Monday, June 24, 2013

Mother of the Groom

Responsibilities of the Mother of the Groom

The mother of the groom is often at a loss as to exactly what role she plays in the marriage of her son. This is even more true when she has not participated previously in a wedding for a daughter or other sibling. The following rules of etiquette are shared to increase the joy and fulfil the traditional responsibilities of the mother of the groom.     

Her responsibilities include:
•The first rule of etiquette to be followed upon receiving news of the impending nuptials  is to initiate contact between the families.  Introducing herself and her husband to the bride's parents is her first responsibility.  This may be as simple as making a call to the bride's mother and telling her how happy she is about the engagement or an informal invitation to dinner at their home.  If preferred, dinner at a nice restaurant is always in order.  This may be with or without the couple in attendance.
 If the parents live far away, a friendly letter is appropriate.  A snapshot of the family and maybe even one of her son as a small child is always welcomed by the bride's mother and is a kind gesture.

•The importance of providing an accurate and timely guest list can neither be over emphasized, nor the importance of sticking to the guidelines given her as to the number of guests she many invite.  Remember to include zip codes.

•It is the bride's mother who will first select a dress for her daughters wedding. A gown of  complimentary colour and similar styling is then chosen by the mother of the groom.  She must wear long if the bride's mother wears long or short if she wears short.  The colour should not match the bridesmaids, nor the brides' mother, but compliment both. 

•Reservations for out-of-town guests, invited by the groom's family, are the responsibility of the mother of the groom. It will be much more convenient if a block of rooms are reserved at a nearby hotel, which is near her home. 

•It is the responsibility of the groom's parents to host the rehearsal dinner.  This can be as simple as a salad potluck with paper plates in the backyard or as elaborate as an exotic dinner with live entertainment in the finest restaurant.  Everyone who takes a part in the ceremony is invited to the dinner.  It is proper etiquette to invite the spouse or significant other of those participating, and the parents of children in the wedding. 

•Scheduled family photographs, prior to the wedding, will dictate the groom's parents time of arrival. If photos are not scheduled to be taken before the ceremony, the arrival should be no less than one hour before the appointed time

•As the wedding begins, the groom's mother will be escorted down the aisle, to the first pew, right-hand side, by the head usher or a groomsman who is a family member.  A nice touch includes the groom escorting his mother down the aisle.  As the groom's mother is escorted to her seat, her husband will follow along behind.  However, if the parents are divorced, the father of the groom will have been seated previously, two pews behind the mother. 

•The role as mother of the groom, in the ceremony, may include lighting the family candle on the altar, along with the mother of the bride.  Family candles are lit after the candle lighters have left the altar area, and prior to the entrance of the wedding party.

•The first official duty of the mother of the groom, during the reception is to stand in the receiving line greeting guests and introducing her friends and family to the bride and her family.    Traditionally she stands between the bride and her mother.  If the fathers of the couple choose to stand in the line, she will stand between them.

•Be familiar with the responsibilities of the Maid of Honour.  You may want to have a conversation with the Maid of Honour to coordinate and avoid stepping on each other's toes.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Candy Buffett for your wedding






July 2013


Now you really can feel like a kid in a Candy store, with, the ultimate lolly lover’s virtual destination. Just launched, is a website dedicated to everything in confection. A place where you can buy all you need for a stunning candy buffet, wedding favours, children’s party, or seasonal occasions such as Halloween, Easter or Christmas. Big Lolly brings you premium quality lollies, chocolate and candies, but not premium prices.


Imagine a place where all your childhood fantasy’s come to life, a one stop destination for everything in sweets. With over 500 different lolly lines available, there is something to please every candy lover’s dreams. has all your traditional favourites, such as Strawberry Clouds, Aussie Drops, Snakes and Sours as well as exciting imported lollies from Fini in Europe, Oakleaf in Canada, Sixlets and Pearls from the US and even Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova range. There are Jawbreakers in unbelievable flavours, such as ‘red hots’ and ‘time bomb explosive sour’, delicious Super Sours, Crazy Hearts, Skulls and Bones and Stars. Over 25 flavours of gum, including Sprinkles, Black Cherry and Blue Berry, Soda Fountain, Ice Cream Sundae, Beach Ball Mix and Spooky eyes and these are just a small sample of the truly scrumptious flavours to try.


Inspire, with BigLolly’s unbelievable range of delectable mouth-watering delights, hundreds of cake decorating and baking ideas, the possibilities are endless. Shop by theme or by colour with everything you need to create breathtaking party tables, tempting candy bars, goody bags, and parties, to wow, excite and inspire.


Celebrate, with confectionery for every occasion. Love hearts and Sugared Almonds for weddings, themed and colour collection party packs can be tailored just for your celebration. There are single colour ranges in sixlets, pearls, jellybeans, lollypops and bubble gum for a truly colourful candy buffet or colour coded party. You can shop for a massive event with 10kg boxes, or for a small tea party, with a few bags of your classic favourites.


Share, the fun with delightful, tasty treats, everything from Sours and Gummies, chocolate, lollies, candies and bubble gum, the finest range of imported candies from around the world and even a Gluten Free section. Everything you could possibly want for the most elaborate event or intimate soiree. Every sweet-tooth’s desire is on and with so much choice it is hard to decide what to order.


At there is no minimum order, which can be as small as 25g bags to massive 10kg bags to cater for any event. The prices will leave you feeling sweet too. At Big Lolly you cut out the middleman and go direct to the supplier, without compromising on quality. The range is 15% to 25% cheaper than the major supermarkets private label lollies and leading Australian confectionery brands. And with free shipping to anywhere in Australia on all orders over $60, is the most cost effective way to buy confectionery for your event, party or pantry.


Make any occasions a Big Lolly occasion, with memorable sweet ideas to wow and excite.

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Remember, sweets are treats, so everything in moderation.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Our New June 2013 Edition..


From the Editor:

To inspire you in this edition, we are bringing you the latest in bridal fashion, straight from the catwalks of France, the UK and the Czech Republic.  This brings our bridal fashion inspiration up to 60+ pages of wedding dresses, alone.

Still stuck for ideas?  Why not check out Stuart Parvin’s collection, he’s been dressing the Royal Family in London for over a decade.

Still not satisfied? Acclaimed international designers featured in this edition include: Ian Stewart, Stephanie Allin, Anoushka G, Road Kill Couture (all London), Sarah Janks (Australia) and Christelle Magnain (France). 

Got your dress sorted but are stuck for ideas (and love a bit of DIY), look what’s on offer inside…?

·         New stationery ideas

·         Chair decorations

·         Floral inspiration

·         Bridesmaids-only section

·         For the groom

·         All things emerald

·         Weddings from Australia

·         Weddings from Ireland, Thailand, Peru and more

Want to get your bridal products in front of a large audience? Check us out, from a digital perspective:

Over the last 12 months we have gathered a tribe of over 10,000 Facebook fans - providing Wedding Style Guide with almost 200,000 page views per month.  That’s a total of over 2 million page views per year. No wonder Facebook is very happy with us.

On Twitter, our followers have reached over 4000 in total.

The Wedding Style Guide blog is super popular with over 2000 views each day.

Add to this our new Image Inspiration Board with over 800 views per day, our followings on the publishing site ISSUU and now our new Wedding Style Guide APP; has made this year, the most exciting yet.

So if you are seeking to get your products or services out to a wider audience, you can see we have the digital world covered. Speak with our advertising consultants today to get your product in front of our inspiration-thirsty, bridal audience.

 ‘A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.’  Lao Tzu

Join us for this journey, we are leaping and bounding ahead.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Some question that need to be answered before you marry

Bride and Groom

You may think that you and your fiancĂ© have talked about everything...but have you discussed the issues that will make your marriage work? Author Susan Piver reveals the questions you and your partner should answer before you say "I do."
Question 1: What percentage of our income are we prepared to spend to purchase and maintain our home on a monthly or annual basis?
Question 2: Who is responsible for keeping our house and yard cared for and organized? Are we different in our needs for cleanliness and organization?
Question 3: How much money do we earn together? Now? In one year? In five years? Ten? Who is responsible for which portion? Now? In one year? Five? Ten?
Question 4: What is our ultimate financial goal regarding annual income, and when do we anticipate achieving it? By what means and through what efforts?
Question 5: What are our categories of expense (rent, clothing, insurance, travel)? How much do we spend monthly, annually, in each category? How much do we want to be able to spend?

Question 7
: If one of us doesn't want to work, under what circumstances, if any, would that be okay?Question 6: How much time will each of us spend at work, and during what hours? Do we begin work early? Will we prefer to work into the evening?
Question 8: How ambitious are you? Are we comfortable with the other's level of ambition?
Question 9: Am I comfortable giving and receiving love sexually? In sex, does my partner feel my love for him or her?
Question 10: Are we satisfied with the frequency of our lovemaking? How do we cope when our desire levels are unmatched? A little? A lot? For a night? A week? A month? A year? More?
Question 11: Do we eat meals together? Which ones? Who is responsible for the food shopping? Who prepares the meals? Who cleans up afterward?
Question 12: Is each of us happy with the other's approach to health? Does one have habits or tendencies that concern the other (e.g., smoking, excessive dieting, poor diet)?
Question 13: What place does the other's family play in our family life? How often do we visit or socialize together? If we have out-of-town relatives, will we ask them to visit us for extended periods? How often?
Question 14: If we have children, what kind of relationship do we hope our parents will have with their grandchildren? How much time will they spend together?
Question 15: Will we have children? If so, when? How many? How important is having children to each of us?
Question 16: How will having a child change the way we live now? Will we want to take time off from work, or work a reduced schedule? For how long? Will we need to rethink who is responsible for housekeeping?
Question 17: Are we satisfied with the quality and quantity of friends we currently have? Would we like to be more involved socially? Are we overwhelmed socially and need to cut back on such commitments?
Question 18: What are my partner's needs for cultivating or maintaining friendships outside ourrelationship? Is it easy for me to support those needs, or do they bother me in any way?
Question 19: Do we share a religion? Do we belong to a church, synagogue, mosque or temple? More than one? If not, would our relationship benefit from such an affiliation?

Question 20: Does one of us have an individual spiritual practice? Is the practice and the time devoted to it acceptable to the other? Does each partner understand and respect the other's choices?

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