Thank You Card Etiquette

I have to say, one of the most important parts of a wedding is the thank you cards. Normally you wouldn’t think of it as being something major, but in all honesty, a thank you card says a lot about you. It lets your guests know that hey, thank you for taking time to come to my wedding and buy me gifts and support me on one of the biggest day of my life. So, now that we’ve established the importance of thank you cards, let’s look at some proper etiquette for card types, writing, and sending.

Thank You by Eileen Rivard

Thank You by Eileen Rivard

What to Write: It’s a daunting task, writing all those thank you cards. What’s even more daunting is knowing what to write. That’s where I come in! Here are some ideas for you to take into consideration when penning your notes of appreciation:

Thank You Card by Valerie

Thank You Card by Valerie

  • Make sure to mention what gift that person gave you. Not mentioning the gift leaves the impression that you don’t remember and don’t care enough to look into it. Mentioning the gift, whether it’s an item (like a home décor piece, kitchen item, etc…) or a gift card, lets them know that you appreciate it.
  • You should also let them know how you plan to use it if they give you money or a gift card. Say something like, Dear ____________we are so thankful for your gift card/money, and can’t wait to use it to purchase a ____________.
  • Don’t go overboard with your thanks. Too much “thank you so much”es can really be obnoxious. They get the point. Say thank you in the beginning and in the end, and that’s it.

What to Use: Ok, we know that thank you cards are important, but what kind of thank you cards? Yeah, there are a lot of options out there, but you want to make sure that the one you choose is wedding-appropriate. For example, here are some thank you “cards” you do NOT want to use:

Wedding Stationery by Andrea

Wedding Stationery by Andrea

  • blank, generic, plain cards
  • a thank you on your wedding website (nobody’s gonna check it after your wedding)
  • a thank you on Facebook (just plain tacky)
  • a text message or email (again, tacky)

Now that we know what not to use, let’s take a gander at what we should use:

  • Stationery. This is pretty much your best bet as far as thank you cards go. There are several different styles you can choose from as well, including:
    • Monogrammed – super cute, especially with your new last name initial!
    • Vintage style (my favorite, obviously)
    • Wedding colors
    • A picture of you and your spouse holding “thank you” posters

When to Send Them: Rule of thumb: the sooner, the better. You want to get those thank you cards out as soon as you start receiving gifts. But, as another rule of thumb, if you want to send them out after you get back from the honeymoon, make sure all thank you cards are sent out about 1-2 weeks post wedding. Any later and people start to wonder if you forgot them or if you care. To keep it “professional” and classy, you really, really don’t want to go any later than 6 weeks at the latest.

Now that you know what to write, what to write on, and when to send your thank you cards, you’re all set! As a rule of thumb and from experience, you won’t get them all done in one day. So, set aside 2 maybe 3 days to get them all written out. Happy writing, ladies!

A Vintage Appeal: DIY Vintage Décor

As y’all probably know, one of my favorite wedding themes is vintage. It’s a taste of everything posh, elegant, and gorgeous. So, if you’re having a vintage-themed wedding, here are some of my absolute favorite DIY vintage décor ideas!

Vintage Wedding Decor by Chelsey Arnal

Vintage Wedding Decor by Chelsey Arnal

Chalkboard Signs: Ok, let’s be honest, when you look for super chic chalkboard signs, they’re a little (insanely) expensive. How about a cheaper idea that’s super easy to duplicate? Here’s how:

Making a Chalkboard Sign by Barb Hoyer

Making a Chalkboard Sign by Barb Hoyer

  • What You Need:
    • Serving Platter (you can find great ones at the Dollar General Store, super cheap!)
    • Painting Tape
    • Paint Brushes
    • Chalkboard Paint
    • Hot glue gun and glue
    • Ribbon
  • What You Do:
    • Start by taping the inside edges of the serving platter.
    • Start painting the inside of the serving platter with your chalkboard paint. Paint on several coats of paint to ensure a nice, thick layer.
    • Let it dry for several days.
    • Now that the inside is painted, remove the edge tape.
    • Now, tape the inside of the platter
    • Spray paint the edges with a base coat and a textured top coat of your color choice.
    • Again, let that paint dry.
    • Once the paint is dry, hot glue your ribbon to the back of your tray
    • Cover the chalkboard with chalk, and then wipe it off. Now it’s ready to use!

Doily Table Runner: Oh my goodness, this is one of my absolute favorite ideas! Everything about this is super cute, chic, and absolutely perfect. Here’s how to accomplish this:

Doily Table Runner by Jim Grey

Doily Table Runner by Jim Grey

  • What You Need:
    • Several Doilies. You can get these from garage sales, consignment stores, flea market, your grandma (what a great gift!) and any craft store.
    • Tacks
    • Thread
    • Needle
  • What You Do:
    • Lay out your largest doilies first
    • Then, go ahead and place your medium and small doilies throughout. Make sure that the little ones aren’t just on top, so arrange it to where every doily is visible.
    • Then, underneath the layout of your doilies, pin them together to keep them where you want them
    • Then, go ahead and tie little knots with your thread. Thread the thread through the doilies with a needle to make it easy.
    • Voila, you’re all done!

Wood Ladder Sign: This is quite fantastic, actually. Instead of your regular sign, here’s a little twist to it. It’s super easy, takes hardly any time to assemble, it’s personal, and super chic and vintage. Here’s how:

  • What You Need:
    • Wooden Ladder
    • Picture of you and your honey
    • Potted Plant
    • Mason Jar filled with your wedding flowers
    • Wooden “Ceremony” sign
    • Wedding sign
      • i.e.: “…and they lived happily ever after”, “soon to be Mr. and Mrs.” etc…
  • What You Do:
    • Set up your latter so it’s in standing position
    • Set up each item (vase, picture, etc…) on the second, third, and fourth step (or whatever step you want)
    • Hang the side from the point where the two sides meet.
    • Stake your ceremony sing in front of the ladder, pointing to where your ceremony will be hosted.

Now that you have a few great vintage decoration ideas, happy decorating! Leave a comment for me and let me know if you found any great ideas! The more ideas, the merrier!

Vintage Teacup Decor by Gemma Morgan

Vintage Teacup Decor by Gemma Morgan

DIY Something Blue

Honestly, one of the hardest (believe it or not) ideas I had to come up with was my something blue. Seriously though, there were so many different ideas it was almost ridiculous. Some were simple, and yet some were ornate. So, let’s take a look at some of the best DIY something blue ideas there are out there!

Heels & Soles & Blues:

  • Heels: Ok, for those of you who are wearing blue heels, it’s the perfect solution! Not only are they gorgeous, but they can easily pull double duty! Whether you want Tiffany blue, Navy blue, or Royal blue, either way those shades are perfect!

    Blue Heels by Lauren Nelson

    Blue Heels by Lauren Nelson

  • Soles: There are several different ways to have your something blue on the soles of your heels!
    Blue Dipped Heels by IceAngel2011

    Blue Dipped Heels by IceAngel2011

    • Dipped in Glitter: This is one of my favorite ideas – you can dip your heels in blue glitter! Talk about fantastic!
      • Here’s what you need:
        • Mod Podge Gloss
        • Glitter
        • Paintbrushes
        • Scotch Tape
    • Here’s How You Do It:
      • Clean your Shoes
      • Mix your glitter and mod podge
      • paint the shoes
      • let them dry, and voila!
  • Names of Love: This is such a fantastic and sentimental idea! I love this. Have all of your bridesmaids sign the bottom of your shoe.
    • Here’s What You Need:
      • High Heels
      • Blue Permanent Pens (not markers – you need to have a fine point pen so each name doesn’t take up too much room and you don’t have risk of smudges)
Lace and Floral Headpiece by Faylyne

Lace and Floral Headpiece by Faylyne

  • Lace Princess Tiara: If you’re going for a princess look, what better way than to top it off with a gorgeous tiara! Want to make it even more fantastic? How about a lace tiara for a little extra pizazz, uniqueness, and vintage appeal? Here’s the how to:
  • Here’s What You Need:
    • Posterboard, 19” long and 4” high
    • Plastic Wrap
    • Tape
    • ½ yard crocheted lace
    • Straight Pin
    • Rubber Gloves
    • Metallic Spray Paint
    • Clear Enamel
    • E6000
    • Scissors
    • Vintage Jewelry (whatever you want to bedazzle it)
  • Here’s How You Do It:
    • Roll the poster board into a 17” circumference. Tape it in place.
    • Wrap the entire tube in plastic so the lace doesn’t stick to the tube, ruining your crown.
    • Grab your lace, wrap it around the tube.
    • Pin the ends together wherever it overlaps
    • Spray the whole crown with your clear enamel. Let it dry before moving onto next step.
    • Once dry, spray it with metallic pain. Let it dry before moving onto next step.
    • Unwrap the lace from the form, then re-wrap around form with painted section facing inwards.
    • Spray it with your clear glaze. Let it dry.
    • Again, spray it with your metallic paint. Let it dry, and then spray it one last time with metallic paint.
    • Once it’s mostly dry, remove the pins, remove it from the form, and allow the crown to dry even longer.
    • Once the crown is completely dry, go ahead and bedazzle it with all of your embellishments! And voila, you’re all done!
      • **For an added touch, make sure your embellishments are blue so you can fulfill your need for “something blue.”

These are just a few of my absolute favorite ideas! Now that you have a few ideas and some how-to’s on some great ideas, try ‘em out for yourself and let me know how it went!

A Unique DIY Something New

Usually, when you think of something new, a lot of ladies choose to make their dress their something new, or their shoes, ring, or even a hair piece. But what about something unique, something you made yourself? Now that’s something new! So, to get your thoughts churning and your ideas spinning, here are a few great ideas for you to consider!

DIY Hairpiece: Yeah, I know I mentioned how a lot of ladies use their hairpieces as something new, but what about making your own? I personally love the idea! So here’s a great DIY headpiece for you to try!

Pearls and Petals Hairpiece by Faylyne

Pearls and Petals Hairpiece by Faylyne

  • Pearls and Lace and Everything Nice: Like I’ve mentioned (about 100 times…) I love everything vintage. So what about a vintage styled pearl and lace (or floral!) headpiece? Ok, I’m hooked! Here are the directions:
    • What You Need: A lot of these supplies you can find at Hobby Lobby or Michaels (only the two greatest stores ever….)
      • Lace/Floral appliques
      • Thin Silver Wire
      • Beads
      • Needle and Thread
      • Fabric Stiffener
      • Metal Hair Comb
      • Super Glue
    • What You Do: Now that we have all our supplies, this is how you make it:
    • Trim your lace applique(s) to your desired size. To me, the bigger the better. Make it your centerpiece (besides your dress of course)!
    • Thread each of your pearls (maybe throw in some silver beads for a little extra pop!) onto the silver wire and twist for a branch-like affect. Make it long enough so it will be a little longer than the applique.
    • Twist the excess wire around the comb to secure it.
    • Hand stich the wired beads onto the applique.
    • Then, super glue the knotted threads on the back to give it a more secure application.
    • Spray on the fabric stiffener to keep it nice and stiff and in place.
    • Once the stiffener is applied, trim any excess fabric to make it look clean and neat.
    • Once it’s all trimmed and dry, hand stitch the finished applique to the comb and you’re all done!
  • Lace Shoe Appliques: If you couldn’t tell, I love lace. So why not deck your shoes out with gorgeous lace appliques? It’s a great something new, and if you have blue shoes, this will soften them up a bit! Here’s the how to:
    Lace Shoe Appliques by Gary Tanner

    Lace Shoe Appliques by Gary Tanner

    • What You Need:
      • Spray Adhesive
      • Shoes (any shoe will do!)
      • Lace appliques
    • What You Do:
      • Make sure you apply the appliques on a surface that you’re comfortable getting ruined (like a cardboard box).
      • Find a place that you really want the applique – for example, on the toe, the back, the side, anywhere.
      • Spray the BACK of the applique. Not a lot, but a little honestly goes a really long way.
      • Wait for the adhesive to get a smidge sticky, and then GENTLY and CAREFULLY place the applique where you want it. No smudging, or else your shoes will look tacky and “homemade.” As great as homemade is, you don’t want it to look it.
      • Let them dry for a while, and voila! Homemade gorgeous shoes just for you!

These are just two of some of the greatest ideas you could try. They’re unique, easy to do, and absolutely gorgeous! If you do decide to try one of these super incredibly DIY something new’s, leave a comment and let me know how it went!

For the Traveling Lass: Cool DIY Travel-Themed Wedding Décor

Traveling is one of the greatest past-times you could possibly invest in. If you’re a traveling fanatic and you’re in love with the world around you, then a traveling theme wedding may be in your wedding plans! Well, here are some pretty fantastic travel-themed DIY decorations that you should definitely put on your list! These are just a couple of my absolute favorite ideas!

Centerpieces: Centerpieces are, well, the center of attention when it comes to your reception decoration. Everyone drinks in the beautiful flowers, artful seating charts, and pretty china plates and ornately wrapped silverware. It’s just what they (and we!) do. So, to give them something gorgeous and fabulous to look at while devouring your delicious dinner, here are some ideas:

Centerpieces by Lan Phantastic

Centerpieces by Lan Phantastic

  • Cities for Numbers: If you have a seating chart and designated seats, than instead of numbers, try cities or countries! For example, I’m a huge fan of Scotland (and one day hope to visit!) so make one table “Scotland”. Have the top of the card say the country, and then have an image that represents that place (for example, a bagpipe, rolling hills, or something of the sort.) Then, behind it as a type of stand, place an old book written by a Scottish author. Place a small vase of flowers on top of the book, and voila, your centerpiece is a masterpiece! Remember, each table has its own country and theme, so have fun and really go consignment shopping for great finds.

    Map and City Seating Plan by David Higgs

    Map and City Seating Plan by David Higgs

  • Compass Place: Ok, now this is pretty neat. You can find great stopwatches at a lot of antique stores, eBay, and Amazon even. Have a compass at each seat where you want each guest to sit. Pretty cool idea if you ask me.

Other Decorations: Besides centerpieces and place settings, you have your bouquets, your guest books, and your favors. Here are some pretty fabulous ideas:

  • Suitcase “Bouquets”: I absolutely love this idea. Instead of having your ladies carry a bouquet, you could have them carry a small carry-on size bag. Make it even more unique by finding old, antique/vintage styled carry-on’s. Personally, I’m obsessed with the idea!
  • Map Your World: Your family is world, as are your friends. I absolutely love the idea of having people sign an antique styled globe. Have them sign a country that they want to visit or that they were born in. Super cool and a great way to get to know your guests even more! You can find some pretty cool globes on Amazon, consignment stores, antique shops, and so on.

    Antique Globe by James Saunders

    Antique Globe by James Saunders

  • Bouquet Your Map: Find an old paper map and make paper flowers. Here’s a great way to create your paper flowers..

    Paper Flower Bouquets by Vanessa Hayes

    Paper Flower Bouquets by Vanessa Hayes

These are just 5 of my favorites, and of course there are more! Some of these are DIY and some of these are just antique shopping, garage hopping, fun day with the gals ideas. So, if you have any other fantastic travel-themed decorations, leave a comment and let me know some of your favorites!

Bridal Shower Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to bridal showers, there are just a few do’s and don’ts that you need to keep in mind. it’s a time for celebration and pure enjoyment, so here are some great ideas for you to keep in mind!

Bridal Shower by Clever Cupcakes

Bridal Shower by Clever Cupcakes

Bridal Shower Do’s: Here are some great ideas for you to consider when hosting and planning for your bridal shower:

  • It’s Ok to have multiple parties. In fact, my now mother-in-law hosted one for me as well as my piano teacher. Having two bridal showers is great because you can make sure all the ladies you love can be there!
  • As far as invitations go, they don’t have to be fancy, just classy. Don’t send out a mass text or a mass email to all your friends; find a great invitation that you like that’s simple, chic, and the style of your wedding.

    Bridal Shower Invitation by Sarah Parrott

    Bridal Shower Invitation by Sarah Parrott

  • Games are great! Not only do they ensure that your guests interact, but it also gives them an opportunity to meet one another and enjoy their time at your party. No matter what bridal shower game or games you choose, it’ll help to break the ice for everyone.
  • Thank You cards are a must, and the sooner the better. Within a week is great, but no more than three weeks. Sending out a thank you card lets your guests know that you are appreciative of their gifts, time, support, and love.

    Thank You Cards by Faraz Dhishoom

    Thank You Cards by Faraz Dhishoom

  • Have plenty of finger foods. Besides enjoying time with the bride, the food and beverages is the best part!

    Bridal Shower Appetizers by Tatyana Kanzaveli

    Bridal Shower Appetizers by Tatyana Kanzaveli

Bridal Shower Don’ts:

  • As the bride, you’re supposed to have a say on style and who comes to your shower, but you’re not the one planning it. Let a trusted friend or family member (who wants to!) plan your bridal shower.
  • Please, please don’t invite people to your bridal shower if they’re not invited to your wedding. That’s just asking for hurt feelings and disagreements.
  • Don’t forget to include where the bride is registered. Whether you include it on a little note within the invitation, or (if the bride and groom have a website) include the address to their bridal website.
  • Don’t plan a shower without a plan. Have a to-do list and a generalized plan of how the bridal shower needs to run.

Usually, the maid of honor, the bride’s mom, or the groom’s mom will host the shower. Of course, other people are allowed to host your bridal shower if they want to! Just remember, as the bride enjoy the time and send out your thank you cards!

Sensually Seaside: A Wedding by the Ocean

An ocean-side wedding is probably one of the most beautiful, romantic, and memorable places to say I-Do. In fact, you don’t need a whole lot of décor to spice up the ceremony or reception area – the curling waves, singing birds, soft white sands, and multi-colored sea shells do all the decorating for you! But of course, you still want to add a touch here and there for decorations and attire! So, here are a few of my absolute favorite ideas!

Attire: Now when it comes to a beach wedding, you want to go as minimalistic as possible without  going too far (birthday suits not permitted…) So, with that in mind, here are a few great ideas that really add to your attire!

Seashell Tiara by Faylyne

Seashell Tiara by Faylyne

  • A Seashell Tiara: I came across this idea a few days and go and absolutely fell in love! Instead of your traditional crystal and pearl-studded tiara, opt for a gorgeous sea-shell and pearl laden tiara! Here’s the how to:
    • What You Need: Gather these few materials and get ready to start!
  • What To Do: Now that we have a list of items you need, here’s how to make your gorgeous seashell tiara!
    • Clean your seashells by leaving them in a bucket of water and bleach.
    • Paint your seashells – this is up to you. You can either paint them with your choice of colors or leave them all natural.
    • To prep your tiara, take off all the gems and any fuzzy stuff that may be on it. Then, go ahead and wrap the whole tiara with your chenille stems (gold, baby blue, or silver are all great colors to wrap it in!)
    • Now, if you want to add a little pizazz to your seashells, coat them with decoupage (if you painted them, wait to put the decoupage on until AFTER the paint has dried) and then dip them in glitter.
    • Lastly, assemble the seashells the way you want and voila! You have a gorgeous seashell tiara!
  • Centerpieces: Ok, these are just a few of my absolute favorite ideas!
    Seashells in a Vase by Mickey Marino

    Seashells in a Vase by Mickey Marino

    • Vases and Shells: This is a great idea. Get large crystal vases, fill the bottom (about 1-2 inches) with sand, top with a variety of seashells (about 2-3 inches thick) and then place a candle in the middle. Place one large seashell (like a star fish, small oyster, etc…) as a “centerpiece” within the centerpiece. It’s a masterpiece!
    • Mason Jars and Sand: Mason Jars are my absolute favorite things to decorate with, use, and drink out of! So, for you Mason Jar lovers like me, fill the bottom with white beach sand, and then place a floating candle on top. Place the jars on a super chic ceramic serving platter like this and you’re good to go! (you can find less expensive platters like those ones on websites like Amazon.com, eBay.com, and even Target.)
    • Conch Shell and Roses: Basically, set your conch shell up on a flat surface (like a square mirror, for example) and then place white roses and another flower of choice in the opening. It is absolutely stunning and super unique!

      Roses and Conch Shells by E.J.

      Roses and Conch Shells by E.J.

These are just a few of my absolute favorite ideas. Since there are so many fabulous ideas, you can look for some more great seaside wedding decorations on tomorrows blog post!

 

Bridal Shower Attire for the Bride: To Wear or Not to Wear?

Think of bridal showers as a formal affair – think gussied up, your best sundress, and your favorite accent jewelry. Let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts when it comes to your bridal shower attire!

Bridal Shower by Yi Tsang Chen

Bridal Shower by Yi Tsang Chen

What to Wear: This day is all about you as a woman who’s about to bask in the glory of wife-hood, so embrace it! Own this day with a snappy outfit that really brings out your soon-to-be wedding day glow. Here are a few options for you to try!

  • Dresses: This is a very popular choice, simply because of its feminine aura. A few great dresses include:
    • Sundresses: A gorgeous sundress is definitely a go-to, especially in the summer months. Choose a sundress that’s posh and elegant. Any style, color, and length is a great choice! If you want to be super “put-together” you could even choose a sundress that matches your wedding colors.
    • Maxi Dress/Skirt: I personally love this option because there is so much you can do with a maxi skirt. A maxi dress is fantastic too because not only is it comfortable, but you can make it as fancy or as comfortable as you want.

      Maxi Dress by KristinaJ.

      Maxi Dress by KristinaJ.

  • Shoes: For you spring or summer brides, the world of shoes is open to you. Remember though to wear shoes that are appropriate for your location – for those outside, avoid stilettos. For those inside, your options are endless! Here are some great ideas:
    • Heels: Open toed heels, stilettos, and wedges are feminine, fun, and adorable.

      White Wedges by Wicker Paradise

      White Wedges by Wicker Paradise

    • Sandals: Sandals are fantastic since they go with anything and everything. Choose a sandal that’s super girly, blingy, and feminine!
  • Jewelry: You can really sass up your attire by adding some chunky jewelry! By throwing on a large bubble necklace or dangling earrings, you can really add some spice to your appearance. Throw on your favorite watch and a bracelet or two, and your look is complete!

    Statement Necklace by Carolina Buzio

    Statement Necklace by Carolina Buzio

  • Colors: This is totally up to you, and whatever color you choose will look fantastic, but since you’re the bride, you could always opt for a white dress/skirt and white accent pieces to really pinpoint you as the bride and center of attention. If you choose not to wear white, opt for a bright color or a printed dress.

What Not to Wear: So, we’ve taken a look at some great pieces that you can throw together for a perfect bridal party, but what about the pieces you should avoid? Here’s a list of no-no’s you should definitely avoid:

  • Cut-off Shorts: These are great for days at the house, shopping, or hanging out, but cut-off jean shorts look tacky at an event like this. If you want to wear shorts, opt for a classy, longer cut short, like a Lilly Pulitzer piece .
  • T-Shirts: I know this seems obvious, but please avoid your t-shirts for this special occasion, no matter how “fancy” or bejeweled it is. Instead, opt for a blouse or a tank and jean jacket if you’re wearing a maxi skirt.
  • Flip Flops: Sandals are OK, flip flops are not. Take your flip flops to the beach, not your bridal shower.
  • Mini Skirts or Mini Dresses: Although great for the club, a super short skirt or super short dress isn’t appropriate. You want your image to be classy, chic, elegant, sophisticated, feminine, and pretty, not racy and club-ready.

So now that you have a few ideas, remember to enjoy this day and to relax! This is a moment where you get to spend a few precious hours with the ladies you love most!

To Favor or Not To Favor?

Let’s be honest, how many times have you taken home your favors from a wedding? Most of the time, if we’re honest, we accidentally leave them on the tables, not even giving them a second thought. As the bride, you put a little thought, time, and maybe even effort into the favors, so to find almost every single one still on the table is a little bit of a waste. So the million dollar question is, to favor or not to favor? Here are some reasons why you don’t have to, but here are also some great ideas (and reasons) why you should! It’s not a “must-do” in the wedding world to give favors, so in the end it’s most definitely your choice!

CD of Wedding Music as Favors by Salicia

CD of Wedding Music as Favors by Salicia

To Favor: It’s been done for as long as we can remember; it’s a tradition most all traditional brides follow. But is it really mandatory? Here are some reasons to favor…

  • One great reason favors are a good idea is because all of your guests took time out of their day, their weekend, to come and celebrate with you. Yes, you invited them and you’re feeding them, but they didn’t have to come. It’s a sweet little thank you to top of their evening.

    Ring the Bell Wedding Favors by Joshua

    Ring the Bell Wedding Favors by Joshua

  • You don’t have to go all out when it comes to favors. You can find super cute, really inexpensive alternatives to your mini mason jars of local honey (which is expensive). Instead, you can opt for great ideas that are cheap, easy to do, and may be even DIY!

    DIY Wedding Favors by Salicia

    DIY Wedding Favors by Salicia

  • If you’re still not convinced, here’s another idea for you: your favors can pull double duty. Not only can they be decoration pieces for your table, but they can also be the favors your guests take home. Whether they’re mini bouquets, or little mini chocolates, it’s a great idea. Who doesn’t like a decoration piece that pulls double duty?

    Wedding Favors by Kat Jenkinson

    Wedding Favors by Kat Jenkinson

  • They can also be used for seating arrangements. For example, you can use little mini wooden keys with each guests name tied on it as both the seating placement and a mini favor. Think of little things that guests would like to take home.

Or Not to Favor: Ok, so we’ve taken a gander at some great reasons why you should favor, and why many (well, most) brides do choose to do so. If you’re still not convinced, here are a couple reasons to back you up:

  • Like I’ve mentioned before, not a lot of guests actually take them home. Therefore, those little wedding favors you spent time looking for, buying, and putting together are nothing but food for the garbage.
  • If you’re on a budget and your budget just can’t splurge the extra dollars, it’s ok to forgo them. Again, like I said before, your guests won’t even realize they’re missing.

Now that we have a few reasons why and why not, it’s up to you to decide. In general etiquette terms, it’s not necessary, but it is definitely a good way to say thank you. Whether your favors pull double duty or you try little mini favors, your guests will still be appreciative of the idea. So weigh the pros and cons and decide to favor or not to favor!

DIY Bridal Shower Decorations

So, we’ve taken a gander and tried our hands at DIY bridal shower banners, but what about the rest of the bridal shower décor? There are hundreds of fabulous ideas, so I’m gonna go ahead and give you some fantastic ideas that are my absolute favorite. For those of you who are going for a vintage chic or rustic look, than these are some great ideas just for you!

Bridal Shower Decorations by Pup Fan

Bridal Shower Decorations by Pup Fan

 

Decoration Ideas: You want to keep in mind that some of your decoration pieces (if not all) could be used as gifts for the bride! So here are some great ideas that pull double duty:

  • Chalkboard Signage: One of my absolute favorite ideas is the chalkboard sign. You can really gussy it up and make it look fabulous. Now that we have the chalkboard ready and in place, here are some things you can write on it:
    • Their love story- give a timeline of when the bride-to-be and groom-to-be met and their life thereafter. It’s cute and gives a little history
    • Welcome to __________’s Bridal shower (date of bridal shower at bottom)

      Framed Chalkboard by Misty Kelley

      Framed Chalkboard by Misty Kelley

    • Materials You Need: (Click on each item to find where to buy these products)
  • Painted Mason Jars: Ok, mason Jars are my absolute favorite, especially because you can use them for just about anything, like vases! To make the mason jar a little more shabby chic, paint it a pastel or white color.
    Painted Mason Jars by sunshinedaydreamz

    Painted Mason Jars by sunshinedaydreamz

    • Materials You Need:
    • What To Do: Now that you have all the materials you need, here’s how to make your fancy & gorgeous mason jars!
      • Thoroughly clean each jar with rubbing alcohol to make sure each jar is 100%, totally clean.
      • Paint the jars with your choice of acrylic paint color. Make sure to double coat it.
      • Let it dry overnight to make sure no finger prints or smudges are accidentally added.
      • Once it’s dry, spray it over with the sealer to ensure the paint doesn’t chip.
      • Once the sealer is dry, take your sandpaper and distress it where you want. The 120 grit sandpaper is best for the lip area, and the emery board is usually used to barely distress the label. Now you’re all done!
  • Confetti Balloons: Every party has to have balloons, right? So what better way to make it chic and girly than to dip your balloons in confetti! It’s super easy and super cute. Here’s the how-to:
    Confetti Dipped Balloons by homestilo

    Confetti Dipped Balloons by homestilo

    • What You Need:
    • What to Do: Now that all your items are collected, here’s the uber easy how-to:
      • Inflate all of your balloons
      • Paint the bottom (where the knot is tied) with your decoupage. Put a nice thin, even layer so the confetti will definitely stick.
      • Before the glue dries, sprinkle on your confetti. Once you have the desired amount of confetti on the balloon, let them sit and dry. You’re all done!

I absolutely love each and every one of these super easy and inexpensive ideas. Not only are they super cute, but the chalkboard and mason jars can be used for home decoration pieces! Now that you have a few ideas, have some fun getting the bridal shower prepped and ready!

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