When I saw this article pop up IG, it screamed to me that it needed to be blogged out. I get the “wedding favor” question almost weekly. My favorite way to answer is to ask:
What is the most memorable favor you’ve received from a wedding? How many wedding favors have you forgotten to pick up or thrown away once you get home?
And then … the lightbulb goes off. Brides either know at that very moment what they’ll “favor” or if they’ll forgo the individual favors.
As Southern gals, we know the value of a thank-you. We, of course, do not want to send our wedding guests home without that thank you. But, there’s a way to do favors well, and a way where you’re better off just saving your pennies.
Southern weddings aren’t usually small, so gifting custom luggage tags (and many of the other ideas included in the article) is near impossible. If you already plan to order personalized koozies (a Southern favorite) or stadium cups, remember that those can be considered your favors.
Regardless of the cost, gifting your guests with something meaningful and reflective of you as a couple is what’s most important.
When it’s all said and done, saying “Thank You” is what will be remembered and appreciated.
February 9 marked Southern Fete’s birthday. Thinking back, I couldn’t believe how quickly the year had passed. After inviting a group of vendors over to the Thibeaux house for a “Birthday Brunch,” I thought about all of the things I had learned over the past year. Some quirky, some funny, and some introspective. Regardless, I thought I’d share them with you.
- Candles – There’s nothing better than the perfect candle to welcome new clients into the office and inspire creativity. So, imagine my fear when I found out that the two candles that had been with me the past year were no longer made. Sheer. Panic. But then I realized it was a sign to start this year fresh, with two new candles in tow.
- Gold Foil – How did I not know before this past year that I love anything and everything with gold foil? One day friends, one day Southern Fete materials will be printed in gold foil.
- Mistaken Identity – I’ve learned that there are a lot of people who don’t speak French; people who have never heard of the word “Fete.” Unknowingly, they call my business “Southern Feet” to which I cringe, but in the way only the most Southern Belle would do, I explain that Fete is French for party. 🙂
- Confidence – Oh, the times doubt has crept into my mind. Double that and you have the times my competitive side reared its head. This past year has undoubtedly shown me that to be a successful business owner, there’s no time for doubt. It has also taught me that there’s more value in strategic partnerships (I haven’t left all of my past behind) rather than pure competitiveness. Perhaps the biggest lesson learned is that business is business. I’ve learned to not take things personally. This has been one of the biggest challenges. I came across this quote and have kept it close by when I needed the reminder. “Don’t take things personally. Most of the time, other people’s choices and attitudes have absolutely nothing to do with you. Unless you’ve been behaving like a jerk, in which case …”
- Hugs – Those of you who know me know I’m not a hugger. But, brides like hugs. Mothers of the brides and grooms like hugs. Grandma Jo likes a hug. Everyone likes hugs … or so it seems. In the beginning, I told myself to suppress any visible sign of how much I didn’t like hugs. It was a start, but a hug tells all. Just like a handshake. I realized at the last event that I may have even initiated a hug or two. It’s a work in progress. 🙂
There’s more. There always is, but these are the highlights.
The Southern Fete family is growing, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll do my best not to jump to conclusions about next year’s lessons learned. Until then, hugs for everyone!
Where to start?
When Ellie contacted me to assist with her wedding, I was thrilled. Ellie’s dad, Mr. Keefe, was my freshman religion teacher in high school, who was intimidating with his whiteboards filled with religious stick figures and green pen (which marked green weenies – things you definitely didn’t want) but was lovable at the same time. After having a moment of nostalgia, I was elated to be a part of this big day.
As an art teacher herself, Ellie knew exactly what she wanted her day to look like and worked with friends and family on DIY’s for a majority of the wedding and reception. I’ll never know how she found the time to get it all done (i.e. stain wooden table centerpieces, dip dye tablecloths, sketch her dress, make a chalkboard bar sign, wrap yarn around a collection of bottles for the table centerpieces, create a Star Wars themed DIY photo booth, have her brothers hand craft a wooden bench for the church … and I’m not even including everything), but all of it came together to make a perfect representation of who they are as a couple. Mitch even ordered biodegradable plates, napkins, and utensils as well as providing the bartenders with recyclable bags for the glasses and bottles. Believe me, there was no idea left undeveloped.
I’ll let the photos do the rest of the “talking…”
Photographer: Catherine Guidry
Bridal Hangout: Buchanan Lofts
Ceremony: Our Lady of Wisdom
Reception: Jeanmard Hall
Catering: Chef Bobby + Dot
Wedding Cake: Kathleen Short
Groom’s Cake: Katie Bakes
Bride’s Hair: Genna Bradly (Be. Salon)
Somehow, someway I fell off the blog wagon. But friends, I’ve found my way back.
So, I thought it would be appropriate for the first post of 2014 to be about one of our 2014 weddings.
When I first met with Alex, I could tell right off that she knew what she wanted. Her father had graciously offered his barn and property in Breaux Bridge, and I knew Alex could execute the rustic vision that she wanted. We worked together on an inspiration board that she was able to show her vendors to ensure they also got her rustic vision. Down to the littlest detail, Alex thought of everything!
Thank you, Alex and Anthony, for choosing Southern Fete to be a part of your big day. I’m excited to share some of my favorite images from your big day!
Ceremony and Reception: Family property
Photographer: Kent Fleming Photography
Rentals: Event Rental
Flowers: Root Floral
DJ: Good Vibrations
Bridal and Groom’s cake: Family friend
Menswear: Mary Ellen’s
Bridal and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: A’Nets
Hair & Makeup: Lauren Muller
I love books. Always have. And probably always will. So, I was more than THRILLED when I was able to choose a theme for Baby Harang’s shower. You see the sweet parents have decided to keep whether Baby Harang is a boy or girl a secret, so a build-the-library shower was perfect for not knowing (even though it’s a boy – just my prediction!)
It was a busy, busy day full of excitement and guesses about Baby Harang. I may have been so excited that I forgot to take photos, but here’s a little of what it looked like.
First, I must start off with these adorable invitations and coordinating book plates from PeraPress. The guest list was quite extensive – Baby Harang has a lot of sweet family and friends – but these ladies were so accommodating in allowing us to purchase the digital files and have them printed on our own.
We used precious printables from The Handmade Home to create these two collages for the sign-in table and now Baby Harang’s nursery.
Baby Harang is already quite the poet! 🙂
Baby Harang’s library is already 30+ book more than it was before the shower!
Happy reading sweet baby!
I’m still spinning my wheels trying to figure out where September AND October went. But, that won’t really do me any good. We wrapped up a Southern Fete baby shower this weekend and have two weddings this month … so no time for spinning wheels.
While I whole heartedly believe that November should be ALL about giving thanks and anticipating Thanksgiving, I also like to be organized. Christmas is right around the corner, and there are Christmas/holiday cards that need to get done.
Whether you’re newlyweds and sending out a card as a new family or still engaged and want to show off one of your fabulous engagements photos, everyone LOVES a photo card.
I’m so excited to share Val Marie Paper and Inkling Design Studio’s collections. Y’all, let’s be honest. There’s just something so great about ordering from someone local, receiving great customer service, and having something unique. I should mention that Val Marie Paper designed these with a four-week old in her house and this is Inkling’s first collection!
So, just for this one time, grab a red holiday cup of joe, pick your favorite design, and get to ordering those Christmas/holiday cards. Then, it’s back to Thanksgiving.
And … don’t forget to send one to your favorite event planner!