Eco-Chic Favors

September 11th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

Take away favors at your wedding express your appreciation and gives your guests a special memento of your celebration. However, traditional knick-knacks like plastic statuettes often get thrown away or retired to a shelf to collect dust. Instead of these typically wasteful options, here are some eco-chic favors that will say “thanks”, help the planet and be put to good use.

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These customized napkin favors not only help reduce waste but also makes your dinner table look fashionable. Visit Nicole Porter Design for more designs.

Potted succulents are super easy to care for and go well in any home. They also come in many varieties that make it fun for your guests to pick out their favorite.

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These coffee cup sleeves will keep your coffee warm and stylish.  Visit Riley Construction or create your own design with instructions from the Crafty Staci blog.

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What better way to go green than to recycle?  Just go to your local hardware store and pick up your favorite paint samples to design your custom coasters.  Visit the Crafty CPA blog for how-to instructions.

And what about donating to your favorite charity. Add an extra green touch with these beautiful letterpress donation cards from Bella Figura, a 100% green print shop. All of these favors will surely leave a lasting impression!

Article courtesy of Lorraine Lee

Non-Traditional Ceremony Aisle Decor

August 23rd, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

The wedding aisle is an important part of your wedding day. It’s your final walk before you say “I Do”. But are you looking for something a bit more unique then the traditional florals or flowing white organza to mark this momentous occasion?  Here are some unique ceremony decor ideas that will provide the warm, romantic welcome and that extra touch of personality to your wedding day.

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Streamers photo courtesy of  Dove and Sparrow Photography, Paper Hearts photo from Aubrey Trinnaman, Trunk photo from Meg Perotti, Tropical stones photo from Your Perfect Day, Paper Dot Garlands photo from Eco and Elsie, Pom Poms photo from Pinterest

Article courtesy of Lorraine Lee

Wedding Trend: The Ombre Effect

July 30th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

The ombre effect has been hitting the wedding scene by storm and is now one of the hottest trends. Ombre is french for shaded and the effect refers to the romantic watercolor look when soft, pale hues gradually progress into full, vibrant shades.  If you envision having a very chic and whimsy wedding, this multicolor gradient look is a perfect addition to your decor. It can be incorporated in just about any part of your wedding from the bridesmaids dresses to the centerpieces. Here are some great ideas to inspire your own ombre effect!

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Ombre Rose Petals photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings, Ombre Invitation photo from Paper Freckles,  Ombre Cake photos from Henry Photography, Ombre Centerpiece photo from Ruffled, DIY Ombre Color Wheel photo from Ruffled

Article courtesy of Lorraine Lee

Summer Wedding Lawn Games

July 3rd, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

With summer in full bloom, what better way to take advantage of the amazing Californian weather than to have lawn games at your wedding. Some game ideas include mini golf, horseshoes, bocci ball or even badminton. They are a great way to help your guests let their hair down, get to know one another and keep entertained during cocktail hour while you are getting your photos. They also make great photo ops with adorable signage and vintage game sets. Have fun!

Mini Golf photo courtesy of Rachel Thurston Photography, Horseshoe photo from Beulah Photographer, Bocci Ball photo from the, Badminton photo from Dan O’Day Photography

Sugared Fruit Centerpieces

May 14th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

With summer just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the season than with sugared fruit centerpieces at your wedding. You can sugar just about any fruit from lemons, strawberries, cherries, apricots and pears. All you need is to beat up some egg white and coat the fruit either half or completely. Then roll the fruit in course white sugar and leave on a bed of sugar to dry. They will definitely add that touch of sweetness and sparkle to your wedding.

Photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Wedding and Southern Weddings.

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