style. Chances are that if you like the photos in his portfolio you will probably also like the pictures that he takes at your wedding.

Once you have narrowed down your wedding photographer choices to a few candidates based on their previous work and reputations, it is time to start discussing price. You may find that one or all of the candidates are completely out of your price range. If they are all out of your price range and none of them are willing to negotiate, you may have to go back to the drawing boards and choose another candidate who may not meet all of your criteria but who is likely to fall within your price range.

When considering price, it is important to factor in what is included in the price that the wedding photographer quotes you. Some items to consider are, how many prints will you receive and what will be the sizes of these prints. You may also want to find out if the price includes the proofs and the negatives. This is valuable because the proofs give you access to every single picture the photographer took during the course of the wedding and the negatives allow you to create reprints at your discretion.

Your wedding photos will likely be one of the most cherished, tangible souvenirs from your wedding day. You will be able to look through your photos one day and reminisce about your wedding day. You can also share the pictures with your children and grandchildren in the future as a way of filling them in on some of the details of your life. Since these pictures are so important, it is equally important to exercise caution and good judgment when choosing a wedding photographer.

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Hiring a Wedding Planner

As wedding receptions are becoming increasingly extravagant more and more couples are looking to hire a wedding planning to assist them in planning their wedding. While it is true that a wedding planner can be extremely useful and help to eliminate or minimize the stress of planning a wedding, it is important to remember that this will only happen if you hire a qualified and capable wedding planner who understands your needs and expectations. The wedding planning business is becoming increasingly popular and with this newfound popularity comes a slew of wedding consultants who are new to the business or not qualified to plan a wedding. It’s extremely important to carefully screen potential wedding planners and to choose a wedding planner who has the experience and resources necessary to plan your wedding so that it meets and exceeds all of your expectations.

Perhaps the most important criteria in choosing a wedding planner is the degree of comfort that you feel with them. If you are not comfortable with your wedding planner you are likely to not communicate with them as well as you should. This could cause a great deal of problems for even the most qualified and capable wedding planner. If you leave out details or are not completely honest with your wedding planner, it may result in a series of decisions being made that do not meet your standards or expectations. Even if a particular wedding planner has an impressive resume and comes highly recommended they may still not be right for planning your event if you don’t feel comfortable working with them.

If you feel comfortable with a few wedding planners and want to investigate them further the next step is to review their resume and references. While some wedding planners who are new to the business may be extremely qualified and capable you are still taking a chance if you opt for a wedding planner with little or no experience. A wedding planner who has assisted in the planning of numerous weddings similar in scale and budget to your own wedding is a good indication that the wedding planner will be able to meet your needs. Careful check of the wedding planner’s references can also shed some light on their abilities. Be sure to contact each reference that is supplied to you and ask them pertinent questions about the wedding planner’s professionalism, attitude, punctuality or anything else that is important to you. Asking these questions can help you to determine whether or not the potential wedding planner meets your expectations.

You may also want to determine whether your potential wedding planner is a full or part-time consultant. A part-time consultant may be fully capable of handling your wedding planning but it is important to remember that a part-time consultant is likely to have another job that would take precedence over your wedding. While this may be acceptable if you are planning a small wedding, you may want to consider opting for a full time wedding planner if you plan to have an elaborate wedding to ensure that the wedding planner has the necessary time to devote to planning your wedding.

Another important aspect to consider is whether or not the wedding planner has a contingency plan in case they are unable to assist you in planning your wedding. This would become extremely important if the wedding planner were to become ill just prior to your wedding. If you choose to hire a wedding planner who works alone then you are likely to be out of luck if your wedding planner becomes ill. However, choosing a wedding planner who belongs to a reputable company often affords you the luxury of having a full staff at your disposal in case there are any emergencies that arise.

Another tip for hiring a wedding planner is to ask each of your candidates a series of questions relating to how the planner would handle specific situations. This is very important because there are likely to be a few problems along the way in planning your wedding. Finding out how the wedding planner would react in certain situations and how resourceful they are when it comes to solving problems can give you a good indication as to whether the wedding planner is capable of reacting to stressful situations. You want to ensure that the wedding planner that you hire is able to make decisions under pressure and modify the plans on the fly if everything does not go according to plan.

Your wedding planner will be responsible for the happiness of your guests at your wedding so it is important to choose a qualified candidate. A few things to consider before choosing a wedding planner are how comfortable you feel with them, their past references, the amount of time that they have to devote to your wedding and how they react in an emergency. All of these factors will help to ensure that you choose a qualified wedding planner who can meet all of your needs.

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Baby helpdesk

Having a baby is always a blessing. No matter what kind of situation you and your family are in, having a baby in your life can be fulfilling, exhilarating and worthwhile. Babies are angels and gifts from heaven that are given to people to couples that are so much in love. Children are the ultimate manifestation of the love the two people have for one another. Although today’s society has taken the subject of lovemaking and reproduction quite liberally and open-mindedly, the fact still remains to be seen that rearing a child’s is not really child’s play. With the birth of a baby comes the responsibility to rear her, care for her, provide for her the basic needs of a person that is food clothing and shelter, give her an education and of course mold the child to become a worthwhile part of the community. In a nutshell, having a child means being responsible for yourself and your child.

So having a baby is not all hugs and kisses. After the cuddling and baby talking, the needs of the child must be taken care of. There are a lot of times that first time parents encounter the problem of raising a child when the reality sets in, they are no longer playing a game of house. This time the baby is real and he has needs. The crying is real, the hunger is real and the wet bed and diapers are for real. The fun ends now.

And because of the growing need to have information and help ready for first time parents when they need it, the business of baby centers have spawned almost overnight talking the baby care issues and questions somewhere to be answered. Now the parents have somewhere to look for help with when the baby strikes. Baby centers are establishments that provide child care help for those that are inexperienced or have serious doubts about their own parenting ability and for others that jut need to be refreshed on the subject. The basic concept of a baby center is quite simple; the establishment is there to help out first time parents with baby problems like bed-wetting, how to teach their babies to talk and potty training.

Baby centers have specialized staffs of seasoned veterans, pediatricians, child experts and child psychologists. They are there to help out parents understand their children and the processes that are involved in the development of their children’s person. And to tale the notch even higher some baby centers have developed an online version of their operations to further lengthen the reach of their expertise to paces that they cannot go personally. Some baby centers even have a toll free number that parents can call to ask for help. Basically baby centers are there to help out parents in need of good help with their children.

Besides all the situational help and parent training some baby centers also hold different lectures and forums regarding child care techniques and the latest breakthrough on baby care, children’s health and infant hygiene. These lectures are often times free and they also include the presentation of new child care products and publications that also feature children and children’s welfare. Baby centers are a great help to parents in the 21st century because of the fast-paced lifestyle that we live by. And when it comes to babies and their needs, we need all the help we could get.

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Civil Service Weddings

A civil service wedding doesn’t have to include just the couple, an officiant and state provided witnesses anymore. Many states offer the option of a civil service wedding in small conference rooms that can accommodate as many as 50 guests. A civil service wedding is ideal for a couple that wants to be married but doesn’t want to deal with all the hassle and stress of planning an elaborate wedding. A civil service wedding is also an ideal alternative for couples who have different religious backgrounds and want to eliminate religious connotations from their wedding rather than trying to plan a wedding that blends the two religions. Some couples may also opt for an affordable civil service union and use their wedding savings for other options.

Civil service weddings are extremely affordable and convenient. In many states you can plan your entire wedding for you and a small number of guests for under $1000. If you budget correctly this fee could include the use of a decorated wedding suite or chapel, an officiant to perform the ceremony, a notary public who is capable of obtaining and filing your marriage license and even certified copies of your license that can serve as official proof of your marriage. You may also be able to use the suite or chapel for a limited time to host a small reception following the wedding ceremony.

A bride and groom who come from different religious backgrounds may opt for a civil service wedding. While there is an increasing trend in multi-denominational weddings that do an excellent job of creating a ceremony that blends the two religions beautifully there are some people who would rather have their religion not be a part of the ceremony than be compromised in a blended ceremony. While the issue of how a couple intends to deal with their religious differences in their married life is nobody’s business but their own, there are many friends and relatives who would be offended by a wedding ceremony that is not true to their religion. In this situation a couple may choose to have a civil wedding that is devoid of religious connotations in the effort to not offend any family members or friends. Of course the couple should not compromise their beliefs and if they desire a wedding with blended religions then they should go ahead and have their wedding exactly as they had planned. However, if the couple does not feel strongly about having a wedding that blends their religious beliefs then it might be wise to opt for a simple civil service wedding.

Another reason that couples may opt for a civil service wedding is to use their wedding savings for another cause. Although some couples may have saved for over a year to host an elaborate wedding, they may decide that they would prefer to invest their savings in a dream honeymoon or a down payment for a new home or even making a donation to a charitable cause. A couple that spends months or even years saving up for an elaborate wedding may decide in the end that they don’t think wasting their entire savings on a one night wedding extravaganza is such a good idea. If the couple makes this decision before the planning has gone too far they may be able to scrap their wedding plans without too much of a financial loss and choose to have a civil service wedding and use their wedding savings for another purpose.

The connotation of civil service weddings being strictly for couples needing to get married quickly for either citizenship reasons or due to an impending pregnancy is a thing of the past. Couples are beginning to see the value of a civil service wedding and are opting for these simple unions for a variety of reasons. The affordability and convenience that a civil service wedding offers is very appealing to couples who either do not have a large savings or the time required to plan an elaborate wedding. Religious differences also drive many couples to opt for a religious ceremony. Couples who come from vastly different religious backgrounds may opt for a wedding that is devoid of religious elements in order to not offend any of their friends or relatives. Couples may also choose to have a simple and inexpensive civil service wedding so that they can splurge on their honeymoon or on a new home instead.

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Baby names and their meanings

Naming a baby may seem simple enough but when you are the one doing the naming, it can be really frustrating. One of the ways that can help you with this really frustrating task is by giving names that have special meanings. The job of today’s moms and dads is a whole lot easier actually compared to parents in previous years. There are probably hundreds of baby naming books in bookstores as well as websites where you can enter the names that you are considering and find their meanings.

Some websites even have categories that group names into their origins. For instance, names that have Indian origins have their own grouping, names that have Italian origins have separate grouping and so on. Names are also classified according to gender or to popularity. Of course, alphabetical classifications of names will always be there. You can even browse through several different names and just take your pick from the pack.

Finding out the meaning of the name that you are going to give your child will not only make the name special but will also put a small meaning into the name. By giving your baby a name with a meaning that you like, you are, in a way, putting a representation of what you hope your child would grow up to be. Remember that a name is a stamp of identity, something that your child will be using for the rest of his or her life.

Here are some of the names and their meanings that you can find in websites. If you want a complete list, just go to a search engine and type keywords baby names meaning and voila, a list of websites where you can browse different names.

Aaron- High Mountain
Bailey- Server
Caesar – Purposeful
Abel- Breath of vapour
Caleb – Dog lover
Calvin- Bold
Abner – Cheerful
Cameron – Bewitched
Abraham – Father of Multitude
Barron – Fighter
Carlos – Expressive
Bartholomew – Friend
Carol – Champion
Cary – Charmer
Casey – Brave
Alan – Harmony
Benedict- Blessed
Cecil – Obstinate or Blind
Albert – Nobly
Alexander- Leader
Alexis- Helper
Alfred- Wise
Bing – Intuitive
Alison – Holy
Blair – Dignified
Clair – Famous
Clarence – Bright
Clark – Charmer
Claude – Lame
Alroy- Regal
Bradford – Mighty
Clay – Mortal
Clayton- Town-Dweller
Alvin – Beloved
Brandon – A Fighter
Clifford – Brave
Dale – Dweller
Dalton – Farmer
Dan – A Judge
Ebenezer – Integrity
Eden – Diplomatic
Farrell – Brave
Darius – Strong
Edgar – Fortunate
Felix – Happy
Gary -Old man
Ian – Lord’s Grace
Geoffrey – Peace
Ingram – Hero
Giles – Young goat
Irvin – Friend of the Sea
Godfrey – God peace
Isaac – Glad
Harlan – Warrior
Isadore – A good gift
Grant – Great
Harley – Athletic
Harry – Princely
Guy – Sensible
Hector – Defender
Kane – Exacting
Lachlan – Fighter
Kay – Rejoicing
Lambert – Wealthy
Jason- Healer
Kean – Tall
Keith – Gardener
Jed – Beloved
Lewis Well-Known
Lincoln – Settled
Lindo – Tree
Lionel – Lionlike
Llewellyn – Swift
Lloyd – Joy
Ludovic – Fighter
Loredo – Learned
Loren – Victor
Loring – Fighter
Lothario – Cheerful
Macy – Steadfast
Napoleon – Comforter
Nathan – A Gift
Malcolm – A Servant
Nat – Versatile
Nathaniel – Godly
Orlando – Famous
Paine- Rustic
Radcliffe – Fiery
Quincy – Restful
Ralph – Hero
Quinn – Wise
Parker – Princely
Patrick – Noble
Randall – Relentless
Shawn – Gracious
Trevor – Prudent
Sherlock – Eminent
Silvester – Earthy
Spencer – Provider
Stephen – Loyal
Samson – Resplendent
Xavier – Bright
Valentine – Healthy
Wade – Wonderer

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A Quick Peek into Japanese Wedding Rings, Tradition and Styles

With changing times, the Japanese culture and tradition has also accepted a lot of changes. Exchange of wedding rings in the marriage ceremony is one of them. For, the wedding rings were never a hardcore part of the traditional Japanese weddings. But the modern Japanese couples enjoy slipping the wedding rings in each other’s fingers.

In fact, it is believed that the history of the exchange of wedding rings in Japan is only 150 years old. The custom of wearing a wedding ring in Japan is related to the Edo Era, belonging to the late 1800s. before that, Japanese women used to color their teeth to prove their marital status.

The times have changed and Japanese married couples have started wearing wedding rings. While other things are still traditional in Japanese weddings, the exchange of wedding rings is a contemporary and popular concept. Still it is enjoyed greatly and practiced with respect. Japanese call the ring finger as kusuri-yubi.

The bride and the groom appear quite composed during the staid marriage ceremony. But as the time of rings exchange approaches and the groom slips the wedding band on the bride’s finger, they smile together.

It is interesting to note that people in Japan wear the wedding bands not because of any religious or supernatural reason. They wear it because they want to make the public announcement of their marriage. They wish to tell the world that they welcome a special person in their life and they plan to spend the rest of their lives with together.

Japanese people consider various aspects before buying the wedding rings. They consider the look, attractiveness, and the material value of the ring as important factors to choose a wedding ring. The religious connotations attached with wedding rings in other countries hold absolutely low or no relevance for the Japanese.

Let’s take a quick peek into the styles and designs of Japanese wedding rings.

Mokume gane is a traditional Japanese term used to explain the art of making wedding rings. It came into being a couple of centuries ago. The mokume gane artists layer the non-ferrous and precious metal and make patterns over it. It is originated from the ancient Japanese technique by which damascus steel was created.

In the mokume gane art, two or more metals are piled together in sporadic sheets and merged together. Then, a billet is forged, formed and filed to divulge an attractive pattern of the sheet layers. Mokume is an apt art for making the wedding rings, as it poses the perfect marriage of metals too.

Well generally Japanese people do not like wedding gaudy rings with heavy crafting on them. This is perhaps because big diamonds get stuck with clothes or other things and are not practical to wear daily. Most of them love simple and casual designing, which they can show off regularly.

If you also cherish simplicity in life, get a Japanese wedding band and adorn your wedding ceremony. [493 Words]

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Pick a Celtic Wedding Ring and Steal The Heart Of Your Beloved Again!

Wedding rings have always been exchanged as an emblem of a ‘potent bond’ of marriage. The ritual of wedding ring ceremony has been practiced in various cultures and traditions, literally from the ages. The perfect circle of a wedding ring has always been a representative of undying love and continuous happiness for the nuptial couple. Moreover the circle represents the wholeness and timelessness of their wed-locked new relationship.

Today, there are several types of wedding rings available in the market. Some of the famous ones are the diamond rings, platinum rings, gold rings and titanium rings. But, there is one category of wedding rings which had its essence in the past and holds it even today. Any guesses? Well, this particular genre of wedding rings is known as Celtic wedding rings.

So, Let us take a closer look at some aspects related to the Celtic wedding rings and their popularity.

Thousands of years back, a group of liberal tribes called Celts spread throughout the various parts of Europe. A majority of these people were classy artisans who used to carve knot work patterns. These work patterns have also motivated the modern day jewelers to develop some exquisite wedding rings. The Celtic patterns created on the wedding rings today have some particular meanings. But understanding these patterns and their relevance to the wedding rings is somewhat illusive.

Some people tend to prefer Celtic wedding rings as a way to connect profoundly into their own heritage. Indeed they tend to feel compassion with a tribal tradition of Europe that regards the earth as the Mother Earth. Moreover some people tend to feel that a Celtic wedding ring brings them closer to the poetry and music. And for other people, it’s just another type of jewelry which holds some significance and value.

Well, coming a step ahead of the cultural aspects of the Celtic motif rings, you will find that people wear these rings irrespective of the fact, whether they belong to Celtic ancestry or not. A majority of people consider wearing Celtic motif rings because they believe that these motifs have a symbolic and universal meaning. In fact the knots in the Celtic motifs depict the interweaving of two different paths together. Moreover the knots represent the interconnection of various aspects of life. Indeed a Celtic wedding ring is a mascot which titillates the mystical connection of life and people.

There are several knot styles and designs of the Celtic motif wedding rings. Moreover people prefer certain knot work motifs over the other due to their specific meanings. For example, a couple might choose a simple and flowing knot work motif style as it depicts ease, harmony and partnership. The wedding rings with other knot work designs can be more intricate and dynamic, suggesting passion and other creative elements.

Apart from the round knot motifs wedding rings, the square knot motif works also hold their symbolism. A square knot motif wedding ring is a clear representation of stability of a relationship. Even most of the buildings are square-shaped because of the symbolism of the stability attached with the square designs. Other than these shapes, the Celtic rings also deal with the directions of the vectors. Another very common design of Celtic wedding ring is the depiction of trinity work pattern.

Considering the aspects of Celtic rings and knot work motifs, it would be appropriate to say that if you insist on buying a Celtic wedding ring, you should spend some time to understand the meaning of a particular motif as well. And you will surely choose a better motif style ring for your wedding. [602 Words]

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Pick Antique Wedding Rings to Stand Class Apart!

Are you planning to buy some different and unique wedding rings for your wedding? And are you fond of antique jewelry and antique collection as well? Well, if you are affirmative with these two questions, you should definitely consider buying antique wedding rings for your wedding. Yes, these classy wedding rings would be an appropriate choice for your wedding.

So let’s take a look into various aspects, features and consideration of antique wedding rings.

Before moving deeper into the subject of antique wedding rings, why not understand the difference between antique wedding rings and estate wedding rings. Well, antique wedding rings refer to very old rings (over 50 years old). And “estate” wedding rings can be anything less than 50 years old. It also includes a ring that someone has brought last year only. If you want to consider some genuine antique wedding rings, you should prefer the ones which were made before 1950.

An alternative name for antique wedding rings is “vintage wedding rings” which is used by several jewelers to give these rings a more classy appeal. On the other hand, some people also denote antique rings as “old rings”, as they were made quite a time back. However, it doesn’t matter what names you coin for antique wedding rings, they would still remain a form of antique wedding rings.

Now, coming back to antique wedding rings, let us discuss some of the prominent types and forms of antique rings, along with the era in which they were made.

Victorian Wedding Rings (1800-1900)
Victorian rings are the oldest forms of antique wedding rings. These were crafted during the newly incepted industrial revolution, when the diamond mines of South Africa were discovered. A typical Victorian wedding ring features a row of diamonds which are carved with an additional surface on the bottom called the mine cut. Pearls were also included in the history of Victorian rings for the very special occasions.

Edwardian Wedding Rings (1900-1920)
The era of Edwardian jewelry prominently featured the usage of platinum, pearls, gold and diamonds. These metals were adroitly crafted into the delicate and lacy shapes of rings called the “Edwardian”. This name was coined after Edward VII took the throne of England, after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. The wedding rings of this era contained scrollwork, filigree details and milgraining. The usage of brilliant sapphires was also practiced in the Edwardian wedding rings.

Art Deco Wedding Rings (1920-1930)
The age of 20’s was full of exploration, exoticism and machinery. Amongst the blend of these three, the term “art deco” originated and became famous from the Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925. The art deco wedding rings are famous for their geometric shapes, contrasting gemstones and complementary colors. These wedding rings are one of the preferred choices of people when it comes to buying antique wedding rings.

While buying any of the antique wedding rings, you should give a careful attention towards the craftsmanship of the ring. This factor can really make a difference in your selection of your antique wedding ring. You should avoid the replica rings of the antique ones as they would look poor and won’t be able to hold the charisma and quality of the original one.

So, have a very happy wedding! [549 Words]

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10 Tips for Setting a Budget and Sticking to It

Budget concerns can be one of the most prominent sources of disagreement for a couple in the process of planning their wedding. The couple may have different ideas about what type of wedding they want and also about what they can afford. It is important for the couple to discuss financial constraints before the wedding planning goes too far.

The first tip for setting a budget and sticking to it is to have a conversation regarding finances well before the wedding planning starts in earnest. It is important that everyone involved in the decision making process of the wedding understand just how much money is available to be spent on the wedding.

Another tip for setting a budget and sticking to it is to start saving early for your wedding. Putting aside a portion of each paycheck for awhile can add up to a sizable savings that can be used for your wedding. This advanced planning and saving will allow you to maximize the budget that is available to you for your wedding planning.

Once the budget has been established, set it aside for a few days and then review it again. This time away from the budget gives those involved the chance to let the information settle in and the review of the budget after this waiting period gives the participants the opportunity to verify that they understand and agree to the budget. This is important because if someone does not agree with the budget, they may be likely to overspend in one area leaving the budget in jeopardy.

After an overall budget is established it is important to divide the total amount appropriately to establish budgets for items such as the venue, food and drink, the bride’s attire, the groom’s attire, transportation, entertainment, photography, favors, centerpieces, gifts for the wedding party and even gifts for each other. It is also important to partition a small amount of money for incidentals to account for small unexpected expenses.

In establishing a budget it is also important to be clear about who will be paying for what items. For example, if the groom’s family offers to pay for the centerpieces and you choose to let them, this will allow you to divert your previously designated centerpiece budget to other aspects of the wedding. The key to sticking to your wedding budget is to be aware of who has agreed to pay for what.

It is important that budgets for each individual aspect of the wedding be established to enable you to follow this next tip. This tip advises the couple to be mindful of their budgets for each individual component of the wedding before negotiating contracts for services. If you know that you have allotted $250 for entertainment you would be wise to seek out a DJ that is offering his services for approximately that amount and then negotiate your contract to ensure that you remain under budge.

Doing as many things as you can on your own is another way to ensure that you are sticking to your budget. Crafts and homemade invitations can greatly reduce the cost of your wedding. For example making your own favors or centerpieces can greatly reduce your costs and free up additional budget for other areas of the wedding.

Another tip for sticking to your wedding budget is to not view the budget as restrictive. If instead of thinking about the things that you can’t afford, you focus on how you can make your wedding and reception truly unique you will be inspired to create a fabulous and memorable wedding despite your budget constraints.

Still another tip for sticking to your wedding budget is to shop around and comparison shop for services. A limousine company may come highly recommended but if they are not in your price range, don’t be afraid to let them know why you are going to have to choose another company and you may be surprised at how soon they are willing to give you a different offer.

A final tip for creating and sticking to a budget is to realize that there are bound to be snags along the way. As long as you remain cognizant of your spending and realize the ramifications of your actions you are likely to realize that if you go over budget in one area, you will need to modify other areas by reducing their total budget.

A wedding budget can be a serious cause of emotional strain on a couple. It is important for them to discuss their finances and establish a budget for their wedding plans. Doing this early on in the wedding planning process can help the couple to avoid conflict during the planning phase of the wedding.

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