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Theme Thursday::: Baseball Themed Wedding

Take me out to the ball game…

I am a pretty big baseball fan. I love April because it means that baseball season is just around the corner and I get to watch my White Sox in action with my family and friends. This week was opening week, so I thought what better use of theme Thursday than to highlight some fun baseball themed wedding ideas and photos.

Stadium and baseball field wedding receptions are so fun. Why not have a reception in a space that shows your interests as a couple and your baseball fandom?

Baseball Themed Wedding

In creating a baseball theme, the ideas don’t have to be over the top and don’t have to be included in everything. Here are some ideas…

1- Food + Drink: You can have a slightly baseball inspired cake like the white one above by using the team’s colors and a cute bride and groom sports fan cake topper. Or if you are having a groom’s cake, that could be a great way to include your favorite team’s logo…or even have a baseball mit + ball cake.
For drinks, I always like thinking ‘locally.’ For the Chicago White Sox, that could be Goose Island’s 312 beer [the area code] or a Southside cocktail. Another great drink option – the Louisville Slugger. Or you can always take your favorite drink and give it a new name for your reception. Are you a SF Giants fan? What about the Giants gin + tonic?

2- Bride + Groom: The baseball details can be in the jewelry + accessories. Remember the sporty groom wedding bands I wrote about? Or for the bride, what about the cute baseball bracelet shown above?

3- Guests: Tickets can be used as place cards [some venues can do this for you, I heard] and look very cute.  In lieu of a candy bar, you could have a popcorn, peanuts + crackerjacks stand/bar/station and have cute little popcorn bags like shown above. In Chicago, that would mean having the famous Garrett’s Popcorn. Yum. For late receptions and for a late night snack, you could also serve mini hot dogs, hamburgers, baseball cupcakes or baseball cookies, and soda out of the bottle with a straw for a late night snack for your guests to make them feel like they spent a day at the [baseball] park.

The wonderful & huge U.S. Cellular field, where the White Sox play, has a large space for reception with a capacity of 400! That would really make for a fun rehearsal dinner or reception venue. And did I mention parking is complimentary? That is hard to find in Chicago!

Here are a few photos from some Sox fans who had their wedding reception at the park. Even from the photos, you can tell they had a blast!

[you can click on the image to enlarge]

It’s a nice day for White [Sox] Wedding! Want to celebrate at the park? Call  312-674-5155.

Play ball!

[image credit: 312 beer - Goose Island, cake topper - Unveiled, baseball bracelet - Cooperstown baseball bracelet via Rachael Ray mag, Sox cake - S1 Weddings, white wedding cake - the knot, tickets as placecards - brides.com, Chicago map baseball - Unveiled, Popcorn boxes - Gracious Bridal, cookie- The Well Dressed Cookie, wedding image 1 - brides.com, other 3 wedding images - life on prints, U.S. Cellular image-middle-Wedding Mapper]


One Word ~ Audrey.

Oh my gosh, totally my thing…. I adore Audrey Hepburn and always have. She is one of my idols, fashion icons and in my mind, THE film sweetheart. During my recent trip to Belgium {where she was born}, I asked the concierge at the hotel if they knew the area where she grew up {couldn't find it online, of course} because I wanted to visit. I must have been the first person to ever ask that because they had no idea.

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Needless to say, I was happy to come across Audrey {and Cary Grant} tags via Jessica at Starr Designs' Etsy page I think they are great for birthday tags, or anything wedding… you name it. Lovely!

{photo credit: Starr Designs}

Thank you notes, table numbers and casual invites



I was in Staples the other day and saw their M line. As the cute Web site shows, not only do they have thank you cards, but they also have some great designed and plain paper and envelopes. The paper can be used for table numbers or names or even casual invites.  Go ahead and design them…get those creative juices flowing!

How to Word Programs


Do the ladies go first or do the men?
One of the questions I had when working on my ceremony programs was who goes first the female or the male?
I saw the following:

Parents of the Bride:

John & Jenny Smith
Jenny & John Smith
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

I was so perplexed as to why every program I had put the names in different order. So, I called up a well-known invitation and events company in my town to see what was right (because I had to do whatever what right because I am so concerned about wedding etiquette). The woman said traditionally, the woman’s name is always supposed to go first (ex. Jenny & John Smith). The man’s name is always supposed to be attached to his last name. Yet, many people don’t know this, so that is why I deemed it important to write about this. This is of course, contradictory to what many people think – that the man’s name is supposed to go first.

And this doesn’t just apply to programs, it applies to anytime you write your names…the bride’s/woman’s/wife’s name ALWAYS is supposed to be first!
So what happens when the parents are divorced or separated? Their names go on different lines, regardless if they have the same last name or not.
If one parent is remarried, then the two could be on the same line.

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen:
You can list your BMs or GMs in either alpha. order, height order or order of importance in terms of friendship ( I was urge against the last one – people know – and then feel badly). You can list them formally as well for example, Mr. John Smith or just John Smith. Personally, I like just the names.

Music:
Make sure to list any musicians or vocalists you have perform at your ceremony as well as your officiant!

How to Word Invitations

Mr. and Mrs. ……. request the honour of your presence of the marriage of….. BORING!
There are so many unique ways to word invitations – no need to stick to the same old wording.
Here are some non-traditional ways to word invitations..
Bride’s parents hosting:
A life of sharing, caring
A love of endless giving together
Bride’s parents
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Brides name (only first and middle name)
and
Groom name (first, middle and last name)
on —-
at —-
Location
City, State
(on the above wording, if the groom’s parents are hosting, you can just replace bride’s parents with groom’s parents)
Bride’s parents
invite you to share in the joy
of the marriage uniting their daughter
Brides name (only first and middle name)
and
Groom name (first, middle and last name)
when they exchange marriage vows
and begin their new life together
on —–
at —–
Location
City, State

Because you have shared in their lives
by your friendship and love
you are invited to share with our daughter

Brides name (only first and middle name)
and
Groom name (first, middle and last name)
when they exchange marriage vows
and begin their new life together
on —–
at —–
Location
City, State

Bride’s parents
Both families hosting:
Please join our families
on this special occasion
when our children

Brides name (only first and middle name)
and
Groom name (first and middle name)
will be married
on —–
at —-
Location
City, State
Bride’s parents
Grooms parents
Bride, Groom and Parents hosting:
Because you have shared in our lives
by your friendship and love, we
Brides name (first, middle and last name)
and
Groom name (first, middle and last name)
together with our parents
invite you to share
the beginning of our new life together
when we exchange marriage vows
on —-
at —-
Locations
City, State
Etiquette tips: If the bride’s parents and groom’s parents are sharing any of the expense for the ceremony and reception ( church fee, venue fee, officiant, or reception faire such as bar or meals), the invitations should reflect as such – that both parents are paying. To not hurt any feelings, of course you will want to discuss invitation wording (and program wording) with both the bride’s side and the groom’s side before they are printed.

Reception Reply Cards

There are two trends that are gaining in popularity – the reply postcard and the detailed reply card.
1- The reply postcard is just that – a postcard that you mail in your invitation that your family and friends mail back to you. This takes the place of the response card and pre-labeled envelope. My brother-in-law and his fiance recently did this and as another addition, they put a section for reception music requests. Often times, postcard are cheaper to mail (less postage) than cards, so that could be a benefit for you as well…in addition to having to order and pay for a card and envelope printing.
2- Detailed reply cards – this is especially great for weddings that will have a lot of out-of-town guests. Detailed reply cards not only ask how many will attend but also when they will be arriving and at what hotel they will be staying. This makes things easier on the bride and groom but also allows the guests to receive information when they arrive (and the OOT gift bags if you are doing those, when the guests arrive as well). You wouldn't want your guests to arrive to your destination and not know what to do. Of course, you wouldn't have to have all cards printed that way – just allow for OOT guests to get those. In-town guests can get basic reply cards.
Suggestion: Remember to give your guests enough time to respond. I say more than three weeks is sufficient. Any shorter and it seems rushed.

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