Hello, Garden! Today I’d love to share our candy bar, which we used as a wedding favor for our guests. We stuck with the black and white with red theme matching all the candies to that. Everything came out perfect and the setup was so cute! The candy jars and scoops were borrowed from a friend and the cake pops were made by my Aunt May. I printed out the Love Is Sweet sign here, and found the frame at Hobby Lobby for half off.
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Candy: Sweet Ladera
So fun and a great, cost-effective wedding favor! What did all you gals use as your wedding favors? Any other candy bars out there?
We’ve all seen customized hangers for brides, but what about your bridesmaids? I wanted to get my girls something a little different and something custom to each onte. The Hanger Girl on Etsy designs these customized name hangers in bulk, which was great for me since I needed six. They came out super cute and all the girls loved them!
Photography: Sargeant Creative
If you’re still looking for that gift to get your bridesmaids, check out The Hanger girl on Etsy here. Reasonable prices and great products! The girls can still use this hanger for their normal clothes and always remember that they were apart of our special day.
Several months ago, I wrote a post about my personalized wedding dress hanger from Lilafrances. The originial post you can see here. I promised I would share with you the hanger in my wedding photographs and here it is:
Photo by: Sargeant Creative
This pretty little hanger is now hanging on the wall in my closet as a constant reminder of the best day ever. I just ordered one for my soon-to-be nephew as well! The shop has all kinds of goodies, even bridesmaid hangers for all your girls, check out Anna’s Etsy shop here. It’s the perfect little keepsake to have for years to come!
As a former bride, I found centerpieces to be one of the biggest projects every bride faces. With the era of “DIY” brides in full swing, there is a lot expected of you! Do you go with a florist and leave it at that, or do you take on the task of creating several (at least 10) tables worth of decor, to tie your wedding together and for an extra something for guests to take home.
Sunflower Dude and I decided to incorporate Disney into the wedding, we got engaged in Disney World and went there for our honeymoon, to put it simply, we are a Disney family. On the other hand, we were having a rustic, fall wedding with burlap for miles. We decided to separate the venue into four sections: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios (MGM) and Animal Kingdom, of course! Then in each “land” we created some of our favorite places, rides and restaurants into tables!
How did you all incorporate something you love into your wedding? How did you decide on centerpieces? I’d love to know!
Who doesn’t love candy?! And candy at a wedding?! I’m in! I always wanted a candy bar at my wedding and boy was it a hit! I wrote about my Love Is Sweet printable here, and now I can show you the final result thanks to my mom’s beautiful pictures. My aunt was kind enough to make cake pops for the table, and they came out so cute! I love how everything went with our black and white with red color theme. The candy bar/cake pops also doubled as our wedding favor for guests which worked out perfectly because I was having a hard time figuring that detail out.
Not only were the cake pops cute, but they tasted amazing! All the candy jars and scoops I borrowed from a friend, and the black cake stands I purchased on Amazon here. I was also fortunate to have a great contact for bulk candy purchase and was able to get all the candy for an amazing price. I was thrilled with how everything turned out, can’t wait to share more pictures with you from our professional photogs!
One of the projects my mom and I were able to do together was our favors. My parents used to have a garden and would grow peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, etc. and every year they would make their own salsa. It got pretty popular among their friends that sometimes they would only have one jar left to themselves!
MG Bear LOVES anything spicy, so I figured why the heck not! My mom was a little leery at how big this was going to be considering we had to make enough for 130 mini jars, but after we talked about it she was beyond happy to have a project to do with me.
We had to chop the project into two days because we could only make 60-70 jars per day. We went out to the local farmer’s markets and road side stands to find the best deals, and you wouldn’t believe that the second weekend we were supposed to finish up the salsa, we couldn’t find tomatoes ANYWHERE! My dad drove around everywhere, and it had been so hot that local places didn’t have many tomatoes! He ended up finding a nursery that gave him a deal, but it ended up costing a little more than we expected to pay.
We were able to finish up the jars two weeks before the wedding, and my mom got assigned to decorating the jars. We got little printable tags made from Etsy and used twine to tie the tags onto the jars. We also put the salsa in Kerr mason jars because it was my maiden name (cute right?!?!), but that also back fired on us because we ordered the jars from Southern States thinking similar to what they looked like online that the lids would have “Kerr” written on them and they didn’t! They were plain so the only place that had the name was on the front of the jars, but they were so small that it was hard to see. We were all super bummed, but we moved on and finished up the project without any other glitches!
Here are some pictures from the whole process!
Here is the final product at the wedding!
Everyone LOVED the favors and some people didn’t even wait until they got home to eat the salsa! We got so many compliments, which made the hard work worth it.
Countdown until the big day–9 days! We are having a candy bar at the wedding, which is also doubling as guest favors. There is so much great inspiration out there on the internet for candy bar signage. Here are some of my favorites:
(I love that frame; they look like little shutters!)
Photo: Rustic Wedding Chic
Photo: Koyal Wholesale
Photo: Style Me Pretty
The frame was purchased at Hobby Lobby, and the free printable is from the beautiful blog Ruffled. It was super easy, I just sized the print out to fit the frame and wah-la! I can’t wait to share with you the finished product! Anybody in the garden doing a candy bar or had one at their wedding?
Something that I have seen a lot of lately (Since there’s been 6 weddings this year that I have already attended or plan on attending soon!) is mishaps with couple’s registries.
I have to admit that when we initially got engaged last year that the first thing that we did after booking the venue was register for gifts. It’s one of those exciting things you can do as a couple and most men don’t mind it too much since they are allowed to pick out stuff too. The only problem is that couples get a little “trigger happy.” You know, when you go to a place like Bed, Bath and Beyond, and they give you the little scanning gun, and you stroll around merrily with a BEEP here, BEEP there, BEEP everywhere until you cover the whole store.
The problem is that most couples don’t actually look at their registries ever again (unless you are OCD like me). Recently, I visited a friend’s registries, and she pretty much had double everything on each registry, which led me to write this post to give advice to newly engaged ladies and those planning a wedding. Here are a few key items to remember when registering:
- Keep it simple – Think practically about what you need before you register just for what you want.
- Variety – Make sure you have different price ranges on your gifts because not everyone has $100 to blow on one item.
- Keep up with your registry after the deed is done – I don’t know how many times I’ve seen couples get double of the same thing because they registered for similar items at different stores!
- Make sure there are enough items available in store - If you added items to your registry online, make sure there are a decent amount available in store for those last-minute shoppers.
- Double check to make sure items aren’t discontinued - You’d be surprised how often this happens and couples have half their registry unavailable because items were either seasonal or inventory changed.
I have to admit that I did register for a Kitchenaid Mixer for $359 hoping that someone who loved me very much would buy it. Well, they didn’t. One thing to keep in mind is that yes, registering for gifts is a chance to ask for things that you wouldn’t normally buy yourself or spend the extra money on, but it’s also not considerate to have a large amount of the more expensive items on your registry. We ended up taking the gift cards we received to purchase our bigger ticket items which was great! Our only problem was trying to find somewhere to put all of our new kitchen items! Cabinet space is limited, so we had a lot of re-arranging to do! Another thing I also suggest is donating your old items or free-cycling them to someone who could use them!
The biggest piece of advice out of everything I’ve written about is to keep up with your registry! You will end up less frustrated in the long run when you don’t have to return a bunch of items!
Hello Garden! Well, the wedding is about 45 days away, (can’t believe it!) and I or should I say we can cross one more item off of our to-do list: the groomsmen gifts. Ryan chose these engraved sports knives from Exclusively Weddings–a great wedding product website full of all kinds of goodies and gifts for your wedding. Each knife will be engraved with the boys initials, and I think it makes a perfect gift. I highly recommend checking out this site!
Photo: Exclusively Weddings
What gifts did your fiances choose for their groomsmen?
Hey ladies! I’m going to go ahead and assume most of you are registered for your wedding! Well my lovely MOH, who also happens to be my sister, has been hounding me for weeks to “get it together.” Well, we are already registered with Disney (honeymoon destination) so that our family and friends can help pitch in for our honeymoon, with character greetings, fancy dinners, all the way down to adding rose petals and candles to our room. We thought we were set, we’ve already been living together for a year, we have the usual ol’ toaster and blender.
Now I’ve been told people do not always get you items off the registry, for whatever reason, and it’d be the safer bet to at least register for stuff you need so you don’t get five toasters and seven blenders. Getting FH to understand this idea was almost pulling teeth! But he finally agreed. We decided to take his grandmother along so that she could guide us in the right direction
and boy, did she.It was almost overwhelming when we went to BB&B to register. I pretty much wanted the whole store. Did you know, getting a eight-set of flatware (not silverware) was more practical than a four-set? Or that those blenders I was hating on come in eight speeds?! Gosh. I advise you, getting a new updated kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and beyond may be worth it! I couldn’t talk myself into getting a whole new pot and pan set myself, so I just registered for it. That easy. And after FH registered for his iPad home, it almost took the same effort to get him to LEAVE!