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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Oahu Wedding Photo Gallery

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


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Monday, December 5, 2011

What is the unity sand ceremony? Where can I get the items for one?

Unity Sand Ceremony
photo by Tad Craig Photography

What is the sand ceremony? One of the hottest wedding trends is the sand ceremony (thanks to Trista and Ryan). Everyone seems to have a different take on the presentation of the sand ceremony. People have also mistaken the sand ceremony as a Hawaiian tradition (rather, it has Native American origins). We think you should use this information as a resource, and personalize it so that it reflects you as a couple.

The sand ceremony is basically a nonreligious way to unify the couple instead of lighting a unity candle. The sand ceremony symbolizes the unity of the bride and groom and/or the joining of their families. The couple provides two small vials of sand (some use colored sand) to represent each person's separate lives. The groom and bride each take turns pouring his and her sand into the main jar to represent them becoming one. You can get creative with the colors of sand as well as the vials used to pour the sand. Some of our couples have used coconut shells to pour the sand into the jar or bottle, which is then used as a keepsake. We recommend sealing the top of the jar or bottle with wax. It can be symbolic to have your parents melt the wax on the top to seal the sand in the jar.

The timing of the ceremony varies, but most commonly occurs before or after the vow exchange.

There are some ways to vary the ceremony. For example, if you have children, you may want to include them in the ceremony, as well.

Remember to tell your wedding planner that you are doing the sand ceremony during your ceremony so the table can be set up for you. The wedding planner will also communicate this information to the officiant, photographer, and videographer. You will need to provide the materials necessary to have this as part of your ceremony.

"Love is the eternal force of life.
Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage.
But although you will be sharing one life, never forget you are two separate people.
Cherish and affirm your differences.

Love each other.
Keep your commitment primary.
Together you will laugh and cry, be sick and well, be happy and angry, share and grow.
Grow sometimes together, sometimes separately."

"To symbolize the importance of the individuals within the marriage and the joining of two lives into one entity, 3 colors of sand will now be layered into a base."

(Trista is handed a clear jar of Pink Sand, Ryan is handed a clear jar of Blue Sand. The minister has one small clear jar filled with a Neutral color sand and a large empty jar)

The Minister speaks again:
"We begin with a layer of Neutral Sand which symbolizes that the marriage is grounded."
(The Minister pours a little of the Neutral Sand into the large jar)
"Then we layer the individual colors. This symbolizes that the marriage is based on the strength of the individuals."

(Ryan poured a little of the Blue Sand in first, followed by a little more of the Neutral Sand from the minister. Trista then added a little of the Pink Sand, followed by some additional Neutral Sand from the minister).

When Trista and Ryan were married, they used the following wording:
"And now we combine the colors, which symbolizes two lives joined as one together forever."
(Ryan and Trista simultaneously pour their remaining sand into the large jar until their jars are empty. The minister caps off the sand with the last of the Neutral Sand. The minister then holds the large jar up as if presenting to the wedding audience and places the jar to the side)

We discovered this wording for the ceremony at

_(bride)_____ and _(groom)_____, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and the exchange of a kiss, and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you, _(bride)__ and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, _(groom)_, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.
This wording was found at

BRIDE and GROOM you have just sealed your bond by the giving and receiving of rings and this covenant is a marital pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage union. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand. One, representing you, BRIDE and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, GROOM, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated, our prayer for you today is that your lives together would take longer than the time it would take to separate the individual grains of sand.
Here are some links of resources for the sand ceremony items:

Friday, November 25, 2011


They may your wedding FUN and provide great memories!!!

Renting a photo booth for the wedding reception is a growing trend in the industry. Not only is it a fun and creative way to capture memories with your friends and family, but the photos make a fantastic favor for your guests! Many photo booth companies provide props, too, so the photos are fun and original.
The photo booths of today are not like the ones we used decades ago at the mall and arcades. These are high tech photo booths, and many companies provide you with a CD of all of the photos taken throughout the evening.

Not everyone will do silly poses for the professional photographer, but they will feel comfortable enough to do it in the photo booth. In the photo above, Tori and some other wedding professionals had so much fun posing for these photos! Plus, this is an enjoyable form of entertainment for your guests, especially the ones who don't want to get up and dance!

Here are some links to photo booth rental companies in Hawaii:
http://www.hawaiidigitalphotobooth.comFor your wedding in Hawaii, there are not too many vendors from which to choose. However, if you have enough resources at your disposal, Kristian Meiswinkle recommends what to consider when selecting your photo booth company:
Do I Want a Vintage or Digital Booth?
-Some folks like the classic look and feel of a vintage photo booth. If you are looking to invoke nostalgia, a vintage booth is perfect for you. Their old school look and feel will remind you and your guests of days when these were a common site. One drawback is that they are bulky and are limited in where they can be placed. They also tend to cost somewhere in the range of $1500-$2000+ for an event. However, if you love the idea of having a classic booth and those unforgettable photo strips, then this is for you.

-For others who don't have their hearts set on the classic look, a digital booth may be the answer. Digital booths have the advantage of being light weight and highly mobile, and thus are cheaper, usually ranging from $1000-$1200 for an event. Additionally, these booths can create high resolution photos and can fit 8-10 people, sometimes more. If you are looking for something with a little more bang for your buck, and are willing to spare the vintage look for a more modern curtained booth design, then a digital booth may be right for you.

What to Look for in a Photo Booth Company?
Photo Resolution
-You want to make sure that the booth you choose provides high photo resolution. This will ensure the clearest, sharpest pictures. Some companies may try to charge you extra for "high resolution" photos, but there are many companies out there that provide the same resolution or better, at no greater cost.
Booth Size
-Most classic booths are a little smaller inside than digital booths. Make sure you ask your classic booth provider how many people fit inside before booking with them. Typically, it's 2-4 people at a time. Digital booths have a little greater range. These booths can fit anywhere from 4 or 5, all the way to 15 people in some cases. A bigger booth usually means more money, but once again, some companies provide large booths at no greater cost than other's small booths.
Photo Archive
-Some Vintage and most Digital photo booth companies will provide you with a CD of all your event's photos. You can take this and copy it, print the pictures out, and share at will. This is a great benefit if your chosen company provides this service. Some companies take it a step further and offer online password-protected galleries. You and your guests can log into the gallery with your chosen password and view all your wedding images. You will all be able to share, save, and print these pictures for usually 2-3 months after your event.
Choosing the right photo booth for your wedding is a delicate process. You want someone you can trust, but you also want to make sure the photo booth you rent meets your desires. There are a few things to look for when choosing a photo booth company:
Do I Want a Vintage or Digital Booth?
-Some folks like the classic look and feel of a vintage photo booth. If you are looking to invoke nostalgia, a vintage booth is perfect for you. Their old school look and feel will remind you and your guests of days when these were a common site. One drawback is that they are bulky and are limited in where they can be placed. They also tend to cost somewhere in the range of $1500-$2000+ for an event. However, if you love the idea of having a classic booth and those unforgettable photo strips, then this is for you.
Booth Attendant
-Some companies will offer a booth attendant to watch over your booth. The last thing anyone wants on their big day is something extra to worry about. Be sure to choose a company that provides a trained booth attendant for your event.
Scrap Booking
-Some companies will offer scrap booking options. Scrapbooks are a perfect match with photo booths. Most companies will offer double prints with this option and your guests can take the doubles of their pictures and add them to your book with a memorable note. This is a great way to create a special keepsake from you wedding.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Meanings of Flowers

Meanings of Flowers

ABUTILON Meditation
ACACIA (Rose or white) Elegance, friendship
ACACIA (yellow) Secret love
ACANTHUS Artifice, fine arts
ACONITE Lustre, misanthropy
ADONIS Sad memories
AGRIMONY Gratitude
ALLSPICE Compassion
ALMOND (common) Indiscretion, perfidy
ALOE grief, misplaced devotion, religious superstition
ALTHEA Consumed by love
ALYSSYM (sweet) Excellence beyond beauty, exemplary modesty
AMARANTH (coxcomb) Affectation, pretension
AMARANTH (globe) Constant, unchangeable
AMARANTH Foppery, immortality, pretension
AMARYLLIS Beautiful, timid, proud
AMBROSIA Love returned
ANEMONE Fading hope
ANGELICA Inspiration, magic
APOCYNUM Falsehood, figment, I doubt you
ARBORVITAE (American) immortality
ARBORVITAE I never change, live for me
ARBUTUS You only do I love
ASCLEPIAS Sorrowful remembrance
ASH Prudence, with me you are safe
ASMINE (night-blooming) Love's vigil
ASPEN Excess of sensibility, fear
ASPHODEL Memorial sorrow, my regrets follow you to the grave
ASTER (China) Afterthoughts, love of variety
AURICULA (scarlet) Pride
AURICULA Painting, wealth is not always happiness
AZALEA Moderation, temperance, your blush has won me
BABY'S BREATH= Everlasting love, innocence
BACHELOR'S BUTTON Devotion, hope, love, celibacy, delicacy
BALM Social intercourse, sympathy
BALSAM Impatience
BARBERRY Sharpness of temper
BASIL Hatred
BAY-LEAF I change but in death
BABY'S BREATH Pure of heart
BAYBERRY Discipline, instruction
BEGONIA Deformity
BELLFLOWER Constancy, gratitude, I wish to speak to you
BELLWORT Hopelessness
BETONY Surprise
BILBERRY Treachery
BITTERSWEET Truth, platonic love
BLUEBELL Constancy, sorrowful regret
BLUETS Contentment
BORAGE Bluntness, talent
BRAMBLE Holiness, remorse
BROOM Humility, neatness
BRYONY Prosperity
BURDOCK Importunity
CACTUS Grandeur, warmth
CALLA LILY Magnificent beauty
CAMELLIA (Red) Unpretending excellence, innate warmth, alas my poor heart
CAMELLIA (White) Perfected loveliness, without blemish
CHAMOMILE Energy in adversity
CANDYTUFT Indifference
CANTERBURY BELLS Gratitude, acknowledgment, obligation
CARNATION Fidelity, pure love
CARNATION (PINK) Woman's love, boldness
CATALPA Beware of the coquette
CATCHFLY Pretended love, snare, unchanging friendship
CATTLEYA Matronly grace, mature charms
CEDAR I live but for thee, think of me
CELANDINE Joys to come
CEREUS (night-blooming) Transient beauty
CHERRY-BLOSSOM Spiritual beauty
CHICKWEED Give an account of yourself, rendezvous
CHICORY Frugality
CHRYSANTHEMUM or MUM- Wealth, abundance, truth
CHRYSANTHEMUM (Chinese) Loveliness and cheerfulness
CINERARIA Always delighted
CISTUS Popular favor
CITRON natured beauty
CLEMATIS (evergreen) Poverty
CLEMATIS Mental Beauty
CLIANTHUS -Self-seeking, worldliness
CLOTBUR Rudeness
CLOVER (four-leafed) Be mine
CLOVER (white) Think of me
CLOVES Dignity
COLTSFOOT Justice shall be done
CORCHORUS Return quickly
COREOPSIS Always cheerful
CORIANDER Hidden worth
CORN-COCKLE Peerless and proud
CORNEL Success crowned you
CORNFLOWER Delicacy, refinement
COWSLIP Comeliness, winning grace, you are my divinity
CRANBERRY Cure for heartache
CRESS Power, stability
CROCUS Abuse not, gladness, mirth, cheerfulness
CROWFOOT Ingratitude
CROWN IMPERIAL Arrogance, majesty, pride of birth
CURRANT Your frown will destroy me
CUSCUTA Meanness
CYCLAMEN Diffidence
CYPRESS Despair, mourning
DAFFODIL Deceitful, hope, unrequited love, regard
DAHLIA Elegance and dignity, forever thine
DAISY (coloured) Beauty
DAISY (Michaelmas) Farewell
DAISY (white wild) I will think of it
DAISY Innocence, share your feelings
DANDELION Coquetry, love's oracle
DAPHNE Fame, glory
DELPHINIUM Swiftness, lightness
DEW-PLANT Serenade
DIOSMA Your simple elegance charms me
DITTANY OF CRETE (white) Passion
DOCK Patience
DOGBANE Falsehood
DOGROSE Pleasure
DOGWOOD Forgetfulness, love undiminished by, duration
EGLANTINE Genius, I wound to heal, poetry, talent
ELDER Compassion, zealousness
ENDIVE Frugality
ESCHSCHOLTZIA Do not refuse me
ENNEL Strength, worthy of praise
FERN Fascination, magic, sincerity
FIG Argument, I keep my secret
FILBERT Reconciliation
FIR Time
FLAX Domestic industry, fate, I feel your kindness
FLOWER-OF-AN-HOUR Delicate beauty
FORGET-ME-NOT Constancy, true love, remember me
FOXGLOVE Insincerity, stateliness, youth
FREESIA Innocence
FUCHSIA Confiding love
FURZE Anger, love for all occasions
GARDEN DAISY Share your sentiments
GARDENIA Refinement, purity, joy
GENTIAN (closed) Sweet be thy dreams
GENTIAN (fringed) I look to heaven
GERANIUM (dark) Melancholy
GERANIUM (fish) Disappointed expectation
GERANIUM (horseshoe) Stupidity
GERANIUM (Ivy) Favour
GERANIUM (lemon) Unexpected meeting
GERANIUM (nutmeg) Expected meeting
GERANIUM (oak) True friendship
GERANIUM (pencilled) Ingenuity,
GERANIUM (rose) Preference
GERANIUM (scarlet) Comforting, consolation
GERANIUM (silver leafed) Recall
GERANIUM (wild) Steadfast piety
GERANIUM Gentility, peaceful mind, true friendship
GILLYFLOWER Bonds of affection, lasting beauty, she is fair
GLADIOLUS Ready-armed
GOLDENROD Encouragement, precaution
GOOSEBERRY Anticipation
GRAPE (wild) Charity, mirth
GRASS Submission
HAREBELL Grief, submission
HARLEQUIN Laugh at trouble
HAWKWEED Quick-sighted
HAZEL Reconciliation, heart is agitated
HEARTSEASE Modesty, pleasant thoughts, think of me
HEATH Solitude
HELIOTROPE Devotion, eagerness, intoxicated with joy
HELLEBORE Calumny, scandal, calming
HEMLOCK You will cause my death
HIBISCUS Delicate beauty
HOLLY Am I forgotten?, domestic happiness, foresight
HOLLYHOCK Ambition, fruitfulness
HONEY-FLOWER Love sweet and secret
HONEYSUCKLE (coral) Fidelity, generous and devoted love, affection
HONEYSUCKLE Bonds of love
HOP Injustice,
HOUSELEEK Domestic industry, vivacity
HOUSTONIA Contentment
HYACINTH (purple) Jealousy, sorrow
HYACINTH (white) Modest loveliness
HYACINTH Constancy, sport and play
HYDRANGEA Boaster, heartlessness
HYSSOP Cleanliness
ICE-PLANT Old Beau, rejected, your looks freeze me
IRIS (German) Aflame, I burn adversity
IRIS Message, my compliments, eloquence, a message of faith, wisdom
IVY Fidelity, friendship, marriage, wedded love
JACOB'S-LADDER come down
JASMINE (cape) I am too happy
JASMINE (Carolina) Separation
JASMINE (Indian) Attraction, I attach myself to you
JASMINE (PINK) I attach myself to you
JASMINE (Spanish) Sensuality
JASMINE (white) Amiability
JASMINE (yellow) Grace and elegance
JASMINE I am too happy
JONQUIL Can you return my love?, I desire a return of your affection
JUDAS-TREE Betrayal, unbelief
LABURNUM Forsaken, pensive beauty
LADY'S SLIPPER Capricious beauty, win and wear me
LADY'S THIMBLE Grief, submission
LADY'S-TRESSES Bewitching grace
LANTANA I am unyielding
LAPAGERIA There is no unalloyed good
LARCH Audacity, boldness.
LARKSPUR (pink) Fickleness
LARKSPUR (Purple) Haughtiness
LAUREL (ground) Perseverance, token
LAUREL (mountain) Ambition
LAUREL Perfidy, treachery
LAURESTINE I die if neglected
LAVENDER Acknowledgment, distrust failure
LEAVES (dead) Sadness
LEMON Discretion
LETTUCE Cold-hearted
LICHEN Dejection, refusal, solitude
LILAC (purple) Fastidiousness, first love, first emotions of love
LILAC (white) Youthful innocence
LILY (water) Purity of heart
LILY (calla) Maiden modesty, beauty
LILY (day) Coquetry
LILY (frog) Disgust LILY (tiger) I dare you to love me
LILY (white) Purity and sweetness
LILY (yellow) Coquetry, falsehood, flirtation
LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY Perfect purity, return of happiness
LINDEN Conjugal love
LIVE-OAK Liberty
LIVERWORT Confidence
LOBELIA Arrogance, malevolence
LOCUST Affection beyond the grave, vicissitude
LOTUS Estranged love
LOVE-IN-A-MIST Perplexity
LOVE-LIES Bleeding, hopeless but not heartless
LUPINE (rose) Fanciful
LUPINE (white) Always happy
LUPINE Voraciousness
MADDER Backbiting, tranquility
MAGNOLIA (swamp) Perseverance
MAGNOLIA Benevolence, high-souled, love of nature, magnificence
MAIZE Riches
MALLOW Mildness
MANDRAKE I wound to soothe
MAPLE Reserve, retirement
MARIGOLD Cruelty in love, inquietude, jealous lover
MARSHMALLOW Beneficence in consent
MEADOW-SAFFRON My best days are past
MEZEREON Desire to please
MIGNONETTE Your qualities surpass your charms
MILK-VETCH Your presence softens my pain, comfort
MIMOSA Exquisite, fastidious
MINT Let us be friends again, virtue
MISTLETOE I surmount difficulties, I want to be kissed, you are a parasite
MOCK-ORANGE Counterfeit
MONARDA Your whims are unbearable
MONK'S-HOOD Chivalry
MONKSHEAD Danger is near
MOONFLOWER I only dream of love
MORNING-BRIDE I have lost all
MORNING-GLORY Affection, departure
MOSS ROSEBUD Confession of love
MOTHERWORT Concealed love
MOURNING-BRIDE Unfortunate to attachments
MUDWORT Happiness, peace
MULBERRY (black) I shall not survive you, sadness
MULBERRY (white) Wisdom
MULLEIN Take courage
MUSK-PLANT Be bolder
MUSTARD I smart, I am hurt
MYRTLE (wax) Discipline, instruction
MYRTLE Love in absence, love
NANDINA My love will grow warmer
NARCISSUS Egotism, you love yourself too well
NETTLE Slander, you are spiteful
NIGHTSHADE Your thoughts are dark
OAK LEAF Hospitality, bravery
OAT I love your music
ORANGE-BLOSSOM Chastity, eternal love, marriage, bridal festivities
ORCHID You are a belle, you flatter me, beauty, love
ORCHIS (bee) Error, industry
ORCHIS (butterfly) Gaiety
ORCHIS (fly) Error
OXEYE Be patient
PALM Victory
PANSY Modesty, pleasant thoughts, think of me, you're in my thoughts
PARSLEY Useful knowledge, festivity gaiety
PASQUEFLOWER You have no claims
PASSION FLOWER Faith, holy love, religious fervour and superstition
PEA (Everlasting) Appoint a meeting, lasting pleasure
PEACH-BLOSSOM I am your captive
PEAR-BLOSSOM Not altogether lovely, affections
PENNYROYAL You had better go
PEONY Anger, indignation, bashfulness, the American spirit of ambition and determination
PEPPER-FLOWER Satirical thoughts
PEPPERMINT Warmth of feeling
PERIWINKLE (blue) Early friendship
PERIWINKLE (white) Harmony, pleasure of memory
PERSICARIA Restoration
PERSIMMON-BLOSSOM Bury me amid nature's beauties, I shall surprise you by and by
PETUNIA You soothe me
PHEASANT'S-EYE I cannot forget you
PHLOX (star-shaped) Affability, trying to please you, agreements
PHLOX Unanimity
PIMPERNEL Assignation, change
PINK (double-red) Ardent love
PINK (Indian) Always lovely
PINK (mountain) Aspiration
PINK (variegated) Refusal
PINK (white) Fascination, talent
PLUM (wild) Independence
PLUM-BLOSSOM Keep your promises, fidelity
PLUMBAGO Holy wishes
POLYANTHUS Purse-proud
POMEGRANATE BLOSSOM Mature elegance, perfection
POPPY (red) Consolation
POPPY (scarlet) Fantastic extravagance
POPPY (variegated) Flirtation, dreaminess
POPPY (white) Forgetfulness
POTENTILLA I claim your esteem
PRIMROSE (evening) Inconstancy, early youth
PRIMROSE (red) Neglected merit
PRIMROSE Believe me, youth and sadness
PRINCE'S FEATHER I blush for you
PRIVET Prohibition
PYXIE Life is sweet
RANUNCULUS I am dazzled by your charms, radiant with charms
RHODODENDRON Beware, I am dangerous
ROCKET Rivalry
ROSE (Austrian) You are all that is lovely
ROSE (bridal) Happy love
ROSE (Burgundy) Unconscious beauty
ROSE (cabbage) Ambassador of love
ROSE (Carolina) Love is dangerous
ROSE (China) Beauty always new
ROSE (Damask) Beauty ever new, young and brilliant
ROSE (deep-red) Admiration, bashful, embarrassment
ROSE (full-blown) Engagement
ROSE (guelder) Age, winter
ROSE (half-blown) Timid love
ROSE (Jacqueminot) I am true
ROSE (Japan) Beauty is your only attraction, illusion
ROSE (marechal niel) Yours, heart and soul
ROSE (montiflora) Grace
ROSE (moss) Superior, confessions of love
ROSE (musk) Capricious beauty
ROSE (pink) Ours must be secret love
ROSE (red) Unity, romantic love
ROSE (rock) Popular favour
ROSE (thornless) Ingratitude
ROSE (white) I am worthy of your love, silence, innocent love
ROSE (white, withered) Despair
ROSE (wild) Charming simplicity
ROSE (yellow) Jealousy, let us forget, love is waning, friendship
ROSE (York-and-Lancaster) Conflict
ROSE Love, joy, beauty
ROSE-LEAF You may hope
ROSEBUD (red) Inclined to love, pure and lovely
ROSEBUD (white) Too young to love
ROSEMARY Remember me, remembrance
RUDBECKIA Impartiality
RUE Disdain, fertility
SAFFRON Beware of excess pleasures, voluptuousness, you are perfectly lovely
SAGE Domestic virtues, great respect
SAINFOIN You confuse me
SALVIA (blue) Wisdom
SALVIA (red) Untiring energy
SCABIOUS (sweet) Widowhood
SCABIOUS Unfortunate love
SEA-BINDWEED Uncertainty
SENSITIVE-PLANT Fine sensibility
SENVY I smart
SHEPHERD'S PURSE I offer you my all
SMILAX Constancy
SNAPDRAGON No, presumption
SNOWBALL Bound thoughts of heaven
SNOWDROP Consolation, friendship in trouble, hope
SORREL (wild) Ill-timed wit
SORREL (wood) Secret sweetness
SOUTHERNWOOD Bantering, jest
SPEEDWELL Womanly fidelity
SPIDERFLOWER Not so bad as I seem
SPIDERWORT Esteem but not love
ST. JOHN'S-WORT Animosity
STARWORT Afterthought
STEPHANOTIS Happiness in marriage
STOCK Lasting beauty
STONECROP Tranquility
STRAW Agreement
SUMAC (dwarf) Adoration
SUMAC I shall survive the change
SUNFLOWER Short-stemmed sunflowers mean adoration; long-stemmed sunflowers symbolize haughtiness
SUNFLOWER (large) You are splendid
SWEET BASIL Good wishes
SWEET-WILLIAM Grant me one smile
SWEET PEA departure, remember me, delicate pleasures
SYRINGA You shall be happy yet
TANSY Resistance
TEAZEL Misanthropy
THISTLE (Scotch) Retaliation
THISTLE Austerity, sternness
THORN-APPLE Delusive beauty
THRIFT Sympathy
TRILLIUM Modest ambition
TUBEROSE Dangerous
TULIP (pink) Caring
TULIP (red) Declaration of love
TULIP (variegated) Enchantment, beautiful eyes
TULIP (yellow) Hopeless and perfect love
TULIP TREE BLOSSOM Rural happiness
TUSSILAGE You shall have justice
VALERIAN An accommodating disposition
VERBENA Pray for me, tender and quick emotion
VERVAIN Enchantment, superstition
VIOLET (blue) Faithfulness, love, loyalty
VIOLET (white) Candour, modesty hope
VIRGIN'S BOWER Filial love
WAKE-ROBIN Ardor-zeal
WALLFLOWER Fidelity in misfortune or adversity
WATER LILY Purity of the heart
WAX-PLANT Susceptibility
WHEAT Prosperity
WISTARIA Cordial welcome
WITCH-HAZEL Inspiration, Mysticism, a spell is upon me
WOLFSBANE Misanthropy
WOODBINE Fraternal love
XANTHIUM Pertinacity, rudeness
YARROW Cure for heartache
ZINNIA Thoughts of absent friends

There are a variety of items you can distribute to your guests as favors. Some suggestions are traditional, and some are more creative. We hope you will find this extensive list helpful.

Consumable Favors:Many couples are hosting a candy buffet made available to their guests at the reception. The couples also provide carry-out bags or boxes (the mini Chinese takeout boxes are so cute for this!) so guests can take some treats with them.
Personalized mint tins.
Coffee or Tea sets/sachets/packets.
Wedding Cake Cookies
Muffin Mix
Specialty foods that are local to your wedding destination (i.e. BBQ sauce, Kona Coffee, etc.)
Candy-filled trinkets, including:
2” plastic tropical fish cups or flamingo cups filled with something small like jellybeans, mints, etc. The catalog “Oriental Trading Company” sells these.
Tropical fish or palm tree cellophane bags to hold candy or other treats.
A plastic wedding bell filled with sugar-coated almonds. You can even paint the name of the guest and the table information on it. You can also paint your names and wedding date on it.
Chocolate covered macadamia nuts (many of our clients place these in lauhala boxes tied with a pretty ribbon).
Chocolate sweetheart boxes filled with chocolates. Call 800-422-6393.
Chocolate roses. You can wrap a ribbon with your wedding information around it.
Chocolate Candy bars in personalized wrappers displaying your wedding information.
Personalized Fortune Cookies. A company called “Good Fortunes” has fortune cookies with personalized messages in them. There are other treats available, so call 800-644-9474.
Miniature picnic basket filled with a treat.

Non-consumable keepsake favors:Personalized lip balm
“The Perfect Pair” salt and pepper shaker
Personalized Toothpick Holder containing toothpicks.
Personalized playing cards.
Coasters (Photo Coasters, thematic coasters)
A CD of some of your favorite tunes. The cover can be a photo of you.
Luggage Tags for a destination wedding
Specialized bottle openers (wine bottle shape, heart shape, key shape)
Many couples are renting photo booths at their weddings. Guests can take photos in them and keep them as their guest favors. These also function as guest books if you have a scrapbook for the copies of photos.
Island Treat Creations provides a wonderful assortment of consumable items in local style containers.
Ice Cream Scoop to represent the wedding couples who love ice cream
Personalized Champagne Flutes or Wine Glasses for use at the wedding and to keep
Flip Flops for the beach wedding
Postcards for them to send to friends and family back home from your destination location.
If you are assigning seats at your reception, you may use some of these items as a party favor and a “place card.”
Sand pail candles or place card holders
A small tin or terracotta planter, either plain or painted, with a plant or without. You can fill it with candy, as well. You can also paint the name of the guest on the side of the pot, the table name or number on the bottom, your names and the wedding date.
For a December wedding you may want to give your guests glass ornaments with the name of the guest painted on each. You can also paint your names and the wedding date. This is very inexpensive, as plain glass ornaments are usually under $1.00 each.
Beach Themed candles such as pineapple candles, coconut candles, seashell candles, etc.
16 ounce plastic coconut cups or pineapple cups. You can personalize these by writing the name of your guest on each, as well as the table name or number on the bottom. You can also write your names and the wedding date. The catalog “Oriental Trading Company” sells these. There is a hole for a straw. These can also be used at the wedding. The guests can have the bartenders fill them with the drinks they order.
Personalized glassware/stemware
Drink Stemware charms are the perfect substitute for a place card that doubles as a wedding favor. You can even get these in your wedding colors!
Plastic sun visors. The catalog “Oriental Trading Company” sells these by the dozen. They come in assorted colors, and have a foam lining. You can write the name of your guest, your names and the wedding date.
Wine Stoppers (you can even find these in your theme design, such as seashells)
Beach towels. These can be relatively inexpensive when bought at wholesale places, such as Costco. You can have them embroidered with your names and the wedding date, as well as a picture logo.
Outdoor weddings can start out warm but turn into a chilly evening. This bride provided guests with pashminas in her wedding color theme.
Votive candles and holders. These can be personalized and used as table d├ęcor/place holders/favors. Very multifunctional.
Potpourri sachets. You can buy these ready-made, or you can put them together yourself. If you want to have your wedding information on it, you can tie a personalized ribbon with your names and wedding date imprinted on it.
Seed packet place cards. Buy packets of flower or vegetable seeds. You can make labels on your computer with your wedding information and guest information on them, then place each label on each packet.
Miniature picture frames. You can put a picture of you as a couple in it, or you can put a sheet of paper with the guest name and table assignment in it. These cost approximately $6.00 each.
A scrolled parchment scroll with a poem thanking your guests for attending written on it.
Little plastic champagne or wine bottles filled with bubble bath. Some are even filled with cider. The label of the bottle is personalized with your names and the wedding date. A few companies provide these, including 619-273-5695 and 800-752-2505.
A floral or kukui nut shell lei.
Wedding cake candles with a personalized note attached. The website is, or call 508-693-9800.
Miniature wedding bells with ribbons tied around them. On each ribbon your wedding date and names can be printed. One company that does this is 217-463-2222.
Plant a Tree Wedding Favor: You can also plant trees as a wedding favor. This is perfect for members of
your wedding party or to distribute to your guests.

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