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Unique Ideas on Flower Girl Baskets

A wedding isn’t complete without those cute little cherubs throwing flowers along the bride’s way. The ooohs and aaahs from the overseers of the bridal entourage is usually cresting when those little angels walk towards the altar in tiny little steps. It is believed that they symbolize the innocence that the bride once possess when she was also a child. The flowers they scatter were said to beckon fertility to the couple to be wed.

Flower-adorned basket

Flower girls always have their little baskets full of flowers with them. It would be nice to adorn the little ones with baskets that actually match their outfit, the wedding them and venue. Here are flower girl basket ideas that you can adapt on your own wedding.

Ivory Satin Flower Girl Basket with Red Rosettes

This simple woven basket is best for rustic, country kind of weddings. Often, simplicity translates to effortless sophistication. Let your girls wear floral headdress that match the basket’s decorations. These baskets are also easy to carry, just perfect for girls at tender ages.

Ivory Satin Flower Basket with Ruffled Lace Hem and Bow

If you’re having a Medieval wedding, then these golden buckets with oversized ribbons on each side would make a lovely touch. The flowers that would look enchanting on these pails are a multitude of tiny flowers like baby’s breath, stephanotis or Queen Anne’s Lace. Those miniscule myriads which can easily be thought of just being bouquet fillers can actually make dainty stand-alone posies.

Ivory Satin Square Flower Basket with Pearled Handle

Garden weddings or even Halloween-themed weddings (yes, there are these types) can make use of crafty Pumpkin flower girl baskets. The bucolic feel is just simply intriguing and poignant along with the circled wreath of dried stems. Add flowers on the rim for a jovial knack. Also, it doesn’t matter if the DIY basket came out a little bleak – that’s the whole point of the basket.

Ivory Satin Flower Basket with Bowknot and Pearls

If you want to take the flower girl’s basket a little literal, nobody is stopping you to do so. Actually, it will look very modish as long as you use the right type of plastic flowers to fill the basket. Tiny, dark flowers would be the perfect choice for this. But, why don’t you try fresh flowers instead? Just do the necessary preps to keep them looking fresh. Preserve the flower by placing it in aspirin water. You could also try refrigerating the flowers the night before the wedding.

Black and Red Satin Flower Girl Basket with Rhinestone

Another carefree but chic way of preparing your wedding baskets is by finding a nicely naturally designed shell and adding a lace strap into it. Just make sure the shell’s color is not dull and that its body is still intact and not yet brittle. This flower girl basket is oh-so-perfect for beach weddings.

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Wedding Drink Ideas for Your Big Day

It’s your wedding day, so keep those celebratory wedding drinks flowing for you and your guests. The drinks can tone down nervousness and can serve as conversation starts for your guests who don’t really know each other. It can also give way to a night of partying and dancing, so never underestimate the power of wedding drinks.

Dark Cocktails
To keep your wedding fun and alive, here are a few tips on how you can put up that impeccable wedding bar.

Individual Wedding Drinks

The Season and Venue Matters
Before buying out your favorite wine to serve for the party, think of the totality of your wedding first. Will it be on the hotel on a winter night? Will it be held on the beach front on a summer day? These factors would surely affect your drink choice and preparation.
For summer weddings, it’s best to go with light and sparkly champagnes. You can throw in some fruit slices into the drinks too or maybe put a local flower on top of the drink. Keep the white wines light red wines for summer weddings too. Now, if your wedding will take place on snowy nights, then you might go for the sophisticated burgundy types.

Wedding Drink Dispensers

Show Off the Local Best with Your Drinks
Now, if you’re having a destination wedding, you could make use of the local treats in your wedding drinks. For a Caribbean wedding, you might want to go with cocktails involving dark rum, pineapple juice and guava nectar. You can add mango slices in the drinks too. On the other hand, watermelon juice with Bourbon-soaked sugar cubes and alcohol are great for the Southern US weddings. Add mint leaves and peach slices and you’re good to go.

Glitter and Glam Wedding Details

Take Your Pick: Carafes, Jugs or Glasses

After you have decided with what type of cocktails you’re going to serve, you are now confronted with what wedding drink dispenser to go with. Glass jugs and carafes are cute vessels for serving wedding cocktails. It is a fun way of showing off the drinks’ colors and fruit components. You can also have laced glasses ready on the sides. You could provide stirrers with stars on it or striped straws. Mason jars are amusing choices too. Just make sure that the design is cohesive and not too overdone.

Wines with Appetizers

Make Way for Mocktails
Children are ever present on weddings and they might demand their parents for some “cocktails” too. Make a Mocktail (Cocktail without alcohols) Station for the non-alcoholic savvy guests like kids and some young ladies. Let them feel that they can party with drinks on their hands too.

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Decent Manners to Your Wedding Guests

On your wedding day, you and your groom are supposed to be the recipient of everyone’s fervent attention, but that doesn’t mean it’s only you guys will be given the utmost comfort all throughout the day. Your guests deserve their fair share of special treatment too, especially those who come all the way from the other side of the world just to celebrate your special day. Here are some ways on how to pamper your wedding guests.

 

Tell them they’re sweet by giving them treats
When your guests arrive at the reception, they must be hungry after the church wedding ceremonies. Also, you and your groom may be instructed by the photographer to pose outside the church for a few snappies. There would be certainly some delay between the ceremony and meal time on the reception, so you may provide thank you treats along with a thank you note to your guests. Include kiddie treats for the young ones too. It’ll keep the toddlers entertained for a while.

Fluffy Slippers

Keep their feet warm and happy
Now, to cap all the wedding reception ceremonies, there will be lots of wine and dancing. However, how can you encourage your guests to dance if they are tired wearing their heels and black shoes for the whole day? Dancing on your feet is fun, but it’ll be not if the season is cold. So, hand them out these pink fluffy slippers. To keep their feet warm while dancing. These slippers are ideal when your reception is on a hotel. They can even take it to their rooms to use for the rest of their stay.

Rubber Slippers

Let them feel the sand on their toes
Now, if your reception is on the beach, then just use rubber slippers in colors which match your wedding theme! You can have them in several hues to keep the basket fancy and the guests hyped up for choosing. Rubber slippers would give their feet the much-needed relief and would be perfect for some beach walking on sunset.

Sweet Treats

Give them protection from the noonday sun
Having a backyard and a beach wedding is superb, but be sure that your guests would feel the same way. If your wedding ceremony is occurring on an early afternoon or might stretch a little bit to noontime, be prepared with umbrellas to give out to your guests. Creasing foreheads and sweaty faces wouldn’t be cute on pictures.

Umbrellas

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Posted in Etiquette & GuestsWedding Planning on Sep 10th,2013
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Wedding Chair Signage: Fun and Handy

Months before the wedding, you had already planned out your wedding guest list and the wedding seat plan. You would want all your guests to enjoy the day so you, together with your groom, delicately psychoanalyzed if your guests would enjoy their table companies. Of course, you have memorized the seat plan by heart. But, how would you direct each of your guests to their respective seats?

Mrs. Always Right and Mr. Right

Don’t burden your wedding planner by flashing her pictures of your relatives’ and friends’ faces with corresponding names. Besides, their faces might be different on the pictures of them that you have. You know, make up, change of hairstyle, weight difference? Yeah, so to guide your guests in finding their seats in a non-awkward manner, make the reception seat search fun with wedding chair labels!

Silver Alloy Bell Place Card Holder with Dangled Heart

For guests, have their names written, painted, embossed on a piece of chalkboard, wooden plank, picture frame or dangling papers. The choice is yours. Place these labels on the back of the chairs. Tie them with a ribbon or a thin rope. Add flowers or whatever trinket that would match your theme. You could even leave it hanging it on the sides for a casual effect.

Ampersand

You could also do the same for the entire bridal entourage. Have their roles and/or names displayed on the back of their assigned chairs. You could use “Maid of Honor”, “Father of the Groom” or “Mother of the Bride” as alternate labels. Be creative. Have fun.

Guest Name Label

During the eating part of your ceremony, have two empty chairs placed in front of you and your husband. Place the signs, “Stop By” and “Say Hi!”. Tip a friend or two to be the first ones to sit on them and have a little chat with you. Your other guests will know what to do. This is a bright idea that you can do on your wedding day so you could have chance of chit-chatting with all of your guests on your wedding day. Actually, this is already a tradition on some countries, but it is a great one to adapt on your own wedding day too.

Silhouettes

Of course, everyone can have their own signs including the both of you! Everybody knows where the guests of honor(that’s the both of you) will sit, but placing labels on your own chairs can also add some wedding fun. You can opt to go with the usual “Mr.” and “Mrs.”, but there are always other cute ways on how to do it. Trigger a little laugh with “Mr. Right” and “Mrs. Always Right”. You could even use the ampersand sign – sweet and simple. If words don’t appeal to you, you can use silhouettes on frames instead – sassy and chic.

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Tips on Creating Your Own Themed Wedding Snack Bar

Weddings stretch all the way from morning to midday or midday to even midnight. Your guests might have sacrificed their work day or even their day offs just to witness your special day. It is indeed a long day so be grateful for them and at least keep their tummies happy. Provide a snack bar for them.

Wedding Bar with Details

Choose a Theme

On planning your wedding snack bar, keep in mind your whole wedding theme from the colors to the style. You wouldn’t want the bar to be out-of-place in the wedding venue. Be creative in choosing a theme for your snack bar. If you and your groom have first met while buying candies, then go for the candy bar. If both of you are gym buffs and so are your expected guests, then have an Acai Bar or other healthy snack bar.

Acai Bar

Go for Variety

If your guests are varied – children, adults, vegetarian, health-conscious people and many more, you might want to see to it that your snack bar contains many options without going beyond your theme. For example, if you’re planning to have a Cookie Snack Bar, throw in different cookie flavors. Have some plain butter, the ones with nuts, oatmeal cookies, fat-free cookies and so on. It would be best to label them too so your guests wouldn’t have to linger too long on the snack bar just figuring out what the selections are.

Cookie Bar

Dwell in Details

If you’re a hippie, then mason jars with stripes straws would certainly appeal to you. If you’re a quoted health sophisticate, then cupcakes with fresh fruit toppings would be your choice. Make your snack bar charming with little details that would make them look interesting. Put ribbons on toothpicks. Play with words. Write on blackboards or wooden planks. Place dainty bottles, shells and flowers beside the table. Another smart idea is to place these goodies on snack bar carts or cabinets instead of the usual table.

Smore Bar

Stir in Excitement in Your Guests

To set everyone in the happy and bouncing mood, give way for a snack bar interaction.Give them options to choose from. If you’re serving fries, give them several dip options. For a taco bar, provide beef, pork and chicken as meat, salsa, cheese or sour cream as dips. Provide little lacey cups or dotted cone cylinders as their food vessel and serving tools. The size of these cups and serving tools can depend on you. This way, you could also control the amount of food that the guests can take without them knowing.

Candy Bar

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Posted in Etiquette & GuestsWedding Planning on Sep 04th,2013
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Those Sweet Words on Wedding

Words are good way to express inner emotions, especially on weddings, sweet and romantic words are seen everywhere on the wedding, which will exude your love, happiness, and romance.

We exchange vows to each other in front of relatives and friends during ceremony, which are the most meaningful words for the whole life, and that’s what we promise to most loved one.  

We write couples names down on the banner, deliver invitations, and prepare place cards, guest books, all of which are in order to spread message of love through words.

 

Usually couples love to get giant letters of their initials hung on the wall or put on the table.

Make sure the words you choose reflect your sincerity and deliver positive message on your best day of life.

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Posted in Etiquette & GuestsWedding Planning on Nov 12th,2012