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Bridal Shower Venues and Ideas

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 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 d...
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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 p...
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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...
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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'll find that most brides and grooms have well-stocked kitchens and more furniture than any single hou...
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'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's your price? Hopefully, by the end of this article ...
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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't want to hi...
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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'll first want to select a date. Definitely not the night before the wedding! Plan it far enough in advance that it doesn't int...
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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' oeuvres, drinks, and some form of ...
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The rehearsal dinner is a chance for the bride and groom's families and friends to meet and socialize in a relaxed, non-formal setting. It's 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 brun...
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It's natural to be nervous about what to say during your groom's speech. After all, men aren't 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 eff...
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One of the last girls-only get-togethers on the list of pre-wedding parties is the bridesmaids' 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's also one of the only parties the bride throws herself, so it's now her turn to ma...
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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're planning a shindig for your best buddy, here are some wedding planning ideas for alternative bachelor parties that won't land you in jail or...
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An engagement party is the first pre-wedding event to celebrate your new relationship status. If you've yet to announce the wedding planning news to family and friends, it's also the perfect place to tell everyone for the first time, at the same time. Whether you're throwing the shindig on your own or leaving the work to someone else, here are s...
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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 yo...
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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't want them having to worry about the children, you want them on the dance floor. You may want to off...
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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. Co...
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Don't 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't soon forget. Backyard BBQThrow a few steak on the grill, prepare a few of your favorite mixed drinks and sit back in the relaxing at...
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Bachelor and bachelorette parties used to be considered the bridal couple's 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...
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The pressure to make a speech or toast in public can be a daunting task for many. But it doesn't 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 ...
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Today's wedding receptions are becoming more elaborate events with lots of unexpected surprises. If you want to host a wedding reception they won't 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 ...
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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't have to just be about gifts. You can host a shower anywhere, with any theme, and ultimately, all planning should have the bride's best interests in mi...
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