Way back in November of 2010 I created a post called 10 DIY Winter Wedding Favors, which to this day is still one of my most popular posts and gets a decent amount of traffic. So I figured, now that it is *ahem* 4 years later, we are well overdue for a new roundup of wedding favors! This time the focus is unique favors that you might not see at every (or any) wedding you attend this winter.
I am all about favors that guests will genuinely enjoy and actually use, not kitschy ones that will end up in the trash. These winter wedding favors will certainly make an impact on your guests and will give them a wonderful keepsake from your wedding that they will be able to enjoy for months, or even years to come.
Read on to see some of the ways that you can really “wow” your wedding guests this winter!
1. Craft them a special gift that will leave them feeling cozy all winter long:
These tea cup candles are adorable and also super easy to make. I’ve made them as Christmas gifts before and they were a huge hit. Elizabeth Ann Designs has a great tutorial for these. I also think it would be super fun to collect all of the unique, vintage tea cups.
If you’re akin to sewing (or have a friend or family member who is willing to help), these DIY hand warmers are a super fun + creative way to say thank you to your guests. Check out the tutorial here.
2. Give them a tasty treat in a keepsake mug:
Whether it’s a hot chocolate kit in a mug adorned with a knitted coffee cozy, or a personalized mug filled with chocolates, your guests will surely appreciate this tasty gesture. These also double as fabulous escort or place cards.
3. Keep them warm all winter long:
Gloves in your wedding colors are a unique and affordable option — I’ve seen these on sale at Target for $1/each around the holidays! Or what about a custom monogrammed fleece blanket to show guests your appreciation? You really can’t go wrong with either.
4. Help them decorate for the holidays:
If your wedding is taking place around Christmas, I love the idea of giving personalized ornaments to your guests. You could either double them up as escort cards and have the guests names on them or attached with a tag, or use your own monogram or names to customize them.
For a more rustic wedding, you could send your guests home with their own tiny Christmas tree (aka sapling) to remember your wedding by. These birch etched snowflake ornaments are a fantastic option as well! See the full tutorial here.
Lastly, I am just in love with these charming little wreaths that could be displayed in your guest’s homes after the wedding. See the tutorial for the berry wreaths here and the greenery wreaths here.
If you’re planning a winter wedding, what favor are you planning to send your guests home with? I’d love to hear some other ideas!
Have a fantastic Thursday!
There is just something about an adorable, authentic couple and some killer scenery. I knew this engagement session was special from the minute I clicked on the first image, and as I kept clicking through I fell more and more in love with these sweet photos by Salt & Pine Photography. Khristy and Fletcher are just darling and clearly without-a-question SO head over heals for each other.
From their photographers: “Khristy and Fletcher are as authentic as they come. They own a sailboat docked at Lake Union, and our original plan was to take the sailboat for a spin for their engagement session. When that didn’t work out due to the sailboat needing repairs, we decided to take their rowboat out instead – the very one Fletcher had proposed to Khristy in. Photographing these two in their element on the water was a blast!”
For more gorgeous photos, be sure to check out Salt & Pine Photography, based out of Seattle.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
One of the things I am looking forward to now that I have the blog going again is creating and sharing inspiration boards and color palettes based off of weddings that I am currently planning.
To start off, this cranberry + sea glass color palette is the vision of one of my lovely couples V & L who will be getting hitched this summer in Bandon, Oregon. Bandon is the cranberry capital of the world, so to go along with their beachy sea glass colors, they decided to add in pops of cranberry. Of course I had to grab the ring shot photo from the recent cranberry harvest engagement session I posted, it’s just too perfect!
I love these colors, I know they are definitely not your “traditional” color palette but I think they are so pretty and unique together. What do you think?
Sources: Reception tables // Cranberry ring shot //Bridesmaid dresses // Bridesmaids // Bouquet // Cranberry cake
Have a great Thursday!
This is Asia’s final post for us! It has been such a pleasure having her share her fabulous wedding planning adventures, and now her and her hubby Cory are enjoying married life. :) In case you missed it, you can see her gorgeous southern wedding right here which was featured earlier this week. Today Asia is sharing all about the music that she chose for her wedding. Enjoy, and make sure to leave her lots of love!
One of the most daunting tasks of planning a wedding is choosing music. There are so many places that you need a special song. There are obvious moments that we all think about like the walk down the aisle or the first dance, but what I didn’t realize while planning was that you need a song for every little moment! I had never thought about a song to play while we cut the cake or when the garter was tossed.
To make things more difficult, there are a lot of songs that sound wonderful and sweet, but when you listen to the lyrics, the song has a completely not-so-sweet meaning. Southern Girl by Amos Lee is beautiful and one of my favorite songs, but it is about a break-up. Totally inappropriate for a wedding!
So from one bride to the next, I am here with some inspiration. My husband and I are music lovers to the core. Rarely do we talk on road trips – most rides are spent with the windows down and both of us singing at the tops of our lungs. We put a lot of thought into what songs set the mood but also describe us as a couple. We wanted to use music as another way for our friends and family to know us better.
We love music so much that our favors at the wedding were CDs
. We included songs that were played during the ceremony, at special moments during the reception and some that we just love to sing along with on the road.
So, without further ado, here are the songs we used for those special moments in our day:
Prelude: Unfailing Love – Jimmy Needham
Processional: Divine Romance – Phil Whickham
Bride’s Entrance: Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
Communion/Prayer: Don’t Forget His Love (Psalm108) – Ellie Holcomb
Recessional: You Make my Dreams Come True – Hall n’ Oats
Reception Entrance: We Found Love – Rihanna
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son (we did these at the same time): Never Alone – Lady Antebellum
First Dance: Love me Tender – Norah Jones cover of Elvis Presley
Cake Cutting: Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
Bouquet & Garter Toss: I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
(That was one of my favorite parts of the wedding because right after the garter was caught, Whitney hit the chorus and everyone flocked back to the dance floor singing at the top of their lungs.)
Dollar Dance (This is a mid-west tradition that I grew up with and all our Southern guests loved. Essentially all the gents get their last chance to dance with the bride and the ladies get their last chance to dance with the groom before it’s all over. Each group forms a line and pays to dance with the bride or groom for 10-20 seconds until the next person cuts in. It’s also such a fun way to get to interact with more guests! We had a lot of guests so we used two songs for our dollar dance): A Woman like You – Lee Brice and The Way I Feel – Matt Wertz
Getaway Song: You and I – Ingrid Michaelson (This felt like a movie with the sparklers lit up all around us!)
And on our CD’s we included most of those and a few other gems. That line-up is here:
1. Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
2. Swept Away (Sentimental Version) – Avett Brothers
3. Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
5. Loving You is Easy – Ben Rector
6. Divine Romance – Phil Whikham
7. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
8. Free (Extended Version) – Zac Brown Band
9. Just You and Me – Zee Avi
10. What You Thought You Need – Jack Johnson
11. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
12. For Me, It’s You – Train
13. Nothing Fancy (Acoustic Version) – Dave Barnes
14. Love Me Tender – Norah Jones cover of Elvis Presley
15. Unfailing Love – Jimmy Needham
16. I Love You – Lecrae
17. When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
18. Don’t Forget His Love (Psalm 108) – Ellie Holcomb
19. You Make my Dreams Come True – Hall n’ Oats
We had a blast deciding what music reflected our lives (as you can tell, we pretty much like it all) and know that our guests loved it as well. I hope you have found some inspiration of your own!