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What You Need To Know About Silk Rose Petals

Feb 29, 2008

If you are looking to save a bit of your wedding budget, consider silk rose petals in lieu of the real thing.  What you need to know about silk rose petals is, the cheaper the petals, the more likely they will look cheap too.  This is a matter of quality over price, and you’ll be saving a bundle anyway if you choose to use silk over fresh rose petals.

Fresh rose petals are quite costly – but did you know they degrade very quickly (within hours!) are slippery (you wouldn’t want to fall during your walk down the aisle would you?) and can stain fabric depending on the color.

Look for silk rose petals which are made of microfiber polyester fabric – the microfiber actually adds a soft “peachy” feel – just like the inside of real rose petals.  You may want to use these petals in areas which don’t require close examination – your ceremony aisle, your flower girl toss, around certain areas of your reception.  There is also a twist though – you can also order personalized silk rose petals .

Now, for quantity recommendations:

Each guest should get 10 to 20 petals for tossing

Your flower girl should have 100 to 200 petals for tossing

Each reception table should have 50 to 100 petals around centerpieces

Cermoney aisle coverage as follows: 100 petals per sq. foot for dense coverage, 100 petals per 2 square feet for moderate coverage, and 100 petals per 3 square feet for light coverage.

Wedding Tipping Guide

Feb 28, 2008

If you’re planning a wedding, a portion of your budget should be set aside for vendor gratuties.  Here’s a short breakdown on who, how much, and when to tip.

Rehearsal Dinner – 20 percent of the total bill

Hairstylist / Make Up Artist / Nail Technician – It is customary to tip 15 to 20 percent of the total cost

Musicians for the Ceremony – Standard tipping is $20 to $25 dollars per musician and is expected at the end of the ceremony. The father of the bride or the best man presents the envelope to the musicians.

Officiant for the Ceremony – Customary of $100 and up, or make a donation to the church or synagogue in which you are getting married.  Father of the bride or best man hands over the tip.

Delivery Drivers / Set Up Staff – It is customary to tip $5 to $25 dollars per person depending on the set up.

Reception Staff – normally is eighteen to twenty percent of the final reception bill which is usually pre-paid in the contract.

Reception Hall Maitre d’ – $40 dollars or more depending on number of guests or total cost of bill.

Reception Musicians or DJs – Customary to tip 5 to 20 percent of the total cost.(Bands with 5 people, 5% per musician.  DJ’s up to 20%)

Reception Bartenders – In addition to the amount specified in the contract, 10% of the total bar bill should be tipped to the bartenders

Powder Room / Coat Check / Parking Attendants – Should receive .50 cents to $1 per guest attending

Transportation – It is customary to tip 20% of the total cost

Finally, the following vendors do not typically receive gratuities but you may certainly add them to the list if their service is outstanding: photographer, videographer, caterer, baker, jeweler, wedding consultant, seamstress, and florist. 

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

Wedding Favors Seen In: Modern Bride Dec 07 / Jan 08

Feb 26, 2008

The following item was featured in Modern Bride Magazine December 2007 / January 2008, in the article First Mate on page 316. The mini luminous lanterns, shown here in silver, were featured on page 318.
These perfectly charming luminous mini-lanters add height and light to your table decorations.  Each lantern measures 5″ tall and can be opened to replace the tealight inside.  A great wedding favor for nautical, beach and summer weddings and events.  Available in silver or white.
luminiuos mini lanterns
And here are the lanterns for purchase:
Available for only $2.25 each when you order 48 or more!

New Ways to Contact Us Click-to-Call … Coming Soon!

Feb 25, 2008

We have installed an innovative new feature on our site: click-to-call.  If you would like to speak to us directly, you can simply click the button on our contact us page, enter your name and phone number, and a representative will return your phone call within a few short minutes.  No need to call us and wait “on hold” any longer.  We hope that you will find this feature convenient and easy to use.  We’re testing the software out today and hope to go live sometime this week.  As always, you can chat with us online with our click-to-talk (like an IM) feature.

Why Buy Wedding Favor Samples …

Feb 21, 2008

When you can have them reviewed for free?  We’ve stumbled upon a valuable resource for couples contemplating purchasing wedding favors.  Chances are, you’re shopping online for your wedding favors and of course we can understand you want to see them in person first before you actually buy them.  Now, you can find out the “real scoop” on wedding favors from Wedding Favor Reviews - it’s a daily blog which covers all the major wedding favor manufacturers.  Ask them to review a wedding favor you’re interested in, or search the favor’s they’ve already reviewed by item name or item number.  Vote on the blogs or add comments or your own review!  Check them out at

Wedding Favors As Seen In: Instyle Weddings Winter 2008

Feb 20, 2008

I’ve discussed my love affair with HGTV, so you can imagine my delight when I was flipping through the most recent edition of Instyle Weddings Winter 2008, and saw an article about Scott Corridan, contestant in HGTV’s Design Star and also designer for clients such as Steve Martin and Prisilla Presley.  In the article found on page 226, Style Scool 10 Inspiring Ideas, idea # 7 was to celebrate the marriage with bells in lieu of rice.  And when I took a closer look at the bells, I realized we carry identical wedding bells!

Here is a copy of the article which show the bells featured:



And here are the bells we carry:


We also carry similar bells as well (the handles are not as ribbed):



Nubian Princess Favors

Feb 18, 2008

Q: “Do you have any party favors regarding the Nubian Princess theme?”

A: Although we do not have any specific favors directly associated with a Nubian Princess, we can recommend some favors which will suit the style of the party.  Here is what we would recommend:

Our silver plated elephant place card holders or our chrome elephant place card holders would be a great touch for holding your seating assignments.

You may also consider our Afrocentric Personalized Chocolate Bars or our “Jumping the Broom” design which can be personalized with 2 lines of text.

Afrocentric chocolate bars

Another idea would be our Miniature Good Luck Wooden Elephants as seen here:

Miniature Good Luck Elephants

If your theme also incorporates the pyramids, you can try our Palm Tree Pyramid Boxes or our Personalized Monogram Pyramid Boxes.

The Perfect Wedding Favor – Personalized Mint Tins

Feb 18, 2008

Looking for a wedding favor which follows all the trends for 2008?  Then take a look at our personalized mint tins.  Here’s why they are HOT for ’08:

1) They’re edible!  Edible wedding favors are hot right now for a variety of reasons, but the main one is that brides want to give something their guests will use.  And after eating a delicious meal, drinking their favorite coffee or just “freshening up” these mint tins are sure to please.

2) They’re personalized.  Personalizing is extremely trendy, and you can get your names and dates on these or a short message.  Plus, personalization is included in the cost.

3) They’re a great “unisex” favor – guys can stick them in their pocket, gals can fit them in their purse.

4) Hundreds of designs from Monograms and florals to even including your own photograph – there is a mint tin design which will fit your wedding.

5) They can be re-used.  Savy guests can keep these and reuse them.  Whther it be placing their own mints inside or using them to hold buttons, paperclips, or pushpins these can hold items after the candy is eaten.




Creating A Music Themed Wedding

Feb 15, 2008

This is just to piggyback on my post from yesterday about our new music wedding favors.  I adore music, and I would personally love to get re-married and have my wedding around this theme.  I was asked “How would you incorporate a music theme into your wedding?”  It got me thinking, and here are some ideas off the top of my head:

  • Location – I’d probably look into a small concert venue, I know of one in my area where semi-major bands play during touring, but it can be rented for events.  It’s already got a bar, a dance floor and a stage for the band, and it’s on the smaller – more intimate side.  If it was to be held in the summer time, I might go with an outdoor location such as a park or garden.
  • Music – well this would depend on your musical style.  But if I could afford it (which I can’t) I’d hire my favorite band.  I suppose a cover band would do though :)  I’d also hire a DJ to play my favorite band’s songs and other music in the same style.  Since the theme is about music – this is probably the most important aspect of the wedding.
  • Decorations – Ice or flower sculptures designed like musical instruments or music notes would definately be an idea to think about.
  • Centerpieces – sheet music on a stand, maybe our first dance song, or maybe a different song for each table.  Surrounded by candles and flowers.
  • Table Names, instead of Numbers – I’d name each table a song title instead of the typical numbers.
  • Place Card Holders – I would definately use guitars (but that’s just me!) there are plently of other instruments to use though – pianos, music notes, violins, etc.
  • Cake – I’d have a white cake with the sheet music of our first dance on it in (music notes), and I would find a music inspired cake top.
  • Favors – Personalized CD’s with our favorite songs.  If there was a band which played, then maybe even a commerative playbill with our names and wedding date and a picture of the band and the happy couple.

Happy planning!  And Have a GREAT weekend! :)