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Spring Celebrations

Feb 20, 2008
In late winter I'm fed up with the cold. We are still a good six weeks away from warmer weather. But it's important not to get too caught up in the current bleak winter surroundings and rather look forward to Spring. Soon the snow will melt and the first robins will return to let me know I've made it through another winter.

With the advent of warmer weather, more celebrations are on the calendar. Spring is the time for graduations and weddings. Some families will see both which can be a challenge.

If you've got a graduate in the family, no need to stress out over planning some huge gala. In fact some of the best graduation parties I've attended have been simple outdoor events with no more than a grill, beverages, snacks and a graduation cake.

Weddings are more formal affairs. Months go into planning. From scheduling a photographer, finding a venue to hold the reception and, for the bride, finding the perfect dress, getting it fit and then finding all the accessories can take more time than one could possibly imagine.

If you are planning a wedding as I am, consider saving some expense if you can by having the reception in your own backyard. Of course you may need a tent and an alternate place to hold everyone if the weather suddenly turns.

Because we are having an outdoor wedding reception, it will be held in the late afternoon while there is still plenty of sunshine (natural light). We live up north so the heat won't be a problem.

One thing to consider in budgeting your wedding is whether you want the groomsmen and bridesmaids to all look exactly alike. Traditional bridesmaid dresses are floor length and can end up useless after the event. However in letting the gals have more flexibility in what they wear (groomsmen too) you can end up with a simple yet elegant wedding.

You should do a little planning for the reception and storage of gifts brought to either a wedding or a graduation party. With people coming and going and so many paths to exit from the celebration, you don't want an uninvited person coming by to make off with important gifts.

I can't wait for Spring. Weddings and graduations make us look to the future and dream big dreams. It's a lovely time for all.
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