Weddings

  • Brides: Will You ChooseTraditional or Trendy?

    Here Comes the Bride

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    After you choose your wedding dress, you'll probably start thinking about what accessories will look best with your gorgeous gown. Many brides select very traditional pieces, but what if you want to showcase more of your own personality and style? Well then my dear, then go in search of accessories that speak to your fashion soul. Go with your gut and wear what love.
    The Dress
    Before we talk about the jazzy accessories you might like to select, you might want to decide on your dress. Would you like it to be more traditional, or a little out of the ordinary. You can always play around with adding colorful embellishments, going with vintage, raising the hemline and much more. Be sure that you select a gown you LOVE and makes you feel like a bride.
    The Shoes
    Bridal shoes generally peek out only slightly from the bottom of the wedding gown. More and more brides are having a lot of fun by putting their personal flare and funky style into their bridal shoe selection. At weddings today, you are likely to find glittery sneakers or pumps, brightly colored heels or ballet flats, beautifully embellished cowboy boots, and much more!
    The Accessories
    Bridal jewelry and other wedding accessories are another way that brides can really show off their personal style. Bold necklaces are very popular for brides who choose a strapless gown. However, some of these brides choose to forgo neck adornment and instead go for a striking pair of drop earrings. Many brides today are also losing the veil and instead selecting beautifully ornate hair pieces, or using a blusher.
    There are so many ways that brides can showcase their personal style. Brides, don't go with what you think people expect you to have or wear, instead choose what makes you (and your groom) happy. When all is said and done YOU will be left with those wonderful memories of how perfectly authentic your big day was.
  • Gifts for Men ~ Personalization Makes Them Special

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gifts for Men

    Engraved Pocket Knife with Light
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    Today on the Charming Chick blog, we are featuring some of our most popular men's gifts! Now is a great time to start shopping for holiday gifts. I know it's early but you'll be done early and won't have a lot of stress associated with shopping during crunch time. Even if you aren't ready to start shopping, be sure to save this post in your bookmarks or on Pinterest so you can refer back to it when you are looking for the perfect personalized gift for the men in your life.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalized Men's Hanging Toiletry Bag
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $28.99

     

    This personalized men's toiletry bag is great for the guy on the go! As far as gifts for me go, this is a real crowd pleaser. It keeps everything together and organized. It's also easy to carry and includes free personalized with up to three initials. This polyester toiletry case features a front flap with two zippered pockets, an easy carry handle, double zip closure and large compartment, which is separated into one large area and three smaller sections. Measures 11 inches wide by 8 inches tall by 4.25 inches deep.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalized Deluxe Duffle Bag
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $39.99

     

    Our deluxe duffle bags also make great gifts for men. It's practical and stylish. It will help keep your man organized as he heads off to the gym and is just perfect for an exciting weekend getaway! This handsome multipurpose duffle has all the features you'll need to stay organized and together. Crafted of sturdy 600D polyester with PVC piping, this travel tote features a U-Shaped zipper closure for easy shoe storage, padded nylon handles, a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, vinyl backing, reinforced cardboard bottom wrapped in PVC and several spacious pockets.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Engraved Personalized Silver Pocket Watch
    Everyday Low Price ONLY ~ $34.99

     

    Other popular gifts for men that we carry is this handsome silver-plated pocket watch. This pocket watch is the perfect gift for husbands, dads, granddads, grooms and even groomsmen. It's smart, sophisticated watch is sure to become a treasured keepsake. This watch is crafted of a clean silver-plated setting and features a quartz movement and engraving on the front. It measures 2.25 inches by 1.75 inches with a 12 inch chain. It may be engraved with up to three block initials at no additional charge.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Black and Silver Engraved Cuff Links
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    Looking for gifts for men that are stylish and elegant? These square cuff links make an exceptional gift for any man. If you know a sharp-dressed man who enjoys getting dressed up for business and/or pleasure, then he is sure to enjoy these personalized cuff links. These cufflinks also make ideal gifts for weddings. Give them to groomsmen, groom, father and grandfathers as a cherished reminder of your special day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Black Leather Engraved Money Clip Wallet
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    The last of our gifts for men item that we are featuring today is this masculine engraved money clip wallet.It features a clear view ID window, multiple card slots on the inside and outside and leather covered magnetic clasp. With its slim form and timeless design, this money clip will never go out of style. It measures 3.75 inches by 3 inches and may be personalized with up to three block initials for no additional charge.  The personalization either be done as a silver stamp on the clip or engraved on a silver plate that is attached to the wallet -- you decide.

  • Personalized Glassware ~ For the Home, Gifts and More!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalized Glassware ~ Double Old Fashioned Drinking Glasses
    Every Day Low Price ONLY -- $39.99

     

    At Charming Chick, we have a fabulous selection of elegant personalized glassware. These sets make wonderful newlywed, hostess, and anniversary gifts. They also are the perfect addition for your home and can be used everyday or while entertaining. Having gorgeous glassware sets the tone for your get together and also shows your guests know just how important they are to you. Take a look at all the amazing glassware we have in stock, you're sure to find something for your home and a gift for someone you love.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalized Glassware ~  Old Fashioned Drinking Glasses
    Every Day Low Price ONLY -- $36.99

     

    Mason jars are super hot right now! People are using them in home decor, wedding and for entertaining. These Old Fashioned Drinking Glasses have a handle which makes them easy to hold and less resistant to slipping out of your hand due to condensation. This old fashioned glassware make any cool beverage taste even more refreshing and delicious. Serve up some ice cold lemonade, iced tea or sweet tea in these fun glasses and your guests will feel like they've been transported back to a simpler time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalized Glassware ~ Stemless Wine Glasses Set
    Every Day Low Price ONLY -- $42.99

     

    A popular glassware trend for wine are the ultra elegant stemless wine glasses. If you aren't sure about stemless wine glasses consider a few things. Without stems, they are much easier to store. They still have the same shaped bowl that their stemmed cousins have, so you know it is a wine glass verses just some other type of drinking glass. They style is more modern and absolutely perfect for casual entertaining. If you still love stems on your wine glasses you are not alone but stemless is a modern alternative for those interested in a little something different.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalized Glassware ~ Engraved NFL Football Pint Glasses
    Every Day Low Price ONLY -- 24.99

     

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???? The last glassware items we are featuring on the blog today are these fun and functional NFL pint glasses. Show support for your favorite NFL team with these personalized football pint glasses. These glasses feature a team logo, personalization and a sculpted football  in the base of the glass. These glasses are just perfect for all the sports fans in your life!!!

  • Bridesmaids Tips ~ Before you Say YES!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bridesmaids!!!!!

     

    Many things come to mind when we think about bridesmaids; giggling girlfriends shopping for dresses, a lot of elegant bridal parties in preparation for the bride's big day, a luxurious and exciting bachelorette party -- fun, fun and more fun!!! It is such an honor to be asked, especially if you are being asked by a dear friend or close family member to be one of her bridesmaids. You may be willing to invest much more time and money than if the bride is one of best friends -- but what if she isn't? Either way, before you say "YES!" you'll definitely want to consider some very important things first, and on the Charming Chick blog today we want to give future bridesmaids the information they need.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Weddings are  time to celebrate love, friendship and all of the wonderful joys that uniting two people and two families can bring. However, there are other things that can throw a bit of a wrench into all the joy. If you are prepared for the things that can happen, then you'll know how to deal with it and whether or not you are up to taking on the duties and costs associated with becoming a bridesmaid.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The High Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

     

    Bridesmaids to have to pay their way for a lot of things, so being a bridesmaid can get expensive. You may think you'll only be out the price of a dress (which can cost a fortune if you have a bride with expensive taste) and shoes -- but there is so many other things to consider. Here is a list of potential items bridesmaids may have to pay for:

     

    *dress

    *shoes

    *accessories

    *hair

    *makeup

    *bridal shower

    *bachelorette party

    *wedding gift

    *travel and lodging expenses

    *and more....

     

    This can add up to be $1500 but often more! If your friend is frugal or at least conscious of trying to keep the costs low for the wedding party -- give her a BIG hug and tell her thank you. Spending $1500-$3000 might not seem like much to you, especially if you are headed for a tropical destination wedding but for many bridesmaids that is a huge expense. That being said, there are some very generous brides who will pay for many things for their bridesmaids, but that is the exception and not the rule.

     

    Communicate openly about your budget restrictions and if you don't want to go into debt -- well, gracefully and humbly bow out. There are always other duties you can help out with.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bridesmaids Have Many Duties

     

    As a bridesmaid you do need to know that you will expected to help out with some of the wedding activities. You must show up to all the pre-wedding parties and you will also be expected to help plan some of them, especially if you are the Maid of Honor. You will also be expected to assist the bride in any way possible the day of her wedding but she may also ask for your help in putting some wedding projects together as well.  After the wedding you may need to help gather the gifts, the bride's dress, tuxedos, etc. If you don't think you have enough time to commit to such things you might want to consider declining the invitation to serve. However, if the bride means a lot to you -- you can probably find the time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Being a bridesmaid is both an honor and a lot of fun. Just make sure you are comfortable with the financial and time commitments involved before you say yes. If you think about things things before being asked then you won't have that awkward silence that can make you both uncomfortable and potentially strain your friendship.

  • Bridal Shower ~ Unique Ideas for the Bride-to-Be

    Bride-to-Be Sash
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    Have you been selected by a friend or family member to be her maid-of-honor or bridesmaid? It is a great honor to be asked to be part of a wedding party and there are some very important responsibilities that come along with the title. One of these is planning and participating in the bridal shower. A bridal shower is a gift-giving party that is held in anticipation of a bride's upcoming wedding. You have probably been to a few bridal showers but if this is your first time hosting or co-hosting this type of celebration you may have some questions. Maybe you are looking to make this party as special and unique as the bride to be is. We have searched the web to find some of our top picks for making a bridal shower fun for the bride and the guests!!!

     

    Found on Pinterest original website credit www.papermoss.com

     

    Unique Food and Drink

    Having fun food and drink on hand can really set the mood for a fun bridal shower! You don't have to spend a lot to wow the bride and her guests. Just take a look around on Pinterest and you'll find all sorts of fun and simple ideas for an eye-catching spread. The Popsicle and wine combination above would be just perfect for a warm summer day. Having a lot of finger food on hand is a great idea and gives everyone a nice selection to pick from. Mini sandwiches, veggies, cheeses, dips, things that aren't too messy and are easy to eat in one or two bites are ideal.

     

     

    Photo via: www.mariasdreamcakes.com

     

    Unique Cake

    Another fun way to make the bridal shower you are planning unique and special is to get a creative cake. The cake pictured above is really elegant and fun. You can also choose to put the bride-to-be's new monogram on the cake or make or order finely decorated cupcakes. Anything that reflects the bride's personality and style can be very special and meaningful as well. Choose something funky, quirky, classic or modern. A cake that makes a statement will be remembered and appreciated.

     

    Photo via: www.beau-coup.com

     

    Unique Bridal Shower Games

     

    Oh the games! They are either looked forward to or feared. You must first take into consideration the crowd that will be at the party. If it is a general mix of friends, family and family friends then tame games such a bridal bingo, who knows the bride best or guess what's missing from the recipe can be just perfect. A great website that has TONS of games for any crowd is Bridal-Shower-Games.com. Select a few, pick up some cute party favors and let the games begin!


    No matter what you decide to do, the bride is sure to appreciate all of the thought and care that you took in planning and preparing for this fun party! Look for an upcoming post about gift ideas for  the bride-to-be. For even more bridal shower fun and inspiration, check out our Bridal Shower Fun!!! board on Pinterest.

     

     

  • Wedding Cake Tips ~ Getting Started

     

    One thing that just about every wedding has in common is wedding cake! The wedding guest's mouths water in anticipation of the traditional cake cutting ceremony. Over the years, cakes have evolved to include a wide assortment of flavors and amazingly artistic designs. Don't worry, if you still like the classic white cake with delicious butter cream frosting that can certainly be done -- but  more and more brides are looking to impress their guests with their beautifully extravagant and yummy dessert. If you have begun planning your wedding you may have several questions about selecting a baker and a wedding cake. Today on the Charming Chick Blog we hope to provide you with some great tips to help you get started.

     

     

    Just Start Planning

     

    Before you even think about the cake it's really a fantastic idea to get some other things figured out first. Your venue, colors, dress, decor, flowers, etc. may all have an impact on the style of cake you decide to order. Picking the cake should be one of the last things on your list of things to order. However, you can still do some research to find a baker.

     

     

     

    Do Your Research

     

    You'll want to make sure you do some research to find the right baker for you. Ask friends, family and wedding professionals who they would recommend then schedule appointments to visit a few of them. While you certainly don't need to be an expert, it is a great idea to have some knowledge of wedding cake terminology. Knowing your butter cream from your fondant and your gum paste from your marzipan is really great. Check out this glossary of wedding cake terms that the knowledgeable folks at TheKnot.com put together, it can help you to decide what you want and assist you in explaining it clearly to your baker.

     

     

    Set Your Budget

     

    If you are trying to stay within a certain budget it is a good idea to keep that in mind as you make decisions about your cake. Find out how much per piece you will be paying. If you are having a small wedding this might not be a huge issue but the more guests you have the more cake you will need. Also keep in mind that certain decorations and details can vary greatly in price. Get a clear idea about what you want and then see what can be done to get your vision to fit your budget.

     

     

  • Honeymoon Destinations ~ How do You Choose?

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    If you are planning a wedding you've probably been swimming in all the details that will make your wedding day super special -- but you are probably also thinking about what you will do once the wedding is over.  If you are like most couples, you are looking forward to your honeymoon almost as much as you are to your big day! Have you decided on a destination, are you struggling to choose between a few favorites or are you so overwhelmed with wedding details that you haven't even narrowed it down? On the Charming Chick blog today, we have some tips that may be able to help you choose your perfect honeymoon destination.

     

    Let the Fun Begin Honeymoon Tote
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    1. First Things First

    The best and first thing you should do is to sit down with your sweetie and make a list of all the places the two of you might like to go on your honeymoon. Are you looking for tropical sandy beaches, do you want to get lost in a big city, are you looking for a destination that holds great historical significance or would you like to travel to another country - passports in hand - and experience the sights sounds and flavors it has to offer?

     

    2. Consider Your Budget

    If you have a budget, as most brides and grooms do, you'll want to take that into consideration while planning your honeymoon. If you are paying for your wedding yourselves then you might decide to have a short and romantic weekend getaway, then opt for a more elaborate honeymoon a few months after your wedding. You'll want to consider travel lodging, meals, activities etc. as you are mapping out your budget.

     

    Bride Just Married Bikini for Honeymoon
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    3. Honeymoon Activities

    In addition to the destination you and your soon-to-be-spouse will also want to consider the types of activities you'd like to on your honeymoon. Knowing what activities the two of you would like to do on your romantic getaway can be very helpful to determine where you ultimately want to go. Once you do that you can check prices and even see what packages are available. Sometimes travel packages can include airfare, hotel accommodations, a meal or two and one or two activities and a reduced price. You can research online or speak with a travel agent for more information.

     

    Whatever you decide to do, it will be memorable. Take a chance. Go somewhere you've always dream of going, do things you've never done and just enjoy each other!!!

     

     

     

  • Something New and Blue Wedding Tradition

     


     

    You have probably heard the wedding poem:

     

    Something Old
    Something New 
    Something Borrowed
    Something Blue
    and a silver sixpence for her shoe. 

     

    It is a good luck saying that dates back to the Victoria Era. It was meant to bring items together to symbolize and ensure a long and happy marriage.

     

    Something Old ~ Is a link to family history and represents continuity. An heirloom piece of jewelry, old handkerchief, or some other meaningful token is given to a bride   - most often by a member of her family - to carry or wear on her wedding day.

     

    Something New ~ This represents good luck as the bride and groom embark on a new life together. Many brides count their wedding dress as their "something new" or it may be a gift she receives from her groom or other family member that she will wear on her wedding day.

     

    Something Borrowed ~ It is best if the item that is borrowed comes from a happily married woman. The item is used to represent that the brides family and friends will be there to help her celebrate this most special day. This item must be something that will eventually be returned after the wedding. It can be anything that the bride can wear or carry with her on her wedding day.

     

     

     

    Something Blue ~  Blue is used as a symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. Many brides these days have a lot of fun incorporating their something blue. It could be a gorgeous pair of bright blue shoes under a pristine white gown that peek out gently as she glides down the alter. Some brides wear a bit of blue on their garter, paint their fingers or toenails blue or wear jewelry that houses a blue gemstone of some kind.

     

    A Silver Sixpence for Her Shoe ~ This part of the tradition is not as common here in the States as it is in England. According to the Martha Stewart Weddings website, a sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It used to represent prosperity and finacial security for the new couple.

     

     

     

     

  • Wedding Invitations ~ Dos and Don'ts

     

     

    Your wedding invitations set the tone for your wedding. Whether they are formal, fun, vintage or traditional they are your guest's first glimpse into what they can expect on your special day. The wedding theme you have chosen such as; a beach wedding, vintage, Paris or country theme may be included on the invite, as well as the colors you have chosen for your big day.

     

    In addition to the theme there are other things you'll want to keep in mind along the way. When should you send your wedding invitations? How should you address them? What other things should you include? On the Charming Chick blog today we are going to discuss a few of the main dos and don'ts of wedding invitations.

     

     

     

    Wedding Invitation Dos and Don'ts

     

    Do order plenty of extra wedding invitations. This will ensure that you have enough for any last minute folks you forget and also extras in case you make a mistake while addressing them.

     

    Don't wait until the last minute to order and send invites. Make sure you find out how long it will take to order the invites, plan for your time to address them (or have someone else address them) and have them set to go out at least 6-8 weeks before the big event. This will ensure that those folks who have to make travel arrangements will have plenty of time to do so.

     

    Do ask for help while addressing invites. If you have any wonderful friends in your bridal party who have beautiful handwriting and are detail oriented, this could be the perfect opportunity for them to help you. There are also services either through the printer you order from or you can hire a calligrapher to address them for you.

     

    Don't put "No Children" or "Adult Reception" on the invitations. Instead try to get the word out through friends and family that you prefer not to have children at the reception. Also, when you address the invitation do not include the children's names. If you would like to have children at the reception be sure to include their names on the invitation. The outer envelope should be addressed to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and the inner envelope should be addressed to the entire family.

     

    Do have a plan about how you will keep track of responses. Will they be sent to you or will your parents be in charge of tracking them?

     

    Don't forget to put together a wedding website. This is a fantastic way to let people know how the two of you met and fell in love, where your registered, what hotels you have negotiated lower rates with, directions to your venues and any other information you think your guests should be aware of.

     

    There are so many other dos and don'ts that aren't included here. Your printer can be a valuable resource of wedding invitation information as well as Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette.

  • Proposal Tips ~ Make Sure She Says "YES"

     

    You've found your true love and now you are ready to propose. Since this will no doubt be one of the most important moments in both of your lives, you'll want to make your proposal, sweet, memorable and unforgettable! How can you do that? What's the first step? How can you ensure that she will think your proposal is as special as you want it to be? On the Charming Chick blog today, we have some tips to share with you that can answer those questions and have you feeling confident that your proposal will be one in a million.

     

    Tips

     

    1. Make sure you have found the right person!

    Marrying the right person has a huge impact on your overall happiness. Just because you love someone doesn't automatically make them the perfect life-mate, so you'll want to make sure you spend some time discussing some very important questions such as finances, children, parenting, religion, goals, dreams and much more. This is the person who is going to see you through every season of life -- for the rest of your life and if you disagree on some of the really important issues, it can cause a lot of conflict and perhaps even resentment, so choose wisely.

     

    2. Talk to Her Daddy (or Grandfather)

    It may seem old fashioned but you can still score major points with your future in-laws if you ask your soon to be  father-in-law for his daughter's hand in marriage. Of course, the decision is ultimately up to her but seeking her father's approval can mean a lot to the entire family, especially if your girlfriend has a very close relationship with her father. It's very hard for some dads to see their little girl grow up but knowing that she will be committed to a respectful man who will love and protect her will make him feel much better.

     

    3. Pick out a Nice Ring

    Nice doesn't always have to mean expensive, it means doing your homework about how to buy a diamond (and/or colored gemstones), paying attention to what she likes in the way of jewelry and sneakily finding out her ring size. Pay attention to what kind of jewelry she wears; does she prefer white or yellow metals? Does she have any allergies to certain metal types? Does she like big, eye-catching creations or a simple and understated look? Just paying attention to what she points out and talks about is huge. Talking to one of her girlfriends can be an excellent way to know exactly what she has been wishing for.

     

    4. Be Creative and Make it Meaningful 

    Your proposal doesn't have to include elaborate fireworks or a private island -- unless you want it to. It just has to be romantic and meaningful. Just a word of advice; even though you may be the biggest Dallas Mavericks fan and your dream is to have your proposal in lights on the big screen, doesn't mean she shares the same desire. Doing a fun scavenger hunt, a hike to one of your favorite spots, dinner at your favorite restaurant (or one she's been dying to go to), etc. can be wonderful. If you really know what she loves and adores, it should be fairly simple to think of something she will remember forever!

     

    5. Practice, Practice, Practice

    Oh sure you may feel a little silly spilling out all of the reasons you love your girlfriend and why you want her to make you the happiest man in the world to your own mirrored reflection BUT you will feel much more confident writing out what you want to say and then practice saying it. Some men like to just play it by ear and express their love from the heart at the moment they propose. I think this is a wonderfully romantic idea and can be very effective but at least taking some time to consider what you want to say can help so when nerves overtake you, you can hopefully remember your list. If you don't want to sound rehearsed don't worry about the practice but writing them down can be very helpful.

     

     

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