If you’ve been out shopping lately, you have probably noticed the slight Nautical theme in this summer’s fashions. Lately, (for some unexplainable reason), I have been drawn to the Navy/Indigo/Mustard color combination. So I decided to let the colors flow into a wedding inspiration board.
With more couples living together before marriage and waiting longer before becoming engaged, the wedding gift registry has changed in the past few years. Whereas 40 years ago, our parents were registering for crystal and china patterns, the modern bride is more likely to have a small registry of a few items or secretly hope for money to put towards the cost of the wedding.
In lieu of your traditional department store Bridal Registry, here are some other options to consider:
Charitable Donations: Donations to charity are becoming popular in weddings; whether it be to “buy” a kiss from the bride and groom, or to have the proceeds of a cash bar go towards the couple’s favorite charity. Couples may also ask for donations to a specific cause as a way of honoring a family member who has passed away. However, if you are looking at charitable donations in lieu of gifts, here are a couple of organizations that specifically have Wedding Registries:
Oxfam Canada - Oxfam is a global charity that works to find lasting solutions to poverty all over the world. Have your wedding guests gift a goat, a beehive, a donkey, seeds, solar panels, emergency toilets, and more to a village in need.
CanadaHelps.org - Canada Helps is the only organization that provides access to all of Canada’s 80,000 registered charities. Once you set up a “Giving Page”, you can choose the charity (or charities) of your choice for guests to make donations to. You can choose national charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society, or you can go local with options such as the Edmonton Humane Society or the Edmonton Heritage Festival. (Edmonton alone has over 500 registered charities listed!)
Honeymoon / Travel Registries: If you don’t need any more “stuff” to clutter up your place, a great option to consider is a Honeymoon Registry. Guests can make online monetary contributions to your dream honeymoon. For Canadian residents, try these sites:
DreamBank - is the ultimate “gift registry”. This Canadian registry allows you to choose anything (and I mean ANYTHING!) at all that you want to register for – a down payment on a house, a piece of artwork, home renovations, or his & her bicycles. You upload your “dream” gift and attach a price value to it. Guests can use a credit card or PayPal to contribute towards your dream gift and in turn, DreamBank donates 10% of all net transaction revenue to charity. (Registrants are given a choice of charities to associate their dream gift with.)
This registry is also great for birthdays or anniversaries as you can literally register for anything that you want!
I don’t know about you, but I remember going to weddings as a kid and getting so excited for the little favours or take-aways that were handed out at the reception. But wedding favours in the ’80s were, well, tacky (to be nice). My parents had a collection of these weddings favours: a small porcelain bell with the couple’s names on them; hard, tasteless candy wrapped in all sorts of colors of mylar foil; and (my personal favorite) a plastic and paper statue of a bride and groom that was as large as my fist!
Thankfully, wedding favours today are more practical and personal than those of previous years. Take a look at some unique wedding favour ideas that are available:
If you’re not familiar with David’s Tea, allow me to introduce you! They are a Canadian company who carries specialized loose teas…and they have hundreds! (If there’s a David’s Tea in your city, check it out! You will not be disappointed!) For wedding favours, they offer tins of loose tea or boxes of blooming tea. You can select 1 of 4 flavours of loose tea and you can also choose 1 of 4 label designs.
If a tea bag is more your style, check out these personalized tea bag favours. These tightly-sealed packages contain one black tea bag and allow you to personalize the label with your monogram, names and wedding date, or even add a special message of thanks for your guests.
Are you a Starbucks fanatic? (hand up, guilty as charged!) You can order large quantities of Starbucks Cards from their corporate store. Depending on the size of your guest list, this could be a bit pricey as the smallest denomination available is $5. But what coffee fanatic wouldn’t appreciate a free latte?
For a favour that’s the epitome of “practical”, how about some wedding tissues? These pocket-size tissues come in 2 different wedding patterns and are available from Beau Coup.
Another Canadian company that’s making their products custom-designed for wedding favours is Rocky Mountain Soap Company. These wonderful handmade soaps are 100% organic and come with a variety of different label designs to choose from. Oh! And did I mention that they smell WONDERFUL?
photo courtesy of: Wish Special Events
I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to a wedding and have been freezing during dinner! To help keep guests warm (and stylish!), give them a shawl. “Pashmina” shawls make wonderful wedding favours and are actually quite affordable! You can order them in a variety of colors and tie them with a ribbon and gift tag; or you can tie them on the backs of chavari chairs and have them double as decor. Check out wholesalers and eBay for lot sizes and prices.
By far, I think that most fun wedding favour is a Photo Booth! Flashworks Photobooth not only provides you with a state-of-the-art photo booth, but they will also create a graphic design for your wedding. The photos are printed while you wait and come in two strips – one to give to the couple, and one for guests to take away. They also offer unlimited pictures, so your guests can use the booth again, and again, and again!