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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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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Spectacular Gift Items for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is right around the corner. (Sunday, May 8, 2016) WhereBridesGo.com has many sweet and thoughtful gifts for Mom in our online gift store. Jewelry, picture frames, wine decanters, shoulder bags, makeup bags, robes, kitchen items, and so much more. Here are a few of the wonderful items that we know your mother would love to unwrap. 



Jeweled Frame

Give Mom a beautiful place to display happy family memories with this lovely jeweled 4"x6" frame. Dig through some old photos from when you were younger to place inside, or surprise her with an impromptu photo shoot and make some new memories together to fill it up. 


Heart Triple Stand Bracelet

Remind your mother that she holds a special place in your heart with this bracelet. Delicate, feminine chain linked hearts adorn this one of a kind piece of jewelry. It comes in a free organza gift pouch and can be personalized with mom's initial at no extra cost. WhereBridesGo.com has a wonderful variety of bracelets and necklaces in our online store.  


Silver Heart Keepsake Box

We even offer the perfect place for your mother to keep her elegant new heart bracelet. The inside of this jewelry box is lined with black velvet to cradle her favorite pieces of jewelry. We will engrave up to 15 characters on the top. 


Wooden Recipe Stand

Let your mother prop up her best recipes with our recipe stand. Available in both white and brown, this handy holder works for recipe cards, cookbooks, and even tablets for all of those recipes she has saved on Pinterest. It features a twine rope loop for the option of hanging it up. You may also have this item personalized for free. 


Wooden Wine Trough

This rustic wooden container also features a galvanized metal insert, perfect for chilling mom's favorite bottles of wine. If she doesn't happen to be a drinker, it also makes a brilliant container for magazines, craft supplies, or anything else that she does love keeping around. It can be personalized with her initials, name, or a sweet saying at no additional cost.  


Large Coffee Mugs

This item is available for both Mom and Dad. (Father's Day is coming up in June. Be ready early!) This great big 20 ounce mug offers a loving definition of what a parent is. The last line of the description is personalized to say "see also: (fill in your parent's name)" to make them feel even more special.    

Can't decide? Get her a gift card.

We realize that it may confuse your mother to get a gift card from a site that sounds like it's only for weddings, but send her the link to this article so she can see that we are much more than that. There is no expiration date on these certificates for our online gift store, and we will mail it directly to your mother along with instructions on how to redeem it. 



Head on over to WhereBridesGo.com right now and start shopping. The sooner you order, the sooner you'll be ready for this Mother's Day. If you are not lucky enough to live near your mother, you can have your purchase shipped directly to her. Browsing through our online gift store will soon have you realizing, it's not just where brides go for what brides love, but also where daughters and sons go, for what moms love. 




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...for What Brides Love!


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

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20 Great Ways for a Couple to Appreciate Each Other (Part 2)

Last week WhereBridesGo.com began our list of 20 great ways for a couple to appreciate each other with tips #1-#10. We hope you all had a chance to try at least a few of those last week, and that they worked so beautifully you are anxious to try out the last ten. 


As we said before, it doesn't matter if you just recently started dating, you are in the middle of planning a wedding, or you are about to celebrate a milestone anniversary. If you are a couple, and you want to stay a happy one, these tips can help you to express the appreciation you each have for one another. 

11. Personal Masseuse

Unless they are super-ticklish, nobody is going to say no to a relaxing back rub. It's a great stress reliever for the recipient, and a great way for you both to connect. If you want to splurge a little, let someone else do the work and book a couple's massage one afternoon, or really go all out and book an entire spa day together.


12. Dance the Night Away

An evening dancing to some lively music is always a great mood lifter. It doesn't have to be that elaborate though. Something as simple as grabbing their hand for a spin around the living room to your favorite song when it pops on the radio is a touching gesture sure to make you both smile.


13. Be a Tutor

Share your love of something that you do well with your sweetie. If you enjoy photography, give them a camera and teach them the tricks of capturing a great photo. You can show them how to prepare a gourmet meal if you are the chef of the two, or teach them how to appreciate a fine wine or craft beer if you are an expert at that.  

14. Take Up a New Hobby

Find something that you both can enjoy and is brand new to each of you. Pick a room in the house to update, start taking walks together, or plant a garden. If you prefer to stay in and relax, choose a TV show to binge watch, or rent a movies series and have a marathon.


15. Couple's Bucket List

Dream together, and dream big. Choose some awesome things that you would both love to try someday, write them down, then make a monthly date to mark one of those things off of the list. If it is something like an expensive trip around the world, now you both have a mutual goal to save for and make happen. 

16. Get Sporty

For the active couple, grab a ball (football, basketball, tennis ball, golf ball...) and get ready for a little healthy competition. If you prefer to watch rather than play, cheer on your favorite team together. If you don't share the same favorite team, well, here's another chance for a little healthy competition.  

17. Game Night

Maybe you prefer your competition in board game or video game form. Make one of your date nights a game night and see who racks up the best score. Invite a few friends over to join in the fun and you can both team up and work together to win.

18. Hit the Road

Grab a map, jump in the car, and just go! It doesn't matter if you meticulously plan a trip, or if you flip a coin every time you come to an intersection to choose left or right. The point of a road trip is to spend some quality time together and see something new or find an adventure. 


19. Share the Love

A great way to show your appreciation for the one that you love is to brag about them a little bit. Tell them how amazing they are at a particular task. Better yet, make it public and say something sweet about your other half online so everyone knows just how incredible they are. It will make them feel good and they will be happy to hear how much you truly appreciate them. 

20. Simply Say "I Love You!"

The easiest way to let the person that you love know they are appreciated is to simply remember to tell them that you love them. Sure, they know it already, but no one can ever hear those words too often. Always begin and end your days with this beautiful reminder, and feel free to throw it around in the middle of the day too.

Couple Appreciation Month is a wonderful reminder of how important it is to let your special someone know exactly how special they are. Do it often, and make it fun. Adopt the tips that you like into your everyday routine. If you have some ideas of your own, share them with our WhereBridesGo.com readers. Your idea may be just what someone needs to go from dating to needing help from our online wedding accessory store. Go ahead, share how you share the love!



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



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

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20 Great Ways for a Couple to Appreciate Each Other (Part 1)

The month of April happens to be Couple Appreciation Month. During the process of planning a wedding, sometimes a bride and groom are so focused on lists that they forget to focus on each other. This month is a great reminder to put a little time aside and let each other know how very important your relationship is. 


You don't have to be engaged to take part in Couple Appreciation Month. Whether you are already married, or just a couple in the beginning of your romance, WhereBridesGo.com has a few ideas to help you show your special someone how much you love them. 

1. Hide & Seek

Grab a pack of post-it notes and hide hand-written terms of endearment for your partner to find all around the house. You can even up the ante and hide small gifts for them to find, or combine the two ideas and leave clues to one big gift or a special night out. 


2. Dear John




Forget the digital world for a minute and go old school. Put pen to paper and write a heartfelt love note to your significant other. If you are stumped for words, make it a long thank you note filled with all of the reasons that you are thankful that they picked you. 

3. Enjoy the Outdoors

Get outside and away from your daily routine and have an outdoor adventure. It can be as simple as sitting on a bench in the park together or packing a picnic and heading to your favorite quiet spot. If you are an active couple, visit a state park and take a long hike together, or hop on a couple of bikes and get to riding. 

4. Green Thumb

A beautiful bouquet of flowers is always a nice gesture, maybe more for the girls to receive than the guys. You can easily turn this into a way to spend some quality time with each other and make it a summer-long project. Plant a garden full of flowers together. 

5. Dreaded Tasks

An excellent way to treat someone that you love is to tackle a chore for them that you know they hate to do. Take out the garbage, do the grocery shopping for the week, or fold that pile of clean laundry that keeps growing.  

6. Breakfast in Bed

Who doesn't love to get spoiled a little? This requires a bit of stealth and early rising if you want to surprise them, but it doesn't have to be a surprise. Just convince your loved one that they should lay back down and take it easy while you cook up their favorite morning meal. 

7. Dinner Date

Pick an evening to eat dinner out at your favorite restaurant, or pick a brand new place to try together. If you know your way around the kitchen fairly well, cook for your partner, or pick a recipe to whip up together and make this a bonding experience. 

8. Make An Appointment

If you don't already have a set weekly, or at least monthly, date night on your calendar, now is a great time to adopt this tradition. We all get busy with work, family, friends, and all that comes with our daily lives. It is important for a couple to make the time to keep their love alive. Putting your date on the calendar is a great way to make it the priority it is and more likely to happen. 

9. Take a Selfie

Document your relationship so that you can relive these wonderful moments over and over. It only takes a minute to click a quick picture of the two of you while you are out, and today's technology makes it easy to share a few of these special moments with everyone else. Share the love!  

10. Lock Those Lips

You most likely kiss each other daily, but how often do you really focus on that kiss? A fun experiment to try is the "15-second kiss." Set a timer and kiss each other for 15 straight seconds. It sounds like a short time, but during a kiss, 15 seconds seems to stretch on for quite a long time. Kissing is a very intimate act that we can sometimes take for granted. You are sure to enjoy this experiment, and if you are up to it, see how much longer you can go past 15 seconds. Beware, kissing is a gateway drug to much more fun stuff. 


That should keep you busy until next week when we give you the next 10 great ways to show your appreciation for each other. WhereBridesGo.com recognizes the importance of telling and showing that special person in your life exactly how much they mean to you. Letting them know often is a key to a happy relationship. Let Couple Appreciation Month be the beginning of many enjoyable habits to keep your love alive and well.




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...for What Brides Love!


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

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Great Gifts for Every Groomsman in Your Wedding














Generally our blogs are geared more towards the brides rather than the grooms, but there are a few things that the men need to take care of during the wedding planning. After all, it is their wedding too. One of the tasks that the groom needs to tackle is finding gifts for the groomsmen that they will appreciate. WhereBridesGo.com has a giant selection of awesome gifts that any man would love to receive. 

The wedding party gifts in our online wedding store feature items that fit into any type of budget and will cover every type of friend that you have. Whether you get the same gifts for every man in your wedding party or choose to pick out something different for each individual, you are sure to find something perfect for everyone on your list.


Party Friends


These are the guys that love to go out a have a good time. They are generally beer or whiskey lovers, so get them a gift that you know they will get plenty of use out of. Personalized beer mugs look great sitting on the bridal party's reception table, and you know the boys will be proud to sip their favorite brews around the house from a mug with their name on it. 

If your fellas prefer whiskey, a flask for their pocket is always convenient. Really special friends may rate something a bit bigger and a little fancier, like one of our gorgeous glass decanters. 





Active Friends


Your active groomsmen are the ones that love being outdoors. For them, it's all about sports, either playing or watching; football, baseball, basketball, golf, fishing, or maybe camping. These are the type of men that will truly treasure a gift that can be useful with their favorite pastime.  




Dapper Friends

Maybe the groomsmen in your wedding are simply happy to be able to stand up next to the two of you and support you both on this special day. Buy these guys a groomsman gift that will help them look their very best at your wedding and any time in the future when they decide to dress up for a special occasion. Cuff links and pocket watches are elegant keepsakes and perfect for this occasion. 




The key to finding the best gifts for groomsmen is to think about their personality and what type of item they are bound to get some use out of. They will think fondly of you and your wedding day every time they look at this gift, even if they don't admit it out loud. WhereBridesGo.com isn't just where brides go, but an awesome place for grooms to go too. After all, there are quite a few things in our online wedding accessory store that grooms, and their groomsmen, will love. 





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...for What Brides Love!



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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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