“Note To Self” — Creating A Wedding Time Capsule

One of the wedding trends that’s really revving up brides today is the addition of a time capsule to the wedding prep proceedings. Yes, the wedding time capsule is a growing trend — to the point where you can buy a pre-made kit from many web sites.

In kit form, your wedding time capsule takes the form of an attractive tin, in which you place various mementos — photos, videos — as well as predictions for the future; then, you seal it all up with some festive stickers, to help discourage premature peeking. You decide ahead of time how long you’ll wait until you open it again — your 10th anniversary? 25th anniversary? And then you write a stern directive to yourself on the tin to help you keep to the agreement.

Although most people equate “time capsule” with “something you bury in the ground,” burying your wedding time capsule isn’t a great idea. Not only does that subject the contents to extreme temperature variations, but with the US Census recently reporting that the average American moves every five years, chances of you leaving behind a buried capsule before the hoped-for anniversary rolls around are high indeed. Instead, keep yours out of the elements and somewhere relatively kind — avoid damp attics, but a climate-controlled closet would be just perfect.

Some of us just like to do things our own way, and a wedding time capsule is no exception. Of course you can create your own! And a great way to do that is to get close friends and relatives in on the fun. Have them scribble up some predictions — or perhaps marital advice. Take advantage of a pre-wedding party to snap photos of your intimates, and tuck the photos into the capsule. If you really want to motivate people to get involved, hold some kind of drawing for participants, such as a wedding raffle — give away a box of fine cigars, a bottle of bubbly or even an afternoon at a spa.

While you’re letting others in on the action, there are number of ways to go about it. One is to compose a list of predictions for everyone to guess at — the whole experience is similar to filling out a junior high slam book, and just as fun. For example, ask participants to predict:

How many children you’ll have,
what kind of household robots you’ll have,
how many career changes you’ve gone through,
what major nation we’re closest to, and which one we’re mad at,
what animal is the trendiest pet,

… and so on.

Another is to ask your wedding party and close friends to compose short letters to you. Give them each envelopes, and instruct them to tell you on the outside when it’s time to open the envelope. Some will simply say “fifth anniversary,” “10th anniversary,” or “when your first child is born.” Others will get more creative — and you’ll probably find it’s terrific fun to stretch out the time capsule concept in this inventive, unpredictable way.

Yowie: Man Or Beast?

The Yowie is a more affectionate term for an unidentified hominid that resides in Australia, it is quite similar to the “Bigfoot” or the “Yeti”. There is a research center called “The Australian Yowie research Center”, and its only purpose is to study and research facts about the Australian Yowie. In early times aborigines viewed the Yowie as terrifying to look at, hairy, up to over 2.6 meters in height with strong bodies and powerful arms and legs. They are said to walk upright on two legs with a stooped gait. They were somehow hunched over or at least appeared to be since their heads sunk into their shoulders. They had a pointed skull and thick protruding eyebrow ridges. The feet of the Yowie were much larger than a human’s foot and they had an opposable toe.

Evidences of fossils found that look like big human bones show the existence of the Yowie’s in the past. With more recent ventures into looking for the Yowie’s, researchers are convinced that they still exist, and are still present today. In 1875 a miner by the name J.H. Cambell was exploring the slopes of a western castle when he saw a hairy 2 meter tall man like ape moving through the scrubs about 100 meters away from himself, seemingly unaware of Cambell’s presence. In fear he picked up a strong piece of tree limb and stalked the Yowie for half a kilometer before the Yowie somehow found a way to disappear.

In time Yowie’s have been known to exist but never to harm people. It seems that they fear us more than we fear them. Somehow we are just drawn to them by curiosity and them to us under the same pretenses. Campers, miners, and other individuals claim that the Yowie tends to flee at the sight of human beings. Some trackers even try to venture into forests to try to locate the habitat or community this hairy bunch may have. Unchangingly most of the venture’s end up either lost or tired out of their wits and the discovery of the Yowie’s civilization is still a mystery to us all.

Should Yowie’s be feared? Should we just treat them like an undiscovered group of humans? Survival can do crazy stuff to a person’s physique. It is not uncommon. Just like us humans where we are located dictates how we look. If the area we live in is cold our body simply adds extra body hair to keep us warm, for those that live near the tropics a skinnier darker tan of physique is what our bodies give us.

To be able to truly understand the Yowie’s we should first study our own world and the individuality of every person around us. They may still be undiscovered simply because they do not wish to be found. Yet, treating them like animals and acting as though they are mere folklore may be our only way of coping with an ever changing world that we sometimes cannot keep up with.

There is a website that describes the Yowie and numerous other creatures of Cryptozoology in detail, this website is called: Unknown Creatures and it may be found at this url: http://www.unknown-creatures.com

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You Can’t Do Without Your “What To Do Now & Next” Checklist!

First things first, a bit of an obvious one – but if you haven’t got the engagement ring then get it now!

If you have no idea, what kind of look you like, then there are various sites around that show you what rings will look like, and although this may not be as good as putting it on your finger and trying it on, they do give you an idea.

We will be providing information regarding romantic proposals and ideas soon, but if you’re reading this, hopefully that parts been taken care of! For you we will provide places where the rings are really good both in quality and price, we will aim to provide the places based on feedback from you our site visitors and e-book readers.

Make yourself a good checklist, we will help you build this over time, and you will find one on our website soon. This checklist should be broken down into “time zones” (when things should be done by) and tasks.

Another essential tool is a Wedding Diary, this compliments the checklist and it is to record anything and everything that needs to be done, the steps needed to achieve them, when they should be completed by. It is vital that you set realistic deadlines for everything. Try to distribute tasks by when they’re required and their importance, by doing this you will alleviate unnecessary stress.

The diary should also note the specifics and when the action was completed – we used a colour coding system (yes we know it’s a bit “Monicaesque” – Friends) we cannot stress the importance of it enough! Some of you will be “visual” people and you’ll find things well organised simply because of the colour coding.

During the organisation process you will meet a lot of people about lots of things and receive lots of information. You must keep absolutely everything – you never know you might need it later on. You need to ensure that you build good relationships with each and every person you speak to – you never know you might actually need them, and remember, by being nice you might be able to get more out of people, that could come in the form of a price reduction or even a service improvement.

You Are Big Brother

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Remember 1984? Not the year, but the novel, which ominously described a society in which Big Brother is always watching you. It may have taken a few decades after 1984, but today, it does appear that no matter where you go or what you do, you at least run the risk of being watched and viewed. And, depending on what you’re actually doing, watched and viewed can easily transmogrify into caught and exposed.

It’s no secret that we live in a 24 hour world now. With technology making communication such a simple and instant affair, we can talk to anyone at anytime, regardless of wherever they live or whatever time zone they dwell in. And because we are living in a state where there is a constant flow of information and news, people are now becoming aware that what you do today may soon be plastered all over the internet within a matter of hours.

Cellular phones, primarily were designed to make communication mobile and instant. Rather than needing to get a quarter, than locate a pay phone to make a call, you could just pull out your cell phone and dial instantly. But, cell phones soon became a tool used to report, rather than just to talk. Now, of course, if you have a cell phone and you see someone in distress and who needs assistance, you should definitely make that call. But, now there are eyewitness reports coming from cell phone callers of the most trivial things. Again, is that really necessary?

Add to that fact that cell phones, and most portable electronic devices are now equipped with digital video cameras. Today, everyone can be a roving eyewitness reporter and get live, first-hand footage of any event just by turning on the cell phone and hitting the record button. From disasters like Hurricane Katrina to the Michael Richards meltdown, events, news and things that aren’t so newsworthy were being caught and recorded on video cameras that are popping up just about everywhere.

And once it’s on a digital video camcorder, the next logical step for it to go to will be online and on the internet. The internet is now the world’s news network, and anyone who uploads a video or file onto the web is now a reporter. Everyone is watching everyone else, and everyone can’t wait to tell everyone else what everyone else is doing. That is the essence of our completely connected technological world.

Your Wedding Theme

Whether it’s a traditional, formal or off-the-beaten-track wedding, you’re putting the whole event together yourself by planning its every phase. These days, with so much available on the Internet, it’s easy! All you need is some time and a clear idea of the feeling you want to get across.

Start with a theme and you’ll have a coherent image you can use throughout the entire wedding. You may be surprised, in fact, how potent just a word or concept can be, once applied as your marriage theme.

Love angels, for example? What could be more perfect than finding ways to incorporate angels in every phase of your wedding?

From the flowers to the guest favors to the vows, you can find a way to carry out the theme through the entire event. Is it to be a casual wedding of two Renaissance types? The Renaissance theme is compatible with the wedding ritual, and makes for an unforgettable event.

Getting married on February the fourteenth? Hearts and flowers are perhaps the most traditional and best beloved of all wedding themes!

When you’re planning your wedding, save time to choose the music with care. Get together with whoever is providing the music and talk about the right pieces for the two of you. There is nothing that sets the tone like music, and your wedding music will live in your memories for the rest of your lives.

The rings, the vows, the wardrobe…all the choices you must make to create an intimately personal expression of your love, are made so much easier by following a theme. But the idea behind it all is what counts.

You can choose one word to describe the spirit you wish to be your wedding, as if the coming together of two hearts creates a separate entity with one quality.

Is it joy? Is it contentment? Is it a giddy, bubbly, mirthful adoration? Pick a word or a phrase and keep it in mind. It’ll tie everything together and make the experience more perfect. And your wedding theme can become a foundation throughout your marriage.

For your wedding.

For each other.

For your life.

Your Wedding Rings

The early Egyptians were convinced of the connection also, even going so far as to claim that the wedding ring finger is directly connected to the vein of love (vena amoris) that flows to the heart.

Ancient Greek and Roman cultures agreed that the vein in the wedding ring finger, also called the healing finger, runs directly to the heart.

In the ancient art of hand reflexology, one of the areas corresponding to the heart is just under the spot where a wedding ring resides on the left, not the right, hand. Pure coincidence?

The wedding ring finger was the last touched by the priest when quoting the “Trinitarian” formula, “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

During the period of western Barbarianism, brides were more often than not kidnapped and held captive. It is thought that the wedding ring was used at that time to tie the bride to the home of her husband-to-be, or whoever happened to be guarding her at the moment…like a leash!

The wedding ring of old was a promissory symbol. Since it represented a significant financial cost, it was something of a down payment by the groom, and deterred broken engagements (for which three years of excommunication was the punishment).

It is only recently that the custom of giving two wedding rings–an engagement and a separate wedding ring–has been widely adopted. Previously, the ring given in engagement was also used during the ceremony as the wedding ring itself.

A very practical reason for the placement of the wedding ring is the belief that it would be less likely to be broken, chipped or lost altogether if worn on the left hand.

But did you know that the wedding ring was not always worn on the left hand at all? There was a period when it was the custom to wear them on the right hand, and wealthy Elizabethans used their thumbs to display large, fancy rings!

Superstitions and customs abound around wedding rings. Anyone might feel, for example, that it was a portent of ill omen if the ring were dropped before the wedding, and even worse if it were broken or lost! But it’s also generally considered bad luck to buy your wedding ring on a Friday or to wear the ring before the actual wedding ceremony takes place.

The rings, of course, take on whatever personal meaning you give them. A beautiful concept, embraced by the early Egyptians as well as ancient cultures around the globe, holds the ring to be a symbol of eternity. The ring has no beginning and no end, thus manifesting perfect love for a lifetime…and beyond.

Your Wedding Countdown

This is intended as a guide to help you plan the essential elements in the count down to the wedding day. Organise everything in advance and everything should go smoothly and seek help from family, close friends and professionals.

One year before your wedding

·First things first, set the special date and arrange a time with the priest, minister or registrar.

·Discuss in full detail your plans with the person who will be performing the ceremony.

·Decide on a budget and stick to it.

·Remember to suit the ceremony to your budget, and to both your personal tastes and wishes.

·Talk it all out now!

·Decide on the type of ceremony, type of reception and hoe many guests will attend.

·Choose your venue and arrange a meeting with the people in charge.

·This goes for hotels, caterers, musicians (for the ceremony, the reception) etc.

·Plan your wedding cake, cars, photographer and florist.

·Think about wedding clothes and costumes, particularly your bridal dress, colors, fabrics and accessories.

·Remember you will probably want a color scheme and a style that carries throughout the day so talk your plans through with the your dressmaker, florist and caterer.

·Both of you should book in for a pre-marriage course. Start thinking about your honeymoon.

Six months before the wedding

·Order wedding stationery, cake boxes, and favours.

·Discuss the order of the service with the person performing the ceremony and decide on service sheets for guests.

·Discuss your wedding menu with your caterers/hotelier.
·Decide on a wedding present list.

·Choose the rings.

·A doctor and dentist check up is a good idea.

·Plan inoculations for your honeymoon if necessary.

·Organise visas, passports etc.

·Think about your ‘going away’ attire and clothes for your honeymoon

Three months before the wedding

·Make sure you have all the appropriate pre-marriage documents and certificates.

·Finalise details of your color scheme, bouquets, buttonholes with the florist.

·Finalise the wedding guest list and have the invitations sent.
·Remember to keep a careful track of replies.

·Choose gifts for the best man, bridesmaids and attendants.

·Arrange accommodation for attendants and advise travelling guests of the rates for your hotel.

A month before the wedding

·Organise the final fittings for your dress and for the bridesmaids.

·On the day of your final fittings make sure all the bridesmaids are wearing the same shoes that they intend to wear on the big day.

·Finalise fittings for the groom and best man.
·Have a hair and make-up rehearsal.

·On the day of the hair and make-up rehearsal remember to bring the head-dress with you for the experts opinion.

·Finalise seating arrangements for the church and wedding reception.

·Plan the wedding rehearsal with the priest, minister or registrar.

·Eat properly for the next few weeks, you will need all your energy with all the running around you will be doing.

A fortnight to go

·Arrange your honeymoon and going away clothes, including passports, tickets and visas.

·Now is the time to arrange travellers’ cheques, insurance, car hire and all other documentation.

·Give advice to the hotelier of the approximate number of quests for the reception.

·Plan the table setting, place cards and linen etc.

·Finalise details with the florist, photographer and caterers.

·Try all your wedding clothes on and make sure all fits correctly and all is comfortable.

A week to go

·Have the wedding rehearsal.

·Nominate someone to look after the wedding dress and the groom’s outfit after the wedding.

·Wrap all the gifts for the bridesmaids, best man and attendants.

·Arrange all fees for the church or registrar, musicians (best man should do these).

·Do one last check on all documentation required including passports for the honeymoon.

·Give all documentation to the best man for safe keeping.

Two days before the wedding

·Confirm your final guest list to your hotelier.

·Make sure the wedding cake is fine and arrange all transport to and from your reception.

The day before

Have a manicure and pedicure, a long hot bath and an early night

The Big Day

·Relax.

·Have a good breakfast.

·Get your hair and make up done.

·Give yourself plenty of time to reach the church or registrar and always allow for the last minute hiccup.

Have a fantastic day to remember

Your Wedding Budget: Setting And Sticking To It

Want to make sure your marriage doesn’t end up on the rocks before you get to the chapel? Then set a realistic wedding budget — and stick to it.

In the process of planning a wedding, budget concerns often is a source of disagreement for a couple. They may have different ideas about what kind of wedding they want, and about what they can afford. To make the wedding a truly happy occasion, it is important that the couple discusses financial constraints early.

Set A Budget And Save For It

The first tip is — discuss finances before the wedding plans begin. Everyone involved in the decision-making process needs to understand exactly how much money is available for the wedding.

To maximize that budget, you should start saving early for your wedding. Advance planning and saving will allow you to maintain or even exceed your budget, comfortably. And that will make wedding planning easier and more fun.

Get Everyone On-Board

Once your wedding budget has been established, set it aside for a few days and then review it again. This gives everyone a chance to let the information sink in. The budget review after this waiting period gives the participants a chance to verify that they understand and agree to the budget. This is vitally important, because someone who does not agree with the budget may overspend in 1 area, leaving the rest of the budget in jeopardy.

Budget Line Items

When you’ve decided exactly how much money is available for your wedding, the next step is to divide the total into budget categories, such as the venue, food and drink, bride’s attire, groom’s attire, transportation, entertainment, photography, favors, centerpieces, and gifts. It is also advisable to set aside money for unforeseen expenses.

Who Pays

Part of establishing a budget is to be clear on who will pay for what.

Shopping And Negotiating

You will need to negotiate contracts for services, and so you must know the budget for each area of the wedding. If you have allotted $250 for entertainment, look for a DJ whose rate is approximately that amount, then negotiate to ensure that you remain under budget.

It’s wise to shop around and compare prices for services. A company may come highly recommended, but if they are outside your price range, let them know why you are going to have to choose another company. You may be surprised at how willing they will be to give you a better offer.

Substitute Creativity For Cash

Doing things on your own is another way to stay under budget. Homemade invitations or making your own favors or centerpieces can greatly reduce the wedding cost, freeing up funds for other areas of the wedding.

Do not fall into the trap of viewing your budget as restrictive. Instead of thinking about what you can’t afford, focus on how you can make your wedding and reception truly unique. You will be inspired to create a wonderful, memorable wedding regardless of your budget constraints.

Anticipate The Unforeseen

Realize that there are bound to be snags along the way. If you go over budget in 1 area, you will need to cut the budget in another area. As long as you stay aware of your spending and realize the ramifications of all your actions, you can roll with the punches and alter your plans to accommodate any needed changes.

Make It A Wonderful Memory

A wedding budget can cause emotional strain on a couple and their relationship. It is important for them to discuss their finances and establish a clear budget for their wedding plans. Doing this early in the wedding planning process can help the couple to avoid conflict during the planning phase of the wedding. It can also make the wedding more fun for everyone, and start out the marriage on a positive note.

After all, working together is what a marriage is all about.

Your Personal Wedding Invitations

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When planning your wedding, leave sufficient time to consider the invitations. The look of them, the wording of them, the intent behind their presentation—all send a message to the recipients and set the tone for the wedding itself.

Traditional wording for your wedding invitations would be something like this:

Mr. & Mrs. John White
Request the honor of your presence
To witness the bonding together
Of their daughter Evelyn Linda White
And
Mr. Michael Warren Jessop
Son of Mr. And Mrs. Winston Jessop

This would, of course, be followed by the particulars.

A less formal approach might read something like this:

Evelyn Linda White
And
Michael Warren Jessop
Invite you to witness
Their vows of love
On their wedding day.
(And so on…)

There is nothing inherently right or wrong about a formal versus a casual approach to your wedding invitations. That decision simply depends on the scale of the event.

There are situations when it would be appropriate to include the invitation to the wedding reception with the wedding invitation. At other times, it would be more prudent to create a separate invitation for both events.

A separate invitation to the reception only might look like this:

Evelyn Linda White
And
Mr. Michael Warren Jessop
Request the pleasure of your company
At their wedding reception,
Sunday, the tenth of June
3:00 P.M.
St. Andrew’s Church
3268 Sixth Avenue

Black tie requested

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888 376-9882

Note: E-mail RSVPs are still not acceptable unless the event is informal. Also, there is rarely, if ever, a time when it would be appropriate to invite a guest to your wedding but not to your reception.

A fairly new accessory to the wedding and reception invitations is the “reply card.” This is simply a separate card included inside the invitation, with lines to be filled out. Etiquette requires you to provide a stamp on the reply card’s envelope.

The rules are not as important, however, as your intention. If you put a little conscious energy into every phase of your wedding, including your invitations, you will manifest a clear and ringing expression of your love and commitment, and a beautiful memory for a lifetime.

Your Matchmaker Recommends a Titanium Wedding Ring

Your wedding ring is a symbol of eternal love between marriage partners – it shines in the wedding photographs, and it is the first thing your guests will want to look at. Sadly most wedding rings do not stay shiny and new – after ten years, many gold rings are dented and scratched with no shine. Did you know that titanium is an option for your wedding ring?

Titanium was first discovered in England in 1791 by Reverend William Gregor. It is named after the Titans, a race of powerful deities who ruled during the legendary Golden Age. The metal is produced in its highest quantity in Australia, and is prized for its strength and light weight. This makes it very suitable for anyone involved in manual work, as it will stand up to wear much better than gold. It is also a hypoallergenic material, making it suitable for sensitive skin.

Until recently, Titanium was most likely to be used in high tech fields such as space and medical fields – if you wear lightweight glasses, they probably contain Titanium. In jewellery, the use of titanium is a new innovation. Jewellers are just learning that the metal is easy to work with and makes for some very beautiful jewellery. You should be able to find Titanium wedding rings in a variety of designs and styles, set with stones and also inlaid with other precious metals. If your Matchmaker found you a rich spouse, you can set your titanium ring with diamonds or emeralds.

The good news is that it usually costs less than the equivalent version in other precious metals. Matrimonial experts will normally advise against trendy wedding rings – as anyone sporting a wide wedding band from the seventies now realises. However, the look of a Titanium wedding ring is not radically different from gold or platinum but it has so many advantages – lower or average cost, high tensile strength, scratch resistance, and it is hypoallergenic.

Of all the things in your wedding day budget, your wedding ring is the most permanent. The bridal dress will probably gather dust in a box or go to a charity shop, flowers are gone in a few days, the cake might last until the birth of your first child. The ring, however, is here forever as a reminder of your love match. And if your matrimonial arrangement does go wrong, remember that titanium is a stronger material as you take aim to throw it at your beloved!