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Gorgeous Cheap Wedding Favors – Who Knew?

May 12, 2010

Beautifully Beaded Place Card & Photo Frames

Beautifully Beaded Place Card & Photo Frames

When you think cheap wedding favors, you may just think: cheap.  I mean how could something that costs .99 cents be quality?  Of course with many things, you get what you pay for – and that certainly holds true with certain items.  A .50 cent Round Silver Mint Tin, is afterall, a mint tin.  But there are some gems out there that not only are cheap, but of good quality and value.

Here are 10 great cheap wedding favors that are gorgeous, bestselling and very popular.  These are our recommendations to you if you are on a budget and are looking to give something worth while.

  1. Beautifully Beaded Place Card Frames – perfect for displaying your seating assignments and holding your thank you photos.  Available in Silver or Gold and priced just right.  A bestseller and something the girls and I love in the office.
  2. Heart Book Lovers Collection Bookmark – I have been recently reading a few books at night before bed, but I didn’t have a bookmark to mark my page (can you imagine?) So I took a sample of this bookmark from our showroom.  Perfect for weddings and love themed events, but I would also recommend any of the bookmarks in the “Book Lover’s” line  as they are all made the same way just in different designs: heart, fleur de lis, castle, starfish, peace sign, snowflake, key and butterfly.  Although they aren’t very large, they are packaged well and for .89 cents you can’t go wrong.
  3. Personalized Hershey Kisses – Who doesn’t like chocolate? With over 50 designs and at .30 cents each, fill a huge bowl on each table of these yummy treats.  Featured in Modern Bride Magazine.
  4. Calla Lily Bouquet Candles – A bestseller, with good feedback from our customers and pretty to look at.  I really can’t see your guests actually using them, but rather displaying them in their homes.  Really cute design!
  5. Crystal Heart Keychain -  I love these as wedding and bridal shower favors.  I happen to like keychains, and the quality, price and packaging can’t be beat.  One of our favorites in the shop!
  6. Monogrammed Purse Mirror – Perhaps not perfect for a wedding, but great for a shower, these are the one mirrors I would recommend.  While the other mirrors are quite popular, they are made of hard plastic and i think the Monogrammed Mirrors with a fabric overlay, are just better quality for the price at about a dollar.
  7. Place Card Holders – If you are looking for a place card holder, while these are not exceptionally popular, they are of outstanding weight and quality: Contemporary Heart Place Card Holders and Silver Plated Wedding Cake Place Card Holders (Seen in Modern Bride).  I would recommend them to our brides for quality and price.
  8. Butterfly Magnets – (also available in starfish and fall leaf designs) – there are very few refrigerators in this country without a magnet attached to them, so for practical purposes, magnets are fun favors.  The quality of these magnets combined with the cards they come with make an outstanding choice for wedding favors.
  9. Personalized Candy Jars – very popular with our brides this year, you can personalize these in so many colors and designs.  For .99 cents on most of the jars we offer, which includes the personalized stickers, just fill with candy and you have a great pop of color to your tables.  We use our extra jars in our office to hold paper clips and pushpins.
  10. Fleur de lis Soaps – I love the fleur de lis motif and its also quite popular this year among brides.  These soaps smell good, look good and are packaged well for their price.

Hope this has given you some good ideas of what it worth the money in the cheap wedding favors category, if you have any questions please feel free to leave us a comment or send us a question, we would love to help you plan your perfect day!

Always <3 Erica


Love Life @ Little Things

May 11, 2010

Even if it’s a crazy Monday here in our office/showroom, with the phones ringing off the hook, a full inbox and customers walking in to top, we always seem to find the time to chitchat.  Actually, the ladies and I rarely ever shut up!  Random conversations can range from anything common, such as music, to something completely out of the ordinary, like Kristi’s strange fear of spines.  We also tend to constantly poke fun at each other and crack jokes so funny that we’ll be doubling over in hysterics.  Usually, though, we update each other on what’s going on in our lives:  what we’re doing this weekend, what we really want to buy, or the snarky confrontation with the woman at the post office.   Oh, and we usually talk about our boyfriends, whether it be why we fought, the sweet things they do for us, or the gross habits they have.  So sorry, gentlemen, but every lady employed at Little Things is currently off the market.

Out of my obsession with love and all things such, I had a spontaneous streak of inspiration one day while we were all talking about our significant others.  So why not pay a little homage to everyone and their beau?  Since our work environment here is so small and intimate, it’s really simple to touch on everyone’s lives.  Say hello to the couples here at Little Things!

Erica & Chris

These are the two that make it all happen:  Erica and Chris are the owners and founders of Little Things.  Right now they are the only couple in the office that is actually married, which happened way back in August of 2003.  Our NJ showroom even features pictures from their wedding on the walls, elegantly framed in our Signature Guest Book Mats.  The two even dressed up together for Halloween, with Erica as a bride and Chris as the priest marrying her off!  They also have a son, Gabriel and three dogs, perfecting their family image.  The two are usually in the showroom with each other every Saturday, helping other couples to plan their weddings for a marriage just as happy as theirs!

Alecia & Marten
You can ask anyone here in the office:  even though it’s only been a little over a year, it feels as if these two have been together forever.  Alecia and Marten met at his work place, and at first it only seemed like a harmless flirtation.  But now the two are practically inseparable–they just moved in together!  Even though they’re not officially engaged yet, we’re all practically on the edge of our seats waiting for Marten to propose.  And we couldn’t be more happy for them…or more excited to begin planning the wedding (and the bachelorette party)!  Don’t worry, once it happens I’ll be writing a congratulatory blog article in honor of the two, along with all the great details after the wedding!

Kristi & Steven

Besides Chris and Erica, Kristi and Steve have been together for the longest.  They’re only two months away from their 5 year anniversary!  Even though Kristi’s been working here for exactly 4 months today, I still haven’t met Steve!  Although I have seen pictures of them together, and I have to say the two really do compliment each other.  And the first time Alecia met him, she said, “they really seem like they’re meant to be together.”  Like Alecia and Marten, these two are practically engaged to be engaged.  They’ve even known each other since high school (but I can’t write they were high school sweethearts, even though that would add on to their cute-ness.  They didn’t get together until years after).  So we’ll see who beats the other to the proposal.  It’ll be a race to the alter!

Kelsey and Richard
Rich and I are the newest couple here at Little Things–we’ve only officially been together for three months.  Today is exactly three months since he wanted to call me his girlfriend, actually.  As much as I adore him now, when we first met neither of us though that we were going to get together, but the best things always seem to be the ones that aren’t planned.  We couldn’t be happier now though, and we’re actually planning our Vegas getaway to get married in June…just kidding.  Alecia and Kristi call us “smitten,” and will make fun of me when I’m wearing a “cat that ate the canary” grin, though we all say that to each other when we’re wearing a stupidly happy smile.  But I just can’t help it, he is quite the charmer and is always making me laugh.  He’s a really great cook too, which with him, I discovered, is the way to my heart.

So that’s everyone’s love life here at the Little Things Office.  Except for Ben…who is currently single and ready to mingle, ladies!  Our very own “prince charming” is sure to be exactly that and make you swoon.  We’re not really ever sure about his love life though, because he’s such a lady’s man.  It would be much too hard to keep up with!  But of course all us girls here are his main squeezes; he’ll never love any girl the way he loves us!

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!  <3 Kelsey

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How NOT to Be a Bridezilla: 9 Helpful Tips

May 8, 2010

We’ve all seen the show, and when watching it most women might say, “I’d never act like that.”  Bossy, picky, moody, with loud, angry outbursts and everything being the bride’s way.  And why shouldn’t it be?  It’s their special day.  But there’s a big difference between being a bride and a bridezilla.  You want everything to be perfect, yes, but by becoming a demanding and over controlling woman, you tend to get on everyone’s nerves in the bridal party – as well as whoever else is helping with the wedding, and possibly even your fiancé.  So here’s some tips to avoid becoming a fire-breathing dragon, and remaining a cool, calm and collected bride-to-be.

1.  Even though this is your big day, you are not the center of the universe.  The people that are helping you also have their own lives, and not every minute of their time is going to revolve around assisting you in picking out just that right shade of lipstick, or arranging your 50 intricate centerpieces.  You have to promise yourself that you won’t become a bridezilla before promising everyone else.

2.  Prior to planning the wedding:  give your bridal party, family and fiancé permission to tell you when you’re acting over the top.  Then, actually listen to them when they tell you.

3.  Breathe.  It’s only one day of your life, and you’re planning it to be happy!  Not to lose your mind.  And yes, it only lasts one day.  Your family and friends, however, are there forever and you don’t want to push them away.

4.  Don’t act like you can handle everything.  You can’t.  Embrace everyone’s helpful offers. But don’t take advantage of them, either.  All good things in moderation.

5.  Yes, the little things do count, but you can settle for normal M&M’s rather than the ones with your picture on them that you waited too long to order.  You’ll end up giving yourself a coronary about something petty, like the fact that the marble accents in the floor of your reception hall don’t match your color scheme.

6.  De-stress.  Try boxing or hitting the gym hard to take out some anger when you want to wring your mother-in-law’s throat, or if the wedding favors you want are out of stock.  Even if you’re keeping your cool, but the stress is bottled up on the inside, you have to let it out!  Take a yoga class, get a massage, or go out for a drink with your girlfriends.

7.  Ask your fiancé for help…even if you don’t want him to.  Regardless if he says he doesn’t want to be involved with the planning, he might just be saying that to avoid doing something, and only displeasing you in the end.  He’s the last person you want to push away at this time.  If he really assures you that he doesn’t want to take responsibility for anything, hey, nothing lost, nothing gained.

8.  Stay practical.  You can’t ride in on an elephant with fireworks going off and doves released upon your entrance.  Or not all of it, anyway.  Not everything is going to be 100% perfect, so you have to accept that things will go wrong.  You can at least try your best to fix or change it.

9.  Try not to talk about the wedding plans after a certain time.  This also goes for thinking about the wedding plans too!  By doing this, you’re able to still have “you” time.  This also applies to your fiancé, family and friends.  You’ll also probably stay more sane by not thinking about it 24/7.

Hope this article gave everyone a little laugh.  Enjoy your weekend!  <3 Kelsey

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“Will You Marry Me?”: 5 Great Proposal Ideas

May 5, 2010

So, it’s time to pop the question?  Well, gentlemen, we know what you’re going through.  You’re asking yourself a million and one questions – How do I ask her?  When do I ask her?  Where do I ask her?  Some guys worry that their ideas are a little too over the top, where others may think they’re being just a bit too boring.  Here are five great ways to propose perfectly.  Don’t forget to shop for  wedding favors while planning your wedding!

1.  Popular among celebrities, but only if you have an extra buck or two in your pocket:  Have a plane sky-write your proposal.  It’s costly, but you can really surprise her by just asking her to take a walk where she can see it.  You also have to remember that the weather forecast isn’t always set in stone.  On the bright side, you won’t have to worry about stuttering or accidentally sneezing in the middle of asking her.

2.   A classic idea for the sports fanatics is to propose on the big screen at a sports game.  Years back this may have been unique, but nowadays it seems so many people do it that it’s unoriginal.  You also have to remember that if you get rejected, it’s in front of thousands of people.

3.  It seems that beach weddings are becoming more and more popular, and here at Little Things we’ve noticed that our Personalized Tiger Clam Trinket Box has been cleverly engraved with “Will You Marry Me?” and used as ring boxes to propose on more than one occasion.  We couldn’t think it to be more adorable when men call us up excited and nervous to use this idea to propose.  Aw!

4.  Couples who eat Chinese food regularly out also seem to think of ways to incorporate a proposal on a night out at their favorite restaurant.  If you’re able to actually remove the fortune from inside a real cookie and stick another one in that says “Will You Marry Me?”, or just have a cookie custom made, then go for it!  For a great alternative idea, our Personalized Silver Plated Fortune Cookie Box can be engraved with the words as well, or you can even scribble it on the blank fortune paper that comes inside of it.

5.  Finally, for the ever traditional man, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking your love to the first place you met, or where you had your first date to propose.  By doing this you’re assured that your proposal will be meaningful and memorable.  Of course there are a million different ways to propose, but only you will know what works best for you and what will be appreciated by your significant other.  Good luck and best wishes!

With Love <3 Kelsey

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