One of the most cherished moments in a woman's lifetime is planning her big day! It is a day that she has dreamed about since she was a little girl. It is a time of pure happiness as she gets ready to walk down the aisle and marry her best friend! And it is a time to rejoice with everyone who is dear to her heart.
Weddings bring on many opportunities to bring people together. And one of these opportunities is the bridal shower. Typically, the bridal shower is hosted by the maid of honor, with help from her bridesmaids and the mother of the bride. It is a time before the wedding to invite family and friends to shower the bride with love and best wishes before she says, "I DO!".
The bridal shower is typically hosted about 3 – 6 months before the actual wedding day. One wonderful aspect about the bridal shower is that it is a time to gather the ladies on both sides of the family to shower the bride to be without all of the formalities that the wedding brings on. It is a chance for the bride to mix and mingle with her closest friends and family in a more intimate setting.
Now, since the bride is busy with planning the details of the wedding day, she will not have the time or the energy to plan her own shower. It is the duty of the bridal party to plan the event. The girls who have been selected to be in the bridal party are typically the girls who are the closest to the bride. They are her best friends, her sisters and her loved ones.
And since these girls in the bridal party are dear friends of the bride, they will know the personality of the bride better than anyone. And for this reason, they will be able to plan a theme for the bridal shower that will reflect the individuality of the bride.
Wine Tasting Shower:
Vineyards provide a beautiful landscape for a bridal shower. The settings create an ambiance filled with romance and old world charm. Most vineyards provide packages for wedding events that include beautiful table settings, delectable foods, charming decorations, and of course, savory wines to compliment the menu.
However, if a vineyard is not accessible, you may host a bridal shower with a wine tasting theme. Simply indicate on the bridal shower invitations to have all of the girls bring their favorite bottle of wine. Make sure to prepare a table with the accessories needed for a tasting. The tasting will give the party a central focus, while everyone raises a toast of good cheer to the bride while enjoying their favorite vintage.
If you are hosting a bridal shower during the spring months, a garden shower will provide an exquisite setting for a beautiful affair! You may decorate the event with gifts of nature! Use fresh flowers, pretty butterflies and blooming buds for centerpieces and favors. If the bride loves to garden, you may incorporate a gift theme that will supply the bride with tools for her new home.
The holidays are one of the most special times of year. It is also one of the most beautiful times of year with twinkling lights, luscious boughs of holly and big red bows. The holidays create a landscape for a spectacular wedding event filled with joy and merry! If you are planning a bridal shower during the month of December, make sure to embrace the beauty and warmth that the holiday season brings into the decorations and favors of your affair. Creations By Leslie carries a selection of holiday bridal shower invitations that will set the mood for a festive affair!
This theme is one of the most classic themes of all. After all, hearts are the perfect symbol of love. And the celebration of love is what the shower is all about! You will want to make sure to have the theme incorporated into the bridal shower invitations, decorations, tableware and party favors. Bonnie Marcus has just released a new bridal shower invitation with a trendy chalkboard background and a scripted pink heart that will be perfect for this type of event.
So when planning a bridal shower, you will find that the shower theme will be as unique as the bride herself. The ideas are endless. And since the hosts of the shower are those who are dearest to the bride, they will be able to determine an overall theme that will embrace the personality of the honoree on her very special day!
The holiday season is here! And if you are planning a bridal shower, now is the perfect time to embrace the beauty of the season while celebrating a special occasion.
Hosting a wedding event during Christmas time will allow you to gather family and friends to celebrate the upcoming marriage while frolicing in the festivities that Christmas brings on. With a holiday bridal shower, not only will you commemorate the happy bride, you will be able to set the stage for a festive gathering filled with Christmas joy and plenty of cheer.
So make sure to draw inspiration from the traditions of the Christmas season. With some creativity and a bit of planning, you will be able to transform a traditional shower into a spectacular affair.
Here are a few ideas that will bring on inspiration!
Christmas Bridal Shower Invitations
Your selection of bridal shower invitations will set the mood for the upcoming affair. When shopping for invitations, you want to make sure to select a design which incorporates a bride along with a Christmas theme. Creations By Leslie carries a vast array of beautiful designs that can be used for a Christmas bridal shower. Happy brides are combined with elegant patterns, seasonal colors and festive motifs. Idea: On the bottom of the invitation, request guests to bring a holiday ornament to honor the first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs.
One great way to create a festive glow is candles! Candles bring forth a warm atmosphere that enlightens the room. For the DIY hostess, you may craft your own candles using vintage mason jars, glitter snow and tealight candles. Simply fill the bottom of the jars with glitter snow and nestle the candles into place.
Create the look of an enchanting winter wonderland at the table setting. Use a tablecloth with a sparkling, sheen fabric. If you can’t find silver, winter white will also do the trick. Craft your own chandelier using twigs. The rustic twigs will give a perfect contrast to the sparkling table top. Embellish the twigs with hanging ornaments. Since the theme is winter white, select colors of blue, silver or white. The opaque blue is pretty and adds a nice touch of color. For the table center piece, make sure to use fresh flowers. A bouquet of large petaled white roses will add a romantic touch. Enhance the roses on either side with pretty bouquets of Baby’s Breath. And make sure to decorate the table top with soft, glowing candles.
At a bridal shower, the room is going to be filled with women who are in the festive spirit. And we all know that every woman needs a spicy man to warm up their spirits! This cocktail recipe is perfect for just that!
Spicy Ginger Man
Pour 1 ounce Vanilla Vodka,
1 ounce Hazelnut liqueur,
½ ounce Butterscotch Schnapps,
and 2 ounces Ginger Beer
into a shaker.
Shake until blended.
Pour over ice
and garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick.
Super easy and sure to warm up the insides!
Giving Best Wishes
This is a staff favorite and can be used for a holiday baby shower or a bridal shower. It is a unique and crafty way to give the bride best wishes from everyone who has shared in her special day. After all, that is what a bridal shower is all about.
This idea is super easy and fun and will allow everyone to contribute to create a keepsake that the bride will always treasure year after year as she decorates her Christmas tree.
Before the shower begins, have strips of paper cut out into thin strips. Use two different colors of paper in order to give an eye-catching appeal. When guests arrive, have each person write down their words of best wishes to the bride. Simply roll the strips to insert inside of a clear ornament. You may want to pour a bit of glitter into the ornament to give a sparkling touch. Once all of the strips are inserted, you may adhere the cap to the ornament and adorn with a bow!
So as you can see, the traditions and decorations of the holiday season can be the inspiration to the theme of your bridal shower. Everyone will be able to gather together and celebrate the bride and the spirit that this special time of year brings forth! And with a few simple and easy DIY projects, you are able to turn your special affair into a winter wonderland filled with romantic and enchanting charm!
If you are planning a bridal shower, you will find that there are many options to be considered. A bridal shower is an event that allows family and friends to gather together and give their love, gifts and best wishes to the bride. However, you may have the shower event honor not just the bride, but the groom as well! This is a common trend in pre-wedding events, and allows for both sides of the family to come together to shower the new Mr. and Mrs.!
So if you are planning a couples wedding shower, you will find that the shower will bring on a celebratory vibe as everyone comes together to give a special toast of happiness and love! And just like a traditional bridal shower, a couples wedding shower can also take on many fun and exciting gift themes. The gift theme will give the party a focus and will allow everyone on the guest list to contribute to the special day. When you are shopping for couples wedding shower invitations, you will find that there is a medley of designs that are specific to the gift themed shower which you are planning. This will let guests know of the gift theme, as well as inform them of any special instructions on the type of gifts to bring to the shower.
Here are a few of the most common gift themes for a couples wedding shower:
Honey Do Shower:
We have all heard of the expression, 'Honey do this! Honey do that!' And this is just what this shower is for! It is to help the groom prepare for the endless honey do lists that are sure to be brought forth in their new home. You may purchase a tool set from Home Depot so that he is equipped to hang a new picture on the wall or fix a shelf in the bathroom. But a honey do list does not always have to be a project of fixing and repairing. You may purchase the couple a new grill for the backyard or some tools for the garden. In short, it can be a gift theme for tools and equipment that the couple will need to be equipped for the never ending projects in their new home! One cute idea is to incorporate honey into the favors, foods and decorations.
His and Hers Shower:
This shower is very similar to the Honey Do Shower. However, instead of the theme focusing on equipment and supplies for home improvement, the theme will focus on individual gifts for him and her. The guest will be able to bring a gift for him, a gift for her, or a gift for the both of them. The gifts may be practical gifts that they can use together in their new home. Or the gifts may be personal gifts that can be enjoyed individually. Make sure to decorate the shower with items that embrace the 'his & hers' theme.
Are the bride and the groom planning a wedding shower to a beautiful island in the tropics? Or are they heading on a cruise ship to tour around the Mediterranean Sea? Or maybe they will be visiting an adventurous safari trip in the region of Africa! No matter what their plans are for their honeymoon, you may help theme prepare for the special journey by hosting a travel shower. The travel shower will allow guests to bring a gift that can be used during their trip; such as luggage, travel alarm clocks, backpacks, passport holders, photo albums, and personalized tags. One cute idea for a travel theme shower is to utilize vintage maps and hot air balloons.
Stock the Bar Shower:
If the bride and the groom are moving into a new home, than they will need to make sure that their bar is fully stocked for good times ahead! With a stock the bar shower theme, guests will be able to help the new couple stock their bar! Gift ideas include bottles of liquor, bottles of wine, wine coolers, ice buckets, cocktail napkins, bar towels, bottle openers, glassware and any accessories that the couple will need to shake (or stir) up some enticing drinks! One cute idea is to incorporate some vintage charm into the shower with a chalkboard sign that reads, 'There's always time for a glass of wine . . . and sometimes even a bottle!'
So if you are planning a couples wedding shower and are sending out wedding shower invitations, have fun with it! The ideas are endless for gifts, decorations and favors. By having a co-ed shower, you are able to include both the bride and the groom in the festivities and the celebrations which occur before their wedding day!
When planning a baby shower, the first thing to consider is the gender of the theme. Is the baby a boy? Is the baby a girl? Or is the new mommy going to keep the gender a surprise? If the gender of the baby is going to be a sweet surprise (one of life's most anticipated gifts by the way!), then you want to use colors that are gender neutral of course.
The combination of green and yellow has been a favorite tradition for gender neutral baby showers. The color palate is soft, pretty and there are endless possibilities for incorporating the color scheme into your special event.
In today's blog, I wanted to give a few trend setting ideas that give a fresh twist to the classic yellow and green theme. Part of the fun of planning a baby shower is letting your creative juices flow. After all, it is the details that give the perfect finishing touches!
For invitations, you will find a vast array of baby shower invitations that are designed specifically for gender neutral themes. The color palette will incorporate gender neutral shades; such as yellow, green, coco brown, lavender or orange. But if you are planning a green and yellow theme, than you want to make sure that the invitations compliment the theme. The shower invitations are the first impression that the guests will receive and the design will set the tone for the entire event.
Want to add some fun to the party? Since the shower is a gender neutral theme, why not incorporate a gender guessing game? You may create a gender guessing station at the baby shower. Simply take a small table, and cover it with a white cloth, or a cloth that will compliment the green and yellow theme. Top the table with a nostalgic blackboard for guests to mark their guess: Boy or Girl? And then you could incorporate a little sign with directions for guests to 'wear' their guess. Have one bowl filled with black moustaches. And have the other bowl filled with yellow bows. Or simply purchase some buttons to let everyone know whose team they are on! This is sure to add a lot of fun and charm to the shower!
Now again, when planning a baby shower, you want to keep close tabs on all of the details. You will see in the photo below that mason jars are a great way to stick to the green and yellow theme. Simply adhere decorative lables that compliment the color scheme and embellish with striped sippy straws! Too cute!
Now for another shower idea, you may create a milk and cookie station! How cute is that! But again, you want to incorporate the green and yellow color scheme into every aspect of the shower. Simply top a table with fabrics that are green and yellow. (fabrics.com is a great place to find fabrics). Or you may add a rustic feel and use burlap or butcher paper. Fill glass jars with a yummy variety of cookies. To add to the vintage feel, use chalkboard labels and chalk pens for the glass jars. Milk bottles are also a great way to add a vintage touch. Make sure to fill with fresh milk and have plenty of sippy straws handy. A great idea is to have a chalkboard sign on the table that reads, 'cookies and milk'.
For baby shower centerpieces, you may get creative and use baby bottles! Make sure to purchase baby bottles that have green and yellow tops. And, they are very easy to create. Simply fill each bottle with water. Cut a hole on the nipple of each bottle. Insert pretty yellow flowers into each hole. Everyone is sure to ooh and awww when they see that real baby bottles are used for the actual centerpieces. And of course, fresh flowers are a must! Even the floral arrangements can incorporate the green and yellow theme!
As you can see, the ideas are endless for a traditional green and yellow baby shower theme. You are able to express your creativity into every detail of the event. So if the mommy and daddy are keeping the gender a surprise, add layers of fun to the neutral theme and create an affair that will be a memorable event for everyone to enjoy!
Thanksgiving is a time to gather. It is a time to celebrate. And it is a time to reflect all that we are thankful for. And if you have sent out Thanksgiving invitation in the mail, you will want to make sure to plan ahead and have your home decorated to create a welcoming ambiance.
Yesterday we at Creations By Leslie had shared some great ideas for decorating your table. But today, we want to provide some fun and simple DIY projects that you can create to turn your home into a warm and inviting destination for everyone on your guest list! Remember, Thanksgiving decorations do not have to be expensive. In fact, some of the most beautiful and charming decorations are those that are crafted using your imagination and creativity.
Below, we have provided some of our favorite DIY projects that can be used to decorate your home.
Thanksgiving Banner: Instead of buying a store bought banner, use the entire month of November to create a banner that will be truly unique! As we know, November is the month of giving thanks. And one way to embrace this is to create a special banner in your home. Simply take some twine and hang it across a mantel. Make sure to have plenty of wooden clothes pins available. At the beginning of the month, purchase sheets of construction paper to reflect the seasonal colors of autumn. Cut the sheets into the shapes of leaves. Everyday, have everyone in the family write down something that they are grateful for. Add a leaf everyday to your banner. By the time Thanksgiving comes, the banner will be filled with leaves!
Pumpkin Decorations: This DIY decoration is a cute project to do with your kids. Simply purchase small pumpkins and stack together with a hot glue gun. Decorate the pumpkins with googly eyes, burlap material, twigs, and decorative wheat. The imaginations of the kids will be fostered as they create enough pumpkins to represent the entire family. Showcase the pumpkin family on your mantel, window sills, or table tops to enhance your Thanksgiving holiday!
Lighting: There is nothing more appealing than the warm glow that candles bring forth. Candles are wonderful for adding ambiance to the room. You may display the candles onto the tables, onto the mantels or on the window sills. One great DIY project is to use pumpkins as candle holders. Simply hollow out the inside and insert taper candles. You may embellish the brims with rustic twigs or beautiful silk flowers. For a more elegant look, use white pumpkins. Here is a great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to create a pumpkin candle holder.
Table Place Card Holders: This DIY project is super easy and perfect for adding a beautiful, rustic autumn touch! Simply use pine cones as place card holders. Display the pine cones on each of the place settings. Cut out white strips of paper and hand write the names of each guest.
Table Decorations: One great way to add a festive touch to the tables is to embellish the tables with twigs, acorns or leaves. One great idea is to use bittersweet twines. Not only do they provide an elegant shape, but they add great color and texture. Enhance the natural look by placing a fresh pear onto the plates of each guest.
As you can see, the ideas are endless. You do not need to spend a lot of money to decorate your home for the Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, by doing it yourself, you are not only able to save costs, but you are able to add a personal touch that expresses your creativity. By using natural resources that the autumn season brings, you are able to incorporate seasonal colors, textures and beauty.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching! The Thanksgiving invitations are in the mail, and now is the time to start planning the details of your seasonal affair!
Thanksgiving brings on the opportunity to set the stage for a seasonal dinner party that is warm and inviting. And with some simple DIY projects, you are able to add a touch of heartfelt charm to your holiday meal.
The first step to planning a Thanksgiving meal is to set the table. You may go with a theme that is rustic and charming, or you may accessorize to bring on a sophisticated affair with formal elegance.
No matter what the theme is that you prefer to convey, it is imperative that you set the table using proper placement of plates, silverware and glasses. The diagram below is a perfect guide and reference tool.
Once the table is properly set, now is the time to accessorize! Remember, it is the small touches that make a big impression! Here at Creations By Leslie, we have collaborated some favorite ideas from staff members to embellish upon your holiday theme!
Place Mats: This is one of our favorites! Kraft paper plus a sharpie pen brings on some creative fun for every one of all ages! You may go to a local art and craft store and purchase a large role of kraft paper. Kraft paper is preferred as it is a durable, study, and it brings on a rustic feel. Simply cut the paper into individual place settings. To the right of the place setting, you may hand write, 'I am thankful for'. Underneath, imprint a few blank lines. This will allow space for everyone to write down a few things that they are thankful for this holiday season! Super cute and fun!
Place Cards: This idea is so simple and easy! And it's perfect for letting everyone know where they will be sitting! Simply purchase mini pumpkins at your local farmer's market or nursery. Cut out green leaves and write the names of each of your guests. Simply tie the leaves onto the stem of the pumpkin with pieces of twine. Hint: if you are looking to create a more elegant look, use white pumpkins.
Plate Chargers: One of the best ways to embellish a table is to add layers! Plate chargers are a great way to beautifully enhance each plate setting. Give a stunning contrast to formal china by adding a plate charger made of rustic twigs. Or create an earthy tone with plate charges crafted of terra cotta or wood. Embellish each plate with a couple of maple leaves for a perfect finishing touch!
Table Centerpieces: A perfect way to incorporate color and beauty onto your tables is to display fresh, autumn flowers! And instead of using a traditional vase, you may get creative and use a pumpkin. Here is a great blog from Jenny Hobick that gives you step by step instructions on how to create a beautiful centerpiece using roses, mums and broom cob.
Keeping it simple! Yes, Thanksgiving can be overwhelming on its own. If you are in the mood this year to keep things simple, use butcher paper as a table runner and burlap as napkins. Give a beautiful contrast to this rustic appeal by embellishing the table with fresh flowers. Everyone will be delighted to celebrate the holiday in a casual atmosphere while enjoying a nice meal amongst each other's company!
So as you can see, there is an endless array of ideas for turning your Thanksgiving table into a memorable platform for entertaining. You are able to convey the mood for the day by embellishing the table with accessories of your choice. You will want to choose a theme and stay consistent as you select the table centerpieces, runners, chargers, napkins, table cards and more! The table is the first impression that guests will receive as they enter into your home. And the table will entice guests to a special celebration of giving thanks!
As they say, anytime is the perfect time for a good old fashioned BBQ! BBQ's bring on a since of relaxation and casual fun! It provides a stage where guests can mix and mingle while enjoying some tasty treats off of the grill.
BBQ parties are great for celebrating a marriage! That's right! If you are planning a wedding, you will find that there are many pre-wedding events before the big day! So why not plan an 'I Do BBQ' to bring on a couple's shower, an engagement party, or a rehearsal dinner!
A BBQ party brings on a casual and relaxing atmosphere. An outdoor BBQ allows everyone to gather together and support the happy couple-to-be. It allows for a large group of people to gather in the spacious outdoors that is comfortable for mingling. So if you are a large guest list, a BBQ party may be the perfect solution to bring on an afternoon or evening filled with family, friends, food and fun!
And if you are searching for creative ideas for a fun and rustic BBQ party, Rustic Wedding Chic is the ultimate source for inspiration!
Here are some great tips for planning a BBQ to bring on a pre-wedding event!
She said 'YES!', so now the time is here to make the official announcement! By sending out BBQ invitations to family and friends, you are able to bring on a celebratory vibe to commemorate the happy news! And what better way to celebrate than with a fun and carefree BBQ! Because an engagement party allows for family members from both sides of the family to come together for the first time, it is ideal to create an atmosphere that is casual and relaxed.
Couples Wedding Shower: Nowadays, it has become a common tradition to shower not just the future bride, but to shower the bride and the groom as the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs.! By hosting a shower for the couple, you are able to bring on an event where members of both sides of the family are invited. This turns the traditional shower into a party with a celebratory vibe. By having a casual BBQ, you are able to gather both the men and the women to come together and shower the bride and the groom with best wishes!
Wedding Rehearsal Dinner: The wedding rehearsal dinner is a favorite tradition that a wedding brings on. It takes place just a day or two before the wedding day. And it brings on a perfect opportunity for close family and friends to come together in a relaxed atmosphere one last time before the formalities of the wedding day. And because it is less formal than the wedding, now is the perfect time to host an 'I DO' BBQ. After all, everyone is going to have a large appetite after practicing their steps at the church rehearsal. So make sure to treat them afterwards to dinner filled with plenty of good eats!
Creations By Leslie carries BBQ invitations that will be perfect for setting the tone for your event. When guests receive their invitations in the mail, they will be enticed to an afternoon filled with celebratory bliss. When shopping for BBQ invitations, you will want to choose a design that suits the overall theme of your BBQ. A BBQ party itself can take on many themes. You may set the tone for a country hoe-down, a poolside BBQ, or a traditional, all-American cookout! There are no rules and anything goes!
With so many pre-wedding events to be planned, consider hosting an 'I Do' BBQ! The pre-wedding events allow for you to celebrate the upcoming marriage in an atmosphere that is less formal than the actual wedding day. It is a chance for family and friends to come together and give a toast to future happiness! And by sending out BBQ invitations, you are able to celebrate a traditional event with a not-so-traditional theme that is fun for everyone!
If you are planning a bridal or a couples wedding shower, you will find that there are endless ideas for selecting a theme. And there is so much inspiration out there, that is makes planning fun and exciting! When deciding upon a theme, you want to keep in mind that the purpose of the shower is to provide the future bride and groom with gifts that they will need for their new life and their new home.
Tool and garden showers are showers that are thrown for the happy couple to help them prepare for just that! When purchasing a new house, we all know that there are many tools needed to maintain the property. We all know the expression, 'Honey do this! Honey do that!'. These are words that come hand in hand with marriage. And we have to make sure that the groom is fully equipped to undergo those endless lists. And with a tool and garden shower, you are able to shower the couple with gifts of tools, both for the house and for the garden. By showering the couple with gifts of tools, the couple can be readily prepared for all the fixing, hanging, digging and pruning that will come with the purchase of their new home!
Once you have selected the date and location of the venue for the shower, now is the time to start shopping for couples wedding shower invitations. You will find that many invitations have a tool and garden theme. These designs are perfect for setting the stage for your upcoming affair.
Since the affair is a wedding shower, you will want t make sure that guests are informed of the couples registry. The registry information is generally imprinted directly onto the invitations. This way, guests may purchase traditional gifts of china and glassware. But since the shower has a special theme, you will also want to encourage guests to bring a small gift to embrace the theme. The couple may establish an informal registry at a local nursery or at Home Depot. Or you may indicate on the invitations that there will be a tool and garden wishing well.
Here are some great gift ideas for a tool and garden theme wedding shower:
You have already set the mood of your upcoming affair by sending out shower invitations with a tool and garden theme. Now is the time to carry the theme into the decorations. And this is the fun part!
Here are some great ideas for incorporating the tool and garden theme into the decorations:
Table centerpieces: Use potted plants as table centerpieces. The plants may be accentuated with a hammer or a small shovel. Another great ideas is to use fresh herbs as table center pieces. Select herbs which will be utilized into the ingredients of the menu.
Favors: Another great idea for garden favors is to use packets of seeds, floral shaped soaps or mini pails filled with delightful goodies. For the DIY host, you may go to a local nursery and fill a terra cotta pot with a packet of seeds, pruning scissors, and gardening gloves. Wrap the pot with green ribbon and adorn with a thank you tag for guests to take home.
Decorations: Fill watering cans or vintage tea cans with fresh flowers. This is a great way to add color and charm to the tables. You may further embellish the decor with garden bees, pretty butterflies, and delightful sunhats. Get creative and use tool boxes as holders for knives, forks and napkins.
Menu: For menu items, consider ingredients that are fresh from the garden. Garnish the plates with edible flowers to add a beautiful touch. For beverages, provide sun brewed iced tea and fresh lemonade for guests to savor! You will find some great tea steeping instructions here.
If you are planning a wedding shower, you want to make sure to incorporate a gift theme which gives the party a focus. You also want to make sure to decorate the party which embraces the theme. With so many ideas, you are able to get creative and plan a memorable affair. And with a tool and garden theme, you are able to plant the seeds of love and watch their happy marriage bloom.
Rehearsal dinners have been a favorite wedding tradition for generations! Rehearsal dinners are an important part to every wedding. It is a chance for the bride and the groom to gather together before the wedding day in a more relaxed atmosphere. There are no formalities to worry about. And there is less pressure than the actual wedding day. So the bride and the groom are able to enjoy a last minute get-together with close family and friends and relax before they take their walk down the aisle!
When does the rehearsal dinner take place?
Typically, the rehearsal dinner takes place the eve of the wedding day. The wedding rehearsal is a walk through of the ceremony. This way, everyone who is in the wedding party will feel prepared and more relaxed on the actual wedding day. Once the ceremony rehearsal is complete, it is customary to host a dinner afterwards. This is a nice time for everyone to gather, and to mix and mingle in a more casual, relaxed atmosphere. And it is a chance for close family and friends to give a final toast of happiness before the bride and the groom say 'I DO!'
Where does the rehearsal dinner take place?
The rehearsal dinner can take place anywhere! Your creativity is the limit! But of course, there will be many factors involved in the decision making; such as budget, location, personality of the bride and groom, etc. You may keep with the theme of the wedding. But you must be careful not to overshadow the wedding. Or you may plan something unique and completely unexpected! You may plan a seated dinner at the restaurant where the couple was engaged. Or you if have a large group of people, you may plan a simple backyard BBQ or a seafood boil.
Do I need to send out invitations for a rehearsal dinner?
Yes, even though the rehearsal dinner guest list will be much smaller than the actual wedding, it is a thoughtful gesture to have custom printed invitations sent out through the mail. Once recipients receive their rehearsal dinner invitations in the mail, they will be able to make proper arrangements in order to attend the ceremony, as well as the dinner to follow. Creations By Leslie is an online retailer that carries a beautiful selection of invitations. You are able to select a design that is inviting, charming, and mood setting!
Who hosts the rehearsal dinner?
Traditionally, the parents of the groom host the rehearsal dinner, since the parents of the bride host the wedding. However, in modern times, it is appropriate for the cost to be shared by those who want to contribute, including the bride and the groom themselves. This will have to be discussed amongst everyone involved so that there are no offended feelings.
When do I give out my wedding attendant gifts?
During the toasts of the rehearsal, loved ones are able to raise a special toast to the soon to be Mr. & Mrs! The atmosphere is filled with a celebratory vibe as everyone commemorates this very special occasion. It is a time to give congratulations to the newlywed couple, as they venture into a new life of love and happiness.
But the rehearsal dinner also brings on an opportunity for the bride and the groom to express their words of appreciation to everyone who has supported them along the way! The dinner which follows the ceremony creates a nice platform for gift giving. The couple will be able to hand out their wedding attendant gifts to each of their recipients. The gifts are a traditional gesture for showing appreciation to everyone who has dedicated their time in their busy lives to fulfill their duties; and most importantly, to give their unconditional love!
So make sure to savor the special moments that a wedding brings on, and plan a rehearsal dinner that will signify the couple's everlasting love!
Weddings bring on the traditional ceremony and the reception to follow. But weddings also bring on many pre-wedding events which lead up to the big day. In fact, it can be quite overwhelming if you are planning a wedding for the first time. From the engagement party to the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner, you will find it is imperative to stay organized. Each event brings on a unique theme. And each event will bring on careful planning.
One of the most treasures and time honored event leading up to the big day is the bridal shower. The bridal shower is the showering of gifts for the future bride. The gifts will help her prepare for her new life in her new home as a married spouse. Most importantly, it is a time for family and friends to come together and to give their best wishes to the honoree as she gets ready to walk down the aisle and give her hand in marriage.
And for those who are planning a wedding for the first time, you will find that there are a lot of questions leading up to each event with so many details to be considered. And if you are hosting a bridal shower, you will find some of the most commonly asked questions below:
What is a bridal shower? The bridal shower is a time for the ladies to gather together and to mix and mingle while giving their love and best wishes to the bride to be. Typically, the bride will register for gifts at her favorite stores, such as Bed Bath & Beyond or Target. The guests are able to purchase gifts from the registry list and bring them to the shower to give to the honoree. And thus, you have a showering of gifts!
Who hosts the bridal shower? The shower is typically hosted by the maid of honor. However, since a bridal shower can be very costly, it is very common for the mother of the bride to give a helping hand. The mother may take part in the planning of the affair, the sending of the bridal shower invitations, and the financial costs of the event.
Who is invited to the bridal shower? The list of guests typically consists of the women in the bride's life as well as the special women in the life of the groom. It is a perfect opportunity to bring the ladies from both sides of the family to gather together and celebrate their special union. And it is a time for the bride to enjoy the company of the ladies without all of the formalities of the wedding day.
Can the bridal shower take on a theme? Yes, when you are planning a bridal shower, you will find that the event can take on a vast array of themes. There are many factors which go into consideration when planning the shower. Does the bride love to cook? If so, you could host a kitchen shower. Is the bride a country girl? If so, you could host a bridal shower with a country theme filled with rustic charm. Or is the bride eco-friendly conscious? If so, you may host a bridal shower with a 'green' theme. As you can see, anything goes! The most important thing is to select a theme which will compliment the personality of the bride.
Can the shower honor both the bride and the groom? You may prefer to, instead of hosting a bridal shower honoring the future bride, you may host a couples wedding shower, honoring both the bride and the groom. And thus, couples, both men and women, from both sides of the family would be invited. This is a time way to bring both sides of the family together in a celebratory atmosphere before the big day.
These are just a few of the most commonly asked questions in regards to planning a bridal shower. As you can see, the shower is a time for the ladies to come together and collaborate over the details of the event. The most important factor is to bring the ladies together and to plan an affair where everyone can give their love and best wishes to the future bride!
At Creations By Leslie, we understand that every celebration is unique and every celebration is special! It is a gathering of family and friends to commemorate a new beginning, a deserving achievement, or an honored milestone that life brings on. And no party would be made possible without inviting loved ones to attend a planned affair.
As we know, the first impression that guests receive of the upcoming affair is the party invitation that they receive in the mail. And so, you want to make sure that the invitations are selected carefully to set the perfect tone.
If you are shopping online for invitations, you will find that it can be quite overwhelming! There are many online retailers. And those retailers have thousands upon thousands of designs to choose from. And once the design has been selected, you will find there are many options that obtain to the invitation. It can be quite confusing to say the least.
You will also find that most retailers now print their invitations digitally. What does that mean? The proofs are processed on a template. The templates are very limited to the amount of text that can be placed on the card. You do not have much freedom as far as the selection of fonts, colors, sizes, etc. Once the order is placed, the invitations are printed digitally to order.
However, at Creations By Leslie, we take pride in doing things the old fashioned way! Our invitations are not printed digitally to order. When you place an order, you may type in as much text as you would like to appear on the invitation. You may also type in as many special instructions that you may have for your card. Once the order is placed, a professional typesetter will work with you one on one during the proofing process. The typesetter will create a proof using their professional judgment and expertise; along with all of the special instructions that you had included on the order form. Once the proof is complete, they will email you an image of the invitation.
At that point, you are able to approve the proof. Or, you may reply back requesting revisions. You are able to make as many revisions as need be until the proof is approved. Nothing will be printed until we receive your approval. This ensures accuracy. And it also ensures that the invitation is crafted exactly how you had envisioned.
We all know the importance of first impressions! And it is imperative that your party invitations reflect the person or persons whom you are honoring. You will be able to send this message by creating invitations that are custom printed specifically for you!
When shopping for invitations online, it can be overwhelming. If you do a google search, you will find there are many online retailers who sell custom printed invitations. You will find there are endless options for designs, prices, set up fees, processing times, etc. Not only can it be quite an expense for custom printed invitations, but with most stores, you are not even sure how the personalized text is going to appear.
And why it that? Most stores have geared towards computerized pop up proofs. Yes, it is easy and quick. Once you type in your text, a proof pops up instantly. You are able to approve the proof before your finalize your order.
So we know it is quick and easy. But what are the cons?
The programs that are used for the instant proofs are template based. What does that mean? Simply, the text that you put into the template has to replace the sample text that is already there. You have limits with the amount of personal text that you would like to include on the invitation. And you have limits to the spacing of the text on the invitations.
By having a professional typesetter create the proof for you, you are able to include as much text as need be. The typesetter will be able to adjust the font size, and the line spacing to include the text that you want to appear on the invitation.
If you have a list of 50 names for the hosted by section, or if you have a special verse that you would like to include on the top of the invitation, or if you want to give special instructions regarding the gift giving, you are able to do so! Again, by having a typesetter, there are no limits.
And by having a professional typesetter, you are able to work with a professional designer one on one. You are able to make revisions and request for changes until the layout of the card is exactly how you would like for it to appear.
At Creations By Leslie, we guarantee that you will not receive a pop up proof at the time your order is placed. The proof will be emailed to you the next business day by a professional typesetter. Yes, it does take a bit longer . . . but as they say, good things are worth the wait!
He asked . . . and she said 'yes'! And now the time is here to celebrate and share the happy news with family and friends!
By sending out engagement invitations, you are not only inviting loved ones to share in the happy occasion, but you are also making an official announcement of the exciting news! Once the ring is on the finger, now is the time to start planning the engagement party.
Engagement parties are also a time for family and friends from both sides of the couple to come together and share in the happy news. Not only does a marriage bring together two lives and two hearts, but it also brings together two families.
Once the date and the location of the party have been decided upon, now is the time to start thinking of the engagement invitations. It is imperative that the design of the invitations reflect the mood of the event. After all, the invitations are the first impression that the guests receive of the upcoming affair.
With engagement invitation designs, you want to make sure to select a style that evokes the celebratory vibe that the event brings forth. And what could be more celebratory than sparkling rings and bubbling champagne! At Creations By Leslie, you will find a vast array of engagement themes that are sure to entice guests to raise a toast of happy cheer!
One of our favorite designers at Creations By Leslie is Bella Ink. If you have an obsession with all things vintage and whimsical, then you are going to love their new product line of engagement invitations. Their new designs are perfect for inviting guests to celebrate such a happy affair.
So celebrate the happy occasions that life brings on! By sending out invitations that convey the joy of the event, you are able to set the stage for lots of toasts of bubbly cheer!
Planning a party? Yes, it is a new age of digital everything. It seems so quick and easy to send a tweet, a text or even an email. But if you are planning a party to celebrate a special occasion, it is imperative that you send invitations in the mail. After all, the invitations set the tone for your event. They are the first impression that the guests receive. And by having invitations that evoke the upcoming affair, guests are sure to be enticed to an afternoon or evening of celebratory bliss!
And so, you want to make sure that your invitations make a bold statement right out of the envelope! And at Creations By Leslie, we are excited to carry the new line of invitations and accessories from Doc Milo. Not only does Sarah, the owner and designer, produce fabulous designs for both baby shower and bridal shower invitations, but now she has brought forth matching accessories that are sure to enhance your overall theme!
So if you are planning a party and want to add a touch of flair to your special affair, make a fabulous impression right out of the envelope! Doc Milo invitations and accessories are perfect for enticing guests to a party filled with smiles and love!
If you are planning a party, then you will find that there is a lot of organization involved. From booking the venue, sending out party invitations and selecting the decorations, it is imperative to keep an organized list.
Once the location, date and time are confirmed, the next step is to send the party invitations in the mail. The invitations are typically sent out 6 – 8 weeks in advance. This allows ample time for the guests to mark their calendars and to make arrangements to assure their attendance.
By sending out the invitations on time, you are able to keep track of the number of persons that will be able to attend. It is very important to have a head count well before the event. This way, arrangements can be made regarding seating and the menu. Most venue and most catering companies will request to have a head count by a specified date.
And this is where the role of the response cards comes in! When sending out invitations, you may insert a small response card into the envelope on top of the invitations. This way, guests can inform you of their attendance through the mail. Here is a great article on how to properly address response card envelopes.
Make sure to include the following information:
Here is sample wording for a traditional response card:
Please respond by December 14, 2020
M________________________________ (space to write name)
_____Number of persons attending
Response cards provide a great convenience because:
So as you can see, RSVP cards are ideal when planning a larger event. They provide not only convenience, but they will keep you organized so that you may focus on the other important details of your party.