Saturday, May 20, 2017

How to Use Customized Stamps for your Wedding

With everyone looking to customize their weddings, a customized stamp is a great way to help carry your theme throughout your Wedding.   They are easy to use and make your DIY projects easy as pie. They can be used from your the save the dates, to your final Thank you notes.  

These are perfect for welcome bags.

Customized Water Bottles

Favor Bags

Thank you Notes.

There are 100 ways to use these in your projects.  They cost anywhere from $10-$40 depending on the design.  I would suggest going with a rubber stamp as opposed to a self-inking stamp, so that you can change the colors that you use easier.

Happy Planning!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ask CW: Engagement Parties

Lots of Engagement Party questions.

Dear CW

My parents would like to throw my fiancee and I an engagement party.  I have never been to one, so I am not sure of how it should be done, or who should be invited.  Also, what do you do an engagement party?

~Not Sure Where to Start


Relax.  Engagement parties are easy to plan.  First of all you should work with your parents to create a guest list.  There is only one rule, do not invite anyone to party that will not be invited to the Wedding.  Talk to your parents about the size that you both are comfortable with.  It can also be as formal or in-formal as you like, cocktail party to backyard bbq.  As far as what happens at a engagement party, there is alot of mingling, and toasts to the happy couple.  Make sure to toast your parents to thank them.

Dear CW

My husband and I have just been invited to a dear friend's daughter's engagement party.  It is going to be a cocktail party at a local country club.  Do we bring a gift, or just offer our congratulations to the couple?

~Gift or No Gift

Dear GNG

Gifts are not expected (or should not be) expected at an engagement party.  A nice card, and face to face congratulations are all that are required.

Dear CW

I am getting remarried in the fall.  My sister would like to host a garden engagement party for us this summer.  Is this appropriate?

~Second Time Around

Dear STA

It is absolutely appropriate.  It's a wonderful way for you to the jitters out about having a second Wedding while celebrating with family and friends.

A couple of side notes:

~While most guests will not bring a gift to the engagement party, some will, these should be followed up with a in person Thank you at the event and a handwritten Thank you after.

~Engagement parties are not mandatory Wedding events, and most couples do not even have one.  Don't stress out if no one plans one for you.  Your Wedding is not ruined.

~Just as presents are not necessary, favors are not necessary for guests either.  Although, it would be fun to give them a hint about the Wedding theme/location.

More questions.  Drop me a email or a tweet (@cyndic88) and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Planning!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Grooms - How to Surprise Your Bride on Your Big Day

Most Grooms, remember I said most, have no idea what the flowers are going to look like or who is seated at what table (or why) on their Wedding days.  They don't dream of how their Wedding will be the biggest day or their lives or the perfect dress.  But, your Bride does.

The day of your Wedding, she will be nervous.  Will my hair turn right, will it rain?  So many what if's and hope not's running through her head.  Let's throw in some surprises to make her day even more special.

Send Her Breakfast

Whether she is staying at a hotel or with her parents, order her favorite breakfast.  This will make sure that she eats, and will start her day off right.

Pay for the Hair and Makeup

Reach out to her beauty team a couple of weeks before the wedding and give them a credit card.  Tell them to surprise her when she goes to pay the bill.

Send Her a Note

Romantic.  Simple.  Write her a note telling her how this the best day of your life and how you cannot wait to see her walk down the aisle.  Send it one your guys to the room where they are getting ready, you can add a small gift.  But the note is what she will remember.

Toast Her

Talk to the DJ or the Wedding Planner and have them set aside some time during the toasts or maybe right before you cut the cake where you toast her.  Thank her for what she means to you and all the hard work she put in to make sure you had the best first day of the rest of your lives.

Plan a Secret Honeymoon

Plan a honeymoon that she doesn't know about.  Tell her what to pack and then on the way to the airport let her in on the surprise.  Another great trick is upgrade your tickets from coach to first class.

These things will not be meant with anxious, nervous yelling or crying they will all be appreciated and you will be the hero.

Happy Planning