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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!

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Planning Your Spring Wedding

Although it is still winter, now is the time to start planning your spring wedding! With each season, there is a different “feel” to a wedding. From popular colors, to weather, to the flowers that are in bloom, there are many things to consider when planning your spring wedding.

Popular Spring Colors

Winter tends to bring the darker, richer colors and then when spring comes, those dark colors lighten and we see more soft, whimsical colors. What we see most often in the springtime are soft pinks, blues, and ivory. These colors are traditionally incorporated into the bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements and overall reception décor. We also tend to see more blush colored wedding gowns during this time.

Flowers In Spring

It is important to know what flowers are in bloom when as to not choose a flower that cannot be obtained during your wedding season. In spring, the top flowers are:

Peony
Rose
Sweet Pea
Lilac
Ranunculus
Hydrangea
Tulip
Calla Lily
Gerbera Daisy
Magnolia

Weather Planning

We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” If you are planning a spring wedding, you MUST be prepared for the chance that it might rain. We suggest investing in large, clear bubble umbrellas. That way you can still get outdoor photos, and they can actually be quite beautiful! Also, if you are planning an outdoor wedding or reception, be sure that you have a backup plan if it does rain; either a tent that can be set up or an indoor option nearby. The last thing you want is all that planning to be ruined by the rain.

Did you get married in the springtime? What tips do you have for a bride planning their spring wedding?
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Mother of the Bride Gift Ideas

As a bride-to-be, you know how important it is to find the perfect gift for the mother of the bride. She helped you with finding the perfect dress to cake testing to helping with the dreaded seating arrangement. Not sure what to get her? We’ve got your covered! Here are some gift ideas to say “thank you” to the woman who helped you pull off this amazing wedding!

1.) Day-Of Accessory

A great way to say “thank you” to your mother for everything she did to help you pull off the big day is to get her something she can use that day. A handkerchief to dry her tears of joy is a great gift. What mother doesn’t cry when they see their baby walk down the aisle? Another idea is a customized wine glass for her to use at the dress rehearsal dinner. Or maybe consider getting her a purse to use the day of the wedding.

2.) Picture Frame

If you are looking for something sentimental for your mother, a great gift idea is a custom picture frame. Either you can make it a single frame and then after the wedding is over, include a photo of the two of you or you can do a double frame and include a picture of the two of you from when you were a child on one side and then a photo from the wedding day on the other. Guaranteed she will love that!

3.) Jewelry

Another great idea for mom is simply jewelry. What woman doesn’t love to get a piece of jewelry? Plus when she wears it, it will remind her of your wedding day and how happy she was. Consider getting her a mother/daughter necklace when you each wear a half.

Whatever you decide to get your mother, there’s one thing that is for sure – she is going to love it!

Do you have gift ideas that you would like to share? Let us know your ideas below!
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Including Your Groom In Wedding Planning

Although many men are happy to simply show up on the day of the wedding, there are some men out there that do want to be more involved in the process. As women, we tend to know exactly what we want. We have envisioned our wedding day since we were little girls. Although we have all these ideas in our head, it is important to include your soon-to-be hubby in some of the planning. It will help alleviate some of the stress on you and can bring you two even closer together! Here are a few ways you can include your groom in your wedding planning.

Ask him what’s most important to him

Is your man super into music? Have him interview bands or DJs. Is he a foodie? Have him find the caterer. By asking him to seek out the vendors that are most important to him, you know he will be sure to put in the effort to find the very best!

Use him as a negotiator

If you are a bride on a budget (and let’s be real, who isn’t?!), your man might be a great resource to negotiate with vendors. If he is super budget savvy, consider letting him manage the entire budget. It will give you the ability to know where you are at throughout the entire process and will give him a small sense of control over your spending.

Put him in charge of his groomsman

After all, they are the guys HE chose, right? Who better to pick out their attire and their groomsmen gift than the groom himself!

Hopefully these simple tips will help with including your groom in wedding planning!

Are you in the process of planning your wedding? How have you included your soon-to-be-hubby in your planning?
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Wedding Day Rain

They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck! If you are planning a spring wedding, it is a must that you plan for the possibility that it might rain. Whether you think that it’s a good or bad thing, here are a few ways to make sure your wedding goes smoothly and that you and your guests stay dry.

Invest in umbrellas

Purchasing umbrellas for the wedding party is a great idea just in case of inclement weather. Consider looking to buy them in bulk online to bring the cost down. Also, try to find clear umbrellas. That way if it does rain, you can use the umbrellas to your advantage in your photography. There have been some beautiful shots captured during rainfall at weddings!

Provide transportation

If you are having a ceremony and reception on the same property, but there is a walk between them, a great way to make sure guests stay happy and dry is to provide transportation. You never know when it might start raining and your guests could be caught walking to your reception during a downpour!

Have a back-up plan

Although there is a chance that the weather might be perfect, be sure that you have an indoor option for both the ceremony and reception. It would be awful if you put all that time and energy into planning just to have it rained out. Now, you can still plan to be outdoors, but just have a back-up plan to make sure you have all of your bases covered.

Although we can’t predict the weather and you may have wedding day rain, with these bad weather tips, your big day is sure to go smoothly!

Did it rain on your wedding day? What did you do to save you and your guests from getting drenched?
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Last Minute Wedding Planning

Wedding planning, whether two years or two months in advance, can be stressful. It includes millions of details, beginning months ahead. Last minute items can often feel hectic and rushed. Below are a few last minute details to keep in mind….

Confirm payments with suppliers.

It is important to double check which suppliers you have already paid and which will be paid on your actual wedding day. While rare, some suppliers may not accept credit cards. Therefore, set aside the necessary cash to cover all fees. We suggest finding a trusted family member or friend to distribute each payment on your big day.

Have a discussion with your photographer.

Give your photographer a list of people you’d like to have photographed together. They will ofcourse know to do the traditional photos; however, if you want a picture of everyone who flew in or your new husband’s coworkers, be sure to let your photographer know in advance. This will prevent not having someone or something captured forever.

Prepare your thank you gifts.

It’s understandable that during this chaotic time of planning, you may not think to give gifts. However, simple “thank you” or “I love you” gifts can be easy and greatly appreciated. Wrap up your bridesmaid gifts if you haven’t done so already. We suggest that you also put together thank you gifts for both mothers, which could be as simple as a bouquet of flowers.

Create an emergency bag.

Be organized and put together an emergency bridal bag. It should include: safety pins, sewing kit, toiletries, aspirin, portable iron, spot wipes, tissues or handkerchiefs, breath mints, a camera or anything else you would like to have at your reception. This could turn out to be a lifesaver on your big day!

Remember: With so many details already organized, the day of your wedding is the time to let go of all the planning stress and enjoy yourself! Congratulations!

Have you recently planned your wedding? Tell us about your experience below!

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5 Fabulous Alternative Bachelorette Party Ideas

Not interested in the stereotypical night out on the town drinking and club hopping for your bachelorette party? We have put together our top 4 out-of-the-box alternatives for you!

Beauty Bar Shower

Pamper the bride-to-be and guests with a beauty bar shower by creating your own scrubs and masks. Stepping it up a notch, visit a spa for massages and facials! Wrapping it up, continue the spa-like feeling with goody bags for each party attendee filled with sleep masks, slippers and nail/pedicure supplies.

Cooking Shower

If the bride-to-be loves to cook, make it the central focus of the party! Attend a cooking class or hold an Iron Chef-style cooking competition. It’s both hands-on and yummy! Remember to get the bride a special apron to wear!

Retro Shower

This is sure to make the bride-to-be smile! Think back to what was popular when she was in high school, and make the party focused around it. Taking it one step further, plan a pinup photoshoot. This way the bride-to-be will have pictures to cherish forever. It’ll be a blast from the past!

Paint & Sip Shower

A creative and exciting way to bring friends and both sides of the family together! Guest can sip wine, while they receive step-by-step painting instructions. The best part is that each guest goes home with a painting that will always remind them of the wonderful time they had, celebrating before the big day!

Let the planning begin!