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Unique Wedding Favor Ideas

Unique Wedding Favor Ideas

If you were to do a web search of wedding favor options, you would be presented with pages upon pages of choices. Long gone are the days of Jordan almonds and bubbles as there are options to fit nearly every budget and theme. If you are still having trouble deciding what favors to offer to your guests after tackling the multitude of pages and posts with ideas, this post is for you!

One of our favorite favor options is personalized matchbooks. While seemingly ordinary, matchbooks are useful (and memorable!). There is a wide variety of custom matchbooks to choose from to suit your tastes. Some favorites are here and here. What better way to express to your guests that you are a perfect match?

If you have a love for traveling and want to incorporate that into your wedding, luggage tag favors are a great way to share your zest for adventure with your guests. If you are having a destination wedding, offering luggage tags as favors is fitting (and functional!). These double as escort cards and have an additional insert for your guests to fill out with their own information for their traveling needs.

Having a destination or summer wedding? If so, sunglasses would be a practical favor option for your guests. You can also have the sunglasses available for your guests as they arrive to your ceremony so that they are not squinting to watch you exchange your vows. These are available to be personalized and come in a variety of fun colors. If you would prefer a neutral option, you can try these. Sunglasses are always a necessity and you can guarantee that your guests will use them after the festivities have come to an end.

Partying all night can make for a rough morning and by providing hangover kits as favors to your guests, you can help to make their mornings a little bit easier. There are many options available for personalized bags or boxes and you can even order personalized water bottle labels to provide with your hangover kits. Some ideas for hangover kit fillers are small bottles of aspirin, some mints or gum, mini mouthwashes, vitamin C tablets, or small snacks. Your guests will be eternally grateful for offering these as favors!

If your celebration continues late into the night, providing midnight snacks as favors will make everyone happy (and grateful!). With sweet treats as your favors, you will not have to worry them being overlooked by your guests and it is a guarantee that they will be enjoyed. Most Krispy Kreme locations offer individually packaged donuts as a catering option. Another tasty idea is to serve mini pies as favors. If you are the DIY type, Our Best Bites has a great recipe for single serving pies here. If the DIY route is not for you, you can contact local bakeries to see if they have any mini pie options.

Another fail proof favor option is cookies. If you want to go the custom route, there is a wide variety of personalized cookie options available to choose from. Beau-coup offers quite a few options for personalized cookies, including ones that can be decorated with your monogram or other fun bridal themed designs and these sweet macarons. Another popular favor idea is to have a cookies and milk bar for guests at the end of the night. What can be better than post-party cookies and milk?!

Do you and your spouse-to-be have a favorite hot sauce or jam? Miniature bottles of your favorite condiments for your guests to take home as favors are another great favor option. You can even personalize the labels to further commemorate your special day. The same goes for favorite beverages. Did you and your significant other bond over coffee or craft beers? If so, try sharing this memory by gifting your guests with small packets of coffee beans or bottles of your favorite beer. Even if it may seem a little out there, you can never go wrong if it embodies a special memory or aspect of your relationship.

While favors are fun and provide memories for your guests, you should not feel required to have them at your wedding. The only reason you should be providing favors is because you want to and not because you feel obligated to. Personally, I love the idea of providing unique favors to your guests, however if for personal (or budgetary!) reasons you would prefer not to have them, own your choice — it is your wedding after all!

Did you have favors at your wedding? If so, what did you have?

Amanda + Richie //Coronado Community Center

Amanda + Richie //Coronado Community Center

I knew I wanted to work with Amanda from the very first time we spoke with each other – she had the sweetest persona, and was so excited to be planning her wedding with Richie. Amanda & Richie drove from Arizona a few days before their wedding, and they were incredibly relaxed/laid back to have drove such a far distance for their wedding! I really enjoyed working with these two, and I know that they relished every second of their wedding day, if it isn’t obvious enough from the photos:) Congrats again, Amanda & Richie – you two were a blast to work with, and I am so happy for you both!

Amanda Getting ReadyAmanda DressAmanda GM Amanda Bridesmaids Amanda CeremonyAmanda Ceremony2Amanda GuestbookAmanda TablesAmanda CakeAmanda Grand EntranceAmanda Grand Entrance 2Amanda SH TableAmanda First DanceAmanda NightThank you to our great vendor team for making Amanda & Richie’s day as special as it was!

Photography//Joshua Killeen + Ceremony Site//Centennial Park + Reception Venue//Coronado Community Center + DJ//DJ Tempoe + Florals//Elegant Touch Floral Designs + Catering//We Cater San Diego + Hair & Makeup//Call Me Beautiful

Is a wedding website for you?

Is a wedding website for you?

A large number of couples are turning to wedding websites to help communicate important wedding day information with their guests. While not a necessity, personalized wedding websites have proven useful to couples and their guests by allowing couples to express their love with their own little corner in the digital world. There are numerous wedding website builders available, many of which are free or low cost, to choose from. Some of these sites, such as Appy Couple, allow couples to create a website accessible via an app. Majority of site builders allow for you to not only publish a personalized site, but also provide tools that are useful for the path to the big day. If you are uncertain as to whether you’d benefit from creating a wedding website, this post is for you.

Communicating Information: 

Wedding websites serve as a great tool to help communicate important information to your guests, including ceremony/reception details, directions and hotel suggestions. If you are expecting many out-of-town guests, you can also include information for nearby activities or attractions. Does the location of your ceremony get exceptionally hot around the time of your chosen date? You can communicate this to your guests to help ensure that they pack appropriately. Will the ground covering at your chosen ceremony site be difficult to walk on in heels? Let your guests know this on your site, and perhaps suggest to swap out stilettos for cute wedges, or sandals. Your wedding website will also prove useful if there are any last minute changes or updates that need to be communicated to your guests. Having the ability to update the site and not having to reach out to everyone individually will save time and help avoid extra stress as your wedding day nears..


To add a personal touch and further connect with their guests, many couples choose to include stories about their relationship and/or their proposal. If you’d like, you can also share your engagement pictures on your wedding website (we’re sure they’re gorgeous, so why not!?). You further personalize your wedding website by sharing photos and fun facts about your bridal party members. By personalizing your website, you can share your love with your guests – even though you may not have met all of your significant other’s friends and family, they will feel as if they know you before they meet you.

Your wedding website is also a great place to share your #weddinghashtag, if you have one. The Knot offers the option for couples to have Instagram pictures tagged with their hashtag to automatically synced to their wedding website. Lastly, with the wide variety of templates and color combinations available, your website can be customized to fit your unique style. Some websites, such as Wedding Paper Divas, offer the ability to order invitations that coordinate with the design of your site.

Registry Information: 

While it is sometimes considered poor etiquette to include registry details with your save-the-dates or invitations, wedding websites allow for you to provide this information to your guests without feeling as if you are being pushy or inappropriate. Many sites allow for you to link directly to your registry pages or even have the items that you have registered for shown directly on the page.


Another beneficial feature offered by many wedding websites is the ability to have guests RSVP electronically. This feature eliminates the need for you to include self-addressed and stamped RSVP envelopes (yay for budget savings!) and can be communicated via a link on the mailed invitations. The use of electronic RSVPs allows for the number of guests who have responded to be tracked without the need to sort through mailed cards. However, even if you  want to use the traditional return-by-mail RSVP cards, the electronic RSVP feature can prove useful to collect the responses of those guests who forget to respond in your allotted time.

Helpful Tools: 

Wedding websites also typically include countdowns to show how many days are left until the big day. While this feature may truly only be appreciated by the soon-to-be married couple, it provides a certain level of sentimental value to see the numbers inch closer to the big day. Other features that prove useful to couples include the ability to create a guest list and maintain a timeline. Many wedding site builders also allow couples to track the gifts that have been received as well as the progress of their thank you cards.


One of the main concerns about wedding websites is privacy. Thankfully, many wedding websites offer password or invite-only options, where the bride and groom provide their desired viewers with a password or invite. This allows for you to share all of the pertinent details of your wedding while maintaining a level of privacy and not having to worry about unwanted guests.

Final Thought: 

Ultimately, the decision as to whether or not you have a wedding website should be based off of the specific needs of you and your spouse-to-be. There is no reason to feel obligated to have one purely for the novelty of it and if it truly will not save you time or otherwise make your life easier, your time and efforts may be better spent on other wedding details.


Photo credit: Cornerstone Photography

Roxanne & David//Love Story

Roxanne & David//Love Story

Roxanne & David flew to San Diego from Iowa a few weeks ago for a very productive few days of wedding planning. I had the pleasure of meeting with them two of the days they were here, and we accomplished a lot, despite the downpour of rain (thanks, El Nino!). I’m so happy to be working with these two (they are seriously the sweetest couple ever!), and I’m glad that the rain let up to allow Aga Jones to take some fabulous photos of them!



Roxanne & David’s love story:

We’re both graduate students at the University of Iowa (I’m in law school, he’s in med school), and we met during finals week – perfect timing – haha! We had mutual friends and didn’t know it at the time, but we officially met on the app Coffee Meets Bagel when we both used our “points” to match with each other! Our first couple of dates were to “study” at coffee shops, and we’ve been together ever since 🙂


01082016(154)The Proposal

David actually proposed the same week he first met my parents! He flew in a couple of days before New Year’s Day, and my parents automatically loved him (whew!) – during my parent’s annual New Year’s Eve Party, he asked my dad if he could propose. The next day (New Year’s Day), we went to Castello Di Amorosa in Napa for a wine tasting tour – the castle produces amazing wine and has beautiful views of the valley! After our tour, David kept saying he wanted to check out the South Tower again, so we ended up going back. The tower is pretty secluded, and we got to look at the views surrounding the castle privately one more time! David seemed to keep trying to talk to me about something, but families and children would periodically drift into the tower by accident. After a while, I guess he couldn’t wait anymore (I think the nerves got to him haha), and the next thing I know, he’s on his knee and proposing while a mom and her little boy were watching! I start crying, because it was a total surprise and I was incredibly excited my best friend proposed :). Later on, we ran into the lady who was in the tower with us and she (and her adorable son) apologized for interrupting a private moment but it turns out she took a picture of my reaction and the proposal happening! It was definitely an amazing way to start the year :).

01082016(203)01082016(208)(1)What they’re most excited about:

I would probably say that I’m most excited to finally celebrate the fact that I’m going to be with my best friend forever and we get to celebrate it with the people we love in the city we love! As cheesy as that may sound, I’m super thrilled and excited to marry David, and celebrating with our friends in sunny San Diego is just icing on the cake for us :). The wedding’s just the beginning of our lifetime of adventures, as we always say! Haha.

Colleen & Sam//Hotel Del Coronado

Colleen & Sam//Hotel Del Coronado

Colleen & Sam were one of the most laid back couples I was fortunate enough to work with last year. The week of their wedding, we were a little concerned about the weather (it actually rained a bit at their rehearsal), but thankfully, there was no rain on their wedding day! There was a bit of cloudiness, but as you can see from the photos, everything turned out wonderfully. I think that my favorite part from their wedding was during the recessional. Because Colleen & Sam were blending their families together, they had their children join them on the walk out to signify that they were a new family. It was quite touching! I’m so excited to share these photos with you all – enjoy!

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Colleen Late Night Colleen CakeColleen CheersA shoutout to our great vendor team for pulling together to make sure Colleen & Sam’s day was an awesome one:

Photography//Justice Photography + Venue/Catering//Hotel Del Coronado + DJ//Party People + Florals//Tess Fresh Flowers + Cake//JennyWenny Cakes + Hair & Makeup//Nolani’s Hair & Makeup Artistry

Love Marks the Spot’s Best of 2015 in Review

Wow – 2015 has been QUITE the year! I’m so thankful to have worked with so many amazing couples and talented vendors this year. Before we start on weddings, I think it is important to recap a few internal notes that were imperative to our success this year:

A special thank you to our interns that were with us all year, Mesha and Nini. Mesha has graduated to become an Associate Planner within LMTS for 2016 (yay!) and Nini has moved on to persue a career in dance (can’t wait to see her on So You Think You Can Dance in 2017!). We also welcomed a few new interns: Ashlee (former bride turned friend/intern!), Phoenix and Veronica to our team. Together we make quite the team, and I’m so excited for the new additions and continued growth of the team. I’m extremely proud/happy to say that we’re recipients of The Knot’s Best of 2016 Weddings and WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Awards. It makes ME so happy to know that we’ve made our CLIENTS so happy. We’re looking to soar to new heights in 2016, and I just wanted to take a moment to recognize (and thank) the great team we have in place, as well as the awesome vendor’s we’ve worked with (you guys rock, and thank you for making our jobs easier and much more FUN)!

So without further adieu, here are some of our favorites from 2016:

Favorite Dress

Colleen&Sam(10of653)Words cannot do Collen’s dress justice. So I’ll let the photo speak for itself. Photo credit to Justice Photography.

Favorite Getting Ready Moment:

San Diego Wedding PlannerAny bride knows that getting ready is probably the most stressful time of your wedding day. With everyone crowded into the bride’s suite, food and drinks out and clothes/shoes sprinkled around, there’s a lot going on. That’s why we love this photo by Justice Photography (yes again, because Sage is that amazing and we love him). It removes the bride (Ashlee) from the chaos, and we have a wonderful shot of the bride alone, reflecting. Fun fact – Ashlee’s groom was at the opposite side of the hotel, so she had her BMs check to confirm he was not on his balcony and wouldn’t see them shooting this photo.

Favorite Flowers

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Every time I think of the flowers at Amanda’s wedding, I swoon. They were gorgeous!! Her entire wedding was gorgeous. Carla Kayes Floral Design did a wonderful job creating the best floral aesthetic we’ve seen all year. Photo credit to Allie Lindsey Photography.

Best Kiss

Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 9.13.38 PMRight as Travis and Alissa were pronounced husband and wife, it started pouring down rain (though you’d never be able to tell from their kiss!). If you look really hard at this photo, you can see rain splatters all over Travis’s suit jacket, and guests popping up their umbrellas in the background. Photo by Meghan G Photography.

Favorite Candid Moment

IMG_4942Seeing the bride & groom walk back down the aisle together after being pronounced husband and wife is one of my favorite moments at each wedding. I LOVE that you can see how happy Whitney & Matt are in this photo, he’s even giving someone a thumb’s up! Love it! Photo credit to Hannah Costello.

Favorite Escort Card Alternative

Ryan&Mel_Wedding_PhotogFav-119We loved Melissa & Ryan’s idea to use Polaroid photos as escort cards. Melissa had wedding guests send over the photo they wanted used in advance, and it turned out great if we do say so ourselves! Photo credit to Local Focus Photography.

Favorite Guestbook Alternative

IMG_5897Jacky & Ryan’s beer cap guestbook fit right in with their wedding at Green Flash Brewery. Guests were asked to sign beer caps and press them in according to where they’re from on their US shaped guestbook. Photo credit to Hannah Costello.

Favorite Wedding Theme

0071Brittany_Adam_pfOur team unanimously loved Brittany & Adam’s nautical So-Cal themed wedding. The tables were outfitted with navy blue pintuck linens, and all of the centerpieces had hints of succulents, driftwood, fish and bottles. It was absolutely gorgeous! Photo credit to True Photography.

Favorite Photo of 2015

Colleen&Sam(475of653)I’ll let this photo speak for itself. Photo credit to Justice Photography.

Best Cake

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 12.34.36 PM Ashley & Graham’s Nightmare Before Christmas themed cake from JennyWenny Cakes was our favorite cake of the year! Photo by JennyWenny Cakes.

Thank you all again so much for your love and support in 2015 – we’ll see you next year!

Brittany + Adam//Paradise Point Resort

Brittany + Adam//Paradise Point Resort

The two adjectives that come to mind when I think of Brittany & Adam are fun-loving and oh-so-in-love. One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing the groomsmen throw rose petals an the ground when they walked down the aisle – SO FUNNY!!! On their wedding day, there was only room for love and positivity – and boy could you feel it! These two were so happy, and the LMTS team is lucky to have been a part of such a love-filled day. I’m so excited to share these gorgeous photos of Brittany & Adam’s beautiful nautical SoCal wedding. Enjoy!

Brittany Flower Close-ups Brittany DetailsBrittany Detail 2Brittany Getting ReadyBrittany Entire BPBrittany Ceremony DetailBrittany CeremonyBrittany PortraitsBrittany Reception SetupBrittany GuestbookBrittany Dessert BarBrittany Grand EntranceBrittany Sweetheart TableBrittany PhotoboothBrittany NightBrittany GamesBrittany Dancing

Thank you to all of Brittany’s vendors for helping pull off Brittany & Adam’s dream wedding!

Photography//True Photography + Ceremony/Reception Venue + Catering//Paradise Point Resort + DJ// LB Entertainment + Florals//Succulently Urban + Cake & Desserts//Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. + Photobooth//Pixster

Also, a special shoutout to Brittany’s mom, Dana for her creative vision and great organizational skills (we love organized moms:)!

Amanda + Mark//Stone Meadows

Amanda + Mark//Stone Meadows

I knew I’d love working with Amanda from the very first time I spoke with her. Not only is she the sweetest bride I’ve ever had the chance to work with – I think that she is the sweetest person I’ve ever met in my entire life, EVER. Together her and Mark make an adorable couple. I had a really hard time picking which photos to share with you because Amanda and Mark just look so darn happy and in love in every single photo (thank you Allie Lindsey Photography)! Their wedding was on a ridiculously hot October day (seriously, it was 100 degrees), and I never heard either of these two complain – not once. On top of that, they looked fabulous the whole day!! So without further adieu, please enjoy these photos of Amanda & Mark’s beautiful wedding. Congrats again you two, it was truly a pleasure to be a part of your special day!

Amanda Getting Detail Amanda Dressses Amanda Getting ReadyMark Groomsmen DetailAmanda Bridesmaid DetailAmanda Ceremony DetailAmanda Beer CeremonyAmanda Entire BP



Amanda Table Setting DetailAmanda First DanceAmanda SH TableAmanda Cake CuttingAmanda Bouquet TossHat’s off to our fantastic vendor team for managing to make it through the heat!!

Photographer//Allie Lindsey Photography + Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering//Stone Meadows at Temecula Creek Inn + DJ//Bill Calhoun + Florals//Carla Kayes Floral Design + Cake//Cupcakes Squared + Hair//Riley Breane Beauty + Makeup//Blush Makeup Artistry

Jacky & Ryan//Green Flash Brewery

Jacky & Ryan//Green Flash Brewery

Jacky & Ryan are by far one of the coolest couples I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. During our first meeting, they told me that they’d selected Green Flash to be their wedding venue because it was Ryan’s favorite brewery, and they wanted their guests to enjoy some of San Diego’s finest craft beer. All of our meetings were centered around good food and drinks, which was so great, because it truly felt like we were just hanging out and discussing their wedding as old friends. They both share an awesome sense of humor, and it was obvious that these two were made for each other. After the wedding rehearsal I asked Ryan how he was feeling about their wedding day, and he told me that he couldn’t wait to marry Jacky, and that he’d been so excited for the past few days that he could barely sleep. When he told me that, I had to try my very hardest not to cry because that is literally the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard a groom say about his bride. Fast forward to their wedding day – it was a blast! I frequently joked with Jacky & Ryan that their wedding was a “fancy picnic” because they’d selected rustic picnic tables adorned with natural, organic looking flowers. There were a few touches of burlap with lace, and great tacos (from Salud!) and cold brews from Green Flash. Everyone had a great time, and love was definitely in the air. Congrats again, Jacky & Ryan!

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Photographer//Hannah Costello + Ceremony+Reception Venue//Green Flash Brewery + Catering//Salud! + Florals//Tess Fresh Flowers + Rustic Table/Bench Rentals//Farm Formal Party Rentals + Cake & Mexican Desserts//Panchitas Bakery

Whitney + Matt//The Crossings

Whitney + Matt//The Crossings

I cannot say enough good things about Whitney and Matt. They’re amazing individuals who are even better together as a couple. During our meetings, Whitney would always put an emphasis on wanting their wedding guests to have a good time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen wedding guests have so much fun. Not only did were there an abundance of lawn games, a photobooth and ice cream sandwich station to keep their guests happy – Whitney & Matt wrapped up the night by challenging guests to a game of Flip Cup. A special shoutout Hannah Costello for doing such a fantastic job with the photos! Enjoy, friends!

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Photographer//Hannah Costello + Ceremony Venue//Saint Therese of Carmel Catholic Church + Reception Venue//The Crossings at Carlsbad + DJ//JMC Events + Catering// Phil’s BBQ + Florals//Exquisite Blooms Floral Design + Hair & Makeup//SoCal Hair & Makeup + Bakery//Cute Cakes + Ice Cream Sandwich Station//CREAM + Photobooth//Mobile Photobooth

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