Fun Bachelorette Invitations

  sassy invitation

These are some of the cutest bachelorette invitations that I have ever seen. The design on the top is a sassy black-and-white silhouette, which screams look at me! I love everthing about these even the striped pattern in the background. However the best part is they come with scratch off cards that hide a dare that someone must perform and a dozen Bachelorette Bash Pins. This is a great way to liven put any party!  Sassy invitation!

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Lights, Camera, Take Action!

wedding camera

One really great way of getting the photos of everyone at the reception is to provide disposable cameras. Also if you were looking for a way to cut down the photography costs having this is the way to do it. You get photos of everyone at only a fraction of the cost! You can also place a little card or table tent next to the cameras that say this cute little saying: “Take a few pictures then pass it on. Leave it on the table when the exposures are all gone!” also include a little thank you with the saying and you are all set!  It’s quick, easy, and cheap!

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Fall Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow

leaf pillow

Embossed velvet leaves, made with a rubber stamp and an iron, dress up a silk ring pillow.

Tools and Materials
Velvet
White single-sided medium-weight fusible cotton interfacing
Scissors and pinking shears
An iron
A custom rubber stamp (use the template, linked below, or a leaf-press set)
18-gauge wire
White craft glue
Embossed Velvet Leaf Ring Pillow How-To
1. Cut both velvet and interfacing to be 1/2 inch larger on all sides than rubber stamp. With an iron on medium-high, fuse interfacing to wrong side of velvet, holding iron in place 5 to 10 seconds to bind securely.
2. Lay fused velvet face down on the stamp. Spray interfacing with water. Press iron against fabric 10 to 15 seconds, using firm circular motions.
3. Cut out leaves (use pinking shears for notched edges of birch leaves). For large leaves, glue 18-gauge wire (use thinner wire for smaller leaves) to back along major veins, starting about 1/2 inch from top. Clip off extra wire at base of leaf (or leave a stem to use leaves in a bouquet), and bend wire gently to shape leaf. Hand-sew wire in place at the bottom of the leaf, and hand-sew bottom of leaf to pillow.

For template visit Martha Stewart Weddings or click here!

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Pretty Flower Favors!

flower favor

1. Fill a 3 5/8-inch-high acetate cylinder with candy.

2. To make flower, cut a 9-by- 30-inch piece of tissue paper. Fold, accordion style, in 5-inch-wide layers. Cut petals in smaller end; unfold and lay on flat surface.

3. Place cylinder on paper with bottom about 1 inch from uncut end, and roll; tape sides and bottom with double-sided tape. Tie ribbon above top of cylinder.

4. Gently peel petals down to open flower. If you use a shorter cylinder, reduce height of paper; for a multicolored blossom, wrap a second layer of paper around cylinder after first is secure; secure with ribbon. Source

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The History of the Almond

almounds

I have always wondered why almonds where apart of every wedding I have ever been to. I am not found of the almonds myself, and have only met a few that are. So I always wondered why it was a tradition to have them. Well I found my answer on Martha Stewart and actually they have a lot of symbolism and a great story you can tell your guests. You could always include the history of the almonds on a little card attached to the favor. That way everyone will understand their meaning. Here is the history.

 

“The use of almonds as favors has evolved in significance over the centuries. The ancient Greeks, and later the Romans, were fond of honey-coated almonds. Sweetened almonds later found their way to the celebratory tables of medieval Europe , when they came to be known as dragees. By 1850 the first commercially produced dragees, coated with colored sugar syrup, appeared. In Europe today, dragees are still fixtures at weddings, christenings, and confirmations.

 

Because the almond is a seed, it represents fertility, abundance, and fruitfulness. When a bitter almond is used in a dragee, the hard sugar coating produces a piquant contrast of sweet with bitter; the dragee thus represents an important part of the wedding vow: “for better or for worse.” Just as the couple has pledged to support each other in good times as well as in bad, those in attendance symbolically honor the marriage vows by partaking of the almonds.”

Learn how to make this favor!

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Pretty Chocolate Favors

choloate favors

Graphically printed bark (chocolate spread thin and then broken into irregular pieces) is too nice to cover up, so use a clear lid. Grosgrain ribbon, taped around the lid’s sides, picks up hues inside. A monogram tag is kept small so as not to obstruct the view.

Tools and Materials
Printed monograms
Box with clear plastic lid (ours was 3 5/8 inches by 4 3/4 inches, and 1 inch high)
Striped ribbon, as wide as the box is high (ours was 17 inches long)
Glassine sheets
Double-sided tape, utility knife, and rotary cutter or scissors

Clear-Lidded Box How-To
Before beginning assembly, design a monogram on a computer, and print it out.

1. Put the lid on the box, so the box can support the lid. Cut ribbon 1/2 inch longer than circumference of box, and secure it to the outside with double-sided tape, overlapping near a corner as shown.

2. Cut the monogram out using the utility knife, and adhere it to the lid with double-sided tape.

3. Cut two glassine sheets to line the box; one should go widthwise across the bottom and up the sides, the other lengthwise. A rotary cutter is best for cutting glassine; it won’t pull or tear. Fill the box, and replace the lid.

Idea From Martha Stewart Weddings

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Save the Date Magnets

save the date magnets

Save the date magnets are a fun way to get your guests excited for your wedding. Plus it gives them a keepsake that they can save for a long time. I love the one pictured above but they come in a plethora of designs and colors. If the wedding is informal, you could even use them as your invitation. It is something they can keep instead of the invitation, which most people toss soon after the wedding. See more styles!

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas!!!

Picking the perfect gift for you bridesmaids has to be one of the hardest jobs out there! You want them to like it and you want it to be something they will use. Every bridesmaid is different so be sure you keep in mind there personalities while choosing a gift. Remember, you don’t have to get the same thing for all of them; however it is a lot easier if you do. It is completely up to you. It is simply a gift to show your gratitude. To help you on this journey I have listed some gift ideas for your bridesmaids to get your wheels turning!

 

 

·        Make a handmade friendship book for each person, filled with photos and other mementos of the years you’ve spent together

·        Give them each a book which you picked out special for each person. Inside the front cover, write a personal note highlighting memories shared. It was a very thoughtful, and relatively inexpensive, gift. You can also add a monogrammed Book Mark

·        Find charms attached to a ribbon and place them in the cake at the bridesmaid’s luncheon or bridal shower. Each bridesmaid pulls a ribbon and the charms have meanings (clover = good luck, wedding bells = next to get married, high chair = your life will be blessed with children). As a gift at the end of the luncheon, give them a CHARM BRACELETS!

·        Personalized Tote Bags  Give these alone or fill them with goodies that each person likes.

·        Cozy Blanket ~ you can also get monogrammed blankets or photo blankets.

·        Gift baskets full of lotions, soaps and other pampering items

·        A manicure set

·        a spa gift certificate

·        A box of chocolates or other goodies they may like.

·        A nice bottle of wine in a monogrammed wine bag

·        Gift certificates to their favorite store, restaurants, or to cooking classes

·        For a beach wedding do a beach bag and a towel

·        For a destination wedding do gift bags full of goodies to help them enjoy and remember their trip. E.g. a New York destination bride might give a guidebook to the city, an "I love New York" t-shirt, a taxi cab ornament, a disposable camera, and some New York food treats.

·       Buy books that have recipes and ideas for making your own beauty aids (lotions, perfumes, etc.). You can find books like these in the Health and Beauty section of your local bookstore. You can also giving each of them some fancy glass bottles to put their favorite potions in.

·        Donate money to a charity for them and give them a card explaining which charity.

·        Personalized Under Wear

·        Makeup Brush Set

·        Go to a paint-your-own pottery place and make a special piece for each person.

·        Blown glass salt and pepper shakers

·        Personalized toiletry bag

·        Personalized Jewelry Rolls or Jewelry Boxes

·        Personalized Flask

·        Key Chains, there are a Varity of choices E.G. monogrammed, Locket Key Chain, and digital photo key chains.

·        Jewelry

·        Monogrammed Robes and/or Slippers

·        Photo Make-Up Bags

·        Set up make-up sessions for the whole crew so they can learn to apply there own make-up. These are free with purchase. Then supply each girl with a gift card for that cosmetic counter.

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Choosing the Perfect Headpiece and Veil

veils

There are many variations in veil length, shape, color, edging, and embellishment, so we are here to help you make sense of it all. Creating the perfect look is as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Choose from a variety of lengths and shapes
2. Select the level of embellishment that’s right for you
3. Combine your veil ensemble with the perfect headpiece

1. THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT Veils come in several lengths, from short and sweet to long and flowing:

Blusher veil: To add a hint of formality to a longer veil, a lightweight tulle blusher is traditionally worn over the bride’s face during the ceremony. It is customary for the father of the bride or the groom himself to flip it back, revealing the bride’s lovely face. Most brides choose to remove the blusher for the reception.

Short veil: Lightweight and comfortable, the shorter veil is a fun option that adds a dash of whimsy to any modern gown, whether a tea-length or long sheath style.

Elbow length veil: Endlessly versatile and easy to wear, elbow-length veils are worn with the vast majority of gowns. Elegant and simply dramatic, the elbow-length veil puts a modern twist on the timeless tradition.

Fingertip veil: A very popular length, this style extends to the fingertips to create an elongated silhouette. The glamorous style is suitable for nearly any setting. The sheer effect coordinates easily with most gowns, from simple and unadorned to elaborate and ornate creations.  

Chapel/Cathedral veil: The most dramatic and popular veil, the Cathedral length cascades to the floor in true fairytale fashion. Traditionally elegant, this length beautifully complements all formal bridal designs, from an elaborate ball gown to a modern sheath.

Shaping up
From oval to square, veils take on a shape all their own. For example, the exceptionally romantic, flowing mantilla, which consists of lace or lace-trimmed tulle, has a circular shape. Blushers are often square, while short or elbow length veils are typically oval. Fingertip veils are shaped like a teardrop or cape. Try each look to see which looks best with your face shape and gown style.
 

2. EVERY LITTLE DETAIL COUNTS

Beautiful Embellishments
Veils can be adorned with Swarovski crystals, pearls, beading or lace. Many of the veils in our collection are available exclusively at David’s Bridal and offer embellishments that complement specific gowns or make any gown look even more stunning.

The Cutting Edge
The edging, or trim, of a veil can add an interesting design element. Some veils have a simple raw edge or sleek piping for a contemporary look. Others boast elegant beading, classic satin edging, romantic ribbon accents or lace details.

Color Me Pretty
Veils have always come in various shades of white and ivory to blend perfectly with individual bridal gowns, but now you also have the option of colored edging or beading detail. David’s Bridal offers exclusive veils trimmed in beautiful hues that coordinate with the latest color-accented bridal dresses.
 


3. MAKE A MATCH Take note of our headpiece and hairstyle tips. Keep in mind that if you’ve chosen a glamorous up-do, many brides opt to wear their veil below the bun to show off both the hairstyle and veil. It’s not often you can get best of both worlds. With so many types of veils and headpiece options, you may appreciate some further guidance on how to put it all together. Learn how to create the perfect combination Source 

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Jordan Fashions Dress 1510

red dress

This dress is really beautiful and it is available in a plethora of colors. This fact alone makes it very versatile. This dress would be a beautiful wedding dress but it would also be a great bridesmaid dress. This is a Satin gown with a dropped waist bodice and modified sweetheart halter neckline. Tufted skirt with pleated hem. Plus, this style is also available as a Junior Bridesmaid! Whatever you use it for, one thing is for certain, and whoever wears it will be simply stunning!

See this dress!

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