Welcome to Wedding Ezine -The Online Magazine
February 1-14, 2003
Happy Valentine's Day!
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1) A New Bridal Themed Wallpaper for your computer desktop!
Now your computer screen can be dressed
up too! Simply right click your mouse on our background and tell your
computer to save ("set") as wall paper,
BUT be sure you have saved the current background on you computer desktop
first, if you want to get it back! If the background does not
show up immediately, right click on your desktop background and click
2) A Different Celebrity
Wedding Photo from Past or Present!
Before Queen Victoria convinced us all
that white was the way to go when you got married, women got married
in their best dress and often it was colorful. My great grandmother
was married in a purple dress with peach trim. The stars below have
put a beautiful modern spin on an old tradition. The colorful celebrity
brides below are
Gwen Stefani with Gavin Rossdale and Natalie Cole with Bishop Kenneth
3) Poems, Prayers & Promises
A romantic quote to elevate your mood
or to help you find the right sentiment for your vows or ceremony.
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Kim's Wedding Tips!
Married Around Valentine's Day ...
1) Be aware that your flower budget will be doubled at this time of
year, tripled if you want roses, and plan accordingly. We always associate
red roses with this holiday and they are not only at a premium but also
in short supply, so order well in advance! Generous mixing with baby's
breath, filler flowers and traditional greenery can extend your displays
2) If you are planning Valentine's Day wedding next year, buy gorgeous
Valentines Day cards this year on sale and use them as wedding invitations.
Using Valentine's day cards for invitations was a common thing to do
in the Victorian era and makes for an unusual and beautiful wedding
invitation in modern times.
3) A Valentine's Day wedding is the perfect excuse to give chocolate
favors which can be a delicious and cost effective favor option, especially
if you go with the traditional heart shaped ones. Who doesn't love chocolate?
HAVING ENOUGH ROOM TO DANCE:
If you plan to dance as opposed to swaying back and forth, be sure to
have your DJ or band ask the guests to "Please clear the floor for the
first dance". Since many people do not really dance, the assumption
is that you don't need any room and the well wishing guests will sometimes
crowd around you.
5) A Wedding Tradition
"WHO IS SAINT VALENTINE AND WHY DO WE
GIVE LOVE NOTES ON FEBRUARY 14TH?"
In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno, the Goddess
of women and marriage. Juno was also the Queen of the Roman Gods and
Goddesses. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.
Young boys and girls lived strictly separated. However, on the eve of
the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on
slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew a girl's name
from the jar and would then be partnered with her for the duration of
the festival. The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome tried
to end the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of
saints for those of the girls. And as the Lupercalia began about the
middle of February, the pastors chose Saint Valentine's Day for the
celebration of this new feast. So it seems that the custom of young
men choosing girls for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming
year, arose in this way. Legend has it that the Emperor Claudius II
Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the
Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his army
and reasoned that the problem was that roman men did not want to leave
their wives and families. Claudius decided to cancel all marriages and
engagements in Rome. Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome at this time.
He and Saint Marius are said to have aided the Christian martyrs and
married couples secretly (This set up a very proper tradition for getting
married on Valentine's Day in modern times). For this, Saint Valentine
was condemned to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head
cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, around 270
AD. A colorful addition to this story is that while in jail, Valentine
fell in love with the jailer's blind daughter and miraculously restored
her sight. Before his execution, he is supposed to have sent her a farewell
note signed "From Your Valentine." In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside
February 14 to honor St. Valentine. People also believed that birds
began mating on February 14. The idea of lovebirds soon became associated
with Saint Valentine. Gradually, it became the date for exchanging love
messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date
was often marked by the sending poems and simple gifts, such as flowers.
The first written valentine is usually attributed to the imprisoned
Charles, Duke of Orleans. In 1415, Charles spent his lonely confinement
by writing romantic verses for his wife. By the sixteenth century written
valentines were so common that St. Francis de Sales, fearing for the
souls of his English flock, sermonized against them. Manufactured cards,
decorated with Cupids and hearts, appeared near the end of the 18th
century. A purchased valentine became the most popular way to declare
love during the early decades of the nineteenth century. Some of these
cards were miniature works of art. Victorian valentine's day cards were
often painted by hand and were decorated with laces, silk or satin,
flowers (some made from the feathers of tropical birds), glass filigrees,
gold-leaf or even perfumed sachets! They put our modern day cards to
6) This issue's Featured Vendor!
AUNT JOANIE'S CHOCOLATE SHOPPE
Click on the logo above to visit the website
of Aunt Joanie's Chocolates for contact information. In all honestly
you are better off calling the shop in Manassas, Virginia at (703)
393-7632. Not revealed on the
website is a vast array of yummy chocolate favor possibilities. They
specialize in gourmet, custom molded chocolates both solid and filled
(even truffles). Since the chocolates are made to order, they are fresher
and you can have control over the shapes (swans, roses, daisies, tulips,
hearts, bells etc.) as well at the color of both the chocolate
and the foil wrapping! Homemade truffles in personalized boxes or chocolate
filled chocolate boxes are another tasty within tasty
option. She even offers chocolate swan centerpieces! Call to make an
appointment at their store in Manassas, Virginia so that you can see
and taste how beautiful and delicious your wedding favors can be! Be
sure to print this page to receive a 10% discount on the purchase of
your wedding favors.
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