Wedding showers are some of the most exciting pre-wedding parties that entail gift giving in anticipation for the big day. Wedding showers are usually hosted by friends, family, workmates etc, bringing various groups of people together for fun, nibbles, memories, gift giving and celebrating of the wedding day to come. It is not unusual for there to be multiple showers planned within a couple months of the wedding. There are a few aspects of shower planning that brides can and should be involved in to help with its overall success.
We at Eventastic Weddings have a few tips on wedding showers for you to ponder in terms of preference and then share with your wedding party or those most likely to host.
1. What type of shower do you prefer?
In the past, wedding showers were actually bridal showers where only the bride attended with those throwing/attending the party and the groom/fiance’s job was to arrive at the end and start hauling out all the gifts to the car. Today times have changed and now it is not unusual to have couple’s showers where both attend and enjoy the festivities. It’s a good idea to let your friends and family know your thoughts and preferences whether traditional or not.
2. Do you have a particular theme you wish for?
It is always fun when showers are hosted with a particular theme in mind. Often themes are chosen taking into consideration the bride or couple’s interests and likes or trying to capture a particular mood or feeling. Themes range from “Garden Party” (guests sip on tea or martini’s in a beautiful garden setting) to “Spa Party” (guests enjoy time together having facials or mani/pedi) to “Candy Party” (where every kind of candy is displayed in interesting ways for all to sample) to “Glamour Party” (where each guest is given a colourful boa as they walk the red carpet). If you have a particular theme wish now is the time to share it.
3. What are your thoughts on venue?
Your shower may take place in a beautiful garden either public or private, or be planned in someone’s home or even at the office. It may occur at the retirement home making it easy for grandma to attend or at a hall depending on numbers being invited. If you know of relatives and friends that would want to attend one of your showers but have special requirements because of disability or otherwise now is the time to let those most likely to plan know.
4. Do you have food preferences?
Food for showers sometimes will involve a meal but most often it is an afternoon of great nibbles, both sweet and otherwise. If you totally dislike or have developed allergies/sensitivities for certain foods now is the time to make that known. Shower hosts might ask various people to contribute to a potluck style of gathering or even arrange to have it catered and the last thing you need is hives or upset stomach at the end of the day.
5. What are your thoughts on games?
Shower planners often arrange to have party games played at the shower to keep the mood happy and lively as well as assist everyone in mingling and mixing. There are endless options to be played. Have you heard of the toilet paper bridal gown and veil game? Guests are divided in groups and asked to pick one person from their group to don the wedding ensemble made out of toilet paper. If there is a shower you’ve attended in the past and loved playing a game or found it effective then this is the time to share ..or…if you dislike all games at showers you might want to mention this.
6. Have you started your shower registry?
At this point you have had some time to peruse your free wedding website and no doubt are thrilled with having your universal gift registry option. Any item from anywhere can be added to your wedding registry from surfing the net on your computer AND by using Eventastic Weddings APP downloadable through any APP store for any smartphone. We suggest that you make not only your “Wedding Registry” of items for your guests to see but ALSO one or multiple “Shower Registry” lists. Shower registry items would typically be items that are lower priced or group buy options.
It’s important that your shower planners get your thoughts on these aspects to help in its success. Remember that your shower could be added to your events page to made invites easier and could even have a ticketing option to help pay for some of the costs. (Your planners will love that!)
Have fun uploading all your shower pictures to a “shower album” on your wedding website for everyone to enjoy!
It’s a shame, but many brides have foggy memories of their wedding day. It shouldn’t be a big surprise, however, with all the stimulation, and people, and excitement of the day, it’s hard for a bride to slow down long enough to process and store any memories.
If you make yourself step away for just a moment or two, you’ll give your mind the opportunity to imprint at least a few special memories of your wedding day, and in time, these memories will be more valuable to you than any photograph or video. It’s actually worth asking a trusted friend to remind you to do this several times during your wedding day.
Another great way to remember the details of your wedding day is through Eventastic Weddings photo sharing feature. Ask your guests to take candid snapshots of the wedding and reception with their smart phones. They can upload the pictures through live stream through your own custom wedding website to be projected on a screen during your wedding. Remember a few years ago when wedding receptions put disposable cameras on the tables at the reception for and guests to take candid snapshots? Same idea! We’re just taking tradition and adding in modern technology. And if you are planning a destination wedding, folks who are unable to attend in person can then watch from anywhere in the world as your wedding unfolds.
Just a reminder, make sure to ask your venue for a projector and screen to watch the fun.
Encourage your guests to have fun with this application! Worried about inappropriate pictures being seen? Don’t! We have taken care of that detail as well. You can turn on a filter on the photo live stream during the reception to prevent any inappropriate shots being released. You can have your best man, maid of honor or family friend, or someone you trust in charge of this responsibility.
See all of the candid snapshots that you would not have seen in the first place!
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Sometimes your photographer will give you some complimentary engagement photos if they are aware that you will add these photos to your custom wedding website profile page. Photographers can watermark the photos discreetly thus allowing all your guests to see their work on your own Wedding Website on www.eventasticweddings.com. Great advertising for photographers and you get free photos! Its a Win Win.
Your big day is one of the most important days of your life. There is absolutely no doubt that you would want absolute perfection for your wedding photographs. These photographs will become a permanent reminder of your special day, and something that you would want to share with family and friends for the rest of your lives.
Keep in mind to communicate with your photographer the type of photographs you want and story you want to tell. Make sure that your photographer expresses you and your fiancé’s personality through the photographs. Whether you are serious, quirky, spontaneous or fun; these traits can be reflected in the photos.
People say that the best shots are the ones that are more natural; not posed. Eventastic Weddings has this great Photo Sharing feature that allows your guests to take candid snapshots with their smartphones and upload the pictures through live stream on your own custom wedding website that will be projected on a screen during your wedding. This is fun and exciting for guests at the wedding who will have a blast taking pictures and uploading them to the live stream. This is the end to disposable cameras on the tables. Tradition meets Technology.
Bonus! You get candid snapshots that you would not have seen in the first place!
And for those who are worried about any inappropriate pictures being seen…Don’t worry we took care of that detail. You can turn on a filter on the photo live stream during the reception to prevent any inappropriate shots being released. You can have your best maid, maid of honor or family friend, someone you trust with this responsibility.
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One of the most important aspects of your wedding is choosing a location. You ask yourself the typical questions… Where is the ceremony going to be? Should we have a destination wedding? What type of venue should we go with? Decisions, decisions decisions! Have you ever thought about thinking outside the box of the typical wedding locations?
Think about some of you and your fiancé’s favorite places to visit or a great memory you both share at a specific place e.g Are you baseball fans? Get married at a field. Was your first date at an amusement park? Have your ceremony by your favorite roller coaster ride. Are you both animal lovers? Get married at the Zoo! There are more options than you think…you just have to step outside of the conventional wedding box!
Remember however, sometimes picking an unusual place to get married means that some of your guests will not be able to attend. Eventastic Weddings has this awesome photo sharing feature that allows guests who cannot attend still feel as if they are part of your wedding. Your guests can easily upload with any smartphone and share candid snaps from your big day! How amazing is that!
Check out www.eventasticweddings.com for more information about this great photo sharing feature as well as other awesome features!
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