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DIY Wedding Guest Favors

11 Mar

This was one of my favorite DIY projects that I worked on for our wedding besides the wedding cake and cupcakes! When I first started planning I had so my different guest favor ideas that I came up with! At first I wanted to create cake pops for everyone! I figured that’s easy I can handle this, but then I did the math: 4 cake pops x 50 guests = 200 cakes pops!!! I realized that it was something that I wasn’t going to be able to handle. I then thought about a cute sugar cookie that I would decorate, but once again I turned that project down! I have to be honest I turned both projects down mainly because of two reasons:

  1. Both of the projects required me to bake and prepare them 2-3 days before the wedding
  2. I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with so many projects so close to my wedding day

So for some weeks I went back and forth with some ideas but nothing that really called my attention. I was looking for something pretty, something that could be used for a guest favor but that would also double as a pretty table decoration. For some reason I always thought it would be nice to give the guests something sweet! Maybe it’s because I like sweets so much! One day when I was searching the web for guest favors and I came across this beautiful table with small gift boxes on top of each plate. I instantly new that was the look that I was going for! I just loved how the small boxes decorated the table and the idea of each guest arriving to a small gift once they sat down.

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Well now I had to figure out what to put inside the boxes! At first I thought about purchasing cake pops, cookies or chocolate covered strawberries! They all seemed like great ideas but once again I had to assemble the boxes at last minute because all these items are perishable. Then my mom came up with a great idea! How about some Lindt Chocolates? I loved the idea! It was exactly what I wanted to give my guests: something sweet and delicious! It was also something that I could prep ahead of time and not have to worry about before the festivities! Now let me show you how to make these beautiful guest favors.

Tools:

  • Custom Tags
  • Small Boxes (3″ x 3″ x 3″)
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Tissue Paper
  • Edging Scissors (Optional)
  • Chocolates

 

I started by assembling all my gift tags. I looped a small satin ribbon through the hole and left about 3″ of ribbon so I ccould tie it to the bow later. I found these beautiful tags online, I will tell you all about them in a future post.

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Because my boxes were shipped flat to save on shipping charges, I then assembled all the boxes.

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Next I cut all the tissue paper with a pair of edging scissors. You can use a regular pair of scissors I just wanted the edges to look prettier.

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Once everything was assembled, I took a pre-cut piece of tissue paper and placed 4 pieces of Lindt chocolate at the center.

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I then grabbed the four corners of the tissue paper together and dropped everything into the box.

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I tied the bows on the boxes using the “Tiffany & Co” method. I really like this bow because when untied the bow comes completely undone it doesn’t have any knots. I plan to do a video of this technique in a future post, check back soon!

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Another bonus is that the box lays flat against the surface.

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And my final step was to add the tag!

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This was a picture taken by our photographers. This is what all of our guests received when they arrived at their table!

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I hope I have inspired you to make your own wedding guest favors!

XO,

Jany

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Our Engagement Photo Session

10 Apr

Hi everyone! I am so sorry for being away from the blog for so long! So much has happened since but the most important one has been that Josh and I tied the knot on December 21, 2013! Planning the wedding was a full time job, it was so much fun and stressful at the same time! It’s not only the big stuff that is important but all the little details that you have to focus on. So keep on checking back because we have so many new blog posts coming soon for all you DIY brides!

I know many of you have waited for this blog post for a long time. Before I show you some of our favorite photo shots from our engagement session, let me stress how important it is to research your photo shoot location. We had originally planned to do our engagement photo session at the gorgeous Del Prado Fountain in Coral Gables, FL.  Unfortunately, when we went there the weekend before our session the City of Coral Gables had begun renovations and the whole area was a construction site; we were so disappointed! We immediately started doing some research and called our photographers. They gave us many great ideas but Josh and I decided that the best place to do the engagement session would be at Vizcaya Gardens. This place was just perfect, it has such amazing history and the gardens are so beautiful plus it’s right on the ocean! It was a lot of work (now we know how hard it is to be a model!) but we couldn’t have been happier with the location and the results!

Here are a few of our favorite pictures!
 

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Thanks for stopping by!

Jany

 

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