Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ms. Jade's Wedding Shower Recap (Includes Games, Tips and Invitation Ideas!)

This past weekend, I traveled to my hometown of Man, West Virginia (yes, it's really called Man) to celebrate my niece and her pending nuptials, with our closest friends and family. I've been planning the shower for a few months and am very pleased with how things turned out. The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious and the company was second to none.

Guests invited to the shower received the following three-piece set, seven- 10 days before the shower. In my experience, if you send invitations/announcements any sooner, people tend to forget about the event all together.    

1. The Invitation. This piece measured 6x6 and fit perfectly into the custom square envelopes. (Our last names and my phone number has been shaded out for privacy reasons). I'm in love with that magnolia and tried to use it as much as possible in the invitation suite and at the shower.





2. The Recipe Card. This card measured 4x6 and fit neatly into the 6x6 envelope designed for the invitation. Jade now has a nice collection of treasured recipes to start her own recipe box/binder. 







3. The Enclosure Card. The card measures 3x3 and was attached to the back of the recipe card to give sweet instructions on bringing a cherished family recipe to the shower.









One of the most important traditions at any wedding shower is the creating of the practice/rehearsal bouquet; this is the bouquet that the bride carries at her wedding rehearsal. In the picture below, my niece, Jade is holding her finished practice/rehearsal bouquet. To learn more about this tradition, click here.



I tried to document each step of the shower as I was hosting but that became problematic (as you can imagine). We played several games including Disney Love Songs, match the Famous Romantic Movie Quotes and a few others.



Although I did give nice gifts to the winners of each game, I also made sure everyone in attendance received a small gift. This idea came from Pinterest and was a nice touch. Everyone seemed to love the smell of the oatmeal and verbena soap. 



The table decor was very elegant and simple. Again, magnolias were incorporated where ever possible. 



A quick picture of the gift table as guests were arriving



I could kick myself for not getting a picture of the food tables once everything was displayed. There were so many choices and lovely creations. I did get a picture of the beverage station before the drinks were placed.



My mom and her dear friend, Mary Ruth posed for a picture after the games were finished. I asked how long they have known each other and they both estimated around 55 years. Who says friendships can't last a lifetime? I am Mary Ruth's go-to-girl for travel plans and directions. Anytime she is headed down south, she will text me and ask for tips, ideas and opinions on where to stay. It's a sweet bond that we have. :)



This picture is Jade with the groom's Aunt Rachelle. She is so nice and drove a few hours to attend the shower. I'm glad she was able to make it and I enjoyed getting to know her.



Jade, her bridesmaids (except one who had to work) and her matron of honor (Kellyn, second from left in the black dress). Kellyn is expecting her first baby!  I'm looking forward to seeing the nursery and meeting the baby boy later this year. 



Jade holding little Miss Kathryn. Kathryn is the daughter of a bridesmaid and the sweetest baby! She laughed and smiled the entire time. I've never seen a happier baby! Also, she's wearing Jack Rogers. Raise them right, girls!




I was able to get a picture of the shower cake.  All of the locals know where to get the best cake in town: Nu-Era Bakery.  Nu-Era never disappoints!  I've never had anything from Nu-Era that wasn't delicious. If you are ever in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and grab a few things for the road! 




Here is a final shot of the gift table after all the guests arrived. Jade was very lucky and was gifted with most of the items on her registries. Need help setting up your own registry? Click here for guidance. 



The next stop on the wedding train is the actual wedding in Siesta Key, Florida in August. Be sure to check out the happy couples wedding webpage hosted by www.theknot.com.

Watch for more wedding updates here on my blog!

With warmth and love,




Wendy
CEO- The House of Q’s
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