Today, I am happy to share with you one of Angela's (Culinary Crafts) favorite events of the year! She tells us about this fantastic handmade wedding...
This wedding was brimming with fabulous handmade touches and GORGEOUS vintage china – which made for a truly stunning event. The bride, Iris, dreamed of having a collection of beautifully curated antique china as place settings at her wedding. Armed with this dream, Iris’s mother started shopping – and a new local company, Blue Bird Vintage Rentals was born! Not only did this wedding have these splendid pieces (which you can rent for your event too!) but the bride and groom made sure to handcraft and personalize their favors, flowers, and even their spin on a guest “book” idea! Check it out!
The ever beautiful Red Butte Garden was PERFECT for this organic and pretty event!
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pieces that Blue Bird Vintage Rentals found for this wedding and pairing them with the gorgeous vintage linens created a truly magical and garden-like feel.
The pops of color and different textures are perfectly paired at this table. It is really hard to create something so varied and have it look so effortless! The vintage linens and vessels for the centerpieces are also available for rent through Blue Bird Rentals. Amazing!
These “hand-picked” flower centerpieces were a great addition to the tables! The different vessels, colors, and blooms were beautiful and casual – all adding to the easy feel of this day. I also really liked that they used sprigs of pine trees for something a little unexpected as well!
The couple had their guests sign quilter’s squares to me made into a wedding quilt later on. What a great keepsake! I also LOVE that they gave ‘family honey’ favors that were made from the groom’ father’s hives! And the illustration on the chalk board are so AWESOME!
To keep with the feel of the day, we at Culinary Crafts opted for some casually elegant offerings. House-made Artisan Breads, Pink Salt Crusted Butter, A Fruit and Cheese Plate, Grilled Beef, and Grilled Trout. Yum!
We also served Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Blue Cheese, and Candied Walnuts, Roasted Veggies, and Grilled Zucchini! Mmm…
I love their simple, yet pretty cake made by Layers Cake. The natural, wooden cake stands are amazing (and were handmade by the father and his girlfriend of Immortal Guitars and the succulents and foxes are great details!
We were so happy to share this day and even more excited to see the first unveiling of Blue Bird Vintage Rentals offerings! For anyone who is looking for some truly beautiful china, definitely check them out! Happy planning everyone! ~ Angela
Kelli Bramble Photography
Red Butte Garden
Bluebird Vintage Rentals
These ideas come from my friend in the UK, Joanna. She, along with her husband, run one of the UK's most successful wedding directories called Wedding Quest... Here is her great advice on wedding favors...
Wedding favours are a thank-you gift given by the bride and groom to their guests for coming to the wedding. Favours may also serve as reminders of your special day for years to come and of the memories created that day. The favours are usually shared at the reception, either by placing them at each place setting or by asking someone to hand them out. (Children love to do this.) Some brides choose to incorporate the favours into their centrepieces or table decorations. For a definitive list of wedding favour ideas visit this fantastic list of wedding favours.
Providing favours is optional and cost is often a factor when deciding whether to give them and if so, what kind. If the wedding is large, even an inexpensive favour can significantly add to the budget. Brides who are having a small wedding or those on limited budgets may choose not to provide favours, which is fine. Most guests won’t notice or care if there are no favours.
If you do give a favour it should contain the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date, either on a tag or label or by printing the information directly onto the favour. Depending on the type of favour, you might give one per person or one per family. Larger items, such as CDs or jars of jam or salsa are usually given one per family, while smaller items are given to each person.
Favours that can be used in the future or those that can be consumed are more appreciated than those that will sit on a shelf after the wedding. If the bride or groom has a particular interest that is enjoyed by many of the guests, such as golf or fishing, that interest might be incorporated into the favours by giving chocolate golf balls or fish-shaped candy. If a theme has been incorporated into the wedding, the favour should coordinate with the theme.
Potential Wedding Favour Ideas
Following are some ideas for popular favours that are not expensive, yet will be appreciated by your guests. Candy and cookies can be purchased many places or you can make your own. Many of the other items can be ordered at advertising specialty stores or on the Internet.
Cookies, including fortune cookies
Packets of flower seeds
Individual packets of coffee, tea, or cocoa
Pencils or pens
Magnets with a photo of the bride and groom
Golf balls or tees, or chocolate golf balls
Playing cards with pictures of the bride and groom on each card
Jars of jam, jelly, or salsa
Small bottles of champagne, sparkling cider, or wine with the couple’s personal label attached
If the bride or a friend or family member has time, they might make the favours. Simple ones can be made by filling small bags or boxes with candy and/or Jordan almonds or wrapping them in squares of fabric and tying with a ribbon. You might invite the bridesmaids to help and make a party of it.
Some couples choose not to provide a favour at the wedding and instead send a wedding photo with their thank you notes. This may be more appreciated, particularly by family and close friends, than receiving a favour at the wedding.
Other couples choose to make a donation to a favourite charity in lieu of giving favours. If you do this, a sign can be placed in a strategic place, such as near the guest book, explaining what you have done and naming the charity to which a donation was made. This is a good way to benefit a worthy cause while eliminating the time required purchasing or preparing favours.
Giving a favour is a nice way to say thank you to your guests for coming to your wedding. What you give and how much you spend is entirely up to you and if you prefer not to provide favours, that is fine as well.