wedding planning

What Your Wedding Guests Want – and How to Wow Them!

Plantable Wedding Place Cards

Plantable Wedding Place Cards

When you’re sitting down to plan your wedding, the first thing to do is to make sure that you and your hubby-to-be are having your wedding dreams come to life. Focus in on what you both want for your big day and then move on to what you’ll need to do for your guests. Once you get to this stage, it’s important to know exactly what your guests need, what they expect, and what they want. Luckily, with a little help from Daisy-Days, it’ll be easy to plan the wedding of your dreams that’s sure to wow your guests!

First off, recognized that wedding guests have some very basic needs:

Food and Drink: Be attentive to the dietary needs of guests and make sure that the bar is well stocked and conveniently open. Also offer a variety of food choices to ensure everyone finds something they like.

Comfort: Check into the capacity and condition of your wedding venue and make sure that there are enough bathrooms to keep your guests comfortable. Also make sure that there’s plenty of seating and that the tables aren’t cramped for the reception.

Safety: Wedding guests need to be safe from the elements, so be sure to make plans to protect your guests in the event of an outdoor wedding. Essentials like umbrellas, tents, heaters, sunscreen, bug spray, and bottles of water can go a long way in keeping your guests safe and comfortable.

Family: Many of your wedding guests may have small children. If children are invited, make sure you plan accordingly when it comes to how they can take part in the fun, what there is to do, and what they have to eat. If your wedding is child-free, have some resources available or recommended babysitters to make it easy on the parents. Also make some consideration for older members of your family by scheduling some of the important moments early on and by keeping the music at a respectable volume.

Once you have these details ironed out, you’re set to have a pretty great wedding. But if you want to take things to the next level and really give your guests what they want, consider some of these tips and tricks for wowing your guests from start to finish on your big day:

  • Make sure that there are easy to read, easy to find place cards or seating charts to show guests to their tables.
  • For out of town guests, make sure to send a welcome note with any important details they’ll need to know to enjoy your big day, such as a map of the location, an itinerary, or a list of recommended restaurants/attractions in the area.
  • Respect your guests and keep waiting for food, beverages, or festivities to a minimum.
  • Make sure you have a DJ or band that can read the crowd and respond to the energy.
  • Simplify cocktail hour by having servers present with drinks and appetizers instead of buffet. Fewer lines means happier wedding guests
  • Stagger toasts between dinner courses to prevent a block of speeches from cutting into meal time.
  • Advise guests on attire – it makes dressing for a wedding so much easier! Be sure to note on the invitations whether or not the affair will be casual, black tie, or something else.
  • Offer activities where guests can have fun, like a photo booth.
  • Keep the wedding schedule tight. Big blocks of time between the ceremony and reception can be tricky.

What are your best tips for ensuring that your wedding guests have a great time?

The Tricky RSVP: Tips for Wedding Invitations & Wedding Response Cards

Plantable Wedding Response Card

Plantable Wedding Response Card

Handling responses to your wedding invitation can be one of the most difficult and stressful parts of the wedding planning process, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips on handling wedding invitiation RSVPs and response cards so that you have less stress and more time to focus on other areas of wedding planning:

Stick with mailed response cards to simplify the RSVP process. At Daisy-Days, we have a variety of wedding response cards that can fit your wedding style or theme.
If you’re having a small, intimate wedding of 50 or so guess, RSVP by phone may be the way to go.
Don’t be afraid of having guests RSVP online or via email! If you have a wedding website, you may be able to set up a special area where guests can submit their RSVPs, saving you the cost of postage – and paper!
Make sure that you indicate the preferred method (or required method!) of response when you mail your wedding invitations.
Expect to have a few late responses, so don’t book the caterer the day the RSVPs are due back.
Give guests a few weeks to respond to your wedding invitation.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Family members and bridesmaids can be incredibly helpful when it comes to handling RSVPs.
Double and triple check your counts before booking any number dependent wedding details, such as the reception area, caterer, etc.
It may be easier to handle RSVPs by putting all of the wedding guest information into a spreadsheet on your computer. This way, you have a neat and organized list of attendees that can make reception planning a cinch!
What are your best tips for handling wedding invitations, wedding response cards, and the tricky matter of the RSVP?Handling responses to your wedding invitation can be one of the most difficult and stressful parts of the wedding planning process, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips on handling wedding invitiation RSVPs and response cards so that you have less stress and more time to focus on other areas of wedding planning:
  • Stick with mailed response cards to simplify the RSVP process. At Daisy-Days, we have a variety of wedding response cards, including plantable response cards and eco-friendly response cards,  that can fit your wedding style or theme.
  • If you’re having a small, intimate wedding of 50 or so guess, RSVP by phone may be the way to go.
  • Don’t be afraid of having guests RSVP online or via email! If you have a wedding website, you may be able to set up a special area where guests can submit their RSVPs, saving you the cost of postage – and paper!
  • Make sure that you indicate the preferred method (or required method!) of response when you mail your wedding invitations.
  • Expect to have a few late responses, so don’t book the caterer the day the RSVPs are due back.
  • Give guests a few weeks to respond to your wedding invitation.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Family members and bridesmaids can be incredibly helpful when it comes to handling RSVPs.
  • Double and triple check your counts before booking any number dependent wedding details, such as the reception area, caterer, etc.
  • It may be easier to handle RSVPs by putting all of the wedding guest information into a spreadsheet on your computer. This way, you have a neat and organized list of attendees that can make reception planning a cinch!
What are your best tips for handling wedding invitations, wedding response cards, and the tricky matter of the RSVP?

Wedding Invitation Etiquette Q&A

If you’re starting to think about sending wedding invitations, be sure to check out these FAQs about wedding invitation etiquette!

Contemporary Wedding Invitations by Carlson Craft

Contemporary Wedding Invitations by Carlson Craft

How far in advance should I send wedding invitations?
Ideally, wedding invitations should go out about six weeks before the wedding. That gives your guests plenty of time to RSVP and sort out their schedules.
When should I require the response cards to be sent back?
No later than two weeks before the big day – that way you have time to get a final count for the caterer, make a seating chart, etc.
How should I word my invitations?
Traditionally, invitations are issued by those who are hosting the wedding. If you and your hubby-to-be are hosting the wedding on your own, include just your names. If your parents are hosting, include their names in the invitation.
If you’re not sure which one to go with, a safe bet would be:
Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
together with their parents (or together with their families)
My reception and ceremony are in the same place – how do I include that in my invitation?
Just include a line in the invitation that says “Reception to follow”. It’s basically the same thing as saying that the reception is at the same place as the ceremony.
Do couples who live together but aren’t married receive a single invitation or separate invitation?
Send a single invitation since they are a couple. Include both their names on the envelope, listed alphabetically, and then the address as normal.

How far in advance should I send wedding invitations?

Ideally, wedding invitations should go out about six weeks before the wedding. That gives your guests plenty of time to RSVP and sort out their schedules.

When should I require the response cards to be sent back?

No later than two weeks before the big day – that way you have time to get a final count for the caterer, make a seating chart, etc.

How should I word my invitations?

Traditionally, invitations are issued by those who are hosting the wedding. If you and your hubby-to-be are hosting the wedding on your own, include just your names. If your parents are hosting, include their names in the invitation.

If you’re not sure which one to go with, a safe bet would be:

Bride’s name

and

Groom’s name

together with their parents (or together with their families)

My reception and ceremony are in the same place – how do I include that in my invitation?

Just include a line in the invitation that says “Reception to follow”. It’s basically the same thing as saying that the reception is at the same place as the ceremony.

Do couples who live together but aren’t married receive a single invitation or separate invitation?

Send a single invitation since they are a couple. Include both their names on the envelope, listed alphabetically, and then the address as normal.

What questions do you have about wedding invitation etiquette?

Engagement Etiquette: Who Do I Tell First?

Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings

When it comes to getting engaged, it can be difficult to contain all of the excitement. After all, this is one of the most important days of your life; it’s worth celebrating! But when he’s just popped the question and you can’t wait to tell the world, stop for a minute and follow these simple rules for post-engagement etiquette:

First and foremost, Facebook should not be the first to know. Instead, make it a point to tell both of your parents first. A phone call or in person is best for those who are closest; in person if you can. If you have children, you’ll also want to make sure that they are some of the first people you tell.

Next, notify your close friends and relatives. They’ll want to hear the news firsthand. If you can, notify them through email, phone, or in person. Your engagement story will likely be the top topic of discussion :)

After you’ve told your closest loved ones, now is the time to update Facebook. Change your relationship status to “engaged” and celebrate! There’s a whole lot of planning ahead of you!

Finally, on the matter of ex-spouses. If this is your second marriage, it’s always a polite thing to call and tell your ex-spouse about your engagement so that he or she doesn’t hear it through the grapevine first.

Stay tuned for more wedding etiquette and engagement etiquette tips all month long!

Congratulations, You’re Engaged! Now What?

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Getting engaged is huge and planning a wedding can definitely be overwhelming. Instead of thinking about everything that needs to be done and stressing out, sit down, take a deep breath and read this blog post.

Here are some of the first things you need to think about and do after becoming engaged.

  • Making lists is one of the best ways to stay organized. Create a list for all your wedding needs – a to do list, a list of wedding ideas that you love, a list of wedding themes, a guest list, etc. You should also invest in a wedding calendar that you can use specifically for wedding related events and appointments.
  • People are going to ask you what the date of your wedding is. You can’t prevent them from asking, but you can be prepared. Sit down with your fiance and decide on a rough date. It doesn’t have to be the exact date of your wedding, but choose a month and a round about date.
  • Set a budget and begin putting money aside, so you can cover the costs of all your wedding needs.
  • Ask both your and your fiance’s parents 
  • for a list of people that should be included on the guest list. Then, sit down together and make your own guest list of friends, co workers, family members, etc. Right now, don’t worry about the number of people on the list, as this isn’t the final guest list. 
  • Consider who you’d like in your wedding party. Make a list and if you have some definite picks, ask!
  • Search for and make a list of prospective venues, caterers, and other vendors. 
  • Visit the engagement and wedding planning resources at Daisy-Days.com. We have books, tote bags, and other tools to get you rolling with wedding planning and to keep you organized!
  • Most importantly, have your engagement ring appraised and insured!

At Daisy-Days.com, we have all of the engagement and wedding planning resources you need to plan a day that’s a dream come true. The key is to take everything one step at a time!

An Amelie-Inspired Wedding with Paris Wedding Favors & More!

Ah, l’amour. There’s nothing more romantic than a Parisian-inspired wedding. What better way to incorporate the best of Paris with a quirky, memorable movie than by having an Amelie-inspired wedding! Amelie tells the story of a woman who is determined to do good in the world – while finding love unexpectedly along the way. You can read more about the film here.

In the meantime, as you plan your Amelie wedding, why not try out some of these lovely details?
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Parisian Placecards: Our Paris Nights Eiffel Tower Place Card Holders are the perfect fit for any bride looking to capture the magic of Paris like the movie does.
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Traveling Gnome Favors: Remember the garden gnome that goes around the world? Well, now you can bring this little piece of Amelie to your wedding reception by giving your guests Miniature Porcelain Gnome Favors. So adorable and tres chic!
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Photo Strip Table Centerpieces: In the movie, Amelie and Nino first see each other at a photo booth in the Metro station. To capture this romantic detail, get photo strips of you and your fiance and set them up as part of your centerpieces with our Laser Expresions Paper Picture Frames.
Love these lovely details? Well, here are a few more for you to try:
  • Having a wedding near the water? Give your guests stones to skip, just like Amelie.
  • Serve up raspberries and creme brulee – don’t forget the spoon!
  • Set up a photo booth for your guests to have meet-cutes of their own!
Oh, and don’t forget, we have a lovely selection of Paris wedding accessories for you to choose from too!

Wonderful Winter Wedding Ideas

 

Bridal Wrap.jpgWinter can be such a magical time of the year for a wedding. While most people tend to think of the snow as an annoyance, imagine how a gorgeous a bride would look as her white wedding dress glistens against the snow covered ground. Breathtaking! Not to mention, the decor options for a winter wedding are endless!
 
Here are some of our favorite winter wedding details that are sure to make your holiday season nuptials an event to remember: 
 
  • Have snowflake wedding decorations by dangling handmade or store bought snowflakes from the ceiling of the reception hall.
  • Winter weddings are often associated with the color white, but blue is a wintery color that is often forgotten. Go against the norm, and create an ice blue wonderland for your wedding! Accent blues with whites and silvers for a sophisticated, chic look.
  • At the reception, hang mistletoe above the bride and groom?s seats. Voila! The perfect kiss to kick off the reception!
  • Give guests winter wedding favors, like our Snow in Love plantable snowflake seed favors, miniature winter snowglobe favors, or winter scented pine cone favors. Our winter wedding favor selection has dozens of favors for you to choose from – all with a holiday or winter theme in mind!
  • Want to liven up your wedding gown? Try a beautiful bridal cape or bridal wrap in an elegant fur accented by a crystal bridal brooch
  • Personalized ornaments can be used as place cards and favors. 
  • Fill the dessert table with Christmas cookies and other holiday treats, like white chocolate snowflakes
  • A red and white theme is elegant and creates a Christmas atmosphere. Use red accents such as bows, holly, candles and even bridesmaids dresses if you want a Christmastime wedding. 
  • Create a unique church atmosphere by decorating the church aisles with miniature potted trees sprayed white with fake snow and stringing white lights throughout them. 
  • Candle lit centerpieces create a relaxing atmosphere, so feel free to play around with pillar candles on holiday plates, glass hurricane lamps, or elegant candelabras. 
What are some of your favorite winter wedding ideas? 
 

Welcoming Proposal Season with These Unique Proposal Ideas!

We can’t believe how fast autumn is flying by! Pretty soon, we’ll be moving into one of our favorite times of year: Proposal Season!

We absolutely love hearing about our customers’ proposals. There are just so many unique ideas out there! But if you’re a fiance-to-be scouting out the wedding blogs looking for ideas, never fear! We’ve put together something just for you :)

Here are a few of our favorite unique wedding proposal ideas (complete with our engagement ring boxes and unique ring pillows!):

Rose Ring Box

Rose Ring Box

Get rosy. We love the idea of a trail of rose petals leading to a fiance-to-be on bended knee, so try to get creative with your use of roses! Draw her a romantic rose petal bath, complete with candles and champange before you pop the question. Or you can try giving her a bouquet of 11 roses – the 12th rose will be our gorgeous rose ring box! Featuring a satin and velvet lining, this elegant engagement ring box is perfect for a romantic proposal involving roses.

Birds Nest Ring Pillow

Birds Nest Ring Pillow

Enjoy the great outdoors. Maybe your fiance-to-be loves to hike, kayak, and just enjoy the sunshine. Take her on a romantic picnic, horseback ride, boat ride, or other outdoor activity she enjoys. Be sure to pack along her favorite foods and maybe even set the mood with a little music. Then, go to a quiet spot and present her with a bird’s nest ring pillow as you tell her how you want to spend the rest of your life with her. This gorgeous bird’s nest is a natural and eco-chic way to have the perfect proposal.

Treasure Chest Ring Box

Treasure Chest Ring Box

Take her on a treasure hunt. Does the love of your life enjoy surprises? Then send her on a thoughtful treasure hunt! Start out by sending her flowers to her apartment. Include a card letting her know that a treasure hunt awaits. Then, get some of her friends and family involved by giving them each a clue to lead her to the next spot. Each point on her hunt can be something she enjoys, such as a manicure, massage, or a cup of her favorite coffee. Have the final clue lead her to you and present her with her very own treasure chest ring box! This beautiful treasure chest is made of white satin and is perfect for presenting her engagement ring.

What are your favorite unique proposal ideas? How did your hubby-to-be propose?

15 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

Monogram Cake Topper.jpgYour wedding is one of the most wonderful days of your entire life, and it should be celebrated to the fullest. One of the many ways to make sure you have a memorable, one-of-a-kind wedding is by personalizing certain details to suit your tastes and unique style, or by using personalized wedding accessories and decor. Here are 15 ways you can personalize your wedding.

  1. Keep guests cool inside a tightly packed church with DIY fan programs with a special message from the bride and groom.
  2. Decorate with your childhood photos! Clip photos of you and your groom along a clothesline, and string the clothesline up at the church, reception hall or wedding location.
  3. Direct the way to your wedding with a blackboard sign with you and your grooms name on it and an arrow pointing in the right direction.
  4. Make your own wedding invitations with a DIY invitation kit.
  5. For a fall wedding, instead of the flower girl scattering the traditional flowers, have her scatter colorful leaves. It’s a unique detail anyone can appreciate. Feel free to get creative with bubbles, lavender buds, birdseed, confetti, or other wedding details to make your flower girl’s walk down the aisle unique.
  6. Instead of wearing no shoes to a beach wedding, slip on a pair of barefoot sandals. They’re beautiful and totally unexpected!
  7. Drive away from the ceremony in style when you decorate your car with personalized car wedding décor.
  8. Decorate the dance floor with personalized wedding dance floor decals.
  9. Rent a photo booth, and use a personalized photo booth backdrop.
  10. Label your chairs at the reception with bride and groom sashes, or personalized chair sashes.
  11. At the reception, instead of setting out the tradition guest book, set out a wooden box with cards and a pen, and tell guests they should write their well wishes on the paper and set it in the box.
  12. Walk down the isle on a personalized isle runner.
  13. Personalize your wedding favors with DIY favors and kits. Feature your names, wedding date, or monogram for a polished touch.
  14. Decorate the top of your wedding cake with a photo of your and your groom or choose a monogram cake topper.
  15. Incorporate your heritage, hometowns or favorite hobbies into your ceremony and reception.

Personalizing your wedding can be fun, whether it’s through DIY wedding projects or doing something non-traditional.

Find Gorgeous Wedding Invitations at Daisy-Days!

 

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Choosing the wedding invitation is an important part of the wedding process. Besides inviting family and friends to your special day, your wedding invitations set the tone for the rest of the occasion. They foreshadow the wedding decor, the venue, the season, or even the wedding colors! If you’ve been looking for gorgeous wedding invitations to celebrate your special event, be sure to check out our Wedding Invitations selection to find marvelous paperie that’s sure to make your wedding an event to remember – even before it gets started!
 
From elegant pocket wedding invitations to DIY printable wedding invitations to help you save on your wedding budget, our selection has just about every invitation type and style you could need, from top brands like:
  • Carlson Craft
  • McPhersons Invitations
  • Birchcraft Invitations
  • Chloe B
  • …and many more. 
 
We even have plantable wedding invitations to keep your wedding eco-chic! If you need wedding invitations, save the dates, or other wedding stationery, let our wedding experts at Daisy-Days.com match you with the perfect invitations to reflect your wedding day as well as your sense of style. Remember – there’s something for every bride and every budget at Daisy-Days.com!