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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Favor

POSTED IN Design, Planning, Tips & Tools

Wedding favors can be a source of great concern for any bride or couple planning a wedding. Should I spring for them? And if so, what should I purchase? We have all been to weddings where the wedding favors were, how shall I say it, less than desireable. “Why yes, I’ve always wanted a miniature plastic typewriter as a thank you for celebrating your big day”–said no one ever! So when I discovered the treasure trove of wedding favors and reception products produced by Totally Promotional, an online manufacturer/retailer of promotional products, I knew I had to share them with my loyal readers.

Totally Promotional - Foil Stamped Coasters

Through their website, totallypromotional.com, Totally Promotional has become America’s most popular internet source for imprinted promotional products at everyday low prices. And this includes a slew of wedding favors and reception items you would be proud to give your guests. Imprint your wedding logo or slogan on a variety of gift-worthy items such as wedding cups, wedding napkins, wedding can coolers (koozies), or wedding coasters. Or provide your guests with items for their everyday use, such as lip balm and wedding pens. Finally, you can create items for a wedding day photo booth such as a banner or wedding-themed sunglasses for your guests to use a props. The possibilities are endless!

Totally Promotional - Wedding Advice Coasters

You know how foil-stamping is all the rage in wedding invitation design? Well now this high-end look can be used on your wedding napkins and wedding coasters. Totally Promotional allows you to design your custom foil-stamped napkins and coasters any way you choose. They have dozens of product colors and the most popular shiny and matte foil imprint colors. You can select a template from their exclusive design gallery or send them your own artwork to create the foil imprint you want. These will serve as a great memento from your big day!

Finally, could there be a better wedding favor than the wedding koozie? Both functional and fabulous, Totally Promotional has dedicated an entire site to these favors–totallyweddingkoozies.com. Customers can choose from over 800 template designs and wedding sayings or you can submit your own artwork. Also, Totally Promotional provides free online artwork proof for customers as well as a free setup charge, which includes a one-color or full-color imprint, depending on the kind of koozie you order. Between the customized service and the price, there’s no other place on the internet to get a better deal on the ultimate wedding favor!

Trust me, Totally Promotional will save you hours of agonizing over how to choose the perfect wedding favor. With their variety of choices, top-notch customer service, and great prices, you can’t make a bad decision.

Totally Promotional - Wedding Favors

Happy Planning!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Totally Promotional. The opinions and text are all mine.

7 Questions with Vintage Oaks Ranch

POSTED IN Planning, Tips & Tools, Waco

Vintage Oaks Ranch was kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about their stunning venue. Nestled just northwest of Waco, this wedding venue is the perfect mix of rustic and elegance. I could go on about this amazing venue, but I will let the people who know it best, the owners, tell you why you would be crazy not to book it for your wedding or special event!

Vintage Oaks Ranch - Exterior

1. Describe your venue (e.g., location, capacity, overall style, etc.).

Our venue is nestled in a 3 acre grove of oak trees on a 130 acre working ranch in Axtell, Texas. The ranch is home to cattle, livestock and wildlife and is bordered by a winding creek that provides additional privacy. There are multiple ponds as well as a large lake with a dock that provides a picturesque photo opportunity right from the venue. Our capacity is 150. (We are well out of town but are only a 15 minute drive from Waco/Baylor/Magnolia).

Our barn is brand new; however, it was built with the charm and character of a 100 year old building. Our interior walls are adorned with vintage doors and unique architectural pieces. The bridal suite walls are clad with the wood from an old bunkhouse from Oklahoma while the Groom’s Quarters is a hodgepodge of wood and metal from a local farm that was slated for demolition. We also have various features such as an old grain silo that sits on our large granite patio that is complete with string lights and oak tree canopy.

2. Does your venue offer both ceremony & reception spaces?

Yes, we offer both outdoor or indoor ceremony and reception spaces as well as a bridal suite and groom’s quarters for the big day prep.

Vintage Oaks Ranch - Ceremony Set Up

3. What special features does your venue have that make it stand out from other similarly situated venues?

We are a family run venue that can offer everything from the facility and decor to photography and catering. Our package includes the use of our large collection of vintage, rustic and shabby chic items. This also includes decor and floral planning and execution. We love to take the stress of planning off of our couples by offering multiple services from each specialized member of our family. We also provide wood top farm tables, choice of wood or white garden chairs and a huge selection of vintage furniture and decor on site.

4. If your venue offers outdoor space, what do you offer as a backup plan in case of inclement weather?

The backup plan for bad weather is an indoor ceremony on our enclosed porch with ample natural light or a ceremony in our main reception space with a turnover after the ceremony into the reception. We always handle the backup plan 100% so there is no stress on the couple or guests.

Vintage Oaks Ranch - Reception Set Up

5. How can couples utilize your venue spaces to get the maximum use out of it?

Using a combination of the indoor and outdoor spaces is what makes VOR shine! The large outdoor patio is large enough to accommodate the entire reception for al fresco dining or just to be used for outdoor games and lounge areas. The outdoor ceremony site is one of a kind and surrounded with an oak tree canopy.

6. Does your venue offer any other wedding day services (e.g., dj/music, catering, alcohol, wedding coordinator, etc.)

Besides the included event planning and event styling, we do offer catering. As mentioned above we also have family in the business offering photography and cakes/sweets.

Vintage Oaks Ranch - Indoor reception set up

7. How have you have seen couples utilize your venue to create different décor elements or themes for their weddings?

We love to help our couples plan and execute the best theme to tell their story. We have planned and hosted everything from rustic chic to boho, eclectic, vintage and even slightly modern and funky!

Vintage Oaks Ranch - Bride and groom

7 Questions with C. Baron Photography

POSTED IN Houston, Planning, Tips & Tools

C. Baron Photography is no stranger to us here at 7 Centerpieces. We absolutely love featuring their stunning styled shoots and their gorgeous weddings. Their crisp and clear style is both iconic and modern. The Houston wedding photographer was kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions. And you’ll definitely want to get into the answers–they give some great advice for couples looking for the right photographer to capture one of the most special days of their lives. Check out the interview below and then hop on over to their website to see even more beauty.

C. Baron Photography

C. Baron Photography

1. Describe your style of photography.

C. Baron Photography is a wedding and lifestyle photography studio that focuses on capturing pure, candid emotions in an editorial style. We will capture all aspects of your wedding day – from the smallest details to the grandest of gestures, and of course, all the unforgettable moments in between.

2. What’s your favorite part of a wedding to photograph?

We are strong believers that each love story deserves to be told to the world – we do that by capturing every little detail. We absolutely love to photograph all those little decisions that come together to create a beautiful wedding.

C. Baron Photography

C. Baron Photography

3. What elements of a wedding do you feel make it memorable and special?

Simply put – all the real moments. We love when our couples do a “first look” – when the couple sees each other for the first time before the wedding. It’s such an amazing start to the wedding day and the images resulting from the first look are always amazing – we love love.

4. What is the best shooting experience at a wedding you’ve had to date? What made it so special?

Each and every wedding is so unique, that it would be hard to name a favorite! We love when our couples incorporate special family traditions, display unique family treasures at their weddings – it makes us feel like we’re helping to create a history for the newest family!

C. Baron Photography

C. Baron Photography

5. What advice do you have for couples when choosing a wedding photographer?

There are several things to look for here – after all, your photos are your memories and what you walk away with from the big day (well, besides your marriage, of course)! – First, hire someone that you feel comfortable with. You spend a lot of time with your photographer (more than any other vendor!) – make certain you like each other! Second, really look at a photographer’s portfolio – see full galleries, actual prints, etc. Make certain that the style and quality is what you’re looking for. It’s so easy to see just a few spectacular images and think “wow!” – a full gallery from a wedding will tell a better story. Actual prints will show the quality.

6. What do you wish couples would do to make your job easier?

Work with us on the wedding day timeline – we’ve photographed hundreds of weddings and know how they work! Understand that a well-designed timeline helps the day go more smoothly and allows for a more relaxing wedding day! Which, in turn, allows for more natural photos and more of them!

C. Baron Photography

C. Baron Photography

7. From a design perspective, what backdrops do you feel make the most beautiful wedding images?

While we believe that backdrops can create some epic photos, it’s not always necessary to create a stunning, emotional image! Some of our favorite images are simply a momentary glance, a meaningful exchange between our couple. These moments happen everywhere – and a cliff overlooking the ocean may not be nearby! It’s important that we see these moments and professionally capture them in a way that the background (be it a parking garage or less than perfect wall) doesn’t matter. But hey, we love a great beach or giant live oak tree just like everyone else!

C. Baron Photography

C. Baron Photography