Merriment Under the Mistletoe!

by Jenny Bryde 21. December 2015 01:14

With Christmas and New Year's approaching, one little tradition has caught my eye and my curiosity.  I came across some adorable pictures of couples smooching under the mistletoe, and I think it makes a great pose for lots of photo ops: engagements, wedding, holiday, etc.  

I dug into this tradition a bit a and undercovered some background on this pucker plant.  From what I gather from the article on, mistletoe has long been associated with vitality and fertility.  Also, the tradition of kissing underneigh apparently stemmed from European servants when men were encouraged to steal a kiss from any woman caught standing under the mistletoe.  Refusing the kiss was considered bad luck.  This tradition makes me laugh as I feel many men caught trying to steal a kiss today might receive a punch in the nose...unless the woman was purposefully standing waiting for him.  

In the pictures below, the couples are certainly concentual!  Happy kissing, everyone!



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Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts

by Jenny Bryde 17. March 2012 14:31

In the past, I've posted about the traditional anniversary gifts that are bestowed depending on which anniversary a couple is celebrating. I stumbled across this updated list which includes the usual suspects but also suggest some modern twists on gifts. I kinda like it! Check it out, and then below, check out my picks if I were to pick something from each of the "modern" categories...









Source: via Lindsey on Pinterest



Source: via Stephanie on Pinterest





Source: via Sarah on Pinterest






Okay, so I ran out of steam to pick presents after the first ten years.  Let's hope our marriage doesn't!  LOL

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This Weekend's Event - BINGO at the Hotel Blackhawk!

by Jenny Bryde 10. March 2012 01:54

Being a bride comes with a lot of responsibilities.  There are just a lot of things that you "have" to do.  While planning a wedding and going to the "must have" events is fun, sometimes you just need to unwind.  This weekend presents a perfect opportunity to do so!  The Friends of Vander Veer Brides' Bingo is a fundraiser being held on Sunday at the Hotel Blackhawk!  This event is amazing for many reasons - a fun game, with your friends and family, at a fabulous location, with fabulous prizes and it is a fundraiser for a worthy cause!   

New this year, The Friends is pleased to partner with The Hotel Blackhawk, the new location for the event. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Bingo begins at 2:00 p.m. Attendees will experience hors d’oeuvres and may check out prizes from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 each.  Whether you are thinking about getting married, or have your date set, you won’t want to miss this night of fun and prizes. The event is limited to 350 people, so get there as soon as you can! 

Approximately 10 rounds of bingo will be played, and the winner of each round will win a prize usable at a wedding. The event is sponsored by The Hotel Blackhawk, Burke Cleaners, and 

Check out the awesome prizes:

$500 Gift Certificate for Milan Flower Shop
$500 Gift Certificate for Tita's Linens
Tuxedos from Skeffingtons
Limousine services
Hotel stays
Grand Prize is a Photography Package!!

This is a perfect opportunity for women to bring their bridesmaids and families for an afternoon of fun, while winning fabulous prizes for their weddings. Anyone can attend. A cash bar and concessions will also be available. 

For more information, please call The Friends of Vander Veer, 563-940-8809. Funds raised through this event will support ongoing park projects and education programs at Vander Veer Botanical Park.  

Jami and I will be there possibly calling numbers!  We had a blast last year calling numbers and announcing prizes!  We hope to see you there this year!!


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Some Things Never Change - Ageless Wedding Trends

by Jenny Bryde 9. June 2011 03:33

Last Christmas my mom gave my dad one of those digital picture frames which wasn't on his list to Santa but turned out to be the best gift ever for my dad.  Since then, my father has gone through thousands of photographs that had been just piled into boxes and dusty albums for decades.  He's spent the winter and spring scanning, and scanning, and scanning, uploading pictures as they became digitized.  Some of my favorites that he's scanned so far are the pictures that were taken at my parents wedding in 1973.  They are totally entertaining for my brother and me, and they always get me thinking about traditions that have remained as classics and traditions, thank goodness, that have fizzled away.  Let's take a look, shall we?

 Here they are standing at the altar. 

What's the same?  Traditional church setting, white dress, candles.

What's changed?  Rarely do our modern day grooms don a perrywinkle blue tuxedo with ruffled cuffs.  Also, muttonchops.  :)

 This is my Grandpa Ross.

What's the same?  What a classically cut tuxedo.  He looks so sharp! 

What's different?  We don't see as many white dinner jackets with black slacks, although I'm totally in favor of them making a come back!

 Here are my parents cutitng their cake.

What's the same?  Couples still feed each other the first pieces of cake.

What's changed?  This cake was pretty much the extent of the food at my parents' wedding.  No formal dinner was expected, and folks just celebrated over a yummy slice of cake.

 Here are my parents opening some of their gifts.

What's the same?  You still have to smile all day long and pose with things like you are a Barker's Beauty.

What's different?  I thought it was interesting that they opened gifts at their reception.  I am glad that this has changed as I have present opening anxiety.  :)

And it wouldn't be fair to share my parents' wedding photos without including mention of one of their most memorable gifts: twin planters in the same of mini-outhouses with my parents' names burned into the wood.

What's the same?  Every couple that I have ever known to get married has received some sort of outlandish gift that they just can't quite fathom how it came to be. 

 Here are my parents with each side of the family.

What's the same?  Formal family portraits and cute little blue suits.

What's different?  Not much.  I love little blue suits!

 Here are my parents fleeing the church.

What's the different?  No longer should we be throwing rice as apparently exploding birds are out of style.

What's the same?  We will always love looking at genuinely happy smiles caught on camera. 


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Origins of Wedding Traditions

by Jenny Bryde 21. September 2009 00:42

Today, readers I want you to sit and make a list of events and must haves that occur on a typical wedding day.  I bet somewhere on your list are the brides bouquet, the wedding ring, the rice toss, the dollar dance, and maybe even the shoes tied to the back of the get away car...

If you ask a bride or groom why they do these things, their answer will simply be, "It's tradition."  How did those traditions come to be?  Where did they start?

The Boss here at QCWeddings, Dave Smith, alerted us to one tradition that really started this post rolling.  He alerted us to the fact that the reason most weddings happen in June is because people long ago took their yearly baths in May, so by June they didn't smell too bad yet.  Since they were starting to smell a little bit, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the odor.  What a beautiful tradition!  



Here are some other wedding folklore tidbits that I found on  

When a Groom used to steal his Bride from her tribe, he was forced to carry her kicking and screaming. This act of thievery has evolved into a more romantic gesture,  welcoming the Bride into her new home.

Ancient Romans used to transfer to the Groom his authority over his Bride when her Father gave the Groom her shoes. In later years, guests threw their own shoes at the newlyweds to signify this transfer of authority. Today, this tradition is kept alive by simply tying old shoes to the back of the newlywed's vehicle before they leave their wedding reception celebration.

By believing that newlyweds brought good luck, guests used to shower them with nuts and grains to insure a bountiful harvest, and many children to work the land. During years of a poor harvest, rice was tossed instead. This tradition continues today with rice or birdseed (where permitted), or bubbles to wish the Bride and Groom much happiness. Incidentally, it is not true that birds eating rice thrown after a wedding ceremony will cause their stomachs to enlarge and eventually explode. This myth may have simply evolved from church and synagogue employees weary from cleaning up after every wedding ceremony!

According to some historians, the first recorded marriage rings date back to the days when early man tied plaited circlets around the Bride's wrists and ankles to keep her spirit from running away. Approximately 3,000 BC, Egyptians originated the phrase "without beginning, without end" in describing the significance of the wedding ring. These rings were made of woven hemp which constantly wore out and needed replacement. Although Romans originally used iron, gold is now used as a symbol of all that is pure. Diamonds were first used by Italians, who believed that it was created from the flames of love. In some European cultures, the wedding ring is worn on the right hand. In other cultures, an engagement ring is worn on the left hand, and the wedding ring is worn on the right hand.

The white wedding dress was made popular in the 1840's by Queen Victoria, who chose this instead of the traditional royal "silver" wedding dress. Prior to this, Brides simply wore their best dress on their wedding day.

At some African-American wedding ceremonies, newlyweds "jump over a broom" to symbolize the beginning of a new life. The ritual was created during slavery, when African-Americans could not legally marry. Some people trace this wedding tradition to an African tribal marriage ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple's new home. Today, the jumping of the broom is a symbol of sweeping away of the old, and welcoming the new.

During the German wedding ceremony, the Groom may kneel on the hem of the Bride's dress to symbolize his control over her. Not to be outdone, the Bride may step on the Groom's foot when she rises to symbolize her power over him!

What other tradition origins have you uncovered?  Let us know!  :)


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