Edible Favors – A Delicious Idea!

Edible Favors – A Delicious Idea!

When you are deciding to offer a favor at your wedding reception, consider something edible. Everyone will appreciate a scrumptious chocolate, a bag of M & M’s or a beautifully decorated sugar cookie that they can eat right away.

A bottle of wine or craft beer, while not a something you would place on the table, can be handed out at the end of the evening for your Guests to enjoy later. Rarely do such treats ever get left behind.

These monogrammed chocolate favors doubled as place card holders.

While cute, things monogrammed with your initials are not as exciting as you might feel. Don’t get caught up in the marketing of the thematic and trendy items that will truly be a waste of your money.

Remember you are providing something for your guest’s enjoyment. Do they really want mini pictures frames, paperweights, cups, glasses etc. to take home? Are they truly interested in planting a tree in your name? Hotel banquet staffs across the country dispose of thousands of these types of items annually.

Save the Date Cards

Save the Date Cards

You’re engaged and the date is decided, the planning process has begun! Once the date and place are set, don’t hesitate to get your save the date cards out before your newly engaged friends.

You don’t want to have a real life “Bride Wars” on your hands (and let’s face it, we can’t all make things work like Anne and Kate). To save you from stress, start thinking about save the dates now.

Save the Date - Antique Roses by 1st Comes Love

Save the Date – Antique Roses
by 1st Comes Love Invitations

Here are some tips regarding save the dates:

  • Make sure the date and place are set and will not change
  • Send out to entire guest list (yes, even parents, siblings, and bridal party)
  • Send 6-8 months in advance depending on how many need to make travel plans
  • Be clear about who is invited (“John Smith + Guest” or “Ronald, Wendy & Family”)
  • Set up a wedding website and include your save the date.

Happy Planning!


Don’t Forget Your Manners – Say Thank You!

Don’t Forget Your Manners –
Say Thank You!

We are always taught to say “please” and “thank you”, but too often does the “thank you” get over looked in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Hopefully you saved your list of names and addresses from sending out your invites because you are not done with them until the Thank You notes are sent!

Don’t worry about spending a lot of time on each; all you need to do is write a few sentences thanking them for their attendance and gift in a relatively personal way.

“Thank you Aunt Beth and Uncle Bob for flying out from Denver to be at our wedding, it was great to see you! We love the stainless steel Crockpot you gave us, now I can make an attempt at Grandma’s famous clam chowder!”

It’s as simple as that! Short, sweet, and personal. Even if it was the fifth blender you received or it is a frog sculpture Aunt Marge made in her beginners sculpting class, a Thank You note is still a must!

Stationery by 1st Comes Love..

Stationery by 1st Comes Love…

Trying to figure out how you are going to squeeze in the time to write all these Thank You notes? Even though they don’t have a lot of writing in each, there are still a lot of notes to write. It’s okay if you don’t get all of them done in one sitting, in fact you should take a little break! Write part of your Thank You notes on the flight to your Hawaiian honeymoon and part on the way back. Break it up into groups of 25 notes and it will seem more manageable.

Whether they drove across town or flew across the country, your guests took the time to be at your wedding AND pick out a gift or write a check. Show them your appreciation by sending them a Thank You. This small gesture can mean a great deal!

Mamma would be so proud!