Bridal Shower Games

Recipe Cards
Buy the bride-to-be a recipe box but send out the recipe cards with the invitations. The guests are to bring a dessert of their choice, bring a sample to the shower and include their dessert recipe in their gift card. The recipes will be judged by the bride-to-be and the winner will receive a prize.

Clothespin Game
The clothespin game is where everyone, upon arrival, is given a clothespin & has to pin it on their clothes where it is plainly visible. Then you make up a rule like, “No one can cross their legs” or “you are not allowed to say the word “wedding” or “you can’t use the word ‘pretty’ in describing a gift the bride receives” – whatever rule you want. If a guest catches anyone breaking the rule, they can run over and take that person’s clothespin. The person at the end of the gift-opening, or whenever, with the most clothespins wins a prize.

Comments the Bride-to-be Makes
Have someone in charge of jotting down all the comments the bride-to-be makes as she opens her shower gifts. Then after the presents have been opened, have someone with great expressions read them back telling the bride… these are supposed to be some of the comments she’ll make on the night of her wedding (i.e. oh, it’s so cute; my mother has one of those and uses it all the time; do you think they would mind if I exchanged this, I’ve already got one!) Lot’s of fun, especially for a young bride.

Bridal Shower Bingo

Bridal Shower Bingo makes the gift-opening process as much fun for the guests as it is for the bride-to-be! The cards contain names and descriptions of traditional shower gifts – from naughty nighties to a good set of China. As the bride-to-be opens each gift, guests place an “X” on the spot on the card that corresponds to the gift. The first guest to mark off all the gifts in a row wins a gift herself. With Bridal Shower Bingo, everyone gets to participate, instead of merely sitting on the “sidelines”. bridal shower bingo

What’s in the Bag?
This game is similar to the game Memory. Fill a bag with related items – kitchen stuff, bathroom stuff, etc. and pass the bag among the guests. Everyone gets 30 – 60 seconds to look at the contents of the bag before they have to pass it to the next guest. Once everyone has had a look, ask the guests to make a list FROM MEMORY of what was in the bag.

The person with the most correct answers, wins the game! (If you have more than 10 guests, I would make two identical bags and start them from opposite ends of the room.)

12 Questions For the Groom

Prepare before the shower by asking the groom 12 questions, such as when and where was your first kiss? How many children do you want? What nickname do you call her? Then at the shower sit the bride-to-be in front of all her guests. Begin to ask her these questions. For every one she gets wrong she is to put a piece of bubble gum in her mouth and chew it. At our shower she had 10 pieces. It was a lot of fun and also very silly!

How Much Do You Know About the Bride
Kyra

You make a list of Questions and the guest answers them. The questions we asked my guests were:

What is the brides favorite color?

Where is her and her fiancé’s favorite place to eat?

How long have they been together?

Where did they meet?

When is there wedding day?

Wedding Win Lose or Draw
Kit

Pictionary with only wedding related words and phrases. Like “tie the knot”, “honeymoon” etc. Break the party into two teams. One person draws while the rest of her team guesses what she’s drawing. Use an artists easel and a large pad of paper with big markers.

T.P. (Toilet Paper) Gown

You can pick the future mother-in-law mother and to volunteer for this game. You make two different teams – one team for each mother and then you dress them up in a wedding dress using only toilet paper. This is a timed game. The bride or a committee of bridal party members can judge. Winning team gets a prize!

A Twist on the Game “What’s in the Bag”

Guests get 30 to 60 seconds to look in the bag or look at a tray full of items, and then they list the items from memory. Someone is chosen to walk around the room presenting the items to all of the guests. Most guests have played this game before, so they know to look at the items and try to remember them. After she has made it through the entire room, she leaves with the items.

At this point the guests are told the object of the game is to write down as many things as they can remember about the person holding the items. The guests were so busy memorizing the trinkets, they probably barely glanced at the presenter.

I did this at my best friend’s shower. I’m 5’8″ with long red hair and wore a skirt. People said I was short, blond, wearing jeans, etc. It was great fun. After about 5 minutes, have the presenter come back out. The person with the most correct observations wins.

Guess Who?

We have asked shower guests to bring wedding snapshots of themselves or their mothers, putting their name on the back for identification and return. Then, everyone will try to guess who brought which photo and who is in the photo. This will get young and old and those who may not know each other visiting with each other.

Name That Spice

We took 10 spice jars, covered their labels, numbered them, and then passed them around and everyone could smell them (but not taste) the one with the most correct answers won.
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Wedding Shower Food & Recipe Ideas

Sunday Brunch

The Sunday Brunch Shower is definitely one of my favorites! Begin the shower at 11:00am. Serve fresh bagels and muffins, fruit salad and quiche. You can also serve a cold cut platter with rolls to make sandwiches.

For beverages, serve fresh orange juice and coffee. If you want to serve alcohol, you can make Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas or a champagne punch.

For dessert, serve cake, lemon squares and chocolate covered strawberries.

Cookies as Place Cards & Favors
Sarah

I’m making cookies in the shape of a flower and a butterfly. I plan to decorate the cookies with icing and write each guest’s name in icing on the cookie. These will serve as place cards and favors.

Creamy Chicken Bites
Rachael, Grand Rapids, MI

This is a family tradition, and is served at every wedding shower within our family. It’s so easy!

Creamy Chicken Bites:

* two c. cooked, and finely chopped chicken
* one c. mayo or miracle whip
* one c. shredded cheddar cheese
* 1/4 c. onions or any green chilies
* salt & pepper to taste
* one loaf mini(bite size)pumpernickel bread

Mix together all ingredients, and place one heaping spoonful on each slice of bread. Place finished bread slices on a cookie sheet and broil in oven for about five minutes – or until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley.

Mini-Cheesecakes

We served tiny cheesecakes that we had purchase at the store along with a cake for our dessert, everyone liked the miniature portions.
Dessert Shower
Holly

I had a dessert shower. I decorated the whole table with lots of tulle and candles. I made all chocolate desserts and decorated them with fresh flowers. I served champagne and sparkling cider. And of course had lots of strawberries for color! It came out great, what woman doesn’t like chocolate?

Light Finger Food
Stacy, Raleigh NC

Light finger food – cheeses, crackers, fresh fruit, mini-quiches, blueberry cream puffs, crab dip and a bacon, egg and cheese casserole.

Salad Bar
Marie

I attended a bridal shower in which lunch was served with a Salad Bar. It was perfect for those watching their weight, (like the entire bridal party), while including an assortment of lean meats, cheeses, rolls & crackers. Two soups, vegetable & clam chowder, were offered in large crock pots.

Interspersed between and around the bowls of fruits & vegetables were whole pineapples, heads of cabbage, whole carrots in a vase, (with the greens left on), apples, oranges & bananas. The salad bar itself was a beautifully, colorful display. Some of the foods served included:

* Lettuce
* Spinach
* Shredded cabbage
* Shredded carrots
* Pickled Beets
* 3 bean salad/corn
* Alfalfa sprouts
* Grapefruit & orange sections
* Pineapple slices
* Pear & apple wedges
* Hard boiled eggs (halved)
* Cubes of lean Turkey & Ham, and an assortment of cheeses.
* Croutons & 3-4 different salad dressings.


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Shower Favors Ideas

A Single Rose

A fresh or silk rose at every guest setting, to thank them for sharing your day.

One Baby Shoe
Jennifer

One cute idea that I did for my friend was to wrap ONE baby shoe as an anonymous gift. I enclosed a card that said she would receive the other shoe and I would reveal my identity when I attended her first baby shower. Everyone thought it was a great idea!

Cookies as Favors
Sarah

I’m making cookies in the shape of a flower and a butterfly. I plan to decorate the cookies with icing and write each guest’s name in icing on the cookie. These will serve as place cards and favors.

Something for the Groom
Kyra

Have all the guests bring a tool for the husband to be and the host of the party buys the tool box. Everyone fills it and when he comes to pick up his bride to be from the party he has a gift there for him.

Recipe Card

With the invitations, enclose a recipe card for each person to bring to the shower with their favorite recipe.

Jelly Bellies

Everyone loves jelly bellies! Take two different colors of cellophane and wrap about a ½ cup of jelly bellies in the cellophane and then tie them with some coordinating ribbon. Create fortunes for each pouch of jelly bellies and tie them on to the ribbon. Everyone will like reading their fortunes and eating their pouches of jelly bellies!

White Chocolate “Lollipop” Rose Buds
Melissa

Melt chocolate wafers and pour into a candy mold shaped as a rose bud (each mold makes 3-4 roses). Add a lollipop stick (some molds are pre-notched for this) and pop the mold into the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Remove the candy lollipops and wrap in plastic wrap to keep them fresh. You can then wrap them in tulle or decorative paper and tie them with a ribbon for “presentation” purposes.

Candle favors

Candle favors are a big hit because everyone loves candles. Take a single candle or two candles joined by the wick and dress them up with netting, lace and ribbons. They look beautiful and are a very practical, useable favor.

Wooden Spoon Favors
Kathy, Baltimore, MD

Wrap 4-6 pieces of candy with tulle on the spoon part of a wooden spoon. Tie a bow just above the spoon part with 2-3 pieces of coordinating ribbons. Everyone can use a wooden spoon, and who doesn’t like candy?


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Wedding Shower Themes and Shower Gift Ideas

Theme Showers

When hosting a theme shower, be sure that theme of the shower is explained clearly in the invitation. Then, use the theme throughout the shower when choosing decorations, favors and even refreshments.

Wine Tasting Theme

All of the guests brought their favorite bottle of wine and we served fruit and crackers and cheese for the appetizers, everyone loved it. We also had all the guests write down their “recipe for a happy marriage” on recipe cards and put them in a recipe box for the bride. As a favor to the bride we also had everyone self-address an envelope, we drew one of the envelopes at the end of the shower for a door prize. And – the bride had her thank you notes already addressed.

Garden Shower
Kimberly

The centerpieces were watering cans filled with flowers and gardening tools. The favors were a pair of gardening gloves with a packet of flower seeds.

Brunch
Lauren

I had a Brunch in my backyard. I put white lights on all the shrubs and trees. I scattered rose petals on table. Also, I typed up and framed cute sayings, quotes, and stories about marriage and put one on each table. The bride got to take these home to use the frames as she wished. Instead of the traditional shower cake, I made ice cream pies with a chocolate mint sauce to serve as dessert.

Holiday Shower
Sheri

Because my fiancé and I have been together for 5 years, there is little that we need for our home. My bridesmaids came up with the idea of a HOLIDAY shower. Each guest was assigned a specific holiday (ie…Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter) and were asked to be creative and either get a gift directly related to the holiday or something in the style or colors (ex: pastel sheets, towels, or brightly colored candles, picture frames).

We did a Sunday (11:30am) brunch idea with mini muffins, egg bake ideas, champagne and orange juice, and fruit salad. This way people wouldn’t have to take a large portion of their afternoon and it’s early enough (all the packer fans could get home in time to enjoy the game!!)

Something for the Groom
Kyra, Longview, WA

Have all the guests bring a tool for the husband to be and the host of the party buys the tool box and you all fill it and when he comes to pick up his bride to be from the party he has a gift there for him.

Hearts Theme
Laurie

My shower theme was hearts because I love hearts. For decorations, we had balloons attached to a vase with sunflowers in them, and heart confetti on the table. I also had a photo album in which everyone was sent a page and decorated them with pictures and poems. It was so special. On every plate we had personalized chocolate bars that were pink. Each of my six brides maids, and my maid- of- honor wrote a poem for me and read it for everyone.

Bed & Bath Shower

Gift Ideas

* Towels
* Sheets
* Comforter
* Shower Curtain
* Blankets
* Bathroom Accessories
* Bath Oils and Soaps

Favor Ideas

* Decorative/scented soaps
* Potpourri

Kitchen Shower Theme
Gift Ideas

* Cookbooks
* Cookware
* Bakeware
* Coffee or Expresso maker
* Breadmaker
* Cutting Boards
* Dish Towels
* Gadgets & Tools

Favor Idea

* Two wooden spoons tied with ribbon

Lingerie Shower Theme

Gift Ideas

* Teddies
* Nightgowns
* Underwear
* Bathrobes

Favor Ideas

* Scented sachets

Home Entertaining Shower Theme

Gift Ideas

* Dinnerware
* Glassware
* Vases
* Candles
* Serving Bowls
* Wine Rack
* Specialty or Gourmet Cookbooks
* Placemats and Napkin Rings

Favor Ideas

* Votive or taper candles

Christmas Theme
Anna, Lewisville, TX

Host a Christmas Shower…this works really well if the wedding date is around Christmas. Have all the guests bring crafts or decorations for the bride and groom. You can also have them throw in one of their favorite Christmas/Holiday time recipes.

Christmas Theme
Sara

Everyone brings an ornament that reminds them of the couple along with a Christmas themed gift.

Home Accents Shower
Stacy, Raleigh, NC

My favorite shower was a home accents shower (candles, picture frames, etc). It was hosted by my mom’s best friend, who has a gorgeous pool and deck. It was a champagne brunch with swimsuits being a requirement! It sure was nice floating in the pool for three hours with a mimosa in hand after MONTHS of planning and stress!! No games – just lots of gossiping and laughter!

Jack and Jill Showers
Nancy, TX

Co-ed wedding showers are for both the bride and the groom (sometimes called Jack and Jill showers). We didn’t want to leave any of our friends out by having a female-only shower for me. Entertainment doesn’t have to include shower games; you can have the same type of entertainment you’d have at any other party.

One of our showers was a Sunday brunch, and we ended up playing board games after lunch and the gift-opening. My sister’s co-ed shower was a pool party and barbecue. One of my friend’s co-ed showers had Mexican food; we sat on the back deck and drank margaritas while watching the sun go down. I’ve observed that a mix of sexes usually makes for good conversation and a relaxed atmosphere that I didn’t get at some of the all-female showers I’ve attended.

Also, every co-ed shower I’ve attended didn’t have a specific theme, which made for less pressure for guests to select a gift. Wedding registry information was included on the invitations.

Travel Theme
Sandra

A “travel” theme is great for couples who travel on a regular basis. Gift options are endless. Picture frames and photo albums are great for pictures taken during their travels. Luggage, backpacks, travel alarm clock, compass, hats, a travel “emergency” kit – sewing kit, first-aid kit, etc., travelers checks, maps, a subscription to a travel related magazine, etc.
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Advice for the Bridal Shower Hostess

Some etiquette experts say that the mother of the bride, mother of the groom or other immediate family members should NOT host the shower. But, today, just about anything goes!

Sometimes it is the Maid of Honor that organizes and plans the shower. Many times both family and friends work together to organize, host and share the cost of the wedding shower. Sometimes where it is held depends more on who has the larger home (for home showers) versus outdated etiquette rules.

Here are a few tips:

* If you are planning to host a shower for the bride, check with other friends and relatives to see if others are also planning to host a shower. You don’t want to invite guests to more than one shower.
* Whether or not the shower is a surprise, you should find out from the bride what she really needs and her color preferences.
* If the shower is a surprise, make sure that the “plan” involves getting her dressed in proper attire. There is nothing more embarrassing for the bride than showing up for her shower in an old pair of shorts and a t-shirt.
* Wedding showers are usually held 2-6 weeks before the wedding. However, if the bride lives out-of-town, it may be necessary to plan it at a different time (i.e. around a holiday or dress fitting) when you know she will definitely be in town.
* A recent trend is that more wedding showers are no longer a surprise. Many times with a bride’s demanding work or travel schedule, it is necessary to let the bride know the date and time ahead of time.


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Closing Prayers

Some prayers which may be used at the close of the ceremony.  If you have a special prayer you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you.

Lord’s Prayer

An Apache Prayer

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will shelter each other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness for you;
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your togetherness,
And may your days be good, and long together.

St. Francis Prayer:

God, make ____________ and ____________ a channel of your peace:

That where there is hatred they may bring love;
Where there is hurt they may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
Where there is doubt they may bring faith;
Where there is despair they may bring hope;
Where there is darkness they may bring light;
Where there is sadness they may bring joy.

For it is by giving that they shall receive, by losing that they shall find, by forgiving that they shall be forgiven.

God grant that they seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,
To understand than to be understood,

To love than to be loved.

We invoke thy gentlest blessings, O God, on all true lovers. We thank you for the revealing power of love, which divines in the one beloved the mystic beauty, and glory of humanity. We thank you for the transfiguring power of love, which ripens and ennobles our nature, calling forth the hidden stores of tenderness and strength and, overcomes selfishness by the passion of self-surrender.

May the love of ____________ and ____________ be strong, that no misunderstanding loosen the bond and no passing of the years have the power to dim the light that now glows in them. May they early gain wisdom to discern the true values of life, and may no circumstances take from them the wholesome peace and inward satisfaction which only love can give.

Grant them vision to look beyond this moment to the generations yet to come, and to know that the home they create will be part of the sacred body of humanity in which you dwell, that they may have reverence for others and for themselves, and drink the cup of joy with awe.


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Benediction Prayer

May your days and years to come be filled with the kind of integrity and joy, that will enable you to live through those times ahead which may be tough.
And may your affection for each other grow, thus enriching and strengthening all of us.

Blessed are you, God, Creator of the Universe. Grant the love which unites __________ and __________ may grow in abiding happiness. May there be peace in their home, quietness and confidence in their hearts. May they be sustained in their love by finding a place in their hearts for all people in this world.

Go now in peace in love, and may these things touch your hearts, and be with you through the days of your life together.

May the blessing that rests upon all who love, rest also upon you, and fill you with all spiritual grace. May the bond that unites you ever be strengthened. May you so love and work together in the days that are to come, that your lives will be enriched and ennobled by a true and deepening union of mind and heart.

This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

If any person is in Christ, that person is a new creation; the old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and whoever loves is born of God and knows God.

Whom, therefore, God has joined together, let no one put asunder.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, both now and forever. Amen.

The bride and groom kiss.


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Wedding Vows

The mere mention of the word marriage makes you imagine a couple standing at church door exchanging their wedding vows. But are these vows really life long or no, one really doesn’t know. The vow which they exchange is “till death do us part” but it is only after a short period of marriage that their vow show its true colors

Marriage, the most important of earthly relationships can be enjoyed by adventurous people who have the capacity to explore and express their inventions. Marriage is about forming a relationship in which independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. To be more straightforward it’s easy to get the ticket for marriage but it’s difficult to maintain the vows involved in it. The vows are read only by the celebrant and repeated by the bride and groom. The couple didn’t take the time before the wedding to carefully consider the implications of these vows and whether or not they could keep them until death. Just have a look at a traditional vow:

Male

______, as we stand before both God and man, making public our commitment to one another, I wish to make it known that I recognize first of all God’s authority over my life which is exercised from His loving heart. He has chosen me to be one of his own, and He is now my life. I recognize also that He has blessed me and entrusted to me your life as a free gift that I have not earned. In recognition of these things, ____ I purpose to love you with His love, to provide for your needs through His enablement, and to lead you as He leads me, as long as He give us life together, regardless of the circumstances. As Psalm 34:3 expressed my heart when I asked you to marry me, so it expresses my heart now: “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.”

Female

On this special day, _____, I am reminded of the verse James l:17 which says, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” With a gift such as you, I know that many new responsibilities face me. In I Corinthians, it explains “It is required of a steward to be found trustworthy.” I cannot do this on my own strength, _______, but by God’s grace and power working within me I desire to be trustworthy as your wife by following your leading submissively, even as unto Christ, loving and serving you in all circumstances as long as He give me life on this earth.

After the wedding ceremony, the festive atmosphere fades away; the food is eaten and guests go home. What is left behind is the wedding vows which have tied the couple together. So, that means they are together till the wedding vows are not broken.

Just keep in mind, what you speak to your fiance on the day of your wedding will be a stepping stone towards the journey of your life. Apart from repeating the set traditional wedding vow, now days what is in is creating your own wedding vow. It is worth noticing that you waste your precious time on material things such as deciding menu etc. and give a backseat to your expression of feelings which could provide a lively touch to your relationship.

Your personalized wedding vow would surely prove worthy of your one true love. This would serve as a medium to show that the personalities of the couples are fully incorporated into their wedding day. Adding your personal feelings to the legal proceedings, you can give an intimacy to your ceremony.

What couples ordinarily feel is that their personalized vows can be more meaningful than traditional vows. Some couples regard traditional vows as chauvinistic. Since they want to lay down the foundation of equality to flower their relationship, it becomes natural for them to become anti-traditional. It is a great idea which includes your thanks to lord, your gratitude to your family and friends, your hopes and dreams and your feelings for each other. It may include your views on commitment and trust. For the couples who believe in personalizing their vows, their vows now don’t have any space for the word “obey” as it is replaced by the word “promise””I promise to love you, comfort and encourage you, to be open and honest with you, and stay with you as long as we both shall live”

Following is an example of a personally written vow:

……., today we make a commitment to one another. I want you to know that you are a precious gift and that you bring so much joy into my life. I affirm the special bond between us, and promise to keep it alive always. I promise to be your confidante, your best friend and to share in your hopes and dreams. In recognition of this, I… take you… to be my husband. With this vow we face new responsibilities together. I will be trustworthy as your wife, and to love you in all circumstances.

Most couples still choose to follow a standard order of service, to exchange wedding vows:

*The Greetings
*The Declaration of intentions
*The Exchange of rings

Take the time to talk with your Officiant and discuss the options you have. This will give you time to plan ahead, write your vows and to become comfortable in reciting them.


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Unique Favor Ideas

My mom and I were at a Craft Fair where a woman made little stained-glass sun-catchers in the shape of doves (which was perfect since I had a dove cake topper!). They were only about $2.00/pc. since I ordered in bulk. We tied monogrammed ribbons where the loop was on top.

To this day, people comment on what wonderful favors we had and how they think of my husband and I every time they look at them! Many keep them in their windows and many put them on their Christmas trees as ornaments! Other shape idea: bells, bride/groom, flowers, cakes, etc.!

Miniature Gift Baskets
Nicola, Chicago IL

As we are getting married in Jamaica and miniature straw market baskets are easy to come by, we are going to order the baskets and have them painted (total of about U.S. $2 each; cheaper if friends do the painting). We’re buying about 4 different varieties of potpourri and filling the baskets with them as a bedding for a variety of items such as Hershey’s hugs and kisses, cues of liquor, packets of seeds etc. Wrap it in cellophane, blow dry and then we’re tying ribbons with our names and the date around the top.

Poker Chips
Melanie, Burnsville, MN

I am getting married in Las Vegas and will be having a reception in my home town. I plan on having chocolate medallions that resemble poker chips and then personalized decks of playing cards. For the cards, I plan on using regular playing cards and covering the box with a wrapper similar to a chocolate bar wrapper. The wrapper will have our wedding picture and the date we were married in Vegas.

Shot Glasses
Tracy, Wexford, PA

We are having shot glasses with our names and wedding date engraved on them. We are going to put two Hershey kisses in each then wrap in netting with a colored bow. We will be giving one to each couple.

Magnet
Laura, Gainesville, FL

It’s really simple and inexpensive! All you need is a sheet of business cards and magnetic, adhesive backing for business cards (sold at office stores). Print your names, the date of your wedding (and place if desired) onto the business cards, on your computer. Then put the cards on the adhesive and you have magnets!

Personalized Tooth Brushes
Hilary, Sherwood Park, Alberta

At my cousins wedding the favors were great! Both he and his wife are in Dentistry so they decided to have personalized toothbrushes made. Engraved on them were their names and the date of their wedding, then tied to them were two $0.10 candies. I thought it was really neat. Eat the candy then brush your teeth.


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