Sunday, 3 October 2010

Nadia L(ove)

I worked with the girl in Hampstead,
"Come to my Hawaiian party"
she said.

We meet Alex, Eli, Kostja and Nat,
And we say to Nadia "a big thanks
for that "

This girl tured out to be one
of the kind.
But we didn't think a-big-fat-greek-
wedding was in mind.

Such a special day-we just
have to see ya.
So we're packing our bags for

Now that you've met your
perfect one
We wish you loads and loads
and loads of fun.

We really do hope
he can afford the bill.

Love from Oliver, Daisy, Mika + Phil

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Bloody Hell! They never give you all the details when you sign up!

Maid of Honour’s Duties

You are about to be the maid of honor in your close/best friends wedding? What an honor it is! You are the bride’s right-hand lady, and it is your responsibility to help ensure that her big day is as special as can be.

As maid of honour, you will have certain responsibilities to uphold.  Depending on the bride’s preferences and style, you may not need to help with more or less of these tasks.   First and foremost, the maid of honour is the bride’s consultant and personal confidante. You may help her find the perfect bridal gown, help her select the bridesmaids’ gowns, and get into the planning zone for her hens party and bridal shower.
The Maid of Honour should take on the following duties:

  • Coordinate with the other bridesmaids and keep everyone focused and organized (so as not to stress out the bride). 
  • Cater to the brides wedding planning needs.
  • Help the bride with her hair, makeup, bridal gown and accessories on the big day.
  • Witness in the signing of the marriage license.
  • Assist the bride with her veil and train, if her bridal gown has one.
  • Take care of her bouquet during the marriage ceremony.
  • Look after the brides ring for the groom until the appropriate time.
  • Be an emotional support for the bride during stressful times.
  • Make toast to the bride and groom during the reception!
The Maid of Honour May take on the following duties
Every bride is different, so as the maid of honour you may need to tailor your duties accordingly. Just remember the most important thing is your friend’s happiness. Be an ear for her to vent to, another set of eyes to help her make decisions, and a shoulder to cry on when everything becomes too overwhelming to bear. And always remind her that everything will be just fine and her wedding day will be perfect! 

May the voting begin. Voting closes 31 Oct 2010

General, Maid of Honour Speech
Maid of Honour Speech  - Sisters, Simple Toast My dear sister, how wonderful it is to see that you found the perfect man for you. I was proud to stand by your side when you said, “I do.” You took a big step towards your future today, and, in turn, gave me the gift of a new brother. The fun times we shared during your engagement and the happiness of this day bring us even closer together. Congratulations!
Maid of Honour Speech - General
I've heard that when two people get married, their nuptials have a positive effect on their community. Like someone dropping a pebble into still water, your love sends out ripples of happiness to everyone around you. It brings joy to those who have already said, “I do” as they fondly remember their wedding day. It brings hope to those who are still looking for that special someone. And it shows young children what they have to look forward to when they grow up.

Two people brought together by the bonds of love and united in marriage are a powerful force. You bring happiness to those who are here to bear witness and those who couldn't attend, but carry you in their hearts.

May your love remain strong to sustain you during times of struggle and enrich the good times you will share together. May it continue to send those ripples of happiness to all of us. Congratulations!
Maid of Honour Speech – General
How beautiful you are in that gorgeous white gown. How happy you looked walking down the aisle. How tender your first kiss during the ceremony. How sweet your first dance will be as husband and wife. As I watch you together, I see the joy in your eyes.
The reminders of this special day will be all around you: in the photo album on your coffee table, in the picture frame hanging on your wall, and in the shining band you wear on your finger every day. Use these reminders a source of comfort and strength during the hard times. And let them bring a brighter smile to your faces in times of happiness.
Congratulations to you and (groom)!

Friend, Maid of Honour Speech

Maid of Honour Speeches - Good Friend who is Finally Getting Married
Finally! Remember the times we sat through another friend’s wedding, filled with the hope that someday, it would be one of us up there. Gone are the lonely nights we talked until the early hours, crying over the fear that it might never be one of us up there.

Say goodbye to bad blind dates and relentless pestering by that co-worker who was always trying to fix you up with the wrong guy. Say goodbye to scanning all those sad profiles on the Internet dating sites, looking for someone to peak your interest.

How happy are you that you will never again have to fight with the other single girls to catch the bouquet? Can you believe you actually get to be the one tossing the bouquet this time?

Well, I sure can. I always could. I knew during those awkward introductions at happy hour, when one of our friends invited a single guy and didn’t tell you. I knew when you were secretly picking out your own wedding gown on all those shopping trips for the other girls who were engaged. I confess I got a little worried when you started dating Mr. Wrong. What was his name? The guy we called “please don’t let her marry him.” I knew there were better things in store for you. And, thankfully, you did too.

And then there was (groom). The guy we called “the dude we like.” I remember when you first told me he could be “the one.” I could just picture it. (Groom) down on one knee, asking you to make him the happiest man in the world, offering you that beautiful diamond ring, you in that gorgeous gown, me making this speech.

It may have been many years in the making, but (groom) was certainly worth waiting for. It is so great to finally see you so happy!
Maid of Honour Speech - Childhood Friend
When (bride) and I were little girls, we dreamed about our wedding day. We discussed centrepieces and honeymoons and where to hold the reception. We dressed up in my mom's gown, veil, and gloves and practiced walking down the aisle. Sometimes we even stole our bouquet from the dining room table, sitting in a vase my parents received as a wedding gift.

We even knew who the groom would be: David Cassidy or Tom Cruise or Leif Garrett, depending who was on the cover of our teen magazines. It was all so easy back them because our imaginations had no limits. And a twelve-year age difference between you and the celebrity groom you'd never met could never stand in the way of true love.

As we grew up, the style of the gown changed, as did the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. The perfect man switched from a TV heartthrob to the (name), cutest guy in 7th grade. The details differed from year to year but the dream always remained the same: to find the who was perfect for you and declare your love in front of family and friends. Followed by a wedding reception that would have made Martha (Stewart) drool, of course. How wonderful that your dream has come true. Congratulations to you both and may you spend the rest of your lives fulfilling each other's dreams.
Maid of Honour Speech - College Friend or Sorority Sister
Old friends are great but I say college friends are even better. (Bride) and I became friends in college. We were both very proud members of (sorority, club, or sport team). We've seen each other through term papers and finals, light night parties followed by early morning classes, bad boyfriend break-ups and good boyfriend make-ups, ski trips during winter break and beach trips for spring break, first day of freshman year all the way through to graduation. It would not have been the same without you. In fact, it was better because we did it all together.

As I watch you graduate from your single life and enrol in your new term as (groom)'s wife, I see a bright future ahead. From changing your name on your social security card to joint tax returns, late night cravings to early morning feeding, silly arguments and romantic apologies, more ski trips in winter and beach vacations in summer, from this special day through the best graduation of all: retirement. It wouldn't be the same without you so I'm glad we'll keep doing it together.

So I propose a toast to (alma matter) for developing such fine alumnae and (sorority, club, or sport team) for making us such good friends

The Best Marriage Advice Ever Received

Couples like you share their marriage wisdom. We asked readers to share the best marriage advice they ever received.
  • "If I am unhappy with my husband about something, it stands to reason there are things about me he is unhappy about. We need to work together." ~ BT
  • "... It was that I should love my husband, but not wrap myself up in my husband. That I should always remember that I was a person before him, and I should do my damnest to stay a person while married to him. .. Second best advice was to never completely tie your finances to your husband - always have something of your own. " ~ deblgus
  • "Don't fight over money because there is never enough to go around anyway." ~ s91601
  • "Don't go to bed angry at each other." ~ Ibn Tumart
  • "The best advice in my opinion is to live in a different town than your families when you get married. My hubby is in the Air Force and lucky for both of us, we moved across the country! We both grew up in negative environments and the space is a blessing! Now we appreciate talking to our families and they are far enough away where they can't interfere and smother us with negativity. On another note, I believe the standard "don't go to bed angry" is right as rain as well! " ~ GirlyGirl220
  • "For women: Do not expect your husband to change after marriage.
    For men: Do not expect your wife to not change. :) ~ Data10000
  • "My mom always tells me when I fight with my husband that he could be worse than what he is and I should quit sweating the small stuff." ~ quinnandellie
  • "From the time we were little kids, my dad told us" Never date anyone you wouldn't marry ".... when we were kids this made zero sense, but as I got older, it became clear that a lot of people marry people they don't much like / fit with well, for a variety of reasons. SHe ends up pregnant, it is just "time" to marry. The selection process of who to marry is complex, but makes a huge difference.
    We also always advise newly marrieds to NOT sit and complain about anything in their marriage, large or small, in little same sex (or not) groups at work or at play. ALl it does is magnify any irritants, and if you really have a problem with your spouse, talking to them about it is much more likely to solve the problem than sitting and bitching with others. "~ shopper113
  • "A quote from the Bible: What God has yoked together, let no man tear apart." ~ Donnamaria65
  • There are "... various ways in which relational maturity develops in people - preparing them first to care for themselves, and then to care for two people, and afterwards for children too. All in a way that is life giving. Relational maturity is I believe the most effective predictor for whether a marriage is likely to last or not. " ~ Tastewise
  • "From my MIL:" Marriage is forever. You have to stick it out no matter how miserable you are. "~ Michele
  • "Get on your knees together every night and say the Lord's prayer. Even if you don't go to sleep and may have something else to do. This assures that most nights you will spend some time together before you go to sleep. If you are apart, do it over the phone. " ~ Michele
  • "Never go to bed angry, even if you are not happy with the conditions." ~ Michele
  • "Communicate, respect for self and each other, trust, faith, laugh together not at each other, don't go to bed angry or hurt, remember your vows, don't ask what you are not ready and willing to accept and let go and remember that often time we don't know we're making a mistake unless we are told so speak up without being rude and hurtful. " ~ Antoinette 34
  • "Churchill said to never have breakfast together." ~ Jimnria2
  • "When in trouble with your husband or spouse, never ever talk about these problems with your friends, mother or parents ... if you want a real help on this, go to your spouse or husband mother or father or his or her best friend or relatives and tell them about your situation. This advice has given them very fast and some times unexpected and very good solutions, and at the same time they get to understand many of their spouses vision of the trouble, and that has in many instances changed their perspective and perception of the problem. " ~ Manuel D.
  • "After a disillusioned first couple of years of marriage, my husband and I went to a therapist who told us: Marriage should not be so much about looking at each other but looking in the same direction together. I believe the message from this is to remember the positive things that brought you together and then to concentrate on positive goals to achieve as a couple. My observation is that all the cute, unique things that made your spouse wonderful in the beginning are going to be the things that grate on your nerves later. Try to focus on the positive - if you look for negative qualities in someone you are sure to find them! ~ Deb V.
  • "The best marriage advice I received was from my grandmother: Marriage is not always 50/50. Some days you will wake up and may have to give 90 % and your spouse will give 10 %. Other days you may wake up and give 25 % And your husband will have to put in the 75 %. I never thought of this before but it is so true. " ~ Meme

May I draw your attention to the following

...A more traditional alternative is the bridesmaids luncheon, Hosted by the bride and / or her mother during the day, usually several days or a week before the wedding.[2][3] At a bridesmaids luncheon, the bride often presents a small gift to each bridesmaid....

The phrase "Hen Party" mirrors the male "Stag Party" in referencing social stereotypes of each gender at the party (Implying that women are talkative, and men are macho.)

Bachelorette party

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Friends playing poker during their bachelorette party in the United States.
A bachelorette party, hen party, hen do, Or hen night, Is a party held for a woman who is about to be married. The term hen party or hen night is more common in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, And Australia, While the term bachelorette party is more common in the United States. The term stagette is used in Canada.[1] It may also be referred to as a girls' night out or kitchen tea (South Africa in particular) or other terms in other English-speaking countries.
The bachelorette party is modeled after the bachelor party,[2] which is itself historically a dinner given by the bridegroom to his friends shortly before his wedding.[3] Despite its reputation as "a sodden farewell to bachelor days" or "an evening of debauchery," a bachelorette's party is a normal party, given in honor of the bride-to-be, In the style that is common to that social circle.[2]



[edit] History

The bachelorette party is consciously modeled after the centuries-old bachelor's party,[2][4] which is itself historically a dinner given by the bridegroom to his friends shortly before his wedding.[3]
Although the practice of giving a party to honor the bride-to-be goes back for centuries, in its modern form, the bachelorette party may have begun during the sexual revolution of the 1960s. It was uncommon until at least the mid-1980s, and the first book on planning bachelorette parties wasn't published until 1998.[4] Its cultural significance is largely tied to concepts of gender equality.[4]
Initially, parties in honor of the bride-to-be that were labeled as bachelorette party often involved displays of sexual freedom, such as trading intimate secrets, getting drunk, and enjoying male strippers. Parties that honored the bride-to-be without these elements avoided that label.[4] Now the term is used for a wide variety of parties.[5][6]
The phrase "Hen Party" mirrors the male "Stag Party" in referencing social stereotypes of each gender at the party (Implying that women are talkative, and men are macho.) [7]

[edit] Entertainment

Friends toast a bride-to-be (center)
Many different kinds of entertainment are selected, depending on what the organizers think will best please their guest of honor. While notions of a bachelorette party as a night of drunken debauchery persist in some social circles, it is becoming widely seen in America as an opportunity for female bonding.[5] According to etiquette expert Peggy Post, "Whatever entertainment is planned, it should not embarrass, humiliate, or endanger the honoree or any of the guests."[2]
When held in a private venue, such as the hostess's home, the party may take any form that pleases the hostesses and honors the bride-to-be. Dinners and cocktail parties, Which provide comfortable opportunities for participants to talk or to give intimate advice to the bride-to-be, are common.[2] Other hostesses choose a themed party, such as a "pamper party," with guests indulging in spa treatments, or a cooking class.[8] While proposing a toast to the bride-to-be is common at most bachelorette parties, some center on drinking games.
Some parties take place in public venues, such as a restaurant or bar. Some parties are bar tours. On occasion, some bachelorette parties are organized as holidays to destinations such as Las Vegas, Nevada or other party cities.
Sometimes a daytime picnic or other outing is organized in preference to the more common dinner party.[2]

[edit] Organization

Participants are usually all women. Bridesmaids (if any) are typically invited, but any of the bride's close women friends may be included.[2]
This party is typically hosted by one or more members of the wedding party, Although it is possible for any friend to host a party in honor of the bride-to-be. Formally, a party in honor of the bride-to-be is never hosted by the bride-to-be,[9] although she may participate in its planning. While it is normally the duty of a hostess to pay for the entertainment she gives her guests, it is common in most English-speaking countries for participants to share the costs of this event.[2] Whether the bride-to-be pays her share, or whether her share is divided between other participants is something to be determined by the organizers and the bride-to-be during the early stages of the planning process.
Participating in a bachelorette party is always optional, and many brides decline these parties altogether.[2] Neither bridesmaids nor other friends can be required either to attend or to pay for any part of this party.[10]
Since it is derived from a formal dinner, a bachelorette party is properly held in the evening,[3] usually about a week (or at least a few days) before the wedding,[2] and usually includes dinner, although alternative approaches are not uncommon.[2]
Some of the other activities that the women partake in revolve around naked men, for instance, male strippers and life drawing hen parties.

[edit] Commercial interests

Many companies sell products aimed at the organizers of bachelorette parties, including packs of themed games, pre-printed invitations, decorations, novelties, and sex toys.

[edit] Alternatives

A more traditional alternative is the bridesmaids luncheon, Hosted by the bride and / or her mother during the day, usually several days or a week before the wedding.[2][3] At a bridesmaids luncheon, the bride often presents a small gift to each bridesmaid.
If a significant aspect of the party is presenting small gifts to the bride-to-be, then the event is properly called a bridal shower. For the convenience of the bride-to-be, bridal showers are usually held earlier than a bachelorette party.[11]
A stag and doe party, also called a "Jack and Jill", "buck and doe" or "hag" (hen + stag) Party, is a similar party that includes men and women. It may combine aspects of a drinking game with fundraising.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Barber, Katherine, ed ( 2004). Canadian Oxford dictionary (2 ed.). Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-541816-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Post, Peggy (2006). Emily Post's wedding etiquette (5 ed.). London: Collins. pp. 183-184. ISBN 0-06-074504-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d Post, Emily (1922) . Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home '. Funk & Wagnalls Company. pp. 335-337. 
  4. ^ a b c d Montemurro, Beth ( 2006) . Something old, something bold: bridal showers and bachelorette parties. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3811-4. 
  5. ^ a b Hughes, Kathleen; Carolyn Gerin ( 2004). Anti-Bride Etiquette Guide: The Rules - And How to Bend Them. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. pp. 90, 92 . ISBN 0-8118-4458-7. "Squealing girls and strip clubs full of dancing, oily-chested men with socks stuffed in their banana hammocks are becoming a thing of the past. Bonding with your gals is what the bachelorette party is all about, not calling attention to how drunk and tarty you look in public. " 
  6. ^ Fox, Sue ( 2007) . Etiquette For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help)). For Dummies. p. 294. ISBN 0-470-10672-7. "Bachelor and bachelorette trends vary from coast to coast and are changing fast in many social circles. Most every type of party is acceptable ..." 
  7. ^ Benczes, Réka ( 2006) . Creative compounding in English: the semantics of metaphorical and metonymical noun-noun combinations. John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 95. ISBN 9027223734. =% 22hen + party% 22 + history & hl = en & ei = CZRdTKCoFMP98AbA2LCzDQ & sa = X & oi = book_result & ct = result & resnum = 10 & ved = 0CGkQ6AEwCQ # v = onepage & q =% 22hen% 20party% 22 % 20history & f = false. 
  8. ^ Kristen Finello; Bridal Guide Magazine; Diane Forden ( 2005) . Bridal Guide (R) Magazine's New Etiquette for Today's Bride. New York: Warner Books. pp. 28-29. ISBN 0-446-67822-8. 
  9. ^ Berry, Margaret (20002-09-04). "Don't Be Rude: Part III, Socializing by Margaret Berry". The Morning News. Retrieved 2008-08-23. "Don't throw parties in your own honor. Throwing a birthday party, a shower, or an anniversary party for yourself lacks humility. It also suggests that the party is a poorly camouflaged push for gifts, instead of a heartfelt expression of affection from a dear friend. " 
  10. ^ Martin, Judith (1999). Miss Manners on Weddings. New York: Crown Publishers. pp. 136-137. ISBN 0-609-60431-7. "Contrary to rumor, bridesmaids are not obliged to entertain in honor of the bride, nor to wear dresses they cannot afford." 
  11. ^ Vanderbilt, Amy; Tuckerman, Nancy; Dunnan, Nancy (1995). The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday. pp. 364-365. ISBN 0-385-41342-4.

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