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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paige's Bridal Shower

Happy Wedding Bell Wednesday!  Over the weekend we had my godsister's bridal shower and we had so much fun!  The shower made me that much more excited for the wedding, June 20th can't come fast enough! :)  Here are some pictures from the party.

We had the shower at our church.  Paige made the centerpieces out of wine bottles, mason jars and flowers made out of coffee filters.

The cupcake cakes!

Guests were asked to write date night ideas on popsicle sticks and put them in the jar.

We played the game where you make wedding dresses out of toilet paper.  I decided to mix it up and instructed my group to make me a pantsuit wedding dress.

The bride and groom opening up their gifts.

The picture was supposed to be of Jackie but I decided to join in on it.

Instead of a guest book, we had everyone sign a plate.  All Paige has to do is bake it at 350 for 20 minutes and the ink will set in.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Manners Monday: Wedding Guest Etiquette

Happy Manners Monday and welcome to wedding season!  This week we are looking into wedding guest etiquette.  Here are some Do's and Don'ts to make sure you're the perfect guest.

  • RSVP: It's just common courtesy, and send it in by the date requested.  If an emergency or something comes up and you can't attend, let the host know immediately.
  • Arrive on time: If the invite says the ceremony starts at 4:30, that means the bride is walking down the aisle at 4:30.  This is one of those cases where if you aren't early, you're late.
  • Send a gift:  Even if you can't make it to the ceremony, you're still expected to send a gift.  And don't forget to use the's there for a reason!
  • Wear proper attire: Under no circumstances are jeans appropriate.  If you aren't sure of what to wear, ask someone familiar with the wedding.
  • Have a good time: Get out on the dance floor, make new friends and smile!  Even if you aren't, look like you're having fun and don't forget to take home your party favor!
  • Assume you have a plus one: Unless your invitation says a guest is invited, they aren't and don't ask for one either.  This goes for kids, too.
  • Use your phone: It's tempting to check Facebook or text someone during the reception, but don't.  Be present and in the moment.
  • Get sloppy drunk: Stay in control, this day isn't about you and how much you can drink, it's about celebrating the bride and groom.  Make sure the attention stays on them...not you.
  • Wear white: Unless the invitation asks guests to wear white, save it for the bride.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Manners Monday: Wedding Etiquette -- Bridal Party

With wedding season rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to introduce a new column: Manners Monday.  And what better way to kick off the new series than with wedding etiquette?  I'm going to break this down into two posts: the bridal party and wedding guests.  This week we are looking into the  specific duties of the bridal party.  Who is responsible for what?  When I decided to do this, I quickly turned to Emily Post and Lauren Conrad to start my research.  Along with The Knot, here's what they had to say:

The Bride and Family:
  • Pay for the venue of the ceremony
  • Pay for floral arrangement of venue, bridesmaid bouquets and flower girl flowers
  • Pay for photos and videos
  • Pay for all invitations, announcements and wedding programs
  • Host the reception
The Groom and Family:
  • Pay for officiant and marriage license
  • Pay for bride's bouquet, boutonnieres and corsages for mothers and grandmothers
  • Pay for honeymoon
  • Hosts the rehearsal dinner
Maid/Matron of Honor:
  • Helps the bride with wedding shopping including bridesmaid dresses and accessories
  • Helps with party favors and addressing invitations
  • Oversees bridesmaids and make sure they have proper attire
  • Pays for her dress and accessories
  • Carries an "emergency kit" throughout the day
  • Arranges veil and train after bride 
  • Holds the groom's ring and bride's bouquet during ceremony
  • Witnesses the signing of the marriage certificate
  • Gives speech during reception
  • Helps during and after the reception: dancing, bouquet toss, gathering guests for cake cutting, collects cake topper
  • Helps bride change into going away clothes and takes care of the wedding dress and accessories after the reception
  • Plans and hosts bridal shower and bachelorette party
  • Keeps a record of gifts received
  • Responsible for a shower and wedding gift
  • Be there to help out however, whenever and wherever she can
  • Assist MOH with bridal shower
  • Help MOH however possible
  • Greets guests and encourages mingling at the reception
  • Supervise the flower girl and ring bearer
  • Pay for their dress and accessories
Best Man
  • Organizes the bachelor party
  • Helps groom however possible
  • Seats mother of the bride at the ceremony
  • Holds the bride's ring during ceremony
  • Witnesses the signing of the marriage certificate
  • Gives a speech at the reception
  • Encourages dancing at reception
  • Helps arrange getaway car for the bride and groom
  • Oversees groomsmen and makes sure they are on time 
  • Delivers wedding presents to the newlywed's house
  • Pays for own attire and transportation
  • Help best man in whatever ways possible
  • Escorts guests to their seats
  • Helps decorate the getaway car
  • Pays for own attire and transportation
  • Help set up ceremony and light candles
  • Greet and help seat guests
  • Hand out programs