Holiday Weddings Dos & Don’ts

There are many pros and cons to getting married on a holiday weekend. Many of your friends and family members may already have the weekend off, more vacation time for the bride and groom, and of course fun themes to play off of for your wedding/reception would all fall into the pros category. However, not everyone wants to spend their holiday weekend at a wedding, and not everyone has the extra days off or they might already have vacation plans. If you do decide to get married on or near a holiday, there are some things that you will need to consider before planning your big day. In today’s blog, Where Brides Go lists some dos & don’t to planning a holiday wedding.

Dos


Give Your Guests Plenty of Notice. Typically, save-the-dates will go out 6 months in advance, but because your big day also falls on a holiday weekend you should send out save-the-dates 6 months to a year before your wedding, if possible. Depending on the holiday, people may be on vacation, so do not be surprised if there is a larger percent of declines in RSVPs than if it were a non-holiday wedding.

Play into the Theme. It is a holiday, so have fun throwing holiday elements into your wedding, just make sure not to go overboard. Having cute red, white and blue cocktails or a fireworks display for a 4th of July wedding is appropriate, but don’t get too carried away with the stars and stripes.

Don’ts


Don’t forget about cost. Venues may charge more for a holiday weekend wedding to pay their employees overtime. Also, depending on the holiday you choose, florists may be in high demand, which means a higher cost for flowers, or difficulty even finding the perfect florist. If some of your guests have to travel, there may be a higher cost for plane tickets, gas and hotel rooms, which may result in people not being able to attend due to financial situations.

Holiday music. Don’t go too overboard with the holiday music. You want your guests to feel like they are at your wedding celebrating you, not like they are at a big holiday party. Bruce Springsteen for a Fourth of July wedding is perfect, but be careful with the Christmas music at a winter wedding as your guests might be getting tired of it being played all the time.


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If you opt for a holiday wedding, just remember to have fun with it. This is your big day! Whether your wedding falls on a holiday or not, WhereBridesGo.com has the perfect wedding supplies for any celebration.

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Love is Sweet! Tasty Candy Favor Ideas For Your Wedding

The month of June is designated as the official Candy Month. We are not sure exactly why, but here at WhereBridesGo.com, we love any excuse to talk about sweet treats! There are lots of delicious candies out there, and they make the best wedding favors that every guest will love to take home.



Jordan Almonds - The Traditional Wedding Candy

Jordan almonds are given out at many weddings. While these may not be most people's first choice for a favorite candy, this particular favor has a deeper meaning in many cultures. The first is the fact that fresh almonds tend to have a slightly bitter flavor. Adding the candy coating makes them bittersweet, reminding us how life contains both - bitter & sweet moments. 







Greek wedding guests are given sugar-coated almonds called "koufeta." These are always given in odd numbers. The reasoning is that odd numbers are indivisible, just like the bond between the bride and groom should be. Tradition also says that if an unmarried woman puts the almonds from the wedding under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband. 

Italian tradition sticks with the odd number theory, but they always give them away in groups of five. Each of these five almonds represent a wish: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. This poem states it perfectly:

Jordan Almonds for Thee

Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife-
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!
~by Jill Girardo



The Candy Buffet

Today many weddings feature a candy buffet at the reception. A big table on one side of the room is filled with colorful jars of a wide variety of different candies. Guests are encouraged to nibble on these during the reception and fill an adorable container (bag, box, jar, sack,etc....) to take home with them before they leave. 

There are a few different directions that you can take to "theme" your candy buffet. Fill each jar with treats in different shades of the same color or complimentary colors, or you can choose to pick out sweets to represent every color of the rainbow. 

If you are throwing a vintage wedding, gather a variety of "retro" candies from the era that you are representing. Another idea is to fill a table with candies that are native to the area in which you are getting married.  


Candy at Place Settings 

Candy favors can make wonderful decorations at each place setting. You can make them pull double duty by writing guests' names on them for place cards. A few options to fill your candy wedding favor containers are:

  • Jordan almonds
  • Candy Kisses
  • Personalized M&M's
  • Mini candy bars
  • Mints
  • Holiday-themed candy
  • Truffles


The most fun part about giving away candy at your wedding is all of the taste-testing you get to do while you are wedding planning! Once you have decided on what you will use, visit WhereBridesGo.com to find the perfect containers to wow your wedding guests with. It is a wonderful way to personalize your special day. 




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We've Got the Gifts Dads Love for Father's Day

June is here. While widely known as a popular wedding month, it is also the month that we celebrate the first man we ever loved, Dad. WhereBridesGo.com is filled with the things that you need to plan a beautiful wedding, and we've also got many amazing things that fathers love in our online gift store


If you are looking for some great ideas for Father's Day gifts, then use the following ones to spark your inspiration. The best thing about many of these is that they can be personalized at no extra charge. That's a great way to make your dad feel extra-special. This year Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 19, 2016, so it's not too early to start shopping. 


Camping & Fishing Gear

Perfect for both camping and fishing, this rugged insulated cooler will keep all of his refreshments cold while giving him a comfortable place to sit. It even features roomy side pockets to hold other important items, like a wallet or cell phone. One of our many pocket knives or multi-tools pair wonderfully with this item. 


Grilling & Tailgating

If your father is a BBQ master, then maybe he would love to have his very own monogrammed Bamboo Case containing quality grilling equipment. He can take it with him and man the grill, even when he's away from home. 

Our Cooler with Portable Grill is exactly what the grill master on the go needs. He can take it along with him to the beach, the park, or the parking lot before the big game. The mini charcoal grill fits conveniently inside the insulated cooler, which can also be used to keep things icy cold. Our NFL BBQ Spatula Bottle Opener takes care of two tasks at once while Dad is tailgating, all while showing his team spirit. 



Golfing Dad

For the fathers that enjoy spending all day on the golf course, WhereBridesGo.com has some excellent gift items to encourage his hobby. Monogrammed Sets and Embroidered Shoe Bags will make all of the other golfers jealous that their kids didn't get them some too.



On-The-Go

If you have moved away from home, maybe a nice travel kit would help to encourage your dad to visit more often. Our online gift store also has other things that a man needs every time he leaves the house, like a sweetly monogrammed money clip or a new leather wallet. 



You will find these and many more of the best Father's Day gifts online when you browse WhereBridesGo.com. If you see too many great ideas and simply can't decide, we also offer gift cards that allow Dad to get online and pick out exactly what he wants. Tell him not to be confused by the name of the website. It's not just where brides go for what brides love. We've got quite a few things that the men in your life will love too.  




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Is an Aisle Runner Right for Your Wedding?

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


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


Protects Your Dress

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

Adds Elegance

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


Aisle Runner Tips

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

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


After the Wedding

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

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

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





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2016 Wedding Cake Trends & Cake Topper History

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

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

THE CAKES



Metallic

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


White-On-White

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


Woodland Inspired


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



Ruffled

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


Naked

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


Painted

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



THE CAKE TOPPERS

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

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


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






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Tips for a Meaningful Vow Renewal

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


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


Why renew your vows?

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

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


Things to know

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Fun vow renewal ideas

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

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


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





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Wedding DIY Do's & Don'ts

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

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




DIY Dont's


PHOTOGRAPHY

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


CATERING

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


CAKE

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





HAIR

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


COORDINATION

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



DIY Do's


INVITATIONS & OTHER PRINTED ITEMS

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





FAVORS

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




DIY...Well, it depends...

MUSIC

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

FLOWERS

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


MAKEUP

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


Before starting any DIY, ask yourself 2 questions:

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

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

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

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



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



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