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Looking for wedding favor ideas for your big day? It can’t be something that’s overdone and your guests will simply toss away once the wedding is over. Or worse, gifts that your guests don’t even want to take home with them. Here are 10 creative wedding favors your guests will love. These wedding favors are not only creative and practical, but also show how thoughtful you are of your guests.

 

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1. Personalized Coasters
Coasters are not only useful but can also make great decorative pieces on one’s coffee table. Send your guests home with personalized coasters that include photos from your engagement shoot. It’s a great way to send them home with something that you know they’ll use, and whenever they do, they’ll be reminded of your beautiful wedding.

 

2. Handmade soaps
Handmade soaps smell great, look beautiful, they’re thoughtful and absolutely useful! You can’t go wrong with soap wedding favors.

 

3. Prepackaged Tea & Coffee Beans
Almost everyone loves to drink tea or coffee. Why not offer your guests a flavorful drink to take home. Etsy.com has some awesome choices to choose from and you can purchase them in bulk, perfect for any large party.

 

4. Candy or Cookie Buffet Bar (with takeaway containers)
If you have a thing for sweets, why not show it off with a buffet table filled with your favorite candies or cookies along with takeaway containers. That way, your guests can pick and choose what they would like to take to-go.

 

5. Personalized Mugs filled with Candy
Like coasters, personalized mugs are also useful and decorative. You can personalize these with a beautiful, meaningful photo. Be sure to fill them with a special treat too.

 

6. Flip Flops
We ladies don’t always wear the most comfortable shoes, especially to parties where we get to show off our heels and professionally manicured toes. But when our feet start to hurt, having a pair of flip flops to change into would be divine.

 

7. Flavored Salt
Sea salts can add a lot of flavor to a variety of dishes, making it the perfect addition to any meal. Plus they come in a variety of flavors such as rosemary, bacon, garlic, chipotle, etc. Offer a couple of flavors at the wedding and let your guests choose one to take home with them to try with their cooking. You can also supply your guests with a recipe that goes with each flavor of salt. You can either make these yourself by using an online recipe or purchase them from SeaSalt.com.

 

8. Sunglasses (for an Outdoor Wedding)
If you’re planning to have an outdoor wedding, sunglasses make a great wedding favor. Your guests will appreciate you for having these available.

 

9. Homemade Granola
Give your guests the choice to pick from a mix of flavorful sweet and savory granola. They’ll probably devour this great snack in the car ride home. You can pick from a variety of easy online recipes to use and make these at home. Just fill mason jars with your homemade granola and pop on a label for easy grab and go.

 

10. Late Night Snack
Instead of sending your guests home with a tangible gift, why not opt for a late night food truck instead! I’m sure they’re already hungry again after a long night of dancing and drinking. Why not indulge in something yummy?

 

What do you think of these 10 creative wedding favors? Feel free to share your ideas with us!

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Congratulations to our beautiful couple:  Jenny and Chris! We were so thrilled to get Jenny’s call immediately after she got engaged. This wasn’t the first time we got to work with Jenny and her family. A few years ago, we had the pleasure to shoot her nephew’s baby portraits in Hermann Park and we had so much fun. She and her family are super sweet and loving, and we were excited to have the chance to work with them again. Jenny and Chris held their traditional wedding ceremony at First Evangelical Lutheran Church and elegant wedding reception at the Petroleum Club of Houston.

We loved shooting at Petroleum Club of Houston’s new location, which is on the 35th floor (Penthouse level) of Total Plaza on 1201 Louisiana.  It offers a great view of Downtown Houston, especially in the evening. We were able to get some really gorgeous shots of the bride and groom right outside the venue. Although Jenny and Chris only held their wedding reception at this venue, the Petroleum Club of Houston also has the space and capability to host any wedding ceremony that has up to 180 guests. They also offer two rooms for wedding receptions: the Wyatt/Aramco Room for an intimate reception of up to 80 guests, and the Petroleum Room for up to 260 guests.

Here are some of our favorite shots from Jenny and Chris’s wedding. If you’re interested in checking out the Petroleum Club of Houston for your wedding or special occasion, you can visit www.pcoh.com for more information.

 

 

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So much goes into having a wedding. And everything requires money: wedding dress, venues, photographer, wedding band, invitations, flowers, wedding favors, rehearsal dinner…the list goes on. We understand the last thing you want to do is to add more expenses to the list. But after your wedding is over, all that’s left are the photographs and the wedding dress. Like most couples, you probably went through great lengths to have a professional photographer at your wedding to catch beautiful images. This is exactly why you should purchase a wedding album. It’s important to choose the right way to display and protect your wedding photos. The best way to store your cherished photos is by putting them into a wedding album. With a wedding album, you’ll be able to take a trip down memory lane anytime you want and relive that day from one special moment to another. There are many ways to cut back on your wedding day to save money, but not investing into a wedding album isn’t one of them. Here are the top 5 reasons for purchasing a wedding album.

 

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Preserving Your Memories

Although it’s hard to image that you would forget any moment from your wedding day, the fact is that memories do fade over time. Especially when it’s been 10, 20 or 30+ years. With the help of a wedding album, you’ll be reminded of all those special moments that made your wedding day unique. Like the rush of emotions you felt as you walked down the aisle. Or that precious speech that was given by the best man. Or that moment when you felt nervous but seeing your best friends there made all the difference. You’ll be able to look through your wedding album at anytime instead of having to search for your digital files. And truth be told, digital copies can be lost. As much as we trust in electronic media to store our important files, remember that CDs and backup files can be lost, corrupted or deleted.

 

Wedding Albums are Like a Storybook

When browsing through the pages of your wedding album, your friends, parents and children can enjoy the story of your wedding day. This is  great to have for those that weren’t able to be there with you behind the scenes as you prepare for the day or those that couldn’t physically make it to the wedding. Framed photos may only provide a glimpse into one specific moment. Plus, digital photos can sometimes be out of order in the way they were titled and saved. However, a wedding album can be arranged to provide a complete view of your special day from beginning to end, giving you a storybook feeling from one special moment to the next.

 

Technology Changes Over Time

Unfortunately, technology does change over time and it changes frequently. Those that captured and saved their wedding day on VHS, floppy disk or 35mm film have a hard time accessing their photos today. Those holding their photos with DVDs and CDs today will likely find them to be obsolete pretty soon. I’m sure you do plan to transfer your images from one form of electronic media to the next as one becomes out-of-date, but honestly, many never get around to it. It is important to have a digital backup of your photos, but traditional wedding albums are a sure way to protect your photos and ensure they will be around for a long time. Plus traditional wedding albums will never become obsolete no matter how much technology changes.

 

A Keepsake to Pass Down to Your Children and Future Generations

Wedding albums also make a wonderful heirloom to pass down from one generation to another, preserving your family’s history and images of your relatives. You’re probably not thinking that far ahead, but by purchasing a wedding album, you are contributing to your family history.

 

Albums can be Personalized and Show Your Style

Viewing pictures on a computer screen just isn’t the same as flipping through the pages of an album. Albums stir up much more powerful memories. And albums offer so many different ways in which you can personalize it to your style that digital photos don’t offer: embossing, album cover material (leather, fabric, etc.) and colors, different album sizes, background color, layout and design, storage boxes, etc.

 

When looking back, the only regret that many couples have is that they do not have enough photographs of their special day. Those who took the time and spent the money to create a wedding album are always happy that they did. With your album, you can quickly show off your wedding photos and talk about your special day. Wedding albums are simply timeless and can preserve your memories for many years to come.

Be sure to ask your wedding photographer to include an album with your package. To find out what packages and album options Serendipity Photography offers, feel free to contact us at info@serendipity-photography.com.

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Hi everyone! Welcome back to our blog. We recently wrote a blog about planning and preparing for your engagement photo shoot. In Part 1, we essentially talked about why it’s important to have an engagement photo shoot, when it is the best time to have one, what locations to consider for the shoot, what to wear, and props for the session. As promised, here’s Part 2 where we’ll discuss things you should do on the day of the engagement photo shoot.

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Preparing For Your Engagement Photo Shoot
Part 2
: On the Day of the Shoot

 

Get Glammed Up

First of all ladies, this is your opportunity to get glammed up! Set aside an extra hour or two before your photo shoot specifically for getting your hair styled, and your makeup done by professionals. You don’t need any fancy up-dos of course. And if possible, schedule yourself a mani-pedi the day before. Every detail matters and you’d want to look your best for the shoot. If you’re nervous about being in front of the camera, getting prettied up will definitely help give you a confidence boost.

 

Sunscreen

It’s important for both the bride and groom to not get sunburned on the day of (and on the days leading up to) the engagement photo shoot. So be sure to wear sunscreen to protect your skin and stay in the shade as much as you can.

 

Things to Bring With You

Here are some things that we suggest bringing with you to the engagement session that are handy to have.

  • Drinks and Snacks – be sure to eat before the shoot but having drinks and snacks with you will help keep you hydrated and energized.
  • Primp Kit – this is great to have in case you need to make touchups. Things to include: makeup, hairspray, oil blotting paper, bobby pins, and a comb/brush
  • Comfortable Shoes – to change into if the ones you plan to wear might hurt your feet after wearing them for a while
  • A Blanket – something to sit on and to keep your dress/outfit from getting dirty
  • Umbrella – it can make a great prop and/or save you from getting drenched unexpectedly

 

Plan to Arrive Early

Planning to arrive 15-20 mins early has its benefits. For one, if you live in a city that can have traffic at any time of the day (like Houston), this will help you at least arrive on time and avoid unexpected delays. Getting to the location early will also give you time to scope out the location (even if you’ve already done it) to see if anything has changed and if there are special areas you would like to include or focus on during your session.

 

Finally, don’t be afraid to have fun! These photos are going to be around for a long time and it’s important that they represent you and your love story well. If you also have ideas, don’t be shy about sharing them with us! We’re always up for trying something new. And if you’re feeling adventurous, we can give you some recommendations as well.

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Congratulations! If you are reading this blog, then it most likely means that you’re engaged and looking for tips on preparing for your engagement photo shoot. Getting engaged and married is one of the most exciting chapters in a person’s life. As professional wedding photographers, we’re not only excited to be part of this special time in your life but we also want to help you on your journey. We have some tips we’d like to share with you on how to prepare for your engagement photo shoot and we’ve divided our tips into two parts.

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Preparing For Your Engagement Photo Shoot
Part 1 – Before the Photo Shoot:

 

Why have an engagement shoot?

If you’re contemplating why you should have an engagement photo shoot, besides showing everyone what a gorgeous couple you make, let us tell you that this actually has quite a few important purposes. First of all, the portraits you get from this session will be useful for creating your save-the-date wedding invitation. They also make great decorative pieces for the guest sign-in area at your wedding reception and ceremony. Even if you don’t plan to use it for the wedding it is probably the very first professional photographs of the two of you together. That’s definitely moments worth preserving. Secondly, and most importantly, the engagement session is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with your photographer, the photographer’s shooting style, and how he/she works before the big day. You want to make sure that your photographer makes you feel comfortable and delivers shots that are to your satisfaction. This would be the perfect time to work out any kinks with the photographer before your wedding day arrives.

 

When should we have the engagement shoot?

If you are planning to use the photographs from this shoot for your save-the-date invitations, then the sooner the better. (The save-the-dates are usually sent out 6 months prior to your wedding day.) If you rather just display an enlargement at the reception, we suggest scheduling the photo shoot at least 3 months prior to your wedding. If you are planning to have an outdoor engagement shoot like most couples, do your best to avoid having the shoot during the summer months at all costs (especially in Houston!)  Houston humidity is really awful. You and your fiance will be miserable from the heat and will be dripping wet with sweat. Other times of the year is fine. Also make sure to have a few backup dates, because it’s not unusual to having to reschedule due to bad weather.

 

How do we choose the location(s) of our engagement shoot?

Choosing the location of your engagement photo shoot is very important. You should definitely choose a location or locations that has meaning to you both and tells your love story. Examples can include:

  • The place where you first met
  • Reliving your first date
  • Where you first said “I love you” to each other
  • Your favorite spot together
  • A hobby that you both love and share
  • Places that signify where you both grew up
  • Or if you just want our suggestions on beautiful scenery, a hip backdrop, etc, just ask and we will be happy to guide you.

 

What is the best time of the day for the engagement shoot?

The majority of our engagement sessions are held outside since it matches our couple’s (and our own) style. The outdoors offer a naturally beautiful setting. It’s also a setting where couples find most relaxing, where many great candid shots can be captured and requires less posing. For any outdoor photo shoot, to get the best light that’s soft and radiant instead of harsh and sweltering, the engagement session should be done a few hours after sunrise or before sunset. This is mainly true for photos taken out in the park or at large fields. But if you rather have a shoot with an urban setting, we would need to start earlier since the availability of light will be dependent on the surroundings (tall buildings and such). If the location you have chosen is a public place, you should also consider having your engagement session some time during the week instead of on the weekend. This will help you avoid people wandering into your photo shoot and unwanted people in the background of your photos.

 

What should we wear?

When planning what to wear, think about bringing two outfits to the shoot: one casual and one dressy. For the casual look, you can wear jeans and a colorful top, or a pretty dress that you would find yourself wearing at a weekend brunch. For the dressy look, this is your chance to stand out and pop. Put on that dress that you’ve been saving for a special occasion and heels to match. For your man, put on a nice dress shirt, tie and blazer.

Since most engagement sessions are held outdoors, choose outfits that are comfortable. They should also fit your style, and have colors that complement your skin tone and make you look flattering. Also choose colors that stand out from your surroundings. If you are shooting in a park with grass and trees, avoid wearing shades of green or brown. Otherwise, you’ll be in camouflage.

Keep in mind what season it is and dress accordingly. Avoid very dark colors and clothing with writing on it. Solid colors or clothing with a little bit of a pattern are always good options. You and your fiancé don’t have to match exactly; if you desire to match each other in color, it’s better to choose complementary shades than to wear the exact same colors. And don’t forget to accessorize: necklace, bracelet, earrings, hat, belt, scarf, hair accessories, etc.

 

What type of props should we use?

First of all, props are completely optional. Don’t worry that you have to bring props in order have a great engagement photo shoot. We can do a killer photo shoot with or without props. Most of our brides are very easy-going and just want a simple session without having to worry about using props.

For those that want to utilize props, feel free to bring whatever you want to use. Props can be fun and help set the scene of your photo shoot. They can also bring out your personalities. When brainstorming on what props to use, think about your shoot location, your hobbies and what you like doing together. Here are some prop ideas:

  • A picnic basket and blanket, or even a kite, for the park where you both love spending time together
  • Books if you both enjoy reading
  • Flowers
  • Balloons
  • And don’t forget to use what’s around you at your shoot location.

 

We hope these tips are helpful to you. To further your brainstorming, also take some time to browse through Pinterest for ideas. You can also follow us on Pinterest to check out our portfolio.

Stayed turned for Part 2 of our blog on Preparing For Your Engagement Photo Shoot.

 

 

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