Wedding Invite Etiquette 101

Among all the moving parts of a wedding, sending the invites should be one of the easiest tasks, right? Sometimes the wedding etiquette rules can become blurred, ESPECIALLY when sending the invitations. Let’s clear some of the confusion by reviewing three of my wedding invite etiquette guidelines.

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1. Anyone invited to a pre-wedding party, must be invited to the wedding.
This rule includes engagement and bachelor(ette) parties, as well as any wedding showers (unless it’s an office shower). I recommend you keep this rule in mind while planning your pre-wedding celebrations. After all, these get-togethers are supposed to be more intimate in nature anyway. While planning these pre-wedding parties, you may not have your wedding guest list complete, but you probably at least of have an idea of how big or small you want your wedding to be depending on your budget and venue capacity.

2. When having an adults-only reception, do not put “adult reception” on the invitation.
I know we have all seen it on wedding invitations we’ve received, but wording the invitation that way is a little harsh. The correct way of making it known that children are not invited to the wedding is to properly address the invitation envelopes and by using word-of-mouth. Hopefully, guests will realize that the envelope is only addressed to the Mr. and Mrs. of the house and does not include “and Family” but what if they don’t? If you receive an RSVP response for three guests when only two guests were invited, it’s time to start making some phone calls. I can almost guarantee you that this will happen, but if you worried about following proper wedding invite etiquette, it’s something that has to be done. Your guests may be upset, but try to explain the situation to them in the nicest way possible and do not make any exceptions because it will only make it harder to explain it away to other guests–and this time it will be done on your wedding day!

3. Significant others of invited guests must be included if they are married, engaged or living together.
If a couple is engaged but not living together, be sure to send out separate invitations to each individual. What about your single friends and family members? While it is a VERY nice and probably appreciated gesture, it is not mandatory to offer them a plus-one for your wedding. When it comes to this dicey area, use common sense. In other words, if you have a guest that has been dating someone for years but they are not engaged or living together, it would be wise to include them both as your wedding guests.

I hope these rules have cleared up some things for all of you beautiful brides out there! If you have other etiquette questions, feel free to contact Delvaux Wedding & Event Planning directly, or leave your question on our Facebook page. You can also tweet your question to @DelvauxWeddings.

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Kims Forever Sparkle

Today I am excited to introduce to all of you Kim Nanosky of Kims Forever Sparkle. Kim has recently started offering beautiful crystal jewelry using authentic Swarovski crystals. You can custom design your very own bracelets, necklaces, ring, earrings and pendants, perfect for everyday wear or for wedding wear and gifts. I know Kim personally and she is uber creative and has great style! So read on to learn a little bit more about Kim and Kims Forever Sparkle. And don’t forget to visit and like her Facebook page!

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1. How did Kims Forever Sparkle begin?
I started Kims Forever Sparkle because I absolutely love jewelry! But I hated the fact of spending a crazy amount of money on one single piece. I’m a layer type of girl, whether it’s necklaces or bracelets, I have to have more than one on. And, I can’t wear the same thing day-in and day-out. I was at a jewelry party where one necklaces cost over $150!! That is crazy! So, I decided to do my research and come up with my spin on Swarovski jewelry.

2. Tell us about what you offer and describe the overall style of Kims Forever Sparkle.
I offer bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings and even rings. And the choice of settings and crystals in each category is enough to make you go crazy!! So many color combination! I can offer settings in Antique Silver, Shiny Silver, Nickel, Gold, Antique Gold, Matte Gold, Rose Gold, Matte Rose Gold, Copper, and Hematite…and don’t even get me started on the crystal color choices! I am hoping to get a catalog together soon, so it is a little easier for my clients to choice their perfect piece of jewelry. The style of my jewelry is sparkly…you can’t be afraid of a little sparkle.

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3. How do you go about creating a new piece? What is your design process?
If I am creating something from scratch I will take an empty setting and just start putting crystals randomly in the setting until I get a color combination I like. A lot of times it is trial and error, but you really can never go wrong. For example, say you wanted to do a birthstone bracelet and the birthstones don’t look mesh that well together, I will work with pearls and other crystal to make the perfect combination.

4. What type of women did you have in mind when starting Kims Forever Sparkle?
I really didn’t have any certain type of woman, just those that enjoy pretty jewelry at an affordable price.

5. What inspires you?
Color – I am a very visual person, and of course I like anything that sparkles! If my husband and I are shopping and I see something shiny and sparkly, you can bet I’ll be checking it out.

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6. What is your favorite part of what you do?
My favorite part is seeing a piece come together. It starts out as just a setting and some crystals, but when I’m done it is so much more than that, I like to think of it as a work of art…each piece I create is unique as my clients.

7. What are your tips on choosing and wearing jewelry?
Start simple. If you’re not a big jewelry wearer, then start with your neutrals – whites, grays, blacks or even beige. You’ll see that you can wear Kims Forever Sparkle with everything from a cocktail dress to a graphic tee and jeans. I once wore one of my necklaces with a Walking Dead tee shirt – and I got so many compliments!

8. What is your favorite piece that you have created?
So far my favorite piece is a bracelet with a crystal called Cathedral. It has oranges, fuchsia, greens, gold tones all incorporated in the crystal. It is stunning.

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9. Who is a style icon you admire and why?
I really don’t have a certain style icon I follow, but I love to read style magazines, and Pinterest is one of my favorite sites for style and design creation. I like to browse Pinterest for outfit ideas too.

10. What is your favorite quote?
As my mom would say, “Never say never,” because as soon as you say you will never do something, it turns around to bite you in the butt!! Trust me, I’ve been bitten one too many times.

11. What do you like to do in your spare time?
LOL!! Spare time…that’s funny 😉 With 2 dogs, 2 cats and a husband there isn’t much room for “me time” I’m a clean freak, so my “me time” or as I like to call my ‘therapy’ is cleaning the house. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after my cleaning sessions.

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Kim, thank you so much for sharing all about you and Kims Forever Sparkle. If you are interested in some custom designed sparkle, be sure to reach out to Kim.

Phone: 330-565-9993
Email: kimnanosky@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimsforeversparkle
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/specialk3661/kimsforeversparkle/

Planning the Perfect Bridal Shower Event

So you’ve been put in charge of throwing the bridal shower and have no idea where to start. All you know is you want it to be perfect for the bride. When most of us hear bridal shower, we think of it in the traditional sense–a Saturday or Sunday afternoon sitting around playing bridal BINGO and eating sandwiches with the women closest to the bride and groom. While that can be a very nice get-together, it doesn’t always fit the personality of the bride.

Rustic Winter Bridal ShowerThere are several factors to think about before choosing the type of event to have for the bride. As with any event, you want to consider the type and number of guests, your event budget and what the honorees (bride and even groom, in some cases) would enjoy the most.

If the bride and groom have a lot of couples that make up their friends and family, you may consider some type of Jack and Jill shower. In the warmer months, an evening cookout in a nice backyard could be a lot of fun. Couples could enjoy food, beverages, outdoor games like corn hole and even a bonfire later at night. A battle of the sexes game including questions about the couple would bring out everyone’s competitive side. The favors from Rick and Jessica’s recent wedding would also be really cute personalized and handed out at this event.

If the bride and groom have a lot of friends and family who are still single, the traditional women-only approach would be better suited, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw a traditional shower. What about a wine tasting bridal shower? A winery or gallery with high top tables would be a beautiful setting and cheese plates and other heavy hors d’oeuvres can be paired for the tasting. With this type of party, you have endless options for the favors–wine charms, pretty wine toppers, personalized Brix Chocolate, etc.

One final idea for a bridal shower alternative is a honeymoon shower. Perhaps the couple already has a house and they already own most of the items that would traditionally appear on a wedding registry. For this type of shower, the couple could register for items they need for their honeymoon or the honeymoon itself. There are a lot of great websites where the couple can register for accommodation upgrades, romantic dinners, excursions, massages, etc. The party’s theme can also revolve around the honeymoon location itself. For example, throw a luau if they are going to Hawaii or host a cozy rustic shower if they chose a ski resort hot spot.

As you can see, the options for a bridal shower are endless whether you are going for a traditional or non-traditional event. For more information on hiring Delvaux Wedding & Event Planning for an upcoming bridal shower, contact us now.