When it comes to wedding trends, they come and go then come and go again. Trends don’t have to be followed but it is difficult to ignore them in our era of Pinterest and social media. People want to keep up with the times as well as save as much money as they can on their weddings. Besides food and alcohol, flowers can be one of the high priced ticket categories when planning your wedding. Luckily, fruit in weddings is making a huge comeback and I am not mad at that! With it’s naturally vibrant colors and dimensions, it is an easy and inexpensive way to bring a pop of color to your wedding day.
So, how do you incorporate fruit in your wedding without it being cheesy and predictable?
1. Use it whole, tucked inside centerpieces and bouquets.
2. Cut it in half to expose a different shade on the inside and usually a more bold color. Just make sure when you do this, that you apply the appropriate amount of citric acid to avoid drying out. A good idea is to keep a spray bottle on hand with warm water and lemon juice and spray frequently to keep the fruit hydrated.
3. Using small fruit such as dark cherries, ripe blueberries and huckleberries is a great way to get that “hanging” look which can mimic some of the most expensive flowers.
4. Use fruit in a BIG way: instead of a predictable finger food station, create a farmers market feel and include baskets of fruit for guests to enjoy. Also, creating a specialty cocktail with beautiful fruit is a show stopper!
Centuries ago, European aristocrats, most notably those in France and Italy, would send their wedding guests home with a small gift called a bonbonniere, or as it’s called in Italian, a bomboniere. These weren’t exclusively a wedding staple since they were also given out at birthday parties and other celebratory occasions. A bonbonniere was actually a box made of porcelain, crystal, precious stones or metal. Inside one would find delicacies made of sugar. It was from these boxed and gift wrapped confections that today’s wedding favors are derived. Facts thanks to: http://weddings.lovetoknow.com/wiki/History_of_Wedding_Favors
Ah, the wedding favor! A long time wedding tradition that can be dated back to the 16th century. However, traditions have evolved as the world has evolved. You have seen it all from personalized bags of m&ms, labeled candles, ect… How about a wedding favor that your guests will actually enjoy. Let’s just be honest, besides the obvious reason of celebrating your love, your guests deep down inside can’t wait to indulge in good food, drinks and take away gifts that reflect the true personality of you and your fiance. After all, it provides them with a little insight on who you are as a couple. I invite you to check out these awesome ideas for wedding favors because you can never go wrong with something delicious to eat, drink and a memento that will last a long time!
Many of your guests will travel from all over the country to come and witness you and your fiance tie the knot. Along the way they will spend a good bit of money on travel expenses, hotel accommodations, and food. A nice way to say thank you is to pamper your guests in small ways that can make a big impact!
One way to say thank you to all the out of town guests even before the wedding begins is with welcome baskets. My favorite way to create these baskets is to theme them for the state or area of the wedding and leave them in the hotel room for when they arrive.
Another way to pamper your guests is during the ceremony. I love this idea of offering handkerchiefs for guests. Not only does this help with happy tears and “pampers” your guests but it doubles as the perfect keepsake wedding favor.
You can also give your guests small items to keep them comfortable during your ceremony. My favorite is personalized sunglasses! Or you can give umbrellas, fans, or blankets depending on the weather to keep them cool or warm.
If you want guests to dance the night away, combat those tired and hurting feet by offering flip flops!
During the reception a small gesture to pamper guests is to make an emergency basket for the guests. Include mints, band aids, medicine, etc for all the mishaps that could happen! Getting married at Glendalough Manor? You won’t need to worry about making these baskets because they provide them for you!
Don’t forget about the guys! Have a cigar bar at the reception and they may never want to leave!
Do you have any other ideas for pampering your guests? Let us know!