Wedding Vows-Traditional, unique…….

Bride and Grooms may choose how and what they want to say when taking vowsGetting married is not about looking like a white-clad princess surrounded by lovely flowers in a fairy tale setting. It is all about a union of two hearts and making an everlasting promise. A bride and groom’s wedding vows will emphasize this strongly and it’s up to you how to approach this.

Wedding Vows can be traditional, old-fashioned, original, unique, religious, funny, poetic, romantic, or with the flavor of the country of your ethnic background. No matter what kind, though, wedding vows should flow from your heart.

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What does throwing of rice really mean?

The throwing of rice on the couple has always been symbolic of wishing prosperity and good luck.  In the Orient, throwing rice means, “May you always have a full pantry.”  Wheat and other grains are sometimes thrown in addition to rice, thereby also wishing prosperity and lack of want. Each shower bestows  “Goodwill Traditions” of  wealth upon the newlyweds. To this day, rice remains a token of a life of “plenty.”

Today we throw bird seed.  It’s got to mean life of plenty too, since we are feeding the birds as well as the wishing prosperity on the bride and groom.

I personally prefer tying shoes to the car, over…..

The tradition of tying shoes to the back of the couple’s car stems from Tudor times. Back then, guests would throw shoes at the bride and groom. If they or their carriage were hit, it meant good luck was bestowed upon them.

In Anglo Saxon times, to establish his authority the groom symbolically struck the bride with a shoe. Brides would then throw a shoe at the bridesmaids to see who would marry next. Makes you appreciate the bouquet toss, doesn’t it?

Throwing old shoes after the bride is a sign that authority is being transferred from the bride’s father to her new husband. A variation is for the bride’s father to throw her shoe after the groom as a token of his surrender of his daughter. Personally I am in favor of this one.

Want White Doves Released at Your Wedding?

Bride and Groom release doves.Doves mate for life and symbolize all the wishes we have for newlyweds, love, peace, harmony, fidelity and prosperity. In a trend, which is, growing across this country, more and more brides are choosing breathtaking dove releases for their ceremonies.

Releases are usually done immediately after the marriage ceremony, whether it is an intimate back-yard affair or a grand fairy-tale wedding and may involve from two to dozens of doves, which climb into the sky before flying home to their loft.

These doves are carefully trained to return home and are not released “into the wild”. Due to seasonal changes, dove release ceremonies are generally conducted from May to October in Michigan, but other services are offered year round, including doves shown in elegantly decorated cages fro the church entryway, the gift table, near the head table or any other location where they will contribute to the romance of the special day.

It is wise to book early, this is a specialty service with limited providers in any one area.

The Wedding Kiss

bride and groom kiss to seal the marriage vowsIn almost all cultures the marriage ceremony ends with the bride and groom exchanging a kiss. The wedding kiss transcends cultures, it bridges tribes, it is one of the very few things that bind all of us together as human beings. From ancient times to the modern day, from the deepest jungles to the tallest skyscrapers, the wedding kiss symbolizes for all people everywhere the physical uniting of two souls.

Why a Groom’s Cake?

Frog-sm web

A groom’s cake is traditionally a smaller cake served during the wedding that is given out to all the single women at the reception.  So the saying goes, if the lady takes the piece of cake home and places it under the pillow when she goes to bed that night she will dream of her future husband.  Naturally this is an old wives’ tale that is simply meant for fun.

In the past the groom’s mother would bake the cake, but today that is no longer the case.  While still smaller than the wedding cake the groom’s cake has become just as elaborate and spectacular as the wedding cake itself.  Generally made to please the groom’s taste in flavor and  the groom’s cake is usually a sculptured cake which represents something dear to the groom. I have made several great designs including a frog, fox, and guitar. The design and style of the groom’s cake can also be very conservative and classy.

The choice to serve a groom’s cake depends entirely on the couple.  It is not compulsory and if the cost of the wedding is already spiraling then opting to forego the extra dessert will certainly be overlooked.  One option that can save cost while including the groom’s cake is to have it packed up and given out as wedding favors at the end of the evening.  No matter what you decide, remember that with the groom’s cake you can really have some fun and make it whatever you want it to be.

Wedding Cake Superstition

The Cake

The cake is full of superstition, mostly involving the wife’s involvement. In order to have a fruitful marriage full of children, the wife needs to cut the cake first, and must keep a piece of the cake in order to ensure her husband remains faithful. In addition, each guest must enjoy a bit of the cake to prevent bad luck from falling on the bride and groom. Better make sure you have an exceptionally tasty cake at your wedding if you’re going to go for that last one!

Legos for the Groom

Groom's Lego Cake

Groom’s Lego Cake

This groom’s Lego cake is a red velvet cake with cream cheese filling. The groom is a Lego man and the bride wanted to surprise him with his own cake set beside their wedding cupcakes.

Rose Presentation to Mom!

Some brides and grooms will present a single rose—a symbol of love—to their mothers early in the ceremony as a gesture of love and gratitude.

Wouldn’t be even more special if you carry their roses in your boquet?

YOUR RECEPTION JUST WOULDN’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT A WEDDING CAKE!

YOUR RECEPTION JUST WOULDN'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT A WEDDING CAKE!

The ancient Romans used to make a cake of barley or wheat and then break it over the bride’s head as a sign of fertility. The wheat from which it was made symbolized fertility and the guests eagerly picked up the crumbs as good luck charms. It also became customary to pile several small cakes to create one large tier. The bride and groom would then try to kiss over the tower of cakes without knocking it over. If they succeeded, it was a sign that their marriage would be long and prosperous. Later, a clever baker decided to amass all these small cakes together, covering them with frosting. Thus, the modern tied cake was born.