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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.

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Beautiful DIY Wedding

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cake with flower petalsBefore we launch into the do’s and don’ts of a DIY wedding, we’re giving a disclaimer: the level of do-it-yourself you choose for your wedding is going to determine how much DIY affects your wedding planning. We’ve seen brides produce everything from start to finish, from the save-the-dates to the centerpieces to designing thank you cards. Every couple is different, and there’s no right or wrong to wedding planning. We’ve seen wedding ceremonies and receptions that fit a busy couple to a T completely planned by the event or wedding planner. There are certainly benefits to this arrangement, as we wrote about in a recent blog post. Then there’s the opposite couple: they are at the epicenter of every wedding planning decision, creating as many details of their wedding day as possible.

So what’s the “right” way for your wedding? How much do-it-yourself wedding planning fits you as a couple? These tips can help you make your decision:

Do expect that a DIY wedding is going to take A LOT of time. It’s true. No matter how simple the pictures look, the process to get to that point is going to take time, and a lot of time. If you’re having a big wedding, multiply your production process times the amount of items you need. For example, if it takes 30 minutes to make 10 favors for your wedding, it’s going to take 1200 minutes to make 400 favors.

Don’t get in over your head. Let’s face it: we’re not all crafty. Know your skills. We can’t all produce beautiful cakes, or are detail-oriented enough to glue together the perfect centerpiece. If you’ve never worked on a computer, don’t assume you can create professional wedding invitations. There’s a reason they are called professionals.

Do know how much you can do. There are only 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. Know how many wedding details you can take on, and schedule accordingly. Remember: there’s no shame in hiring vendors to tackle those details that you can’t.

Don’t procrastinate. The days leading up to your wedding are busy, so don’t wait until the last minute to tackle your DIY wedding projects. It won’t work. Get as much done ahead of time, so you can tackle all the last minute details and items that (God forbid!) don’t go as planned right before your wedding.

Do communicate with others. A wedding is an event that is based on efficient coordination. Even if you are producing everything for your wedding, make sure you are communicating with your wedding venue, family and friends to ensure that all the pieces fit together.

Don’t assume that DIY is always cheaper. Number one mistake of any do-it-yourselfer: making the assumption that if you make everything for your wedding the cost is less. While this might be the truth 6 out of 10 times, do your homework. Sometimes it is cheaper to ask a professional to print 1,000 invitations, simply because they have the equipment and supplies. Don’t forget to factor in time, too, when you calculate the cost. If you have to take a day off to produce centerpieces, for example, then the cost of losing income should be tallied in as well.

Do practice. Don’t look at pictures and assume that your cake is going to turn out perfect. Don’t assume that those centerpieces are going to turn out on the first try. Practice before your big day to ensure that what you think is going to happen actually happens.

Have any questions? Choose a wedding venue with experienced event planners. Event planners are coordinators, and can do as much or as little as you want. They are invaluable for coordinating the details on the day of your wedding, and pulling together all your DIY wedding projects into a beautiful affair. They can also give you advice based on what they’ve seen work at other weddings, and can recommend vendors for the wedding projects you don’t want to do yourself. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day—and neither is your wedding.