Wedding gift ideas for the bridal party.
You’ve planned the wedding and are feeling a sense of relief. Hold on. You’re not done yet… Bridal party gifts are still on your list! Trying to come up with new, fresh ideas for bridal parties can be tough. Start by searching Pinterest and Etsy to get your creative vibes flowing. Next, think unique, think about something that means something to you and your future husband or wife. Some brides choose to gift their ladies with accessories for the wedding day such as jewelry, purses or robes for the morning of the wedding! A bride that taught English in Japan gave her bridesmaids kimonos to wear while getting ready for the wedding. A small wooden crate filled with some special soaps, alcohol, candy, can always make a great gift when thoughtfully presented. A mini bar in a jar packed with your favorite mini alcohol bottles will always be everyone’s favorite.
Although most would love Tiffanys jewelry, it’s not in the budget for many. A nice alternative is a personalized necklace, bracelet, or ring from Etsy which coordinates to a spot you and each person loves (Think favorite restaurant, vacation spot, college dorm, sorority house, where you hang out with each person). With a little thought, you can put together a gift all will adore no matter your budget.
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Every wonder why the wedding rings go on the left hand, fourth finger? Thousand of years ago, there was a Greek and Roman belief that a vein from the fourth finger on the left hand ran directly to the heart, which led to our fondly held tradition of placing wedding bands on this finger. When any other digit would do, we choose to place the ring on our ring finger, thereby connecting our wedding rings directly to our heart, and forever sealing our wedded bond.
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Choosing the perfect first dance song.
What girl hasn’t dreamed of her first dance? It is important to choose a song that’s timeless yet also captures your relationship during this snapshot in time. Before the big day, start listening to genres outside your norm, listen to composers you haven’t listened to before. When something catches your ear, jot down the song name and keep a running list. And it’s never a bad idea to grab your betrothed for a test-run once you’ve narrowed it down to one or two to make sure the song is dance-able. Another option is to choose a song familiar to you and your fiancé, one that brings back good memories.
Bruce from Battleson Entertainment says, “Choosing your first dance is a big deal. This is forever! A lot of couples go too trendy on their first dance song and your choice is embarrassing by your 5th Anniversary. For example, love songs by Boy Bands or girl power divas like Celine and Whitney that get overplayed and everyone gets burned out on. By the way, no man wants a song by a girl power diva for their first dance. Rappers singing a love song will be a big regret in 20 years. You need a classic song or a classic sounding song that will sound good and be relevant on your 50th Anniversary. Country artists such as George Strait, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Dan + Shay, have some fantastic love songs that will stand the test of time. Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Etta James, Norah Jones and Ed Sheeren are all classic voices that will sound great forever. Another good direction to go in is remade, rearranged, songs such as “Can’t help falling in love with you” by Ingrid Michaelson. What song would I have at MY wedding? My girl and I are in love with Ed Sheeren’s “Tenerife Sea’” Continue reading
Jodi and Laura’s wedding day was a truly remarkable one. Many memorable moments were combined to create a day that will be remembered for a lifetime. We were referred to Jodi by her loving daughter, Syvan.
Syvan use to be part of our team as an intern with At Your Side Planning in 2014. We love getting to see former members of the At Your Side family, and were honored to be part of such a special day! The charming venue, La Jolla Women’s Club was the perfect fit for this Sunday afternoon wedding Continue reading
It was a delight to put together the wedding for a couple as fabulous as John and Katie. The two began their love story with a shared passion for tango dancing. Their wedding perfectly embodied their similar interests, with a beautiful vintage twist.
The couple’s flair for style was evident from the very beginning of the night, when the bride stepped out of a 1930s Packard by Hire Old Cars. The venue transformed with the work of Robbie Allen. The bartender provided chair covers and runners while Classic Party Rentals provided all linens for the tables. To make it uniquely theirs, Katie added her special touch by creating her own centerpieces using mercury containers with an assortment of candles. Continue reading
Sometimes love arrives when you’re not looking for it. Such is the case of Sam and Jacque’s love story. The pair had both tried dating sites, but their online dating experiences were plagued with disappointment (and a touch of lunacy). It seemed hopeless, and they were close to giving up. Little did they know, a cunning mutual friend had a plan to set them up. Janice, a coworker of Jacque’s whose boyfriend worked with Sam, invited both to watch her in a pool tournament, and what they thought would be a casual get together turned out to be the first day of the rest of their lives. Sam and Jacque met, and were instantly intrigued. Within weeks, they were in love! Their friend should be a professional matchmaker, because this year Sam and Jacque celebrated ten years of marriage. In honor of such a milestone, the couple renewed their vows. The vow renewal took place at Rock Church East County and was officiated by their pastor, Ricky Paige. The scene was breathtaking. Elizabeth from Barliz Flowers dressed the room with floral throughout the room and a gorgeous bamboo arch.
The personalized signage that the bride collected was perfect! They included adorable sayings such as: “Loved You Once, Love You Still; Always Have, Always Will” and “It’s Never Too Late To Live Happily Ever After.” Continue reading
Can’t decide what your perfect fit wedding party favor is for your special day? Look no further and get off of Pinterest, because we made you a list of the most loved wedding favors of 2016 guests can’t stop talking about. Leaving your guest with an unforgettable special gift to take home at the end of the night will make your guests feel like they are an important part of your most memorable day. We love photobooth photos as a great way to say thank you for celebrating with us. Photobooths are always fun for everyone!
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Don’t let them leave the fun. Make them take it home by creating personalized engraved bottle openers. Every time they use their unique bottle opener they will remember your special day and fun times they had with you. Continue reading
Stunning. Remarkable. Breathtaking. These are some words we would use to describe the unfolding of Jasmin and Rod’s wedding celebration. Jasmin and Rod were having a destination wedding in San Diego. They came from San Francisco and were referred to us by a good friend of owner, Diana Romero. The couple reached out to us last year and we immediately became excited about their wedding vision. They already had the perfect venue – Seaside Scripps Forum in La Jolla with an amazing view of the Pacific ocean. A gorgeous wedding transpired through the blending of the Persian and Vietnamese cultures. We worked together with the perfect vendor team to design their spectacular day.
Jasmin and her ladies began the day with Blush and Adore who provided beauty services for the ladies who looked gorgeous! The ladies, gents and guests stayed at the boutique Hotel La Jolla near the venue which was just a few minutes away from the wedding venue. Continue reading
What is an “unplugged ceremony”?
An unplugged ceremony is a ceremony that asks guests to turn off and put away any electronic devices that will be a distraction to the wedding ceremony. This is a great way to get friends and family away from technology to enjoy the experience of the wedding day. Continue reading
Thinking of popping the question? Everyone wants to keep it unique. Remember: originality is key, and just the thought that you want to spend the rest of your life with them is enough to make your significant other swoon. Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination.
All photos from a surprise beach proposal were shot and provided by Amy Millard Photography.