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Great Thoughts on Love

Love is a multifaceted thing. It can be everything worth anything but at the same time be something that is not fully attainable and unbearably painful to be with out. If you are looking for a theme for your wedding, you can let these love quotes be your guide. Here are 10 thoughts on love that we have heard over the years that might add depth to your invitations or programs.

I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more. I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm. – Buttercup, The Princess Bride
The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever. – The Notebook
Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind. It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard. To see the best is to see most clearly, and it is the lover’s privilege.
-James m Barrie, the Little minister
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
-Lao Tzu
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction
Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul – St. Augustine
“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.” ~ Max Lucado
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”  Robert A. Heinlein
“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”
-Dr. Karl Menninger
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthains 13

1. Lao Tzu: To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.

2. The Notebook: The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.

3. James M. Barrie: Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind. It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard. To see the best is to see most clearly, and it is the lover’s privilege.

4. Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.

5. The Princess Bride: I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more. I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm.

6. St. Augustine: Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

7. Max Lucado: Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.

8. Robert A. Heinlein: Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

9. Dr. Karl Menninger: Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”

10. 1 Corinthains 13: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

How To Order your Wedding Cermony

Every ceremony is different and this is in no way written to suggest that you should do your wedding ceremony in this order. Your ceremony should be an expression of you. It is your show and you should decide what happens when. With that said there is a basic format that most wedding ceremonies follow. Below are 15 common parts of the traditional western culture wedding.

1)    Prelude: This is the pre-game show. Your guests are arriving, hopefully early. You want to have some music, at least 20 minutes worth. Guests will be signing the guest book, finding a seat and checking out the program.

2)   Seating: Your ceremony is officially beginning. Have a complete stop of the prelude music and choose a new song for the seating and procession. Here your close family will be seated by the ushers, mainly grandparents and parents.

3)   Procession: Time for the wedding party to make an entrance. Typically the Groom and his groomsmen come to the stage from the side. Next the bridesmaids will walk down the aisle one by one. If you have a ring bearer and flower girl, this would be a good time for them to make an entrance.

4)   Bridal Procession: Time for the star. Stop all music and start a new song. The bride can walk down the aisle solo or be accompanied by her father or other individual who is “giving her away.”

5)   Welcome: Music stops. Time for your officiant to welcome everyone. Here would be a good time for a prayer or blessing over the couple.

6)   Giving of the Bride: The officiant will now ask who supports the marriage or is giving the bride away. Here would be a  good time for the father of the bride to make a small speech or give advice.

7)   Reading: Now that you have everyone’s attention, have a reading  of  scripture, poem, song or meaningful verse.

8)   Wedding Message: The officiant will now officiate. Most officiants have a pre-planned message. Ask your officiant if you can read over the message.

9)   Vow Exchange: Time to say it in your words. If you do not have your own written vows, don’t worry. Your officiant should have some “repeat after me” style vows for you.

10)   Ring Exchange: This is fairly self explanatory. You will exchange rings. Make sure you put it on the correct hand.

11)   Special Music: Now would be a great time for your special music from your friends or family members. If you do not have a musician in the family you can have another reading. Here, many weddings enter a strange time of no activity. If you have special music make sure you fill the time. Ask for the song length so you know what you are working with.

12)   Unity Ceremony: During your special music you can perform a unity ceremony. This ceremony symbolizes two individuals joining together to make one. Traditionally this is represented by candles but you can also use a sand ceremony set, a rose set, or paint and canvas. Check with your location so see if they are OK with open flames, sand or paint. If this does not fill the special music time you could also have a time of first communion or a couple’s prayer time.

13)   Blessing: Now it is back over to the officiant for his last words. Typically it will be a blessing of the marriage.

14)   Pronouncement: The officiant will make it official with a pronouncement of “Husband and Wife” and then it is kissy time!

15)   Recessional: The officiant will introduce the new couple and now it is time to party! Don’t let everyone rush out. Make sure there is order. First the bride and groom leave. Then the bridal party can head out. Next do not forget to have the parents and grandparents escorted out. Any announcements can be made at this time and then the officiant can dismiss your guests.

So now that you know the basics, mix it up a little. Put your own spices into the mix and make a ceremony that is truly unique.

Wedding Day Tips for the Groom

Grooms, the big day is coming soon so DON’T MESS IT UP! No pressure really, just one of the biggest days in your Bride’s life. Thankfully, there is still time. Time to plan things out. The perfect day does not just happen. Here are some tips that you might not have thought of that you need to know. So go head and print this out. Hang it up somewhere so your Bride-to-be just happens to see it. Brownie points!

1) You Have Pockets

So use them.  You need a handkerchief or at least some tissue. Your hands will probably get sweaty. And your eyes, well, they might *leak* a little.

2) You Have a Mouth

So use it, and I am not just talking about the “Kiss your Bride” part. Tell your bride she is beautiful. First chance you get. You may be thinking it but she needs to hear it. Any good thing that you think that day you should say to her.

3) You Have Arms

So use them. Hug your Mom. The other lady in your life will most likely feel like she is losing you so hug it out. Make sure you tell her thank you and hug her again; just be careful not to get the runny make up all over your suit.

4) You Have a Bestman

Delegate. Make sure your groomsmen have something to do. Then make sure they do it. Double check that your best man has the rings. Then check again.

5) You Will Have an Emergency

We hope not, but it may happen and you should be prepared. It may be a stray button, make up on your sleeve (from a crying mom) or just a little nervousness. What ever the issue you can prepare. Make sure you have a first aid kit or an emergency kit on hand. Make sure you have some water and snacks available while you get ready.

6) You Have a Lot of Vendors

Make sure you tip them. You may not know this but many vendors are expecting payment or at least tips on the day of your wedding. It would be a good idea to make a list of the vendors helping you put on the show and pre-plan what you will tip. If you put the tips in envelopes you can then delegate the delivery of the envelopes.

7) You Have a Moment

Breathe it in. The day will go by fast. Every chance you get stop and enjoy the moment. Let the event swirl around you but pause in the moment and appreciate your bride, friends and family. Capture in your minds eye the events of the day. Do not rush, the day will go fast enough on it’s own.

Hot Tips for a Cool Summer Wedding

Summer Time! I love those words. Who does not love summer? And the summer wedding is icing on the cake. But beware, that icing may melt all over the place if you do not actively try to keep it cool.

If you are planning a summer wedding here are 5 tips for a cool summer wedding

1) Water for Elephants? No, just your guests!

Summer is hot. It does not matter where you live. And if you are having a mid day or outdoor wedding it is especially important to keep your guests hydrated. Do not underestimate your need for drinking water.  It is better to have too much than to have Aunt Edna falling out.

2) Baby it’s HOT outside!

I will say it again, summer is hot. Make sure your guests can stay cool. We are talking shade, favor fans, ice, anything that will keep it cool. Few things make people grumpier than being over heated. Throw in hungry and you are setting your wedding day up as “bad story” not a “cherished memory.”

3) Emergency!

Did I say yet that it is hot? And with heat comes sweat, runny make up and well, BO. Have an emergency kit for yourself and your bridal party. They need to look fresh for your ceremony and your awesome pictures. Don’t forget to have the bathrooms well stocked as well with refreshing items for your guests.

4) I forgot to mention…  its HOT!

Cut your guests some slack and go informal. Dressing down your wedding can still be glamorous without the heavy dress and three piece suits. No one is suggesting swim trunks and tank tops but if you note on your invitation or bridal website that the event is informal dress, your guests will still dress up. They will just feel the freedom to dress light and cool.

5) Rain Rain Go Away!

It is still hot out but it might rain too. Make sure you have a plan B. Is any part of your event outside (even if it is traveling from ceremony to reception)? Check the weather and then check it again. Have a backup plan. Whether it is a second venue or as simple as umbrellas, a rain plan will help you not leave your guest all wet.

How to Write your Wedding Program

The Wedding Program is an essential item for your wedding ceremony. You may know what is going on but most of your guests do not have a clue what is happening next or who all those people are on stage with you. Cue the wedding program. With the wedding program your goal is to let everyone know as much as you know. It also gives you an opportunity to give thanks or share details that you cannot personally say to every guest. Believe me, while your guests are waiting they will read every line of that program, probably twice.

TYPES OF WEDDING PROGRAMS

You really can print your programs on anything. You can be practical or as unusual as you have time for. Typically there are 3 common types of programs with multiple variations off of the basic forms. They are:

1) The Bi-Fold Program is the most common form of program (see above). This is your basic 8.5″ x 11″ Paper folded in half. It is simple and easy to format.

2) The Tri-Fold Program is very versatile. This format gives you 6 panels and is perfect is you have a lot to say.

3) The Fan Program is exactly as it sounds. It is a fan and a program. It pulls double duty. This is perfect for out door weddings, spring weddings, summer weddings or when you will have an out door reception.

THE FORMAT

Most of us have never written a wedding program. Here are a few basic tips on formatting. There are 4 basic parts of a wedding program, the Intro, The Ceremony, the Bridal Party, and the Thank you/Memorial Section.

1) First, you need an intro. This is the Bride and Groom’s names and date of the wedding.  Typically this is the first page. You can also include the location (although your guests are already there), a monogram, or any images that fit your wedding theme.

2) Next, you want to include the order of your wedding ceremony information. This is typically page 2. List the different aspects of your ceremony and the songs that accompany them. If you have space include what those songs and traditions mean to you or why you decided on them. Your guests care about you and want to know what is important to you.

3) Third you want to have a list of your supporting cast: the wedding party. List all those involved and what part they play. If you have room, list how you know them or why they are in your wedding. Your wedding guests probably do not know everyone on stage and since they are at your wedding they probably care and would love to know. This also makes for good conversation starters at your reception.

4) Lastly, you want to include a thank you/memorial section. There were a lot of people who made your day possible. Let them know that you are thankful for how they helped. Also, if any friends or family could not make the big day or have passed away consider mentioning them. This section is also good to include mention if any flowers, decorations or empty seats are dedicated to absent loved ones.

JUST FOR FUN

Now that you have the basics down, throw in some of your own style. Ask yourself what is important to you. Do you strongly value the environment? Then consider using recycled paper or plantable seeded paper. Are you the jokester? Then include an activity section on your program. Some jokes, riddles, or an eye spy will entertain your guests while they wait for your arrival.

However you decide to finish your programs, whether you are all DIY or you go with professional printing, Daisy Days can help. With a large selection of DIY Wedding Program Kits, Wedding Fan Programs and Professionally Printed Programs you are sure to find a style that fits you.

Something Blue (and Lacy Too?)

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In regards to being a Bride you have probably heard the saying about taking something blue with you down the aisle. It is supposed to be lucky or bring you good fortune. Well, here is the whole rhyme:

Something Old, Something New. Something Borrowed, Something Blue. A Sixpence in your Shoe.

Who comes up with this stuff? If you are anything like me walking around all day with something in your shoe would not be a “fortunate” thing and those around me would be “lucky” to escape my discomfort!

But seriously, taking something old, new, borrowed and blue to the alter can be a fun tradition to play with as well as a quest to add extra meaning to your ceremony. Here are a few ideas to make this tradition a fun part of your big day.

Something Old

The old represents well…old. It is your past or your family’s past. This is a symbol that you are entering a new life but not forgetting what made you who you are today. This would be a great time to get on the phone with grandma. See if she has some family jewelry or possibly a portion of her wedding dress that you could incorporate into your ensemble. If this will not work for you then ask for a story or a picture that is meaningful. Every grandmother will be able to provide this jewel.

Something New

Who does not love new? This is what the whole day is about. You are starting a new family. There are so many things in your ceremony that represent this that you really can just take your pick. The easiest probably would be the rings. These symbols offer hope for the future. Some other ideas that you might use for your new item are your wedding dress, your accessories or even your shoes since you will literally be walking into something new.

Something Borrowed

Borrowing something can represent borrowing happiness. It can also be a symbol for the community that you have around your relationship. Marriages do not do well in isolation. To add extra meaning to this look for a friend or relative that has a marriage that you admire. Borrow something from this person as a symbol of borrowing their relationship happiness. Who ever you ask will be absolutely flattered.

Something Blue

Historically in a wedding blue represents love, loyalty and fidelity. Good things to have in a relationship but depending on your color scheme, maybe not a good color to have in a ceremony. If blue is not on your wedding palette, try going incognito. Think under the dress. Whether it is painted toenails, under garments, shoes or a blue garter; something blue does not need to be something hard to do.

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A Sixpence

Many brides end the tradition before this line but if you want to go all the way, a sixpence represents good fortune and prosperity. A sixpence may not be the easiest thing to come by being that is is a British coin. If you do not happen to have you own coin collection to draw from you can often purchase a sixpence from a wedding store.

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Here is a sixpence in it’s own shoe holder in case you do not want to walk around all day with something in your own shoe.

Hands Full?

Now that you have all five items you should have your hands full. If you have not figured out ways to seamlessly integrate these items into your wardrobe, try concealing them with a bridal purse. This will also come in handy if you need supplies to freshen up during the night.

However you decide to run with this tradition remember that you need to have fun with it. Do not let it add an ounce of stress to your day. Use this tradition to add fun and deeper meaning to your big day. Rule the rhyme. Do not let the rhyme rule you.

Your Essential Honeymoon Packing List

Honeymoon List from Daisy Days

After all the planning and prepping you do in the months leading up to your wedding, your honeymoon will be a well deserved break! However, with all the planning for your event do not forget to plan for your trip. This includes packing your bags and making sure they are where they need to be (hint: they do not call him “Best Man” for nothing). It’s best to take some time in the last two weeks before your wedding to stop and pack for the honeymoon. You’ll be so thankful you are already packed the morning after your wedding! While your needs will vary depending on where you’re honeymooning, there are quite a few things you’ll need regardless of your vacation location that you can prep ahead of time.

Toiletries – pack all of your travel sized toiletries well in advance. This means you need to make sure you have an awesome travel toiletry bag.  Also, if you need to bring medication with you, get an extra supply and include that in your carry on.

Make-up – if you do not have a travel cosmetic case, this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself. Remember you will be gone about a week. You do not need to carry your whole collection of make up with you. Pick your essentials and a few flairs and transfer to travel size containers. Or check is your favorites come prepackaged in travel sizes.

Beach Totes – a large beach tote comes in handy, even if your vacation doesn’t involve sun and sand! Use them to carry all of your day to day essentials, or keep one on hand to use as a shopping bag when you’re out and about.

Bad Weather Gear – we hope your whole vacation is full of sun shine but the weather does not always cooperate and it does not hurt to be prepared for the rain! Bring a small umbrella or two and you’ll stay dry and ready for adventure.

Flip Flops – You’ll want them for the beach and for walking around the hotel at night, and maybe even in the shower. Bring two pairs just in case of emergency.

We hope these few don’t forget reminders will help you save time money and stress on your relaxing honeymoon!

Keeping the Surprise in the “Pop”

When it comes to popping the question, some times it is more fun to let it be a complete surprise. One of the biggest obstacles to keeping it under wraps is finding out the right ring size. Nothing ruins the romantic moment like a ring that just will not go on! If you are trying to keep a lid on it before you put a ring on it then here is a little flow chart to help you. Created by our friends at Simply Bridal.

Engagement Ring Size Flow Chart - Daisy Days

Engagement Ring Size Flow Chart - Daisy Days

Once you have that perfect ring with the perfect fit, head over to With this Bling! to sparkle up the rest of the gorgeous bride.

How to Include Your Pets in your Wedding

Weddings these days have taken a turn from traditional to modern and unique with features like unity sand frames instead of the unity candle, bold and bright wedding colors, even including your pets in your wedding. This may be difficult if you are having your wedding at a very formal location, or if your pet is the not the most well-behaved. However, if your pet is well-behaved and allowed at the ceremony, they can be included in your big day.
Tuxedo Dog Collars
One of the most popular ways to include pets in a wedding is as the ring bearer or best “dog.” Here at Daisy-Days.com, we have just what you need to make it happen, including tuxedo dog collars, dog ring bearer pillows, dog wedding bandanas and more. Let your four-legged best friend carry the wedding rings down the aisle, or stand by your side as you marry your soul mate.

Another way to include your pet is to have the officiant mention your pets in the ceremony, or you both can mention them in your vows. If you don’t want them in the ceremony, you can always include your pets Dog Ring Bearer Pillowfor an adorable wedding photo op before the reception. If your wedding reception is outdoors or pet friendly, you can even allow them at the reception. Just make sure you have a friend babysit the dog and take him/her home at the end of the night, as not to disturb your celebrating.

No matter where your ceremony is or how well-trained your pet is, you will be able to find a loving way to include them into your big day. Let’s be honest, our pets are like our children, so be sure to include them in the biggest day of your life, your wedding day. Don’t forget to shop Daisy-days.com to make sure they are dressed for the occasion with a pet tuxedo and a dog ring bearer pillow.

How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Your Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids are your closest girlfriends and have been through all the good and bad over the years. The best part is knowing that’ll they be by your side on your big day as your marry the love of your life. To thank them, it’s always thoughtful to give them a personal gift that they are sure to cherish for years to come. But the question with bridesmaid gifts is with all the selection available, how to you choose the perfect gift for your friends?

"Dressy" Manicure Set

"Dressy" Manicure Set

Here at Daisy-Days.com, we offer a variety of adorable bridesmaid gifts, such as spa gifts, personalized compact mirrors, personalized picture frames and many more unique bridesmaid gifts. But how do you choose the perfect ones? First, it depends on your budget. Deciding how much you want to spend will help narrow down the selection of bridesmaid gifts you have to choose from. Next, choose a gift that represents your bridesmaids. If your girlfriends are super girly girls, they’ll love a manicure set, bridesmaid clutch, or a glass jewelry box. If your gals like to travel, or maybe they teach, we have a wide selection of tote bags that are perfect for a bridesmaid gift.

Choose a bridesmaid gift that matches the personalities or hobbies of your pals. Also, make sure it’s a gift they can enjoy for years to come as a wonderful keepsake of a wonderful friend and to remember such a special day. Remember to find the perfect and affordable bridesmaid gifts for your best friends at Daisy-Days.com.

What was the best gift you ever received as a bridesmaid?