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Party idea submitted by myweddingfavors Sep 23rd, 2009
4 Ways To Keep Bells Ringing At Your Wedding
Quick, name a song with the words “wedding bells” in the title! That shouldn’t be a hard request because there are literally hundreds of them. From the 5th Dimension’s “Wedding Bell Blues” to “Wedding Bells” by Hank Williams, Jr., bells have long been associated with weddings—singing about them, writing about them, and of course ringing them before, during and after the ceremony. It all dates back to pre-Colonial days when there weren’t telephones, IMs or Tweets. Think of them as a text message of the oldest kind. The church bell would ring throughout the countryside letting people know of important events, like weddings, funerals and church services. Nowadays, bell ringing has become purely symbolic, but charming nonetheless. In nostalgic remembrance of days gone by, here are four ways brides can keep the bells ringing at their wedding.
Also known as the bell ringer, the bride’s entrance is announced by a wee one ringing a bell and declaring, “The bride is coming! The bride is coming!” in true Paul-Revere fashion. Typically entering between the flower girl and the bride, a bell ringer adds a touch of whimsy to your walk down the aisle. As far as spreading good news, it always captures the hearts of guests and creates smiles everywhere.
Signal The Kiss
Arm your guests with romantic powers! Let them control your kiss during the reception by giving them tiny wedding bells to ring each time they want to see your lovely embrace. Going along with the game no matter how many times they ring those wedding bell favors, the kiss is reward enough for your act of obedience and love. Unexpected for you and fun for them, it’s a great way to incorporate a little “audience participation” and liven things up while waiting for food in the buffet line.
A Silent Celebration
Bells that don’t ring are still quite festive. Use the traditional pair of wedding bells tied together with ribbon in your décor to create the symbolism of two bells (the bride and groom) being joined together in marriage. Place them on the pews as an alternative to pew bows, as a topper for the wedding cake, and even as a graphic on the dance floor.
Let the bells rejoice!
As a unique part of your special day, have a hand bell choir provide a selection, like “Wedding Bells Are Ringing”, “The Lord’s Prayer” or some other favorite. With melodic magic in the palms of their hands, the songs and memories will continue to ring in everyone’s hearts.
With so many ways to ring out the good news of your nuptials, it’s easy to use wedding bells to share the love and joy of your special day.
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