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  • Photo: Troy Grover Photographers

    Of course, you want your wedding cake to not only taste delicious but also look delicious without breaking the bank. Am I right? Before you order, consider these myths to make your experience just as sweet: 

    1. Buttercream is less expensive than fondant. This statement may be true, but most cake bakers prefer to decorate with fondant instead of buttercream. Therefore, there might be an extra fee for that rich, buttery flavor. 

    2. Order fake tiers in order to serve sheet cakes. A fake tier would be a decorated piece of styrofoam or rice krispies treats. Sheet cakes would then supplement the fake tiers. In reality, the cake baker is actually doing the same (or more) amount of work it would take to make a real tier. 

    3. Decorate with fresh florals not sugar flowers. Fresh florals can make your guests sick. Why? Because, unless organically grown, florals are often times sprayed with pesticides and not properly sanitized. 

    4. Make your own wedding cake. They're expensive to buy and make. Consider all the ingredients, tools, equipment, and time! It's too labor-extensive. 

    5. Choose a flavor that your guests will like. Choose a flavor that YOU want for one tier (like lemon) and then choose a mainstream flavor (like vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet) for the remaining two tiers. 

    6. Save the top of your wedding cake for your first anniversary. Tradition is out, so you think. You can still save the cake, but often times cake bakers also give a free mini cake. 

     
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  • The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks. 

     

    Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca

    Save this photo for later | View pink bridesmaid dresses

     

    Bouquet Photo by: Presshaus LA

    Save this photo for later | View pink bouquet photos

     

    Centerpiece Photo by Calynn Berry, Event Coordinator: Courtney for Petals Planning Company

    Save this photo for later | View pink centerpieces

     

    Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech

    Save this photo for later | View more stationery ideas

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  • Green and yellow wedding color palettes are perfect for classic, vintage, or rustic weddings. These colors work perfectly with gold or ivory accents, and can be used seamlessly in flowers, dresses, cocktails, and invitations. We can't get enough of this beautiful combination, as it's truly timeless. Incorporate patterns throughout to give your decor some texture, but keep things on the simpler side. As for the dress - we suggest something loose with an empire waist, or a fitted lace gown that gives you the vintage feel. 

    Reception Photo courtesy of XOXO Bride

    Invitation by: Momental Designs via Swoon Over It Studio

    Bridesmaid Dresses Photo courtesy of Absolutely Events

    Bouquet Photo courtesy of Floral and Bloom Designs

    Cake by: Flour and Flower Designs via Rachel Thurston

    Discover more green wedding ideas!

     

     

     

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  • Romantic red! This is another timeless color that we see at all times of the year. More popular in the fall and winter, we've pulled together ideas that would be perfect for an autumn wedding. Add a bit of rustic with classic details to create this theme:

    Bridesmaid Dresses: Photo by Caroline Tran | Save Photo

    Ceremony Program: Photo by Emilia Jane Photography | Save Photo

    Bridal Bouquet: Photo by Abby Jiu Photography, Florals by Sidra Forman | Save Photo

    Jar Favors: Photos by Gideon Photography | Save Photo

    Shoes: Photos by Jennifer Kloss Photography | Save Photo

     

    See more of our favorite romantic red wedding ideas!

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  • By: Jeffra Trumpower

    Feeling lucky? How about this lovely shade of green for your wedding inspiration? We love this hue for a spring and summer wedding. A subtle color palette that looks beautiful against a vineyard, garden, or backyard setting. Ensure your reception and ceremony location doesn't have any other strong accent colors, as this light pastel will fade away quickly. Make sure to include other pretty pastels such as pinks, yellows, and oranges.  For this combination we decided to pair it with citrus hues, including lime, orange, and grapefruit, oh my!

    Shoes Photo by Oz Visuals | Save Photo

    Bridesmaids Photo by KT Merry | Save Photo

    Paper Lantern Decor Photo by Anushe Low | Save Photo

    Wreath Design by Beauty in the Making | Save Photo

    Bouquet Photo by Amy Arrington | Save Photo

     

    See more Mint Green Wedding Ideas »

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  • By: Jeffra Trumpower

    Pretty, pretty pink palettes!  Pale Pink wedding themes are typically seen in classic, modern, and shabby chic styled weddings. You'll often see them in a spectrum of hues, or accented by muted grays, blues, and lavender.  If you are looking for a romantic look, than a pale pink color palette is for you!   See below for some of our favorite pale pink color combination ideas. 

    Pale Pink & Lavender Weddings ~

    Seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter

    Accent Colors: Muted grays, Blues, Lavender

    Style: Classic, Modern, Shabby Chic

    Reception Photo by KT Merry | Save Photo

    Bouquet Photo by Erin Hearts Court | Save Photo

    Ranunculus Flowers Photo by Landon Jacob, Floral Design by Fern Studio | Save Photo

    Invitation Photo by NBarrett Photography, Stationery by Southern Fried Paper | Save Photo

    ~~~

    Pale Pink, Mint Green & Gray Weddings ~

    Seasons: Spring, Summer, Early Fall

    Accent Colors: Muted Grays and Greens

    Style: Classic, Shabby Chic, Rustic Chic

    Ribbon Chair Decor Photo by Ryan Ray | Save Photo

    Centerpiece Photo by Byron Loves Fawn | Save Photo

    Bouquet Photo by Desi Baytan | Save Photo

    Cake Photo by: At First Blush and Co. Events | Save Photo

    ~~~

    See More Pale Pink Wedding Photos »

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  • Photo by Jack Looney Photography

    For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.

    “Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder

    Be sure to follow our Real Weddings Editor for more gorgeous real wedding inspiration! 

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  • Celebrating your wedding day without a family member or friend who has passed on can feel bittersweet, but there are several ways to make sure his or her presence is felt throughout the day. Here are a few ideas.

    Include His or Her Photo in Your Bouquet
    A locket or pendant featuring a photo of a loved one can make a unique and lovely addition to your floral arrangement. 

    Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography

    Carry an Heirloom
    Whether it’s a handkerchief or a religious element like a rosary or Bible, you can carry a special possession that belonged to your late family member or friend as you walk down the aisle.

    Photos by Erin Leigh and onelove photography

    Special Rings
    Heirloom rings provide a memory that you’ll wear every day. 


    Photo by Emily Alt Photography

     

    Wear Jewelry and Accessories
    From necklaces to brooches, veils to hair combs, there are lots of ways to incorporate heirloom accessories into your wedding-day look. 


    Photo by J. Masciana Photography

    Add a Note to the Programs
    Honor loved ones by including their names and a special message in your ceremony programs. 


    Photo by Crystal Satriano Photography

    Save a Seat
    Reserve a seat at the ceremony and place your family member or friend’s favorite flower on the chair as you walk down the aisle. 


    Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography

    Play Special Music
    Whether it’s walking down the aisle to his or her favorite song or playing a beloved tune during the reception, appropriate music can be a subtle but poignant reminder of your family member or friend.  


    Photo by The Nichols

    Display Photos
    Share photos of your loved ones (perhaps alongside candles) during the reception.


    Photo by Arte de Vie

    Make a Donation
    In lieu of or in addition to favors, you may wish to make a donation to a cause that was meaningful to your family member or friend. 


    Photo by Kate Harrison Photography

     

     

    Add Vintage Décor
    If appropriate, you can utilize your loved ones’ favorite items in your wedding reception décor. We love how this bride used her grandfather’s film projector, among other items. 


    Photo by Marie Skerl Photography

    Share a Favorite Hobby or Activity
    If you and your grandmother loved to bake cookies together, why not serve her famous recipe as favors? Another idea from a real wedding: This bride shared her late father’s favorite cigars with her guests.  


    Photo by Michael Moss

    Looking for more sentimental touches to add to your wedding day? Check out this inspiration board full of great ideas!

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  • Yes, we love candy, koozies, and potted succulents as much as the next wedding fanatic, but sometimes you just need to think outside of the box. Here are a few wedding favor ideas that truly break the mold.

    Condiments and Spices

    Olive oil is a popular wedding favor these days, but if there’s a condiment that you and your spouse love, share it with your guests! We’ve seen ketchup, mustard, Tabasco, as well as various seasonings (Old Bay, BBQ rubs, etc.).

    Photo by Anjuli

     

    Temporary Tattoos

    Yeah, it’s a little offbeat, but it’s certainly hip and will get your guests talking. Offer up an array of temporary tats for your guests to enjoy. Who knows, maybe your Grandma will partake (can you imagine that photo?).

    Photos by (from left): Liz Chrisman Photography, Emily Alt Photography

     

    Books

    This might be a little labor-intensive, but we love the idea of picking out a book for each guest (or couple) to take home. Handwriting a personalized note inside is a great touch. What an amazing keepsake for your nearest and dearest!

    Photo by Diana M. Lott

     

    Buttons

    These are pretty quirky, but adorable, too! Offer your guests a selection of pins to affix to their attire and take home.

    Photos by (from left): Katelyn James Photography, Shelly Kroeger Photography

     

    Pottery or Handmade Crafts

    We love how this bride used her pottery-making skills to create ceramic bowls for all of her guests. If you have crafting or cooking skills, use them to create gifts for your guests (but don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on a too-huge task!).

    Photo by Maggie Fortson Photography

     

    Cotton Candy in a Box
    Fact: Guests love sweet treats. But instead of cookies or candy, try something a bit more whimsical with cotton candy stored in a takeout box. What a fun treat for guests of all ages!

    Photo by Jenny DeMarco Photography

    Fresh Fruit

    Give your favors a healthful touch by providing your guests with fresh fruit. From berries to pineapples, peaches to apples, think seasonal and local when it comes to picking your produce.

    Photo by Dear Darling Photography

    Want more great favor ideas? Follow our Favors Editor to see lots more wedding favor photos »

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  • Whether your ceremony is long or short, you want your guests to be comfortable during the proceedings. Gift your nearest and dearest with useful items pre-ceremony to make sure this important event is even more memorable and enjoyable.

    Ceremony Programs
    Your guests will have a lot of questions during the ceremony. Who’s in the bridal party? What types of rituals should I expect? What’s that song? Answer your guests’ questions by providing them with programs – or post a sign that includes all of the pertinent information.


    Photo by IQphoto Studio

    Something to Drink

    In warmer weather, provide your guests with a refreshment either before the ceremony, or if drinks are allowed in your venue, during the event. Bottled water is a good bet, since it’s in a sealable container that’s less likely to spill – and a custom label adds a cute, personal touch.


    Photos by (from left): PW Photography, Jason Burns Photography

    Fans

    Fans can be a nice giveaway for indoor or outdoor ceremony in warmer climates. And by printing your ceremony programs on a fan, it will do double duty.


    Photo by Aaron Watson Photography

    Parasols

    If your outdoor ceremony is under a blazing sun, your guests will appreciate having the extra shade.


    Photo by Whittaker Portraits

    Sunglasses

    It’s a good idea to check out your ceremony location at the exact time when you’re planning on getting married. If you’re concerned your guests will be squinting in the sun, sunglasses are a good favor idea.


    Photo by Hearts and Horseshoes Photography

    Shawls or Blankets

    Depending where you’re getting married, there may be a risk of a slight chill in the air during the spring and fall seasons. That doesn’t mean you should avoid an outdoor ceremony entirely, but consider your guests’ comfort by providing them with shawls or blankets to cuddle up with.


    Photo by Nelly - Photographer

    Tissues

    Place boxes of tissues at the end of every row in case your guests shed some (happy!) tears.


    Photo by Hearts and Horseshoes Photography

    Something Fun for the Recessional

    Whether it’s confetti, ribbon wands, streamers, flower petals, or something completely different, asking your guests to wave or toss something during the recessional can add a fun celebratory element and make for a great photo op!


    Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Rachel Robertson Photography

    Check out more fun favor ideas by following our Favors Editor »

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  • Photo: Troy Grover Photographers

    Of course, you want your wedding cake to not only taste delicious but also look delicious without breaking the bank. Am I right? Before you order, consider these myths to make your experience just as sweet: 

    1. Buttercream is less expensive than fondant. This statement may be true, but most cake bakers prefer to decorate with fondant instead of buttercream. Therefore, there might be an extra fee for that rich, buttery flavor. 

    2. Order fake tiers in order to serve sheet cakes. A fake tier would be a decorated piece of styrofoam or rice krispies treats. Sheet cakes would then supplement the fake tiers. In reality, the cake baker is actually doing the same (or more) amount of work it would take to make a real tier. 

    3. Decorate with fresh florals not sugar flowers. Fresh florals can make your guests sick. Why? Because, unless organically grown, florals are often times sprayed with pesticides and not properly sanitized. 

    4. Make your own wedding cake. They're expensive to buy and make. Consider all the ingredients, tools, equipment, and time! It's too labor-extensive. 

    5. Choose a flavor that your guests will like. Choose a flavor that YOU want for one tier (like lemon) and then choose a mainstream flavor (like vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet) for the remaining two tiers. 

    6. Save the top of your wedding cake for your first anniversary. Tradition is out, so you think. You can still save the cake, but often times cake bakers also give a free mini cake. 

     
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  • The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks. 

     

    Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca

    Save this photo for later | View pink bridesmaid dresses

     

    Bouquet Photo by: Presshaus LA

    Save this photo for later | View pink bouquet photos

     

    Centerpiece Photo by Calynn Berry, Event Coordinator: Courtney for Petals Planning Company

    Save this photo for later | View pink centerpieces

     

    Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech

    Save this photo for later | View more stationery ideas

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  • Green and yellow wedding color palettes are perfect for classic, vintage, or rustic weddings. These colors work perfectly with gold or ivory accents, and can be used seamlessly in flowers, dresses, cocktails, and invitations. We can't get enough of this beautiful combination, as it's truly timeless. Incorporate patterns throughout to give your decor some texture, but keep things on the simpler side. As for the dress - we suggest something loose with an empire waist, or a fitted lace gown that gives you the vintage feel. 

    Reception Photo courtesy of XOXO Bride

    Invitation by: Momental Designs via Swoon Over It Studio

    Bridesmaid Dresses Photo courtesy of Absolutely Events

    Bouquet Photo courtesy of Floral and Bloom Designs

    Cake by: Flour and Flower Designs via Rachel Thurston

    Discover more green wedding ideas!

     

     

     

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  • Romantic red! This is another timeless color that we see at all times of the year. More popular in the fall and winter, we've pulled together ideas that would be perfect for an autumn wedding. Add a bit of rustic with classic details to create this theme:

    Bridesmaid Dresses: Photo by Caroline Tran | Save Photo

    Ceremony Program: Photo by Emilia Jane Photography | Save Photo

    Bridal Bouquet: Photo by Abby Jiu Photography, Florals by Sidra Forman | Save Photo

    Jar Favors: Photos by Gideon Photography | Save Photo

    Shoes: Photos by Jennifer Kloss Photography | Save Photo

     

    See more of our favorite romantic red wedding ideas!

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  • By: Jeffra Trumpower

    Feeling lucky? How about this lovely shade of green for your wedding inspiration? We love this hue for a spring and summer wedding. A subtle color palette that looks beautiful against a vineyard, garden, or backyard setting. Ensure your reception and ceremony location doesn't have any other strong accent colors, as this light pastel will fade away quickly. Make sure to include other pretty pastels such as pinks, yellows, and oranges.  For this combination we decided to pair it with citrus hues, including lime, orange, and grapefruit, oh my!

    Shoes Photo by Oz Visuals | Save Photo

    Bridesmaids Photo by KT Merry | Save Photo

    Paper Lantern Decor Photo by Anushe Low | Save Photo

    Wreath Design by Beauty in the Making | Save Photo

    Bouquet Photo by Amy Arrington | Save Photo

     

    See more Mint Green Wedding Ideas »

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  • By: Jeffra Trumpower

    Pretty, pretty pink palettes!  Pale Pink wedding themes are typically seen in classic, modern, and shabby chic styled weddings. You'll often see them in a spectrum of hues, or accented by muted grays, blues, and lavender.  If you are looking for a romantic look, than a pale pink color palette is for you!   See below for some of our favorite pale pink color combination ideas. 

    Pale Pink & Lavender Weddings ~

    Seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter

    Accent Colors: Muted grays, Blues, Lavender

    Style: Classic, Modern, Shabby Chic

    Reception Photo by KT Merry | Save Photo

    Bouquet Photo by Erin Hearts Court | Save Photo

    Ranunculus Flowers Photo by Landon Jacob, Floral Design by Fern Studio | Save Photo

    Invitation Photo by NBarrett Photography, Stationery by Southern Fried Paper | Save Photo

    ~~~

    Pale Pink, Mint Green & Gray Weddings ~

    Seasons: Spring, Summer, Early Fall

    Accent Colors: Muted Grays and Greens

    Style: Classic, Shabby Chic, Rustic Chic

    Ribbon Chair Decor Photo by Ryan Ray | Save Photo

    Centerpiece Photo by Byron Loves Fawn | Save Photo

    Bouquet Photo by Desi Baytan | Save Photo

    Cake Photo by: At First Blush and Co. Events | Save Photo

    ~~~

    See More Pale Pink Wedding Photos »

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  • Photo by Jack Looney Photography

    For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.

    “Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder

    Be sure to follow our Real Weddings Editor for more gorgeous real wedding inspiration! 

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  • Celebrating your wedding day without a family member or friend who has passed on can feel bittersweet, but there are several ways to make sure his or her presence is felt throughout the day. Here are a few ideas.

    Include His or Her Photo in Your Bouquet
    A locket or pendant featuring a photo of a loved one can make a unique and lovely addition to your floral arrangement. 

    Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography

    Carry an Heirloom
    Whether it’s a handkerchief or a religious element like a rosary or Bible, you can carry a special possession that belonged to your late family member or friend as you walk down the aisle.

    Photos by Erin Leigh and onelove photography

    Special Rings
    Heirloom rings provide a memory that you’ll wear every day. 


    Photo by Emily Alt Photography

     

    Wear Jewelry and Accessories
    From necklaces to brooches, veils to hair combs, there are lots of ways to incorporate heirloom accessories into your wedding-day look. 


    Photo by J. Masciana Photography

    Add a Note to the Programs
    Honor loved ones by including their names and a special message in your ceremony programs. 


    Photo by Crystal Satriano Photography

    Save a Seat
    Reserve a seat at the ceremony and place your family member or friend’s favorite flower on the chair as you walk down the aisle. 


    Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography

    Play Special Music
    Whether it’s walking down the aisle to his or her favorite song or playing a beloved tune during the reception, appropriate music can be a subtle but poignant reminder of your family member or friend.  


    Photo by The Nichols

    Display Photos
    Share photos of your loved ones (perhaps alongside candles) during the reception.


    Photo by Arte de Vie

    Make a Donation
    In lieu of or in addition to favors, you may wish to make a donation to a cause that was meaningful to your family member or friend. 


    Photo by Kate Harrison Photography

     

     

    Add Vintage Décor
    If appropriate, you can utilize your loved ones’ favorite items in your wedding reception décor. We love how this bride used her grandfather’s film projector, among other items. 


    Photo by Marie Skerl Photography

    Share a Favorite Hobby or Activity
    If you and your grandmother loved to bake cookies together, why not serve her famous recipe as favors? Another idea from a real wedding: This bride shared her late father’s favorite cigars with her guests.  


    Photo by Michael Moss

    Looking for more sentimental touches to add to your wedding day? Check out this inspiration board full of great ideas!

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  • Yes, we love candy, koozies, and potted succulents as much as the next wedding fanatic, but sometimes you just need to think outside of the box. Here are a few wedding favor ideas that truly break the mold.

    Condiments and Spices

    Olive oil is a popular wedding favor these days, but if there’s a condiment that you and your spouse love, share it with your guests! We’ve seen ketchup, mustard, Tabasco, as well as various seasonings (Old Bay, BBQ rubs, etc.).

    Photo by Anjuli

     

    Temporary Tattoos

    Yeah, it’s a little offbeat, but it’s certainly hip and will get your guests talking. Offer up an array of temporary tats for your guests to enjoy. Who knows, maybe your Grandma will partake (can you imagine that photo?).

    Photos by (from left): Liz Chrisman Photography, Emily Alt Photography

     

    Books

    This might be a little labor-intensive, but we love the idea of picking out a book for each guest (or couple) to take home. Handwriting a personalized note inside is a great touch. What an amazing keepsake for your nearest and dearest!

    Photo by Diana M. Lott

     

    Buttons

    These are pretty quirky, but adorable, too! Offer your guests a selection of pins to affix to their attire and take home.

    Photos by (from left): Katelyn James Photography, Shelly Kroeger Photography

     

    Pottery or Handmade Crafts

    We love how this bride used her pottery-making skills to create ceramic bowls for all of her guests. If you have crafting or cooking skills, use them to create gifts for your guests (but don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on a too-huge task!).

    Photo by Maggie Fortson Photography

     

    Cotton Candy in a Box
    Fact: Guests love sweet treats. But instead of cookies or candy, try something a bit more whimsical with cotton candy stored in a takeout box. What a fun treat for guests of all ages!

    Photo by Jenny DeMarco Photography

    Fresh Fruit

    Give your favors a healthful touch by providing your guests with fresh fruit. From berries to pineapples, peaches to apples, think seasonal and local when it comes to picking your produce.

    Photo by Dear Darling Photography

    Want more great favor ideas? Follow our Favors Editor to see lots more wedding favor photos »

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  • Whether your ceremony is long or short, you want your guests to be comfortable during the proceedings. Gift your nearest and dearest with useful items pre-ceremony to make sure this important event is even more memorable and enjoyable.

    Ceremony Programs
    Your guests will have a lot of questions during the ceremony. Who’s in the bridal party? What types of rituals should I expect? What’s that song? Answer your guests’ questions by providing them with programs – or post a sign that includes all of the pertinent information.


    Photo by IQphoto Studio

    Something to Drink

    In warmer weather, provide your guests with a refreshment either before the ceremony, or if drinks are allowed in your venue, during the event. Bottled water is a good bet, since it’s in a sealable container that’s less likely to spill – and a custom label adds a cute, personal touch.


    Photos by (from left): PW Photography, Jason Burns Photography

    Fans

    Fans can be a nice giveaway for indoor or outdoor ceremony in warmer climates. And by printing your ceremony programs on a fan, it will do double duty.


    Photo by Aaron Watson Photography

    Parasols

    If your outdoor ceremony is under a blazing sun, your guests will appreciate having the extra shade.


    Photo by Whittaker Portraits

    Sunglasses

    It’s a good idea to check out your ceremony location at the exact time when you’re planning on getting married. If you’re concerned your guests will be squinting in the sun, sunglasses are a good favor idea.


    Photo by Hearts and Horseshoes Photography

    Shawls or Blankets

    Depending where you’re getting married, there may be a risk of a slight chill in the air during the spring and fall seasons. That doesn’t mean you should avoid an outdoor ceremony entirely, but consider your guests’ comfort by providing them with shawls or blankets to cuddle up with.


    Photo by Nelly - Photographer

    Tissues

    Place boxes of tissues at the end of every row in case your guests shed some (happy!) tears.


    Photo by Hearts and Horseshoes Photography

    Something Fun for the Recessional

    Whether it’s confetti, ribbon wands, streamers, flower petals, or something completely different, asking your guests to wave or toss something during the recessional can add a fun celebratory element and make for a great photo op!


    Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Rachel Robertson Photography

    Check out more fun favor ideas by following our Favors Editor »

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