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Welcome back to another spectacular Wanwisa Wednesday! Be sure to check out her previous posts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXV and XXXVI for more fabulous wedding inspiration!

With all the sample sales, department store markdowns and discount retailers popping up every which way… brides of all styles can save tons on bridal gowns and accessories. Here are four recession-proof looks that are all just a click away {who says you have to be in NYC or LA for the best Sample Sales?}.

The Traditionalist: Slub Silk Penelope Gown by Jcrew $695, Stuart Weitzman Sashay Pumps (marked down to $183), CZ tennis bracelet from $59.99, and 3 Carat Royal Asschers Studs from Carat $224. Grand Total: $1161.99

The Sophisticate: Diane Von Furstenberg Crepe Assymetrical dress from ($452.25 marked down from $1,005), Ginger Metallic Slingbacks from J. Crew $185, Double-Strand Fresh-water Pearl bracelet also from J. Crew $150, Pearl Cluster Drop Earrings J. Crew $55. Grand Total:$842.25

The Sex Kitten: One-Shoulder Cascade Gown by Notte by Marchesa available at $990, Massimo Hailey Strappy Heels from Target $19.99, Raquel’s Petite Crystal Vintage Bracelet from $35. Grand Total: $1044.99

The Bon Vivant: Silk Tricotine Goddess Gown from Jcrew $325, Christian Louboutin Turbella platforms on sale at $559 (from $925), Katarina’s CZ Blus Sapphire Clip-on Earrings from $159. Grand Total: $1043

The Key is to mix and match expensive and inexpensive pieces. There are a million ways to save money and still look fabulous! Shop Etsy for tons of customizable handmade accessories and look for online outlets like for great deals on designer dresses! And don’t forget to sign up for daily-online sample sales from websites like for discounts on anything from cocktail dresses for your engagement party to those something-blue-Dolce and Gabbana-satin pumps to walk down the aisle in. Happy shopping!

Until next Wednesday! Xoxo, Wanwisa

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Molly reply

    Your take on bon vivant is perfect! ou-la-love!

  2. avatar The Perfect Palette reply

    we like this!

  3. avatar Drea Cunningham reply

    LOVE the post!!! I especially heart the sex kitten look. I own and often rock the sexy strappy silver heels from Target. Rock on!

  4. avatar Brenda reply

    I love the traditionalist and sex kitten, as an Encore Bride putting together a great look on a budget is a must, thanks!!!

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This is one wedding story that grabbed my attention from the get go.  Our team received Christine + Travis’ interview a few days before the NCAA 2009 National Championship Men’s Basketball Game.  Our office being located right at the home of the UNC Tar Heels were all pulling for our beloved team and this interview remind us again of the Tar Heels win in 2005!  Congratulations to the Tar Heels and congrats to Christine + Travis!  Maybe it was the luck of their interviews that lead the team to victory? Christine + Travis married in South Carolina at a friends home in {Beresford Hall}.  The couple choice {Lowcountry Boils} to cater this fabulous event.  Christine looked radiant in her {Casa Blanca} gown that she purchased from {A Beautiful Day Bridal}.  Matching it perfectly was the jewelry from {The Beaded Belle}.  This fabulous day was made possible by the wedding coordinator Linda McDowell and capturing all the fun was {Jeff Holt Photography}.  Check out more on Jeff’s photo {Blog}.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Six degrees of separation is a great way to describe our relationship in the beginning. We both went to Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and had many of the same friends thanks to our sorority and fraternity. However, we never really hung out except for one time in ’99, our sophomore year. Years passed and in 2005 I went to an engagement party for one of my best friends and sorority sister who was marrying one of Travis’ good friends and fraternity brothers. I was working on the invitations and I saw that Travis was invited and that he lived in Durham. I remember thinking “how neat someone new from ASU lives in Durham. I need to talk with him at the party and see how things are going”. I did just that, but I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. For those of you who may not know this, 2005 was the year that the North Carolina Tar heels won the men’s NCAA basketball championship. {Editor’s Note: They did it again in 2009! Go Heels}. Durham, North Carolina is in the heart of Tobacco Road where people are either Duke fans (which I am) or UNC fans (which Travis is). The night of the engagement party UNC won the Elite Eight game against Michigan State and now was headed to the Final Four. At the beginning of the party, I was thanking everyone for coming when I saw Travis. I asked him how he liked living in Durham. We chit chatted and swapped phone numbers so we could grab a drink and I could show him around Durham. During our conversation, UNC won their game against Michigan State. Needless to say, Travis was very excited and was looking to give a Duke fan (me) grief. “Just say Go Tar Heels and I will leave you alone I promise,” said Travis, but as a true Duke fan I just could not do that. We had a good time at the party with all our friends and I completely forgot that I had swapped phone numbers with Travis. So the following weekend when he called to ask me for that drink, I thought not the Go Tar Heels guy! What was suppose to be two new friends getting together for a drink and a tour of Durham, turned out to be drinks, dinner, hours of talking and now a life time together.
Describe the proposal: It was very romantic. While at ASU, Travis found a beautiful private stone and wooden gazebo overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway. Since both of us went to ASU and we started our relationship in Boone, Travis knew that was going to be the place where he would propose to me. On our way up to Boone for Homecoming, Travis mentioned there was a place that he wanted to show me. When we got there it was like stepping into a fairy tale. We were on the parkway, up in the clouds and in our own little piece of heaven. I was walking around taking pictures, not paying attention to him because of the beauty. So when he asked me to come to him, I didn’t even think twice. When I did, I was completely shocked to see him down on one knee. At first I laughed, then I cried, and then I said YES!
What attracted me to my husband was: His sensitivity
What attracted me to my wife was: Her personality, from our first date we just clicked.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: Travis would say the time I surprised him with a picnic dinner, but I would have to say going to see Alison Krauss at a small intimate outdoor amphitheater. That was the night that he told me he loved me.
The weather on our wedding day was: Perfect! A Bright blue Carolina (UNC) Sky and 80 degrees.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? An Intimate Charleston Garden Wedding.
Favorite design element of your big day: The intimacy of the event.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: A NIGHTMARE! I found the dress that I wanted online, but before I bought it, I wanted to try it on. After 5 months of searching, I finally found the dress that I wanted in Jacksonville, Florida. However, the only shop in North Carolina that would order the dress at the time was in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This was great because that is where Travis’ parents live and my future mother-in-law could be involved in the whole process. We ordered the dress on February 2, and were told they would call me the following week with my shipping date. A week passed and I didn’t get a phone call. By 10 business days, I was getting nervous. So I went online to get their phone number. Both the website and the phone were disconnected. Needless to say, I was freaking out. I called my future mother in law and explained the situation. She became mother of the groomzilla! She went to the shop knocked on their door until someone opened it. She demanded my deposit money back (which she got) and made the store manager apologize to me personally on the phone. I was one of the lucky ones. The shop closed down the next week and a lot of brides lost their dresses. I finally found a shop in Durham that would order my dress. Four weeks later, I received my dress.
Describe your wedding flowers: I loved my flowers. I chose hot pink roses, green calla lilies, white snapdragons and white gladiolas. The flowers were one area I incorporated family into the ceremony. Pink roses are my favorite flower because they remind me of my Grandma Rose Marie, who I lost when I was young. The gladiolas were for my Grandma Grace, because that is what she carried on her wedding day.
Describe your wedding cake: No cake. My husband and I are not big cake fans, so we did a very southern thing, pies! We had two types of pies, Chocolate Chess and Key Lime.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: How family was incorporated into the wedding. Here are just a few ways we incorporated family. My uncle who is a priest and my godfather was one of the ministers in the service. Our wedding day was actually Travis’ parents wedding anniversary. We had a parents pledge instead of the giving away of the bride. My aunt did the scripture reading and Travis’ aunt read a poem she wrote after she became engaged to Travis’ uncle.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning a destination wedding.
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? Other than the ones I already mentioned, I also had both my Grandmothers wedding rings with me on my wedding day. I wore one as a blessing for a long happy marriage and one was incorporated into my bouquet as my something old.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The vows, our minister (who was Travis’ youth minister) was nervous so when he asked Travis, “Will you take Christine to be your wife?” Travis answered, “I do, I will, absolutely.”
Scariest moment? The wedding dress disaster.
Funniest moment? The vows and the father- daughter dance (it wasn’t your typical father-daughter dance).
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Beautiful, peaceful and romantic.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Don’t listen to anyone else. The day is for you and your husband to be only. DO WHAT YOU WANT!
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. To remember the moment and use that memory when things aren’t so blessed.
Who was your most honored guest at the wedding? Because our wedding was a destination wedding everyone who came was an honored guest.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Remodeling our home.

Congratulations to Christine + Travis.  We wish you many more victories in life!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar VME reply

    The wedding was BEYOND beautiful. It was such a blessed celebration and we were very HONORED to have been a part. The reception was great, we nearly brought down the place with all the laughter and dancing!!(I just can’t believe the year is flying by so fast!!!) Thanks for featuring an article on such an awesome couple. :)

  2. avatar Aunt Judy reply

    I just read the article about Christine and Travis’s southern wedding on your blog. I just want to say that it brought back such special memories I have of the entire weekend!! Yes, it was a destination wedding and we all had to travel to Charleston, South Carolina for the wedding. Oh darn! We were able to enjoy some sight seeing as well as the wedding. Our accomodation was a big house our family rented on the beach, poor us!! We were able to have a mini-family reunion and enjoy the company of family and friends for the entire weekend.The rehersal was a special event for the two new families to get to know each other. Travis’s mom and dad made us all feel welcome. By the end, we were all crying at the poem Travis’s mom read about how Christine is the number one woman in his life and she is now second. I can still recall a comment by a close friend Daniel, "Oh please, this is killing me", as the tears were rolling down his face. He and his wife just adopted a precious baby boy and he could imagine his time to come in the future. The wedding day was the best day of all. It was a beautiful Carolina day. Christine looked absolutely gorgeous and Travis was so handsome. Christine’s parents, Joyce and Ben wanted it to be the wedding of her dreams and I believe she and Travis got all they wanted for the day. Our immediate family were there to share their day. And, I know those who are no longer with us were a part of that special day too. We started the day making the flower arrangements and having a breakfast just for the girls!! Getting hair and make-up done as a group was a fun time too. Getting dressed in the beautiful house thanks to Travis’s friend was so special. The ceremony was short but sweet and the reception went well into the night with singing and dancing. Thank you Christine and Travis for such a wonderful weekend. I know we all will recall what a great time we had last September. Love to you both,Aunt Judy

  3. avatar Gwen reply

    What a beautiful story! The photographer did an AMAZING job!

  4. avatar Jason reply

    Everything about the wedding, especially the setting looks amazing!

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Gorgeous print materials can add such a feeling of elegance to any wedding, and we love these creative program fans from {Custom Programs} that do just that! Custom Programs designs unique maps, programs, envelopes, stationery, and invitations that add continuity and a personal touch to your weddings’ paper products.  They even have DIY kits that allow you to tackle your program projects on your own!  Be sure to visit their inspirational idea gallery for all sorts of creative ways to personalize your invitations, programs, and other printed materials.  These custom fans are both practical and beautiful and are perfect for an outdoor wedding! 

Win: One lucky reader will win 100 custom fans of their own design!  Pick the fonts and motifs, colors of cardstock, and colors of ribbon for your perfect program.  

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post telling us about the portion of your ceremony that you are looking forward to most.  The walk down the aisle?  Saying your vows?  Or perhaps it’s your first kiss as husband and wife! 

Contest ends June 2 at midnight. 

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  1. avatar Nicole reply

    The thing I’m looking forward to most will be looking down the aisle and seeing all of my loved ones that came to support me through out my life.

  2. avatar Nicole A. reply

    I’m most looking forward to the walk down the aisle. At that moment all the stress, planning and micromanaging will be put aside, I’ll be able to look at the love of my life and breathe a sigh of relief, as the day has finally come and we can begin the rest of our lives together.

  3. avatar Britney reply

    I am definitely looking forward to having my dad walk me down the aisle. He has had a lot of health issues lately and it’s such a blessing to have him there sharing that moment with me. I can’t wait. I stumbled across this page and thought these programs would be so cute. We are having a brunch wedding and I think it’d be just the thing to beat the heat. :)

  4. avatar Amelia A. reply

    The moment I’m most looking forward to is my walk down the aisle. I imagine that everything in that one moment will crystalize. You’re wearing this amazing white dress and in my case both my mom and my dad will be walking me down the aisle. I know that they will be supporting me down that long walk like they have all my life and when they hand me to my future husband, he’ll be taking over that responsibility. It will also be the first time everyone sees me and my gown too which is another moment that I look forward to and I’m really hoping I get to see my fiance cry at the end of the walk. I’m sure I’ll be in tears too.

  5. avatar StephanieLyn reply

    I’m definately looking forward to seeing my fiance’s face when he see’s me for the first time in my gown – will he cry? will he not? I just can’t wait. And then even more so for our first kiss as husband and wife! :)

  6. avatar Nicole R. reply

    My fiance plays acoustic guitar and he is learning how to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D. We’ll record him playing it and play it as I walk down the aisle at sunset, at our beachside wedding ceremony. He is always writing songs and playing them for me so it will be really special for us!

  7. avatar Katie Shannon reply

    I am most excited about our vows. My fiance and I have chosen to write our own, and I am ecstatic about it. Being able to express how I feel about him in that moment and the promises I will make to him, and hearing him do the same will surely be an amazing moment.

  8. avatar Farren reply

    I’m looking most forward to the short moments that my husband and I will have alone right after we walk down the aisle, before we take photographs or head to the reception. I can’t wait for the joy of realizing that we are finally married after 7 years of dating and all of the good and hard times we have gone through to reach that point. We are planning a destination wedding and these fans would be perfect!<3 Farren

  9. avatar Megan Parker reply

    The part of our ceremony I am looking forward to the most is the our walk down the aisle as husband and wife. I am not one who likes to be the center of attention so saying our vows, and standing up there makes me a little nervous. Walking down the aisle hand in hand with my new husband will be wonderful.

  10. avatar Elagudi reply

    I am most looking forward to the music in our ceremony. We are having a small gospel choir sing me down the aisle to Elvis’ Fools rush in. As soon as we are done- the recessional will be signed, sealed delivered by Stevie Wonder. I can’t wait to hear the amazing choir with the ocean noises in the background, and my perfect husband standing beside me!

  11. avatar Abbie reply

    I am most excited about walking down the aisle – not just because I will be walking toward my future husband, but because it will be my first glimpse of all the important people in my fiance and I’s life all in one spot! It is probably the only time in our life that all those important friends and family from both of our lives will be together and getting to know one another. I can’t wait!

  12. avatar Mary reply

    The part I’m definitely looking forward to most is the first look as I walk down the aisle, followed closely by being pronounced Husband and Wife!

  13. avatar Cat reply

    Oh I was wanting to make Fan Programs anyway . . . this is awesome. The portion of my ceremony that I am looking forward to most is probably walking down the isle with my Dad. We are still unsure at this point if he will be able to walk or not (he burst his achilles), so I am just hoping!!! Plus seeing my FH waiting for me at the end of the isle! So amazing.

  14. avatar Megan reply

    While I’m looking forward to the entire ceremony as a whole, from the look on my fiancé’s face when he first catches a glimpse of me to being announced Mr. and Mrs., I absolutely cannot wait to recite our vows and publicly promise to be his forever. It’s one thing to privately tell him I love him, but it’s even more magical to express my commitment in front of our friends and family. I can’t wait!

  15. avatar Katie reply

    Definitely the first kiss – we’ll be married and the celebrating will be about to begin!

  16. avatar Naveen reply

    I’m having a Sikh religious ceremony and there isn’t a lot of face-to-face interaction during it. Thus, I’m most looking forward to the walk down the aisle where both my fiance and I have a chance to see each other for the first time that day, come together and take a moment to savour the start of our celebration.

  17. avatar Cortney reply

    I am looking forward to taking communion together and praying. I am looking forward to this quiet moment in the ceremony where we can center ourselves on God and focus on the importance of the day and the commitment we are making.

  18. avatar Carolyn C. reply

    I am most looking forward the song that my cousin is singing before I walk down the aisle! I won’t even get to hear it but I know it will set the mood. The song is "Make You Feel My Love" and it is the Adele version. I am so excited about walking down the aisle after that song!.

  19. avatar Heather reply

    I am most looking forward to saying our vows with our two sons standing by our side, I cant wait for that moment.

  20. avatar Erika reply

    The part of my wedding I am looking to the most is my walk down the aisle. My future hubby and I are not seeing each other beforehand and I am looking forward to the big reveal. I cannot wait to see him standing there waiting for his bride. I’m sure the emotions will be too much for me…I’m sure I’ll cry!

  21. avatar Amber Porteous reply

    The part of our wedding I am looking forward to the most is the first glimpse of my fiance waiting for me at the alter, I just know that I will be so emotional and so very happy. I am so excited and I can’t wait to be his wife. I know the day will be amazing. Good luck to all you future wifeys. –Texas Bride to Be

  22. avatar Eva reply

    I am looking forward to hearing our vows. We are writing them in secret and we both will be hearing them for the first time when we tell them to each other.

  23. avatar Katy reply

    The thing I am looking forward to the most for our ceremony is exchanging our vows in the same, exact spot my parents had almost 30 years earlier.

  24. avatar NC1010 reply

    By far, I am most excited for the walk back up the aisle together as a married couple. I can’t wait to see all of the happy faces of our guests smiling back at us.

  25. avatar DJO+ARS reply

    I am looking foward to everything about our ceremony, but the portion that gives me those ‘happy butterflies’ in my stomach when I think about it is the annoucment that we are MR & MRS :)!! I love the customized fans and this contest. I can’t wait to read everyone’s comments

  26. avatar Christina reply

    I am most looking forward to walking down the aisle. At that moment, it will exemplify our entire wedding. I am looking forward to sharing that moment with my dad and looking down to see my future husband. Also, our dearest friend will be our officiant and we are having another great friend play "in my life" on his guitar. At that moment, so many important people in my life will be there- and I am so excited for that.

  27. avatar Ashley D reply

    Oh My Goodness, These fans are precious. I was just at a wedding in Palm Springs this weekend where these would have worked out great. I am getting married on the beach in Cabo San Lucas. I am a traditionalist at heart and want the ceremony to be as memorable as the reception (I mean, it really is the most important part of the wedding). A ceremony program actually elevates the importance of this time. I mean, can you imagine having a printed menu for the food, but nothing to commemorate your vows. Especially on the beach!! Plus, I think my fiance is going to need his own personal "fanner" beause he sweats so much! HEHEH

  28. avatar Ivy reply

    I am looking forward to saying our vows! i know i probably wont be able to get through them without sobbing, but the reciting of vows seems like the most precious moment to me – its when you really truly promise forever to the one you love. We’ve did diy invites and are planning on doing diy programs as well – but if we won this it would be AMAZING!

  29. avatar Gretchen P reply

    I can’t wait to face my fiance and say our vows so that we are then husband and wife!

  30. avatar Kristy reply

    The portion of the cermony that I am looking forward to most is seeing all of my close family and friends, watching my fiance and I exchange our vows to become husband and wife.

  31. avatar Jolie reply

    We are breaking tradition and have opted to see each other before the ceremony. I am most excited about that moment when we do see each other for the first time as our "first look" will be a personal moment shared between just the two of us (and the photographer) and not between us and everyone in attendance. This way we do not have to worry about having the "correct" reaction, but instead just having a real reaction.

  32. avatar Jenna B reply

    Honestly, I’m moved that my Dad will be walking me down the aisle. I asked him if he would to the honor of giving me away, he started to tear up..then I started to tear up, then my Mom, then my future hubby. I feel like this is a rare moment, maybe one of the last true times that I’ll be "Daddy’s little girl”. I love that this day is creating special memories for others.

  33. avatar Emily Appen reply

    I cannot wait for the moment I stand at the end of the aisle with my Dad by my side, and my future husband at the end of the aisle! Just taking in that moment, with all of our loved ones filling the aisles, will be amazing. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win these great programs :)

  34. avatar Martinikitty reply

    I am most looking forward to looking at my huband-to-be looking at me walking down the aisle…I can’t wait till he sees me in my dress…I think it will be the grandest (even a word?) of the ceremony, at least for me

  35. avatar Allison (aka Miss French Bulldog) reply

    I’m most looking forward to the "I know pronounce you husband and wife" part :)

  36. avatar Emma reply

    I am most looking forward to being at the altar with the people in my life who are most important to me: my best friend who is acting as our officiant, my sister who is my matron of honor, and my fiance’s grandfather who is his best man, my nieces and nephew who are our flower girls and ring bearer, and of course my fiance! We are finally getting married after being together for eight long years. I can’t wait!

  37. avatar B Kotal reply

    I’m definitely looking forward to the pronouncement of us as husband and wife. The beginning of the rest of our lives!

  38. avatar Jen C. reply

    The moment(s) that I am looking forward to most will be whenever I lose track of what the minister is saying because my mind is wandering over to my soon to be husband. I will probably be noticing how happy he looks and how happy I feel and how his pinky finger has found mine to give me a little squeeze of assurance. I am positive that at some point or another during the ceremony, I will be asked to respond to something and will draw a blank because of this mind wandering, and I’d be ever so grateful if our guests could be distracted by positively beautiful fan program when this happens…er…each time this happens. :)

  39. avatar Callie reply

    I am most looking forward to rocking out back UP the aisle with my new husband. He, and many of his dear friends (our groomsmen), play hand drums (think African drum circle). He and his Best Man are actually in the process of building their own drums from logs they picked out together. After we’re presented, the groomsmen are going to turn around and grab a drum and just start wailing on them as my Beloved and I boogie our way out. In front of a antebellum plantation home in Southern Georgia. Worlds colliding – just the way I like them.

  40. avatar Courtney reply

    I am looking forward to our first kiss as husband and wife! Especially since it will be our first kiss between the two of us! And I can’t wait to be announced Mr. and Mrs….So sweet…

  41. avatar Katie reply

    I am absolutely dying to see how my future husband reacts when the priest may now kiss the bride. In fact most people who know us well have asked me what this moment will bring. We have such an understated way of expressing our feelings and typically it does not in any way involve PDA. Holy mackle, can’t believe we have to kiss in public!! Or who knows perhaps I’ll be recieved with a get a fist bump, high five or who knows.

  42. avatar Amanda W reply

    I’m definitely looking forward to hearing, "I now pronounce you husband and wife!" but I’m also really looking forward to hearing the reading my uncle will do! :) He’s like another father to me, so I’m really excited about his role in my wedding!

  43. avatar Carissa reply

    My fiance and I are getting married in a gorgeous cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City. (Right next to the Oklahoma City bombing Memorial) We are having a choir process in just before my dad and I make our way down the aisle. What a way for me to see my fiance for the first time with the sound of a full on choir in the background!!! So thats what I can’t wait for… Seeing him for the first time on our wedding day! :)

  44. avatar BHD reply

    I am most looking forward to the cathedral doors opening up for my father and I… my husband locking his eyes with mine and seeing me for the first time in my wedding dress and me blowing him a kiss from all the way back of the long cathedral aisle!

  45. avatar April reply

    I am looking forward to being Mr. and Mrs. and being surrounded by our friends and family.

  46. avatar Birdie reply

    The unexpected, surprise ending! When we reach the end of the aisle for the recessional, he’s going to literally sweep me off my feet and carry me across the lawn of the plantation and into the house. We’ll emerge from the front door hand in hand and invite our guests to join us in the garden for cocktails. We hope this will set the tone for a fun, whimsical evening!

  47. avatar Danielle reply

    I’m looking forward to all of it but the thing that gives me the biggest butterflies is the thought of how he will look when those doors open & I begin walking down the aisle. Will he cry? Smile? I know I’ll cry as I walk with my father & grandfather and I just hope I can savor the moment….luckily the aisle is quite long so I have a few minutes!!!

  48. avatar Sebrina Schultz reply

    I tear up just thinking about that moment at the end of the aisle when I turn and give my daddy that last kiss and then turn back and slowly let go of his hand and take my the hand of the man I will spend the rest of my life with.

  49. avatar Lyndsay reply

    I cannot wait to be introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs.! After our introduction, I will be so excited for our walk down the aisle as a married couple! It will be so wonderful to see all of the happy expressions on the faces of our loved ones! It will be a wonderful start to our lifetime together!

  50. avatar Sara reply

    I am excited for the whole ceremony. My fiance, however, does have a specific part that he can’t wait for. He can’t wait to smash the glass (a Jewish tradition).

  51. avatar Alexi reply

    I am looking forward to that first moment that my groom and I first catch each other’s eyes. I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he sees me in my dress and knowing we are finally becoming husband and wife. I also am really looking forward to the ceremony in general, my future father-in-law will be our minister. The ceremony will be even more meaningful and emotional having him perform it.

  52. avatar Molly reply

    Love these fans! They would be perfect for our southern summer wedding! I’m most looking forward to standing at the altar in front of all the important people in our lives, staring into my fiance, Joe’s, eyes and and saying our vows. I get goosebumps everytime I think about it! :)

  53. avatar Tami reply

    I LOVE these!!I am most looking forward to seeing all of my & my fiance’s family all together and celebrating! It will be so sweet to have everyone that we love together in the same place! Well.. & I can NOT wait to have a sweet husband!

  54. avatar sandra cordova reply

    The thing that I look forward to the most is walking down the isle. I am a simple girl and I have never fantasized about the dress or the wedding details but, I can honestly say that I have dreamt about the day when I am blessed with the honor of being walked down the isle by my father – that moment will truly make me feel like a princess… knowing that I am being "given away" by one great man onto another – from the one man who raised me to the one who has promised to take care of me and love me for the rest of my life.

  55. avatar Kara reply

    I can’t wait to have the doors open in the church and see him for the first time.

  56. avatar Libbi reply

    The part I am looking forward to most is saying "I Do" to my best friend in the very spot where we first met, our hometown church. We have gone through so much and our church has gone through tragedy right alongside us, as it went through Hurricane Ike last year. It is currently being restored and I hope and pray that it will be ready by January 2nd. Being able to marry my childhood sweetheart in a place that means so much to us is a blessing and a special part of the ceremony.

  57. avatar Tori reply

    I’m looking forward to celebrating our new lives together as one at the reception with all of the wonderful people who have inspired, loved, encouraged, motivated, and otherwise made life better for me and my fiance throughout the various stages of our lives.

  58. avatar Morgan reply

    The part of my wedding I am looking most forward to is our reception. We are having a casual reception on my fiance’s family farm. I envision our closest family and friends playing horse shoes, washers, and enjoying great appetizers and wine. I love spending time with our families together and (pending the weather) I think it really will be the best day of my life.

  59. avatar Danielle reply

    I am looking forward to the "first sight" moment our photographer is going to capture pre-ceremony. I want that first glimpse of eachother and all of the emotions on our faces captured. The fan programs are adorable & go perfect with the southern/beach/destination wedding we are trying to pull off!

  60. avatar Jennyp reply

    I’m looking forward to one of our best friends, Ben, performing the ceremony. Ben takes credit for getting us together in the first place, more than 9 years ago! We found it fitting for him to seal the deal.

  61. avatar Kathryn reply

    My Fiance and I have been engaged since October 2007. While it has been nice to have a long engagement to plan and save, I cannot wait to be married! We have less than 2 months to go and the moment that I look forward to the most is the very moment when we are announced as husband and wife!Since our wedding is on July 11th, and it’s outdoors, I would love to have the fan programs to help our guests keep cool!

  62. avatar Kathryn reply

    I’m looking forward to our ceremony location. On top of a mountain where I spend so many summers with my grandparents.

  63. avatar Ericka reply

    I am looking forward to our "first look". In that moment time will stop for everything but just the two of us.

  64. avatar tess reply

    The kiss!

  65. avatar Meredith reply

    I’m most looking forward to a moment after the ceremony….the few seconds the bride and groom have together after walking down the aisle together.

  66. avatar Anne reply

    I am looking forward to walking down the aisle with my dad. He is the most important person in my life, other than my fiance. His role in my wedding is so important to me and I know that it will be an emotional walk for us both.

  67. avatar Jessica reply

    I am looking forward to the release of two doves. The birds are symbolic in many ways. They represent us as a couple as we begin in the journey in our life. Doves mate forever and will remain faithful to each other through life. They are also being released in memory of my father who passed away in January ’08. It will be a very sentimental moment for me.

  68. avatar Kathryn reply

    Although it’s becoming more popular to take pictures before the ceremony, I think the first time you see each other on your wedding day is a very sacred, special thing. So, the part of the ceremony I’m most looking forward to is when I take my first step down the aisle with my dad by my side and look up and see my fiance, Richard, and know that we are going to be husband and wife.

  69. avatar Courtney P. reply

    Matthew and I are getting married on August 1 of this year. While there are lots of little moments that I am looking forward to, I think what I am looking forward to most is right after the kiss. I know there is going to be this moment where we look at each other, and regardless of what’s going on around us, it will be just us in that moment– in shock maybe a little, but none the less together. So before we turn around to the crowd to be announced for the first time and our trek back down the aisle to the University of Louisville fight song on trumpet, I am most looking forward to that split second when we take a deep breath and realize when we turn around we are forever Mr. and Mrs.

  70. avatar anna k. reply

    i absolutely cannot wait to be face to face with my fiance, holding each others’ hands and saying our vows, winking at each other, whispering "i love you" and making the pledge to spend our lives together. i know i’m going to cry! but it will be the most joyful moment!

  71. avatar Katherine reply

    I am looking forward to that moment when I see my husband standing at the end of the aisle waiting for me knowing that our lives will never be the same. I cannot wait to become his wife!!!!!

  72. avatar Nicole Allman reply

    The part I’m most looking forward to is the passing of our rings amongst our guests. The idea is that everyone will have touched our rings in blessing/support before we exchange them.

  73. avatar Candi reply

    I know I’m breaking the rules, but who can truly pick one part of the ceremony they are most looking forward too?? I’m looking forward to seeing my soon to be husband at the alter, knowing in a few short minutes, I’m going to be his wife. I’m looking forward to having my mom and my granfather walk be down the aisle. I’m looking forward to our vows, which incorporate sections from both my mother’s and my sister’s wedding vows (which they will be reading). I looking forward to that moment when I can finally say I am married to the man of my dreams…..

  74. avatar Jennifer reply

    I’m most looking forward to being named "husband and wife" but a close second will be watching my Bullmastiff bridesmaid, dog Bella, walk down the aisle!

  75. avatar Megan reply

    I have quite a long walk (through the woods)…and down the aisle ;)…I can’t wait to start that journey! I know that the moment I see Brendon, my knees will buckle and my heart will skip beats!

  76. avatar Sara reply

    I am looking most forward to playing bocce ball (read: relaxing with our family and friends) with my HUSBAND at our reception!

  77. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I am really looking forward to having my mother walk me down the aisle. I love the traditional aspect of being given away, and the symbolism behind it is perfectly fitting for my mom and I. Plus, we get to experience the tradition in a more unexpected way!

  78. avatar Haley reply

    I am most excited to see my future husbands expressions as i walk down the aisle. Is is very expressive in comical manner and i think i will laugh more than cry as i’m walking down the aisle.

  79. avatar Mye reply

    Saying the vows is the part I am looking forward to the most. I cant wait!

  80. avatar Jessica Knisley reply

    The FIRST Meeting is the part that I am most looking forward to! Our photographer talked us into seeing eachother prior to the actual ceremony( for anyone who doesn’t know what this is , it is a meeting between the bride and groom prior to the cermony, which can create AMAZING candid photos) At first I was dead set against it but now that I have opened my mind to the idea I think I am going to love nothing more than to have time that is just between me and my future husband to marvel at eachother before we say I DO. It will calm both out nerves and give us the couple of moments we need to ourselves before we are congratualted by our friends and family.

  81. avatar Nicka reply

    I’m looking forward to dancing down the aisle after we are prounounced husband and wife. We’ll be dancing to "For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder as we exit with the bridal party following us. It’s so us and so timeless. Who doesn’t love Stevie Wonder? :)

  82. avatar Tiffany reply

    I’m most looking forward to the moment my future husband and I will be facing one another and reciting the vows we’ve written. We’re getting to make wonderful promises to one another and speak about our love, which has come so far already. I can’t wait to hear what he’s written and be able to tell him how I feel as well. I just think it will be one of the most personal and meaningful parts of our day.

  83. avatar Sandra reply

    I can’t wait to be Mr and Mrs. M! I plan to have a fun song playing in the background as I they announce us as official and I hope the crowd will get up and dance!

  84. avatar tricialynn reply

    right now, i think the part i’m most looking forward to is when my dad gives me away. my dad is incredibly somber and i’ve only ever seen him cry 2 or 3 times. heck, i tear up just thinking about it. :)

  85. avatar Lindsay Brandt reply

    I am most looking forward to the moment right before the church doors open, when the musicians start playing Pachebel’s Canon and the church quiets. I’ll be standing arm in arm with my dad and I’m sure there will be butterflies in my stomach and a knot in my throat. I look forward to this moment most because I know that once the doors open, I will see my fiancé standing at the alter waiting for me. This will be the first time that he sees me on the day I become his wife, and I think it will be the moment when we both finally relax from all the pre-wedding stress. Looking at each other, surrounded by our friends and family, we’ll remember the true purpose of this day. In a few short minutes we will make a lifetime commitment to one another and finally (at last!) be husband and wife. I can’t wait to share this moment with him. I can’t wait to be his wife!These ceremony programs are absolutely beautiful and would be a stunning addition to our day. We will be married in a Greek Orthodox Ceremony and I want to include descriptions of the rituals and traditions for our guests who are unfamiliar. It is an absolutely beautiful and romantic ceremony that I want everyone to be able to enjoy and understand.

  86. avatar Lindsey Z reply

    I’m most looking forward to the moment I turn the corner and see all of my loved ones looking back at me and my fiance awaiting me at the end of the aisle. I imagine having a big grin plastered on my face, and I can’t wait to see if Jeff cries (I kind of hope so!).

  87. avatar Robin reply

    The part I’m looking forward to is right before I walk out the doors onto the beach. I think it is going to be my quietest moment all day. It will be just me and my dad and we’ll be able to look out the french doors to all my family and friends sitting on the beach waiting for us. That special anticipation and being with the man that has been my rock for the past 27 years and walking down the aisle to the man that will be my rock for the next 27 years is going to be magical. I’m looking forward to that one quiet moment to just breathe and enjoy the last few moments of being an unmarried woman.

  88. avatar Renita reply

    The moment I look forward to the most is the moment the doors open and I proceed down the aisle. I have known my fiance for four years and have yet to see him shed a tear. I want him to lay eyes on me and actually produce a tear or two.That would truly make it memorable for me.

  89. avatar Cristal Vasquez reply

    I am looking forward to walking out of the church arm in arm with my husband! After all the nerves and stress, I think it will be the first moment we stop to enjoy the wonder of the vows we just exchanged.How exciting!

  90. avatar Katie reply

    I am most excited for our vows. The priest saying our mass is the same man who married my fiance’s parents 30 years ago so it will be an extra special moment for us. His parents have been happily married for so long I think we will definitely be starting our marriage out on the right foot.

  91. avatar Amanda Andrews reply

    My favorite part of wedding is when they bride and groom walk out together, they are always both have the biggest smiles and are so genuinely happy. It is so amazing to see that pure moment of genuine happiness. So, the moment I am looking forward to most is the moment that they announce our names together and we get to walk down the aisle together as husband and wife.

  92. avatar Kristie reply

    I know that I will have that nervous feeling of walking down the aisle with everyone watching me – will I trip, am I walking too fast, am I holding the flowers right, how’s my hair and my dress?…so I am most looking foward to reaching the end of the aisle (with no mishaps) and holding my future husband’s hands. His touch will give me a sense of calm and the the stresses of the day will melt away – the world will be just him and me as we become husband and wife.

  93. avatar Tiffany reply

    The moment I am looking forward to the most is when the ceremony is said and done, the tears have been had, and everyone gets DOWN at the wedding reception. I’m a white girl from the midwest, marrying into a very mexican family in south south san diego. The wedding is out here, and I’m excited to see the huge fiesta merge. I know his family LOVESSSSS to dance until the break of dawn, but my family is a little more shy (and probably not as good of dancers) ;). The moment when everyone gets comfortable – old and young are bustin a move, and i finally forget about the stress of the day —- that will be the greatest moment. I can’t wait!

  94. avatar Sarah Mac reply

    I am most excited about our vows. We have chosen to write our own vows and have a very intimate ceremony with family only. I am just excited for how special it will be to hear our vows to each other with all of our family there to witness.And also to see what crazy antics his 3 year old niece will come up with as flower girl :)

  95. avatar Carole reply

    The officiant announces us husband and wife, we kiss, take each other’s hands and walk down the same flower-petalled aisle, that moments earlier we walked up alone. That walk, those final seconds of the ceremony that blends into the start of the celebration, will mark the official first steps of our journey as a married couple…That’s the part of my wedding day I am most excited about; the recessional. So excited, in fact, that we’ve chosen a great (and appropriate) song to play as we walk away from the alter. The song: Oh Happy Day.

  96. avatar un-bride reply

    What an amazing contest! I’m most looking forward to having everyone we love & who supports us together in one place, to celebrate this next step in our lives.

  97. avatar Sarah Memar reply

    The part that I’m most excited about starts with our first kiss as husband and wife and being announced as Capt and Mrs Murray. My husband-to-be is an officer in the army and I have never been more proud of anyone in my entire life as I am of him. His reasonings for serving this country are so selfless and noble yet he is the most modest person and hates being called out for what he does because he says he doesn’t choose to serve to be recognized. We decided that the military groomsmen, including himself, will wear their dress uniform and after we have our first kiss, we will walk underneath the arch of sabres and I am so excited! Traditionally, it’s a way to welcome the new spouse to the army and I am thrilled!! Also, as a way to be funny and get the couple to kiss, sometimes the groomsmen will lower their sabres so you can’t walk any further and they won’t let you pass until you kiss and I’m secretly hoping they do that with us! Sorry this is so long!! These customized fans and programs are absolutely darling and whomever is chosen will be thrilled! Thank you for the opportunity!

  98. avatar Dana reply

    I am definitely looking forward to getting to see his face after saying "I Do" and getting to give that first kiss. Wow, these are the moments you dream about forever, and now they are coming true. 135 more days and I will marry the man of my dreams!

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  100. avatar Teresa reply

    I’m getting married for the first time at 36, so really I’m looking forward to the whole event. I’m really excited about the friends and family who will be travelling from out of town just for our wedding. That will make the ceremony so special to me. I love your magazine, but have trouble finding it in the stores.

  101. avatar Jessica B. reply

    Well, I am actually entering my cousin for this fantastic contest because she’s too bashful to write a comment! The portion of all wedding ceremonies that I most look forward to each time I attend is seeing the groom’s reaction to the bride when he sees her for the first time as she walks down the isle. Sometimes the grooms’ eyes are so enthralled and smiles are so big that it often brings a tear of joy! I love that moment at every ceremony and look forward to seeing my [future] groom’s eyes light up one day too!

  102. avatar Gretchen C reply

    I am most looking forward to our Wedding Mass and receiving the Sacrament of Marriage at my home parish in Columbia, South Carolina. We will have a Priest from the university where we met in Pittsburgh travel to SC to officiate the ceremony. The Mass will be a musical celebration with many of our friends contributing their musical talents!

  103. avatar Tess reply

    I am excited for the part where our officiant says, "May I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Jerrod Meireis." My grandmother is still so in love with my grandfather (who sadly passed more than 13 years ago), that she signs everything as "Mrs. Gordon Stark." I asked her about it one time, and she said that she was so proud to be my grandfather’s wife, that she used the title with pride and love. I am excited to use the title Mrs. Jerrod Meireis with pride and love as well.

  104. avatar Jaime reply

    The part I am looking forward to most is my Fiance’s first glimpse of me all done up and in my dress. I think this will be the moment that it really hits us that we are becoming man and wife. I was planning on not having programs due to budget issues, although my mother really wants me to DIY something. I absolutely LOVE these customizable fans!

  105. avatar Melanie LZ reply

    My father died 10 months ago today and will not be with me to walk me down the aisle on October 24th. So my husband to be is going to walk down the aisle to greet me so we can walk back down together hand in hand. That’s the moment I am most anticipating……it won’t be my dad (sadly), but it will be the most important man for the next phase of my life, and I can’t wait to take that walk with him!

  106. avatar Miranda reply

    I am most looking forward to our flower unity ceremony. We are getting married in a garden so I think it will fit the theme perfectly!

  107. avatar alliP reply

    i’m looking forward to this scene:they kiss. the crowd claps. they turn, high five and dance down the aisle to the smiles of friends and family. let the celebration begin!

  108. avatar Kelley reply

    My fiancee and I are looking forward to the that moment when the priest finally makes the announcement that we are husband and wife. Then, we can finally run out of the scorching hot unairconditioned church to our reception. Hopefully, your program fans with help fight the August heat in California!!!

  109. avatar denise reply

    I am most looking forward the being with friends and family we doing see all the time. Family is very important to us both. Getting to spend a weekend with them all i none place with be wonderful!

  110. avatar Annie reply

    These fan programs would be perfect (and necessary) for our hot summer wedding! Anyway, after being together for over 9 years (high school sweethearts!) I will be looking foward to the end of the ceremony when we can finally walk down the aisle as husband and wife as our guests participate in the petal toss!

  111. avatar Amber reply

    Since I am an encore bride I have already had a lot of the experiences that the brides to be have posted before me. What we be most special for me will be walking down the aisle after my 2 kids and standing there with my groom as the four of us become a family. That is the moment I can’t wait for!

  112. avatar Missalisa reply

    The moment I look forward to the most is when the priest pronounces us Husband and Wife! What could be more exciting then that…it’s the FINALLY moment, now let’s party!

  113. avatar Cat reply

    I am looking forward to seeing my son, who is six, when my fiance and I bring him up and take vows as a family. My never knew his father, who is deceased, but calls my fiance "Dad". I know it will be forever special to both of them; I could give the rest of the day up just to see those two at that moment.

  114. avatar Tiffany reply

    The part of the ceremony that I’m looking forward to the most is the moment after I walk down to the aisle with my father. When he will kiss me and give me away to my husband-to -be. My Father has been such a major part of my life and in the development of my self-confidence that I know that moment with him and my fiance will be something memorable. Don’t get me wrong, the moment when my fiance will see me walk down the stairs to the aisle and the moment we say I do will be incredibly special to me and as memorable; but, the moment that my father gives me away will be the thing I most look forward to. A moment I will share with the two most important men in my life.

  115. avatar Jessie reply

    The part of the ceremony I look forward to most is the joining of our families. Matt & I have are of different religions and have had our share of ripples in our relationship from family members. But our love and patience has won them over and when we light the unity candle I feel we will be one family with all our beautiful differences and similiarities! Thank you for this wonderful offer for programs – we are being married the day after Christmas and would love to have snowflake programs!

  116. avatar Jen reply

    I’m most excited about the different ways we’ll walk down the aisle. My fiance and I plan to have our families escort us from opposite sides where we will meet in the middle for the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, we’ll exit through a ‘standing aisle’ which our guests will form as a way to show their support for us in our new married life!

  117. avatar Catie R reply

    I’m looking forward to jumping the broom the most! When my fiance first told me about the tradition, I was so excited to incorporate it into our ceremony. We’ll also be having some Filipino traditions to tie in my heritage as well. 45 more days!

  118. avatar Scout reply

    I’m looking forward to the celebration of our love that will be shared with our family and friends.

  119. avatar Jeana reply

    I am really looking forward to our first kiss as husband and wife! I have been waiting 10 years for the moment that someone announces us husband and wife!

  120. avatar Beth reply

    I am really looking forward to the first look at my husband to be at the other end of the aisle and smiling at him the whole way down!

  121. avatar Renita reply

    I look forward to the moment the doors open and i proceed down the aisle with my father by my side. My first though will don’t fall. Then I look forward to the expression on my fiance’s face. I have known him for about 4 years and have yet to see him shed a tear. Seeing that from him would truly make my day memorable

  122. avatar Sheva reply

    By far, the part I look forward to the most is the absolute joy I will feel when I walk back down the aisle with my husband’s hand in mine as we walk toward our new life together. I’m pretty sure I will have the biggest, goofiest smile on my face then!

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