Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cultural Wedding Traditions

Many places around the world involve cultural heritage and traditions in weddings.  It's a beautiful sentiment to incorporate various traditions that your families have done for ages, and these traditions include a mental stamina to the future of your own marriage.  Whether you're looking into including something from your own culture or embracing other ideals, here are some neat cultural wedding traditions. Because there are so many cultures and religions with their own traditions, we'll just touch the surface. 

In Chinese culture, the bride wears a traditional red qipao. Red is a celebration color which symbolizes a good life, love and happiness. A Western twist is to wear the qipao during a private ceremony with family and have a bigger ceremony or just reception in white. Traditionally, the bride typically wears three wedding dresses in China!

In India, there has been a long standing tradition with mehndi, or henna. The core significance of having henna for the wedding day is associated with relieving stress. Application of the mehndi prevents stress because it cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense. Mehndi is applied to the hands and feet which have the majority of nerve endings in the body. It's also said that the henna artist will hide the groom's name on the bride's hands and that he must find his name before the couple goes to bed that night. 

Many Latin-American cultures follow this tradition: after the vows, the priest wraps a lazo (or lasso), which is a large rosary or rope of flowers in a figure eight around the couples neck's to represent their eternal unity. The lazo is a reminder of the responsibility of the couple will share in marriage. 

An Irish bride may want a lucky horseshoe tied around her bouquet. If the points of the horseshoe face up, it's said that they will catch and hold good luck. Another item of good luck is to add a shamrock to the bouquet. 

In Russia there is a tradition called "vykup nevesty," or bridal ransom. On the day of the wedding, the groom must work for his bride. The groom pays up in money, gifts, jewelry and light hearted humiliation. Grooms are forced to dance, answer riddles, and perform silly tests of worthiness. When the friends and family are impressed, the ransom is over and he can see his bride. 

Wilderness Ridge does not own the rights to these photos. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Top Wedding Movies

Nothing like a good movie to put you in the mood for a wedding! The following movies are some of our favorites when it comes to the romance, comedy, and the big day. This list is in no particular order but each movie has it's own unique characteristics to make it awesome.

Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler, Robbie is a wedding singer while Drew Barrymore is a waitress who works weddings. Both of these characters are preparing for separate weddings as they discover they have chosen the wrong partners. With a super cute love song scene on a plane, it's hard to miss this movie when contemplating the best wedding movies. 

Wedding Crashers

A hilarious and raunchy comedy about a couple dudes (Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn) who frequently crash weddings until they meet a pair of upper class sisters. The guys are invited to spend a weekend with the girls and their families who are currently preparing for weddings. Wilson falls in love with Rachel McAdams who becomes engaged while on the trip. To find out what happens, you'll just have to see the movie! 

My Best Friend's Wedding

When Julia Roberts best guy friend is preparing for his wedding, Julia realizes she is in love with him and tries to break up the couple days before the wedding. Roberts heads to sabotage the wedding only to be asked by the bride-to-be, Cameron Diaz, to be the maid of honor. The comical turn of events leads to ups and downs. But the movie still ends on a happy note, I promise. 

Runaway Bride
Another romanic classic with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. But, unlike Pretty Woman, Roberts plays a small town woman who cannot seem to be held down by a man or wedding. Gere, a city newspaper writer hears her story and learns that Roberts is betrothed to marry soon. The following scene is when Gere requests an interview with Roberts, Roberts and Joan Cusack realize that Gere had recently written a article with many factual errors regarding Roberts. Check out and see what happens to Gere...

27 Dresses

Jane, Katherine Heigl, is always a bridesmaid but never a bride. She fantasies about weddings, especially with her boss. However, when Heigl's younger sister comes into town, Heigl's boss falls for her sister. Be sure to watch this romcom (romantic+comedy) and enjoy Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

A young greek woman, Nia Vardalos, falls in love with a non-Greek man. She struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. With many funny and memorable scenes, this wedding movie is a classic. Be sure to watch till the end!

Father of the Bride
This movie is mostly in the parents perspective. Steve Martin's daughter is getting married, and Martin must come to terms that his little girl is now a woman. Watch as the family prepares for the big day with many hilarious moments.

Sweet Home Alabama

A classic romcom about a small town southern girl, Reese Witherspoon, who moves to the big city to make a name for herself. After her engagement, she realizes she must return to the small town and ask her long forgotten husband for a divorce. She gets more than she bargained for when she returns and must decide to pick her NYC or southern life. 

The Proposal

Ryan Reynolds plays a guy who has been a office slave to his boss (Sandra Bullock) for several years. When Bullock finds out she will be deported back to her homeland of Canada, she forces Reynolds to marry her for her visa and a promotion for Reynolds. Reynolds had already planned a trip back home, so to not look suspicious to the INS agent, Bullock and Reynolds go to Alaska to meet the family. Cute little movie. 

I Love You, Man

A wedding movie more in the perspective of the guy. Paul Rudd plays a guy-friendless man who struggles to find his best man for his upcoming wedding. After meeting Jason Segel, Rudd must find the happy balance of best friend and fiancee. 

These are some of our favorites, be sure to tell us some movies you like!

Wilderness Ridge does not own the rights to these movies. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Today's blog idea is all about groomsmen gifts. Let's face it, sometimes it's hard to buy gifts for guys. If the happy couple is having a difficult time figuring out something creative for the guys, keep reading! 

This mini foosball table is 20"H x 12 1/2"W x 4"D

A popular idea, glasses with painted chalkboard have been a craze lately!

Custom made cigar boxes, always a classic!

Custom made pocket knives for the outdoor and adventurous group of guys!

My personal favorite for a musical group of guys, harmonica! 

Another awesome idea, shaving kits with a shot of alcohol (preferably to be used in the shave then drink order).

Customized toiletry bags are perfect for the guys, especially if it's a destination wedding they need to travel to! 

Wilderness Ridge does not own the rights to any of these photos. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Photo Backdrop Ideas

Everyone loves weddings, it's practically a scientific fact. Everyone loves to get dressed up, see friends and family they haven't seen in a while, eat cake, and dance their little hearts out. But do you know what people also love? Taking fun pictures to remember the night forever. Why not provide an awesome backdrop for some even more classy and humorous pictures? Here are some ideas we love! 

Recently popular idea; polarid shots!

 Chic balloon backdrop. 
I searched, and searched for an idea I visualized and could not find it. I imagined using a map, like the two above or a simple physical map of the world as a backdrop. Both would be adorable with people infront of. These maps above came from an awesome Etsy shop:

If you used a map as a backdrop, send us your photos!!

This boat used as a photo prop is adorable. Taking the theme, "Beside the Sea" and turning it into a photo opportunity. 

Another super adorable idea: Chalkboard!

And don't forget, your guests will love the idea of writing messages or wedding advice to you on chalkboards!

Don't forget about the outside opportunities! Sheets of fabric and simple lanterns make a super cute backdrop. 

Another popular backdrop: ribbons! Add some string lights and you have it made!

Of course you can always opt for favorite, and rent a photo booth for the big day! A popular item at any wedding. 

Wilderness Ridge does not own the rights to these photos. 

Tour the Wilderness Ridge Golf Course

We have recently had the wonderful pleasure of having our personal videographer, Jeffrey Colebank, make some videos for Wilderness Ridge. Here's the first of his series, a short tour of our Championship Golf course. 

Welcome to Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our Championship Golf Course at just over 7,100 yards has played host to some of the most prestigious events in Nebraska, including the United States Open Qualifying, Nebraska Section PGA Championship, National Amputee Golf Tournament and numerous collegiate championships. Weaving its way through the Wilderness Ridge housing development, the course is famous for its outstanding greens, fairways and unique water features. Our practice facilities offer some of the largest and best conditions in Lincoln and we invite you to make this your home course and practice facility.

At Wilderness Ridge, we also offer the Executive Golf Course, a 9-hole par 32 golf course with challenging holes throughout.

"Fore" tee times please call our Pro Shop at 402-434-5106.

For more of Jeff Colebank's work, please visit his website:

Wilderness Ridge does own the rights to this video and music.