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Do It Yourself Weddings Guide, Issue #017 -- Cool Rice Toss Alternatives
November 14, 2006

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Contents of this issue of Do It Yourself Weddings Guide

  • What's New at Do It Yourself Weddings - New Articles
  • Featured Article: Rice Toss Alternatives
  • Reader Tip: Napkin Rings

What's New at Do It Yourself Weddings

Here are some new articles:

Working With DIY Flowers
Tips on working with real flowers if you will do them yourself. A must read to prepare you for working with flowers!

Decorate Your Own Plain Wedding Shoes
Save money and purchase plain wedding shoes and decorate them with these great ideas!

Check Our Newest Articles Page for More New Articles! Our newest articles page lists all the new articles as soon as they are uploaded! Never miss a new article by simply checking this page.

Featured Article: Rice Toss Alternatives

What is it about weddings that cause people to want to throw things at the bride and groom?

You may have heard that rice shouldn't be used because it "makes birds explode" when they eat it. False! This is a silly myth. Check out Wedding Rice Toss Myth if you don't want to take my word for it. So if rice is your thing by all means go ahead!

Other ideas are rose petals (either fresh or dried) although these don't really fly well. You try to throw them and they just sort of float down not really towards the couple. Plus, petals are very slippery!

If you like the petal idea a variation (which is my personal favorite) is dried lavender buds. They smell great, throw well and won't make you slip! You can hand out cute little packets of lavender buds but be warned that they smell so great people might just keep the packet and not want to throw it!

Bubbles are another fun option. Fun for the kids too, but make sure to buy ones that say "safe for all fabrics" because you'd hate to stain your dress or the rented tuxedos! Again, on a dance floor this will create a very slippery situation so this is best for outdoors.

Candy! Yes, don't forget candy! This is more common in Jewish weddings and it is part of the aufruf (where the groom or bride and groom go up to the Torah at temple) during the Shabbat before the wedding. Candy is symbolic of wishing the bride and groom a "sweet life" and this tradition could be used by anyone.

Confetti and/or glitter is sometimes used although I strongly advice against glitter. Sorry glitter lovers, but I hate glitter. It is pretty and all but it multiplies and whenever I'm exposed to glitter it seems to find its way back into my house and all over my things. Your guests will not be happy and neither will the owner of your wedding location! Confetti can be fun but is again very hard to clean up.

Always check with your ceremony/reception location on throwing rules as many have "no rice, bubbles, confetti" throwing rules in place. Otherwise have fun & don't forget to duck!

Reader Tip: Napkin Rings

A crafty reader, Greta Fingold wrote in with this excellent reader tip:

I just wanted to say I love your site and add my own diy project that I'm doing for my wedding this winter. I made my own napkin rings. I bought round elastic thread and several packets of blue and clear crystal looking beads. I strung the beads on the elastic and now have napkin rings that match my centerpiece flowers.

What an excellent idea, Greta, thanks for sharing! You've inspired me, I think I'll whip up a batch of elastic napkin rings for holiday entertaining this year!

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