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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...for What Brides Love!

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

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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. 
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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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...for What Brides Love!

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

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How To Tip Your Wedding Vendors

You will be hiring a lot of vendors when you begin planning a wedding, and many of those vendors will have a staff of people helping them to make your ceremony and reception amazing. Since you don't throw this type of event often, it can be hard to know who you are expected to tip. WhereBridesGo.com has come up with a list so that you can decide who you will tip, and how much you should give. 

Tipping Guidelines
Many of your wedding vendors will not expect a tip, but it is always a nice surprise for them when one is given. It shows them that they have met, and in some cases exceeded, your expectations for service. There are some that you always tip, like bartenders, and some that are totally optional. When you do tip, keep the following things in mind:

  • Review contracts carefully. - In some cases, the gratuity is already figured into the final price that you pay. If you don't see this in the contract, ask about it to avoid unnecessarily double-tipping. 
  • You don't have to tip owners. - If the person that owns the company is the one working your wedding, you do not have to tip them. This is generally reserved for their employees that only earn a percentage for their work. If the owner goes above and beyond what is expected of them, or if it is a small, self-employed business, a tip is always appreciated.  
  • You can tip with gifts. - If you don't have a lot of extra money in your budget to tip the vendors that don't always expect a tip, or if someone is not allowed to accept a gratuity, a small, inexpensive gift is a nice way to say thank you. Another wonderful way to show your appreciation to wedding vendors is to write a magnificent review of their services to help them book future events.   
  • Don't forget the thank you note. - It is a nice gesture to include a hand-written thank you note along with the tip. 

The Amount To Tip
Gratuities for the different services at your wedding vary in amount. Here are a few ideas of what is generally expected for each one. 

Wedding Planner 
If you will be tipping your wedding planner, 10-20% of the fee is customary, or $50-$100 for each planner's assistant. 

Your hairstylists and makeup artists should receive a 15-20% tip, just as you would tip them for a regular salon visit. 

Setup Staff & Deliveries
Anyone making deliveries to you can be given $5-$20 each. If the people doing all of the heavy lifting to set up your ceremony and reception aren't already being tipped through contract, it is kind to give them an extra $5-20 per person too.

If you will be getting married in a church, be sure to check the donation guidelines. Many clergy members don't accept tips, but a donation to the church is accepted, and usually expected. For a non-denominational ceremony, you may tip the officiant $50-$100. 

For the DJs or band members playing at your wedding, a tip of 10-15% of the fee can be given, or $25-$50 per band member. 

Photographer & Videographer
Providing that your this person is not the company owner (as discussed above,) you may tip them and their second shooters $50-$100 a piece. 

Generally you can expect to tip the people preparing your food and baking the dessert 15-20% of the final bill. You may want to add a bonus for the head chef. 

Reception Staff
This includes the servers, bartenders, valets, bathroom attendants, and anyone else that may be providing service to guests at your wedding. Once again, the tip may already be included in the contract. If not, plan to tip 15-20% of the pre-tax bill for the service that they provided, divided among the staff. If you will be giving them one big tip to cover the entire event, it is acceptable to request that they do not take additional tips from guests.

People providing transportation for the event can be tipped 15% of their fee.  

When To Tip
Once you have decided on the amount that you will be giving out, you will want to have a plan to get those tips to the proper people. If you will be handing them out yourself, this will need to be done before or soon after the wedding. Otherwise, ask someone that you trust, like the maid of honor, best man, a parent, or your wedding planner, to distribute these for you.  

  • Before the wedding - You can tip the people that are taking care of your pre-wedding activities, like your hairstylist, when the service is provided. You can pay your officiant's fee at the wedding rehearsal if you don't want to worry about it on the wedding day. 
  • During the wedding - Vendors like musicians and service staff can be given their tips by the person you have trusted to pass them out during the reception. 
  • After the wedding - Another option is to meet up with the vendor soon after the wedding to deliver the gratuity in person, or include it along with a hand-written thank you note mailed to them. 

Tips are intended to show appreciation for a job well done. Sometimes giving a vendor their gratuity before the wedding will prompt them to do an even better job, or you can wait until after the service is provided to see what type of tip they have earned. It takes a lot of wonderful people to make this day as special as you deserve it to be. Finding talented, trustworthy vendors that are worth every penny you spend on them is an important part of the process. The team at WhereBridesGo.com hopes that this information helps you to have the wedding of your dreams. 

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

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

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How To Plan A Bachelorette Party The Bride Will Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"Fall In Love" With These Wonderful Fall Wedding Items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
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You're Married! Now What? - 6 Tasks to Tackle First

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
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