Category Archives: Favor

Two to Four Months Before the Wedding (Part 3)

Part 3: Favors

by ForestCandleStudio

Your wedding day will be here sooner than you think! Plan your favors as early as possible, especially if you want to DIY or to order handmade &/or personalized items. Leave some room open for unexpected last minute things by getting items on your checklist completed ahead of schedule!

In Part 3 of this four-part series, here are some unique handmade wedding favors from Etsy shops. Some inspiration to help you find what will be just right for you! Click photos to go to the shop listing for each item.

If you missed Part 1: http://wedeclectic.com/2013/07/11/two-to-four-months-before-the-wedding/

and Part 2: http://wedeclectic.com/2013/08/22/two-to-four-months-before-the-wedding-part-2/

.dayofthedeadweddingfavormatchboxes

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Ideas for the Fall Bride

I love the Fall. Of course I love the colors, and the endless social gatherings, but the food is the real reason that I look forward to this time of year. Homemade apple crisp, eggnog lattes, Irish cream, and pumpkin everything. It’s when I really get excited about baking. I learned to cook from some amazing women. And everything was made from scratch. So recently, when my mother came to a complete standstill over the fact that I didn’t have the Pumpkin Spice Mix that she needed for her recipe, I was floored. She could not figure out how to make her dessert without my help, and I loved every minute of it. For those of you who rely on the Pumpkin Spice Mix as my mother now does, here is the breakdown. And if you ever find yourself in my mother’s predicament, I hope your daughter is more understanding than I was.

Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice Mix:

•             4 tablespoons ground cinnamon

•             4 teaspoons ground nutmeg

•             4 teaspoons ground ginger

•             3 teaspoons ground allspice

•             1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds (optional)

For all of you brides who happen to be have Pumpkin Spice Mix on hand, here are some really cute, and very creative ways you can incorporate it into your wedding.pumpkin spice cappuccino

I think these are fabulous favors.  You can place these instructions on the back of the tag: Add some spice to your life! Stir 2 tbs of cappuccino mix into 1 cup hot water/milk and enjoy!

pumpkin-pie-spice-2

You could personalize these bags by adding a custom tag or label with your wedding information (names and wedding date).

MiniPumpkinPies

Okay, this one is just because I’m hungry. But these are so cute, bite size, no mess, and very Fall’ish.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake

Wouldn’t these be beautiful sitting in a tiered cupcake holder on your dessert table.

What? You’re drooling? Do you need a reason better than taste approval for your big day? I think not….

Here is a 5 star recipe for the most amazing Pumpkin Spice Cake: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pumpkin-spice-cake. I recommend a cinnamon glaze to top it off.

And just a little more inspiration…….

cakeYou can see more of this gorgeous cake here: http://cakesdecor.com/cakes/34802

pumpkin ring holder

Beautifully simple, and very simply beautiful.

By Keri O’Hara

Delaney Jewelry Designs

DelaneyJewelry.Etsy.com

www.delaneyjewelrydesigns.com

www.facebook.com/DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Unique DIY Wedding Favors

We went to my niece’s wedding a couple years ago and her dad had created some very cool DIY wedding favors using upcycled forks. To make the napkin holders he twisted forks with plastic coated heavy duty pliers and brute strength. He glued on a few rhinestones and added a tag with the couple’s names and wedding date.

 michel fork

At another wedding my friend commissioned me to make wire silhouettes and she stuck them into the cork tops of tiny glass bottles. In the bottles she layererd colored sand. You could do the same thing and make simple wire heart shapes to stick into the lids. You could also add a tag with the couple’s names and wedding date.

wedding favor cat

There are some other delightful ideas available on the Internet. I found this cute idea to give a mini apple crisp kit. Perfect for a rustic chic wedding theme.

diy wedding favor apple crisp

I like the idea of the DIY bubble blowers. You can make your own and even form the pink pipe cleaner ends in to small heart shapes instead of circles.

 diy wedding favor bubbles

I also love the idea of making your own jam and putting them in small personalized jars.

 diy wedding favor jam

For the sewers and tea-lovers you can make simple re-usable teabags with cotton fabric and a simple straight stitch. You can print out “Drink Tea” or “Tea for Two” on one side of the tag and the couple’s names and wedding date on the other side. Fill them with some tasty bulk tea from a Specialty tea store or with herbal teas from your garden.

diy wedding favor tea bag

Table Decor & Favors Part 3: Votive Candle Holders

by ForestCandleStudio

The wedding reception is a place to really let your personalities shine! Here are some awesome handmade votive and tea light candle holders for inspiration as you plan your table decor and lighting. After the wedding, what great favors for your guests to take home to remember you and your special day!

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Vintage Sheet Music Luminaries by Olden Designs

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Shabby Chic Country Upcycled Votive Holders by Huckleberry Vntg

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Hand-cut Paper Luminaries by Sugarplum Silhouettes

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Hand-sewn Mini Felt House Luminaries by Hunky Dorky

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Jute & Seashells Votive Candle Holders by Ters Just Beachy

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Etched Glass Bicycle Votive Cups by Fiddle Home

 

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Gold Leaf Votive Holders by Ma Belle Amie 1316

Btw, in case you missed them, here are links to Parts 1 & 2 of this series:
Part1: Silverware Holders
http://wedeclectic.com/2012/09/12/table-decor-favors/
Part 2: Place Card Holders
http://wedeclectic.com/2012/09/27/table-decor-favors-2/

Best Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio
www.pinterest.com/forestcandle

Table Decor & Favors

Part 2: Place Card Holders

by ForestCandleStudio

The wedding reception is your grand party – for toasting the two of you, sharing food and drink with family and friends, and general merry-making all around. Such a party usually requires that you, the host, decide who should sit next to whom, to bring new and old friends together in the best way possible.

Place cards make it easy for your guests to know where you want them to sit. So why not choose place card holders that add to your theme and also make fabulous favors for your guests to take home? Planning your table decor items to do double-duty is eco-friendly and saves you time and money 🙂

To help you get started finding just the right place card holders, here are some delightful ones I found on Etsy. After the wedding, your guests can use these to hold photos, notes, etc., or as paperweights or decorative objects to display on a shelf or table. What a wonderful way to say thank you to your guests for being part of your special day!


Pirate Theme Wedding Place Card Holders with Personalized Cards by Cheralyns Woodworks


Customizable “Mr & Mrs Kiss” Place Card Holders by Pinned Together

Rustic Wedding Place Card Holders with Cards by Decadent Designs

Natural Sea Urchin Shell Place Card Holders by EcoLectic Events

Mini Moss Terrarium Place Card Holder by Vertigris

Treble Clef Place Card Holder by Homes and Weddings

 


Silver Pine Cone Place Card Holders with Cards by Fairyfolk Weddings

 


Wire-wrapped Bud Vase Place Card Holder by The Funky Shack

Btw, here’s the link if you missed Part 1: Silverware Holders
http://wedeclectic.com/2012/09/12/table-decor-favors/

Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio
www.pinterest.com/forestcandle

Table Decor & Favors

Part 1: Silverware Holders

by ForestCandleStudio

Your wedding reception is going to be the most fabulous party ever! But what happens to all those fun and gorgeous things on the table after the party’s over?

I’ve scoured Etsy for inspiration on wedding reception table decor, focusing on both functional and artistic elements that can do double-duty as favors for your guests. Not throwing items away is good for the planet and not having to get separate favors is good for your time and pocketbook! Of course another plus is that your guests will be reminded of your friendship every time they use them 🙂

For your reception there will be some type of food served, whether it’s a 5-course meal, a casual picnic, or simply dessert and beverages. So let’s start some ideas flowing about the tables’ place settings.

Here is an eclectic mix of silverware holders that would be perfect as decor & favors. After the wedding your guests can use these to hold a variety of items. What a wonderful way to say thank you to your guests for being part of your special day!


Monogrammed Silverware Pockets by Blue Pearls


Orange Burlap Silverware Holder by Home Goods A la Carte


Designer Fabric Silverware Holder by Taila Custom Designs


Burlap Silverware & Place Card Holder by Little White Boutique


Vintage Dictionary Page Silverware Holder by Full of Years

Embroidered Cotton Flatware Pockets by Cottage Expressions

 

Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio
www.pinterest.com/forestcandle

Meet Poptastic Bride

Wed Eclectic has become close friends with Poptastic Bride over the last year.   Cynthia is this uber talented designer and she makes some of the coolest invites on the market (and T-shirts).  I say this because I have seen every kind of invite and often I am underwhelmed.  Letterpress is classic and if Wed Eclectic stands for anything it is to be yourself in unexpected ways.  Let me show you what I mean:

And then just recently Cynthia started a FREE printable line.  YAY!!!!

I think you see what I’m talking about.  ORIGINAL goodies that you won’t find at every wedding you attend this summer!

Thank you Cynthia for sharing your gifts with us and supporting Wed Eclectic like a true friend!

xoxo

Krissy

Make Believe’N

>DIY Desserts S’Mores and Cotton Candy

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I don’t care what party I go to I always, ALWAYS look forward to the interesting desserts that are offered.  Here are a couple of non-traditional choices.  S’mores and Cotton Candy.  Pair them with a rustic or carnival theme and you have a show stopper.
S’Mores Bar

How cool would a S’more bar be at your reception?  Make it even better by doing some DIY marshmallows and packaging them up as favors.  This recipe looks amazing and fairly easy to do.  The instructions are light hearted and clear.  Pair these with the unexpected Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or York Peppermint patties for something even better.

bouncy marshmallows
DIY Fluffy Marshmallows via SmittenKitchen

Are the marshmallows a little daunting for your DIY attempt?  Try out these S’more inspired truffles instead. Yummy!!!!

s'mores truffles
S’more Truffles

Create a signature drink for your festivities.  The Cotton candy Cosmopolitan fits the bill!!!!

Cotton Candy Cosmo

Go sticky sweet and romantic with heart shaped cotton candy sugar cookies.  I like the idea of playing with the colors of cotton candy to match your wedding colors.  Here is a how to on tinting your own sugar to make custom colored cotton candy.  Find a cotton candy machine at Amazon.com here.

Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Pops

Cookies not your thing???  Cupcakes instead then.  Check out these whimsical cake creations.  I bet you could find a baker to help you create a wedding cake in this style 🙂

Cotton Candy Cupcakes
Hope you aren’t drooling too much.  If you are that’s okay.  Just wipe your chin and make sure no one saw a thing.  Discreet is the key.  I hope you enjoy these tasty DIY ideas as much as I do.  My Pintrest.com explorations when nuts when searching this topic.


Krissy
Make Believe’N Wedding Alternatives LLC

>DIY wedding favour boxes

>Wedding favours are a nice way to say thank you to your guests but what sort of wedding favours do you give them?

A lot of attention is normally paid to what to put into the boxes but we must not forget that the box itself could be personalised as well. One easy way is make them!

The advantage of making them is that you can make them to the size you want and using the paper you have chosen. Yes it will take time and effort but your guest will appreciate your effort as you shall see.

Step one, this is the template you will need to understand to make these boxes.

A = length of box

B = height of box

C = 2 cm length which is needed in construction.

The dashed lines will be your fold lines.

From a standard A4 sheet of paper the largest box you can make is a 5cm(side) x 5cm(side) x 7cm(height) which is more then enough to fit a good size chocolate (or what small treat you may give them).

Step two, rather then folding the paper straight away, I would recommend scoring the dotted lines because these will become the folds. Why are you scoring the paper rather then folding it straight away? Well, this will give a more accurate fold and give a cleaner finish.

Step three, crease each of the scored lines you made so it looks like this.

Step four, fold as following and then insert the two ends into each other.

Step five, this is the tricky bit, pushing the base down. You will need to follow the folds you have made and gently manoeuvre each side on top of each other. This manipulation will open up the side where you have inserted the ends together. To prevent the ends from coming apart you can use a clip to hold them together.

This will require a bit of patient and practice but it will fold down if you gently push it down gradually.

Finished, you have the base for your box.


To make the lid for the box is very simply! All you need to do is

  1. Add 1-2mm on A – side of the box
  2. Decrease B – height of the box to 2-3cm

then you follows the same folding method as above. Here is my lid to the above box.


As mentioned above, you can use almost any paper you like to make these boxes but I would recommend you use paper that is around 80-100 gsm because it will make step 5 a little bit easier.

Now grab a load of your friends and family and fold to your hearts content!

NOTES :

If you require larger pictures then just click on the picture and it will take you to a larger version.

There is another way of folding the lid to make it more decorative. If you want to learn more then let me know in the comments and I’ll sort out a tutorial for those.

>Eco DIY Family Friendly Wedding

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Elizabeth and Joshua Goldapp decided to have a wedding to match who they are; fun loving, Eco-conscious, and family oriented.  Elizabeth’s advice to couples is to remember that the day is about you as a couple.  Your guests will appreciate a customized representation of who you are.  The amount you spend is not a representation of your commitment or love for each other.    Elizabeth and Joshua took this to heart and you can see it in all of the fine details of their amazing day.

The couple was married close to home by Elizabeth’s little brother (ordained online) at the Pinecone Amphitheater of the 4H Center in Madrid Iowa.  They chose this location because their money would go to a local organization they feel should be supported.  The Goldapp’s have been Wal-Mart free for more than five years and typically buy local and independent.  If they couldn’t buy local then they specifically purchased for the reduced impact on the environment or from an Etsy.com shop.  See the list at the end.   The BBQ dinner meat, cupcakes and flowers were all locally purchased.  They purchased an invitation template from Empapers on Etsy.com and had it printed locally on recycled paper.  Mason jars that decorated the tables came from freecycle.org a free classified site, where every item is free/given away.  Elizabeth’s beautiful diamond wedding ring was a deliberate ethical Eco friendly choice.   Her wedding dress is organic cotton and bamboo by Isadora.  Each option chosen for this wedding clearly represented how much the Goldapps respect the local economy and the environment.
Responsibility aside, fun certainly reigned at this wedding too.  An overall casual feel surrounds the guests with name tags (because seriously who knows everyone at a wedding), picnic style dining, paper lanterns, butcher block paper covered tables (with crayons for drawing of course), and to top it off matching Chuck Taylor shoes for the Bride and Groom.  Come comfortable was a clear instruction to the guests.  Sounds like my kind of wedding!  The favors were inspired directly by the bride and groom.  He has a passion for guitars.  She is covered in tattoos.  Each guest was given a custom guitar pick from www.steveclayton.com and a temporary tattoo.  Too cute!  I think their guests had a blast.  If they didn’t well…that’s their fault.

All the fun was for one reason; to bring the loved ones of Elizabeth and Joshua together to celebrate this union.  When Elizabeth was writing her wedding details to me I don’t think she realized how much her family was included.  It was especially touching to see that traditional family recipes were cooked and shared at the wedding.  Lefse for Elizabeth’s side and peanut butter balls for Joshua’s side.   I loved her explaining why her flower girl received a bubble gun instead of flowers.  (Extreme shyness Elizabeth thought could be thawed with the toy)  There was so much kindness and tons of thoughtful consideration to the comfort of those around her.  (Anybody notice the golf cart in the pics ?– easier travel for the Grandparents)  Tragically Elizabeth lost her father two years prior in Afghanistan.  She did an entire table of memorial photographs to allow even those missing to be a part of her and Joshua’s day.  These special touches are what make a wedding a day to remember.

Thank you to the Goldapps for telling us about your Eco DIY Family Friendly wedding story.  A special thank you to Chris Fowler and Michelle Boettcher for being ‘free’ photographers for a day.

Free classified: freecycle.org
Paper lanterns: www.lunabazaar.com
Temporary tattoos: http://www.tattoosales.com/
Table décor/art favors: http://www.etsy.com/shop/horseshoecrab


Krissy
Make Believe’N Wedding Alternatives LLC
www.etsy.com/shop/krissy167