Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Favors’

Nick & Amy’s Wedding


We attended the most beautiful wedding a few weeks ago in Carmel Valley. From the moment we sat down at the ceremony we were enveloped into a shimmering aura of love and whimsy, captured so well by Keana Parker of One Love Photography.

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The bride and her maids did ALL the decor themselves including the flowers! If I had to pin down a theme I would say it was a Vintage, Rustic, Elegant, Musical Wonderland with pops of purple.

Purple Wedding
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A hand drawn save-the-date and wedding program cover set the tone. Homemade lavender eye pillows welcomed guests in their hotel rooms. And at each place setting, chewy caramels with a side of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt were best when enjoyed together, of course.

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Humble coffee tins were transformed by cooper spray paint and frothy baby’s breath or fragrant lilacs.

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The bride and her dad DANCED down the aisle to this darling song Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes performed live.

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Those creative, hardworking bridesmaids in 50 shades of violet. Notice how the banister is wrapped in baby’s breath? Love this touch!

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The handsome groom and his stunning bride.

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The seating cards were hung with mini cloths pins and nestled between wedding pictures of family and friends.

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And thanks to RedShoeLA we danced for hours and hours under the twinkle lights. Some danced so much, they even ripped a dress.


Wedding Welcome Bags


Sarah and I put together a fool proof guide for assembling useful and personal Wedding Welcome Bags for The Daily Meal. Wedding guests get to their hotels rooms to find a bag full of surprises that excite them about your location, speak to your style, and cover a few weekend necessities.  I recently attended a wedding in Santa Barbara where the couple welcomed guests with all the right treats. Take a cue from this couple but adapt the ideas to fit your specific wedding.

SB wedding welcome box

1. Local Flavor
Vintage postcard welcoming guests by name (our bride made B & W copies of a cute Santa Barbara postcard)
List of great local eats and sites of interest
Map of the area
Local Magazine (e.g. LA Magazine, Chicago Magazine)


Wedding Welcome Bag Contents

2. Drinks or Snacks
Go local whenever possible to give your guests a taste of the region.  Aim for little sweets or savories to satisfy late-night cravings or something to be enjoyed the morning after.  Remember, no one wants to carry anything home.

Here are a few cute ideas we’ve seen:

-Santa Barbara pistachios (see image)
-Tootsie rolls or Vosges chocolates for a Chicago wedding
-Ghiradelli chocolates or fresh fortune cookies for a San Francisco wedding
-Two fresh Black & White cookies for a NYC wedding
-a duo of Sprinkles cupcakes for a Los Angeles wedding (
-Coors Light and Chapstick for a Colorado mountain wedding
-Saltwater taffy for a beach wedding
-A split of wine for a vineyard wedding
-2 Cokes in a bottle for a Southern wedding
– Hav-a-Chips for a Southern California wedding


Banana Bread for Welcome Box

3. Homemade Treat
A homemade item always adds a warm and personal touch. If you can enlist a family member, have them make something that represents your heritage.
-Your aunt’s famous banana bread

-Your mother-in-law’s sugar & spice pecans

-Your mom’s signature toffee

-A family recipe printed on a pretty card


Wedding welcome kit

4. The Necessities
The bride featured here did a first aid kit with Advil, Band-aids and Emergen-C and a wet wipe from in muslin bags from Paper Mart stamped with a red cross. But it can be as simple as 2 water bottles and a pack of gum or a tin of Altoids.  We’re also fans of a $5 Starbucks card for the morning after.


M wedding tote

5. Containers Ideas
Remember, most containers get left behind in the hotel trash can so don’t blow your wedding budget on this detail!
Kraft containers for an all-natural wedding (see image) Brown Gable Boxes from Nashville Wraps
Kraft or white paper bags stamped with bride & groom’s monogram or wedding date
Baggu reusable shopping bags in bright colors tied up in a bow for a chef’s or eco-girl’s wedding (that’s what Sarah did for her wedding)
A white tote printed with lyrics from your first dance song (see image)
Plastic Beach Pail
Woven Basket


What fun ideas have you seen for Wedding Welcome Bags?


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How To: Candy Buffet


Blue and White Candy Buffet

Trendy sure, but a candy buffet is a delightful addition to any party. Guests can’t help but exclaim with glee at the sight of multi-colored chocolates and chews to be scooped to their heart’s content. Surprise your friends by offering it instead of dessert at a cocktail or dinner party. Or use it as a favor for any shower, birthday party, wedding or other celebration to send guests home with a sweet taste in their mouth.


Blue and White Whirly Pops

I recently created the above buffet for a Baby Shower our client was hosting. It was a huge hit at the shower but was surprisingly more work than I had originally imaged. See all my tips, ideas and resources to create your own fun candy buffets in detail at The Daily Meal.


Coconut, Blueberry and Very Berry Jelly Bellys