Top 5 Custom Wedding Gifts For the Couple Who Has Everything

Custom wedding gifts are becoming more and more popular among shoppers and gift-givers. The main benefit of getting a couple custom gifts is that you can find suitable items that come in sets or pairs at a low price. When you compare shopping online versus offline, you’ll be able to get more from your set budget since you don’t need to pay for additional costs such as for gas, other unnecessary shopping items, as well as snack foods.

You can browse from hundreds of online stores in a matter of minutes and there will definitely be a couple of items that will fit your recipients’ tastes and of course your budget too. Remember that you are giving a special gift to a couple and it is advisable to give them something for their new home or for them to use.  To give you an idea of what the internet has to offer, here are the top 7 suggested custom wedding gifts for the couple.

(1) Monogrammed pillow cases and bed sheet

One way to customize your gifts for the couple is to have their gifts monogrammed. In this case, they will need several items for their own home or apartment when they finally move in together after the honeymoon. A set of monogrammed pillow cases and bed sheet are great customized wedding gifts since you can find an online store to order from, they’re usually not expensive and the couple will remember you because you went the trouble in having these items especially-made for them. 

(2) His and her bath set

It is easy to find custom bath sets that range from $20 to $60. But if you have set a budget of $100 for a wedding gift, why not go the extra mile and include in a pair of bath towels or bath robes for the couple and have them embroidered with their initials or nicknames. You can find online stores that offer personalization services from etching, embroidery, etc. and the cost is very minimal if not free. You can choose from a custom set of bath products already packaged or you can hand-pick the products yourself and have the online store wrap and ship it for you.

(3) Monogrammed champagne flutes or wine glasses

There will always be other special occasions that the couple will celebrate. It is nice to give them monogrammed or etched champagne flutes or wine glass set for their home. Have the items wrapped and shipped directly to their home if you wish to buy from an online store. Offline stores may not offer etching or customization services, but some stores may refer you to a service shop for a cost.

(4) Customized beverage tub

As mentioned earlier, there will be occasions that the couple will celebrate in the months and years to come, so why not give them the gifts that they will need for entertaining guests. Customized beverage tubs may only be available online since you need to order it and have it etched or engraved with the couple’s last name or initials. Galvanized or tin tubs give that homey but rustic feel. Plastic tubs are also great since they are lightweight and can be painted with the couple’s initials. Best of all, this item is usually affordable. You can include other items such as beer mugs or ice buckets to complete the ensemble.

(5) Customized wedding photo quilt

This is a great way to have the couple remember their special day and of course you, the gift-giver. You need to ask the couple first regarding their favorite wedding photos before you can have the item custom-made. This gift is a post-wedding gift, but it is all worth it once the couple see the end product. You can also order it already framed from selected online stores.

What is ‘Rustic Elegance’ and How Do I Get the Look?

Having an outdoor wedding by a lake midsummer? Or how about an autumn affair with perfect views of the colorful mountains? Then take full advantage of your outdoor landscape by planning a perfectly rustic and elegant wedding! Rustic weddings are casual in nature, cheerful and relaxed. The elegant part kicks in when you create an ambiance that is charming but still very put together. Don’t be afraid to mix and match – but keep it coordinated by designing within your season, location, theme and color palate.

Here are 10 simple ideas to expand your imagination for a rustic and elegant wedding:

1. First, assess the season and location of your wedding. Fall lakeside weddings, like the one I helped plan last September took advantage of gorgeous autumn colors back-dropped against Lake Winnipesaukee: burnt orange, gold, navy blue, periwinkle and burgundy. A summer beach wedding would inspire a totally different color palate. Establish your design parameters (season, location, theme and colors) and let your creativity work around them when designing the complete look.

2. Don’t be afraid to mix different patterns. One of my clients is forgoing rented dishware in standard white. She has opted to ask family and friends loan her plates within a certain color scheme to mix and match on the family-style dinner tables she has planned for a farm wedding next June. The mix in different patterns and shapes will make for a unique and personal table setting.

3. Think mason and jelly jars, glass pitchers and galvanized buckets as centerpiece holders for all of the locally grown flowers! Tie an eclectic look together with the same ribbon throughout.

4. Why not display escort cards in a birch wood box with home-grown grass and littered with mini-daisies/aster (summer) or acorns (fall)? It’s easy and very cute!

5. Fairy/strung white lights are inexpensive and elegant. Drape them along the edge of your tent and around trees.

6. Sparklers are also great for photos and incredibly festive to bid farewell to the happy couple.

7. Use mini chalkboards to display different food stations for a buffet-style wedding. The look is very sweet with farmer’s market appeal.

8. Set up a fire pit to be ignited as the night wears on. Have a pretty serving station nearby stocked with marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolates for do-it-yourself s’mores. The perfect snack after a long night of dancing.

9. Expecting the weather to be crisp on your wedding? Keep guests warm with mulled wine or hot toddies during the cocktail hour.

10. Think back to family traditions that you can incorporate in your reception. One of my clients paid tribute to her grandmother by setting up a camp-themed candy table that mimicked the variety shop she had when the grandkids were young. A beautiful portrait of her grandmother was printed in sepia tones and featured in a distressed white frame.

No matter how large or small your guest list, your outdoor wedding can be as memorable and sentimental as you want to make it. The sky’s the limit in terms of design elements. Just be sure to keep it natural, charming and simple.

Rustic Fall Wedding Decor Ideas to Bring Nature to Your Reception

Autumn brings the crisp weather we crave after a long hot summer along with the perfect weather for a wedding. There are no worries about guests sweltering in the heat, yet it is still warm enough to have your ceremony outdoors. Weddings in the fall also lend themselves to an array of rich colors for decorations and a variety of comforting, heart-warming food. By using nature as your inspiration, you can create elegant rustic fall wedding decor that brings in all the splendor of the season. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Rich Autumn Colors

Choose colors such as rust, burnt orange, wine and bronze to complement the season. Your wedding party will look beautiful when each attendant is wearing a different color found in fall leaves. Decorations for the wedding venue and the reception could include a mixture of all these colors or one dominant color. For example, you could use a rich bronze with splashes of orange, red and burgundy in your place settings, centerpieces and accessories.

Seasonal Fall Flowers

Flowers that are more easily found in the fall are mums, chrysanthemums, and daisies. Mums and chrysanthemums can be found in brilliant colors such as golden orange, crimson, and a soft golden brown. Adding wheat stalks, cornstalks and sunflowers are excellent ways to incorporate a harvest atmosphere into large displays for the end of the aisle and the entrances into the reception area. Instead of the flower girl basket being filled with rose petals, opt for silk leaves in the colors of fall. You can even get ones that are personalized with your names to use as part of your table décor.

Fall Wedding Venue Ideas

Depending on how late in the season you are having your wedding, it is wonderful to have it outdoors. Holding the wedding in a gazebo surrounded by trees will add a romantic touch to the ceremony as well as provide you with a fantastic backdrop for your photos. If the weather does not permit an outdoor event, bring as much of the outdoors into the wedding and reception as possible with the use of leaves, pumpkins, flowers and twigs. By arranging leaves on the tables and floor area, you can have the experience of being married outdoors without the cold weather.

Autumn Wedding Decorations

When designing the décor for your fall wedding, you can create an atmosphere reminiscent of the harvest season by using available items from nature. For a very casual and rustic wedding feel that would be great for an event on a farm, try covering hay bales with fabric for seating. Orange paper lanterns throughout the reception can give a nice glow in the evening whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors. For the actual ceremony decorations, you can also attach grapevines, wheat and dried corn to the chairs and bridal arch.

Food & Cake Inspired by the Season

Fall is associated with comfort food, the smell of hot apple cider, and pumpkin pies – all of which can be incorporated into the meal served at your reception. Have a hot drinks station where the guests can sip on a cup of cider or hot chocolate. Serve food buffet style and include traditional down-home cooking, such as casseroles, a hot potato station, or those foods typically found at a pot luck dinner. Another great idea is to have a barbecue by enlisting the help of a few friends to cook up ribs, burgers and sausages with a delicious barbecue sauce.

The cake is the show stopper for many weddings and a fall inspired wedding cake is no exception. Choose chocolate, spice, or carrot as the flavor of the cake and decorate it with edible leaves. Place silk leaves, gourds, apples or small pumpkins around the cake display table to add a delightful finishing touch.

Fall Inspired Wedding Favors

There are hundreds of options to choose from when deciding on the wedding favors. Purchase several varieties of seed packets and tie a piece of twine in a bow shape, attach to the seed packet and place one at each place setting. You can do this with forced bulbs as well by placing a few in a small burlap bag with a ribbon and tag attaché.

For fall inspired food favors, there are some great teas, cider and hot chocolate mixes that can be monogrammed or placed in colorful favor bags. Guests can then have a soothing hot drink the morning after your party while they rehash all the fun of the previous day.

Charming Ideas For Personalizing Your Wedding

Your wedding should be more than beautiful, it should be personal. There are some wonderful ways that you can make your wedding tell your own story. These are charming ideas for personalizing your wedding.

Nothing is more personal than photos. There are quite a few ways in which photos of the bride and groom can be incorporated into the wedding design. At one recent ceremony in a rustic yet elegant barn, the entrance to the site was lined with photos of the bride and groom, showing the timeline of their lives. It began with baby pictures, and went through the years, ending with images of the happy couple together closest to the door to the ceremony. In keeping with the rustic setting, the photos were clipped to a clothesline with old fashioned clothespins, which was just perfect.

Another neat way to put your personal stamp on your wedding is with the table names. Rather than the standard numbers, choose names that have meaning in your life together. They could be the names of places that you have visited together, the names of your favorite authors, or anything else that refers to a shared hobby. Not only will these unique table names add character to your reception, they are a great conversation starter for your guests.

A beloved poem can also be a lovely idea for making your wedding speak about you. Choose a favorite verse that has meaning to you, and use it as a continuing element throughout your wedding. The special phrase can be printed on your ceremony programs, included in your vows, and even be used on the favors, so that your guests will take a reminder home with them.

Speaking of favors, they can be a wonderful thing to personalize. They should also tell a story about the bride and groom. For instance, if the bride loves to make homemade jam or the groom makes his own maple syrup, little jars of these homemade delicacies would be ideal wedding favors. If the bride and groom are avid skiers, a little Christmas ornament in the shape of a skier would make a great winter wedding favor. The wine enthusiasts could share their hobby with their guests by giving out small bottles of their favorite vintage or a box of wine charms.

One other charming way to personalize your wedding is by giving special little gifts to the people that are a part of it, such as the bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom. One bride that I knew had pretty white hankies embroidered that said “mother of the bride” or “grandmother of the groom” and so forth to give to each close family member. Some brides will have delightful pieces of wedding jewelry handmade to give to their mothers and grandmothers. The jewelry can be handmade to tie in with the theme of your wedding, such as a favorite color or motif.

Your wedding is such a special time in your life that anything that you can do to make it uniquely yours will only add to the memories. Let yourself be creative, and look for those elements that will help to share a piece of your life with your wedding guests. It is a delightful way to add character to your wedding.