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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Give a Door Prize at the Reception Instead of Favors

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The cost of a wedding can be astronomical. Depending on your wedding budget and the number of guests, it may be difficult to buy wedding favors for everybody. Although most wedding favors are priced reasonably, the cost can add up if you’re having a large wedding.

Wed-DoorPrizeThe point of a favor is to acknowledge and thank your guests for coming to your wedding. Many couples shell out hundreds of dollars on junky favors that will just get thrown away or left on the table when the guests leave the reception. Instead of buying hundreds of cheap wedding favors, why not consider one big wedding favor as a “door prize” at the wedding reception?

When it comes to the wedding favors it’s completely up to you what you do. Make a note on the invitations that one lucky guest will go home with a very special gift. Ideas for that big wedding favor gift include:

• A large basket filled with a personalized wine bottle, candles, chocolates, wedding napkins, etc.
• A Vera Wang Toasting Flutes Set
• Centerpiece
• A golf bag
• A chocolate basket
• A beautiful pen and stationery set
• A spa package
• A gift certificate to a boutique or restaurant
• Pick up the tab for one night at a nice hotel
• A special portrait session with your photographer

Door prizes should be gender neutral and are usually awarded on a lottery basis to the holder of a certain ticket. An easy way to award door prizes at a wedding reception is to number the backs of all of the place cards that wedding guests will pick up to find out what table they have been assigned to. Then, have the DJ randomly draw numbers during the reception and award fun door prizes that are in line with the theme or destination of your wedding.

One way to do this is to place a sticker underneath one chair at each table and have the DJ make an announcement to check the chairs to see who gets to take the centerpieces home. Or what about the couple with the closest anniversary day to the newlyweds? Ask your DJ if he/she can offer some suggestions.

Or… Instead of giving the guests a small favor, use the money budgeted for favors and make a charitable donation. A charity gift is a memorable way to thank family and friends for sharing this special day with you.

If you need to be frugal or must cut something out completely, favors would be the wise choice. Most people will not even notice if you eliminate favors.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. The idea is to buy one great wedding gift in lieu of hundreds of inexpensive wedding favors. Depending on the number of people at the wedding, those “inexpensive” wedding favors can really add up.

BONUS Article: Do Me a (Wedding) “Favor”… or Not!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Remember to Buy Each Other a Wedding Gift

Filed under: Gifts,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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The day has finally come for the bride and groom to walk down the aisle and begin their new life together as man and wife.

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably one of the approximately 825,000 couples who’ve just gotten engaged since Thanksgiving and are now planning your wedding. So here’s perhaps the single most important reminder – and grooms do seem to need more reminding than brides – anyone will offer: Tradition holds that you both exchange wedding presents.

WEDExchangeGIFTSExchanging wedding gifts from groom to bride is a romantic tradition many couples observe with sentimental and meaningful items that they can treasure for many happy anniversaries.

(Yes, grooms, even though you just bought her an engagement ring.)

But what to get?

The ring remains the official gift between husband and wife, but many couples enjoy exchanging something more intimate as well. It’s not necessary, especially if you’re paying for your wedding and you’re already over budget.

“Gifts should come from the heart,” says WeddingChannel.com. Gift-giving should be optional and a personal choice.

It is an optional tradition for the bride and groom to exchange gifts – the night before the wedding, the morning of, or once the festivities are over. You could give each other something to wear for the wedding itself (cuff links, a necklace) or maybe something for the honeymoon (a great pair of sunglasses, snorkeling gear). Gifts for the newlyweds can be engraved with their names and wedding day to commemorate their special day. It doesn’t have to be anything major – a silver money clip. some boudoir photos for him, a photo frame or a treasured book of poetry make great gifts. Honor this tradition in whatever way you two desire!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind whether you two opt for some type of jewelry – the traditional and most popular choice – or something else.

• Practicality can wait. Etiquette dictates that gifts be exchanged at one of three times: the night before the wedding, the morning of the ceremony, or right before you leave on your honeymoon. So you could see where this has the potential for becoming a bigger disaster than Chernobyl if the groom’s idea of “practical” is, say, a toaster.

• Being uniquely personal is appreciated. One of the best examples we’ve heard of is a guy who had a photographer secretly capture the moment he proposed in New York’s Central Park, and then presented the results to his bride on the day of their wedding.

“So cute!” read a typical blog post.

The best gift will be one that matches the lifestyle and personality of the bride and groom, reflecting their interests and passions. This shows enduring thoughtfulness and consideration for each other that will help strengthen the couple’s relationship for as long as they are married.

The downside, of course, is that pulling it off requires imagination, creativity and – in this instance – a lot of advance planning.

BONUS Articles: Christians and Boudoir Photography
Wedding and Honeymoon Gift Baskets for the Bride and Groom

Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. Reprinted with permission. – This article is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is an award winning Wedding Officiant, professional speaker, relationship coach and is the author of, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. http://www.CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com & http://CelebrateIntimateWeddings.wordpress.com.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

For Guests Only – Wedding Gift Suggestions for the Bride and Groom

What do you buy? How much do you give? Should you use the registry? Is cash okay? We thought should look at things from the guest’s perspective. Here are a few tips when buying wedding gifts for the bride and groom:

Your first go-to is the wedding registry. If the bride and groom have a registry you could begin there. Do you have to choose a gift from a registry? No. A registry is for your convenience and you are not limited to what is on the list. It’s there for a reason. This is where the couple is telling you what they really want and need. Ideally, you’ll be able to find a gift within your budget that you’re excited to give.

GuestWedGiftsWhat do you do if the registry is picked through and there is nothing “good” to buy? Or worse yet, what if you can’t afford the remaining items? Read on, we have a few ideas for you…

Cash also works. Contributing cash versus using a traditional wedding registry is a great option that allows you to control the amount spent. This is a highly debated issue, and while some guests have no problem giving cash, whether it’s through an online service or an envelope at the wedding, some still find it a little taboo. It may put your mind at ease to know that many couples prefer cash, and while they may not feel comfortable asking for it, a cash contribution would be much appreciated. In some cultures, this is the norm. It’s expected and preferred by everyone involved. On average the typical cash gift is around $150. Can’t give that? Give what you can afford with and open heart and a while lotta love!

Make what you give meaningful. If you choose to skip past the registry and don’t want to give cash, be sure to ask yourself these questions before purchasing a boxed gift:

• Is it meaningful in some way to the couple?
• Is it a gift you know they really want?
• Is it a gift you know they really need? (According to them, not you!)
• Will they love it?
• Is it meaningful in some way to you?

If you answered yes to 3 out of 5 questions, then you’re on the right track. Another thought. Be sure your gift suits their personalities, and they’ll see it as the thoughtful gift you intended to give.

Second marriages require more thought as to what to give. If it’s the number-two “I do” for the bride, the groom, or both, a second-time couple probably doesn’t need many of the traditional registry items. No one needs two toasters. Since they already have most of the basics, you can have fun buying them cool new gadgets and appliances, season tickets to their favorite sport, tickets to a play, musical, or the ballet, or a dinner cruise. Use your imagination.

Preferably, send the gift to the bride before the wedding or to the couple soon thereafter. Gifts are often brought to the reception and placed on a special table. Contrary to popular belief, you do no have a year to send a gift. Waiting a year after attending a wedding can be considered “rude.” A gift should be sent right away or at least within three months of the wedding.

CashisOkayThough it’s not obligatory, proper etiquette suggests it’s a nice gesture to send a gift and a note even if you can’t attend the wedding, particularly if you know the couple well.

When wedding guests ask, “Where are you registered?” direct them to a honeymoon travel registry. A honeymoon registry is a trendy alternative to a traditional wedding registry and allows your guests to help you to achieve your dream honeymoon vacation by purchasing pieces of the trip as a wedding gift. It is a relatively new and exciting concept that began in the 1990s as an additional service. Check out: Travelers Joy Honeymoon Registry.

Whatever you decide to give the couple, don’t stress over it too much because in the end, it’s the thought that counts

What do you do if you haven’t received a thank you note from the bride? Awkward! It is certainly okay to call and ask the couple if they received your gift. If you find this too awkward and the gift was sent from a store, you can call the store and have it traced. Just as a gift should be sent right away or within three months of a wedding, a thank you note from the bride and groom should also be written right away or, at the very least, within three months of receiving a gift.

One tip for the bride:

1. It is NEVER okay to include any mention of gifts with your invitation. It comes across like you’re expecting a gift.

BONUS Articles: Tips to Save Money as a Wedding Guest
How to Tell Guests Where Are You Registered

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Hot New Wedding Registry Idea! – Cash Only, Please!

Filed under: Gift Registry,Gifts,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 8:00 am

It used to be that gift registries were the norm, however with the average age for marrying on the rise, many couples have already established households and have accumulated everything they need before they get married, and really don’t want to end up with two toasters, blenders, etc. Many couples are shelling out a serious sum of cash for their wedding themselves, and the idea of money for a honeymoon, down payment on a house or simply some spending cash to put toward the expense of a wedding is more appealing.

Most will agree that it is no longer considered tacky to request money instead of household items as long as you do it tactfully. The first few years of marriage are often full of surprise expenses. If a couple is in need of cash, my opinion is that it is a great idea to ask for what they really need.

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It is considered tacky to speak of anything other than requesting their presence at your wedding in a “wedding invitation.” That is a definite no-no! Asking for cash as a wedding gift can be touchy, particularly when it comes to etiquette conscious or older guests, who may not feel comfortable giving anything other than a traditional wedding gift.

When people know where the money is going, they tend to feel a lot better about the act of giving cash at a wedding. They will often ask the members of the bridal party and your immediate family for your registry information. Clue the members of your bridal party and family to respond by saying, “The bride and groom have a registry at Crate & Barrel (or wherever) however they request that you go to www.CashWeddingGift.com to contribute to the savings plan they have for a down payment on a house because they have just about everything they need to set up housekeeping,” (or: “The bride and groom have a registry at Crate & Barrel however they request that you go to http://www.CashWeddingGift.com to contribute their ‘honeymoon fund’ (or: ‘replace our dilapidated car fund’) because they have just about everything they need to set up housekeeping.”

If you are looking for the best wedding registry for your wedding, you found it. CashWeddingGift helps you get the gift you really want. It’s an online cash wedding registry where guests can easily and securely give cash gifts to engaged couples. Use your cash gifts to buy a home, help pay for your wedding or honeymoon or even start a retirement or college fund. CashWeddingGift.com is the fastest and easiest online cash wedding registry available. It’s convenient, safe and secure.

“Nowadays, with family and friends living across the country and at various stages in their lives, it’s definitely acceptable for a bride and groom to ask for gift cards or cash. It’s a great way to make it convenient for the guests and easy on them. I don’t think it’s tacky, whereas you can ask for gift cards on your registry, as far as cash, just be polite about it. You usually want to spread it by word of mouth. You definitely don’t want to put ‘cash only’ on your Website and you never put it on your invitation.” ~ Anna Post

Be sure to include any user IDs or passwords that guests will need in order to give a monetary gift via your chosen cash registry website.

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BONUS Video: Is It Bad To Ask For Money As A Gift From Your Guests?

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Text: Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wedding and Honeymoon Gift Baskets for the Bride and Groom

Filed under: Gifts,Wedding Showers,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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giftbasket2Wedding season is in full swing and that means shopping for wedding gifts. A registry gift is nice, but predictable. If you want to give a surprising and delightful gift, pick out a gift basket that will keep the bride and groom toasting to their big day!

Wedding gift baskets are a perfect indulgent gift for the bride and groom to receive. There are so many options for gift baskets that are suitable as a wedding gift; which makes this such a great gift to give.

Since there isn’t any one specific type of wedding gift basket, choosing one can be a little tricky. Get some help from gift basket sites that review some of the best gift baskets. Generally speaking, a gift basket containing wine or champagne is probably your best bet for a wedding gift. These types of gift baskets are accompanied by gourmet snacks that pair well with the wines. It’s like a mini cocktail party in a basket!

Another great characteristic of a wedding gift basket is the presentation. Amidst a sea of white and silver wrapping paper, a gift basket is sure to stand out on a gift table.

giftbasket1If you are trying to think of a gift that breaks tradition, give the newlyweds a gift basket they can take with them on their honeymoon.

A bride and groom beach tote is a practical and fun way to say congratulations and kick start their much needed beach vacation after months of stressful wedding planning.

This fantastic cotton canvas beach tote gift gives you the option of embroidering the couple’s names and wedding date on the bag. Every time they use it they will think of their wedding day. It can be filled with some beach towels, sunscreen, flip-flops as well as a bottle of wine. A spa themed gift basket is also appropriate as a honeymoon gift.

A honeymoon should be relaxing and a gift basket filled with slippers, bubble bath and scented candles will pamper the newlyweds in luxury. Whichever type of gift basket you choose for the bride and groom it is sure to say congratulations and show them how happy you are for them.

BONUS Articles: Several articles about “Honeymoons!”

dianePetersonCopyright © 2011 – Diane Peterson. Reprinted with permission. – Diane is “The Gift Basket Gal.” She is the owner of Gift Basket Reviews and services the Greater Phoenix, AZ area. She custom-makes all kinds of gift baskets. Visit Diane’s Website and Blog.

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