Let’s face it: you’ve done the ultimate look-good-in-your-wedding dress workout 2x a day, added volume to your hair, moisturized and bronzed your skin, plucked your eyebrows, and applied false eyelashes all to prepare for your picture perfect affair. In WeddingWire’s SummerBook 2014, we asked five experts on how to make sure your sentiment is captured in the most flattering ways. Read their tips here.
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There’s no better way to symbolize your marriage than with a unity ceremony. Because after all, it is about two significant others becoming one, and two families being blended together. From foot washing and tree planting to candle lighting and sand combining, there are plenty of sentimental ideas out there. For example, Cameron and Christopher, above, performed the cord of three strands. “We each wrote our own vows, but didn’t read them to each other until that moment,” she said. “Hearing the vows for the first time and combining a cord of three strands (one for me, one for my groom, and one for God) into a knot during the ceremony allowed the reactions to be genuine.”
Think wedding stress end after the “I do’s.” Wrong. Upon returning from your honeymoon, you’ll get to open all the gifts received by family and friends the night of your wedding. Beware: there’s one final task though — thank-you notes. It’s definitely daunting, but the process doesn’t have to be painful. Follow WeddingWire’s easy fill in the blank templates to rid that writer’s block!
Marriage lasts a lifetime. It takes work, a lot of work! That’s why we reached out to officiants, husband and wife photographers, and forums to share some of their best-kept secrets to success in WeddingWire’s SummerBook 2014. Our favorite blurb? “Always put each other first before yourself! Learn to accept that neither you nor your spouse is perfect and learn to focus on each other’s strengths not weaknesses.” – Josh and Rachel Best, Best Photography, Married 4 years.
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There’s no doubt that your photographer will capture some of the most memorable father-daughter moments together on your wedding day, including the first look, walk down the aisle, giving away, and dance. Whether he is the strong and silent type or the touching and tearful type, we get it. There’s no one that knows you better than dear old dad. Check out our slideshow of favorites here. Tip: Have your tissues ready-to-go!