Simple Ways to Keep Your Winter Wedding Guests Warm

Winter is a magical time to plan a wedding.  Unless you live in a part of the world that remains warm year-round, keeping your wedding guests warm and comfortable should be on your to-do list.  If you will be getting married this winter, most of these ideas can still be done as last-minute additions to your plans.  Planning a winter wedding for next year will give you lots of time to expand on these ideas from WhereBridesGo.com and add your own personal touches. 
   
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Warm Food
Instead of starting dinner with a salad, opt for soup instead.  Incorporating a few spicy items into your hors d'oeuvres will warm up tummies too.  Everyone enjoys eating home-style comfort foods on a cold day, so think about serving items like a gourmet mac & cheese, roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, and similar dishes.  

Hot Drinks
An extra touch that everyone will enjoy is a nice hot beverage.  A hot chocolate station can be filled with extras to be added to the cocoa like mini marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, candy canes, whipped topping, and more.  Adding a coffee bar to the reception room offers a quick warm-up for everyone.  You can feature different flavored coffees or a variety of creamers and syrups.  A signature drink including whiskey doesn't have to be served hot, but it can definitely warm up the person drinking it.




Cozy Favors
A basket full of fleece throws or shawls with a cute message for your guests tied on is a lovely addition to a winter wedding.  Make sure that there will be enough for everyone to have.  Mittens or gloves at everyone's place setting make an adorable favor too.  Your guests may not be wearing them at the reception, but these favors will be appreciated on the trip home and in the future.  

Toasty Fireplace
Booking a reception space with a fireplace will make the event extra warm and inviting. You can even plan a late night snack of toasted marshmallows for a warm evening treat.  

Tent and Space Heaters
If you simply must have your wedding and reception outdoors, tents today can be incredibly warm and comfortable.  There are tents available that are tall enough for elegant chandeliers and that have windows so that you can stay warm with the sides down but still have a view.  A few heaters placed throughout the space will make it feel like you are indoors.  Make sure that some amazing music keeps everyone on the dance floor and you may even have to turn those heaters down!



Your guests' comfort is important, no matter time of year that you decide to get married. There are lots of clever, creative, and fun ways to keep your wedding guests warm and comfortable in the winter.  WhereBridesGo.com has lots of adorable winter-themed wedding decorations for you to use at the reception and ceremony too.  A little preparation will assure that everyone will be happy and enjoy the day along with you and your new spouse.  


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

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5 Clever Guest Book Alternatives

Traditionally at a wedding, everyone attending signs a book for the couple as a keepsake. Honestly, very few couples ever go back through this book more than once or twice. Today when many couples begin planning a wedding, they choose to do something a little more creative than the classic guest book.

When your wedding guests sign their names to something that you enjoy looking through often or can display in your home, you will get a lot more use out of it.  Each time that you see your creative guest book, it will bring back glorious memories of that very special day.  


Artwork


Painted canvases are very popular with brides and grooms.  There are a lot of great prints out there to use for a wedding.  It can be something that matches the theme of your wedding, a romantic picture, a whimsical drawing, or anything that you would love to have hanging in your home.  




Home Decor

You can have all of your wedding guests sign an item to be displayed on a shelf, or even something that can be used later by the two of you.  Ceramic plates can be displayed throughout the year, then you can use it to serve a romantic meal for two every anniversary.  A serving tray would look beautiful on your coffee table, and it would be a great conversation starter.  If you have all of your guests sign quilt squares, you would have a happy reminder of your wedding every time you cuddle up together on a chilly night.  




Your Favorite Things

If the two of you both love boating, have everyone sign a life preserver.  Music lovers can have everyone put their name on some old vinyl records.  Puzzle pieces would make a very unique guest book for anyone that loves to play games, or you could also get signatures on Jenga pieces.  Think about the things that you love to do together as a couple and you are bound to find an item than is big enough for your wedding guests to put their names on.  

Framed Photo

You will definitely want to put a few of your favorite wedding photographs on the wall once they come back from the photographer.  Search for a beautiful picture frame and let everyone at the wedding sign the matte that will surround the photograph.   




Photo Album

This is especially great if you are having a fun photobooth at your reception.  Put a photo album on a table along with some pens to write messages and photo-safe tape to add the pictures with.  If you don't want to rent a photobooth, set a Polaroid camera on a table and let your guests snap their own pictures to add to the photo album.  


When it comes to creative wedding guest book ideas, you are only limited to your own imagination.  WhereBridesGo.com is a great place to start looking for wedding planning inspiration.  Whatever you end up choosing to use as your wedding guest book, it is sure to be something that the two of you will treasure for years and years.  





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

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9 Alternatives to the Classic Wedding Cake



Wedding cakes are one of those items on a bride and groom's wedding planning checklist that you may think of as non-negotiable.  Every wedding has to have a great big, fancy cake in the center of the room for the bride and groom to cut, right?  Wrong!  If cake isn't a dessert that you particularly care for, it is silly for you to pay for something you don't really want to eat.  Wedding cakes don't come cheap.  

Even if you love cake, maybe you prefer to have a little variety on your dessert table. There is absolutely no rule saying you can't serve something else.  A table full of treats gives each guest the ability to choose their own dessert from a table full of possibilities. If you don't want to go the traditional "cake only" route, WhereBridesGo.com has a few tasty alternatives that are sure to be crowd pleasers.  



Cupcakes
Maybe you do love cake, but you want to choose multiple flavors instead of only the one or two that cake layers allow.  Cupcakes are also a perfect alternative for smaller weddings where a giant cake simply doesn't make sense.  Today there are plenty of creative bakers out there that can pack a lot of flavor into one of these tiny little cakes.  




Cake Pops
Coffee shops all over the country feature this popular treat.  All the taste of cake and icing packed conveniently onto a stick in bite-sized portions.  This is another way to be able to offer multiple flavors, and they look adorable arranged on a table.

Brownies
Chocolate is generally a winner when it comes to dessert, and there are a lot of people in the world that may turn their nose up to cake but jump at the chance to eat a moist, chocolaty brownie.  Offer a few varities, like rocky road, caramel swirled, cheesecake, red velvet...  Your baker should have some creative suggestions for you.  

Pie or Cheesecake
Pie is a special treat that you may not expect to see at a wedding.  You can go with rich and creamy or hot and fruity, or better yet, offer a few of each.  A few basic cheesecakes with a variety of different toppings makes for a beautiful and delicious dessert table. These are both extra-adorable when presented in single-serving, mini pie tins. 




Cookies
If you are looking for variety, cookies may be the way to go.  A table full of your family's favorite recipes is enough to make anyone's mouth water.  Macaroons, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar, gingerbread, snickerdoodle... you can even throw in some rice krispies treats if you like those.  (And who doesn't?)  Be sure that you have some milk close by for this type of table. 

Donuts
Kind of like cake, but in a form nearly no one can resist.  Make sure to order extra donuts if you decide to do this type of table, because after a night of reception dancing, these make a great late-night snack too. 

Dessert Shooters
These are single-serving desserts in their own cups.  They can resemble a tall shot cup, and we have seen them served in mini martini glasses.  Inside these cups are miniature versions of popular desserts:  strawberry shortcake, chocolate mousse, trifle, banana pudding... this list truly is endless.  Imagine your very favorite dessert in the entire world, shrink it down, and pop it into a tiny container.  



Candy Buffet
These are yummy, they look gorgeous, and are a great favor for guests to pack up and take with them.  A popular trend is to fill jars with unwrapped candies in various shades to match the wedding colors.  You can also fill bowls with your favorite wrapped candies if you prefer.   




DIY Dessert Station
These are for the desserts that can't necessarily be made ahead of time.  Set up stations with toppings and let your guests create their own dessert masterpieces:  s'mores, ice cream sundaes, and caramel apples are some great ideas.


If you are still a bit of a traditionalist and want to have that cake-cutting moment as bride and groom, add a small cake to the table for this purpose.  You can also assemble many of the desserts above into the shape of a cake and cut that.  A little imagination can go a long way with this.  


You can still get your adorable cake topper, even without a cake!

Most cake toppers look just as wonderful as a small figurine sitting on the table as they do on top of a wedding cake.  They are a great way to inject some of your personality as a couple into the decor or pull your wedding theme over to the dessert table.  You'll find some of the best wedding cake toppers online in every style at WhereBridesGo.com.  Any of these would make a lovely centerpiece on a dessert table.




When it comes to the dessert that you will be serving at your wedding, you are only limited to your own imagination.  Do what you, as a couple, are the happiest with.  If you serve what you love, your guests are most likely going to love it too.  


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...for What Brides Love!



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

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

WhereBridesGo.com is where brides go for what brides love, but it's not just for brides! It's not even strictly built for couples that are getting married.  Our online gift store is the perfect place to do some of your holiday shopping.  You will find wonderful items for nearly everyone on your list, and many of them can be personalized at no extra cost.




The key to finding the perfect gift for someone is to think about their favorite things. What they do in their spare time can lead to lots of great ideas.  People that spend a lot of time in the kitchen would love to receive cooking items, and sports fans adore donning themselves with anything from their favorite team.  Here are a few wonderful ideas for holiday gifts that you can buy online from WhereBridesGo.com.



FOR BEAUTY & COMFORT



Cozy Fleece Spa Robe

Our luxurious fleece spa robe is velvety soft.  Any cold morning will be cozier in one of these.  It features two pockets and a posh tie closure.  If you know exactly who would love to open one of these under the tree, we'll even embroider their name or initial on it in their favorite color.  





Jewelry

There is a wide variety of beautiful jewelry to shop for on our site.  Personalized necklaces and bracelets are an excellent gifts for ladies of any age.  You will also find pocket watches for the fellas.  









Travel Kits

Our Waxed Leather & Canvas Dopp Kit is the ideal travel companion for any gentleman.  It's water-resistant and has an extra-wide zipper opening.  Our Canvas & Leather Travel Kit can sit on the counter while you get ready or hang conveniently from its hook.  If you are looking for a stocking stuffer, pick up our Hello Gorgeous Lip Manicure Set.       







FOR ORGANIZATION


Tote Bags

We have a very large collection of tote bags in many different fabrics, styles, and colors. One of these is perfect for gathering all of those everyday items that you need to keep handy.  




Money Clip

If you have a man in your life that simply hates carrying a bulky wallet in his pocket, consider gifting him a money clip.  Ours is spring loaded and flexible enough to carry multiple cards and lots of cash.    





Tools

Tools always come in handy around the house, and our Wood Grain Hammer Multi-Tool keeps lots of them all in one convenient spot.  It features a hammer, wire cutters, pliers, flat head screwdriver, bottle opener, saw blade, Phillips head screwdriver, file, and a knife blade.  





FOR FUN

Glassware

Entertaining leads to loads of fun.  Our site is full of glassware for storing, serving, and drinking your favorite beverages.  You'll find decanters, wine glasses, mugs, and more. Not only can we personalize them with names and initials, but your favorite sports team can be featured on many items too.



Coolers

Many outings are more fun if you bring along some refreshments.  Our Collapsible Picnic Cooler Tote and Deluxe Camouflage Sit n' Sip Cooler Seat are perfect for this. Whether heading out for an afternoon lunch or off to tailgate, we've got you covered.  




Golfing Gear

If you have any golfers on your list, they will love the accessories that WhereBridesGo.com has for them.  Personalized items make them look professional and are sure to improve their game.  (Or least make them feel like a winner!)  




Take a look through WhereBridesGo.com for even more incredible holiday gift ideas. You'll find cutting boards, coasters, picture frames, and much more.  Don't stress over your holiday shopping.  As long as you give it a little bit of thought, your gift recipients are sure to love anything that you choose for them.    



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



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

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