Wedding Freebie! Ways to Honor Family and Friends at Your Wedding: Including Kids

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Want to honor the little ones at your wedding? Here’s a freebie excerpt from 100 Wedding Trends and Tips: Ways to Include and Honor Your Family, my $.99 Kindle ebook  : 

Including Kids

  1. Allow the kids to have some say in what they’ll wear. Your little nieces can perhaps pick out the style of floral headband they’d like to wear, or choose the shade of pink for their dress sash. Kids love it when adults listen to them, and ask their opinion, and they’ll be happier at dress-up time when they know they helped design their own style.
  2. As they walk down the aisle, have kids carry a cute sign, perhaps saying, “Here Comes the Bride” or as a surprise to the groom: “She’s on her way!”
  3. Write fabulous wedding vows to your kids, if you or your groom have them. Promise to love and guide them, protect them and support their dreams. You might even give them their own special piece of jewelry to commemorate your becoming a family.
  4. In your wedding décor, display photos of you with the kids, so that they’re on the table filled with wedding portraits from your relatives. They love to be included, especially if they’re your own kids.
  5. Before the wedding, tell kids that they’ll get to ‘style’ a wedding photo of you with them. They can then practice with you in different, funny poses like jumping in the air or making silly faces. Post-ceremony, it’ll take no time at all for your photographer to snap this special kid-planned photo, and they’ll feel very proud of getting to decide on an ‘official’ wedding photo.
  6. Be sure to hit the photo booth with all the kids, in a group to make it go faster. Kids notice if you step into the booth with your own nieces and neglect to do so with your groom’s nieces. So be sure to give all kids equal photo time.
  7. Let the kids choose the song that will play as they’re introduced into the room at the start of the reception. It helps to give little ones two or three songs to choose from, or else you’ll have a tough time, and they may keep changing their minds. Tweens and teens can name their own fun song for their entrance, if you’d like to set them apart from the bridal party or have a lot of junior bridesmaids and junior groomsmen.

Get more freebie ideas from my book The Bride’s Guide to Freebies.

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Wedding Book Giveaway! My Book “Weddings Away” for Your Destination Wedding, Girls’ Getaway and All Wedding Season Celebration Trips!

Time for a Wedding Freebie! I’m Giving Away 3 signed copies of my new book Weddings Away

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This one is JUST for U.S. locations; sorry, no international sends right now, but we’re working on other giveaways coming up!

All you have to do is post a comment here, even a smiley-face, then say hi on Twitter @sharonnaylorwed. No tagging friends needed. We’re making this easy as pie! Deadline is 3/15/18.

Here’s the Amazon write-up for my book

Now that you’ve said, “I do” to having a destination wedding, it’s time to make your fairy tale getaway celebration a reality!

Whether you’re planning an island wedding, overseas nuptials, or an intimate gathering in a beloved beach house or a charming village close to home, this invaluable guide from go-to wedding expert Sharon Naylor gives you all the information you need to make your magical day meaningful, memorable, and carefree—for you, and for your guests! You’ll discover:

*How to choose the right planner—and how to get the most out of your on-site wedding professionals

* Up-to-date wedding etiquette and planning tips from celebrity wedding planners and experts

* New ways to use social media accounts, blogs and apps for info-gathering and inspiration

* Invaluable advice for when it’s a destination wedding for out-of-town guests but not for the couple

*How to plan amazing and unforgettable destination wedding weekend outings and events

*Great ideas for getaway bachelor or bachelorette parties, as well as arranging a romantic pre-wedding escape for you to reconnect with your beloved before the big day!

* Must-have tips and to-dos for your destination wedding scouting trips

From navigating travel trends and social media to benefitting from little-known freebies, this comprehensive guide to planning your wedding from afar is brimming with information you won’t easily find anywhere else. Weddings Away has everything you need to keep your happily-ever-after stress-free and smooth sailing!

Good luck!

Why Stop Taking Fabulous Photos of Your Engagement Ring and Wedding Rings?

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Who says that taking styled photos of your engagement ring and wedding rings only happens at your wedding? This adorable image got me thinking: if our wedding photographers can place our rings inside roses — and inside this cupcake! — for Big Day ring close-up photos, so can we on any day! We love our rings even more over time, so styling fresh and fun photos like this one should be a Thing. Especially on anniversaries.

I hope you’re inspired to slide off your rings — carefully, of course! Not near a sink! — and snap some Insta-worthy images of your sparklers!

 

Freebie! Bridal Shower Game Makeover: Wedding Day Predictions

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‘People will always remember how you made them feel.’ – Maya Angelou

The great Dr. Maya Angelou wasn’t talking about bridal shower games, but her wisdom rings true for bridal shower games that make people feel out-of-the-loop, like they have a great big spotlight on them for being the one person who doesn’t know where the bride and groom met, or what kind of ice cream the bride loves best.

Not every guest at the bridal shower knows her like a best friend would – think future sister-in-law from across the country, or great aunts who know the bride’s mother best of all. So a bridal shower game that hinges on knowing the bride best could very well make some guests hate bridal shower games even more than they already do. Especially if their scorecards or answers are read out loud.

(Is there anything worse than a roomful of people egging you on to read your wrong answers out loud, or booing if you don’t want to? Ugh!)

So to avoid any discomfort for your bridal shower guests, it might be best to offer a game that has no wrong answers, and doesn’t require knowing the bride’s dating history.

Like predictions about the wedding. Now, closest friends will know about her venue, and maybe even her wedding gown designer, but overall, guests can let their imaginations soar, and write down their predictions about the wedding plans that can be read aloud on a volunteer basis, with the rest tucked away for the bride to read later.

And this game works well at a co-ed bridal shower, too. Everyone gets to use their humor, coming up with silly or out-there predictions, and of course super-sweet predictions like ‘…and this will be the best wedding ever!’

Here is your bridal shower game makeover:

Wedding Day Predictions:

What time will the bride wake up on the morning of the wedding?

What time will the groom wake up on the morning of the wedding?

Who will the bride text first on the morning of the wedding?

What will that text say?

Who will the groom text first on the morning of the wedding?

What will that text say?

Which bridesmaid will be the first to arrive at the bride’s house?

Which bridesmaid will be the first dressed?

The bride’s gown – sexy or elegant?

What silly photo pose will the photographer ask the bride and her bridesmaids to do during their pre-wedding photo shoot?

What color will the bride’s manicure be?

Will the groom be able to tie his own bowtie, or will he need help from someone else?

Will there be a crying baby at the ceremony?

Which kinds of musicians will play at the ceremony?

The first kiss: proper or passionate? (A more proper way to say ‘tongue or no tongue.’)

What will guests shower the bride and groom with after the ceremony is done?

What will be the couple’s first dance song?

Name a dish that will be on the cocktail party menu.

What will the signature drink be? And what’s the story behind it?

What will the wedding cake flavor(s) be?

Name one song that’s on the couple’s Do Not Play list for their deejay or band?

What’s the song that gets everyone on the dance floor?

Who’s going to be the first to be cut off at the bar for having had too much to drink/getting sloppy?

Which guests can you see hooking up at the wedding? And dating afterward?

Name the couple’s wedding hahtag:

 

Use some, use all, or scrap these and make up some of your own, remembering to keep it proper for mixed company. Parents are likely to play, so you don’t want to predict anything improper.

Have fun! Print up card on pretty paper, use decorative hole punches, and skip the glitter!

Get more bridal shower game ideas from my Kindle book The Ultimate Bridal Shower Idea Book.

Wedding Freebie By Request: The “How Well Do You Know the Groom?” Bridal Shower Game Printable

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Marilyn W. responded to my post ‘The NEW ‘How Well Do You Know the Bride?’ Game’ asking if I knew of any ‘How Well Do You Know the GROOM?’ quiz printables, so I decided to write one up for her! (And for you, if you’d like to use this free printable at your party!)

I’m all about giving bridal shower games a new twist, and since so many co-ed bridal showers are happening now (why should the guys miss out on the food and fun?) a ‘how well do you know the groom?’ game is definitely a unique twist. Just copy and print out this game sheet:

We love bridal shower games! When they’re fresh, fun and unlike the games that all of the guests have played a dozen times before, that is! That’s why we’re making over traditional bridal shower games, and we’re making it ultra-easy on you to copy and print out our updated bridal shower game cards!

And we invite you to post your suggested questions in the Comments section. Your question could be asked at millions of bridal showers across the country!

How Well Do You Know the Groom?

  1. What was the groom’s very first favorite Halloween costume from when he was a little boy? ________________________________________________________________________
  2. What was the groom’s first-ever pet? You get extra points if you know the pet’s name (but guess anyway, just for kicks!) _________________________________________________
  3. What was the groom’s first nickname? ____________________________________
  4. Who was the groom’s childhood hero? ____________________________________
  5. Who was the groom’s first-ever celebrity crush? ________________________
  6. Who was the groom’s first-ever celebrity meeting? (Pro athletes after a game, etc.) ______________________________________________________________________
  7. What was the first concert the groom ever attended? _____________________
  8. Which concert would the groom be embarrassed to admit he attended? _________________________________________________________________
  9. What was the groom’s first job? _______________________________________
  10. What was the color of the groom’s first car? _____________________________
  11. What was the first date the groom ever planned for the bride? _____________________
  12. What was the first thing the groom ever cooked for the bride? _____________________
  13. What was the first movie the groom and bride ever saw together? ________________________________________________________________________
  14. If the groom could choose one actor to portray him in a movie about his life, who would he pick? ____________________________________________________________________
  15. If the BRIDE could choose one actor to portray the groom in a movie about HER life, who would she pick? _________________________________________________________________
  16. If the groom could win a walk-on role on any television show, which show would it be? _____________________________________________________________________
  17. What was the first thing the bride and groom booked for their wedding? _____________________________________________________________________
  18. Which song would the groom dedicate to the bride at their wedding? _____________________________________________________________________
  19. Name one of the locations the groom considered as the honeymoon spot? _____________________________________________________________________
  20. Name the groom’s favorite cake flavor: _____________________________________
  21. Name the groom’s drink: _________________________________________________
  22. Which song would the groom sign at karaoke, if sober? _________________________
  23. Which song would the groom sing at karaoke, if drunk? _________________________________________________________________
  24. If the groom could invite any celebrity guest to the wedding, who would he invite? __________________________________________________________________
  25. Who was the first one to say, ‘I Love You?’ The bride or the groom? __________

Get more ideas from my Ultimate Bridal Shower Idea Book:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Bridal-Shower-Idea-Book-ebook/dp/B00C0AM1HS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434478636&sr=8-1&keywords=bridal+shower+idea+book&pebp=1434478639027&perid=1RH1F2M6Y1FW52G6T4HS

Bridal Shower Game Makeover! The New ‘How Well Do You Know the Bride?’ Quiz

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We love bridal shower games! When they’re fresh, fun and unlike the games that all of the guests have played a dozen times before, that is! That’s why we’re making over traditional bridal shower games, and we’re making it ultra-easy on you to copy and print out our updated bridal shower game cards!

The ‘How Well Do You Know the Bride?’ quiz is one of those games that needed a makeover pretty badly, so we have all-new questions for your quiz. And we invite you to post your suggested questions in the Comments section. Your question could be asked at millions of bridal showers across the country!

How Well Do You Know the Bride?

1. Who was the bride’s first-ever celebrity crush? ________________________
2. What was the first concert the bride ever attended? _____________________
3. What was the first designer-label item the bride ever bought? _____________
4. What was the bride’s first job? ______________________________________
5. What was the color of the bride’s first car? ____________________________
6. Who is the bride’s current, biggest celebrity crush? ______________________
7. What’s the first movie the bride ever saw with the groom? ________________
8. If the bride could win a walk-on role on any television show, which show would it be? ____________________________________________________________
9. If the bride could have any celebrity play her in a movie about her life, which celebrity would she choose? _________________________________________
10. If the bride could have any celebrity or group perform at the wedding, who would it be? ____________________________________________________________
11. What was the first thing the bride and groom booked for their wedding? _______
12. How many wedding dresses did the bride try on before finding The One? ______
13. Which song would the bride dedicate to the groom at the reception? ___________
14. What’s the color of the bride’s favorite lingerie? __________________________
15. What’s the bride’s favorite coffee order? ________________________________
16. What’s the bride’s favorite cupcake order? _______________________________
17. Name a charity the bride supports ______________________________________
18. Name one of the bride’s childhood Halloween costumes ____________________
19. Which song would the bride sing at karaoke:
a. If sober: ____________________________________________________
b. If drunk: ____________________________________________________
20. Who was the first one to say, ‘I Love You?’ The bride or the groom? __________

More Bridal Shower Game makeovers to come! To get yours in advance, just pick up The Ultimate Bridal Shower Idea Book

I’m Featured on CreditCards.com With Some Top Tips for Wedding Budget Savings!

Engaged couples, zip on over to see my top wedding budget tips in this article on CreditCards.com. Yes, you CAN have seafood in your wedding menu, and yes, you CAN have gorgeous wedding flowers and décor. You just need to know the right questions to ask, and decisions to make that won’t leave you with regrets on and after your big day.

My book, 1001 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding gets the spotlight here, and if you’re newly-engaged, you AND YOUR BRIDAL PARTY AND PARENTS will find plenty of smart ways to save on your wedding and party plans.

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