Kristi Hamblett had been set to marry her best friend Dan come May 10 at The Mansfield Barn in Jericho.
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!!!!
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 A Vermont Wedding Barn
Best Questions to Ask at A Barn Wedding Venue Site Tour!
Vermont’s New England rustic country charm is simply unmatched, and our state is home to an enormous amount of wedding barn venues. Finding the right one can be truthfully overwhelming! There are so many factors to consider while searching for the right one for you! We have listed below our top criteria for finding the perfect VT wedding barn!
Are the owners / staff friendly and accomodating? That’s the first sign that lets you preview how your wedding day will go! If you are getting a bad vibe, look elsewhere!
What are the bathrooms like? Are they nice? You want your guests to enjoy themselves and feel comfortable at your wedding.
Are the grounds accessible for elderly people? Where is handicap parking? Technically the facility may be handicap accessible, but more than that… is it easy for elderly guests to get around, and is there a good place for them to park? This is a great consideration if you are inviting any grandparents or elderly relatives.
Is there flexibility with decorations and setup? What options do you have? It is crucial to know how your wedding will flow, and what the physical layout will look like. This is why site visits are so important.
Is there a prep space for your caterer? Caterers may require a space, or have specific needs. You need to know what the barn has available, so you can pass that information along to your caterers.
End time restriction? Town and city ordinances often dictate when your wedding can end. This is essential for planning shuttles, and determining if you need an after party event!
What does your rental fee include, and what extras are there? What does the facility include, and what extras are there that other barns may not include? For example, do they include tables and chairs? Or do those need to be rented from a separate vendor? Those rental costs can add up quickly, and if they are included with your venue, you may be getting a better value!
What is your rain plan? What is the guest capacity? Verify the guest capacity, and rain plan. Make sure the venue can still hold your guests comfortably, even in the event of rain.
Will it be hot? Historic barns usually do not have air conditioning. But it is important to ask – what, if anything, is done to keep guests cool and air moving? It is so important to know what type of fans, or ventilation systems the barns use to keep your guests comfortable! A good wedding barn should have systems in place to keep the heat from being too excessive!
Other buildings on the property? What other buildings, rooms, or areas are on the property? Is there a ceremony site? Is there a place for the bridal party and bride to prep and relax privately? All are essential to know, so you can plan and visualize your big day!
Is it the right vibe and aesthetic you want? Does the venue visually and emotionally fit you as a couple? Does it feel right? Does it feel FUN? Make sure to watch videos, or talk to others who have attended weddings at the barn, to get a feel for how fun the day was!
If you are newly engaged, looking for your perfect Vermont Wedding Barn, we wish you good luck, and congratulations! We hope this article helps guide you on your path to finding the right Vermont wedding barn venue! May the wedding force be with you! The adventure has only just begun! Cheers!!!!
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.
It’s wedding season in Vermont. The statewide wedding planning website Vermontweddings.com is filled with photos of summertime love. There are lit sparklers and cornfields; linen tablecloths and leafy arbors; tiered cakes and mason jars. There are elaborate wedding dresses with cascading lace, and abundant arrays of sunflowers and sweet peas and dahlias.
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 !
The Mansfield Barn is one of Vermont’s newest historic barn venues. Located in Jericho, VT the Mansfield Barn is the perfect setting for that once in a lifetime event. Please email us to schedule a showing.
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.