Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Wedding favours

From the thirteenth century, couples have been giving favours to their wedding guests as a token of gratitude for sharing their special day and the beginning of the new life ahead of them. 

Although I don't think that wedding favours are a necessity I do really like them! So I've walked around Bristol and come up with some that you can purchase locally supporting our independent shops or from riverstation.


Lahloo tea

I just love this company. It's local, fresh, passionate and very cool. They have a tea pantry based in Clifton Village with all there wonderful teas on display. They do these small tins of tea that would look amazing as wedding favours. You can pick what tea matches the vibe of your wedding. They also hire the place so if you are looking for a alternative hen do. I will be posting more on Hen do's and more info about this next blog. 

I always, always give my children books as gifts and at small weddings they can be such a lovely gift. Books can be a bit pricey but getting them from a book shop like the Oxfam one in Cotham would keep your costs down. Read this lovely POST on giving books at weddings by the wonderful Rock n Roll Bride. The photo above was taken from it. 

Mexican Good luck charms

I really didn't have a clue what these were when I stumbled across this beautiful Mexican hive in Clifton Arcade, Bristol. I knew that in Mexico they celebrated their dead in a festival but was unaware they gave each other figures as a type of good luck. These truly are so unusual and great! They also sell all kinds of fantastic things that would be great for decorating your wedding venue. 

Sweets and Sugared Almonds


 Sold through riverstation 

Earlier in the year we had a fab sweet tasting by Romanengo. They came all the way over from Italy and shared their sweet secrets. Everyone had the most wonderful morning. If you would like to read more about this wonderful traditional company have a look at this blog by Eat like a Girl.  You simply cannot get better sugared Almonds. 


How wonderful are these! 
Dapper favours if having high tea instead of a 3 course sit down! I say...


Jane Maddern

These are made right here in the West, affordable and divine! I'm sure if you gave these as 
favours they would not be left behind. Tied with ribbon and your name tags they would be a perfect gift to your guests. She also makes shaving soap for the gents!

Drink favours

Corks of Cotham

I often get people ask me where is best to get mini's and Cork's of Cotham, Cotham Hill have a great range. I think I love the little Hendricks Gin bottle best.  It would look super sweet with a small luggage name tag on and taste not bad either!..


Not Bristol based but very Eco friendly and definitely up in my top 3 best gifts to give wedding guests. Let the love grow wedding favour seeds. These are from not on the high street and they melt me.


Choc on choc

I really love these chocolate lollies above but they also do a great range of little square choc's perfect for wedding favours. Stockists in Bristol include Harvey Nic's in Cabot Circus and they can be found in Clifton bouquet shops too.


Love from Random

I spotted these and thought they are a really great unusual bargain favour. This shop on Park St. however is abundant with goods to decorate your wedding, Thank you gifts, favours, vintage stuff. Stuff to put on top your cake? Cards, invites.. It's just endlessly GOOD! 
Go, shop, Enjoy!...


Why not start your marriage knowing that together you are doing something really, really special by exchanging giving gifts to your guests to donating to a Charity? 
I've chosen this charity as it's Bristol based and helps whole communities build, from teaching important skills in cooking, building, farming. 
Please take a look at the wonderful things they do.

Love Michele =)

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jubilee Weekend at riverstation

We had a very busy time over the Jubilee Bank Holiday with two weddings as well as lots of people enjoying the harbour side with all their extra days off... so we thought we'd share a few instagram photographs with you to give a little taste of the wedding details we loved.

Our first wedding was a simple classic colour scheme of blue and white, we put up bunting, pretty balloons, gorgeous flowers and cupcakes from Iced Magic that looked so good we had to stop ourselves from sneaking a bite of them.

Our second wedding had a subtle royal nod to the Jubilee with tables named after Royal residences and British icons; an amazing post box for all of their cards to be posted, guests arriving on a double decker bus and Pimms for welcome drinks.

We had a wonderful time and hope our Brides and Grooms and their guests had an amazing time too.