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Wedding Favors They’ll ACTUALLY Favor

 

We have all been to that wedding. The one with the less than desirable favors.  As a wedding guest, you have put in a lot of effort to be present for that special day. You sent your RSVP in a timely manner, requested off of work, used your vacation days, made travel arrangements, booked a hotel (hopefully at the Hilton through the couples discounted wedding block room rates) and in some cases bought plane tickets! You have jumped through every hoop possible to simply be in a certain place, at a certain time, so that you don’t become that certain friend who wasn’t at the wedding. You my friend, deserve one heck of a wedding favor!  As a Wedding Coordinator I feel the need to put a few amazingly fun favor ideas out into the universe. If the next wedding you attend has one of these items, you’re welcome. If for some reason it’s less than favorable, well you should have shared this blog post with the bride ahead of time!

Let’s start with…

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These are the type of favors that you can’t help but admire how much thought went into them. They may not be a drinking accessory and they may not be expensive but it’s the thought that counts.

Donations made in their name.

Inspiration from: TheKnot.com

 

I’m sorry, but no one will argue that this is an adorable idea! The bride and groom pick a charity close to their hearts and make you a part of it too! Because they made a donation in your name… you have now made the world a better place, simply by showing up to the wedding (not sure if good karma transfers that way though). Get your own custom designed donation card made here

 

 

Let love grow wild.

Inspiration from: FairylandBazaar on Etsy.com

Inspiration from: FairylandBazaar on Etsy.com

This favor is one you have to plant, water, and wait for. By planting these wildflower seeds you will be reminded of this day long after it’s over. Who doesn’t love a little extra color in their yard? Buy these custom seed packets here

 

 

Pretty enough to eat.

Inspiration by: itsabrideslife.com

Every wedding needs a personal touch. So even though a candy bar is somewhat typical, these are wrapped up in the bride’s favorite life moments and images. These are probably just your normal Hershey bar, but wrap them up in pretty paper and they suddenly look expensive and gourmet. I’m sure you could buy these somewhere, but come on! Don’t be lazy! This is totally DIYable!

 

 

 

Next up…

The Surprising Useful

Useful favors that are guaranteed to go home with the guests. There is nothing worse than a few lonely favors left on the tables because they were anything but favorable. It’s just so sad!

Travel to your table and then back home.

Inspired by theknot.com

For the jet-setting bride and groom, these luggage tags are sure to add a personal touch and impress guests. Not only are they favors, but they can double as escort cards! This favor kills 2 birds with 1 stone. Impressive favors… check! Adorable escort cards… check! I would probably find a way to display them with old vintage luggage, but that’s just me.

The chapstick struggle.

Inspired by Long Winter Soap Company

Inspired by Long Winter Soap Company

This next favor is something you can never find when you need it. Chapstick! But not just any drugstore cherry flavored chapstick. Really really GOOD chapstick. Long Winter Soap Company has so many yummy flavors like mojito, or orange cream. They also mix in a little humor with their yeti breath, and unicorn fart flavors. No matter how elegant the wedding, you can always find room for a little hidden humor. Shop their delicious and humorous selection by clicking here

 

 

Because when it rains, it pours.

Inspired by Etsy Seller INeedPromotionals

Inspired by Etsy Seller INeedPromotionals

I know, I know! How dare I even say such a thing about your wedding day! But if rain happens you need to just embrace it. Play it off as if you and mother nature had it planned the whole time. Have custom umbrellas ready to go at the first sight of a rain cloud. These clear and simple umbrellas would be useful for guests to take home even if it is a day of sunshine on the big day. Start umbrella designing here.

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Let’s finish with…

Something Tasty

Food as a favor seems a little redundant since you just bought dinner for 100 and something people. However, when you do it right, late night treats are an excellent favor option.

“C” is for cookie.

cookie buffetSo let’s say that your reception starts around 7pm… Dinner is served around 7:30ish. you then have dancing and excitement from 9pm – 12am. Your guests are going 3hrs without food! It can’t hurt to make one of your favors double as a late night snack. Find some fun glass cookie jars, your favorite local bakery, put some colorful paper goody bags on the table and that’s it! Instant cookie buffet!

 Oh yeah now we’re talking.

vodka

Apple Vodka Recipe available on BettyCrocker.com

Your wedding will go down as party of the year with these favors. Infused vodka in cute mason jars. The best part of this idea is the taste testing and experimenting. The only thing I suggest, is handing these bad boys out as guests LEAVE the reception. Things could get really sloppy really fast if the groomsmen get into these any earlier (no offense boys).

Doooughnutttss (Homer Simpson Voice)

Photo courtesy of The Hilton Wilmington Riverside

Photo courtesy of The Hilton Wilmington Riverside

North Carolina is kind of famous for bringing the world these little, soft, perfectly fluffy, glazed bits of heaven. They are called Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and there isn’t a person on this planet who can resist one. All of your out-of-town guests will appreciate you giving them a taste of NC. One of our amazing Hilton Brides brought this idea to us and we setup a complete shrine to doughnuts for her. I cannot even begin to describe the joy on people’s faces as they left the reception and walked to their hotel room with fresh heart-shaped doughnuts in hand. Set this up for your wedding by simply pre-ordering at your nearest Krispy Kreme.

 

There you have it everyone! There are no more excuses for boring wedding favors! I’ve given you a decent amount to work with here. I will say that so far all of our Hilton Brides have done a pretty good job favoring their guests.

 

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Nice to meet you Wilmington!

Hello Wilmington!

It is so incredibly nice to meet you!

My name is Rachel, and I am a Sales and Catering Manager and Onsite Wedding Coordinator here at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. Although, most people have been referring to me as “The New Hilton Wedding Girl”. Don’t worry, I respond to both. I am extremely new to Wilmington, and by new I mean that I moved here a month ago. As “The New Hilton Wedding Girl” I will be taking over this blog to talk about everything weddings! Although I will probably talk about other fun events too. Just wanted to take this opportunity to tell y’all (ehh… too soon for the forced southern accent) how I came to be “The New Hilton Wedding Girl” in Wilmington.

Born and raised in Washington, DC with a Mom that lived for extravagant dinner parties. Decoration storage boxes were always stacked to the ceiling in our basement, our holidays became huge productions that had to be progressively better than the year before. God forbid if we used the same color scheme on our main Christmas tree 2 years in a row! What would people think?! So flash forward a little bit, I have finally accepted the fate that every daughter realizes at some point… I, Rachel Anderson, am starting to turn into my mother. My tiny apartment linen closest has been filled with decorations for every holiday imaginable. From Christmas to Valentine’s Day, from Halloween to Shark Week (yes shark week is a holiday in my book) I have the decorating necessities to cover any occasion. And you know what? I’m proud of it! And I have put it to good use!

After graduating from High Point University in North Carolina with a degree in Interior Design I moved back up north to Baltimore, MD. Land of crab cakes, beer, and football, or in my case furniture sales. As a Design Associate for Arhaus Furniture, I realized that I loved working with people, brainstorming creative ideas, and making those ideas come to life. However, I longed for a position that was a little more creativity a little less sales.

So what does a creative spirit with sales and customer experience do? It was right in front of me my whole life… Event Planning! All of my childhood memories of extravagant dinner parties and holidays were a future career in disguise. Suddenly my sole purpose was to create fun and excitement. It wasn’t about meeting a certain deadline to gain that commission check, it was fun! Baltimore had a lot of great events happening all the time and business was good. However, I never really got over my sweet tea addiction that I picked up from my college years in North Carolna. It was time to head back!

I saw the opportunity to work at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside and jumped all over it! The Sales and Catering team is so vibrant and bubbly. It is an infectious energy that motivates a “New Hilton Wedding Girl” like nothing else. Now that I have a few Wilmington Weddings under my belt I can definitely say that I am beyond happy to be here. I can’t wait to consider myself an official Wilmington local someday!

XOXO- Rachel Anderson (Your “New Hilton Wedding Girl”)

About Me

Summarized “About Me” Version:

High Point University (Interior Design, Studio Art Degree)

Have lived in… Washington DC, High Point NC, Naples FL, and Baltimore MD

Horseback Rider, Scuba Diver, Kappa Delta Sorority, Wilmington Junior League

Favorite Flowers: White Roses and Orchids

Personal Saying: “When in doubt, add sparkle.”

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Finding The Calm Before the Storm-Cheers to a Successful Grand Opening

May was such a beautiful month, full of clear skies, cool breeze and epic sunsets!  We couldn’t have ordered better weather when planning for the Grand Opening of the Riverview Terrace!  On May 29th however, Mother Nature clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed!  Gusty winds, scattered thunderstorms and showers made frequent visits throughout the day.  This certainly was not the ideal weather we had imagined for an evening by the water!

Our sales team is typically on the consoling side with clients and brides when bad weather impends on their big day.  Over the years we have all provided advice, encouragement and sometimes even an anti-rain dance.  The roles were certainly reversed on this particular day (Our Big Day).  We  found ourselves glued to the Doppler Radar worrying about variables that were out of our control.  It was time for an internal intervention- a little reminder of the advice that we have given so many times!

Let’s find our “Calm” before the storm… keeping your cool is key!

First thing first… don’t stress over something you can’t control…this includes the weather!  Easier said than done I know but,  I can assure you that the “10 day Forecast” is going to change 100 times prior to your big event so why put yourself through the emotional roller coaster by following it?

Have a backup plan… AND more importantly determine this backup plan in advance and not on the day of the event.  There is nothing more stressful than scrambling last minute.

Determine the action plan and who is implementing it!  Sometimes we don’t want to have to make “the call” to move inside because we are so emotionally invested in our event.  If you know this about yourself delegate this responsibility to someone who can make that call.   Set a time when the decision has to be made final.

Lastly, have the best time you can possibly have and enjoy your company!  These milestone events only happen once so make it the best it can be!

So you are probably wondering how it all went?

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Well…the sky fell out at 4:45pm, 15 minutes prior to our event start time!  Fortunately we had our rainsite in the Magnolia Room set and ready and all of the furniture that was set on the Terrace was covered with tarps!

We had accepted the fact that this Grand Opening was going to have to take place inside but then…

The sky cleared!

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Our stellar team was able to turn the Terrace so that we could have guests flow outside from the Magnolia Room.   It was refreshed just as our Mayor and City Council members arrived to conduct the ribbon-cutting!

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Our General Manager Mike Keeler making light of the inclement weather!

 

The party featured sleek pieces provided by Eventful Furniture, bright blue and orange centerpieces provided by the very talented ladies at Kickstand Events, custom designed pillows and cuffs from our sales team and delicious bites compliments of Hilton’s very own Chef Eric!

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Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters, Lobster Salad served on Endive, Smoked Duck & Mango Rosemary Skewers, Cucumber with Lemon Hummus Canapes, Watermelon & Goat Cheese Canapes and Ahi Tuna Cups.  Guests also enjoyed three specialty Flat Bread Pizzas and the Designer Cocktail featured  a scoop of Raspberry Sorbet topped with Champagne!

We are so grateful for our amazing clients, vendors and friends that all weathered the storm and came out to celebrate the Grand Opening Event that has been in the making for over 13 years!  It truly was a “special day” so we hope you enjoy reliving it with us through the images captured for your viewing pleasure courtesy of Leanne with The Story Creative!

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Cheers!

Haleigh