Just as every bride wants her wedding to be unique and special to her distinct taste, her bachelorette party should be a reflection of her personality. Instead of doing the same old routine party, why not try doing something original? Why not consider a yoga retreat? Instead of coming home exhausted and hung over, the bride and her guests will return home refreshed, rejuvenated, and feeling wonderful!
If the bride-to-be is known to be a wellness and/ or yoga aficionado (whether well versed or just beginning, or even a wannabe, for that matter), there is a yoga retreat that can work for her. The possibilities are countless and can range from simplistic to indulgent with gourmet meals and exquisite wine pairings.
Start with the basics. Would she prefer the mountains or the ocean? Are five star accommodations or minimalist surroundings more her style? Will she want simply yoga sessions or an entire wellness spa? Once you have narrowed down what you think she would enjoy, there are a couple of items that need to be taken into consideration for her and her guests. You will need to do some research to find the perfect yoga retreat that suits her best.
First and foremost, consider the budget. Remember the bride and the entire bridal party are already committed to some expenses for the wedding. The bachelorette party needs to be reasonable based on the financial situations of the party members. Obviously, more exotic locations will most likely include airfare, whereas retreats within driving distance will be more affordable for most brides. Find out about what kind of packages are available and how many yoga sessions are included, as well as what dining options are available. While some brides may be satisfied with simple, healthy meals and lemon water, others will want fine dining and adult beverages more aligned with some of the traditional bachelorette party offerings. Inquire about any specials the resort may have or if they have an all-inclusive package available. When overall expenses are taken into consideration, the all-inclusive route is generally the most cost-effective option and provides the bride the most bang-for-the-buck while still providing high quality service.
Be sure to inquire about the retreat staff, as well as what the resort has to offer. Find out who the instructors are and what type of yoga they teach. There are many different forms of yoga, and you want to know what your party can expect when they arrive. Some yoga methods are more restorative in nature, while others are more intense and include a heated room. Make sure the classes offered match what the bridal party will be interested in and enjoy.
Regardless of what you choose, your group is bound to have a wonderful experience. In contrast to the chaos and craziness of a traditional bachelorette party, your getaway will offer an enriching experience filled with relaxation and restfulness. Yoga retreats can provide a true sense of peace and soothe the soul while pampering the body, which may be just what the bridal party needs to prepare for the big day!
-Guest Blogger Naomi Shaw
Kids, cats and dogs! They have been the cuteness factor for many decades with pictures and videos of them exploding all over the internet, especially on social media platforms. When beginning a journey into wedded bliss, there are some couples who might not have children of their own as of yet, but they may want to share this union with their four-legged best friend that’s already a part of their family in a way that includes them during this blessed event.
Your beloved, furry companion, whether they’re a small breed like a cute little purse puppy, or an enormous animal like a Great Dane, they can still be a part of this important day, even if they’re not present for the actual event itself. For example, while many animal lovers train their dog to be a ring bearer, walking down the aisle carrying the traditional symbol of your love (in a non-traditional way), this isn’t the only possible way they can participate.
Paws The Moment
As a general rule, if a soon-to-be married couple are animal lovers, so are their friends and family, so it’s only natural to include these members of our kin when organizing this event. Think outside the marriage box and remember these cuddly critters from the get-go. Invitations can include pictures of you as a couple along with your pet with cute slogans like “Paws For The Day,” instead of the more traditional “Save The Day” that we’re all accustomed to seeing.
Roles Made Of Honor
Even if your pooch won’t be carrying the rings, (which is entirely possible given some training) that doesn’t mean they can’t walk down the aisle with you and your betrothed during the ceremony if that’s what you want. These cuddly critters could also be included in other responsibilities like:
●Accompanying the flower carrier and/or ring bearer during their walk down the aisle
●Bearing a sign that gives them the title of “The Dog Of Honor”
●An honorary usher that might not be the best at picking seats and accompanying guests but will still shine as ...
●The host or hostess with the mostess greeting guests at the door
●Partaking in the picture taking process with the rest of the wedding party
Having your canine as a part of your wedding party means whatever you want it to be, whether they’re waiting in the shadows or a big part of the event itself, it’s always your choice.
-Guest Blogger Naomi Shaw
From the time we were young children, we were dreaming and planning the wedding of our dreams. We agonized over flowers, the style of the dress, and the perfect soundtrack to serenade our walk down the aisle. Fast forward a few years and now we are planning our actual weddings. Like most couples, we spend hours orchestrating the perfect day. Unfortunately, far too often our youngest guests get overlooked in the details which leaves them bored or acting out in the pews.
10 Easy Ideas to Entertain Children During Weddings
To keep children entertained during the wedding and reception, consider implementing the following ideas:
Give them a job. Include kids in the big day and assign them important jobs. Children love to help and often take pride in being assigned a role in the festivities. Have someone hand out programs, deliver bubbles, seat people at the reception, man the guest book, or make sure everyone has a wedding favor.
Create an “Eye Spy” game for the ceremony. Set up a picture sheet with items around the church, items used in the ceremony, and people they may see. When a child notices or finds the item, they can cross it off their list. At the end of the ceremony, while people are being ushered out, little ones can turn their paper in for a prize. If you would like, adapt this idea for the reception to keep kids busy during toasts or while dinner is being served.
Let them be the “photographer”. Children typically love taking pictures and can often illicit snapshots from the most camera shy people. Invest in several cheap disposable cameras and set them amongst the crowd. It will keep them occupied and might offer some creative perspectives of the wedding for the photo album. For added fun, provide props and create a photo booth.
Provide coloring sheets or simple crafts at a child’s table. Weddings can be long ordeals with a lot of grown ups talking and talking and talking. Children get tired of adult stuff easily and may act out in frustration. Avoid potential meltdowns by setting their places with crayons, coloring books, or easy crafts to help fight off boredom.
Have decks of cards or board games available. Kids of all ages, even those nearing 99, will enjoy playing a hand of Spades or a round of trivia. Choose easy to play games and place them in a central location that is accessible for everyone. It will prevent boredom and encourage mingling.
Set up a kid friendly snack buffet. Kids often get bored during the cocktail hour or while waiting in line for dinner. Avoid hangry meltdowns with simple finger foods to tide them over. Layout simple fruit and veggie trays, cheese cubes, small cupcakes, and snack mixes near the children’s table so they can have easy access.
-Naomi Shaw Guest Blogger
We just got back from The Knot Couture Show in Los Angeles at The Reef and are so excited to share some of the trends we saw. All of the dresses shown are dresses that we have ordered and will be expecting in store in the next couple months.
Trend- 3D Floral Details
This dress is by Maggie Sottero Designs
Trend- Cutout Trains
This dress is by Maggie Sottero Designs
1. DIY Photo Garland.
Photo garlands can be used to share the couple’s story, act as a guest book, or even represent a physical slideshow of the event. Digital, disposable or Polaroid, photo wedding garlands are inexpensive, entertaining, and capture the memories you will be happy you saved.
Find this and other wedding garland inspiration here: www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2015/07/08
3. Rustic Stick Basket Centerpieces.
These centerpiece boxes can be used for decorating any season or occasion.
4. Paper Lanterns.
These round Solvinden Paper Lanterns ($5+) give off a soft glow and can be strung across the entire space for a striking effect. Tie ribbons along the edge for a more playful look, or add greenery to create an organic vibe. (via The Knot Shop and Bridal Guide)
5. Marquee Letter Pallet Board Sign.
Marquee letters and faux vines woven through a pallet board make a great backdrop for a dessert table, guest book table, or gift table.
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