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.


Decorate Your Holiday Wedding with Where Brides Go!


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. 




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


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

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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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...for What Brides Love!


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

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