Monthly Archives: October 2010
Natasha & Eli are absolutely so made for each other! They met & fell in love while studying law at the University of Windsor opting for a lucky celebration date of 10-10-10. You know by their fun-loving & quick – witted natures that their careers will thrive in their new home base of Ottawa. The day was a blast with shared Jewish & Slavic traditions including the breaking of a glass & the exciting wedding dance to Hava Nagila, where everyone joins hands & lifts the bride & groom high over the celebrants. Natasha looked beautiful, becoming teary-eyed when Eli presented her with a beautiful diamond “star of David pendant.” Sometimes it’s hard for me not to become emotional when I see the love reflected in their eyes, the tears shed & the beaming smiles. I am so honoured to have been a part of your wedding day. Congratulations Natasha & Eli ……. Masel Tov!!!
Natasha & Eli’s Wedding Specialists
Ceremony & Venue: Caesars Windsor
Wedding Planner: Beautiful Weddings by Me, Lisa Best
Florist: Flowers by Design, Shannon Gilbert
Decor: Dream Weddings
DJ: Night Beat
September 18 was the big wedding day for Tiffany & Paul. The nuptials began at St. Michael’s in Leamington. This fun couple were so natural & real together shrugging off the spitting rain upon arrival at Pointe Pelee National Park. And even though all the girls started running from the rain these two were more than happy to kiss their way through the shoot. I remember how they joked & laughed together … being so comfortable together. I love documenting each couple’s unique & personal love story. Weddings are such happy events!! Congratulations to you both Tiffany & Paul for a lifetime of cherished memories!
Tiffany & Paul’s Wedding Specialists
Church: St. Michael’s
Venue: Roma Club
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As soon as you pop the question, you’ll have friends lined up around the block, eagerly waiting to be asked to be a part of your wedding. So whom do you choose? And what should you look for in a groomsman or best man? Here are some pointers on how to choose your groomsmen.
A best man should ensure the groom is ready and raring to go on his wedding day. The best man should be:
- Significant: Tradition has it that the honor goes to someone who means a lot to the groom: a best friend, a brother or a close male relative. Also consider whether that person plays a significant role in your fianc?e’s life. Be open-minded and don’t push a candidate with whom your future wife or either of your families feels uncomfortable.
- Flexible: Pick someone who can handle wearing many hats, from planning your bachelor party to giving a toast at the reception.
- Dependable: Your best man is your confidant, a source of emotional support prior to and throughout the wedding. He must be able to provide a comforting presence. Also he’ll make sure you’re on time and presentable on your wedding day!
You might find yourself torn between two potential candidates. Feel free to have two best men in your wedding ceremony. Make sure to either mention both of them in your program or recognize them in a special toast at your reception.
Similar to selecting the best man, look for individuals who are important to you and will live up to the commitment. Other than ushering, your men will seat guests and walk the bridesmaids down the aisles. Find friends and relatives who are respectful and reliable.
Of course the most coveted position is that of best man. But you can’t please everyone and might bruise egos. Let the groomsmen know that to be a groomsman is as much of an honor as handling the best man job.
Traditionally the number of groomsmen is determined by the ceremony’s formality. Four to eight groomsmen are appropriate for semi-formal and formal weddings. If your ceremony is informal and casual, or it’s your second marriage, opt for having only one attendant — your best man.
Ultimately the decision is yours. After you’ve decided on your groomsmen, you may have more of them than bridesmaids. To determine if you want an equal number, think about the processional and how you want it to look. If including everyone on your list matters, you could devise your own processional order. For example, bridesmaids and groomsmen can walk the aisle alone in the processional and recessional. Just make sure those involved are comfortable with this arrangement.
OPTIONS FOR GIRLFRIENDS
The number of bridesmaids is determined by the formality of your ceremony. Four to eight bridesmaids are appropriate for semi-formal and formal weddings. If your ceremony is informal and casual, or part of your second marriage, opt for having only one attendant — your maid or matron of honor.
After you’ve decided on your bridesmaids, you may find you have more of them than groomsmen. To determine if you want an equal number, think about the processional and how you want it to look. If including everyone on your list is important, devise your own processional order. For example, bridesmaids and groomsmen can walk the aisle alone in the processional and recessional. Be sure to ask members of your bridal party if they’re comfortable with the arrangement.
There are many ways to honor an important guest. If the groom’s sister, for example, can’t serve as a bridesmaid, you have other options to include her in the wedding:
- Reader: At a religious ceremony a reader can read from a religious text. She could also read a poem chosen by you.
- Singer: If she has the talent, she can perform at your wedding ceremony or reception.
- Planner: Ask your friend to help you with the details of your wedding, such as choosing the wedding gown, the flowers or the reception site.
- Usher: The usher plays an important role by helping people to their seats and giving directions to the reception.
- Opposite gender attendant: She can serve as an attendant on the groom’s side. She’ll wear a bridesmaid dress but have the duties of a groomsman.
Picking your bridesmaids might not be easy. How do you include everyone without feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry. If assigning the role of bridesmaid to all your friends and relatives isn’t possible, you can use these other options to include them.
PREPARING YOUR ATTENDANTS
Getting married involves so many decisions. First you have to say, ‘Yes, I’ll marry you.’ Then you start picking out decorations, rings, napkins, shower curtains and reception sites. The tension becomes a little overwhelming at times. So be a good friend and share it. Ask your buddies to shoulder the stress for you.
Save your bridesmaid positions for especially important people. When you pop the question to your friends, let them know how much they mean to you. You might:
- Have a wedding party luncheon inviting all the people you want to include in your ceremony.
- Spend an afternoon with the ‘girls.’ Treat everyone to dinner and make the pitch over dessert.
- Ask each person one-on-one. Tell them how important this is to you and outline their duties to them.
When considering someone as a potential bridesmaid, think of the responsibilities that go along with the bridesmaid title and then make your decision based on the answer to this question, ‘Would she feel comfortable and be happy fulfilling these duties?’ She’ll have to:
- Give a bridal shower or a luncheon
- Be part of the bridal procession
- Pay for her own transportation, lodging, dress, shoes and accessories
- Act as deputy hostess
- Be your rock-solid support system throughout the whole process
Organize your attendants, so that on the day of the wedding you don’t need to be concerned about the flower girl’s shoes. Break it down for everyone:
- Hand out an itinerary: Map out the play-by-play. Include maps to the ceremony, photograph site, reception and hotels.
- Give the maid of honor a to-do list: Stop worrying about her jobs; communicate her tasks to her early so she’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
- Use the rehearsal dinner to host a mini-meeting: Capitalize on this last minute time you’ll all have together. Hold a mock wedding day run-through. Create a back-up plan and distribute it in case the weather decides to act up.
- Ask everyone to carry their cell phones: Think of them as wedding walkie-talkies. You might need to give some last minute instructions while your maid of honor is out at the florist picking up rose petals for the reception. Just remind everyone to turn them off before the ceremony begins.
Make what you want crystal clear. If you don’t want the best man dedicating a song to your little sister, tell him before he hits the reception. You and your groom are the only people getting married so you reserve the right to determine the etiquette and dress of the ceremony and reception. Choose responsible, loyal friends to fill out your wedding party. Communicate what you want months ahead of time.