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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Wedding Theme Ideas

Wedding Theme IdeasOne popular idea for planning weddings these days is to come up with some kind of wedding theme, and to center your whole wedding around that theme. While some brides choose to go all out with a wedding theme that is pretty extensive and really makes a statement, other brides choose a wedding theme that is simple and elegant, which could go unnoticed. Sometimes it can be hard coming up with a wedding theme that will fit both of your tastes and preferences in a wedding, as well as the workload that you are wanting to put into your wedding theme. So, if you’ve just started your wedding planning and are looking for some great wedding theme ideas to help you out, then here are some of the most popular categories for wedding themes that you can use to help you get started.

Wedding Theme Ideas - Colors

Perhaps one of the most popular wedding themes is centered around a color that the bride wants in her wedding. For me, it was peach. My bridesmaids wore peach colored dresses with small peach and white bouquets, and I had lots of other little peach accents that helped to tie everything together. This kind of wedding theme is pretty easy to pull off, as all it requires are items of a particular color placed here and there to bring out your theme. Your wedding theme ideas around color could include any color that you want. This is the easiest kind of wedding theme that you can use, as it really doesn’t require a whole lot of searching and planning to pull it off. For more wedding theme ideas with colors, check out Pink Wedding Reception, and Pink and Brown Weddings.

Wedding Theme Ideas - Seasons

Another popular idea for wedding themes is to use a nearby season for your inspiration. Getting married in February? Have a Valentines wedding with lots of pink and red and those little conversation hearts. Christmas and winter wonderland weddings are pretty popular, as are fall weddings. Springtime garden weddings can also be a beautiful theme for your wedding. The great thing about winter theme ideas that are centered around a season is that you should have no problem finding everything you need. From Christmas lights to fake fall foilage, wedding themes around seasons are a great wedding theme to go with. For more wedding theme ideas with seasons, check out Winter Wedding Ideas for Church Decorations, Wedding Planning at Christmas, Christmas Wedding Centerpieces, and Decorating for a Fall Wedding.

Wedding Theme Ideas - Ultra Creative!

This wedding theme typically involves everything else. From cowboy western themed weddings to beach weddings and everything in between, this wedding theme can be a whole lot of fun - and a whole lot of work. Depending on where you live and what is available to you, these weddings may require a bunch of planning and searching to find just what you’ll need to make your wedding just what you’ve always dreamed it would be. Other popular wedding themes in this category can include mideval weddings, fairy tale weddings, and much more. The great thing about these kinds of wedding themes is that although they may require a bunch of work, the finished result is exceptional. For more great wedding theme ideas that are ultra creative, check out Cowboy Wedding Ideas.

Your wedding theme should reflect both of your tastes when it comes to planning a wedding. There are many other articles in the Wedding Planning Category that can help you if are really looking for a wedding theme and wedding theme ideas to help make your wedding something else. I’ll be doing a lot of articles on finding a wedding theme, and different ideas on decorating with a wedding theme, so be sure to keep checking back to see whats new, else sign up for my RSS feed and get the articles sent directly to you!

White Wedding Shoes

White Wedding ShoesI’ve been doing a lot of articles lately on wedding shoes. Partly because I understand just how important finding the right pair of wedding shoes can be for a bride, but also because I feel that there really isn’t a lot of information out there about wedding shoes. I remember when I was getting married, I wanted a pair of white wedding shoes that were most importantly, comfortable. First of all, my feel are shaped kind of funny, and so it takes me a while to break in a new pair of shoes. Also, I’m not real comfortable with wearing heels when I know that I’m going to be on my feet all day. That really goes for a pair of white wedding shoes that I haven’t been able to break in yet. So I knew that I wanted my white wedding shoes to be a comfortable pair of shoes that I could wear all day without my feet hurting. So when I was shopping for the perfect pair of white wedding shoes, I had some idea of what I was looking for, but didn’t really know where to start looking. So, if you are looking for the perfect pair of white wedding shoes to complete your wedding day look, then here are some great places to start.

White Wedding Shoes from a Bridal Boutique

Perhaps the best place to find a great pair of white wedding shoes is at your local bridal boutique. They typically have some very elegant pairs of white wedding shoes to wear with your dress in a variety of styles to choose from. Be careful with buying your wedding shoes from one of those boutiques though, they are not really known for having excellent prices. But, if you fall in love with a particular pair they have, then wait for a sale to be able to save some money later.

White Wedding Shoes from a Shoe Store

You can find a cheaper pair of white wedding shoes if you go and look in a discount shoe store. The only problem with this is that it can be really hard to find a pair of all white wedding shoes that you will be able to use for your wedding. I found my wedding shoes from a shoe store (Payless to be exact), and was lucky that it was spring time so that there were a few pairs of all white shoes that I could use for my white wedding shoes. Another idea that you can use to find some white wedding shoes are to use a pair of all white tennis shoes, which I talk more about in a previous article, Wedding Tennis Shoes

White Wedding Shoes from the Internet

Another idea for finding a pair of white wedding shoes is to look on the Internet. If you have pretty normal feet (unlike me, my feet are so narrow!), then this will probably work for you. You can find lots of white wedding shoes from different sites off of the Internet, such as wedding ballet slippers, or other wedding shoes that you can’t find near you. Whatever you do though, find a great deal on a pair of white wedding shoes.

It’s really not too difficult to find a great pair of white wedding shoes that you can wear with your wedding dress. Determine what kinds of shoes you feel most comfortable wearing, and then find a great pair of shoes that you can wear that will fit the bill. For any other help, check out my other articles on wedding shoes, which can be found in the wedding shoes category to your right.

Comfortable Wedding Shoes

Comfortable Wedding ShoesOne of the most important things when shopping for your wedding shoes is that you need to purchase comfortable wedding shoes. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m telling every bride out there that wedding flip flops or wedding tennis shoes are the only routes you can take when looking for comfortable wedding shoes. That isn’t the case at all. Different brides feel comfortable wearing different kinds of shoes, and some girls feel more comfortable wearing a pair of classy wedding shoes with a heel or other kind of elegant wedding shoes. So, if you’ve been looking around for a great pair of comfortable wedding shoes, and all you’ve been seeing are articles about how wedding tennis shoes are the only comfortable wedding shoes, that isn’t necessarily true. Here are some great ways to find a pair of comfortable wedding shoes that are still elegant and classy for your big day.

Trying on Your Wedding Shoes

One of the best ways to find a pair of comfortable wedding shoes is to try them on in the store, and be serious about trying them on. Try on both of the shoes, and walk around for a few minutes to see if there is any pinching, spots that rub particularly painfully, or any other factor that would make the shoes uncomfortable. If the shoes start hurting after a few minutes, chances are you won’t last in them all day at your wedding comfortably. So be serious when trying on shoes at the store, and take your time with each pair - you’ll be glad that you did.

Breaking in Your Wedding Shoes

If you find a pair of wedding shoes that you fall in love with, but they pinch a little and you think they just need to be broken in a little bit, be careful. You can try to break in your pair of wedding shoes by wearing them around the house or on short trips outside. (be careful not to get them dirty!) The only problem with this is that it can take a long time to break in a pair of shoes, and you’ll need to consider that carefully. If wearing the shoes give you blisters, you’ll probably get blisters from breaking in the shoes, and you want to give your feet time to heal for the big day. Also, you need to wear your wedding shoes with your dress while getting the dress altered, and if you decide later that the shoes you’ve chosen will be too uncomfortable - it could mess up the length of your dress. So be very careful when trying to break in a pair of shoes.

There are some good brands of wedding shoes that you can go with in the stores that are made to be comfortable wedding shoes for your big day. Just be careful when trying them on, and honest with yourself about how comfortable you’ll be in the wedding shoes you pick out. Trust me - you’ll be on your feet all day on your wedding day, and comfortable wedding shoes are a must!

Design Your Own Engagement Ring

Design Your Own Engagement RingGuys, perhaps you are thinking about popping the question, or maybe you’ve already popped the question, and now you and your fiance are shopping for engagement rings. If you are having problems finding an engagement ring that you love, one option open to you that many couples are choosing to do today is to design your own engagement ring. Being able to design your own engagement ring helps to create an engagement ring that is truly unique, just like your true love is totally unique. Perhaps her tastes in rings don’t match up with the engagement rings you see in jewelry stores today, or the thought of being able to design your own engagement ring just seems more romantic. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong when you design your own engagement ring. There are several methods you can use to design your own engagement ring, and you’ll have to investigate each one to find the method right for you.

Design Your Own Engagement Ring on the Internet

With the technology available today it is surprisingly easy to design your own engagement ring. There are several websites which sell engagement rings that have a section which will enable you to design your own engagement ring. Simply click on the section, and following the simple directions and steps given to create the engagement ring of your dreams. Many of the websites have an excellent interactive tool to help you choose the shape and size of the diamond, and create the perfect ring setting. Any site that is worth anything will tell you the tips in How to Choose a Great Diamond.

Design Your Own Engagement Ring Through a Diamond Broker

This is how my husband was able to design my engagement ring. He worked through a friend who knew an upstanding, trustworthy, and most importantly, certified diamond broker. (A side note here, diamond brokers sell diamonds at a much lower cost because of less overhead so you can get a bigger and better diamond for the cost you’d buy an OK smaller diamond for in a retail store) He worked with this diamond broker and purchased a loose stone, and then chose a setting for the diamond to go into. It worked out really well for us, and if you are wanting to design your own engagement ring, I would recommend this route to anyone.

Design Your Own Engagement Ring Through a Jeweler

This one could be a bit more difficult as most jewelers do not allow each customer to be able to design their own engagement rings. If you can find one though, it is always advisable to purchase the diamond separately and then look at settings.

Engagement ring designs are easily the most sought after type of jewelry, and the choice is yours to design your own engagement ring. Taking the time to design your own engagement ring shows how much you love her, and with all of the different options available to you in being able to design your own engagement ring, you’re sure to design an engagement ring that is truly unique.

Princess Cut Engagement Ring

Princess Cut Engagement RingLots of guys out there who are fixing to pop the question, and you know what question I mean, are faced with multiple decisions and questions. How should I do it? Should I have the ring first, or should we pick it out together later? What kind of engagement ring should I get? And of course, the nagging question on some men’s mind, Will she say yes? I know that my husband went through the same questions and thoughts while he was planning on proposing. One of the questions he worked through really well though, was which kind of engagement ring to get, and that was a princess cut engagement ring. I loved my engagement ring, it was what I had always dreamed of, and impressingly enough, he found out the answer himself. So, here is how my husband found out that a princess cut engagement ring was right for me, and maybe his methods will work for other guys out there looking to pop the question.

Look at Her Current Jewelry

What really helped my husband choose a princess cut engagement ring for me, was just his observation of some of the rings and jewelry that I already had before we got engaged. I already had a nice princess cut stone ring, in a light aqua color that my parents had bought me at graduation, and while we were dating, my husband would look at the ring and ask questions about it. From that, he knew that I preferred princess cut stones with white gold bands, and would love a princess cut engagement ring. While he was looking for the perfect princess cut engagement ring, he took one of my other rings from my jewelry box and had it sized to find out what size ring I was. So, that worked out really well too.

Talk to Her Friends and Family

First of all, before talking to her friends and family, be sure that you talk to someone you can really trust to keep your secret, so that it will stay a suprise. Once you find someone that you trust, then ask them what kind of rings you think that your girlfriend would prefer, and take their opinions seriously. Be sure to ask about what cut of diamond you think she prefers, as well if she wants a yellow or white gold band. After all, not every girl out there wants a princess cut engagement ring.

The princess cut engagement ring is a pretty new cut of diamond that has taken hold and gotten popular in the last decade or so. But remember that a princess cut engagement ring may not be right for every girl out there, some prefer older fashioned rings, or even engagement rings with other stones besides diamonds, or a yellow gold band. My identical twin sister preferred a round cut diamond instead of a princess cut engagment ring, so don’t make any assumptions when it comes to the ring. So, like I said, the princess cut engagement ring that my husband picked out was perfect, and the ring that you pick out for your girlfriend should be something that you know she will love and cherish for the years to come. Happy hunting!

Diamonds: The Latest in Bridal Fashion

Diamonds: The Latest in Bridal FashionDiamonds have always been fashionable for the bride to wear on her finger for her wedding, but another traditional bridal jewelry are pearls, and they have been for quite some time as well. However, diamonds are quickly taking the place that pearls used to hold in traditional wedding jewelry style.

As you well know, when you’re doing your wedding planning, there is a lot of shopping that you are going to have to do. One of your shopping stops will be looking for wedding bands. If you’re like most brides out there these days, you’re going to be quickly attracted to the diamond bridal sets that are available, more than the pearls or other precious stones. If your fiancé purchased your diamond engagement ring alone and as a solitaire then you may want to consider purchasing a diamond wedding band to complement it. My wedding band is a ring guard that has extra diamonds set into it, and the effect is beautiful and unique. Men, you can also find a wedding band to compliment your jewelry as well.

It is also traditional to purchase gifts for your bridesmaids and maid of honor as a thank you for all the time, work, and money that they are putting into your wedding. If you want them to match you precisely in your wedding, or at least get close, then you may consider purchasing them diamonds for their wedding jewelry and as a gift for being a part of your wedding party. It doesn’t have to be anything huge and extravagant, but hey, diamonds are a girls best friend, right?

Obviously, you’re going to want some pretty fashionable wedding jewelry your wedding as well. Diamonds have become a very popular choice and there are a variety of styles available that will complement the gown that you have chosen. You can purchase several different styles of wedding jewelry including matching sets of earrings and necklaces. You can even find matching bracelets with diamonds. Whenever you purchase diamonds for your wedding jewelry, you’re going to be a bride with great taste and high fashion.

Tiffany Engagement Rings - Worth the Price?

Tiffany Engagement RingsTiffany and Co. has been around since the 1800’s, and there is no doubt, they make a truly fabulous line of jewelry. In fact, while many women out there dream of their perfect Tiffany engagement rings, other women out there are just waiting for their boyfriends to propose, and any kind of engagement ring will do. So what makes a Tiffany engagement ring so special for some women out there, and not a big deal for others? Is it simply a difference in taste, a finance problem in affording the ring, or perhaps something else? No matter what the reason is for so many women out there craving a beautiful Tiffany engagement ring, one thing is for certain, Tiffany and Co. is well known for their quality in jewelry, and they’re not going out of style anytime soon. So if you are looking at Tiffany engagement rings, and wondering if they are worth the cost, then here are some great pros and cons of spending the extra money for a Tiffany Engagement Ring, and some alternatives to buying an original Tiffany engagement ring.

Why Tiffany Engagement Rings are so Beautiful

Like I said before, Tiffany and Co. has been around since 1800, and they know what they’re doing when it comes to crafting a beautiful piece of jewelry. Many grooms go in for a Tiffany engagement ring to impress their brides, while others know that their brides would really love any kind of Tiffany engagement ring. Tiffany engagement rings have a simple and classic setting that continues to be popular among brides. Tiffany engagement rings are known for their glowing diamond rings having bases in platinum or gold with a six prong arrangement that elevates the stone to get more exposure of light, which really makes the diamond sparkle. Not only that, but everyone knows that the Tiffany engagement ring that comes in a little blue box with a silver ribbon is made of the highest quality.

Tiffany Engagement Rings - Other Options

Tiffany has certainly set itself up to cater to the upper and the upper-middle social class. Some of their engagement rings can be obtained for a little over a grand, and they are willing to work with their customers to find the perfect Tiffany engagement ring to fit nearly any budget. But maybe a Tiffany engagement ring isn’t for you. There are many diamonds that are still very beautiful that do not require you to pay for the name brand. If you are really wanting a Tiffany engagement ring without the high costs, then nearly every jeweler out there can create a custom Tiffany setting for your engagement ring, and even custom make an engagement ring for you for less than the cost of buying a Tiffany engagement ring over the counter at one of their many locations.

Tiffany engagement rings are very beautiful, and diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. If you are wanting an original Tiffany engagement ring, then I’d suggest either waiting for a sale, or to start saving your money now, as an original Tiffany engagement ring can easily run you over $5 grand. Find a ring that fits into her tastes as your budget (if possible), and remember that the engagement isn’t just about the ring, though it is a great place to start.

Wedding Necklaces

Wedding NecklacesSo you have your wedding dress all picked out and sized, you’ve chosen your wedding shoes and even have some kind of an idea on what kind of wedding hairstyle you’d like to wear on your big day. What else do you need to complete your wedding look? Simple, you will want to look for some kind of wedding jewelry to wear with your wedding dress that will help to complete your look. Wedding necklaces are a great place to start. There are many different kinds of wedding necklaces that you can buy to help accent your wedding dress. I’ve seen simple wedding necklaces with perhaps only a single pearl that adds a touch of elegance, and I’ve also seen more ornate wedding necklaces that are very glamorous. Wedding necklaces really do come in all shapes and sizes, and you want to make sure to buy a wedding necklace that goes the best with your wedding dress. Here are a few tips to use when looking for the perfect wedding necklace to complete your wedding day look.

Wedding Necklaces to Go with Your Wedding Dress

The first thing you will need to consider when looking at wedding necklaces is what kind of neckline your wedding dress has. Knowing this will help you to choose a wedding necklace that is the correct length for your dress. If you have a simple wedding necklace with just a single pearl and your dress has a high neckline, then the pearl could wind up sitting on the top of your wedding dress, and the effect will be gone. My wedding dress had a V-neck and I was able to look at all sorts of wedding necklaces since length wasn’t very much of an issue with my dress. Also, when shopping for wedding necklaces, make sure that the style of necklace you buy will compliment the beading on your wedding dress as well. My dress was beaded with lots of tiny pearls, so a pearl wedding necklace worked the best for me. You could also look at wedding necklaces that will add a little bit of color. One wedding I went to, the bride wore a white strapless dress, and then a very heavy wedding necklace of many different stands of white and bronze colored pearls. The effect turned out really beautifully. So feel free to be creative.

Wedding Necklaces with Special Meaning

Perhaps the best idea for finding wedding necklaces is to use one that already has special meaning for you. Maybe borrow a necklace from a mother or sister that will complete your wedding look as well as serving as your ’something borrowed’. Or maybe you already have a special wedding necklace you want to use. On the day of my sister’s wedding, her husband sent over a bag from Zales shortly before the ceremony with a beautiful heart and diamond necklace inside. It was such a sweet surprise, and gave her the perfect wedding necklace to wear with her wedding dress.

There is no tradition or rules set in stone as of to what kind of wedding necklaces you should wear with your wedding dress. Just be sure that when you are shopping for wedding necklaces, you get one that you really love. Of course, it is always an added benefit when you get to wear your wedding necklaces again for special occasions. If you have any great ideas for wedding necklaces you’d like to share, please write in and let me know.

Can I Register for All New Stuff?

Plan the right registryIn the past, couples got married earlier, usually moving straight out of their parent’s home to a new home in married life, and didn’t have a lot of their own stuff for starting a new home. But now, people are waiting longer, often having their own homes before marriage, and once they decide to get married, both the husband and wife may find themselves with the dilemma of having two of everything. Maybe everything you have is hand-me-down, you want or you just want all new stuff. But now you’re wondering, can my wedding registry ask for all new stuff?

The answer is, of course, yes. It is your wedding, you can register for as much, or as little as you want. So, give all of your old stuff away, have a garage sale after the wedding, do whatever you want. You have every right to make your new home show off the tastes of both you and your finance. If you are more sentimental, think about it this way, your new home is a new beginning, the start of a new life together. Instead of getting together and thinking this is mine, this is his, everything from a wedding registry can become, this is ours.

The best way to handle such a large wedding registry is to make a list of everything that you will need and want. Be realistic though, if you don’t cook and hate baking, then registering for an assortment of baking pans might not be the best idea. Go through each room of your new home, choose a color theme for each room, and plan what you will need to make the new look work. These days, you can register for just about anything you want. From household goods to decorating accessories, the sky is the limit.

My husband and I faced the same problem when we got married. Each of us had our own homes established before marriage, and we chose to keep some of the things we had before the marriage. We went through everything that we had, and then decided what we needed for the new house, what we wanted to keep, and what we wanted a replacement of in the house. It was a great way to keep our wedding registry simple with some of the basics we needed. It ended up working out great for us. We had an online wedding registry since our family is totally spread out, it was easy for friends and family to buy us a gift and have it shipped. To be honest, I would do it the same way again.

Wedding Gift Ideas

Wedding Gift IdeasIt seems as though people are constantly asking for some great wedding gift ideas for their friends or family. They want to get their loved ones something special for their big day, something to show the bride and groom how much they love them and are celebrating with them. I totally understand. You want your gift to mean something, and be memorable for the couple for years to come. My dad was in the same boat when it came to our wedding, but also wanted some special gift ideas for something that he could do. We talked about it, and my husband has a bad back, and the beds that he had been sleeping on in the past provided no support for him, leaving him in pain throughout the day. So we went bed shopping, and my dad also bought us a great set of new mattresses that would support his back and help him feel better throughout the day. And my husband has never had fewer back problems since I’ve known him (and I’ve known him for over 10 years now). If you are looking for some special wedding gift ideas, and are wondering what to do, then here are some great hints to help you get started.

Wedding Gift Ideas off their Wedding Registry

I know this one sounds silly, but think about it. The bride and groom have specifically chosen each item on their wedding registry as something that they want for their new home. So their wish list should provide you with some great wedding gift ideas. If you want to do something special for them, then one option is to get your wedding gift ideas from their registry. Look at what they have registered for, and choose one of the nicer items, or one you really know they want and may not get themselves if no one buys it for them. It will really mean something that you buy them something so thoughtful like that.

Wedding Gift Ideas - Look for a Need

Another idea for finding some great wedding gift ideas is to look for a need. For example, my dad buying us the bed to help my husband feel better was greatly appreciated, and something that we couldn’t buy for ourselves. Otherwise, if the couple is having money problems, then more great wedding ideas can come from this too. Some great wedding gift ideas are to donate towards the honeymoon, or offer to pay for something in the wedding, the couple is sure to appreciate it.

Be Careful with Your Wedding Gift Ideas

If you are looking for some wedding gift ideas that are a little more personal than something off of their wedding registry, then tread carefully. If the bride and groom really wanted something, then chances are it is on their wedding registry. But if you know the couple very well and know that one of them has always wanted a particular item then go ahead. You don’t want to be remembered as the guest who bought you this gigantic horrible painting of a kitten when what they really wanted was a vacuum cleaner.

Be sure to base your wedding gift ideas off the tastes and preferences of the bride and groom. Not sure what those are? Then just check out their bridal registry and look and see what kinds of things they like. I can totally understand wanting to look for special wedding gift ideas for that best friend or family member getting married. It’s not always fun to go to your best friends wedding, or your sister or brother wedding and only have bought them measuring cups and a utensil holder. I totally understand. But just read me here, if you are looking for special wedding gift ideas not on their registry, make sure it is something that they will enjoy for years to come.

More Wedding Reception Decorations

More Wedding Reception DecorationsI understand that when you are doing your wedding planning, one of the hardest decisions you will have to make (and you’ll have to make a lot of hard decisions) is what kind of wedding reception decorations you are going to use to create the wedding reception of your dreams. If you’ve been to any number of weddings, then I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the same small flower arrangement on each table, or candles. Those are two of the most popular wedding reception decorations that you can use without really breaking the bank. But what if you aren’t having a themed wedding per se, and you still want your wedding reception decorations to pop? I’ve been looking around on the Internet, and seeing what other people have done, and have been thinking about it myself to try and come up with some more totally unique wedding reception decorations, and I’ve got a few that I really think are great.

Wedding Reception Decorations Celebrating Couples

One thing a friend of mine is working on for her wedding reception decorations is to celebrate love through the use of pictures. She is requesting that her married guests send in a wedding picture of themselves that they are going to blow up and hang around their reception hall. Pictures of the bride and groom will of course be hanging up as well. This is a great set of wedding reception decorations that are fun to look at, remember, guess who each couple is, or laugh at the styles during that time period. Print off the pictures in black in white so that they will all “match” somewhat, and pair it off with some flowers to help set the room off. Trust me though, not many people will be looking away from the pictures.

Wedding Reception Decorations with Fabric

One great wedding reception decoration that you can use that won’t really break the bank is colored fabric. I’ve seen some beautiful creations of different colored fabric draped from the ceiling, or draped and looped around the room that really adds a lot of color and depth to the room. Any colors will work, perhaps the colors of your wedding, or just a plain white can really look elegant as well. Depending on the height of your reception hall, you may need ladders and lots of people to help to make it really give off the look you want. So play around with it until you find the look you are going for.

Your wedding reception decorations should help you to create the look you have always dreamed of for your wedding. If you are going for simple and classic, or elaborate and elegant, there are plenty of ideas for every kind of look you want to go for. For more wedding reception ideas and advice, check out my previous article on the subject, called Wedding Reception Decorations. And, if always, if you have any other questions or need any other help, then be sure to write in and ask. Also, if you have some ideas of something that you have seen and loved and want to share, please write in and let us know. Until then, happy wedding planning. Don’t get too stressed out.

Cowboy Wedding Ideas

Cowboy Wedding IdeasOne of the most popular wedding themes here down in the south are cowboy weddings. I know personally two or three in my family, and plenty among family and friends. Not only for rednecks, cowboy themed weddings can be charming, and a more casual wedding choice for everyone involved. If you’ve decided that you want to have a cowboy themed wedding, here are some great ideas to help you incorporate cowboy wedding ideas into your wedding.

Cowboy Wedding Invitation Ideas

If you are having a cowboy themed wedding, you’ll want to let people know in your wedding invitations. Include something like, “wear your jeans and boots”, or “wear your best cowboy duds” to let people know that it will be a casual cowboy wedding and they won’t come dressed up and feel out of place. There are lots of wedding invitation themes out there, and plenty of them are cowboy themed, so that shouldn’t be a problem for you. If you like, with the casual wedding theme, you could always print something off of your computer. It would be a little cheaper for you, and with a casual wedding, anything goes.

Cowboy Wedding Ceremony Ideas

If you have access to an outside area for a wedding, such as a field, barn, or ranch house, this works the best with cowboy weddings. If you are getting married outside, rent some benches and decorate modestly. Fill a small washtub with your wedding programs and/or wedding favors. You can still have your wedding dress and groom’s tux if you like, (there are more Texan looking tuxes out there as well if you like). For a more cowboy looking wedding party, have the groomsmen dress in cowboy shirts with pearl snap buttons, blue jeans and boots, and a hat or bandana if you like. For flowers, really anything works. Daisys are great, but roses are still classy.

Cowboy Wedding Reception Ideas

Inside a barn or other large room is the best place for a cowboy wedding. Decorate with hay bales that people can sit on. If you want to have tables for a dinner, use red gingham and see my article on Themed Table Centerpieces for more ideas on Western centerpieces. If you have dancing, consider square dancing lessons for at least part of the dance part of the reception, if not all. If you are having a wedding DJ, have him play only country music. If you like, you can try to hire a nearby rancher or someone to teach people how to lasso.

Cowboy Wedding Favor Ideas

Definitely use your imagination with this one. You can fix up a great “cowboy snack” such as trail mix, beef jerky, or some other treat, and wrap them all in bandanas. The possibilities are endless.

Cowboy weddings make for a great casual wedding, and people really do have a lot of fun at them. You won’t typically find any of your guests uncomfortable at the wedding, and they’ll definitely remember them more than the hundred weddings they go to where everything is the same. As always, if you have any cowboy wedding ideas you’d like to share, please comment and let me know!

Pink Wedding Reception

Pink Wedding ReceptionsAt one point or another while growing up, most every girl out there has loved pink, and everything pink. Personally, up until about high school, my room was predominately pink, and I really only changed it because I wanted some more grown up colors, I didn’t fall out of love with the color pink. Pink can be bright and cheery or soft and romantic. In fact, pink is a great feminine color, and not just for babies or little girls anymore. Over the past few years, pink has regained its popularity with adult women, thus it should be no surprise that many young women out there choose to have pink predominately in their wedding. Pink wedding receptions are also popular, and many women out there are looking for ways to decorate their pink wedding receptions without using the same old thing that everyone else is using. So, here are some great ideas for incorporating the color pink into your wedding reception.

Pink Table Linens

Depending on the shade of pink that you choose, table linens may be a good idea for you to consider to decorate your wedding reception with pink. If you have an extremely bright or louder shade of pink, then you may want to have white tablecloths with pink runners, as well as tables with pink tablecloths and white table runners to help set the room off and not overwhelm the room with pink. If you have a lighter shade of pink, then use a lighter pink tablecloth on every table along with white runners, or another color if you have chosen more than one color to use.

Pink Centerpieces

As always, you can certainly use flowers as a great pink centerpiece. Most flowers come in various shades of pink, even some inexpensive flowers you can use. If you don’t want to use flowers, there are plenty of other ideas you can use. Use large pink candles with some greenery around the bottom for a classy look. You may want to check with the codes of the building before using candles though. You could also get some mirrors and sprinkle pink rose petals, or small rose buds around the tables. It’s a great way to add some romance and color to your tables.

Pink Wedding Cake

I don’t usually write much about wedding cakes, there are so many possibilities to choose from. I have seen some beautiful white wedding cakes with bright pink roses which was absolutely charming. You could also have a white wedding cake with pink icing swirls. My advice for this is to search on the internet for some pink wedding cakes and then talk to your florist to see what they can create like it.

Pink Wedding Favors

Candles are the easiest choice for this wedding favor. You can either buy small pink and white or swirled candles on the internet, and wrap them attractively for everyone. Another popular idea that I’ve seen, but not very much, is for you to provide every guest with a small pink flower of your choosing, as well as a pin, so that everyone can wear pink and get into the spirit of the occasion. Then they can take the flowers home with them as a reminder of your special evening. You can also look at my article on Pink and Brown Weddings for more ideas.

Also, if your husband to be doesn’t mind wearing pink, you can also give them pink flowers to wear in their lapels, pink ties and/or vests. They can be very beautiful. As always, if you have any other great ideas to throw a pink wedding reception, then please leave a comment and let me know!

Planning a Wedding Checklist

Planning a Wedding ChecklistOne of the best things you can do when you are working on your wedding planning is to either create or purchase a wedding checklist to keep for yourself to make sure that you don’t forget anything. Trust me, once you start thinking about all of the things you need to plan and keep track of for the wedding, you’re going to want to have some kind of an organizer or planning a wedding checklist to keep yourself from forgetting anything. There were times during my own wedding planning when someone would ask me something like, “Well, what are you going to do about your ___? (insert wedding photographer, wedding programs, music, I was asked them all)”, and I would realize that I hadn’t even thought about doing that particular part of my wedding planning. Stink. So I started searching on the Internet where I could find a free planning a wedding checklist that I could use, and I found a bunch. But none of them really had everything that I needed, or they had items that I wasn’t planning on using, such as a DJ, and packages for out of town guests. But planning a wedding checklists are great, and overall they can really help you out a lot. Here are some great benefits for using a wedding checklist.

Find out How Early to Plan Each Thing

One great thing I loved about wedding checklists is that it let me know how early out I needed to start working on things, such as when to send out my wedding invitations, as well as when to have other things either picked out, places reserved, and much more to help me maximize my time. That way I could do my wedding planning in an order that made sense to me, since I had never planned a wedding before. Plus, it kept me from making my wedding favors when I should have been spending time picking out a wedding dress, or putting money down on a reception hall.

Remembering Where You’ve Been

I make a lot of lists in my day to day life. Not only because I have a ton of stuff to do and remember each day, but also because if I don’t have a list then I know something will be forgotten. Perhaps the best thing about a wedding checklist, or any checklist for that matter, is the satisfaction of being able to cross something off the list, and seeing your list get shorter as time goes by. For me, being able to cross stuff off of that planning a wedding checklist really helped with my stress level.

There is a link in my sidebar to one of my favorite sites called, Wedding Budget. This link will take you to a great site that has all kinds of documents and spreadsheets for helping you find ways to save money while doing your wedding planning, and it has at least 5 or 6 great bonuses that come with it. One of those bonuses is a wedding checklist. The whole set of documents and spreadsheets costs under $30, and with all the great bonuses you get with it, makes the money totally worth it. I found it really helpful, and I think you will too.

Wedding Planning at Christmas

Wedding Planning at ChristmasWith all of the things to remember while doing your wedding planning, you can quickly and easily get stressed out and exhausted. It’s no fun being stressed out, and when you’re stressed out, sometimes it can be hard to sit back, relax and enjoy the little things in life, or to take a break and have a little bit of fun, but this is so important. When you are doing your wedding planning, many people try to use every spare moment to work on their wedding planning, and that’s really not a bad thing, it is called good time management. But a balance between good time management and being able to take a break and have fun is important as well. I know that when I get stressed out, not only can I not sit back and relax, but I also am short with people, and impatient over things that don’t matter all that much, especially with those closest to me. That is no fun way to live, for you or for those around you. So this Christmas season, I would like to give a little piece of advice for those planning a wedding. It’s not rocket science, but it is important, and can really make a difference. Have I built up enough suspense?

This Christmas season, take a break from your wedding planning. I know, I know, there are still so many things to do and decide, create and to plan, but just for a few days over the Christmas holidays, set those things aside and spend some real quality time with your friends, family, and of course your spouse to be. My uncle died in an accident two weeks before Christmas a few years ago, and I know that now his family would give anything for just one more Christmas, one more day even. Treasure those around you while you still have them with you. Sit back, relax, and let yourself enjoy the Christmas season. Make some happy memories with those around you that can be treasured forever.

Save Money on Your Wedding Photography

Save Money on Your Wedding PhotographyFinding a photographer for our wedding was perhaps the most difficult part of my wedding planning. I went and interviewed with countless photographers, and I just couldn’t find one that felt right. Some charged by the hour, some charged by the hour and received costs for wedding packages, and some just charged for packages, and I really had no idea which way to turn. Also, it appeared that my wedding photography would be the most costly part of the wedding, more than serving a dinner for 175+ people. I just couldn’t accept that, and tried to find any alternative I could. As you know by now, I don’t agree with vendors charging more than they normally would simply because they are suppling for a wedding instead of a family. So, if you are looking for some way to cut your photography budget without losing quality photographs, here are some great things I found out to help you save money and still get great quality photographs.

1. Check your Local Colleges

Most colleges have a photography department full of competent, talented photographers. Not only that, but these students have a creativity and eagerness that you find lacking in some photographers who have been in the business a long time. Call the photography department and speak to one of the professors, and ask for a meeting with one or several of their top students. They’ll know who will do the best job. Ask the student to name you a price and let you know what is available with the equipment they have. Our wedding photographer had an advanced digital camera, and was able to burn all images to a CD for us to keep and make our own prints at home, as well as doing some larger prints and mattes, and albums. Not only that, but she had a website where all her pictures were posted, so family and friends could visit and purchase pictures from her website as well.

2.Talk to your Family and Friends

You’d be surprised who your family and friends really know. A friend of theirs who does photography on the side, or out of their home for the pure enjoyment of it? No doubt there is someone they work with who isn’t listed in the phone book, doesn’t have a professional studio, but who can still produce quality wedding photographs at a fraction of the cost of a studio.

3. Don’t be Afraid to Negotiate the Deal

I don’t know why, but most people today are afraid to negotiate costs. If your photographer only charges by the packages they provide, and not the hours, then don’t be afraid to ask for different packages if none of them attract your attention. If you don’t see yourself needing six 8×10 photographs, then ask instead for the number you need, and ask what difference that would have on your package cost. Also, see if you can get a discount on your engagement or bridal portraits if you hire them to do your wedding photography. Remember, it never hurts to ask, and all they can do is say no.

For me, my wedding photography was the most important part of the day. I wanted to be able to remember the day for years to come with quality pictures. I ended up hiring someone who had majored in photography, but worked another job, and did photography for families and couples on the weekends for extra money. I was extremely pleased with the way the pictures turned out. Remember that just because you are hiring a photographer for a wedding does not mean you need to pay out the nose for it.

Wedding Thank You Cards

Wedding Thank You CardsYour wedding thank you cards can really be anything that you like. Many companies offer wedding thank you cards that match your wedding invitations, and they’re really not all that expensive if you choose to go that way. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase different kinds of wedding thank you cards separately off of the Internet. However, if you are crafty, you could also make them yourself, which is the route I chose to take. I won’t go into much detail about it right now, but you can check out my other article about it, Making Your Own Thank You Cards. I loved my wedding thank you cards, and the time and effort that I put into making each one really helped make each one of them special. I still see them on people’s refrigerators when I visit friends and family.

Wedding etiquette mandates that wedding thank you cards should really be sent out within a few weeks to a month after you get back from your honeymoon. This means that you need to dedicate some time to getting them finished once you get back from the honeymoon. To help them go by quicker, enlist your husband to help, perhaps writing some of the wedding thank you cards for his family and friends. This will make it go by faster. People do expect a wedding thank you card, and even if it is later than a month after the wedding, your guests will still appreciate the thought to send them a card.

Make sure they are handwritten, pre-printed wedding thank you cards are lazy, and most people would rather not receive a card at all than to receive one of those wedding thank you cards. For your wedding thank you cards, you should also remember those who helped you plan showers, run errands, and those others who really helped you get ready for the big day. Thank them for their time and thoughtfulness in being there to help you out.

Take the time to tell your guests how much you appreciate them being there for you, taking the time out of their lives, and be genuine and sincere. Everyone knows that you are busy with wedding plans, but your friends and family will still be there for you after the wedding, so treat them well.

Square Wedding Invitations?

Square Wedding InvitationsSquare wedding invitations are perhaps the most popular type of wedding invitation that brides purchase today for their weddings. They show off a newer style, more hip and trendy than the standard rectangular wedding invitation of times past. Square cards and wedding invitations have been around for quite a while, and it doesn’t appear that they are going anywhere soon. Personally, I really like them a lot. When I went shopping for our wedding invitations, I didn’t go specifically looking for square wedding invitations, but in the end that is what I ended up with. In my opinion, the square wedding invitations just have a newer and yet still elegant style that I liked. As much as I loved my square wedding invitations, I had to admit that there were some downsides that I had to deal with. So, before you go and choose your wedding invitations, here are some things to consider before choosing square wedding invitations.

Square Wedding Invitations Cost More to Send

This is something that I knew in the back of my mind, but never thought about when I was shopping for my wedding invitations. Since the square wedding invitations have a different shape than the typical rectangular wedding invitation, the post office will charge you nearly double to send them. Ouch!! Luckily, I got out of this one without any problems. When I received my square wedding invitations, they came with rectangular shaped envelopes with a slotted area for the square invitations. While it looked a bit odd (many said they never noticed though), I saved a bunch of money on postage. So, when you are shopping for your square wedding invitations, make sure to ask the company if they will come with square wedding invitations or rectangular. My sister wasn’t as lucky with her wedding invitations, and she had to double stamp both her wedding invitations and her response cards….so it pays to ask!!

Square Wedding Invitations Have Less Room

This typically isn’t such a big deal for most people, as they only need a few lines to give the necessary information. Due to my family situation though, I chose to do something different with my wedding invitations. I did not list our parent’s names, but instead had a short verse at the top of our wedding invitation which took up several lines, and in the end left me trying to reword everything on the invitation so that it would fit the square wedding invitation that I had picked out. In the end it worked out great, and I was really pleased with it.

Even though I was only listing the downsides of square wedding invitations, they are still undeniably my favorite kind of wedding invitation. If you have any experiences about your square wedding invitations you’d like to share, please comment and let everybody know!

Cheap Wedding Invitations

Cheap Wedding InvitationsYour wedding invitations are another important detail you will need to consider while doing your wedding planning. Once many people start noticing how much everything costs for a wedding, they will start looking for some ways to cut corners and save a little bit of money, after all, not everyone can afford the best of the best in every aspect of their wedding. Cheap wedding invitations are not hard to find, they are pretty much everywhere if you just have the time to look around a little bit. I know I know, who has a lot of extra time to look for cheap wedding invitations when they are doing their wedding planning?? Not a whole lot of people!! I know I was running full speed every chance I got with appointments with the caterer, florist, checking out places for the reception, and much much more! So, just to help you out, here are some great places to start finding cheap wedding invitations.

Print Your Own Cheap Wedding Invitations

If you have a home printer, or even a friend who has one, then you’re in luck. Many office supply stores and stores with card departments sell kits for making your own cheap wedding invitations. They typically come with the materials to make 55-75 wedding invitations per box, with everything you need. If you want to go this route, just pick out the design of cardstock that you like, and purchase as many kits as you need to complete your wedding invitations. Each box comes with the computer software you need to get everything to line up correctly and the margins looking good. Then, just print and stuff, and you’re finished. Whats great about these cheap wedding invitations is that if they are done right, they don’t look cheap.

Get a Discount for Cheap Wedding Favors

You’ll find as you start dealing with a lot of wedding vendors that many will offer you discounts off of your wedding invitations if you use them. For example, the florist that I used for my wedding also sold wedding invitations. Since I ordered my flowers through her, she also gave me a 20% discount on my wedding invitations. Not too bad considering what the cost could have been.

Other Cheap Wedding Invitations

There are many places to find cheap wedding invitations. Many paper supply wholesalers also sell cheap wedding invitations. If you can find a store near you, they typically offer their prices at about 25-40% less than what you would pay otherwise. Another idea for finding discount wedding invitations is to look for deals on the Internet. As you know, you can always find wedding stuff on the Internet, but just remember that you get what you pay for. I didn’t go this route because I wanted to personally see the wedding invitation before I bought it, not look at pictures which could look different when I got them back. Who knows, maybe I’m just still nervous about doing too much business on the Internet.

Cheap wedding invitations are not difficult to find, in fact, you may find that more people sell wedding invitations than you thought. My only advice is that each vendor has different styles and colors of wedding invitations, so be sure to look through lots of books until you find one that you really love, even if you have to look through several books to find it. Trust me, if you love your wedding invitations, it will be worth it to you.

Finding Discount Wedding Invitations

Finding Discount Wedding InvitationsYou don’t want to spend a lot of money on your wedding invitations. You really don’t. Sure, they are a part of your wedding, and the first part of your wedding theme and colors that your guests will see. But when your guests get to your wedding, your invitations went out a good month or two ago, and they are now focused on enjoying your wedding, and seeing what you’ve done to create your wedding. You’ll want to spend the majority of your wedding budget on wedding vendors and details of your actual wedding day. So, finding some great discount wedding invitations is advisable. This doesn’t mean going to a card shop and finding some invitations that you think are discount wedding invitations, but really they are just the cheapest in the book provided. There are some much better ideas for finding discount wedding invitations that you can use to get a much better deal, and save some of those bucks for something more important on your wedding day. Here are some great places to look to find discount wedding invitations.

Find Discount Wedding Invitations at Paper Shops

Cut out the middle man. Most card shops and other vendors who offer discount wedding invitations are really only buying them from a local paper shop and adding a percentage onto the top for some profit for them.

They are making extra bucks off of you, so why not find the paper shop yourself and get some real discount wedding invitations. Do some searching in the phone book and make some calls to find the locations of some nearby paper shops where you can get some discount wedding invitations. You’ll be glad that you did.

Discount Wedding Invitations You Print Yourself

I’ve brought these discount wedding invitations up before, in a previous article about cheap wedding invitations, but I really love the idea. You can go to any office supply store, or even a place that offers greeting cards, and you’ll find that there are discount wedding invitations that you can buy packages of wedding invitations that you can print yourself on your computer. You can buy a package of fifty to a hundred of these discount wedding invitations for thirty to fifty dollars. The package comes with the invitation paper, the sending envelopes and return envelopes, as well as the software for your computer so that you can make sure the invitations look professional. It’s a great idea if you can find some discount wedding wedding invitations that will go with your wedding theme and colors.

Discount wedding invitations are really the only way to go when you are shopping for your wedding invitations. Like I said before, your wedding invitations are a part of your wedding, but they don’t really a part of your wedding day, so don’t spend a lot of unnecessary money on your wedding invitations. In most cases, discount wedding invitations can look just as good as wedding invitations that you spent twice as much on. But my advice - stick with the discount wedding invitations, your guests probably won’t notice the difference.

Wedding Insurance

What is Wedding Insurance?Wedding Liability Insurance is quickly becoming a must for many brides, and with the ever growing costs of weddings these days, who can blame them? The average American wedding today costs around $25,000. Wedding insurance will cover anything from weather conditions which can postpone the big day, to missing vendors, botched wedding photos, and in some cases, even cold feet. It’s a great thing, and when compared to the costs of having to postpone or cancel the whole ceremony in case of an incident, rather inexpensive, typically only $150 - $500 depending on the level of coverage you want. Here are some things to consider when deciding if you want to purchase wedding liability insurance.

Weather - If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, or planning a winter wedding in an area prone to blizzards or ice then wedding insurance would be a good idea in case something happens on your wedding day. If your ceremony is postponed due to weather, the right wedding insurance policy would pay for all costs associated with a whole new wedding.

Missing Vendor/Officiant - If your florist, caterer, or worse, officiant doesn’t show up on the big day, then the right wedding insurance policy will help you recover those fees of finding new vendors quickly, or in some cases the costs of a whole new wedding.

Other Unforseen - If a close family member falls sick and the ceremony needs to be postponed, your wedding photographs are lost or destroyed by the photographer, wedding location burns down, any number of things are covered by your wedding insurance policy.

Possible Riders - There are many riders you can purchase for your policy, and add extra specialized damage. A dress/tuxedo rider will cover you if your wedding dress is somehow destroyed, the location renting your tuxedos burns down, any number of things. A military rider will cover postponement fees if either the bride or groom is called to war before the ceremony. If you are having the wedding in your home, wedding liability insurance is necessary in case someone gets hurt. A gift rider will cover if the wedding gifts are destroyed or stolen, and a honeymoon rider will cover expenses lost if something terrible happens on the honeymoon. This can include lost luggage, missed flights, or even postponement if one of you falls ill.

When choosing a company to purchase your wedding insurance policy, read the fine print to ensure you are purchasing what you intend to purchase. Would you want to spend that kind of money for one day without some kind of wedding insurance policy in case something goes wrong? Or are you the risky type who hopes for the best, and if something happens will be stuck with some huge bills to pay? You will quickly find that wedding liability insurance is worth the cost.

Do I Need Wedding Insurance?

With any major purchase such as a house or car, we are used to buying insurance to cover it in case something should happen. The same should apply with weddings. With costs of weddings constantly on the rise, now typically more than most people make in a year, it only makes sense to purchase wedding insurance it to keep from driving yourself into unnecessary expenses or more debt. Today the decision to purchase wedding liability insurance is yours, and depending on the type of wedding you are throwing, it may not be for you. Here are some things to consider when making the decision on whether or not to purchase a wedding insurance policy.

Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, however, but even with months of careful planning things could still go wrong. While wedding insurance can’t always prevent things going wrong, it can cover your financial loss. Many couples take out wedding insurance in case of loss of rings or wedding dress, having to postpone the event for any reason, vendors going out of business or not showing up, just to name a few. If you are spending a large amount of money on your wedding, and it is detailed and heavily dependent on your vendors, you should really consider looking into a wedding insurance policy. It could just save you a lot of money.

I did not purchase wedding insurance for my wedding, but then again I didn’t know much about it at that time. Our wedding was done relatively inexpensively for a wedding, and much of the work was done by friends and family. The reception was dependent of course on the caterer and other such vendors, but I had never considered the fact that there was a chance they wouldn’t show up. I called each of them the day before to verify drop off and arrival times and had a schedule made on their responses. However, if anything had gone wrong, the money that I had paid to vendors would have been lost, and the stress involved with those kinds of last minute situations wouldn’t be fun either. A wedding insurance policy is there for those “just in case situations”. Luckily for me, everyone showed up as promised, and everything went relatively smoothly.

If you choose to purchase a wedding insurance policy, you should purchase wedding insurance as soon as you start putting down deposits on your wedding dress, reserving your reception location, etc. because at this point you become financially responsible. Be sure to get more than one quote in the same way you would if you were taking out an insurance policies on anything else, in order to get the best deal.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wedding Cake Toppers 4

Seaside Jewels Cake Top
Realistic seashells and white sparkling sand cover one side of this light blue, heart-shaped resin cake top Measures 6" tall.

Infinity Rings Cake Pick
This stunning cake pick draws attention to your wedding and anniversary celebrations The contemporary double ring design is perfect for cake toppers, floral arrangements, bouquets and centerpieces. Beautifully appointed with rhinestones and crafted of painted resin. Measures 5-1/4" high overall.

Double Heart and Rose Cake Topper
This double heart cake topper features satin ruffles with satin and chiffon roses Faux pearl accents and a satin bow add the finishing touches. Measures 6" tall. Pictured in white, also available in ivory.

Bride and Groom Floral Cake Top
This beautiful floral cake top on a pearl accented base includes an African-American, Caucasian, or Hispanic bride and groom figurine Measures 10" tall.

Pearl Base Cake Top with Bride and Groom Figurine
This elegant pearl cake top base is available with an African-American or Caucasian bride and groom figurine (the Hispanic figurine is no longer available) Base and figurine measures 6" tall.

Double Heart and Rose Cake Topper
This double heart cake topper features satin ruffles with satin and chiffon roses Faux pearl accents and a satin bow add the finishing touches. Measures 6" tall. Pictured in white, also available in ivory.

Roses Cake Topper
A beautiful glass heart accented with white roses and lush green leaves makes a romantic cake top. Measures 6-1/4" tall.

Wedding Cake Toppers 3

Double Heart Wedding Cake Top
This elegant porcelain wedding cake topper features two beautifully sculpted hearts, one suspended within the other। Measures 6" tall.

Scroll Double Hearts Cake Top
This elegant scroll double hearts cake topper measures 7" tall

My Love Cake Top
Adorn your cake with this charming, ceramic cake top featuring an artistic heart design Measures 3-1/4" x 4-1/4".

Love Link Sculpture
The artistic beauty of this decoration features a linked heart design, representing everlasting love This ceramic sculpture also makes a meaningful gift or centerpiece. Measures 7" x 7-3/4".

Graceful Lilies Cake Top
This elegant resin cake top features delicate white calla lilies accented by iridescent glitter and a touch of yellow Measures 6" tall.

Wedding Cake Toppers 2

Personalized Acrylic Heart Cake Topper
A touch of whimsy! This personalized acrylic heart adds a modern hint to an old tradition. Measures 4" x 4".
This cake topper can be engraved with a bubble heart design with the bride and groom's first names and wedding date (example: John & Amy May 7, 2008) or a script monogram for no additional charge

Personalized Acrylic Square Cake Topper
A touch of class! This topper is the perfect finishing touch for your wedding cake. Measures 4" x 4".
This cake topper can be engraved with a double heart design with the bride and groom's first names and wedding date (example: John & Amy May 7, 2008) or a single block initial or a script monogram for no additional charge

Personalized Acrylic Circle Cake Topper
A circle of love! Show that your love will last with this circular acrylic cake topper Measures 4" x 4".

Porcelain Doves Wedding Cake Top
This beautiful porcelain wedding cake topper features two doves elegantly perched atop a sculpted heart। Measures 8" tall.

Doves Cake Top
This elegant wedding cake top features a pair of porcelain doves captured in a romantic pose Measures 4" tall.

Bridal Shower Theme Ideas

Plan A Great Bridal ShowerA new bride typically only has a few wedding showers before the actual wedding ceremony, and it should be fun for everyone involved. A themed bridal shower is a great idea, and many people have started finding fun theme ideas to make the shower more memorable, and helpful to the bride. The wedding shower is typically thrown by the maid or matron of honor or some other family member. The location is any place that works with your theme. If you are planning a bridal shower, and are anything like me, totally lacking in imagination, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve done some research and talked to friends and listed my favorite ideas for a themed bridal shower below.

The Entertainment Theme:

Have all the guests bring gifts pertaining to entertaining the couple in times to come. This includes buying CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles, video games, and anything else you can come up with, get creative. This could also include televisions or DVD players or other game machines. For food bring boxes of candy, microwave popcorn, hot dogs, or even nachos such as you would get at a movie theatre. Make the bridal shower invitations look like an oversized movie ticket. A great idea for a couple that is just starting out.

Around the Clock Theme:

In this scenario, each guest or pair of guests is assigned a certain time of day, such as lunch time, bath time, or an actual time of day, like 8 am. Each guest should bring gifts that will be used during the time they are assigned. For example, with a morning time assigned, coffee mugs or specialty coffees would be a great gift. An afternoon time like around lunch time could be his and her lunchboxes complete with matching thermos. Finger foods are a great snack to be served, and a great bridal shower invitation for this theme would be clocks with each guest’s time on it.

Gift Certificate Theme:

With all of those mounting bills from the wedding, most couples would love to have a gift certificate themed bridal shower. In this theme, each guest is asked to bring the bride a gift certificate of their choice. This can include gift certificates to grocery stores, restaurants, spa treatments, clothing stores, movie theatres, and furniture stores. The possibilities are endless, and they are sure to enjoy it! Snack ideas are limitless, as are your bridal shower invitations.

Garden/Tea Party Theme:

This works great with a spring wedding. If you have a friend with a nice garden or yard with beautiful scenery, ask to borrow the space for an afternoon. Gift ideas are limitless, and finger foods desserts and sandwiches make a great snack to serve. Decorate with fresh flowers in the color of the wedding, and the bridal shower invitations look great with flower pressed paper which can be found in any craft store and printed on your computer.

Recipe Theme:

Also great for the bride and groom starting a new home together. Have each guest bring their favorite dinner recipe, favorite dessert recipe, and a miscellaneous recipe, along with the ingredients for each (dry goods only) as a gift. This will give them lots of dinner ideas, as well as being able to stock their pantry a bit before the wedding. Food for the bridal shower can be anything you like, and bridal shower invitations on blank recipe cards are a great idea! Be sure to include several blank recipe cards with each invitation as well.

Wedding Table Decorations

Wedding Flowers CenterpieceEven if you are not planning on having a dinner reception, you will need something to decorate the tables in your reception. Buffet tables, snack tables and dinner tables alike at any reception will need some kind of wedding table decorations to liven things up. These can be as ornate or simple as you like depending on your budget. Your wedding reception’s decorations can be virtually anything you can think of to spruce up your reception and make it totally you. Here are some great ideas for a table centerpiece that you can easily do yourself for quite a statement!

1. Candle Table Centerpiece - Whether in the afternoon or evening, a candle centerpiece will cast a romantic glow on your reception. This can be done several ways. You can get some large glass bowls and float candles at the top, while filling the bottom with either fruit slices, flower petals, goldfish (see my other post, Goldfish Bowl Table Centerpieces), anything colorful that could compliment your wedding colors. If you don’t like floating candles, buy large vases and fill bottom with coffee beans or colorful rocks and place larger candles inside the vases so that they last longer. Just be sure what you choose to accompany the candles is non-flammable or you will definately have an unforgettable ceremony.

2. Wedding Flower Centerpiece - This is probably the most popular as as well as the most varied. In this category, a simple arrangement can be just as charming and ornate as large ornate flower arrangements. In my opinion, there is nothing more beautiful than simple roses in a crystal vase in water with a clear stones at the bottom. I’ve seen it done many times, and each time as elegant as the next. For my own wedding reception I had a small arrangement of flowers attached to a tall silver vase. You can also use certain types of flower buds as decorations as well.

3.Other Reception Table Decorations - If you are having a themed wedding, look for a reception centerpiece that will go along with your theme. If you are having a beach wedding, I’ve seen centerpieces with sand, shells and candles done very elegantly. Cowboy hats and bandannas are great for a western table centerpiece, perhaps along with some vintage spurs or cowboy boots. I’ve also seen miniature wedding cakes at the middle of each table. It is a beautiful decoration, and one that your guests can eat.

There are plenty of inexpensive table centerpieces to choose from, all that is required is an imagination and willingness to experiment until you find something is just right for your wedding.

Romantic Wedding Vows

Write Your Own Romantic Wedding VowsIf traditional wedding vows aren’t your thing, and you would rather write something that can express the love that you have for your future spouse, sometimes the task can be daunting. An eternal love, and one worth celebrating is worth the extra work if you want to put it in. Romantic wedding vows are quickly becoming more popular as couples choose different ways from the norm to pledge eternal love before family and friends. If you have a mental block, or just need some ideas to help get you started, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put some work in and come out with my list of favorite romantic wedding vows.

I love you, ___. You are my best friend and today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life is easy and when it seems hard. I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.

_______, I love you. You are my best friend and will be forever. Today I give myself to you in marriage to be your husband/wife. I promise to encourage you, to laugh with you and to comfort you in times of sorrow. I promise to love you in good times and bad. I promise to cherish and respect you. I vow to be faithful and true for as long as we both shall live. Because of you, I laugh, I smile, and I dare to dream again. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, caring, loving and being there for you in all life has for us. I will always be the person that you can trust, talk to and the person that will always understand. I will make my home in your heart. These promises I give you today and all of the days of our lives. Our love has given us wings and our journey begins today.

_____, today I become your (husband/wife) and you become my (wife/husband). I will strive to give you the best of myself, while accepting you the way you are. I promise to respect you as a whole person with your own interests and needs, and to realize that those are sometimes different, but no less important than my own. I promise to grow along with you, to be willing to face change as we both change, keeping our relationship alive and exciting. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, with all I have to give and all that I am, in the only way I know how — completely and forever

____, All that I am and all that I have, I offer to you in love and in joy. From this day forward I will love and comfort you, hold you close, and prize you above all others. I will remain faithful and true to you all the days of our lives
There are so many ways to tell your lover what they mean to you, and finding words to say may be difficult. Think of your soon to be husband or wife and the things you love about them, and the words will come. Romantic wedding vows are something they are going to remember forever and carry in their hearts

Make Your Own Wedding Favors

Find the Perfect Wedding Favor for Your Wedding!

Wedding favors are a great way to show your guests that you appreciate them being there for you on your special day! You can always find cheap wedding favors on the internet which will take practically no time to put together, but homemade wedding favors are much more charming and more likely not to be thrown away immeadiately after the wedding. Most people complain that they just don’t have enough time or don’t like crafts but whatever the argument, there are wedding favors which can be made in just a few minutes which can really show your guests that you care.

1. Candle Wedding Favors

Candles are not that hard to make, you can find directions in any craft store. Melt the beeswax (it takes like a minute in the microwave), add a wick and pour into the container or mold of your choice. You can even add coloring and scents to make it a more personalized wedding favor. If your theme is a beach wedding, pour the beeswax into empty shells, its a great effect. If thats a little too crafty for you, buy some candles already made in a color that matches your wedding and a scent that you like, wrap them up with some tulle tied with a ribbon.

2. Chocolate Wedding Favors

Who doesn’t like chocolate? Find yourself a recipe for chocolate or melt chocolate if you’re not a cook, then pour into a cute mold (also available at craft stores), freeze for a few minutes and you have your own homemade chocolate wedding favors to fit your wedding theme. You can also buy lollipop sticks and make chocolate lollipops which look great wrapped in cellaphane and ribbon. If you’re really crafty, use different colors in the mold to make your treat stand out! If you’re not so crafty or are running short on time, buy giant candy bars, take off the outside wrapper, and print up your own on the computer as a place card or write a romantic quote, your names and wedding date, whatever you want.

3. Flower Seed Wedding Favors

Seed packets are starting to be a very popular wedding favor. Visit your local gardening store and see what you can find. Most seeds can be bought in bulk relatively cheaply. Choose something that is native to the area where you are getting married so that people can actually plant them. Wildflowers or forget-me-nots are popular, but you can also go with others like hot pepper seeds, carrot, watermelon, strawberry, lavender, mint, basil or sage. It all depends on your theme! They can be wrapped up anyway you choose, though they look great through small glass jars. Be sure to make a tag with these favors telling the guest what kinds of seeds they are and care tips.

4. Potpourri Satchets

Believe it or not, potpourri can be bought in bulk on the internet, scented or unscented, and it makes a great wedding favor. Choose a scent and color that you like, and it looks (and smells) great in a drawstring bag or small lace satchet. If you’re crafty sew up some little bags by sewing three sides, adding the potpourri, then sewing the fourth side. Attach a silk or plastic flower and you’ve got something someone will want to hang on to for a while. If you’re not very crafty then just wrap them in cellaphane, which is still pretty, or in a drawstring bag, add a flower or tag and you’re done!

There are plenty of ideas for wedding favors out there. If you’re looking for a unique wedding favor, think about the theme and colors of your wedding and use your imagination. The sky is the limit!