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The 2012 Wedding Planner published in the VillageSoup Gazette, VillageSoup Journal, The Bar Harbor Times and Capital Weekly.


  • A supplement to The Bar Harbor Times,A supplement to The Bar Harbor Times,A supplement to The Bar Harbor TimesCapital Weekly,

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    Origins of bridal customs

    Chances are those who have attended a wedding have witnessed some popular traditions take place. The bride wears a veil, a court of wedding attendants accompanies the bride and groom, and birdseed, rice or flower petals are tossed. But have you ever wondered why? The wedding customs are ripe with tradition and harken back to days when superstition and myth often ruled the day.

    Throwing rice: Today it has become de rigueur to blow bubbles, toss birdseed or release doves when the bride and groom leave the house of worship newly betrothed. Thats because savvy individuals found that raw rice can pose a hazard

    to birds pecking in the area. However, rice throwing is an old custom that dates back to the Middle Ages,

    Customs on page 23

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    Engaged couples about to take a trip down the aisle are increasingly choosing to pay for the wedding themselves. Where it used to be tradition for the brides parents to handle the bill for the occasion, today the responsibility for funding has largely fallen into the hands of the prospective bride and groom. To meet the financial demands of the modern wedding, some individuals turn to loans for financing a portion or all of the wedding. You may question whether this is a good idea.

    As with any situation, there are pros and cons. The same can be said about a wedding loan. The following are some factors you will need to consider before taking out a loan.

    One of the most important things to realize is that a wedding loan, like any loan, will need to be paid back and interest fees will be included. What

    that means is that, by the end of the payback period, you will have spent several thousand dollars more on the loans than the original principal amount when interest is added in. If youre taking out a loan because youve already gone above budget on wedding expenses, a loan may push that budget even further into the red.

    That being said, there are some instances where a loan may be an option that works for a couple. For example, couples who anticipate considerable monetary gifts from guests attending the wedding can offset the cost of the loan with those gifts. Some couples might begin their professional careers after their wedding, which will increase their salary enough to repay the loan quickly. Others may actually have the money for the wedding, but want to use a loan as a way to establish strong joint credit as a new couple.

    However, many couples take out loans because they simply cannot afford their dream wedding. In a world where many people already live beyond their means financing cars, homes, retail purchases a wedding loan may just be another shovelful of soil on a financial grave. The consensus among financial experts is that it is better to scale back the wedding or postpone it until you

    Is a wedding loan for you?

    Loan on page 23

    Although a wedding loan may enable Although a wedding loan may enable you to have the wedding of your dreams, it comes with a steep cost -- starting out your new life together with a considerable amount of debt.

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    Newly engaged couples Newly engaged couples Nchoose to capture the Nchoose to capture the Noccasion in photos Noccasion in photos Nthat they can cherish. Often, one of these photos is used as an announcement to family and friends and might even be published in the newspaper.

    Engagement photos may be part of a package negotiated with the photographer who will be covering the wedding day. Some couples enlist the help of a friend or a budding photographer to capture an engagement shot. The average cost of engagement photos can range from $200 to $500. Some couples opt to use a photographer who might specialize in other areas (i.e. fashion models) but may want to break into the wedding biz because of how lucrative it can be. Costs may be negotiated as a result.

    When shopping around for a photographer, there are certain things couples should keep in mind. The first and most important is selecting a photographer you can relate to. If you dont feel a connection with the photographer, he or she will have trouble coaxing the shots that will produce the best results. He or she should also be a professional and have some experience working with posing couples. This way the photos dont look stiff or contrived. Here are some other tips that can lead to great photos.

    Find a photographer who fits your style. If youre a quirky couple, go with a quirky photographer. If youre reserved and a follow-the-book type of couple, then select a more traditional photographer. Some photographers out there forget that this is your moment and want to impart their idea

    of what you want. Make sure he or she takes your ideas into consideration.

    Select one who is open to different shoot locations and brainstorming. Some of the best photos occur in natural settings, where things arent entirely planned. If a photographer simply works out of a studio, you may want to select one who has more free reign with different locales.

    Choose your location wisely. Certain locations will stand out in your minds because they are visually stunning or are special places where you have spent moments as a couple. By choosing a place that offers a personal connection, theres a good chance youll appreciate the photos in the long run. Also, be open to the fact that unplanned stops may offer a great background for the image. Be open to the unexpected.

    Try random poses and some candid shots. Although you might have a vision of the perfect photo in your mind, experimenting with different ideas can sometimes lead to a great photo you really love. Expect to take your share of kissing, nose-touching and portrait shots. But some fun poses, such as running or jumping (or rolling around on a beach full of waves) can produce candid shots that are truly masterpieces. Remember, sometimes photographers will pose you in positions that seem a bit awkward, but this is to get the best lines of the body and flattering images.

    Choose clothing that fits the mood. If time and budget allow, have several different wardrobe changes so that you can see which outfits

    work and which ones dont. A formal outfit, comfortable street clothes, something beachy or clothing that fits with your interests (such as sailing or baseball) can make for interesting engagement photos. Avoid clothing that is too trendy or busy, which may take away from the actual images in the long run. Plus, you dont want to look back at these photos in the future and say, What was I thinking? Avoid matchy-matchy, though. If you are dressed alike, you may appear to be trying too hard. Its the individual personalities you want to shine through.

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