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Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller

Ahh the honeymoon, the frosting on the whole wedding so to speak. This is the perfect time for a newly wed couple to spend quality time just focusing on each other.  However many times too often we hear of brides and grooms not taking a honeymoon because it is too expensive.  In chatting with literally thousands of brides over the years we would often ask, “Where are you going for your honeymoon?”  and many many times we would hear something very similar to, “We are not taking a honeymoon, we are going to take one next year when we have more money.”  I hate to be the bearer of bad news but more often than not next year turns into the year after that and the year after that and so on and so forth, all of the sudden 8 years have passed and instead of your honeymoon you are now talking about planning a trip for your 10 year anniversary, and if you think it is difficult to get away when you are a newly wed try breaking away when you are dealing with children in school, soccer games, dance recitals etc etc.  Life doesn’t slow down for you the older you get, make the honeymoon a priority, we at TheBrideandGroom.com promise you, you will be glad you did.

A study was done many years ago where hundreds of people who were getting ready to retire were interviewed.  They were asked one simple question, “If you could look back over your life to this point what would be your one biggest regret.” Almost unanimously, the response was, “I wish I would have spent more quality time with the people who mattered most to me.”  Don’t start your marriage by not doing something  just for the two of you.

A honeymoon is a fantastic way for you and your new spouse to focus solely on each other.  Time spent alone where you don’t need to worry about anything but creating great memories together.

Many times people think they can’t afford a honeymoon and while taking off to Tahiti might be a bit expensive you DO NOT have to break the bank or put yourself deeply into debt to go on a honeymoon.  On the flip side you also don’t have to stay at “Bobs Discount Motel” (No offense Bob) either.

One thing we highly recommend when putting together your honeymoon trip is to use a travel agent.  Many people think that they have to pay a travel agent as well as paying for everything else.  They couldn’t be more wrong.  Typically the company they book you through gives the agent a commission for bringing in a customer. This is not added to the price but is already built into the price of the package whether you do it yourself or use an agent. If you book directly with them they just get to keep that much more of your money, and you do all the work. So why not help out the agent who will do all your leg work. In most cases an agent can even get you a lower price.  There are many fantastic travel agents out there.

There are some online companies where you can book your services as well, but we would be willing to bet you will still get the best deal and service when you work directly with your own personal travel agent.  Personal experiences over the years has proven that to be the case in our lives.

Now with all that being said where are some of the more popular honeymoon destinations?

According to our friends at All Points Travel these  5 locations tend to be extremely popular.

1 -  The Mayan Riviera – Based on overall quality, value & convenience the best value for your money.

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2 – The Caribbean -  Here you will find some of the most exotic and secluded beaches.

3 – Cruising – Cruising not only offers high quality, partially inclusive accommodations but also the relaxing feeling of being at sea as well as the high paced action of port activities.

4 – Hawaii – The most popular vision for honeymoons.  Hawaii offers some of the most breathtaking beaches and scenery.

5 -  Close To Home – Many places close to home offer romantic scenery and are much more affordable.  Midway, Snowbird and Park City offer beautiful locations, great food and a lot of activities.

Another very close and  popular wedding destination that won’t empty your pocket book (unless you gamble it all away) is Las Vegas.  Las Vegas offers more hotel rooms than anywhere else in the country and they are extremely affordable, especially if you travel mid week.  Las Vegas offers great food, fantastic entertainment and some incredible sites.  Many of the attractions are free of charge.  While Las Vegas might not be a newly weds paradise it has plenty to offer.

Southern California is also a great place for a close to home honeymoon that won’t cost you your entire 401K.  The beaches are free, you can get some great rates on hotels and while Disneyland and other Theme parks can seem expensive you can get some great southern California passes as Costco that can save you tons on theme parks.

When all is said and done it doesn’t necessarily matter where you go but rather that you go.  Make sure you make your honeymoon a priority.  Weddings are awesome, celebrating with friends and family is a great and very important thing but we cannot stress enough the importance of spending that quality time together.

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Great Ideas for a Hen (Bachelorette) Party to Remember!

Great Ideas for a Hen (Bachelorette) Party to Remember!

If you are chief bridesmaid and you are in charge of plotting a hen party to remember then you’d be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed at the amount of pressure involved! Making sure your best friend and the rest of the hens have a great time is a very important job and you must do everything within your power to ensure that it goes with a bang. Your main limitations will be people’s budget and also logistics – it can be very hard to get everybody in the same place at the same time. The key to a successful hen party is loads of planning and the sooner this can start the better. In this article we are going to give you some great ideas for a hen party to remember – could any of these suggestions be the right one for you and your party?

A City Break

If budget isn’t too much of a worry then one of the best things that you can all do is to head off on a city break together. Pick an exciting city with loads of great nightlife to ensure a thoroughly enjoyable time. You’ll want to pick a weekend that is not too close to the wedding so that you all get a chance to recover before the big day. Make sure that everybody has valid passports and book the flights early to get the best deals. Perhaps you could all chip in to pay for the hen’s flight and tickets as a hen party present to her? Once the girls are out on the town you’ll be so glad you made the effort and you’ll be guaranteed a hen party to remember!

A Night on the Tiles

If budget is an issue and you want to keep things local then there is no better way to celebrate the hen party than to head out to your nearest town and paint it red! Book a table at a really nice restaurant so that you can all enjoy a gorgeous meal together before you all head out to the local bars and clubs. Don’t forget to include a few party games along the way and of course it is your duty to dress the hen up in some appropriate hen gear!

A County Hotel

Perhaps you and your girls are a little too laid back for a frantic city break and you’d prefer to stay in a luxury country hotel instead? This is a wonderful way to spend the hen party and you can all benefit from all of the little luxuries that the hotel offers such as spas, a swimming pool and a beautiful garden to explore. Make sure that you get all of your planning done early so that you can arrive fully prepared to spoil your best friend rotten and have a few laughs in the process.

A hen party is a great time to bring all of the girls together and enjoy some quality time together. Make the most of this opportunity and plan a hen party that none of you will ever forget!

Author Bio:

Nicola Joseph, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, Spa Factory Seconds, leading spa suppliers in Melbourne. She is a fitness enthusiast and loves spending her evenings walking her dogs, Jeremy and Jade. You can get in touch with Nicola via Twitter @NicolaJoseph.

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Randomly Interesting Wedding Trivia

Do you want to sound really smart about nothing?  We have found some very interesting trivia regarding weddings, wedding traditions, statistics and customs that will not make or break anything you do in life but it is fun to read and interesting to learn.

Photo By Swensen Photography & Vehicle By Something Vintage Something Blue

  • Are You Average?
    In 2000, the average age for a bride was 24 years and for the groom is was 28.
  • Bridal Party
    Most brides have four bridesmaids, including the maid of honor. Sixty-two percent have a flower girl and fifty-six percent have a ring bearer.
  • Engagement Rings
    Seventy-four of brides get a diamond engagement ring. Of those, 60% are included in the selection process, while three percent actually pick the ring

Photo From Tiny Comet Photography

  • Formal or Casual
    Eighty percent of brides have a formal weddings.
  • In Memoriam
    Years ago, brides placed their bouquets at cemetery grave sites, in remembrance of family members who were no longer alive.

Photo From Opie Foto

  • Longest Wedding Dress Train
    The longest train for a wedding dress was made in Germany and measured 515 feet.
  • Longest Engagement
    The longest engagement on record was between Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez. They were engaged for 67 years.
  • Why The Rreception Dinner?
    During the Roman Empire, couples were not considered to be legally married until they had shared a meal. It’s possible that this custom lead to what today is the wedding reception.
  • The Guy Must Be Broke
    Glynn Scotty Wolfe, a former Baptist minister, has taken 28 brides and divorced 27 of them.
  • Most Vows
    Richard and Carole Roble, a pair of New Yorkers, have taken their vows 55 times, all in different locations and at least once in each of the fifty states.
  • How Many In The US?
    The number of marriages in the United States has averaged between 2.25 and 2.4 million every year for the past 20 years.

Photo From Swensen Photography

  • Pearly Whites
    An old German superstition suggested that pearls signified tears for the bride.
  • Don’t Drink and Bride
    In Pennsylvania, ministers are forbidden by law from performing marriages if either the bride or groom is drunk.
  • Largest Mass Wedding
    In Seoul in 1992, 21,000 couples, followers of the Reverend Moon, got married on the same day. An additional nine thousand eight hundred other couples were married via satellite link-up.
  • Ring A-Ling
    About 70% of all brides wear the traditional diamond ring on the fourth finger of their left hand.
  • Ummm, That’s Just Gross
    Ancient Romans studied the inner organs of a pig to determine the best day to marry.
  • Something Old
    Brides wear “something old” on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.

Photo By Elizabeth Kate Photography

Sources – HudsenValleyWeddings.com, TheKnot.com, WeddingChannel.com, WeddingWire.com

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The Cutest Part of The Wedding ~ The Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Lets face it, kids are cute.  And the ring bearer and flower girl (next to the bride and groom) tend to be the most popular part of the wedding procession, in some cases they may outshine the bride and groom.  Hey, just being h0nest here.  We thought it would be fun to learn a little bit about the history of these wedding favorites.

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The Page (first documented in the Medieval era), a young servant boy, was responsible for carrying the train of the bride’s dress along with a prayer book and in some ceremonies, the rings to be exchanged between the bride and groom. Because of the importance of the dress duties, the Page was to be no younger than seven years old. This tradition has continued into modern times. A pillow was incorporated due to the wealth that it represented (pillows were a scarce commodity) as well as the symbolism of good fortune for the couple. Rings were tied or secured onto the pillow for the Page to deliver to the altar for exchange.

The role of the ring bearer in today’s wedding ceremonies has evolved slightly as often symbolic rings are secured to the pillow rather than the actual rings exchanged (usually kept in the care of the best man). Another change has been the removal of the dress duties. Most ring bearers now precede the bride as opposed to following behind. Pillows are still frequently used, however, to make it easier for younger ring bearers sometimes a teddy bear or other personal item is utilized for carrying the rings. In some cases a family pet takes the place of a human ring bearer for an added personal touch.

Photo Courtesy of Michael Lloyd Photography

The flower girl can be traced all the way back to the Romans. Then, they preceded the bride and wore white gowns, that would probably be used for more than just the wedding day. Since then the flower girl has continued to be a wedding tradition, as most brides continue to include at least one special little girl to be a part of her big day. What, though, is the flower girl’s purpose in the wedding? Why does she throw down flower petals?

There are a few things that the flower girl symbolizes in weddings. Youth and innocence are great examples. These little ones are shining reminders of the beauty, wonder, and joy of youth. This reminder is followed by a picture of the transition thereof from a young girl to a stunning bride.

Another symbol that the flower girl represents is the existence of children in the wonderful bondage of love. Having children in your wedding is a show of love for children, especially the ones chosen to be a part of the wedding, and can symbolize wishes for future children to be had by the happy couple.

Photo Courtesy of Claire Marika Photography

The flower petals are used to welcome the bride to the altar, but the petals weren’t the only things used by flower girls in the past, and past items had different meanings. Items such as herbs, grains, and garlic have been scattered by the little ones over the years. These items have been used as a calling for fertility as well as keeping evil spirits at bay.

Today it seems that the flower girl is a tradition that is kept for the beauty and charm that a child can bring to a ceremony. Though many people may not realize the symbolism that exists, I think that it is strongly implied. Most people want to include the ones that they love in their wedding, and, at least in my case, we receive great joy by bestowing such an honor to a young one that is loved so much.

Photo Courtesy of Jon Woodbury Photography

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Great Quotes On Marriage

I love inspirational and thought provoking quotes.

Funny marriage quotes are great for all sorts of occasions, from making toasts to giving advice, to simply making us laugh. They also open our eyes to the essentials of things like communication in marriage and balancing individual desires with your spouse’s needs. Talking about marriage and love is as old as…well, talking! So there’s lots of good material out there.

So here are some great quotes we found on marriage and having a successful one.

  • “A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life.” ~ Joseph Addison
  • “A happy man marries the girl he loves; a happier man loves the girl he marries.” ~ anonymous
  • “You don’t need to be on the same wavelength to succeed in marriage. You just need to be able to ride each other’s waves.” ~ Toni Sciarra Poynter
  • “Spouse: someone who’ll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn’t have had if you’d stayed single.” ~ Anonymous
  • “We don’t love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.” ~ Jacques Maritain

Photo By Jon Woodburry Photography

  • “Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, and always with the same person.” ~ Mignon McLaughlin
  • “The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.”  ~Peter De Vries
  • “To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart – about a finger’s breadth – for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.”  ~Marnie Reed Crowell
  • “A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes superfluous.” ~ Ingrid Bergmen
  • “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.”  ~Simone Signoret
  • “A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.” ~ Anne Taylor Fleming
  • “Woke up in bed with a gorgeous woman, who I’m going to have lunch and the rest of my life with.” ~ Jason Barmer

Photo By Garzand Photography

  • “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.” ~ Judith Viorst
  • “In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce.  The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage.” ~ Robert Anderson, Solitaire & Double Solitaire
  • “In the opinion of the world, marriage ends all, as it does in a comedy.  The truth is precisely the opposite:  it begins all.” ~ Anne Sophie Swetchine
  • “A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.” ~ Paul Sweeney
  • “Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage.” ~ Finnish Proverb
  • “A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.” ~ James H. Boren

Photo By Gordon Jovic Photography

  • “Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths.  No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” ~ Mark Twain
  • “Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.” ~ Gene Perret
  • “A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” ~ Andre Maurois
  • “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” ~ Martin Luther
  • “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” ~ Robert Fulghum, True Love

Photo By Swensen Photography

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5 Easy Ways Desperate Brides Can Save Money On Their Wedding Catering Company





My article helps brides save a little money when looking for a catering company because some get desperate after finding out how much their whole wedding is going to cost.

You’re probably starting to realize your wedding isn’t going to be as cheap as you planned, but when it comes to catering there are still some ways you can save money. Take a look at some of these suggestions and remember them when you’re hunting for a catering company, plus you should always remember saving money doesn’t need to mean horrible food.

Go with a buffet

There are lots of ways you can serve food at your wedding, but the easiest way is to stick everything on tables so people can help themselves. It will also help with the atmosphere and everyone will be talking to each other as they try to grab the last piece of chicken. It’s definitely not as classy as getting a waiter to serve each table, but if you’re so bothered about wanting to look fancy you probably wouldn’t be looking for ways to save money on catering anyway.

Stick to certain foods

The actual food you serve will have one of the biggest impacts on the cost of the catering. Do you think people will feel full after eating a prawn cocktail? They won’t because lettuce doesn’t fill anyone up, but you’ll end up spending lots of money on king prawns. Curries are cheap because they can be cooked together in gigantic pots, but at the same time they’re also absolutely delicious. I wouldn’t start serving pizza unless you’re really desperate to save money.

Be careful with alcohol

When you have caterers dishing out alcohol at your wedding you need to tell them to be careful because someone will drink something if you put it in front of them. That doesn’t mean to say you should be stingy with your guests, but even if they don’t fill the wine glasses completely to the top you’ll save yourself quite a few bottles over the course of the night. Preventing people from drinking too much is also a good thing if you don’t want anyone to cause a scene.

Look for recommendations

If you know lots of people who have married before you can ask them for recommendations because it’s the easiest way to find the best and cheapest catering companies. Your friends will be happy to help you especially if they’re getting an invite to your wedding. The reason you want to ask around is because two different catering companies might serve delicious food even though one charges less than the other. By asking around you can hunt for the best deal without compromising on the food.

Cheaper alternatives

Ask your catering company if they do cheaper alternatives of certain dishes. You might find a certain beef dish is around $10-20 dollars cheaper than another beef dish, because of the extra ingredients involved or maybe the cut of meat they use. Most people at your wedding won’t even care what part of the cow they’re eating after a few drinks, but if you can save $20 dollars per head you will save a whopping $2,000 dollars if there are a hundred guests at your wedding.

Author Bio:

Nicola Joseph, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, Rocky Mountain Barbeque Catering, leading catering services in Alberta. She loves to cook and enjoys her evenings with a dose of TLC. You can get n ouch with Nicola via Twitter @NicolaJoseph.

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For those of you who attended the Bridal Extravaganza on Saturday we want to thank you for making it such a wonderful show.  We hope you had a great time and were able to take care of most if not all of your wedding needs.

We like to share some tips and advice for you as you sort through all the information you received at the show as to how to get the most out of the time you spent there and how to make sure you get what you are looking for.

1- Call the vendors you are interested in meeting with immediately.  Especially if you are planning a weekend wedding or a wedding on a special date or any weekend in May – September.    If you are interested in booking with a vendor DO NOT wait.  Chances are very good that you could lose that date to another bride.  Many of Utah’s best professionals are already booking through the end of the year as well as into next year.

2- Ask vendors for referrals.  If the vendor you want is booked ask them for a referral.  Most professionals in the industry have great relationships with each other and many of them will kindly recommend someone who does quality work in their same field.  Typically they will recommend someone who does similar work as they do to ensure you are happy with what you get.

3- Have a backup plan – If the vendor you want is booked and doesn’t have any referrals make sure you know of other vendors you want to call.  There were over 115 vendors in the show over the weekend.  Keep the show brochure on hand because it has all the contact information for all the vendors.  You can also find vendor information from the show on the Utah Bridal Shows website.  Click here to get to that page.  That list will be on the site for about a month after the show.

4 – Visit TheBrideandGroom.com daily – This might be a little self promoting but on a daily basis we are updating the site with tips and ideas for your wedding. Many vendors on the site contribute to our blogs and you might be able to find great inspiration for your wedding planning.  You might also find a vendor that you didn’t see at the show.

5 – Do not stress – If you go back and read the featured wedding blogs that we have posted over the years you will almost inevitably see the same thing.  We ask the bride what their #1 recommendation to other brides is and almost 100% of the time they say the same thing, “DO NOT STRESS over your wedding details”.  It is one day in your life, don’t worry if things don’t go off exactly as planned.  Sit back and have fun.  Remember part of the fun is getting there.  Enjoy the planning time together but DO NOT have the planning cause issues between you and your fiance.

We will be posting some pictures from the show very soon.

Best wishes in your wedding planning,

The Bridal Extravaganza & TheBrideandGroom.com


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The Spring Bridal Extravaganza is tomorrow  and brides getting married DO NOT want to miss The Springs Biggest Wedding Showcase.  If you have wedding plans in your future then be at the South Towne Expo Center tomorrow  from 11:00 – 5:30.

Utah’s very best wedding professionals will be on hand to help you plan your perfect wedding.  The Spring Bridal Extravaganza will offer up a smorgasbord of ideas for you, plus you will be able to sit down and consult with professionals in the wedding industry who know how to pull off the perfect wedding.

  • The First 150 Brides To Arrive Receive A Complimentary Two Night Get Away
  • Utah’s Top Wedding Professionals Will Be On Hand
  • Thousands of Dollars In Prizes Will Be Given Away
  • Fashion Shows showing the latest styles and designs
  • Food Sampling, Entertainment, Thousands of Dollars In Prizes
  • Finalize Your Wedding Planning At The Largest Bridal Show of The Spring Season



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My Style Photography~Vendor Spotlight~Wedding Photographer in Utah

We are excited to have My Style Photography by M.J. Morgan at our upcoming bridal show on April 5th at the South Town Expo Center.  We wanted to share a little about their services on our blog.  Be sure to visit their website to see some of their work.

My Style is an award winning studio whose work reveals a love for people and a passion for life.  Their creative vision, fluid style, and sensitivity combined with a natural ability to make their subjects feel at ease in front  the lens is what earns them so many of their friends.  My Style’s natural and fun approach frees their subjects to be themselves, revealing their true personalities and emotions.  Their images are beautiful, personalized,   …refreshing.

OK – here it is…   Bottom line…

We love to make great photographs of people being THEMSELVES and creating an environment that is relaxed and fun.  Our purpose is to bring to life your whole story from behind the scenes, to the nature of your personality, to the scene setters, to the truly obvious.  We want to capture a complete story that will forever be a reminder of your true feelings at this time in your life.

About MJ – As you can see by looking at the photos to your left, I am blessed with three amazing little girls, a little boy, and a wonderful wife.  This family started at the altar before God, my family, and friends on a wedding day very much like yours will be.  This day will forever be the beginning of  my family’s life together.  Not only do I re-live that day each time I make an image, I also take a glimpse into the future to the days when I’m again at the altar, but this time to give my own daughters away in marriage.  I’m constantly inspired and reminded that I am blessed.  Blessed to have a wonderful family and blessed to be able to do the thing that I really makes a difference in others lives!’

You can browse our images and see a reflection of My Style, and, of course, you can just pick up the phone (801•388•2969) and we’ll talk about what you have in mind and we can give you all the details about booking.

Be sure to visit the upcoming bridal show on April 4th at the South Towne Expo Center & visit with MJ and many other wedding professionals to help plan your special day.  Click HERE to register for the show today.

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Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.

S. D. Gordon

Have a wedding on or near Easter?

Check out some of these great fun little decor ideas for your Easter Themed Wedding.

The bridal bouquet  -  http://www.wedding-flowers-and-reception-ideas.com/tulip-bridal-bouquet.html

The bunny cupcakes and bonnet -  http://www.bakerella.com

The wedding table flowers, mini egg favours and the bunny napkin – http://www.marthastewartweddings.com

Photo From Martha Stewart Weddings

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