Wedding Reception Menu Tips

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Every wedding reception is celebrated with food, heck every celebration is. More often than not, wedding reception menus are often forgotten if they don’t pluck a few heart strings. Wedding reception menus aren’t exactly going to be the first on the list of things to remember on your wedding day, but her are a few tips that may help.

One way to make your wedding reception menu more memorable is to have a theme. What better way to remember your vintage inspired wedding than traditional English fruit cake? If this doesn’t suit your taste you could always try going regional. This means that in the event that you have a destination wedding, it would be much more interesting that the guests have food from that area instead of the usual food that you are used to.

Sometimes, the simplest dishes make the most impact. It doesn’t have to be an expensive dish imported from far away. All you need is an improved version of your local dish, that way your wedding guests can use your wedding menu as a reference. Get creative. If people won’t remember what it tastes like, make sure they remember what it looks like.

You could also simply go out of the ordinary. For instance, you may use a dish that is not entirely fitting for a wedding reception but has significant meaning for the bride and groom. An example of this would be if the bride and groom both enjoy tacos, they may share this experience with their guests as well. It’s also another thing to talk about during the wedding.

Whatever your ideas may be, make sure that you have enough dough to support it. Be smart in your choices. A five-star meal might be a very tempting idea, but it’s best not to go beyond your limits.

 

 

 

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When Should I Marry?

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Most people don’t even ask themselves this question and automatically assume that they should marry without even knowing why they should. The answer is simple; people are social beings so they need the security and emotional benefits that marriage brings. We’ve all been there, at some point in our lives we’ve asked ourselves when the best time to marry is.

There isn’t exactly a “best” age to marry, since everyone is different. However, if you need numbers to convince you then according to research, women who are 25-29 years old are most likely to marry their live-in partners after three years. However, women aged 24 and below are most likely going to break up with their live-in partners after three years. That being said it’s best to start thinking about marriage once you hit 25 since your chances of a stable marriage increases.

Age isn’t the only gauge of the best time to marry. It’s best to be financially stable before we tie the knot. Enjoy the time that you’re single, because this is the time you can spend on developing yourself. Don’t think that being single is a curse, in fact, you should see it as a great time to improve yourself as a whole.

Better yet, while you’re thinking about the best time to marry, you might as well be making yourself financially stable. This applies to both men and women. It costs money to be married; you can’t simply marry someone and expect that you won’t have any bills to pay. When you marry, you’ll probably want to have a wedding as well. In addition, marriage often ends up with children which again cost money.

In summation, the smartest time to marry is when you can afford it. This isn’t only for your sake but for the sake of your spouse and the family you are most likely to have.

 

 

 

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How to be a Suave Groomsman

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Everyone knows who James Bond is. He’s the guy who looks smooth in a suit and we all use him as a point of reference to measure our sex appeal. Although you may have the suit, do you have what it takes to pull the whole suave groomsman appeal off? There’s more to being charming than just the suit.

First of all, look the part. This is the first step to getting that overall sophisticated impression. Have you ever seen hunky suit models in a scruffy suit? No. James Bond would never be caught dead in a crumpled suit. Make sure your shoes are polished and your hair kept well-groomed. Resist the temptation of chewing gum or wearing sunglasses.

Secondly, you’ll need to act the part. As tempting as it may be to quip about a wedding guest’s outrageous attire, keep it to yourself at least until the ceremony is over. Try not to be so chatty during the whole ordeal and be involved. Do you groomsman duties faithfully.

Lastly, walk the part. Your expensive suit and your good looks will mean nothing if you walk like someone with a physical deformity. Confidence is the key to a good walk. Apologies for the excessive references to James Bond, but have you seen Agent 007 walk with bad posture? No. Straighten your back and puff out your chest.

Learn to walk with the bridesmaid as well. Understand that bridesmaids will be standing up as long as you, but they’ll most likely be in heels so it’ll hurt more. Bridesmaids will most likely know the details of the wedding as well, but don’t wait for them to tell you when and where to go. Reliance can be a charm-killer.

 

 

 

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How to be a Best Man

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There are different roles in a wedding, and each role has their specific duty. You’ve been chosen to be the best man, what do you do? Don’t think you’re just the guy (or gal) who’s just supposed to hold the wedding rings. No, you’re much bigger than that.

Just as the bride has her own support system with her maid of honor, you are meant to be there for the groom. You are the counterpart of the maid of honor.

First and foremost, since you are the corresponding person of the maid of honor, you’ll have to make sure things flow smoothly. Consult with the maid of honor regularly and make sure you know what’s happening. You will need to know the details as well so that you can be a good best man.

Your duties aren’t only limited to the wedding day. You’ll also have to be there for your groom months before the actual day. Being the best man is hard work, and will cost money. If you’re following tradition, you’re supposed to throw the groom a bachelor party and the expense is divided amongst groomsmen. As the best man, you’ll be expected to do the planning.

You’re also there to suggest what to wear to the wedding, or give feedback about details. You will be the groom’s second pair of eyes. At times, you will need to be the groom’s emotional support. Stereotypically, men can be less expressive, but as the best man you’re supposed to be there when he needs it.

Lastly, get the groom out of trouble. You’re his caretaker, so you’ll be there to let him know when he’s had too much fun. You’re the moral support, and will be his conscience at times. Just like the kings of old, you’re supposed to be that voice that whispers golden advice.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Have a Groomswoman

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It’s a given fact that men can simply be friends with women and that everyone wants their closest friends to be at their wedding. Customarily, the bride and groom opt to have bridesmaids and groomsmen in their own respective genders. However, this is not always the case. Thankfully in this day and age, wedding rules are frequently broken in the name of common sense.

Grooms can have female groomsmen (or groomswomen, in this case) as much as the bride can have male bridesmaids (or bridesman). Perhaps you have a sister that feels like a brother to you, and you’d like her to be one of your “men”. For educated folk who know are unprejudiced and flexible, this can go off without a hitch. However, this may not always be the case. How will you explain this to your super traditional and biased relatives? Simple, you tell them. Perhaps this is the first time they’ve heard of such, so it’s only natural that they might seem apprehensive. Not to worry, just clear it up with them and move on. Remember that you do not need their approval.

Although you might not need approval from other family members, you do need approval from your bride. One rule of thumb: NEVER choose an ex. You are better than that. Once the bride approves, you can now move on with the symmetry, if you’re into that sort of thing. Of course everyone doesn’t really have to match, but that’s all up to you guys. You’re the ones getting married, so it’s up to you to decide what fits or not.

When all’s said and done, it’s all up to the bride and groom really. Nothing should really stop you from choosing a female groomsman if you really wanted to.

 

 

 

 

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How Not to Be a Groom Zombie

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A “groom zombie” is the type of zombie who knows nothing of his own wedding and wanders aimlessly through it all. He’s the kind of groom that leaves everything to the bride, making it more stressful on her part. Whether intentional or not, the groom zombie is no help at all. Doesn’t it bother you that everyone simply assumes you are of no use just because you’re the groom? Prove them wrong. Don’t be that groom. Be the kind of groom every bride would be thankful for.

First obvious trick to not be a groom zombie is to be involved in your own wedding. A bridezilla is often a result of an uninvolved groom unwilling to take the share of the wedding burden. For those grooms who don’t know, bridezilla is the term for brides who become like Godzilla. Enough said.

When it comes to making a choice about the wedding, be involved. If your fiancée automatically assumes that you’re leaving everything to her, make inquiries to show her you want to know. Make sure you understand what’s going on and what will be happening at your wedding so you’ll be able to facilitate out where it’s needed.

Another tip is that don’t make it seem like your bride is the only one to ask. If you follow the first tip religiously, you’ll be able to be a dependable groom when it comes to important questions. Being able to be of service to every aspect of the wedding makes it easier for everyone involved. There is nothing more stressful to a bride than a useless groom.

Lastly, make sure everyone knows you. This means all the vendors, photographers and everyone else. The trouble with having a groom zombie is that they are so out of the loop that nobody knows them but the bride and her family. Don’t be that groom.

 

 

 

 

 

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Psychological Impacts of Wedding Colors

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Choosing a wedding color is tough business. Most people think it’s all about the couple’s favorite color. It’s not. There are more things at stake than just being a pretty color. Just like first impressions, wedding colors play the same role. Not only do wedding colors contribute to the lasting impression, it also subtly reflects your personality. Just like music, colors make you feel differently as well.

You can’t simply have one wedding color; you must at least have two and at most three. When choosing a wedding color, this doesn’t mean that all colors displayed in equal proportions. The main color must be about 65-70% of the total look, supported by a secondary color that covers about 25%. If a third color is chosen, this is ideally used as an accent only which covers about 5-10%.

The most typical wedding color is white. This creates a atmosphere of comfort and tranquility. Forget about purity and innocence, if you’re reception is mostly white, you’ll feel quite snug. Ivory is a softer version of white and flatters brides of all colors. It gives off the same effect as white, the only difference is ivory has a more sophisticated and traditional feel to it.

For brides and grooms that enjoy a lot of action, red can be a very stimulating color. Expect a lot of energy with this color. Orange will add a friendly and social mood to the atmosphere, while yellow can be very warm and welcoming. This color places everyone in a happy mood.

Black isn’t exactly the first color that comes to mind when you think of a wedding, however, this can be a very powerful color…literally. For couples that are not superstitious, black can give off an elegant powerful vibe that shows that you are in control.

When all’s said and done, wedding color is simply a choice to make and you’ll still end up married no matter what color combinations you choose. Don’t forget that weddings aren’t all about the superficial.

 

 

 

 

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