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Hosting A Bridal Shower: Frequently Asked Questions

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Bridal showers – and weddings, in general – come with a host of sticky situations that can leave you wondering what to do. The following questions and answers will cover a bevy of bridal shower etiquette to help you navigate bridesmaid feuds, disagreeing moms, gift qualms, and so much more.

Who should throw the bridal shower?

Old-fashioned tradition states that the bridal shower shouldn’t be thrown by anyone in the bride’s family because it can be seen as a greedy way to ask for gifts. Most guests see this tradition as outdated and will not be offended by a shower thrown by the bride’s family. Today, most bridal showers are thrown by the maid of honor, a friend, sister, aunt, cousin, bridesmaid, coworker, or anyone else who is close with the bride. Really, the only rule here is that the bride should not throw herself a shower.

I’m the Maid of Honor, but I can’t afford to throw a bridal shower. What do I do?

Being the Maid of Honor can really take a toll on your wallet. To cut on cost, ask another bridesmaid, or a close family member of the bride, if she would like to co-host the shower with you. This way, one single person isn’t solely responsible for footing the cost of the bridal shower. Besides co-hosting, keep the shower simple to cut on cost. Throw it mid-afternoon so you can serve light finger foods and not worry about serving your guests an entire meal

I’m throwing a bridal shower. Can I ask the other bridesmaids to help pay for the shower?

If the other bridesmaids are co-hosting the shower with you, then you can expect them to pitch in on the cost. However, don’t expect donations from the other bridesmaids if they’re not getting recognition as co-hosts. You could also ask them if anyone would like to bring a dish to eat or bring supplies for a game.

I’m throwing a bridal shower. Do I have to buy a gift, even though I’m spending a lot of money on the shower?

If you spent a pretty penny on a bridal shower, it can be hard to cough up even more money on a gift. However, it’s a nice gesture to give the bride a little something, even if it’s something inexpensive from her registry, a DIY gift, a bottle of wine for the couple to enjoy, or just a nice card with a handwritten note.

How many bridal showers should a bride have?

It’s normal for a bride to have a couple bridal showers, especially if her family and friends don’t all live in the same city. She may have one hosted by her side of the family, one for the groom’s side of the family, and another hosted by her friends. Just keep in mind that guests who are invited to multiple showers may decide to not attend all of the showers.

Is it appropriate to have a bridal shower for a second or subsequent wedding?

This is a decision that is totally up to the bride and her groom. If it’s uncomfortable or unnecessary for the bride and groom, then skip it! Instead, why not gather with a small group of friends for dinner? If a bride wants to celebrate a subsequent marriage with a shower, then she should. If she doesn’t need to register for gifts because she’s more established than a first-time bride, then consider throwing a recipe exchange or an afternoon at the spa.

When should the bridal shower be thrown?

Bridal showers are typically thrown a couple weeks to a couple months before the wedding. However, sometimes special situations, like out-of-town guests, call for an earlier or later shower. If you’re throwing the shower early, remember that the bride should already have her guest list planned, because everyone who’s invited to the shower should also be invited to the wedding. Also, she should already be registered when the invitations go out.

Who should be invited to a bridal shower?

Usually, bridesmaids, family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and other close acquaintances are invited to bridal showers. Ask the bride to brainstorm a list of guests, and it doesn’t hurt to bounce the guest list off the bride’s mother, or a close family member, to make sure no one was forgotten.

Should men and children be invited to a bridal shower?

Traditionally, bridal showers are female-only, but in recent years many couples have decided that they would both like to attend the shower and invite their female and male friends. This is perfectly fine, albeit nontraditional. As for children, ask the bride if she wants children in attendance, or if she would prefer adults-only. Remember, little ones may be distracting at a bridal shower, so consider hiring a baby sitter to occupy children during the shower, if they’re invited.

Can I invite people to the bridal shower who aren’t invited to the wedding?

It is good etiquette to make sure everyone who is invited to the bridal shower is also invited to the wedding, and this rule should be followed under most circumstances. That said, if you are having a very small, private wedding, or a destination wedding, then this rule may be bent. However, rather than throwing a traditional shower, consider instead making it a simple get-together with friends to celebrate your marriage.

Do I have to invite guest who live far away, or who I know won’t attend?

Whether it’s your cousin who lives hours away, or your friend who just had triplets, you should still invite these people who are important to you to your shower. It doesn’t hurt to send an invitation, but it might hurt their feelings if they don’t receive one.

I’m throwing a bridal shower at a restaurant. Do I have to pay for my guests’ food?

Yes, it’s good etiquette to pay for your guests if you invite them to a bridal shower at a restaurant. If this is too expensive, consider throwing a mid-afternoon shower and only ordering appetizers or desserts for the group. Or, throw the shower at home and cook the food yourself to save on cost.

If you need any help with your bridal shower, contact LimeLight Expressions for day of coordination, or planning services. We would love to work with you..Now you’re in the LimeLight!

Keep calm..and get married!

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Your wedding is shortly approaching, and suddenly, it’s here! On the days leading up to your big day, you might find yourself panicking about some of the small details. And while sometimes a little hiccup may be impossible to avoid, we wanted to give you some pointers on how to keep stress at bay in the days leading up to your wedding…

Have a Spa Day! Could you think of anything better then being pampered before your wedding day? The pre-wedding spa day has become increasingly popular with brides and their bridesmaids. So put some cucumber on those eyes, get a mani/ pedi or even a special bridal Swedish massage. This will definitely help ease your mind before your wedding day.

Quality Time with Friends: Enjoy a relaxing girl’s movie night or night-in with all of your bridesmaids before the wedding. Laughing with close friends and family will always take the edge off.

Wake Up Refreshed: 8 hours of sleep before your wedding helps guarantee that you will have the energy for the whole day. Research shows that loss of sleep can manifest into irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness; basically all of the things you don’t want to be on your wedding day.

The Back Up Alarm: This seems like a given, especially for brides that are heavy sleepers. Do not let oversleeping be your biggest fear. Set a back up alarm for your alarm, just in case.

Wedding planners are here to make certain that your special day is just that, your day. Our job is event management as well as small details. Let LimeLight Expressions help make your wedding stress free. We want your wedding to be the beautiful celebration you’ve always dreamed of.

 

Wine & Dine: Choosing the best wine to serve at your wedding

wine1Couples naturally want their wedding to be perfect, from the fit of the dress to the awe factor of the cake. Highballs and punch ladled from big bowls have long been staples of wedding ceremonies, yet many of today’s brides and grooms seek more sophistication in the beverages they serve at their reception, with wine playing an increasingly large role. Whether you’re planning a party for 20 or 200, the questions are still the same: Which wine should I buy?

Basic wine information: Get to know your seasonal wines

Brisk white wines, dry rosés, and light- to medium-bodied reds are ideal for warm-weather weddings because they offer more refreshment than heavier Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel.

Brisk whites include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, unoaked Chardonnay, Riesling, and sparkling wines.

Medium-bodied reds include Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Italian Valpolicella, Spanish Rioja, and Rhone Valley Côtes du Rhône.

For winter and fall weddings, wines with more weight and power (Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and the like) pair best with chilly temperatures and rich comfort foods.

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What type of wine should I buy? 

Although sparkling wine is a wedding fixture, consider also serving one red and one white still wine if the reception includes a meal or hors d’oeuvres. Most wedding planners advocate serving equal amounts of red and white wine—if only so you don’t disappoint half the crowd. For those who want to pour just one wine with the meal, there is a happy compromise: dry rosé, a wine that’s refreshing and also substantial enough to drink with sturdy foods.

Sauvignon Blanc is a super-versatile white that goes splendidly with seafood, chicken, eggs, vegetables, and salads. The citrusy 2008 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc and the pleasantly pungent 2009 Brancott Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand are tremendous values and they’re often discounted. Or go with crowd-pleasing, easy-to-drink Pinot Gris.

Also consider un-oaked or lightly oaked Chardonnays, which are great to sip alone and, with their unadulterated fruit flavors, match a wider range of dishes than the toasty, buttery type of Chardonnay.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine in America, and it’s best suited to serving with hearty beef and lamb dishes. There are indeed affordable Cabs made in Napa; look for one that is supple, medium- to full-bodied, and has textbook cassis and cedar Cabernet character.

Silky, earthy Pinot Noir is extremely flexible with many foods, including fish and vegetarian dishes, yet it also pairs nicely with light red meats, pork, and poultry. Pinot can be pricey

Sweet white Zinfandel is fine for casual, at-home quaffing, but weddings call for a more serious pink wine. Dry rosé is crisp and fruity, does not have the sweetness of white Zinfandel and other blush wines, and pairs beautifully with salads, poultry, pork, tuna, salmon, and even sirloin. Rosé also hits the spot in both warm and cool weather, day and night.

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How much wine to purchase will depend on various factors, including the number of guests, whether it’s a wine-drinking crowd, the format of the reception, the time of year and time of day, and the menu. Here, some general rules of thumb provided by wedding planners, caterers, and married couples who have been through it already:

It’s better to have too much wine than not enough. Guests grumble when the wine runs out and they still have prime rib on their plate, or if they have an empty glass for the toast. Unopened leftovers can usually be returned to the seller (or taken home, of course).

•The standard 750-ml wine bottle holds 25 ounces; count on five servings of wine, at five ounces each, from one bottle. For sparkling wines served in flutes, allow for four ounces per serving (plus foam), which equals six servings per bottle.

• Most caterers count on each guest consuming one-half bottle of wine—roughly two glasses—every two hours. If the party lasts four hours, count on one 25-ounce bottle per person. These calculations allow for the fact that some folks will drink more, some less, and some not at all. One bottle each might seem like a lot of wine, yet many attendees want to sample everything, even though they don’t drain their glasses (half your wine may sit at the end of the night in half-empty cups).

Please note: Buying wine in bulk—by the case—can save you money. But not all venues or caterers allow the client (you) to choose or bring the wine, so check with everyone involved before purchasing.

For more information or helpful tips for your wedding, contact LimeLight Expressions.

 

Choosing the perfect wedding flowers – LimeLight Expressions – Event planning in Omaha

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There are literally thousands of types of flowers, and infinite combinations of colors and arrangements that you can create with them. So how do you narrow it down to the perfect blooms for your wedding? Start with these basic, must-know tips.

Focus your flower budget on the areas of your wedding that will be in the spotlight. Your bouquet, reception centerpieces and a signature element at the ceremony are very important.

Find out what flowers are in season on your wedding day. Some flowers just aren’t available at certain times of the year (or are very expensive) so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing which flowers to incorporate into your bouquet.

Color is key, particularly with whites, ivories and creams. There are so many different shades; your florists can recommend the right type of bloom to work well with the exact color of your dress, and to compliment your bridesmaid’s dresses. Remember to take swatches if you have them.

Try to incorporate flowers that might have a personal meaning to either you or another family member. If you have a family heirloom such as an antique brooch, a lace hanky or something else to work into your something old, new, borrowed and blue, ask your florist to add it into the top of the stems.

Pictures of your bouquet are lovely to have so make sure you ask your photographer to do some close ups. Bouquets photograph particularly well propped up in pretty chairs or placing them to the side of your wedding cake.

If you need help with important wedding decisions, like choosing flower arrangement styles, colors and florists, call LimeLight Expressions. We will make it simple for you on your special day. Now you’re in the LimeLight!