Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wedding Quotes

If you are in a position where you have to make a wedding speech, but you are not really sure what to say, then I have a bit of advice for you, which may help you out.

One of the most memorable parts of any wedding, are the wedding quotes and speeches. This is the part of the evening where the audience gets to hear the members of the wedding party speak and share their stories about the bride and groom.

The speeches at a wedding also serve as the entertainment for the evening, as they usually include a few humorous stories and about the new married couple.

If you are involved in the weddings speeches, then you are faced with the tricky task of having to make one of these speeches. The best advice I can give you is to try to find a great set of wedding quotes or speeches, which will help you create your very own speech.
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A lot of people never really think of looking for great wedding quotes and speeches to use in their own speech. They will often try to write their speech on their own, but if you ask me, they are missing a big trick here, because if you can find some great wedding quotes, all you need to do then is work them into your own speech.

A couple of years ago I was asked to make a speech at a wedding. I found myself in the same position you probably are in right now if you're reading this, in that I really didn't have a clue what I should say and where to even start with creating my speech. Luckily, I did a bit of looking around online, and managed to get my hands on a wedding speech package which offered all sorts of best mans speeches, groom speeches, bride speeches etc., which all had some great wedding quotes in them which I could then pick out and add them into my own wedding speech.

I managed to create a great opening to my speech with a couple of classic wedding quotes that proved to go down really well with the audience. Everyone loves a funny opening to a speech as it breaks the ice and sets the mood.

I then was able to build a strong middle section of my speech which included a few of my own personal stories about the bride and groom, telling the audience how we all met, and a few of the memorable times we have shared together.

I again called on my wedding quotes package to create a great toast to the bridesmaids. This was almost the highlight of the speech as I used a great quote about their beauty and how they had been a real help in the wedding preparations.

Finally, I closed off my wedding speech by using a wedding quote which expressed my sincere well-wishes for the couple and mentioned that they would hopefully grow old together.

All in all, the wedding speech went down pretty well, and the audience seemed to love it. I had genuinely been really worried about knowing what to say during the speech, and if everyone would enjoy it or be bored to tears by it, but luckily for me they all seemed to love it.

The main key to my success was definitely getting my hands on some wedding quotes and speeches and doing a little research with these to build my own perfect speech.

If you are in the same position that I was, and are a little lost as to what you should say in your wedding speech, I would highly recommend you get your hands on a decent wedding quotes and speeches package which will help you create an outstanding wedding speech.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wedding Flowers

The wedding flowers set the tone of the wedding. Flowers are always been the symbol for happiness and joy. By adding flowers to your wedding, you are expressing happiness, joy, style, and taste. Flowers come in different shapes and colors. So, there are many ways to express through flowers.

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A variety of flowers may be abundant on a particular season (summer, fall, winter, and spring). Thus, the flower theme may be different for each season. Typically, the roses and lilies are the wedding flower of choice. However, more variety of flowers appears in a contemporary wedding. Here are a few popular wedding flowers with their description.

Roses

This flower is the most popular garden flower. Rose is coin from Latin word Rosa. Each color has special meaning. For example, red means love, white means purity or innocence, yellow means friendship, and orange means desire and enthusiasm. Roses can also have many meaning on how you give the rose. For example, three roses mean I love you, and ninety nine roses mean lots of love. The rose petals are a favorite for wedding tosses.

Calla Lilies

The flower is from the Greek word "Kallos". It means beauty. The beautiful arrow shaped flower provides an incomparable elegance to the wedding. The flower is also called Water Arum, Bog Arum, Wild Calla, and Water Dragon. The lilies bloom between June and July.

Casa Blanca Lilies

This flower has the most romantic flower name. The wedding roles of the flowers are to provide the classic beauty and romance of wedding. Meanwhile, the natural fragrance lifts the height and drama of the wedding.

Carnations

It is the national flower of Spain. The flower vibrates with pinkish-hued natural color. Now, the florists manage to cultivate red, white, yellow, and green flowers. The name of the flower is believed to come from "coronation", or "corone". And, the Greek used the flower as a crown flower garland.

Daffodils

It is a flower with central trumpet crown. The crown sits around flower petals. The natural color is gold yellow. Nowadays, breeders developed several rows to resemble a golden yellow ball, compressed crown to resemble bottle soda cap, or frilled petal to resemble daisy petals.

Dahlias

It is the national flower of Mexico. The name of the flower is from Swedish 18th century botanist called Anders Dahl. The flower is brightly and stunningly colored with many pointy flower petals.

Daisies

The flower brightens the wedding. The most popular is the Shanty Daisy. It has a yellow center which is surrounded with white petals.

Stephanotis

It is cluster of flowers which is waxy, scented, and star-shaped. After a few days, the flowers fade to yellow. You will often see the flower in bridal corsages, bouquets, and decorations. And, the flower emits a long lasting sweet scent. So, the bridal corsages and bouquets add a distinct style of the wedding dresses of the bride, maid of honor, and bridesmaids.

Tulips

The flower grows in cold climate areas. The bell shaped flower come in vibrant red, yellow, white, and yellow. Popular in Netherlands, North America, and Australia, they made a festival out of the flower.

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A wedding is the ceremony in which two people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes play a major role in the wedding party. In fact, some brides actually plan their entire weddings around the style of their cake. While traditional white, tiered cakes topped with the bride-and-groom figures are still predominant, colorful cakes depicting kooky themes and personally-significant tableaux have taken a strong hold on our pop cultural psyche. They are the subjects of reality shows like TLC's Cake Boss and Food Network's Ace of Cakes. Which style of cake should you choose? What should it taste like? After all, you want that special day to last in the sensory memories of both sight and taste. With this guide you can make your wedding cake both a visual wonder and a culinary delight!
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Style

The wedding cake style will relate to your choice for the type of wedding you are having and the overall tone you are taking, whether formal, informal, contemporary, traditional, indoor or outdoor. When you have set the style, you can make all of this information available to your cake designer and provide him or her with a photo or idea of the decor with colors and materials, themes and motifs.

Themed wedding cakes may not only reflect the reception but may be based on your honeymoon location. For instance, the wedding cake topper might include a Hawaiian motif as a palm tree on a sand bar, or a couple surfing or mountain climbing. In that manner, the typical bride-and-groom on top can be changed with a subtle bit of humor on an otherwise traditional tiered wedding cake by replacing the topper with Kermit and Miss Piggy, or any of your playful alter-egos.

You may want to tie into the architectural theme of the reception space and have Art Deco styling with zig-zags, or Classical columns and arches, or Contemporary simplicity with rectangles, angles and folds that mimic a Frank Gehry-music hall. If you and your fiance (or fiancee) are both musicians, you may want to share your love of music by inviting your guests to nibble on a Baby Grand confection or a Rock-and-Roll guitar. Marrying a Swede? Perhaps you want to eat the country, symbolically that is, in a blue-and-yellow flag-designed sheet cake outlining the country's geographical shape. Did you and your spouse-to-be meet through the Star Trek convention or you share a love of Halloween?

So you see how the ideas grow and how wedding cake themes are endless, personal and precious to each couple and their circle of friends and family.

Traditional wedding cakes are the circular tiered type but these can be up-dated as a chic stack of diminishing squares. Another up-dating trend is embellishing tiered cakes with asymmetrical, cascading arrangements of vibrant, colorful fresh flowers. Cake Boss' floral wedding cakes are leaders in this trend. Your baker needs to coordinate with your florist to mix and match the right blooms.

Another addition is placing wide ribbons around the base of each tier of the cake. Grosgrain or satin ribbon is typical or the baker can create faux ribbons from the frosting.

Mimicking a pattern or a motif from the bridal gown is another great trend which helps to coordinate the wedding as a whole. The cake designer might duplicate in frosting the gown's lace or embroidery pattern, or copy the bride's unique necklace. For a more playful look, he or she may simply put some jewelry on the cake, like crystals or faux pearls to mirror the bride's jewelry. Meanwhile, the traditional wedding cake is still abundant with frosting flowers, swags and swirls.

Taste

Who doesn't recall a richly frosted piece of wedding cake that was simply scrumptious? Even though your choice of cake and frosting can't please everybody, you can make sure your choices are your partner's as well, then do your best to choose a crowd pleaser!

White or Yellow Cake. The most traditional wedding cake flavor is white or yellow cake. To take it up a notch, you can add filling between layers, and here you have a variety of choices, such as custard, milk chocolate, butter-cream, raspberry, strawberry jam and apricot preserves.

Chocolate Cake. Many wedding guests love chocolate cake and brides are finally serving it more often, even though it may be concealed under traditional white frosting. Better yet, many brides are going for the "double-double" decadent treat--chocolate cake, chocolate filling, chocolate frosting and chocolate ornament!

Marble Cake. A marble cake can be your answer to try to please all, and each cut piece can make a beautiful display on its plate. Another method for people pleasing is to alternate layers or tiers with chocolate cake and white cake.

Lemon Cake. For variety, a refreshing lemon cake may fit with your overall wedding style, especially as you may have the color of lemons as a part of your color scheme. Yellow can be more appropriate for a spring or summer wedding.

Carrot Cake. A fall or winter wedding can be the opportunity for a carrot cake. Keep in mind that the traditional cream cheese frosting found on carrot cake is going to be cream colored rather than pure white.

Fruit Cake. In the United Kingdom, the traditional wedding cake is a rich fruitcake. It was the cake of choice for the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate. It is not a dense cake, but the traditional English version is, nonetheless, packed with dried fruits and chopped nuts and brushed with brandy. It is usually topped with Royal Icing which seals in the freshness of the cake.

Royal Icing. Due to the smooth and beautiful look of Royal Icing, it is often used for decorative wedding cakes and to create delicate decorations on the cake, such as a monogram. As it does not have as pleasant a taste as marzipan or traditional soft icings, it is not recommended for icing cakes, unless cake stands are used. This is because after Royal Icing dries and hardens, it tends to crack easily.

Fondant. This is rolled into thin sheets and placed on cakes for a very smooth finish. Fondant makes an excellent base for decorations, and is chosen more for looks than flavor so you may want a more delicious layer of frosting underneath it.

Marzipan. An almond paste, Marzipan is also rolled into thin sheets and glazed for icing cakes, primarily wedding cakes. This use is particularly common in England, on large fruitcakes. Persipan is a similar, yet less expensive product, in which the almonds are replaced by apricot or peach kernels. There are German, French and Spanish variations of Marzipan.
Cake-Cutting Measures

Depending on the size of your reception, wedding cakes can cost hundreds into thousands of dollars. One way to have a show-stopper on a limited budget is to order a smaller tiered cake for display and cutting, while you have a sheet cake in the kitchen where it can be sliced and then served. A spunky alternative is to have a cupcake wedding. Displayed on a tiered stand, cupcakes can be offered in multiple flavors with a variety of decorations. Of course, a small, tiered cake can be on display and cut in ceremony. So, don't let your budget limit the role your wedding cake can play in your wedding. It will be unique to your special day. Whether traditional or themed, your wedding cake will have a wondrous look and a scrumptious taste that will be a memory for a lifetime.