With Thanksgiving around the corner, Engagement Season is ring(ing) in, pun intended!
Engagement Season, lasting from Thanksgiving until Valentine's Day, with an emphasis on Christmas and New Year's', is the time of year where nearly 40% of couples become engaged. Why is it that so many couples become engaged during this time frame you ask? According to Ellen Lamont, assistant professor of sociology at Appalachian State University says that "The holiday's are a time of creating a sense of family, creating rituals and family meaning. You're literally bringing family together during the holidays, but with the marriage proposal you're symbolically creating a new family."
Statistics show that a whopping 18% of couples become engaged in December and 10% in February. According to Wedding Wire, the 10 most common engagement dates are the following:
1. Christmas Day
2. Valentine's Day
3. Christmas Eve
4. New Year's Day
5. New Year's Eve
6. Day before Valentine's Day
7. Saturday before Christmas Eve (December 17th)
8. Two Saturday's before Christmas Eve (December 10th)
9. December 23rd
10. Independence Day (July 4th)
It may come as no surprise that these days are some of the most popular for proposals, but to others it might. While the date of your proposal might be very important, for some brides the engagement ring itself is even more important than the actual proposal.
Are you expecting a marriage proposal this Engagement Season? Has your SO (significant other) been dropping hints? Tell us your proposal story in the comments!
And men, don't forget, if you need help planning the perfect proposal for your lady be sure to contact us, you won't regret it!
So you've had multiple conversations with your hubby about what to do for Thanksgiving. You've talked about going to his family or yours and all the pros & cons and have come to the conclusion that you know what? You're going to do your own thing and just host it at your home and bring everyone together! They all like each other anyway right? This could be the best solution ever! But let's be honest, it could also be some very risky business if not planned for correctly. Here are some life saving tips to help make your Thanksgiving as stress free as possible!
Know Who's Coming
What's the total guest count? Do you need to get extra seating?
Find out by calling/texting everyone and letting them know you're hosting and if they plan of joining. Once you have an average headcount you can start to plan out the layout of the house for Turkey Day.
Decide on Who is Bringing What
Mom always make the stuffing... but so does your new sister in law. No need to fret, just make a list of all the delicious food you need to make the perfect feast and delegate it out. Tell mom that you've got the stuffing covered this time and would actually love to have that yummy peach cobbler she made a few years ago instead. Make sure everyone is on the same page with this so that there aren't awkward conversations about who's dish is better or why there are two of the same desserts but no green bean casserole. Yikes!
It's Okay if Some Stuff Comes From a Can!
I mean of course you may want to at least attempt to make a nice apple pie or something from scratch. This is your time to shine! Have fun with it! But you also don't want to stress about it. No one expects you to suddenly become a chef just because your hosting! (Well some of them might) but trust me, Libby's pumpkin pie mix is just as satisfying! Tis the season for new traditions. This is your first Thanksgiving as newlyweds! Do what makes you comfortable!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
As much as you plan and prepare, some things just can't be controlled. So if the turkey burns (God forbid) or if some one really did forget the green bean casserole, don't let it ruin your day. Be grateful for the extended family that you have just acquired and have an amazing turkey day!
As far as we’re concerned, one of the best parts of wedding planning is getting creative with every little detail. What’s one little yet so important of a detail? ALCOHOL!!! It is such a fun and easy detail to add into your dream wedding! Most weddings will have an open bar with an assortment of liquor and beer but having a couple signature cocktails bring a fun and unique way for the bride and groom to show their wedding personality and theme. We have collected up a few of our favorite signature cocktails with the recipes to get your cocktail idea juices flowing! (Pun intended) I’ll also include a list of ideas for your wedding drinks!!
Cardamom Berry Smash
Honey Bourbon (makes 4 servings)
Have a signature cocktail that you served at your wedding? Leave us a comment below to let us know what your favorite is!
All of us have more than likely heard the term “It’s bad luck to see the bride before the wedding” or “something blue,” but many of us have never stopped to think where these traditions originate from and whether or not they are true. In this blog post, we are going to dive into 5 of the most common wedding traditions and superstitions.
Carrying a Bride over the Threshold
It is said the groom must carry his bride over the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits that are lurking below, but where did this tradition originate from? It is said that Western Europeans were one of the many who believed that if a bride tripped over the threshold of her new home, this would irrevocably bring not only bad luck to her home but also her marriage. However, the grooms appear to be immune from such thing which is the reason that he is responsible for carrying the bride into the home, eliminating this possibility all together. Not only does being carried over the threshold by the groom prevent her from bad luck but also from spirit intrusion. According to Western Europeans, brides’ bodies were supposedly great havens for unattached spirits. Carrying her across the threshold eliminates the possibility of both these occurrences and prevents her from both physical and mental illness.
Engagement & Wedding Rings
Many of us in the United States particularly wear our engagement and wedding rings on the fourth finger of our left hand but have you ever stopped and asked yourself why this is? According to the Romans the vein in your fourth finger on your left hand was once thought to lead directly to your heart. This vein was referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’. Unfortunately, science later disproved this theory finding that all of your fingers have veins leading directly to your heart, but the tradition lives on!
Seeing the Bride before the Wedding
It was often thought that seeing the bride before the wedding would bring bad luck on the couple. With the rising popularity of “First Looks” done by photographers, does this mean that couples are doomed? Think again! The tradition of not “seeing the bride before the ceremony” leads back to the time when arranged marriages were custom. The betrothed couple was not allowed to see one another before the wedding for any reason. During this time weddings were looked upon as a business arrangement between the two families rather than a coming together of two hearts because of love. A father would be pleased if his daughter were to marry into a family that was rich and land-owning which is why he would not allow the groom to meet his bride until the wedding. A father would fear that the groom would not find the bride attractive and then call off the wedding, leading to great shame on the family. Due to this, it became a tradition that the bride and groom were not allowed to see each other until the ceremony otherwise it was “bad luck”. And what about the veil? Believe it or not, the veil’s only purpose was to cover up the bride until the last possible second so that the groom could not see her. Romantic, right?
Something old, something new…
The Victorian rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, is an old tradition that is said to bring a bride good luck. What does each saying really mean? Wearing “something old” would express a newlywed couple’s desire to maintain a connection with their family once they enter married life. A common gift would be an old garter given to the bride by a happily married woman so that the bride herself could enjoy a happy marriage. The saying “something new” meant the couple was creating a prosperous new union, lasting forever with health, happiness and success. “Something borrowed” was meant for the bride’s friends or family to give her something special as a representation of their love. “Something blue” represented fidelity and constancy which derives from an old Israel tradition to symbolize their promise to their new husband. And finally, “a silver sixpence in her shoe,” which ends the rhyme and is less commonly known. This phrase was meant for a bride to place a penny in her shoe to bring her a life filled with good fortune. Today, it is common for many modern brides to follow by this tradition. So, is it good luck? Who knows, but it never hurts to try!
Saving the top layer of your wedding cake for your anniversary
You most likely have heard this rhyme on your elementary playground, “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!”. You’re probably thinking what does this song have to do with a wedding cake? However, there is a distinct connection between the two! It was once thought that once a wedding took place a baby would follow not long after, therefore a wedding and a christening were more often than not linked, as were the cakes that were baked for these occasions. With the rise of fancy, multi-tiered wedding cakes in the 19th century, many people got creative in which to save the leftover cake. Typically, the top tier of the wedding cake was left over, and couples would save the tier of cake for their babies christening. The bottom tier for the reception, the middle for distributing and the top tier for the christening. In today’s day and age, it seems that the time frame between weddings and christenings has grown wider. With these two events becoming disassociated, couples now enjoy saving the top layer of their cake to eat on their first wedding anniversary. Not everyone follows by this tradition, but many couples do opt to have their wedding baker recreate the top of their wedding cake to enjoy as a celebration of their anniversary. How cute is that?
So it finally happened! Your best friend (or sister, cousin, etc) finally asked you to be her Maid of Honor! This is the moment you have been waiting for! …. Now what? It’s true, every bride is a little different when it comes to what is expected of their right hand person on the big day. Some stuff might be delegated to her mom, and others, she might just want to do on her own! In any case here are some key events and tasks that you want to be responsible for, or to have at least asked about: