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Say “I Do” Everyday Forever

 Say “I Do” Everyday Forever

Marriage is a commitment. Whether you see it as death till you part or for time and all eternity, marriage is a commitment of love, loyalty, sacrifice, forgiveness, compassion, and trust. While the wedding day is a huge and special event (as it creates a huge industry of wedding products and services), it is only the beginning. This realization is something many new brides relish in theory. It adds to the lofty romance. However, it creates a different kind of romance for couples that have been married for 15,25, and 50 years. Once you have been together for that long, and have lived that commitment, marriage and the promise of marriage takes a new meaning. Couples should never stop realizing how much they love each other and should never stop celebrating the life they have together. That is why Wedding Collectibles provides beautiful products for not only soon-to-be brides, but also for wedding anniversaries for those couples that are choosing to celebrate their love once again.

50th Pearl Rose Cake Top

Just like for newlyweds, there is a large selection of anniversary wedding cake toppers that can please any celebrating couple. The above is the “50th Pearl Rose Cake Topper” and it helps create that romantic and classy look that easily represents the kind of timeless love a couple of 50 years would recognize. Continue reading

Wedding Garters: Don’t Blush!

 Dorritt Solesbee Photography - Garter TossWedding Garters: Don’t Blush!

Tossing the wedding garter is a fun tradition that has come to be thought of as the male version of tossing the wedding bouquet, but it has some interesting roots. There are two slightly varied roots for this tradition. The first was that in order to gain proof that the marriage was consummated a witness would be given the garter. Then along side the “as proof” tradition, the garter was seen as good luck and it was seen as good luck to get pieces of any of brides undergarments. This became quite obviously problematic in a way that no bride appreciated as people tried very desperately to get a hold of the garter. The tradition has thus tamed down to not giving it out from the bride and grooms bedroom on their wedding night to some witness and to having the groom toss the garter to the single men rather than them take it from the bride.

Beach Wedding Garter

With that background being laid to rest in the past, the wedding garter is now a playful and teasing tradition that is fun at any wedding. Typically a bride will have two garters; one to keep and one to toss. We recommend not spending as much money on the one you will toss and to make sure the elastic has a lot of bounce. Also, the garter is a perfect opportunity to get your something blue! The garter is to be worn above the knee and during the reception with the bride sitting on a chair the groom removes it with his hands to then toss it. More…adventurous grooms with brides that won’t punch him in the nose may even decide to snag the garter with his teeth, but we recommend reading your audience on whether or not this will be appropriate or if you will be making enemies with your new in laws. 

French Lace Wedding Garter

The garter is to be tossed to the single men at the wedding (much like the bouquet is tossed to the single ladies). The gentlemen who catches the garter is said to have good luck and to be the next man to get married (which is seen as a lucky thing…). Sometime people will have the gentlemen who caught the garter put it on the lady who caught the bouquet, but this might be a tradition that would make the two uncomfortable and you wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from participating in all the fun! However you do it, keep it fun, full of laughs, and PG (Don’t forget who your guests are!!!). 

Three Fun and Corny Date Ideas

Always Date Each other

You’re in love and you’re getting married. That is the end goal for the relationship right? We grow up playing barbies, ken and barbie date and then once we have decided they are in love they get married and that’s that. Every Disney princess movie ends in that fairy tale wedding, happily every after, the end ( at least until they make a sequel that makes you cringe). In real life relationships there will be moments that you will be caught up in the romance and butterfly feeling that will move your love story right along to the wedding bell ending, but that is just the thing, that decision to get married and being married does not end the necessity to court and woo one another. So, here are some light hearted date ideas to help remind each other the point of the five page wedding planning check list. 

 

Ice Skating Around the World

1: Rollerblading or Ice skating.
This is an especially fun one if neither of you are very coordinated. With this date you can hold on to each other, or if one of you is rollerblading adept, one can help the other, and this will keep you physically close throughout the night. Then, with the very real possibility of falling over and looking ridiculous, you open yourself up to be a little vulnerable. If being vulnerable together is something you have a hard time with, this date would be a perfect exercise or way of tricking yourself into letting your guard down a little more. Plus, there is bound to be a photo booth at your local roller rink that you can squeeze on into and take those silly and cute photos that are designed especially for making memories.

"GROOM (under new management)" Wedding Transfer2: Make a Bet.
Let us explain. Buy coordinated Bride and Groom t-shirts or iron-ons and go out to the mall, a theme park, or otherwise crowded place. Before leaving, each of you place a bet on the number of times someone asks you about your wedding, openly stares, gives you a “I’m a stranger, but I am happy for you” smile. Then, simply keep a small notepad in your pocket or purse and as you go throughout the day mark down the responses. The one whose guess was closest can receive a “prize” of whatever sort you decide upon before heading out. You can, and should, of course do date-like things while the bet is going on, but this can add an extra twist and inside laugh for the day for you and your groom.

A Weekly Fangirl Discussion: A Couple That Plays Together Stays Together3: Geek Out.
Rent your favorite two player video game – be it a childhood favorite or your current weekend unwind. This can be fun because it can bring out the competitive nature of the most tame person. You may want to establish a “I am actually really frustrated by this game” safety word, but otherwise enjoy some junk food, and see how creative you can get with your smack talk.

Planning That Epic Bachelorette Party

Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas on a Budget (Plus a $100 Giveaway)

Step One: Decide Who is Planning it!

Traditionally it is the maid of honor’s duty to plan that epic girls night, but if your maid of honor is your 16 year old sister, you might decide to pass the torch on to an older one of your bridesmaid besties. If you are the maid of honor, however, don’t automatically assume all control over the night. Check first with the bride if she wants any control, or if she wants to be completely surprised.  You will also want to include the other bridesmaids and perhaps even the brides sisters in the planning, so that everyone can join in on the excitement and fun. 

Step Two: Who to Invite

There are two rules of thought when deciding who to invite to your bachelorette party.  You can be socially-correct or venue-correct. For example, if you are going clubbing and to a bar, you don’t want to invite your kid sister or wall flower cousin, but if you are going for a clean fun bowling night, then by all means, invite every girl that you love to be around. Some people would suggest that the bachelorette party is meant solely for the brides good (similar in age) girlfriends and if you are looking for a crazy or legend-wait-for-it-ary night, then this would be the route to go. Don’y feel like you are excluding anyone either. The low key girly fun is meant for the bridal shower and that is the perfect place for your aunts, sisters, and that lady who use to baby sit you.

Step Three: Choose the Venue

This is where you really want to pay attention to your bride and her comfort levels. The most killer bachelorette parties will make your bride blush, but won’t make her feel uncomfortable. It is a night to let loose, but not end up arrested for lewd behavior. So if you have a bride that loves to go dancing and or bar hopping, then do that to the extreme. If you have a more conservative bride, then maybe get faux male strippers. Meaning, get a comedic male friend or friends(groom approved) that wear several layers of clothing and will stripping down no farther than a pair of swim trunks (if that). This is a playful way to bring in some of those cliche bachelorete activities, but not upset your bride.  

Step Four: Accessorize the Crapola out of your bide and party. 

Why? Because dressing up is way more fun than not! This is the only night that your bride will have to be out on the town showing off her soon to be status. By decking her out in bride-to-be accessories and apparel you are setting her up to get all the special treatment she deserves. It is a fun way to pamper your bride and put her in the lime light! The best part is, is there are sooooo many different options! 

Bride Jacket Black - Med.

1) Start her off with a jacket or t-shirt that labels her as Bride or as Mrs. New-name. 

Bride to Be TiaraBachelorrette with a tiara

2) Give her a Tiara! She gets to be the princess (or queen) for the night, so give her something sparkly to say it!

Bridal Entourage Bachelorette Sash & Veil Set

3) Throw in a sash and veil. This is a great addition for a more diva bride marking her the winner of that bride pageant.

 

 

 

How to Keep it Classy When Using a Sporty Cake Topper

How to Keep it Classy When Using a Sporty Cake Topper

Heidi and Kevin Wedding - Laura Shepard Photography

A newly married bride, Heidi, met her husband on the basketball courts of her college gym. She was in gym shorts, a quick ponytail, and was a force to be noticed. And she was noticed by an equally sweaty and probably smellier Kevin. They flirted (smack talked), then dated (Heidi wore here hair down), and were attracted to each others athletic, spunky, and kind (good sport) attitude. When planning their wedding they wanted to implement that basketball game meeting. Before their guest arrived, they “played” a little one on one and “shot hoops”. Heidi in her wedding dress and Kevin in his suit. Heidi also decided to wear cute tennis shoes as her wedding shoes at her reception and put Kevin in matching shoes in order to bring in the sporty and fun personality of their relationship. Heidi and Kevin had a beautiful wedding and a equally lovely reception, but were able to include their sporty (and possibly more frizz haired and smelly) side. 

Another simple way to do this is to include a fun, sporty cake topper. This is a small element, but will be center stage on top of your wedding cake.

Basketball Dream Team Bride and Groom Couple Figurine

What we love about this cake topper is that it plays on that sweet flirtation the lives the strongest at the start of the best romances. It is a cliched move for a guy to “show” a girl how to do things like bowl, golf, shoot a hoop, as an excuse to get closer together. Choosing a cake topper like this is an inspiration and a promise to always make excuses to be close together. This would a be a tasteful addition to help you add a little fun to your wedding decor without sacrificing the class of that traditional bride and groom cake topper. 

The Perfect Cake Topper for the Religiously Centered Wedding

Bible Love Verse Cake Topper With Pearl Heart The Perfect Cake Topper for the Religiously Centered Wedding

If your faith is at the center of your life, then you may decide to make it a prominent element of your wedding. Traditionally, the wedding ceremony is tied as a religious ceremony,  and it is not uncommon to find religious elements in the couples wedding vows, the ceremony officiator,  and in traditions such lighting prayer candles or the breaking of the glass. Having a religiously themed wedding cake topper is a simple and elegant way to carry over that reverence of your religious wedding ceremony to your wedding reception.

The wedding cake topper on the left is a great example of what Wedding Collectibles has to offer its costumers that are looking for something to embody their faith at their wedding. It features the symbolic wedding bands, rose and pearl accents, a bible and a bible verse. Simple and Elegant.  A similar cake topper available is our “Love Verse Bible with Doves“. This cake topper has that added symbolism of the white dove that is a symbol in the bible of the Holy Spirit. 

The Wedding Cake Topper is the Symbol You Choose to Represent You

Jewish Wedding Bride and Groom Cake Topper Figurine

If you want the traditional blushing bride and groom figurine wedding cake topper, the one like the figure above would be a beautiful addition to your artfully  designed wedding cake. We’ve said this before, but we will say it again because it is essential to realize; The wedding cake topper is representation of the essential element of you and your groom. It acts as a stand in, a symbol, of who you are as a couple. That is why couples that are united in their playful and dreamer nature will choose a fantasy or fairy tale cake topper, and the adventurous or outgoing couple ends up with a cake topper like the motorcycle “Get Away” cake topper or the “Super Spy” figurine cake topper. For couples that center themselves in their faith, finding that cake topper that embodies that faith, that respect, trust, and reverence. Try our “My Beloved” or the “Precious Moments Wedding Cross” wedding cake topper to help you make your wedding dreams come true. 

A Military Cake Topper for a Military Couple

If you or your soon to be spouse are in the military, then that means that your lives are going to be at a constant waist deep in that military world. Military members serve our country and deserve respect and support. Framing your wedding, or at least your cake topper, to represent your or your fiance’s role in protecting our country is a great way to symbolize your constant willingness to love, sacrifice, and support your spouse throughout your whole life.  Wedding Collectibles always strives to give appropriate and fun options for our military couples to celebrate their new journey and adventure. 

Military Marine Rhinestone Cake Topper

The above figurine cake topper depicts a uniformed marine and his blushing bride. Often, military members may choose to don the military uniform as their formal wear at their wedding, and if your groom decides to wear his uniform, the cake topper should reflect that. The idea is to have your cake topper represent you and your new spouse in the best way possible. So whether your love is in the marines, navy, air force, or army, you will want to represent that military branch that he has dedicated his life to. 

Military "Over the Threshold" Cake Topper- Air Force - Navy - Army - Marines

This cake topper is a more fun rendition of a military  cake topper. It calls on two romantic images; the first being the tradition of the groom carrying the bride across the threshold of their new home together, the second being reminiscent of that iconic dip kiss photo of the nurse and sailor in times square at the end of world war II. What could be more perfect to capture your classic everlasting love, than encompassing two classic love images? What is great about this cake topper is that you can switch out which military seal that it comes with so that you can make it perfect for you and your fiance. 

Marine Military Porcelain DIY Cake Topper Base

Another great option to create your uniquely you military cake topper is to choose a military styled base and to mix it with any traditional (or not) bride and groom figurine. This allows you to have more control over exactly what your cake topper will look like. You may choose to pair it with a uniformed figurine, like what is above, or one of our other toppers such as the “Adorable Leg Pop” wedding cake topper or the “First Dance” wedding cake topper. Both options evoke senses of love, joy, and exhilaration; all of which will help any couple remember the intensity at which they started their journey together. 

A Wedding Cake Topper For EVERY Couple

A Wedding Cake Topper For Every Couple
Not every bride and groom come have the same tastes, the same interests, or come from the same background, so not every cake topper should look the same. Wedding Collectibles attempts to provide unique and individualized cake toppers that can give any couple a variety of choices no matter the difference in sexuality, ethnicity, or religion. 

Crystal Romance Gay Wedding Cake TopperA Cake Topper for Same Sex Couples: Times are changing and more and more same sex couples are able to and are choosing to get married. Wedding Collectibles wants to help these couples to celebrate their big day by offering a wide selection of romantic same sex couple wedding cake toppers. We have both gay and lesbian couple cake toppers ranging from more traditionally styled and a mix and max selection
True Romance Couple Figurine -Dark Skin Tone

One for Any Ethnicity: A majority of cake toppers only offer the variance of hair colors and many won’t even offer that, so what do you do if you don’t match that “mainstreamed” wedding cake topper look? Take a look at our mix and match cake toppers and our ethnic wedding cake toppers. You have a choice of all the various styles of cake toppers while also being able to find that little figuring that you feel best represents who you are.
Ty Wilson Hispanic Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper FigurineAnd One For Any Religion: If you are highly religious you may want to try and find a wedding cake topper the features that faith. The cake topper represented above includes a small rosary that adds a subtle and beautiful emphasis on the couple’s Catholic religion. Adding an emphasis on a religion that is a part of your every day life would be a perfect touch to your big day!

Bridesmaid Gifts: Three Options for a Great Gift

Bridesmaid Gifts

Why They are Necessary

To Answer the question, “Do you have to give out bridesmaid gifts?”, the answer is technically no, but YES.  Each and every Bride is unique in taste, style, and situation, so to say you have to do anything might seem silly, but it is better etiquette to give gifts. Why? The girls or women you ask to be your bridesmaids, well, they are your girls! You ask them because they are your family, your best friends,and the girls that have been there for you always, so now that you have set them apart from the rest, it is the perfect opportunity for you to say thank you. You are saying thank you for their support and help in planning your big day and for all their love and support throughout life. It is kind of a big deal. 

3 Ideas for a GREAT Bridesmaid Gift

Medallion Necklaces Multiple Options Available

  1. Jewelry: You might see this as a duh gift, but that is just what makes it number one on our list. Jewelry is great because you can use it to say something sentimental, sweet, and just-between-you-two.  Wedding Collectibles has a wide selection of unique necklaces and bracelets, as well as a selection that can be engraved in order to personalize it for each of your bridesmaids. When deciding on a gift, we suggest to really stop and consider what it is your bridesmaids will appreciate most, which is why we highly recommend necklaces like the one above.  This is a gift that could be worn at the wedding, and your bridesmaids could wear it throughout their everyday life. Additionally, if you want to do something a little extra, a necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, can be given alongside a jewelry boxWhite 3pc. Ikat Print iPhone 5, iPad Case & Sleeve Set - Save 20%
  2. Technology Cases: This gift might seem a little less affectionate, but it is perfect for a bride and bridal party that lives right along the pulse of modern society. You can decide between a bright or more subtle color pallet, to choose to give a set for all their technology devices or to just pick one, and you have the option of cases that can have the bridesmaids entire name on it or just her initials. It’s bright color options, personalization, and current attitude, make these gifts a perfect bridesmaid gift!"bridesmaid" Wedding Transfer
  3. Just For a Bridesmaid: What we mean by this type of gift is that it is a gift set aside specifically for a bridesmaid, so much so that it will most likely say bridesmaid somewhere on it. Some fun ideas for this gift include, t-shirts, sweats, jackets, make-up cases, and the bridesmaid survival kit! These type of gifts are a great way to celebrate the wedding day and their role in it. 

 

Top 3 Fashion Choices a Wedding Guest Should Avoid

Number One: No White.

Unless you a part of the wedding party and the Bride specifically puts you in white, as a guest, you should under no circumstances wear the color white because it is explicitly and traditionally reserved for the bride.  Even if the bride is wearing an nontraditional colored wedding dress, it would still be more respectful of you to not wear white. There are the exceptions of your dress being patterned where white is not the main color, but you just want to be careful. It would put a damper on the special day if your wardrobe choice caused the bride -who is already stressed out- to send you angry eye daggers for matching her on her big day.  This fashion don’t may seem obvious, but it is surprisingly ignored or forgotten quite often. So, be the best guest you can be, and don’t rain on your bride’s white and lace parade. 

Lipsy Lace Dress with 3/4 Sleeve

This white lace dress by Asos is gorgeous, but is a big no-no for the wedding guest!

Number Two: Don’t dress for the club. 

Every guest wants to look their best, and for some, their best means looking smoking hot. We just suggest that you tone it down for the wedding. Avoid mini skirts, extremely low cut tops, cut-out dresses, and anything overtly flashy or head-to-toe sequinned. Even if the wedding reception is designed to have dancing and more of a party atmosphere, any wedding event asks for a more modest fashion choice in order to not ‘steal the show’. This does not, of course, mean that you can’t have a little spunk in your dress, just that your best party dress may be one step out of place at a wedding event. 

Cutout Fitted Dress

This sexy cutout dress from ArdenB may be perfect for the exciting night out on the town, but it’s spice may be a little too much for a wedding!

Number Three: Don’t wear anything you are uncomfortable in.

Weddings involve a lot of time, even for the guest. You may be walking from the ceremony site to the reception site farther down, the parking may not be as close as you thought, or you may end up dancing -or the at the very least standing- most of the night. Whatever it is, you don’t want to be caught in uncomfortable heels that you have never worn before. This “don’t” could very easily be translated to “Don’t wear new heels”. It may be tempting to splurge on a new pair of heels that seem to start calling your name as soon as that invitation gets put up on the fridge, so if you do buy new pumps, break them in and don’t save them for the wedding. Also, remember that whatever you wear, you are stuck in it. So avoid materials that itch and don’t try and squeeze into anything that is too tight. It might look killer in the mirror, but if you are going to be scratching at yourself or fidgeting in it, then it might turn into a flop rather looking hot. 

 Summer gold high heels with red sole

These snazzy high heels may be calling your name, but can you walk in them?Dance in them? For several hours?