For a moment I wondered if I’d heard the minister correctly. Here we were, less than 24 hours before our big day, gathered with family and friends who had traveled thousands of miles to celebrate with us.
Was it possible that our minister would choose not to perform the ceremony? Could he do that? I mean, did that even happen in the real world, or just on soap operas?
When I was choosing the details of our wedding day, I definitely didn’t plan to have Oprah-worthy moments. But we were just out of college and dealing with more than a little family conflict. I coped by focusing on the fun parts of planning—the dress, the flowers, the cake—leaving the family drama unresolved.
In fact that drama continued right up to the wedding rehearsal, and straight through to that moment when the minister decided we weren’t ready to be married and canceled our wedding.
It was too late to stop delivery from our wedding vendors, so we went home the next day with the cake, the flowers, and everything else. We had all of our perfect, fun stuff—but no celebration.
We were devastated.
It was a painful lesson, but here’s what I learned about weddings: they’re not really about the stuff. Those details are fun to choose, but they’re only meaningful when you get to share them. Weddings –actually, ALL celebrations—are really about relationships with your favorite people.
You know what I love about you? You already know this. When you share how much you adore your future daughter-in-law and want to make her feel special, I can tell that you’re already celebrating what matters. The fun activities you’ve chosen for your best friend’s bachelorette weekend make it clear how much she means to you. Your sister’s new baby is already so loved, you can’t wait to celebrate her arrival at this baby shower.
You’re excited about this party and spending time with everyone, but you’re looking for someone to take care of a few event details, to free you to focus on what really matters: your favorite people. I know how important that is, and I’d love to help!
So, apart from being a former disappointed bride-to-be, what qualifies me to help with your party? And who am I, anyway?!
I’m Emily, and I have a confession to make: I haven’t always created party favors. First, I worked in a biotech lab, a great place to use my biology degree and learn about creating concoctions and potions. Then I left to start my own company designing packaging and ads for other small businesses. Some of my favorite clients were wedding vendors, and I found that the disappointment of my own wedding day made me care even more about helping other brides with their happily ever after.
It wasn’t until I was making sugar scrubs for holiday gifts one year that I realized I’d found a way to combine both my lab knowledge and design experience. Within months I was experimenting with lip balms and other products, and soon I was making my first wedding favors.
Over the last 12 years, I’ve shipped to 10 countries, created products for spas and hotels like the Beverly Wilshire, and designed thousands of gifts and favors. Our recent rebrand and name change reflects a shift in focus back to you. Whether I’m wrapping up lip balms in the bride’s favorite flavor or tying colorful bows to match an event’s theme, I love bringing your vision to life to celebrate what matters most.
In case you were wondering—I did have my own happily-ever-after (with that same guy!) and we’ll soon celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. If The Favor Stylist can help you with any part of your happily-ever-after, please let me know. And please consider joining me for more celebration inspiration, free lip balms, and fun.
I’m so glad you’re here!