I just love Photo Booths at weddings and events! It allows guests the opportunity to have a fun take home from your wedding but also gives you an opportunity to have the fun memories placed in a book that your guests can sign. I use a couple of different companies in Chicago. One is called ShutterBooth and the other is Photo Booth Express. Package times can range from 4 to 6 hours and you can chose to include the guest book and materials that your guests can write in or provide them yourself. In a ShutterBooth photo booth your guests can even select if they want color or black and white prints. With both companies you can have a cute wedding logo and your wedding date on the last picture in the photo strips. Also, you can ask them to bring props that your guests can use to make it even more fun for them. Make sure when you are booking your photo booth that you get two copies of the photo; one for you and your spouse and the other for your guests to take home with them. Also, many companies offer the high resolution CD of all the images and easy posting to facebook. Photo Booth Express also offers one of the old school photo booths you would see at fairs and restaurants from your childhood. Don't want the 2 x 6 photo strips? That is okay, each company offers the 4 x 6 grid choice.
Recently brides and grooms have come to me expressing that they would rather donate money to a charity in lieu of giving out favors at their wedding. I think this is a great idea and a wonderful way to give back to a cause that means something to you. If you adore pets think about donating to PAWS Chicago. This is a great way to show your generosity in helping animals get adopted. You could make a donation and place it on your menu card or your program letting guests know of your donation. Or you could include a little tag about your donation on a small cookie shaped like a dog bone or each guest to take home at the end of the night. A great resource for custom cookies in Chicago is Amy Beck Cake Design. She can make any custom cookies for you.
Everybody loves a little bite of chocolate! This is by far one of the best favors to give your wedding guests. Godiva Chocolates recently partnered with wedding cake diva, Sylvia Weinstock (who I just met, See Engage 08! Blog) and started offering treats just for weddings. The miniature three-tiered cake comes in two flavors: milk chocolate filled with dark chocolate ganache and white chocolate with hazelnut praline inside. This chocolate is not only amazing but the packaging is so appealing for any place setting. They’re packaged in cream-colored boxes tied with satin bows. It is a very simple favor and everyone will enjoy it. And it is so easy to take home and save for later.