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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.

Ideas for Travel Destination Favors and Wedding Gift Bags

You have finalized travel arrangements and booked hotels for your destination wedding. Now you are deciding what kind of travel destination favors to give your guests and how to present them. This article provides wedding favor ideas for your destination wedding guests.

You want your destination wedding to be a memorable and enjoyable occasion. One way to ensure your guests get the most out of their hotel stay for your wedding weekend is to give them a wedding gift bag or out-of-town bag, also called OOT bags, filled with goodies and neat treats upon their arrival at the hotel rooms.

Wedding Gift Bags can be filled with anything from bottled water and snacks to miniature bottles of champagne and a set of plastic toasting glasses with a few fine chocolates and a scented candle. A small travel sewing kit is a winner every time. You will not believe how many of your guests will thank you for this wonderful and practical gift. It is not uncommon for guests to comment on how their sewing kit saved the day when they used it to sew on a button that popped off from a suit or dress just before your wedding.

Another idea is to research the local customs and favorite cuisines around the area of your destination wedding. Local travel pamphlets about area attractions are free in most areas. Simply contact the chamber of commerce for the area where your wedding will take place. Your travel agent is also a great resource for finding small favors to add to your wedding gift bags.

An 8″ x 5″ x 10″ paper or poly gift bag is the most common size used as gift bags. Ask the hotel host or hostess to place one of these bags on the vanity or night stand of each hotel room, welcoming your guests to your city or an exotic island or location. You may also want to make arrangements for your gift bags to be handed out by the host or hostess as your guests check in to the hotel.

You will probably want to assemble your guest welcome bags and box them up before you leave for your destination. This will make it easy to transport and deliver to your hotel. In some cases, you may want to wait until you have arrived at your wedding location so you can purchase local goodies to add to your bags. Another option is to check with your hotel to see if they have staff available to set up the gift bags for you.

Your wedding guests will be delighted to find the treasures that await them when they check in to their hotel rooms. Add a personal message by having your wedding gift bags custom printed with a personal message from the bride and groom saying “Welcome to Our Wedding Weekend” or “Thank You for Joining Us” along with the bride and grooms names and wedding date.

No matter what you decide to give as destination wedding favors, your guests will appreciate this token of your gratitude for their participation on your most special day.

About the Author: Ray Miller is the founder and president of My Wedding Reception Ideas.com. My Wedding Reception Ideas specializes in premium personalized wedding favors, accessories, and wedding party gifts. For more information on choosing and ordering wedding gift bags for your reception or party, visit My Wedding Reception Ideas.com.

Fall in Love with Festive Fall Wedding Favors

When it comes to picking favors, seasonal products still give you limitless options. And fall wedding favors are no different! There are candle holders, bottle stoppers, bookmarks, champagne flutes, and so many more things that are designed specifically for autumn themed weddings.

Fall is the season of rich colors, warm lighting, and cozy, inviting spaces – all the things you want to emulate throughout your wedding day and reception. And it’s easy to carry on that theme with appropriately selected fall wedding favors – favors that evoke the spirit of the season and give your guests a beautiful reminder of your wedding day.

When choosing fall wedding favors, remember your theme or color set. Bright yellow sunflowers are always big for autumn themed weddings as are rich red, brown, yellow, and orange autumn leaves. However, fall wedding favors with bright, deep colors will help set the stage at each person’s plate setting. But today’s bride wants to give more than just mints or candy; she wants to offer her guests a little gift to thank them for coming – one that is not only functional but well worth the price.

Our Favorite Favors for Autumn Themed Weddings

Here are our favorite fall wedding favors that incorporate both the beauty of the season and show your guests how much you appreciate them coming!

1. Wildflower Seed Favors: Give your guests a way to look forward to warmer weather – as well as integrate more green initiatives into their routine – with wildflower or tree seed favors. The younger set will especially love this, and it will give them a chance to plant a beautiful garden with the help of their parents. Seed favors are ideal for environmentally-friendly brides and grooms who want to make a difference at their autumn themed weddings or simply serve as a way for couples to celebrate the birth of something new.

2. Glass Coaster Sets: Everyone loves coasters. They keep furniture free from water stains and can be customized with names, dates, or special pictures as well as pastoral fall scenes that are the perfect backdrop to autumn themed weddings. We suggest glass in particular because it fits with almost everyone’s design scheme and is a decidedly elegant option for fall wedding favors.

3. Wine Bottle Stoppers & Bottle Openers: Functionality is the name of the game for many brides who are shopping for autumn wedding favors. And guests love favors that they can use. Many wine bottle stoppers or bottle openers are painted in lovely, vibrant fall colors or are embellished with a beautiful sunflower or autumn leaf as the decoration.

4. Fall-themed Photo Albums: Many couples nowadays provide disposable cameras at each table so guests can snap away at events the bride and groom may have missed. If you and your loved one are more sentimental about the images your guests capture, why not provide everyone with a fall-themed photo album, so they can put their own pictures from the wedding in it? And whenever they browse through the album, they’ll remember your happy day and the role they played in it.

5. Cookie Cutters: With the holidays right around the corner, cookie cutters – either in autumnal shapes or other fun shapes you choose (hearts, doves, stars) – are an excellent gift to give guests at autumn themed weddings. After all, functionality plays a role – and your guests will admire your “good taste” when they find these lovely keepsake fall wedding favors at their plates.

6. Candles and/or Tea Light Holders: Flickering candle light is oh-so-romantic, so shouldn’t you share that essence of fall with your guests? Adorn your reception tables with pretty fall leaf shaped candle or tea light holder, and you’ll be hearing, “What a wonderful favor!” all night long. These fall wedding favors allow your guests to bring the memories of your special day as well as the warmth of fall into their home.

Autumn Themed Weddings Are Meant to Be Warm, Cozy Affairs

The mystery and beauty of the fall season creates the perfect setting for autumn themed weddings. Fall is the season of transformation – an ideal that likely carries over into your marriage vows. From invitations and decorations to the cake and gown, you have all of your ducks in a row so to speak. But choosing fall wedding favors doesn’t have to be complicated, and you certainly don’t have to match your theme exactly. Just don’t forget to spice up each table at the reception with thoughtfully chosen wedding favors that showcase the fall season – and your wedding’s style – appropriately!

About the Author: Cherie Johnson is the founder and owner of Creative Bride, a one-stop shop for personalized, unique baby and bridal shower, graduation, quinceañera, anniversary, and wedding favors, helping countless couples and families make their big events a success. Cherie’s wedding advice has appeared on several websites including Women Of, Wedding Lenox, and The Wedding Guide. Before she launched her company in 2006, Cherie worked as a professional wedding photographer, capturing the most special moments of the bride and groom’s big day. For more information on Creative Bride or to find a variety of colorful, customizable gifts and favors, please visit www.Creative-Bride.com.

Top 10 Unique and Personalized Wedding Favors

If coming up with creative wedding planning ideas has made you ready to pull your hair out, relax. From personalized wedding favors and decorations to the menu choices, there are many directions you can take your wedding. Your wedding favors especially, though a charming, memorable keepsake from your big day, shouldn’t trip you up when you’re this close to the finish line. If you haven’t quite decided which direction to take your favors, try drawing inspiration from your wedding planning ideas, including your theme, colors, or seasonal influences. If you’re hosting an autumn wedding, place delicate, golden leaf bookmarks by each guest’s place card. For a fun, festive Las Vegas wedding, embellish the table with poker chip key chains or a fresh pack of cards printed with a design of your choosing on the back.

Because wedding favors are a thoughtful way to help guests remember the loving couple long after the big day, choosing unique and/or personalized wedding favors that are usable or decorative guarantees that your friends and family will derive a longer shelf-life from them. Brides are getting much more creative, however, and are opting not to stick to the usual tried-and-true wedding planning ideas. Instead of hum-drum wedding favors, couples are giving guests items they can use again and again.

Customizable Mementos:
There’s no doubt about it – people like items that they can make their own, and personalized wedding favors are always sure to be a big success. Nowadays, you can customize your wedding from top to bottom – from ribbons, boxes, and bows to signs, tags, and labels; in fact, just about any of your creative wedding planning ideas are possible. So, why not make your favors just as special?

Personality Boxes:
One of the best wedding planning ideas in a bride’s arsenal! Wrapped with an elegant bow and often containing useful trinkets like bottle openers, coasters, demitasse spoons, letter openers, and measuring spoons, there’s always something for a guest to love! Customize your wedding even more by purchasing an assortment of these personalized wedding favors, letting guests choose which favor they’d like to take home. Personality boxes are a lovely, personalized way to say thank you for coming.

Photo Place Cards & Albums:
In vibrant colors, patterns, and fabrics, photo place cards and photo albums are an attractive addition to any reception table. Whether you choose to customize these personalized wedding favors with photos of you and the intended or leave them blank for guests to supply their own memorable pictures, photo place cards and albums help guests remember your happy day.

Luggage Tags:
What a great favor for couples always on the go! With unique shapes and colors, personalized luggage tags remind guests of the wanderlust couple in a fun way. These personalized wedding favors are also great for a destination event, thanking guests for traveling so far and helping them get home in style.

Sticky Notes & Pads:
Customize your sticky notes and pads with your wedding colors and the names of the happy couple or a quote that sums up your feelings about the wedding day. Your guests will think of you each time they jot down a quick note on one of these personalized wedding favors.

Around the House:
Usability is a key element for wedding favors. But wrapped up in sheer organza and elegant designs, ‘around the house’ objects become lovely complements to your wedding reception. With a range of new, unique, and/or personalized wedding favors on the market, such as pizza cutters, honey pots, timers, ice cream scoops, piggy banks, and olive oil dispensers, brides are finding creative ways to thank their guests.

Wine Bottle Stoppers:
For wine lovers, there’s no better gift than wine bottle stoppers. With sophisticated designs, such as snowflakes, hearts, seashells, leaves, and stars, and durable, quality materials, such as crystal and sterling silver, wine bottle stoppers can be coordinated with all of your other wedding planning ideas to match your theme perfectly.

Coasters:
From picture-ready slots to sweet sayings or elegantly etched images, coasters are not only useful but beautiful as well. In glass, ceramic, or cork, uniquely designed and/or personalized wedding favors like coasters capture your wedding day and let your guests reminisce.

Candles:
Whether scented or not, candles have always been favorite wedding favors for guests and brides alike. Available in any conceivable color, design, or shape, candles will certainly be used and enjoyed by your guests.

Tea Light Holders:
Along with candles, tea light holders get a lot of use. And best of all, you can choose the design you like when formulating your wedding planning ideas! For weddings at sea, silvery sailboats are an excellent choice; for tropical destination weddings, your guests will reminisce over your frosted glass palm trees. Small, elegant, and useful are the hallmarks of a tea light holder, a staple for unique and/or personalized wedding favors.

Bookmarks:
Help them keep their stopping point in style with bookmark favors. Match the designs and materials to your wedding planning ideas and/or themes and colors for a stylish addition to your reception.

Soaps:
Encased in satin or organza, your soap favors are a chic way to thank your guests for their attendance. With lovely designs, your guests may even be reluctant to use them.

About the Author
Cherie Johnson is the founder and owner of Creative Bride, a one-stop shop for a large selection of baby and bridal shower, graduation, quinceañera, anniversary, and wedding favors. Since starting the company in 2006, Cherie has helped countless couples and families make their big events a success. Prior to Creative Bride, she worked as a professional wedding photographer, capturing the most special moments of the bride and groom’s big day. To find favors and gifts for your upcoming event, please visit www.Creative-Bride.com

Helpful Tips On Choosing The Right Wedding Favors For Your Guests

Since we were little girls, all of us dream of having a fairy tale wedding.  We used to imagine what kind of gown we would want to wear at our wedding, what kind of theme we would want to have and many other things. When the day is actually coming closer, there are so many details to take care of and it could sometimes become rather overwhelming.  Choosing where to hold the reception, shopping for the wedding gown, thinking about decorations and arranging food for the guests are just a few of many items that come along with this celebration of love. And of course, all of us want to make our wedding the most memorable wedding for ourselves, families, as well as for the rest of the guests.

Giving out wedding favors as a display of true appreciation is a long standing tradition.  Everything that is seen at the wedding: from the reception place to the menu, will be certainly enjoyed on this special day. However, it is the wedding favor that will make the wedding to be remembered for a long time. So picking out the right favor is extremely important.  But with a great number of options out there for these little tokens of love and appreciation, sometimes, it could cost a tremendous amount of time to decide which one to choose.

So, where do we start on deciding which wedding favors to choose?  Here are some pointers to help us decide the right favors for our guests.

By determining the theme and personality of the wedding beforehand, picking the appropriate wedding favors should be as easy as an ABC.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers! What is something that is most remembered about the wedding besides the brides’ gown and the food?  Of course, flower arrangements – since they primarily define the theme of the wedding – Remember that different flowers represent various meanings of love. By choosing something like charming calla lily bouquet candles, calla lily photo frames or even calla lily design napkin holders as a favor can accent the symbols of beauty and exquisiteness of the wedding.  A traditional yet timeless long stem rose crystal can enhance the elegance and romance of the magnificent wedding. Or if we want to intensify passion and exoticism, orchids gel candles or scented orchid-shape soap will be one of the most appropriate favors to share this special moment of your life.

If we are one of the practical types, we may want to start our wedding favors selection by thinking about practical items such as key chains, coasters, CD cases and many more.  One good thing about choosing practical wedding favors is that the guests will be using them often, and thus, our wedding will be remembered every time they use the favors we handed out.  But some of us may think that practical items may not be as lovely as other decorative favors. We could, for sure, scratch that idea since there are so many items with sophistication and perfection. Who can deny a cute sandal shaped notepad that can go with a beach theme or even a chic jewelry pouch; not to mention a sweet pair of silver pear shaped salt and pepper shaker that could definitely leave our guests in awe.

But wait. There are more to come.  Some of us even want to go beyond the most common favors simply because we want to add more fun and attitude to the splendor of this ceremony.  For instance, those who have passion for western theme could choose a shooter charm that enriches a personal touch of entertainment. Or perhaps choosing a unique ethnic theme such as a coaster painted with the word “love” in Chinese or Spanish will make the favors more exclusive and meaningful.

In short, most of us may think that choosing a wedding favor can be time consuming.  But it does not have to be that much work once we have some tips on where to start. Always remember that it is the company of friends and family that make a wedding memorable. Rewarding those who come to share your special day with a thoughtful favor gift is a wonderful way to show your appreciation.

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Warm Up Your Wedding with Unique Ideas for Winter Wedding Favors

By – Allison Parker

Deciding on which gift to give guests has been racking the minds of millions of brides around the world since the dawn of the wedding ceremony.  After all, there is a long standing tradition of giving gifts out to guests either during the ceremony or at the reception to show your appreciation for their attendance.  No couple wants to present an overdone or boring favor to their family and friends.  Your wedding day is an once-in-a-lifetime experience and your gifts should replicate that uniqueness.  Fortunately, there are a plethora of unique winter wedding favors to coordinate with your decor and put a stop to the tedious search for that ever-so-right gift.

Winter wedding favors range from intricately detailed Mr. and Mrs. Snowman candle favors, perfect for placing at table settings for guests to light at the reception or take home to enjoy later, down to custom made cake slice favor boxes and personalized ribbon to tie around gift boxes.  Personalize a 30-strike matchbook with a snowflake design and a special message for family and friends to place next to your snowmen candle favors.  This festive combination is guaranteed to leave guests gushing over your perfectly coordinated winter wedding.

Other new and unique winter wedding ideas for favors include icy blue, snowflake gel candles and chrome snowflake design wine bottle stoppers.  Winter theme place card holders and frosted snowflake glass wedding coasters also make unique and functional gifts for family and friends that will be used throughout the holiday season.  One place card holder even includes a slot for inserting a photo of the bride and groom.

To add even more of a custom flair to your winter favors, personalize it.  Some personalized winter favors include napkins for the cocktail bar and cake table, winter themed save the date magnets, and personalized favor bags and boxes.

Personalized Wedding Favor Bags will add a unique twist to traditional favors.  Place festive candles, key rings, wine bottle stoppers, or snowflake wedding Christmas ornaments in one of these custom bags for an exceptional keepsake that is sure to be admired.  Favor bags are available in an assortment of seasonal winter colors to compliment your winter motif.  Picture a navy bag customized in white matte imprint color printed with a festive message that reads,Something special is in the air.  Thank you for sharing this holiday affair. with the bride and groom’s names and wedding date placed below this adorable message.  This is just one of many possible combinations you could use to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake for guests.

Personalized Wedding Favor Boxes are another unique gift giving idea.  Favor boxes are used for treats like pillow mints, truffles, or Jordan almonds.  They can even be used to box small gifts like votive candles or bookmarks.  Both elegant and convenient, favor boxes can be customized with the bride and groom’s name, wedding date, and a seasonal design to accent your winter wedding theme.  Your friends and family will adore receiving a custom memento of the big day.

With more choices of festive, winter wedding favors than ever before, you are sure to find favors that will compliment your winter themed reception.  When choosing the right favor to give family and friends, feel free to take advantage of some of these unique ideas.  Any of these gift suggestions are sure to have your guests gushing over how unique and coordinated your winter-themed wedding is.  These were just a few suggestions to help make your reception a bit more festive, and whatever route you do decide to take your winter wedding decor in, you can rest easy knowing, your family and friends are sure to cherish every part of your big day.

Author Bio: Allison is a customer service specialist and editor for My Wedding Reception Ideas.com. My Wedding Reception Ideas specializes in creative ideas, information and products to brides and grooms including personalized wedding favors, wedding accessories and wedding party gifts.