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Flowers add color and fragrance to any occasion. Throughout history of human kind, flowers have been associated with love, purity, freshness and other emotions. Flowers are used in birth ceremonies, romance, marriages, death etc. The flowers of different colours symbolize different emotions. Red roses are symbols of love beauty and passion. Red poppies are worn to commemorate deaths of soldiers. Lilies are used in burials for symbolizing resurrection after death. Daisies represent innocence.
The usage of flowers in weddings date back to the ancient ages. Flowers and herbs adorned the veils of brides in Rome. Ivies were used in Greek weddings to symbolize eternal love. The Saracens used orange blossoms as wedding flowers. Wedding flowers enhance the ambience of the wedding, and are the right carriers to convey the emotions of the ceremony.
Types of Flowers. The usual flowers used for wedding are lilies, roses, orchids, and other flowers.
• Roses include, Jacaranda, Bridal Pink, Delores, Candia, Sterling Silver, Sonia, Lady Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy etc.
• Lilies include, Lily Of The Valley, Zephyr Lily, Rubrium Day Lilies, Calla etc.
• Orchids include Japhet, Phalenopsis, Spray Orchids, Dendrobium, Cymbidium, Catlaya etc
• Other flowers that are used in weddings are Violets, Amaryllis, Daffodils, Asters, Anemones, Chrysanthemums, Daisies, Forget Me Not, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Lilac and Iris etc.
Budgeting for Wedding flowers. Budgeting is very important for obtaining flowers economically. The best way to reduce the cost is to opt for in season flowers. The flowers out of season will be costly. It is prudent to contact a florist well in advance, since flowers ordered in haste will neither be to taste and will nor be economical.
Florists. Weddings are hectic and demanding as many decisions like, venue, ceremonial style, guests, food and other arrangements are to be taken into account. So it is better to leave the arrangements of flowers to florists. A photograph of wedding gown and a sample cloth piece of wedding gown should be shown to the florist for him to decide the best flowers to suit the dress.
Floral Arrangements. Floral arrangements are required for bridal bouquet, headdress, wedding table, wedding cake etc. Florists usually do floral arrangements. Some headdresses contain flowers so care must be taken that the bridal bouquet and the headdress match.
Wedding flowers Color And Shape. Traditionally the color of flowers is white, as white symbolises purity and virginity. However sometimes the colors of wedding flowers are changed to match the wedding gown and the general scheme of wedding. Various shapes of bouquets are available like round posy, cascade, waterfall etc. The shape of bouquet should be chosen considering the height, skin tone, shape etc of the bride.
Silk flowers. Scented silk flowers are also being used nowadays as they have longevity and can be kept as a memory of the wedding day. There is no fear of the flowers wilting of the flowers due to heat during the wedding. However they do not feel like real flowers.
Wedding flowers add color and aroma to a wedding. Wedding flowers increase the attractiveness of the bride to a higher level. Hence the choice of wedding flowers should be done with thought and care
Improving Your Photography Skills To Get The Pictures You Want!!
Taking a step into the wondrous and creative land of photography for the very first time might feel a tad bit intimidating, but by keeping the helpful tips listed below in mind, you will soon find yourself taking photos on par with some of the best photographers in the field.
You can do a lot to change the quality of your pictures by adjusting the focus of the shot. What is your primary subject? This doesn’t always have to be in the center of the photo. Having your subject in the lower right hand or left hand corner, for example, can increase dramatic aspects of your picture.
Toy around with taking pictures in nature. Take pictures of the landscape, sunset, landmarks, animals, and much more. Take interesting shots and see what photo gems you come up with. Nature provides many wonderful and beautiful scenes. Try going on a nature walk with your camera a few times, and take shots to make a portfolio out of.
Do not trust the appearance of the photo on your camera’s LCD screen. Any picture that you take and look at on a two or three inch screen is going to look sharp. If you are taking a shot that you do not want to take the chance of messing up, zoom in and look closely at every pixel to make sure that it is as you want it to be.
Get closer when you are taking photos. Especially when you are taking a series of shots, from which you will chose the best, get in there. The better your scene fills the frame, the better the overall picture will be. Take several shots, so you can get the nicest shot possible.
Try limiting yourself to help expand your creativity. Lock your self in a room with a challenge to take 100 unique photos. Or stand in one spot and take 100 photos. These are great ways to help teach yourself to think outside the box. And who knows, you may take a masterpiece photo.
When taking a photo, try to use any kind of lighting other than your camera’s flash. The flash creates unnatural photos and dark spots in a picture. If you absolutely need to use the flash, tape a small piece of white paper over the flash. This will diffuse the light, making for softer, more natural lighting in the photos.
Pay careful attention to backgrounds when composing your photographs. Jumbled, messy rooms can ruin an image and prevent your subject from standing out. Also, even the smallest item within range of the snapshot can be a distraction, taking away from the central focus. Always make a quick scan of the room or landscape, then remove items that will detract from an otherwise perfect shot.
Simple settings are the best for general photography. Do not complicate your photo taking opportunities by constantly fiddling with your camera. Many cameras have great general settings that will work fine in most normal situations. Changing settings too often can muddle things, and cause you to get unexpected bad results.
Following these tips should help to ease your mind when it comes to photography. You can be confident in your knowledge now, and you should feel inspired to go out there and take some amazing photos.
When Cheryl Angelelli broke her neck in a swimming accident at the tender age of 14, she never imagined she would, years later, elegantly dance across the parquet in a ballroom dance studio, yearning to compete. That’s exactly what the Clinton Township resident is now doing, thanks to a special dance instructor named Sergio Sanchez at Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
In fact, Angelelli is not only preparing herself to perform as a wheelchair dancer; she is spearheading a movement in Michigan, creating opportunities for other individuals in wheelchairs to learn to ballroom dance. Angelelli applied for and received a grant from the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Foundation to subsidize a wheelchair dance workshop at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for a maximum of 15 individuals in wheelchairs. (Partners are not necessary.)
The workshop will be hands-on and experiential, says Evan Mountain, FADS owner with his wife Lada. From there, the grant will enable other wheelchair dance group lessons, he says, as group lessons provide an affordable way to learn to dance.
Group lessons were the foremost way dancers in wheelchairs gained new skills on the parquet in Ecuador, says Sanchez, who is new to FADS and to America. The Quito, Ecuador native has been dancing since he was 14 and has traveled the world competing, performing and teaching ballroom dance.
In Ecuador, he was a devoted part of the growth of the ballroom dance industry, including creating a dance federation, and he wrote his master’s thesis on wheelchair dance, creating a new perception toward the development of activities for people with disabilities.
Wheelchair dancing is big sport in other countries, but is slow to catch on here in America. The sport was pioneered in Sweden in 1968 and grew in popularity; the first competition took place in Sweden in 1975, according to the International Paralympic Committee, which is based in Germany. The first international competition took place in 1977. Wheelchair dance became a Paralympic sport in 1998. The IPC Wheelchair Dance World Championships are held every two years.
It’s an elegant sport, which can include one physically disabled partner or two. Wheelchair dance is practiced in 29 countries; participants use special wheelchairs with slanted wheels to allow for more agile mobility.
It’s not about swinging the wheelchair around the dance floor, Sanchez says. It’s an integrated partnership between him and Angelelli, involving trust, choreography and a lot of core strength.
Angelelli is one of those superstars who doesn’t see limitation. She has built a solid career in media, both as a broadcast journalist and as a public relations professional, all while training to compete as a swimmer in the Paralympics, where she won bronze and silver medals and is a seven-time world champion. She still holds 15 American records and two world records.
“I miss dancing more than I miss walking,” says Angelelli, who danced throughout her childhood until swimming consumed her athletic attention.
In 2013, she retired from Paralympic swimming after 15 years in the sport. “When I retired from competitive swimming, it left this huge void in my life. Nothing gave me the same excitement or adrenaline rush swimming did until I started wheelchair ballroom dancing.”
Angelelli began dancing with Sanchez in October 2014.
“I know how much joy dancing has brought me, and I want to share it with other people and help them experience the freedom of movement.”
Now, when she goes out with friends or attends a wedding, Angelelli doesn’t have to sit on the sidelines and watch others dance. “Now, I feel comfortable to go out and do it,” she says.
“If Cheryl can dance, there’s no reason someone who can use their feet can’t dance,” says Mountain. “Ballroom dance truly is possible and accessible for everyone who wants to give it a try. It’s so empowering, confidence-building and of course, fun.”
ABOUT FRED ASTAIRE DANCE STUDIO
Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills is the largest ballroom dance studio in the state of Michigan. Opened in 2005 by Evan and Lada Mountain, the studio is part of a nationwide franchise that requires daily training for its teachers, who are dedicated to teaching dance full-time.
The studio’s mission is to enrich lives by building confidence, connection and community through ballroom dance. Private lessons, group lessons and dance parties are open to the public, featuring students ranging in age from teens to retirees and seniors.
The ceremony of marriage is normally governed by the religious formularies of the church to which the bride may belong, which chooses the clergyman for its performance.
The bride has usually two bridesmaids, and the groom the same number of groomsmen. This number is not set in stone, and it may be increased. The proper Victorian marriage is customarily performed at 12 o’clock in the day, at the church, which is first entered by the bride resting on the arm of her father, uncle, or the person is to “give her away.” Next comes the groom, with the mother or closest female relative. The groomsmen and bridesmaids, arm in arm follow them. The immediate relatives complete the procession to the altar, where the bride and groom take their places in advance, with the parents closely behind, and the rest gathered in a group about them.
The groom is responsible for providing the wedding ring, and have it in readiness at the proper moment when called upon to place it on the brides ring finger. The ring is placed on the third finger from, but not counting the thumb of the left hand.
After the wedding ceremony is complete, the question sometimes arises whether the bride is to be kissed by the groom. Traditionally, the kiss is considered improper behavior, but it is, of course, common practice today. Finally, all their friends and family in the church congratulate the bride and groom. Elderly relatives may kiss the bride in congratulation. Queen Victoria herself was kissed by the Duke of Sussex, but not by Prince Albert.
The married couple then return to the bride’s house together, taking precedence of all, and, on arrival, assume a standing position at one end of the reception-room and await the coming of the invited guests, who, as they enter, are conducted by the groomsmen to offer their congratulations. The usual breakfast or lunch closes the ceremony.
Steeped in antiquity yet bursting with all that’s fashionably modern, Italy is the birthplace of La Dolce Vita – the sweet life that celebrates beauty and happiness.
Winters are long and cold in the northern alps; the summers can be rainy with frequent storms. The far south is warm but often lashed by the sirocco – the hot and humid African wind that brings weeks of stifling heat to the areas south of Rome. Pleasant temperatures make spring and autumn the best times to visit Italy.
Accommodation:from cheap stays to luxury resorts
Check on the internet for the range, location and cost of hotels in Italy
Milan:cutting edge design and fine shopping
Milan’s drab facade belies the fact that it’s the innovation capital of Europe.
transport: getting there and getting around
Malpensa airport, located about 31 miles northwest of Milan, handles most international flights. For domestic and some European flights, Linate airport is used. Stazione Central, which as the name suggests is in the city centre offers an extensive rail network.
Milan has an efficient public transport system is efficient. It includes four underground lines, buses and trams.
Other than the odd heat wave, the climate in Milan is mostly temperate.
accommodation:from cheap stays to luxury resorts
Check on the internet for the range, location and cost of Milan hotels
events:what’s on and what’s hot
For all its consumer-driven culture, Milan celebrates the spiritual as well as the worldly.
*The first ten days of June celebrate the Festa del Naviglio, a potpourri of parades, music and various performances.
*The Milan Jazz Festival gets the city swinging in November.
*The Festa di Sant’Ambrogio, on 7 December is celebrated with services, offerings and fairs around the Fiera di Milano. This is also the day that Milan’s renowned opera house La Scala opens its season.
Rome:the eternal city
Drenched in history and weighted with monuments famous the world over – the Vatican and the Colosseum, Rome stands as the epitome of history and culture.
transport:getting there and getting away
Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) airport is 16 miles southwest of the city with the Stazione Termini direct train running hourly into the city. The main bus station is located outside the Stazione Termini. The Rome Metro service has two lines, both of which go through Termini. It runs from 5:30 a.m to 11.30 p.m. and 0:30 on Saturdays.
The climate is mild with sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. However July and August can be oppressively hot, November is often rainy, and December to February can be chill.
accommodation:from cheap stays to luxury resorts
Check on the internet for the range, location and cost of Rome hotels
Events: what’s on and what’s hot
*Holy Week (Easter) is time when Catholics from all over the world arrive on pilgrimages to visit the city’s churches and to hear the Pope at the Vatican. On Good Friday a procession of the Cross goes from the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.
The Estate Romana (Roman Summer), is at the heart of Roman social life from June to September. It’s a time when the city reverberates to free concerts, street theatre and outdoor cinema.
In September museums, galleries and shops stay open all night from 20:00-08:00 on the occasion called Notte Bianca (white night). It’s also a time of free concerts and other happenings all over the city.
Igloo.com, a leading broker of premium domain names and websites, has been engaged to broker the sale of one of the world’s most valuable domain names, France.com. This top ranking domain name is highly searchable, easy to remember and provides an exciting opportunity for a savvy investor or existing business to continue to grow an already thriving business either within the travel industry or well beyond.
On the travel front, The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development states that, “France is the world’s top tourist destination, with 83 million foreign tourists. So it remains the global leader, with the dynamic tourism sector boasting a surplus and rapidly transforming under the combined effect of a new, emerging clientele and a broader range of things on offer to international tourists.” Additionally, it was announced this year that France will kick off UEFA EURO 2016 (one of the most prestigious soccer tournaments in the world) at the Stade de France, the venue which will also host the final, creating added opportunity and potential for the France.com domain name.
According to the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC), tourism will reach a global value of US $ 10.8 trillion by 2018. Keeping in mind that the fast-growing online travel sector already represents 38% of the overall travel market, geo-specific domains like France.com will only appreciate in value affording built-in asset protection on the buyer’s upfront investment. According to the WTTC, Travel & Tourism is growing faster than any other sector, already accounting for 9.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and 266 million jobs. Over the next 10 years Travel & Tourism’s global impact on GDP is set to rise by 4% each year. Aside from travel, France elicits feelings of romanticism, represents high fashion and is world-renowned for it’s fine food, wine and cheeses.
While events like The Cannes Film Festival and The Tour de France draw millions and destinations like Paris, The French Riviera and Provence make France synonymous with travel. A company in the beverage or fashion industry or almost any luxury market could truly capitalize on this globally recognized name as their next brand! It is interesting to note that France actually surpassed both Spain and Italy to reclaim the title of biggest wine producer last year and a wine can only be labeled as “champagne” if it is made in the Champagne region of France.
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A Gift To Be Remembered: Child Personalized Stationary
Benefits of Child Personalized Stationary
One of the best gifts you can give to a child that is just learning to write is child personalized stationary. Children love to be told that they’re special and personalized stationary is a concrete way to express that sentiment. Seeing their own name printed on child personalized stationary will fill a child with delight and wonder at the magic that you used to make it happen. Custom printed stationary will stand out as a thoughtful gift, and will also encourage your child to practice writing, enabling them to make rapid progress. Reading and writing are fundamental skills, and anything that stimulates a child to practice writing is a helpful tool for their success in education. Older children can also benefit from child personalized stationary by inciting them to learn the art of correspondence. In today’s society of internet slang and abbreviated online conversation, standard letter writing is a skill that is often overlooked.
Child Personalized Stationary Designs
Child personalized stationary is available in many designs, colors and formats. From pictured note cards, to parchment style paper and standard lined notebook stationary, custom designs can be found to fit any child’s interests or preferences. Many child personalized stationary products are available in designs featuring dinosaurs, dolls, trucks, toys, and other favorite icons of childhood. Whether the child you’re buying the stationary is crazy about horses or wants to be an astronaut, there is a child personalized stationary gift design available that will further customize your gift. Many sets come with envelops in a coordinating design, and some also include stickers to enhance your child’s correspondence and add to their enjoyment.
Using Child Personalized Stationary
A great way to implement your child’s use of child personalized stationary is to have them write thank you notes following a birthday or holiday party. Teaching your child the thoughtfulness of personalized thank you notes will help them to develop good etiquette. Another great way to encourage the use of child personalized stationary (particularly with older children) is to get them into a pen pal program. Having a pen pal from across the country, or across the globe, can be a learning experience as well as providing a chance for your child to find a new friend. Most children are proud to use their personalized stationary as a means of expressing themselves.
Other Personalized Gifts for Children
Beyond child personalized stationary, there are many customizable gift options for children. From silk screen t-shirts, to door signs, placemats and personalized jigsaw puzzles and block sets, there are many gifts available to show your child how special they are to you. With so many interchangeable toys on the market today, giving a customized gift is a way to really connect with your child. The next time a birthday or holiday rolls around, consider personalized gifts for you child. There’s nothing that can compare to the smile on a child’s face when they receive a much loved gift.
Having a wedding that is perfect is important to alot of people. Since most people only get married once, it is important to have a beautiful experience. Using the tips provided in this article and you will be able to make sure that you have the perfect wedding of your dreams.
Do not settle for the first wedding location you find–shop around. A wedding is a once in a lifetime experience that you want to make sure is perfect. Picking the wrong venue could be the difference between having the wedding of your dreams or having the wedding of your nightmares.
Many of the guests who come to your wedding will have to go out of their way to fit the event into their schedule, or have to make costly travel arrangements. To show your appreciation, you should plan to send all of your guests personalized thank you notes. This is a great way to show how much it meant to you that they came to the wedding.
When planning your wedding, keep in mind the weather. You want your guests to be comfortable in your wedding, and it would be bad to having them overly hot or cold. If your wedding is when it is hot outside, consider giving out hand fans and cold bottles of water. If you are planning your wedding in colder weather, let your guests know that they should dress appropriately.
If your arms are bare because of a strapless wedding gown, keep them away from your body for the pictures. Bare arms that are held tight against your body will cause them to look heavier. In contrast, if you hold your arms slightly away from your body, it will have a slimming effect. The result of using this simple technique is beautiful photographs on your special day.
You are going to be having photos taken of you while you are getting ready for your wedding. Be sure to wear something that is pretty and is going to look nice in the photos. These pictures are going to be put in an album that you can reminisce through for the rest of your life.
If you choose to take care of your own food serving at your wedding, try going to wholesale stores, such as Costco. When shopping wholesale, you can get large amounts of food for cheaper than you could if you did not wholesale shop. Consider asking your friends to help with the costs of food.
Consider a buffet-style dinner rather than one served individually for the meal at your wedding reception. A buffet not only allows more choices, but is usually the more affordable option.
Shop around! Make sure you call plenty of florists when you are pricing flowers for your big day. Wedding flowers can be one of the costliest parts of your planning process. You may want to look into creating your own arrangements and buying your flowers from a wholesale outlet. There are many flower arranging tips online that can help.
Having a wedding should be a beautiful and perfect experience. Since most people only get one chance at a wedding, it is important that it is a perfect experience. By using the tips provided in this article, you can be sure you have the perfect wedding that you have always dreamed of.
Why is it that so many people believe that they don’t have time or take the initiative to be romantic? Maybe most people don’t believe that they are creative enough to be romantic. Everyone is creative! The definition of being creative is having the ability or power to create. The word create offers a much broader definition than most people accept when it comes to the process of being able to come up with something original or simply well thought out.
Gifts that are considered to be traditionally romantic like candy and flowers are wonderful, but sometimes you need something that goes one step further. If your spouse enjoys flowers, you don’t have to settle for roses because they can sometimes become unexciting after a while! Present him or her with something completely original such as a daisy or another flower where petals can be counted. Ask him or her to play the childhood game of ‘they love me, they love me not’ and watch them pluck the petals as they go. However, don’t allow for the possibility of him or her arriving at the ‘they love me not’. Count the petals before you present the flower to your spouse and trim it so that there is an odd number of petals for the right outcome!
Arts and crafts used to be a fun break from the monotony of the school day, but believe it or not, it will come in handy when it comes to creative romantic gestures. Instead of promising that you will love him or her forever, show them. Take a piece of paper, ribbon or other material you choose and write “I love you” on both sides from end to end. Twist the paper 180 degrees and connect both ends of the paper until you have mad what looks like the figure eight. Tape or glue to ends together. You can present your love with a symbol that shows them your love for them is an endless love.
Creativity comes in many different forms! Being creative can mean creating an atmosphere. If you want to plan the ultimate romantic evening but funds are low or you simply don’t want to have to leave the house, shut down the electricity and imitate a power outage (it’s up to you whether or not you tell him or her!). You won’t have any distractions or heat, so it is up to both of you to keep the other warm and entertain each other.
Maybe romance is on your mind, but he or she is going out of town. Did you know that people on airplanes are typically hopeless romantics? Any flight attendant would be more than happy to make sure that your spouse receives a special present after the flight has left the ground. Simply approach a crewmember after he or she boards the plane and they are usually more than happy to oblige a hopeless romantic like you! (You might want to make sure that the gift is unwrapped or keep it to a single rose due to heightened security.)
Creativity doesn’t have to come in the form of gifts every single time. Gestures like getting up and dancing with your spouse when a special song comes on the radio is quite creative and incredibly romantic! Whenever the mood strikes you, allow your creative juices to flow!