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Here Comes the Bride, All Dressed in…Red




Did we just say red? Sure why not? Who says the bride always has to wear white. The point is this is your wedding and you should do things your way. If you want to waltz down the aisle in a scarlet red gown, go for it. If you are not quite that daring but want to wear a pair of red high heals with your white gown or accent your gown with red, go for it. Never be afraid to make decisions about your wedding just because you think they clash with tradition. This is the most important day of your life and if you are not true to yourself you will regret your decisions to conform for the rest of your life. This article will discuss some ways a couple can deviate from tradition when planning their wedding.





Most wedding receptions take place in elegant dining halls but this is not the only option for a wedding reception. Some couples opt to select a location that is important to them instead. For example a couple who had a first date in a chain restaurant may want to remember this earlier time by holding their reception in the same location. This may mean the cuisine is not exactly fine dining but sometimes allowing the guests to share a special memory with the couple is more important than feeding them the most elegant fare.





The inclusion of a maid of honor and best man is another aspect of planning a wedding where the couple may wish to deviate from tradition. Traditionally the groom will select a best man and the bride will select a bridesmaid. However, it is not always the case that the closest friend or relative to the groom is a man and the closest friend or relative to the bride is a woman. If the groom has a close female relative or friend and the bride has a close male relative or friend they wish to honor with a special position in the wedding this is perfectly acceptable.





The choice of music the couple selects for the wedding ceremony also does not have to follow tradition. Most brides look forward to entering the wedding ceremony to the dramatic wedding march but if there is another song the couple would prefer there is no reason why they should feel as though they cannot use less traditional music. In particular if the bride to be or groom to be is a musician they may wish to showcase their own music during the ceremony and this can be a welcomed addition.





A traditional wedding has the bride preceded by a flower girl leaving flower petals as she walks down the aisle. However, just because this is tradition, the flower girl does not have to leave a trail of flower petals. There are a number of different options available that the couple may want to investigate. A trail of glitter will leave a glittering walkway for the bride as she enters. A trail of jelly beans will be extremely colorful although there is the risk that the bride will slip on one of the jelly beans. Basically the couple can have the flower girl drop anything they wish down the aisle. Even popcorn can be used to line the aisle.


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Planning Your Wedding




If you are like most women, you have been planning your wedding since you were just a little girl. As you grew up you probably went through hundreds or maybe even thousands of scenarios for your wedding. From the style of your dress to the theme of your wedding, these may have changed as you grew older and your sense of style developed. Or perhaps you have had one wedding fantasy that has stayed with you from a very young age. Regardless of whether the wedding plans taking place in your imagination have changed from day to day or year to year or whether they have remained the same, chances are this will all change when you start planning for real. From the moment the special man in your life proposes, you begin planning your wedding all over again. Only this time it is for real. This article will discuss some of the highlights for planning a wedding.





The process of planning a wedding starts with choosing a date. Once you have this set you can proceed with everything else but a great deal rests on the date. It may dictate factors such as your style of dress, the theme of the wedding, the design of your invitations and the colors you choose. Consider the date carefully. You may want to impulsively pick a date just weeks away but this won’t give you much time to plan properly. Consider selecting a date at least six months away. Work with your fiancĂ© to choose a few dates and then begin contacting banquet halls and churches to ensure you can reserve a place for the wedding ceremony and the reception on the date you choose. You may want to avoid days that coincide with other significant family events such as birthdays and anniversaries but in some cases this may be unavoidable.





Once you set a date for a wedding, it is time to make your guest list and inform everyone on the guest list of the date you have chosen. If the wedding is only a few months away, you can go ahead and send out invitations as soon as you can get them designed and printed. However, if the wedding date you have selected is more than a few months away consider sending out save the date cards approximately 6-8 months before the wedding. This lets others know when the wedding can take place so they can mark it on their calendars but does not require them to make a commitment just yet.





Creating your guest list can be a challenging part of planning your wedding. One important factor to consider is the maximum number of guests allowed in the banquet facility you have booked. Ideally you would have a general idea of the number of guests to expect before you starting looking for a facility for your reception so you can choose a suitably sized location. You will also have to consider the rate charged for each guest at the reception. This is especially important if there is a tight budget.





Once you get through the logistics of choosing a date and location and inviting guests the fun part of the planning process starts. If you are like most brides your next step will be to start dress shopping. This is actually a good idea because finding the perfect dress can take time. Also, once you find this dress it will take awhile for the dress to be made and you will then have a number of fittings to ensure the dress fits you perfectly.





After you have decided on a dress other planning considerations may become much easier. For example if you were unsure of a theme, you may feel more confident once your dress is selected. The types of flowers you choose, colors and styles for bridesmaid dresses and favors for the wedding will also become easier decisions once you have selected a dress because you will want to make decisions that will compliment the dress perfectly.


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Designing Your Wedding Cake




For most brides the dress is considered to be one of the most important decisions the bride will make during the process of planning her wedding. Most brides also agree that selecting a cake designer and designing the perfect wedding cakes it the second most important decision the bride will make. These two items are considered to be so important because they are two symbols of the wedding which are most likely to be remembered by the guests at the wedding. Wedding guests are likely to talk about the wedding for days or even weeks after the wedding and the two things they are most likely to talk about are the dress and the cake. For this reason most brides feel a great deal of pressure about choosing these items. This article will provide some advice on designing your wedding cake.





First and foremost a couple should choose an experienced and reputable cake designer to assist them in designing their wedding cake. We are all for giving others a chance to break into an industry but be honest with your self about whether or not you would really want to take a chance on a cake designer with little or no experience on the most important day of your life. By all means do your good deed by hiring an inexperienced cake designer looking to break into the business for your birthday or anniversary but go with someone who has the experience you can trust for your wedding cake. Seek out recommendations from trusted sources such as friends or family members and ask for references – and check these references carefully- from cake designers who do not come personally recommended to you.





Once you begin meeting with cake designers always ask to see samples of their previous work. This is incredibly important because you will likely notice the cake designer has a particular style. The cakes may all be different but you will likely notice there are some style elements which are common to many, or all, of the cakes she has designed. If there is anything about this you do not like it might be time to eliminate this cake designer because you will not likely be 100% satisfied with your wedding cake.





It is also very important to consider the overall attitude of the cake designer. Ideally you want to select a cake designer who listens to your expectations but is realistic about whether or not these expectations can be met. This is important because the last thing you want is a cake designer who promises you they are capable of designing an outrageous cake only to have the cake crumble during your wedding. Likewise you don’t want to deal with a cake designer who is not willing to take some risks and insists you have a traditional cake when this is not what you want.





Once you have selected a cake designer to design, bake and assemble your wedding cake you should work closely with the cake designer during the design process to ensure the cake you receive is perfect for your wedding. During the design process the cake designer should be able to provide you with sketches to give you an idea of what the cake will look like. Now is the time to speak up. If the cake is round and you want a square cake don’t be afraid to voice your opinions. If the cake uses a lot of colored icing and you want to stick to white, speak up. Most professional cake designers will not be offended and will be happy to make changes.


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Your Invitation List




One important wedding planning task which must be considered before the happy couple begins scouting potential locations for the wedding ceremony and reception is the guest list. It is very important to give the guest list some consideration before looking at ceremony and reception locations because you want to select locations that are large enough to accommodate all of your guests. Likewise you do not want to select locations that accommodate many more people than you have on your guest list especially if budget is a concern. This is because larger reception halls are going to be costly and will likely require the couple to pay for a minimum number of guests in order to reserve these larger spaces.





The process of beginning to create a guest list should naturally begin with creating a list of the closest beloved family members and friends to the couple. This is the most obvious starting point because these are the people who the couple truly wants to have with them to celebrate on the day of the wedding. Depending on the size of the family and the number of friends the couple has this list may be very long, very short or somewhere in between. Regardless of the size of this original list, it will include those whose presence will truly be appreciated at the wedding.





Next the couple will have to consider who is footing the bill for the wedding. If the couple is paying for the wedding themselves, this makes the guest list easier. When the couple pays for the wedding they are not obligated to include guests requested by either sets of parents. However, they may still wish to do so. When one of the parents or both sets of parents are contributing to the cost of the wedding, the guest list becomes trickier. This is because the parents may wish to include additional guests. These guests may include friends or colleagues of the parents. The parents may also wish to include more relatives the couple may not know well but whom the parents feel should be included on the guest list. The parents may also wish to include acquaintances who have invited the parents to the weddings of their children as a form of reciprocity.





Regardless of who is paying for the wedding the couple will have to consider inviting those who invited the couple to their own wedding. Whether or not the couple chose to attend the event, there is social pressure to include these individuals on the guest list especially if the couple sees the other couple on a regular basis or they share common friends who may mention the upcoming wedding. In this case it is a matter of politeness and not wanting to offend those who thought highly enough of the couple to include them in their own wedding day. However, when the budget is tight, it is acceptable to eliminate these people from the guest list especially if the wedding reception will be a relatively small one.





Couples also need to consider the relationships among members of the guest list. This is especially important if there are members of the guest list who will not likely be able to behave civilly at the wedding ceremony or reception. This is most often the case in families where there has been a bitter divorce or some other type of family dispute. It may also be the case among former friends who have had a falling out. These situations can be very tricky to handle and it may be necessary to leave some people off the guest list to avoid uncomfortable situations for the couple as well as other guests. In an example where the brides parents have undergone a difficult divorce and it is not feasible for them both to attend the bride would have to decide to have only one of them present or neither of them. This is a difficult and very personal decision which will have to be given careful thought before the final decision is made.


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Koi Health




One of the greatest wrong ideas about Koi is that they are a strong breed. Koi aren’t strong at all. Actually, because they have been breed to show colors that aren’t seen in ordinary carp such as white and red and a quality of body shape that is worth having in the Koi culture, they also inherently display a weak immune system and low forbearance to injuries, parasites, infections, and to great changes in their environment.





Koi are impressionable to injury, parasites, fungal infections, viral infections (also both external and internal) and bacterial infections (both internal and external). Anyone of these acts will happen at some extent in every Koi owner's fish, and it’s very significant to understand this.





There are 2 external parasites that (swarm into) Koi that are visible to the naked eye: Anchor Worm and lice and these can be easily treated and detected. There are five ordinary external parasites that are only seen through a microscope and most ordinary invade the slime skin, coat and gills of Koi: Chilodonella; Trichodina; Ichthyophthirius multifilis ; Flukes and Oodinium;. All of these parasites can be destroyed with the devoted treatment if they are perceived. Respectable retail Koi dealers will heat, quarantine and scope their succeeding fish prior to selling them, but it’s capable for some of those parasites to sliding by. This is one of the most significant reasons that everybody should contagion new fish. It is also significant for the thoughtful Koi owner to learn how to scrape and anaesthetize Koi, and then without intermediary view the slide under a microscope. Parasites would only live a short interval after being destroyed via scraping (about five minutes), and that is the reason that you might not take a sample to anyone with the skill to find various parasites. Also, the good retailers that have the ability and equipment to diagnose the problem don’t desire any live Koi brought into their residence - it is too relaxed to transfer the problems into their ease.





Injuries can occur in several ways. To attain your Koi, the fish must be transported to wholesaler from breeder, in some arguments from wholesaler to retail dealer, and then at end, home to your pond. Several injuries can occurs during this process: they habitually become damages and these damages can grow into an ulcer; many times they will move out of their holding container or pond; many times they would become frightened and dart off into a plumbing fixture or wall; bad thing of all for the person handling the fish as well as the fish itself, many times they get dropped; and at last, they could undergo injury due to chemical burns from Nitrites and Ammonias to water medications and treatments. All of these injuries can grow into ulcers. This creates an open area with easy-access for bacteria, parasites and virus to invade.





Viral infections and Bacterial are a separate matter. Because they aren’t easily identified, they are most often treated too late to save the life of the Koi. Virus and Bacteria can easily invade ulcerations and weak areas on Koi because of their aquatic environment. Water in the pond allows for easy transferring of the bacteria into the pulpy of the skin. Also, because the Koi are in water, they might not alleviate easily. There are peculiar treatments for infections that consider injections of medications and antibiotics added to the water.


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