The masterminds behind Hello!Lucky, one of my favorite Certified By The Guide invitation companies have come out with a new book called Handmade Hellos. In it, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle feature over 25 DIY projects put together by some of the hottest paper artists. The book shows you how to create your own invitations, thank-yous, birthday cards, etc.—whatever the style.
Even if you’re not a DIY-er, you have to check out Hello!Lucky: They have beautiful wedding invitations and stationery. And if you do love to create, consider getting some Hello!Lucky save-the-dates and wedding invitations for inspiration, then buy Handmade Hellos to learn how to make fun and unique thank-you notes for your guests.
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There are many explanations out there for why a bride and groom break a glass during a Jewish wedding ceremony. Some say that doing so symbolizes the permanence of marriage, because as long as the glass remains broken the couple will stay together. Some believe that the loud noise of glass breaking keeps away evil spirits, or that the shards represent the many facets of happiness that marriage will provide.
Whatever the meaning of breaking a glass, those adding this tradition to their wedding vows should know that there are better, more “fool-proof“options out there than a cheap old wine glass: Colorful glasses that are specially shaped to break easily are available for just this purpose—even if you’re wearing heels! Some even come with a velvet bag to hold the glass shards—a very important safety accessory! Carol Attia of Under The Chuppah offers these special glasses and custom “Break-the-glass” or “Mazel Tov Bags” at her studio along with her chuppot.
After the glass is broken, some might choose to save the pieces as a wedding memento, keeping the shards in a sealed jar or assembling a mosaic. A mezuzah with a vial to hold the glass shards makes a lovely gift for the couple’s new home. You can even create your own kaleidoscope with a kit from The Gary Rosenthal Collection.
If you’re having a Jewish wedding, will you both break the glass together? Do you plan to keep the shards as a keepsake?
If you’re thinking of getting married in the sunny and warm Los Angeles area, here are a few places that are so unique, you really only can experience them in LA.
See a 600-year-old pagoda at the beautiful Yamashiro.
If you’d prefer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, reconnect with the wonders of the natural world at the Malibu Nature Preserve.
And finally, if you want your event steeped in American tradition, yet taken to a whole new level, Dodger Stadium is the perfect spot: it’s familiar, yet completely unexpected all at once.