As a graceful bride to be, your fairy GPS here at Rosemint work hard to make sure you are well acquainted with all the social graces of a wedding. Gifts are a subject of great excitement as well as great trepidation when it comes to weddings, thus there are a few formalities that we at Rosemint feel that both the bride and her guests will appreciate. There is a way to gift and there is also a way to receive and reciprocate. We will be succinct with a few pretty pictures tossed in as we lay down a few guidelines to master the art of gifting. Rach and Char are not farmers so there will be no gift piggies on our watch!
REGISTRIES ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND (After diamonds of course). That’s right ladies, your mom, aunts, even the mama in law is right on this one! In this day of technology at our fingertips, make it easier on guests by clearly listing what you want and where to get it from! This also makes it easier on you because the more gifts of wanted things due to your clear communication the less likely you will have to face nasty retail customer service lines returning said unwanted things.
REGISTRIES CAN BE MANY IN NUMBER (WITHOUT BEING A GIFT PIGGY). Okay, you’ve gotten the hang of registries, get the scanner thingy and uninterested fiance and bam! Ready to go! The best way to not end up with four toasters and negative ten espresso makers is to diversify your registry. “Hubby to be” may hate us for it but once you tackle one store go ahead and tackle another! Include a wide price range of items so that your guests are not inconvenienced when they are already taking on extra expenses to attend. Plus this is a chance for you and your “groom to be” to take a step together as you begin to make your future life together more tangible.
RECEIVE GRACIOUSLY (Keep your eye rolling to a minimum at bridal events) While they are fun to watch meltdown, no one wants to experience a Bridezilla up close. Yes Aunt Fran blatantly ignored your registry because she already had your set of matching dollies ready when she bought them in Branson. Ladies accept those organza dollies and hug Aunt Fran extra tight like the gracious bride you are! THANK YOU NOTES ARE A MUST!!! Your GPS will guide you through wording and stationery but you and your groom are going to have to sign them all yourself!
THOUGHTFUL FAVORS Remember your guests are there to celebrate you because they care a whole bunch about you and your groom. Current trends show that favors are getting more and more specialized snippets of the happy couple of the hour. From the classic wedding couple love mixtape to monogrammed bottles of champagne think outside the box with your favors. The more effort you and your groom put into it the greater the message of thanks for your guests coming out of their way to celebrate YOUR big day with you!
Hello hello readers, the lovely ladies at Wedding GPS hope you’ve been enjoying this glittery road trip to your dream wedding. Next point of direction? Flowers! Listen up brides from “princess” to “no fuss” tier…flowers are not something you want to skip/avoid/downplay/ignore/shove off to mother in law/etc. These botanic bursts of color provide a timeless aesthetic, often times a backdrop to your wedding pictures and ceremony. While this is your journey to your destination there are a few dos and donts that as your fairy god-planners we cannot help but point out. So tap those ruby slippers, grab your pooch and we’ll ease on down road on a quick tour past the munchkins to the flowers of the hour!
Rach & Char
TREND ALERT: CASCADING BOUQUETS
Not yo momma’s flowers, this twist on the classic will have you throwing it to no one. Get your own girls!
Tiffany Themed Bridal Shower for Bride to Be Nakia!
We had a great time at the “Nakia & Co.” themed bridal shower! Tiffany blue, black, and white were carried throughout all of the decor and even to the Tiffany Blue Punch. Guests received custom Tiffany themed cookies as favors and munched on brunch. Custom games were created by Rosemint Inc. and one of the bridesmaids created a very cute custom frame.
Guests were greeted with strands of pearls as part of the “Don’t Say Wedding” Game. If anyone got caught saying “wedding”, the whistle blower got to take their pearls. The guest with the most pearls at the end of the shower won a prize.
The menu included delectable brunch items. French toast, shrimp and grits, bacon, salmon croquettes, fresh fruit, fried chicken, waffles, and salad rounded out the buffet.
The Tiffany blue bar offered Tiffany Blue Punch and your choice of mimosas! Also, custom “Nakia & Co.” labels were added to the water bottles.
Here is the fabulous frame made by one of the bridesmaids! You also see themed photo props on the table.
Table settings and favors are shown below.
Saved the best for last…the gorgeous bride to be! Yes, her shirt reads “All I Need Is Bottomless Mimosas”.
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While the “bride to be” will always remain the sun, moon, and stars of the Rosemint Inc. universe, we must make sure the surrounding celestial bodies perfectly compliment our leading lady. This is where the groom becomes less of a mannequin and more of a…well…well-dressed, dashing, eye candy of a mannequin.(Kidding fellas, without you there would be no us 😉 ) On your special day, there are some things you may forget (which is what Rach and Char are here to anticipate for) and some things will be forever etched in your memory. More tangibly, there will be pictures. There will be selfies. There will be more pictures. There will be your pictures.
Now we know you’ve perused all of the trends and do’s and dont’s for brides, and in the process you may or may not have forgotten about that other person that will coincidentally be there next to you for your big day. Or you would like to guide your “hubby to be” gently into a suit that did not come from Mrs. Poly and Ester. There’s no need to fear Under-…um Rosemint is here! We are the super duo that can have you and your groom covered, no ifs, ands, or dastardly mustache twirling villains (way better than just saying buts).
We compiled a quick cheat sheet of menswear trends that will make any fitting/shopping/ alteration experience a breeze. That way the hubster can get back to keeping the tunes light and snacks flowing as you traverse the highway to your wedding day with Rosemint Inc.
Tell us which look is your favorite via comment!
Bright & Bold: For the hubby that’s not feeling traditional
We whole-heartedly believe in leaving things to the professional, especially when it comes to event coordination 😉 But with all of the easily accessible travel deals available, booking your destination wedding can be completely DIY!
Here is a list of the best world travel sites from Forbes:
2. TV Host Dana Simone (bit.ly/DatGirl) recommends Your Local Cousin when traveling abroad. You get insider information from locals of the actual destination that you are considering! Use Dana Simone’s coupon code for a discount. Coupon Code: YLC-10
3. Check with your major credit card concierge for travel deals and perks. You may be surprised at the offers and built in extras that you are missing out on!
4. Directly contact the hotel or resort of your desired locale and find out what types of wedding or honeymoon packages they offer. Because your guests will be traveling also you can get an idea upfront on what type of room block discounts are available. You may even be able to negotiate a better rate or get some free add-ins.
Before you start packing or dreaming of sand in between your toes, here are a few things to things about for your destination wedding:
Be considerate of your guests.
A huge plus to having a destination wedding is that, more than likely, you’ll be saving some major dough compared to the total cost of a local wedding. Yay! But your guests will have increased expenses for travel, lodging, food, etc. Be considerate and give as much advance notice as possible so that your guests will have plenty of time to budget.
Communication is key. Keep your confirmed guests in the know and help make things a little easier by:
Reserving a block of rooms
Providing information on the climate
Advising on the dress code
2. Make some plans.
The only people that you and your guests will know are you and your guests, so make sure to make known activities and things to do. You may even want to create an itinerary so that everyone is on the same page. We’ve helped a bride create custom welcome baskets that were waiting for her wedding guests in their hotel room upon their arrival. The baskets included a custom thank you message to all of the guests and a complete itinerary for the full time of their stay.
3. Travel smart! There are a few extra things in addition to typical travel details that you may need to consider if you are getting married abroad:
Bring your passport and leave a photocopy of it with a trusted friend or relative who is not going to the event, in case it gets lost or stolen.
Check with your physician and insurance to ensure that your vaccinations are current and to inquire about others that may be necessary.
Bring any medications you routinely take.
Pack an extra pair of glasses.
Leave unnecessary valuables and irreplaceable items at home.
Some of the things you should inquire about include:
Whoa whoa whoa! Before we go any further you have to let us know: how far do you want to go? Where are we going? Okay, okay the wedding is the goal and can be the general location, but WHERE exactly are we going? What is the setting for the wedding of your dreams? Where is the location that Rosemint can primp and polish and lord over guests if they are unruly while your maid of honor fans you as you sip champagne. (That image looks heavenly doesn’t it, we know add it to the to-do list, you’re welcome).
Location is the backdrop of the wedding and it leaves an impression on everyone in attendance. Despite slump-ish global economies, destination weddings continue to rise in popularity and frequency. There’s nothing like declaring your love and devotion on a sandy tropical locale or landmark. While expenses may tally up quickly with travel, lodging and planning abroad, it also allows you to cut costs as far as attendees and reception options. Yes, blushing bride to be we see the gears rolling, so to further entice you Rosemint Wedding GPS has conjured up a dream list of international hot spots trending now.
Before we start allow us to shamelessly plug Chicago as a possible destination. Between our world renowned landmarks from Union Station to Buckingham Fountain to our first class cuisine to our intimate hotel boutiques we have much to offer. There’s also Raych & Char; yes, Chicago serves as our base of operations and our event planning stomping grounds originated here. That being said, if you’re in Chicago look up Rosemint Inc. hint hint, we’ll even prep you for our weather (it’s absolutely crazy guys, beautiful and the best clearly, but crazy nonetheless).
We love to look around the internet for the newest wedding news and stories. Staying on top of everything in regards to weddings helps us to do our job better and keep brides happy! Check out these top stories:
Read about the love stories of Harvard students soon to be wed:
We’ve been pretty lucky with our weddings. So far, everyone we’ve witnessed is still married and many have had recent new additions to the family. One bride who hired us to do her invitations canceled shortly after the invitations were mailed out, but today her and other half are happily wed with a month old baby!
Wedding cancellations do happen and can be devastating. In the end, it’s always best to do what you heart says! Read about how a bride bounced back after her wedding vision was crushed: