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Putting the ART in your PARTY, Issue #003 is here
February 27, 2005
Hello

Welcome to the month of March.
Southern hemishere dwellers are looking forward to cooling down as we move into Autumn. I’ll be happy to see the end of all the stifling humidity in Sydney, that‘s for sure!
March is a month with a very diverse collection of celebrations around the world. There is something to celebrate whether you are Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Female, a Grandparent, Irish, Mauritian, Hungarian, Greek or someone from Ghana.

Quite a large slab of the human population ;)

Read the calendar of events below if you are wondering what I mean…

There have been a few changes on the Heavenly Doves website in the past month.
We gave the “look and feel” of website an overhaul, just because I decided to….we also added a new page, “Sydney Wedding Locations”.
Find it at http://heavenlywhitedoves.net/sydney_wedding_locations.html

The Wedding Locations page focuses on weddings, but this new web page is relevant for anyone planning any kind of outdoor event in Sydney.

I have a whole bunch of other info-packed pages in the pipeline which will be added in the coming months. These new pages will provide info on weddings and parties no matter where you live in the world.

Heavenly Doves got a mention in the Weekend Australian Magazine recently. Every week, under the heading “Someone’s Got To Do It” they profile someone with a strange job. On February 5 it was “Tamara Baker, Dove Releaser” (that’s me!) with a little description about what I do. In all honesty, dove releasing is the most conventional job I have ever had!

CONTENTS

1)FEATURE ARTICLE - Seven Stupid Wedding Mistakes Even Smart Couples Make by Chris Simeral
2)WHERE DOVES FLY - We recount the best events that Heavenly Doves have attended recently.
3)CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD FOR MARCH
4) CELEBRATION OF THE MONTH- St Patrick's Day
5) OUT OF THE IN-TRAY - The jokes or pearls of wisdom that have landed in my email inbox.
6)THE MEMBER’S PAGE - Unfortunately because I have been VERY busy taking doves all over Sydney in the past few weeks, I haven’t had time to work on the members page (this is a one person operation, you know!.
Last months page is still works http://heavenlywhitedoves.net/specials02.html (password: FEATHER) for links, articles and free ebooks to download.


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FEATURE ARTICLE- 7 Stupid Wedding Mistakes Even Smart Couples Make by Chris Simeral

“What in the world could they have been thinking?”

Definitely words you DON’T want to hear your guests uttering at your wedding. But despite your best intentions, sometimes things slip through the cracks. Sometimes you make a really silly mistake that, if you had just stopped and thought about it for a few minutes, never would have happened. The problem is that many brides and grooms are so darn busy trying to manage everything else that’s going on – from housing out-of-town guests to dealing with last-minute cancellations or additions to the guest list -- they simply overlook the obvious. That’s when smart people wind up making really stupid mistakes. Here are seven common slip-ups that can ruin an otherwise perfect ceremony.

1. Failing to Thank the Guests

They came to the wedding. They brought gifts. They stopped and congratulated you and took time out of their busy lives to help you celebrate the joining of you and your beloved in a new life together. Don’t leave the reception hall without saying thank you!

2. Speaking While Intoxicated

This one should be a new form of misdemeanor. If your wedding traditions include the bride or groom making a speech to the assembled guests, do it before you enjoy the free bar. You’ll be thankful later when you watch the wedding videos, and you won’t have to apologize to people you don’t remember insulting.

3. Beware the Infamous “Wardrobe Malfunction” Black underwear, white dress. It was a bad idea in elementary school, and it’s still a bad idea today. Check in a mirror in various lighting situations to make sure that your dress isn’t sheer or invisible in certain conditions prior to the ceremony. If you are renting a tux, check it for rips and make sure you have it fitted before you bring it home. Also, black is the only acceptable color for a tuxedo.

4. Late to the Altar

Not only is this one inconsiderate to the guests and your soon-to-be spouse, but it also wreaks havoc on your vendors. Ice sculptures melt, food gets cold, and photographers lose needed time to pose people and get those still shots for memory albums. The only reason you should ever be late to your own wedding would be something completely beyond your control – like a force of nature. 5. Running out of Food/Drinks

You made the guest list. You know how many people you expect to be there. Running out of food is a good way to make sure your guests feel unappreciated and is inexcusable. This is not the place to save money. Make sure you have enough dinner and drinks for all who are expected to attend; it’s better to throw some away than have hungry guests and nothing to feed them.

6. Know Where the Ring Is Before Walking Down the Aisle

It happens more than you might think. The best man is supposed to be holding the rings, and he leaves them in his other coat. The bride expects them to be brought on a pillow but the ring-bearer is only eight and thought they were golden Barbie doll crowns. Do one more spot check for the rings before you start down the aisle and you won’t have to worry about an awkward moment and a ruined ceremony.

7. Inviting Your “Ex” – Without Telling Anyone

Unless there is an extremely good reason for inviting your ex-boyfriend or ex-wife, don’t do it. It makes everyone uncomfortable. A close corollary to this is not letting members of the wedding party know what your betrothed’s name is (yes, it sounds unbelievable but it DOES happen). If you have not been engaged for a long time, or you recently ended a long-standing relationship prior to your wedding and your wedding party isn’t familiar with your intended, make sure you introduce them. You don’t want to deal with a wedding toast to you and your ex-girlfriend because the best man didn’t know your bride’s name!


About the Author Chris Simeral is the creator of The Ultimate Wedding Vow Toolkit, the wedding-coordinator-approved home-study course for couples personalizing or renewing their wedding vows. Sign up for the free wedding vow mini-course at http://www.weddingvowtoolkit.com.





WHERE DOVES FLY

Yes, we often get asked to do some strange things....
A prospective bride recently asked us if she could have doves flying in circles above at her indoor reception while she was dancing the bridal waltz.

Now our doves are very smart, but due to the fact that we only ever exercise them outdoors, could you imagine what would happen if we let them loose in a reception hall? Have you seen Shrek 2? Now imagine that inside a reception hall with 20 birds at the same time….a big fat splat!


There was one bizarre event we did agree to attend recently. A little while ago, the local employees of a luxury car company held a mini “Ancient Athens-style” Olympics at the Sydney Olympics Stadium as a team building exercise.

After making sure everyone had their fill of beer, the opening ceremony consisted of people dressed in gold togas with olive plant wreaths on their head walking proudly with bamboo torch flames.

One toga-clad participant set fire to a BBQ hotplate (representing the Olympic flame). Then they released the doves. Luckily I made sure they kept the doves clear of the BBQ. The “Olympic” events were all reminiscent of that 80’s TV show “It’s a Knock-Out”. What are those crazy corporate-types going to do next year for fun?

[Sidenote: The welfare of our birds is our main concern, therefore we sometimes say no to events that we think would be unsafe for them. We also never leave the birds unattended at any event just in case they may be mistreated (usually by children at poking them at weddings)]





WORLD CELEBRATIONS

March 6- Independance Day, Ghana

March 8- International Women’s Day
International Women's Day is a day for asserting women's political and social rights, and for celebrating women's contributions to society. It is a day to raise awareness of the value of women's work (still often unpaid), and to remember the courageous, centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. (That’s tellin’ ‘em sisters!)

March 12 - Mahashivratri (India), National Day (Mauritius)
Mahashivratri is a very important Hindu festival celebrating the hindu god, Shiva. Mahashivratri literally means the night of Lord Shiva. On this day, hundu people gather at temples of Lord Shiva and sing bhajans (holy songs), offer prayers and recite shlokas in the honor of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva forms a part of the Hindu holy Trimurti (trinity of Gods), wherein Brahma is the creator, Vishnu the sustainer and Shiva is the destroyer.

March 13 - Grandparents Day (USA)
The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide

March 15 - National Day, Hungary

March 17 - St. Patricks Day (Ireland)
A day to be proud to be Irish (especially if you’re not Irish).

March 20- Palm Sunday, Autumn (or Spring) Equinox
Palm Sunday is the sixth and last Sunday of lent and beginning of Holy Week of Easter. During the catholic mass, five prayers are said, then the bishop or priest asks God to bless the branches from a palm or olive plant. The prayers make reference to the dove bringing back the olive branch to Noah's ark; they say that the branches of palms signify victory over death and the olive the advent of spiritual unction through Christ. The clergyman sprinkles the palms with holy water, incenses them, and, after another prayer, distributes them. During the distribution the choir sings the "Pueri Hebrćorum".

March 21- Human Rights Day (South Africa)
On this day in 1960 the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws. Many were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organisations, many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses by all sides; Human Rights Day is but one step to ensure that the people of South Africa are aware of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur. Human Rights Day was instituted in 1994 when President Nelson Mandela and the ANC (African National Congress) were elected into power.

March 25 - Good Friday [Christian], Purim [Jewish], Independence Day, Greece.
Good Friday-the Friday on which the Church celebrates the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Purim-The Jewish Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim takes place on the fourteenth and fifteenth days of Adar, the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar. This year (2005) Purim begins at sundown on the 24th of March. The story of Purim is recounted in The Megillah, the Scroll on which the Book of Esther is written. It tells the story of Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus, Esther's uncle (or cousin) Mordechai, and the king's chief advisor Haman Though Synagogues are mostly solemn places, the atmosphere changes as children dress up as their favorite Purim characters and rattle graggers (noisemakers) at every mention of Haman's name. The Megillah is read twice on the holiday - once at night and once during the day

March 27 - Easter Sunday
March 28 - Easter Monday
The christian celebration of the resurrenction of Jesus, mixed in with the pagan celebrations of the spring equinox.


CELEBRATION OF THE MONTH - Saint Patrick's Day

As Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

In other large cities around the world with a large Irish population, St. Patrick's Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, "wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!

We here at Heavenly Doves are looking forward to our annual dove release from the County Wexford float at Sydney’s annual St Patrick’s Day parade in the city.





OUT OF THE IN-TRAY

I received this one again recently, it’s been doing laps around the email circuit…but it gets you thinking

INTERESTING FACTS
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it.)

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb. (Now that's more like it!)

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. (O.M.G.!)

A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. (In my next life, I want to be a pig.)

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death! (Creepy) (I'm still not over the pig.)

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour (Don't try this at home, maybe at work)

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. ("Honey, I'm home. What the....?!")

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field. (30 minutes..lucky pig! Can you imagine?)

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. (What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)

Some lions mate over 50 times a day. (I still want to be a pig in my next life...quality over quantity)

Butterflies taste with their feet. (Something I always wanted to know.)

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Hmmmmmm......)

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. (If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (okay, so that would be a good thing)

A cat's urine glows under a black light. (I wonder who was paid to figure that out?)

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (I know some people like that.)

Starfish have no brains. (I know some people like that too.)

Polar bears are left-handed. (If they switch, they'll live a lot longer)

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (What about that pig??)

Have a great month and keep on partying!

Tamara.

This ezine is sent out on the first day of every month, so don’t forget to look out for March’s edition of “Putting the Art in Your Party“.

I welcome any comments, suggestions, questions or article ideas, just email party@heavenlywhitedoves.net

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“Putting the Art in Your Party” -A monthly newsletter delivering exciting info on event planning, celebrations around the world, hot products and, of course, dove releasing.

Published By Tamara Baker from Heavenly Doves
White Doves for special events in Sydney
North Richmond, NSW, Australia
http://heavenlywhitedoves.net
Phone: +61 2 45712573

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