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Honeymoon Cash Jar

HONEYMOON FUND JAR

For many cultures it is traditional to have a Money Dance during the wedding reception. The idea being that guests would slip some money into a designated money purse or basket in order to happily take the Bride (or Groom) for a twirl on the dance floor. This is a great way to get people dancing and having fun, as well as securing some spending money for your honeymoon getaway. Plus, it gives your guests that special moment to congratulate you as you embark on your new journey of married life. 

If you are not planning on having   a money dance at your recepScrolling Heart Birdcage Card Holdertion, or have other dance numbers in mind (maybe a choreographed dance with your bridesmaids as a last hurrah and to remind your groom how lucky he is), a newer trend with the same thread of thought is the Honeymoon Fund Jar.  While it is titled a jar, it, of course, does not have to be a literal jar. Instead, pick something that coordinates with your wedding theme. If you want to focus on the journey  Mini Suitcase Wishing Well

you are taking, or have a vintage theme wedding, a suitcase styled case could be perfect. If your theme or style alludes to fairy tales or secret gardens, then a wired bird cage or even a large lantern would look lovely. If you are going country chic or just plain playful, then a large jar with a ribbon in your color may be what you are looking for.  No matter what you choose, having a Honeymoon Fund Jar at your wedding is a great idea. Just put it on your sign in table with a cute note telling your guests what it is for.

It may even be a good idea to bring the jar to your Bridal Shower. You could make a game of it by asking your guests to put advice or date ideas in along with a little green (no pressure) or  pass along the jar as people share how they know you or they favorite memory with you.  Either way, having a honeymoon fund jar at your bridal shower and wedding can help you make your honeymoon a little more fun and stress free. 

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5 Items to Add to the Honeymoon Packing List

While you may believe that your love is so strong that all you need is one another to conquer all, when it comes to your honeymoon there are a few specialty items you are going to want on hand. 1. The most useful bag in the world - a Tote

Color Dipped Canvas Totes                   A cute tote bag is the number one necessity for any honeymoon getaway. It allows for quick storage, easy access, and fashionably translates from one outfit to the next. Some handy-dandy-musts to put in your cute new tote may include: sunglasses, lip balm, lotion, wet wipes,hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, allergy medication, and a digital camera. With a tote bag ready, you can take on your romantic adventures without a worry in mind!     2. Passport Covers

Mr. & Mrs. Passport Cover Gift Set  A passport cover may seem like an extra, but it is an extra you are going to want to pick up. Not only is this a fun Mr. and Mrs. set, but it will help you keep organized. The last thing you are going to want is a hard time finding your passport or important cards. With a passport cover set like this you can keep everything in one place for easy access. Plus, you can never have too many Mr. and Mrs. items to show off your new marital status!     3. Travel Grooming Kits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 His & Hers Travel Bags Set Includes Grooming Tools     Chevron Spa Bag & Makeup Roll Brush Set Includes Brushes  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A travel kit for all of your make up and grooming odds and ends is an absolute honeymoon must! Get a his and hers set or if the Mr. doesn't think he needs it, get a snazzy and personalized set for just the Mrs! Or maybe even do both!. Each set can be personalized and comes with grooming tools or make up brushes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Jewelry Travel Case

Personalized Leather Slim Zip-Around Jewelry Case

Think of every trip you have ever taken and remember the necklaces and bracelets tangled, the earrings and rings misplaced, and now put a jewelry travel case on your honeymoon packing list. It really just makes sense. You're going on your honeymoon with the plan to get lost in your love, but that doesn't mean you have to loose your favorite earrings. So whether your a honeysuckle pink or a blue curacao kind of gal, pick yourself out a personalized jewelry case!

5. Cute and Comfy  Just Married Camisole & Boy Short Set                  Brides Pajama Set - Small

Along side the lace and silk, don't forget to bring some more comfortable sleepwear too. You don't have to sacrifice sexy for comfort either, just pack one of these bride pajama sets and you can have comfy cuddle time or make sparks fly!

   

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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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The Wonders of a Wedding Jewelry Box

Giving and Keeping a Wedding Jewelry Box

Wedding Jewelry Box

  If there’s one set of accessories that’s almost entirely inseparable from the wedding experience it’s jewelry. Brides sometimes spend months picking out the perfect set of earrings or the right necklace, and bridesmaids often find themselves sporting matching charms or other sparkling accessory as their gift from the couple. One part of this blinged-out wedding staple that is largely ignored is probably one of the most important missed considerations in the wedding jewelry-buying process: a good wedding jewelry box. Not only does a wedding jewelry box make a great gift (especially personalized), it carries with it the important task of storing and preserving your wedding jewelry. Think about finding a wedding jewelry box specifically for the jewelry you will wear on your wedding day. It guarantees that the jewelry won’t be misplaced, and it serves as a wonderful storage facility between now and when you show (or gift) it to posterity! A wedding jewelry box is also a wonderful gift for your bridesmaids or flower girl. It isn’t as breakable or specific-to-style as jewelry itself and it’s guaranteed to have a long-lasting useful purpose after the wedding day! A wedding jewelry box most definitely has its place in your wedding!
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What Counts as “Borrowed” Anyway?

The adage that asks that a bride should have “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” is one of the most adhered-to contemporary wedding traditions that’s been around almost as long as the modern idea of marriage. It asks a bride to combine good luck charms from the heritage of her family, her new future with her partner, and the successful marriages of her friends. It’s a rhyme that many couples still try to stick closely to, with many families having “Something ________” traditions of their own. But if you’re having a hard time adhering to the specifics of this adage, here are a few suggestions for the two suggestions that are the hardest to fill – something “borrowed” and something “old”:  

Something BORROWED
The point here is to find a good luck charm from the happy marriages of the married couples in your life. While some families have traditions specific to them, now is always the right time to start a new tradition. Instead of wearing a bracelet or headpiece that was borrowed from a friend or family member, consider instead “borrowing” a wedding detail from their day to highlight your own. In addition to a rockin’ pair of borrowed white sunglasses, dance to the song used as your sister’s first dance to her partner, or use your aunt’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe for the favors. This creative twist will keep you from loading up with old, new, borrowed, and blue anklets for lack of a better option. Even though you won’t be wearing all of your “borrowed” items, you will have a chance to give the suggestion your own modern twist.


Something OLD
“Something Old” is the requirement of the rhyme that asks brides to carry a token or charm taken from the heritage of their families. Some brides choose instead to carry something from their partner’s family to represent a new connection with the history of their family tree. Either option is meaningful, and even something you found from an antique store carries with it it’s own history. Like “something borrowed,” the point is to keep with the spirit of the adage. There are no wedding police that with confiscate your “something blue” if it’s really more “blue-green.”
As for your “something old,” earrings and necklaces work well, but make sure you have clasps inspected and repaired by jewelers before you walk down the aisle; you don’t want to lose your great grandmother’s pearls this early on. Also, check aged lace and metals against the fabric of your gown to make sure the antiqued colors don’t look harsh and aged against the rest of your outfit. Antique jewelry makes a wonderful “something old,” but there are inherent problems with the age of certain pieces. Skip garters (whose elastic tends to deteriorate quickly and with little notice) in favor of pieces that can be easily repaired.

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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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Complimenting a Bridal Toe Ring

Fabrics and Venues that work with a Bridal Toe Ring

Bridal Toe Ring

  A bridal toe ring is a fun and flirty piece of jewelry that you can wear on your wedding day that will add a subtle sparkle to your look. A bridal toe ring is a popular piece of sparkling jewelry for beach (or just barefoot!) brides, as it adds some flair and class to otherwise bare (though probably pedicured) feet. If you’re planning on rocking bare feet for your wedding day, you won’t just need a bridal toe ring to make your look come together in a fancy free fashion – your dress choice is just as (if not more) important. Compliment your bridal toe ring with one of two of our favorite barefoot dress options: Flowing Free
A long, flowing, airy material is a must for barefoot brides who love a good bridal toe ring. This dress option will fit your venue (a beach, garden, etc) better than a heavier ball gown. If you want to look casual enough for a bridal toe ring, yet still feminine and bridal, stick to something long and sheer.   Short and Sweet
The other gown that perfectly complements a bridal toe ring is something short and cute. Hippie brides and brides of the beach will love a tea-length cotton dress of any style. Again, like with the longer gown, you want to avoid heavy materials and excessive beading. You want your gown to work with your bridal toe ring, just like you want your bridal toe ring to work with you!
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Simple Wedding Garter: Elegance without Frills

Finding a Simple Wedding Garter

Simple Wedding Garter

The garter toss at a wedding is an expected and jovial ritual that many brides look forward to. For some of us, however, we don’t want an ornate garter outshining us as it flies across the ballroom floor. A simple wedding garter, though simple enough in theory, can be surprisingly hard to find for the bride uninteresting in thigh-high showboating. A simple wedding garter is still elegant and beautiful, but might not go overboard with frills and sparkles. A simple wedding garter is also a good choice for a bride hosting a low-key wedding. Hot pink and rhinestones don’t really match tea-length simple ivory dresses.  
When you’re searching for a simple wedding garter, don’t confuse “simple” with “cheap” or “manufactured.” A quality simple wedding garter might not be dripping in accessories, but it should still maintain a simple elegance that outshines its peers. A simple wedding garter doesn’t eschew decorations completely: a dangling charm or simple lace edging is a classy edition to an otherwise bare elastic band. Your simple wedding garter will be timeless in its efforts to refuse to bend to trends in the garter world. Your simple wedding garter’s longevity is guaranteed.
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Bridal Shoes Fit for Dancing!

Bridal Shoes: When High Heels Just Won’t Cut It

Bridal Shoes

  While brides may spend hours pouring over possible contenders for the perfect pair of bridal shoes, most of them don’t think twice about how else they should take care of their feet during their wedding day. Beautiful bridal shoes usually mean sore ankles and throbbing toes by the end of the evening – why not invest in something that gives your tootsies a break every once in a while? Alternative bridal shoes include such selections as flip flops, ballet flats, barefoot jewelry, and even slippers! While you might want to save the slippers for the morning after, the other bridal shoes make for a wonderful foot break during your reception. Flip flops are not only comfortable, but practical and not so bad lookin’ either. Consider purchasing these matching bridal shoes for everyone in the bridal party, or maybe even for all of your guests! High heels might look nice, but walking around all night in them would drive any feet nuts! The ballet flat bridal shoes are another (somewhat more elegant) choice, and they pack the added benefit of portability. Many of these bridal shoes fold up into small bags for easy slipping on and off!
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Stay True with a Simple Bridal Necklace

A Simple Bridal Necklace for your Wedding

Simple Bridal Necklace

When you’re preparing just the right accessories for your wedding day look, it’s important to find little things that won’t distract from one another. If you’re wearing an ornate wedding gown, pairing it with a bridal necklace that has too much going on will make your whole look feel a little busy. A simple bridal necklace will make you sparkle without overdoing it. Also, try not to layer too many pieces; a simple bridal necklace and a pair of matching or complimentary earrings should do just fine. Don’t think that more accessories equal more impressive and beautiful. True style is knowing when to quit (the same goes for makeup!) Your simple bridal necklace should reflect your personal style. Don’t think that you have to change everything about the way you dress just for your wedding day. If you’re an easy-to-please laid-back bride, don’t feel that you HAVE to go for the layered cupcake princess look just for your wedding day. You should be comfortable in your own skin as you walk down the aisle – which is why a simple bridal necklace is perfect for every bride. Even brides who normally wear a lot of bling can appreciate the subtle sparkle of a simple bridal necklace. When selecting your accessories for the big day (including your simple bridal necklace), remember to be true to your style. After all, don’t you want to be able to recognize yourself in wedding photos?
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Why Keep your Wedding Linens?

Why You Should Purchase and Store your Wedding Linens

Wedding Linens

If you’re hosting your wedding at a location without available wedding linens, you have a couple of options: either rent them for the evening or buy them outright. Not many brides opt for purchasing their own wedding linens, but if your party is small enough, they can actually save you money in the long run, especially if you entertain a lot. Wedding linens are a special and important part of your wedding décor, why not keep them? Pass them along to your future children? Here are a few reasons why you should opt to purchase wedding linens, even if you’re only getting napkins, placemats, or table runners:   For Entertaining
If you entertain a lot, or even if you plan on entertaining ever again, saving your wedding linens will be worth it. Bust out those wedding linens at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other meal opportunity at your disposal. Bonus points if your wedding linens come with a monogram; it adds a hint of “Man, she really knows what she’s doing” to any holiday party. For Posterity
More than wedding photos, actual wedding artifacts (such as your wedding linens, your preserved bouquet) are going to become family treasures down the line. Give your progeny pieces of your wedding day to carry with them to pass to their own children. Your wedding linens will mean more then than you know. For Sentimental Value
Just like with the sentimental hand-me-downs, the emotional value of keeping your wedding linens is indispensable. You won’t regret keeping them, as your wedding linens will speak to the emotion and magic of your wedding day every time you open the linen cupboard.
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