Custom Welcome Gifts for Trouvaille Workshop // Part 2 of 4

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Perhaps you caught yesterday’s Part One of this four-part series? Just in case you’re not familiar with what we’re doing, over the course of this week, I’m sharing the thought and aesthetic behind each unique welcome gift design we created for last year’s Trouvaille Workshop, hosted by Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events. Ready for Gift Two!?

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Gift Two was a small floral-inspired gift for attendees to receive just as they headed into lunch. Then immediately after lunch, they’d have the gift handy to use during a floral design session. The gift was not only beautiful but also had some very functional elements such as a floral frog and some really special clippers.

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Each gift also included hand-dyed silk ribbon to finish off their bouquet designs later in the day, a lavender sachet, and a soft grey tea towel. MM Ink Studio created small hand-lettered escort cards with each attendee’s table assignment which we then positioned into the floral frog to make it stand up!

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Similar to Gift One from yesterday’s post, we added fresh blooms, greenery and a mini succulent just before these are presented to the attendees as well! They were then beautifully displayed on a shelving unit from Paisley & Jade.

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

When I design gifts, I try my best to blend the functional and the beautiful. Gift Two was a perfect example of this with the technical items needed for Rhi’s class along with some thoughtful items for the attendees to enjoy later!

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Image: Nancy Ray Photography

Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment! Or reach out via our contact page! We always love to hear from you. Hint: stay tuned for tomorrow’s Part 3 where we’ll detail a very special gift given to attendees at dinner just before bedtime.

Custom Welcome Gifts for Trouvaille Workshop // Part 1 of 4

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Every now then, we complete a custom gift design project that’s SO special, I procrastinate blogging it because HOW in the world could my words EVER do it justice? This is definitely the case with the FOUR rounds of custom workshop gifts we were hired to create for last year’s Trouvaille Workshop, hosted by Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events.

Because I’m a firm believer in better late than never, today’s post will be Part One of this four-part series. Over the course of this week, I’ll share the thought and aesthetic behind each gift design and its intended role within this very special workshop experience for wedding planners, floral designers and other creative entrepreneurs. Let’s get started!

Gift One was intended to serve as the true “welcome gift” and greeted each attendee as they found their seats. In order to direct each attendee to their assigned seat, we tied hand-lettered calligraphy gift tags with each attendee name (MM Ink Studio) to each white-washed wood box using soft blue satin ribbon. I always love finding a way to make something functional also very beautiful.

Contents included a hand-made clipboard (Chris Simants), a custom cookie with the intricate Trouvaille logo (Fresh Bakes), a travel-sized candle tin (Riles & Co), electronic wipes in a chic grey/white striped packaging (Well Kept), a blush pashmina, and a custom-designed welcome booklet (Five Dot Design) with belly band and wax seal. Fresh garden roses and olive leaves were added to each gift crate just before the start of the opening session. With the Trouvaille Workshop involving so much floral design instruction, the blooms and greenery were certainly the perfect finishing touch to get the workshop off to a great start.

So often when we create gifts for events like wedding welcome gifts, corporate event gifts or workshop gifts like these, we don’t actually get to see how the gifts are presented to the recipients. Since this project (and Rhi!!!) are so near and dear to my heart, I gladly made the trip from DC to North Carolina (with the car packed to the brim with gifts!) to make sure I was able to set up and style the gifts myself . Definitely not because Rhi’s team couldn’t do it but because it was a JOY to be a part of bringing the room to life. Clipping every last piece of greenery. Tying every last ribbon. Making sure the gift contents were styled identically from gift to gift. Lining the boxes up perfectly along the tables so the room was symmetrical. Feeling the energy of the team as everyone worked up until the very last moment as the very first attendee arrived. (A special thank you to my friend Caroline of Caroline Dutton Events who made the trip with me and helped with every single task I just described! Couldn’t have done it without you!)

Please stay tuned for the remaining three gifts designs in this series as the week progresses. We cannot wait to share them with you! We’d also love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment in the post or reach out via our contact page. We always love hearing from you!

Marigold & Grey Founder a Speaker & Instructor For Esther 4:14 Experience for Women Creative Entrepreneurs

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Taking a break from gifts, gifts and more gifts for an announcement! I’m so honored to have been chosen as a speaker and instructor for the Esther 4:14 Experience created by business coach and author Monique Melton. I first met Monique through the DC chapter of the Savvy Business Owners group and we became fast friends. I was thrilled when she invited me to be a part of this intimate, retreat-like conference for women creative entrepreneurs.

Image courtesy of Monique Melton

Graphic courtesy of Monique Melton

I’ll be speaking on business collaboration and how to leverage it to grow your business. Of course, this is a subject near and dear to my heart as I first spoke on this topic at this past fall’s Inspired Retreat. I’m also teaching a hands-on session on product styling, my absolute passion!!!! I can’t wait to gather with my small group and help them learn how to style ands shoot images using just their camera phone rather than paying for expensive professional images. This is how I started in the very beginning of my business and it’s an essential skill to have.

Registration opens the week of March 28th! For more information, go here, and in the meantime, a huge ‘thank you’ to Monique for including me in this lineup of inspiring women. Can’t wait for September!

Featured on Style Me Pretty // Grecian-Inspired Welcome Boxes for Congressional Country Club Wedding

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

We are a bit behind in sharing these very special wedding welcome gifts created for dear clients of Lauryn Prattes Events but definitely think they’re worth highlighting! This is one of our favorite custom gift designs featured by Style Me Pretty in 2016.

The bride and groom, originally from Greece, wanted to turn their Congressional County Club reception into an oasis mimicking the look and feel of a Greek island. Naturally we wanted to incorporate details in their custom welcome boxes that would mirror the Mediterranean vibe of the wedding reception. We included mini Greek walnut cakes from Buttercream Bakeshop as well as olive oil imported from the footsteps of Mt. Taygetos included by Lauryn’s team.

We also included gourmet truffles with floral imprints, mini Pellegrino bottles, as well as a welcome booklet designed by DC-based Winifred Paper. We finished the boxes off with blush ribbon, a hand-lettered calligraphy tag by Poppy & Scooter and fresh olive leaves for a final Grecian touch.

For more info on our Custom Gift Design Service, reach out via our contact page or email hello@marigoldgrey.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Vendor Team:

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Cinematography: Monachetti | Event Planning: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Stationery: Winifred Paper | Ceremony Venue: St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Reception Venue: Congressional Country Club | Hair + Makeup: Georgetown Bride | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Lighting: Summit Event Pros | Band: Apollonia Band | Greek Doughnuts: MIC Events | Linen Rentals: DC Rental | Linen Rentals: Nuage Designs | Olive Oil:Dimitri Olive Oil

Here’s Why Bachelorette Weekend Gifts Are Becoming a Wedding Trend

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Since starting boutique gifting service Marigold & Grey back in 2014, I have designed countless bridal party gifts and wedding welcome gifts and while the demand for these types of curated gifts aren’t going anywhere, I’m starting to see a new trend developing! With bachelorette parties evolving from a single night of bar hopping to well-planned destination weekends with less alcohol and more spa-like experiences, the desire for bachelorette weekend welcome gifts is on the rise! We are thrilled to be front and center in embracing this new trend.

This idea first occurred to me when I was asked to create custom welcome gift boxes for a group of college besties who were leaving their husbands and babies behind for a girls’ weekend away. I immediately thought to myself that if these women enjoyed these welcome gifts so much for a reunion-like weekend away, bachelorette getaways could enjoy them just as much or even more!

With bridal parties are already investing in engagement gifts, bridesmaids dresses, bridal showers, wedding gifts,  and traveling out of town for the wedding itself, brides-to-be are especially appreciative of their bride tribe extending the bachlorette party into a weekend-long event. We agree that this additional occasion to gift the bridal party ahead of the bachelorette weekend is certainly very appropriate.

We currently have a few custom bachelorette projects in the works and I can’t wait to share them once they’re brought to life. Who knows, we may have to add an entire new category to our online gallery if this trend really takes off like I’m predicting it will!

For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, please reach out via our contact page or email hello@mariogldgrey.com. We always love hearing from you!

Monthly Gift Box Giftaways for Marigold & Grey Email Subscribers

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Taking a break from wedding welcome gifts and custom corporate gifts today to announce something fun!

So many of you are loyal readers of our monthly publication, The Studio Scene, so it’s only right for us to offer a little extra something back to you. Of course, we already offer a discount code in each monthly edition along with plenty of gifting tips and ideas but since we love you SO much, we want to give you MORE!

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Effective immediately, we’ll select one winner at random from our email subscriber list each month. The winner will be announced in our Studio Scene publication along with info on how they can contact us to claim their prize. Since you probably know we love to do “gift-aways” instead of a “give-aways”, each winner will get to choose a friend, client, or family member to receive the gift box. We will also include a handwritten message of their choice.

Sign-up is easy! Head to our home page and simply enter your email address, first name, and last name. You’ll automatically be entered to win month after month, as long as you remain on our subscriber list.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 4.51.04 PMThank you for all your love and support. We can’t wait to announce our first giftaway winner in early April! Any questions, reach out via our contact page. We always love hearing from you! xo