TIMER favours

WTimer 1hile flipping through more wedding books from the library, I came across a DIY wedding favour that looked easy enough for me to do without messing up. I tried it out over the weekend, customizing it with a friend’s initials and her actual wedding date, and the finished product looked amazing. Why don’t you give it try? I promise you this is easy and budget-friendly. If you’re interested in more wedding craft ideas, check out Donna Kooler’s book, Great Wedding Parties: Penny-Wise Ideas For Parties With Sparkle (available online for $21.95 CAD + tax or (hopefully) at your local library). You’ll find more ideas that “sparkle.” Below, you’ll find my variation of her DIY Timer Favors.

Required supplies:

  • 3 ½”-high egg timers in wooden holders (available in craft stores in packages of 6)
  • Black glossy acrylic paint
  • Small round brush
  • 5 ¼” of 1” ivory satin ribbon
  • 18kt.-gold leafing pen
  • Scissors

Since I was only making one “favour”, I used whatever I could find in my house. When it’s your turn, you will have to head to the crafts store. In my case, I got a really old wooden egg timer from my washroom (from years ago when I timed how long I spent brushing my teeth), I used purple paint (or really any colour to match your theme), I personally like sponge brushes so I used that, I cut some 1/8” blue satin ribbon (what I had on hand) and I used a black marker instead. As you can see, liberties can be taken. Using the supplies that you have chosen, it is time to transform your egg timer.

Instructions:

  1. Paint the wooden holder with the acrylic paint. To avoid the plastic, if possible, take apart the egg timer. Allow to dry. Continue until all wood is the desired colour. Reassemble the egg timer.
  2. Personalize the egg timer using the marker. The book suggests that the initials of the couple are written on top. I added more by also putting the wedding date on the bottom. The choice is yours. If your hand is really steady, you can write around the rim if you so desire. (Remember though that you will be mass-producing this for all the guests so maybe simple is best?)
  3. The final step: Tie a bow with the ribbon around one support bar of the timer. Use the scissors to trim the ends off at an angle (you see the difference when the ribbon is thicker).

Timer 2

All done! A simple and elegant DIY wedding favour for you to try. May your marriage withstand the test of time!

MINI CAKE favours

Last time I explained what wedding favours are (little take-home gifts the bride and the groom give to their guests) and I wrote about a wedding favour that marks the beginning of a new chapter for the couple. This time, since I have just eaten dessert, I will write about a sweet wedding favour – the mini cake.

Mini Cake 1

I have yet to see this at a wedding though it has gained immense popularity in the recent years. This is an elegant and luxurious favour you can gift your guests that is becoming the latest trend in weddings. The cakes are individually decorated and boxed to give to those in attendance. Another idea is you can also use them as a table centerpiece as they are just that fancy!

Mini Cake 2

Other than being fancy, they are also oh so cute. They are small and easy to manage and you can order them in various flavours and designs. So let your guests have the opportunity to choose their own mini cake.

Mini Cake 3

For the brave brides out there, you can do it yourself (DIY) by making batches of your own mini cakes. This is a cost effective way to add variety as many shops that specialize in cakes for weddings and special events require a minimum order of favours which may limit your options. For a fun evening, why not invite your bridesmaids over to help with the decorating? Just don’t taste them all! Oh and save one for me please.

Mini Cake 4

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BOOKMARK favours

To start off, let’s define what wedding favours are. Wedding favours are the little take-home gifts the bride and the groom give to their guests as part of the wedding reception or ceremony. This is given as an expression of their appreciation to their family and friends. The giving of gifts to guests is quite common today in weddings all around the world. This is especially the case in North America.

What can be given as a wedding favour? The options vary, but, more often than not, they match the theme or season of the wedding. They can also be personalized with information such as the couple’s names, initials or the wedding date. The current popular wedding favours include candy in pretty glass containers, a photo of the couple in a fancy picture frame or the ever classic candle with their initials on it.

THE BOOKMARK

About a year ago, at a second-cousin’s wedding (which I chose not to attend for the simple reason that I haven’t talked to her more than three times in my life), bookmarks were given as a wedding favour. They were quite plain and honestly I found them boring until it was explained to me why they chose bookmarks. Can you guess the reason?

Bookmark

Bookmarks mark your place in a book. And for the wedding couple, their wedding marks the beginning of a new chapter in their life. Awww… that is so sweet. The only question that remains unanswered is why they chose snowflakes? (Possible reasons are that they complement the theme or the couple met in winter, winter has a special meaning to them, they love snow.)

With a short explanation, these bookmarks went from plain and boring to simple and sweet. So, when you chose your wedding favours, don’t just pick something that matches your budget (though that should be a factor). Pick something that connects with you, your wedding, your story. And there are many options out there for personalizing wedding favours. Take the time to research them because the wedding favours are what guests bring home with their memories.

BLUE weddings

The year is almost over. Can you believe it? It feels like it just flew by. Did anything special happen this year? Did you start dating? Maybe get engaged? If not, don’t worry. Who knows what the future will bring.

For those who got engaged, congratulations! There is a lot of planning in store for you. One of the first decisions many couples make is the colour theme of the wedding. So for those getting married in 2015, pay attention. BLUE might be the colour to have at your wedding. Blue is almost everyone’s favourite colour and no surprise as it is said to be beneficial to the mind and body. Maybe that’s the real reason people have “something blue” at their wedding and not for the supposed luck it brings with it. Interesting fact: The colour blue suppresses appetite, so maybe you can save on the reception bill… just maybe.

There are so many inspiration boards out there but I like to break it up into categories. I find that more helpful for suggesting wedding ideas. What shade of blue would you use at your wedding? Dark, light or a variety? Tweet us your response. You’ll notice that some things, like cakes, tend to be in a lighter shade while other things, like flowers, are in a darker shade. Pick what you like and feel free to comment.

Blue 01

THE BRIDE for her

Blue 02

THE GROOM for him

Blue 03

THE SHOES to walk

Blue 04

THE NAILS to flaunt

Blue 05

THE FLOWERS to smell

Blue 06

THE CAKE to eat

Blue 07

THE FAVOURS to give

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