Bachelorette Ideas For a Low Key Bride

Not every bride wants her bachelorette party to be the female version of The Hangover.  The importance of the bachelorette party is not to be a stereotype but to have a fun night out with the women closest to her. If she is a wild party girl than maybe strippers, Vegas and a large hangover is the perfect fit. If not that’s OK too! Here are some party ideas for a more low key bride.

http://media4.onsugar.comSpa Day
A spa day is a great way to spend quality time with the bride.  Reserve a few massages, pedicures, manicures and facials for the bride and guests. Most places offer spa day packages for parties at a discount and allow for you to sip a few mimosas as you enjoy your relaxing day.

Karaoke
Most bachelorette parties involve a little bit of humiliation and silliness. Karaoke is the perfect way to do that. Gather around for a few drinks to get the courage to get up there and sing. Check around and see if there are karaoke bars in the area that let you rent private rooms for the not so outgoing bride that still wants to have a little fun in front of her party guests.

Wine Tour
Going on a wine tour doesn’t mean you have to travel to Martha’s vineyard. There are tons of wineries right in your backyard. Log on and see if you can find one in your area and ask if they do tours. A wine tasting is a great way to loosen up and have a little fun and a little wine with your favorite ladies. Bride not a wine drinker? You can tour breweries or other distilleries.brides.com

Road Trip
Doesn’t matter where you go. Maybe you rent a cabin a couple hour away, or take a trip to a past vacation destination. Getting there is half the fun so pick a spot and get going. If you have a more adventurous bride perhaps have a camping trip.

Comedy Show
Bachelorette parties are all about having fun. What better way to get in the mood then to enjoy a comedy show.  Follow it up with a couple drinks or a nice dinner. This is great for a stressed bride. Laughter is the best medicine!

Slumber Party
Who says you have to go out to have fun. Enjoy a night in with your ladies. Get some drinks, pizza, popcorn and enjoy a good old fashion slumber party. This is a great option especially if some of your guests are long time friends its a great way to reminisce about when you actually used to have regular slumber parties.

Murder Mystery Party
Why not spice up the party with a murder mystery bachelorette party. You can go online and find dozens of murder mystery party’s specifically catered to a bride or bachelorette.  Here is a great choice Bachelorette’s and Bullets.

Hopefully this helps you to think outside the box so you can customize your party plans to fit your bride to be.

 

Advertisements

To Tip or Not to Tip?

Taken from I-do

From I-Do Wedding Blog

Your wedding day is finally here! Everything you have ever wished for is about to happen and you can’t wait to get your life started together as a couple.  The only problem is that your mother-in-law is asking you if you tipped your vendors yet and you start to panic. You have no idea how much is appropriate and you have forgotten to budget for this last minute expense!

The best way to keep this from being you is to plan ahead. The day before/week before, doesn’t really matter as long as you don’t wait until the day of your wedding,  you should gather all your vendor remaining balances, INCLUDING tips and put  cash/checked for them in individual envelopes for each vendor. Give these envelopes to someone you trust to distribute to each vendor on the day of the wedding. Just makes sure its clear that if a vendor has an issue it is their job to handle it and not to bother the bride and groom.

If you are looking for guidance on what is the appropriate amount to tip for services is, review this list from theknot.com below.

Wedding Planner – Most will not be expecting a tip. However if you felt they did an amazing job and want to shop your appreciation you can tip depending on the extravagance of your wedding.

Protocol – Optional
Tipping Standard – up to $400 , or a nice gift
When – End of the night or at a later date

Hair Stylist & Make-up Artist – Similar to your regular hair stylist you should expect to tip both. Also tip extra if you feel they did a great job or had to make lots of changes.

Protocol – Expected
Tipping Standard – 15-20%
When : End of service

Delivery and Set-up Staff – If you have lots of items being set up in your wedding ceremony/reception space you should tip employees for their services.  If you are having close friends or family help with set-up make sure to write them a hand written note appreciating their help with making your day go smoothly.

Protocol – Expected
Tipping Standard – $5-$10 per person
When – Before the wedding so that the manager can distribute tips

Wedding Officiant – Most officiants will except their payments at your discretion or ask that you donate to the church. If you officiant does have a standard rate  no tip is required. Remember not to skimp on this because its a suggested fee. This person is playing one of the most important roles in your wedding.

Protocol – More Often Than Not Expected
Tipping Standard – $50-$100 for an officiant , more if you are donating to the church.
When – Before the Wedding Day

Ceremony Musicians – Up to your discretion.  If they are with the church are are required to play according to your contract, you can probably skip the tip. If you brought outside musicians consider tipping.

Protocol – Optional
Tipping Standard – $15-$20 each
When – End of Ceremony

Photographer/Videographer – You are not required to tip unless you feel they went above and beyond what you expected. If you decide that tipping is not in your budget but still feel they did an amazing job consider a hand written note. Also the best way you can show your appreciation is by referring others to their business.

Protocol – Optional
Tipping Standard – $50-$200 per vendor
When – End of the Reception

Reception Staff – This include on-site coordinator, banquet managers, and other staff. One thing to check before hand is if you are already paying a gratuity in your contract. Many now include that in your fee.

Protocol – Expected
Tipping Standard – 15-20% of the food and drink ( max of $200-$300)
When – Before the reception if included in the bill otherwise at the end of reception

Reception Attendants – this includes your parking attendants, bathroom attendants, bartenders, coat check etc. Again this is sometimes already included in your bill. If not it may be a good idea to ask ahead of time how many will be expected so you can calculate accordingly.

Protocol – Optional Based on Contract
Tipping Standard – $20-$25 for bartenders and waiters, $1 for any additional staff like coat check and valet.
When – End of the event or beginning depending on your preference.

Reception Band or DJ – This is completely optional for you. Depending on the quality you can tip accordingly.

Protocol – Optional
Tipping Standard – $20-$25 per musician, $50-150 for DJ
When – End of Reception
Transportation – Gratuity is usually included so check your contract before hand.

Protocol – Expected
The Standard – 15-20% of bill
When – End of night or end of the ride

Keep in mind these small tips as well:

  • Don’t tip business owners, only tip employees.
  • If a vendor has given you exceptional service or gone above and beyond you should tip appropriately, or express your gratitude in a hand written note.
  • The best tip you can give is to recommend their services to someone else!!

Bridesmaid Jewelry

Not sure what to get your bridesmaids for their gift? jewelry is a great gift and can serve a double purpose of also supplying your maids with jewelry for the big day.  Want some inspiration. Check out my Classic.Simple.Elegant Etsy shop. With lots of colors to choose from!

For additional colors, sizes and designs visit my Etsy Shop!

Your Wedding Font

It’s amazing how much a font selection can tell about a person or a couple. Making a simple change like the font on your invitations can transform them from generic to personal. Carrying your font out through invitations, programs, table numbers, escort cards and more can carry your theme and your personality through the entire wedding experience. Not sure which font to choose. Here are a few free fonts to give you some ideas.

1. playdate | 2. simply glamorous | 3. before the rain | 4. roskrift clean | 5. freehand 591 | 6. leytonstone regular | 7. silver script | 8. atlast Greeting | 9. shelly script | 10. baronesse | 11. baker script | 12. daniel script | 13. baby font | 14. hurried font | 15. alako | 16. mr. wade | 17. aka frivolity | 18. milk & cereal | 19. callie hand | 20. celine dion handwriting

Wedding Alternative: Ring Pillows

No classic tradition is exempt from adding your own personal flare. The ring bearer pillow is no exception. It’s seems like more than ever customizing your wedding any way you want is completely exceptable. Want your ring bearer to walk down the aisle with a briefcase. Go for it!

It’s YOUR wedding. So be creative. One thing to keep in mind is theme. Make sure that what you chose matches your theme and the two of you as a couple. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Not the creative type? Don’t let that get in your way. Etsy was made for a reason, so if you want hand-made but don’t feel confident in your skills take a look there first. www.etsy.com

Ultimate Wedding Day Emergency Kit

No matter how prepared you are, or how well planned your wedding day is, you should always expect the unexpected. So why not be prepared? Plan ahead with a wedding day emergency kit to help combat any snafus that may come about.

Here is what you should include:

Medical Beauty
  • Band-aids
  • Allergy Pills
  • Aspirin
  • Benadryl
  • Bug Spray
  • Energy Bars
  • Eye Drops
  • First Aid Kit
  • Midol
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tums
  • Advil/Tylenol
  • Cough Drops

 

  • Baby Powder
  • Bobby Pins
  • Pony Tail Holders
  • Mints
  • Clear Nail polish
  • Deodorant
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Floss
  • Hair Spray
  • Lip Gloss
  • Lotion
  • Makeup Remover
  • Mouthwash
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers
  • Water Proof Mascara

 

Just In Case
  • Batteries (AA/AAA)
  • Extra Cash $20
  • Wipes
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Electrical Tape
  • Lint Brush
  • List of Phone Numbers of Vendors
  • Stain Remover
  • Black Socks
  • Paper Towels
  • Sewing Kit
  • Safety Pins
  • Velcro
  • Snacks
  • Small Door Stopper

 

  • Boutonniere/Corsage Pins
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Clear Tape
  • Fishing Wire
  • Fake Rings
  • Floral Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Static Guard Spray
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Super Glue
  • Bottled Water
  • Umbrella
  • Extra Wedding Music CD

It may seem like a lot but you will never be upset with yourself for being too prepared.

Create Your Own Wedding Day Countdown

If you have a wedding website for your upcoming wedding or a blog to keep friends and family up to date perhaps you would like to include a wedding countdown widget to your personal wedding website.
Moments of Elegance offers customized wedding day countdowns that you can embed into any website in a snap. Here are just a few of the designs available for your customization.

getting married in days

getting married in days

getting married in days

To create your own visit Moment Of Elegance .

Create Your Own Bridal Avatar

Create your own bridal avatar in a snap! Weddings planning can be more than stressful. Don’t forget to enjoy the fun parts about being a bride. Like being able to create an avatar for your wedding blog, wedding website or heck just for fun. Here are a few examples of the possibilities.

Create your own avatar here.

Color Scheme Inspirations: Orange

Looking for idea color combinations for your orange color scheme. Check out these fresh looks!

Dark Orange & Fuchsia

Yellow Bridesmaid Dress #2

 

Yellow, Crimson & Orange

Orange Bridesmaid Dress #3

 

Dark Orange & Yellow

Orange Bridesmaid Dress #2

 

 

View Additional Color Schemes here.

7 Ways to Preserve Your Wedding Memories

Your wedding day goes by so fast. No matter how many people tell you to enjoy it its hard to not watch it whirl by. All those details you fretted about and planned for months are barely appreciated by you on your special day. So here are a few ways to keep those wedding memories alive.

1. Create a Shadowbox
Gather together your wedding invitation, your hand written letters to each other, your husbands boutonniere. Anything that you have that will spark a memory of the day. Organize it in a shadowbox and display it in your house. It will become a daily reminder of the commitment you have for each other.

2. Frame a Photo
Not everyone enjoys crafts so if you maybe aren’t someone who wants to create an interactive memory of your day so make it simple. Frame your favorite photo from your wedding day. It can be an 4×5 or an 16×24, the size is completely up to you. It can add a romantic touch to any room.

3. Wine Bottle
Save a wine bottle from your reception , there are so many ideas out their for creating fun decor with wine bottle.  Or if it fits into your budget create your own wine with custom labels for your wedding. Keep a few bottles as momentous to share on a special day or an anniversary.

4. Preserve Your Dress
If you don’t plan to wear your dress again or have no intention of passing it on to your children its still a good idea to take proper care of your dress. There are hundreds of stores now that will help you to preserve your dress into a special acid free box to keep it from turning yellow. Just remember to get it there within a few weeks of the wedding to keep stains from setting.

5. Dry your flowers
Bouquets now days can cost over $100 so why not enjoy it for longer than a day. You can hang your bouquet to dry it out or if you want to keep it for years to come have a professional freeze-dry or quick-dry your flowers in order to preserve them.

6. Freeze your wedding cake
Everyone’s parents kept a piece of their wedding cake in the freezer. Its become a tradition, although for some people a depleting tradition. If your interested in preserving some of your wedding cake let your baker know ahead of time so that they can keep the top part of the cake intact. Remove any decorations or flowers and place it in a freezer bag or box before putting in the freezer.

7. Create a Book
You get a hundred or so cards from shower, bachlorette parties, engagement parties and your wedding day. So why not keep them as a memento of all the wonderful people that have shared in your day and helped you to become the people you are today.  Use a paper hole puncher to punch a hole in the top left corner of your cards. Then decorate a cover, or pick your favorite card to be your cover, and set it out as a coffee table book or keep in a special spot to read through on those trying days.

No matter what you do, or how crafty you are. All that matters is that you preserve something from your wedding day as a daily reminder for you and your husband of the commitment you made for one another.