Wedding by the Stars

What Sort Of Marriage Will You Have?

Ever wondered if the stars play a part in foretelling what type of marriage you’ll have depending on the date you get
married? Our lighthearted guide looks at the sort of marriage you’ll have!

Aries Wedding (March 21 – April 20)

Getting married in late March or April? You’re in for a lifetime of fireworks. An Aries wedding means plenty of passion.
Couples who marry during this time are usually the ones who make a big scene in restaurants, however, since they
don’t hold grudges, within minutes of storming out, they’re probably kissing passionately and shouting at the taxi
driver to get them home as fast as possible so they can “make up”. If you marry during this time, the Aries influence
will help you to become stronger, more courageous and determined as a person, as well as surprisingly sporty. As a
couple, you’ll compete with each other over who’s more successful, popular, lusted after – and will probably settle the
argument with a few well-hurled dishes.

Taurus Wedding (April 21- May 21)

It’s the couples marrying in May who usually wait years before the Big Day. Quickie courtships just aren’t their thing.
But since they usually need a bomb under them to take the plunge, ultimatums or shotgun weddings are pretty
common. Money is a big issue for them so they may live with their parents for years before marrying to save for their
first home, take on second jobs to maintain a good lifestyle, or sign pre-nuptial agreements. Taurean couples are saltof-
the-earth types. There’s always a bed on offer for anyone who needs it, but it would be rare for them to have
relationship problems themselves. These are the solid marriages people dream of. Taurean-ruled couples love food
and will spare no expense on their wedding feast, which you should expect to see them dig right into, considering
they went on a big diet to look nice for the wedding photographs.

Gemini Wedding (May 22 – June 21)

It’s not unusual to think that people married under Gemini are brothers and sisters. They look, sound and behave like
each others, dress similarly, and often finish each other’s sentences. They usually enjoy flirting and talking about sex
more than actually doing it. It’s not a passionate marriage, but it’s always friendly and talkative. If you’re invited into
their home, your ears will get a good workout – Gemini-ruled couples talk to you, sing to CDs, flick TV channels and
yabber on the hands-free, all at the same time. They can’t stand being bored, so you’ll be expected to be an
entertaining guest. Their dinner parties are invariably full of juicy gossip, and because they’re such disorganised
cooks, don’t be surprised if you’re served your main dish before the entrée. They’re the couple most likely to marry,
divorce, marry another – and then leave their second spouse to go back to each other again.

Cancer Wedding (June 22 – July 22)

Those who get married during July usually invite more family members than friends as wedding guests and book their
reception in their parents’ home or garden, the family’s traditional wedding venue, or an historic setting. Cancermarried
couples often have a parent-child relationship where one babies the other – and in later life call each other
Mum or Dad. July-ruled couples are moody, sensitive and like to hole up at home. You’ll be amazed at the number of
pre-wedding showers – cellar, kitchen, baby; you name it – this couple will organise as they adore receiving homeoriented
gifts. Couples who marry in July have either really good or really bad links with their family. Watch out for
that annoying and interfering mother-in-law.

Leo Wedding (July 23 – August 23)

Ever wondered exactly who the Joneses are in the saying, “Keeping up with the Joneses”? Look no further. What a
glamorous couple those married during late July or most of August are. They like to wear designer clothes, lead jetset
lives and live in homes that look like those in Belle. These Oscar-winning performers aren’t above entertaining the
locals with their “routine” in front of an open window. Leo couples are full-blown romantics, so their love affairs are
usually one of two varieties: a six-week engagement after they fell in love at first sight, or a triumph over
circumstances where they were cruelly separated by people, religious beliefs or lack of residency papers. They love
hard and dramatically like Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind – enough to make lesser couples
(that is, those not married during Sun in Leo) wonder if their own married is really that great after all. While they can
be somewhat over the top (even a little fake), their romantic spirit is infectious – they just love matchmaking their
single friends.

Virgo Wedding (August 23 – September 23)

The healthy, serious, bookish couple you see buying organic vegetables at the local Saturday markets are likely to be
Virgo-married couple. They probably met at work and fell in love over the photocopier – hopefully not while sitting on
it – but if not, often end up working together in some way. Work for them is necessary and good for you and so – for
most of them – is housework. If you invite a couple married during September away for the weekend, there’s a good
chance that afterwards your holiday rental/hotel/resort room will be cleaner than it ever was before. Invite them over
for a paint-stripping and pizza day and they’ll be the ones who’ll actually work and only drink low-alcohol beer.
They’re friendly, reasonable and don’t paw at each other in public – before or after the wedding. They’re also keen to
perfect everything so they’ll be the first couple in your circle of friends to attend marriage counselling before and after
they marry.

Libra Wedding (September 24 – October 23)

What a pair of romantics. Chances are, doves were released at their wedding or at least a special vow was created for
them. Libran-married couples are usually strikingly good-looking. They watch their words, their weight and their
manners. As long as everything seems wonderful, then it is. Apart from this head-in-the-sand attitude, they’re warm,
classy people who can always be counted on for a great meal and pleasant company. Harmony and romance are vital
to them. This couple sometimes finds the reality of sex rather unpleasant and can’t cope unless it’s beautified with
candles, flowers and soft music beforehand. And they are also terrible flirts. Yes, they’re both big players but they do
it with such class before they can’t bear to admit when they’re angry – that would spoil the illusion of their perfect
marriage.

Scorpio Wedding (October 24 – November 22)

Ten to one it was sexual attraction that electrified this pair from the beginning. Yes, it’s a marriage largely based on
sex, passion and undying loyalty. Even those couples who never seemed more than good friends will find that
seriously good sex takes priority over shared interests. Most will be able to “read” the state of their union by what’s
going on in the bedroom. Should anyone in this Scorpio-ruled marriage have the poor judgement to be unfaithful,
watch their world disintegrate. Along with Pisces-ruled marriages, these are the karmic relationship couples and
onlookers may yearn for the same level of intensity with their own partners. But keep in mind that it’s often the
Scorpio-ruled marriages that produce the couples who can’t live with – or without – each other.

Sagittarius Wedding (November 23 – December 21)

Love dropping everything at a moment’s notice to climb a volcano on some remote island? Then get married when the
Sun is in Sagittarius. This is an Indiana Jones-style marriage – swashbuckling, exciting and more than a little
migraine-inducing in the unreliability stakes. December marriages regularly produce hair-raising ethnic, cultural,
legal, religious or philosophical combinations. Sagittarius-married couples lack picket-fence lifestyles from the start –
even the wedding itself might have a touch of the Elvises about it. These funsters loathe deep and heavy scenarios.
They’re the couple least likely to remain faithful, but because they’re incredibly free-spirited, as long as the other
remains a good pal, they’ll accept amazing levels of infidelity. This is one marriage that doesn’t care what others
think.

Capricorn Wedding (December 22 – January 20)

At best, marrying when the Sun is in Capricorn produces a marriage where both partners start from scratch and over
many years, become rich, successful pillars of the community. At worst, it makes people marry for money. Late
December and January marriages are status affairs. This Armani-and-Chanel-clad couple are almost unfailingly on
their best behaviour publicly – yet there’s a good chance that kinky goings-on are going on. Capricorn-married
spouses invest in shares (not Lotto), plan five-year goals, take second mortgages to send their children to the right
school and once they’re established and successful, can ignore their original friends from the wrong end of town.

Aquarius Wedding (January 21 – February 19)

Who is the eccentric pair in the corner talking about world peace and the corruptive influence of money? Who
probably fell in love after being best friends for years? Yes, it’s the couple who marry when the Sun is in Aquarius.
They’re instantly recognisable by their odd domestic arrangements. They could live behind one of their parents’
houses in a caravan, be part of an extended family, look after a succession of foster kids or share their home with
friends to help pay the mortgage. Both of them believe that having plenty of platonic friendships is perfectly
understandable, reasonable and fair – unlike a Scorpio couple who would reach for their lawyer’s mobile number or
the nearest axe. They put more effort into their friendships than their families.

Pisces Wedding (February 20 – March 20)

Pisces-ruled couples are the ultra-romantics. When they marry, you’ll feel a curious, delightful sense that Cupid really
did release his arrow for this pair, who’ll probably claim they were soulmates in a past life. Pisces-ruled couples
usually book a feng shui expert to redesign their home for maximum contentment. However, they’re incredibly
disorganised so if they can even remember an appointment or party, they’ll invariably be late, and they’re always
losing things. Very romantic, they’ll choose wedding songs that really do mean something and they’re usually lovely
to watch together on the dance floor. They are incredibly sensitive too and are likely to cry while saying their vows.
Don’t let them have too much champagne at the reception or they’ll fall asleep in the cake.
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Wishing Well Wedding

Wedding Wishing Well Card Wording

These days many couples are preferring  a “wishing well” contribution rather than the traditional toaster or dinner set as a wedding present. However, finding the right words for this on a wedding invitation can be difficult.

Here are a number of different ways to word your wishing well card to ask your guests for money instead of gifts?

VERSION 1

More than just kisses so far we’ve shared
Our home has been made with love and care
Most things we need we’ve already got
Like a toaster and kettle, pans and pots
A wishing well we thought would be great
(but only if you wish to participate)
A gift of money is placed in the well
Then make a wish … but do not tell
Once we’ve replaced the old with the new
We can look back and say it was thanks to you!
And in return for your kindness we’re sure
that one day soon you’ll get what you wished for!

VERSION 2

Our home is quite complete now, we’ve been together long.
So please consider our request, and do not take us wrong.
A delicate request it is, we hope you understand.
Please play along, as it will give our married life a hand.
The tradition of the wishing well, is one that’s known by all.
Go to the well, toss in a coin and as the coin does fall.
Make a wish upon that coin, and careful as you do.
Cause as the well’s tradition goes, your wishes will come true.
So on this special day or ours, the day that we’ll be wed.
Don’t hunt for special gifts, but give money in it’s stead.
And as you drop the envelope, with money great or small,
Remember then to make your wish as you watch your money fall.

VERSION 3

This wishing well is here today for family and friends. Take an envelope, make a wish and please drop it in.
As it falls into the well your wish, for the couple, will come true. A token for the couple, to help them begin, will be welcomed, too.
Please take the time to make a wish before the day is through.

VERSION 4

Now we are to be Mr & Mrs
We don’t need a wedding list of dishes
We have two kettles, two toasters, two microwaves
We require a house for which we have to save.
If you would like to give us a gift,
A cheque or vouchers would give us a lift
We like to think of it as our ‘Wishing Well’
Which will be filled with your love, we can tell.

VERSION 5

To save you looking, shopping or buying. Here is an idea, we hope you like trying.
Come to our wedding, to wish us both well.
And bring this small sack, to throw in our wishing well.
Fill it with paper all colours will do, gold is our favourite but silver will do.
Now that we have saved you, all of that fuss.
We hope you will come, and celebrate with us.

VERSION 6

Because at first we lived in sin
We’ve got the sheets and a rubbish bin
A gift from you would be swell
But we’d prefer a donation to our Wishing Well!!

VERSION 7

They have their dishes and towels for two
They have pots and pans and oven mitts too
So what do you get for the Bride & Groom
Whose house is set up in every room?
Their house needs repairs and some upgrades too
But you can not register for carpet and glue.
A well that holds wishes is the way to go
So lets make it easy for all that know.
An envelope will be provided for those who have room,
To give a monetary wish to the Bride and Groom
A wishing well will be on display at the reception hall
To attach your wishes, for the couple, with love from all.

VERSION 8

“We’ve been together a few years now;
we have pots and pans and linen and towels;
we have glasses and toasters, really quite a few;
so instead of more gifts, we suggest this to you;
if it doesn’t offend and it won’t send you running;
what we would really appreciate is quite simply money;
Now that we have saved you, all of that fuss.
We hope you will come, and celebrate with us.
Gifts can be such a pain;
and this way there is no chance of bringing the same.”

VERSION 9

“If you were thinking of giving a gift, to help us on our way.
A gift of cash towards our house, would really make our day.
However, if you prefer to purchase a gift, feel free to surprise us in your own way.”

VERSION 10

Soon you will hear our wedding bell,
As Friends and family wish us well.
Our household thoughts are not brand new,
We have twice the things we need for two.
Since we have our share of dishes and bedding,
We’re having instead a wishing well wedding.
But more important we ask of you,
your prayers of love and blessings too!

VERISON 11

“We really would appreciate a little money of our own,
instead of a little gift for our new home!”
We know you want to find something nice
But it’s such a hassle to find the right price
So come and enjoy the day all sunny
We just as happy with a little money.

VERSION 12

Many of our guests have enquired
For a gift idea to be inspired
Like many young couples today
We have most things anyway
If you would like to give, it is our request
For something for our treasure chest
A gift of money you can afford
Is just what we need you can be assured
Without the help of this little pun
Our honeymoon would not be much fun

VERSION 13

The tradition of the wishing well
used on the wedding day,
is here both for your money gifts
and for what you would like to say.
So please drop in a token of love
for this special Groom & Bride,
as they start their life united by God
to live forever side by side.

Wedding Traditions

Wedding Traditions

Why Diamond Engagement Rings ?

Medieval Italians started this tradition because they believed the diamond was created from the flames of love.

Why is and Engagement Ring Placed on the Third Finger of the Left Hand in most Western Cultures ?

A brides engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn on the third finger on the left hand (next to your little finger). This dates back to Egyptian belief that the “ring” finger follows the vena amoris, that is the vein of love that runs directly to the heart.

Where does Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue come from ?

Something Old – Represents the link with the bride’s family and the past.  A popular choice is a piece of antique
jewellery.
Something New – Represents good fortune and success in the brides new life. Often the wedding gown is chosen as
the new item.
Something Borrowed – Serves to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed. The borrowed item could be a lovely lace handkerchief or a piece of jewellery.
Something Blue – Is the symbol of faithfulness and loyalty, often the blue garter.
And a Sixpence in Her Shoe – This is to wish the bride wealth (any silver coin)

Why does the bride carry a bouquet of flowers?

The carrying of flowers by the bride has its roots in ancient times.  It was believed, strong smelling herbs and spices would ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck and ill health.  During Roman times, the bride and groom wore floral garlands to signify new life and hope for fertility. The bridal bouquet symbolised a woman in bloom. Victorian times brought a different meaning, as lovers would send messages to each other using different flowers, each flower having its own meaning. These associations were adopted for the bride’s bouquet and are still used today by many brides.

Today some of the most popular flowers to include in  wedding bouquets are roses, tulips,  and lily of the valley.   The significance of the flowers in the bridal bouquet and their meanings are:
Red Roses – Love
White Roses – Worthiness
Roses (other colours) – Love and Beauty
Tulips – Love
Lily of the Valley – Return of Happiness

Why does the bride throw her bouquet?

It is traditional for the bride to throw her bouquet backwards and over her shoulder towards unmarried female guests when she leaves for honeymoon.  The one who catches it is meant to be the next to be married.

Why do the guests throw confetti at the bride and groom?

The word ‘confetti’ is Italian for confectionary or sweets, which is what was formerly used and symbolised wishes for lots of sweet experiences.  In Britain, real flower petals or rice were often used until the introduction of confetti.  Rice and grain were used because of their symbolism with fertility.  Sometimes the grain was in the form of small cakes
which are the origin of our own wedding cakes. Fruit and nuts are also used in some cultures, again symbolising the
wish for fruitfulness and richness.

Why does the bride wear a garter?

Throwing the garter began in France when pieces of the bridal attire were considered lucky. The bride would throw the garter to the guests at the wedding and whoever caught it could expect good luck.  The garter is worn on the bride’s left leg, just above the knee. Often the bride chooses to wear both a garter to throw as well as a garter to keep.

Horseshoes

Horseshoes must be stored upright ‘to keep in the luck’.  Shoes at one time were thrown at the newly married couple for luck!

Cutting the Cake

It is traditional for the bride and groom to make the first cut in the cake together. The groom places his right hand over the right hand of his bride, her left hand is then placed on top, and she places the knife point at the centre of the bottom cake tier and slowly cuts the cake helped by the groom. Bridesmaids keep their slices and place them under their pillow that night in the belief that they will then dream of their own future husbands.

Why does the bride wear a wedding veil?

The origin of the wedding veil is unclear, but, it is thought that it predates the wedding dress by centuries. One explanation is that it goes back to the days when a groom would throw a blanket over the head of the woman of his choice when he captured her and carried her off!  Another explanation is that during the times of arranged marriages, the bride’s face was covered until the groom was committed to her at the ceremony, so it would be too late for him to run off if he didn’t like the look of her!!

Why does the bride stands on the left of the groom?

During the wedding ceremony, the bride stands on the left and the groom on the right. This tradition goes back to the days when a groom would kidnap his bride. If the groom had to fight off other suitors, he would hold his bride with his left hand, this allowed his right hand to be free to use his sword.

The Best Man

The best man was traditionally the best fighter you could get to fend off the father and brothers of the bride, and any other suitors while you took your bride to the church to be married if the parents were not agreeable to the marriage. The best man was generally a feared warrior or even a mercenary.

Wedding Theme Ideas

Wedding Theme Ideas

Do you want to do something different for your wedding so that you stand out from the crowd? Here you will find a range of ideas perfect to add a special theme to your wedding.

Animals:  Butterfly, Dolphin, Swan,  Doves,

Flowers: Roses, Daffodil, Daisy, Tulip, Orchid

Religious/Cultural:  Oriental, Asian, Irish, Japanese, French

Holidays:  Valentines, Christmas, New Years, Halloween, Easter

Historical: 1920’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, Big Band, Ancient Rome, Camelot, Medieval, Victorian, Renaissance, Western

Places:  Down Under, Far East, Southwest, Ski Resort, Southern, French Provencal, Island, Hollywood, New England, New York, Tuscany, Las Vegas, Wine Country

Unique:  Disney, Elvis, Wizard, Artists, Circus, Big Band, Masquerade, Sports, Swing, Summer Camp, Cocktail, Movie, Theatre

Colour:  Gold, Silver, Pink, Blue, Lavender, Orange, Yellow, Burgundy, Green, Ivory, Champagne, Brown, Red

Seasonal:  Summer, Autumn, Winter Wonderland, Garden, Spring Blossom, Mardi Gras, Seaside/Beach

Nautical:  Under The Sea, Caribbean, Cruise Ship, Hawaiian

Romantic:  Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, Fairy Tale, Hearts, Candlelight, Sleeping Beauty

Wedding Thank You Card

Wedding Thank You Card Wording

The wedding may be over but you still have a little work to do.  Here is a selection of wording perfect for use in your thank you cards.

VERSION 1

Please accept our sincere thanks for the lovely gift.
Both the thought and the gift were greatly appreciated.

VERSION 2

Your presence at our wedding has added so much love to special our day.
Your gift has brought us joy and will help us build our life together.

VERSION 3

Thank you for giving us a lasting memory of your kindness and generosity.

VERSION 4

You have truly enriched our happiness with your lovely gift.
Thank you for giving us a lasting memory of your kindness and generosity.

VERSION 5

Thank you for sharing our happiness.

VERSION 6

Thank you for being a part of our joy in such a special way.

VERSION 7

Thank you for adding to the joyful spirit of our wedding with your lovely gift.

VERSION 8

Our sincerest thanks for all your good wishes and very lovely gift.

VERSION 9

You brought joy to our day, warmth to our lives and happiness to our hearts.
Thank you for your thoughtful gift!

VERSION 10

Thank you for adding to the joyful spirit of our wedding with your presence and lovely gift.