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DECEMBER ARTICLE OF THE MONTH

The Christmas Wedding
by Luca


To be merry at Christmas is one thing, but to be married at Christmas is truly romantic and magical. What could be a better time to get married and start a new life than when families come together to celebrate the festive season?

I’m sure there are many ideas that you and your partner can come up with on your own, however, here is a brief outline of some of them that may help you on your way.

VOWS:

• Your vows should come directly from the heart; however, the wording could be played with in order to create a magical feeling for you both.

• As Christmas is a religious time you could always stick with the traditional vows, maybe embellishing upon this for the sake of the Christmas season.

INVITATIONS:

• Leave a little more time before sending your invitations as people’s diaries will be very busy this time of year.

• You can highlight the Christmas theme on your invitations without making it look too much like a Christmas card, for example, simply introducing a border made of white snowflakes around your text.

WEDDING FAVOURS:

• Ice cube place card holders

• Treasure ball – filled with Christmas candy

• Holiday ornament candles

• Miniature wedding snow globes

• Personalised Christmas crackers

• Mini Christmas trees

ENTERTAINMENT:

• Ask a children’s choir to sing at the ceremony.

• Hire a wedding magician to give your wedding breakfast a little more….well you know – magical!

• Any singer or band that is willing to either provide part or a whole Christmas show.

DECORATIONS:

• This one is simple – except this time you might not want to let the kids have a go.

• Miniature Christmas trees with lots of presents underneath

• Lots of candle light

• Glitter!

THE CAKE:

• You could have a cake that looks like a stack of Christmas gifts

• Decorate with Iced holly and berries

• Incorporate the traditional colours and symbols

THE ARRIVAL:

• For a true Christmas look you could arrive on a Christmas sleigh with Santa at the reins.

• If you’d prefer to arrive by the normal means you could work a little magic with the decorations.

FLOWERS:

• Check with your florist which flowers are in season over Christmas.

• Bear in mind that flowers can be more expensive this time of year.

• Use holly, pine and sprigs of Ivy.

• Add mistletoe to accent corsages and boutonnieres.

• Place pots of poinsettia in the centre of each table, tied with a ribbon trim.

Well that’s a start anyway! Between the two of you, I’m sure you’ll find many more ways in which to make the perfect Christmas wedding.




About the Author:
Luca Salamone Website: http://www.vocalshow.co.uk - Luca is a professional trained vocalist performing for a variety of events including wedding receptions. UK Wedding Singer.

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-- Direct Answers by Wayne and Tamara

From Joan:

"My mother-in-law made my husband and my wedding process very difficult. But in the end the best thing that came out of it is we are more united and open with each other than ever.

I am a lucky girl to have my husband! We got married two summers ago and have been slowly trying to rebuild a relationship with his mom, although she often makes this difficult.

For example, our first Christmas together we chose a day to go to his parents' house before Christmas and spend time with them. This resulted in nasty emails and phone calls, including one telling my husband he had a bad heart. She was mad we would not see them Christmas Day.

When we did come, she ignored us and stayed in a nearby room. Then she said she would not open our present until December 25th.

This year we decided to invite them to our home since they have not been here in awhile, though we often see them at their home and business. We said if the time we chose on Christmas did not work, they could pick another time and any day they wanted. We asked in person and my mother-in-law said nothing.

Days later she was again angry and yelled and cried to my husband on the phone. She was upset we were not eating dinner with them, yet she did not ask us to dinner nor did she choose a different time.

I am always polite and kind to her, but I am getting exasperated. Worst of all, my husband has been hurt deeply!"


Wayne & Tamara's Answer:

"Joan, think about what you wrote. The best thing that came out of conflict with your mother-in-law is that you and your husband are even more united. Now is not the time to bring this woman deeper into your life. Now is the time to consolidate your victory.

Why are you trying to rebuild, or rather build, a relationship with her? How many times does she have to prove to you who she is?

The only chance she has to change is to have consequences for her actions, and that may mean her son and daughter-in-law are less in her life. She has a right to be who she is, and you have a right to protect your family from her.

To do that you have to give up the myth of the happy family and the Hallmark Moment. Too often people, to their detriment, seek the world of Leave It To Beaver, Ozzie And Harriet and The Cosby Show.

There is a fallacy that everything can be fixed and every relationship is worth preserving. By happenstance of his birth your husband is tied to this woman. If she were a stranger, how much would she be in your lives? That's the question to ask.

You have a family without his mother in it. Accept that. Don't think you always need to mend this fence. Her behavior is on her, not on you or your husband.

Your situation may seem unique to you, but to us it is commonplace. We often receive letters from women who tried to mollify an implacable family member, only to see their husband switch loyalties, or to see nonstop turmoil in the marriage.

Ask yourself, how often do I need to have my hand slapped, how many times do I need to be rebuked, how many times do I need to be emotionally threatened?

People claim blood is thicker than water, but actions are the true measure of a relationship. Actions are the true ties that bind.

Your mother-in-law's mean spirited actions united you and your husband and brought you closer together. Why would you want to undo that? Trying to have it all can cause people to lose it all."


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