Once upon a time, I was one of those anti-Valentines Day people. You know, the people who argue that Valentines Day is just a cliche, dreamed up by greeting card companies and floral distributors.
But circumstances have taught me otherwise.
The truth is, love is celebrated far too infrequently these days. In this day of scrolling to-do lists, when multitasking has made it impossible for any one thing to truly hold our undivided attention, we need reminders that there are simple, amazing things around us every day that aren't to be taken for granted. We need birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and valentines day, because these days force us to stop and acknowledge our loves.
As you plan your wedding, take time to also plan your marriage. What will you agree to do to keep each other a priority and make sure time is set aside to celebrate your relationship? When you get settled into a routine, your careers get busier, and then you have kids who tend to dominate your attention, what will you do to keep the spark in your marriage?
My husband and I are in our 9th year of marriage, and I remember a time when we had weekly date nights. Try as we may, we just haven't been able to get those back while balancing our work schedules with the demands of raising a 4-year-old and 1-year-old. So we've had to get creative with ways to keep each other a priority. And for us, that includes maturing from our anti-Vday days and embracing that cubby cherub archer. :)
What are some ways you'll keep the romance in your marriage?
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The water pearls in the vase are created by adding water, which forms the spheres. They look beautiful, and you can choose from a variety of colors.
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Another interesting idea is to use upside-down wine glasses as decorative pieces, as well as candle-holders.
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If you want a fresh look, using fruit can be a great way to brighten up your tables. These are especially nice for spring or summer weddings.
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Using fishbowls is another great centerpiece idea. The decorating options are endless - you could use live beta fish or goldfish, floating candles, flowers, seashells, or whatever else you desire.
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If you're a fan of floating candles, and want to go for a softer look, this centerpiece could be for you. Keep in mind to go for a sturdy base for your bowl of floating candles and rose petals. You could also opt for red roses for a change of mood, or any other color to suit your theme.
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Finally, in my opinion, you can never go wrong with candles. They're perfect for adding a soft glow and romantic feel to your wedding. This might look hard to recreate, but all it takes is a whole lot of tea-light candles, some floating candles and wide vases.
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Garden rose: Love
Ranunculus: You are "radiant with charms"
Tulip: A declaration of love
Ivy: Friendship or fidelity
Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
Pink carnation: Woman's love
Sweet pea: Delicate pleasures
Wheat: Wealth and prosperity
As your wedding coordinators, we make sure you get the glory. We don't set our business cards out on your guestbook table, or label your favors with our logo - your wedding is not about US. Rather, we're behind the scenes, carefully making sure that everything is perfect, and that your friends and families are amazed at how flawlessly YOU'VE pulled it off. :)
|Something To Celebrate assists bride with dress. Picture by Schmitt Photography circa 2006.|
Have we endured obstacles? Absolutely. Everyone does. However, marriage is not about the amount of obstacles life throws you. It's about who you want to stand beside you when those obstacles arrive. I can not imagine walking through life with anyone else.
Five years ago today, I stood at the alter and professed my love in front of my God, my friends, and my family. And on this day, five years later, I am more in love than I was the moment I said I do. I hope that the same will ring true for all of you.
Happy planning! Resha :-)
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Happy Planning! Resha :-)
We were given: Two hands to hold. Two legs to walk. Two eyes to see. Two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else for us to find.
- Emily Bronte
It might be Monday, and another weekend has ended, but what a gorgeous day! Make the most of it!
Arthur C. Clarke
Have a great week and Happy Planning!