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How Long Were You Dating Before You Got Engaged?

Mar 5, 2013

As we all know, today there is no right or wrong when it comes to wedding traditions. Whether it’s rocking a non-traditional bridal gown or tying the knot in the strangest of places, anything goes! This also includes the amount of time a couple has been dating before one of them pops the question.

There was (and still is) no rule when it comes to marriage proposals. Nowadays, you could be dating for any amount of time before you get married, whether it’s less than a year or up to ten! And of course, there are still so many couples who choose to not make it official, but practically are anyway.

As I’ve mentioned many times, our office manager Kristi is getting married after dating her fiance Steve for five years. Coincidentally, so is her identical twin sister, but Kate was only dating John for just a little over a year! Yet their weddings are less than a year apart. This sparked a bit of curiosity in me, and I was excited to ask readers and Facebook fans how long they were dating their significant other before they got engaged!

The time range was huge: Brandy W. from IL only dated her man for 9 months before they decided to get married. “I knew he was the one on the first date,” she gushed. Some people may think that’s a short period of time, but Lori B. had her beat by a landslide – she was only dating her now-husband for six weeks! Yet she’s a perfect example that the amount of time means nothing, because that was thirteen years ago and she’s still happily married. Others, like Tanya L. from MN, dated her beau for ten years before she finally tied the knot!

I think my favorite responses on this particular “question of the day contest” were the ones that made me laugh:

“One year, one month, one week, and one day.” – Nanci R.

“I’m still waiting!” – Kim J., MI

“It took six years and two kids later!” – Ana D., WI

“Three years dating…took him long enough!” – Jen B.

Although everyone who participated boasted a different amount of dating time, there’s one thing everyone had in common:  that it didn’t matter how long it took for a proposal to happen, because it was definitely worth the wait!

A big congratulations to Sara Eisenhart who won this Facebook contest and a wedding cake topper! Sara’s fiance proposed to her just two days before their two year anniversary.

Please contact us to claim your prize!

~ Kelsey

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What’s Your Wedding Nightmare?

Feb 8, 2013

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When I think of planning a wedding, my mind is immediately flooded with nothing but thoughts of the good stuff: an epic proposal, falling in love with the perfect wedding dress, tasting a variety of delicious cakes, and having an awesome time drinking and dancing with my closest friends and family at the reception. However, I have never been married or even engaged, but I imagine when the time actually comes I will (hopefully not) be overcome with more worry and stress than excitement and anticipation, only because I would be scared of all the things that could go wrong!

I’m not trying to freak any brides to be out – even with mishaps, of course it will be the happiest day of your life! I decided to ask our readers what their biggest wedding day nightmare is. Not only did we get a lot of feedback from women AND guys voicing their concerns for the big day, but a few horror stories from previous brides to be too!

Many said they were worried that a close friend or family member wouldn’t be able to make it to the wedding. Mary E. from NC lives 5 hours away from her family. “It scares me to think that [my parents] might have some uncontrollable reason why they cannot be there. It would break my heart!” Kymberleigh M. can relate to her, but her main concern is that any tardiness will affect her entire wedding. “My daughter and fiance are coming from 2.5 hours away, so right now my biggest fear is that they are going to be late and we will miss our time we have booked! If you are a minute late they boot you,” she says. Heather W. from TN and Tracy W. are both uneasy when it comes to a family member’s health. “My biggest fear is that my grandmother won’t be there. Her health isn’t like it use to be,” Heather said. Tracy shared a similar worry. “My dad had back surgery. My biggest fear is that he will not be able to walk me down the aisle.”

Jessica L. fears wedding crashers, and does Sam C. “My biggest nightmare is that people will bring dates or children even though they are not invited,” Sam says. But many were actually scared of quite the opposite! Stephanie G. from CA and Stefanie L. agree that their biggest nightmare is that no one will show up or have any fun. Courtney E. from MA also stresses over the same matter and says, “My biggest fear for my wedding day is that I will get to my reception and see everyone and at that moment I’ll realize I forgot to invite someone that should really be there…I would feel awful if I was to leave someone important to us out!”

For others like Tara L. from IN, Craig A., Melissa W. and Tracie B., drama among guests would be their biggest peeve, whether it’s caused by an immediate family member, in-law or a drunken groomsman. Other concerns were bad weather, getting sick, a member of the bridal party dropping out, and fear of being left at the altar! Many brides also claimed their dress is the main priority and a wedding nightmare would involve any issues like bad alterations, spilled drinks, rips or not being able to fit into it at all. Our top two most original wedding nightmares involve ruined wedding photos: Adam E. from KY said he fears birds will ruin pictures outside the church by giving their little bit of “good luck” (if you catch his drift), and Jessica C. from PA said her cry baby nature may get the best of her when it comes to reading the wedding vows, therefore ruining the pictures too.

One of our fans literally had a wedding nightmare! “My photographer didn’t show, then in the same dream my groom decided to marry one of our guests. And he asked for MY ring so he could give it to her. It was horrible,” said Katy M. Another fan, Kim J. from MI gave us a laugh when she said her biggest fear is, “all eyes on me as a silent tear rolls down my face and I trip over my dress, smashing the bouquet and laughing!”

But Michelle L. is proof that even with the inevitable blunders, you’ll pull through and enjoy every minute of your special day. She says, “My biggest worry was the chance of rain and if I should have a tent for our outdoor ceremony. So glad I didn’t! It would’ve ruined the scenery. It rained, snowed, and was sunny the 2 days prior but I’m glad I chanced it. It sprinkled a bit but it happened at the perfect time in our ceremony which made it memorable and very meaningful since my spouse & I both have a deceased parent – sort of a sign from them. I also had to hire an outside caterer at the last minute, but it was worth every extra penny! The overall worst part was hiring a very expensive and well known wedding planner who did NOTHING…My Newcastle, CA reception was perfect. ”

There are some things that are beyond your control, like mother nature and your immune system. So don’t sweat the small stuff!

I’d like to congratulate our winner, Heather Warner from Tennessee! Congratulations, Heather, you’ve won our Photo Wedding Cake Topper! Please contact us directly at info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your prize!

Have a great weekend!

~ Kelsey

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Tell Us Your Story: Wedding Proposal Ideas

Jan 8, 2013

Little Things Favors welcomes 2013 and all the new wedding favors coming our way! The holiday season may be over, but the most wonderful time of the year is when most wedding proposals happen – and we wanted to hear your stories!

We asked our readers and Facebook fans to tell us their proposal story, regardless if it happened during the holidays or not. We had a great time reading all the awesome stories posted to our Facebook page! Check out these marriage proposals if you need some inspiration for proposal ideas!

Some stories made us laugh, like the one Meagan M. from FL told: she she she was so excited she never even actually said yes, just squealed with excitement and jumped up and down – almost falling off the edge of her and her fiance’s favorite hiking spot into the lake below! Lindsay K. from NY said her exact words for the rest of the night after being proposed to were “this sh*t cray!” Rezzma N. from AL‘s story made us giggle too: her 5 month old daughter was present when her fiance proposed, and happened to pass gas right as she said yes!

Other stories made us want to cry, like Jessica L. from OH‘s. Right before her grandfather passed, he told her now-fiance to “hold onto her tight.” The day before his funeral, she was proposed to under the stars. That wasn’t the only story that hit our soft spot. Diane H. from DC and Kirsten B. from NZ both proved that proposals don’t need to be over the top to be sentimental: each has been with their significant other for more than 10 years and still managed to get emotional even when he didn’t get down on one knee. And we can’t forget about the guy who proposed to Penny W. from OK – out of all the stories we read, he was the only one to show his sensitive side by crying during his proposal!

Some guys really went above and beyond when it came time to propose to their girls! Lisa S. from NC had to complete an entire scavenger hunt before finally seeing the ring. Julia C. from NJ‘s man proposed to her right after jumping out of a plane – they even have the skydiving video to prove it! And we absolutely loved Melinda B.‘s story: she was on a tour of pitch-black caves in Bermuda, and her fiance put the ring on her finger in the dark. “It was the perfect public but private proposal,” she says.

Many guys kept it simple yet sweet when it came time to pop the question. Stephanie S. from OR, a die hard football fan, was at a game with her beau when he proposed. Melissa W. was touched when her fiance proposed late in the night when they were finally home alone after a dinner date. Brigid M.‘s fiance surprised her after she performed in an off-broadway show, and Candice S. was asked at a secluded waterfall after a long hike. Some guys, like Courtney E. from MA‘s fiance, popped the question in front of the entire family. Hannah S. from MO was playing a game of hangman with her fiance created the phrase “marry me.” How adorable!

Thank you everyone who shared their stories! We loved the diversity of each one:  it didn’t matter if one proposal was simple or another was over the top – they were all absolutely romantic in their own way!

The winner of this contest is Meagan Martin from Alabama! Congratulations, Meagan! You’ve won a $50 gift certificate to Little Things Favors! Please email us at info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your prize!

Again, thank you all for sharing our stories! And be sure to keep checking back on our new wedding favors and new wedding accessories – we’ve got tons of hot new products on their way in for the 2013 wedding season!

- Kelsey

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Wedding Songs: What Will You Dance to at Your Reception?

Dec 27, 2012

If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know that the DJ often plays those well known silly dance songs that almost everyone knows the moves to:  the Chicken Dance, Macarena, the Electric Slide, and more modernly, the Cotton Eye Joe or the Cha Cha Slide.

Well, with two upcoming weddings in our Little Things office, a debate got started a couple weeks ago on whether or not our brides-to-be will play these “traditional” funny songs at their reception. Are these dances outdated? Too ridiculous for some couple’s personalities? Or truly classics that should be upheld?

Our brides in the office say no, those won’t be played at their weddings! (Though one groom-to-be argued that he wanted them played). Then we decided to ask our Facebook fans what they thought of the silly steps.

Based on the responses, only a few claimed that they won’t be playing any such songs. “It’s just not what we want for our wedding,” said Brigid M. from NY.

Others, like Kasey D. from FL said, “Why not? There’s no reason you can’t be silly and have fun at your own wedding! If no one wants to join in, oh well – it’s their loss.” Tiffani D. from IL agreed that songs such as these get more people out on the dance floor, as well as Cassy C. from IN who said guests at her wedding loved them, and it got the kids involved too!

Others were specific about which songs they would be playing:  Rebecca P. from NJ, as well as others like Lauren B. also from NJ, Rachel D. from MA, and Hannah R. from FL all vetoed the Chicken Dance but not the Electric Slide. There were many other Facebook fans who even threw in some others we forgot–or didn’t even know of–like the Hokey Pokey, the Wobble, the Cupid Shuffle and the Hora, where guests will lift the newly wedded couple in the air to dance to the song in proud Jewish tradition.

The winner of this contest is Amy Gyure! Amy was one of the many who agreed that these songs are classic and said every wedding she’s attended has played them. Congratulations Amy – you’ve won a pair of our Bride Ballet Shoes with Embroidered Gift Pouch from Cathy’s Concepts! Please send us an email to info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your prize – and let us know what size you will need!

Though some think these kinds of songs are not appropriate for their wedding, there will still be tons of other music played – including your wedding song for the first dance! We wanted to know what was or will be our Facebook fans’ wedding songs, and we got a ton of responses on this one! There was such a variety, but a couple of songs showed up more than once:

“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

“God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton

“God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascall Flatts

“Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” by Thompson Square

“From This Moment On” by Shania Twain

“I’ll Be” – Marion S. from TN will play The Goo Goo Dolls version, and Anthony G. from NY played Edward McCain’s.

Linda J. from NZ didn’t have a song to dance to, but instead used “The Prayer” by Gosh Grobin and Celine Dion in place of the wedding march. Leissa B. from NJ won’t be having a first dance either: “our wedding will be very non-traditional,” she said.

Congratulations to Amanda Nelson from Lakeport, California! Her first dance was to “This Big” by Scotty McCreery, and she even had a last dance to Brad Paisley’s “Then”. You’ve won a $50 gift certificate to www.LittleThingsFavors.com or www.LittleThingsBaby.com. Please send us an email to info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your prize!

We’d like to thank all of our Facebook fans for sharing their opinions and songs – and giving our brides-to-be here in the office some ideas!

- Kelsey

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How Did You Know He Was “The One?”

Dec 17, 2012

Last week we asked our Facebook fans to answer the question, “How Did You Know He Was ‘The One’?”  This question was floating around our office earlier in the week because we are coming close to two office weddings this year (one in January and one in September) and I just made the jump to living with my boyfriend – and I was curious to hear from other real life couples who have also experienced that magical moment when you just knew – he was “The One”!

The story of my beau and I date back …  20 or so years ago, I had met him working at my first job – we both worked at a local McDonald’s.  It was the summer of 1993 – I was entering my senior year in high school and he was going into college.  I thought he was adorable and funny – but I knew that jocks didn’t date artists.  Instead, I wound up dating one of his friends, and well, that took him off the list of guys I could date.  Over the years, I heard updates about him through mutual friends, but we never re-connected – until February of 2012 when he messaged me on Facebook to catch up and within a few hours of talking we had plans to meet the very next day!  We went to a local Cuban restaurant and spent the night talking – not just a few hours, but all night – we even closed down the restaurant!  A few days later, I was leaving to go on an vacation with my son and my plane was delayed.  It was Valentine’s day.  He left work early and drove to the airport to take us to dinner.  After dinner, he bought a single red rose and handed it to my son and told him to give it to me for Valentine’s day.  I knew at that moment he was the one and I wasn’t going to let him get away from me for a second time … it was probably the sweetest and most romantic thing a guy had done for me my entire life!

I’d like to thank all our Facebook fans for sharing such amazing love stories with us!

While we’d love to choose all of you as the winner, the winner of this contest is:

Congrats to:

Michelle Santo, Cleveland Ohio

I have known my husband my whole life!! We grew up in the same neighborhood and my brother played little league with him!! He had a brother as well who always said the two of us would end up together. I was very close with his brother who unfortunately is no longer with us today but I know is very happy watching over us and our little one!!! Kevin and I have always been friends but one night he asked me to a wedding and I didn’t think he was serious (we were at a bar) so the next day he called and asked me again and I said yes. We had a great time (he was the best man) I knew alot of the people who were there so it was a lot fun!!! At the end of the night we ended up sharing the most amazing unexpected kiss and from that moment on I knew one of my friends was going to become my husband and my best friend. He was right under my nose my whole life and I never knew it!!!! We were married in two feet of snow (2 days before the wedding it was 70! Gotta love OH) on 4/23/2005 and with every passing year out loves grows stronger and stronger.

Michelle, please send us an email to info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your $50 gift certificate to www.LittleThingsFavors.com or www.LittleThingsBaby.com

Would you like to win a $50 gift certificate too?  Join us every week on our Facebook page as we ask a question about love, romance and marriage.  Just comment on the weekly contest photo to be entered to win!

Nominate A Wedding Blog You Love – Top Blogs For 2012

Apr 30, 2012

We at Little Things, love surfing the web on our downtime (after all there are 3 of us engaged in the office) browsing bridal blogs for ideas, trends and inspiration for our upcoming nuptials and our clients.  While we have our favorite blogs bookmarked and handy – we want to know what your favorite bridal blogs are!  We are looking for nominations, suggestions and ideas.  From a mix of our readers suggestions and our own we will compile a set of 10, top 10 bridal blogs for specific niche areas. Winners will be featured on our blog, our Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter accounts along with receiving a link from our site to theirs on our website and a cool badge to feature on their blog.

Please nominate your favorite blogs by leaving us a comment below, on twitter or on our Facebook page.  We close our our nominations on May 7, 2012 and announce the list shortly thereafter!

Scavanger Hunt Contest – Win A Wedding Tee!

May 7, 2008

To celebrate our one of our new sections on the site our: Personalized Wedding T-Shirts & Tanks we are going to give away to one lucky reader a wedding tee shirt from that section! 

 

Wedding Tees

 

Here’s how to win:

Look through our site and find Chris & I on our wedding day!  Our picture is shown within a product and here are three hints to find us:

1) We are in our wedding attire (dress & tux)

2) We are “kissing” in the photo

3) There is a casino background behind us

The first person to find the item we are in and link the item in a comment on our blog, will win!  Please make sure when you leave your comment that you leave your correct email address so we can email you.

Happy Hunting! ~ Erica <3

PS – Contest Expires on May 31, 2008 or if a winner is selected before then.

Win $25 Toward The Purchase of Your Wedding Favors

Feb 27, 2008

In the spirit of the wedding season which is about to kick off, we’re looking to give away $25 dollars toward the purchase of your wedding favors or accessories.  Simply respond to the following question in our comments section and we’ll select one lucky winner from all the comments we receive.

We want to know:

What’s your favorite wedding favor (if you know how, please provide a link to it or a picture of it to share with our readers) we offer on our site and why?  And is this what you’ll be using for your own wedding favors?

You have until 6 pm Eastern Standard Time, Friday March 7th 2008 to comment on our blog and be entered into a chance to win! $25 dollar coupon will be vaild for 30 days from the date of issuance