This is another one of those places where we can harness a little self-improvement and get better at rejection and just understand that, of course, our friends want to see us, but they’re also trying to be safe. That does put it on us to be better about making sure we get together with our friends. Since we can’t do one big hang with everybody, we have to have a more concerted effort to get together with our friends individually and paying attention to who we’ve maybe seen repeatedly versus who we haven’t seen yet. I’ve had those conversations with friends where I’m like, “I feel like every time I reach out to you, I get the ‘I’m tired and busy,’ yet obviously we follow each other on social media. I see you with everybody else. What’s going on here?” Those can be awkward and difficult conversations.
Most of the time, people are just forgetful. It’s the way the timing worked out, it is not you. Try not to get caught up in the Oh, I see everybody else together, but me. It’s very easy right now to let that depressive brain or anxious brain kick in. You’ve got to give it the COVID filter and be like, wait a minute, it’s actually okay.
Summer 2020 is officially the summer of the great outdoors. International travel may be out but close-to-home activities (like barbecuing, picnicking, and inflatable pools) are all still on — and many can occur from the comfort of our very own yards. Since maintaining social distance outside is a safe and easy way to make the most of the sunshine season, why not include some lawn (and adult) friendly games to take the fun up a notch?
Board games and puzzles were a solid way to pass the time during our March-through-May lockdowns, but now that the sun’s out we’re drawn to the grass — and games like cornhole and ladder ball — like moths to a flame. When thinking about how to stay busy while remaining responsible over the next few months, these sorts of outdoor activities are ideal (since they effectively engage players in a healthy dose of outside entertainment while also requiring them to stand far apart). You might even be compelled to relive your playground glory days with some tetherball or human-sized round of Connect 4.
Ahead, we’ve put together a list of 15 such outdoor games to enjoy with your family and friends under this summer’s sun.
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Watching your daughter get married is one of the best moments in your life and you need to look honored as you are giving away your daughter. Just because you are the mother of the bride doesn’t mean that you have to look like an old women. There are fabulous mother of the bride dresses available at online that would make you look elegant and gorgeous. Hold you head high and dress yourself in the best gown as you witness the most special day in your daughter’s life.
It is a time honored tradition to select the best mother of the bride dress. You have a wide range of patterns, fits and styles to match your tastes. But always remember to set up a budget before you begin your shopping spree. Going in debt over a dress would be the last thing you wanted this time. Once the budget is set, you can choose where to shop and what style you need to purchase.
Are you getting ready for a summer wedding? There are unlimited choices of gowns for this season. You need to choose a light weight fabric but make sure that it doesn’t appear drab and dull. The attire should not be too tight or too loose. Go for a pastel shade like beige or cream for the evening ceremony and a brighter shade like deep purple or deep red for morning ceremony. Since it is a summer wedding you can pick some strappy, sleeveless or short sleeves gowns. Check out the Terani couture short sleeve chiffon dress and Victoria royal off shoulder beaded shealth long dress at online stores.
A full length gown would be the best option for the winter wedding ceremony. It would make you look classy and also would keep you warm. You can team up the mother of the bride dresses with some cool jackets too. Silk gowns with lovely crystal or bead work on them would look fantastic on you. There are also some exciting collections in vintage inspired dresses too. Keep medium length sleeves or full sleeves in net fabric or the same fabric as the gown if you are not opting for a jacket. Slip on a pair of elegant gloves for completing the classic look.
If it is a spring season wedding put in all your efforts to get a colorful and pretty mother of the bride dresses. Pull it off with a dark red or even an orange gown in light chiffon. Also you can try some multi colored gown in combinations like black and red, white and blue etc. you don’t have to worry if plus size gown is what you need. There are many stores offering plus size dress that would compliment your figure.
“In accommodating claims of religious freedom, this Court has taken a balanced approach, one that does not allow the religious beliefs of some to overwhelm the rights and interests of others who do not share those beliefs,” Ginsburg wrote. “Today, for the first time, the Court casts totally aside countervailing rights and interests in its zeal to secure religious rights to the nth degree.” Ginsburg was joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who also dissented and argued against the rule as a “religious freedom.”
Every culture has its own wedding traditions and the Latin American marriage ceremony is no different. There are countless unique Latin American wedding traditions that are still followed to this day and are part of what makes the day special for every Latina bride.
In Latin American tradition, the night before the wedding, a procession takes place from the groom’s house to the bride’s family home. Hand lanterns are carried and the groom’s family take a gift-filled chest as a present for the bride’s parents.
As in many other cultures, the Latin bride and groom are forbidden to see each other before the wedding ceremony. The bride’s father’s responsibility is to keep the bride hidden away and then to give her away as part of the wedding service. It is the groom’s job to escort his mother down the aisle.
Flower Girls and Ring Bearers
As in many other cultures, Latin American wedding traditions dictate that there should be a flower girl and a ring bearer and that they should wear clothes that are copies of the bride and groom’s outfits.
13 gold coins representing Jesus and the apostles form an important part of the ceremony. They are presented by the groom to show that he can provide for his wife and are blessed by the presiding priest to be given to the bride as part of the service.
Every Latina bride knows how important her wedding dress is. In traditional Latin American weddings, she a mantilla veil and orange blossoms in her bouquet and hair are wore to symbolize happiness and fulfillment. Although Latin wedding dresses are now often white, traditionally the bridal dress color was black to show devotion for her husband until death.
Traditionally, both the bride and groom wear rings following their engagement on their right hands. After the ceremony, they swap the rings to their left hand.
In Latin American tradition, the lasso cord is used to bind the couple together during the ceremony. This is either a rosary or white rope tied around the couple’s’ shoulders symbolizing their union.
As in many cultures, giving guests wedding favors is an important part of the ceremony. Capias, or small gifts, are given to guests during the receiving line and took the form of ribbons with the names of the bride and groom and the date of the marriage on them.
The White Bell
During some Latin American weddings, there is a white bell hung outside the church filled with rice and flour to symbolize prosperity. As the couple enters the church, the bell is broken by the mother to wish the couple luck.
In traditional Latin American culture, it is the godparents (or sponsors) who bear the cost of the wedding and also play a big part in the ceremony. It was their responsibility to carry in the arras (gold coins) and the lasso cord into the ceremony.
After the ceremony, the bride and groom dance their first dance while the guests take to the floor in a heart shape surrounding them.
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Few Americans inspire more admiration than Jacqueline Kennedy. She was one of the most stylish women this country has ever known, and her influence on fashion has never waned. Her 1953 wedding to dashing Senator John F. Kennedy was the event of the season, and Jackie Kennedy’s name tops every list of legendary brides.
Miss Jacqueline Bouvier met then-Congressman John Kennedy in 1952 through a mutual friend. A relationship began, and by the following summer, Jackie was wearing a stunning diamond and emerald engagement ring from Van Cleef & Arpel. The wedding was planned for September 12, 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, RI, to be followed by a reception at Hammersmith Farm, where Miss Bouvier had summered with her family.
Most brides have to endure some input from their family during the wedding planning process; when Jackie was making her arrangements, she had to deal with both her mother and her very demanding father-in-law. It was extremely important to Joseph Kennedy that his son’s wedding be used for political advantage, which would explain why over 1000 guests were invited to the affair. You can be sure that all of those people were not close personal friends of the bride’s from her days at Miss Porter’s or Vassar.
Interestingly enough, although Jacqueline Kennedy is revered as a fashion icon, she did not get to have the wedding gown of her choosing. Miss Bouvier was a Francophile, and preferred simple elegant dresses. For her wedding, she wanted a bridal gown that was similar to the sophisticated styles for which she became known. However, Joe Kennedy did not trust her taste (imagine!), and insisted on a very traditional wedding dress. Jackie’s mother selected the dressmaker, Ann Lowe of New York, who created custom garments for families like the Rockefellers and the DuPonts.
There is no questioning the skill of the couturier, however, the finished bridal gown was certainly not reflective of Jacqueline Bouvier’s taste. It was a beautiful gown, though, and very much in keeping with the look of 1950s wedding dresses. Jackie’s ivory gown featured 50 yards of silk taffeta, which was fashioned into a portrait neckline with a very full bouffant skirt. The gown was heavily decorated with rows of tucking, circles of ruffles, and wax flowers. It was a very lovely, but very busy bridal gown.
The accessories were more to Jackie’s liking. She wore her grandmother’s exquisite rosepoint lace veil draped from a small lace cap decorated with orange blossoms. Miss Bouvier’s pearl bridal jewelry included a classic strand of family pearls, and a one-of-a-kind bracelet. The stunning bangle style bracelet was a wedding gift from J.F.K., and featured alternating diamonds and pearls. The impressive bangle was truly pearl bridal jewelry at its finest. In addition, Jackie wore a diamond leaf pin, which was presented to her by her future in-laws.
Jackie Kennedy’s wedding day ensemble was completed by a pair of wrist length gloves (de rigueur for a 1950s bride) and a pink and white bouquet with spray orchids and gardenias. Another things about the Kennedys’ wedding that was very typical of the ’50s was the menu. Weddings in those days did not feature serving stations offering exotic fare from around the globe. After the bride and groom cut their five tier wedding cake, the guests were served a luncheon of fruit cup, creamed chicken, and ice cream shaped like roses. That is one part of the Kennedy wedding that even the most ardent Jackie fans will probably not reproduce at their own reception!
After the wedding, the newlyweds spent one night in the Waldorf-Astoria before heading off for a two week honeymoon in Acapulco. That concluded the nuptials of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy and began the glamorous Camelot era that was to enchant millions during the Presidency of J.F.K. The enduring legend of the charismatic young couple remains a symbol of style and grace around the world.