How To Plan A Bachelorette Party The Bride Will Love

Fall is an extremely popular time for weddings, which means right about now there are a LOT of bachelorette parties taking place. This is a night for the bride to celebrate her upcoming wedding along with her closest girlfriends, saying good-bye to the single life once and for all. It's a special time, so WhereBridesGo.com not only has the best bachelorette party supplies online for you, but we've also come up with a few tips to make this a night you will never forget.



Decide on a main activity
You will need to decide first and foremost, does the bride prefer a quiet, calm night with her girlfriends or a loud, crazy evening out on the town. Plan it with the bride's interests in mind. You can have a slumber party, a spa day, a weekend trip, or a night full of bar-hopping, to name a few ideas. Once you choose what to do, it will be easy to narrow down a place. If you will be going out and drinking, hire a driver for the night so everyone can enjoy themselves and still get home safely. 

Find fun party supplies
Once again, let the bride guide the direction the party decorations will go. Some women are okay with half-naked male blow-up dolls and penis straws, but others are not. A little embarrassment for the bride is to be expected, but don't go overboard and do anything she would find distasteful. 

Focus on letting anyone passing by know exactly what is going on. Fun buttons that tell everyone "I'm with the bride," and "Bachelorette Party In Progress" confetti and banners are lots of fun. WhereBridesGo.com has adorable glasses and drink cup cozies specifically for this type of occasion. 


Dress the part
Once again, if you will be going out, the idea is to draw as much attention to your party as possible. People generally love getting in on the fun when a bachelorette party passes by. The bride definitely needs something to point her out, like a cute veil or sash to wear. The whole group can join in and wear "Team Bride" sashes as well. 


You can all choose to make a dress code for the night too. Some examples would be: all guests wearing black and the bride wearing white; everyone in wedding colors; everyone in prom dresses or old bridesmaid gowns; "Team Bride" t-shirts and tutus:  or any type of dress code that ties everyone's outfits together. Have fun with it! 

Don't forget the food
Make plenty of snacks for everyone to eat, especially if you will be drinking later in the night. If it's a bar-hopping party, make sure you have snacks for when you get back home too. Another option is to go out to dinner as a group. Reservations are definitely suggested, and make sure the staff knows what's going on in case they want to do something special for the bride.  

Play a few games
No matter what type of theme you go with, throwing a game or two in the mix is always good for a few laughs. Our "Bride To Be Bingo" is made with bridal showers in mind, but instead of filling in the blanks with names of gifts the bride will open, pencil in things you plan to see that night. You could even fill the circles full of dares to perform and see who can finish first. We also have some awesome party coasters that each feature a great icebreaker question for the group to ask each other. 



Take lots of pictures???
This can be tricky. You will want to document all of the fun you will be having together, but in some cases, what happens at the bachelorette party should stay at the bachelorette party. Give the group guidelines about what is and is not acceptable when it comes to sharing pictures of the party. Let the bride have final approval about any photos that will be shared outside of the group.


The main thing that you need to do to throw a bachelorette party that the bride will love is to cater the party to the bride, not to what the other guests want. This night is to honor her, not for her friends to go crazy on her behalf. You can still plan plenty of surprises for the bride-to-be, but her input is important. Visit WhereBridesGo.com and let the bachelorette party and bridal shower sections of our online wedding accessories store give you a few ideas about where to begin. Cover the basic areas we've discussed above, then get ready to have one of the best nights of your life! 




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~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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"Fall In Love" With These Wonderful Fall Wedding Items

Fall has become a very popular time for couples to plan a wedding. It's not too hot and not too cold, and in most areas the scenery is changing in vibrant and beautiful ways. Here are a few of WhereBridesGo.com's favorite items to wonderfully compliment any wedding in the gorgeous season of autumn. 


Warm colors like reds, oranges, deep yellows, browns, and dark greens are all hues that most people associate with the fall season. Metallic accents are a great way to add an exciting pop of color too. Show off the season you will be getting married in by introducing everyone to it through the invitations that you choose, and continue that theme through your other printed items. 
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We have many wonderful wedding party gifts that are perfect for a fall wedding. If you bridesmaids love to cook, these Gold Dipped Ceramic Acorn Measuring Spoons will be adored by them. Fall is for deer hunting too, and these Antler Bottle Stoppers fit right in with the season.


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An autumn wedding is a good place to incorporate a lot of natural elements. Different grains of wood, branches, leaves, pumpkins, apples, etc... work well, and burlap and lace are an excellent compliment to these. 


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A very popular tradition at any wedding is for guests to ring a bell or clink their glasses so the newly wedded couple will kiss. WhereBridesGo.com's Lustrous Leaf Kissing Bell Place Card Holders fit right in with any fall theme. The sweet poem attached reads:

Today, as we gather together,
wish us a love to last forever.
If you would like us to share
A wedded kiss,
ring the bell for lifelong bliss!

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We carry lots of wedding place cards with an autumn theme to help your guests easily find their seats. These double as adorable favors for everyone to take home too. 


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Speaking of favors, your will find tons of great wedding favor ideas at our online wedding accessory store. Personalized match boxes will come in handy for lighting fall campfires. You will find plenty of containers to hold candies, almonds, or mints, plus cute charms to decorate the boxes with. You guests will love our "Fall in Love" Scented Leaf Shaped Soap Favors too. 


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These Burlap Glass "Celebrate" Wraps fit perfectly around your guests cups of hot cider or fruity punch. If you have utilized your fall theme on the wedding cake, you may want to use our Simply Autumn cake topper and serving set. 


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No matter what time of year you choose to get married, you will always be able to find something to fit the season at WhereBridesGo.com. We strive to offer the most beautiful items for every wedding. After all, we are "Where brides go for what brides love!" 



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...for What Brides Love!



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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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You're Married! Now What? - 6 Tasks to Tackle First

Our last blog covered what to do after you get engaged, so today WhereBridesGo.com decided to discuss some of the things that you need to take care of after the I do's. Your married life will go much smoother once you get these tasks out of the way. 


#1 - Finish the Thank You Notes
Hopefully you already wrote the thank yous for the gifts you received prior to the wedding day. No one expects you to get these to them the week after the wedding, but the sooner you take care of it, the quicker and easier it will be. You definitely should strive to have them all delivered by 3 months after the wedding date. 

#2 - Legally Change Your Name
If you will be changing your name, it needs to be taken care of on everything. The two most important ones are your social security card and driver's license. The process can differ from state to state, but you will most likely need a certified copy of your official marriage license. Not the fancy one you signed for show at the wedding, but the legal one with a notary's stamp. 

Once those are taken care of, you need to tackle everything else, which is most likely a large list. Other legal documents, like your passport or car title, will need to have your new name put on them. Get the name changed on your credit cards and bank accounts. Next tackle all of your subscriptions, memberships, online profiles...  Basically anything that you have ever signed up for with your maiden name will need to be switched over. Take care of the important ones first, then worry about things like magazine subscriptions at a more leisurely pace.  

#3 - Make Financial Decisions
There are two of you now, and most financial obligations will be shared. You will need to decide if you will be opening a joint checking or savings account. If not, you may want to add your new spouse's name to your personal account in case of emergencies. All housing bills, like the cable, electric, etc... will need to have both of your names added to them. 

#4 - Share Your New Address
If you did not already live together, at least one of you will now have a new address. Just like your name, all subscriptions and bills will need to know where to find you. Also make sure all of your friends and family have your new address so those birthday cards don't get lost in the mail. 

#5 - Return or Exchange Extra Gifts
The longer you wait to do this, the more likely those duplicate wedding gifts that you received will end up in your closet, forgotten about. As soon as you decide what you will be keeping and what will go, head to the store and have a fun shopping day together. 

#6 - Order Your Wedding Photos
Just like with returning those gifts, the longer you wait to decide which wedding photos to order or have printed, the less likely it will happen. Then you have to deal with family members constantly asking when they can get a wedding photo. Put a day aside to go through all of the photos within a month after the wedding and pick out your favorites. Then order some immediately for your home and your parents. Even if your photographer gave you digital access to all of the photos taken, the longer you wait to print them out, the more likely they will just be left on that disc forever. 


Once you get those important details taken care of, you can get ready to sit back and enjoy all of the excitement and adventures your new married life will bring along with it. Remember, WhereBridesGo.com can still be of help to you after the wedding is over. We offer a large variety of wonderful items in our online gift store for you to give away at Christmas and on other special occasions. There are also many wonderful things for you to use in your new home together. 



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...for What Brides Love!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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You're Engaged! Now What? - 9 Tasks to Tackle First

He asked, and you said yes! Once you've had time to scream, cry, laugh, hug, kiss, or whatever reaction came naturally to you, it's time to start some wedding planning. There is a lot involved with that, and it can be hard to know where you should start. WhereBridesGo.com knows of 9 things that you should take care of first. After tackling these tasks, you'll be ready to handle everything that comes next. 



#1 - Enjoy the Moment!
First and foremost, take some private time to keep this special moment just for the two of you. Unless, of course, he asked in front of all of your family and friends. In that case, you've already got items #1 & #2 taken care of. If he did ask you privately, really take this moment in time to dream about the amazing future you are about to begin together. It's up to you whether you take an hour, a day, or longer if you can keep a happy secret that long!

#2 - Share the Excitement
Don't go blasting the news on social media right away. You should let the people that are nearest and dearest to you in on the surprise first. Tell them in person if you can, or set up a video chat to break the news. If you aren't able to do either of those, a phone call works just as well. As soon as your immediate family and friends know your secret, go ahead and share it with the world. 

#3 - Head to the Nail Salon
Your finger donning that gorgeous new engagement ring will be the center of attention while everyone is finding out about the great news. A good manicure will make sure that no focus is taken from your ring by sad nails. 

#4 - Consider Ring Insurance
Heaven forbid anything happen to your new ring, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. If a stone becomes loose or the ring somehow gets misplaced, you will be very happy that you thought ahead to get insurance. The jewelry store where the ring was purchased may appraise it for free, which must be done before it can be insured. 

#5 - Get a Wedding Planner
We highly suggest hiring a wedding coordinator to guide you through all of the things that need to be done before the wedding, as well as take care of all of the wedding day details so you can relax and simply enjoy. If you cannot find it in your budget to hire someone, then come up with a good organization system to keep everything running smoothly. WhereBridesGo.com has two adorable wedding planners for sale that will keep your contact information, appointments, and more all in one place.    

#6 - Draft the Guest List
The final list will very likely go through a few adjustments over the next couple of months, but having a general idea of the number of people that you will be inviting will be important when deciding on a budget and picking the wedding venue. 

#7 - Decide on a Wedding Budget
Discuss how much you are comfortable spending on the wedding and vow to stick to that budget. Odds and ends can start adding up quickly during wedding planning, and you don't want to ruin the memory of your special day with tons of bills due once it is over. Decide what the most important wedding items are to you - food, music, entertainment, etc... - and use your money for those. If it's not that important to you, you don't need to be wasting your budgeted money on it. 

#8 - What's More Important - Venue or Date?
One of these can greatly affect the other. If you have had your heart set on a specific wedding venue, then your wedding date will need to be one that they have available. On the other hand, if a particular date is important to you to get married on, then this will immediately knock some venues off of your list if they are booked. 

#9 - Schedule Engagement Photos
It's good to get these done early if possible. First of all, it's great to get it marked off of your to-do list. Secondly, as soon as you have the photos, you can start using them for fun wedding stuff, like the wedding website, engagement announcements, or save-the-dates. Do wait until you have chosen a wedding photographer, though, because many of them have packages that include the engagement photos. 

Once you've taken care of those tasks, it's time to really get down to business and tackle the "big" list. Still, just getting those first 9 out of the way will make you feel great. WhereBridesGo.com com is an excellent resource for much of what you will need for your wedding. When you are ready to look for local vendors, check out our Wedding Portals to see if we have one near you. There you will find tips, checklists, ideas, and contact information for wedding vendors in your area. As we often say, we're "Where Brides Go for What Brides Love!"      




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...for What Brides Love!



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Wedding Organization Tips to Simplify Your Life

As a bride-to-be, you're probably quite familiar with the chaos that your upcoming nuptials may bring - but it doesn't have to stay that way! If you're feeling swamped by the amount of details that need to be completed, Where Brides Go would like to share a few ideas for Simplify Your Life Week. Embrace all of the beauty of your special day by not stressing out, and enjoy the simple things. Here are some easy ways you can simplify your wedding planning and how we can help.

Get a Planning Book

The right wedding planner can help you simplify your life by keeping all of your wedding details in one place. Find one that features pages to record wedding details, contact information, appointments and more. It doesn't hurt if it's extremely cute, too!

Buy these items: Turquoise Bride's Planner & Pink Wedding Planner

Get Premade Invitations

If hand painted and scripted invitations is important to you, you should certainly go that route, but keep in mind that intensive DIY projects for your wedding are either time consuming or expensive. What if you could find beautiful wedding invitations that are also cost effective and fast? Check out these options that would not only be a beautiful choice but involve very little work.

Buy These Items: Olive Band DIY Wedding Invitations, Photo Overlay Invitation Kit, and Copper Branches Invitation Kit

Use Simple Wedding Decor

One of the most complicated aspects of a wedding can be the decor for your ceremony and reception. There's the guest book table, aisle, chairs along the aisle, the altar, reception tables, gift tables, head couple table, and the list keeps getting longer. You can still use meaningful decorations without overcomplicating the planning process! From beach and rustic themes, to fall or winter themes, Where Brides Go has the perfect style for you.

Buy These Items: By the Sea Tealight Holder, Burlap & Lace Wedding Guest Book, Simply Autumn Cake Top, and Snowflake Glass Ornament Place Card Holder

Find Easy Bridesmaid Gifts

Choose gifts for your wedding party that are special, meaningful, and take the stress off of you! Custom items are a wonderful way to show your girls how much they mean to you, but they can also take time - unless you use Where Brides Go! Monogrammed bracelets, customized beach towels, and handbags are just a few of the beautiful items you'll find on our site, and then some!

Buy These Items: Bridesmaid Heart Triple Strand Bracelet, Bridesmaid Metallic Gold Heart Tote Bag, and Luxurious Turkish Beach Towel

Go Where the Other Brides Go

Do you REALLY want to simplify your wedding planning process? Go where the brides go for what the brides love! When you visit our website you can find everything you need in ONE place, making the buying and planning process even easier than before. We wish you and your future spouse many happy days of planning, and would love to see pictures of your Where Brides Go gear on our Facebook page!


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7 Wedding Theme Ideas to Fall in Love With

The look and feel of the wedding decorations that you use are generally influenced by the theme that you have chosen. You can literally name the theme of your wedding, like " A Night in Paris" and decorate everything with a romantic, French flair. On the other hand, the theme can be a more generalized "idea" and pull influence from a color scheme or activity that you enjoy as a couple. 

You don't have to name the theme, but there will be something universal throughout your wedding planning that will influence the look and feel of your celebration. Here are a few wonderful ideas from WhereBridesGo.com that might get your creative juices flowing.  


Garden

This brings to mind a wedding ceremony surrounded by a garden full of beautiful blooms, lots of rose petals everywhere, and aromatic scents. If you have your wedding in an actual garden, very little decoration will be required because nature will provide it for you. 


Rustic

Western-style rustic weddings and country-themed "I do's" have been a popular trend for many years, and they are still popular today. Burlap and lace, lucky horseshoes, and lots of natural elements make this style charming and romantic. It's the perfect theme for a wedding on a ranch or in a barn.   


Bohemian

If you prefer a relaxed, casual feel full of love, music, and art, then a Boho-chic wedding may be just what you are looking for. Flowers in your hair, and long, flowing gowns on both the bride and her bridesmaids. The decor will be very nature-inspired, and all of your guests will feel welcome and right at home.  


Beach

The wind in your hair and the sand under your feet. A beach wedding with the water as your backdrop is always a stunning sight. Make use of nautical elements such as sea shells, starfish, rope, and sunshine. 


Fairy Tale

Nearly every little girl dreams of being whisked away by her handsome prince at some point. Make that dream a reality with a romantic fairy tale theme to your wedding. Take inspiration from your favorite storybooks, and at the end of the evening, drive away to your own happily every after. 


Vintage

This is an event full of old-world romance. Antique decorations and family heirlooms create the perfect setting. Classic cocktails at the bar are a nice touch, and broach bouquets fit in beautifully. Consider renting a glamorous classic car to whisk you away after the reception.  


Shimmer & Shine

Metallics have been all the rage this year. A wedding highlighted with shiny golds and silver and glittery accents will put all of your guests in a fun, party mood. Any color works beautifully with these, both in brights and pastels. 


Choosing a theme for your wedding doesn't have to be difficult. Start with things that you love and a "theme" will emerge on its own. Our online wedding accessory store is filled with wonderful things that will inspire the most amazing wedding. WhereBridesGo.com is where brides go for what brides love!



Where Brides Go®
...for What Brides Love!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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5 Unique Unity Ceremonies For Your Wedding

A marriage is the joining of two individuals into one married couple. Many brides and grooms choose to illustrate by having a wedding unity ceremony. There are many different ways to do this. Here are five of WhereBridesGo.com's favorites. 



Unity Candle Ceremony

For this ceremony, a large candle and two taper candles are used. The mothers of the bride and groom each light a separate taper candle before taking their seats for the wedding. The bride and groom then use these to light the big candle together, symbolizing the joining of their two families.

Rose Unity Ceremony

In this case, three vases are placed at the front of the ceremony venue. The bride's and groom's families are each assigned a rose color. Each mother places a rose in their vase for each immediate family member, including the bride and groom. You may want to add a personalized ribbon to the couple's flowers.

When it is time during the ceremony, the couple each take their family's bunch of flowers and place them together in the center vase. This symbolizes the blossoming of their new family. 

Unity Sand Ceremony

The bride and groom each have a small vase filled with their own color of sand. A container is chosen to combine the two sands into. WhereBridesGo.com carries lovely vases and frames made especially for this type of unity ceremony, as well as the colored sand.

The couple begins by taking turns pouring their sand, in layers, into the container. At the end, they pour sand at the same time. This commingling of the sand illustrates the two becoming one. If there are children are involved, they may also add a sand color symbolizing the the new blended family.   


Ring Warming Ceremony

All of your guests can be included in this one. The wedding rings are placed in a small, pretty bag and passed from guest to guest while the officiant is speaking. Each guest holds the rings for a few seconds while saying a blessing or prayer for the couple. 

When timed correctly, the rings should be back to the bride and groom as the vows are finished. If letting that many people pass around your rings makes you nervous, you can limit it to the immediate family and your wedding party. 

Wine Unity Ceremony

This is similar to the sand ceremony, but with wine. It's perfect if you will be getting married at a winery. The bride and groom each have a small carafe of their own wine. They combine the wines into a single glass, which they both take a drink from. 

A nice addition to this is to then seal a bottle of wine in a box along with love notes you have written to each other. Choose a future anniversary to open the box and share in the wine and memories together. 


A unity ceremony is a sentimental gesture that has deep meaning for you as a couple. WhereBridesGo.com carries many of the supplies that you will need for these ceremonies, as well as all of the other wedding ceremony and reception supplies for your special day.  





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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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