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Kids Coloring Table
Camera Scavenger Hunt
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Hula Hoop Contest
10 Types of Wedding Guests
Check out our list of 10 types of wedding guests:
The Crazy Aunt
The Amateur Photographer
The Moody Grandmother
The 3 Sisters
Wedding Time Capsule
Things to Put Inside:
- Stuff from the ceremony and reception like an invitation, the program, etc.
- A copy of your wedding vows.
- Sealed letters to each other about your love and excitement, etc.
- A CD or flash drive of songs from the reception or songs that are popular on the radio at that time (this will be especially interesting if you are picking a date that is far in the future.)
- A bottle of wine to celebrate with when you open the box.
- A copy of a publication (newspaper, topical magazine, etc) from the date you are sealing the capsule on.
Things For Guests to Put Inside:
- Memories or Anecdotes from when they first spent time with you as a couple, or how and when they knew you were perfect for each other, etc
- Have them fill out postcards or something similar with advice and wisdom that they think will help you either 1 year, 5 years, 10 years from now.
- Provide them with a digital camera (does not have to be expensive, as long as it takes decent pictures and can connect to a computer via USB) to take goofy pictures with during the reception. This will provide you with your entertainment when going through the capsule.
Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
In this country an old couplet directs that the bride shall wear: “Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue.” – 1898 compilation of English folklore
It’s a saying/tradition we’re all familiar with. Some of us might not know that tradition comes from an Old English rhyme (“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.”) These five objects each represent a different concept that the bride is supposed to carry on into her marriage. You certainly don’t have to abide by this tradition, especially if you are not superstitious. If you are going to participate, don’t let it overwhelm or stress you too much. These are usually little things that your family members bestow upon you so that you don’t have to think about it too much. Although, you can certainly gift them to yourself if you are so inclined.
Here’s a brief rundown of our favorite ideas for Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue:
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Food & Drink
Buffet Style Vs. Plated Wedding Dinner
With a buffet style dinner, all courses are served on different tables, and guests are invited table by table to come up and serve themselves. There is usually no table plan at a buffet dinner.
Pros: Buffet style usually offers a wide variety of food for your guests so that there’s something for everyone (remember to include a vegetarian main course.) This option will save you a bit of money on the amount of service staff needed. A buffet also provides opportunities for your guests to mingle and warm up to each other before hitting the dance floor for some uptown funk action!
Cons: People usually think that buffets are cheaper than seated dinners with set menus, but that’s not always true. Usually, the caterer will make a lot more food than will be eaten so that it doesn’t run out. Because of this, buffet style dinners can create a lot of wasted food. This arrangement can also get a little crazy and people can end up waiting a while to eat if certain guests are slower at getting their food.
Tips: You can really up the elegance of this option by decorating each buffet table with intricate little details. Present each dish in unique, and beautiful serve-ware and serving utensils. Combine cold and hot dishes with finger food options. You can also include a fresh-cooked option, i.e. having a chef prepare sushi or wok dishes right at the table!
The plated dinner is generally the most traditional of the different dining options for a reception. The Bride and Groom constructs a table plan which gives each guest a place at a particular table (usually denoted by specific associations or circles) and guests are served a 3 or 4 course set menu.
Pros: You will usually save money on the amount of food, because the caterer will know exactly how much to buy based on your numbers. Your guests won’t have to worry about finding a seat or people to sit with, because this is prearranged for them. Also, everyone will be fed around the same time, so hopefully you don’t have too many hungry guests!
Cons: The staff portion of your bill will be a bit higher, as you will need more servers per guests. Since there are fewer options with a pre-planned meal, you might have certain guests who won’t be able to eat everything and might go hungry.
Tips: Give guests at least a couple of options for the main course. Send out a meal choice option with their invitations, so you can get this info to your caterer long before the reception. Avoid any options that might be considered too exotic so you can be more safe.
That’s it for now brides! Are you planning on having a buffet style or plated dinner for your reception? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Wedding Party Roles and Responsibilities
Maid of Honor
Mothers & Father of the Bride
Mother & Father of the Groom
(Photo by: dparkphotography)
Other wedding party roles you can have but are certainly not required to fill include: Ushers, candle-lighters, flower girls, ring bearers, and pages (or train bearers.)
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Wedding Day Contact
We hope this helps relieve some stress for you! What steps are you taking to ensure your wedding planning is as stress-free as possible? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!