Wedding Traditions and History: Marriage

Have you ever wondered about the history of marriage?

Photo by Nicole Kipar

Photo by Nicole Kipar

Many years ago the process of marriage was simple and straight forward, and in fact, a contract of sorts. Marriage took place in 2 steps:

capture and purchase.

First, the groom would gather his “bridesknights” and ride off together to another village to capture his bride.

Next he would purchase that bride, which included legal contracts involving a bride and her dowry. The bride was sold by her family for land and livestock.

Photo by Ephemera Obscura

Photo by Ephemera Obscura

Years later, arranged marriages came about. Arranged marriages united families in an effort to either gain power or change their social status. Single women had no place in society. Sadly, this was not a marriage based on love.

Unequal marriage, a 19th-century painting by Russian artist Pukirev

Unequal marriage, a 19th-century painting by Russian artist Pukirev

My, how times have changed.

Today we are blessed to have the opportunity to marry the person we fall in love with and live happily ever after!

Photo by Nirav Patel Photography

Photo by Nirav Patel Photography

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Get to know… Allie Phelps

A brand new year means a brand new monthly blog feature!  We decided to have some fun this year by getting to know some of our favorite vendors, as well as some new ones, on a fun and more personal level.  We’re so excited to hear each of their responses!

We are kicking off the month of January by featuring answers from our very own team.  First up is Allie!

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?

 A: Double stick tape

Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?

A: Entertaining at home or at The Cooking School at Cavallo Point

Q: At which venue are you dying to work?

A: Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco and Flora Farm in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

The Garden at Flora Farm, photo by Chris Sands

The Garden at Flora Farm, photo by Chris Sands

Q: My go to snack is ________.

A:  Trader Joes Turkey Jerkey

Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?

A: Three Twins Lemon Cookie Ice Cream

Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?

A: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Parenthood, Revenge and Modern Family

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Q: I can’t stand ________.

A: Poor manners

Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?

A: My Chelle Fruit Enzyme Cleanser

Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to ______.

A: Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch” and all songs on Junip’s self titled album (my favorite song is ‘Your Life Your Call’)

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Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is ______

A:  An animal print sequin vest I found at the Alameda Flea Market.  I wore it this Halloween when I dressed up as Diana Ross, and can’t seem to store it away – I love it so much!

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Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

 A: Kokkari Estiatorio, I dream about their Saganaki

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Q: What do you love most about working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?

A: Because they are the very best in the biz! 🙂

In Versus Out… Wedding Trends for the New Year

Happy New Year from Stacy McCain Event Planning!  We were so thankful to have the opportunity to spend the holidays catching up with close friends and loved ones (not to mention eating way too much sugar and drinking lots and lots of bubbles).  Now, we’re heading into this year feeling energized and ready to tackle all of the fabulous events on the calendar for 2014!

We’ve spent some time reflecting on past events, and thought we’d share our ideas on some present and future wedding trends.  We love the direction trends are heading and can’t wait to see which new ones we help create for our wonderful brides and grooms in the coming year.

TRENDS: ‘Out’ VS. ‘In’

Veils:

traditional veils VS. statement hairpieces

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Cakes:

cake toppers VS. edible flowers

Photo by Lushome

Photo by Lushome

Bridesmaid Dresses:

single color dresses VS. patterned dresses

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Men’s Personals:

fresh boutonnieres VS. handmade boutonnieres

Photo by Peppermint Cloud

Photo by Peppermint Cloud

Linens:

solid linens VS patterned, textured linens

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Welcome drinks:

lemonade VS. agua fresca

Photo by Bon Appetit

Photo by Bon Appetit

Florals:

mercury glass VS. white ceramic vessels

Photo by Sasha Gulish

Photo by Sasha Gulish

Favors:

pashminas VS. light wool blankets for the ladies

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Dessert:

mini ice cream cones VS. house made It’s-It’s

Photo by Sasha Gulish

Photo by Sasha Gulish

Photo Booths:

photobooth reels VS. handheld flip-books made to order { Click Here }

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Shoes:

metallic/sparkly shoes VS. solids

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Napkins:

pocket fold VS. off-set triangular fold (even better when accented by a single english rose nestled in a custom vase)

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel, Florals by Kathleen Deery Design

Wishing you a prosperous and healthy 2014!