I’ve been saving these polka dot pics for ages, and it finally occurred to me that I should share them with you guys! If you can’t get enough, you’ll find even more over on our polka dot Pinterest board.

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1. buttons // 2. lanterns // 3. bow tie // 4. stockings // 5. clutch // 6. veil

 

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7. goody bags // 8. bridesmaids // 9. streamers // 10. flute // 11. blusher // 12. cake

 

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13. shoes // 14. cape // 15. mini cakes // 16. one-shoulder gown // 17. invitation // 18. dress

 

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It’s been a few months but our friend, and Select vendor, Sarah Winward from Honey of a Thousand Flowers  and photographer Kate Osborne took a moment in the midst of wedding season to share some gorgeous late summer floral inspiration. I absolutely love these colors – I always appreciate when pink gets paired with something unexpected, like these moody, dark hues. Reminds me a little of this inspiration board from a few years ago…

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From Sarah: “Middle to late summer is a time when so many fruits are available both on the stem and off. I like my flowers to really feel like the season they are in! For this berry-toned look, we incorporated blackberries, plums, and blueberries with the flowers. We let the fruit and candles spill between the flowers to create a whole tablescape that runs down the length of the table. To make the bright pinks and burgundy of the flowers feel a bit moodier I stuck with mostly dark foliage.”

 

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In these arrangements, Sarah used: Yves Piaget Rose, Baroness Rose, Astilbe, Blackberry, Clematis, Ranunculus, Plum Foliage, Ninebark, Smoke Bush, Lemon Scented Geranium, and Penstemon.

 

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Not tying the knot in late summer? Find more seasonal wedding flowers right here.

 

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

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Rachel: This is my favorite picture. Mostly because I can remember the moment that it happened. Alex turned to me as we were about to walk away from this area and he quietly whispered in my ear that he loved me. It was a true reaction and not posed.

 

Alex: I chose this photo because it reminds me of all the wonderful memories we have in Chicago.

 

Photos by Clary Pfeiffer. See the full wedding feature right HERE.

 

 

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From the lace details on Rachel’s gown to Alex’s stylish tuxedo, this wedding is full of classic elegance. And I love the use of gold accents! Such a perfectly glamorous touch!

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS CLASSIC AND ELEGANT WEDDING FROM CLARY PFEIFFER.

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The Ceremony

“It was important to both of our families that we get married with Jewish traditions, and Jewish weddings are very scheduled as far as the ceremony goes. We sat down with the rabbi several times, and he went over it step by step.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Jewish, Russian, Simple.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The fact that your whole family gives you away and stands with you under the chuppah.

What music did you choose for the ceremony?  We hired a husband and wife violinist and pianist to play renditions of Pachelbel’s Canon in D (the bridal party), traditional music from a Russian ballet (Alex’s parents), and “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (the bride) for the processional. The recessional was to “Siman Tov, Mazel Tov.”

 

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The Reception

“Alex is Russian, so we needed to find a Russian venue that would allow vodka bottles on the table – needless to say our signature drink was Grey Goose vodka.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Simple: I wanted no drama. I had my brothers as my “bridesmaids,” which was really special for me and made life easy – black tuxedos, no dresses or extra flowers or jewelry.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Being with my family in the morning was wonderful. I was able to spend time with my mother and my brothers. Besides that I really liked our time taking pictures around Chicago. I got to enjoy time with just my husband.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Talk with each other about what you guys want in a wedding before bringing your parents or family into the discussion, otherwise you might get lost in trying to please others. We were lucky in that everyone just wanted us to be happy, but sometimes parents expect certain things you might not have really wanted.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  It’s easy to get lost in the details, so take some time at the beginning and write down the three most important things you want at your wedding. We didn’t care about linens, dinnerware, and glasses; but we made sure we filled the glasses with top liquor, the plates with great food and sat the people we truly loved in all the seats.

First Dance: “Sway” by Dean Martin. We didn’t want to choose something trendy now. We both love oldies. We wanted something that would be appropriate to dance to when we were old and gray.

Anything else?  Alex was a DJ before medical school, and it was nice to have the last hour of music be a mix that he made.

 

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Photography: Clary Pfeiffer / Venue, Catering: La Mirage in Rolling Meadows, Illinois / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Earrings: Tiffany / Suit: George Zaharoff / Shoes: Prada / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Floral Design: Yoni Design / Music: La Mirage Band
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A welcome bag is such a fun way to welcome out-of-town guests to your wedding. And as a wedding guest, there’s nothing quite like finding some thoughtful goodies waiting for you when you arrive at your hotel – especially if you’ve traveled a long way to get there! We’ve partnered with Zazzle to share some of our favorite ideas for building an awesome wedding welcome bag.

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The Bag 

There are lots of container options for a welcome bag – anything from simple kraft paper bags to fancy gift boxes. My personal favorite is a customized canvas tote bag, because it doesn’t take up a lot of room in a suitcase, and it’s something your guests will be able to use again. I have a couple of these from weddings I’ve attended, and I use them at the grocery store on a regular basis – a fun reminder of a fun time!

Tip #1: Ask an artistic friend to create a fun wedding “logo” for you - or use some cool fonts to create your own – and use it to customize your welcome bag or other wedding swag (t-shirts, beer koozies, etc.). 

Tip #2: If you go with a reusable tote bag, don’t feel like you have to fill the whole thing - your guests don’t want to lug a bunch of extra stuff home with them anyway. Or, think bulky-but-cheap: full-size bags of popcorn or boxes of crackers take up space without breaking the bank, and people will likely polish them off while they’re hanging out between wedding weekend events.

 

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The Snacks

Confession: I remember the welcome bag snacks from the past three weddings I attended. Homemade pretzel Hugs (seriously addictive), Garrett Popcorn’s Chicago mix (even more addictive), and chocolate dipped coconut patties. So my snack bias is probably showing, but I think if you’re only going to include one thing in your welcome bag, it should be something edible. Preferably something sweet and something salty. Bonus points for something made locally. For this San Francisco-inspired welcome bag we went with a couple locally made treats (479° Popcorn and Poco Dolce toffee squares) and yogurt-covered pretzels. For the popcorn and pretzels, we bought large bags and repackaged them in smaller glassine and kraft paper bags, then sealed them with a big round customized sticker.

Tip #3If you plan on packaging things yourself, glassine or cello bags are best for anything remotely greasy (chips, popcorn, cookies); kraft paper will show grease spots, so use it for things like chocolate covered pretzels or hard candies.

Tip #4: Don’t forget something to drink. Bottled water, soda, or sparkling juice are good options. Make sure you’re considering who your guests are before including booze in welcome bags – your college buddies might be excited to find something from a local microbrewery in their bag, but your fiancée’s grandparents might not. Or they might. Use your best judgment.

 

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Welcome Letter & Itinerary

Send your greetings and gratitude in a little welcome note, and make sure to include an itinerary and transportation information – there’s nothing worse than traveling across the country for a wedding, only to realize you’ve left the invitation at home and have no idea what time the ceremony starts or how to get there! Depending on the location of your wedding, as well as how much of the weekend is scheduled, guests might have a little free time to explore the area. Give them a highlights tour with a list of your favorite things to see and do, and places to eat and shop.

Tip #5: Ask your guests to share their photos from the weekend on Instagram, and to make sure and tag them with a custom hashtag – we used #lizzieandjames for our imagined San Francisco couple. You might even set up Eventstagram at your reception to display all the pics!

Tip #6: Consider including the phone number of your wedding planner or a friend or family member who can answer any wedding-related questions. You probably won’t want guests calling you or your fiancé for directions while you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle.

 

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Oops! Kit

Without fail, I forget to pack something important whenever I travel – usually toothpaste. If you want to go above and beyond snacks and a welcome letter, a little “Oops! Kit” is a thoughtful touch for your welcome bags. We used a fabric pen to draw a little red cross on small muslin bags for our kits (a rubber stamp would work well too), then filled them with trial size toiletries we think would be most useful: Kleenex, blister healing Band-Aids, Shout Wipes, Advil, TUMS, and mints.

(Note: Make sure to place a piece of cardboard or other liner inside the muslin bag before painting or stamping, otherwise the ink will bleed through to the other side.)

Tip #7: Drugstores should have travel size items, but they don’t always carry trial sizes. If you’re looking for a mini version of a specific toiletry, Minimus.biz is a great resource.

Tip #8: Depending on your wedding destination, you might want to include location-appropriate items that guests will be glad to have, like sunscreen or bug spray.

 

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Fun Extras

If your budget allows, it can be fun to include little tokens of the trip for guests to take home with them. Some ideas:

- souvenirs like a magnet, shot glass, landmark miniature
postcards for your guests to scrapbook or send (Zazzle has a huge selection to choose from)
- local treat to take home like a jar of honey, jam, or mustard
- playful, customized things like a deck of cards, beer koozie, temporary tattoo
- mix CD or thumb drive playlist of your favorite songs

Tip #9: If you include anything like local jam or honey, make sure it’s small enough for your guests to pack in a carry-on bag. It would be terrible to have your thoughtful gift get confiscated at airport security!

Tip #10: Avoid scented candles or soaps; the fragrance can transfer to edibles, making your carefully planned snacks taste like perfume.

 

So there you have it! Our tips for building an awesome welcome bag for your out-of-town wedding guests. Did we miss anything? If you’re doing welcome bags for your wedding, what are you including in them?!

 


This post is sponsored by Zazzle, who makes it easy to create custom items for yourself or to sell, simply by uploading your artwork or personalizing one of their existing designs. From invitations to bridesmaid tank tops, from custom postage stamps to table number cards, Zazzle is a great resource for your custom wedding needs.

Custom designs by Kirsten Eva for Snippet & Ink.

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