Archive for the ‘Favors and gifts’ Category

Cookies On Your Cake? And Other Neat Ideas

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The beautiful people at Donsuemor sent me a sweet challenge: In exchange for a sample box of their madeleines, they wanted me to think of all the ways you could use them in a wedding. Now am I really going to think of ALL the ways? Er, I think that would get a little more offbeat than I want to get. But I can think of plenty of fun wedding-y things to do with Donsuemor madeleines! (Which, I should add, are excellent. Madeleines are actually my favorite cookies, so I have pretty high standards. And La Paloma? She is still sad that we ate through the samples.)

Omigosh. Madeleines on a wedding cake. It’s like two of my favorite things are rubbing up against each other in some sort of delicious dance. I can’t decide if I’d tried to get cake and cookie in a single bite, or if I’d eat the madeleines first. Donsuemor has five kinds of madeleine, so brides and grooms shouldn’t run into flavor fatigue.


Inspiration: Favor Boxes!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Wedding favors are one of those things that can become oddly controversial even though there’s really no reason at all that brides, grooms, and guests should care whether there are heart-shaped coffee scoops or tiny sodas or a charitable contribution notice or a tin can or nothing at all at each plate.

Whatever they are, wedding favors are usually not the sort of thing one keeps forever (especially in the case of anything edible, I hope, or bits of paper saying “Thanks from the SSPCA!”) and they are usually one of the least expensive items on the wedding budget, relative to everything else. Sometimes the best wedding favor might just be a chill pill.

Me? I like candy wedding favors. Give me jelly beans or a single truffle or some weird vintage candy or Japanese candy. Just give it to me on the reception table where I can access it easily while I’m waiting for my meal since I always seem to end up at the last table to be served or called up to the buffet. Yes, even when I’m in the wedding! I especially like candy wedding favors that come in little boxes that I can re-use for things like stray earrings or small screws, and right now I am loving these:

Birch bark wedding favor boxes from New Hampshire Woods Creations
a bit pricey, but certainly unique


Wedding Reception Icebreakers?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

A recent post on got me to thinking about how wedding guests interact at receptions. I’m not talking about groups of friends or relatives who already know each other, but rather the table of singletons who only know the bride or the couples who have no one else in common and are all stashed at the same table. As many of you surely know, sitting at a wedding reception table with seven strangers can be a bit intimidating.

The icebreakers are meant to make the process of getting acquainted easier on the guests and give them something to do when they’re not watching the first dance or watching the cake cutting or listening to speeches, etc. Some suggestions included putting out Fortune Telling Fish or having wedding guests play guess the Jelly Belly flavor.

It is certainly an interesting notion. And I do like Fortune Telling Fish!


Sometimes There Just Are No Words

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

But in case you were wondering, the site informs us that:

It’s easy to make a fashion statement with these elegant wedding gown candle favors on your table.

Sure, if your statement is ‘I’d like you to decapitate and set fire to the bride.’

Not sure that’s really what I would want to say, but to each their own.

Me? I’d stick with chocolates.

And the Winner Is…

Monday, May 17th, 2010

wedding favors giveaway

I’m super happy to announce that the winner (as chosen via the trusty random number generator) of the $75 Beau-Coup Wedding Favors Gift Certificate is the lovely LeeLa, of A Bride and Her Dog, who liked the personalized Hershey’s Chocolate Favors! Congrats, LeeLa! I and someone from Beau-Coup will be in touch shortly!

GIVEAWAY: A $75 Beau-Coup Wedding Favors Gift Certificate!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

It’s not like I got married a hundred years ago, so what is up with there being like a hundred bazillion more wedding favor options than there were when I said my vows? Maybe I’m just imagining things, but when I browse for totally sweet wedding favors these days, I swear that half of what I see didn’t even exist three years ago. No fair, right? I take a quick look at Beau-Coup wedding favors and there are so many things I would have gladly bought for my own wedding guests. But I guess I felt the same way when I reviewed some Beau-Coup wedding favors way back when (and I still use my mini cherry blossom dishes because they rock).

beau-coup wedding favors giveaway

So I’m totally tickled to be able to host a giveaway with Beau-Coup! One lucky Manolo for the Brides reader will win a gift code to put toward anything Beau-Coup sells – and since their prices are pretty reasonable, that gift code might just pay for most of your wedding favors.

Win it!

Beau-Coup wedding favors is offering Manolo for the Bride readers a chance to win a $75 gift certificate to that fabulous store. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us which of Beau-Coup’s stylish wedding favors is your absolute favorite.

For additional entries, do any of the following (and leave a comment for each):

1. One additional entry when you add Manolo for the Brides to your blogroll or let us know we’re already on your blogroll so we can link back to you

2. One additional entry when you leave a comment on the latest post at Beau-Coup’s blog

3. One additional entry when you follow Manolo for the Brides and Beau-Coup on Twitter, and tweet about the giveaway

4. Three additional entries when you post about this giveaway on your own blog

This giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 16, and the winner – chosen via the trusty random number generator – will be announced the next day. Good luck!

Wedding Favors (and Gifts) That Require a Can Opener

Monday, April 19th, 2010

I had lunch with the awesome Carolyn Meenan of Bridaluxe the other day, and she suggested I tell you about this totally sweet – but unfortunately local – way of packaging bridesmaids gifts, groomsmen gifts, and maybe even wedding favors if you have an extra $4 per person sitting around in your wedding budget. I say local because I don’t know of anywhere other than Black Ink in Boston that lets you do this:

wedding favors in cans 2

That’s right, I’m talking about sealing your gifts or wedding favors into proper aluminum cans! I’m thinking this could be a lot of fun, whether on a large scale or a small scale, especially if you printed your own custom labels that feature your wedding colors. What fits in a can? A gorgeous necklace with a matching pair of earrings for your bridesmaids, perhaps. Or a whole lot of candy, if you’re buying for your wedding guests. Is there something a little weird about choosing a wedding favor guests have to wait to open? Well, you could thoughtfully have a can opener on hand for the uber curious!

So at four bucks a pop, canning your wedding favors isn’t exactly a budget option, but if you love the general idea and hate the price (or are simply not near anywhere with a U Can It machine) you could always choose a favor that fits well and looks good in a canning jar or spice jar. It’s a bit more rustic and not quite as mysterious, but it’s not that difficult to find bulk deals on canning jars so at least the price would be right.

canning jars wedding favors