So we have a couple of product recommendations for you today. We just stopped by dotcomgiftshop and spotted these pretty handing decorations. Perfect for hanging on door handles, as favours or even for bouquet handles.
Secondly, we recently picked up some of these to hang some frames and these critters are amazing! They firmly fix up to 4kg to a wall or flat surface and don’t leave a mark when removed (we know, we’ve checked). So much better than nails and picture wire. Anyway, with wedding thoughts always buzzing around our heads we thought they would be perfect if you have a blank space venue and you wanted to decorate the walls with some art or frames photographs.
So I’m really excited today to announce that we are hosting our first ever WBZL giveaway and oh boy are you in for a treat! Having long admired the lovely books by Blurb, I was thrilled when the company got in touch to offer 5 lucky readers the chance to win a £30 voucher. You lucky devils!
Blurb have created an ingenious system that allows you to create your very own book. The books can display a mixture of photographs, artwork and/or text and are perfect for creating a really special wedding keepsake. There are a million and one ways to use Blurb in relation to your nuptials but I especially love the idea of creating a book that is passed around during the drinks reception that tells the story of how you met and got together. I also love, love, love the thought of creating customised fairytale books to keep the little ones entertained during dinner.
If you’d like the chance of winning one of the vouchers just leave a comment explaining what you’d put in your book (doesn’t have to be wedding related) and the winners will be chosen at random and announced here next Monday the 22nd of Feb.
Going about our daily business, we meet lots of people with lots of different opinions about various wedding trends and traditions. Occasionally, we meet people who haven’t got much time for the humble wedding favour; many couples don’t feel the need for this additional expense and besides aren’t sure what’s available other than sugared almonds. Being all about the details, unsurprisingly we don’t feel the same!
Not only are favours a great way of injecting personality into your wedding, they’re perfect for decorating place settings and are also a great way of thanking guests for turning up. It might seem strange to thank people for attending your big day but here at WBZL, we thinks it’s a really important point that often gets brushed aside. So often guests have traveled from far and wide, spent a small fortune on a new outfit and a lovely gift, paid for accommodation or even taken a day off work so a small token of gratitude doesn’t seem unreasonable. Below are just some of our favourite favour ideas, lots of which can be homemade for next to nothing or bought if you don’t have the time nor the inclination.
Big, swirly lollipops
Moustaches on sticks (great for hilarious photographs)
Christmas tree decorations (tied with ribbon and with place names attached)
Flavoured olive oil
Potted herbs (mint, lavender and thyme are our favourites)
Pretty napkin rings
Gourmet ground coffee
Jars of Jam (homemade if you like but definately finished with personalised labels and pretty ribbons)Welsh Love Spoons
Mini bath bombs
Feather butterflies (from Covent Garden flower market where they cost next to nothing)
Herbal tea bags (again with personalised labels)
Potted strawberry plants
Moo sticker books
A wooden letter of the guest’s initial (again doubling as a place name)
A single flower stem
A chocolate bar with personalised labels
Customised pin badges
Macaroons (I know, I know, they have been ‘done’. That being said they are too pretty and too delicious to stop using now.)
As strange as it may sound, I have a slight obsession with marshmallows; and bizarrely it’s actually more to do with how these sweet treats look rather than how they taste. So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across Whimsy and Spice and their satisfyingly square creations. With exciting flavours like cardamom, chocolate and lemongrass these little lovelies would be a perfect additon to any Welcome Bag or Candy Bar.
Unfortunately the company only ship to the US at the moment, however I’m hoping that with enough blog love they might find their way over to Borough Market, even if it is just for the day!
I just received my monthly pile of magazine subscriptions and thanks to one of the glossies I stumbled across the fabulous Not on the High Street; a veritable treasure trove of wedding goodness. Not only do they have lots lovely of reception accessories (including a huge range of bunting), there’s jewelery and they’ll even hold a gift list for you. Some of my favourite things are:
these provincial lanterns which would look gorgeous at a relaxed, garden style wedding:
this cute vase place name:
and these sweet porcelain votives:
Whilst over in Portugal recently, I saw these gorgeous Claus Porto soaps and surprise, surprise was immediately thinking how they’d make great favours. Packaged in beautiful vintage style paper, complete with wax seals and smelling heavenly, these little beauties would look so pretty at each place setting and wouldn’t the ladies be thrilled! Although the website only lists the 150g version the company definitely do miniature versions (think 5cm tall) which might prove a more budget friendly option.
In a couple of weeks it’s Susie and Tom’s enchanted woodland wedding. We’re excited to see lots of our ideas from the initial design board coming to life and looking forward to seeing guests’ reaction when they see all the things Tom and Susie have planned for them. It’s going to be a bea-utiful day!
Owing to my love of jam making, a few weeks ago Susie came round and we spent the day turning a crate of apples into the most delicious apple jam. Some cutting, sticking and ribbon tying later, here’s the finished product.
Aren’t they cute? Perfect for the rustic, countryside feel of the day.
I love jam making, it’s soothing for the soul and jam makes the most perfect favours. It’s cheap, easy to make and if you have a team of willing and able volunteers can make for a great pre-wedding bonding exercise.
Over the last few years iced biscuits have become all the rage and these oh-so-beautiful creations are some of the prettiest out there. Available from Biscuiteers these little beauties would be perfect for favours, bridesmaids and flowers girl gifts or even for something girly and high sugar to eat as you get dolled up on the morning of your wedding.
Here’s what the company has to say:
“We love biscuits more than most people. In fact, we’re a tad obsessed, which is why we always send our friends tins full of our delicious iced biccies on their birthdays and anniversaries, for holidays or just to say thanks for a lovely weekend. It’s not that we don’t love flowers, chocs or all the rest, it’s just that it makes a nice change. So we came up with Biscuiteers. The idea’s really very simple: you just choose the biscuit collection you want to send, fill in the message details and then leave the rest to us.”
I think this one would make a fab flowergirl gift or favour.
Also the exciting news is that if you sign up to the company’s newsletter you also receive 25% off their LOVE range. Be sure to to stop by the Biscuiteers site even if it is just to see an example of a beautifully designed website!