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.

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The Bride’s Guide to Freebies Newsletter has a new home here!

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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!

 

Fab Find! Weddings 365 by Harvey Solomon, with celebrity wedding FYIs

Just found a cute wedding book with fun FYIs and factoids about celebrity weddings for every day of the year. It’s designed beautifully, it’s a breezy, easy read, and includes a fabulous list of screen icons like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and more, and lots o contemporary stars as well. This is a good one for a bride’s escape reading, and it would be great fun to have out on display at a bridal shower for guests to flip through, instead of having bridal shower games.

Here’s the Amazon.com description:

“My goal was to have one husband and seven children, but it turned out to be the other way around.” said what legendary screen temptress?….. Weddings/365 presents a choice day-by-day selection of memorable celebrity weddings of: film and TV icons past and present, from Lana Turner (she of the seven marriages) to Gwyneth Paltrow….. rock and pop stars from Baez to Bono….. presidents and princesses….. models and moguls and more….. Illustrated with more than 300 photos, the book tells a little story every day that captures the feel and flavor of that couple’s special day….. For celebrity buffs, pop culture fans and brides of all ages.

Get it here: http://www.amazon.com/Weddings-365-Harvey-Solomon/dp/0988189429/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1378997857&sr=8-12&keywords=harvey+Solomon and enjoy!

Who Wants to be an Author? I’m Taking on New Book Proposal and E-Book Clients

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For the past year, I’ve been working with wedding industry professionals to make their dreams of being a published author come true. I’m not dropping names, as I never do, but I’m so proud to work with such elites in the industry and with those who are *going* to be elites in the industry…because having a book with your name on it boosts your brand so much.

Here’s how it works:

You tell me which kind of book you want to write — wedding planning book, cookbook, a novel, a memoir, a humor book. I’ve done all of these! Any topic you want to do, I’m on it.

We fine-tune your vision, and decide if you want to go the traditional route with a literary agent and traditional publisher (I introduce you to many different agents and publishers!) or if you want to do an ebook. There are perks to both!

I work on your book proposal, doing all the research and heavy-lifting, and you just let me know what else you want me to add. I get that done in a few days, whereas it might take a busy wedding pro a few months to complete.

I talk you up to my favorite literary agents and publishers, getting interest in your project, and then I connect you with your ideal choices of partners…and you’re off and running!

If you want to do an ebook, we just get started on that. I can ghost-write for you from your notes or edit what you’ve already written.

So what do you say? Ready to add ‘author’ to your website, and soon sell your book from there? Contact me on Twitter @sharonnaylorwed or via my email SLNaylor [at] optonline [dot] net, and we’ll get it going. I don’t charge a lot, since I work fast and have tons of connections, and I’m running a Summertime Sale of 50% off!

Let’s get you published, your way.

Wedding Pros, Get my ‘Great 8’ Promotional Plan, Including Freebies and Mega-Value Consultation! Inspired by my Dad on Father’s Day!

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Inspired by my Dad’s legacy on Father’s Day to create a fabulous, new Promotions Package filled with amazing promos, freebies, consults, guest posts, social media magic and more!

Starting today and lasting just through June and July, here’s what you can get:

  • An ad on my site www.sharonnaylor.net; it goes up now and stays up for three years! Value $600.
  • An ad on my blog, (see it here: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/) that stays there indefinitely!
  • Three guest posts on my blog, written by you (with my help, if you’d like!) and my social media promotions ongoing!
  • Two signed copies of my recent wedding books, for your bridal show giveaways or contests. Choose from The Bride’s Guide to Freebies, Bridesmaid on a Budget, The Ultimate Bridal Shower Idea Book, and other top titles from my site www.sharonnaylor.net
  • A surprise gift for your bridal show giveaways and contests.
  • 1 –hour phone consultation on your book idea – whether you want to do traditional publishing or self-publishing, I’ll advise on your steps to becoming a published author! Value: $500
  • 20% off my book consultation fees!  Just this year, three of my book publishing clients landed BIG book deals, six landed top literary agents, and two more are about to sign dream-come-true book contracts, one with a movie-of-the-week as a major possibility. I handle wedding books, cook books, craft books, novels, any kind of book you’d like to do! Value: over $1,500. http://www.sharonnaylor.net/bookpub.htm
  • Work with me, and you’ll be on my radar for the many bridal articles and blog posts I do every month! The better I know you and your products and services, the more I’m likely to put you in that big bridal feature!

So there’s my Great 8 summer weddings promotional plan, inspired by my dad, who instilled in me a huge generosity of time and a willingness to help others’ dreams come true. When you do well, your family benefits, and I’d love to help make that happen!

So what do you think I’m charging? Oh, just $100! That’s right…what you likely spend for one little tiny box ad on another site gets you all this, with freebies and valuable book consult!!

Contact me at SLNaylor[at]optonline[dot]net!

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

WIN IT! Signed copy of the fabulous Sophie Uliano’s Book “The Gorgeously Green Diet”

The Gorgeously Green Diet: “How to Live Lean and Green”

Publisher: Penguin / Dutton

The Gorgeously Green Diet was launched on the QVC network March 22 thru April 22, 2009. Sophie anchored QVC’s Earth Day, as well as performed on the main Goho Stage at the International Home & Housewares Show, Chicago. The book includes 100 of Sophie’s “Cooking For Beauty” recipes. “

“To be with Sophie is to be so caught up in the thrill of potential good!” – Julia Roberts

That’s right…THE  Julia Roberts who appeared with Sophie on Oprah’s show and contributed the foreword to Sophie’s breakout bestselling book. All the top celebs are living green and clean, so you’ll definitely want to look radiant and feel fresh and renewed with Sophie’s fabulous approach to getting healthy and fit, with smart organic nutrition and a rewarding plan for wellness.

I’m so thrilled and lucky to call Sophie a friend, and beyond thrilled to be a member of her Circle of Experts as her wedding guru on www.gorgeouslygreen.com, and Sophie didn’t hesitate a minute when I asked her for a signed book for YOU!

Here’s a bit more about it…

From the New York Times bestselling author, a 30-day plan to a leaner body

In the follow-up book to her bestselling Gorgeously Green, Sophie Uliano reveals the secrets to getting slim while being good to the planet . It turns out that eating local, organic, foods doesn’t have to be expensive, and a healthy meal can be made in 30 minutes or less, all while shedding pounds.

In her relatable, girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, Uliano pledges that anyone can go green and lean, no matter where they live or what resources they have. Uliano recognizes that dieting and going green are big lifestyle changes and makes it easy for readers to commit to both by allowing them to personalize their plans according to their needs. The book has three diet plans-light green, bright green and deep green- that depend on how much time, travel, and money readers want to commit to going green. The three plans promise the same amount of weight loss, but the darker green the plan is, the greater the commitment the reader makes to reducing waste, going organic and staying carbon neutral.

Each diet plan emphasizes natural, seasonal, whole foods that are not only better for the planet, but better for the body. Uliano explains how over-processed, over-produced foods contain fewer nutrients, are harder to digest and are more likely to be stored as fat. With 4-week eating plans for each shade of green, she shows readers how to wean themselves off of processed, manufactured foods and onto fresh vegetables and meat. The book recommends products, brands and websites and has over 100 recipes-every tool readers need to get lean while going green.

All you have to do is social-share this post in some way, any way you’d like, and post a comment here saying you did so! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, anywhere you’d like! That’s it! No story to type up, no hoops to jump through. Just a share, and you could win! I’ll pick the winner on 2/28/13 and will post here and email you if you get Sophie’s signed book as your prize!