With the high of our bridal season about to start, we are often asked “Do I really need spoons?”
This question is typically with the need to save some money in the wedding budget. Brides will think about what they are serving and often times do not think they are necessary.
You may have not noticed it before now, but when you are out to eat the next time pay attention to the settings. Often time when the silverware is rolled there is not a spoon, even at some nice restaurants they have stopped setting them at the tables. This is in part for some cost saving measures, lack of spoon inventory, or problems rolling them into the napkins.
Think back at how many times you have been to a restaurant and went to reach for one and it was missing.
The missing spoon is not something new to me. Before my husband and I were married, I was setting the table at his parents’ house for brunch. Growing up we did not set all the silverware unless we needed it. This was before we had a dishwasher and with 6 people we avoided any extra hand washing we could. So I asked my future Mother-in-law if I should put out spoons. Her response was “Yes, just incase I want to stir my coffee.” The topic came up again last fall. We were in Boston talking about how many times we have people order dishware and just forks and knives from us. She talked about an article she had recently read and told us to start paying attention when we go out. So 2 nights later we were in the North End starting to enjoy appetizers and reached for the spoon to put marinara sauce on our plates and it was missing.
Think of your guest before you decide to leave the spoon out of your next event.
As we are about to approach our busy wedding season I began to think about the parts we are not normally involved with. This is mainly because my sister Wendy is engaged with a November 2nd wedding. Unfortunately she is in Nebraska and hundreds of miles away from me so I won’t get to help her with too much of the wedding planning (I even missed the dress shopping). Oh and did I mention the guest list is around 500 people. My inventory is not equipped for that large of a wedding.
One thing that I do get to be a part of the planning is her bridal shower. I started a check list and thought there has to be more bridal shower planners out there that need a little planning help. Happy Planning and remember to have fun that day and not stress. It always comes together.
Bridal Shower Check List
- Pick a date & time
- Saturday or Sunday afternoons work great. About 2+ months before the wedding.
- Times 2-4ish works great. You don’t have to do a full meal and that helps the women with children at home.
- Have the bride provide a guest list; excel works best so you can import it into word to print addresses right on the envelopes. (most brides already have an excel for started so it should be easy)
- Invite close family and friends
- Include the groomsmen’s wives/girlfriends
- Do not invite anyone that is not invited to the wedding
- Avoid inviting people out of state that cannot make it. Sometime it makes them feel they have to give a gift. This excludes grandmas, aunts and close relatives. They often get offended by not getting them.
- You can get great premade invitations and just print on them.
- Or order from a stationary store.
- Send out about 3-4 weeks before shower.
- Have people RSVP so you know what to expect.
- Have people do something memorable for the bride
- Bring family recipes on recipe cards.
- Give a note on how to have a successful marriage.
- Come up with a list of questions and ask the bride and groom separately before the shower and then read both of their answers at the shower. You could even have the guest guess the answers before giving them out.
- You can use the bride’s colors or do something totally different.
- Mine was High Tea
- My sister were doing Tiffany’s
- Kentucky Derby tea
- Pampered chef party where she gets the points to buy more if people purchase.
- Room in the house or time of day—you give each person invited a different room or time that their gift’s theme must follow.
- Pinterest is the place for GREAT ideas. http://pinterest.com/settingsevent/bridal-shower/
- You can do some games, I’ve often found that people feel weird doing them and they like to catch up and meet the people there.
- I suggest an icebreaker for everyone to meet. They will be seeing each other in a few months.
- Like a bingo game and each person is on it and how they met the bride. The first with 5 in a row get some kind of prize
- Food & Drinks
- Finger Food works great easy to grab and eat while talking to people
- Drinks- wine and a fun cocktail. People always loosen up a bit with a drink.
- Gifts are best to open towards the end.
- Have someone keep track of who gave what gift. You can also use labels and put the right on the gifts with the giver’s name.
- Have someone take all the bows & ribbons from the gifts and make a bouquet that will be used at her wedding rehearsal.
- Ideas for guest favors (optional but a great surprise)
- Small succulents in a pot
- Small potted flower or plant
- Canning jars with cookie mix.
- Something that the bride loves.
- Hostess gifts
- It’s always nice when the bride give something to who the planners of the event are.
Laura C-Thank you for the idea of putting this together.
Lindsey-Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on WeddingWire.com!
Settings was an amazing team to work with for our wedding in August. Settings provided our chairs, silverware, stemware, napkins and tablecloths for our wedding at the Steamplant Event Center. Settings had an amazing selection that was better than other rental options now available in Salida. The tables looked so amazing with thanks to the beautiful chargers and matching flatware. They assisted with the delivery, setup and pickup of all of the renal equipment including the white chairs for the park. The white chairs that we rented for the part were also of great quality and were beautiful in the pictures. Settings was so professional and flexible as we had to change our order dramatically over the course of the last few months. Thank you for making our wedding day so beautiful- down to the forks! We truly appreciate it and were so grateful to work with you over the past few months!
Caitrin–Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on weddingwire.com!
Betsy and Chris were just wonderful to work with on all of our rental items. We rented chair covers, sashes, table runners, the white resin chairs for the ceremony, cocktail tables, and then a couple table cloths/table toppers for accent tables. It all turned out beautifully, and they did an amazing job setting it up! Betsy also served as our day of coordinator, and I could not have asked for more. She took care of everything on the day of, which allowed us to just be with our bridal party and family. She even took care of the things that I hadn’t thought of! Betsy also helped us in located a couple of our vendors that were a little more difficult to find. Overall GREAT experience with both the rentals and wedding planning services!
We met with other creative Wedding professionals at the monthly get together in Denver for the ABC (American Bridal Cosultants). The pictures were taken at the Tda Event Design Studio. We loved the ” Men cave” with cigar bar and the inspiration from the movie the black swan. To see our ideas for the season come to the “Heart of the Rockies Bridal Show March 13th at Salida SteamPlant.
We started or blog to have fun and show ideas of what other brides have done in the area. I’m always amazed at all the details that go into the weddings and how creative people are. This is a way to share what we have been apart of for weddings and events in the Salida area. Please feel free to share what you have done with us. We would love to see you photos, ideas, and words of advise.