Great Ways To Keep Children At Your Wedding Entertained

If you are planning a wedding that children are invited to, you will want to make special arrangements to keep the little ones entertained so that the adults can enjoy the celebration. There are lots of simple things that can be done to accomplish this, and many of them are even fun for the grown-ups too. WhereBridesGo.com has pulled together a list of ideas for you in today's blog.


Personalized Place Settings
If the kids will be sitting with their parents at the reception, you can add a touch of whimsy to their place settings to make them feel extra special. Make their place mat out of a material that can be drawn on, and provide colored pencils or crayons in a cute container that matches your wedding colors. You can find adorable activity books in our online wedding accessory store, and they even include the crayons and a sheet of stickers. 


Kids aren't always patient when it comes to waiting for the food to be served, so it might be a good idea to have a simple snack waiting for them at the table. WhereBridesGo.com has lots of adorable containers that are perfect for that. You could even have a fun cup, complete with a lid and straw to reduce drink spills, that doubles as something useful and a favor for them to take home. 

A "Kids Only" Table
If the children are old enough and wouldn't mind sitting away from their parents, you can designate an entire table just for them. It can mimic the regular reception tables, but with a few fun additions like stuffed animals or a bouquet of lollipops instead of flowers as a part of the centerpiece.     


Make Room For Fun
Set aside a specific area for the kids to have some fun without any adults getting in their way. A side table can be filled with bubbles, board games, and toys for entertainment. It can be near the dance floor so parents can still keep an eye on them, and if the kids hear a song they can't resist, they are only a skip away from hitting the dance floor with mom and dad. Just make sure that the activity table is not too close to any loud speakers. 

If the weather is nice and you have access to an outdoor area, set up a few lawn games. This is a popular activity for grown-ups too, so vary the difficulty levels so that everyone can have a good time. The kids would also love it if you set up a play tent for them to "make-believe" in.   


Hire Entertainment
If you want the parents and grandparents to be able to take their minds off of worrying about the little ones, hire a babysitter to keep an eye on the entire bunch. You can put them in charge of an activity area, or make arrangements for a room near the reception for the sitter to entertain all the kids in. 

Take it a step further, and hire someone to watch the kids that also has a special skill, like music, magic, or even a funny clown act. If you really want to blow their minds, rent a giant bounce house for the kids to play in. We almost guarantee, though, that a few of the adults will make their way into that too!


Children don't always have the patience or attention span that adults do, but when you plan activities and treats especially for the kids, the parents might actually be ready to head home before the young ones are! You will find things to please kids at your reception at WhereBridesGo.com. There are also lots of adorable flower girl & ring bearer gifts for the children taking part in your wedding too. If the kids are happy, the grown-ups are happy, so everyone at your wedding reception can have an incredible time. 



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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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Magnificent Wedding Jewelry For Your Beautiful Bridesmaids

The women that you choose to be in your bridal party are very special to you, so you will want to do something very special for them as a thank you for being a part of this very important day. You can find the best bridesmaid gifts online when you shop at WhereBridesGo.com. An excellent item to gift your girls is the jewelry that they will wear on your wedding day. 

Our online wedding accessory store offers a wonderful variety of elegant jewelry to fit many different styles. Best of all, most of our pieces can be personalized for each individual that you will be gifting it to. That makes the present even more significant and unique. Here are a few ideas to get your fashion inspiration fired up. 

Jewelry Sets
WhereBridesGo.com has put together some magnificent jewelry sets. You can get a necklace with matching earrings, and in some cases, even the bracelet to go with them. There is a fantastic assortment of different styles to choose from, including pieces made with rhinestones, pearls, and beads.   



Individual Pieces
Some gowns are styled in a way that you don't need an entire set of jewelry, but instead just a fabulous necklace or charming bracelet. It doesn't even have to be something that they will wear on the wedding day, but rather a beautiful piece that is engraved with their name or initials. It can be worn long after the wedding as a sweet reminder of your friendship. Don't forget the flower girl! We have something for those little ladies too. 


Unique Items
If you are not planning a wedding on a beach, you may not have discovered barefoot sandals. Now that you have, you may want to change your venue to one near the water! This brilliant foot jewelry offers beauty, comfort, and convenience for a bride and her bridesmaids that will be walking down a sandy aisle. 


Jewelry Holders
You will even find items for your bridesmaids to keep their jewelry in at WhereBridesGo.com. We carry some lovely jewelry rolls in a rainbow of colors, and you can can have each girl's initial either embroidered or set in rhinestones on the front. There are also jewelry boxes that can hold lots of jewelry, available in both large and small sizes.   

 

Not just for the bridesmaids...
All of this gorgeous wedding jewelry online isn't only for your bridesmaids. These pieces are beautiful enough to adorn any bride too. You just may find the perfect jewelry for yourself while you are shopping for the women in your wedding.  

While you are at WhereBridesGo.com already, browse through the other wonderful online wedding accessories that we have available. Take care of your ceremony and reception decor, gifts for everyone in the wedding party, honeymoon gear, and so much more. Be sure to check out the clearance section too. It's always full of goodies at incredible discounts.  



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...for What Brides Love!


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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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Incredible Holiday Gifts For Everyone This Season

The holiday season means it's time to start making those those lists and checking them twice. You will find a wonderful array of fantastic gifts for everyone on that list in our online gift store. There's a lot more than just "what bride's love" at WhereBridesGo.com! Below you will see a few of the many incredible things that we have waiting for you, and most of them can even be personalized for free. 

Gifts For Her
If the person you are shopping for seems to already have everything, you will find lots of items at WhereBridesGo.com that you can never have too many of. We have a wide assortment of tote bags in a variety of colors, shapes, patterns, and styles. Add their initials, name, or a cute message for free and make it a one-of-a kind gift.



Jewelry is another present that no woman ever seems to mind getting more of. You will find lots of gorgeous bracelets and necklaces in our online store, and we even have exquisite ways to store them available. Find jewelry boxes on our site, and even jewelry rolls that allow the recipient to travel safely with their lovely baubles. 

When it comes to stocking stuffers, we've got you covered there too. A couple of great ideas are personalized makeup bags or the super comfortable and convenient pocket shoes.   

 


Gifts For Him
Just because "bride" is in our name, that doesn't mean we don't have gifts that guys love too. There are tons of things for the fellas to get excited about this season. Buy him a brand new wallet to start the new year out in style. We also have golfing and fishing accessories for his relaxing days off. Is he a hunter? Then he'll love our personalized metal ammunition box. 





You will even find some fashionable wristwatches, pocket watches, and cufflinks for the gentleman that likes to look stylish. If he's a sports fanatic, then you'll want to check out our lines of team inspired accessories. We have lots of grilling items for tailgating, coolers, personalized drinkware, and more. 




Gifts For Everyone
If you're buying for a couple or a family, or even need a non-specific gift for an exchange at a party, there are a lot of great gift ideas for those too. You'll find home decor items like flower vases and picture frames. We especially love the Steampunk Wooden Docking Station that holds your mobile device while it's charging, along with car keys, watches, fit bits, and any other things you need to keep in a safe place until your next trip out. 




When it comes to eating and drinking, you'll find something for all the foodies on your list at WhereBridesGo.com. Recipe holders, cutting boards, glassware, and decanters are just the beginning of the incredible items that we have for you this holiday season. 



What's on your list?
Grab a pen and paper, then head over to www.WhereBridesGo.com and start making a list of your favorite holiday gifts online. Just because you don't see it here doesn't mean that we don't have it. There is so much more where these came from, so make sure to carve out a little extra time when you're ready to search our online gift store. Remember, nearly every item we sell offers free personalization, and if you simply can't decide, pick up a gift card and let them do the shopping. 


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



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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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9 Simple Ways To Save Money & Stretch Your Wedding Budget (Part 2)

Last week we gave you the first five of the 9 Simple Ways to Save Money & Stretch Your Wedding Budget, and now it's time for the final four. The following tips for planning a wedding will be very helpful when it comes to choosing details about the reception. WhereBridesGo.com has many affordable wedding accessories online that allow you to throw an amazing celebration without "breaking the bank." These tips will stretch your wedding dollars a bit further. 

Use Double-Duty Items
Strive to use things that you buy for the wedding in more than one way. Favors can double as place cards, aisle decorations from the ceremony can be used for centerpieces at the reception, and table numbers can be placed on wine bottles being served at each table. Getting creative with how you use every single item can cut some of your costs in half.    

Skimp on the Flowers
Flowers are an item that the bill can rise on quickly. You don't have to skip them completely to save money. Just use other things along with them to fill up space. There are lots of beautiful kinds of greenery that you can use for filler along with a few blooms. Smaller arrangements on each table can be balanced by the addition of candles, photo frames, lanterns, or other props that tie in with the rest of the wedding decor. 

Bridesmaids don't need to carry a full, expensive bouquet that they will probably throw away after the reception. A single, long-stemmed flower looks just as wonderful coming down the aisle in their hands. If you find an outdoor venue with lots of its own natural florals, you won't even need to decorate that space at all. 

Limit the Food & Drink
Another item that has one of the biggest price tags at a wedding is the food and drinks being served. If you don't have the budget for a full, sit-down dinner, there are other ways to keep your guests satisfied and well-fed. You can plan your reception to take place early in the day. Lunch and cocktail hour menus are much less expensive than dinner. Lots of couples even choose to get married in the morning and host a wedding brunch. Who doesn't love breakfast food? 

As for the bar, it is nice to offer your guests something to drink, but there is no rule stating you have to give them unlimited cocktails all evening long. Choosing to serve only 1 or 2 signature cocktails, or just beer and wine, is perfectly acceptable. If you think that your guests will want more options than that, have a cash bar available in addition to the drinks you are hosting. 

Fake the Cake
One great trick for making your wedding cake feed lots of people is to have a small one visible for the official cutting, and inexpensive sheet cakes to cut up and serve hidden away in the kitchen. Everyone gets a piece and you didn't have to pay hundreds of dollars for a multi-tiered cake. 

Another option is to order a plain cake and add simple embellishments yourself. One of our unique wedding cake toppers and a few flowers is plenty of decoration to make a cake that everyone will rave about. Also, if you don't tell the baker it is for a wedding, the price may be a little lower too. 


Visit our online wedding supply store to find affordable options for nearly everything you will need for your ceremony and reception. WhereBridesGo.com always offers wonderful prices, and when you sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media, you'll be the first to know when we offer special discount codes. The clearance section on our website is always being updated with new unbelievable specials too, so always check there when you shop with us. Happy planning!   




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...for What Brides Love!



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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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9 Simple Ways To Save Money & Stretch Your Wedding Budget (Part 1)

A wedding is a very special occasion that deserves to have a little more money put toward it than your average shindig. Still, no one wants to wake up the day after with a long list of bills to pay and nothing left for the honeymoon or even your day-to-day living. WhereBridesGo.com has a few easy ways for you to cut spending and still plan an amazing wedding. This week features the first five, and we'll continue the list in next week's blog.  

Shop Smart
There is no reason to rush out and buy everything you need the second you see it. Start by researching to find what you love, then keep an eye out for sales on those items. As long as they aren't going to sell out and you are planning far enough in advance, you can hold off on buying many wedding accessories until closer to the actual date. 

You can sign up for alerts by text or email from many stores to get updates about when they are running sales. Following them on social media is an excellent way to know when the buys are the best too. If you are planning your wedding at least one year out, hit all of the after-holiday sales for decorative items.  

WhereBridesGo.com always has some type of code on our website offering special discounts. These change, so visit the site often until you see the deal you have been waiting for! (Remember to leave enough time for your orders to ship!) Also, under the "Ceremony" tab we feature a "Clearance" section where you can take advantage of some unbelievable special prices. Visit that section often too, but if you see something you have to have, order it before its gone!  

Find Unused Money
There are most likely quite a few things laying around your house that never ever get used. These items can be turned into cash for your wedding! If you have lots of them, or if you will be consolidating two households into one, consider having a garage sale. Another option is selling on Ebay or one of the many local Facebook selling groups that have formed. 

Another great way to find extra money is by using credit cards. This particular tip is only helpful if you pay them off right away and avoid interest charges. As long as you promise to do that, many credit cards will give you cash back for purchases made, or even free mileage that can be used for your honeymoon trip. Buy everything for the wedding with the card, earn the free money, then pay it off with what you already had saved for your wedding budget.  

Host A Weekday Wedding
Many venues offer discounted rates if you get married on any day other than Saturday. This may require a bit of extra planning for your guests to be able to attend if they have a Monday-Friday job, but you can throw an awesome celebration for a fraction of the cost for the venue rental. It's definitely worth considering if you want to save some money.

Have It All In One Place
If you can find a venue that allows you to have both the ceremony and reception in the same spot, this will save you from having to pay two separate venue rental fees. If you can find one that allows you to bring in all of your own vendors (cake, catering, etc...) it's usually a lot easier to keep the prices down on those. Do the math though, because some all-inclusive venues have wonderful package deals to take advantage of.  

Save on Stationery
Wedding invitations come in all different sizes and often with lots of bulky, extra inserts. If your invites are larger and heavier than a regular card, the postage you have to pay will start rising quickly. Keep this in mind while stationery shopping. 

Having a wedding website, which you can find as a free service online, will allow you to skip many of the inserts that are normally found inside a wedding invitation envelope. You can virtually accept RSVPs, give directions to the venue, share hotel information, and much more.  



Those tips should get you started on your budget wedding planning, and next week we'll cover a few ways to cut back spending on reception items in Part 2 of 9 Simple Ways To Save Money & Stretch Your Wedding Budget. Don't forget to visit WhereBridesGo.com often to check out the new clearance items and special discount codes. If you'd like to join our mailing list, you can do so from the right-hand column of this blog. See you next week!  



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...for What Brides Love!



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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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11 Of Our Favorite Wedding Cake Toppers

Deciding on the style of wedding cake that you will serve, and especially picking the flavor, is one of the most fun tasks during wedding planning. The crowning glory on that magnificent cake is the wedding cake topper that you choose to decorate it with. 

WhereBridesGo.com has just about every type of cake topper imaginable, from elegant and romantic to whimsical and silly.  Here are eleven of our favorites (because we had a hard time stopping at a top ten!) but you really should visit our online wedding accessory store and pick out a few favorites of your own!

Monogram cake toppers are always popular, and look very elegant on the top tier of your wedding cake. They can also look wonderful positioned on the gift table or near the guest book. 


Burlap banners are a very popular decoration at rustic weddings, and this shabby chic topper is the perfect complement to those. 


Chalkboards are also wonderful wedding decorations for announcing event schedules, seating charts, or labeling different items on the reception tables. This cake topper follows that theme, and can be personalized by us so you don't have to worry about the handwriting. 

  
With football season going on right now, we couldn't resist featuring this sporty cake topper. If you are sports fans, head on over to WhereBridesGo.com and check out all of the other activities that we highlight too. 


The most important phrase of the day will be "I do!" This cake topper honors that, with the reminder that it's not just for now, but for always!


We have lots of cake toppers that are perfect for any couple that remains young at heart. This adorable couple is sharing a kiss before surprising each other with sweet gifts. 

   
For all of you "lovebirds" out there, this one is perfect. It not only declares that "Love is in the air," but also features your initials, names, and the wedding date. 



If you're a couple that loves the feel of the open road and the wind in your hair, this just may be the cake topper for you.


A heart cake topper symbolizes the love that this special day is all about. This particular one has the addition of the wedding rings, which symbolize your promise of forever to each other. 


We love this cake topper because the couple is looking so lovingly into each other's eyes, with the simple "&" between them summing it all up. 


Normally you will find top ten lists, but we had to add just one more. The loving dip and kiss between the bride and groom on this cake topper says pure romance to us. 


Our online wedding store has a huge variety of wedding cake toppers for every person, covering hobbies, different styles, and other symbols that help to tell the story of you as a couple. Many of them can be personalized with the wording, and quite a few can even be ordered with specific hair colors to match the two of you. 

Even if you won't be having a traditional wedding cake at your reception, these cake toppers work equally as well for decoration at the wedding. Set one on your dessert table near whatever sweets you've decided to serve instead. Once you've found the perfect topper for your wedding, go ahead and browse the rest of WhereBridesGo.com for all of your other wedding needs.




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Helpful Wedding Invitation Tips

The wedding invitation sets the tone for the formality and feel that you want conveyed at your wedding. It is your guests' first introduction to what they can expect on your special day. Many DIY couples prefer to design and print their own invitations rather than order them pre-made. If this is you, WhereBridesGo.com has a few tips for you to turn our customizable wedding invitations into exactly what you need. 
Photo Overlay Invitation Kit
Pick Your Design
As we mentioned earlier, the wedding invitation that you choose will set the tone for the type of wedding your guests should expect. An extremely formal affair will need a very elegant invitation, and for a casual, afternoon event you can go with an invite that is more whimsical and fun. Once you have the overall feel decided, browse through the different colors and styles that are available at our online wedding accessory store

Another thing to keep in mind when you are choosing a design is the size, shape, and weight of the invitation. The bigger or bulkier it is, the more it will cost to mail. Figure out how much money you want to budget for postage, and stick to the invitations that will allow you to stay in that price range. 

Decide What Information To Include
There are many inserts that can be included in the envelope along with the invitation itself. These extra papers are for giving your guests information that is not listed on the invite. You should alert guests what type of reception to expect after the ceremony, but any more details than "Dinner and dancing immediately following" should be listed on a separate card.

You will want to include an RSVP card, unless you choose to accept RSVPs by phone, email, or through a website. Additional sheets that you may want to have as an extra insert include: a map and directions, travel/hotel information, or reception details. If you have a wedding website to alert your guests about wedding updates, make sure the page address is included with your invitation.   

Get The Wording Right
The formality of your wedding will dictate how the wording of your invitation should be. Generally, numbers such as dates and times are spelled out rather than using numerals (half past seven, the eighth day of October.) If parents' names will be included on the invitation, the hosting family will be listed first. If the couple is hosting, the bride's name will come before the groom's. 

You will want to decide how you would like to invite your guests:

  • ...request the pleasure of your company...
  • ...invite you to celebrate the marriage of...
  • ...join us as two become one...
  • ...formally invite you to the wedding ceremony of...
In addition to the persons hosting and the names of the bride and groom, include the date, time, and place, and what type or reception, if any, will follow. Wedding invitations only have the most basic of details, worded in a pretty way. Use inserts to give out additional information. 



Double, Triple, & Quadruple Check The Details!
You do not want to print 200 wedding invitations, only to notice a misspelled name or, heaven forbid, the wrong date printed on every one of them. Proofread it carefully, line by line, until you are positive that it is 100% correct. Then have 1 or 2 more people do the same thing. A fresh eye is much more likely to see a problem than the person who has already been staring at it for hours. 

Do A Test Printing
Whether you are printing your invites at home or taking them to a store to print for you, only print 1 copy to start with. Once you are positive that nothing looks out of place and you are completely happy with how it turned out, go ahead and have the rest printed. 

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Get Them In The Mail
Once everything is printed, it's time to stuff envelopes. If you are only sending a single invitation, it's a simple, yet time-consuming, task. If inserts are included, stack them in the following order before putting into the envelope. The wording on each piece of paper should always be facing up. If you invitation folds, place the stack of inserts inside of it rather than on top.

  • The invitation 
  • The reception card
  • Additional inserts
  • The RSVP card, tucked under the return envelope flap
Now all that's left to do is drop them off at the post office to be delivered. Leave yourself plenty of time to pack and address all of your wedding invitations so that you can get them in the mail 6-8 weeks before the wedding day. 

With that task out of the way, you can concentrate on all of the final details that go into planning your wedding. WhereBridesGo.com not only has invitations, but also everything else that you need to pull off a gorgeous ceremony and reception, plus the fun extras to go along with those. After all, we are "Where brides go for what brides love!" 




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