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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Share Your Blessing This Holiday Season

Hands Around the World
The Christmas season is a time for remembering what is important in life and being grateful for the many blessings we have. BridesVillage is looking for your ideas on ways to help others this holiday season. Take a moment to share one way all of us can give back to our community, reconnect with those around us, or help someone less fortunate, and you'll receive a coupon for 25% off your next order. Mention your post on our Facebook page so we have a way of sending you the coupon.

Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BridesVillage

BridesVillage will compile these suggestions in a new blog entry that we hope will inspire you and your family to make the world a better place!

Suggestions posted on the blog AND mentioned on Facebook (because that’s how we’ll send you your coupon – through Facebook) by New Year’s Day, 2013 will receive a 25% Off Coupon valid until January 15, 2013.

Happy Helping this Christmas Season!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Check Out the Best Tips for the Best Unity Candles!


As I was choosing the items to put in our Unity Candle and Candle Holder Blowout Sale, I thought I'd take a minute to answer some of the questions we often get about our candles and tapers.

YES, all of our wedding candles are smokeless and dripless.  We test-burn candles from every supplier to make sure.  However, remember that even smokeless and dripless tapers WILL burn faster if there is air flow present, hence causing smoke and dripping.  If your location will have a ceiling fan or a draft near your candle, it's going to burn faster -- it's simple thermodynamic physics.

So, if your location is going to have air conditioning or fans running, you can always turn them off, which your guests aren't going to appreciate on a hot day, or use these workarounds to help

  • Place the unity candle set off to the side of the "altar area" or in another location away from the air flow. Test the church or venue first to determine where these areas are.
  • Trim the wick to less than 1/4". A shorter wick will make it take longer for the candle to expose more of the wick. This will result in more time before you see a higher, faster-burning flame.
  • Keep the candle cool before lighting. Store it in a cooler on ice until you're ready to set up. You can also put your candle in the refrigerator days before your ceremony.
  • Make SURE you have a good candle holder, with space under the candle to contain any dripping wax.
  • Put a placemat under the holder, too, just in case.
Which of our candles have the best slow-burning, ultra-high quality wax? Our glowing candles, hands down.  We were very sad when the manufacturer of these particular candles closed its doors last year, but we bought a great deal of stock so we could continue to offer them for awhile longer. 


Our inventory is starting to dwindle down, though, so this sale will likely be your last chance to get these phenomenal candles.  They're not only absolutely STUNNING when they burn, but they have the highest melting point of all our candles -- it takes over 20 hours just to burn an INCH of their wax!

But no matter which candles you choose, keep in mind that shipping candles during the summer is difficult.  We put ice packs in every shipment and wrap the candles in insulating foam to protect them from melting in the heat, but there are limitations. For more information on these shipping limitations, please read our info here.


PS: Our Unity Candle Blowout Sale only lasts until July 28th, so hurry and get this stuff while it's on sale! Also, items will be removed as we reduce our stock so shop early!



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Outdoor Weddings: How to Deal with Uninvited Guests


Not pictured: Insects
Tonight I took a quick walk up to my garden.  My garden is my peaceful little haven.  Sometimes I just sit in a chair in the middle of it (really) and listen to the crickets, enjoying a cool night breeze and thinking “this is the life”.  Other times the drama queen comes out in me, and I do things like surround myself with tiki torches and pretend I’m the tribal leader.  (I do a lot of things intentionally to make my son fear bringing friends over).

Tonight I decided I was only going to be there 20 minutes or so, so I didn’t need to smother myself in Deep Woods Off.  After five minutes and 20 bites, I realized that was a poor choice.  


Then I thought about all the pretty pictures I’d seen earlier in the day of outdoor weddings.  Oh, they look perfect, but outdoor weddings have much greater risks than indoor celebrations -- rain, heat, cold, and… BUGS.  Especially those weddings held by a beautiful pond with lily pads and such -- cute little froggies aren’t the only things that love water.  SQUEEDOS love water! (Cathy-speak for "mosquitoes"; my son hates it when I change words).

So, If you’re having an outdoor wedding, here are some tips to keep your guests a little more comfortable:

Check out what grows nearby.  Some flowers and shrubs attract big bad bugs -- ants, flies, other insects I don’t know the names of.  But other plants attract natural bug-eaters -- birds love pine trees, apple trees, and flowers like cosmos and sunflowers.  If you have time to plan ahead and the land is yours for the changing, plant things ahead of time that will attract birds.  Or put up a bat house.  One single bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour!

Also, surround your area with citronella plants -- citrosa geranium, to be exact.  Add some tiki torches for romance, but make sure they’re stable and protected from running children or accident-prone guests.

And remember to treat the grass, preferably without chemicals.  There are lots of recipes online for natural slug and bug killers.  Make a border of simple and inexpensive things like pepper (most bugs hate red or black pepper) and cinnamon (ants hate cinnamon, and mint too).

If bees or wasps might be a problem, put up fake nests.  They will move on to a new area.

These are just a few tidbits to start.  Depending on your outdoor wedding location you can find all kinds of natural ways to keep those uninvited guests away from the guests you actually like.

I’ll bet you thought by the title you were going to get advice on how to keep grouchy relatives out.  Nope. :)


PS: If you are going to hold your wedding outside, we've got some awesome outdoorsy attendants gifts.  Stuff like Personalized Travel Coolers, Camping Blankets, and a whole heck of a lot more! Oh, also check out our fan-favorite Wedding Arch (it lights up)!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Penny for Your Thoughts!


Well, not really a penny -- a sixpence, actually.  Not just any sixpence, either -- these ones aren't your usual "dime a dozen" (hah!). In fact, we made a trip to our favorite jeweler and purchased a whole bunch of Queen Elizabeth Sixpences, all ranging form 50 to 60 years old. There might be a few even older, but my old eyes got tired of reading the small print on them.

Why this sudden interest in coins? Sixpences have long been considered good luck for the bride. Remember that old wedding poem? If not, it's below. Anyway, we thought lucky coins were a fitting way to ask for your help in putting together some "penny-pinching" wedding ideas. We'll include the best ideas from our readers in a series of articles we're publishing on wedding budgeting!


On July 15th, we'll choose the 15 reader responses we find the most helpful, original, or interesting. If one of them is yours, we'll send you a sixpence as a gift! 

Write your ideas below in the comments area. You can list up to 10, but they have to be related to one of the subjects on this list. You can also simply link to a great article or idea you read somewhere, but you should also state what you found most useful about it.

Subjects we're looking for are:
  • Wedding expenses that might catch you by surprise
  • Tips for coming up with a wedding budget
  • Ways to save money on your wedding (the more original the better)
  • The biggest financial issue for your upcoming marriage
  • How you and your fiance resolve disagreements on what to spend
  • Clever ideas that cost almost nothing or can save you a substantial amount of money
Remember to bookmark this page and check back here on July 15th to see the winners (if we pick your idea we'll need you to email us with your address). Prizes are forfeited if not claimed by August 31st, 2012, so don't forget!


PS, Here's that old poem:
Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a lucky sixpence in her shoe.



Monday, June 18, 2012

Made in America - What Do You Think of Items Like Our Harley Zippo Lighter?


Every time I look at our page of new wedding items, I am drawn to the Harley-Davidson Zippo Lighter. It just looks "tough", like one might imagine a Harley rider. Yes, I know most motorcycle fans do not fit into the stereotype -- and I have a few friends that ride. 

Admittedly, I don't really know a thing about motorcycles; I never really wanted to ride. I was pretty well-protected when I was raised (i.e. "naive"), so I stayed away from "dangerous things".  Then, when I met my husband, I heard all the details of the motorcycle accident he had when he was 15. His face hit the pavement at 55 mile per hour. His gory account was enough to squash any thought I might have had of riding.

Still, I admire those who ride; it seems to me that riding a motorcycle is kind of like when you're on a swing and you reach the peak and feel this incredible freedom. Then you get to come back down to do it again.

I not only like the freedom this lighter seems to represent, I also like the eagle on it. That logo is just plain "American". As is the Zippo brand. Both companies were started by ordinary people like you and me, right here in America. You know, Harley-Davidson began in a 10 x 15 foot wooden shed, and Zippo was founded in the itty bitty town of Bradford, PA -- it's only a little over an hour from where BridesVillage is located. It's called a Zippo because the inventor liked the sound of the word "zipper" -- how silly is that?

I choose each item we carry at BridesVillage, and I try to buy American-made bridal products whenever I can. I am curious if that is as important to our customers as it is to me. Would you like us to mark our American-made items so you have the option of buying "Made in America" over items that aren't? Would it affect your decision about which garter, unity candle, or wedding favors you buy?

Please comment below and let us know your thoughts. I'd really like to hear them.



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Anniversary Gift Lists & New Stuff to Match!


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Meets Your Anniversary


You may have caught some of the recent coverage of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrating her 60 year reign, but did you know the "diamond" part of the celebration is a spin-off from traditional wedding anniversary gift lists?


Chances are you've heard people mention certain materials in connection to anniversary years (think silver 25th and golden 50th anniversaries). It's part of a tradition whose origins date back at least several centuries and possibly started in Germany. 


Click here to check out the full Anniversary Gift List by Year and find out which year represents!


Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee is part of that same tradition, and it's not the first Diamond Jubilee in England. In fact, the Diamond Jubilee was originally reserved for a 75th anniversary (diamonds are still the traditional 75th anniversary gift), but the date was moved up by 15 years in 1897 for Queen Victoria. The wedding gift list followed suit, so now diamonds appear not once but twice on the list (they show up four times on some modern versions of the list).


Anniversary Year Etiquette


We tell our customers (and most etiquette experts agree) that the traditional anniversary gifts aren't some written-in-stone set of instructions that married couples need to consult year after year. There are no anniversary police waiting to see what you do. But the gifts lists can provide a great source of inspiration, symbolism, and fun ways to add extra romance to your next anniversary celebration.


Anniversary Gift Ideas


And if you need some more ideas, we recently added over 50 new anniversary gifts and party supplies that fit right into the themes for some of the most popular anniversary years, as well as the years in between. 


So whether you're approaching your own Diamond Jubilee or just figuring out your Wood Jubilee (for 5th anniversaries), feel free to get creative and remember -- you're sharing a bit of a royal tradition too!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Weekly Prize Winners & One Week Left to Win!

This time we have two weekly prize winners in our ongoing Spring Wedding Contest, so congratulations to Shalla P and Sandra M. Shalla and Sandra both get a $25 BridesVillage Gift Certificate!

We're coming down to the final week of the contest, and all of our top prizes are up for grabs, over $1100 of 'em! You can still enter once per day from now through May 8th (next Tuesday). Don't wait. ENTER NOW!

You Can Still Win:
  • $500 Shopping BridesVillage Shopping Spree
  • $250 Marriott TravelCard
  • $100 IKEA Gift Card (courtesy of IKEA-USA)
  • $100 Beauty Gift Basket (courtesy of Just Beauty Supplies)
  • $50 Unique Gifts Certificate (courtesy of Uncommon Goods)
  • $50 Spa Shop Gift Certificate (courtesy of mySpaShop)
  • $50 Fragrance Gift Certificate (courtesy of FragranceNet)
  • Varia EcoResin Bracelets (courtesy of Titanium-Buzz
Thanks to our sponsors, congratulations to our weekly winners, and good luck to you, our future grand prize winners!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Congratulations to This Week's Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Natalie K, this week's Spring Wedding Contest prize winner! We'll be sending Natalie a $25 Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card.

Next week two winners will get $25 BridesVillage Gift Certificates, and all of our grand prizes are still up for grabs -- all $1200 'em!
 
Everyone can enter once per day between now and May 8th. That's 13 more chances you can give yourself to win!

So, what are you still reading for? ENTER NOW!

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Prize from Uncommon Goods Added to the Spring Contest!

Check it out! On Friday we added a $50 Gift Certificate to Uncommon Goods as the newest prize in our Spring Wedding Contest!

If you're not already familiar with Uncommon Goods, they carry a huge assortment of handmade, recycled, and organic products, all with a focus on uniquely creative designs. We're talking everything from artsy home and garden decor to some good old-fashioned "time-wasters" for the office.

Also check out their cool wedding gifts and other bridal gift ideas, including some unique stuff for your bachelorette party and bridal shower (http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/wedding-gifts). If you happen to already be married, no problem! Commemorate your years of love with some exclusive anniversary gifts like handcrafted sculptures, keepsakes, and personalized decorative frames (http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/anniversary-gifts/anniversary-gifts). If you want a gift that's different from the usual bouquet of roses, this is where you want to go.

Speaking of different, as you think of ways to spend your gift certificate we also suggest you pay a visit to their collection of aluminum gifts (http://www.uncommongoods.com/sets/aluminum-gifts). You can find a lot of quirky-yet-awesome decorations and keepsakes (we are especially fans of the ├╝ber-retro Ray Gun Sculpture).

Thanks to Rocky at Uncommon Goods for the gift certificate! Visit the official contest page to read more about this and any of the other 14 grand and weekly prizes you can win!

You can enter the contest once per day between now and May 8th. ENTER NOW!



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Wedding Contest - New Prizes from IKEA and More!

Yesterday we announced the addition of a $50 Spa Shop Gift Certificate to our Spring Wedding Contest prize list. Today, we want to do you one better with a  $100 IKEA Gift Card!

Provided courtesy of IKEA Home Furnishings, the gift card is a perfect way to get a head start on some of that post-wedding home decorating. Even if you're not getting married, we don't think you'll have any trouble spending this one.

Our Spring Wedding Contest now has six top prizes as well as numerous additional and weekly prizes -- over $1300 worth of gift certificates and merchandise! Plus, as of today (4/19), your odds of winning a prize are nearly 1 in 100!

Those odds won't last, but you can enter once per day between now and May 8th to continuously improve your chances! Keep current on our Facebook page for possible opportunities to earn extra entries, and keep coming back to our wedding contest page to enter daily and for more updates!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring Wedding Contest - First Weekly Winner & New Prizes!

Congratulations to Kyli W., the first weekly winner of the 2012 BridesVillage Spring Wedding Contest! Kyli will receive a $25 BridesVillage Gift Certificate! Next week's winner will get a $25 Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card! All of our grand prizes will still be up for grabs until May 8th, so enter now!

New Prize Just Added!

Just Added! Win a $50 Spa Shop Gift Certificate!Speaking of grand prizes, we've just added a $50 Spa Shop Gift Certificate courtesy of our friends at MySpaShop.com! MySpaShop specializes in spa at home products, gifts, and much more. Be sure to check them out -- and maybe get a few ideas for how to spend your gift certificate!

You can win this or one of our other fabulous prizes, including a $500 BridesVillage Shopping Spree! You can enter up to once per day, it's easy, and there are no strings attached -- ENTER NOW!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day - Do Your Part to Plan Green!

Earth Day (April 22nd) is just around the corner, and we wanted to fill you in on a couple ways BridesVillage is committed to keeping it Green. We also wanted to ask you for help! So for this Earth Day, check out our quick and easy tips for getting rid of that carbon footprint when you order online -- we've also got some favorite ideas for your wedding, too!

Sometimes when we take a few little steps together, we can make a big difference!

What We Do To Reduce Your Order's Carbon Footprint:

Discarded packing supplies like cardboard, plastic bubble wrap, and those styrofoam "peanuts" are among the biggest sources of waste for businesses like ours, and that's why we've committed to reusing as much of that material as possible.

We teamed up with our local recycling center to get many of our packing supplies direct from them before this material is broken down. Old packing materials are normally destroyed before being processed into the same sorts of items they were before -- it's an awful lot of fuel, energy, and carbon emissions just to turn a box into another box! We work to keep this from happening as often as we can.

We think that reusing material is recycling at its purist, and we also reuse the packing supplies we find in shipments from our vendors and our everyday mail. Even our friends stop by and drop off what they have lying around.

So, if you ever get a shipment from us and the box is a bit odd-looking, that's why. We'd rather do some good with a perfectly useful box than add to the world's waste with an unnecessary new one!


How You Can Help:

But our commitment doesn't end there. That's why we ask that once you get a package from us (or from anywhere you order online), keep the cycle going by saving the material and reusing it yourself. Chances are you're going to have a package or two to mail someday anyway.

But if you wind up with more than you can use, then you can also take your unwanted packing material to a local shipping business or a local business that does online/mail orders -- there's plenty of us out there. Even a UPS store or hub can take the material. Don't be afraid to ask around and do your part. Whatever you do, don't throw away those packing supplies!


We, and the environment, thank you.

Check out some of our favorite ideas for holding an Earth-friendly wedding:

Read our earlier blog post with our Top 5 Tips for Going Green at Your Wedding!

Did you know that flower arrangements are often one of the most expensive and environmentally destructive parts of the wedding? What can you do about it? Grow your own! Read our green thumb guide on How to Grow Affordable DIY Wedding Flowers!

Also check out some of our best-for-the-environment wedding supplies, like our all-time bestselling Ecofetti (it's a fully biodegradable tossing confetti that comes in a ton of colors) or environmentally conscious bridal party gifts like these fan-favorite Personalized Aluminum Water Bottles!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Enter Our Spring Wedding Contest & Win a $500 Shopping Spree

It's here! The annual BridesVillage Spring Wedding Contest starts TODAY! This year you can enter to win a $500 BridesVillage Shopping Spree, a $250 Marriott TravelCard, a $100 Beauty Supplies Gift Basket from JustBeautySupplies.com, and much more!

The theme of this spring's wedding giveaway is "keeping weddings affordable." The giveaway is open to anyone, not just brides, but for you married couples-to-be we've got some great stuff and sponsored prizes for making your wedding plans a little more attainable and a lot more fun. Besides, entering is easy!

All you have to do is go to www.bridesvillage.com/wedding-contests.html. Fill out the form with your name, email address, and phone number -- so we can contact you if you've won, we don't do anything else with your information.

And that's it! Entering takes just a few seconds and you can enter once per day, every day, between now and May 8th, 2012!

Here's the prize list:

Grand Prize: $500 BridesVillage Shopping Spree
First Prize: $250 Marriott TravelCard
Second Prize: $100 Gift Basket from JustBeautySupplies
Third Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to FragranceNet

Additional prizes include Varia Ecoresin Bracelets from Titanium-Buzz! There's also weekly prizes each Tuesday including $25 BridesVillage Gift Certificates and a $25 Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card.

We'll be announcing winners and updates here as well as on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, so be sure to tell your friends and follow along to increase your chances of winning! This is our biggest wedding sweepstakes ever and you do not want to miss out!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Planning a Milestone Anniversary: Part Two

Welcome to part two of our favorite tips for planning a milestone wedding anniversary party! In our previous post we talked about setting the tone and discussed a few pre-party must haves; today we'll go over some more ideas for decorating your celebration and making that special day a big hit!

Reuse Items from the Wedding

We hinted at this yesterday when we talked about anniversary guest books, but we think it's a brilliant idea to reuse other special items from the wedding day too, if you have them. You can:
  • Use the original cake server set to cut the anniversary cake.
  • Place the original wedding cake topper on display near the cake.
  • Reuse the original toasting flutes during dinner.
Reusing these or other items from the wedding adds a beautiful layer of sentimentality to the celebration, and don't be afraid to mix and match.

Anniversary parties are, in fact, a great place to intermingle old accessories and decorations with new ones. You can pair the original server set with newly engraved toasting flutes -- which will themselves become mementos -- or use a new Anniversary Cake Topper while still displaying the original from the wedding day.


Favors and Table Decorations

Favor Boxes - Giving out guest favors is always a nice touch, and with the right presentation your favors will do a lot of the decorating work for you. Some Favor Boxes filled with small treats or candies are a beautiful and easy option!

Confetti - Confetti can also make a nice addition to your guest tables as well as the cake and gift tables. For her 50th anniversary, my mother used special 50th Anniversary Confetti on our guest tables and larger Heart Confetti on the gift table. The Heart Confetti was especially reflective and even picked up the fall colors we had used to decorate!

Flowers - Flowers are usually our go-to accents for decorative centerpieces and there are many ways you can creatively use flower arrangements to work with your celebration. Yellow roses, for instance, are the traditional flower for 50th anniversaries, but one of our customers used sunflowers instead. Sunflowers kept with the gold 50th anniversary theme, but were a much more cost-effective option. Thinking outside the box can yield beautiful (and affordable) results!


Want more ideas for colors and themes for each anniversary year? Check out our free Anniversary Gift Guide to learn more! And if you want ideas for creating affordable flower arrangements, be sure to read our guide to DIY Wedding Flowers!

Ideas for Dessert: It's All About Cupcakes!


As much as we love the idea of reusing the original server set, cupcakes are a fun alternative to traditional cake that have become hugely popular at weddings over the past few years. It's easy to match them to any party theme, and there's no reason the trend won't be just as appreciated at your anniversary.

From colored icing to, yes, 25th Anniversary and 50th Anniversary Cupcake Wraps, these dainty delights look just as good at formal celebrations as they do at picnics. So get creative, get baking (or talk to your favorite baker), and see why cupcakes are a versatile favorite!

More Planning Ideas and Gift Options

You can find everything you need for your anniversary celebration and more in our extensive selections of Anniversary Gifts and Anniversary Party Supplies. Shop by anniversary year, or browse the creative selections in our gift shop. You supply the love, we can supply everything else!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Planning a Milestone Anniversary Party: Part One

This past September my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and it was an amazing day for my entire family. There's nothing quite like celebrating a love that has grown from just two people into whole new generations of siblings, grandchildren, and cousins.

If you or a special couple in your life are marking a major anniversary in the near future, the occasion deserves special attention. That's why this week we're doing a two-part series of posts on how you can make the milestone a day to remember!

More Than Just Dinner for Two

We tend to think of wedding anniversaries as private, intimate affairs -- the image of a candlelight dinner always springs to mind -- but for the milestones it is customary to host a more extended party to commemorate the big day. And, just like on the wedding day all those years ago, good planning is all about the details.

Set the Tone

The key to planning a hit anniversary party is the same as what we tell customers about wedding planning: know what you want in advance. It can be anything from a formal tribute celebration to a relaxed family reunion-style event. We even talked to one brave family who put together an anniversary "roast" for their couple!

The point is the style, look, and even size of the celebration should fit the personality of the couple, and not the other way around.

How to Choose a Traditional Color or Theme

However, there are a few traditions you can always call upon for help. 25th anniversaries, for instance, are usually associated with the color silver while 50th anniversaries are typically associated with gold.

Want to know more? We've got the full list of anniversary colors, gifts, and symbols (and where they come from). Read the free BridesVillage Anniversary Gift Guide!

A Couple Pre-Party Must-Haves


Invitations - Invitations can set the tone for the whole day. If you're going for simple-yet-elegant, then pre-printed 25th or 50th Anniversary Invitations are a quick and easy option to get things moving.

Or, if you're feeling a little more creative, then you can always go the DIY route. One of the best invitations we've ever seen was a self-created plain printable card that just featured a picture of the bride and groom from their wedding day above the details of the party. It was so personal, and the customer told us they had nothing but positive feedback.

Guest Books - If the anniversary couple still has the original guest book from their wedding day (and there's still room for signatures), it can be fun to "continue" the story and re-use the guest book to collect signatures from the anniversary party!

If you don't want to add signatures to the original book or if there just isn't room, then you can always find a new Anniversary Guest Book themed by anniversary year.

Either way, if you can get your hands on that original, be sure to feature it. It's a lot of fun to watch guests find their signatures from years ago or to see younger generations come upon the signatures of their parents or grandparents.

Check Back Tomorrow for Part Two


That's all for part one! Check back tomorrow for part two. We'll discuss food, favors, gifts, decorations, and more!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Want to Get Online Orders Faster? Watch Your Billing Address!

Here's a simple tip for making sure that anything you order online is processed in the quickest possible timeframe: Watch your billing address! Some delays, like item availability, may be outside of your control, but providing the correct billing address and zip code for your credit or debit card is the best way to ensure you get your order on time.

It seems kind of obvious, but incorrectly entered billing addresses are one of the all-time top reasons for order delays. But why, exactly, is the billing address so important?
  • For online retailers, mismatched addresses can be a clue that an order is fraudulent.
  • For customers, it makes it harder for thieves to use your card for their own purchases when they don't know your billing address.
Oftentimes customers simply forget that the address they are shipping their order to is not the one associated with the card they used. This is particularly common with people who have recently moved or frequently change addresses (like college students).

It also comes up with birthday gifts or, like many of our customers, brides-to-be who need to have their purchases sent somewhere other than their homes. Obviously, preparing for your wedding means you have a lot on your mind, but taking a little extra time can make a big difference.

So, be careful when you click those boxes that automatically fill in your billing address at checkout, and watch to make sure the address you do enter is exactly the same as the one where you get your card statements.

Here are a few more of our favorite tips for brides and other shoppers to get their orders faster:
  • Make sure you fill in all color choices and engraving options, if the item includes them.
  • Not sure if you need upgraded shipping? We're just a phone call away and we’ll be happy to discuss the options with you.
  • Have other questions? Don't be afraid to call or send us an email. The sooner we get your question the sooner we can answer it and get your order out to you.
We run into these small issues almost every day, and while most of the time it is an easy fix once we get in contact with the customer, it still ties up valuable time that would be better spent on engraving or shipping.

Spending an extra few seconds entering your order not only means that you'll have your purchases in time for your ceremony, reception, or honeymoon; it also means that you'll get to enjoy that special item that much sooner.

Hopefully, you will love the product so much that you will remember to come back to the website and write a review of the product too! Hint, hint. : )

Thanks for reading, and check back soon for our next installment—preparing for Valentine’s Day. In the meantime, feel free to check out some of our new creative Valentine's gifts!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Get Lucky... with Plastic Wishbones!

Revive a Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition for Everyone

Here's one you might remember as an old Thanksgiving tradition: Everyone's eaten; grandpa's passed out in hi
s favorite chair, snoring over the commentary of the football game; pumpkin pies are being finished; your one uncle is trying to argue politics with anyone who will listen; and then grandma brings out the wishbone from the turkey. It's been hastily dried and feels a little gross, but that doesn't dull the excitement of the time when a younger you got to pull on the wishbone, hoping it would break in your favor (and not your snotty cousin's) and grant a wish.

Usually the wish was for something off the top tier of the Christmas list. Sometimes it was for something high-minded like "world peace" in an effort to score brownie points with Santa, but years later it's not the wish you remember, but the memory of a more magical time.

Well, without getting too nostalgic you might be happy to know that we have a way to bring those magical memories to everyone with easy (and much less messy) Lucky Break Wishbone sets! The dark side of th
ose old memories is not everyone could participate (there was more than one fight over it in our family), but now they can! And you don't have to go through an entire flock of turkeys to do it -- these Lucky Wishbones are made from a special recyclable plastic that behaves exactly like a real wishbone. They're good for the environment and good for our avian friends.

Try It at Your Next Business Meeting or Even Your Wedding

You can also go beyond Thanksgiving. Breaking the wishbone is now popular at events like wedding receptions (we've got some great ideas for this), and even at business meetings and training seminars.
Nothing says "icebreaker" like going toe-to-toe with your coworkers over having a wish granted, and wishbones are a lot easier and safer than trust falls!

The Ancient (And Unusual) History of the Wishbone Tradition

But if you're anything like the staff at BridesVillage, then this whole time you've been wondering why breaking the wishbone is a tradition at all. Where did it come from? Who started it? And, most importantly, why? Exactly how did turkeys get the power to grant wishes anyway?

Well, we did a little research and discovered the wishbone tradition is far more ancient and unusual than we thought, dating all the way back to the days before the Roman Empire. And back then it wasn't turkeys (which are native to the New World, after all), but chickens! Want to learn more? We've got the entire strange and fascinating History of the Wishbone Tradition posted on our website!

So go ahead, get a pack or ten and start asking everyone in your best Dirty Harry voice, "Do you feel lucky?"

Friday, September 16, 2011

Congratulations to Our Contest Winners!

Grand Prize Winner ($100)
Latisha Hernandez

Two First Place Winners ($50)
Kaitlyn Mire
Tyler Haecherl

Four Second Place Winners ($25)
Kelley Laiewicz
Michelle Hipps
Tina McCain
Heather Breivik

Didn't win? It's not over yet! Phase two of the BridesVillage Autumn-Free-for-Fall starts Monday, September 19th with the official launch of our 2nd Chance Drawing! Everyone who participated is already entered to win, but you can still get in on the action and earn even more chances to win fabulous prizes!

Visit the BridesVillage Wedding Contest Page on Monday for details!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Win a $100 BridesVillage Gift Certificate & Other Prizes

It's on! Enter the BridesVillage Autumn Free-for-Fall wedding contest and win one of over $300 worth of prizes from BridesVillage.com, including our grand prize, a $100 BridesVillage Gift Certificate!

You can also win $50 or $25 Gift Certificates, all in time to watch the leaves change!

Increase your chances of winning by entering once per day, every day, between now and Thursday, September 8th, 2011. Winners will be announced on September 9th at 9:00 AM EST. Enter now!

Win big and bring home some of the last and most unique fall wedding accessories, shop for a 2012 wedding, or even get an early start on your holiday shopping! You'll find something for everyone!

* No purchase necessary. Must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Please read the complete contest rules.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Make a Difference: Celebrate with a Charity Wedding

Call it a silver lining, but the tough economic climate of late has shined a long-overdue spotlight on charitable giving. In a rare example of pleasant irony, more and more couples and families are finding ways to support their local communities and favorite charities, even as many of those same people are being forced to cinch their belts tighter than ever. We really are, it seems, all in this together.

And what's that have to do with your wedding? More than you might think! Whether you've scaled back your budget or still plan to go all out for your special day, your wedding is one occasion where you can make a BIG difference, regardless of the size of your celebration. In fact, as many as 1 in 10 newlyweds have already made charitable giving a part of their wedding day.

If you want to learn more about how easy (and affordable) it can be, read our Top10 Tips for Charity Weddings. From donating your leftover food to using your wedding dress to fight breast cancer, these are some of our favorite ideas that just about any bride can put into action!

And even if you aren't holding a wedding, there are ways to make helping out your fellow humans a part of your everyday activities. Need to do some shopping or have a gift list that needs seeing to? Instead of going to some chain store that sends all its profits to a giant multi-national corporation, you can shop with a purpose at smaller retailers like Delicate Fortress Creations. These conscience-driven entrepreneurs feature fair trade apparel and other charity-based products that directly help some of the most impoverished people in the world.

No matter where you shop or what you plan to do for your wedding, just remember that we help ourselves when we help each other!