April 1-15, 2004
Happy April Fool's Day!
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A Different Celebrity Wedding Photo from Past or Present!
Our Celebrity photos this issue
feature famous couples lifting their glasses to their lives together.
They are Valerie Bertinelli with Eddie Van Halen and Melissa Joan Hart
with Mark Wilkerson.
A Wedding Tradition Explained!
The "Coup De Marriage".
An old French tradition has the
newly married couple take their first drink from a special double-handled
toasting cup, usually made out of silver, called a "Coupe De Marriage".
According to tradition, these are passed down though the generations
as family heirlooms. In more modern times, we tend to have changed this
to a pair of matching bridal flutes for the Bride and Groom.
There is also a charming legend for the German Wedding Cup. Centuries
ago in Nuremberg, a noble lady named Kunigunde fell in love with a goldsmith.
Kunigunde's wealthy father did not approve of this match, but she rejected
all other suitors. The nobleman even imprisoned the goldsmith and watched
Kunigunde pine away for her true love. The wealthy nobleman finally
said he would allow his daughter to marry the goldsmith if he could
make a cup from which two people could drink at the same time without
spilling any wine. The skillful goldsmith, inspired by love, created
his masterpiece. He sculpted a girl with a smile as beautiful as his
own true love's. Her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised
arms served as a bucket that swivels so that it could be filled and
then swung towards a second drinker. Having done the impossible, the
goldsmith was finally permitted to marry the nobleman's daughter and
the Bridal Cup became a romantic and memorable wedding tradition. See
the our featured vendor's site below for toasting sets or German wedding
During a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony
the couple drinks wine and honey from goblets tied together with red
string (red is considered the color of love and joy).
In Japan, the happy couple becomes man and wife after they take the
first sip of sake together. Tradition has them take eight more sips
Kim's Wedding Tips!
We recently tied those knots and
have tips, tricks and trials to share:
Protecting Your Heirlooms...
Kim's Tip: Be sure to assign a specific
person to be in charge of special family heirlooms which are to be used
in your ceremony or reception. Do not leave this to chance. In my case
it fell exclusively to family, as I knew I would be too busy to take
care of them. I wore my grandmother's dress and her ring pillow as well,
because it matched the dress. We placed a portrait of her in the gown
next to the sign-in book. Additionally we had a hand blown cake topper
of a dancing couple, bought at an art gallery. All these touches had
meaning to me, and I would have been devastated had they been lost.
The day before the wedding, family members were given marching orders
to put these items their cars immediately after they were used.
Wedding Dance Tip "Dancing
Whether or not you take lessons to learn how to dance,
you and your fiance should try dancing together for fun. How confident
a man feels about dancing has everything to do with how he will perform
under the pressure of being watched by 200 eyes. When dancing, women
want to look beautiful and have fun. Men have an entirely different
motivation - men do not want to "look stupid". This masculine
desire is much stronger than any dream we may have about looking like
Cinderella at the ball. Some men feel so ill at ease with dancing, that
they suggest not having a first dance! Luckily most men can be brought
around fairly easily with a little practice and the right attitude from
you. Men like to do things that they do well, have total control over
and for which they get positive reinforcement. Too often, we try to
lead them when their lead is weak. This is natural - someone has to
lead! The problem is that to him, it feels like you are holding the
steering wheel, while he is driving. No man ever enjoys being pulled
around by a woman on the dance floor! I suggest you place the non- dancing
male in a secure private place and try dancing together to music that
will inspire him to move. "Love Man" off the Dirty Dancing
Soundtrack is very effective for loosening guys up. Think "FUN".
Flirty helps too. Try to move with him. Smile at him, say "Spin
me" and WAIT for him to do so. Negative reinforcement NEVER works,
so enjoy yourself and say nothing critical. The real trick to getting
your fiance to love dancing is to show him that it is as fun as driving
a Jag or playing a video game.
Warning: YOU MAY CREATE A DANCE MONSTER!!!!
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Glasses, Gifts for the Bridal Party or Thank You Cards. They have a
selection of all sorts of things you need or (maybe just want). Many
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Poems, Prayers & Promises
A romantic quote to simply to
elevate your mood or to help you find the right sentiment for your vows
"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."
Plato: Symposium, circa 300 B.C.
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 on refresh.
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