GSS’s Things We Love :: Fruit Wedding Favors

What is the most memorable wedding favor you ever received?  Mints, a candle, or perhaps chocolates?  Are you having a hard time remembering?  When planning your wedding you definitely don’t want people to say, “I don’t remember what their favor was…”, nor do you want it to be the same candy or candle they received at last month’s wedding. Favors are one of the last memories your guests will have of your wedding, so it’s important to think outside of the box.  So many brides are embracing an organic or farm-to-table feel for their special day and the perfect favor for a bride who wants to embrace Mother Nature and stand out is fresh fruit.  And we’re just loving the idea of having fresh fruit wedding favors!

L to R, Top to Bottom:  Images Courtesy of:  Jose Villa Photography, Sugar Love WeddingsMartha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Laura Burlton Photography

We love this idea of using fresh fruit for favors for a number of reasons:

–          They add a splash of color and fun element to your overall wedding concept – the rich red hues of a bag of cherries or a bright pop of orange in bags of peaches provide a palette you just can’t achieve in other ways.

–          You have the option as doubling them as placecards to give your tablescapes that extra pop

–          If placesettings aren’t for you they even work as escort cards, and lend themselves to a really cute display with great styling potential

 and the best part…

 –          Your guests won’t be expecting such a freshly picked treat!

We are also going crazy for these sweet produce stickers by Twig & Thistle.  They add just another personal touch to an already creative favor concept. You can purchase these super cute stickers on Etsy! Click here to purchase them!

 

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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: DIY Mint Tin Wedding Favors!

We stumbled onto these sweet little DIY  mint tin wedding favors over at Martha Stewart Weddings and we just had to share them with you.  We love just about everything DIY and aspire to be more like Martha!  So with these helpful tips and templates, we might  just be a little bit closer! :)   Without further ado, here is Martha’s tutorial:

Tools and Materials

Ink-jet or laser printer
8 1/2-by-11-inch white card stock
8 1/2-by-11-inch white vellum paper (paper-source.com)
Craft knife
Metal ruler
Cutting surface
Specialty Bottle Supply tins THN4 (specialtybottle.com)
Necco Canada Mints (groovycandies.com)

How-To

  1. Download our PDF files (“Mint to Be” and “A Breath of Fresh Air”) and replace the placeholder text with your own (you only need to do this in one box; the form will automatically fill in the rest). Print the “Mint to Be” text on card stock and the “A Breath of Fresh Air” on vellum paper. Each sheet of card stock and vellum yields three labels.
  2. Use a craft knife and metal ruler to cut between the crop marks (do not cut all the way to the edges of the paper; this will leave the crop marks intact around all the edges to guide subsequent cuts).
  3. Line tins with “A Breath of Fresh Air” liners, fill with mints, and close.
  4. Wrap “Mint to Be” labels around each, and secure with double-sided tape.

 

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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: DIY Bubble Wedding Favors!

In case you can’t tell, we LOVE LOVE LOVE all things DIY- Especially when it comes to weddings! Check out these super fun DIY Bubble Favors we found over at Hostess With the Mostess.  They were created for a little girl’s birthday, but of course, can be modified to fit a wedding.  Here is the tutorial on how to make them along with the downloadable template for the labels:

BUBBLE TIN PARTY FAVORS

Materials:
6” Tin Containers, found at Specialty Bottle
Pipe Cleaners, found at Michael’sHobby Lobby or the craft department at Wal-Mart
Bubble Solution, found at any party store or Wal-Mart
Raffia, found at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby
Full Sheet Label Paper, found at Office Depot
Computer / Color Printer
Paper Cutter

Instructions:
1.
Download and print out the template for the bubble labels and trim just under and above the pink lines (so that the lines show) and horizontally at the end of the pink lines.

2. Adhere to the tins using as light of a tough as possible so you don’t leave fingerprints.

3. To create the pipe cleaner wands, shape the top of the wand into a circle, then twist the end around the handle.

4. Measure your raffia to about 18.” Holding the pipe cleaner in place, wrap the raffia around the wand and the tin, tying in a bow at the front.

5. Fill the tins about half full with the bubble solution (can be found at any party stores).

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