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A Special Supplement to the Glencoe Advertiser
&GROOM 2012
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City Center
Bridal Expo p.7
‘Soul Mates’
still going strong after 52 years of marriage p.4
3 weddings in 1 year
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Thank you to all of our advertisers in the 2012 Bride & Groom supplement. Thank you to the Glencoe City Center (Sue Olson and Hannah Huttner), Pla-Mor Ballroom, Rufus & Gloria Draeger, and Deb & Ron Donnay for the interviews. Published by McLeod Publishing, Inc. 716 E. 10th Street, Glencoe, MN 55336 • 320-864-5518 Printed by House of Print 322 Benzel Ave. SW, Madelia, MN 56062 • 888-741-4467
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Marriage information
To obtain a Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate: Effective 8/1/2007 (You may make your request in person or by mail) 1. Send us the full name of the groom, the full maiden name of the bride and the date of the marriage. You must have purchased your Marriage License from McLeod County for us to be able to provide you with the Certified Copy. 2. Send $9.00 for the first copy and $9.00 for each additional copy requested for the same record. Make your check payable to McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer. 3. Send the request and the correct dollar amount to: McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer 2391 Hennepin Ave. N. Glencoe, MN 55336 To apply for a Marriage License: 1. Complete a Marriage License Application. 2. As of August 1, 2009 BOTH parties will need to be present when applying for a marriage license. If you are not able to both be present than the Marriage Application Supplemental form will need to be filled out & notarized. 3. The fee is $115.00 if no pre-marital counseling has been completed. The fee is $40.00 if 12 hours of pre-marital counseling has been completed AND we have a signed & notarized form from the person who provided the counseling. As of August 1, 2009, the form will need to have a notarized signature to be accepted. 4. If either has been divorced, we need the official date of divorce and the name of the court. 5. There is a 5-day waiting period, not including the day that you apply. (On the fifth day you may marry.) 6. The Marriage License is valid for 6 months. You must marry within that time or the license will expire. (No Birth Certificates, Driver's License, or Blood tests are required in Minnesota)
Carver County 600 East Fourth Street Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-1910 Kandiyohi County 400 Benson Ave. SW Willmar, MN 56201 320-231-6223 LeSueur County 88 South Park Ave. LeCenter, MN 56057 507-357-2251 McLeod County 2385 Hennepin Ave. N. Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-1311 Meeker County 325 North Sibley Ave. Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5345 Nicollet County 501 South Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN 56082 507-931-6800 Renville County 500 East DePue Ave. Olivia, MN 56277 320-523-3669 Sibley County 400 Court Ave. Gaylord, MN 55334 507-237-4080 Stearns County 705 Courthouse Square Room 130 St. Cloud, MN 56303 320-656-3925 Wright County 10 Second Street NW Room 160 Buffalo, MN 55313 763-682-7509 If you have questions, please contact us by email at health.issuance@ or by phone at 651-201-5970.
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Wedding Directory
found in The Glencoe Advertiser the first Sunday of the month. Where you will find vendors for:
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‘Soul mates’ still going strong after 52 years
By Lori Copler Staff Writer f it wasn’t love at first sight, it was something pretty darn close to it. Rufus Draeger had just returned from service in the U.S. Army and was sitting in the Cozy Corner at the north end of Brownton’s main street when Gloria Ribar walked in. “I saw this soldier in uniform, and it wasn’t too long before I was sitting on his lap,” said Gloria (Ribar) Draeger. “Something just clicked.” Rufus Draeger said he used to pal around with Gloria’s older brother, Gary Ribar. “I knew her (Gloria) as his sister, but I didn’t really know her,” said Rufus Draeger. It was after their chance meeting at the Cozy Corner that he did really get to know her. They started dating, and after Gloria graduated from high school, they were married on Aug. 29, 1959, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton in a simple ceremony. Rufus Draeger’s brother was his best man and Gloria’s cousin was the maid of honor. While the wedding was small, the reception and dance at the old Brownton City Hall were big hits. A guitarist and a drummer provided dance music until 4 a.m. “That guitar player’s fingers were just raw,” said Gloria Draeger. They have been inseparable ever since,
pushing the 53-year mark in their marriage. “We’re soul mates,” said Gloria Draeger simply. ***** After his stint in the U.S. Army, in which he served in Beirut, Lebanon (a trouble spot even back in the 1950s) and in Germany, Draeger returned home and started work at 3M in Hutchinson. After their marriage, the couple rented the upstairs of the former Red Owl grocery store (which more recent Brownton residents will know more familiarly as The B’s Cafe), and lived there a year before renting a home northeast of the current city offices building. “Rent was $30 a month,” Rufus Draeger recalled. “And our light bill was $7 and some odd cents.” The couple settled in the home and raised four children there — Regina (Dave Hedin), Ramona (Brian Dressel), Randy (wife Melissa) and Rhonda (Chris Tronick). In 1975, Rufus Draeger bought the home the couple now lives in, at the east end of Second Street North near Oak Grove Cemetery, from his father. The home had originally been a store, Rufus said, moved in from Main Street to the lot where it now stands. His father had hoped one of the children would take the home and the three acres
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Rufus and Gloria Draeger of Brownton consider themselves soul mates; they have been married over 52 years and renewed their vows on their golden wedding anniversary.
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whenever the kids were outside,” said Rufus Draeger. Many of those kids became like family to the Draegers. “There are some who still call us ‘Grandpa’ and ‘Grandma,’” said Gloria Draeger, and they all keep in touch with their adoptive grandparents. ***** Gloria Draeger said their marriage has hit the occasional rough patch over the years, but “we just always talk things out and move on.” In fact, the couple indicated, they have become closer over the years, and renewed their marriage vows on their 50th wedding anniversary. ***** Now they are both retired, but still busy, chasing after their nine grandkids’ various activities, volunteering and taking care of their 3-acre lawn and gardens. “I’ve always been big on volunteering,” said Rufus Draeger, who served over 23 years on the Brownton Fire Department. Both are also very active in the church, where they provide and care for the flowers (Gloria said they had to water over 70 plants during the holiday season). “I think I’ve had about every office there is,” said Rufus Draeger of his involvement in church. “Church is really important to us; we try to get to everything there we can. And we raised our four kids the same way. “I’ve always said, if you don’t have faith, you have nothing,” said Rufus Draeger. “That’s exactly right,” Gloria Draeger emphatically agreed.
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continued from page 4 of land it rests upon. After talking it over with his siblings, Rufus Draeger agreed to buy it from his dad. He spent three years remodeling the home. Rufus hired carpenters to build on a garage to the east and an addition to the west, but did the rest of the remodeling himself, working between shifts. “Especially when I was on afternoons, I’d get home at 11, sleep awhile, then get up first thing in the morning and work on the house until I had to go back to work,” said Rufus Draeger. ***** Rufus Draeger kept busy with a 31-1/2 year career at 3M; and his wife ran a day care, her career for over 38 years. Rufus Draeger said he started at 3M working rotating shifts, which then were three a day. Later, 3M switched to 12-hour shifts. The Draegers said that raising a family around shifts was not uncommon, for them or others. “Most of our day-care kids had parents who worked shifts,” said Gloria Draeger. And Rufus Draeger said he was blessed with the ability to sleep even with numerous kids afoot. “I’d come home, eat breakfast and go to bed,” said Rufus Draeger. “I would just naturally wake up around 1:30 or 2; it was never the kids who woke me up.” When he was home during the day, he would help Gloria with the day-care, minding kids when they were split between the outdoors and indoors. “There was always one of us outside
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Engagements and Weddings that run in The McLeod County Chronicle are also posted on the Chronicle’s Web site at, so if you have an out-of-town relative, let them know they can view your announcement online!
To submit an engagement or wedding online just simply go to, click on the People Page link in the left column and then click on the Submit an engagement or wedding link.
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Feed on these edible wedding favor ideas
Metro Creative Graphics favors. Butter cookies are a favorite beDo you have a shelf or cabinet that is cause they are sturdy enough to cut into filled to the brim with wedding favors, different shapes. Professionally iced, such as engraved ice cream scoopers, these cookies can be a masterpiece to becake servers, cheese spreaders or tea hold. Some couples opt for customized light candle holders? If you do, you are fortune cookies that express personalized not alone. As couples pore over guest sentiments to guests. favor options, many select trinkets or Make-your-own knick-knacks Sometimes that, while it is less exthoughtful, end pensive to give up collecting dust guests kits that in someone’s they can take home. Edible home to create gifts also can be their own edithoughtful — and ble treasures. flavorful! Options Guests may abound and look forward to can include an edible favor everything because it is a from personalmemento of the ized packets of special occasion hot chocolate and it will not beto tea bags. come a permaOther couples nent fixture in choose among their homes. mixes for There are many making cookedible favors ies or cakes. from which to Candies choose. They can It has bealso be cuscome popular tomized accordto have a selfing to the theme serve candy of the wedding. bar at many Edible wedding favors may include decorative Chocolate weddings. It is difficult to cookie baskets featuring gourmet cookies from Guests are ina favorite bakery. find an edible vited to step favor more uniup to the disversally beloved than chocolate. Rich play and serve themselves from a series and inviting, chocolate has long been of different confections. Autumn wedgiven as a symbol of love and devotion. dings could have Halloween-inspired Chocolate candies and baked goods can candies or those in fall hues. It is easy to work well for wedding favors, provided follow a color theme when you have a the favors are refrigerated to avoid meltbevy of different candies at your disposing. al. Many discount stores sell inexpensive Ideas for chocolate favors include indijars and candy dishes to house the candy. vidually packaged truffles, gourmet Designer Chinese takeout-type containbrownie bites, candy-covered chocolates ers are available from craft stores and with an inscription, chocolate covered can be the perfect way for guests to apples, chocolate coins, and other similar make that candy portable. creations. Chocolate molded designs Other edibles (much like those chocolate Easter bunFrom cupcakes to maple syrup to pernies) are another idea. sonalized bottles of barbecue sauce, couCookies ples have so many options for guest faSweet cookies also make good edible vors at their disposal.
Glencoe City Center offers style and elegance
By Karin Ramige hoosing the venue for your wedding reception is one of the biggest decisions of the wedding planning process. The Glencoe City Center offers style and elegance for all of your wedding events. Conveniently located in the center of Glencoe, the City Center offers many options that a bride and groom are looking for on their big day. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests. There also are a number of options for smaller, more intimate events. The City Center has worked with an array of food and beverage vendors. The list of recommended vendors is available
from the City Offices, also located at the City Center, or online at The facility also has all the china, flatware, glassware and linens needed for the big day available for rent. The first step of the process is to schedule a meeting with City Center Event Coordinator Hannah Huttner. She shows you around the facility and lets you know what options are available. Huttner will work with you on all of the venue specific steps of planning your wedding. For more details about planning a wedding or party at the Glencoe City Center, contact Huttner or visit
50 Gift Certificate Winners
The drawing was open to any couples who had their engagement announcement in The McLeod County Chronicle during 2011. The two winning couples were able to choose a gift certificate from any business that advertised in the 2011 Bride & Groom supplement.
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Tips for trying on wedding gowns
Many brides-to-be look forward to the day when they visit a bridal salon and are able to try on gowns for the first time. There are certain tips that can make the day go much more smoothly and potentially reduce the amount of time it may take to find the perfect gown. • Wear a supportive, well constructed strapless bra or corset in your correct size. If you will be wearing a petticoat, also have the right size available. • Go without face makeup when trying on gowns so they remain clean. • Try to wear your hair similar to the style you have in mind for your wedding. • Note that the size of the wedding gown you will wear is typically one to two sizes larger than your day-to-day clothes. Proper measurements can be matched to designers’ size charts. • It is best to limit the number of people with whom you shop to one or two trusted friends or family members. An entourage can be confusing. • It is always better to order a slightly larger gown and leave room for alterations if you are between sizes.
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Glencoe City Center to host Bridal Expo, Feb. 26
By Karin Ramige n the nearly year and a half since the first wedding in August 2010 at the renovated Henry Hill School, the Glencoe City Center has been the location of more than a dozen weddings, City Council meetings, both local and nationally known entertainment, parties of all types, Zumba classes and everything in between. So what is next for the City Center? A Bridal Expo! The Glencoe City Center will host its first Bridal Expo on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After attending a bridal show in Hutchinson last year as a vendor, City Center Marketing Manager Sue Olson,
thought, “We could do this.” Olson and new City Center Event Coordinator Hannah Huttner, are busy putting it all together. Vendors can sign-up to be a part of the event through Feb. 13. The expo will feature everything from bridal attire to home buying, “anyone who caters to the needs of the bride,” according to Olson. Bride-to-Be Consignment of Burnsville will hold a runway fashion show, featuring local models, at 1:30 p.m. There also will be florists, caterers, limo companies, and much more. The expo will not only focus on the “big day,” but for the marriage Photo by Karin Ramige as well. Sue Olson and Hannah Huttner with a table setting example at the City Center. Huttner and Olson ing demonstration, and they are working Coborn’s will be serving wedding cake; are also working on with a local pastor about a demonstration and attendees will be eligible for great other demonstration of the importance of pre-marital classes. prizes. sessions throughout Other highlights of the Bridal Expo, the Mark your calendar for Sunday, Feb. the event. Glencoe Liquor Store will be offering a 26, and come check out the Glencoe City ReMax will be Photo courtesy of Glencoe City Center wine tasting; there will be a photo booth; Center Bridal Expo! giving a home buy-
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Three weddings in a year: Don’t sweat the small stuff
By Alyssa Schauer Staff Writer lanning a wedding is often an exciting (and stressful) time for most. The amazing thing is finding “the one” to spend a lifetime with, but then there is finding the church, the hall, the photographer, the cake, the dress, choosing attendants, perfecting the guest list, creating invitation designs, and much, much more. It seems like a lot to put together within a year or so, and for Glencoe locals Ron and Deb Donnay, they never imagined all three of the their children undertaking the event of wedding planning in the same year. “My friends always told us, ‘just you wait, when your children are ready to marry, it’ll all happen at once.’ And they were right,” Deb Donnay said. The Donnays have three children, Brian, 30; Lisa, 28; and Laura, 25. “Lisa and her husband, Jason, were engaged in December of 2009; Brian and his wife, Tara, were engaged in April of 2010; and Laura and her husband, Tony, were engaged in October of 2010,” Donnay said. “Once each of the children got engaged, they wanted to get the planning done. I guess it was easy for me because the girls all knew what they wanted, and as couples, they all knew what they wanted,” Donnay said. Donnay said Lisa was married in October 2010, her son Brian was married in February 2011 and Laura was married in
Deb Donnay, with wedding photographs of her three children. June 2011. “I felt a little guilty sending out the shower invitations to family members. On top of our three weddings, Ron’s nephews got married that year, too, so there were five weddings for the Donnay side,” she said. Donnay started with the details of all three of the weddings, beginning with her first wedding. “Lisa got married in Sioux Falls, or as we call it, our ‘destination wedding,’” Donnay laughed. “Glencoe kind of took over that hotel for the weekend. It was fun having everybody there like that,” she said. “Brian was married in Sartell then, and Laura was married here in Glencoe,” she said. Donnay said the wedding planning was more fun than stressful. “I really enjoyed the planning. It was a happy time,” she said. She discussed dress shopping with the girls and finding the perfect mother’s dresses to coordinate with the weddings. “Each girl knew what they wanted for a dress, and all found exactly what they were thinking. All of them had their own
unique styles, too,” she said. When looking for mother’s dresses to wear to each of her children’s weddings, Donnay explained her expectations. “I wanted a dress that looked well with the bridal party, but I also wanted it to be comfortable,” she said. “I looked at nine dresses before finding the one, and then I realized, I’ll need two more! By wedding number three, I knew what was out there and what I wanted,” she said. Donnay continued to discuss the planning of the weddings, and said all three brides used something that she found very important: a wedding planner timeline. “The girls each had this wedding planner book that had a timeline in it giving suggestions like, when to have the hall reserved, when to have the final count to give to the caterer so they have time to prepare the food, how to word invitations, proper etiquette for blended families, etc. It was really very helpful,” she said. Donnay said the brides also were very organized for the wedding days. “All of the girls had itineraries printed out for the bridal parties and groomsmen, the parents and the grandparents, organizing hair appointments, saying when to show up for pictures, where to meet and all that,” she said. “The kids were all really conscious of the financial part of it, too. Everybody was so generous. We borrowed a lot of
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Pla-Mor Ballroom, piece of Glencoe history offers full service wedding experience
By Karin Ramige t is hard to mention you are from Glencoe, without someone saying they have been to Pla-Mor Ballroom. Originally located on Swan Lake, north of Silver Lake, then moved to the south shores of Silver Lake, Pla-Mor has a rich musical history. From Lawrence Welk’s accordion player Myron Floren to bandleader Wayne King and local pogo stick riding, multiple trumpet playing Wally Pikal, Pla-Mor has seen them all. Now at its current location on 9th Street along Highway 212 since 1956, Pla-Mor
continues to be a popular spot for weddings, anniversary parties, old time music dances and much more, says current owner Merv Gifferson. Gifferson has owned the iconic ballroom for nearly 36 years. Pla-Mor plays host to 25 to 30 weddings and many, many anniversary parties each year. Pla-Mors full-service party accommodations from an array of menu options all prepared by Gifferson and his staff, to wait staff and bartenders. The Pla-Mor Ballroom can accommodate parties of up to 1,000. “We have had
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continued from page 9 decorations from family friends and each couple set a budget,” she said. Donnay also said her sister made the ring pillows for Lisa and Laura out of their grandmother’s wedding dress. “It was very special,” she said Donnay said her husband Ron also participated in the decorations for Lisa’s wedding as he helped put together the table placements. “He was really very proud of being able to do that for her,” she said. When asked about any wedding day mishaps, Donnay smiled and said, “I melted part of Laura’s veil. I was ironing it the night before, and I just melted a little part of it. My heart was racing. I said, ‘Lisa, get down here and help me!’ We made it
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Metro Creative Graphics After the thrill of wedding festivities dies down, couples often jet off to a honeymoon retreat and begin an entirely different adventure. The honeymoon may create mixed feelings, some concerning the chance to spend time alone after months of planning and a few feelings of anxiety over spending the first night together as a married couple. For many couples, the honeymoon wedding night is the first time they are intimate together or it holds a special meaning of being intimate for the first time after being married. Such significance can put pressure on a happy and natural experience. Wedding jitters are normal, as are honeymoon and wedding night jitters. But just as wedding trends have changed through the years, so, too, have beliefs about the wedding night. Knowing about shifting trends can alleviate some of the nervousness. According to a recent survey from a bridal magazine, one in three brides plan to get into bed on the wedding night and ... sleep. After all of the hoopla of planning and enjoying the wedding, most people are exhausted. Others say they plan to stay up and relive moments of the day. Only about half of all couples think they will consummate the marriage on their wedding night. Taking the pressure off of the wedding night means that the rest of the honeymoon may be filled with opportunities to be amorous. But couples may still be filled with expectations for the perfect romantic retreat. Here are some things to think about. • Accept the fact that some wedding nights and honeymoons are not exactly what is pictured in the movies. Do not try to live up to a Hollywood-inspired ideal or you may be let down when things do not go your way. In other words, it may rain on your beachside liaison. • A wedding requires a lot of work. Many people find themselves to be physically exhausted afterward. Others find they are so wound up that they cannot relax. When the mind or body is on adrenaline overload or completely wiped out, it is not the ideal situation for romantic endeavors. • Try to make the honeymoon stand apart from other nights by packing nice lingerie or nighttime attire so that the memories will be special. There will be plenty of other times down the road when you are an old, married couple to hop between the sheets in a ratty college T-shirt. • Pack some candles and mood music, or ask the resort to handle these details for you. These items can help set the scene. • Make sure your packing list includes special toiletries and birth control methods if you are not ready to start a family so soon after being married. Metro Creative Graphics Weddings are filled with many emotions: happiness, excitement and anticipation, to name a few. With all of the positive emotions a wedding may drum up, in the mix there may be a few negative ones, including feelings of being overwhelmed at all the details that need to be completed on a deadline. One aspect of wedding planning that tends to send people into panic is wedding reception seating arrangements. The thought of having 200 friends and family members together under one roof — and then attempting to seat them next to an acceptable group of people — can cause some couples to hyperventilate. Every family has its ups and downs, and there are certain people who get along well and a few who clash. Ensuring that a wedding is memorable for all the right reasons (and not for the brawl at table 3) is why seating arrangements are so important. Many couples can use a little advice when seating guests, while others would love another person to handle the seating arrangements for them. Here are some guidelines for setting up reception seating arrangements. • Place yourselves, as well as the bridal party, at a separate table that is in a prime location in the room. Be sure to allow the spouses or dates of bridal party members at the same table so couples remain together. • Some couples choose to seat both sets of parents at one table together — the par-
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Popping the question? Simple tips so she’ll say ‘yes’
Metro Creative Graphics According to a wedding guru and partyplanning expert, “Men should propose with personality, making it echo something meaningful to your relationship with one another and do it in a place that highlights your love story.” That certainly sounds like good advice. But while women seem to have the knack for conjuring up perfect wedding-related ideas, men tend to be a bit clueless on the subject. Naturally, the first element involved with a proposal is buying an engagement ring. “This is not just any ring ... it is ‘the’ ring that she will cherish for the rest of her life, and may possibly pass down to her children in the future.” A jewelry expert offers, “There is a very good chance the bride has a platinum engagement ring in mind. It is possible that she has even offered hints about it, leaving magazine photos on the table or admiring a ring in a jewelry store window.” Platinum is a great choice for engagement rings and wedding bands because it will not change color or fade. It symbolizes a relationship that will endure. Also, platinum’s durability means that your engagement ring can become a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation. When selecting a setting, experts recommend putting some thought into a design that is classic because this will be a ring that she will cherish through the ages. “Choose a setting that truly reflects how you feel about your partner,” says one expert. “Platinum lasts forever.” Although the ring is a very important component of the entire proposal, make it memorable. “How did he propose?” is often the first question her girlfriends will ask once she has gotten engaged. Whether taking place at the beach or a page right out of a fairytale, many women dream of a memorable proposal. In a recent contest on an online magazine, a contest entrant from New York offers the following hint, “I have always dreamt of a fairy-tale proposal and what better way to drop the ball then to draw out the ring design that I have in mind, fold it up and stick it in an envelope with a love note and his name on it.” There are many other proposal ideas that can secure this special moment. Consider these tips. • Make it personal. Propose at a place that Propose with style. Nearly 60 percent of contest entrants leave little has great meaning for hints about the platinum engagement ring they want. your relationship — where you first met, or the place where you first said “I love you.” Think about the romantic places you have visited together that can serve as the perfect backdrop for a proposal. • Think back to all of those chick flicks you were persuaded into watching. Was there a proposal scene that she gushed about or another movie moment that stood out? Consider recreating that feeling in the proposal. If need be, man up and rewatch her favorite movies for ideas. • Consider spontaneity. Simply scratch “Will you marry me” in the sand while walking on the beach and hand her the ring in a seashell. • Do it the old fashioned, and tried-and-true way. Bend down on one knee with a rose and ring in hand. “Remember, the proposal and engagement does not have to be expensive to be memorable. Simply keep in mind the personality and likes of the bride-to-be and chances are she will jump to say,’yes,’”. “Almost every quality jewelry designer creates rings in platinum, some even starting at under $1,000, making it easy to find something that will work with her style and fit within almost every budget.”
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Origins of bridal customs
Metro Creative Graphics rier.” That is because bridesmaids were Chances are those who have attended a another measure to keep the bride safe wedding have witnessed some popular traagainst evil spirits. Essentially the bridesditions take place. The bride wears a veil, maids were decoys for the spirits — dressa court of wedding attendants accompaing like the bride to confuse the spirits or nies the bride and groom, and birdseed, maybe help deter them to leave the bride rice or flower petals are tossed. But have be. you ever wondered why? The wedding • Wedding rings: Wearing of wedding customs are rings dates ripe with back to antradition and cient Egypt. harken back The round to days shape of a when superring symbolstition and izes eternal myth often love. The ruled the ring is worn day. on the fourth • Throwfinger of the ing rice: left hand beToday it has cause it is become de believed this rigueur to finger has a blow bubblood vessel bles, toss that goes dibirdseed or rectly to the release heart. doves when • Wedding the bride cake: The and groom traditional leave the wedding house of cake evolved worship from Roman newly betimes when trothed. the cake was That is beoriginally cause savvy made from individuals wheat. It was found that broken over raw rice can the bride’s pose a hazhead to enard to birds sure fertility. pecking in All of the the area. guests eat a However, piece for rice throw- A wedding cake once symbolized fertility for the happy good luck. ing is an old couple. Single custom that women used dates back to the Middle Ages, when to place a piece of wedding cake under wheat or rice where thrown to symbolize their pillows in the hopes of finding their fertility for the couple. own husbands. • Bouquet: Nowadays, the bride carries • Father accompanying the bride: a beautiful bouquet of flowers. But the This tradition symbolizes that the bride’s purpose of the bouquet held different father endorses the choice in husbands and meanings in the past. Saracen brides caris presenting his daughter as a pure bride ried orange blossoms for fertility. Others to that man. carried a combination of herbs and flowers • Kissing the bride: In older times, a to ward off evil spirits with their aroma. kiss symbolized a legal bond. Therefore, Bouquets of dill were often carried, again the bride and groom kissed to seal the deal for fertility reasons, and after the ceremoon their betrothal. ny, the dill was eaten to encourage lust. There are many traditions surrounding a • Bridesmaids: There may be arguwedding that people simply accept. But ments over dresses and how many bridesunderstanding their origins can make the maids to have in a wedding party now, but ceremony more meaningful. in ancient times it was “the more the mer-
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