Your Blueprint to a Beautiful Jewish Wedding

by The Modern Jewish Wedding

Mazel Tov on your engagement! Planning your Jewish Wedding & including Jewish customs in your ceremony can mean more than just breaking a glass or dancing the Hora. From the signing of the Ketubah to Yihud there are many meaningful customs and traditions for you to consider and celebrate. Our Wedding Blueprint will first cover the Have-To’s (AKA, they’re required) & then we’ll add the fun, traditional and romantic choices Judaism allows you to include in your special...

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Bridesmaid or Bridesguard? History Says It All

by Azure

Ever wonder how bridesmaids came to be? Or where the significance and symbolism of the bridal party originated? The answers may surprise you! Bridesmaids have a rich history dating back to ancient Rome, and while the term "bridesguard" is a fairly new one, one of the bridesmaid's main jobs has always been protecting the bride. Ready for a little history lesson? Here are three historic looks at bridesmaids and their duties: Ancient Rome - Bridesmaids escorted the bride to her...

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Wedding Traditions Reinvented: A Better Way to Toss the Bouquet

by Azure

Once upon a time, it was standard procedure for the bride to toss her bouquet during her wedding reception. But when I think about all the weddings I've attended in the past few years, I can't remember the last bride who actually took part in this tradition. And there are plenty of reasons why the bouquet toss has been ditched. One being that it singles out all the single ladies at the wedding. But here's a great alternative if you love the idea of the traditional bouquet toss, but...

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9 Wild Wedding Facts

by Azure

Do you know the exact meaning behind the phrase 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, (and a silver sixpence in her shoe)'? Each something represents a unique wish for the couple, including... Continuity (Old) Optimism for the future (New) Borrowed happiness (Borrowed) Fidelity (Blue) Wealth or luck (Silver sixpence) Interesting isn't it? You learn something new every day! But there's plenty more where that came from! I'll bet you...

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50 Shades Of… a Bride’s Something Blue

by Azure

If you're looking for a racy read (a la 50 Shades of Grey), you won't find it here. Although we do discuss wedding night sexy time in this post by Bitchless Bride: Oooh Baby Baby… Ba Bridey Bridey… Push it Real Good. What I can promise to deliver, however, is loads of handmade bridal style eye candy to lead you to that perfect something blue! Believe it or not, there are actually at least 59 shades of blue (if you ask Wikipedia), from ice blue to navy blue, turquoise,...

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The Antithesis of A Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

by Azure

I know I'm not the only one blown away by TLC's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. I mean, I've had to hold myself back from doing deep-dive research to see if the crazy practices, traditions, and costumes are really real and representative of true Gypsy (aka Romany) culture. Because things like 15 and 16 year old brides, wedding dresses so heavy they make you bleed, and "grabbing" and bridal kidnappings... just seem soooo wrong. But I'll admit that the pure entertainment of it all keeps me...

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Something More than Something Blue

by Azure

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. What if the saying didn't stop there? What is the single "something" you would add to the list? A few creative ideas that come to mind... Something from the groom—Isn't it fitting to wear something given to you by your groom when you walk down the aisle? We sure think so! Something sentimental—Whether it's a love letter, an engagement keepsake, or a reminder of the moment you fell in love, incorporating...

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Living Together Before Marriage: I Do or I Don’t?

by Oh Lovely Day

Living together before the wedding is a personal preference that most people feel strongly about one way or the other.  Some people, me included, think living together is a good test run for marriage.  Others want to wait until they are married to move in together.  Is there a right and wrong way? My husband and I lived together for five years before we got married.  It was a very good thing for us.  It let us get past those early days of passive-aggressively battling over...

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When Should The Groom Get His First Look?

by The Broke-Ass Bride

According to ye olde wedding tradition, the bride and groom shouldn't see each other on the wedding day until the actual wedding. While there is plenty to keep the couple in their separate corners on the morning of the wedding, many couples feel that this idea is a little dated. Truth be told, I had a delicious brunch with my hubs on the morning of our wedding. Looking back, it was a nice and relaxed way to start our big day - and it certainly hasn't jinxed us so far.  Many...

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Wedding Tradition to Keep: Something Blue

by Oh Lovely Day

There are so many personal and meaningful ways to do the "Something Old, Something New" tradition in your wedding.  But I have to admit that my favorite is "something blue," which is why I had five somethings blue for my wedding! The hanky was vintage and given to me by my mother.  She pinned trinkets and special mementos to it to represent my loved ones who weren't at my wedding but with me in spirit (my father's wedding band, and something that belonged to my grandmother and...

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