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Meet The Team: Senior Executive Sales Leader Katie Rusidill

Today we’d like to introduce our Senior Executive Sales Leader, Katie Rusidill. She’s the ring leader of our sales representatives and a prime example of what Team Carue loves most about doing what we love.

Here’s what Katie has to say:

How did you decide that Weddings By Carue was right for you?

I found Weddings by Carue when I was planning my own wedding. I had a vision in mind for my invitations, but couldn’t find anyone online that would customize their stationery to fit my vision. I also loved the idea of working with an actual person for my invites. After my wedding, I was so impressed with Weddings by Carue’s capabilities and loved working with them so much, I decided to join the team and help brides with their wedding stationery.

What do you love most about the wedding industry?

It is always changing and there is a new trend every season. It’s fun to stay connected with this every changing and growing industry.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love working with couples and helping them set the tone for their wedding through their invitations. I also love that we make it so easy for them, it is a huge stress reliever when they get to check invitations off their planning checklist.

When you aren’t working, what’s your favorite thing to do?

Spend time with my husband and our dog, Otus. We love to go boating, watch the Cubs and Hawkeyes, and relax with friends.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still spending time with my family and loving what I am doing

Who is your ideal couple/client?

I love working with clients who have unique ideas for their invitations and are looking for something completely custom and one-of-a-kind.

Who do you feel you can help the most?

A totally stressed out bride that wants to take things like save the dates, invites, and programs off her plate and give this task to someone she can trust to get it done and make them look great!

What is your favorite invitation style?

I love the laser cut designs and I also really like the watercolor trend right now.

You can learn more about all of our team by checking out our About page, or send Katie a message by clicking HERE.

Pin-Worthy: Unique Bouquets For Bridesmaids

We LOVE a good Pinterest collection. (By the way, have you followed our boards yet? Click HERE to do it now!) And we know that our brides love being fun and different. With that in mind, we’ve assembled our favorite takes on the traditional bridesmaid bouquet all together in one pin-worthy collection.  Enjoy!

Baby Got Books…

What better way to tell a love story than with the originals!

Buttoned Up

Make your bouquets as unique as you are with arrangements made from brooches. Ask your bridal party to make their own, or go on a group outing to actions and antique stores to make things even more special.

I Believe I Can Fly

These butterfly bouquets are perfect for outdoor weddings, letting the breeze move these delicate wings will add organic whimsy to your ceremony.

Now I See The Light

Having an evening ceremony? These candles add romance and ambiance to your already beautiful event.

Easy Breezy

These delicate fans are not only beautiful, but give bridesmaids a breeze during hot summer ceremonies.

Feature Feathers

Glam up your fans by adding soft feathers and jewels that match your color scheme.

Faux Fling

Get wild by pairing feathers with organic items like twigs and flowers to create a centerpiece-worthy bouquet.

Have A Ball

These round arrangements are so fun and can be easily hung during the reception, adding to your decor!

Love Will Keep Us Warm

Having a winter ceremony? These fur hand warmers are a simple way to coordinate outdoor apparel for your bridesmaids.

Light It Up

Lanterns are the classic staple that pray will never leave. Add soft lighting and character to your processional with these beauties.

Ornamental Beauty

Ornaments aren’t just for Christmas anymore! These spheres come in a variety of colors and sizes that create beautiful, modern bouquets. Consider purchasing them on sale after Christmas and making your own!

Pretty In Parasol

Just like fans, parasols provide climate control for your bridal party and add simple class to your ceremony.

Pearls For Days

We love the delicacy and style of these pearls. Just lovely.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… Pinecones

Add a seasonal touch to your wedding with a pinecone arrangement.

On Pins and Wheels

Having a whimsical wedding? We’d love to see these at a beach ceremony.

Fall In Love

This is the perfect addition to a fall wedding.

What’s the coolest bridesmaid arrangement you’ve ever carried? Tell us in the comments below!  Don’t forget to share this article with a fellow bride-to-be!

Top 10 Handcrafted Edible Wedding Favors For Summer Weddings

By Evona Niewiadomska, Gourmet Wedding Gifts

There’s nothing quite like a summer wedding. With the sun shining bright and happiness all around us as a result of the gorgeous weather, it’s impossible not to have a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception that you and your guests can enjoy.

For our summertime brides getting ready to say “I do” we’re sharing our top 10 handcrafted edible wedding guest favors – perfect for summer weddings! We know favors tend to come toward the end of your wedding planning timeline but don’t worry, there’s still time to find something your guests will love! What’s special about these favors is that they are all handcrafted with care and made in small batches by artisanal companies.

Why edible wedding favors? Time and time again we hear from our brides and grooms, that they don’t want to get their guests something that will be thrown away or tossed into a corner to collect dust! It’s a waste of time, effort, and most importantly, money. Edible favors can be enjoyed as part of the experience. They can also tie back to your wedding theme and actually add to it – not just appear as an afterthought.

A quick note to our chocolate lovers; When creating our list of 10 best wedding favors for summer weddings we avoided chocolate favors because unfortunately they don’t hold up well in high temperatures. Not to worry, there are SO many delicious options to choose from, you won’t miss a thing!

Below you’ll find a wide variety of some of our favorite from welcome bag treats and late night snacks for midnight cravings to post-dinner delights and creative ways to incorporate cocktails into those warm summer nights.

1. Personalized Cocktail Infusion Kits

Personalized cocktail infusion kits are the perfect gift for a summer wedding crowd – not to mention extremely unique, creative and colorful! Place an assortment of flavors at each table, one at each table setting and let your guests swap for their favorite choice of spirit including gin, rum, vodka, bourbon and tequila! Might we recommend the Cucumber Cooler Gin Infusion Kit with cucumber, citrus, mint, organic cane sugar and bitters, the Sunshine Sipper Vodka Infusion Kit with lemon, lavender, honey, orange, organic cane sugar and bitters, or the Sweet Heat Tequila Infusion Kit with strawberries, jalapeño, citrus, organic cane sugar, bitters? Choose from 10 delicious cocktail infusion flavors.

Check out these Personalized Cocktail Infusion Kits

2. 100% Pure Artisan Honey Mini Jars

Buzz buzz! These 2oz jars of 100% pure, raw and unadulterated artisan honey have absolutely no additives and make great summer time wedding guest favors. They work well in a welcome gift bag or as a leave-behind at a place setting. Choose from 3 flavor profiles and customize with a personalized gift tag. Starting at just $3 per guest they’re a great way to give your guests something unique, delicious and useful – something to take home and enjoy.

Check out these 100% Pure Artisan Honey Mini Jars

3. Sweet Caramel Rolls

We love the elegant look of these handcrafted sweet caramel rolls. They make a lovely addition to a place setting or to pair with your place cards. Not only elegant, they’re made with and personalized with your name, wedding date and a custom message or gratitude. Choose from 6 flavors your guest will love.

Check out these Handcrafted Sweet Caramel Rolls

4) Simple Organic Snack Bars

In the last few years, welcome wedding bags have become more and more popular and interesting packed with city maps and local attractions and light snacks to tide guests over, especially if wedding festivities span the entire weekend. For something light and healthy to give your guests, consider these Organic Snack Bars. Choose from 8 different flavors, or opt for an assorted mix. If you’re not including welcome bags, keep a bowl of these at the refreshment table for a quick snack in between hikes and daily activities to reenergize your guests – they’ll appreciate the energy boost made with only 5 simple and organic ingredients.

Check out these Simple Organic Snack Bars

5) Candied Bacon Caramel Corn Wedding Favors

 

Taking a perhaps slightly less healthy (but oh-so-delicious!) spin, these Candied Bacon Caramel Popcorn gift bags are sure to be a hit with your wedding guests. They make a great late night snacking option and look adorable placed at each table setting or on a favors table for guests to grab and munch on post reception. Choose from 2 bag size options (2 or 3 ounces).

Check out these Candied Bacon Caramel Corn Wedding Favors

 

6) Personalized Beer & Wine Jam Recipe

What a cool idea for a unique gift for your wedding guests: Customize the PERFECT jam recipe for your special day!

All of our jams are handmade using the most unique ingredients! Looking for something extra special? Let’s get creative! Your personalized wedding jam recipe will include your favorite notes to create the perfect flavor profile for you and your guests to enjoy. We’ll even follow your color scheme if you want it to match! A few of our boozy jam favorites include Raspberry Merlot, Brew-ha-habanero, Strawberry Chardonnay, and Balsamic Fig.

Check out these Personalized Beer & Wine Jams

7) Handcrafted Bar Cookie Gift Bags

These hand made bar cookies are absolutely incredible and will make your guests squeal with delight. Not only that, they’re also great for brides on a budget. Choose from 3 delicious flavors your guests will love and add a personal touch by matching the ribbons to your color theme and by adding a personalized gift tag.

Check out these Handcrafted Bar Cookie Gift Bags

8) Brownie Pop Gift Bags

Such a classic! Brownie Pops are a great idea year-round. These colorful and tasty treats are guaranteed to be a hit with your guests. Select up to 2 different toppings, ribbon colors and add a personalized gift tag for a ultra unique, delicious and memorable gift for your wedding guests.

Check out these Brownie Pop Gift Bags

9) Roasted Nut Gift Bags

Q’s Nuts are roasted by hand and in small batches using flavors you’ve likely never even imagined which means you’re getting an unparalleled flavor with each bag. Add these gift bags to your guest welcome bags or place at table settings for a take away at the end of the night. With a slew of incredible flavor choices for almonds, cashews and pecans, we’re willing to bet your guests won’t be able contain their excitement very long before bursting in their bags.

Check out these Roasted Nut Gift Bags

10) Personalized Fortune Cookies

Last but certainly not least, these Personalized Fortune Cookies offer one of the most unique and personalized gift experiences of all. Hand made with a customized message inside, it’s sparks curiosity and magic for your guests to enjoy! Each fortune cookie come with it’s own “takeout” container with the option to add a personalized sticker on the outside as well. 

Check out these Personalized Fortune Cookies

We hope you have enjoyed this tour of our Top 10 Edible Wedding Favors for Summertime Weddings! All of these are great, quality options for edible treats for your wedding guests. Remember that while these are our favorites, there are also many other edible wedding favors to choose from. You can check out the entire collection of edible wedding favors here and browse custom groomsman and bridesmaid gifts too!
Gourmet Wedding Gifts is a collection of handcrafted edible wedding guest favors and personalized gifts that celebrate ONE-OF-A-KIND LOVE! Offering the most unique selection of gifts and gear for the bride and groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, friends and family and for the couple to enjoy for years to come.

This post is part of our Vendors We Love series. Weddings By Carue is not a paid affiliate of Gourmet Wedding Gifts or any associated companies. Know of a vendor we should know about? Email us at amanda@weddingsbycarue.com and share the love!

The Pinterest Collection: Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

Wedding favors can seem like a necessary evil – something that we feel obligated to give our guests, and something the guests feel obligated to take with them. We’ve seen all kinds of favors, from candy dishes to floral-scented bags of pinecones. But the ones we know that resonate most with guests are things they can consume or repurpose.  With that knowledge, we’ve assembled our top ten list of wedding favors we adore.

Add whimsy to your guest tables by handing out retro bottled drinks as favors. Other ideas include root beer floats, vintage soda cans, and Jones soda pop, complete with custom label.

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“The Wedding’s Over. What Do I do with my Wedding Dress?”

Photo courtesy: abeautifulcelebration.blogspot.com

Article by Johanna Powers of Hope’s Bridal

You said “yes” to the dress, wowed your guests, and have the pictures to prove just how amazing you looked. That gown likely was the most expensive article of clothing you’ve ever purchased, and one that carries a great deal of emotion and memories.

Now every time you open your closet, you’re wondering “What do I do with this dress?” We have a few ideas for those of you who have a new last name and a beautiful (though likely dirty) wedding dress on your hands!

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