How to Select the Best Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are always an added treat for your guests, especially those who are traveling from out of town. While you don’t need to spend a fortune or go over the top, a small gift that comes from the heart is a great way to show appreciation to your guests.  

Consider edible treats.

Select a favor that represents the location of your wedding ceremony. If you are tying the knot at the beach, fill your gift bags with saltwater taffy.  If there is a popular specialty cocktail in the area, create a small kit with the essential ingredients for your guests to make one of their own.  Don’t forget to attach a small print out of the recipe. For guest who are staying at a hotel, snacks and added beverages are a bonus.

Represent your roots.

Fill a gift bag with favors that represent your history. If you and your finance grew up in the country and love southern cooking, include a small bag of biscuit mix, jam, or local honey. If you are urban dwellers, find a key chain or charm that represents your city. Perhaps gardening is your passion, put together a small kit filled with a painted flowerpot, seeds, and a small bag of soil.  Just be sure the contents in the bag signify you.

Keep the theme.

Consider giving a gift bag that is fitting of your wedding theme.  For a summer wedding, pack a gift bag filled with sunglasses, a beach towel, and sand toys. Winter wedding bags could include gloves, a hat, snowball kit, and so on. If you want to be more specific to your theme, add a small treat from your dessert table, or incorporate colorful goodies that match your ensemble.

While most wedding favors are left at hotels for out of town guests only, feel free to spread the love and leave your gift bags at a welcome table. Don’t forget to include personal note and let everyone know how excited you are to have them by your side to celebrate!

Sweet Gifts for Your Wedding Day

Weddings are a huge investment of time and money, but there is one last detail to consider on your wedding day – a gift for your husband-to-be.  While a gift exchange between you and your finance is not a necessity, it is a sweet gesture to show how excited you are to start your life together.  If you need inspiration to help you decide what to give, here are a few suggestions.

Be Thoughtful

You two have a history and a story to tell. Offer a gift that represents your love! Is there something you enjoy doing together? Do you have an inside joke? Is there a trip or a goal you both dream of? Find a way to represent whatever it is you hope for or value.  For example, if you two have a dream of traveling to France, buy him a miniature statue of the Eifel Tower and attach and photo alongside a heartfelt note. Tell him how excited you are to make you life journey and your dreams come true together as husband a wife.

Be Romantic

Perhaps you just want to tell your finance how much you love him. Find a way to share how excited you are to tie the knot and make a list of all the traits that made you fall in love in the first place.  Engrave him a plaque of promises you plan to honor during your marriage. Consider sharing your heart in a poem and have it framed. As long as your gift come from the heart, it will be perfect.

Commemorate the Day

Your wedding day is finally here, after all the planning and excitement. So, celebrate! Mark your special date on a gift that will remind him of you. If he is a golfer, buy him a new bag with your date engraved on the side. You could even frame an engagement photo with your wedding date for his office.  This is the day you began your life together and one that will be celebrated for years to come. 

There is no need to spend a lot of money on a gift for your fiancé. This gesture is meant to be personal and thoughtful. Let it represent your love and congratulate one another!  

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.

 

 

Hidden Wedding Cost You Didn’t Anticipate

 

You plan and budget like a pro for your wedding, and finally you have it all figured out…until those hidden expenses rear their ugly head.  It happens to many brides, they find themselves surprised by those pesky charges that didn’t exactly make the wedding budget spreadsheet.  Here are a few hidden fees you can anticipate helping you avoid last-minute shock.

Dress Alterations:

You know “the one” when you see it, and it is beautiful!  The price is even right for your budget.  But, don’t forget that all brides are not created the same.  More than likely you will need a few alterations to make it look perfect, and wedding dress alterations can get quite expensive. Be sure to account for last minute tweaks too!  Brides have been known to gain or lose a few pounds right before the big day.

Beauty Treatments:

If you are dreaming of sitting around and getting pampered all day before you walk down the aisle, maybe you have already hired a hair and makeup specialist and planned for this expense.  But, if you have not pre-arranged these details, you may be surprised to find that beauty expenses such as hair, make-up, nails, and waxing will add up fast.  You want to look your best when you make your grand appearance, and of course for all your photos!

Postage:

Remember to add postage fees to the total cost of your invitations.  It is also customary to include a pre-stamped return envelope to make it easy for guests to RSVP.  So, be sure to take your postage cost and double it!

Gifts:

Many couples like to surprise each other with a romantic gift right before the ceremony.  It is also nice to have a gift for both sets of parents on your wedding day; this is a big day for them too!  Not to mention, officiant tips or gifts and something small for the wedding party is a wonderful custom to let these important people know that you appreciate their support.

Venue Fees:

Venue fees can quickly and most unexpectedly add up by the end of the night.  Remember to account for taxes, gratuities for your servers and bartenders, cleanup costs, and overtime hours for the staff working so hard at your reception.  Also, keep in mind that many venues will charge cake-cutting and wine corking fees for items brought in from an outside vendor.

There are many ways to keep the cost of your wedding under control when you are on a budget, just remember to give yourself some breathing room for these unexpected fees!

Unique Gifts for Wedding Guests

Your wedding will be unforgettable for you – make it unforgettable your guests too! Give them something unique to remember this one-of-a-kind evening with you.

Here are a few creative and personalized ideas for unique gifts for your wedding guests.

Tote Bag

Rather than placing items in a traditional gift bag, create personalized wedding tote bags! This will especially come in handy for out of town guests who could use a little something extra to carry items to your wedding festivities. You could also send a tote in advance as a unique “save the date.” Reusable bags are becoming more popular in our eco-friendly generation, so this will be a popular gift that also shows your love!

Edible Place Settings

Whether you are having a seated dinner with place cards, or simply numbering tables, make it edible! Use cake pops or candy bars with a personalized wrapper will add some extra sweetness to the atmosphere. If your guests are too full of wedding cake, they can take these treats home to share after you have tied the knot!

Souvenir Cups

Another way you can add a personalized touch is with a souvenir cup. You can create an array of regular drinking cups, personalized wine cups, champagne flutes, or beer mugs with your names and the wedding date. Your guests can also take these home, which will create less clean up when the party is over!

Flash Mob

This idea you can’t exactly take home, but personalize your wedding with a surprise flash mob! This is the ultimate way to show uniqueness at your reception. At an unexpected time you and your groom, along with certain family and friends, can storm the hall with a choreographed dance that will surely entertain your guests. Be sure to add your own dance style and don’t forget to capture it on video!

Your wedding is a time to let your true individuality shine. Creating personalized items your guests can keep is an extra way to make your uniqueness shine through.