{favour inspiration} gourmet toffee apples

Now I know what you may be thinking – toffee apples are more ‘five year-old’s birthday party’ than chic wedding favour, but this classic treat has undergone a makeover. Think non-traditional toffee apples dipped in thick caramel and topped with choc chips, crushed nuts or pastel sprinkles – wrapped up in clear cellophane and tied with a cute tag  and you have a pretty amazing wedding favour.  And don’t think that your event needs to be carnival-themed or that your toffee apples should sit alongside bags of popcorn and fairy floss for you to give these delightful treats to your guests. Gourmet toffee apples fit in perfectly with casual, rustic weddings or as a playful touch to more formal affairs, and I’d love to see more of them in creative, handmade celebrations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top image from Ruffled, bottom two images from Rustic Wedding Chic

{favour inspiration} teacups + succulents

I’m a huge fan of non-edible favours for weddings, and as far as non-edible wedding favours go I think mini succulents in vintage teacups pretty much takes the cake. These favours are perfect keepsakes of your celebration and they also suit many different styles of wedding – from rustic barn to glam garden party, the teacup succulent is just perfection.

Finding the number of teacups you need may be a challenge – be prepared to scour many vintage and second hand shops in the lead up to your wedding and get family and friends on board for The Great Teacup Hunt. It also pays to do some research on good local nurseries in your area to supply succulents in bulk, rather than paying a fortune buying them from large commercial nurseries. This is a favour that requires a lot of effort but it sure would be worth it to give your guests such a gorgeous and thoughtful keepsake.

Images from Polka Dot Bride

{wedding favour inspiration} vintage-style handkerchiefs

I love the idea of giving vintage-style handkerchiefs as wedding favours, and if you want to add a few vintage-inspired details into your wedding but don’t want to go overboard then these little hankies are perfect and oh so sweet. I’ve been playing around with some favour designs which incorporate  handkerchiefs and this is my favourite. It’s a two-fold gift for your wedding guests, as they get a box of sweet treats as well as a pretty vintage-style hankie – a lovely keepsake to remind them of your wedding day.

 

The ultimate traditional wedding favour sweet – the sugared almond!

I love the variety of sweet treats that are given as favours in modern weddings, but we all know the traditional wedding favour option was the sugared almond. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the sugar symbolised the bitterness of life and the sweetness of love – that’s pretty darn cute right? But the good old sugared almond has fallen out of fashion lately and is now seen as terribly grandma-ish.  But I have a confession to make – I love them! I love their chic pastel colours, the way they look when piled into a vintage crystal comport and when packaged into little clear bags. And I think the little sugared almond is making a big comeback.

Sugared almonds, or jordan almonds, are really versatile as a wedding favour and you can put a modern (or vintage-inspired!) spin on the packaging you use for them. Or include them on your sweets table alongside macarons, mini cupcakes and chocolates. They come in pastel shades as well as brighter shades, and also in metallics – tres chic!

{top image from Boho Weddings, bottom left image from Martha Stewart Weddings, bottom right image ‘A Little Dream’ favour from My Darling Heart featuring mixed pastel sugared almonds}

favour station inspiration ~ get creative!

I love seeing brides getting stylish with their favour stations! There are so many ways you can get creative and make your favour station a real focal point for your wedding.  It’s the perfect excuse to get some gorgeous props together and make something pretty! Here is a little bit of favour station inspiration for you for your Friday morning. These little printed calico bags tied to a vintage ladder are just so sweet! You can find some great designs in printed calico bags, and I have a couple of designs available here.

Have a lovely weekend all,

Katy x x

Guest post ~ Casey from Rustique Wedding Designs

Good morning darlings! Today I’m very excited to share with you a guest post from Casey of Rustique Wedding Designs. Casey and I met at the recent Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase and I’m thrilled that the first guest post is by someone who shares my love of rustic chic weddings. Hope you all enjoy her words as much as I have, Katy x x

Hi My Darling Heart Fans! I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for Katy this week and am a massive fan of her work myself. A little about me, my names Casey and I’m from over at Rustique Wedding Designs. I created my blog to share beautiful rustic inspiration and my goal is to style and plan Rustique Chic designed weddings.

Today I’m going to share some inspiration for creating a charming barn wedding and how to create that barn look without the barn:

Barns create an instant atmosphere to a wedding and adding hanging lights and draping turn it into something magical, intimate and inviting. But what if you there is no barn in sight and you still want to include some elements on your big day, here are some ideas:

By bringing some of the same elements across- old doors, hay bales and wine barrels you can still have a charming atmosphere without the barn and your guests will love all the details. If you love the amazing dress featured it is from Gowns of Elegance and the favours are of course made by My Darling Heart.

For any of the links to the above photos please check out the Rustique Wedding Designs Pinterest Page here.

Thanks a lot for having me, Casey x

{inspired event} The Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase

Good morning lovelies! Are you all having a good week? You may have heard about an exciting new event for Brisbane brides that I’m going to be a part of in August – The Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase, and I’m going to tell you all of the juicy details!

The showcase is the creation of Melanie from Silver Sixpence & Kim from Hermia’s Wishes – both supremely talented (& nice to boot!) ladies who have a passion for all things vintage, creative, well-designed & offbeat when it comes to weddings. In the words of the ladies themselves, the showcase will be an ‘evening of fashion and fabulousness, with many vendors under the one roof to share with you plenty of inspiration for planning your very own vintage/handmade/rustic wedding.’

Are you getting excited yet?!

As if the showcase wasn’t enough, they will also be offering a program of workshops especially for the DIY-bride who wants to get all the fabulous insider tips and tricks on putting together amazing creative details for their wedding. My Darling Heart will be offering a workshop on how to create beautiful vintage-inspired DIY favours for your guests (now I know you’re definitely excited about that!).

My new favour range, Oranges & Lemons, will also be officially launching on the night of the showcase and I’ll be sharing a special code with those who attend that will get you 10% off the range when you purchase through my Etsy shop. I will also be offering a prize to one very lucky bride on the night – a voucher for $250.00 towards anything in our shop! You could use the voucher towards favours for your wedding or bridal shower, or handmade decorations!

Make sure you stay tuned to The Vintage and Handmade Bride’s blog and facebook page to get all the goss on the wonderfully creative vendors who will be exhibiting at the showcase, and all of the fantastic prizes that will also be on offer on the night.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Ship Inn on 12 August!

Katy x

{newlyweds picnic}

For any kind of outdoor event, picnics are just about as sweet as they come –  the dappled sunlight, fresh air, the relaxed atmosphere…ahh I feel like having a picnic right now! And for an intimate outdoor wedding they are super sweet. There are so many cute and scrumptious picnic foods and desserts to serve your guests, and if you want to take it to the next level, serving the food in vintage picnic baskets would be the bee’s knee’s!

 

 

 

 

 

To keep the theme running through every element your favours need to be picnic inspired as well, like our ‘Picnic for Two’ favour bag or ‘Our Little Picnic’ favour box . These are both such a sweet little favours which guests find delightful – the icing on the cake for a picnic wedding!

Follow the link to My Darling Heart’s Etsy Shop

Have a lovely week,

Katy x x

Friday Flowers {oh la lavender}

Lavender is popping up in many places lately, it’s lovely to see it being used in so many delightful ways! No longer only appearing in bridal bouquets, with a little creativity you can utilise this versatile flower in many different forms – a delicate sprig tied to your guests napkins, cones of vintage music sheets filled with dried lavender and rustic bunches decorating guest tables. And of course it smells just divine! A little calico drawstring bag filled with dried lavender makes the loveliest wedding or bridal shower favour. I’ve gathered a few images for you to swoon over and get some ideas on how to use this vintage chic flower.

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via Elizabeth Ann Designs

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via Tulle & Teacups

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via 79 ideas

Winter goodness – hot chocolate on a spoon

I absolutely adore Winter, it’s one of my favourite times of the year. Rugging up in knitted scarves, big coats and cute boots is always a novelty for us here in Brisbane! I love a good Winter wedding too – when it’s chilly outside but the celebration inside is warm, festive and leaves everyone with rosy cheeks.

So what favour does one give to their guests at a Winter wedding? Hot chocolate and marshmallows of course! One of our lovely favours from the ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ range are these sweet little individual hot chocolates on a wooden spoon (pictured below right). All your guests need to do to enjoy a silky hot chocolate at the end of the night is slip the spoon into a mug of hot milk and stir while the chocolate melts! Milk chocolate, white chocolate and strawberry chocolate flavours are available. The spoons also include a little bag of mini marshmallows and a thank you tag, which can be personalised with the bride and groom’s initials. Cute huh?! These little beauties will be available in our Etsy shop in a couple of days time (we’ll be sure to add the link onto here for you!)


           images by Sloan Photographers (via Style Me Pretty) & Images with Love