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Bridal Survival Kit for the Big Day

We all know from personal experience, or through that of family members and friends, how stressful the wedding day can be for the bride. Instead of enjoying her big day she is worried about everything from how the bridal party looks, the ceremony running smoothly, the venue, the food, and everything in between. When the bride spends every second of the wedding trying to make it perfect, she forgets to enjoy her one big day and celebrate the love of her and her husband with their family and friends.

To help brides stress just a little less, with put together a bridal survival kit for the big day to alleviate some worries. The kit includes everything a bride might need on her big day, including bridal flip flops and a sewing kit. It’s the perfect little gift for the bridal party or mother-in-laws to put together for the bride.

Bridal Flip Flops for Bridal Survival Kit

Bridal Flip Flops for a Bridal Survival Kit

Bridal Survival Kit:
Sewing Kit – Don’t let any tears or rips ruin the bride’s big day.

Stain Remover – Keep stains off the bridal party and keep them looking perfect for pictures.

Aspirin – Don’t let a stress headache keep the bride from enjoying the day.

Bridal Flip Flops – Let her feet feel comfortable and enjoy the dance floor all night long.

Bobby Pins – Keep the bridal party’s hairdos looking perfect for the ceremony and pictures.

Miniature Bottle of Champagne – Help beat the pre-wedding jitters with a little help from a friend.

Lipstick – After all the kissing and greeting, she’ll need a fresh coat for pictures and the reception entrance.

Tissues – Tears are bound to come, so she might as well be prepared for them.

These items are just our suggestions to include in the bridal survival kit. You can include some or all of these items and add any additional items you think would be useful for the bride on her big day. Whatever you include, the bride is sure to love the kit and be very appreciative of your thoughtfulness.

What would you include in creating a bridal survival kit?

Put a Twist on Traditional Wedding Ceremonies

No matter what type of wedding you are having, a number of the aspects will be traditional and possibly some nontraditional. Though some older generations may not agree, we think that it is always nice to put a twist on some of the traditional aspects of wedding ceremonies. Include those items that have meaning to you, such as the father of the bride walking her down the aisle, and put a twist on others to make them more meaningful for you and your partner. Putting a twist on some traditional wedding ceremony items is a simple way to make the wedding ceremony not only more personalized to the bride and groom, but also more memorable for guests.

Here are some simple twists to put on traditional ceremonies:

Unity Sand Ceremony Kits

Unity Sand Ceremony Kits

Seating:
Don’t segregate your families and friends during the ceremony; the whole point is the combining of not only the bride and groom, but also their families. Ask your families to choose a seat, not a side as they decide where to sit at the ceremony.

Unity Sand Ceremony Kits:
Many traditional ceremonies include the bride and groom lighting a single candle from two separate wicks. Instead, purchase one of the many available personalized unity sand ceremony kits. Both the bride and groom pour two different colored sands in the vase-like fixture to show how they have joined as one. The best part is that is the unity sand ceremony kits create a wonderful keepsake to remember your wedding and display in your home for years to come.

Vows:
Instead of using the traditional wedding vows, the bride and groom can write their own vows to read to one another on the big day to make them more memorable and personal. Also, given the laws and regulations of the state you are married in, you can have a close friend or family member officiate the wedding instead of a priest or judge.

There are many ways to make traditional aspects of a wedding ceremony less traditional and more personalized. Always remember to do things that have meaning or importance to you and your partner. Don’t include traditional aspects of the ceremonies just because your parents or grandparents insist. It is your big day, and you should make it just that – Yours! Don’t be afraid to put your own twist on traditional!

In what ways was your wedding ceremony traditional and how was it untraditional?

How to Make Your Wedding Guests Laugh – In a Good Way

The reason we have weddings is obviously to celebrate the love and union of the couple getting married, but we also just want to bring the couple’s families and friends together for a good time. We all want our guests to enjoy themselves, but how do you add that special touch – humor. You don’t want your guests laughing the entire time, but there are some little ways to give your guests a chuckle or to put a smile on their faces.

Funny Cake Topper

Funny Cake Topper

Big Ol’ Kiss

Have your groom give you a big wet one after your “I do’s”. If he’s adventurous, he can even dip you, putting a smile on all the guests’ faces.

Vows

If you write your own vows, try including a few loving jokes about one another or their annoying habits. It will make your guests laugh and feel even further connected during the ceremony since many guests will be in on the jokes.

Funny Cake Toppers

There is a huge selection of funny cake toppers available from brides in charge, to sports watching grooms and everything in between. Funny cake toppers are the perfect way to add some personality and humor into your wedding in small ways that the guests will remember yet still keeping the event elegant and romantic.

Dance Songs

Pick some fun, retro and just plain hilarious songs that mean something to you or your partner. Your family and friends will get a kick out of them and will enjoy dancing to familiar songs late into the night.

Remember, your big day won’t be perfect, but if you have a few humorous touches, you and your guests will remember those things much more fondly than any imperfections. So enjoy your big day and don’t be afraid to have a laugh!

What was most memorable about your wedding?

Bling for your Wedding Decorations!

Crystal Wedding Garlands Crystal Wedding Decorations

Crystal decorations are a hot trend for weddings and now it’s easy to achieve this designer look without the designer price. Daisy Days has a great selection of faux Crystal Decorations that will add the perfect touch of sparkle. From crystal garlands, decorative drops to glass tear drops, you can add a distinct look to your centerpieces, floral arrangements, table settings and more.

The acrylic crystal garlands are a versatile beautiful decorating accessory that can be used on their own, hung from candelabras or centerpieces, or combined with the decorative drops for a stunning backdrop. The garlands and crystal drops can also be incorporated into the cake table, photo booth, floral bouquets and more.

Below are some examples of the crystal garlands and glass drops.

Crystal Garlands & Decorative Glass Drops
Small Blown Glass Tear Drops Wedding Decorations | Large Blown Glass Tear Drops

Crystal Garlands
Acrylic Crystal Garland with Prism Drops | Acrylic Crystal Decorative Drops | Acrylic Crystal Wedding Garland with Maple Leaf Prisms | Acrylic Crystal Prism Drop Garland | Miniature Acrylic Decorative Crystal Drops

Chalkboard Wedding Fun

Chalkboards are no longer restricted to the classroom. Both practical and fun, chalkboards are a popular choice as favors and decorations at wedding receptions, bridal showers or parties. Use to enhance the look of your candy buffet, as fun and unique table numbers, place cards and even favors. All it takes is a little chalk and creativity to create a one-of-a-kind accent that will delight and amaze your guests. Here are some of our favorite new chalkboard and blackboard items at Daisy-Days.com.

Chalkboard Wedding Favors will add a festive look at your reception tables and they are gifts your guests will love to take home and use over and over again. The favor tags and favor picks are available in 8 trendy and fun shapes to fit the style and theme of your wedding. The favor candles can have a custom thank you message or your guests’ name and table number. The adorable mini blackboard frames make creative place cards and since they feature both an easel and magnet back, your guests will love to take these practical favors home.

Chalkboard Wedding Favors
Small Chalkboard Favor Frames | Chalkboard Favor Tags | Chalkboard Favor Pick | Chalkboard Frosted-Glass Tealight Holder Favors

Our chalkboards also make unique wedding decorations. Use as table signs to help guests find their seats or to decorate a candy buffet. Write custom messages and use to enhance wedding pictures with your guests.

Chalkboard Wedding Decorations
Blackboard Arrow Wedding Sign | Large Chalkboard Frames | “Blackboard” Placecard & Table Number Favors | Wooden Black Board Sticks in Directional Arrow Shape

Choose from 8 fun and trendy shapes for the chalkboard favor tags and chalkboard picks, including a lovebird, heart, circle, oval, square, rectangle, ticket and fancy flourish design.

Chalkboard Favor Tag Shapes

10 Tips for Choosing Perfect Wedding Invitations

After the excitement from the engagement dies down, it’s usually the right time for the bride and groom to start thinking about dates, locations, and of course, wedding invitations. Although these paper creations may seem simple, wedding invitations are actually so much more than just an invite to your big day. Wedding invitations, when done right, can actually set the tone for the rest of the wedding, reinforce your theme, and commemorate this amazing experience (most couples tend to frame their wedding invitations afterward!). If you’re on the hunt for the perfect wedding invitations, let Daisy-Days.com be your guide with these 10 tips for choosing the perfect wedding invites for your nuptials:

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  1. Match your personality with wedding invitations that seem to capture you and your hubby-to-be. Do you both have a sense of humor? Go with invitations that are a bit wild and cheery. Do you love the beach? A beach-themed invite would be the perfect fit. Just remember to choose the invitations that best represent your romance.
  2. Compliment your color scheme with wedding invitations to match your wedding colors. At Daisy-Days.com, we have a wide selection of wedding invitations to match just about any color palette.
  3. Celebrate the season of your big day with seasonal-themed wedding invitations that include details ranging from winter snowflakes and autumn’s falling leaves to springtime flower buds and summertime sunshine.
  4. Choose colors that are the favorite of you and your fiance. This will compliment the idea of coming together while still celebrating your individual uniqueness (it’s even better if you have complimentary colors!)
  5. Play with textures by choosing wedding invitations that use different types of paper or even fabric in their design. There are plenty of wedding invitations out there that use different ribbon, texture papers, and other details to make each and every invitation feel extra special.
  6. Get creative and mail unexpected wedding invitations printed on magnets, t-shirts, or even cookies!
  7. Go green with eco-friendly wedding invitations printed on plantable seed paper or made from recycled materials. (And don’t worry – these invitations are still incredibly beautiful and come in other colors besides green!)
  8. Get crafty with DIY wedding invitations and printable wedding invitation sets. Not only are DIY wedding invitations a great way to personalize your invites, but they’re also a great way to trim down your overall wedding budget! At Daisy-Days, we carry a wide selection of DIY wedding stationery, including DIY wedding invitations and printable wedding invitation sets.
  9. Include something fun with your wedding invitations, like stickers, a photo strip of you and your hubby-to-be, a seed packet for planting, or even a lollipop! The unexpected surprise of a gift inside each wedding invitation can make your day all the more special.
  10. Choose something that you know you’ll love forever.

How will you choose the best invitation for your big day? Or, if you have any tips for shopping for invitations, feel free to share with us in the comments! We’d love to hear how you’re going about your invitation search :)

Unique Ways to Save for Your Wedding

Piggy_Bank-300x225.jpgWho ever thought that Forbes would have wedding budget tips for brides? In a recent post on personal finance, contributor Richard Barrington shared the stories of three families who funded weddings for their daughters in non-traditional ways. With the current average cost of a wedding at about $25,000, it’s no wonder that people are getting creative with ways to save for the big day!

In the article, families were able to save up for one (or more!) weddings by working extra hours, tapping into retirement savings accounts, and recycling old clothes. All of these are great ideas, but we have a few of our own that we’d like to add in:

Roth IRA: These financial accounts are usually used for retirements, but you can sometimes use them to save up for a wedding depending on the account guidelines and eligibility requirements. Contact your financial institution for more information.

Put Your Hobby to Good Use: Do you knit? Draw? Play piano? Put your hobbies to good use and make money with your hobby by charging for what you produce. Sell your crafts online or at a local craft fair or give lessons to save up some extra cash.

Barter: Need catering? Offer to work for the catering company in exchange for catering your reception. Have mad graphic design skills? Design a website for a photographer in exchange for photos. Put your skills to work and trade services with wedding vendors. You never know how much you could save!

How are you saving for your big day?

 

Wedding Checklist for Brides

wedding ringsIt’s one year before your wedding and you’re wondering what you should do to start preparing for the big day. Don’t worry! Here is a checklist of some of the things you should be planning and doing month by month to prepare for your wedding day.

12 months before the wedding:

  • Make important decisions including setting a wedding date, deciding on a budget, choosing a location for the ceremony and reception and decide on the wedding party.
  • Begin making a guest list, including addresses.
  • Place an engagement announcement in your local paper.

6 to 9 months before the wedding:

  • Decide on and order your wedding gown and bridal accessories.
  • Begin shopping for your bridesmaids dresses.
  • Start your bridal gift registry.
  • Start shopping for your wedding gown.

4 to 6 months before the wedding:

  • Order your wedding invitations and thank you cards.
  • Purchase wedding favors and reception and ceremony decorations.
  • Begin shopping for your wedding cake.
  • Make the final decision concerning your guest list.
  • Mail out your wedding invitations.

2 to 4 months before the wedding:

  • Order the tuxedos for the groom and the groomsmen.
  • Decide on a menu for the reception.
  • Select and purchase your wedding rings and gifts for the wedding party.

1 to 2 months before the wedding:

  • Discuss and finalize wedding ceremony details with the officiant.
  • Make appointments for your hair and makeup.
  • Finalize any wedding details and purchase any other needed accessories.

1 to 2 weeks before the wedding:

  • Place a wedding announcement in your local paper.
  • Pick up your wedding gown.
  • Confirm details with all wedding vendors.

Follow this wedding checklist and you’re sure to be prepared for a stress-free walk down the aisle on your wedding day!

Another Royal Wedding – Complete with Just the Right Amount of Sparkle!

Crystal Rhinestone Hair Comb

Crystal Rhinestone Hair Comb

In yet another royal wedding of the year, Charlene Wittstock wedded Prince Albert II in a beautiful ceremony in Monaco on July 2, 2011 in front of dozens of royals, heads of state, and even some celebrities. Some stars on the guest list? Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, supermodel Karolina Kurkova, former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, model Naomi Campbell, and designer Giorgio Armani. It was an elegant affair the people are still buzzing about. Well, actually, it was the dress that caught most wedding watchers’ eyes!

Princess Charlene wore a Georgio Armani Prive off-the-shoulder ivory satin gown adorned with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, gold and pearl hand embroidery on the front and a dramatic train. In a word, it was fit for a princess, especially when you took into account the rest of her outfit. A silk tulle veil draped over her classic low updo added the right amount of mystique while a diamond headpiece and diamond jewelry completed the look. In fact, both she and the prince sparkled with 18-carat white gold platinum rings by Cartier. Prince Albert II looked wonderful too in a stylish white military suit. All in all, a beautiful affair.

Following the ceremony, about 450 guests were invited to lavish dinner prepared by celebrated French-born chef Alain Ducasse. For this special occasion, Princess Charlene wore a sleeveless white gown with tiered ruffles also by Armani Prive. Two wedding gowns? Sounds like a gorgeous experience for any bride!

Want to capture Princess Charlene’s look? Daisy-Days.com has a few accessories that are simply royal and ready to dazzle on your special day! If you want to get a look like hers, the easiest way to do it is through gorgeous crystal or rhinestone hair combs. Princess Charlene’s was a floral creation accented by diamonds. But for your big day, you can accessorize with a gorgeous crystal bridal hair comb or a crystal hair brooch. Simple, chic, and totally elegant!

Canvas Signature Frame Guest Books

Why settle for a plain guest book when you can have a piece of art? At Daisy Days, we are excited about our newest Guest Book Alternatives. These framed canvases are not only a trendy substitute for the traditional guest book, but these also make a striking decorative piece for your home, as well a unique, sentimental keepsake. Available in six artistic designs, each signature mat may be personalized to create a truly unique keepsake for your home. These unique signature frames include a personalized canvas, a black wood veneer frame and a plexiglass cover.

Artistic Canvas Siganture Frame Guest Book Alternatives

Forever Canvas Signature Guest Book / Lovebirds Canvas Signature Guest Book / Family Tree Canvas Signature Guest Book / Damask Monogram Canvas Signature Guest Book / New Initial Canvas Signature Guest Book / Blended Family Canvas Signature Guest Book