Sunday, March 25, 2012

Your Greatest Asset: Family

All too often over ambitious couples fall easy prey to the devices of their own wedding "plan". "Things", otherwise better known as the "details", become the focal point of their occasion as they loose site of the reason for their celebration: two people in love wanting to share their bond with family and friends.

When a couple chooses to wed it is truly a reason for celebration.  It is also a time when family and friends can be called upon to participate in events throughout the day.  No doubt your guest list will include close relatives, but your guests will surly include bored spouses and distant cousins who aren't sure how they are related to you and also include friends of your parents who were invited because your parents were invited to their event years ago.  If the goal is to make your guests feel like they are part of the celebration,  they must be told in detail why they are sharing in the festivities that day.  Thus, asking family and friends to play music or even deliver readings helps strengthen family bonds and gives everyone a sense of ownership in the proceedings. 

As a couple, you are standing at the alter because you are strong enough to make a commitment to one another.  As you look out over your audience you will see guests gathered to support that commitment.  So keep in mind as you plan your day: your wedding will be wonderful, not because the critical elements of great food and music were present or because the flowers were amazing, but because the wedding was planned by a couple focused on their guests' participation and enjoyment.

Happy Planning!

Elissa Simmons
Ovation Photography & Design

Friday, January 13, 2012

Finding Your Path

You're engaged now and feeling a bit like you've landed in a foreign land.  Is it bet!  But you're feeling intimidated too.  Suddenly you're confronted with what sounds like a whole new language, not to mention a confusing set of bridal customs.

One important matter of any wedding, however, is to remember to put your own creative stamp on your event.  Like most brides you're probably wondering how much of "My day...My way" stands true when it comes to planning a wedding.  How does one combine traditional elements with more contemporary and personal touches?  For many couples the answer becomes rooting in the location they choose because the environment offers the perfect opportunity to balance the two.  Finding a location that offers the latitude to create a one-of-a-kind setting allows you to incorporate your own ideas for the big day. You can still walk down the aisle holding your father's arm even though that aisle might be made of sand!

So become acquainted with the customs and rules but don't let them rule your day.  Look for numerous fresh ideas in fashion and photography.  Purchase accessories and hire professionals that inspire you and add elegance to one of the most important experiences in your life.  No doubt, one great pleasure of planning a wedding is choosing the elements that together reflect your idea of how that special occasion should feel.  But the happiest bride realizes that the spirit of the day comes unscripted.  After all the preparation, you can sit back and watch your vision come to life.  And even enjoy all the the things you didn't expect would happen.

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