So you’ve looked up tips on writing wedding thank you notes, but you’re still not sure what’s right and what’s not. Well, you’re in luck. We’ve created this helpful wedding thank you note cheat sheet to help.

Personalized Thank You Note
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Dear _____ (always insert the proper name!),

Thank you [thanks] so much [a ton/a whole bunch/ever so much] for helping us celebrate [being present on/attending/being a part of] our special day [our wedding and reception/our big day/one of the most important days of our lives].

We couldn’t be happier with [are thrilled with/are so thankful for/are in love with/absolutely adore] your amazing [your wonderful/your very kind/your special/your perfect/your thoughtful] gift. We plan to use it for our first Christmas dinner [our first home/our honeymoon/our kitchen/our first dinner party].

Again, thank you so much for attending and for [driving all that way/looking fantastic/all of your help/all the memories/the laughs and the love].

Sincerely [Love/All Our Love/Best Wishes/With Our Love],

Name

This helpful cheat sheet shows you exactly what should be written on a wedding thank you note! It will make the process of writing thank you notes go by faster while everyone gets a hand-written note that is proper etiquette!

So you’re going to a wedding and you want to pick the best gift idea for your budget. Perhaps the bride and groom haven’t registered or maybe you want to get them something that will be a surprise. In any case, the following 5 great wedding gift ideas are perfect for the bride and groom!

Cash

If you were to take a survey of all brides and grooms on what their favorite wedding gift was or what they want most, the overwhelming answer would be cash. It’s great because they can use it for whatever they want – whether it’s the honeymoon or furnishing their home. When in doubt, simply give a nice cash gift!

Décor with Last Name

Another incredibly sweet idea is to give the bride and groom some sort of décor with their last name. It could be an outdoor decorative item or something for inside the home. There are a variety of different options available so you can find something that suits the couple well.

Last Name Tile
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Small Kitchen Appliance

If you’re already married, think about the small kitchen appliance that you use most often. Is it a fantastic pressure cooker or perhaps a toaster oven? This kind of gift can be fun and practical, because the couple will get a lot of use out of it.

Wine of the Month Club

The wine of the month club or (insert item) of the month clubs are very fantastic couples gifts. Make sure you know the couple enjoys this specific item first, and you’ve got a winning gift. Each month, a new wine, cheese, cookie or other goody is delivered to the couple to enjoy.

Treat Them to an Event

Treating the couple to an event is another great gift. You could buy them a gift card to their favorite restaurant, their local spa, a great theatre, etc. This ensures that they enjoy their gift double time because they’re spending time together!

These are just a few great gift ideas that the bride and groom are sure to enjoy. Use one of these ideas or allow them to inspire you to give a fantastic gift.

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.

If you’re planning a summer wedding, especially if it will be outdoors, you’ll need something to keep your guests cool and refreshed. A drink station can do exactly that! Here are a few great ideas to help you create a fantastic summer wedding drink station.

Cool Drink Ideas

There are lots of cool drinks you can create! Lemonade in a large drink dispenser is a great idea. Display it on a buffet or covered table. You can also add rustic barrels beside your drink station filled with ice. Inside, have mason jars with infused water, lemonade, or whatever else you want staying super cool. Containers with striped straws are a super cute addition. Peach iced tea, raspberry water and fruit punch are all great ideas as well.

Glass Ideas

If you want it to be super chic, pick up stemware from your local thrift store or yard sale. It’s charming if it’s all mismatched. Clean it well and stack it on your drink station table. You can tie small napkins around the stems with ribbons for a fancy look. You can also purchase plastic stemware as well.

Drink Garnishes

Provide your guests with fun drink garnishes. Slice lemon and lime wedges and place in glass bowls with lids. Don’t forget to provide the tongs! Have fresh mint sprigs ready (but be careful, as mint wilts easily in the sun). You can also provide cocktail salt if your lemonade will contain alcohol.

Summer Drink Station
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These are just a few great ideas you can use for your summer wedding drink station. Use your own style and preference to make it unique and fun!

If you’re a chocolate and peanut butter fan, you’re going to love this recipe. It’s absolutely perfect for the wedding dessert bar, or you can place these in a pastry cup and put them inside your wedding favor bags and boxes. They’re absolutely delicious and super easy to make. This recipe was found at Baker Lady’s blog, and she has the recipe available plus step-by-step pictures.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup of melted butter

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup peanut butter and 4 tablespoons peanut butter

1 and ½ cups chocolate chips

How to Create the Peanut Butter Bars

First, stir the 1 cup of peanut butter, the cup of melted butter and the graham cracker crumbs together. Keep stirring until they’re fully blended. To make the right consistency, you want the graham cracker crumbs to be really finely ground. Continue mixing until it’s mixed together completely. Press this into a 9 X 13 pan; you can use your fingertips to make sure it’s evenly pressed.

Next, you’re going to melt the chocolate chips.  You can do this in a bowl or on the stove top. Once it’s melted, go ahead and mix in your 4 tablespoons of peanut butter until it’s evenly incorporated into the chocolate. This will create a lighter, fluffier looking chocolate. Spread this very evenly over the top of the peanut butter and graham cracker mixture.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars
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Once that’s done, place the pan in the fridge to chill and in thirty minutes to an hour, you can take it back out and cut it up into even squares. Not only does this create a beautiful dessert, but it tastes just like Reese’s peanut butter cups and you certainly can’t go wrong with that!

Whether you’re into scrapbooking or not, this can be a unique way to get a sweet or funny message from each of your wedding guests. It takes the traditional guest book idea and makes it absolutely adorable. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 large scrapbook

Small envelopes (you can make or buy these; you should be able to fit several on one page.

Small note cards for inside the envelopes. You’ll need 1 for each guest.

Colored markers

It’s very simple. Simply affix the envelopes to the pages of the scrapbook, with the envelope opening facing out. You can do this any way you’d like. Your envelopes and note cards can be all the same size or different sizes to accommodate different message lengths. They can be all the same color or pattern; you can pretty much do whatever you want with this idea.

During the ceremony, leave the note cards near the scrapbook and provide the markers as well. If you want, you can create a little sign telling guests to leave a message and then tuck it into an empty envelope. The idea is beautiful and the bride and groom can have a blast going through each of the messages.

Scrapbook Message Guest Book
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If you want to make it even more special, use larger envelopes and note cards and have guests take a Polaroid picture of themselves as they write the message. They can tuck that inside as well so you have a visual part of the guestbook. This is surely something you will cherish throughout the years!

Do you want to skip the cut flower part of the wedding and go with something a little less expensive? How about paper flowers? There is a huge variety of paper flowers you can make yourself, and they can be really beautiful and whimsical. Here are just a few different ideas.

Paper Anemone Flowers

These beautiful flowers are created by cutting out the petals and centers and gluing them together and then using floral wire to create the stems. The steps are really easy and the overall look is super charming.

Paper Flower Bouquet
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Simple Paper Roses

Create these absolutely stunning paper roses and hot glue them to branches for the ultimate effect. They’re super easy to create and give tables a pop of color that is charming and beautiful.

Paper Roses
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Elaborate Paper Roses

These elaborate paper roses actually look like a bouquet of roses at first glance. They’re easy to create, but time consuming, so get a group of girlfriends together and go to town.

Paper Rose Bouquet
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DIY Crepe Paper Flowers

These flowers are absolutely stunning and really stand out with a little bit of glitter embellishment. Create them easily and quickly and use them for a variety of things.

Crepe Paper Flowers
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As you can see, it’s not that difficult to create beautiful paper flowers that work well for centerpieces and other projects.

Place cards can be a fun way to give out wedding favors, and they’re elegant as well as being functional. They allow guests to know precisely where they should be sitting, but they’re not the only option. This fun alternative to wedding place cards can be created easily and is a really fresh way to let guests know where to sit.

Wedding Place Cards
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What You’ll Need

One small canvas for each chair, or a thick piece of cardstock for each chair.

2 Yards of thick (1 inch or larger) ribbon for each chair.

Paint, or a Printer

Hot glue

How to Create Wedding Chair Seating Cards

Using your seating chart as a list, either paint the names (if you have fantastic handwriting) on the canvases or print the names using your favorite font onto the cardstock. Glue the cardstock or canvas to the center of the ribbon so you have an equal amount at the top and the bottom. (See illustration.)

Place Card Illustration

Bring the top part of the ribbon down over the back of the chair. Bring it down the back so that it meets the bottom ribbon, and then tie in a large bow. This is an attractive, elegant alternative to a place card that you can do yourself without a lot of hassle.

If you’re experiencing wedding day jitters, you’re not alone. Having cold feet is normal, especially the day before and the day of the event. Here are some tips for taming those wedding day jitters before they get the best of you!

Many brides struggle with taming wedding day jitters and end up wondering if they are a sign of something more serious. How do you distinguish between cold feet and real pre-marital dilemmas? This can be a tough question to answer, especially when your mind is crowded with pre-wedding anxiety.

Fortunately, pre-wedding worries are very common and are perfectly normal, but they are not always easy to get rid of. Use the following tips to try and tame your wedding day jitters:

Get away from it all—If possible, go for a drive and snag some alone time the night before the wedding. Get up extra early on the day of and go for a jog, spend time outdoors, get some fresh air, and be alone so you can hear yourself think. The week of the wedding is a hectic time, and much of the stress and fear that causes wedding day jitters is related to the wedding planning process.

Get those endorphins pumping—Extra exercise during the week before the wedding up until the day of can help you burn off stress, fight those wedding day jitters, and increase your energy. Additionally, you’ll sleep better, feel great, and be able to think clearer.

Talk it out—Whether it’s your maid of honor, best friend, or your mother, talk about your wedding day jitters with a trusted confidante. It’s helpful to get someone else’s view on the reason for your anxieties, and that other person might be able to offer some insight as to whether or not those anxieties are legitimate or just a product of normal wedding stress.

Identify the source of the stress—This is the best way to tame your wedding day jitters—identify what is scaring you in the first place! If abuse or infidelity of any kind is involved, it’s important to seek help right away and recognize that your wedding day jitters are warranted and need professional attention. On the other hand, if you’re simply questioning which house you’ll live at or how your life will change following your marriage, chances are you’re experiencing very normal wedding day jitters.

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Aside from giving your guests wedding favors, how do you decide who to give gifts to on your special day?

Wedding history holds many traditions that dictate who you should give gifts to on your wedding day. For years, the main tradition was for brides and grooms to gift each other with something (not necessarily anything large or ornate) as a way to express their love for one another. This gift-giving tradition was also used to express excitement and gratitude for their new life together.

Over the years, though, new traditions emerged that varied from culture to culture that were based on the bride and groom gifting other family members and members of the wedding party. To some brides and grooms, gifting others aside from each other may seem unnecessary and even excessive. Still, many brides and grooms choose to honor these various traditions just for the fun of it.

If budget is an important factor to you in gift giving, or you’re having a small, laid-back ceremony and want to skip on all of the lavish gift giving, then it helps to know who you should and shouldn’t gift on your wedding day. Of course, you don’t have to follow any of these traditions, but if you’d like to do some gift giving for sentiment or sake of courtesy, here are some common people you may want to consider gifting.

Your Significant Other: Your future spouse is the first (if only) person you should think about gifting. You can choose something as large or as small as you’d like.

Your Parents: You can gift your parents with something simple to thank them for being there for you over the years and to symbolize your adulthood and your moving on with your life. This is not a necessity, but it’s often a nice exchange for sentiment sake.

Your Maid of Honor/ Best Man: Many couples choose to gift their entire wedding party, but if you can’t afford to do so, gift only your maid of honor or best man in private.

Remember, your big day is about you, and you shouldn’t worry about giving everyone gifts—that’s their job to gift you! But there’s nothing wrong with giving gifts to do something special for your loved ones. Who you should give gifts to on your wedding day is entirely your decision.