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Choosing music for your wedding should be one of the planning stage’s more enjoyable decisions, and it should be done together as a couple. While selecting music to celebrate your big day can be overwhelming (like everything else about the wedding), it can be simplified if you separate the decisions into ‘categories.’ There is appropriate music for religious ceremonies, as well as secular and ethnic weddings.
Why are people so rude? Who told them they have the right to pry into a newlywed couple’s business? This idea has had a buzz on the Internet lately, so I recently asked five of my newlywed couples about some of the rudest questions/comments directed at them since their wedding.
What’s the secret to helping a bride feel the most confident, the most beautiful and the happiest on her wedding day? Here are some tips I have learned over the years:
The blushing bride, the handsome groom and the prospect of a lifetime of happiness renews my soul every time I service a wedding, from the simplest to the most elaborate. But all weddings take a certain amount of preparation.
Flowers by Ken Miesner's from the October 2012 wedding of Ryan and Megan Maher
There is the classic wedding ditty that says, Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.
Writing your thank-you notes should start right after any engagement party you may have. If people are kind enough to give you a gift, a lovely handwritten note (on a fold-over note card, written in black ink) is a priority—a priority you should carry all through the bridal shower, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinner and wedding events.
Men have it pretty easy when it comes to wedding attire: If the invitation says black tie, a tuxedo is in order, whether you own one or not. If you’re in the latter category, you must rent one. But don’t let the young guys at the tux shop rent you anything but the most traditional of tuxedos. In addition, instead of patent leather shoes that look like plastic, I recommend you wear a highly shined pair of black, lace-up dress shoes.
Get a load of you! You’ve found the perfect dress, veil and shoes. But there is one more accessory you need to choose: a magnificent bridal bouquet.
Planning a wedding tends to make brides-to-be and their mothers very irritable and annoyed—and usually with each other. What should be one of the happiest collaborations ever may turn into a nasty test of wills.
This is a topic I am constantly asked to revisit. I believe there are a lot of fathers of the brides who don’t even think about ‘the speech’ until the last minute.
Have you ever visited the Campbell House downtown? It was the home of St. Louis businessman Robert Campbell, who lived there with his family from 1854 to 1938.
From pecan pie to red velvet brownies, our 2012 Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest produced our best-ever reader turnout—and a delicious one at that! With help from LN Cooks' chef John Johnson, Spicy Bits writer Matt Sorrell and Wedding Wisdom columnist John Sullivan of Ken Miesner's Flowers (who also decorated the holiday table), we took on the sweet task of coming up with a winner from the 20 dessert entries.
In this whirlpool of a world we live in, Thanksgiving has a tendency to get lost. We go from Halloween directly to Christmas to the New Year, almost without taking a breath in between.
How many times has this happened to you? You're in a restaurant and can't decide what to order. You glance at a nearby table as food is being served and say, “That looks great, I’ll have what that gentleman’s having.”
Wear a beige lace dress? Shut up and show up? Not any longer, as mothers of the groom are taking a bigger role in weddings today than ever before. With so many details to address prior to a wedding, the groom’s mother may wonder what her duties are, particularly with regard to the wedding rehearsal dinner, as it is a common custom for the groom’s parents to host the dinner party after the rehearsal.
Congratulations to all the young and not-so-young brides-to-be out there. This beautiful day is one of the most important in your life so you will want to look your best and feel fantastic.
With wedding season upon us, it’s time to review the ‘rules’ of being a good guest.