Top 5 Custom Wedding Gifts For the Couple Who Has Everything

Custom wedding gifts are becoming more and more popular among shoppers and gift-givers. The main benefit of getting a couple custom gifts is that you can find suitable items that come in sets or pairs at a low price. When you compare shopping online versus offline, you’ll be able to get more from your set budget since you don’t need to pay for additional costs such as for gas, other unnecessary shopping items, as well as snack foods.

You can browse from hundreds of online stores in a matter of minutes and there will definitely be a couple of items that will fit your recipients’ tastes and of course your budget too. Remember that you are giving a special gift to a couple and it is advisable to give them something for their new home or for them to use.  To give you an idea of what the internet has to offer, here are the top 7 suggested custom wedding gifts for the couple.

(1) Monogrammed pillow cases and bed sheet

One way to customize your gifts for the couple is to have their gifts monogrammed. In this case, they will need several items for their own home or apartment when they finally move in together after the honeymoon. A set of monogrammed pillow cases and bed sheet are great customized wedding gifts since you can find an online store to order from, they’re usually not expensive and the couple will remember you because you went the trouble in having these items especially-made for them. 

(2) His and her bath set

It is easy to find custom bath sets that range from $20 to $60. But if you have set a budget of $100 for a wedding gift, why not go the extra mile and include in a pair of bath towels or bath robes for the couple and have them embroidered with their initials or nicknames. You can find online stores that offer personalization services from etching, embroidery, etc. and the cost is very minimal if not free. You can choose from a custom set of bath products already packaged or you can hand-pick the products yourself and have the online store wrap and ship it for you.

(3) Monogrammed champagne flutes or wine glasses

There will always be other special occasions that the couple will celebrate. It is nice to give them monogrammed or etched champagne flutes or wine glass set for their home. Have the items wrapped and shipped directly to their home if you wish to buy from an online store. Offline stores may not offer etching or customization services, but some stores may refer you to a service shop for a cost.

(4) Customized beverage tub

As mentioned earlier, there will be occasions that the couple will celebrate in the months and years to come, so why not give them the gifts that they will need for entertaining guests. Customized beverage tubs may only be available online since you need to order it and have it etched or engraved with the couple’s last name or initials. Galvanized or tin tubs give that homey but rustic feel. Plastic tubs are also great since they are lightweight and can be painted with the couple’s initials. Best of all, this item is usually affordable. You can include other items such as beer mugs or ice buckets to complete the ensemble.

(5) Customized wedding photo quilt

This is a great way to have the couple remember their special day and of course you, the gift-giver. You need to ask the couple first regarding their favorite wedding photos before you can have the item custom-made. This gift is a post-wedding gift, but it is all worth it once the couple see the end product. You can also order it already framed from selected online stores.

Rustic Fall Wedding Decor Ideas to Bring Nature to Your Reception

Autumn brings the crisp weather we crave after a long hot summer along with the perfect weather for a wedding. There are no worries about guests sweltering in the heat, yet it is still warm enough to have your ceremony outdoors. Weddings in the fall also lend themselves to an array of rich colors for decorations and a variety of comforting, heart-warming food. By using nature as your inspiration, you can create elegant rustic fall wedding decor that brings in all the splendor of the season. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Rich Autumn Colors

Choose colors such as rust, burnt orange, wine and bronze to complement the season. Your wedding party will look beautiful when each attendant is wearing a different color found in fall leaves. Decorations for the wedding venue and the reception could include a mixture of all these colors or one dominant color. For example, you could use a rich bronze with splashes of orange, red and burgundy in your place settings, centerpieces and accessories.

Seasonal Fall Flowers

Flowers that are more easily found in the fall are mums, chrysanthemums, and daisies. Mums and chrysanthemums can be found in brilliant colors such as golden orange, crimson, and a soft golden brown. Adding wheat stalks, cornstalks and sunflowers are excellent ways to incorporate a harvest atmosphere into large displays for the end of the aisle and the entrances into the reception area. Instead of the flower girl basket being filled with rose petals, opt for silk leaves in the colors of fall. You can even get ones that are personalized with your names to use as part of your table décor.

Fall Wedding Venue Ideas

Depending on how late in the season you are having your wedding, it is wonderful to have it outdoors. Holding the wedding in a gazebo surrounded by trees will add a romantic touch to the ceremony as well as provide you with a fantastic backdrop for your photos. If the weather does not permit an outdoor event, bring as much of the outdoors into the wedding and reception as possible with the use of leaves, pumpkins, flowers and twigs. By arranging leaves on the tables and floor area, you can have the experience of being married outdoors without the cold weather.

Autumn Wedding Decorations

When designing the décor for your fall wedding, you can create an atmosphere reminiscent of the harvest season by using available items from nature. For a very casual and rustic wedding feel that would be great for an event on a farm, try covering hay bales with fabric for seating. Orange paper lanterns throughout the reception can give a nice glow in the evening whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors. For the actual ceremony decorations, you can also attach grapevines, wheat and dried corn to the chairs and bridal arch.

Food & Cake Inspired by the Season

Fall is associated with comfort food, the smell of hot apple cider, and pumpkin pies – all of which can be incorporated into the meal served at your reception. Have a hot drinks station where the guests can sip on a cup of cider or hot chocolate. Serve food buffet style and include traditional down-home cooking, such as casseroles, a hot potato station, or those foods typically found at a pot luck dinner. Another great idea is to have a barbecue by enlisting the help of a few friends to cook up ribs, burgers and sausages with a delicious barbecue sauce.

The cake is the show stopper for many weddings and a fall inspired wedding cake is no exception. Choose chocolate, spice, or carrot as the flavor of the cake and decorate it with edible leaves. Place silk leaves, gourds, apples or small pumpkins around the cake display table to add a delightful finishing touch.

Fall Inspired Wedding Favors

There are hundreds of options to choose from when deciding on the wedding favors. Purchase several varieties of seed packets and tie a piece of twine in a bow shape, attach to the seed packet and place one at each place setting. You can do this with forced bulbs as well by placing a few in a small burlap bag with a ribbon and tag attaché.

For fall inspired food favors, there are some great teas, cider and hot chocolate mixes that can be monogrammed or placed in colorful favor bags. Guests can then have a soothing hot drink the morning after your party while they rehash all the fun of the previous day.

Winter Weddings in California

For those couples seeking a variety of romantic wedding venues for your winter weddings, look no further than the state of California, where you have beautiful ocean views, gorgeous snowy mountains, and wonderful wineries at your disposal.

Have your Winter Wedding at the Ocean

When most people think of a California beach location, they think of the “usual suspects”: San Diego, La Jolla, Santa Monica or Santa Barbara. And, of course, those are all great spots for a beach wedding. But, you may also want to consider some other fabulous coastal venues as well:

Avila Beach: Avila Beach is located near San Luis Obispo, just a 40-mile drive away from Hearst Castle. Also located nearby are 3 championship golf courses and the wine country of Paso Robles and Edna Valley. The Avila Lighthouse Suites, a 54-suite resort, offers intimate wedding packages, as well as packages for larger weddings up to 120 guests.

Pismo Beach: South of Avila Beach on the 101 sits Pismo Beach. There are pricey resorts in Pismo Beach, as well as some very affordable wedding venues. One very affordable wedding venue in Pismo Beach is The Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge, located on the northern end of Pismo Beach, away from the center of town and all the tourist activity. It’s also a part of Pismo Beach where you get cliffs and a more craggy ocean view – which makes for some pretty spectacular wedding photos. The Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge offers a couple locations on their property for weddings, both with awesome ocean views: The Wedding Garden for seating up to 80 guests; and the Panoramic Gazebo with standing room for up to 25 guests.

Pacific Grove: Pacific Grove is a beautiful little town in the Monterey Peninsula, sometimes overshadowed by nearby Monterey and Carmel. But, it’s home to Lover’s Point, which has been called “One of the top 10 most romantic places in America” by Sunset Magazine. With the beautiful lawn and cypress trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it’s easy to see why this is such a sought-after spot for couples to tie the knot. It’s also close to the scenic 17-Mile Drive and golf courses of Pebble Beach.

Have your Winter Wedding in the Snow

Yes, California boasts wonderful weather and great beaches. But, California is also home to some wonderful mountain resort areas which make for great winter weddings:

Lake Tahoe: If it’s a snowy winter wedding you want, Lake Tahoe is where you want to go. And, if you’re both skiers, you may want to check out the Heavenly Ski Wedding Package, which includes a wedding in a secluded spot overlooking Lake Tahoe, after which you ski down the mountain as a newly-married couple. You can call 877-889-6379 for more information.

If you wish to wed in a simple, inexpensive ceremony, you might want to call 888-wed-tahoe for the Lakefront Wedding Chapel Specials walk-in special rate, which includes a wedding at one their elegant chapel locations, video or photos of the wedding, a complimentary bottle of champagne and minister’s fee. This package is for 6 people or less.

Big Bear Lake: Big Bear is a Southern California winter playground, and wedding destination favorite, located within driving distance of Los Angeles and San Diego. One unique place you may want to consider for your Big Bear wedding is the StarGAzers Inn, which is also an observatory, offering celestial-themed weddings. They are opened year round.

Have your Winter Wedding at a Winery

The scenery and weather are not the only things which attract people to California. People also come for the wine and the wineries, which makes winery weddings very desirable.

Paso Robles: Paso Robles is known for outstanding wines, particularly their Zinfandels and Syrahs. Located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles is California’s fastest-growing wine region, with nearly 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 170 wineries within a 40-mile territory. It’s also a wonderful place for a winery wedding. A few winery wedding venues of note include: Meridian Vineyards and Zenaida Cellars, both of which have barrel rooms available for weddings; and Robert Hall Winery, which offers their wine caverns, which can accommodate up to 200 people.

Sonoma County: Just next door to the Napa Valley wine country sits Sonoma County with its outstanding wineries and beautiful country. One winery you may consider for your wedding is the Buena Vista Winery, which is California’s oldest premium winery. It’s located just 5 minutes from Sonoma’s Plaza Square, and is a California Historic Landmark. You can choose to hold your ceremony in their rustic stone Press House, built in 1862, or outdoors in their secluded, wooded area.