Date Ideas to Celebrate Your 1st Anniversary

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Your first wedding anniversary is a special one. You are still all extra lovey-dovey, you have made it through the first year of adjustment, and you are looking forward excitedly toward the future. So, how are you going to celebrate?

Start the date out by getting ready is separate rooms. Have your sweet husband “pick you up” either at the front door or even at your bedroom door. Sometimes being married means that romance will get shuffled to the side, so it can be fun to encourage the night with the butterflies of anticipation.

Romantic Boat Cruise

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What you go and do, is going to depend on you and your tastes, but I would suggest going out somewhere you either have never been or don’t usually go to. This could be an expensive restaurant, something thrilling like rock climbing, renting out a boat and taking the romantic evening out to sea, or a weekend get away. The important thing is to do something that will break routines.

Next, something else to make the night special is to fill it with surprises. This goes along with the idea to go do something different and fun, but adds in a sprinkle of gifts. You can do a series of small gifts throughout the night, or you can just give one (it doesn’t even have to be expensive). As we discussed earlier this week, the traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper. To see ideas of how to get creative with this gift read our blog, “1st Wedding Anniversary Traditions“.

Wedding Cake

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End the night by keeping with tradition and share that top layer of your wedding cake. If you looked ahead and saved your top tier for your anniversary, you will surely be rewarded with deliciousness and sentimentality (ie. lovey-dovey-ness). If you didn’t save it, try and see if you can get a small cake like your wedding cake by the baker that worked your wedding. Some bakers actually offer making you a cake on your 1st anniversary as a part of your original purchase.

 

1st Wedding Anniversary Traditions

 

Wedding Anniversary

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The Paper Anniversary

If you didn’t know yet, your first wedding anniversary is also known as the paper anniversary. Wedding anniversaries are known after what gift it is traditional to give your spouse, so the first anniversary is the paper anniversary because it is customary to gift each other with a paper gift. No, this does not mean hand your spouse a piece of printer paper and be done with it!

The first year of marriage is considered the adjustment year. You are adjusting to living together, sharing bank accounts, responsibilities, budgets, etc. You may or may not be financially secure. The paper gift plays off of all of this. It may seem limiting, but this is where creativity can blossom…and it can help your better-half who may or may not have a clue what to do!

A Few Gift Ideas…

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3 Don’ts for Your Cake Cutting Ceremony

Wedding Traditions

Earlier this week we talked about how to cut your wedding cake during this sweet wedding tradition, but now let’s talk about some things you want to avoid.streaming Moonlight

1) First off, don’t cut into the fun. Basically, what I mean here is to pay attention to the timing. Cutting the cake has usually been at the very end of the reception, but a lot of couples are wanting to do it earlier in the night, especially if it is the only desert of the party. This can be a great idea and allows those guests that need to head home to do so and not miss out on these time honored traditions. So, don’t cut the cake during the dance portion of the evening. It can be good to do it between dinner and the fun or right after you close the greeting line. These are both good because they tend to be transitional times where the focus is not yet at any one place.

2) Don’t take too long. The cake cutting ceremony is meant to be short and sweet. Don’t gather everyone to the cake to have your father talk for 15 minutes or to explain your frosting choices. It is meant to be simple, so don’t try to over complicate it. Plus, because it a is a simple tradition, it doesn’t need more than a few minutes.

Wedding Traditions

3) Don’t Smash Without Permission. A lot of couples want to smash the cake into their new spouses face — it is funny right? And it puts on a good show for the guest. BUT, if your partner really really does not want to do that new part of this tradition. Just don’t do it. This, small as it seems, is something you should discuss with your soon-to-be when you are planning your wedding. A groom may feel uncomfortable with the chaos and a bride may be worried about getting the cake on their dress….or in their hair.

 

How To Cut Your Wedding Cake

Cutting the Wedding Cake

On your wedding day, not only are you going to marry your best friend, but you are also going to get the opportunity to participate in wedding traditions that have been practiced by millions of people from all walks of life. Really, one of the things that makes the tradition of a wedding so special is its creation of community, its link through generations and for some traditions even continents. It really is a beautiful thing.

If you don’t have someone to show you the ropes, you might feel at a loss when approaching these time old traditions. So, lets take a look at some of the things that you should do when cutting your wedding cake.

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Top 10 Wedding Cake Serving Sets

Since cake cutting is a wedding tradition favorite, there are a lot of wedding cake accessories. Really, it is those accessories that is Wedding Collectibles’s specialty, focusing on wedding cake toppers. Along side toppers we have a wide variety of cake serving sets. It might seem silly to have so many different options for a server set and you may ask, “Does it matter?”, but when you are cutting your cake and all eyes and cameras are on you -zoomed in on that serving set – you will be happy you picked out the perfect one. So, this week’s top ten is on Cake Serving sets, with a focus on the unique and the beautiful. Enjoy!

1.  Mother of Pearl Wedding Cake Server SetBeautiful Cake Serving SetThis mother of pearl serving set starts off the group in absolute elegance. It would work with almost any wedding style, including vintage, shabby chic, country, and seaside!

2. Vintage Embossed Cake Server SetVintage Wedding Cake Server Set This vintage set is a gorgeous choice for any vintage or traditional wedding. We love the detail and the customization. This could even make a sweet anniversary gift for couples renewing vows or having an anniversary party.

3. Foundations Wedding Cake Knife and Server SetFoundations Cake Server Set The best part of this sweet and simple set is the hidden, “love always” on the server handle with the small heart.

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How to “Rush” Your Order From Wedding Collectibles

Wedding Accessory Rush Shipping

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Is your wedding date coming up fast? Are there a few more items you need for the big day that you are worried won’t be able to reach you in time? Every wedding is going to have those last minute details that either slipped through the cracks or just couldn’t be ordered sooner. This may tempt you to run to your local Walmart and pick up something generic. While this may do in an extreme crunch, you probably don’t won’t to settle for just about anything.

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The Best Summer Wedding Colors

When it comes to styling and decorating your wedding, one of the first decisions you are going to need to make is to choose your wedding colors. Summer can sometimes be a bit of a tricky season to pick wedding colors for, especially if you prefer a darker tone ( burgundy, dark brown, navy, etc), but the key to summer wedding colors seems to be finding a balance. In other words, choose a color scheme that will have a solid foundation – like a deep blue or purple – with a pop of something bright – like orange or teal – followed by something light – like pale yellow or sky blue. For summer, it is less about having a specific color that is the best for summer, but having the perfect color balance.

If you are planning a summer wedding, then you should take a look at these color schemes that are sure to capture the romance of summer.

Summer Wedding Colors

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Colors: Magenta, Beige, Lime, Maroon

This is a great color palette for any warm summer night wedding. It has a great base with the maroon that is lighted up by a wedding color basic, beige, and brightened up with the pizzazz of magenta and lime. In this particular color scheme, depending on what tone of lime you choose, the lime also acts as a cool and light color. The overall effect is warm, inviting, with a touch of excitement – a.k.a romantic.

Summer wedding colors

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Colors: Succulent Green, Scarlet Red, Lavender

The constant for this color scheme is the warm succulent or moss green. The punch of red adds a heavier tone that is warm, powerful, and even passionate, while the lavender adds a sense of whimsy or summer breeze.

Bright Summer Wedding Colors

The Knot: New Wedding Color Combinations for 2014!

Colors: Magenta, Antique White, Tangerine, Aqua.

We love this color scheme from theknot.com for a seaside summer wedding. The antique white acts as a perfect back drop to the color pops of magenta, tangerine, and aqua. The key with working with this many bright colors is to use them in your wedding accessories as accents (To find great summer and beach themed accessories, follow the link here). For example, as pictured above the table cloth is done in the white versus it being in the bright aqua. This lets each bright color shine and add its flavor without being overwhelming and without competing with one another.

Gold Summer Wedding

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Colors: Mint, Baby Pink, Gold, Fuchsia

Instead of having a dark color as your base, try using  multiple soft colors like the mint and baby pink to set the stage for your dominant fuchsia. The warm gold adds warmth and really helps bring the colors together, rather than the bright colors just jumping off the page. Plus, glitter and shimmer is always a great for a summer wedding.

For more ideas for your summer wedding, check out the following Wedding Collectibles Blogs!

How to Deal with Summer Heat on your Wedding Day

Summer Wedding Inspiration Boards

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Top 10 Wedding Guestbooks

Top 10 Wedding Guestbooks

One of the funnest ways to look back on your wedding, that moment when you find yourself looking through pictures and wanting to watch the ceremony video, is to read through the sweet and funny messages guests write as they sign in, or even just reading through the names of who was there of a more traditional guest book. Guest books offer a perfect opportunity to capture the memory of the love and joy that surrounds your wedding day with friends and family. No matter how much you try to stay in the moment, that special day is going to fly by and chances are, you are not going to remember hardly anyone or what they said that added to your happiness. That is what is so great about guest books that give your guests the chance to write you sweet notes for you to remember years from now.

These guest books in our top ten offer unique, fun, and beautiful options to suite your wedding accessory needs.

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