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How to Make a Bridal Shower Recipe Book

Over the last couple years, I have attended many bridal showers and i’ve noticed a trend in the organizers requesting guests to email their personal best recipes prior to the shower. The organizer(s) then assembles a special cookbook of recipe favourites to be presented to the bride-to-be on the day of the shower. Note: If you are a bride reading this, then consider forwarding to your wedding party participants. 🙂

Love to cookEvery new bride comes into the marriage with some of her own recipe favourites but based off the reactions i’ve witnessed, it seems everyone appreciates receiving a book/binder prepared by friends/loved ones containing all their popular choices whether it’s a first marriage or not. Planning and executing the cookbook can be as simple or extravagant as you choose.  Here are some simple suggestions to get you started.

5 Steps To An Awesome Recipe Book

  1. Purchase a binder with clear sleeve on the front to easily slide in a label, maybe a printed picture or caricature of the couple
  2. Buy plastic sleeve 3-hole inserts and dividers (easily wipeable for spills) and arrange in the binder with categories such as; Drinks, Breakfast Ideas, Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Main Meals, Breads & Muffins, Cookies & Squares and Pies & Cakes. Fun idea: Put a picture of a delectable dish relevant to the category as the cover page for each section.
  3. Send your Eventastic shower invite to guests; requesting they send you one or more of their favourite recipes to be included in the recipe book. Make sure to ask that they include a picture of the dish and have the recipe to you, the organizer, by a certain date to give you time to put it together. To make it even easier for guests you can click ‘Allow Photo Sharing’ and ask guests to simply share a photo of their specific recipe right on the shower invitation page.
  4. Plan an afternoon or evening of fun to put the book together and have everyone (if more than you organizing)bring recipes of their own to top up every category. Decide whether you will be retyping the recipes in a particular font or use as is.
  5. Wrap the recipe book in a tea towel tied with string. Rather than a typical bow, you could top it off with spatulas or other cooking tools.

Often when we are at a friend or family member’s home we enjoy a great meal and would love to be able to replicate it in our own home. Having a book with favourites already tested and known to be popular is a real treat for any bride-to-be. There have definitely been a few times when I left these showers wishing I could have had a copy of the book she received!

So, if you’re planning a bridal shower turn on your creative side and consider making a bridal shower recipe book.  Remember it’s ok to delegate any artistic jobs to those with particular talents that will be participating. Have fun. I know she’ll enjoy it!

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The Best Gifts are Cash Gifts

Back in the day, marriage meant setting up the new household, and it was expected that  guests would bring gifts during the wedding and bridal showers that would fill up the  newlywed’s home with kitchen ware, bedding and other household items.

Times have changed and so has the needs and requirements of the modern/new age couple. These days the average age of marriage has risen and some are already living together therefore, their household is all set up. Gifts are the last thing they want for their wedding. Who wants to add on to the clutter in the home? The requirement of traditional gifts has been replaced by the need for cash.

Additionally, the gift of money can also be used by the couple for a variety of other purposes. They may use it for putting a down payment, on a house renovations on their house, retirement savings plan or even for a dream honeymoon vacation. In any case, these options are way better than being gifted the second or maybe even the third blender or toaster.

Couples are constantly looking for ways of asking for cash gifts. This is because asking for cash gifts is still considered to be tacky by many guests. Couples who really want cash gifts are apprehensive to ask fearing they will offend some guests.

EventasticWeddings.comIn reality, guests are always happy to give towards what the couple really needs, be it cash. As part of the etiquette, it is essential for the couple to plan and then inform the guests how they plan to spend their cash gifts. Though they will never ask you, guests always like to know how their money will likely be used by the couple, and often will give more when they know what their gift will be contributing towards to.
We have the solution for you! Eventastic Weddings has a cash gifting registry where couples can collect cash gifts right on their wedding website from anywhere in the world. Couples can allocate a dollar amount to specific goals and items that they are saving for, e.g down payment on a house, spa day during the honeymoon, kitchen renovation.

You can easily have an all cash gift wedding by easily converting your wedding registry to an “All Cash” Registry. But don’t worry, you can still add items to your bridal shower registries such as a stand mixer or blender. Your guests can pay with any credit card making it much easier for them and safer for you!  Say goodbye to envelopes going missing at your wedding reception or that awkward desire to receive cash as a gift! Our cash gifting feature is one of the best ways of getting the gifts that you want. We make asking for cash gifts easy and acceptable to everyone. The popularity of cash gifting is increasing by the day

Eventastic Weddings is also a FREE wedding website and universal gift registry where you can register for any item, from any store and it also has many time and money saving features that will help couples plan their wedding. Features such as video save the date/invitations, Thank you videos and event ticketing for your pre-weddings parties (Stag’N’Doe)

Thanks and Happy Wedding Planning!

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Your Own Personal FREE Wedding Website

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Planning a wedding is both a joyful and daunting experience. There are so many aspects that go into planning the perfect day that it can get hectic. Let us help you.  Couples are always searching for tips and tricks on how to make their wedding planning process a breeze.

Eventastic Weddings is a FREE wedding website and universal gift registry where you can register for any item, at any store, anywhere!  It also has many amazing time and money saving features that will make your wedding planning journey so much easier for you and your fiancé! Features such as:

  • Gift registry- you are able to make multiple registries which might not only include your wedding registry but also custom registries for showers that you know people will be arranging for you and hosting on your site. You might have multiple family showers, work shower, friends shower,,,etc..(even themed gifting for specific themed showers like gifts for the kitchen, add to bar theme, etc..)
  • Cash gifting – say goodbye to envelopes going missing at your wedding reception or that awkward desire to receive cash as a gift!  Collect cash gifts right on your wedding website from anywhere in the world. Your guests can pay with any Credit card making it much easier for them and safer for you!  You can also “cash out” at any time to utilize these gifts for your honeymoon or other wedding costs before your wedding.
  • New video save the date and invitations – your invitation process will transform into a simple unique interactive experience. You and your fiancé can record a special video invitation for your guests, then track their acceptance, food choices and number of attendees in real-time. You can even record your video  in multiple  languages. Love it!
  • Event ticketing– sell tickets for wedding related events (Stag ‘N’ Doe, or bachelor bachelorettes parties) online in advance directly from your wedding website. Admission tickets beer, wine tickets, raffle tickets – you can even make an event where you sell a dance with the bride or groom to help raise money for your big day its all up to you.
  • Event planning – organize events such as bridal showers, Stag ‘N Doe parties and any pre-wedding parties you and your bridal party may be planning with all relevant information attached to the event like name, location, directions, map, etc.. Its all in one easy to find location for all your guests on your website!
  • Photo sharing – your guests can upload and share candid snaps on your big day and live stream them at your venue, just ask your venue for a projector and screen and watch the fun.  If you are planning a destination wedding non-guests can watch as your wedding unfolds from anywhere in the world.
  • Video thank-you – because this is a consolidated gift registry all your gifts are organized in one location making it easy to send a personalized video message to thank  them for specific wedding gifts they gave you. You’ll be organized for quick and easy thank you’s.  Ie.”Thanks Uncle Bob for the blender and great seeing you at the wedding” This face to face method is amazing.  It does not get more personal then that

We bundled up all these amazing features in your own custom wedding website. You now have a centralized location for all your wedding details that will make it easy for you and your guests.

Visit us at our website www.eventasticweddings.com

Happy Wedding Planning!

 

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That’s the ticket to easy event planning!

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Relax and Enjoy: You might think that there is no time for relaxation with all the planning and work that goes into making sure your special day is indeed special. But pre-wedding parities and showers are a perfect time for you to sit back and savour the moment of just being with your friends and family. After all, they are coming together to wish you the best in your life for you and your fiancé.

Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Ideas: Here are some fun and exciting Bachelor and Bachelorette party ideas for your last night out before you get married!  A spa weekend, wine tour, ski or snowboarding trip, visit a psychic together, bungee jumping, going to a night club and of course the typical Vegas trip!

Planning Pre-Wedding Parties: One of the great things about getting married are all the pre wedding parties your wedding party, friends and family will throw for you to help raise money to put toward your life together. Popular events such as engagement parties, bridal showers, Stag N Does and bachelor and bachelorette parties are just some of the fun events you will get to experience. Eventastic Weddings has this amazing function that allows the “party planners” to plan an event without the hassle.

Save time and money by selling more tickets for your Stag N Doe or any pre wedding party directly on your own wedding website with our easy to use ticketing function. Your guests will have the convenience of purchasing their admission, drink and game tickets right online.

Get exactly the gifts you want from every pre wedding event with the multiple gift registry option which allows you to make gift wish lists including items with lower price points for different events. (e.g work bridal shower, family bridal shower etc..)

You will have a centralized location for all your event details, such as date, time, gift registry and ticket sales. Video invitations, RSVP’s and thank you’s will also certainly be helpful options in your wedding preparation and followthrough.Your friends, family and guests will appreciate the ease of going on your wedding website where all your wedding details may be viewed.

Visit our website at www.eventasticweddings.com

We hope our tips are informative and helpful for you and your fiancé during this amazing journey.

 

Thank You Card Etiquette

1) Time Frame for Sending Thank You Cards

Any gifts received for the engagement party or bridal shower should have thank you cards sent within 1 to 2 weeks of the event. For gifts that you receive on the day of your wedding, the thank you cards should be sent out within 2 to 4 weeks of returning home from your honeymoon.

2) Who Should Receive Thank You Cards

Anyone that sent you a gift should receive a thank you card. People will talk if you don’t send one so make sure you thank everyone. Its proper etiquette. You may not know it but your guest will be talking about the lack of thank you they received.  Set the precedent and get them out as soon as possible. Your guest will be offended if you don’t and it will be reflected on future gifts like your wedding gifts.  Keep everyone happy and make them feel good about their generosity.

3) Is there any easier way? Yes! I have the solution for you. 

The thank you card process can be tedious: buying thank you cards, remembering who bought you want, buying an endless amount of postage etc… Why not make your life easy and send out video Thanks you’s. Eventastic Weddings has this awesome feature that allows you to see who bought you what gift through your online universal gift registry then record and send them a personalized video thanks-you. Yes its thats easy. Not only are you saving time and money, but your guests will appreciate the personalized thank-you they will receive. Say good bye to writing cramps!

Tradition meets technology- The New way to say Thank-you.

Go to www.eventasticweddings.com to get your FREE wedding website today!

Happy Wedding Planning!

 

Getting Your FiancĂ© Involved with Wedding Plans

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We all know that planning a wedding is a lot of work. Brides usually have their bridesmaids, mother of the brides, friends etc… involved. BUT who is the most important person that should be helping? Your FiancĂ©! Yes, as obvious as that is there are many couples out there that plan their wedding solo.

A great way to get your fiancĂ© involved is with your gift registry. How many men do you know that like going to those big box stores such as Target and Home Outfitters, Bed Bath and Beyond and register for gifts that they don’t really want. Not many right? Well Eventastic Weddings offers couples a universal gift registry where you can register for ANY gifts ANYwhere. Yes, anywhere! Best Buy, Canadian Tire even Harley Davidson and Golf Town. There is no excuse for your future husband to not get involved in this step.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Want to learn more about our universal gift registry?                                                                  Go to www.eventasticweddings.com to learn how.

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