Friday, June 22, 2018

Top 10 Ring Bearer Gift Ideas

Thank you gifts don't stop with the grown ups. You should also pick up gifts for your ring bearer and flower girl. We're forgetting about the little girls right now, though, because this post is focusing on boys ring bearer gifts.

(Yes, yes, in the effort of full acceptance, you can have a female ring bearer. You do you. And really, some of these would work for that. But the personalized items have little boys on them.)

If you're looking for a gift for the little man in your wedding party, we're here to help. Our top 10 ring bearer gifts are below.

Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Top 10 Ring Bearer Gift Ideas

  1. All Star Ring Bearer Plush Football
  2. Personalized Ring Bearer Baseball
  3. The Best Ever Ring Bearer Book
  4. Ring Bearer Stretch Limo
  5. Ring Bearer Sock Monkey
  6. I Am The Ring Bearer T-Shirt
  7. Ring Bearer Picture Frame
  8. LEGO Table Decoration Set
  9. Ring Bearer Water Bottle
  10. Ring Bearer Piggy Bank
Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
All Star Ring Bearer Plush Football
I am a big fan of getting kids toys that don't light or beep. Anything that's not electronic is a big yes in my book. Especially if it encourages play. I say that, I guess, because we only have nephews, no kids of our own yet. So I'm always trying to get them gifts that they can play with and that we can play together. Nothing where we're both staring at a screen.

This All Star Ring Bearer Plush Football is perfect for that.

It's something to commemorate the day. It's also something they can play with at the rehearsal dinner (where you usually give the gifts). It'll keep them entertained that day, and then will give them something to play with long after the wedding.

Purchase here.
Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Personalized Ring Bearer Baseball
Is your ring bearer more into baseball than football? No worries. We still got you.

Pick up this Personalized Ring Bearer Baseball instead.

Yes, it's personalized, but yes, it also should be played with. Toys for kids shouldn't need to be kept perfect. This baseball, covered in dirt and memories from your reception, will be worth more than if it was kept perfectly white for years.

Purchase here.

Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
The Best Ever Ring Bearer Book
How much does your ring bearer know about being a ring bearer?

If you pick him up The Best Ever Ring Bearer Book, it will tell him everything he needs to know about being a ring bearer. And that'll be fun for him to learn (and a little easier on his parents who will have to explain his duties).

This might be a gift you'll want to give him when you ask him to be your ring bearer instead of when he's already committed, but it's up to you.

Purchase here.

Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Ring Bearer Stretch Limo
Boys like cars. It seems to be a big hit with every young boy. But you can always give die-cast toy cars.

You can't always give a Ring Bearer Stretch Limo, now can you?

This has pull back action too, which is super fun (and can be good if there's a pretend runaway bride inside!). If this will be your ring bearer's first time inside a limo, this is a really fun way to commemorate that.

Purchase here.

Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Ring Bearer Sock Monkey
Sock monkeys are so cute. And this Ring Bearer Sock Monkey is from when this sock monkey was actually in a wedding.

Apparently.

I mean, that's what the description told me. It's so cute and I can imagine your little ring bearer snuggling with it after the reception ... and for many nights after.

Purchase here.

Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
I Am The Ring Bearer T-Shirt
I like wedding clothing. It's fun to wear during wedding week, and then you can use it as (to use Pete's term) knock around clothes after.

I've seen a lot of plain items, but this I Am The Ring Bearer T-Shirt is so awesome because it's a play on Batman. And, I'm not saying your ring bearer is Batman, but I've never seen him and Batman in the same room.

The shirt comes in sizes youth medium, youth extra-large, small, and medium, so it should fit the majority of your ring bearers.

Purchase here.
Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Ring Bearer Picture Frame
This gift is a little more for the parents than the ring bearer himself, but you can pick up a Ring Bearer Picture Frame.

I actually made one at CafePress for our ring bearer so I could add his name to it. I really loved it ... and I think our ring bearer loved that we also gave him a toy with it.

After your wedding, be sure to add a photo of your ring bearer with your thank you card. That way, his parents can add it to his frame.

Purchase here.

Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
LEGO Wedding Table Decoration Set
If your ring bearer loves LEGO toys, this LEGO Wedding Table Decoration Set is the way to go.

It comes with a bride and groom too, plus great accessories, which is fun. I mean, just look at that top hat and drink the groom has. And the bride's flower and veil are adorable too.

You can set up a kids table at your wedding, use this to mark it, and let the ring bearer take it home at the end of the night.

Purchase here.

Need to get a gift for a ring bearer? Check out this top 10 ring bearer gift ideas post from www.abrideonabudget.com.
Ring Bearer Water Bottle
Weddings can be long for kids, especially the ceremony. They might get antsy, especially if you have a summer wedding and they get hot and thirsty.

My friend Michelle -- whose son was a ring bearer -- said a cup with a straw is a great way to go. The straw is important so they don't spill and get messy before the reception, so this Ring Bearer Water Bottle is perfect.

It's a water bottle, which you can personalize with your ring bearer's name. It also has a straw, so you don't have to worry about him spilling all over himself.


I still have my piggy bank from when I was a little kid. It also still has all my money from when I was a little kid in it. It's so special to me.

And a cute Ring Bearer Piggy Bank would be really special for your ring bearer.

You can get it personalized with your ring bearer's name on one side and your wedding date on the other.

Purchase here.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these ring bearer gift ideas is your favorite?

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Request Free Wedding Samples From MagnetStreet Weddings

Wedding invitations are so expensive. When we were planning, I read that the average cost was $5 an invite. When you're spending that much money, you want to make sure that they are perfect and worth every penny. That's why ordering free wedding samples from MagnetStreet Weddings is so crucial.

Deciding on your wedding stationery? You can get free wedding samples from MagnetStreet Weddings. Head over to www.abrideonabudget.com to find out how.

MagnetStreet Weddings will allow you to request free wedding samples.

You have two options of sample packs to order. There's the Wedding Essentials Planning Kit, which includes various wedding stationery samples. Then, there's the custom samples where you can personalize any piece with your colors and text -- for free.

Deciding on your wedding stationery? You can get free wedding samples from MagnetStreet Weddings. Head over to www.abrideonabudget.com to find out how. 
What I absolutely love is that you can also receive a set of swatch cards in your colors. You can create your palette and have it sent to you. I can't stress enough how important that is. 

When you're planning, you choose your colors. And those are yours. Everything in your wedding will somehow come back to those colors. Your bridesmaids dresses, your flowers, the groom's tie, your favors ... your colors will be found in all of that. So you want to see your colors before you order invitations and find out that maybe the color isn't exactly what you were thinking. Because if that invitation color is off, you may have to revamp everything that follows.

The struggle is real, guys.

The only downfall of these free wedding samples, if you can call it that, is MagnetStreet has so many options. And you can only choose up to $20 worth of free wedding samples. So, if you're torn and can't decide, ask your mom or your maid of honor to request a couple for you.

Deciding on your wedding stationery? You can get free wedding samples from MagnetStreet Weddings. Head over to www.abrideonabudget.com to find out how.

You can personalize any piece of MagnetStreet's stationery -- save the dates, invitations, programs, reception items, and thank you cards. You're able to play around with the site's free wedding invitation templates, customize the cards exactly how you think you want them, and then, add the items to your cart. 

At checkout, enter the code WED20SAMPLES to get up to $20 worth of fully personalized samples.

When they arrive, you'll be able to decide if you actually like them and how they look, or if you want to choose a different stationery package.

We actually used MagnetStreet for our wedding programs and our thank you cards. We were able to match our exact colors and styles since we ordered both from the same website. And that's a big help. If you're like me and you want everything to be coordinated, you want a site where you can get matching save the date and wedding invitations. Or, in our case, matching programs and thank you cards.

It just makes everything look so much more cohesive.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Have you ordered your free wedding samples from MagnetStreet Weddings? What did you choose?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How The Bridesmaids Can Help At The Bridal Shower

When you're a bridesmaid in a wedding, your job is to help the bride. Anything she needs, you're on it. One of my fondest memories at my wedding was when my bridesmaid Gionna asked me if I liked my hair. She saw my face, knew I hated it, and also knew that I wasn't the kind of person who would ask for it to be redone. So instead, she went into the room where the stylist was, then came back momentarily to where I was and told me the stylist would fix it.

That's your role. Whatever the bride needs you to do, you do. The bride is looking out for everyone, the guests are looking out for themselves, and you're looking out for the bride.

When you're planning the bridal shower, though, you change from supporting the bride to supporting the maid-of-honor and the bride's mom. If they ask you to help make invitations or to pick up napkins, that's what you do.

But what about when you get to the bridal shower? That's when it's a little awkward because a lot of bridesmaids just don't know how they help.

I got you. Here's a quick list of how the bridesmaids can help at the bridal shower. Knowing this, you'll have an idea of how to make yourself helpful -- without constantly asking the maid-of-honor if there's anything you can do.

There are a lot of bridesmaids tasks at the bridal shower. Find out how the bridesmaids can help at the bridal shower on www.abrideonabudget.com.

How The Bridesmaids Can Help At The Bridal Shower


1. Set up.
Ask the bride's mom or maid-of-honor what time you are able to get into the venue. The staff will usually allow you to arrive early in order to set up for the party.

Whatever that time is, get there.

When you're there, ask how you can help. Maybe you'll be putting out games at each seat. Or maybe you'll be setting up the centerpieces. Or the gift table.

Whatever you're needed to do, do it. It will be such a big help. So many people will see the time on the invitation and arrive then, leaving so much work for the bride's mom and maid-of-honor. They will really appreciate your help.

2. Greet the guests.
If you're a really good friend or relative of the bride, you might know everyone who is coming to the shower. You'll also know who they know.

So, what's really helpful is if you see someone walk in, greet them. Say hello, point out the closest drink, and point out where their friends are. "Oh hi Edna. Your sister Daisy is already here and sitting in the back left corner," goes a long way to make everyone comfortable.

And, if you see a carpool walk in together, you can point out a completely empty table so they can all sit together.

This will make every guest feel welcome, and it will give you something to do while the bridal shower is getting started.

If you aren't completely familiar with everyone, you can ask another bridesmaid to help you with this. Together, you should be able to figure out all the guests.

There are a lot of bridesmaids tasks at the bridal shower. Find out how the bridesmaids can help at the bridal shower on www.abrideonabudget.com.

3. Explain the games.
If you're having bridal shower games, they might be sitting out on everyone's seat. (You might be the reason they are there if you helped out via Number 1 on this list.) People might be unfamiliar with the bridal bingo sheet in front of them, so that's where you swoop in.

You can sit next to Daisy (since she got there before her sister Edna) and tell her how to fill out her bingo sheet. You can then ask her to explain the game to the other women at her table when they arrive.

This is actually a really great way to engage anyone who is sitting alone. Better for them to talk to a live human being than sit on their phone scrolling Facebook.

4. Help out with the presents.
A huge part of a bridal shower is when the bride opens her gifts. Everyone sits and watches, which is why bridal bingo is so popular. It gives guests a reason to watch and pay attention.

When the bride-to-be is opening her gifts she needs help. A lot of help. If not, this task will take forever. And no amount of bridal bingo prizes will keep anyone interested.

So the bride-to-be needs five people to help her when she is opening her gifts. Yes, five. Count them. One: Someone to pick a gift off the table. Two: Someone to open the card from that gift. Three: Someone to start unwrapping the gift, then to hand it with the open card to the bride. Four: Someone to take the gift when it is opened. This needs to be the loudest helper because she needs to yell out what the gift is so everyone playing bridal bingo can mark their cards. Five: Someone to track a list of every gift. She can either use a journal or write on the back of the cards.

5. Make the hat.
When the bride is opening her gifts, someone needs to collect all the bows, ribbons, and paraphernalia, and make her a hat. It's not the best part of the shower for the bride, but it's so funny.

My bridal shower was the weekend before Christmas, and people put Christmas ornaments on my bridal shower gifts ... just so they would hang off my hat. It was so funny.

I actually hang those ornaments on our tree now, and it's such a fun reminder of my bridal shower. So if you know how, be the person who volunteers to make the hat.

6. Take photos.
Honestly, I have very few photos from my bridal shower. I didn't take a single one myself. Luckily, one of my friends took a bunch of them and put them on a CD for me.

If you have nothing else to do, take photos. Take photos of everything: the presents, the cake, the guests, table shots, the bar set up, everything. You have no idea what the bride-to-be may have missed, and you want to have the photos to show her.

There are a lot of bridesmaids tasks at the bridal shower. Find out how the bridesmaids can help at the bridal shower on www.abrideonabudget.com.

7. Clean up.
You're a guest at the party, so you are able to sit and eat and have a good time. But when all the other guests are leaving, stay behind.

If it's at a restaurant, the waitstaff will probably be bussing the tables and taking care of dirty glasses. If it's in a party room, though, it's most helpful to them if you pick up after the party, like the garbage.

The bride-to-be will also need to bring all her gifts into the car, and that can be a daunting task. So offer to help with that or with cleaning up.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What other ways can you think of for how the bridesmaids can help at the bridal shower?