May 5, 2011

Ideas For Best Man Gifts

Filed under: Gifts — Tags: , — Anthony Lala @ 8:47 pm

Anyone who’s been married will tell you that a wedding is perhaps the most planning-intensive and demanding event you’ll ever have to deal with. There are so many options to choose from, things to consider and gifts to give. As a New Orleans wedding planner, I work with couples to streamline the wedding process and accommodate any needs and requests that might come up. One question I get from clients is what types of gifts they should get for their Best Man. These are some of the ideas I give my clients.

Embroidered or Engraved Items

Of course, before I start giving out recommendations for gifts I always ask my clients what their Best Man is like. You probably already know his taste and preferences, so don’t get him anything he’s not going to enjoy. A very common gift for the Best Man is an object that they might like with their name engraved or embroidered on it. If he’s into something commemorative, then consider an engraved pen. If you want to get him some more practical, you can get an embroidered travel bag.

Golf/Sports-Themed Gifts

For most men, golf (and sports in general) are more than just a hobby but a lifestyle. There are a lot of unique ideas for gifts in this theme. For example, you can get a personalized golf bag or golf balls. Another option is a golf towel or golf-related key chain. You can also apply these same ideas to customized items of favorite sports teams.

A Weekend Trip With His Wife

If you want to avoid getting him a traditional gift, think about getting him something he’d really enjoy like a weekend trip at a nice hotel for him and his wife. Though it could be a little pricey if it’s someplace far away, you could go simple and get him a weekend getaway in the next town over.

A Guys Day Out

Continuing on the less traditional way to go, you could also get your Best Man a guys day out. Let him pick anything he’d want to do for one day (expenses paid), such as playing a round of golf, going to a baseball game or a simple night at the bar. Letting him pick what he actually wants to do will make it more pleasant for him.

Gym Membership

This is not a good idea if you simply get him one out of the blue, but if you know he loves working out or he always goes to a specific gym, consider getting him a membership or at least paying for additional months on his current one.

Executive Gifts

This idea is once again more traditional than the previous ones and a surefire treat if he’s a businessman. An executive gift includes anything from a nice clock and pen set to a leather desk blotter or brief case.

May 2, 2011

Five New Trends From the Royal Wedding

Filed under: Wedding Trends — Tags: , , , , — Anthony Lala @ 11:50 pm

Not since the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has the world been so enthralled with a wedding, but on April 29, 2011, people all over the world were once again fascinated with the marriage of their son Prince William to Kate Middleton.
While this momentous event was fun to watch for all the drama and to-do, from a wedding planner’s standpoint, it will definitely spark some new trends for future brides and grooms.

As a New Orleans wedding planner, I’m always looking at the newest trends that might interest my clients, so after such a huge event, I’ve decided to compile a list of the 5 trends from the royal wedding that might make waves in the wedding world.

1. The Classic Long-Sleeved Gown

In the run-up to the wedding, Kate’s dress was on lock-down and no one knew what she’d wear. A few weeks ago I posted about the five basic wedding dress styles, and her dress was an A-line style with long lace sleeves and a low neckline. What’s so interesting about this dress is that most American women wear sleeveless and even strapless dresses. Experts are anticipating that to change with Kate’s lacy sleeves, which resembled Grace Kelly’s dress.

2. All-White Bridesmaid Dresses

This possible trend sparked some controversy after many people wondered why Kate’s sister was wearing a white dress. However, having an all-white wedding party may be the new thing. An all-white wedding gives it an elegant, uniform and clean feel. On the other hand, many brides are still uncomfortable with this because they want to be the one to stand out and not be bested by their maids.

3. Going Organic and Staying Local

With the world becoming a more environmentally conscious place, it was only a matter of time that it changed the way weddings are done. The royal wedding pushed the idea of an eco-friendly wedding to the forefront when they decided on having local greenery and flowers. By not requesting exotic flowers from other parts of the country or world, they were not only supporting local businesses but were also lowering their carbon footprint.

4. The All-Day Wedding

Typical weddings start in the late afternoon and have a reception right after. The royal wedding and traditional British weddings have the ceremony in the morning and spend the rest of the day celebrating and partying through the evening. This allows more time to mingle and enables the couple to go at a slower, more relaxed pace.

5. Toning Things Down

For all the excitement and news surrounding the royal wedding, the couple was able to have a personal and toned-down affair. Everything from Kate’s dress to her hair was well done, but not overly flashy or large. She did her own makeup and wore her hair down, so that she was actually comfortable. This may be something we see more brides do.