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Wedding Reception Rituals: Traditions to Honor Your Past, Future
Bridal Showers: Let's Get the Party Started!
Bridal Shower Games
Bridal Shower Themes: Fun Tips and Ideas
Getting the Wedding Reception You Really Want
Getting the Wedding Reception You Really Want, Part II
Fun & Unique Bachelorette Party Themes
Cocktail Hour: Prelude to a Great Reception
The Rehearsal Dinner: Tips and Ideas
How to Deliver a Great Groom's Speech
Hosting a Bridesmaids' Luncheon
Bachelor Party Alternatives
Planning an Engagement Party
Wedding Traditions From Around the World
Q and A: Wedding Reception: Planning an Adult Reception
Tips for Planning a Coed Bridal Shower
Bachelorette Parties: Budget-friendly Ideas
The Coed Bachelor Party: Things to Consider
Wedding Toasts and Speeches: A How To
Wedding Receptions: 10 Ideas to Impress Your Guests
Creative Bridal Shower Themes to Throw a Fabulous Party
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Wedding Reception Rituals: Traditions to Honor Your Past, Future
Bridal Showers: Let's Get the Party Started!
Bridal Shower Games
Bridal Shower Themes: Fun Tips and Ideas
Getting the Wedding Reception You Really Want
Getting the Wedding Reception You Really Want, Part II
Fun & Unique Bachelorette Party Themes
Cocktail Hour: Prelude to a Great Reception
The Rehearsal Dinner: Tips and Ideas
How to Deliver a Great Groom's Speech
Hosting a Bridesmaids' Luncheon
Bachelor Party Alternatives
Planning an Engagement Party
Wedding Traditions From Around the World
Q and A: Wedding Reception: Planning an Adult Reception
Tips for Planning a Coed Bridal Shower
Bachelorette Parties: Budget-friendly Ideas
The Coed Bachelor Party: Things to Consider
Wedding Toasts and Speeches: A How To
Wedding Receptions: 10 Ideas to Impress Your Guests
Creative Bridal Shower Themes to Throw a Fabulous Party

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Get inspired to host an unforgettable party with our creative bridal shower ideas. Get tips and advice on hosting bridesmaid luncheons, engagement parties and wedding showers.
Wedding Reception Rituals: Traditions to Honor Your Past, Future
Wedding reception rituals are a great way to introduce guests to different familial, religious and ethnic customs followed by the bride and groom. To help you add a little personal charm to your wedding reception, we asked expert wedding consultant Nadine L. Poliard, founder and head consultant of Nadine Lynn ~ Weddings, Events, Creations, the dos and don%27ts of practicing wedding reception rituals, and tips on how to create new rituals of your own. Perfect Wedding Guide: What are some more recent reception rituals that couples are
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Bridal Showers: Let's Get the Party Started!
One great thing about being a bride is knowing that friends and family are all jumping at the bit to throw you a bridal shower amid your wedding planning. For some brides, every weekend up until the wedding day is a non-stop party filled with good friends, family and great gifts. Showers are the perfect place for the bride to blow off a little pre-wedding steam, play silly games and get martial advice from other new brides and seasoned wives. Here, we offer a few tips and suggestions for throwing a fail-proof bridal shower to get the party
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Bridal Shower Games
Playing games are a great way to break the ice at a bridal shower. Here, five fun activities to get the party started. Name that CoupleWhat you need: name tagsHow to play: Create a list of famous couples. They can be actual people (William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman), television characters (Ross and Rachel from Friends) or even cartoon couples (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse). When guests arrive, write each name on a different name tag and place it on a back. Once everyone has a name tag and all couples have a mate represented, guests then
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Bridal Shower Themes: Fun Tips and Ideas
In the past, bridal showers were created to ensure the bride would be fully prepared for marriage, with guests offering gifts centered on the kitchen, wedding planning, and other home necessities. Fast-forward to the twenty-first century and you%27ll find that most brides and grooms have well-stocked kitchens and more furniture than any single household can contain. That%27s why many of today%27s showers are meant to prepare couples for romantic honeymoons, trendy game rooms and bars . . . even complete sets of tools and lawn
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Getting the Wedding Reception You Really Want
"Thank you for calling xxxx Wedding Service, how may I help you?""Hi, how much do you charge for a wedding?"This is how most phone calls to wedding professionals start. No one taught you how to shop for your wedding so you go with the first thing that many brides think to ask and that is, what%27s your price? Hopefully, by the end of this article you will have a better understanding of what questions to ask and as a result get the wedding you really want. Since I am a wedding DJ, most of the information discussed here will revolve around
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Getting the Wedding Reception You Really Want, Part II
Does the business carry liability insurance?More and more venues are requiring wedding DJs and other wedding professionals to maintain a liability insurance policy. In a world where someone can win a lawsuit because of spilled hot coffee why take the risk of not being covered if someone were to get injured at your reception? You don%27t want to hire a DJ who won%27t be allowed to perform at your venue just because they don%27t have the required insurance.Will the company you are considering show respect to and work with the other
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Fun & Unique Bachelorette Party Themes
Brides look forward to the bachelorette party if only to relax from the anxiety of wedding planning. Each woman has different plans in mind though, so be sure to tailor your planning to HER desires rather than yours! You%27ll first want to select a date. Definitely not the night before the wedding! Plan it far enough in advance that it doesn%27t interfere with final wedding plans. Anywhere from 2-6 weeks before the wedding is perfect - but not so far out that it takes away the thrill of the event. Ask the bride for her list of people to
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Cocktail Hour: Prelude to a Great Reception
After the formalities of the wedding planning and wedding ceremony comes the cocktail hour portion of your wedding receptions. This is a time when your guests can mingle with old friends and make some new ones while the wedding party finishes up those necessary pictures. Cocktail hours typically include hors d%27 oeuvres, drinks, and some form of entertainment. There are various types of entertainment available including music and numerous out of the ordinary activities. Depending on your location, cocktail hours can allow for guests to
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The Rehearsal Dinner: Tips and Ideas
The rehearsal dinner is a chance for the bride and groom%27s families and friends to meet and socialize in a relaxed, non-formal setting. It%27s also a way to build excitement amid the wedding planning for the wedding-day celebration.Breaking from tradition, many rehearsal dinners no longer immediately follow the ceremony rehearsal. A rehearsal brunch or luncheon can be a well-timed and welcome alternative. If you choose to theme your rehearsal dinner, it should reflect your interests and style, whether it%27s at a formal sit-down dinner in
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How to Deliver a Great Groom's Speech
It%27s natural to be nervous about what to say during your groom%27s speech. After all, men aren%27t always known for being the most sentimental creaturesespecially when it comes to affairs of the heart. But taking the time to pen an honest and heartfelt "thank you" to your bride, friends and family as part of your wedding planning is a worthwhile effort that those closest to you will treasure for years to come.As you prepare to write your groom%27s speech, make a list of all those you%27d like to recognize. Your bride, of course, as well
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Hosting a Bridesmaids' Luncheon
One of the last girls-only get-togethers on the list of pre-wedding parties is the bridesmaids%27 luncheon. The bridesmaid luncheon, or tea, is a way for the bride to say thank you to her attendants for their love and support during the wedding planning process. It%27s also one of the only parties the bride throws herself, so it%27s now her turn to make the party arrangements. Here, we give you the skinny on how to plan a bridesmaids%27 luncheon worthy of the wonderful ladies in your life. When (date/time)The bridesmaids%27 luncheon is
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Bachelor Party Alternatives
Bachelor parties are the traditional guys-only last hurrah before the wedding day, usually filled with debauchery and an all night drinking games. But not every guy is the bar and strip club type. If you%27re planning a shindig for your best buddy, here are some wedding planning ideas for alternative bachelor parties that won%27t land you in jail or the dog house. Epi-curious?Breaking bread has always been a popular way to bond with those closest to you. Try out a great steakhouse or five-star favorite in your town to get together with the
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Planning an Engagement Party
An engagement party is the first pre-wedding event to celebrate your new relationship status. If you%27ve yet to announce the wedding planning news to family and friends, it%27s also the perfect place to tell everyone for the first time, at the same time. Whether you%27re throwing the shindig on your own or leaving the work to someone else, here are suggestions for planning an engagement party. Who to invite Your engagement party invite list should include family, close friends and those you plan to include in the wedding party. Ideally,
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Wedding Traditions From Around the World
It is a challenge to make your wedding planning unique amongst all the weddings you and your friends will attend together. One of the most fun and creative ways to make your wedding stand out is to use a tradition from your family or religious background. The following are some customs from around the world that you may be able to use to make your special day a little different.Wedding cakes in France were typically a Croque en Bouche (pastry balls filled with cream and stacked in a pyramid then drizzled in caramel). What a great change
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Q and A: Wedding Reception: Planning an Adult Reception
Q. I am planning an adult only wedding reception and a few of my bridesmaids have children. How do I approach them about this?A: I suggest letting your bridesmaids know that you really want them to be able to relax and enjoy the wedding. You don%27t want them having to worry about the children, you want them on the dance floor. You may want to offer a babysitting service in a room close to your reception as a option for child care.Need wedding planning advice? Ask our planning expert, Susan Southerland. Email questions to
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Tips for Planning a Coed Bridal Shower
Togetherness is what marriage is all about. Coed bridal showers can help set the stage for your life together. By including your fiance in the bridal shower and wedding planning process, your newlywed home can reflect both of your tastes. In fact, now-a-days, grooms play a much more active role in all wedding aspects, including gift registry. Coed bridal showers have turned bridal registries and gift giving upside-down.Although classic items like china and crystal appear on most registry lists, showers no longer focus on kitchenware.
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Bachelorette Parties: Budget-friendly Ideas
Don%27t let limited funds for wedding planning put a damper in your plans for throwing your bud the best bachelorette party. Here a few budget-friendly ideas for throwing her a goodbye to single life soiree she won%27t soon forget. Backyard BBQThrow a few steak on the grill, prepare a few of your favorite mixed drinks and sit back in the relaxing atmosphere of a backyard bbq to honor your bride-to-be. Turn up the tunes and enjoy this fun, low maintenance.The Suite LifeYou%27re never too old for a good sleepover. Grab the bridesmaids and
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The Coed Bachelor Party: Things to Consider
Bachelor and bachelorette parties used to be considered the bridal couple%27s last chance to cut loose before wedding planning and marriage. Such parties usually involve large quantities of alcohol and sophomoric rowdiness with each sex going in opposite directions to hang with his/her own friends. But the face of bachelor/bachelorette parties are quickly changing. Although it%27s still traditional for women to go one way and men another, the idea of a coed bachelor party is becoming more and more popular. Why this change? Because many
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Wedding Toasts and Speeches: A How To
The pressure to make a speech or toast in public can be a daunting task for many. But it doesn%27t have to be. The best way to avoid these common fears of delivering a wedding toast or speech is to know what you want to say ahead of time and then prepare. Here, tips on how to give a great wedding toast or speech to raise up your friends and loved ones. The most important thing to remember when making wedding planning assignments, the wedding speech giver will be representing you in many ways. Pick someone you trust, make sure that the
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Wedding Receptions: 10 Ideas to Impress Your Guests
Today%27s wedding receptions are becoming more elaborate events with lots of unexpected surprises. If you want to host a wedding reception they won%27t soon forget, consider these 10 wedding planning ideas to impress your guests. 1. Taking Care of Transportation:If your wedding ceremony and reception take place at different venues, providing guests with transportation to and from the reception site is a thoughtful gesture. Stretch SUVs, trolleys and party buses are just some of the ways couples are transporting their guests in style. Find
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Creative Bridal Shower Themes to Throw a Fabulous Party
Your friend is getting married! What better reason do you need to throw a party? Throwing a wedding shower is meant to help the bride prepare for life with her new groom. But wedding showers don%27t have to just be about gifts. You can host a shower anywhere, with any theme, and ultimately, all planning should have the bride%27s best interests in mind. As her friend, you know her best. What are her hobbies? Where would she feel most comfortable? When you begin planning, try to pick a venue, guest list, and theme that will make the wedding
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