Mardi Gras: Happy Fat Tuesday!!

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Happy Fat Tuesday readers! For those of you who love to dress up in fun outfits and carry on a party for over a month then this must be your favorite holiday. Keep in mind that the true meaning of Carnival and Mardi Gras goes much deeper than the beads and parades. These fun gestures are long standing religious traditions with deep meaning worldwide.

Carnival refers to the period of feasting and fun which always begins on January 6th, The Feast of the Epiphany. Mardi Gras refers to Fat Tuesday, the final day of revelry before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. The colors of Mardi Gras are just as important as the reason for the celebration. Purple is for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. New Orleans is perhaps the most well known place to be for the celebrations. The majority of the Balls and parades are thrown and funded by individual Krewes. Each Krewe has their own ball, king and queen ( always a big secret!), and floats with designated theme.
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Thinking of having a Mardi Gras themed wedding next year? Pay attention and get planning now. I am always in buying mode right after every big holiday because stores are overloaded with leftover merchandise that they have to get rid of. The key is to take these bargains and turn them into something creative and useful for your wedding. Be aware that a Mardi Gras theme can be tricky and could hover on the line of tacky. If you’re not careful, David Tutera could be knocking at your door and you would have to explain all your tackiness to him! Actually, that may just get you the wedding of your dreams!!!

As a planner, I would suggest beginning with the colors of Mardi Gras. Start out with a themed invitation and carry small details into the wedding reception. Choose a deep eggplant for your bridesmaids, a gold vest for the groomsmen, and a pair of gorgeous green pumps for yourself! Be creative with your flowers arrangements and bouquets. Have a purple, green, and gold cake too. Add small amounts of feathers and provide your guests with masks and beads to wear after dinner. Small touches go a long way.
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