Archive for October, 2011
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Preparing with elegant Wedding Card Boxes
Wedding Card Boxes
Wedding card boxes have exited on gift tables at weddings for decades – and with good reason. They provide a place for guests to slip you their well wishes (and a little cash) without cluttering the gift table with stacks of envelopes. If designed correctly, wedding card boxes don’t have to stick out amongst your other wedding decor, and they can even add a nice, elegant touch to a usually drab table.
After all, you can’t just skip wedding card boxes at events like weddings. As much as we like to think that OUR wedding will be crasher-proof, it’s always nice to have a little locked-down insurance, especially for easily-swiped wedding cards!
Think about the size of wedding card boxes. Depending on the budget of your event, something the size of a shoebox is usually about right; any smaller and you risk the bending and possible ripping of cards. A lock isn’t necessary, but it is helpful to have some way to latch your wedding card boxes. Imagine trying to bring it out to the car only to have your cards spill out all over the parking lot!
Bird cage-style wedding card boxes are an elegant way to add to your decor without sticking out. The cage allows you to see the contents as they multiply, and they look beautiful at any event (especially at gardens or backyard weddings). Wedding card boxes are a must, but they should be a BEAUTIFUL must!
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Kim and Kris being blissful
Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce. It doesn’t matter if you care about celebrity gossip, it’s always sad to see a young couple giving up only a few months in to wedded bliss. Kim and Kris seemed so happy on the cover of “OK” magazine – what went wrong?
Kim cited “irreconcilable differences” when she filed for divorce on Halloween, but there are some basic tips for measuring the health of a relationship before getting married. So, today we look at a few tips for maintaining the bubbly bliss that you felt when you first said “Yes!” to your husband:
It isn’t just for couples with big problems. Bringing in a counselor in to observe your behavior as a couple can be enlightening and helpful, even for a healthy relationship. The best marriages start when you are both on the same page. One of Kim’s problems was that she and Kris had never reconciled their living situation. She wanted to stay in LA, he wanted to move to Minnesota. At the time, they thought they would figure it out after the wedding, but it ended up forming a rift in their marriage. Relationship counseling can help you spot these potential problems, and you and your husband can figure it out BEFORE getting married.
Wait Until Your Husband Isn’t Perfect:
Most couples know about the “Honeymoon” period in a relationship: the first few months where every fart and burp are cute events that add character and charm to your beloved. The honeymoon isn’t just something that happens when you’re dating; it also comes out after you move in together. The second round of honeymooning is often times more shocking then the first, because couples who go home to separate apartments can still hide things from one another. Before you get married, it’s good to know who you’re moving in with. No, finding out that your new husband uses too much toilet paper isn’t going to end in divorce, but his binge drinking might. Waiting won’t hurt anyone (and it will give you time to save for the big day!)
Getting married isn’t a race, it’s a journey. All of the decisions you make about your relationship should be between you and your husband. Don’t let your family, your friends, or anyone else influence your marital decisions. This also means that getting married is a huge leap of faith and commitment, not “the next logical step” in every relationship. Marriage doesn’t fix problems, it just makes them harder, because you can’t just leave. Give yourself time to put marriage into perspective before rushing into it.
Don’t Give Up!:
Marriage is hard, and for all of the reasons you would expect. Bad days will be mixed in with the nights dancing and doing dishes, and there will be times when there are more tears than smiles, but that is exactly what makes marriage so great. You signed on to tough out the good times and the bad, and your life has become two lives working together. The more you can lay aside blame and realize that you are two legs working to support one body (instead of two people pulling a wagon), the easier it will be to lean on your partner and allow them to lean on you back.
Unfortunately for Kim and Kris, they will never know how wonderful married life can be after pushing through disagreement and strife. They don’t have the opportunity to re-evaluate their union before diving into marriage, nor do they have the perspective they needed to make it work.
Take these tips with you through your wedding planning, and walk down the aisle with the faith and love you need to begin your marriage healthily and happily.
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Elegant Candle Wedding Favors
Candle Wedding Favors
Selecting appropriate wedding favors can be a difficult, especially if you’re trying to select something both elegant and useful. If you want something that will slip seamlessly into your guests’ decor and is both beautiful and memorable, look no further than candle wedding favors. Color scheme and theme are no longer obstacles when you opt for candle wedding favors, because their elegant simplicity matches all surroundings.
Guests won’t forget their candle wedding favors on their way out for the night! And it isn’t a problem if a group finds themselves with several candle wedding favors. Unlike other gifts (“What do we do with four knitted toaster coazies?!”), candle wedding favors aren’t a burden in abundance (and they won’t put a strain on your wallet, either).
Add a personal touch by thinking outside of the molded tea light – try candle wedding favors in lanterns, with flowers, and even shaped into unexpected objects (think apples, seashells).
Candle wedding favors also include fun holders for candles your guests already have at home (though it’s always a good idea to include a candle with your gift so everyone knows what it’s for). The addition of candle wedding favors to their mantle will have them thinking of you for years to come.
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Keep Bridal Shower Centerpieces Simple
Bridal Shower Centerpieces
So you’ve been charged with decorating a bridal shower, huh? If you’re a friend or family member of the bride, this can be a daunting task. If you’re a bride, stop reading and go let one of your bridesmaids worry about it!
How will you know if you’re picking out the right decorations? What do you even use to decorate a bridal shower? Look no further, worried woman wonder! Bridal shower centerpieces are all you need to make your bride’s shower shine. Sure, everyone loves balloons, ribbons, and vaguely inappropriate gag gifts, but bridal shower centerpieces (if used correctly) can add an element of elegant simplicity that mirrors the theme and feel of a bridal shower.
For the most part, you’re going to want to keep your bridal shower centerpieces simple. Don’t feel like you have to create towering works of art at every table (like you might at a wedding). Bridal shower centerpieces shouldn’t be in the way of important speakers or events. If you want accessories for the bridal shower centerpieces that go beyond flowers in a small vase, think about adding “bling” on a stick: little trinkets that stick out of floral arrangements. You can find some that fit your theme but don’t overpower the bridal shower centerpieces.
For something different, try using candles or photo-frame vases as your bridal shower centerpieces. Overall, keep them simple and understated. You don’t want bridal shower centerpieces outshining the bride!
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
They’ll remember your practical wedding favors
practical wedding favors
When was the last time you went to a wedding and left your favor at the reception because it was so forgettable? Do you still use any of the favors you’ve ever received at a wedding? Can you even recall what they were?
Favors are a chance for you to thank your guests for their attendance, and they’re also a way to make sure your guests won’t forget how much fun they had at your wedding. With fun and practical wedding favors, they’ll think about you every time they go to crack a bottle of wine or slice up a homemade pizza.
Here are some fun suggestions for practical wedding favors, depending on your personal style:
If you’re having a destination wedding, there is no greater set of practical wedding favors than luggage tags. These practical wedding favors are small enough to bring home, will be used for years to come, and fit perfectly into your getaway. Guests can use the tags on the way home to make sure everything comes back with them!
If you’re a foodie, food-themed practical wedding favors are for you. Everyone loves food (and wine!) and your favors can accompany your guests at meal time long after your wedding is over. Foodie practical wedding favors come in the shapes of adorable salt and pepper shakers, tea infusers, honey pots, pizza cutters, olive trays, and anything else you can think of that’s small, portable, and incredibly useful. You can even include something edible for your guests (No one ever complains about chocolate, especially if you’re on a budget) as your practical wedding favors.
No matter what your hobbies or interests as a couple are, there are practical wedding favors out there to reflect them. Into books? Share elegant bookmarks with your guests on their way out the door. Can’t stop showing off your diamond? Provide your guests with something equally impressive as you send them off with giant engagement ring key chains or napkin rings. From cookie cutters to whisks to photo coasters, there are practical wedding favors for your guests no matter what your personal taste.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Celebrate with a Day of the Dead Cake Topper
Day of the Dead Cake Topper
As the Day of the Dead (or Dia De Los Muertos) fast approaches, many couples are scrambling to find that last signature touch to their November 1st or 2nd wedding day. You don’t have to have a Dia De Los Muertos theme to add a touch of candy skull glam to the top of your cake with a Day of the Dead cake topper. A Day of the Dead cake topper will bring an unexpected spice to your wedding if you happen to be getting married on this holiday. A Day of the Dead cake topper will often feature a skeletonized bride and groom – and the heads of the happy couple might even sport some killer designs.
A Day of the Dead cake topper also makes for a great Halloween decoration on the top of your cake – the skeleton theme works for either holiday.
A Day of the Dead cake topper symbolizes everlasting love any day of the year. Though it may at first appear morbid or even scary, the embracing skeletons hint that love lasts beyond the grave. Symbolize your love (for your partner and for this treasured fall holiday) with a Day of the Dead cake topper.
Friday, October 21st, 2011
Give your guests the gift of wine wedding favors
wine wedding favors
Wedding favors are a nice gesture for any couple looking to thank their guests for attending. Favors don’t have to be flashy or expensive, but a touch of practicality is always appreciated. Wine wedding favors have the appeal of a practical gift with the elegance of a formal one. Wine wedding favors range from charms to stoppers to corkscrews to decorations, and all are appropriate for any wedding – from the beach to the ballroom.
Wine charms are particularly cute wine wedding favors, and could even be used throughout the evening to differentiate between guests’ glasses – just be sure to leave a little note at each place setting, reminding them to take their wine wedding favors home!
Bottle openers and corkscrews are also popular wine wedding favors. Though their functions will probably not be needed during dinner, these wine wedding favors will be a beautiful and useful addition to your guests’ homes.
If you’re strapped for cash, but you’re still set on wine wedding favors at your event, consider allotting one for every social unit instead of every guest. Also, it’s very unlikely that the children attending with their families will have much use for wine wedding favors!
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Keep an eye on your Ring Bearer Pillow
Ring Bearer Pillow
Carrying a ring bearer pillow is a big responsibility for the child you’ve selected as your bearer of the rings. Often, couples select younger members of their families to fill this role, but they don’t think about precautions that should be taken with the ring bearer pillow when it’s in young hands. Here are a few tips to make sure that your ring bearer pillow is kept safe:
- Don’t let the ring bearer pillow out of your sight.
Designate a bridesmaid or family member to keep an eye on your ring bearer in the moments up to your ceremony, no matter how safe and stationary her or she may seem. It only takes a moment for a ring bearer pillow to get stuffed behind a couch or set in a pond.
- Tie that ribbon tight!
It goes without saying that your rings are an important part of your ceremony. Children tend to swing and dip and run and jump, no matter how many times you tell them to settle down. Make sure the ribbon on your ring bearer pillow is tied as tight as you can…
- But don’t double-knot!
Though it may get a giggle from your guests, you don’t want to waste time at the altar struggling with the knot on your ring bearer pillow. Tie the knot tight enough so that your ring bearer can’t fling the rings into a lake, but don’t knot it more than once!
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Share Your Day with a Wedding Photo Album
Wedding Photo Album
With the kinds of technology available to brides today, some brides may be ignoring the time-honored keepsake of the wedding photo album. And who could blame them? From prints of you wedding showing up in your inbox the day after your nuptials, to “sharing” them immediately with just a point and click, the wedding photo album might look like a relic of weddings past. It may feel old-fashioned to have a lace-covered wedding photo album on your coffee table or tucked away on your bookshelf, but don’t discount it just yet; A wedding photo album still has a place in your home.
A wedding photo album is a timeless way to preserve the images of your wedding for generations to come. Formatting on your Macbook may come and go, but as long as you keep it safe, your wedding photo album will last forever. Don’t trust your computer with all the images of your day – You might be only one coffee spill or virus away from losing them all.
A wedding photo album also allows you the creative opportunity to design your wedding photos to create an experience for whoever looks through it. Many years from now, when your great-great-grandchildren are looking through your wedding photo album, they’ll feel more connected to you than if they had to search through old computer files for singular images. Share your day in a tangible way with a wedding photo album.
Thursday, October 13th, 2011
Wedding Hand Fans
Help Your Guests Beat the Heat with Wedding Hand Fans
Fall may be upon us, but hot days are still surprising brides all over the country. Don’t be caught unprepared! Wedding hand fans make a great favor for your guests, and they’ll definitely appreciate it if your ceremony is outdoors. Wedding hand fans are easy to slip into your décor, and make lovely additions to your guests’ seats or place settings. Wedding hand fans come in a variety of colors and won’t look out of place no matter what your color scheme or theme.
Wedding hand fans are dainty and discreet – even if you didn’t plan on using them before your big day, they can be great to have on hand just in case. The same goes for wedding umbrellas!
Outdoor weddings are rising in popularity, but often a bride will forget about the aisles of sweaty guests that will be watching her nuptials. She may be so swept up in the moment that she won’t need wedding hand fans, but her guests certainly will! Make them as comfortable as possible with wedding hand fans and they won’t think twice about the blazing sun – all eyes will be on you.
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