|WEDDING EZINE -THE ONLINE MAGAZINE|
September 16-30, 2004
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This issue's Celebrity Wedding pictures feature royalty sporting the traditional orange blossom tiaras. The first is an artist's rendering of Queen Victoria on her wedding day and the photo is of Belgium's Princess Paola Ruffo di Calabria.
"Why Are Orange Blossoms The Traditional Wedding Flower?"
Some say the association of orange
blossoms with the bridal attire came from ancient China where they were
considered symbols of purity, chastity and innocence. The orange tree
is also symbolic of fruitfulness because it bears so abundantly and
because it is one of the rare plants which blooms and bears fruit at
the same time. During the Crusades, the custom traveled from the East
to Spain, then to France, and had reached England in the early 1800's.
Enchanting folklore and poetry sprung up throughout the continent about
young maidens entwining fresh orange blossoms into bridal wreaths for
their hair. The phrase "to gather orange blossoms" even took on the
meaning of "to seek a wife". American Brides also became enthralled
with orange blossoms." In the winter of 1828, President John Quincy
Adams' second son married Miss Mary Hellen adorned in them for their
White House Wedding. Queen Victoria created the rage for the sweet smelling
blossoms when she wore them in a grand wreath for her 1840 wedding.
In the sincerest form of admiration, all the influential etiquette journals
of the 19th century dictated that brides include the blossoms in her
wedding. When real orange blossoms were in short supply or in northern
regions where citrus fruits did not grow well, wax replicas were used
instead. These delicate flowers, either fresh or made of wax, continued
to "fulfill the demands of tradition" well into the 1950s.
Keep your band or DJ in the loop with your timeline. They want to make you happy so , make it easy for them. Make sure they have a type-written copy of the wedding timeline. Let them know how much participation you want from them. Some couples want them to be the life of the party while others want more of a background music effect. Let them know what you want and expect up front. In addition to the time line you should provide them with a clearly labeled do not play list as well as a must play list from their repertoire or collection. Both bands and DJs tend to be good at organizing the order they play their music so let them worry about the flow of the nonessential music.
In the case of a DJ spinning your music, make sure that he has the exact
same version you do. One of my wedding couples wanted to dance to "Have
I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison. When they started to dance they
realized that the DJ was playing the Rod Stewart version. They were
disappointed by this but were lucky because the tempos of those recordings
are very similar so they had no problem dancing to it.
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provide ceremony music and solo cocktail piano. If desired, they'll
help you with musical choices and act as master of ceremonies for your
A romantic quote to simply to elevate your mood or to help you find the right sentiment for your vows or ceremony.
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if you want to get it back! If the background does not show up
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