Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding Favor Ideas

In tough economic times there is nothing better than inexpensive and delicious edible wedding favors. Making them can be a fun project to do with your bridesmaids and flower girls a couple of days before the wedding.

Getting everyone together for a little kitchen fun is a great way to prepare for the wedding. Here are some homemade edible wedding favor ideas you may want to make for your wedding.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Individually wrapped in cute colored bags with bows to tie them closed is the best way to present delicious chocolate chip cookies. This original treat loved by most and is sure to be a sweet reminder of your big day for the guests.
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By: Alexine

With wedding planning on the mind of most brides to be, the idea of spring wedding favors is most likely on your check list. There are so many different wedding favors in shops and online that it is hard to figure out which ones to choose. To help determine which favors would be appropriate for your spring wedding here are six favor ideas that are appropriate for the springtime.

Potted Plants

If you have the time and money then an adorable potted plant is a great wedding favor for a spring wedding. You can go to the local nurseries to see what is in season and then buy potting soil to use when planting in the pots. If you want to save a little on the pots your local craft store should have some pretty inexpensive that you can embellish with cute bows or accessories that go on easily with a hot glue gun.
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By: Alexine

If you have a wedding to attend in the next week or so and have not had time to shop then you might want to listen up. Last minute gifts can be tricky, especially when you do not have much time on your hands. Making time to go to the wedding might be enough stress on you. If this is the case then here are five great last minute gifts you can grab for the bride and groom.

Pricy Champagne

An easy buy for sure as most newlyweds love sipping on delicious champagne after the wedding. If you do not feel comfortable choosing one then ask the person in charge of the liquor store about champagne. Do not be surprised about how expensive they are as the quality and price are directly related.

Restaurant Certificate

If there is a great restaurant in the area where the bride and groom live then go and purchase a gift certificate for the cost of two normal dinners. If you can afford more than that is great but do not feel bad giving a twenty dollar certificate. Something is better than nothing and will be greatly appreciated.

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By: Alexine

Buying a gift for anyone can present itself as a challenge. As you browse through different department stores and boutiques picking things up and then putting them right back. Thinking to yourself “maybe this or maybe that.” Well this becomes a bit more difficult when the bride is expecting. However, after brainstorming I have come up with ten ideas to help you choose a gift for the pregnant bride.

1. Massage

What woman doesn’t love getting pampered? Of course there is no one that would turn down a wonderful full body massage. Especially pregnant women because that extra weight really puts the pressure on their feet and muscles. A gift certificate for a pregnancy massage will be appreciated.

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By: Alexine

Your sister, cousin or best friend is getting married and it is time to plan a special day for the girls. While you may be contemplating what to do, the most appropriate gathering for an expecting bride would be a shower. Bachelorette parties are a lot of fun but the activities involved are a little inappropriate. Here are some of the differences to help you understand why a shower is best for the pregnant bride.

Time of Day

A huge difference between a bridal shower and a bachelorette party is the time of day. Bridal showers are usually for a couple of hours during the day sometime between lunch and dinner. On the other hand bachelorette parties are normally on a Friday or Saturday night. Late nights are not good for an expecting mother as she needs lots of rest. The bridal shower would be easier on her sleep schedule.
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By: Alexine

Every bride-to-be has a million things to do before the wedding. This can lead to some slip-ups and missed opportunities when it comes to planning. Nobody wants to deal with last minute issues or cancellations but they tend to happen more than you would expect. To give the brides a heads up on what could happen I’ve come up with a list of horrible situations that have happened to other brides. Read on so that you can hopefully avoid these nightmares.

Wedding Dress Is Not Ready
I’ve heard of this happening more to brides that have distant weddings than local, but the seamstress has literally no time to get the dress finished. Of all the possible issues, the wedding dress is a very large one. No bride wants to have a dress that doesn’t fit right and sags around her rear or sticks out at her bust.
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By: Alexine

With the environment and conservation on the headlines these days it is no wonder people are becoming more interested in getting green. This is especially hard when planning your wedding due to the fact that most companies produce waste before they even get to your wedding. When you hire a company to do the work based on their prices and sample performances, most of us don’t ask about how green the company is. Due to the push for “going green” today I’ve come up with five parts of the wedding that you can make green.
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Looking for a way to move beyond the typical favors such as hearts and candy? Unique wedding favors based on the season in which you’re married really strike a chord. Each season gives you a variety of ideas to choose from. By bringing the outdoors in, you add natural beauty to your decorations and provide a one-of-a-kind gift for your guests.

Winter Snowflakes Add a Little Magic

Winter brings thoughts of the holidays as well as the joy and excitement that come with them. A tree and stocking might remind you of Christmas, while a menorah conjures visions of Hanukah. But no matter what holiday you celebrate, the snowflake is traditionally a symbol of the winter season making it perfect for inclusion on unique wedding favors. Snowflake candleholders with frosted glass add a touch of elegance and create a warm glow whether at your reception or in the homes of your guests. Glass coasters with delicate etchings of snowflakes are both useful and beautiful. There are also dainty snowflake bookmarks, functional bottle stoppers and handy key rings.
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Wedding BellsWhether you can’t find just the right wedding favors for your reception or your budget won’t allow you buy the ones you want, you’ve got a wonderful alternative. Make unique wedding favors yourself!

Do-it-yourself wedding favors add a personal touch and give your guests something truly original. Not the crafty type? No problem. You don’t need to be. With these simple suggestions anyone can quickly make impressive, unique wedding favors your guests will rave about.

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With so much joy and excitement, the holidays can be the perfect time for weddings. With family and friends gathered near for holiday celebrations, a wedding can add yet another festivity that everyone can enjoy. Bring the magic of the holidays into your special day – from decorations to unique wedding favors – and you’ll see the spirit of the season spread to all who attend.

Christmas Ceremonies & Receptions

There are countless possibilities when it comes to making your wedding a festive event. If you choose a Christmas wedding, bright reds and greens make stunning colors for bridesmaids’ dresses. In place of ribbons and bows, try glistening white lights and garland streamed about the sanctuary.

A Christmas tree in the lobby, reception hall or sanctuary can be adorned with decorations from your childhood. What’s more, set up a tree that represents the beginning of your new life together. Pots of poinsettias from tiny to tremendous can be placed all about bringing in yet more holiday color including red, white, pink and more.

During your reception, serve warm, spiced cider rather than traditional punch. Also consider offering your guests Christmas cookies, sausage balls and other holiday treats. Planning a sit-down dinner? Nothing says Christmas dinner like turkey with all the trimmings.

Hanukkah Decorating & Food Ideas

For Hanukkah weddings, tradition will demand brilliant blue for the attendants’ dresses. White lights with blue ribbons also make striking decorations for the synagogue. Does your family have a menorah that’s been handed down from generation to generation? Using it during the ceremony is a memorable way to honor tradition. If there isn’t a family menorah, purchase a new one and begin your own family tradition.

Doughnuts, latkas and honey puffs (loukoumades) can all be made into individual-sized portions, perfect as hors d’oeuvres. If serving a meal, beef brisket, sweet and sour cabbage soup and other longstanding recipes will represent the holiday well.

New Years Weddings & Receptions

New Years is another option for a holiday wedding. Your wedding party will look fantastic dressed in a sharp contrast of black and white. Even if you don’t become husband and wife at the stroke of midnight, use bells during the wedding to symbolize ringing in the New Year and your new beginning.

The food selection is entirely up to you, as New Years doesn’t have “traditional” type foods. However, Champaign for toasting is certainly a must.

Unique Wedding Favors

The smells and tastes of the holiday season make for some of the most vivid memories, so make sure to include your favorites at the reception. Use candles scented with evergreen, cinnamon or baked goods to add to the holiday theme.

Unique wedding favors might include silver bells that can be used for decoration or personalized Christmas ornaments. There are also candleholders, bookmarks and key rings in the shape of snowflakes that go along with the holiday theme. Other unique wedding favors include personalized packages of coffee and tea that will help warm your guests.

It surely will be a season of celebration when you add your holiday wedding to the list of festivities. With friends and family drawn near, the memories you make will add to the joy of the holidays to come for years and years.