Wedding Traditions Around the Globe, Part 2

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Japan

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The traditional wedding ceremony is usually very private and formal, taking place at a shrine with only close family present. Of course, a lot of couples opt for the more non traditional ceremony with a lot more people; some still have a ceremony in front of a shrine, but inside the hotel where the reception and festivities are. A Shinto priest performs the ceremony, the couple is purified and drinks sake before reading words of commitment. The ‘san-san-kudo’ sake ceremony is part of the wedding vows and symbolizes the union of two people and two families. The wedding ceremony ends with symbolic offerings to kami (Shinto gods), typically small tree twigs called ‘sakaki.’ Guests are expected to give money at the reception in small, beautifully decorated packets to help pay for the cost. Throughout the reception, the bride and even sometimes the groom will change clothes several times to symbolize their preparedness to return to everyday life.

Russia

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A couple will apply at the wedding registry office, ZAGS, several months in advance. They will then think about their decision and go back for their official marriage certificate on their wedding day. Traditionally, the wedding rings are provided by the groom and are worn on the right hand. Engagement rings are a recent addition to Russian weddings that were introduced with Western customs. On the wedding day, the bride’s parents pretend to steal her away and ask the groom for a ransom. He will pay some symbolic monetary value or jewelry, get back his bride, and then they head to ZAGS for their official registration ceremony. After that, they go to a beautiful location for pictures followed by greeting their guests and celebrating together. And of course, there must be plenty of liquor and food, because a traditional Russian wedding lasts at least two days!

Ireland

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“Marry in May and rue the day,” or “Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man!” Wedding dresses for the traditional Irish bride were not white, but blue (still symbolizing purity); although nowadays the blue dress is more rare to see. Brides used to carry horseshoes to bring good luck to the ceremony and the rest of the marriage. Since those are heavy and a little inconvenient, they now place items to represent a horseshoe in their hair, bouquet, embellished on their dress, etc. During the ceremony, the bride and groom literally tie the knot! Rope, cord or ribbon is tied around the couple’s clasped hands in bright colors (or those matching the wedding theme). Another superstitious Irish tradition is to give guests small bells at the ceremony to help ward off evil spirits. If you don’t want to risk all of your guests ringing bells at the same time and annoying you more than warding off spirits, you can wear a bracelet, anklet or small personal charm with bells.

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How To: Keep Cool During Summer Weddings

It is that time of the year again! Summer is upon us and we all know what summers in Texas are like, HOT.  You will be wearing a big dress and your groom will be in a tux, which means the chances of cooling down will be slim to none for you two.  Luckily, you can still find ways to keep yourself and your guests as cool and comfortable as possible in the Texas heat.

Pick a time of day that is least hot for the ceremony.  You might want to consider having the ceremony and reception indoors, but that puts a damper on your dream of having an outdoor wedding. What do you do?  Split the time of your wedding indoors and outdoors by having the ceremony outdoors and the reception indoors or vice versa.  If this still doesn’t meet your wedding requirements have your wedding ceremony and reception under some shade.  Pick an area that has shade for you and your groom to have a ceremony under.  A few large trees make for a great background for pictures during the ceremony and will help keep the sun off of you two.

Offer your guests some cute and fun ways to keep cool throughout your wedding.  All eyes on you is a bit difficult when the sun is beaming into your guests eyes, so lay out sunglasses to keep the sun out of your guests eyes during the ceremony.  Put out a bucket of cold water bottles for your guests to pick up as they arrive to your ceremony site.  This keeps them refreshed as they wait for you to walk down the aisle.  Most people receive a program before the ceremony, so why not give them  a program they can use throughout your wedding day by making your program into a fan.

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If you choose not to make your program into a fan, you might want to consider giving your guests a fan anyways.  You can have the fans personalized to fit your theme.  Hats and umbrellas also serve as a good form of shade for your guests during the ceremony.

If you are having cocktail hour pass out some cold treats to your guests, such as shrimp cocktail, popsicles, sherbet, ceviche, fruit, etc..  Your guests will appreciate the cold treats during the heat.  Don’t forget some delicious, fruity, cold beverages to go along with your cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres.  Even the simplest treats go a long way.

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At the end of the night you can have a cute stand or food truck that serves snow cones, ice cream, or other cold and sweet treats.  Instead of a candy bar you could even have a frozen yogurt bar, an ice cream bar, or even a sundae bar.  An ice cream cake is also a great alternative to a wedding cake.

If your venue does not have air-conditioning, fans, or if the whole wedding is outside; try to set up some fans around the reception area to help cool down your guests as the day goes on.  Summer is the time to incorporate these cute ideas into your wedding. Have fun with it and make it original.  Making your guests feel comfortable in the heat is important and these ideas will help you achieve it.

 

 

*Betsy Villanueva

 

 

 

 

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Tips For a Healthy Bride

Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, nature is beautiful and……full of pollen and cedar. There’s nothing like being sick on your wedding day to bring down your mood! That’s why it’s important to start allergy prevention and take care of yourself well before your wedding day gets here. Of course, you can always take a prescription or over the counter allergy medication once you start feeling under the weather, but I think healthy and organic prevention is the best way to go! After all, you want to build a strong immune system, not weaken it with chemicals. The Texas hill country is full of allergens; we’ve got cedar, oak, ragweed, junipers, ash, elm,  and many more.

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Go to your local farmer’s market or grocery store and pick up some locally made honey — meaning within 50 miles of your location. If you take a spoonful each day, it will help acclimate your body to the pollen in the area and will hopefully lessen its effect on you. It’s very important that it be local honey, the closer the better, or it won’t help much at all.

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I recently discovered the amazing properties of a Hawaiian fruit, Noni. It’s a tropical fruit that’s been used for years to help the body resist infections and enviro-toxins. Noni can be taken as a juice, pill capsule or in its natural form, eaten as a fruit. Warning! Noni has an unpleasant smell that some people find unbearable. I’ve found that the pill capsules don’t have the weird flavor that you’ll get when drinking the juice or eating the fruit.

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Neti pots are not my favorite items to combat allergies with (I hate the feeling of having liquid in my nose — like a really big wave at the beach!), but everyone I know who uses one says it works wonders for them. It looks like a tea kettle or magic lamp, and works like nasal spray by using salt water to flush your sinuses and keep them clear. Recommended use is two times a day, especially after spending a lot of time outdoors (like floating the river).

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Omega-3 fatty acids are your best friend for a lot of reasons, one of which is allergy symptom relief. Omega-3s can be found in cold-water fish, walnuts, flaxseed oil, and grass-fed meat and eggs. Some added benefits are lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, therapeutic for children with ADHD and autism, prevents and reverses insulin resistance, and is absolutely wonderful for your skin. You can find them in capsules at the grocery store and health food stores if you don’t eat enough of it in its natural form.

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Believe it or not, your mattress could have something to do with your bad allergies! The best thing to do is find a high-quality, allergy-free cover or mattress. Wash all of your bedding with hot water at least once a week during allergy season to keep it fresh and irritant free. Check the tags of your mattresses; unless stated otherwise, most mattresses and sheets are sprayed with pesticides.

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Oil of Oregano can be found in capsule form and is good for respiratory issues such as cough, asthma or allergies. It comes from the leaf of a plant called Oregano; the oil is also good for menstrual cramps, UTIs, headaches, and heart conditions. You can relieve stuffiness by putting a few drops of oregano oil to a diffuser or vapourizer. To relieve a sore throat, drink a few drops of the oil with some water or juice.

-Nikki

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Your Dress after the Wedding

Your wedding day is over, but you still have your wedding gown.  What do you do with the dress?  Here are a few things you can do with your gown after your big day.  The traditional idea is that your daughter will someday wear your dress on her wedding day.  It is not common to see brides wear their mothers wedding dress anymore, but if you would like to keep your gown, just in case, here are a cope of ways to store it.  First you need to have your wedding gown cleaned and preserve it.  Yes, there is a difference in cleaning it and having it preserved.  You can keep it in a box and store it or you could do something a bit more glamorous with it and use it as decoration in your home.  If you loved your dress, display it.

If you are going on a honeymoon why not take your dress with you and plan a trash the dress photo shoot.  For those of you that do not know what trash the dress is, it is a photo session of you and your husband, in a body of water, dressed in your wedding day attire.  You will have beautiful pictures and fun memories to cherish of you and your husband as newlyweds.  You might be thinking “why would I ever ruin my dress by doing trash the dress”.  Trash the dress does not mean you have to ruin your dress in any way, unless you want to.  I have asked several brides that have had a trash the dress photo shoot and all of them said their dress was just as it was before the pictures.  If you plan on taking pictures in the ocean, you might want to jump in a pool after.  It will clean all the sand off your dress and it will be as beautiful as the day you were married.  Still not convinced about a trash the dress session?  Look at these gorgeous pictures.

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Did those pictures spark your interest?  They should!  You can be as bold with your trash the dress as you want to.

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imagesIf you have no use for your dress after your wedding, you might want to consider selling your dress.  There are a few consignment and resale shops in the Austin area where you can take your dress to.  This is a great way to get back some money to use towards your new home with your husband or to buy something you can use on a regular basis.  If you are feeling a bit more generous consider donating your dress to a cause or a friend in need.  Brides Across America, Brides Against Breast Cancer, and Wish Upon A Wedding are a few of the organizations that help brides in need fulfill their wedding dreams.  Not everyone can afford to have the dress of their dreams, but these organizations are trying to make brides dreams a reality.

 

Don’t leave your dress in the back of a closet to be forgotten.  Bring your dress back to life even after your wedding day.  Find which best fits you and use your dress for something great; whether it be to bring some glamour into your house, trash the dress, or donating it to a charity you are passionate about.

 

 

*Betsy Villanueva

 

 

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My Life as a Bride Finale

Our Ceremony

It finally happened, I am a married woman.  The wedding was absolutely perfect.  We didn’t have any problems and my husband (yes, it is strange to call him husband instead of fiancé) and I enjoyed our wonderful wedding.  Today, I will reveal the rest of my wedding details.

The wedding venue I picked in the Hill Country was Rancho Mirando.  The reason I chose this venue is that it offered everything that I was looking for.  Rancho Mirando is owned and operated by two wonderful ladies that go out of their way to make sure every step of your wedding is  perfected.  Leslie and Donna are kind an pleasant to work with.  Every meeting with them was easy and they always stayed up to date on any changes or ideas they thought would help me during my wedding planning process.  Let’s be honest, even if you have the most amazing venue imaginable, if you don’t get along with the people in charge, if they are difficult to deal with, or if there are an excessive amount of rules and limitations then there is a good chance you won’t be enjoying your wedding planning as much as you had hoped for.  I had none of those issues because going into it I made sure I picked a venue that made me feel comfortable.  Rancho Mirando was the most beautiful venue that I had visited in the Hill Country.  The drive out to Rancho Mirando is breathtaking and once you arrive on site the view is just as beautiful.  I wanted my guest to be able to see what I experience on a daily basis living in the hill country, the beautiful greenery and hills.  The view from the venue is green as far as the eye can see.  At other venues I had visited the views weren’t as pretty or there were houses that would take away from the view.  Rancho Mirando has three levels to it.  I liked this because my guests could see parts of my wedding without seeing the whole thing altogether and I could play up each area to be different.  I loved every bit of the venue, especially the main house that we stayed in.  Rancho Mirando met my expectations on every level and went above and beyond for Adam and myself.

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My wedding planner was Kayleigh Ziegenbein.  Kayleigh is great at what she does and there was no doubt in my mind that she would get things done for my wedding.  She dealt with all of the things a bride doesn’t care to do or worry about and also helped me with all of the fun planning.  I tried to do as much of the planning on my own, but she always stepped up whenever I needed her.  She coined the theme that my choices were heading in to be Marie Antoinette and it was exactly as I envisioned it.  The day of my wedding I was overwhelmed, mostly because I was about to get married, but not once was I concerned that things weren’t getting done while I was getting ready.  I always thought I would have wanted to go around the venue before guest arrive to make sure everything was as I imagined it, but when it came own to the day of I wasn’t worried and walking around the venue was not even on my mind.  Picking someone that you trust to make your vision come to life is very important to have on your wedding day.  She made everything run smoothly on the day of and even though I wanted her to have fun with me at the wedding she still did her job and continued to make sure we were sticking to a timeline and getting things done.

The wedding vendors that I chose were also part of why I wasn’t worried about what was happening outside the main house on my wedding day.  All of the vendors I picked have great reviews and were suggested to me by Kayleigh.

Wes Shephard with New Road Productions is absolutely fantastic.  He is great to work with and his photography skills are awesome.  As soon as Kayleigh suggested Wes I looked him up and I knew I wanted him to be our photographer (I booked him as quickly as possible).  Venue and photography were the two most important parts of the wedding to me.  He is fun to work with and made us feel comfortable.  We used him for our engagement session, our wedding, and I will be using him for my bridal session.  We also used New Road Productions to do our wedding video.  On our wedding day there was a lot going on, but Wes and his guys didn’t make me feel overwhelmed like I needed to be taking certain pictures or doing this or that for pictures.  Instead they worked around us and made me feel like the pictures that were being taken were great.  They were all very nice and I am so happy that Wes and his crew captured our day.

Catering is a big part of any wedding, but it wasn’t a big concern for me until I had my first tasting with Suzanne Court.  She is nice and professional and her food is amazing.  Once Adam and I had our first tasting we knew we didn’t need to look for another caterer and we could no longer lower our standards for food.  Suzanne has a very professional staff.  On the wedding day I had several compliments about the food, but I had the same amount of compliments about the staff and I did not realize that guests would pay attention to that.  It was a win, win for me.

Rentals are an absolute necessity at any wedding, unless you plan on purchasing everything you need for your wedding.  Rancho Mirando has its own rental company and we used them for most of our rentals.  We had to increase our numbers several times and they were able to accommodate us.  We also used Whim rentals and they were able to get us other last minute necessities that we needed.  Whim is always a pleasure to work with.  I have used rentals from them before and I have never had any problems.

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I used Whim Floral for our wedding flowers.  Kari is absolutely fabulous.  I cannot say enough good things about Kari.  She is so sweet and cares about making your vision come to life.  The flowers for my wedding were exactly as I had pictured and I received several compliments on them.   You could tell she spent time on each arrangement.  She is also very creative and finds ways to incorporate flowers in area you wouldn’t even expect.  She also surprised me by making me a peony bouquet.  She wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to get the peony in and she did! She exceeded all my expectations on the flowers and I will continue to use her for any of my future events.

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Simon Lee Bakery created our wedding cake and grooms cake for the wedding.  We picked Simon Lee Bakery because the flavors they offered are delicious.  The wedding cake was classic yet simple, but our grooms cake was a 3D horned frog.  We both graduated from Texas Christian University and wanted to incorporate a bit of that in our wedding since that is where we met.

We had all kinds of music at our wedding. During the ceremony, Musical Discovery Chamber Players played lovely wedding music as guests arrived.  During cocktail hour we had mariachis playing for the guests as they mingled.  During the reception we hired Altared Weddings.  Christian was a great DJ and was very nice and friendly.  Altared Weddings also did our lighting and gobo.

There aren’t many things that I was very picky about during my wedding planning, but makeup was definitely one of them.  I went to about five different makeup artists for trials and was not happy with them.  I finally found Makenzi Laine and absolutely loved my makeup.  On the wedding day my girls liked the makeup they were seeing so much that they decided to get their makeup done as well.  My makeup was flawless and that is exactly what I was going for.  I will definitely be using her for future events.  My wedding hair was done by my usual stylist, Bobbie Kleman.  She is not only great at color, but also styling.  I wanted my hair to be down for the ceremony and up for the reception; she was able to create both looks for me.  She is one to go to for your wedding hair needs.

The wedding was a fairytale come true.  It is everything I had imagined it would be and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.  Thank you to my parents, Adam, Kayleigh, our venue and the vendors that made this day flawless.  Adam and I loved our wedding and we are excited to see where this journey as husband and wife takes us.

 

*Betsy Villanueva

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My Life As A Bride

I have talked about the wedding process several times.  Now that I am only a short period away from my wedding date I would like to discuss some of the things I would have done differently or some mistakes I made along the way.

I think I did a pretty good job of planning and sticking to my timeline, but I am two weeks out and feeling stressed.  Don’t leave things to get done by other people!  If you want things done right, do them yourself.  I had personal stuff that I left to be handled by someone else and ultimately it fell back on me and we are now dealing with extra things during crunch time before the wedding. Don’t add extra stress for yourself in the end.  Plan as far ahead as possible so you are able to enjoy your last few weeks as fiancees.

When I sent out save-the-dates I thought I had a complete list of everyone that we needed to send them out to.  I was wrong.  Other people wanted to add to our list and those save-the-dates were sent out later than the rest.  Make sure to check with everyone that might have a say in who will be attending your wedding.  Check several times if needed. This wasn’t as much my fault, but it still looks bad on our part.

The invitations were a mess to begin with.  I was confident that the timeline I was given (by the company) would get me the invitations I wanted.  My fiancé and I waited an extra month to order the invitations because the company we were ordering through said that would be the best time to order them.  Turns out they never checked on a detail pertaining to our particular invitation and days after we had placed our order we received a call saying it would take extra time to be able to have those made.  Ultimately, we should have ordered invitations when we were originally planning to.  We had asked them to check dates and details several times during our appointments and they never mentioned it would take longer.  Also, always order extra envelopes.  If you are purchasing inner and outer envelopes, make sure to order enough extra of each just in case your calligrapher messes up or you do.  We purchased extras, but not enough and we ended up having to use a different outer envelope for some invitations.

DO NOT LEAVE THINGS UNTIL LAST MINUTE!  I cannot stress this enough.  I have left barely anything for last minute, but things come up that you do not expect.

We were expecting around 150 guests to attend our wedding and we are now at 205 guests.  People will forget to RSVP or leave it until the last possible minute.  one week prior to our deadline we had 100 guests RSVP.  It is two weeks after my deadline and I still have RSVPs coming in or texts and phone calls saying people will be coming.  You need to have a cut off date and stick to it.  Unfortunately we did not stick to our date and we have had to rearrange everything form chairs and tables to catering and rentals.  Make it easier on yourself and keep to your deadline.  It may be uncomfortable to turn people down, but there is a reason you mail out your invitation six weeks in advance.  They have had plenty of time to rsvp and should get it done by your deadline.

I hope any of this has helped the brides out there that are looking for what not to do.  It hasn’t been SUPER difficult to deal with, but these things could have been dealt with differently and relieved some stress.  Happy planning everyone!

 

*Betsy Villanueva

 

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Wonderful Wedding Vendors

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It’s okay if you’re still missing a few vendors on your list for the big day. Here are a few photographers, videographers, wedding cake decorators and flowers shops, as well as what they can offer you and your fiance on or before your wedding day.

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This creative and mobile photo booth uses Daisy, a 1967 vintage airstream, to travel to your wedding, fraternity/sorority party, or corporate event location and provide fun and entertaining photos for your memory book! Airstream PhotoBooth was created by Chris and Yvonne Johnson, who are also the owners of Austin Imagery Photography. Daisy is a fully-functioning photography studio on wheels including professional cameras, lighting and on-the-spot printers. You can rent Daisy and their services for a variety of prices, the Modern Package for $950 or the Vintage Package for $1,150. Both packages offer photo props, unlimited photos, digital images, online viewing, set up and take down, and up to 3 hours of service. They travel all over Austin and the Texas Hill Country areas as well as outside those areas, but extra travel fees may be applied to any outlying locations.

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New Road Wedding Photography and Videography that serves the greater Austin area, including the Texas Hill Country. Most of the photography and videography is done by Wes Sheperd with the help of additional photographers depending on the package ordered. Wes offers a variety of photography packages: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond, that can be requested for 6 or 8 hours ranging from $1700-$2750. His videography packages include Silver, Gold and Platinum that can be booked for 6 or 8 hours ranging from $900-$1800. Wes uses all professional equipment and has a resume that boasts work with HGTV, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, DIY Network, as well as having won WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Award in 2012 and in 2013. We love working with Wes and his production company here at Lotus Ranch and hope you will too!

Simon Lee Bakery

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This is an excellent place to order your wedding treats from! Located just outside Austin in Pflugerville and with over 35 years in combined experience, their motto is “Simon Lee…when it has to be perfect.” They have an extensive menu to choose from including, but not limited to, white french vanilla, italian cream carrot cake, red velvet, marble cake, cheesecakes, fruit toppings, chocolate truffle and more! Simon Lee decorates their cakes beautifully and can make a cake for the bride and groom, as well! They have won the Austin Wedding Day Style Elegant Style Award, The Knot’s Best of Wedding Picks from 2007-2012, and the 2010 Bride’s Choice Award.

Whim Floral Design

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Whim precisely caters your flowers to you: your personality, likes, dislikes, style, budget and the season (remember, not all flowers are available at all times of the year). They offer a “Signature Collection” which includes consultation, bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, cocktail arrangements, aisle petals or chair flowers, and a custom proposal with one revision. The “Custom Floral Package” includes your favorite flowers (in season), custom proposal with two revisions, complimentary farmer’s market visit, and the option to rent or own vessels (candelabras, elegant vases, backdrops, unique antiques, etc.). You can also opt for their “DIY Floral Package” which includes seasonal fresh flowers for up to 150 guests, along with a link to a video tutorial on how to put bouquets and floral arrangements together. You have the option of picking up flowers that are fresh from the market two days before the wedding, or already prepped and cleaned flowers 1-2 days prior.

No matter which vendor you choose for your wedding, make sure you are comfortable with the arrangements you have made and that you have clearly stated to your vendor what you want from them. If you have a question, ask them, because it is much easier to negotiate in the beginning rather than a few days or weeks away from your wedding date.

-Nikki

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Rain, Rain Go Away?

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So the weather decided to rain on your parade, I mean, wedding. This shouldn’t mean you need to change your date or location if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Below are some ways that can help you prepare yourself, the wedding party and your guests for any potential rain!

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Umbrellas, galore! Have several vases, buckets or your choice of container full of umbrellas near the entrances to the aisles for the ceremony for your guests. You can choose specific colors to go with your color scheme but it could be fun to see how different colors turn out in pictures later. Consider getting matching or complementing colors for your wedding party, keeping in mind the wedding party pictures and how the colors will come together later, too. You can find umbrellas for various prices, colors, and sizes on websites like Ebay, Etsy and Amazon.

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Here’s a cute umbrella for the bride and groom to share! You can purchase this heart-shaped umbrella at www.unique-vintage.com for $37 plus tax/shipping.

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Rainboots are another important item but could be more difficult to provide for all of your guests because of their price. If you don’t have room in your budget for all of your guests, then provide rainboots for the wedding party and make sure to inform your guests to bring their own if they’d like. If it is in your budget, you can find a variety of rainboots for different prices at websites like Ebay, Etsy and Amazon.

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No need to worry about the rain ruining your pictures! Talk to your photographer about any ideas he/she or you might have for using the rain in your photos. You can take traditional photos inside but why not use what Mother Nature has given you? There are tons of ways to use your umbrellas, rain boots and the natural landscape of your wedding location. Look for large puddles, have some fun and don’t be afraid to get your hair a little wet (well, depending on your hairstyle and how well it holds)!

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You should also have a few necessities like large beach towels and clear plastic tarps to keep seats and the dance floor relatively dry. The plastic tarps can be used to cover floral arrangements, food or if your venue has a breezeway (we do here at Lotus Ranch) then you can use it to cover one open side to block wind and rain from entering the breezeway. And I leave you with this quote :) when you feel stressed out, just remember that it will be okay and you can still have fun in the rain!

-Nikki

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My Life as a Bride

I am two months and sixteen days away from walking down the aisle.  Just when I think I am done with most of the planning I remember all of the small things that are left to do.  I have officially booked my location and all of my vendors (you think that would be it, right?).  I am very grateful to have a great team of vendors and venue that are amazing at what they do.  I am unbelievably blessed to have parents and a fiancé that are making my wedding dreams come true.  It’s hard not to get caught up in everything going on in your life, but don’t forget the people that support you the most and help you throughout your wedding process.  Thanks Mom and Dad!

I have been trying to think of things to decorate the venue with, but it’s difficult to make decisions when there are so many cute ideas out there (Pinterest anyone?).  I think I have had a bit of trouble matching things to my theme, only because I like it all.  Seriously, why can’t there be more life events that involve a huge glamorous party?

I have yet to find a bilingual officiant for my wedding.  I know, I know, I am missing a key ingredient to the most important part of the whole wedding day, the ceremony.  Where does one find a bilingual officiant around the Hill Country?

I have a bridal shower, a couples shower, and my bachelorette party coming up and I could not be more excited.  Adam and I had a long engagement and I feel like it was one of the best decisions we made.  I had plenty of time to enjoy my engagement, plan the wedding, and now I can enjoy the fun parties being thrown in our honor.

I am going to be a wife soon!  I know I have been working up to this for a little over a year now, but it feels so real now.  How will things change?  How will it remain the same?  I will have new responsibilities and so many changes will take place.  I know the advice to the bride and groom are a bit cheesy, but I really like the idea of it, especially with all the changes taking place in our lives.  Thus, we will be having advice cards at our wedding.  We are currently searching for a house in the city, which is very exciting.  As soon as I am done with the wedding details I will begin to work on house details.  Planning never stops, huh?

 

*Betsy Villanueva

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