Keeping the Peace: Handling Family Drama at Your Wedding

Weddings are a time for celebration.  Family and friends from all sides will gather to pay their respects to the happy couple.  However, those who love you most may not share the same endearment towards one another.  Here’s what to do if you expect family drama on your wedding day.   

Separate

If you are arranging a seating chart, pay special attention to place conflicting family members on opposite ends of the reception hall.  It is not your responsibility to babysit drama on your wedding day, and a little pre-planning may go a long way to keep the peace.  Here you can find more tips for creating a seating chart.

 
Stay Neutral

It’s important, regardless of who’s side you’re on, to stay neutral through your wedding day. Protect yourself from getting wrapped up in drama that will crush your excitement.  There are plenty of last minute details that require your focus instead.  Staying neutral, and making your intentions clear, should prevent anyone from pulling you in the middle of a family war. This is not the time to be forced to take sides.  

Request Peace

If necessary, make it clear from the beginning that you wish your wedding to be a time full of happiness and joy.  It is okay to ask all parties to put personal matters aside and fully focus on the celebration.  With a bit of luck, making your wishes known in advance will give family rivals time to set aside their resentment and attend with a diplomatic heart. 

Happy weddings are peaceful weddings. Keep a close friend handy to help alleviate tension if it arises.  With a light heart and fun celebration, your wedding may even be the event that brings family together instead!

Unique and Fun Bridal Shower Ideas

Hosting a bridal shower is such a fantastic way to honor the bride before her special day.  It is the perfect opportunity for wedding gifts, extra girl time, and celebration! Here are a few ideas to make this festivity fun.

Be sure to feast

Do ladies ever need an excuse for extra treats?  Jazz up your shower with plenty of snacks and fruity drinks.  Finger sandwiches, cheese trays, fondue, fruits, vegetables, and pastas are easy to prepare and always please the crowd.  Don’t forget to include a few simple desserts too.  Offer your guests a little bubbly to share; after all, this is a celebration.  When everyone has had their fill of treats, make sure you add in time to toast the bride.  Think of a way to honor her engagement and share in her excitement.

Play some games

Yes, let the games begin!  Some guests may groan a little, but here are a few ideas that everyone can enjoy.

Say “Yes” to the Dress
Divide the guests into teams of 2 or more and use toilet paper to create the perfect wedding dress!  Each team will wrap the paper around one willing participant in a way that fashions their best gown.  The bride gets to choose which one she favors at the end!

How well do you really know the groom?
Allow each guest to ask the groom a question of their choosing prior to the shower.  Write down his answers and ask the bride the collection of questions in front of the group.  The bride must answer them all to find out how well she really knows her husband-to-be.

Date Idea Mason Jar
This idea is good for guests who are not so interested in interactive games.  Decorate a mason jar for the couple that can hold popsicle sticks. Ask each guest to fill out one or two sticks with a date idea that the couple might enjoy once they have tied the knot.  Send the final product home with the bride as a bonus gift!

Open gifts!

Give the bride plenty of time to open her gifts and get excited over the latest items her and the groom will share. Be sure to keep a list of what she receives to help her thank everyone when the party is over.  Don’t place too much attention on one item, be sure to move the gifts along so every gift is appreciated equally.

Most importantly, make the shower a celebration!  This is a special event that will bring so much joy to the bride while she is in the midst of planning for her wedding.

 

 

MOH Duties: How to Pack the Perfect Emergency Kit

So you’ve been asked to be the maid-of-honor for a dear friend, but you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all your new duties. One of the big MOH responsibilities is taking care of little things on the big day so that the bride can relax without worrying about where extra tissues/lipstick/blotting papers are stashed.

With that in mind, here’s a list of everything you need to pack the perfect wedding-day emergency kit:

● A large tote (in which to pack and carry your stash!)
● Tylenol or other pain reliever
● Band-Aids (useful for blisters or cuts)
● Neosporin
● A few bottles of a water
● Clear nail polish (fixes stocking runs and nail touch-ups)
● Chalk (to cover any last minute smudges on the dress)
● Corsage pins
● Extra earring backs
● Extra panty hose
● Eye drops, spare contacts, and/or glasses for yourself, the bride, and bridesmaids
● Miniature sewing kit w/ safety pins, basic needles & thread, scissors, hem tape
● Scotch tape
● Easy spot remover (Tide To-Go pen or other)
● Static cling spray
● Used dryer sheets (these remove static from hair)
● Granola bars or other simple snacks
● Sunblock
● Bobby pins
● Tums
● Cough drops
● Lint roller
● Hair ties
● Slip-on shoes for the you, the bride, and the bridal party if desired
● Playing cards
● Mirror
● Straws (to keep lipstick looking perfect)

In a smaller bag, you might consider packing the essentials, which the bride might want throughout the wedding:

● Blotting paper (especially for summer weddings)
● Cell phone
● Comb/brush
● Hair spray
● Powder and lipstick for touch-ups
● Tissues
● Nail file
● Perfume
● Tampons/pads

It’s a long list, but keeping the items above handy will help make sure no one’s scrambling around last minute because Michael broke his corsage pin or Christine accidentally stepped on the dress. And you’ll be able to relax, knowing that everything you could possibly need is somewhere in your bag!

Holiday Festivals in and around Richmond. Virginia

There are so many wonderful holiday festivals happening this season! We’ve compiled a list in case you want to check them out.

Richmond
• December 4-7—The Bizarre Bazaar
Open 10am-7pm Thursday through Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday, the Bizarre Bazaar is a holiday marketplace with over 500 exhibitors and fabulous, unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. General admission is $7 and children 2-12 get in for $1.50.
• December 5—Grand Illumination
This free downtown tradition kicks off the holidays with the lighting of millions of lights along the city skyline, followed by a festival featuring Santa and the Snow Queen.
• December 12—Church Hill Holiday Candlelight Walk
This 50th Anniversary Holiday Festival at Church Hill starts at 7:15pm in Jefferson Park and concludes at historic Libby Hill at 7:45pm. The event features holiday caroling and a visit from Santa Claus, and is free and open to all!

Henrico
• December 13—James River Parade of Lights
In the 22nd Annual Parade of Lights, boats decorated with thousands of lights will cruise roughly a dozen miles down the James River from the fall line in Richmond to the Varina-Enon Bridge. You can register to decorate your boat and participate, or simply watch the festive vessels from several official viewing locations.
• December 14—Easter Henrico Holiday Extravaganza
The holiday celebrations at The Armour House and Dabbs House, include decorations, refreshments, craft activities, holiday songs by local chorus groups, Santa, and even a step back in time at the Dabbs House Museum.

Petersburg
• December 7—Hopewell Tree Lighting, Parade & Concert
Just a skip away from Petersburg, Hopewell has their annual tree lighting at the Ashford Civic Plaza. From 4-8pm, visitors can also enjoy a parade, free concert, horse & carriage rides, carnival rides, raffles, and refreshments. There will also be a visit from Santa!

What fun festivals are part of your holiday traditions?

Smart Tips for Planning a Fabulous Outdoor Party

At Edmunds Waste Removal, we hope to be more than just the restroom trailer providers for your event. No matter what kind of celebration you’re throwing, we want to help you plan it perfectly! Here are five tips for planning your fabulous outdoor party:

• Don’t limit your venue. Outdoor parties are a great opportunity to be really creative with your venue, so don’t feel like you have to limit your event to just a lawn or backyard. Historic sites, woodland areas, and city spaces are all options as well. Let your imagination run wild, but just check to see if the venue you want requires any permits for outdoor events.

• Keep everyone informed! Having an outdoor party in summer? Tell your guests if there will be any opportunities to be indoors in case of rain or a major heat wave. Let people know what time food will be served for longer events.

• Let it shine. Don’t forget the lights at your outdoor party. Elegant string lights can give off a fun ambience and help your guests’ eyes adjust as the night progresses.

• Don’t forget the seating! Especially for outdoor parties, it’s important to make sure guests who want the option of sitting down can do so. For more casual outdoor events, pretty blankets and quilts can allow people to gather, picnic-style.

• Master your music. Too loud, and guests will avoid the speakers; too soft, and no one can hear the music. For the best musical setup, try four or more speakers set at a lower volume and spread across the space. You can’t go wrong with upbeat classics, but throw in newer favorites as well. Ideally, plan for five hours of music so that tracks aren’t repeated over and over.

Don’t forget the luxury restroom trailers so that you’ve got all the amenities you could need at your event space. What tips to you use for throwing a fabulous outdoor party? Tell us in the comments.

How to Pick the Right Restroom Trailer for Your Event

Whether you’re planning at outdoor wedding, party, or corporate outdoor event, it’s important to choose the restroom trailer that’s the best fit for your occasion.

Restroom trailers offer a sophisticated facility with flushable toilets, porcelain sinks, mirrored vanities, climate control, stereo systems, and appropriate décor, making them the perfect, considerate addition to your outdoor event.

When choosing what size trailer you should order, it’s important to consider several factors: the number of guests, the ratio of men to women, duration of your event, and the amount of food and beverages served.

Our team at Edmunds can assist you in determining the best solution for your special event (just give us a call at 804.478.4688).

We offer six different types of luxury restroom trailer, each in multiple sizes, from the smaller Cottage Series with 2 toilet stalls and 1 urinal to the largest Black Tie Series unit, with 4 toilet stalls and 2 urinals. Visit our FAQ pages for more details, or contact our team to discuss your needs today!