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Choosing Wedding Invitations For Your Wedding

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests have into what your wedding will be like. With that said choosing the right invitation is very important. If your wedding is a certain theme your invitation should reflect that.

If you are planning a very traditional or formal wedding your invitations should reflect this. You would not want to use bold colors, but you would stick to something more traditional and elegant. When you are choosing the invitations it is also essential for you to remember that many of your guests will keep the invitation as a physical keepsake of you special day, so choose wisely.

Now that you understand how to incorporate wedding colors and themes into the invitations, it is time to think about your wedding budget. Every wedding needs a budget as items add up rather quickly. If you do not already know how much money you have to spend on the stationery, now is the time to figure that out.

Wedding invitations can become rather expensive. It is not the invitations that cost you so much, it is that there are many parts of a wedding invitation and each usually has a separate price. The basics include the invitation, the response card, the reception card and the thank you notes. You might also add direction cards, save the date cards or magnets (for long engagement periods), and place cards. It all adds up.

It is time to consider the style of your wedding invitation. Your wedding invitation should reflect your wedding day, colors, themes and atmosphere. For instance you may choose to use the wedding colors or theme on your invitation. However another good idea is to choose an invitation that matches the atmosphere or feeling of the wedding. You do not want a modern invitation for an elegant wedding or a formal invitation for a casual affair.

You should first address if your wedding would either be considered modern or traditional. If your wedding falls into either category you may want to consider wedding invitations to match that feeling.

Brides who choose to have a formal or traditional wedding should use traditional wedding invitations. The invitations would have black print on white or light colored paper.

On the other hand if you think you a planning a more modern wedding the invitation colors are pretty much endless. It is not unheard of these days to have wedding invitations which are green, red or even black. Modern wedding invitations may use graphics and pictures, even though it is not necessary.

Now that you are ready to buy something it is time to figure out where you will be shopping. Well the first place most people want to try is something nearby. There is a lot to be said for going into a print shop, talking to the employees and designers and seeing a design book.

If you choose not to use them or do not have any suitable suppliers in your area there is always mail order and internet stationery stores that you can use. Mail order and internet suppliers usually have a vivid catalog to choose from with pictures of each style available. Many will give you suggestions on word choices, when to send the invitations and other etiquette matters. Choose the correct supplier by finding the right invitation for you at a cost that you can live with.

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The Royal Chapel of Granada Spain

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

When some of the greatest monarchs of the world die, they tend to pass with grandiose style. This is what the Royal Chapel of Granada certainly exudes – style, class and abundance. The story behind the building of this chapel, which is situated within the Granada Chapel, is a story of about medieval Spain, and surprisingly of death and love.

It started when Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand decided that the Andalucian city of Granada was the most appropriate spot to lay to rest. The couple saw Granada not only as a place of conquest but also as a symbol of their success in creating a strong Spanish empire. Choosing a resting place may sound a little bit morbid, but it was also fitting that a glorious mausoleum should be built for the beloved monarchs. And so the Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) became the burial place through a Royal Warrant signed in September 1504.

The Royal Chapel was designed according to the Gothic style and was dedicated to two Johns, Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist. In a way, historians believed that the history of the Chapel is a reflection of Spain’s history. It showcases the evolutions that occurred in the country, particularly in culture and artistry. Unfortunately, the Queen died before the chapel finished. But this did not stop it from becoming not only a mausoleum but in addition a museum, for it was the wish of the royal couple that the chapel would house some of their most precious items.

This decision resulted in a place where modern visitors can bask in the spectacle of the invaluable books, relics, tapestries, fabrics, vases, vestments and paintings of the era. Among this massive collection, you will find of course, the ornate tombs of the Queen and King, who decided to stay close to each other even in death. This ‘togetherness’ may not surprise you initially. But evidenced by what history tells us, royal unions have not always resulted in a happy ending. And it is indeed romantic to know that the two Spanish royalties decided to remain together till the very end and thereafter.

The beautiful tombs of Fernando and Isabella are located in a section that is separated by an exquisite wrought iron screen from the rest of the nave. Together with the tombs of the Catholic monarchs are the remains of their children Philip and Juana. The museum section of the chapel can easily be spotted. Some of the most precious paintings you will find here are the masterpieces of Botticelli, van der Weyden, Membling and Beruguete. It is said that most of the items found in the museum were originally collected by the Queen herself. And what stands out among these treasures? For a number of people, it would have to be the sword of King Fernando or the crown and scepter of Queen Isabella.

Fortunately, if you are already in the city of Granada, the Royal Chapel is hard to miss. The Chapel and the Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Incarnacion that houses it; occupy the central part of the city, and it is serviced by several city buses. The cathedral with its size and grandeur, is almost equally impressive and is certainly also deserving of your visit.