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Wedding Wednesday – Favors

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm

                         

I think the funnest thing about Weddings is the favors…and hardly any of the brides I’ve worked with have really paid these much attention! It’s so easy to make simple little things that make your guests see your appreciation for their support. Well, it’s easy to make things and also easy to buy things.

I remember when I was a kid, I used to love going to weddings because I wanted those candied almonds or pink and white mints. I was totally bummed when I was stuck with a book mark or something that wasn’t yummy! (:

Here’s some funky ideas to spice up the tables and make your guests talk about your wedding for years afterwards:

  • Personally, I’m addicted to M&Ms. Or just chocolate for that matter, but M&Ms are amazing. Did you know you can get customized M&Ms? You can pick the color and put your initials on them, how cool is that?
  • Why not put a splash of color on the tables? Jones Sodas offer customization (is that a word?) of their bottles! You can go with a toned down color like black or white or a bright color of red or blue… Either way, you’ll be able to have a picture of you and your lover, a funky saying and your choice of drink. All for your guests to enjoy at the wedding, or keep as a super cool remembrance of your wedding!
  • If you’re having an oriental theme, custom fortune cookies might be a great gift for your guests. I have a twisted sense of humor so I like the thought of saying something like “Thanks…for nothin'” or “This is a fake wedding, we actually signed the certificate months ago”.
  • My cousin made these great favors for her sisters wedding a couple years ago. There were containers of mints, pink green and white, beside these cute little bags and the guests just scooped the candies into their own bag. Cara made TONS of these bags, but if she can do it alone (and pregnant at the time!) it’s doable! She got the pattern for the bags by going to Michael’s and buying a prototype, tracing it and going from there. She bought a stamp with the bride and grooms initials and stamped every bag. Cute!

                         

I used to think that the candy was the best part of a wedding, but now that I’ve helped plan a few I find the best part is how it gives an excuse to get together as a group. Whenever I help a bride out I always plan events with her and her bridesmaids. We all get together, put decorations together, make the centre pieces, decorate the hall and it really builds a deeper relationship between the bride and her girls. It also gives her a time to have a cup of tea and just have fun!

The biggest piece of advice I give brides is this: Just think, all you really need at the wedding is you, the groom and the certificate. Have fun in the process!

If you’re a bridesmaid, help the bride have fun, plan get togethers to accomplish the wedding planning, ask if there’s anything you can take over or be responsible for. If you’re a bride, learn to delegate and take a deep breath every now and then. This is your day, that means you should be having fun! Do whatever it takes to get rid of that stress and enjoy yourself! Even if that means dropping everything and having a bubble bath and a glass of wine.

Wedding Ideas

In etsy, seller, store, wedding on July 9, 2008 at 9:00 pm

                           

                           Photo courtesy of Design*Sponge

 

So I’m in the wedding planning mood. It might be because I just got my toes wet at the last wedding I was at (spur of the moment decorating) or maybe because I co-worker has invited me to see her decoration goodies. Either way, I’m wanting to do something super freakin funky.

Wouldn’t these lanternsbe amazing? They’d be super cheap to make and would fill the space of a table really well. The best part is, they suit any style! Just pick out your colors and go with it! You could have a few of the lanterns, different sizes (maybe even different colors) in the centre of the table, with shallow bowls around them holding t-lights. Or instead of the t-lights, fill the bowls with candy for favors.

                            

To decorate the table a bit more you could use these envelopes to hold the cutlery and a funky colored napkin. Either secure the envelope shut and cut an inch or so off the top, or find a great colored envelope the opens vertically.

                            

To bring the lanterns into the overall theme a bit more, you could hang Chinese Lanterns from the ceiling. You can get all types of colors, this fresh white lantern is on sale right now and would look amazing along side a chocolate brown one!

If you’re wanting any ideas for your special day, let me know what your colors are and I’ll come up with some affordable and fun ways to decorate.

Workin’ At It

In blog, etsy on June 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm

                                

The organization (the entrepreneur part of my job) that I’m working with now is planning on starting up a magazine. It’s just in the beginning stages, the tiny-itty-bitty-baby stages, but it’s exciting to see it grow slowly and start to develop into something visual. Being the writer that I am, I am super excited to be involved in this project. I honestly never thought of starting a magazine although, I can’t imagine why it didn’t cross my mind. Everything about it is totally me! I love the thought of designing the layout, writing the articles (!!!), interviewing, managing the staff etc. It really reallyexcites me!! If this project doesn’t get off the ground for some reason, I’m seriously taking it over for my own personal endeavours and attacking it myself.

I’ve been researching (ha, they call this “work”!) how to start a magazine and I came across this article. Although it’s written for people wanting to start a magazine, it’s really helpful for us bloggers too! Here’s what I got out of it for my blog.

  1. Come up with a plan. Every venture should have a plan, what is your goal? Your theme? Your direction? Jot down some notes, keep a journal, anything to make this stick in your head. When I first started blogging, I went strong into the Etsy theme. Every entry, just about, was an interview with a successful Etsyian. This I discovered, didn’t work. Although each interview had it’s interesting points, the fact that I did this constantly became mundane. I then moved on to more personal entries…which were pretty dull and pointless and all over the place. Now, I’ve expanded my theme to be about a more general topic: Creativity. This way I can focus on all parts of being creative, not just Etsy (although this is still included). Without a set direction, you flounder. Have a goal, work towards it, change it if needed.
  2. Attack. War is hard work, it consists of constantly changing your tactics to suit the need and demand. You need to stratagize and some of the time, those strategies have to change depending on how the opposing forces respond. Ok, I’m no expert, but “war” just poped into my head (: Realize that it will take hard work to make your blog successful (are you listening to your own words, Kj? :)) and that if that hard work is responded to, keep going in that direction…if not, it’s ok to change plans and start something new or re-think the plan.

There’s a bunch more info in the article that’s interetesting, it’s definately worth the read! These were just the couple points that stuck out at me.