This would be fabulous for a bridal shower…. although I must admit, I have quite a few kitchen toys…. I may have to look at my kitchen before I jump in with this.
If the bride-to-be is addicted to the Food Network and has a pile of Gourmet magazines sitting by the door, a kitchen-themed bridal shower might be right up her alley.
Some ideas to get you going:
Use a cooking themed invitation or modify recipe cards with the time, address, and instructions. See below for gift theme suggestions you can include with the invitations.
How about giving your guests a theme for their gifts? Ask groups of guests to bring either a favorite kitchen gadget, cookbook or gourmet ingredients. Or have every guest bring their favorite recipe and create a collection of them for the bride. Just make sure that if you are asking for themed gifts, you make it clear on the invitations.
In keeping with the theme, I think that providing appetizers and desserts that require a bit of interaction are interesting (and keeps you out of the kitchen all day!). Try fondue, a hamburger slider bar or decorate-your-own sugar cookies.
I ran across this wedding and (most of it) is quite beautiful and I wouldn’t do it all… but I might use it to hide a couple of easter eggs in my wedding 🙂 if my fiancee would approve (hopefully if he loves me he would :P)
If I graduate to a cleaner look, I would take a leaf out of the decorations, and the grooms tux. It’s fun to see something so nerdy and yet classy and beautiful at the same time. 🙂
I came upon this post and found a few of the suggestions to be super helpful (at least I think they would be)
1. Number your RSVP cards so each one corresponds to a guest.
So if guests fill them out incorrectly or illegibly, you’ll still know who’s coming.
2. Make a new email account specifically for wedding planning.
So you can stay organized and not be spammed by vendors four months after the honeymoon.
3. Check out Recycle Your Wedding to buy secondhand wedding items for much cheaper.
They have everything from decorations to gowns.
4. Seal a bunch of envelopes with water and a foam brush.
Save your tongue all that (relatively gross) effort.
5. Or use thank-you postcards to cut out the envelope entirely.
6. Use a personalized return address stamp (or stickers) to save tons of time.
Get a custom stamp here.
7. Wedding/bridal shows offer tons of free giveaways and access to vendors.
Be wicked efficient and bring along a sheet of address label stickers to make filling out a ton of forms a snap.
8. Figure out your seating chart with color-coordinated sticky notes.
For easy reshuffling when you realize that Derek from Accounts Payable has slept with three of the people he’s supposed to be sitting with.
9. Register someplace that lets you exchange duplicates or unwanted gifts for cash.
Policies can vary, so check with the store in question first, but it prevents the hassle of owning three George Foreman grills and/or ending up with store credit at a place you’ll never set foot in again.
10. When you’re unwrapping gifts, ask someone else to write down givers’ names on sticky labels so you can keep track.
Once the wrapping paper is off and the gift tags have been lost in the trash, it can be impossible to remember who gave what otherwise.
11. If you’re invited to a wedding, set the date as a recurring calendar alert in your phone.
That way, you’ll remember the couple’s anniversary every year. This is also a v. good trick for forgetful husbands and wives.
12. Have activity books on hand to entertain squirmy kids.
Also, squirmy adults. Get this free printable here.
13. Attach tiny weights to the bridesmaids’ hems to keep their dresses from flying up on a windy day.
Unless that’s the look you’re going for.
14. And use veil weights to keep the bride’s headpiece from flying away.
15. If there’s a chance it could be hot during the ceremony, make or buy programs that double as fans.
Your guests will be jazzed.
16. A little baby powder on your inner thighs helps curb sweating, squeaking, and chafing.
TMI, perhaps, but wedding dresses are waaaaarm.
17. Prevent heels from sinking into the ground with Solemates.
18. Make a comprehensive list of people who can handle issues the day of (excluding, of course, the bride).
19. If guests are giving checks as gifts, ask (politely!) that they be made out to just one member of the couple, or to both with “or” rather than “and” in between.
Many banks have different policies regarding deposits and joint accounts, so it’s best to cover your bases. Guests should also have a heads up if one or both members of the couple are changing their last names.
20. Have guests fill out envelopes with their addresses at the reception to make thank-you notes that much simpler to send.
You could even draw one at the end of the reception as a raffle for SWEET PRIZES.
21. Invest in one of these.
Whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or an out-of-town guest who hasn’t seen any of these people in years: You’ll need it.
Well, we have to have a well dressed and well-fitted groom and groomsmen. Definitely a must!
1. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.
It’s all about BALANCE.
2. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Wide lapels are more old-school, Mad Men style.
So choose your look accordingly.
3. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.
Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suit.
4. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.
Tsk, tsk, John McCain. Shoulder pads should end at the shoulders. The shoulders are the hardest to tailor, so make sure they don’t stick out or stick up.
5. A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket.
It’s complicated. Read more about it here.
6. Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral.
Dark gray is more versatile and goes with more colors.
7. Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.
Union Made makes really great belts in a variety of leather and metal finishes.
8. You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:
9. Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable.
This look is also more flattering for larger figures, and it gives you enough room to do that effortlessly casual “hand in pocket” thing.
10. For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.
11. If you’re going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.
White Collar / USA
12. The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.
Watch the instructional video here.
13. You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.
David Agbodji for Barneys
14. Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it.
Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret
15. The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel.
16. Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.
BIG HEAD = FULL KNOT. SMALL HEAD = HALF KNOT. If you’re not sure how your head size compares, ask one of your male friends. They should be able to give you an objective opinion.
17. If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.
But plenty of men break this rule and are still able to pull off the three-piece beautifully.
18. There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.
A vest is best worn with single-breasted suits (so it’s actually visible). if you’re going to be wearing your suit in a cold climate, a vest can add a lot of warmth. It also adds a formal touch to your suit.
19. Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.
For a harmonious look, try to match the visible cuff length to the amount of collar that is visible at the back of the neck.
20. When you get your suit home, you’ll need a seam ripper or a small, sharp pair of scissors.
Unstitch the jacket’s pockets, remove the tack stitches from the jacket’s vents, and remove the little embroidered label from the jacket’s left sleeve. Do this very carefully to ensure you don’t actually rip the fabric or neighboring threads.
21. Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down.
No one needs to see your hairy gams.
22. Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.
23. The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.
24. Your tie should JUST reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter.
25. For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.
For a more conservative look, the pants should cover the top of the shoe and parts of the laces.
26. If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.
Preferably one with a deep neck so it doesn’t peek through. Nothing will cheapen the appearance of a suit more than a glimpse of undershirt.
27. Finally, go for the dimple.
The dimple is the little hollow beneath the knot of your tie, and it gives a slightly disheveled yet polished appearance to your finished look. Check out this handy guide on nailing the tie dimple.
I love the candelabra… it’d be cool if it were antique as well 🙂
I really like these shoes because of the white with the lace, the open toes and the lower heel. This means that my feet won’t be dying… at least I hope by the end of the wedding. I may actually want it to be a little less blinding white and give it a bit of a toning down to match the lace of the dress.