Monday Morning Inspiration: Wedding Favors on Etsy!

 By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

Searching for the perfect gift to thank your loved ones for joining you on your special day can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are tons of amazing handmade wedding favors available from the artists in the Etsy community. And today, I’m sharing some of my favorites with you! Happy Monday, everyone!
Birdseed Hearts from Madel Made
“These hearty birdseed hearts are a perfect combination of love and nature. The eco-friendly hemp loop allows you to hang each heart from your favorite tree and watch the birds go to town! Every heart is finished with a hand-stamped aged tag that reads ‘Love is tweet’ on one side and has the definition of ‘thank you’ on the opposite side, but I will gladly customize the tags to meet your needs.”
Macarons from Sparkles Kitchen
“Add these little French touches to your party to create an elegant effect that will surely please your guests. With such a wide variety of colors and tasty fillings, French macarons make a classy and fabulous gift to your guests.”
Heart Shaped Seed Bombs from Seed Bombz
“Spread love wherever you can– you can place them in a pot or throw them in the wild. If you’re impatient for your love to bloom then crack open the Love Bombz. Once Mother Nature takes over and provides sunshine and a bit of moisture (or is helped along with you and a watering can), the wildflower seeds will sprout and soon the world will be a more flowerful place.”
Jasmine Tea Bags from Pink Cherry Mama
“Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, these wonderful tea bags make a great favor for weddings. Each bag is filled with Jasmine tea and will easily make 2 pots full.”
Handmade Soap from The Little Flower Soaps
“Artisan soaps are the perfect earth friendly alternative to traditional wedding favors.” Available scents include: Rosemary Lemon Mint, Lavender Lemongrass, Comfrey Spearmint, Tea Tree Lime Almond, and Tangerine Basil
Old Fashioned Caramels from The Caramel Jar
“These Fleur de Sel caramels are rich, creamy – salty yet sweet and a truly luxurious old fashioned candy treat for you and your guests to enjoy!”
Succulents from Succulents Galore
“Succulents are drought tolerant as they store water in their leaves. Place them in filtered sun or by a bright window and watch them thrive!”
Jellies, Jams & Apple Butters from Santa Barbara Preserves Co.
“Make your wedding day extra special with personalized Jellies, Jams & Apple Butters from Santa Barbara Preserves Co. Choose from multiple jar styles & sizes, and then choose your flavor(s), colors and decorations. Every aspect of your favors can be personalized to fit your special occasion. We will even work with you on a special, one of a kind recipe, just for your event!”
Freshly Roasted Coffee from Apropos Roasters
“Choose from any of our available coffees and create your own custom stamp to commemorate your special day! Each adorable bag is filled with 2 oz. of freshly roasted coffee (first put in a glassine bag to keep it fresh, then wrapped in paper). The bags are all hand stamps, folded and tied with rustic twine.”
Plantable Birch Tree Leaves from Recycled Ideas
“Plant them, they grow! Each leaf is chock full of a mix of perennial and annual flower seeds embedded right in the paper — a leaf you can grow. Add to table settings and wedding favors for a little bit more green in everyone’s life.”

Monday Morning Inspiration: Wedding Cakes

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

Gone are the days of the mandatory traditional white wedding cake with multiple tiers, heavy piping detail and a wedding topper. These days, brides and grooms are opting to select cakes that are a reflection of their personal style and wedding ambiance. And with the influx of wedding cake reality shows in recent years, it’s becoming more evident that if you can think it, it can be created with sugar and flour (and in some cases, with the help of pvc pipes and styrofoam). So whether your cake style is intricate or simplistic, traditional or whimsical, monochromatic or multicolored, your options are (nearly) limitless. With that said, this week’s inspiration board is a collection of some of my favorite wedding cake designs. Enjoy and HAPPY MONDAY!

Image Sources:

Row 1: cake by Sterling Affair and photography by Mira Mamon Photography via The Knot; cake by Maggie Austin Cake; cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop

Row 2: cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop and photography by Gabriel Ryan Photographers

Row 3: cake by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes via Martha Stewart Weddings; photography by Elizabeth Messina via JL Designs; cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop

Row 4: cake by Vanilla Bake Shop and photography by Jasmine Star Photography via JL Designs; Martha Stewart Weddings; cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop

November 27th, 2010

A lot of you have been asking, so here it is! …my wedding day! Thank you Michael & Anna Costa for the amazing photos, Emily Dawn Artistry for hair & make-up,  and Peony & Plum for the beautiful flowers!

Monday Morning Inspiration: GUEST BOOK IDEAS

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist

A wedding guest book filled with thoughtful and inspiring messages from your loved ones allows you to re-live your special day for years to come. With that said, your guest book is something that should reflect your personal style (as with all the other details of your wedding). Guest books are available in various styles, shapes and sizes and are easily customizable. In addition, there are also many alternatives if you don’t want the traditional guest BOOK. This week, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite guest book alternatives to share with you!

1. POSTCARD MESSAGES. Gather postcards from your favorite places and have your guests sign a message on the back. If you want to take it a step further, address the postcards and have one of your close friends or family members mail it to you so that when you come back from your honeymoon, you’ll have tons of postcard greetings in the mail to read!
Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

2. THUMBPRINT WEDDING TREE. Instead of having guests simply sign their name in a book, sketch out a wedding tree and invite your guests to “leaf” their thumbprints and signature. If you’re not the greatest artist, don’t worry, there are tons of customizable wedding trees available on Etsy. My personal picks are Inviting Moments by Amy Leigh and Bleu de Toi. Tip: Have individual moist towelettes available for your guests to wipe the ink off their thumbs. Image Source: Bride Scouts

3. KEEPSAKE QUILT. In lieu of a guest book, have your guests sign pre-cut squares of fabric. After your wedding, sew the pieces together to make a keepsake quilt! Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

4. CONVERSATION STARTERS. When it comes to signing guest books, I often find it difficult to come up with the perfect personalized message to the couple, so I tend to fall back on the oh-so generic “Congratulations to the newlyweds! I wish you both a life of wealth, love and happiness together!” But leave it to the Martha Stewart team to come up with the perfect solution with a clever spin on the traditional guest book: each table gets their own guest book with a specific question on the cover (different from the other tables). Topics such as “Where do you see us in 25 years?” and “What’s the best marriage advice you’ve ever gotten?” will keep the two of you entertained for years to come and serve as great conversation starters amongst each table. These guest books also double as table numbers so you can check two things off your list! Bonus: Martha Stewart has templates available online for you to create your own conversation starter guest books. Check it out here: Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

5. THUMBPRINT ANIMATIONS. I am IN LOVE with this alternative guest book idea featured on the
Pearls Events blog. Using multi-colored ink pads and pens, invite your guests to get creative by turning their thumbprints into fun animated characters. Tip: Just as with the thumbprint wedding tree listed above, make sure to provide your guests with individual moist towelettes to clean the ink off their thumbs. Image Source: Pearls Events

6. KEEPSAKE KITE. I came across the most FABULOUSLY WHIMISCAL wedding by Jesi Haack featured on JL Designs. Their guest book alternative? A KITE. Similar to the Keepsake Quilt idea listed above, have your guests sign pre-cut strips of fabric but instead of sewing them into a quilt, tie the strips of signed fabric to the tail of a kite! This is a great idea for those of you with a more whimsical wedding style! Image Source: Ashley Rose Photography via JL Designs

7. GUEST BOOK POSTER. Instead of having your guests sign a book, create a poster for them to sign. This way, you can frame it and display it on your wall at home for everyone to see! Bonus: Martha Stewart has an editable PDF available online for you to print your own “Love Always” poster. Check it out here: Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

Have your own creative twist on a wedding guest book? Share your idea with us! HAPPY MONDAY, everyone!

Los Verdes Golf Club

Exploring the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s wedding venues has long been on my “to do” list and I finally had the opportunity to visit one a couple weeks ago! I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about the Los Verdes Golf Course (LVGC) so I didn’t quite know what to expect when I arrived for a wedding industry mixer event on Tuesday evening. I’m happy to report that I was more than pleasantly surprised! You should definitely pay a visit to LVGC if you’re considering getting married in this area!

When I first arrived, I was happy to see Jackie Lowe. I’d met Jackie in 2009 when I coordinated a wedding at Park Plaza near Downtown Los Angeles. She was working for Park Plaza at the time and was a dream to work with. Now, Jackie is working at LVGC and they (as well as all LVGC brides) should realize how lucky they are to have her on their team!

Walking around the venue, I quickly noticed all the potential this space actually has. Now, to the untrained eye, the LVGC may not seem like much. But there are a few things that engaged couples should consider when visiting the venue:

1. The things that can’t be changed about a venue are spectacular — for example, the view. You can always hide a wall by adding some draping,  but you can’t pay any extra to add a view like this to your wedding venue. The ballroom has a panoramic view of the golf course, ocean and on a clear day, Catalina Island.

2. Ceremony Options — there are several spaces at this venue for you to hold a ceremony. Weather you always pictured getting married under a gazebo, on a golf course, or with a spectacular ocean view in the background, LVGC has you covered!

3. Affordability –  because this venue gives you a lot of “bang for your buck” (considering your surroundings!), you can put extra money towards decor and personalizing the space. You know those amazing linens you’ve seen in bridal magazines? You can actually afford those by saving money on your banquet and reception costs!

If you’re thinking of getting married in the Los Verdes/Palos Verdes/South Bay area, consider setting up a meeting with Jackie and the team at LVGC — you won’t be disappointed with the options, flexibility and jaw-dropping beauty the space has to offer. Happy venue-hunting! :)
Los Verdes Golf Club
7000 W Los Verdes Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 377-7888;

Monday Morning Inspiration: BLACK & BLUSH

By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist!

I’m not really a pink kind of girl, but throw in some black and you’ve got a fan! Not into black? Blush also pairs well with Navy or Eggplant.

Image Sources:

Sweet Monday Photography via Style Me Pretty; Monique Simone Photography via Amy Atlas; Martha Stewart Weddings; Aaron Delesie Photogragher via JL Designs; Blackbird Letterpress and Betsy Dunlap via Oh So Beautiful Paper; Tanja Lippert Photography via Style Me Pretty; Twig & Thistle; Hannah Suh Photography