“Mom’s special touch:
Celebrating her role in weddings”
Photo by: Sherri Glenn Photography
She’s been a mother. She’s about to become a mother-in-law.
Somewhere in between, she’s supposed to be supreme organizer,
chief drier of tears, priniciple soother of ruffled feathers, pillar of
strength, source of ideas, reminder of manners, banker and
accountant, taste-tester (for both food and behavior), social secretary,
fashion consultant, decorator, list-maker, worker of magic and
keeper of the calm.
She’s the Mother of the Bride and she’s the subject of the 2011
Messenger Bridal Section.
In addition to the special focus on the woman who labors in the
background before and after the life-changing event and takes
special joy in her daughter’s moment in the spotlight, the section
includes numerous helpful articles for those planning weddings and
those who are invited to take part in them or join in the celebration
as honored guests.
February 16, 2011
Page Two The Messenger, Union City, Tennessee, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Respectful ways to honor a deceased parent
on a couple’s special wedding day
Weddings are supposed program. “Today we honor overly somber.
to be joyous events, which Mary Smith, mother of the • Light a candle at the
can make it difficult to bride who could not be with ceremony for the deceased
honor a deceased parent. us today.” relative.
Doing so in a way that • Dedicate a special song • Leave an empty chair
does not compromise the during the reception in the and place setting at the
upbeat mood of the event person’s name. reception for the person
can prove quite a challenge • A bride who will not be who could not be there.
to prospective brides and able to walk down the aisle • Display something that
grooms. with her father can choose symbolizes the person at
The death of someone to do so with her mother or the wedding, such as a flag
close is rarely easy to another relative and carry for a deceased veteran or
accept, especially when it something that belonged to an item that represents the
happens close to a couple’s their father. person’s favorite hobby.
wedding day. But there are • Set up a photo slide There are many ways to
many ways couples can show that includes photos remember a special loved
honor a deceased parent at of the deceased. Choose one at a wedding without
their ceremony. poignant but upbeat music bringing down the mood of
• Display pictures of the so that the moment is not the event.
deceased with the wedding
couple so that the memory
of these people can be part
of the festivities.
• Set up a table with a
special floral arrangement
and photo with a placard
that states, “In memory of
• Wear a piece of clothing
or jewelry that belonged to
the deceased, such as cuf-
Thanks to my mom … flinks from a father or a
veil from a mother.
• Ask the pastor or offici-
WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING
ant to specifically mention • Planning • Design • Coordination •
the deceased in the wed- Susanne Marsidi Claudia Maness
Bride Lindsay Graham’s mom, Vicky The Union City couple, both of whom ding ceremony and offer a
Nettles of Union City, was “travel agent, grew up in Union City, pledged their vows special prayer in that per- firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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chief head hunter” when it came to orga- Nettles made all the plans for the event • Add a memoriam line Member Association of Bridal Consultants
nizing Miss Graham’s June 6, 2009, wed- that was to take place at the sight-unseen to the end of the wedding magicmomentsweddingsandevents.com
ding. Her bridegroom was Patrick Walker, venue from her kitchen table, with some
son of Cliff and Terry Walker of Union help from a cell phone, a computer and the
The bride is also the stepdaughter of Rob “Happy bride … happy mom,” says
Nettles of Union City. Lindsay (Graham) Walker.
Important words to know when planning a wedding
Planning a wedding? or long piece of fabric that diamond forming a band
There are certain terms extends 61/2 to 71/2 feet around the stone.
every bride and groom from the waist. Illusion: Fine netting
should know so they can be Cornelli: Decorative used for veils, headpiec-
more informed. form of icing that resem- es and on the sleeves and
Ascot: A wide, formal tie bles lacework on wedding necklines of dresses.
generally reserved for for- cakes. Inclusion: An internal
mal daytime weddings. Cutaway Jacket: Jacket imperfection on a dia-
Blusher: A short veil which tapers from the front mond.
that covers the brides’ face waist button to a long, Nosegay: Small bouquet
before the ceremony. wide back tail; accessories featuring posies. Spa Facial
Bodice: Close, upper-fit- include a wing-collar shirt Tea Length: Length of
ting part of the dress. with an ascot and a coordi- dress or skirt that falls Scientiﬁcally Advanced Skin Care
Boutonniere: Flower or nating vest. several inches above the
flowers that are worn by Ganache: Rich choco- ankles. Where Science
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party. The boutonniere from chocolate and heavy age trained and trimmed
always should be affixed to cream. into geometric shapes,
the left side of the jacket. Garland: Flowers and/or often resembling miniature
Buttercream: Most com- green leaves that are draped trees or animals.
mon icing used on wedding over railings. Tussy Mussy: Silver Angie Wheeler
cakes. Girdle: The outer edge cone-shaped holder for a
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The Messenger, Union City, Tennessee, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Page Three
Thanks to my mom …
Elisha Coleman of Union City, daugh- “It has only been a little over three years
ter of Randy and Tracy Coleman, and since my mother, Tracy Coleman, gave me
James David Easterwood, son of Annette a kiss and her blessings on my wedding
Patterson of Hartsville and Mr. and Mrs. day, but it is a moment that will always be
David Easterwood of Troy, were married remembered. My mother is truly a won-
Sept. 29, 2007, at Woodland Mills First
Thanks to my mom …
derful person and I feel very blessed and
Baptist Church. They make their home in honored to call her my mother,” says Mrs.
Union City. Easterwood.
the late Bea Polsgrove
American Red Cross
“My mother, the late Bea Polsgrove, “My mom also told me that we should
gave me a kiss just before the ceremony, go by our new apartment before we left for
and 26 years later, I gave my daughter, our honeymoon, because my bridesmaids
Elisha, a kiss just before her wedding cere- had played a joke on us,” Mrs. Coleman
mony,” recalls Tracy (Polsgrove) Coleman continues. “A few days before the wed-
of Union City. The bride, who is also the ding, they had put crickets under the bed
daughter of James Polsgrove of Union covers and remade the bed. I never told
City, wed Randy Coleman of Union City my friends, but those crickets ate two small
June 6, 1981, at Reelfoot Baptist Church. holes in our brand new sheets.
The groom’s parents are Bill G. Coleman “My mom was my best friend and she
and the late Becky Coleman of Union got me to the church on time.”
What are this wedding season’s
interesting bridal cake trends?
The multi-tiered cake that wedding cake. These fon- and appliques.
is a favorite wedding tradi- dant and buttercream cre- Many couples still opt
tion that’s often presented ations may be elaborate in for the traditional, and that
at the end of the night. The nature, so much so they’ll is always in style. Instead
happy couple takes a slice likely need to be ordered of experimenting with the
and enjoys the first piece. several months in advance. outside of the cake, couples
In recent years, wedding Couples looking for can be creative with cake
cakes have become more something a bit different flavor and fillings. Imagine
of an artistic centerpiece for their upcoming nup- cutting open the cake to
than just a confectionary tials, many want to consid- find red velvet or a choco-
treat. Couples often seek er these trends in wedding late ganache filling!
out renowned wedding cakes.
cake bakers for a cake that • 3-D accents on the cake,
will amaze the crowd and such as graphic appliques.
complete the theme of the • A black-and-white motif
wedding. that gives the cake a sim-
The average couple plistic, yet trendy appeal.
will spend between $700 • A lot of bold color in
to $800 for their wedding the cake, instead of just
cake. Although many cater- white or ivory.
ing halls or reception sites • Dramatic monograms
will include the wedding that can add class to the
cake in a package deal, cake.
many couples choose to • Painted cakes with edi-
order their cake from a spe- ble food coloring paint that
cialty bakery who creates feature beautiful landscapes
culinary masterpieces. or a portrait. A work of art,
If television trends are they’re both delicious to eat
any indication, many peo- and fun to admire.
ple are opting to spend sev- • Cakes that mirror the
eral hundred to thousands style of the wedding gown,
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Page Four The Messenger, Union City, Tennessee, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Pare down your wedding guest list
SOMETHING TO WORK WITH — give wedding well-wishers plenty of gift-
Follow a few wedding registry tips and ing options.
Getting engaged is simply DECISION TIME — Couples are often to paring down the guest list for their wed-
the beginning ... Now what?
faced with tough decisions when it comes ding.
Couples are faced with mate. attendance. Whatever their
many decisions when plan- • It’s not a reunion. preference, couples should
(MS) — Are you one of advise registering for 2-3 Visit a store: It’s in your ning a wedding. One often Couples are often tempted remain firm and not feel
the thousands of couples items times the number of best interest to visit a store overlooked decision con- to invite long-lost friends guilty no matter how many
who got engaged over the guests you plan to have. and schedule an appoint- cerns the guest list. Ideally, to their wedding. But cost- guests they choose to invite
holidays? Close friends and family ment with an expert con- couples would love to conscious couples must or not invite.
This is the time for you will rely on your registry sultant who can help you invite all their friends and recognize their wedding is • Cut back in other areas.
and your soon-to-be to get for special events leading with your gift selections family to share in their not a reunion. If the goal is If it’s proving simply impos-
everything you ever wanted up to the wedding -- such as and share great tips like special day. Realistically, to keep the guest list under sible to agree on a reduced
— whether you’re starting engagement parties, brid- “The Rule of Three,” what however, budget often dic- control, only invite close guest list, consider inviting
from scratch, upgrading, al showers, and holidays! cookware you will need to tates just how many guests friends and family mem- everyone and cutting back
expanding or replacing. Your guests will appreciate prepare your favorite dish, a couple can invite. bers who have kept in touch in other areas. Before sign-
Turn a whole bunch of having lots of choices when what knife to use when and That reality has led to a with over the years. ing any contracts, closely
mismatched mine and yours they shop for you. Be sure much more. When making disagreement or two over • Stick to your guns. examine each one for items
into a lifetime of ours. to refresh your list regularly your selections, it’s impor- the years, as both the bride- Couples vary greatly with that can be removed with-
“When it comes to regis- as gifts get purchased. tant to touch the towels, to-be and her future hus- what they want out of their out drastically changing the
tering, relax, take your time Register now, because heft the flatware, see every- band make their case for wedding. Some want a ceremony and celebration.
and have fun,” recommends you won’t buy it later: thing in person! who makes the cut. To help grandiose affair they can Chances are there are sav-
Audrey Stavish, a Bridal You may think you will C’mon back: Most cou- avoid such disagreements, share with their whole fam- ings to be had, and those
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registries online and go buy yourself. Your friends visits. • Make a master list those closest to them in friend or family member.
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percent of couples believed available. Offer just two or save couples substantial ing for their own wedding.
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How couples can avoid some common wedding scams
Matthew and Ellen had advertisement. Ask friends tract specifying the vehicle work up a sample bouquet will be in each arrange- your wedding and get the
the wedding of their dreams and family members who of your choice, you have or arrangement based on ment, what type of flowers, services you paid for by
on a beautiful June day. have gotten married who little recourse against the personal preferences. Come how many centerpieces, being savvy consumers.
All of the details went off they used for flowers, pho- company. Filter out shady the wedding day, however, bouquets, boutonnieres, Don’t simply open up your
without a hitch, or so they tos, music and more. Using brokers by asking to come couples might find their etc. wallet to the first vendor
thought. the same people is not inspect their vehicles on an arrangements have con- Be sure you can enjoy you meet.
When the time arrived to being a copy-cat; it’s being off-day, like Tuesday after- siderably fewer flowers
receive their wedding photo a shrewd consumer. noon. You want to verify in them or they’re not the On your wedding day, leave the
albums and video a few • Contracts are essential. that they indeed own the blooms originally chosen. flowers to us for beautifully
months after the wedding, Have all of the details of limo, and that it’s in good Flowers are expensive, and styled, fresh, fragrant
the photographer who had the business transaction condition. some florists cut costs by
promised them the world spelled out in a contract • Skimpy floral arrange- skimping on the amount of arrangements.
closed up shop, filed for that both the vendor and ments. Upon booking a flo- actual flowers (not filler)
bankruptcy and absconded you sign. Writing “Size rist, most businesses will they use. Be sure contracts Our expert designers
with the new couple’s pre- 8” gown is not enough. sit down with couples and spell out how many flowers will create a floral
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Tales of wedding woes ber, price, details regard- the style of your
frequent the news, espe- ing deposits, alterations, wedding, from
cially as wedding season etc., are included. DJs can
approaches. write how many hours they traditional to
Stories about reception will be playing music, how unconventional
sites that have double- many breaks they will take, and anything
booked rooms, photogra- who exactly will be han- in between.
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ered photos, bridal gown and other details.
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so many similar events are occasion a business may
no longer a rarity. subcontract its services.
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Think outside the box when gifting newlyweds more
(MS) — Few, if any, Nothing is
and frustrated gift givers couldn’t wait to talk to us an a
days are as memorable as stunning th
alike have increasingly been about what they had bought ride with
a couple’s wedding day. turning to Honeyfund.com, off our registry,” said Sarah. Beautiful B
Months and sometimes a free online honeymoon “We are making photo a Beautifu
years of anticipation final- registry catering to couples postcards of our trip to use
ly culminate with a walk who could use some help as thank-you notes since
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groom. since we paid for the wed- fees.
In years past, guests sim- ding ourselves, the added Robert, who took his
ply chose a gift from the
financial help made a big new bride, Kili, as well
couple’s registry and that difference.” as an extra $5,300 earned
was that. Wedding guests can con- from their honeyfund, on
However, today’s cou- veniently choose from a a Mediterranean Cruise,
ples often have little use host of activities listed by notes that his guests appre- for all your special
for traditional registries, the newlyweds themselves, ciated the user-friendly
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both had complete house- wedding presents!
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Wedding day transportation options abound
Couples have many deci- the ceremony, two limos best suited to warm weath-
sions to make regarding may be rented, one larger er. For winter weddings, a
their wedding ceremony for the bridal party, and one horse-drawn sleigh might
and reception. One of those smaller for the bride and make a better alternative.
decisions concerns trans- her parents, depending on • Motorcycle: Exciting
portation to and from the personal preference. couples may want to ride
special event. • Classic car: Sports car off into the sunset on the
There are many options enthusiasts may want to back of a roadster or sports
in wedding transporta- make an entrance — and bike.
tion. The more traditional exit — behind the wheel • Horses: Horses can haul
options include renting of a sporty vehicle. These more than just a carriage.
a car or limousine. The can include a high-end A bride and groom atop a
Bridal Association of Ferrari or an Aston Martin. handsome steed can make
America reports that the Because of their high pur- for a memorable wedding
average couples spends chase price, sports car rent- transportation option and
$400 to $500 for an auto- als may carry a premium. equally memorable photos.
motive rental. However, • Stretch SUV: The tra- • Boat: Individuals get-
prices may vary depending ditional limo has morphed ting married by the sea or
on geography and the type into the stretch SUV of another body of water may
of vehicle rented. popular models, includ- want to consider attending
Wedding transportation is ing the Cadillac Escalade, the festivities via boat, be
perhaps something grooms- Ford Expedition or even a it a large vessel or a more
to-be can get excited about. stretch Hummer. Because intimate canoe or rowboat.
After all, we’re talking of their popularity, these Wedding day transporta-
about cars — some fancy, rentals may be snatched up tion varies depending on
some large, and many quickly. Be sure to book each couple’s preference.
decked out with different well in advance of the big Here are some other things
features. Plus, it’s tradition- day. to keep in mind concerning
ally the responsibility of • Party bus: Many couples transportation.
the groom to arrange trans- are leaning toward a party • Be sure to have trans-
portation to and from the bus rental, which may be portation options at the
ceremony, reception and a single- or double-decker ready for guests who may
the hotel or honeymoon bus that can fit scores of have over-indulged on
destination. people inside. These are alcoholic beverages.
Grooms responsible for particularly attractive to • Wedding party partici-
arranging transportation couples with a very large pants who arrived at the
can consider the following bridal party, or those who wedding by a limo or other
options. hope to begin the celebra- source will need a ride
• Limousine: A limo is tion even before reaching home somehow.
one of the most traditional the reception hall. • Find out if a hotel near-
Thanks to my mom …
methods of transport on a • Horse-drawn carriage: by offers complementary
couple’s wedding day. A Some couples truly want the transportation to and from
limousine’s size enables fairytale feel on their wed- the reception hall.
the late Sandria Lovett them to carry the bridal
party in its entirety. Because
ding day. A horse-drawn
carriage can evoke feelings
Transportation to and
from the wedding must be
“My husband, Jay, and I paid for a flowed behind me as I descended the spiral the bride and groom often of a Cinderella-type day. arranged in advance of a
majority of our wedding ourselves, even staircase in the foyer of the Smith-Trahern do not see each other before The carriage tends to be couple’s big day.
Consider a creative wedding
though I had graduated from college less Mansion in Clarksville where we were
than two weeks before and the groom married May 22, 1993.”
was still enrolled in college,” says Donna The bride is also the daughter of Dwight
(Lovett) Ryder of Union City. Lovett of Troy, who is now married to Judy
“To help lower the expenses of the wed- Lovett. Many weddings adhere to taste for the macabre. their “I dos.”
ding, my mother, the late Sandria Lovett The groom, William Jay Ryder, was tradition, with a big church • Skydiving: The concept • Life in the fast lane:
of Hornbeak, purchased the material and born in Ft. Stewart, Ga., and grew up as wedding, a white gown and of taking the plunge takes Couples who are NASCAR
pattern and made my wedding dress for the son of an Army pilot, spending his a bustling reception. on an entirely new mean- fans can recite their vows
our afternoon wedding. It included a lace formative years in Hanau, Germany, before Still, there are some ing when jumping out of a and then take a spin at 200
overlay on the bodice with long sleeves moving to Clarksville. He is the son of couples who prefer to do plane at several thousand mph around a neighbor-
made of lace. She fashioned a six-foot Virginia Ryder of Nashville and Coconut something a bit unique and feet while reciting vows. hood track.
long detachable train, which attached at the Creek, Fla., and of William “Bill” Ryder unconventional. • Wedding of the “Stars”: • Amused festivities:
waistline of the tea-length dress. The train of Pleasant View. They may choose to Trekkies may want to recite Some couples might prefer
Some wedding musician pointers
get married underwater or vows while dressed in cos- to get hitched while enjoy-
while skydiving. tume and speaking native ing the ups and downs of
If a “creative” wedding Klingon, while Star Wars their favorite roller coaster
that are worth considering is for you, here are some
ideas you may want to
fans may want to do so with
Storm Troopers attending
or other amusement park
• Scuba diving: Some
Brides and grooms have a firm the person or people song. • Prison wedding: A visit • Mountain climbing: couples prefer to recite their
few options when it comes being auditioned will be • The titles of songs to be to an abandoned prison Couples can reach new vows with a few bubbles in
to the music played at their the exact individuals at the danced with mother/son or or haunted location may heights while scaling a between and marine life as
ceremony and reception. wedding. Some entertain- father/daughter. appeal to the couple with a mountainside and saying their witnesses.
Live musicians or dee- ment companies hire out • A listing of any pre-
jays are often the entertain- contract musicians, mean- ferred songs.
ment of choice. ing the preview musicians • The title of a “spotlight
When hiring the enter- may not be the same person dance” song.
tainment, there are some who will perform at the
tially prove disasterous. If a
• Any music that is off-
important things to keep ceremony. That can poten- limits at the reception.
in mind. • Special announcements
The music of the wed- certain musician or deejay that should be made, such
ding will set the tone for the is requested, be sure it is as mentioning a guest’s
event and keep guests enter- put down in writing in the birthday or another special
tained during key moments contract. event involving guests.
of the day. Musicians will Provide the musical • Whether a bouquet and
often work in conjunc- entertainment with some garter toss will take place,
tion with a maitre d’ to be information to further help and which songs should be
sure the reception moves the wedding go off without played during these tradi-
along smoothly and sticks a hitch. This may include tions.
to the schedule. Music will but not be limited to the
be played while guests are following:
dining and when there are
In most cases, wedding
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friends, weddings are never enjoy. ings fund that can be used
easy on the bottom line. Wedding guests can con- for projects, furnishings or
Thankfully, cost-con- veniently choose from a anything the couple needs.
scious couples can take host of activities listed by Guests often love know-
some creative steps to the newlyweds themselves. ing how their financial con-
ensure they still have the From dinners and hotels tribution is being spent, be
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When Candace Brooke Adkins of Union look on her face when the sound that ‘spe- For example, wedding
City became the bride of Christopher cial’ dress. As with all parents, we were so photographers often make
Michael Akin of Helena, Ark., Nov. happy to see her marry the love of her life. their money through word
10, 2007, at Union City Second Baptist The wedding was beautiful and everything of mouth, so a reference
Church, her mother saw the end result of so was exactly as she wanted it. in the wedding program
many happy times spent with her daughter The bride is also the daughter of David might be enough to garner
as they looked forward to the wedding. Adkins of Union City and the groom is the couples a discount on the
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my daughter’s wedding. We had so much Mike Akin of Helena, Ark. Such “sponsorships” will
fun going to bridal shows and spending Candace and Chris Akin make their need to be agreed upon
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it certainly will show the house, and a decorative set to a kiosk in the mall that
current invitation has been of candleholders and some does embroidery.
There are many gifts that
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scented candles can be a
wise gift idea.
4. Fine chocolates:
8. Handmade gift: Guests
may want to offer a gift
from their own kitchens.
choose to bring a dish that Gourmet chocolates will For example, if someone
can be served or a dessert. appeal to the sweet tooth is known for her decadent
Bottles of wine will in many people. A host- brownies, a platter wrapped
always fit the bill, unless ess can choose to keep the in cellophane would make
it is a dry household. chocolates to herself or a fine hostess gift.
However, those looking
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While hosts and hostess-
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end brand of chocolates,
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Wedding day folklore to consider
Flowers & Gifts
Brides and grooms believe in many old wives’ tales, folklore and good luck charms
to ensure a happy marriage. Here are just some of the wedding day superstititions.
• The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress is good luck.
• A sugar cube in a bride’s glove is believed to sweeten the union, according to
On the Square in Troy
• The groom carries the bride over the threshhold to protect her from evil spirits
• Saturday is considered the unluckiest day to marry, according to English tradi-
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to give couples an idea of We are now licensed for off-premise catering,
Getting creative with wedding favors
by the State of Tennessee for all your catering
what their dream trip will needs including all Adult Beverages!
cost. But don’t book any
Most couples plan to can really use. What about guests to remember your
thank guests for attending an ice cream scooper so wedding is to have a photo
their weddings by issuing
favors at the end of the
memories of your wedding
will always be sweet? Who
reminder. Engraved frames
with a photo of the happy Love Your Smile On Your Day
festivities. Being creative doesn’t love to barbecue? couple will be classic gifts.
and tying the favor into the A barbecue sauce basting
theme of the wedding are
creative ways to show you
set will be a grill-side must.
Depending on budget, you
Wise counsel is good Welcome New Patients
care. also can choose ice buckets, A marriage doesn’t have
Wedding favors can be an engraved napkin holder to be in distress to bring $50 Off Any Dental Service
anything the couple desires. or a picnic basket filled in the help of a counselor. Offer expires in 30 days.
Throughout the years there with picnic essentials. Marriage counselors can
have been some favor stan- • Plants: Send guests help newlyweds start out
dards that many couples home with something they on the right foot or help
fall back on when they’re can plant, whether flower established couples fine-
short on ideas. Matchbooks seeds, seedlings or a small tune their marriages.
printed with the wed- houseplant. As your love Counseling can help in
ding date, Jordan almonds grows, so will the plants in a number of ways:
wrapped in tulle, drink stir- every guest’s home. • Decrease conflicts
rers, and candles are all • Fun ideas: Having a that lead to fights.
classic favor options. If you beach wedding? Custom- • Provide communica-
desire something unique, print labels for lip balm tion strategies for men
consider these options. or sunscreen. Winter brides and women.
• Candy: Skip the almonds and grooms may add a • Suggest new ideas for
and go for something guests tag to earmuffs or scarves reconnecting.
are sure to enjoy ... choco- that give the wedding date • Identify potentially
late. Custom engrave choc- details. If you love a par- problematic areas that
olate bars to feature your ticular musical artist, give may be easily resolved or
wedding date information guests a CD with favorite require further attention.
and your names. Or how songs. Couples should inter-
about setting up a candy • Let them eat cake: view prospective counsel-
bar where guests can fill up Inquire whether your baker ors to determine the best
their own goodie bags with can make miniature wed- fit and the one they feel
favorite treats? ding cakes in the likeness most comfortable with.
• Useful tools: Instead of of your larger one. Then Not all counselors are the
the drink stirrers or coaster everyone can take home a same, and some have spe-
sets that will end up col- replica. cific areas of relationship
lecting dust, think about • Personalized photo: expertise.
household items guests One of the easiest ways for
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What are the alternatives?
Let’s look at both traditional and
some non-traditional ways to wed
Some couples want to ding March” (“Here Comes skipped.
celebrate their weddings in the Bride)” plays when the Traditional: Bouquet toss
traditional fashion. bride enters. for the bride and garter toss
Others want everything Alternative: Any favor- for the groom.
to be unique, new and ite classical or modern Alternative: Toss beads or
exciting. song is played when the treats in the style of Mardi
Today’s weddings are bride enters, as long as it Gras to all of the guests, so
largely planned, financed is approved by the venue it’s not only about single
and executed entirely by where the ceremony is tak- men and women.
the couple getting married. ing place. Traditional: A three-
Therefore, it is up to Traditional: Something tiered wedding cake all in
them how to celebrate their old, something new, some- white.
special day. thing borrowed, something Alternative: Choose
Here’s a look at some blue. cupcakes, a festively col-
of the traditional wedding Alternative: Wear all new ored cake that matches the
elements and how they can items, all antique items. wedding theme or another
be shaken up for a different Borrow all of your wed- desired dessert.
spin. ding day apparel -- it’s the Traditional: Reception at
Traditional: Father walks bride’s choice. a catering hall or hotel.
the bride down the aisle. Traditional: Mother-Son, Alternative: Reception at
Alternative: A son, Father-Daughter dances at an alternative site, such as
daughter, friend, or even the reception. an aquarium, zoo or muse-
both parents walk the bride Alternative: Welcome um.
down the aisle. everyone present to dance Once a couple thinks
She can also traverse the with a special member of about what is important
white carpet solo, if desired. their family so all eyes are at their wedding, they can
Perhaps the groom meets not on the bride and groom, cater the event toward their
the bride halfway and they who may be self-conscious personal interests.
walk the rest of the aisle about dancing with their Tradition can be followed
together. parents. or they can do something
Traditional: “The Wed- These dances also can be completely unique.
It cost a bundle … Did you know these
and then some
wacky wedding facts?
According to TheKnot.
Though it’s difficult to which included a chartered com, the unofficial experts
call it official, the 2004 flight for friends to Genoa on all things weddings,
Thanks to my mom …
wedding of Vanisha Mittal, for a masked ball on a yacht there are some things that
daughter of steel tycoon valued at well over $100 may surprise the average
Lakshmi Mittal, is consid- million. person about weddings
ered the most expensive Americans might recall across the country. Here
wedding in history. With a a more recent and extrava- are some facts.
final tab of $60 million, the gant wedding, that of for- • Weddings in Iowa and When Julianne Marie Lawson of Union City married Bradley Jacob Gregg of Union
wedding included invita- mer first daughter Chelsea Nebraska are the biggest, City, her mom, Julia (Jackson) Lawson, shared this special poem by Nancy Longman
tions mailed in silver boxes, Clinton, whose 2010 averaging 200 guests. called “Dear Daughter.”
rooms at a five-star Paris wedding reportedly cost • The average engage- “I am turning the pages in my Mother’s manual,
hotel and performances by between $3 to 5 million. ment ring costs more than Checking to see if there is something else I should have taught you,
pop singer Kylie Minogue. A similar price tag was $5,800. Showed you,
That final price tag given to Beatles legend • Most brides have one Bought for you, prepared you for …
dwarfs another famously Paul McCartney in 2002 do-it-yourself element, When I realize I am practicing saying good-bye.
expensive wedding, that of when he married former such as favors or escort What I know and love about you has remained the same.
British soccer star Wayne model Heather Mills. cards. Your success. Hard work. Commitment. Honor. Self-worth.
Rooney and his wife Coleen Unfortunately, that cost • “Can You Feel the I sit here excited for the people about to meet you, knowing they will see you smile,
McLoughlin. did not guarantee marital Love Tonight” and “Lady Share your laughter, follow your lead.
The Manchester United bliss, as the couple sepa- in Red” are the two most These same people have no idea what a marvelous young woman is about to walk into
star reportedly spent $8 rated in 2006, eventually popular first dance songs their midst
million on their nuptials, divorcing in 2008. (even though 87 percent And out of mine.
of brides wear white). But if I give way to the feeling of loss,
Take a look at these wardrobe
• Only 19 percent of I will tarnish the brightness of your future.
couples rely on a wed- My job is to hold up the mirror so that you can see yourself.
ding planner. Trust me, I’m in here, trying to keep my seams from bursting with pride and caulking
options for second-time brides • Ancient Romans
broke a cake over the
the spaces where my tears keep leaking out.
Love always, Mom
Remarriage rates con- complementary to their bride’s head to symbol- P.S. I made up the Mother’s manual part … what I gave you came from my heart, not a book.
tinue to increase, and many skin tones. ize fertility. Today, brides
vendors are now catering Off-white, pale yellow must be fortunate to have The bride, who pledged her vows Aug. 21, 2010, at Union City Second Baptist Church
specifically to couples and pale pink can be flat- only a little cake smashed to the son of Rodney and Pam Gregg, is also the daughter of Homer Lawson. The newly-
entering second marriages. tering shades. in their faces! weds have been living in Martin but will be moving to Houston in August.
A bride getting married If second brides do
for the second or third time choose to wear white, they
has just as many attire may want to avoid a flat
options as she did for her white color.
first wedding. Instead, they can opt to We have
Research indicates that wear a shimmery shade of
more than half of all mar- white and a gown with a over 20 years
riages end in divorce. little more pizzazz. experience
The silver lining to The gown — just as the hos pitality
that cloud is that 54 per- with first-time weddings industry.
cent of divorced women — should be as formal or
remarry within 5 years, as casual as the wedding
according to the National itself.
Center for Health Statistics. At afternoon weddings it
Furthermore, 75 percent of may be acceptable to wear At the Hampton Centre, you rent the building
divorced women remarry a tea-length gown or even a
within 10 years. cocktail dress. with as many chairs and tables as you need.
These statistics show that Enhance beachside or
the need for bridal gowns casual affairs with less This includes all table linen for guest tables, and
for women entering a new elaborate gowns.
marriage remains strong. Formal second weddings skirting and cloths for other tables. This amount also
When choosing a gown should still feature a gown
for a second wedding, that is formal in nature. includes any other set-up prior to the event, clean up,
brides-to-be can use their A more mature bride and trash removal following the event.
discretion. may feel more comfortable
Gone is the stigma of wearing a well-tailored
wearing white. However, pantsuit rather than a gown. No security deposit is required.
brides still may want to Again, the choice is up to
choose an alternative color the bride regarding what • From this point forward, we can Your satisfaction remains
to bright white to be more she wants to wear. provide as much or as little as you
our #1 goal from
Understanding the tradition
desire, depending on the type of
event and your wishes, we can create planning through ﬁnal
the exact event that you desire. clean up, after ever yone
of throwing rice at weddings • We can provide selections from has left the building.
the most simple to the very elegant
There are many traditions used to symbolize fertility in menus, decorating items, and
Facts about having a
for weddings that can be and prosperity. “Worry Free Event” with us :
traced back thousands of Wheat was also very various options to choose from if
years to early civilization. much used in ancient wed- you want adult beverages. • All event planning for room set up ,
One enduring tradition is ding ceremonies for the • We are fully licensed, and insured menus, decoration etc. is done with
to throw rice at the newly same reasons. for all alcohol related events one person, making it much simpler to
betrothed. When guests threw rice including liquor liability. coordinate all phases of the event, and
For the safety of birds at the bride and groom at producing a ﬂawless event from begin-
and other animal life, rice a wedding, they were sym- • We offer full service experienced,
ning to end. No need for the host to
has been switched to bird- bolically wishing them a professional event hosting, catering,
seed in recent times. lifetime full of children and decorating, and planning of each coordinate activities between separate
Some wedding traditions good fortune. phase of the event, insuring a vendors.
are based on very real needs Some cultures even ate successful event from beginning to • Like wise, you will have one contract or
of ancient times. a meal of rice before the end. agreement to sign, one deposit to pay,
Others are based on wedding to guarantee fur- (which in our case is your room rental
superstitions or existing ther prosperity. • We are located within the amount) and no coordinating of differ-
etiquette at the time they Different cultures have Hampton Inn building, many of the ent vendors, or who is responsible for
were initially practiced. long harbored different per- Hotel amenities may be available, what??
Throwing rice remains a spectives on throwing rice. some discounts may apply for those • Any items rented, or purchased from
timeless tradition that many Some even believed it fed booking blocks of Hotel rooms as us will include delivery, set up, clean up
couples still enjoy. the evil spirits that, though well.
Everyone attending the uninvited, crashed the wed- and return, if applicable, in the amount
wedding gets to participate ding. It was thought that • We have on staff: Event we charge. (ie chocolate fountains, chair
in throwing rice, or what- well-fed spirits would not coordinators, Florists, Chefs, covers, sound equipment etc) This also
ever is being used in lieu of wreak havoc on the happy Prep and Line Cooks, Licensed applies when we use outside vendors.
rice, be it birdseed, confetti day. Bartenders, Licensed Servers and • We are fully licensed, bonded, and in-
or even bubbles. Rice and wheat were Wait Staff, Set-up and Janitorial sured, which relieves the Host of many
Couples can even bor- also thought to represent staff. of the liabilities involved before, during,
row from traditions in other virginity and wholesome- and even after the event. This includes
countries. ness by some. A virginal • We are bonded, insured, and our
group is currently the only caterers liquor liability.
In France, people throw bride used to wear white
wheat, a symbol of bounty, and carried a stalk of wheat. in the area licensed by the State of One less worry, and expense!
after the ceremony. Italians Single women rushed after Tennessee.
toss candy and sugared nuts the bride hoping to get a
over couples, for sweetness few pieces of rice so they Book your Event with us today, and come and enjoy yourself!
in marriage. would be the next person to
Rice was traditionally walk down the aisle. 2201 W. Reelfoot Ave. • 731-886-0008 • Union City, TN