Resource to help you decide what to give your bridesmaids!!!
The Mansfield Barn in Jericho has found a new purpose during the pandemic.
What to do for Wedding Favors?
Wedding favors have constantly evolved over the years, from the engraved champagne flute of yesteryear, to the beer koozie of today! As a wedding vendor, I have seen hundreds of favors far and wide. Below I have some advice on how to choose the best wedding favor!
#1 Keep it Personal to You as a Couple
Think of this as sharing a part of you to all our guests who traveled far and wide to see help you celebrate your day. This is the #1 most important part of choosing your wedding favor. It needs to BE YOU!
But Really, What should it be!!??
Yeah but physically, what should it be?! Again, see #1 (above). That is the most important thing. The second most important thing is that the wedding favor is meaningful, AND useful! I say there are two definitions of useful. The first is: “Will I use this after today?” The Second is: Is this insanely YUMMY!?” At one wedding I attended, the couple gave out unique drinking glasses with their date on the glass. I loved this gift because each time I used it, I thought of all the fun we had at their wedding! Additionally, sweet treats or good food ALWAYS WINS! Something sweet to eat is a guaranteed hit. Some examples are maple candies, chocolates, and really anything sweet and delicious!! Need some other ideas? I will list some examples here and hopefully you will say “BINGO, THAT’S IT!!!” And if you are able to combine 2 of the examples below, you have hit the nail on the head!
Local Liquor Samples
Hot Sauce !
Champagne Small Bottle
Chocolates / Chocolate Bar
A Unique Sweet Treat (i.e. Maple Nuts)
Mason Jar Monogrammed
Monogrammed Mug (With Coffee?)
Monogrammed Bottle Opener or Magnet
Monogrammed / Wood Drink Coaster
*** PLEASE VIEW OUR PINTEREST BOARD FOR MORE IDEAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How to keep it budget friendly?
Do it yourself…
Some couples have over 150 people at their wedding, and the favors can get expensive very quickly! Firstly, do it yourself! Spend the time, and not the money! The gifts can be higher quality, and less expensive! Not only that, but your guests will appreciate the effort and time put in, and it will make the gift more meaningful to them, and to you!!! FOR EXAMPLE, I spend the good part of a day in the weeks leading up to my wedding making drink coasters. Not just any coasters!!! These were cut from small birch logs, with the beautiful white bark still on them (White for WEDDING! Get it??!!) I spent the good part of a day cutting them on my chop saw (something easily borrowed or labor borrowed from a relative or friend) and then some more time polyurethaning them, so they would last!! Total cost:::: $15 can of polyurethane! If you want to get fancy, you can wood burn your wedding date into them. That was just an example! Anything hand-made like that can be friendly on your pocket book!!!! If you save money on doing it yourself, you can perhaps add more to your favors by having more than one item!!
Consider multiple items….
Perhaps an assortment, or a small basket / bucket with multiple, more inexpensive items for your guests can create a valuable and fun favor that won’t break the bank!!!!
But Really… Come on! What should I get??? I need this done!!!
Here are some links to Vermont Wedding Favors that we love!!! Get it done!! Enjoy!!! These favors are sourced right here in Vermont! We love McNeil and Reedy – made in VT products with online ordering!!!
To you engaged couples, we wish you the best of luck with the planning process! So many details are involved in planning a wedding, we hope this helped with some inspiration for your wedding favors! Cheers and Congratulations!!!! The adventure is just beginning!!!!!
How To Choose Your Vermont Wedding Venue
Vermont offers a trove of wedding venues that offer simplistic, rustic, and relaxed elegance!
How should you go about choosing the VT Wedding Venue that is right for you? That is the simple and correct answer. Choose the one that is right for you! There are a lot of factors that will determine this! Below we have provided some frequently asked questions of this regard.
What visual style do you want at your wedding? Do you want a rustic elegance theme, modern, or a combination of both? The sky’s the limit. Pinterest is a great inspiration! A site tour of your venue will give you the best idea of if this is the aesthetic you are looking for!
What vibe do you want at your wedding? How do you want the atmosphere and ambience to be? Charged up and raging, or calm, relaxed, and zen? Either are great! “What activities does your venue allow or include?” can be a great question to ask, and also for you to ask yourself what activities, if any, do you want to provide access to for your guests – AKA bean bag toss, horse shoes, excursions, hiking etc. etc.
Where will your guests stay? That’s a great question to ask. And where do you, the couple, want to stay?! If you want your guests to enjoy Burlington, and be able to roam around the city for the weekend, pick a venue that is within 30 miles! If you don’t care about the Burlington scene, and want your guests to experience hiking or skiing, then pick a destination close to those activities, or one that is a little more remote! Nature heals all hangovers!!? Perhaps! It is good for the soul anyhow!!!! Also, is your venue easy to find? Yes, remote locations are gorgeous! But make sure uncle Jim can find the place and isn’t racing in during your wedding ceremony!
Is the staff nice at the venue? Is the staff kind, helpful, and do they communicate well? It’s the perfect indicator on how your wedding day will be. Your vendors should be prompt to communicate regarding the details and all of your questions. They would be happy to help you, and never annoyed by any “inconvenience.” It’s never an inconvenience to help a client when that is your job!!!! Vendors and staff are the key to your wedding’s success! So make sure they are friendly and helpful!!!
There are so many factors to consider when picking a wedding venue in Vermont. Luckily, there are many options to choose from! Remember to pick a vibe that feels right, and suits you as a couple, and your guests! Pick a venue that you and your guests will remember and cherish, and want to return to for years to come! Good luck, and may the wedding force be with you!!!! To our engaged couples reading this – cheers and congratulations!!! The adventure has just begun!!!!
This post has been adapted and borrowed from VTWeddingVenue.com with their permission and blessing ! Please visit their website and view their featured Vermont Wedding Venues! vtweddingvenue.com
Please also view our pinterest account for helpful ideas and resources on choosing a Vermont Wedding Venue. Thanks for reading!
A Wedding Planner’s Guide to Postponing or Canceling Your Wedding or Event Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The outbreak of coronavirus has had far reaching impacts over the past few weeks. And, for many individuals, it’s personal. From weddings to celebratory showers and planned trips, COVID-19 has forced couples to cancel and postpone long-awaited events. Navigating the logistics and etiquette of handling these decisions is stressful during an already confusing time.
Who doesn’t love a good barn wedding? The rustic details, high ceilings, and beautiful countryside views make these venues one-of-a-kind, and here at Zola we can’t get enough of them. So, we compiled a list of everything Zola couples should consider when planning barn weddings.
The Mansfield Barn is the feature venue on VTWeddingVenue.com !
Welcome to an overview of the best Vermont Wedding Venues ! If a vintage and rustic feel is for you, then this is where it’s at!!! The Mansfield Barn is conveniently located 30 min from downtown Burlington, VT in the small town of Jericho. Travel is easy from I-89 !
WEDDING DATE: October 6, 2018 VENUE: The Mansfield Barn, Underhill, VT PHOTOS: (Jay Kennedy) Portrait Gallery THEME /COLOR PALETTE: Fall (Vermont) Season 4 MINUTE READ The Romance… Jim and I actually met on Plenty of Fish. Vermont is such a small state so we had both decided to try online dating.
The Mansfield Barn was featured in Vermont Bride Magazine’s Look Book ! – 11/25/19