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When planning the big day, planning the wedding reception can be a nerve racking experience. The Knot offers brides a list of 20 secrets to a fun reception. The list includes ideas about the first dance and having a game or activity for the children who have been brought along.
Although the bride does not necessarily have as much to worry about when it comes to the wedding shower, here is a list that is handy to give to anyone who is planning one. The list, from Martha Stewart Weddings, suggests different games and activities to make the celebration enjoyable for all.
For those couples who can’t decide if they want to follow the superstition of couples not seeing each other before the ceremony, The Things We Would Blog offers a list of reasons why the couple should! Check out the list for enticing reasons to break tradition.
Intimate Weddings offers brides a list of ways to cut back on the guest list. The biggest thing is to invite those that matter most to you. One of the top tips? Not inviting people out of guilt.
Hoping to have some lasting memories from your big day? Laced in Weddings offers brides a list of 50 must have wedding photos. The list includes things like taking a picture of your jewelry and the grooms shoes.
Weddings are a great time to showcase your personality and create memories that will last forever. These creative photo ideas can give you the most memorable photos from your wedding day and help you to create a fun scene with those that matter the most to you.
A fake tug of war between the bridesmaids and groomsmen with the bride and groom in the center is a great picture to remember the day while letting the wedding party have a little fun.
For groomsmen with a sense of humor, this shot let’s the bride feel like she can have some fun!
The image of the groom seeing his bride for the first time is a shot no photographer forgets, But what about that sweet moment when the bride sees her dad before the wedding?
Sometimes the best wedding pictures are just about a little fun between the bride and groom. A cute fun picture like this shows more than just the wedding, it shows the romance between the couple and the meaning behind the day.
For the bride who loves movies, a picture duplicating the movie poster of Bridesmaids is a funny way to show your personality.
Pictures that are taken on your big day are all about making the most of your memories. Other picture suggestions? Leave us your unique ideas in the comments section!
Looking for the perfect shoes to match your dress? Don’t overlook this simple, but important details! Here are some ways to turn simple shoes into something unique and sentimental.
A creative way to add something blue to your wedding shoes, use rhinestones on the soul of the shoe that say “I Do.” This gives brides something blue as well as a cute reminder of that the day meant to them.
Conversehas designed a cute shoe, which says Bride and Groom on the back. These are perfect for a couple who loves their Converse or just want comfy shoes for the reception.
Etsy sells brides a decal to be worn on the bottom of their shoes to personalize them. The shoes say Mrs. (and your married name), while the other shoe says Est. and the date of the wedding.
Bridesmaids can sign the bottom of the bride’s shoes. This gives brides another connection to their bridesmaids, and it’s a Kaelin tradition. The tradition says that whichever bridesmaid’s name doesn’t wear off of the shoe by the end of the night will be the next to be married. Bridesmaids can also sign the bottom of the shoe is blue which gives brides something creative as their something blue.
Another way to make your shoes that meaningful is to have the groom sign the shoes before the wedding. As the bride puts the shoes on, she can read the message on the soul. It is like a love letter that can never get lost.
Brides can also do something creative to their bridesmaid’s shoes. The bride can write a message on the soul of the shoes for the bridesmaids to have and remember the day from.
Groomscan also write a message on the bottom of their shoes. If they bride writes “I Do” on her shoes, the groom could put “Me too.” If the feel is more for a silly look, the groom could write, “Help Me” or “Why Me” on the bottom of his shoes.
Apple has released a new app, which allows users to create their own Wedding playlist. The app is called My Wedding DJ and allows users to play music during their wedding day. The app costs $1.99 and allows you to label songs and create a music plan.
Ten Ways to do Blue is an excellent list of ways to incorporate something blue into their wedding day.
Wedding By Color offers brides suggestions by color! Complete with vendor recommendations and tons of ideas – you’ll find this site useful whether or not you’ve picked your wedding day colors.
Black and White Side by Side is an excellent site for a savvy bride. The site offers easy-to-follow tutorials on using different fonts. Useful for those of you creating you own invitations or other documents for the big day.
Want to win a wedding in Florida? The Orlando-base Mission Inn Resort and Club is giving away a wedding package for 75 guests! All you need to do is create a video submission.
What is flirty, fun, and will make you want to dance? Flirty Girl Fitness! The company, which started in 2005 in Toronto, has expanded throughout the United States. Presently studio locations are situated in Chicago and Toronto, but DVDs make the workout an option for any bride-to-be!
The Flirty Girl Fitness philosophy focuses on women empowerment, confidence, and physical activity. These women-only classes include fun and easy moves that are used to choreograph dances towards the end of each class. In addition, Flirty Girl offers classes to specifically target areas of your body or reach your desired workout level. Classes range from “Abs and Booty” to “Chair Fit” and “Flirty Fight Club” and each are unique in their own way.
The variety of each class provides a fun and enjoyable way to spend time with your girlfriends and/or your bridesmaids. Flirty Girl studios even offer Bachelorette Parties! Bachelorette events can be purchased by package price and range from $40 per person for the Flirty Party Package to $80 per person for the Queen of the Night Party Package. The Flirty Party Package includes a one hour private class of your choice for you and your girls, sassy pink boas for everyone, and a gift bag for the bride-to-be. If you so choose to spend a little extra cash, The Queen of the Night Party Package includes a one hour private class of your choice, pink boas for everyone, a gift bag for the bride-to-be, manicure & pedicure for everyone, a table for catering, and a complimentary bottle of champagne or wine.
Depending on how you would like to spend your time at Flirty Girl Fitness, there are unique options for everyone! Make the class into your own, learn a new dance step, or take a pole dancing class to impress your fiancé or husband. By engaging in fun, flirty classes, you can boost your self-esteem and get those guts that you need to bust a move at your bridal reception! Also, if taking a class with other people is not thing, you can buy the Flirty Girl DVD for in-home use. Invite some friends over, let loose, and share some laughs. Whatever your choice, make sure to have fun while doing it and it will be something you never forget. For more information on Flirty Girl Fitness, feel free to check out their website to find a class near you!
A creative new alternative to the classic guestbook, is having a Mad Libs guestbook. . Creative, fun and memorable!
Brides who are planning their wedding on a budget should check out the Budget Savvy Bride. This blog gives brides ideas for their weddings as well as ideas for DIY Projects.
When planning a summer wedding, summer drinks always play an important part in the event. Chicago Wedding Blog offers readers a list of summer drinks for everyone. The drinks are non-alcoholic, yet creative.
Listen up brides and grooms who love Disney and Disney movies! If you send letters to your favorite characters, you may receive letters from your favorite characters in return, in addition to a small gift.
Martha Stewart offers brides a list of tips to make their wedding day make-up look lovely and last all the way until the last dance.
When it comes to the big day, there are many decisions to make. Recently, my parents went to a
wedding where the first dance song was cute and also unique. The couple chose to dance their first
dance to the Adam Sandler song, “I Wanna Grow Old With You” from the movie The Wedding Singer.
There are songs for everyone’s taste in music that can be unique to your big day and aren’t cliché.
Keith Urban- Better Life
Keith Urban- Making Memories of Us
Dave Mathews Band- Steady as We Go
Jack Johnson- Better Together
Pixie Lott (Cover)- Pixie Lott
Edwin McCain-I’ll Be
Personally, these were my top choices. I especially like the Adam Sandler song because I was the most
surprised by it. There are many websites that have lists that can help you decide on a first dance song.
This Suite 101 list from 2010 had many songs that I had never considered. Real Simple’s list was also a
good list for inspiration.
Make the search for the dress be as enjoyable as wearing the dress itself?
Once you have flipped through a couple of bridal magazines and browsed several wedding gown designer sites, it may be a good idea to book your bridal fitting appointment. You can set up this appointment as early in the wedding planning process as you would like, and you should take the time to enjoy and discover what kind of bridal dress bride you are.
When you feel that you are ready to begin the search, I would suggest calling several bridal salons in your area and scheduling a couple of appointments so that you do not limit yourself in your options (or in the cost variations).
When scheduling your appointment, here are some things to keep in mind:
Try to schedule an appointment during quieter business hours if you can, such as Sunday afternoons or weekdays, when the wedding consultants can allot their time to your appointment only.
When deciding on whom to take with you on this important mission, choose several people who will be honest in their opinions and who you really trust. Usually your mom, sister, grandmother, maid of honor, and possibly your future mother-in-law make the top of the list. Try to limit your invites to no more than five, however, since you want the attention to be on you and not on everything else that may be going on around you.
Even if you have a particular gown style in mind, come to you appointment with an open mind and allow yourself to try on gowns that you may not have particularly picked out yourself. Above all, give yourself the opportunity to try on a wide range of gowns so that you can see what you really want to avoid and what may actually flatter you.
Try not to schedule more than three appointments per day, since trying on dresses eventually does get tiring (no matter how beautiful they are) and appointments usually last at least an hour. You want the process to be enjoyable rather than overwhelming, and one that allows you to bond with some of the people most important to you.
Finally, don’t feel pressured to purchase your dress right away during the fitting, unless you are sure that it is THE ONE! You may want to compare prices or wait for yearly bridal sales or simply sleep on it and make your decision the next day.
Trying on bridal gowns is a unique opportunity that (hopefully) only comes once in a lifetime. So benefit from being engaged and the bride-to-be and savor this opportunity to have all the attention on you and your personal desires. Have fun with it and don’t forget: no matter how many opinions may float in your direction in the fitting room, the final decision is still up to you!
If you are looking for something to fill up your sweets table that is chocolaty, gooey, and uniquely filling, set your eyes on these scrumptious treats! Whether for your wedding reception, bridal shower, or first home-cooked meal with your husband, these oversized doughy gems are irresistibly delicious. This recipe was adapted from the Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn and reformed by my very own mother who has a passion for all things baking. Turn up some Michael Buble on Pandora, whisk up some batter, and prepare your taste buds for these cookie dough filled cakes!
24 paper liners for cupcake pans
package (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix
package 3.4 oz vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup whole milk
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
package (1 pound) frozen cookie dough
1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, milk, oil, eggs, and almond extract in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed. The batter should look well blended. Spoon or scoop a heaping ¼ cup batter into each lined cupcake cup, filling it two thirds of the way full. (You will get between 22 and 24 cupcakes) Cut the frozen dough pieces in half to make 24 pieces. Place a frozen cookie dough piece on top of each cupcake. Place the pans in the oven.
2. Bake the cupcakes until they are golden, 23 to 27 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 5 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edges of the cupcake liners, lift the cupcakes up from the bottoms of the cups using the end of the knife, and pick them out of the cups carefully with your fingertips. Place them on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before frosting. They may sink a bit in the center.
3. Meanwhile, prepare frosting. And Frost.
Store these cupcakes, in a cake saver or under a glass dome, at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Or freeze them, wrapped in aluminum foil or in a cake saver, for up to 6 months.
*If you use the 18-ounce logs of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (instead of the 1-pound packages of frozen dough), cut them into 24 equal pieces and freeze them before using them in this recipe. It’s important to use frozen dough, because you don’t want it to bake completely and become a cookie.
Google offers brides free tools to make planning their big day easier. Simply Wedding Planning allows brides to create a website, use Google Drive to communicate with members of the bridal party about different aspects of the wedding and share photos online.
A Practical Wedding offers brides advice on making their wedding day unique while sticking to a budget. The blog gives brides real life advice from past brides as well as ideas for DIY projects that allow brides to be savvy and save money.
Etsy Weddings covers everything Esty! The site contains links to paper goods, décor, dresses, wedding parties, accessories, and rings from the crafty site!
Weddings Unveiledwas started by a wedding planner and a photographer. The blog offers brides inspiration and ideas for their big day, and is part of the magazine of the same name. So much inspiration!
Looking for a list of various links in to help decrease your stress and increase your productivity? The Dex Knows has link you’ll love. The blog provides lists of trends, how to choose, questions to ask as well as other essentials. A unique feature is the ability to browse their articles by city, so you can get the information that is most relevant to you.