Wedding Gift Bags

Ideas for your Wedding Gift Bags

It has long been a tradition to gift small trinkets or gifts to your wedding guests, and typically this occurs at the wedding reception. Most couples give each guest a small item known as a wedding favor that is meant to commemorate the special day, and usually it is either a decorative piece or an item that the guests will use fairly often. However, many couples choose to do something a little more grandiose than just a single wedding favor for their guests, and that’s when a wedding gift bag is the ideal option.

A wedding gift bag is essentially a small kit of items that combine both something fun for the guests and something to mark the occasion. Wedding gift bags are particularly popular when you’re hosting a destination wedding because you can include a few items that your guests may need as well as a few items that will make their stay better. The more thought you put into your wedding gift bags, the more your guests will appreciate the gesture. Here are a few ideas for your wedding gift bags to get you started with their design.

Towels

One of the nicest gifts you can give your guests is some nice towels for their trip. Towels are perfect for wedding gift bags because they can be used during their trip as well as when they get home. You can even have your wedding date and your names embroidered into the towels to make them more commemorative, or you could optionally have your guest’s names or initials embroidered in instead. Either way, personalized towels will be the centerpiece of your glorious wedding gift bags.

Sunscreen or Lotion

If you’re headed to a tropical destination where your guests will be spending a lot of time on the beach, it’s probably a good idea to include some sunscreen in your wedding gift bags. Most of your guests will plan ahead, but it’s better to make sure they have everything they need just in case. If you’re going to a cooler climate, you should include some body lotion. Cooler places usually dry out the skin more, so giving your guests something to moisturize with can be very thoughtful and helpful.

Indulgent Soap

Lastly, you want to make sure you give your guests something that is indulgent and relaxing in their gift bags, and soap is the perfect item on all counts. Consider either making soap from scratch or buying some cold process soap from any one of the hundreds of online retailers serving this market. Your guests will have a pampered experience the night before your wedding, and they will show up feeling relaxed and happy to help you celebrate your wedding in style.

There’s no wrong way to put together your wedding gift bags, but being thoughtful can really go a long way towards making your guests feel welcomed and appreciated. Just make sure you include a good mix of thoughtful items and things just for them and your guests will remember their wedding gift bags for many years to come.

Wedding Aisle Decorations

Amazing Ideas for Wedding Aisle Decorations

All eyes are on the bride as she walks down the aisle looking more fabulously radiant than ever! Pretty aisle decoration makes the event more gorgeous. After all, a beautiful bride does deserve an amazing wedding aisle that not only looks appealing but is also the backdrop of the key action! If your wedding is in a church, then the aisle will be defined with traditional decorations of a classic wedding. A pew can optionally be placed closest to alter and will look pretty exquisite too. Many churches have rules that forbid use of materials such as pins, nails, staples, etc., so make sure that you get a little insight into what is permitted ahead of time.

Choose freestanding aisle decorations to line up on the side of the aisle with white lights and palm trees. The decorations will look even more amazing with fresh flowers to line up the sides of the aisles too. Crystals shaped like teardrops scattered all over the branches will also complement the mood of the wedding. The bride dressed in white adorning a crystal necklace and pendant only enhances the background and it really merges well for the occasion. When the event is held outdoors, then there are various ways in which you can define the aisle décor as well. Lining the aisle sides with rose petals that lead down to alter creates a mesmerizing effect. A wedding aisle decorated with organza bows is a great way to add that special effect to floral suspenders.

Closed lanterns glittering amidst the decoration is a good way to add a romantic atmosphere to the whole event too. It creates a serene style while making the occasion so magical. Cute decorations along the aisle such as baskets filled with daisies are able to make things looks pretty as well. However, if you choose a garden setting, then plant rows of flowers along the aisle with drapes behind the alter where the vows are exchanged to draw attention from the guests. The concept of decorating wedding alters with vintage furniture and rustic accessories are yet another idea for an exotic event. Homespun charms for wedding decorations are getting quite popular these days.

The most popular dream wedding concept is one that takes place on a beach. A wedding aisle consisting of decorative seashells that are strewn all over the place and at the alter and around the chairs creates a fun theme for the event. Make sure that you’re careful when placing seashell-filled vessels for decorations. They should not block the walkway and allow the bride to glide down easily. Full skirt wedding dresses are incredibly elaborate and can make it difficult to move; especially with such decorative pieces positioned down the aisle.

Hanging paper lanterns is also a creative way to decorate the wedding aisle. Colorful paper decorations will exhibit your cheerful persona and will be unique compared to other wedding setups where emphasis is mostly laid on the flowers and lighting. For the DIY bride, paper decorative pieces can be more easy to make and can be a fun activity for the bridesmaids as well. So, the run up to the event preparations will be fun-filled with loads of exciting stuff to get the wedding decked out with pomp and show!

Floral Centerpieces

Floral Centerpieces for Every Season

Flowers can be a large part of a couples wedding budget, especially when ordering flowers that are rare or out of season. Peonies can be more expensive than using roses in some cases! So what are the best flowers for a floral centerpiece and what are some options based on the season you may be holding your wedding in? We’ve got a break down of seasons and with it, the flowers that will suit centerpiece arrangements the best while saving couples some money.

Spring Floral Centerpieces

Spring weddings are incredibly popular and offer many choices as far as flowers go for centerpieces. You can make a simple but beautiful centerpiece statement using sunflowers, which are in season in the spring time. Add a long vase with water to support the sunflower and tie it with a complimentary ribbon color for simplicity with a pop of color. For a larger centerpiece, tulips, which are also in season, are available in an array of colors and look fantastic when they’re paired with greenery.

Summer Floral Centerpieces

If you want something different than peonies for your summer wedding, you are in luck. Many flowers are in bloom in the summer time, but here are a couple you might not have thought about. Daffodils add a pop of yellow to centerpieces and look beautiful in bouquets as well. Magnolias are stunning white flowers that, when added to greenery make for the perfect centerpiece. Adorn with some crystals for a more vintage look, or add some color with a simple gerbera. Alternately, if you want a bright centerpiece with many different colors, consider zinnias. These flowers look beautiful in pairs in small vases, or as a part of a larger, cascading centerpiece.

Fall Floral Centerpieces

Fall allows florists to get a little bit more creative with their centerpieces and what they include. A flower that often goes unnoticed is the brilliant amaranthus, which is a seasonal fall flower. Paired with greenery or other complimentary colors to its beautiful bright red, this large flower makes for a fantastic centerpiece. Sometimes paired with white roses or even various fruits, the amaranthus flower is the perfect statement piece. If you want something a little more stylish and sleek, snapdragons are also in season in the fall and winter and look great accented in a simple vase by some greenery and a complimentary colored ribbon on the vase.

Winter Floral Centerpieces

Don’t think there are any good flowers in season in the wintertime? Think again! With greenhouses all over, there is always something available for everyone. While some couples decide to embrace the winter theme and will make centerpieces with pinecones and pine ferns, others choose to brighten up their winter reception with a stunning array of bright gerberas. Calla lilies are also widely available in the winter time and come in an array of natural and dyed colors. Its elegant trumpet shape can be played up by using additional flowers, or kept the center of attention by using some simple greenery. Lay this arrangement on a small pedestal with white crystals dangling from it to mimic ice, and add a tea light or two to warm up the arrangement.