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I love this idea. So personal and so clever.

Here’s the bride:

“I want to have a way to honour my grandma at my wedding since she will be unable to travel to attend. When I was little we always baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies together. So I figured that would be a good way to reminisce about her at my wedding. We will be having some favors containing the ingredients for the cookies so that people can try out my grandma’s special recipe after the wedding.”

Find the recipe and more at Vintage Glam Wedding

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If you’re thinking of a sweet way of celebrating your families on your wedding day then look no further!

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Great idea from Jesse and Deanna’s wedding.

“We wanted to do something to honour our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings and although I loved the images of other weddings with tables filled with framed photos, I’m kind of obsessed with garlands.

To make these, we scanned in each wedding photo (or a photo of each couple from around the time that got married if they didn’t have formal wedding photos taken), cropped them, transformed them all into black and white files, and printed them on glossy photo paper. We then designed the frames in Photoshop and added name plates so that all of our guests would know who they were looking at. We printed the frames on cream card stock and cut out ovals with an exacto knife. We folded the frames in half like a top-folding greeting card and taped the photos to the interior with double-sided tape. We made two loops out of thin rectangles of card stock which we glued to the back of each frame and then threaded pink ribbon through. Since we weren’t allowed to nail or tape anything to the walls of our reception site, we tied the ribbon ends to two lamps that were jutting out from the wall above our beverage table.”

Or how about this layout with photos? Can’t remember the source unfortunately but love the way it looks

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I haven’t said much on this blog about the look for the reception but what we what the room to have the feel of an enchanted forest …or something along those lines! My fiancé’s creative Dad is making tree trucks to frame the entrance to the room. I thought it might be a nice idea to copy the wedding photographs of our families, write details of who’s in the picture and wedding dates on the back, laminate them, punch a hole on the top and then attach them to the branches of the tree with ribbon. A REAL family tree!

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This is a great idea too from design company Melangerie via Junebug

You could design a traditional family tree in your wedding colours to display to guests or even better how about a wedding guest tree which maps out all of your friends, family and wedding party and how they’re related to you and your fiancé?

I mentioned this idea to my fiancé and he said that Adrian Mole, the hero from Sue Townsend’s series of books, had also drawn his own friends and family tree:

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Now I just have to route around for photos of our families weddings…wonder how far back through the generations we can go through?

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When I was a little girl I can remember my Italian grandmother (or Nonna as I know her form the Italian) sitting at her table surrounded by fine netting, rolls of shiny ribbon, the smallest flowers and leaves and sugar almonds. She would cut away with scissors and bind with green florist tape to make beautiful small bouquets. It wasn’t a full time job for my nonna…she was too busy feeding up us grandkids and generally fussing over us. And besides I think she would have happily made them for free and often did as it was such a pleasure for her. She’s been waiting for the moment she can make one of her grandchildrens wedding bonboniere and finally she now has a chance.

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Bonboniere are Italian wedding favors. They come in all shapes and colours with different flowers and can also be used for for christenings, first communions, golden and silver anniversaries. The one thing the wedding bonboniere have in common is that traditionally they should have 5 sugared almonds. These symbolize health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life. When the bride and groom walk around the tables at the wedding breakfast they hand them out to each guest, usually from a decorated basket carried by the bride.

I love my nonna’s bonboniere but most of them were made in the 1980s and though beautiful they’re not to my taste and they wouldn’t match our wedding. So its up to my fiance and I to guide my nan and give her ideas on what we would like the bonboniere to look like. I would like to stick to the shapes that I remember my nonna creating but making them with a modern feel. No peach coloured flowers for me!

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My nan is making samples for my fiance and I to look at as I write. She has about 1000 wires to twist for the almond ‘twigs’ alone! They are already looking wonderful. Will post photos of the results.

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