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The Gainsborough Trio provides classical music for your wedding ceremony, wedding reception, party, bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary, and other elegant occasions. Comprised of some of New York's finest professional musicians, this ensemble performs traditional or non-traditional instrumental music for your special event.

Ten Fabulous Wedding Favors

(FeatureSource) - The very first wedding favors were ribbons tied in love knots to be worn at the ceremony and, in many cases, for days thereafter. The love knots not only represented the new union, but were also thought to bring good fortune.

The favors of yesteryear have lost favor to today's more creative solutions. Becky Long, author of "Something Old, Something New: 701 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding" (Meadowbrook Press) offers some fabulous and easy favors that you can make yourself.

1. Personalize heart-shaped cookie-cutters by attaching a tag card that reads "Melissa and Bruce were cut out for each other." Pick a shape that corresponds to the season your wedding will occur or choose a shape that relates to your wedding theme, honeymoon destination, or hobbies.

2. Consider tear-away centerpieces such as baskets filled with individually-potted flowers. Choosing centerpieces that can double as favors will save both time and money.

3. Toast your special occasion with custom-designed wine bottles. You can make the labels for your "Nuptial Zinfandel" on your home computer. Include a notation such as "From the private cellars of Monica and Scott" along with your engagement picture and wedding date. Place the labels on small bottles of wine.

4. Choose a memento that is symbolic of your hobbies, honeymoon or wedding destination. For example, one bride and groom who were avid cyclists personalized tiny bike tire repair kits for their guests. Another bridal pair placed bobbers at each place setting with a note that read "Craig and Michelle have fallen for each other hook, line, and sinker."

5. Give each guest a decorative candle. Attach the following tag card: "With the flicker of the flame, please say a prayer in Jann and Scott's name."

6. Pay homage to your ethnic heritage. Send guests home with blooming shamrock plants if you're Irish. Or, package your grandmother's famous cinnamon rolls and attach her secret recipe.

7. Place an inexpensive copy of a favorite childhood fairytale at each place setting. Include a decorative label inside the front cover that reads "Julie and Doug lived happily ever after." Encourage guests to share the tale with a small child.

8. If you're planning a holiday wedding, give each guest a small Christmas stocking. The Christmas stocking has ties to marriage. Legend has it that back during a time when it was very important that a girl have a sizable dowry to secure a husband, it's believed that Saint Nicholas took pity on the three daughters of a very poor man. While their stockings were hanging to dry by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, it's said that he filled each with gold coins. Personalize your stockings with guests' names, fill with holiday candy, and include a decorative tag card that translates the legend.

9. Send guests home with packets of flower seeds, bulbs, or seedlings to plant in honor of your wedding. Tie on a tag card that reads "Watch our love grow!"

10. Opt for traditional Jordan almonds wrapped in small bags of tulle. These sugar-coated almonds are said to represent the bittersweet times in a marriage. According to superstition, one should always serve an odd number of almonds to each wedding guest because just as that number is not equally divisible by two, so too it's believed that the bridal pair will not be divided.

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