Bridal Shower

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.

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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:
The invitations:
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.

The gifts:
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.

The food:
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.

Rings

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Wedding Hacks

I came upon this post and found a few of the suggestions to be super helpful (at least I think they would be)

 

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1. Number your RSVP cards so each one corresponds to a guest.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

And use veil weights to keep the bride's headpiece from flying away.

Available here.

15. If there’s a chance it could be hot during the ceremony, make or buy programs that double as fans.

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.

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.

Prevent heels from sinking into the ground with Solemates.

GENIUS.

18. Make a comprehensive list of people who can handle issues the day of (excluding, of course, the bride).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Invitations

I’ve seen this design cross my path before and I like the simple elegance that it brings. Then I can add the designs to my programs as well.

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Then I ran across this little design and I liked the concept of the gold leaves in the background. Although I would have burnt orange rather than gold. I would like to kinda have the general idea and combination of these two invitations and then add the motif to the programs.

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The bridesmaids

So I definitely plan on taking care of my girls. I know my bridesmaids will be some of my best friends (I’m pretty sure I know most of them) and I want them to have just as much fun as possible. First there’s the process of asking them to be my bridesmaid and I ran across this example of fun and excitement.

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Here are a few ideas:

Starbucks via

Chocolate (or other candy)

Stick of gum

Color palette of my wedding colors (not my original idea but brilliant nonetheless)

Facial wipes

Cute page of a romantic book (probably Jane Austen)

and maybe a few other ideas 🙂 who knows what I’ll come up with

Here’s another website with her ideas:

“She went down to her local JoAnn’s and bought some unfinished Cigar boxes. You can buy them online for $3.49. She then painted them a sweet cream and blue Bahama. Wonderful wedding colors as well. Don’t you think?

The outside of the box got two to three coats of light ivory to cover up the natural wood aura, and inside was treated to one layer of ivory, too. After that dried attacked the inside lid with a pencil, and free handed the bracket. We suggest downloading the template here and tracing.

used a few sets of playfully calligraphic adhesive letters. You can pick those up at your local craft store. Before filling it with goodies used two coats of satin varnish, even over the letters.

Then it was time to tackle the contents. The bottoms got lined with vintage handkerchiefs.

wanted to lay out all the details about the wedding. She purchased scalloped A6 postcards and laid out all of her info in Word, making sure each postcard was progressively longer, allowing her to cut, then bundle. If you click on the photo you can read all of her wording to get more of an idea.
In the boxes, she placed photos of an inspiration board and paint chips to show where she was going with her color scheme. This is such a fun and unique way to ask your favorite ladies to be part of your special day. A lot of work is involved, but your besties will love it.”

-Second the gifts:

I’m thinking some cute tumblers ($5 from Walmart) filled with a pair of earrings and a note or something like that it’s easy, it’s practical, it’s useful and the note brings in an incredibly personal touch that I will probably tear up over when  I am writing them. (Still debating whether I should have a normal tumbler or have a wedding themed ones like the following [more expensive])

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