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Where Should My Best Guy Friend Stand During The Wedding Ceremony?

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Oct 302013
 

When a bride's best friend is male, where does he fit into the bridal party? Suddenly, getting bridesmaids to agree on a bridesmaid dress is a piece of cake! Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your questions in our daily post.

My best friend's a guy. Can I have him stand up on my side of the wedding party?

Why not? More and more brides and grooms are choosing to have their opposite-sex friends at their sides when they tie the knot. If he's up to it, your lad of honor can do anything a female honor attendant would do. But if he'd rather skip the dress-shopping session and help you come up with a music list instead, by all means play to his strengths. Your honor attendant walks in the processional alone, right before you make your entrance. In the recessional, he walks next to the best man. Your friend may cause a few raised eyebrows come wedding day—the older folk may not have seen a male attendant on the bride's side before. But hey, this is a day when you want your closest friends at your side, no matter what gender they are.

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Oct 252013
 
Obamas dancing

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Official White House photographer Pete Souza has had plenty of practice capturing romantic moments between President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, but last Saturday, it was his turn to have a picture-perfect day as he married bride Patti Lease. According to NBC News, the couple married outdoors in a sunny, private ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House that was hosted by the Commander-in-Chief himself.

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The Rose Garden, which is most commonly used by the president for speeches and press conferences, has played host to a few other big-deal weddings. In 1994, Hilary Clinton's brother Anthony married Nicole Boxer there, and in 1971, First Daughter Tricia Nixon tied the knot with Edward Finch Cox in the fabled space. While we always love a garden wedding, having one right next to the Oval Office is beyond spectacular.

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Few details have been released about the Souza-Lease wedding (if there's any place that's equipped to keep out wedding-day paparazzi, it's definitely the White House), except that roughly 35 family members and friends attended, and it was overseen by White House Military Office Chaplain Stan Fornea. A White House official issued a statement saying, "We all wish them well." There are no public photos yet (not even on Souza's stellar Instagram account), but when Souza can capture moments like these, his own wedding photos must be equally heart-warming.

pete souza official white house photographer photos

Photo: Pete Souza via Instagram

While getting married in the White House is probably impossible unless you're on-staff like Souza, it's not hard to find a wedding venue with as much history. Originally built as a summer home for an oil tycoon, Alder Manor is located just outside of New York City and serves as a romantic backdrop for a lovely garden wedding. Bybee-Howard House, part of the National Register of Historic Places, is located in rustic Oregon and would make for a casual yet totally memorable wedding venue. We also recommend the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe used to sunbathe. At least then you won't run the risk of the secret service interrupting your vows!

—Caitlin Van Horn

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Emily Deschanel Rocks a Romona Keveza Wedding Dress in Last Night’s Bones Wedding Episode

 Celebrity Weddings, Celebrity Weddings & Style, Ceremony, Romona Keveza, Wedding Dresses  Comments Off on Emily Deschanel Rocks a Romona Keveza Wedding Dress in Last Night’s Bones Wedding Episode
Oct 222013
 
Emily Deschanel David Boreanaz Bones wedding

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If you've been watching Bones since the first season, you've waited eight long years for Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Seely Booth (David Boreanaz) to get married. Even for casual viewers, the romantic tension between the supposedly strictly-professional detectives was overwhelming—until they slept together and Brennan got pregnant. Even after Brennan proposes to Booth with a gorgeous engagement ring, he is blackmailed into turning her down. Needless to say, some of us never thought a wedding would come, but last night's wedding episode definitely didn't disappoint, especially on the wedding dress front.

The teaser photos Boreanaz previously posted to his Whosay account showed viewers Emily Deschanel in a cap-sleeved, lace wedding dress. According to TV Guide, it was one of five dresses Deschanel had to choose from, with twenty minutes to decide which was the most flattering! Talk about a high-pressure choice.

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Deschanel ended up selecting one of the prettiest gowns to ever hit prime-time, a Legends by Romona Keveza dress from the designer's Spring 2013 collection. Featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline, "the gown is made of re-embroidered lace and features a flowing circle skirt with a chapel train made of French net," the designer told Brides, and "more of a ball gown shape than it is A-line, but it is not a true, full ball gown skirt." The gown's embellished sash paired with Deschanel's swept-back hair made her jewelry-free décolletage look supremely sophisticated.

Bones's Emily Deschanel's Legends by Romona Keveza wedding dress

Photo: Courtesy of Romona Keveza

The skirt and cathedral-length train may have been unexpected for the no-nonsense, unsentimental Brennan; it seems a little too traditional for a forensic anthropologist who threw herself into a cold case to distract her from wedding planning stress (while most of us would settle for a glass of wine or maybe a massage). However, as Deschanel explained to

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Brides, take a note from Brennan: Making your eight-year-old self proud on your wedding day, even if that means reading Mad Lib wedding vows.

—Caitlin Van Horn

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Oct 212013
 
Rider Strong and Alexandra Barreto Married

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They had to grow up eventually! Over the weekend, not one but two former Boy Meets World stars (Rider Strong and Danielle Fishel, aka Shawn and Topanga) tied the knot in two very different wedding ceremonies.

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On Sunday, Strong married his long-time girlfriend Alexandra Barreto at a summer camp in Oregon, according to Us Magazine. The outdoorsy theme wasn't limited to the location, though. Guests could tackle a rope course or the ultimate summer-camp tradition: the talent show. After the ceremony, family and friends gorged on ice cream from a cart by Ruby Jewel in lieu of wedding cake, and slept in bunk-beds. Talk about rustic! It reminds us of this wedding in New Hampshire. Even before wedding planning began, Strong had taken a unconventional bent to his nuptials, designing and hand-casting Barreto's engagement ring himself.

Danielle Fishel and Tim Belusko Married

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Unfortunately, not all of the Boy Meets World cast could be in attendance, but that's because Fishel was also getting married! Rather than a camp-out, Fishel and fiancé Tim Belusko were wed on Saturday at Vibiana, a renovated "baroque-inspired" candle-lit former cathedral, says Us Weekly. Instead of the lace sleeves she sported in her Boy Meets World wedding to Cory Matthews (played by actor Ben Savage who was also in attendance) the bride wore a strapless dress, with her bridesmaids in midnight blue.

But we wonder, was Mr. Feeny (who you may know as William Daniels) in attendance? We can't imagine anyone better to give a wedding speech!

—Caitlin Van Horn

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I Don’t Get Along With My Dad. Does He Have to Walk Me Down the Aisle at My Wedding Ceremony?

 Ceremony, Etiquette, Father-of-the-Bride, Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on I Don’t Get Along With My Dad. Does He Have to Walk Me Down the Aisle at My Wedding Ceremony?
Oct 112013
 

With seating, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bearers, and everything else involved, the politics of wedding ceremonies can be tricky to decipher. What should a bride say to a father she doesn't want to walk her down the aisle? Out wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your questions in our daily post.

I don't get along with my dad. Does he have to walk me down the aisle?

There's no rule that says that Dad has to be the one to do the honors. Choose the person you feel closest to—brides have walked down with their grandfathers, brothers, mothers, even their pets. You could also walk down the aisle solo, or have your groom meet you halfway. But if you're giving Dad the cold shoulder and are still planning to invite him to the wedding, you'll want to deal with his feelings up front. Talk to him long before the wedding and let him know that you still want him to be a part of your special day—but you've decided you want to walk you down the aisle. He may still be hurt, but he'll have time to get used to the idea.

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Which Side Of The Aisle Do Guests Sit On At a Same-Sex Union?

 Ceremony, Etiquette, Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Etiquette, Wedding Guests  Comments Off on Which Side Of The Aisle Do Guests Sit On At a Same-Sex Union?
Oct 082013
 

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, more same-sex couples can legally marry! Planning these joyous occasions requires careful attention to detail, especially for special considerations like wedding ceremony seating. How should a same-sex couple figure out this arrangement? Out wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your questions in our daily post.

Which side of the aisle do guests sit on at a same-sex union?

Traditionally, guests of the bride would sit on the left side of the aisle (when facing the front of the venue) and guests of the groom would be seated on the right. However, at weddings with a very uneven guest list where one side would have considerably more people, ushers might be instructed to seat guests evenly on both sides, regardless of who's "guest" they are. This would keep the seating balanced and not draw attention away from the main event: the wedding ceremony taking place.

There is no way to assign sides when there are two brides or two grooms—so same-sex couples are free to assign guests a side arbitrarily if they would like (Sarah's guests on the left and Jennifer's on the right), or they might choose not to assign sides at all, and instead have their guests mix evenly. If a couple does choose to seat the guests according to which member of the couple they know better, this should not be read as a sign that one member of the couple is now playing the role of bride and the other of groom—same-sex couples should simply be themselves, and not be forced into any roles they don't choose to assume. The beauty of this question to me is that, just like a heterosexual couple, same-sex couples should feel free to use tradition when it is meaningful and relevant to them, and to abandon or recreate it when it makes sense for their unique situation.

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I’m Having Trouble Planning My Small Wedding Ceremony and Large Reception. Please Help!

 Ceremony, Etiquette, Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on I’m Having Trouble Planning My Small Wedding Ceremony and Large Reception. Please Help!
Oct 012013
 

Many brides and grooms plan two "weddings": A small ceremony and followed by a larger reception. However, this type of celebration is difficult to coordinate and inform guests of. Our etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding planning questions in our daily post.

Because of logistics, we're having two weddings. Our parents will be the only witnesses at the first one; the second will be more like a traditional wedding, with a big guest list and a reception. I'm afraid people won't show up for the second one if they find out it's not a "real" wedding, but my fiancé's mom and dad are really pushing for us to go public with the news. What should we do?

While you shouldn't mislead your guests, you also aren't compelled to take out a full-page ad in your local paper. Your in-laws can tell whomever they like; you don't have to make a peep (but if somebody calls to get the whole story, you'd better come clean). To ensure that everyone who attends the large celebration knows what lies in store, word the invitation as a vow renewal. (Your stationer or an etiquette book will have examples.) And don't worry—friends and family are sure to understand the circumstances and will be glad to celebrate with you whenever they're invited.

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I’m Having Trouble Planning My Small Wedding Ceremony and Large Reception. Please Help!

 Ceremony, Etiquette, Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on I’m Having Trouble Planning My Small Wedding Ceremony and Large Reception. Please Help!
Oct 012013
 

Many brides and grooms plan two "weddings": A small ceremony and followed by a larger reception. However, this type of celebration is difficult to coordinate and inform guests of. Our etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding planning questions in our daily post.

Because of logistics, we're having two weddings. Our parents will be the only witnesses at the first one; the second will be more like a traditional wedding, with a big guest list and a reception. I'm afraid people won't show up for the second one if they find out it's not a "real" wedding, but my fiancé's mom and dad are really pushing for us to go public with the news. What should we do?

While you shouldn't mislead your guests, you also aren't compelled to take out a full-page ad in your local paper. Your in-laws can tell whomever they like; you don't have to make a peep (but if somebody calls to get the whole story, you'd better come clean). To ensure that everyone who attends the large celebration knows what lies in store, word the invitation as a vow renewal. (Your stationer or an etiquette book will have examples.) And don't worry—friends and family are sure to understand the circumstances and will be glad to celebrate with you whenever they're invited.

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I’m Having Trouble Planning My Small Wedding Ceremony and Large Reception. Please Help!

 Ceremony, Etiquette, Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on I’m Having Trouble Planning My Small Wedding Ceremony and Large Reception. Please Help!
Oct 012013
 

Many brides and grooms plan two "weddings": A small ceremony and followed by a larger reception. However, this type of celebration is difficult to coordinate and inform guests of. Our etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding planning questions in our daily post.

Because of logistics, we're having two weddings. Our parents will be the only witnesses at the first one; the second will be more like a traditional wedding, with a big guest list and a reception. I'm afraid people won't show up for the second one if they find out it's not a "real" wedding, but my fiancé's mom and dad are really pushing for us to go public with the news. What should we do?

While you shouldn't mislead your guests, you also aren't compelled to take out a full-page ad in your local paper. Your in-laws can tell whomever they like; you don't have to make a peep (but if somebody calls to get the whole story, you'd better come clean). To ensure that everyone who attends the large celebration knows what lies in store, word the invitation as a vow renewal. (Your stationer or an etiquette book will have examples.) And don't worry—friends and family are sure to understand the circumstances and will be glad to celebrate with you whenever they're invited.

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How Do I Plan a Second Wedding If It’s My Fiancé’s First Time Getting Married?

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Aug 162013
 

Second weddings can be tricky affairs, especially if it's the second time down the aisle for just one of you. Our etiquette experts are here to respond to the concerns of a second-time bride in our daily post.

I'm getting married for the second time, though it's my fiancé's first marriage. I feel funny wearing a white wedding dress, but can we still have a decent-size wedding? His family's so excited about the wedding, and I don't want to disappoint them.

Even if this is your second wedding, you don't have to settle for anything less than you want. This is a new celebration of a whole new relationship. Wear the long white gown, carry the big bouquet, invite all of your nearest and dearest—whatever makes you and him happy. Old rules that punished second-time brides no longer apply, although certainly many second-time brides go for a more low-key affair.

The only consideration you need make is for the feelings (and pocketbooks) of those who lavished gifts on you for your first wedding—especially if it happened just a few years ago. Say the groom's family wants to throw you a shower, for example: pulling together the guest list might take a little thought. The aunt who bought you a food processor five years ago may not want to supply an updated model—so plan the guest list accordingly and leave off people you think would rather pass. You could also call the guests who attended your first nuptials before the wedding invitations go out, and let them know that their presence at your celebration is their gift to you—code for "No gift required."

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