Wedding Treats

Do you give your wedding favors a lot of thought? I sure hope so. In all the times I’ve attended weddings, I have received all kinds of wedding favors. I think I’ve seen them all–from those pretty figurines to the heart-shaped glass photo frames.

I’m not hating these favors, okay? But it’s saying a lot if you don’t do the usual and come up with something special and personal.

I always take delight in seeing wedding favors that are given 100% creativity and inspiration. Plus points go to favors that I can feast on later. Lol. Just like these blueberry jams on 100 Layer Cake. Won’t this go perfectly for garden and vineyard weddings? The ladies at 100 Layer Cake, one of my most favorite blogs, show you how to make these blueberry jams.

We heart Jam from 100 Layer Cake

We heart Jam from 100 Layer Cake

Another wedding treat–literally–that I found are these salt water taffy jars. Classic Bride posted this yummy idea. It was originally part of their welcome basket. It’s cute, practical, and one that your guests will surely enjoy.

Salt water taffy favors on Classic Bride

Salt water taffy favors on Classic Bride

Another really cute and novel idea is this wedding favor from The Inspired Bride. They are hot cocoa vials. Cool, huh? So you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate after attending the wedding. (Would be lovely if you get to take home some cake, too.)

Cocoa vials on The Inspired Bride

Cocoa vials on The Inspired Bride

What’s the common denominator among these favors (besides that they favor my sweet tooth)? They’re all do-it-yourself favors, which makes them even more special. Your guests will see the 100% creativity and inspiration that I was talking about earlier. But most importantly, they will see the 100% labor of love that went into each piece.

Accessorize It

I love all kinds of wedding trinkets, whether they’re for the ceremony, reception…or for me. I simply love accessories. When people say “It’s all in the details,” I think many times they refer to the accessories.

You must check out these special “details” I saw in the wedding blogs this week.

Brooklyn Bride showed off these fancy and totally charming Sandra Bautista lace bracelets. Wouldn’t it be cool to have your bridesmaids wear these bracelets in matching designs?

Sandra Bautista lace bracelets on Brooklyn Bride

Sandra Bautista lace bracelets on Brooklyn Bride

Speaking of matching accessories for you and your best girls, check out these bridesmaids on East Side Bride. They are most definitely not wearing feminine lace bracelets, but they are most definitely C-O-O-L. (For some element of surprise, I am not posting their cool pic with their matching cool accessory here, on this cool blog.)

And how about this gorge necklace I found on Perfect Bound? It’s part of the beautiful jewelry collection of designer Trisha Fay, owner of The Beautiful Garden Boutique.

Pink Heart bridal necklace, as seen on Perfect Bound

Pink Heart bridal necklace, as seen on Perfect Bound

Also found these really pretty accessories on 100 Layer Cake. These ones are again from Rachel of Heart of Light. You may remember her (or recognize these pieces) from a previous post.

Pretty headbands by Rachel of Heart of Light, as seen on 100 Layer Cake

Pretty headbands by Rachel of Heart of Light, as seen on 100 Layer Cake

Oh, and by the way, if you are raring to go “all out” on the beautiful accessories, it’s best to take note of this basic fashion rule: To avoid looking like an overly dressed up Christmas tree, choose a focal point for your baubles and jewelry. Is it the neck, wrist, ears? And for your pieces to really stand out, set them against a simple landscape, i.e an understated but beautiful gown. Check out these dresses I saw on Little White Book. These dresses are by—appropriately enough—Simple Silhouettes.

Tulip gown by Simple Silhouettes on Little White Book

Tulip gown by Simple Silhouettes on Little White Book

Framed!

There’s a trend I’m seeing in weddings these days, and it’s the use of frames. Yes, frames. They are not just hung on your walls these days. They’ve become great wedding decor tricks.

Check out this post on June Bug Weddings. This outdoor wedding showed a real family tree. Family pics framed in beautiful vintage frames adorn a…tree. Isn’t it so clever?

A real "family tree" on June Bug Weddings

A real "family tree" on June Bug Weddings

Julie and Matt’s wedding on Once Wed echoed the same frame frenzy. They had photo frames on a tree, and an instant framed portrait during their photo session. (I have to add that this wedding had so many other ingenious ideas, so check out the entire post on Once Wed.)

Julie & Matt got framed on Once Wed

Julie & Matt got framed on Once Wed

I also chanced upon this BEAUTIFUL wedding on Grey Likes Weddings, a new blog I discovered and which I’m totally loving! This couple’s wedding is not beautiful in the traditional sense, but I loved the simplicity and sincerity—and the clever use of frames! But please don’t focus on the frames when you check out the post. You’ll love the many special, unique touches (the thumb print wedding tree for a wedding guest book, for one), the couple’s truly modern and creative aesthetic, and their fun-loving personality.

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Clever use of frames...

Clever use of frames...

...and the highly creative couple, Paul and Cassie, as seen on Grey Likes Weddings

...and the highly creative couple, Paul and Cassie, as seen on Grey Likes Weddings

Frames do add a bit of whimsy and charm to a wedding, don’t they? And they even make cute souvenirs.

Pre-Wedding Extras

In the last two months that I have been doing this blog, I’ve been so focused on actual wedding details that I’ve forgotten about the “before” the wedding, which is just as fun and exciting!

I especially love, love, love bridal showers. I thoroughly enjoyed mine, and to this day, I still thank my friends for it. The bridal shower is the bride’s other special day, and it should be executed with much love and thought. This is why I totally adored the DIY project I saw on my go-to wedding blog, 100 Layer Cake. Mimi of Mika78 (with calligraphy from Byrn of Paperfinger) made this pretty, personalized bridal shower invite. You have to see the intricate goodies inside!

Mimi of Mika78 shares her genius on 100 Layer Cake

Mimi of Mika78 shares her genius on 100 Layer Cake

Snippet & Ink, meanwhile, shared this yummy mood board that’s just perfect for bridal showers (and baby showers, too). I would never pick these colors for my actual wedding, but the pinks and yellows are sooo pretty for a bridal shower, don’t you think? (Hubby burst my bubble and said that it’s also good for Easter Egg Hunt. Whatever.)

Cotton Candy mood board on Snippet & Ink

Cotton Candy mood board on Snippet & Ink

My other favorite thing before the wedding is the engagement photo shoot. I have seen a lot that I failed to blog about—sorry ’bout that—but there are two I saw this week which I found really cute. Compositions are different, but the moods of these two sets—laid-back, relaxed, and totally real—are the same.

One was posted by Green Wedding Shoes, a dreamy, beach Cali engagement session—in Laguna Beach, of course.

California lovin' on Green Wedding Shoes

California lovin' on Green Wedding Shoes

I LOVED this one on Brooklyn Bride. So fresh, so cozy, so cool.

Alexis and Alex on Brooklyn Bride

Alexis and Alex on Brooklyn Bride

Art Attack

Hubby wanted new art for the walls the other day. Of course, I tagged along: Any “shopping” trip is a good idea for me. The trip actually reminded me of this post I did a while back about a couple who framed their wedding “guestbook.” It was instant art!

Sadly, hubby and I were not that creative when we had our wedding, and I’m a bit jealous of all these interesting, truly artistic stuff I’ve been seeing in some of my favorite blogs.

Etsy Wedding wrote about these screenprinted wedding invites from Two Trick Pony. There’s something very “organic” about these invites, and I love them.

Two Trick Pony's invites on Etsy Wedding

Two Trick Pony's invites on Etsy Wedding

I also liked these photo thank you cards I found on Wedding Paper Divas. I’ve been seeing a lot of these lately, and I think that it’s a totally cute concept. Of course, you have to have the most perfect couple pic for the card!

Fancy photo thank you cards on Wedding Paper Divas

Fancy photo thank you cards on Wedding Paper Divas

And speaking of all things unique and creative, check out this post on Beau Coup. This is what I’ve been saying all along, my dear brides-to-be (as evidenced by this post): Make your wedding truly your own. It’s just much, much more fun that way! This post is a compilation of all of Beau Coup’s favorites from the site Rock ‘n Roll Bride–her new favorite, apparently. (I should check it out myself!)

Kanye West-inspired couple on Beau Coup

Kanye West-inspired couple on Beau Coup

Matching Chucks on your wedding day? Why not?! (From Beau Coup)

Matching Chucks on your wedding day? Why not?! (From Beau Coup)

Another way you can show off your artistic genius is through DIY. The Bride’s Cafe has some nifty ideas. Check out their DIY series, and you may discover some hidden talents! Good luck!

Classic Case

I love Old School. I love the classics. If you’ve been reading the last few posts, you’ve probably noticed how much I’ve been fawning over vintage stuff. They just have so much character so much history. (And so much dust, hubby would say…)

So anyway, I saw this post on The Ritzy Bee Blog and was absolutely charmed by this vintage typewriter. I love typewriter fonts. Do you remember a previous post on this library-themed wedding–and their charming invitations? Well, this time, The Ritzy Bee made use of the actual machine and incorporated it into the decor. So cute. And check out these place cards with the typewriter keys:

Vintage typewriter decor ideas from The Ritzy Bee Blog

Vintage typewriter decor ideas from The Ritzy Bee Blog

Another cool and classic concept I saw was on Little White Book, with these shots by Katie Stoops. Don’t you love the vintage Coke bottle?

Put a ring on this (the Coke bottle!), as seen on Little White Book

Put a ring on this (the Coke bottle!), as seen on Little White Book

What else can be more classic than school? Check out these inspiration boards from Lucky Me. There are three of them boards, but this one is my favorite. Don’t you love the brown paper bag and the cool sneaks? I so see this theme for a wedding timed just before it’s “back to school,” don’t you?

School Days Inspiration Board on Lucky Me

School Days Inspiration Board on Lucky Me

But sometimes, I do relish the idea of a spin on a classic. Check out this super whimsical idea from Elizabeth Anne Designs. They’re basically colored wedding veils–something you probably saw on the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, which is where the creative bride got the idea (plus a spread on Vogue). The result? Colored bird-cage veils for her bridesmaids.

Gwen Stefani wed in a blush-toned (gradient) wedding gown, why shouldn’t we have color on our veils, too? Isn’t this something Carrie Bradshaw would sooo wear?

The movie inspiration

The movie inspiration


The magazine (Vogue) inspiration, as seen on Elizabeth Anne Designs

The magazine (Vogue) inspiration, as seen on Elizabeth Anne Designs

Inspiration really is everywhere!

Ain’t love grand?

Let me just start this post with this AMAZING photo that I saw on Amour Amour. Fairytale bride, anyone? Isn’t it totally pretty? You should go to the site right now to see the rest of the pics, especially the one with the couple dancing–and the bride oh-so-elegantly holding her dramatic, billowing train while she dances with her hubby. Beautiful!

The fairytale wedding gown on Amour Amour

The fairytale wedding gown on Amour Amour

There was so much “gorgeousness” this past week. Another pretty sighting were these beautiful necklaces from White Owl which I saw on The Inspired Bride. Like I said in my previous post, I have been loving the look and feel of vintage accessories lately, and these necklaces certainly fit the bill! Brides and bridesmaids can wear them. And of course, guests like moi , too.

White Owl necklaces on The Inspired Bride

White Owl necklaces on The Inspired Bride

Here are my other pretty sightings of the week (in no particular order–I don’t rank my favorites!)

This gorge bride (seen on Snippet & Ink) whose red hair is just divine. And don’t you just love the lighting and, most of all, her beautiful candid (or not…but who cares? It looks genuine) expression? (Oh, and you have to revisit Snippet & Ink within the week to check out the rest of the shots, which I’m sure are just as amazing as this one.)

Gorgeous redhead spotted on Snippet & Ink

Gorgeous redhead spotted on Snippet & Ink

This lovely couple and their fantastic photos over at 100 Layer Cake. I got goosebumps when I saw this photo! I’m dying to get married again (to the same man of course!) because of this pic. Ain’t love grand?!

Ben heart Crystal, as seen on 100 Layer Cake

Ben heart Crystal, as seen on 100 Layer Cake

Notice how most of my favorite things about weddings are related to photography? I just love photos that capture those unforgettable moments and emotions.

But I also love photos that capture one of my favorite things 🙂 Check out these pics on I Do Originals, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. These photos are highly creative…and so very tempting. You’ll know what I mean when you go to the site. So go–now!