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In the past few years there have been more and more articles concerning homosexual marriages and the wedding industry. Recently there have been some articles regarding several different bakeries that have refused to makes cakes for same sex couples. 

The Case

One bakery in Colorado has received ample publicity surrounding their case. Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, stood on their Christian principles and denied an order from a gay couple. The co-owner of Masterpiece, Jack C. Phillips said that as firm Christian believers they would not serve their cakes at a gay ceremony.

The couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, were able to find another bakeshop willing to provide a cake for their celebration. However, Craig and Mullins filed a lawsuit against Phillips. A Colorado judge, Robert N. Spencer, ruled against Phillips’ assertion that the Constitution’s 1st and 14th amendments should guard him from the government trying to control how he practices his religion.

Phillips views his cake decorating as a form of artistic expression, he argued that the government edict that was put into effect was violating his freedom of expression. But the judge waived this argument, stating that a private business does not have the right to refuse service to whomever they choose.

Personal Stand

As a Christian in the same industry, I have been interested in these articles. When considering all of these instances, I am torn. I grew up in a conservative Christian home, with strong values that have been enforced and lived out by my parents. I believe that homosexuality is a sin, according to the Bible such as in Leviticus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 12:31. 

While I do believe that homosexuality is a sin, I began to consider what reaction would be to a situation like the one Phillip’s faced. God also teaches Christians to love those who fall short of his glory, for we are all sinners. The debate might concern how much love we are to give others, without supporting and even promoting their sins.

My conclusion is that, I would agree with Phillips in standing up for my right to practice my religious beliefs. While I would love and pray for a homosexual couple who approached Big Hat Events, I would feel that my beliefs take precedent. I would feel that it would compromising my own beliefs to support a homosexual couple in their union.

We stand firm in our beliefs, but also choose to love all individuals despite their decisions, recognizing that we all have sinned and are therefore unholy in the eyes of our Creator.

3 Best Wedding Websites & Apps

With everyone and their  mother getting tech phones, it’s nearly impossible to avoid technology. We suggest you do the opposite, embrace the technological advances, they will serve you well! We’ve found the top 3 wedding websites and (and app) available today that can help you plan, shop for, and document your big day.

1. Style Me Pretty

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SMP is a blog chocked full of so much wedding related material you won’t know what to do with yourself, seriously. This website is perfect for any bride who doesn’t know where to start. There are thousands of weddings documented here, inspiration out the wazoo, and hundreds of useful blog posts. We encourage you, spend a couple hours…a couple days on this website if you need to make some wedding decisions. Creating an account is free and it’s fast. After creating an account you can make a”board” where you can save your ideas and separate them into different collections. SMP even offers a list of vendors. Another useful aspect of their website is they divide their information up, you can choose from Canada, Australia, New England, California, The Northwest, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Tri-State areas when looking for something specific like a photographer, florist, or caterer.  There is even an option for you to submit your wedding photos and hints after your big day.

2.  Lover.ly 

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On this website you have the ability to browse thousands of images from the top wedding blogs, available in one concentrated location. It allows you to search wedding styles and themes, dress types (neckline, material, cut etc.), floral preferences, stationary options, and the  list continues. This is like the ultimate Pinterest dedicated specifically to weddings! It’s easy, quick, and free to create your account. Creating an account will allow you to save your ideas and inspirations all in one place.

3. Instagram

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Although it’s likely that you will hire a professional photographer, keep in mind that smartphones are equipped with digital cameras that can produce high quality pictures. You guests will be snapping photos all night long and chances are they will get some shots that even your high-dollar photographer will miss. So, take advantage of their amateur photography skills and create a hashtag that your guests can use for your special day. When they hashtag the images, you’ll be able to search the Instagram app and find all the images from your wedding in one place! You are free to dance, laugh, visit, eat, and drink the night away and you will be able to relive everything you missed out on by accessing your guests images after everything is long over.   Post signs, chalkboards, or even add it to the invite so your guests are sure to use your hashtag!

Hint: Make your hashtag unique enough that you will be the only wedding using it! 

Remember, your big day is supposed to be special and enjoyable! We’ve found that these websites (and app) are useful and easy for brides to use in planning their weddings. While there are hundreds of websites and apps available, we feel that these are the most user-friendly. These websites also provide you with copious amounts of useful, inspirational information to help you prepare for your big day. Enjoy!

Images from: StyleMePretty /Lover.ly/Pinterest

10 Steps to Creating Your Own Personalized Wedding Favors

We know that weddings can be a stressful time, but we are here to help make your day go more smoothly. Whether you choose to hire a wedding planner to help out along the way or you’re on your own, we think that you should make sure that you keep it personal.

Your wedding day is unique to YOU. This is the first step on your lifelong journey. We feel that you and your future spouse should both be reflected in every aspect of the event.

Creating your own favors can be the perfect personal touch to your day. You want to do something that guests will appreciate and remember. There are hundreds of different types of favors you can provide for your guests as a souvenir and a token of your appreciation of their attendance. 

Various themes call for different types of favors. From handing out jars of homemade jams to bottles family-distilled whiskey, personalized matchboxes to custom printed cozies, wedding favors come in all shapes and sizes.

Although these ideas are cute, we want to keep it simple, chic, and cheap. In several wedding showers we have helped to host, we’ve worked to make simple boxes using scrap booking paper and a simple template we found online. Though cutting out each box, and folding and gluing them can be tedious, we loved the result.  

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This can be a fun project for you and your bridesmaids, family members, and friends. We chose to fill the boxes with small candies (m&m’s, mike&ike’s, Red Hots, butter mints, Hot Tamales, jelly beans and
Skittles have been our biggest crowd pleasers). The best part is being the box candy-filler (the box manufacturers will be too busy to notice a missing handful or two!).

First you’ll need to purchase your supplies; scrapbooking paper that is consistent with your wedding color palette or theme, scissors or a paper cutter, glue and any additional tools such as stamps, a paper scorer, ribbon, and glitter.

When it comes to the paper, search for something fun and unique. Also consider the thickness of your paper. We’ve found that a sturdier stock paper works best for these boxes.

Consider whether or not you will want to customize the boxes further. We recommend a stamp. You can press your initials onto the boxes and offer a more personalized favor for your guests. If you choose to use stamps, you’ll need to make sure you stamp the boxes before folding them.

There are several places online that you can purchase a monogram stamp for your wedding. These are adorable and you can use them after the wedding too! You can spend anywhere from $15 to $45 on these stamps, depending on what you want, so look around before you buy!

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Making your boxes:

1. Print off your templatesmbox

2. Cut your template out (we recommend you laminate this to make it easier for re-use)

3. Trace your template onto your scrapbooking paper

4. Stamp your monogram onto the preferred side of your cube

5. Use your paper scorer (or a pencil can work too) to crease your folds for a clean, professional look

6. Glue the sides of your boxes to make sure they are sturdy enough to hold your contents

7. Let your boxes set, allow time for the glue to dry

8. Pour candy into your cubes

9. Garnish with a ribbon

10. Repeat steps 1-9 until you have accommodated all of your guests

These boxes will be sure to please your guests and add a small touch of YOU to one of most overlooked aspects of your big day. We know you will love creating these with your wedding party. Make a day out of it; start with brunch or a lunch (full workers are happy workers).

As always, be sure to keep CUT in mind, we want it to be Chic, uniform, and tasteful.

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