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You Are

My Best Friend!

Without
You I'm
Pathetic

Put a little
love in Your Heart

Happy
Anniversary

 

The Twist

And Shout
Bear Hug

You are my True Friend



 

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Anniversary Gift Chart

Year Traditional Modern Crystals/Gemstone Modern Gemstones
1st Anniversary Paper Plastics
Clocks
Mother-of-Pearl
Fresh Water Pearl
Gold Jewelry
2nd Anniversary Cotton China Garnet, Rose Quartz Garnet
3rd Anniversary Leather Crystal
Glass
Pearl
Moonstone
Crystal
Pearls
4th Anniversary Flowers Linen
Silk
Nylon
Appliances
Blue Topaz
Light Sapphire
Blue Topaz
5th Anniversary Wood Silverware Rose Quartz
Light Rose
Rose
Sapphire
6th Anniversary Candy Iron
Wood
Amethyst
Cardinal (Swarovski)
Amethyst
7th Anniversary Copper
Wool
Copper
Wool
Brass
Desk Sets
Onyx
Jet
Onyx
8th Anniversary Bronze
Pottery
Bronze
Linens
Lace
Appliances
Tourmaline
Turmaline (Swarovski)
Tourmaline
9th Anniversary Pottery (China) Pottery
Willow
Leather Goods
Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli
10th Anniversary Tin
Aluminum
Diamond Crystal Aurora Borealis
Rock Crystal
Diamond Jewelry
11th Anniversary Steel Fashion Jewelry Turquoise Turquoise
12th Anniversary Silk Linen
Pearl
Colored Gems
Green Jade
Lavender Jade
Lilac Jade
Yellow Jade
Red Jade
Aqua Jade
Coral Jade
Black Jade
White Jade
 
Jade
13th Anniversary Lace Textiles, Furs Citrine
Jonquil
Citrine
14th Anniversary Ivory Gold Jewelry Opal
White Opal (Swarovski)
Opal
15th Anniversary Crystal
Glass
Watches Alexandrite
 
Ruby
16th Anniversary     Peridot
Chrysolite (Swarovski)
Peridot
17th Anniversary     Carnelian Watches
18th Anniversary     Tigereye
Chrysoprase
Cats'Eye Chrysoberyl
19th Anniversary     Aquamarine
Light Azore (Swarovski)
Light Sapphire
 
Aquamarine
20th Anniversary China Platinum Emerald
Erinite (Swarovski)
Olivine
Emerald
21st Anniversary     Iolite Iolite
22nd Anniversary     Blue Zircon Spinel
23rd Anniversary     Yellow Topaz
Light Topaz
Smoke Topaz
Colorado Topaz (Swarovski)
Topaz
 
Imperial Topaz
24th Anniversary     Tanzanite Tanzanite
25th Anniversary Silver Sterling Silver Sterling Silver Silver Jubilee
30th Anniversary Pearl Pearl Pearl Jubilee
35th Anniversary Coral
Jade
Jade Emerald Emerald
40th Anniversary Ruby Ruby Ruby
Light Siam
Fuchsia
Ruby
 
45th Anniversary Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire
Dark Sapphire
Sapphire
50th Anniversary Gold Gold Gold
Vermeil
Golden Jubilee
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8 Questions Brides Ask About Setting up a Wedding Registry
by Blake Kritzberg

In theory, setting up a registry is simple. You decide on one or several stores, create a registry online or in person, select various items, and get the word out to your guests. In practice, things are a little more complicated -- but only a little!
With that said, here's the real deal on setting up your wedding registry and getting the word out without offending your guests. Remember that retailers can be an enormous help to both you and your guests. At the same time, you can’t take everything they say at face value.

Q: Where should I register? A: Chances are, if you're getting married in your own town, you already know where "everyone goes" to set up and shop from a registry. If not, and guests are flying in from far away, pick from some bride-tested standbys likely to be present almost anywhere. Macy’s has a great reputation for registries, as does Williams-Sonoma, Bed Bath & Beyond and other retailers.

Before you choose your stores, be sure to stop by a wedding forum and get feedback from brides who have been there, done that. Store policies vary quite dramatically, ranging from the easy-does-it (who’ll give you cash back for returns off the registry, no questions asked) to the extremely restrictive (who’ll only let you exchange for another item *in that department*, requires a receipt for each item, and so on). You'll want to know about these policies and the store's overall reputation for bridal friendliness before you go in, or returns and exchanges could become a big hassle.

Q: I have a wide range of interests. How many stores should I register at? A: Two to three stores is fairly typical. They don't have to be typical stores, though. If you're a wine drinker, and live in a state where it's legal to ship wine, set up a registry at one of the great online wine merchants.

Q: When should I register? A: Although close family members may pressure you to start earlier, it's helpful to wait three to six months before the wedding. Not only are the vast majority of gifts bought within a day or so of the shower or ceremony itself, stores turn over merchandise so rapidly that any gifts you select earlier may be discontinued.

Q: What if I already have all the kitchen appliances and throw pillows I need? A: Consider putting together a honeymoon registry instead, so guests can contribute toward a special meal or snorkeling trip or a night’s lodging during your honeymoon.

Q: When I signed up at Store X, they gave me a bunch of attractive registry cards to enclose with my wedding invitations. Should I do it, or is that tacky? A: Sorry, but the consensus is almost universal -- it's uncouth to include any mention of gifts in your invitations. You can, however, tuck those cards into shower invitations. Perhaps the best solution is to include a note in your invitations that reads, "Please see our wedding web site at www.xyz.com" and place your registry information there.

Q: How many gifts should I register for? I don't want to look demanding. A: Typically, you'll want to select two or three items per guest. That gives people room to choose instead of locking them into something they don't enjoy buying, or worse, forcing them to guess what else you might like, giving birth to the “second yogurt maker” type of gift.

If you have many guests, you can avoid creating a 16-page monstrosity for them to print out by breaking up your registry over several stores.

At the end of the day, “more is more.” Many retailers offer discounts on those items you registered for but didn't receive. Many stores also retain your registry for at least 12 months after the wedding. You may find it's best to register for everything that you plan to buy, even if you don't expect to get it as a gift; you can then purchase your selections for 10% or 20% off after the ceremony. Many brides also find friends and family tapping registries for gift buying ideas for birthdays and other holidays!

Q: What price range should I stick with when selecting items? A: Generally, you should register for things you really feel you want or need, without worrying too much about the price. Some guests enjoy picking up a number of items in the low price range, and sometimes guests will group together to purchase bigger-ticket items.

Q: I've set up my registry just fine, but now I’m addicted to checking it. How can I stop? A: Sorry, there's no known antidote for registry-checking addiction, though it's a widespread phenomenon. Counting to ten, taking deep breaths or distracting yourself with double-fudge ice cream might be worth a shot.

Blake Kritzberg is editor at "FavorIdeas.com." Stop by for wedding favor ideas, Save-the-Date eCards, free wedding screensaver, free wedding templates and Bridezilla's weekly adventures at: http://www.favorideas.com

Blake Kritzberg may be contacted at

http://www.favorideas.com
kritzberg@gmail.com
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Choosing a Wedding Date –- When You’re Feeling Indecisive
by Blake Kritzberg

He – or she – asked, and you answered in the affirmative. Now's the time to bask in the romance, and enjoy the first phase of your new life together. But soon, you'll need a response for that timeless question: "when's the wedding?"
For some couples, it's easy – they know just when they want to tie the knot. For others, it's less clear. After all, you have a lot of options. Even more than you might think, since it's really not necessary to get married on a Saturday. Friday and Sunday afternoons are good choices too, and less expensive.

So if you're looking at the calendar ahead and seeing a hundred alternatives, all about equally attractive, here's how to narrow them down.

Must-have venues
No matter how flexible you are, there's bound to be things you won't compromise on. Maybe it's a particular church, temple and officiant for your ceremony. Maybe it's a special venue for your reception. And there are certain indispensable guests, like your parents.

Luckily for you, putting just these three things together is bound to reduce your choices. Once you call on the church/temple, ceremony venue or reception hall, you'll probably find many dates already filled, especially if you call less than nine months in advance. Good. That makes things easier!

Must-have ambiance
But maybe you don't have a must-have venue. Maybe you just have an image in your mind of the perfect wedding. Maybe it involves falling snow, ermine mantles, a horse-drawn carriage, and a crackling fireplace. Maybe it involves stacks of shiny apples, heaped pumpkins, a scattering of leaves and the scent of cranberry-apple cider. Or delicate pastels, gossamer pashminas for the bridesmaids, and a dove release. In this case your time of year is set: all that's needed it to work out the logistics of venue, local climate and the availability of your most important guests.

Must-have flowers
Some people know exactly what floral arrangements they want at their wedding. Flowers are such an enormous part of the wedding budget, if particular ones are important to you, you might want to arrange your date around them. Unless you're an heiress, for example, you'll want to avoid buying roses for your Valentine's Day wedding. On the other hand, December and January are great months to buy calla lilies. To study flower availability charts, Google for "flower availability by month."

Must-have honeymoons
If you have your heart set on a certain destination, you'll probably find the honeymoon helps set the date for you. Chances are, some dates are good for travel but others involve the risk of hurricanes or lengthy rains.

Limited budget
For now, winter is the slow wedding season. So it's often (though not always) true that you can get a break on expenses by having your ceremony during the holidays. Brides often find that by marrying near Christmas, they benefit from already-decorated churches and don't need to add much themselves. Plus, if they shop the year before, they can stock up on decorations at incredibly discounted post-holiday sales. The trick is to avoid competing with office parties for reception venues and limousines (New Year's Eve is particularly competitive).

Another factor to consider, besides the possibility of dismal weather, is how many guests are due from out-of-town. Flying in for a holiday wedding can strain any family's Christmas budget, plus airlines often charge extra during the season.

If you need to keep expenses in check but want to avoid winter, make sure you steer clear of proms, graduation, "parents' day" at colleges, major sporting events and other local events.

"Life" dates
You might find your own life gives more guidance than you think. Are you a teacher, with set vacation times? Are you graduating from college or ending an internship? Are many of your relations students, available only during the holidays or the summer? If you're working, is your vacation time limited to a certain time of year? If many guests are flying in, will Labor Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend give them time to get acclimated and enjoy your big day? If none of these apply, is there a date that has special significance to you as a couple, such as the date you first met or first dated?

"Auspicious" dates
Many people find little extra jolt of comfort in picking auspicious days for their wedding. In India and China, this is standard practice. But even in the West, people often find it reassuring to pick numbers or dates with personal meaning. A Chinese custom is to select a date with as many even numbers as possible (such as 2-18-2006). The Irish believed that New Year's Eve is luckiest for weddings. The Romans (and consequently, modern westerners) favored the month of June. For Victorians, it was lucky to marry on the groom's birthday.


About the Author
Blake Kritzberg is ringmaster at "FavorIdeas.com." Stop by for wedding favor ideas, Save-the-Date eCards, free wedding screensaver, free wedding templates and Bridezilla's weekly adventures at: http://www.favorideas.com

Blake Kritzberg may be contacted at http://www.favorideas.com blake.kritzberg@gmail.com.


Pick the Wedding Dress for Your Body Type
by Victoria Williams
 

For those of us who don’t look like Pamela Anderson or Halle Berry, picking the correct style wedding dress can be crucial to your overall look. Worrying about if you picked the right dress is the last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day. We all want to look our best and when you look “good” you tend to feel good. This article will give the Do’s and the Don’ts for your body type. Here are the different body types and their definitions: Apple- for those who gain weight primarily around the waistline
Pear-for those who are wider on the bottom and smaller up top

Hourglass- weight is evenly distributed between the hips and chest area

Square- weight tends to be evenly distributed throughout the body

Inverted Pear- as you might expect those who have large chests and/or broad shouldered and small on the bottom

The Dos and the Don’ts

*Apple Body Type* Dos Empire waistlines- camouflages a big waistline V-necks- make the body look more sharp and less round Don’ts (the following maximizes the waistline) Corsets Skirts with lines that cut across the middle Full skirts Elongated bodices

*Pear Body Type* (the following balances out the top and bottom)

Dos Padded or puffy shoulders

Don’ts Narrow shoulders Body hugging sheaths Full puffy skirts *Hourglass Body Type* (to maintain a balanced physique) Dos Strapless Dresses-flatters your shoulders Body hugging sheaths V-necks Off the shoulder dresses-shows off shoulders Don’ts Beaded or highly decorated bodices-puts on a few pounds Full skirts-attracts attention to the hips

*Square Body Type* (to create the illusion of curves) Dos Beaded or decorated necklines Full skirts Padded, puffy or oversized sleeves or shoulders Horizontal detailing Don’ts Clingy slim gowns

*Inverted Pear Body Type* Dos Simple sleeves Full Skirts

Don’ts Puffy sleeves Empire waistlines Slim skirts


Victoria Williams may be contacted at
http://www.nuptialparadise.com
info@nuptialparadise.com.
Victoria Williams is the editor for the online wedding magazine www.nuptialparadise.com


Etiquette for Wedding Guests
by Glenna Tooman
 

Much is written about etiquette for the bride and groom, but little is mentioned about etiquette for wedding guests, yet the conduct of guests can create unnecessary stress before the wedding and on the wedding day. Following are issues for wedding guests to consider that will make the wedding experience more pleasant for everyone involved.
• Return response cards in a timely manner even if you do not plan to attend. Couples must give their caterer an accurate guest count and they need the response cards to do so. Do not assume that your children, a date, or visiting relatives are automatically invited if their names do not appear on the invitation. Many venues, not to mention budgets, are not large enough to accommodate unlimited numbers of guests. • Dress appropriately. If the ceremony will be held in a church, guests may not be able to wear sundresses, short skirts, shorts, and other revealing or casual attire, including baseball caps. Do not wear caps, jeans, or shorts to any wedding except a very informal outdoor gathering. • Arrive on time. If you are late and the processional or ceremony has already started, take your cue from the wedding coordinator or church coordinator. They will allow you to enter when there is opportunity to do so. If the processional is in progress, don’t interrupt. Instead, wait until the wedding party has entered, then quietly slip in a side door and choose a seat in the back. Do not enter down the center aisle unless there is no other option.

• Do not take pictures during the ceremony. Many churches do not allow flash pictures and you may disturb the ceremony. The professional photographer is the only one who should be taking pictures and he/she will know the rules of the church or event center.

• At most ceremonies, the guests stand when the bride enters. Take your cue from the mother of the bride or from the officiant. Remain standing until the officiant asks you to be seated.

• When the ceremony ends, remain in your seat until the ushers dismiss you, or if there are no ushers, until the mothers of the bride and groom have been escorted out. Allow family members of the bride and groom, who will be seated near the front, to exit first.

• If you bring children, keep them under control. If they become disruptive during the ceremony, take them out. Many churches have a cry room with a window and sound where you can still observe the ceremony. During the reception, don’t allow the children to run wild. Don’t expect the photographer, coordinator, or DJ to supervise them for you. If your children cause damage, be prepared to pay for it. Otherwise, the bride and groom will be held responsible and friendships could be ruined.

• If a buffet is served at the reception, don’t pile your plate full unless you are at the end of the line. Be courteous of those who have yet to eat.

• Don’t drink too much. You are there to celebrate with the newly weds, not embarrass yourself and them.

The wedding day is the bride and groom’s special day. If each guest displays courtesy and thoughtfulness, the day will be a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone in attendance.



Glenna Tooman may be contacted at
http://www.memorable-events.com
event@memorable-events.com

Glenna Tooman is the owner of Memory Makers Event Planning, LLC. She specializes in planning unique and personal events while keeping the client's budget in mind. Glenna is an internationally recognized authority on wedding and event planning. She is also the author of a regional wedding guide "The Commonsense Guide to Planning Your Wedding."


Some Tips About the Wedding Toast
by Susan Dunn

Getting married is such an exciting event. Emotions run high, but there's also a lot of work to do, so it's a good time to use our emotional intelligence.
Consider hiring a coach to help you manage it all and be an auxiliary "brain" so you can be freer to experience the moment. A coach can point you to many resources, help you keep it all organized, and lessen that "overwhelmed" feeling.

Break it into manageable pieces and as you take care of each item, you'll gain momentum.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS ABOUT GIVING THE TOAST

A suggested order for toasting during the Rehearsal Dinner is:

The best man toasts the bride
The bride toasts the groom
The groom toasts the bride's mother
The bride's father toasts the groom's parents.
During the Reception, the order might be:

The best man toasts the bride and groom
The groom toasts the bride and her family;
The (two) father(s) toast the bride and groom
The bride and groom toast each other.
1. Keep the toast 3-5 minutes long and maintain eye contact with the bride and groom as you deliver it.

2. Stand and deliver! Sit down if it's for you. If you're giving the toast, you should stand up.

3. Make sure all the glasses are full before you begin.

4. First thing, announce your relationship to the bride and groom. Everyone may not know.

5. Use personal anecdotes; how the bride and groom met is always popular. Or how you met either of them, if you're not a relative.

6. Don’t give a long string of characteristics. Rather choose a few adjectives, hitting the high points, i.e., she's lovely, vivacious and kind.

7. Use tasteful humor and don’t do “in” jokes that only a few will get. You want to include, not exclude.

8. Stay PG-rated. There may be children there, and also it's just good taste. It's your responsibility on this important occasion to make sure you offend no one.

9. End on a serious note. Finish with a wish, a blessing, cheers! or congratulations. “To the bridge and groom” always works. Looking at some of the resources below will give you other ideas to get you started.

10. Practice your toast a lot beforehand. This is not the time to “wing it” especially if you plan to be imbiding beforehand.

11. Do not mention past girlfriends, past marriage, or past relationships. That’s what the stag party is for.

12. And don’t end with something negative which may slip into your mind if you aren’t prepared like, “And I hope theirs doesn’t end in divorce like mine did.”

If you can't think of what to say or how to say it, there are a host of services that will write it for you. Here are some, ranging from $19 to $199, I might add:
http://www.blissweddings.com
http://www.weddingspeeches.org
http://www.theperfecttoast.com.

Susan Dunn may be contacted at
http://www.susandunn.cc
sdunn@susandunn.cc

Susan Dunn, MA, Psychology, Emotional Intelligence Coach, http://www.susandunn.cc . Coaching, Internet courses and ebooks around emotional intelligence for career, relationships, transitions, resilience, personal and professional development. Mailto:sdunn@susandunn.cc for free ezine.

 


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