Gifts & Favors

In Lieu of Favors - Donate To Your Favorite Charity

Since many wedding couples are already far along in their careers these days, it’s not uncommon for them to want to give to charity. Often, instead of including wedding favors that will be forgotten a few minutes after the wedding, the couples look to do good and donate the money they would have spent on favors to a charity of their choosing. The way it works is that the bride and groom pick a charity. They often choose one that has some personal meaning or connection for them. Say one person’s grandparent died of pancreatic cancer or another member of the family suffered from brain injury or leukemia. The bride and groom would then contact the charity pertaining to that area, such as one for pancreatic cancer research. There are many

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Wedding Bubbles - An Alternative to Birdseed or Rice

It used to be, in the days before active conservationists came on the scene, that rice was the thing to throw at weddings. No one gave it a second thought. It was supposed to signify good luck and prosperity to the happy couple. But instead, it was discovered that birds were eating the grains of rice and their bellies were becoming swelled. Apparently rice isn’t the best food for birds. So careful brides switched over to bird seed. Wrapped in tulle or little bags, the birdseed can be fun and healthy for the birds at the same time. But it can be a little messy. Who wants to end up with bird seed in their expensive hairdo? An alternative that finally makes sense is the inclusion of wedding bubbles. At the end of the ceremony, as the bride

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How to Thank Your Bridesmaids

After all the time and money these girls have spent to make your wedding memorable, it’s your turn to give something back to your lovely bridesmaids! The only question is “what?” There are many routes to go when deciding on what to give your bridal party. Each gift can be personalized and unique, or they can all match one another. Maybe even a little bit of both. Some brides do a little DIY project to show their gratitude, and some go all out. Either way – it’s up to you. Tips and Ideas on Bridesmaids Gifts Budget! Remember that you are still the one holding the wedding. Make sure your bridesmaids’ gifts don’t affect your wedding budget. It’s still your day, so don’t sacrifice one to make another one happy. There

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How Much Should You Spend on Bridal Party Gifts?

Your bridal party is a very important part of your wedding day. They’ll be indispensable helpers scurrying around taking care of small details. So, how do you repay them? While no bridesmaid or groomsman expects a gift, you’re probably going to want to give something memorable and unique as a token of your thanks. The gifts can range from large to small. But what dictates how much you spend? With times being as they are, brides and grooms are often paying for their own weddings. Every penny is accounted for and often the couple has worked long hours of overtime to come up with the cash to host the wedding they want. So, the biggest deciding factor in how much you spend on bridal party gifts is your own budget. If you can afford

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Personalized Bags - 'Tote'ally Awesome Bridesmaid Gifts

You may be wondering just what to get the special ladies in your life who will be your bridesmaids. Some of the gift ideas out there just aren’t personal enough. You want to give your best friends something they’ll love and want to use. Why not create a personalized tote bag? It’s the perfect gift because you can fill it with things they’ll need on their wedding day. Then, they can continue to use and enjoy it long after the festivities are over. If you are naturally crafty, this will be easy for you. But even if you are not, one trip to the craft store will have you well on your way to success. Some kits have come out recently that provide everything you need to make one tote bag. They can be found in larger craft stores. They are

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Cinderella Wedding Favors

Weddings are a time of fun and enjoyment for the whole family.  Wedding favors can sometimes be a difficult task, but themed weddings often make this task a bit simpler.  When you have opted for a true fairytale wedding and mimicked the Cinderella wedding of your childhood bedtime story, then the favor options can be just plain fun. What better way is there to give Cinderella wedding favors that represents the happily ever after that we all hope for when we say “I do.” Candy holders Tables at receptions are often adorned with candles, bells for toasting, and candies.  These settings provide a perfect opportunity to have fun with wedding favors.  Continuing with the Cinderella theme, perhaps pumpkin carriage candy holders or glass

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How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift?

These days the average wedding can cost over $30,000! That’s enough for a down payment on a house! Just because a bride and groom are throwing a lavish wedding, though, does that mean your gift has to be ultra expensive as well? Your wedding gift basket to a couple should not be based on how fancy their wedding is. Why would you give your sister who married in a country backyard affair any less than your best friend who married at the Ritz? Instead of deciding how much to give based on the style of the wedding, you should give your gift based on how close you are to the bride and groom. Gift more for a family member, less for a co-worker. You get the idea. But still, how much is not enough? And how much is over the top? That depends

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