Our Fully Customizable DIY Wedding Fan Program Kits

There are lots of DIY brides out there that want to do everything themselves. This takes up a lot of time, and for some people it's a lot harder than they realize after they get started. A great way to make things a lot easier on yourself is to accept help where you can get it. Wedding DIY help from WhereBridesGo.com is available in the form of kits that do some of the work for you. Our Wedding Fan Program Kits are a great example of this. 



Turning the program for your wedding into a fan is perfect for outdoor ceremonies taking place in hot weather, plus it doubles as a cute favor for guests to take home. Our kits offer a wide variety of shapes and designs, allowing you to completely customize the final look and personalize it with your own touches. 

Easy-To-Follow Instructions
Every kit comes with a CD of pre-designed templates, letting you choose from many different looks to find the one that's perfect for your wedding. After you pick your favorite, you can fill in all of the details and adjust the wording exactly the way you like it. Simply print them out on the high quality cardstock provided and assemble them using the sticks and adhesive glue dots that come with your kit. 
A Wide Variety Of Styles
The DIY Scroll Fan Program Kit has a rectangular fan, offering simple yet elegant designs for you to choose from. It features 9 different color schemes. If you want something a little fancier, you may prefer the graphics available with our DIY Designer Fan Program Paper Kit.      





For the romantic bride who loves to see hearts everywhere, the DIY Heart Fan Program Paper Kit lets you get creative with both the wording and the shape. If you prefer a more traditional type of fan for your wedding programs, we also have the DIY 3-piece Fan Program Kit made from high quality cardstock and tied together with elegant satin ribbon.  





Your Creativity In Action
There are lots of different ways that you can show off your creativity and personality by "doing it yourself," but there's no need to take on more than you can handle. Using kits from our online wedding accessory store for programs, favors, invitations, and more will take some of the pressure off of you and save you precious time. These wedding fan programs are just the beginning of what WhereBridesGo.com has in store for you. Head on over to the website and take a look around. It's where brides go... for what brides love! 



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...for What Brides Love!



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

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How To Successfully Survive A Bridal Show

Bridal Shows are an excellent tool for getting a lot of wedding related tasks tackled all at once, plus an amazing source of wedding inspiration. On the other hand, there is so much to see and so many vendors vying for your attention, they can be a bit overwhelming. WhereBridesGo.com has a few tips and tricks for you to try that will help to make your bridal show experience both pleasant and successful. 

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Get your name on the list.
If the bridal show you will be attending offers pre-registration, do it! Instead of filling out paperwork when you first get there, you can get into the show faster and get to the main event. You might even be eligible for additional giveaways by getting your name on the list early.  

Do some homework.
A bridal show is the perfect time to get a close-up look at what your local wedding vendors can really do, plus find out if their personality and wedding planning philosophy will gel well with yours. If it is a very large show, you could be in for a long day. 

Research the vendors that will be there, and plan to visit the ones that you are most interested in first. Also, if you already have some of your vendors booked, those booths can be skipped, giving you more time to find the vendors that you still need. The other booths will still be there to browse at the end if you have extra time.

Gather your "Team Bride."
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Take friends or family along with you that will enjoy this type of event and can also help you accomplish everything that you need to get done. It can be a really fun girls' afternoon for you and your entire wedding party, or you can simply go with only your maid of honor. Some brides bring along their mom and future mother-in-law, and a few even persuade their groom-to-be to join them.  

Having helpers means that you can cover more ground. Send them out scouting for you if necessary, let them help you carry all of that swag the vendors will be giving away, and use them to fend off any pushy vendors that you want to get away from. Most importantly though, only take team members that you can have fun with.   

Designate a wedding email address.
You'll be meeting a lot of wedding vendors, and every time you sign up for giveaways at their booths, you'll most likely be giving out your email address. Rather than trying to separate all of the emails that you'll be getting about the wedding (both wanted and unwanted,) set up a temporary email address specifically to handle wedding information. 

Once the wedding planning is over, you can shut down that address and never have to get an email from those vendors again. If there are some that you believe you may use in the future for other events, you can send them your permanent email address.  

Save your writing hand.
Nearly every booth will have giveaways, so there will be a lot of signing up to do. Even with your "Team Bride" helping you out, all of that writing can get old. Instead, print out all of the information that may be needed on sticky address labels. All you will have to do then is put that label on the giveaway sheet, no writing involved, plus it takes up a lot less of your time. Information that you should include is: 
  • Bride's name
  • Groom's name
  • Wedding date
  • Email Address
  • Phone number (Only if you are okay with them calling you.)
  • Home address (Optional, but you should at least include your city & state.) 
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Be prepared.
Once bridal show day arrives, there are a few things to keep in mind before you head out. There is really no dress code, but you will be doing a LOT of walking, so comfortable shoes are extremely important. 

Be sure to eat a light meal before you attend the show. There will most likely be samples from caterers and bakeries, but all of that sweet cake won't sit well on your stomach after multiple samples if you don't have some solid food in there already. 

Taking the following items along will help you stay organized and have a more successful experience.
  • Datebook
    You won't get a lot of quality time with vendors with all of the other people trying to talk to them too. Have your calendar handy to schedule one-on-one meetings with the best ones that you want to get to know better and possibly hire.
  • Checkbook / Credit Card
    If you happen to find a wedding vendor that you absolutely have to have, put a deposit down right away before someone else books your date. Also, many vendors may be offering "bridal show only" discounts that you won't want to miss.
  • Spending Money
    Even with all of those samples being given away, you may get hungry or thirsty. There should be stands to buy meals or snacks, and possibly a bar. Have cash handy in case that is all the smaller stands accept.
  • An Extra Bag
    You may be given a bag to hold all of the goodies that you will be collecting at different booths (fliers, business cards, promo items, etc...) but it's always better to be safe than sorry. An added bonus if you end up having more than one bag is that you can put your VIP information in one and extra items from vendors that you don't like as much in the other. Don't throw away anything until you have for sure booked your vendors though. That way, if you don't go with your first choice for some reason, you'll still have contact information for your second choice .
  • Your Bridal Binder
    Whether you keep track of your wedding planning with an actual in-hand binder or you catalog everything digitally on your computer or mobile device, have it close by. You can add important information to it while everything is still fresh in your mind. Have a pen and paper in there to take notes about things that you see and want to remember. A great trick is to write those notes directly on the flier or business card from the vendor that you are writing about.
     
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Good luck!
The tips above should help you to get the best possible information out of every bridal show that you attend. Visit with the other brides that you meet while you are there and compare notes with each other. 

If you use the bridal show to find as many vendors as possible, that task can be checked off of your to-do list and you can move on to the fun stuff, like searching our online wedding accessory store for the details, like table decorations, bridesmaid gifts, unique guest books, gorgeous cake toppers, and so much more. The bridal show is a great place to get everything started, and WhereBridesGo.com can help you to pull all of the pieces together for an unforgettable wedding.  



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



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

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5 Romantic Traditions To Begin With Your Spouse


Weddings are the perfect time to begin a new romantic tradition to reenact every year with your true love. Of course, traditions can be started whenever you feel like it, so even if you were married years ago, there's no time like the present to start a new tradition. It can happen on your wedding anniversary, the anniversary of the day you first met, Valentine's Day, or any other significant date that is special to the two of you. WhereBridesGo.com has five excellent ideas for things that you can incorporate into your wedding or begin right now, wherever you happen to be in your relationship. 


Toast Your Love
There is a wonderful wine box ceremony that is extremely romantic and reminds you why you fell in love with each other. Place a good bottle of wine in a keepsake box along with a love letter from each of you to the other, filled with reasons you love that person. Seal the box up and put it away until next year when you will open it back up and read your letters while enjoying that bottle of wine together. Afterwards, write new letters, replace the wine with a full bottle, and seal it up again until next time.  

Snap A Picture
The letters that you write to each other will put into words how you change from year to year, but a picture is worth a thousand words! Pick a photo that you love of the two of you and reenact it. The same pose, and if possible, in the same place every single year. Keep a scrapbook specifically for these pictures that you can flip through and see how, no matter how long you are together, your love remains a beautiful sight to see. 


Retrace Your Steps
Plan a yearly trip to a special spot that means the world to the two of your. It could be the place where you were married, where your first date happened, where he proposed, where the two of you first laid eyes on each other... you get the idea. Every year when you return to the scene, those old feelings will wash back over you, along with the new memories that you make each time you are there.   

Have An Adventure
A bucket list can be an incredible thing to motivate you to try something new and exciting. Make a special box to fill with activities that you have always wanted to try. You can add to it any time throughout the year that you like by writing the idea on paper and placing it inside the box. When your anniversary or other special day rolls around, reach in and draw out your new adventure to experience together. You could even let guests at your wedding fill in a few ideas for you at the reception. You'll both be surprised when you draw out one of those.  

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Renew Your Vows
There is no better way to remember the promises that you made to each other than by saying them to each other all over again. You don't need to have another big ceremony to do this. A small for just the two of you can be just as wonderful. You can even plan your own mini-reception (with you as the only guests) for after the vow renewal. 


You don't need a gigantic gesture to show someone how much you love them (although those are awesome too!) Simple traditions can mean a lot, and they give you both something to really look forward to every year. Maybe you can even have a different tradition for all of the romantic milestones in your relationship. 

Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away. Pick one of the WhereBridesGo.com ideas above and start a tradition right away, then choose another one for your anniversary, and maybe even another for a different type of special day. There are lots of opportunities to romance your true love. Take advantage of as many of them as often as you can!   



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


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Wedding DIY Help From WhereBridesGo.com

There are a lot of DIY brides out there that want to make everything for their own wedding. This is a great way to add a personal touch to the entire event, but it can also be a lot more time consuming than you would expect. It is possible to take on DIY wedding projects if you have one of two things (or preferably both): lots of time before the wedding, or plenty of help!


WhereBridesGo.com is a great place to start looking for that help. We have a wonderful variety of DIY wedding items that allow you to do most of it yourself, but the beginning of the project is already taken care of. That little bit of extra assistance can save you lots of time and quite a bit of stress while you are putting your personal touch on the wedding. 

Invitations
Wedding invitations from WhereBridesGo.com come with all of the pieces that you need to assemble an incredible invite, ready for you to add your own wording and design. We offer a wonderful variety colors and styles for you to choose from. Simple invitations that only need your wording added, some that come with beautiful embellishments for you to add after printing, and even a gorgeous Photo Overlay Invitation Kit that comes with everything that you need to print out wedding invitations using a photo of the two of you as a background.    



Programs
Wedding programs are an excellent way to let all of your guests know who's who in your ceremony, plus give them a head's up about the order of activities for the day. For outdoor ceremonies, it's fun to put your program on a fan that guests can use to cool off on a hot day. 

These fan programs can be made in a lovely variety of shapes to get the job done. All of the kits from WhereBridesGo.com arrive with everything you need to put together a unique wedding program. In addition to all of the necessary pieces, including adhesive glue dots, you will also get a CD with pre-designed blank templates to choose from.   



Favors
You can find favors on our online wedding accessory store to add your own personal touch to. There are favor holders that can be personalized and filled with items that match your wedding colors. One of our favorite favors is the DIY Wine Stopper. Simply unscrew the top of this silver-plated wine bottle stopper to add your own beads or charms. Even if you buy pre-made favors from WhereBridesGo.com, many of them can have a personal message or inscription added.  



Need more inspiration? 
There are lots of projects that you can take on to prepare for your big day, but using our DIY wedding kits lets you be crafty, but with a bit less work involved on your part. If you want even more ideas for your wedding, check out our WhereBridesGo.com boards on Pinterest. There are tons of great ideas there. Good luck with your projects, and if you need help, take a look through our website to find all kinds of wonderful items for an amazing wedding. 



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...for What Brides Love!


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

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What Brides Love Before, During, & After The Wedding Day

Our online wedding store has nearly everything that you need to pull off an amazing wedding, plus every celebration that goes along with that special day. Our tagline - Where Brides Go... for What Brides Love! - is true. It's not just the items that you are needing for the ceremony and reception, but many things for before and after the big day too. 

Before the Wedding Day
After the proposal, there are quite a few events and celebrations to take care of before the actual wedding day. Many of these will be handled by friends and family of the bride and groom, but they will be able to find the perfect items that the couple will love at WhereBridesGo.com. Below are just a few of the many things that can be found there.  


  • Engagement Parties
    • Table decorations, toasting glasses, specialty picture frames, and more are available on our website. You may even be able to use some of the party items again at the wedding reception.
  • Bridal Showers
    • Bridal shower invitations can be ordered from WhereBridesGo.com, as well as many entertaining party games. Guest books, table decorations, and even bridal shower gift record books are available too.  
  • Bachelorette Parties
    • A little bit naughty and a lot nice, our bachelorette party supplies are perfect for the bride's last night out as a single lady. Bachelorette sashes, decorations, wine glass charms, party glasses, koozies, tiaras, favors, hangover kits, and so much more are waiting to be discovered. 
  • Wedding Invitations
    • This particular item will need to be ordered, addressed, and in the mail 4-6 weeks before the wedding day, so it can be considered a "before the wedding day" item. You will find a wonderful variety of colors and styles on our website of DIY invitations that are ready to have your information filled in and printed out.


During the Wedding Day
The majority of our wedding supply store online is filled with lots of lovely things for your ceremony and reception. There is absolutely no way for us to list them all in this blog, but a quick click over to WhereBridesGo.com will show you everything below plus a whole lot more! Whether you are shopping by color, theme, or type of item, you will find wonderful things within our store's pages. 

  • Flower Girl Baskets & Ring Bearer Pillows
  • Aisle Runners
  • Unity Ceremony Sets
  • Programs
  • Unique Guest Books
  • Cake Toppers & Serving Sets
  • Table Decorations (confetti, candle holders, place cards, and more)
  • Glassware
  • Wedding Card Holders
  • Personalized Napkins
  • Favors
  • Wedding Party Gifts & Jewelry


After the Wedding Day 
The fun's not over once the reception ends! You've still got the honeymoon to look forward to, plus a long, happy life together. We've got some things to make those time even more enjoyable. 

  • Honeymoon
    • WhereBridesGo.com even has a few fun items for you to take along on your honeymoon to let everyone know that your are newlyweds. Find everything from passport covers and luggage tags for the airport to beach tote bags and adorable bridal flip-flops for a honeymoon in the sand. 
  • Daily Living
    • The "Gifts" tab on our website not only features excellent gifts to give your parents and the wedding party, but also incredible things for the bride and groom to use in their everyday life. There are lots of beautiful items for the kitchen, blankets, picture frames, home decor, and lots more. Our online gift store is even a great place to visit when you need to find the perfect, personalized present for someone.  


What Do You Love? 
No matter what type of wedding you want to host, our online wedding store is very likely to have tons of things that not only the bride loves, but the groom as well! Take some time to browse the many useful and beautiful items for sale on WhereBridesGo.com, and you may be able to get most of the shopping done for your wedding all in one place. 



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


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

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Wedding Trends To Expect In 2017

A new year always brings about speculation over new and exciting trends to come. The wedding industry is included in this, and if you are planning a wedding in 2017, knowing about popular trends can inspire you to create the ceremony and reception of your dreams. Not every trend is for everyone, but they are a great place to start, and you can let your own imagination and personal style modify these trends to fit your vision. WhereBridesGo.com found 5 wedding trends for 2017 that we really like, and you just might too.  


Greenery
Not only are we talking about less florals and more garlands for decoration, but "Greenery" is also the name of Pantone's Color of the Year for 2017. They describe it as a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that is symbolic of new beginnings. That sounds perfect for decorating your own new beginning as husband and wife! Pantone also describes the color as "nature's neutral," which fits in perfectly with the color trends discussed later in this blog.

Brides are expected to use more garlands filled with greenery in place of large floral arrangements too, and also to search out organic flowers from local growers rather than ordering pricey blooms from far away. This could lead to some beautiful, natural decor for a woodland-themed or rustic wedding. 




Creative Paper & Props
For couples that choose to use fewer flowers for their decor, they will be increasing the amount of other items needed to decorate the room. Some say that creative paper items, like confetti or origami cranes, possibly even hand-made paper flowers, will be used a lot this year. WhereBridesGo.com has a lovely selection of table confetti in a variety of colors and styles. You will also find non-traditional "confetti," like our Hand Painted Butterfly Confetti which can be spread around the table for filler, or even used in centerpiece arrangements and place settings. These would look amazing among a garland full of greenery. 

Paper invitations are going to be more than a plain sheet of paper with some fancy writing. Expect to see many with intricate cutouts and textured details. Mixed patterns and layered items, like ribbons and bows, will be a popular look too.




Neutrals With Pops Of Color
Expect to see fewer all-white weddings as couples use more neutrals, such as shades of grey, cream and Pantone's natural neutral, Greenery, with bright pops of color. Metallics will still be popular, but in more muted tones like rose gold or brushed silver. Expect to see less of the bright and shiny golds and silvers in the majority of weddings this year.

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Vertical Decor
Reception tables and ceremony aisles aren't the only places to decorate. Using the space above your guests is a great way to extend the look and feel of your wedding style. Tall centerpieces bring the beauty above eye level. You can also hang lanterns, tulle, or greenery from the ceiling and completely envelop the room in decor. Lighting on the floor projected up the walls is also a wonderful way to achieve this.  

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Virtual Planning   


Every year, people find more and more ways to take care of daily tasks online, like shopping and paying bills. The same can be said for wedding planning. Taking care of details virtually saves you from days full of rushing around town going from store to store searching for what you need. Our online wedding accessory store is a perfect example. You will find gorgeous items for your ceremony and reception, bridal shower and bachelorette party items, gifts for the entire bridal party, and even extras to take with you on the honeymoon. Lots of details taken care of, all in one place!

Wedding websites are becoming a must rather than an extra. It is the easiest way to get information to all of your guests at once, especially if there are any last minute changes to convey. You can also share your engagement story, photos, introduce your wedding party, list registries, provide directions and hotel information, collect RSVPs, and so much more. There are lots of places to set up your own wedding website for free. Simply fill in your information and upload pictures, and the templates put it all into place for you. 


As we mentioned earlier, not every bride will agree with the current trends, but they are a great source of inspiration. Our online wedding accessory store offers many wonderful items that fit beautifully alongside the expected 2017 trends, but we also have a large variety of items to fit trends of the past, and even possible future trends. When you shop at WhereBridesGo.com, take a little time to browse through everything. You never know which piece will be the one to spark an entire wedding vision for you. Stick with what you love, and that will be the best "trend" for your wedding!   




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



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

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All That Glitters... How To Throw A Sparkly Wedding Reception

New Year's Eve parties are happening this weekend, most of them full of shiny golds and silvers, glitter and sequins, confetti and all things sparkly. It's a time to get excited about looking forward to all the possibilities of a brand new year. 

Your wedding reception is similar in that it's a time to celebrate your new marriage and looking forward to all of the possibilities of your brand new life together as husband and wife. If you're the type of person that loves all things glitzy, then WhereBridesGo.com has the perfect wedding accessories online to make your reception the brightest and best party of the year! 


Wedding reception decorations in metallic colors and shiny glitter can give your party a very exciting and festive feel. It seems to put people in a celebratory type of mood. There are lots of places to tastefully add these accents that will make your wedding reception absolutely incredible.

The table decorations are a great opportunity to use this sparkly theme. Candle holders, drink coasters, table numbers, and even the place card holders look amazing and really stand out. These can be combined with a pop of your favorite color added in here and there, or as a solid background like for the tablecloth. Going with all white or all black can look incredible too. Add in a few sprinkles of confetti and you've get an impressive table.  

  

Don't forget to make the head table extra special. The decorations for where you and your wedding party will sit should match the rest of the room, but with a little bit of something extra. Use glittery glasses for toasting, maybe some large metallic chargers under the plates, and don't miss out on decorating the chairs too. 

You can bring your shiny theme to the cake table as well. The wedding cake topper is always an excellent place to get creative, and you can even bring some sparkle to the utensils you will be using to cut and serve dessert. 

The favors are a perfect way to send your wedding guests home with a bit of sparkle to keep and remember this amazing celebration by. Just like the card states on our Golden Elegance Bottle Opener Favor, each guest can "Leave a little sparkle wherever you go..." If you decide to use a shiny mini picture frame for place cards, those also double as wonderful favors. 

You may want to do something a little more special for your wedding party. Many of our groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts have the additional option of personalizing each gift at no extra cost. You can add their name or a heartfelt message to let them know how thankful you are that they shared in your very special day.    


This is just one possibility among many that you will find at WhereBridesGo.com for all or your wedding needs. You will discover a wide variety of styles, colors, themes, and more when you browse through our online wedding accessory store. In addition to everything that you'll need to decorate your reception, we also carry ceremony items and gifts for everyone in your wedding party, including the bride and groom. WhereBridesGo.com should be your first stop for wedding planning, because after all, it is "Where brides go... for what brides love!" 



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...for What Brides Love!



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