- As you know if you are in the throes of planning the Big Day, there is no shortage of new and exciting products that can enhance your wedding and post-wedding experience. Every day it seems there's a whole crop of clever and unusual ideas to consider. And it's these that will make your wedding special and personal - an event that will be talked about long after it's over. So in order to save you the time and effort it would take to locate these items on your own, we've narrowed down some of our favorite "extras" here:
Local, artisan chocolates make gorgeous wedding favors. (Courtesy Photo: Chokola'j)
Give your guests a taste of fine, artisan chocolates made in the Hamptons. Exquisite and hand-crafted with exotic, all-natural ingredients, Chokola'j chocolates are so fresh they must be consumed within two weeks of purchase. For weddings favors, they are available in various elegant assortments and configurations.
Looking for a different kind of sweet? Preservative-free, gourmet dessert sauces (chocolate, caramel, white chocolate) from Somebody's Mother's are lovely and super-delicious wedding favors that are completely unexpected. Set one on each place setting as is, insert each one in a pretty cellophane bag, or tie an elegant table seating card to each for multi-purposes. Now, if inedible favors are more along the lines of what you're seeking, look no further than Wedding Cake by philosophy. This multitasking shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath actually smells like a wedding cake! Give one out to each guest as a most unique, useful and thoughtful wedding favor.
If you are having out-of-town guests attending your wedding, there's nothing quite like a hotel room gift to make them feel welcome. Based here on Long Island, Sara's Gracious Goodies customizes welcome packages, so that you can treat your guests to a taste of Long Island-specific snacks and beverages, such as Kettle Corn Popcorn from The Hampton Popcorn Factory and Chocolate Chip Cookies from Tates Bake Shop.
Pack a five-piece complete honeymoon wardrobe with limitless combinations. (Courtesy Photo: Chick on the Go)
Another out-of-the-ordinary gift idea that you can give to guests, your parents or your bridal party - personalized wine bottles (from www.personalwinebottles.com). Forget custom labels, and instead select a design, then customize each wine bottle with your own, personal message (such as your wedding date). Each bottle is sand-blasted, hand-etched and hand-painted, to create a work of art that can remain a treasured memento long after the contents have been consumed.
Once the vows are all said and done, they shouldn't be forgotten. With Art Vows (www.ArtVows.com) newlyweds can capture their vows on canvas, flanked by beautiful illustrations. Once framed, these can become an everlasting keepsake that will always remind couples of the promises they made to each other on their wedding day.
Speaking of post-wedding favorites, packing for your honeymoon will never be stressful with Chick on the Go, an all-in-one wardrobe packaged in a neat little case that can be used as a carry-on (this is great if there are concerns about potentially lost luggage). Fitting all body types, with no zippers or buttons to worry about, the kit comes with five must-have black and white pieces of clothing and two accessories - all of which coordinate in countless combinations. Just add shoes and go!