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Flowers For Your Summer Wedding

Are you looking for flowers for your summer wedding? Summer is by far the best season for flowers, so you’re in luck if you’re a summer bride!

Ordering flowers that are currently in season is not only the most affordable choice, it’s also the most environmentally friendly option. Flowers that are not in bloom in the summer  (i.e. tulips) must be grown in a greenhouse or shipped from a foreign locale.

There are plenty of beautiful, popular flowers in season for summer that are ideal for weddings! Here are some of our favorites:

Baby’s Breath
Chrysanthemum
Carnation
Calla Lily
Gardenia
Lilac
Iris
Hydrangea
Gerbera
Lily
Daffodil
Alstroemeria
Lisianthus
English Lavender

Of course, there are tons of flowers to choose from, these are just a few of our favorites for summer weddings!

Did you have a summer wedding or are you getting married this summer? What flowers did you use? We would love to see what you chose!

 

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Wedding Thank You Notes

In the age of impersonal emails, texts and “likes” on Facebook, writing a thank you note is making a welcome comeback! Not sure where to start with your wedding thank you notes? Here are a few tips on where to start:

Keep It Brief

Don’t stress about making your thank you note lengthy and drawn out. The great thing is that it is a note – therefore, in itself it’s meant to be short and sweet.

Timing is Important

Don’t wait too long to send out thank you notes. The sooner the better! You want to make sure you remember the details and the sooner you write it the fresher it will be on your mind.

Make It Unique

The most challenging part about writing a good thank you note is making it unique. It can be hard to write a well thought out note when you simply received money. But, there is always a way to spin the verbiage to make it seem personal, even if the gift was not.

Here is an example of a thank you note for a monetary gift:

Dear Aunt Nancy,

 Thank you so much for the generous gift! Tom and I truly appreciate it. We plan to take use the money towards our honeymoon. There was a fun excursion that we wanted to go on and your generous gift will go a long way to helping us do that!

 Sincerely,

Amanda

It Doesn’t Have To Be Fancy

The card itself doesn’t have to be expensive. The most important thing is that you show your gratitude. Writing a heart-felt letter is so much better than any fancy paper.

 

Have you recently had to write thank you notes for your wedding or shower? We would love to hear what tips you have for writing thank you notes!

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Last Minute Wedding Checklist

When planning your wedding, there is so much to plan for that it’s easy to forget something. To help you stay organized on the day of your wedding, we have compiled a list of last minute things that you may need:

1.) Vendor Contact List

It’s something we don’t want to think about happening, but if something were to go wrong with one the vendors, you need to know how to get in contact with them, and them with you. Create a list of contacts with vendor, name, and phone number, That way, if you do need to get in contact with one of them, you have the list handy and you aren’t scrambling to find their number.

2.) Designate a Day of Contact

Speaking of potential disasters occurring, you should put someone in charge of yielding those potential issues. For example, if the florist get’s lost, you as bride should not be the one of the phone giving them directions. Consider giving this task to a Maid of Honor or a close friend – someone responsible and who knows what you want. This will make your day so much easier. They can be in charge of keeping everything in check and you can focus on what you should be – marrying the love of your life.

3.) Photography Shot List

It happens – we get so caught up in the day that we forget to take all the pictures that are important to us. We only get ONE day to capture these photos so create a list of all of the shots you want taken. Be sure to give a copy to your photographer in advance so that they are aware of what you want and can make it happen.

4.) Returning Rentals

If you rented or borrowed anything, you need to make sure you know the process to return them. For example, if you rented the vases for your centerpieces, but your guests want to take the centerpieces home, you need to put someone in charge of monitoring the items so they don’t walk off.

5.) Clean Up/Tear Down

Clean up is again something we don’t tend to think about. Do you have someone in charge of tearing everything down and cleaning up? Ask the coordinator at your venue if you need to do this or if they do it for you. Knowing this in advance could save you time after your reception is over.

Did we get this last minute wedding checklist right? What else would you add to the list?

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Writing Your Wedding Vows

Writing your wedding vows can be a very overwhelming process. It’s important to find the perfect words to tell your soon-to-be husband or wife. To help make the process a little easier, here are a few suggestions:

Make it personal

 Share a story about the two of you. Maybe how you met or when you first knew they were “the one.” Making your vows personal and authentic is a great start to coming up with the perfect words to say!

Quote a love poem or song

If you can’t seem to find your own words to say, use someone else’s words! There is nothing wrong with finding inspiration in a romantic love song or quoting your favorite writer. We do suggest after the quote, however, simply explain how it relates back to your relationship. That way you still keep it personal, too.

Keep it as simple as possible

There is no need to sound deep and full of wisdom in your wedding vows. You are not a philosopher and no one expects you to be. Just tell them how you feel and how happy they make you. That will be more than enough!

Don’t write them ahead of time

Of course, this might not be the right option for everyone, but you can choose to simply not write your vows in advance. This will allow you to speak directly from the heart when you are standing there at the alter looking at the one you love. If you know that you get nervous talking in front of other people and think you won’t do well with not having something prepared, then if nothing else, have a few bullet points to go off of and then what you say about those points can be said on the spot.

Write from the heart

If you are in doubt about what to say, the biggest thing to remember is that you may be speaking in front of a crowd, but in the end your words are just for the one standing across from you. They are the one that your words should resonate with. Think of it as a love letter. Also, if you are both nervous about your vows, there is nothing wrong with writing them together!

Have you recently written vows for your wedding day? What helped you get over your writers block?

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You’re Engaged! Now What?

First and foremost congratulations! You’re engaged! Now what? I am sure you have a ton of things running through your head. But try not to get too ahead of yourself. Before you go into full fledge planning mode, there are a few things you should do.

Let Your Close Friends and Family Know

No matter how tempting it is to jump to social media and announce your engagement to the world, it is important to tell your close family and friends first. Even just a quick phone call is fine, but we highly recommend doing this first. No one likes to be the last to know.

Get Your Ring Sized and Insured

I am sure your ring is absolutely gorgeous and the last thing you want to do is worry about loosing it. Be sure to get it sized to fit and have it insured. Ring insurance isn’t too expensive and it absolutely worth the peace of mind.

Start a Wedding Website

One of the best ways to keep your family and friends updated on wedding details is to create a wedding website. You can write about how you two met, have a guestbook, tell people where you are registered, etc. It’s a super useful tool!

Celebrate With Your New Fiancé

Over the next few months, things are going to start to get overwhelming. Be sure to set aside a little time for just two of you. We know there is a lot to get done, but you need to celebrate, just you and him!

Decide If You Want To Hire A Wedding Planner

Now is a good time to determine if you want to hire a wedding planner. They can be very helpful, from negotiating with vendors to fixing day-of disasters. Keep in mind, good planners don’t come cheap. If you want to hire someone to help you, be sure to do your research and set aside a budget upfront.

Start Saving Money…NOW

Weddings can add up very quickly. The best way to make sure you stay within your set budget is to work backwards. Determine how much you are willing to pay per vendor and add in all your expected (and unexpected) costs.

Did you recently get engaged? What did you do right after you said “yes?”

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Ways To Reuse And Preserve Your Wedding Gown

Well, the big day has come and gone and you’re officially a wife! Congratulations! One big question I am sure you have is: What the heck am I going to do with this big, expensive gown? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of our favorite ways to reuse and preserve your wedding gown:

Donate It

We love the idea of donating your dress after you have used it! Wedding gowns can be really expensive, so fortunately, there are secondhand wedding dress stores that you can donate your dress and help another woman in need feel beautiful on her big day, just as you did!

“Trash The Dress”

I am sure you have seen the awesome “Trash the Dress” photos that people take after their wedding day. We love this idea because it allows you to do something fun with your spouse and capture awesome photos that will last a lifetime! Trashing the dress can be anything really – from using paint to jumping in a body of water. Just make sure you are getting the first moment captured! It’s hard to go back and redo a jump in the pond in your white wedding dress!

Make it Like New!

Why not have it altered to be a short cocktail dress? This way you have a way to wear it again to a less formal occasion and who knows, depending on how big your dress was you might even be able to get two dresses out of all that tule!

Display It

Instead of keeping it locked in a closet, consider putting it on display. Maybe invest in a mannequin so it stays perfect for you to admire for years to come.

Save It To Make Something

Consider having it preserved so that you can use the material to make something years later. For example, when you have children or even grandchildren, consider using the material from your dress to make something for the new addition to the family! Whether a simple bib, a shirt or a gown, it will be a great way to remember your wedding day and share the sentiment with your family.

We want to hear from you! What did you do with your wedding gown after the big day?

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How To Keep Kids Entertained At Your Reception

Unfortunately, weddings are not super exciting for little ones, but keeping them busy and entertained can be done with the right activities!

Here are a few suggestions on how to keep kids entertained at your reception:

Coloring Books – Coloring books are a simple way to keep kids busy during your wedding reception. Have a printed book with a few pages for them to color. If you don’t want to do a book, consider making their entire tablecloth a big sheet of white paper where they can color freely! Don’t forget to provide the crayons!

Scavenger Hunt – Create an “I Spy” themed scavenger hunt and give them wedding themed items to find. For example, a white dress, a wedding cake, a candle, a flower bouquet, etc. If you want to get even more creative, give each kid a disposable camera and have them snap a picture of each of the items they need to find!

Game Table – Have a segregated area at your wedding reception where kids can play board games. Have a variety to choose from and let them have fun!

Hiring Kids Entertainment – If you have a good amount of kids attending your wedding reception (and if you have the room to accommodate it), consider hiring entertainment specifically for them. Maybe a magician, clown or someone who can make balloon animals; any entertainer that will interact with the kids and keep them occupied.

Interactive Placemats – Give each kid a placemat that has something interactive to do on it. For example, include a word search, tic-tac-toe, connect the dots, etc. Consider using wedding themed words to find and tie it into your special day!

Although these activities will keep the kids entertained, if you do plan on seating them all together, separated from their parents, it is also a good idea to recruit someone to watch them. This can simply be a family member that is willing to take on the task. It will help you relax and enjoy your wedding without worrying about keeping the kids under control and entertained!

We want to hear from you! Have your own tips to keep kids entertained? What did you do to entertain children at your wedding?

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Wedding Favor Ideas

Are you looking for a wedding favor idea that will wow your guests, but not break the bank? Here are 5 fun, creative (and easy!) wedding favor ideas that your guests are sure to love!

“Love Is Brewing”

Coffee is a great wedding party favor idea that is low budget. Use the cute phrase “Love is brewing” or “The Perfect Blend” and include your names and wedding date. See if there is a way to add a coffee station at your wedding reception where guests can brew their coffee that night!

“Mint To Be”

Rescue your family and friends from bad breath after dinner with these adorable “Mint To Be” mints! Customize them with your names and wedding date for an even more personalized touch!

“Drunk In Love”

Koosies are an awesome wedding favor idea; especially if you are serving cans at your wedding, They can use them that night to keep their drink nice and cold! What’s great is they are something that guests can keep and use for years to come!

 “The Perfect Match”

Matches are a classic and affordable wedding party favor. They are something that your guests can keep in their pocket or purse. Super practical!

“Growing In Love”

 Give guests flower seeds as a party favor and watch your love grow (literally)! Guests can plant the seeds and every time they see those flowers, they will think of you, your wedding day and the love that continues to grow.

 

Did you like these wedding party favor ideas? We want to hear from you! What did you use for your wedding party favor?

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Tips For Surviving Wedding Season

It’s that time of year where your mailbox is exploding with wedding invitations. There’s so much to think about and plan for. What do you wear? Who do you go with? How will you afford all of those gifts? Don’t sweat it – we’ve got you covered!

Here are a few tips for surviving wedding season:

1.) Find a dress that will work for every wedding

Special occasion dresses can be expensive. It is not reasonable to be expected to invest in a new dress for every wedding you attend. Therefore, you should try to find a dress that will work for every wedding for that season. The only reason you might want to consider switching it up from one wedding to the next is if the dress you chose matches too closely to the colors of the bridesmaid dresses. You don’t want people to wonder if you are part of the wedding party!

2.) If you are single, find a fun, no pressure wedding date

Most weddings these days the couple will give you a plus one option even if you are not seriously seeing someone. Recruit your favorite guy friend to tag along as your plus one. You two can tear up the dance floor all night long and have a great time without the added stress of it being a “date.” You can simply let loose and have a great time with a great friend!

3.) Set a budget (and stick to it!)

Buying wedding shower gifts and then wedding day gifts for EVERY wedding you get invited to can be super expensive. Not to mention the added cost of travel, overnight stays and food! Most likely you know in advance what weddings you will be invited to. Make a list of all of them and then set a budget. Based on that budget, work your way backwards and ration out the money for each wedding. Take into consideration how well you know the couple. Is it a family member, a closer friend or just an acquaintance? Based on your connection to them, plan on more or less money. The biggest thing to remember is not to go over budget!

 

We want to hear from you! What are your tips for surviving wedding season?

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Guest Welcome Bags

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or you have a good amount of guests coming in from out of town, a “Welcome Bag” is a great way to kick off your wedding and make your guests feel welcomed!

Here are a few ideas of what to include in your guest welcome bags:

1.) First and foremost, it is important to put a thank you note in the welcome bag. Your guests have travelled a long way to share in your special day so it is only right to thank them. Within that note, feel free to include a list of events, contact info, key locations, etc. so that they know where to be when and who to contact if they should have any questions. (tip: don’t include your contact information. You will be busy enough! Consider asking your Maid Of Honor or someone else you trust to take on yielding calls from out of town guests).

2.) SNACKS! Everyone appreciates you including snacks for them to munch on! Maybe there are snacks that are special to the where you are getting married. Make it unique if you can!

3.) Provide them with something to pamper themselves with after their long trip – lotion is a great option!

4.) Play tour guide and include a map of exciting things to do in the area! Include a list of restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. This will be super helpful for your guests when they have down time.

5.) A good wedding tends to come with at least a mild hangover, so give your guests a cure and provide some water and aspirin. Trust us, they will thank you!

6.) Lastly, consider putting all of the above items in a cute, customized tote bag! This will bring everything together and give them something they can keep and use long after the wedding has come to an end.

 

Hopefully, you now know everything you need to successfully make a guest welcome bag for your out-of-town wedding guests! Did we get it right or did we forget anything? What are you planning on including in your welcome bags? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!