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Fun and Memorable Shower Gifts for the Bride-To-Be

Traditionally, most brides-to-be are expecting shower gifts that are very helpful when they became housewives. A bride may tend to expect household items that she and her husband-to-be can use when they begin their new life together. These items can be stuff that bride would use to care her husband, and maintain their own home. With this idea, to come up with a bridal shower gift is as easy as going to the house wares section of your local department stores.

However, bridal shower ideas have changed. Traditional gifts are no longer a hit nowadays. Don’t be the only one who brings vacuum while everyone else has prepared great bridal shower gift ideas that a modernized bride will really appreciate. Something that can pamper and prepare the bride-to-be for her upcoming event can make an idea preference to come up with a very nice shower present.

Today’s brides are no longer from being daddy’s little girl, to man’s new other behalf. Modern brides are usually independent living their lives on their own for a while, have their own career, and are interested in living in a married life. This will going to be a major commitment, therefore their independent experience mold them, becoming them ready and brave to face a new challenge of life.

The time comes that you, a close friend of bride-to-be, should give something that she wouldn’t buy for herself or something she won’t remember as her wedding day draws near. Here are few gift suggestions to pamper your friend, the bride-to-be:

* Spa Gift
Spa gift is definitely perfect if to pamper the bride is what you really opt give. Why not treat her in a day at spa? A day of relaxation in a spa or massage parlor can release some of the bride’s wedding jitters. You could also give spa collection. For instance, a gift basket filled with relaxing aromas can give her reason to enjoy hours of bathing. A spa basket include shower gels, soaps, lotions, soft towels and even scented candles and other personal items just for her.

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* Wedding Survival Kit
Expect that the wedding will gonna be busy, full of excitement as well as surprises that sometimes, good or bad. Think of the things she might not think about as she’s getting ready right before the ceremony begins. Give her a wedding survival kit gift, which she might not expect you can give. This idea works well and often used during the last-minute preparation of the bride. It include hairspray, perfume, hair clips or pins, brush, lipstick, and anything she or her attendant might need right before the wedding entourage. Place them in a neat carrying case with a special note.

* Sentimental Present

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Sentimental gift is a concept that works well for bride’s family and best friends. The gift should refer to something that the bride and people who are very close to her heart have shared. Few good ideas are picture frames and photo albums. Include fun and memorable photos that will surely give her a teary eyes. You may consider engraved picture frames or albums that can make a special keepsake as she began to live her new life with a new companion. Other personalized gifts that can carry deep sentiment are engraved jewelry gifts, personalized bridal shirts and handbags.

Jnet is an author for a variety of lifestyle issues and topics.

For more information on bridal shower gifts, visit TodaysBride.com and browse our list of bridal shower locations and gift ideas.

January is Bridal Show Month!

January is a very busy month for bridal show producers, including Today’s Bride.  We are the largest Bridal Show producer in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years, bringing newly engaged couples hundreds of wedding professionals all in one place!  It’s one-stop-shopping for all your bridal needs.

This Sunday, January 17th will be our largest show of the season at the IX Center in Cleveland.  Over 200 wedding professionals will be on hand, from florists to teeth whitening, Bridal gowns in Henri’s gown showroom to photobooths that will add additional craziness and fun to your reception.  It’s all here!  Beautiful fashions shows highlighting this seasons most sought-after gowns will be at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 3:30pm, brought to you by Henri’s Cloud Nine with fashions from Henri’s, Expressions Bridal, David’s Bridal, Dora’s Bridal & Formal and more!  For the Mother-of, beautiful gowns from Peneventures will also be featured.  Don’t forget to check out the American Commodore Tuxedo dancers showing off the latest in formal attire for the groom too!  They are sure to rock the show!

Doors will be open from 10am to 5pm.  Admission at the door is $10 but you can get a $3 off coupon or buy tickets online for 50% off by pre-registering at www.todaysbride.com.  Parking is $8.

To help you prepare for the show, check out our bridal survival guid by clicking here.  Come to the show excited and prepared!

How to Create your Bridal Registry

jcpcollage21As a soon-to-bride the gift registry will be a nice way to invite your friends and family to purchase items that you need or want for your new life with your husband. There are a multitude of stores such as department stores such as Macy’s, JCPenny, Dillards, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other small family heirloom shops and in-home demonstration companies that can provide a bridal registry. One stop shopping places such as Wal-Mart and Target also offer gift registries. Creating a bridal registry is simple and can be done in a short period of time.

Set up a wedding registry checklist if you want to avoid getting five sets of cutting knives and multiple waffle irons among your wedding gifts. 

A wedding registry is a system where you and your partner go to various stores and choose a list of gifts your friends and family members can choose from. Setting one up helps you make sure you do not receive items you already have or do not need, and it will help your loved ones choose gifts you and your partner could really use.

Most stores have a wedding registry system either in the store or online. If someone buys a gift, the list is updated, which will prevent another guest from bringing the same item.

Getting Started

Think about the kinds of items you and your partner need and want for your new life together. Some people will want dishes and others may want decorations.

Remember to research the stores you use; each store may have a different set of guidelines and policies for their wedding registries. Choose stores with wedding registries that are easy to use. Ask if the store has multiple locations, online access and an easy ordering process

Wedding registry Web sites have simplified the gift-buying process. Using the Web will allow you and your guests easy access to your online wedding registry when all of you look to see if updates have been made to the list.

Check on the return policies for the stores you’re considering. For example, they may give you cash back for returns from the registry. Other stores may have restrictions on returns and dictate that you have to have a receipt, that the tags must still be on the item and that you can exchange items only in the same department as the original gift. Make life easier on yourself by finding this information in advance.

Also, some stores offer users a discount on items that are not bought. If you choose each wedding registry list wisely and consider what you and your partner really want, you will be able to start your new life while saving yourselves some money.

Ask friends and family members about their experiences. Also, check with bridal forums and magazines for word-of-mouth feedback on stores and their user-friendliness.

How Many Wedding Registries Are Enough?

You want to have enough wedding registries and selected items so that your guests have options, but you do not want to have so many registries that you overwhelm them. Remember to start this process early; you want to give your guests enough time to shop around and make a decision regarding the perfect wedding gift.

However, you do not want to start your search so early that the items sell out, are discontinued, or shift in price. Take your time doing your research and make your selections three to six months before the wedding. Make sure to check back from time to time to see if the store still has your items in stock.

What Items to Choose

Be sure to choose a variety of items in a range of prices. You don’t have to ask for things you don’t want just because they are cheaper, but some of your guests have and are willing to spend more money than others. Let your guests enjoy buying you gifts without worrying about their bank accounts.

Before you select items, look at your guest list. Most people select two to three items per guest. Your guests will have many options to choose from, but they won’t see so many items that your guests can’t make a decision.

Choose items that you want, and take a little extra time to assemble your wedding registry list. This is your chance to ask for things you and your partner really need or desire and will eliminate gifts you’d return or might take up unneeded space. Many people use their registry to receive items for decorating their new homes. Traditionally, people ask for tableware, china and kitchen appliances, as well as bedding and other home-based items. But always keep your and your partner’s needs first.

When you create your wedding registry, also specify you and your partner’s name. Some of your guests may want to personalize their gifts to you. For example, they may want to engrave a picture frame with your names.

If you do not want traditional gifts like kitchenware and throw pillows, try making a honeymoon-specific registry where guests can contribute meals, trips, lodging and small extras. Also, consider asking your guests to donate time, money, or gifts to some your favorite charities

How to Tell Guests

Many stores provide users with cards to include alongside wedding invitations. However, the decision to include these cards is up to you. Some people may think mentioning gifts in your invitations is uncouth or rude, but some people may welcome the information because they won’t know where to start or shop. 

Check out  this Bridal Registry Checklist when trying to decide what you need and what you don’t.

Brides Get Ballsy…with Co-ed Bridal Showers

Bridal showers are not just for women anymore. Traditionally, only women attended a bridal shower in order to “shower” the bride with items for her new married life.

Now, as more couples pitch in together to pay for a wedding, co-ed bridal showers seem more appropriate. Generally, a co-ed bridal shower is for the bride and groom and all of their closest friends.

For more information on how to host a Co-Ed Bridal Shower, Click Here