Summer Wedding Trends & Tips
There is a lot in the news these days about marriage and weddings. From the legislation and debate surrounding same-sex marriages to celebrity weddings and more, there is no loss of material to read about if nuptials are your thing. If you don’t have the time to search Yahoo, The Wedding Wire, Google and more to keep up on all the wedding news, let this article give you a quick recap.
Maiden names. A survey conducted by Wedding Days (a popular UK wedding site) polled 200 brides-to-be to reveal a growing trend for “feminist weddings.” What does this mean? Well for starters 19% of women felt that many wedding traditions were chauvinistic, 26% want to keep their maiden name (whether hyphenated or just not changing it all-together. Another 9% of brides would prefer to wear a color other than white on their wedding day. Luckily for the dads out there, 76% of those surveyed still want their fathers to walk them down the aisle. To read more about this and other wedding traditions that may be on their way out, click here for the Huffington Post article.
Drinking at weddings. With wedding season coming to a close for most of the nation many of us may have already know someone who drank too much at the reception and regretted it the next day. Heck, if you’re like me you were that person. So before heading to your next summer wedding here are a few tips from Deadspin.com on “How To Drink At Weddings Without Making An Ass Of Yourself.” First, drink plenty of water. It definitely helps offset the affects the next morning. Second, eat early but not often. Getting some food in your belly ahead of time goes a long way to keeping the good times flowing. Third, don’t forget to tip the bartender. This person is not there for free and is probably making minimum wage – throw them a $10 spot or at least $5. Fourth, make that first drink a good one. Starting at the top and working your way down helps fight nausea. Fifth, drink for who you are not who you are dressed as. Just because you’re wearing wingtips doesn’t mean you’re suddenly a wine expert. If you’re a beer guy, stick to the lagers. Sixth, take it easy on the champagne; seriously, this stuff can ruin you in no time flat. Seventh, avoid making a toast unless absolutely necessary – especially if you already have two drinks in you. Eighth, remember that you only have two necktie options – all the way on or all the way off – you aren’t James Bond, don’t untie your bow tie and let it hang on each side, you look stupid. Nine, leave the bridesmaids alone – seriously, its not worth it. Finally TEN, don’t be the drunkest person in the room; this is always a good rule to follow.
Same sex weddings. Between California, the Supreme Court and other state-by-state opinions, gay and lesbian weddings are in the news; chances are you’ll be attending one before long. Minnesota is about to mark the history books soon and become the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Couples across the state are celebrating and planning. For the full article from StarTribune, click here.
Wedding entertainment. The entertainment at a reception can make or brake the event. This isn’t just the music, its the announcements, the lighting, the special effects, everything. According to Martha Stewart Weddings “The entertainment you choose for your wedding is responsible for 80% of the event’s success and the memories you will have for the rest of your life!” People who have experienced destination weddings in the Florida Keys have been treated to amazing fireworks displays and incredible entertainment from local DJs like Eddie B & Company out of Ft. Lauderdale. Companies like this have special features like: up-lighting, laser light shows, cloud / fog machines, bubble showers, fireworks & more.
Have fun. The most important thing you can do at any wedding this year is have fun and celebrate the bride and groom. If you were invited, consider it an honor and keep in mind that they’re spending money on you being there too between the place setting, catering, planning and more.
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