3 Subtle Ways to Ask Your Guests for Cash Gifts (3)

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Today’s super helpful guest post comes to us from Lizzy Ellingson of Blueprint Registry. Enjoy!

For generations past, allowing guests to randomly choose wedding gifts was a risky business. After all, who needs more than one fondue set or blender? Who really trusts their relatives to pick items which match their taste and style? Millennials are breaking trends, and are not only doing most of their wedding registry activity online, it is also becoming more commonplace to ask for cash gifts to help with the honeymoon or for a down-payment on a home.

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Hey Foodies, today’s guest post from Jyl Deering of Chancey Charm is for you! We’ve got some scrumptious recipes courtesy of Forklift Catering, while Jyl shares some excellent tips for a perfect cocktail hour, a delectable sample menu and artfully some styled food photography. Enjoy:

7 Tips for a Perfect Wedding Cocktail Hour

  • Make sure the food isn’t messy. Nothing is worse than needing the photographer to dodge the giant stain on your husband’s white button-down shirt.
  • Keep it light + refreshing! Cocktail hour sets the mood for the rest of the evening. Don’t serve heavy foods, as you want your guests wanting more rather than leaving them feeling stuffed and unable to eat dinner or dance!
  • If you’re thinking of serving something a little different, like venison or lamb, try it during cocktail hour. A different protein can be hard to please at dinnertime, but one bite of it at cocktail hour might just be the perfect opportunity for your guests to try something different!
  • Stick with your theme. Consider your wedding theme when choosing, serving or displaying your food throughout the event. Remember, your theme should be present during cocktail hour. A beautiful garden wedding will best be remembered not only by the breathtaking scenery, but also by the fresh, light and seasonal food profiles that accompany it.

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Bachelorette Party Dos and Donts

Bachelorette Party Dos and Donts
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Who says you absolutely need bottle service in a limo on the way to “da club” or cutesy custom matching outfits? Sure, it might be nice, but this simple list of do’s and don’ts gets rid of all of the extras and strips it back to basics. You know, stuff like expectations, communication, respect, planning… the essentials, really! Enjoy:

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Thank You Gift for Bridesmaids

Thank You Gift for Bridesmaids

Today’s lovely post comes to us from Danielle, writer for relationship blogs such as The Eternity Rose. Danielle runs a successful at home business and in her spare time she enjoys horse riding! Enjoy:

Your wedding will no doubt be one of the most (if not, the most) special event of your life. A lot of blood, sweat and tears, however, go into making sure the day goes off without a hitch. As such, your bridesmaids are the people you hold dear, the chosen ones tasked to monitor the finer details and combat the pressure. They stand beside you throughout the entire journey. That’s why it’s important to show your appreciation for them. Here are a few tidbits of advice for when it comes time to buying your bridesmaids a gift:

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How to Get Rid of Wedding Stress

How to Get Rid of Wedding Stress

Today’s lovely partnered post is written by Holly Ashby at Will Williams Meditation, a meditation centre who help people achieve a state of calm and reduce anxiety through Vedic meditation in London. Enjoy!

There aren’t many people who wouldn’t have a wobble while wedding planning. Apart from the stress of wedding planning, you can worry that you simply aren’t up to the job or that everyone will be bored or something will go wrong on your big day. Many brides also feel a lot of pressure to look inhumanly lovely, find the perfect dress, and put on the best event anyone has ever been invited to. With such big expectations, it can be hard to avoid a crisis of confidence! A bit of a confidence boost as you prepare to get married could be just the thing you need.

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Day of Wedding Stationery

Day of Wedding Stationery

Wedding day details are so important and often times overlooked. We aren’t talking caterer coordination or what time the guests should arrive. We are talking decor details like centerpieces, lights, and place settings. These details aren’t what your wedding day is about, but if you’re celebrating something beautiful and amazing you want the atmosphere to match!

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Stressful Aspects of Wedding Planning

Stressful Aspects of Wedding Planning
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Unless you are an impressive combination of Zen monk, Mindfulness guru, and Jedi Master – wedding stress (hate to break it to you!) is inevitable. That said, while there are many stressful wedding planning aspects, the good news is that they can all be managed when anticipated and planned for accordingly. In today’s guide, we’re going to give you a heads up on all the major stumbling blocks that you will face, and a few tips on how to make sure you keep your sanity while you go through them.

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Diamond Engagement Ring Shapes Guide

Ready to explore all of the many different diamond engagement ring cuts and shapes? The knowledgeable folks over at The Diamond Advisors have you covered with this detailed buying guide infographic!

Discover the perfect diamond engagement ring for you with this top 10 list of cuts and shapes, including the traditional round diamond cut + 9 alternative shapes you may not have considered or even known about before.

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Dogs in Weddings Tips Inspiration

Dogs in Weddings Tips Inspiration

Love dogs? So do WeddingLovely’s bloggers + vendor community!

We’re celebrating National Dog Day this upcoming Saturday with a fun (and furry) dogs in weddings roundup style post sharing adorable photos, videos, ideas and inspiration — all to do with our beloved four legged friends.

Plus, we’re loving all of the rescue stories, endearing moments caught on camera/film, tips for including fur babies on your special day, doggy inspired fashion, stationery, decor elements + more!

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