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 Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week we really brought some nuptial goodness. To recap, a military wedding, trends in floral designs, wedding favors, and even a VERY unique PLAID inspiration board. Can’t wait to catch up? Scroll down for all of this goodness!

GSS Featured Wedding :: Ashlin & Steve’s New York Military Wedding :: Kassie Moore Photography

Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Kassie of Kassie Moore Photography.  Kassie is a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Kassie has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature. Ashlin and Steve were married on December 3, 2011 at the Merchant Marine Academy in Long Island, New York.  Kassie even took the time to tell us a little bit about the wedding day: “The weather was crisp and gorgeous! It was … [Read More…]

 

Winter Wedding Favor Greatness :: Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

Even though we live in Texas, it does get a little chilly here…  So we thought we’d feature some fun hot chocolate type wedding favors for you!  We found these super adorable and YUMMY hot chocolate on a stick favors over at Make and Takes.  These are super fun- and hey- if it ends up being 70 degrees for your January wedding, (Which isn’t unheard of in Texas… One day it’s 40 degrees and the very next day it may be 70.  Seriously.  Texas has crazy weather!) don’t fret because these … [Read More…]

 

GSS Inspiration Board :: PLAID!!!

Happy Monday, Lovelies!  We have such a fun inspiration board for you today.  Last year, Plaid made a huge comeback in the fashion industry and it’s slowly creeping into the wedding industry scene now.  With that said, check out this super cute Plaid inspiration board we put together for you! White Bridal Bouquet:  JL Designs Plaid Peep Toe Pumps:  Kate Spade Plaid Bow Tie:  Image Courtesy of Jagger Photography Plaid Wedding Cake:  Whipped Bakeshop Plaid Wedding … [Read More…]

 

GSS Wedding Trends :: A Recipe for a Beautiful Spring Wedding

I am starting this year with a blog post about designing your Spring wedding with careful planning and designing in mind.  After reading many articles online and in magazines about what is hot for Spring 2012, I have come to the conclusion that we are looking at very high expectations from our brides!  AND THEY WANT TO PERSONALIZE THEIR WEDDINGS! Floral design, photography, cake design, invitations…the list goes on!!  An educated bride is going to want to incorporate her vision from the … [Read More…]

 

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GSS Tips from a Wedding Planner :: Photo Favor Fun!

Photo favors have remained popular in recent years as they provide both a take-home for your wedding guests and a source of entertainment at the wedding itself. Variations of this idea are now available to give you budget options and to set your wedding apart:

Photobooth: The traditional photobooth is sure to be a crowd pleaser as guests can gather in the booth for fun shots throughout the night and have strips of pictures printed almost instantly. A CD of all images is typically provided for the bride and groom, so they can see the fun their guests had throughout the evening!

Photo Flipbooks: Photo flipbooks are an absolute blast at any event and are starting to appear more and more at weddings. A small area is set up at your reception with a white screen as a backdrop. A 6 second video is recorded of guests having fun and being silly, and then 1.5 minutes later, voila! A flipbook is created with custom art work to match your wedding colors and theme and is a fabulous favor for guests to take home and enjoy for weeks to come! As the pages are flipped, the guests appear to be moving, and the bride and groom receive a disc of all video captured throughout the evening for extra laughs!

Photo Station: Similar to a photo booth, the photo station is a reserved area at your reception with a neutral backdrop for large (or small!) groups of guests to be photographed without having to squeeze into a tiny booth! 4×6 prints can be printed on site and distributed to guests as favors, and of course a disc of all photos is provided for the bride and groom! Some companies are even offering instant Facebook posting and tagging via iPad as part of the station as well!

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Winter Wedding Favors :: Chocolate Covered Stirring Spoons

We’re back with your second installment of perfect wedding favors for your winter wedding!  Check out these nifty chocolate covered stirring spoons.  All you need are plastic spoons (they are even making plastic spoons that are metallic and look like real silverware now), chocolate or white chocolate almond bark, small clear plastic baggies, and ribbon coordinated with your wedding’s color scheme.  Just heat the almond bark in the microwave for 20-25 second intervals, stirring in between intervals, until fully melted.  Dip your spoons in the melted almond bark up to the handle of the spoon.  Lay the newly coated spoon aside on some wax paper to cool.  Repeat until you have all of your spoons dipped in chocolate.  Then, you put the chocolate end of the spoon inside the baggie, tie your ribbon around it, and add a personalized label if you like!  These make wonderful stirs for coffee and hot chocolate.

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