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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Time for the prenuptial talk Greenshoot Media OK, so prenuptial agreements may not be the happiest of topics to consider when planning your wedding. But more than one third of single adults say they would ask a significant other to sign a prenup, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive. And with the country’s divorce rate hovering around the 50-percent mark according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people are starting to explore the option of a prenup. Proponents say a prenup doesn’t necessarily signal a lack of faith in marriage, but more so a protec-

tion against an unlikely and unforeseen circumstance. Traditionalists are generally against the thought of prenups, deciding instead to trust that their marriage is built to last.

a divorce this means that a spouse who didn’t contribute as much as the other monetarily could still receive all joint items and finances. Prenups can also be comprised of a plan for protectWhat is a prenup? ing family heirlooms, as well No matter what side you as distinguishing the differfall on, it is important for ences between marital and you to understand the basics separate property. of what a prenup is and how using one could affect your Who signs prenups? marriage. Divorce mediators often Prenuptial agreements are urge prenups for people getfluid and flexible, but more often than not are imple- ting married for the second mented to protect financial time and for ones with chilsecurity in case of a divorce. dren or wealthy parents. Divorcees may come into Most laws say that married people share assets, their next marriage skeptical If you are considering ini- ily law attorney to draft and property and debts equally, and afraid of going through them feel more secure that regardless of whose name the same process once more. their financial futures won’t tiating a prenup, consult discuss all aspects of a pois on the titles or deeds. In Creating a prenup can help be negatively harmed again. with a board-certified fam- tential document.

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Throwing the perfect bridal shower Offer up a few ideas if asked, be prepared to be the center of attention and be ready for anything for a special night of celebrating Greenshoot Media While some brides like to be involved in all aspects of their wedding and related celebrations, tradition leaves it up to the bridesmaids to throw the bridal shower. These events can range from informal get-togethers at a local restaurant to a fancy shindig at an upscale resort. If your friends will be planning your shower, be

sure to offer up a few ideas if asked. If you give them some general direction of how you would like the party to play out, then they will be more likely to plan the perfect party.

Look your best Don’t forget to wear your shiny new engagement ring to your shower, as well as any party dress or accessories that will help you stick out from the crowd. You will naturally be the

center of attention at your bridal shower, so it is a good idea to be stylish and sleek. You want parting guests to be talking about your outfit and natural glow.

It’s your party … but no crying Nothing will rack up “bride-zilla” points quicker than someone throwing a fit over the shower her friends planned for her. If you give your friends the green light, then you should be ready for anything. This means being willing to go with the flow if they have a few surprises to throw your way.

Go the distance Tips for a destination wedding Brandpoint

they get engaged. While the summer months are typically most popular for couples, when choosing a date, Cox recommends considering a Friday or weekday wedding, or planning the big day during the less-crowded but still desirable shoulder seasons (spring and fall).

These days, one in four weddings is a destination wedding, giving couples — and their guests — a reason to blend the joy of a marriage celebration with a fun and memorable vacation. Planning a destination wedding suitable for all your attendees is easier than you Select a destination think, thanks to some key that caters to all guests insights from Myrtle BeachConsider a location with based expert wedding plansomething for everyone. ner, Cheryl Cox. Myrtle Beach, S.C., is the perfect example. The destiPlan ahead Cox says nine to 12 months nation offers pristine greens is the optimum planning for golf enthusiasts, musetime, especially for a desti- ums and historic plantations nation wedding. Many cou- for cultural buffs, delicious ples start planning a desti- Coastal Carolina cuisine nation wedding as soon as for the foodies, fun in the

sun with a day at the beach or one of the many water parks, and for brides looking for some quality time with the girls, numerous spas for a day of pampering. Plus, there are plenty of lodging options for your guests including oceanfront resorts, beach home rentals and quaint bed and breakfasts.

Research ceremony locations Beautiful and unique ceremony locations are one of the perks of having a destination wedding. “Research wedding venues, travel and accommodation options, and rates, then rank the venues you like best,” suggests Cox.

Even if you are less than impressed with certain aspects of your party — or who makes it onto the invite list — just remember how much work your friends put into planning a special night for your big celebration.

Ask for advice If your friends ask you for any input during the party planning phase, be sure to mention the idea of gathering advice, especially from female guests who have been married for long periods of time. Guests can be pre-mailed a blank recipe card or advice

sheet and be asked to bring the completed documents to the shower. It’s always a good idea to

listen to and respect your elders, especially ones who have found happiness and longevity in their marriages.


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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Patterns are the new trend

Polka dots, plaid and stripes, oh my! Greenshoot Media Patterns are taking the wedding world by storm as more and more brides are opting for uniquely whimsical events. And wedding experts aren’t calling the pattern trend a passing fad. Bridal shows from California to New York have seen an uptick in designers showing off pattered dresses over the past few years. When matched with a classic color scheme, polka dots and plaid can help create a contemporary yet quirky wedding theme.

The attire While you won’t spot many brides donning full-on polka-dotted dresses as they walk down the aisle, patterns

are becoming part of wardrobe accessories. Groom and groomsmen vests, lapels or ties offer the perfect pieces for a little customized patterning. Bride and bridesmaid veils, shawls or corsages can also be spiced up with subtle stripes or plaid patterns. The key to pulling off patterned success is cohesion across your wedding party. Don’t ask your bridesmaids to wear polka dots and the groomsmen to don stripes. A little consistency can go a long way.

The decorations

backs and even aisle runner can look great in patterns. You can even give guests a sneak peek into your theme by sending out patterned invitations, RSVP cards and dinner menus for the reception.

The food And speaking of dinner menus, you can even infuse patterns into your wedding fare. Patterned napkins

and plates can help strengthen your theme during dinner, while your cake be totally decked out in polka dots or stripes. Let your cake designer get creative with layering patterns together or with only patterning one or two tiers of your cake. Guests will love your attention to detail and the effort you put into integrating patterns into every aspect of your event.

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Plan ahead so you can always remember your big day Greenshoot Media Your wedding ceremony and reception will go by in a flash. You spend countless hours planning the perfect event and when the day finally arrives it seems to move in a fast-forward pace. Preserving the memories from your special day can help you hold on to the feelings of love, support and excitement that accompany it. So whether you opt for video, photography or another method to record the day’s events, be sure to have a plan ahead of time so you’re not scrambling for ideas at the last minute.


tication to your event by fol- gagement to the day of your wedding — and even While quality photograph- lowing proper etiquette. for years to come — a wedic equipment is becom- Videographer ding journal is a great way ing more widely available, Video is a powerful option it may not be such a good for preserving your wedding to record your thoughts and idea to ask your wannabe- memories, as it affords you emotions related to your photographer cousin to take the opportunity to watch marriage. Initially you can use it to the photos of your wedding yourself walk down the aisle jot down ideas for the wedwith their SLR camera. over and over again. A professional videog- ding and reception while A camera takes great pictures just like a kitchen rapher can set up multiple also writing about your makes delicious food. You cameras to capture your happiness, excitement and need an expert operator to wedding and reception from expectations for married every angle, and even in get great results. Shopping carefully for a crisp HD format. Be ready to shell out a professional photographer big portion of your wedcan be one of the best deci- ding budget for this option, sions you make. They’ll not though. Quality video techonly be able to get spectacu- nicians don’t come cheap. lar images from your big day, but they’ll also add an air of Wedding journal professionalism and sophisFrom the day of your en-

life. Writing in a journal can the eyes of your guests. also serve as a type of release Lay two or three cameras from the stress of planning a on each table and let your wedding. friends and family members play photographer for a Disposable cameras night. They are likely to offer Want a fun way to capture you snapshots into the parts memories and make your guests a part of the story? of the party that you weren’t Consider using disposable able to see for yourself, supcameras. They are an af- plementing the traditional fordable option for captur- images from your profesing your wedding through sional photographer.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Localizing your wedding Incorporate what your area is known for into your wedding with your food, atmosphere or environment Greenshoot Media Where we live defines us. The local culture and traditions become part of our daily lives. We take pride in what our area is well-known for, whether that be food, natural beauty or a bustling cityscape. Brides across the country are choosing to fuse these distinguishing factors into their weddings. Read the list below to find out what is trending in a geographical location near you.

West Coast weddings The beach How can you not get married on a beach if you live next to the Pacific Ocean? Beachside weddings offer spectacular views and a laid-back atmosphere.

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Gourmet food trucks pull in to weddings Add diversity to your rehearsal dinner, reception and after-party with novelty and flair that will leave your guests talking Greenshoot Media Especially in bigger cities, gourmet food trucks are popping up at weddings at an incredible pace. Baked chicken and roast are being shoved to the side in favor of zesty tacos and sushi. And gourmet trucks not only add diversity to your rehearsal dinner, reception or after-party, they provide a certain novelty and flair that will leave your guests talking about your wedding

for years to come.

their order ahead of time, making for shorter lines and greater anticipation for your big day.

hot or cold day, be sure to have ice cream cones or hot chocolate as an option for your guests.

Spring is best

More than one truck?

Depending on the size of Guest-centered menus your guest list, your friends One of the biggest benefits and family members will probably be standing in line to having a gourmet truck cater your wedding is menu for a while waiting to place their orders. That’s why a diversity. Your guests can seasonable spring day may simply walk up to the truck be the best option for hiring and place a custom order. a gourmet food truck. This turns the traditional Summer heat or the chilly one-size-fits-all wedding fall air can take away from model on its head. Let your guests know prior the enjoyment — no matter to the party which company how great the food is. If your party is dampened you plan on using. Doing so will allow them time to plan by an uncharacteristically

The last thing you want to see is your guests waiting in line for hours. Gourmet food trucks can generally feed hundreds of people, just not in a short amount of time. If you have hundreds of guests coming to your party, you may consider hiring two or even three trucks to keep up with demand. You could even bring in two different companies to give your guests even more options and convenience.

Localize Continued from G6 Find aspects of your local community that you can tie into a rustic ceremony.

Simplicity The South and simplicity go hand in hand, as more and more brides are taking the same approach to scaled-back ceremonies and receptions. Nix the photo booths and loud dance music and get back to

what weddings are all about: Two people celebrating their love for each other in the company of supportive loved ones.

wedding environment. An elegant ceremony followed by a classy party with a jazz band just screams to be enjoyed on a rooftop.

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Lobster constantly makes its way into the wedding menu for East Coast wedRooftop dings. And why not? If there Many city-dwelling brides is a food that your local area and grooms are taking to the is popular for producing, rooftop, utilizing their end- then incorporating it into less city view for a stunning your meal is a no-brainer.

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EXTREME WEDDINGS Take your adventures to the next level

Greenshoot Media Did you meet your soonto-be spouse scuba diving, rock climbing or during a triathlon? If you are nodding your head, why would you plan an ordinary wedding? Extreme weddings have become the norm for adventurous couples everywhere as they ditch the traditional for the thrilling. Why walk when you can dirt bike down the aisle? Why arrive to your reception in a limousine when you can amaze your guests with a hot-air balloon entrance? The options are endless for the truly audacious.

among the fish and sea creatures will be a memory that lasts forever.

Cliff-top views

Many extreme couples prefer to go up instead of down under for their wedding ceremonies. They are taking to the cliff-tops, mountainsides and even hot-air balloons to celebrate their special days. Some venues offer skiing and snowboarding ceremonies, as well, to really showcase your extreme side. Coordinate with your local national park officials or wedding planner. They will be able to provide you details on cost, options and Underwater ceremonies potential liability issues. Many aquariums, profesZero-G weddings sional diving services and even zoos offer underwater Ever since the first zerowedding experiences. If gravity wedding was celyou don’t feel comfortable ebrated in 2009, more and asking your wedding party more couples have opted for to head underwater with this high-flying, sky-falling you, they can watch from the land while you and your option. Couples and their wedspouse officially tie the knot ding parties take a ride on sporting scuba gear and an airplane that climbs to snorkels. high altitudes and then falls Sharing your first kiss as intermittently to produce a legally married couple

periods of weightlessness. If the idea of floating through your vows sounds exciting to you — and you don’t generally suffer from motion sickness — then the zero-gravity wedding may be for you.


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