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November 13, 2015  TAGS:  FAVORS  INSPIRATION  RESOURCES  DIY

DIY Wedding Favors

 

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

When planning a wedding you have taken the time to choose your guest list, design and mail your invitations, and finalize your registry items. Then in turn, your guests have to take the time to pick out an outfit, book a hotel room and make vacation plans on top of deciding what to gift you as your first present as a couple. So why shouldn’t your guest favors not be well thought-out too? It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but something heartfelt and/or handmade is a very special way for your guests to feel thought of in your celebration of love. Your favors could go along with the theme of your wedding, act as centerpieces to fill your tables, or incorporate an interest or hobby that the two of you share. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite DIY wedding favor ideas that I have seen while photographing weddings, including custom frisbees, handpainted ornaments for a Christmas themed-wedding, and table seating cards with family recipes – make it your own, and make it thoughtful!

Beverage containers have become more popular in the past few years. I love the idea of personalized cups that double as table seating, “cozies” for those couples that prefer their beverage from a can, and one couple even went thrift-shopping for glasses then custom decaled each one. Talk about a labor of love!

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you have a green thumb, mini plants make for an adorable gift, and can also double as table centerpieces. I’ve seen succulents in modern containers, violets grown in up-cycled baby food jars, and even mini trees.

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

Free Wedding Sign Printable Files | Vermont Bride Magazine

There are hundreds of different kinds of signs you can have for your wedding - signs pointing guests to the ceremony and reception, signs for food, signs for fun, and signs that instruct your guests to sign a guest book or take a favor. And there are thousands of different design ideas for signs that you can buy or DIY yourself. Signs can be a great way to bring your theme and color palette together and add that little something extra to your wedding decor.

Just for fun, and because we wanted to give our readers something to show our appreciation, we put together some FREE downloadable sign designs that you can print and frame yourself! We designed two different sets, one features an elegant botanical wreath illustration and calligraphy, the other is a rustic, chalkboard design with a big, bold font. There is a Seating Sign and a Happily Ever After sign - both of which come in two different sizes, 11x17 and 8x10. A fun Mr. and Mrs. set is sized to 8.5x11 and is perfect for hanging on the back of your chairs. And last but not least, a Guestbook Sign that can work for whatever type of guest book you are using, which is also sized at 8x10, perfect for framing in your choice of frame.

Click on the links below to download the printable files. Each file is set up with crop marks for easy cutting.

Botanical Wreath Free Wedding Printable Signs | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

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When I first met Brandiann Kanya, the first thing I said to her, after the muscle memory response, “Great to meet you,” was, “I love your blouse.”  She told me she got a great deal on it at a secondhand shop. Ah, I thought, a girl after my own heart. I, like Brandi, am a sucker for an honest, can’t-pass-up bargain.  In no time we became fast friends, and I was honored to be invited to her wedding.

The more I got to know Brandi and her family, the more I realized that I, a recently engaged gal, could learn a lot from her.  Not only is she the queen of blouse bargain shopping, she makes saving money an everyday occurrence, whether it’s shopping for her young daughters or planning her own wedding.  She proved to me throwing a classy wedding doesn’t mean breaking the bridal bank.

She was kind enough to share with me (and you!) some ideas that are realistic and will have you saving money for other things, like the honeymoon!

 

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Many of you who have already picked up a copy of the Summer/Fall issue of Vermont Bride have probably noticed an exciting new feature in the back of the magazine - our Wedding Planner Worksheet section! We are excited to debut this special feature that we hope will be a useful tool for you to jot down notes and ideas for all aspects of your wedding planning. It came from a desire to better connect our readers to the amazing Vermont vendors and have all of that handy information in one, easy to find spot.

We know that some of you may have fancy planning binders or even online software, but we also recognize that when you are snuggled on the couch with your groom or bride-to-be browsing through the magazine, it might not be convenient to jump up and grab that hulking binder off the counter. The worksheets are a companion tool to be used along with Vermont Bride Magazine to assist you in figuring out all of the nitty-gritty, as well as pretty, details of your special day.

In case you need an extra copy, or would find it more useful to print it out on regular paper so you can hole punch and stick into a binder, here is a link to download a printable file of the six pages of worksheets.

Download Here

We also would love to hear any feedback you have on the worksheets and suggestions for making it even better!

 

February 28, 2014  TAGS:  INVITATIONS  FAVORS  DECOR

Wishi Washi

 

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Washi tape isn't just for scrapbooking anymore. These adorable and colorful rolls of adhesive from Japan have taken America by storm and can be found adorning everything from cards to light switches. With an endless choice of colors and patterns, not to mention the low price tag, washi tape is the perfect DIY tool to add some flair to anything. Here are some ideas for easily incorporating washi tape into your wedding decor that anyone with a pair of scissors can pull off.