Embracing the DIY: Wedding Favours Made by YOU!

Wedding favours are not only a keepsake of your special day for your guests, but also a true conversation piece. Finding the perfect wedding favour that will not only be unique but also a representation of you and your partner can often be both challenging and expensive. Finding that perfect balance between unforgettable and affordable is a challenge many couples face.

Fear no more! DIY wedding favours are becoming ever popular, with blogs and search engines like Pinterest giving couples endless amounts of ideas for creative favours. Here are some of the most creative ideas we have come across and would love to share with you – our readers and future clients!

1. Goodie Bags to Go!

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat to take away! Using various jars and bowls, lay out an assortment of candies, chocolates and nuts for your guests to pick and choose a selection to take home in little goodie bags. These self serve stations are the perfect way to send your guests home with a smile and satisfied tummy!

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2. A Nightcap

Do you and your significant other have signature cocktails at your wedding? What better idea than to a make-your-own-cocktail favour! Bundle up the fixings that are used to make your signature drinks and attach a mini recipe so your guests can continue the party from home! Including fresh herbs or garnishes with the favour give not only a pop of colour, but an intriguing scent that will leave your guests excited to bring your celebration home with them!

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3. Blooms

Send your guests home with a gift that will grow with your love! Succulents, herbs, or small potted flowers are small takeaways that will be a lasting memory of your wedding with your guests. Customize these little potted goodies with notes from you and your partner. You can even have these double as escort cards – include their name and table number on the pot tags!

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4. Share the Spark

There are many different candle tutorials available online for you and your partner to customize candles for your guests! Choose your preferred scent and jar to house the candle and sign it with some love on a little note wrapped around! Not only is this a budget friendly option, but gives you and your partner a fun little project to work on together.

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5. The Toss!

What better way to exit your wedding than have your guests throw confetti! Mini confetti bags are absolutely adorable and give your guests a fun event to look forward to at the end of the ceremony or celebration! Even include these in your save-the-date for your guests to bring to the wedding!

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6. Caffeine Queen

Are you and your partner coffee lovers? Bundle up some coffee beans in a little jar to send home with your guests after the reception!

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7. Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Send your guests home with a treat that can be added to future dishes at home! Use various spices and seasonings so your guests have a conversation piece!

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8. Bubbles

Yet another fun and creative wedding favour that doubles as a send off from your ceremony or reception! Have your guests blow the bubbles during your exit for some cool and fun photos!

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9. A Taste of Heaven

Do you or your partner have a sweet tooth? Use mini jars to house your favourite dessert or snack for your guests to take home with them!

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10. Wine Not?

One of our favourite ways to be creative with your wedding favours is with personalized wine bottles! Minis or full size, wrap these customized labels around your favourite homemade wines or liquors for a treat your guests will really enjoy!

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We would love to learn of your favourite DIY wedding favour ideas! Submit your photos or stories in the comment box below and we’ll feature you in a future post! We can’t wait to work with you in the future and customize your wedding favours to best represent you and your partner!

The World of Kari Lywood Events

Hello readers!

If you have had the opportunity to visit our blog in the past, we thank you for visiting once again and following us along our journey. If you’re new to our blog – WELCOME! We love when new readers come across our blog and have the chance to explore our business and experiences.

Todays post will take a different approach than others we have written in the past – today, we’d like to tell you about US, and what sets us apart from others within our industry. We’d like to share with you all of the things that make Kari Lywood Events truly unique and why we should be a part of your upcoming event!

Who is Kari Lywood Events?

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Kari Lywood Events is a Toronto based Event Planning boutique, led by owner and principle planner Kari Lywood. With over 10 years of corporate, wedding and social planning experience, Kari Lywood and her team are able to consider your taste, budget, interests and vision and create a smooth and memorable event that both you and your guests will enjoy. Regardless of your event size or budget, our team will work with you to determine the right package to bring your event to life.

Although based out of Toronto, Kari Lywood and her team have been fortunate enough to have travelled internationally to plan and execute events for some high profile clients, including:

Some of our international ventures have also allowed us to host events at:

What types of services do Kari Lywood Events offer?

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We take pride in offering a wide range of services for our clients such as wedding planning and day-of coordination, corporate planning, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and social planning. Our team has made great connections within the industry and can work with you as a main point of contact and communication for your vendors, assist with your theme and decor, review all vendor contracts, assist with budget planning and management, and be a source of venue/ceremony referrals. We ultimately work FOR you, while working WITH you to ensure all of your wishes are accommodated without the stress of taking on the process yourself.

For photos of events that we have been a part of, visit our website gallery and our Instagram!

What sets the Kari Lywood Events team apart from venue coordinators?

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Ultimately, we work exclusively FOR YOU! Venue coordinators are great contacts that are a part of the process to ensure that the requirements of your contract are met in both a smooth and timely manner from the back end on the day of your event. However, hiring an event coordinator goes much further beyond this. As an event coordinator, we take on the tasks of creating clear communications between all vendors, establishing clear and concise timelines for your day,  and are there by your side every step of the way (literally!). Our responsibility is you and your specific needs and requirements, and are put in a position to make suggestions and changes where needed. Without a coordinator present at your event, you as the host are left to coordinate the fine details on your own when you should be enjoying your day!

What sets your team apart from other event coordinating teams?

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We have passion! And A LOT of it! Our team is not only intelligent within the field, but also diverse in our own specific talents, whether that includes decor and styling or operations and negotiating. Our leader Kari Lywood has brought years of experience to the business and taught our team how to effectively plan and execute events with a certain spark and flavour that can’t be compared to. We are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure our clients enjoy their event and every last detail, hope, and wish is catered to!

I have already planned my event, can I still hire your team?

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Yes! And we highly recommend it! Although your have gone through the process of planning the event and all of the specifics you’d like to see that day, allow our team to join the process and take over to relieve your stresses. Often as the date of the event approaches, stress levels begin to rise because of all of the fine details that need to be confirmed. That is what our team is for! Our coordinators take over all vendor communication for you so you can focus on your own personal preparations, and then we run the show on the day-of! We always tell our clients that the duty of running an event should not be put on a loved one, friend, business partner or colleague, because they too should be enjoying the day. Considering and respecting all of your wishes, our team ensures smooth and seamless delivery so that you don’t have to worry. If you have yet to plan your event, or only have vague ideas, our team of creative minds can help bring together your vision in the best way possible. We are on site hours prior to the start of the event to ensure that all aspects from decor to set-up are running smoothly and coincide with your vision.

How can I get in touch with Kari Lywood Events for my upcoming event?

Feel free to reach out to us via email at hello@karilywoodevents.com or through the contact form below!

 

From our entire team at Kari Lywood Events, we thank you for your continued support over the years as we continue to rapidly expand and grow! We look forward to working with you in the near future and make your dreams come true!

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Stephanie La Civita

Event Stylist and Coordinator with Kari Lywood Events
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Tips for planning a romantic Valentines Day date

Kari Lywood Events wishes you all a very special Valentines day! Whether you have a special someone or are unattached, today is the day to remind your nearest and dearest just how much you love them.

We are here to help you with some last minute tips for planning a romantic Valentine’s day for you and your special someone. Your date doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to make an impact it’s all about the meaningful thought.

 Tip #1: What does your partner love to do?

That’s your starting point. You do not want to drag your partner to something that isn’t their scene. Find something you both enjoy and make it remarkable by including special details. For example, buy him or her a new tie to wear to dinner or pick up his or hers favourite wine for a dinner in. You partner will recognize it and appreciate the small additional effort.

 Tip #2: Try something different!

If your usual date night consists of ordering take out and watching Netflix, suggest something you have never done before as a couple. It will be exciting to share a new experience together and great for future memories.

 Tip #3: Revisit a happy moment

Take your partner down memory lane, maybe visit the first date you went on and spend some time reminiscing about the sparks that flew the first time. This is an amazing way to reconnect on those emotions from the beginning and see how far you two have grown together.

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Internship journey at Kari Lywood Events

After twelve months of studying I am finally in the office at Kari Lywood Events for my final semester internship. I have been waiting for this time when I would be able to apply my learning’s from Humber Colleges School of Hospitality – Event Management program into the workspace. The fourteen-week internship will provide me with the perfect opportunity to utilize the skills that I have acquired through numerous assignments, group work and presentations. I always had the dream of doing an internship for an event company in the heart of Downtown Toronto. After so much hard work and meticulous planning I am very close to achieving my goal.

The first day of any new field you enter, is always filled with mixed emotions. On my first day of internship at Kari Lywood Events, I nervously entered through the elevator doors without a clue as to what to expect but after getting introduced to the amazing friendly team I soon felt at ease. I learned to take every single task as an opportunity for growth. Even in the smallest tasks that you’re given, put in your best and honest efforts because you’ll most likely discover and learn new skills that will set you apart from the rest of your field.

Throughout my first week of internship, I was fortunate to join alongside a site inspection at the breath taking Delta Hotel in Downtown Toronto of their event and meeting facility. Whether you’re planning an intimate or a large event, Delta has the space to suit your needs. Delta’s venue features state-of-the-art audio-visual services, as well as picture perfect view overlooking Lake Ontario. Let your guest indulge at your gathering with delicious catering from Deleta’s talented culinary team. Not only did I get a tour of the facility but also gained connections.

Being an intern is the time when you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes, to try new things, and to learn. This is the time where you discover what your strengths and weaknesses are and you develop more interest in your career. I am excited to continue to be curious and expect the unexpected and slowly be on my way to discovering my full potential!

By: Maria G.

#EMUAustraliaExploresToronto

On November 9th, 2016, Kari Lywood Events had the amazing opportunity to partner with EMU Australia and host an event in Toronto to display the EMU Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Nineteen of the city’s top influential media, bloggers, and lifestyle individuals joined our team at The Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel to try on the collection and network for the afternoon over lunch and cocktails. As this was their first event in Toronto, there was a lot of excitement and hype around the event.

EMU Australia is an Australian lifestyle brand that designs and produces shoes and accessories with sheepskin and Merino wool products, handmade in Australia. After decades of industry involvement, the brand has evolved to now include Sheepskin Boots and Waterproof boots.

Recently, EMU Australia has partnered up with WaterAid to support access to safe water and sanitation in some of the more less fortunate areas of our world. This new partnership will impact sixteen villages and communities, providing twelve 1,000 gallon rainwater tanks to remote areas in the West Sepik Province, and in Timor-Leste, access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. EMU Australia has recognized that these regions, among countless others, need serious attention and help to bring health and safety to these populations and are beyond excited and honoured to have developed this partnership.

The Fall/Winter 2016 collection was filled with various styles of shoes and boots that can fit into any woman’s daily fashion. All merino and sheepskin used in their product is sourced directly from Australia and used creatively within their shoes, providing not only warmth, but endless comfort. EMU Australia makes shoes and boots for all seasons, making their products a staple in every woman’s wardrobe – regardless of the time of year!

Below are some photos taken during the event. All shoes can be found online at emuaustralia.com, The Bay, and select upscale boutiques across Toronto. Thank you to MPSG for all of the amazing shots!

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Thank you EMU Australia for including Kari Lywood Events in your special day, and thank you to the team at The Drake Hotel for hosting our event! We look forward to the opportunities the future holds for our partnership!

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Happy Birthday to us!

Today, we turn 6 years old!

On behalf of Kari Lywood Events, we would like to thank you all for your continued support over the years. Our team has been fortunate enough to have worked with hundreds of clients since our birth, planning and coordinating events from weddings, to Bar and Bat Mizvahs, to corporate and social events across Canada and internationally – and this is only the beginning!

Our goal has always been to make the planning process as easy and seamless as possible for our clients, meeting their every need from budgeting, to logistics, design, vendor management, and execution. We are confident that we can effectively translate your vision into a perfectly detailed and executed event.

Thank you for joining us on our journey thus far – we’re incredibly excited for the coming years and all of our future opportunities!

For some of our favourite moments, check out our Instagram account and Like us on Facebook!

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Your Guide to Creative Wedding Favours

Expressing thanks on your wedding day through wedding favours is not only an age-old tradition, but an appreciated gesture among guests that can be symbolic of your personalities as a couple and serve as a piece of memorabilia from your special day. Selecting the best wedding favours for your guests should be a fun and creative experience.

Here are some of our favourite ideas as wedding favours. Bonus – they all ship to Canada!

Personalized Stemless Wine Glasses

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These 9oz stemless wine glasses are a perfect sentimental keepsake that can also be used as your glassware on your special day! These glasses are customizable to fit your theme and taste and can be ordered as singles (minimum of 35) or as gift sets of 12 (minimum of 3).

Prices start at $1.95 – $11.50 per set (+ shipping and handling)

 

Personalized Wedding Hershey’s Kisses

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So. Perfect. We are obsessed with these! Not only does everyone love a Hershey Kiss, but they fit so wonderfully into little boxes like this and make for a perfect midnight snack or take-home gift.

Prices start at $0.32 (+ shipping and handling)

 

Stainless Steel Spreader with Wine Cork Handle

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This wedding favour is perfect for the couple being married at a vineyard or with a vintage feel to their celebration. These spreaders are not only a memorable token from your special day, but are pieces that will be reused among your guests many times, reminding them of YOU!

Prices start at $2.18 per set (+shipping and handling)

 

Personalized Champagne Flutes

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Similar to the stemless wine glasses, these champagne flutes are a perfect sentimental keepsake that can also be used as your glassware on your special day! Include these as part of your table decor for toasting. Fully customizable to suit your taste.

Prices start at $3.75 per set (+shipping and handling)

 

Mini Champagne Bubbles

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How. adorable. are. these! Let’s be honest, nothing says “celebration” more than champagne! Send your guests home with mini champagne bottles to remind them of your spectacular celebration!!

Prices start at $15.95 for a package of twenty-four (+shipping and handling)

The Morning-After Kit

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For all of you party couples expecting a rowdy night of celebration, prepare a morning-after kit for your guests! Not only are they absolutely hilarious, but they’ll mentally prepare your friends and family for the night ahead of them!

Prices start at $1.25 each (+shipping and handling)

Personalized S’more Favour

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Perfect for a rustic wedding! These jars come stuffed with all the fixings – marshmallows, your choice of chips, and your choice of cookies!

Prices start at $44.94 for a set of six (+shipping and handling)

Burlap Bags

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Perfect for those with a rustic theme! The burlap bags can be filled with candies for those with a sweet tooth, or little trinkets that suit your taste.

Prices starting at $19.95 for a set of twelve (+shipping and handling)

 

Whatever your theme, taste or budget, there are many options for party favours for your guests! At Kari Lywood Events, we are more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect wedding favour while assisting in the planning of your special day! Contact us today to inquire about the packages we offer!

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Stephanie

Event Coordinator with Kari Lywood Events