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Get Inspired with Unique Wedding Theme Collections
There are two main reasons why couples want to go for a themed wedding. One, a theme lends a slice of your personality to the wedding. Two, it makes it easier to plan and prepare for the wedding because there is a consistent theme to follow for the decoration, venue, invitations, favors, and other wedding details. In fact, there are even wedding theme collections that provide coordinated wedding supplies that can make your job a cinch. Do you want to know more about these fabulous collections? Read on to the following examples that you can consider.
Autumn Splendor Collection
The splendor of autumn is all about the glowing golds, oranges, and chocolate browns, the smell of bonfires, roasted chestnuts, and a mix of twigs of berries. If you choose to hold your wedding during this glorious season, you would love the Autumn Splendor Collection, which brings together luxuriously embossed fabrics, unique ribbons, and botanical designs. Included in this collection are cake-serving set, toasting set, and traditional guest book.
Fairytale Dreams Collection
If you are like most brides, you have dreamed of this day ever since you were a kid who adored all the fairy stories that ended with a happily ever after. Now that you have met your own prince charming, you feel that no theme would be more ideal than a fairytale or fantasy wedding. You can turn this dream into a reality by choosing the Fairytale Dreams Collection, which includes a castle cake topper, guest book, satin wrapped pen set, square ring pillow, flower girl basket, two-piece bridal garter set, and a silver plated stem with crystal goblets.
Bridal Beauty Calla Lily Collection
Flowers have always been a staple at weddings. In fact, you probably would not see a wedding that does not contain even a single stem of flower. This collection, called the Bridal Beauty Calla Lily Collection, features the flower Calla Lily as the main design. This flower is not only stunning but is also very popular in weddings. This collection comes with a unity pillar candle, lighting taper candles, bridal garter, square ring pillow, cake serving set, pen, toasting set, and guest book, all of which feature a handcrafted porcelain calla lily.
Discerning Camouflage Collection
Bold, sharp, and daring—these are three things that can best describe this theme collection. This features a guest book, pen set, ring pillow, and a garter set. The satin ribbon, rose, and embroidery details give the designs a feminine touch.
Seaside Allure Collection
Having a beach wedding? You probably love the sand, sun, and the sea! The Seaside Allure Collection complete with embroidered seashells and starfish details is perfect for you. This collection consists of silver plated heart stem glass flutes, satin wrapped pen set, ring pillow, flower girl basket, garter set, and starfish cake topper.
Romantic Vintage Western Collection
Do you want to have that romantic nostalgic feel in your wedding? If yes, the Romantic Vintage Western Collection is what you should go for. This stunning vintage collection features soft suede, tiny studs, delicate embroidery and crystal horseshoes for good luck! You don’t have to worry about finding a guest book, pen set, ring pillow, flower girl basket, and garter set, as they are all included in this fantastic wedding theme collection.
Those having a winter wedding are fortunate to have two choices on theme collections. The first one is the Winter Wonder Collection, a magical ensemble of items designed with touchable embossed velvet, glacier blue square cut stone, and mini snowballs. These wedding supplies include a unity pillar candle, cake lighting taper candles, bridal garter, and a square ring pillow.
The second collection is the winter finery collection, which comes with more items such as guest book, pen with base, ring pillow, flower girl basket, garter set, square tag, large rectangular tag, small rectangular tag, note card, escort table sign card, table number, save the date card, bulletin, small ticket, nut free gourmet milk chocolate bar, rectangular label, bottle label, wine label, sticker, cling, and heart sticker.
Wedding theme collections do not only make planning and preparation a cinch, they also add beauty, elegance, and distinct touch to your big day.
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Enhance your Beach Wedding Theme with Favor Decorations
Who doesn’t love the beach? Okay, so there are a few who don’t but most people would love to be in, on or near the water. Being near the sea brings to mind fond memories of vacations that were spent swimming and walking along the beach while the sun sets.
This is why beach weddings are so popular. They give the couple and their guests the notion of being on a holiday and away from their normal busy lives. If you’re having a wedding by the beach or one with a nautical theme, wouldn’t it be nice if your guests can bring home something that gives them that nice feeling of nostalgia?
If you’re still having some problems deciding on the gifts to give your guests, go over these options to help make your task easier:
There will always be a place for those precious moments on print. Give your guests these beautiful frames to make your wedding a happy reminder of fun times.
If your guests have athletic, outgoing or artistic personalities, present them with something that will show their individuality. There are mini athletic bags, bottle holders, craft punchers, and many others that you can choose from.
Whether your guests will utilize these for functional or ornamental purposes, candles are always a good giveaway alternative. Choose from different candles in the shape of starfish, flip-flops and mini kissing fish – all reminiscent of that holiday at the beach.
The fridge is such an indispensable household contraption but it does more than keep your food fresh. Either it serves as a huge canvas for your creative ideas or it could also function as a reminders board. Hand out nautical-inspired magnets to keep your guests’ art and paperwork firmly in place.
Do you want your guests to treasure your wedding favors? Give them something that they’ll find useful. Flip-flops and sunglasses are great presents because your guests can wear them the next time they go to the beach. They can even bring a single-use camera and Frisbee. You can also provide notepads or mini key holders shaped like flip-flops.
There are boxes in various beach theme designs in which your guests can store their odds and ends. Hand fans are especially useful in keeping you cooled on hot summer days (or nights); any kitchen will find bottle openers, and wine stoppers as helpful additions.
The list goes on but the best thing about giving practical wedding favors is that your guests can truly appreciate the thought you put into selecting something that they can use beyond your wedding day.
Finally, before deciding what to give your guests ask yourself these questions:
Will (name of guest here) like the favor?
Will he/she have any use for the favor?
Will the gift even survive the trip to the guest’s home and not be discarded en route?
If you answered “Yes” to all the questions, then you can start preparing the favors but if you answered “No” to any of them, maybe you need to review your options once more. There are so many favors to choose from that the most difficult decision you may be faced with is selecting what’s best among equally beautiful alternatives.
How to Use Decorations to Enhance Your Beach Wedding Ceremony
One of the upsides of decorating for a beach wedding is that you have a spectacular canvas to work on. Just imagine all the natural beauty that will surround you as you tie the knot. Everything from the sky to the sea and sand make for a picturesque backdrop. Plus, you can set aside worries on creating an ambiance, with the ceremony likely to be basked under the sun’s warm glow and light breeze stirring the air.
Because the site is stunning in itself, focus your energy on pulling together the layout and setup you pictured for your wedding.
Here are some of the ways to do so:
Map out the aisle
Once you’ve picked out a specific spot for the ceremony, decide on the path you want to walk down on as you make your way to your husband-to-be. To mark out this area, you can:
- Bring in an aisle runner, which is traditionally used for church ceremonies. But instead of the standard red carpet, go for more subdued hues. Kick it up a notch by having the surface fabric design personalized or hand painted. Or take the alternative route with runner-width tatami mats in bamboo, sea grass, reeds or straw. Whichever you choose, just make sure to weigh it down with large shells or low-to-the-ground floral arrangements. You wouldn’t want to see the runner blown away or get twisted in the wind.
- Border the aisle by driving short wooden stakes into the sand. To dress it up, loop ribbon between the stakes or tie a bow on each one.
- Place bamboo flower arrangements along both sides. Space these at intervals to demarcate sections of the aisle.
- Use seashells, starfish, and some decorative-looking stones to line the aisle. Brighten it up with flowers such as birds of paradise. Push the stems in to ensure that the blooms won’t be blown away by the wind.
- If you’re looking for a simpler solution, arranging the seats so that there is a clearly defined space at the center will do. Just consider decorating the sides of the chairs using lush tassels adorned with shells, sinamay mesh or flower-filled hanging containers.
Focus the ceremony
Another important decorating task is to mark the patch of sand where you and your groom will exchange vows. The most common way to do this is by setting up an arch, trellis, canopy or any similar structure that frames you both. Hit up a rental shop or have one built from bamboo or driftwood. For standout results:
- Soften the hard lines by draping the structure in a gauzy base of tulle or organza. For a casual look, attach the fabric in simple, free-flowing swags. White or ivory are the standard color options, but don’t hesitate to try other hues.
- Brighten it up wrapping garlands of silk or fresh flowers around the posts. You can also insert green palm fronds.
- Hang satin ribbons, or strands of seashells, starfishes, crystals or flowers. This creates a dangling curtain that will sway gracefully with the breeze.
- Ensure that the frames and embellishments are secured properly so these can withstand sudden gusts of wind. Think sand-filled buckets (for anchoring the posts), safety pins, white florist’s tape, craft wire and microfilament.
Illuminate the site
If the ceremony will take place at sunset or dusk, lighting should be among your décor considerations. Here are some options you can incorporate in your setup:
- Tiki torches
- Portable lanterns
- Battery-operated fairy lights
Just see to it that the lights are mounted firmly and at a safe distance from anything that can start a fire.
Add special touches
Beach ceremonies allow for decorating freedom and flexibility, so this is your opportunity to incorporate unique elements.
- Hire a sand carver to create a sculpture of the two of you, or your names plus the wedding date. You can have this done at the entrance of the ceremony area. It will surely catch the eye of your guests.
- Find ways to incorporate a seaside theme even in the little details. Forego the pillow and use a large shell instead to hold the rings. Don’t forget to first stuff the shell cavity with tissue paper or cotton wool before topping it off with some sand. This way, the rings do not fall inside when placed on top of the sand.
Take decorating for your beach ceremony as an opportunity to express yourself and achieve the feel you want your wedding to evoke. But always have a contingency plan, keeping in mind the uncontrollable variables (rain and strong winds) that come with this setting. Don’t let anything spoil your big day!
Whether you choose candles, engraved vases, memorial cards, or any other of our other memorials, you will be able to honor loved ones who will not be with you on your special day.
Unique Ceremony Ideas
Get ideas for your wedding ceremony—a flower ceremony, a memorial for someone who has passed on, a blended family ceremony and more.
Love Letter Ceremony
How better to preserve how you feel than with a traditional love letter. This box set has everything you including a sample “speech” for your wedding officiant or whomever will explain it during the ceremony.
Red Rose Ceremony
A flower ceremony lets you express your love, and the love of those special people around you in a number of ways. Check out the video and see your many options.
Lucky Silver Sixpence Ceremony
Are you planning a traditional wedding ceremony? Have you chosen a Victorian wedding theme? Then this wonderful keepsake is perfect for keeping the traditions alive and will become your first family heirloom.
Blended Family Ceremony
Celebrate your new blended family with these ceremony ideas.
Unity Sand Ceremony
Having a simple beach wedding ceremony? Take an extra a minute to include a classic Unity Sand Ceremony. There are many ways you can personalize it and make it your own.
Unity Candle Ceremony
These beautiful unity candles will enhance your wedding ceremony, and can be kept as an heirloom for future generations.
Honor special loved ones with the lighting of a memorial candle in memory of them. Having someone speak a few words while the candle is being lit is a great way to honor those who are not there to share your special day.
When planning your wedding ceremony, you don’t want to forget those extra touches that take your ceremony to the next level.
Wedding Cake Toppers Can Make Your Guests Laugh Out Loud
Explore our wonderful world of funny guest cake toppers. Gets ideas and tips for humourous cake toppers and wedding themes.
Barefoot on the Beach with Tropical Wedding Cake Toppers
Personalize your wedding with these great ideas for a wedding theme exemplified through these tropical wedding cake toppers.
Personalized Wedding Cake Toppers
Make a statement with these great beach inspired wedding cake toppers.
Cake Topper Ideas that your Guests will Talk About
Are cake toppers necessary on your wedding cake? You have to remove them because you can’t eat them anyway and even though there are edible ones, doesn’t the cake already have enough edible decorations to make room for one more? Think of it this way: a wedding cake without a topper is like a well-dressed person without accessories. You can get by with just the dress but the look will seem incomplete.
At present, cake toppers have become so common that people expect to see them on top of wedding cakes just because that is what they’re used to seeing. In the past, however, toppers were a popular symbol of togetherness, closeness and intimacy.
For a marriage to work, couples should have the feeling of belonging together and of belonging to each other. It is a wonder how something small and seemingly ordinary can have such a significant meaning.
When searching for the perfect cake topper for your wedding, keep in mind that the toppers are miniatures of you and your future spouse. This means you can get a topper that reflects your personalities, interests and even what you look like! Here’s a list of cake toppers that will definitely suit your needs:
Traditional cake toppers
For those having a conventional wedding, these are the perfect cake toppers for you. Traditional cake toppers include couples dressed in a gown and a tuxedo. There are also those dressed in Indian and Asian matrimonial costumes and military uniforms for grooms who are in the service.
Monogram cake toppers
If you’re having a formal wedding then these toppers should be on your list of choices. They are simple yet elegant and they provide a classic and timeless look to your wedding cake.
Funny wedding cake toppers
These toppers are great for couples who love to laugh and have fun because they show the bride and groom in comical poses that are sure to leave any of these toppers the talk of your reception.
Ethnic cake toppers
One way to show your proud heritage and individuality is through these cake toppers. From grooms dressed in kilts to Asian happiness scripts, there is a variety of toppers for you to check out.
Romantic cake toppers
If you are one of the couples who want their wedding to be romantic and sweet, make your selection from any of these toppers. The designs range from simple to detailed and evoke a feeling of fondness and sentimentality.
Bride and groom cake toppers
These are the classic toppers that most people see on top of wedding cakes. From an array of designs, choose one that will best show you and your spouse’s personality. You can even select toppers from those that can be mixed and matched for a more personalized.
Theme cake toppers
Whether you’re having a beach, winter or Asian-themed wedding, you can find a topper that will fit your requirement because these toppers are bold, stylish, and versatile.
Sports cake toppers
These toppers are the best pick for athletic couples or those who are sports enthusiasts. From baseball to golf, you’ll find one that will showcase your sporty side.
Custom cake toppers
If you want your beach wedding to be unique in many ways, choose a topper that incorporates creativity and charm with your personal style so you end up with something that’s original and inspired.
With all these choices, finding the best cake topper has never been so easy. Just make sure you factor in details such as your overall wedding theme, your guests’ humor (if you choose to go for the crazier ones), and how closely the cake topper symbolizes you as a couple.
Amaze Your Guests with These Refined Cake Serving Sets
There is no doubt that the bride is the star of her wedding day. Everyone anticipates to see how she looks and what she’s wearing. When it comes to the reception, another wedding essential competes for attention – the wedding cake. It is, no doubt, the star of the food table. You spend countless hours to find the right one thus, it would only be fitting to serve the wedding cake with something that shows how special it is.
Here are several designs of cake serving sets that will suit your preference, motif and budget.
Flowers are ever-present in almost any wedding ceremony but whatever your theme is, you’ll be able to pick out something apt from these floral-inspired serving sets. The use of lilies is common in celebrating marriage because these flowers symbolize chastity, virtue and abundance. You can go for the sets with tiger lily and calla lily designs if you aim for the elegant and sophisticated look. If you’re the hopeless romantic type, you may want to consider getting the serving set accented with red parchment roses.
Many cultures recognize the heart as a symbol of love so it’s not only appropriate to include this design when decorating or looking for things to use in your wedding, it is even expected. Your guests will surely love the idea of being served some cake with a heart-shaped silver-plated serving set. However, if you want an understated but whimsical feel, you can opt to get the serving sets with stacked heart handles, the one with intricately embroidered fabric with jeweled hearts or the set with the simple raised heart loop that is silver-plated.
Precious and semi-precious stones are great accents on your jewelry and gowns. They also add a nice touch to your serving set. These don’t have to be real (on your cake servers) but if you can afford it, there’s no law against using real ones. Keep in mind that you’re after the sparkle and the awe factor that your guests will feel when you serve them. Depending on the materials you already have in your bridal jewelry or dress, you can choose from serving sets with diamonds, Swarovski and other crystals. Nevertheless, if you don’t have any of these on your gown, it would still be nice to have bling-blings on the dining table especially when you want to make any meal a special affair.
If you want serving sets that will leave an impression on your guests, go for those with special details. There are cake servers with simple designs such as the Chocolate and Strawberry pair and the elegant silver-plated servers with bows and diamond shaped buckles. There are also servers with more fancy designs that include the Celtic trinity knot and autumn-inspired serving set with natural oak leaves.
At the unlikely possibility that none of these serving sets matches your wedding theme (or suits your taste), you can get the classic silver-plated serving set which is a traditional piece with stainless steel blades that is perfect for engraving. They are also great to use in other occasions and special holidays.
With all these serving set choices, you’re bound to find one that will be perfect for your wedding and for any type of gathering so there is absolutely no excuse for you not to serve your guests in style.
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The Tradition Of Personalized Napkins For Weddings Is Here To Stay – A Must Have!
All brides want to make their weddings extra special. Some modern brides do this by incorporating out of the box ideas to their wedding or by adding some twist to traditional wedding custom. Brides, who are a bit on the conservative side, want to have something special for their weddings too without having to modify any tradition.
One way to do that is to have personalized wedding napkins. This age-old tradition, which is truly here to stay (for a very long time), is a big must have for your wedding celebration. The table decoration is one of the most important facets of the wedding reception. Using personalized wedding napkins can give your wedding a signature look that would complement almost any type of theme.
It would be a great idea to access the different options on personalized napkins and even customization choices so you can have the napkins just the way you want them. The wonderful thing about these napkins is that they are not that expensive and yet they look elegant and classy. Moreover, even inexpensive napkins can be made with the highest quality standards. They also come in a wide variety of colors and designs that would make choosing a cinch.
You can infuse a bit of modernity into your traditional wedding by opting for personalized napkins that carry modern styles. Some examples include the Bride and Groom Monogram Printed Napkins, Stylized Bride and Groom Printed Napkins, and the Wedding Cake Printed Napkins.
If you want to keep things traditional, you would surely adore these personalized napkins that exude a classic style. Your best options include the Printed Napkins, Decorative Initial Printed Napkins, Traditional Monogram Printed Napkins, Butterfly Printed Napkins, and Cherry Blossom Printed Napkins.
Whimsical and Playful
Add a little whimsy to your traditional wedding by going for playful designs on personalized napkins that are sure to amuse your guests. “Cheers to a marry Life” Printed Napkins, Double Hearts Printed Napkins, “Forever” Printed Napkins, All You Need is Love Printed Napkins, It’s Showtime! Printed Napkins, Sweet Beginnings Printed Napkins, Mr. and Mrs. – stylized Printed Napkins, Love Birds Printed Napkins, Yes (to the ring) Printed Napkins, and the Kiss Printed Napkins can definitely be a wonderful addition to the table decoration.
Using personalized napkins that complement the theme of the event is always a nice touch. For an autumn wedding, you would love to use the Fall Leaf Printed Napkins. If you are having a wonderful beach wedding event, match this with “Of All the Fish in the Sea” Printed Napkins. For a winter theme, the Winter Finery Snowflake Printed Napkins are the perfect option.
Of course, you can always customize and personalize the table napkins with your own wordings and sentiments. Use the Custom Word Printed Napkins to make a statement. You can have love quotes printed on the napkins or use your own words such as, “I’m glad I married my best friend” or “Getting married is like hitting a jackpot, only better!”
Brides love personalized wedding napkins for a vast array of reasons. Surely, adding these elements to the wedding table decoration would surely impress and delight your guests.
Check out these great alternatives to a typical Wedding Guest Book:
Memory Box & Well Wishing Cards
Keepsake Mat and Frame
Signature Certificate with Frame
Recipe Cards & Divider Set
7 Secrets of Amazing Beach Wedding Decorations
What makes up a perfect beach wedding? Your ultimate dream day is transformed into a wonderful reality. Walking down on the sandy beach aisle barefoot in the midst of a romantic sunset, it is a wonderful décor in itself. But a wedding won’t be complete without the beautiful wedding decors. From the ideal wedding destination, wedding dress of the bride, wedding favors to the wedding decoration itself, it is a puzzle that should fit well together. So better make sure all is set well, otherwise, the sunny daydream might turn into a nightmare. Want to know how to make the amazing decorations for your beach wedding?
- Nature is beautiful scenery in itself.
The couple can maximize this wonderful scene by incorporating decorations that intensifies nature. Outdoor wedding usually requires little or minimal decorations. You can just add minimal touch ups. Remember, don’t fight with nature, instead blend with its natural beauty.
- Consider the theme of the wedding
As a puzzle piece has to match the entire puzzle, the wedding decorations should complement the color theme of the wedding. The materials should be of light material and flowing, so that they dance gracefully with the sea breeze. If you want to evoke a romantic mood, touches of gold, pink and peach can be used to amplify the emotion. Don’t use bold and bright colors if don’t want any fun twists to your decorations.
- Make use of natural elements as decors
Seashells, driftwoods and stones can be used as decors. These rustic nature items complement the tropical setting. As much as it is romantic to use big candles as centerpieces, it is not advisable as the ocean breeze might put them out. Always consider the strong winds. Sturdy materials and decorations should be used as they can stand the strong blow of the sea wind. Rocks can be added to the base of the flower arrangements so that they would not be blown away. Remember, beach weddings are certainly windier than the usual outdoor weddings. Wonderful beach wedding centerpieces can be made out of nature’s elements. Think of the sand, seashells and starfishes. You can put these natural trinkets in a glass bowl and add several pieces of simulated pearls to make up a marvelous centerpiece.
- Beach wedding at night
If you are getting married after sunset, torches very well provide a rustic yet romantic source of light. Even if the stars and the moon lend their iridescent light, an alternative light source is also needed. Torches can be placed along the perimeter of the aisle to highlight the entourage and the newlyweds. The torches can be adorned with tropical flowers. The buffet tables could be accented with light strands, prefer battery operated ones instead of those requiring outlets.
- Make use of tropical flowers
Using ordinary roses is a big no-no for beach weddings, as roses tend to impart a heavy feeling. Tropical summer flowers provide a light mood that is essential to a beach wedding. The couple can choose from a variety of tropical blossoms that suite their taste. For a more romantic touch, the aisle can be filled with petals of these lovely exotic flowers. Since several blossoms sends out a different message, the couple can choose blooms that best described their love affair, for that more personalized detail.
- Creative decors that mimic the sea life
You can make use of plastic seashells and starfishes to accent the occasion. Plastic starfishes are a wonderful addition to your beach wedding decorations. You can even hang the starfishes and seashells on the walls or lattice works. It would add a seemingly nautical flair to the event. The starfishes can even be place on the beach floors to provide a more romantic feeling. You can also use clean seashells as accents on your wedding cake. Have the ultimate beach fever at your reception by making use of boogie boards or surfboards as buffet table.
- Mind your weather
Have a tent ready for set up whenever the weather seems to go as unplanned. Even if you are getting married in the summer, light drizzle might still happen. You can still accentuate the tent with hanging starfishes and seashell and paper lanterns as additional sources of light.
Beach weddings are growing in popularity mainly because of the ecstatic feeling this affair lends to the newlyweds and its guests. You can be as creative as possible with all the wonderful decorations that you have your heart set up on.
WHY CANDLE DECORATIONS?
Why is it that candles are so popular for weddings? They are an inexpensive, easy way to create a ‘sense of occasion’. Candlelight adds sparkle to your reception table, reflecting off the crystal and silver. Whether you use pillar candles or tapers, it is an easy way to create a classy centerpiece.
Candle wedding favors are a popular choice not only as a wedding favor, but to enhance your theme by using them to decorate your reception tables. Candles can be used on your guest tables as well as on the head table and buffet tables. You can group them, as in this picture, or you can go with a single taper candle accented with flowers.
Floating candles are a great idea for beach weddings. You can create an easy centerpiece with a glass container filled with water and water pearls, with a floating candle or two on top. For those couples choosing a destination wedding, you don’t want to fill a suitcase with all kinds of decorations. Your destination hotel will have some kinds glass containers. Water pearls are tiny….you soak a package of them to create over a gallon of water pearls. They come in many colors to match your decor. Fill the container with water, and float a candle or two on top. One wedding I attended used the water pearls in martini glasses, and they created a lovely centerpiece by adding a few pillar candles.
One of the considerations you will have with a destination wedding is the amount of space in your suitcase. Most destination weddings are casual and informal, and the last thing you need is a suitcase full of decorations. Always check with your reception location to see what kinds of table centerpieces they have—and then you can augment that if you choose. We have a large selection of candle decorations and candle favors for you to choose from. Enjoy looking.
Why Are Beach Wedding Receptions Different
What makes beach wedding receptions so unique? First of all, there’s nothing like feeling the sand beneath your toes as you dig in to your food. Even if you don’t have a live band or a deejay, no entertainment is necessary as your guests can ooh and ahh over a spectacular sunset. Later, they can enjoy the sensation of a cool sea breeze against their skin. Read on to find out just what it is that sets beach wedding receptions apart.
Unlike a reception held at a posh hotel or restaurant, beach receptions are much more relaxed. Everyone is encouraged to take things slowly, to sit back and enjoy their meal and each other’s company. At a beach wedding reception, black tie is not necessary. In fact, it would even look out of place. This is why most guests to a beach wedding reception opt for a breezy sundress or a cool short-sleeved shirt over khakis. Ladies, if you’re going to a beach wedding reception, don’t forget to wear flats or wedges. Heels will soon sink in sand and you’ll look like a fool.
There’s no need for fancy swag when the ocean provides the best view that you could ever hope for. Whether you’re getting married in the morning, at noon or at night, your gusts will be sure to get a glimpse of the mighty ocean. If possible, why not end your wedding with a casual swim after you’ve all rested once the reception is done? If getting wet isn’t your style, you can also opt for a quick game of beach volleyball, or even build a couple of castles.
Access and Privacy
If you’re planning on honeymooning on a nearby island, you can end your wedding with a bang by getting into a boat after the reception. Many beaches are also fairly secluded, thus they’re perfect for intimate weddings. People who aren’t fond of crowds can find themselves a nice, quiet beach to hold their wedding and reception. This way, they can say their vows surrounded by family and a few close friends. Many beaches aren’t easily accessible, so they can offer a private space for couples who would rather not share their special day with a lot of other people.
Another bonus to holding a beach wedding reception is that you have the option of renting someone’s beach vacation house to serve as your home base for the wedding. Simply set up your folding chairs and tables on the beach in front of the property that you’ve rented. After the wedding, you’re all set for an intimate beach reception.
Yet another advantage of a beach wedding reception is the leeway that it allows your wedding menu. A lot of seafood is expensive, but if you have a beach wedding reception, you can negotiate with a local restaurant and caterer for a yummy seafood meal that won’t bust your budget. Best of all, it will be caught fresh and ready for your guests to savor. There’s nothing to perk up an appetite like the fresh air that will surround your guests as they eat. Be sure to take advantage of the seafood that’s in season and try to buy in bulk so that you can bargain on the price.
Many guests are excited to be invited to a beach wedding because it also doubles as a two-in-one vacation. Once the groom and bride go off on their honeymoon, it’s time for guests to plan their own getaway. Since you’re already there, you might as well make the most of it. Most brides and grooms will have negotiated a discount rate with the inn or hotel where their guests will be staying, so this is one perk that you’ll be able to take advantage of. You can combine your summer vacation with your friend’s beach wedding. Both of you will end up tanned and happy.
These are only a few of the reasons why beach wedding receptions are so unique. It’s just a few things to consider if you’re planning a wedding and you have yet to find a venue for your wedding and reception. Why not hold it on the beach?
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FORMAL WEDDING INVITATIONS
Wedding etiquette is most prominent when it comes to wedding invitations. There are very clear guidelines on type of paper, wording, spelling and punctuation. Formal or traditional wedding invitations follow very specific guidelines. They are as follows:
- Formal invitations are made of thick, quality paper in white, soft cream or ivory. An acceptable modern alternative is color paper for a formal wedding, but it is no longer traditional.
- The invitation is traditionally a double thick sheet of paper that is folded in half—the printing is on top and the inside is blank. It has engraved or raised printing. A modern formal alternative is a single sheet of thick quality paper that is not folded.
- The printing for a formal invitation is traditionally engraved or raised printing. A modern formal alternative is thermography which is a raised print created through fusing powder and ink to the paper.
- The typeface for a formal invitation is always shaded and antique roman faces. Simple typeface is in better taste than more flowery typefaces. Other than the invitation text, the only acceptable ‘decoration’ is a family crest or coat of arms of the bride’s father’s family. This may be used without color at the top center of the wedding invitation.
- Formal wedding invitations have two envelopes. The first envelope holds your invitation. The individuals who are invited to the wedding are written in calligraphy on the inner envelope. In particular, the names are written in a less formal style like Aunt Helen and Uncle Joe, or Bill and Barbara Smith, or if the children are invited ‘George and Samantha Jones, Susan, Sally and Robert.
- The RSVP card or any other add-on like maps is added to this envelope. Then this whole envelope is put into the outer envelope, which is addressed in the traditional fashion of Mr. and Mrs. George Jones. Always include your return address on the outer envelope, and of course, affix the correct amount of postage.
BEACH WEDDING LIGHTING
Many brides and grooms dream of a wedding ceremony on the beach as the sun sets over the ocean. Without electricity hookups on the ocean shore, candles are the usual choice to provide lighting–but candles can blow out in the wind. There are battery operated tea lights that can be used, but there is a solution to using inexpensive tea lights. That solution is Laser Expressions Die Cut Luminary Bags. Beautiful laser designs cut into a simple paper bags in a number of different colors let you line walkways and aisles leading your guests to their destination.
If you are holding a beach wedding, you may have information for your guests that you want to communicate. The Stationary Caddy is basically a sign that you can place on an entrance table or guest table. They can be used to list your liquor choices or inform your guests of their dinner menu or of events following the meal. Those couples who .
Paper slides are whimsical die cut designs that can be slipped over straws. Imagine your signature cocktail on a tray with paper slides over the straws. It is a great decorative feature that is sure to get comments from your guests.
Dress up your wedding reception tables with these funky bottle tags. Slipping over the neck of the wine or champagne bottles , they will add a bit of added interest to your decor.
Wedding Stationary Sets
Includes Tags, Note Cards, Table Sign, Table Number, Save The Date Card, Wedding Program, Drink Tickets, Water and Wine Bottle Labels, Stickers, Clings, and of course Invitations and RSVP cards
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Nothing brings a theme to life easier than using stationary sets. From the invitation, to directional signs, to ceremony programs, to reception table numbers and drink tickets, and finally the thank you notes, invitation sets give a continuity to your wedding activities in your chosen theme.
USES FOR THE DIE CUT CARDS
Die cut cards are the newest trend and works really with another new trend: Signature Cocktails. Many couples are reducing their liquor costs by eliminating the full bar and featuring one or more signature drinks, which can have alcohol or not. The Laser Expression cards can identify the name/contents of the drink for your guests.
Laser Expression cards also work as place card holders, table decorations, and table numbers. Be creative, and find your own uses for these whimsical and elegant cards.
WEDDING CEREMONY PROGRAMS
Ceremony programs are used during a wedding ceremony to show the sequence of events, and let your guests know the names of your attendants, the officiant, the musicians, etc. Sometimes they also explain a tradition or give information about some aspect of your ceremony.
The program sheets can be ordered to match your wedding stationary, but many churches supply them as part of the cost of renting the ceremony site. Some houses of worship have requirements as to the design of the program—wanting something that reflects the beliefs of the religious organization. Be sure to ask at your officiant if there are any requirements before you order your ceremony programs.
No matter what style of blank program you order, your house of worship will most likely have the means to print them for you. If not, once you have your ceremony program typed out, you just need to photocopy it onto the blank side of the program paper you are using.
The groomsmen or ushers at your wedding ceremony usually hand out ceremony programs, as the guests are being seated.
A Simple Shopping Guide for All Your Wedding Accessories
When it comes to weddings, small things do matter. Weddings always set the thrill for the bride-to-be. Let’s admit it, girls love shopping as well as planning. When it comes to their own weddings, they can’t help but try to handle things on their own.
Oftentimes, this results to either the ‘shop ‘til you drop’ syndrome or too much planning without any results, other than headache and confusion. Weddings do not only require gowns and suits for the bride and groom. Things such as finding invitations, keepsakes or favors, and flowers are also very important.
Wedding coordinators usually plan everything to the minutest detail. That does not mean both you and your partner will not be giving attention to any of the details. It is still part of your preparations to make sure that the groom has to be, well, groomed, and that the bride is the apple of everyone’s eye.
Giving proper attention to small details like accessories can contribute to creating the perfect look on your wedding. The key to choose the best wedding accessories is comfort added with financial prudence. Here are some suggestions on how to shop your wedding accessories to create a fabulous wedding:
- Jewelry – We know that the bride needs to flair her beauty during her wedding day but you have to remember that accessories are just frills. They do not need to be big and extravagant. Jewelry is designed to accentuate, not to exaggerate the bride’s look. Some of the choices to include are necklaces, bracelets, earrings, arm band, tiara, and wedding rings.
- Shoes – Some weddings could take all day. There are guests who are reluctant to leave and friends who are eager to bond. Make sure to shop for comfortable shoes that you can wear all day. Stilettos are sexy and may be easily paired with any regular day clothes but pumps and platforms are in season and more comfortable so you may want to consider using these instead of stilettos.
- Groom’s accessories – For the groom, dark colored coats, simple tie or bow are best options. Avoid printed bows or ties. Paired with black leather shoes, these accessories would make the groom handsome than ever.
- Other items for the wedding – Choice of favors or keepsakes depends on the budget. Personalized items are the frequent choices but are time-consuming and a hassle if you don’t have crafty hands. Find something in season or useful. You can use the four seasons as a theme and then pair it with your wedding motif. Guests love it if keepsakes are useful aside from seeping dust in the top drawers.
Weddings happen in your dreams like fairytales. In real life, fairy tales still take hard work but it is always worth it when you are in-line with proper strategies and good decisions.
A Gift That Keeps On Giving
If you are already married, you know all about that one cupboard in the kitchen or shelf in the pantry that holds the wedding fossils. Far from being unusual wedding gifts, I am talking about the wasteland of toasters, kettles, dishes and candlesticks that you received as wedding gifts in multiples and never, ever use.
You don’t have the heart to get rid of them and it may be too soon to re-gift them, so there they sit collecting dust and taking up space. So, then why would you inflict the same fate on a new couple and purchase them a useless, unimaginative gift that they will never use?
Unusual wedding gifts, that are bought and given with imagination and excitement, are available everywhere. You just need to know a little bit about the couple you are buying for and be brave enough to step outside the norm and choose a gift that has a little oomph! Perhaps a gift that keeps on giving for a full year will do the trick!
Gift of the month clubs are cropping up all across North America and come in all forms and functions. You can pay for a few months or a whole year and once you set up it and pay, it is done and effortless. Whatever you choose will be shipped to the newlywed couple’s home every month for as long as you purchased the gift.
It is generally customary to do a full year, 12 months, and if you choose something smaller, like chocolates, it can be as little as $200 for the whole year including delivery. If a gift of the month club sounds like something you would like to give as the perfect unusual wedding gift, here are a few ideas:
Wine of the month club – wrap up the gift certificate for the service around a bottle of wine or a set of nice wine glasses from the couple’s gift registry list. Or personalize a wine gift set with their names on the wood box, and tuck the gift club notification inside it.
Cigar of the Month – if the couple has a sense of humor, and enjoys cigars, put the gift notification inside a silver plated brass cigar tube and have the tube engraved with their names and wedding date on it. An unusual gift that also has keepsake value.
Fruit of the Month – For health nuts, fresh fruit every month is an awesome idea. Perhaps to wrap the gift, purchase a set of heart shaped fruit serving plates, arrange them in a picnic basket and include the gift notification inside the basket.
Monthly Chocolate – Yummy! Not only unusual, but this gift will be appreciated every single month it arrives. There are a million ways you could wrap up this monthly gift notification on the wedding day. Perhaps include the card inside a heart shaped fondue set or purchase a box of chocolates at the store, but empty it out and include only the gift notifications.
Candle of the Month – This would certainly be classified as unusual wedding gifts, and for the candle lover, a wonderful present. Each month, the couple would receive a new gift set of wonderful, high quality candles. In the first year of marriage, candles are big on the list of things to have in and around the bedroom and bathtub area!
To wrap this gift, include your notification in a nicely arranged gift box. Include things like scented votive candles, love set glass candle holders, a few romantic wedding luminaries, silk rose petals and some heart shaped wedding confetti. Could a wedding gift be more unusual, unexpected or perfectly romantic?
These are just a few of the monthly clubs available for gift giving. If you want to tread out to the outer fringe with unusual wedding gifts, there are also barbeque sauce club, tie of the month, cheesecake of the month, movie of the month, cheese of the month and salsa of the month. Just look around on the internet and search for the keywords “gift of the month” and you will find all kinds of wonderful and unusual wedding gift ideas.
If you can only afford a few months, that is perfectly fine – most clubs do require a minimum of 3 months. However, if you can manage it financially, a full year that keeps right on giving until the couple’s first wedding anniversary is really a wonderful gesture.
Just a tip but to make the gift extra special, have it delivered starting one month after their wedding, so that the delivery lands on their doorstop on the monthly anniversary of their wedding day – newlyweds tend to count anniversaries in months… at least for the first year of wedded bliss!