Tradition, Tips, & Trivia

      At the conference there was a session on how to care and preserve your wedding dress. They gave us so many helpful hints. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts from the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.

 1. Water and Silk don’t mix

2. Don’t hang the dress by its shoulders

3. Don’t use wire hangers

4. Keep dress away from air and light

5. Don’t store in plastic garment bag

6. Wrap dress in old sheets

7. Mud and Red Wine are hard to get out of silk

8. Use baby wipes on polyester

9. Tide Stick works well

10. Fiber is what counts, not weave

Also, if you are buying a sample dress clean it before you get alterations done. If you visit their website you can get many more tips, and find a cleaner in your area that is part of the association. (


I recently went to a bridal shower this past weekend. I started to think about how people give gifts from the registry without putting a little extra thought into it. For my friend I decided to get creative, and add a little special touch that would make the gift more memorable. I got her a cupcake pan from her registry like she wanted, and I decided to get her colorful liners to use in the pan. The creative part was I made a recipe card for a happy marriage to go with it. Also my friend helped me bake and decorate a giant cupcake to bring to the party that was their favorite flavor. It cost barely anything, and it added a cute touch to the gift that the bride and groom will always remember. Does anyone have a unique bridal shower, or wedding gift idea? Always remember it’s the thought that counts not the amount of money you spend on it.

The Royal Wedding and the Meaning in the Bouquet from my friend and colleague, Lois Pearce, Master Bridal Consultant, Beautiful Occasions.

It will. 

My daughter posted this on Facebook as one of her favorite bumper stickers.  It’s the antonym to Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. 

I googled it and found:
Or the YouTube video: 

If anything can go well

New wedding mantra

A bit surprised to find that Gene’s Law originated in Orlando.  I think it should be adopted for all weddings, don’t you?

This comes from the website of an ABC member in NY state.  Her website and Blog are a wealth of information!
Weddings, When Not to Marry – by the Jewish Wedding Rabbi Andrea Frank.

I was just asked this question again.  But before I answered, I felt we should clarify the difference. With a new “crop” of brides every 12-18 months, many of the changes in the industry are only “new” for a year, but often less than 5 years, for maybe an average of 2-3 years, which is then only about 3 to 4 wedding “cycles.”  

From Trend vs. fad is a marketing question | Business First, the distinction is actually quite simple. Fads are short-lived. Think Tickle Me Elmo, foam parties and South Park. Fads follow a classic cycle: insider discovery, followed by media ballyhoo, followed by mainstream embrace.

Trends, on the other hand, have staying power. Think the revival of interest in religion and the use of lifestyle drugs. Trends take longer to build and their effects may be felt for years, even decades.
Trends have deeper cultural roots than fads.
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I read this blog:  To summarize:

For most people, the terms “trend” and “fad” are used interchangeably. When the media tell us “what’s hot” they label them as trends. Someone who wears the latest fashions or has obscure new music on their iPod is called “trendy.” But maybe they should be “faddy.” This could be just a discussion of semantics, but perhaps there is a difference.

Dr. Dre on “Encore,” the title song from Eminem’s latest album:
I’m a trend, I set one every time I’m in/ I go out and just come back full circle again/You a fad that means you something that we already had/ But once you’re gone you don’t come back/ Too bad, you’re off the map now radar can’t even find you.

In other words, fads are short-term fanaticisms; a blip in culture time whereby it seems the whole world is joined in the same craze. Exciting and electric as they are, they burn out fast. Dre points out that fads are generally not missed once they are gone. We want fad amnesia, to forget them and bury them away. At least until the next generation revives them as retro goofs. That’s because they stand for a certain point in time that we have moved past.

Trends, though, may represent long-term changes or movements that are substantial to society. They become part of our DNA, even though they may begin with just a few people, the trendsetters.

I think of wedding “trends” of the past few years – chocolate fountains, eiffel tower vases, various color combinations that were “in” and are now “out.”   We’re talking wedding “fads” here, not trends.  Wedding trends are “traditional” and “lasting,” like color font thermographed invitations and embellishments. 

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Kente Cloth Sample Pattern

Kente Cloth Sample Pattern


Kente cloth refers to a traditional African fabric  from the Ashanti (or Asante) people, first developed in the 12th century. Kente Cloth is handwoven in narrow strips in traditional patterns on a horizontal treadle loom, then handsewn into larger pieces. The term kente has its roots in the word kenten which means a basket. 

The traditional red, gold and green repeated in the design are colors of liberation: red represents the blood shed by millions of people in captivity; gold represents mineral wealth or prosperity, and green symbolizes the vegetation of the homeland of Africa.  Boxes arranged in the “X” formation represent the joining together of ideas at one focus point. 

The use of a Kente Cloth – as part of the bride or grooms attire,  or an African inspired altar can be draped in Kente cloth,  or can be used  for a handfasting ritual.

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