It is estimated that about 40% of all married couples live together before tying the knot. That means that when the church ceremony is done, all the guests have left the wedding reception venue, and the literal honeymoon is over, 60% of couples will be combining two households into one.
What’s the best way to mesh your belongings together under one roof? Read on for practical tips!
Start with the address: Which home are you going to occupy together? Is it the place that one of you already lives or are you getting a place that is new to the both of you? If one of your places is large enough to accommodate the two of you and your lifestyles, many newlyweds find it economical to stay put for a while before investing in their first home.
Take kitchen inventory:
The kitchen is a great room to start when combining households. Check your appliances, you will usually need one of each. Compare them ahead of time and start donating, gifting, or sell things online that won’t be utilized anymore. If one of you is the primary cook and the other is the beneficiary, let that gourmet make the decisions. Cookware, serving pieces, utensils, and china may be best sorted after the wedding gifts have all been unwrapped. You may be purging even more if some items made the registry and where gifted.
Good art doesn’t have to match the sofa:
Decorative pieces and artwork usually hold a special place in the owner’s heart. There is a reason it was displayed in the first place. Some couples find it best to store paintings and objects they cannot immediately part with so that their collections can be utilized at different times. Other couples find if they must pare down, that setting a number of pieces that can be kept and weeding out based on side-by-side comparisons is best. If you are fortunate enough to each have a room that is yours to decorate, you can put the piece your spouse considers less than desirable there. If not, compromise is key.
Since your art doesn’t need to match the furniture:
If you have more furniture than space, you may have to make decisions on which pieces of furniture you keep. Some couples find hiring a decorator or stylist a wonderful thing. They can look at your items, ask you which you must keep, and merge your styles in a way that combines your individual tastes into a great couple style that represents the two of you.
Yes, I really do need all these shoes:
Closet and storage space is where many couples find it difficult to merge living spaces; especially if you will need to share a closet. Professional organizers recommend that you split the space equally and go from there.
Just like in your relationship, combining a household will take consideration, honesty, and some give and take. Respect each other, keep a sense of humor, and call in the help of professionals if need be to make your first habitat together truly your “Home Sweet Home”.
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While a father’s role in planning the wedding may not be that of his wife, he plays a big role in the wedding. Traditionally, the Father of the Bride is responsible for walking his daughter down the aisle and the very familiar father-daughter dance at the reception venue, after which he leads her to her husband to celebrate the change in marital status.
Centuries ago, the Father of the Bride dance was the opening to the reception. Custom dictated that dad escort daughter to the dance floor, dance a stanza or two of the special song selected to mark this important moment, and then presenting her to the groom where she steps into her new role as a wife.
Through decades of progress, the custom of a father passing his daughter to the groom became passé, but the tradition of the father-daughter dance continued as a celebratory expectation. Today’s first dance is usually reserved for the newly wedded couple.
Husband and wife take to the floor to begin the festivities. Often, the attendants and guests are asked to join the couple on the dance floor to mark the happy occasion.
The second dance is usually when the Father of the Bride leads his princess out to the floor to celebrate her day. Music for this dance range from childhood favorites to songs that represent their special relationship.
Thank Heaven for Little Girls, Butterfly Kisses, My Girl, and I Loved Her First are a few popular choices, but any song that has meaning to the bride and her father will fit. Many brides choose a song that dad taught them to dance to when they were little or a song that is remembered because it was played so often during childhood.
Recently a bride chose Take Me Out to the Ballgame played for her father-daughter dance because it was the first song her dad taught her to sing. The reception hall filled with the sound of guests’ voices joining in as the bride’s father swayed his daughter around the ballroom floor.
The style of dance shared between a bride and her father should be considered in advance of the big day, Waltzing, two-stepping, and swing are a few of the more popular dances, however, you should feel free to think outside of the box.
In recent years, choreographed dance numbers have become popular. Dads and daughters come up with special routines under the professional guidance of a dance instructor or coach. Adding to the fun at many receptions is the inclusion of the mother of the bride and the groom’s parents too.
The bond between a daughter and her father is unique and deserves to be highlighted. As you plan your wedding reception, consider including this time-honored tradition that will live in your memories forever.
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