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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)
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!
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!
If you are looking for a great new place to get all of your beauty needs taken care of, you have to check out the Grand Opening for All Dolled Up in Paradise! These ladies can do it all, and they want to welcome you to their new shop by inviting you to the Grand Opening on Saturday May 21, 2011. The event is from 4 to 7pm, and everyone that attends will receive a gift and be entered to win a huge gift basket !!! In addition to all of their great beauty services, they also offer sunglasses, purses, jewelry and other gotta-have items! To show their appreciation to their guests, All Dolled Up, will also be providing free treats, wine & champagne.
We hope to see you there, as we support the ladies of All Dolled Up!
All Dolled Up Grand Opening Party
Where: 6190 Skyway Paradise CA
When: May 21, 2011 from 4-7 pm.
As a bride you get to choose a few of your closest friends or family members to join your bridal party, and share a special part of your day with you. Part of the fun for both the bride and the bridesmaids, is choosing the bridesmaid dresses. How can you not have a blast while trying on dresses 3 sizes to small for you in some very unflattering colors! Traditionally all of the bridesmaids will wear the same dress in the same color, and wear matching accessories. More and More, we are seeing brides choose an alternate route. Brides are opting for the bridesmaids to either wear varying styles of dresses in the same color, or have them wear any style of dress in a range of similar hues. These options not only allow each bridesmaid to choose a style that best suits her body style, but it also shows a lot of personality and spunk. Throw some flashy and colorful heels into the mix for some extra flare.
It is never too early to start thinking details such as your bridal party’s attire. In most cases it takes up to 3 months if not longer, to get your dresses after they have been ordered. If your wedding falls in the prime wedding months such as April through June, or September through November, there may even be a bit of a delay because the manufacturers may get backed up. Think of colors, and styles that will compliment you and your dress, as well as your overall theme.
Chic One Shoulder dresses are in style right now, as well as gray, metallic, and purple tones.
Brides, if you are racking your brain on what to get your bridesmaids consider picking out matching necklaces or accessories for them to wear. If you do decide to buy jewelry for your bridesmaids, consider buying jewelry that will stand out from far away and in pictures.
Here are some of the popular designers for Bridesmaid dresses that you should be able to find in your local Wedding Dress Shops.
For help finding local dress shops, check out our Directory!