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Part 3: Favors
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/
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 Mix:
• 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
• 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
• 4 teaspoons ground ginger
• 3 teaspoons ground allspice
• 1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds (optional)
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!
You could personalize these bags by adding a custom tag or label with your wedding information (names and wedding date).
Okay, this one is just because I’m hungry. But these are so cute, bite size, no mess, and very Fall’ish.
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…….
You can see more of this gorgeous cake here: http://cakesdecor.com/cakes/34802
Beautifully simple, and very simply beautiful.
By Keri O’Hara
Delaney Jewelry Designs
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also love the idea of making your own jam and putting them in small personalized jars.
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.
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!
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
Part 2: Place Card Holders
Best Wedding Wishes,
Part 2: Place Card Holders
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!
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
Btw, here’s the link if you missed Part 1: Silverware Holders
Happy Wedding Wishes,
Part 1: Silverware Holders
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!
Embroidered Cotton Flatware Pockets by Cottage Expressions
Happy Wedding Wishes,
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:
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!
|DIY Fluffy Marshmallows via SmittenKitchen|
|Cotton Candy Cosmo|
|Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Pops|
|Cotton Candy Cupcakes|
>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
- Add 1-2mm on A – side of the box
- 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!
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.