SPRING WEDDINGS

Yes, spring has sprung and weddings are on the move! What a beautiful time of the year to celebrate with family and friends as you tie the knot.

The choices are unlimited when it comes to color, flowers, accessories and fashion.

You can accomplish gorgeous end results by working closely with your wedding professionals and asking for advice. Be sure to offer your thoughts and perhaps you already know the choices you want to make.

The wedding day is the time to make a statement about who you are as a couple. Your family and friends will offer advice and always be gracious for their input. They are only trying to help.

From the ceremony to the throwing of the bouquet and last dance, enjoy every minute of the happy occasion.

Wishing all the best,
Sandra

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Are You Ready for your 2017 Wedding?? TRY THESE HINTS!

Okay, your wedding is planned for August, 2017…..check
You’ve already booked your major vendors (venue, photographer, cake, and all the rest)…..check

The big question is:

WHAT DO I DO NOW?????

It’s time to start reviewing everything, checking back with your wedding professionals (vendors), and everyone who is going to be a part of your day.
Did you select the cake flavors?
What time will your vendors arrive?
Selected the important photos you’d like to have?
Make a schedule of when final payments are due?
Spoken to your church or secured a non-denominational minister to officiate?

Yes, and there’s so much more. If you are feeling stressed about all of this, why not speak with a wedding planner who can help your day flow with ease and success?
Even if you’ve planned everything yourself so far, a wedding planner/coordinator will work with you approximately one month before the big day. She/he will make sure
you have all the answers to the above questions and plan your wedding day timeline. The fee will be well worth it so you, your family and guests can relax and enjoy the
day without having to work.

Now’s the time to get everything in gear!

Wishing you the very best,
Sandra

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Beautiful Winter Weddings

Well, you are only a few weeks, or months away from the winter wonderland wedding you’ve been planning for months! Have you thought about the following?

A few planning tips:

~ Holiday lodging and travel for your guests? (Air, train and road travel can be very hectic during holidays and especially if inclement weather occurs. Do whatever you can in advance to help your bridal party and guests make this an enjoyable and safe celebration.

~ Incorporating Christmas and winter accessories can add to the beauty of the day. Think it through. You don’t have to “theme” your entire day, but be sure to add lovely touches to coincide with the season.

~ The Ceremony – If you have always loved certain Christmas or winter poetry and prose, why not tie it into the ceremony readings in an eclectic way?

~ Winter is a time when we like to relax and enjoy cozy atmospheres. Using lounge furniture in special areas will let your guests know you want them to stay and enjoy the celebration.

Hoping your wedding day is a memory of a lifetime!

Happy Planning!

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WEDDING DAY SIGNAGE IS EVERYWHERE!

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img_2166-1Planning an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception is an adventure. Everywhere we look signs are posted for decor and your guests convenience. Planning the big event in a park, renovated barn, forest walking track or outdoor historical venue property, signage can be a very important part of the day.

Signs are being written on old glass windows and doors, wood boards, picture frame glass, and so many more types of material to set your creativity in motion.

Some important topics you can include on your signs:

~ Which way to the ceremony with arrows as directional
~ The side you should sit on for the ceremony (Groom’s side, bride’s side, or pick a seat, not a side)
~ Table seating for the reception
~ Where and how to sign in for the guest register…..with unique ways to do this from map sign-ins to Jenga blocks.
~ Games, favors, etc.

Many of the signage pieces can be DIY varieties and many are created by good friends who are craft enthusiasts. Members of the bridal party or relatives will be overjoyed and honored to be included as a part of the wedding day by creating items for you.

Start planning early if you are interested in touches of signs for the big day.

Happy Wedding Planning!

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Ceremony Program….or No Ceremony Program?

Ceremony programs have been a common practice for many years, and in a religious ceremony it can help people get ready to find the page for a scriptural passage or which hymn will be up next. That’s okay – to a point. But a program for your ceremony it isn’t always necessary or even desirable. Do I really need to read ‘lighting of candles’ to know that the candles are being lit?
When you think about it, the ‘order of service’ simply encourages people to anticipate what is happening next, distracting them from what is happening in the present. It becomes a checklist to be completed. I believe it is more enjoyable to allow the words and actions to unfold.
Instead, why not approach the booklet as a chance to expand and enhance the ceremony experience for your guests, rather than distract them?
Instead, why not approach the booklet as a chance to expand and enhance the ceremony? If you have the time and inclination, a wedding program can provide ‘added value.’ For more creative couples it can even become quite the artistic project! And it can serve multiple functions.
Here are some suggestions to add content and value to a program:
When listing the bridal party – explain who they are, your relationship with them, or even where they live. People travel far to attend weddings. You can show your appreciation of their time and effort by making mention of it.

Use photos – of yourself, your family and friends. Even your pet who unfortunately, was unable to attend, but sends best wishes!

Get creative – the program can be made to look like a theater playbill, a menu, a newspaper, a fan, a passport, a map, a chalkboard, anything goes!

Explain rituals that are being performed. Give historical, cultural or religious background, and why it is being used. This is true for religious or secular ceremonies. Remember not everyone is versed in your traditions and will appreciate learning about them.

Give music credits – details on what songs or selections were played and what they mean to you.

If your ceremony is in a unique location – explain why you chose it.

Readings, poems, lyrics – just as with rituals – explain why you are using them in your ceremony, especially if there is particular story to accompany it. Or, include a poem, song lyric, or other writing that you could not fit into the ceremony. But don’t include the work itself if someone is reading it.

Honor family members with a tribute to them by using a meaningful quote with their name – especially poignant for those who couldn’t attend or those deceased.

For multicultural or multilingual families, have translations of some or the entire ceremony.

If children are involved in the wedding party, they can create the cover or write something special. They might also help by assembling or distributing the booklet. Don’t forget to credit children for any role they play in the wedding, and thank them for their support of the marriage. They will appreciate the sentiment, and love seeing their names in print.

If you do decide to create program booklet, I hope you’ll make it special, but if you are stressed, too busy, or simply cannot take on one more task – don’t do it! While your guests may be delighted to find a program full of surprises, truly, no one will be disappointed that there is none at all.

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Ceremony Vows ~ Create Your Own? Use Traditional?

Lingrow FarmIf you are having a ceremony that allows you to write your own vows, there are a few things to consider before jumping in.

1. Will you be printing them on small cards or in a keepsake booklet to read from?

2. Are you comfortable with reaching deep inside your heart to compose these words and read them to each other with family and guests present?

3. Do you want unique, modern, spiritual, romantic, etc. vows?

Answering the above may give you a better insight about writing your own vows. Otherwise, your Officiant will prepare traditional type vows for you to review and consider.
You may have the option to change them to your own wishes and this process may be easier for you than creating the vows from the beginning.

Church ceremonies within specific religious denominations may be standard within the doctrine but you may also have a few choices. Your minister, priest, reverand or rabbi will guide you on these issues.

Creating your own vows can be a beautiful addition to one of the most special days in your life. Research all options, ask questions and always follow the choice you make with respect and courtesy.

Happy Wedding Day,

Sandra

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Ceremony and Wedding Toasts

Toasting is not difficult and can be offered to the couple or individually to the bride or groom. The best thing to keep in mind is to keep it brief. Don’t be nervous and consider the following when preparing:

1. Prepare – Don’t leave your thoughts to the last minute. Plan it ahead and write it down!
2. Length – try for 3 minutes. More formal weddings may require a little more time.
3. Research – Relax. No one is asking you to hit the law library about the Constitution.
4. Quotes – If you find one you like, it can be adapted to the couple, etc.
5. Appropriate content – Be cautious of any off-color content as everyone in the group may not appreciate it.

Always be sure everyone has a drink in their hands…alcohol or otherwise
Always name the person or persons you are toasting.
Make the toast a positive and joyful experience especially if you are including humor
Persons being toasted never stand. However they may offer a counter-toast.

Why not think about having a toast during the ceremony provided it is not in a church/chapel/religious venue.
This is perfect for outside ceremonies and your professional/trained celebrant can work this out perfectly for you and the guests.

Last of all, know as much as possible about who you are toasting. This helps keep everything terrific.

Sample toasts:

Here’s a toast to the lovely bride
And to the husband by her side.
Here’s to the home they’re going to share
May love and trust swell with them there.

Or:

Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me as we raise our glasses in a toast to the happy couple.
May you always look into each other’s eyes as you did on the first day you met.
To precious moments of togetherness and countless hours of sunshine and laughter.
May your lives be filled with good health and a lifetime of happiness.
Congratulations to the newlyweds.

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