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Wedding Planning Checklist: Section 3: Part 6


What you need for a Classic Bridal Shower:

The classic bridal shower is timeless. It works for any bride and we’re certain you’ll be able to pull off a beautiful party for a budget-friendly price.


Start by having guests sign in with the Umbrella Bridal Shower Guest Book. Guest books make great keepsakes for the bride. Transform some of the guest book pages into pre-made scrapbook pages for the bride to add photos and other memorabilia from the shower.


Continue the theme with Personalized Napkins featuring the Umbrella Shower design or Bridal Shower design. (Estimate two napkins per guest.)


Small White Favor Boxes make excellent favors when personalized with the same design as featured on your napkins. Fill them with your choice of treats.


Check out Netting for Favors and fill the netting circles with Scented Lavender Blossoms for a cute air freshener favor.



What you need for a “Sweet Love” Bridal Shower:

We love this theme because it’s creative, fun and simple. You can add extra details for a more elaborate theme or just keep it easy. Either way, it will be a fabulous bridal shower.


Start by having guests sign in with the White Guest Book. Again, guest books make great keepsakes for the bride, especially with pre-made scrapbooked pages.


Continue the theme with Personalized Napkins featuring the Intertwined Hearts design or Love/Heart design. (Estimate two napkins per guest.) $20 per 100.


Heart-Shaped Favor Boxes are perfect “Sweet Love” favors when personalized with the same design as featured on your napkins and filled with treats.


Cookie Cutter Favors are also a great idea. You can create recipe cards printed with favorite cookie recipes and attach them to the cookie cutters (or check out our professionally printed Cookie Cutter Cards).


Place some cheap glass jars from your local dollar store along the tables, and fill them with Wedding Candy Hearts for a sweet centerpiece and even sweeter treat.


Check out these 5
money-wasters, and you might find areas in your wedding budget to save even
more money!

#5 Expensive Ceremony Accessories

Don’t get us
wrong — the right ceremony accessories are essential, and you’ll want to save a
few things, such as the unity candle, garter and guest book. But let’s be
honest, the flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow may end up in the hands
of your little helpers as play time props, so why not save money on these

Discount ceremony
accessories at Ann’s are a bargainista’s dream. Instead of paying $50 for a
ring bearer pillow or flower basket, you’ll find beautiful options for anywhere
from $15 to $27 a piece.

#4 Elaborate Table Centerpieces

Yes, sterling
silver candle holders with mirror bases surrounded by colorful gems next to
fresh cut flowers might make magnificent reception table decorations. Are they
worth the money and effort? You may vote no.

Simplify. Try
just a cluster of candles on each table for a simply romantic look. Place one
stem of your favorite flower into bud vases and place them at each table. Be
creative, but keep it simple. Your wedding budget will see the difference.

#3 Cut The Cake

The variety of
imaginative and elaborate cake designs we see at weddings today is impressive
to say the least. Of course you want an amazing creation for your own wedding,
and you can have it! Just not so much of it.

Instead of
ordering an expensive, elaborate wedding cake to feed all of your guests, order
a small wedding cake (Don’t forget the perfect cake tops!) for display at your
reception. Then order less-expensive sheet cakes to be kept in the kitchen for

#2 Overpriced Wedding Invitations

It’s true, we may
be a little biased here, but the perfect wedding invitation does not have to
take up a huge chunk of your wedding budget.

Ann’s offers a
variety of discount wedding invitations, from elegant and classic to fun and
trendy. If you’re worried about the quality of discount wedding invitations,
just order a sample to see for yourself. In fact, find your favorites and order
as many as five samples — they’re all FREE!

#1 Keep It Small

A sure-fire way
to save money on your wedding? Keep it small. A large, elaborate wedding sounds
like a lot of fun, but is often far more expensive than necessary and requires
even more planning.

A small, intimate
affair is just as wonderful and much less expensive. So watch your guest count
closely. The difference between 100 plates of food and 125 plates of food can
be significant. Also, keep your wedding party small and you won’t have to worry
about as many invitations, wedding gifts, boutonnieres and bouquets.