• Real Weddings

    Alex & Tristan

    June 24th, 2017

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    Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
    Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
    Alex and Tristan | Heather Nguyen Photography
    Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

    Who proposed to whom? Tristan proposed to me on the Santa Barbara Pier on our anniversary.

    Wedding date? June 24, 2017

    Venue? Edwards Barn in Nipomo, CA.

    Edwards Barn is a product of three historic redwood barns on the central coast that were dismantled and reassembled into one by David and Mavi Edwards. A beautiful location filled with rustic and vintage elements. It is truly unique central coast wedding venue located in Nipomo, CA.

    Catering? Edwards Barn also catered our reception.

    Cake? Cakes Cathedral.

    Serving the Central Coast of California, Cakes Cathedral works closely with their clients to create intricate, sculpted masterpieces into a “less is more” confection your guests will love.

    Cake Topper? Plum flowers arranged around an initial K.

    Photographer? Heather Nguyen Photography 😊

    DJ? Dj Solstice.

    Florist? Darlene Romero and Rebecca Arnold.

    Hair/Makeup? Hair – Alyssa Rivas, Makeup – Myshel Gordon.

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Rustic Weddings; The force is strong with this one…

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    It’s not just burlap and mason jars.  As the rustic wedding theme’s popularity snowballs, it is increasingly both an attitude and a style, involving planning as well as purchasing decisions.  Local sourcing, more natural textures & materials, and less fussy, more comfortable decor are the defining elements of today’s rustic weddings. 

    And while barn venues continue to define the quintessential rustic wedding reception, inspired brides & grooms (and their creative planners, florists and bakers!) are designing ever more creative elements to consider (queue Pinterest).  David and I happen to have gotten married in one of THE absolutely most romantic and historic barns in Central California, so we bring a personal as well professional perspective to this rustic wedding decor and favor fever. Here are 12 of our current favorites. 

    Rustic Wedding Decor Good design comes from the heart, not the brain.  So when you think of your ideal rustic wedding decor, find inspiration first — looks that you love — colors and textures that delight you.  

    Rustic Wood and Glass Box with Hinged Lid & Lighted Candle
    Wood and Glass Box  |  Taylor Street Favors

    The best part about this wood and glass box is that it is something you really will want to use at home too!


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    French Provencal Style Enamel Pitcher | Taylor Street Favors 

    This enamel pitcher is a simple and casual centerpiece natural.  Add flowers and you are done.  You will want to have this for home use too.


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    Rustic Wood Place Card Holders with Place Card 

    I chose these because they are made from real wood. There are less expensive resin birch logs available (we carry the resin ones too), but if your budget can accommodate these, real wood wins the day.


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    tonoandco.com Ribbons & Textiles

    If you want to skip the burlap, consider hand dyed silk for your table runners, pocket squares and bouquets.  Janelle Nicole Wylie, the owner of Tono + co. creates beautiful one-of-a-kind hand dyed fabrics.  Awesome.


     

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    Wood Blocks for Guest Book Alternative

    Not only is this a lighthearted wedding guest book alternative, it happily lives on after your wedding day as a game-night essential that will rekindle memories every time you play.  I wish we had thought of this for our wedding — we play this game often and it would have been so easy to set up for guests, either at a reception table or incorporated at each place setting.


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    Personalized Leather Guestbook with Kraft Paper

    If you are looking for a more traditional wedding guest book, this one is not only made with natural leather and kraft paper, it looks the part too – refined but not fussy.  Makes a beautiful personalized keepsake.


    Rustic Wedding Favors:  At their best, favors are meant to be a thoughtful way to show your guests your appreciation for participating in your wedding day.  I’ve written about selecting favors here before, so I’ll just refer you to that article from last year here, and leave you a few suggestions of popular rustic favors we love.

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    Miniature Galvanized Buckets

    Super cute and truly a miniature version of its workhorse name sake, these galvanized buckets could be filled with just about anything – candy, plants, candles, confetti, crayons – to name a few.


    Miniature Woven Picnic Basket with cinnamon bun and tag tied with purple ribbon
    Miniature Picnic Basket Favors  |  Taylor Street Favors

     

    Continuing the miniature theme, these picnic basket favors are almost as versatile as the mini-buckets above…and they might even be cuter.  Not shown in the image, they come with a solid lid too, in addition to the double handles and classic woven wicker design.



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    Rustic Wood Print Favor Box

    While these card stock wood print boxes have been around awhile, they continue to be very popular — easily customized with our personalized black chalkboard style label, and affordable.


    Rustic Inspired Wedding Gifts – these gifts prove that rustic can be fun too.  

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    Personalized Wood Trimmed Flask

    This flask makes a great gift for your entire wedding party – guys & gals both will appreciate this personalized reminder of their participation in your wedding day.


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    Personalized Wood Cuff Links with Gift Box

    Available in two finishes – cherry or white oak, these round wood cufflinks with toggle backings in a personalized wood box make gift giving easy.


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    Personalized Wood Heart Treasure Box

    Our wood heart treasure box comes in two sizes and can be laser engraved with up to two lines of text.  The inside is bare wood, and the two sizes can be nested, if you want to kick it up a notch and get both.


     

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    Happily Ever After | Photo by Ben Rosett on Unsplash

    Happy rustic wedding planning!

    “First, think. Second, believe. Third, Dream.  And finally, dare”.  -Walt Disney

     

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  • Gifts

    Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Make His Day – no tie needed.

    No ties, no problem!  Taylor Street  has you covered.  Father’s Day is almost here… .

    We celebrate Dads who know every verse of “Wheels on the Bus”.

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    Daddy Diaper Bag | $69.90

     

    Dads who always pretended to listen to everything we had to say.

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    When Pigs Fly Cufflinks | $54.95

     

    Dads who carry pictures where their money used to be.

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    Oxford Embossed Tri-fold Leather Wallet | $28.75

     

    Dads who make it easy to get a Father’s Day gift due to a psychotic love of golf.

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    Custom Golf Shoe Bag | $25.30

    Dads, who are one of our favorite parents.

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    Best Dad Black Stainless Steel Cufflinks | $59.95

    Dads who wear sawdust like glitter.

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    And for Grandpa … since a Grandpa is just a dad with no rules.

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    Monogrammed Cherry Wood Humidor | $60.95

     

    Dads, they’re like Moms, only cooler.

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    2 pc. Personalized Gift Set with Wood Box | $27.45

    Finding awesome gifts for the dad(s) in your life is a breeze when you shop our collection of personalized gifts for men.  Taylor Street Favors offers gifts as special as the man you’re shopping for – stylish, personalized and thoughtful gifts for men that are beautifully made and built to last.

    Fatherhood – it requires love, not DNA.

     

  • Gratitude for Beginners

    Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded

    Featured image: Clark Tibbs | Unsplash


    Going the extra mile & the awesome power of making a difference.

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    Wedding season is in full swing.  Feels like a good time to pause and take a breath.

    This is a shout out to our fellow wedding pro’s everywhere and to the brides & grooms who have hired you as their wedding planner, their DJ, their videographer, venue, caterer, wedding cake baker, stylist, florist, and yes — their favors & gifts provider too!

    Wedding Professionals – It is difficult to consistently perform at 100%+!  We worked hard to win the business in the first place, and maybe we overpromised a wee-bit, and minimized the challenges of delivering the vision the wedding couple described in such vivid detail.  Well, now its time to make good on that commitment.  And we can do it – in fact, we must — our about-to-be-married couple is counting on us to go the extra mile.  What we do matters, and we know that little things make a big difference.

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    Brides & Grooms – Your wedding professional is undoubtedly good at what he or she does.  The reviews you read validate it, their prior work demonstrates it, and you wouldn’t have decided on her or him if your gut didn’t tell you that too.  They are pushing themselves to make your event – extraordinary.  And while you are paying for their expertise, we all know that putting in the blood, sweat & tears necessary is tough. Simple gestures of thanks can make an incredible difference.  Go the extra mile and let your wedding professionals know how much you appreciate having them on your team – today!

     

    David and I make exceptional customer service one of  Taylor Street Favors’ cornerstones.  It is one of the ways we go the extra mile.  David and I believe strongly in making every customer feel equally important and appreciated, something we did not experience as a same sex couple planning our wedding. Unfortunately, almost everyone will tell you that providing great customer service is a core part of their business. It can be difficult for customers to separate fact from fiction, especially when comparing similar products or services.

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    Here are three tell tale signs of excellent customer service – delivered by passionate wedding professionals who know how to “go the extra mile”…

    1. They respond to inquiries as quickly as possible;
    2. They listen, they don’t “pitch”, and they remember what you, the customer has told them;
    3. They fix mistakes – before they happen if possible.  [David and I always proof our customer’s personalization information,  routinely correcting errors and eliminating the expense & frustration of having a non-returnable custom gift or favor produced and delivered].  

    Let’s all keep going the extra mile.  It might not be lonely, but it certainly will not be crowded.    

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Your Wedding Day Time Capsule Awaits

    “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Suess

    We all know Dr. Suess is right, we just don’t necessarily act on this knowing, especially when in the midst of wedding planning.  And while beautiful wedding day photos and a professionally edited video are wonderful to look back on too, they do not re-connect us emotionally in the same way as a personal message tucked inside a wedding day time capsule does.

    I’ve collected a few ideas to help you incorporate some type of time capsule into your wedding day.  Confession, we did not do this on our wedding day – not because we decided against it, but because we were not aware of it.  [And I absolutely am sufficiently cornball/romantic to have included this.] So heads-up, David. I am thinking of including some version of this into our lives now – almost 2 years post wedding day.

    There are two ways couples usually incorporate the time capsule idea into their wedding day:  “Day of” ceremony time capsule or a Guestbook time capsule.

    “Day of” Time Capsule

    Supplies:  A box & paper.

    Really, the supplies required do not create too high a bar, even for those of us who are DIY-averse or flat-out-of-time.  We have some options on Taylor Street for boxes & stationery that will not only add symbolic significance to the occasion, but also create a true wedding day keepsake.  A shoebox with blank paper or note cards, however, will do just fine.

    Boxes:  Both of these keepsake boxes could first be used for your wedding reception, so they would not only be pulling double duty, they would have the added significance of having been a part of your wedding day itself.

     

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    Tin Box with Blackboard Panel Display

     

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    Vintage Inspired Wood Case with Hinged Lid

    Paper:  There are many awesome stationery alternatives available for you to consider.  We have a few for that would work well, like these:

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    Dandelion Wishes Note Card
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    Fleur De Lis Note Card

    The directions are straightforward. You each write a love letter to your soon-to-be spouse, expressing your feelings on this day — your wedding day — what you are most excited about, your hopes, what is most important to you about this day, and why & when you fell in love with him/her. You know, the emotional kind of “stuff”.

    [And this idea is really awesome for a blended family ceremony – including your children in on the time capsule by adding their own notes makes it even more memorable.  And, it creates a potential family tradition with the opening of the time capsule and its periodic updating.]

     

     

    Guestbook time capsule

    This version has you asking guests to write you a note on a postcard you provide and drop it in your “time capsule” to be opened on your 1st anniversary.  This invites your guests to participate in a way that a guest book signature does not.  Here are a couple of ideas for collecting your postcards.

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    Wine Barrel Card Holder

     

    Kick it up a notch:  So a year has passed and you’ve opened up your time capsule on your one year anniversary.  You’ve read your letters over a glass of wine and eaten what remains of your wedding cake.  So now what?! Here are a few ideas for what to add for “the next time” — regardless of what time capsule option you decided on — for your 5 year anniversary, 10 year, … or whatever year you agree to re-open it.

    1. Take a picture of the two of you with the time capsule the day you open it up & include it for the next time;
    2. Include that day’s front page from your local paper or print-out from your favorite news source;
    3. Write about:
      1. The hardest moments you faced as a couple your first year;
      2. Your favorite memory of year one;
      3. A goal or prediction for the next time you open your time capsule;
    4. Write another personal note to each other.

    You get the idea, there are lots of things you could include.  Just don’t make this list so long that it gets tedious.

    Close it up, store it somewhere safe.  Done.

    This may become a ritual that you continue the rest of your lives or it may be something you enjoy once and set aside. Regardless, your notes to each other or notes from your friends & family will become something you will be able to look back on, reflect & reminisce when you do happen upon it – especially after it has gathered dust for years.  Your children may also enjoy the opportunity to glimpse a bit more about you as well, in your own writing and in your own words … “when you were young”.

    Life goes by pretty fast and if you are like me, unless we force some pauses along the way to reflect and reconnect, we miss some awesome & inspiring moments, unique opportunities to really connect with each other.

    Your time capsule may help you both re-connect, to a younger you and to each other.  Sweet.

     

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Awesome Gold Spray Paint Ideas – Total DIY – Total Inspiration

    Gold Bottles

    Gold decorations for weddings is elegant, sophisticated and timeless. A great accent color for any time of the year.

    Here are a few simple ideas to add some glam on a budget. Each of these are affordable and easy to do – so what are you waiting for? Check out our pinterest page for more ideas.

  • Real Weddings

    Chuck & Marie

    September 16th, 2017

    Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.
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    Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.
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    Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

    Who Proposed To Whom? 
    Chuck proposed

    How / Where Did You Get Engaged?
    San Diego on a gondola

    What was your Wedding Date?
    September 16th, 2017

    Venue? 
    Apple Farm & The Monday Club in SLO

    Did you have a Coordinator / Planner?
    No

    Did you have a Theme / Color Scheme in mind or did you wing it?
    Grey & Teal with a Bohemian theme

    Catering?
    The Bear & The Wren

    Did you have a special cake made?
    Sea Breeze Cupcakes made a beautiful teal drip/marble cake

    If Yes, what was your Cake Topper?
    Flowers

    Photographer? 
    Cheetah Photography.

    Dj? 
    DJ Cheetah

    What was your song?
    I chose you by Ryann Darling

    Florist? 
    Harbor Florist

    Hair/Makeup?
    Twig & Arrow

    Any advice for couples planning weddings today?
    Hire a Wedding planner

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Our 5 Favorite Wedding Favor Jars

    Though it may seem there exists an endless list of possibilities, the truth is that many of the jars pitched as wedding favor containers are too small, poorly made, or too impractical to be of much use.  We’ve eliminated those that didn’t measure up in three important categories and then selected our favorites.  What makes these favor jars best of class?  These jars offer a combination of these characteristics…

    1.  They are a good value for the price.
    2.  They are versatile – they can be adapted to differing wedding styles AND can be used after the wedding, at home everyday or for other celebrations…like a baby shower!
    3.  They are captivating.  They are a detail your guests will notice.

    I also listed a couple jars that just did not measure up at the end of this article, along with a brief explanation.  Take a look.

    SMALL BELL JAR WITH WHITE FLUTED BASE

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    Miniature Glass Bell Jar | Taylor Street Favors

    Our favorite thing about these jars is how little you need to do to make these shine.  They are really interesting just to look at, especially massed together, and make anything inside of them look better — cookies, cupcakes, small plants – anything!  They are not so good when it comes to storage — the glass lid just sits on top and they are not very large.  You’re not going to be storing last night’s dinner leftovers in one of these.  Individually, these may not be as useful as when you have 6, 8 or a dozen that you could use at a dinner party.  They are a reasonable size at 3″ X 3″ x 4″ high and are well made.

     

    MINI COOKIE JAR

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    Mini Cookie Jars | Taylor Street Favors

    These jars are a good value, sturdy & definitely something your guests will easily be able to find uses for at home.  Only consideration – they are small.  Note the 3.75″ X 2.75″ dimension.  Depending on what you are putting inside of these, their size could be an advantage…less needed to fill these jars!

    GOLD CONFETTI MINI GLASS JAR 

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    Gold Foil Confetti Mini Glass Favor Jar

    These jars are AWESOME.  They look better in person than even the image.  They have a heavy [‘expensive’] weight to them and the lid fit is nice and snug.  They are sleek and modern, a nice alternative to many of the other options available.  Downside – they are a bit pricey.

    MINIATURE MILK BOTTLE WITH CORK STOPPER

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    Glass Milk Bottles with Cork Stopper

    These continue to be a very popular jar, with good reason.  They are versatile, they are really cute with a truly vintage vibe to them, and they are about the least expensive glass favor jar we carry.  Their downside is that they do not seal, so these are not appropriate for liquids and you would not want to use these in situations where they are likely to tip over.  They are sturdy too — we’ve knocked a few of these off our table onto a carpeted floor while taking photos — did not break.

    SQUARE GLASS JAR

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    Square Glass Favor Jar – Gatsby Collection | Taylor Street Favors

    We love their shape and vintage feel.  We also love the unusual and vibrant colors that these come in, though that does make it impossible to clearly see what is inside if that is important.  [These are the jars in our lead image] They have the same cork top issue as the milk bottle – the cork stays put, but it’s not going to keep liquids in or prevent spills of any sort should these tip.

    And TWO that didn’t make the cut:

    DIY Blank Glass Milk Bottles

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    Glass Milk Bottle with Screw-on Lid | Taylor Street Favors

    These milk bottles absolutely get the job done, and are a great choice for safely storing liquids or anything you don’t want to accidentally spill.  They are reasonably priced, and do allow for some creative personalization options with labels and ribbon or twine.  They are a bit too functional.  Especially with the lid off and the threaded finish showing, these may be too commercial for some people.  We’ve looked around for something other than the plain white metal caps as well, and have not found anything much better (other than black).

    Miniature Mason Jars

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    Miniature Mason Jars | Taylor Street Favors

    The mason jar wave crested a few years back, but they remain popular today, particularly when creating a casual & comfortable feel for an event.  These have the same screw-off lid issue as the milk bottles above – the threaded glass top and simple design give these a mass produced feel.  Our main issue with these is the size, especially when used for drinks with the cut-out lids.  These are small, holding barely 8 oz.  Further, with the flower cut lid added they also are no longer spill proof either.  They are a better choice as favor jars for small colorful candies, or mini-terrariums.  Personalization is very limited as well – really limited to the size and type of label you use.

    There you have it, a short, straightforward, and we hope, helpful wedding favor jar summary.  Let us know what you’ve found that made an impression.  We are always on the look-out for new and interesting products.  Send us a picture too!

     

     

  • Weddings & Receptions

    SURVEY SAYS … What Your Wedding Guests Care About MOST, a couple of things they say they DON’T … & three things to AVOID

    Featured Image: Kellie Pickler, Steve Harvey & Lance Bass on Celebrity Family Feud

    With 2018 wedding planning here, it is worth spending a moment considering WeddingWire’s 2017 survey results about what wedding guests consider most and least important.  It is your wedding, and you (and maybe your parents and future in-laws) are paying an average of over $35,000 for your *Best. Day. Ever.*, not your guests, so you might be tempted to ignore these findings.  I totally understand, but you want friends and family to have had a good time and leave feeling glad they made the effort to attend.  So while this one survey should not determine your every decision, I think it is helpful information when thinking about how to allocate your wedding budget …  and maybe your guest list!

    The good news is that 68% of guests surveyed rank celebrating with the couple as what matters most about your wedding, followed closely by the opportunity to catch up with family & friends, with 63% checking that box.

    HOWEVER…when asked about what your guest is paying the most attention to, the top attention getter is  — DECOR — the setting, furnishings, attire, colors & how these all work together.  Your guests are appreciating the aesthetic your wedding and reception choices create.

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    Photo:  Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash

    Aesthetic is that hard-to-define, but you-know-it-when-you-see-it vibe you feel when an event is cohesive, coordinated and pulled-off in a beautiful and tasteful manner.  Aesthetic is a sincere and focused expression of your personal style, completed with surprising details and by combining various components to create a unified whole.  And maybe most important, it’s not about how much you spend, it’s about how you spend it.  Style comes through best with a light touch, IT’s A PARTY after all, and it needs to be enjoyed and able to be messed-up a bit.

    What Guests DON’T CARE ABOUT

    Taylor Street is excited to report what landed at the bottom of the list in terms of guest importance – escort cards.  We happily report this because wedding favors are usually toward the bottom of the list as well, so it is with relief and some delight that we report this result. WeddingWire’s survey also reports guests found toiletry amenities as unimportant.  I’ve honestly got nothing more to say about that finding, however…I do have a few comments on favors.

    David and I also absolutely understand that wedding favors naturally are not going to rank high on a list that includes blockbusters like food, drink and dance.  It also is well known that favor shopping is left to the very end of most wedding planning — which kind of guarantees a rushed, less-than-optimal outcome with a budget that’s already maxed out.

    So while trying to not sound too defensive, we suggest that wedding favors can not only be something your guests could appreciate, they absolutely contribute to your wedding’s aesthetic and help to create an overall impression that guests will carry with them (literally!) back home.

    We humbly observe that wedding favors are [way] down the the priority list because they are not a concern of any of the big-ticket vendors – venue, caterer, photographer/videographer, florist.  The wedding planner is the only wedding professional who may consider favors important enough to discuss with you, and she or he is also usually already trying to stretch a budget to cover a very long priority list.

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    Enough on favors — if you want great favors that your guests will love, we know they exist.  If you want some ideas, check us out on instagram, our WeddingWire or the knot storefronts, or send us an email letting us know your aesthetic, your budget, your guest count, and your wedding date, and we’ll get busy.

    TOP ANNOYANCES TO AVOID

    Guests ranked what bothered them most at weddings as: (1) drunk guests; (2) not knowing anyone & feeling alone; and (3) bad music.

    So, might this WeddingWire survey have any impact on you?  Maybe those friends you were going to send a stag invite to (so you could manage head count) will now receive “+1’s”, or maybe you’ll rethink the DIY DJ mix tape decision you already were feeling unsure about.  Maybe you’ll even carve out some $$$ for wedding favors!

    Next post – Choose your aesthetic in 5 [mostly easy] steps.  Plan on!

  • Real Weddings

    Raunn & Tim

    April 22nd, 2017

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    Who proposed to whom? Tim proposed to me

    How / where did you get engaged? In our old apartment on Highland Avenue, in Bernal Heights, shortly after he walked in the door from one of those hellishly long work trips to/from South Africa

    Wedding date? April 22nd, 2017

    Venue? Tim’s best friend’s home in Sonoma

    Coordinator? Tim did much of the planning with a big assist from friends Paul & Jerry, who also hosted our family/rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding

    Catering? Eli Grace Catering

    Cake by? Moustache Baked Goods, and aside from it not being a bundt cake, they really delivered on our whacky chocolate bourbon bacon cake with chocolate-bacon buttercreme frosting.