Friday, November 26, 2010

Golf Theme Wedding Ideas

Location: The perfect location for a golf-theme wedding and reception is a golf course or country club. The existing décor already sets the stage for your celebration. Remember to have a solid back up plan if you are planning to hold the ceremony and/or reception outside on an actual golf course.

Announcements/Invitations: Announce your engagement on cards that look like flags on a golf green! If you are planning a formal wedding, use an elegant invitations that have been printed on card stock that has a pattern similar to the indentations of a golf ball. Use a sheet of vellum paper to soften the look. To continue the theme, glue tiny “golf balls” (pearls) to the top of the invitation. The couple heading out for a day on the links will surely let your guests know how much fun is in store for them on your wedding day!

Colors: The color scheme should be white and green with subtle splashes of yellow and red. Think late spring or summer day at the golf course!

Ladies’ Attire: Your dress should be a simple summery dress. Consider a halter style or sleeveless dress with a detachable train. Pearl beading on your dress and a pearl encrusted tiara will go a long way toward reinforcing the golf ball theme! If your wedding is to be a casual affair, consider having golf attire made out of lace and satin. Attach veiling to a matching golf visor! Your bridesmaids should be dressed in a style that is similar to the bride. Consider green or yellow for their dresses or golf attire! Have them wear pearls as their jewelry to provide continuity to the theme.

Men’s Attire: Your groom will look very handsome in either a sports coat with a fun golf-themed tie or in traditional golf attire. Set him apart from the rest of the men in the wedding party by having him wear a different color tie or shirt. Again, the groomsmen and ushers should be dressed to complement the groom. If the wedding is casual, set the groom apart by honoring him with a golf cap that lets the world know that this is his big day!

Flower Girl’s Attire: Dress the flower girl in a simple summer dress, either in white or yellow. Have her carry a basket that has a large pearl (golf ball) as the focal point of the décor. An option to having her scatter loose flower petals might be to attach flower blossoms to golf tees and have her drop these on either side of the aisle.

Ring Bearer’s Attire: Dress the ring bearer in the style of a caddy—complete with knickers, sleeveless sweater vest, long sleeve shirt and argyle socks! Decorate the ring pillow with plastic white golf balls or golf charms. Another option might be to decorate the pillow with a golf flag and have the rings carried in on the flagpole.

Rehearsal Dinner: Instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, hold a golf tournament the day before the wedding. Gather for a picnic at the end of the day to present the awards (attendants’ gifts) and for toasts to the bride and groom. Don’t forget the flower girl and ring bearer and all their hard work in making this a very special day!

Flowers/Decorations: Pew bows could have small round white flower balls attached to them or use golf flags on each pew. The bridal bouquet should be all white to resemble a golf ball. Accent the bouquets with stephanotis, gardenia, camellia, and orchids. The arrangements at the ceremony and reception site should be informal, as befitting a golf club.

Ceremony Accessories: Use indoor/outdoor grass/carpeting as an isle runner. Keep a supply of mini-pencils handy for your guests to send you their best wishes in your guest book. Attach tees to your unity candle to complement the links feel as you seal your wedding vows for now and for always. However, if your wedding is actually taking place on a golf course, consider sealing your vows with a shot for the hole together!

Transportation: Use “Just Married” decorations for the golf carts that will carry you and your wedding party from the ceremony site to the reception.

Reception Ideas: The 19th Hole of your favorite golf club is the ideal location for a golf themed wedding reception. The décor is already in place, and the room needs only a few added touches to create a festive atmosphere. Decorate the food table with an ice sculpture that is in the shape of a golf bag. Display food trays on top of different shaped green placemats to simulate different greens. Use white chocolate golf balls to hold up the tiers of the wedding cake. Decorate the groom’s cake like a golf green with a bridal couple taking a shot at the hole! Use golf tees to hold place cards in place on the tables. Consider using scorecards as place cards! Simply write only one name per card! Have guests capture the spirit of the day with these sparkling cameras!

Wedding Favors: Have golf balls personalized and present them in these great holders to your guests as a token of your appreciation. Any golfer would appreciate this bottle opener to have on warm days on the links.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony Part I

The tea ceremony is the most significant event in a modern Chinese Wedding as the traditional three prayers ceremony is usually not practiced.
The bride is formally introduced to the groom's family through the Chinese wedding tea ceremony. It will usually take place on the wedding day when most of the family members are present.
If some members are not available, supplementary sessions can be conducted at the wedding dinner or at other convenient times and locations.

When will you serve tea?

The tea ceremony for the groom's side is usually in the morning once the couple has settled down a bit in the bridal home.
Traditionally teochew bride is fetched to the groom's home before daylight. If it is really too early and the groom's relatives have not arrived for the tea ceremony, the couple can have a short rest or an outdoor photo-session while waiting.
Tea ceremony for the relatives on the bride's side is usually held in the afternoon when the couple complete the "bride's home visit."
In some family, the bride (and some will choose to do so together with the groom) may serve her parents tea in the morning before she is married. When she returns for the bride's home visit, she is already a married woman.

Order of service, grandparents or parents first?

The order of service is usually:

  • parents,
  • grandparents,
  • grand-uncles and grand-aunties,
  • uncles and aunties,
  • elder brothers and sisters,
  • elder cousins

However, there are also families that prefer to serve the grandparents tea before the parents.

Within each generation, dad's relatives are served before mom's relatives.