Brides and grooms are glad to share ideas from their weddings - if you ask them. Some stores send a note with the gown when it is picked up. The note is a thank you from the store, wishing her and the groom a long and happy life together, and asking the bride to share her thoughts after the big event. The note is usually printed on good paper stock and has the store's logo on it along with the greetings and good wishes. They also enclose a stamped and printed return envelope. It is a way to encourage brides to remember the help and advice you gave, as well as a way to share with future brides.
Here are some of the ideas and advice we've heard from brides.
*Be sure to mail an invitation with all the inserts to yourself. Don't open it. Keep it in your wedding book and save it for future generations to open.
*Ask all friends and relatives to write a favorite recipe on the back of the response card before they return it to you. Keep them in a special place throughout your married life.
*We weren't sure what color theme we wanted and finally decided to use the color of each of our birthstones. It was lovely.
*If you are going to throw your garter (or the groom will) be sure you purchase two: one to toss and one you want to keep.
*We decided to buy a new silver dollar with the year of our wedding on it. We plan to buy a new one every year on our anniversary.
*Because it was a second wedding for both of us, we decided we didn't want any gifts. We picked a charity that we both support and asked that in lieu of gifts to us, gifts be given to the charity. We plan to donate to it every year on our anniversary.
*My groom bought lottery tickets for each of his attendants and placed in one pocket of each tux as a way to say thanks for being in my wedding.