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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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What’s the Importance of the Bling in YOUR Engagement Ring?

Jan 29, 2013

Here in America, we expect a wedding proposal to go down on one knee and of course, include a big, sparkling ring. But did you know that in Scandinavia–as well as some other European countries–this is not the norm? Rather than an engagement ring featuring a central stone and wedding bands for both the bride and groom during the ceremony, the custom is almost the opposite. Instead, gold bands are used at the time of the engagement (for each person, yes), and a second ring is given to the bride on the wedding day.

This practice is quite unlike the tradition here in the West. For many American brides, the biggest value is set on the engagement ring, but is this materialistic? We decided to ask our readers. Just how important is it to have a lot of bling in the ring? Is the phrase “quality over quantity” true for engagement rings? Do most brides prefer a rock they can show off to all their friends, or is it all about the “3 C’s” – clarity, cut and color?

Most of our brides to be said that quality over quantity is definitely more important. “Bigger isn’t always better,” said Courtney E. of MA. Penny W. of OK agreed, saying that “the ring should be about detail and great accents.”

Yet most of our readers went a step further and elaborated on the true meaning of an engagement ring, like Marissa B.,

“I think all that matters is the fact that my husband asked me to marry him! The engagement ring (as well as our wedding rings) was just a symbol of the two of us committing our lives together.”

“The ring shouldn’t matter to a girl if she’s really in love,” added Courtney. She wasn’t the only one who came out to say that the importance is what matters. Penny also said, “you should love anything he can afford to give you. The engagement ring represents his intention to spend the rest of his life with you.” Her husband used diamonds that belonged to both of their grandmothers. “It saved a bundle and there is so much love and family behind his design.”

Tiffany F. from OH provided some more insight by saying,  “people are forgetting the real meaning of the ring. It’s a life long commitment given by your significant other. I think too many women put emphasis on cost, appearance, and diamonds. Your significant other should know you well enough to pick out a ring that is your taste and his. The ring is a reflection of how he feels about you. It shouldn’t be jaded. That is selfish. It’s a gift and a commitment for life.”

With that in mind, we’re glad to see that so many brides reflect upon the sentimental value of the ring rather than the monetary value. Like your choice in a partner, it’s what’s inside that counts!

~ Kelsey

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What Would Your Wedding Song Be?

Aug 2, 2010

The other day one of us decided to ask, “What would your wedding song be?”  This question seemed to spark quite a conversation.  As mentioned in the last update, Alecia & Kristi are newly engaged.  So for them, this question called for a serious decision.  Alecia decided on Two is Better Than One by Boys Like Girls.  She and Marten thought it perfect when they first heard it.  Kristi’s choice was The Day Before You by Rascall Flatts.  Finally, (although I’m not getting married any time soon) mine was Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by Jason Castro.  Or perhaps, I’m Yours by Jason Mraz (I have a thing for acoustics).  Here at our office, we are always singing along to something (our artist of choice at the moment, and for the past two years is Lady Gaga).  We even have a toy microphone that really has a speaker in it!  Alecia and I are constantly being made fun of for singing loudly when we hear a good song, and I am always making plans to go sing karaoke.  Who doesn’t love music?  We all have that song we play when we’re in a good mood, an angry mood, or a sad mood.  That’s why music themed wedding favors are such a great choice:  because they’re universal.

“If music be the food of love, then play on.”

Quoted by the one and only Shakespeare, and featured not only on the wall of Erica, owner of Little Things’ home, but also in the description of our brand new “Love Songs” Silver-Finish Music Note Place Card Holders.  The set of four easily coordinates with any event and the quality is fabulous.  These are an absolutely adorable choice for any music themed event.  Even though they’re a new arrival, the sales for them have been booming.  For a more rock and roll vibe, these designs are featured only at Little Things – our Exclusive Love Bird Design is available printed on items such as drink mixes and chocolates.  Designed by Erica and musically inspired, these favors are one of a kind.  You won’t find them anywhere else!

Other great and fun ideas for your music themed wedding can include karaoke at your reception.  Have your DJ play classic sing-a-long songs that will really get your guests excited to sing to.  You might even want to consider purchasing a Dance Floor Decal if your guests are going to be moving to the music!  Another fun idea is to hand out CD’s with great love songs on it, including your wedding song.  Finally, this Flower of Love in Romantic Red Wedding Collection is the ideal pick for your wedding accessories.  The backdrop of the roses is intricately detailed with tiny music notes.

Our Music Inspired Favors Section is loaded with more fun favors to choose from.  So, what would your wedding song be?

Most of us here are finally recovering from being sick last week.  I hope the rest of you are feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed!  If you’re having a case of the Monday blues, try listening to your favorite song.  :)

Lots and lots of love – Kelsey

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Question Of The Day: Worst Wedding Favor Received

May 26, 2009

wedding matches We’ve all received them, wedding favors which make you scratch your head and go “huh’? Or “What was the bride thinking?”  I’m sure you’ve all received your share of matches (who smokes anymore?), cookie cutters (imagine a guy baking?), post it notes, band-aids, or maybe even the little tulle almonds.  Now, I’m not saying these things are bad as favors – some couples really like them – while I admit, some went out of style back in the 1980′s.

So I would like to know what was the worst wedding favor you received?

And to make it more fun, I’ll select the best (or maybe worst ;) ) story and you’ll get something free in the mail from me! (Could be anything, but it will definitely be wedding favor related).

I’m actually thinking of posting a question of the day, everyday, with a freebie giveaway.  Let me know if this is something which you would be interested in.