10 Suprising Facts About Weddings


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By Jessica Hagy

The bouquet; the garter toss; that something blue pinned to your dress: Have you ever taken a second to consider the purpose of all of these deeply instilled wedding traditions? Probably not because you’re busy planning a wedding. But since we’re wedding fanatics that fall asleep dreaming of napkin rings and invite fonts, we took the liberty to dig around and find 10 fascinating facts about the wedding traditions we’ve all come to know.

1. Turns out it’s your “ring finger” for a reason. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.

2. Queen Victoria is credited with starting the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 — before then, brides simply wore their best dress.

3. If your bridesmaids are less than thrilled about matching dresses, tell them they’re good luck! The tradition of matching maids dates back to Roman times, when people believed evil spirits would attend the wedding in attempt to curse the bride and groom (how rude). Bridesmaids were required to dress exactly like the bride in order to confuse the spirits and bring luck to the marriage.

4. On a similar note, brides traditionally wear veils because ancient Greeks and Romans believed they protected her from evil spirits.

5. The tradition of a bride wearing “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” comes from an Old English rhyme. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.

6. The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where guests broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head for fertility’s sake.

7. Ever wondered where the phrase “tying the knot” came from? In many cultures around the world — including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings — the hands of the bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond.

8. If you thought we were over the spirit thing, think again. According to tradition, the groom carries the bride across the threshold to valiantly protect her from evil spirits lurking below.

9. June weddings are not a new thing. The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.

10. Honeymoons weren’t always so luxurious. Ancient Norse bridal couples went into hiding after the wedding, and a family member would bring them a cup of honey wine for 30 days — or one moon — which is how the term “honeymoon” originated.


How to make white pumpkin centerpieces

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An autumn wedding does not need to be associated only with orange, red, and brown. I found some lovely white pumpkins that can create the perfect vase for an all-white wedding. They are so easy to make that you’ll want to use them all year round.

Materials: white flowers of your choice, white pumpkins, knife, flower clippers

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Step 1: Like normal jack-o-lantern, cut a circle into the pumpkin. Don’t make it too small or too wide. Too small might look a bit funny with flowers in it, and too wide might make them fall out.

Step 2: I left all the seeds inside so it would be easier to stick the flowers in.

Step 3: Put some water into the pumpkin for the flowers.

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Step 4: Criss-cross the flowers so they hold their shape like above.

Step 5: Keep on criss-crossing until the pumpkin has a nice shape of flowers.

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Done! Aren’t they just the cutest?

Project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

Lobster Boil Party

by Tori

Who says you cannot have a lobster boil in a landlocked state? When event planner Morgan Wetherington (from Nashville, TN) reached out to share this Luxe Lobster Bash I was day dreaming of my own seafood soiree. My favorite elements are the lovely lobster water color paper items and the use of nautical rope. Take a look at the amazing photos:


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From Morgan:

Barbeque is the typical southern fare, but we opted for lobster for this upscale dinner party. For this New England inspired lobster boil, we used a color palate of cherry red, navy, and shades of cream. The La Tavola red rope linen was the perfect choice to include the theme. We incorporated nautical rope, starfish, and of course lobster. The client’s home provided an ideal outdoor space for the venue. We wanted to create a guest experience, everyone loved cracking lobster and flowing conversation.



With each individual place setting, all guests needed to enjoy their lobster was an appetite.












Seasonal cantaloupe, snow peas, and corn on the cob accompanied the lobster. No dinner party is completed without a bar, we even designed a bar area that included a special “Captain Jackson Cocktail”. Each guest left with a seafood seasoning favor to continue the celebration from home. This is a great event concept for any point in the summer whether it is 4th of July or Labor Day.




Styling, Photography, Paper Products :: Commerce Street Events
Linen :: La Tavola Fine Linen
Tableware :: Corzines
Venue :: Private Nashville Resident

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Sunday, May 11,2014

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Invitation Questions Answered

By Linda Boatman
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1.     Is a website a good place to post details about our wedding online?

  • Yes.  A wedding website is an excellent choice instead of e-mailing or mailing directions, time and locations for guests and it’s an accessible place to retrieve information without searching through mail.  There are wedding websites with great features, R.S.V.P. page, checklists, and gift trackers, to help you stay up to date.   

 2.   How far in advance should I request R.S.V.P.’s?

  • Three weeks before the wedding will allow you a larger window to review guests who have not responded and to get them to reply.  Remember, you need to get the final guest count to your caterer.  If you prefer to send invitees to your wedding website R.S.V.P. page this may produce fast replies.    

  3.   What’s the best way to get guests’ addresses?

  • The best way to collect addresses and telephone numbers is e-mail and it’s efficient.  Your wedding website can send an e-mail to friends requesting their home addresses.  Make sure you have the correct spelling of your guest’s full name for when you address the invitations.   

4.     Should I invite distant relatives?

  • If you have an elderly relative who provided you with a gift as a child every year, send them an invitation.  If you haven’t heard from cousins for many years, it’s very likely she won’t mind not receiving an invitation.  

5.     Should I invites significant others of single guests?

  • No is the legitimate answer.   However, someone who has a partner who means a great deal to your guest could end up with hurt feelings if they were not invited.  If it’s just a few friends with significant others, then including them would be thoughtful.  Especially if they are traveling to your wedding from out-of-town or you really like the girlfriend or boyfriend.   

6.      What is the proper etiquette for a formal invitation?

  • The parents of a bride getting married in a house of worship selects a 10 to 12 line traditional wedding invitation that reads:
    • Mr. and Mrs. James Steven Smith /request the honor of your presence/ at the marriage of their daughter/ Joyce Maria /to Mr. Robert  David O’Neal /Saturday, the Twenty –third of August, Two Thousand Fourteen/at Six o’clock/ St. George Church/11456 Middleline Avenue/Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • If you need additional etiquette advice for divorced or deceased parents, then rely on what your wedding planner or stationer use for guidance in Crane’s Wedding Blue Book. 

7.      How do I let guest know to leave their children at home?

  • The rule in wedding etiquette is if the names of children are not included on the invitation, then they’re not invited.  If you believe a family member or friend will bring their child with them, then kindly call them and let them know as much as you would love to include them, you can’t.

8.    How can I use my secondary B-list of guests?

  • Make sure all of your A-list guest are organized to review when your get the R.S.V.P.’s.  Mail out the A-list at least eight weeks before the wedding.  After two weeks have passed, add up the noes you’ve received and add 20 percent.  Using that number is how many B-list invitations you can send.  Mail out the B-list six weeks before the wedding date to ensure the time frame is met you will have less chance of offending B-listers.


 Invites tips

  •  Make sure you have the correct spelling for the ceremony, names, address, date and time are correct.
  • Hire a calligrapher to hand address your invites or someone with beautiful handwriting.  Don’t use stick on labels for your addresses.
  • Place gift registry or charitable-giving information on your website.  Also, family members can help spread the word.

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wedding invitations photos by Carlson Craft

Newly Engaged Couples

T’was the night before New Years

And all Through the house,

The girlfriend was angry

She wasn’t a spouse!

She hoped for the joy

That Christmas would bring.

But Christmas had passed,

And she still had not ring!

They’d been together

for over two years.

Long term commitment

That must be his fear.

She thought, “That’s the reason

That I’m, still single.”

I’m breaking it off!

Then the phone gave a jingle.

“Come outside,” said the voice,

And then went away.

She opened the door,

And there was a sleigh!

He whisked her away,

Grinned like a fox

Got down on one knee

And opened the box.


T’was the first day of the New Year

Her eyes opened wide.

“Yesterday, I’m a girlfriend.

Today, I’m a bride!”

She started to panic

“There’s so much to do!

To plan a whole wedding

before I can say I do?”

Then she remembered

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and suddenly she

Felt tremendously glad!

Here eyes, how they twinkled!

Her smile seemed to glow!

“I can plan everything at

Grand Elegance Events.”

Reception hall, caterer

Florist and Tux!

Save money, save time

And no acid reflux!

Limo! DJ!

Photographer and Gown!

I won’t have to be running

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And I heard her exclaim

“I have found all that I need

Now my planning is done.”

I can’t until the day we become one.

“Congratulation Newly Engaged Couples”

Are you a newly engaged couple seeking to plan an amazing wedding? At Grand Elegance Events we have all the services you ‘ll need to plan your beautiful upcoming wedding.  Select our  Forever Grand  service and we’ll provide a special bonus offer when you book your wedding.  If you have planned your wedding details and in need of a Month of Coordination, our Classic Love selection has a limited special price just for you.  Dates may be limited, so book now.  Contact us for a free wedding consultation at no cost to you. Start your planning right now!


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Poem courtesy of Bridal Debut

Photography by Chic Luxury

Can I Afford a Wedding Planner?

By Courtney

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Can you afford to hire a planner for your wedding?  In our opinion, you can’t afford NOT to hire one; it’s simply a matter of how much help you want from them, and when during the planning process you decide to secure their services.

At minimum, you’ll want someone there for the day to help orchestrate and coordinate the decor, greet and direct vendors, circle up the family and bridal party before the ceremony, pictures and the toasts, to make sure guests know when to be where, and most importantly, to help clean up at the end of the night.  We’ve known many brides and grooms who have decided to forgo this expense, and almost every single one of them say that’s one of the things they definitely would have done differently if they could.  DIY brides will often try to take care of this stuff on their own, or will ask family and friends to pitch in.  If you can afford a professional who does this regularly it’s always best, but if your budget is too tight find a thrifty alternative!  Find a local college girl who wants to be a wedding planner when she grows up (you’d be surprised how many of them are out there).  Inquire with your friends, family and coworkers if they know of someone who could fit the bill and be willing to do it for you.  Just remember that professionals can charge upwards towards $1000 for this service; if you aren’t hiring a professional, you shouldn’t pay professional prices, but a $100 gift card to Target for a day’s worth of work isn’t really enough unless you’re budget is really strapped.

If you’re on the other end of the spectrum, a wedding planner can be a fantastic resource for you!  They can help secure some of the most talented and reputable vendors, and will also be knowledgeable on the latest trends and styles of the season.   Not to mention all of the time they save and stress they alleviate for you!  Many brides fear that a planner will steal the show and try to take over.  On one hand, remember that the reason you’re hiring them is so they CAN run the show!  But you want to make sure he or she won’t step on your toes too much, and will only step in when you really want them to.  If you’re the kind of bride that likes to hold the reins and long as possible, then meet with your potential planner once or twice before signing a contract, and even spring for a consultation meeting.  If they’re insistent that you just HAVE to hire such-and-such photographer because they’re FABULOUS, and they wouldn’t DREAM of having anyone other than so-and-so design your bridal bouquet…well, they probably aren’t the right match for you.  Just make sure that you guys connect on a personality level as well as monetary one; when stuff hits the fan, they’re the one that you’re going to go to first to save the day, and if you’re not comfortable with who they are as a person, you’re not going to want to turn to them when you actually need them.

So how does a wedding planner benefit those that aren’t on a super-tight budget, but don’t have a ton of money to spend?  One of the best things they can help you with is to find vendors and decor to keep you in your budget, and in theory he or she will save you enough money to cover their fees.  Think of it this way; if you’ve budgeting $20,000 for your wedding, your planner should be able to save cut enough corners and find enough deals to save you $1,000-$1,500, which is about what the fee can be.

Regardless of your budget, wedding planners can help you in so many ways!

•  Vendors are more likely to get referrals for new business from wedding planners than brides, so their incentive to do a fantastic job at your wedding is increased when there’s a wedding planner preset.
•  They ensure that your family, bridal party and friends have a good time.  Sure, these people love you and would do anything to help you out.  But after a long day of dancing, drinking and celebrating, sticking around until midnight gathering up table numbers and pulling linens off of the table is probably not their ideal way to end the night.  These people are, after all, your most important guests; make sure you take care of them and let them have as much fun as they can!
•  They can help you with the wedding day timeline.  Oftentimes vendors are happy to help with this, but remember this isn’t what they do professionally.  A DJ may do a great job of helping time out the reception, and photographers can do a pretty good job of helping your orchestrate the day, but neither of them will be able to help with the timing of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, nor will they be able to assist you in having your hair and makeup artist arrive at the hotel at the right time.
•  Something will ALWAYS go wrong at your wedding!  It could be as simple as a broken strap on a bridesmaid’s dress, or as overwhelming as a vendor that no-shows.  Having a planner means that you don’t have to deal with these problems when they arise; and if your planner is really good, chances are you won’t ever know that anything went wrong!

All in all, a wedding planner is something every couple needs for their wedding, and it really is something to factor in to your budget from day one.  Trust us, it’ll be one of the best decisions you make about your wedding, aside from choosing the groom!

At Grand Elegance Events we know how to take wedding planning one step further than the rest, for an enjoyable experience for our clients.   Whether you are looking to convey an upscale vision, or  to create a simple yet memorable gathering, we will help ensure your requests are fulfilled. We provide many services to help plan your  wedding or social event.

To help you get started  with your wedding planning we are offering a Month of Coordination service special.  Just click on our Exclusive Offer page at our website to learn about the details or go to the Facebook Special Event tab.

Mobilization for your business today

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By Linda Boatman

Mobile apps are here to stay. Many of us engaged daily with some form of mobile apps for communications, social comfort, payments, updates, media, and the latest trends. Our phone ia a vital tool and we don’t leave home without. Most of us will invest in a top of phone or tablet to keep our social presents. We access the internet from our mobile device in a matter of seconds and use them more that desktops or laptop.

Here a list of the top applications (apps) to grow, run and keep your business going.


  1. A card reader to process payments with a tablet or phone, Square.
  2. Create your own blog from anywhere, Tumblr.
  3. Keep track of the people and post that matters to you.  Inbox for Twitter, Facebook, Email, and LinkedIn, Cloze.
  4. Get a smart assistant to get things done or you, Easilydo.
  5. Intelligent solution for document,  scanning for small businesses and organizations, CamScanner.
  6. Best password manager in one place, Dashlane.
  7. Create a budget and manage your money, Mint.
  8. Control doors, lights, automate electronics with SmartThings.
  9. Turn ordinary moments into quality videos, Montaj.
  10. Keep track of receipts, your time and mileage for your business with Expensify.
  11. A mobile for your phone to navigate real-time traffic, maps and turn by turn direction, Waze.
  12. Record calls for later, share files together, create conference calls and meeting Speek.

Getting Married Soon!

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Special Offer Just for You

Planning a wedding can be a stressful event for the bride and groom.  Grand Elegance Event will assign you a personal wedding consultant to help, plan and coordinate the details of your wedding, so you can sit back and relax.

Having a Professional Wedding coordinator will help ensure  your wedding is day is a successful, amazing and special.  Select from any one of our services.  Limited dates are available.  Some exclusions may apply . For more details, visit our Exclusive page at Grand Elegance Events, created Just for You!

This special offer won’t last long. Relish, live it up and have a good time at your wedding.  We will listen to your desires and make  them happen with the least amount of stress possible for you, your family and your family to be.  Call Grand Elegance Events at 888.854.3102 today to reserve your date and start planning.  It’s never too late.

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Your big day will be here soon, contact us for a free complimentary consultation at no cost to you.