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How to Throw a Co-Ed Engagement Party Everyone Will Enjoy

You’re engaged and now it’s time for the fun to begin.  It’s party time!!  One of the most anticipated parties for a couple is the engagement party.  Ok maybe it hasn’t been something grooms anticipate but we’re going to change that with this blog post.

photo credit:  John Althouse Cohen

photo credit: John Althouse Cohen

We want to share a few ideas on how you can throw a fun engagement party for everyone, including the groom and his buddies.

  • Location – Where you choose to have your engagement party can add to the fun and excitement felt by all guests; male and female.  Why not throw the party in a pub, bar or favorite watering hole?  Many pubs have an area that you can reserve for a private party.  If your wedding is in a ballroom then this is the perfect opportunity to lighten up a bit and throw your hair down.  If you’re looking for a fun and exciting engagement party, why not rent a nightclub? That’s right, you can have your party with a DJ, drinks, and plenty of dancing!

 

  • Theme it – More and more we’re seeing couples throw themed engagement parties.  This is an excellent way of getting your groom and his buddies involved.  Why don’t you let your groom choose the theme?  There are endless possibilities but one of our favorites is a couples through history theme. There’s Romeo and Juliet, Superman and Lois Lane, Danny and Sandy, even Ronald and Nancy Reagan.  The guys will have fun with this one.

 

  • a Sexy Cocktail Party – You can never go wrong with a simple, sexy, cocktail party.  Be sure to provide great food, cocktails and music of all sorts.  Create an atmosphere condusive to mingling, bring in some beautiful flowers and hire a babysitter.

 

With so many choices it really does come down to what’s best for the engaged couple.  Be true to yourself and you’ll never be unhappy.

Of course when it comes to buying the favors for your party, we have everything you need here at the Wedding Accessories Superstore.  Why not stop by and get inspired by our displays and ask advice on how to throw an engagement party that no one will forget.  Of course we want to see your engagement party pics.  Like our Facebook page so that we can see them and we might post them on our wall.

Funny and Eyebrow Raising Wedding Traditions

As a wedding accessory superstore we’re fascinated with weddings and where wedding traditions started.  Some of these traditions are hilarious while others are somewhat eyebrow raising.

photo credit: flickr/ Tilemahos Efthimiadis

photo credit: flickr/ Tilemahos Efthimiadis

For example, did you know:

  • The term “best man” stems back to Scotland when brides were kidnapped by Scotsmen.  The grooms friend who succeeded in the kidnapping was considered the “best man.” I’m sure glad that tradition doesn’t exist anymore. :0)
  • Do you know why June is an exceptionally popular month for weddings?  Well I’m pretty sure now a days its because the weather is nicer (except in Phoenix where it’s blistering) but in the 1500′s May was the month people took their annual bath…that’s right, annual.  So by June they still smelled good.  And if they didn’t still smell good then the bride would carry a bouquet of flowers to mask the smell. :0)  What do you think of that?
  • The tradition of the wedding cake cake from Ancient Rome where revelers would break bread over a brides head to ensure fertility..that just sounds messy…kind of like stuffing cake into each others mouth?  I guess our traditions aren’t that far off.
  • A bride traditionally stands at a grooms left because he needs his right hand to fight off other suiters?  That would be an interesting wedding to attend don’t you think?

These are some of my favorite wedding traditions.  Do you have a favorite?  Please share it in a comment below.  Meanwhile, if you’re looking for any traditional wedding items like, favors, gowns, shoes, cake toppers, reception items and more, please check out our online wedding accessory superstore or come into our Phoenix store.

 

Ideas for Bridesmaid Gifts

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So, you have picked your bridesmaid, and they have taken their duties with responsibility, like trying hundreds of taffeta dress, unwrapping piles of gifts at your wedding shower, and giving a toast to you at the bachelorette. Your bridesmaid has/have been patient throughout the process, dealt with your stress, cheered you up when you needed, and did everything they were supposed to. When it’s all said and done, it’s now your turn to show some love and appreciation to them. And with our great ideas for gifts, you will definitely impress your bridesmaid as they impressed you!

Honeycomb Card Cases – For a girl that is always on the move around the town, a cute and compact case that can stash her credit cards, train passes, cash, and a lipstick and eyeliner will definitely do the trick to impress her!

Fair Trade Cosmetic Bag - This clutch is a must have for a woman who is a beauty with b rains. Made by artisans for Guatemala and adhering to the Fair Trade practices, you BFF will definitely appreciate this small gesture of appreciation from you.

Not into fancy products or buying something specific? Why not try these ideas:

A Customized T-shirt or Mug - How does the idea of giving a customized t-shirt of coffee mug that says ‘best bridesmaid ever’ with a picture of you and the bridesmaid sound? Definitely sounds good to me, and if you add a little creativity, like a message that only the two of you will get, it will definitely be a gift that she will cherish.

A Special Toast – While a toast is not really a gift, it can be one if you have an emotional and heartwarming speech with it. Honoring your bridesmaid with a special toast will definitely make her appreciate you more. Better yet, get your toast speech for the bridesmaid printed on a coffee mug, or anything that she can use everyday!

 

 

Get Your Dog Ready for Your Wedding

Weddings are family events and if you consider your pets part of your family, it’s only natural to want to include them in your big day. Of course, for such a big event, you don’t want to just have them in any old collar.

For the canine ring bearer, a doggie tuxedo is the perfect choice. Your pup will look very dapper in this classic style, complete with a bow tie. He can carry the rings on a special pet-friendly ring pillow.

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If you’re planning on including a furry flower girl, a skirt and flower collar are a fabulous idea. These can be further accessorized with a ring bearer pillow or even ring bearer wings.

Any pet, whether a part of the ceremony or guest, can be given a special style with a wedding bow, too. This is perfect if you are having a less formal wedding where a tuxedo would leave your dog overdressed for the occasion.

Whatever your pet wears, you’ll want to get their attire and many other great wedding accessories at a great price. To find out what we offer, check out our online superstore now!

 

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Will a Tuxedo Be Too Hot in the Summer?

It’s no secret that summer is hot here in Arizona, and many men worry that they’ll be too hot to wear a tuxedo. You can still look fantastic and formal for your big day. Here are a few ways to beat the heat.

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If you want to wear a tuxedo, consider one in a lighter-weight fabric. Your tuxedo rental specialists can help you find lighter tuxedos that will help you better handle the heat. You could also opt for a white tuxedo, which will reflect the heat of the sun, making you more comfortable. A light grey tux is also a great summer choice.

You could also consider wearing a suit instead. There are many suit styles that still carry the formality you want without using heavy fabric. Lighter suits are a popular choice, but will have a less formal style.

It is also important to remember that just because the weather is warm, the venue might not be. Oftentimes a venue will overcompensate for the heat with its air conditioning. If your event will be indoors, you shouldn’t need to make any special allowances for the summer weather.

To find out more about finding the perfect tux, come by our Phoenix superstore!

 

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Tight Budget? Fabulous Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

Being a bridesmaid is a big commitment. You need to provide emotional support to the bride. You need to be there as she picks out the perfect dress. You need to help her get ready on the big day. You need to attend her shower and other pre-wedding events. You need to buy the dress the bride has picked out. All of this takes dedication… and money.

Bridesmaids who are on a tight budget might find that they worry about the cost of the dress, in particular. After all, this is something that has to be perfect and that there might not be a choice about. If your maids are concerned about costs, consider these fabulous bridesmaid styles, each of which is under $100.

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This cocktail-length dress by Alfred Angelo is an excellent choice for a spring or summer wedding. Available in a wide range of sizes and colors, its halter style cut is flattering, too. To make it even more attractive, it can easily be worn for other occasions.

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This satin strapless dress from Mary’s Modern Maids collection is a fun and beautiful option. The asymmetrical pleats and flower detail make this dress look formal while still being perfect for a night of dancing and celebration.

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This full-skirted satin strapless gown from Eden is perfect for a vintage or retro wedding. It is available in a range of colors that are perfect for any wedding palette.

For more budget-friendly and beautiful bridesmaids dresses, check out our online superstore or visit us at our Phoenix superstore today!

Make Sure Your Flower Girl Looks Fantastic

Having children as part of your wedding is always special, and one role that is perfect for a younger family member or friend is the flower girl. Whether you have one or a few, this member of the wedding party is always sure to get plenty of awws from the guests. As a bride, though, you need to find something that is right for her to wear.

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The traditional choice is to have the flower girl in a white dress. This is often a dress that looks similar to that of the bride. However, for today’s brides, it can be more important to find a dress that is appropriate for the age and personality of the flower girl herself.

While most flower girls will be under 10 years old, it is possible to have an older girl fill the role. In this case, it can be worth considering finding a junior bridesmaid dress. Many bridesmaid styles offer a similar style for younger maids.

For younger flower girls, it can be important to find a dress that they are comfortable wearing. Looking cute is key, but having a little girl who is tugging at her dress is never a good idea. Be sure to consider the weather, as well.

The first step to finding a great flower girl dress is finding a shop with a great selection to choose from. To see all the dresses we have to offer, visit our online superstore or visit us at our Phoenix store!

 

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Be Beautiful in Pearls

One of the biggest bridal trends for the coming year is pearl accents. Many bridal designers are incorporating pearls into their gowns, with pearl beading offering a softer alternative to crystal accents. This trend isn’t just limited to dresses, though. Pearls are perfect for your bridal accessories.

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Pearls are an excellent choice for a vintage style wedding. A long string of pearls can be used for a flapper style, while a multi-strand necklace like this one from AA Bridal is wonderfully elegant. Combined with any style of dress, it can give you an instant touch of 1930s glamor.

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Pearls can also be worn on the wrist, offering a beautiful addition to sleeveless dress styles. This bracelet from Erica Koesler combines pearls and rhinestones for a style that is elegant and ornate.

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Another accessory that is perfect with pearls is a bridal headpiece. A tiara style, headband, or fascinator can all offer pearl-encrusted looks that will be a beautiful addition to any bride’s look. This headpiece from Maritza’s clusters pearl and crystal for a stunning effect.

To find more great pearl accessories for your wedding day, check out our online superstore today!

Wedding Reception Decor Is All About Finishing Touches

Your wedding reception decor is something that you and all your guests will notice as soon as they walk in the room. While the big things — tablecloths, centerpieces, the cake table — will stand out, the things that will really make an impression are the finishing touches.

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For the top table, one excellent addition is a pair of chair sashes. The “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair sashes are fun and decorative, and can make your seats more special. You can also get chair markers for other members of your bridal party, and these can make a great extra favor for them.

For the other tables, little touches like tealights can make a big impact. These are a way to add a little bit of extra mood lighting. With beautiful decorative cups, you can use real candles or, if your venue doesn’t want them, flickering candle lights can be an effective stand in.

Even the table numbers can be a stand-out part of your reception decor. Find a style that matches the overall look or theme of your wedding for the best effect. These can be informative and beautiful!

For a great selection of reception decor ideas, check out our online superstore or come by our Phoenix store today!