Ice – How This Simple Household Staple Can Spice Up Your Wedding

A common kitchen staple can make your wedding sparkle!  Ice is something we take for granted. But it can add some pizzazz to your reception. Take a look at the frozen blocks below. They are designed to take the place of bags used for chilling beverages.  Interested?  Read one bride’s simple instructions below.

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“Months before the wedding my mother started collecting plastic bottles. She filled them with water and [fake] flowers and put them in the freezer. The morning of the wedding we cut off the plastic to reveal the blocks. They were both pretty and took the place of having to buy bags of ice for an outdoor summer wedding.”

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Interested in pretty EDIBLE cubes?  Martha Stewart has the recipe for that!

  1. “To suspend flowers in cubes, work in layers: Fill an ice tray (one that makes large cubes so it will last longer) a quarter of the way with water, add flowers facing down, and freeze. Add more water to fill halfway, and freeze. Fill to the top, and freeze again.

  2. For ice that’s especially clear, use distilled water that has been boiled and then cooled. This limits impurities and air bubbles, which make ice cloudy.

  3. Use only edible flowers, such as orchids, nasturtiums, pansies, and snapdragons, that have been grown to be eaten (to ensure they haven’t been treated with chemicals).”

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The rose above encased in it’s frozen world is a lovely and original centerpiece.

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Truly, could you find a more beautiful wine holder than the one above?  I love LOVE this!

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I am not sure where the photo above was taken, but it is spectacular! The photo is unique, beautiful and is the perfect setting for a winter wedding photo opp. I think it was brilliant that that bride chose a mauve colored dress to offset the starkness of the frozen backdrop.

 

Vintage Engagement Rings

Vintage Engagement Rings…If I had it to do all over again, would I opt for a vintage setting?  Perhaps.  But I actually DID do it again.  For our 15th anniversary, my husband upgraded my engagement ring.  I went from an emerald cut to a larger pear cut.  Guess I like the “Fancy Cut” stones.  When I went from gold to platinum, my better half did likewise, so I wear his original gold band next to my wedding ring. (Photo below – Hannah Rachael Colt)  In this photo, I am wearing the vintage engagement ring of my grandmother on top of my own ring.  Keeping it safe until I can give it to my oldest daughter, as tradition dictates, on her wedding day. I am ceremonially buttoning KK’s wedding dress).  If you’d like to read that story, click on the following link to be directed to the post.  Advice To My Daughter 

But…If I had to do it AGAIN, (I won’t), I would perhaps choose a vintage setting.  They are so classic, so lovely.

The chart below gives a nice glimpse to the engagement styles from different eras.  I must say, I like the combinations of colored stones and diamonds.  I think I might go that route if I were ever to change my set.

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Back to that ring of my grandmother’s…here it is above nestled in a bloom from Kathleen’s bouquet with KK’s own engagement ring next to it.  I love this photo.

Above is daughter number two’s wedding set. It has a vintage feel, don’t you think?  Photo creds: Stephen Wang.

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The diamond and pearl ring above is just gorgeous.  You just don’t see the combination of semi-precious stones and diamonds in rings very often.  It works here, though, doesn’t it?

My only concern is that the pearls might be too delicate for everyday wear.  Maybe for a right hand ring?  But that’s a whole other blog post…  🙂

 

Wedding Guest Etiquette

Yes…there are rules for guests too.  Wedding Guest Etiquette is important, but how do you educate your guests?  Truth is, you don’t.  You will have to hope your guests have plain common sense.  That, however…is not always the case.

ATTIRE: Wedding Guests — It’s not your day.  It’s the bride’s.  Please dress in respectful, conservative, understated attire.  If ‘club wear’ is your thing, keep tight, bright, flashy, sexy clothes for the clubs.  It is not appropriate for a wedding.

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CHILDREN ATTENDEES:  If the bride and groom write your child’s name on either the inner or outer invitation envelope OR they’re in the wedding, they’re invited.  If not, they are not.  We’re all different, and have varying expectations.  Many brides don’t want little ones at their wedding.  Many do.  When you have YOUR wedding, and you desire children as guests, by all means, invite them!

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USE OF THE FACILITIES DURING THE CEREMONY: Let’s face it. There are always occasions when we must use the facilities ASAP!  Just a part of life.  But please try to refrain.  If the ceremony is a non-religious one, they tend to be 15 to 30 minutes.  Religious weddings run about an hour.  I am often shocked at how many guests leave the wedding to use the facilities.  It can be very disruptive.

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Will you choose an “Unplugged” ceremony?  Many bridal couples are requesting absolutely no photos or video by guests during the wedding.  Although often innocent, the quest for the perfect shot is disruptive and can interfere with other guests’ views.  Some brides post signs or make an announcement regarding their requests.  Other brides don’t care and are thankful for those lovely candid shots.  Whatever the bride decides, please honor her request.

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ARRIVAL TIME: And last, but not least, arrive at a wedding EARLY.  Arrive no less than 20 minutes early, perhaps even thirty minutes before the start of the ceremony.  You will need time to park, perhaps use the facilities 🙂 greet old friends, find your seat. I am shocked at how many guest arrive on time or up to 20 minutes late.  Not ok…

Wedding Traditions

Ever wonder about all those old fashioned wedding traditions?  Where did they come from, and what do they mean?  I think most are charming, and as a young bride, I used most myself.  I stumbled across a great article, “Wedding Traditions Explained” from youandyourwedding.co.uk

This cute article explained how they came about, meanings and old-time nostalgia.

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Why do brides wear a garter?

Bridal garters are traditionally precious love tokens with magical properties.

One of the most outdated. Most of my brides are opting not to wear the traditional ornamental garter or have their grooms “toss” it to their single male friends

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Why does a groom carry his bride over the threshold?

It was once believed in Medieval Europe that a bride was vulnerable to evil spirits, particularly through the soles of her feet! So, her groom would carry her to safety into their new home to avoid bringing any ghouls with them.

My groom carried ME over our threshold! 😍

Why do brides wear a veil?

Rather than being to conceal her face from her soon-to-be husband, brides traditionally wore a veil in ancient Rome to disguise themselves from evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness.

Love the veil!  Although many brides forgo it these days, a bridal veil delicately covering her is the ultimate in romance and bridal mystery.   Above, my daughter.

Why is rain good luck on your wedding day?

Although it might not feel like it, rain is traditionally associated with good luck on your big day. But why? Rain supposedly symbolises fertility, with the superstition being that couples will have a baby soon.

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A great photo op! Although rain is not ideal, outdoor photos can be more flattering without blinding sunshine.

Something blue

Blue is traditionally associated with love and fidelity, which is why brides have a ‘something blue’.

This is a particularly fun tradition.  There are so many options in incorporate the blue color.  My favorite? Blue shoes. Below… daughter Maggie’s.

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