Summer Celebrations

Authored by: Rinette Emerson
May 27, 2011

June through September is the most popular time of year to get married, and for good reason. The sunshine and longer days allow you to take full advantage of the season with an afternoon wedding or highlight the glorious sunsets by saying your vows as the sun sets. Here are some tips and ideas to help make sure that your hearts are the only things that melt on your wedding day.

• As summer is an extremely busy season for weddings, reserve your venue at least six months to a year in advance to ensure that perfect location. If your “ideal venue” is already booked, consider some atypical wedding spots, such as beaches, parks, restaurants that offer an outdoor patio or even your own backyard.

• Choose lighter fabrics for your wedding dress and bridal party such as organdie, linen, chiffon, crepe and other light weight fabric. If you’ll be walking outside through dirt, gravel, or sand, you may want to choose shorter gowns and even skip the long, flowing train for your dress.

• For all the women in the bridal party (and for even some of the men), consider what the heat, humidity and moisture will do to their hair. Don’t try to fight with your hair in the summer – straight hair will get straighter and limper and wavy hair will get wavier and frizzier.

• In addition to summer appetizers like cocktail shrimp or gazpacho soup, consider an ice cream bar or serve miniature scoops of sorbet that match your wedding colors. Beverages can include a homemade lemonade spritzer or a mint and citrus infused water at the bar.

• Remember that alcohol coupled with warm temperatures can quickly cause dehydration so have plenty of chilled bottles of water available for your guests.

Summer weddings can provide great opportunities for playful table favours. Personalized fans, flip flops sandals, decorative bottles of water and colourful handkerchiefs or towels give the favours functionality and comfort for the guests’ use during your special day.

• If your location is terminally hot during the summer, think of having a tented ceremony. A tent will provide the flexibility of enjoying the outdoors without the sun wilting your flowers or your guests. If a tented scene is not an option for you, consider a shaded area or the side of a building that may block the sun during your ceremony. With a little creativity you can turn any venue into a summery wonderland.

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist! You can follow her on LinkedIn.


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Man’s Best Friend? Yes, but in Your Wedding Party?

Authored by: Jim Emerson
May 5, 2011

If you want your favourite four-legged friend to participate in your wedding ceremony there are a few things you can do in order to prepare your dog and your wedding party for the “Big Day”. The following suggestions may help.

• The first thing that you must do is confirm with your venue that your dog will be as welcomed as your other guests. If so, what are the rules? Must your “Best Man” remain on a leash or can Pluto roam freely among your guests?

• Consider your dog’s personality. Does s/he get along well with people or is s/he a nervous Nelly around strangers? Does your dog play well with children?

• Consider the impact of your dog’s participation on the wedding party and your other guests. Are any of your wedding party allergic to dogs? Tell them what you are considering in order to get their feedback well before your big day.

• Just as you will rehearse your part in the wedding ceremony, acclimate your dog to the venue and practice walking Oscar down the aisle. To help avoid accidents from an overly hyper dog, allow him to run, play and release lots of energy, and himself, before your ceremony.

• As the other members of your wedding party have gone to great lengths to look their best on your Special Day, don’t forget to give your dog a bath or take him/her to the groomer before the wedding. After all, you want him/her to be looking and smelling their best! Complete his/her look by purchasing a dog collar and leash that matches the bridesmaid dresses or a bow tie and top-hat to match the groomsmen’s attire.

• Determine how long your dog will stay with you at your wedding and who will care for him/her after your ceremony. Will s/he just walk down the aisle and then be taken from the venue once the reception begins? Or will s/he stay for the photos and dance the night away with your favourite uncle?

Have you ever been to a wedding where the ring bearer was a four-legged friend? How did it go? Would you consider involving man’s best friend in your wedding ceremony?

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Park and Irene

Hi Jim

You were an incredible Officiant; everything we were looking for.  You were incredibly easy to work with and very supportive in creating the ceremony that Park and I envisioned.   You were so efficient at the ceremony rehearsal; I don’t know how we would have pulled the ceremony off without that rehearsal!   

Park and I would have had any idea where to start creating our ceremony without the wedding template.  It was so easy to use and there were enough examples for each section of the ceremony that we always found something we loved and wanted to include.  

Every person from Enduring Promises with whom we had contact was polite, helpful, and quick in their responses.  

Once again Jim, thank you for everything you have done for me and Park.  We had an absolutely incredible wedding day and are so happy to have had you officiate our ceremony. 

Park and Irene

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