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In South Africa we usually see the unity candle ceremony in weddings, so really thinking of using this! did a little research & thought i would share in case any one is as clueless as me! :) Hope it helps!
The wedding sand ceremony, or unity sand ceremony, is becoming more popular in wedding ceremonies. It may replace the unity candle or be used after it in the ceremony. In original sand ceremonies, the bride and groom would toss handfuls of sand together into the wind. The grains were combined and unable to be separated, symbolizing unity and eternity. The following sand ceremony can be done with a keepsake that also honors the families, much like the unity candle.
Before the wedding ceremony, set a small table near the alter. Place the main sand vase in the center. These vases may be ordered with a wedding monogram and date engraved in silver, black or gold script. Place the smaller vases, each containing a different color of sand around the main vase. You can also use rose petals and small tea light candles for more decoration.
The sand ceremony may be altered many ways. One version is to have a base of neutral or white sand already in the main vase. It should fill about 1/3 of the main vase and be ready before the wedding ceremony begins. This sand is used to represent God as the foundation for the marriage.
To include parents in the ceremony, like in a unity candle ceremony, assign each family a color of sand or both families the same color. For a simpler color scheme, the parents can also use the neutral or white sand from Step 2. The parents will go first, as two couples, and pour a small amount of their colored sand from the small vase into the large vase. Instruct them to move the smaller vase around as they pour so it will help create a layered design. It is simpler if the parents can pour one vase together as a couple.
Finally, the bride and groom step to the sand ceremony alter. They may pour identical colors of sand or two separate ones (depending on how many total colors you want incorporated into the final vase). The bride and groom should have their own separate small vase but pour them into the main vase at the same time. This way their sand mixes with each other, symbolizing unity and eternity, since these sand grains can never be separated.
Complete the rest of the wedding ceremony and reception. After the festivities, fill the rest of the main sand ceremony vase with the remaining sand, layering colors to create a design. Leave 1/2 inch from the top of the vase.
Melt clear wax or candle gel using a double boiler or microwave. Gently, pour the wax or gel on the top of the sand, leveling it even with the vase.
Step 7When the wax dries, you may leave the sand ceremony vase as it is for a keepsake. If you do not want to see the wax, place a circle of coordinating cloth around the top of the vase and secure it with a rubber band. Then place a ribbon around the rubber band. Use a scrap of cloth leftover from the veil, bridesmaid dresses or groomsmen handkerchiefs and ribbons from the bridal bouquet for a special keepsake vase.
"BRIDE and GROOM, you have just sealed your relationship by the
giving and receiving of rings and this covenant is a relationship
pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other.
Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you, BRIDE and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, GROOM, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be.
As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be."
French Manicure vs. Colour
~The Great Debate~
I've noticed alot of the B2B are debating whether or not to have a french manicure on their big day!
I can fully understand this because personally i'm not much of a french manicure girl either! As a beauty therapist i always encourage my clients to go for colour - i think a pop of colour on your nails is *fabulous*.
But...those of you considering going for a colour on your big day, especially hot pink or postbox red - either on your fingers or you toes, think carefully!
painted nails tend to come out like black 'spots' in black & white/sepia photographs! in colour photos they look really *fun* though
so if you were hoping for some black&white/sepia shots of your super cute shoes or a close-up of you & FH exchanging wedding bands... they might just be spoiled :(
so as much a french manicure is bordering on being 'boring'...they look a lot more natural in photos!
And usually in the excitement of the fast approaching nuptials, such small details are rarely ever considered!
Did FH ask your dad for your hand in marriage?
I'm Daddy's Girl in a big way! but not in your traditional 'mushy' way...both dad & i are very straightforward & stand for no-nonsense!
Dad is not much of a 'talker' of feelings, so Mom had a good laugh when dad told her FH had approached him to ask if he'd mind if we started dating (5 years ago)!
So following the trend, FH asked my father if he could marry me...and he said this was far scarier than asking me! LOL :)
Both men mean a great deal to me, and i'm so grateful that they are at a place where they can talk openly & honestly with one another!
What marriage means to us :)
What do you girls think?
Our table names are wrought iron painted in an 'antique white'. They are an average height of 10-12cm. I'm thinking of lying them flat on the table alongside the floral arrangement. We have green organza overlays.
This one will go on the cake table alongside our Willowtree figurine 'The Promise'.
The other table names will be:
This idea was inspired by a discussion around what FH & i believe are the fundamentals of marriage, so they're very personal to us!
I have bought all 11 because i especially like that i can use a few as decor in our home after the wedding, and give some out as thank you gifts :)
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How to word your invite?
FH and I already own most of the stuff one would usually put on the gift register, but we are actually keen to visit Europe in July next year.
So in addition to a gift registry (we will still have one because we know some people like to buy an actual gift) we would like to ask for gifts of money...
But we feel as if this is incredibly awkward!
Do any of you girls have some good ideas of how to word this on the invite without seeming rude?
I heart WBC brides
Girls, you are all so fabulous and have genuinely amazing ideas!
Thank you for a fantastic forum where we can share some of these ideas, ask for honest opinions & get some excellent guidance :)
WBC has truly been a real treat so far... :)
This is why I love him!
* he's really grumpy if you wake him
* he wants to be involved in the planning process...down to the very last detail
* he gives me space to do what i enjoy & he does what he enjoys
* he cherishes me
* he surprises me with flowers. The occassion? Just because!
* he is super protective of me. Nasty lecturer? Horrible boss? My superman!
* he texts every night to tell me i'm his 'best girl'
* he texts every morning with a countdown of the days til we see each other again
* he calls every night just to hear my voice
* he loves my pooches
* he supports all my decisions - whether they're crazy or not
* he rubs my feet while we watch movies
* he rarely ever makes it through an entire movie without falling asleep
* he comes to theatre productions with me & actually enjoys it
* he accepts that i'm not a huge sports fan & doesn't mind that i take a novel to the game...as long as i'm just there with him
* he writes the most gorgeous cards...birthdays, anniversaries, valentines, Christmas
* he cant spell 'truly' & spells it wrong in every card! ;)
* he starts each card with 'Dearest My Love'
* he draws ridiculous stick-figure men confessing his undying love for me
* he sorts his chocolate candies into groups of colour because he knows thats how i like it!
* he has never lost the romance...Friday night = date night
* he doesn't tell me about the cases that he's dealing with (he's a lawyer) because he knows that they'll upset me
* he knows what LBD stands for :) (i've trained him well!)
* oh, and he is drop dead gorgeous! :) :) :)
The whole feeling of our wedding is laidback-country-romance.
My girls are wearing above-the-knee bubble dresses which aren't your 'typical' bridesmaid dresses!
Here are some variations of the braided look I'm going for...will have to chat to the girls, but we're all usually on the same page in terms of style!
Which variation do you prefer? Preferences welcome!
PS. Do you prefer with or without curls?!
Visiting our Vendor
Have emailed the vendor these pics to give him an idea of what I'm looking for.
In addition, i told him where we're getting married, the time of year, our colour scheme, and the 'theme'. I also mentioned that it's a morning wedding...just to give him an idea of the 'feel' we're going for.
I've since made an appointment with him, and he is making some mock-up's for us to view when we go in!
He has been so prompt & really helpful that i'm prepared to pay slightly more for his services!
He also offers a service whereby he puts together a DIY pack, with your selected print etc if you want a 'girly' morning when all moms, FMIL, bridesmaids etc get together to make the invites which i thought is quite a fun option!
Which do you ladies like best? I especially like invite 2 and invite 7!