12.12.12 THE LAST SEQUENTIAL NUMBERS FOR WEDDING DATES

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Credits go to writer Jessica Ferri On 12-12-12 Thousands of Couples Will Head to the Altar

Is 12-12-12 a lucky wedding date?Forget once in a lifetime: this year, thousands of couples are tying the knot on 12-12-12, a once in a century wedding date.

According to a survey by David’s Bridal, approximately 7,500 brides will tie the knot onDecember 12, 2012. To put things in perspective, that’s a 1,446 percent increase from last year’s un-special 12-12-11.

What’s in a wedding date?

The date is popular across the globe. French news agency the Agence France Presse reports that in Hong Kong nearly four times as many couples will be married on 12-12-12, as compared to last year, and in Singapore, 540 couples will be married on 12-12-12, eight times as many from the previous year.

Marry Abroad UK, a planning website for weddings abroad, told Yahoo! Shine it has received a 15-percent increase in inquiries about that date, despite the fact that it falls outside the traditional May to September wedding season. “The lucky couples who have succeeded in booking 12-12-12 will be amongst a very select few in the world, with such a memorable wedding anniversary,” says Marry Abroad’s co-founder Steph Bishop.

12-12-12 follows the trend of sequential numbers for wedding dates, like 10-10-10, 11-11-11, and 10-11-12. Back in 2007, Las Vegas’s Clark County saw 4,333 marriage licenses issued around the date of7-7-07, a huge increase in daily requests, since the office would usually license only about 7,400 marriages per month.

Canadian couple Krisztina Sebesi and Rex Lu, who plan to get married on 12-12-12, have incorporated the date into other aspects of their wedding: thank you cards with palm trees with 12 coconuts, a buffet of 12 courses, and 12 starfish decorations on their wedding cake, they told The Windsor Star.

Though many assume that the symmetry of 12-12-12 will bring good luck, from a numerology standpoint, “each couple in considering when to get married, should choose the date based upon their own personal charts to be sure that the date gets the marriage off on the right foot,” numerologist Daniel R. Hardt, of the Life Path Numerology Center in Indianapolis told Yahoo! Shine. “12/12/12 is popular because it is easy to remember. That date reduces to an 11 number (12+12+2012) for the marriage, a high level of spiritual awareness. It also brings sensitivity and romance to the marriage, but there is a danger of one or both parties taking everything too personally.”

There is, however, a major drawback to the date—12/12/12 falls on a Wednesday, not a popular day for weddings. “If 12/12/12 was on a Friday or a weekend, that would be a different scenario altogether,” wedding expert David Tutera told Yahoo! Shine.

Despite the spiritual symmetry, real or imagined, for some couples a weekday wedding is just out of the question.

WHY ESTATES ARE OFTEN BETTER THEN RESORTS OR HOTELS

So you have just gotten engaged and now the big question still lingers… where do we want to tie the knot? It seems so simple of a question, but with so many different venues available, it can become an overwhelming process very quickly. We are here to try and calm your nerves by sharing our knowledge of Estate Weddings and why they are the venues we prefer and recommend to all newly engaged couples. It’s not just the dozens of estates to choose from that entices us, it’s the ability to choose an estate that fits your personality and what you want your wedding to look like. There are large mansions that boast extravagant columns, chandeliers, and fountains throughout the property and then there are romantic and intimate estates that welcome guests with ease and grace. Whether you are looking to wow your guests with acres of property or have an intimate setting for your closest friends and family, here are a few questions answered on what to expect from any estate wedding.
1. Is it cheaper than a traditional wedding venue?
Because most of the estates are designed and provided for private events, they usually do not come with anything included. This can cause an estate wedding to become expensive very quickly because you must bring in EVERYTHING. From tables, chairs, cutlery, and decorations, every detail must be reviewed and checked off to be sure nothing is left out on your wedding day. As some may see it as a downfall to an estate wedding, we see this as a huge perk. Not only do you get to choose your location, but you get to design every detail for your wedding making it completely unique and personal. Each wedding we get to help plan we think of as a blank canvas just waiting for our ideas and thoughts to fill the canvas with color and beauty. The options are endless and it allows each bride and groom to add their own special touches to the property to make it unique to each couple.
2. Do I need to hire a Wedding Coordinator or can I do it all myself?
Hiring an experienced Estate Wedding Coordinator is highly recommended because they will take care of all the small details of the wedding making sure all contracts and permits are taken care of, allowing you to enjoy the fun parts of planning your wedding. Not only will you have someone to help you find the best caterers, florists, and photographers, but they will be there the day of to help make sure your entire day runs smoothly.
3. Why choose an Estate Wedding? How does it compare to a Traditional Venue?
a. Privacy- With a traditional venue, you do not have the entire place to yourself, therefore you may have unexpected visitors trying to catch a glimpse of the wedding taking place. By choosing an Estate as your wedding location, you have the entire estate to yourself and your guests. Each vicinity is completely yours allowing you to enjoy every corner and room of your estate.
b. Extended Access- Typical venues only allow access the day of your wedding, and even then it may only be a few hours before it is scheduled to begin. With an estate wedding, you are usually allowed a 3-day access to the property. This not only allows your vendors ample amount of time to set up, but there isn’t pressure to have everything cleaned up by the time your last song finishes and guests have cleared the dance floor. Having this extra time allows you to include more detail and add those extra touches to your wedding day making it that much more special.
c. Estate Staff Just For You- What could be better than having an entire staff brought in just for your special day? Each staff member works hard for your wedding making sure every detail is flawless and the day runs just how you envisioned it. By making sure the fountains are on, lights dimmed to a certain degree, wait staff just for your guests, and restroom tenants are all just an overview of what our Estate Staff does for you.
d. Customizable Options- More traditional venues have restrictions as to what type of décor you can have and limits the amount of variety you can have. These are all not an issue because with an estate wedding there are no restrictions so your options really are limitless!
e. Location Convenience- At an estate wedding, there is enough space to have your ceremony and reception at the same place, so your guests don’t need to worry about getting from one venue to the next for your wedding festivities. This allows more time to be spent with your loved ones rather than time spent in the car traveling from ceremony to reception site.

Questions to Ask when looking at Venue Estates

Are there any restrictions we should be aware of prior to our wedding day?

Yes usually. Because most estates are in a neighborhood many of them do come with a music cut off time due to noise ordinance laws. Most times that time is 10pm which for some can be a little early to end the party. Although many take the opportunity to go out afterwards to continue the party with the ones they love.
Those are just a few of our frequently asked questions answered, but don’t be shy to ask questions when looking at an estate for your wedding location!!

Here is what you need to know:

1. Capacity – An estate’s ambiance and amenities are important, but it is imperative to not forget the basics.

Your guests not only have to fit in the event space, they have to fit comfortably, with enough room for dancing, eating, lounging and whatever other activities will be part of your special day.
Would-be brides and grooms should go as far as seeing all the event spaces for themselves so that they can decide whether the capacity quote is accurate.

2. Facilities – Having enough room for guests is one thing, having the proper amenities and facilities is something else entirely.

Good estates will have ample restrooms, handicapped access (if necessary), sufficient parking and spaces for caterers and other vendors who will help put on the wedding.

3. Rules – Estates might have different rules that guests have to abide by.

These could range from things like not allowing candles in certain rooms (for safety reasons or to preserve fragile antiques) to not allowing guests to have access to certain indoor or outdoor areas of the property.

It is best to ask about restrictions upfront, so that any misunderstandings are avoided.
In addition to guest areas, make sure that areas used for food prep and photographs will be accessible on the day of the event.

4. Décor – Many people want to have décor that features a consistent theme and colors.
To achieve the desired look, some decorations may have to be put inside the estate.

Some estates have in-house decorators who can handle this, but others do not.
If an estate doesn’t decorate for you, it is good to make sure that your decorators will be able to have access before the ceremony and reception and, more importantly, that they will not be breaking the estate’s rules by placing the decorations around the property.

5. Fees – Estates might require their renters to use in-house services (for catering, music, etc).
Wedding parties that rely on outside vendors might be charged an additional fee.

This is not always the case (most estates go out of their way to accommodate guests’ desires), but it is better to be sure than to find that the wedding is beyond your budget because of unforeseen fees.

Bringing your own alcohol can be another major source for fees.

Many estates make much of their event money from serving alcohol, so they may charge some sort of corkage fee for weddings that bring their own beverages.

6. Other events – Larger estates may host more than one event during a weekend.
It pays to ask if there will be any other events and where they will be hosted.

While most estates are pretty good at separating their guests, it can be frustrating if noise or crowds from another event interfere with your wedding.

The estate may not have another event scheduled at the time that your wedding will take place, but one could be scheduled at a later date, so it is best to proceed like another event will be taking place (if the estate hosts more than one event) and then making sure that the other event spaces are sufficiently separated from your own.

BEST SONGS FOR CAKE CUTTING TIME!

The cake-cutting is one of the most romantic times during the wedding. The very first undertaking the couple will handle as husband and wife will be to cut the cake! Most brides and grooms wish to have special songs played during the cake-cutting ceremony. The music sets the tone for the scene and will create a lasting memory in the hearts of the couple and their guests. Here are some of the most popular cake cutting songs of all time.

‘Sweet’ and Sentimental
Some brides and grooms choose to play sweet and touching music during the cake cutting ceremony. There are many different songs which would be fitting for this moment, but these are without a doubt the most popular.

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) by James Taylor
Sugar, Sugar by The Archies
That’s Amore by Dean Martin
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch by The Four Tops
Happy Together by The Turtles

Funny and Humorous
It’s very important that the wedding music (including the cake-cutting music) fits the personality of the bride and groom. If you and your soon-to-be spouse are a pair of jokesters and enjoy a good laugh, perhaps these funny cake-cutting songs will appeal to you.

Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen
Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic

Upbeat Favorites
If you’re looking for some upbeat songs that are known by most people, there are some fun options available. Take a look at the songs below to find some inspiration:
Going to the Chapel by Dixie Cups
It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra
Everlasting Love by Natalie Cole

Whether you want a funny song which will have your guests rolling in laughter or a sentimental song that will bring a tear to their eyes – there are definitely plenty of songs for every personality. Choose something that is special to you and your fiancé and that you will remember for years to come.

EVENT DESIGN & DECOR

EVENT DESIGN

A well designed event that truly speaks your style is much more layered and complex than simply choosing rentals, lighting and all the small finishing touches. When working with clients it is first the task of discovering and defining your personal style, then opening up our idea trove to share with you how we can create a unique space that takes your guests on a memorable experience.

Starting on a larger scale our design process evaluates the spaces to be used, how we will configure your layout to best optimize the space and accommodate the look you desire, tent design, lighting options, flow and progression of your event from when guests arrive to departure, stationed areas, and how these spaces and elements all tie together.

The finer details, such as inspiration boards, table design, ceremony decor and design, centerpiece design, cake design, favor design and selection and how all of these components feed off each other are all details thought through with meticulous care and attention.

Through our experience and knowledge of the countless options, vendors and possibilities available in the event industry, you will be presented with the options to make your own decisions as we journey through this creative process. Factors such as budget, venue limitations and functionality are all items we discuss and are well-versed in to provide our clients the highest level of customer service.

We have a variety of options available for clients looking for design assistance. Please email us so that we can best match you with our services. Stand out from the rest! Distinguish your design. Reflect your inner style and show off who you are, let us make your DREAMS INTO A REALITY! Let us show you how to shine! Make your guests be swept off of their feet, give them a WOW factor, and surprise them with the newest trends with our innovative style. You are in the hands of professionals, let us make your fairy tale come true and deliver to you the most spectacular production ever where everything is fabulous and flawless.

TO ALL THINGS FINANCIALLY SAVVY.

SAVING TIPS

Set your price levels
1. Create a comparison chart to track what’s included in the price for each venue you’re considering. One company may not include linens and the cake, for example, while another company does.

2. Many public spaces, like parks or the local village green, may be available to rent at a low fee. However, if the space is not equipped to handle events, you’ll have to rent everything from napkins to tables and chairs. Make sure you come out ahead!

3. Choose an unusual venue, such as an aquarium, a zoo, a gallery or an historical site. Site fees are not high and you’ll save on decor because the venue already supplies ambience. But the same caveat goes as for public spaces: Figure in what you’ll have to spend on rentals.

4. Hold your ceremony and your reception in the same place. You’ll save yourselves multiple site fees as well as transportation from one location to the other.

5. If you belong to a community organization or to the military, you may have access, at low cost, to a venue belonging to them.

6. Don’t forget your alma mater—these usually rent for a few hundred dollars.

7. Depending on your venue, you may not need to decorate extensively. If you marry outdoors at a winery, for example, there’s not much you’ll need to add to the gorgeous vineyard backdrop.

8. Rent a vacation home. Even if the owners charge you a week’s worth of rent for the day, it may still be equal to or less than renting a traditional reception venue.

9. If a family member has a scenic property, find out if you can hold your wedding there. One couple held their wedding on the Wyoming ranch where the groom had grown up. Unique and cost-conscious!

10. If you’re a city-dweller, leave town for your wedding. One Boston bride saved more than $50 per person by holding her wedding in Burlington, Vermont.

11. For a garden wedding, look into renting an historic mansion; many of these have gardens that are included in the deal. You may find, as did one couple, that the mansion they rented had no time limit, and the fee was less than half a hall rental.

12. Look for reception packages. Holding your event at a venue that provides catering and food-service items will save you quite a bit of money on rentals.

13. Save on your rehearsal dinner site by throwing a backyard barbecue or a picnic in a local park—both of which will cost you less than a dinner in a restaurant. (These may be more fun too!)

14. Accept a post-wedding brunch at a relative’s home as a wedding gift. You may find that in lieu of a gift, a friend or relative will be thrilled to host this event in their home.

15. Trim the length of your reception. Even doing three hours instead of four or five will save you money. Trust us, everyone will enjoy themselves just as much.

16. Determine early on what you can spend and stick to it. One rule of thumb: Food, beverage and venue should come to half of your budget.

17. Most venues charge a premium for Saturday night. Hold your reception on a Thursday, Friday or Sunday night. An afternoon wedding will cost less than an evening one, as will a Sunday brunch.

18. Consider the season— you’re likely to get a better price for a venue in January than you would for the same spot in June.

19. What about a destination wedding? Because the guest list will be smaller, a wedding away may cost less than a traditional event held in your hometown.

20. Think small. If your guest list is 50 or less. Check into bed and breakfast venues in your area and place firm limits on your guest list.

21. When you’re deciding between an indoor or outdoor space, figure in the cost of a tent rental—if it rains, a tent is worth every penny.

22. Check with local large restaurants for private rooms or banquet areas.

23. DIY Invites / Signs / Wedding Elements / Take Aways

WEDDING BUDGET TIPS

Weddings are expensive! If your budget is becoming a nightmare, there are a few ways to trim the costs without sacrificing your dreams or the comfort of your guests.

The Cake
Wedding cakes can be a ridiculous expense, especially for large guest lists or if you have your heart set on an extravagant design. Renting a display cake is a popular option that could cut at least a couple hundred dollars from your budget without foregoing the perfect cake. Other couples save by ordering a small cake with an elegant design, as well as a less costly sheet cake for serving.

The Dress
Your wedding gown is often the easiest place to overspend – but also one of the easiest areas to trim costs. Take the time to shop around. Bridal discount stores, eBay, and similar locations will sometimes have your dream dress available for a fraction of the retail price!

The Menu
Food usually consumes the biggest portion of your budget. Consider finger foods or desserts instead of a sit-down meal. Backyard barbecues are a great way to save if you want to feed your guests a full menu.

Plants
Greenery is much less expensive than blooms. Decorate with ferns and foliage and save the colorful blossoms for your bouquet.

Invitations
There are several ways to cut the costs of your invitations. Besides shopping around for the best price, opt for RSVP postcards to eliminate an extra envelope as well as postage. You can also consider eliminating the liner and avoiding enclosure cards.

The Date
Wedding venues and vendors tend to cost the most on Saturday evenings and holidays. Hold your event in the afternoon, on Friday night, or on a Sunday afternoon. Try to avoid major holidays if you want to trim your budget.

The Location
Search around for free venues for your ceremony and reception. Outdoor events are often free and you’ll save on plants and flowers as well!

Favors
Especially if your guest list is large, wedding favors can add up quickly. Look for DIY favors that can be assembled quickly and inexpensively without losing sentiment or consider making a charitable donation in honor of your guests.

Local Resources
Friends, coworkers, and family members often have a wealth of hidden talents – or may have friends that do! If your cousin takes amazing photos and has a professional camera, would she give you a great deal on your photography? Enlist the help of your bridesmaids to do your makeup and hair. New businesses are also ideal places to turn to for discounts that can cut your wedding budget.

Advice from The Knot

One of the most stressful parts of wedding planning can be properly spending your money. According to The Knot, the average cost for a 150-person wedding is about $25,000, therefore you want to be positive your money is being spent in the right places.

Here’s the basic breakdown when deciding where to spend your money:

Reception: 48- 50 percent
Ceremony: 2- 3 percent
Attire: 8- 10 percent
Flowers: 8- 10 percent
Entertainment/Music: 8- 10 percent
Photography/Videography: 10- 12 percent
Stationery: 2- 3 percent
Wedding Rings: 2- 3 percent
Parking/Transportation: 2- 3 percent
Gifts: 2- 3 percent
Miscellaneous: 8 percent

The Knot also suggests that you set aside 5 percent of your budget for the “just-in-case” fund.

We promise, if you follow these guidelines, you will effectively use your money toward the wedding of your dreams.

70 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

Have you ever wondered “what is the secret to a long and happy marriage?”

I still find myself wondering this from time to time, particularly during our times of struggle. How are some couples more in love with one another? What is their advice for a happy marriage? Is it just luck or is there really a trick to creating a happy and long-lasting marriage?

After loosing my Grandmother this morning I decided to blog about her, she is truly amazing in so many ways and has set the bar for all of us. A genuinely loving person beautiful inside and out. Went to chuch regularly and took in anyone. Her door was always open and as were her arms. She was strong lady, and always was fully of cheer, smiles and never spoke bad about anyone ever. A true angel! Coming from a huge Italian family she was the center to all, and touched all of those who knew her. She taught me so much, and will truly be missed. I am happy to say she is in a better place. Shining from the heavens above she is now with the rest of my family who has passed. I know that I don’t have all of the answers. But I will always remember everything she showed me. Her house always smelt of food, I have so many memories with her and my Italian family, whether it was an arm wrestling match, playing with my 20+cousins running around in her house, going on road trips, having annual family reunions, playing dress up with her clothes and wigs, putting on talent shows, playing a thousand KISSES – a game she made up, or just spending every holiday with her. Our family was so fortunate to be blessed with such a tight knit family foundation. I thank god everyday, and never take anything I have or anyone I know for granted. We are all her for a reason, and I was soon to realize mine.

I look up to her in so many ways! Her marriage was always strong, and she loves like no one has ever loved. She had a one of a kind marriage and I hope I can have the same one day. These are a few tips she has shared with me over the years. I am happy to share them with you.

Never assume.

Compliment more than you criticize.

For each time you vent about your husband/wife to your friends, tell three positive stories.

Remember that it is ok to do things differently (e.g. there is more than one way to peel a potato or fold the laundry).

Always make time for the two of you.

Marry someone that you enjoy listening and talking to.

Remember that marriage is sometimes a bed of roses and sometimes there are thorns.

Remember that the best gift that you can give your children is to love their mother/father.

Be fair! Split the housework, spending money, etc evenly, or as much as you can. This way you are never resentful of your partners contributions (or lack of) or expenditures.

Never go to bed angry.

Remember that people do fight. It’s how you do it that matters. Sometimes fighting is ok, just means you really LOVE that person.

Before starting an argument, consider if it’s really worth it.

Agree to disagree.

Never, ever mention the “D” word (divorce), ever.

Respect each other’s privacy. HAVE TRUST

Remember that “love is like childhood. You need to learn to share.”

Marriage is not 50/50, it’s two people giving 100/100 all of the time.

Surprise each other now and then.

Have date night!

Never pass up an opportunity to say “I love you”.

Hold hands.

Hug & kiss every day (several times a day actually!).

Always believe that you got better than you deserved.

Be quick to say “I’m sorry”. Its ok to be wrong, always apologize even if you know you are right ?

Love isn’t always a feeling, it’s a decision.

Hang in there. Know it’s worth it.

Play nice, play often, love much.

Never air your dirty laundry as a couple in public.

Never keep secrets from each other. For that is your soulmate and best friend.

Be each other’s champion. No matter what, take your husband or wife’s side first!

Communication is the key!

Always respect each other.

Never underestimate the power of a good belly-laugh and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.

It’s the little things that matter most.

Never use the words ‘Always’ and ‘Never’ in a fight.

It’s ok to argue, but never use curse words to express your anger.

Never compare your marriage to others. What you see on the outside is not always what it is on the inside.

AND LOVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART

DATES TO AVOID

Wedding Planning: Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2013, 2014 and 2015 Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one would be. However, costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you’re looking to marry around Valentine’s Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you’ve got your heart set on red roses — they’ll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they’d prefer not to miss.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday) Weekend of January 19-21, 2013 Weekend of January 18-20, 2014 Weekend of January 17-19, 2015

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday) Weekend of February 16-18, 2013 Weekend of February 15-17, 2014 Weekend of February 14-16, 2015

Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself, do you want your anniversary to fall the same weekend as Mother’s Day when (or if) you become a mom? Weekend of May 11-12, 2013 Weekend of May 10-11, 2014 Weekend of May 9-10, 2015

Memorial Day (always a Monday) Weekend of May 25-27, 2013 Weekend of May 24-26, 2014 Weekend of May 23-25, 2015

Father’s Day (always a Sunday) Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you’re okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have kids. Weekend of June 15-16, 2013 Weekend of June 14-15, 2014 Weekend of June 20-21, 2015

Independence Day Thursday, July 4, 2013 Friday, July 4, 2014 Saturday, July 4, 2015

Labor Day (always a Monday) Weekend of August 31-September 2, 2013 Weekend of August 30-September 1, 2014 Weekend of September 5-7, 2015

Columbus Day (always a Monday) Weekend of October 12-14, 2013 Weekend of October 11-13, 2014 Weekend of October 10-12, 2015

Halloween Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!). Thursday, October 31, 2013 Friday, October 31, 2014 Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday) November 28, 2013 November 27, 2014 November 26, 2015

New Year’s Eve MondayTuesday, December 31, 2013 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Thursday, December 31, 2015

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you’re allowed to marry at these times.

Palm Sunday March 24, 2013 April 13, 2014 March 29, 2015

Easter Sunday March 31, 2013 April 20, 2014 April 5, 2015

Passover (begins at sunset the night before) Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before) Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before) Thursday, September 5, 2013, until nightfall on Friday, September 6, 2013 Thursday, September 25, 2014, until nightfall on Friday, September 26, 2014 Monday, September 14, 2015, until nightfall on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before) Saturday, September 14, 2013 Saturday, October 4, 2014 Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hanukkah (begins at sunset) Thursday, November 28, 2013, until nightfall on Thursday, December 5, 2013 Wednesday, December 17, 2014, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Monday, December 7, 2015, until nightfall on Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Thursday, December 25, 2014 Friday, December 25, 2015

Kwanzaa Thursday, December 26, 2013, until Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Friday, December 26, 2014, until Thursday, January 1, 2015 Saturday, December 26, 2015, until Friday, January 1, 2016

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on how each family observes) Thursday, August 8, 2013, until Friday, August 9, 2013 Monday, July 28, 2014, until Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Friday, July 17, 2015, until Saturday, July 18, 2015

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes) Monday, October 14, 2013, until Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Saturday, October 4, 2014, until Sunday, October 5, 2014 Wednesday, September 23, 2015, until Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ram Navami Saturday, April 20, 2013 Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Saturday, March 28, 2015

Krishna Janmashtami Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Sunday, August 17, 2014 Saturday, September 5, 2015

Days of Remembrance

We’re talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful — it’s up to you to decide.

Patriot Day Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Thursday, September 11, 2014 Friday, September 11, 2015

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Saturday, December 7, 2013 Sunday, December 7, 2014 Monday, December 7, 2015

Major Sporting Events

If you’re die-hard sports fans — or if you’re worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game — avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict.

Super Bowl Sunday February 3, 2013, in New Orleans February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ February 1, 2015, in Glendale, AZ

Final Four and March Madness Saturday, April 6, 2013, and Monday, April 8, 2013, in Atlanta Saturday, April 5, 2014, and Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, TX Saturday, April 4, 2015, and Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis

Unlucky Dates

If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.

The Ides of March For ancient Romans, an “ides” was simply a date that marked the middle of the month — until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 B.C. Since then, “Beware the Ides of March” has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date. Friday, March 15, 2013 Saturday, March 15, 2014 Sunday, March 15, 2015

Friday the 13th The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Code of Hammurabi doesn’t include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as many as 3 millennia old. And it wasn’t until a successful novel titled Friday the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation. September 13, 2013 December 13, 2013 June 13, 2014 February 13, 2015 March 13, 2015 November 13, 2015

Leap Years Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event — from getting married to baptizing a child — in a leap year would bring bad luck. Next Leap Year: 2016

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by Christina Lomonaco on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 12:42pm ·

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Anything from your Dj, Florist,Baker, Caterer, Photographer , Videographer, Rentals , Linens, Tableware, Glassware, Lighting, Dancefloor, Design, Decor, Hair and Make up Specialist. We are a full planning agency here to serve your every need.

(Ciao Bella Events, Flowers Too and Faye and Rich Photography)

The is a standing Ceremony and includes:

 

Wedding & Event Planner

Design and Decor Coordinating

Officiate with Custom Vows

Certified mailing of Marriage Certificate

Brides Bouquet-Two Dozen Roses

Maid of Honor Bouquet

Bridesmaid Bouquet

Grooms Rose Boutonniere

Best Man Boutonniere

Groomsman Boutonniere

 

Professional Photography

Two Professional Photographers

40 touched up and Artistically rendered images

(1)      12×12 custom album 20 pages

On- line gallery for 1 year

All images delivered on external hard drive

 

 

All images will be color corrected, cropped up to Faye and Rich Photography high standards.

PLEASE call for pricing! Or come by our Bridal Boutique for a Free Consultation!

1427 South Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach Ca 92651

HERE ARE THE TOP 10 IDEAS FOR ALTERNATIVE BACHELORETTE PARTIES:

  1. Recently, destination bachelorette parties have expanded beyond Las Vegas to other exotic places such as Greece, Italy and beach getaways. Traveling to Europe seems to be getting slightly more affordable at this time of year and ‘the girls’ are taking advantage of cheap holiday flights.
  2. Why not go green by camping in a national park? Camping trips in the past have a been a fun bachelor party idea but there’s no reason that the girls can’t enjoy a fun night away in Sedona or Joshua Tree. Not crazy about spending time in a tent? There are plenty of outdoor cabins and luxury campsites available online for your eco-friendly bachelorette party.
  3. Give Back Bachelorette Parties: Service oriented parties are making a comeback. Brides are donating their time to give back to their community for a good cause. Using their time in a positive way is a great way to make an important impact for those less fortunate.
  4. Skydiving & Bungee Jumping Adventures! While we’ve never understood the obsession some people have with jumping out of planes, these adventures are becoming a popular adrenaline rush for bachelorette parties. Check something off your bucket list with all your best gal pals in tow.
  5. Kick back and relax at a girl’s bachelorette spa weekend. Take a trip to a local salon or plan a lavish spa retreat get away. Let your cares slip away while you’re covered in a mud wrap and massaged into relaxation. Treat your favorite bridesmaids to manicures and pedicures as a thank you for making your big day memorable.
  6. Not everyone can have Napa in their backyard but if you’re lucky you can have a wine and cheese getaway to Napa Valley for a special wine themed bachelorette party. Rent a nice limo bus for a responsible transportation tour to all the scenic spots.
  7. Photo session bachelorette parties are all the rage right now. Boudoir photos are a great wedding day present for your new husband. Or similar to photos you took with all your girlfriends in high school, bachelorettes are treating their best girl friends to girlfriend photos. Scrapbook all your new photos for a fun way to remember and thank your bridesmaids.
  8. Everyone loves a laugh and comedians love playfully teasing bachelorettes. Sitting front row at a comedy club theme bachelorette party is a great way to get your bride-to-be plenty of attention!
  9. Walk the red carpet at a new movie premiere in Hollywood. Getting dolled up is a fun glamorous excuse to dress up for a special occasion. Can’t make it out to Los Angeles with all your girls? Try planning a special showing of chick flick movies at your local movie theatre for a special movie night bachelorette party theme.
  10. 10.  Trying to stay healthy and in shape for the big day? Plan a yoga theme bachelorette party with a yoga instructor or Pilates classes. These classes are great for non-drinkers or pregnant guests because you can abstain from alcohol and partying.

Bachelorette Party Supplies

Any of these fun unique bachelorette party ideas are doable with a small or large party of girls. Be creative and use your imagination because your special girl is only getting married once! There are plenty of resources for how to put together a memorable bachelorette party on the internet and at local event planners. Don’t forget all your bachelorette party supplies so you can be sure to take lots of memorable bachelorette photographs!