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Your Gift List Dilema Solved

Gift list or no gift list? Well worry no more as we have the solution for you!  Who knew that Wedding Gift Lists are back on trend and it's not all about toasters and tea towels. As most engaged couples are already living together, gift lists are now more about upgrading to things you've always wanted but may not be able to afford. It's a once in a lifetime wish list for your dream home. Or perhaps you would prefer money towards a honeymoon, home renovations or donations to charity but feel uncomfortable asking your guests to bring actual cash on the day? 

The solution is Prezola, the wedding gift list company.  You can create the registry of your dreams with 50,000 gifts from 500 top brands and some that you won't find on any other gift list. It could not be simpler - just sign up online by clicking the Prezola logo below and enter code PZABVDYULVG. You will receive £50 credit to spend (Prezola Terms and Conditions apply, please see their website) and free gift list cards to send out with your invitations.

Wedding Gift List | Coochicoo Cards

Don't feel guilty about asking, as your guests really do want to buy you a gift. Lets face it, they would  rather you had something useful than something that will get put in a cupboard (or on eBay) and never see the light of day!

 

Coochicoo Cards accepts no responsibility and will not be liable in anyway if you sign up to Prezola. Any agreements and contracts will be between yourself and Prezola.

 

Wedding Budget Planner | Coochicoo Cards

Wedding Planning Budget

He's put a ring on it, you're dizzy with excitement and have a million ideas of how you want your dream day to be but before you start booking suppliers left right and centre, take a breather sit down and work out a budget. OK so it's not very romantic but you don't want to over spend and allow the costs to spiral out of control and end up starting your married life in debt. It is how you spend your money that counts and not how much. Traditionally the father of the bride paid for most of the expenses but times have moved on and now most couples choose to pay for the bulk of the wedding themselves or even split it three ways between the couple and both sets of parents. But it comes down to who is willing and able to pay.

We offer you some advice on how to set your budget and given you a handy Wedding Budget spreadsheet to keep you on track.

Prioritise

Decide what is more important....an amazing dress? the dream venue? 100+ guests? then add that to the budget and divide what is left over to other suppliers.

Set Up A 'Wedding Fund' Bank Account

Both of you put a set amount of money into this account each week/month and pay all of your suppliers from this account. Some banks offer cash-back for opening an account which you can put that towards the wedding.

Decide Together

Make sure you are both 100% happy with what you are spending to avoid any arguments.

Venue Deposit

The biggest expense of your day is the venue so make sure it is right place, affordable and that your guests can make it before you pay the deposit.

Get It In Writing

Use only reputable suppliers and make sure you get written quotes and order confirmations before you pay any deposits and they you have read and agree to their terms and conditions.

Have A Contingency

Set aside around 10% contingency in case of any problems (e.g the cars don’t arrive and you need to get a taxi, a supplier goes bust and you need to find another - you should be able to claim this back on your insurance after the wedding).

There are lots of wedding budge planners available on line, try this one from Bridebook.co.uk.

Top tips on organsing a Destination weddings, getting married abroad | Coochicoo Cards

Top Tips On Destination Weddings

Are you getting married abroad but not sure where to start, the do’s and don’ts? Well we are here to help with our top tips and hopefully answer your questions:

Visit before you book
Take a holiday to the destination you are considering getting married at. The website and brochure may look fantastic but you would be wise to take a look in person – you would not book a venue close to home without checking it out would you?

Consider the costs
Decide if your chosen few guests are paying for themselves to get there or are you? If the guests are paying and you choose a destination that is very expensive be prepared that some of them may not be able to make it. So the destination you choose may be dependant upon this. The top five most popular abroad wedding destinations are Cyprus, Caribbean Islands, Greece/Greek Islands, Italy and Mexico, plus New York is very popular too. Make sure you check the small print and what is/is not included in the package price – some destinations add on hidden extras.

Make sure the venue has an on-site wedding co-ordinator
You need a local planner with specialist knowledge of the venue, location and legalities of getting married there. Listen to their advice, do not be afraid to ask questions and make sure you communicate in and get everything in writing. This is very important before you make any payments.

Research the legal stuff
Each country has its own legal requirements with regard to marriages so allow yourself enough time to get everything in place. For example some countries require a sworn affidavit/certificate of single status that you are free to marry, in others you will need documents translating. Your Travel Agent or on-site Wedding Co-ordinator should be able to guide you in the right direction.

Make the correct travel arrangements
If you have not legally changed your name and passport before you travel make sure you book your airline tickets in your maiden name for both outward and inward flights. Check with the airline if you are allowed to carry your wedding dress on as hand-luggage – don’t run the risk of a ‘lost luggage’ situation if you check-it into the hold. Bare this in mind when choosing a dress – specific wedding dress travel boxes/bags are available and your bridal shop should be able to help you pack the dress appropriately. Hang your dress up as soon as you arrive or ask the wedding co-ordinator if they can steam it for you.

Arrive within the right time
Research the appropriate amount of time you need to arrive before your wedding day – some countries require you to be in ‘residence’ for at least a week before your wedding. Use this time to meet with the wedding co-ordinator and relax before your big day – get pampered, have a massage and get your hair and nails done. You and your partner can either go on ahead, or ask your guests to travel out with you and they can have a holiday before the big day.

Ask the bridal party for help
Don’t burden yourself with the responsibility of getting the bridal parties outfits there – ask them to pack and bring their own bridesmaid dresses, suits, shoes etc. Also ask them to help with transporting favours, stationery (such as guests books, place setting cards etc) – after all helping is the roll of bridesmaids and the bestmen.

Give your guests plenty of notice
Order your invitations at least nine months before your wedding so your guests can book time off work and start saving and you may want to include flight and accomodation details in there. Our Passport or Boarding Pass invitations are great for this. You might also want to send them Save The Dates twelve to eighteen months before.Luggage Tag Save The Date | Coochico cardsPurple Boarding Pass wedding invitation | Coochicoo cards

The Latest Wedding Trend

Our aim at Coochicoo Cards is to give you your perfect wedding stationery and to do that we keep up to date with the latest #weddingtrends and introduce new products to suit. The hot trend this season is glamorous glitter and sparkle and our brides tell us they are LOVING IT! Before you dismiss the sparkly stuff as being too OTT or garish, just wait, because done right, a little glitter can give your wedding that extra level of glamour and sophistication.  Here are just some of the products we have created for you. 

Add a touch of sparkle with our Glitter Belly Band invitation, go bolder with our Glitter Pull Out Pockets, or for the ultimate in glam shine go for either our Deluxe Glitter Pull Pocket or our brand new Deluxe Glitter Pocketfold Wallet and both of these are covered in sparkle from head to toe! 

The Belly Band and Pull Out Pocket invitations are available in this massive choice of colour sparkle and can be teamed with any colour ribbon. And we can tailor the rest of your wedding stationery to match the same theme and style too including your Table Plan, Guest Book, Welcome Signs and even these beautiful glass votive candle holders which can be supplied with or without a personalise guest name tag.

Either order your samples on-line by clicking on the image you want above (and tell us your colour choice at the Paypal check-out) or drop us an email if you want something more bespoke.

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Roles of Mothers of the Bride and Groom

Both the Mothers of the Bride and Groom have a valuable role in the wedding planning process, so what better way to celebrate Mothers Day than to look at how they can help and be involved in your big day.

The Role of the Mother of the Bride

The Mother of the Bride has probably dreamed about her ‘little girl’ getting married ever since you had your first primary school crush and will be excited about helping you plan your big day. It may not be obvious at first, but the role of the mother of the bride is one of the most important roles in any wedding. The wedding planning process can be overwhelming at times so her advice will help you in many way. Being able to delegate some of the work to those you love and trust can be a huge relief. Here are few things the MOB can do to help:

• Help you find the perfect ceremony and reception venue – ask her to accompany you to wedding fayres and on venue visits.
• Ask her to address the envelopes for the wedding invitations of invited family members and friends of your parents.
• You must ask her to join you when you go dress shopping – she will never forget the moment she sees you in a wedding dress for the first time. It can be a very emotional moment for both of you.
• Accompany her and get excited when she goes shopping for her own outfit.
• Ask her to help you choose the flower girl and pageboy outfits.
• Get her help to organise the seating plan – this can be very stressful and she will know better than anyone which family members should and should not sit together.
• Help you keep track of the wedding gifts and ask her to send thank you cards on behalf of you and your new husband.
• Ask her to help you get ready on the wedding day – but make sure she has enough time to get dressed and have her own hair and make-up done before she helps you into your dress.
• Ask her to organise an emergency kit containing essentials such as deodorant, stain remover, safety pins, plasters, lipstick, and anything else for touch ups during the wedding.
• Ask her to greet as many guests as possible and thank them for coming.

Above all, make sure the Mother of the Bride has a wonderful day and enjoys every moment.

The Role of the Mother of the Groom

The MOG will be feeling emotional as the primary role of her son will shift to husband of his new bride. So make sure she feels part of the planning process and give her some roles and responsibilities:

• Invite her to host a dinner to introduce the groom’s family to the bride’s family or if they already know each other then ask her to host a dinner for the bridal party before/after the wedding rehearsal.
• Ask her to give you a guest list for the groom’s side.
• If you are struggling to find suppliers ask her to research some for you.
• Ask if she has a preferred song for the mother/son dance at the reception.
• Accompany her when she shops for her outfit.
• Ask her to greet guests in the receiving line and introduce friends and family on the groom’s side that you do not know.
• Ask her to help book accommodation for out-of-town guests on the groom’s side.

Above all, make sure the Mother of the Groom has a wonderful day and enjoys every moment.

How to start wedding planning | Coochico Cards

How to start planning your wedding.

Whether you were lucky enough to ‘get a ring put on it’ over Christmas, New Year or Valentines or if you have been engaged for a while, we know you want to spread your joy and to spring into action planning your wedding.  With so many ideas out there where do you start? Well we recommend visiting local Wedding Fayres so you can get a feel for your dream venue and meet lots of lovely wedding suppliers who can advise what they can do to make your big day special.  After that, it is a good idea to revisit your shortlist of venues at their Wedding Open Evenings where the rooms are generally set up as they would be for a wedding and you can talk to the venue’s Wedding Coordinators and also meet the hotel’s preferred and recommended Wedding Suppliers.

There are still lots of Wedding Fayres going on through Spring and into Summer which we will be attending. We are very proud to be the chosen preferred and recommended wedding stationery supplier for a number of North East venues, so we are also attending their Wedding Open Evenings.

Full details of these events can be found on our website and Facebook events pages.  Keep checking the lists as more dates are added.

We hope to see you at any of these events and “Happy Wedding Planning”

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Time for a little facelift

At Coochicoo Cards we make sure we keep on trend with our wedding stationery designs and to listen to what our customers what. We thought some of our designs were looking a little tired and needed a facelift to give them a boost and here are the results.

Our modern 'Timeline' wedding invitation now has a gorgeous glow with the outside cover available in glorious glitter, pretty textured pearl or floral artwork.  This shows just three possibilities but we can make them in any colour to match your theme. Just imagine a beautiful pale pink textured pearl overlay with a delicate champagne gold ribbon, how lush would that be! 

Rose Gold glitter and pale pink timeline wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards
Ivory pearl timeline wedding invitation | Coochicoo cards
Rustic floral and dusky pink timeline wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards

Our fun and funky 'Tie The Knot' wedding invitation has been given a little nautical feel which we hope you love. As your guests open the invitation an actual knot is tied! Choose either twine or any colour ribbon and text to match your theme. 

Tie The Knot with twine wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards
Quirky Tying the knot wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards
blue nautical tie the knot wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards

Our latest 'Four Fold' wedding invitation has a refreshing new look with the introduction of wonderful watercolour artwork that flows across every page.  This has four pages with the last being a tear-off RSVP and it all folds up into a neat A6 size. We are showing just two possibilities here in a lovely lilac and purple watercolour splash, and pretty pale pink watercolour flowers. But just tell us your theme and we can create the perfect design for you. 

Four Fold purple lilac watercolour splash wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards
Four Fold dusky pink watercolour flower wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards

All of the designs are available with a matching set of wedding stationery from Save The Dates and Evening Invitations right through to Table Plans and Place Setting Cards.  If you would like to order any samples just select the design from our Invitations page and hit 'Order sample'. You will be taken to a Paypal cart where you can leave comments about your colour theme and style.  Should you have any questions please just contact us!

10 Facts About Valentine’s Day

It is renowned for being the 'most romantic day of the year' with flowers, cards and gifts, but why?

1. The most popular theory about Valentine's Day's origin is that Emperor Claudius II did not want Roman men to marry during wartime as single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this he was jailed and executed.

2. While in jail, Valentine wrote a note to the jailor's daughter he had fell in love with signing it "from your Valentine" – hence the first card.

3. In the middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."

4. In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared 14th February the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.

5. The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus (the Roman goddess of love) and red symbolises strong romantic feelings.

6. In the 1800’s Physicians advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.

7. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card which is why cards are signed anonymously.

8. The X (kiss) symbol is believed to originate in medieval times when people who could not write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

9. In the 18th Century loves in England began to send trinkets and cards to their loved ones. In 1913 Hallmark Cards began mass producing Valentine's Day cards and now over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.

10. The average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year is 220,000.  If you are one of them CONGRATULATIONS and your wedding planning starts here. Please take a look at our invitations or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Wedding Planning Timeline | Coochicoo Cards

18-Month Wedding Planning Timeline

So, you’re engaged, many congratulations! Now you are left with your head in a spin wondering what to do and when? Worry no more and use our handy timeline to help you plan the most amazing day of your life:

12 to 18 months before
Have fun and celebrate your engagement first.
Think of the kind of day you want to have and set a budget.
Look at venues and set a date  – check the availability of a celebrant for that date too (if you are having a civil ceremony) or the Church and Vicar/Priest (if you are having a religious ceremony).
Invite your friends / relatives to be in the wedding party (bridesmaids, maid of honour, best man and ushers).
Get the girls together and go shopping for the dream dress.
Book the next few Sundays out and attend local wedding fayres and short-list your favourite wedding suppliers.
Look at wedding stationery and all those lovely invitation designs out there – order and send Save The Dates.

9 months before
Go back to your favourite bridal shop and buy ‘the’ dress.
Choose the florist and flowers for your bouquet and room décor.
Go shopping for the men’s suits and bridesmaid dresses.
Arrange appointments with, and book, your favourite wedding suppliers particularly the cake maker.
Book your entertainment – there are lots to choose from including DJ’s, musicians/bands, string quartets/harpists, magicians, casino/games room etc.
Finalise the guest list and order your wedding stationery. Why not consider building a wedding website too.
Agree the menu with your venue.

6 months before
If you are not staying at the venue the night before then book your transport – don’t forget the groom who might want to arrive in style in a sports car perhaps?
Book your room decor supplier (eg. chair covers, sashes, centre pieces, LOVE letters, dancefloor etc).
Go shopping for shoes, the very important wedding rings and your accessories.
Plan and book your wonderful honeymoon.
Arrange wedding insurance (you just never know what could happen).
Receive your gorgeous invitations from your wedding stationer.

3 months before
Send out your invitations (ask guests to reply no later than 6 weeks before your wedding date so you have sufficient time to get final numbers to your venue).
Book hair and make-up for the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride.
Go shopping for bridal party gifts – make sure you include mother of the bride, mother of the groom as well as your bridal party and anyone else who has helped to make your day truly special).
Shop for, and order, wedding favours – your stationer should be able to help you with this.
It is a good idea to break-in your wedding shoes around the house – you don’t want blisters on the day.
Order you wedding cake.

6 weeks before
Organise the seating plan – this can take longer than you think.
Groomsmen and Father of the Bride write their speeches.
Confirm the timeline of the day with your venue.
Have a pre-wedding photo shoot to get to know your photographer and agree those ‘must have’ shots.
Confirm bookings with all of your suppliers so they know exactly where and when they need to provide their services and products.
Agree play-list or must have/not have songs played with DJ.
Have a hair and make-up trial.

4 weeks before
Write your wedding vows.
Chase up any guests who have not RSVP’d.
Have a final dress fitting at the bridal shop and agree any alterations if necessary – take your chief bridesmaid along so they can learn how to fasten and bustle your dress.
Give your seating plan and menu to your stationer so they can prepare your Table Plan, Place Setting Cards, Table Name Cards, Table Menus, Favours and any other wedding stationery.
Book spa and nail treatments for yourself and your bridal party.
Have some fun, let your hair down and go on your hen and stag parties.

1 week before
Collect dresses and suits after any alterations and make sure the dress has been pressed and steamed.
Receive the on-the-day stationery and deliver this to your venue.
Both bride and groom to have their last pre-wedding haircut and colour.
Give reception venue a schedule of supplier delivery and setup times including contact details.
Sort your ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue).
Groomsmen and Father of the Bride to finalise their speeches.
Pack your overnight bag if staying at the venue and also think about packing for your honeymoon.
Have the ceremony rehearsal with your bridal party.

The Big Day
Relax, enjoy and have a wonderful day – with the proper planning everything will go swimmingly.

After the Wedding
Pre-arrange for any hired goods to be returned to the suppliers (although most should have arranged to collect the next day)
Pre-arrange for the bestman to return any hired suits.
Contact your stationer and order thank-you cards which should be ready for you to send out when you return from you honeymoon.

Wedding website | Coochicoo Cards

Want A Wedding Website?

We are EXTREMELY excited to launch our brand new service that will help couples give their guests all the information they will need about their wedding and even allow them to RSVP without buying a stamp or going to a postbox! The solution is to have your own tailored #weddingwebsite and we can build it for you.

Think of your own #weddingwebsite as a one-stop shop where your guests can visit whenever they have questions, instead of having to call or email you or your family members. They can RSVP easily and give you their menu choices at the same time (if you are giving them a meal option). And after the wedding they can upload their photo’s on your website so you have them all in one place and don’t have to sort through lots of emails or Facebook posts to collate them together.

You can include as much or as little information as you like but we have given a guide what we recommend to include on our Wedding Website page and you can see a sample website we made earlier.  Your website will be tailored to match the colour theme and style of your day and the rest of your wedding stationery.  All you have to do is fill in a simple set up form and send us any high resolution photos you want to include and we do the rest. From registering your own unique domain name to hosting the site to designing, creating and adding all the content to it, we have it covered.  We can also add a link to your wedding website on your invitations so you do not need to contact your guests separately to tell them about it!  And if you need to add updates or additional information at a later date, no problem, just tell us what you want and we will take care of it. You can rest in the knowledge that your wedding website is safe and secure with us as it will be hosted on a secure server by a local reputable expert who carries out regular back-ups and security checks so no data is lost and you won’t be spammed.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

A to Z Of Wedding Stationery

First impressions count and your wedding invitations give your guests the first glimpse of what they can expect at your wedding, so it needs to be right for you! Not only do you have invitations to think about but also on-the-day stationery including your table plan, place setting cards etc and afterwards by sending ‘Thank You’ cards to your guests. With so many decisions to make we have laid out an A to Z of Wedding Stationery to help you:

ABROAD – If you are getting married abroad then choose wedding invitations perfect for a destination wedding such as our Passport or Boarding Pass. You may not need on-the-day stationery as the wedding co-ordinator at your hotel will have that covered but you still need to send Thank You’s to your guests afterwards.

BRIDESMAID & BESTMAN – Add an extra special personal touch and send your wedding party cards asking them to be your Bridesmaid(s) / Bestman. We can make these for you!

CEREMONY – Are you having a civil ceremony in a hotel or a religious ceremony in a church? The wording of your invitations will depend on this. See our previous blog post on how to word your invitations.

DAY GUESTS – Your day guests will need more information in their invitations as they will attend your whole day so make these invitations the most elegant/detailed. They will need to know the time and place of your ceremony, where your Reception is, any dress code, and ensure to include an RSVP as you will need to give your venue confirmed numbers.

EVENING GUESTS – They will need less information then your day guests so these can be a simpler version. Give them the option to RSVP by phone/email to save you the cost of an extra insert.

FAVOURS – Show your guests how much you appreciate their presence with a thoughtful favour. See our previous blog post for top tips on choosing the right one.

GUESTS NAMES – If you do not have great penmanship then ask your stationer to print your guest’s names in your invitations for you.

HONEYMOON – If you need a little help towards your honeymoon then it is now acceptable to ask for this rather than a traditional gift list. Why not include a little poem to this effect in your invitations? We have some suggestions, just contact us and we will email them to you.

INFORMATION – Make sure you include all the information your guests will need to save receiving lots of phone calls from them. See our previous blog post. Or why not set up your own Wedding Website to include all the details and you can put this link in your invitations. We can now do this for you!

JOURNEY TO THE WEDDING – if you are providing transport to/from your venue include this in your invitations or include directions to your ceremony and/or reception venue, and provide contact numbers for the local taxi firms.

KIDS – Are you excluding children from your wedding or do you have special arrangements made for them already? Put this in the invitation. See our previous blog post on how to word this.

LISTS – Plan ahead and make a list of all the guests you want to invite to your wedding, and then break this down between day and evening guests. You may have to be ruthless if you want to stay within your budget!

MENU – are you choosing a set menu or giving your guests a choice? If you are giving them a choice then include this on your RSVP. You may also need to ask your stationer to print your guest’s choices on their place setting cards otherwise they may forget what they have ordered. Make sure you put 1 menu on each table at the reception.

NAME CARDS – if you are assigning your guests a specific seat at the table then you will need place setting cards which your stationer can design to match the rest of your stationery. Or instead of a place card, why not give your guests personalised favours?

ORDER OF SERVICE – if you are having a religious ceremony then you will need an Order of Service so your guests know how the service will flow. Include the wording of the hymns and titles of any readings. You will need to agree the wording of the Order of Service with your vicar before finalising this with your stationer.

POST BOX – if you are asking your guests for money then it is advisable to have a Wedding Card Post Box. This allows a safe place for your guests to put their cards rather than leaving them on tables or behind the bar where they may sprout legs or get lost.

QUIRKY – your wedding day should reflect you as a couple and your personality, so if this is quirky, go with that on your invitations and other wedding stationery. We have lots of designs to fit with this.

RSVP – typically 25-30% of guests decline the invitation but do not count on this or invite numbers beyond the venues capacity. For day guests always include an easy way for your guests to RSVP as you will need to give confirmed numbers to your venue 4-6 weeks before your wedding. Make sure the RSVP has a ‘respond by’ date, a line for guests to fill in their names, and check box whether they can attend or not. It is also a good idea to ask your guests for any special dietary requirements so you can give your venue the heads up!

SAVE THE DATE – these are a great way to give your guests plenty of notice about your wedding and are especially useful if you are getting married in a peak holiday period or mid-week date so your guests have enough time to book the date off work.

TABLE PLAN – one of the most stressful parts of the wedding planning process is organising your seating plan. See our previous blog ‘Strategic Seating Planning’ to help you with this.

UNIQUE – your wedding is unique and so are you! Every one of our designs can be tailored to match your own personal theme and style and the final product is unique to every one of our customers.

VINTAGE – vintage is still very now! There are lots and lots of ideas out there to suit a vintage style wedding and we have lots of designs to suit.

WELCOME SIGN – add an extra personal touch to your day and welcome your guests with a personalised sign. Your stationer can design this to match the rest of your wedding stationery.

XTRA INVITATIONS – order at least 10 extra invitations for any last-minute additions to your guest list and for redoing any mistakes if you are handwriting your guest’s names. Also keep yourself an extra one as a precious keepsake of the day.

YES/NO – keep a running list of all the RSVP’s as you will need to confirm numbers to your venue 4-6 weeks before your wedding. You may want to ‘upgrade’ some of your evening guests to the day celebrations if you have space.

ZZZZ– take a deep breath and relax now your wedding stationery is sorted.

5 Top Tips On Picking Wedding Favours

Why do we need to give favours to our guests you may ask, well they are the most important people in your life and you want to thank them for being part of your special day. A wedding lasts a day but memories last forever and a thoughtful and meaningful wedding favour is an extra touch to making the day memorable to your guests. There are literally 1000’s of favour ideas out there, so to help you narrow it down here are 5 top tips to help you choose the right one.

1. Fit The Venue
Is your wedding outside, on a beach, is it a festival style? Give your guests something they will find useful throughout the day. For example a cooling fan, a warming pashmina or comfy flip-flops for the ladies, sunglasses for the gents, miniature sun-creams, glow sticks and whistles, sparklers or miniature bubbles, or funky temporary tattoos.

2. Fit Your Theme
Choose favours that compliment the colour theme or style of your day. More importantly, give favours that will reflect your personality while being interesting to your guests. For example if you are going rustic then make small jars of jam or chutney. If you are going elegant then boxes or bags co-ordinated with the rest of your stationery. If fun and games is the flow of your then lottery tickets or scratch cards, gambling chips (if you are having a Casino), bingo tickets (and play a little bingo during the reception), raffle tickets (with a fab hamper as a prize) or perhaps a quiz/game for the whole table to play.

3. Keep it sweet!
Edible wedding favours are always popular. Gone are the traditional sugared almonds as we say hello to 100’s of sweet treat ideas. From chocolate hearts to creamy fudge, cookies to cupcakes. All of them can be presented in colour co-ordinating boxes or bags tied up with ribbon.

4. Something To Keep
If you want a long-term souvenir of your day for your guests give them something they can display in their homes or use again like candles, flower seeds/bulbs, lavender posies, key rings, wine glass charms or fridge magnets.

5. Make It Personal
Whatever favour you choose why not personalise it with your guests name? Not only is this an extra special touch but also gives you extra pennies in the budget as you would not need place setting cards.

You do not need to break the bank, as it is the thought that counts, and you have got bigger things to budget for. The DIY approach is not always cheaper when you factor in the materials and your time to put them together so take a look at our affordable favour range. They are available in various designs and colours to match your theme and style. We can personalise any of them with your guest’s names. If you do not see what you are looking for just contact us with your idea and we will give you a price.