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34 Wedding Koozie Personalization Ideas
Source: Mr and Mrs Monogram Whether you prefer a bottle or can, keeping your drink cold is important. There’s almost nothing better than an ice-cold drink – and almost nothing worse than one that’s room temperature, especially when you’re partying the night away. Source: Bottles Personalized koozies make a great wedding favor as well because they are fun and practical, cute, reusable, and affordable! If you're having an outdoor wedding and/or reception, these are a must-have for your guests. Source: Silver Plated, Leather Weddings Why limit happy to an hour? To have and to hold and to keep your drink cold Eat, drink, and be married The vows are done; let’s have some fun! Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something brewed Celebrate love and beer Live well, laugh often, love always Here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after I do (want another drink!) I do BBQ Love potion Cheers to beers and many years Let’s make a memory Cheers to the new Mr. & Mrs. Let love brew We want to be formal, but we're here to party! Source:Diamond Ring, Mr. & Mrs., Be Married, Have and Hold Bachelorette parties Less thinking, more drinking You can’t sip with us Pretty in pink and ready to drink Bride tribe She’s tying the knot; buy her a shot! Girls gone drinking Source: Bachelorette, Bachelor Bachelor parties Got beer? I don’t get drunk, I get awesome Drink responsibly (don’t spill) The in-laws are here – buy me a beer Brews before “I Dos” The hunt is over Source: Neoprene Koozies General drink-themed In beer we trust Don’t worry, beer happy! Drinks well with others Keep calm and party on Bottoms up Sip, Sip, Hooray! Source: Bachelorette, Many Years Don’t forget the classic option of just writing a name or bride, groom, bridesmaid, or groomsman on the koozie. While these may work better as gifts for your wedding party, they are a great spin off of your reception favors. And your bridal party will never lose their drink! Source: Gray, Tropical With all the different styles and fonts available, your koozies are sure to stand out from the crowd. You can also choose from foam, neoprene, leather or even silver-plated and can or bottle-shaped koozies to ensure your guests are getting the perfect favor. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

Unique Groomsman Invitation Gift Boxes
Who says the bridesmaids are the only ones who can receive fun, gift-filled invitation boxes? The groomsmen are just as important to the groom as the bridesmaids are to the bride, and they deserve the same level of attention and just as many unique, personalized gifts. Source: Gift Box Now, the age-old question: what do you give them? A stereotype about men is they’re hard to buy for. It seems we often come back to the traditional gifts, like tools or a tie or a flask. There’s nothing wrong with those gifts; they’re practical, and with personalization, they can be amazing and thoughtful presents.  But the way to take your gift-giving up a notch and really impress your groomsmen is to give unique, personalized accessories to go with those traditional (and perhaps stereotypical, but who cares? We all can always use another pocket knife) gifts. Source: Gift Box Tools If your groomsman loves to spend time working with his hands—whether it’s woodworking, gardening, or even grilling—but already has every tool he could ever want, it’s time to give him an apron that will protect his clothes and keep his frequently-used tools nearby. Source: ApronTies Once he has enough ties, he needs a tie travel case! This case will keep his ties wrinkle-free during his trips – making it perfect for your wedding weekend and his upcoming business trip! Source: Tie Case If he’s a more casual businessman or even a teacher, consider a desk caddie to help him stay organized; you don’t want him to lose his wedding invitation! Or consider this docking station, which is perfect for using at the office or at home, for the groomsman who already has the watch and phone case and money clip – but seems to always forget one or the other! Source: Desk Caddie, Docking Station Flasks What pairs with whiskey better than cigars? Once you’ve selected the best cigars for your best men, personalize one of these stunning rosewood humidors for them too, so their cigars never go dry. Source: Humidor Looking for something more portable? You need this cigar flask! One side holds a cigar and one holds liquid. It’s smaller than a traditional flask, so your guys can take it anywhere. Or, maybe your groomsmen are more into wine than liquor. If that’s the case, they need this stopper and pourer set. The two pieces fit together to re-cork the wine bottle with an easy-to-remove cap and no-spill pourer, keeping the wine fresh longer and minimizing leaks. Source: Cigar Flask, Wine Stopper You've got his favorite player’s jersey, tickets to the next home game, and shot glasses with his hometown team’s logo on them – these are all great gifts for ay sports fan. They also fit really well in a gift box. Or, even better, you can tuck them into the pockets of this awesome stadium chair that easily folds up and includes an insulated pocket for a drink. Now you're the star, because thanks to you, he can use his personalized seat at that home game while supporting his favorite player. If he prefers a backyard match or street pick-up game, check out this handy cooler that doubles as a stool. He can easily grab a drink and a break in between quarters. Source: Stadium Chair, Cooler Chair Knives We all love a good pocket knife--the more tools, the better! Some pocket knives even include a pair of pliers. But do your groomsmen have a pocket knife with a hammer with their names on them? Well, they definitely need one! Source: Hammer Tool Gift Box If you don't like the look of gift boxes and hate the idea of a plain old gift bag, or maybe you’re attempting to live a zero-waste life, you can easily make the container part of the gift. This messenger bag is heavy duty and waterproof while still looking reserved and classy, making it perfect for any and every type of guy. It’s big enough to hold everything he’ll need for work or school, a perfect carry-on item for a flight, and it has enough pockets for all the gifts you want to stuff in it! Source: Messenger Bag Notes For some people, writing a letter to someone they care about is the hardest thing in the world. If you're one of these people, here are some ideas for notes to include to tell your groomsmen how important they are -- sometimes, a few simple words are all you need. Source: Notes Who you ask to be your groomsmen is an easy decision. You can ensure their answers will be an easy "yes!" with any of these thoughtful and unique gifts. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

Waterfront Sequin and Driftwood Seattle Real Wedding
Inspired by the sea, Katie and Nate had the most magnificent wedding at Seattle's World Trade Center. Love, laughter, stunning decor, and waterfront views made it an event to remember. Sequins, air plants, and driftwood were hard for me to picture together at first, but after you see how they were tied together in this wedding, we promise you will adore the combination as much as we do.  Photographed to dreamy perfection by B. Jones Photography and coordinated flawlessly by Wishes! Wedding Coordination, this wedding embraces a nautical theme in a way we have never seen and won't soon forget.  CEREMONY --- Katie and Nate exchanged vows in the same room where their reception would be held later that evening. The Holland America Line Room in the Seattle World Trade Center features floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a sweeping view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains - the most perfect backdrop to this sweet couple's I Do's.  RECEPTION --- From the navy and silver color scheme to the perfectly planned decor details, this reception was jaw-dropping. Guests were greeted by oyster shell place cards with hand-written names scrawled across the insides in navy ink. Blown-glass balls tied with weathered rope and acrylic signs paired with several different kinds of air plants and driftwood adorned the tables, coming together in simple elegance. In addition to their wedding cake, a donut wall kept guests happy all night long! Photographer: B. Jones Photography Event Planner: Wishes! Wedding Coordination Reception Venue: World Trade Center Seattle Floral Designer: Bella Fiori Cake Designer: Honey Crumb Cake Studio Doughnut Bakery: Top Pot Doughnuts Dress Store: Nordstroms Wedding Officiant: Seattle Wedding Officiants DJ: DJ Headsmile Hair Stylist: Posh Styling

Dinner Boxes: The Cute and Easy Rehearsal Dinner Alternative
Weddings are stressful. There’s no denying it takes a lot of effort to pull one off, no matter how many people you have helping out. All you want to do is sit down and relax with your family and friends and chill. Especially the night before. You want to have a calm evening before your wedding day. The last thing you need is a big, fancy dinner party after the rehearsal adding to your stress levels. You’d rather relax in the grass at a park with a picnic basket and a bottle of wine, right? Well, you can easily do just that with these awesome dinner boxes. Fill them with your favorite picnic foods a day or two before and they will still be delicious by the rehearsal dinner. Source: Gourmet Picnic Dinner Box, 'Let's Picnic!' Rehearsal Dinner Boxes The Food Of course, typical picnic foods are best, because they tend to last longer out of a refrigerator. You can throw these items together up to a couple of days before the dinner and store in the fridge in small containers or you can fill the boxes themselves and store those in the fridge for an even easier dinner. For sides, think light and refreshing foods: Crackers Cherries Berries Grapes Applesauce cups Sliced veggies Potato chips  Watermelon cucumber salad Salad on a skewer  Souce: Fruit Salad, Watermelon Cucumber Salad For the main course, you’ll want something easy to eat, prepare, and store: Smoked meats and cheese Finger sandwiches Wraps Grilled chicken salad Source: Caprese Sandwiches, Chicken Salad Don’t forget dessert! Again, something easy to store and eat is ideal: Cookies Brownies Cake Cheesecake Gummy candies Source: Chocolate Cherry Cookies, Cheesecake The best thing about all of these dishes? They are so easy. Not to mention they are sure to impress your guests and, depending on your packaging, there is net to no clean up required! The Drinks Drinks can be served from a glass pitcher or in personalized cups with lids or even mason jars with cute, custom labels. If it’s a warm day, you’ll just need to make sure you have ice available. Lemonade Cocktails Punch Wine Beer Source: Stadium Cup, Mason Jar, Lemonade Get Fancy, the Easy Way A simple way to wow your guests (other than with these fun personalized boxes and delicious, effortless dinners) is to pick the perfect drinks to complement your food. Dish: Smoked meat (such as summer sausage) and hard cheeses Wine: A medium-sweet Rosé with hints of berries and a marked acidity Beer: Kolsch Dish: Grilled chicken salad or wrap Wine: A Chardonnay with strong nectarine and white peach flavors or a rich Pinot Gris Beer: Hefeweizen (or a wheat beer) Dish: Caprese sandwiches Wine: a crisp Verdicchio or a dry Rosé Beer: A light lager Dish: Berries/fruit salads Wine: Moscato d’Asti Beer: Kolsch or a Belgian Wheat Ale Dish: Fresh vegetables Wine: A California Cabernet or a Malbec Beer: A Pale Ale Dessert: Chocolate-based Wine: Port or Pinot Noir or Shiraz Beer: A Stout, particularly an Imperial Stout Source: Wine Pairing You can set out display cards next to each food dish recommending a specific drink if you’re serving multiples of both. You could even have a “his and hers” drink choice for each dish to give your guests multiple options for pairings. Don’t forget the utensils and personalized napkins! Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

Wedding Favor Ideas You'll Fall For
If you’re having a wedding this Fall, it’s time to be thinking about favors! There are always tons of options for wedding favors; it can be overwhelming to decide what to give your guests. Thank yous are important, and you want your loved ones to remember your wedding day for a long time, so what can you give them to make sure that happens? It may make your decision a little easier if you narrow it down by the season. Here are some great ideas for Fall wedding favors you can personalize. Food  Maybe one of the best things about Fall is the food. Pumpkin pie or bread, candy corn, s'mores, squash, pecan brittle, and everything apples – raw, roasted, pie, candied, caramel, cider – this list could go on forever. There are so many rich, savory foods this time of year, and many people will want to incorporate them into their wedding somehow. Fortunately, food favors are usually a big hit, especially if they're homemade! Source: Honey, Maple Syrup The food itself might not last very long as a favor, but the personalized container you give it in could! Check out these awesome gift boxes. Source: Candy Boxes, Leaf Boxes, Cupcake Boxes, Jars, Pie Boxes Drinks  Because the temperatures are dropping, it's probably a good idea to provide something warm for your guests to drink. Apple cider is a must for fall weddings, along with hot chocolate and maybe even a pumpkin beer. If you home-brew, this is an excellent time to show off your homemade cider! But what good is a drink without a cup or a beer without a bottle opener? Source: Stadium Cups, Frosted Cups, Pumpkin Opener, Leaf Opener And don't forget the bottle stoppers! Source: Pumpkin Stopper, Leaf Stopper Candles Speaking of keeping warm – most of us enjoy a good bonfire on a fall evening, or a cozy fire in a fireplace indoors in the winter. Not everyone can have a fire, though, so they rely on candles for that warm glow. These candle tins can be personalized with your names, wedding date, colors, and more. Don't forget to include a box of matches, too! Source: Candles, Matchbox Placecard Holders One way to stick to your budget is to use things that have a dual purpose  -- but they don't have to look like they're budget friendly! These picture frames, bells, and pumpkins are super cute ways to help guests find their seats and serve as a useful favor. Source: Picture Frame, Leaf Bell Holder, Mini Pumpkins Gift Bags  You can’t forget something for your guests to carry their favors in! If you need ideas for how to personalize your favor bags or boxes, look here. Source: Burlap Bag, Paper Bag Now it's your turn to do us a favor and share what you gave your Fall wedding guests!   Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

53 Phrases for Your Wedding Welcome Bags
So you've decided to personalize your gift bags for your wedding. Now you need to decide how to personalize them. Whether you're using the bags for hotel welcome bags, bridal party gifts, favors, or anything in between, it can be tough to know what to write on the bag. More and more, couples are coming up with cute puns based on their names, but not everyone is that creative -- or has the names for the puns! If you want to say something other than a simple "thank you," here are some ideas for how to personalize your bags.Welcome 1. Welcome To Our Wedding Weekend 2. Welcome to Our Beginning 3. Our Story Begins Here 4. From [location] with love 5. It means the world to have you here Photography Source: Gold Welcome To Our Wedding Bags, White Welcome To Charleston Bags Thanks 6. Thank you for being a part of our happily ever after 7. Thank you for joining us 8. Thank you for coming all this way to help us celebrate our special day Photography Source: Clear Thank You Bags, Black Thank You Message Bags General 9. Live well, laugh often, love always 10. And so our adventure begins 11. Love, laughter, and happily ever after 12. Forever starts today 13. Love is a song that never ends; thanks for dancing with us! 14. We decided on forever; thanks for seeing us through the first step 15. Together is a beautiful place to be 16. Today and always 17. Here's to good times and great friends Photography Source: Canvas Let's Be Adventurers Bag, Clear Let The Adventure Begin Bags Beach 18. With sandy toes and salty kisses, we became Mr. & Mrs. 19. Anchored in love 20. Waves of love and thanks Photography Source: Canvas Sandy Toes Salty Kisses Bag, Canvas Colorful Beach Bag Hunting/Fishing/Outdoors 21. Hook, Line, Sinker. Catch of a lifetime! 22. I'd rather be fishing married 23. The hunt is over! Photography Source: Fishing Themed Wedding Gift BagHomemade 24. Something old, something new, something from us just for you 25. Made with love Photography Source: Black Something For You Gift Bags, Made With Love TagsFood 26. Hugs & Kisses from the new Mr. & Mrs. 27. A sweet ending to a new beginning 28. Sweets from the sweethearts Photography Source: Natural Kraft Apple Bags, White Sweets Favor BagHangover Kits 29. You partied hard when we were wed. Use this kit and go to bed! 30. In sickness and in health Photography Source: Natural Kraft Hangover Kit BagsSpring 31. Let flowers bloom while our love grows 32. Let love grow Photography Source: Let Love Grow Favor BagsSummer 33. Good Times and Tan Lines 34. Summer lovin' -- let's have us a blast! 35. I do BBQ Photography Source: Good Times Tan Lines Bag, Tandem Bike Treat BagsFall 36. Fall In Love 37. I love you a bushel and a peck 38. This fall, we're harvesting blessings Photography Source: Brown Fall Guest Gift Bag, Berry Red Welcome Fall Leaves BagWinter 39. Our Warmest Thanks 40. Snow In Love 41. Some people are worth melting for. Photography Source: Winter Gift Tags, Silver Snow In Love Gift BagsHolidays 42. Eat, Drink, & Be Merried (Christmas) 43. Merry Everything, Happy Always (Christmas) 44. Wed, White, & Blue (4th of July) 45. We'd like to thank the red, white, and you (4th of July) 46. Ringing in the New Year and our new beginning! (New Year's Eve) 47. New Year, new last name (New Year's Eve) 48. Welcome to our Hallo-wedding! (Halloween) 49. Love is a boo-tiful thing! (Halloween) Monograms If you can't decide on a phrase or saying, or are looking for a more simple option, a monogram may be the way to go! Use block, script, casual, formal, or mixed fonts to fit your personality or wedding theme.  50. Large last name initial 51. Two first name initials 52. Two first name initials with the last name initial in the center 53. Two first names with the last name initial in the center Photography Source: White Gift Bag with Window, Purple Monogrammed Gift Bags After choosing a saying or a monogram, you'll want to decide on a layout and a font. Try combining your saying, design, or monogram with your names, date, and/or location for a completely custom personalized bag.  Do you need some suggestions for how to fill your beautifully personalized bags now? Check this out. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

Stunningly Elegant Key West Real Wedding
Taryn and Zach came all the way from Germany, where Zach is stationed, to get married in paradise. From proteas to their beloved puppy, their wedding day was the iconic destination wedding. Every detail oozed class, with a distinctive tropical elegance. It was captured beautifully with digital images and film scans by the oh-so-talented Iris Moore Photography. Each carefully curated detail makes this magical day feel as if it is straight out the pages of a romance novel. Take a few minutes to daydream with us at the historic Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West with a stroll down Taryn and Zach's memory lane. We won't tell! GETTING READY --- Taryn and her bridesmaids got ready at a classic old Key West cottage with a dreamy front porch and white picket fence. The bride spent a lot of time making things special for every last part of her wedding day, and the morning of was no different.  Custom hangers for the dresses and matching floral robes made for beautiful pictures, and each accessory for her day was a perfect fit - from her stunning solitaire ring to her lace-wrapped clutch, lace and rhinestone garters, and Badgley Mischka heels. Her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel got ready with the girls, and what can we say besides adorable? CEREMONY --- Guests were welcomed by a large gold-framed welcome sign with the couple's names and wedding date as well as sheet music cones filled with leaf 'confetti' for guests to toss as the newlyweds walk down the aisle after saying their I Do's. The wedding arbor was accented with fabric and soft florals and stood in front of the water. Taryn and Zach were married at The Point, located on the west side of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico meet. Located at the entry of the Key West shipping channel, The Point is always an active site with boats sailing by, fishing boats coming and going, and an occasional cruise ship passing. The breathtaking views made for a wonderful backdrop to the couple's nuptials. RECEPTION --- Taryn worked closely with Fort Zachary Taylor's event director Kirsten who helped her to make every last detail perfect. Kristen and her team handled vendors, set up, and all of the day-of details, resulting in a spectacular affair that the bride and groom were able to enjoy without any worries. The reception was held in the Fortress, and was nothing short of magical. The fort was built in the mid 1800’s to defend the southern coastline of the United States, and is used today as a state park. Cannons line the long, narrow reception area made entirely of brick and open to the outside through wide archways. String lights lit up the night both above the reception tables and outside, above the cozy seating area for guests to retreat to throughout the evening. Airy linen table runners, gold lanterns and candlesticks, lush greenery, and heartfelt thank you notes adorned the long tables. Don't mind us daydreaming the afternoon away! Photographer: Iris Moore Photography Event Venue: Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Reception Venue: Fort Zachary Taylor Floral Designer: Duarte Floral Design Invitation Designer: Minted Officiant: Rev. Steve Torrence DJ: SoundWave Productions Equipment Rentals: Eventfully Yours Rentals Dress Designer: Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta Dress Store: Wolsfelt's Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Generation Tux Hair Stylist: Bella Luxe Hair & Makeup Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours Cake Designer: Key West Cakes Caterer: Catered Affairs of Key West

What Your Hotel Welcome Gift Bags Are Missing
We recently shared what hotel welcome bags are and why you might decide to gift them to your out-of-town guests. The hardest part now is choosing what to put in them! Here’s our guide to filling your hotel welcome gift bags to help you make sure you don't leave out anything important. Source: Frosted Plastic Welcome Bags These bags can be as simple or as extravagant as you want them to be – anything from a couple basic necessities to a location-themed grab bag. Throw items in the bag willy-nilly or connect them all with a theme. The goal of these bags should be to help your guests feel more comfortable during their travels. The Necessities Bottles of water Personalized water bottles, koozies or flasks Outdoor items like sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, handwarmers, or a rain poncho Advil/tums/bandaids An area map Mints or gum A grooming set with tweezers, nail clippers, and a nail file  Source: Water Bottles, Custom Lip Balm, Monogrammed Floral Sunglasses Local Gifts Write a personalized guide to your favorite nearby restaurants and attractions Include gift cards or coupons for a restaurant (bonus: you can use these almost like tissue paper as a filler, too!) Locally-made food or drinks Check out this list of state-specific souvenir ideas Source: Colorado, Vienna The Practical Portable phone charger A note that says “Please call anyone but the bride” and a list of phone numbers for people who know the area and the weekend’s events  Snacks Fresh fruit Power bars Trail mix Chocolates Bride’s and groom’s favorite candy or snack Something sweet and something salty Clothing-repair kit Mini sewing kit Safety pins Wrinkle release spray Lint roller Bottle opener Hand sanitizer Source: Bottle Openers, Phone List The Extra Alcohol Champagne is a good go-to, but don’t be afraid to include a local wine or a couple bottles of the bride’s and groom’s favorite beers or ciders Coffee – beans, grounds, or already brewed Candles or incense Lotion or soap Deck of cards or travel-sized game A hardy plant like a cactus or succulent A small notebook and pen A disposable camera Lip balm Nail polish An uber promo code for your event Febreeze or air freshener A recipe for a dish served at the wedding or unique to the area Source: Cards, Plant, Candles The Whimsical A lottery ticket The bride and groom’s favorite toys A favorite book or a book set in the area A handwritten book telling the couple’s love story Personalized “do not disturb sign” for their hotel room door A framed print of a map or photograph of the area or wedding venue Sparklers or small fireworks Postcards from the area your guests can send back home Drink coasters Source: Box, Postcards Themed Bags Wedding How can you tie your wedding theme into the gift bags? Wedding destination Focus on the unique, local items and maps Candy In addition to a variety of candy, include candy-scented candles, make-your-own candy kits, candy-flavored alcohol Travel Neck pillows, small blankets, eye masks, noise-canceling headphone, reusable water bottles, reusable bags, sunglasses, hats, passport holder, toiletry bag Spa Lotion, tanning oil or sunscreen, face and eye masks, coupon or gift card for a massage after the wedding (or a handheld massager), wine Color Use your wedding colors or another favorite color scheme and choose items suggested above within that color scheme For example, yellow, pink, and orange: yellow-framed sunglasses, mini bottles of orange juice and pink champagne, lemon-scented soap or lotion, a rose-scented candle Activities If there's a lot to do near the wedding venue, center your gift bags around these activities: sunglasses, energy bars and trail mix, trail guides, coupons for the activities, a local scavenger hunt Games A deck of cards, travel-sized checkers or scrabble, a book of road trip games, mad libs, plus all the best gaming snacks (chips, chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, m&ms or skittles) Source: Travel Bag, Italy, Pineapple Theme, Toiletry Bag Make sure you include a note explaining why you included the personal items! Who likes which candy or drink? Why did you choose that particular quote for the bag? Which restaurant is your favorite and why? Keep in mind you’re doing this to help your guests feel more comfortable away from home, and think about their favorite things. You’ll also need to remember who is driving and who is flying – and what they’ll be able to fit in their luggage. Have a little fun with the bags. Because you're not giving them to every wedding guest, you can make them more personal and give yourself a chance to think about how much this guest means to you and why you're so happy to have them attend your wedding. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

The Ultimate Guide to Hotel Wedding Welcome Gift Bags
Remember that wedding you went to when you had to travel for hours and then drag your luggage to your hotel room and you collapsed on the bed only to immediately realize you had forgotten your toothbrush? Or you magically arrived hours early and suddenly you needed something to do for the rest of the day, but the hotel’s welcome book was missing from the nightstand, so you ended up at a two-star restaurant on accident? You don’t want that to happen to your guests who are traveling to your wedding. You want them to have just as magical a weekend as you will have. We've created this guide to hotel wedding welcome gift bags to help you make the start of their weekend spectacular. Source: Canvas Bag How Many Will You Need? You will want to plan on putting together a bag for any guest who is traveling in order to attend your wedding. Whether they’re staying in a hotel or with a family member, these gift bags are just one small way you can make their visit more comfortable. If you are reserving a block of rooms at a hotel or multiple hotels in your area, check in at least a month or two in advance to get an estimate of how many people have made reservations so far. You will want to add some extra for guests that may be staying with other family members, or who simply haven't made their travel plans yet.   Choosing Your Packaging Hotel welcome gift bags are bags filled with anything from useful to whimsical, from generic to personal. Give to your out-of-town wedding guests to make their weekends just a little better. Travel can be so stressful; it’s heartwarming to know the bride and groom are thoughtful, even when they are busy with last-minute wedding details. There are TONS of gift bags out there. How will you ever decide which one to use?! First, set a budget and decide what items you want to include. Once you know how much money you have left over for the bag, it should be easier to pick a style. Do you have a lot of items to include? Consider a canvas bag, which is sturdier and will be able to hold more, and will also hold up better than a paper bag – not to mention they’re reusable, making the bag itself part of the gift. Plastic or paper bags will keep your cost down, and they can be easily “dressed up” with a personalized print. If you do want to personalize the bag, consider a frosted plastic with a bright, bold color for the print. Source: Plastic Bag, Canvas Bag, Paper BagCurating The Contents The welcome gift bags can be as simple or as extravagant as you’d like. Here are some basic guidelines for what to include. The necessities/things commonly forgotten while traveling Something special/unique to the area Snacks: sweet, salty, and savory Water bottles – ensure your guests stay hydrated Wedding itinerary or invitation to ensure guests know the timeline for all of your events Recommendations for the area; what to do, where to eat, etc. Bonus points if you include coupons! A note or letter from the bride and groom welcoming the guests Tissue paper or other filler Source: Frosted Bag Deciding On Delivery The delivery may be the trickiest part of the gift. Should the bags be waiting in your guests’ hotel rooms? At the front desk when they check in? Should you hand-deliver them? Or wait until the first wedding event? The simplest delivery method is to trust the hotel staff with the bags. The staff can keep them at the desk (be sure to write the guests’ full names on the bags!) or may even be able to deliver them to the guests' rooms before they arrive. If the guests are staying with a family member or friend, it should be no problem for you to drop the bags off at the houses before your guests get in. Delivering bags in person is probably the best way, but you’re going to be busy, so don’t sweat it if you won’t be able to greet everyone when they get to town. If everyone will be at the rehearsal dinner, you can hand them out after. Or maybe this is the perfect excuse to host a bonfire the night everyone arrives – you can have a relaxing evening and still get to watch your guests’ reactions when they see the bags! Is It Really Worth It? If you’re having a destination wedding, your guests are spending a lot of money on travel to be with you. If you’re not having a destination wedding but do have out-of-town guests, it’s a way to thank them for taking the extra time to travel to you. Out-of-town guests who don’t know the area may be uncomfortable being in a new place at such an important time. A welcome gift bag is a really easy way for you to let your guests know how much you appreciate the time and effort they put into being at your wedding. Consider the luggage restrictions for travelers. There are so many rules for what you can and can’t take on an airplane, or maybe your guests don’t have access to a big enough car. They’ll have to cut down on what they pack, and the stress can cause them to forget something they actually need, or they may have to forgo something they might or might not need because they couldn’t quite justify the space it would take up without being certain they'll use it. Guests who are traveling - with kids in particular - have to make sacrifices with what they pack. Including items in the gift bags for kids (coloring books, bubbles, small toys, etc.) can relieve some of that stress. Source: Thank You Bags Assembling Your Gifts  How can you possibly make time for ordering the pieces, filling the bags, and delivering them?! This last week before your wedding is probably your busiest. Consider these bags a chance to relax. Pour a glass of wine, sit down with your partner, and have fun with it. Hand write the notes and arrange the bags like they’re floral bouquets and placement matters. Or, if you really don’t have time, enlist a younger sibling or cousin to help – they may have fun with it! Even better: make the bags way in advance. As long as you're not including any perishable items, you can also put the bags together as early as you want. Even if you do want to include some perishable items, you can start the bags any time and add to them as the date gets closer. You can save time (and money on shipping!) by ordering everything for the bag from one website, too. Source: Canvas Bag A welcome gift bag is an easy and thoughtful way to help your guests relax and enjoy their weekend that much more. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

3 Tips For Keeping Wedding Guests Involved
Humans love weddings. We love to witness love. But we love parties at least as much. The excitement, the interaction. Even just the food, for those of us who might otherwise prefer a quiet night in. There’s just something about being surrounded by people you care about while celebrating something important and good. So, while the wedding is, of course, the reason everyone is together, the reception is just as important. The wedding is a commitment to loving each other, but the reception gives the bride and groom a chance to remind everyone of their commitment to friends and family as well. Make the reception a reflection of how much you care for your family and friends and give them a party they’ll remember fondly for years to come. There are lots of blogs out there claiming to share ways to get your guests involved – but the most involved they get are playing yard games, signing alternative guests books such as surfboards, and writing notes of advice for the bride and groom. Here are some ways to really involve your guests in the reception. Guest-Curated Playlist Some of my best memories from every wedding I’ve gone to are of the dance floor. My extended family has every type of dancer covered – the foot-shuffler, the crazy arms, the bumper car, the person doing all the “classic” moves. You’ll see a little bit of everything at one of our family weddings. Because the dance floor is one of the highlights of the night, it’s also easy to remember the awkward, less fun parts on the dance floor; like when the DJ played a song no one liked. We liked to stand in a huddle on the middle of the dance floor, staring at the DJ until he or she played a different song. For us, and for many others, music is one of the most important parts of the reception. Why not let your guests have a say in what they listen to? Sure, you can ask a DJ to play a particular song, but they don’t always have it in their files, or they don’t always play it when you want it played. When your guests have some say over the music, they’ll get to dance to what they want, and they will enjoy the evening all the more. You might also hear songs you wouldn’t expect to hear on a typical wedding playlist from a DJ but are perfect for your wedding. Not to mention giving your guests the option to participate (not forcing them to) is a great way to ensure everyone will have a good time. A DJ is important, too, because they typically make announcements and steer the reception through the night. However, they’re not totally necessary. Maybe someone in the bridal party is a great emcee, or a close friend or family member who wasn’t part of the bridal party but you’d still like them to be involved could host the evening. Or, if you want a more laid-back reception and aren’t planning on doing some of the more formal traditions, you don’t have to have an emcee at all. This frees you up to let your guests choose the music. With Spotify, you can make playlists, listen to a radio station, play every song one artist has ever produced, or you can create a queue. Playlists and queues are fairly similar, but each has its own benefits for a reception. Source: Spotify Playlist Playlist When you create a playlist, you pre-pick the music for the night. Guests can still add to the list, but there’s less say over when the song will play. In a playlist, you can listen in a random order or sort by artist, date added, or alphabetical by song title. Queue You can still pre-pick songs in a queue. The main difference between a queue and a playlist is you can choose which order the songs play in the queue. Guests can add any song they want and play it whenever they want. If you have a lot of children, or maybe some rowdy friends, at the reception, you may need someone to keep an eye on the music – a guest-run playlist has the potential to be disruptive. Maybe two people have a little too much to drink and they begin to fight over which song to play next; the back and forth could cause a lapse in the music and dancing, which should never happen at a wedding reception! Or, a child might think it’s funny to play an inappropriate song. But, if you know your guests and trust them to not be unruly, you can let them have free reign over the music. You might also want to include a note or sign with guidelines, like in this example: Now that you’ve got the perfect mix, get on that dance floor! Toasts After the Maid of Honor and Best Man have said their pieces, the bride and groom should take a moment to thank everyone for joining their celebration. Then, invite your guests to make a toast as well. Source: Group Toast These toasts don’t have to be dedicated to the bride and groom. If you have a more outspoken crowd, you could try asking other married couples to stand up and ask if they have any advice or stories to share. Start by asking all married couples to stand up. Say something like “If you’ve been married ten years or less, what advice can you give the bride and groom? Do you have any stories about how you know their marriage will last well beyond the ten-year anniversary?” After everyone who wants to speak has, they can sit down. Continue with couples married up to 25 years, 50 years, as far as you can go before no one is left standing. If your group is less bold, ask the children! Kids are full of hilarious and surprisingly insightful advice. Their comments can liven up the room and, who knows, maybe they can teach you something about love. Make sure you videotape these speeches – you never know when a little one will strike gold with their opinions. Dares A long-standing tradition says whenever a guest clinks their drinking glass, the bride and groom have to kiss. Let’s get a little creative with this one. During the cocktail hour or before the bride and groom arrive at the reception, have guests write down “dares” (remind them to keep it PG!) for the bride and groom. Collect these dares in a vase or bowl. During the reception, whenever a guest clinks their glass, the bride or groom should draw a dare and do whatever the paper says. Here are some ideas:Kiss Dance to a particular song, chosen by the guest (it may be best to keep this one short, depending on the timeline for the reception – pick out a 30-second or so clip of the song) Share a funny story about each other Share the moment they knew they would marry the other Name a particular dance move or two (the moonwalk, the Charleston, raise the roof, the sprinkler). The bride and groom must have a dance off with that move only Take a shot Give the oldest family member there a kiss on the cheek Give the youngest family member there a kiss on the cheek Source: Dance Moves If the bride and groom are a little uncomfortable with this, it’s easily turned around. The bride and groom can come up with their own list of dares, and when someone clinks a glass, before the couple kisses, the clinker must complete a dare.Share a story about the bride and groom Share a story about their own significant other Kiss their significant other Take a shot Take a funny selfie with the bride and groom Impersonate a famous person until someone guesses who it is Of course, the key to a great reception is knowing your audience. What will they enjoy? Maybe your family is on the introverted side, so the dares may make people more uncomfortable than it makes them laugh. Maybe everyone is fighting for the title of court jester, and you can have a friendly roast of the bride and groom or other guest of honor. Think about activities your family would adore and do your best to incorporate them into your reception. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

Product Spotlight: Heart Drop Shadow Box Guest Book
Guest books for any event are a wonderful thing. Years later, you can look back and read your loved ones’ kind words and remember exactly who was there celebrating with you.  The problem with more traditional guest books is they tend to get lost on a bookshelf or forgotten in a box filled with pictures and memorabilia. No matter how good our intentions are, items like guest books are usually eventually considered clutter and are put away somewhere. That’s just one reason among many couples are choosing alternative guest books more often. One gorgeous alternative to a book is this shadow box with silver and gold wooden hearts for guests to sign. The box has hooks on the back, so you can hang it on a wall – meaning no clutter and no lost cardboard box full of wedding momentos for this guest book! It’s only 1.5 inches deep, too, so it won’t stick out too far on the wall. Source: Shadow Box Display The plexiglass can be etched as well, allowing you to personalize your box with either two lines of text (anything from your names and the wedding date to your wedding’s social media hashtag) or a single initial, in addition to the floral prints above and below. Check out how one of our customers designed hers: Photo Credit: Emma Cleary Photo & Video These shadow boxes make excellent gifts at different events as well. Are you going to a baby shower? This shadow box can be hung in the baby’s room, so she/he can grow up reading the names on the hearts and know how many people love her/him. Is a bride having two bridal showers? The guests at each party can sign one color of the hearts; the mingling of the colors inside the shadow box represents the mingling of two families. Birthday parties, graduations, anniversary parties – the possibilities for this beautiful box are endless. The simplicity of the box paired with the color and design options also ensure this box will fit any theme or color scheme at the party. Source: Gold, Silver After the party, it’s sure to grab anyone’s attention hanging on your wall, and this can lead to even more stories about the event. You will add to your memories time and time again over the years with the box always in sight. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

Purple Desert Botanical Garden Wedding
Alexandra and Steven were married in beautiful Arizona at the Desert Botanical Gardens in a picturesque outdoor setting. Shades of rich purple, greens, and white naturally accented the gorgeous landscape, making this lovely ceremony and reception stunningly unique.  From cacti details to exquisite floral arrangements, this desert wedding was perfect from start to finish. Many thanks to the talented Laura Segall Photography for sharing this breathtaking wedding with us.  CEREMONY --- The couple exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony within the gorgeous herb garden featuring a large sundial, unique backdrop, and beautiful floral accents. Programs matching the invitations were laid out for guests, and a laser-etched wood front guestbook was on display for guests to sign. A memorial table featured picture frames with photos of family members being remembered on this special day. ATTIRE --- The bride was stunning in her elegant fit-and-flare wedding dress featuring embroidered lace motifs dancing over tulle on both the body and sleeves of the gown. Classic black tuxes - complete with bowties - were donned by both the groom and his groomsmen. Off-the-shoulder floor-length dresses in a deep shade of purple were worn by the bridesmaids, tying in perfectly with their beautiful bouquets. DECOR --- Wooden tables were decorated with large floral arrangements, gold-rimmed glass chargers, custom printed place cards and menus, and purple cloth napkins. The cake was a three-tiered, buttercream-frosted beauty, adorned by more florals and a 'fly away with me' laser cut topper. Favors of prickly pear tea, packaged in small glass jars with custom printed labels were given to guests as a thank you for attending. The reception was nothing short of perfection against the backdrop of the cacti and other desert plants. Photographer: Laura Segall Photography Ceremony and Reception Venue: Desert Botanical Gardens Event Planner: Meant2Be Events Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Invitation Designer: Be In Love Designs Floral Designer: Chasing Bliss Design Cake Designer: Piece of Cake Desserts Bakery Officiant: From This Day Forward Caterer: Atlasta Catering and Event Concepts Beauty: The Getaway Studio Makeup Artist: Artistry by Azure DJ: Valley Mix Entertainment

16 Ways to Dazzle with Geodes at Your Wedding
Geodes are a stunning natural occurrence where crystal quartz formations develop inside hollow rocks. Agate is a similar-looking, colorful and patterned type of rock often used in conjunction with geodes, and is formed in lava or volcanic rocks. Lately, they have been forming in other ways: cakes, jewelry, nail polish, wall art, and more. We absolutely love how geodes are being used in art, food, and parties to add some color and sparkle! The beautiful crystals are basically begging to be used in your wedding. Here are some ideas for how you can include geodes as decorations, favors, foods, and more! Source: Green Geode Print, Pink Geode Decorations If you love color, sparkle, glitter, pizazz, or even just are looking for something different, consider using geodes in your decorations. They make beautiful escort cards – and if you write the table number on a piece of paper attached to the stone, guests can take them home and use them as paperweights, coasters, or bookends. Source: Agate Escort Cards If you have high ceilings, consider hanging geodes or similar, geometric shapes. Hanging decorations can also save table space! Source: Hanging Shapes, Hanging Pendants You can find hollowed-out geodes that hold tea lights and use them in your centerpieces. Mix them into your floral centerpieces too, like with these succulents. Source: Candle Holder, Succulent and Geode Arrangement Are you setting out photos of the bride and groom? Or are you having a memorial table? Use geodes and wire as photo holders. Source: Geode Photo Holder Wrap them around your napkins! These would be easy enough to make, too, with your favorite geodes, ribbon, and some hot glue. Source: Napkin Rings And who needs a beach wedding when you have one of these incredible geode prints as your ceremony backdrop? You could also use a large geode print as a backdrop for a photo booth at your reception. Source: Wall ArtFavors The escort cards and candle holders mentioned before make awesome favors, but there are other options too! Remember those geode-and-succulent centerpieces? If you put them in small containers, give those to your guests to take home. Better yet, take those hollowed-out geodes and plant the succulents directly in them! Air plants also work really well inside geodes, and you don’t need as big of a hole for them. Source: Air PlantFood The only thing better than eating good food is eating good food that is also pretty. Source: Blue Cake, Green Cake There have been some amazing geode cakes served at weddings, but you can do more than cut away a section and decorate it. Check out these geode cookies and cake pops, too! Source: Cookies, Cake Pops What about cupcakes? Easy to make and just as beautiful. Source: Cupcakes Rock candy is another easy one, and can be made in tons of different colors. This would be a great favor for kids, as well. You can make the traditional rock candy on a stick, or impress your guests with these geode-shaped rock candies. Source: Rock Candy You can also use these adorable geode cake toppers instead of a more traditional pair. They’re really easy to make yourself, as well. Just pick two geodes you love and add a veil and a hat or tie." Source: Bride and Groom Topper, Cake Topper Jewelry Instead of a ring pillow, check out these gorgeous geodes, hollowed out and attached with a hinge to make a ring box: Source: Ring Box The bridesmaids can have matching jewelry. Geodes give you the options of simple but eye-grabbing jewelry, like the images below, or pieces as extravagant as your wedding itself. Source: Earrings, Necklace Are the groomsmen wearing boutonnieres? Add a geode! Source: Boutonniere, Groom These incredible rocks are so beautiful and so versatile when it comes to decorations -- and themes. Use them in your natural theme, rock theme, color theme, or many others. The possibilities are endless. How will you use them in your wedding? Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

Unique Twists for your Greenery-Themed Wedding
One wedding trend still going strong this year is the use of succulents and other greenery. We get it -- the simplicity of the greens and whites is stunning. The most common displays of this theme are in bouquets and table decorations, of course. But with so many brides doing this, you may want to add a few details here and there to make your wedding stand out from the rest. Mixing in unexpected colors, signature cocktails and desserts, and other accessories are just a few ways to make the theme your own. One of our favorite colors to pair with succulents is this deep garnet. Source: Tie, Dahlia Another is ultra violet, pairing with more general greenery. Source: Leaves, Galaxy Keep reading to find ways to incorporate each of these in your wedding plans! Flowers and Decorations You’ll want to minimize the use of these colors in a bouquet or decorations in order to truly stick with the greenery theme, but just a couple of flowers per bouquet in either of these beautiful colors will be enough to draw anyone’s eye. Source: Succulent Bouquet  The same applies to table arrangements. How gorgeous is this simply-decorated reception hall, from the garland to the lights to the bursts of purple on the tables? Less is more if you’re looking for an attention-getting pop of color. Source: Table Decorations If your venue allows for it, use a “stepable” succulent or other sturdy plant in the aisle – it’ll feel like walking through a forest. Sedum Makinoi is durable enough that it could be planted afterwards, too, so you could have someone collect it after the ceremony and include it in the favors or plant it yourself. Imagine looking at your yard every day and being reminded of walking down the aisle! Source: Stepables Succulent Accessories These wooden ring boxes are adorable and would be an awesome craft for you and your partner to make together. Source: Tree Stump Ring Box, Carved Wood Ring Box If you’re leaning more towards succulents, these beautiful ring boxes are sure to stun as a ring-holding terrarium. You can paint the outside garnet red or ultra violet to match. Source: Terrarium Ring Boxes Use leaves as your place cards or escort cards. You could also use potted mini succulents as an escort card and a favor. Source: Succulent Favors, Escort Card Leaves Cocktails Really take your reception up a notch by serving one of these cocktails. You can also put your own spin on the cocktail and include a recipe card and personalized cup or flute as a wedding favor. Greenery – put the theme into your drinks! Pomegranate and Rosemary Champagne Cocktail: this easy cocktail is gorgeous and delicious, with just pomegranate arils and juice, rosemary, and champagne. Rose and Cucumber Collins: this twist on the gin-based classic Tom Collins is refreshing and perfect for a summer wedding.  Source: Pomegranate Rosemary Champagne, Rose Cucumber Collins Green Midori Mebuki: a bright green drink made with melon liqueur that tastes like sour candy. “Mebuki” means “budding” in Japanese and refers to the beginning of spring, making this cocktail an interesting addition to your spring wedding bar menu. Amuse Vert: this recipe calls for Hendrick’s Gin, which is made with rose and cucumber, ginger, lime juice, and fresh kiwis. The fresh fruit adds to the color and adds a sweet and tart flavor that can’t be matched by artificial fruit flavoring. Source: Midori Mebuki, Amuse Vert Ultra Violet Shrinking Violet Cocktail: supposedly, the name comes from how fast this drink shrinks after you take a drink. Made with just Crème de Violette Liqueur and champagne, this simple purple cocktail is a great upgrade to the traditional champagne toast. The Artist: a violet gin martini. Garnish with flowers instead of olives. Source: Shrinking Violet, The Artist Garnet Red Summer’s Garden: another wonderful summer drink. Blackberries, rose geranium syrup, gin, and lemon juice blend beautifully for a light, tart taste. Frozen Hibiscus Margarita: this clever combination can be served in a glass as a margarita or frozen and eaten as a sorbet. The addition of hibiscus flowers and vanilla bean make this a margarita your guests will love recreating at home. Source: Hibiscus Margaritas, Summer's Garden Desserts My favorite part of any theme is the matching desserts. This is your chance to get really creative. Where do succulents, greenery, and flowers fit in the dessert world? Lilac blackberry pavlova: this meringue-based dessert is fairly easy to make and is just as delicious as it is pretty. Donuts: you can’t go wrong with donuts to begin with, but with these colors and the added flowers, your guests won’t be able to stop – gushing or eating! Source: Lilac Blackberry Pavlova, Lavender Floral Donuts Candied violets: this versatile candy can be added to cookies, cakes, ice cream, drinks, fruit plates, and more for a sweet, delicate touch. Violet creams: basically a violet-infused pudding that can be served as a pudding or over shortbread cookies. Sprinkle some of the candied violets on top! Source: Candied Violets, Violet Creams Rosewater and raspberry panna cotta: another “basically pudding” dish, this panna cotta is creamy and decadent, despite the recipe boasting it’s low-calorie content (but we all know calories don’t count at a wedding anyway). Source: Panna Cotta Red velvet cheesecake brownies: What’s better than combining two desserts? Cutting them into heart shapes and serving them at your wedding. Red velvet lava cakes: don’t forget the napkins - you'll need them for these decadent brownies that are also cheesecake. Source: Cheesecake Brownies, Lava Cakes  Even if you choose flower-less desserts, you can still dress up the dessert table with this theme. Remember the Sedum you walked on? That same plant works beautifully as a filler on your dessert table. It’s small enough that it will rest underneath the edge of any serving platter while still giving your desserts a colorful background. Elizabeth graduated from The University of Findlay with a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing. She now resides in Portland, Oregon where she is employed in the real estate business and is particularly enjoying the local cuisine. As a writer, Elizabeth believes in a quote from one of her favorite TV shows: "We have only two jobs on this Earth. The first: to learn. The second: to cope." A deep desire to learn struck Elizabeth when she was young, and now she hopes to help you cope by sharing information, and helping you apply the knowledge. Weddings and event planning can be overwhelming; sometimes it's okay to take a little advice from a stranger on the internet.

Colorful Oceanfront Cabo Wedding
Kim and David traveled all the way from San Francisco to celebrate their wedding with family and friends at a luxury oceanfront resort in Cabo San Lucas. Their happiness shines through in every breathtaking image captured by Gonzalo Verdeja, owner of GVPhotographer.  With colorful details and stunning views, we can't imagine a more perfect destination beach wedding. Kim and David got ready for their I Do's in the resort with rooms overlooking the pool and beach, said their vows, and then partied late into the night under the string lights illuminating their reception space. Enjoy every bit of this gorgeous tropical wedding, and join us in wishing this bride and groom the best in all the years to come.  ATTIRE --- Kim's wedding dress had a sexy sheer bodice and sheer lace train, lending a bohemian feel to her radiant, beachy beauty. A floral jeweled headpiece and relaxed beach waves finished off her flawless look. Her bridesmaids wore mismatched neutral dresses to keep with the relaxed feel. David donned light blue pants, a navy jacket, white shirt, and pink handkerchief. His groomsmen matched perfectly, minus the jacket, and sported navy and white belts to complete the look. VENUE --- The beach in front of the Hacienda Beach Resort was set up beautifully simply for the wedding ceremony. A copper pipe arch accented with bright flowers showcased the views behind the couple as they said their vows.  The reception followed the ceremony, still just steps from Medano Beach in the restaurant area of the Hacienda Cocina y Cantina and with the famous Cabo Arch in the background. Tables and chairs were set up near the infinity pool at the resort, making for spectacular views throughout the afternoon and as the sun set that evening. DECOR --- Amy Abbott Events brought to life a dreamy ceremony and reception, with colorful tropical decor. Gold and turquoise accents were set off by bold florals in bright pink, orange, and yellow. Turquoise maracas were placed at each table setting as favors for guests, and featured a note that read "shake me at the kiss". Table runners added an extra pop at each table, with some in a black and white Aztec print, and some woven serape table runners in a rainbow of colors to bring some Mexican flair.     Photographer: GVPhotographer Second Shooter: Fabi Rosas Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hacienda Cocina y Cantina Event Planner: Amy Abbott Events Floral Designer: Pina Cate Equipment Rentals: Let It Be Events and Del Cabo Event Design Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Blanc On-Location Salon Band: Mariachi Karina DJ: Alex DJ Cabo Events


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