The Modern Bridesmaid

Written by Sher Matsen


Itís a whole new day, and there is a whole new look for bridesmaids. Itís a welcome change fromrepparttar past years. At itís not justrepparttar 148444 bridesmaids look that has gotten a facelift,repparttar 148445 brides are sporting a whole new look too.

Traditional wedding gowns and traditional white will always be a choice. Thatís a tradition thatís just not going to disappear. And thatís okay. Butrepparttar 148446 choices now available forrepparttar 148447 modern bride are welcome change, allowing those creative juices to flow, and oneís own personality to stand out.

The history ofrepparttar 148448 bridesmaids attire is quite interesting. In past centuries brides wore elaborate colorful gowns, and bridesmaids wore similar gowns. This was to disguiserepparttar 148449 bride and protect her from being kidnapped by evil spirits. Byrepparttar 148450 Victorian era things had changed producing brides that wanted to stand out inrepparttar 148451 crowd. Thusrepparttar 148452 formal elaborate white wedding gown enteredrepparttar 148453 wedding fashion scene. Howeverrepparttar 148454 bridesmaids attire didnít change, remaining bold and frilly.

Well this century bridesmaids have a lot more to say about what they wear. Not only haverepparttar 148455 traditional dresses taken on a more sophisticated and elegant look. Many brides now let their bridesmaids choose their own dress based onrepparttar 148456 chosen color scheme. All bridesmaids werenít created equal. By allowing them to choose a dress that flatters them, you have happier bridesmaids and better photo ops.

Gowns and dresses worn byrepparttar 148457 modern bridesmaid are often functional enough for other formal events and gatherings. A much smarter alternative torepparttar 148458 expensive gown thatís worn once then buried deep inrepparttar 148459 closet never to be seen again. We all remember wearing one of those ďawfulĒ dresses at some point.

There are also no longer fast and set rules on how many bridesmaids you must have. The size of your wedding often relates to how many attendants, and these daysrepparttar 148460 choice is entirely up to you. Tradition has gone outrepparttar 148461 window, a pleasing thought for many future brides. You can even have more than one maid of honor if you wish. The rules you must play by are your own rules.

The same new rules apply to your flower girl[s] and ring bearer[s] choose more than one, have only one, have one of each. The best age range for this very important little peopleís job is between 5 and 7. Younger children have a harder time staying focused. Now if you donítí mind if they mess up a little bit, then by all means you can choose a younger child. After all they can be a great source of amusement! Older children will also be thrilled to be chosen to manrepparttar 148462 guestbook or help guests. It makes them feel extra special.

Amber The Gift From Mother Nature

Written by Sher Matsen


Amber is a beautiful gift from mother nature. It comes in many different colors - yellow, orange, red, white, brown, green, blue and almost black. It may be transparent or clouded. Transparent tones range from pale to dark yellow, to yellow light brown. Cloudy amber comes in many colors.

Amber is fossilized resin of ancient trees that grew in ďamber forestsĒ. Through various physical and chemical changesrepparttar resin becomes Amber. Amber is unique because it is able to preserverepparttar 148443 organic tissues in it. It is very common to find pieces of plants and insects, trapped in amber making it extremely valuable to both collectors andrepparttar 148444 scientists. A beautiful and fascinating gem!

Amber is found in various parts ofrepparttar 148445 world. The largest amber deposits are offrepparttar 148446 shores ofrepparttar 148447 Baltic Sea. Baltic Amber isrepparttar 148448 most sought after and valuable for making amber jewelry. Baltic Amber has been used for decorative items since prehistoric times. A Baltic amber amulet has even been found in Egyptian tombs . Amber was also very popular in ancient Rome duringrepparttar 148449 reign of Neron when: jewelry, ornaments, amulets, and even dice were made from amber. Duringrepparttar 148450 Middle Ages, amber prayer beads were exported. Fromrepparttar 148451 16th century intorepparttar 148452 18th century item made from amber included jewelry, dishes, buttons, pipe mouth pieces, chess sets and a host of other fine products.

The majority of Baltic amber comes from a 400-square-mile area -repparttar 148453 Samland Peninsula, now known asrepparttar 148454 Kaliningrad region. The Kaliningrad amber mine supplies 99% ofrepparttar 148455 Baltic amber. Up untilrepparttar 148456 19th century amber was retrieved manually fromrepparttar 148457 sea. Duringrepparttar 148458 latter part ofrepparttar 148459 19th century operations became much more sophisticated as they began dredging and mining for amber. Since then millions of pounds of Baltic amber have been mined.. A small town inrepparttar 148460 Kaliningrad region hasrepparttar 148461 worldís largest amber mine.

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