Easy Wedding Favors

Wedding favors might be one of the simplest part of wedding planning, but they are often left for the last minute. Just a little more to add to the stresses of planning a wedding. Luckily, because of all the options out there, wedding favors are relatively easy to put together even if they are left for the last minute. Here are some easy and beautiful wedding favor ideas for any wedding and any budget. Continue reading

Your Guide to Writing Original Wedding Vows

Original wedding vows are words you put together to make your feelings known to your future spouse. Wedding vows are statements of complete love, that you are wanting to spend your life together, and these words are your own, expressing how you feel about spending the rest of your days next to that person. Writing your own vows can be somewhat difficult, but you will find that you can write your vows if you speak from your heart.

Where will you come up with the ideas to write your vows?

You need to sit down with a sheet of paper or in front of your computer. It is best to do this when you are feeling loved or after spending the day together with your future spouse. This is when your feelings will be fresh, and expressing them with words will be easiest.

In using vows that you write yourself, you are telling the other person just how special they are. You took the time to write down exactly what your hopes, dreams, and feelings are. Besides, it also adds that special, personalized touch to your wedding.

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Wedding Guest Book Activities

Traditional brides don’t have to have traditional guest books. Certainly you can purchase a standard guest book and ask your guests to sign it, but there are so many more guest book-like activities that are more unique, creative, and fun.

One very popular option allows guests to sign a picture of the bride and groom. Simply take a picture of the bride and groom and have it matted in a mat several inches larger than the photo itself. Place a frame around this, but don’t include the glass or Plexiglas frame. You’ll add this later. Some people prefer to use “bulldog” clips to keep the mat together instead of putting the picture in the frame. The picture can be framed after the wedding.

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Personalize Your Wedding with Monogram Napkins

Monograms are an easy way to add a personal touch to many objects. Clothing, for example, can have your initials embroidered in the chest or the back. You can also add a monogram to stationery supplies. They’re perfect for sending out letters to loved ones or for invitations to formal gatherings.

These designs aren’t just for paper or clothing either. If you really want to spruce up your upcoming wedding, you might want to look into monogram napkins. That’s right, monogram napkins. You can add your own unique logo or other design to napkins.

Monogram napkins are a classy way to add a special touch to your social gatherings and events. By creating a monogram design and placing it on your napkins, guests will be in awe of your excellent taste. It will make people feel like they’re at a five-star restaurant or an exquisite hotel. Of course, the monogram towels aren’t included.

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Invisalign Can Save Your Wedding Pictures

This future bride is excited to be part of this sponsored post by Invisalign. Let me tell you why.

A few years ago when my dentist suggested getting braces as an adult, I nearly strangled the man. This was before all the wedding planning, engagement, or even the wedding talks. You see, I had had braces as a kid, and well, the experience was awful. Picture that kid with metal braces, colorful rubber bands, wearing head gear at night. After going through that, I really didn’t want to go back to braces even if it was for a short time. Now faced with a wedding and wedding pictures that will last a lifetime, my tummy turns.

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Cheap Groomsmen Gifts

Having the wedding you have always dreamed of is going to cost you. Sorry. You will soon discover that when vendors hear that you’re getting married, they usually tack on 10 percent to their normal costs. BUT, it is your wedding and you will want to everything to be perfect despite the cost. Shoes, rings, wedding photographer, reception that your friends will be envious of. Unless you suddenly hit the lottery, you will most likely be working off of a wedding budget.

It’s not easy cutback on your expenses. Like most marrying couples, you will want the latest and greatest in wedding trends. And it’s so hard too when there are hit shows, displaying what your wedding should look like. Yes, it is your wedding, and you’ve probably been thinking about this forever. However, it is just one day. You don’t want to spoil your wedding budget in one shot. Do you really want to start off your marriage in debt?

Cutting Expenses
If you’re watching those reality wedding shows, you will see that those brides are completely unreasonable. You do not have to be that person. Look at what is most important to you? Is it having your dream wedding dress? A particular wedding venue? Whatever it is, cut back on minor things in order to have what you truly do want.

Cheap Groomsmen Gifts
This is one area you can easily cut back on. Men are easier to please than you think. Not only that but these are a handful of close friends and family. They will not be picky in what you give them. In fact, you might be surprised in finding that they don’t expect much at all. Cheap groomsmen gifts does not mean something from the 99 cent store. You can easily find something tasteful and elegant. Think simple, not elaborate.

Around $50
Pistol Shaped Cigarette Lighter
Fun cufflinks
Engraved Wallet

Under $50
Engraved Brushed Flask and Zippo Lighter Gift Set

Star Wars Triology Movie Set
Titanium Money Clip
John Wayne Classic Movies
Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Studio Monitor Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Headphones
iPhone speakers
Cool gadget watch
Personalized Soft-Sided Cooler
Gift certificate to a local steak house
Wine tasting for two
A nice bottle of their favorite liquor

Under $20
Casio Men’s MRW200H-1BV Sport Analog Dive Watch
Season Television Series Set

Board Game
Cross Classic Century, Lustrous Chrome, Ballpoint Pen (3502)
Six Pack from the Local Brewing Company’s Special Brew
Cigar—you might be able to purchase these online for a good price
Personalized Beer Mug
Camping Set—with compass, knife, flashlight
Beverage Cooler

There are so many other cheap groomsmen gifts not mentioned here. At least, this will get your wheels turning. If you have something specific in mind, check out eBay and Amazon. They always have great “lot” sections. You might be surprised what you find.

Casual Wedding Dress

These days, you can have a wedding just about anywhere. Backyard, the beach, a beautiful countryside. Churches are still popular, but with so many options, it can be difficult to decide. If you opt for a more relaxed venue, a casual wedding dress is more than appropriate.

Before you purchase a casual wedding dress, think of just how casual you want your dress to be. There are other factors to consider, of course. In particular, where is the wedding taking place? And above all, what is the wedding theme?

Here are some things to consider. Will the wedding be in the summer? If so, an ideal casual wedding dress is a white, flowing sundress. You can do a halter, thin strap or even strapless. Remember that long dresses get dirty on the bottom from sand or soil. This is something to consider especially if you would like to preserve the dress. Instead of a veil, consider a hat to complete the look.

Now, it’s time to think of material. Heavy silks or velvet are too heavy for a casual wedding dress. You also shouldn’t add too many embellishments because it adds weight. Instead, the wedding dress should be of flowing fabrics because it drapes. It is also less prone to wrinkle which is a huge plus if you have to store it for a few days. Good fabric examples: batiste, chiffon, crepe, charmeuse, damask, illusion nets, duchesse satin.

If the wedding is during the fall or autumn, however, you can consider a heavier material. Though, you will probably need a jacket or a nice shawl to keep you warm.

We all know how difficult it is to find that perfect dress. In choosing a casual wedding dress, you can find them in most stores and online. Of course, take your time checking each one out and trying it on. After all, it has to be the perfect dress. It must fit nicely and fit in with the theme of the wedding.

Another component in finding the right wedding dress is dependent on your type of body. For a boxy figure, you should look for a dress that gives the illusions of curves. Think of your problem areas as we all have them. Choose a dress that draws attention away from these areas. There is always the option of having the dress custom made to your specifications.

Probably one of the best features in choosing a casual wedding dress is the value. It will be far less than your traditional wedding gown. The cheapest dress can cost you less than $50.

Next, a casual wedding dress can be used more than just once. Add an embellishment to change it up a bit. Take off the sleeves and wear it to your next party.

The casual wedding dress is also not limited to white or ivory. You can choose a soft pastel, bright blues, even hibiscus prints. It can even be comfortable. Wouldn’t that be nice for a change?


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Tips on Reducing Wedding Stress

Two families coming together can cause a great deal of tension. You are literally throwing strangers together in a situation that may be completely foreign to them. You might also be fostering a clash of styles and taste. To top it all off, you and your loved one might be smack in the middle of it. It is a situation twisted with disaster, debt, and possibly danger. Luckily for you, there are ways to defeat these evil wedding monsters and create the wedding of your dreams.

Here are some tips to help you relieve some of the wedding stress:

1. Organization. Even if you are the least organized person in the world, if you want to relieve some of the wedding stress, you must get organized. Write everything down. Keep forms with caterers, wedding dress designers, guests, tasks, shopping expeditions, and so forth in a tidy binder. There are plenty of wedding planning books on the market to help you achieve this organizational goal.

2. Go for a walk. The trick here is to use up stressful energy. Consider taking phone calls outside for a short walk. Walking also helps keep you in shape and get toned up for your big day.

3. Drink more water. Limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and other sugary drinks. These kind of drinks can make you fidgety, nervous, and anxious. Who wants that before their wedding?

4. Meditation. Take a few minutes a day to stop your thoughts by doing deep breathing exercises. By breathing deeply, you relax your mind and nervous system. Adrenaline slows down, making you feel good. Meditation is an excellent way to reduce wedding stress.

5. Laugh hard. Laughter is the best medicine. You can watch a funny movie or add a joke app to your phone. It helps will help you forget that the wedding invitations are late and put you in a good mood.

6. Take a warm bath. Dim the lights and put on soft music. By taking the moment to finally read that book on your dusty shelf, you will instantly be soothed to a better place where wedding stress does not exist.

7. Vino. One glass of wine is great. It will make you relax, but too much of a good thing is not good for you.

8. Chamomile tea or warm milk. These drinks naturally help you reduce the wedding stress and relax without the caffeine.

Do not underestimate the power of organization. When you get yourself organized, you feel like you’re in control again. You know exactly what is going on, and what you haven’t forgotten. Think of how embarrassing it will be when you forget a crucial part of the wedding on the day of the ceremony.

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Sweeten It Up With A Wedding Candy Buffet

Nowadays, it’s all about creating an experience. There is no one-size-fits-all wedding reception. If you want to get married on horseback out in the country, you can easily do that. Anything goes when it comes to wedding planning because it is all about you. What most couples go for more than anything is to let their personality shine in the wedding planning process.

For many couple, this translates into a spectacular and fabulous wedding candy buffet. This takes the place of the more traditional wedding desserts and favors. Guests can indulge in a little sweet celebration of the marriage.

If you are considering having a wedding candy buffet, there are so many options out there. It’s also not as expensive as you may think. In many cases, it’s even cheaper than your standard wedding cupcakes and desserts. Why? Because buying bulk can be your wallet’s friend. Look for candy that matches your wedding color scheme and wedding theme. Also offer something everyone will love. Like chocolate! Yum. However, there are those who have serious food allergies, and you don’t want an ambulance arriving on your special day. If you have something peanut-related, put a small sign warning your guests.

With such a wide variety of candies and confectioneries out there, you surely won’t feel limited. If you search for “chocolate confectionery,” “sugar confectionery,” or “flour confectionery,” you will see the assortment available. It might be overwhelming, but focus on the fun of putting the candy buffet together.

Also, think out of the box with the candy containers. Sure, there are the traditional candy jars, but again, have fun. Think of over-sized margarita glasses or different sized flowerpots.

For a garden reception, you may consider butterflies and lollipops for a little playful effect. You can also add a few lollipops shaped like flowers- roses, tulips, daisies. Milk chocolate roses are always a big hit.

For a beachfront wedding reception, there is plenty of bulk candy products shaped like sea creatures. Golden foiled chocolates shaped like seashells. Or hard candy shells. For fun, you can add a few bright colored umbrellas usually reserved for adult beverages.

Caramels mixed with chocolate. Fudge and nut candies. Candy corn and butterscotch hard candy. There are endless candy combinations you can create for your wedding candy buffet. Don’t forget to give out takeaway containers so your guests can carry home some of their favorite sweet treats. Get creative with the containers too. If it’s a beach theme wedding, you can give out a small pail and bucket. This also serves as wedding favors, saving you time and money. Gotta love that!

There are no restrictions on how to plan a wedding candy buffet. Play with it. It’s all for fun, after all. It is a chance to feel like a kid again for you and for your guests. Like big kids in a candy store.