Wedding Gift Ideas From Bride to Groom

Wedding Gift Ideas From Bride to Groom

Whether it’s material or written, sentimental or funny, the bride and groom gift exchange is not always easy to come up with ideas. But no worries, we’ve compiled some of the most popular and some of our favorite gifts from the bride to the groom. Boudoir Shoots One of the more common gifts from brides to grooms are boudoir shoots. We’re not going to lie, these can easily turn into a creepy gift if you don’t do it correctly, here are two important tips to avoid a boudoir shoot gone awry. When? Don’t give it to him in front of all the guys, he doesn’t want them to see that and you probably don’t either so save it for a good time. Don’t leave him awkwardly trying to hide it before he walks down the aisle either, save this gift for the night before the wedding or while you two are on the honeymoon. Who? You will definitely need a good photographer, you don’t want yourself to look uncomfortable in the photos or like a glamor shot gone wrong. We love Chrissy Rose Photography, her empowerment shoots always look classy and not trashy. Check out our other blog post about boudoir shoots for more! Leather Travel Bag There isn’t a more classic gift than this one, we suggest a toiletry bag since it will be used on almost every trip or overnight and it will be a staple for years. To add a personal touch consider adding his monogram, we love this one here. Sports Tickets Another great gift idea is season tickets to his favorite sporting event, we’ve...

Putting Your Best Face Forward {Wedding Makeup 101 with Tayla}

When it comes to your wedding day, not only do you want everything to go as planned-from getting ready in the morning to the transition to walking down the aisle then dinner and dancing-but you want to feel good, from your head to your toes. But lets focus on your face! We all have in our minds exactly what we want to look like as we see our second half for the first name as newlyweds. Whether it be big lashes and nude lips, or a smokey eye with a pop of colored gloss, it is definitely your own prerogative. Regardless of the look you’re going for, there are a few things to keep in mind leading up to your big day. I had the opportunity to speak with our beauty guru go to, Tayla LaMacchia, of Primed Artistry Group, for a little Q&A. 1. In your opinion, are there any specific Dos and Don’ts within your skin routine the week of the wedding? The week before the wedding, don’t do anything you haven’t done before. Now is not the time for experimentation, reserve that to at least six weeks prior to the wedding. Do eat well, hydrate the body and skin and get as much rest as possible. Reduce Sugar and Alcohol consumption and keep in mind that hotels and travel can dehydrate skin, so make sure to have tried-and-true skincare options to respond to stressed skin available. 2. When within the planning process do you recommend a trial? Why do you recommend a trial? Unless you are a totally carefree bride that prefers not to plan for...

Jumping on the {Band}wagon

There are many ways to bring in entertainment for your guests during the cocktail and reception portions of your big day and this season a plethora of our brides have chosen to go the route of live music. Whether it be a simple duo or a 15 piece band, there are always items to consider leading up to your big day. If you’re not working with a planner, make sure you have the following questions asked and answered prior to your event.   1. Any additional equipment needed or special requests? More times than not, larger groups may request a stage rental. If this is the case, make sure to get the correct measurements as not to have any sizing surprises during set up. In addition to stages, an additional power source (i.e. generator) may be a necessity, especially when doing backyard events. Make sure you know just how much power they need. 2. Have they played at the venue before? It isn’t a make or break if your musician hasn’t played at your ceremony or reception venue before, but it comes in handy if the musicians are familiar with the location. Some venues in the area have restrictions on just how high the volume of the music can be as not to disrupt objects on site. Tip: If your musicians have not been on site prior and you’re feeling anxious, set up a walk through or meet and greet (this can even be combined with additional meetings). At the end of the day, it will only increase your peace of mind and aid in an expedited set up. 3....
‘Maid Manners

‘Maid Manners

We see a plethora of bridesmaids each year. Most are sweet, supportive and oh so helpful to the bride, but others are, well…not. Sometimes I like (and hope) to think this may be because they just haven’t been in a wedding and aren’t sure what to do so take it from me ladies- here are a few helpful tips on how you can be the best bridesmaid that ever walked down that ceremonial aisle. First and foremost, just do what the bride asks. Sure a Belle inspired dress complete with puffy sleeves may not be your style but it’s not your wedding- so as harsh as this may sound my advice would be to suck it up buttercup. Just wear the dress, after all it may come in handy for Halloween sometime. Stay calm and carry on. Do not, under any circumstance, freak out. The day is as stressful as they come already and the bride doesn’t need her ladies upping the ante on crazy that day. If something goes wrong, ask the wedding planner to fix it, calmly, especially if you are in front of the bride. If you have a question, you know who your go to is-the planner. The bride is already focusing on keep herself calm and composed-a flurry of questions will only add to the frustration. Come prepared. We bring an emergency kit, more like an emergency tool box, but do your due diligence as a maid. Take your dress out of it’s package prior to the week, let alone day of. Make sure your dress fits; I can sew on buttons, but I...

Nickles & Dimes-The Real Cost of Signature Drinks

Signature drinks are always a fun touch at wedding festivities; they are all over Pinterest and wedding magazines and add a personalized touch to the day. The thing the magazines don’t tell you is that they are pricey. You may think you have open bar so it will all be included, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t usually the case and it surprises a lot of our couples. Typically a signature drink costs extra. You can usually pay per drink that guests order or have a bunch made and ready to go, but you will pay for unused drinks that way. Either way it can add up to an extra chunk of change you didn’t plan for, so we have some tips to have your signature drink and sip it too. First, if you are doing a wine and beer bar and not offering liquor, a signature drink can be a great way to give your guests a hard alcohol option. You can do a his and her favorite drink or a drink that has special meaning to you. This will give guests insight into your story as a couple and give them something tasty to sip on during cocktail hour. Make sure to explain your pick in a sign or on cocktail napkins. You can say something like “Sip on a Moscow Mule, the drink Tom introduced Anna to on their first date!” Second, to make sure you aren’t paying double for an open bar and a signature drink you could pick a drink that isn’t included in your bar package. We always think it is a good idea to...

Worth the wait

My Facebook feed has been seeing a trend lately and not one of those viral videos being shared with a funny animal doing something even funnier…but with engagements galore! Tis the season! I am so thrilled as I’ve had many friends become engaged in the past month, weeks and actually in a few days 🙂 (Congrats to the couple who cannot yet be named!) But with the engagement excitement comes the planning overexcitement. Brides-to-be can’t wait to put their dream wedding boards on Pinterest to reality’s use. (I can’t blame you ladies!) With that said, it is really easy to jump the gun. Currently, it is booking time for the 2015 season, but strangely enough, we’ve been getting contacted for the 2016 season already. Do NOT get me wrong, this is the ultimate form of flattery, we are elated about brides who are elated about working with us. But here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking in advance: Styles Change: Think about how much weddings styles have changed in the last year or perhaps the number of times you’ve switched up what your dream looks like. The main point is, what may be in style this year, probably won’t be as popular next year and well the year after that, well, that’s anyone’s guess… Families Change: Sad but real truth, death and illness do occur, and sometimes things happen out of the blue. A bride booked for 2014 had to change the wedding date due to a family emergency. Relationships Change: For the better or for the worse-you may form new relationships throughout the next...