I Heart:::This Week’s Kind Freebies

I am sorry I am delayed on the week’s kind freebies post. I have been on cough medicine [and therefore a little groggy at times] for this cough. But, of course, I wouldn’t forget.

Here are some of my favorite + very kind freebies from around the blogosphere. And, speaking of freebies, I will have the printable table numbers to you within the week.


Cute Cherry Blossom Wrap Labels from the creative Blah, Blah Blahg
Cherry Blossom Wrap Labels

Cute Seating Cards and Treat Bag Toppers from the creative Creature Comforts.
Cute Seating Cards and Treat Bags Toppers

Homemade Bookplates from Martha Stewart mentioned at the creative Creature Comforts.

Ex Libris

Inspiration of the Week: Oh So Not Traditional

This week’s Inspiration {of the week} ideas will focus on what can sometimes be deemed “non-traditional”- ways to make your wedding a unique + even more fun event for you + your guests…“Shake it like a Polaroid picture”…

I am probably not alone here, but I just really don’t see the added value…key word added…of regular guest books at weddings. Same goes for the “send your wishes and advice to the bride + groom” stations at some weddings {I like it at showers though! My cousin asked my shower guests {for my family + friends shower} to write a few words to us on a picture of husband and me, when they returned the response. It was a cute way to do it.}.

As far as the wedding… I think it is just because I know I will remember everyone at my wedding because they are close family + friends and the imprint they left on my life will always be treasured…more than a few words in a book. {I hope I doesn’t sound negative here but as you know, I am all about mixing things up a little…} However, there are creative ways to have your guest send wishes or “sign in” on your wedding day…

Something I was going to do for my wedding was a Polaroid guest book. I was going to have two tween family friends {they are a hoot!} be the “photographers” and take a snapshot of each guest, couple or group as they entered the cocktail hour space. I didn’t end up doing the Polaroid concept because I had to prioritize…but I really think it is a fab idea that, surprisingly, hasn’t been at any wedding I have been to. Hmmm. Bride-to-be friends + readers – go for it!

Polaroid Guest Book Wedding

Here are my suggestions on how to make a fun, creative + possibly funny way to remember your wedding guests. Because let’s be honest, guests are going to have a blast doing this…

Polaroid Guest Book *
{Polaroid decided to gradually end production on the instant film last year but no worries–you can still purchase via Amazon and elsewhere. Polaroid also has the PoGo Instant Digital Camera as well }.

1- Get a guest book or scrapbook {without the clear page covers}. My suggestion would be to lean more toward a simple book as opposed to a formal book.

2- If interested in spicing things up a little, look at your local arts + crafts or scrapbooking store for paper, and thin embellishments {so the book doesn’t bulge to much} to adorn your pages, if desired.

3- Obtain a Polaroid camera, if you don’t already have one. Amazon has various camera. And don’t forget enough film for each guest or couple {veer on the liberal side…it is better to have left over film than not enough}.

Get photo mounting corners and using a small T-square and a polaroid photo example, apply the photo corners in all 4 areas. It is up to you, the size of your book + the number of guests you are having on how many photos per page you want. Personally, I think using mounting is better than double taping or gluing…

or better yet…

Adesso Album Kit

Check out Adesso Albums who has you covered! You can purchase a photo guest book {with the photo cut outs on the pages} or even a kit with the album, camera and film!

5- Choose: who you want to take the photos {someone outgoing + fun}, where you want it to be + where the photos should be taken {not in front of a door, etc.}.

Make a cute sign {maybe it could even include a Polaroid of the bride + groom} to inform your guests. Speaking of a Polaroid of the bride + groom…I saw this photo before by photographer Dane Sanders and wanted to share with you all…I love it and could be inspiration for you Polaroid guest book brides. :)

Dane Sanders Polaroid Pic

Great photo! You can check out Dane’s blog here.

7- Place the photos in the book + have guests leave a message next to their photo.

8- Voila! Great book + great memories.

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!

A Colorful Cocktail Hour – with Jones Soda

So, you want do have fun drinks… and thought it couldn’t hurt to have them in your wedding colors?
Jones soda is great. I went to a wedding that had the soda bottles in the wedding colors (orange and red) and what started out as decoration (all the colorful bottles lined up)… turned into a fun scene…everyone of all ages drinking their Jones soda.
There are a variety of colors/flavors you can get and they are
available by the 12-pack on the Web site.
There is even the cream soda, with a baby on the label, which could be perfect for a baby shower.

Trends in Wedding Shoes

A great way to add color is to have cute and colorful wedding shoes. Doing just that is becoming a hot trend this season. I was a traditional bride and wanted off white shoes to match my dress. I loved my shoes with the little crystal corset-type back, but if I were getting married this year, I would definitely have shoes with color.

I love these Solitaire shoes from Stuart Weitzman and would definitely have them if my colors consisted of pink. Check out the Web site for more styles and colors.

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.

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

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