Should you have children in your wedding party?

Although small children can be a complete joy, if you choose to include them in your wedding party, you need to expect the unexpected. Even the most well behaved child, who has been a perfect angel during rehearsals, can sometimes add an unexpected twist to your ceremony. Some children understandably will experience “stage fright” upon seeing all of the guests at your ceremony. They may also be having just an off day.

Choosing to include children can be an absolute delight, adding their cherubic faces to your wedding photographs, but if you prefer to be in complete control of your plans, then you might wish to reconsider having children in your wedding event, no matter what their age. In the end, it’s your wedding day and only you can decide what is best for you.

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Choosing your wedding attendants

Your wedding will most likely be one of the biggest events of your life and early in the planning stages you should give some serious thought to choosing your wedding attendants. Whatever you do, do not choose you attendants lightly. Carefully consider who are your closest and really good friends and/or family members. By giving careful consideration to your choices, it can save you headaches down the road.  One of the girls in our office actually had her maid of honor drop out of her wedding several weeks before she got married, causing all sorts of last minute stress! Thankfully her other bridesmaids stood loyally by her side. Sometimes jealousy or resentment can rear it’s ugly head and arise from someone whom you may have thought would really be there to support you, so please give this careful thought. There’s enough angst before the big day, why add to it, if you don’t have to.

Also, keep in mind if you will be working on a tight budget, that the more attendants you choose to use, the more of an expense this can be as the cost of the flowers, boutonnieres, gifts, etc. would all have to be factored in.

Wedding Favor Traditions

 

We here at Party Favor Website, would like to welcome our guest blogger Desiree M. Mondesir, the author of DA Weddings, who has written a lovely blog about the tradition of Wedding Favors

Wedding favors have been a traditional part of weddings since centuries gone by.  The general idea is to present your loved ones with a “gift from the heart” as a gratuitous gesture for helping you celebrate your wedding.  And although they might have began as one or two particular items, we now present our weddings guests with many favours of different styles.  Read along and hopefully you’ll be inspired by an idea for your own wedding!
 
Wedding Favours in Tradition
 
The giving of wedding favours is a tradition thought to be commenced by the European aristocracy who gave wedding guests “bonbonniers” or small trinket boxes made of porcelain, crystal, and gems which had sugar cubes which represented wealth and royalty in a time when the cost of sugar was very high indeed.  However, once the price of sugar decreased, the giving of bonbonnieres trickled down from the elite in society to the common man. 
 
Soon thereafter, bonbonnieres were replaced as wedding favours by almonds.  These nuts were sugar coated and became referred to as “confetti” in the 13th century.  Usually, fiveJordan almonds were placed within an elegant box wrapped in fabric and given to the guests.  These favours were said to represent the bitter-sweetness of marriage.
 
Wedding Favors in Modern Times
 
Now a days, especially inNorth America, wedding favors of all types are distributed at weddings.  Food-based ideas such as chocolates, cookies, and candies are always welcome treats to your guests.  And although you can certainly bake many of these your self as fun little DIY projects with your friends, there are also plenty that can be purchased and or ordered for your convenience as well as your sanity. 
 
A nifty “food favour” idea is to set up a candy station at your wedding reception with all types of goodies that can be shoveled into party favour baggies and sent home with your guest.  It’s simple, elegant, and stress-free!
 
You can also choose useful items such as picture frames, coasters, key chain charms, and scented soaps.  You could even choose gifts such as sparkling juices and wine, coffee beans, flower seeds, or seedlings for your guest to take home and plant.  Just as long as the favours you and your fiancé choose reflect your personality as a couple, are something your guests will appreciate, and or are within your designated budget, you will make an excellent choice your loved ones will cherish.
 
Note to DIY Brides
 
If you are brave enough to take on DIY projects such as baking and making your own wedding favours or assembling and packaging your favours, please, please, please, plan accordingly!  This means not only that you schedule an ample amount of time to complete these projects in excellence, but that you also select your wedding helpers carefully, making sure that they are all reliable individuals.  You do not want to be stuck working until the wee smas of the morning on the eve of your wedding on favours.  Sometimes, paying a few extra dollars truly is worth your sanity!
 
 
About the Author
Desiree M. Mondesir is the author of DA Weddings, a blog for “all things wedding”.  The blog is a spin-off of her virtual writing and editing company, Desired Assistance, and has allowed her to “marry” her two greatest passions: writing and weddings. 
 

Desiree Mondesir

Desiree Mondesir

In March, DA Weddings will be launching a Guest Blog Campaign featuring wedding industry professionals.  It will be an excellent way for vendors and professionals to network and share their expertise with inquiring bride-to-be minds.  We would love to have you join us!  All participants will receive a 15% discount off of their first project with Desired Assistance.
 
If you would like to have Desiree write for your own wedding publication, want to participate in DA Weddings’ March Guest Blog Campaign, or simply desire more information, please email her at desiree@desiredassistance.com or call at 405.582.0015.  You may also follow DA Weddings on WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter @ms_mondesir.    

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Planning your Wedding; what really matters.

Fusillade of FunPlanning a wedding is usually one of the biggest events that you will ever coordinate in your life. In addition, many type of wedding plans will bring both families and friends together, making it a serious goal for your wedding to turn out both fun and also memorable. Hiring a professional and experienced wedding planner can help to alleviate the stress and make things go much more smoothly. Even so, other problems can still crop up that may be out of your wedding planners hands. Both sides of the families, may have their own ideas about your wedding, who should and who should not be invited, who should sit at what table, etc. etc.  It’s quite common for couples to have arguments over some of the wedding planning stages. When this happens, take a deep breath, listen to each other, really attempt to hear what each other wants and then write down both the pros and cons of your ideas and desires. Remember, the most important thing and don’t lose sight of it. That is your desire to spend the rest of your lives together and your love for each other. It’s why you’re making all of these wedding plans in the first place!

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