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3 Ways to Make your Bridal Shower Fun

    Bride to Be! Molly of Luminaire Images When we say fun - we mean FUN! Bridal showers are a perfect example of how you can either feel more stressed or more like you are enjoying being engaged. SO if you are thinking about trying to have an out of the box bridal shower, take a look at these three tips!  

How to Make it FUN

Consider Co-ed

A great way to inject a more playful vibe is to open up the guest list to both men and women. This is especially nice because it means the groom get's to participate. Plus, it creates opportunities for more game ideas that are bound to get some laughs. There's just something about having both genders in attendance that makes people more competitive come game time!  Also, can you imagine the silliness that will ensue when you dad is the one being wrapped in his toilet paper wedding dress?

Think of YOU

Loving this Harry Potter-themed bridal shower Greg Obierek Photography If you want to have a fun bridal shower, then make the bridal shower about things you like. If you want a super formal bridal shower, that's great. But if you want people laughing and a little activity running around, infusing your unique interests into the PARTY can make it AMAZING. For example, if you and your fiance are avid football fans, take your bridal shower outdoors and actually play football! Serve burgers and hot dogs, and just enjoy the sweaty fun. Or if you don't have an active group attending, just go all out with a fun theme that inspires everything from decor to games to food. You're a Harry Potter nerd? Why not serve butter beer and have a magical time?

Let it go!

Can we PLEASE do "Pin the lips on Ryan Reynolds"? lol - 10 unique bridal shower ideas that bring the fun factor! - Wedding Party Connie Whitlock Photo Weddings and all the surrounding planning and sub events can be so so stressful. So this tip really goes for everything, but can be applied to making your bridal shower more fun. LET GO! You will plan and coordinate and budget, but on the day of any of these wedding events, the moment it starts all those logistics are no longer your problem. If your worried about running out of food ruining your good mood, put someone else in charge of worrying about it for you! Your maid of honor is perfect for this.Or an even planner can take the job on! Either way, on the day of, that stuff just isn't your problem!
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Fun Bridal Shower Game

Fun Bridal Shower Game

Bridal Shower Guest Book When planning a bridal shower it can be kind of tricky figuring out what to do other than watch the bride open gifts and eat cake, but there are a ton of fun activities that work great for a bridal shower. One of the tried and true games is the newlywed questionnaire. This bridal shower game has a ton of variations and can be completely catered to the bride and groom - this is probably why it is so successful. The main idea of this game is for the bride and groom to answer a set of questions about their relationship, each other, and marriage and then to see how well - or not! - their answers line up. Warning: This can be a lot of fun and is suppose to be silly, so try not to push too hard or make the bride feel dumb for not knowing the answers. Also, pay attention to the audience or don't ask inappropriate questions that will embarrass the bride or is none of anyone's business. Below we have two versions that have been shared with us by our wedding collectible brides during their interview to be featured on our blog (To see our real wedding features click here and to submit for your wedding to be featured click here.) Behind the Scenes Bridal Shower Question Game The behind the scenes version of this game is for showers that have the rule of "no men allowed" or the groom cannot be present. The person planning the shower or planning the games would need to set up a time to interview the groom with a set of questions that the bride and groom should probably know about each other or questions about who is going to be doing what in their marriage (ie. who is going to be doing the dishes?). It is fun if you can get the interview on tape and then play his answers after the bride has made her guess, but if you cannot do that, the host or host of the game can read off his responses. This game is easy and can bring in a lot of laughs. Barbie and Ken fun bridal shower game This version is great for co-ed showers or for a bridal shower where the groom can pop in for an hour. In this version of the game the bride and groom are seated back to back and are asked questions that all of answers of him or her. Examples would be, who said I love you first or who is the better dancer. To answer each question the bride and groom will hold up either a barbie (bride) or a ken doll (ken). If you don't have barbie dolls accessible, then any "girl toy" and "boy toy" can work or you could even use shoes.
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Fun Wedding Decorations Trend: Bunting and more Bunting

wedding decotationsIn our previous post, "Wedding Banner Trends: DIY Flower Garland", we mentioned the trend of bunting. The first time I heard of bunting, I was really confused, but once I saw a picture, like the one to the left, I realized I knew exactly what bunting was. You know, it is those triangle flag banner hanging things. Despite the difficulty in describing what bunting is, it ends up being a super fun wedding decoration and  a great banner style for a plethora of wedding themes.

Bunting can blend into just about any wedding theme as it easily customizable. It probably wouldn't be at home in a super formal wedding or at a church ceremony, but it works great with vintage themes, outdoor, country, travel themes, floral, and so many other themes and styles. This fun wedding decoration works across multiple platforms, but also adds a unique and cute look to your wedding decor that is just unexpected. Additionally, it is an easy DIY.

DIY Bunting Kits

DIY is the do-it-yourself mantra that is sweeping through weddings, but sometimes do-it-yourself can be overwhelming and more messy than productive. That is why finding a DIY kit for all your fun wedding decorations needs can give you a middle ground of doing it yourself minus having to figure out how to do it yourself. Bunting is a simple wedding decoration that can have intricate designs and print, but the put together can really be hassle free.

Fun Wedding Decorations

The paper bunting kits we have include 50 flag pennants, white satin hanging ribbon, a CD with templates, test printing sheets, and instructions. The whole goal is to help you create the unique look you want affordable and with the least amount of hassle.

And really bunting is just cute! They make a great filler decoration and pennants just seem to create a flirty atmosphere. They can be used in so many ways - be it at the cake table, as a cake topper, as reception decor, or at the bridal shower - making bunting one of the most fun wedding decorations. It just works for everything.

Which fun wedding decoration trends do you like best?

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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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Etiquette In-Vogue: Bachelorette Thank You Cards

Drafting Bachelorette Thank You Cards

Bachelorette Thank You Cards

  Etiquette is always in vogue, and thank you cards are a welcome thought after most wedding-related events, though they have been, so far, mostly surrounding gift-giving occasions such as bridal showers or the big day itself. There’s something special about thank yous for your friends when they take time and money to throw you an awesome party, however, and though a verbal “thank you” is probably much-appreciated, it doesn’t take that much more time to articulate your thanks in writing via a set of bachelorette thank you cards. Consider drafting up some bachelorette thank you cards after your night on the town with the girls. Likely, your good girl friends funded the evening, as it is a gift to you, and most of your evening expenses were likely covered. This doesn’t happen in all circles, but it is increasing in prevalence. Say thank you to those involved with some bachelorette thank you cards! Even if you don’t send out bachelorette thank you cards to the lot, consider such an action for the girl who did the majority of the planning. Send out bachelorette thank you cards in addition to a thoughtful hostess gift, such as a bottle of wine or a nice gift card. Everyone likes to feel appreciated, and bachelorette bashes are a lot of work! Show your girls you care with a few bachelorette thank you cards!
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A Few Tips Concerning Wedding Table Numbers

Making Visible and Vibrant Wedding Table Numbers

Wedding Table Numbers

There are several ways couples communicate seating arrangements during their wedding receptions. As ceremonies are generally open seating (aside from the first few rows, which are reserved for immediate family, per generally accepted etiquette), those arrangements are of little concern for a bride hunting for wedding table numbers. No, the wedding table numbers you’re undoubtedly looking for are for the reception part of the day. Without a well-organized seating chart, it’s possible that your reception to devolve into anarchy. Often, guests slide chairs around crowded tables or a few stragglers are left with few or no dining partners when couples eschew seating charts or wedding table numbers. It is in your best interest, and is commonly expected by guests, that wedding table numbers will be a part of the evening. When you’re chosen a seating chart, you are no doubt now wondering how to organize or present your wedding table numbers. While there are countless ways to do it, there is one rule you should try to follow: make your wedding table numbers easy to see and clear. Literally anything else goes. Wish to name your tables instead of number them? Also fine, though it might get confusing if you have a large banquet hall. Like with wedding table numbers, it is most important that your guests can see them, and that they’re easy to spot across a crowded room.
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Tips for Elegant Wedding Signage

Complimenting your Wedding Signage

Wedding Signage

Though there are many wedding decorations that you will utilize on your big day that send a subtle, non-literal message, sometimes you just want to say it with words. Wedding signage does just that. Whether it’s a banner above your getaway car, an aisle runner, a poster for your ring bearers, or a message in love spelled out in bunting, wedding signage is becoming very popular and is popping up in weddings of all styles all over the country. The trick with wedding signage is to keep it simple and not go overboard. Wedding signage should say what it needs to say in few words, and should be complimented well by less-literal wedding messages, such as complimentary colors and other decorations. Your wedding signage can be DIY or professional, but it’s important to keep it from looking arts-and-craftsy. Wedding signage is a delicate project, so this is one you might want to leave to the printer. Wedding signage is also wonderful at other wedding-related events, such as bachelorette parties and wedding showers. Present worded bunting or an elegant banner to welcome your guests, just be sure to observe the same stylistic guidelines. You want all of your wedding signage to be sophisticated and chic!
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List Your Way to Wedding Glory

Organization is key for a well-managed wedding package, and a well-maintained to-do list can save a couple from last minute panicked phone calls and bulk orders that you really don’t need. In fact, couples often loose money when they don’t stay organized, as late fees and panicked bookings can really eat into the wedding budget and leave you with a wedding that wasn’t quite what you had pictured. Aside from your obvious to-do lists, here are three lists you, as a couple, should be keeping right now:   A List of Vendors
A list of potential vendors as you begin choosing and booking locations will make it much easier for you to compare prices and services that a notebook full of brochures and jotted down info on napkins and scratch paper. A list makes it easy to see immediate side-by-side comparisons, and once you’ve chosen vendors for your event, keep a list of who you’re using, what services they offered, what they’re providing, and the projection of the total cost, with tax and tip. While you should also keep your contract, a separate list will keep all of this information organized and ready for reference when you need it most.
After the big day, this list will be an easy reference guide for who has been paid, when they need to be paid by, and whether or not their end price was anywhere near your quote. This is the list that will save you money and protect you from scammers! A List of Addresses
It’s starting how often couples scramble for addresses and full names right before sending out save-the-dates or invitations. You should always take the time to be sure you’re sending out your stationary with accurate and recent information, as it can be difficult to keep up on the address changes and happenings of fifty families in the weeks leading up to your wedding in your head. Keep a running list of family addresses and relevant last names right up until your stationary goes out.
If you hear about a pending divorce or an adult moving out of his grandmother’s house, it’s important to log that information into an already-ongoing list to be sure that your guests are informed and aware, no matter what has recently changed in their lives as far as residence and reference goes.   A List of Gifters
There are several gift-giving occasions that lead up to the big day, and you will need to write and send out thank-you notes for all received gifts for each separate occassion. Guests realize that this isn’t the easiest task to pencil in during the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, but it would be tragic to forget who sent what when the time finally comes to sit down and get the notes out of the way. Some notes should be written before others, such as shower and engagement party notes, and an organized list keeps this from becoming a logistical nightmare.
Keep a tab of gifts received and log who they were from and for what occasion. Keeping different notes and lists will spell disaster for your organization later on. Trust me; this is one list you can’t afford to skip out on!

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Preparing for Bridal Shower Thank Yous

Prepping Bridal Shower Thank Yous

Bridal Shower Thank Yous

Writing thank you notes isn't everyone's favorite post-wedding chore, but it is a necessity that shouldn't be overlooked or put off for too long. Many guests expect thank yous, and many more will be very much appreciative of a timely one. Bridal shower thank yous have a less strict timeline than their wedding counterparts, but you still shouldn't put them off. Definitely send out bridal shower thank yous before the big day. Any shower gift you receive can be used immediately, so you don't have to wait until after the nuptials to send off proper bridal shower thank yous.   Bridal shower thank yous come in a variety of colors and styles, and are generally much more informal than wedding thank yous. Don't stress too much over formal wording either - guests don't need much more than a sincere note of thanks in your bridal shower thank yous!   If you're hosting a bridal shower and want to do the bride in question a big favor, make bridal shower thank yous easier on her my keeping a running list of guests in attendance, and what, if anything, they brought for the bride. Her bridal shower thank yous will go much faster and she'll definitely owe you one!
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Wedding Shower Favors at your Next Event

Hosting with Wedding Shower Favors

Wedding Shower Favors

  Are you hosting a bridal or wedding shower in the coming months and looking for an inexpensive and easy way to take it from a backyard barbeque for an affair worthy of the couple you’re hosting for? Wedding shower favors, when they’re done right, instantly adds class and sophistication to any party, even if you’re hosting it in a local restaurant or in your own kitchen. Decorations aside, wedding shower favors are a wonderful way to be hospitable to your guests, and there are several wonderful ways to present them in a way that will add style to the shower as a whole. Instead of handing the wedding shower favors out as the guests leave, think of instead hosting the favors on individual place settings. Add escort cards to each set of wedding shower favors for a chic event-status touch. If you have an eye for design, think of arranging a welcome table for your wedding shower favors. As it will be the first thing your guests see, it will leave a lasting first impression. Pair the wedding shower favors with a tray of drinks, and you can expect more than a few thank you notes in the future!
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More Than Puppies: Adorable Wedding Cake Toppers

Finding Adorable Wedding Cake Toppers

Adorable Wedding Cake Toppers

We all love wedding cake toppers with a little PDA. Far gone are the stiff toppers of yesteryear - these toppers are in love. Your wedding cake toppers should reflect who you are as a couple, so why wouldn't you want a set of adorable wedding cake toppers for your big day? Adorable wedding cake toppers come in traditional cute iterations, such as puppies and Precious Moments, but they're also so much more than that. A simple gesture of affection or coy holding of hands is reflected perfectly in the right adorable wedding cake toppers. They speak volumes about who you are as a couple! These toppers don't just sit on your cake top anymore; they interact with it! Find the right adorable cake toppers who are navigating the surface of your cake - like life - together. Their togetherness reflects your own. Adorable wedding cake toppers often feature a couple just moments from a kiss. They're never crass or gratuitous - just the way PDA should be. Feature your adorable wedding cake toppers at a shower or at the big day itself. You don't even need a cake if you'd like to use them as a set piece for an escort card table. The options with adorable wedding cake toppers are endless!
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Bachelorette Party Buttons: for Flair and Function!

Accessorizing with Bachelorette Party Buttons

Bachelorette Party Buttons

If you're trying to accessorize a rockin' bachelorette party in the near future, don't forget about the bachelorette party buttons! Bachelorette party buttons are a cute way to match and accessorize during your bachelorette bash, but they won't clutter an outfit or attract any (unwanted) attention. Bachelorette party buttons usually express a lady's wedding party title, and the biggest button is usually saved for the bride herself. While they come in a variety of colors, the recommended color for a truly fabulous set of bachelorette party buttons is PINK! Have them ready for wear as the ladies arrive to your party, or send the appropriate set of bachelorette party buttons out with invites! It's a cute way to change up the standard bachelorette invitation. Not into showing off your bridal status on your night out with the girls? Bachelorette party buttons are also great for wear during the rehearsal dinner or as ID buttons during a particularly crowded bridal shower. Bachelorette party buttons are a great way for distant relatives and unacquainted friends to locate the ladies who know the ins and outs of the wedding and the couple of honor! Bachelorette buttons aren't just for decoration anymore!
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