8 Unique Ideas for Budget Friendly Wedding Favors

When it comes to remembering your wedding, your photos will tell the story.  But often, long after the night is over, your guests will never see the photos you made or the videos you shot.  That’s what wedding favors are for – to remind your guests of your special night and to say ‘thank you for being a part of our special day’.  You can be as creative, unique, economical, or extravagant as you would like with your favors, but here are a few budget friendly options that will give you some great ideas to start with: 

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1. CDs

Let your guests take the party home with them! Burn a CD for each guest including favorite songs of the bride and groom, as well as any songs that will be played at the wedding. Whenever your friends listen to their personalized CD, it will take them back to that great night and remind them of the fun they had at your wedding!

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2. Koozies

Anytime your friends want to keep their drink cold, they’ll be reminded of your wedding! A koozie is a fun and inexpensive favor that will be used by all guests. There are tons of different shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from, and can be personalized to say whatever best sums up your great night!

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3. Candy / Chocolate

We all know you can never go wrong with sweets. There are thousands of options out there of different delicious candies and chocolates. Pick out small, cute bags or boxes and fill them with different types of candy. Your guests will still be enjoying the party all the way home!

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4. Brownie /Cake Mix

If you want to give something you know your guests will use and love, pick out your favorite type of cake or brownie. Fill up a pouch with enough of the powder mix so that your guests can make their own batch at home! Attach a note to each baggie with baking directions, and your friends will be thanking you for weeks, and asking where you got the amazing recipe!

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5. Magnets

Magnets are another easy but personal gift to give your guests to show your appreciation. They are not only useful to all, but a keepsake from your wedding will be put up in your friend’s homes for lasting memories!

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6. Flavored Popcorn

Another unique and delicious favor idea is flavored popcorn. There are a wide variety of popcorn flavors out there, and you can’t go wrong with any! Pick out your favorites and combine them for your guests to munch on and thank you for days!

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7. Bottle Opener

A more sophisticated favor idea would be a personalized bottle opener for each guest. They may be small, but will be very often used by your friends! Anytime they open a wine bottle, they’ll be reminded of their newlywed friends and the great night they spent at your wedding.

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8. Candles

Scented candles are great for any home, and can act as a great party favor! There are a huge variety of styles, sizes, colors, and scents to choose from. So pick some that work the best with your wedding theme! You can do the same candle or candles for each guest, or mix it up.

 

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Outdoor California Bridal Shower from Paige + Blake Green

I have a little treat for y’all this lovely Monday – a summery bridal shower from California! Julianna’s friends threw her a fabulous bridal shower tea party which included yummy tea party style food, sweet treats and complimentary hats for every lady. EVERYTHING at the party was handmade – except for the personalized tea bag favours (an awesome idea by the way!) – and a pretty backyard setting created the perfect atmosphere for Julianna to enjoy a girly soiree with friends, sisters and a bunch of adorable nieces. Thanks Paige + Blake Green for sending this pretty bridal shower our way!

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Photography:  Paige + Blake Green / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How To Simplify Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Are you finding yourself stuck on what to do what your wedding flowers? If so, you’re probably considering just handing out the decision to your florist, and calling it a day. However, before you hand over the reins, consider trying to come up with something on your own. It’s not too difficult when you know where to go for inspiration, and in the end you’ll feel quite special that you’ve created such beautiful floral arrangements.

Where to Look for Inspiration

Wedding floral arrangements are everywhere and that means you have a ton to choose from to find the ones best for your wedding theme.

Here are just a few of the places to find sample floral arrangements and bouquets:

  • Bridal Magazines – It’s likely you’ve already invested in a few of these, but it’s unlikely that you’ve taken a really good look at all of the floral arrangements and bouquets included. Buy some magazines, if you haven’t already, or start flipping through the ones you already have again. Pay particular attention to all of the flowers in  the magazines, and start to either color copy, or cut out the ones you like. Create a small scrapbook of the ones that you like the most to show your florist. While you may not know the type of flowers they are, your florist will.
  • Pinterest – This social networking site is most popular among women, and many of these women are either getting married, in a bridal party, or just love wedding themes images. Create an account on the site, look through the thousands of wedding floral arrangements and bouquets on the site, and start pinning them to your board. When you’ve found a few you like, invite your florist to see them. She can help you identify the specific flowers and either copy ones you see, or create a unique one bringing different flowers together.
How to Match Flowers to Your Wedding

Many brides find flowers they like the look of, but they don’t naturally grow in the color they would like them to be. Well, that’s no problem at all because many flowers can be dyed to your desired color, especially if the flowers come naturally in white.

Leave the Arranging to the Expert

Now, that you have the flowers you want in your arrangements, and you’ve solved the problem of them not coordinating with your wedding, the next task is putting them together, so they look neat and sweet. This is the part that should be left to the expert – the florist. While many brides do make their own arrangements, it’s usually done with much frustration and redo’s that many brides, such as yourself, do not have the time for right before wedding day. Not to mention the patience it takes when arranging – you just aren’t at your optimal patience level when you are trying to make sure everything else is going well with the wedding.

Check Off Flower Arrangements

Once you have given the florist your floral desires for your wedding, you can go ahead and take that off the list. Ah. What a great feeling, isn’t it?

 

 

About the Author: Marcelina Hardy worked with her wedding planner Meridian MS to choose her floral arrangements and used a wedding floral designer Lauderdale County to arrange them.

 

{Guest Post} Ten Destination Wedding Favor Ideas

A destination wedding can easily be one of the single most exciting types of weddings you can have, but choosing favors may seem a bit tougher if you’re going to be away. You want something that will truly help your guests remember your special day, but you don’t want the added hassle of carrying anything too big too far. These ideas can help.

1. Leather Luggage Tags

You’re all traveling, right? Why not consider a traveling essential like a luggage tag? Given that your party is likely to be fairly small, there’s no reason you can personalize each with the guest’s name and address so they can use them right away, and include a special message. Something like “Thanks for traveling with us. We hope your journey is filled with love,” then include your names at the bottom. Allow these to serve as place cards at your reception if you like.

2. Tote Bags

Adding a tote bag to each person’s room is the perfect way to welcome them and thank them from coming. You can fill them with almost anything including local delicacies, supplies they may need while they’re away from home, treats to satisfy those late night cravings while they’re in the hotel room, souvenirs from local vendors, pampering products like sleep masks and foldable slippers, toys if you have little guests, or even maps and brochures to help your guests find their way while they’re in the city.

3. Travel Related Items

There are hundreds of things you can have personalized these days, and choosing travel items your guests can use again and again is a great way to help them remember this particular trip in the years to come. Go with a travel alarm clock that has both of your names and the date on it. A manicure kit is also a great idea. Mini sewing kits work well too. All of these are super useful to guests as they travel, and almost all of them can be found with personalization options.

4. Bookmarks

For most, vacations mean a chance to sit down with a good book, and almost everyone could use a great bookmark if that’s the plan. Design the bookmark of your dreams for your guests online, then have them ready and waiting at the hotel when you arrive. Consider putting a picture of the destination on there as well as your names or even a picture of the two of you together.

5. Holiday Ornaments

If you’re getting married near the holidays, consider Christmas tree ornaments as your favor. Choose something that reflects the area where you got married, and have it customized with your names and the date. For example, if you were getting married in a tropical destination, go with a palm tree that has the city printed on it as well as your names.

6. Personalized Sunscreen

If you’re going tropical, this is an ideal choice. Many companies make sunscreen bottles hooked to a carabineer, and some will even personalize it for you. It’s practical for your guests, and they’ll always remember your special day as they slather on the lotion at their favorite beach.

7. Personalized Playing Cards

While this would work as well for any wedding as it would for a destination wedding, it will certainly give your guests something to do during their downtime. Choose just the cards themselves or cards in beautiful personalized travel tins with your names and the date engraved on them.

8. Coffee Favors

Premeasured coffee packs are a great way to thank your guests. Whether they take it home or use it in the hotel room’s coffee maker, this is an excellent way to help them wake up in the morning and remember your special day at the same time. Many favor companies will print your wedding details right there on the package, too!

9. Drink Mixes

From margaritas to martinis, drink mixes are a great destination wedding favor because they’re so easy to carry. With many different choices out there and simple instructions on the back of each drink mix, your guests are going to love the chance to unwind. Most companies will even print your wedding details on the package.

10. A Postcard Album

Get postcards from all of the local sites, then put them in a mini photo album for each of your guests. Have your names and the date on the front of the album, and guests will automatically get a souvenir of all of the area sites as well as a quick guide to the city.

There are lots of ways to find great destination wedding favors for your guests, even if you’ll be marrying far away. Just remember to stick with favor ideas that are as affordable as they are easy to carry.

 

 

 

Pinkchic18 is a guest writer who enjoys party planning, holidays and events. She is also a regular contributor to the Wedding Favors Unlimited Blog, where you can find great decor ideas and inspiration for your wedding.

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Manzanita Branches for Weddings

Manzanita branches are a beautiful and original way to add some ‘wow’ factor your wedding decor.  These natural arrangements have a multitude of twisted branches giving them a miniature tree silhouette like appearance which makes them not only dramatic in appearance but also extremely versatile for wide variety of decorative uses. Today, we take a look at the many gorgeous ways you can use manzanita trees throughout a wedding.

Manzanita Wedding Centerpieces

The wonderful thing about Manzanita branches is they are very affordable and easy to DIY. You can purchase them in either their natural form (reddish timber look) or in a sandblasted variety (neutral driftwood appearance). Or, for a complete contrast, easily paint them to compliment your colour scheme.

Another great variety of branches, especially for eco-conscious brides is the artificial manzanita branch. Artificial branches work especially well for for large weddings, where consistency in the appearance of your centrepieces is important. It also means they are strong yet still lightweight, can be re-used, and of course get a big tick for being environmentally friendly.

3 Interesting Facts about Manzanita Branches

1. Manzanita is the 7th hardest hardwood making it ideal for displaying objects and decorations. Sandblasted and/or finished Manzanita branches can be used for long periods, if properly taken care of.

2. A Manzanita tree is not very big. The common varieties used for furniture art and decor usually rang from 6 to 12 foot tall shrub like trees. Although the tree root and trunk is used for wood art and furniture, it is the small branches, twigs, and leaf bearing off-shoots at the end of the tree, which are commonly sourced for dry branch centerpieces and floral arrangements.

3. Manzanita trees only grow in select micro-climates along the South and West Coast and mountains of Mexico in the United States. In California many species are considered protected and some even highly endangered. Making the artificial style of manzanita an increasingly popular choice.
 
Manzanita Tree Decorations
Manzanita Tree Decorations
When you incorporate Manzanita branches into your decorations you add a beautiful natural and textural element to your wedding. Now, it goes without saying, that they look amazing as centerpieces on reception tables, but don’t overlook using them in other ways – decorating your aisle; as a gorgeous guest table feature; or featured as a pretty guest wishing tree. 
 
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to decorating your manzanita branches. You can tie on fresh or artificial flowers, drape crystals, strings of lights or ribbons – you can even attache hanging votive candles for an amazing effect. Then again, depending upon your wedding style or theme, you may prefer to keep them bare and let their natural beauty speak for themselves. Whatever you go with you, you’re bound to wow your guests when they enter the room and see their spectacular branches reaching into the air!
 
Here are some beautiful ideas for using Manzanita Branches in your wedding decor: 
 
Manzanitas Branches in Ceremony Decor

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Manzanita Branch Centrepieces

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Manzanita Wishing Tree

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Manzanita Branches with Candles

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Where to Buy Manzanita Branches

If you love the look of Manzanita branches as much as we do, and plan to create your own centerpieces or decorations, then we recommend checking out the many styles of manzanita branches at Koyal Wholesale – the best place for Manzanita centerpieces and decor.

 

 

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{Bouquet Inspiration} Gorgeous Sorbet Bouquet

I’m lusting over this gorgeous sorbet toned bouquet. Jam packed with pretty dahlias it features a medley of beautiful sorbet and gelato colours including pink, coral, lemon, orange and spearmint. Yum, yum!

 

 

Floral Designer: Kate Baker Florals / Image: Abi Q Photography via RuffledBlog

 

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How To Design Wedding Invitations + A Discount!

In between choosing a wedding dress and selecting the most appropriate tableware for your big day – is the all important issue of wedding invitations. Invitations are an important part of the wedding planning process. Once you’ve decided on the date, you have to decide who you want to be there on your special day. These days you have quite a few options when it comes to designing your invitations. Depending on your budget, you can leave it all up to the professionals, or you can save money by making your own (it’s actually not as time-consuming as you may think). Besides, it’s important to convey your individual taste and personality by crafting your own unique wedding invitations. Here are some of the things you might want to consider when you create them yourself.

First you should decide what type of printing you want for your invitations. Some of the popular options include engraving, letterpress printing, embossing, lithographic printing or regular old ink printing. Each style is dramatic in its own way, although some are most pricey than others. There are printing businesses out there that specialise in wedding invitation printing and may help you to choose a suitable printing style.

Blue & White Wedding Invitations

The second thing you need to consider is the style and aesthetics of your wedding invitations. If you’re hosting a traditional white wedding, you can’t go wrong with bold calligraphy on delicate ivory paper. Clean, understated designs work best for a more classic look and feel. Remember, your invitations should reflect the atmosphere of your wedding. If you are having a religious wedding, be sure to convey that through your invitations; use the appropriate colours and symbols. More casual beach or garden weddings may use light, fresh colours and related graphics. Church weddings are considered to be more formal, so you should adhere to a more traditional style.
 
Glamorous Red & White Invitations

There are a number of style elements you should consider; the font, the background, the border, images and the general format. If you’re unsure what you want, you can browse a range of templates online and use them for inspiration. Some printing companies offer templates so if you find a design you like, you can print it with the details of your wedding.

Whimsical Pink & Grey Invitations

If you’re a bit craftier or you want to have more control over the appearance, you will need to decide on the details you want to have on your invitations. Gold or silver borders, black script and floral detailing are popular options that look great.

Overall, you do not need to spend a lot of money to make your wedding invitations look beautiful. All you need is a little bit of time and some inspiration.

 Bright & Colourful Wedding Invitations

 Create your wedding invitations online and receive an exclusive discount with Vistaprint!

Are you planning your engagement party? Do you need to send out save-the-date cards? Or maybe it’s time to invite family and friends to your wedding reception. Whatever stage you’re at with your planning, you can design your invitations online, have them printed by Vistaprint and sent out to you.

With this exclusive offer, you’ll get up to 50% off all invitation products including engagement party invitations, save-the-date cards, bridal shower invitations, wedding reception invitations and more. You’ll also receive 25% off the rest of the site so you can create celebration banners or even custom t-shirts for the bucks or hens night. So get creative and have fun designing your wedding invitations!

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So, what are you waiting for lovelies?  Pop on over to Vistaprint TODAY and receive a up to 50% discount off all wedding related stationery!  And don’t forget if you fall in love with any more of their products you can get an extra 25% off site-wide!  Have fun! xo 

 

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{Cupcake Love} Petal Cupcakes

I simply adore these flower inspired cupcakes by Petal Cupcakes in New Zealand . Their ‘petal-like’ swirl decoration makes such a pretty statement and their delicate floral appearance is perfect addition for an elegant wedding soiree. Actually, I believe these adorable little cakes would look divine anywhere – be it on a wedding dessert table, displayed at your bridal shower, or used as delicious edible favors for your guests. 

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{Bouquet Inspiration} Black Pink & White Wedding Bouquet

This gorgeous black, pink and white wedding bouquet with it’s soft pastel hues and a subtle hint of ebony, is as pretty as they come. Filled with ranunculus, garden roses, black and white anemones, plus a smattering of  hypericum berries and dusty miller in the mix, it’s country glam all the way!

Black Pink & White Wedding Bouquet

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{Bouquet Inspiration} Small Lily of the Valley Wedding Bouquet

Simple, pretty, demure and whimsical, are all words that come to mind each time I admire this small Lily of the Valley wedding bouquet. Beautiful in it’s simplicity, this small white flower creates the perfect style of bridal bouquet for a quaint vintage wedding or springtime soiree. I can easily envisage a Jane Austen, French provencale or a whimsical wedding theme for this classically sweet bloom.

Small Lily of the Valley Bouquet

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Floral Designer: LK Lily / Image via Ruffled Blog