We’re Separated And My Spouse Has Stopped Wearing His Wedding Ring. Mine Still Means Something To Me

One of the things that people who don’t want to separate with their spouse are trying to avoid are questions that they don’t know how to answer. They will often dread people asking them about the state of their marriage or whether or not they are going to get a divorce. They don’t know the answers to these questions and they don’t really want to think about them too deeply, or even to talk about them.

One symbol that puts these feelings and conflicts into sharp focus is that of wedding rings. Many people believe that you should still wear them. I am one of these people. My opinion on this is that when you are separated, you are still married. And married people wear wedding rings. I believe that there’s a reason that the couple are separated and not divorced and should therefore act accordingly.

Not everyone agrees with me though. Some people remove their ring as soon as they declare themselves separated or have moved out. They feel that wearing it isn’t being authentic and they don’t want to pretend that things are fine when they are not.

This can lead to conflict when the spouses feel very differently on this topic. Someone might explain: “I have no intentions of taking off my wedding ring but my husband has already removed his and it breaks my heart. I worry that this means that he is going to be looking for other women during our separation or that he does not consider himself truly married anymore. I have mentioned these things to him, but he says that I am over reacting. He says that he just doesn’t feel like wearing his. I don’t understand this. I could never take mine off. I sometimes find him staring at mine, as if he wishes he could ask me to take it off. I don’t want to remove it because of what it represents to me. I am still hopeful that we will one day reconcile. And I don’t want to invite people to ask me questions about why I am not wearing it. I have no idea how I would answer those questions anyway. Plus, it is no one’s business. Is there any rule about whether or not you should wear your ring when separated?”

I don’t know of any rules. Most couples just decide on this based on how they feel at the time. I understand why you are upset. You feel that your husband not wanting to wear his ring is very telling in terms of his intentions. You could be right about this, but I would not panic. People’s feelings can change over the course of a separation. And, not every one wears their ring all of the time.

To be honest, there are times when I do not wear my ring even though my husband and I have been reconciled for a while. It has nothing to do with my feelings about my marriage. I do it for practical reasons and I’m never without it for the long term. When I exercise, it gets sweaty. When I cook, food gets in it. And when I shower, it gets soap scum on it. So there are times throughout the day when I take it off. And sometimes, I forget to put it back on. This certainly does not mean that I am not committed to my husband or that I’m looking for other men. Both are so far away from the truth that it’s almost laughable.

I guess my point is that not every one who doesn’t always wear their ring has bad intentions, but you would certainly know your husband’s ring wearing habits much better than I would.

I do not know that you can force him to wear his ring. And he certainly can not force you to take yours off. I would also think that the more you make a big deal about this, the more determined he is going to be not to wear it, which is probably exactly what you do not want to happen.

Of course, every situation is different, but I suspect that the best course of action might be to express your disappointment so that it is clear how you feel and then move on and just see what happens. As I said, often people’s feelings change during the separation. He may start out wanting to distance himself from you a little, but then he may change his tune once he sees that he is lonely or once he realizes that perhaps he read the situation somewhat incorrectly.

I know that this hurts. But I think it may be a misdirection of your attention if you place all of your focus on this right now. The ring is a symbol of your marriage, but it is not your marriage itself. And that is the most important thing right now. If you repeatedly make a big issue out of this after you’ve already told him your feelings on it, then your placing the focus on a secondary problem. And you want to keep your focus on what is truly important – trying to rebuild. Yes, it’s upsetting that he isn’t wearing it. But there are probably bigger problems to address that need your attention a little more. Plus, he might be experimenting with seeing how not wearing the ring makes him feel. He may actually find that it is not the positive experience that he imagined. And he may put it back on without your needing to make a big deal about it.

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Her Most Famous Installation (Dawn’s Wedding Feast) – Louise Nevelson

American artist Louise Berliawsky Nevelson (1899-1988), better known as Louise Nevelson, was an iconic figure in the postwar art scene and invented, what came to be known as ‘Installation Art.’ Nevelson was equally recognized for her luxurious lifestyle and flamboyant personality, which was a contrast to the underlying style of her works in wood and monochromes. Starting with smaller designs, Louise graduated to room size works with “Dawn’s Wedding Feast,” which is also known as one of her two masterworks.

Louise’s “Dawn’s Wedding Feast” was created in 1959 for the high-profile exhibition ‘Sixteen Americans’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as a wood assemblage in all-white paint. It was a very prolific installation with four chapels, bride, groom, wedding cake, mirror, chest, pillow and various, stationed & hanging columns (symbolic of guests). It was this enormity, due to which, not enough buyers could be attracted for the complete structure, and Nevelson had to break it down into sixteen stand-alone sculptures. The theme of this assemblage centers on the transitions that accompany nuptial ties. It carries the essence of expectancy, bright prospects, and the promises of a marital life, through its depiction in white, a color traditionally associated with Christian matrimonial ceremony.

The use of white color here also marks ‘dawn,’ the hour of the day when this ‘feast’ is being held, another sign of a new beginning. Some sections believe that this exhibit was an allegory to her personal life, which was bound within two extremes, a failed marriage and an undeterred commitment to art. “Dawn’s Wedding Feast” was entirely made up of the discarded wood pieces of different shapes, carefully crafted to create symmetrical pieces, coated with white spray paint. This assortment is predominantly a ‘Symbolic’ work with ‘Abstract’ individual structures. Two tall columns with disc installations titled ‘Bride and Disk’ and ‘Groom and Disk,’ represent bride and groom, respectively. The large pieces had dominant central presence when compared to the rest of the structure. Of all the four chapels, “Dawn’s Wedding Chapel IV” is noteworthy on the account of its complex form and eye-catching central wheel design with four spikes. ‘Case with Five Balusters,’ a solitary piece of the “Dawn’s Wedding Feast,” is basically, a collection of geometrical pieces, with five wooden balusters, taken from the scrap of some staircase.

On the account of its unorthodox, yet superior execution, “Dawn’s Wedding Feast” earned the much deserved reputation as one of the crowning glory of ‘Modern Installation Art,’ giving high impetus to Nevelson’s artistic career.

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Quaker Wedding Customs

For those who think that modern weddings have become too much about the spectacle and not enough about the meaning of marriage, you maybe pleased to learn that it is not always the case. The Quakers, members of the Religious Society of Friends, have a very different tradition when it comes to weddings. If you have never attended a Quaker wedding, this is what you can expect…

One of the main principles of the Quaker religion is simplicity. Right off the bat, you can see why this would place them at odds with the extravaganzas that many couples find necessary to celebrate their union. The point of a marriage between two friends is the religious and spiritual, not the legal implications of becoming husband and wife. In fact, in a Quaker ceremony, there is no officiant, because it is believed that only God can marry a man and a woman (or two men or two women, for that matter; some same-sex couples have Quaker marriage ceremonies).

The first step when a Quaker couple decides to be married is that they declare their intentions to their Meeting. They will then meet with a committee that will help to determine that they are indeed ready to be married, and may also assist them with making the arrangements. This is in a way similar to the pre-nuptial counseling required of Catholics, and is certainly something that all couples could benefit from.

A Quaker marriage ceremony is very, very different than most American weddings. There is no fanfare, and in fact, the ceremony is similar to a regular Meeting of the Friends. One of the things that will seem very unfamiliar to a non-Quaker guest is the amount of silence that is part of the Meeting. The bride and groom will sit at the front of the Meeting house until they feel moved to stand and exchange their promises to one another. The length of the silent period can be as long as one hour, which is intended to be a time for quiet reflection and prayer. This is quite typical for a Quaker service, but might be very awkward for anyone used to the music, readings, and rituals that are part of most other religious ceremonies.

Following the exchange of “promises” or “declarations” (the Quakers do not call them “vows”), the bride and groom will sign the Quaker Wedding Certificate, which is one of the most important parts of the ceremony. The Wedding Certificate is usually very beautifully made, with calligraphy and elaborate illustrations. At the end of the Meeting, all of the assembled guests will sign the Certificate, and the newlyweds will hang it in their home as a reminder of the declarations that they made. In California and Pennsylvania, the Quaker Wedding Certificate has been considered to be an acceptable substitute for a state-issued marriage license, but in most places the official document is also required for the marriage to be legal.

Following the wedding, there is generally some sort of reception, sometimes with music and alcohol, but not always (most Quakers are teetotalers). It is interesting to note that although still known for their beautiful simplicity, some Quaker couples are including some elements of the standard American wedding in their marriage ceremony. Though it is not part of the Quaker tradition, some brides today are choosing to wear a white dress and wedding jewelry, and to walk down the aisle to meet her groom. In addition, some Quaker brides and grooms now exchange wedding bands, although a piece of jewelry was not part of the Quaker service in the past.

Even with the addition of some of the mainstream American wedding customs, Quaker weddings are still singular for their simplicity and their silence. It is a beautiful tradition that is intended to highlight what is truly significant about a marriage, rather than allowing the emphasis to shift to the external trappings of a wedding.

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Tips for Female Emcees of Wedding Ceremonies

A wedding ceremony is something very special for the couple. This is the celebration of the couple’s unity. This is why it is important to hire the best master of ceremony for that special day. Most of the time, the master of ceremony is a male. But there are now lots of female emcees particularly for wedding ceremonies these days. If you think that you can be a great wedding emcee, then you should follow these tips especially if you are a female emcee.

As female emcees, it is normal for you to focus your attention to the bride since you are both females. However, you should never forget about the groom. You should focus your attention to the couple and the celebration. As the emcee, you should know the details of the event. You should be able to lead the event and make it as organized as possible. You should also be informed of the program of the event so that you would know how to introduce each and every part of the event as well as the participants of the segment.

Also, you should be well prepared for the event. You can make your own plot of the event according to its proper flow. With this, you would know what to say on each and every part of the celebration. Make sure that you write down your script or lines. It is best if you can memorize the whole program but if not, it is also wise to bring along your script so that you will not forget any of your lines.

Before going to the event, make sure that you say your lines all over again. This will serve as your final practice. By doing this, you would know if there are some things that you need to change in your speech. This will also help you memorize the lines that you will be saying. Keep in mind, practice makes perfect.

You may keep the communication line open with the couple or with the events manager. This will give you an idea on what lines you have to give out during the event. You will also know what things the couple would like you to say or mention in their special day. With this, you will also know the program or flow of the event.

Dress up and make yourself look beautiful as well. It is better to dress up in a simple yet presentable manner. You do not have to over dress because you are not the center of the event. Make sure that the attention of the audience will be on the couple and not on you. Make this the night of your clients. This is their most special day and you should make it memorable for them. Being female emcees entail a big responsibility in managing the event that you are to host. So, make sure that you perform it right.

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A Wedding Invitation Business is Inexpensive and Easy to Do

If you’ve been thinking of opening a wedding invitation business, let me just say, “Do It!” It’s very easy to do and, depending on which way you decide to go with your business, the start up cost can be as little as a few hundred dollars.

There are three types of wedding invitation businesses. The first type, where you work as a manufacturer’s representative, is probably the least expensive in terms of start up costs, and also probably the easiest way to get into the business, especially if you’ve never had your own business before.

In this business model, you simply sell the manufacturer’s ready made cards, you act as their representative in your area. They provide you with samples and order forms, and there’s usually some type of training or support system in place to help you when you have questions. Although there may be some small investment required to get sample books from the manufacturers, you don’t have to invest in any stock or supplies with this method.

If you’ve never sold wedding invitations before, this is a good way to start. All the work is done for you. The invitations are already printed and packaged, the order forms are already created and the pricing is already set by the manufacturer. All you have to do is sell the invitations and you earn a commission for each sale from the manufacturer. This way, you can concentrate on learning how to run a business, and the ins and outs of selling wedding invitations, without investing any of your own money.

Another option you have is to sell Bespoke. These are invitations that you create yourself from card stock, pretty papers and embellishments like ribbons and pearls and flowers. This type of invitation business requires the largest investment of time and money, usually $1000 to $3000, but also has the largest profits because you can set your own prices. And if you’re the artistic type, you’re creations can command a very pretty penny. This business model, though, requires that you have more than a basic understanding of business because, since you’ll be making the invitations yourself, you’ll have to know how to control your costs and how much mark up to include in order to make your business run profitably.

The third type of wedding invitation business, which is the best method in my opinion, is the combined business. In this case, you sell sell pre-made blank wedding invitations and stationery, that you get from a supplier, and you finish it off on your home computer. With this method, you’re not working for a manufacturer, you’re purchasing the blank invitations from a supplier. The cards are already decorated on the outside, all you have to do is print inserts for the invitations and other assorted cards, and then put the inserts inside the invitations.

Opening a wedding invitation business that concentrates on selling the combined invitations is really the best way to go because you have very little initial investment, only the few blank cards that you want to start off carrying, and you get to set your own prices. While not quite as profitable as selling Bespoke, this method is more profitable than if you were a manufacturer’s agent.

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My Wife Stopped Wearing Her Wedding Ring! Understanding the Significance of This

Your wife stopped wearing her wedding ring. You’re not sure how long ago it happened but one day you looked at her hand and noticed something was missing. If she always wore the ring and suddenly her finger is bare, that’s got to be a shock. Obviously, your first reaction is curiosity and so you asked her about it right? Most wives in this position have one of a number of answers including, “I forgot to put it on today, my hand is swollen or I didn’t want to damage it.” You must use your inner instinct to truly understand what’s going on and of course, you have to watch her behavior as today turns into tomorrow and the week goes on. Although not wearing a wedding ring is often a simple and innocent oversight on the part of a wife, it can also be a sign of much marital dissatisfaction lurking deep in her heart.

There are a number of reasons why women stop wearing their wedding rings:

It doesn’t fit anymore. Sadly, for us women, weight gain is not subjective. It doesn’t all go to our hips or thighs as we claim. Hands do accumulate fat when a woman gains weight and that size 5 sparkler you gave her on your wedding day may not fit past her knuckle now. If your wife is a little curvier than she was the day you two married, this may be the culprit.

She’s incredibly active. Women who love to work out, be it running, biking or tending to the garden, often strip themselves of jewellery for comfort reasons. If your wife was often taking her wedding ring on and off, she may also be concerned about losing it. This is more common than most men realize and you can typically tell if this is the reason why the ring is missing from your wife’s finger. If she always puts it on when you two go out or when she’s just relaxing around the house, she cherishes that ring and its meaning.

She’s having an affair. This seems incredibly obvious and sadly it is. If you catch your wife without her ring on when she returns home at times, it may be because she’s hiding it in her pocket or handbag. This is often the first tangible sign of an affair and if you’ve had gnawing suspicions about how faithful she is, it is well worth investigating.

Her feelings have changed. A woman’s wedding ring is a sign of her devotion and commitment to her husband. It’s an outward sign of the silent vows that are made between a couple not only the day they marry but as their life together matures. If your wife feels less close to you or she feels there’s an emotional disconnect between you two, she may have removed the ring because it’s a painful reminder of happier times. If your wife seems dissatisfied with the marriage in general it’s very likely that’s why she isn’t wearing her wedding ring anymore.

If you do happen to notice that the absent ring has become a pattern, do speak to your wife about what she’s feeling in relation to the marriage. If it is something as innocent as her hands not accommodating the ring anymore you can have it resized or perhaps pick out a new one as an upcoming anniversary gift.

If her reasoning is more serious it’s important to address what she feels before the ring becomes a symbol of a marriage that failed. Take the missing ring as a sign that you need to converse more with your wife. It could very well be a life changing discussion for you both.

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Brazilian Wedding Traditions

Brazilian Weddings are rich in tradition and culture. They are often very expensive and the bride’s parents usually pay for the wedding, but that is becoming less common because of the overall cost. Brazil is a Christian nation and, therefore, holds several customs similar to other Christian regions; however, there are a few traditions that are different.

Wedding Rings

Unlike in the US, engagement rings are not that important and instead the couple exchange wedding rings. The rings are placed on the right hand and then are switched to the left hand during the wedding ceremony. It is customary for the bride and groom to write each other names on their ring. It is considered bad luck to drop the ring during the ring exchange and is told that the marriage would not last if it was to happen.

Kitchen Shower

Unlike a typical wedding shower that is done in other countries, in Brazil they throw what is called a Kitchen Shower. It used to be a small gathering of close friends of the bride so that they may catch up and give gifts that the bride will use for her kitchen. However, the gatherings have been getting bigger and not even men are able to join.

Wedding Party

A Brazilian bride may wear whatever color dress she wants, but white is a tradition. However, it is custom to wear golden shoes. It is considered bad luck for the bridesmaids to match; therefore no two people are able to wear the same color. Unlike in the US and other European countries that pick out their grooms-men months in advance, in Brazil, the groom could wait up to the last hour before picking his. The wedding party is often three couples who are very close to the bride and groom, they however do not have to be in a relationship together.

Before the Ceremony

It is a tradition that the day before the wedding the Brazilian bride and her family go to a spa to take a break. There they can get a message, as well as do their hair, hair and make-up before the big day. However, when the wedding actually is there, it is a tradition for the bride to be at least 10 minutes late, for it is considered it good luck. There are times where the groom and the rest of the guests have to wait a few hours before the bride finally shows for her big day.

Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony is done like most Christian weddings. However, some differences are that the bride has two flower girls accompanying her, one that distributes the flowers and the other one who is more like a ring bearer. Then the bride and groom will recite their vows and then switch their rings from their right hand to their left hand to symbolize the change from betrothed to marry. Most wedding ceremonies can last up to an hour, but at other times it could last even longer.

Wedding Reception

The wedding reception is a huge party that the guest and newly-wed couple drinks, dance, and give speeches. One tradition is for the couple to exchange presents to their parents. Often the bride will take off her shoes and place them in the middle of the dance floor. As the guest dance around, they will drop money into the shoes to help support the newlywed’s financial future. Instead of a wedding favor, it is custom to give a Brazilian sweet, bem casado (meaning “well married”), to their guest as they leave.

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How to Structure and Word Your Wedding Invitation

The wedding invitations are one of the most import stages of the preparations for the wedding day. They set the tone of the day and give your guests their first indication of the style and theme. They tell them when and where the wedding will be held and how formal it will be. For your guests the wedding invitations are the most important part in the lead up to your wedding. The importance of the wedding invitations or wedding stationery cannot be understated and getting the wedding stationery wording correct is crucial.

It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, confused, or even unsure about which traditions to follow when selecting the layout and wording of your wedding invitations. Traditional invitation wording and etiquette serves only as a guide or a starting point. Your wedding stationery should capture your individual characters and convey the tone in which you wish to express your wedding day. There is no right or wrong.

Typically, a wedding invitation is divided into four distinct sections, i.e. the hosts, the guests, the date, time and location of the ceremony and reception. This article examines each of the sections contained in a standard wedding invitation and offers some guidance to the reader.

1. The hosts of the wedding

The hosts of the wedding can be the bride’s parents, the bride and groom, or the parents of both the bride and groom. It was tradition that the brides parents hosted the wedding, however nowadays the majority of couples host the wedding themselves often with the assistance of both sets of parents. There are a variety of different wording options depending on who is hosting. The following suggestions are offered as guidance.

If the Bride and Groom are hosting the wedding themselves, one of the following wording options maybe considered:

The honour of your presence is request at the marriage of…

Anne Smith and John James request the honour of your presence at their marriage…

Anne Smith and John James together with their families/parents wish to invite you, to join them on the occasion of their marriage…

Together with their families/parents Anne Smith and John James request the honour of your presence on the occasion of their marriage…

In the case where the bride and groom’s parents are hosting the wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

and

Mr. and Mrs. William James

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their children…

Finally if it is the bride’s parents that are hosting the wedding then the following maybe used:

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Anne Smith to John James

It has always been the tradition that the bride’s name be mentioned first on the wedding invitation. This maybe explained by the fact that traditionally the bride’s parents paid for the wedding. It is not uncommon nowadays for the groom’s name to be mentioned first. Ultimately this is a personal choice and the decision of which name appears first resides with the bride and groom.

2. Addressing the guests – using their correct titles.

Addressing the wedding guests with their correct titles displays thought, consideration and respect. In today’s world a multitude of different titles exist which makes this task all the more difficult. The best course of action is to use common sense and be consistent, however it is not as simple as using Mr and Mrs on your wedding invitations. Some of your invitee’s may have different title’s. When addressing a husband and wife who share the same last name the norm is to use Mr and Mrs i.e. Mr and Mrs John Owens. Likewise if they don’t share the same last name, the norm is to address them as Mr John Owens and Mrs Sinead Flynn. If either of these guests is a Doctor then simply substitute Dr for Mr/Mrs. Separated or divorced couples should receive separate invitations and if they have a new partner, then the norm is to include this partners name. In the case of gay and lesbian couples the same rules apply but you should name the partners in alphabetical order. Finally, when inviting a single person who will be bringing a date it is appropriate to include “plus one” after their name.

3. Date, time and location

Traditionally on formal wedding invitations the numbers and time were spelled out e.g. “The fifteenth of April two thousand and fourteen at one thirty in the afternoon”. The design of your wedding theme will dictate whether the numbers in the date and time are spelled out or left in numeric form. With modern wedding invitations the latter is becoming the norm. The location of the wedding ceremony follows the date and can appear before the time. The reception location then follows. An example of typical date, time and location layouts could be:

St Oliver Plunket Church, Boora, Co. Offaly at 1:30 in the afternoon

Celebrations to follow at Dooley’s hotel Birr.

or

To be held at two thirty in the afternoon of Sunday the twelfth of January two thousand and fourteen at St. Finnian’s Church, Kinnitty, Co. Offaly

and afterwards at Kinnitty Castle for festive banquet and cheer

A typical wedding invitation is divided into the sections as outlined above, i.e. the hosts, the guests, date and time, and the locations of the ceremony and reception. It is also acceptable to include an RSVP contact number or email address on modern wedding invitations, or a separate RSVP card can be include as was traditional. If opting for the additional card ensure that the name of the guests and a stamp addressed envelope are included. An RSVP reply date of at least one month before the wedding should also be advised to your guests.

For your guests the wedding invitations are the most important part in the lead up to your wedding. The information they receive helps them decide on their outfits and allows them to make the necessary arrangements to attend. Many guests may have to travel a long distance and therefore it is appropriate to include directions and a list of accommodation. This is additional information which is not included on the wedding invitation but rather on a separate card included in the wedding stationery pack sent to the guests. The norm is to include a map and directions to both the venues for the ceremony and reception, and a list of accommodation including hotels and bed and breakfast providers.

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Seasonal Wedding Invitations – Wedding Stationery Ideas For Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall

Buy wedding stationery, especially, wedding invitations is a big part of planning your wedding. Some brides and grooms just go for basic wedding invitations, not really paying attention to the theme or colors. While others choose to match wedding colors, wedding themes as well as the season they are getting married in to their invitations.

If you are one of those people who want to match the wedding stationery to the time of year you are getting married in, keep on reading!

Spring Weddings

Spring weddings are popular. If you are getting married in the springtime you may want your invitations to reflect this by being cheerful and bright. If you are looking for some popular spring colors to design you invitations around you do not need to look any further than the pastels – pink, purple, yellow and green.

You can choose to use a nice pastel colored invitation and stop at that or you can continue to add other elements to make your stationery more spring like. What other elements can you add? You can highlight holidays that occur near your wedding such as St. Patrick’s Day or Easter and use clovers or Easter eggs on your invitations. Other popular designs would include spring flowers and butterflies.

Summer Weddings

The majority of weddings occur in the summer months. It is of course understandable why this is – the weather is beautiful, flowers are in bloom and summertime tends to be a lighter and happier time. If you are planning a summer wedding you can emphasize that with your wedding invitations. Beach wedding themes are especially popular because what screams summer more than the beach?

If you are creating summer invitations, beach themed or not, you may want the stationery adorned with flowers, sand, starfish, and seashells. If you are looking for a more whimsical look you can consider sand pails, sand castles and flip flops. The colors of summer invitations tend to be bright.

Fall Wedding Invitations

Autumn is a gorgeous time of the year to be married. If you are planning a wedding at this time it is a great idea to match the colors of your wedding to this glorious season. Hot colors for fall wedding invitations include deep yellows, reds and oranges. You can choose wedding invitations with these colors in mind – whether your invitation in that color itself or you just use photos and borders with those colors.

What will be on these invitations? Of course you can choose anything you want but some of the more popular fall wedding themes include pumpkins, changing leaves, trees, and in season flowers. If you do choose flowers it is a lovely idea to use those hot, bold colors of yellow, red and orange.

Winter Wedding Invitations

Where as it is certainly true that winter time weddings number in the least for all the seasons, they are still on the rise. Winter weddings can be truly beautiful with the snow and the festive colors of the season. If you are choosing wedding colors for winter weddings think of deep red, forest green and ice blue – those will work the best.

Finding things to decorate these invitations will not be a problem. We suggest snowflakes, ornaments, snow covered trees, poinsettias, mistletoe and holly. You can make your theme centered on Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day or just a winter wonderland.

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Tattooed Wedding Rings – How to Get Rid of Wedding Ring Tattoos

Most couples who had their wedding ring tattoos on their fingers often find out the hard way that love may not be as permanent as the inked symbols on their fingers. Divorce is more popular today than ever before and ironically, most divorces are even easier to have than having tattooed wedding rings removed!

So what do you do when you are picking up the pieces of a relationship which has gone sour and you still have that painful reminder on your finger?

Be thankful for the examples of popular celebs who have ridden the same boat that you are now on. If you want to completely remove the wedding ring tattoo from your finger along with all its bitter regrets and sad memories you can follow in the footsteps of stand up comic Kathy Griffin, who had her tattooed wedding rings removed after her divorce from husband of five years, Matt Moline. Unfortunately, most people often do not go for this option since laser tattoo removal is painful and it is not exactly cheap.

However, you can now apply for cosmetic surgery loans since tattoo removals are covered under cosmetic surgery procedures. The complete removal of tattooed wedding rings is often the best option, even if its not exactly affordable, since in time these tattoos may look blurry, spread out, and just plain ugly to look at.

Another way to have a wedding ring tattoo removed is dermabrasion, which is also painful although not as expensive as laser removal.

If cost is still a problem you might want to modify your tattooed wedding rings into something that doesn’t resemble its original image. Some couples engraved their partner’s names or the wedding date on their fingers. In the case of Baywatch babe Pam Anderson, it was “Tommy” for former hubby Tommy Lee. When the two split up, Anderson had the tattoo promptly changed from “Tommy” to “Mommy”. Talk about clever!

Another procedure, which is probably more invasive and drastic than mere laser removal, is excision. In this procedure the tattooed portion of your skin is cut out and the skin is resewn together and allowed to heal. This will remove the tattoo for good, but you’ll have to go under the knife to get it done. Not pretty.

A cheaper and probably the easiest alternative does not involve the removal of your tattoo at all. You can cover it with a real wedding band if you ever get married again. This will work for those who have successfully moved on from the sad memories of relationships gone by. Most people think this is actually a good option, since although some relationships end, they are still important learning points in our lives. You wouldn’t be in the place that you are now in if that relationship did not happen, and even if the relationship did not end the way you hoped it would be, you both got happy and loving memories out of it.

Some of these options may not be easy or cheap to do, and if you are really broke you’ll have that reminder on you for the rest of your life. So before you take that leap (into tattooing and marriage), think long and hard before you decide.

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