Confetti

Confetti has Latin origins, and the modern tissue paper and rice can be linked to the custom of throwing grains and sweets during meaningful occasions, such as a wedding. Different cultures have used this tradition, dating as far back as pagan times. Rice or grain is an ancient symbol of fertility, so throwing this on a newly married couple is a way of wishing them well with their family life. The word confetti comes from the Italian sweet – an almond covered in a colourful sugar coating – which was thrown at special occasions, carnivals and celebrations. Again, the sweet is said to represent fertility. Nowadays the sugared almond is given as a favour to wedding guests rather than thrown on the newlyweds (good job too, they’re pretty...

Lovespoons

A ‘lovespoon’ was given to a woman as a sign of affection from a would-be suitor. This tradition dates back to the 17th Century, when a man needed to prove to a girl’s family that he was capable of hard work to provide a living for his family. The intricacy of the decoration on the spoon reflected the skill and ability of the man, an attractive quality to some! Different symbols were used in the carvings, from lucky horseshoes to crosses for faith. Some incorporate a caged section contains little wooden balls to indicate how many children they hoped for. The UK tradition of Lovespoons originate from Wales, but there are versions in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, where they have their own customs. Today, lovespoons make a thoughtful and pretty gift to a new couple on their wedding day....

28 Days to Perfect Skin…

28 Days to Perfect Skin… By Lucinda Dawes (S.N.H.S Dip. Nutrition) From Naturally Naked Nutrition With up to 50% of women suffering from acne it’s a shame that many people are unaware that it is possible to prevent spot outbreaks with a few simple diet changes. With your wedding coming up the last thing you need to be worrying about is waking up on the morning of your big day with a huge unsightly lump on your face. But don’t stress! Here are 5 ways to help clear up your skin problems and make your skin is blemish free for your wedding. 1 –Dairy produce is one of the main contributing factors in skin complaints. Cutting out cow’s milk can reduce acne outbreaks by up to 44%. Try substituting dairy for almond milk or soya. 2 – Cut out all sugary foods and drinks, including sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks, biscuits, cakes, desserts. Sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin are NOT a safe alternative. Try stevia or Agave syrup instead. 3 –Carry a bottle of water around with you and aim for 2 litres of pure water a day to help flush out nasty spot causing toxins. 4 –Caffeine is known to play a big part in skin problems. Opt for decaf or try a herbal tea such as peppermint instead. 5 –Try supplementing with a high quality multi vitamin plus 15mg zinc and 3000mg of vitamin C every day. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to solve your skin problems please find us on Facebook (Naturally Naked...

What about the speeches?

What about the speeches? It is 37 years since I gave my groom’s speech, and since then I’ve been to dozens of weddings, given one father-of-the-bride speech and am preparing my second as my younger daughter gets married this summer. Many people don’t appear to understand the traditions of the speeches, so here is a quick guide for you. There are traditionally just three speeches, in order they are father-of-the-bride, then the groom, then the best man. It is a good idea for everyone to try and get a joke or two into their speech, but make sure they are suitable for the occasion (that is relevant and clean). No one must ever say anything that might remotely upset the bride. Father-of-the-bride Welcome everyone and thank them for coming Say nice things about the bride and some anecdotes so the groom’s family and friends get to know a bit about her, along with something nice about your new son-in-law Say something about marriage and weddings based on your own age and obviously great wisdom Propose a toast to the bride and groom. Groom Thank your new father-in-law for his kind words Thank your bride’s parents, your own parents and anyone else you can think of for how both of you have turned out Say how wonderful your bride is and looks Thank the bridesmaids for helping her and say how wonderful they look Thank you best man for getting you there on time, sober and properly dressed Propose a toast to the bridesmaids (If you want to give out gifts to any of the people you thank, you can...

Wedding Speeches

Some great wedding speech advice for grooms-to-be and fathers of the brides from David Foster at Winning Business. www.winningbusiness.co.uk