Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall In Love with Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are return gifts given to the guests as token of thanks, for being a part of the most important and special moment of your life. Wedding favors are souvenir of the occasion, something that will serve as a reminder of your celebration. 

Wedding favors can be of different types and styles, vary on the couple’s budget, and can be based on the theme of wedding, season or time of the year etc. It is not necessary that the wedding favors you choose are expensive. What is more important is the memory the favor carries. Personalized favors are most popular, as it is easy to remember the event and all the memories associated to the event.

When picking the favor, the couple needs to choose something the guests would cherish and not be in a situation feeling guilty or bad about having to throw the gift out, as it is not useful to them. The best option is to choose something general that will prove useful to majority of the crowd. 
Favors can be made at home or purchased. With the boom in online shopping, there are many vendors who offer personalized, custom made wedding favors based on the needs of the couples. Sitting in one place, the couple can browse through variety of options available, customize it to their need and place the order. Online stores make the entire process less tiring and time saving.

Based on the couple’s choice, favors can be edible stuff like pies, candies, environment friendly gifts like plants or seed paper, a keepsake like bottle opener, wine stopper, tea diffuser or silverware that can have the couples’ name engraved on it. 

Another popular category of wedding favor is handmade personalized gifts like candles or soaps. These are the most popular of the lot. These can be made in different shapes and fragrances, at home or custom made and purchased in stores. 

Bath salts or Soap favors an idea that is irrefutable, cant fail. These are fool proof favors that can be used for any occasion. People can use these favors, and will not have to think about having to give it away or dispose it as it is useless to them. They can be easily modified and customized to fit your needs, match the theme of your wedding. Wedding soap favors would be gifts that your guests would love and look forward to take home with them, and also make them talk about your wedding.

Soap wedding favors are also one among the beautiful and elegant wedding favors. If purchased, getting them in shape and fragrances you desire can end up being quite expensive unless you find wedding soap favors at discounted prices. These beautiful and elegant favors can be got with lesser stress on your pocket, provided you have the time to spare. The ingredients required to make soap are easily available in the market.  The bride can use the ingredients and make soaps in the desired shapes and fragrances wrap it in wax paper and tie it together using a decorative ribbon.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Order of the Garter and Wedding Traditions

When we decide that we are going to get married one of the first things we consider is how to fulfill the requirements of the rhyme, ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,’  If you are really savvy you can combine some of the requirements together and borrow something old and blue.

The Garter

It is amazing how this tiny piece of lingeri has so much significance even today.  For some reason we still find the concept of showing the garter we wear under our gown cheeky and risqué.  I remember feeling excited at the prospect of having a blue laced trimmed garter because it ticked off the, ‘new’ and ‘blue’ bit of the rhyme - now I feel quite ambivalent towards my garter and don’t even know where it is.  We know that the garter is steeped in tradition and assume that this is only in relation to weddings, when in fact the history of the garter originated elsewhere.

The Order of the Garter

Or its full title, ‘The Noble Order of the Garter’, was founded in 1348 and considered one of the highest forms of chivalry and a prestigious honour second only to the Victoria Cross and George Cross.  The members are a very select and restricted to chosen members of the Royal Family, knights, ladies and foreign monarchs.  In fact it didn’t have anything to do with lingeri at all!

The Countess of Salisbury

Apparently her loose garter was responsible for the origin of the motto, Honi soit qui mal y pense’, which means, “shame upon him who thinks evil upon it" which is embroidered on the garter with gold lettering. She was dancing near King Edward III, when her garter slipped off her leg and could be seen by the rest of the guests.  The crowd sniggered and found the episode highly amusing except for the king who retrieved the garter and tied it to his own leg uttering the motto still used today.

The Garter as Lingeri

Maybe because the garter held such regal significance and was worn by such a select group made it open to different interpretations.  There is nothing more risqué than sexing something up that is considered sacred by a powerful group of people.  The sheer excitement of make a garter an erotic object gives the wearer pleasure.  Lingeri companies produce beautiful garters and market them in relation to their wedding collections.  Luckily wearing a lacy garter on your wedding day will not get you into serious trouble – well until after the night do any way!
The garter featured in this article is available from where you will be able to choose from a wide variety of wedding lingeri.