Destination Wedding Paper Details by Laura Hooper

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We’re big fans of our friend Laura Hooper of Laura Hooper Calligraphy - her work is pretty amazing and we can never get enough!  While we were hanging around her Etsy page recently, we stumbled across some great new destination wedding accessories and paper goods we wanted to share with you!  If you’re looking for unique ideas to weave in your location or love of travel into your wedding reception, then look no further!   From custom hemstitch cocktail napkins to mini telescope place cards – the ideas are endless!

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Of course shells always make the perfect accessory for a beach wedding!

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Don’t forget about cocktail hour!  It’s not all about the paper details!  For more destination wedding ideas from Laura Hooper, check out her website here and her Etsy page here!

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Destination Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas from Engage!13

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Earlier this month I attended the Engage!13: Biltmore Estate wedding industry summit.  It’s my 11th time and each and every event gets better and better.  This year was no exception!  Held at the historic, spectacular, incredible, awe-inspiring and vast property that is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, the theme of this session included a bit of Gatsby wedding decor, southern charm, historic richness, and of course the Engage brand too.  What does all of this have to do with you?  Well, for one – the swag!!  Engage commissions several talented artists and teams, like the gift gurus behind this product, Gifts for the Good Life, to come up with and create gifts for guests that would dazzle any destination wedding party.  With a green and white palette in mind, take a look at some of the amazing ideas that would translate perfectly for your domestic destination wedding.

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Thinking of hosting a post wedding brunch or casual welcome reception?  Why not send in custom branded picnic baskets via horse and carriage?!  A creative and simple way to kick off the festivities!

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Then, when guests arrive in their rooms, they could be greeted with goodies like we were here.  Keeping the old south in mind, we were given a kit to create an old fashioned cocktail, complete with shot glass and the over 21 ingredients enclosed in what looked like a book!

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Then don’t forget about your guests’ comfort with socks, hangover remedies, nuts and snacks, and other essentials perfectly branded to match your big day!

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If you’re hosting any excursions (think horseback riding, rafting, and at the Biltmore Estate you can even partake in archery!) – consider giving loved ones a little additional swag to help them in the outing.  I got to go rafting on the property and received a backpack filled with a water canteen and snack pack!

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Budget permitting, why not gift the guys and gals something different?  A bow tie kit for him and a hair and shoe accessory kit for her!

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Every time I go to Engage I’m blown away by the creativity of this team!!  These amazing products were created by the gals at Gifts for the Good Life with the help of Trisha Hay Design on graphics for the entire event.  Congrats ladies!!  This will go down in the history books (even those filled with secret cocktail swag)!

All Photos By: Allan Zepeda, Carla Ten Eyck, Jeremie Barlow 

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Destination Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas

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Last week I was lucky enough to be included in an amazing event where I spoke to a group of my peers at the uber fabulous Engage!12: The Breakers conference – a business summit that elevates the wedding and destination wedding community to better our businesses for clients like you!

The hosts throw tons of epic parties, get the best brains from across the industry to share their insights, and gather a room of 250 creative people to share and celebrate for several days.  But that’s not all.  The swag, oh the swag!  Every year Engage teams up with the talented ladies of Gifts for the Good Life to design and create welcome gifts given throughout the week that are not only destination wedding-worthy but major wow elements of any big day.

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Since this event took place in Palm Beach, FL (at The Breakers), they went with an orange theme (oh-so fitting).

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No detail was forgotten, no opportunity missed to theme the goodies to the event (we even received orange flavored chapstick)!

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From mini orange lunch boxes to color coordinated popcorn, they truly thought of it all (yes, we had orange flavored Emergen-C too)!

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Gifts for the Good Life only sells to the trade (that means you must go through your wedding planner to design wedding swag as special as this).

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Whether you craft your welcome kits on your own or enlist the professionals, take a few fabulous ideas from these memorable mementos.

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For the guys?  How about a how-to tie a bow tie kit?

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And for her?  Everything she could need in a fashion emergency.

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Who could forget the tangerine flavored cocktails complete with recipe!

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Welcoming your guests with welcome bags like these will be something they never forget!  Thanks Engage!12 for the fabulous goodies and even more amazing time!

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Stay tuned for more destination wedding inspiration from the event tomorrow!

All Photos via Elan Artists / Scott Clark Photography + Chellise Michael Photography

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Winter Wedding Welcome Bags

You may not need beach towels and flip flops in your winter wedding welcome bags, but you can have oodles of goodies to protect your guests from the chilly elements and help them get into the festive spirit at the same time!  From flavors of the season (and location of course), to blankets and cocoa to keep your friends and family warm, your winter welcome bags can be themed to perfection for the season.  Take a look at a few ideas we found across the web.  Whether custom making and branding your products or simply shopping the holiday sales to stock up, have fun with it!

Tip: Don’t forget to ship well in advance!  Buying local is a great idea whenever you can too.  But for those items that have to go out to the location in advance, speak to your shipping destination about possible receiving fees, taxes, and other costs you may not be counting on.

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{Photos: Top Row Left: Country Living, Right: The Knot, Middle Row: Gifts for the Good Life via Four Seasons Magazine, Bottom Row Left & Right: Sunset}

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Welcome Bag Ideas to Support Breast Cancer

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it appropriate to show how you can raise awareness, and support this cause, even at your destination wedding! Welcome bags are a thoughtful touch at any wedding, especially when many guests have traveled from afar, and we’ve rounded up several products, with proceeds going to breast cancer research, to include in yours. Food items are always a welcome bag staple, check out the honest tea and cupcake options below (YUM)! Luxury bath products to make guests feel at home and pink tennis balls for the athletic guests who want to take full advantage of what a resort has to offer are fun additions, too! Don’t forget the most important part, a personal note thanking the guests for traveling to celebrate with you. Finish the welcome bag with a Susan G. Komen leather luggage tag so guests can remember your big day, and this great cause, long after their plane touches down back home!breast cancer awareness month wedding welcome bag3 Welcome Bag Ideas to Support Breast Cancer

Photo Credits (Clockwise from top left): Philosophy Shower for the Cure Shower Gel, Crane Notes to Benefit Breast Cancer Research, Georgetown Cupcake’s Susan G. Komen Pink Ribbon Cupcake, Susan G. Komen Leather Luggage Tag, Wilson Hope Breast Cancer Tennis Balls, Sharpie “Ink it Pink”, Honest Tea Komen for the Cure Pink Labels, Susan G. Komen Pretzel Crisps

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