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At my cousin's daughter's wedding, the DJ asked all married couples to come to the dance floor. He played a song and asked anyone who had been married less than one day to leave the floor, of course the bride and groom left. He then continued the music, and asked anyone married less than one year, to also leave the dance floor. He then went in increments of five, ten, fifteen, etc. After he hit the 40 year mark, he again reduced it by years, 45, 46, 47..
I had never seen this before. When my son got married, we had the DJ do the same thing. The last two couples dancing were my sister and brother-in-law, and my son's "adopted mom and dad", longtime family friends. The newlyweds presented a bottle of champagne to the longest married couple. And a picture was taken of the four of them. It was a huge hit, as people were saying, "You've been married how long?" I just wanted to share this fun idea!
By Marge from Malden, MA
This is a guide about creating a budget for your wedding. Weddings can become really expensive very quickly. Knowing how much you have to spend on your wedding is a very important part of your wedding planning process.
When deciding when to get married, it should be what works best for both of you. This guide is about choosing a day for your wedding.
This is a guide about planning a frugal wedding. Money is tight for many people and wedding costs can easily get out of hand. There are many ways to keep the costs down and still have a nice wedding.
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Tips to help you choose the right day and time of year for your wedding. Post your ideas.
By getting married on a Friday rather than a Saturday, you could save up to 20%.
Pick YOUR date and remember it's for the two of you, not anyone else. We picked Valentines Day at NOON. It was a Tuesday and, boy, did some people, family, etc., WHINE! I told them nicely but firmly I was doing it that day and if they could not be there, it was fine. Really just me and my
honey were needed.
It was a Tuesday 10 years ago. A lovely day, fun and stress free. Roses were not easy but a local grocery was just putting a floral dept and they did my flowers (fresh pinks roses) for FREE. They added pink tulips, pink freesias, etc. for the pictures of it for their books. That and the manager had watched me grow up and was happy for me. I was in shock. Oh yeah, I was never gonna get married type. HA!
I will get married in August 2016. I am nervous now. I do not know how to prepare my wedding. Could you offer me some ideas about the wedding?
The venue, the dress, and any tips for my wedding Thank you.
One of the first things to consider is how much money do you have to spend. My advice is not to go into debt because you may also be concerned with setting up a household. All those things are expensive and money is one of the top stressors in a family. Get advice from someone you respect and discuss costs with your fiancé also.
Don't spend a big pile of money on the ceremony. Save it for your marriage. Money troubles are a huge reason why couples divorce. Don't start out in the hole.
My grandson is marrying a sweet, shy young lady from another state who is planning a very small wedding; as a matter of fact her guest list adds up to 15 people. Economic issues and the fact that her family is uncomfortable with large gatherings underlie these plans. In her wedding party she does include friends that she has made from her groom's area, who will be traveling.
My daughter, the groom's mother, has made a minimal list of people who want to be there and could travel; this swells the count to 80. Even though the venue is an 11-hour drive for the groom's people, there are a number (aunts, uncles, cousins) who really want to celebrate their nephew/cousin's special occasion, and are willing to make the trip. The groom's family loves to get together with each other.
After hearing that the bride is in a panic, I started thinking about ways that we could help reduce the stress for the bride by reducing the guest list, and still celebrate our grandson's marriage. I remembered how when I married his grandfather, his parents and siblings came to our wedding in Kansas. Then we returned to California to live (where he was from) and a groom's reception was held at his church, where we wore our wedding clothes and celebrated a second time, this time with his people.
Actually, the young couple will be settling back in our area. So how about a groom's reception here, which would allow for even more friends to attend? Has anybody else ever done such a thing? What kind of occasion might that be? I've been thinking that it could be something very much like the traditional wedding reception with the wedding party guests wearing their stuff. Another of my daughters has a party barn, which seems to be an ideal venue. Does anyone see any problems with this? Does anyone have any other ideas? Is there a protocol for such situations?
When I got married in 1964, we decided if we were ever going to get married to do it withing two weeks. Se set a date when we both had a Friday off, which gave us a three day week end, and basically eloped. He wore a basic suit and I had made a white jacquard two piece street length dress. About a month later his parents had a reception for us in their town, which was about two hundred miles from my family, with no nearby motels. This reception for us was his family and friends. Then a couple weeks later there was one for us in my hometown.
If the bride is in a panic about the amount of guests, it could be a financial issue (admitting that, is embarassing). Having a second venue with the grooms family will cost more money. Decide who is paying for each venue. The groom' side should definitely pay for a second venue.