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The cost of a wedding can be astronomical. For someone looking to save money, add a personal touch, or simply leave their guests with a unique memento, creating your own wedding favors is an excellent option.
Create a favor that ties into the theme of your wedding. Getting married around Christmas? Personalize a glass ornament for each guest or sew miniature stockings with a photo of you and your new spouse inside. Having a spring wedding? Purchase small watering cans and fill them with dried flowers. Add your names and the date to the outside. Getting hitched on the beach? Collect shells and paint them with your wedding colors, then personalize with the date and a message from the bride and groom.
Give your guests something that you love to help them remember your special day. If you are a candle lover, buy wax kits to create your own, or purchase tea lights and place them in a hand-painted glass votive. Love to cook? Give your friends and family your favorite recipe and one of the spices it uses in a personalized jar. Another one-of-a-kind favor idea is to give each guest a CD featuring songs that are played at your reception. The discs can easily be personalized with a computer label.
Personalize the old standby of a candy favor by making your own bags or jars in which to take it home. Whether you pre-fill the container with sweets or the guests select from a candy bar, the lasting keepsake of a personalized holder will endure long after the candy is gone.
If you are holding a beach themed wedding, keeping the theme universal makes the planning and preparations much easier. When you begin planning the bridesmaid luncheon, why not consider combining the male and female attendants “thank you” party into one competitive and fun event. Planning the wedding attendant luncheon for your entire bridal party can be a great deal of fun and take very little effort as long as you identify your main goal of the event and create an entire afternoon around that activity. Since you are hosting a luncheon, a beach barbecue would be a thematic and fun.
An afternoon activity that would provide lighthearted fun and competitiveness between the two sides of the bridal party could include a “sand castle building” competition at your local beach. This unique and exciting activity would provide a great opportunity for everyone to meet and get to know one another and express their creative side along the way. Additional activities that could be included in the day's itinerary could include a game of beach volleyball and a bonfire. However, if you intend to build a fire on a public beach it is often a good idea to check with your city council to discover if any special permits are necessary prior to hosting your event.
Taking time to locate beach themed wedding attendant gifts for each member of your wedding party is actually easier than you might think; many online and retail wedding planning outlets have unique and creative wedding party favors to give to your friends and family on this special day.
If your groom has requested that you assist him in purchasing the wedding attendant gifts for his friends, you might find yourself overwhelmed with what to buy. What may seem like an insurmountable task is really quite easy if you closely examine the different hobbies of each of his friends. If a member of your wedding party is a car enthusiast, you might despair over what to get them as a wedding attendant gift. However, with a little creative online shopping, this task is easier than you might think.
Adorable and appropriate cuff links with a five-speed motif area a wonderful accent for the race car enthusiast's wedding tuxedo. Supplement the wedding apparel with a car cleaning kit or a car hazard safety kit and you have created a unique wedding attendant gift especially designed with this special friend in mind. If he is a proud owner of a showroom car, why not include a deluze car cover with which to cover his prized automobile after he has cleaned and polished it.
Another idea is to have a personalized parking sign made for the make and model of the vehicle your friend owns, car enthusiasts are very proud of their prized automobiles and anything that identifies and recognizes it's value in their lives is always appreciated.
If your wedding party attendants are sports and game enthusiasts, there are many creative ideas available to recognize the special friendships in your life. Shopping for male and female wedding attendant gifts is not always as easy as it might seem, it is often best to highlight several personal hobbies or character traits of each wedding attendant to discover the best gift for each member.
There are many different wedding attendant gifts that are ideal for the party enthusiast in your wedding party; handheld sodoku games, engravable domino sets, miniature desktop basketball games and hand-held roulette games, are unique wedding attendant gifts that are both personal and fun for the whole group. It is important to remember that you do not need to give matching gifts to your entire wedding party; shopping for individual gifts that recognize their individual uniqueness is perfectly acceptable. Often, searching online retail wedding outlets will provide many wonderful ideas, enough to match every person in your wedding party, at a price that won't break your budget.
The obvious convenience of online shopping for your wedding attendants is that it can be done at any time and wedding outlets keep price and quality within a range that every bride can enjoy. Since the bridal online retail market focuses on assisting the bride and groom with simplifying the planning of their wedding, wedding attendant gifts are designed to be cost effective and appropriate for the occasion. Online bridal shops not only are there many different ideas to choose from but the prices range extensively so that you can give quality gifts without sacrificing the overall wedding budget.
Wedding attendant gift ideas can vary from extremely personal to very general; if your wedding party consists of friends and family that you have known for a long time, it would be best to purchase personalized wedding attendant gifts for each person. Wedding attendant gifts do not have to be expensive, for many it is the sentiment of this traditional gift that is important.
Some great ideas for a bridal party get-together could include a miniature golf, paintball game, swimming at a beach or private pool, game night or afternoon, a video arcade... the ideas are endless. The purpose of the bridal party lunch or dinner is to introduce the bridal party to one another, honor your special friends and relax together.
If you and your groom are both uninterested in participating in bachelor and bachelorette parties, why not consider a combined “thank-you” event for your wedding attendants? Traditionally held for the bridesmaids as a Bridesmaid Luncheon, this event is a special time that focuses on the love, support and friendship provided by the bridal party during the preparations and organization of the wedding.
Combined bridal party luncheons or wedding attendant luncheons, can be a fun way to introduce the wedding party to one another, create a festive atmosphere as the wedding gets closer and can help to create new friendships before the day of your wedding. This is a wonderful time to deliver the wedding attendant gifts to each member of the bridal party.
For many bridal couples, the idea of bringing their childhood friends, business associates and relatives together as members of their wedding party can seem a bit intimidating as not everyone knows one another; hosting a combined wedding attendant luncheon provides the perfect format for introductions, building of new friendships and a great way to relax together before the wedding date.
It is traditional to host the wedding attendant luncheon within a month of the wedding date. However, if many of your bridal party have to travel a great distance to attend the wedding, it would be best to schedule the luncheon within two or three days of your wedding.