Wedding Favor Ideas

Posted on June 20th, 2013 by admin

Wedding Favors: Gifts Your Guests Will Love

When it’s time to plan your wedding, you want to create an experience that guests will enjoy and remember. Long after the dance music stops, the cake is gone and the open bar is closed, you want to leave your guests with a fun memento to take home with them. Although some people may love knickknacks, others are more likely to throw away a wedding party favor that’s not useful. The more creative, personalized or practical your wedding party favor is though, the more likely guests will be to keep it. Here are some wedding favor ideas that will inspire you to send guests off with a gift that keeps on giving.

Green Wedding Favors

Guests always appreciate an edible gift, especially if it’s something they can use time and again. Consider setting up a loose leaf tea bar, with different types of tea they can brew at home, such as chamomile or peppermint. Vanilla extract is another great wedding favor idea, as they can use it for recipes they made throughout the year. You can even attach a recipe to the vanilla extract bottle, such as one for a dessert you served at your wedding. Guests with a green thumb might also enjoy receiving something they can plant in their own backyard, like flower seeds.

Wine & Spirits

Guests who want to keep the party going will celebrate when they receive a wine-themed party favor. For those who are of legal drinking age, consider a mini wine bottle with a custom wine label. The label could feature an engagement photo of you and your fiancé, along with playful text such as “Anthony and Irene: The perfect blend.” Another creative wedding favor could be a wine stopper that’s related to your wedding theme. For a travel-themed wedding, for example, you could give guests a globe wine stopper.

Practical Wedding Favors

Everyone enjoys a thoughtful gift, especially one that makes their lives easier. If you’re hosting a beach wedding, leave out two pales of flip-flops (one for guys and one for girls) for guests to take and wear during the reception. They’re a perfect way to set the tone for a fun outdoor venue and encourage guests to loosen up. For a more formal setting, matches or a scented candle are useful wedding favor ideas that can still be creative. You could feature a cute tagline on the match box such as, “Jolene and Milo: The perfect match.”

What creative wedding favors have you enjoyed most as a wedding guest? Share them with us on Facebook.

Wedding Invitation Wording

Posted on May 9th, 2013 by admin

Word Play: Finding the right verbiage for your wedding invitation

You’re well into the planning of your wedding and are finally ready to tell the world – or at least the 100 or so people you plan to invite. While you want the wedding invitation to reflect you and your fiancé’s personalities, you also want to get all the important details about the event in there. So where do you begin? These wedding invitation tips will help you get things underway, and create an invitation that will make your guests feel honored.

Set the Tone

Before drafting the wording for your wedding invitation, it’s important to decide what tone you’d like the invitation to carry. Do you want it to be formal or informal? Do you want it to be humorous or straight forward? Your wedding invitation, aside from your Save the Date, is the first impression guests will have of your event – and you want it to be a positive one.

Take Things Personal

If you decide to take a detour from the typical wedding invitation, bravo! Guests love to see originality when it comes to weddings, especially if they’ve been to so many of them that they could add “wedding attendee” to their résumé. So how do you make yours stand out? Make guests laugh.

Another great way to add your own personal touch to the invite is by telling the story of how you met your fiancé and became a couple.

Keep It Simple

No matter what your approach is to the wording for your wedding invite, keep things as simple as possible. You don’t want the important details about the event to get lost on the page or – worse – accidentally omitted because you were overly focused on the entertainment value. Remember that, while tasteful humor is welcome, the purpose of the invite is to give people the who, what, when and where. Those essential details should stand out above everything else.

Make sure your wedding invitation includes:
• The proper names of the people hosting the wedding.
• Your first and middle name.
• Your fiancé’s full name.
• The date, time and location of the ceremony.
• The location of the reception, and if it is immediately following the ceremony.
-If it’s not immediately following the ceremony, list the reception start time as well.
• An RSVP card, which can include an “RSVP by” date and dinner menu options, if desired.
• A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the RSVP card.
• Wedding registry information.
• Your wedding website URL (if you have one).
• The name, address and contact information for any hotels you’d recommend guests stay at overnight, along with the name of the wedding block you reserved space under.

Sample Wedding Invitation Verbiage

If you’re hosting the wedding:

Together with their families
Katherine Anne-Marie
And Christopher Ryan Lewis
Would like to invite you to their wedding celebration
Saturday, December 1, 2014
At 6 p.m. in the evening
Ceremony will be held at Victoria Gardens, [Address]
Reception to follow at [Address].

If your parents or the groom’s parents are hosting the wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Davis [proper names of whoever is hosting]
Request the honor of your presence
At the marriage of their daughter
Katherine Anne-Marie
To Christopher Ryan Lewis
Saturday, December 1, 2014
At 6 p.m. in the evening
Ceremony will be held at Victoria Gardens, [Address]
Reception to follow at [Address].

Do you have tips of your own for wedding invitation wording? Share them with us on Facebook.

Best Places to Honeymoon

Posted on April 30th, 2013 by admin

Top Five Best Places to Honeymoon

With your wedding quickly approaching, you’ve finally got all of the little details in order. Now, on to the fun part… deciding where to honeymoon! After all of that planning, there’s nothing you’d like better than to take a trip far away from wedding centerpieces, bridesmaids’ dresses and appetizers. So, to help you get started on your getaway, here are our top five picks for the best places to honeymoon around the globe. Au revoir stress … bonjour romance!

Destination No. 5: Sayulita, Mexico
Choose from day trips like surfing, whale watching, fishing or simply catching some rays in a place where you can experience Mexico’s authentic beauty. If you‘re the romantic type, consider a guided horseback riding tour alongside the beach with your partner.

Destination No. 4: French Polynesia
This slow-paced atmosphere is all about getting a little R&R – and getting away from it all. Indulge in a couple’s spa day, swim with endangered turtles in a lagoon, feed sharks or go scuba diving. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just a drama-free zone, this tropical paradise offers both and so much more.

Destination No. 3: Paris, France
Nicknamed “The City of Love,” Paris will have you swooning in no time. Although a trip to Paris doesn’t come cheap, the view of the city from atop the Eiffel Tower is priceless. Other notable sites include the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Musee du Louvre, the world’s largest art museum and home of the famous “Mona Lisa.”

Destination No. 2: Florence, Italy
The food, vino and sites in Firenze (“Florence”) are to be savored. You can take in the city from a perch in the Oltrarno district of Piazzale Michelangiolo, which is known as one of the most popular viewpoints. Other “must-see” stops: The Galleria dell’Accademia – even if it’s just for Michelangelo’s “David” – and the Bóboli Gardens.

Destination No. 1: Maui, Hawaii
Whether you’re biking together through Maui’s Haleakala National Park or watching the waves crash into the soft sands of Wailea, there’s something inherently romantic about this scenic destination. Book a bungalow on the beach and the only problem on your horizon will be convincing yourself that you have to actually return to your day job afterward.

The Perfect Fit

Posted on November 21st, 2012 by admin

Just imagine: It’s your wedding day and all of your friends and family are seated at the ceremony, anticipating the moment you’ll walk down the aisle. The violinist is playing, the bridesmaids are matching (as they tend to do), and you begin your walk down the aisle. But, in actuality, it’s more of a small hop than a step because the dress isn’t really allowing you to do much else. At this pace, you’re not sure if you’ll ever make it to the end of the aisle to marry your future husband. Although, these days, anything goes when it comes to wedding dress styles, there are four questions you should ask yourself before saying “yes” to the dress.

1. Can you move? Throughout the course of the evening, you’ll be making your rounds to greet friends and family you haven’t seen in awhile. And you’ll – hopefully – be breaking it down on the dance floor (who knew grandpa Joe could move like that?). Make sure the wedding dress style you choose doesn’t keep you from working the room.
2. Can you breathe? Every bride has different aspects of the wedding that are most important to them. For some, it’s the photography. For others, it’s the dress. And for others still, it’s the food. If you find yourself in the latter category, make sure your dress provides enough room for you to enjoy the appetizers, entrees and wedding cake you worked so hard to select.
3. If I bought this dress now, would I stop looking? Too often, brides choose a wedding dress style they feel relatively ho-hum about, and then they continue to browse online or in stores to find a different one. Save yourself time and money by shopping around at several places before deciding on the final one – and then sleep on it. If you still want it the next day, you can purchase it feeling confident that you did your research first.
4. Does it fit my wedding theme? If you’re having a beach wedding, you might want a dress with a mermaid cut and intricate beading. If you’re getting married in a garden, look for wedding dress styles that are romantic and flow elegantly as you walk, such as this beaded Alencon lace and tulle wedding dress. And for destination weddings, keep the location in mind when shopping for your dress. If you’re getting married in Spain (lucky you), a fitted lace dress would be more appropriate than organza.

Something Borrowed…

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin

We all know the bridal verse about what a bride should carry to her wedding:

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

It’s easy for your mom or another relative to offer you something old for your wedding day. And any bride’s favorite new thing is her dress. But what about your “something borrowed”?

The verse’s tradition is best honored by borrowing something from a happily married relative or friend. Ideally, it should be something that the lender wore at her own wedding.

You can start by thinking what you’d like to borrow. Then consider who you’d like to include as you participate in this tradition. Then, carefully consider when will be the best time and place to approach the potential lender about the item in question.

Make sure to use the word “borrow” to let them know that you are asking them to participate in this sweetly sentimental custom, as well as the fact that you’ll give the item back after the big day.

Still no ideas? Consider the possibility of accessorizing.

Perhaps one of your relatives has a special piece of jewelry that you’ve always admired. It never hurts to inquire whether she’d lend it to you for the day. “Can I borrow those pearl earrings?” Or “would you mind if I borrowed your veil?”

No appropriately accessorized relatives? Cast your net a little wider. Does your best friend have an adorable little bag? What about an elegant wrap from your future mother-in-law? If you want to step across the gender divide, your grandfather might have a handkerchief, Bible or book of poetry to lend.

Or think really big about “borrowing” the home of your parents (or his?) to host the wedding or reception.

Whatever you borrow, make sure that you give it back with a suitable thank you memento before the end of the reception. You don’t want to take the chance of losing it or trying to keep track of what you borrowed while you and your new spouse are jetting off to start your new life together.

Something Blue

Posted on January 18th, 2011 by admin

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…”

Something blue is one of the most famous lines of the well-known saying. And while modern brides may equate “blue” with feeling down as in “single girls’ blues,” historically blue is a bridal color.

In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. And in Christian symbolism, the Virgin Mary has often been dressed in blue with the result that the color is equated with demureness and purity. As late as the mid-19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in another saying, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

We can establish the value of the color in the saying, but a bride’s choice on what specific blue item to bring into her ensemble is a very personal choice.

Many brides opt for one of two very simple answers: the flowers or the garter. In the case of the flowers, one great choice is hydrangeas because they are both extremely stylish as well as naturally blue, but any blue flower will do.

As for the blue garter craze, nobody knows who launched that tradition, but often without any planning at all, a close friend or loved one will buy a spectacularly beautiful lacy blue garter and present it to the bride as special gift.

Other options, blue toenail polish, lingerie with touches of blue, or beautiful blue Austrian crystal or sapphire jewelry.

Another option is a special handmade touch on the dress itself. You can either do it yourself or have this taken care of by a friend or hired seamstress, but sometimes, a bride will embroider his and her initials and the wedding date in blue thread inside the dress. If you want to pick this option, make sure to order your dress early enough to give you time to finish the project.

Any of these ideas for adding blue to the big day translate into a lovely, old-fashioned statement of sentimentality that is entirely befitting of a modern girl entering the beautiful traditional state of marriage.

Wedding Color Schemes: How to Pick the Right Color Combination for Your Big Day

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by admin

One of the biggest wedding planning decisions you face may be choosing the color scheme. It’s a decision that has to be made before a lot of the others like bridesmaids dresses, flowers and other selections can be made. At Mori Lee, we’ve got a few tips on how to do that.

First off, what’s your favorite color? The colors used in a wedding should reflect the bride’s taste and they’ll be something you remember all of your life as you look at the photos and mementos of the start of your lives together. Carefully consider your favorite color and imagine your wedding taking shape around it.

  • Is a specific color important to you, or would you prefer to base your wedding around a seasonal color? It’s entirely up to you, but sometimes seasonal colors are helpful in making the wedding seem attuned to events around you. Choosing seasonal colors can also be more cost effective, particularly in terms of floral arrangements.
  • Once you’ve chosen a main color, you may want a second color to use in accents or other areas. What is helpful here is to know about complementary colors. Complementary colors are colors that, when mixed together, make grey. The colors are opposites, like yellow and purple, red and green, orange and blue, and black and white. If you look around, these are color schemes that are frequently put together because they can be extremely pleasing to the eye. But “eyeballing” the exact complementary color to go with your favorite shade of turquoise can be difficult.

So here’s a tip that will make it very easy for you: check out Sherwin-Williams website (http://www.sherwin-williams.com/) and you’ll find a color generator link (http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_it_yourself/paint_colors/paint_color_palette/) that helps find complementary colors. Once you’ve chosen your favorite color, the rest is easy. The tool takes all the guess work out of it for you. While you’re on the website, take a good look at that color-generator link because you can also see how the colors look together in a room and the mood they create. The colors you choose will help you set the mood of your wedding celebration. To carry the color through into your dress, Mori Lee offers color-accented dresses, like Style 2176, which is a dazzling halter empire-style gown available in 28 different colors.

  • You can also go monochromatic, which would be different shades and variations on the same color or analogous, which means the colors lie together on the color wheel, such as blue, blue-green and green.
  • And don’t forget to take the flowers into consideration. If you love a particular flower, you may want to choose colors found in those flowers, in nature. That would an “organic decision” in more ways than one.

Color is an important part of your wedding dress and decor decisions. It’s also one of the first big decisions you’ll face. Mori Lee is happy to help you along the way by offering the best array of beautiful dresses in classic styles and colors that you’ll be happy to look back on in the years to come.