Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rules to Wed By

Earth Friendly Weddings has some advice for outdoor weddings via Martha Stewart:

"Whether to have some sort of shelter from the elements is an important consideration. A roof or canopy doesn't just guard against rain; it can also provide shade from the strong afternoon sun. Check what time the sun will set on your wedding day so you can make sure you will have enough light if the party continues after dark.

Take care to enhance, not overwhelm, the natural beauty around you; an aisle for the processional can be created with stones or flower petals. Since it can be hard to hear outdoors (especially if the wind is blowing or the waves are crashing), think about using microphones so that guests will be able to listen to the words spoken during the ceremony.

If you need help finding locations, consult travel guides, the Internet, local chambers of commerce, or a wedding planner. As you consider each place, keep in mind that natural scenery changes dramatically from season to season. "A vineyard is perfect from August through October," says wedding planner Francesca Abbracciamento of Francesca Events in New York City. 'But in spring, the vines will be bare.'"

And Perfect Bound posts some of the "Worst Wedding Traditions":

Big Bridal Parties
Matching Bridesmaids
Long Vows
Throwing Rice
Assigned Seating
Expensive Wedding Favors
Throwing the Bouquet
Removing the Garter
Drunken Toasts {c'mon, this is just funny!}
Leaving For the Honeymoon the Morning After