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SMPwedding101: Personalizing Your Wedding Favors

Looking for a creative way to add some personality to those wedding favors? Well, look no further – because we’ve asked Navy and Lavender to share a few of their favorite tips. From edible treats to sentimental keepsakes, when it comes to your wedding favors we’re all about adding a personal touch. Read on and see how other Brides have personalized for their partygoers in THE VAULT!


Put Your Stamp on It

Personalizing wedding favors is a breeze these days with how simple and easy it is to create personalized labels that you can put just about anywhere. What will make it truly special and meaningful though is not just putting your names and wedding date on the label, but creating something that represents both your wedding and yourselves as a couple through icons, photos, colors, sayings, or quotes. Take it to the next level by using your label design on welcome bags, napkins, programs, even dance floor spotlights — the sky’s the limit!

Social (Media) Butterfly

In today’s Facebook-loving, Instagram-obsessed world, personalize your favors with your own wedding hashtag and get trending! It’s a great way to remind guests to use your hashtag both during and after the wedding when they’re going through all their great pics from your special day.

Represent Your Joint Passions

There are so many favors to choose from it can be difficult to decide. However, if you have something you love to do together, why not choose a favor that represents your joint interests. For instance, if you both love wine tasting, give guests picture frames made of cork. Met while visiting Paris? Eiffel Tower key chains would do nicely. If you love the outdoors, give personalized bags of trail mix for that pre-wedding hike.

Variety is the Spice of Life

You don’t have to limit yourself to just one type of favor. Couples will love getting one of each at the end of the wedding! If you go this route, instead of one favor that represents you as a couple, you can gift one that represents you and the other your groom. For instance, personalized playing cards for your poker-loving man paired with a monogrammed chocolate bar for your sweet tooth. Or you can create a favors table with a all different parting gifts, and let your guests choose their own memento to remember your special day!

Celebrate Your Craftiness

If you are having a small wedding or are up for a challenge, gift guests something you made yourself by baking sweets, making jam, or simply creating lavender sachets. Package them in beautiful jars, boxes or muslin bags stamped with your initials.

It’s All about the Journey

If you are having a destination wedding, met while working abroad, or just love to travel, give guests favors that represent your wanderlust with personalized luggage tags (they can double as seating cards!), passport covers, map-themed favors, or an item that represents your wedding destination.

Embrace the Season

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall — it’s always wedding season! Represent the world around you by giving favors indicative of the weather. Winter weddings are the perfect time to give out hot cocoa packets in personalized mugs. Spring weddings are all about new beginnings, so give personalized seed packets. Summer is a time to have fun in the sun, and guests will appreciate personalized sunblock or sunglasses to use during your outdoor ceremony. Fall is a time of harvest, so give guests a sweet jar of honey with a monogrammed label.

Location, Location, Location

Personalize your favors by matching them to your wedding venue. If you are getting married in a barn, perhaps gift treats in a personalized burlap favor bag or give out lucky horseshoes. For a mountain-top wedding, antler bottle stoppers or bottle openers will do the trick! Taking a boat ride for your reception? Nautical favors such as anchor photo holders will remind guests of your blissful sunset cruise.


Secrets Resorts + Spas


For our California Brides… Discount from The Ranch at Laguna Beach

For our New England Brides… Discount from Sweet Monday Photography

For our Tri-state Brides… Giveaway from NST Pictures and a giveaway and discount from Alexandra Grecco, discount from Femina Photo + Design!


Congratulations to our Mindy Weiss Jewelry Collection Giveaway winner Jordan!

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Al Fresco Saddlerock Ranch Wedding

A touch of whimsy here and a dash of vineyard romance there, this soiree from Koman Photography is packed with more details than I can count on my digits. The al fresco reception space alone is oh-me-oh-my and just how cute are these two?! Plus, there’s a zebra. It doesn’t get any better than that. There’s more right this way in THE VAULT.


From The Bride…David and I met back in high school when we both worked at a local sub shop, Jersey Mike’s. We immediately had a connection and I always knew in the back of my mind that one day we would spend the rest of our lives together. David proposed on the beach at sunset, where we had one of our first dates. He planned a romantic picnic on the beach and even asked my best friends to secretly capture photos of it all and then surprise me afterwards. It was one of the happiest moments of my life that I will never forget!

We immediately knew the Garden setting at Saddlerock Ranch was the perfect place to get married, among rolling hills, vineyards, white picket fences, ancient oak trees, horses, exotic animals and magical hanging lights in the trees. We wanted to celebrate our special day alongside our closest friends and family in an environment that portrayed our own personal styles and interests. We also wanted it to feel like a backyard wedding, where our guests could feel comfortable playing lawn games and making s’mores, while enjoying the spectacular scenery. Since the location already has so many rustic elements, we wanted a crystal chandelier above the dance floor to add romance and elegance. We also picked out vintage furniture to add some decorative flair and character.

We loved every aspect of the planning process and in particular, taking on so many DIY projects, from making our own place cards and centerpiece boxes to the lawn games and signs. I have a passion for crafting and painting, so we added personalized touches everywhere we could. We asked David’s dad to officiate our marriage and it was very special having him by our side as we read our own vows to each other. Our parents and siblings surprised us with the most entertaining, creative and genuine toasts, that all had a musical theme. The entire day felt like a dream come true!

We are so grateful for our amazing and talented team of vendors who exceeded our expectations and made our vision come to life! Our planner, Laurel Szeto, facilitated every aspect of the planning process and flawlessly executed our entire day due to her vast experience and knowledge. We also want to express our sincerest gratitude to our talented and creative photographers, John and Marlene of Koman Photography, and our videographers, Mason and Savannah Summers (Anchor Pictures) for being such a joy to work with, capturing our wedding day better than we could have ever imagined and allowing us to relive one of the best days of our lives!

Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Anchor Pictures | Coordination: Laurel & Party | Floral Design: Vave Studios | Wedding Dress: Love And Lace Bridal Salon | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Bride's Shoes: Tom's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Allure | Catering: Contemporary Catering | Hair And Makeup: Rock Me Makeup | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Photo Booth: Conejo Photo Booth | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Save The Dates And Invitations: My Big Day Designs

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Autumn Bridal Session in Yosemite National Park

What do you get when you combine a lush, autumn-inspired bouquet by Kelly Lenard, a dreamy Hayley Paige gown and the incredible scenery of Yosemite National Park? A bridal session made for the pages of SMP, that’s what. From the lens of Cassidy Carson, we’re peeking into a shoot that celebrates the beauty of nature and you can pin to your heart’s content inside THE VAULT.

From Cassidy Carson“God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.” – John Muir

When I think of Yosemite National Park, I think of how inspiring and free it is. While surrounded by granite monoliths it’s easy to feel small. Nature, Yosemite in particular, is beautifully intimidating. As we were brainstorming ideas for this bridal session we knew we wanted a stunning location. The Yosemite Valley was perfect. The Hayley Paige gown diffused the California light so well and the floral-sequined bodice played nicely off of the lush environment.

Kelly foraged greenery and golden ferns from the some nearby woods to create a bouquet that embodied the park—beautifully wild. We chose not to fuss over the bride’s hair or makeup keeping everything simple and preserving a natural feeling for the shoot. I consider it a privilege to have been able to photograph a blushing bride in such a magnificent setting!

Photography: Cassidy Carson | Event Design: Kelly Lenard | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Venue: Yosemite National Park | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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Fall Seattle Wedding + Romantic Newlywed Session at Cascade Mountains

It’s beautifully obvious when a couple just got married; they’re glowing, smiles wide, eyes bright. So what better time to take more snapshots than right then and there. The day after these cutie’s festive fall “I do’s,” they headed outdoors with Christine Clark in tow to capture that special glow. See all these pics in our VAULT but don’t miss their wedding ones either (and ARIA Studios cute clip); with Jenny Yoo’s dresses and sweet treats courtesy of Fran’s Chocolates, the whole celebration is one to remember.

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From Christine Clark… Everyone who knows Holly and Kalani will immediately describe them as the sweetest and cutest couple out there. Both of their reputations for being easy-going, happy and kind people combine into one of those matches that seem to radiate adorableness and sunshine. This can be seen by their beaming, nonstop giddy smiles in all of the photos during their wedding day.

One of my favorite moments from their day (of which there are many) was their first look. While leading Kalani to the first look location, he was bursting with excitement, exclaiming, “she’s going to be sooo pretty!” They stood side by side down in Pioneer Square, with their hands covering their face, and then looked over at the same time. Kalani’s reaction was priceless, and Holly laughed in delight.

A couple days after the wedding, being the adventurers and artists that they are (Holly herself is a wonderful photographer), I headed with these two up into the Cascade Mountains where we did a newlywed photo session. The long hike up with gear and garment bags was thrillingly worth it as we wandered high up, amidst the bright autumn mountain foliage. Reds, oranges, and greens provided a rich and romantic backdrop to Holly’s delicate blush gown and the blue of Kalani’s navy suit. The sweet intimacy of newlywed life was soaked into their chemistry, creating wonderful moments and a photo session to remember always.

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Photography: Christine Clark | Floral Design: The London Plane | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Dahlia Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Cole Haan | Engagement Ring: Joseph Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair + Makeup: KLS Makeup Artistry | Favors: Fran's Chocolates | Venue: Court In The Square | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Cinemetography: Aria Studios | Raw Gemstone Ring: Alexis Russell | Ribbon: Adorn | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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