The Complete Bride’s Guide!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008, filed under Bridal Accessories

Surprise your groom with a sexy treat! Buy a garter that he will love to wrap his mouth around! Here are some sites that Daisy loves for bridal garters! Check them out!

PS: All eyes will be on your legs during this part of the wedding…so some toned legs might not be a bad accessory either!





Tuesday, August 26, 2008, filed under Wedding Cakes, break the mold!

Wedding cakes are pricey…we have already determined that! So why not do it yourself. This idea is perfect for a casual backyard or beach wedding!

Buy some cupcake pans with a unique design. We love the rose design. Pick your favorite kind of cake and bake it up. Add some powdered sugar or lemon frosting to the top for a beautiful touch. Stack the cupcakes on a gorgeous tiered cake stand, and add decor if you want some more flare.

This is a beautiful, easy, and delicious way to create a one of a kind wedding cake masterpiece!


Friday, August 22, 2008, filed under Bridal Shower Ideas, Bridesmaids Corner, Games Galore!

Another (super easy) bridal shower game uses one simple thing…clothespins. The rules are a breeze. Each player starts with one clothespin. Assign a couple certain “no-no-words” (such as wedding, bride, marriage, etc…), that will come up frequently in bridal shower girl talk. Have your ladies pin their clothespin on their top or dress…somewhere easy to spot!  When a guest hears another guest say one of the “no-no-words,” they confiscate their clothespin. Whoever has the most at the end of the shower (or whenever you want to call time), wins! It’s a great way to get people talking (and squealing, when they lose thier clothespin)!

Have a basket of clothespins by the sign in book at the shower or have one of the bridesmaids give one clothespin to each guest on their way in the door. Explain the rules to them as they get their game piece…and watch the magic unfold.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008, filed under Bridal Shower Ideas, Bridesmaids Corner, Engagement Party, Games Galore!

When a couple gets engaged, friends and family expect them to know each inside and out. Put your bride and groom friends to the test, and play a modern version of the Newlywed game at the engagement party!

Here’s how to make a homemade newlywed game:

• Put your bride and groom up against another newlywed couple or a couple that has spent many years together. Daisy threw a joint-engagement party once for friends who got engaged a week apart from one another, and paired both couples up against an older couple who had been married for 27 years. The game was super fun with three couples.

• Decide how many rounds you want to include in the game. Daisy recommends three rounds (about 5-10 minutes each):

o Multiple choice round- in this round the host will give each couple a question and a few answers to choose from.
• For example: Groom- what does your fiancé do first things in the morning?
• A: brush her teeth
• B. turn on the coffee pot
• C. go to the bathroom
• D. roll-over on top of you
• If the groom gets the question right, they get a point. If they get it wrong, they get shamed by grandma.

o Matching-answers round- in this round the host asks the couple a question about their relationship.
• For example: Where was your first date?
• The couple then writes down an answer (buy spirals or make an answer-book for them to write down their answers). The couple will then hold up their answers. If they match, they get a one-couple-point. If they get it wrong, boo the living daylights out of them.

o “That’s My Mate” round- this round includes all couples in the game. Read interesting and obscure facts about the players.
• For example: This person only eats cold tomatoes. Hot tomatoes are unacceptable.
• The partner of the person who only likes cold tomatoes should raise their hand and say,”that’s my mate!” If they get it right, they get a one-couple-point. If they get it wrong, embarrass them in front of the crowd.

Whatever couple has the most points at the end, knows each other the best! In turn, they have a 100% chance of living happily ever after!



Saturday, August 16, 2008, filed under Chicago Local!, I Do Venues

If stunning beauty is what you are looking for in a wedding venue, then Daisy has found the perfect place. It also happens to be in one of the most amazing cities in the country…Chicago! Sure, the Windy City boasts a breathtaking skyline, beautiful lake Michigan, and some of the best Museums, nightlife, and restaurants in the country. But what many tourists probably don’t notice when they are in the middle of the Magnificent Mile is one of the most striking churches in the country also rests on the same street. The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago is located right in the heart of the modern city, while still holding on to a timeless charm (constructed in 1912).

So, this place is exactly what you and your future hubby have been dreaming of for your “I Do’s?” Here is some info you will need:
• Weddings are normally held only on Saturday. (A total of three weddings may be held on a Saturday. No ceremony is held simultaneously with another)
• Members (get a special discounted rate) must be an active member for at least three months before they reserve a wedding date. Nonmember couples may reserve a date up to but not more than seven months in advance, subject to the availability of dates.
• Fourth Presbyterian Church provides a wedding coordinator to oversee the arrangements and details of the wedding service. If an outside wedding consultant has been employed, it is requested that his or her involvement be limited to the reception and other non-church activities.
• There are three different areas to say your vows:
o John Timothy Stone Chapel- Seating Capacity: 15
o Blair Chapel- Seating Capacity: 65
o Sanctuary- Seating Capacity: 1,000
• The Wedding Fees at Fourth Presbyterian Church are as follows: (These prices are as of August 2008, but it is always good to contact the church to make sure the prices have not changed)

Sanctuary: Members- $2,000 , Non-Members- $3,500

Blair Chapel: Members- $1,750, Non-Members- $3,000

Stone Chapel: Members- $875, Non-Members- $1,500

Contact, Ann Meuse, Fourth Presbyterian’s Wedding Coordinator for more information.

Main Line: 312.787.4570 (The best days to catch Ann are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

To learn more, please visit the church website, www.fourthchurch.org.



Tuesday, August 05, 2008, filed under Wedding Music

Music is a big part of creating ambiance at your wedding.  Below is a perfectly compiled list of songs to make your wedding events memorable…from the first dance all the way down to the garter toss!

First Dance music: First dance as husband and wife.

Father/Daughter music: The dance between the new bride and her father.

Mother/Son music: The dance between the husband and his mother.

Bridal Party Dances music: The dance including the Bride & Groom, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen, and family members.

Cutting The Cake music: Played while the Bride & Groom cut the cake.

Garter And Bouquet Toss music: Played during the bouquet toss and garter toss.

*Songs for Bouquet Toss Only.

Last Dance music: The last song of the night for the Bride & Groom and their remaining guests.

Daisy wants to send a big shout out to discjockeys.com for their amazing list of music!