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Unique Wedding Shower Ideas

Unique Wedding Shower Ideas

The fondest memories of many people’s wedding planning process are the fun parties, showers, and celebrations with friends and family. From bridal or wedding showers to day after the wedding brunches these events have so many theme or decorative options. One of the first engaged celebrations you’ll have is your wedding shower. Here are some unique bridal or wedding shower ideas you probably haven’t seen yet.

1. Have the guests bring a photo of them with the bride/groom when they were young and now to create a meaningful keepsake photo album.

Weddings are sentimental for the friends and family of the soon-to-be married couple. That sentimental feeling comes from your friends’ and families’ happiness and pride for you. Celebrate the love your friends and family have for you. It is something special you will always have to look back on as you start your married lives together.

2. Menu Trivia

Everyone has played couple trivia games, but have you played couples’ favorite food trivia games? Nope? Now’s your chance. Have the engaged couple’s favorite foods at the shower and have everyone guess whose favorite food is whose. This is a fun way to eat yummy food and learn fun facts about the couple the other side of the family may not know.

3. Wedding Shower Playlist

Ask the couple for each year they were dating to give you ‘their’ songs. Create a shower playlist of songs from when the couple first started dating until now. You may need to add to it a bit, but ‘their’ songs will give you a guide.  Music brings back so many memories. What better way to celebrate a couple’s relationship journey than to go through a timeline of their favorite music together? Keep the playlist to give to the couple later to keep.

4. Have each guest to the shower bring a bead they feel best represents the couple to create a meaningful piece of jewelry or decoration.

Having unique keepsakes to remember these special celebrations will be treasured long after the wedding is over. Think friendship bracelets from middle school, but better and more meaningful. Have each guest put their bead into a sealed envelope with a short note on why they chose their bead. Later have the couple open each one so they can read how much they mean to each of their guests. Later, string together the beads for the couple so they can hang it in their home, or wear it as a reminder of their friends’ and families’ love and support for them.

There are so many posts about ideas for bridal or wedding showers. We hope these ideas give you some unique, new inspiration. There are many ways to tailor a couple’s bridal or wedding shower to their interests. Use what is meaningful to them and blend them with this inspiration and your unique ideas. Happy Planning!

Bridal Shower Princess

For every bride there’s a bridal shower! Why not have a bridal shower princess? The bride is the center of attention anyway and as any princess is, she deserves a beautiful and magical shower to celebrate her wedding.

The easiest princess theme that comes to mind is, of course, Disney! There are a plethora of princesses to choose from. Is the bride more Ariel, Belle, Aurora, Mulan or a mix of all of them? You can mix and match any Disney themes in your bridal shower. What could be more perfect than “happily ever after” for all these fairy tale princesses? You can choose one princess to focus on or why not include them all?

Something to think about that might cut down on budget is: does your bride have a favorite princess? If so, you can tailor the shower to that princess. Otherwise, you can just do a general Disney theme. From the cupcakes, to plastic (looking like glass) horse and carriages, to glass slippers as name card holders. The creativity is endless for a bridal shower princess theme!

And, of course, what shower would be complete without games? These can remain Disney themed or you can go with regular ones. A fun game is having people find the hidden mickeys, or having guests guess which sidekick belongs to each princess. If you know your guests, or certain guests, would love to dress up as Disney princesses that could be a fun addition. The bride herself may even want to participate and dress up as her favorite princess. Hershey kisses can be used as “happily ever after kisses” and with a bridal shower princess theme you can use bold, bright colors! Have fun and use your imagination with this one because it’s perfectly acceptable!

Vendor Spotlight Boutique Bites Fine Catering

Boutique Bites is a Chicago-based luxury catering firm that serves up food that is equally as delicious as it is beautiful. Started in 2008 by owner Elaina Vasquez, the concept is food that looks almost too good to eat and when you check out their site, you’ll know exactly what we mean.  Elaina’s blog boasts intricately designed dishes that are inspired by her love of fashion (we particularly were intrigued by a purple chip with a scoop of caviar that mimicked a similarly decadent runway look!)  And the theme can be seen throughout much of her other creations- mini burgers in Louis Vuitton-inspired print boxes, and bites that are so rich in color they themselves could be featured in Vogue Magazine.

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Vendor Spotlight Boutique Bites Fine Catering

Some of our favorite sample items that had us drooling? How about Lobster Mac n’cheese in mason jars? Mini pot pies, tapas stations, and luscious caprese bites are just a few of the signature items that you can customize for your specific event. Boutique Bites can service large weddings and galas to intimate dinner parties and bridal showers. And not only are they spot-on when it comes to of-the-moment cuisine, but their affair with tablescapes and food styling put the entire look of their process ahead of the rest.  We aren’t just talking one-note catering here. This place has shown their styling chops with themes ranging from high-end luxe, to rustic and natural and even creates the most beautiful artisanal cheese display we have ever seen! Vendor Spotlight Boutique Bites Fine Catering.

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Vendor Spotlight Boutique Bites Fine Catering

We’ve all heard of farm to table. This is more like runway to plate: elegant and gorgeous, but with tastes to match.  We all know the seemingly difficult decision of choosing a caterer and using a venue that requires off-site vendors.  With so many choices in a city known for its high standards in culinary excellence, Boutique Bites put us over the top with its wide range of options and regardless of scale, their impeccable attention to detail and presentation. Rarely does a vendor come along that you know your guests will ultimately be raving about for years to come- this is one of them! And while we are dying over the creations on their sample menus, we can’t wait to see what custom tastes they can create for new clients! Needless to say, we are bookmarking their blog as we speak!

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Vendor Spotlight Boutique Bites Fine Catering

Grammy Fashion Round Up

Brides are notorious for looking to the runways and red carpets for wedding inspiration. Whether it’s hair and makeup looks, or new trends in formal wear, the celebs never seem to disappoint and offer plenty of ideas for real wedding looks. This week’s Grammy Award ceremony was definitely a big night for fashion and while the music industry folks tend to take more risks in their clothing than the typical award show goers, there were a few looks we just know we will be seeing brides interpret for their big day.  And the women weren’t alone… the men were some of our favorites! So if you or our groom are looking to really bring it with your ensembles for your wedding, look no further. We are bringing you the best of the Grammys right now!

Grammy fashion

While there a few ones NOT to follow, we just loved some of our favorite songstresses and their choices for Sunday’s show. The regulars like country glamazons Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill stunned in black (the color of the season) while the delightful Nicole Kidman chose a sweet, gold Vera Wang number for a night with husband Keith Urban proving yet again that a HUGE trend for all formal wear is metallic!  But who can fail to mention, America’s sweetheart, fresh off of her Super bowl smash performance, Beyonce, wearing a refreshingly simple black and white (hello colorblocking!) jumpsuit by British designer Osman.  What a perfect look for a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.  Teaming up a perfectly masculine look for a shower or dinner is a great balance to strike with your ultra feminine Bridal look. We love the idea and are adding “ look for jumpsuits” to our Spring to- do list.

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Of the risk takers, we found a few to be our faves. Rihanna looked stunning in a custom red Alaia gown. Although the sheer paneling might be a bit much for a wedding look, the shape and of course the RED is going to be another trend we see over and over come this wedding season. And it wouldn’t be a true fashion round up without the queen of the Grammys carpet, Ms. Jennifer Lopez in a leg baring one shoulder gown by Zuhair Murad.  This look could be super modern and sexy in white , perhaps with a more conservative slit. Paired with her dewey perfection of a face, the look was a huge hit!

Rihanna gown

And then there were the boys. And really when it comes to the man of the night, I don’t think there is any question that Justin Timberlake stole the show. First he brought sexy back, and now he’s bringing back classic, gentlemen’s dressing by rocking black and white loafers, pocket squares and who else but a Tom Ford classic black tuxedo – definitely a 2013 fashion trend. Also mimicking this look was his pal (and stage-mate) Jay-Z with both donning the timeless look and a nod to Old Hollywood with traditional cummerbunds. Could this be a return to the rat pack era? We sure hope so because JT has never looked (or sounded) better. And we must say, as a wedding blog, when it comes to Mr. Timberlake, marriage has never looked better!

Timberlake Tux

 

 

Groom Trends for 2013

Huff Post Weddings is a fabulous resource for nuptial news brought to you by The Huffington Post, one of our favorite sources for news of all kinds.  So this past week, when they sited new groom trends for 2013, we sat up and listened- as anything to do with grooms always seems to catch our attention. Let’s face it, even though you are one half of the main event, you aren’t exactly considered the star of the show, so for the groom, we are totally following this new trend of having your own influence infused with the theme of the day. As far as the Huff Post is concerned, here are some of their favorite new ways for the guys to show off their style, along with some of our own ways to make it your own.

Bourbon Bars: We know all about the signature cocktail, and while that still reigns supreme, we are loving the new take on theme bars. For the scotch or whiskey loving guy (or gal) these stations are perfect for educating guests and allowing them to sip something they may never have tried before. Holding a mini tasting of your own before the wedding is a great way to share your favorites with your guests when the big day arrives. It’ also very interactive, and a great way to take a chic dance break and strike up a conversation with someone new over a select glass of premium hard liquor.  This idea is perfect for just about any event from a black tie country club wedding to a backyard southern BBQ rehearsal dinner.

bourbon bar

A Bryan Photo

Co-ed Bachelor Parties: Okay, so before you guys all start to freak out and kiss your freedom goodbye, combining your “last night of freedom” with your soon to be new wife, is pretty genius especially when mutual couple friends are involved. These days, going to a wedding is a real commitment of time and money. From the sick days you forfeit to gifts for bridal showers and engagements, by the time the bachelor party rolls around, things can get pretty dicey in the money department. We like the idea of being able to bring your wife of significant other with and making a mini vacation out of the trip. There’s plenty of time for you to go your separate ways (spa days for the girls and casino trips for the boys.) Meeting up with the ladies for fancy dinners and days by the pool sounds like a great balance especially for the couples who are well out of their twenties and jut want to have a great time minus some of the debauchery.

Singing the blues away

Socks!: It wasn’t too long ago that the famous younger brother of the Kardashian girls, Rob, decided to design his own line of socks for the discerning gentleman with a flair for fashion. His reasoning was that guys have way less options for switching up their outfits and when it comes to statement making accessories for the big day- sock are a perfect option. Grooms are opting for stripes in every color and bold prints that make a real statement. We love this look with gray suits or less formal looks. They add a personal touch and some whimsy too!

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Shopbop.com Wedding Boutique

Shopbop , for those of you just being introduced to the upper echelons of online shopping is a leading online retailer that focuses on fashion forward contemporary finds. Perfectly curated by their team of stylists, editors and buyers, the site has everything from well known labels to up and comers who are hitting the fashion scene hard. With the target demographic is somewhere is the 21-35 range ( although their reach goes from beyond that age group) it seems only fitting that their latest venture is dressing the bride from head to toe for her big day and beyond.

Since online shopping has become so prevalent for the busy working girl, Shopbop, has found a huge and loyal following of customers who love their speedy shipping, great return policy and close enough to real life descriptions that you almost always keep your purchases.  Their team of expert fashionistas take sizing charts and quality control to a whole new level that keeps those obsessed with their picks coming back season after season.

Badgley Mischka Bridal

So it wasn’t long until this genius e-commerce house got smart to the shopping habits of brides-to-be. Especially those brides looking for variety in a sea of the same dresses and accessories stocked at bridal salons.  While some stores have exclusives with designers who like to keep their gowns in one select store per market, Shopbop offers many of these same designers under the same roof.  Names like Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Temperley London, J. Mendel, and Zac Posen, just to name a few, can be seen side by side for comparison in what can only be viewed as the best of the best going head to head for your vote.  The amazing part is that all of the sizes are ready to wear and as for the return policy? It’s the same! And better yet? The dress arrives at your door perfectly wrapped in some of the finest packaging around. Now if that isn’t high-end bridal service, we don’t know what is!

Zac Posen

Besides a plethora of gowns for the very glamour, modern, or classic bride, they also offer a huge selection of amazing statement jewelry, handbags, hair accessories and shoes.  You can even outfit your entire wedding party in one of their just as fashionable bridesmaid ensembles. If that weren’t one-stop shopping enough for you, then consider all of the events from showers, engagement parties, and the rehearsal dinner that you simply must find the perfect dress for. Shopbop has that covered too. Alongside their gorgeous display of shorter white dresses, you can peruse the entire site for the perfect outfit for any event.

So jump on over to Shopbop.com and start pulling your looks for the big day. Be sure to sign up for special offers like their annual holiday sales where the more you spend, the more you get! And happy Shopping!

How to Use Your Engagement Photos

Nowadays, many couples are getting engagement photos. What exactly should you do with all those great shoots you paid for? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Save the Dates

If you are sending save the dates, you can use the photos to personalize this classic wedding stationary. One of the most popular options is a magnet featuring a great photo and the wedding date. Magnets are awesome because people are less likely to lose them.

Timothy Whaley & Associates – Photographic Artists

Alternative Guestbook

Instead of a traditional guestbook, you can frame an engagement photo and have guests sign the border. Instead of storing a guestbook in the attic or basement, you can display the signatures on a wall in your home. You could choose your favorite picture to frame or create a collage of photos.

Wedding Website

The internet has changed the face of wedding planning. Now, you create a wedding website to share with friends and family. Engagement photos are great way to showcase your personalities and love for each other on the site.

Table Numbers

While taking your engagement photos, include props that feature numbers. You can then frame the photos to use as table numbers.

Gifts

Parents, and other relatives or close friends, love pictures. Most people give a wedding photo as a gift, but you could also frame and wrap one of those gorgeous engagement photos.

Decorate

Modern couples love to personalize their wedding events. Use the engagement photos to decorate the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony site, or reception venue.

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DIY Photo Backdrop

Setting up a mini photo shoot for your wedding guests is a great way to keep friends entertained, capture hilarious moments, and create a fun wedding memento. Many wedding photographers have begun offering photo stations as part of their packages, but in the event that they don’t or it’s simply too expensive, here are a few tips for creating your own photo op at your wedding, engagement party, or bridal shower.

First things first, you’ll need some sort of backdrop. If your wedding or shower happens to be at a fab location with interestingly textured walls or breathtaking scenery, simply rope off a section that can be designated for mini photo shoots. If not, all you need is a photo backdrop (rentable from most camera or party stores) or some funky fabric that can be draped in front of the wall.

Once you’ve got your backdrop in place, you’ll want to provide your guests with plenty of props. These can be as classy or goofy as you want. The key is to offer an abundance of choices so that each photo is unique instead of looking like carbon copies. Some elegant ideas include empty frames, mini chalkboards, masquerade masks, or homemade signs. Couples hoping for hilarity can stock prop boxes with fake mustaches, silly hats, feather boas, oversized glasses, superhero costumes, and fill-in-the-blank thought bubbles made with dry-erase material or chalkboards.

Next, you’ll need a photographer or camera in place to capture the sweet and comical moments of the night. If you’ve got a photographically-gifted friend, ask them to set up shop, or position the camera with a tripod and allow guests to snap their own pics. To ensure quality snapshots, ask your photographer about the cost for hiring an assistant or intern to man the booth all night. If your event will be lasting well into the evening, make sure the photo station has ample lighting.

Create a lasting memento by having the best photos printed and put into an album, or order a printed photo book online with all of the shots. Let guests take home their favorite prints as well by setting up a photo printer at the event, or displaying proofs on an online gallery.

Bridal Shower Do’s and Don’ts

One of the most enjoyable and carefree responsibilities for any bride-to-be is attending the numerous bridal showers thrown in your honor. Be a delight to your friends and family by following these simple tips for bridal shower behavior…

Bridal Shower DO’s: As a bride, here are a few of your responsibilities as it pertains to the wedding shower.

DO register for gifts ahead of time to give guests the opportunity to prepare you for your new home with a registry that reflects your needs and desires.

DO register for gifts of all values to give ideas to guests of any budget.

DO provide the guest list for the bridal shower to the hostesses. Remember that all shower guests should also be invited to the wedding.

DO show up to the shower early to greet guests as they arrive.

DO give your opinion when it’s asked for, helping the hostesses with dilemmas about food, drinks, or overall theme.

DO provide information to the shower hostesses about the special needs, dietary restrictions, or allergies of guests.

DO open presents, in front of your guests, so they can see your excitement and gratitude.

DO purchase a hostess gift for the women throwing your shower to express your appreciation.

DO send thank you cards to guests and hostesses within a few days/weeks of the shower.

Bridal Shower DON’Ts: Avoid these breaches of etiquette or bad habits to ensure an enjoyable and fun day for everyone.

DON’T be bossy or demanding when it comes to your shower and dictate how the event should be organized.

DON’T invite anyone to the shower who isn’t also invited to the wedding.

DON’T add on extra guests at the last minute, especially if your hostesses are planning a sit-down meal or an event that is contingent upon the number of guests.

DON’T show up too early and interrupt the last-minute shower preparations.

DON’T show up late and leave your hostesses in an awkward position to welcome guests they may not know.

DON’T try to get out of opening your gifts in front of guests, regardless of how shy you may feel.

DON’T forget to say thanks to all of your guests and your generous hostesses for the thoughtful gesture!

Wedding Thank You Cards

Writing thank you cards after your bridal showers and wedding can be a daunting task, but it’s an absolute must. It can be easy to overlook this responsibility and fall behind, but it’s incredibly important that you make it a priority. Here’s a brief lesson on the ins and outs of thank you card writing:

WHO: A handwritten thank you card should be sent to every person who gives you a gift (yes, that includes gift cards and monetary gifts), whether at your engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding reception. Gift givers should receive separate cards for each present they bestow, so if someone gives you a blender at your shower and a toaster at your reception, they need to receive two separate cards in the mail, expressing your appreciation for each. Thank you cards should also be written to anyone who helps out with the wedding prep, including shower hostesses, wedding vendors, bridal attendants, wedding hosts (usually parents or grandparents), and anyone who houses/transports wedding guests. Basically, a card belongs to anyone who gives of his/her time or resources to bless you and make your wedding a success.

WHAT: A personalized, handwritten card on formal stationery should be sent as a thank you. As tempting as it may be to purchase cheap, mismatched cards at a discount store, you should really try to find cards that match, or complement, your wedding invitations. Monogrammed cards or stationery is ok but should only be used after the wedding day. Each card should be written in black or blue ink and sent via mail. That means no typed cards, fill-in-the-blank notes, emails, phone calls, or generic “thanks for the gift” cards will suffice. If someone made the effort to purchase you a gift, you should sincerely and personally recognize the gesture.

WHEN: Any gift that was received prior to the wedding—say, at a bridal shower or engagement party—should be acknowledged with a thank you note within two weeks of receipt. Gifts that have been shipped should be recognized as soon as possible. In this case, it’s ok to place an initial phone call followed by a written note. Sending out cards so quickly can seem overwhelming, especially with all the ongoing wedding preparations, but you’ll be grateful later not to fall behind on this task.  For gifts that are received at the wedding, etiquette permits you three months to send out a thank you, but the sooner you put them in the mail, the better.

WHERE: Thank you cards should be sent via mail to each giver’s home. Sending a note over email or posting a generic message on a blog or social networking site is an unacceptable way to express your gratitude.

WHY: The obvious answer is that you want to say thanks. Sending out a personal, handwritten note is imperative to recognizing the generosity of each gift giver in helping you and your spouse start a new life together.

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