Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

After all the hustle and bustle that goes into planning your special wedding day, it’s a good idea to take some time to relax. Luckily, that’s what honeymoons are for! They give you the opportunity to spend quality time with your significant other as newlyweds before getting back to the real world.

Tropical destinations are often a first choice where you can bathe in the sun, sip on cocktails, and embrace the island culture. But, what if all-inclusive vacations aren’t really your thing? News flash… you can find a romantic honeymoon destination that isn’t the typical getaway to Mexico or the Carribean! We came across some unique and unexpected honeymoon destinations that we think you’ll love travelling to. Below are some of our favourites featured from Trip To and The Knot!

Destination 1: Palawan, Philippines

Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

Ten-second takeaway: It’s the country’s final frontier – an untainted region of stunning waterscape and tropical excellence. Philippines’ most sparsely populated region is also the most enchanting.

What to do: Hike and try the different adventures in Ugong Rock; go island-hopping on the quiet waters of Honda Bay; get up close and personal with the wild animals at the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center.

Destination 2: Hvar, Croatia

Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

Ten-second takeaway: While this Croatian town attracts its share of party lovers, what most people don’t know is that Hvar also offers plenty of romance for honeymooners.

What to do: Spend a day unwinding on the Grebisce beach or lose all sense of direction in the lavender fields near Velo Grablje.

Devour gourmet fish straight from the sea and don’t forget to take a day excursion to the Paklinski Islands.

Destination 3: Algarve, Portugal

Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

Ten-second takeaway: This southernmost region of Portugal is also the third richest in the country. The appealing shoreline of the Algarve receives most attention for its amazing cliffs, brilliant shorelines and sandy islands. While the rest of Portugal is a premier honeymoon destination, the Algarve is still a hidden delight.

What to do: Take a yacht and go to Arte Nautica – an oceanfront eatery on Armacao de Pera shoreline. Request a table out on the porch, and do try the Mozambique tiger prawns.

Get drenched in Algarve Water Parks. The three main ones are Aquashow, Aqualand and Slide & Splash.

Destination 4: Tanzania

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What to Do: After spending a full night partying it up in Arusha (located near the airport, it has a lively bar scene), relax on a flight to Lake Manyara (planned by andBeyond, andBeyond.com) and get ready to whip your camera out to snap shots of Masai giraffes (put it away to soak in the hot springs); then head to Serengeti, Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, for a classic safari ride (TanzaniaParks.com). At Ngorongoro Crater, sip local wine on a terrace and keep your eyes peeled for black rhinos.

Destination 5: Cape Town, South Africa

Unexpected Honeymoon Destinations

What to Do: Walk across the iconic Table Mountain, which, as its name suggests, is flat on top. Also take a ride through Stellenbosch, a region of the Cape Winelands known for its Cape Dutch architecture and vineyards. A day trip idea: Swim with the African penguins at Boulders Beach.

Now how are those for honeymoon destinations? These are best for the adventurous couple who want to explore and try fun activities. We guarantee that these unexpected honeymoon destinations will make lasting memories with your partner.

After all, there is no pressure in where you should and shouldn’t go on your honeymoon! While these may be perfect for you, they are certainly not for everyone. Let us know where your dream honeymoon vacation is in the comments below! 🙂

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Glitter Ice Cubes

For all of the glitter loving gals out there – this sparkly idea is just for you. If you ever need to chill your wine for any bridal event or your wedding, you absolutely have to make these glitter ice cubes for the ice bucket. They’re definitely not edible cubes and can get messy – but it’s all worth it.

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Supplies

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Clear Ice Bucket

Distilled Water

Chunky Glitter

Ice Cube Trays

Glitter + Water

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Add your chunky glitter into each ice cube tray and then fill it with water about 1/4″ below the top. When water freezes it tends to expand, so make sure you don’t overfill!

CRAFTING TIP: Using distilled water is better because it will help you get an ice cube that is much more clear.

Freeze

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Next, just let the cubes freeze. Place them side by side and wait about an hour until they’re ready.

Glitter + Sparkly

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These are a mess, a gorgeous glittery mess. Crack them out of the ice cube trays and store them in freezer bags until the day of your event.

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Including A Monogram Into A Wedding

If there was ever a reason you wanted to use a monogram of your initials or name into something, that time is now. Your wedding is a very important and special day, why not add something unique to the decor. A lot of brides are including a monogram into a wedding because it just adds a little something special to an already amazing day. Here we show you a few ways you can use monograms for your big day.

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The Invitations 

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This just looks so elegant and chic! Have a stationer create a stylish font for you and display it on your invitations.

The Aisle

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Decorate your aisle with a monogrammed carpet or sheet for a more personal touch of you and your soon to be hubby.

Bouquets & Confetti Cones

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From confetti cones (if you have them) to the ribbon wrapped around your bridesmaids bouquets – there is no such thing as too much when it comes to showing off your new moniker.

The Reception

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Instead of splashing your initials or letters all over the reception area, the key is to be subtle. Adding the monogram on a few parts of the decor is more eye catching than all over the place.

The Cake

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Whether it’s in the icing or placed on by other edible materials, it will make a suitable and decadent finishing touch to your cake.

The Dance Floor

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Dance floors are mostly plain and boring. A gorgeous sticker of your initials can transform that plain space into something truly special and beautiful.

Create something special and put monograms in different parts of your wedding. There are so many different ways you can include monograms in your wedding in addition to the ones mentioned above – napkins, party favors, reception decor, ceremony decor, customized gifts or prizes etc.

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The Perfect Wedding Day Team

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Floral Bridesmaid Dresses For A Springtime Wedding

The floral print has been a springtime staple for quite some time – and this season is no exception. From soft pastels, to bold blooms, garden-inspired prints and patterns are popular in the high fashion world. This trend isn’t just popular in high fashion, it wows on the aisle too. Specifically for bridesmaids dresses! Florals are a stunning and versatile choice, and come in many different styles. Need some inspiration? Read on and see these floral bridesmaid dresses for a springtime wedding.

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Embroidered Tulle Gown

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Your girls will look stunning in this embroidered tulle gown. With its high neck halter and straight floor length skirt, it creates a sleek, elongated silhouette look.

Off The Shoulder

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Take lovely and classy to a whole new level with this off the shoulder number. This creates something fun and flirty with its wrap front tie closure and ruffled sleeves.

Beachside Dress

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This is the perfect pick for a destination wedding. A wrap silhouette featuring bright blooms, flutter sleeves, waist tie closure and a ruffled hemline. Simply effortless and chic.

Backyard/Country Club Style

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This soft steel color of this dress is the perfect backdrop for the peach pastel colored lilies, birdie blue, and light green hues. This is a figure flattering dress that includes a high neckline, low back, cinched waist and solo side slit. A stunning look for a more simple styled bride.

Garden-Party Chic

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The illustrated floral print covering every part of this dress is what makes it different and stylish. It’s totally garden-party chic! The shutter pleats and floral print liven up the A-line. Your bridesmaids can definitely wear this beauty again – think bridal showers or a spring cocktail party.

Your options are endless when it comes to planning a spring wedding – the florals, food, drinks, venue, color scheme, style etc. When it comes to deciding what your bridesmaids wear, you can go with a floral print that is extremely subtle or over-the-top – if your that kind of gal!

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The Perfect Wedding Day Team

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Engagement Party Do’s And Don’ts

Engagement parties are such a special time in a soon-to-be bride and grooms life. It’s a time where you get to celebrate the joy of a new beginning with close friends and family. Since there are so many rules to follow when it comes to these parties, we’ve rounded up engagement party do’s and don’ts for you to follow when it comes to the big day.

Enjoy Yourself

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Do: Make sure to incorporate the story of the proposal into elements of the party. You can do this in many ways, for example creating a guest book using pictures from the actual proposal moment or print out napkins with details of how he popped the questions. Don’t: Be sure to not have your party too soon after you get engaged. Enjoy your engagement for a while until you have to go straight into planning mode.

Personalize Your Menu

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Do: A cute thing to do is serve your favorite foods as a ‘his’, ‘hers,’ and ‘ours’ style. It makes for some good conversation and its just too darn cute. Don’t: Save some of your ideas for the big day rather than use all your creative thoughts on the engagement party day.

Hire A Photographer

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Do: Hire a photographer to capture the day’s most precious moments, you’ll definitely want those memories. It’s a great way to keep that day alive and remember it for years to come. Don’t: Be careful not to spend too much money or time on too many resources. Your engagement party is the first of many events to follow – it’s best to save where you can.

Keep It Casual

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Do: Make this night a fun ‘cocktail/food station’ event, so your guests can mingle and not feel glued to their seats all night. Don’t: Don’t make the party feel like your wedding day.  Keep it more casual and intimate with close friends and family, less formal and fun.

Gifts, Or No Gifts?

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Do: It’s known that you invite guests who will also be invited to the wedding. Everyone who is invited to the engagement party should most likely be invited to the wedding. The only exceptions would be very small weddings (under 50) or a destination wedding. Don’t: Ever expect gifts at the party. Guests have never brought gifts to an engagement party, but as time has gone on more and more people are starting to bring them.

These are just a few do’s and don’ts of an engagement party that we hope helps you when it comes to your own. You can never be too sure of something or what to expect at these events. It’s always best to be in the know and on top of things!

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The Perfect Wedding Day Team

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What Not To Say In A Thank You Card

A lot of etiquette rules have disappeared in recent years, but those having to do  with thank you notes have remained rigid – no emailing, no not sending and no one-size-fits-all sentiments. It’s still easy to make a mistake in the thank you card itself. To help you avoid these problems, we found six common mistakes that newlyweds (yes, the groom should help!) often make when writing their cards. Before you grab your pen and card, read on for advice on what not to say in a thank you card.

The Dollar Amount of the Gift

Since the person who gave you the gift knows how much he/she gave you, there is no need to reference it in your note. Let’s not act like an accountant! Say “Thank you for the gift..” then explain what you’ll do with it, for example putting the money towards your honeymoon or furniture for your new place.

That You Already Have One

This is tough, because you don’t want to make your guest feel bad yet you don’t want to lie either. Keep your note simple, for example if the gift was a salad bowl you could say “Thank you for the lovely salad bowl – it will come in handy during those summer BBQs and parties.” Even if you don’t plan on keeping it, just make sure if they ever come over you have it on hand!

That It’s “Interesting”

This is basically a some-what nice way of saying “I hate your gift and can’t think of anything nice to say about it.” Even if you don’t like it, try staying away from the word interesting. Unless you have a registry you risk getting an out of this world gift that you don’t want or need. Even so, no matter what you receive try your best to pick out a feature of the gift to compliment.

The Same Thing Your Saying In Every Other Thank You Card

This is so important because you don’t want to start sounding repetitive. If some of your guests know each other, they can compare notes and know you got lazy. Try to make each one unique to the person who gave you gift and make it unique to the gift itself. If five people got you cookware, find five things you can say about cookware that are different. The key is being creative with how you say certain things.

That You Didn’t Receive Their Gift Yet

Don’t even mention this in the card, it’s a big no-no. Make notes like this simple and appreciative. Thank them for coming to your wedding and how much it meant to you and your husband. Some people (even though its rare now) follow that assumption where they have a year to buy you a gift.

That You’d Like To Return It For Something Similar

This is just absolutely wrong. You should never say you want to return a gift to a person’s face or in a thank you card. For example, if you have a king size bed and they got you queen size sheets, don’t mention the size in your note. Simply thank them for the gift, for coming to wedding and just quietly return the sheets for the right size. No one will know the difference because they won’t ever see them.

Thank You Card Tips via Martha Stewart Weddings

 

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The Perfect Wedding Day Team

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Wedding Guest List Tips

Wedding Guest List Tips

Planning a wedding is an exciting time for both partners involved – there’s all the parties, dinners, cake testing, flowers, dress/suit picking, and venues to plan and decide on. But, when it comes to making a guest list, things can get tricky. Who do you choose to invite to your special day? And who do you choose to leave out? To avoid any hurt feelings, we have gathered some top wedding guest list tips to keep those who matter most at the forefront of your wedding day.

Estimate/Budget

First thing’s first: get an estimate of what your budget will be. Before you start making a list, it’s important to figure out how much you can spend per head cost. The bigger the budget, the more guests you’ll be able to invite. Keep in mind that a smaller guest list means less costs on catering, table/chair rentals, and party favours. This would also be a good time to find out if your parents/families are willing to contribute to the overall cost.

Venue

If you have venue already in mind for your dream wedding, be sure to inquire about their seating capacity. This can be a huge deal breaker if you have a large guest list, but not enough space for accommodation. Choose a venue that reflects both your anticipated guest list and budget. Too big of a venue and a small guest list will having you paying more for wasted space.

Wedding Guest List Tips

Rule of Thirds

Couples usually follow the rule of thirds when setting up a guest list. This means that 1/3 of the list is given to the bride’s family, a third to the groom’s family, and the other third to the couple’s friends. This is a good way to break down costs if both families are financially involved, but shouldn’t be heavily relied on. Things can get complicated if one family is covering most of the bill, but in the end, both families should have an equal and fair say in who they wish they’d like to attend.

Regardless on who is paying what, if you and your partner wish to have a more intimate wedding without long-lost cousins and family friends whom you’ve both never met, be sure to inform your families well in advance. This prevents any pre-anticipated and awkward wedding talk that can occur between you and those other guests.

Elizabeth Howell of the Emily Post institute mentions: “It’s best to treat each family according to the closeness (and the reality) of that family’s ties. Your family won’t be as aware of the family-tree breakdown on his side; but should they discover that his first cousins were included while yours were not, there’s a simple reply: “His family is much closer than ours is.”

“And Guest”/ Plus one

Giving your guest the option of a “plus one” can be costly if it is not in the budget. While it is often common courtesy to invite the wife or husband of a guest, don’t feel completely guilty if you choose not to. If you decide not to give your guests the “plus one” option, be prepared for a declined RSVP, especially if it isn’t a close friend or family member. Guests often feel more comfortable when their significant other is in attendance, especially in larger weddings, but that’s just worst-case scenario. They say it is best to invite a significant other if they are married, or more commonly now, if they’re living together. If you’ve never met the date, we wouldn’t worry about putting them on the list.

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Adults-Only

Having a bunch of kids running around on your wedding day may seem like the least of your worries, but it is something to strongly consider. Children need to be accounted for in the food/drink budget since it can add up if there are many little ones in your group of family and friends. Although having an adults-only wedding can seem a bit harsh to those with families, it is in your best interest to keep costs low after-all. Even consider offering someone that can help babysit and watch the kids the day of the wedding.

Reciprocal Invitation

We all dread having to invite someone just because they invited you to theirs. But, it is common etiquette to send an invitation to a guest in return if you have attended one of their special days. If there’s been a significant gap in-between both celebrations or if you’ve simply lost touch then there is no real pressure in extending the invite.

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We hope these tips helped solve your wedding guest list dilemma. It can be hard to narrow down a list, but when placed with a specific budget, guests should be limited. After all, it is your special day and those in attendance will be the ones to remember!

For more tips advice check out these helpful guides:

Bridal Guide: Get a Handle on Your Guest List

Martha Stewart Weddings: Your Wedding Guest List Etiquette Questions Answered

The Knot: Tips for Making Your Guest List

 

How To Avoid Wedding Day Disasters

This is something no couple wants to think about, but it has been a reality for some in the past. No one knows how or when a disaster can strike, especially on a wedding day with a lot going on. Perhaps the weather was unfavorable, a groomsmen had one too many drinks, or your DJ showed up late. Any of these could happen and much more, so it’s always best you be prepared. We found some very helpful tips on how to avoid wedding day disasters that could lead to a day you wish you didn’t remember.

Don’t Hire Friends & Family

If your sister-in-law is a makeup artist and your aunt is a party planner, that doesn’t mean you automatically hire them – you could be asking for trouble. It’s better to leave all your wedding details to the professionals that can work well under pressure. It is alright to politely decline the help of people you know.

Make Some Calls

It is 100% okay to check up on some of the vendors a few days before your wedding day. Making sure everything is set and arriving on time is a big part of everything running smoothly. In case something goes wrong, they should have the number of a close family member or friend so you are stress-free.

Always Have A Back Up Plan

This is very important. If you plan on having an outdoor wedding or reception, make sure you have a back up plan in place in case of inclement weather. You should never rely on the weather co-operating all the time. In case Mother Nature has her way, it’s best to have another space on hold – even though this may mean spending a little more money.

Invest In Wedding Insurance

Purchasing wedding insurance isn’t that expensive; you’ll spend anywhere between $100-$500 for the event. If you’re having a destination wedding and an unexpected hurricane hits, you will not be out of money if you have insurance. Not many people think this through and its better to be safe than sorry.

Make A Checklist

A checklist is vital in wedding planning. It keeps you organized and helps you make sure everything goes according to plan. Having a checklist of things to do or people to contact will benefit you in a big way. Your wedding planner (if you have one) would be on top of these things already, but there is no problem with having your own checklist of things to do!

Put Ones You Trust In Charge

It’s your wedding day, you shouldn’t be taking care of anyone or anything. Assign some trusted friends or family on ‘damage control’ duties if anything happens. Doing this will allow you more time to relax and truly enjoy your day instead of stressing over things.

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We hope these helped you prepare for your big day, if you need some more inspiration and help check out these articles below:

Instyle Weddings15 Tips To Avoiding Any Wedding Day Disaster

Bridal GuideAvoid Wedding-Day Disasters

Urbanette – 10 Tips To Avoid A Wedding Day Disaster

 

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The Perfect Wedding Day Team

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Wedding Cake Alternatives

If you’re a traditional bride, you’ll most likely go with the classic cake and desserts. For the not-so traditional bride, we have wedding cake alternatives for you that you might want to consider for the big day.

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Cinnamon Buns

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These aren’t typically at weddings, which is why your guests will fawn over them all night long!  They’re a sweet and delicious alternative to a classic cake.

Ice Cream

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If you’re planning a summer wedding than this ice cream bar is the perfect addition to your menu. Keep it cool for your guests with different flavored ice cream cones.

Cookie Bar

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We don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good cookie. This cookie bar buffet is a great idea. To save money, you can feature friends and family recipes – store-bought cookies are a great option too!

Macarons

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This French dessert took the world by storm. Not only are they one of the prettiest desserts, they look even better posing as a cake.

Cupcakes

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Cupcakes are known to be one of the most popular wedding cake alternatives. Make your cupcake display stand out by adding unique decor all around it.

Candy Buffet

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Everyone has a sweet tooth, so why not put out a candy display. Gather a variety of your favorite candies that match your color scheme (this is optional of course) and invite each of your guests to fill a bag up and take it home.

We hope your inspired to try out any of these alternatives to a classic wedding cake. Even if you are a traditional bride, stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t so bad – especially when cookies and candy are involved!

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Cookie Wedding Favors

Cookie wedding favors will always be one of the biggest crowd-pleasers out there. Let’s be honest, do you know anyone who doesn’t love cookies? We don’t either. Below , we’re sharing with you some of our favorites that we came across and just had to share. Maybe you’ll get inspired to try these out for your own wedding!

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White Macaroons 

via Martha Stewart Weddings

Give your guests a sweet send-off by packaging white macaroon cookies in a cellophane bag. For an added touch, finish it off with a heart sticker.  Not only will they last longer, but they are just so darn delicious!

Marshmallow Cookie Sandwiches

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How delicious and adorable do these mini marshmallow cookie sandwiches look?! These treats from  Malvi Mallow come in 5 flavors, including vanilla salted caramel and raspberry hibiscus. You can even personalize each favor with a label – with a sweet message or image.

Monogrammed Cookies

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Monogrammed wedding favors are another timeless classic. Stack iced cookies back to back, then wrap in cellophane and tie the ends with a pretty ribbon. These monograms can also be done by cutting dough into letters or twisting ropes of it into shapes. An initial can be made in contrasting dough or piped onto still-wet icing.

Sweet Stamps

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Add a unique design to iced sugar cookies using ordinary rubber stamps. The ink in the image above is liquid food coloring – so they’re edible for people to eat! Choose a couple of designs so they’re not all the same.

Miniature Cookie Jars

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Now, it’s only natural to give cookies in a jar – this one may be tiny in size but it’s big with its old fashioned charm. Inside the jar, you can get store-bought cookies of your choice. Some yummy cookies you can give are chocolate chip, oatmeal, oreo, macaroons etc.

Trust us, you can never go wrong with giving cookies as a wedding favor. They’re a classic and any flavor you choose is a good one!

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