Wedding – Cheryl and Chad

Wedding Sneak Peek – Marisa and Steve

Chinese Wedding – Nora & Sherman (Ceremony and Reception @ Terminal City Club, Vancouver Downtown; Location shot @ Gastown and Waterfront)

A White Wedding

A white wedding umbrella is a great way to accessorize your big day. Attractive and feminine, they add a certain touch of elegance to a wedding that makes it even more special, even magical. Moreover, they can be given as favors to your families and friends, making it even practical. Aside from its decorative purposes, a wedding umbrella can in fact be functional. Depending on its style and fabric, it can actually function as a standard umbrella and protect you from the sun and rain. A parasol, slightly different than the standard umbrella by its longer handle, and usually made of lace or Chinese paper, can protect you from the sun. It is considered more of an accessory because of its intricate design. More sturdy umbrellas, like those made of satin or clear plastic, can actually protect you from the rain. They are weather-resistant and therefore more durable.

White wedding umbrellas also come in different sizes. There is a 60″ golf-sized umbrella that can actually fit two persons, like the bride and the groom or two bridesmaids perhaps. There is the standard or adult-sized umbrellas for sunshade and perfect as wedding favors because they can be personalized with texts, pictures and photos of the couple. There are also kids’ sized umbrellas adorable for the little flower girls. Then there are umbrellas used as centerpieces for buffet or wedding reception tables. These are usually made of Chinese paper with trinkets and floral designs.

These umbrellas are easy and delightful to find. Many shops and websites create truly one of a kind masterpieces that make them not only complement a wedding theme but actually complete it. Websites such as Umbrella Heaven for example has elegant choices at great deals. Bella Umbrella on the other hand is a unique shop that offers Victorian or vintage-inspired umbrellas for rent.

Achieving that dream wedding without spending lavishly on unnecessary expenses and wedding accessories is not that difficult.

White wedding umbrellas are an inexpensive way of sprinkling a breath of magic to your wedding that makes you feel like you are in fairyland with your damsels and prince charming. So look out for great wedding umbrellas sale to achieve that dream wedding without sacrificing your wallet. All it takes is the magic of white wedding umbrellas to fit the woman of true style and taste. A perfect ending to a great love story!

Why Does the Bride’s Family Traditionally Pay For the Wedding?

Weddings have not always been the romantic fairy tales we imagine today, but instead, were the outcome of a series of intense negotiations and financial discussions. The modern marriage, in contrast, is arranged solely at the discretion of the bride and groom and is always about love-never money. But despite all of the changes the concept of marriage and weddings have undergone, the traditional rules surrounding who pays for the wedding still has its roots in the weddings of the past.

Starting in ancient times and ending sometime in the late nineteenth century, female children were considered a burden to the household. Enterprising parents married off their daughters as soon as possible so they would have one less person to feed, clothe and shelter in the household. Marriage matches were generally made as business transactions. A prospective groom was offered cash, land, livestock and other necessities to make the acceptance of the bride worthwhile. These dowries (as they were called) ranged in value depending upon the wealth of the family and the worth of the groom. Social conventions placed all of the expense on the bride’s family since the bride would now become a drain on the groom’s finances.

As social mores shifted and weddings came to be based on matches of love rather than money, the dowry faded in importance. Brides were still expected to provide a trousseau, which generally consisted of enough clothing to last her for one year, as well as all of the bedding, towels, sheets and other soft goods needed to keep house for a lifetime. Compared to the dowry, the trousseau was a much smaller burden for the bride’s family to bear, but it still was a considerable expense.

Eventually, the trousseau fell out of fashion when industrialization made the purchase of most of the trousseau items affordable and easy. Industrialization also played a part in moving the wedding out the bride’s home and into larger venues. Commercial goods and services sprung up rapidly, and wedding items frequently made or prepared by the bride’s family such as cakes, dresses, and floral arrangements were affordable and readily available to purchase. With nothing left to make the bride’s families began to pay vendors for wedding services.

Today, the bride’s family pays for most of the traditional wedding. The cost of the ceremony, reception, photographer, florist, baker, stationer and the bride’s attire, are all absorbed by the bride’s family. The groom’s family pays for the officiant, the bride’s bouquet, flowers for the groom’s family, and the rehearsal dinner.

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