Wedding Organization Tips to Simplify Your Life

As a bride-to-be, you're probably quite familiar with the chaos that your upcoming nuptials may bring - but it doesn't have to stay that way! If you're feeling swamped by the amount of details that need to be completed, Where Brides Go would like to share a few ideas for Simplify Your Life Week. Embrace all of the beauty of your special day by not stressing out, and enjoy the simple things. Here are some easy ways you can simplify your wedding planning and how we can help.

Get a Planning Book

The right wedding planner can help you simplify your life by keeping all of your wedding details in one place. Find one that features pages to record wedding details, contact information, appointments and more. It doesn't hurt if it's extremely cute, too!

Buy these items: Turquoise Bride's Planner & Pink Wedding Planner

Get Premade Invitations

If hand painted and scripted invitations is important to you, you should certainly go that route, but keep in mind that intensive DIY projects for your wedding are either time consuming or expensive. What if you could find beautiful wedding invitations that are also cost effective and fast? Check out these options that would not only be a beautiful choice but involve very little work.

Buy These Items: Olive Band DIY Wedding Invitations, Photo Overlay Invitation Kit, and Copper Branches Invitation Kit

Use Simple Wedding Decor

One of the most complicated aspects of a wedding can be the decor for your ceremony and reception. There's the guest book table, aisle, chairs along the aisle, the altar, reception tables, gift tables, head couple table, and the list keeps getting longer. You can still use meaningful decorations without overcomplicating the planning process! From beach and rustic themes, to fall or winter themes, Where Brides Go has the perfect style for you.

Buy These Items: By the Sea Tealight Holder, Burlap & Lace Wedding Guest Book, Simply Autumn Cake Top, and Snowflake Glass Ornament Place Card Holder

Find Easy Bridesmaid Gifts

Choose gifts for your wedding party that are special, meaningful, and take the stress off of you! Custom items are a wonderful way to show your girls how much they mean to you, but they can also take time - unless you use Where Brides Go! Monogrammed bracelets, customized beach towels, and handbags are just a few of the beautiful items you'll find on our site, and then some!

Buy These Items: Bridesmaid Heart Triple Strand Bracelet, Bridesmaid Metallic Gold Heart Tote Bag, and Luxurious Turkish Beach Towel

Go Where the Other Brides Go

Do you REALLY want to simplify your wedding planning process? Go where the brides go for what the brides love! When you visit our website you can find everything you need in ONE place, making the buying and planning process even easier than before. We wish you and your future spouse many happy days of planning, and would love to see pictures of your Where Brides Go gear on our Facebook page!


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7 Wedding Theme Ideas to Fall in Love With

The look and feel of the wedding decorations that you use are generally influenced by the theme that you have chosen. You can literally name the theme of your wedding, like " A Night in Paris" and decorate everything with a romantic, French flair. On the other hand, the theme can be a more generalized "idea" and pull influence from a color scheme or activity that you enjoy as a couple. 

You don't have to name the theme, but there will be something universal throughout your wedding planning that will influence the look and feel of your celebration. Here are a few wonderful ideas from WhereBridesGo.com that might get your creative juices flowing.  


Garden

This brings to mind a wedding ceremony surrounded by a garden full of beautiful blooms, lots of rose petals everywhere, and aromatic scents. If you have your wedding in an actual garden, very little decoration will be required because nature will provide it for you. 


Rustic

Western-style rustic weddings and country-themed "I do's" have been a popular trend for many years, and they are still popular today. Burlap and lace, lucky horseshoes, and lots of natural elements make this style charming and romantic. It's the perfect theme for a wedding on a ranch or in a barn.   


Bohemian

If you prefer a relaxed, casual feel full of love, music, and art, then a Boho-chic wedding may be just what you are looking for. Flowers in your hair, and long, flowing gowns on both the bride and her bridesmaids. The decor will be very nature-inspired, and all of your guests will feel welcome and right at home.  


Beach

The wind in your hair and the sand under your feet. A beach wedding with the water as your backdrop is always a stunning sight. Make use of nautical elements such as sea shells, starfish, rope, and sunshine. 


Fairy Tale

Nearly every little girl dreams of being whisked away by her handsome prince at some point. Make that dream a reality with a romantic fairy tale theme to your wedding. Take inspiration from your favorite storybooks, and at the end of the evening, drive away to your own happily every after. 


Vintage

This is an event full of old-world romance. Antique decorations and family heirlooms create the perfect setting. Classic cocktails at the bar are a nice touch, and broach bouquets fit in beautifully. Consider renting a glamorous classic car to whisk you away after the reception.  


Shimmer & Shine

Metallics have been all the rage this year. A wedding highlighted with shiny golds and silver and glittery accents will put all of your guests in a fun, party mood. Any color works beautifully with these, both in brights and pastels. 


Choosing a theme for your wedding doesn't have to be difficult. Start with things that you love and a "theme" will emerge on its own. Our online wedding accessory store is filled with wonderful things that will inspire the most amazing wedding. WhereBridesGo.com is where brides go for what brides love!



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5 Unique Unity Ceremonies For Your Wedding

A marriage is the joining of two individuals into one married couple. Many brides and grooms choose to illustrate by having a wedding unity ceremony. There are many different ways to do this. Here are five of WhereBridesGo.com's favorites. 



Unity Candle Ceremony

For this ceremony, a large candle and two taper candles are used. The mothers of the bride and groom each light a separate taper candle before taking their seats for the wedding. The bride and groom then use these to light the big candle together, symbolizing the joining of their two families.

Rose Unity Ceremony

In this case, three vases are placed at the front of the ceremony venue. The bride's and groom's families are each assigned a rose color. Each mother places a rose in their vase for each immediate family member, including the bride and groom. You may want to add a personalized ribbon to the couple's flowers.

When it is time during the ceremony, the couple each take their family's bunch of flowers and place them together in the center vase. This symbolizes the blossoming of their new family. 

Unity Sand Ceremony

The bride and groom each have a small vase filled with their own color of sand. A container is chosen to combine the two sands into. WhereBridesGo.com carries lovely vases and frames made especially for this type of unity ceremony, as well as the colored sand.

The couple begins by taking turns pouring their sand, in layers, into the container. At the end, they pour sand at the same time. This commingling of the sand illustrates the two becoming one. If there are children are involved, they may also add a sand color symbolizing the the new blended family.   


Ring Warming Ceremony

All of your guests can be included in this one. The wedding rings are placed in a small, pretty bag and passed from guest to guest while the officiant is speaking. Each guest holds the rings for a few seconds while saying a blessing or prayer for the couple. 

When timed correctly, the rings should be back to the bride and groom as the vows are finished. If letting that many people pass around your rings makes you nervous, you can limit it to the immediate family and your wedding party. 

Wine Unity Ceremony

This is similar to the sand ceremony, but with wine. It's perfect if you will be getting married at a winery. The bride and groom each have a small carafe of their own wine. They combine the wines into a single glass, which they both take a drink from. 

A nice addition to this is to then seal a bottle of wine in a box along with love notes you have written to each other. Choose a future anniversary to open the box and share in the wine and memories together. 


A unity ceremony is a sentimental gesture that has deep meaning for you as a couple. WhereBridesGo.com carries many of the supplies that you will need for these ceremonies, as well as all of the other wedding ceremony and reception supplies for your special day.  





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5 Unique Ways for the Ring Bearer to Deliver Your Wedding Rings

An adorable young man (or little lady) carrying your wedding rings down the aisle before you say I do is a staple for a wedding ceremony. Generally, a ring bearer pillow is used to hold your rings. WhereBridesGo.com has many beautiful ring bearer pillows in our online wedding supplies store in a wide range of colors and styles. If you prefer to do things a bit differently, we've also got a few wonderful alternative ideas for you. 

A Personalized Ring Box

A beautiful box with a lid that can remain closed until you are ready for the wedding rings is perfect for little hands to carry. A box also gives you the opportunity to personalize the outside of it with your new initials, your names and wedding date, or a pretty symbol of the day. 


A Rustic Twist

Initials carved into the trunk of a tree is a timeless romantic symbol. Taking a piece of a tree and using it to transport your wedding rings is a sweet gesture that adds a bit of natural charm to your ceremony. WhereBridesGo.com offers a gorgeous resin version that you can display in your home for years to come. 

A Monogrammed Dish

Many women use a special dish to keep their jewelry in when they aren't wearing it. You could have one specially made for your wedding day for the ring bearer to carry, then be reminded of this special event every time you put on or remove your necklaces, bracelets, or other rings. 



A Love Bird's Nest

For the couple that has chosen a "love bird" theme for their wedding or will by using nature to inspire their wedding decor, a bird's nest is a perfect idea. Whimsical and adorable.    


With a Little Luck

Everyone can use a bit of extra luck on their wedding day. This horseshoe ring pillow alternative brings that to your day. It is especially fitting for a western-style wedding. Slide the rings onto the ribbons, tie a pretty bow at the top, and the ribbon serves as a handle for your ring bearer to hold. The addition of an engagement photo is a wonderful extra touch. 



The Classic Ring Pillow

If you prefer to stick closer to tradition, our online wedding store does carry a wide array of amazing ring bearer pillows for you to choose from. No matter what the theme or style of your wedding, you are sure to find the perfect pillow at WhereBridesGo.com. Satin, burlap, lace, damask, feathers, flowers... no matter what you are looking for, you will most likely find it within our wedding supplies online. 





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Picnics and Summer Weddings

The month of July is labeled as Picnic Month, and for good reason. A beautiful summer day is the perfect setting for a leisurely afternoon picnic. If you are planning a summer wedding, there are a few different ways that you can incorporate this fun meal into your wedding activities.


Bachelor Party

We consider tailgating kind of like a picnic for guys, and WhereBridesGo.com has plenty of sports-themed groomsman gifts that you can use for that. Grooms that are sports fans will enjoy heading to a big game with their buddies. Football season hasn't started yet, but there are tons of baseball games to tailgate at.   




Bachelorette Party or

Bridal Shower

A weekend away on a wine trail is an excellent idea for a laid-back bachelorette party. It can work equally well for a lovely, outdoor bridal shower too. The bride and her ladies can grab a blanket and pack a cooler full of cheeses, fruits, and their favorite chilled bottles of wine. Those things will keep you nice and cool while relaxing in the grass under the sun. 



Rehearsal Dinner

This is generally a smaller gathering for only the wedding party and close family members. If you are getting married in a scenic area, treating everyone to an informal picnic the evening before a formal wedding can be fun. It gives them all a chance to let their hair down a little and get to know each other before the big day. 


Wedding Reception

If your wedding is on the more casual side, hosting a picnic-type reception or cocktail hour may be an option. Beach weddings are perfect for letting your guests kick off their shoes and sit upon a pretty blanket on the sand. 

If your guests will probably not be dressed for sitting on the ground, beautifully decorated rectangular or picnic tables could be a better option. A rustic country wedding with home-style BBQ for the main dish would work wonderfully with a picnic theme.  


With the proper setup, a picnic can be incredibly romantic. Even if you don't want to incorporate one into your wedding, it is an excellent idea for a bride and groom date night. WhereBridesGo.com has lots of different items in our online wedding store that would be perfect for any type of picnic. Then, every time that you use them again, you can fondly think back to this romantic time in your life. 



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Tips For a Beautiful and Safe Wedding Sparkler Exit

A very popular wedding trend that we have seen done beautifully at WhereBridesGo.com is the sparkler exit. They are romantic, exciting, fun, and produce gorgeous photo opportunities. If this is something you would like to add into your wedding planning, there are a few precautions you will want to take to make sure it goes smoothly and there are no accidents.


Ask Permission

Don't start buying all of the materials that you will need for an elaborate sparkler reception exit before first asking the venue if they even allow fireworks. It would be horrible to make hand written signs, order the sparklers and matches, and fit the exit into your timeline, only to have someone at the venue tell you that fireworks are against their rules. If a sparkler exit is one of your "must-haves", make sure this question in on your list when you are choosing a venue. 

Give Yourself Some Space

Once your reception venue gives you the thumbs up, look around to make sure there is a good place to make this sparkler exit happen. You will need an open space with plenty of room for your guests to line up, still allowing enough room for the bride and groom to run safely between them. 

Solid ground, like concrete or asphalt, is a much safer option than grass that could catch fire if it's too dry. Also do your best to stay away from any other foliage, wedding decorations, or parts of the building that could be flammable. 


Take Advice From Your Photographer

An experienced photographer is a wonderful person to give you advice on how to execute a perfect sparkler exit. They should know from what setups make the best pictures. If they have not yet photographed your venue, ask the manger at your reception site for helpful tips too.  

Be Picky About Your Sparklers

It may be tempting to stock up on sparklers at the post 4th of July sale, but don't do it. Those are generally short and quick-burning. You will need the longer type that burn with enough time for a big group of people to collectively light them, line up, let you run through, all with ample time for your photographer to get some good shots. Whew! Test them before the wedding to get the timing down.

Even though they seem much tame, sparklers are still fireworks. Purchase quality ones that you know will last and also be safe for your guests to handle. Bamboo sparklers are a lot cheaper than the wire version, but they break easily when being waved around, resulting in a major fire hazard. The extra price you pay for higher quality will be a lot less than you would have to pay for an ER bill!

Inform Your Guests

While many of your friends will want to stick around all evening and celebrate, some may not be able to stay until the end of the night. Make sure that you let everyone know that a sparkler exit will be happening, and at what time it will take place. That way, any guests that want to participate can make sure they stick around long enough to join the fun. You can put it in your wedding program or post signs at the reception. 

Also make sure that your guests know how to participate. Lighting a sparkler may sound like a simple task, but when you are trying to get a lot of people to do it, all at exactly the same time, it can get tricky. Have clear instructions, either posted or spoken to your guests, on the best way to light the sparklers, and exactly when to start. A "sparkler captain" is the perfect person to take care of this. 

Designate a Sparkler Captain

Have one extremely responsible person in charge of your sparkler exit. They will be the ones making sure everything is done properly and in the safest way possible. They will also handle cleanup when it's all over. 

If you are serving alcohol at the wedding, this person will need to decide if anyone has had too many to handle fireworks. We also suggest not having the sparklers sitting out for everyone to access the entire night. Let your sparkler captain pass them out when everything is set and ready to happen. This is the perfect time to give instructions.  

The After-Glow

Once you have safely made your way through the sparkly aisle, the photos are taken, and the last spark has burnt out, there is still one more task to tackle. The sparkler captain needs to make sure that all of the used sparklers are disposed of properly, and any unused ones are gathered.

Have a few metal buckets filled with water or sand for all of your guests to place their used sparklers in. This will cool them off enough to be thrown away without catching the trash bag on fire.


A sparkler exit is an unforgettable moment for both you and your guests. You can find personalized matchbooks and many other wonderful wedding accessories online when you visit our site. WhereBridesGo.com is always here to give you wedding tips, ideas, advice, and the greatest items to personalize your wedding and make it extra special. 



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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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