An Easter theme wedding is a wonderful celebration of love, life,
birth and rebirth. Set the stage for your springtime wedding with
shades ofbutter yellow, robin's egg blue, cream, pale green, pastel
pink and lilac. Decorate and fragrance the air with tulips, daffodils,
hyacinth, lilacs, lily of the valley and blue bells. Add to your
theme with stunning Easter bonnets on bridesmaids and Easter baskets
on the arms of flower girls.
Here are some ideas for favors that would compliment an Easter theme
Mini Easter Baskets
Buy inexpensive baskets at a craft shop or dollar store. If you can't
find white ones, spray paint plain baskets with white paint. Fill
with green or natural raffia and a selection of traditional Easter
goodies like chocolate rabbits and eggs, hard boiled and dyed Easter
eggs, and PEEPS(TM), jelly beans and M&Ms. Decorate with big bows in
colors of your wedding.
PEEPS(TM) chicks and bunnies are available in yellow, pink, lavender,
blue and white. Peeps also come in egg and heart shapes, they make a
giant bunny in yellow, pink and lavender.
You can use a single giant PEEPS(TM) bunny for each favor,
incorporate the small traditional PEEPS(TM) into your Easter mini
basket favors, or create your own PEEPS(TM) place marker favor as
PEEPS(TM) Place Marker Favor:
Decorate small terra cotta pots with paint, or simply write each
guest's name on a pot with a gold paint pan. Fill the pots with
jellybeans. Insert a popsicle stick into each PEEPS(TM) chick or
bunny, and plant it in the pot of jellybeans.
A Product of Just Born, PEEPS(TM)
is the largest selling non-chocolate Easter candy. Just Born
estimates that 700 million PEEPS(TM) are eaten at Easter, and
produces over 1 billion a year.
If you are a fan of PEEPS(TM) humor, you may want to visit
Stuffed Easter Toys
Buy a collection of small plush bunnies and chicks. Use blank
business cards you can get at an office supply store to print your
message to your guest. Hole punch each card and use a colored ribbon
to attach it to the neck of each toy with a bow.
Blooming Paper Whites
Buy a collection of paper white narcissus bulbs for forcing and plant
each in a small, decorated terra cotta pot. Keep them in a cool, dry,
dark place until two weeks before the weddings. Then, plant them in
moist potting soil and return to a cool (not cold), dark place until
roots set – usually about a week. Once they have roots (you can test
by gently tugging – if there's resistance, they've rooted), move them
to a bright room. Keep them moist, but don't over water or let them
sit in a puddle. Stop watering 2 days before the wedding. We've had
great success with paper whites from White Flower Farm.
Follow directions that accompany
your bulbs if they differ from above.
For an Easter wedding, choose bulbs that can be planted in the spring
(not tulip, hyacinth or daffodil, which usually require fall
planting). Dahlias (for sun) and tuberous Begonias (for shade) come
in an amazing array of colors that you can coordinate with your
wedding theme so they will remind your guests of your special day
each time they enjoy their beauty.
Put one, three or five bulbs, depending on their size and your
budget, into envelopes fashioned of burlap or tulle. Be sure to
include a card with planting instructions including when to plant,
sun or shade, and how deep to plant. You can print these from your
computer on blank business cards, or write them on blank plant
Engraved Plant Markers
Buy zinc or copper plant markers and an engraver. Engrave your names
and wedding date on each. Wrap the "legs" in burlap and secure at the
neck with raffia.
Zinc markers are available at Wayside Gardens in packets of 10 for $5.95, and their
electric engraver is $24.95. They also have "big face" copper plant
labels for $6.95 each. Search for "labels" on their site to find
"Watch Our Love Grow" Favors
Buy a miniature watering can for each guest – we found them for as
little as $0.80 each at Woodcrafter Discount Craft Supplies.
Be sure the dimensions of
the cans you choose allow for seed packets to fit inside. Put a
packet of annual flower seeds in each – marigolds and zinnias are
easy even for beginning gardeners to grow. Use ribbon or raffia to
attach notes you can print from your computer onto blank business
cards (hole punch notes to attach). Your note might read, "Love Grows
Best with the Care of Family and Friends" or "Our Love Grows Stronger
Customized M&M's in Easter Eggs
Buy plastic Easter eggs that can be opened to insert treats. Fill
each with customized white, light blue and cream colored M&M's
bearing your names. You can order the M&M's at the M&M's Brand Store.
Buy a large white Easter basket and
decorate with fabric and ribbons, fill it with the eggs and carry it
with you at your reception to distribute the eggs to your guests.
Porcelain Keepsake Eggs
Porcelain keepsake eggs are available for under $2 (search that term
in Google to find some). Fill each with a truffle or jellybeans.
Joanna Cali is the publisher of the Westchester Wedding Guide,
an online bridal guide that
offers articles, advice and tips on planning a wedding. She also owns
a web development and search engine optimization firm in Westchester,
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