I love kisses…chocolate and other.
Last week my husband asked me when I was going to put the projects that I did for the wedding on my blog. We had a beautiful wedding in June 2012. Here we are in the church.
Today, I received the pictures from the photographer, so I guess it is a good time to write a post about them. (I highly recommend our photographers, by the way. You can find them at Lighthouse Photography.) I know that it is not technically a house project, but weddings are part of making a home. My home just would not be the same without my husband. He is peering over my shoulder and says, “Damn right!” Here is my handsome man on our wedding day.
One of the first projects I did was inspired by an Oriental Trading Company catalog that was sent to me because I registered with the Knot. (By the way, I did not add a link because I do not recommend registering with theknot.com. I did not particularly like it, and I received a great deal of junk mail because of it.) However, the catalog had Hershey Kisses that you could buy for 40 cents a piece with a personalized sticker on the bottom. I could not find the kisses on their website, but here are the stickers. Oriental Trading I really liked the idea, but I thought that the price was extremely high. I decided to make them myself. I had visions of this.
First, I had to do some research to find out how big Hershey kisses are. For your information, they are .75″. Then, I had to find stickers that size. I found them here World Label. The smallest number of sheets you can order are 100. That amount cost me $18.95. The best part was that instead of one personalized sticker, I was able to make as many different ones as I wanted. The sheets have 12 rows of 9, so I made 12 different kinds of stickers, one row of each. I had some with words and others with pictures. Here is a photo of one of the sheets of stickers.
Our nephews particularly liked the sticker with the shot of us kissing. “A kiss on a kiss,” Carter chanted. They also made sure to collect one of each kind of sticker. It was really cute.
After I had the stickers ready, I bought the chocolate. It was cheapest per piece to buy a 25 pound box. I bought the Hershey Kisses from The Hershey Store for about $120 including tax and shipping. When it arrived, the box was too heavy for me, so I asked Douglas to pick it up. I did not tell him what was in the box, and he thought that it was something fragile because he could hear the Styrofoam that it was packed in. That meant that he carried it very gingerly down a steep hill for about 3/8 of a mile. He was not very happy when he found out what it was!
The most time consuming part was putting the stickers on the chocolate. Luckily, I had good friends and family to help me. Douglas thought that we should wait until the nieces and nephews arrived and enlist them to help. I was sure that there would not be enough chocolate left if we did that! My mother and grandmother came to visit one weekend, so they started the process. Then, I bribed my girlfriends Rebecca and Diane with wine to finish the job. We had a lot of fun chatting, sipping wine and putting on stickers. Unfortunately, I printed about two sheets of labels too few, so we ran out of stickers before the job was done. My sister and sister-in-law helped me finish the job. Here are some shots of the finished product.
Overall, the personalized Hershey Kisses were a big hit. We sprinkled them around the rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception. We put them on the piano, around the guestbook and on the tables.
It is estimated that there are 2,000 Kisses in a 25 lb. box. If you do the math, I paid about seven cents a Kiss rather than the forty cents that Oriental Trading Company was asking. That is a lot more chocolate for my buck. If anyone would like to do this themselves, let me know. I still have a lot of sheets of .75″ round label stickers.
Update: I gave away the last of the sheets of stickers, but I still have the label template if you would like to use it, please contact me.