Results from the 7th annual David’s Bridal “What’s On Brides’ Minds” survey of engaged and newly married women show that 89 percent of brides had a budget in place before they began planning their wedding and they prioritized spending based on providing an enjoyable event for their guests.
The David’s Bridal survey discovered that good food and drink are non-negotiable: 63 percent of brides who decreased their wedding budget said they wouldn’t scrimp on a meal for their guests, and 60 percent wouldn’t cut back on libations. Couples opted to cut back on other more expensive items like wedding consultants and expensive flowers and décor.
Do you agree with the results? Of your budgeted wedding items, what are you not willing to skimp on?
Looking for a non-alcoholic drink option for your wedding? How about setting up a smoothie bar? I think having a smoothie bar at a wedding provides not only a great non-alcoholic drink choice but also a really healthy one.
A smoothie bar would be great fun at a wedding too because guests could create their own flavors from a variety of fruits and mixers. Stock the bar with fresh berries, bananas, almonds, milk, different types of juices, you name it, and guests can mix and match ingredients. To make the drinks really festive, you can even add colorful paper straws or chunks of fresh pineapple for garnish.
What are your thoughts on a wedding smoothie bar?
Who are the forgotten heroes of your wedding you ask? Although important, I’m not talking about your florist or the woman that did your invitations – the forgotten heroes of your wedding are in fact your groomsmen! These are the guys that show up for all events with no complaint, keep your precious groom calm when he gets those cold feet, and doesn’t bat an eye when he gets hit with that surprise smooch from your great aunt pat!
While bridesmaid gifts are carefully scrutinized and planned to every last detail, what do our nuptial soldiers get? Golf balls and Gift Cards – these are nice but oh so temporary. While you will never hear it from them, your wedding is a special day for all involved especially the grooms nearest and dearest. I don’t know if something that can be lost in one bad afternoon on the golf course is going to properly represent how you feel about these guys and all they have done for your big day. I’m not saying run out and order up 5 BFF lockets – that’s for the ladies! However The Wedding Outlet is full of gift ideas that find a happy medium.
Some favorites include personalized beer steins and flasks, these gifts can be kept forever and can also be used immediately – an absolute win-win scenario for sure! If promoting drinking to excess is not what you’re looking for the personalized poker sets and sports team memorabilia are man cave staples and will be around forever. Every guy likes going to a game right – make sure your groomsmen have the proper tools for an ultimate day of tailgating & grilling. Consider gifts like koozies, chair coolers, BBQ tools or bottle openers. With a great gift that says “thank you for being part of my wedding day” your groomsmen won’t end up being the Forgotten Heroes of your wedding.
Looking for a fun engagement gift? How about a themed gift? Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Bar gifts – Toast the newly engaged couple with a bottle of bubbly and engraved champagne flutes or a bottle of wine and beaded wine stopper.
Spa gifts – Give a relaxing spa gift with monogrammed robes, a basket of bath products and some aromatherapy candles.
Travel gifts – Let your friends travel in style with personalized luggage tags and matching monogrammed toiletry bags for their honeymoon.
Do you have any other themed gift ideas?
When choosing your bridal jewelry, there are so many factors to consider. We asked Bridal Party Express of Fall River for some of their favorite styles for 2013. From simple and sophisticated to vintage and old Hollywood glam, we love all their recommendations! Which is your favorite?
Not sure what will look best with your gown? Rule of thumb is the more elaborate your gown, the simpler the jewelry. Afterall, you want the bling of your amazing gown to be the showpiece! Still need help? Checkout the full article on Dos and Don’ts of Bridal Jewelry at RIWeddingGuide.com >
There was lottery fever in my neck of the woods this past week. Someone hit the $338 million Powerball jackpot. That is a lot of cash! I wondered what I might do with all that money; probably buy a new house, new car, pay off bills, donate some to charity and help out family.
Then I thought, I could have the most extravagant and luxurious wedding ever with all that money! My wish list wedding would include getting married at an Italian castle, a huge diamond wedding ring, custom made gown by a leading wedding dress designer, riding in a cool vintage Ferrari, a performance by my all time favorite musician, lobster and filet mignon for everyone, thousands and thousands of flowers, champagne throughout the entire evening and fireworks for the finale.
If money were no object, what would be on your wedding wish list?
Can you guess the most expensive place to get married in the U.S.? According to a recent industry survey by XO Group Inc., creator of TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com and based on survey results from those sources, it’s New York City.
Wondering where your city fell on the list? Here are the top 10 locations from their list of 20.
- New York City
- New York Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and NYC Outer Boroughs)
- Northern/Central New Jersey and Southern New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA
- San Francisco
My advice to East Coast brides is start saving since 7 out of the 10 most expensive places to get married are located there.
Thank you to all our new facebook friends for your “likes” & contest entries! As a thank you, we are excited to offer you some exlusive savings on some best selling items. Each item has been deeply discounted just for you. They will be available at these low prices for a limited time so take advantage today! Offer ends Sunday April 7th, 2013. Start Shopping >
Spring arrived last week – at least according to the calendar! So brings the urge to get outdoors and bask in the sun. Here at MAWeddingGuide.com, it also means lots of New England weddings! April kicks off wedding season so we’re bringing you some springtime inspiration. Checkout what inspiring wedding professionals are offering that not only brings a touch of spring into your wedding, but can also make your wedding eco-friendly.
Credit: Bridesmaid Dress, Table Number with Flower Décor, Favors, Bamboo Favor Coasters, Green Hanging Decorations, Bird Seed Favors, Eco-Friendly Table Setting, Lime Green Shoes and Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs.
Need more inspiration? Find 4 Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas that are easy to implement, plus find more spring inspiration from local MA wedding professionals!
Looking for ways to honor your Irish heritage on your wedding day? Have you considered using Celtic symbols? Here are some ideas on how to incorporate a couple different types of symbols at your wedding.
Wedding Rings – Choose a Claddagh ring, featuring a heart with a crown held by two hands, Celtic Knots, with their interlacing lines, or a combination of both, as a wedding band.
Ceremony Accessories – Show your Irish pride during the ceremony with ring bearer pillows, flower girls baskets, handkerchiefs and garters with Celtic Crosses.
Reception Gifts & Decor – Have your guests bring a little bit of Ireland home with them by adding a personalized label with an Irish blessing for a favor, or luck of the Irish theme and shamrocks to water bottles, chocolate bars or wine bottles.
St. Patrick’s Day wedding or not, using Celtic themed accessories are a fun way to bring the spirit of Irish culture to a wedding any day of the year.