If you’ve chosen your flower girl and your ring bearer, you’re probably super excited to see them in action. You can make their job more fun and add some cute details to your wedding with these fun ideas!

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Love Note

Send a love note down the aisle with your ring bearer or flower girl and instruct them to give it to the groom. It can say whatever you’d like! Try something like, “I can’t wait to kiss you,” or “I can’t wait to be your wife.”

Banners 

Give the flower girl a flag to carry or if you have 2 flower girls, give them a banner that says, “Here Comes the Bride.” This is super cute and a charming touch to your wedding.

Flower Girls with Banner
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Roses

As the flower girl goes down the aisle with her basket of petals, have her select a few guests to present flowers to! This is a charming gesture and will really delight your guests. You can do the same with the ring bearer!

Themed Weddings

Make the most of your themed weddings by dressing your flower girl appropriately. For instance, for a country wedding, dress your flower girl in cowgirl boots and a tutu! For a hollywood wedding, give her oversized sunglasses and a head scarf. This is super cute and a great way to play up those themes.

Flower Girl in Tutu Dress with Flag
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For Older “Flower Girls”

If you want to include a young girl who is too old to be a flower girl, ask her to be your junior bridesmaid. This is perfect for a girl between the ages of 10 and 16. Her dress can be more age-appropriate, and she could walk hand in hand with an older ring bearer.

These fun ideas will delight your flower girl and ring bearer, and will add a touch of charm and a lot of “cute” to your wedding!

Pre-wedding jitters are not necessarily a sign of cold feet, and this is something that happens to almost everyone who ties the knot. It’s a big step and the future is always uncertain, so feeling anxious and nervous is normal. There are some things you can do to soothe your frayed nerves and enjoy the moment! Here are 5 simple tricks.

Learn Centering Techniques – When you learn to center yourself, you can calm your nerves almost instantly. A quick way to do this is to close your eyes, breathe slowly and imagine roots growing from your feet and into the earth below you. Imagine those roots curving back up on both sides and going back down into the crown of your head – a never ending cycle. Visualize this for a few minutes until you feel centered and grounded.

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Breathing Techniques – Have you ever been so nervous that you feel light-headed? Most of the time, this is due to breathing too quickly or hyperventilating. Practice breathing slowly; in through your nose and out through your mouth. Inhale slowly for eight seconds and then pause for eight seconds before exhaling for eight seconds. Breathing slowly will help you get your nerves under control.

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Sneak a Cocktail – You don’t want to go down the aisle smelling of booze but having a pre-wedding cocktail can really calm your anxiety and allow you to enjoy the process rather than being a bundle of nerves.

Cocktail
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Chew Peppermint – You can settle your tummy by chewing on peppermint candy before the wedding. The plus is that your breath will be minty fresh for your kiss with your new hubby!

Peppermint Candy
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Stay in the Moment – Many people have a defense reaction where they feel like they’re moving through a blur when they’re nervous. Force yourself to stay in the moment by noticing various things. For instance, “this is my wedding day. There is my future husband standing at the altar. This is my father’s hand that I’m holding.” Keep noticing small details like this to keep yourself firmly in the present.

Each of these techniques can help you calm down so that you’re able to enjoy the day and remember it clearly when you look back!

When you’re right in the middle of planning a wedding, it’s often difficult to find time to hang out with your family and friends. This can leave those special people with more than a few questions, from what type of wedding gift you want to the type of wedding you’re planning to have. There are a few great ways to keep your friends and family in the loop while planning your wedding.

Bridal Registry

Registering for gift items is one of the best ways to keep your family and friends updated. This gives them the option to choose a gift for you that they love, but that you will truly appreciate. Remember to select a wide variety of items with different prices so guests have a range of gifts to choose from. So, you might register for a very nice and costly cookware set, but don’t forget to register for kitchen towels and pot holders as well. Finally, link to your bridal registry on your social media sites and in your email signature so family and friends can find it easily.

Wedding Registry Items
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Create a Wedding Website

One of the greatest ways to allow friends and family to follow your progress and stay in the loop is a wedding website. A wedding website typically tells a couple’s story from the moment they met to the decision to tie the knot. It may also include wedding event information and tips, as well as information on the process of planning the wedding. This can be a fun way to de-stress during your wedding planning, and let everyone else follow along with your planning.

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Rely on Your Maid of Honor

Your maid of honor traditionally has the role of planning and informing everyone as to how the wedding is coming along, what to expect, etc. Work with your maid of honor to make sure the proper save the date cards and invitations go out, to know who has RSVP’d, and to make sure your wedding day is all you want it to be.

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By taking these steps, you can ensure that your family and friends stay informed and that your day is every bit as special as you want it to be.

Jewelry, makeup and chocolate are all popular bridesmaids gifts, but it can be difficult to find something truly unique to give your girls. This DIY project is inexpensive but absolutely beautiful and very touching. It’s simple to create, too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Dictionary or Other Meaningful Book
  • Heart-Shaped Paper Puncher
  • Glue
  • White (or colored) Cardstock
  • A Pretty Frame
  • Scrapbook Paper

How to Create It

You can use the dictionary if you want, or you can use your favorite book…whatever you wish. If you use the dictionary, use the heart paper puncher to punch out definitions that you feel describe the bridesmaid you’re creating the gift for. For instance, you could punch out part of the definitions kind, thoughtful, loving, caring, etc.

If you’re using a fictional book or another type of book, simply punch out whatever areas you want. You’ll attach these to the cardstock after making sure the cardstock will fit inside the frame you’ve chosen. You can do rows or a special design – whatever you’d like. Remember that this is a gift from you so it’s fine to be creative and put your own special touch on the gift. Also, you can cut hearts from colored scrapbook paper and place those in with the book pages as well.

DIY Bridesmaid Gift
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This is a fantastic and unique gift that is touching, and the fact that you created it makes it all the more special!

If you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid by a friend or family member, you’re probably very honored. However, you may be worried about the cost for the event. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect to pay to be a bridesmaid.

Travel

If the bachelorette party and wedding are in a different location, or you live far away from the bride, you’ll have to pay for travel. The average cost is about $300 for each event.

Bachelorette Party
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Gifts

You should provide a gift for every event you go to – including the wedding shower, bachelorette party and the wedding itself. You should budget about $50 for each of these, unless you want to give the bride something more expensive or special to you.

Wedding Gifts

The Dress

You’ll likely pay an average of $150 for the bridesmaid dress. You will then have to factor in any alterations that need to be done to the dress.

Bridesmaid Dresses
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Accessories

You will also need to budget for the accessories, hair and makeup and shoes. The cost of these will likely be around $200 total.

Bridesmaid Hair and Makeup
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Bridesmaid Shoes
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If there are no other costs associated with being a bridesmaid for you, then you’re looking at a total of about $800 to $1000. While this is rather expensive, you can save money by purchasing bargain accessories, doing your own hair and makeup, and traveling with other bridesmaids if possible.

Most brides have a wedding website these days. It’s incredibly helpful for providing family, friends and guests with needed information. Plus, it’s a great way to capture certain memories that you will cherish for years to come. When you’re setting up your wedding website, consider these helpful tips and suggestions:

Go Through Your Pictures First

Take some time to go through the pictures of you and your future groom. This will give you a chance to choose the ones you absolutely want to add to your wedding website. Most couples will place several pictures of them together and some of them apart as a visual aid to the story of how they met. However, it’s totally up to you how you do it. In any case, going through the pictures gives you some time to choose the absolute best ones for your wedding website.

Hollywood Engagement Photo
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Write Down Necessary Information

Take some time to write down the information you know your family, friends and guests will need. This might include things like the venue locations, dates and times, the theme of the wedding, any special dress requirements, transportation information, and more. When you take the time to write this stuff down, you’ll more easily remember everything you need to place on your wedding website.

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Wedding Party Information

Placing essential information on your website for your wedding party is an easy way to ensure that everyone has gotten the information. This might include the dress colors and styles, tuxedo rental information, or plans for the big day.

Bridesmaids

A wedding website can be a very valuable tool for you as you plan your wedding and reception. These few tips and suggestions can ensure that all of the information you need is right where you need it, and that building the website is easy and fun.

If you’re the type of couple who really enjoys laughing, then you’re going to love these funny wedding picture ideas. These are great for the couple with a real sense of humor, and will be hilarious to look back at years later.

Friends Style Wedding Party Picture

This funny wedding party picture looks like it could be from a movie cover. It’s clever and fun and although set-up would take a few minutes, it’s totally worth it.

Unique Wedding Party Photo
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Goofy Faces

Why take yourself so seriously? Have a group gather to take a picture and make it really hilarious by making funny faces. This may not be the picture you want to have created into a canvas to hang above the mantel, but it will be treasured nonetheless.

Funny Face Wedding Photo

He’s Getting Away!

This funny wedding picture seems to take after the popular wedding cake toppers where the bride is pulling back the unwilling groom. It’s funny and can be done either way (groom pulling bride, bride pulling groom).

Funny Groom Getting Away Photo
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Fun Props

Whether its colored sunglasses or sombreros, pictures taken with fun props can be absolutely priceless.

Fun Props Wedding Photo
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Silly Boys

Get funny pictures of the groomsmen to remember through the years. Boys are usually so silly that you can just tell them you want to take funny pictures and they’ll handle the rest!

Silly Groomsmen Wedding Photo
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These great ideas for funny pictures are just a few that should be captured by your photographer. They’re sure to become some of your favorite pictures from the big day.

The groomsmen are your best friends, your brothers, or other family members who have been through it all with. A groomsman gift is a fantastic way to show your gratitude for your friendship as well as for them standing in your wedding. Here are a few great ideas for groomsmen gifts!

1. Personalized Flask

A personalized flask is a charming gift that your groomsmen are sure to love. It’s a memento that they can keep that will remind them of your big day, and that they can actually use as well.

Personalized Flask Groomsmen Gift
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2. Pocket Watch

A pocket watch is a great gift that is not only functional, but very stylish.

Groomsmen Gift Pocket Watch
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3. Sports Memorabilia

If your groomsmen are football fans or won’t miss a baseball game for anything, then sports memorabilia might be a great gift. You can keep it classy by choosing sports-themed cufflinks, ties, or similar gifts.

Baseball Theme Cufflinks for Groomsmen

Football Theme Tie for Groomsmen
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4. Portable Poker Set

A portable poker set can provide hours of fun and will be a great gift for your groomsmen.

Portable Poker Set for Groomsmen
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5. Engraved Zippo Lighter

If your groomsman enjoys a good cigar every now and then, an engraved zippo might be a good choice.

Engraved Zippo Lighter for Groomsmen
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6. Personalized Bottle Opener

A personalized bottle opener is a perfect choice for the groomsmen who enjoy a good bottle beer from time to time. It’s functional and a great memento of your wedding day.

Personalized Bottle Openers for Groomsmen
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7. Engraved Money Clip

An engraved money clip is a great gift. It’s functional, stylish and a classic gift for groomsmen.

Engraved Money Clip for Groomsmen
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These are just a few ideas for great groomsmen gifts. Think of items that are stylish, functional and perfect for your groomsmen.

Many brides have a slew of young relatives standing in line to be the flower girl, but many have no younger relatives that can act as the flower girl for them. No worries, because there are a ton of cute flower girl alternatives you can do for your wedding ceremony.

Flower Petal Designs

Rather than having a flower girl toss flower petals down the aisle, decorate your aisle with flower petals. You can do abstract shapes, hearts or whatever you want. The effect is charming and it’s a great alternative to having a flower girl.

Flower Petal Decor
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Flower Petal Decor
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Flower Petal Aisle Decor
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Boy Announcers

If you don’t have younger girl relatives but you have a number of younger boy relatives, let them stand in. Rather than tossing flower petals, they can carry a banner that says “here comes the bride,” which is an adorable way to announce the coming of the bride. It’s also a perfect alternative for families with no young girls.

Sign Bearer
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Sign Bearer
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Sign Bearer
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Alternative to Flower Petals

If you want to have a flower girl but don’t want her to toss flower petals for whatever reason, there are a few great alternatives. Have your flower girl carry a beautiful wand down the aisle, or have her dance down the aisle. You can even give her a little bouquet to carry down the aisle.

Flower Girl Wands
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Flower Girl Heart Wand
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Flower Girl Bouquet
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Just remember, it’s your wedding and you can change up tradition however you’d like. All of these are suitable alternatives for the traditional flower girl role.

No matter which designer you’re fond of, the Spring 2013 collections are full of breathtakingly beautiful dresses. By taking a look through the available designs, you can find something that seems as if it were made specifically for you! Check out a few samples from these designers’ collections.

Dennis Basso

This beautiful Dennis Basso dress is a mermaid style dress which hugs the body down past the hips. Then, it flares out with beautiful texture, creating a feminine, flirty feel. It’s a really pretty gown perfect for all themes and styles.

Dennis Basso Wedding Dress
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Lazaro Empire Shoulder, A-Line Gown

This gown, from Lazaro’s Spring 2013 collection, has a vintage feel. Highly embellished, this dress hangs perfectly on the body and is a very classy, elegant gown. This is absolutely perfect for a vintage-inspired wedding and works well with other themes too.

Lazaro Spring 2013 Wedding Dress
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Francesca Miranda

This Francesca Miranda gown is romantic and beautiful, with a fairytale feel. The sculpted bodice flows into a sheer gown complete with floral embellishments. This is a gorgeous dress that will make any bride feel like a princess.

Francesca Miranda Spring 2013 Wedding Dress
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Rivini

This Spring 2013 Rivini dress also has a vintage feel, with tons of lace and sheer fabric, as well as a chic accent bow. Perfect for a traditional or vintage-inspired wedding, this is a definite bride and crowd-pleaser.

Rivini Spring 2013 Wedding Dress
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It’s worth it to check out the designers’ entire collections. There are so many dresses that are all beautiful and so different from each other, you’re surely going to find something you just can’t live without!