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What you need for the big day:

It takes a lot of good planning to make sure it all goes well on the day of the happy event, so here are some helpful things to know about.

Wedding Bands

Wedding Cake
Resources include
Waitrose and hopefully other FOOD contacts here!

Always a must for weddings

Wedding Dress / Outfits
Can be formal/traditional, but don't have to be! It's your wedding, so it's up to you to choose your own style. We're going to add some wedding specific fashion contacts here.

Wedding Presents
Gifts and Fun Presents

Greeting Cards
(These should read "Congratulations!" and not "Deepest Sympathy"!)

(ecologically friendly for preference). Presumably available from the company called
Confetti as well as other suppliers. Registry offices can be very fussy about confetti because it makes such a mess and they like to be so tidy, so it's just as well they don't have the problem of Olivetti Confetti and more!

For example
Thorntons have a special Wedding Chocolates section!

Wedding Reception
party supplies , wine, food, and even magic tricks ! Some Hotels cater for wedding receptions quite well, and they are snazzy venues.

Car Hire
Hire a limousine for the day? Or some other choice form of ceremonial transport?

Yes well of course, it takes thinking about!

Wedding Photography
You could get a professional photographer, of you could get
photographic equipment and make sure your guests are snap happy and keen to take a lot of digital high-resolution photos and send them all to you on digital media! Make sure you keep backups or you might need data recovery services!

Wedding Vows
Religious, civil, customised? You define what you're going to promise and swear to now, in advance, rather than swear (about) later. A wedding ceremony can be customised to your own specifications. For example, there is a certain style to having a Pagan wedding procession parading through the streets with drums attracting a lot of attention!

Wedding Speeches
Unaccustomed as you are to public speaking, you should write your own speech! If you can't, however, you could get some potted speeches from Wedding Speeches 4U * - was http://weddingspeech4u.com/?hop=zyra1 - sadly lost because of the ClickBank Problem

Ceremonial Swords
Remember it is marriage not a divorce, and anyway, the two families are supposed to get on well with each other! But seriously, Toledo Swords offer "ceremonial swords for weddings".

Getting married can be an expensive business, and it's a good idea to get some special Wedding Insurance to cover the insurance risks on the day. Does your
home insurance cover the value of the wedding gifts? Some companies specifically mention weddings in the policy, for example Direct Line Home Insurance and Marks and Spencer Travel Insurance. We have American Insurance Companies on this site, but it's best to check them to see if they'll insure your wedding.

Printers? Custom / mass production services ? Business services ? We're working on that.

Having your marriage in an exotic location? Sounds a romantic idea, but how are the guests going to get there? But for the honeymoon... see

And now some useful contacts to know about...

Scrapbooking Alley
Create your own invitations

ML Tailor
Wedding dresses and more online!

Udreamy Bridal
Great value wedding and bridesmaid dresses plus more!

Jelly Belly Candy Company
Create your own bridal shower!

For broad-minded ladies!

Event Decor Direct
Everything from glassware to chandeliers!

Design Bands
Discounted Wedding bands!

Something for your wedding night - maybe!

Invitations and Greetings!

Fully customizable wedding dresses!

TJ Formal
Find that special outfit!

Look Love Send
Unique invitations and more!

Wedding Mountain
All about Weddings and wedding supplies

Suits for the mother of the bride

Golden Mine
Wedding bands and more!

The Knot
Wedding Shop!

Wedding Vow Rings
Wedding rings with vows in them!

Exclusively Weddings
They don't do anything else; just Weddings

Ann's Bridal Bargains
Invitations, accessories and more

My Own Labels
Wedding favors and much more

Pretty Party Place
Including wedding items

Including wedding apparel

Hour Power Watches
Watches with images of your special day

Wedding Favors

Hanson Ellis
Top quality wedding favors in the United States!

My Wedding Favors
Your Wedding Favors

American invitation company!

Invitation Consultants
US invitation consultancy!

Shop For Bridal
Everything for the future bride!

The following are Dead Links and form an ossuary. It's a list of places whose affiliate program is no longer here:

Bridal Party Tees
Tees and clothing to celebrate that special day!

Saving money on wedding plan (USA)
Please let us know if this helps save money - was http://www.amazingweddingplanning.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi?hop=zyra1 - sadly lost because of the Clickbank Problem

The preceding is a list of places whose affiliate program has gone, or been lost for one reason or another.

Other related anecdote material: Confetti from computer output.

A MARRIAGE is an agreement between a set of people (usually two, but not always) to share their lives and responsibilities and to become "an item". It's a bit like setting up a company, where the company has a recognised status as an entity in itself. A marriage can be between any set of people (of any genders) provided they each agree. It's usual for a marriage to be publically announced, and it's usually recorded as a public record so there can be no argument about it later.

A matrimony agreement between partners is recognised by all countries in the world, at least all countries that would like their own country specific marriages to be recognised! So, for example, if Canada allows gay marriages, and the US refuses to recognise them as legal, Canada could refuse to accept ALL marriages made in the USA! Also, although the UK disapproves of Arabian polygamous marriages, it has to accept them, or else UK married couples might be declared to be "unmarried" when in Arabia.

Weddings may be religious, or not, according to the partners' preferences of beliefs. And, if a belief-set is involved, it may be a quite different one to that of the nation's state-enforced religion. Countries that try to enforce their religion on people often find travel arrangements are booked so the marriage can take place in a more libertarian place!

You can bookmark this page and come back to it when you need Baby Items!

Here at Zyra's website, which is an International resource about almost everything, it became increasingly apparent that this category about weddings and marriages was tending to have a transatlantic feel to it, with many of the merchants being specifically either UK or USA. So, in February 2012 the page was split into two, one for marriages in the United States and one for marriages in the United Kingdom. Of course it would have been expected that the page would have a need for weddings in the wider world, but at the time of splitting the page, there were 29 UK references and 19 US references, and none that didn't fit with either one or the other. Of course Zyra's website has a variety of other worldwide regions with some speciality, and there could come a future time where another marriages page is created, but for now we'll have just the two, USA and UK.

This version is the one for Weddings in the United States , the other being Weddings UK