Colorful Southwestern Wedding Decor

Here are some great ideas for a Colorful Southwestern Wedding. Special thanks to The Glenpool Conference Center for allowing us to utilize their wonderful facility, Paper 8, Tulsa Weddings & Design, Amanda Grace Photography, Zoe’s Cakes Unlimited, Flowergirls, Party Perfect Rentals, Siren Styling & Hair Extensions, Red Hot Designs for all their help and creativity.

Southwest Shoot 1

Southwest Shoot 2Southwest Shoot 3Southwest Shoot 4Southwest Shoot 5

Pick up the current issue of Perfect Wedding Guide – Northeast Oklahoma for more wedding ideas and tips.

 

Wedding Planning Tools For Tulsa Brides

Have you checked out Perfect Wedding Guide Tulsa’s free tools for brides to use to plan their weddings? There are Wedding Checklists, Guest Lists Managers, Budget Calculators and much more.

Perfect Wedding Guide Seating Chart Tool

Perfect Wedding Guide Seating Chart Tool

Budget Calculator Checklist Gueslist Inspiration Board

Tips for Attending The Perfect Wedding Show Tulsa

Perfect Wedding Show Tulsa Video

Sept. 2013 image

1. Bring pre-printed labels. The label should include your Full name, address, wedding date and contact information. For the Perfect Wedding Show Tulsa, all you have to do is register online before the show and labels will be printed and ready for you.

2. Don’t come alone. Many vendors offer great bridal show discounts, so you want someone to help you with decision making.

3. Bring your calendar. Be prepared to schedule appointments with the vendors that you are interested in. Again, many vendors offer bridal show discounts, but they are only good for a limited amount of time.

4. Wear comfortable shoes. Be prepared to do a lot of standing and walking.

5. Try on a gown. At the Perfect Wedding Show Tulsa, we have a gown sale. This means there will be a portable bridal salon. You will be able to try on gowns and quite possibly find “the one”.

6. Have fun. Enjoy yourself, relax, have a good time, get great ideas, meet fabulous vendors, sample fantastic food and cake samples, and save on your wedding.

A Love That Lasts: Respect the institution, but love the person

A Love That Lasts is a book that I found that shares insights from couples that have been married for 50 years and beyond. I tought who would know more about the secrets to a lasting marriage that that?!

This is the advise from Tom and Judy Harper – married November 29, 1947.

Much is said about the importance of “being committed to marriage”. But for the Harpers, commitment to an instituion – even one as time-honored as marriage – left them a bit cold. “I believe strongly in marriage,” Tom says, “but I’ve always focused on being committed to Judy, to her as a person.”

Judy adds, “Our love and passion is for each other. That’s what inspires us every day and what has brought us through some very difficult times. Illness. Crumbling finances. The physical changes that age brings. What I’ve learned through it all is this: You can respect, even revere, an instituion or ideal, but I’ve never been in love with one. I’m in love with Tom.”

Wow! I hope that after being married for 64 years, all of us can say that we are still “in love” with the person that we are married to.

Photo Flair – Stylish ideas for engagement sessions

If you are looking for some creative locales and ideas for your engagement session, we have some for you. All of these photos were taken in Northeast Oklahoma, but could translate to almost any locale. A special thanks to Andrea Murphy Photography, Storybook Wedding Photography and Artworks Tulsa Photography for sharing their fabulous photos.

Storybook Wedding Photography Storybook Wedding Photography

Who Gives a Wedding Toast and Who Shouldn’t?

The classic wedding toast is the rousing, funny, and slightly sentimental best man’s wedding toast. But he doesn’t have to be the only one to raise a glass to the happy couple! Here are the people you might want to ask to give a wedding toast:

  • The Best Man (or Groom’s Honor Attendant) This is the one that’s most traditional, and is as close to non-optional as it gets. He makes people laugh a little bit, and maybe makes them cry when he talks about how much he loves the couple and adds some wise thoughts for their future.  Tips on Giving a Great Best Man Speech
  • The Maid of Honor (or Bride’s Honor Attendant) Why should it only be the groom’s best friend who gets to tell funny stories and sweet sentiments? Though not traditional, it’s becoming far more common for the maid of honor also to give a short wedding speech.  It can be similar to the best man’s but with her own personality and style.
  • The Parents If the bride’s father pays for the wedding, it is his job as host to welcome everyone and thank them for coming. Hopefully, he’s already shared the sentimental stuff at the rehearsal dinner so that this toast can be just a brief welcoming statement. However, if it was a joint effort to pay for the wedding, all of the parents may stand together as one of them gives a welcome on behalf of them all. If the couple has paid for the wedding entirely, then they can give this speech, but should omit any toasting.
  • The Happy Couple This isn’t really a wedding toast, as the couple can’t raise a glass to themselves. But it is nice if they take the mike for a few moments. If they write and give the toast together, then they say thanks to everyone for coming, and especially to their parents and wedding party for everything they’ve done. If only the groom gives the toast, he first thanks the guests, and then his parents. He not only thanks his new spouse’s parents, but he also expresses his happiness at being a part of their family. He finishes by turning to his bride, saying how proud he is to be her husband and how much he loves her. (And hopefully they finish off with a loving kiss!)

Who Shouldn’t Give a Wedding Toast

  • Anyone who’s drunk has no business on the microphone. Drunken wedding toasts are bound to be rambling, incoherent, and embarrassing. If your best man has gone overboard on cocktails, ask another groomsman to take him outside to sober up.  With any luck, he’ll be able to give an eloquent and dignified speech before the night is through. If you’re not that lucky, then there’s no reason you can’t skip it. Better no speech at all than something mortifying!
  • Tell your DJ or band leader not to give the mike to any unauthorized would-be toasters – even if they’re not drunk, you don’t need to allow anyone and everyone who’s feeling loquacious to take the floor. Save the honor for your nearest and dearest, and let other wellwishers express their feelings in a card!
  • If you’re looking at your reception timeline, you may prefer to save more time for dancing, mingling, or eating, rather than having so many wedding toasts. Certainly, you’re not required to have any at all. More commonly, however, is to just have the best man’s speech, saving any other tributes for the rehearsal dinner.

This is a great article that I found on About.com.

Wedding Traditions from Around the World

by Susan Southerland, PWG Contributor

It is a challenge to make your wedding planning unique amongst all the weddings you and your friends will attend together. One of the most fun and creative ways to make your wedding stand out is to use a tradition from your family or religious background. The following are some customs from around the world that you may be able to use to make your special day a little different.

  • Wedding cakes in France were typically a Croque en Bouche (pastry balls filled with cream and stacked in a pyramid then drizzled in caramel). What a great change from the traditional wedding cake.
  • The French may have started the “after party” as well. Cheverie is the tradition of guests clanking pots and making noise in front of the honeymoon suite. Traditionally the groom invites the guests in the room for some snacks and drinks. The noisier part of this tradition might not go over very well if the honeymoon suite is in a crowded hotel or bed and breakfast, but if you plan to spend the night at home, invite your friends back for a while.
  • Jumping the Broom has become a very popular African tradition in wedding planning. Slaves could not legally marry, so to symbolize a bond between husband and wife, the couple would jump a broom to start their new beginning together.
  • Candied almonds are traditionally served at Italian weddings. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the candy is said to remind everyone that marriage is for better and for worse. Life is bitter and sweet.
  • Another fun Italian wedding planning tradition is to cut up the groom’s tie and auction the pieces off for money. Cash is given to the bride and groom to use on their honeymoon.
  • Traditional Japanese weddings include the ceremonial drinking of sake. The bride and groom drink nine cups of sake, symbolizing the bonding of the couple. Family and guests also drink sake to reaffirm the bond.
  • Traditionally Indian brides are decorated with henna prior to the wedding. At some wedding celebrations Mehndi artists are hired to decorate the hands and feet of wedding guests to wish the new bride happiness and luck in her future.
  • At the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony, the groom steps on a glass and breaks it. This wedding planning custom has a couple of explanations. One states that the noise will scare away evil spirits, the other states that the couple will stay married as long as it takes to reassemble the glass.
  • Having a piper lead the processional and recessional is a great way to incorporate Celtic tradition into your wedding planning. Hiring a ceilidh band for the cocktail hour or party is another great way to add Celtic flavor.
  • At Russian weddings, a friend of the couple gives a toast at the beginning of the reception. All of the guests are to drink the champagne and throw the glasses to the floor. If the glass breaks when it hits, it is considered good luck for the bride and groom. Again, this is a tradition that works best at home rather than in a public reception facility.

This is just a small selection of ways to incorporate ethnic traditions into your wedding planning. The Internet is a valuable resource to find all kind of unusual ways to celebrate a wedding day. From ceremony to dinner and dancing, there are thousands of year’s worth of customs to try.

For more ideas and inspiration go to Perfect Wedding Guide.

Wedding Color: Creating Your Signature Style

Perfect Wedding Guide is providing a free e-book on creating your signature style by using the right colors. Here’s some more information:

Weddings have come a long way from traditional white and ivory. From hot pink wedding gowns to splashes of bold-colored lights shining on the walls, no color is off limits on your wedding day!

But how do you know which color goes well with another color? How many colors are too many? Which color should you choose? In this free eBook, Wedding Color: Creating Your Signature Style, we’ll help you find the perfect palette for your wedding, and share the hottest colors for 2012 that brides across the country are adopting for their wedding day style.

Download your copy.

PWG Tulsa Bridal Show

The Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show Tulsa is fast approaching. It will be at the Tulsa Convention Center in the Tulsa Ballrooms on March 4, 2012 from noon to 4.

The Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show offers an elegant and fun opportunity to plan your wedding and connect with leading wedding professionals in Tulsa, Oklahoma–all in one day, at one place. Be inspired with great ideas in a no-stress atmosphere.

Find the perfect menu, wedding accessories, flowers, wedding planners, venues–everything you need to make your wedding day as perfect as you’ve imagined.

Make the most of your most precious resource, time –and put some fun in your wedding planning. Pre-register early and receive BOGO tickets (this will save you $5 per ticket)!

Check out this video from our last show.