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Your wedding day is a celebration of love, a day filled with laughter, joy, and the promise of a bright future together. As you plan every detail to ensure your guests have an unforgettable experience, consider adding an element of excitement and surprise with a unique twist on wedding favors: lottery tickets. These little slips of hope and chance can add an extra layer of fun and anticipation to your special day. Lottery tickets as wedding favors are a playful and memorable choice that your guests will cherish.

By gifting your guests with these tickets, you’re sharing the sentiment that love, like luck, can take unexpected and wonderful turns. It’s a lighthearted way to express your gratitude for their presence and well wishes as you embark on this new chapter. The element of surprise and suspense can create an interactive experience that encourages mingling and conversation among your friends and family. These shared moments of anticipation can become cherished memories for both you and your guests.

Incorporating lottery tickets as favors is a low-stress and budget-friendly option. You can choose the number of tickets based on your guest count and allocate a portion of your budget to this unique and entertaining favor idea. Incorporating lottery tickets as favors adds a touch of playfulness and modernity to your celebration. It’s a way to break away from the conventional and showcase your unique personalities as a couple.

Personalization and Presentation: Just like any other wedding favor, the presentation matters. Get creative with how you package the lottery tickets. Consider personalized envelopes or small decorative boxes that match your wedding theme and colors. You can also include a heartfelt note expressing your gratitude and well wishes for your guests as they “gamble” on love. And don’t forget to include a penny, to scratch!

As you plan the details of your wedding, consider the charm of lottery tickets as wedding favors. These little tokens of chance and hope can infuse your celebration with a dose of excitement and interaction, creating memories that will be cherished by you and your guests for years to come. How many of your guests will get LUCKY in love at your wedding?

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Late Night Snacks

After hours of dancing, laughter, and joy, guests can work up quite an appetite. That’s where late-night snacks come to the rescue! A well-thought-out late-night snack selection can delight your guests and keep the party going strong. In this blog post, we’ll explore some creative and delectable late-night snack ideas that will leave your guests with unforgettable memories of your special day.

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1. Gourmet Mini Sliders:

Who can resist the allure of mini sliders? Caterers offer a variety of mouthwatering options, from classic beef sliders with cheese to BBQ sliders and more. These unique handheld delights will satisfy your guests and ensures that everyone finds something they love.

Sliders - Azul Photography

2. Tasty Taco Bar:

Spice things up with a late-night taco bar! Set up a station with soft tortillas, an assortment of flavorful fillings like shredded chicken or seasoned beefand an array of toppings like salsa, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream. The interactive nature of the taco bar will add an extra element of fun to the festivities.

3. French Fry Frenzy:

Indulge your guests with a delicious assortment of french fries or tater tots and toppings. From classic shoestring fries to sweet potato fries, offer a variety of options to cater to different tastes. Complement the fries with an assortment of dips, including truffle aioli, tangy ketchup, and creamy cheese sauce.

4. Sweet Treats:

Satisfy the guests’ sweet cravings with a delightful selection of late-night sweets. Mini donuts, gourmet cookies, and bite-sized pastries are always a hit.

5. Your Favorites!

Incorporate some of your guilty pleasures into your wedding day. With Postmates and Ubereats, it’s easier than ever to get your favorites to the venue so the planner can set it up for you. From McDonalds to Chick Fil A and local goodies, we can’t wait to see how you customize your late night treats!

6. Pizza:

Appeal to everyone’s taste preferences by offering a diverse selection of pizzas. Include traditional favorites like classic Margherita, pepperoni, and four-cheese pizzas. For guests with adventurous palates, offer unique combinations to mix things up!

Late-night snacks are the perfect way to treat your wedding guests to a delightful surprise and keep the party atmosphere alive well into the night. Whether you choose to serve gourmet mini sliders, set up a taco bar, or offer a food truck experience, the key is to select snacks that reflect your personality and preferences as a couple. These late-night treats will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on your guests and make your wedding celebration an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. So, go ahead and plan your late-night snack extravaganza – your guests will thank you for it!

C is for cookie

I think most would agree that a big highlight of a wedding day is dessert! From beautiful cakes, to pies, to donuts and ice cream, we’ve seen it all. But, one very fun tradition that always makes us smile is the Pittsburgh Cookie Table!

I came across this years ago at a wedding (hey, Wade and Jen!) and I was in awe. We had an abundance of cookies baked by friends and family members and we were told to display EVERYTHING! There were dozens and dozens of cookies, all made with love for the bride and groom’s special day. I was told this was a staple at any Pittsburgh wedding. In the years since my first cookie table experience, I’ve seen them on a few occasions and the sheer number of cookies on hand – and how many get consumed – is always amazing!

If you’re interested in learning more about the tradition, click HERE. Check out some beautiful photos of the cookie table at Abby and Brian’s wedding at Melrose Knitting Mill.

Photos by Reg and Kala Photography:

Photos by Reg and Kala Photography
Photos by Reg and Kala Photography
Photos by Reg and Kala Photography


What’s a great way to add a personal touch and extra detail to your wedding day? Here are some fun tips to incorporate into your wedding day. 




Signature drink signage – Whether you name your drink after your favorite nickname for each other or pet, the signature drink is a great way to bring a personal element to your wedding day. Take it a step further and get an artist (plenty of great options on Etsy) to make a signature drink sign you can hang in your home.

Credit Luxe and Pine Photography
Credit Luxe and Pine Photography


Take the party a step further! Have fun favors for your guests to dance with (we’re talking light up glow sticks, inflatable instruments and more!) really makes a mark!


Have something you’re passionate about or love to share with your partner? Why not share with your guests as well? A well thought out and personal favor is always a great idea!

Credit Megan Travis Photography
Credit Megan Travis Photography

Want to capture a shot with a ton of your favorite people at once for a fun and personal photo op? Grab a flag from your alma mater, state or favorite sports team and ask all the guests who are affiliated with that “thing” to jump in for a great group shot!





Even if they can’t be at the reception with you, make sure your favorite family members make it to the wedding with these fun cake figurines!

Credit Six Foot Photography

Personalized details are one of our favorite things to help couples create. This will be just part 1 of this blog topic! Make sure to check back for more fun ideas!

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