Weddings Away is $2.99 on Kindle right now! Get it here!
Weddings Away is $2.99 on Kindle right now! Get it here!
Time for a Wedding Giveaway! I’m Giving Away 3 signed copies of my new book Weddings Away
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 4/15/19.
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!
What a great start to this Monday! First, I received my first copies of my newest book, (which almost spent the night out in the rain after UPS left the box outside without ringing the bell! Whew!) And now, my article “Eat, Drink, Save” is featured in the January, February ’18 issue of Bridal Guide! Check it out, and find a whole pile of realistic, smart and budget-saving steps to get more from your wedding menu, cake and desserts and bar list!
‘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.
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
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.
Welcome, Bride’s Guide to Freebies newsletter subscribers. I’ve moved the newsletter here permanently (the old emails won’t be coming anymore,) since we had some tech issues.
I’ll be posting new freebies here on my blog to help your wedding budget, so join me here and get ready to save a lot. Some of my newsletter subscribers wrote in to rave about their free wedding cakes, free cocktail party stations, and tons of free printables and craft supplies. One even won a free honeymoon. I’m quite proud of my book, and hope you’ll post a review if you haven’t already (many thanks to those of you who did!) And I’m proud to play a little part in your dream wedding day coming true on a budget.
I haven’t seen any excellent freebies in a while, with all of the stores and blogs offering Black Friday discounts lately. Everyone’s kinda shopping-fatigued. But here are a few from my own stash, plus some others I found for you:
Free excerpt of my book ‘Your Wedding Your Way:” https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/wedding-planning-first-step-your-free-excerpt-of-your-wedding-your-way/
Free checklist for bridesmaids: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/free-checklist-for-bridesmaids-for-perfect-wedding-timing/
Shutterfly free shipping on $49 orders, and you can get a LOT for that with their current 50% off offers: http://www.shutterfly.com/special-offers
Follow the Frugal Girls and check out their Freebies often. Right now they have a free online cake pop class with Wilton, after signing up for a Craftsy account (always watch out for those ‘but first you have to sign up for… situations, which can be annoying, but still…) http://thefrugalgirls.com/category/freebies
Free Victoria’s Secret Reward Code (limited supply, and I’m not sure about rules, but take a look) http://www.swaggrabber.com/freebies-all/free-victoria-secret-reward-code-worth-up-to-500
Follow me here to get some excellent freebies to save money on your wedding, as well as on your other wedding celebrations like bridal showers, plus gifts and more!