I always love when “handmade” doesn’t mean “cheesy” or ” poorly made”
and thats what I always intended for our handmade wedding.
I’m pretty adamant about not wanting a themed wedding, but if one had to be named, “over the moon” would probably be most fitting.
We’ve made plans to build a paper moon instead of a photo booth, we’ve begun a hoard of christmas lights to hang in the trees of our ceremony site to add to the light of the stars, and I also had an idea to incorporate the stars into our wedding favours as well!
So for starters… I think favours are dumb. they always get left behind unless you spend a fortune on getting things people would actually care to have.
But now that the trend has turned towards food favours I’m all on board.
Our wedding is October 2nd of next year so I really wanted some food that would either be traditional like chocolate or M n M’s, or fit with the theme of fall like raisins, golden raisins, or nuts
but how would I make that pretty?
Pretty easily actually haha
I started out with the idea of a star shaped pouch and just went from there. I made a fat star template (thin and straight stars would make a pouch too small to small to hold anything) and then I thought a pretty brown Kraft paper would look very chic as the material.
But that would be soooo expensive so what to do….?
I put the idea to the side for a few weeks and forgot about it.
We went grocery shopping, and I’d forgotten our reusable shopping bags so I asked for paper not plastic (Paper can compost and degrade faster than plastic can, and a tree can grow with less energy than it takes to create the plastic in the first place.)
When our Publix bagger started bagging our groceries up I was overjoyed!
Rather than compost our paper bags I would REUSE them.
Once cut and turned inside out they make the perfect chic Kraft colored paper pouches I had envisioned.
You fold a large sheet of the paper bag in half, then trace the template as many times as possible. Then you cut out the stars carefully. The fold makes it so that you end up cutting two stars out at the same time.
Once a decent number of stars were cut, we went and picked out embroidery floss in our fall wedding colors and I used a running stitch to go all the way down the border of the star and back again, leaving open one edge so that we can write a big calligraphic “Thank You” in white ink and add the treats a few days before the wedding and sew them up fresh.
I see people tearing into the sweet pouches like the rustic christmas popcorn pouches I was inspired by.
A handmade wedding does not mean a hodgemodge of various children’s crafts. Instead it should mean a beautiful, personal touch wherever you look.