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Archive for August, 2009

Keep That Dress: How to Preserve Your Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress
from rachel-b

After spending hours and hours poring over magazines, bridal books, and catalogs, and after spending so much money on the wedding dress of your dreams, it’s imperative that you take measures to preserve and maintain the beauty of your bridal gown.

It is one of the most important memorabilia of your wedding day. For whatever reason it may be, whether you want to preserve it as a family heirloom or just for a keepsake, every bride would do well to take care of the gown she was wed in.

Your wedding gown isn’t just any other piece of clothing you have. It’s a special, one of a kind dress made of special materials so it’s only fair that it be treated with special cleaning techniques as well. Most cleaners will recommend that you have your dress sent in shortly after your wedding, usually within two weeks’ time.
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Anniversary Gifts for Each Year

Anniversary Gifts
from clicnpic

The tradition of offering a specific gift on a specific anniversary is thought to have started back in the middle ages in Europe. In the beginning, the only anniversaries with special gifts were the 25th anniversary and the 50th anniversary, where silver and gold wreaths were given by the husband to the wife – silver on the 25th and gold on the 50th.

I bet not that many couples made it to their 50th anniversary in the middle ages as life expectancy wasn’t all that long. Making it to the 50th was probably cause for greater celebration than even today!

Eventually, gifts were associated with the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th and 75th anniversaries, and in 1937 the American National Retail Jeweler Association tied in a gift with the in-between years that previously didn’t have gifts, plus “modernized” some of the old traditional gifts.

Here is a list of the traditional/modern gifts for each anniversary:
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