Where Brides (& Everyone Else) Go ...For What DADS Love! - Father's Day Gift Ideas

Now that Mother's Day has come and gone this year, it's time to start thinking about what you'll get Dad for Father's Day. That can be a tough one, because dads always seem to have everything already. Well, this year you can find the best Father's Day gift ideas at the same place you go to find everything you need to plan a beautiful wedding. WhereBridesGo.com is not only where to go for what brides love, but for what dads love too! 



If your father doesn't really seem to need anything, get him something fun that he might not buy for himself. Think about his favorite things, the hobbies he has, the activities he enjoys the most, and then start looking for cool items in those fields of interest. 



The Sports Fan
For the man that enjoys sports, there are lots of great gift ideas. Men that play golf probably own a set of clubs they love, but you can pick up a few other accessories. New balls, golf towels, or a personalized shoe bag to keep his gear together. We carry an awesome metal ammunition box for hunting enthusiasts that can be personalized with Dad's name and the hunting club emblem or American icon of your choice. For anyone that loves to fish in the great outdoors, we've got comfortable seats in a variety of color choices that double as a handy cooler to keep cold drinks within arms' reach on a hot, summer day.  



If Dad is more of a spectator when it comes to sports, be it professional teams of watching the kids or grandkids on the field, maybe he'd like some cool tailgating gear. The All-In-One Tailgate Cooler Chair from WhereBridesGo.com offers a comfy place to sit plus a place to keep beverages cold. If your father is more of a hot coffee drinker, a monogrammed, insulated mug just might be the perfect gift for him. 

King of the BBQ
Lots of dads love to grill. At home, he's probably got a setup he already loves, but what about when he's tailgating or out at a park or at the beach with the family? The Personalized Cooler with a Portable Grill pictured below is perfect for the grill-master on the go, and the case doubles as a handy insulated cooler.  



The Collector
Your dad needs a place to keep all of the cool stuff that he has, so maybe you should consider getting him a unique storage solution for his favorite things. A king of the BBQ should not only have his own specialized equipment, but also an incredible, personalized case to keep it in when he's not cooking. If your dad has a nice collection of watches, you could buy him a fancy case to store them all in. For the cigar loving men out there, a gorgeous Monogrammed Capri Glass Top Mahogany Humidor is just the thing to put a smile on his face.   


  
The Traveler
If your dad is on the road a lot, or you want to encourage him to make a trip to visit you more often, a few travel items could be an excellent Father's Day gift idea. A Canvas and Leather Messenger Bag is the perfect carry-on, and it also makes a wonderful laptop bag. A dopp kit or toiletry bag will hold all of his travel necessities in one spot. 

If you want to go with a classic gift, wallets are great. Our Zippo stainless and rubber wallet offers both style and protection. This unique gift is virtually indestructible, and it provides credit card theft protection by deflecting signals sent from a Radio Frequency ID chip. It's also extremely lightweight and comfortable to carry. If you're looking for something different than the usual present, this is it.    



Find more great ideas...
...when you head on over to WhereBridesGo.com. Right now is the perfect time to start looking for the best Father's Day gifts online so that you can make a decision, choose a personalization, and get it ordered to show up in time for Father's Day. If Dad lives in another town, you can even have it shipped directly to him! Your dad deserves an amazing gift, and we carry only the best when it comes to special items for that important man in your life. 




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Creative Ideas For A Wedding By The Water

Once the weather stays warm, that's the perfect time for planning a wedding by the water! The natural beauty surrounding bodies of water, whether pond, river, lake, or ocean, adds a wonderful feeling to the look of your wedding. We've come up with a few fun ideas for any bride and groom planning a nautical wedding by a lake or a sandy beach celebration, along with some adorable wedding decor you can find at WhereBridesGo.com


A Wedding in the Sand
Beach weddings aren't complete without a few lovely seashells scattered around. There are numerous ways to incorporate these natural decorations. As guests enter, you can ask them to each sign a shell for your alternative guest book, and these can be displayed in a beautiful vase or jar in your new home together. 


Flowers can wilt quickly if your outdoor wedding on the beach takes place on an extremely hot day. Carrying a seashell bouquet solves that problem and ties in with the theme wonderfully. There are lots of different types of unity ceremonies, but a sand ceremony in the sand sounds like the perfect choice for a beach wedding.

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When it comes to reception decor, you can pull more oceanic items into it in addition to seashells. Starfish add a glamorous touch, and sand dollars look great next to those. You may even want to incorporate some sort of fish or mermaid in there somewhere too. Candles on the tables will sparkle brilliantly as the sun sets over the water, and a few floating candles even allow you to bring the water element to the tables.     



A Nautical Wedding
While the color scheme for a beach wedding generally leans toward browns and tans like the sand and pastels that you might see in a gorgeous sunset, weddings near a lake seem to often go with a more bold color pattern. Nautical themed weddings usually use a lot of navy blues, yellows, reds, bright whites, and many times a thick, striped pattern often associated with this type of theme.


The word "nautical" relates to sailors, ships, and navigation. Key elements that you can incorporate are anchors, life preservers, sailboats, and ropes like the type used to tie a boat to the dock. "Tying the knot" is a much-used term for marriage, and there is actually a unity ceremony in which the bride and groom tie two pieces of rope together into a fisherman's knot, which is the strongest knot there is. The bond will not break, and the more pressure applied to it, the stronger it gets. 


Lighthouses can be great items to pull into the decorations in some way. Lanterns on every table are the perfect element to give the entire reception area a warm, romantic glow. 

A fun guest book alternative for a nautical wedding would be to have everyone sign a life preserver to be hung at your lake house, or maybe a big paddle that could also be displayed on the wall of your new home. You could even have your guests write sweet notes and place them in a huge jar for a "message in a bottle" idea. 


There are lots of other incredible things that you can do to tie a waterfront theme into your wedding decor, but the few we have included above should get your creative juices flowing. You can find everything pictured above, along with many more wonderful items, in our online wedding accessory store. No matter what your theme is or when you are getting married, WhereBridesGo.com is where brides go... for what brides love!   



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5 Special Ways To Show Mom Some Love At Your Wedding

Mother's Day is this month, which brings the special love that only a mother can show to the top of our minds. The bride and groom are the centers of attention at a wedding, but there are many ways that you can let Mom, and everyone else, know just how very special she is to you. Buying sentimental gifts for the mother of the bride is one way, and there are also other things that will make her feel especially loved and appreciated. WhereBridesGo.com has listed 5 of them here for you.



Include Mom
Some brides don't mind letting Mom plan every detail of the wedding along with them, while others prefer that she stay out of it. If you happen to be the latter, try to find at least one place where you can ask for your mother's input. She will feel included, but you aren't giving her free reign to make all of the decisions. 

Finding your wedding dress is a great place to ask for Mom's advice. It can be a very special time for the two of you. Another gesture that will include her is to invite her to a spa day or luncheon before the wedding with you and your bridesmaids. Feeling like she is a part of the wedding means a lot to most mothers, and it doesn't have to take a lot of effort to make that happen. Small gestures can go as far as big ones.

Incorporate Her Gown
Wearing your mother's wedding dress is a nice way to pay homage to her, but that isn't always possible. If you prefer to buy a bridal gown of your own, you may be able to incorporate a part of Mom's wedding day look into yours. Wear the veil or jewelry from her special day for example, or have a handkerchief made from a swatch of her gown. Even if it's not completely visible to everyone else, the two of you will know. 

Say Cheese
A picture's worth a thousand words! You definitely want to make sure that you and your mother have at least one portrait taken together, but there are some other pictures that you can have the photographer capture that have lots of sentimental meaning. You can recreate a pretty photo from her wedding album, or even a picture of the two of you from your childhood. Candid shots of her helping you get ready for the ceremony are lovely, or you can get ready privately and do a "first look" photo with Mom.    



Dance Together
The bride usually has a father/daughter dance at the reception, and the groom has a mother/son dance. There is absolutely no reason why there can't be a mother/daughter dance too! Whether it's a slow song that you can hug each other to or an upbeat tune where you can both really kick up your heels, your guests will love it, and so will your mother. 

Say A Public Thank You
Saying thank you to your mother for all the things she did to get you to your wedding day is a no-brainer, but doing it in front of all of your guests will happily surprise her. Write something heartfelt in the wedding program, or make a toast just for her at the reception. You can even make her feel like royalty in her own seat with a "Mother of the Bride" sign on her chair at dinner. 



In addition to incorporating the ideas above into your wedding planning, you can find many thoughtful mother of the bride gifts to give to your mom as a keepsake from your special day. WhereBridesGo.com not only has wonderful things for her, but also for Dad, the groomsmen, the flower girl and ring bearer, and gifts for bridesmaids at our online wedding accessory store. Take a look. You'll find something special for every special person involved in your wedding day. 


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20 Wedding Tips & Tricks To Simplify Your Life - Part 2

If you are in the process of planning a wedding, then hopefully you were able to use a few of the first 10 Wedding Tips & Tricks To Simplify Your Life in part 1 of this series last week. Today WhereBridesGo.com has 10 more suggestions to make everything about the wedding a little easier so you have more time to enjoy yourself. 


11. Duplicate Your Wedding Info

You have kept your trusty wedding binder close to you at all times during the planning process. On the wedding day, make sure that you have a couple of copies of all the important information (vendor & wedding party contact info, wedding day schedule, list of family photos, names of special dance songs, etc...) in case your copy gets lost. Give one copy to the groom, one to your maid of honor, and a copy to anyone else that's responsible enough to help you keep things running smoothly.  

12. Clean That Ring
The wedding ring will be brand new on your finger, but you've proudly been wearing that engagement ring for a while now. Have it professionally cleaned right before the wedding day so it sparkles and shines in all of your photos. The jeweler where the ring was purchased will often do this for free. 

13. Dress Down For Hair & Makeup
Button-down, that is! You and your bridesmaids won't be putting on your gorgeous gowns until after your hair and makeup are finished. Don't make the mistake of wearing the wrong thing to get ready and having to pull a shirt over your head and ruin all that work. Wear a button-down shirt, or even better, a fabulous robe from WhereBridesGo.com while you are getting ready. Our robes make the best bridesmaid gifts


14. Pack Drinking Straws
It's extremely important to stay hydrated during all of the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. Avoid smearing your beautifully applied lipstick by always having straws handy to drink out of. 

15. Avoid A Flyaway Veil
Have you heard about veil weights? These ingenious creations are small and inconspicuous items that keep your veil in place. These are incredibly helpful for an outdoor wedding just in case the wind decides to pick up during your vows or right in the middle of taking pictures.    

16. Protect Your Heels
Another useful item for an outdoor wedding that will be taking place on soft ground is a heel protector. These are small pieces of plastic that go onto the heels of a woman's shoe so that it stays above ground and doesn't sink into the dirt or grass. This way you can still make it gracefully down the aisle without your heels getting caught up. 

17. Sew Your Bra To The Dress
If you have a bridal gown that needs a bra underneath it, have someone sew the bra to the dress so that it stays in place and you don't have to keep checking it or adjusting it all day long. 

18. Hide Tissues
There's a very good chance there will be tears on your wedding day (happy tears, that is!) You can hide tissues in your bouquet for your walk down the aisle so that you're ready to dab your eyes and keep that mascara from running at a moment's notice. 

19. Stash Hidden Cake
Great big, elaborate wedding cakes can cost a lot of money. If you are trying to keep your budget under control, order a small decorated cake to place your wedding cake top on and to be cut at the reception, then have a sheet cake of the same flavor hidden in the kitchen to serve to your guests. It can even be cut ahead of time to speed up getting the cake served to everyone.  

A Kiss Above - Bicycle Wedding Cake Top

20. Create A Hashtag
Everyone at your wedding will have their phones out snapping pictures of your special day. If you have a wedding hashtag for them to use when they post those pictures, you will easily be able to locate each of them and save your favorites. If coming up with a creative hashtag sounds too difficult, simply do a Google search for "wedding hashtag generator" and let the computer do it for you. 


When it comes to your wedding, there are lots of simple things that you can do to keep everything running smoothly and keep the day positive and enjoyable. There is no reason to let small things put a damper on your wedding day. One last tip that we can offer you is to shop online at WhereBridesGo.com and take care of a large majority of your wedding needs all in one place. The easier you make things on yourself, the happier your entire celebration will be!  


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20 Wedding Tips & Tricks To Simplify Your Life - Part 1

A lot goes into planning a wedding (and that's an understatement!) so learning a few tricks from people that have been through it before can save you a lot of time, money, and stress. Every bride can come up with a list of things she wishes she had done differently, if only she had known. Well, today WhereBridesGo.com has the first 10 of 20 tips and tricks to help you get through the wedding day, as well as the wedding planning, a little bit easier. 




1. Avoid Paper Cuts
The best way to seal all of those wedding invitations is to use a wet, foam brush to moisten the glue instead of your tongue, or you can even use a glue stick to do the trick.

Scalloped Top Wrap DIY Wedding Invitation Kit


2. Number The RSVPs
If you are collecting your RSVPs through the mail, discreetly number each one in a corner or on the back in case your guest forgets to put their name on it. (This happens more often than you would think!)


3. Buy A Return Address Stamp
A personalized return address stamp to use on your wedding invites will save a lot of writing, plus if you are using the address where you and your fiance will be living after the wedding, it can be reused for many years to come. 


4. Set Up A Wedding Email Address
You'll be getting a lot of emails form various vendors for the wedding, and you don't want to lose them among all the other emails in your inbox. A temporary email address specifically for this special event lets you keep emails separated and allows you to delete it after the wedding to avoid future solicitations from vendors you no longer need to hear from. 

5. Make A FREE Wedding Website
There are lots of places online that let you set up a wedding website at no cost! This is an excellent way to keep your guests informed by providing updated wedding details. You can also share directions, hotel information, gift registries, engagement photos, and all kinds of useful information all in one place, and even collect the RSVPs digitally.

6. Earn Free Money
As long as you stick to your budget and pay off the bills before interest starts adding up, using a rewards credit card to pay for those big-ticket items for your wedding can earn you free cash back, special perks, and airline miles for a honeymoon trip.

7. Use Sticky Tabs To Plan Seating
Colored post-it tabs on a diagram of your reception seating chart let you visually see who is sitting by who, and re-stick a name in another seat if you don't like the setup. Assign colors to the different groups you want to keep together (or keep apart.)


LOVE Place Card Holder with Matching Place Cards
8. Break In Your Shoes
You will both probably buy a fancy, brand new pair of shoes to walk down the aisle in. Don't set them aside for the special day. Wear them around the house occasionally to break them in so they are comfortable to wear at the wedding. If the shoes are slick on the bottom, you can rough the soles up a little with sandpaper for better traction.

9. Create A Hashtag
For your social media savvy friends, this is the perfect way to collect those photos they'll be snapping all day with their phones. Get creative and think up something unique that represents you as a couple. Short, sweet, and easy to remember is always best. If you are stuck for ideas, google "wedding hashtag generator" for some inspiration. 

10. Practice The First Kiss
People don't always think about this, but when your officiant says "You may now kiss the bride!" most couples have a moment of "how should we do this?" Will it be a quick peck or a long embrace? Practice a few different ways before the big day. If nothing else, it's a great excuse to squeeze in some extra TLC before the wedding. 



The first half of our wedding tips and tricks list should give you some tasks to tackle until we finish up with #11-20 next week. In the meantime, you can get a head start on your wedding planning by browsing through our online wedding decoration and accessory store to find some inspiration for your special day. There's a little bit of everything at WhereBridesGo.com: organizers, decorations, cake tops, wedding party gifts, favors, invitations, and so much more! Your one-stop shop for nearly all of your wedding day needs. 



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5 Special Ways to Honor Loved Ones at Your Wedding

WhereBridesGo.com knows that your wedding is such a special time for you and your significant other. But it's not just special for the two of you, it's special for the entire family. The tradition of marriage brings together not only two people in matrimony, but two families as one. It's natural to want to honor your family on your wedding day. Whether it's acknowledging parents or other influential people during the ceremony, or bestowing honor on those who are unable to be present, we've got some great ideas on how you can honor your loved ones on your wedding day.


Follow the Family Tradition

Look back on where your parents and grandparents got married. Perhaps there's a church or a special venue that ancestors have traditionally used for the ceremony or the reception. Holding your big day in the same location will keep that tradition going and also bring back many great memories for family and guests to reminisce about. Plus, you'll be able to share photos from past family weddings and events and see all the creative ways your family continued enhancing the tradition.

Make Physical Mementos part of your Special Day

Honoring loved ones who are no longer here is important to make the celebration feel complete. Honor those that can't be present for your special day by incorporating physical mementos so you have a piece of them with you, even if they can't physically be there. Wear a piece of your grandmother's jewelry as your "something borrowed," or include your groom's grandfather's cuff links or watch in his wardrobe. You can even set up a special table with memorabilia and an "Always in our Hearts" memorial box frame or a memorial candle.


Use Old Family Photos in your Decor

You'll hear it a lot leading up to the big day: "I remember when you were just a little girl, and now you're all grown up and getting married!" Share that nostalgia with your guests by implementing old family photos in your wedding decor. This will give guests something to enjoy while they're waiting for the wedding party to get done taking pictures between the ceremony and reception.

Include Family Favorites in your Catering

Everyone knows that your aunt makes the best apple pie around, and since not everyone likes cake, you can use her famous apple pie as another dessert option. A great idea if your families are from two different ethnic backgrounds. You can get creative by implementing foods from both sides of the family on the menu. You can even have the rehearsal dinner be themed to one family heritage and the reception dinner to the other.


Incorporate Meaningful Words or Music into your Ceremony

What song reminds you of or has great meaning to you and your parents? You'll need to have a song picked out for the father-daughter and mother-son dances. This the perfect opportunity to tell them in music just how much they mean to you. Perhaps you have a sentimental letter from one of your family members that has a great excerpt that can be used within your ceremony. Maybe there's a special scripture that your parents used in their wedding ceremony, and you can honor them by using it in yours.


With these great ideas to honor your family on your special day, you'll be sure to create memories for the whole family that will last a lifetime. For more fantastic ideas to make your big day unforgettable visit WhereBridesGo.com for all of your bridal and wedding accessory needs. From beautiful memorials to personalized wedding gifts online, we've got everything you need to honor those you love on your special day!

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Traditional Ways To Bring A Little Extra Luck To Your Wedding Day

According to a Japanese proverb, "The day you decide to do it is your lucky day!" If you've managed to find the person you love unconditionally and want to spend the rest of your life with, then you've already had plenty of good luck shining down on you. Planning a wedding date together will be a lucky day, no matter what. Just in case you're superstitious, WhereBrideGo.com has found a few traditional symbols that can add some extra good luck to your wedding day.

Rain
Most brides pray that there is no rain on their wedding day, especially if they are hosting any part of the celebration outdoors. According to many cultures, rain on your wedding day should be seen as a good omen. It brings with it fertility for the couple and cleanses away everything they don't want to bring with them into the marriage. 

Showered with Love Wedding Cake Top

Shoe Coins
A Swedish custom that is performed so that the bride will "never do without" during her marriage is to place coins from her parents in her wedding shoes. Mom gives her a gold coin for the right shoe and Dad gives her a silver coin for the left shoe. 

Thrown Shoes
In Medieval times, people thought that they were bestowing good luck on the newlyweds when men threw shoes at them! Today we have a much less violent version of that. Instead, shoes are now tied to the back of the getaway car.

Garter Toss
A long time ago, guests used to wait outside a newlywed couples home for proof that the marriage had been consummated. The groom would throw out something to appease them, occasionally the bride's garter. After a while, people decided that the garter was a symbol of good luck, so guests would make a game out of getting it off of the bride while she was still wearing it! Today, the groom is the only one allowed to get under the bride's skirt, and the man that catches the garter that is thrown is said to be the next to get married. It depends on that man's point of view whether that's good luck or not! 


Spiders
Finding a spider crawling on you is generally not thought of as a good thing. According to English lore, if you find a spider crawling on your wedding dress it is a good omen for the marriage. 

Pinching
Egyptian women believe that it is good luck to pinch the bride on her wedding day. It is unclear whether this luck is for the pincher or the pinch-ee, but it sure doesn't sound too lucky for the bride in the moment!

Pine Trees
Good luck and fertility are symbolized in Holland when a pine tree is planted outside of a newlywed couple's home.  

Heart with Rings Cake Pick Cake Top


Rings
A wedding ring with an aquamarine jewel represents marital harmony for a long, happy marriage. Diamonds symbolize forever, but pearls aren't considered lucky because they resemble the shape of a tear. 

Knives
One of the gifts on your registry may bring you bad luck, but there is a way to counteract that. It is considered unlucky to give a couple a knife as a gift for their wedding because it symbolizes a broken relationship. Turn that luck around by giving the gift-giver a penny, and now you have purchased the knife rather than accepted it as a gift. 

Threshold
The tradition of the groom carrying his new wife over the threshold stems from Medieval times when people thought that brides were extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of their feet. If she is lifted over the threshold, this will avoid any evil spirits from being tracked into the home. 

Wedding Bells
Bells ringing on your wedding day bring a harmonious family life with every chime. In Ireland, many brides will have small bells added to their bouquet.

Kissing Bell Place Card Holders

Sugar Cubes
If you want your marriage to be sweet, Greek people believe that a bride should carry a sugar cube in some way during the wedding. Most used to do this by placing the sugar cube in one of their gloves during the ceremony.

Days to Marry
Saturday is now the most popular day to get married. Most likely it's the easiest day for everyone involved because most people don't work on Saturdays. There's an old saying that wouldn't agree with doing this. It declares Wednesday as the best day to tie the knot. "Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.

June Weddings
The month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, who rules over marriage, hearth, and childbirth. It is believed that June became a popular month to get married because Juno would keep a special watch over ther marriage. 

Horseshoes
Horseshoes have long been a symbol of good luck. For your wedding day, if the bride carries a horseshoe with ribbons tied on it during the ceremony, it collects all the good luck from the day. Afterward, the horseshoe can be placed above the doorway to your new home, filled with all of that wedding day luck. 

Lucky In Love Horseshoe - Ring Pillow Alternative

If you're not superstitious, then none of these things will make a difference to you at all. They way we see it, a little extra luck couldn't hurt! Many of these old traditions are nice to add into your wedding just because they are fun. WhereBridesGo.com wishes you and your future spouse all the good luck in the world, but as long as you are together keeping each other happy, you probably aren't going to need it! 





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