Pilsner glasses, hand-painted in the likenesses of your groom’s best dudes? A custom-monogrammed sash for your adorable flower girl? A wedding-dress hanger artfully twisted into the shape of your new Mrs. moniker? With a little help from Etsy, the possibilities for putting your personal touch on your wedding day are pretty much endless. Check out our personal favorites (credits and links below)…and let us know YOURS!
Behold the amazing laser—truly a bride’s best friend. First it whitened our wine-stained teeth. Then it became our can’t-do-without waxing alternative. And now? Now it’s bringing us some of the most ah-mazing paper creations we’ve ever seen (with our laser-corrected perfect vision, thanks). Such crisp edges, such smooth curves, such lacy loveliness—like those scissor-cut “snowflakes” we loved making as kids, only crafted with, well, laser-like precision. We love laser-cut wedding invitations, save-the-dates, stationery and favor packaging so darn much, it’s hard for us to imagine a time before the dawn of the laser. Which, incidentally, sounds like a sci-fi flick our future fiancé would be, like, totally into.
Credits: (Photos from Top to Bottom, Left to Right): Avie, Wood & Grain, Chartula, StoreyShop Etsy Shop, Wedding Star, Paper Orchid Stationery, Boris & Doris, 2 Paper Dolls, Made By Julene, Cookie Bits Etsy Shop, Seven Swans, The Hummingbird Card Company, Cutture
It’s no secret how much we here at HWB love Hill Country weddings—like Jana & Buddy’s, Lauren & Zach’s, Juli & Kyle’s…and on and on. But did you know what a great resource Hill Country is for other wonderful wedding stuff, besides scenic venues?
Along with the allure of Austin, the area’s international influences and the recent boom in winemaking have made it a mecca for gourmands, gastronomes and folks who just plain crave true Texas flavor. Fortunately for us, this renowned region is right in our backyard. We highly recommend scouting Hill Country for welcome-basket goodies, dessert-table treats and take-home favors that will give your wedding guests a taste of Texas that is as sweet to look upon as it is delicious to devour. Our faves include Austin’s ridiculously adorablicious (yeah, we made it up) Tiny Pies and favor-sensation Gracious Bridal (they do edibles as well as non–with packaging to die for). ‘Course for down-home delish, nothing beats Fredericksburg’s Rustlin’ Robs–who, after all, can resist zippy Black-Eyed Pea Relish or perfect Pecan Pie Filling-in-a-Jar? Take to the hills, Houston bride!
Houston is a food- and wine-lovers’ paradise. Its fertile surrounding lands are also home to more than a few beautiful wineries—Messina Hof is one of our faves—where a wine-loving couple may wish to wed. If you’re planning to get hitched at a local vineyard, or to feature good wine, big time, at your wedding, make it personal with custom wine labels from the wonderful Nancy Nikko (whose also does lovely custom canning labels, bookplates and oodles more, btw). While wine stopper options abound, our current favorites are erasable ceramic Placetile’s, which do double duty as place cards and favors—and Daisy Mae Designs’ awesome “map” stoppers, which you can customize with a snippet of Texas territory. And for sheer prettiness, we absolutely adore flower-accent wine-cork place-card holders from Karas Vineyard Wedding, featured here in beloved Tiffany blue, but available in just about any color you can imagine. Check out these, and a couple more wine-theme cuties, below.
Photos (clockwise, left to right): Nancy Nikko Design, Casiani via Amazon, Daisy Mae Designs, Home Wet Bar, Nancy Nikko Design, Nancy Nikko Design, Placetile, Nancy Nikko Design, Karas Vineyard Wedding, Placetile
With their pretty pastel shells and symbolic sweetness, Jordan almonds have long been a take-home tradition at Middle Eastern, Greek and Italian weddings. And, of course, Mexican wedding cookies are a beloved treat at Mexican weddings from Oaxaca to…Houston! We’re nuts about sweet wedding favors (who isn’t??), especially when they’re presented and packaged with such sophisticated style, it’s almost a sin to scarf them down. Almost. Chocolate wedding “cakes,” artistic cake pops, couture cookie wedding favors—we’ll take one of each. To go!
Photos: Cookie tower, Michael’s Cookie Jar (photo by Adam Nyholt)~Jeweled box & Louis Vuitton box, SoBelle Favors~Macarons, SWEET Houston~Wedding cake chocolates, Divine Chocolate~Cherry blossom cake pops, Mom’s Killer Cakes & Cookies