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Ohio Bridal Expo

February 8 was a banner day for Celestial Gifts, LLC. The Ohio Bridal Expo at Cincinnati’s Horseshoe Casino was our first opportunity to meet our customers face-to-face and display our products. We had a fantastic time meeting brides-to-be and other industry suppliers.

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We displayed many of our custom-stamped bags suitable for any bridal occasion: “thank you”-stamped bags for favors or thank-you gifts, bicycle and anchor-stamped bags perfect for summer nuptials, and our “throw me” bags to hold rice or lavender for the bride and groom recessional.

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We held a drawing to give away 100 of these lavender-filled mini-bags and received 125 entries. Our winner was bride-to-be Katie Paul from Hamilton, Ohio. Congratulations, Katie!

Our bags are a perfect complement for the bridal industry. In addition to holding rice or lavender, they can hold favors, bridal party gifts, the wedding rings, and we even have bags to keep the bride’s shoes clean and scuff-free before the big walk down the aisle. All of our bags can be custom-stamped with your choice of image, your name, and wedding date.

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Cupid’s history

Valentine's Cupid treat bags

With Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to work on a few new bags and started thinking. Where did Cupid really come from? While doing a little research I discovered Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning desire) IS the God of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of love goddess Venus, and is known in Latin also as Amor (Love) His Greek counterpart is Eros. During his chubby childhood he acquires a bow and arrow then whoever is shot with this bow and arrow will be filled with uncontrollable desire and romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine’s Day!

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Lavender Toss

Oh, my. I have just recently learned that showering the happy couple with lavender during the recessional, (making their way up the aisle as husband and wife) brings good luck and happiness. It is earth friendly, pretty and has a heavenly scent.

Did you know that throwing something has been a tradition at weddings since the ancient Roman and Egyptian times? People have used anything from rice, to bird seed and confetti and now lavender. We have a client that requested this all natural cotton bag to use at a wedding. How adorable and smart. The guests can even re-use the bags as a sachet or a keepsake.