Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wedding Favor Ideas For Book Lovers

How much do you love books? If you love them as much as you love your fiance, definitely think about having something like a library wedding as a theme. It's unbelievable how much wedding inspiration you can pull from a book. You can decorate with quotes from your favorite book or you can just use pages from books for your wedding flowers.

And of course, you want to incorporate books into your wedding favors. A few of my favorite Wedding Favor Ideas for Book Lovers are below.

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Wedding Favor Ideas For Book Lovers

  1. Wedding Coach Bookmark
  2. Photo Booth Bookmark Sleeve
  3. Wooden Bookmark
  4. First Lines Of Literature Mug
  5. Butterfly Bookmark
  6. Personalized Coloring Books With Crayon Set
  7. Personalized Wedding Theme Notebooks
  8. Heart-Shaped Bookmarks
  9. Buttons From Book Pages
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Wedding Coach Bookmark
I love a lot of the wedding favor ideas for book lovers, but I really like this wedding coach bookmark. It's so fairy tale and Cinderella-esque. And what little girl didn't grow up being read fairy tales? This is perfect. Plus, since it's so thin, your guests can easily stick this in their purses or jacket pockets, so they will definitely take these with them.

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Photo Booth Bookmark Sleeves
If you are having a photo book at your literary wedding, this favor is so easy. Leave a photo booth bookmark sleeve at every place setting. You can put a cute poem inside, if you want, or you can just let your guests figure out what these are (it shouldn't be that hard). If your photo booth comes with unlimited photos, leave a few extra bookmark sleeves out by the photo booth itself in case people need more.

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Wooden Bookmark
This wooden bookmark is a better gift for your bridal party instead of your entire wedding because it's a little pricey. But oh, it just hit me straight in the heart. There are a bunch to choose from, buy my absolute favorite is this dandelion wooden bookmark that says, "some see a weed, some see a wish." It caught me completely off guard because I actually forgot that dandelions are actually weeds. I always pick them to wish on them, so it completely slipped from my memory that these are anything but flowers to wish on.

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First Lines Of Literature Mug
This is another "wedding party-only" favor idea. This first first lines of literature mug is fulled with the beginning of famous books, like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Moby Dick. It's gorgeous and eye catching, and something your bridal party will really love.

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Butterfly Bookmark
Now, back to favors all your guests: Think about this butterfly bookmark. It's very similar to the wedding coach bookmark, except a little less princess-y. This one does have a huge tassel instead of a delicate ribbon, too, so you can choose which works best for your guests.

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Personalized Coloring Books with Crayon Set
At first glance, this seems like a kids' wedding favor, but I really love the personalized coloring books with crayon set for all your guests. Honestly, I love coloring. There's just something so calming and relaxing about it. So sure, you might want to give out your favorite book to all your wedding guests, but that will be super expensive. Instead of giving them a hardcover, just go with a coloring book. I bet you no one leaves this behind.

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Personalized Wedding Theme Notebook
If coloring book isn't exactly the book favor you had in mind, check out this personalized wedding theme notebook. There are nine different covers to choose from, including one of your state on it, which would have been perfect for us since almost all of our guests traveled from New York to North Carolina for our wedding.

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Heart-Shaped Bookmarks
If you're crafty, this one is for you. I can't find anywhere to actually purchase these heart-shaped bookmarks. I can't find a pattern for them either, so you're gonna have to employ your friend with a sewing machine to help you make these for your favors. You totally should, though, because this pin is incredibly popular on Pinterest so it will probably be very popular with your wedding guests.

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Buttons From Book Pages
I love these buttons from book pages. The only trouble with these is they were available on etsy once upon a time and they're sold out. But buttons are actually really easy to make. I made some at a museum in Seattle a few years ago. I made one with a fish for me and a pizza pie for Pete.

All you need is this button making kit (which comes with everything you need to make 250 buttons) and a few pages from your favorite books or magazines. You'll want to invite a few bridesmaids over to help you make these, but they'll be done in no time.

And, if you really do like DIY, check out what my friend Danielle posted on A Bride On A Budget's Facebook page:

Bookmarks or placeholders seem fun and easy and a great DIY ... they could definitely be creative with photos of the couple, a special saying about love or marriage, just some themed ones with your monogram or logo ... this bookmark favor could be so much (fun)!

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these wedding favor ideas for book lovers is your favorite?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray #CoffeeCreamerCombos

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When you're planning your wedding, you stress. It's true. I wish I could say that there wasn't a single time when my frustration got the best of me, but I can't. I told myself I was allowed to have one terrible wedding planning meltdown ... and I did.

But to keep yourself sane, you have to take care of yourself too. You need to carve out time to just breathe or take a walk or hang out with a bridesmaid and listen to her talk about her life and you have to curb the wedding talk.

And sometimes, you have to take care of your fiance too. Because as hard as it is for you to stress over chair covers, it's hard for him to sit back and watch you stress, knowing he can't do anything about it.

So maybe, just maybe, serve him breakfast in bed. And you can totally serve it on a DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray.

DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

I actually upcycled this from an old cabinet door. It's the first time that I tried a project like this, you know, one using tools all by myself. As I'm typing this, my arm is still kind of sore. But I'm so incredibly proud of myself ... so much that I think I'll serve myself breakfast in bed on this for the next week or two.

What You'll Need:
  • Cabinet door
  • Two door handles
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Chalk
  • Scrap paper
  • 4 screws
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver

What You'll Do:

Wash and dry the cabinet door first. You want to make sure that any dust or oils (from touching it) are completely gone.

Use painters tape to line around the inner portion of your door. It was easier for me to cut the tape into very small pieces when I was doing the first row. I was able to be more accurate with my placing. Then, cover the rest of the outer "lip" of the door. Continue covering until the only white space showing is what you want to be spray painted.

Bring your cabinet door outside and set it on a piece of scrap paper. You absolutely don't want to spray paint indoors. You also probably want a barrier between you and whatever surface you are spraying over. I usually go into our woods to spray paint so the only thing under me are pine needles, but I still put down the scrap paper anyway.

Spray one even layer of the chalkboard spray paint. You'll need to let this sit fifteen minutes before you can spray another layer. I used this as a time to call my mom and see if she wanted to take a walk down the block with me. That was a lot more fun than sitting and watching paint dry.

Come back and spray a second layer of spray paint. Now this needs to sit for 24 hours before you can do anything else.

After a day has passed, peel off the painter's tape.
Color completely over the chalkboard surface with a piece of chalk, then wipe it away. Woohoo. You have a chalkboard now.

Measure exactly where you want the handles to go and mark them with an "x".

Here's the hardest part, if you're like me and not very versed in power tools.

Using the drill, drill a hole completely through the "x". Repeat this four times.

Small aside: you want to put your cabinet door on a flat surface, overhanging it. Your drill needs to go all the way through and you don't want to put a hole in whatever you're leaning on. Also, if you are holding your drill straight down, your hole will be straight as well.

Then, put a screw into a whole and screw it up almost all the way through. Pete told me you could use the drill to do this as well, but it wasn't working for me, so I did it with a screwdriver. That's why my arm is killing me (and why I should probably do more than walking as exercise). When the screw starts popping through the wood on the other side, fit it into the hole in the handle. Continue screwing until it is secure.

Now comes the easy part: figuring what to serve for breakfast. If you know me, you know my love of coffee. I'm obsessed. I'm drinking a tremendous cup right now (picking it up with the opposite hand of the one that worked the screwdriver). My current coffee obsession is a good cup of caramel coffee. Oh. My. Gosh. For a long time, I wasn't a fan of flavored coffees. I was just a plain and simple flavor free coffee drinker. A friend told me to try caramel and I was hooked. So imagine my excitement when I found our Harris Teeter has Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® Caramel Coffee Cake in stores. Oh hello new favorite!

Pair it with the Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer in Extra Extra (because we all deserve a little extra in our lives) and you have the perfect cup. Plus, you can also pick that up at Harris Teeter, making it one-stop shopping.

Coffee isn't enough for breakfast, so be sure to fill your serving tray with other goodies, like a muffin and fresh fruit. And, since you are serving it on a chalkboard, be sure to leave sweet notes on it, especially if you're bringing your fiance breakfast in bed. You can make them wedding related, like, "Can't wait to marry you in 200 days" or timely with "I fall for you every day."

BRIDAL BABBLE: What would you write on your DIY chalkboard serving tray?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Easy DIY Tissue Favors

I went to my friend's son's baptism party once upon a time, and she made these super cute and easy DIY tissue favors.

Now, if you invite me somewhere, you should immediately assume I will pull apart anything you give me and put it back together -- while photographing it. The truth it, there won't be an easy favor that I'll get without deconstructing it and posting it here.

Easy DIY Tissue Favors

Granted, yes, these easy favors are baptism-themed, since, yes, we went to a baptism. But you can take this concept and apply it to your wedding with a few little tweaks.

easy favors

What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:

Start by opening the bag. What's great about these bags is that the ribbon is attached so you don't have to buy ribbon separately. Also, you don't have to fumble with trying to tie these. You just pull the ribbon and it closes.

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Place the confetti at the bottom of the bag. I would say about two pinches will work perfectly, but you have to see how many bags you have and allocate appropriately.

easy favors

Warn your guests that there's confetti inside. Or don't -- and have them open the bag like me ... with confetti all over their lap. It's sort of like sending a glitter bomb.

easy favors

Put the tissues on top of the confetti.

easy favors

Pull the ribbon a little to create a wall. It'll be a lot easier for you to place the other items on top when you do this. If you leave the entire bag wide open, you risk having the candy fall on the sides, which is just a little annoying.

easy favors

Fill the bag with kisses and buttermints.

I love both of these for wedding favors. Kisses are obvious and mints because you and your spouse are "mint to be."

easy favors

Pull the ribbon tight.

easy favors

Tie the ribbon in a bow.

easy favors

Affix a thank you sticker.

This is key. Wedding thank you cards traditionally don't go out for about six months after the wedding, but this is a way to say thank you right away.

These are really a simple easy favor to put together and to place on each table setting on your wedding. Plus, they're really budget-friendly, but don't look cheap. That's completely ideal.

BRIDAL BABBLE: If you made these easy DIY tissue favors, what would you fill them with?