Instead of a typical bridal shower, make yours magical. You don't have to wait until the wedding to make the bride-to-be feel like a princess. Send out invitations full of glitter and a magical castle bookmark. Have faux pearl necklaces and a tiara for each guest as they arrive, so everyone can get in the fairy tale mood.
Order a cake that is decorated as a castle or a glass slipper. You could do cupcakes decorated like carriages and pumpkins to put around the cake. Have a platter of fruit and finger sandwiches cut into flower shapes. Have pitchers of princess cocktails - Midori, raspberry liquor, vodka, topped with sour mix. Of course, have a non-alcoholic option available. Try a lemonade with pureed melon and raspberries to keep with the theme.
Have star shaped cards that you attach to sticks to make wands. They look especially great if you wind beautiful ribbons around them. Each guest can write advice or congratulations on them as a parting wish to the bride. Decorate a flower vase and have the guest put them in to create a bouquet of warm wishes.
Set up tables with white table clothes with see through silver fabric over it. Sprinkle the table with flower petals and use Cinderella style place card holders. Have candle holders shaped like Cinderella's carriage or fairy godmothers.
A glass slipper prize for a bridal shower game of charades is a must. Place pieces of paper in a fishbowl for teams to pick from. Make sure to add in a few ideas that will make everyone laugh. You don't want to let the games get too serious.
You can video the party to give to the bride after the wedding. It will be a memory she'll always treasure.
You have booked your venue, bought your dress, picked your favors. Have you registered? Wedding registries today have gone beyond china and bed linens. See what is new in the world of wedding registries.I searched online for unusual wedding registries this is what I found:
Having some conflict while trying to decide on a guestlist for your wedding?
Here are some tips on how to keep the peace and still have the crowd you want.
Congratulations! You're about to embark on two amazing adventures - the first, of course, life as a wedded couple and the second being the exciting, yet often overwhelming process of planning a wedding. A wedding will probably be the biggest and most involved party or ritual either of you have ever put together.
Before you get overwhelmed, take a deep breath, then do these ten things.
It's the problem that plagues every bride: How do I keep my lipstick in place? In just a few careful steps(and without any long-wearing lip stains), your color can stay put through the ceremony, the reception, and even the after-party for two.
What you'll need:
I have noticed a trend recently in wedding photographer's web pages of trying to clear up the confusion over the various styles of wedding photography. New names have emerged for these styles: Documentary, Illustrative, Fine Art, Classic, Contemporary, the now familiar Photojournalism and of course Traditional. Also we now hear photographers talking at length about how they only shoot weddings using "available light" and promise you that they won't use flash
You see the maid of honor standing next to the bride in all those wedding pictures. She can be seen holding the bride's bouquet and walking confidently down the aisle (usually arm in arm with the best man). But what else does the maid of honor do? Is she just an elevated bridesmaid or does she have more responsibilities? Here's what you need to know about this lovely bridal lady.
What are her primary responsibilities?
Did you know that your jewelry can be eco-friendly. According to nodirtyGold.org the production of one gold ring produces 20 tons of mine waste. That can't be very good. The waste can contaminate drinking water, destroy traditional livelihoods, and displaces indigenous communities.
Diamond jewelry can come from conflict plagued areas, where war and smuggling surround the diamond trade.
Communication, communication, communication! It is the key.
It is so difficult to get what is in your head and put it into words, so take pictures! Bring magazine clippings and try to figure out exactly what you want on your day.
Things have changed a lot since your parents got hitched! Check out the new and improved ways modern couples are creating unique, thoroughly personal events.
Ready to start planning your dream day? Your first step: Toss out those notions you may have about how things "should" be done—you know, the traditional rules handed down from generations past that require you to invite all of your parents' friends and serve a fancy sit-down dinner in a hotel ballroom or at a banquet hall. While it's true that a wedding with those elements will never go out of style, it's okay to change the rules a little, or even a lot, to suit your style as a twenty-first-century couple. Check out the new set of guidelines brides and grooms are following today.