Is an Aisle Runner Right for Your Wedding?

Using a wedding aisle runner isn't necessarily a "must-have", but it is a wonderful extra detail that you may want to include. WhereBridesGo.com features most of the products that you will need to throw a wedding, including some beautiful aisle runners. 


An interesting fact: people once believed that evil spirits lived beneath the surface of the earth, and an aisle runner protected the bride from being attacked by them. Today, they are used for both practical and decorative purposes. Here are some reasons why using one of these in your wedding could be a perfect fit for you. 


Protects Your Dress

Walking on an aisle runner rather than the actual ground or floor can help protect the bride's dress from anything that might snag the bottom of the gown or a floor-length veil. It also acts as a barrier between your gorgeous wedding dress and the dirt that will inevitably be on the ground from guests walking on it to their seats.

Adds Elegance

Using a runner down the center of the aisle adds a traditional elegance to the wedding ceremony, and it can make the bride's grand entrance more memorable. The aisle runners at WhereBridesGo.com can be personalized with sayings, your names, the wedding date, and wedding colors, and the personalization comes in a variety of lovely options. This makes our aisle runners as special as the love they represent.   


Aisle Runner Tips

Always make sure that your aisle runner is secured to the ground. Most of ours feature an adhesive strip backing for secure placement. If you choose to use an aisle runner outdoors, double-check that you have it down well enough that it will not blow off of the ground easily. 

The pull cords on most of our aisle runners make it simple for your ushers to unroll it just before the entrance. If you prefer to have the runner already in place before the wedding, block the center aisle so that no guests walk on it, and let guests take their seats from the outer aisles instead.


After the Wedding

One idea that may be keeping you from purchasing an aisle runner is the fact that it will only be used once. While this is true, there are some wonderful things that you can do with the runner after your wedding to turn it into a sweet keepsake.

  • Frame it: Cut out the personalized section of your aisle runner and frame it to be displayed in your home. You can even make a collage with some of your wedding photos around it. 
  • Make a wall hanging: Turn it into a decorative piece of art to hang from a rod on the wall.
  • Sew it onto a quilt: That exquisite monogram that you picked out would look incredible sewn on to the front of a quilt or blanket to cuddle up underneath with your new spouse.  

The choice to use an aisle runner for your wedding is a personal decision. During the wedding planning process, discuss the pros and cons with your spouse. If it's easily within your budget, go for it! Check out the beautiful aisle runners available at WhereBridesGo.com to help with that decision. You may find something there you simply can't do without. 





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2016 Wedding Cake Trends & Cake Topper History

The focal point of any reception, besides the bride of course, is the wedding cake. Guests can't help but head straight over to see what beautiful creation will be served up for dessert. These delicious cakes are works of art, adorned with romantic, whimsical, or classic wedding cake toppers that people love to admire.  

WhereBridesGo.com did a bit of research and discovered a few wedding cake designs that seem to be very popular this season. While the type of cake that you choose to have at your wedding is completely up to personal preference, these 2016 wedding cake trends may inspire your decision. 

THE CAKES



Metallic

Many of these cake trends directly mimic the same general 2016 wedding trends that we wrote about at the end of last year. One of these is the use of metallics in the decor. Nowadays, your cake icing can have this shiny sheen too. It can be the entire cake, the details piped onto it, or even a shimmery metallic ribbon decoratively place around each tier. 


White-On-White

This may sound very plain, especially after talking about shiny metallic cakes. On the contrary, a cake iced with white and decorated with white details on top of that offers a lovely, classic look. The addition of different textures gives the traditional feel a contemporary twist. A very popular texture to use is icing that replicates the look of delicate lace. 


Woodland Inspired


Another popular wedding trend is "bringing the outside inside." This is often carried over to the cake, incorporating natural elements into the way it is decorated. This can be done with real flowers or edible sugar versions. Talented cake designers have no problem making yummy leaves, branches, and flowers that closely resemble the real thing. These cakes are especially perfect for an outdoor or rustic wedding. 



Ruffled

A frilly trend that can look both elegant and whimsical is the appearance of ruffles. This is another fascinating texture that makes one amazing wedding cake. Similar to the ruffles, many couples choose to have rosettes placed all over the surface of the cake, turning it into an edible floral centerpiece. These ruffly looks also work brilliantly with the ombre colors that many brides still love.


Naked

This wedding cake trend seems to be standing the test of time. With this version, you skip the icing on the outside of the cake and decorate instead with berries or florals. Some bakers slightly skim a bit of the buttercream from between the layers around the outside of the cake for a semi-naked look.  


Painted

We have seen a few different versions of this: a watercolor effect on fondant, food coloring directly painted on a "naked" cake, and even an intricate stained glass effect. The idea is to have the cake designer (aka- artist) make the outside of your dessert look like it was hand painted. Watercolors and pastels are showing up in wedding decor a lot now too.  



THE CAKE TOPPERS

Originally, wedding cake toppers were a representation of the bride and groom dressed in their formal attire. Today, these toppers come in every size, shape, and style that you can imagine. They can be monograms, shapes, or the traditional bride and groom in not-so-traditional depictions. They can represent the couple's personality, a hobby they share, be romantic, or be hilarious. 

The story that kept popping up when we looked into the history of the wedding cake topper is over a century old. A baker's daughter requested a symbol that would show everyone the undying love between herself and the groom. After thinking long and hard about this, the father decided to place figurines that looked like the bride and groom on top of their wedding cake. It was successful because the bride was overjoyed, and soon everyone was doing it. 


When you are ready to choose your own wedding cake topper, our website has an incredible selection to choose from, a few of which you have seen in today's blog. There's a lot more where those came from! WhereBridesGo.com is your one-stop-shop for all of your wedding accessories.






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Tips for a Meaningful Vow Renewal

May is Recommitment Month. WhereBridesGo.com decided that this would be the perfect time to focus on the husbands and wives that want to say "I do" to each other all over again. Vow renewals are a wonderful way to remember all of those lovely promises that you made to each other on your wedding day. 


The definition of commitment is "the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself; a pledge or promise; a promise to be loyal to someone or something." The prefix "re" means to do something again. A vow renewal can happen for a variety of different reasons, and at any time that you feel like making it happen. 


Why renew your vows?

Some couples simply want to remind each other that they still hold all of the promises made on their wedding day near and dear to their hears. Others may not have had the money for a big wedding when they were younger, and they want to fix that now that they can afford one. 

There is no set time when a vow renewal is supposed to happen. It can be on a landmark anniversary, or it can happen at a random time just because you feel like it. You may even want to make it a yearly event in some small way if you are extremely romantic.   


Things to know

There is no right way or wrong way to do this. Much like planning a wedding, you should do what makes you as a couple the happiest. It can be a great big party for everyone you've met over the years, a small gathering for your closest family and friends, or simply the two of you. 

There are a few things to take care of to get the ball rolling. You will need to choose a site, date, and level of formality you want for the event. A guest list must be made too, and the size of the party may help you make those other decisions.

Since you are already married, the ceremony doesn't need to be a legally binding one. Therefore, anyone can officiate. It's perfectly acceptable to have a close friend or even one of your children officiate. It could be a nice touch to find the person that originally married you and ask them to do it all over again.

A wedding party is meant to act as the witnesses at a wedding. They are not necessary for a vow renewal, but once again, if you want to have attendants, go for it. You may want to use the same friends that stood up for you the first time. Children from your marriage are also a wonderful choice for attendants.


No one is "giving you away" this time around, so the walk down the aisle will be a bit different. A child of yours can step in and do the honors of delivering Mom to Dad, or the couple can choose to enter together. 

When it comes to the exchange of rings, one option is to buy a new set to mark the occasion. You may also use your current wedding rings, but have them newly engraved for this special day.

Gift registries are not needed for a vow renewal ceremony. Guests should not be expected to bring presents. If they insist, maybe request that they make a donation to a charity that you care about. 

Fun vow renewal ideas

If you want this vow renewal to be like a second wedding, put a fun "2nd time around" twist to everything. 

  • Theme the entire event something like "I do, take 2!"
  • Put signs on the back of your chairs that say "Still his Mrs." & "Still her Mr."
  • Hang banners that say "Just Married Again"
  • Use the number of years you have been married for your cake topper. 
  • Use the phrase "We still do!" on invitations.  
  • Make an extended timeline for your relationship: date you met, date you fell in love, date you got engaged, date you got married, date you had kids, date you renewed your vows
  • Fill the path to everyone's seats with a chronological photo tour of from the wedding day up until today.
  • Recreate photo poses from your original wedding. 


Whether you choose to hold an official vow renewal or privately renew your promises to each other, Recommitment Month is an excellent reminder that those important promises that you made are just as important today as always. WhereBridesGo.com has a large selection of wedding accessories online that will also work perfectly for a vow renewal celebration. You can go big or stay small, but it's the special thought involved that truly counts.   





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Wedding DIY Do's & Don'ts

It can be very tempting to try to take on every wedding project yourself. On one hand, you may think it will save you a lot of money during the wedding planning process. Another reason may be that you are addicted to Pinterest and they make it all look easy. Well, be warned, not all of it is! 

There are a few things that you should be perfectly safe doing for yourself, but there are many others that are best left to the professionals. WhereBridesGo.com has done our best to point out when DIY should work, and when it may not. 




DIY Dont's


PHOTOGRAPHY

This has to be the one of the most important vendors at your wedding that should most definitely be a professional. Even if you have a good friend that takes some pretty cool pictures from time to time, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. If the photos don't turn out, they are gone forever. A professional photographer knows how to get clear, high quality images in every type of lighting that will be found at a wedding. They also have the experience to know all of the important shots to take. 


CATERING

Cooking for a large-scale event is much different than the small dinner parties that you may have cooked for in the past. Also, if you want the food to be hot and fresh, it will need to be taken care of about the time the ceremony is happening. Professional caterers have the experience and training to make sure the timing is perfect so that food is served when and how it should be. They can miss the ceremony, but you certainly cannot, and you don't want any friends or family to miss it either.  


CAKE

If you are doing a classic, tiered wedding cake, you would be surprised how much harder those are to decorate than they look. The most difficult part about trying to do this yourself is the transportation. Getting a finished cake from the kitchen to the reception site can be a very tricky task. Let someone with the vehicle and the tools to get the cake to your party safely take care of this. 





HAIR

No one plans a bad hair day, they just happen. There is no guarantee that this won't happen on your wedding day, so don't take the risk. Hire a beautician or let a friend that is a magician with hair do this for you. No matter which one you use, always schedule a trial run so they know exactly what you are expecting to look like.  


COORDINATION

Organized brides will have no trouble, and may even enjoy, scheduling and arranging all of the details for every aspect of the wedding before it happens. On the actual wedding weekend, though, it's is time for you to give up the control and enjoy the experience. Be pampered, have fun, and let someone else answer all of those last-minute questions that are bound to come up, and handle any crisis that may arise. A family member or friend may offer to do this for you, but then they don't get the chance to enjoy your special day with you. It's best to stick with a pro here. 



DIY Do's


INVITATIONS & OTHER PRINTED ITEMS

This is something that needs to be done well before the actual wedding day, so a creative bride should have no trouble tackling this task. Ordering paper goods that are highly personalized or on any type of special paper can get pricey quickly. Making them yourself gives you the added budget to get creative with paper types, styles, and wording. If you aren't terribly crafty, there are lots of invitation and program kits out there to purchase. Buy them blank, type in your details, and print out a professional-looking finished product. It is very important that you proofread closely before you print anything. DIY means there is no professional double-checking your work. 





FAVORS

Wedding favors are not a necessity, but they are a nice thank you gift for everyone that joins you on your special day. This is another item that can be started and completed well before the wedding, so as long as you give yourself plenty of time to finish the project, this is a great DIY area. You can personalize favors by giving something that represents you as a couple or give a specific local item that is found in the place that you are getting married.




DIY...Well, it depends...

MUSIC

Many couples choose to save money on music by creating a playlist of their own to be played throughout the evening. This can work if all you are needing is background music, as long as you have someone else in charge of cuing it up. On the other hand, if dancing at the reception is extremely important to you and you want the guests on the floor all night long, then you may want to splurge on a DJ. A pro will have a much larger variety of music to play. Also, they are experts at reading a crowd, so they will know when to pick up the pace or slow things down so everyone keeps dancing. 

FLOWERS

If you are a big flower fan and want lots and lots of gorgeous arrangements all over the place, then you need to hire a professional florist. Also, your bouquet will be front and center, and a florist will know how to make one that looks its very best. On the other hand, if you will only be having a few small bud vases with a stem each, or something else simple like that, then you can probably handle picking those up yourself. You will need someone to place them while you get ready though. In that case, bouquet by pro, decor by you. 


MAKEUP

If you want to be a bit more glamorous than your everyday look, hiring a makeup artist can achieve this. Plus, it makes you feel like a movie star getting pampered. For the bride that is more comfortable with her everyday look and perfectly happy with her own makeup skills, then this is something that you should be safe doing for yourself. A word to the wise, give yourself plenty of time and put on makeup before you put on your dress. 


Before starting any DIY, ask yourself 2 questions:

#1 - Do I have enough time and skill to do this?

#2 - Will it save any money to do it myself?

Hiring a professional is not only to benefit from their expertise, but also to save yourself from stress. Just because you see it in the DIY section of Pinterest, that does not mean that your first attempt is going to come out looking exactly like the example. Even the simple projects become a hassle if you put them off too long and have to scramble at the last minute to finish. Only take on DIY projects that you know you can handle, and always start early enough to give yourself plenty of time to get them done. 

If it is going to cost you nearly as much money to make it yourself as it will to hire a pro, then go ahead and hire the pro! Once hired, they are there to take care of it and you can relax. There is no need to put extra things on your plate if it's not going to help your budget unless you are doing them for sentimental reasons.



WhereBridesGo.com has a wide variety of DIY wedding projects that make it easy for you to do some of the wedding with your own two hands. We also feature many online wedding accessories and other related items that will make everything look gorgeous and run smoothly. Don't take on too much yourself, but good luck with the DIY projects that you do tackle. We bet they will turn out beautiful. 



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Spectacular Gift Items for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is right around the corner. (Sunday, May 8, 2016) WhereBridesGo.com has many sweet and thoughtful gifts for Mom in our online gift store. Jewelry, picture frames, wine decanters, shoulder bags, makeup bags, robes, kitchen items, and so much more. Here are a few of the wonderful items that we know your mother would love to unwrap. 



Jeweled Frame

Give Mom a beautiful place to display happy family memories with this lovely jeweled 4"x6" frame. Dig through some old photos from when you were younger to place inside, or surprise her with an impromptu photo shoot and make some new memories together to fill it up. 


Heart Triple Stand Bracelet

Remind your mother that she holds a special place in your heart with this bracelet. Delicate, feminine chain linked hearts adorn this one of a kind piece of jewelry. It comes in a free organza gift pouch and can be personalized with mom's initial at no extra cost. WhereBridesGo.com has a wonderful variety of bracelets and necklaces in our online store.  


Silver Heart Keepsake Box

We even offer the perfect place for your mother to keep her elegant new heart bracelet. The inside of this jewelry box is lined with black velvet to cradle her favorite pieces of jewelry. We will engrave up to 15 characters on the top. 


Wooden Recipe Stand

Let your mother prop up her best recipes with our recipe stand. Available in both white and brown, this handy holder works for recipe cards, cookbooks, and even tablets for all of those recipes she has saved on Pinterest. It features a twine rope loop for the option of hanging it up. You may also have this item personalized for free. 


Wooden Wine Trough

This rustic wooden container also features a galvanized metal insert, perfect for chilling mom's favorite bottles of wine. If she doesn't happen to be a drinker, it also makes a brilliant container for magazines, craft supplies, or anything else that she does love keeping around. It can be personalized with her initials, name, or a sweet saying at no additional cost.  


Large Coffee Mugs

This item is available for both Mom and Dad. (Father's Day is coming up in June. Be ready early!) This great big 20 ounce mug offers a loving definition of what a parent is. The last line of the description is personalized to say "see also: (fill in your parent's name)" to make them feel even more special.    

Can't decide? Get her a gift card.

We realize that it may confuse your mother to get a gift card from a site that sounds like it's only for weddings, but send her the link to this article so she can see that we are much more than that. There is no expiration date on these certificates for our online gift store, and we will mail it directly to your mother along with instructions on how to redeem it. 



Head on over to WhereBridesGo.com right now and start shopping. The sooner you order, the sooner you'll be ready for this Mother's Day. If you are not lucky enough to live near your mother, you can have your purchase shipped directly to her. Browsing through our online gift store will soon have you realizing, it's not just where brides go for what brides love, but also where daughters and sons go, for what moms love. 




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20 Great Ways for a Couple to Appreciate Each Other (Part 2)

Last week WhereBridesGo.com began our list of 20 great ways for a couple to appreciate each other with tips #1-#10. We hope you all had a chance to try at least a few of those last week, and that they worked so beautifully you are anxious to try out the last ten. 


As we said before, it doesn't matter if you just recently started dating, you are in the middle of planning a wedding, or you are about to celebrate a milestone anniversary. If you are a couple, and you want to stay a happy one, these tips can help you to express the appreciation you each have for one another. 

11. Personal Masseuse

Unless they are super-ticklish, nobody is going to say no to a relaxing back rub. It's a great stress reliever for the recipient, and a great way for you both to connect. If you want to splurge a little, let someone else do the work and book a couple's massage one afternoon, or really go all out and book an entire spa day together.


12. Dance the Night Away

An evening dancing to some lively music is always a great mood lifter. It doesn't have to be that elaborate though. Something as simple as grabbing their hand for a spin around the living room to your favorite song when it pops on the radio is a touching gesture sure to make you both smile.


13. Be a Tutor

Share your love of something that you do well with your sweetie. If you enjoy photography, give them a camera and teach them the tricks of capturing a great photo. You can show them how to prepare a gourmet meal if you are the chef of the two, or teach them how to appreciate a fine wine or craft beer if you are an expert at that.  

14. Take Up a New Hobby

Find something that you both can enjoy and is brand new to each of you. Pick a room in the house to update, start taking walks together, or plant a garden. If you prefer to stay in and relax, choose a TV show to binge watch, or rent a movies series and have a marathon.


15. Couple's Bucket List

Dream together, and dream big. Choose some awesome things that you would both love to try someday, write them down, then make a monthly date to mark one of those things off of the list. If it is something like an expensive trip around the world, now you both have a mutual goal to save for and make happen. 

16. Get Sporty

For the active couple, grab a ball (football, basketball, tennis ball, golf ball...) and get ready for a little healthy competition. If you prefer to watch rather than play, cheer on your favorite team together. If you don't share the same favorite team, well, here's another chance for a little healthy competition.  

17. Game Night

Maybe you prefer your competition in board game or video game form. Make one of your date nights a game night and see who racks up the best score. Invite a few friends over to join in the fun and you can both team up and work together to win.

18. Hit the Road

Grab a map, jump in the car, and just go! It doesn't matter if you meticulously plan a trip, or if you flip a coin every time you come to an intersection to choose left or right. The point of a road trip is to spend some quality time together and see something new or find an adventure. 


19. Share the Love

A great way to show your appreciation for the one that you love is to brag about them a little bit. Tell them how amazing they are at a particular task. Better yet, make it public and say something sweet about your other half online so everyone knows just how incredible they are. It will make them feel good and they will be happy to hear how much you truly appreciate them. 

20. Simply Say "I Love You!"

The easiest way to let the person that you love know they are appreciated is to simply remember to tell them that you love them. Sure, they know it already, but no one can ever hear those words too often. Always begin and end your days with this beautiful reminder, and feel free to throw it around in the middle of the day too.

Couple Appreciation Month is a wonderful reminder of how important it is to let your special someone know exactly how special they are. Do it often, and make it fun. Adopt the tips that you like into your everyday routine. If you have some ideas of your own, share them with our WhereBridesGo.com readers. Your idea may be just what someone needs to go from dating to needing help from our online wedding accessory store. Go ahead, share how you share the love!



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20 Great Ways for a Couple to Appreciate Each Other (Part 1)

The month of April happens to be Couple Appreciation Month. During the process of planning a wedding, sometimes a bride and groom are so focused on lists that they forget to focus on each other. This month is a great reminder to put a little time aside and let each other know how very important your relationship is. 


You don't have to be engaged to take part in Couple Appreciation Month. Whether you are already married, or just a couple in the beginning of your romance, WhereBridesGo.com has a few ideas to help you show your special someone how much you love them. 

1. Hide & Seek

Grab a pack of post-it notes and hide hand-written terms of endearment for your partner to find all around the house. You can even up the ante and hide small gifts for them to find, or combine the two ideas and leave clues to one big gift or a special night out. 


2. Dear John




Forget the digital world for a minute and go old school. Put pen to paper and write a heartfelt love note to your significant other. If you are stumped for words, make it a long thank you note filled with all of the reasons that you are thankful that they picked you. 

3. Enjoy the Outdoors

Get outside and away from your daily routine and have an outdoor adventure. It can be as simple as sitting on a bench in the park together or packing a picnic and heading to your favorite quiet spot. If you are an active couple, visit a state park and take a long hike together, or hop on a couple of bikes and get to riding. 

4. Green Thumb

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is always a nice gesture, maybe more for the girls to receive than the guys. You can easily turn this into a way to spend some quality time with each other and make it a summer-long project. Plant a garden full of flowers together. 

5. Dreaded Tasks

An excellent way to treat someone that you love is to tackle a chore for them that you know they hate to do. Take out the garbage, do the grocery shopping for the week, or fold that pile of clean laundry that keeps growing.  

6. Breakfast in Bed

Who doesn't love to get spoiled a little? This requires a bit of stealth and early rising if you want to surprise them, but it doesn't have to be a surprise. Just convince your loved one that they should lay back down and take it easy while you cook up their favorite morning meal. 

7. Dinner Date

Pick an evening to eat dinner out at your favorite restaurant, or pick a brand new place to try together. If you know your way around the kitchen fairly well, cook for your partner, or pick a recipe to whip up together and make this a bonding experience. 

8. Make An Appointment

If you don't already have a set weekly, or at least monthly, date night on your calendar, now is a great time to adopt this tradition. We all get busy with work, family, friends, and all that comes with our daily lives. It is important for a couple to make the time to keep their love alive. Putting your date on the calendar is a great way to make it the priority it is and more likely to happen. 

9. Take a Selfie

Document your relationship so that you can relive these wonderful moments over and over. It only takes a minute to click a quick picture of the two of you while you are out, and today's technology makes it easy to share a few of these special moments with everyone else. Share the love!  

10. Lock Those Lips

You most likely kiss each other daily, but how often do you really focus on that kiss? A fun experiment to try is the "15-second kiss." Set a timer and kiss each other for 15 straight seconds. It sounds like a short time, but during a kiss, 15 seconds seems to stretch on for quite a long time. Kissing is a very intimate act that we can sometimes take for granted. You are sure to enjoy this experiment, and if you are up to it, see how much longer you can go past 15 seconds. Beware, kissing is a gateway drug to much more fun stuff. 


That should keep you busy until next week when we give you the next 10 great ways to show your appreciation for each other. WhereBridesGo.com recognizes the importance of telling and showing that special person in your life exactly how much they mean to you. Letting them know often is a key to a happy relationship. Let Couple Appreciation Month be the beginning of many enjoyable habits to keep your love alive and well.




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