Western Wedding – Gives a New Life to Both Bride and Groom

Wedding is a celebration in which couples begin their married life. Concept and customs of marriage varies between countries, religions, casts, cultures. Marriage also depends on economic condition of bride and grooms family. But both Eastern and western marriages has its own importance. Nuptial is the common adjective of “wedding” used in zoology.

Marriage rings or vows symbolizes the Western wedding, where as chain symbolizes the Eastern. There are many differences between Eastern and western marriage for example differences in reception, halls, party and many other things.

Reception is very common in western ceremonies. Some times receptions are arranged after wedding, some times before. Commonly receptions arrange in evening times. Dinner in reception is quite different from other dinners. Western marriage include dance, music, orchestras, poetry, prayer.

Some traditions of Western marriage represents the bride’s and her father’s relationship and her relationship with new family. Some traditions symbolizes the relationship between husband and wife. Modern couples are not giving importance to these tradition. Day by day these customs are vanishing.

Marriage rings plays very big role in every western marriage. Wedding rings are the sign of expressing one’s love and affection to his beloved. It is the symbol of faith and confidence. The moment of exchanging rings between bride and groom is unforgotten memory in their life. It symbolizes future relationship of couples.

Best man concept is commonly associated with western weddings, especially in British tradition. Best man is responsible to present rings during the symbolic moment of exchange of ring/s between the bride and the groom in front of all guests at wedding hall.

In western countries, marriage is a great moment which gives a new life to both bride and groom. Marriage is a precursor to parenthood, taking the promise of a new generation. This precious moment is embedded with traditions, customs, celebrations including engagement and wedding receptions.

In respect to dress of bride, white plays an important role in ritual of wedding in western culture. As new designs of gowns are available, today brides may attracted towards these designs that do not look very traditional. However, The tradition of wearing wedding gowns in western weddings, has unchanged. There are different types of Wedding are followed in western culture. They are Double wedding, Destination wedding, weekend wedding, white wedding, military wedding, civil wedding, sneak wedding etc.

Double wedding is a single celebration where two arranged couples meet for two continuous marriages. In some of the countries like Philippines, Indonesia marriage of two siblings in a year is recognized as unfortunate and it is declared as “sukob”. A marriage in which couple and their guests travel from one place to another to attend the ceremony is known as Destination wedding. This type of weddings are arranged in beaches in the Caribbean islands. It is a type of wedding in which couples and all their invited guests celebrate the ceremony during the weekend is known as weekend wedding. Commonly golf tournaments are arranged in weekend weddings to entertain guests. The name indicates the color of the wedding gown, which was highly popular in Victorian period which represent the purity and innocence of childhood. As grown white color symbolizes virginity.

A military wedding is a marriage held at a military chapel. In almost all military weddings the groom wear a military uniform. Military soldiers and their family members commonly opt for a military wedding.

Marriage ceremony presided over by ministers, judges, mayors and other civil authorities or any great personalities. civil marriage commonly takes place in local cities, town halls or in front of judge in court yards. Marrying without consent or approval of parents or others is known as Sneak wedding.

Now You’re Engaged, How Do You Choose A Mens Wedding Ring?

So, you’ve just got engaged.

Whether you are a man or a woman you have an important decision to make (amongst the myriad of other decisions) about mens wedding rings. It’s this. Will the man in your relationship wear one?

Maybe that’s you, maybe not. But you both need to think about it.

You see it’s only since the second world war that modern men have started to publicly display their marital status by the wearing of a man wedding ring.

Prior to that it was rare for a man to wear a ring when he married. Men were able to hide their marital status behind the tradition that required a woman to wear a wedding ring, but not a man.

However during the war many US soldiers chose to wear mens wedding rings as a public symbol of their marital status whilst away at war and that has started a tradition for the modern man. Now it’s very common for a man to wear a mens wedding ring, perhaps the norm.

So, what decisions need to be made? Well the first is this. Will he wear one? That’s probably the hardest decision in the process.

For a woman there’s no decision. She’s engaged, she wants the ring. For her she needs an engagement ring as well as a wedding ring, and an expensive engagement ring at that. But for a man it’s not so straight forward.

So a very important part of the process is for both of you to talk about it. Do you both have strong feelings about the man wearing a man wedding ring, either one way or the other? Does the woman feel that if she is to publicly display her marital status then it’s only fair that he do the same? Does he have any reservations about wearing a ring and if so what are they? You both need to talk over your feelings about the wearing of a man wedding ring. Establish the groundwork.

Once and if you have made a decision that he will wear a ring then that’s just the start. It’s perfectly possible to buy a his and hers matching wedding ring set. These are rings designed as matching sets for you both so that both your wedding rings go well together. So are you going to look for matching rings, or just buy him a ring and focus on hers separately?

Next you have to decide what type of ring. There’s a whole world of designs for mens wedding rings out there. An enormous range of styles and materials. A man makes a statement about himself in selecting the ring he will wear for his wife, and she is a part of that statement if she is actively involved in the decision.

Think about his personality. Is he outgoing or shy? Is he outrageous or conservative? Is he flamboyant? Understated? When he buys clothes what does he select? Does he buy colourful flamboyant ties or ties which fit in with the style of the suit? Would he wear clothes which make him stand out from the crowd or does he prefer to meld in?

His men’s wedding ring needs to fit his personality. All these characteristics, as well as many others, bear on your choice of ring. A man with a strong flamboyant personality would be much more likely to prefer a ring which stands out. Which sets him apart from the crowd, which says “look at me”. On the other hand a man with a more conservative type of personality would probably prefer to say “I’m married but I’m not going to shout it from the rooftop” with his ring.

Similarly, think about his stature. Is he short or tall? Is he large or small? Does he have long slender fingers or short stubby fingers? These characteristics also bear on the style of ring selected.

So size up the man before making a decision on the style of ring for him.

One of the most common form of mens wedding ring is the simple band style. Often in gold or white gold, it is plain and unadorned. A simple statement of marital status and nothing else. But even amongst simple bands there are decisions to make. How wide? What colour? What type of material? New materials such as Titanium or Platinum have broadened the choices hugely. Mens black Titanium rings really catch the eye.

Or amongst the more traditional materials sterling silver men’s wedding rings look stunning. Or brushed mens white gold wedding rings. The range of choices now is enormous.

And it’s not necessary to decide on a single material. Mens two toned gold wedding rings, utilising white and yellow gold, are popular. Perhaps match the ring material with gemstones such as rubies or sapphires or even diamonds to create a stunning effect.

It’s perfectly possible to get custom made rings or even design them yourself. The internet offers a big range of choices and also offers rings and other jewelry dramatically cheaper than your traditional bricks and mortar stores. Several online jewellers offer a design your own mens wedding ring service so that you can design a ring that’s unique to you.

And if you want something really different why not consider celtic mens wedding bands?

The range of choices is endless, enough to satisfy even the most discriminating couple.

And remember that for a man this ring may be the only jewelry he will ever wear. The choice of man ring that you both make is a big one.

So, now you’re engaged, spend a little time thinking about what you are going to do about a men’s wedding ring. Start talking about it with your partner. The more time you spend on it the happier you will be with your final choice.

Unique Wedding Favor Ideas For A Soldier’s Bride

Every bride loves the thrill of the moment when her man pops the big question. For a girl who gives the affirmative to a soldier in the military the moment is especially poignant. If you are such a lady then you want your wedding to be a day neither of you will ever forget. Some military brides elope, some have to marry swiftly and watch tearfully as their groom goes off to war, then other lucky brides get that big wedding they’ve always dreamed of.

If you’re a soldier’s bride who is planning a big wedding that includes a bridal gown, guests, invitations, flowers etc, I’m sure you have a lot on your mind. Let me help ease some of that burden by offering you tips on selecting wedding favors for your guests.

Before we dive into the bag of wedding favor ideas you must first decide on what your wedding theme will be. This includes colors and floral arrangements. If you’ve already made those decisions let’s get started. First of all decide if you want to give one kind of wedding favor to all your guests or if you are planning to give one kind of favor to the men and another to the women.

Men’s Wedding Favors:

If you’ve decided to hand out special favors for your male guests then you have a unique variety available to you. Bottle stoppers, personalized mint tins, cigar favors, coasters, (men are always leaving glass rings on your coffee tables) champagne bucket timers, all of these adorable favors would be spectacular to offer men at your wedding. If you love chocolate, delectable truffles, filled with raspberry, nuts, carmel and other fillings would be a special treat.

Women’s Wedding Favors:

Sometimes it’s easier to buy for a lady than a man. Offer love letter openers, heart shaped measuring spoons, chocolate truffles, Bloembox flower seed favors and adorably packaged soaps and bath salts. These luxurious favors will be treasured and when next they sink down into a bubble bath, they will remember and be greatly appreciative of your favor.

Children’s Favors:

Children are fairly easy to buy for, a coloring book, puzzle, bubble bath or ice cream cake. These delightful favors will be appreciated and keep the restless tykes busy. Of course mommy may have to scurry for a wash cloth to wipe away those chocolate smiles but in the end it will all be worth it.

Dear bride remember, this day can be the wedding of your dreams, it’s up to you to make it happen.

Shopping for Men’s Wedding Bands

In ancient Egypt, it was customary to exchange fashioned bands and bracelets that were made from reeds and other plants growing besides the river Nile. Accessories like men’s wedding bands were a symbolic gesture that represented eternal love. In America, the concept of wearing wedding bands started during World War II, as a soldier’s commitment towards his beloved. Wedding bands have come a long way to become one of the most important symbols of a marriage. People can choose from a range of metals that are used to make beautiful men’s wedding bands.

The most popular wedding bands are made of metals such as gold, platinum, titanium, and silver. Many a times choosing a wedding ring becomes a nerve racking experience for most men. It is important to choose a band that does not lose its appeal over a period of time and also suits the lifestyle and personality of the groom. There are plain wedding bands as well as platinum bands engraved with precious gemstones.

Gold is considered the most popular choice for men’s wedding rings. Gold wedding bands in yellow gold, followed by white gold and rose gold are the most popular. There are unusual yet appealing metals such as peach-gold, and rings can sometimes contain colored stones, which can be used instead of diamonds. Laser cuts are also used to give a unique look to the wedding bands.

Budget is the next important factor to be considered while shopping for men’s wedding bands. Wedding bands can be customized by carving different designs or names on them. Wedding bands can also be designed to be worn on a chain.

While looking for men’s wedding bands, people can seek advice from friends or relatives about the reliable stores that sell authentic men’s accessories. Online sites can also offer a place for buying wedding bands for men.

Triangle of Love – A Soldier’s Story

A family man and a soldier make for a lonely mix. Being away from your family at holiday time and special dates like birthdays and anniversaries is bad enough. But when you are used to the tastes of home and are given rations that are merely sustenance on a daily basis each bite can bring on a state of melancholy.

One lucky soldier serving in Bagdad recently received a welcome package from home. It seems that his loving family, who are originally from Italy and now reside in America, have enjoyed the delicacies of My Little Taste of Italy for generations. When the owner, known as Mama Gloria, traveled with her family to the old country to visit her grandparent’s villages, her passion to bake and serve authentic cookies and cakes from her heritage was ignited.

The two families, from Italy, met in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an Italian-Presbyterian Church in the early 1900s. The pastor of that church, Italian himself, worked tirelessly to provide a haven for Italian immigrants where they could hold on to their roots and traditions while learning the language and the ways of their new home in America.

When World War II broke out Gloria Mount’s father became a baker and cook for the US Army. After which the family moved to Whittier, California, where in 1961 they opened D’Eliso’s Bakery. The second family settled in Spokane, Washington. Throughout the years the families have remained close and now the fourth generation Italian families have pulled together for the sake of their soldier son.

As a single father of a precious four year old son, being away during the holidays is especially difficult. What Frank (as I shall call him to protect his entire platoon from begging him for a bite) received was a special, delicately wrapped, package of true Italian biscotti. If you have never enjoyed this earthly delight you have never tasted true biscotti. Frank states that, “it isn’t the hard cookie that American’s know, but rather a firm, yet soft, flavorful cookie.”

While the original flavor is pine nuts and anise, together, Mama Gloria and her daughter Liz, have discovered a way to incorporate some additional Italian flavors in her mix. When I contacted them to find out what they had up their sleeve Gloria informed me that since Frank especially enjoyed his old country treat, she has created two new flavors that she will be packaging in a very unique way for Valentine’s Day delivery.

This new offering comes in two flavors; the Grand Marnier dipped in rich, Italian chocolate, and their Spumoni flavored biscotti drizzled with the same. For those that wish to add a little spice to the mix, yet another twist to an old favorite has been created. Florentine cookies have been given a whole new zing with the addition of chocolate chips, espresso beans and cayenne pepper to the standard slivered almonds. This alternative Valentine special has been aptly named “Hot Mommas” and is sure to spice up your loved ones life.

What sets My Little Taste of Italy apart is not just the true old world recipes but the added touch created by their special presentation. Their Valentine package, I am told, will be packed in with an assortment of fun items like wedding favor bubbles and wax lips. “I am sure this gift pack will spark the fire in your loved one this Valentine’s Day,” states Gloria.

She further informs me that now that she has tested the waters with overseas shipping she will be creating other special, soldier friendly, delicacies to delight our fighting forces both at home and abroad. I am certain that Frank and his soldier buddies will all appreciate hearing that fact. Not only is My Little Taste of Italy creating such unique gifts for our fighting forces, but they ease the burden on the family at home by including the shipping in the cost so that the family doesn’t have to foot that additional expense when shipping to their family members serving abroad.

Copyright 2007 Ginger Marks