Brides often get stuck figuring out the perfect bridesmaid gifts. You read about hideous presents, bridesmaids refrain from using, which gets put in the back of their closet and they pray the bride don’t ask them about it later. People like useful gifts. If your bridesmaids don’t sew, avoid purchasing a small sewing kit, or if they don’t drink, renounce from purchasing a bottle opener. Signature Chapsticks and wine glasses are nice to have, but don’t you think your girlfriends deserve a little more?
Bridesmaids all want to feel appreciative at some point during the wedding planning. They are responsible for many things and have to dish out a lot of money for the bride to enjoy her special day. From dresses to purchase to standing next to the bride on her big day, the accountability can lead to arguments, frustration, and sometimes chaos. However, their hard work needs to be recognized. Buying them practical gifts will make them thankful to accompany you on your special day. Here are a few gift ideas that will make your bridesmaids feel warm and grateful.
1. Professional Makeup Artist: After purchasing the dress and shoes, makeup is the last thing on a bridesmaid’s budget. The cost of professional makeup can range from $50-$90 dollars each face! This amount could turn bridesmaids off leading them to rely on YouTube tutorials, that may end up a disaster. When you talk to a makeup artist inquire package deals. Depending on a number of girls in your bridal party, there should be a least two professionals who have similar makeup styles, to give you the look you want for you and your ladies. If you have a friend that is a makeup artist or know someone that can put makeup on properly, talk with them about a cheaper rate. If their rate is convenient for your budget, check out their work and book them for the big day. Having a professional makeup artist will allow your photos come out admirable and everyone will have a nice polish look. Continue reading “7 Bridesmaids Gift Ideas your Girls will Love”
Weddings are emotional. There’s a lot that can go wrong, but it’s all in how you handle it. The event will go by fast, but it will be a great day of love and happiness. Everyone will be ready to take pictures and record you walking down the aisle. Others will get on the video camera and send out well wishes. It’s a day that you’ve been waiting for, so don’t be timid to have fun and enjoy your moment. You hear horror stories about brides arriving two hours late, or the caterer running out of food at the reception. Can you imagine what a guest would say if they didn’t get to taste the crab cakes everyone was talking about?
There was a time when I went to a wedding and the bride couldn’t find her cake, she was looking all over the place finally, they found it the kitchen instead of being on the cake table. Another time I went to a wedding and no one was where they needed to be. The event started late and the couple had to rush to the reception because the ceremony didn’t start on time. The one wedding that was the kicker for me was when the caterer ran out of food. I thought that only happened on TV shows but it actually happened to me! The caterer was struggling to find food as well as a fork for me to use. It was embarrassing for the caterer, however, each bride didn’t show her frustration. They danced the night away and enjoyed every moment of their wedding.
Weddings are busy events, (typically 6-12 hours) you will be on your feet smiling and talking to guests. You probably won’t know what time it is and everything will go by so fast. One minute you are getting ready to say I Do and the next minute you are lying in bed with your new husband. Thankfully there will be photos and videos to look at while you are on your honeymoon. Sadly, not everyone knows how to live in the moment and enjoy your day. If you are one of those brides who have to be involved in everything take a moment to read these helpful tips. If you are a bridesmaid or maid of honor and your bride is causing a more harm than good, forward this blog to her and hopefully, she will get the hint Continue reading “4 Ways to Enjoy your Wedding Day!”
After the venue is booked, and dress is bought, a bride is pretty much done, right? Nah! There’s a list of things to consider for your big day, the cake, officiant, event coordinator…the list goes on and on. That’s why there are so many wedding magazines, and blogs to help a bride out. Over the last decade, the Internet has changed the game for weddings. Brides go online for trends and ideas to make their day memorable. No matter if your celebration is going to be elaborate or an intimate gathering, you want to add delicate details for your special day.
1. Enjoy the engagement: This is the step before saying I Do. Coordinating a wedding is a lot, you don’t want to start pushing your fiancé to the side because you are so focused on details and deadlines. If your wedding date is two or three years in advance, take your time with the process. Too much focus on the wedding can lead to unnecessary stress for you and your groom. Once you are a year within your wedding date, it’s good to start searching for venues and vendors.
2. Ask questions: Planning your own wedding may be new to you. If you are unsure about anything don’t hesitate to ask. Call the photographer, event coordinator, and any other vendor that plays a significant role on your wedding day. Never be afraid to ask questions to someone you are paying. Their job is to explain everything until you understand their process. Take notes, names, dates, and be prompt on all meetings, your time is valuable and theirs is too! Shop around different vendors, attend bridal shows and see what is out there on the market before you make a decision. Continue reading “7 Major Tips for Wedding Planning”
Every bride deserves to have a bridal shower! It’s a time when the MOH (maid of honor/matron of honor) and bridesmaids shower the future Mrs. There’s nothing like coming together and celebrating with food, games, and pure fun. To have a successful shower a few things need to take place. It’s significant to have your invitations sent out, party favors purchased, and food. Oh, and what’s a party without games? Coordinating a bridal shower is fun yet hard work. Anyone in the bridal party can participate in making sure things run smoothly, and if everyone works together it will be a successful event. To throw a shower without having everyone in panic mode, designate one person to coordinate the event. That person can assign small projects to everyone. Too many people involve can cause confusion, and too little help will leave one person stressed out. Make sure you have the right amount of people helping and consistent communication.
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There are thousands of ways to create wedding invitations. Online templates give brides the chance to put their creativity to life. You no longer have to go to the store and purchase bulk invitations. Invitations at the store give you a limited selection to choose from, and it can be costly printing them from your computer. If you have not already downloaded a wedding planner calendar, do so here. Planners will give you a timeline of what and when things need to be done. Schedule to send out wedding invitations 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding date. It’s important to give guest adequate time to turn in their RSVP’s and provide them with accommodations
for your special day. Guest will want to know what hotels are blocked and if a shuttle service will be provided for the wedding. It’s imperative that the invites are informative to avoid unwanted phone calls from guests. The task can be time-consuming and tedious but it must be done! Pinterest has a lot of DIY (do it yourself) ideas that can be cost effective for your budget. Keep in mind to order or make extra invitations just in case you have to add people to your guest list.
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