Four Practical Ideas for Summer 2013 Weddings

By Maggie Joos

Hi friends! My apologies for being so quiet on the blog, but wedding season is officially upon us and taking me by storm. Until I have a chance to show you more pretties from my shop, let me leave you with these four new ideas I’ve seen recently at weddings and on Pinterest. Such cute, practical ways to celebrate!

1. Have a Yah Parade.

Yah Parade from A Practical Wedding blog

If you’ve ended up with a list of potential bridesmaids and groomsmen a mile long, why don’t you forgo the uncomfortable paring down of the list and instead have a “yah parade” like this beautiful couple featured on A Practical Wedding did? Invite all the kiddos in your life to go down the aisle before you. They can carry flowers, fun signs, or tambourines (Just make sure any musical instruments are out of their hands before the ceremony actually starts!)

2. Gift a breakfast picnic.

Bridal Picnic Idea from Martha Stewart WeddingsSo this one actually is for the groom, a bridesmaid, mom, or even the wedding planner, but I love this idea from Martha Stewart Weddings. Prepare or order a delicious breakfast picnic to be sent to the bride and enjoyed with someone special or just by herself. If the bride is an introvert, she may really enjoy this quiet time without so many people around. Be sure to include sweet notes to the lovely lady!

 

 

 

 

3. Make your favor bags functional.

Functional Favor Bags from Style Me Pretty

I love pretty paper as much as the next wedding-obsessed lady, but I find the naked outside of typical favor bags lacking. I like this idea from a wedding on Style Me Pretty, where they printed (or perhaps stamped?) the evening’s menu on an appetizer container. Two birds – one stone. (And people know not to snarf the fries since so much yumminess is ahead!) A printed thank you note to your guests or even just the guests’ names so the bag could also be a place card would be other ways to use this idea.

4. Help the gowns stay in place.

Weights for Bridesmaids DressesMartha Stewart Weddings to the rescue once again! Your bridesmaids have enough to think about, so don’t add “will my dress get in the way” to the list. Help your girls’ dresses stay in place by sewing little weights (found at sewing supply stores) into the hem. This is a great project for your Aunt Betty who needs a task. Trust me ladies, there will be an Aunt Betty at your wedding.

What other practical tips could you add to this list?

 

 

 

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