My Yankee Candle Bridal Shower Poem

You may be familiar with the candle poem for a bridal shower. The premise is that the bride and groom receive a collection of candles in different colors to light with corresponding events in their future married life.

I decided to put my own spin on this tradition and give it a modern makeover. I wrote my own poem and candle descriptions to correspond to events in a married couple’s life together and used Yankee Candle votive candle scents. The name of each scent corresponds with a special event. I also found this awesome votive candle holder from IKEA. It has been in stock since I used this poem for my best friend’s bridal shower in 2007 so I don’t think it is going anywhere! I love this candle hold because all of the individual votive holders link together and can form a circle. They can also be unlinked and rearranged so that as events happen in their lives they can rearrange the candles in order!

The IKEA candle holder is $8.99 for 12 candle holders. The votives are $1.99 each (keep your eyes peeled for awesome Yankee Candle coupons that come around seasonally). You can browse all the votive scents here.

A 12 candle arrangement will run you just about $33 which isn’t too shabby for a personal, memorable gift from the bridal party..plus it is fun for your guests!

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Check out my poem and descriptions below!

 Dear (Bride’s Name and Groom’s Name),

When two people marry,

Their lives link and become one.

Entwined, connected

A new life and chain of events have begun.

 

The circle of candles,

Represents the milestones and special days.

The memories that build a marriage

As you enter each new phase.

 

As you light each candle,

Reflect on your lives and marriage wishes.

Life is unpredictable

So feel free to change the order and make switches!

 

We wish you many years

Of love and good fortune as a pair.

Cherish each memory

In the new united life

You will share!

 

THE CANDLES

Wedding Day

  Light this candle on your first night as a married couple. Your new life has begun!

 

Mandarin Cranberry

Light this candle on your first Thanksgiving. Who’s cooking?

Christmas Cookie

Light this candle on your first Christmas together.

Enjoy it as you decorate and listen to Dominick the Donkey on repeat!

 

Midnight Jasmine

Light this candle on your first New Years’ Eve.

Cheers!

Another year together!

 

True Rose

Light this candle on your first Valentines’ Day.

Cupid would be proud!

 

Midsummer’s Night

(this scent can be replaced with any seasonal scent depending on when the couple is getting married)-

Light this candle to remember your first anniversary together.

Reflect on your first year together and your special evening one year ago.

It’s a  great night to watch the wedding video!

 

Home Sweet Home

Light this candle when you have officially moved into your first new home together.

Unpack later!

 

Whoopie Pie!

Light this candle the day you find out you are pregnant with your first child.

Then go buy out all the baby books in Barnes and Noble.

 

Soft Blanket

Light this candle the day your first child is born!

This is your first day as a new family.

It’s video camera and mini van time!

 

Vanilla Cupcake

Light this candle on your child’s first birthday.

Then clean the ice cream cake out of his/her hair.

 

Macintosh

Light this candle on your child’s first day of school.

You are your child’s first teachers.

Now you just have to share him/her a little!

 

Enjoy your years and memories together!

We will be with you every link of the way!

 

Love,

Your Family and Friends

 

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My Bridal Shower Wedding Poem using the Best Chick Flick Romance and Wedding Movies!

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If you are a bridesmaid, perhaps you may consider creating a gift basket of fabulous wedding and romance movies. You can use the poem I wrote below to go along with it (just substitute names in the parentheses). You can have each bridesmaid read a stanza and hold up the movies that go with it. Many of the movies I found on DVD for under $5 on Amazon. You can also save money and just print out pictures of the movie poster images or DVD covers in color ink on cardstock. Guests can then vote for their favorite of all the movies or guess which one the bride likes best! Follow it up with a bridesmaid sleepover or get together and have a movie marathon!

 

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Chick-Flick Bridal Shower Poem!

It’s My Best Friend’s Wedding

And I have a lot to say

So (bride’s name)

Listen to my advice

And you will have a perfect wedding day!

No Dirty Dancing
when you and (groom’s name)

Have that first dance

Remember (name of father), the Father of the Bride

Reserved his dance with you in advance.

Don’t be the Runaway Bride

And leave too soon!

Don’t escape Before Sunrise

because (family member or friend) is planning on

partying till the next afternoon!

Please don’t make us try on

27 Dresses
that don’t fit right!

Just choose what you want,

Because there is no way

We are wearing it after the big night!

We don’t want any Wedding Crashers

So we hired security

Both (male) and (male) promised,

“Nobody’s getting through me!”

Please don’t let (friend’s name)

attempt to step in as The Wedding Singer !

Even though (he/she)

Thinks (he/she) is

(bride’s favorite singer)’s

dead ringer.

Have great aim

when you throw

that beautiful bouquet,

We all believe in Love Actually

And (single female friend’s or relative’s name) will tackle anyone who gets in her way!

We know (groom’s name) will think

Mamma Mia!

When his Pretty Woman

walks down the aisle

You won’t have to Say Anything…

He will just know by your smile.

You are destined to be,

A stunning Princess Bride.

Just know your Bridesmaids

and I

Will be standing

proudly by your side.

Follow my advice

and you will avoid

a My Big Fat Greek Wedding

like disaster!

Follow your heart

And you and (groom’s name)

will live happily Ever After !

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Bridal Shower Games!

I have planned my share of bridal showers and sometimes you begin to run out of ideas. Some of the most common games are bridal gift bingo, match the celebrity couples to eachother and a purse hunt game (where guests get points for certain items they can find in their purse at the shower…that’s a fun one!). However, there are more games out there! I decided to create some games to update the bridal shower scene. These games are inexpensive and fun! They require guests to interact which makes for a great time! Remember, if you are an Optimum Rewards Member you receive HUGELY discounted color and black and white photo copies with free two day shipping. This cuts down on the cost big time if you go through their program for all of your priting needs! Enjoy the games!

 

Game #1 Wedding Dress Time Machine!

I created a shower game where I superimposed my stepsister's face onto a celebrity bride from each decade. Guests had to match the dress to the decade (1940's-2010) and then guess the celebrity bride and groom. They received a point for each correct answer. I printed them in black and white to make it harder! This game was a hit and cost under $3.00! Facebook made it a snap to get the pictures!

I created a shower game where I superimposed my stepsister’s face onto a celebrity bride from each decade. Guests had to match the dress to the decade (1940’s-2010) and then guess the celebrity bride and groom. They received a point for each correct answer. I printed them in black and white to make it harder! This game was a hit and cost under $3.00! Facebook made it a snap to get the pictures!

 

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Here are the brides I used from each decade…if you want to make your own! I do not own the rights to these pictures! I am posting pictures that include the grooms because you can also incorporate the groom into the game for even more fun. I didn’t have enough pictures of the groom to be successful doing this but it would have been a lot of fun to include him in all of the shots!

 

 

Jane Wynham and Ronald Reagan- 1940’s

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer- 1950’s

 

 

Priscills Presley to Elvis Presley- 1960’s

 

 

 

Farrah Fawcett to Lee Majors- 1970’s

 

 

 

Princess Diana to Prince Charles- 1980’s

 

“Posh Spice” AKA Victoria Beckham to David Beckham- 1990’s

 

 

Gwen Stefani to Gavin Rossdale- 2000
I included the picture of Gwen with her dad as well because it is a better shot. You can use either and just replace dad with the groom to be!

 

 

 

Kate Middleton to Prince William- 2010

 

 

This is the sheet I gave out to the guests! Created by Kelly Maver, September 2012

This is the sheet I gave out to the guests! Created by Kelly Maver, September 2012

 

 

Game #2: Guess My Couple

We gave out cards that had different fictional and real celebrity couples on them. Guests had to give two clues about their couple for the people at the table to guess. This made guests interact with eachother! We tried to include a mix of couples from different eras to accomodate the different ages and backgrounds of our guests! Even the junior bridesmaids and flower girl could play along!

 

Guests used this sheet to record their answers.

Guests used this sheet to record their answers.

 

 

 

Game #3: Name That Tune

 

This was the guest sheet.

This was the guest sheet.

I downloaded some of the top requested songs at a wedding reception (There are over a 100 so you can choose songs that will stump or suit your audience for a variety of ages and tastes. It also helps to see what you have in your Itunes already so you don’t have to buy any!). I then played a playlist where I gave quick snippets of each song. Guests had to record the artist and song title. They received a point for each! This had our guests even up and dancing at times and there was a lot of singing along!

 

The songs I used were:

1. Party Rock by LMFAO

2. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

3. Cupid Shuffle by Cupid

4. Cha Cha Slide by DJ Caspar or Mr. C

5. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

6. God Bless the Broken Road by Rascall Flats

7. Shout by the Isley Brothers

8. It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

9. Dancing Queen by ABBA

10. Let’s Get is Started by the Black Eyed Peas

I also threw in some tie breakers. Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi and Don’t Stop Believing by Journey are top requests but were way to obvious for my audience!

 

 

Game #4: Who knows the groom better…the bride to be or his mom?

 

In this game, we interviewed the groom to be and asked him ten questions. We then put our bride to be and the groom’s mom head to head to see who knew him best. They each received a whiteboard and dry erase marker to record their answers at the same time. Meanwhile the guests predicted who would get the answer right , mom or the bride to be? Guests received a point for each correct guess. Every time the bride was wrong…we made her chew a piece of gum!

 

Some of the questions we used were:

1. If your groom had a baby girl…what would he name her?

2. What is his favorite car?

3. Where did you have your first date?

4. What was his favorite date?

5. What was his dream job as a kid?

6. Where would he love to go on vacation?

7 . What was he attached to as a kid?

8. What is his favorite feature on himself?

9. What is his favorite feature on the bride?

10. What would love to do on a day off from work?

 

Bride vs. Mom!

Bride vs. Mom!

 

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This is the sheet we used. The bride and groom had been together for over ten years! 

Zebra, Hot Pink, Black and White Bridal Shower on a Beer Budget!

I am a HUGE fan of using reusable materials for centerpieces. You don’t want to be left with a ton of expensive flowers at the end of the day, although flowers are beautiful. Instead, I prefer using things in the centerpieces that people can take with them as keepsakes. This includes jarred candles, craft pieces, lanterns and more. This shower was for my stepsister so I wanted to do something really special for her because she deserves it. We were on a tight budget but still wanted the day to me fabulous and memorable for her. Here are some of the  ways we cut cost without cutting out the beauty or memories!

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The “flowers” are artificial gerber daisies which are really pens with rhinestones glued in the center! The pens were used during the games! The sand is reptile sand (way cheaper and finer than decorative sand, no odor and has more glitter and sparkle!), the vases came from the dollar store and the rhinestone hot pink gerber daisy is actually a magnet! The placemat is zebra print scrapbook paper from Michaels and there is zebra print ribbon wrapped around each vase.
Total cost: $7 per centerpiece!

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Another shot of the centerpieces!
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The favors were chocolate covered oreos. These were being sold online for $2 each and you had to pay almost $20 for refrigerated shipping! We made them ourselves (100 pieces) for $40!!!

 

My beautiful stepsister and her hubbie to be! I made this on Vistaprint! I bought a Living Social deal and personalized the invites, thank you cards, seating cards, banner and more for about $24!

My beautiful stepsister and her hubbie to be! I made this on Vistaprint! I bought a Living Social deal and personalized the invites, thank you cards, seating cards, banner and more for about $24!

 

I created a shower game where I superimposed my stepsister’s face onto a celebrity bride from each decade. Guests had to match the dress to the decade (1940’s-2010) and then guess the celebrity bride and groom. They received a point for each correct answer. I printed them in black and white to make it harder! This game was a hit and cost under $3.00! Facebook made it a snap to get the pictures!

 

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