Photo Booth Mania Part 1: Step and Repeat Photography

Posted by aruchaevsky on Mar 20, 2013

With each passing year, weddings seem to continue to evolve into more than just your standard dinner with dancing. Many couples today are looking for new and alternative ways to jazz up their wedding and entertain their guests or expand on the entertainment of a traditional wedding.

One of the many growing trends our studio has seen is a rise in demand for photo booths, and the many variations of the photo booth concept. From a traditional boardwalk style photo booth to step and repeat photography, photo booths are taking weddings in the North East by storm.

Top 10 Wedding Favors for 2013

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 21, 2013

Photos (clockwise from top left): Picotte Weddings, Tara Welch Photography, Natale Bell Photography and Ruth Eileen Photography

One of the best ways to show guests your appreciation is by giving them favors at the end of the reception. Not only can you customize them to your liking, but also can prepare them yourself. But how do you choose from such an infinite list? We’ve narrowed the selection down to help you decide:

1. Beverages (coffee, wine or beer)

2. S’mores kits

3. Succulents

4. Macarons

5. Fortune cookies

6. Fresh fruits and vegetables

7. Pashmina shawls

8. Cigars

9. Scratch-off lottery tickets

10. Homemade preserves

Which favor did you choose? Let us know in the comments below. Or for more inspiration, check out our favor photo galleries.

3 Wedding Favors for a Glitzy and Green New Year’s Eve

Posted by kharrison on Dec 31, 2012

2013 wedding trends are pointing towards all things glitzy glam. Roaring 1920’s weddings set in old mansions and historical venues will set the scene for late winter and spring weddings. A New Year’s eve wedding is the perfect time to go green and glam with a vintage 1920’s twist. Send your guests off with some delightful favors and brighten up their new year with sustainable choices.

1. Tiffany Necklace

Surprise your bridesmaids and your maid of honor with a beautiful, sustainable and organic pearl necklace. The cultivation of pearls requires the preservation of the ecosystem.  The water must be pristine, the land around it must be undisturbed and the air clean.  The slightest change in water temperature, salinity, pollution and current can kill the oysters. In fact, the cultivation of  pearls is the only industry that requires man to preserve and protect the environment.

Farmer’s Market Fresh Favors

Posted by kharrison on Aug 15, 2012

Summer is the perfect time to create fun, eco-friendly favors that your guests will love to take home. The best part is, creating them won’t break the bank!

Seasonal fruits make wonderful (and tasty) favors.  Head down to your local farmer’s market to pick up affordable and stylish gifts for your guests!  Placing your fruit of choice in a small sustainable bag is the perfect way to “dress” any fruit up. Decorate the bags with stamps and designs, or carefully write out a message, the date of the wedding, and you and your spouse’s name to add a more personal touch.

Guest Post by Anne Chertoff

It’s always fun to discover new products and companies.  This year’s Stationery Show featured the launch of a few new wedding invitation lines and products that you’re going to want at your wedding.  Here’s a quick recap of what’s new for 2012 and 2013 weddings:

Figs and Ginger debuted at last year’s show with a small collection of wooden bunting for cakes.  This year they cake topper collection grew to include multiple tiers of bunting and banners with wedding sayings.

Photo courtesy of Figs and Ginger

Whisker Graphics has everything a couple needs to package their wedding favors.  The company’s Bitty Bags are made from kraft paper so they’re safe for edible favors and come in colorful polka dot and chevron stripe patterns. Need something bright and cheery to tie-up a favor box or attach a personalized tag?  Order Divine Twine Bakers Twine, Whisker Graphics’ eco-friendly and strong bakers twine available in 12 colors.

Photos courtesy of Whisker Graphics

Another way to package wedding favors is to order pillow-shaped boxes from Branch + Cotton.  This new design firm has a collection of themed boxes that can be used at parties — for favors — or can be shipped through the mail as creative gift wrap.  The Striped Candy pattern shown here is a fun addition to a wedding dessert buffet, but you can also customize a gift box, and the size, so the favor box coordinates with your wedding’s theme and palette.

Photo courtesy of Branch + Cotton

Forget the traditional guestbook and order a guest sign-in board from Farewell Paperie. The company designs two Guestbook Posters — Wedding Bracket (shown below, left) and Wedding Banner.  Each one is 16” x 20” and the design is letterpressed onto kraft paper and priced at $39 each.  The company’s other must-have wedding detail is Individual Letter Bunting (shown right), which allows couples to customize their wedding signage. Priced at $3 per letter, ribbon sold separately.

Photos courtesy of Farewell Paperie

BT Elements, known for their wedding favor packaging and invitation suites, has two new items specifically created for the dessert portion of your wedding.  Couples planning on designing a sweets table will want to order Candy Cups — available in a number of patterns and customizable with your names, wedding date, monogram or a sweet saying.  Our other favorite find at their booth are their Cupcake Carriers, each one is big enough to carry one cupcake for guests to take home as a wedding favor.

Photos courtesy of BT Elements

Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry.