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

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

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

Showered with Love Wedding Cake Top

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

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

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


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

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

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

Heart with Rings Cake Pick Cake Top


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

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

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

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

Kissing Bell Place Card Holders

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

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

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

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

Lucky In Love Horseshoe - Ring Pillow Alternative

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





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



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

Connect with WhereBridesGo.com online!

All About Wedding Cakes & Wedding Cake Tops

Wedding guests anxiously await the appearance of the bride at the ceremony, but when they enter the reception, the first thing most people look for is that gorgeous wedding cake. Whether you opt to have a gigantic cake full of edible decorations, a simpler cake with a beautiful wedding cake topper, or a dessert station with lots of sweet options, dessert will be a focal point at your wedding reception. Here are a few fun facts from WhereBridesGo.com about this tasty treat. 


Wedding Cake History
The wedding cake we know today wasn't how they originated. Rather than a sweet cake, ancient Romans baked whole wheat flour bread "cakes." These were broken over the bride's head (believe it or not!) and the guests ate the small pieces left for good luck.

In the late 17th century, wedding pies were more common. Couples often served mince pies made of sweet breads to their guests for dessert. A glass ring was baked into it, and the lady that found the ring would be the next to get married. 

It wasn't until 1655 that sweet wedding cakes became the popular thing to serve. At this time, the popular flavor was the Banbury cake. It is a flat, oval-shaped, spiced pastry which is currant-filled and traditionally eaten with a cup of tea. In 1840, Queen Victoria, who just happened to make the white wedding dress a popular trend, was the first bride to have pure white icing used on her wedding cake. Apparently, that's where it got the name "royal" icing.    


Wedding Cake Toppers
The history of wedding cake toppers says that they were invented by a bride's father. The story that has been passed down claims that a baker's daughter was to be married, and she asked her father to create a symbol of the love between herself and the groom that everyone could see at the wedding. 

The baker tried several different things, and eventually came up with the idea to surprise the couple by placing two figurines on top of the wedding cake that resembled the bride and groom. On the wedding day, the bride was overjoyed, and the topper on the cake was well-received and loved by all of the wedding guests as well.    


The Dessert Station
Many couples now prefer to offer their wedding guests a variety of desserts to choose from. They may still have a small wedding cake to cut, but some choose to skip it altogether. Even if you choose to go the dessert station route at your reception, WhereBridesGo.com has a wonderful variety of cake toppers that look just as wonderful on the table as a decoration as they do atop a cake. After the wedding, you will still have that beautiful cake topper to display in your home as a reminder of your special day. 


In addition to the best wedding cake tops online, you will also find cake serving sets, toasting goblets, personalized napkins, and so much more to use on your wedding day on our website. The wide variety of styles at WhereBridesGo.com means that every couple, no matter what their personality and style, will be able to find something they absolutely love. After all, like we always say, our online wedding accessory store 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

Connect with WhereBridesGo.com online!

Creative Wedding Themes: Steampunk

Some couples keep it simple and just pick a wedding color or two, but others prefer to get creative and come up with a theme for the entire wedding. A great theme is any subject that the bride and groom have a special interest in, or one that seems to represent the relationship in some way. One really fun theme that we carry creative wedding accessories for at WhereBridesGo.com is Steampunk. 


What is Steampunk?
Steampunk is categorized as a genre of science fiction. It has a historical setting, often Victorian England or America's Wild West, and it incorporates re-imagined modern technology in a way that is inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. 

These new creations often end up being quite fascinating and elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. You will see lots of gears, wheels, glasses, top hats, and metallic colors. Many of the inventive designs cleverly combine vintage elements with a futuristic look.    

Incorporating the Theme
You can theme your wedding in many tasteful ways that won't make it look like a child's birthday party. Combining your chosen subject with the elegance of a wedding can be done with small touches here and there that will pull everything together in a way that your guests will be excitedly talking about for years to come.

  • Fashion
    Specialty clothing is a big part of any steampunk theme. Replacing some of your florals with mechanical elements is an excellent way to incorporate this genre, like with the groom's boutonniere and the bride' bouquet. Our Steampunk Wedding Bouquet is filled with satin flowers, metal gears, feathers, broaches, and other decorative details in a gorgeous combination of black and antique bronze.


    Hidden elements are a fun surprise too. A few gears fit perfectly on a bridal garter! The one available on WhereBridesGo.com features a bronze heart along with the "key" to it. Make sure you incorporate tops hats too. We offer an adorable Steampunk Top Hat Ring Holder for your ring bearer to "hide" the rings in to take down the aisle.
     
     

  • Decorations
    You can duplicate the look we described for the bouquet above and create fantastic centerpieces for every table. In the creative spirit of the genre, make each of them sightly different from each other. Add extra touches in areas where guests will be focusing their attention. They'll definitely notice our Steampunk Card Holders if they want to find their seat!

    The toasts and the cutting of the cake are moments when all eyes are on you again, and lots of photographs will be taken. Those are great places to add some more mechanical elements for everyone to marvel at.

  • Gifts
    If you love steampunk, there is a very good chance that the members of your wedding party, your closest friends, are fans too. You can find a few gifts for groomsmen in our online wedding store. There's an incredible Steampunk Two-Tone Wood Handle Pocket Knife that can be personalized with a single initial.

    Our Steampunk Wooden Docking Station isn't just for the fellas, and could be a wonderful gift for bridesmaids too. This multi-functional wooden item features a slot for watches or bracelets, a keychain notch, and a groove along the bottom for charging cords. This can also be personalized with the recipient's initial.


If this theme sounds like something you would love to incorporate into your wedding, go to WhereBridesGo.com and type "steampunk" into the search bar at the top. These items in our online wedding accessory store may inspire many more marvelous ideas of ways that you can bring your unique personality into the elements of your wedding. 



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


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

Connect with WhereBridesGo.com online!

Helpful Tips To Decide How To Spend Your Wedding Budget

The average price of a wedding in 2016 in the United States, according to various sources online, was between $32,00-$35,000. The numbers vary from state to state, some closer to $20,000, but don't let any of those numbers scare you. If you go into your wedding planning with a budget in mind and a good plan, you can keep the cost of your celebration at a comfortable price point. 



Divvy Up The Budget
Knowing an approximate amount of what different services cost ahead of time will help you to know where you need to focus your funds. There are some things associated with weddings that you may have your heart set on, while other things may not matter to you at all. 

The first step in deciding where you should spend your money is to name the 3 most important things for each of you, such as catering, flowers, the music, the venue, etc.. These are the places where it is worth it to spend your money. You can cut costs on the other items that don't mean as much to you. 

WhereBridesGo.com has put together a guide showing what percentage of your budget you can expect to spend on each wedding planning task. These are guidelines, and no, the numbers don't add up to 100%. These are just starting points, and you will adjust the percentages according to what's most important to you to equal 100%. Then plug in your proposed budget and do the math for a good idea of where your money will be going. Don't skip the emergency fund! You'll be thrilled it's there if you need it, and you'll have spare money left over for the honeymoon if you don't!

  • 50% - Reception
  • 2-3% - Ceremony
  • 10-15% - Wedding Planner
  • 2% - Stationery
  • 10% - Attire
  • 10-15% - Photos & Video
  • 10% - Flowers
  • 10% - Music
  • 1-2% - Transportation
  • 2% - Wedding Rings
  • 2-3% - Thank You Gifts
  • 8% - Miscellaneous
  • 8-10% - Emergency Fund


Cut Costs Where You Can
There are a variety of ways that you can cut your costs in certain areas, leaving extra money for the ones that are more important to you and your fiance. The following ideas will be helpful if that particular wedding item is on your "take it or leave it" list. 

  • Stationery
    There are many places online that offer wedding website templates to couples that are absolutely free. All of the information that you would normally put on various inserts in the invitation envelope can be shared with everyone on your website. This will cut down on the size and weight of your invite, cutting down on postage. You'll can save even more by skipping RSVP envelope stamps and having everyone RSVP online or by calling you directly.
  • Flowers
    If you aren't a huge flower fan, you don't have to use a lot of them in your wedding, or even at all if your are particularly creative. Candles are less expensive and look beautiful all around the room. Bridesmaids can carry a single long-stemmed flower instead of an entire bouquet, and boutonnieres can be made out of non-floral items that fit in with the theme of your wedding. Another great idea is to have your florist put together arrangements for the ceremony that can be moved over and used again at the reception.
  • Food 
    If you don't mind holding your wedding on a weekday evening or early in the day instead of at night, then your caterer will probably have less expensive food options to offer you. Brunch, lunch, and cocktail foods are less expensive than full dinners. Hosting your celebration at a time other than a Saturday night may also save you money on the venue rental, and if it's early enough that you don't include a reception with dancing, you can cut down on your music budget too.   

Budgeting every penny may seem like a daunting task, but you'll be grateful that you did once the wedding is over and you've stayed within your budget. You can find lots of affordable wedding accessories online when you shop at WhereBridesGo.com. There are many wonderful items for your wedding to pick from, as well as excellent gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen, without breaking the bank.        



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



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

Connect with WhereBridesGo.com online!

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! 



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



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

Connect with WhereBridesGo.com online!

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. 

photo courtesy of Events DEE-signed

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."
Team Bride Repositionable Cling
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.) 
Photo courtesy of Events DEE-signed.com 

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.
     
Gold Foil Canvas Tote
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

Connect with WhereBridesGo.com online!

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.  

WhereBridesGo, romantic red books, romantic ideas

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!


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

Connect with WhereBridesGo.com online!