Creative Bridesmaid Gifts – Personalized Wine Glasses

I get asked a lot what a good bridesmaid gift would be. Many brides give jewelry (the same they are wearing in the wedding) as their gift. This is a great idea, and I do recommend it, but some brides like to do something different. Here is an idea that you and your bridesmaids can have fun with. Give them personalized wine glasses. Tons of websites offer you just this. You can just buy them, but I think it would be fun to make them. I know you are thinking, one more thing I have to take care of, how is this fun? My suggestion is to have your bridesmaids make their own glasses. Have a pre-wedding de-stress party. Pick a Friday or Saturday night and have a good old-fashioned slumber party. Then bring the wine glasses and have fun! Here is what you will need:

1. Wine Glasses. I know it is simple, but you will need to find some. In my town, I have an Old Time Pottery (love them!) and I can get wine glasses cheap. If you do not have a store like this in your town, then google and you will find hundreds. You can even get them customized with their name already, it is up to you.

Wine Glasses

2. Now you need paint in your wedding colors of course. You will need some kind of glass paint. If they need to put their names on them, then they may need a puffy paint like product that they can draw with. Also, these are glasses so make sure it is food safe.

Glass Paint – Joann’s

 3. Fun Stuff! Now get creative. You need the glitter and glam factor. Get items like feather boas, gems, ribbon and anything else that is you. This will let your girls be them, while at the same time, matching each other. Go to a craft store and just have fun. There is no limits and no rules, just your own.






             Boa                           Glitter                           Ribbon

4. Boring Stuff. You will need supplies to make this happen. This include paint brushes, plastic plates to pour paint on, scissors, glue (craft and/or glue gun) to add embellishments, etc. Also, I would suggest newspaper on the table you are working on, especially if you are using glitter. You will be having fun laughing and someone will drop something.

5. After everyone is done, collect them and keep them till your wedding day. Then have your planner set them out at the head table for the girls. They will be able to find their glass all night long.

BTW, the bride needs one too! Have fun with your bridesmaids and relax with them. It will be a great stress relief and will bring you all closer together, especially if not all your friends know each other.

Happy Planning!

DIY Weddings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Part 3

Part 3 – The Ugly

While I think that you can do somethings yourself, you need to leave some items to the professionals. Photography is the big one. Your pictures are one of the only things that you will have after the wedding is over. Professionals know how to capture the moment and not your feet. Uncle Joe maybe a great guy who always takes good pictures of you opening up your christmas presents, but this does not mean that he can all of a sudden take pictures of your wedding. Even though better digital cameras are now available to the public, there is more to photography than just the camera. Lighting is huge and unless Uncle Joe carries with him the correct lighting, or really knows how to use the settings on his camera, your pictures will not come out right.

Another place brides think that they can save money is with a DJ. An iPod is not a replacement for a DJ. Does your iPod come with lights and an MC? If so, let me know where you bought it. If not, then you will find that it will not replace a DJ. DJs perform many different roles. They announce you as you come in and all other events of the reception. They keep music going while you eat at the correct sound level. Finally, they keep the party going. They can customize the music according to the crowd. They may start with some classic songs while grandma and grandpa are there, and move to newer music when only the younger people are left. They can get the crowd up by playing the electric slide at the right moment (love it or hate it, it works at getting the crowd going). The question becomes, can your iPod do all of that? The answer is no.

Brides also think that they can save money by having someone bake the cake. This is another mistake that brides make. Preparing a cake for 100-300 people is not an easy task and should not be taken at one. To properly prepare a tiered cake, you need to have many skills. Aunt Mary may make a good cake on your birthday, but can she really make cake for 200 people. Are you ok with the icing sliding down the side? If she attempts to make tiers, are you ok with them sagging and falling over? Probably not. You can normally find cake decorators in any budget, so do your research to find someone who is right for you.

To conclude this series, it is important to understand that there are things you can do and things you cannot. Be smart about what you try to do yourself. You want your wedding day to be perfect, and so do we. We hate to hear about a bride that tried to do things for her own wedding that she was not capable of because we are normally hearing that it did not go well at all. Most importantly, you are to be enjoying your wedding and engagement. Do not ruin either of these by adding undue stress with too many DIY projects. Hire professionals where appropriate and do not be afraid to ask for help. Wedding planners are here to help when the stress of doing it yourself is too much.

DIY Weddings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Part 2

Part 2 – The Bad

While you can easily do somethings for your wedding by yourself, other items may need to be left to the professional. Maybe you think that you can create your own centerpieces. This is ok, if you can do it. If you are not very creative and just throw something on the table, it will show. People will notice if the fake flowers are just stuck in a vase. I am not saying that you cannot do your own centerpieces, I am saying that you need to know your limits. If you are a very creative person that can look at a picture and recreate something, than great do your own centerpieces. My sister happens to not be creative (she is the first to tell you), and would have made horrible centerpieces if she did them by herself. She knew for her wedding that she could not create them, so she had me do them. Some centerpiece ideas are easy to recreate because you can purchase items already completed and just set on tables. Other centerpieces take time, effort and skill to create. If you see a picture from a celebrities wedding that you just have to have, be aware that they did not do it themself and hired someone. If you try to duplicate it yourself, be prepared that it will not look the same. If you are ok with that, great. If not, then hire a florist or wedding planner. This does not end with just centerpieces, but you get the idea. Know what you can and cannot do, and it will go a long way in preventing unneeded stress.

DIY Weddings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Part 1

Part 1 – The Good

Even though I am a wedding planner, I see nothing wrong with DIY weddings, to a point. I think that some items can easily be done by a bride and other items should be left to the professionals. This is the first part of a three-part series that I think can help you create the perfect day without breaking the bank or leaving you in tears.

Many different companies now offer DIY invitations. The styles have improved greatly over the last couple of years. If you need to save money and have the time, this can be a good option. It is important, however, that you realize this will take time and energy, so be prepared. Maybe you are good with the computer and scrapbooking and want to create your own programs. Wedding favors are another easy area to do it yourself. You could do candy in a box or maybe just a lottery ticket, either way you can save money. Below is a picture of a a favor box that could easily be done by you and filled with anything that can fit inside.

Wedding Favor Idea

Link to This Wedding Favor Idea

The key to any of these ideas is that you need to give yourself enough time to create your vision. If you wait until the night before your wedding to start, you will find it was easier to just spend the money.