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Unique Bridal Shower Themes

February 7, 2017
bridal shower

 

Many brides regret not having a memorable bridal shower. Whether you’re the bride, maid of honor, mother of the bride, or whoever planning the bridal shower, you need to make the day memorable. Luckily, we have compiled many unique and memorable bridal shower themes both coed and just for the girls. So read through and pick which one fits the bride best:

A Date Night Station

Have the guests write down a great date night idea for the couple to try. This can be written on a popsicle stick that can be tossed in a container that the couple can choose from at random. Take it a step further by using colored sticks that allow the couple to choose the price point of each date. Orange could be free, yellow could be less than $20, and green could be above $20. You could make it more specific if you have more colors.

A Memory Game

Each guest needs to write their favorite memory with the bride or couple, and then have the couple or bride try to guess who wrote each one. This would also be a fun way to get to know the bride or couple better.

No Guestbook

The guests could write letters or any words of wisdom for the couple that could be compiled into a book. Another option is for the guests to write on puzzle pieces or even jenga pieces. This would be more meaningful for the couple so they could play with the games or look into the book and always see what people wrote.

Arts and Crafts Party

Have you heard of “Painting with a Twist”? Hire an art student or instructor to teach you all and enjoy painting while drinking some booze. An alternative could be to complete a wedding project with your friends while enjoying some drinks.

A Camping Trip

Go enjoy some nature and have fun being kids again. Play lawn games, go swimming, sing songs, and roast marshmallows for smores! Maybe try a game of truth or dare; things could get very interesting.

A Sweet Escape

Candy! All of the sweet treats that you can think of! Since everyone will be indulging in the desserts, nobody needs to feel bad. Find cheap containers and set up a candy bar. Play a movie, eat the sweets, and then use the sugar rush to work off a lot of the calories.

A Lingerie Party

Lingerie parties are more common, making them nonunique but they are still fun and memorable. The bride-to-be will be blushing when she opens the really risqué ones. Make sure all of those faces are caught on camera!

A Tea Party

Have all of the women dress up in sundresses and big hats. Make all of the decorations be floral and buy enough tea sets. It will feel like one of those fancy Sunday brunches in the movies. Each guest can keep their tea cup as a party favor.

Remember

Bridal showers are meant to be fun and memorable! Make sure the bridal shower theme matches the bride-to-be. If it is a coed party, then match the couple.Have fun and make the day unforgettable!

 

 

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Weddings

The Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

February 3, 2017
caterer

Catering can make or break your wedding. It can be easy to choose the caterer who serves the most beautiful and delicious food, but that’s not everything. You need to ensure that the caterer will meet your requirements – especially if you’ve got a unique vision for your wedding. Here are some questions to ask every caterer to assess whether they’ll be the right fit for your wedding:

Do you have a license?

Caterers need to meet health department standards and have liability insurance. If they serve alcohol, do they have a liquor license? You don’t want them or you getting in trouble in case something bad happens. If they are serving the alcohol, they must have liquor liability insurance. When your guests leave, if they get injured or damage property, the insurance will minimize how much trouble you get in.

What service styles do you have?

You need to have a set budget and let them know what that number is. They need to know how much you can spend per guest so they can let you know what your options are. Will it be a buffet style or a plated dinner? Family-style or cocktail-style? Choose what will fit best with your wedding.

Can I decide the menu, or is it fixed?

Maybe you and other guests hate seafood but the caterer serves some kind of seafood with each menu. Or maybe you want to serve cheesecake as the dessert. You would want to make sure that you could change the menu. Be prepared to give the caterer a list of foods that guests are allergic to so they make sure to be prepared for those guests. Allowing guests to choose from a couple of entree choices is always a nice touch. Just have the guests answer which entree they prefer on the RSVP. Check to see if you can get a tasting before you hire them so you make sure that your guests will enjoy the food.

Do you provide alcohol and the cake?

This could save you money because they would provide the bartender and you could buy the alcohol in bulk. A nice plus is that you could get a reimbursement on any unopened bottles. Just be sure they have a liquor license with liability insurance! It will make things easier on you if they provide the cake. If they don’t provide bundles, don’t stress about it. It’s easy to find a baker who can make your dream cake.

Do you provide rentals and a setup and breakdown fee?

Your caterer can coordinate with rentals because you will need tables, chairs, glassware, plateware, and dinnerware. As for the setup and breakdown fee, it should be applied towards your contract. Having them do all the work will take some stress off your plate. Something that any bride would love.

Do you provide vendor meals and is your staff trained?

Your vendors will be hungry after the long days work. It is a kind gesture to feed them and supply them water so they stay hydrated. When they are well taken care of, they will continue to do amazing work. Making sure the caterer has a well-trained staff will ensure that everyone has a wonderful time. The staff should know the proper ways to serve your guests, have nice manners, and wear the proper attire.

Remember

You are hiring them to do a job. They will work hard for you and try their best to keep you and your guests happy, but they need to be treated kindly and with respect. Ask them all of your questions and find the best caterer for your wedding. They need to meet your standards but you need to be willing to compromise on some things. Good caterers will work with you as best as they can.

Tips, Weddings

Want to Avoid Having Regrets on Your Wedding Day?

February 1, 2017
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Almost every bride has a regret or two from their wedding day that they would change if they could have a redo. This is not to say that you can’t have an amazing wedding, but it’ll take some extra care to ensure that your day is one of the perfect weddings. Learning from past brides mistakes can help you avoid those issues and give you the best chance of having your dream wedding. Here are some common regrets brides have that you’ll want to avoid:

Not Listing Special Photo Shots

Photographers might give you a spreadsheet to list out special shots that you want taken. You need to make sure that you list everything you want because if it isn’t listed, you probably won’t get the photo. They can’t read your mind if you want a photo of everyone at the wedding or an extended family photo. List every kind of photo you can think of so you and your soon-to-be husband have all of those memories to look back on.

Hiring People You Have a Bad Feeling About

One bride’s mother had a friend she wanted to do the day-of coordinating. The bride has a bad feeling about it but didn’t hire a professional because she trusted her mom. She regretted it because the person didn’t show up. Luckily, everyone helped with the setup and they enjoyed the rest of the day.

Being too Frugal

If you want quality wedding photos and a great video, you are going to have to pay for it. Finding someone that is just starting out and is cheap, might not be the best option for such a special occasion. The photos might be overly saturated and the editing of the video might not be up to par.

Not Getting a Wedding Video

Even if you can’t think of anyone that you would invite over to watch the wedding video, you and your husband will want to watch it. If you have kids, they will probably want to see how your lives together started. It also allows for you to see a lot of the behind the scenes footage!

Not Hiring a Wedding Planner

Wedding planners keep everything organized and scheduled for you. If you have trouble being organized and on time, you need a coordinator so everything goes off without a hitch! This one bride was late to her wedding and hates her dress and pictures. The coordinator can help you with all of these issues and allow you to have as little stress as possible.

Not Keeping Track of the Car Keys

If your or your groom’s family are pranksters, keep track of the car keys! If they don’t have the keys, they can only “decorate” the outside of your car. As long as you can get inside, you can drive and get the car washed which isn’t a big deal. If they do get the keys, you may end up with a car full of shredded paper, balloons, silly string and/or more!
Try your best to prepare for these issues and do whatever is best for you and your soon-to-be husband. Keep an eye out for a continuation of this blog with more regrets to avo