You've chosen your venue, your wonderful vendors (eh hem! Thank you; you're too kind), and finalized the perfect invitations. So, who will the lucky crowd be to say "heck yes, we'll be there!" on the RSVP card? Every wedding is bound to have a few notorious guests among the crowd; it is part of what makes the day so fun and interesting!
1. The guest who came to have a good time
Of course you chose to have an open bar for a reason, and for this guest, the reason is them! There are just certain people who take "free booze" to the maximum capacity. Good thing you warned them with this.
2. The professional bridesmaid
You love her because she's always there for you, but her knowledge and experience with weddings doesn't hurt either. While she may feel she is "always a bridesmaid, never a bride" you're secretly hoping an introduction you facilitate will prove that to not be the case!
3. That guy
You know who we're taking about. He shows up in a 3-piece tailored suit, unattached, and swoons the bridesmaids when he compliments their lilac/watermelon/sherbet/charcoal gown. He's harmless and you're glad he's there, but even grandma can't help but ogle.
4. That girl
"Oh, you mean your expertly planned reception is NOT the club? My bad..." is what you imagine her saying. Just consider strategically placing your volleyball-playing bridesmaid when it comes time to toss the bouquet.
5. The Emotional One
No shortage of tears, applause, laughter, and tight hugs for this guest! We love them all the more for it. They're crying before they even take their seat at the ceremony and are the first one to raise a glass and give a big cheer.
6. The critic
Whether it's a bride in the process of planning her own wedding, a newlywed who can't get over (read: won't stop talking about) her recent big day, or the coworker/cousin's date/ middle school friend who is still bummed she wasn't chosen as a bridesmaid, you can't stop them but you can tune them out! Pay them no mind. This day is all for you.
7. The cake bandit
If you've ever seen Steel Magnolias, you know that some wedding guests just have better dreams with a slice of cake under their pillow (thanks, Truvee). No wedding would be complete without that guest on a sugar high (just make sure they don't come in between you and your topper for your first anniversary tradition!)
8. The wanna-be photographer
Yes, you hired a photographer you know and love but it won't stop this guy or gal from practicing their skills. If you want to avoid this altogether, consider going unplugged.
9. The rowdy kids
What do you get when you mix a forced quiet time sitting at a reception, a big beautiful cake, a dance floor, and a body that isn't yet big enough to ride a roller coaster? ...kids at a wedding.
10. The UFO (unidentified family object)
Whether it's your great uncle twice removed, or a cousin from Montana you've never met, there's always that one guest that you're not sure whether to hug out of obligation or shake their hand and introduce yourself.
For so many couples we meet, when asked to describe how they want their wedding day to be, the popular answer is "FUN!" We couldn't agree more- it makes sense to want the best, most important, most planned day of your life to be remembered as an exuberant party where everyone present, especially bride and groom, have the time of their lives.
So, while "fun" is often the goal, how do you get there? There are so many elements that can be included to make your day unique and anything but stuffy. So laugh, dance, and party away on your wedding day! We're here to help you know how.
1. Let the party begin before the ceremony
It's not only thoughtful and creative, but providing refreshments before the ceremony also sets a great tone for the rest of the evening to your guests. Tea and lemonade, or a taste of your signature cocktail, can be a fun addition and surprise to arriving guests, one that will surely put a smile on their face that won't soon fade.
2. Add elements of humor and personality to your ceremony
We certainly have a huge soft spot in our hearts for traditional ceremonies; with that being said, who doesn't love to laugh through tears at a funny line in a groom's vow or a reference to the time the bride slipped on the pavement on their first date? Allowing you personalities to shine through and making the ceremony and vows truly about the two individuals who are joining their lives will make the ceremony unique, fun, and romantic.
3. Involve your bridal party
You chose your bridesmaids and groomsmen because you love them and they make your life fun, right? Why don't you let their personalities shine through, too? This can be at the recessional or introductions at your reception. Either way, allow them to be their fun, goofy, selves with a signature move!
4. Don't forget about your junior guests
If you're allowing children at your wedding, set up a special area or room for them with fun activities. Hiring a babysitter (hello, high school kids who need community service hours!) will allow the kids to have a blast while their parents are enjoying the heck out of your wedding- they will be sure to thank you!
5. Party favors
You asked for a fun party, and what fun party doesn't come complete with favors!? We love masks, glow sticks, fans, sunglasses, and noisemakers. Anything to get your guests in the partying mood!
6. Have fun food
Sure, you can go with your traditional fish or chicken, potatoes and vegetables, or you can think outside of the box! Why not have some creative food stations, sampling of you and your new spouse's favorite food from your hometown, or twists on feel-good favorites like macaroni and cheese and pizza?
7. Tease your send-off
You can plan an epic send-off (think fireworks, sparklers, or horseback!) but what good is it if everyone heads home early? Let your guests know throughout the evening that something special is coming at the end of the night. Place signs in strategic places communicating that whatever is coming at midnight, they don't want to miss it!
8. Play fun music
This is our expertise, after all! By having a great DJ (eh hem), you are ensuring that your guests will be moving and grooving all night long to their favorite tunes. Trust us (this isn't just our bias either), no good party has crappy music.
Say it with us: "no good party has crappy music."
If you can squeeze an extra special treat into your budget, a surprise for your guests can be money well spent! A dancer, mariatchi band, flash mob, or anything else that you think your guests will talk about long after the day is over will be just the ticket.
10. Wardrobe change
This is a very big trend for 2016 weddings and we think this is why! Brides (and grooms) who slip away during the reception and emerge in a completely new (and usually more danceable) outfit get everyone talking! So while that beautiful lace ballgown is the dress of your dreams, that sassy feathered and sequined number is the dress of the night.
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, that love or love-to-hate-it holiday that rolls around every February 14th. No matter if you have a special someone or want to spend tomorrow warding off the thought of being in a relationship by spending time alone or with friends, we've got a list of some atypical ways to spend this Valentines Day. It doesn't matter who you spend the day with, you're bound to make some memories and not be bombarded with roses, smootching, and cupid's arrow.
What better excuse for a morning filled with mimosas, frittatas, and pastries than a holiday falling on a Sunday? While most couples will probably opt for a fancy dinner later in the day, you can avoid the crowds and the overpriced menus by finding a great spot for brunch to get your Sunday started right.
You know that local art or history museum you've been saying you would visit but just haven't yet? Maybe there's a new gallery in your area just waiting for you to check it out. Valentines is the perfect time to visit a museum, making it either romantic or just the opposite, and do something a little out of the norm.
3. Indoor Picnic
Imagine the look on their face when you plan a wonderful surprise picnic in your living room for your beau, bestie, or beloved Fido. adding elements such as Netflix, candles, junk food, or your favorite beverage can complete the feeling you hope to accomplish. Bonus: avoid those pricey (and packed!) restaurants!
In Pensacola, indoor ice skating is still open and always promises a fun time. If you're not in this area, find a local arena, rollerskating rink, or break out your old wheels and take a spin around a beautiful park!
Nothing says "hot steamy valentine" quite like a sweaty work out. Maybe find a new yoga class to try with your Valentine, go for a run on a new path, or pick up a game of tennis or basketball. Celebrate Valentines Day and feel good about doing something healthy... win win!
Your Valentines Day can be spent professing your love or professing your singledom- either way, we think doing something slightly out of the box will help you spend February 14th wisely. Romantic, candlelit, and expensive dinners aren't for everyone; if you're one who wants to just say "no" to cliche, we hope you found an inspiring Valentine activity on our list!
Is there another un-cliche activity you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments!
You've spent months, maybe a year or more, planning the perfect wedding to celebrate your nuptials. Blood, sweat, and tears went into each vendor selection, seating chart, dress fitting, song list, and DIY favor session.
And then the day comes. Five glorious hours where all your hard work comes together, you celebrate with your friends and family, and drive away as a married person. Wow.
While you will be reminiscing and replaying every wonderful detail and moment of your wedding day for weeks after, there are a few to-dos to check off your list while enjoying your newlywed status.
We know you don't need reminded but it's such a big deal with a lot of importance, there's no way it could escape the list! Whether you take an extravagant international trip or just plan a nice weekend getaway in a neighboring town, your honeymoon is about the only time you have to unapologetically celebrate you and your spouse and tune out the rest of the word. It also doesn't matter if you take it right after the wedding or wait a while to save money or have time to plan what you want- just as long as you plan something and take the time to focus on one another in a setting that makes you both happy.
2. Write thank you notes
We know it can seem like a daunting task but if you chip away at a few at a time for a week or two straight, you'll be done in no time. The general rule here is that thank you notes should be sent no later than six months after the wedding, but to let people know you appreciate them and their generosity, send them out as soon as possible (then you never have to think about it again!)
3. Get your dress cleaned and preserved
This is one of those tasks that is so incredibly easy to quite literally shove in the back of a closet and forget about; however, to ensure the best preservation and chances of your future children playing in it or wearing it one day, knock this task out quickly.
4. Tend to your gifts and registry
It's wise not to wait long if you want to return or exchange any wedding gifts. Most stores, if purchased off your registry, will work with you on these things, even without a receipt, as long as it is within a certain window of time. You will also want to look into purchasing any gifts you had your heart set on but didn't receive (hello, gift cards!)
5. Make a plan for your monetary gifts
While money is often a topic that is awkward to talk about, this is the perfect time to make a wise and consensual decision with your new spouse. Most newlyweds receive a very generous amount of gift cards and money and you'll want to come up with a plan on how you are going to use those gifts together. After all, they're given in the spirit of starting your married life off well!
6. Figure out what to do with wedding decor
We're going to be honest with you here- it's not normal to have 50 mason jars and aubergine tablecloths (with matching napkins) hanging around your house. Turn to etsy, eBay, or wedding trade sites to get the items off your hand or maybe choose to keep one or two things that can serve as home decor and a reminder of your day.
7. Change your name and other legal fun
If you are changing your name, take all the necessary documentation to your local government office to have it changed. Everywhere is different but there is a time limit on when this can be accomplished if you want to avoid a fee (don't we all). After that's complete, you'll need to go through every bill, account, service, etc and notify them of your name change. While not very exciting in and of itself, you're doing it for a cool reason so just keep reminding yourself of that :)
8. Review your vendors
Ever wonder how vendors get those cool nods from Wedding Wire and the Knot? It's from awesome reviews from past brides and grooms! Whatever your experience with the vendor (if it was us, we sincerely hope it was off the chain!), let others know by leaving an honest and detailed review on all the sites. These vendors were expertly chosen and (hopefully) worked hard to make your day unforgettable- leaving a review is an amazing and appreciated way to show your gratitude.
9. Order photos
It's so easy to upload photos to Facebook and the cloud and forget about it. We promise you you will want to have physical photos in an album of your wedding day to turn to from time to time, showing family members and future kiddos. There are always internet coupons for DIY photo books you can easily put together for a beautiful keepsake. You may also want to choose the very best to display in frames around your home (one or two should do the trick).
With all the effort and memories that have gone into your wedding day, preserve it and honor it the best way you can. While the "best day ever" may be over, the celebration and memories don't have to end yet. After all, you are considered a newlywed for a whole year- make the most of it!
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