Bridal Shower ThemesWritten by Samantha Taylor
It is maid of honor's duty to organize bridal shower and to ensure that party is everything bride expected. The best way to ensure that everyone will have fun is to create a theme around bridal shower in which everyone can participate in. The following is a list of fun and exciting themes for bridal showers. Choose one that suits bride best:
- Lingerie Bridal Shower - The lingerie theme has become more and more popular in recent years. This type of shower is typically for a younger bride who will be comfortable with risqué nature of a lingerie bridal shower. Each guest, in lieu of bringing a traditional wedding shower gift, will bring a piece of lingerie for bride. The groom will reap benefits of a lingerie shower as well. Chances are gifts will be put to great use on honeymoon.
- Gourmet Bridal Shower - A gourmet bridal shower is perfect for brides who love to cook and sample different kinds of food. Instead of serving traditional snacks like cheese and crackers, ask each guest to bring a gourmet-related dish. Sending out invitations in shape of foods or hand deliver invitations in an apron to add a little extra pizzazz to your shower.
- Around-the-Clock Bridal Shower - This is a relatively new bridal shower theme. It requires each guest to bring a gift that bride and groom can use at a specific point throughout day. For example, on one person's invitation it might read 3pm; while on another's it may read 1am. The gifts are distributed clockwise according to hours each guest is assigned.
Writing Your Own Wedding VowsWritten by Samantha Taylor
Your wedding vows are words that will forever remain in your partner's heart and memory. So you want to ensure that you express exactly what you are feeling and how much you love them. Most people have never written wedding vows before and they aren't quite sure how to communicate what they feel into words. Here are some helpful guidelines to ensure that feelings in your heart are encompassed in your wedding vows:
- Sit down with your fiancée and put some general expectations in place for your wedding vows - such as how long and how in-depth they should be.
- Begin brainstorming. Think about your relationship and everything you've gone through together. Focus, perhaps, on a specific situation such as moment when you realized that this was person you were meant to be with.
- If you use nicknames or lovable expressions with your fiancée (honey or sweetheart) you may want to incorporate these into your wedding vows.
- If tradition is important to you, review some examples of conventional wedding vows. Most begin with "in name of God, I (your name) take you (your fiancée's name) to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband." You may consider reciting your vows in a similar manner.
- Avoid sad memories or stories about you and your partner fighting. Wedding vows are meant to express joys of being together. Therefore you should focus on positive.