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The Perfect Bridesmaid Gift

The Perfect Bridesmaid Gift

Bridesmaids do a lot for their bride, and sometimes even end up spending a lot of money. They are often responsible for planning and throwing bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and depending on their bride will pay for their own no-negotiations bridesmaid dress. Even though wedding planning is stressful, it is important to remember that a little thank you can go a long way in making your ladies feel appreciated. That's where Wedding Collectibles comes in!

What's the Perfect Bridesmaid Gift?

  A little gift for your girls is the perfect thank you! This doesn't need to be anything extravagant - they know you have a lot going on! Keeping it simple actually gives you a lot of options. For example, a colorful, monogrammed tote filled with spa items would be a fun gift that let's everyone de-stress. Multiple note options to make this perfect for your needs! However, our perfect pick bridesmaid gift is this monogrammed necklace (Buy it here). It is simple, small, with a personal touch. What's more is they can actually where it on the wedding day. This necklace comes in both gold and silver and is sixteen inches in length with a two inch extender. Also, it comes in a gift box with a sweet note included. Further, there is no trick to the cost! A single block letter monogram is included!
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Wedding Survival Kit and Plan for Wedding Emergencies

Green Wedding Shoes Blog With so many pieces and players involved in a wedding, there are bound to be a few mishaps. Never fear! There's a wedding survival kit and plan to prepare for the "oops", "oh no", and "I forgot" wedding emergencies. Here's what you do:

First: Mental Preparation

The first thing you need isn't the wedding survival kit. You will want that, but first you have to  accept that in all likelihood something will go wrong. It could be something small; like a groomsmen might wear the wrong colored socks. Or it could be something big; like the caterer mistook your order and instead of bringing enough food for 500 people, they bring enough for 50. Either way, if you accept it now, even if it is stressful, it won't completely ruin your day. Though, a catering mishap like that would be completely understandable to freak out over!

Next: Make a list

Your Bridal Party is your first Wedding Survival Kit Delegate! I know some brides don't want to let go of the control, but it's in your best interest if you do. Take an evening with your groom and make a list of all the things you are most worried about. What do you think is going to go wrong? Then pick a person for each worry and put them in charge of making sure that it won't happen. Your bridal party members are perfect for this! However, if your big worry is that the best man will forget to pick up grammy from the airport, maybe assign someone else to remind him or to just take over that task for him!

Then: Make a contingency plan for the major details

This is along the same lines as number two, but with a focus on the BIG things and not so much on the little details. For example, if the catering mishap described at the beginning of the blog did happen, what would be your back up plan? Take a look at the biggest part of the wedding - your venue, caterer, photographer, entire floral delivery - and decide on back ups if they should somehow fall through.

Finally: Bring a Wedding Survival Kit

Now this is one that you can just buy, pack in your bag, and then just know you are covered! Get a "Personalized Vintage Clutch" survival kit here with emergency items, such as bobby pins and a sewing kit. Then, if anything should happen to your hair, your dress, your mother's dress - you know you got it covered! There are even some for the groom!

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How to Tell Someone They Won't be a Bridesmaid

How to Tell Someone They Won't be a Bridesmaid

Bridesmaids When you get engaged you are going to be face with a million decisions big and small. One of which will be who to include in your bridal party. This can be difficult if you have a lot of friends and family members that you care about and have been important parts of your life. Really, to have so many people in your life that are important to you is a blessing, but when it comes to narrowing it down for your bridesmaids, it becomes a curse. First, there are all the women that you want to ask to be a bridesmaid, then there are those that you are obligated to have as a bridesmaid, and finally, there are those that expect to be a bridesmaid. For the women you want in your bridal party, it is easy as pie. Those that you are obligated to have may cause a little stress if your numbers are getting too high, but obligation doesn't always mean you wouldn't want them in your bridal party anyway. Really, the problem child in this group are those that expect to be a bridesmaid. When you are choosing your bridesmaid, chances are you really want all those girls in your life as bridesmaids, but you can't have everyone. So, when you have friends or family that make it clear that they expect to be asked, it can make things really hard. Note to friends of the newly engaged bride: It is an honor to be asked to be in the bridal party, but it is also NOT a statement to not be asked. So, don't call up your newly engaged friend and chat about how excited you are to be a bridesmaid. Call them up and congratulate them. It is, after all, not about you! So, how do you tell someone important to you that you won't be asking them to be in the bridal party?
  1. Take a Deep Breath: Remind yourself that this day is about you and not them. Of course you don't want to be rude, but you don't need to accommodate anyone either.
  2. Talk in Person: If it is someone that expects or would be expected to be a bridesmaid, it is a good idea to talk to them in person, especially if it is family.
  3. Don't list off the people you did ask: If they really wanted to be a bridesmaid, but didn't make the cut, don't remind them of everyone that did.
  4. Keep it simple: You can explain to them that they are important and that you want them involved, but that you only had a limited number of people you could ask. Just don't tell them why you decided to pick someone else over them.
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Special Touch Flower Girl Baskets

 

 Special Touch Flower Girl BasketsStern Grove Wedding As one of the first to walk down the aisle, the flower girl is one of the first introductions to your wedding party look, so what you put your flower girl in can work to help set the tone. Flower girl dresses can be made to look like mini versions of the bridesmaid dresses, the wedding dress, or can be its own unique design that is in those wedding colors or wedding theme. One accessory that a flower girl can't go without is her flower basket! Like her dress, there are a variety of different designs you can choose from, but don't let yourself get too locked in to a typical flower basket and have some fun with it!

Flower Girl Basket with Embroidered Sheer Trim & Bows So, what are some options?

Taupe Pleated Silk Flower Basket

This flower basket (Taupe Pleated Silk Flower Basket) is not one that is necessarily out of the basket thinking, but it offers a put together look that will add style to your wedding. What is beautiful about this basket is that it offers a textured look, the cuteness of a bow, and a contrast to the starch white that is often featured in the flower girl look. So if you are looking to put your flower girl in white, we recommend using a colored basked like the one above to add dimension to your flower girl's color palette.

Burlap & Lace Flower Basket

Similarly to the taupe pleated flower basket, this lace and burlap basket offers up texture, color, and fashion. Additionally, it is completely one trend and works great across multiple wedding themes, including but not limited to country western, shabby chic, vintage, and fairy tale. With this in mind, one thing to look for when looking at a flower basket - just as with any wedding accessory - is to find one that adds to or otherwise incorporates your wedding theme. Thus, if you are having a beach themed wedding, then you will  want a beach oriented flower girl basket!

Then there are the non-basket flower baskets. A lot of brides are incorporating buckets or boxes instead of a basket. The above "Rose" flower basket is sort of in between in that it will be carried exactly like a basket, but its flower design sets it apart from its wicker basket kin. These are the type of flower baskets that really open the door for you to get creative.

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2 Gifts to Make the Father of the Bride Feel Special

2 Gifts to Make the Father of the Bride Feel Special

Sneak Peak: Ashley + Anthony’s Wedding All of the time when people think about weddings they first think of the bride and then of the mother and the bride and how exciting it must be for the mom, but there are a lot of daddy's girls out there and fathers that would even surprise their daughters with how excited they are for their daughter. Father's have a tendency of showing a little extra emotion on the day of his baby girls wedding. We want to help you highlight the role he has in your wedding and in your life. Here are two simple ways to help you let your father know what he means to you!

  1. Gift him With Special cuff links to Proudly Wear on the Wedding day.Father Of Bride CufflinksCuff links are a perfect way to give your dad a little something extra that designates him as the father of the bride. You can bet that he will wear these proudly and may even find an excuse to wear them at his next business meeting or with his Sunday best!
  2. Give him a sentimental wedding handkerchief.
From the Bride to her Father Wedding HandkerchiefThis sweet and traditional gift is not just for the bride, but is also traditionally given to members of the brides family and even bridal party. The above wedding handkerchief includes a special poem from the bride to the father that is sure to cause your dad to actually need that handkerchief!  
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Wedding Woes that can Wait

Planning a wedding seems to happen all at once - all of the decisions feel equally important and relevant when you're first engaged and you're caught in a flurry of congratulations and furious planning. Before you drive yourself crazy with details and dahlias, what tasks can be delegated down or saved for later? Here's a short list of tasks and tribulations that you can put on the backburner:   Picking the Bridal Party
Many a retrospective and once-overly-enthusiastic bride will tell you this: don't pick your bridal party too early. If you're still more than a year away from the wedding, keep your #1 pick for Maid of Honor and Flower Girl under wraps. Relationships change, people move away or begin doctorate programs. While your bridal party has only one responsibility - showing up and wearing nice, pre-selected clothes - you want to be sure that the men and women in your line are the friends and family you really want behind you on your wedding day. There's no harm in just waiting it out! Snapping Engagement Photos
Even though they're called "engagement photo shoots" they don't have to be planned and finished within the first few weeks of your engagement. The point of an engagement photo shoot is to showcase your relationship in an environment in which you feel comfortable during a particularly happy time in your life. Some couples choose to use these photos in their "save the dates" or wedding invitations, but by no means is that a requirement. If you're already overburdened with other wedding woes, don't feel that you have to squeeze an engagement photo shoot in as well. Then again, if you could really use an afternoon of looking pretty and exploring your favorite museum or tide pool with your puppy and fiancé, go right ahead!   Selecting Wedding Gifts
Gifts are fun, and pre-planning gifts for your wedding can be just as enjoyable, but it can also take a lot out of you. Registering takes way more energy than you might think, and registering too early can spell disaster for your "early bird" wedding planning ideals. If you register more than a few months ahead of when your invitations go out, you run the risk of items being discontinued and matching dish sets being broken up. My advice is to go through retailers' websites, mark items that you're interested in, and put that list aside for later. Save the physical registration process for just a few months before the big day to save an even bigger hassle later.
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Bridal Party Gifts: Where, When, and Why!

They’ll Love Bridal Party Gifts

Bridal Party Gifts

Your bridal party – from your flower girls to your groomsmen – will be the backbone of your wedding day. Hopefully you’ve chosen your bridal party carefully, and you’re extremely happy to have them stand up for you as you marry your future bride/groom. So how should you thank them for their dedication, love, and (sometimes) hard work? Present them with bridal party gifts before the big day! Bridal party gifts are little ways to show your bridal party just how much you appreciate them – from a coloring book set for your ring bearer to an engraved flask for the best man, bridal party gifts should be personal, useful, and simple.   The best place to present bridal party gifts will be the rehearsal dinner: the get-together after the wedding rehearsal that doesn’t have to be too fancy (a backyard barbeque is more than enough). As you present your bridal party gifts, think about saying a few words of personal thanks to each of your guests. This isn’t a bad time to thank your parents either, as they’ll be attending your rehearsal dinner as well! Chose your bridal party gifts as carefully as you chose your bridal party; you won’t regret it!
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Team Bride! With Bridal Party Shirts

Bridal Party Shirts for Any Time

Bridal Party Shirts

Your bridal party will be together on several occasions as one unit before the big day: think bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and any late nights where you’re frantically calling your maids to help you finish hot gluing ribbons to programs. Everyone will also be together on the morning of the wedding, primping and preening to look their best for your nuptials. A great way to get everyone a fantastic gift (and promote unity and a team-like attitude) is to spring for bridal party shirts! Bridal party shirts are a great gift for any part of the planning process: get them for the girls the day before the wedding so they can wear them during the morning, or hand them out when you first select your wedding party. Bridal party shirts work any time, and “transfers” make it easy to make any shirts bridal party shirts! The great thing about bridal party shirts is that everyone will look like a team in candid photos – during the bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, or even under the hair dryer! Bridal party shirts aren’t just for the adults in the group, either. Most flower girls love feeling like they’re an important part of your day, and bridal party shirts will make them feel included. Don’t be surprised if you see your flower girl wearing bridal party shirts to school even after the wedding!
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Why Wedding Emergency Kits?

Why should you consider wedding emergency kits?

Eliminate stress on your wedding day with wedding emergency kits

There are so many big problems that can come up during a wedding - An hour-late officiant, drunken groomsmen, an MIA groom - that brides don’t usually think twice about the little stuff. What should you do if a bridesmaid loses the back to an (very noticeable) earring? If your mascara doesn’t stand up to your tears? If your mother’s dress pops a seam? Who would think twice to bring supplies for any of those things on one of the most hectic mornings of their lives? The answer to your woes are wedding emergency kits. Wedding emergency kits are a must-have for any self-respecting bride and her bridesmaids; they’re packed full of goodies for every possible malfunction (except maybe the missing groom) on your wedding day. Wedding emergency kits don’t have to be bulky or ugly either; many come in a variety of colors and are small enough to slip in to a modest handbag (or replace one entirely as a sensible clutch). If you’re worried about someone leaving their kit in the car as they frantically try to pin your up-do with too few bobby pins, think about keeping spare wedding emergency kits in your bridal suite. Wedding emergency kits also make for a good gift for family at the rehearsal dinner. The mother of the groom might not be as worried about matching hair ties in wedding emergency kits, but she’ll appreciate the tissues for the first kiss and the antacid for the spicy appetizers. Wedding emergency kits eliminate some of the stress you’ll feel the night before you wed, and hopefully they’ll keep you from shooting out from under your covers in the middle of the night, screaming: “The breath mints! Who has the breath mints?!?”
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Some of the finest and the most exclusive bridal jewelry pieces picked specially for you

Wedding memorabilia is something special that you can relish looking at and also proudly present to your relatives and friends as a lasting memory. We recommend to you some of the finest and the most exclusive bridal jewelry pieces that will add glitter and glamour to the occasion.   One of our special picks for you is this impressive jewelry set that has remained one of the most popular items in its category for years. This is because the jewelry set is simply stunning and immediately draws your attention. The jewelry set is set apart by its traditional elegance truly personified through its deft design. It has classic white glass pearls that are elegantly embellished with a superb ravishing rhinestone chevron in a fabulous sterling silver-plated setting. The whole combination is absolutely stunning! The jewelry set comprises pierced earrings as well as a matching necklace to add to its luster. Also, why not go for the 3 piece bridal pearl captivating jewelry collection. This lovely collection will help complete your wedding day look with class. This is indeed a timeless combination of stunning appeal and soft style. It is ideal for those joining the wedding party—from the flower girl to the maid of honor and bridesmaids and even beautiful bride herself. The fabulous necklace, pearl earrings, and bracelet set are fashioned from wonderful white glass pearls and superb sterling silver settings. Each pearl that measures 8 mm is available in white only. The set comprises pierced adjustable necklace, stretch bracelet and earrings. The combination is simply superb!
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Maid of Honor

The maid of honor is the chief attendant of the bride. She is majorly responsible for the success of the wedding. She should be always around to help the bride. The bride usually chooses her closest friend or relative to be the maid of honor. She helps the bride in her decision about the dress and accessories. She also helps her to decide the venue of the wedding and reception. The maid of honor also gets to decide the theme of the wedding along with the bride. She helps out with the invitations. She oversees the bridesmaids. She makes sure that everything is in order and all of them look good on the D day. The maid of honor organizes the wedding shower and the bachelorette party. In fact, she is the one who signs the marriage license after the wedding. She is the one who raises the toast to the couple and gives a speech on the wedding day. In short, the success of the wedding is highly dependent on the maid of honor.
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Wedding Showers are fun events

Wedding showers are fun events. If you are the one throwing the shower, then you have a lot of work to do. The first basic task is to decide when the wedding shower should be held. It should be on a date that is convenient to the guest of honor. If it is intended to be a surprise party, then you need to ensure that the guest of honor can make it to the party. Then you will need to decide on the venue and the guest list for the shower. Once that is done, you need to decide on the theme of the shower. The invitation of the shower must follow the theme. The invitation needs to have all the relevant information. It must contain who and what the shower is for, the time, the date, the venue, and the phone number of the hostess. If you want the party to be a surprise one, the make sure you mention it on the card so that your guests do not tell her. You can create your own invitations or choose from the existing ones available at the shops. It depends on your time and budget.
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