6 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Hashtag

I’m a self-professed Instagram addict.  I’ll start scrolling through my feed and before I know it, I’ve been sucked into the IG black hole, it's 30 minutes later, and my eyes are starting to cross.  Obsessed isn’t even the word.  Couple my favorite app with photos of pretty weddings and I’m a total goner.  RIP.  If you're like me and are going to troll Insta for hours, you might as well look at pics from your own wedding, right?  Here are my top six tips for crafting the perfect wedding hashtag that will allow you to do just that.

6 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Hashtag from Burgh Brides

1.) Make it personal.  Incorporate your names, a nickname, your wedding date, or even a play on words.  Anything to make it reflect YOU!  Add in a bit of humor, alliteration, or maybe a rhyme and your guests will love it even more.  Be creative!  Personalizing your hashtag also helps guests actually remember it…which brings me to my next point.

2.) Make it easy to remember.  This means more guests will actually use it.  If guests are confused and left wondering what the actual hashtag is, they’ll likely use the wrong one…which means you could miss out on awesome photos.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

3.) Keep it short and sweet.  Don’t overthink it.  Anything too long and it will be tough to recall.  Shorten or combine words to create something unique that isn’t lengthy.  Look for words that could easily be misspelled and swap them out for easier ones, if possible.

4.) Make sure it isn’t already taken.  You don’t want photos of your big day getting mixed in with photos from someone else’s!  Do a quick search of your proposed hashtag.  If it doesn’t yield any results, you’re probably in the clear.  If it does, however, you might want to reconsider.

5.) Use it early and often.  Don’t wait until your wedding day to use your hashtag.  Any time you take wedding-related photos – dress shopping, DIYing in your living room, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and even applying for your marriage license – upload it to Instagram and use your hashtag.  This will help your friends and family catch on.  But, more importantly, it will leave you with a collection of images documenting the entire wedding planning process.

6.) Promote it!  Add your hashtag to your wedding website, weekend itinerary, and even cocktail napkins.  I don’t think a formal wedding invitation is an appropriate location for a hashtag, but if you’re having a casual affair, you could maybe get away with it.  Of course, don’t forget a sign or two in a high-traffic areas at your reception, like the bar or gift table!

After the wedding day is over, don’t forget to collect all of the photos.  Use IFTTT to save photos using your hashtag to an album on your phone or Facebook and even to Dropbox.  Remember – if a guest’s Instagram account is private, you won’t be able to see their photos even if they use your hashtag!

Will your wedding be social?  What creative hashtag did you come up with?  Comment below (and I’ll likely stalk you on IG!)!  Still need some help coming up with the perfect one?  Give me some info about your big day (date, location, names, etc.) and I'll try to help you out!  Happy Hashtag-ing!

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Wedding Inspiration from Aisle Society

My love for beautiful wedding inspiration runs deep.  So when some of my favorite fellow bloggers get together to create a perfectly styled shoot, my heart goes all aflutter.  To celebrate the launch of Aisle Society (Read more about it here!), Elizabeth Anne Designs and Every Last Detail, along with a dream team of other vendors, designed a session that is sure to get your blood pumping too.  Gorgeous draping, decadent florals, romantic fabrics, shimmery details, and colors ranging from ivory to blush to dusty blue to deep jade – they all come together in this modern yet elegant setting.  Not only is this styled shoot guaranteed to spark some ideas for your own big day, it also represents what Aisle Society is all about: community, fun, and, of course, wedding inspiration.  So feast your eyes on the pretty photos that follow, and then head on over to Aisle Society to see what all the fuss is about!

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Be sure to give this behind the scenes video a look too!

Vendors
Event Design: Aisle Society | Photography: Alexis June Weddings | Event Planning: Estera Events | Venue: Chez | Floral: Fleur | Videography: Nicodem Creative | Fashion Styling: CoChic Styling | Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists | Stationery: Sarah Drake Design | Calligraphy: JM Paper and Ink | Cakes: Elysia Root Cakes | Catering: Boutique Bites | Furniture Rentals: Bowery & Bash | Chair Rentals: Hall’s Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Tablescapes | Linens: Luxe Linen | Bar Cart & Tabletop Rentals: The Festive Frog | Draping: Drape Kings | Gowns: Truvelle & Sarah Seven | Diamond Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Jewelry: Rach B. Jewelry | Confetti: The Confetti Bar | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids & David’s Bridal | Tuxedos: Black Tie Formalwear | Accessories: Alice in Ivory | Models: Corinne Natyshak, Robert Suarez, Lauren Rebecca Roth, Willow Star, Lindsay Widdel, Dionusia Patricia, Riane Roberts, Josh Smith, Orlondo Thompson, Michael Rabinowitz, & Thomas Ortiz

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Serenity & Gold Wedding Inspiration

Nothing reminds me more of a fairy tale than a serenity & gold wedding.  There is something about this color combination that is so ethereal, so magical.  Serenity is crazy everywhere this year, thanks to Pantone's Color of the Year picks.  And while this light shade of blue is incredibly beautiful on its own, pair it with gold and you're transported to another place, time, or dimension.  The softness of serenity makes it feminine, but adding a metallic makes it sophisticated and modern.  A wedding day with this color palette is bound to be classic and unforgettable.  Gold foil invitations with traditional gold calligraphed envelopes will set the tone of the day for your guests.  For bridesmaids dresses and table linens, opt for light fabrics like tulle, chiffon, and organza to keep the airiness of serenity alive.   If you're brave, consider a wedding dress in this hot hue!  Gold candlesticks, tons of mercury glass, and even gold, hand-lettered mirrors doubling as signs will give your reception the dose of sparkle it needs.  Consider sequin linens for your sweetheart or cake table for a dazzling display.  However you bring it to life, serenity and gold is a color combo that will leave you breathless for sure.

Serenity & Gold Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

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Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of serenity and gold!  What do you like about this combination?  Are you using either of these shades in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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Cue the Confetti: Burgh Brides is on Aisle Society!

You guysssss…I have some BIG news for you today!  I'm so thrilled to announce that Burgh Brides is now a contributing blogger on Aisle Society!  Cue the confetti!  Pop the champagne!

Cue the Confetti: Burgh Brides is on Aisle Society!

“What's Aisle Society?”, you ask.  Only the newest, coolest way to plan your wedding!  Over thirty bloggers teamed up to create a place where wedding inspiration from around the web/world could be shared in one place.  The Perfect Palette, Every Last Detail, Artfully Wed, Something Turquoise, and, of course, Burgh Brides…all of those wedding blogs you obsess over daily are now in a singular location.  No more having a million tabs open or going to several sites to find ideas.  This curated collection of real weddings, styled shoots, and other features will make your planning process easier and way more fun.

Cue the Confetti: Burgh Brides is on Aisle Society!

So how does it work?  In just a few short steps, you can create your own Aisle Society account and being perusing the seemingly endless supply of wedding inspiration from the web's top wedding bloggers.  You can view the newest content, sort by trending posts, or even search for specific bloggers, styles, colors, details, or vendors.  The best part is that you and create your own “society” based on your favorites to create a inspiration board of sorts that is 100% personalized to you!  For example, love the color pink?  Add those posts tagged with that color to your society!  Going for a bohemian style?  Add those posts tagged with that style to your society!  Getting married in the winter?  Add those posts…you get the idea 😉

Cue the Confetti: Burgh Brides is on Aisle Society!

And if you're a Pittsburgh wedding vendor and you're reading this, Aisle Society means good things for you too!  When you've contributed to a wedding or session featured on Aisle Society, you'll get your own page on the site.  Brides can see more of your showcased work and then head on over to your own website (which means they can then get in touch with you…hello more clients!).

Aisle Society is a huge WIN for the wedding world!  As if Burgh Brides wasn't inspirational enough, you can now oogle at dozens of other beautiful wedding blogs, all in one place.  Say goodbye to work productivity, but say hello to all sorts of new ideas for your big day!  Head on over to Aisle Society to get started and see what all the fuss is about!  And be sure to tune in later this week when I share a crazy good styled shoot that celebrates the launch of this new online wedding planning resource!

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The Dreaded Wedding Seating Plan: 8 Tips to Make It Easier!

The words “wedding seating plan” can cause brides and grooms to shutter in fear.  The task of placing family members and friends at seats or tables, without causing any discomfort or hurt feelings, can be tough.  But it doesn’t have to be.  I found this method courtesy of Something Turquoise and it is pretty genius.  Try it, along with these 8 other tips below, to make the seemingly daunting process of assigning seats a little bit easier.

1.) Find out table sizes and how many chairs will fit at each.  That's easy…just revisit my post where I broke down all the various table sizes known to man.  Remember a few things though!  If your venue has or if you’re renting large chairs with arm rests, fewer guests will fit at that table.  Additionally, if your meal features several courses, the place setting may take up more space and again, you don't be able to squeeze in as many folks.  I suggest discussing the best scenario with your venue, caterer, and rental company!

2.) Get yourself a big piece of poster board, some markers, re-positionable page markers or small Post It notes, and your RSVP list.  Then follow Something Turquises's tutorial for creating a diagram of your reception space!  Don't forget to include things like the DJ table, band set up, cake table, etc.!

3.)  Write all guests’ names on the page markers or Post It notes before placing a single one at a table.  It’s just easier this way and it prevents you from getting carried away with assigning.  Use your guest list to write each name one by one and put them aside until assigning time rolls around.

4.) Number the guest tables logically.  Your venue or caterer may have a preference on how this is done so be sure to ask first.  Otherwise, start in the upper left corner and number the tables in a logical order, either from left to right or top to bottom.  Do not, under any circumstances, number the tables arbitrarily – number 1 in upper left corner, then number 12 next to it, number 5 in the bottom right, etc.  The catering staff needs to be able to find table numbers quickly and easily, so keep the pattern simple.  Even if you plan on “naming” the tables later (after your favorite cities, rom com couples, etc.), use a number system too, just for the catering staff’s sake.

5.) Divide your guest list into subgroups.  Before placing any of the page markers, it might be helpful to determine who absolutely needs to sit with whom.  You shouldn’t separate couples or families with children; these individuals should all sit at the same table.  For example, assuming your parents are still married, they would obviously sit together.  As would your grandparents, your aunt and uncle, your co-worker and her husband, your best friend from college, his wife, and their two children, etc.  Group together the page markers for these individuals accordingly so you know to assign them to the same table.

6.) On the diagram of your reception space, find tables of honor and assign VIPs there.  Certain guests, such as your parents, your fiance's parents, both your and his grandparents, and sometimes even the officiant, are seated at what is called a table of honor or honor table.  In order to make these guests feel extra special, these tables are usually closest to the head, sweetheart, or king's table and the center of the room.  Determine where these tables are on your diagram and assign your most VIP guests there.  Fill in the remaining seats at the honor tables with the most appropriate guests, like your siblings, godparents, or anyone giving a speech.  I’d recommend that you start with these VIP guests/honor tables first, and then work your way through the rest of your list.

7.) Pair the remaining subgroups together.  Use your “this person absolutely needs to sit with this person” list and begin to fill in the remaining tables.  Pair up your college friends and their significant others together.  Your dad’s two brothers and their families could likely sit at the same table.  Co-workers could fill out a table nicely, as would your cousins who haven’t seen each other in a decade.  You get the idea.  I suggest pairing up the subgroups first, forming complete or almost complete tables, and then go back and assign them to a specific table on your diagram.  Reason being is that you'll want to keep tip 8 in mind…

8.) Speakers are loud, and bars are fun.  Try to seat elderly guests or those with small children away from the DJ’s or band’s speakers.  On the other hand, your friends will likely have no problem sitting close to the bar.  Keep things like this in mind when making assignments.

Whew!  Sounds hard, right?  It's really not that bad, I promise!  Have you tackled your wedding seating chart yet?  If so, how did it go?  Were there tears (because I cried when I did mine)?  Think these tips are helpful?  Comment below and let me know!

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Giveaway: Win a Bridal Headpiece from Kata Banko Couture!

Still looking for that perfect wedding day accessory?  Today is your lucky day because I've teamed up with Kata Banko Couture for an incredible giveaway!  One lucky reader will win their choice of one of the beautiful, handmade bridal headpieces shown below.  Colleen of Kata Banko personally designs and crafts each item in her collection, which is geared toward the “modern, free spirited bride”.  From veils to accessories, Kata Banko is where boho chic and luxe romance meet.  See more of their pieces in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide and keep scrolling to enter to win!

A Giveaway with Kata Banko Couture & Burgh Brides: Win a Bridal Headpiece!

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Use the tool below!  Contest runs until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 24.  A winner will be chosen and announced via social media on Saturday, June 25.  Good luck!

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10 Ideas for Something New

A few weeks ago, I shared my ideas for something old.  Today, I'm giving you a few ways to incorporate something new into your wedding day.  This quarter of the ages-old bridal tradition represents optimism for the future.  Hopefully some of these tokens will bring you good luck in your new life together!  Just about anything can serve as your something new (think of all of the purchases you make for your wedding day!), but these are a few of my favorites!

1.) Of course, the easiest and most practical something new is your wedding dress!  And why shouldn't it be?  Allison's was; check it out below!  You'll never want to take this once-in-a-lifetime gown off and highlighting it in this way makes it even more special.

2.) Maybe you're wearing your mom's gown or a vintage dress?  In that case, let all of your accessories serve as your something new!

3.) Orrrrr it could be your new wedding ring!  The best accessory of them all!

4.) Make memories of your wedding day last a really long time by splurging on a new perfume for when you say I do!  Every time you wear it thereafter, you'll think of that happy day 🙂

5.) If you and your fiance have recently purchased your first home together, incorporate a key to the new place into your bouquet ribbon.  Thoughts of your new life together will be with you all day long.

6.) Speaking of your fiance, how about some cheeky new lingerie for the wedding night?  I'll leave that one up to your imagination.

7.) Nothing makes a girl happier like a new pair of shoes, am I right?  Treat yourself to those designer heels you've always wanted, like these Badgley Mischka beauties Kelly wore down the aisle when she and Nate exchanged vows.

8.) Toast to being Mr. and Mrs. with some new crystal champagne flutes to use at your reception (and every anniversary celebration afterwards!).

9.) Wear a penny from the year you're getting hitched in your shoe.  That's double good luck!

10.) What makes a better something new than a new last name?  Sport your new moniker on your getting-ready robe, like the one Nicolet wore when she married Greg, or your dress hanger, like the one holding Lauren's Monique Lhuillier!

Will you have Something New?  What will it be?  Share your ideas and others ideas below, and keep your eyes peeled for more borrowed and blue ideas coming soon!

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6 Father/Daughter Dance Ideas

Still looking for some father/daughter dance ideas?  Girl, I got you covered.  After my mother/son list, you didn't think I'd forget about you, did you?  The father/daughter dance is one of my favorite moments at a wedding.  There usually isn't a dry eye in the house as the bride spends a few precious minutes on the dance floor with the first man in her life.  Whether it's slow and sweet or upbeat and non-traditional, choose a song that is meaningful or has lyrics you two can relate to.  Need a little inspiration when it comes to selecting one for you and your dad?  Enjoy some of my favorites!

Your Song – Matt Johnson
I really like this acoustic version of the Elton John classic.  It's soft, slow, and it will have you all teary-eyed.  Of course, the lyrics of the chorus are the best.

“And you can tell everybody this is your song.
It may be quite simple but now that it's done,
I hope you don't mind,
I hope you don't mind,
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world.”

My Girl – The Temptations
Go for something classic and a little upbeat and everyone will be singing along.  Plus, this one is bound to rustle of memories of you being a little girl.  Most tear-jerking lyrics?  The most famous ones, of course.

“I've got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).”

Daughters – John Mayer
This is a seemingly obvious choice but you actually don't hear it that often.  It's perfect for those who want to keep things a bit contemporary, but still sentimental enough that it doesn't miss the mark.  Choruses reign supreme so far and the last one of this song is the best.

“On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world.
So fathers, be good to your daughters.
Daughters will love like you do.
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers.
So mothers, be good to your daughters too.”

You Are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash
Although this song is slow to start, it's really quite pretty.  Cash's signature voice puts a new twist on the old favorite.  This is actually the first time I've read the lyrics beyond the chorus and they're kind of perfect for a father/daughter dance.

“You told me once dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But now you've left me and you love another
And you have shattered all my dreams.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are grey.
You'll never know dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.”

There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
I'm partial to this song because it's what I danced to with my dad at my wedding.  It was meaningful to me because my dad was only 19 when I was born.  The song ends in a completely different place from where it started, but that's what makes it so special.  I'm not going to include a snippet of the lyrics because you need to read all of them to really appreciate the song.

 I Loved Her First – Heartland
Ok, I know this one is suuuuper popular, but for good reason.  It's as if it was written specifically for the father/daughter dance.  You'll likely be bawling like babies during the entire song, but my favorite part is

“How could that beautiful women with you
Be the same freckle face kid that I knew?
The one that I read all those fairy tales to
And tucked into bed all those nights.
And I knew the first time I saw you with her
It was only a matter of time.
But I loved her first and I held her first.
And a place in my heart will always be hers.
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep.
And I prayed that she'd find you someday.
But its still hard to give her away
I loved her first.”

What do you think of my top picks for father/daughter songs?  What are your favorites?  What song will you and your dad be dancing to?

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A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower

When you're a engaged lady, it helps to have a friend who is a wedding planner.  You'll likely get a perfectly styled bridal shower, just like the one Shayne threw for Aimee.  An internship parlayed into a dear friendship between these two women, and Shayne (of Soiree by Souleret fame and a Burgh Brides Vendor Guide member) was all too happy to plan a fete in Aimee's honor.  Dave, the groom in this story, is a chef; his career served as Shayne's inspiration for the event that embraced freshness and antique flair.  With a little help from Pisarcik Flowers, Found + Made, All Occasions (another Vendor Guide member!), and Gaby et Jules, Shayne combined gorgeous green and white florals, eclectic decor, delectable treats, and vintage china to create a fresh ambiance with throwback nods.  A lounge area, cocktail marquee sign, crystal and gold pineapples, and handwritten place cards added warm, welcoming touches.  Aimee toasted to her new marriage with six of her gal pals and All Heart Photo & Video (yet another Vendor Guide member!!) was on hand to capture every last toast, hug, and belly laugh.

If Shayne had anything to do with Aimee and Dave's wedding this past September, I'm sure it was just as beautiful.  High fives for sophisticated, styled, cozy gatherings that give a whole new meaning to the word “bridal shower”!

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

A Fresh, Vintage Styled Bridal Shower from All Heart Photo & Video and Soiree by Souleret Featured on Burgh Brides

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From the event designer…

When I heard Aimee's amazing news, I couldn't help but offer to throw her a shower.  Aimee and I met almost six years ago at an internship.  She was my constant work companion, and my shoulder to cry on and daily lifeline when I lost my best friend.

Aimee's future husband's career inspired me to create a shower fit for a foodie and a chef's wife-to-be!  I dreamed up an event in a charming setting where a farm table full of antique accents would take center stage.  Found + Made provided the perfect backdrop and event props!  Tulpe Flower Studio at Pisarcik Greenhouse enhanced the theme by placing tomatoes, green beans, and other vegetables into arrangements.  As a node to a personal joke between Aimee and her best friend, we accented with gold-painted pineapples and crystal pineapple name card holders.  Aimee's talented friend, Caitlin, made all of the delicious food.  It was a lovely day to celebrate such a beautiful woman and friend!

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Catering: Caitlin Peabody, friend of the bride | Chargers & Napkins: Pier 1 | Desserts: Gaby et Jules | Flowers: Pisarcik Greenhouse | Decor & Venue: Found + Made | Photographer: All Heart Photo & Video | Other Rentals: All Occasions | Styling: Soiree by Souleret

Ask Burgh Brides: How can I be a “gracious bride” at my wedding shower?

Last year, I dished on How to be a Gracious Bride.  It has easily been my most popular post to date, and it's even gotten some national attention via a little publication called the Huffington Post.  I was pleased when the lady behind this Ask Burgh Brides submission wanted to take those tips one step further.

Ask Burgh Brides: How can I be a "gracious bride" at my wedding shower?

Bride N writes…

Do you have advice on how to be an extra gracious bride at your bridal shower?  I was re-reading your “How to be a Gracious Bride” post and I'm nervous about how to make sure I really express my thankfulness at the shower.  My fiancé is away with the army and won't be there to thank everyone with me.  I want to make sure I make everyone feel special.  Any advice for a reserved girl who wants to show her gratitude?

Oh my goodness, you're so sweet!  I can already tell that you ARE a gracious bride simply because you're thinking of something like this!  Way to go, you!

Have you ever been to a wedding where the bride and groom go around to each table at dinner, greeting guests and thanking them for coming?  Consider doing the same at your shower!  It will allow you to spend time with all of your guests individually, even if only for a few moments.  I think this could go a long way to showing how much you appreciate them.  If you have the time, maybe add a nice handwritten card at each person's seat.  You could tailor the message to each guest, letting them know how much you appreciate them being there to celebrate with you.  Maybe share a special memory or inside joke with them to really hammer the personal touch home!

I think either of those ideas, coupled with what sounds like a wonderful personality, would be a winning combination.

Any other ideas?  How can this bride show her gratitude in extra special ways?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

Planning a wedding and need some help?  You’ve come to the right place!  Submit your question and you could see it answered right here on the blog.