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But Seriously…What Are Wedding Bells, Anyway


You may have heard people say they hear wedding bells ringing, whether it was in reference to your any-minute-now proposal or your quickly-approaching wedding date. And yes, churches have bells that are often rung as the newlyweds make their way back up the aisle, but is that all those bells mean? Here's a look into the symbolism of wedding bells, courtesy of our experts.

The symbolism of wedding bells is actually two separate types of bells, though both ideas come from ancient Celtic and Irish history. The first is church bells. In historic times, bells were believed to ward off evil spirits, so newlyweds would be blessed with the loud ringing of bells. Start a marriage without evil spirits? Sounds good to us! The ringing of bells was also used as a way to spread news across long distances, so bells after a wedding let the whole area know that the couple was now happily married. While the superstition about evil spirits may not be so common today, the joyful sound of bells and their association with weddings has stuck around. Bells are often tolled at church after a wedding ceremony (sometimes by the newlyweds themselves!).

The second type of bells are the small bells that might be passed out to guests to ring, either as the couple exits the church or during the reception as an encouragement to kiss—similar to the clinking of wine glasses. The sound of bells is also supposed to remind the couple of the vows they've made. Bells are also popular in many wedding decorations, usually as two bells tied together with a bow to represent two people joined together in marriage. No matter how you choose to incorporate them, the happy sound of ringing bells is a beautiful addition to any wedding day!Read more at:purple prom dresses uk | yellow prom dresses


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Here’s everything you need to know


Thinking about eloping? Here's everything you need to know
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Less fuss, fewer guests, and a better chance of good weather. It’s all very tempting. But it’s not always quite that easy, and the worst case scenario would be to get to your chosen location and find that you’ve missed an important step.

So. How does eloping work?

Picking where to get married

This is the fun bit. Where in the whole of the world would you like to get married? Does one of you have some heritage you’d like to honour? Is there somewhere you’ve always wanted to travel to?

It’s worth thinking about what kind of weather you’re hoping for. Of course, sunshine is lovely, but if it’s going to be 30+ degrees then that might change what kind of dress you’ll have, and what kind of food. There’s no wrong answer here, but it’s a conversation worth having.

Another factor to consider is how you would feel if the weather turned out to be awful. Is your destination special enough to you that you’ll still love it in the rain?


The only downside of eloping is that unless you’ve got enough money to buy everyone’s flights, you are going to end up with fewer guests.

If you’ve got a small family, a close-knit group of friends, or you don’t want anyone there, dreamy. But you do need to be very sure within yourself that you won’t end up regretting not having had your fourth cousin Gwen and her triplets there.

How long do you need to be resident for?

The biggest thing to work out is how long you need to be resident in the country for in order to get married there. The rules are hugely varied. Italy requires four to seven days, depending on the area. In Frace, it needs to be several months, unless a specific church is willing to make an exception. Travel Weekly has a full list of destinations.

Do you need any tests?

Some countries require you to have tests before you get married. This can be a blood test to screen for shared genetics or a test for sexually transmitted infections. In Mauritius, if you’ve been divorced less than 10 months before your next wedding you’ll need to have a pregnancy test. None of this is anything to worry about, but you’ll need to organise and pay for it all, so best to sort it out before you leave.

Certificate of no impediment

As you can probably tell from the title, this is a certificate which proves that you are both free to marry. Not all countries require you to produce one in order to get married. You can get it from your local registry office, but you shouldn’t get it too long before the wedding (more than six months) because some countries need it to have been issued recently.Read more at:one shoulder prom dresses


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‘Snow Queen’ sparkles with its ice-cold beauty


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This weekend saw firsts for the Eugene Ballet Co. and lasts for the Silva Hall.

Firsts included Toni Pimble’s first full-length ballet, the gorgeous “The Snow Queen,” with original music by Portland composer Kenji Bunch and played by Orchestra Next, under the able baton of Brian McWhorter. Spectacular costumes were designed by Eugene’s Jonna Hayden. Michael Peterson produced thrilling lighting designs. Extraordinary set design and painted images were by Eugene artist Nadya Geras-Carson, who provided striking video images of snow and clouds. A creative team of 19 craftspeople provided the painting, construction and sewing to make the story come alive on stage with dazzling beauty.

What was the last? The Blackberry Curtain, which has graced the Silva stage since the Hult Center for the Performing Arts opened, and came down for the last time after 35 years. It will be missed.

“Snow Queen,” based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story, was danced by accomplished Danielle Tolmie in her palace of ice. Ice captives danced to entertain with stiff and angular movements befitting their frozen state. She looks into an assembled mirror and sees the beautiful boy, Kay (Hirofumi Kitazume), and his sweetheart, Gerda (Yuki Beppu).

Their sweet movements capture the queen, who steps into her ice crystal sleigh to find them.

Kay gives his love a rose, beautifully danced by Sara Stockwell. The queen brings hoarfrost to kill the rose and freeze Kay’s heart. He rejects Gerda for the glittering queen.

Gerda follows the Snow Queen, but is left behind to be rescued by the Conjure Woman, lyrically danced by Victoria Harvey. The exotic flowers in the garden are beautifully danced by Brooke Bero, Marilyn Brady, Vivien Farrell, Suzanne Haag, Erin Johnson, Sarah Kosterman and Emily Brady. Their full white skirts were dotted with perfect blooms.

Each dancer wore an 18-inch headpiece by Etain Wilday. The dancers moved sedately, but each would drop their head to the side to emphasize their heaviness, to our delight. This piece became one of my favorites.

Gerda finds a dead rose. Her tears reanimate the Rose (Sara Stockwell), who frees Gerda from the garden.

After intermission, Gerda sits at the edge of the forest by a field. A flock of crows harass her. Costumed in black and fluttering and flying, the dancers are Marilyn Brady, Cory Betts, Vivien Farrell, Suzanne Haag, Victoria Harvey, Erin Johnson, Isaac Jones, Yamil Maldonado, Reed Souther, Sara Stockwell, Mark Tucker and Colton West. They were perfect, and much loved by the audience.

Gerda is placed upon a large crow (designed and constructed by Bill Burback and Shaunna Durham) to be flown to a nearby palace. The crow is shot down by a band of gypsies. The energetic dancer gypsies were Brooke Bero, Cory Betts, Jessie Griffin, Erin Johnson, Sarah Kosterman, Yamil Maldonado, Emily Merkley, Reed Souther, Sara Stockwell and Colton West. This was an exciting highlight. Suzanne Haag protects Gerda and lends her two reindeer to lead her to the Queen’s ice palace. Gerda kisses the frozen Kay, who comes alive, and all is well.Read more at:backless evening dresses


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