Planning Your Dream Honeymoon!

Let's be honest: the honeymoon is one of the best parts of getting married! After what was probably an incredibly busy engagement, you will finally be able to escape with just the two of you and enjoy some much-needed quality time. Sounds like heaven!

The team at WhereBridesGo.com wants to make sure you get to enjoy the honeymoon of your dreams, so we put together this list of frequently asked questions about the honeymoon planning process. Hopefully these will help you as you plan your trip! 

1. Who plans the honeymoon? 
Traditionally the groom plans and pays for the honeymoon (since the bride's family traditionally pays for the wedding). Today, though, most couples choose to take on the honeymoon planning process as a team.

2. How much of the budget goes for the Honeymoon? 
This is solely up to you and your fiance. Once you determine how much your wedding and reception will cost, you can figure out how much money you'll have leftover to fund your honeymoon. If you need to scale back on your travel budget, that's okay! Ultimately, the honeymoon isn't about traveling to the most exotic destination imaginable; the goal is to spend quality time together as a newly married couple.

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3. How do we agree on a destination?
Talk about it together! Do you prefer hot or cold climates? Would you rather be in a structured environment or left to your own devices? Have a fun brainstorming session where you both discuss your dream honeymoons, and then work to find a compromise between the two. Discussing your hopes and expectations together will help you plan a trip neither of you will ever forget.


4. When do I depart? 
weddings were traditionally held in the mornings, and the couple would typically depart for their honeymoons that evening. As evening weddings become more popular, though many couples are choosing to wait to leave until a day or two after the wedding. You can help make this decision by taking into account how many out of town relatives you have in attendance and how often you see them. If there are distant relatives in town, you may choose to spend some more time with everyone before you head out.

5. What documents do I need to bring? 

If you're going out of the country, you will definitely need your passport and potentially a travel visa. Check these documents well in advance to make sure they're current! Updating a passport last-minute often incurs hefty fees. Keep in mind that your travel documents must match your legal documents, so waiting to change your name until after the honeymoon will definitely simplify matters!

Don't get so caught up in planning the honeymoon that you forget what this trip is all about! Leave each other sweet notes, buy the spontaneous bouquet of flowers on the street, share an ice cream cone... Simply enjoy the being together! You'll only go on your honeymoon once, so be sure to make the most of it.

What are your honeymoon travel plans? We'd love to hear what you have in mind!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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5 Awesome Wedding Favors That Your Guests Will Actually Use!

Favors That Are Sure to Wow Your Guests

Why not give your guests a favor that they will always remember?   Send them home with a wedding favor that they can use over and over. We have some great ideas to help you say thank you to your special wedding guests.  Choosing the perfect favor to match your wedding theme while getting something your guests will keep after the wedding can be a challenge.  We have put together a list of some of our favorite favors that you can share with your family and friends!



1. The "Perfect Blend" Burlap Bag with Coffee

The "Perfect Blend" Burlap Bag with Coffee
Send your guests home with something they can enjoy: the perfect blend of coffee!  Who doesn't enjoy a nice cup of coffee, especially the morning after celebrating a big event like a wedding?  These adorable burlap bags come in a set of 12 and you can fill them with your favorite coffee.  Pure, heartwarming country charm is packed into these favors - perfect for the simple, country wedding.





2. "Cheers to a Great Combination" Wine Set

Cheers to a Great Combination Wine Set
Your guests will remember what a perfect combination you and your spouse make with this matching cork screw and wine bottle stopper set.  Every time your guests open a bottle of wine or put it back in the fridge for later, they will remember your beautiful wedding they attended.  It may even bring back memories of their special day!




3. "A Perfect Pair" Key Chain


Perfect Pair Key Chain Favor

As the wedding couple, you are a "Perfect Pair."  Show your friends and family your appreciation with this beautiful key chain. The pear is a symbol of prosperity and good health, making it the perfect complement to your wedding.  Any time your guests start their car or unlock their front door, they will see this special keepsake you gave them.  The pair of pears will be a great addition to their set of keys!  





4. "Meant to Bee" Scented Candles

Meant to Bee Scented Candle Favors
These candles are "Meant to Bee" in your guests' hands!  With these intoxicating honey-scented candles, your guests will always remember that you and your spouse are "Meant to Bee". An upgrade from the traditional tea lights that you would find on the tables of many weddings, these bee hive shaped candles are sure to be the buzz around the reception tables.  



5. Blackboard Coasters

Blackboard Design Coaster Set

Your guests will never lose their drink during the reception or once they get home with these Blackboard Coasters!  The design is perfect for writing a little note or writing your name on.  You could even personalize them with each guest's name and a small note instead of using place cards.  These coasters serve many purposes - they're not just to set your drink on!  The coasters come in sets of two and the white chalk is included.  With these interesting favors, your guests are sure to stay entertained and the possibilities are endless! 




6. Summer Flip Flop Mint Tins


Summer Flip Flop Mint Tins
Give your guests a step in the right direction with these adorable wedding favors! Flip flop mint tins are the perfect favor for any summer or beach wedding! These adorable little gifts not only provide the perfect accessory to spruce up your reception table, they double as a reusable mint tin! You can also add personalized stickers so they can serve as thank you messages, a cute love quote, or even as an alternative to place cards!




With these "out of the box" favor ideas, your guests will surely be impressed.  These wedding favors are not only eye catching, but will be useful to your guests even after the wedding is over.   We hope these ideas make it easier to plan you Big Day!

 
~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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6 Super Creative Ideas to Get Your Guests Talking About THE BEST WEDDING RECEPTION EVER ... Yours!

You've planned every little detail of your wedding ceremony, down to the exact shade of the rose petals your flower girl will have. You have your dream dress and you know exactly who will stand where, who will speak when, and where the flowers will be placed. But have you given equal attention to your wedding reception?


Most wedding ceremonies last about thirty minutes, but receptions can go on for several hours. Your guests will probably enjoy dancing for a while, but what happens when they get tired of dancing?

These dreamy Hollywood-themed disposable cameras
can be a great way to make some memories!
Here are some fun, easy, and cost-effective ways to keep your guests entertained at your reception!


1. Send Your Guests On A Photo Scavenger Hunt
When all else fails, a good photo scavenger hunt can be a great way to keep guests entertained. Photos - (especially funny ones) - have a way of breaking the ice for almost anyone. Put together a list of moments, funny and sweet, you want guests to capture. Then put out a few disposable cameras, and let your guests snap away! Using "retro" disposable wedding cameras ensures YOU get the all photos ... have them developed on a CD and load to your wedding site after the event for your guests to enjoy.


2. Let Your Guests Get Creative With Wedding Mad Libs
If you're looking for something fun for your guests to do that doesn't require a whole lot of preparation on your part, Mad Libs could be the perfect solution! These cards give guests a creative outlet to describe everything from how they met you and your fiance, to the timeless wisdom they wish to pass on to you. Not only are Mad Libs are a great way to keep guests entertained, reading your guests' hilarious responses will give you and your fiance something fun to do the next day! 


These hilarious props promise to spice up any photo!
3. Set Up A Photo Booth
As much as your guests love seeing pictures of you and your fiance, most of your guests will enjoy the chance to get in on the photo fun, too. A photo booth can be a great way to keep your guests (and you) entertained. In addition to the individual photo strips instantly printed for your guests, some photo booth companies will make sure you get digital copies of all the pictures taken at your event. Photo booth rental companies will usually supply props, but it never hurts to add in a few of your own, too. What a fun way to make a memory!


4. Beat The Boredom With Board Games
Who doesn't love a good game of Scrabble or cards? Board games can give guests an excuse to sit down and visit with old friends, or they can help break the ice between new family members. A game table usually doesn't cost anything extra to set up, either - simply ask your parents or friends to donate some of their favorite games for the evening!


Frisbee is another way to get people outside
and keep them entertained!
5. Don't Forget The Power Of The Great Outdoors
It's easy for some people to feel cooped up after being inside for an extended amount of time, especially with lots of other people around. 

Giving your guests an excuse to go outside can be a great way to add variety to their evening and keep them in good spirits. Badminton, bocce, cornhole, and even hula hoops are always a big hit with guests! 


6. Give Your Guests An Excuse To Be Goofy
Don't stress about the reception. Above all else, your reception is a party, and it's up to you and your fiance to decide the look and feel you want your party to have. While many couples today are choosing to give their weddings a more casual feel, weddings still have a reputation for being rather formal affairs. Unless otherwise directed, some guests may be hesitant to really open up at your reception. Your guests will follow your lead, though, and they will probably welcome the chance to cut loose a little bit! 

Sit down with your fiance and brainstorm some ideas for encouraging your guests to loosen up and have fun. Even if you don't have an actual photo booth, fun props for pictures are always a great idea. Wedding bubbles and even silly string can also help your guests embrace their goofy side. 

If your guests are having fun, you and your fiance will be able to relax and enjoy your special day to the fullest!


These six suggestions are great, but they barely scratch the surface of all the fun things you can do! What other ideas do you have for sprucing up your wedding reception? We'd love to hear your thoughts!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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Your Dream Wedding, Social Media, And You!!

Over the last few years, the use of social media has absolutely skyrocketed. People are rarely without their smartphones nowadays, which means that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and all the other platforms are only a finger-tap away!

It is very common for brides to rely heavily on forms of social media while planning their weddings. Facebook and Twitter allow brides to follow their favorite wedding vendors to learn about products and promotions, and Pinterest helps brides organize all their ideas and resources in one easy-to-find place. 

Recently, the use of social media in weddings has expanded beyond just the planning phase. The use or prohibition of social media on the actual wedding day has become a hot topic among today's brides and grooms! Here's a quick glance at the main differing opinions on the use of social media on the wedding day.


I love it! Hashtags all around!

Some couples are all for the idea of using social media at their weddings, and encourage their guests to post pictures of their big day all over various social media platforms. These couples frequently assign a hashtag to their wedding and ask their guests to use it while posting any and all pictures, comments, or statuses. These hashtags are usually pretty straightforward, such as #JackandJill2014 or #SmithWedding, but they can be as creative as the couple wants them to be!

The major plus to wedding hashtags is that they enable the bride and groom to easily locate all their guests' pictures on social media. Couples who choose to do this often put their hashtag in the programs and find cute ways to get it out to all the guests, such as decorative signs.

Um, NO. Put your phones away.

On the other end of the spectrum, some couples are adamantly against the use of phones or social media at their wedding. This stance usually comes in one of two forms:

Go old-school with these
adorable wedding cameras!
1. Let's take a break from technology!
With our cell phones practically glued to our palms nowadays, more and more couples are asking their guests to turn off their phones while they're at the ceremony and reception. Usually, the idea behind this is to encourage guests to unplug and simply enjoy connecting with the other people that are at the wedding. If you decide to do this, try to avoid confiscating your guests' phones at the door and just stick to asking your guests to turn off their phones. They will be much more likely to cooperate that way!


2. My fiancé and I want to be the first ones to post pictures.
For many people, publicly announcing a big event on Facebook has become an exciting milestone. It's not surprising that a lot of brides don't want their guests posting pictures of them all over Facebook before they get a chance to do it themselves! 

If you find yourself in this position, you will need to (kindly!) make it very clear to your guests if you don't want to them to post pictures of you or your fiancé until after you do. It's a good idea to let your guests know in advance that they will need to exclude you and your hubby-to-be from their social media posts. Making a note of it on your wedding website and your programs can be an easy way to do this. 


Let's meet in the middle!

As with any extremes, these polarized viewpoints tend to shut out any sort of compromise. In reality, there are several great ways to balance the use of social media at your wedding. With WedPics, for example, you can create a private album online that your friends can upload their pictures to with the passcode you give them. Wedpics is accessible on the computer and as a mobile app, so your guests can use whichever format makes them more comfortable! 

How do you feel about the use of social media at your wedding? Comment and let us know!! 


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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8 Wedding Stressors (and How to Resolve or Avoid Them)

Engagements and weddings are supposed to be blissfully happy times in a woman's life, and they are -- but they don't come without their fair share of stress. Brides are often surrounded by people who feel it is their right - or even their duty - to add their brilliant insights and wisdom to make your life easier. Unfortunately, they usually end up accomplishing just the opposite.

We want your wedding to be the happy, exciting time it was meant to be, so in this blog, we're going to look at how to overcome some of the common stressors that often surround wedding planning.

1. I can't please everyone!!!
No, you can't. And the sooner you learn to accept that, the better off you'll be. Everyone will have opinions and entitlements, but if you're considering a guest list of over five people, it's very unlikely you will be able to satisfy everyone. Remember that first and foremost, your wedding is about you and your fiancé. When it's all said and done, you want to be sure that the memories from your big day look exactly as you two had envisioned. 

2. I thought our families liked each other...
Your families may have gotten along well while you were dating, but engagements make everything much more serious. When your families realize that they're about to be forever tied to one another, they may feel the need to finally voice any misgivings they may have had about the arrangement. This doesn't mean you should cancel the wedding, but you should take the opportunity to address these issues openly and honestly. Make sure you're fully aware of your relationship and its accompanying dynamics before you tie the knot.

3. The wedding has to be perfect!
Take a deep breath! Of course you want your wedding to be perfect, but your marriage will not be a reflection of your wedding ceremony. We tend to put a lot of emphasis on the wedding and save worrying about the marriage for later. Ultimately, your wedding is just one day, whereas your marriage will hopefully last a lifetime. As you take care of all of the wedding plans and preparations, remember to set aside some time to strengthen your relationship with your fiancé. 
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4. How do I decide who to have in my bridal party?
There are a couple steps to deciding who to have in your bridal party. First, determine who is  non-negotiable, such as sisters or sister-in-laws. Second, look critically at the personalities of the women you are considering. If one of them tends to be a little self-absorbed in everyday life, there is no reason to believe she won't be self-absorbed at the wedding. You want to pick the girls who will stand beside your decisions no matter what and will add to the excitement of your big day.

Some people say a good ratio is one bridesmaid for every fifty wedding guests, but how many people you choose is really up to you. Remember that more bridesmaids could mean more people to help you with the preparations, but that it could also mean more conflicting opinions.

5. Where do I even begin with the guest list?
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Nailing down a guest list is unquestionably one of the most stressful aspects to planning a wedding. First and foremost, you and your fiancé need to decide roughly how many people you want to have at your wedding and if you want children there. After that, you can get feedback from your parents. Remember there are some factors that will cause the number of people that actually attend your wedding to drop, such as holding the wedding on a week night or near a holiday. 

Make sure you communicate your guest list plans with key people (such as your parents) sooner rather than later. Your mom's friends may be getting daily updates on the wedding planning, and if you don't tell her otherwise, these friends may have the day already booked on their calendars before you even finalize your guest list.
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6. What if something goes wrong during the ceremony?
While you can't guarantee that everything will go exactly as planned during the ceremony, having a rehearsal can help alleviate a lot of the stress. Do a thorough walk-through the day before and treat it exactly as you will treat the real day. Does your photographer know exactly where you will walk and where you will stand? How will the flower girl or ring bearer know when to start walking? Where will the rings be kept before the ceremony? Assign someone to make sure the wedding party is ready and in the correct order about ten minutes before the ceremony is scheduled to begin - you don't want to be hunting people down at the last minute! 

7. Wait, that means I have to plan a rehearsal dinner, too?
No, you GET to plan a rehearsal dinner! Try not to stress out about this one. The actual rehearsal is only for you and your groom, the bridal party, and your parents. The dinner afterwards is designed for you and your fiancé to relax and visit with whomever you want to invite! This is a great opportunity to visit with friends or out of town guests, since you won't be as busy or distracted as you probably will be during the actual reception. Traditionally, the groom's parents pay for this event, and honestly, anything goes. It's up to you and your groom whether you want to have the dinner in an upscale Italian restaurant, in your home, or even in a bowling alley! Relax, have a good time with your guests, and let the families get to know each other.

8. If my mother funds the wedding, do I have to do everything she says?
Traditionally, the bride's parents fund the wedding, and it is not uncommon for mothers to want to be intricately involved in their daughters' planning process. The problems arise when Mom feels like she has the right to override her daughter's wishes because her dollars are at stake. If you think your mother (or the groom's mother, for that matter) might have these tendencies, you should look critically at how much financial help you really need. What are you and your fiancé able to contribute? How expensive is your wedding really going to be? Try to determine a set budget before beginning the planning process. Once you have a maximum amount you know you can spend, you can prioritize as you plan. If everyone can be on the same page from the beginning, you're much more likely to be able to enjoy one another while you plan everything!

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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