Custom Florida Wedding Welcome Curated Gift Boxes

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

I’ve always believed that custom paper in wedding welcome gifts can take the gifts to a whole new level and this project I’m about to share with you is the perfect example of this. Our sweet Florida bride didn’t have map artwork done and by the time she hired us to design her gifts, we were really getting down to the wire in terms of time. But if a client of ours wants a map, even if it’s last minute and fully custom, then that’s what they shall have! Thankfully, Caitlin of Third Clover jumped in and came to the rescue, designing a combination welcome letter/map to include in the boxes. Can’t wait to show you how the custom paper brought everything together!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

We selected crisp white boxes for the gift packaging and filled the boxes with practical items such as water and a custom amenity kit (i.e. hangover kit) along with sweet treats such as custom cookies by Sugar Studio in the shape of Florida along with citrus orange slices. For something salty, we selected gourmet peanuts.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

I loved how the slices added a bold pop of color to these boxes and pulled in the fun Florida vibe. As an added bonus to further emphasize the Florida feel, we added Hawaiian Tropic SPF lotion to help prevent sunburn!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

We positioned the custom watercolor maps on top of the items so it would be the first thing wedding guests would see upon arriving at the hotel and opening the boxes!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

For finishing touches, we created custom gift tags reading “welcome to the sunshine state” (Just Write Studios) along with blush raw edge ribbon in keeping with their blush and gold color palette. We also added a sprig of eucalyptus for a final touch!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

What do you think of this gift design? Let us know in the comments or you can email us here. For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, please visit here. We’d love to help!

Planner Profile // DC-Based Wedding Planner Aimee Dominick of A. Dominick Events

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Wedding trends come and go but there will always be room for timeless design. When I think of Aimee Dominick, owner and founder of A. Dominick Events, I immediately think of flawlessly executed, classic events with touches of modern throughout. While her events are gorgeous, full of details, and worthy of gracing the pages of every national wedding publication (and they have!), she runs her events with precision. There are millions of moving parts going on behind the scenes but her couples and their guests will never know it because she, along with her team, make it appear effortless. We’re honored to have worked with her on a few wedding welcome gift projects and are even more honored to feature her on the blog this month for our Planner Profile series!

Without further adieu, let’s hear from Aimee herself…

Please tell us a little about yourself and how you ended up as a wedding planner?

I went to The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, but I found the industry cold and kind of terrifying. After some soul searching, I went to culinary school and baked in a professional kitchen, which I loved. While I looked for a job cooking I was offered a job with a wedding planner. I thought I would hate it, but it turns out it combines all the things that I love: design, food and logistics. I worked for that firm in NYC for two years.  I founded my company in DC in 2005 and haven’t looked back!

What sets you apart from other planners in the industry?

I always find this a hard question to answer.  As a planner, I work with many vendors, but never another planner, so I don’t really know how they approach their projects.  I know that we put a focus on the guest experience.  I care a great deal if the guests are hot or cold, if someone has offered to take their coat or hand them a cool towel. I love design also, but it can not come at the expense of how the guests relate to the celebration. If something isn’t functional or doesn’t work in real life we try to discourage the client from wasting their money on it.  Maya Angelou said, “People will never forget how you made them feel.” The feedback that we get from vendors is that we are professional and extremely organized, which allows them to produce their best work. Ultimately, my job is to lead a great team and allow them to shine.

Please describe your ideal client.

Our ideal client can take on so many forms. One of the best parts of this job is that every client, every party and every day at work is different. If I had to plan the same event again and again, I would quit tomorrow. I would say the “easiest client” is one who leans on our knowledge and advice. Someone with a story they want to tell through their celebration or a unique point of view is also awesome. Someone who wants to have fun with the planning and the actual party is a dream!

Please describe your signature style.

I am great at getting inside a client’s head and bringing to life something that they couldn’t put into words.  I try very hard to suspend my personal style when I am planning someone else’s event.  It is their celebration and everyone who attends should walk in and say “This is so them!” not, “this looks like an A. Dominick Event party.”  I hope that shows in the wide range of design aesthetics in our portfolio.

Personally, I love color and pattern in fashion and clean lines and mid-century modern interior design.  I would die to have a Donald Wexler or Richard Neutra house in Palm Springs someday.

What trends are you seeing this year?

Blue was huge last year and we are still seeing some dusty blue hanging on. The station-style wedding seems to be on its way out in favor of a return to more formal seated meal. Bolder greens and warm peachy (don’t call it blush) tones. We have also seen more interactive experience and live performances.

What’s your favorite way to enhance the guest experience?

I love a surprise.  Something unexpected.  That could be a live performance during cocktail hour or a taco truck as guests depart.  I love to keep the guests wondering what could be coming next.  And an awesome welcome gift is wonderful way to set the tone for the weekend.

What’s the best advice you have for brides and grooms to be?

Stay focused on why you are getting married and try not to get overwhelmed by everyone else’s expectations. It is a celebration and a big one, but it is still just a party. I try to remind clients of that, a lot.

Best part of being a planner?

My favorite moment right before the bride comes down the aisle. It is the most exciting and precious moment!

Image: Rachel May Photography

Image: Rachel May Photography

Most challenging part of being a planner?

The hardest part of our job is how much time it takes to make everything look effortless.  When something is planned well, we are almost invisible. That is great, but challenging when trying to communicate our value.

Biggest wedding disaster and how you overcame it?

We worked at a venue that had just been renovated and the water stopped working. All. The. Water.  No hand washing, no toilet flushing.  We quickly jumped into action and got a restroom trailer en route.  In the meantime, we filled buckets with water from a nearby property and I flushed the ladies room toilets manually with the buckets of water. My job is super glamorous.

Fave celebrity wedding?

Yikes, I don’t think I have one!

Favorite wedding tradition?

I love the private moment after the ceremony.  Those first few quiet moments as a married couple.  Gets me every time.

Fave color palette?

I love all color, especially brights and patterns, but I’m not a purple fan.  Sorry purple lovers.

Fave spot for a destination wedding?

We did a wedding in Aix, France several years ago. It was so beautiful, but also very challenging. I think Round Hill in Jamaica is my favorite spot, partially because we have worked there the most.

Fave ‘something blue’?

I guess shoes, but I’m not a stickler for the old, new, borrowed, blue-thing.

Fave floral?

So many.  Peonies, if I have to choose one.  But also, garden roses, sweet peas, Cafe au Lait dahlias, anemones.

Fave Insta feed these days?

I’m obsessed with Amelia Johnson’s stories. I stop whatever I am doing when she puts a new one up.  For my non-wedding life, I love HalfBakedHarvest!

Thank you Aimee for sharing so much of yourself with us on the blog! We hope you guys have loved learning more about Aimee as much as we have! To contact A. Dominick Events, visit here. For more information on Custom Gift Design for wedding welcome giftsvisit here.

Custom Welcome Boxes for Maryland Equestrian Farm Wedding with Carte Blanche Events

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

While at first you might think that these custom wedding welcome gifts for a Maryland equestrian farm wedding (with DMV wedding planner Carte Blanche Events) are more geared towards a fall event, think again! These were actually created for a May wedding and we loved the challenge of combining bright, bold spring colors with a deep hunter green for a fun spin on the typical rustic look normally associated with outdoor farm weddings.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Marina Mauletkali

Our sweet couple met on a horse farm and so it made perfect sense that they would return to the same spot to be married. We set the tone with kraft boxes for a natural, outdoorsy look. We managed to keep the contents inside the gifts to a the couple’s color palette of green, coral, copper and gold with a few fun hints of aqua blue. For snacks we included kettle cooked chips, locally-sourced cheese crisps, peanut butter cups (the groom’s favorite!) and a custom cookie in the shape of a horseshoe with floral accents (Sugar Studio). We rounded out the snacks with color coordinating bottles of San Pellegrino.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Marina Mauletkali

Let’s talk about the paper! The paper, along with the colorful cookie, are the pieces that helped us achieve the springtime look. The colorful plaid border in blue, coral and hunter green around the welcome notes was such a fun touch! Then on the gift tags, we did copper wax seals featuring the couple’s monogram along with “welcome” in soft blue script. Without the welcome letters and gift tags (both my Paperzest!), the gifts definitely would’ve leaned a little too fall and so these designs were key!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Marina Mauletkali

In addition to the information provided to the wedding guests on the welcome letters, the couple also wanted to provide Visitor’s Guides to Frederick, Maryland. The color palette of the guides just happened to match the color palette of the wedding perfectly (LOVE when these little design miracles happen!) and so we simply slipped them underneath ribbon and tag and presented them in this way rather than putting the guides inside the boxes. In doing this, guests received a paper item on both the outside of the gift boxes and on the inside which only added to the experience of opening these welcome boxes.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Marina Mauletkali

Speaking of ribbon, we finished off the gift boxes with luxurious hunter green raw edge ribbon and used the ribbon to affix the custom gift tags.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Marina Mauletkali

At first when we received the design inspiration for this wedding and learned that it was at an equestrian farm, as I said, I was thinking that the gifts would end up looking like they belonged in an October wedding versus a May wedding. But we were definitely up for the challenge! I’m over-the-moon thrilled with how we were able to combine both the bold pops of colors with the rustic elements for wedding welcome gifts that perfectly matched our clients’ event.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Marina Mauletkali

What you think about this gift design? Can you see visualize them being gifted to wedding guests at a May event? Let us know in the comments.

For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, visit here. We’d love to find out more about your gifting goals and see how we can help!

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Vlog Episode 4 // Behind The Scenes of Gifting Business Marigold & Grey’s Spring Wedding Season

Posted by: Carla Stubbs | Studio Assistant & Videographer

Here at Marigold & Grey, spring wedding season is one of our favorite times of the year. While it can get chaotic at time (an organized chaos, as we like to say), we love bringing weddings to life with wedding welcome gift boxes and tote bags that compliment our couples’ wedding aesthetic. Wedding welcome gifts are where we got our start back in 2014 so we always get excited when we get to work on several wedding projects at once!

In this vlog, you’ll see us build, photograph, deliver and ship wedding welcome gifts for four very different weddings! Masculine, navy boxes for Grit and Grace‘s Mad-Men-Meets-West-Elm wedding at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C., fresh white and green gifts for a Florida wedding (with welcome letters and tags designed by the bride herself!), Virginia welcome bags for a Middleburg wedding with Simply Breathe Events, and classic white and gold gift boxes for an NYC wedding with Strawberry Milk Events. We even managed to mitigate a potential issue when some of our gift boxes arrived damaged.  Thankfully, the next day, another shipment was delivered so we had no problems from that point forward.

Catch up on all of our recent episodes here and subscribe so you don’t miss the next one! Need wedding welcome gifts for your upcoming wedding? Reach out here! We’d love to work with you!

5 Details from Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding You Can Incorporate Into Your Own Wedding

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

It’s the Monday following the Royal Wedding and I admit, I still haven’t come down off of cloud nine after watching the entire thing from start to finish. Yup, I set my alarm on Friday night to wake up bright and early at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning so I wouldn’t miss a thing. (My British Nana was awfully proud of me!)

While the wedding was something out of a dream and was so perfect it almost hurt, don’t worry. There are definitely several elements you can incorporate into your own wedding even if you’re not a member of the Royal Family. Here they are…

Image: Alexi Lubomirski

Image: Alexi Lubomirski

Contemporary Music

A contemporary rendition of ‘Stand by Me’ performed by a gospel choir is probably not what most guests were expecting as a primary musical selection at a Royal Wedding which, to me, made it even that much more amazing. The voices were pure and sincere and gave me the best case of the chills I’ve had in a long long time. Even though it’s a technically an American pop song, it was arranged and delivered in a respectful, beautiful way. If you’re getting married in a church where traditional “church music” is the protocol, it may not hurt to consider contemporary, church-appropriate arrangements of American pop songs. The advantage? The lyrics could grip the minds and hearts of the guests in attendance, just like they did at the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the weekend.

Meaningful Flowers

I’ve been reading on many social media posts and blogs that people were underwhelmed by Meghan Markle’s bouquet and thought it should be much grander for a Royal Wedding. However, not so fast. The bouquet was loaded with significant symbolism which is far more powerful than an over-the-top bouquet designed for the sake of being over-the-top. Not only did Harry reportedly handpick some of the flowers the day before the ceremony, the couple also opted to incorporate forget-me-nots, allegedly Princess Diana’s favorite flower. (I’m tearing up all over again over here, you guys!) Anyway, consider using a flower that has a known meaning, something that resonates with you. If you have a garden, you may even consider asking your florist to add a sprig or two from your own supply.

Image: Ben Stansall

Image: Ben Stansall

Symbolic Embroidery

While Meghan Markle’s gown was simple and chic, her veil was ornate with much more detail. Designed by Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French couture house Givenchy, the veil was 5 meters long and featured all 53 members of the Commonwealth family of nations. The veil featured distinctive flora of each country and also contained two of Markle’s favorite flowers: wintersweet which grows on the grounds of Kensingtion Palace and the California poppy as a nod where she was born. Obviously something so ornate isn’t realistic for every wedding but taking this idea and implementing it on a smaller scale is a nice touch such as a small bit of embroidery on the inside of the gown to represent something special to you. Or, even some custom embroidery on your wedding garter.

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

Charitable Giving

According to CNN and other sources, flowers from the Royal Wedding were graciously donated by Meghan and Harry to various charities and hospices on the day following the wedding. The florals were designed by London-based Phillippa Craddock and adorned both St. George’s Chapel and St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle. You can consider doing the same with your own florals. Organizations like Repeat Roses make this easy to accomplish!

Personalized Welcome Bags

While not entirely sure how the celebrity and VIP wedding guests were welcomed to town, we do know that the approximate 2000 guests invited to view the happenings within the grounds of Windsor Castle were gifted  personalized goodie bags from Harry and Meghan. The bags contained a program, fridge magnet, tin of shortbread, chocolate coin depicting Harry and Meghan, a Windsor Castle water bottle and even a 20% off voucher for the Windsor gift shop. Rumor has it these are now selling on eBay for huge amounts of money upwards of 50,000 GBP. While you obviously don’t need to spend 50,000 GBP on welcome bags, it’s a nice thing to work into your budget as a way of welcoming your guests to town and thanking them for investing the time and money to be there!

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

Which of these elements were your favorite and do you plan to incorporate any of these into your big day? We always love hearing from you so drop us a note in the comments of you can always reach out via our contact page. Oh, and wish me luck coming back down from the clouds so I can get back into the swing of things around here!

Beach-Inspired Welcome Baskets for Destination Wedding in Dominican Republic

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

When a D.C. area wedding designer Jessica Marie of Social Supply Events reached out needing help creating tropical, beach-inspired wedding welcome gifts for her own upcoming destination wedding, we could hardly wait to begin the design process. While we generally don’t create custom gifts for events outside the U.S., we made an exception and were thrilled to hear that these custom welcome baskets successfully made it all the way to the Dominican Republic in the bride’s luggage!

The goal of the gifts was to create a little excitement upon the guest’s arrival and provide some comfort during their stay. We opted for seagrass baskets with neutral elements to compliment the elevated beach vibe of the wedding, planned by Virginia-based Strawberry Milk Events. For snacks, we selected coconut chips, plantain chips, and dried apricots tied with twine and a wax seal.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

In addition to sweet and savory snacks, the gift boxes also included useful items such as Voss water and custom hangover kits with Advil, Pepto, and the cutest little bottles of sunscreen. We packaged them in our signature drawstring pouches with a soft grey first aid symbol for added customization.

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

For a really special addition, we added striped turkish towels and fun sunglasses for guests to use during the weekend. Due to lack of room inside the baskets, we opted to present them on the outside of the baskets, tucked underneath the ribbon, and were pretty thrilled with how they turned out!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

We included welcome notes featuring modern calligraphy and packaged in vellum paper. The notes outlined all of the details of the weekends’ events! We finished off the gifts with a sprig of eucalyptus, tied off with tan raw-edge ribbon and personalized gift tags. Instead of generic tags with “Welcome to the Dominican Republic”, we had each guest’s name printed on their very own gift tag which took the level of thoughtfulness to a whole new level.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

These are totally in the running for one of our absolute favorite custom gift designs of 2018 and its only early April! We hope the guests enjoyed them as much as we loved creating them. For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, reach out via our contact page or visit here. We’d love to hear from you and learn more about your gifting goals.