Just Three Months? A Wedding Planning Checklist

Recently engaged and just can’t wait to get married?! Or…literally can’t wait to get married due to a move, fiancé in the military, or other reasons? 

Depending on the amount of planning you have to do, a 12-month engagement can feel short—but 12 weeks? Some might say it’s impossible, but we’re here to tell you it’s not!

To plan a wedding with a short timeline will take a lot of diligence, patience and help from those around you, but it’s not impossible. 

If you’re on a short wedding timeline, keep reading for a checklist of what you should have done and when.

10-12 Weeks Out

Talk to your fiancé about what you both really want versus what everyone else thinks you should have; make sure your day is about what you two want, cut out things you don’t and only keep your essentials. Use this time to create your budget, and create a spreadsheet or download a budgeting app to make sure you stay on track.

Find your venue

Make sure you stay open-minded and receptive to finding other options than your top choice—some venues are booked out months or even years in advance, and you may need to look for another one with such short notice. 

Tip: try booking your wedding on a day other than a Saturday. A venue’s “off days” are typically less busy and you may even get a better rate for your ceremony!

Arrange the legalities

Make sure you know what you’re going to have to do to make your marriage legal, especially if you are getting married out of state or in another country  

8-10 Weeks Out

Choose your wedding party

Make sure they know well in advance about any attire they will need to purchase, events they will need to attend and an estimated amount they will be spending on these things so they are aware and not caught off guard.

Make your guest list and send invitations

First, you need to decide if you want a small or large ceremony. A small guest list is more manageable on a shorter timeframe, but whichever you decide, you need to make sure to give them ample time to make travel and lodging accommodations. Also, the sooner you have your guest list confirmed, the sooner you can get final numbers to your venue and caterer.

Find your outfit

Whether you go for a designer gown, something from a vintage store, or something off the rack, you will need time to find your outfit and, more than likely, have it altered. Make sure you leave ample time for these alterations so you aren’t scrambling close to your wedding day.

6-8 Weeks Out

Book your vendors

Your officiant, caterer, photographer, florist, DJ or band, and your stylist all need to be booked well in advance to ensure you have them reserved and that they can do everything you are hoping for

Book your rehearsal dinner

Make sure the restaurant you want can accommodate a large party, and give anyone who wants to give a speech plenty of time to write it.

3-6 Weeks Out

Buy rings if you haven’t yet!

They don’t have to be expensive, just something special for you and your fiancé. Make sure you have these or have them ordered so they make it in time.

Order or make wedding favors for guests

If you choose to DIY your favors, make sure you have plenty of time to get all of your supplies and make your favors. Enlist your partner, wedding party or family to help you put them together if it is too stressful to do on your own. 

1-2 Weeks Before

Confirm day-of plans with your wedding party and family

Team up with your partner, a parent, a bridesmaid, etc. to confirm different aspects of your day, such as arrival times and number of guests, with your vendors.

Confirm your final guest list for your venue and caterer

Also, use this time to arrange your seating chart so your guests don’t worry about where to sit and can enjoy your reception! 

Lay out and pack all of your wedding day items in the days before your wedding

Don’t forget your rings, marriage license and all of the things you are afraid of forgetting! 

Last but not least, and most importantly, take a deep breath! Relax! Have fun! You’re about to get married, so you should appreciate the time you have with your soon-to-be husband or wife, and enjoy your big day! 

To DIY or Not To DIY for Your Wedding Day

Raise your hand if you’ve ever maybe-kinda-sorta gotten too ambitious with a Pinterest project and it might have ended up looking more like an episode of Nailed It than you were hoping. Anyone? Yeah, us either. 

The last place you want to “nail it” is your wedding day. DIY-ing various elements of your wedding is a great way to save money and stay on budget, as well as flex your creative side. 

If you’re planning your wedding and have a crafty itch, read on to find some practical do-it-yourself projects and things you should probably leave to the professionals.

DIY

Your Wedding Stationery

Save the dates, invitations, programs, place cards, menus, seating plans—all of it! If you have access to a computer and a design program—either a paid service like Photoshop, or a free template service like Canva—you’ve got an easy, affordable way to create any kind of stationery for your wedding day. Creating a personalized set of stationery will be a unique added touch!

Wedding Favors

Rather than design and buy a monogrammed something that will sit in your friends’ and family’s junk drawers (you know we’ve all got one), offer a more sentimental favor for when your guests leave. Things like seed packets, small plants or homemade jam you and your new spouse made are functional and, more importantly, incredibly personal to you and your wedding. Making your wedding favors is a fun project for you, your fiancé and your wedding party, and your guests will appreciate the care and thought put into it!

Confetti Poppers

Looking for an alternative to throwing rice or birdseed at your wedding? Opt for confetti poppers instead! They are a safe, low-cost option that offer a fun pop of color as you’re leaving your venue. Find confetti in your wedding colors, watch a few online tutorials and grab your fiancé—making your wedding confetti poppers is an easy, cost-effective project you can knock out months in advance and forget about until your big day.

Your Flowers

Even if you aren’t a flower expert, you can learn how to create beautiful bouquets and centerpieces through a few internet videos and a little practice. Making your bridal bouquet can be as simple as picking up a few bunches of flowers from your local farmers’ market or grocery store or even picking wildflowers for something a little more rustic.

Hire Professionals

Photography

These days, a “fancy camera” (read: anything with a detachable lens) is not hard to come by in your family or friend group. It seems like everyone you know has a DSLR, and everyone thinks they’re a photographer…but you should probably still opt for a professional photographer instead.

A professional photographer will probably take a big chunk of your budget, but will also be able to get every shot you want, move quickly to get those unexpected, candid moments, and, possibly most importantly, will not be in the way of you enjoying your day.

The Cake

Can you bake your wedding cake yourself? Sure! Do you want the pressure of baking and decorating enough cake for your entire guest list in the days leading up to your wedding? Probably not.

Wedding cakes are expensive, but with good reason: a professional baker bakes for a living, and you do not. They are better equipped to bake cakes for 100+ people, are better prepared for a mishap and aren’t worried about other wedding details, so they can be 100% focused on making your cake perfect.

The Food

You, your family and your future in-laws are all great cooks, but how many of you have—successfully—cooked dinner for 100+ people? Unless you are having a small, casual backyard or beach wedding with your closest family and friends, it is a safer bet to have your food catered. Ensuring everything is cooked properly and on time, as well as set up at the venue is a huge undertaking that you don’t want your family or bridal party worrying about.

Your Hair & Makeup

Unless your cousin Tina is a professional makeup artist, we recommend not doing your hair and makeup yourself or having a family member or friend do it. Professional makeup artists understand the intricacies of photography makeup while also making sure you still look like yourself. And if you choose to be a June bride, your makeup and hair artists will make sure your makeup and your ‘do stay for the whole day no matter the humidity.

Entertainment

Music streaming services have made all of our lives better, and we have been able to move away from things like iPods (and CDs for all of our Millennials out there). You can easily set up a laptop and a few speakers and have a playlist set for the evening. But live entertainment, be it a band or a DJ, can re-energize your crowd when they’re partied-out and take requests. You also don’t have to worry about a live act glitching or buffering mid-event. 8

Your Wedding Day is Your Wedding Day

Like any rule, there are always exceptions. If you’re having a small backyard wedding with only your closest family and friends, queuing up a playlist and sitting down to a homemade meal makes sense and will be very personal. If you are up for a challenge, you can choose more things to DIY for your wedding day, and if you are not quite Martha Stewart, you can opt to hire professionals for more pieces of your wedding.

3 Unique Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Unique Valentine's Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is coming up again—already. Have you thought about a gift? 

While flowers and chocolates are standard, they aren’t all that thoughtful. Not anymore. And especially not when they can be picked up at a convenience store on your way home! 

You know what the love of your life really wants? Something truly thoughtful. Something that’s simple, but romantic. Something that will remind him or her of the love you share for years to come. 

This Valentine’s Day, consider a gift that doesn’t wilt, isn’t devoured, and won’t get tossed in the garbage after a day or two. Here are our suggestions. 

(1) Stationery that Reminds Your Valentine of the Day You Said “I Do” 

This one’s for the married couple. Think back to your wedding. Can you picture the flowers? Maybe they were red roses, pink peonies, or hydrangeas and lilies in bright colors. 

Now, imagine how charmed your spouse would be if you presented her with handcrafted stationery in those colors, on paper that’s softly textured and unique. 

At Cast Paper, we take bridal boutiques and use them to create our Floral Expressions Stationery. These notecards, handcrafted from your wedding flowers, make beautiful notes that your sweetheart can use

All it takes is a bouquet. Send us your flowers, and they will be combined with 100% cotton fibers and cast by hand into eco-friendly stationery. 

(2) Love Notes for the Dreamy Romantic in Your Life 

It doesn’t matter how old or young a person is; everyone enjoys a handwritten letter. In an age of texts and emails, there’s something about putting pen to paper that feels special. 

This Valentine’s Day, consider putting your love into words—ideally, in nice handwriting—on artisanal paper. Our paper is made from cotton and natural fibers, and each sheet has a full deckle or feathered edge. It’s not just stationery—it’s a keepsake. 

We know how much your words on this one-of-a-kind paper could mean to the person you love. Trust us: she’ll hold on to it forever. 

(3) Plantable Products for the Valentine Who Loves to be Out in the Garden  

Want to know how committed we are to going green? Our products aren’t just made from natural, recycled materials. They’re also plantable. 

Crafted with twelve varieties of perennial wildflowers, our plantable seed paper will bloom when planted in moist soil. So, your Valentine’s Day gift will continue to produce beauty! Your favorite person will be reminded of how sweet your love story is as the flowers return year after year. 

Products by Cast Paper Art Make a Thoughtful and Unique Valentine’s Day Gift

At Cast Paper, we make all of our eco-friendly products by hand, using the same technique that has been successful for hundreds of years. Each sheet of our paper is crafted using recycled fibers and other natural inclusions like fresh wildflowers and other plants. Every single piece of paper we produce is different

As you think about ideas for Valentine’s Day, consider giving the person you love a true work of art. Give us a call for more ideas about how we can create a beautiful gift for the love of your life. 

5 Must-Haves for the Boho Bride

boho wedding

We’re on the cusp of 2021, but boho style isn’t going anywhere. We think it’s because the style is a reflection of the myths and fairy tales many of us loved when we were children. There’s a sense of wonder and ethereal beauty to boho or bohemian style that makes it ideal for a romantic wedding. Plus, boho style has a natural, earthy element that’s attractive to today’s brides. 

If you’re planning a wedding this year and want to add natural or bohemian elements to your ceremony, consider these 5 must-haves for the boho bride. 

(1) A Light, “Flowy” Dress 

The first must-have is, naturally, the dress. A boho dress is light and romantic, with a long, “flowy” skirt and natural or old-fashioned details. It’s the opposite of confining; no stuffy or overly-dramatic fabrics here! Whether you choose a traditional lace bodice or a summery, strappy gown, you should feel like a forest nymph as you glide down the aisle toward your true love. 

(2) Soft Waves and Braids 

There are several ways to do your hair in the boho style, from long hair with soft, beachy waves to complicated braids entwined with greenery. Find the right stylist for your big day, and let your imagination guide you. You can also choose to top off your look with a boho headband, a wildflower crown, or a flowing veil. 

(3) Decor that Incorporates Natural Elements 

The best thing about this style is that it’s inclusive. Want to add a dream catcher to your boho wedding? Sure! Fairy lights and macrame? Why not! When it comes to the decor for your alter or reception tables, you can be as earthy or as whimsical as you like. You’ll definitely want to include flowers or greenery in your decorations, though. They’ll go a long way in creating the ideal boho look you want. 

(4) Wedding Invitations that Fit the Boho Theme 

Don’t forget your wedding invitations! They’re your guests’ first look at your boho theme, so they should be in line with the rest of your decor. Think unique and textured with soft colors and the same natural elements you’re adding to your ceremony. 

Did you know that we can custom-design invitations that match your color scheme and showcase your unique style

(5) Local Vendors and Green Services

For catering, flowers, music or any other service you require for your big day, be sure to go local. This will not only help support small businesses in your town, it will also limit your carbon footprint

Get Started with Handcrafted, Boho Wedding Invitations from Cast Paper 

Would you like to start designing your boho invitations? Let us help! Our artisans can help with unique, softly-textured, 100% natural paper that will give you the boho wedding you’ve always dreamed of. 

Choose Handcrafted Paper for Your Traditional Anniversary Gift

anniversary gift

When it comes to romance, some traditions just feel right: a suitor down on one knee, the tossing of the bouquet, the gifts that celebrate year after year of a successful marriage. 

Whether you just got engaged or are celebrating a special anniversary, we can give you gift ideas that are as unique as the two of you. 

Traditional Anniversary Gifts That Have Stood the Test of Time

While you could choose to celebrate your anniversary any number of ways, we think traditional gifts for the first year, the tenth, the twenty-fifth and so on are pretty special. The tradition of wedding anniversary gifts goes back to at least the middle ages, and maybe longer. But it was during the Victorian Era that giving a particular type of gift to married couples really caught on. Love and commitment became paramount ideals, and gift-giving reflected that. And so, silver and golden wedding anniversaries became events to truly celebrate. 

In case you’re not up-to-speed on traditional wedding gifts, here’s a simple guide on the first few years and the bigger milestones: 

  • First Anniversary: Paper A gift of paper symbolizes a “clean sheet” on which to write your love story. It also represents the sometimes fragile nature of a young relationship.
  • Second Anniversary: Cotton A marriage that has lasted into its second year is becoming more and more durable. Cotton represents a stronger bond, in which your lives are becoming intertwined
  • Third Anniversary: Leather At this point in your marriage, you’re relationship is stronger and provides shelter and security. That feeling is symbolized as leather, a sturdy material that will protect you from the elements.
  • Fourth Anniversary: Fruit and Flowers At four years, it’s time to celebrate the way your relationship is blossoming and bearing fruit!
  • Fifth Anniversary: Wood Like an oak tree towering above the forest, your love has grown into a stable, life-giving force. This gift symbolizes the strength, wisdom, and deep roots that come along with time.
  • Tenth Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum If you’ve made it to ten years, you know you have the kind of love that will last through the years. It’s appropriate, then, that this gift should symbolize a malleable metal, like aluminum, or a metal that does not rust, like tin.
  • Twentieth Anniversary: China China is valuable and elegant, but should not be mishandled or taken for granted. It’s a charming representation of your love at two decades.
  • Twenty-Fifth Anniversary: Silver This is a big one. If you’ve reached your 25th anniversary, the value of your marriage is precious, just like silver. After 25, wedding anniversaries are marked by valuable gems: pearls, rubies, and sapphires.
  • Fiftieth Anniversary: Gold It goes without saying that gold is the most precious substance, and the perfect gift to commemorate reaching fifty years together. It’s truly the gold standard.

Handcrafted Paper Makes a Special, Eco-Friendly Gift

Eco-friendly or “green” weddings are increasing in popularity, and so are handcrafted paper invitations. But these products aren’t just for weddings! 

If your marriage has reached its pivotal one-year anniversary – or two- or four-year anniversary – consider the way cotton and wildflowers blend together to make paper that is beautifully textured and completely unique. From stationary in your wedding colors to plantable ornaments, we can make a paper gift for you that’s both earth-friendly and thoughtful. 

If you have a special anniversary coming up, or an event that you’d like to make earth-friendly, let our artists know! We’re happy to discuss options with you and create handcrafted paper gifts that are truly special. 

5 Ways to Help a Loved One who has Lost a Pet

loss of a pet

If you’ve ever loved a pet, you know how much losing one can hurt. In fact, according to Psychology Today, the death of a pet can be just as traumatic as losing a close family member. Maybe it’s because dogs and cats can live for up to 15 years and become a long-term companion, just as important as a sibling or best friend. 

If someone you know has lost a pet, you may not know exactly what to say. They may not, either! Some people hesitate openly grieving a pet because it’s not as socially accepted as mourning a human being. However, it’s just as important to acknowledge their pain. A gift or a loving word can mean so much to someone dealing with the loss of their furry friend. 

We’ve provided handcrafted paper gifts to veterinary offices and humane societies, and we understand how important a loving gesture can be. Here’s what we recommend if you know someone who is missing their dear companion. 

(1) Acknowledge that they have lost a friend. 

Some may feel embarrassed to openly grieve the loss of a pet. It’s incredibly important to recognize your loved one’s loss. Give them a chance to talk about their cat or dog. Offer words of support, whether it’s over the phone or on social media. Even the briefest gesture of support can help. 

(2) Send a little something. 

When Heather Morgan of St. Louis, Missouri lost a beloved dog, she was heartened by the thoughtful gifts her family sent, which included a blanket and a plantable sympathy card. Gifts can be as varied as a framed photo, a bouquet of flowers, a piece of jewelry or even a pet portrait. Another gesture to consider is a donation to an animal shelter in the deceased pet’s name. Your local veterinarian’s office can help you make a donation and send a card to your grieving friend. 

(3) Check on them. 

Remember that, for some, losing a pet can be just as devastating as losing a close relative. As your loved one grieves, check in on them from time to time. Do they need help with groceries or simple errands? Encourage them to get out and about, too. Sometimes keeping up a regular routine can help a person get through a time of grief. 

(4) Decide on a thoughtful way to memorialize their pet.

Taking a moment to memorialize a pet can help give a pet owner closure and ease the pain of their loss. This memorial doesn’t necessarily have to take the shape of a funeral. Maybe a scrapbook project or a memorial garden will make the pet owner feel that their beloved friend has been honored. 

(5) Make sure your friend gets out of the house.  

It’s common to isolate yourself when you’re dealing with a loss. Don’t let that happen to your friend or loved one. Especially for those who live alone, their pet may have been a big part of their social life. Invite your friend for walks, lunches, or trips to the store. It can be a way of helping them reconnect. 

What NOT to Do 

There’s no standardized way for dealing with the loss of a pet. It’s important, however, not to ignore the event or make light of it by saying, “it’s JUST a dog/cat.” Doing so won’t make your loved one feel any better. It’s also not appropriate to put a timeline on their grief or encourage them to just get over it. Don’t bring up getting another pet until the person is truly ready. Instead, be supportive and patient, just as you would if your friend had lost a close family member. 

Beautiful Products by Cast Paper Art Make a Thoughtful Gift

At Cast Paper, we make all of our eco-friendly products by hand, using the same technique that has been successful for hundreds of years. Each sheet of our paper is crafted using recycled fibers and other natural inclusions like fresh wildflowers and other plants. Whether you’re helping a friend overcome a loss or celebrate a big event, consider giving them a true work of art. 

Creating Specialized Paper

This week we had two special things happen at once. For one thing, we had our first batch of really fantastic weather here in St. Louis; it was around 80 degrees all week, and though we did get some storms, we had a lot of hours of sunshine, too.

The second, and more important thing, was that we received a rare and exciting type of order: one of our valued customers ordered our folio-sized sheets (23”x35”) of handmade, fern-embedded paper.  

Most of our orders are for our small products – our wedding invitations, our blooming floral ornaments, our eco-friendly paper cones. But every so often, about once a year, we get an order for the really, really big sheets.

These large sheets have a lot of uses – they make for a unique and colorful matte paper for art framing, they have enough give to make for excellent letterpress stock, and they can also be “parent” sheets for any number of uniquely-sized projects like bookmarks, invitations, or even business cards. This particular client uses these sheets as liner pages for signature books.

Thanks to the warm weather, we had perfect conditions to take the show outdoors, as Alvida walked us through the process of how this fascinating stock is made:

First, we take fresh green ferns and make cuttings in a variety of lengths – the fresher the plants the better, as they retain more of the color that way. That’s true for our fern-embedded sheets, and for our flower-petal line of products, like our Floral Expressions invitation stock.

Alvida floats some of the fern fronds in a vat of water, alongside a fairly-generous portion of our paper pulp. Alvida and our other employees have been doing this for years and years, so they know exactly how much to add in.

Next, we dip a screen into the water, scooping up enough of the mixture to cover the entire screen. This is trickier than it looks – you have to do it just right to get uniform coverage and thickness across the entire screen, so it lays flat, looks right, and can be used for projects.

Then, we dry out the sheets – we have a drying room, but when an order is for hundreds of these sheets, it really helps to have a nice sunny day so we can spill out into the parking lot a bit.

Once the sheets have dried, Alvida carefully separates the paper from the screens, taking care not to tear them. The resulting paper has a fine deckled edge – the slightly uneven end that you will only find on fine, handmade papers.

Projects like this are a lot of fun for us – it’s paper-making at its finest, a process we’ve honed over decades of practice. There’s really nothing better than spending a sunny day making great paper. If you’re interested in ordering some yourself, drop us a line for more information.

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You use a butter mold for what?

What’s a butter mold? Well, for fancy society parties in the mid-1800s, putting out a stick of butter simply wasn’t good enough. Special molds were used to create butter that looked like different items appropriate to the meal: fish-shaped butter for a seafood dinner, corn-shaped butter for a prairie theme, lamb-shaped butter for an Easter feast. They could also use these same molds to create specialty desserts.

You might be wondering why a blog about hand-crafted paper and stationery is talking so much about butter molds. It’s because those precious antique molds needn’t be used only for butter and chocolate! Over our decades of operating with fine handcrafted papers, we’ve collected dozens upon dozens of these molds from antique stores, estate sales, attic rummaging and the like, and amassed a truly impressive collection of beautiful, one-of-a-kind molds.

We’ve given these molds new life for our lines of plantable seed paper ornaments, like the blooming heart ornament and the blooming shell ornament. We have many different types of plantable seed paper ornaments, of course – shamrocks and Christmas trees, shells and easter bunnies, doves and angels… the list goes on and on.

Our Blooming Heart Ornament was a perfect symbol of February- not only Valentine’s Day, but also National Heart Health Month. Whether it’s for a Valentine’s gift, or favors for a heart-healthy charity event, or maybe just a little something to show someone you’re thinking about them, our blooming heart ornament is one of our most popular items year-round.

But with our one-of-a-kind-collection of the sort of molds that simply aren’t made anymore, we have all sorts of shapes to fit whatever occasion or event you might want. Take our blooming shell ornament – not many places have a mold laying around in the shape of a perfect seashell. But for your summer event or beachy-themed wedding, we’ve got that. We pride ourselves on our variety of products,

We’ve been making plantable seed paper ornaments for decades, now. It’s a family business and our lifelong passion. And part of that passion has been going out into the world and gathering the tools of our trade, so that we can boast that we have options that nobody else has – because the only way to get them would be to go back to the 1800s and buy them while they were still being made.

American Animal Hospital Association Conference

This week we’re taking a couple of days to head down to the AAHA Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Plantable Pet Cards
Plantable Pet Cards

Not that one really needs an excuse to head to Florida, especially when the Midwest is still only just starting to get temperatures in the 50s, but we’ve got a very good reason to head down there this time.

The AAHA is the American Animal Hospital Association, and as of late we’ve started to work alongside veterinary professionals to offer a line of pet memorial products.

Cast Paper Art is a family company, after all, and we know just as well as any pet owner that our pets are a part of our family. When you’ve lost a pet, you’ve lost a real piece of your family, and that calls for a real, dignified way to express your sympathy.

That’s why we offer a wide variety of products for pets, just like we would for any other member of the family: pet sympathy cards, eco-friendly pet memorial products, small blooming mementos – these gifts can help pet owners through a difficult time.

For veterinarians, we’re proud to offer these products as a way for them to offer their sympathies to clients. After all, nobody understands the bond between a pet and their owner better than someone who has devoted their whole life to healing animals, and they deserve a way of expressing their sympathies that reflects that.

This weekend, we’re bringing to Tampa samples of our blooming ornaments, plantable products, sympathy cards, and our bookmarks, which come printed with the “Rainbow Bridge” poem that every pet owner knows and loves. It’s our way of saying “hello,” and thanking them for the service they perform.

And don’t worry, folks – while we’re in Tampa, there are still going to be folks around the workshop, so you can still plant your usual orders.

Book Themed Weddings

Despite what people might say in this age of kindles and Twitter, books are not going anywhere anytime soon. And one way you can see this clearly is in the proliferation of book-themed weddings out there. Many a couple has come together over their love of the written word, and many of the more ornate, beautiful libraries in the world are capable of accommodating large events to hold a truly storybook wedding.

The trick to executing a good theme wedding, however, is commitment. If you’re going to have a theme, it can’t simply show up idly in 0c3d6e601e470e9827466443369437d2the corner of an invitation, or pop up suddenly atop your wedding cake. It has to be apparent, from the design of your place cards, to the selection of your venue, to the favors you distribute to your guests.

For a truly unforgettable wedding favor, our line of Plantable Seed Paper Bookmarks are a sure thing for the book lovers out there. Not only can they serve as an instant, take-home bouquet for your guests (just add water), they also make a fantastic wedding favor when actually used as a bookmark, often remaining in your guests homes – and hearts – long after candy would have been eaten or novelty items thrown away. A solid bookmark can continue serving its purpose for decades, after all.

Bookmarks can be used for any number of special occasions, not just weddings – you can distribute them with a favored poem or prayer at a wake or memorial, for example. They can serve as a special thank-you gift for charitable events, or as a giveaway item to include with informational mailings.

With the right word choice, you can also use bookmarks as a quirky form of invitation or save-the-date for weddings, baby showers, or other special occasions.

*Photo courtesy of Pinterest