Weddings: August 02, 2007

love is in the air

June 18, 2008

we'll have a gay old time

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Here at Evite, we love hearing about all the events you're planning. And we're really glad to be a part of your milestone celebrations, from special birthdays and baby showers to anniversaries and weddings.

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Keep your celebrations coming, and we'll keep creating invitations to help you start the party in style.

sweet tarte

May 15, 2008

I heart Tarte

What couple wouldn't want to join the ranks of some of history's most famous duos? Bogey and Bacall, Daisy and Gatsby, Johnny and Baby — they're beloved pairs and shades of Tarte lip glosses. And with Tarte's custom glosses, you and your sweetie can be immortalized in the form of your very own. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a beauty-junkie bride who could resist the power of a personalized lip gloss (present company included!).

It's such a clever gift idea for bridesmaids, shower favors or even an everlasting supply of your favorite shades of lip gloss. (Well, maybe not everlasting. I'm pretty sure it's not advisable to be slicking on 10-year-old lip gloss.) Just pick an existing dual-ended gloss and send Tarte your info. You do have to order at least 25, but you get 40 to 50 percent off retail, depending on how many you order. I'd go with one of the universally flattering nude pairs like Fred and Ginger (my fave!), but it IS the bride's day. If that means candy-apple red and sparkly pink à la Danny and Sandy, so be it!

Added bonus: Scrolling through the shades of glosses is so entertaining. I love figuring out who some of the more obscure couples are. I'm still trying to determine who Roger and Mimi are. Anyone? Anyone? (Just a little Ferris and Sloane reference for you.)

I Do (Be-Do-Be-Do): Wedding Sing-Alongs

March 21, 2008

why isn't anybody calling?

Skip the string quartet performing Pachelbel’s “Canon.” Instead, get your guests engaged in the occasion and save cash at the same time — by inviting them to join in on your nuptials, sing-along style:

  • Include the lyrics to a favorite song in the program (for my wedding, it was “That’s Amore”) and ask everyone to strike up an a cappella chorus as you walk down the aisle. Or take a cue from my friend Elizabeth and ask a few friends to lead guests in a round for the processional. “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” not quite what you had in mind? Consider Elizabeth’s choice of “Dona Nobis Pacem” (a traditional hymn, translating to “Give Us Peace”) instead.
  • Friends and relatives lack the canary gene? Tape kazoos under guests’ chairs and ask a buddy to lead a kazoo choir. During our ceremony, pals on guitar and tambourine crooned “I Got You Babe” while another friend led the guests in an impressive kazoo backup. P.S. The kazoos, part of Kazoo.com’s wedding line (?!), were even imprinted with “Thanks for coming to our wedding.”
  • Have your DJ or band leader announce that if guests want to get you to smooch during dinner, they have to stand up and belt out a lyric with the word “love” in it — think “Love Me Tender,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” etc.
  • If your guests are the game and creative kind, you could even ask each table to make up a song about the happy couple — that’s you! — that they then perform during dinner, drumming on the table and tapping their glasses with cutlery as accompaniment.

thanks for the memories

December 06, 2007

a large slice, please

So there I was in an itchy, ill-fitting dress staring down a line of hungry party-goers. It was my first time as a bridesmaid (for my best friend from high school's wedding), and I was in charge of the groom's cake ... a large, circular mass of chocolate that I had no idea where or how to cut in to.

After gingerly lopping off huge squares of fudge to spill over tiny party plates, a kind friend of the groom's mother whispered, “Cut a circle around the middle and then slice that outer ring into smaller pieces.” Viola! I had just about evened out my cake-to-person ratio.

Cut to my most recent birthday party, with a slightly better dress and equally hungry revelers. The offering? A large, circular red velvet cake. I remembered how to dive right in.

As both an experienced bridesmaid and party planner, I feed on tips like this and consider this lesson one of the best. Now that all the holiday parties are upon us, I wonder what lessons you've learned from your past fetes or jobs that you've been able to parlay into other events. What tricks from your days of waiting tables do you use at your own parties? Any pneumonic devices that help you remember names and faces at your significant other’s holiday parties? Comment below....

Picture Perfect: Photo Place Cards

November 29, 2007

photo place cards

Look, your wedding guests aren't going to care whether you spend big bucks on calligraphy for your place cards (and if they do, you should get new friends). But they will appreciate the personal touch of the photo place card.

Printing an old snapshot of each guest next to his or her name is a perfect way to honor your nearest and dearest — as well as an instant conversation starter to break the ice at your reception for guests who won't already know everyone at their table.

Don't have a shot of your childhood best friend's date for the nuptials? Email her to tell her how curious you are to see a photo of her new beau. You can also try sites like Facebook or MySpace — if a guest has a page, it probably includes a picture you can copy and save. If all else fails, substitute a photo of someone famous. When a friend who'd just broken up with her boyfriend decided to bring her pal Ross to my wedding at the eleventh hour, it was too late to dig up a close-up, so I went with a glamour shot of David Schwimmer instead.

Read on for instructions on how to make your own...

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in good favor

November 09, 2007

Not your average wine stopper

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Reader Mara asks, “What’s new with wedding favors? My fiancé and I have gone to great lengths to make our upcoming wedding unique, but favors end up seeming so cookie-cutter. How can we make sure our favors mean something to our guests?”

I feel your pain -- my fiancé and I are still deciding what to do for our own wedding. I’ve certainly collected my share of tchotchkes emblazoned with various dates. But think of the favors as an extension of your creativity and an opportunity to give your guests something that will make them think of you and your wedding day. So how can you make sure you don't give them something that'll end up at the back of a drawer? Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • Play up to everyone’s inner do-gooder by donating the money you would have spent on favors to your favorite charity. The charity you choose can also say something about you as a couple. If you’re animal lovers, for instance, give to the ASPCA. Let your guests know by leaving a note card at each place setting indicating the cause that you chose to give to in lieu of favors. A word to the wise: make sure to choose a charity that won’t bring contention among your guests. You probably don’t want your wedding to be a forum for political debate.
  • Create a CD with a selection of songs that will play at your wedding. The music you choose will remind your guests of the great time they had. Then when they hear My Heart Will Go On, your guests can think of you and your sweetheart instead of Kate and Leo.
  • Send everyone home with a late-night snack. Set up a candy buffet with scoops and baggies so they can take the "sweet" memories with them. You can also hire companies to come in and make mini donuts on the spot for your guests. Who won’t always remember hot donuts?

Your turn! Do you have any unique and interesting favor recommendations for Mara?

knives as gifts -- bad luck?

October 04, 2007

Gifts

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In my family, giving a knife as a gift is considered super bad luck. When we get one, we immediately "pay" the giver a coin or, the superstition goes, we risk severing the relationship between giver and givee. Of course, we also have weird traditions about petting this wooden dog statue at my cousins' house every time we pass it and referring to ginger ale as "pinger pale," so what do we know.

But as it turns out, people unrelated to me also believe in this knife thing. Wedding and etiquette websites, in particular, are full of advice about this, and I even found some wacky "it's true; it happened to me!" stories about relationships ended because of a knife gift. No offense, people, but maybe it just wasn't that great a gift. I mean, I love my santoku and my Swiss Army knife, but there are occasions when opening a fancy-wrapped box and finding a knife inside would be underwhelming or downright creepy.

Do you believe giving a knife as a gift is bad luck? What other gift or wedding superstitions do you follow?  Do you think there's a chance this whole "pinger pale" thing will take off?

Get Ready for Your Close-Up: DIY Photo Booth

October 03, 2007

Photo Booth

For some reason, there's nothing funner than cramming into a photo booth and saying "cheese" with someone's armpit in your face. And there's no better party favor than photos of your guests that they can take home with them. The only catch? Renting a photo booth can cost -- gulp -- thousands of dollars.

However, if you have a digital camera and a photo printer (available for as little as $75), you can re-create the photo booth experience at home for the price of a box of photo paper* -- and keep copies for yourself.

Read on to find out how to make your own...

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a lovely impression

September 07, 2007

Embosser

We all know people who just get the do-it-yourself thing, but some of us weren’t born with that crafty gene. When it came time to start planning my wedding, I hired a coordinator. (I’m pretty sure that’s the antithesis of DIY.)

Planning a wedding is full of spend-or-save decisions, and I quickly shuffled printing to my “save” list. I may have breezed through the DIY save-the-date and invitation kits at the stationery store, but I did come across this handy embosser that I snagged in favor of paying for printing my return address on envelopes. The result is oh-so-chic and enticingly tactile. And with each stamp, I marvel at my DIY-ness.

Q: Should I buy a gift off the registry?

August 27, 2007

White Gift

My friend is getting married. Should I buy something off the registry? How do I make it more personal? — Christina

Whether you buy a gift off the registry is completely up to you, but it's always appreciated by the about-to-weds. Just ask my parents, who still grumble about the 30 salad bowls they got for their wedding, back before registries were the norm. They spent their newlywed days doing a lot of exchanging and trying not to hurt gift givers' feelings.

If you're concerned that a registry gift may seem impersonal, or you don't want the couple to know exactly what you spent, add a related gift. For example, if you're buying a coffeemaker, also get gourmet coffees. Buying drink glasses? Toss in coasters. Going for cookware or BBQ tools? Throw in a cookbook.