For some, it’s that first snowfall, the first Christmas song on the radio, or the first lit-up tree that marks the official start of the holiday season (or “wedding proposal season” as we like to call it!). Well for me, the official start to the holidays is always marked by the Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show—which happens to air on CBS tonight! And in honor of the scantily clad VS Angels, what better topic for today than wedding garters?
Traditionally, during the wedding reception, the groom will remove the garter from the bride’s leg and toss it to the single males, with the lucky catcher said to be the next one to marry. It’s not uncommon for the bride to wear two garters—one for tossing and another for a keepsake. There are thousands of different styles of garters—in every color, some monogrammed, some with charms, and many that include “something blue.” Here we’ve put together some of the best places to buy a garter set for under $30:
- The Knot’s Wedding Shop) Ranging from $4.99 to $28, look here for classic white lace garters, blue garters, monogramming, as well as a camouflage garter for all you hunter brides out there!
- My Garter Adorable customized ribbon can be added to these garters, starting at just $17.99.
- The Wedding Outlet If you want to match your garter to your wedding theme, look no further—The Wedding Outlet has garters in just about every color imaginable!
- Hello Design Crew For handmade garters of all designs, we love this Etsy vendor!
Keeping in mind that the garter will be tossed off to the single men at the wedding, we love this guy-inspired sports garter idea from Weddingbee. Is the groom a loyal Red Sox fan? Are the groomsmen college buddies from a big sports school? Incorporate team colors and a team charm into your wedding garter!
For Boston sports fans, we’ve got you covered:
Share your stories from the big day with us—did you include the garter toss tradition in your wedding?
It’s a guest book, a wedding activity, and an heirloom all in one. If you’re looking for a creative and unique addition to the big day, custom wedding puzzles are a great idea. Etsy vendors Bella Puzzles Too and Custom Dog Bandanas make hand-cut, wooden puzzles personalized with pieces in the shape of initials, names, event date, or figures. With Bella Puzzles Too, you even have the option of sending in a picture (of the soon-to-be spouses) to be printed onto the completed puzzle. Once you’ve sent in a picture and/or picked out personalized shapes for the pieces, a beautiful wooden puzzle is crafted especially for the event. (Be sure to plan ahead at least 10 weeks to account for production time).
The day of the wedding is when the fun starts, as the back of the puzzle pieces become the guest book. There is enough space on the back of each piece for a guest to sign their name and short message, and when the newlyweds assemble their puzzles, they’ll have a beautiful picture on one side, and a collage of well wishes from their loved ones on the back!
While these are a great investment for a bride and groom to make, custom wedding puzzles can also be a wonderful wedding gift from the bridal party! As hand-cut wooden puzzles can be pricey (think $200-$300), consider having all the bridesmaids pitch in on this wonderful wedding shower gift.
And of course, we wouldn’t leave you hanging without a cheap, alternative DIY option! The creative minds at Elizabeth Anne Designs Weddings have this adorable idea for guest book puzzles:
- Using Joslin Photo Puzzle Company or Shutterfly turn an enlarged photo of the bride and groom into a puzzle (make sure to match up the number of guests with the number of pieces) for a reasonable price of about $30 (depending on the number of pieces).
- Place magnetic strips on the back of the pieces and pair them with a place card on a magnetic white board (can be purchased for about $5 from Target or Ikea).
- When guests approach the card display, they take the piece and place card with their name on it. Before going to sit at their assigned table, they place their puzzle piece in the proper spot on the magnetic board and, in permanent paint marker, can write personalized messages around the border. The newlyweds will have a unique guestbook, as well as a work of art to take home!
Share with us your DIY wedding projects! How did you do it for less?
On Black Friday it seems only right to focus on bridesmaid dresses of the same color! Always elegant, and always flattering, black bridesmaid dresses are a popular choice, especially for formal weddings. There can be some hesitation in using black on the big day because of its association with funerals, but an easy way to avoid the comparison is by adding a pop of color with the bridesmaids’ flowers. In this photo from Wedding In The Box, the bright pink flowers make this bridal party look anything but somber:
This real wedding featured on Wedding Chicks also shows how black can be used in an elegant, but still cheerful way. The bright flowers and green sashes are gorgeous by themselves, and stand out even more against the black dresses.
Another great idea for brightening up black dresses comes via Weddingbee’s message board. With each bridesmaid wearing a different color shoe with her short black dress, the color scheme becomes playful and bright.
This knee-length J Crew dress on Bridesmaid Trade would be perfect for showing off a fun pair of shoes.
For a more formal look, this classic floor length black dress from David’s Bridal is a perfect bridesmaid option.
Happy sale-hunting on this Black Friday! Share with us all the deals you snagged in preparation for your 2011 wedding!
It’s been a whirlwind, wonderful past few months at Bridesmaid Trade! We feel really and truly blessed to have launched this year. We are so grateful for our friends and families who have cheered us on and supported us all the way. To each of you who have purchased dresses, posted dresses, read our blog, friended, fanned or followed us…thank you! We wish you a safe and happy holiday!
As described in THIS article by wedding guru Blake Krizberg, “green” or ecological weddings are the latest trend in tying the knot. Averaging around $20,000, putting the word “green” in front of “wedding” seems to be an oxymoron, but there are tons of way to reduce a wedding’s ecological impact (and save some money at the same time!). Planet Green lists cutting down the guest list as the primary way to go green on the big day, but by using local vendors, “going green” can occur in even the littlest wedding details. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’ll focus on ways to make sure your wedding day feast is eco-chic!
The two main qualifiers for green cuisine are ORGANIC and LOCAL. While “organic” ensures no environmentally-harmful chemicals have been used in the processing of the food, “local” eliminates carbon-emitting shipping of the food from foreign and cross-country locales. Together, these two make for a delicious and eco-friendly cuisine. As the green movement has swept the country in recent years, finding caterers who use only organic and local ingredients is getting increasingly easier. Here’s a list of some of our favorite green caterers right here in Boston—and be sure to visit their websites, as all have mouth-watering sample menus!
- Ariadne Catering Consider the roast lamb–it was featured in Boston Globe Magazine.
- The Catered Affair I can personally recommend the delicious cuisine provided by The Catered Affair as I was just at a Boston Public Library event catered by them. (The artichoke-stuffed ravioli was amazing!)
- Season to Taste Catering A Boston.Com’s Best of Boston 2010 award-winner.
- Tables of Content Catering 2010 winner of The Improper Bostonian’s Boston’s Best.
Want to know how “green” your wedding knowledge is? Take this fun quiz from Planet Green: Green Wedding Quiz. I scored 78% correct, can you beat me?
When it comes to holiday shopping, Thanksgiving marks the calm before the storm. And now added to the lineup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when malls and websites across the country explode with shoppers, comes Small Business Saturday, falling on November 27 this year. Joining New York and other major cities in this nationwide campaign, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that Boston would join in on Small Business Saturday, a movement to drive shopping dollars to local merchants.
So on this upcoming shopping weekend of epic proportions, where should you go for your wedding day necessities? We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite wedding vendors in the Boston area—and of course there’s no need to wait until Cyber Monday to visit us at Bridesmaid Trade!
- Allure Invitations From custom invitations and announcements to personalized wedding gifts and stationery, Allure Invitations offers beautiful wedding necessities.
- Cakes for Occasions Based in Danvers, Cakes for Occasions is the perfect destination for your wedding or shower cake. From elaborate to simple to a fun cupcake cake, your wedding dessert dreams will be realized here!
- Chive Sustainable Event Design & Catering A big shout out to the savvy women at Chive! Building off of relationships with local farmers, fishermen, and artisans, Chive uses local food and sustainable materials to put on beautiful events all while supporting the Boston community and environment.
- Invitations & Company Specializing in invitations, but also providing place cards, programs, thank you cards, and more, be sure to check out Invitations & Company!
- Jeri Solomon Floral Design For your wedding day flower needs, look no further than Jeri Solomon Floral Design. Run by a founding member of the Boston Wedding Group, this Boston florist is the perfect person to trust with the big day’s flower arrangements.
- L’elite Voted a Best of Boston four years in a row, L’elite Bridal Boutique is your go-to for wedding gowns and accessories. Make sure to visit this boutique on Small Business Saturday to take advantage of their Thanksgiving Sale Event—20% off gowns!
- On Centre No matter who’s on your list — bridesmaids, future-mother-in-law, flower girl — “On Centre” in Jamaica Plain has you covered. The recently-expanded Centre St. favorite offers jewelry, wallets and handbags, fragrances, and beautiful gifts galore. 636 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617.522.2255.
- Shoes To Dye For Located in Natick, but also featuring a convenient online store, Shoes to Dye For specialized in dyeable bridal shoes. With tons of styles to choose from, as well as dyeable evening bags and accessories to match, this store is simply to “dye” for!
- Smudge Ink Over in Charlestown, Kate, Deb, and the Smudge Ink team offer beautiful custom design and printing for save-the-dates and invites. Elegant with just a touch of whimsy, announcements from Smudge Ink are sure to impress. Contact Smudge Ink directly for custom orders, or look for their work at select Boston stationery stores in your neighborhood.
- Table Artistry Located at 1514 Beacon Street in Brookline, Table Artistry is the perfect destination for your table décor needs. Offering table numbers, menus, place cards, artistic napkin folds, centerpieces, and everything in between, your wedding table arrangements will look gorgeous in the hands of Table Artistry!
For more information on Small Business Saturday, check out the campaign’s Facebook page. Backed by American Express, there are several incentives for joining the movement (even beyond the fact that small businesses create jobs and boost the economy!). Registered American Express card members who shop at a small business this Saturday will receive a $25 statement credit and participating small businesses can benefit from free advertising and promotional tools in the form of a $100 Facebook Advertising Program credit. So avoid that stampede of shoppers at Target and Best Buy this Black Friday—wait an extra day and support your favorite small businesses this Saturday!
Whether used as wedding favors, table place settings, or a wedding shower gift, engraved stones are a versatile and timeless addition to any wedding. Etsy vendor San Jose Engraving offers several options in customized engraving and is a great online destination during the wedding planning process. If you’re looking for a shower gift for the soon-to-be spouses, these are some adorable options offered by SJ Engraving:
These customized engraved stones would be a perfect addition to a garden, walkway, mantel or shelf, as well as a beautiful memento of the newly-weds’ special day. SJ Engraving also offers sets of smaller stones that can be engraved with guests’ names, making them a perfect place setting and wedding favor. The darker stones would be a beautiful addition to an outdoor reception, while the white stones could fit into almost any wedding color theme.
Share your thoughts and stories with us—what place settings have you seen used at weddings?