When you are thinking about your wedding, you are not thinking only about how everything is going to be and what beautiful and happy you will look. You are also thinking about your guests. You are going to think about many things related to your guests, from the music used during the reception, which should match every age, to menus and favors.
At the same time, you are also going to think about the guest book. After all, you do want to know who was there at the wedding years after the event, so recording the wishes from your wedding guests also means that you will not forget anyone attending your wedding when you invite them to your 25th anniversary.
As everything else at the wedding, the wedding guest book should match the kind of wedding you are having. If it is a colored themed wedding, you will make sure it will be in the color of your wedding. If it is a themed wedding, it will match that theme, either through the cover or through the pages inside. If you have a less traditional wedding, you might have a less traditional wedding guest book, which can be in the form of a puzzle, of a wooden bench or photo frame, or it can be as simple as some nice individual pages and post its you will then put together to form a guest book.
So it is, for instance, that you need firefighters to put out the burning love between the two of you and so you have thought of having a firefighter themed wedding. Hydrants and hoses will be your favors and decorations, all in a very elegant manner, while firefighter wedding guest books is what you need for your guests to write their thoughts about the two of you.
You can find really elegant wedding guest books with firefighters on them for you to buy, but at the same time you can make one yourself. And if you or your future husband is a firefighter and you have photos dressed as ones, you can use those in your own designed guestbook, in the middle of the cover, for example. The pages can contain nice clip arts related to this theme and questions related to putting out a fight or heating up the cold winter nights.
When it comes to going to a wedding, after reading the invite to see what kind of wedding that is, if it is forma, informal, daytime or evening wedding, one of the first thing that comes to your mind, especially if you are a woman, is the kind of clothes you are going to wear. It seems to be pretty difficult to get dressed correctly for a wedding, but sincerely, it is not.
The first thing you need to do is to look into your wardrobe and see if you have something that fits. For a daytime wedding, for example, you can look at those nice dresses you have that look good on you and are perfect for an outdoor wedding. The sleeve dress with floral motifs could be a very good choice for you, something above the knees or knee length and very comfortable. Or, see if you still have that nice suit that looks business and can be made more cheerful with the right hat or accessories, if the wedding is more in the afternoon.
For an evening wedding, you know you have to wear something more elegant, a dress with which you would go to a special event, for example. But, if you feel you cannot wear such a dress from various reasons, the little black dress would be always an escape from looking bad and uncomfortable at a wedding. Accessorize it with a little bit of gold or lighter colors, if you can, like for instance a scarf, and you will look fabulous.
If you want to be a wedding guest in fashion, the best thing you can do is go for a shopping session in bridal shops and other stores and see what is there to fit the event. However, classical cuts, form fitted shapes and colors such as black, green, blush shades and blue are always going to be ‘en vogue’, so that you will make a fashionable guest.
As for the kind of fashionable designs for a guest at a wedding, try to wear those clean cuts and comfortable clothes, strapped or short sleeved dresses that look good on you. After all, this is what any fashionable guest should look like at a wedding: decent and elegant, appropriate to the occasion.
The last thing one wants to see at a wedding is a drunken guest, being it a male or female. However, it does happen at weddings, since there are people who get drunk really fast or who cannot resist an open bar. So, you need to do something to prevent the drunken guest making a scene at your wedding.
As the bride or groom, the things you can do are: ask a bridesmaid, a groomsman or anyone in the family who you know is going to stay sober all through your wedding, to keep an eye to people around who seem to drink too much. In this way, you will know for sure there will be no one interfering with your happiness.
Also, ask the bartender to keep an eye to those who drink too much and ask them not to give them more drinks. If they have a problem with the guest who will argue too noisily, ask the bartender to quickly and subtly call the person in charge with the security at the venue.
Provide free rides for inebriated guests. If they know the ride to the hotel is free, you will have more chances to avoid any scene with the guest and they will be convinced to stay home. Do not, under any circumstances, allow the guest to drive, as in case of an accident, you will be made liable. If otherwise not possible, ask someone who did not drink to get the guest home. Or provide rooms at the hotel, if this is your wedding venue.
If you know that someone in your family has this bad habit of enjoying themselves too much by drinking, have a hear-to-heart conversation and convince them that staying sober will make you the happiest person in the world. They might understand the message and do what you want.
As a guest, if you see someone getting drunk, you can call some of these people, in this order: wedding planner or coordinator, if they are present; a groomsman or someone you know or who is trustworthy. If you see there is no one at hand right away, you can do the following: get the guest out of the room under a certain pretext or give them something to eat and a coffee. Food will slow down the alcohol absorption.
You have considered everything about the wedding but you are still thinking about the wedding cake, since sweets are not that kind of food you enjoy and tradition is not quite your middle name. So, before choosing to go for a traditional type of wedding cake or for the more modern cake, you would like to find out more about the traditional one and see if there is something that can make you go for the cutting of the cake.
So you will find out that the tradition of the wedding cake started in ancient Greece, when the newlyweds would cut a sesame cake at the wedding to bring them fertility. The same idea of fertility is seen in the Roman tradition, when the Romans baked wheat cake which the groom broke over the bride’s head.
The bride and groom never ate the cake. Later on, the guests would bring different sticky buns to the bride and groom and place them in front of the couple in a pile. The couple had to kiss over the pile for good luck and a blessed family.
Finally, it is said that a French chef has seen this and was appalled, so he created a layered cake that really tasted good for the marriage. It is still believed that kissing over the cake and eating it will bring a happy marriage and children. However, there is another symbolism to the cutting of the cake. The first piece of cake shared together by the bride and groom represents the love, respect and care for each other that they will have to bring in their marriage.
So, if you want to show all these at the wedding, to show that you care for each other and that you want to have kids, you can make a nice wedding cake and cut that first piece of the cake together. Do not forget to make a toast together before cutting the cake.
If, however, you do not want to have a wedding cake, but have cupcakes at your reception, you can do this as well. But to show your guests that this is the last part of the reception and the cupcake is the replacer of the wedding cake, why not make that toast and bite from the same cupcake together?
You are planning your wedding for so long that you need a break from it all. You want to do something different, you want to relax. But, unfortunately, you remember that you forgot about the wedding guest book. You do not have a book for your guests to sign on the day of the wedding, so that you will remember long after the wedding who was there by your side. So, what can you do? You can enjoy yourself in designing the wedding guest book on your own.
There are so many ideas for wedding guest books nowadays, many from very simple yet useful and creative to some very original and interesting ones. For example, there are pages that you put on the tables and that only after the wedding go between covers to form books. These pages can range from very funny to very romantic and they can form entitled chapters for your book: ‘The Funny Wedding Night’ or ‘The Romantic 10 Year Dinner’, anything that you would like to read after the wedding.
Then, your guests will write nice pieces of advice to you and your husband that you will read together. You can leave the pages as they are, or you can add a header with the date of the wedding and your names. Ask your guests to give you an autograph for un-anonymous stories.
Another example of wedding guest book pages would be the interview; don’t forget to add a clip art that is related to weddings, for a nicer layout. You can ask your guests different questions. An idea of an interview page would be: Dear ……………… We, the readers of this wedding magazine, would like you to share your thoughts about us. Can you please tell us: How and when did you meet the bride and groom? What do you share together (hobbies, activities, trips, etc)? How do you see us, the couple, in twenty years? What advice can you give us for an idyllic marriage?
And so, you will have a wedding guest book page that will also help your guests write something and in this way not fear the signing of the book. It is well known that guest books can be either boring or frightening for a guest, so make them interesting and guest friendly.
The wedding is the event in a couple’s life that is celebrated among relatives and friends and usually with those of the closest, who are happy for the two of you. The hosts of the wedding are, usually and traditionally, the bride’s parents, but for a while now this have changed and it happens that the groom’s parents can host a party, both sets of parents or even the bride and groom themselves.
Therefore, when sending the invitations, there appears the problem of how to word it. For the traditional wedding invitation, the wording is as you know it: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Name Surname request the pleasure of the company of Guests Names to the wedding of their daughter Name to Name of Groom’. That is one way to word the invitation and this is the way to do it if the parents of the bride invite people to the wedding.
But, as I have said it before, not only they can invite people to the wedding nowadays. The parents of the groom can do it too and they need to think about how to order that invite. In fact, it is quite simple, since the only thing that changes is the names in the beginning. So they will be the ones writing their names and inviting people, however they should keep in mind one thing: the name of the bride comes first.
Therefore, one way of writing an invitation for a wedding that is hosted by the groom’s parents, is:
Mr. And Mrs. Percy Smith
request the pleasure of the company of
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Close
to the wedding of
Annemarie Hills to their son William Smith.
As you can see, the differences are minimal, so that if you want to turn this invitation into a less traditional one or add more embellishments to it, the only things you need to keep in mind are: to start the invite with the name of those who host the wedding, in this case the parents of the groom and to still write the name of the bride first.
Planning your wedding means to think about all those things that will make your guests feel welcomed and that would make you feel happy because you are going to have the wedding you have always dreamed of. This means you also need to think about how to arrange the tables at the reception.
Matching centerpieces at the reception means to be able to find those that will fir the theme of the wedding, the location and the tables you have. For example, you can choose richer arrangements for normal height tables, but simpler arrangements for cocktail tables, like one rose in a high, narrow vase.
The easier – because they come in plenty of variations – centerpieces to use on guest tables at the reception would be the floral arrangements. You can choose floral arrangements in vases, glasses or pots, according to how rustic or elegant the reception is. Or you can choose between wild, elegant or exotic flowers, depending on the theme of the wedding.
But for different types of themes or regarding the way you want to use the centerpieces, you can choose so many other ideas. For example, you can choose to set on the table small glass bowls in different colors, which you will fill with sea salt in which you can choose to put silk flowers. One small bowl with a nice flower will look amazing. Or, you can fill the same bowls with colored papers. On these pieces of papers you can ask your guests to write something about the bride and groom and then when you collect them you can make a guestbook out of them.
Mini lanterns for a medieval theme or a more rustic ones, like those held by the dwarfs in Snow White, are not only nice for fairy tale themes, but also for a beautiful garden reception at night. Dishes used as centerpieces are also appropriate for a reception where you want your tables to be different. You can use butterfly, star or fruit shaped small dishes that you are going to fill with colored sand and make some very creative centerpieces for your colored themed wedding.
Just make sure you keep them simple, original and in the ranges of your personality. You will then have the best wedding centerpieces that you desire for your wedding.
You are attending a wedding and you have heard that you need to sign the wedding guest book. You are terrified about his idea. What shall you write? Why shall you do it? Is it really necessary? And all these questions make the fact of attending the wedding not that exciting any more.
This means you need some reasons to go at the wedding and want to sign the wedding guest book. But until then, let us see what is there to know about wedding guest books. Wedding guest books are meant for guests to sign, that is to write their names and addresses and a few other words for the bride and groom.
Why to do this? For the bride and groom to be easier to send thank you notes to the guests for attending the wedding. So, if you want to receive this thank you note and the newlyweds not to forget about you, this is a reason to sign the wedding guest book.
But since the first wedding guest books, there have been many other types of wedding guest books for couples to use. They began making and buying guest books that only ask you to write your name and a few thoughts about the couple. There are bench wedding guest books that only allow for signature; question wedding guest books that make it easier for you to sign them. So, signing the wedding guest book is not that boring as you have thought until now.
So, another reason for you to sign the guest book would be to have fun and let the bride and groom know you were there. Another reason would be to wish your best to the couple. Having fun is another reason. Some wedding guest books are very entertaining, requiring you to take photos, to glue fabrics on paper, to give advice for a happy marriage.
But one of the best reasons for you to sign the guest book is to really take part with the guests to making a keepsake for the two friends of yours. While signing your page you will also look at what others have said, so that you will not write the same and you will definitely be the one to bring them a little bit of creativity, humor or romanticism, according to your own personality.
The wedding is that special event that you share with your loved ones. Sometimes it happens that your guests will make some efforts to come to your wedding from miles away. Well, not quite an effort, if you consider your wedding is a joy for them as well, but you do want to thank them for being there with you.
Therefore, you are thinking about the best gifts to offer your guests. And you need to think about two kinds of gifts: those for the guests staying at the hotel and those for the guests invited at the reception. So you are asking yourself which is a good gift for your guests.
The best gifts for your guests are those that they can use, that are useful to them in one way or another. They can be only that, useful things, or they can be unique, personalized gifts. So, if you need to offer gifts for the guests at the hotel, you can make a basket or a paper bag personalized with your names and wedding date and fill them with some of the following: breath mints, travel items kit like toothbrushes and deodorants, but also a map of the city, a guide with the best places to visit and why not a bottle of champagne and two personalized flutes for them to keep?
As for the gifts or favors to give your guests at the reception they should be useful and at the same time interesting. Less expensive than those from above, smaller, good gifts for your guests at the reception could be: chocolates in nice boxes, homemade cookies, fans for ladies, cigars for men, sunglasses – if you are planning a funny beach wedding – digital portable clocks like these one here, or something that will remind of the two of you, of the hobbies you share together. For example, you might like traveling or hiking a lot and maybe so do your guests. So, a mini flashlight or route maps would be nice to give them.
However, when you choose the wedding gifts, try to also match them to your wedding theme and to give them something unique. If they have attended a lot of wedding so far, they might already have key chains and photo frames, so why not be original and creative?
The wedding day is approaching at a fast pace, but you worry not, since there are a few things left for you to do. So you are very calm and you can now take some time to think about the gifts you will buy for the guests who will come at your wedding.
When you offer the gifts for your wedding reception guests, you are thinking about what kind to offer, since you want them to be unique and useful. You know that people who often go to weddings will get the usual photo frames, candles, soaps, key chains or bottle stoppers – you have a few yourself, that they do not usually use. So you are thinking a better gift would be something that will be very useful for your guests.
So, think about the immediate needs of your guests. Is your reception one that is going to spice your night and your guests will need to cool themselves? Then the less original, yet useful breath mints are the appropriate gifts to offer them. To make them more original, think about a nice container, something personalized or something that they will be able to take home and reuse after the party. Why not using mini jars for breath mints instead of their usual containers? Normal sized jars filled with candies are also nice gifts.
Another gift I believe it is very useful, especially if your guests have traveled for your wedding, is a towel. This doesn’t sound too beautiful and attractive? Well, make it be. On this site here you will find some very nice ideas of how to make a towel attractive, and you can purchase these products. I think your guests will love the ice cream cones or muffin towels and will definitely find them useful on their way back home.
A paper weight in different shapes and made of crystal or Murano glass could also be a very nice gift your guests will love to use in their offices or at home and they can use it not only with its initial purpose, but as a decoration as well if it is really nice. It all depends on the kind of wedding theme you have and why not, on your guests – what if they are all writers, journalists or teachers? Wouldn’t they need this paper weight?