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Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas

Apr 9, 2013

"Love Grows" Picket Fence with Seeded Paper Sun

"Love Grows" Picket Fence with Seeded Paper Sun

I find it unfortunate that green wedding favors aren’t as popular as they used to be. I remember years ago when I first started working here they were all the rage:  brides couldn’t get enough of our bamboo candles and personalized magic beans!

Still, Team Little Things still strives to remain eco-friendly by donating to Carbon Fund, and we always encourage our brides to go green when planning their wedding too, whether it’s by using recycled paper for your invitations or purchasing eco-friendly wedding favors.

When I asked our Facebook fans if any part of their wedding would be environmentally friendly, I was really surprised at all the people who planned on remaining practical when it came to centerpieces. Like I mentioned in our previous blog post regarding centerpiece ideas, not only can they get expensive, but those cut flowers are harmful to the earth!

Mary S. says, “we are buying our centerpiece items from Goodwill & Craigslist, using natural materials to decorate, and using artificial flowers that can be reused by another bride.” She isn’t the only one who has recycling in her sights. Sherry V., Lynn S. and Jamie M. all do too! Others, like Lynn S. and Andy H. plan on visiting second hand stores and thrift shops for decorations and materials. And Dana R. plans to go 100% organic! “Planning has only just begun, but I am going to purchase the flowers from local farmers and use organic treats in favors, as well as use organic products for the reception,” she says.

Janna L. is also reducing her use of flowers by only using them in her bouquet and small centerpieces. “I’m trying to make everything double as something else,” she adds. Sam C. is nixing flowers completely and instead is arranging monogrammed martini glasses on the tables. And Heather W. is sawing logs herself for displaying her mason jar centerpieces!

Some more eco-friendly wedding ideas included Freddy R.‘s re-usable napkins and Craig A.‘s seed wedding favors. Remember that using recycled or natural materials can still be pretty, especially if you’re planning on having a rustic wedding. Scrounge up some recycled burlap for your table and aisle runners, or gather a variety of mason and glass jars for distinctive centerpieces with a ton of contrast.

Still stuck for some inspiration? You can also check out our other article for 10 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding.

Congratulations to Janna Lee for winning this blog contest and sharing her eco-friendly ideas!

~ Kelsey

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Wedding Centerpiece Ideas: Non-Traditional or Classic?

Mar 19, 2013

Burlap Table Number Wine Bags

Burlap Table Number Wine Bags

Gone are the days of spending a fortune on flowers for your wedding centerpieces. Today, it’s all about getting crafty and creating DIY centerpieces – and not only because they don’t break the bank, but because they’re original and creative too!

We asked our readers to share their wedding centerpiece ideas. Although many included flowers or some kind of floral accents, most of them went with a more non-traditional route and incorporated something really unique into them. Floating candles, sand, stones, feathers, and candy are just some of the decorations our brides-to-be are planning on incorporating with their wedding centerpieces.

If there was one way to describe the number one centerpiece trend, it’s this: mason jars. Brides love them, because they’re so versatile (and cheap). Available in a variety of sizes, they make perfect additions to rustic or vintage weddings and can hold candles, flowers, or candy – you name it.

Some other ideas we loved were painted wine bottles, like Danielle B. will have. (Another great idea is painting them with chalkboard paint and making them your table numbers.) And Hannah R. might fill up her mason jars with empty shot gun shells. Breana Z. was even thinking of incorporating live Beta fish into hers!

If you’re still weary about making your own centerpieces, remember that all those cut flowers are not only expensive, but bad for the environment! Plus, traditional flowers in vases can be bulky – you don’t want your guests peering around and over your centerpieces to see each other!

Congratulations to our contest winner Michelle Marie! Please contact us at info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your prize.

For more ideas, check out Kristi’s latest article on wedding centerpieces.

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Unique Wedding Ideas | What Makes Your Wedding Different?

Feb 19, 2013

Vintage Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Sign Boards

Vintage Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Sign Boards

Doesn’t every bride want their wedding to be different than the rest? We asked our readers how their wedding will be unique or non-traditional.

Many brides dare to be different when it comes to the wedding ceremony, like Veronica P. from CA who plans to have a ‘circle ceremony.’ “All the chairs are formed into a circle and we will recite our vows in the middle, that way everyone has an easier time seeing us,” she explains. Amy G. plans to go completely against “traditional weddings” by having a Native American ceremony that will also include Wiccan rituals. Talk about unique! It was great to see that one of our readers, Mandy T. from WV, would be having a blended family ceremony. Hers will even include her 7 year old twins as the maid of honor and best man!

I was surprised at the number of brides who claimed their music will be totally out of the ordinary. “My hubby is a rocker deep down,” says Stephanie S. from OR. She’ll be walking to a rock song! The sound of bagpipes will blow in the wind at Kim F.‘s beach wedding ceremony. I found one comment in particular really interesting. Mary S. from WI said, “we will have a full hand-bell choir play during our church ceremony.” What a great idea!

Memorials are a very popular addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, and many of our readers shared their ideas. Some, like Danielle H., will stick with the traditional memorial candle. Others, like Amanda T. from MI will honor deceased loved ones by reserving seats with a photo and flower. I especially loved Shonnie A.‘s idea. “My grandmother and grandfather were married for over 70 years…I kept a rose from each of their funerals and am going to put them into my bouquet. I think they showed me what true love is really all about: a lifetime of love and caring for each other.” There was also Annie C. from ME, who lost both not only her best man, but her DJ too; he was to be both at her wedding until he unexpectedly passed away. “We are honoring his memory by teaching his son how to run the equipment and letting him run the show.”

There were so many other unique wedding ideas, including different themes (a Dr. Who and a magical Disney fairytale-inspired theme were just some of the ones brides shared), a crowning as the couple says “I do,” and more!

I’d like to congratulate Danielle Rae Harris who won this contest! Congratulations, Danielle, on both winning a cake topper and on your upcoming wedding this year!

Kelsey

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PhotoOpp Bride Edition: Fun Wedding Photography on a Budget

Feb 13, 2013

PhotoOpp Bride Edition

PhotoOpp Bride Edition

How do you plan to take your wedding photos? You can hire a professional photographer, leave a couple of disposable wedding cameras at each table, or have a wedding photo booth instead of giving out wedding favors. Wedding photography is definitely one of the bigger splurges when it comes time to plan your big day. That is, until now. Our friends over at PhotoOpp Bride Edition have revolutionized wedding photography!

Doesn’t everyone have a smart phone nowadays? POBE gives each of your guests the opportunity to play photographer as long as they have an iPhone or Android smart phone.

Here’s how it works:  you (the couple), purchase POBE. Remind your guests to download the app (for free), and upon their arrival the app will be activated. It’s as easy as that. “Everything is automatic, they do not have to create an account – they just open, point, and shoot.” Now guests can take and share pictures throughout the event! “It’s like everyone’s using the same camera at the same time,” the website boasts. All the photos taken are automatically uploaded to an online album for the bride. Plus, you can use it for up to 5 other wedding related events besides the reception, including the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and wedding ceremony!

POBE is a fun, budget friendly alternative to take and share pictures from your wedding day. For more information on its features, prices, and FAQ, be sure to check out the website www.ourphotoopp.com. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook too – they’re currently offering $10 off if you do! Trust me when I say you won’t need too much convincing…you can save SO much money (their awesome site has the statistics to prove it) and still get all those great candid shots without breaking the bank.

I hope you all take the time to check it out! ~ Kelsey

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Wedding Themes & Color Ideas + Wedding Must Haves 2013

Jan 22, 2013

We know that many of our readers rang in the new year with marriage proposals: in our last post we shared proposal stories told by our Facebook fans and hopefully gave anyone in need of inspiration some great wedding proposal ideas! Next we wanted to know what brides were choosing as far as wedding colors and wedding themes for the upcoming season. New year, new wedding trends – and here’s what we got!

54 brides-to-be shared their color schemes and themes with us:

Red - 9

Orange - 6

Yellow - 4

Green - 12

Blue - 23

Purple - 19

Pink - 6

Gray - 5

Brown - 1

Black – 14

White – 9

Ivory – 6

Silver - 7

Gold - 1

Casino – 1

Rustic – 6

Vintage – 3

Peacock – 3

Spring/Garden – 1

Beach – 7

Winter – 1

Fall – 4

Fairytale – 2

Butterfly – 1

Love/Hearts – 4

Of course, most of the brides who commented had a specific color combination including 2 or more of the colors mentioned above. And one thing’s for certain, there were not many who commented and had the EXACT same color scheme! Based on our statistics, blue is the color of the season – especially royal blue or navy! Purple came in at a close second, whether it was lilac or eggplant. Many brides also claimed silver would also be an accent color in their palette (this was really common with the royal blue!). Black was mentioned in many of the color combinations too, so it’s obvious that brides are leaning toward darker hues for the 2013 wedding season.

There were two specific color combinations that more than bride had in mind: yellow/gray and black/white/red. And as you can see, three brides reported peacock-inspired color schemes or themes (think black, dark green, blue and purple).

Out of all the comments, there weren’t too many that boasted a certain wedding theme, though this isn’t surprising. Nowadays it’s less common for brides to choose themes that used to be popular such as fairytale or butterfly, but rather stick to a specific color scheme and have their wedding decor reflect their personality! But as we expected, rustic and vintage themes were the most popular. I have a feeling burlap will be making a bold statement at rustic weddings – we’ve got burlap favor bags, table and aisle runners readily available for the rustic bride! Lace keeps recurring in favors and accessories too, so I can only imagine it will continue to be an addition to vintage weddings. And of course, beach weddings will always be popular for summer, destination, or warm-weather affairs.

We also asked our brides what their one “wedding must have” is:

“My fiance will be in his marine blues; my must have is a sword/saber arch [as the newly wedded couple exits the ceremony].” ~ Kim F., VA

“My fiance! Can’t get married without him!” ~ Lisa S., NC

“Love and family.” ~ Amanda F.

“Pretty string lights and candlelight.” ~ KP W., LA

“My grandmother walking me down the aisle is a must!” ~ Meagan T., GA

“My must have is a picture/seat reserved for my dad and fiance’s grandmother who have passed away.” ~ Amanda T., MI

“Good favors that I can afford!” ~ Melissa W.

“The must have (as per my fiance) is a bonfire.” ~ Amy G.

“My must have is to make sure my dad’s back is recovered from surgery so he can walk me down the aisle and dance with me without pain.” ~ Tracy W.

“A personalized aisle runner and ring bearer pillow!” ~ Jessica G., MD

“Besides my love being there, a must have is cannolis!” ~ Jenn S.

“One wedding must have would be my groom!” ~ Leann S.

“Blue and purple hydrangea flower bouquets and my dream come true groom!” ~ Heidi P.

“My wedding must would have to be my mom! She will keep both me and the wedding together…she is a lifesaver!” ~ Courtney E., MA

“Everyone will carry sunflowers…I just want it to be a happy day. For me, sunflowers = happiness.” ~ Mary S., WI

“A must have at my wedding would have been all my grandparents, but I know they will be looking down from heaven and will be in my heart!” ~ Michelle S.

“Our one must have was having an outdoor wedding! We wouldn’t have it any other way!” ~ Trena B., OR

“My twins and his daughter in the wedding, and my daddy walking me down the aisle.” ~ Mandy T., WV

“A photo booth!” ~ Kerry C., NJ

“My must have is your pearl place card/photo frames as escort cards and favors!” ~ Meredith W.

“A must is that we bring his father’s ashes with us.” ~ Tracie B.

“My fiance!” ~ Sam C., TX

“The love of my life.” ~ Alyssa M.

“Must have: love!” ~ Michelle M.

“A great DJ.” ~ Theresa M., PA

“Our must have is the personalized water bottle labels you sell. They are a perfect idea for decorating the table and providing water for our guests.” ~ Nanci R.

“Chuck Taylors for the bridal party.” ~ Tiffani D., IL

“My must have is my pink leopard Nike tennis shoes.” ~ Kim M.

“Grilling and swimming are our must for the backyard BBQ theme!” ~ Stephanie S.

“Texas bluebonnet bouquet.” ~ Kate S.

“Must-Have: custom Chuck Taylor sneakers with our wedding date on them instead of heels. (It’s a really long walk to my future husband, okay?)” ~ Melinda B.

“Our must have is making sure our guests have a great time!” ~ Kimberly L.

“My daughter’s one must have is her family and friends around her on the special day.” ~ Jane S., NM

“My one must have for the wedding is my groom, of course!” ~ Penny W., OK

“Beautiful weather! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!” ~ Wendy S., NY

Carol C. from Vero Beach, FL is our winner!  Out of all the brides who shared their wedding themes with us, hers was certainly the most original! Here’s what Carol had to say about her wedding theme and colors:

“We are doing a “Dr. Who” theme/wedding reception:  think blue, black, metallic silver and bright white to break up the dark colors. Tiny Daleks all over the place, fans to keep cool at the outside ceremony, navy blue and white silk table colors, and blue glass vases! So much fun and unique, like the two people getting married!”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the BBC-produced TV series, it’s a science fiction program that (as per Wikipedia) “depicts the adventures of a Time Lord—a time traveling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his ‘TARDIS’, a sentient, telepathic time-and-space-travel machine that flies through the time vortex.”

And Daleks, (also as per Wikipedia), are “extraterrestrial race of mutants principally portrayed in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who.”

Congratulations, Carol, on both your wedding and winning this contest – a $50 gift certificate to our store, Little Things Favors! Please contact us to claim your prize.

~ 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 Picture Ideas & Locations

Nov 28, 2012

Copyright (c) Silver Image Photography

Copyright (c) Silver Image Photography

Nikita, our resident office assistant, has a knack for photography – she’s always walking around snapping pictures of us in the office! When asked what she thinks makes great wedding photos, she responded with one word – location. The main key to creating unique wedding pictures is a location that’s outside of the box.

Here are Nikita’s top 10 choices for unconventional wedding photo locations:

1. In the city
2. Train Yards
3. Graveyards or Penitentiaries
4. Nature Walks
5. Older buildings (abandoned warehouses, churches, theaters, etc.)
6. Castles
7. On a boat/lighthouse
8. Museum or Zoo
9. Sports Stadium
10. Amusement Parks

You can check out her entire article here: Wedding Picture Ideas and Locations

Besides an ideal location that will create a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photos, there are many other factors to consider for awesome pictures. Lighting, posing, and angling properly – yet still in abnormal ways will result in photos that are modern and fun! That’s why you should never hesitate to splurge on your wedding photographer:  they’ll know all the tricks to perfecting your pictures!

Keep your eyes out for Kristi’s upcoming post for advice on choosing a wedding photographer!

- Kelsey

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Bold & Daring Bridal Ideas

Oct 9, 2012

I love when brides decide, “screw tradition – I’m gonna do this MY way,” and the result is often something that’s completely one of a kind.  I especially love when this is done with wedding gowns, bridal accessories, hair, makeup, etc.  Today many brides aren’t afraid to go for bold and daring wedding looks – here are some reoccurring ones for the modern bride.

High Necklines – This is a look that I personally would never dare to wear – I’m a V-neck tee shirt kind of girl and don’t like anything confining me like that. High necklines combined with sleeves is a look that’s a little outdated, but a halter-like cut is flattering on some women (especially those with amazingly toned shoulders and arms).

The Birdcage Veil – What once used to be something considered audacious now seems almost as common as the white wedding dress.  Now this 1920s fashion is everywhere, but can everyone pull it off?  I think with the right hairstyle, the birdcage veil can look great on anybody.  I’m a fan of it worn with simple, low updo’s – and you can’t go wrong with adding a pretty flower or a feather fascinator.

Red Lipstick – Like the birdcage veil, this is another trend that used to be considered bold and is now an everyday look.  Red lipstick is definitely not to be worn by everyone.  On the bright side, there’s a ton of different shades to try and find one that matches your skin tone, though it may not be the classic Marilyn Monroe look you were going for.

Black or Colored Wedding Dresses – Let me start off by saying I absolutely LOVE black wedding dresses and would totally consider wearing one.  But a gown that isn’t a variation of white or ivory will most definitely shock your guests. So if that’s a fashion statement that no one would ever expect of you, skip it (unless that’s what you’re going for).

Short Wedding Dresses – It’s easy to get away with wearing a short style wedding dress if you’re having an outdoor, spring or summer wedding.  Obviously short dresses are a lot more casual than a gown, so go this route if your ceremony and reception won’t be over the top.

Bold Wedding Necklaces – A recent bridal trend I”ve been seeing a lot lately is big, bold wedding necklaces.  The key to rocking an awesome necklace with any outfit is to let it be the focal point.  You can’t have a lot going on up top, or else your ensemble is going to look too crowded.  So, opt for studs or no earrings at all, a simple hairstyle and the right dress.  The best gown to pair a fancy necklace with is one that is strapless.

Tattoos – Of course, tattoos aren’t a bridal accessory or a piece of jewelry, but a part of a person.  Can every bride with a sleeve pull it off while wearing her wedding gown?  If she can rock the ink in the first place, then my answer is yes.  But for those who have tattoos that they regret, attempt to cover it with makeup.

Did you have a unique or eye-catching wedding look? We’d love to see it! And be sure to check out our selection of bridal accessories where you may find some inspiration for your special wedding ensemble!

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Unique Destination Wedding Locations

Nov 29, 2011

Although I love traveling, I can’t personally say that I would have a destination wedding.  I’m extremely close with many members of my extended family, and I feel that destination weddings are not the best choice if you want everyone you care about to come, as they are not only costly for the couple, but for the guests as well.  Of course, I’m sure I won’t be getting married any time soon, so by the time my engagement rolls around I may have changed my mind.  Not wanting to have a destination wedding doesn’t mean I don’t like them though – I think they’re great!

Here I’ve listed a few of the most unique places I think would be suitable for destination weddings (excluding the oh-so last season Hawaii and other places that seem too popular).  Note that I am not a travel agent, nor have I ever been to any of these places – it’s just what I think would be fun!

1.  Paris, France – You can’t go wrong with this destination; it’s the city of romance!  You can even feature Paris wedding favors, such as our unique Eiffel Tower key chains or place card holders.

2.  Australia - This seems to be a great choice if you’re an adventurous couple, and if you’re inviting guests of all ages.  There’s so many different activities to do:  you can hit the beach for surf, sand and snorkeling, or hit the Outback for a unique experience.

3.  Tahiti - Looking at pictures of Tahiti seriously makes me sick; it’s THAT gorgeous.  The huts inside the crystal clear blue-green water is enough to make me drool.  Your guests might want to stay throughout your honeymoon…

4.  Italy - Whether you’re going staying in Rome for the architecture, Milan for the shopping or Venice because you just can’t decide, Italy is just as romantic as France, if you ask me.  You can’t go wrong with Italian food and the beautiful language and scenery.

5.  Fiji - This spot is a close runner up to Tahiti, though is more remote (less tourists for you) and I believe, more expensive.  But it really is a place that is one of a kind and not many people have (or will ever get the chance to) visit.

Any of these places would be a dream for me to visit, wedding or not.  Even if you’re not planning on having a destination wedding, you can always consider these for honeymoon hot spots instead.  And my recommendations for destination favors?  Luggage tag wedding favors, of course!

Where would you have your destination wedding?

<3 Kelsey

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Choosing Your Winter Wedding Colors

Nov 17, 2011

If I was planning a wedding, I would definitely pick the winter season as my first choice.  I would also hope that it snowed on the day of my nuptials! (I think it’s so magical!) I know many of you probably think, I am crazy, but you are also talking to someone who travels to Helsinki, Finland on a yearly basis in the dead of winter.   So if you are like me and love the cold and the snow, but aren’t sure what colors to select for your winter wedding (I know light blue, white and silver are so yesterday) I have some great tips for you in my article Winter Wedding Colors and Ideas.

This blog is designed to expand on my article which instructs you to select a winter photograph and pull the colors and elements from it to design your perfect winter wedding.  If you read my article, the fourth photo is my favorite! I love the richness of color in it.  So from the photo, I have designed a Winter Wedding Color Inspiration board for you!

Winter Wedding Colors & Ideas

Winter Wedding Colors & Ideas

As you can see the top center is the photo I was working with, the 4 colors I pulled from it.  I selected David’s Bridal Horizon Blue for the bridesmaid dresses, a stunning Navy tux for the men, red roses for the aisle runner, bouquets, church decorations and wedding favors.  I’m not sure if I would go with Blue (Unknown designer) or the Red Louboutins – both are stunning! Red berries would accent the rustic centerpieces and if I could splurge on my groom I would go with a handsome navy and steel watch as his wedding gift.

So don’t be afraid to pick colors that aren’t “traditional” winter wedding colors – if you select your colors based on a natural winter themed palette, you can’t go wrong.