Fabulous Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are one of those things you don’t want your guests to throw away.  So be thoughtful in choosing your wedding favor.  Here’s a few Favor ideas that are sure to get your guests attention.

Everyone loves ooey gooey foods, so why not give them as favors?  Try Cinnamon Buns,Pie Pops or salty, soft Pretzels. Pie pops

Home baked goods are great if you have a baker in your family.  Allow them to participate by making their famous cookie or truffles.  They box easily and everyone loves something sweet at the end of the night.

Having a country wedding?  Think about a favor from the heart like homemade jam or salsa.  Who doesn’t love salsa or maybe jam on their toast.  They’ll think of you and your wedding for days to come.

Are you looking for something a little more down to earth?  Seedlings have been around for some time but there are so many ways to display them for your guests and encourage us all to plant flowers or greenery.  Whether its seeds or mini plants and/or trees, planting is always a great gift to give back to our environment.

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Candy is always a crowd pleaser. Whether you choose a candy bar or you jar mints, your guests will enjoy them.

Looking for something unique? Try custom fortune cookies with chocolate and sprinkles! Having an Adult wedding? Try adult beverage favors from mini liquors to hard soda.

Fun and unique ideas are around every corner.  What are you passionate about? Love to do? Or is there something special to you as a couple?  Make your wedding memorable with a special favor to thank your guests for coming and being a part of such a very special day.

Happy planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings and Events

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To Tip Your Vendors Or Not To Tip….That Is The Question

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You go out to lunch and you receive great service from your waiter or waitress, so you leave them a generous tip.  But what should you do about your wedding vendors?  There is no specific guide that states you must tip your wedding vendors, however, if they have worked hard to bring your big day together, it is something to consider.  With that in mind, a personal thank you note after your wedding is very heartfelt and cherished as well.  After all, as a wedding vendor myself, my goal is to ensure my clients have a memorable day for many years to come.

With all of this in mind you will find below a guide crafted by world renown wedding planner, Colin Cowie which I hope is helpful in your wedding planning:

Preparing The Tips
Regardless of how you decide to distribute them, tips should be placed in an envelope that has been labeled and sealed and paired with a thank you note.

Delegating
Place someone trustworthy in charge of distributing the tips. You’ll be so busy the day of your wedding, so it’s important to ask a parent, maid of honor or the best man beforehand.

Timing
When you choose to tip creative partners is at your discretion. Here are a few different options and the reasons behind each.

Before: Colin suggests tipping creative partners before they perform their services. This can happen days before the event as incentive or even 30 minutes prior. Doing so serves as motivation to go the extra mile and do the best job possible. If you don’t feel comfortable giving the whole tip upfront, give half prior to your wedding day with the acknowledgment that there is more to follow depending on quality of service.

After: brides who choose to tip after are looking at how well services were performed. As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to tip entertainment and hair and makeup artists after services are performed. Donations to churches or synagogues are also made after the service.

Methods Of Distribution
One way of distributing gratuities is to decide on a lump sum that you can afford and divide the percentage. Another way is to get a comprehensive list of everyone working your wedding and divide portions based on performance. In this case, the lead bartender and maître d would receive larger percentages.

Another aspect to consider is the relationship you’ve developed with partners. If you have become very close with your photographer and had an amazing experience, you may want to tip them a higher percentage.

On Gifts and Letters
Sending your DJ or photographer a fabulous bottle of champagne a few days before the wedding in leu of a cash gift is entirely appropriate and thoughtful. Along those same lines, handwritten notes are invaluable to creative partners; there’s nothing like the words of a happy client that will serve as feedback and a testimonial to their excellence.

So Who’s Tipped?
Unless they’ve been a complete nightmare throughout the planning of your wedding, it’s courteous to present each of your creative partners with a gift. Don’t forget your florist, driver, baker, caterer, waitstaff, bartenders, lighting crew and maintenance.

When All Is Said and Done…

How you choose to tip creative partners is entirely up to you. Take time to decide what works best for you as a couple and for your budget and remember, thought and sincerity holds a lot of weight when it comes to saying thank you!

A Must-Read Guide To Tipping For Your Wedding

http://www.colincowieweddings.com/articles/wedding-basics-etiquette/wedding-tipping-guide?utm_source=

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award 2015!

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Cicero’s Own Fairy Tale Weddings & Events wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2015.

Cicero, New York – January 8, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Fairy Tale Weddings & Events  as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 for Wedding Planning in Cicero, New York!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Fairy Tale Weddings & Events. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“It’s always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud {Enter Your Business Name} for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

Fairy Tale Weddings & Events is proud to be one of the top Wedding Planners in Cicero, NY and surrounding areas in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015.

For more information about Fairy Tale Weddings & Events, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.

To learn more about the Couple’s Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire
WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.

Happy Planning,

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

photo courtesy of Vasili Photography

Do I REALLY Need A Professional?

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This weekend was a beautiful weekend as we move into Fall.  My granddaughter Devynn and I decided we would make some cake pops.  Anyone who knows Devynn and I know we love to bake!  Whether it’s the family Christmas Cookies we make every year or just a fabulous pan of brownies, baking is in our blood.  We even kid we’re going to open a bakery together some day.  So this weekend we decided to make cake pops and yes we now know cake pops are definitely not “our thing”.  We made the pops too big, then too small, burned some of the chocolate and had such a hard time trying to cover the pops with chocolate, let alone the ones that fell down the sticks because they were too heavy.  We decided we’d leave the cake pops to the Professional Bakers.  Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) where are you when we needed you?

When you’re planning your wedding, you always think, “I can do that” or “I don’t need to hire someone to do that”.  Not everyone has the eye of a photographer or a florist who designs gorgeous floral arrangements.  Whether it’s your centerpieces, your wedding dress or your invitations you really should consider a Professional.

A Professional’s expertise is priceless!  You’re not only hiring them for your wedding, you’re hiring their expertise, their experience and their creativity.

If you know a Professional or you have a family member or friend who is a Professional in their field, by all means talk to them.  Their input and recommendations as experts in their field will help guide you in your decisions as to who to hire.  Or your friend may be taking photography classes at your local college, but does he have the eye and ideas of a Professional Photographer?  You can purchase your flowers from your local grocery store, but a Professional Florist can design and bring your vision to life, even on a budget.

Keep an open mind when you speaking with Professionals. Be honest and share with them what you’re looking for and your expectations.  Not every Professional will be a good fit, so if you don’t find a good match in one field, reach out to someone who is more your style.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer – Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

The Endless Circle of Love

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You received an engagement ring from your fiance’ but have you wondered what it means?  Engagement rings and wedding bands represent many things in many cultures.  The most common meaning is Love, Commitment, Fidelity, Honour and Eternity.  After all it is an endless metal band around your finger.

They say the wedding ring dates back to Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls of Egyptian tombs, which were translated by archaeologists.  2000 years ago, Asian puzzle rings were commonly used as wedding bands. It’s said that sheiks and sultans required each of their wives to wear one as a pledge of fidelity while he was away.

Ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that the ring finger of the left hand follows the vein of love, which is connected to the heart.  Isn’t it amazing that a single band of metal can symbolize eternal love having no beginning nor an end.

We all know your engagement ring will typically be found on your left ring finger (next to your pinky).  But how will you wear them once you’re married?  Traditionally, your wedding band will be placed on your ring finger first and then your engagement ring.  The symbolism of this being your wedding band is the closest to your heart and a never ending circle of love.

While engagement rings and diamonds are beautiful and amazingly stunning, especially paired with a matching wedding band, the love that you have for one another is never ending and a ring is a symbol of that love.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer –  Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

Every Wedding Should Have These Things

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Every wedding should always have things that are important to you.  Let’s see if you agree:

1) Be surrounded by the people, family and friends who love you.  They’ve seen you laugh, they’ve seen you cry, they’ve eaten a pint of ice cream with you at two in the morning.  These are the most important people to you and should be with you to celebrate your love for one another.

2) Know your officiant.  Now he doesn’t need to be your best friend or your pastor (but that’s not a bad thing if he/she is) but hopefully have someone who knows you and your spouse to be.  It will make your ceremony personable and special and he/she may give you the best advice about marriage you’ll ever receive.

3) Make your vows your own.  Be personable, be passionate, be from the heart.  You are pledging your life to this person today, so share with him/her your heart felt emotions no matter how mushy, how funny or how much it makes you both laugh.  Laughter after all is the best medicine for almost everything.

4) Have something special that speaks to you in your wedding….whether it’s the design of your wedding cake you created, the “I said yes to the dress” or that special “thank you” favor you picked out for your guests.  Enjoy it, embrace it, and smile.  This is your day!

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com

 

 

Boston Runs Again, Walks Again, Smiles Again

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I wanted to take a moment this week in remembrance of last years Boston Marathon.  Last year was a devastating time for the people of Boston, with many losses and many survivors.  What I’ve found is that the people of Boston have come back fighting, stronger than ever.  Even in the mist of life’s most challenging situations, many survivors are resolute to return and stand tall. To run again, to walk again, to smile again.  To them I send my thoughts and prayers.

When planning weddings with my clients, I try to help them keep things in perspective.  Yes, this is a once in a life time moment for you, your fiance’ and your family and friends.  But in the grand scheme of things, if everything isn’t precisely perfect, you have the love of everyone around you to envelop you and make your day so very special and memorable.  Life is full of memories and this is the first of many first for you as a married couple.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer-Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

http://www.fairytaleweddingsandeventsbymary.com