Confidently Display Your Wedding Ring In 1 Easy Step

bride and groom's hands with wedding rings

Your photographer is going to be getting a lot of great photos to capture your wedding day. And some of those pictures will be close ups of your hands with your wedding rings.

So why not schedule an appointment with a manicurist to get those fingers photo ready?

Ladies, you’ve got this on your agenda already. But I’m talking to you fellas.

Whoa! What? Get a manicure?

Yes! Let’s put the MAN in those MANi’s.

Of course, I’m not talking high gloss and color, or French tips, but your hands will be on display and your photographer is going to be taking several hand shots with your wedding bands, so your fingers need to look presentable too.

Man's Manicure
Besides, you deserve a little pampering too!

Be a well-groomed groom. Ditch the dirty or ragged fingernails. Relax at the nail salon and get:

• Trimmed (so your nails are neat and tidy)
• Filed (to even out ragged nails)
• Buffed (instead of polish, for a healthy shine)
• Moisturized (to soften dry skin)
• Treated Cuticles (with an orange stick and cuticle oil, NEVER cut this skin)

Worried that you’re going to be subject to a woman-dominated space getting your “nails done” with all the girls hanging around, talking about all the latest gossip, and girly stuff like shopping?

When scheduling the appointment, be sure to let the folks at the salon know that you’d prefer some privacy.

Carly Mote with Destiny Salon & Spa in Clayton, Ohio tells us that at their salon men can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in a private room as they get their manicure.

You can contact Destiny Salon & Spa at 937-771-0950.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

For more tips and ideas for your wedding day (and the days leading up to it!), contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Tungsten, Titanium, and Alternative Metal Wedding Rings: What’s the Difference?

Titanium Rings

Today’s bride and groom are ready to think outside the box. With so many options available in wedding planning, dresses, and rings, the time is now to have a unique, memorable ceremony that is totally you. But with all those options comes a new kind of stress: how do you choose between all these possibilities?

Luckily, the jewelry world is full of beautiful, affordable rings made out of alternative metals like tungsten and titanium. Every kind of metal is different, and each has its own properties. This infographic, courtesy of Titanium Style, can help you understand the differences. That way, you can pick exactly what you want—and get on the road to having a wedding that is totally you.

titanium ring infographic

There are no “right” or “wrong” choices here. Whether your tastes lean more towards the traditional or more avant garde, there are many designs and metal choices to suit your personal style.

Thanks to Titanium Style for sharing this information on alternative metals for your wedding ring.

For more ideas, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Wedding Rings – Why Are They Placed on the Left Hand Ring Finger?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The symbolism of exchanging wedding rings originates with the ancient Egyptians.

Egyptians are one of the first cultures to use rings in their wedding ceremonies because of what the shape of the ring, a circle, represents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A circle represents eternity because it has no beginning nor end. This makes a ring the perfect symbol for a long-lasting marriage.

Egyptians were also the first to designate the third finger as the “ring finger,” and the ring finger of the left hand as the finger where the wedding ring is to be worn. They believed that a vein from this finger went directly to the heart and if this finger were circled with a ring, the love was captured and would not escape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And they believed that the third finger of the left hand is the weakest. (Technically it’s not the weakest, but its movement is limited due to the way the muscles and tendons are connected).

Anyway . . . What “does a weak finger have to do with weddings” you ask?

Because of this perceived weakness, the Egyptians felt this finger is the most dependent on the others for help in lifting and holding. For couples who are marrying, this is a symbol of their dependence on each other and combined strength as a couple.

Alone they can do many things, but together they can do even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The double ring ceremony, where both partners give and receive a ring came into practice in the 20th century. There has never been a law requiring the exchange of rings, but this is one tradition that remains strong.

Do you have a question or wedding concern? Let me know at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Photo credits
Two rings: rasoft / 123RF Stock Photo
Egyptians: mohamedifm / 123RF Stock Photo
Rings on left hands: wajan / 123RF Stock Photo
Rings on pumpkin: Faye Sommer Photography

Why We Do That – Origins of Popular Wedding Ceremony Traditions

A wedding ceremony is a wonderful event – a rite-of-passage full of ritual and symbolism.

Have you ever wondered where these rituals and practices come from and why we do these things? Then read on.

The White Wedding Gown

We can thank Queen Victoria for the tradition of wearing a white wedding gown. She was the first to wear a white satin and lace dress for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

Colored gowns were common at the time as white fabric was considered impractical (hard to come by, and hard to keep clean). Many brides wore their “Sunday Best.”

Enter Queen Victoria. She had some beautiful lace that she wanted incorporated into her wedding gown. The final product was made of white satin. Although she wasn’t the first royal bride to wear a white gown, it was her choice of attire that caught on and inspired brides to be married in white.

Today, while most brides still opt for the white gown, it’s not unusual to see non-white wedding gowns. Vera Wang’s fall 2014 bridal collection featured various shades of pink, including rose, coral and peony; and she also created bridal collections of red and black.

Bridesmaids Dressing Alike

Centuries ago, all of the women, including the bride, dressed alike, not just the bridesmaids. This was to confuse the evil spirits who lurked around. The evil spirits intended to cause harm and ill will to the bride. Since everyone was dressed the same, the evil spirits couldn’t tell who was the bride, and so were unable to cause any harm or mischief.

The Ceremony Processional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ceremony starts with the processional, the formal entering of the wedding party.

Many couples have only the bride’s attendants walk in during the processional (with the groom’s attendants coming out with the groom and officiant), however having the entire wedding party enter as couples is perfectly acceptable. It’s your preference.

The processional dates back hundreds of years ago when a wedding ceremony was preceded by dancing (celebrating the joy of life) to the ceremony locale. Through the years the dancing evolved into the modern processional.

With This Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the ceremony, couples exchange wedding rings.

The practice of exchanging wedding rings dates back thousands of years to the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks.

The symbolism of the wedding ring originated with the Egyptians. A ring is round, with no beginning and no end. It represents eternity and the never-ending love of the couple.

In ancient Rome and Greece, wedding rings were used to represent a promise of fidelity.

Sealed With A Kiss

Who can forget the kiss when the couple are pronounced husband and wife? We can thank the Ancient Romans for this as they sealed contracts with a kiss. Also, it was believed that as a couple kiss, their breath intermingles, therefore giving each other a little bit of their souls.

Decorating The Getaway Car

 

 

 

 

 

Tying shoes to the back of the getaway car dates back to ancient Assyrian, Hebrew and Egyptian cultures where exchanging shoes sealed an agreement or contract.

Tin cans were later used although it is unclear as to when this practice began). It was thought that the clanking sound would scare away any evil spirits.

If you’re looking for fun ideas or help with your wedding plans, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Jean

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Photo Credits:

Queen Victoria – unknown

Bridesmaid walking down aisle, and
Bride and father walking down aisle
Jeff Schaefer

Stargazer lily with rings, and
First kiss
Sandra Reed

Bride with bridesmaids,
Wedding party lined up for processional, and
Decorated vehicle
Weddings From The Heart

Going Green On Your Wedding Day

Rings
Use heirloom jewelry. Perhaps a ring that honors your family or heritage. Or find a vintage piece on ebay or a local antique shop.

You can choose rings made from recycled metals or wood. Many companies specialize in eco-conscious jewelry and follow ecologically responsible practices.

Choose a ring with a “green” diamond – which are mined in conflict-free areas instead of “blood diamonds” – those mined in war zones. Or choose a lab-created or “cultured” diamond. This man-made alterative is created from the same chemical crystal as natural diamonds, but require no mining.

Favors
Give your guests something that gives back to the earth. Plantable favors such as saplings wrapped in burlap, seeded paper, or packets of flower seeds. Or omit favors altogether and make a donation to your favorite charity. Edible favors are always a crowd pleaser. Everyone loves them so they’re not left over. Place candy or other sweet treats in a eco-friendly favor box or bag.

Centerpieces & Decor
Use potted plants so guests can take them home, replant and enjoy. Think potted orchids, African violets or succulents. Or crate a simple water garden – use cylinder vases or round “fish bowl” styles, add some colorful glass stones or river rocks, and submerge a single bloom such as a rose or calla lily. Create a pretty centerpiece with some branches and a few flower blooms, or paper flowers. You can also use non-floral items like seashells, recycled-paper flowers, or colorful bowls of fruit. If you love the look of candlelight, soy candles are a great option.

Cake Toppers
Vintage cake toppers are a fun, eco-friendly alternative to purchasing a new topper. The charming couple below belonged to the the bride’s mom and dad. You can also find vintage toppers at flea markets or on eBay. Another unique eco-friendly alternative is a recycled paper origami topper – they can be made to fit any theme or color scheme.

Transportation
Even your mode of transportation can be eco-friendly. A cute bicycle built for two or horse and carriage are romantic alternatives to a car. Rent a hybrid vehicle. If your wedding is by a lake, make your getaway in a row boat or canoe.

Here are some eco-friendly wedding sites to help you in your planning:
earthfriendlywedding.blogspot.com
eco-beautifulweddings.com
ruffledblog.com
greenbrideguide.com
greatgreenwedding.com

For more great planning tips and ideas, contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean