Helpful Tips

Wedding Trend: Two Aisles for Same-Sex Ceremonies

As same-sex couples prepare for their wedding ceremonies, the question often arises about the processional. Traditionally, a groom may enter from the side while a bride may walk down a center aisle. But what if there are two brides or two grooms? Who walks where and when?

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A recent trend involves creating two aisles for the couple to process down simultaneously.
  • If you are marrying in an outdoor space with lots of room to play with, the two partners could walk in from the sides to meet in the middle.
  • Or, create two sections of chairs rather than two, creating two aisles from back to front.
  • If escorts will be walking the couple down the aisle(s), consider having an extra-wide aisle for both pairs to walk down together. This is a great symbol of families uniting together.
The great thing about personalizing your wedding ceremony is that it can be a true reflection of your relationship. There are no strict rules – get creative!

Hurricane Season and Your Florida Wedding

Hurricane Season and Your Florida WeddingIt’s here again: HURRICANE SEASON. That’s right, June 1st (which is Monday, by the way!) kicks off Floridians’ favorite time of year. Time to stock up on the hurricane party supplies. Oops, I mean emergency preparedness items.

But what happens when your wedding takes place during hurricane season (6/1-11/30)? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Have a good Plan B. And Plan C. And Plan D. Even if a hurricane isn’t in the forecast for your immediate area, they can bring drastic weather changes with them. If you are planning on an outdoor ceremony, have a great indoor option booked. Think through your outdoor decor, and see if it will work with the indoor space. If not, talk to your designer or florist about changes that could be made if necessary, and what the deadline for those changes would be.
  • Purchase wedding insurance well in advance. Much like homeowners’ insurance policies, there are time limits for purchasing hurricane coverage for your wedding. Be sure to know those deadlines, and finalize your policy in time. (For more info on wedding insurance, check out our friends at http://www.protectmywedding.com.)
  • Remember that your honeymoon location might be affected. Keep an eye on the forecast for your honeymoon destination. Consider purchasing travel insurance if you are going to an area that might be in the path of a storm. Again, there are deadlines for purchasing insurance, so talk to your travel agent about options!

Burying Bourbon For Good Weather On Your Wedding Day

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Every couple that is planning an outdoor wedding stresses out about one thing: the weather! Hopefully you have great backup plans in place if you are planning an outdoor event. (If you don’t, you should!) But here’s an old tradition you might want to add to your wedding planning schedule.

Southern folklore has it that 30 days before the wedding, at the time of the ceremony, the couple should go to the ceremony location and bury a bottle of bourbon upside down. During the cocktail hour, the bottle is dug up and subsequently passed around for all to enjoy. The folklore must be true, because we’ve seen it done at 3 weddings now and all have had fabulous weather despite rainy or cold days before and after!

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you’d like to share?

(photo from Ann and Mark’s November 2014 wedding, by Susan Michal Photography)

Wedding Attire Guidelines

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I’m always a big fan of including a dress code on wedding invitations. Guests that live in your area might be able to guess the formality based on the location, but out-of-town guests won’t have a clue! Save everyone from embarrassment of being under- or over-dressed by adding a little line on the bottom of your invitation with the suggested attire.

  • White Tie (channel your inner Downton Abbey)
    Men: Tuxedo with tails, a white vest, and a bow tie. White gloves are appropriate for dancing.
    Women: A formal, floor-length evening gown, preferably in a dark color.
  • Black Tie
    Men: Traditional tuxedo, preferably with a black bow tie and cummerbund. (yes, you’ll look like a maitre d’, but so will everyone else)
    Women: A long dress or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark color.
  • Black Tie Optional / Formal
    Men: Tuxedo or dark suit.
    Women: A long dress or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark color. (think little black dress)
  • Semi-Formal
    Men: Suit and tie, either light or dark depending on the season and time of day. Wear darker colors for evening, lighter colors for daytime.
    Women: Cocktail dress or other dressy dress.
  • Casual
    Men: Dress of khaki pants with a button-down shirt or polo shirt.
    Women: Sundress or even capris and a cute top.
    (If it’s a beach wedding, use “Beach Casual”)

For even more attire guidelines, check out EmilyPost.com’s Attire Guide.

The Greatest Love Letter of All Time

Last night, a great story from Huffington Post Weddings popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, and I just had to share it. It contains two love notes written by Johnny Cash to his beloved June. {Warning: you may want to grab a hankie!}

According to the article, “A 1994 note he penned for his wife and musical partner June Carter Cash on her 65th birthday was recently named the greatest love letter of all time in a poll conducted by the British life insurance company Beagle Street.”

The letter reads:

o-HOUSE-OF-CASH-2-570 Happy Birthday Princess,
     We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others [sic] minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.
     But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

     Happy Birthday Princess.
     – John

{SWOON!!}

The note was featured, along with others, in the 2011 book House Of Cash, written by the couple’s son John Carter Cash.

So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, if you are looking for some love-note inspiration, look no farther than the Man In Black.