Making Visible and Vibrant Wedding Table Numbers
Wedding Table NumbersThere 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.
Complimenting your Wedding Signage
Wedding SignageThough 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!
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!
Prepping Bridal Shower Thank Yous
Bridal Shower Thank YousWriting 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!
Hosting with Wedding Shower Favors
Wedding Shower FavorsAre 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!
Finding Adorable Wedding Cake Toppers
Adorable Wedding Cake ToppersWe 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!
Accessorizing with Bachelorette Party Buttons
Bachelorette Party ButtonsIf 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!
Using and Keeping your Wedding Gift Record Book
Wedding Gift Record BookThe 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!
Fitting Humorous Cake Toppers into your Wedding
Humorous Cake Toppers
Weddings are a time for expressions of love, but that doesn’t mean you have to be serious and stoic 100% of the time. Humorous cake toppers are a great way to show your fun and spontaneous side at your wedding reception. With options ranging from the family-friendly to the downright-bawdy, couples will have no trouble at all finding humorous cake toppers that fit their personalities. If you like the idea of humorous cake toppers, but you’re not sure if your great aunt would, it’s always an option to add one as a supplement to the main display at your wedding reception. Humorous cake toppers are great for bachelorette parties, showers, and even rehearsal dinners.
If you’re thinking about getting the lucky couple in your life the gift of humorous cake toppers, make sure you’re comfortable enough with them that their sensibilities won’t be offended by an off-color wedding accessory. If you aren’t sure, think about checking in with someone who knows the couple well (such as parents or the maid of honor) before gifting one or more humorous cake toppers. Like any gag gift, time and place is just as important as content. Go crazy with humorous cake toppers gifts, but don’t have the bride open one at a ladies’ tea.
Mr. Joe Shmo and Mrs. Jen Shmo
Request the honor of your presence
at the ceremony uniting their daughter
Ms. Joanne Shmo
Mr. Jacob Boe
In the bonds of holy matrimony
On Sunday the Fifteenth of September
Two Thousand and Thirteen
At Four O’ Clock in the Afternoon
Reception to Follow
Think about revising that template if…
Your ceremony is actually a Vow Renewal:
Vow renewals, like first weddings, happen when they do for a variety of reasons, most of which are completely valid. You have every right to a fun day of celebrating your unity with your family, but you have to keep in mind that a vow renewal isn’t a wedding. There are certain things you have to miss out on (bachelorette parties, bridal showers) and you should always be honest with your guests. If you signed the paperwork already, you’re married, and the invitation wording should reflect that. Think about changing:
At the ceremony uniting
Ms. Joanne Shmo
Mr. Jacob Boe
In the bonds of holy matrimony To
At the vow renewal ceremony of
Mrs. Joanne Boe
Mr. Jacob Boe
The hosting of your wedding isn’t clear, or you want to de-emphasize it:
Weddings used to be fully-funded by the parents of the bride, but that’s rare now. Couples are marrying later, family financial dynamics are shifting, and many couples want to make their own way in the world and are hosting the whole shebang themselves. If you still choose to word your invites so that the hosting situation for your wedding is clear, that’s completely fine. If not, think about changing:
Mr. Joe Shmo and Mrs. Jen Shmo
Request the honor of your Presence To:
Together with their families
Ms. Joanne Shmo
Mr. Jacob Boe
Request the honor of your presence…