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A Convincing Case for a Wedding Survival Kit

Packing an Effective Wedding Survival Kit

Wedding Survival Kit

Your wedding is going to be a blur of vows, champagne, dancing, and familiars. The only moment when time will stop and panic will wash over you like so much old, new, borrowed, and blue? When a seam splits, or a vital bobby pin disappears, or you realize you left the house without deodorant. What’s your best bet to fight against the insanity? The simple answer is a wedding survival kit, and one or two of your nearest and dearest to guard it. Also, it never hurts to have more than one wedding survival kit. A wedding survival kit is a necessity not only for you, but also for your bridesmaids, your mother, your future mother in law, and, yes, your fiancé. A wedding survival kit (if prepared meticulously enough ahead of time and with the knowledge and wisdom of many a reflective unprepared bride) can mean the difference between smooth nuptials and vows wrought with panic and anxiety. So who carries the wedding survival kit? There is many a wedding survival kit made to be portable and fashionable. Most of them fit easily into purses, and some even look like clutches that can be carried around without additional packaging. Either carry it around yourself or find an organized bridesmaid to ready the safety pins and mini toothbrushes within. There’s no such thing as an overburdened wedding survival kit.
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The Sentimental Purpose of a Wedding Gift Record Book

Using and Keeping your Wedding Gift Record Book

Wedding Gift Record Book

  The second most important organizational book on your wedding day (second only to the guestbook) will be your wedding gift record book. The wedding gift record book, though never on display at your ceremony or reception, is a wonderful way to keep all of your gifts and addresses in order before you have a chance to write up thank you cards. Just because it’s a personal organizational tool doesn’t mean that it can’t be stylish AND practical! Find a wedding gift record book that fits in with the look and feel of your day, as it will eventually fall in with the general collection of wedding memorabilia once the day has come and gone. Use a wedding gift record book to flag thank you notes, store addresses, and record the various gifts you receive from friends and family for the wedding, showers, and potentially even the engagement. So why not just jot the info down on notebook paper and forget about it once you’ve sent off the thank you cards? The gifts you receive, and the special guests who thought of you and purchased them, will become treasured memories later in your married life. A record of names and gifts will become something that not only you, but posterity, will value for years and years. Your wedding gift record book is not jus an organizational tool; it’s a wedding artifact waiting to happen!
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Changing it Up: A New Kind of Shower

Before you read on, be warned: etiquette shifts and changes depending on your social circle, and you don’t want to offend the bride or any of your guests when you’re trying something new. Test the waters thoroughly before asking anyone to fork over cash for something they aren’t 100% on board with. Otherwise, go nuts!   Some brides don’t like parties dedicated to gifts, and some don’t even sport gift registries at all. Bridal showers are fun, and they have potential as a great bonding opportunity for a bride and her closest girl friends, but here are a couple of alternatives that aren’t as traditional as a tea party and bridal bingo and look at gifting in a new way:  
Chocolate Discoveries
Most of us are familiar with retail parties, where a hostess gives a presentation on the benefits of a product and the guests are given a later opportunity to purchase from a catalogue (think Tupperware). While that might not seem like a spectacular bridal shower option, there are specific services that make for an unforgettable evening and a good opportunity for a new kind of gifting, especially if the bride in your life isn’t so hot on just being handed a stack of gifts. Bridal showers that utilize the services of retail parties like Dove “Chocolate Discoveries” will find that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on registry items to have a really good time together. A chocolate discoveries party offers opportunities for tasting, trying recipes, and eating an astounding amount of chocolate. If you and your guests are comfortable with a different type of gift giving, consider taking note of the bride’s preferences throughout the affair and purchasing some of her favorite products at the end of the evening. The bride has an armload of gifts she actually wants, and everyone eats chocolate. Win-win.   Color me Mine
Color me Mine is a business that specializes in a unique hands-on ceramic crafting experience, where guests paint items of their choice to be retrieved later as glazed and completely usable home décor. It’s hard to totally mess up, too – as long as you follow the directions and layer on paint like nobody’s business. While they might be known more for cute dates and birthday parties, this soirée is a totally viable bridal shower alternative, and is a guaranteed load of fun for all involved.   Instead of giving individual traditional gifts to the bride-to-be, the hostess or guests cover the charge for the bride (and the guests as well) and a household item(s) of her choice – hopefully something bridal and commemorative (his and her items like mugs and salt and pepper shakers are a must), and the girls bond over a couple hours of painting together. You’re able to make something completely unique, get a nice gift for the bride, and leave feeling accomplished. Color me Mine offers party packages where guests can come later to retrieve their glazed item in individual little marked bags.   Color me Mine also offers traveling parties, where the service comes to you at the venue of your choosing! This is a particularly stylish option if you’re more interested in a private and intimate party where you control the décor and the catering.
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Ideas for Wedding Shadowboxes

Supplement Frames with Wedding Shadowboxes

Wedding Shadowboxes

So your wedding day is through and now you’re compiling memories for every album, scrapbook, and frame that you’ve collected since your engagement. But now you’re noticing that there are many memories that can’t be flattened between the pages of something two-dimensional: your bouquet, favors, confetti, handkerchiefs… – the list goes on. You should start collecting wedding shadowboxes to display these beautiful and invaluable items. Wedding shadowboxes are beautiful contributions to your home, and in addition to showcasing memorable three-dimensional items from your wedding, wedding shadowboxes make storing these items for posterity much easier. It’s the things your future progeny can see and feel that will connect them to your wedding day; wedding shadowboxes keep the items you love most from being lost in moves and garage sales.   Wedding shadowboxes also make wonderful gifts, especially post-wedding. Think about saving some of the little things from the wedding you attend of a loved one (escort cards, favor labels, rose petals, etc), and put together wedding shadowboxes as future anniversary gifts. The wedding shadowboxes you present to your loved ones will be a welcome surprise and will definitely find a place of honor in their home for years to come. Pair photos of beautiful memories with the items involved with wedding shadowboxes.
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The Right Wedding Necklace

Finding a Wedding Necklace that Suits You

Wedding Necklace

  Whether you’re an eager bride, a mother-of-the bride, a bridesmaid, or just a guest fretting over the perfect piece of wedding-appropriate jewelry, the right wedding necklace can often be hard to locate in your average department store. The bride wants a wedding necklace that’s understated but special, a bridesmaid wants to shine without getting to flashy, and a guest just wants to get through the night without breaking any obvious fashion rules. So what should women look for in the right wedding necklace? The answer is pretty much the same from bride to mother to bridesmaid to guest: you want a wedding necklace with just the right amount of sparkle and simplicity.   The two best materials for a wedding necklace (pearls and diamonds) don’t have to be real and expensive to fit the bill. With the right wedding necklace, it’s more important that they’re small and simple in design – nothing too crazy that might compete with your outfit (especially if you’re the bride!). Popular now are natural vine-like motifs for a wedding necklace – it keeps the necklace from looking too drab while remaining subtle and beautiful.   Don’t go crazy when you’re hunting for the right wedding necklace – remember that it’s what the necklace is complimenting that counts!
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Add a Wedding Picture Frame to your House

Wedding Picture Frame: The Perfect Gift

Wedding Picture Frame

If there's one moment in your life that is sure to be documented, it's your wedding day. You'll probably hire a photographer, hundreds of guests will snap iPhone pictures, and you'll probably manage to grab a few shots for yourself. Chances are good that many of those photos will end up in your home; display them in a wedding picture frame to up your viewing pleasure.   A wedding picture frame sets the mood for the photo within, and they're so much more fun than a traditional frame. Take things up a notch with your wedding picture frame by doing something unexpected. Pick a wedding picture frame that also houses your unity sand, or a wedding picture frame in an interesting shape (such as a heart or a pair of toasting glasses). The wedding photos will be the first pieces of photography a guest will want to see; make it an impressive experience with a wedding picture frame.   If you're a guest looking for a memorable gift, look no further than a wedding picture frame. It's an especially wonderful gift for the couple without a registry, because it's probably something they haven't thought to get for themselves. Even if they already have one, there are a thousand more wedding photos where that came from. Help them out with a wedding picture frame.
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