Our Top Picks for Wedding Favors

When it comes to providing favors for your guests, you want to make sure you find the sweet spot between too cheap and too expensive, while also giving something that is useful, interesting, or exciting. When in doubt, provide something that you love to use or would love to receive. We’ve compiled a list of fun favors that we hope will inspire you to come up with your very own unique ideas!

Mini Succulents
Whether in a small pot, teacup, or mason jar, mini succulents are a lovely favor to provide your guests! You can even customize them by writing your initials and wedding date on a tag or ribbon. If you want to take it one step further, you could write a cutesy phrase as well: “Watch Our Love Grow” or “Let Love Grow” are fairly popular.
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Popcorn
Providing your guests with food or snacks is always going to be a winner at weddings. If you choose popcorn, you actually have a couple of options, kernels or bags? If you choose kernels, try putting them in a funky jar with a catchy phrase: “Thanks for Popping by!” or “Our Love is Poppin’!” If you choose bagged popcorn, try printing custom stickers with your names and wedding date to put on your bags.
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Pickled Veggies
A step up from our popcorn kernel idea above; give your guests a jar of pickled veggies of your choice! Just find some cute mason jars and top with a custom sticker.  For some inspiration, here’s a favor display we put together with custom pickle favors for one of our favorite couples: Sara & Martin.
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Cocktail Recipe w/ Tool
If you featured signature cocktails at your reception, think about giving the recipe (if it’s a complex cocktail) as a favor. Throw in a fun cocktail tool for added value (think muddling stick, jigger, or strainer) Tie them together with some ribbon and you’ve got a great favor your guests will be sure to appreciate.
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Recipe Cards
Recipe cards are a great favor option, personalize them with your names and anniversary date. You can provide blank cards or fill them up with some of your favorite recipes you’d like to share. Whichever you choose, your guests will think of you each time they cook the dish! Check out these from Magnificent Milestones that we featured on Kelly & Bryant’s day.
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Source: Laura Meyer Photography

Confetti
Maybe you want to give favors that are meant to be used that night or at your reception? One of our brides, Emily, (see Chris & Emily’s full day here!) chose to provide her guests with customized boxes of confetti to throw during their grand exit. This is a super fun way to get your guests involved and ensures that your favors will not go to waste! Plus, confetti always looks gorgeous in photos.
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Sweets To-Go
A classic, no-stress favor will always be take home dessert. Simply place plain, or customized take-home boxes on your dessert table at the end of the night and watch your guests load theirs up! Get creative with your boxes to make a big impact. These triangle boxes are too fun!
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Have you received a favor at a wedding that just blew you away? Share with us below!

4 Must-Try Cocktails in Chicago

When it comes to cocktails, our Jayne Weddings team knows what’s up! While it was so difficult choosing from our extensive list of favorites, we eventually landed on 4 cocktails from our very favorite bars in Chicago and we want to share them with you!

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One cocktail that will remain on our list forever is La Paloma from Big Star. Known for it’s “garage party” vibe, Big Star is the perfect hangout to grab some cheap tacos and incredible cocktails. Now, if you don’t frequent Big Star you should know that their all around best seller is the Classic Margarita. While also an incredible cocktail, don’t let it distract you from La Paloma. La Paloma is an unexpected twist to a classic marg—the blend of Lunazul Blanco, lime, and grapefruit gives this cocktail a tart, refreshing, and crisp finish.

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Is it possible to create a list of Chicago’s best cocktail spots without naming The Violet Hour? We sure don’t think so. Violet Hour’s mysterious exterior, cozy interior and simple cocktails with a punch will have you adding everything on their menu to your favorites. Violet Hour is known for being difficult to find due to its unmarked door, but you may have better luck looking for their commissioned art pieces on the wall next to their door. Be sure to try the old classic ‘Briar Patch’. It’s been around since 2007 and it doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. The mixture of gin, lemon, and blackberry creates a fruity, floral cocktail masterpiece with a tart finish.

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Up next is a place that is part lounge bar and part restaurant: Celeste. The cozy nooks and luxurious, yet approachable menu give this place its charm. Though surrounded by many other bars, Celeste has them beat with its seductive atmosphere and comfy spaces, making it one of our favorites in River North. Our top cocktail pick has to be ‘Thai One On’. We do love our puns, but the combination of whiskey, thai basil, ginger, blueberry, and lemon have us sold. These unusual flavors will have us coming back time and time again.


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We’re rounding out our list with a fun tiki fave: Lost Lake. Heard of it? Located in the corner of Logan on Kedzie and Diversey, it’s definitely worth the visit. Though similar to its brother bar Three Dots & a Dash (actually, Paul McGee ran Three Dots before venturing out to open Lost Lake), there are some striking differences that will convince you to visit if we haven’t already. If you’ve been to Three Dots & a Dash, perhaps you can guess what Lost Lake’s decor will look like: a tiki, neon, leafy heaven (if Jayne Weddings owned a bar, this would be it). This is where the similarities stop as Lost Lake’s list of cocktails is full of deeper, darker tiki cocktails that are a little less accessible, though they do have the signature fruit skewers, crazy straws and umbrellas with each drink. If you’re looking for a single serving cocktail, try Tic-Tac-Taxi. With Aged Multi­-Island Rum, Overproof Jamaican Rum, Coconut, Passionfruit and Lime, it’s a perfect combination of strong, sweet, & tropical. If you’re with a group of friends, get a large drink to share (we suggest Ruby Mae’s Second Surfin’ Bird: Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, Ruby Port, Campari, Pineapple, Lime and Passionfruit)! They even provide you with extra long crazy straws that’ll have you feeling like a kid again sip after sip.

Have a favorite of your own? Share it with us, we’re always looking to add new faves to our list!

Caitlin + George | A Glamorous New Year’s Celebration

Not only did the Chicago Athletic Association provide the ideal backdrop for an extravagant evening, but Caitlin & George’s personal touches throughout the day turned an already stunning wedding into a wedding that perfectly encapsulates their relationship. Continue reading

Featured | Green Wedding Shoes | Eclectic Art Fuled Love

We are over the moon to see Jenny + Eamon’s wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes today. This bride poured her heart and soul into the decor for her wedding day, and we were beyond honored to be part of it all. Her write-up is also super cute, a def. must read! Check it out here! Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 10.55.21 AM

Cara + Cody | Urban Decadence

We are in SO love with this couple. Their sense of style, love for each other and kindness towards everyone they meet is intoxicating. I mean, JUST LOOK AT THEM,  you can totally see it.

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Vendors:

Event Coordintion: Taya of Jayne Weddings & Events

Photography: Cassandra Eldridge Photography

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Salvage One

DJ: Toast and Jam

Hair /Dresser: Nika Vaughn Bridal Artists

Make-Up: Jennifer Brown

Catering: Maison Cuisine

Dessert: West Town Bakery

Florals: Flora

Mary + Hugh | Vintage Scottish Wedding in Chicago

Jayne Weddings & Events had a blast working with this couple. They both come from creative fields, and had very good taste, which made it easy to work with them on the design of their big day. They hired us for full service coordination + event design.

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Hugh had custom vests made out of his families tartan fabric. Their dog Shamrock brought in the rings. Mary’s love of purple shown through in the flowers by Fleur. Her love of all things vintage and timeless was reflected in the custom invites, table numbers and place cards by Sarah Drake. Special signage was hand done by the lovely Layers of Loveliness. The dessert buffet was packed with so many different types of English desserts. The cake, had a beautiful rough icing finish by Elysia Root Cakes. The groom + groomsmen , who are in a band together overseas, reunited onstage a few special songs.2015-11-20_00252015-11-20_00262015-11-20_00272015-11-20_00282015-11-20_00292015-11-20_00302015-11-20_00312015-11-20_00322015-11-20_00332015-11-20_00342015-11-20_0035 This whole event was filled with thoughtful details and a lot of love. We are thrilled to be able to share these awesome photos by Studio Finch with you!

Vendors:

Photography: Studio Finch
Event Design + Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Flowers: Fleur
Videographer: Highway 61 Films
Custom Invites & Paper goods: Sarah Drake Designs
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Handwritten Signage: Layers of Lovlieness
Make-up: Nika Vaughan
Hair: Debra Petrielli
Vintage Rentals: ReFind Joy
Rentals: Tablescapes
Catering: Hearty Boys
Band: We Unity Candle

 

 

Kristy + Chris | Vibrant Art Gallery Wedding

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This couple came to us with visions of sweet pastels and clean bright whites. It was their fiery pops of hot pink that let us know this was a match made in heaven! We were thrilled when they hired Jayne Weddings & Events for full event design and coordination.

Kristy chose her dress while on a “just for fun” trip to a bridal store in Atlanta with her sister. It was the first wedding dress she has ever put on, and she just knew it would be flying back to Chicago with her. Chris took it upon himself to add all the extra details to his custom suit. We love that he added the monogram of his wedding date!

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The walls of the ceremony/reception space were adorn with abstract art from the Zhou B. gallery. We loved how this wild art looked juxtaposed with the very bridal look everywhere else. Guests tossed heart shaped confetti as the couple were announced husband and wife. We brought in market lighting to warm up the large art gallery.
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The cocktail hour was so much fun! We tied the cocktail tables with handmade tassels, hung hot pink cardboard chandeliers and had old Hollywood movies projecting on the wall! We created a 10 foot wide wall of hanging heart garland and added different types of crystal and gem votives to add a sense of sparkle to the room. We also created some hand lettered  signage to help direct guests throughout the day.

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For the reception, guests were directed to the tables with their escort card frames, made in joint effort by the bride’s mother and mother in law. Both mom’s helped out so much with little DIY projects, it was so sweet to see all their hard work come together. Different lush high and low centerpieces by Life In Bloom, made the room feel romantic. The tables had custom menus with a black backing set on top of a pale pink napkin, it was a stunning and very chic look!

Besides the warm intimate lighting, we were totally obsessed with their cake from Elysia Root Cakes! The little florets on the top and bottom tier were so perfect mixed with the simple middle layers. The wood cake topper was the perfect finishing touch!

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Venue: Zhou B Art Center
Photography: JenographyEvent Design/Coordination: Jayne Weddings and Events
Floral: Life In Bloom
Lighting: Art of Imagination
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Catering: Kenmare Catering
DJ: DJ Chicago

Featured | Style Me Pretty | Timeless Chicago Wedding

We are thrilled to have Kristine + Eric’s lush white wedding featured on Style Me Pretty this morning! This couple was so genuine, so  in love, and had such good taste,  it made our jobs easy peasey. Check out the feature here!

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Vibrant Loft Wedding | Allison + Dave

We love this wedding. We love it so much that it has taken us months and months to choose the photos to feature on our blog. We didn’t want to even blog about it, b/c that means it’s over, and this wedding was just too good to be over! Allison & Dave choose Jayne Weddings & Events full service with design package. We were so honored they did! This couple was such a blast to work with, basically letting us run with some seriously cool design!

We worked closely with them to create a funky, but very sophisticated event. We absolutely adore the pops of bold purple and black against the soft grey and pink marble table runners. Ruby the Fox provided some of the coolest paper goods to date, featuring a mirrored print and dark ink splotches. Fleur and ReFind Joy basically dropped the mic and walked off once they were done dressing up the tables with some vibrant flowers, veggies, air plants, mixed metals, vintage votives and pottery! There were handmade paper flower letters, giant hanging menus, ombre escort cards, noise makers, and a cake to die for! The bridesmaids all wore different metallic textured dresses and the flower girl was the cutest in her little dress and ribbon wand. Our absolutely favorite decor items was the runner/backdrop. Jayne weddings painted the pattern with watercolors and then had the painting printed on 66 yards of fabric, it was so cool to see it all come together with the help of Art of Imagination!

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This wedding has also been featured on Style Me Pretty and Swooned! For the full gallery of gorg photos by Pen Carlson Photography click here!

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Event Design – Jayne Weddings & Events
Floral Design: Fleur
Wedding Dress: Pronovias Barcelona

Ceremony Venue: Loft On Lake
Catering: Hearty Boys
Hair And Makeup: Morgan Blaul

Calligraphy: Jilly Ink
DJ: Toast And Jam
Grooms Attire: Nordstrom
Cake And Cookies: Flour Cake And Pastry
Ceremony Backdrop: Art Of Imagination

Invitations And Programs: Ruby The Fox
Vases And Pottery: Re:find Joy


Anna + David | A Scandinavian Love Story

Anna and David were so much fun to work with! They both have a killer sense of style and said yes to almost anything we threw their way. David’s family is of Scandinavian descent, and Anna loves all things bohemian but simple, making designing this wedding refreshing and invigorating!

Jayne Weddings & Events worked closely with the ever talented Fleur to create long lines of giant stemmed buds in clear vessels running down the cafeteria style seating. Fleur brought giant dahlias, long stems of stock and more, all in the couples pastel palette.

She also made the ceremony extra special by creating a flower garland backdrop. Her team sprinkled a bed of flower petals and heads for the bridal parties entrance. Jayne added a ton of candle light and dimmed the lights. All of it was so jaw dropping, so romantic, Prairie Production had become a bohemian paradise!

The bride is an amazing artist and hand painted all 172 place cards AND escort cards, talk about a labor of love! She also hand painted her menu board. Jayne Weddings & Events dip dyed table linens and even made a few shibori dyed runners. There were Swedish desserts, catering from The Publican, PQM, Nico, & Blackbird, late night hot donuts and live jazz music. It was the bees-knees people. The bees knees.

The couple and their family are pretty private folks and opted to keep most of their wedding photos within the family, but they granted us permission to share their decor, so get ready to feast your eyes on all the pretty!!!
Big thank you to Huge Galdones for the photos. We also mixed in some from our instagram, because we just could not stop ourselves!

Vendors:

Photography: Galdones Photography
Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Flowers: Fleur
Paper Goods: Bride (she may be interested in working with you, email me if you want to contact her!)
Venue: Prairie ProductionBand: Steven Cohen Band
DJ: Toast & Jam
Catering: One Off Catering
Dessert: Nico Osteria, Blackbird, The Swedish Bakery
Vintage Rentals: ReFind Joy