Featured on Ruffled | Winter Wedding Welcome Box Inspiration at Virginia Wedding Venue The Black Horse Inn

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

When Cate Thorin, owner of Ivy & Honor, approached me about creating a fall-into-winter wedding welcome box for her upcoming editorial shoot with Lissa Ryan Photography at the Black Horse Inn, I was immediately on board. While there are countless wedding planners and wedding photographers who get together to create beautiful fall wedding inspiration, I immediately knew that this opportunity was be unique because of the special focus on family heirlooms.

We selected an antiqued wood crate with a slight grey wash to give it an older more weathered look. We filled it with a black bottle of bubbly, some citrus to mirror the citrus elements used throughout the rest of the editorial, and gourmet cookies packaged in a drawstring pouch.

For finishing touches, ivory tulle lined the crate for a softened look along with pine cones, dusty blue silk ribbon and a hand-lettered calligraphy tag by Poppy & Scooter. Now let’s check out some of the other gorgeous details that the design team pulled together, starting with this lush tablescape complete with dreamy autumn florals (La Fleur du Jour).

As I said before, the heirlooms that played a role in this editorial gave it a meaningful and everlasting feel. First, a bible that had been in the family for generations along with vintage family photos and even an heirloom engagement ring (Trumpet & Horn)!

And can we talk about this cake (Catherine George Cakes) for a second?! The classic white with the pops of deep navy and plum really make a statement together! And then the stationery suite complete with custom illustrations and endless hand lettering, all by Lady G Paperie.

And now for the most important part of all, the bride and groom. With the bride’s dramatic makeup (Makeup by Kevan) and dreamy, feminine gown (Wren Bridal) plus the groom’s dapper attire and sincere expression, this is one is one for the ages.

It was such an honor to collaborate with such a talented team and we cannot wait to do it again. Even though we are super busy with creating custom wedding welcome gifts and corporate event gifts for “real” events, it’s always a great to exercise your creativity with editorial shoots. Thank you Ruffled for the feature and thank you Ivy & Honor for including us…again soon please!

Vendor Lineup

Photography: Lissa Ryan Photography
Planning: Ivy and Honor
Floral Design: Le Fleur du Jour
Venue: Black Horse Inn
Wedding Dress: Wren Bridal
Jewelry: Trumpet and Horn
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Kevan D’Damery of Makeup by Kevan
Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux
Wedding Cake: Catherine George Cakes
Signature Cocktail Spirit: Catoctin Creek
Vintage Rentals: Bella Villa Shop
Table Linens: Nuage Designs
Welcome Basket: Marigold & Grey
Stationery: Lady G Paperie
Models: Pablo Redondo and Stephanie Knight

Featured in Southern Weddings Magazine // Virginia Wedding Welcome Gifts

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Truth time. I almost fell over and died when I realized our Virginia-inspired wedding welcome gift box design earned a full-page spread in the most recent issue of Southern Weddings magazine! I’m not only thrilled to share with you the feature but also dish all the details behind this very special Virginia-themed gift.

We wanted a very natural, yet refined, look for this design. I set the tone with a natural pine box and filled it with gourmet trail mix in a drawstring bag, almonds in a clear glass jar, two fresh pears, Pellegrino, and a cookie in the shape of a dogwood by Two Sugars Studio. The dogwood is state flower of Virginia!

We finished the gift off with a soft sage silk ribbon and modern calligraphy gift tag by Poppy & Scooter. A custom welcome booklet featuring the couple’s names and a hand-drawn illustration of their wedding venue was designed and bound with coordinating velvet ribbon. Also by Poppy & Scooter.

We are HUGE fans of Southern Weddings around here and so it’s a huge, amazing, fantastic, unbelievable honor to be featured! (Not to mention, I’m a Virginia girl born and raised so all Virginia gift designs have a special place in my heart.) We’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave us a note in the comments or reach out via our contact page. For more information on custom gift design for Virginia gifts or any other state in the US, visit HERE.

Featured on Good Morning America // Hottest Wedding Trends of 2017

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

We’ve had our curated gifts featured on TV a few times but with that said, I don’t think it will ever get old. It’s always a huge honor and let’s face it, it’s a great way for me to prove to my parents that “gift designer” really IS a legit job title.

For this feature, we were invited to be a part of Wedding Wire‘s Hottest Wedding Trends of 2017 segment. In the gifting arena, a big wedding trend we’ve been seeing is designing gift boxes around a specific theme. For example, brunch-in-a-box! It was a total thrill seeing two of our welcome gift designs show up on the screen of Good Morning America!

Check out the video clip HERE!

Image: ABC News

Image: ABC News

Our gift designs were up on the screen for mere seconds so just in case you didn’t catch them, here are the brunch-in-a-box wedding welcome gifts that were featured.

The first, French-inspired hat boxes with fresh croissants, jam, Badoit sparkling water, biscotti and more.


Image: Red October Photography


Image: Red October Photography; Paper Design: Paperzest

The second, a brunch-in-box curated gift box design featuring pain au chocolat, mini donuts, coffee and more.


Image Credit: Abby Jiu Photography; Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Last but not least, we are super thankful for the photography work of Abby Jiu and Red October Photography for helping make our custom gift designs so tv-worthy! Which wedding trends are your favorites so far in 2017? We’d love to hear from you!

Visit here for more information on our Custom Gift Design Service for weddings, corporate events, social events and client gifting.

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

Featured on WJLA Let’s Talk Live // Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gift Trends

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Recently, when our friend Heather Miller of Hitched by Heather Events told us she’d be appearing as a guest on WJLA Let’s Talk Live to chat about wedding gifting trends, we were honored that she asked us to get involved! While many couples still choose to DIY their wedding welcome gifts and bridal party/groomsmen gifts, there is definitely a movement towards outsourcing these responsibilities so couples can truly enjoy the last remaining weeks leading up to the wedding. And this is exactly where our bridal party and groomsmen gifts come into play.

Check out the segment HERE! Heather is a total natural!


Image: WJLA DC

Heather specifically featured our signature You’re the Man groomsmen gift crate as well as our Will You Be My Bridesmaid gift basket. Both of these gifts are available with free shipping in our online shop. Upon placing the order, we ship them out within 1-4 business days so even if you’re the last minute type, you’re still covered!

A huge ‘thank you’ to Heather and WJLA for welcoming our gifts on the air! Such an incredible honor! For more information on gifting with Marigold & Grey, please reach out via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you!

Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings // Custom Amenity Kits for Michigan Wedding

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Confession. Ever since starting my business in 2014, it’s been an absolute DREAM of mine to have our wedding welcome gifts featured in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. I’m proud to announce that, YES, we were recently featured in the magazine. However, there’s a funny twist to this story. We weren’t featured for a wedding welcome gift design like I’d always imagined. We were instead featured for one of our custom amenity kit designs, which is basically a more sophisticated way of saying “hangover kit”. Ohhhh the irony of being featured in Martha for a hangover kit. 😉

We used cotton muslin bags with a drawstring and had soft grey first aid symbols printed on the bags. The contents intended to make the guests’ stay comfortable and pleasant. They included the traditional items such as Advil, Pepto Bismol, and a cute little tin of Altoids. But also included Emergen-C, earplugs, hand sanitizer, kleenex, lavender towelette, and a tin of Rosebud Salve. A custom tag was added with our signature message “Relax & Recover”.


Image: Marigold & Grey

Thank you David Stark Design for involving us in this absolutely STUNNING event. We hope to get together again for future projects! For more information on custom gift design, please reach out via our contact page.