For those of us who may be DIY-inclined, it can be hard to reign ourselves in. Should we though? What about flowers? Are wedding flowers on the OK-to-do-myself list, or are they strictly for professionals? … read more
Introverted Brides: Tips for Getting Through the Wedding
I’m not kidding. There’s a big part of the wedding I’m NOT looking forward to.
To be clear, I’m ABSOLUTELY on board with being Mr. Wishbone’s wife. I’m 100% psyched for the marriage. But when it comes to the wedding, I’m a wreck. I’m the opposite of excited and glowing—I’m nervous.
Here’s the thing. I’m super introverted. Not in the “Oh, I sometimes like to be alone” way, but in the “if I could avoid seeing people for weeks on end, I’d be my best self” way. And yet, we’re having a 140(ish) person wedding. Where people will be paying attention to me. And talking to me. And taking pictures of me.
I’m tired just thinking about it…and I know by the time the wedding’s done, I’ll be just plain exhausted. After all, being around groups of people is seriously draining for me.
Nothing can make or break a wedding reception like the best man’s speech. Too much talking and rambling will bore the guests to tears, but a well-timed speech can make for an experience that the newlyweds and all the guests will be talking about for years to come. … read more
So, my mom had these cans hanging from strings in her garage. They were all connected to this long, beautiful, rustic-looking branch. This, with the idea that flowing ribbons are just cool, spawned my idea for the rustic seating chart we’ll be crafting today. … read more
There are some things that you just can’t plan for on your wedding day. The florist can bring the wrong colored flowers; the food may be served late; and there’s a solid chance that someone in your bridal party will get too drunk and say something you really wish they didn’t. … read more
Keeping kids entertained at any celebration is a tricky task. It might also be the last thing you want to think about on your wedding day. Yet, the attendance of children is extremely important to take into consideration. With each child comes a parent or guardian who likely just wants to relax, socialize, and celebrate your big day.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent the inevitable restlessness of young children. Planning your reception with the kids in mind can help grown-ups enjoy the day to its fullest extent. Simultaneously, it will ensure that the kids are happy and having fun. Does this mean your reception should double as a kids’ party? No, not at all. All you need is an extra dose of imagination and planning. If you need some inspiration, check out these five ideas for keeping kids occupied at your wedding. You will be glad you did.
1. Coloring Activities
When it comes to children, the power of coloring works wonders. The best part is that crayons and coloring books are extremely easy on the wallet. A standard pack of eight crayons typically costs less than a dollar. Alternatively, you can also buy them in bulk at party or craft stores. Another option is to buy a larger package of crayons and separate them into groups of six or eight. Each batch can be tied together with a rubber band or strip of ribbon.
Get creative with the coloring pages. A quick web search will yield countless printable (and free) coloring pages. If you are the creative type, consider whipping up personalized coloring pages using your favorite graphic design program. This is an awesome chance to incorporate symbols that relate to your wedding theme. You can also purchase cheap coloring books at the craft, grocery, or dollar store. Additionally, you can provide place mat coloring pages. This is an awesome way to ensure that kids have something to keep them busy at the table.
For ease and efficiency, place the materials near the entrance. You can also designate a separate table for coloring tables. Keep things tidy by making small coloring activity packages in paper bags. Don’t hesitate to place a sign that says “Please Take One!” to encourage kids to use them.
2. Kids-Only Tent
Children can get restless while adults socialize over appetizers and drinks. Unsurprisingly, the little ones might feel like they aren’t getting enough attention or entertainment. Fortunately, there is a solution to this dilemma. Set up a kids-only tent, playhouse, or corner for the kids to hang out in. This will give them a chance to meet and play with other children at the wedding. At the same time, it will give them a sense of importance knowing that only kids are allowed in the space.
Of course, safety is the most important thing. Make sure the kids-only spot is within viewing distance of the other tables. Double check that it is placed away from the hot food and cake. Do not place it near wires, speakers, or any of the doors. This way, the adults can still keep a watchful eye on the children.
3. Game Table
Much like a kid’s tent or corner, a designated game table can keep the laughs going all night long. This is another excellent way to keep kids entertained within viewing distance. Your best bet is to choose games that are not complicated or messy.
Check out your local dollar and craft stores for inexpensive games. Ideas include Etch-a-Sketch or a mini ring toss. Crossword puzzles can overlap with coloring pages for a challenging brain activity. Even simple memory card games can be a huge hit. Before you know it, the adults will be joining in on the fun.
4. Craft Corner
Give kids a chance to exercise their creativity with a craft corner or table. This gives them a chance to create kid-friendly party favors that they can take home as a token. To create a successful craft corner, choose projects and supplies that are not messy or sticky. This will limit the chances spills, stains, and other craft disasters.
Need some ideas? Set out yarn, safety scissors, and noodles for macaroni jewelry. Provide colorful pipe cleaners for crafting animals, crowns, and jewelry. Even cute notebooks and markers can make a kid’s day.
5. Hire Entertainment
From face painting to balloon twisting, kid-friendly entertainment can be a major game changer for your wedding. This is a wonderful way to make sure kids are involved in the wedding’s festivities. Take some time to do some research for the best entertainer in the area; professionalism is just as crucial as rates. Don’t hesitate to ask around, search for testimonials, and check out Yelp reviews. It is important that the entertainer truly knows how to work with kids during celebrations and parties.
Planning a wedding is hard enough without the added anxiety of whether or not the party favors you picked out are good enough, because, in all honesty, a lot of wedding favors aren’t very practical, or even all that great. … read more
Planning a rustic autumn wedding can be exciting. The fall season is adored by many, after all. The crisp air, the changing leaves… what’s not to love? And if your big day is set for this time of the year, there’s a good chance your wedding décor will be inspired by fall’s iconic features. … read more
Planning a wedding reception can be one of the most exciting times of a young bride’s or groom’s life. However, it can quickly change from planning fun and exciting details to agonizing over expensive specifics. Among the dress, cake, and reception center, the food for your reception is one of the most important parts of the day. … read more
If you’re throwing a wine-themed wedding (or if you’re simply looking for something subtly elegant), here’s a cheap idea for diy wine-themed centerpieces that are environmentally friendly and gorgeous. All you have to do is collect bottles and corks from your family and friends, and you won’t have to spend a dime on the bulk of the project! The total cost of one centerpiece as seen above is just under $5! … read more