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Yummy Wedding Food Stations and Food by the Season

Wedding guests will only remember a few parts of your wedding years down the road.  For that matter, so will YOU!  People will be brought back to your wedding day particularly by there senses: what they see, what they hear, what they taste, what they touch and what they smell.  One of the five senses is what they taste.  This is why one of the more critical aspect of your wedding is the food.

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Food takes on an integral role of any wedding.  Was the food hot or cold as it was made to the prime temperature?  How long did guests have to wait for the main course?  Were there plenty of appetizers during happy hour (not made for a meal but to battle their hunger).  Was there enough beverages for all ages and types of drinkers at the event?


All the above is very important.  However, it may be difficult to think of a food menu depending on the part of the country and the time of year of your wedding day.  We always recommend staying with food of the area.  This supports local businesses.  In addition, those guests traveling from afar to attend your wedding, will highly appreciate the local flavors.

So what are some wedding food suggestions for every time of year?

Ideas that do not require a time of year

  • Pairing courses with specified wine and/or beer to match

Food Station Ideas

Think of food stations that fit into your area.

  • Maine – Lobster station
  • Montana – Pasty station
  • Wisconsin – Brat Station
  • Pennsylvania – Cheesesteak station
  • Georgia – Chicken and Waffles station.
  • Texas – BBQ – Ribs, Chicken, etc. station
  • California – Avacado with anything
  • Idaho – Baked or Mashed potato station
  • Alaska – King crab legs station
  • Washington – Salmon station

Think of of an out-of-the-box thinking food station.

  • Donut station with topping choices
  • Ice cream station with topping choices
  • Hot chocolate station with toppings and flavors selections
  • Mashed sweet, baby red or yukon gold potato station with topping choices
  • Lots of Popcorn choices
  • Hearty appetizers like sliders or tacos
  • Pasta bar with different noodles and different sauces and accompaniments.

 Fall

  • Butternut, Acorn, Banana or Spaghetti Squash
  • Ravioli
  • Sliced apple with carmel dip or carmel apples decorated with different toppings (chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, etc)
  • Turkey
  • Pumpkin and sweet potato pie
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Lasagna
  • Stuffed shells
  • Most Italian dishes
  • Amber beers including Octoberfest

Winter

  • Baked Potato Bar
  • Hot chocolate station w/flavors and candy cane stir sticks
  • Soup shots
  • Chili station
  • Prime rib carving station
  • Pot pies
  • Shepherd Pie
  • Stew
  • Red wines including Merlot
  • Stout beers
  • Cherries Jubilee
  • Banana Foster
  • Bread Pudding
  • Fruit cobbler

Spring

  • Spinach, pear and walnut salad
  • Lamb chops w/mint jelly
  • Asparagus,
  • Spring peas and carrots
  • Edamame,
  • Spring rolls
  • Avocado/Guacamole
  • Mango
  • Rhubarb
  • Light pasta salads with balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • Artichokes
  • Mojitos
  • Hefeweizen and fruity beers
  • Citrus pies such as Lemon Meringue or Key Lime
  • Lemon Bars
  • Cherry tart (or any other fruit you like)
  • Ham
  • Angel food cake

wedding food by season

Summer

  • Fresh fruit salad with bananas, strawberries and blueberries
  • Strawberries with cream cheese filling
  • Chicken lettuce wraps
  • S’Mores station
  • BBQ chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hotdogs
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Corn bread
  • Ice cream
  • Corn on the cob
  • Mojitos
  • Martini’s
  • Pilsner and other light beers
  • Arnold Palmer’s
  • White wine including Zinfandels and Chardonnay

51 Gift Basket Ideas of Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

51 Gift Basket Ideas for Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

51 Gift Basket Ideas of Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

Many wedding guests travel near and far to see you get married. Guests could be Aunts and Uncles who live in a far away state to old college friends that moved offshore. No matter, they are coming to see the bride and groom and share their special day.

One of the memorable gifts for arriving guests are their gift baskets placed in their hotel rooms. Most do not know the area and have their own expectations of the wedding events.

Here are 51 Gift basket ideas to make guests comfortable and excited to be attending your wedding!

Food Items

  1. Cheese knife with cheese
  2. Bottles of wine or champagne
  3. Mini summer sausages
  4. Regional fudge or saltwater taffy
  5. Food seasonings and herbs
  6. Hot chocolate mixes with coffee cups
  7. Locally brewed bottles of beer
  8. S’mores kits containing graham crackers, marshmallows, and Hershey’s chocolate candy bars.
  9. Area farmer’s market products such as jams, honey and other contained food items.
  10. Snacks on the go such as Triscuits, Vanilla Wafers, veggie packets, nuts, etc.
  11. Area cooking adders such as BBQ sauce, meat rub, and seasonings.
  12. Packaged specialty cookies
  13. Packaged popcorn
  14. Bottle of water for each DAY’s stay.

Travel Items

  1. Lip balm
  2. Toiletries care package: Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, Q-tips, deodorant, shampoo, etc.
  3. Playing cards
  4. Mosquito spray such as Off.
  5. Small games such as Cribbage, Uno, checkers, etc.
  6. Beer bottle openers
  7. Pamper with soap, bath gels, bath salts, and body lotion.
  8. Put everything inside a pool tote
  9. Suntan lotion
  10. Padded hangers for dress clothes
  11. Throw blanket
  12. Neck pillow
  13. Luggage tags
  14. Beach towel
  15. Nightlight
  16. Mini sewing kit
  17. Aches and pains over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen and Tylenol.

Wedding Day Items

  1. A map of the local area with points of interest
  2. Wedding day itinerary
  3. Wedding weekend’s planned events

Clothing Items

  1. Gender-proof mittens
  2. Beanie hat or headband or earmuffs
  3. Novelty socks or fashion socks
  4. Scarf

Novelty Items

  1. Bottle stoppers
  2. Coasters
  3. Drink Cozies
  4. Scented candles
  5. Souvenir from the local gift shot that reflects the area
  6. Postcards with pictures of the area
  7. Short novel or magazine

Personal Items

  1. Corsages
  2. Homemade cookbook with family recipes
  3. Personalized Do not Disturb door hangers
  4. Framed family photos
  5. Return address labels
  6. Write a personal note thanking them for attending your wedding

Last but not least, plan to go to the hotel or place where all of your out-of-town guests will be staying and arrange the baskets to be delivered upon arrival.  Be sure to have their names on the baskets and room number if known.

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Wedding Favor Ideas for the Bride

Wedding favors are to be offered to wedding guest to sow appreciation for attending your big day. Gone are the days of baggies of Hershey Kisses wedding favor ideas. Today’s bride should think outside the box and bag for her wedding favor selections. Guest really expect to be WOW’d by the bride and groom’s “free stuff”. The most memorable wedding favors will resonate with the vast majority of guests. The key is to make the favors as personable as possible.

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The most cost effective wedding favor ideas are the ones that have a dual purpose. Wedding favors that have dual purpose include centerpieces (that can be taken as a parting gift), votive candles with tea lights, and miniature vases with flowers. Another idea is to use place cards also as favors. Place cards are designators of guest seating. Place cards can be items that are personally engraved with the guests’ names. Personalized place cards include picture frames with a custom picture, business card holders and special decorative card holders.

Keep in mind too that people by nature like to open gifts. We would suggest offering favors that guests have to unwrap. However, take this to a creative element. Don’t just have standard cellophane wrap or white box. Offer favors wrapped in unique shapes and colors.

Wedding Favor Ideas – Personality

Do you have a favorite sports team or hobby? This is a great way to bring your personally into the wedding reception. If you are a Yankees, Red Song or Phillies baseball fan, what about signed official baseballs for wedding favors? If you love fishing, how about creative colorful fishing lure art pieces? Love having game nights with friends? What about miniature games to offer each guest like UNO or chess? Favors can be made fun and stay within the theme of the wedding. Themes of the wedding can and should be carried into wedding favors. Having a beach wedding? What about sea shells that are big enough guests can actually hear the ocean? Having a classy black tie wedding? Think about wine glass charms that can be used at home too. One of our favorite green favors are potted herbs that can be grown at home. Custom wedding favor ideas include miniature wedding cakes that match the bride and groom’s cake, ready-made recipes in a jar, and baskets with chased food and drink. One of our favorite websites for unique favors is uncommongoods.

Wedding Favor Ideas – Costs

Generally, favors cost $4 to $15 each. A suggestion if providing higher end favors, it to offer them for each couple versus each person. To keep costs monitory, you could make a donation to a charity for a specified amount. Then each guest will get a notice that a donation was made to a charity in their name.

When Purchase Wedding Favors?

The wedding favors should be purchased three to four weeks before the wedding. Assembling wedding favors should not be set until the last minute. You may run out of supplies and want to be sure to have time to purchase additional materials. If placing a special order of favors, be sure to allow enough time for reorder corrections that may occur.

Last Minute Wedding Favor Ideas For Your Guests

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For some, preparing wedding favors is one of the most exciting things when planning the event. For others however, it’s something that might be forgotten while deciding on other major details. If you find yourself being one of the latter, don’t panic. Take a deep breath as here are some quick fix you can come up with for your big day’s giveaway presents.

Chocolate Bars 

Who doesn’t love chocolates? Guests both young and old will surely enjoy this sweet indulgence. It doesn’t hurt too that it’s an easy-to-purchase item. Hoard bars of chocolate from your favorite shop for an easy yet delightful wedding favor. This one requires only a quick preparation. Simply tie a ribbon around it and attach a tag with the couple’s names and the wedding date. Be mindful of how you transport the chocolate bars though. You wouldn’t want to send your guests home with sticky, melted, or broken bars after all.

Regional Gift

This is perfect for destination weddings or ones that are held in the groom or bride’s hometown faraway. People who travel to a new place always take pleasure in delving into local practices and experiencing its delicacies. Give your guests something that will not only remind them of your wedding but of the place as well. Regional gifts are easy to purchase in the area and you can even get a good bargain if you buy them in bulk. Prepare a paper bag, basket, or box that matches your color motif to pack edible or collectible souvenirs for your guests.

Candle

Whether it’s for display or for use, this one will be a practical gift for many guests. Aside from the the fact that you can easily find candles to purchase, these items are also fun to decorate and personalize. Votive candles, for instance, can be wrapped in sheer fabric and tied with a satin ribbon. Lace, ribbons, even twigs can quickly do the trick in transforming simple looking candles into elegant wedding favors. You can choose to have scented ones and you can even conveniently pick colors to match your theme.

Pastries

Just like chocolates, you can certainly never go wrong with pastries. Whether it’s brownies, mini pies, macarons, or cookies, sweet treats are always appreciated as wedding favors. As well, it’s something that many suppliers are willing to take even if you order at a week’s notice. Pack 2-3 pieces of these in tiny cans, jars, boxes, or even simple brown paper bags. A playful ribbon and homemade printed tag will surely create a shabby chic look to this giveaway.

Pens

Sounds cliche for a gift but pens will always be classic items that is practical and useful at the same time. Add personal touch to these items by customizing them with the couples names and the wedding date. Customized pens like that from National Pen and others allow you to choose the print you want on the pen. You can also simply tie a tag on the pens with a written appreciation for the guests.

Jellybeans

Yep, this tiny yummy treat can be your lifesaver too! Colorful jelllybeans add a fun twist to your wedding. Simply group them into small packs using clear jars or even fancy little plastic bags. Tie them with a ribbon and don’t forget the thank you tag!

Author Bio

A blogger based in San Diego, California, Amanda Smith has a penchant for writing about travel and arts, technology and gadgets, health and wellness, and just about anything that tickles her fancy. She loves collecting customized pens and when she’s not writing, she’s busy catching up on her favorite sitcoms with her yellow Labrador, Chandler Tribbiani.

Custom Wedding Music CD Backup and Favor

Have you ever considered a music entertainer such as a band, DJ or friend, not having the music you requested for your wedding ceremony or reception? Brides always expect their music providers to have their special music requests for their wedding day.  Let me state that professional music entertainers WILL have the music their clients request.  In the Internet age it should not be an issue. However, we have heard time and time again of brides being irate at their music entertainers for not having a song they requested for the wedding ceremony or reception.

We would like to offer the suggestion for brides and grooms to create your own custom wedding music CD with all your required songs for your wedding ceremony and reception. You can have it in your possession on your wedding day to give to your music master of ceremonies or music entertainer.  This will guarantee the M.C. has the songs you requested for your special day. Having your own songs will also guarantee the playing of the correct versions of the songs. An example would be the Shania Twain song From This MomentFrom This Moment is sung by Shania Twain by herself and also as a duo with Shania Twain and Bryan White. In addition, there are live versions of the song.  A great way to verify you have the correct song versions is to go to Amazon.com and listen to the different song samples of each song.

Custom wedding music CDs can be created at home on your computer by purchasing and then downloading MP3 songs from web sites like iTunes and Amazon . The cost for each song is about one dollar. Then, write the songs to a blank CD-R (you can only copy songs to the cd once) or CD-RW (you can save songs to the CD and update songs) using a software program such as Sonic.  Usually, you can get about 17 songs per each CD.  Once you have all the songs you want for your wedding saved on CD(s), your set to give them to your wedding music entertainer.

When you purchase songs from Amazon or iTunes, you are given seven licenses for each song purchased. Therefore, you can legally create seven CDs of your new songs purchased online. As a result of having seven licenses, you can offer a custom music CD to your wedding guests as a wedding favor or memento very inexpensively. Be sure to purchase the number of songs in correlation to the number of seven CD collections. The custom music CD would be a great keepsake. You just cannot sell the CDs due to copyright laws.  In addition, many online sites and stores like Best Buy offer custom labels and CD label software.  Brides and grooms can personalize their CD favors with wedding artwork, their names and date of the wedding.  Colored CD cases are also available to complete the perfect wedding favor.

Want to create a Custom Music CD?

You can create your own CD on iTunes and download it to your computer to write it to the medium used by your wedding music entertainer (mp3, CD, etc.).

Unique Wedding Favors Ideas

Wedding favors are put on the reception tables and have two purposes.  First, they are used as table decorations and second they are small tokens of appreciation to all of your wedding guests.  Wedding favors are all a matter of what you as the bride and groom choose to have.  There are several basic wedding favors or you can choose to do something a little more distinctive to fit into your wedding theme.

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Many wedding couples choose something simple like small boxes filled with chocolate kisses or Jordan Almonds.  Sometimes these candies are put into small mesh bags instead of boxes.   Wedding favors can be personalized with your names and wedding dates, or just about anything else you want on them.

There are many categories of wedding favors.  Categories include edible wedding favors, practical wedding favors, and eco-friendly wedding favors.  There are an unlimited ideas for edible wedding favors.  You can have two of the listed categories above but what about something a little more original?  How about suckers that are personalized, or specially decorated,and  individually wrapped cookies?  Many kinds of cookie that can be chosen.  What about special fortune cookies?  How about personalized M & M’s?  They can be purchased in your wedding colors and personalized with your picture or names.  You can also just buy labels for mini candy bars or full size candy bars so you can save a little money by covering your own chocolate bars.

Not really into candies but still want something edible?  Think about personalized tea bags or pouches of coffee.  You can also find small containers of jams or jelly’s, hot sauces and barbecue sauces, or even vinegar and oil.  Vinegar and oil containers are a great idea and then you can serve salad as one of your courses of dinner.

So maybe you are more into practical wedding favors.  How about small frames with your guests’ pictures in them?  Since many people like candles on their tables,  think about small votive candle holders that are personalized.  Put small candles for a soft ambiance in the room.  Another practical idea is lip balm or ever personalized bottles of water.  Salt and pepper shakers are big as wedding favors as well.  They come in many shapes and sizes and can be purchased to match your wedding theme.  Having a Vegas wedding, or Vegas themed wedding?  Consider a deck of playing cards or personalized poker chips?  Having an outdoor wedding in Summer?  Try personalized silk fans, they will help keep your guests cool.

Are you trying to be more eco-friendly?  Think about miniature flower pots filled with herbs.  You can also get personalized packets of flower seeds, or even specialized paper that you can plant that will grow flowers.  Another idea is eco-friendly bamboo coasters.

There are so many ideas out available online.  With a little research and creativity you will be able to find the perfect idea for your wedding.

Top 5 Wedding Favors And Why

At most weddings, the bride and groom will offer some type of small memento as a note of appreciation to family and friends, more commonly known as wedding favors. As you will discover in this article, the type of favors are widely varied but there are some that are considered better choices than others. Remember, wedding favors do not have to be expensive.

In fact, this type of gift can be something homemade. If you want to go all out, that is certainly fine, but it is also not necessary.  The focus of the wedding favor is to let people know you are grateful for their assistance with your wedding and/or reception or that you are just honored they showed up. To help you get started, we have provided you with the top five wedding favors.

Edible Favors

One of the most popular types of wedding favor is food/ edible favors, simply because most people love to eat. A wonderful option, which is easy and inexpensive to make, would be to purchase small wedding favor boxes and then line them with white tissue paper.

Place candy, or dark chocolate covered peanuts inside and tie the box off with any color ribbon. Watch everyone enjoy the beautiful wedding favor box but even more, the delicious goodies inside. This is a very nice choice for both informal and formal weddings.

Another great idea is a “Candy Bar/Buffet.”  Your guests will love this! Place the candies in containers and you don’t need to worry about packaging, therefore you can buy them in bulk.  It’s a good idea to have a variety of candies in a variety of colors.  You can decorate and label the containers with the black board with clips. They add charm to any table setting, favor, and are great use as food labels or for any message you wish to communicate to your guest.

Flower Plant

The second of the top five wedding favors is a fresh plant or flower seeds. With this, you can get as creative as you want. A couple of ideas that work very nice is placing a miniature plant or cacti in a small terra cotta planter.  With a little creative thinking, these wedding favors will be unique. With a small amount of plastic film added to the interior, any favor box or small pot can become a perfect mini flower vase. Your table will look stunning and your guests will be amazed when they are asked to take one home.

Fragrant Soap

For the third of the top five wedding favors, you might also consider fragrant soap. It is a lovely wedding favor to place in hotel rooms of out-of-town guests or give them at the reception.  There are many shapes and scents to choose from, and they come beautifully packaged with a “Thank You” or “For You” tag at YourWeddingGirl.com.

Candles

Now for the fourth of the top five wedding favors, you can never go wrong with votive candles, enjoyed by both men and women. Wedding candle favors always make romantic and practical gifts. Who doesn’t love a fragrant, beautiful, decorative, or unique candle?  Give your guest a candle favor they are guaranteed to love.

Pewter

Finally, the last of the five top wedding favors would be pewter or silver. You will find many wonderful choices such as picture frames, paperweights, and bottle openers/winestoppers. With this type of gift, you will probably pay a little more but this is a nice gift for a more formal wedding, affluent group list, or members of the bridal party. Remember, you can choose from hundreds of wedding favors to include miniature bottles of wine, stationary with last name and wedding date, golf balls and tees for the sports enthusiasts, and the list goes on and on. Whether you go with bubbles to be blown as you and your new spouse leaves the church to creative miniature baskets filled with candles, candy or Jordon’s almonds and everything in between, the key is to choose wedding favors that coordinate with your wedding but that are also special for your type of guest list.

About the Author:  Sandra Aguilar of YourWeddingGirl.com – Offering elegant, in-style, wedding favors at the best prices online.