Are you getting ready to throw a bridal shower for that long time friend but you’re
breaking out in hives just thinking about traditional bridal shower games? Whether
your friend’s wedding is at a vineyard, or she just loves wine, hosting a wine tasting
bridal shower is a great way to put a modern twist on the event with sophisticated
flare. Follow this step-by- step guide to hosting a wine tasting bridal shower and by
the time all of your guests depart for home, you’ll be the toast of all your friends.
Step 1: Pick the perfect location
A restaurant locale sounds fun, but it’s expensive! You can save money and time by
hosting the wine tasting at a local vineyard. Already outfitted for weddings and
events, vineyards are a great place to find the right seating, atmosphere you won’t
find anywhere else (Where else do you have the backdrop of beautiful rolling hills
filled with grape arbors?) and of course, all the wine your vino loving heart desires.
Step 2: Have a plan for what wines to taste
This is a great opportunity for the bride, along with her bridesmaids and wedding
guests to taste-test what kinds of wine they want to serve at the wedding. Many
vineyards will have on-staff sommeliers who you can hire by the hour to walk you
and the bride-to- be through different selections, helping you taste it with a variety
of tapas so you find the perfect pairing for your reception while experiencing the fun
of trying out new vintages that you never knew you loved.
Step 3: Personalize the tasting experience
Most wine tastings will include a place for you to discard unwanted wine (gasp!
That’s a thing?) as well as a rating chart and crackers to cleanse the palate between
wines. The process is educational and if you’re using a trained sommelier for your
event, you will leave knowing about the aromatic, visual, and tasting qualities that
separate good wine from excellent wine. If you want to spice this up a bit since it’s a
bridal shower party, you can have your guests try to compare each wine’s flavor to
some characteristic about the happy couple. A robust red matches the groom’s
strong sense of humor, or the crisp and delicate white wine matches the bride’s
sweetheart reputation, for example.)
Step 4: Built in gifts!
When you send out invitations, use a custom design that reflects the vineyard flare.
Maybe have the paper be shaped like a wine bottle or print a picture of the vineyard
on the front. Make sure you mention it’s a wine tasting so guests don’t feel like they
need to bring their own bottle. Share with guests that everyone should help the
couple stock the bar and instead of bringing gifts, they can purchase a vineyard gift
card or a bottle of the couple’s favorite wine and spirits that you try at the bridal
shower (this works very well for a co-ed shower)
Step 5: Don’t forget the details
party. Many vineyards will already have decorations you can use, but if they let you
bring your own consider having jars filled with corks where guests can try and
guess the number of corks correctly to win a prize. Have them try to guess which
vintage will be the bride’s favorite from the tasting, or even have a wine related quiz
for guests to play.
At the end of the party, send each guest home with a custom-labeled bottle as a
memory and party favor everyone will love!
article submitted by Cassidy Cash
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We often get asked why we send our honeymooners to ONLY Sandals Resorts.
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The resorts are all about luxury, romance, relaxation and fun. All resorts are adults only, and couples only (so no singles roaming the resort)
Sandals has the best staff-to-guest ratio, and they have the most “elbow” room in the industry. They don’t overbook their resorts, so the resorts feel empty, even when they are at full capacity. Which means guests can find quiet spots to be alone, and it also means no lines for drinks, no fighting for towels or chairs at the pool etc.
Sandals takes food and drink very seriously! There are many different restaurants at each resort. The Head Chef at each restaurant is classically trained in that expertise, and flown into the resort. (i.e., the head chef of the Italian restaurant is from Italy, etc.) So all of the food is authentic gourmet, and it is WONDERFUL!
The drink is PREMIUM alcohol, and each restaurant and bar has its own Signature drink.
Sandals only has resorts in countries where:
-The water is safe to drink from the tap
-The main language is English
-They accept the U.S. Dollar
-The weather is perfect year round
Sandals only has ONE price, so you are sure to get the best price Sandals has to offer. An added bonus of booking through Wedding Vibe is that you get our Price Watch Guarantee. So if the price of your room should come down, even after you book, we make sure you get the better price!
The price includes EVERYTHING on the resort for TWO adults! So the price includes:
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-SCUBA diving for certified divers
-World class live entertainment every night
-All Gratuities (Sandals does not even allow tipping on the resorts)
-Shuttle transportation from the airport to the resort and back, so you don’t have to worry about trying to find a taxi!
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Sandal Royal Caribbean as the name suggest embodies the elegance of European royalty! This resort is all about relaxation, offering you the escape of a private off shore island! The moment you arrive, you are greeted with a rich European culture displayed in the architecture. With over 8 exciting cusine to choose from including the authentic thai restaurant located on the exotic private island, your taste buds are in for a treat! This resort also features exotic suites like the luxurious Crystal Lagoon Swim up rooms and the new craze the Over the Water Villas.
Sandals Montego Bay is referred to as the heart of Sandals, you are guaranteed a cool Jamaican vibe. Entertainment and activities are a must at this resort; exciting waters sports and daily activities with an amazing entertainment team, this resort gives non stop fun! The party continues into the night with live bands, beach parties and themed nightly events. Newly renovated, Sandals Montego Bay offers you a true beachfront experience boasting breathtaking seaside suites with a beautiful oceanview.
Sandals Inn is the intimate piece of paradise with its boutique style. This is the smallest resort with the biggest heart, it will have you falling in love all over again. From the most friendly staff to the authentic cozy Caribbean rooms, you will feel right at home.
One great thing about Montego Bay is the fact that you will get the stay at 1 play at 3 privilege; this means once you are staying at one of these resorts, you will have access to all 3. With each resort being only 5 to 10 minutes apart, it’s easy access, so you can experience all 21 restaurants, all the amenities, even the beaches and transportation between resorts is provided free of charge.
Each resort has its unique vibe and feel giving you 3 different vacation all in one stay, you are in for a vacation of a lifetime!
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Did you know you had to prepare for your bridal gown alterations? Well, you do. Preparations are necessary to make sure your alterations proceed smoothly and efficiently. Just a few easy steps will get you ready to see your seamstress.
Step 1- You need to have the shoes and undergarments that you plan to wear your wedding day at your first and every alterations appointment. Undergarments affect the fit of the gown, and both undergarments and heel height affect your hem, or dress length. If at any time after the first fitting with your seamstress you decide to change your shoes or undergarments, tell your seamstress immediately. She may need to change her measurements. Be prepared to schedule another fitting appointment if your seamstress feels it is necessary to adjust her work.
Step 2- Be near your wedding weight and shape by your first fitting appointment. I know, some brides work on their bodies until day zero. Let your seamstress know this. Please don’t get a breast augmentation or liposuction without telling your seamstress. Believe me, it happens. Again, be prepared to make another visit to your seamstress if you do change your body weight or shape after alterations have been started. Also, be forewarned that this may incur an additional alterations cost.
Step 3- Be realistic about your dress. If you hate the color of your dress before alterations, don’t expect to like the color after alterations. Don’t expect alterations to take the 10 pounds off your figure that you didn’t get around to losing. Your dress may or may not hide your tummy. It may take several fittings to resolve all your issues with your dress. Very seldom are dresses completed after just one fitting. Be patient with your seamstress. She is trying to make you as happy with your dress as she can.
Step 4- Be on time for your alterations appointments. You are not your seamstress’s only bride and she will have a full schedule during wedding season. Let her know when you are running late and be ready to reschedule your appointment if she needs you to. Every seamstress has her own timeline for alterations, but an average time to start alterations is 2 months prior to your wedding date. If you procrastinate, you may not find a seamstress who can finish your dress in time for your wedding.
Not that hard! Don’t you agree? Just a little preparation before your alterations will make the process better for both you and your seamstress. This will result in a better relationship with your seamstress, making you both happier. This preparation process is the same for bridesmaids, mothers and anyone else with a dress needing alterations. These four easy steps will get your ready and on your way. Happy Alterations!
Article submitted by Janet Kirkman
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An officiant, or celebrant, is responsible for: 1. creating your ceremony 2. getting the marriage license signed and mailed and 3. performing your ceremony. Some questions to ask a prospective officiant include:
- who are you ordained by;
- is it legal for you to perform marriages in my State; and
- do you have back-up available in case something happens to you on our Wedding Day.
How do you find an officiant in your area? There are several ways: Craigslist, WeddingVibe.com, Thumbtack.com. You can also simply perform a Google search for “Officiant” and your location.
Some couples choose a friend or family member to get ordained to perform the ceremony. While this works out in a lot of cases, why leave anything to chance. By hiring a professional, you’re securing the most important part of the day—actually getting married. An officiant performs in front of the public all the time and they know how to make your ceremony shine. So leave the officiating to a professional and let your friends and family simply enjoy the day.
Your officiant will, hopefully, meet in person with you and your partner to get to know you and begin creating your wedding ceremony. They will likely have questions for you about you met your partner, how long you’ve been together and, perhaps, your favorite thing about your partner.
Once they have gathered all the information they need from you, the magic starts. Your officiant should email and/or text a copy of the ceremony to you for edits and additions. At this stage, your officiant should have helped you choose a Special Reading and a Unity Ceremony, if you desire. A Special Reading is simply a passage that reflects your relationship and feelings towards each other. A Unity Ceremony is a physical demonstration of your commitment to each other. Common Unity Ceremonies include candle lighting, pouring of sand, lantern release and tree plantings.
By now, all the parts of your ceremony should be in place and look something like this:
Welcome and Introductions
Short talk about marriage
Declaration of Intent (“I Do’s)
Exchange of Rings
Another service that many officiants offer is orchestration of the rehearsal. It is vital to practice where everyone will stand and how the wedding party should walk down the aisle.
An officiant is a great resource to have during rehearsals as they can provide much-needed answers to questions about what goes on during the ceremony.
Another offering is premarital counseling. Not every officiant does this, so check when you are interviewing them. Your officiant can hold one or more sessions with you to talk about what marriage is like and what it takes to have a successful marriage.
On your Big Day, your officiant should arrive early to check in with you and to get settled. Most officiants are willing to lend a hand in whatever way is needed.
Finally, the adventure begins as you and your partner meet at the end of aisle and your officiant performs the ceremony.
Cost varies with location and experience. Many officiants offer several packages that allow you to have exactly the type of of wedding you want. Typical costs for an officiant run from $100 on up. Be sure to ask your officiant what is included in their basic fee. Most officiants charge extra for mileage and conducting/attending rehearsals.
Hiring a professional officiant will take you a long way toward having the wedding day you’re dreaming about.
article submitted by Lauren Whitlock
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Your wedding is just around the corner and you’ve finally found the perfect wedding dress! But it’s not time to rest yet, you still have to sort out what jewellery to wear, something that has to stand out with the dress.
Picking jewellery for your wedding is not an easy task, granted. But it can be a lot of fun if you keep emotions under control. The key is knowing what looks good on you and what kind of jewellery goes with your dress. Remember it is not about wearing excessive amounts of jewellery. That never works. Pick a few pieces that compliment your look and let them work their magic.
For starters, if you are going for a pure white dress, it’s best to use silver or platinum jewellery. Pearls tend to really stand out with white hues. Gold looks great on ivory or champagne coloured dresses. You can incorporate fun colours such as pinks or reds in your jewellery too, especially if you’re walking down a white isle. But make sure that the colour of your jewels and dress don’t clash. They should fit be a natural fit.
Select Jewellery According To Your Neckline
One of the most important things to consider while matching your jewellery with your wedding dress is the neckline. Be it a necklace, earrings or even hair accessories, your neckline will dictate what style of jewellery works best.
Your necklace should complement the intricate details of your dress especially the bodice. For a strapless neckline, you can go for a choker or a string of pearls. Strapless neckline are very popular these days and easy to style your jewellery with. You may even skip the necklace and just go for a long drop chandelier style earrings. Gem or crystals will give add that extra bit of style that will keep all eyes glued to you.
If your dress has a V-neck, you need to put emphasis on decorating the lower neck. Use a pendant with dangling pieces. Try and match it with your hairstyle. You may use pearls or a simple locket with matching earrings.
The halter or reverse halter neckline is not very common, but if you’re going for that, then you don’t need to bother about necklaces too much. The halter portion of the dress draws a lot of attention, so you can skip a necklace and go for medium length earrings. Get yourself a good flashy bracelet. Some flowers and sparkle in your hair should complete the look.
A tiara looks good with an A-line wedding gown. Your tiara may not necessarily be antique but you can modernize it by using a headband with diamonds and pearls. A floral crown looks amazing too. Pair it with a wrist corsage. You may use a veil along with a tiara for an elegant and classic look.
The Perfect Wedding Ring
The good thing about wedding rings is that you don’t really need to match them with your wedding dress unless you are very particular. There are plenty of options, from glitzy dazzling gemstones to diamonds and classic wedding bands, you can’t really go wrong. Orla James has an incredible line of wedding rings, and you can easily find something to your taste.
Take your time to choose a ring that speaks to you. Consider if you want a ring that matches your wedding dress and other jewellery, or do you want something completely unique! Both are good options.
Gold is the go-to, traditional metal for rings and bands. These days platinum wedding bands are more popular. Once again, pick something you are comfortable with. While it is important that your wedding band matches your wedding dress, just keep one thing in mind – you will be required to wear this band every day after that, so it has to be trendy yet timeless.
Don’t forget to try your wedding jewellery and your dress beforehand. At times, styles look good on magazine covers but they might not look so appealing on you. Your wedding gown and accessories should compliment your skin tone and body type. Stay true to your personality and it will help you feel confident and comfortable on your big day.
Never buy your jewellery before purchasing your wedding dress. Don’t try matching it to a photo of what you think you will get. That is a disaster waiting to happen. Wait till your gown is ready. Don’t go for cheap knock-offs either. Your jewellery is meant to last forever, so pick something your heart truly desires.
Picking the right jewellery to match your wedding dress is not as hard as it seems. There are plenty of options. Take a deep breath and just go for it.
Spring is right around the corner and brides everywhere are getting ready to walk down the aisle. Venues have been booked, gowns are safely hanging in the office of a trusted seamstress, and invitations were sent out weeks ago.
There seems to be little left to do but anxiously wait as the days grow longer and the big day approaches. You may have read every bridal magazine cover to cover to assure a flawless ceremony and mind-blowing reception, but consider the following minor details before walking down the aisle.
1. Facial Hair Can Give Makeup a Caked-On Appearance
You’ll never admit to your future spouse that you’ve had to take a razor to the peach fuzz above your lip on more than one occasion. After all, what goes on behind the closed bathroom door is none of his business, right? But if you’ve been known to shrink away as his hand reaches for your face because you’re afraid he’ll feel the stubble on your chin, then facial laser hair removal is the perfect solution for you on your big day.
A fuzzy face is a makeup artist’s biggest challenge because it prevents foundation and blush from absorbing properly into the skin. Makeup clings to facial hairs and forms unsightly lumps, causing every bride’s worst nightmare: a caked-on look. Skip the razor and treat yourself with laser hair removal to prepare your skin for those unavoidable close-up photos. And since this is a permanent solution, you’ll maintain your flawless appearance for years to come and enjoy getting up close and personal with your hubby throughout your newlywed bliss.
2. Shaving Cuts Into Prep Time
Even after all of the run-throughs, dress fittings, and hair and makeup trials, the morning of your big day can’t be expected to go without delay. Your manicurist might call out sick. Your hair might take longer than you anticipated. You might realize you forgot to shave your left leg after you’ve already been helped into your dress. Arranging as many beauty regiments as possible in advance will help reduce both your stress and prep time, transforming any delay into nothing more than an excuse to have another glass of champagne.
So, get your nails done the day before. Have a backup hairstyle in case your hair isn’t behaving the day of. And start laser hair removal now so you won’t have to worry about shaving before the big day. Or even worse, having to deal with razor burn peeking out beneath your arms as you walk down the aisle. Laser hair removal will not only significantly cut down your prep time, but it will give your legs and underarms the flawless glow every bride looks for, lasting well into your honeymoon.
3. A Gift For Your Bridesmaids
There’s nothing harder than having to sit down with your sister or one of your closest friends and tell them that you’d like them to have their obvious sideburns attended to before your big day. This is the kind of conversation that can quickly turn south, and you may even end up with one less bridesmaid. But it’s likely that most of your bridesmaids have already considered laser hair removal, and would truly appreciate this gift. Since it’s traditional to get a gift for your bridesmaids, why not give them a gift that will last a lifetime?
Giving laser hair removal as a gift to your entire wedding party will save your loved ones from embarrassment and ensure your wedding photos come out exactly as you imagined. It will also provide you with the choice of several ladies to keep you company while you undergo your own treatments.
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Submitted by Amber Collins