Your wedding planning experience will vary depending on the budget and look and feel you’re going for on your big day. While most brides will choose something elegant, understated, and refined (probably something with soft lighting, a plated dinner, and white branches), there are always a handful of brides who will scoff at such a venture and opt instead for a bouncy house. This is for those brides. The “wedding experience” is not universal, and nowhere is it written in stone that you must conform to a certain set of standards for your event to count as a wedding. Do you want your guests to kick off their shoes and dance barefoot in the grass? Do you want orange dreamsicles instead of a fancy cake? Do you want the youngest members of your family to have as much fun as the oldest? Cool. Here are a couple of ideas for your awesome wedding:
A Bouncy House!
A bounce house is a colorful air-filled palace of joy and bruising. As long as all kids are properly supervised (and you make it clear that there will be no lifeguard on duty during the reception), there’s no reason why a bounce house couldn’t be a great addition to your reception. Obviously, this venture is best suited to outdoor weddings, but you’ll be amazed how fast your guests turn into 5-year-olds as soon as the thing is inflated. The pictures you’ll get due to the goings-on of the bounce house will be worth every penny you drop on the house (and, by the way, the pennies will be much fewer than other wedding staples, such as a photo booth). Crayons!
For the brides who still ask for the kids menu due to the many coloring opportunities, this option might quicken your pulse. Forget fancy (and expensive) linens for butcher paper and small buckets of crayons at each table and watch your guests glue their noses to the table as they try to beat their neighbor at tick-tack-toe or doodle all through the night. Brides with more traditional weddings can pull this off too, though you might restrict it to the kids table or opt for fancier buckets. If you’re going for a casual wedding where crayons and a bounce house won’t be out of place, just make sure you warn your guests on your invitation or save-the-date. You don’t have to spell it out for them, but the style of the stationary and accompanying casual pictorials can be helpful.
Asian Wedding Favors: Elegance and Style
Asian Wedding FavorsAre you hosting an elegant affair with all the allure of the Far East? Asian wedding favors add to the look and feel of your day, contributing the tiny touches that really bring a theme together. If you and your fiancé are celebrating your heritage within your wedding day, Asian wedding favors can help. Asian wedding favors might reflect the culture and aesthetic of India, China, Japan, Korea, or any of the other diverse and rich populations of Asia. Asian wedding favors don’t cheapen or trivialize the many cultures of the East; they act simply as a trinket that reminds your guests of your heritage (or perhaps just your location or Asian-inspired interests). Your Asian wedding favors are as diverse as the many cultures of Asia, featuring common motifs of silk fans, ivory-colored elephants, ocean-side themes, and bamboo. Asian wedding favors are a wonderful addition to a wedding that may not feature a heavily-Asian theme, but might be taking place in a Japanese garden or tea room. Asian wedding favors are also a wonderful way to nod to the heritage of some family members. No matter what your motivation is in using them, Asian wedding favors are a classy, stylish way to add a little Asian flare to your wedding day.
Spring Wedding Favors Make the Season Bright
Spring Wedding FavorsSpring is here! Celebrate the reason for the season with beautiful, delicate, colorful spring wedding favors! Spring is a great time for garden weddings, beach weddings, and every other outdoor wedding in between. Tables under canopies of lush green foliage and bright spring blooms are only enhanced by numerous spring wedding favors that bespeckle the place settings. So what makes good spring wedding favors? A primary element in spring wedding favors is color. Spring weddings are always bursting with color and are often much less subdued then their fall and winter counterparts. The season is full of life – so your spring wedding favors should match that energy! Also, think about which activities a guest might be engaging in during this lively season: gardening, grilling, staying out in the backyard later in the evening, and indulging the sweet flavors of spring in the great outdoors. Practical spring wedding favors are always appreciated. Help your guests enjoy the weather by giving out lanterns, tea lights, honey pots, and serving trays. Spring wedding favors are also fun as practical parts of your wedding. Allow guests to take home their martini glasses or fun seashell place card holder. Spring wedding favors reflect the beauty and happiness of the season, so share as many as you can with your guests!
A mendhi artist was on hand to apply the traditional temporary adornment to every guest in attendance, including the bride. Most guests chose designs on the palm of their hands, but at least one left with a flower on her shoulder. As a hostess described, henna is popular in India not just as decoration, but also as a personal air conditioner. “It draws heat out of the body,” she said. Though mendhi is traditionally applied to the bride’s arms, legs, and back before the ceremony, Andrea wanted the special tradition a little early. Bridal henna is usually done 2 or 3 days before the wedding for good luck, and the artist will also often hide the groom’s initials somewhere within the design for him to find. The décor of the day:
Though the party space took only a small portion of the hostesses’ backyard, the event felt spacious and cool. The heat of the unseasonally warm day was guarded by lengths of sari (colorful cloth pieces) that draped from the roof of the patio – many of the guests also wore similar saris (ranging in color from pink to orange to vibrant shades of blue and green). Two large tables framed the mendhi space that acted as the event’s centerpiece.
The centerpieces fell in line with the colors of the event, focusing on reds, yellows, and oranges. The hostesses filled large glass bowls with strawberries and lemon slices submerged in water, and topped them with beautiful floating orange and yellow flowers. The home that the event was hosted at fell in line with the Indian theme as well, playing the bride’s favorite Bollywood clips in the living space and smelling ever so slightly of the delicious Indian cuisine that was later served. The delicacies:
The bridal shower menu was as expansive as it was delicious. It was a self-serve, but catered, event, and there was no lack of edible opportunities. When guests arrived, they were treated to appetizers such as panir and peppers, samosas (spicy and complex deep fried veggies and potatoes), and creamy mango smoothies. During lunch, guests found garlic naan, palak panir, chicken tikka masala, daal (lentils), and a dessert of milk cake treats (called ras mali) and son papri. The games and favors:
Instead of traditional bridal games, the hostesses modified some old favorites to fit the day’s Indian theme. Instead of a toilet paper wedding dress, two teams of guests learned how to wrap a sari. After one trial, the teams were set against each other; the winning model earned a beautiful beaded bag. Another bag was later awarded during a game that asked guests to choreograph their own Bollywood-style dance. On their way out, guests were treated to bangles (directly from India!) and a beautiful artisan tote bag.