There's nothing mum loves more than a heartfelt gift that shows how much she means to you. So, with Mother's Day on the horizon, we thought we'd give you some Do-It-Yourself Mother's Day gift inspiration to say, 'thank you' and 'I love you' with sincerity. Sure beats a bunch of wilted flowers or a box of melted chocolates any day.
Mum's Survival Kit
Being a mum is hard. It's an endlessly exhausting and often thankless job. Think about the items your mum uses to get her through the day - her individual treats and indulgences - and create your own individual Mum's Survival Kit filled with her favourite things. Items might include chocolates, exotic tea brews, her preferred coffee pods, massage
So, your big day is fast approaching and you've been planning for months, talking about it for even longer and it seems like you've got everything covered. The venue is booked, a wet weather contingency plan is in place, the photographer is good to go, the guest list (after numerous headaches) is set, and invitations have been sent - need we say it, the list goes on, But as the excitement of your wedding begins to take hold, your thoughts turn to the people that you'll share the majority of this special day with -- your bridal party! A sometimes-eclectic collection of you and your partner's nearest and dearest, this group will see you at your best (and maybe your worst), as you ride the roller-coaster also known as a wedding.
Often underestimated, the bridal party have an important role to play, both in the lead up to, and on your big day. From fittings to rehearsals to decorating, your bridal party is in it for the long haul: acting as advisors, problem solvers and pillars of
Your wedding invitation is the first impression many of your guests will be given about your big day. And you know what they say; you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. With invite options available in materials from acrylic to wood to magnetic, gone are the days when selecting paper design was your only consideration.
So when deciding on your wedding invites it's important to think about what kind of impression you would like to create. Are you thinking fun and funky with a relaxed vibe, or are we talking a formal black-tie affair that oozes stylish sophistication? This should help you determine which wedding invites are right for you.
When you're still bubbling over with excitement like a freshly popped champagne bottle at your newly engaged status, friends and well-wishers may begin to enquire if you're planning an engagement celebration. This is no cause for alarm. Before you launch into full swing Bridezilla panic mode (save this for the wedding), we have a few tips and tricks that will help you host a successful engagement soireé.
The ideal time
The ideal time to host an engagement party is shortly after you've said yes - when the excitement is still fresh and you are just bursting to show off that diamond dazzler strapped to your digits. As a general rule of thumb, engagement parties shouldn't be any closer to the wedding than six months out.
The happiness of any bride in the lead-up to her big day can sometimes rest solely with those she has asked to stand by her side for the most important day of her life. We share some tips on how to prevent bridesmaids becoming a burden, before it is too late.
1. Choose wisely
While this sage advice may be too late for some, bridesmaid selection is crucial to your overall happiness and level of drama in the lead-up to and during your big day. Choosing someone due to a misguided sense of responsibility (just because you were their bridesmaid several years back or because you promised your cousin Chloe when you were six) is a recipe for disaster. Think about the friends in your life that have celebrated
Father's Day is sneaking up on us again. This is one day of the year we can truly appreciate our Dad and everything he does for us. So instead of rushing out to buy yet another fluorescent tie that will linger in the back of the cupboard, six pack of sports socks or a 'World's Best Dad' oversize coffee mug, why not get him something he might actually use (or even appreciate)? To help you avoid the useless (and give you some good ideas), we take a look at the three best and worst Father's Day gifts of 2016.
Best and Worst Father's Day Gifts of 2016
Ok let's start with the bad stuff. There is no doubt most of us are guilty of purchasing one of the following offending items at some point in our Father's Day present-buying history:
All Dads like beer. Well, all the ones
The role of Dads on their daughters' wedding day was immortalised by Steve Martin in the 1991 movie, Father of the Bride, when he portrayed overprotective father George Banks, and the conflicting emotions he experienced in 'giving his little girl away'. Perhaps this movie highlighted to fathers everywhere, what not to do in regard to the happiest day of their daughter's life.
Celebrating another year, or you know someone who's birthday is coming up? Im sure we all do, right! There's something so touching and meaningful about a personalised gift. Finding the 'right' gift is the hardest part. That's why we've put together a collection of pretty cool & unique gifts that you can engrave with the recipient's name, initials or even favourite saying and message just from you. Whether it be an engraved glass, engraved decanter, engraved wooden wine box - Personalised Favours has the answers or gift that will be treasured forever.
Here are our Top Personalised Birthday Gifts for 2016:
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Your wedding reception is a unique room that you can style to reflect the love and personality of you and your new husband or wife. Whether it be extravagant, simple, modern or rustic, the theme of the room will be you. Styling your wedding tables can often be tricky. You don't want to 'over-style' and clutter the space your guests have, but your don't want them to look bare either. What you really should be doing is opting for a simple, but unique look. Think innovative, engraved and and fresh - your guests will appreciate the artistic side to your wedding decor. Wood Vs Mirror - Check out our top tips for styling your wedding tables:
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and tell us in 25 words or less, what do you love most about your fiancée?
To get you all excited here are some of our favourite products you might be adding to your cart if you're a winner!
While summer months remain the most popular time for couples to get hitched, don't overlook getting married in winter. In Australia, we have mild wintery days. Temperatures average around 12-15 degrees in the middle of the day (depending on location).
Winter weddings ooze glamour and style (and gorgeous long sleeve wedding dresses!). They are timeless and opulent showing off gorgeous lodges, country estates vineyards, ballrooms and/or intimate restaurants.
There are fewer tools used more in the kitchen than your chopping board. Engraved with your personalised message, our Wooden Chopping Boards are generously sized and would be proudly displayed in any home. They make a very decorative and practical gift for any occasion. Here are some of our favourite gift ideas for our engraved chopping board:
Celebrate the next milestone birthday with one of our personalised engraved wooden paddle boards. Made from rubber wood, each chopping board is engraved with a personalised message and a design that celebrates the recipients birthday.
Mums are often called upon to offer advice and with Mother's Day just around the corner, we decided to celebrate this special occasion with an online facebook competition. To WIN an engraved Mothers Day Hamper, we asked, "What was the best or worst advice your Mother gave you?"
We had a fabulous response and thought we share with you the top 5 Best and Worst advice your Mother as given you:
According to the number one wedding planning gurus in Australia, Wedded Wonderland, the next big thing in invitations is acrylic. They all agree ( as do we ) - acrylic is everything. Unlike the usual card or paper invitations, acrylic is hard-wearing, luxurious and versatile, coming in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours.
So, why is acrylic so unique and what is it?
Acrylic is a piece of plastic also known as Perspex. The 3mm sheet of acrylic is laser cut and engraved by our production team to create a custom and unique invitation design. Acrylic is lightweight and available in a range of terrific colours such as Black, Mirror Gold, Mirror Silver, Clear and Frosted.
Posted: March 04, 2016
A Parisian style monochrome wedding is a beautiful theme to coordinate with and one that can be easily carried out throughout your entire wedding. Not only is black and white a classic theme, it is also timeless and will be forever popular.
The key to pulling a monochrome wedding off it to be mindful of the black to white ratio. You want the white to be the dominating colour, with pops of black thrown in to compliment. After all you don't want a dark and gloomy wedding!
Invitations and Stationary
Start by setting the tone of your wedding and think ab
Posted: February 18, 2016Categories: Invitations, Wedding Theme, Glassware, Favours & Bomboniere, Wedding Tips & Budget, Cake Topper
This week we have been focusing on Rustic Wedding Favours. If you dream of getting married in the countryside, on a farm or in a beautiful garden - this post is for you! We have put our thinking caps on and compiled a list of our top favourite ideas you should consider when planning a Rustic Wedding.
Floral Ceremony Structure
If you are having an outdoor wedding, you will be spoilt for choice when choosing the best location. Florals structures, combined with natural timber, lace and lanterns are the perfect décor to have at your wedding ceremony.
Your bridal party and parents play an important role in creating a wedding day that is truly special. Even before the wedding preparations begin, your bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents have been with you throughout the ups and downs of life. Say Thank You with some of our unique and personalised bridal party gifts. Not only are they unique - they are also affordable!
For the Girls:
Your girls will love a little gift they can use while getting ready and a glass of bubbly is a MUST when getting dressed for your big day. We have a selection of great gifts for your bridesmaids, and no, you wont have break your bank. All our gifts can be uniquely personalised to suit your wedding theme. Here are our top 5:
Christmas is a time for gift giving for many businesses and choosing the right gift for your staff, business partner, associates or customers is very important. Personalisation is a huge topic right now. A large percentage of the buying experience is based on how the customer or client is treated. In an age where we are constantly connected, we need to touch base directly with the customer and a gift this Christmas that is truly thoughtful and personalised just for them.
Personalised gifts work really well and they also ensure your business maintains a personal identity and a high level of customer satisfaction. The familiarity and knowledge that comes with gifts that are personalised brings customers back to your store, business and/or service.
To save you time this festive season, we have created this corporate gift guide to help you choose the best Corporate Christmas Gifts for 2015:
Posted: July 16, 2015Categories: Behind the Scenes at Personalised Favours
After meeting the PR guru herself, Roxy Jacenko, this month at the Ministry of Talent seminar, we have been inspired busy little bees. So this week, we're taking you behind the scenes to show you what we have been doing while y'all were sleeping.
Our week starts off with some wild bareback riding along the beach - kidding! We do however hit the ground running each week; and this week was no exception.
Here are our top 4 moments from the week that was:
Our show room is up and running! Did I hear an -OH YEAHH- All our products for display for you to
Posted: June 23, 2015
Choosing the right colours for your wedding or engagement party can be a difficult task. There are so many combinations to choose from and it can be a little bit overwhelming. To give you some inspiration, here is one of my favourite colour combinations: Purple and Gold!
Some examples for you to draw inspiration from:
Stand out from the crowd and make a statement with a beautiful engraved GOLD ACRYLIC invitation
The weather is warm, people are happy, work is winding down for the year and families are getting together for BBQs! We love Christmas - It is one of our favourite times of the year! However, getting to the shops can be a bit of a headache.
Not only is is a busy time of year - EVERYBODY is on the hunt for Christmas presents. It's everyone for themselves in the car park at your local mall.
Why not skip the mayhem and buy a gift on-line this year? But not just a gift, a personalised gift! A personalised gift is the perfect choice for the office Kris Kringle, loved one and friends.
Here are our top picks for 2014: Gifts under $10
Engraved Acrylic Decorations - Perfect for your Tree and a 1st Christmas gift!
Engraved gift tags - A must
1. On the RSVP Card - include a line where guests can write a song request
2. In your invite package - include a card with accommodation suggestions and include handy information such as the local taxi number and cafés
3. If you have loved ones who have passed - put a photo charm around your bouquet and carry them with you down the isle.
4. If you are having an outdoor ceremony - have a basket of paper fans
This week we are excited to share with you our new range of Personalised Acrylic Cake Toppers!
Our cake toppers are laser cut with precision, from quality 3mm thick acrylic with a smooth glossy edge for a beautiful finish.
They are the perfect touch for all occasions, from weddings to birthday celebrations, corporate celebrations or even engagement parties, we know you will find the right cake topper for you here.
With Christmas just around the corner (10 weeks!!) its time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones - why not make them feel more special and add a personal touch with an engraved message on there for them. We have been busy designing a new range of Christmas gifts, perfect to give your family, teachers, colleagues and friends.
Here are our top gift ideas for Christmas 2014:
1. Engraved Acrylic Christmas Decorations
Our decorations make a fabulous gift at Christmas time. They are a beautiful keepsake and will make a truly memorable, thoughtful gift that can be displayed again and again for years to come.
Congratulations you're getting Married! Now its time to start thinking about your wedding date and letting your guest's know when they will be sharing your special day.
Save the Dates make a great first impression and are a great way to get your guests organised and prepared for your day.
If it is a destination wedding, Save the Dates are a great way for your guest to let you know early on if they can make it, and even secure accommodation or time off work as soon as possible.
If you're looking for some inspiration and ideas for your save the dates, you've come to the right place. We have a variety of Save The Dates for many wedding themes.
1. The Beach Wedding
With breathtaking views, sand between your toes and the beers on ice, a beach wedding is an Australian Favourite.
Congratulations to our friends on their fantastic news!
Alex had us make a wooden puzzle and each piece represented a special occasion or event in their lives together.
Kate was met at each location with a piece of the puzzle and Alex was at the end to meet Kate down on one knee. Here are some photos form their magical engagement..
It's nearly September, and that can only mean - Father's Day!
This is an important date in many people's calender and each year there are thousands of people celebrating their first ever Father's Day. For other Dad's out there, they could be celebrating their 20th, 40th or 50th Father's Day - and im sure by this time, you owe dad at least five pressie's to make up for all the trouble you've put him through all those years! Haha I know I do!
Celebrate with your old man and and give him a gift he with treasure. We have a great selection of affordable and personalised gifts we know he'll love!
Here are out Top 5:
1. Credit Card Bottle Openers
Share my favourite groomsmen gifts? Challenge accepted...
Your groomsmen are some of the most important and legen - wait for it - dary men in your life. They are your bro's and are there for the good times and the even better times, planning the most important of all bro holidays (your bachelor party) and there to suit up and stand by your side on the big day.
The bro code dictates that you must show them your appreciation by presenting them with a small token from you to remind them of your special day, true story.
I'm not talking about cheesy lovey-dovey cliché gifts, but something that will evoke high-fives
Posted: September 04, 2014
Working in the wedding industry I am constantly asked by couples which type of invitation I would recommend for them. Below I help to cut through the misinformation and provide you with all my knowledge and experience.
Invitations can broadly fit into six categories:
1. DIY Invitations
2. Electronic Invitations
3. Professionally made Paper Invitations
We are excited to announce we have a new product hitting our store later this year!! VINTAGE KEYS!
The idea of having rustic keys as a feature piece at your wedding is so meaningful - 'you have the key to my heart, the keys to a happy marriage, the keys to our future'.... Just beautiful!
We are very excited about our upcoming release of our vintage keys and we wanted to show you 5 reasons why:
1.Your presence is Key!
A beautiful save the date idea, incorporating the key motif to let guests know your wedding day - and for them to lock-in your date in their diary! Our wooden gift tags would be a perfect match to have with these.
With our new range of glassware currently being released, including water glasses, mason jars and soft drink glasses, we decided to feature some pretty cool drink ideas for your little ones. If your wedding theme is modern and sleek then our Water glasses or Soft Drink glasses are a great idea to have for the kiddies.
Our modern and stylish water glasses are a new addition to our glassware family. They can all be engraved with your personal message and we can add individual guest names to each glass at no extra cost.
Recipe: Homemade Strawberry lemonade
We take great pride offering friendly customer service and hand crafting the highest quality wooden favours and stationary for your big day! If you're after that unique and handmade feel, our wooden range is perfect for you!
1. Save the Dates, Bridal Party Acceptances Your save the dates are often what sets the theme of your wedding and by showcasing something different and creative, you'll have your guests more than excited for your special day!
With Mother's Day fast approaching, there's no better time to share with you: 4 ways to make mum feel special this Mothers Day!
1. Give her some time off!!
New mums want more sleep! So Dad, let her sleep in! Its dad's turn to do all the running around get up early to get the baby.
2. Give her a gift she'll love!
Flowers, chocolates, and cards are popular gifts to symbolize one's love and appreciation for their mother or mother figure. The carnation is a type of flower that is particularly symbolic of Mother's Day for some people. We have a fabulous range of gifts for your mum this year! See below >
Posted: August 28, 2014
This week we have been looking into having kids at your wedding. We know that there is a divided opinion on this topic, with many choosing to opt out on kids at their wedding, but for others, the day wouldn't be the same without them.
We all know, kids can definitely be a handful, with their attention spans often drifting from one thing to the next in a matter of seconds. Which is why we've decided to discuss and provide ideas and inspiration to soon-to-be-brides who are having kids, be that their own, family or friends at their wedding, with ideas with ways to entertain and incorporate them into your special day.
1. Wedding Favours for kids
Especially with their short attention spans, you need to keep kids entertained. Providing them with favours on their table, or where they are seated is a great way to keep them occupied. Have a look at these gorgeous kids table ideas. They have crayons, paper,
This week we have prepared a special for you! Personalised chopping boards!
The ingredients for today's blog are:
1. Chopping boards (of course!)
2. Personalised messages
3. Custom designs Personalised Chopping Boards!
We feel they are a must have for every family kitchen, adding a sentimental feel to your normally plain chopping board. In fact, we love them so much that we have decided to create these uniquely personalised gifts for you and your loved ones!
Personalised Favours will now bring you beautiful, hand crafted chopping boards. Each piece of wood is selected for its grain quality and hand crafted into a unique, long-lasting, professional quality chopping board.
Whether you want them to be for Wedding gifts, Anniversary gifts, House-warming gifts,
Posted: August 28, 2014
Hollywood's night of nights where all the who's who of the silver screen come together to celebrate their achievements. A night filled with designer frocks, champagne and good times. We often watch in awe and draw inspiration from the scenery and the elegant guests. Today's blog will be discussing and providing ideas to replicate Oscar glamour in true Hollywood style at an affordable price.
The holiday season is about elaborate ornamentation, the coming together of family and friends, cheer and the spirit of togetherness. These beautiful meanings can be incorporated in your special day with personalised favours and decorations. Adding a little Christmas cheer to your wedding theme will make it all that more exciting and an even bigger celebration for all your guests. Let the champagne pour and the music play! I have got some great ideas to put a little festive spin on your day. Change up your traditional bouquet and have a spray of pine cones and baby's breath bush or add a dash of red and green foliage.
You are newly engaged! (Congratulations by the way!) But now what?
You have so many things to start thinking about, not to mention the money you have to spend in the coming months and years. We're here to help!
Our designers at Personalised Favours are not only passionate about creating something unique for each customer, but sharing their insights and secrets for choosing the perfect wedding invitation.
We had a chat to Emma, our graphic designer, about some tips & trends to create the perfect invitation that guests will remember for years to come.
Emma believes it is important to start thinking about a theme for your wedding or even a colour scheme early on. "Think of a theme you like, for example a cocktail style Soiree. Do some research into this style. Blacks and creams spring to mind, so use those colours and plan an elegant/ bold style for your invites."