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These days everyone is pinching pennies and watching their budgets carefully so when it comes to doing your duty as a Maid of Honor, we’ve got a great idea for how to throw a fun memorable party for your Bride-to-be without breaking the bank.
Bringing back the Slumber Party!
Remember as a little girl when the most fun thing EVER was 10 of your friends a ton of junk food and staying up all night gossiping and playing silly games? Well slumber parties aren’t just for 10 year olds anymore!
Here are a few suggestions for making your Slumber Party great!
If the Maid of Honor (or one of the other bridesmaids) doesn’t have a house or apartment large enough or local enough to host the party…look into getting hotel room for the night! Why not have your party, and not the clean up!
Start the night off with a fun dinner, find out what the Bride’s favorite meal is and order in or make the meal as a group(if you are the culinary type). Mix up a pitcher of Margaritas or a batch of yummy Champagne Punch, watch a couple of sappy wedding movies, decorate cupcakes and pamper yourselves with some at home spa treatments.
Another fun idea is to have a Romance Specialist at your party. Nothing says Bachelorette Party like Adult Toys and party games. If you are looking for a local consultant check out Amanda’s Party Gals.
If you and your gang like party games…check out these DIY Bachelorette Party Games.
Here are a few suggestions for recipes, spa treatments and party favors to make your Slumber Party great!
Easy Champagne Punch Recipe
- 12 oz frozen fruit punch, partially thawed
- 10 oz frozen strawberries
- 2/3 cup orange juice
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 24 oz Ginger ale
- 1 qt Champagne
- 3 cups water
- Place a frozen ice ring in a punch bowl.
- Add the fruit punch, water, strawberries, and juices.
- Stir to dissolve the punch.
- Slowly pour in the ginger ale and Champagne.
Avocado Carrot Cream Masque
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.
DIY Photo Magnet Favors
Flat-bottomed glass gems (the kind for filling vases with; you can find them at any craft store) or Glass squares.
Magnets (strong ones since the glass gems are heavy)
Northern California Bridal Fairs
If you haven’t attended a Bridal Fair, you are missing out on a lot of fun! No matter where you are in your planning stages, it is can be helpful to see all of the different vendors in your area.
Take the opportunity to meet local wedding professionals , and see first hand what they have to offer. Local Photographers, Venues, Bakeries, Event Coordinators, Salons, Dress Boutiques, Caterers, DJ’s and many more will be there to answer your questions. Many catering companies, and bakeries offer samples and tastings, and there will most likely be champagne, wine, or other beverages available while you browse.
Take part in the raffles & drawings to win fun prizes, and look for some exclusive discounts. Many of the vendors will be offering promotions if you book with them at the Bridal Fair or within a certain amount of time after, so don’t be afraid to ask them what deals they are offering.
Okay Ladies & Gentlemen, Mark your calendars!
August 14, 2011
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico
September 18, 2011
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Yuba City
December 4, 2011
Red Bluff Community Center, Red Bluff
January 15, 2012
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico
For Ticket Information, Vendor & Exhibit Info, Maps and more details visit WeddingsNorthValley.com
Contemporary Bridal Show by Brilliant Celebrations
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Atrium, 1670 Market Street, Redding CA
For more information, visit Brilliant Celebrations
Dream Wedding Show
- February 26, 2012
- Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento CA 95815
- Exhibits open 11 a – 4 p. Over 150 Wedding Vendors
- Fashion shows at 10:15 – 12:30 – 2:30. All are different
For more information, check out Dream Wedding Show
Check back for more wedding show details!
We would love to hear how you’re Bridal Fair experience was, so come back and leave us a comment!
Ok ladies, those of you who dream of the perfect wedding gown should be excited because 2012 is going to bring you a lot of options!
We are willing to bet you will bring a tear to your mom’s eyes when she sees her little girl all grown up, looking like a princess in one of these ball gowns.
Ball Gowns and dramatic A-Lines have made quite the comeback, and have been featured in many of the most popular designer’s collections such as Vera Wang, Ines Di Santo, Lazaro, Marchesa and so many more. Also, if you are not afraid to break the mold, you will love the idea of not wearing white on your big day. Gowns have graced the runway in gray, purple, champagne, pink & even light blue!
Check out some of the top designers, and their beautiful gowns! Remember, that even if your local dress boutique doesn’t carry some of these names, it is helpful to find styles that you like so that you know what you are looking for when you go dress shopping.
It is a good idea to cut out some pictures of dresses and styles you like, and show them to the bridal consultant at the dress shop because it will help her find the perfect gown for you!
Don’t forget to check out our Vendor Directory for your local dress shops!
Wishing trees have become a popular feature of event decor for baby showers and weddings. Have you ever wondered where the tradition of wishing trees came from? Some say that it is a Dutch tradition, but we have seen many styles of wishing trees from various cultures for many different reasons aside from weddings. For example, we found that as part of a Lam Tsuen tradition, Wish-makers write their wishes on red paper “josses,” which are offerings dedicated to Chinese deities.
No matter where the tradition comes from, it is a beautiful sight to see a tree filled with thoughts and well-wishes dedicated to your new life as husband and wife! With so many fun ways to decorate and make it your own, a wishing tree can be a great focal point for your event. A word of advice is to leave instructions for your guests, so that they know that you would like them to write on the cards and hang it on the tree.
Whether you are using manzanita branches, or a living tree you should be able to find relatively inexpensive ways to decorate it. Although if you plan to use crystals, you may want to opt to rent the strings of crystals rather than buying them yourself (they can get pricey!)
Manzanita Branches can be painted to match your decor, and you can use them as centerpieces as well.
Many Decor & Event Staging vendors will have wishing trees available to rent, but if you would like to make one yourself here is what you will need. Most of the materials can be found at your local craft store, or for large amounts of manzanita branches check out this website: Blooms and Branches. They also have moss, curly willow, votive candles, vases, birch branches & centerpiece kits.
– Large manzanita branch or several small branches, which can be painted to match your decor. If you are having a more natural style theme, you won’t need to paint the branches because they are a nice deep red color on their own.
– Paint for the branches
– Glitter, if you would like the tree to really shine!
– Strands of Crystals, (or create your own with fishing wire & crystals or beads.)
– Add flowers or greenery depending on your theme.
– Vase, try to find a sturdy vase with a wide base so that it is less likely to tip over.
Okay now you have created your own wishing tree!
For some great aisle decor ideas, check out this great website Koyal Wholesale. They have some couture designs for walking down the aisle!
It’s Mothers Day, so it is only fitting that today we talk about the Mother of the Bride and their role in the wedding planning process.
So what are the responsibilities of the mother of the bride?
First, she needs to be so excited and supportive of her daughter. She is taking one of the biggest steps in her life and will need her mother to be her guide, confidant and supporter.
This is a time for her to make her decisions with what she wants, not what Mom wants. Offering advice is one thing, taking over is another.
This can be a fun experience for Mother and Daughter if Mom can let go of the control and enjoy the process. It can be magical when she chooses her wedding dress, sees the perfect flower arrangement and finds the right venue. These will be moments to be treasured forever.
There will be times when all engagement etiquette can go out the window. This is when the bride and groom have reached levels of stress that they never imagined they could find, Mom should try to be the calming force in the engagement.
Other than being a great support for the bride, there are other mother of the bride etiquette items to follow. These will help move the planning and execution of the wedding along smoothly.
- Budget~ if Mom is helping fund the wedding, she will need to sit down with the bride and groom to determine the wedding budget. This needs to be done right away and throughout the engagement.
- Mother of the Groom~ if she does not contact Mom, Mom should contact her. It is a good idea for her to establish a good relationship with his mother.
- Guest List~ compiling a guest list quickly is a good thing to do. There will be people that are important to Mom that she wants to include that the Bride may not know.
- The Dress~ Once the bride has chosen her dress and colors, Mom will need to select her dress. Good mother of the bride etiquette will have her in a long, modest dress that fits in with the colors the bridehas selected. Once Mom has chosen your dress, let the mother of the groom know so she can select hers.
- Accommodations~ It is one of Mom’s jobs to help the bride’s guests make travel and hotel arrangements for the wedding day. If there are a number of guests coming in from out of town, reserving a block of rooms at a nearby hotel will be the best bet.
- Ceremony Instructions~ Make sure that the wedding party has instructions for the ceremony. This will include the seating arrangements, the order of the receiving line and any other requests the bride has. Making sure the wedding party shows good wedding etiquette is very important.
- Enjoy!~ Last but not least enjoy the day! The Bride may be the princess for the day, but remember Mom is the queen. Take the time to cherish the occasion and the people who are sharing it.
As a way of showing our appreciation for the tremendous support and positive feedback we have gotten from all of our readers and vendors, The 530 Bride sponsored a drawing to give everyone the chance to win some pretty fun prizes. So let’s get to the good stuff!
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This crafty idea has been around for years, but as more brides get hands-on with their wedding decor we are starting to see paper flowers become very popular. Create beautiful paper flowers for all kinds of events, or for your own home. You can put your own personal touch into your project by adding different colors & textures, plus you will be saving money on your decor by using paper flowers instead of the real thing! Give your guests something to talk about, and use paper flowers as a favor, write your names & wedding date or your monogram on either the petals or on a leaf. This memento will last much longer than a live flower and it is unique! We have compiled some photos of various floral designs and have included instructions for creating your own paper flowers!
Check out the master Martha Stewarts paper flower bouquet instructions…
To make three double leaves, stack tissue in three hues of green. Cut 2-by-3-inch rectangles through all layers; fold in half. Trim tips into points; unfold. Twist each sheet at center. Fold 18-inch floral wire in half, slip over center of leaf, and twist. Fold tips toward each other, and curl.
Stack tissue in two hues of green. Cut 2-by-3-inch rectangles through both layers. Apply glue along the upper third of a 9-inch piece of floral wire; sandwich between tissue layers. Let dry. Cut a leaf shape. Separate layers of tissue.
Cut several 1 3/4-by-2 3/4-inch and 1 1/4-by-2-inch rectangles from tissue paper; fold each in half lengthwise; cut one end to be rounded, and twist other end to shape. For the center, roll white tissue paper into a tiny ball; cut out a square from white tissue paper, and wrap it around the ball, twisting tissue at its base. Attach the twisted end of the ball to a piece of floral wire by wrapping with green floral tape; add petals one at a time (start with small petals and end with large ones), taping twisted ends onto floral wire. Trim floral tape; spread out petals.
Each bloom requires 12 (or six pairs) stamens attached to floral wire with floral tape and five 4-by-2 1/4-inch pieces of tissue paper. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball, forming a half-sphere; twist ends, and remove ball. Attach one end of a petal to the base of stamen with floral tape. Add the other petals one at a time. Trim pointy ends. Gently pull petals away from center.
Cut a 16-by-3 1/2-inch strip of tissue paper; make 2-inch accordion folds. Trim and notch one end of tissue through all layers, as shown; unfold. Insert floral wire into a 1-inch Styrofoam ball; place ball near bottom of tissue strip. Roll tissue around ball; twist bottom. Remove the ball with tweezers. Wrap floral tape around the twisted tissue and wire. Trim the floral tape.
Cut a 16-by-3 1/2-inch strip of tissue paper; make 2-inch-wide accordion folds. Make 3-inch-deep snips in tissue to create fringe. Wrap unfringed end around floral wire. Secure with floral tape. Run scissors blade along pieces of fringe to curl; fluff.
Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: Crafted Bouquet
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That’s right girls just want to have fun, and wear pretty dresses of course! So what is better than one beautiful dress on your big day? Two Dresses! Lady Gaga is not the only one allowed to make wardrobe changes, so we say go for it!
Wedding dresses are beautiful bottom line. However, they are not very comfortable for the most part, so opting for a cocktail dress may save you some unnecessary agony. Choosing a cocktail dress to change into, shows a little more personality, adds more photo op’s, and you will most likely be able to move a little more freely on the dance floor.
Cocktail dresses can be any style you want, and any color you want! If cocktail dresses aren’t for you, consider looking at these next dresses as options for your bridesmaids. It is great for bridesmaids when they get to wear a dress for your wedding that they can wear again!