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The Grand Exit: A Sparkling Send Off

The Grand Exit: A Sparkling Send Off

Charming Montecito Estate Wedding Sparklers

The Send Off Trends

Brides everywhere are jumping to create a send off that screams style and sizzle. Why? Not only does the bride and groom need a grand entrance, they need a grand exit. For the wedding the bride walks up that aisle, music is playing, all eyes are on her or are peaking to try to glimpse the priceless expression on the grooms when he sees his bride in her wedding dress. It is a a turning the heads of the crowd moment that is tailor made into the wedding. You really don't have to do anything. It will be spectacular. Just don't fall. But, for the nights end, when the bride and groom leave their honeymoon to embark on their honeymoon and journey as a husband and wife, there are a lot more ways to make it a wow moment. Traditionally, guests would line the exit, wave goodbye, and throw rice as the couple walked out smiles all around. Then it started where people blew bubbles and now the big thing is to distribute sparklers and have a gilded exit. Personally, I hope this doesn't go out of trend.

Two Things to Consider

1) Will you have a big line or small one?

If you are having a small wedding and will therefore have a small send off, the line of sparklers may not be your best bet. Part of what makes the sparkler send off so amazing is that the sizzling lights become overwhelming and truly represent the love and excitement of the people there. If you have  a group of fifteen people, it just won't have the same effect.  

2) Make sure the guests know the game plan.

It is important to help your guests to know where you need them to be and when. This can be as simple as having a sign posted with the sparklers or having one or two people coordinate and instruct people where to go. The thing with sparklers is that timing will need to be perfect. What happens if the guests light there sparklers up before you make your exit? You leave on awkward "oopsies", laughs, and small streams of smoke. One of the best things you can do is to line everyone up first, then have a crew hand out the sparklers, then when you are ready, that same crew will go down the line and light everyone's sparklers and then whoever you have coordinating the timing will tell you when to go. You can have the crew lighting everything light every other (or so on) and then have the guests light each others from there. Also have a set plan for how your guest are to throw away their sparkler once it is out. One simple and cute way to do this is to have tin or decorate buckets that have a few inches of water on the bottom available. This would be especially perfect for any country vintage, or shabby chic  wedding style.

 

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How to Pull Together the Perfect Gift and Sign in Table

How to Pull Together the Perfect Gift and Sign in Table

As your guests enter in on your wedding or reception one of the first things they will do is try to find the gift table and sign in, so there are a couple of things we suggest doing in order to make this first introduction to your special day absolutely perfect.

1: Combine the gift and sign in table. Having these two together will make your guest's lives a whole lot easier. They do not necessarily need to be the same table, but at the very least have them in the same location. 2: Have the table(s) near the entrance of your venue.  This does not mean have it at the front door, but have it along the path or entry way the guests will walk through in order to get to the wedding festivities. By having it along the way, you will avoid getting clumps of people waiting to sign in at the same place that you were planning on having dancing. Plus, it allows for your guests to drop their gift off and sign in right when they get there so that they don't need to worry about it during the rest of the wedding celebrations. 3: Get creative with the sign in book.

Burlap & Lace Guest Book

You are completely welcome to having the traditional sign in where you have a guest book and the guests simply sign their names, but there are three fun trends that will kick it up a notch and allow you to capture more memories. The first is a photo guest book. These are really easy and a lot of fun. You can order these at Michael's craft store, Walmart, Sam's Club, or  Shutterfly. Shutterfly is a costumer favorite even though it is a little expensive, but as a perk, when you register at Target, they will often give you a gift card to Shutterfly that can off set the cost. Each store does have customizable options, Shutterfly just has the most. With each, however, it is easy to do. You simply select pictures (these can be your engagements) and then place them in the book. The idea would be that you would provide pens or sharpies (metallics work best if you have a dark background) and then you have you guests sign and write messages along the margins and next to the pictures. These are easy, fun, and a great way for you to create a more personalized guest book.

Wishes Cards Tan

The second trend is signing cards. With this you provide a decorative box and set of stationary cards like the ones above and each guest takes a card, writes their names and a message to the bride and groom. This is an easy option that can provide a little more intimacy for the guest because it allows for them to feel like they are writing you an individualized message, rather than just signing along with a group. Instead of cards, you could also do Polaroids of your guests. This would take a little more work in that you would need to have a designated photographer and the guests may have to wait longer, but it is also a cute way to put all the faces, names, and sweet messages together for the later years when you reminisce about your wedding day.

Initial Canvas Signature Guest Book

The final trend that can really step up your guest book is doing a frame sign in. This option is great in that it allows you to create sentimental decor for your future home together. It also allows guests to feel more like they are a part of something. However, depending on the size print and frame you get, this may be a better option for a smaller wedding so that the print is not over crowded with signatures. Although, it might be a good kind of overwhelming to see the print fill up to the point where its two dimension design looks like it is going to overflow. 4: Don't forget a Card Box.

Scrolling Heart Birdcage Card Holder

Not everyone is going to bring a wrapped present and you definitely don't want to lose cards from your wedding guests, so having a card "box" out is a great way to keep it all together and make your guests feel like you are accepting card gifts just as happily as a wrapped present.
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The Perfect Cake Topper for the Religiously Centered Wedding

Bible Love Verse Cake Topper With Pearl Heart The Perfect Cake Topper for the Religiously Centered Wedding

If your faith is at the center of your life, then you may decide to make it a prominent element of your wedding. Traditionally, the wedding ceremony is tied as a religious ceremony,  and it is not uncommon to find religious elements in the couples wedding vows, the ceremony officiator,  and in traditions such lighting prayer candles or the breaking of the glass. Having a religiously themed wedding cake topper is a simple and elegant way to carry over that reverence of your religious wedding ceremony to your wedding reception.

The wedding cake topper on the left is a great example of what Wedding Collectibles has to offer its costumers that are looking for something to embody their faith at their wedding. It features the symbolic wedding bands, rose and pearl accents, a bible and a bible verse. Simple and Elegant.  A similar cake topper available is our "Love Verse Bible with Doves". This cake topper has that added symbolism of the white dove that is a symbol in the bible of the Holy Spirit. 

The Wedding Cake Topper is the Symbol You Choose to Represent You

Jewish Wedding Bride and Groom Cake Topper Figurine

If you want the traditional blushing bride and groom figurine wedding cake topper, the one like the figure above would be a beautiful addition to your artfully  designed wedding cake. We've said this before, but we will say it again because it is essential to realize; The wedding cake topper is representation of the essential element of you and your groom. It acts as a stand in, a symbol, of who you are as a couple. That is why couples that are united in their playful and dreamer nature will choose a fantasy or fairy tale cake topper, and the adventurous or outgoing couple ends up with a cake topper like the motorcycle "Get Away" cake topper or the "Super Spy" figurine cake topper. For couples that center themselves in their faith, finding that cake topper that embodies that faith, that respect, trust, and reverence. Try our "My Beloved" or the "Precious Moments Wedding Cross" wedding cake topper to help you make your wedding dreams come true. 

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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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Brevity is the Soul of the Reception: The Maid of Honor Speech

Public speaking scares the pants off of most people, and as much as you don’t want to think about it, you know that you’re going to have to do it if you’ve accepted the brave and noble post of “Maid of Honor.” It really isn’t a big deal, as much as you might be freaking out over it. Honestly, most of us just want to skip listening to speeches and eat dinner, but that probably doesn’t make you feel better. The best thing you can do is sit down and write it (and skip the bar before you step into the spotlight). Here are some quick tips to make your speech writing a lot less painful:   Everyone Loves an Anecdote
If you don’t want to glue your nose to an index card throughout the duration of your speech, tell a story. Stories are also more interesting and tend to express your feelings for the couple without the repetition that drags so many other speeches down. There are a million ways to say that you love the couple, but you should chose the one that is unique to the relationship you share with them; hence story. A story shows us (instead of telling us) what your relationship is like.   But not THAT Anecdote
Leave the embarrassing and inappropriate stories for the rehearsal dinner. I thought this was pretty common knowledge until a wedding I attended recently, where the best man spent ten minutes rambling about the first time he and the groom went to a nude steakhouse together. Though the story was pretty funny, it wasn’t really the right time and place for its recounting. In short, remember your audience. You don’t want your great aunt to take the dinnerware back out of shame.   Short and Sweet
Nothing is worse than a speech that rambles on forever when the guests can see the cupcakes calling their names at the front of the room. Your speech is your time to express well wishes for the happy couple, but do so briefly. If you analyze all of the boring speeches you’ve ever heard at weddings, you’ll find that most of them are expressing the same thought over and over again. This can make for some lengthy speeches and some pretty bored audiences. A short speech will also be easier to remember, which is always a plus for the nervous MOH.
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Stay Safe with a Wedding Card Holder

A Wedding Card Holder Can Help You to Protect Your Gifts

Wedding Card Holder

While it's never advisable to expect gifts for your wedding, you would be remiss not to include a wedding card holder among your day-of decor. A wedding card holder will work as a place for your friends and family to deposit any well-wishes (and perhaps even a few checks and gift cards) that they might bring with them on the day of the wedding. You'll want your cards to remain safe during the event, and it's certainly not unheard of for party crashers and thieves to make off with any unguarded gifts, so make sure you have a safe wedding card holder available in a guarded locale. You don't need to be hovering over your wedding card holder like a hawk all evening, but it might be in your best interest to place it somewhere safe - like the back of the ballroom or near the DJ - to keep any sticky fingers at bay. Also, enlist the help of a small lock to keep any would-be thieves from simply walking away with one or two cards. It's much easier to make off with a few paper-thin gifts than a whole box. As for party guests, here's a bit of advice: the couple won't need to worry about a safe wedding card holder if you simply send the gift directly to their home. While it's unlikely that a couple will eschew the use of a wedding card holder on their wedding day, it is much easier for them to accept gifts if they don't have to haul them around during a very busy night! That way, of course, a missing wedding card holder will be no excuse for late thank you cards!
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Andres and Andreas’ Wedding Reception

Andrea and Andres’ wedding reception was held at a private estate in the hills near the church where they held their ceremony. While the bridal entourage took pictures in the expansive backyard overlooking the beautiful California skyline, guests mingled at the front of the estate, entertained by live mariachi music and light cocktails. The wedding, from ceremony to reception, had an old-world feel that came across beautifully in the décor, food, style, and venue. The backyard was transformed for the Muller wedding (with the family even re-landscaping part of it for the lounge), featuring a polished wood dance floor with floating pink lanterns, a lounge at the fringe of the party, and several family-style tables adorned with flowers and food. The small orange trees that peppered the dance floor, combined with the blooms floating in the permanent garden fountain, helped create a perfect setting for the laid-back, family wedding. The white guest tables were draped with blue-green burlaps and lined with bunches of spring blossoms such as roses, ranunculus, parrot tulips, garden roses, and other similar blooms atop hunks of driftwood. Blooms were also found in mason jars that had been painted in a chic, vintage style (with a pale blue drip around the rim of each jar). Escort cards, table numbers, and menus all matched in style and color, and coordinated beautifully with the other stationary that led up to the event: programs and invitations. The focus of the wedding was definitely the dance floor – it was full of guests throughout the duration of the evening – though most people did find time to make trips to the bar (where margaritas and wine dominated the menu) and to eat the delicious dinner prepared by famous Orange County food truck, Barcelona on the Go. Guests also indulged in one of the event’s several cakes, featuring flavors such as succulent chocolate, tiramisu, and red velvet. The reception space was filled with color throughout the entire evening. Pinks, oranges, whites, yellows, and greens faded to a warm glow as the lanterns became the primary focus of the evening. It looked as if this backyard was meant to host Andres and Andreas’ reception!

Styling by Sugar and Fluff

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Mr and Mrs Chair Decorations for your Reception

Including Mr and Mrs Chair Decorations

Mr and Mrs Chair Decorations

While preparing the aesthetic for your wedding reception, think about adding a set of tasteful Mr and Mrs chair decorations. Mr and Mrs chair decorations are sashes or signs that attach to the back of your chair during the reception. The signs can be homemade, but you should be extra careful to integrate them seamlessly into your day; you don't want them to look out of place!   Mr and Mrs chair decorations make for wonderful photo opportunities, and depending on your seating chart, can make it easier for guests to orient themselves in your reception space. Use Mr and Mrs chair decorations during the reception for a fun and festive addition that guests will be sure to appreciate and enjoy.   After the reception, Mr and Mrs chair decorations look wonderful on your honeymoon vehicle (substitute a "just married" sign for re-appropriated Mr and Mrs chair decorations!). Before the wedding, Mr and Mrs chair decorations are fun additions to your bridal shower or bachelorette party (just the "Mrs" sign, of course!), and make wonderful decorations before and after the big day. When you're setting up the reception space, just make sure you don't forget the Mr and Mrs chair decorations!
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Creativity in Wedding Table Numbers

Wedding Table Numbers: Noticeable and Subtle!

Wedding Table Numbers

If you want any sort of order at your wedding, you're probably already working on a seating chart - and seating charts mean wedding table numbers. Wedding table numbers are a detail that some brides don't think about until the rest of the planning is over, but honestly, they're just as important as your centerpieces and table runners. Wedding table numbers need to be noticeable without being distracting, and you need to make sure they won't blow away! This isn't a problem for indoor receptions, but it's just one of the little details that some brides brush away until it becomes a problem.   So what are your options for wedding table numbers? There are several styles, designs, and materials that you could use to design your wedding table numbers; they're as diverse and personal as the other details of your day, and they can be fun to integrate if you think about it far enough ahead of time. You could stick to traditional circular card stock wedding table numbers or tent-style paper wedding table numbers (both simple, classy options), but don't feel limited. Wedding table numbers can be fashioned out of anything if you have a handy-dandy liquid chalk marker at your side. The markers are washable and add a rustic, vintage feel to whatever you might be marking - wedding table numbers included. You could also include your centerpieces in your venture by option for vases with wedding table numbers personalized into them. Get creative!
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3 Dancing Alternatives for your Guests

Not everyone throws off their heels and tosses their cares to the wind when the DJ gets going at a wedding reception. Many people just don’t care for dancing - especially at a reception - and some of them might spend their time twiddling their thumbs or making extra trips to the cake and punch as the night carries on. This may not be true for some enthusiastic guests, but if you fear that your guests will be sitting on their hands while only a few wild ones occupy the dance floor, you might want to think of a few wedding activity alternatives.

  These alternatives aren’t just for shy guests, mind you. They’re also wonderful for afternoon weddings, weddings with an abundance of children, or weddings where the bride and groom themselves might not be so excited about dancing the night away.   Try… Lawn Games Perfect for a warm-weather backyard wedding (or really anywhere with space and grass), lawn games are exactly what they sound like. Break out the croquet set and the bocce balls; this plan is a wonderful setup for a wedding that has several younger guests. Lawn games are much less expensive then a photo booth (another popular extra-dancing activity), and guests will stay entertained longer.   Try… Conversation Starter Cards These are more of a bonus than a way to replace dancing completely. Conversation starter cards are a great way to decorate a table and occupy guests who may be a little shy about shaking it. You can print these cards yourself and arrange them in sets in any manner you like (think ribbons in your colors around sets of fifteen at each place setting). These cards might have hypothetical questions (in the “Would you Rather…” fashion) to get a fun conversation going, and are very well received at events where not everyone is eager to get up and dance.   Try… Wedding Reception Lounges Better for evening weddings, and a little more laid-back than lawn party games, lounges allow your guests to congregate in comfortable settings on the fringes of your event space. Lounges also let you play with furniture arrangements and possibly integrate a fire pit in a way you probably shouldn’t on the dinner table. Lounges give your guests a laid-back alternative to dancing while still feeling like they’re a part of your event.

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Switch it Up with Winter Wedding Toasting Glasses

Winter Wedding Toasting Glasses for the Colder Months

Winter Wedding Toasting Glasses

  Toasting glasses are an important part of a bride’s keepsake arsenal. They’re often personalized and are a relevant part of the proceedings during a wedding reception. While Spring, Summer, and garden weddings often feature lighter beverages (such as light white wines and champagnes) in their toasting glasses, winter wedding toasting glasses offer some fun and unique opportunities for cold weather brides. Switch up your beverage choices. Winter wedding toasting glasses accept more than champagne. The cold winter months allow you to change things up a bit and pour beer or spiced cider in your winter wedding toasting glasses. For dry weddings, no one will say no to a pint of hot chocolate or cider, especially if you drink yours out of special winter wedding toasting glasses.
Winter wedding toasting glasses also allow you to switch up your materials and design. Find winter wedding toasting glasses that feature frosted glass (to mimic the frosty weather), or the foliage of the season (like pine cones, conifer leaves, etc). Though most winter wedding toasting glasses will keep to the traditional shape, don’t be shy about switching it up. Everything looks sleek and delicious in the right set of winter wedding toasting glasses.
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Unique Toasting Glasses Reflect your Taste

Celebrate with Unique Toasting Glasses

Unique Toasting Glasses

The glasses that you and your fiancé will toast with on your wedding day are one of the only keepsakes that you will be almost guaranteed to display in your home throughout your (hopefully never-ending) married life. The glasses are usually a centerpiece on your wedding day (on your sweetheart table or presented adjacent to your cake), and are one of the items you don’t want to just rent from your caterer. Your toasting glasses should reflect who you and your fiancé are as a couple, as they are the symbolic representation of your union. Think about selecting unique toasting glasses for this role – glasses that you’ll be proud to display in your home for years to come. Toasting glasses aren’t one-size-fits-all. They’re as different and creative as the rest of the special touches you’re adorning your event with. Unique toasting glasses are a great way to fit your décor in with something you’ll be comfortable displaying in your home. Into tabletop gaming and/or Ren Fairs? Select unique toasting glasses made of pewter, adorned with slinking dragons and whimsical fairies. Are you and your fiancé into art and culture? Find unique toasting glasses made of blown glass or shaped in an appealing aesthetic fashion. Your unique toasting glasses can also reflect your heritage (in fleur de lis or Celtic designs). When you’re choosing beverage receptacles to reflect your relationship, no unique toasting glasses are the wrong unique toasting glasses.
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