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Wedding Cake, Yes or No? - 4/10/14


     Wedding Cakes are a tradition that date back as far as the Roman Empire.
During that period the
cake was more like a bread.  The groom would eat part of a loaf of barley bread baked especially for the nuptials and break the rest over his bride's head. History tells us that breaking the bread symbolized the breaking of the bride's virginal state and the subsequent dominance of the groom over her.
     Wedding cakes take center stage in the traditional cake cutting ceremony, symbolically the first task that bride and groom perform jointly as husband and wife. This is one tradition that most of us have witnessed many times. The first piece of cake is cut by the bride with the "help" of the groom. This task originally was delegated exclusively to the bride. She cut the cake for sharing with her guests. Distributing pieces of cake to one's guests is a tradition that also dates back to the Roman Empire and continues today. Following the tradition of breaking the bread over the bride's head, guests would scramble for crumbs that fell to the ground. Presumably, the consumption of such pieces ensured fertility. However, as numbers of wedding party guests grew, so did the size of the wedding cake, making the distribution process impossible for the bride to undertake on her own. Cake cutting became more difficult with early multitier cakes, because the icing had to be hard enough to support the cake's own weight. This, of necessity, made cutting the cake a joint project. After the cake cutting ceremony, the couple proceeds to feed one other from the first slice. This provides another lovely piece of symbolism, the mutual commitment of bride and groom to provide for one another.

     In present times more and more brides are moving away from this tradition.  Some are 
serving cupcakes for their dessert with a smaller cake to cut.

  Some brides are creating stations full of sweets even matching their wedding colors.


       After watching the show 'Four Weddings' I see more and more brides opting to bring
in late evening dessert buffets during the reception.  These include do-it-yourself sundaes,
cupcakes, pies, and cookies along with chocolate galore.
       Cakes have been around for years and will probably continue on forever becoming
more and more creative as time goes on. Now there are alternatives for the bride and
groom who prefer something else.


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Masonic Temple - 4/1/14

 The Masonic Temple of Eau Claire, WI - Email-


     The Masonic Temple was built in 1927, opened in 1931, and has been the
headquarters of the Eau Claire Region Freemasons since then.  The historic building was designed by Edward G. Hancock, specifically to provide facilities for the Scottish Rite. 
This 47,000 square foot Classic Revival Style building is faced with white Indiana
limestone with most floors made of terrazzo.
      The building contains an Auditorium, Wardrobe, Grand Ballroom, Small Dining Room,
a Commercial Kitchen, Classrooms, Offices, Three Lounges, and Two Symbolic Lodge Rooms.
Located on the mezzanine level is the Children's Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin, one of
the charities sponsored by the Masons. They also provide charity to the Shriner's Children's

      The Masonic Temple opened for public weddings about 4 years ago. They rent the
building to one couple from Thursday - Monday for wedding celebrations. They seat up to
400 people in the Auditorium and the Grand Ballroom.


     This picture shows one of the backdrops available in the Auditorium. There are up to
17 backdrops to chose from.  Included for your wedding convenience are the wardrobe
room for the grooms and a brides dressing room.   After the ceremony you may have
appetizers in the Fireside Lounge.


     Then all of the guests walk down to the basement level where the Grand Ballroom
is located.  Elevators are available.  This is a lovely space for a reception and there are
four caterers available for serving food.  Currently Yankee Jacks, KP Catering, Houligans,
and Blue Moose Catering service the Masonic. 


     With the floors being made of terrazzo there is never a problem with having a dance
space available. In the small dining room, located next to the Ballroom, buffet style food
is served along cocktails at the bar.  This makes The Masonic Temple an all-in-one place
wedding venue.

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Tim & Lindsay Buda - 3/22/14

      Rev. Frank with newlyweds Lindsay & Tim Buda

     The wedding ceremony of Tim and Lindsay Buda was held on March 22, 2014 at
the Masonic Temple in Eau Claire WI. 
      The ceremony, which was held in the Auditorium, included a reading presented by Michaela
and an Irish Blessing read by Rev. Frank.
       After the ceremony appetizers were served in the nearby Lounge.  The reception
was held downstairs in The Grand Ballroom.
       Tim and Lindsay may your lives be filled with blessings.  May your dreams grow and
develop beyond your imagination. 
      Congratulations on your marriage. We wish you the best!!!

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Bridesmaids - 3/20/14

              The Bridesmaids

     This was the largest group of bridesmaids that I have worked with so far.  Yes there
were 10 of them.  So where does this tradition come from?

     Did you know that the tradition of wearing identical bridesmaid dresses dates back to Roman times? It was believed that if evil spirits attended the wedding to curse the bride and groom they would not know who was actually getting married if there were other guests dressed as the bridal couple? Roman law required that 10 wedding guests wear outfits similar to the couple getting married. This would confuse the evil spirits and bring luck to the marriage.

     Luckily that has been modified into something that allows the bride to put her own stamp of design, color, and style into the creation of her wedding.  As time rolls on some of the rules regarding bridesmaid dresses are changing and now it is allowed to have the same 
color palette but different styles for the ladies.  Some brides want to have the rainbow effect. 

    Whatever works best can be incorporated into the this part of your celebration.

Here are some of the duties expected of today's bridesmaid:

  • Offer to help with pre-wedding tasks. Try to be specific when you volunteer. For example, say, "Would you like me to help you shop for bridesmaids dresses/stuff invitations/pack for the honeymoon?" instead of just, "What can I do?"

  • Scout out bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry, and other wedding accessories. Pay for the entire ensemble. (Break in your shoes before the wedding day -- that will minimize slipping, blisters, and aching tootsies.)

  • Help to plan, cohost, and pay for the bridal shower and bachelorette party with other bridesmaids.

  • If the maid/matron of honor isn't already handling this task, keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and bridal showers (so that the bride/couple can write thank-you notes); maintain RSVP lists.

  • Attend the ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. (Keep abreast of all pre-wedding parties, and go to as many as possible.)

  • Run last-minute errands. On the day of the wedding, be on hand to confirm flower delivery times, meet and greet the ceremony ofiiciant or satisfy junk food cravings.

    See more suggestions on The Knot- Bridesmaids Duties in Detail.

         Bridesmaids add a wonderful touch to the wedding celebration allowing your friends and family  to participate in your special day.  They put up with all kinds of weather, stress, drama, and of course tons of fun. May this tradition continue forward.

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  • Designs by Lucianne - 3/13/14

    Designs by Lucianne
         Let me introduce you to Lucianne who is the talented lady behind the custom-made very popular chalk signs which range from a country flavor to elegant design.  Lucianne lives in Chippewa Falls, WI and services an area of about 60 miles around. You can rent these signs or Lucianne will custom make signs for your wedding and other occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or family reunions.



         Lucianne rents many items- doilies, mason jars, display shelves, accent chairs, easels,
    wood crates, gold, silver, and glass accessory pieces, glass or iron chandeliers, antique
    candle holders, old suitcases & trunks, vintage cameras, ink wells, folding screens, seating charts, card holders, birdcages, old books and world globes. 


            Lucianne makes custom paper letter flags to drape over items or hang.



         Lucianne started creating signs and vignettes for her niece's wedding two years ago.
    She offers set-up (includes designing the vignettes), and tear down services, plus mileage.

         Lucianne  currently showcases her items at the Pickett Fence in Chippewa Falls but
    will soon be located at The Bridal Shoppe in Eau Claire.

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    Guest Lists - 3/10/14

    Guest Lists

     It's time
    to organize your guest list.  Where do you start?
     Use a home computer database.  If you don't have a computer available then a card file can be used. Card files designed for organizing these lists are sold at stationery stores and bridal specialty shops. 
    Add a space for when the invitation was sent, when the RSVP was returned and how many people will be attending.  Numbering the back of the invitation can help keep you organized too.

    Here's a wonderful chart for deciding who to invite from the site:
     The Overwhelmed Bride
    Check it out here.     Guest List in 30 Seconds

    When do you start the list?
    As soon as you can.   
    Determine if you wish to add children; if so, add their names to your list. 
    Specify if children are not welcome to attend on your invitations.
    All children over the age of 16 should receive their own invitation.

    Some guests may attend the ceremony, reception or both.

    Once the total number of guests is settled, usually the groom's family and bride's family split the total, half and half, depending on family size and location of course. Check your lists for duplicate names. The size of your budget will be the largest factor in determining how many guests to invite.

    You should also create a list of people to whom announcements, not invitations, are sent.
    Announcements should never be sent to anyone who has received an invitation to the ceremony or reception but might still want to know about the marriage. Announcements should be addressed before the wedding and mailed the day of or the day after the ceremony.

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    Metropolis Hotel Bridal Show - 3/2/14

     Rev. Frank and I participated in the Metropolis Bridal Show this weekend and were delighted to
    meet so many couples. 

         Here are some photos before the crowds arrived.  These were taken in the Skybox Area.  The Skybox Area has windows that overlook the Waterpark


         And of course there is the food.  They had a beautiful display with pork, turkey, beef, mashed potatos, green beans, and veggie trays.  This is a great opportunity for brides and grooms to taste the food served at their wedding events.


         Along with all the fun sampling of products, there were prizes to be given away.
    Awesome Wedding Events gave away a  $100.00 Gift Certificate to 'The Metropolis
    Hotel' and we would like to congratulate our winner.

                                     'Joanne Durand and her fiancé Jade Tande'

    Congratulations to you both!!! 


    Rev. Frank and I hope we had a chance to meet you and we wish you the best in
    your planning and your upcoming wedding.

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    Something Old, Something New - 2/24/14

    Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue...

    You hear the quote and you wonder what does this mean?
    Here is a short explanation of this long held traditional saying.

    Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue ... and a silver sixpence in your shoe." It's a Victorian
    rhyme listing popular wedding traditions that were thought to bring a bride good luck -- and each piece of the rhyme has roots in its own superstition.

    For instance, something old ties the bride to her family and her past, while something new is supposed to give the new couple a happy future. The bride should borrow something from a happily married wife to bring happiness,
    health, and longevity to the newlyweds. The something blue is supposed to represent love and fidelity.

    Many times the blue comes into play with the garter worn underneath the bridal gown. You buy 2, keep one for your ceremony memory and do a garter toss with the other one. The garter toss can be quite daring as a groom sometimes takes it off with his teeth to the sounds of cheering and clapping.. Others use their hands.  

    And a silver sixpence in my shoe? Sure, it's cold hard cash, but superstition suggests fortune will smile upon a bride with some small change in her slipper.

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    Diamond Engagement Rings - 2/13/14

     The Diamond Engagement Ring History

         In honor of Valentine's Day tomorrow I thought I'd talk about diamonds today. 
    I found some fun history of how this all get started.

    A Bit of History

         Before the 1900's , a diamond engagement ring was a luxury item. A diamond company changed all that in the late 1800's.  The diamond market became flooded when big diamond mines were found in South Africa which drove the price of diamonds down.  
         In 1939, De Beers hired N.W. Ayer & Son as their ad agency to help them rebound from the slump in sales they'd had as a result of the South African mines. And a new wedding tradition was born: Diamond sales rose 55 percent between 1938 and 1941, and by 1948 America
    was introduced to the "A Diamond Is Forever" ad campaign.  I would say that was a very
    successful campaign.    

    Correct Placement of Engagement Ring

         It’s customary for brides to receive two rings. An engagement band before the wedding,
    and a wedding ring during the ceremony. Your first ring is a promise of marriage. The second solidifies the promise. Sometimes knowing which one goes where can be a bit confusing.


    Day of the Wedding

    On your wedding day, you should switch your engagement ring to the third finger on your right hand. During the ceremony, your future spouse places the wedding ring on your ring finger. The custom of the third finger on your left hand being your ring finger originated in Egypt, where people believed the vein in that finger led directly to your heart. By placing the wedding ring on that finger, the groom ensures that it is in the position closest to your heart. How romantic!

    Engagement Ring Etiquette

    Once you’re married, tradition dictates that your engagement band be moved back to the third finger on your left hand. When you do so, your wedding ring should remain closest to your heart (where your spouse placed it on your wedding day) and your engagement ring is placed next to the wedding ring.

    Some women choose to ignore ring etiquette, and instead infuse their own style on the custom. Some variations on the traditional ring placement include:

    • Continue to wear the engagement band on the right hand
    • Forego wearing the engagement band
    • Weld the rings together

    Regardless of how you choose to wear your ring, the most important thing is that it be comfortable for you and sized properly.

    Follow Tradition or Become a Trailblazer

    Years ago, it was tradition for a man to purchase an engagement ring with a diamond setting. However, times have changed. Other precious stones are also acceptable on an engagement ring.

    Another tradition is for you and your spouse to have matching wedding bands. For instance, if you have a gold wedding band, then his would be gold as well.

    Many couples are choosing to incorporate their unique style with traditional ring etiquette.
    There are no rules for most faiths on how to wear wedding rings. Whether you want to become an engagement band trailblazer or stick with tradition is up to you.

    Engagement and wedding rings are more than beautiful, sparkling pieces of jewelry. They are symbols of your love and future and should be treated with care and respect.

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    Serena O'Meara Harpist- 2/9/14

    See our interview with Serena O'Meara taken at The Florian Gardens Bridal Show on Feb. 9, 2014.

         Thank you Serena for your time.

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