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What Is A Wedding Checklist and Why Do I Need One?

check listWith everything a future bride and groom have on their minds getting ready for their big day, it is almost impossible to keep it all in order. To help you remember everything and minimize the headaches related to even the smallest of details, it is a good idea to prepare a wedding checklist.

Having a wedding checklist, which can be altered to fit your specific needs, will lessen the stress load each time you cross off a completed task. A wedding checklist will also ensure that when your big day comes, you haven't forgotten anything and you can relax and enjoy your day.

Some things that may be included on a wedding checklist are reserving the date with a florist, photographer and disk jockey; set the time and date of the wedding, and reserve your church and reception location. These starter steps should be done about six to 12 months before your date.

More ideas to add to your wedding checklist include establishing a wedding budget, choosing the wedding party and ordering invitations and announcements. You may also want to consider picking out your dress and hair piece, visiting a boutique to look at attire for the attendants and ordering your wedding rings. All of these things should be done as early as possible to save you time when the small details become a necessity.

Closer to your date, the wedding checklist you create should have reminders for you to order wedding flowers, address invitations, plan a rehearsal dinner with friends and family, select the music and order the wedding cake. These things should be done about four months prior to your big day.

About four to six weeks before your wedding, you will need to go over your wedding checklist and began mailing invitations, do a final fitting for your gown, select your groom's gift, be sure that thank you notes have been written and sent out for any showers and receptions that were thrown in your honor, and place your announcement in your local newspaper.

As you continue crossing tasks off your wedding checklist, it will become smaller and you will have a feeling of satisfaction and organization. The final details come two weeks before your wedding when you will need to make a final appointment with your florist to approve your flowers, go to the courthouse for a marriage license, change names on accounts and official documents and begin a list of wedding gifts and senders so that you will be able to send them thank you cards later.

Although these are just a few things that should be included on your wedding checklist, it gives you an idea of how many details you will be covering throughout your planning. If you stay organized with a list and give yourself plenty of time to complete each task, you will reap the rewards of having a peaceful beginning to your new life.


The Modern Wedding Favor

modern favorWhether you go with an edible treat (like brownies, cookies, candy or chocolate) or a little treasure to give your guests for a favor, you need to buy something to put that favor in. This can range from small paper or fabric bags to small gift boxes to tulle. Traditional favors use tulle as the material that the bride will put the favor and then she ties a ribbon and card to the bundle.

You can get as creative as you want and let your imagination run wild when you make your favors. If your favor is an edible treat, you will need to cover it somehow, so you might want to put it in a gift box. A small glass or gift box is absolutely perfect for those edible treats.

Look on the Internet and talk with your friends and family to get some ideas about some very unique ways to make your wedding favors. Heck, with all of the information that is floating around in cyberspace, you might find yourself overwhelmed and get some wonderful things to think about. Buying your wedding favor supplies is easy too, as you can get almost anything online. There are so many choices that you might not be able to make up your mind. If you want to give small candles, then try ordering candle plates to go with them as keepsakes.

Have you ever thought of using decorated Chinese take-out boxes as part of your modern wedding favor? This is not as uncommon as you may think. If you are giving wedding fortune cookies, which are a very popular wedding favor, this is just the perfect idea. These are great inside a Chinese take-out wedding favor box. It is easy to match your chosen colors with this neat idea because you can buy these boxes in nearly any color you can think of.

Thinking about using small paper bags to make your favors? Well then you have a great idea. You can buy these small bags in bulk and decorate them any way you choose. Buying in bulk is a great way to keep your expenses down; won’t that look awesome on the table? A clear plastic bag gives soaps or candles a more modern look and looks good at the same time. You can enjoy their beauty without being overpowering by the fragrance(s) at your reception. If you are going for a splash of color, then you might want to think about using small glass jars as your container.

While flowers are not meant to be put in a box or in a bag however, a small vase with your ribbon and card tied to the vase is just perfect! If you plan on giving away real flowers, please make sure you have them in water. Many other things are not meant to be packaged, so make sure that you arrange them on tables in such a way that adds some style and a touch of your style to the tables.


How To Make Your Own Wedding Favors

make your ownWhenever it comes to wedding favors, you will come across endless possibilities. If you can buy your supplies in bulk then you can end up saving a lot of money which is something important. If you explore the internet and start searching wedding favors then you will find that the majority of them would cost somewhere from $1 to $6 per person. If you are planning to buy pre-made favors in bulk then you would end up spending hundreds or even thousands. There is no doubt that you can simply save money on your wedding favors if you make them yourself. The finest thing about making a wedding favors is that you are able to obtain more creativity with them.

Initially, you will have to think on what type of favor you would like. You may want things you can eat or memento of the event for the favor. Whenever you think about food favors, you have a chance to show a lot of creativity. You can make a lot of things from chocolates, candies, and even cookies. If you are wanting to give some chocolates to your guests, along with the chocolates you can simply buy some molds which are easily available at a craft shop for a dollar or two. You can buy some inexpensive chocolates you can melt down and add color to, especially if you use white chocolate. You have an option to put together and make chocolate suckers, spoons, and many more when it comes to chocolate.

Chocolate cookies also offer a lot of possibilities. If you are running short of funds and are on a tight budget then you have the option to make wedding cookies which will look exactly like a cake and which will also have your name along with the wedding date on it, or you can also make bride and grooms with the help of gingerbread people cookie cutters which will look fascinating.

You can buy a cheap cookie cutter and then garnish them to look as a bride or a groom. Whenever you are looking for mementos, it is advisable for you to visit the nearest craft store and look around for ideas. You will also find reasonable prices on baskets and boxes which will look fascinating filled with almonds and topped with a bow.

Whenever it comes to creativity you always have the best option to explore the internet and see what others have done with their wedding favors. You can also search on the internet for wedding favors which can be made at home to get more ideas.

Good wedding favors are simple ideas, so you will be able to make mass quantities of them yourself in a reasonable amount of time. Of course, if the favors require additional work, you can get members of the wedding party, or your family and friends to help you out so you can get hundreds of them made in no time.


A Guide to Choosing and Buying Wedding Favors

guideWedding planning is stressful indeed because of the all of those things that you must get done before your big day! One of these things that you will want to see to yourself is choosing and buying wedding favors. Luckily this is going to be one of the easier tasks.

Wedding favors are the little gifts that the bride and groom give to everyone who comes to the wedding. These are a simple way of thanking your guests for being part of your special day.

These very special little timeless keepsakes hold special significance to the bride or groom. One thought for you grooms is to give your guy friends and guests baseball caps that have your favorite baseball team’s logo and your wedding date. Hey brides why not give your lady friends and guests a small bottle of your favorite perfume. You might also want to make your favors from both of you. These are perfect for everyone and can be as simple as a bookmark that has a special message and your wedding date written on it in gold lettering.

These special little gifts are a reminder of the special memories of your wedding day that you can look back on for many years to come. You need to make sure that your favors are just your style. With so many different styles of weddings nowadays, is it any wonder that couples have a tough time with this? You really do not want your favor (fancy) to upstage your wedding (casual); nor do you want to go the other way—having your casual wedding favors looking out of place at a fancy wedding. What a catastrophe!

You will never go wrong in choosing a traditional wedding favor, as they will never go out of style. Ribbons and chocolates are the most common traditional favors out there. Did you know that ribbons have a historical connection to marriage that goes back to Elizabethan England? The phrase ‘Tying the Knot’ comes from ribbons tied in a knot symbolizing marriage. Royalty used gold and silver ribbons while commoners used blue and white ribbons. Chocolate is a very popular wedding favor. You can either buy or make heart or bell or cake shaped chocolate favors, but please remember that chocolate melts rather quickly on a hot day. You are only limited by your imagination.

If you want to make your own wedding favors, by all means… go ahead, it is your wedding. No one is saying that you absolutely must go with traditional wedding favors. It is your choice if you choose to give something like baskets of homemade baked treats or a silk flower arrangement or exotic soaps or whatever catches your fancy. The idea here is to choose something that will be a special keepsake that personifies you.

If you are looking for the convenience of being able to order those favors in bulk, look no further than your computer and the Internet. All you need to do is type “wedding favors” in a search engine and you will be given plenty of stores to choose from. Remember to order those wedding favors as soon as you both have made your choice. You will need to allow extra time for your favors to be custom made and shipped.

When it comes to the cost, you truly do not need to do something super extravagant (unless your wedding is). The perfect wedding favor is one that says “Thank you for sharing our special day with us.” and reminds you that special feeling every time you look at it.


Holiday Wedding Favors: Unique Favors For Your Special Day

holiday favorsIf you are having a holiday wedding then you might wish to have your wedding favors in a holiday theme. You can have fun and build on this idea as it will be something which will make your wedding celebration more wonderful.

Wrap your favor in holiday colors
A wrapped colored tin which contains chocolate and candies is one of the best ideas. The wrappers can be decorated with different colors and patterns. This is something which doesn’t need much money and also which you can do on your own and customize with your wedding colors or holiday theme colors and decorations.

You can mix different chocolates, which can be wrapped up with unique holiday colored wrappers. You can have the couple’s name and then wedding date stamped, on the outer layer of the wrapper. This is something which will fascinate lot of wedding guests. Just be careful when using chocolate as it will melt if the weather is too hot and your wedding favor will turn into a mess!

Use decorative holiday tins
You can also give holiday tins which are cute and decorated for a special holiday. You can keep a unique and special note inside the tins for all the guests thanking them for their superb help and good wishes. This is a wedding favor which is more personal and something which you can make yourself.

If you are planning to make holiday cookies for your wedding favors then you are on the right track as well. You can make delicious cookies and then garnish them for that particular holiday. You can garnish them by writing the names and the dates of the special day. This is one of the tastiest treats which most of the guests will love.

If you are not interested in making cookies then you can place orders at the bakery which will be a great help to you. You will then be able to wrap the cookies separately so that you can have one for each and every one of your wedding guests.

If you search around on the internet, then you will be able to get many great and cheap holiday wedding favor ideas. Receiving feedback from others is something which will help you in deciding the kind of holiday wedding favors you can use for your holiday wedding.

There are so many cute holiday wedding favors that you can make or have made for you, and you don’t have to get elaborate or spend a lot of money. You can have a cute and unique holiday wedding favor by simply wrapping your gift in the appropriate holiday colors.