Here are some ideas for fun and different bridesmaid gifts:
Play This is Your Life at a bridesmaid luncheon or party: A fun way to accomplish this is to create a game show atmosphere at the bridesmaid luncheon, a "this is your life" type of format in which the bride creates personalized biographies of each of her bridal attendants and then purchases unique bridesmaids gifts that match each attendant. The fun is in the "awarding" of each bridesmaid's gift as she is introduced and the personal biography read by the bride. Fun things to include in this game are childhood stories that are appropriate to share with other members of the bridal party;
At a summer garden party or traditional tea-party with the bridesmaids and attendants, place homemade or pre-bought flower containers as centerpieces, then give one to everyone as a gift.
If you are planning a destination wedding: As you shop for the groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts for your wedding party, take time to purchase gifts that are not only sentimental but also representational of the fun and exciting location that you have chosen for your destination wedding.
Wouldn't it be fun to have a sleepover? Almost every girl's childhood includes girlfriend sleepovers complete with movies, munchies, lots of gossip and laughter. If your bridal attendants are childhood friends, why not revisit the "good old days" with a bridesmaid sleepover and movie night? Hosting a Bridal Party sleepover is not only reminiscent of childhood fun but a great way to relax and unwind together.
What IS a bridesmaid luncheon? The bridesmaids' luncheon is a special event, hosted by the bride, that is held approximately one month prior to the wedding. The purpose of the bridesmaid luncheon is to allow the bride an opportunity to show each of the bridesmaids how much she appreciates all that they are doing or have done to assist with the planning, strategizing and all other necessary preparations for the upcoming wedding.
A creative bridesmaid gift that is very popular is the charm bracelet. Why not try creating a unique bridesmaid gift for each member of your bridal party by shopping for specialty charms for each of your attendants. The charm bracelet has long been a unique way to express personal hobbies, accomplishments and friendships that are held dear to the wearer.
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Need tips for choosing professionals in the wedding industry? Here is one of our favorites!
Tips for Choosing a Wedding Photographer
Experience Level - Has this person photographed other weddings? Does he/she do this for a living or for fun? In this industry, photographers come and go daily. Many people who own a digital camera believe that they can easily deliver a wedding. Experience counts here on a one time, one chance event such as this. A brand new photographer may be fairly talented and everyone has to start somewhere, but do you want to trust your once in a lifetime event to a newcomer? Their experience should show in their work and in the way they work with people.
Presentation matters! If a professional photographer can not present numerous and full wedding albums of weddings from start to end, telling the wedding day story, you may want to strongly reconsider using his/her services. Anyone can photograph a few good photos and highlight them from a few dozen weddings, but can they photograph an entire wedding with the same quality and style? Finally, you can always check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints and ask for referrals of their most recent weddings and ask them about their experiences.
Photographic Style - Are the images that you are shown, what you would like to see? Can you picture yourself photographed the same way? Is there a satisfactory mix in different styles? There are "buzz" words flying about everywhere about photojournalism, formal, classic, contemporary, candid, illustrative and so on. All colorful adjectives aside, do you like what you see? Does the work of the photographer suit your desired style?
Truth in Advertising – Read the package contents and understand it, ask questions. Know what items are included, time allotted, overtime charge costs, costs for proofs or negatives (digital files) and ????? Also, is this the photographer that will be photographing your wedding or will they send in who ever is available? Don't be shocked, this happens more often than you can imagine. Many studios have numerous photographers. Be sure to ask and be certain that you know which photographer is going to be there and see HIS/HER work and meet them. Don't let a salesman sell you anyone but the actual photographer of the work you are viewing!
Personality - Is the photographer that you meet someone that you can get along with? Is the "chemistry" there? People have walked away from hairstylists and tailors for less. This is a person that you are going to spend most of the day with. Could you handle it? Does he or she seem service oriented and a people person? Will they be smiling with you..........all day? Will they draw out the emotions desired and deliver them in your images?
Appearance - Ask the photographer how he/she intends to dress. The last thing that you want is a conflict at the wedding about the photographer wearing a sweatshirt and jeans with sneakers at your favorite country club. Is this person well groomed? It is after all, your wedding!
Price Range - Although, the last thing you want to do is shop by price, is this person within your budget? If not, is he or she worth the difference? A lot of times we tend to surpass our budget constraints to get what we really want. If you see and like it, you'll find a way. In any case, make sure you understand what everything costs, including your album!
Delivery - How long does it take to get your proofs back, your finished album, your bridal portrait, etc.? Go ahead and ask. Some photographers take months to deliver your proofs. Be sure of how long things take to turn around. Also, how are they delivered to you? Prints? DVD? Online? All of the above?
Offering - Whether it's a la Carte or packages, do you understand what you get in your contract? Is there any room for changes and will it cost to do so? Sometimes the packages are fixed, sometimes they can be customized, in any case, ask. How much time will he/she spend? What if you need more time? Are the images edited? What if you want them in Black and White as well as color? Make sure that you know what's coming and what your limitations are. For example, some photographers offer you a DVD of your images, but you can not legally print from this DVD, only view the images. You may have thought that you were getting the images with copyright release to you to print on your own. If the photographer is offering credits towards certain items such as an album, do you understand what the credits are worth? Will the credits cover the entire cost of what you believe you are getting?
Contract - Do you understand the contract? Is it fair? Is everything spelled out? When it comes down going to court, only what is WRITTEN really counts, not what was promised. Make sure that you have no doubts before signing. Read it ALL. What about deposits and payments?
References - A personal reference is always the best and people love to talk. Get a list of references from the photographer and check them out personally. A photographer who doesn't have references or is afraid to give them to you may not be the person that you need to hire. Most should be willing to offer these and make them recent weddings, not just one here and there spread out over a multiple year period. One last place to find an excellent photographer is to ask other long time vendors that you may already be working with.
Need tips for choosing a Disc Jockey, Caterer or Baker or other vender? Email us for more information. Let us assist you in choosing the vendors that best suit your needs and desires by giving you the tools to ask the right questions. Contact Sterling at sterlingwardphotography.com We look forward to hearing from you!
Sterling Ward has been in the wedding and entertainment industry for over 23 years. As both a wedding photographer and a wedding Disc Jockey, he has experienced the wedding day from start to end hundreds of times. The wedding industry is his professional passion. See his work at 2brides2grooms.com and sterlingwardphotography.com
Phone him with questions or comments at 360-701-8469.
The Seattle Wedding Expo is coming up Aug. 22nd and 23rd. We decided to give you a head start. We will be offering a special on all our packages!
$350 off Any wedding photography package for dates Oct. 1st-April 30th.
$250 off Any wedding photography package for dates May 1st-Sept. 30th. It gets better, you can take advantage of this special right now! That's right beat the rush and secure your date before the show!
(Pssss.....The first 10 Brides will also receive a free engagement session.) Chat with you soon! Carrie Stark Elegant Images Photography www.e-iphoto.com www.e-iphoto.blogspot.com www.starknakedphoto.com 425.361.2488
1. "How To Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
This is a timeless piece of literature. Mr. Carnegie weaves stories, anecdotes, and wisdom from the ages on how to get along with people, business associates, clients, and family. This book introduces you to the importance of asking questions before rendering judgment.
2. "The Anatomy of Peace" by The Arbinger Institute
Jim Ferrell and his staff have written an incredible book on developing relationships. Arbinger has developed a language of their own and it's sweeping the nation. Learn what it means to get 'Out of the box' and how to stay there. Every husband, wife, mother, father, and in-law needs to have the tools found in this book.
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I have some good news and some bad news.
First the good news: if approached correctly, married life will be the most glorious, blessed, and rewarding time spent with another person. Words are inept at trying to explain the love, the trust, and the respect that are developed in a successful marriage. Happy marriages deepen and get better with time.
Now the bad news: if not approached correctly, you have a 50 percent chance of getting a divorce. That doesn't count marriages that don't end in divorce but are not happy.
So now what? Consider this question:
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The average engagement lasts 13 months.
The average wedding costs $18,874 with 186 guests.
The average second wedding costs $12,000, but the couples spend nearly double first time couples on their honeymoons.
In almost half of U.S. weddings either the bride or groom has been married previously.
The wedding ring has traditionally been worn on the third finger of the left hand because it was believed that a vein in this finger ran directly to the heart. The third finger of the left hand has become the customary wedding-ring finger for all English-speaking cultures.
80% of brides plan formal weddings.
74% of all brides receive a diamond engagement ring. 60% of women are involved in picking out their engagement ring, while 3% actually pick it themselves.
In 2000, the average bride was 24 years old and the average groom was 28.
Only 4% of men asked for the parents' approval for their bride's hand in marriage.
20% of men proposed on one knee.
6% of men proposed to their girlfriends over the phone.
The most frequent number of bridesmaids in a wedding is 4 (including the maid of honor).
62% of weddings have a flower girl, while 56% have a ring bearer.
I recently came across this old poem that tells the fate of marriages depending on the month you marry. I thought it was pretty interesting.
"Marriage when the year is new, he'll be loving kind and true;
When February birds do mate, you wed, nor dread your fate;
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know;
Marry in April when you can, joy for Maiden and for Man;
Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day;
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you will go;
Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread;
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see;
Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine;
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry;
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember;
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last".
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Outdoor weddings are a hit this summer-- on a farm, in a vineyard, or even in the backyard -- and we'll continue to see a lot of them all of 2009. It's really no wonder: An outdoor setting makes for a fun, laid-back vibe and the decor options are limitless.
So what kinds of details are in store?
Vintage vases filled with fresh-from-the-garden flowers, mismatched china in bright colors, and homemade wooden signs to direct guests. Even catering is in on the action with in-season ingredients paired with local wine.