Your Wedding Photo Booth

The photo booth has become a fixture at wedding receptions as a form of entertainment and a way to generate unique keepsakes for the couple and their guests. Demand for photo booths has increase dramatically over the past few years.

It’s interactive for all of your guests, It adds that pop of fun and excitement to your wedding reception. It isn’t just fun for the kids either; a bride’s 95-year-old grandmother even enjoys the photo booth. Couples are also moving toward photo booth guestbooks instead of traditional guestbooks.

Photo strips are replacing favors. More couples are choosing this specialty at their wedding because it gives their guest something tangible to take away from their wedding that they can scrapbook, frame, or hang on their fridge.

Once you’ve decided to include a photo booth as part of your festivities, exploring the different types will help you choose a vendor to capture your wedding memories.

These “booths” doesn’t have walls; it simply consists of a taped square on the floor for guests to stand in, a backdrop, a lively photographer, and professional studio lights.You get to see people from the wedding, your friends and family you wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. And the photo resolution is awesome.

Pros to no-walls: Room to move/less claustrophobia, more-animated photos because the photographer is interacting with guests.
Cons: No photo strips on the spot, so guests can’t take them home as a souvenir or see them right away.

These booths, will feature high-resolution cameras and printers, print photos in less than 20 seconds.

The photos have a nostalgic feel, however, with black borders on black-and-white photos, white borders on color photos and vignetting along the border. It’s the best of both worlds—bridging the old and new.

Inside each booth the screen displays a video of what’s going on between each shot so guests can see themselves. If anyone’s getting cut out of the frame, they can adjust before pushing the button to take the photo.

Features can include a back curtain that opens up, allowing room for a number of guests (sometimes up to 20), a 45-degree threshold, and a spacious bench to accommodate older guests.

The booths can print two identical photo strips of three photos each, so the guests get a copy as a party favor and the bride and groom get a copy for their guestbook or photo album. Generally a Photo Booth attendant helps guests with questions and helps build the guestbook for the bride and groom.

This Photo Booth can also provides a password-protected online gallery that acts as a virtual guestbook where visitors can view photo strips or purchase a CD of images. Some companies can also customize photo strips with the bride and groom’s names and wedding date.

Pros of a digital photography booth: Quick processing time, customization with wedding date and couple’s names, option for color or black-and-white photos, ability to share photos online with guests.
Cons: Less of an antique feel. Guests can see what the photo will look like as it’s being taken, so it might be less candid.

These will feature photo booths from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s in a classic, Art Deco style, with porcelain doors and seats, hardwood tops and rounded edges. There are only a few dozen such booths left in the country, which adds to their vintage appeal, and they’re often a draw for couples getting married in an older building. The nostalgia factor’s can be a huge thing.

Although it can take up to two minutes and 35 seconds for photos to be printed in this type of booth, they can usually process up to seven photos at one time. These booths can take over 150 wallet-size strips per hour, with four photos per strip.

Pros of an antique photo booth: Vintage appeal, conversation piece, detailed photos that don’t fade, Underwriters Laboratories-approved for safety.
Cons: It’s not easy to duplicate photos after the event because there is no copy other than the original strip.

Photo Booth Tips

  • Check out vendors’ photos and test the booth you’re going to rent.
  • Get the photo booth for enough time. The standard three hours may be too short, especially if you have 200 guests or more. Find out how many strips the booth can take per hour.
  • Find props like glasses and hats at thrift or discount stores to increase the fun.
  • Make sure guests are aware of the photo booth; have someone mention it during his/her toast.
  • Allot some photos for your guestbook and allow guests to take the rest home.
  • Get a CD of all of the photos later if it’s an option.


  • Wait until the last minute to reserve a booth. Vendors’ calendars fill quickly, especially during the warmer months.
  • Be shy about asking questions about pricing, including whether there are discounts for off-season or Friday or Sunday weddings.
  • Put the photo booth in a location that is not convenient for guests (e.g., outside, on a different floor, or in an isolated corner away from the festivities).
  • Try to squeeze too many people into a photo booth at one time; heads might get cut out of the frame and expressions might be hidden.
  • Have the photo booth set up too late in the evening, or you’ll miss older guests and families with children.
  • Forget to join in the fun! It will encourage guests’ participation.

A Few Of Our Favorite Photographers, Amazing Weddings, Wonderful Couples & Their Photos ~ You Me Oui Photography

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Willa and Mike ~ December 31, 2011 ~ Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain

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It’s Not Too Late For A Wedding Coordinator

It’s not too late for a wedding coordinator. Many couples start to feel the added pressure of last minute details within the last four months of wedding planning. Many tasks can’t be completed until shortly before the wedding. Now you have to start dealing with the day of wedding timeline, and assignments for family and wedding party.

It’s ok, we have the solution. Our Day of Wedding Coordinator is exactly the problem solver. Our experienced and professional coordinators will work with you to bring all the details that you have created for your special day together. Here are just a few of the services that our DOCs do leading up to and the day of the event:

Contacting all professionals to discuss their services
Creating a timeline for the day of the event
Creating a task list for the day of the event
Meeting and greeting vendors
Ensuring vendors complete contracted services
Pay vendors and distribute gratuities
Line up wedding party
Coordinating vendors for ceremony cues
Fixing bridal gown for walk down the aisle
Helping children make it down the aisle
Make sure all ceremony decorations are completed properly
Assisting guests
Assisting with photos
Assisting with transition from ceremony to cocktail hour
Assist with the bustle of the gown
Makeup touch-ups
List of special guests are completely taken care of
Making sure venue is prepared
Keeping on the timeline
Making sure DJ plays the proper music
Making sure tables are set properly
Wedding favors are in the proper place
First one there last one to leave and so much more!!

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your event details and so that we may answer any questions you may have on your mind.

Stocking Your Wedding Reception Bar

The amount of alcohol consumed at a wedding reception varies widely. Hopefully you and your future spouse know your wedding guests pretty well–this should help you determine what types of alcohol and how much you need for the bar. Will they choose liquor or do you think they’ll go for wine and beer? If your friends are part of the beer drinking crowd, don’t overbuy on hard alcohol, and vice versa. In most weddings, the crowd is multi-generational, and as a result, you’ll probably have a range of preferences.

Many people have found themselves asking, “How much alcohol should I get?” Overbuying is extremely costly and wasteful, and underbuying is a major faux pas.

Here is a great break down for fully stocking the bar at your wedding:

Full Bar Setup for 100 guests:

6 bottles of Coke
6 bottle of Diet Coke
4 Bottles of Sprite
4 Bottle of Ginger Ale
5 Bottle of Seltzer
5 Bottles of Tonic

2 Bottles of Orange Juice
1 Bottle Grapefruit Juice
2 Bottles of Cranberry Juice
2 Bottles of Pineapple Juice
1 Bottle Tomato Juice

1 Bottle Sweetened Lime Juice
1 Bottle Grenadine
1 Bottle Sour Mix
1 Bottle Bitters
1 Bottle Tobasco
1 Bottle Worcestershire

6 Lemons
6 Limes
1 Jar Olives
2 Jars Cherries

200 Cocktail Napkins
200 Stirrer-Straws

2 Cork Screws
1 Bottle Opener
1 Knife
1 Cutting Board
3 Cloth Napkins

15 Bags of Ice

2 Liters Rum
4 Liters Vodka
2 Liters Tequila
1 Liter Scotch
1 Liter Bourbon
2 Liters Gin
Also, maybe – Vermouth, Triple Sec, Kahlua

Red Wine – 3-4 cases
White Wine – 2-3 cases
Champagne – 1 case for toast, 2 case for general consumption

Beer – 4-6 cases of 2-3 brands of beer, or ½ keg equals 7 cases

Remember to always try to purchase what you like to drink.

Wedding Candy Buffet

Indulge your guests’ sweet tooth with a candy buffet. Not only are they delightful edible treats, they can also serve as favors as much as party decoration. When we think candies, we think kids or casual or fun. But nowadays, more formal gatherings such as weddings feature candy buffets as well. Thanks to Martha Stewart Magazine. Candy buffets can look anything from colorful and fun to elegant and chic.

Step 1: Get inspired
Your wedding venue/location, season, time, wedding motif can play a part in deciding how your candy buffet will look (i.e. candy colors).

Step 2: Research and Budget
Don’t forget to include the candy buffet in your budget if you’re planning to have one. Cost of materials can add up quickly and your candy buffet can cost more than you expected. One of the most common advice for doing candy buffets is to not skimp. It is very possible for a candy buffet to look bare and pitiful when done on a budget. Depending on the number of guests and containers (full containers make pretty candy buffets), set aside about $200 to $500 or even more.

Step 3: Containers and scoops

  • You can use bowls, vases, jars, apothecary jars or similar containers for your candy buffet. Feel free to use different sizes and types of containers. You can be creative and use unique and cool containers.
  • Clear/glass containers are best. They showcase your candies and guests can easily see the candies available. If you prefer opaque containers, go for low and open.
  • If possible, use containers with bigger openings so the scoops/tongs can fit and be easily taken out when full of candy.
  • Large or tall vases may look attractive when added in to your candy buffet, but remember that scoops/tongs may not be able to reach the bottom. You can fill the bottom with fillers like colored tissue and fill the top with candy.
  • You don’t have to buy big or tall containers to add height to your candy buffet. You can use a stand, platform or overturned vases/containers to elevate some of the containers.
  • The number of containers you need may depend on the size of your table. A ‘full’ candy buffet table looks a lot nicer. If the table is too big, you can fill it with other items like flowers, linens, frames, paper lanterns to make it full.
  • You can use scoops or tongs or both. There are different types available (i.e. silver, clear, wood) that you can use to match the feel of your wedding if you like.

Candy buffet containers don’t have to be expensive. You can use bowls and vases that you already have at home. You can also ask friends if they can lend you some. Visit thrift shops and flea markets for cheap finds.

Step 3: Candies
Though some suggest around 5-8 ounces of candy each guest, this may not be preferable. Containers that are not filled may not look pretty. You can either buy more candy to fill big containers or buy other fillers such as colored tissues or such. It is suggested to have 8 to 10 candy varieties and about 15 to 20 pounds each. When choosing the types of candies to use, take into consideration your venue and season. You may not want to have chocolates when it’s too hot.

You can save on candy when shopping right after holidays such as Easter and Halloween. You can also buy candy in bulk.

Step 4: Packaging
Decide what guests will use to put their treats in. If needed, don’t forget to provide seals or adhesive labels to seal the packaging. You can be creative as much as you like. This is one element in the candy buffet you can personalize (i.e. stamp your names or logo on the packaging, monogram seals). If you’re on a budget, you can control the amount of treats each guest gets by the size of the packaging you provide.

Step 5: Signs and labels
Add a sign inviting your guests to your candy buffet table. Labeling each candy also helps guests know what they’re getting. Below are some wordings or poems brides have used with their candy buffet:

  • Serving you a little treat just to say we think you’re sweet.
  • Love is sweet, enjoy a treat. Thank you for making our day sweet.
  • Help yourself to a tasty treat, and remember, love is sweet.
  • Wishing you a sweet goodnight
  • Love is Sweet
  • Sweet dreams
  • How sweet it is to be loved by you.
  • Get a bag, fill it up, and enjoy!

Entertaining Your Wedding Guests

Your wedding is a special moment that remains in your memory. It is a unique moment that deserves to be peppered with less common items. The latest trend is to create a real show during the reception. Here are some entertaining ideas for your wedding reception that can turn your wedding night into a memorable event.

  • Create a slide show presentation including photos with you and your partner. These can be pictures from your childhood and during your relationship to suggest how it evolved. With the help of your photographer images from your ceremony can even be included. During the reception, it can run continuously or can be run only once, with a representative background song.
  • Magicians, dancers, acrobats can all be hired at a price to keep your guests happy and entertained. (And it’s fantastic for weddings that include children) Remember to check out any performer first before the big day to make sure you like what they do.
  • Caricaturists are also becoming more popular. This is not only a bit of fun, but your guests get to take away a lasting memory of the day.
  • Set up a photo booth with props like funny hats, wild glasses, wigs and chalkboards for guests to write messages that will appear in their photos. Guests will have a great time being creative, and you’ll have lots of photo memories to cherish.
  • Have the videographer set up a stationery camera so guests can record their own messages to the bride and groom throughout the evening.
  • Set up a lounge with cigars, billiards and casino games or poker. The gambling fans on your guest list will more than appreciate this option.
  • Create a quiet lounge area with couches, coffee tables and lamps for guests who would like to take a break from the music and dancing.
  • Use the season or your location as an opportunity to greet guests with a refreshing drink. Lemonade and sweet tea will quench your guests’ thirst while gathering in the blazing sun, or serve hot apple cider to warm your guests during chiller months.
  • What says fun faster than the aroma of fresh buttered popcorn or fluffy cotton candy? Rent machines that create affordable, easy-to-serve snacks to take the edge off guests’ hunger before meals are served.
  • Offer wine or beer tasting stations and let guests guess the newlywed’s favorite vintage or brew.
  • Who doesn’t like something with the word “bar” attached to it? Your guests will delight in all things bar, from a mashed potato bar or dessert bar to an espresso or martini bar.
  • Fondues are making a comeback, and whether you prefer sweet chocolates or savory cheeses, your guests will relish in the rich offering.
  • Bring in a gelato or ice cream cart to complement or replace the cake or cupcake tower.
  • Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth — set up a candy buffet! It’s a great way to get guests to interact and have fun. Choose candies in your wedding colors so the buffet blends in with your décor, and provide favor bags and boxes for guests to fill themselves.
  • Hire a fireworks company to put on a show for guests at the reception site if it is outdoors. Even though a professional fireworks show can be extremely expensive, it will surely entertain guests and make them feel special. Brides on a smaller budget can opt for sparklers and ground fireworks to set off during the reception or during the bride and groom’s departure.

Tipping Wedding Vendors

An often overlooked and hidden cost in wedding planning is the subject of tipping and gratuities. Though seemingly small amounts when broken down individually, these costs can add up quickly and need to be budgeted in at the beginning of your planning process. Here are some simple rules of thumb when it comes to wedding gratuity etiquette:

1) Don’t assume the service charge on your catering bill includes the gratuity. This almost always comes as a shock to brides, but the 22% service charge that you’re already paying on top of your food cost often doesn’t include the tips for the wait staff or the folks in the kitchen. Ask your venue or caterer specifically if it includes the gratuity for your service providers so that you aren’t caught in a sticky etiquette situation on your wedding day.

2) A tip jar sitting out at a wedding bar is very tacky, however you can make-your-own-rules, it’s your wedding. But there are just some things you never do, and that includes putting the expectation on your guests that they have to pay for anything related to your wedding reception. Make sure the bartender knows that you will be taking care of the gratuity and that no tip jar is to be put out during the reception. Get it in writing if you have to, and then make sure your coordinator is up to speed so they can 86 it should the situation arise. Same goes for the valet.

3) Gratuities should be given in cash or check and should be divided up into individual envelopes with the name of the recipient marked on the front. It’s the wedding planner’s role to distribute the envelopes, so make sure they are ready to go when you come to the rehearsal so that you are not having to worry about it on the wedding day. If you don’t have a consultant, then the job goes to the best man. If you’re afraid he’ll be a little too tipsy by the end of the evening, designate a responsible non-drinking friend to take care of distributing the envelopes for you.

4) Each gratuity envelope should be given to its respective recipient at the end of the evening or upon delivery of services. For food service employees, the envelopes (one for each server, chef, etc – find out ahead of time how many people will be scheduled for your event) can be given to the banquet captain by your coordinator or designated friend. One exception: even with a wedding coordinator, your officiant’s payment/honorarium/gratuity is always presented to him or her by the best man. This should be done after the ceremony and you may need to prep him for a little bit of back and forth ending with an “oh no, I insist” on the part of the best man.

5) There’s always a big debate over whether or not to tip the owner of a company. Most wedding businesses are small, locally owned companies, so there’s a very good chance that most of your vendors are the owners of their companies. There’s no cut and dry answer to this, and the bottom line is that it is really your call whether to tip them or not. A gratuity should never be expected by the owner, but I can guarantee that it is always appreciated.

Knowing how much to tip can be confusing, so I’ve broken it down per vendor. These numbers aren’t hard and fast and the amounts usually vary by region, but they’ll help give you a general idea of what’s appropriate.

Wait Staff and Food Service Employees: These include the catering manager, banquet captain, chefs, bakers, bartenders and anyone else assisting with the culinary side of your reception. The gratuity scale is similar to that of a restaurant with the amount totaling around 15-22% of the total bill. The total amount should be split amongst them.

Maitre-d – $3 to $5 per person (or what is suggested by your venue)

Bridal attendant – $75 to $100

Hair – $50 to $75

Makeup – $50 to $75

DJ – $100 – $150

DJ Asst – $50 to $75

Band – 5-10% of total bill or $25 each member

Photographer – $100 to $150

Photographer Asst – $50 to $75

Videographer – $100 to $125

Video Asst – $50 to $75

Limo Driver – $25 to $50 each

Florist / Floral Delivery and Set-up – $25 to $50 each

Officiant – $25 to $50

Altar People – $20 each

Ceremony Music – $25 to $50 each

Wedding Coordinator – Tip at your discretion

Valet: $1-3 per vehicle is appropriate. Make sure the valet is instructed to graciously decline any tips guests may try to offer them. A simple “thank you, but it’s been taken care of” will suffice.

Delivery Staff: Delivery fees are often included in your contracts, but most of those costs go towards fuel and overhead and not the drivers. If you’d like to tip the people who deliver your rental items, flowers, cake, etc, then $10-15 is sufficient.

Most vendors will not expect tips, but it is a nice gesture of thanks. The best way to say thank you, however, is not monetary, but rather by sending future referrals. The wedding industry thrives on word of mouth, and spreading some positive love about your vendors is the best way to show your gratitude.

Congratulations to all of our October couples!

A big Congratulations to all of our October couples!

Sara and Jonah 10/1 at Oak Hill
Crystal and Thomas 10/1 at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
Carla and Robert 10/1 at New World Home Cooking
Suzie and Tony 10/1 at Belvedere Mansion
Lauren and Rick 10/1 at The Inn at Stone Ridge
Laryssa and Sharyn 10/2 in Elizaville, NY
Rosanna and Carl 10/2 St. Mary’s Church and The Rhinecliff Hotel
Amanda and Brent 10/2 in Hopewell Junction, NY
Nina and Miguel 10/7 at The V.I.P. Country Club
Andrea and Evan 10/8 at Bowdoin Park and Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
Sasha and Matthew 10/8 at Schultz Hill
Katie and Anthony 10/8 at Emerson Resport & Spa
Melinda and Marcello 10/8 at Renaissance Westchester Hotel
Julianne and Tim 10/9 at The Chapel of Our Lady Restoration
Moira and Robert 10/9 at Blue Restaurant
Alicia and Robert 10/9 at Glen Sanders Mansion
Jillian and Jamie 10/10 at Locust Grove
Georgia and Christopher 10/14 at The Dutchess Golf & Country Club
Shanna and Michael 10/15 in Jewett, NY
Meredith and Nicholas 10/15 at West Park Winery
Eileen and Kurt 10/15 at The Meadowbrook
Jennifer and Robert 10/15 at Brookside Manor
Amanda and Wesley 10/16 at The Candlewood Inn
Wendy and Duane 10/16 at The Garrison
Alexandra and Brian 10/16 at Mohonk Mountain House
Kristen and Jonathan 10/19 in Saugerties, NY
Indy and Keyuan 10/22 at Castle on the Hudson
Jennifer and Paul 10/23 at Villa Borghese
Nicole and Shanee 10/23 at Round Hill House
Jamie and Raul 10/29 at St. Patrick´s Cathedral and Apawamis Club
Kathleen and Brendan 10/29 at Church of the Holy Spirit and Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown

Winter Wedding Ideas

Very few things tend to be as beautiful and magical as a winter wedding. The summer season is filled with stereotypical “dream weddings”, but it’s all to easy to overlook the options and individuality of a winter wedding. Let’s look at how a winter wedding will make your big day a day to remember.

Why a winter wedding?

There are several reasons you may opt to have your special day during the winter weather. The most simple explanations? Perhaps you or your sweetie don’t like the heat. Or maybe winter is your favorite time year. Perhaps you just want to stand right out in the crowd. Or maybe you want to fully appreciate a honeymoon in a very warm climate.

Many times winter weddings are more cost-effective because it’s the off-season. Some venues reduce their prices during the off-season to bring in more business. Remember too that a number of places routinely decorate for the holidays; this allows you to definitely spend less on flowers and rentals. And with that snow – just think of the photo opportunities! You will have the ability to be so creative with your photographer, from cuddly fur stoles and cozy boots under your custom made wedding dress to a smooch under the mistletoe.

You won’t have to concern yourself with poor weather ruining your outdoor event. However, a lot of people travel during the wintry weather holidays or head to the south for vacations, so you’ll have to share your wedding date with your guests a lot earlier for them to reserve the date.

How can winter elements make your wedding magical?

There are several ways you can use winter to your advantage. Here are a few ways to get you started:

1. Numerous reception halls, churches, as well as venues decorate for the winter months and holidays. These decorations add flavor in your wedding. For a heat, as well as an intimate feel at your reception, look for a setting with a fireplace, a historic estate, or a private clubhouse. Other winter-themed decorations to take into account: an all-white cake covered in silver snowflakes; ice sculptures; and centerpieces made from sprigs of cranberries encircling pillar candles.

2. The best photographer will have a great deal of ideas for poses not to mention props that will insert that important dash of winter into your photos. In particular, for outdoor photos you will need to wear a wrap or shrug. You can coordinate this with the groom’s attire and huddle with him under a snow-covered pine tree for a unique, everlasting portrait. Skilled photographers are able to capture the sparkling light on the snow while portraying you your groom at your best. Other possible props comprise of snowmen, ice sculptures, holiday decor, poinsettias, and cute boots protruding from under your dress.

3. Guests can be enveloped in winter warmth while they are at your wedding reception with gourmet hot dark chocolate or spiced wine and by dining on warm pumpkin soups, among other winter plates. Possible party favors include spiced hot chocolate mix, snow globes, or dressed-up christmas cookie cutters.

Winter weddings supply the best of both worlds: tons of options to select from and lower pricing for it all.

Wedding Favors

Just because you want inexpensive wedding favors doesn’t mean they have to look cheap. With these great ideas, no one will know how little you paid for each favor. Most can be found or made for under $2. Raid the dollar store and get some good ideas too. You’ll be surprised with you find there!

Bags of Kisses: Tie some Hershey’s kisses in silver or gold netting and finish with a pretty ribbon. If you’re getting married around Halloween, you can find all sorts of bulk bags and discounts too. Craft stores will have cellophane and netting along with an array of inexpensive ribbon.

Glass Coasters: You can find coasters with every design imaginable. Find glass coasters that fit your theme and then tie in a pretty ribbon around them, and you’re done.

Shaped Favor Boxes: For pennies each you can buy favor boxes shaped in everything from handbags to brides and grooms and more. You’ll have to assemble them yourself as they will arrive flat (thereby saving on cost). But if you enlist friends and make a night of it, you can have fun putting them together and filling them with chocolates or candies.

Handmade Bookmarks: If you’re on a budget, you can use watercolor paper or card stock to make elegant bookmark favors. Use fashion scissors that cut designs into the paper to do the edges. Punch a hole and tie a nice ribbon or tassel on each one. Then you can write something on each one, rubber stamp a design or stamp your monogram or the words “thank you.”

Magnets: You can find nice magnets at discount stores that go along with your theme. For a beach wedding you might have a starfish or sail boat. For a winter wedding you might have a snowman. Once you find the magnet you like, adhere it to card stock and double it up as a place card or tie a ribbon around it as is. They’ll look charming at each place setting.

Key Rings: Order key rings in bulk in a shape that matches your theme and color scheme. You can find them at discount stores, dollar stores and online in just about every shape and size. Choose the best quality you can afford.

Photos: You can do a lot with photos using your home printer. You can personalize mugs, mouse pads and more. Or, you can take pictures of memorable places in the town you’re getting married in and create cards or stationery. Think creatively and you will find your printer is your new best friend. For a fraction of hiring someone to print photo gifts you can do it yourself with transfer and iron on paper.

Soaps: Soaps are a really nice item to offer as a favor. Many pressed soaps are so lovely that they look much more expensive than they are. Find them in a shape and design that matches your theme. Or, if you really want to get crafty and save money, make your own soap wedding favors. You can find soap-making supplies at discount stores. They have unique molds that will allow you to hand pour your soaps. You can do the same with candles if you like. And you can even add a scent or rose petals to make them even more unique.