Locking in Your Love!

Categories Inspiration + Romance

What is your favorite symbol of everlasting love? A wedding ring? A bouquet of roses? A love letter? An engraved padlock?

My bosses were in Germany recently, and all I got were these three very cool photos of the “Love Locks” on the Hohenzollernbrucke railway and pedestrian bridge in Cologne. Are you familiar? A fairly new trend {last 10-12 years or so}, Love Locks are found mostly in Europe, in Canada and if you look closely, in the U.S. too. Been to Lovelock, Nevada or the Brooklyn Bridge lately?

What’s it all about? Forever love! This romantic movement involves couples professing their love by etching their initials onto a lock … attaching it to a bridge, post, fence or if you’re in Moscow–a tree–and then throwing away the key. Here in Cologne, couples toss their keys into the Rhine River.

Although not exactly eco-friendly, it is entirely romantic! Could you see yourself locking your love?

Love Locks" on the Hohenzollernbrucke railway and pedestrian bridge in Cologne.

Bridges are romantic all by themselves but to see all these colorful, personalized locks has got to be inspiring!

Have you been here or seen the Love Locks somewhere else?


July in Paris … Our web writer Kathryn, went on a mission recently to find a Love Locks bridge.

Here it is, and isn’t it gorgeous?!

Lovelocks bridge in Paris

Sigh …



Mother’s Day Giveaway: Personalized Stationery

Categories Resources + Wedding Stationery
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Moms give so much … so this Mother’s Day, we’re giving back!

 WIN: Personalized Stationery {details below}

Does your mom rock? Of course she does!

Be sure to comment and enter to win!

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How do I enter?
On this post, leave a single comment on why your mom rocks!
What do I win?
100 quantity, any design, large or small Personal Stationery{Only good towards Personal Stationery from MagnetStreet Weddings}
• One comment per person
• No refunds.
• 1 randomly-chosen winner announced 5/14/12.
Who’s Who:1. Bert B. {Manufacturing Mgr.} “Mom’s make the best Grandmothers!”2. Eric S. {IT Mgr.} “My Mom showed me how to be kind-hearted and look for goodness in others.”3. Jen D.{Graphic Designer} “My mom always has {parenting} advice for me, but respects the choices I make with my own children”4. Amanda O. {Community Mgr.} “My mom rocks because she is absolutely hilarious and is always there when I need her.”

5. Mindi Z. {Project Mgr.} “My mom rocks…because she puts her family first. A great family starts with a great mom.”

6. Janice A. {HR Mgr.} “My Mom rocks because she is always there to help me with my kids so I don’t have to miss work! Plus she is a great baker”

7. Sharon C. {Customer Account Spec.} “My mom is a woman of character, humor, unconditional love and inner muscle. Having 7 children you would have to be!

8. Gina F. {Customer Account Spec.} “My mom is great because she is a mighty prayer warrior for our family–she’s the glue that keeps us together while all of us are spread all over the country. She doesn’t forget a special event (birthday/anniversary), she’s quick to volunteer herself to help anyone–even a stranger. My mom is great because she’s my hero!”

9. Kyle L. {Business Analyst} “Thank you Mom for inspiring me to live a life of love with devotion to friends and family!  Many blessings this Mothers day!

10. Kathleen{Customer Care Rep.}”Cute (Adorable in fact), Compassionate (A great source of comfort and advise) and cuddly (she gives the best hugs!)  She definitely ROCKS and is a ton of fun!!!”

11. Tia S. {Graphic Designer}”My mom is a courageous, gentle, faith-filled woman. I respect and love her deeply.”

12. Rachel A. {Web Content Writer} “Her selfless love inspires me to be a better daughter—and one day, a mother.”

13. Kathryn H. {Marketing Writer} “My mom is strong (physically and mentally), smart, and always there for me!”

14. John J. {Dir. of Operations}

  • She buys my son T-shirts that say “Pugs not drugs.”
  • She enjoys discussing nuclear energy and ancient Roman civilization.
  • She puts chocolates on my pillow when I come to visit.
  • She’s a breast cancer survivor.
  • She custom designed personal stationary from MagnetStreet.
  • She drives a sports convertible!

and a poem from Aung H. {No pic} {Manufacturing}

Aung’s mother was a doctor in Myanmar/Burma. During the riots in the early 1970′s, Aung’s mom went to the aid of some people who were being shot in the street by the government and killed in the crossfire when Aung was only 9 months old.

This is the poem Aung wrote about his mom:

For My Mother

My Mother’s love is as the highest mountain
My Mother’s compassion is as the widest ocean
My Mother’s kindness is as the unfathomable sky!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms! You really do rock!

Enter to WIN Personal Stationery by leaving a comment on why YOUR MOM ROCKS!

Good Luck.


Dogs and Weddings

Categories Attendants + Photography

Dogs and weddings … does it get any cuter than a well-behaved and adorably dressed dog to get guests oohing and ahhing? And, they make for such great photo opportunities too! Are you considering having your pooch walk your rings down the aisle or hang out at the reception?  Well if you are …

Here are 5 things to keep in mind:

Ensure your pup is up for the challenge.

1. Are dogs even allowed? Check with your officiant, venues to make sure it’s A-ok to have pets at the ceremony and/or reception.
2. Guest Safety: Your dog needs to be well-trained, friendly. You don’t want any biting, jumping, or lots of barking from your pet.
3. Guest comfort: Delegate the doggie doo patrol. And, keep in mind that some guests might be afraid of animals–no matter how sweet you know your pet to be …
4. Pet comfort: Make sure someone is overseeing to the dog’s care, watering and feeding throughout the day. And, about the adorable outfit–if your pet is physically uncomfortable in it, they won’t be happy.
5. Pet safety: Check with the florist to ensure the flowers are safe–just in case a petal or two gets ingested or that their bow-tie isn’t too tight, etc.

Tell us about your pet … will you be having him or her or at your wedding?

images: {top} Elizabeth Anne Designs {photo by Dottie Photography} &{bottom} Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings {photo by Flickr: gomattgolson}

“Pets at Weddings” article: Wedaholic
Contributing Writer: Kathryn Hagan


Advice for the Groom

Categories Groom + Wedding Planning

How to choose your groomsmen:
• Choosing a brother is a given. Your fiancée may want her brother(s) to be involved as well.
• Think of your life-long friends after that.
• Cousins should also be considered.
• If you have too many groomsmen for your party, you can make the others ushers to include them in your wedding

If you decide to write your own vows:
• Write a list of reasons why you chose your bride-to-be
• Think about your favorite memories
• Make sure you’re comfortable reading aloud what you wrote (to all of your friends and family!)
• Practice, practice, practice! When the day actually comes, try to relax and take your time.

Dealing with pre-wedding day stress:
• Have a fun date night! (with no mention of wedding talk)
• Play your favorite sport with buddies to relieve stress
• Self-indulge in something for the two of you (couples massage, a special gift, etc)

Dealing with your own “Bridezilla”
• Know that an occasional outburst is normal and common!
• Give her a break. Try to take a small task off of her plate to try to relax her (homemade dinner, out for a cup of decaf)
• Get involved in the planning (even if it’s just agreeing to what the centerpieces will be)

Other tips:
• Think about what you want to add to the gift registry- no category is off limits! Electronics, kitchen supplies, power tools, etc.
• Be a peacemaker between families (Especially between bride and future mother-in-law wedding opinions)
• Lend an ear when she’s stressed.

What’s your advice for the groom?

Contributing writer: Kathryn Hagan

source: The Man Registry
Photo Credit: My Forever Images–from Anna & Valik’s Country Wedding


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