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Wedding Wednesday: Photography

3 Jul


Photography is definitely an important aspect of your wedding day.   Sometimes things can be such a blur on the day of that you can easily forget the special moments.  Photography can capture exactly that.  We believe that it is important to have something very natural and that shows the couples character.  Here are some fantastic photographs of Brown Co. Wedding ceremonies done by Venus Leah Photography.  She does a fantastic job!


Thoughtful Thursdays: Be Kind 2 Your Bridesmaids

2 May

While Thoughtful Thursdays’ are mainly for being thoughtful about the environment, this post is going to be both for the environment and those ladies you call your bridesmaids.  Your maids are obviously in your wedding because you love them dearly, at least we hope that is the case.  So you should really treat them as so.  While they are there to help you, they aren’t your actual maids and servants.  Take off your Bridezilla panties and act like a friend.  Yes, it is  your day, but who wants to be remembered as THE WORST BRIDE EVER!   


One of the worst things you can do is pick your maids and decide that they need to wear a HIDEOUS dress that they can never ever ever wear again and had to pay $250 for.  Not only is this rude, but it’s quite wasteful.  Why not pick out dresses that they can wear again, instead of having them stuff their closets full of monstrosities to never see the light of day again?  No one wants to be Katherine Heigl in ‘27 Dresses‘.  Except for maybe the fact that she ends up with James Marsden’s character.

Also, please remember that not every lady is a size 2 like the models in the pages of those glossy bridal magazines.  We’re not all the same shape, size or color.  Yes color…some colors are just not meant to be on certain skin tones.  So while, you may think “OMG! This is the best dress EVER!” and squeal with delight to that citron yellow beauty of a dress.  That is not going to look good on the majority of people and it will come back to bite you in the booty when you see your wedding photographs and someone is sticking out like a sore thumb.  The same goes for size and shape.  You don’t want your busty BFF to be wearing a strapless dress that her girls are trying to escape from all night and having to wrangle them in, like a group of cattle, while simultaneously having boob tube.  Not familiar with that term? It’s when a ladies front side literally looks like a tube of breakfast sausage that you get at the grocery.  IT IS NOT BECOMING.  


Also remember, if you make your single friends wear ugly dresses at your wedding, it WILL come back to haunt you!  They will forever remember your awful dress and when it comes to their wedding, you may be in the same boat.  Let’s break this silly cycle ladies.  Have your maids get dresses that they can wear again, while looking good on them.  Give your wedding some personality and have them wear different dresses in different colors that all coordinate together.  Your pictures will end up looking much more natural and comfortable. 

Tradition Tuesday & Off The Wall Wednesday: The Dreaded Garter Toss

3 Apr


Get ready, because you’re getting a double whammy today.  We missed Tradition Tuesday and thought that we would just incorporate it into Off the Wall Wednesday.  You are in for some fun.

Being a single lady myself, I absolutely LOATHE that point at the reception where they call all the single guests out for the Bouquet Toss & Garter Toss.  Creating an awkwardly sexual activity in a room filled with all those people you don’t want to know about your behind the doors life, is just wrong in my opinion.  Make sure to apologize to your Rents & G-Rents on this one.  And why, oh why, do you feel the need to call all your single friends out?  It’s even worse when you see the lone 35 year old standing out with all the single teeny boppers.  Then you always find the one or two secret crazy people who, in my experience, tend to be women.  They feel the need to actually FIGHT over the bouquet.  Ladies…NO!  THIS IS NOT OKAY! 


Brides, if you see your guests do this at your wedding, have a spray bottle of water, or whatever you fancy, on hand and treat them as if they are bad behaving puppies.  A little spritz in the face…or five…is sure to settle them down.  I have also seen grown men rolling around on the ground for the garter.  Really?  What is really the purpose of this?  It will continue to bewilder me forever and always.

The whole thing is just horrible and I generally & luckily go under the radar without even leaving the room.  I have absolutely no idea how, considering I enjoy wearing bright colors and don’t tend to blend in with the crowd.  But seriously ladies and gents, it’s the worst part of the reception and if you think back to where it originated from, you may realize it is, indeed, the most hideous ritual.


There are many traditions depending on the time and country and they vary, but also have similar meanings.  Here a few that we have heard of.

1.  The Bride is considered very lucky on her wedding day and at one point would toss her own garter onto others as a means of transferring her luck to them.  It’s basically the same idea of the Bridal Bouquet as the bouquet is a sign of happiness.  This is a decently sweet idea I guess.  That is until you have people rushing you to obtain your luck.  Ouch.  Fear not brides, provided that you throw it quick enough and far enough, you can use that event as a way to distract and make your escape.  The key is to think fast.

2.  Around the 14th century, on the night of the wedding, guests would follow the bride and groom to their room, wait until they were undressed and then steal their stockings.  After this they would play a little game called ‘Flinging the Stocking’ which sounds exactly as it should.  They would then fling the stockings at the bride and groom trying to hit them.  Whoever hit them first with the stockings would be given good luck and was thought to marry next.  Great plan everybody…let’s leave getting hitched in the hands of a game and give you some sort of pressure to find a mate.  Eek.

And drum roll….the worst-of-the-worst.  Ta-Da!

3.  In Medieval times, it was actually tradition for wedding guests to follow the bride and groom to their bed chambers to make sure the marriage was consummated.  Um yuck?  Apparently in this time the guests would tear at the brides clothes both to receive luck from pieces of garment and to make sure the deed was indeed happening.  Sounds fun right?  How would you like your friends and family to follow you into the Bridal Suite and undress you viciously and tear up your dress.  

So let’s all think out of the box here…There are definitely some new ways to celebrate this event without.  Forget the old and bring in the new.  

1.  You could replace this awful little tradition by Dedicated the Garter & Bouquet to people you love or do the Anniversary Dance and whichever couple has been married the longest gets the bouquet and garter.

3.  I am sort of loving the idea of a scavenger hunt.  It could be incredibly tricky and time consuming, but how original is that?

4.  Just skip the whole thing???  No…not felling it?

5.  Keep the bridal & bridesmaid bouquets in water until the next day and create floral arrangements that you could deliver to nursing homes or hospitals.  Brighten someone’s day.  I am sure they need it more than your vicious and overly zealous guests do.




Bridal Wars Photo  |  Google

Flapper & Garter Photo  |  Bobbins & Bombshells

Tradition Tuesdays | Project Protect The Bride!

19 Mar

ImagePhoto Credit: Wikipedia

We’re starting a little fun on this blog and Tuesdays will be dedicated to all those wedding traditions that most of us don’t have a clue as to where they originated from.  Be ready to be shocked, awed, and maybe laugh a little about the ludicrous nature of some traditions.

We’re going to start this first Tuesday off with those pretty little ladies you love to have standing up with you on your special day.  We all know that, generally, we see our maids in dresses which contrast with the blushing brides pretty white. They are there to assist the bride in whatever she may need.  Maybe pass along a little champagne to calm nerves, assist and jam the bride and bridal dress into a tiny stall on those dreaded potty breaks.  Or, just the simple fact that they are there to support and have some fun before the wedding.  Interestingly, this was not always the case.

There are many old traditions that our modern traditions have evolved from, but here at Brown Co. Weddings, we find two of them to be topnotch.   Say hello to thieves and evil spirits.  At one time Bridesmaids were actually used as a sort of ‘posse’ that surrounded the bride on her way to groom’s village.  They served as protectors and dressed in a similar manner as the bride as to deflect any possible bride thieves.  They also served to protect the brides dowery.  Another tradition from Roman Law required witnesses to attend the wedding.  What might their purpose be?  Not exactly what you may think it to be and not at all similar to our modern traditions of required witnesses.  The bridesmaids and groomsmen were actually used to confuse and bewilder all those crazy evil spirits ready to ruin the brides perfect day.  Eek!  However, we humans were obviously way smarter and thought ‘Oh hey!  No Worries.  We’ll just dress like the bride and groom and confuse those nasty little spirits.  They won’t know who is who.’

So please, at all costs, remember that when you’re selecting your maid posse, you should take into account the original meaning of them and select accordingly.

1.  Only pick the ladies that can put up a fight and defend your possible abduction & to make sure that no one steals your gift money.  Maybe you have some friends who excel in martial arts or just a good bit of crazy?

2.  They should resemble you as much as possible just in case the evil spirits do show up.

3.  The dresses should be as close to possible as your own.  I mean it is your special day, you probably want to look exactly like the bridal posse so that you don’t get any special attention.  Right?

It’s interesting to find out where traditions came from.  We’ll definitely be sharing some more with you and maybe poking a little fun at them.


P.S.  We hope you had a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day!


13 Mar

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