Oct 14

Types of Tungsten Rings

I am not sure if you are into rings, but there are a lot of people who like to wear them for all types of purposes. Some wear the ring to signify marriage and the commitment they have entered into, others wear them strictly for style, and some just wear them because they like the way they look. If you are looking for a new ring, a Tungsten ring might just be what you want.

There are many different types of Tungsten rings which could do the trick for you, whatever your reason for wearing the ring might be. The first type of ring that I will discuss in one line which I think are particularly interesting, which are black Tungsten rings. This style is not your traditional gold or silver ring; it is a sleek black look which can sport gold inlays. These rings carry that smooth shiny look that is different from other styles, which is probably my favorite thing about them.

Another popular style is the wide approach. A lot of rings are skinny, or should I say not wide. Tungsten offers rings which are wider which provide a tough feeling. They look bigger, badder, and in my opinion very stylish. Again, these come in the regular polished version, but also can come in the color black.

There are many other styles such as beveled, flat, grooved, polished, and so on, but the two styles mentioned above are some of my favorites. I guess the benefit to owning a Tungsten ring is that they carry a durability factor that other types of rings can not match. The polish is usually guaranteed on these rings because of the beating they can take. Tungsten is very strong, so it can handle more than say gold or silver rings, because these metals are softer. So if scratches are something you are worried about, Tungsten is a solution to the problem

Tungsten rings are new and upcoming. If you are interested in purchasing a Tungsten ring, you can find all sorts of styles and prices searching through websites on the internet. Infinity Tungsten offers Tungsten rings and may have the perfect fit for you. Mike Allen writes about Tungsten rings.

Oct 14

Introduction

Commonly, men and women hold a distinction in their minds between themselves and their marriage. Their personal self is one thing and their marriage is another.

Perhaps this makes sense at certain levels, but when a marriage has fallen short of what it’s meant to be, this notion is problematic. It’s problematic because there’s often an unconscious concept that it’s the “marriage” that needs help rather than one’s self.

In other words, the marriage becomes a third-party entity that needs help - but a third-party entity can seem hopelessly hard to help because it involves “other” people.

The solution is to rid yourself of the mostly-unconscious notion that your marriage is an unknown third-party entity without a face and realize that your marriage is you and another person - and that means a FULL 50% of your marriage is completely and totally in your control.

And, when you personally INSIST that your 50% share of the marriage is going to be right and good, it’s highly probable that you’ll influence the remaining 50% of the marriage to be right and good too.

So, keeping in mind that it’s useful and helpful to try to “fix” one’s “self” rather than a “marriage”, here are three tips YOU can use to make your 1/2 right and good:

1. Become Happier Yourself

While you certainly want to be happy with someone you care about, it’s not another person who can make you happy. Only you can make yourself happy.

If you’re looking to your spouse to “make you happy” you’re sure to be disappointed. And, the more you look to them to make you happy, the unhappier you’ll become. And that makes it even more impossible for you to be happy.

But, when you make yourself happier, oddly enough, that’s when you can be happier in your marriage TOGETHER.

That means taking personal responsibility for doing things that make you happy.

There is something you can do right now that once you’ve done it, you can’t help but feel happier - and more able to appreciate and enjoy your marriage.

Maybe it’s a dance class. Maybe it’s a workout at the gym. Maybe it’s simply flipping through some picture albums. I’m not sure what it is, but you already know.

Go ahead, scan right on past all of the CANT’S and go right to the CAN’S!

Let go of what you can’t do. Let go of what you don’t have. Let go of what’s unavailable or out of reach for now. Let go of what someone else should or should not have done.

Within the realm of your own personal self and the resources available to you, what can you do right now that will cause you to feel happier?

What is it? Let your mind feed you the answer, right now, and then go do it.

Your marriage will be the happier for it. 2. Remember To Have Fun

Any and every unpleasantness can not only be more bearable but in some cases it can even be made to be enjoyable when it’s mixed with some fun. And, all it takes to have fun is a bit of imagination. Think of small children. Nothing more than a cardboard box and a vivid imagination can lead to an entire afternoon of amazing fun.

A husband and wife I know tell of two years in college where they were financially unable to eat out at even a cheap restaurant. But still, every Friday evening, they would scrape together enough change to buy two tacos apiece from a nearby taco vendor.

Then, as they sat at a rusted old picnic table and ate their tacos they would pretend they were eating delicacies from different countries around the world. They would describe to each other what it was they were eating and how wonderful it was. They would even get into describing the surrounding sights and sounds that accompanied their food.

As silly as this may seem, this couple was able to create powerfully happy memories in spite of it being an extremely difficult and unpleasant time in their lives.

Incidentally, the time eventually came when they did in fact enjoy the delicacies, sights, and sounds that they imagined during those times when they had no money.

What about you? What silly things can you do with your spouse that cost little to nothing but could be immensely fun - and make unpleasant circumstances more bearable?

Could you go to a nearby state or federal park and imagine you’re walking in your own private park and the people who work there are your employees whose job it is to take care of the grounds and facilities for you…

Or, could you rope off a ring in your living room and have a pillow-fight where you pretend that you and your spouse are contending for a UFC or WWF Championship? What wild, wacky and weird name would each of you assign to yourselves? What kind of outrageous outfits could you each get into? Do you have one kid who can be the announcer and another who can be the referee?

Possibly, you’re feeling better already just for having let your mind imagine yourself being in these silly - yet fun-sounding - scenarios.

What makes a clown funny? It’s his or her “clowning” around, right? It’s their goofiness, silliness, absurdity, and even utter nonsense that makes them funny, is it not?

You could be goofy, silly, absurd, and nonsensical if you wanted to be, couldn’t you?

3. The Only Thing That Doesn’t Change Is Change Itself

It’s useful to remember that the way things are right now is not how they will always be.

Things WILL change.

And eventually, they change for the better. Experience has shown that no matter how unpleasant things may seem right now, sooner or later things turn around for the good.

Knowing then that better times are coming, what can you do right at this time to help prepare for - or even to receive - these better times?

What can you do at this time to PRE-ENJOY these better times?

What satisfaction can you garner from merely ANTICIPATING the coming better times?

What are the things that are good and right, now? What do you have and enjoy at this moment that if you lost it, you would really be unhappy?

One exercise that’s a real eye-opener is to write down a list of everything that if you didn’t write it down, it would be gone tomorrow morning. As a basic yet important example, on your piece of paper, you’d probably want to write down vision since your life would undoubtedly be significantly worse off if you were to lose your eyesight.

When you consider all that you have and enjoy in light of losing it if you don’t write it down, you begin to see just how much is right and good in your life.

If arrival at a desired destination is the only time and place one can be happy, then life is destined to be an unhappy affair. And, when you set your mind to it, you can begin to notice and enjoy happiness and satisfaction during the journey to the destination too.

Conclusion

If you’ll free yourself to do it, you can make yourself feel better by choosing to do things that make you feel happier.

If you’ll let loose your lighter side and activate your imagination, you can make the mundane exciting and the unpleasant bearable - all while creating fond memories that you’ll look back on for the rest of your life.

If you’ll join yourself to the idea that good sooner or later prevails and that everything eventually turns to the good, and while you share your marriage with your spouse you begin to notice all that is good and right at this time, the path of life becomes so much more enjoyable.

By personally choosing to act on these three tips right away, you begin to do your part to create a happier, more fulfilling marriage.

Oct 14

After being married for 20 years, Rebecca, a mother of three, is starting to feel that her husband is taking her for granted. The surprise dinners and roses stopped coming after their 10th year anniversary. After taking care of her children and husband for many years, she feels that her love and efforts are not being appreciated. The intimacy and romance that she and her husband once shared have already fizzled. Now, Rebecca’s husband would rather watch a football game than spend time with his wife.

Rebecca is not the only one in the world that feels this way. In fact, there are countless of women all across the globe that can relate to this situation. Choosing to be a full time mom and wife usually makes women forget to take care of themselves. Furthermore, after being married for a while, many wives become complacent, thinking that their husbands will never leave them for younger women.

If you want to spice up your marriage, the first thing you have to concentrate on is to feel good about yourself. You can do this by taking a break and pampering yourself. A total makeover can also help you become more self-confident. Men usually find women who are self-confident and in control totally irresistible.

Here are some tips that can help you update your look and make your husband fall in love with you all over again:

Head Straight To The Salon

If your hairstyle hasn’t changed for the past 20 years, you might need to think of doing something new about your hair. Ask your hairstylist for a new cut and color that will suit your skin tone, face shape and body type. Sometimes you have to trust your stylist, especially if you have been seeing the same person for quite sometime, to give you a better and fresher look.

Before your stylist gets carried away, however, remind him or her that you want a look appropriate for your age. If you are in your fifties, a punk look will not really work for you.

Don’t Be Afraid To Wear Make Up

Do not let your housework and other things prevent you from wearing a little make up. Some mascara, lip gloss and some blush could already make your face rosier and more attractive. However, do not go overboard. A heavily made up face can make you look more like a clown than a self-confident woman.

If you have never applied make up before, you can ask your friends to help you out. You can also read beauty magazines or books so that you will know the latest trend. As a rule of thumb, however, a barely-there make-up is always best.

Update Your Wardrobe

Ditch the momma pants, jumper and the overalls. These clothes do not look good on anybody. If you are not really sure how to update your wardrobe, you can probably ask your friends and family to help you out. Your teenage daughter may also be able to give you some suggestions.

Just make sure that your clothes are not skimpy or will not make you look like you are trying so much to look young and preppy. At your age, you are aiming for sophistication and elegance. However, you can probably buy a pair or two of seductive lingerie you can wear when you want a romantic evening with your husband.

Relax And Rejuvenate In A Spa

A beautiful body and mind need ample rest and relaxation. Try a massage, a facial, or even a body scrub so that you will really feel beautiful and refreshed. A visit to the spa can be very expensive, but an indulgence at least one or two times a year could really work wonders for your physical, emotional and psychological health.

Take Care Of Your Skin

Although real beauty is within, you still need to take care of your outside appearance. As you age, your skin becomes drier and more prone to wrinkles and blemishes. So buy a good sunscreen, moisturizer, body lotion and anti-age cream. High quality skin care products will help a lot in reducing wrinkles and preventing age spots on your face and body.

Oct 14

Are you planning a 50th wedding anniversary party for your parents or friends? Well, one most useful tip you can use is - go for the gold! Fifty years is such a long time to be married these days. In the United States, there are as many divorce cases as there are weddings. Surely, only the most enduring marriages reach their 50th wedding anniversary. There is no better reason to celebrate, and a party should really be in order. So, now the question - Are you planning a 50th wedding anniversary party and you have no idea where to start?

Are You Planning a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party and Have No Clue as to Who to Invite?

Generally, the guests would depend on whether this is a surprise wedding party or otherwise. If it is a surprise party, and you are quite close to them, you should know all the important people in their lives. But if you are not that close to them, it might be better to let them into it so that those people who truly matter to them are present in the party. It is best to let them decide who to invite.

Are You Planning a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party and You Need Ideas for the Theme?

When planning a 50th wedding anniversary party, remember that gold is the traditional symbol. The theme and décor of the party can include accents of gold like golden candles, bows and ribbons or gold-rimmed white china. You might also want to place gold-framed photos of the couple from various stages of their married life in strategic places of the party venue.

A video or photo presentation of their love story, their ups and downs and their present activities can be made one of the highlights of the party. Be sure to start on this early as the production can be demanding. Do it while the party is still in the planning stage.

Are You Planning a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party and Want to Involve the White House?

Believe it or not, you can actually request greetings from the White House for people celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary or their 80th birthday and beyond. Having one signed by the President for this special party will be a treat for the couple. Just make sure to send the request at least six weeks before the event. Expect the greetings to arrive 10 days before the day.

There are other things to consider when planning a 50th wedding anniversary party like the venue, number of guests or whether it will be a formal affair. Always bear in mind the couple’s preferences. Planning a 50th wedding anniversary party can be fun if you keep in mind these tips. Be honored to be part of such a celebration - one that is becoming rarer these days.

Oct 14

You will probably try to set the date for your wedding when you start your wedding planning. In order to set the wedding date, you will need to check if the venue you would like to have your wedding is available on that date or not. As a result, you will need to consider the venue together with the wedding date.

When you are choosing your wedding venue, you may fall into the trap of the perception that a bigger venue should be better. In fact this is not quite true. First of all, a bigger venue may usually cost you more money. Besides, you will not need a large venue if your are going to hold a small scale wedding. It will be nonsense to book a venue which can accommodate three hundred people if you are going to invite fifty guests only.

To this end you may know that the size of the venue you are going to choose should be determined by the number of guests you will invite. For example, if you are planning to invite 150 guests, you will probably book a venue which can accommodate 200 people. A small buffer for the number of guests to be accommodated can be a good idea since you may end up with 180 guests eventually. It will be a problem if you originally book a venue which can only accommodate 150 people and you finally get 180 guests.

You will also consider the ambiance of the wedding venue you are going to select. In fact this can be a very personal choice. You will probably try to find a venue which can match your wedding theme. It is certain that you will not book a hotel ballroom if you are planning to hold an outdoor wedding. However, if you are planning for a more traditional reception, a hotel ballroom can be already very perfect.

If you would like to hold a more unique wedding, you may consider holding your wedding on a train. Your wedding will be held during a journey on a train. Both you and your guests can enjoy the beautiful and marvelous scenery during the journey. There are different wedding planners which can arrange such wedding venues. Some locations you may consider for your wedding on train will be California, Maui and Arizona.

You may also book an outdoor place as your wedding venue. Among all outdoor wedding themes, beach weddings are probably one of the most popular. A beach wedding is usually more causal than a traditional one. You can forget nearly all the etiquette for weddings and enjoy the time with your guests. Again, the beautiful scenery on the sea side is certainly a plus for your wedding. You cannot imagine how romantic it will be if you are going to have your wedding on a sunny day on the beach. You will enjoy the beautiful sunset with your spouse and your guests.

When we talk about the venue itself, you have to bear in mind that every venue may have its own restrictions. This is usually related to the decorations. You should ask what those restrictions are so that unnecessary arguments can be avoided. You will also need to ask if there are any hidden or extra fees. For example some venues may charge you a cake cutting fee. Besides, asking if there will be any over running fee is a must.

Oct 14

When planning your wedding, you’ll no doubt be spending a lot of money on quite a few different things. While everything else as a whole might total more, the cost of a wedding photographer will always seem a little daunting at first. Though, making photography a big part of your budget is more important than you’d think. This is a day for all of your friends and all of your family to remember, not to mention you and your loved one.

Where To Look. One of the best places to look is the internet. Don’t stop with a simple google search for “wedding photographer + city name” as this is extremely vague. Try logging onto photo publishing sites such as flickr.com or smugmug. Most of these photo sites are home to a huge array of professionals looking for work. Do a search for “wedding” near your hometown on one of these sites and I’m sure you’ll be able to find hundreds, if not thousands, of photographers eager to shoot your wedding.

How To Choose. The most important thing you’ll need to take into consideration about a photographer is whether or not you like them and their work. Emailing back and forth, looking at randomly chosen portfolio pictures online is generally never enough. You need to develop a relationship. Call each photographer on the phone and talk. A photographer will feel more connected to your wedding and will be a lot more relaxed, and most of the time will be able to produce better results. If possible, visit the photographer’s studio. If they don’t have one, schedule a meeting at a Starbucks and ask him to bring examples from past weddings - make sure these samples are of one complete wedding and not just highlights from multiple events they’ve covered.

Digital Versus Film. While many photographers still use film (and can produce equally good results), you’re most likely going to want to make sure you’re looking into one who’s using digital. In this day in age, digital has surpassed film for multiple reasons. On top of being much more immediate, the creative freedom digital has lets photographers shoot much more quickly. Being able to check and make sure the image is good gives photographers a second chance if they’ve missed something. And there’s never any worry about whether or not something could go wrong in post processing. If a photographer insists on using film, it’s most likely because he’s never tried digital.

What To Ask. Many professional photographers either have their own studio or work for one. Since building a relationship with your photographer is key to getting great results, the most important thing to ask them is if they’re going to be the actual photographer shooting your wedding or if they’re going to be sending someone else. If the latter is true, see if you may meet with the person shooting. Secondly, make sure that there will only be one photographer. Having multiple photographers means your guests won’t know which lens to look at. One photographer is generally able to turn out anywhere from 500 to 1000 images on their own, so you can image how hard it would be to look through double that amount.

Can I Get Reprints? As soon as a professional photographer snaps a shot, he owns the copyright to that image. Even if you pay a fee to get your high resolution digital files from the wedding, the photographer has a legal right to charge you if you ever want any reprints later on. Usually, if you are paying for the digital negatives, a photographer won’t mind if you get your own reprints, but make sure you talk to them about it first. If you can, get it in writing.

Oct 14

If you can not decide what to prepare for your 10-year wedding anniversary party favors, know that you are not alone in that dilemma. A lot of people are in a similar situation. For how can one really pinpoint the best item to symbolize 10 years of togetherness?

There are a lot of memories and meaningful things that a couple of 10 years have shared. Picking out the best to symbolize those years of partnership is pretty tough. To start that decision-making process, read the following tips on how to choose 10-year wedding anniversary party favors.

10-Year Wedding Anniversary Party Favors Need Not Be Expensive

Party favors are given in appreciation of the guest’s presence to share a special occasion. Your 10-year wedding anniversary party favors should show recognition of your guests’ effort to be there. At the same time, these should reflect the theme of the party and should be somewhat memorable or special to you and your spouse.

These items need not be costly at all. Traditionally, the 10th year is symbolized by tin or aluminum but the more modern symbolism goes for diamonds. You might want to opt for any item with these elements but of course, you know the cost implications if you go for the modern symbol.

A safe option is to give out an item that you and your spouse find significant for your 10th year like a shared hobby that you recently took up. You can also have a miniature/replica of your gifts for each other made to order to give away as your 10-year wedding anniversary party favors.

10-Year Wedding Anniversary Party Favors That Can Be Used By Guests

A practical approach is to think of something that the guests can bring home and actually use later on like wine glasses or coffee mugs with your names engraved on them. You can actually engrave anything you want on them - a message, a thank-you note or a meaningful poem. If you have the time and are resourceful enough, you can actually make your 10-year wedding anniversary party favors like embroidered items or baked goodies in romantic likeness like hearts or cupids.

Imagination is all you need to settle for the best 10-year wedding anniversary party favors to give away. And if you were able to last that long in a relationship and is still in a party mood, you must be an imaginative and resourceful person.

At a time when there are as many divorce cases as there are weddings, 10 years of marriage is already a feat. So go ahead, celebrate and give away 10-year wedding anniversary party favors that will make your guests believe in marriage again.

Oct 14

You’re the star of your wedding day, and with that comes an entourage of photographers and videographers bending backwards to get that killer shot. Now that you’ve hired them, your wedding day photo sessions should make you feel like you’ve just walked the red carpet. Here’s how to get ready for your close-up, and look glamorous on film and video.

Finding The Right Shooter …

Many couples consider their photographer and videographer among the most important vendors - it’s no surprise the wedding details are preserved in your leather bound photo album and wedding DVD. That’s not to say your wedding is forgettable, but for most brides it passes in a blur - it’s the job of your videographer and photographer to capture the most important events.

You should pick a pro whose style best reflects the look your going for. If you see a lot of photos in the sample albums with shadows under the nose or eyes, run for the hills - the expectation will be less than professional. If you love the way a photographer uses soft light to create a romantic look, you can expect the same sort of quality in your own shots.

The best time to begin looking for your photographer and videographer is as soon as you’ve picked your wedding date and location. Like most other vendors, the best are often booked months in advance. Here are a few tips to find your perfect pro:

* Take a peek at the photographer and videographer’s website for samples and galleries of their work.

* One you’ve chosen a photographer, ask if he/she can recommend a video professional they’ve worked with.

* Alternatively, you can work with a studio that offers both photography and video. The benefit - you’re guaranteed your photo and video team will be familiar with each other’s styles, and will work together to give you the best coverage.

* Agencies representing photographers will match you with a professional suited to the style you want for your wedding. This makes finding your photographer easy. The only downside is you may be left with less one-on-one time beforehand with the person who’s actually shooting your wedding.

Important Questions …

Once you’ve filtered down your list to a few potential photographers and videographers ask them some essential questions to more about their approach.

* What is the cost of services and what is included in the package? * What type of equipment do you use? * If your shooting film, can I purchase the negatives? * Do you offer raw video footage? * What types of guarantees and protection do you offer in the event you become sick? * What are your techniques to get the most out of the subject?

It is also advisable to ask a few more open-ended questions. You’ll get a glimpse into his work philosophy for each wedding, and you’ll be able to gauge how passionate he is about his craft. Several great questions include:

* What inspired you to get into a career of photography/videography? * What do you like most about your job? * Is there a particular shot you love to take at every wedding? * Has your style changed since you began in the wedding photo/video industry?

Timeline Of A Wedding …

Another important wedding detail you don’t want to miss is how many hours your photo and video team will spend shooting. Plan ahead and make sure they know your schedule before the wedding. Getting-ready shots are often the most intimate and revealing and proper planning will prevent a headache.

Consider capturing some of those movements you normally don’t witness on the wedding day. If you plan on having two cameramen (highly recommended better coverage), work with them to make a list of your most anticipated moments. For example, a montage of you and your bridesmaids getting prepared, then edited with shots of your groom and his guys before the ceremony is a true classic. You’ll get to see how well (or not so well) he handled his nerves. Other important and touching moments you might potentially miss (unless they’re captured on film) are your parent’s reactions during your vows, the smiles and laughter during your toast, and your own expressions as you make your grand entrance.

Here are five more glamorous shots worth adding to your album:

* Touching up your lipstick in a mirror before the ceremony. * Making your grand exit from the ceremony to a cheering crowd of guests. * Taking a smiling peek back to the camera as you walk away holding hands with your husband. * Kissing under a golden sunset. * Kissing in the backseat of your limousine as you depart the reception.

Striking A Pose …

If your concerned that you sometimes do no good to the camera, don’t stress - after having your hair and makeup done, you’ll look and feel great. Stay tuned for part 2 as we talk about:

* Getting a perfect album. Tips for a well-balanced photo book. * Studying your favorite photos. * Ignoring the camera and getting comfortable with your shooter. * Film or digital photography. * Ready for HD Video.

Oct 14

Backyard weddings are simple, solemn and sentimental. This is because a most memorable event takes place in a setting very close to the heart of either the bride or the groom. There are a lot of couples who opt for a backyard wedding and rightly so, as there are several advantages to doing this.

Backyard Weddings Advantages

When you have a backyard wedding, you are more in control the situation. You are having it right where the family is and everything you might need for emergencies. You can be very flexible with the lay-out and decorations to suit your needs. There is more control over the flow of traffic of the guests and even the backdrop for those memorable wedding photos.

Of course, let us not forget the cost. It is significantly cheaper to have a backyard wedding, even if you hire a caterer for the reception. The decorations can be done by family and friends and according to your own specifications. You can even have a big decoration day just before the wedding - a special time to hang out with friends who have meant so much to you and your spouse-to-be.

You will also be doing away with the hassle of reserving, booking, and paying for a venue. And, Lord forbidding that the wedding gets canceled or moved, there is no need to cancel or re-book anything. Sometimes, the ambiance you get in an intimate setting like your own backyard is even a lot better than in a hotel or a restaurant.

Lastly, a backyard wedding involves everybody you love. All the members of the family and close friends can all have a share in your special day - the decorations, ushering, reception arrangements and other details.

Backyard Wedding Disadvantages

The possibility of a disagreeable weather is always there if you opt for a backyard wedding. You should be prepared to move the whole event indoors, or at least, have the capability to set-up canopies.

Another downside to having a backyard wedding is the limitation in size. If your backyard is not big enough to hold the ceremony and the reception, you run the risk of limiting and constricting the movements in your wedding. You should plan the lay-out carefully, making sure that there is room for the wedding march and the dancing that might ensue later on. If this is the case, it is wise to set-up the reception table on the opposite side from the ceremonies to give ample space in the middle for the traffic.

Lastly, the location might pose some problems, too. For example, you can not help it if a neighbor chooses to turn on those speakers to maximum volume when you are about to recite your solemn wedding vows.

At the end of the day, your wedding is all about making beautiful memories and tender moments. If it happens right in a familiar backyard, it makes it doubly special.

Oct 14

Autumn weddings have a distinct romantic air to them that makes a lot of couples time their own weddings during this season. Is it the nip of the air, or the glorious burst of colors, perhaps? Or maybe, the symbol of endings and beginnings that autumn can easily stand for? Whatever the reason, autumn weddings are especially beautiful.

Autumn Weddings - Additional Touches to Go With the Season

Autumn is the time of the year when trees present themselves in their best appearances. You can actually pick up their colors for your own autumn wedding motif. Your wedding invitations, give-aways/favors, cake and decorations can also be designed with autumn in mind. The wedding entourage can also be clothed with a similar motif, from the color to the designs of the outfits.

You can actually be liberal with touches and highlights reminiscent of the season with your wedding decorations. After all, an autumn wedding should really echo the colors of the season for more drama.

It may not be a straightforward autumn motif. You may have another equally lovely motif in mind. But you can still incorporate hints of autumn into your original plans. A vineyard motif, for example can readily integrate an autumn mood.

Fabric leaves dyed with colors of fall are fantastic highlight or accent pieces to your wedding decorations. Add to this vine garlands with autumn-colored leaves and bunches of grapes and you are on the right track. Other great accent pieces would be wide gold bows and ribbons. Again, to go with the season, you can forgo too much flowers and add more greenery instead. Anyway, there are not much flowers during this season.

For your autumn wedding give-aways or favors, they can be anything wrapped in fall-themed boxes or accented with dyed fabric leaves or leaf-shaped cookies with autumn colors.

Autumn Weddings - The Bridal Gown and the Setting

If you have settled for the autumn colors - varying degrees of reds, oranges, browns and yellows, it is wise to forego the traditional virginal white and go for ivory or off-white material for your wedding gown. This blends well with the over-all motif.

As for the venue or setting of your autumn wedding, look for something that is elegant but not flashy. An old church would be a good idea. Or, to take advantage of the cool, dry season, you can have an outdoor wedding somewhere in the heart of a vineyard, an elegant garden or even an orchard. Settings like these bring out the best effect of your autumn wedding in the photos.

The idea is for the wedding to reflect the spirit of the season and remind everyone that you are getting married in this time of the year when nature is at its best.

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