Adding Personal Touches to Your Wedding

A perfect wedding isn뭪 only beautiful, it뭩 personal. It뭩 got carefully selected details that are meaningful to you and your fianc? Here are some very simple ways to add your own subtle, unique touches to your ceremony and reception:

A perfect wedding isn뭪 only beautiful, it뭩 personal. It뭩 got carefully selected details that are meaningful to you and your fianc? Here are some very simple ways to add your own subtle, unique touches to your ceremony and reception:

뷭rite your own wedding vows. It doesn뭪 have to read like poetry; the important thing is that it comes from your own heart. Print it out on an index card and keep it handy during the ceremony.
뷖ompile a CD with songs that symbolize your relationship or how it evolved. Play this during your reception or even burn a copy and distribute as souvenirs. Insert a small piece of paper explaining why you chose those songs.
뷞nstead of tossing your bouquet, present it to your mother (or a dear friend or mentor) during your reception. You can also have an additional bouquet made for your groom to present his mother at the same time.
뷛uests often have free time on their hands during their reception. In the center of the table, place several pens and small pieces of paper in a pretty basket. Ask them to write their wishes, prayers, or advice for you and your fianc? Compile in a scrapbook.
뷢ost wedding reception programs revolve around the couple: friends give speeches. Do something for the guests. Make a video of you and your fianc?talking about the people who뭭e taught you what true love means. Mention friends who뭭e demonstrated real loyalty, or family members who made great sacrifices for you. Intersperse your video with their photos. This is your chance to say thank you to all of them.
뷞f you have a close friend or family member who passed away, make him or her part of the occasion by inserting a small photo in your bouquet, or lighting a tribute candle at the church ceremony.
뷞f you have ethnic roots, incorporate a marriage ritual from your culture into your ceremony or perform it during your reception.
뷭ear an heirloom. For example, you can use your grandmother뭩 veil, or wear a locket that belongs to your mother. This is an excellent way of creating a sense of continuity between generations, celebrating your own family even as you go on to begin your own.
뷥repare an audio-video presentation that will be played during the last dance of the bride with the father. This can be just a simple montage of childhood photos. A guaranteed tear-jerker!
뷞f you have kids, help them feel like they뭨e part of the new family by asking them to stand next to you as you say your vows.
뷒dd little elements that say something about your relationship as a couple. For example, if you뭨e giving away picture frames, insert a poem that you wrote or a copy of your wedding vows. If you met at a beach (and would rather not have a beach-themed wedding) incorporate shells into your table centerpiece.

A Stag Weekend in Vilnius – the Greatest in Pre Wedding Fun, Part Two

The time for a great Stag Weekend in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has never been more perfect. Gentlemen, we know your wedding is meant to be the greatest day of your life but who says that your stag weekend can’t be the greatest weekend of your life? Read on for some excellent stag weekend ideas in Vilnius.

This is Where I Ate a Thigh of Roe Deer and washed it Down with Acorn Coffee!

If you뭭e ever wanted to savour the culinary delights of beaver, cow뭩 tongue or smoked hog뭩 ear- and who hasn뭪? – the east is where to feast. In Vilnius they뭭e got a specialty beer divined from both malt and peas and a cup of coffee is traditionally made from ground acorns. There뭩 a lot to love about traditional Lithuanian fare and not least because it has 멻angover cure?written all over it. Imagine waking up after a serious night on the tiles, so hungry you뭨e willing to gnaw your big toe off, your stomach has that old time vat of acid feeling and you뭨e dreaming of a greasy fry-up. This is where Cepelinai steps up to the plate. Described by a respected food writer as 밶 Zeppelin-shaped parcel of potato dough?filled with meat, covered in a sauce of onions, cream, butter and bacon bits, (and bacon bits, magic words in anyone뭩 language) Cepelinai hits the spot to reline the stomach and imbue the consumer with a warm inner glow of nothing short but pure satisfaction. Almost spiritual. So rich, so creamy, so oniony, so meaty, so bacony and so simple in its delight that it makes you want to take the Tesco 멑ive a day?and moon the daylights out of Gordon Ramsay and that bloody Gillian you-are-what-you-eat-woman. Taste it. Love it. Become a new man.

And This is Where I Drank this Random Honey Stuff

So what are you waiting for? Get involved. Knowing that you뭭e got a sure fire hangover cure gives you no legitimate excuse for turning down the God bestowed nectar that is Lithuania뭩 Special Honey Mead Balsam. Amateurs need not apply. There are two main types; Suktinis at 50% proof and Zalgaris which is a scorcher at a staggering 75%. Seventy-five. You could, however just as easily stick to the vast array of boutique beers from the surrounding breweries, the best of which are the pale bronze lagers made from both malt and peas, a fine drop by the name of 멣irvenos?is a good place to start. You뭠l also find many rich reddish brown lagers with hints of whiskey and sherry undertones.

Vilnius is Baltic So Will I Freeze My B@$$s Off?

Maybe. But not necessarily. Just like the UK January is the most freezing month with lows hitting a chillin?-9C. The record low for Vilnius is -30C but that was so long ago that no one really remembers and the record high is a toasty 35C. But generally from April to October Vilnius is cool without being cold and warm without being sweltering.

Average January Temperature: -2 C

Average July Temerature: 19C

Weird But Cool Lithuanian Facts:

In a move that can only be described as unconventional, the Lituanian Basketball team, which rocketed to fame in the early 90s after scooping the bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics, is supported by none other than the American Pyschedelic rock band 멦he Grateful Dead? Official team photos show the athletes sporting highly fetching tie died shorts in a varying assortments of lime, magenta and acid pink. Dude.

Lithuania is the proud home of the world뭩 largest TV sculpture. Artist Gintaras Karosas created the work entitled 밚NK Infotree?using just under three thousand individual television sets.
Lithuanian man/beast Antanas Kontrimas, who reportedly hadn뭪 shaved in a quarter of a century, set the Guinness World record for the greatest weight lifted by a human beard. On the 11 September 2004, Kontrimas lifted a 136 pound woman with only his whiskers. On previous occasions Kontrimas carried a sack of grain, a TV host and an entire keg of homemade beer. Ladies, get in line.

So How Do I Organise All the Travelly Details Without Screwing Up?

Easy. There뭩 a London-based company by the name of Chillisauce who employ people who really enjoy tailoring packages stag groups to Vilnius, and a whole bunch of other cities. They do all the phoning, reserving and then come up with ideas just for you and your friends. All you actually have to do is turn up to have the most kicking ass time.

A Guide to Beautiful Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are an integral part of a wedding뭩 theme and the 뱈ood?you want to set for your ceremony.

Wedding invitations are an integral part of a wedding뭩 theme and the 뱈ood?you want to set for your ceremony. After all, if the purpose were to solely inform the guests of the details of the event, then you could just send an email or postcard. However, the invitation also serves as a souvenir of a special occasion, and an announcement of a couple뭩 love. Like the wedding ceremony itself, it must be beautiful and personal.

Selecting the Wedding Invitation뭩 Design

There are thousands of ready-made wedding invitations to choose from; simply select a design, send the details, and the printer can have it ready within weeks. With such a wide selection, it may be difficult to pick which one is best. Here are the things to consider:

  • Formal or casual. You want a wedding invitation to complement the overall theme and mood of the wedding. Is your wedding formal or casual? A formal wedding may need classic script fonts, formal wording, and the traditional double envelope. A more casual invitation may use more modern fonts and more natural wording (i.e., instead of 뱖e cordially invite you? say 뱎lease join us뀛), but care must be taken to retain the solemnity of the occasion. Let뭩 say you want to enclose a photo of you and your fianc?not typically done for traditional invitations. Wear appropriate clothes to the photo shoot: shorts and tank tops simply don뭪 work.
  • Color. You should always choose a subdued color. If you are using a rather bright color for your motif, like turquoise, opt for a delicate ribbon trim or small accents at the sides or corners rather than applying it to the whole invitation. This makes the invitation look more classy, and again, is in keeping with the nature of the event. It뭩 a wedding, not a night dancing at a trendy club.
  • Personal Touches. You can add a short poem, a photo of the couple, or a song lyric from the wedding ceremony.

Wedding Invitation Inserts

Most wedding invitation companies can provide a selection of templates where you just have to fill in the specific names, places and dates. However, many couples prefer to make their own, to make the invitation less stiff and more personalized. If so, here are a few guidelines:

  • It is not necessary to put the entourage in the invitation. However, you can have a separate piece of paper listing the members that can be inserted in select invitations뾱pecifically those that go to the entourage themselves, and to the more immediate family and friends. They would appreciate the souvenir; plus, it is a way of thanking them for their participation.
  • You뭗 never forget to put the date and the venue, but many couples forget to put a map to the church and/.or reception area. A map would be very helpful, and would save many guests any inconvenience especially if the wedding is located in a place they are unfamiliar with.
  • If you are trying to control the number of guests, insert a small card that says, 밯e have reserved __ seats for you.?This is a subtle and polite way of minimizing the headcount.
  • If you are moving to a new home after the wedding, you can include another small insert announcing your new address.

Steps to Finding a Memorable Wedding Favor

Your wedding is not just a celebration of your love; it is also a way to thank the special people in your life.

Your wedding is not just a celebration of your love; it is also a way to thank the special people in your life. Wedding favors, in particular, are the expression of that gratitude. It says 뱓hank you for being there뵕and also, is a token of affection.

That뭩 why couples should give as much thought to their wedding favors as they do to any other detail in the wedding. Why give something boring and generic, which will only end up gathering dust in the corner of a closet? Make it special, make it beautiful, and make it unique뾱omething that, when seen, will make them remember you and your wedding.

You뭠l find many unique ideas for wedding favors. Here are just things to consider as you choose from the selection:

  • Follow your wedding theme. Did you have a beach wedding? A little glass jar with sand and shells can be used as a paperweight. Add a romantic quote or a verse from a poem with a sea theme, and you have something appropriate and practical. Dried flowers pinned against a refrigerator magnet make a lovely garden wedding favor, while a Medieval themed wedding can have chocolate coins in a velvet pouch.
  • Be nostalgic. Dress up a photo frame with a couple portrait, or a CD with your favorite music. Even an ordinary box, useful for odds and ends like paperclips or jewellery, becomes a touching wedding favor if it뭩 filled with potpourri and a personal note from the couple thanking the guest for 뱒weet memories?
  • Give something useful, but dainty. What about a champagne charm with a heart (to 뱓oast?your new life), with a note that says that you hope that your guest will have many days as happy as this wedding is for you? A sachet with potpourri, to put into the closet, can also carry the scent of the flowers in your bouquet. These are things that they won뭪 buy for themselves, but will definitely appreciate뾵hile carrying the theme of your wedding.
  • Think 뱒weets? Chocolates and candies are always a welcome souvenir, and can be wrapped to reflect the theme of your wedding. If you have a very elegant evening wedding, try rum balls in a small gold box; or if you have a seaside wedding, give chocolates shaped like sea shells. You can even ask some suppliers to form your monogram into a chocolate, or have chocolate handpainted to look like little bouquets of flowers.
  • Even 뱋rdinary?wedding favors become extra special if they뭨e presented properly. Try grouping your wedding favors to become part of the table centerpiece. For example, little boxes of chocolate, arranged in a tier, can add to the beauty of the reception area. Or, you can have chocolate rosebuds inserted into your regular floral centerpiece뾫ow that뭩 a 뱒weet?discovery!

There are so many unique wedding favors that the problem isn뭪 what to give, but which one to give. And with the large variety, there뭩 bound to be one that fits into your budget and theme.