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Why Are Wedding Rings Worn on the Left Hand?

For years, couples have dedicated a single “ring” finger to romance when any other digit would do. A case of left side, strong side? Not according to history.

In medieval times, getting caught scribbling with one’s left hand could earn accusations of being possessed and, during the Spanish Inquisition, lefties were more likely to be tortured or killed. In fact, the aversion touched many cultures, from the long-standing taboo in Islamic countries against eating and drinking with one’s left hand, to the expectation in ancient Japan that any wife who didn’t favor her right could be legally divorced on the spot, no questions asked. So why do we favor a finger on a cursed hand to symbolize lasting love?

Past perception wasn’t all bad. The union between marriage and the now-standard ring placement can be traced back to second-century Egyptians who falsely believed that “a certain most delicate nerve” began in the fourth left finger and stretched directly to the heart, according to the Greek scholar Appian. Centuries later, the Romans came to a similar conclusion. In place of a nerve, they were convinced that a vena amoris—or “lover’s vein”—connected this digit with the blood-pumping organ.

During the Roman engagement process, a well-off suitor who could afford a ring would slip it over his bride-to-be’s fourth finger. Thus, he’d always have a symbolic grip around her lover’s vein. The modern world may have adopted that practice from the Romans.

Still, others argue that reverence for the fourth finger begun as an early Christian ritual. While crossing themselves in an Orthodox Church, worshipers are expected to join the thumb with the index and middle fingers. Historians contend that the group represented the father, son, and Holy Ghost when placed together, while the “ring” finger signified earthly love, making it the perfect location for a spouse’s wedding ring.

Until the seventeenth century, Orthodox couples normally wore their rings on the right hand(an extremity that’s associated with strength) and most Europeans of all faiths followed suit. But during the Reformation in 1549, an English Bishop and Protestant reformer named Thomas Cranmer used wedding rings as a way to break from tradition. That year, he published The Book of Common Prayer, which instructs couples to ditch a centuries-oldpractice in favor of slipping their wedding rings over the left fourth finger. Before long, husbands and wives throughout the continent were doing so.

Source: www.mentalfloss.com

Wedding Shoes

12 Things to Remember when Buying your Wedding Shoes

When you’re choosing your dream pair of shoes to go with the dream gown, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Follow these 12 steps and you’ll be splashing out on a super pair of shoes you’ll want to wear again and again!

You have to wear your shoes

You might have fallen in love with a pair of skyscraper heels but remember you’re going to have to walk down the aisle in them, stand for photographs in them, maybe dance in them and walk around all day. Wobbling around on heels that are too high isn’t a good look and you don’t want to catch a high spiky heel in your dress either. Read more

Wedding Planning

7 Tips to Help You Savor Each Moment on Your Wedding Day

You spent a lot of time planning your wedding day. So it’s only reasonable that you want to actually enjoy it — especially in the moment. But stress and worry can take precedence over enjoying the fruits of your labor, warns Jaclyn Fisher, owner of Two Little Birds Planning, if you’re not careful to stay present.

“At the end of the day, the most important part of a wedding is the celebration of your love and beginning of your life together,” she says. “Brides need to remember that when they start to get distracted and stressed. If they don’t stay present, their wedding day will go by in a flash without the bride actually experiencing or enjoying it.”

With that in mind, here are seven expert-approved tips to help you stay in the moment.

1. Break in your shoes before the big day.

If you’re used to wearing flats, your wedding could be a real pain — and we mean that literally — making it tough to think about anything other than your aching feet. But beyond breaking in your shoes, Fisher recommends making sure you’ll feel comfortable from head-to-toe at your wedding. “It will be impossible to enjoy your first dance if you can’t stop thinking about your strapless bra that’s digging into your chest or the painful blister on the back of your foot,” she warns.

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Wedding Manicures

How To Pick Your Wedding Manicure Look, According to a Celebrity Manicurist

Wedding dress? Check. Elegant updo? Tested and approved. Makeup? Your mood board says it all. But what about your nails? Although your wedding day manicure will likely take a backseat when deciding your beauty looks, it’s definitely one that should not be overlooked. Think about all of the things that you’ll be doing with your fingers on your wedding day — throwing your bouquet, holding your partner’s hands, wearing your new wedding band — the list goes on. Your nails need to look as good as ever, but don’t sweat it if you haven’t given your polish too much thought yet. BRIDES spoke with Essie celebrity nail artist, Michelle Saunders, to find out what you should consider when deciding on a wedding nail look. Here’s what she had to say.

1. Always Get a Trial Run

Just like you would for your makeup and hair, you should definitely consider a trial run for your nail look. This will give you the opportunity to test out different colors, lengths, and shapes. Saunders suggests scheduling your first trial appointment at least two months before the big day.

2. Take Inspiration From The Season

You don’t have to match your floral theme or paint your nails mauve for fall, but the time of year and the flowers that are in season could help you find inspiration when it comes to choosing a color. “Depending on the season or color scheme, a bride could either keep it classic with a neutral and sheer or go all out with a deep crimson or opaque greige,” says Saunders. If you’re undecided, go with a tried and true shade. “It’s always safe to go with a semi-sheer pink like Essie’s ‘Ballet Slippers’ or slight-opaque creme.”

3. Consider Gel Over Regular Nail Polish

The last thing you want to do the day before your wedding is worry about ruining your manicure. If you’re up for it, consider a gel to prevent any smudges or chips from happening. What’s more, it’ll last you at least two weeks after your wedding day. “Gel is a good option especially if there is an extended honeymoon after the wedding,” says Saunders.

4. Keep It Simple With The Nail Art

Nail art is all the rage right now, but it doesn’t always translate into a timeless wedding day look. That doesn’t mean you should skip it if you’re into fun designs and a little sparkle, however. “If you are a nail art fan, keep it simple on your wedding day by using a gold or silver metallic (to mimic jewelry) as an accent. I recommend using Essie’s ‘Good as Gold’ or ‘No Place Like Chrome.'”
See More: 5 Nail Polish and Bridesmaid Dress Color Combos You (and Your Girls!) Will Love

5. Don’t Forget Your Toes

Depending on your shoes or dress length, your toes might not even make an appearance on your wedding day. You should still definitely get them painted though. As for color? Saunders believes pedicures are the best place to wear your something blue.

6. Keep An Emergency Kit With You

Should anything disastrous happen to your manicure on the day of your wedding, it would be wise to arm yourself with a handy emergency kit. In it, keep a nail file, a cuticle clipper, hand cream, and of course, the nail polish of your wedding manicure. Essie’s new Gel Couture line is a great option for brides because you can reapply the polish without having to use a UV lamp in the event you have a mani emergency.

Source: Brides.com

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Newlyweds Nail Iconic ‘Dirty Dancing’ Routine at Wedding

Talk about having the “Time of Your Life” at your wedding!

Lindsay Pergola and Richie Guarini, of New Jersey, skipped the traditional first dance at their New Year’s Eve nuptials for a surprise version of the famous “Dirty Dancing” routine, blowing away their friends and family with a smoke machine, perfectly in-sync steps and even nailing the signature Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze lift.

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Weddings

The Wedding Trends to Keep and Ditch in 2017

In the world of wedding trends, things are constantly changing, evolving and starting anew. Want to stay on the pulse of what’s new? Curious what not-to-do for next year’s weddings? We chatted with celebrity wedding planner extraordinaire David Tutera to uncover what he’d love to see change in the world of weddings, as well as his recommended trends for 2017 brides.

Ditch The After-Party

While you might be bummed to hear this at first, Tutera really believes guests should stay put, and you can bring the “after-party” to the party. “I want guests to stay in one location, and keep the energy escalating and flowing,” he explains. The wedding is the main event, so why risk losing the party vibes with a venuechange? Tutera suggests couples can, “create movement and energy in one environment with lighting, entertainment, opening up a different bar or dessert station, etc.” We love this idea — the more “wedding time” the better! Read more