Becky's Wedding

Matt and I were married on May 13, 2006, in Northborough, Massachusetts, not far from where I grew up. We had the ceremony and reception at the same location- this made it easier since a large number of our guests were from out of town and it ended up pouring the entire week before the wedding and on our wedding day. With all of the flooding, it was nice that guests only had to go to one place. 

The only thing Matt cared about was wearing tails. He didn't care about any of the other details. I had wanted a more casual wedding- but I couldn't say no to the one thing he wanted- so we ended up with a much more formal affair. The bridesmaid dresses were black with a white accent and we did purple and white flowers. 
I spent the day with one of my best friends. We got our nails done, then our hair and makeup, and then made our way to White Cliffs to get dressed. Once we were all ready, the picture taking began. Matt and I didn't see each other before the ceremony, so we did all of the pictures on our list that didn't require the both of us. 
Our ceremony was upstairs- so once all of the guests arrived, the bridal party made its way up. I'm Jewish and Matt is Lutheran so we decided not to incorporate either religion in the ceremony and were married by a Justice of the Peace who is also a family friend. We put together a short, but meaningful ceremony and wrote our own vows. It was beautiful and perfectly "us". 
After the ceremony we took some more pictures and enjoyed cocktail hour. We wanted to make sure everyone had a great time and ate well, so we spent a lot of time, and a good amount of our budget on the menu- starting with cocktail hour. There were a ton of passed hors d'oeuvres and a couple of stations- we also had an open bar. 
After cocktail hour it as time to be introduced. We came in to, "Lovely Day," by Bill Withers and had our first dance to "If I Didn't Have You," by Amanda Marshall. It was perfect. After our dance Matt's brother gave a beautiful toast and my father read a poem he had written for us. He has written a poem for me for every major event in my life- always in the style of Dr. Seuss. 
Even though we didn't incorporate religion into our ceremony, we did do the Hora. It was a great way to open the dance floor and it's always a good time. It was a little scary at times and my cousins almost dropped me, but it was fun. 
Once people took their seats, the first course was served and Matt and I made our way around to say hi to everyone- and while we were busy we missed out on what we were told was a heck of a meal. People are still talking about the food over six years later. 

Instead of traditional favors, we made donations to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Cancer has touched both of our families and our mothers were very involved with their local Relays. We put information about the donations on each table. Also on the tables were a few martini glasses with chocolates my mother and I made. 
We did our parent dances and then the dance floor got busy. We took a quick break to cut the cake and then spent the rest of the night on the dance floor. We had a great time dancing with our family and friends. Things got a little crazy towards the end of the night when the DJ played "I'm Too Sexy", and dedicated it to the groomsmen. A few of them took the song literally and started taking their shirts off. My mom and her friends then proceeded to join them on the dance floor while waving dollar bills. Talk about embarrassing. But everyone had a great time. 

Bachelor Party Ideas

One of the groom's highlights of the days leading up to his wedding is the bachelor party. This is a chance for the groom to get together with his groomsmen and friends for a night of celebration before getting married. Although normally planned by the best man, it is important to keep in mind the groom's interests (and not just what the groomsmen want to do). Also, try to plan this night a few weeks before the big day as there will be tons of last minute details for the bride and groom to be working on. Below are some fun suggestions for your bachelor party. 

Sporting Events
We are lucky enough to be surrounded by some great sports teams- Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Sixers, Union- no matter which sport you prefer, there is a team to watch. Start your night with tailgating or hanging out at XFINITY Live. Depending on the time of year, there are group ticket options or you could rent one of the group suites. If you are able to get a suite, this gives your group the chance to all be together while enjoying the game (and usually includes food and drinks!). 
Atlantic City
Atlantic City offers some great options for a night out. First, start off with dinner at one of the many restaurants located throughout the area. If gambling is your thing, there are several casinos to choose from. You could check out a comedy show at the Borgata, head to Ri Ra at the Tropicana for some live music, or head to The Pool After Dark at Harrah's for a night of high energy music and dancing. What's great about Atlantic City is that there is something for everyone. There are several hotels in the area or you could look into renting a house. This can be much cheaper for a large group, especially if you are there in the off-season.
Here are some unique ideas for the groom who is looking for something outdoors. Take your group of friends on a white water rafting trip and then spend the night camping. This is an intense excursion that you won't soon forget! If your groom like to get a little competitive, why not try paintball? If you are looking for a more relaxing day out, why not spend the day playing golf and then relaxing with a BBQ. 
Take a Trip
There is always the exciting option of taking a trip. However, you should keep the cost in mind and make sure everyone is comfortable spending the extra money. You could head to Las Vegas for a classic bachelor party adventure (although try not to recreate "The Hangover"). If you are looking for a break from the cold, head down to Miami for a weekend at the beach. Or depending on the time of year, head to Colorado for a weekend of skiing. If your friends are scattered throughout the country, this might be the best option to get everyone together. Take a look at different locations and plan ahead to try and get the best deals. 
No matter what you decide to do, the important part is that the groom gets to spend quality time with his closest friends. Relax and enjoy yourself!


*All images found through google*

Gifts for Your New Bride or Groom

With all of the wedding planning that has been on your mind, it's easy to forget the one thing that just might matter the most: a gift for your soon to be bride/groom. This day is all about the two of you after all, so giving a gift to your bride or groom either the morning of the wedding or the night before, at the rehearsal will assure the other that you're thinking of them. 

Whether you save up and take the material route or whether you keep it simple and make it personal, any gift of any size will surely capture their attention and confirm what they hopefully knew all along- that they wouldn't want to be marrying anyone else but you. 

In case all the planning has left you stumped, here are a few gift ideas that you can't go wrong with...

For Your Bride
  • Philosophy Bridal Set: If you want to keep the price point down and just do a little something to tell her you're thinking about her, the Here Comes the Bride set from Philosophy is a sure bet. The kit includes everything she will need for the day including their facial cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo, bath and shower gel, and firming body emulsion, plus one microdelivery peel. If you want to bump it up a little, add in a spa gift card for two at your honeymoon destination. 

  • Pearl Necklace: Though this may seem a bit outdated, receiving a pearl necklace from the groom has been a long standing wedding tradition. Try to make it a little more modern and find something that is classic but definitely incorporates her personal style. 

  • Designer Handbag: If your girl likes the finer things in life, then spoiling her with a handbag that is out of her price range will make her feel like a princess, to put it simply. She will also have another excuse to think about you every day as she carries her bag on her arm.

  • Ice Cream of the Month Club: Take a fun spin on what might be her favorite food and buy her enough ice cream to last the year! If it's something she likes she will love the thoughtful gesture and it will also give you more reasons to cuddle up on the couch with two spoons. 

  • Broadway Play or Concert: Instead of the usual nosebleed or lawn seats, do your research and find a play or concert you know she will love and try to get the best seats in the house. Back stage passes wouldn't hurt either! She will know that you thought about what she likes and were willing to go along with her even if you're not a fan. 

For Your Groom
  • Whiskey Stones: If you want to keep it simple and keep the dollars down, these whiskey stones are one of my favorite gifts for guys, especially those who love their whiskey. Pair it with some tumblers and his favorite bottle and you will be good to go.

  • Personalized Watch: Another traditional wedding gift to the groom that can never really fail. If your man is the kind of guy who has a "watch collection", he won't be able to pass up another addition. If he's not a watch guy, it still might be the perfect first watch to add to his collection. Feel free to engrave it as well!

  • Comic Book Picture: For the sci-fi groom who wants to relive his comic book glory days, this personalized comic book picture would be perfect for his office space or his future "man cave". 

  • Boudior Photo Shoot: What better way to get your guy excited then with his own personal photo album of just you in your unmentionables. Keep it cute or make it sexy, whichever way you go he will be looking at it daily in his dresser drawer.

  • Racecar Ride: If he's not into whiskey, watches, or comic books, he must be into cars. Though this might cost you a pretty penny, there are many tracks that will allow your hubby to either ride along or take his own ride around the track. It will be a memory he will never forget. 


Shani and Eric's Wedding

This was such a beautiful wedding! Shani and Eric were married last September at Winterthur in Delaware. The gardens and sprawling grounds really make it the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Shani and her bridesmaids started their day with hair, done by Jill Kozar from Up Your Do, and makeup, done by Jill from Face the Occasion. When they were all ready, Shani stepped into her custom made dress made by a friend and finished her bridal look with a classic birdcage veil. They had a reveal meeting at Winterthur before their interfaith ceremony. After the ceremony guests were invited to the reflecting pool to enjoy a delicious cocktail hour prepared by Restaurant Associates. Honeybunches Floral created the bouquets and centerpieces that were a mix of high arrangements of branches and low arrangements that matched the bouquets. When it was time to get the party started, Matt Bowyer, from Synergetic Sound and Lighting, was on to get the guests on the feet and dancing the night away! Their adorable cake was created by Liz Marden and tasted amazing! Thank you to Tom Feehly of Feehly Photography for sending us these wonderful images!

Congratulations Shani and Eric!