Thursday, July 31, 2008

Traditions & Superstitions-Proposing & Setting the Date

Traditions-there are so many that make up a wedding. From the Yes of the engagement to walking down the aisle and saying I Do.

So today, I'm starting a weekly series about all the traditions & superstitions that are a part of the wedding and the events surrounding it. Starting with Proposing & Setting the Date.

The guy getting down on one knee is believed to be from English knight's. They dropped to their knees when gaining the king's favor or asking for a lady's.

The act of proposing started only after betrothals {arranged marriages} were no longer a binding contract. Proposing has only been around for a couple of centuries.

Asking the Bride's father for her hand in marriage-
It started off as time to negotiate over the dowry and marriage contract. Now it has become more of a tradition & proper etiquette.

Engagement- Means "to bind by a pledge". Engagements started off being a time for both families to come up with a price for the bride.

Setting the Date-
Here's an old English poem about the months.
Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Marry in April when you can Joy for the Maiden and for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labour for the daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snow fall fast, marry and true love will last.

The reason June has traditionally been the most popular month is because Juno is the Roman goddess of marriage, hearth & childbirth, so why not get married during her month!!! May was when the Feast of the Dead was observed that's why you will surely rue the day. January is Hera's month. The defender of women and the wife of Zeus. This was a time for fertility rites. September is the month of the full harvest moon, fertility time, too. Then there is April, Venus' month and she of course, is the goddess of LOVE!!!

Here's a poem about the days of the week.
Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.

Sunday is not mentioned since most Christian weddings normally took place on the Sabbath and the work week was six days. Then the Puritans decided that couples should stop getting married on Sunday. It is after all the day of rest, not fun. Of course, Saturday is now the most popular day to get married on. Superstition or not?

The time of the wedding- It is thought that you should get married between the half-hour and the hour since the second hand is rising. That way you get started on the upswing, which can lead to good fortune.

Then there's the Victorian tradition that the luckiest time to get married is on the same day of the week that the Groom was born, better yet, on the Groom's birthday.

Of course, some of this is superstition & some of this is tradition. Do what makes sense to you. As along as you're happy & in love what does it matter!!!

Next time will be about the Engagement & Engagement Rings.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Think Pink

Soft, Girly Pink.
Romantic and Flowery. Oh, so Pretty.

I love pink {see A Joyeux Blog & A Joyeux Day's Website!!} While doing this board I was thinking romance. Soft pinks, lots of flowers, very girly, very pretty. Great for a Spring or Summer Wedding. Enjoy!
Flowers{Bride's Cafe}
Boutonniere{The Knot}
Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress{Jenny Yoo}
Cake{The Knot}
Shoes{The Knot}
Floral Wreath{Bride's Cafe}
Cake{The Knot}
Flower Girl{The Knot}
Favor{The Knot}
Pink Diamond Ring{A J Diamonds}
Table Scape{The Knot}
Rose Cocktail{Brides}
Table Scape {In Style Weddings}
Hanging Orchids{The Knot}
Bridesmaid Dress{Alfred Angelo}

Feeling the Love

I am happy to announce that I have been added to Forever: The Best Wedding Blog Posts. They put out the best wedding blog posts on their site daily.

Also, the lovely ladies at Elizabeth Anne Designs have added me to their new exclusive vendor library.

Thank You Elizabeth Anne Designs & Forever for adding A Joyeux Day & A Joyeux Blog to your sites.

Chambord for Beverage Monday

Today I'm featuring Chambord®. A delicious black raspberry liqueur. One of my fav's. If I see a drink with Chambord, I usually order it. Here's a couple of recipes to try.

Raspberry Kiss
1 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur

1 oz Dark creme de cacao
1 oz cream
Pour ingredients into a stainless steel shaker over ice,shake until completely cold then strain into a chilled Martini glass.
A nice after dinner drink.

Chambord and Champagne
4 oz chilled Champagne

1/2 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
Pour the champagne into a champagne flute. Add a healthy splash of Chambord and serve.
Great for Weddings or Brunch!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Black & White Inspiration Board

Black & White Damask
Classic & Elegant!!

I was going to wait and do this one later. These are the colors I have been using for years. My house is decorated in black & white. My clothes are mostly black & white, so I thought I would start off making inspiration boards of colors I normally don't use in my everyday life 1st. Then I fell in love with the chandelier and I couldn't resist. I decided damask was ideally suited to go with it. Here's my take on black & white. Enjoy!!!

Favors{Favor Ideas}
Table Scape{Jessica Claire}
Black Bouquet{Bloomery Weddings}
Cake{Wedding by Color}
Tux{The Knot}
Chandelier{The Bride's Cafe}
Dress{Stephanie James Couture}
White Bouquet{Dream Wedddings on a Budget}
Ring Bearer Pillow{Estilo Weddings}
Shoe{Martinez Valero at Nordstrom}
Table Scape{Wedding by Color}

Monday, July 21, 2008

Beverage Monday. Tequila!!!!

Today we are featuring Tequila.
Which in the right hands can be like a fine cognac or great wine. With that in mind, how about a tequila tasting at your couple's shower? or your destination wedding in Mexico? Or even your wedding here in a Spanish style venue. How unique would that be? Serve Mexican specialties, have a taco bar, have a tequila lounge. There are so many different varieties, price levels and tastes beyond Jose Cuervo!!!

For those of you less inclined to taste tequila straight here are a couple of recipes.

Spicy Margarita

1 1/2 oz Sauza Hornitos Tequila
Splash spicy tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier®
Sweet and Sour
lime powder
Serrano pepper

Add ice into a Shaker. Put all the ingredients into a shaker then shake. Pour into a glass rimmed with paprika, salt, and lime powder. Garnish with a slice of Serrano pepper.

Recipe from Fine Living

Besitos {Kisses}

1.5 parts Anejo Tequila
1 part Limoncello
1 part Stoli Citrus
Dash of grenadine
Juice of half a lemon
Put all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, strain the ice and serve in a martini glass, garnish with a gummy heart.

Recipe from Drink of the Week

A little back story, I'm a Southern California Girl & I cocktailed in a Mexican restaurant for 3 years so I have served & drank my fair share of Margarita's & shots of Tequila. Tequila also meant a massive hangover the next day or running down to TJ when you're under age. So when on one of our 1st dates my {now} husband ordered Corralejo Tequila and drank it like cognac, I was a little taken aback. I never really thought of drinking it that way, never really wanted to. The quicker I swallowed it the quicker I could chase it. This post is for Mr. Joyeux the man who showed me there's a different way to drink {enjoy} tequila. Corralejo Anejo{the red bottle} is his favorite.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wedding Cookies

MMMM, Pretty Cookies!!! These are from Brenda's Wedding Blog of Best Wedding Sites. They are about 4" in diameter. These would be great for favors, a dessert buffet or a shower. She caries a few different designs and quite a few can be personalized. You know I just love the ones with the Eiffel Tower!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Cake Wrecks

These are Cakes

If you want a a laugh check out Cake Wrecks. It's a blog about cakes gone incredibly wrong. Can you imagine cutting into and eating these? Who wants to eat a pile of s***? I wonder what it says? What about eating your child's face? Just curious?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Graffiti for your Wedding

I first heard about Wonderful Graffiti earlier this year. I think it's a great idea to add a little something extra to your day. I wish I knew about this in 2005, we has this huge white wall with cathedral ceilings at our reception venue and something like this would have been fantastic.

Below are some samples of their work. You can really go wild with the graffiti customization that they offer, plus they have lots of other cool stuff to add that something extra to your Signature Day!!!

I found the one below at Kohl's department store today and decided to give it a try. It took about a half hour of rubbing, before I could even start pulling the paper away. Only the letter's separate from the adhesive, so once I figured that out, it was easy. It did take more time than I thought it would, although I think it added a bit of fun to the bathroom wall!! Don't all bathrooms need a little graffiti? I do hope the ones from Wonderful Graffiti are easier to apply/take less time!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Batman-The Dark Knight

Since the 6th Batman movie{yes, 6th}, The Dark Knight, is coming out this Friday, July 18th, I thought I would give you a glimpse of my little Batman.

He started off as Batman for Halloween 2007 and Batman has continued being his favorite all this year. Which is fine by me since BATMAN has always been my favorite super hero. For his birthday party in May, we knew exactly what the theme would be this year.
Here's a little glimpse into my life as the Mommy of Batman!!!!

Yes, my son is even themed with a Batman shirt and a button with Batman that read Birthday Boy.

As a big Batman fan myself, it is the one movie I have always seen on opening day. Even Batman Begins, with a one year old, who wasn't too thrilled to be there!!

So see you on opening day!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Beverage Monday. Garnishes.

Dress The Drink™ is a company that offer s a cool make-up box "make-up for your drink" of garnishes for your cocktails and non-alcoholic libations, too. There are so many great flavors you can go wild and have lots of fun creating your signature drink and making it a little more special. The case is $59.00 and includes-

  • Edible silver flakes
  • Red hots
  • Toffee
  • Toasted coconut
  • Rock candy
  • 2 Rimming sugars, Chocolate, Apple, Raspberry, Lemon Ginger
They also offer these flavors for an additional charge.

  • Graham cracker
  • Pomegranate
  • Mint
  • Vanilla
  • Watermelon
  • Peach
  • Coffee
  • Cherry
  • Blueberry
  • Banana
  • Orange
  • Cranberry
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Strawberry


  • Chili-lime
On a side note. My hubby and I found rimming sugars at BEV MO and made up a couple of signature drinks for our wedding in 2005. Our venue was a BYOB and we offered a very limited drink menu.

Javier's Mojitos with Mint Sugar Mint Liqueur, Rum, Sprite & Ice, glass rimmed with the sugar and the drink was garnished with a mint sprig.

Steph's Hot Monkey Love with Banana Sugar
Banana Liqueur, Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice & Ice. The glass was rimmed with the sugar and garnished with a pineapple wedge.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Christy!!!

A Purple Inspiration Board
with touches of Green for a Modern look.

In honor of my niece Christy, I thought I would do an inspiration board of her favorite color with touches of her daughter's favorite color, green. By using a deep color it gives it a more modern feel.
Purple hasn't always been Christy's fav color. I remember when she loved orange, then around 6 she changed her mind and ever since it's been all about purple. So here's to you Christy & Summer for the inspiration! Happy Birthday #32, Kiddo!!!
Bouquet{The Knot}
Rock Candy{Brides}
Cake{The Knot}
Tablescape(The Knot}
Bridesmaid Dress{Alfred Angelo}
Boutonniere{Wedding Weblog}
Escort Cards{The Knot}

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Shoes That Wow!!!

I love the idea of a bride not wearing white shoes. I wish I would have thought of it when I was married. Instead I wore a very boring, white satin sandal.
These shoes by Christian Louboutin are featured on the June/July cover of Brides magazine. Aren't they fabulous??? Just remember Bride's can do whatever they want to create their 'bridal' look. Whether that means hot pink heels or a hot pink dress, what ever makes you happy is what you should wear.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Champagne for Beverage Monday

For me, nothing says romance like champagne. Then you make it pink and I'm in heaven. This year, Moet & Chandon introduced a spectacular Rosé Champagne. The Moët Rosé Indulgence Coffret. The bottle is a glossy black lacquer. Their website describes it as the Glamourous Champagne, and "Unlocking it is to discover the spirit of an 18th centure boudoir, a world of indulgence and richesse” It's packaged in a sensual box complete with a lock and key with a pink tassel. So utterly sexy!!!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

In honor of Independence Day, I thought I would do a Red, White & Blue Inspiration Board. You can do the patriotic colors without having the flag emblazoned on everything. Next year we will celebrate 4th of July on a Saturday and why not do the colors for your patriotic wedding. Plus, as a bonus you get to cap the evening off a great firework display and hand out sparklers to your guests.
So here's wishing everybody and fun & safe 4th of July weekend.