Now & Forever

It’s Tradition!

Weddings today are full and imbedded with traditions that often go unexplained. Many brides know they have to do something, like a garter toss, but have no idea about the real history behind the traditions. Today, we are shedding a little light on some of the most common wedding traditions and explaining why they live on.

 

1. The bride wore white

Queen Victoria was the first bride in the western world to make a point to wear white on her wedding day, prior to her all brides wore the best dress they already owned. Today, a white gown stands for virtue. Interestingly, it has become all the rage in recent years for the bride to wear anything but the color white. While an overwhelming majority of brides will choose to keep with tradition and don the white gown they have been dreaming of, more adventurous brides are choosing to step outside the norm and write their own rules.

 

2. The veil

The veil was first used to hide the bride’s face and protect her from any evil daemons or spirits that might be after her or try to curse her marriage. It served as a barrier to keep the bride safe, as well as an element of confusion. The spirits were said to be confused by the veil and would not bother the bride during the ceremony. Today, the veil is what really screams bride. Whether it’s being unveiled and letting the groom see you for the first time, or wearing something dramatic for the guests to gush over, the veil is definitely a tradition that will never go out of style.

 

3. The garter toss

The garter toss stems from a rather unfortunate history. In the past, wedding guests would swarm the bride after the ceremony to grab a piece of the wedding gown. Taking a piece of the dress was considered to be good luck. To keep the bride safe, the tradition of the garter toss was started. Rather than let each guest take a piece of the dress, the groom tosses the garter into the crowd. The man who catches it, of course, is rumored to be the next to wed.

 

4. The cake

The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Greece when a bride and groom would break bread to symbolize fertility. Eventually, the bread turned in to cake. Couples cut the cake together in hopes that it will bring them good fortune and children. Now, the cake has become so much more than a simple tradition. Cakes are a major part of the wedding reception as the focal point. Brides today are choosing to go taller, brighter, and more unique with their cakes than ever before.

 

5. Carrying the bride over the threshold

While it might seem like an incredibly romantic gesture today, the tradition of carrying the bride over the threshold to start the honeymoon was actually begun as a precaution. It was once believed that evil spirits would latch on to a bride in whatever means possible and cause problems in the marriage. To be safe, it became common for the groom to pick up the bride and carry her into their new home after the wedding. This prevented any evil spirits that might be clinging to her feet from gaining entrance into the home.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Trend Report: The Reception Dress

Having a second dress for the wedding reception might seem a bit unnecessary, but it is becoming more and more common for brides to have two dresses. There is one for the wedding ceremony, and another for the reception or the grand exit. These dresses are usually white like the gown and have gotten the nickname “little white dresses.” These dresses definitely have there benefits. Many bridal gowns restrict mobility of the bride. While they look absolutely beautiful going down the aisle, these dresses might not be ideal for a reception dinner where a bride will be standing and sitting a lot throughout the night. Additionally, there is the concern of eating a meal or drinking cocktails in the dress. With so many people bustling around you, anything could happen to the dress of your dreams. For these 2 simple reasons, brides are electing to change into their reception dresses and enjoy the night without a care in the world.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Color Love: Ombre

Ombre has become one if the biggest trends of 2013. It’s a great way to add visual interest to your wedding by using color in a way you really want. With ombre, there is an opportunity to be as vibrant or as subtle as you like with any colors of your choosing! This popular effect can fit in to any theme with just a few small adjustments, and it can be used as much or as little as you wish. For example: a beach themed wedding might use ombre for the wedding invitations so they almost emulate the ocean and set the tone for the whole wedding. If the wedding is more romantic, including an ombre cake in your wedding colors could add a little drama and be a stunning focal piece. Adventurous or bold weddings might even include ombre in the wedding dress itself. What better way to make a statement than to do something daring? Finally, for our modern brides, maybe mixing 2 trends is the way to go. Stationary with chevrons gradually fading in color is a wonderful way to do something trendy and fun. Have some fun with this trend! After all, it is the small touches and details that make a wedding really stand out.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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A Look Back at the Royal Wedding

As the news of a birth of a bouncing baby boy delights onlookers all across the world, we have been thinking back to the day Prince William and Kate Middleton got married. The Royal Wedding was every bit as magical and beautiful as it was promised to be. Nothing, from Victoria Beckham’s fashion choices to the Queen’s happy glow, was a disappointment. In fact, Kate Middleton’s dress was one of fashion’s most highly anticipated dresses of the year and it was nothing short of perfection. The dress exuded beauty, elegance, grace, and style which are all qualities Kate herself is said to possess. The breathtaking train, delicate lace sleeves, and sweeping skirt were all elements that would be found in a dress fit for a princess. The subtle V overlay, sweetheart bodice underneath,  and crisp, dramatic lines  made the gown look more modern, fashion forward, and undeniably royal. It was perfect for the space and the occasion.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Trend Report: Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

This has been the year to try new things with bridesmaids dresses. It’s no longer important to have all of your girls lined up exactly alike if that’s not what you really want. More and more, brides are choosing dresses that their girls really want, and often times that means going the mismatched route. There are a ton of ways to go about doing mismatched bridesmaids dresses. Setting guidelines for picking out the dresses ensures that you will have a more streamlined look. Often times, the girls end up in dresses that are only slight variations of each other. A few examples are:

same dress in different colors

same color, same material, same length, different dress

same dress, with some long and some short

same dress, different accessories and shoes

 

Of course, if you are feeling really adventurous you can give your girls a color palate and a length guideline and let them go wild. That is one more surefire way to know your girls are getting dresses they love and will want to wear again.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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What We Love: Coral

As summer begins to dream of  fall, we’ve been searching for the perfect color to use throughout the transition. Coral is the perfect color to bridge the gap between the bright shades of summer and the dusty hues of autumn. A sophisticated and exotic hue, coral pairs beautifully with refreshing blues like turquoise and cerulean. If that seems a trifle too adventurous try pairing it with warmer, more neutral tones like camel or khaki. This romantic eye-opening color looks lovely incorporated into a wedding palette: from eye catching bridesmaids dresses to subtle peachy-coral florals. Careful…before you know it you’ll fall as in love with it as we did.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Trend Report: 5 Alternatives To Wedding Cake

When it comes to having a wedding cake for all of your guests, picking out the right one can be hard and stressful. Some people are allergic to nuts, others only like red velvet cake. Pleasing everyone with 1 cake is nearly impossible to do, even if every layer is different. Recently, more and more couples are choosing to let go of the traditional cake and opt for something fun and festive with a lot of options. Below are a few of our favorites:

 

1. Mini Pies

The mini-pie is perfect for a southern wedding that feels like a backyard bash with your best friends or a classy party with a small touch of fun. The pocket-sized pies are adorable and can come in basically any fruity flavor imaginable.

 

2.Doughnut Spread

A doughnut spread has been gaining in popularity. Doughnuts are fun because they can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Simple glazed doughnuts are always popular, but if you want the option of a frosted strawberry with chocolate you can have that too. These treats are fun, easy, and the perfect size for a guest to have 1 or 2 and be a happy camper.

 

3. Candy Bar

The candy bar is great, and can often double as a favor if you gave your guests to-go boxes for their sweet treats. A candy bar is a nice touch because it easily fits in with any color scheme and can be completely customizable. Guests can have exactly what they want, exactly how they want it.

4. Cupcakes

Cupcakes are perfect for the couple who wants a cake without having a cake. Cupcakes are individual, usually less messy, can be slightly more customized, and have more leeway for flavor options. Additionally, they add a little fun to the reception. A beautiful cupcake display can really be a conversation starter.

 

5. Macarons

This classic French dessert has gained popularity in recent years. Macarons come in a wide variety of colors and flavors which make them incredibly customizable. And best of all – they’re gluten free!

 

No matter what you choose, just be sure it suits your personality and everyone will love it as much as you do.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Wedding Inspiration: Romantic Weddings

When trying to decide on a theme or an idea for what your wedding to look like, it can often be difficult to really figure out which direction to take. Do you want to be clean and modern, or classic and elegant? Do you want to include a nautical theme, or are you feeling more whimsical and fun? The theme of your wedding should set the tone for the entire evening, so choosing a direction that really encompasses you is the way to go.

 

For our brides who love florals, candles, drama, and all things beautiful, a romantic wedding theme might be the best fit. It is hard to pin down what constitutes a romantic theme in so many words. Romance is a feeling that is created by the venues and décor you choose. The romantic theme is about beauty everywhere, and an intimate feel even with 250 guests. Just imagine rich linens, sprawling flowers, and shimmering votives scattered throughout your reception. Any color scheme can fit in with this theme: from blush and gold to cranberry and wine, dim candlelight can bring a little romance to any location. Additionally, this theme is often a good one to mix in with another. For instance, rustic weddings are very popular right now. To keep a rustic affair from feeling too country, romantic elements such as candelabras, or lush floral sprays can be added to soften up the look. On a related note, classic and romantic themes go extremely well together. Each one balances out the other to create the perfect blend of streamlined elegance and luxurious drama.

 

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Seven Great Ways to Make the Groom Feel Special

Throughout the wedding planning process, it’s easy to lose focus on the end result: being married to the person you love! Here are a few tips that will help the focus of the wedding be on the two of you and your devotion to each other.

 

1. Plan a surprise grooms cake that reflects his hobbies or favorite sports teams.

 

2. Let the groom and his guys have a little fun with cufflinks that express his style or interests.

 

3. Make sure the photographer gets some snapshots of the groom and his best friends getting ready. There will be a lot of bonding going on during this time, and the photographs documenting it will be very special to look back on.

 

4. Use the groom’s favorite color in the reception décor or flowers.

 

5. Send the groom and his guys snacks and drinks the morning before the ceremony. He’ll appreciate you looking out for him.

 

6. Let him pick the cake flavors. He will be happy knowing he was involved and he gets to choose his favorites for the sweetest part of the night.

 

7. Send him a sweet text or a short note a few minutes before the ceremony begins to remind him you can’t wait to be his wife.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Summer Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are what your guests get to take home with them after your big day as a “thank you” for their presence. While the send-off is the last thing they will remember from your night, the favor is the tangible gift they get to use after the evening is over. The summer season offers a chance to have a lot of fun with wedding favors. Favors ranging from homemade lemonade to tiny apple pies are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, and potted plants are the perfect low maintenance gift that guests can enjoy more than once. There is absolutely no reason why you have to give out generic gifts if you don’t want to. The favor is one more chance to spice up the wedding day and be creative. Even gifts as simple as matches or mints can be jazzed up with cute packaging or an awesome display. No matter what you decide to do, just remember to let your personality shine, and your guests will love the favors as much as they love you.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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