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Fun Wedding Activities for Kids

wedding activity coloring book

Fun Wedding Activities for Kids

If you’re having a kid-friendly wedding, then you’re going to want to provide them with some fun. Check out our top 11 ways to entertain kids at your wedding, or those 5-minute long wedding toasts may put them to sleep, or make them stir crazy…and you don’t want that to happen:
kid
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Indoor Receptions

Kids Cave

Children, much like cats, enjoy being enclosed in small spaces, where their mischievous imaginations can run wild. Give them a corner of the room and set up a space like a tent, tee-pee, or cave like this creative couple:
11 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained At Your Wedding

Activity Book

Giving the little darlings something to color and complete while at the table will keep them occupied and happy. Plus, who doesn’t love coloring these days? Check out these awesome activity books from Etsy seller BizzyHeartsWeddings:
wedding activity coloring book

Kids Coloring Table

A similar option could be to designate a kid’s table, cover it with inexpensive craft paper, provide crayons, and let the little Van Gogh’s go hog wild.
coloring
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Legos

We love the idea of providing the kids with their own Lego table, filled with various pieces that will keep them busy for hours on end. Just make sure it’s in a sequestered area of the reception, or those colorful blocks of imagination will become little instruments of death when combined with spiked heels.
Legos

Teddy Toss

Keep the kiddies included in activities normally reserved for just the adults and they just might have a good time. Why not have a separate “Teddy Toss” before or after the bouquet toss?

Camera Scavenger Hunt

Provide each child with a disposable camera and a scavenger list of things to find and take pictures of. This not only entertains them, but provides you with more photographic evidence of the best night of your life.
Camera Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Receptions

Lawn Twister

Not only will lawn twister occupy their minds, it will also give your little ones great exercise. It’s easy to set up too. Just buy a few cans of different colored water-based spray paint, cut a large hole in a cardboard box, and spray away!
Lawn Twister
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Bubble Station

Why not set up a little bubble competition with a bubble blowing station? Watch their eyes light up as iridescent soapy creations materialize in front of their adorable faces.
Bubble station
[source: Breelyn Bowe Photography]

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Turn those wee ones into miniature Lara Crofts and Indiana Jones’s and set them loose on the nature surrounding your outdoor reception. You can print adorable scavenger lists here:
Nature Scavenger Hunt
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Ring Toss

Have you met a child that didn’t like throwing things? I didn’t think so. Set up a good old-fashioned carnival-style ring toss, and watch them squeal with joy. We love this rustic-style version from Etsy seller (and featured vendor in our November Bride Box), DownInTheBoondocks:
Ring Toss

Hula Hoop Contest

Get those youths in a friendly little hula hoop competition. The winner can get a gift bag of treats. Plus, it’s a fact that kids love hula hooping. Just ask Hayley:
Hula Hoop Contest
[source: buzzfeed]
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What activities are you setting up for kids at your wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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10 Types of Wedding Guests

dancing girls

10 Types of Wedding Guests

You know them. You love them (well, some of them maybe.) Waiting in the wings to provide you with laughs, or just plain embarrass themselves. Either way, it makes for great entertainment. Get ready to enjoy the show ladies!

Check out our list of 10 types of wedding guests:

The Crazy Aunt

She’s kooky, she’s judgmental, and she’s decided to ignore the doctor’s orders and mix alcohol with her prescriptions. Look out everyone, here comes crazy Auntie Brenda. This gal will provide your guests with some unexpected entertainment, but you might want to give her with a shiny distraction to keep her somewhat under control.
10 types of wedding guests

Dancing Guy

Slightly handsome, sweaty, and possibly shirtless, he’s the dancing guy and he’s a fixture at every wedding from Long Island to San Francisco. He’s probably gonna embarrass himself and possibly you, but he’s usually necessary to get things going on the dance floor.
dancing guy
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The Lurkers

It might be a couple o’ gal pals, or it might just be a broheim out on the prowl. Either way, they’re single, ready to mingle, and they’re lurking around every guest at your wedding…just try to keep them away from your parents.
the lurkers
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The Under-Dressed

He rolled in late to the wedding with some excuse, and he’s got the lame wardrobe to back it up. Clothed in cotton, draped in denim, or sheathed in shorts, this guy’s here to be one the more hilarious focal points of the evening.
under-dressed guy
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The Amateur Photographer

They’re discussing the differences in frame rate and pixels between the iPhone 5 and 6 cameras while furiously snapping pictures of your wedding in increasingly uncomfortable and contorted positions. They are the photographer you didn’t hire, but they think maybe you should’ve.
The Amateur Photographer
[photo: Thomas Stewart]

The Moocher

They’ve starved themselves all day in anticipation of their free wedding dinner, and they’ve piled their plates mile-high with their buffet bounty. Good thing you ordered that extra round of food.
The Moocher
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The Moody Grandmother

Her back hurts, she’s used to eating earlier, she doesn’t approved of the music, and she’s not afraid to let everyone know about it. You know her, you love her, she’s the oh-so-lovely, yet oh-so-cantankerous moody grandmother.
The moody grandmother
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Gossip Girl

Want to know the REAL reason Jared and Stacey broke up, or why Candice seems to be flirting with every guy at the wedding even though her Facebook page says she’s in a relationship with John? Ask your resident gossip girl. She’s there with her Samsung Sidekick, and she’s typing away furiously.
Gossip Girl

The Drunk

This guy looks for any excuse to get loaded, and what better excuse in the world than a wedding with an open bar? Luckily, he’s one of your oldest friends, and he’s a “fun drunk” that will create some of the best wedding stories.
the drunk
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The 3 Sisters

They say 3 is a magic number, and that’s never more true than on a wedding reception. Whether they’re yours or your hubby’s sisters, they’re out there, destroying that dance floor, and the party don’t stop till they say so.
dancing girls
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Who do you think out of our 10 types of wedding guests will show up at your wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Wedding Time Capsule

Wedding Time Capsule

Wedding Time Capsule

Yes, photography is the usual, reliable method we use to capture our best moments and memories, in order to savor them for all time. What if there was an additional, more unique way in which you could save your wedding day bliss? What if there was a way you could keep this bliss secret and sealed until a special anniversary, when you and your husband could unleash it upon yourselves and reminisce together? There is a way, with a wedding time capsule!
Wedding Time Capsule
[photo by Katie Day]

Concept

First, you’ll want to determine what kind of time capsule you’re going to have. Is it going to be filled with things that you and your fiance will hand pick and put in together during a romantic ritual? Do you want to have your guests fill it with specified items during the reception? Or, do you want it to be a combination of both? Really, the question is whether you want to be surprised on that future date.
wedding capsule
[photo credit: Love Me Do Photography]

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.

guestbook time capsule

[photo credit: Red Gallery Photo]

Container

For your container, you should choose something that is big enough to house a bottle of wine, if you are including one. If you have chosen to forgo the wine and are putting mostly paper items into your capsule, you can go with a decorative glass bottle. This will give a sophisticated, future-message-in-a-bottle feel to your capsule. Just make sure the bottle is padded by something and safe from breakage. If you need more room, then try a larger, wooden chest-type box. You can find one with a clasp and lock, or nail it shut together when the time is right.
Wooden time capsule box
[wedding capsule from Etsy seller TheCarpentersD]

Important Note!

If one or both of you aren’t very good at being patient or have an insatiable curiosity, then it is very important that you give your capsule over to a loved one for safe keeping. We would recommend a family member, or an extremely close friend. Just make sure it’s someone you know will be in your life on the chosen future date and someone who is responsible enough to keep it safe and not look inside!
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What are you putting in YOUR wedding capsule? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
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Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

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:

Something Olde

Definitely the most sentimental of all the “somethings,” Something Old is supposed to represent continuity and tradition. A lot of mothers and grandmothers donate their old gems, broaches, gloves, or pearls for this portion. Obviously, you’ll want to work with your matriarchs to find the perfect, personal fit for you. We love this idea of tying an old photo from your parents or grandparents wedding day onto the bouquet from JunebugWeddings.com:
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue
[La Vie Photography]

Something New

Something new is supposed to represent optimism for the future. Some brides keep it simple and use their wedding ring or dress as their something new or assume they will have a new piece of jewelry gifted to them the day of the wedding. However, you can also have fun with it and let your creative juices flow. We like the idea of using your bridal shoes as your something new. Check out these Badgley Mischka ‘Rouge’ pumps, found on Nordstrom:
something new

Something Borrowed

Something borrowed is supposed to represent happiness. This is where you can start to think a bit outside the box. What you borrow, doesn’t necessarily have to be something you wear. You can borrow dishes for the reception, or even borrow a wedding theme from a family member, or even your parent’s or grandparent’s wedding song. We love the idea of borrowing old family photos from both sides to create table centerpieces (via The Wedding App):
something borrowed

Something Blue

Blue is most people’s favorite color for a reason. Among other things, blue represents purity, love, and fidelity; all concepts you want to infuse your marriage with. Some brides enjoy hiding their blue underneath the dress with blue shoes or a blue garter. Both are wonderful ideas, but if you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side, why not apply a temporary tattoo? We love this bold, floral tattoo from Etsy seller Siideways:
something blue
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What are YOU doing for Something old/new/borrowed/blue? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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2015 Winter Wedding Trends

hanging wedding elements

2015 Winter Wedding Trends

Greetings you beautiful brides! Here at The Bride Box, we’ve analyzed Pinterest, catalogs, and magazines, to bring you a rundown of the hottest trends for winter weddings this year. We hope this helps you in your quest for the ultimate wedding style!

Gorgeous Greenery

This trend is hot right now, and it’s also a budget saver. If you can incorporate more greenery into your wedding, then you’ll need fewer flowers, and therefore bring your overall cost down. If you don’t mind a splash of red in the center of your greenery, consider Holly. If you’re just sticking with the green, then pine, fir, cedar, and eucalyptus all look and smell like winter and will give your wedding that outdoor texture that ties it all together.
2015 Winter Wedding Trends
[Diana Marie Photography]

White, Silver & Blue

There is something about this divine color combination that lends itself so well to both vintage/classic style weddings and modern ones. White & silver in conjunction with light blues are nothing new to the winter wedding world, but we are seeing more and more brides starting to use dark blues in order to give those whites and silvers added pop. If you are planning a starry-night wedding, this works perfectly.
winter wedding trends
[Bespoke Events London]

Dramatic Crowns

2015 has been the year of the bridal crown, and winter will be no exception. We are starting to see brides go more over-the-top and dramatic with the look. This winter will show lots of winter-seasonal elements worked into the crown design. Wreath-style will be top dog, with either white and silver coloring or deep red blooms interlaced with lush winter greenery. We love this crown by Lace + Lilies:
dramatic floral crowns
[Candice Benjamin Photography]

Hanging Elements

From lights and flowers, to lamps and greenery, hanging elements are all the rage this winter. Not only does hanging decor create a soft, ethereal feel but also provides the added bonus of saving space. Outside, nighttime wedding ceremonies will showcase hanging string lights and quaint, vintage lanterns in order to evoke a fantasy-novel feel. As for receptions, we are seeing lots of that winter greenery hanging in baskets and fixtures over the tables.
hanging wedding elements
[Tim Coulson Photography]

Wool & Yarn Wrapped Bouquets

This winter will see a lot of yarn and warm-fabric (such as wool) wrapped bridal bouquets. This method keeps not only your bouquet warm and cozy, but also adds to the seasonal charm. Our Pinterest boards are flooded with photos of bouquets that are filled with white or neutral blooms, and wrapped with a splash of colored yarn such as blues and reds. We are also seeing bouquets that are cinched with a small amount of wool and clasped with quaint little buttons.
wool and yarn wrapped bouquets
[bouquet by Ann’s Flowers]  [Michelle Zerr Photography]

Twigs & Branches

What better way to elicit a winter spell than with twigs and branches? This is also a great money-saving trend, as filling out your decor with non-floral elements will cut the need for and cost of flowers. Silver spray-painted twigs made into elegant centerpieces will be popular, as will small branches with tiny string lights weaved into them. Some innovative caterers are also starting to embellish their minimalist cakes with twigs elements, like this one by Greg Marsh Designer Cakes:
twig and branch wedding elements
[photo taken from MarshCakes.com]
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What trends do you think will be popular this winter? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Honey-Theme-Wedding-Ideas

Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Looking for a specialized twist on the classic rustic chic wedding? Honey is a universal symbol for sweetness and love, so why not spread some of that joy to your guests? A fall date is a great time for an outdoor or tented honey themed wedding.

Colors

Depending on your area and what your local bees are feeding on, the honey you use can be a variety of colors. You therefore have a versatile color palette to work with including, light yellow, peach, gold, or deep amber. Any combination of these shades will be complimented by the greenery of the outdoors and your beautiful white or off white dress.
Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Decor

Try going for a base of rustic chic (wood, burlap, chalkboard, etc) and add your twist of honey on top. Try creating table centerpieces with bee pollen stalks inside mason jars, or tin tea canisters. If you are an artist or know someone who is, have them draw or paint bees and honeycombs on your chalkboards, or any wood structures. If you don’t know any artists or don’t have the time, use these stencils from Michaels with spray paint. Check out this wooden honeycomb backdrop designed by The Style Co.
Honey-Theme-Wedding-Ideas
[photo by Hikari Photography}

Fashion

Don’t agonize over your dress. Whatever style you have your eyes on and whatever color from the honey palette you choose, will probably look gorgeous. The key is in the accessories. There are many honeybee or honeycomb accented jewelry pieces out there to top of your look, from headbands, to broaches, and even bobby pins and bracelets. All you need is one perfect piece to give yourself that bee-kissed aura, like this exquisite Austrian crystal honeybee hair clip:
honey bee hair clip

Food

This is a unique opportunity to do something different from the normal served dinner. Of course, you’ll want to provide your guests with some sort of main course, such as roasted herb chicken or dinner ham. For an appetizer, try providing your guests (via buffet table or the guest tables) with platters made of aged cheeses, in-season fruits, and artisan breads. Make sure each table has a sampling of local honey for dipping.
wedding food ideas
[photo by Daniel Kim Photography]

Cake

You have several options here. You can have a simple, understated cake that would go well with any outdoor scheme, or you could go very playful with a full-on towering honeycomb design, complete with fondant bees, honeycombs, and hives. You’ll have to decide which style goes best with your overall wedding tone of course, but we happen to love this cake from Melissa & Matt’s rustic honey bee wedding, created by the bride herself!
honey bee wedding cake
[photo by Lisa Burgess]

Favors

As for wedding favors, tiny jars or vials of honey would be a safe and obvious choice. If you are feeling a little more inspired, then why not try some beeswax candles, or bundles of honey sticks wrapped with decorative fabric or twine (wonderful if you are on a tight budget.) We adore these Old Fashioned Double Filled Honey Candies from Etsy seller holyhoney:
etsy wedding ideas
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Are you planning on a honey themed wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!