Monthly Archives: September 2015

50 Wedding Favor Ideas You (and Your Guests) Are Sure to Love

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wedding favorsThanks to European nobility several centuries ago, today’s couples have the tradition of wedding favors to add to their wedding planning checklist. What started as a simple giveaway of sugar as a way to show off has now evolved into a modern scramble to select a wedding favor that fits who you are as a couple, and what fits with the theme of your wedding. If you’re still in the middle of that scramble, searching for the right wedding favor for your wedding, we at 1451 Renaissance Place have compiled a list of wedding favor ideas that can help you decide what is the right wedding favor for you. With 50 different wedding favor idea options, you’re sure to find a wedding favor that fits your style—or at least be inspired from our extensive list.

  1. Mints
  2. Coasters
  3. Hot cocoa kits
  4. Jars of jam (or other goodies)
  5. Coffee beans
  6. Cookie cutters
  7. Candles
  8. Ornaments
  9. Bottle openers
  10. Candy bars
  11. Bottle/can koozies
  12. Honey jars
  13. Popcorn
  14. Hangover relief kits
  15. Mini cheeses
  16. cookies for wedding guestsCookies
  17. Magnets
  18. Paper weights
  19. Mini puzzles
  20. Flash drives (for a technology-themed wedding!)
  21. Shot glasses
  22. (Small) bottles of wine
  23. Chocolates
  24. Bookmarks
  25. Peppermints
  26. Pet treats
  27. Matchboxes
  28. Plants
  29. Seed packets
  30. Bottles of lemonade
  31. Gift bags
  32. Key chains
  33. Handkerchiefs
  34. Caramel apples
  35. Candy hearts
  36. Rock candy
  37. Mini pies
  38. Tea cups (and bags)
  39. wedding day venueMeasuring tapes/rulers
  40. Flashlights
  41. Bottles of soda
  42. Sun catchers
  43. Muffins
  44. Picture frames
  45. Cookie mix in a jar
  46. Chicken noodle soup ingredients (in a container)
  47. Window clings
  48. Snow globes
  49. Bath salts
  50. Wine glasses

If you are looking for a wedding venue that can help you plan all the details (not just wedding favors), contact us at 1451 Renaissance Place or send us a message on our Facebook page. We’re here to help make your big day beautiful—beyond the wedding favors.

Wedding Planning Mistakes REALLY Easy to Make (And Avoid)

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wedding planningLet’s be honest: no matter the size of your wedding, wedding planning is a really, really big job. And in the midst of coordinating all the details, it’s REALLY easy to make mistakes without even realizing it; it’s only after the wedding day that the bride or groom starts compiling a list of regrets. You know the “I wish I’d done that…” or “Looking back…” How do you avoid those potential regrets while in the midst of the wedding planning process? We’ve compiled a list of suggestions so you don’t slip into these common wedding planning mistakes.

Not setting a budget

Your budget is a key detail in every step of your wedding planning process, and a question you’ll find every vendor asks about. Sit down with your fiancé and any family members or friends who have expressed interest in giving you financial gifts for your special day. Making sure everyone is on the same page financially can minimize wedding planning stress, and drama, as you progress through the process. Don’t start wedding planning without a budget (unless you don’t need a budget); you’ll find that wedding expenses add up fast. If you want a sure-fire way to stay on budget, choose a wedding venue (like 1451 Renaissance Place) where you get a list of final costs at your final wedding planning meeting so you can make tweaks to the reception to fit your budget.

Blowing too much of your budget in one area

A wedding budget is like a marathon; you don’t want to put out too much energy at the end and not have enough left to cross the finish line. To make sure you stay on track, make a lined budget plan with amounts in each column. Remember, you don’t want to spend all your money on a dress and not have enough for the photographer.

Taking on too much

There is no shame or blame in asking for help. Wedding planning is a process, and can be an intimidating process for anyone. If you’re overwhelmed, consider choosing a wedding venue with an event planner to coordinate and finalize all the details that come with your wedding.

Procrastination

cookies for wedding guestsTo borrow an old saying, “the early bird gets the worm.” The prompt couple also gets the caterer of their choice, the best bands, DJs and entertainers, and the in-demand venue. Don’t wait until the last minute. Coordinate and confirm as many details in advance. Don’t think you’ll have time to talk to your band about your favorite dance songs, or you can call your caterer with last minute changes that morning. Follow up with your vendors well before your wedding date to confirm, and discuss in depth any preferences you have.

Not keeping everyone in the loop

Once you’ve conferred with all your vendors, coordinators and family, put the schedule for your wedding day (and day before and after) into a schedule and share it. Whether you have two or 20 attendants, give your bridesmaids, ushers, groomsmen, deejay and other participants of your big day a detailed schedule of where and what times you need them—in person, if possible. Don’t rely on random texts or other people. In the same way, consider doing the same for your guests; we’ve seen beautiful websites created especially for a couple’s big day with all the day details carefully outlined, and all their questions answered (saves you time on the phone too!). Another option is to create a social media page with details; remember this only works if your guests are on social media. If you want a more traditional schedule, compile all the details and include them in your invite.

Not leaning on experience

wedding day venueIf you need assistance while wedding planning, turn to people with experience. Don’t be afraid to ask your venue coordinators or vendors for recommendations for other vendors; your wedding venue staff know what florists that do a beautiful job, and caterers can recommend local wedding décor vendors. Or, if you want to consolidate and simplify the process, choose a venue with an on-site event planner or hire a wedding planner. Together, you and your entourage can produce a beautiful wedding day that speaks to who you are as a couple.

Treating every detail like a stand-alone part of your wedding day

Your guests are going to walk and view your wedding as a whole, so make sure you coordinate your details accordingly. Try not to get stuck on a detail that you have to have; instead focus on your wedding day as a whole, and choose details that fit with your overall vision. For example, don’t get stuck on using lilies if planning a fall wedding—and don’t think that you have to plan a rust colored fall wedding either.

Expect excellent service

310490_10150434622281803_1655992384_nWe’re not advocating turning into a bridezilla (or a husand-zilla), but set your expectations high, such as when researching wedding venues. We’ve compiled a list of five must-haves that you should expect from your wedding venue, and questions to ask to find out everything you need to know—everything you need to know to select the best wedding venue and vendors that offer the excellent service you need to plan your big day. Don’t settle for anything less.

Listen to yourself

Remember, this is your big day. At the end of the day, everyone’s going to have an opinion and advice but this is YOUR day. Decide what style fits you as a couple, and plan accordingly (or find a wedding venue with a planner-see our tip above). The result is a beautiful reflection of you are, and many months of wedding planning for your special day.