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4 Tips to Help You Throw the Perfect Budget-Friendly Bridal Shower

If you have been delegated to plan your friend’s bridal shower in Denver, you want to make sure this is a party she’ll never forget. However, as we all know it, weddings and pre-wedding events can be quite financially straining for bridesmaids – so you might also want to take a budget-friendly event into consideration.

Can you pull that off without compromising on the beauty of the moment?

Yes, and we have gathered some tips to help you with this. Read on and find out more.

  • Write it down. Don’t just think of what would be a feasible budget – write it down and split it according to the various expenses you will have to cover (space, décor, entertainment, food, and so on). Where do you draw the line? How much can each bridesmaid afford to spend? Consider these things and put them down on paper.
  • Don’t do it alone. Just because you’re the Maid of Honor (or just because you have been assigned with this task), it doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone. On the contrary, getting another friend to chip in you will make everything better – it will lower the stress and help you make sure no detail is missed.
  • Go the DIY route with the décor. You don’t have to go too over the top on this, and you definitely don’t have to spend a lot of time on it. You could, for example, buy bulk flowers and arrange them in vases on your own. You could also hunt for dollar store items you can incorporate in the décor (balloons, for example). Pinterest is a great source of inspiration when it comes to this – so check it out and see which of the ideas will be suitable for your friend.
  • Free printables. Your invitations, the day-of stationery, and even fun shower games can all be found online, completely free of charge. Google it up a bit and make a selection of the best ideas, then print them out. Since bridal showers are low-key events, this is a most appropriate kind of entertainment to include in the plan!


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These Fall Wedding Centerpiece Ideas Are Superb

Although a lot of brides settle on the idea of a spring or summer wedding, fall weddings are quite popular too – and truthfully, you have PLENTY of reasons to love the idea. The romantic colors, the beautiful melancholy, the poetry of the season – they can all complement your Big Day and make it even more special than it already is “by nature”.

If you are a fall bride in Denver, you definitely want to decorate your wedding in the most beautiful way possible. But what are some of the most gorgeous and inspiring fall wedding centerpiece and tablescape ideas out there?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Fall is all about pumpkin décor – but that doesn’t mean that you should ornate your wedding tables with Jack-o-Lanterns (although, of course, you can do this if you want to). If you want to create a budget friendly décor for your tables and include pumpkins, simply layer them with greenery (such as eucalyptus, for example). Doing this will create the most amazing effect!
  • Blush and wood. Fall wedding color schemes don’t have to fall (pardon the pun) within the classic combinations (red, yellow, dark brown, and so on). In fact, you can actually create an ultra-feminine and sweet color scheme by bringing together natural wooden pieces with blush details (flowers, napkins, and so on). This will be more than appropriate for fall, but it will also look really special and romantic too!
  • White and green…fall version. White and green wedding décor has been really popular for the last couple of summers – but how about bringing this classic up to par with the season outside? Simply including some dark red foliage in your white and green centerpieces can turn make them look a lot more fall-friendly – and it will add a true dash of uniqueness to the décor too!
  • Fruity centerpieces. Among many other amazing things, fall is the harvest season – and this means there’s an abundance of fruit everywhere. Why not bring this into your table décor too? Including a couple of apples and/or pears in the centerpieces will bring them to life and it will help you coordinate the décor with the season outside.


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How Should You Arrange an Uneven Wedding Party?

 Your wedding is yours and nobody should tell you whether or not you can have a certain number of groomsmen and bridesmaids. After all, you want your closest friends and relatives to be part of your wedding party – and numbers shouldn’t be a criterion of selection in any way.

How to arrange an uneven wedding party, though? How to make sure that, even if you don’t have the same number of groomsmen and bridesmaids, they all look really great together? We have gathered some tips to help you with this – so read on and find out more.

• When your wedding party walks down the aisle, you have two options. You can either send all the groomsmen in at once (followed by all the bridesmaids), or you can alternate one groomsman with one bridesmaid until they all reach the altar.

• If you prefer a more traditional approach, you can also send the bridesmaids and groomsmen in pairs and have one or two last groups made out of three people (one bridesmaid and two groomsmen, for example). Regardless of what you choose, make sure to use the same rules for the recessional too.

• As for the moment your wedding party members take their places at the altar, you can either alternate one groomsman and one bridesmaid or you can have them all seated on nice chairs or ottomans near the altar (which will make it less “visible” that their numbers are uneven).

• Last, but not least, make sure to talk to your photographer about this. A great photographer will know how to arrange an uneven wedding party for the photos, but you might want to discuss things first and make it clear how “formal” or “informal” you want these pictures to look.

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Things to leave out of an interfaith ceremony

Love knows no boundaries, no ethnicity and no silly social rules. It moves across the nations, across religions and across cultural differences like nothing else in the entire world does. Love does conquer all – but what to do when planning an interfaith ceremony? Are there any “rules” to keep in mind? What’s more, what are the things to leave out of an interfaith ceremony? We have gathered some helpful tips – so read on and find out more

• Yes, there might be things you should leave out of an interfaith ceremony (but, in the end, it’s all up to you whether or not you actually do this). For example, if certain passages or traditions are in contradiction with those of your fiancé’s, you might want to leave them out.

• Also, it is highly recommended that you avoid including long passages spoken in a language most of the guests will not understand. It is OK to include traditions from the two cultures (and even to explain their beautiful meaning in the wedding program), but it can be very hard (and lengthy) to translate certain languages, so you might want to skip this.

• Last, but definitely not least, you might also want to avoid traditions that are highly similar to each other. The important thing is the meaning behind them and the beautiful symbolism that led to their creation – so you will not want to spoil everything by making it feel like a “repeat” version with a “twist”.

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Do We Need to Tell Our Guests About the Wedding Ceremony Beforehand?

If you are like most of the brides and grooms-to-be, you want your wedding ceremony to be absolutely perfect – and you want this both for yourselves and for your guests as well. And if you are wondering “Do we need to tell our guests about the wedding ceremony beforehand”, you have come to the right place because we have gathered some answers for you right below. Read on and find out more!

• Yes, you do need to tell your guests about the wedding ceremony beforehand. There are certain types of information that will be more than helpful when it comes to making sure your guests are fully comfortable on your Big Day – and these “tips” should be shared with them long before the wedding.

• For example, if you want to have an outdoor wedding, please be sure to announce this beforehand. Your guests should know how to dress and what footwear to choose, so that they are comfortable with your outdoor wedding.

• Also, you should share with your guests if you want to have a very religious ceremony. Depending on what type of ceremony you want to have, your guests may have to be prepared (such as by covering their heads, for example).

• Last, but definitely not least, you should share with your guests information about the “break” between the ceremony and the reception as well. This should give them a good idea of how long it will all take and how to plan their days around your schedule.

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How to Pull Off a Chic Monochromatic Wedding

Your wedding color scheme can make or break your entire wedding décor – so it is of the utmost importance that you choose it wisely. How do you pull off a monochromatic wedding, though? How do you make certain a monochromatic wedding will not look too dull or that it will lack style?

We have gathered some of the best tips to help you pull off a chic monochromatic wedding – so read on and find your inspiration:

a-1381• You really don’t have to stick to one color. Or, better said, you don’t have to stick to one shade of your favorite color. As a matter of fact, choosing different shades of the same color can look extremely stylish and it can add liveliness, beauty and grace to your entire wedding décor.

• You should pay-extra attention to your wedding venue. When choosing your venue, please make sure to keep your wedding color into consideration. While you might not be able to change everything in the venue (e.g. you might not be allowed to replace the carpets, for example), you should still pay a lot of attention to the rest of the details and you should be certain that they match your chosen color. Furthermore, remind yourself to match your wedding color both with the reception venue and with the ceremony site as well.

• Last, but definitely not least, don’t obsess over your wedding color. You don’t have to “paint” every single detail of the Big Day in this color – on the contrary, actually, you should place your key décor elements farther from each other, so that you emphasize the beauty of your monochromatic color scheme.

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Why Do Couples Renew Their Vows?

For many couples, once is enough. Their wedding is a cherished memory, but they don’t feel the need to renew their vows. For others, vow-renewal ceremonies are a special opportunity to reinforce the bond between them and reaffirm the strength of their marriage. In fact, there are many reasons why couples choose to renew their vows.

First Wedding Wasn’t “Complete”

One reason couples decide to renew their vows is that they feel their first ceremony was lacking in some way. Maybe they were married in a legal ceremony, but now want to be renew their vows in a church. Or perhaps their first ceremony was spiritual only, but now they want to make it legal.

In some cases, couples chose a courthouse wedding the first time around, either to save money or for other reasons. They may always have planned to have a vow-renewal ceremony and reception at a later date, when they would be better able to plan a large (or small) party.

To Reaffirm their Commitment

Life can test even the strongest relationships. After a difficult stretch in their relationship or a challenging life event, couples may feel the desire to renew their vows. This could be in either a very small, personal ceremony or in front of all their friends, depending on the circumstances and the individual needs of the couple.

To Celebrate a Major Anniversary

Couples may choose to incorporate a vow-renewal ceremony into an anniversary celebration. Especially if they are already planning an anniversary party, why not incorporate a vow renewal? Or, renewing vows can be a romantic part of an anniversary trip (perhaps a late or second honeymoon).

Because They Want To

It isn’t necessary to have a specific reason. Some couples aren’t interested in renewing their vows, but for others, it just feels like a natural thing to do.

Whatever the reason, a strong marriage is something to celebrate. Vow-renewal ceremonies can be small and personal or the big party you didn’t have the first time around (or just want to relive). Stonebrook Manor in north Denver can help you plan a special event to meet your needs, from an intimate garden reception to a full-scale catered event with dancing and cake.

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Big Wedding vs. Courthouse Wedding

Wedding planning can be overwhelming. Sometimes it can be tempting to skip all the hassle and just have a no-frills courthouse wedding. Big weddings aren’t for everybody, nor are courthouse weddings. Before deciding on the scale of your wedding, it is important to give careful consideration to what you really want.

Think Big

Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of a big wedding. An amazing venue overflowing with flowers, a multi-tiered cake, hundreds of guests, and all the rest. A large wedding can be an amazing event you will remember forever. It’s also one of those rare events that can reunite scattered families and bring diverse groups of people together to celebrate a special event.

But big weddings are also very expensive. They take a lot of time and planning, and the stress of planning a wedding can take its toll on even the strongest couple. At their worst, big weddings are fraught with expectations and the possibility of things going wrong.

Considering the Courthouse

At the opposite end of the wedding spectrum is the simple courthouse wedding, either just the two of you or witnessed by a few close friends. Courthouse weddings are quick and inexpensive. They also avoid the large family get-together that can come with all the wrong kind of drama.

Courthouse weddings are intimate. Despite their reputation of being chosen primarily for expediency, they can be very romantic for some couples. On the other hand, courthouse weddings can also feel impersonal and can be immensely disappointing for a woman who always dreamed of a fairy-tale wedding. Is the benefit of saving time and money really worth years of regret?

Careful Compromise

The good news is that big weddings and courthouse weddings are at opposite extremes of the many possibilities for a wedding.

Couples sometimes choose a courthouse wedding because they think they can’t afford a more traditional wedding. However, there are many ways to save money on a wedding. A summer wedding in a beautiful backyard with a potluck reception and a rented wedding dress can still feel like a very special occasion without putting a couple into debt. If you don’t know anybody with a large enough yard, consider renting a picnic shelter at a local park. Decide which elements of a “traditional” wedding really matter most to you and let yourself indulge in those, but let go of the rest.

If your main concern is getting married quickly, either for practical reasons or because you just can’t wait, you still aren’t limited to a courthouse wedding. With a little creativity, a small but personalized wedding can be planned quite quickly. Even a larger wedding can be arranged fairly quickly, although you may be limited in choice of venue and there will be less time for out-of-town guests to make arrangements.

If it is the stress of planning a big wedding that is leading you to consider giving it all up in favor of a courthouse wedding, consider hiring a wedding planner. A good wedding planner can save you time, money, and, most importantly, your sanity!

The Final Decision

Whether you already know what kind of wedding you want or you’re still weighing your options, Stonebrook Manor in north Denver can help you plan a wedding you’ll remember forever.

We can be creative to keep your dream wedding within your budget, and our wedding packages make the planning easy. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you have the wedding you could only dream of.

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Where Did The Term “Getting Hitched” Come From?

“Getting hitched” is one of our most common slangs for getting married, but where did this phrase come from?

A Uniquely American Expression

We’re not certain how the worth “hitch” enters English (though there are a few theories), but it’s originally associated with an irregular movement or jerking sensation from about the 15th century. It doesn’t come to mean tied or fastened for a century, first gaining that meaning in 1570. From there it came to be used to describe tying horses up to a wagon, and then in the US it came to be used to describe getting married, as if two people were being tied together the way that horses are tied to a wagon.

Equality in Marriage

The phrase is a natural one for a society that was primarily agrarian and utilized animal power for most of its industrial activities. From plowing to transport to running a mill, people had a sense that animals were used for work, and this phrase emphasizes the fact that marriage and maintaining a household are work.

The phrase also carries with it an egalitarian 19th century sensibility, that when two people are bound together in marriage they should bear the responsibilities of life equally, the way a team of horses is supposed to work to pull a wagon.

A Biblical Connotation

The phrase has an additional meaning for a strongly religious community because it has several potential parallels in the Bible. For example, the passage, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?” (2 Cor. 6:14) is commonly interpreted as referring to a prohibition of Christians marrying non-Christians, referring back to Deuteronomy’s law against plowing with an ox and a donkey yoked together (Deut. 22:10).

It also refers back to Jesus’ admonition, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mt. 11:29-30) Read in this context, the work of marriage takes on a redeeming, joyful quality.

With all these meanings, it’s no wonder that the phrase gained quickly in popularity to become one that we still use, more than a century and a half later.

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Does the Bride’s Father Always Pay for the Wedding?

Who Pays for the wedding?Who pays for the wedding?

Although it’s traditional that the bride’s father pays for the wedding, this tradition is rooted in customs that are no longer relevant, and there are many ways to determine who will pay for the wedding.

Why the Bride’s Family Traditionally Pays

The tradition that the bride’s family pay for the wedding is derived from the notion of a dowry. In the past, when women weren’t allowed to live on their own, work outside the home, or own property, an unmarried daughter was a considerable burden, especially on families living at or near the subsistence level. To remove this burden, her family would pay a man to marry her. The money also helped cover the expenses of setting up the new home and helping the man become more productive so he could support an extra mouth with his labor.

Looked in that light, the tradition is at best irrelevant to the modern world and at worst potentially offensive. Some women look at a dowry as a bribe offered to a husband so he would consent to marry them, and linking their wedding with this tradition is insulting.

Some people like tradition for tradition’s sake, but others consider alternatives.

Splitting the Cost Evenly

One potential alternative is that everyone involved in the party pay their fair share. Dividing the costs evenly allows everyone to participate as equals in the wedding, which is good financially for the bride’s family, but has other benefits, too. Sharing the costs leads to sharing the decision-making. It brings both families together to work on the wedding and sets up a model of cooperation that can help the families become one.

It’s also good to divide the costs three ways rather than two. Making an engaged young couple pay a share of the costs helps them to start thinking of themselves as adults. It will encourage them to make reasonable decisions and factor in their budget when planning, which is a good habit to learn early in a marriage.

The only problem with this option is that it can be a delicate one to bring up. If a groom’s family is expecting the bride’s family to pay, it can cause some friction when the subject is brought up. The bride’s family, too, may be offended if they think the implication is that they can’t afford to pay. The best way to approach this is for the betrothed couple to make this decision for themselves, then discuss it with their families separately.

When Couples Should Pay for Their Own Wedding

However, the whole tradition of having the parents pay comes from a time when children only left home when they were married. In today’s society, many couples have lived on their own for years—even decades—before choosing to get married. In these cases, it makes no sense to ask the parents to pay and couples should cover the costs of the wedding themselves.

Second marriages, especially, should be viewed by the couple as their responsibility.

Although parents should not feel obligated, their spontaneous offers of help should still be taken in the loving spirit they’re offered. Sharing the cost of a wedding allows for more friends and family to come together to celebrate the special event.

If you would like to learn more about handling traditional problems in a modern marriage, we can help. Please contact Stonebrook Manor today and schedule a consultation and tour of our Denver wedding venue.

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