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By Rachel Fogel – Wedding Assistant – Some Like it Classic Wedding and Event Design
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe; this poem has become a tradition that brides uphold to this day. It can be difficult to infuse this classic ideology into modern weddings, but with the use of antique heirlooms, the solution is simple. Family heirlooms can be interpreted as absolutely anything ranging from a piece of jewelry, to your mothers veil, to intangible items as well, making the gamut of possibilities endless. It is important to inject a piece of your family and history into your special day, but that does not mean that you can’t add a modern twist.
Whether you have your grandmother’s pearls or your mother’s wedding dress, these items can either keep their original form or get molded into a new item. Many women wear jewelry that has been worn in past generations or transform the pieces into modern rings, additions to their veils, part of their bouquet, and even as jewels on their dresses. Another great alternative to wearing the exact dress that your mother wore is to take a piece of it and create the “something old” component to your day. With even just a piece of lace you can make a garter, a handkerchief, and more. Although the heirlooms are amazing ways to incorporate tradition into your wedding, there are some unconventional options as well.
Creativity is essential in keeping with a modern day theme and traditional does not mean boring. An heirloom is not necessarily a physical object. Your parents first dance song, their choice in color combinations, the location of their wedding, or even a specific pose in a picture are all ways to utilize heirlooms in a way that can be contemporary and altered into any style. A unique idea could be to present your spouse with a gift that someone in your family has used on their wedding day.
The poem is significant in that it represents good-luck items through the use of antique heirlooms. Its nature is old and traditional, but has the opportunity to utilize any contemporary idea based on the individual bride. There is no right or wrong item. At Some Like It Classic, we picked out some of our favorite modern heirlooms that perfectly fit the poem!
By Alicia French
Weddings are something that won’t go away, ever. Regardless of the economic state of the country or various other trends, weddings are pretty stable. People may scale back in times of economic slump, but weddings none the less still occur. An average of 2.3 million couples get married each year in the United States adding up to around $72 billion spent on wedding festivities. According to The Knot, the average wedding cost is nearly $30,000. If couples scaled back by just 10% and donated that amount to charity instead: weddings could raise $7.2 billion dollars. Imagine what that could do for sick children, hungry families or cancer research.
Weddings are a celebration of love and agreeably one of the happiest days in a couple’s life. I don’t denounce their importance or mean to suggest they should be eliminated. However, if each of the 2.3 million people that get married each year agreed to donate just a small portion of their budget to charity or make choices that benefit charity, there is no question that lives could be changed or even saved.
Luckily, couples can contribute to change without any sacrifice on their part. One way to incorporate charity into your big day is through vendor selection. Instead of simply choosing a vendor based on talent or price, consider asking them if they are involved with any charities. You may be surprised to find out that many of the vendors or products you planned to buy anyway give a portion of their proceeds directly to charity. ONEHOPE Wine, for example, gives a percentage of their wine sales to charity at no additional cost to you. Additionally vendors like Reeves Photography and Tangled Lilac Photography (formerly Melissa Dunstan Photography) give actively to local charities both in time and in money. Therefore, by booking them, you are essentially contributing to the charity that they support. The fact that you even inquired about charity may inspire vendors to get more involved as they often base their services around the needs and requests of clients.
Why weddings? Like I said, they will continue to occur and money will continue to be designated for the purpose and spent accordingly. It is common to overspend while getting wrapped up in all the details which may cause some buyer’s remorse when all is said and done. However, if you knew your photographer or florist contributed to the greater good you would have the satisfaction of knowing your purchase changed lives long after the wedding was over. Imaging the impact if everyone just made a small step to incorporate charity into their wedding. It’s just a small shift in perspective, really. Would it change the world? I don’t know, but I would be interested in seeing what it could change.
Alicia French is author of Giving the Good Life.
Wedding favors are chosen for a variety of reasons. They can be chosen to honor a special memory the couple shares, help set the theme of the reception, or to portray a cause that the newlyweds are passionate about. Some are practical, some seasonal, and some all about FUN. Nonetheless, all are unique in their own special way and have their own special meaning for the couple.
Theme and seasonal favors will continue to be favorites for 2012: movie, wine, beach, black and white, birds, and lots of color. These fun options really give a reception a cohesive look! Eco-friendly favors will increase in popularity and vintage inspired favors will show that old is new.
Make sure to check out these and so many more at So Sweet Weddings. We also carry wedding invitations, baby shower favors, bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, reception and DIY wedding supplies.
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