Fun Favors, Awesome Activities

It’s guaranteed when you attend a wedding your going to witness a beautiful and sentimental union between a loving couple, enjoy delicious food, partake in  and possibly watch some rather unique dance moves, treat your taste buds to a sweet slice of cake, be the MVP when it comes time to catch the bouquet or garter, and aside from having a wonderful evening possibly participate in unique wedding activities and walk out with a sentimental, well thought out wedding favor. We are always amazed at the unique and creative details our brides put into their wedding. We have seen various takes on alternative wedding activities besides the “established” money dance, garter, and bouquet toss.  Here are a few of our experiences with fun wedding favors and adventurous wedding activities.

The Candy Buffet

We get really excited when a bride mentions she will have a candy buffet during her reception because they are always  delicious to look at, tie in with the wedding colors, incorporate their candy favorites, and bring out the inner child in the wedding guests. Candy buffets are tempting, have a wide area of candy in various colors, and the decadent display makes your mouth water. You don’t realize how many varieties of candy there are until you see a candy buffet displayed.

What’s great about candy buffets is you can either hire an outside vendor to create a display or you can do it yourself. You can find candy that either incorporates your wedding colors or you can go with a theme. We are dying to create a candy land buffet and incorporate the fun characters and the land they live in like Gumdrop Mountains, Mr.Mint, Gramma Nutt, Chocolate Swamp, and Princess Lolly. Not only would it be delicious but it would bring back the nostalgia of the characters and the fun times you spent playing the game as a child.

Photobooths

Martha Stewart's DIY photobooth

Who doesn’t want to see their wedding guests documenting the evening with photos? Photobooths are a great way for guests to pop in and take a snapshot of the wonderful time their having. They also provide a great party favor for guests to take home and pin on their fridge. You can utilize duplex photobooth copies and have guests attach them to your guest book with a fun note beside it.

If you don’t have the budget to get a photobooth you can utilize an empty, open wall at your reception venue to create your own photo backdrop. Your backdrop can be monogrammed with your  wedding date and name, or as we just recently saw in Martha Stewart, decorate your background with real or artificial flowers to create a flower wall.  Set up a camera and a printer for the evening and you have created a do it yourself photobooth. We recommend getting a tech savvy friend to help “run” the photo booth if you plan to do it yourself so they can refill ink, fix paper jams, and other issues that may arise with the vast number of photos that will be taken during the evening.

Flip Books

The C&C Team recently went to BRIDES magazine mixer and fell head over heels in love with the flip book favor craze. We saw them on wedding programs before and absolutely loved the unique wedding favor. When we saw the flip book booth that evening we could not wait to jump in and create one. The camera man takes a 10 second video of you with a background of your choice and then turns that video into numerous photos. The photos are  then composed into a book and when flipped through show your mini movie! They are fun because you actually get to take a piece of the action home with you and share it with all your friends. We couldn’t help but show ours to everyone because they are so unique and fun.

Caricatures

Fun, silly, and one of a kind artwork. The C&C Team once again got to partake in this fun favor activity when we attended San Diego Style Weddings Spring Mixer. Caricatures are fun because you get to see yourself as a cartoon character and smirk every time you see it. We have our hilarious cartoon portrait hanging in the office for us to laugh at  and remember the fun night we had.

I wonder if they all come with a hat and white bunny? A magician will keep your guests spellbound while your taking photos during cocktail hour. Perhaps guests will even learn a few tricks of the trade.

Customized Favors

Our favorite customized favor was custom-made hot sauce bottles. The bride and groom transformed a standard everyday tabasco bottle by putting a photo of them with their name on the front. On the back they listed the ingredients with funny sayings such as, come together to make a fiery and spicy combination. Not only is it personal and humorous it is something guests will use often. We have also seen customized olive oil and peanut brittle that guests can utilize and enjoy after the wedding.

Bouquet Giveaway

We truly enjoy this new take on the bouquet toss. Instead of having all the ‘single ladies’ come to the dance floor to catch the bouquet the newly married couple ask that all married couples come to the dance floor. After dancing a bit the DJ will then go around asking couples how long they have been married. The couple who has been married the longest will receive the bride’s bouquet as well as warm wishes.

No matter what you do activity or favor wise make it your own and enjoy.

Be Marry,

C & C

{Tuesday Tip} Drive Your Directions

 

Drive Your  Directions

 

We recently read about this interesting tip in the April issue of BRIDES Magazine and believe it is a tip well worth sharing!  Before you send out your invitations recruit a friend who has never been to your venue to drive the Map Quest, Google Maps or Venue-provided directions to make sure they truly take you to the correct location. 

 

This is a wonderful idea because there is nothing worse than ending up on a dead-end street and having no idea where or how to get to your destination.  Keep in mind that not everyone has a fancy phone with a built-in GPS or navigation system. Remember that Grandma and Uncle John avoid cellphones and technology at all costs. If you know written directions are the only form of information they will use make sure they are clear and easy to follow.

 

If you happen to notice that Map Quest or Google directions take you to a dead-end share this information with them. They don’t have the time to drive every road and update every change all over the world so it may be possible to inform them about the updated  streets in your neighborhood. If you discover this problem far enough in advance they may be able to update it before your wedding.  

 

If you want to make driving directions a little more fun and personal we love the idea of Cartoon illustrated directions. They bring out the excitement you felt when you were a kid and dreamed of finding a map to buried treasure.  You can attempt to make your own or venture to a shop that can create a custom map that incorporates fun, detailed places that are special to you. What is great about customized maps is they are easy to read,  pleasing to the eye, extremely detailed, and one of a kind.

 

 

We found the following photos at: http://www.acartoonist.com/wedding.htm and something tells us this is going to be a growing trend with weddings.

 

 

 

Cartoon Save the Date

 
 

Too keep your friends and family from missing your big day do double-check the driving directions before you send them out.

And remember X marks the spot

Be Marry,

C&C

{Real Wedding Decorations} Rose Wedding

Black, white, and pops of red, a timeless color scheme for Gloria-Grace and Demond Rose’s wedding on June 17, 2011. The Ballroom looked elegant, almost like it was dressed up in a tuxedo for the evening.  The bride created her own simple and crafty centerpieces which included engagement photos and two-cylinder vases with red and white rose shaped floating candles. Each table had a hand-made sign displaying the guests table numbers.

 

Bridal Party Table

 
 
 
 
 

 
Included on the tables were festive handkerchiefs that each guest got to take with them at the end of the evening . The bride purchased them in New Orleans in ode to the grooms home town and heritage.
 
 

Handkerchief wedding favor

By far the most creative aspect of Mrs.Gloria-Grace’s wedding was her customized, one of a kind aisle runner that she created herself. It was phenomenal!

Gloria and Demond had two wedding cakes for their reception. One was a traditional, four tiered wedding cake and the other was a personalized groom’s cake. The groom’s cake was in ode to his hometown and favorite football team the New Orleans Saints. His cake was shaped like a football and had the New Orleans Saints logo and the team’s saying ” Who Dat? “.

The Groom's Cake

To view photos of the bride and groom and see the rest of the evenings festivities follow the link below:

http://tianamariephotog.blogspot.com/2011/06/gorgeous-wedding.html

Be Marry,

C&C

 

{Tuesday Tip} Know Your Venue’s Neighborhood

 

We have started a new weekly post offering a Tuesday Tip of the day. There short, sweet, to the point, and always helpful. Enjoy!

 

 

Know your venue’s neighborhood.

 

If you are not familiar with the area, ask  your coordinator or local gal pal where to find the closest drug store, grocery store, or specialty craft store. You may need items like cough drops, ibuprofen, snacks, food, and water  from your local grocery or drug store. You may also want to know where the nearest craft store is  for last-minute wedding needs like a forgotten guest book, cake cutting set, or ribbon. It’s a wealth of knowledge to know where the closest ATM or bank is in case you have to purchase  items. Let them know if there is an ATM on site in case they need to donate funds to the couple or need cash to purchase drinks. If you have an idea of where these stores are located share it with guests who are not familiar with the area, it will make scrambling for these items less chaotic.

Be Marry,

C&C Team

{Real Wedding Reception} Galante Wedding

June 11, 2011. The reception was draped in crisp, finely pressed white linen and chair covers. The touches of lavender in the flower arrangements and chair sashes provided just enough color to the room. The centerpieces, provided by Angelica’s Flowers, alternated between small Lilly arrangements and tall Manzanita tress adorned with crystals hanging from their branches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The couple gave wine charms that spelled, ‘ love ‘ as wedding favors which were a perfect complement to the wine selections on the tables. The fruity, dry, and crisp wine selections were provided by the groom’s family winery, Galante vineyards. The Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carmel Valley Malbec were nicely paired with the evenings entrée; tender Filet Mignon, red roasted potatoes, and green bean almondine. 

 

 

 

 

Cheers to Megan and Joseph!

 

Be Marry,

C&C

{Wedding Story} Dreher Wedding

The C & C Team is estatic to provide you with another Menifee Lakes Wedding Story. Jennifer & Chris Dreher were married at Menifee Lakes Country Club on May 13, 2011. We featured their beautiful table decorations in a previous post and we are so excited to complete their story. Thank you to Chris & Jennifer for sharing the romantic details.

https://ccwedblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/dreher-table-decorations/

Follow the link to their amazing wedding photos from 8twenty8 studios

http://www.8twenty8studios.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=16979311&AlbumKey=xRxVDq

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Chris and Jennifer Dreher’s Menifee Lakes Country Club

Wedding Story

Once upon a time. . .

How did you meet?

We actually met on E-Harmony. I saw Chris’ photo and loved his smile; it took up the entire post. We started talking and two years later he proposed.

Describe the proposal.

On our second anniversary Chris planned out a romantic dinner for two at Sevilla in Riverside. After dinner, we walked around the Mission Inn and he proposed. He was so nervous and so cute.

 Your Fairytale come True . . .

What personal touches did you incorporate into your wedding?

We had photos of Chris and I growing up on the tables. On the hutch we displayed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents. For the ceremony, Chris’ uncle played and sang ‘ The Wedding Song ‘ , his cousin did a reading, and a family friend played while we lit our unity candle.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Seeing Chris for the first time. My brother escorted me up the aisle and when we reached the top of the stairs I saw Chris and my heart jumped right out of my chest. I lost my breath for a moment.

What menu did you choose?

The Italian menu. We had Caesar Salad, Antipasto Display, Chicken Primavera, Chicken Picatta, Italian Seasoned Vegetables, and Garlic Bread.

Describe your cake.

My maid of honor made our cake. Strawberry filling with banana cake. Three tiers with ivory fondant and pearls.

What flowers did you use?

Hydrangeas

What was your something blue, borrowed, old, new?

My dress and shoes were new, I borrowed my mom’s money purse, wore my grandmother’s pearls, and carried her blue handkerchief.

Describe your shoes.

Simple, ivory, kitten heel, open toed.

What accessories did you wear?

My grandmother’s pearl necklace, earrings, and bracelet.

Describe your dress.

Nothing flashy, ivory, elegant, with a small flower, and sequin embellishments.

What were the highlights of  your ceremony?

Marrying Chris.

Did you have any vendor or D.J. highlights?

Our DJ, from High Society Services, was amazing! He had everyone in place and kept the night flowing.

Did you have a theme for your ceremony or reception?

Simple and elegant.

Your Happily Ever After. . .

 We wanted to travel so we visited San Francisco, Washington, and Lake Tahoe. As for our future, we want to start a family in the coming years and eventually move to a small community with four seasons, maybe Washington.

{Real Wedding Decorations} Diers Wedding

Fully bloomed Hydrangeas in lite shades of green, copper toned roses, all dusted in gold accents made June 5, 2011 a bright, clean, airy, spring day for a wedding. Jennifer and August had beautiful, bursting arrangements, provided by All Wrapped Up, at each table and utilized small arrangements to decorate the ceremony chairs lining the aisle.

 

Smaller arrangments lined the aisle

The colors for the wedding reception matched the vaulted wood ceilings, the earthy, warm, wall color, and the wood finishes of Menifee Lakes Country Club perfectly. The bride had small wooden fans placed on each guests ceremony chair so they could enjoy a slight breeze during the ceremony.

 

 

 

 
 

The fans made their way into the reception too

The couple was ecstatic about tying the knot which made working with them and their adorable, 5-year-old ring bearer, Lucas, a pleasure.  The little guy made working this event a breeze, not only did he look adorable in his 3 piece suit, he brought us flowers as we worked to make the reception setup perfect, and kept asking when the dancing was going to start.

During the reception Jennifer’s Daughter gave the most amazing speech, by far the best we have EVER heard. It was so touching it brought us to tears as well as most of the guests at the wedding. We tried to quickly dry our tears in order to hand off  tissues to the bride and groom. Moments like these make us love weddings so much, it is all about love and happiness!

Congratulations, Jennifer and August!

Be Marry,

C&C Team