Wedding Guest Favors: A Little Something For Everyone

Baggies, containers and boxes, oh my! If you’re still trying to figure out how to show your wedding guests your appreciation, you won’t want to miss this post. From the prettiest of boxes to complete concept gifts, today’s feature is showcasing a wide range of wedding guest favors with something for every wedding theme and budget. We’ve even included some inspiration on how to fill, display and accessorize your tiny treats. But fair warning, you may find yourself wanting more than just one for your big day!

For the Filling – Favor Baggies

 

wedding favor bags

featured here: mini linen drawstring pouches in three designs, vintage infused love print, english tea rose trim and plain, and organza drawstring bag with decorative bow

Sweet Minis – Favor Containers

 

Stackables – Favor Boxes

 

The Whole Package – Favor Box Kits

 

Ready for the Taking – Complete Concept Favors

 

wine bottle stopper favors

featured here: wine bottle stoppers in the following designs – cocktail, butterfly, ceramic love bird, king and queen crowns. all sold complete with packaging (not shown here).

salt and pepper shaker favors

featured here: full collection of salt and pepper shakers. all sold complete with packaging.

Want More?

For 100s of additional favor ideas check out and shop the entire favor section of weddingstar.com, and come back and visit us this coming Wednesday for our favor baggie how-to.

xoxo.

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Beyond the Bouquet: 10 Unique Ways to Incorporate Flowers into Your Wedding Day

mini birdcage wedding favor

fresh favors
featured here: mini birdcage spray painted white, filled with a purple hydrangea

No matter what type of planning personality you have, whether it’s a ‘hands on managing the entire process’ kind or a ‘sitting on the sidelines happily watching as someone else takes care of it for you’ sort, you’ve no doubt given your wedding day flowers some thought. You’ve probably got an idea of what types of bouquets you want for you and your girls, the sort of arrangements you want for your centerpieces, even the kind of boutonniere the boys should wear. But beyond all that there are plenty of other ways to incorporate beautiful floral details into your wedding day, each one elevating your decor to the next level of gorgeous. Here’s just a few examples to help get your floral planning underway. And if you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll want to incorporate each and every one.

ceremony aisle marker

top marks
featured here: aisle markers created using a grouping of pillar candles sitting on a vintage chair and tray, adorned with florals

ceremony aisle markers

lead the way
featured here: end of row chair markers created using white metal embossed cones filled with white hydrangea, accented with decorative acrylic crystal drops

mini floral arrangements

little lovelies
featured here: tabletop accents. bell shaped glass tealight holder used as a mini vase

blown glass lamp

blown glass beauty
featured here: tabletop accents. lamp silhouette blown glass candle holder used as a vase

lavender napkin accent

subtle scents
featured here: place setting details. crocheted border handkerchief accented with a bundle of dried lavender

mirrored box wedding favor

favors in bloom
featured here: miniature beveled mirror box favor filled with a white rose

favor table signage

miniature garden
featured here: favor table signage. personalized ‘love bird damask’ collection table sign card sitting in a bed of moss and lisianthus flowers

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outdoor accents
featured here: decorative accent created using an old window pane and a bouquet of roses

A Step Back

If you’re at the stage where you’re still trying to figure out which floral varieties are right for you, follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for plenty of additional inspiration.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: ‘Petite Pails’ {Wedding Favors}

diy mini pail favors

Time to share another couple of DIY wedding secrets. #1. Adding accenting layers of fabric to just about anything pretty much guarantees loveliness every single time. #2. Couple the concept with the daintiness of a mini package and you’ve got yourself ‘guest favor perfection’. Given I’m a huge sucker for anything mini, using one of the sweetest mini containers around, I was more than happy to pull together a few samples for some visual inspiration. From the playful to the surprisingly sophisticated, here’s what just a touch of fabric can do to change up the look of one petite pail.

Petite Pail #1 – Homespun Sweetness

diy homespun style mini pail favor

The Supplies

homespun style mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

diy homespun style mini pail

Step 1: tie your crochet ribbon into a bow and wrap the middle with baker’s twine. Hot glue the finished formation to the center of your pail, about a quarter of the way down from the top.

crochet ribbon bow

Step 2: hole punch your tag and attach to the pail’s handle using baker’s twine.

homespun style favor tag

Petite Pail #2: Pink Perfection

diy lace trimmed mini pail favor

The Supplies

lace trimmed mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

pink lace trimmed mini pail favor

Step 1: wrap pail with pink lace trim. Discreetly hot glue in the back.

{tip: if you can’t find a jewel trimmed pink lace, purchase a plain pink lace and do a diy add on using these self adhesive jewel stickers)

pink lace trim

Step 2: add jewel stickers to tag.

jewel stickers

Step 3: attach tag to pail handle with mini white clothespin.

mini clothespin

Petite Pail #3: Something Blue…Something Rustic

rustic style mini pail favors

The Supplies

rustic style pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

rustic mini pail favor

Step 1: cut burlap trim down to size, such that it covers your pail as shown in the image. Hot glue in the back.

burlap trim

Step 2: create a rosette with your satin ribbon, glue to middle of pail and middle of burlap trim. Wrap and hot glue excess ribbon strands in the back.

{check out the ‘White Box + Satin Ribbon = Endless Possibilities’ diy post for the complete rosette how to}

rosette ribbon

Step 3: glue or discreetly tape tag to pail handle.

personalized favor tag

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top Ten Summer Wedding Favors

mini ceramic bird favor dish

A wedding favor is one of those staples that plays a part in all weddings. Whether it’s a little bonbon in a pretty box or a single stem in a dainty little vase, a favor is a must. It shows your guests just how important they are to you and how much you appreciate their presence on one of the most important days of your life. It’s a heartfelt sentiment that deserves special attention, and there’s nothing sweeter than a well thought through, personalized to the couple and theme, guest giveaway. But we know it can be hard  to come up with something unique, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite favor concepts to get you inspired. Given we’re at the start of the busiest part of the wedding season, we’re featuring ideas perfect for any summertime wedding.

Small Wonders

This mini glass bottle is one of the sweetest containers around and a clean slate that can be filled with whatever little lovely fits your wedding theme. Give it a summery feel with a single stem of one of your wedding flowers or fill with planting seeds for your guests to grow their own little garden.

mini glass bottle favor

featured here: mini clear glass bottle (sold in packages of 6)
click here to shop all favor container designs

planting seed wedding favor

Perfectly Practical Pair

Nothing goes together like salt and pepper. Paired and presented together in finely crafted white porcelain owls makes for a charming and practical gift. For all those long summer day bbq gatherings.

owl salt and pepper shaker favor

featured here: stylized owl salt and pepper shakers with gift packaging 
click here to shop all salt and pepper shaker designs

Cheers to a Good Wine Stopper

Summer + Wedding = Wine. That’s an actual equation! For all you wine lovers, a wine stopper is a clear favor choice and this one is the prettiest option around with its delicate butterfly design. Take the gift and your favor display to the next level by pairing the stopper with your favorite bottle of wine.

butterfly wine stopper favor

featured here: butterfly wine stopper with gift packaging
click here to shop all wine stopper designs

wine stopper wedding favor

Homemade Goodness

What could be more personal, or summer inspired, than a homemade batch of your favorite preserve? Homemade preserves presented in mini jars, personalized with pretty little stickers, that’s what!

mini glass jar favors

featured here: mini glass bottle jars (sold in packages of 12)

jam filled jar favors

Dainty Decor

For a truly unexpected gift, give away a little touch of your day of decor that your guests can enjoy in their own homes or on their backyard patios.

mini glass tealight hodler

featured here: miniature glass tealight holder (sold in packages of 6)

pink glass tealight holder

Modern Garden

For a no fuss touch of summer garden beauty that can be placed anywhere in a home, giveaway a potted flower in this contemporary design high top pot.

mini high top flower pot

featured here: mini high top flower pot (sold in packages of 4)
click here to shop all flower pot designs

Natural Beauty

Summertime offers the ideal backdrop for a gorgeous outdoor rustic, country or woodland themed wedding. Infuse the theme into your favor by going with a nature inspired container. Darling on its own but even better when personalized with the simple addition of a small token of something special, this little bird nest is favor perfection.

mini bird nest favor

featured here: miniature bird nest favor (sold in packages of 12)

diy bird nest favor

see how to get this look with our ‘one nest. three ways. diy post

For the Foodie

Nothing says summer like a fresh crisp salad. Share your love of summer inspired fresh treats in a creative way with this bamboo salad server set.

Wanderlust

No better time to go exploring than in the summer months. Express your passion for travel and inspire your guests to do some of their own with this brushed brass compass.

compass favor

featured here: adventurers’ compass favor (sold in packages of 6)

wanderlust inspired favor

Beautiful Butterflies

Incorporate an iconic summertime motif into your wedding day in the loveliest of ways through these delicate butterfly ceramic dishes.

ceramic butterfly dish favors

featured here: ceramic butterfly dishes (sold in packages of 6)

diy butterfly dish favor

see how to get this look with our ‘pretty plate favors’ diy post

Want More?

For 100′s of additional favor ideas shop the entire favor collection on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Our Top Ten Favorite Summer Wedding Ideas

summer weddings

There’s a reason the summer months continue to collectively make up the most popular time of the year to get married. Although weddings by sheer nature are beautiful no matter when they take place, there’s just something extra special about warm weather nuptials. With this Sunday marking the first day of June, the number one month of the year to tie the knot, we thought now would be the perfect time to share our favorite summer wedding ideas. Focusing on little details that  guarantee to make a wedding day special and unique, these ideas are definite essentials for any summertime bride to consider. So grab your favorite summertime sipper, sit back and relax in your favorite patio chair, and get ready for some serious summer wedding inspiration.

#1 – Drinks All Around

birch print paper straws

Speaking of summertime sippers, keeping refreshing drinks constantly flowing is definitely one of the most important rules for any warm weather wedding. Go about it in a creative way by serving a signature drink unique to your event and finish it off in style with a theme appropriate decorative paper straw.

For more paper straw inspiration check out our ‘Stylish Sippers’ DIY post.

#2 – The Bright and The Bold

There’s no better time than the summer to get daring with your wedding color palette. Now’s the time to play with bright hues in bold combinations to create a statement look bursting with energy and fun.

#3 – Saying “I Do” Outdoors

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are always simply stunning. No exceptions. It takes very little to play up the natural beauty that an outdoor setting has to offer. Keep your decorative additions simple but full of impact by incorporating things like unique seating and subtly beautiful aisle decor.

#4 – Weatherproof Hair

If you’re taking full advantage of the warm weather with an outdoor event, be sure to weatherproof your hair. An updo is pretty much a must. but it certainly need not be boring. Enlist the help of a professional hair stylist to give you the ultimate outdoor wedding look.

#5 – Into the Wild

outdoor wedding ceremony ideas

OK, so maybe “wild” is a stretch when talking about doves! Point being, the classic dove release is one of those warm weather possibilities we can’t get enough of.

#6 – Keep ‘Em Comfy

As beautiful as an outdoor summer wedding can be, it also comes with unique challenges. Pesky mosquitoes, the bright sun and the sticky heat, just to name a few. Take care to ensure your guests are comfortable by supplying them with all the outdoor essentials they could possibly need, think sunscreen, bug spray and sunglasses for those who forgot a pair. Fill and creatively display personalized tote bags for a bit of decorative fun.

#7 – Seasonal Treats

There’s nothing more charming than a pint-size ode to summer. Get crafty and incorporate yours by way of a cleverly displayed guest favor.

#8 – Backup Footwear

summer wedding shoes fun summer wedding inspiration

You never know what Mother Nature might have in store for the great outdoors. Be prepared for just about anything, including unruly terrain, with some backup practical footwear. And with a pair of Coach rain boots, practical never looked so stylish!

#9 – Light the Way

Nothing adds ambiance to an event like candlelight. Kick things up a notch by lighting them up with the use of unique and trendy candle holders.

#10 – All in the Name of Fun

fun wedding inspiration

Last but not least, regardless of time of year, a must do for any wedding is making sure to take the time to fit in a bit of fun!

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Welcome Table How-To

welcome table

First impressions are everything. And weddings are no exception. Start your reception off on the right note by greeting your guests with a well planned Welcome Table for your cocktail hour. Not sure what to incorporate? Follow this simple ‘How-To’ for your foolproof tablescape layout.

Cheers to Good Times

Arguably a cardinal rule for any wedding, a signature drink is the perfect way to set the tone for your wedding reception. Impress your guests by making it subtly fit to your theme and color scheme. Get original with your choice of glassware and accessorize wherever possible.

retro wedding ideas

red wedding ideas

featured here: oval plastic tub personalized with a candy colorful design diecut label

Downtime Fun

If not planned properly a ‘cocktail hour’ can feel like a ‘cocktail never-ending night’! Help your guests pass the time by keeping them occupied with conversation starting eye candy. Consider featuring a creative guestbook alternative where guests can leave you their well wishes.

wedding guestbook alternative

Keep the Momentum Going

Never leave your guests unsure of what to do or where to go next. Guide your guests to their dinner seats with a well laid out display. If logistics permit, use a seating chart for its ease of reference.

retro theme seating chart

Send Off

You started things off with a great first impression, now end them off on a high note with a thoughtful gift for guests. Skip the expected boxed chocolate favor and give them something they’ll enjoy long after your day is done.

retro themed wedding ideas

Want More?

For additional creative reception ideas come back to the blog this coming Wednesday for a simple and super pretty paper straw DIY feature. 

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pattern Play – Mini Vase Sets

diy vase favors

A while back we did a post on DIY glittered tea lights that was a big hit with our brides. Because we can’t resist a repeat fan favorite, and because we love what a touch of glitter can do, we’re re-applying this simple to-do concept on one of our mini white vase sets. Whether used as a guest favor, or as part of your wedding day decor, these small stunners are sure to have a big impact with your guests. And for those of you looking for a simplified approach and look, we’re giving you another combo that’s just as lovely. Here’s how to pull together the two looks.

Look #1: Glitter Galore

diy glitter vase favors

The Supplies

mini glitter vases - diy supplies

  • mini favor vases in white
  • spray adhesive
  • spreadable glue {we love mod podge!}
  • glue dots
  • masking tape
  • paint brush
  • glitter
  • spray roses

The Step by Step – Pretty Polka Dots

large polka dot diy glitter vase large polka dot diy glitter vase how to

Step 1: stick on your large glue dots, spacing them out all over your vase.

Step 2: dust on your glitter.

Step 3: using a clean paint brush, brush off all excess glitter.

large polka dot diy glitter vase

small polka dot diy glitter vase small polka dot diy glitter vase how to

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 using small glue dots.

small polka dot diy glitter vase

The Step by Step – Stripes and Solids

single strip diy glitter vase single strip diy glitter vase  - how to

Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape three quarters of the way down your vase.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on the glitter.

single stripe diy glitter vase

thick stripe diy glitter vase thick strip diy glitter vase - how to

Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape at the base of the vase,  and just below the base of the bottle neck.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on your glitter.

thick stripe diy glitter vase

diy gold glitter vase diy glitter vase how to

Step 1: apply spray adhesive glue all over the outside of your vase.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter, plugging the opening of the vase with your finger to avoid glitter entering the vase.

diy gold glitter vase

Look #2 – Keep it Simple

If you love the look of the vases but want a simplified version, go au naturel by eliminating the glitter. Mix and match the vase color options for your bit of pattern play and a lovely end result.

mini decorative vase favors

The Supplies

mini decorative vase favor supplies

The Look

mini decorative white vase favor mini decorative lavender vase favor mini decorative vase favor

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Eco Chic Favors

wooden birdhouse wedding favor

I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m probably more of an organic embracing, free range loving, environmentally friendly kind of girl than most. So it’ll come as no surprise when I say I’m loving all the eco chic favors featured in today’s Product Spotlight. But you really don’t need to be as extreme an “enviro-junkie” as I am to want to pick up any one of these nature inspired favor options. From perfectly detailed wooden finishes to natural materials, you really just need to appreciate the pretty things in life to appreciate these sweet guest gift options.

eco chic favors

Looking for More Favor Options?

If these favors aren’t quite what you’re looking for, then be sure to check out and shop hundreds of favor options on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: White Box + Satin Ribbon = Endless Possibilities

ribbon diy

Wednesday has official become my favorite day of the week. It’s the day I get to have a bit of creative fun DIY’ing and making little pretties. And boy am I having fun today! If you visited the blog this past Monday you would have learned how far a little ribbon can get you in your quest to accessorize your wedding. Today I decided to test the limits by seeing how different I could make a plain white favor box look with just the varied use of ribbon. No additional trims allowed. Long story short, I had to stop at five to avoid a never ending post!

As you’ll see, the possibilities really are endless, and all with a super sweet finish.

Box 1 – Something Blue

favor box - blue ribbon accents

The Supplies

ribbon diy - blue box supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon {two shades of blue and white} + scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

blue ribbon favor box - how to part 1

Step 1: cross wrap your darkest shade of blue ribbon, finishing it off at the bottom of the box for a seamless top finish.

Step 2: loop your darkest shade of ribbon two or three times. Make sure the length of your formation is in proportion to your favor box.

Step 3: repeat step 2 on your lighter shade of blue ribbon.

Step 4: overlap your two looped formations, darkest on bottom, and tie together with white ribbon. Snip off any access white ribbon so that only a wrap remains.

blue ribbon favor box - how to part 2

Steps 5 & 6: tie a strip of white ribbon into a double bow, keeping size in proportion to your blue ribbons and your favor box.

Step 7: glue your layered blue ribbons vertically to the middle of your box.

Step 8: glue your white double bow horizontally to the middle point of your blue ribbons.

The Finished Look

something blue favor box

Box 2 – Lovely Rosettes

favor box - peach ribbon rosettes

The Supplies

ribbon diy - peach rosette box supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon {two shades of peach} + scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

peach ribbon rosette favor box - how to part 1

Step 1: cross your two shades of ribbon at the top left corner of your box,  finishing the wrap off on the bottom of the box for a seamless top finish.

Step 2: cut a strip of your darker ribbon, approximately 20 inches in length, and twist it.

Step 3: tie the ends to hold the twist.

peach ribbon rosette favor box - how to part 2

Steps 4 – 6: twist the ribbon around itself to create a rosette and glue at the finish point.

Step 7 (not shown): repeat steps 2 – 6 on your lighter shade of ribbon, using a shorter length for a smaller finish, approximately half of what was used for the larger rosette.

Step 8: glue rosettes onto your box, larger one over the point where your two wraps join and the smaller one just below that point, slightly to the right.

The Finished Look

rosette favor box

Box 3 – Satin Button Charm

favor box - purple satin buttons

 The Supplies

ribbon diy - satin buttons supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon  {two shades of purple and white} + scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

satin button favor box how to

Step 1: wrap all three shades of ribbon around your box vertically, from darkest to lightest, overlapping each slightly. Finish wrap up on the bottom of the box for a seamless finish on top.

Step 2: cut your darkest ribbon into a strip that is approximately 70 inches long and roll into a button shape. This will be your largest button.

Step 3 & 4 (not shown): repeat step 2 on your other two ribbons. Make your lighter shade of purple button smaller than your darkest and make your white the smallest.

Step 5: glue all three satin buttons to your box, positioning as shown in the image above.

The Finished Look

satin-button-favor-box

Box 4 – Pretty in Ombre Pink

favor box - pink ombre bow

The Supplies

ribbon diy - pink ombre bow supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon {three shades of pink} + scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

pink ombre bow how to - part 1

Step 1: wrap your box vertically, down the middle, with your lightest shade of pink ribbon. Finish wrap up on the bottom of the box for a seamless finish on top.

Step 2: loop your darkest ribbon twice. Keep the size in proportion to your box.

Step 3: form your ‘in between’ shade of ribbon into a simple bow. Keep size in proportion to your looped ribbon and your box.

pink ombre bow how to - part 2

Step 4: layer your two ribbon formations, dark loop on bottom, lighter bow on top, and tie together with your lightest shade of pink ribbon.

Step 5: glue the bow to your box, about a quarter of the way down from the top.

The Finished Look

pink ombre bow favor box

Box 5 – Satin in Bloom

favor box - yellow ribbon bouquet

The Supplies

ribbon diy - satin bloom supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon {white – 1 cm width and yellow – 1.6 cm width} + crinkle cut craft scissors + regular scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

yellow satin bouquet how to - part 1

Step 1: overlay your white ribbon onto your wider yellow ribbon and wrap both vertically around your box, about a quarter in from the left side. Finish wrap up on the bottom of the box for a seamless finish on top.

Step 2: cut approximately 4 strips of your wide yellow ribbon, about 8 inches in length, and then use your crinkle cut scissors to cut each strip into two.

Step 3: finish off the strips you just cut with crinkle cut ends.

yellow satin bouquet how to - part 2

Step 4: bend your crinkle cut ribbons over and arrange them into a bouquet like shape. Make sure to alternate the direction the crinkle cuts face.

Step 5: tie off your bouquet with the white ribbon, just slightly above the middle point.

Step 6: glue your bouquet to your box at an angle, pointing slightly downward to the bottom left corner of your box.

The Finished Look

mini yellow satin bouquet favor box

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Shop the {Wedding} Look

If the simple fact that it’s Friday isn’t a good enough reason to celebrate, today’s post provides some extra incentive to pour yourself a glass of bubbly and toast to good news. Today marks the official launch of the brand new Weddingstar E-Catalog, essentially a virtual shopping playground for any bride planning her wedding. I know, exciting right?!

e-catalog cover image

Built entirely around the “shop the look” concept, the new e-catalog is an extension of the Weddingstar print magazine, tenfold. Because there was just no way of making room for it all in print! Featuring inspirational imagery from exclusive creative shoots, editorials filled with planning tips and all 3000 + products in the Weddingstar lineup, the e-catalog provides a fun and easy shopping experience. Browse pretty pictures, get inspired and click to buy if something catches your eye. Covering everything from wedding stationary to ceremony and reception accessories and décor, down to guest favors and gifts, this is definitely a must visit ‘one stop wedding shop’!

But enough talk. Given Weddingstar is all about inspiration, here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect to see in the inclusive 724 pages.

vintage themed wedding shoot wedding stationery wedding ceremony products - aisle runners reception products - guest book alternatives porcelain cake toppers wanderlust themed wedding shoot wedding reception - toasting flutes wedding reception products -  decorative vintage drawers wedding favor container - mini burlap bag wedding favors - wine stoppers bridesmaid's gifts woodland themed wedding shoot

Love It? Want More?

If you like what you’ve seen so far, you’ll love the rest! Click here for more tips, products and inspiration.

xoxo.

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