A Tradition Of Giving Wedding Gifts

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A long standing tradition at weddings is a gift given by the bride and the groom. A popular say about gifts that its better to give than to receive might not be agreed to by a newly wedded couple who probably received some of the nicest gifts ever on their wedding day..

The purpose of giving Wedding Gifts to wedding guests is to show your appreciation. A specially picked out Gift shows that you put thought and consideration into the gift. Including a personalized note with the gift or personalizing the gift itself to thank the person for whatever role he or she played in the wedding is certainly a nice touch that shows extremely good taste and thoughtfulness. The Wedding Gifts need not be very expensive so as to break your wedding budget but should be well thought out and consider the personal taste and likes and dislikes of the person on the receiving end of the gift. Also the packaging and presentation goes a long way in showing how much you care and appreciate the people in your life.

So who should be at the receiving end of the Gift by the bride and the groom? Members of the wedding party have always topped that list, which includes almost everybody, the best man, maid or matron of honor, bridesmaids, ushers, groomsmen, junior bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers.

Although it is not mandatory, but it is a nice gesture for the bride and the groom to give gifts to each other. These days both the bride and the groom include each set of parents on the gift giving list. It is also a nice gesture to give a gift to someone who did something special during the occasion for instance someone who did a special reading at the ceremony or to step in for the brideís father and walk the bride down the aisle. It is good taste to give gifts to acknowledge the contribution these people made and include them in gift giving.

Gifts should be purchased about four weeks prior to the wedding date, which will give you enough time to have them engraved and to create personalization messages etc.

To help the gifts make an even greater impression on the recipient, take special care in packaging the gifts. Use tasteful wrapping paper and embellishments using colors that complement the wedding colors. The best time to give your gifts is during the rehearsal dinner as it is intimate and the people to whom you’re giving the gifts are all present at the occasion.

Last but not least need some gift ideas? Well first check your wedding budget to see how much you have allocated to this category. You have more than likely spent quite a bit of your money by this stage, so it is important to take a realistic look at the your remaining budget.

Brides typically give each member of the bridal party a piece of jewelry or a hair accessory that can be worn on the wedding day. Other gift ideas include bud vases, picture frames, bath oils, a collectible item or a gift basket.

The men in the wedding party like to receive engraved pens, pocket watches, cigars, business card holders, clocks for their desk, or key chains. For the parents, a professional wedding photo in an engraved frame is perfect or a personalized letter detailing your appreciation. For each other, anything that conveys your love and devotion is ideal.

The tradition of giving wedding gifts makes the wedding day more special and personal for every couple and it will be alive for as long as there are weddings in one way or another.

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A Guide to Beautiful Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are an integral part of a weddings theme and the mood you want to set for your ceremony. After all, if the purpose were to solely inform the guests of the details of the event, then you could just send an email or postcard. However, the invitation also serves as a souvenir of a special occasion, and an announcement of a couples love. Like the wedding ceremony itself, it must be beautiful and personal.

Selecting the Wedding Invitations Design

There are thousands of ready-made wedding invitations to choose from; simply select a design, send the details, and the printer can have it ready within weeks. With such a wide selection, it may be difficult to pick which one is best. Here are the things to consider:

* Formal or casual.
You want a wedding invitation to complement the overall theme and mood of the wedding. Is your wedding formal or casual? A formal wedding may need classic script fonts, formal wording, and the traditional double envelope. A more casual invitation may use more modern fonts and more natural wording (i.e., instead of we cordially invite you, say please join us), but care must be taken to retain the solemnity of the occasion. Lets say you want to enclose a photo of you and your fiancee typically done for traditional invitations. Wear appropriate clothes to the photo shoot: shorts and tank tops simply don’t work.

* Color.
You should always choose a subdued color. If you are using a rather bright color for your motif, like turquoise, opt for a delicate ribbon trim or small accents at the sides or corners rather than applying it to the whole invitation. This makes the invitation look more classy, and again, is in keeping with the nature of the event. It’s a wedding, not a night dancing at a trendy club.

* Personal Touches.
You can add a short poem, a photo of the couple, or a song lyric from the wedding ceremony.

Wedding Invitation Inserts

Most wedding invitation companies can provide a selection of templates where you just have to fill in the specific names, places and dates. However, many couples prefer to make their own, to make the invitation less stiff and more personalized. If so, here are a few guidelines:

* It is not necessary to put the entourage in the invitation. However, you can have a separate piece of paper listing the members that can be inserted in select invitations specifically those that go to the entourage themselves, and to the more immediate family and friends. They would appreciate the souvenir; plus, it is a way of thanking them for their participation.

* You’d never forget to put the date and the venue, but many couples forget to put a map to the church and/.or reception area. A map would be very helpful, and would save many guests any inconvenience especially if the wedding is located in a place they are unfamiliar with.

* If you are trying to control the number of guests, insert a small card that says, We have reserved __ seats for you. This is a subtle and polite way of minimizing the headcount.

* If you are moving to a new home after the wedding, you can include another small insert announcing your new address.

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Nice Bachelorette Party Games

Planning a bachelorette party is one of the easiest parts of a wedding to plan. There are literally hundreds of ideas for things to do and a myriad of options for games. Many of those ideas are a bit on the racy side, but there are plenty that that are just plain clean fun.

For example, one popular bachelorette game involves asking the guests to become poets. Ahead of the party, take 50 index cards and on half, write romantic things, like “roses”, “cuddly”, etc. On the other 25 cards, write very non-romantic words or phrases, like “nose hairs” or “ironing”. Then have each guest draw one card from each pile. They should then create a silly poem based on the two very different words or phrases they have chosen, for example, “Roses are red, your nose hairs are ewwwww.”

One fun game that is sure to engender at least a few laughs is “name that item”. Take a paper bag (a fabric bag is better if you have one) and fill the bag with typical “male items”. The items might include a razor, a money clip, a tie, shoe polish, etc. Seal the bag, or fold it over really well. Then have each guest feel the bag and try to guess the contents. Have them write their guesses on a piece of paper. After everyone has had a chance to feel the bag, the contents are shown and the person with the most number of correct guesses gets the bag of male-oriented items.

Here’s a fun idea. This game might take the whole of the bachelorette party, but it’s a fun one that involves all the guests, helps them get to know one another and provides video proof you all had a good time. You need video cameras for this game, so if the host only has one camera, be sure to ask guests to bring more video cameras. Make sure you also have enough blank tapes for this game.

Depending on the number of guests at the party, you’ll divide the party into two or more groups. It’s best to divide the group into teams small enough so that the whole team can get into one car. So you’ll have maybe five women on each team. You’ll give each team a video camera, blank videotapes and a list of “scavenger hunt” type activities they must perform and tape.

Some video scavenger hunt ideas include having a complete stranger sing the national anthem, having a member of the team sing “I wish I were an Oscar Meyer hot dog” in the meat section of the grocery store and taping a stranger who can do a good impersonation of John Wayne.

The teams should be given a specific amount of time in which to complete their assigned tasks and then return to the party location (ideally, a home, in this case). The videos are viewed and the teams vote on the team that did the best. Bonus points are given for the team that creates their own stunts.

Bachelorette party games are not only designed to bring fun to the party, but sometimes to help people get to know one another. This might be a good opportunity for the bride’s best friend to get to know the sister of the groom, or for the bride to get close to the groom’s cousin or niece. So an icebreaker game isn’t a bad idea.

This isn’t perhaps the most intellectual of an icebreaker game, but it will likely break the ice early in the evening before you head out to other events. Play a game called “I never…” and see who takes the most drinks. So the first woman says, “I never…” and completes the sentence. The women who have done the thing the first woman says she’s never done take a drink. Then the next woman claims to have “never” done something.

Some suggestions for this game are: “I never …”
*Lied about my age
*Lied about my weight
*Shoplifted
*Got a speeding ticket
*Ran naked through my house

Bachelorette Party

What better way to say “goodbye” to your girlfriend’s single way of life than hosting a bachelorette party.  A bachelorette party can be a “wild” time on the town or as simple as a night at the movies and/or dinner.  The most important thing to remember is that the party should reflect the personality of the bride to be.  If the bride does not like the bar scene or did not drink alcohol, you certainly would not arrange to go bar hoping all night long.

There are all sorts of possibilities for a good bachelorette party.  A quiet dinner followed by a movie or a dinner theatre is always entertaining.  A day at the spa pampering, or a good old fashion pyjama party is simple to organize and always fun.

Another favourite idea for a bachelorette party is a night on the town.  Visiting the local “hot spots” or the bride-to-be’s favourite pub are always options for a good party.  Renting a limo for the night really adds to the “night out” theme and everyone attending can have a good time and not worry about driving if they have been drinking.  Attending a ‘male revue” has become a very popular idea for a bachlorette party.

Whatever you decide on for hosting a bachelorette party, do keep in the mind the personality of the bride-to-be, and how early she will have to get up in the morning! Also remember it is her night so although what she chooses might not be YOUR cup of tea SHE is the bride .

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Wedding Facts

Here Are Some Interesting Facts!
After The Vows…

  • Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
  • Brides say that during wedding planning, their highest priority was their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
  • When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
  • 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey.
  • Based on the survey statistics above, assuming a $10,000 food/drink minimum you’ll spend a minimum of $1500 on gratuity at 15%. Which has a bigger impact on the outcome of the event? Quality entertainment, or a 15% gratuity on food/drink?

ENGAGEMENT STATISTICS

  • The average engagement in the North America lasts 15 months.
  • During the engagement period, couples buy: $4 billion in furniture, $3 billion in house wares, $400 million in tableware, $19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries.
  • The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800.
  • Tuxedos are typically purchased 5-6 months after the wedding gown.
  • Bridesmaids’ gowns are generally purchased 3-4 months in advance of the event.
  • One third of engaged couples retain a wedding consultant.

MORE WEDDING STATISTICS

  • Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S. (approx. 150,000 per year in Canada).
  • Today’s median age for first-time brides is 25 years. For grooms, it’s 27 years.
  • Second marriage median age is brides 35 years, grooms 38 years.
  • The average amount spent on a traditional American wedding is $22,000.
  • 67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.
  • The number 1 wedding city in the U.S. (and number 2 in the world) is Las Vegas with an average of 114,000 weddings per year (the number 1 in the world is Istanbul, Turkey with 166,000).
  • The number 2 wedding city in the U.S. is Gatlinburg, TN with 42,000 weddings.
  • The number 3 wedding city in the U.S. is New Orleans, LA with an average of 36,000 marriages.
  • Source: Association for Wedding Professionals Int’l <http://afwpi.com/wedstats.html>

Marriages by the month:
June is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August, May, September, and October.
January 4.7%
February 7.0%
March 6.1%
April 7.4%
May 9.8%
June 10.8%
July 9.7%
August 10.2%
September 9.6%
October 9.4%
November 7.4%
December 7.8%
* In areas where there are harsher winters, the percentage of weddings November through March substantially decreases.
Source: Greeting Card Association
Wedding Costs by Category:
Reception 28.3%
Consultant 15.0% (if hired)
Wedding Rings 11.5%
Photography/Video 6.6%
Bridal Gown 6.1%
Music 5.2%
Flowers 4.6%
Bridal attendants’ apparel 4.5%
Rehearsal dinner 4.2%
Men’s formal wear 3.2%
Invitations 2.8%
Attendants’ gifts 2.1%
Mother of the bride apparel 1.7%
Bride’s veil 1.6%
Clergy and ceremony fees 1.2%
Limousine 0.9%
Groom’s attire 0.8%
Source: Association of Bridal Consultants

HONEYMOON STATISTICS

Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent take a honeymoon. Couples spend an average of $4,000 on their honeymoon. That’s three times as much as the average U.S. adult spends on a vacation.
The length of an average honeymoon is nine days.
37 percent of honeymoon trips are to domestic locations; 63 percent are foreign.
Half a million couples will celebrate a destination wedding this year.
Most frequently chosen honeymoon destinations are:
Caribbean 34%
Hawaii 33%
Bahamas 20.2%
Jamaica 17%
The Cayman Islands 10.5%
Aruba 8%
Mexico 7%
U.S. Virgin Islands 7%
British Virgin Islands 7%
St. Marten 5.6%
Europe 4%
Puerto Rico 3.8%
Bermuda 3%
The items that honeymoon bound couples were most likely to purchase included:
Wardrobe – 71%
Swimsuit – 69%
Sunglasses – 69%
Sunscreen – 58%
Luggage – 50%
Video Camera – 37%
Still camera – 31%
Sports gear & equipment – 7%
Transportation Used for Honeymoon:
Airplane – 76%
Rental Car – 60%
Their own car – 16.5%
Ship/Boat – 27%
Railroad – 3%
Most Popular Honeymoon Activities:
Visiting a new place for sightseeing, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife- 75%
Beaches and Lakes – 45%
Casinos – 20%
Cruises – 25%
Golf/Sports vacation – 10%
Skiing trips – 5%

WEDDING MAGAZINE STATISTICS

At a national level, brides buy over 7.5 million bridal magazines per year. Brides buy 4 to 6 issues of their favorite bridal magazine. Most bridal publications are purchased from bookstores and newsstands. The “pass along” value of bridal magazines is an average of 8 to 10 people. Over 80% of all Brides and Grooms use the Internet to assist in planning some portion of their wedding.
In addition, the engaged couple who spends between $15,000-$23,000 is computer literate and has attended or graduated from college.

SOURCES
Association of Bridal Consultants
Association for Wedding Professionals Int’l
Bridal Guide
Condé Nast Bridal Group
Mediapost.com
National Bridal Service
National Vital Statistics Report, 1998
National Center for Health Statistics
Survey of Newsstand Reports, 1997
Travel Industry Association of America



When Do I Order & Send Out Wedding Invitations

It is my recommendation that you order your Wedding Invitations at least four weeks prior to mailing them out to your guests.  This will allow you plenty of time to receive your Wedding Invitations and double check your order to make sure you have received everything you ordered and no mistakes were made.  It will allow you enough time for a reprint is needed.  It will also allow you plenty of time to address all the envelopes.

Wedding Invitations should be mailed out so that your guest will receive them at least  six to eight weeks prior to the Wedding.  This will allow your guest enough time to make travel plans and return the respond card you included with your Wedding Invitation.  Typically the respond by date should be two weeks prior to your wedding date.  This should allow you enough time to make your final preparations.

You will have many other things to take care of as your wedding approaches and the last thing you need is to have to rush to get your wedding invitations addressed and mailed out.  There will undoubtedly be last minute names to add and address changes to deal with so please allow yourself plenty of time to accomplish this task.

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How to buy a tie for your wedding

It is your wedding time and you are trudging all around endless shops on the weekends and not getting what you want. You shall easily find the perfect tie for your outfit if you consider some simple things.

Always consider that tie or cravats what is going to suit however ties are cheaper but cravats shall look great. Think about bow ties and cummerbunds, match of the wedding colour scheme, buy or hire and how you are going to take care and clean.

 1.  Ties or cravats
Although cravats are more popular for formal wedding, they are more expensive than the ties and are not worn in daily routine. A good quality silk neck tie will also be a nice choice if it matches with your outfit.

2.  Cummerbunds or bow tie
Some of you may prefer bow ties instead of neck ties that also come in various colours and styles. Bow ties can be self tied or pre tied but the range of pre tied ones is far more than the self tied. Many bow ties come with matching cummerbunds and could be ideal match for your wedding dress.

3.  Matching color scheme
If your wedding colour scheme is standard colour, you can choose a close match ties or cravats that are widely available.

4.  To rent or buy
In formal weddings, suits and other items can be hired or purchased whereby if you hire the item, you can save a considerable amount of money especially in the case of suits. In neck ties, it could be more difficult because the shop could have a limited number of ties or cravats. The most popular wedding neck ties come in plain polyester satin or silk fabric that you can hire at $10 -$15 for a fair good value.

5.  Clean and take care of your ties
Once you have bought your ties, make sure that they are not creased or crumpled. For this, lay them flat or hang on a tie rack. While you try them, you should completely undo nay knots and hang up the tie for couple of days so that the lines from the knot clear. If on the day of wedding something spills on the tie just dab it with a dry cloth so that it soaks up as much as possible. If it is something like fruit juice or gravy let it dry and then gently dab it with the narrow end of the tie. Silk and polyester fabric reacts differently so this method will help a little. Don’t iron the tie for any reason and never iron it directly instead cover it with a cotton cloth and then iron on a cool setting.

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