“BRIDE’S WEDDING PLANNING/ PLANNER: I give you motherly advice, how-to, dos and don’ts

Vol. 2,  No. 6, June 12, 2011

TITLE: “BRIDE’S WEDDING PLANNING/ PLANNER: I give you motherly advice, how-to, dos and don’ts (Check this out first on getting engaged!)*”

INTRODUCTION

It’s here – the month of June and you know what that means – weddings. I got me to thinking about…., you guessed it – brides to be.  My books of the week, (there is a bonus book) are: #1 “The Royal Wedding for Dummies” by Julian Knight plus #2 “PassPorter’s Disney Weddings and Honeymoons: Dream Days at Disney World and on Disney Cruises” [Paperback] by Carrie Hayward. My topic of the week is brides and all things wedding.

MY LIFE & TIMES*

I was a bride to be, a bride on her weddng day, a guest at numerous weddings and also a mother of the bride. So you see, I can say:  Been there …done that. As a result, I speak from experience.

Bride to be

I was a KID  …only 20. I was both nervous and also VERY excited. The preparations were so overwhelming. I  couldn’t really enjoy the pleasures. This was due to the pressure to get everything JUST right. This meant the right hall and band. Conflicts – there were a few, but nothing that didn’t get resolved quickly. Shopping for the wedding dress was a dream come true. It was quality time with my mother.  The dress was lovely – a traditional gown: definitely starch white, long-sleeves and high neck. I spent hours with my girl friends reading bridal magazines and discussing what made a perfect wedding. As my maid of honour, I asked my best friend – we were school mates. She said: “Yes.” I also chose a few bridesmaids. The days ticked down quickly – last minute details arose. Then the rehearsal day arrived. My excitement heightened.  

Bride

The big day finally arrived: it was sunny with a clear blue sky. I was in a daze. I was SOOOOOOO busy! I had my hair done in the morning.  I did my own makeup. And then came the dress. It is an Italian tradition to have a pre-ceremony house celebration, one in the home of the bride for her family (and one in the home of the groom, for his family.)  My house was decorated with white ribbons and flowers, interior and exterior. All put together in my gown, I was living the dream in all of my splendor, with the photographer taking pictures.  I was the recipient of compliments from those close and dear, who were there – everybody was all dressed in their ‘Sunday best – all primped up. There were people from out of town: Toronto, etc. There were hors d’oeuvres: panninis, pizza slices, olives, cheese, fruit, champagne with orange juice, sweet cakes, etc. The limousine then arrived. I was whisked away to the Church. I was escorted by my wonderful Dad down the aisle. We were supposed to go to the botanical gardens for picture taking, but because my eyes were tearing and I couldn’t keep them open, the photographer had all of us come to his studio. The reception was big, 300 plus, the hall, i.e., RIZZO was fancy, the meal – more courses than you could count and the party – great fun. It just flew by.  I was excited about starting a new life, but sad, leaving the home of my parents.

Mother of the bride

My eldest daughter and her fiancé decided to plan their own wedding. (They did a great job) . They had a certain reception hall in mind. It was booked a year and a half in advance and yet they couldn’t reserve the date, which they wanted.  Italian reception halls are known for beautiful décor and exceptional catering. This makes the planning much easier.  The search for the right wedding gown was another story all together – it took a while.  Ironically, she bought the first dress that she had wanted. It was purchased 6-8 months in advance.
The wedding was a big success.  Everything went as planned, luckily even the weather cooperated.  Although fatigued on the wedding day, we were thrilled that the ceremony and reception was such a smash hit.  Our family and friends talked about it for days. It is a supremely sweet memory!

Future mother of the bride

I am so looking forward to seeing my younger daughter walking down the aisle on her wedding day. She will be such a beautiful bride; and I am certain that the ceremony and reception shall be exceptional.   

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #1: Elizabeth Taylor: Many Weddings
During one of her many weddings, Elizabeth Taylor was asked by a presiding official to enumerate her previous husbands. “What is this,” Taylor replied, “a memory test?”
(Source: www.anecdotage.com) –  http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=11420

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #2: Ice Queen
“Prince Michael Golitsyn of Russia had taken an Italian Catholic wife, to the intense displeasure of Czarina Anna Ivanovna. Although the prince’s bride soon died, the czarina remained bent on punishing him. She had a vendetta against the prince and his family, who opposed her rule; she also had a vicious sense of humor. “She ordered an ice palace built in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1739, completely outfitted with ice furnishings – dishes, toilets, tables, even a four poster ice bed. When all was finished, she selected the ugliest woman she could find to be the prince’s second bride and forced the couple to parade about town on an elephant before the wedding. Accompanying them was a procession of freaks. “The procession made its way to the ice palace, where ‘the Bridal Pair of Fools’ were stripped and sent to their icy nuptial chamber. Then all exits were sealed. The couple survived the frigid night, and nine months later, the prince’s wife gave birth to twins.”
(Source: www.anecdotage.com) –  http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=1310

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #3:Madonna’s Wedding
During their wedding in December 2000, Madonna and Guy Ritchie were given an unusual gift by the Reverend Susan Brown, the Scottish minister who presided over the ceremony at the Church of Scotland’s cathedral in Dornoch, Scotland. The gift? A twin-pack of toilet paper. “There are two rolls together,” she later explained, “just like the couple. And the toilet paper is soft, gentle, long and strong – which is what I hope their marriage will be.”
(Source: www.anecdotage.com) –  http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=463

S & R* QUOTE #1: Julia Child
The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all of the time.
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/marriage/

S & R* QUOTE #2: Marilyn Monroe
Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/marriage/index2.html

S & R* QUOTE #3: Mignon McLaughlin
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/marriage/index3.html

S & R* QUOTE #4: Simone Signoret
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last –more than passion or even sex!
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/marriage/index3.html

BOOK #1

THE AUTHOR: Julian Knight

Julian Knight is a writer. He wrote pieces for magazines, newspapers, etc. He was a reporter at the BBC. He was a sectional editor in the last few years. For him, the impending Royal Wedding was big news  – it became his book, published in 2011. 

SERIES/COLLECTION
Books
He is the author of:

  • British Politics For Dummies
  • British Citizenship Test For Dummies

THE BOOK: “The Royal Wedding for Dummies” by Julian Knight

The book is about – who else: Prince William and Katherine (Kate) Middleton – for me, they are the couple of the year. (A short bio is included.) The Royal Wedding was set for April 29th, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. The book comprises Who’s-Who reference material to figure out attendees. There is also guidebook like content on food, etc. to hold your local party to celebrate the London festivities. But the big attraction is about the nuptials.   

Imagine a wedding with an unlimited budget on the world stage with all of the hype, pomp and circumstance.  The chapters comprise: 1) The Background; 2) The Wedding; 3) Taking Part in the Festivities; and 4) The Part of Tens.  This book has all the information that you want and need and more. You want customs, rules of etiquette, and history – it has it!  You want to know about Westminster Abbey … it is the ‘sun, moon and stars’ of venues for the ceremony. You want to know about the top of the top of honeymoons, read on.  For me, this was the SUPER BOWL of weddings. The media made it front page news. This book is a good start since this wedding was a “10”, to which all brides-to-be might aspire. Ideas might start here!

BOOK #2
THE AUTHOR: Carrie Hayward

Hayward is a writer and has done editing for many years.  She is a great fan of Disney – parks and cruses. She understands that they are a great destination for many people, particularly those just married. She aspired to have her very own ceremony in the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Having done it, she decided to compile a book to help others: weddings and honeymoons combined. She and her husband visit often to keep current about Disney matters. Their  family business is  the publisher.

SERIES/COLLECTION
Books
Several books of the series are:

  • Passporter’s Festivals and Celebrations at Walt Disney World
  • PassPorter’s Walt Disney World for British Holidaymakers
  • Passporter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoons
  • Passporter’s Disney Vacation Club Guide: For Members and Members-to-be

THE BOOK: “PassPorter’s Disney Weddings and Honeymoons: Dream Days at Disney World and on Disney Cruises” [Paperback] by Carrie Hayward

Hayward is giving you a combo guidebook and wedding organizer all-in-one.  Why is it on Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida? This is because it hosts 2500 + weddings each year. Disney truly knows weddings.  The Chapters are: 1) Memories collection; 2) Escape collection; 3) Wishes; 4) Couture collection; 5) Addititional events; 6)  Everything else; 7) Disney cruise collection; 8) Honeymoons & anniversaries at Walt Disney World;  and 9) Planning pages. The collections are holiday levels with escalating price points. It covers: (a) Prices;  (b) Contracts;  (c) Locations; (d) Food; (e) Decor; (f) Entertainment; (g) Photography; (h) Transportation;  etc. If Disney is your thing, check it out. It will be useful for brides-to-be. Just a further important note, this title is independent of Disney and a part of a series. Pictures are inlcuded.

CONCLUSION

This is about a young girl’s dream and her journey, (on getting engaged), becoming a bride-to-be, then a  bride and if they’re lucky, a mother of the bride or groom.  In a word, it is delightful! This is also about doing a wedding right!
 

Personal comments
For a young girl, her wedding is HER very own big day- it is her ultimate coming out party! As you might know, most brides prefer June or September for weddings.  In my cultural community, the preparation for a wedding starts at least a year in advance.  There are many choices to be made. Knowing what you want makes a big difference.  By the time  the wedding day comes around, the people in the bridal party are exhausted. 

Is it smart to spend a lot of money for a wedding? No,  it should be within reason, an affordable sum.  Or it depends. If it’s for a marriage which will be for a lifetime, I would agree.  But, unfortunately, no one knows this in advance.  For some people, spending more is right. They want a beautiful church or other venue for the ceremony, the best hall with a wedding gown of $500 or $1000 or more, a feast soup-to-nuts … sweet table included and also a 3+ piece band. I know of those who took  out a second mortgage to pay for their child’s wedding.  Although, I am very wary of borrowing, I understand their thinking.  

I also want to make the point that the size of your change purse will not determine the elegance level of your future nuptials. I believe that  you need to determine your budget; and once done, then prioritize. If the huge affair is not desired or doable, consider a new cocktail dress to make you the prettiest ‘belle’ at the ball. Select an outside garden for the intimate ceremony-immediate family limited. Give all attendees a disposable camera. Ask a friend with a video cam to record the ceremony (and as much of the reception that he or she could do and still enjoy the festivities). I encourage you to hire a local cellist or flutist for 2 hours – the music will be the finishing touch to complete the beauty of the scene. Make the reception a weekday cocktail party (or a Sunday brunch) for family and close friends. One option is to rent a hall and pile on high the breads and coldcuts and home-prepared salads (e.g., potato, slaw, noodle, fruit, etc.) Don’t forget 4l +- boxes of wine both red and white – ask your liquor store clerk for one that is from your own country, is good, but sold at a  moderate cost. Or choose a great FAMILY-style restaurant in your home town – it should have a warm decor and be known for great food …plentiful portions please – I never want guests to go home hungry! Bake your own cake and place disposable cameras on the tables, asking one and all to snap away, starting as soon as they arrive, ending when they leave.  Finally, on the topic of musicmakers, bring your sound system to the venue.  After planning the variety of CDs, ask friends to bring the favorites of the couple to be married. If someone has a Karaoke, ask him or her to bring it along as well. Don’t forget a few small gifts for those who helped with the above. And after all of this, party on!

The point

I want each young woman to have HER day; it should be extra-special!

ANTOINETTE’S TIP SHEET*
Every bride- to- be should:

Preliminaries
 1. Do their homework – this means research: magazines, Internet, asking for recommendations, etc.; this is to eliminate days going from store- to- store, much too much legwork for a busy bride- to- be .

2. Make sure that you know what you want – so that the end results will be what your heart desires;
3. Plan a wedding WITHIN your means – don’t go into debt! 
4. Accept any offer of financial assistance from your parents and/or future in-laws; this is not about pride – it is to get a head start into life!
5. Plan as much as you can in advance; so that you won’t be overwhelmed near the date of the wedding.
Heavy lifting
6. Consider a wedding organizer; but If you can’t afford one, then you’re on your own:
7. Reserve your date for the ceremony; and select the wedding party: maid/matron of honor and best man, bridesmaids, ushers, flower girl, ring bearer, etc.;  
8. Make a reservation EARLY at your preferred reception hall; in this regard;
9.1 Think about the quality of the hall: appearance, elegance level and first and foremost the food: (i). cocktail party fonger foods (ors d’oeuvres; (ii).meal; (iii). sweet table; (b) drinks; (c) wine and sparkling wine;
9.2 Think about hotel room availability for the bridal couple and out of towners, etc.
10. Buy the wedding gown – consider traditional yet stylish: strapless.
11. Engage the band – the music makers make the party;
12. Hire the photographer: stills, video, etc.- check out his past catalogue.
13. Book the florist: flowers, centrepeices, etc.- look for someone recommended.
14. Choose the baker and the wedding cake – usually the hall does this too!
15. Order the invitations – I think that they should be as cheap as you can get because they go into the garbage. 
16. Consider a limousine service – it adds to the glitz and makes the day even more special!
17. Remember the male formal wear; encourage the groom and friends to go asap. 
18. Book the honeymoon: flight, hotel, cruise, rental car, etc. (Don’t forget your passport (N.B. It must not have expired!)
19. Decide upon the seating plan; you will probably have to be a diplomat finessing parents, future inlaws, frineds, etc.;
20. Buy the gifts for the bridal partyas well as “bonbonnières” for the guests (guest giveaway)
21. Note that last minute details will take up a lot of your time – get ready and be prepared!
22. Enjoy the day and cherish the memories.  
23. Know what is appropriate as a gift if an invited guest to a wedding. If at their turn, the family goes all out and the event is bigger than big,  one should endeavor to be quite generous. According to our custom, most give $300.00+ a couple in a ‘busta’ (envelope with card).  At least, that is the custom in our Italian community.    

If you ask me, I say: “I do …, or more correctly, I did … a wedding, that is; now it’s your turn! Congratulations and have a great day!

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *
ALP
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
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Schedule I

IT WORDS FOR ME!*

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “weddings”; “wedding gown”; “wedding planner”; etc.
Weddings
“A wedding is the ceremony in which two people are united in marriage or a similar institution. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from Scripture or literature are also optionally incorporated into the ceremony.”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding

Wedding Gown
“A wedding dress or wedding gown is the clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony. Color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown can depend on the religion and culture of the wedding participants.”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_dress
Wedding planner
“[1] is a professional who assists with planning and organization of weddings. Weddings are significant events in people’s lives, and those involved are often willing to spend a considerable amount of money to ensure it is organized as perfectly as possible.[2] Professional wedding planners exist in several countries[3] and communities[4], with extensive certification courses available to those who wish to pursue the career.Some wedding planners charge either a fraction (perhaps 5-10%) of total the wedding cost, (which can range between $20,000 to $2 million in relatively affluent communities in USA) or a flat fee[5]. in USA the fees typically range between $1500 to $5000[6] depending on the services provided. However, wedding industry statistics, including ranges and averages for wedding planner fees, are generated and promoted by commercial interests and are considered unreliable by unbiased sources.”

S & R* BONUS FACT * #1: Wedding types
“Below are several types and styles of weddings. A wedding may include several of these aspects.
[edit] Civil wedding
A civil wedding is a ceremony presided over by a local civil authority, such as an elected or appointed judge, Justice of the Peace or the mayor of a locality. Civil wedding ceremonies may use references to God or a deity (except in UK law), but generally no references to a particular religion or denomination. They can be either elaborate or simple. Many civil wedding ceremonies take place in local town or city halls or courthouses in judges’ chambers.

[edit] Elopement
Eloping is the act of getting married, often unexpectedly, without inviting guests to the wedding. In some cases a small group of family and/or friends may be present, while in others, the engaged couple may marry without the consent and/or knowledge of parents or others. While the couple may or may not be widely known to be engaged prior to the elopement, the wedding itself is generally a surprise to those who are later informed of its occurrence.

[edit] Same-sex wedding
A same-sex or same-gender wedding is a ceremony in which two people of the same sex are married. This event may be legally documented as a marriage or another legally recognized partnership such as a civil union. Where such partnerships are not legally recognized, the wedding may be a religious or symbolic ceremony designed to provide an opportunity to make the same public declarations and celebration with friends and family that any other type of wedding may afford. These are often referred to as “commitment ceremonies.

Officiants at same-sex weddings may be religiously ordained. Many religions and branches of religions, including Quakers, Unitarians, Ethical Culture, Reform and Reconstructionist Jews, the Metropolitan Community Church, and the Reformed Catholic Church perform and recognize same-sex marriages, even if the government of their geographic area may not.

[edit] Destination wedding
Not to be confused with an elopement, a destination wedding is one in which a wedding is hosted, often in a vacation-like setting, at a location to which most of the invited guests must travel and often stay for several days. This could be a beach ceremony in the tropics, a lavish event in a metropolitan resort, or a simple ceremony at the home of a geographically distant friend or relative. During the recession of 2009, destination weddings continued to see growth compared to traditional weddings, as the typically smaller size results in lower costs.[17]

[edit] White wedding
Main article: White wedding
A white wedding is a term for a traditional formal or semi-formal Western wedding. This term refers to the color of the wedding dress, which became popular after Queen Victoria wore a pure white gown when she married Prince Albert, and many were quick to copy her choice. At the time, the color white to many symbolized both extravagance and sexual purity, and had become the color for use by girls of the royal court.[1] Though white no longer symbolizes the same ideas today, the color remains the most popular choice for first time brides in the west.

[edit] Weekend wedding
A weekend wedding is a wedding in which couples and their guests celebrate over the course of an entire weekend. Special activities, such as spa treatments and golf tournaments may be scheduled into the wedding itinerary.Lodging usually is at the same facility as the wedding and couples often host a Sunday brunch for the weekend’s finale.

[edit] Military wedding
A military wedding is a ceremony conducted in a military chapel and may involve a Saber Arch. In most military weddings the groom, bride, or both (depending on which is a member of the armed services) will wear a military dress uniform in lieu of civilian formal wear, although military dress uniforms largely serve the same purpose. Some retired military personnel who marry after their service has ended may opt for a military wedding.

[edit] Double wedding
A double wedding is a single ceremony where two affianced couples rendezvous for two simultaneous or consecutive weddings. Typically, a fiancé with a
sibling who is also engaged, or four close friends in which both couples within the friendship are engaged might plan a double wedding where both couples legally marry.

[edit] Mass wedding
A mass wedding is a single ceremony where numerous couples are married simultaneously.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)b-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding

S & R* BONUS FACT #2: Common elements across cultures
“A number of cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil. This tradition was popularized through the wedding of Queen Victoria. Some say Victoria’s choice of a white gown may have simply been a sign of extravagance, but may have also been influenced by the values she held which emphasized sexual purity.[1] Within the modern ‘white wedding’ tradition, a white dress and veil are unusual choices for a woman’s second or subsequent wedding. The notion that a white gown might symbolize sexual purity has been long abandoned, and is criticized by etiquette writers like Judith Martin as distasteful.[2] The use of a wedding ring has long been part of religious weddings in Europe and America, but the origin of the tradition is unclear. Historians like Vicki Howard point out that belief in the “ancient” quality of the practice are most likely a modern invention.[3] “Double ring” ceremonies are also a modern practice, a groom’s wedding band not appearing in the United States until the early 20th century.[4] The wedding is often followed by a reception, in which the rituals may include toasting the newlyweds, their first dance as spouses, and the cutting of a wedding cake.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding

Schedule II
STUDY/STATISTICS: “How Many Trips Do We Take Down the Aisle? by Rose Kreider, Family Demographer, US Census Bureau Fertility & Family Statistics Branch

“Most of us take only one trip down the aisle. Among all currently married couples in 2009, 72 percent were made up of a man and woman who were each in their first marriage. Looking only at recently married couples, which gives us an idea of current patterns, 65 percent of couples who married during 2008 were in their first marriage.

At the other end of the spectrum, a small percentage, just 1 percent, of currently married couples consisted of a husband and wife who had both been married three or more times. Another 6 percent of currently married couples included one spouse who was in at least their third marriage. Between these extremes, 22 percent of currently married couples included at least one spouse who was in their second marriage.

Couples who got married during 2008 looked similar, with 25 percent including at least one spouse who was in their second marriage and a slightly higher 9 percent including one spouse in their third or higher order marriage.

More detail about how many times adults have married and other information on the marital history of Americans is available in a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau titled Number, Timing and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009.”

Source: U.S. Census – stats – http://blogs.census.gov/censusblog/population/

Schedule III

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: Design the wedding of your dreams even on a budget

“(NC)—You’ve dreamed about your wedding day, but not about the price tag that comes along with it. Luckily, you can have the wedding of your dreams on a realistic budget with a little creativity. Here are two inexpensive projects for a day that you – and your guests – will never forget.
The Centre of It All

When it comes to your reception décor, you want your guest tables to shine. However, lush floral centrepieces can quickly consume your budget.

Sometimes the simplest centrepiece can be the most elegant. Try a glass container filled with coloured stones, water and floating candles or flowers. Another option is a wine bottle centrepiece. Collect empty bottles (be sure to enlist some help) for each table and spray paint each in your wedding colours. Add embellishments by stenciling or adding photos, quotes or graphics that represent your relationship.

Who Doesn’t Love Candy

Give your guests a fun treat with an inviting (and inexpensive) candy buffet. First, select a variety of glass jars and containers in different sizes and shapes to hold your treats. Don’t stop here though. There are a variety of ways to further embellish your candy jars.
“For a wedding candy buffet, adding colours and embellishments adds depth to the glass,” says Katherine Merkle, Krylon brand manager. “This gives your table a more sophisticated look that doesn’t have to come with an expensive price tag.”

Start by washing the containers and allowing them to dry thoroughly. Next, use stencils to spray the outside of your containers with anything from stripes and polka dots to glitter with a paint such as Krylon’s Indoor/Outdoor spray paint or Glitter spray. You can also use a leafing pen to add additional details. Other decorating options include glitter, decoupage or stencils.

For set up, use a variety of sturdy boxes or books stacked at varied heights and then drape a tablecloth over the levels. Place your containers and fill each with your festively coloured and delicious treats.

These projects are just two simple ways you can create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. Additional project ideas from Krylon can be found online at www.projectsinacan.com.”
(www.newscanada.com) – http://www.newscanada.com/print-june-design-the-wedding-of-your-dreams-even-on-a-budget-67697

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Meaningful wedding favours that last

“(NC)—Edible bonbonnières are always a popular wedding favour at receptions. In fact, sometimes that beautifully wrapped bag of candy coated almonds or chocolates are eaten on the spot, depending on what time dinner is served.

Meanwhile, bonbonnières of the non–edible variety sometimes consist of little trinkets and heart–shaped keychains that you never use. Instead, you add it to the collection you’ve accumulated on a dusty shelf, along with other items you never touch.

This time, it’s your turn to get hitched, and you and your spouse–to–be are wondering if wedding favours are really worth the cost.

For a meaningful gift that will show appreciation to your guests and have a lasting impact, consider making a charitable donation in their honour. Charities like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada have an online gift catalogue where you can purchase fruit trees, clean water wells, insecticide–treated malaria nets, and medical supplies for a clinic in developing countries. As you and your spouse–to–be happily start your lives together, take pride in making life a little easier for others around the world who are in need.”
www.newscanada.com  –   http://www.newscanada.com/print-june-meaningful-wedding-favours-that-last-67533

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