How to Plan a Bachelorette Party

A bachelorette party is a pre-wedding celebration typically organized by the maid of honour and the bridal party. The goal of the party is to celebrate the bride’s last days of “singledom” by having a fun and unforgettable event with her girlfriends. This cute infographic with its great timeline and helpful tips is a fabulous tool to help you plan a bachelorette party that will make the bride-to-be buzz with excitement!

How To Plan a Bachelorette Party

 

Infographic courtesy of Simply Bridal

 

Something Borrowed Ideas for the Modern Bride

Over the past two weeks we’ve been sharing with you popular and unique ideas for the traditional wedding saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Something Old, helped the bride incorporate things from her past or from her family’s past. Something New, focused on new technology and how you can add some cutting edge to your wedding. This week it’s time to look at Something Borrowed – which typically includes objects lent from family or friends. Consider these lovely options to help inspire some ideas:

Something Borrowed Ideas for the Bride

 

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Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 for more ideas:

 

Something New Ideas for the Modern Bride

In Part Two of our ‘Something Old Something New‘ inspiration, we go technologically savvy with a whole bunch of cool ideas for Something New!  If you’re a modern bride who embraces social media and all things digital, then you’re bound to love these online-friendly ideas. 

Something New Bride Ideas

Be sure to check out part one Something Old Something New Ideas for the Modern Bride  

 

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Something Old Something New Ideas for the Modern Bride

You know how the saying goes…

“Something Old,  Something New,

Something Borrowed, and Something Blue” 

It is an old tradition that tells us that when a bride includes all four of these elements into her wedding day it will bring her luck and fortune and blessings for a happy marriage.  Over the next four weeks will be celebrating this sweet tradition by featuring fun and inspiring ideas to help the modern bride include a little of each for her big wedding day.

Our first dose of inspiration…  some lovely ways you can add a little “something old” to your special day.

Something Old Something New Ideas for Bride

 

Infographic by Simply Bridal

 

How to Plan a Rustic Wedding

There is nothing more romantic than a rustic wedding. The crunch of the leaves, a cool nip in the air, and beautiful bursts of orange, red, and yellow can’t help but make you smile. What a perfect time to share your love and begin your life with your partner! Here is how you can plan an ultimate rustic wedding that you and your guests will totally “fall” for!

Rustic Wedding Ideas

Consider hosting your event in a rustic location like a barn. You can make this setting totally shabby chic, string lights from antiquated beams, and excite your guests’ senses with the smell of hay bales in the loft.

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Rustic Wedding Dresses

A lace lined dress will work with a rustic themed wedding and enhances a number of figures. Consider trying on an ivory or cream lace cap sleeved gown that is long, flowing, and fitted to look gorgeous on your big day, fit in with your theme, and look no fuss but fabulous. For some added charm, you may also wish to drape a delicate lace shawl around your décolletage as the evening air takes over.

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Rustic Bridesmaid Dresses

Have your favorite ladies wear something short and sweet. Look for ruffle detailing, textured embellishments like a knotted or braided halter top, lace, and opt for cowboy boots to add some country charm.

Rustic Bridesmaid Dresses ExamplesSource

Rustic Wedding Colors

It is essential that you select a color palette that complements your rustic venue décor and ceremony setting. Keep your color palette neutral to adhere to a rustic theme and avoid anything that looks too bold or bright. Hues and variations of champagne, mauve, rust, pine, and taupe tones are perfect and allow nature around you to really be the star of the show.

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Rustic Wedding Decorations

The wonderful thing about a rustic wedding is that you can really include hearty, earthy, and natural elements into you big day. Pumpkins, tea lights hanging from fences, an antique cart filled with fall fruit, and even lanterns filled with seasonal flowers and pine cones are perfect ways to play up your theme and are ultra-affordable!

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Rustic Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations set the tone for your rustic event. Consider selecting an invitation that has a wooden background and is simple but chic. It will be clear to your guests your themed intent.

Rustic Wedding Invitations

Rusting Wedding Cakes

Consider serving up your cake on a hearty slab of a tree trunk! You can keep your frosting neutral and add whimsical embellishments like a birch heart façade with your initials carved as the focal point of the dessert and add cascading woodland flowers and leaves around the sides and base.

Example of a Rustic Wedding CakeSource 

 Rustic Wedding Bouquets

Nothing says rustic like a bouquet filled with seasonal wild flowers and fiddlehead. You may also consider succulents wrapped in twine, or strands of lavender adhered with burlap and a vintage sparkly pin.

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Planning a themed wedding is fun and easy to do. Work in some of these suggestions and tips into your special day in order to create a memorable, rustic celebration. 

 

7 Hot Wedding Gift Trends of 2013

As the official 2012 wedding season comes to an end, it’s never too early to start thinking about the batch of weddings you plan on attending next year. But for those 2013 weddings, you now have a challenge: Bring the ultimate gift to the reception. Not the wine rack from Crate and Barrel or the set of glasses from Pottery Barn. This wedding gift challenge forces you to think outside the box and off the registry. Because just as wedding trends come and go, so do types of wedding gifts. Here are the top wedding gift trends for next year’s wedding season.

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Food & Wine

I’m not talking about a fruit basket with a bottle of wine. Newlyweds want to enjoy experiences together, so buy them a private cooking class certificate and pair it with a lovely evening at a local winery for a tour and tasting. It’s the perfect follow up to a honeymoon.

Show Them the World From Up Above

Again, building off the idea of experiences and post-honeymoon activities, a hot air balloon tour of a picturesque town an hour or two outside of where they are living is a great gift. Throw in a gift certificate to dinner in the town they traveled to for that hot air balloon ride and there’s a good chance the newlywed couple will enjoy a mini, weekend vacation.

Frame the Memories

Wedding photographers deliver photos much differently than they did 20 years ago when you chose which size prints you wanted and received your physical photos a few weeks later. Today your photographer can mail you a thumb drive filled with hundreds of amazing wedding photos in less than a week.

The only downside to that is that more times than often, those photos live on that thumb drive and on your social networks and rarely get printed.

For 2013, change that notion. Buy a gift certificate to a local framing shop, which will force the newlywed couple to print their favorite photos and pick out the perfect frame to match their new home.

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Music to Their Ears

This wedding gift trend could be a little tricky if you have a couple with contrasting music tastes, but tickets to their favorite band’s concert a few months down the road is a perfect gift. It gets the newlywed couple out of the house for the night and if you throw in a gift card for dinner, they will enjoy an amazing date night.

This could quite difficult to pull off, but if you can figure out what their “first dance” song is and that artist is on tour in the coming year, buying tickets can help rekindle the love of the wedding night.

Keep the Memories in the Mail

This gift requires some dedication, but is very touching. At the couple’s wedding, take 30 of the best candid photos of the couple that you can. You don’t have to be a professional photographer by any means, just make sure that you capture the chemistry between the newlyweds.

The next day, print off your photos and mail one each day of their first month of marriage. If you want, write a little message on the back of the photo to show them how much you care about them.

Make Their First Christmas Easier

Newlyweds have all sorts of first-year expenses, from furniture to appliances — maybe even initial house payments. One expense they’re not thinking about is Christmas decorations.

Buy a basic pack of ornaments, but also one personalized ornament with the couple’s name and marriage date painted on it. Throw in a tree skirt, a few packs of white Christmas lights (white is a safer choice over multi-colored) and a gift certificate to an online photo print shop that prints Christmas cards so the couple can pay for their first Christmas card as a married couple.

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Enhance the Honeymoon

Of course, this requires having a little insider information on the honeymoon. But this can normally be obtained by phoning in some questions to the newlyweds’ parents.

Book a ritzy dinner night, twilight boat tour or a lavish spa treatment. The happy new couple will absolute love it. 

 

Author Taylor Ritchie would like to challenge you to come up with interesting wedding gift ideas in 2013. Taylor works with NRMA Motoring & Services – for unique wedding gift ideas, check out myNRMA.com.au Wedding gift

8 Unique Ideas for Budget Friendly Wedding Favors

When it comes to remembering your wedding, your photos will tell the story.  But often, long after the night is over, your guests will never see the photos you made or the videos you shot.  That’s what wedding favors are for – to remind your guests of your special night and to say ‘thank you for being a part of our special day’.  You can be as creative, unique, economical, or extravagant as you would like with your favors, but here are a few budget friendly options that will give you some great ideas to start with: 

Personalized CD Labels for Wedding Favors | Love Wed Bliss

1. CDs

Let your guests take the party home with them! Burn a CD for each guest including favorite songs of the bride and groom, as well as any songs that will be played at the wedding. Whenever your friends listen to their personalized CD, it will take them back to that great night and remind them of the fun they had at your wedding!

Koozie Wedding Favors | Love Wed Bliss

2. Koozies

Anytime your friends want to keep their drink cold, they’ll be reminded of your wedding! A koozie is a fun and inexpensive favor that will be used by all guests. There are tons of different shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from, and can be personalized to say whatever best sums up your great night!

Packaged Candy Wedding Favors | Love Wed Bliss

3. Candy / Chocolate

We all know you can never go wrong with sweets. There are thousands of options out there of different delicious candies and chocolates. Pick out small, cute bags or boxes and fill them with different types of candy. Your guests will still be enjoying the party all the way home!

Cake Mix Wedding Favors | Love Wed Bliss

4. Brownie /Cake Mix

If you want to give something you know your guests will use and love, pick out your favorite type of cake or brownie. Fill up a pouch with enough of the powder mix so that your guests can make their own batch at home! Attach a note to each baggie with baking directions, and your friends will be thanking you for weeks, and asking where you got the amazing recipe!

Heart Magnet Wedding Favors | Love Wed Bliss

5. Magnets

Magnets are another easy but personal gift to give your guests to show your appreciation. They are not only useful to all, but a keepsake from your wedding will be put up in your friend’s homes for lasting memories!

Flavored Popcorn Wedding Favors | Love Wed Bliss

6. Flavored Popcorn

Another unique and delicious favor idea is flavored popcorn. There are a wide variety of popcorn flavors out there, and you can’t go wrong with any! Pick out your favorites and combine them for your guests to munch on and thank you for days!

Bottle Opener Wedding Favors | Love Wed Bliss 

7. Bottle Opener

A more sophisticated favor idea would be a personalized bottle opener for each guest. They may be small, but will be very often used by your friends! Anytime they open a wine bottle, they’ll be reminded of their newlywed friends and the great night they spent at your wedding.

Chalkboard Candles Wedding Favors | Love Wed Bliss

8. Candles

Scented candles are great for any home, and can act as a great party favor! There are a huge variety of styles, sizes, colors, and scents to choose from. So pick some that work the best with your wedding theme! You can do the same candle or candles for each guest, or mix it up.

 

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{Guest Post} Ten Destination Wedding Favor Ideas

A destination wedding can easily be one of the single most exciting types of weddings you can have, but choosing favors may seem a bit tougher if you’re going to be away. You want something that will truly help your guests remember your special day, but you don’t want the added hassle of carrying anything too big too far. These ideas can help.

1. Leather Luggage Tags

You’re all traveling, right? Why not consider a traveling essential like a luggage tag? Given that your party is likely to be fairly small, there’s no reason you can personalize each with the guest’s name and address so they can use them right away, and include a special message. Something like “Thanks for traveling with us. We hope your journey is filled with love,” then include your names at the bottom. Allow these to serve as place cards at your reception if you like.

2. Tote Bags

Adding a tote bag to each person’s room is the perfect way to welcome them and thank them from coming. You can fill them with almost anything including local delicacies, supplies they may need while they’re away from home, treats to satisfy those late night cravings while they’re in the hotel room, souvenirs from local vendors, pampering products like sleep masks and foldable slippers, toys if you have little guests, or even maps and brochures to help your guests find their way while they’re in the city.

3. Travel Related Items

There are hundreds of things you can have personalized these days, and choosing travel items your guests can use again and again is a great way to help them remember this particular trip in the years to come. Go with a travel alarm clock that has both of your names and the date on it. A manicure kit is also a great idea. Mini sewing kits work well too. All of these are super useful to guests as they travel, and almost all of them can be found with personalization options.

4. Bookmarks

For most, vacations mean a chance to sit down with a good book, and almost everyone could use a great bookmark if that’s the plan. Design the bookmark of your dreams for your guests online, then have them ready and waiting at the hotel when you arrive. Consider putting a picture of the destination on there as well as your names or even a picture of the two of you together.

5. Holiday Ornaments

If you’re getting married near the holidays, consider Christmas tree ornaments as your favor. Choose something that reflects the area where you got married, and have it customized with your names and the date. For example, if you were getting married in a tropical destination, go with a palm tree that has the city printed on it as well as your names.

6. Personalized Sunscreen

If you’re going tropical, this is an ideal choice. Many companies make sunscreen bottles hooked to a carabineer, and some will even personalize it for you. It’s practical for your guests, and they’ll always remember your special day as they slather on the lotion at their favorite beach.

7. Personalized Playing Cards

While this would work as well for any wedding as it would for a destination wedding, it will certainly give your guests something to do during their downtime. Choose just the cards themselves or cards in beautiful personalized travel tins with your names and the date engraved on them.

8. Coffee Favors

Premeasured coffee packs are a great way to thank your guests. Whether they take it home or use it in the hotel room’s coffee maker, this is an excellent way to help them wake up in the morning and remember your special day at the same time. Many favor companies will print your wedding details right there on the package, too!

9. Drink Mixes

From margaritas to martinis, drink mixes are a great destination wedding favor because they’re so easy to carry. With many different choices out there and simple instructions on the back of each drink mix, your guests are going to love the chance to unwind. Most companies will even print your wedding details on the package.

10. A Postcard Album

Get postcards from all of the local sites, then put them in a mini photo album for each of your guests. Have your names and the date on the front of the album, and guests will automatically get a souvenir of all of the area sites as well as a quick guide to the city.

There are lots of ways to find great destination wedding favors for your guests, even if you’ll be marrying far away. Just remember to stick with favor ideas that are as affordable as they are easy to carry.

 

 

 

Pinkchic18 is a guest writer who enjoys party planning, holidays and events. She is also a regular contributor to the Wedding Favors Unlimited Blog, where you can find great decor ideas and inspiration for your wedding.

Image by Wedding Favors Unlimited

{Cupcake Love} Petal Cupcakes

I simply adore these flower inspired cupcakes by Petal Cupcakes in New Zealand . Their ‘petal-like’ swirl decoration makes such a pretty statement and their delicate floral appearance is perfect addition for an elegant wedding soiree. Actually, I believe these adorable little cakes would look divine anywhere – be it on a wedding dessert table, displayed at your bridal shower, or used as delicious edible favors for your guests. 

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Images via Petal Cupcakes

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Gorgeous Photo Booth Ideas For Your Wedding Reception

Including a photo booth at your wedding reception is a fantastic way to add an element of fun to your wedding day and capture your guests in a gorgeous backdrop. Whilst the old-school style of booth has always been popular (the box style photo booth you squeeze into and retro film strips come out), I’m also a big fan of the newer creative versions of photo booths and backdrops, which not only look fabulous but can also enhance your reception decor or theme. Take a peek at these gorgeous ideas for inspiration:

1. Vintage Picture Frames

Vintage Frames Photo Booth

2. Vintage Carnival Photo Booth

Vintage Carnival Photo Booth

3. Tent Photo Booth

Tent Photo Booth

4. Freestanding Garden Wedding Photo Booth

Garden Wedding Photo Booth

5. Day Bed Photo Booth

Day Bed Photo Booth

6. Vintage Moon Photo Backdrop

Vintage Moon Photo Backdrop

7. Colorful Paper Wheel Backdrop

Paper Wheels Photo Backdrop

8. Chalkboard Backdrop

Chalkboard Photo Backdrop

Tip: If your want a featured photo booth at your wedding reception, make sure you speak to your photographer in advance for advice on how to get the best results. You’ll need an allocated area which is easy to access and won’t interrupt the flow of traffic. You’ll also need a camera on a tripod with a remote sync or designate a photographer friend to capture all the happy snaps. 

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Images: Vintage Picture Frame Booth via The Wedding Chicks / Vintage Circus Booth via Green Wedding Shoes  /  Tent Photo Booth via The Found Blog /Garden Wedding Booth via SMP / Day Bed Photo Booth via Celebrations at Home Blog / Vintage Moon Backdro via Ruffled/ Paper Wheels Backdrop via Preston Bailey/ Chalkboard Backdrop via SMP