Monthly Archives: January 2012

Wedding Programs

Wedding programs are a wonderful way to help your friends and family follow the ceremony and understand the wedding traditions you’re incorporating, plus they can take theirs home as a keepsake. The key to crafting a good wedding program? Think practically and creatively.

What’s in them?

No matter what design you choose for your wedding programs, consider adding the following elements:

  • The full names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, and the city and state where the wedding is taking place
  • The order of the wedding ceremony, including the musical selections , the composers, and the performers, as well as readings, the source or author, and the readers
  • The name of the officiant
  • For both religious and non religious ceremonies , it’s important to keep guests aware by briefly explaining traditions, rituals, and ethic customs
  • If you wish to honor deceased loved ones, you can include a memorial on the back page with a photograph, a memory, poem, or quote.
Making Them Your Own

Your wedding program is an opportunity to tell guests a little more about you as a couple and to set the tone for the rest of the event. The easiest way to personalize your programs is to add special touches such as favorite poems, quotes, or photographs. Here are some creative examples:

  • Extending an old-world European theme with programs printed on marbled parchment paper rolled into scrolls and tied with a sage-green ribbon and a sprig of eucalyptus.
  • Two actors created a Playbill for their programs: a booklet complete with The Players (each attendant’s picture and a short bio), a description of Acts (the ceremony events), and a Producers’ Note (a letter to guests from the bride and groom).
  • High school sweethearts reprinted their senior prom picture on vellum and used it to top the program, setting a lighthearted, playful mood.

Making Them

Whether you choose to create a program that’s bound with a wax seal or a single sheet of paper, there are four basic ways to make your wedding day programs.

  • Set up an arts-and-crafts station in your home, complete with colorful papers, ribbon, and decorations, and host a bridal party DIY night.
  • Create them using template designs from a computer program. With the right program, you can create almost anything .
  • Have them crafted by a professional designer.
  • Purchase a DIY kit from a company like Paper Source. All you have to do is follow the directions and put the programs together.

Beware!!!! DIY programs can be a time-consuming and expensive process, especially if you get hung up on technical details, so do a test run. Time how long it takes to put together a single program before deciding to make them yourself

Handing Them Out

Because wedding programs can come in unusual shapes, sizes, and colors, they can be presented in various ways. Here are some ideas:

  • Fill baskets, tin pails, or antique trays (whatever fits your wedding best) with programs and place them at the entrance to your ceremony site. Guests can grab one as they arrive.
  • For an outdoor wedding, put a program on each chair and set something on top of them that again will accentuate your wedding decor so they will not blow away.
  • Have your ushers hand guests a program right before they’re seated.

No matter what you choose to do with your programs and how you choose to present your wedding to your guests make sure that it will make you happy to look back on in the future. ENJOY!!!

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Gifts for the Groom

Just like close friends and family of the bride, it’s going to be a hard task to find gifts for the groom alone. The newly married couple will be receiving plenty of new gifts to solidify their union and merge their homes. However, people like to give them individual gifts as well.

A New Watch:

Chances are, the groom spent a large amount of money on upgrading the bride’s jewelry collection with her engagement ring. So why not help him upgrade his own jewelry collection with a new watch, after all, a man can never have too many.

Engraved Cufflinks:

Most of the times, a tux is accompanied by cheap plastic cufflinks or studs, neither of them befitting a stylish groom. Upgrade the grooms tux by giving him a great pair of cufflinks so that he can properly escort his new bride.

At Home Poker Set:

Not everyone can afford to jet set out to the nearest gambling powerhouses when they feel the need to spend time and gamble with friends. So do the groom a favor and get him an at home poker set so he can get together with friends while still staying close to home with his new bride.

New PJ’s:

Why should the bride be the only one oozing sex appeal on their wedding night?Help the groom look his best with a new pair of pajama’s so that the bride has just as much to feast her eyes upon during the honeymoon.

Grooming Kit:

The groom is a grown man now, help him remember that by giving him a grooming kit so that he can remember to take care of himself. Looking good for the bride should be priority more than just on their wedding day and honeymoon.

Happy Shopping. ENJOY!!!

 

 

Gifts for the Bride

Giving the Bride gifts can be a hard task for those closest to her. It can be hard to differentiate between things the newlyweds may need as a couple and the things that will relieve that Brides stress after the big day is all over. There a few simple things to remember when doing your shopping and you’ll be on your way to the perfect gift in no time.

Digital Camera:

During their Honeymoon the bride and groom are going to visit many beautiful destinations and will want to remember their first days as a married couple for their entire lives. What better way to remember these moments then by having a sleek camera to snap shots with while these two love birds are on the go!

Gift Certificates:

There’s no better gift then a gift certificate, this way you can assure that the bride gets exactly what she wants and you will know she’s happy with it. You can fund things like a trip to her favorite department store or clothing boutique. Giving certificates to a spa is also a great idea, but with the honeymoon and all of the pre-wedding festivities your bride may want something more than to be pampered.

Personalized Goods:

If the bride is indeed changing her name, she will enjoy getting items that reflect her new initials. Most registries don’t feature items that are personalized so if you do purchase both the bride and groom personalized gifts they will be unique.

Honeymoon Gifts:

If you know where the bride will be jetting off to after the wedding it will be great to get her items that are a necessity for the location. You can even include pointers on must see places while she is away. More than likely she’s been so stressed out about planning her wedding that she hasn’t had much time to plan for the trip afterward.

Honeymoon Lingerie:

Every bride can use some new lingerie, especially for the honeymoon. If you’re not exactly sure about what to get her bring someone along that will know , maybe her future husband? If your shy you can opt for a conservative lingerie option that will still be a big hit on the wedding night.

Happy Shopping. ENJOY!!!