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Grooms

Grooms - We are talking about YOUR attire

Bowties

Wedding day fashion isn’t just for the ladies anymore. Male members of the bridal party can now ditch the simple, monochromatic vest and tie combination in favor of a more exciting, out-of-the-box ensemble. Here are three menswear trends that you need to see: Subtle Patterns | Patterned vest and tie combinations are a great way to mix your attire up without committing to anything too extreme. Patterned menswear draws the eye to the handsome groomsmen, without taking attention away from the bride.VestBold Prints | This trend is for those men who aren’t afraid to make a statement. Bold prints in colors that complement the wedding décor will really stand out in wedding photos!

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 Printed Shirts | This is another great way to subtly accessorize a wedding day tuxedo. A printed shirt is fashionably adventurous without being too loud. Paired with a plain vest and tie combo, this look is perfectly demure.Printed Shirt

~ Best,

Emily

Brides, Weddings

Blended Families

Family Group At Wedding

Family Group At WeddingFirst comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. As with many childhood plans, this verse from the familiar, childhood game often shows itself to be untrue. As the cultural tolerance for young parents and for single parents (whatever the circumstance) increases, the American schema for the nuclear family—naturally—evolves to include many different images of a healthy family. And the best news is, that each and every image of these families is healthy and beautiful. So, with this ever evolving image of the nuclear family, new terms such as “blended family” are adopted. A blended family can be simply thought of as a family made up of a couple and their children from all previous relationships. Currently, the average age of a woman having her first child is close to 25 years old, while the average age of a woman at first marriage is 27. So, these age differences bring me to the topic of this blog: blended marriages.

But, what is a blended marriage? A blended marriage is not just the joining together of two people, but rather the joining together of two families.

I believe that it is important for blended marriage ceremonies to occur if a blended family will be present after the marriage has been performed, especially so for children effected by the marriage. Including children in the marriage ceremony will demonstrate familial commitment both to the world and, more importantly, to the children themselves, thus creating a deeper trust for the kids. Because of this, a new dimension to the family’s relationship can begin to evolve.   

There are many ways for a couple to modify a traditional marriage ceremony to include their children. Many of these ways can be easily thought of—we’d love to help you!—or found on your favorite virtual pin-board. These ideas range from as simple as a recognition during the ceremony to as involved as custom designed jewelry pieces for the entire family.   

However, in the end, it does not matter whether the kids are given spots in the wedding party, simply recognized during the ceremony or given personalized gifts. It is important to remember that no amount of recognition or gifts will have any significance for the children if they do not understand that they have a special and unique importance to the marriage. Not in the day-long-frills-and-lace-party-all-night sense, but in the lifelong-institution-for-better-or-for-worse sense of the word. It is only after this happens, that bigger things can happen!

Best,

~ Emily