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It’s no secret that I love to eat….I also have a BIG¬†bit of a sweet tooth ūüôā So when I was thinking about all of the wedding favours I have seen over the years (after 10 years as a wedding planner I’ve seen a few!), naturally my favourites have been the edible ones. (Pssst don’t worry, I also have a top 10 list of non-edible ones coming soon!)

Wedding favours are a personal choice, some couples opt to do them, while others do not and there is no right or wrong answer. If you choose to have them, make guests feel like they are taking home a little piece of you and your special day. Favours are more than just a keepsake, they can often act as dessert, decor, tie in colours and as you will see below, they can even double as stationery!

Fun Fact: in my experience the wedding favours least likely to be left behind at the end of the night….are the ones you can eat!

 1. Honey РBoth practical and delicious, honey favours are a cute addition to any wedding table setting.

2. Cookies РThese sugar cookie wedding favours are a work of art in themselves. To add a little extra flair, we customized them so they also doubled as name cards!

3. Macarons РConfession: I have a macaron obsession! My fav flavour is passionfruit. Box them up or package them in clear bags to let the colours show, they are the perfect way tie in your colour scheme and your guests will rave for days.

4. Pie/Cake in a jar –¬†These are a great DIY wedding favour option. They can be made ahead of time and look so sweet wrapped up with a pretty little bow.

5. S’mores/candy/chocolates/fudge/donut –¬†Because¬†who can say no to a donut?! Send your wedding guests home with a sweet treat. Box them to keep them nice and fresh, your wedding guests will appreciate the late night snack attack.

6. Jam/Salsa/Pickles – Another great DIY favour option that can be made up in advance. Perhaps you have a delicious family recipe that has been passed down and would be the perfect compliment to your personalized wedding reception.

7. Popcorn – Sweet or savoury, the possibilities are endless and will leave your guests feeling like they just attended the event of the year.

8. Tea/coffee – A staple in most households, why not have guests take home your favourite blend.

9. Oil/hot sauce/spice blend РGive them a little taste of you; have a custom spice blend made, a herb infused olive oil or for the extra spicy couple a hot, hot, hot sauce!

10. Booze – Do you love martinis and he loves rum and coke? Give guests a little sample of your favourite cocktail.

Whatever you choose to do for wedding favours, have fun with it, let it be a reflection of you and allow your personalities to shine though.

Photo credits: 1. Honey: Brent Calis Photography via Shannon Valente Weddings / 2. Cookies: Emily Exon Photography via Shannon Valente Weddings / 3. Macarons: Rebekah Westover Photography via Brit + Co / 4. Pie/Cake in a jar: Custom Love Gifts / 5. Donuts: Mary Costa Photography via Almost Makes Perfect/ 6. Pickles: via Brides / 7. Popcorn: Annie Mcelwain Photography via 100 Layer Cake / 8. Tea/Coffee: Etsy / 9. Oil/hot sauce: Judy Pak Photography / 10. Booze: Mef Photography via Brides


Looking for a fun activity to do with the girls for your bachelorette party?! Heck you don’t even need to be getting married for this one!

Awhile ago I posted 10 Unconventional Bachelorette Party Ideas, sure you could go on some wild adventure¬†for your stagette or bachelorette party…..but you could also stay in and drink wine with your besties!

Green Light Industries offers Rustic Paint Nights!

Get your friends together for a fun night of painting an drinks!
What they bring:
– Handmade Signature 16″x21 Reclaimed Wood Signs
– 3 Stencil Designs of the hosts choice
– 3 to 6 More Stencil Designs
– Stencil Brushes
– Paints & More
Contact them to book your party!

And because we love you, we are giving you a chance to win your own custom, rustic wood sign!

Prize details:

  • One wedding, anniversary or family sign of your choice, FREE!

Enter to win:
To enter the giveaway make sure you follow all the steps carefully. All you have to do is follow Green Light Industries – Reclaimed Furniture & Decor on Facebook and Instagram and then follow me on Instagram and Facebook, easy right?! We will also give you a bonus entry when you tag a friend!

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The lucky winner will be announced on March 9th, don’t forget to check back in then!

Good luck!

Contest rules
*contest is open to Canadian residents only (for shipping)
* winner will be contacted March 9th and may choose from available templates and colours
* sign will be shipped within 2 weeks of contest closing
* contest begins March 3rd, 2017 and closes March 9th, 2017 at midnight MST.

We’ve all seen them pop up on Pinterest¬†– hot wedding trends and must haves of the season.¬†Pinterest shared their top 2016 Wedding Trends, here are 3 favs we hope continue through 2017 and beyond.

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses –¬†Weddings are all about personal touches. What is more personal than a bridesmaid in a dress she looks AND¬†feels good in. As the bride you don’t have to compromise, you can steer your maids by choosing the colours, fabric or general shape. Just know they don’t need to “match”, so long as they “go” together.

mismatched bridesmaid dresses

Photo by Sofia Katherine Photography

Unplugged Ceremonies – There are few things I love more than couples who are on board with allowing their guests be in the moment. Have a professional photographer capture the day and ask guests to put their cameras down. Bonus: the pro pics also won’t have iPads and cell phones blocking their view!

Food Trucks – The culinary creations now available from food trucks has gone so far beyond corndogs and hamburgers. Whether it is your wedding reception meal, late night snack or dessert bar, food trucks can create an inviting, conversational atmosphere for your wedding guests to enjoy.

Gingersnap Photography

Photo by Gingersnap Photography

Just a few of our wedding favourites. Stay tuned for 2017 wedding trends and see what we are loving.

Shannon xoxo




A fairytale wedding with the rocky mountains as the backdrop….what’s not to love about this Banff wedding?! I have to say this family forever has a place in my heart. This is the second wedding we have worked on together,¬†I also planned the bride’s sisters’ wedding a few years ago. After working together for basically 2 years on such important, personal events, it’s hard not to love them.

Melissa and Nate wanted to play up the castle theme since they were getting married at the beautiful Banff Springs. All of the details were rich in colour; navy, marsala and gold accents. The blooms towered above the guests heads, while the sweets table (oh the sweets table!) was fit for royalty. Even the photo booth props were suited for kings, queens and knights.

The grandness of the cathedral windows and stained glass crests in Mount Stephen Hall speak for themselves, so we kept the ceremony simple and lined the aisle with warm candlelight, white rose petals and greenery, while the string quartet played. The Alhambra room was the perfect backdrop for the wedding reception with the high ceilings and glowing chandeliers.

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alanmaudie_melnate_062alanmaudie_melnate_058Such an amazing wedding and not one I will soon forget. A HUGE thanks to the amazing team involved:

Photo: Alan Maudie 
Planning and design: Shannon Valente Weddings 
Florals: Flower Artistry 
Rentals: Special Event Rentals and CDM Consulting Group 
Cake/Sweets: Whippt Desserts 
Stationery: Blank Page Designs
Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs
Bridal Gown: Novia Mia
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo, Aidan gown
Groom/Groomsmen: Forman’s Fashion Group
Hair and makeup: Mountain Beauties
Limo: California Dream Limos
Ceremony music: Allegra String Quartet
Reception music and lighting: Pez Productions


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I love collaborating with fabulous wedding vendors in Calgary. A few months ago I teamed up with a few of Calgary’s finest to create this geometric wedding inspiration, a vintage meets prisms styled shoot and today it was featured on 100 Layer Cake!

Have you ever been to Grazers Restaurant at the Calgary Zoo? If not, it’s a must see! Such a cute wood building, almost a modern barn feel, with cafe lights strung from the ceiling and doors opening to a private patio. A great spot for an intimate wedding.

My inspiration for this shoot was fusing rustic, vintage elements with modern geometric shapes.  Pairing pieces that may otherwise not go together for a little unexpected flair; a modern gold-rimmed glass charger placed on a weathered grey wood harvest table.  A paint chipped dresser, matched with geometric accents.

Every detail in the shoot had it‚Äôs own shape, a triangle selfie station teepee (a DIY project I made from a canvas drop cloth and some doweling), a diamond shaped wedding pi√Īata (another DIY project using a cardboard box and Martha Stewart fringe garland), geometric menus, name cards and invitation suite.¬† Right down to the donuts, hexagon and heart shaped cookies.¬† Even the air plants and succulents pulled their own unique shapes from nature.¬† Copper, wood and gold were the base, while pops of greenery, with fig and coral hues completed the colour combo.

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The dream team who made it happen:

Photo:¬†Justine Milton Photography¬†|¬†Planning and design:¬†Shannon Valente Weddings|Teepee¬†and pi√Īata: DIY by¬†Shannon Valente Weddings¬†|¬†Florals:¬†Flower Artistry|¬†Vintage Rentals:¬†Rus Vintage¬†|¬†Tableware:¬†¬†Special Event Rentals¬†|¬†Cake/Sweets:¬†Whippt Desserts¬†|¬†Stationery:¬†Bloom Invites¬†|¬†Bridal gown:¬†The Bridal Boutique¬†|¬†Groom outfit:¬†Espy¬†|¬†Venue:¬†The Calgary Zoo¬†|¬†Models: Steven and Brittany Messner –¬†Life Set Sail