Choosing The Right Wedding Favor For Your GuestsAmong deciding on all the little details of a wedding day, many brides often ask if buying wedding favors are worth it. Favors were created to send a little of your wedding day home with your friends and families as a keepsake. When choosing the right wedding favor, it should be something that reflects the personality of you two as a couple. Many choose something that is useful to your guests to ensure they want to keep it for years to come. We’ve put together our favorite wedding favors to give you some ideas!
Anchored Mason JarsIf you’re thinking about having a signature drink at your reception, why not put them in a cute custom glass? These mason jars are engraved with an anchor and have a handle to help as guests carry them around all night. Think about buying one per guest and placing it at their seat for use the rest of evening. When the night is over, they can bring it home with them to forever remember your special day.
Home State CoastersTie in a little of your home state! These glass coasters are engraved with the home state of your choice and come in packs of 4. Use them at home post-wedding or give them as gifts to your wedding guests. If you’re having a wedding in a different state than where you grew up, this can be a fun way to tie in your roots and give guests a little flavor of where you’re from.
Heart SparklersA great idea for anyone having a beach wedding or celebrating in an outdoor location. These heart sparklers can easily be decorated with a little thank you note to personalize for each of your guests. They’re a fun addition to any wedding exit, and something your guests will surely enjoy!
Tea CupsHow about giving them a “cup of your love”? These teacups have a gold heart shaped design and come individually packaged to make the perfect gift. Fill it with candies your guests can enjoy on your wedding day.
Precious Moments Sealed With A Kiss MedallionAs a fun idea for the Precious Moments fan, why not give your wedding guests a collectible medallion that’s “Sealed with a Kiss”? This adorable wedding favor idea is ideal for the couples who have an obsession with Precious Moments and who want to share that with their friends and family.
Mini Book FavorsWe are in love with these mini book favor ideas! Perfect for a literary wedding, it’s an adorable way to kick off your wedding reception. Set one at each guests’ seat and watch their eyes light up – this novelty item that is cute enough that no one will leave it behind!
Here are some gifts that we feel help couples build their home. Help the bride and groom get ready to be hosts! One of the first things couples have a tendency to like to do after moving into their new place and new life is to invite in family and friends to celebrate. It is likely that unless they received party platters and serving dishes for wedding gifts that they will be prepared. While these may not be an item that is out on display all of the time, they are a great home builder and a step up from their first house party treats being served on paper plates! Another gift we have that is on a similar thread is a party glassware set or a cake plate. These types of gifts always come in handy, but tend to be hard to justify buying when you are on a newlywed budget, making it a perfect gift to give! Yes coasters. It might seem silly, but it is little items like this that can take an empty space and start to make it feel more like people live and love there! What is neat about these coasters is they are meant to be designed with the state the couple is starting their home in. This is a type of gift that a couple will appreciate because it is not one they are likely to consider buying for themselves, but their individualized design make them a great addition to their home. Other gifts that fit this useful but decorative category are things like a hanging key holder, throw pillows, throw blankets, candles, and decorative picture frames.
2 Gifts to Make the Father of the Bride Feel Special
All of the time when people think about weddings they first think of the bride and then of the mother and the bride and how exciting it must be for the mom, but there are a lot of daddy's girls out there and fathers that would even surprise their daughters with how excited they are for their daughter. Father's have a tendency of showing a little extra emotion on the day of his baby girls wedding. We want to help you highlight the role he has in your wedding and in your life. Here are two simple ways to help you let your father know what he means to you!
- Gift him With Special cuff links to Proudly Wear on the Wedding day.Cuff links are a perfect way to give your dad a little something extra that designates him as the father of the bride. You can bet that he will wear these proudly and may even find an excuse to wear them at his next business meeting or with his Sunday best!
- Give him a sentimental wedding handkerchief.
A Gift from You to Your Groom: Don't Forget it is His Wedding Too! When people bring up wedding planning and that "big day", they usually focus on the bride and what she wants. Now, this isn't wrong or bad. A majority of brides have been day dreaming about their wedding day since they were little girls. This does not, however, that there are not any grooms out there that haven't been doing the same, and even if they have not, that does not take away from the fact that it is there wedding day too. So, we would suggest making sure your groom is given the same amount of doting as the bride.
Start by treating him to a night out with the boys to celebrate his new commitment. Why only have him celebrate at his bachelor's party? Through all the stress of wedding planning, relaxing with the guys and watching the sports game will be the perfect way to keep tempers down, just like the bride needs time with her girls to get pedicures and catch a chick flick. What better way to make sure your groom knows you appreciate his support and help then gifting him with sports paraphernalia like the above engraved pint glasses and a free night to not worry about wedding planning woes?
Then treat him to some masculine wedding "bling". One of the perks of the wedding day for a bride is the excuse to get new earring, bracelets, or necklaces to accessorize with her beautiful wedding dress. Typically, this means getting the best jewelry to create the best and most classy wedding look. Why should the bride be the only one to enjoy some classy glitz. So, go order your groom some cuff links and a tie clip to dress his wedding suite. This is the time to let yourself buy things that you wouldn't typically have reason or justification for spending the money on.
One traditional gift for the bride is the wedding handkerchief. This is a gift that is appropriate from a family member or a friend who is extremely close to the family and more particularly the bride. This can be a particularly sweet gift from the father of the bride. The handkerchief in the image above comes with a sweet poem card, a lucky penny, and a blue ribbon; All of which are meant to help tell the bride just how happy you are for her and to wish the happy couple the best. Other handkerchiefs can be embroidered with sweet sentiments or customized with the names of the bride and groom, the date of the wedding, or perhaps their favorite scripture.
Help the Couple Make their House(or apartment) a Home
A sweet, and less intimate gift, is customized home decor. Be it a painting, print, or embroidered pillow, a bride always appreciates something nice for her home that represents her love with her groom. A popular trend is home-state decor. These come in a variety of shapes, but are designed to have the home state of the bride and the groom brought together or the state they are beginning their home in printed on the canvas, blanket, or pillow.
Every newlywed appreciates kitchenware items to build their home, but if you are going the kitchenware route, take it one step farther and make it unique for your blushing bride. Monogramming everything you own may be a trend of the past, but monogramming wedding gifts to symbolize the union of two families, is a trend happening right now. If you know the bride and groom have a taste for whine, then why not give the gift of a personalized whine decanter or whine glasses? Or if your Bride is often a hostess or you know she has a particularly sweet sweet-tooth then a personalized dessert bowl would be a perfect gift.
Many a retrospective and once-overly-enthusiastic bride will tell you this: don't pick your bridal party too early. If you're still more than a year away from the wedding, keep your #1 pick for Maid of Honor and Flower Girl under wraps. Relationships change, people move away or begin doctorate programs. While your bridal party has only one responsibility - showing up and wearing nice, pre-selected clothes - you want to be sure that the men and women in your line are the friends and family you really want behind you on your wedding day. There's no harm in just waiting it out! Snapping Engagement Photos
Even though they're called "engagement photo shoots" they don't have to be planned and finished within the first few weeks of your engagement. The point of an engagement photo shoot is to showcase your relationship in an environment in which you feel comfortable during a particularly happy time in your life. Some couples choose to use these photos in their "save the dates" or wedding invitations, but by no means is that a requirement. If you're already overburdened with other wedding woes, don't feel that you have to squeeze an engagement photo shoot in as well. Then again, if you could really use an afternoon of looking pretty and exploring your favorite museum or tide pool with your puppy and fiancé, go right ahead! Selecting Wedding Gifts
Gifts are fun, and pre-planning gifts for your wedding can be just as enjoyable, but it can also take a lot out of you. Registering takes way more energy than you might think, and registering too early can spell disaster for your "early bird" wedding planning ideals. If you register more than a few months ahead of when your invitations go out, you run the risk of items being discontinued and matching dish sets being broken up. My advice is to go through retailers' websites, mark items that you're interested in, and put that list aside for later. Save the physical registration process for just a few months before the big day to save an even bigger hassle later.