Here are a few places to begin your search for the perfect words for your special day:

From Shakespeare to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poetry can convey your thoughts and feelings eloquently.

Historical or Classical Literature

Look to the philosophers and love struck of literature for wonderful passages and quotes. Don't limit yourself just to writings about romantic love. Instead, consider writings that touch on togetherness, family, growth, and steadfastness among many other elements of living.

Children's Stories

Take a walk down memory lane and reread some of your favorite childhood stories, books and poems. They have a knack for expressing emotions in a simple, yet powerful way that might be just right for your big moment.

Religious Writings

Look to the writings of your religion for meaningful, classic messages. Your officiant can help you find appropriate passages.

Popular Culture

If it is appropriate to the setting and style of your ceremony, consider quotes from classic or popular movies or songs to convey your thoughts and feelings.

Q&A -

We've just announced our engagement. When and how should we register?

Congratulations on your engagement! You're smart to be thinking about your registry early on. Remember, it's really a way to make things easier on your friends and family.

A well-rounded registry should contain a variety of items in many price ranges and from several stores that are accessible to people both in and out of town. Here are some other tips:

Register Early

Set up your registry in time for any pre-wedding occasions such as engagement parties and showers.

Provide Options

Some guests may prefer to give more traditional items such as china, crystal, and flatware. Others may want to give things that reflect your hobbies or interests. Register for both to provide comfortable options for everyone. Plus, what could be more fun than getting both a tent and crystal wine goblets as wedding gifts?

Update Often

Don't frustrate your guests with registries that have no choices left. Be sure that you update and add additional gift choices as needed. Remember that the gift purchasing pace will pick up closer to your wedding day so increase your registry vigilance appropriately.

Q&A -

We think it would be sweet to have my niece as a flower girl in our wedding. What are some things we should consider before we decide?

Having a flower girl is optional, but it's a nice way to make a favorite little person feel a part of it all.

The flower girl, usually aged three to eight, proceeds down the aisle just before the maid of honor, scattering flower petals along the bridal path. If you'd rather, she can carry a simple bouquet or a single bloom instead of sprinkling petals.

You can help your flower girl feel comfortable with her important duties by talking with her in advance about her role. Also enlist the help of her parents to follow up regularly with reassurances and rehearsals before the big day.

At the ceremony, seat familiar faces along the aisle and toward the front so your flower girl can be calmed by smiling faces as she walks. Depending on her age, she can sit down with her parents after she finishes or stand at the alter with the bridal attendants.

Having a flower girl is a very sweet and pretty addition to your ceremony. But remember, anytime a young child is involved, expect the unexpected. Temper tantrums, tears, spilled flowers, giggles and more are all possibilities. If the unchoreographed element of a flower girl sounds like fun, go for it. If you are more interested in every moment being absolutely perfect, you may want to pass.



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