Wedding Ideas

Monday, November 28, 2016

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas With Singer Acoustic Guitarist Johnny Gonzales!

I hope you spend a warm and cozy Christmas listening to my album of standard and eclectic renditions of the season.

Blending fiery acoustic guitar solos and introspective arrangements, your next
Christmas party will  be an event to remember.

You can stream and download your favorite Christmas songs at iTunes.

You can also purchase the entire CD from Amazon

There's also an original composition called "Heaves Glorious King" that encompasses the holidays.

Yes. Jesus is the reason for the season.

Be safe and have fun this holiday. 

Merry Christmas!    

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wedded Love Amongst Autumnal Trees

Autumn fingers pull me inward from the day,
Cooled between shadows there we can play,
Green blades of pillows,
Quilted patches of leaves,
The sun swathes in clear blue,
There wedded love amongst Autumnal trees.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

If you've got it, flaunt it! Daughter of Chechen oil tycoon gets married in spectacular £240,000 wedding gown in Monaco

The daughter of a Chechen oil oligarch has got married in a stunning £240,000 wedding dress.

Student Elina Bazhaeva, 21, married entrepreneur Bek Ali Khan Mamakaev, 25, in the city-state of Monaco in a showstopping glittery wedding dress and a huge train.

The eye-catching ensemble was made by Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad and cost 20 million roubles (£242,000). 

Read more:Daily Mail

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Body Paint Wedding Dresses That Hide Nothing At All

The most exciting thing about a wedding is probably the white wedding gown chosen by the bride.

It should fit perfectly and she should look extravagant in it. But what if the traditional wedding gown is replaced by a painting?

Body painting of the wedding dress is the new ‘in’ thing for this wedding season. Instead of buying expensive gowns and spending so much time in every boutique, it is easier, less expensive and super creative to get married in a body painting wedding dress.

Read more from sooziQ

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Newlywed Life in a Tiny Grain Silo Home

Most newlyweds are prepared for their first home to be a bit, well,
small. But Christoph Kaiser and Shauna Thibault, from Phoenix, Arizona,
are taking things to the extreme, calling a 366-square-foot grain silo
home. That's right—the newlyweds live in one of those metal cylinders meant for bulk grain storage.

Read more from Country Living 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Wedding Crasher of Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln, Neb. — LAST summer I attended more than a dozen wedding receptions without ever leaving the comfort of my bathroom. This was not by choice. In the aftermath of my divorce, I moved to Lincoln, Neb., with the idea of “starting over” in my head. Of course this required renting a fantastic apartment that had nothing in common with the suburban house my ex-husband and I had just put on the market.

Read more from the New York Times 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What Are We Listening To At Weddings? Spotify Data Confirms Too Much Ed Sheeran And Journey

With marriage season in full swing, the streaming service Spotify has revealed an analysis of wedding-themed playlists, and it turns out we’ve been doing a lot of thinking out loud during our first dances.

Specifically, according to global music streaming leader Spotify, the young British folkie Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is the most popular song to accompany brides and fathers on the dance floor.

Based on an analysis of playlists, the hit, about Sheeran’s undying devotion to a soulmate long after “my hair's all but gone and my memory fades/ And the crowds don't remember my name,” eclipsed the second most popular song, Etta James’ perennial favorite “At Last.”

Read more from LA Times

Monday, July 11, 2016

Reformation’s New Bridal Collection Will Get You Excited About Wedding Season Again

When it gets to the point that your Instagram feed has turned into one long stream of white lace dresses and clever hashtags, and you’re beginning to lose track of which weddings you still have on your calendar this year, it’s easy to feel a little over it with this whole “wedding season” business. The folks at Reformation must be well aware of the ennui, since they’ve timed the launch of their new, Fall 2016 bridal collection to provide a jolt of excitement right when it’s needed most.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Golfer Misses Cut In Pro Debut, Gets Marriage Proposal

© Golf Kasey Petty missed the cut at the U.S. Women's Open, but then was proposed to.

Kasey Petty made her pro debut at the U.S. Women's Open, and it didn't go as well as she would have liked. Or perhaps it did.

Petty, a recent University of Findlay graduate, made her first major appearance this week at Cordevalle in California, but missed the cut after carding 81-83 in her first two rounds. But on Friday, she didn't have much time to be upset. Jacob Miller, her boyfriend, swing coach and an assistant golf coach at Findlay, proposed to Petty right after her round.

Read more from MSN 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Love Dancing? Then These Things Definitely Stand True For You

Have your wedding shoes ready to dance?

All your summer holidays were spent in dance classes. Joining these classes used to be the only agenda that you and your girls during the vacations. You loved these classes so much that you did not hesitate to cancel a trip to your relative's house because you did not want to miss a session.

Read more from iDiva

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

30 Patriotic 4th of July Decorating Ideas

From Good Housekeeping here are some great 4th of July Decorating Ideas for your special event this weekend. Whetehr wedding or just a small hang out with a few friends these ideas will be dynamite for the 4th, 2016.

See more from MSN Lifestyle

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The First No. 1 Hit To Feature A Sitar-The Genius Melody Of Brian Jones 1966

"Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today.
In the mid-60s, bands like the Stones and the Beatles were looking to expand their musical horizons with new instruments.

For this song Brian Jones learned to play the sitar, an instrument with about 20 strings that is heard primarily in Indian classical music. This is the first song featuring a sitar to top the U.S. pop chart.

Seattle remembers here

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Silly Love Songs? No. Fantastic Wedding Love Songs From Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 so today he is celebrating his 74th birthday. McCartney, also known as Macca among his fans, might still be best known for his work with The Beatles, but it’s not like he hasn’t kept busy in the past 46 years since the Fab Four broke up. He has become one of the most prolific songwriters of our time and is officially considered the most successful songwriter of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records.

McCartney is one of the best pop songwriters and performers of his generation. He might not be your favorite Beatle, but fans of his work know that there’s usually at least one gem on every one of his albums. To help you sort out the good from the bad, I’ve picked the best ones you need to listen to on his birthday, along with some personal favorites you might have missed.

Read  more here 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Romance - Edgar Allan Poe

Romance, who loves to nod and sing,
With drowsy head and folded wing,
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been- a most familiar bird-
Taught me my alphabet to say-
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child- with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal Condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky.
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings-
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away- forbidden things!
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.

Artist Increasingly Hired To Paint Live Scenes At Wedding Receptions

By The Columbus Dispatch  • 
The work of Keith “Von” Hasenbalg offered a pleasant distraction for guests in the buffet line at a recent wedding reception.

And they were essentially watching paint dry.

From behind his easel, the “live event artist” captured a single scene — the cake cutting — in acrylic hues.

“Originally, I thought, ‘Why would people want to watch this?’ ” said Hasenbalg, a Northwest Side resident.

Read more from The Columbus Dispatch

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Baker, Montana Firefighters Wedding Reception Is Wedding Crashed When First Responders Alert Ring After EF-3 Tornado Hits

 Becca and Hugo Bumgardner, both of them Baker firefighters, had rather a big day on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Becca Bumgardner)

Posted: Jun 15, 2016 7:58 AM CST Updated: Jun 15, 2016 8:03 AM CST



Hugo and Becca Bumgardner were wed Saturday evening in Marmarth, N.D., 15 miles east of their home in Baker.

Like nine or 10 people on hand for the wedding, Hugo and Becca are members of the Baker Rural Fire Department. At the reception afterward, right after dinner, numerous pagers started going off, alerting them to one of the biggest disasters in the history of Baker.

“We had just finished eating,” Becca said, “and thank goodness we got through the meal, because we were up pretty much all through the night.”

Read more from KPAX.COM Missoula & Western Montana

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

6 Flag Day Wedding Celebration Ideas

For the Flag is a celebration of liberty in love for country, love for the freedom to love, the love of preserving marriage, the love for self-protection, the love for standing on principle and the love for faith.

Today, Flag Day here in America, remember

Just remember the moments of your love bannered by the cost and courage of our founding fathers.

In relation to wedding. it is a perfect match. Here are some ideas to celebrate Flag Day for your wedding. Perhaps today you are already getting married and I say CONGRATULATIONS! For others, here are my suggestions:

Number 1. The wedding and the love for country could easily be as simple as a donation at the ceremony or afterwards to your favorite U.S. historical foundation or museum. Or it can incorporate the colors of red, white and blue in your wedding.

Number 2. The wedding and the love for the freedom to love speaks of independence. This independence can be chronicled with the couples favorite literature or perhaps a patriotic song lyric. Each of you chose one another. Independent minded yet in union with purpose formed.      

Number 3. The wedding and the preservation of union is your wedding. Our founding fathers brought in union the love of liberty with their declaration of life, love and pursuit of happiness. Your wedding should celebrate that. You are now one mind, one love, one heart, one faith. Bring together different elements to your wedding that when joined together creates a brand new element. From flowers to table cloths and drapery to foods and drinks. Their, your union is symbolized. 

Number 4. The wedding and the love for self-protection gives both of you the covenant to always be there for one another through all of life's struggles and joys. Protecting one another in marriage is related to the protection our flag symbolizes. Express it with your wedding bands, or even a wedding portrait or perhaps a his and her monogram set of self defense items. Anything that reminds you of protection is great 

Number 5. The wedding and the love for standing on principle is synonymous with the Pledge of Allegiance to one another or the wedding vow. Make your vow a vow of rock solid principle, for instance, like "our marriage, under God, indivisible, her liberty and the love of each others justice in all." Just a suggestion, but you know what I mean. Make your principle a special one for the two of you.

Number 6. The wedding and the love for faith is the Wedding. Yes, believe it or not, your wedding is a love of faith in each other. It is the public proclamation of your faith in each other, before God, that is remembered on Flag Day and should be remembered as your faith toward one another. Our faith for our Republic is the same as your faith for her, and her faith for you. Its unshakeable. Its lacking nothing. Its forever.

Your wedding will be forever.
As we remember our Flag Day here in America, keep to heart how your wedding will  be remembered.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Couple Wins First Burke Baker Planetarium Wedding Contest

Katie Sherborne is an attorney by day and a self-proclaimed nerd.

"I was always a nerd, growing up, today," said Sherborne.

At night you can often find her dressed up, and we're not talking about a cocktail dress.

"I love sci-fi and outer space," said Sherborne.

So when the new Burke Baker Planetarium at the Museum of Natural Science announced a contest for the first wedding under the stars, she entered her story. Katie said "the stars" have always been a part of her world since her father was a pioneer in the NASA Space Program.

Read more from Houston ABC13

Utah Woman Becomes Finalist In Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest 2nd Year In A Row

By Arianne Brown, Contributor   |  Posted Jun 9th, 2016 @ 9:11am

WOODLAND HILLS — Toilet paper is one of life’s necessities, but it serves another purpose for one Utah woman. She uses it to make beautiful wedding dresses.

Judy Henry, a 68-year-old grandmother from Woodland Hills, is a top 10 finalist out of 1,500 entrants nationwide for the annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Presented By Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin Toilet Paper.

Henry said she has been sewing since she was old enough to tether a sewing machine. She has also been using toilet paper, including tearing out pages of old Sears or Penneys catalogs to use as toilet paper in an outhouse in her backyard farm in southern Utah, for many years as well. So, when the link for the contest popped up on her computer last summer, she said she just couldn’t get the idea out of her head.

Read more from Utah


To Have And To Hold: Businesses Prep For Summer Wedding Season

TWIN FALLS • Vampire romance, country chic or a Hawaiian beach.

While Pinterest and other social media have driven the rustic and shabby-chic themes for the area’s top wedding trends, business owners say, couples are finding ways to make their big day truly their own.

“They’re choosing things that reflect their own personalities,” said Tacie Wright, owner and photographer at T Wright Photography.

Bride-to-be Jayleen Ichokowan is originally from Hawaii and wanted to incorporate her origins into her rustic theme. She plans an evening wedding at the Risk Barn in Jerome, with beach and country related décor, much of which is rented.

“That way, you don’t have to deal with it later,” Ichokowan said.

She’ll be making wine bottle torches herself — an idea she discovered on Pinterest. Some business owners say Pinterest and wedding-themed television shows have surpassed the traditional wedding magazine in popularity for brides seeking ideas.

Catrina Gurule of Heyburn found her inspiration from another source: the “Twilight” films based on Stephanie Meyer’s vampire romance book series. The flowers, cake, décor and the date itself — Aug. 13 — were chosen to mirror the wedding of main characters Bella and Edward.

Read more from Southern Idaho Business News section at Magic 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Wedding Style Solved! The Cutest Customizable Bridal Pajamas

Desmond & Dempsey
Photo: Courtesy of Desmond & Dempsey 

It all started, Molly Goddard explained over coffee earlier this month, when she was looking for a way to stop getting in trouble. The petite, upbeat blonde had been filching her beau’s shirts to wear to bed—and breakfast, and out to brunch, and beyond—and he was starting to feel the strain on his wardrobe. He bought her silk pajamas to wear instead, and they were exquisite—but maybe too much so. They felt too precious to actually, you know, wear. Enter Desmond & Dempsey, the duo’s joint passion project and the company soon to be known for filling the hole in your wardrobe that you never knew existed: incredibly cute cotton pajamas in covetable prints inspired by Florentine marbling techniques and more classic fare, like pineapples and palm leaves, all of which you can tumble dry and wear without worry. The pants are intended to be worn slouchy, for boyish allure (or hoisted up to the natural waist after overindulging on waffles); the shirts are cut to work as well with your favorite jeans as they do when tumbled into bed. (And like any good relationship, they improve with time.)

Read it here at Vogue

Saturday, June 4, 2016

50 Brilliant Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding

Want to have the wedding of your dreams without going into major debt? With proper planning, it’s totally possible. Yes, we know many of you have been planning this event in your head for years. Okay, maybe since childhood. But there are ways to get what you want without letting the budget get way out of hand. (Booze is great, but three signature cocktails isn’t really necessary.) Here’s what to do: Prioritise your needs versus wants, make a plan — and stick to it. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you’re happy and relaxed, not thinking about bills. These 50 helpful money-saving wedding tips will help you stretch your big-day budget.

MSN has done an outstanding job on this article and you can read more here.

Friday, June 3, 2016

A Shakespearean Wedding Or Honeymoon? Why Not! From House Tours to Sing-Along Performances: 14 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary

Forbidden Love: A Secret Relationship, Until Mom and Dad Needed to Know

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Consumer Reports: How To Save On Weddings

Weddings are expensive. So Consumer Reports asked experts – planners, bridal industry insiders and newlyweds – for their best strategies on how to keep a lid on costs.

• Rent a gown. Designer gowns, used and new, are available for a fraction of their original price.
• Buy a used gown or designer sample. Local thrift stores, including Goodwill, are sources.

Read more here

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Dream Wedding Was An Elopement

For me, the most romantic way to get married was to elope.

I didn't always feel this way. A decade ago, when I was engaged for the first time at 23, I spent a stressful year diligently planning what was supposed to be the most important day of my life. During that year, I often fantasized about running off to elope instead, but I couldn't dare stray from doing it "right." I ended up having a proper wedding with dozens of guests, the requisite toasts and a white tiered cake.

Read more from Bazaar

Wedding Expenses And Tesla Leases: The Arms Race In Employee Perks Begins!

Boxed Wholesale CEO Chieh Huang decided the company would reimburse employees up to $20,000 for wedding expenses. Marcel Graham, shown with his fiancee, Tara Aucoin, was the first employee to receive the benefit. (Boxed Wholesale)
Nick DeMarco runs a small biotech startup in Raleigh, N.C., that makes scientific instruments. But what got his company, Practichem, attention from CNBC's "Power Lunch," the Huffington Post, Fortune and other media outlets last week wasn't the innovative products he's making. It was his promise to lease Tesla Model 3s to employees when they become available.

Read more from the Washington Post

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Wedding Dress Would Like an Aisle Seat

How do you take a wedding dress on a plane?

What if you bought honeymoon tickets under your maiden name but now have a new surname?

Such are the practical questions that arise when planning a destination wedding and honeymoon. For answers, you could try trawling online wedding boards where members have diamond ring avatars and plenty of opinions. But if you prefer not to take advice from handles like GlamBride4Ever or TheFutureMrsJones, here instead is the lowdown from United States Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, and major airlines.

Read more from The New York Times

Friday, May 20, 2016

What It Realistically Costs To Attend A Wedding

Yahoo Finance Canada - It's not just the father of the bride who'll be shelling out big bucks: everyone in the wedding party and guests are spending hundreds to attend someone's big day.

When it comes to tying the knot, everyone knows that nuptials run up a hefty tab. In Canada, depending on which province you live in, the actual cost of a wedding can come in as low as a meager $300, since all you need is a basic license and someone to marry you. Everything else is technically extra. But oh, those extras… By the time you factor in extravagant venues, music, flowers, dresses, a honeymoon and the like, the average Canadian couple now spends just over $30,000 on their big day.

Read more from Yahoo Finance

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Technology Is the Hottest New Wedding Trend, From Drones to 3-D Printed Cake Toppers

When it comes to planning a wedding, forget something old and something blue. This year, it’s all about the something new. 

More couples are finding ways to incorporate the latest technologies into their wedding day. 

“Some people may say that using technology during your wedding day may make it a little bit impersonal. I would argue the opposite,” said Samantha Murphy Kelly, the Deputy Tech Editor for Mashable. “If you’re using in subtle or certain ways you can actually make it much more personal.” 

Read more from ABCNews

Monday, May 16, 2016

Macy's Woos Millennials With Ramped-Up Wedding Business

The department store takes bigger aim at the $60 billion industry

Macy’s wants more shoppers to say “I do” to its wedding business.
The department store chain is stepping up its nuptials game in the hopes of winning a bigger slice of the $60 billion U.S. wedding pie. Among other moves: Macy’s is adding higher-end bridal jewelry to its assortment and training its army of personal shoppers to advise anxious couples.

Read more from Fortune.com 

Friday, May 13, 2016

When The Mother Of The Groom Just Can’t Keep Her Mouth Shut

My youngest son — the baby in our family — got married last weekend. Was I ready? Is any mother ever ready?
  • My speech (Keep it short, Mom, I am warned) was written.
  • My dress (Don’t go too fancy, Mom) had been altered.
  • My hair (Please don’t go for the wild, curly look, Mom) had been colored and cut.
  • My photo list (Mom, go easy on the amount of pictures you are requesting we take) was submitted. Along with who sits with whom.
All was ready, except me. I was not ready to let go — to give this son to another woman and to share him with so many.

Read more from the Huffington Post

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Bride Is A Thing Of Beauty And A Joy That Will Last Forever

Keats was correct in his epic poem Endymion; and for today's groom his promised love is easily 
remembered and fashionable.
To this beginning of the wedding season all brides are a joy forever.  
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways                    
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
'Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms                      
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink."
excerpt from "Endymion" 
John Keats

Wedding Flowers Repurposed Through A Company Called 'Repeat Roses'

Brides spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on flowers for their weddings. Unfortunately, those flowers get trashed after the wedding and reception are over. Fortunately, a company has come up with a great solution to repurpose all those flowers, according to NBC Nightly News during its "Inspiring American" segment on Friday, May 6.

A company called Repeat Roses is in business to give all flowers and not just roses a second chance to put smiles on recipients' faces. Repeat Roses was founded by a former event planner who owned a boutique wedding and event design company. Founder and CEO Jennifer Groves asks, "Why throw away beautiful flowers after the party is over?" Groves and her team repurpose leftover flowers and donate them to hospitals, nursing homes and other communities in need.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wedding Season Brings Looser Hairstyles

Wedding season is on the doorstep, close on the heels of prom season, and we’re seeing some of the same styles emerge for these two pinnacle hair events.
These high-end celebrations are so interesting to track because they follow fashion trends and set new ones. What we’ve seen for proms and now for weddings is a looser look in hair. These are still formal events with the tuxedos and gowns, so the hair is still carefully finished. You won’t just pull up your hair on top in a gym bun. Nor will you go for the super tight curls that were popular in recent years.

Read more from Huffpost 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Photographer Has Spent 3 Years Taking Pictures Of Women To See How Beauty Is Defined Around The World

In 2013, 30-year-old photographer Mihaela Noroc quit her job in Romania to backpack around the world full time.

Since then, she has visited every continent except for Antarctica and a total of about 50 countries, photographing hundreds of women along the way for her project, dubbed Atlas of Beauty.
And she's still going.

"More than ever, I think our world needs an Atlas of Beauty to show that diversity is something beautiful, not a reason for conflict," Noroc explains to Tech Insider. "I hope that the portraits from The Atlas of Beauty can challenge many misconceptions that exist around the world."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

11 Romantic Quotes from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

“I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.”

(Michael Fassbender (left) as Mr. Rochester and Mia Wasikowska (right) as Jane Eyre in the romantic drama JANE EYRE, a Focus Features release directed by Cary Fukunaga. Photo: Focus Features)“Reader, I married him.”

It’s the most famous line from Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s classic 1847 novel about the tumultuous romance between Jane, a young governess, and her mysterious employer, Edward Rochester.

Read more from Lindsay Lowe at Parade

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How To Tell People They’re Not Invited To Your Wedding (Without Being A Jerk)

The rules of wedding etiquette are constantly changing, making it difficult for modern brides, grooms and guests to find up-to-date and correct information. That’s why we launched #MannersMondays, a series in which we ask our followers on Twitter and Facebook to submit their most burning etiquette-related questions. Then, with the help of our team of etiquette experts, we get you the right answers to your biggest Big Day dilemmas. Check out this week’s question below!
“We’re having a small wedding. Some of my friends and extended family have made comments assuming they will be invited, although they are not on the guest list. Do I have to tell them that’s not the case? If so, how can I let them know without coming across as rude or hurting their feelings?”

Read more from Huffington Weddings 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

From Romantic To Rustic: A Hairstyle To Suit Every Wedding Theme

Vintage: Hollywood Curls
If you're taking a step into the past for your wedding, don't let that stop with your hair. Take some inspiration from Hollywood starlets of the 40s to get shiny, vintage waves for the big day. Stunning and glamorous, this look never really went out of style and is a special alternative to your everyday curls. Plus, it works for any hair length, whether you're rocking a bob or long locks. Make it clear to your hairstylist that you want your tresses to be reminiscent of the 1940s. A crème gloss helps give your waves a smooth finish, and volumizing mousse will help pump up thin hair without weighing it down.

See the other enchanting hairstyles for your wedding at Brides

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Incorporating Your Wedding Promise & Courtship In The Wedding Cocktail Hour Music

-A grooms serenade to his bride
-A brides serenade to her groom
-A poem with musical accompaniment
-A song-dedication
-A pre-husband/wife choreographed courtship remembrance dance

If you think the courtship is over after the wedding ceremony you are mistaken. Courtships in a marriage are forever. And what better way to start than during the Wedding Cocktail Hour.

Love never dies; it gets louder.

After all the wedding ceremony regalia there is nothing wrong with vocally proclaiming again ones love for each other. Hence a musical serenade by the groom to his bride or vice-versa is a fantastic idea. Pick your favorite song, the musical key you feel comfortable with and practice it a couple times and then you are ready to perform it. Remember, love never dies, it gets louder. And why not with a lyrical serenade to each other?

If one person of the happy couple is not comfortable with singing then perhaps a poetic interlude with musical accompaniment, These moments are priceless. They once again carry over from the ceremony ones deepest thoughts on marriage, life, fruitfulness and eternity. Having an accompaniment with you can also ease the discomfort of flying solo. Your choice of live music behind you will fortify you into words aromatically loving and assuring.

Would you like to pick a special song that no one else knew your loved one loves. Perhaps something from their childhood or perhaps that first song you both heard when you first saw one another. These wedding song dedications often reminds the recipient how special there are to them. Its at this moment when you may find both the newlyweds holding hands for the remainder of the night.

A choreographed wedding song! Yes that's right. During the wedding cocktail hour. Not the DJ dance part of the wedding but right as everyone is becoming relaxed and enjoying a few fruity dreamy drinks. Take her hand and look into those lovely eyes and swoon her across the small yet open floor. Step in sync with her every breath as you say not just with words but with physical prowess, “My love, you are the eternal in me!”

The courtship of the newlyweds will never end nor will their proclamations of love for one another through out their daily life together in some form or fashion.

Happiness, fruitfulness and excitement will pave a luxurious life of romance through all facets of life.

The Wedding Cocktail Hour music is the best time to start.

What is your favorite courtship remembrance?

Do you still practice it now that you both are married?

Let us know.

Johnny Gonzales-The Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Top Led Zeppellin Wedding Songs For Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Reception And Dance

The magical and the eternal is encapsulated at your next wedding event when you consider having one of these songs from Hammer of The Gods group Led Zeppelin.

Comprised in the air of romance, heartbreak and found romance, foolish eternal love, songs in heaven and in the rain, love that should be and a great amount of love to share; these are your best wedding showstoppers either performed by the bride and groom themselves or their musical entertainers.

14..All My Love


12. In The Light

11. The Rain Song

10. The Wanton Song

9. I'm Gonna Crawl

8. Thank You

7. Fool in the Rain

6. Going to California

5. Kashmir

4. Out On The Tiles

3. Stairway to Heaven

2. What Is And What Should Never Be 

1. Whole Lotta Love 


Both Tucson, Arizona Wedding Officiant Michael Duane Caddell and I hope you consider one of these songs at your upcoming wedding.

Did we miss one of your favorite Zeppelin love romance songs?

Let us know.

Johnny Gonzales The Wedding Cocktail Hour Guitarist 

Tucson, Arizona Wedding Officiant Michael Duane Caddell at

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride Is Actually Really Expensive

Imagine this: You're single and feel totally fine with it, and suddenly you get a call from your college bestie. She's getting married. Yay for her! Do you want to be her bridesmaid? Of course! But what if you knew it'd cost you $1,466? Would you still want to do it?

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

J.Lo, Enrique Iglesias & Sting Perform at Wedding of the Century in Russia

The wedding of a tycoon's son was the place to be this weekend, apparently!



 Jennifer LopezEnrique Iglesias and Sting all made the trip to Moscow this weekend to play a classy AF wedding, a gigantic party Russian energy tycoon Mikhail Gutseriev threw for his son. The family is reportedly one of the wealthiest in Russia and threw a hefty amount at the artists. There were fireworks, a cake the size of Alaska and a wedding dress that weighed 55 pounds.

3 Things You Can Not Forget To Do With Your Husband On Your Wedding Day

Check lists, appointments, to-do lists, and more swirl around in your head throughout the wedding planning process. Chances are if you're even a remotely organized bride-to-be, you have measures in place to ensure you don't forget any of the important stuff. Unfortunately, even some of the most detail-oriented brides get so overwhelmed on their wedding days that they forget the most important things of all — enjoying the special, smaller moments with their new husbands. We're here to help. Check out our top three things you can't forget to do with your new husband on your big day.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Still a Bridesmaid? The Best Place to Find a Husband May Be 'Mantana'!

Tired of marching down the aisle and leaving with nothing more than leftover wedding cake and a wilted bouquet? Plan a trip to “Mantana” and you might come home with more “beefcake” than cheesecake!

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My Mom and I Fought for Ultimate Control of My Wedding Dress

Long story short: She won, and I'm still not over the drama.

Weddings are, by nature, an emotional cesspool of fantastical expectations and frenzied reality. Add to that an argument over a wedding dress (a seven-year saga, actually), a complicated mother-daughter dynamic, and bad weather and you have all the ingredients for a perfect storm. Or, in this case, my nuptials.


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Friday, March 25, 2016

Going to a Wedding Saturday Night? Here’s How to Not Be Hungover for Easter Morning

It’s always a bit disconcerting when two big things on your weekend calendar fall on a Saturday night and a Sunday morning. If you have a bit too much fun at your event on Saturday evening, it can threaten the potential fun of the morning after’s event, and this weekend, readers, we are guessing there might be more than a few of you with a wedding on your Saturday-night docket—and then some sort of Easter brunch/church/egg-hunt extravaganza with the family in the a.m. hours the next morning. You might be feeling a bit worried. (We might be right there with ya.)

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