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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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Our Top Key Chain Wedding Favors

Nov 17, 2011

Key chain wedding favors are a favorite among brides for a number of reasons.  They’re cheap, small, lightweight, rarely damaged, and absolutely practical.  Key chains are the number one souvenir!  Here’s a top 5 list of our best selling (and a few of my favorite) key chain wedding favors.

1.  Crystal Heart Keychains – These beauties have been a best seller for as long as I can remember, and it’s no wonder as to why.  What better favor for a wedding than a heart?  The crystal is absolutely gorgeous, giving this favor a completely stunning appearance.  It’s simple, yet elegant.

2.  “You Light Up My Life” Light Key Chain – Don’t let the price scare you, these are sold as a set of six, but they’re currently on clearance!  This useful piece will probably be discontinued after the last bath sells out, but I always loved the unique and colorful favor and packaging.  And I always seem to need a flashlight, so this would probably be very useful to me!  In fact, I used to have one on my key ring until I lost it!

3.  Eiffel Tower Key Chain Favors – These only came out last month, and I’m surprised they’re still in stock.  At only $0.80 a piece and as low as $0.50, you are seriously getting so much more than your money’s worth for this product.  I love the fact that it’s three dimensional, unlike other Eiffel Tower key chains I’ve seen that are two dimensional.

4.  Design Your Own Bottle Opener & Key Chain – You’re getting double the practicality with this one.  Key chains are useful on their own, but a bottle opener too?  Fantastic!  Not to mention the free personalization – your guests will always remember your day and the fabulous favor you gave them.  Plus, this one’s great for both men and women.

5.  Crystal Clear Diamond Design Key Chain – Another elegant crystal piece, this one is still dainty but not as feminine as the heart (but don’t expect the guys to sport this one on their key ring).  But this is a great choice for a traditional style engagement party favor as well.  A personal favorite of the girls here at Little Things!

Check out all of our key chain favors to find the perfect match for your wedding.  And be sure to check out our key chain favors under $1.00 too – there’s a whopping 43 (out of a current total of 66 key chain wedding favors) there!

Hang in there, everyone.  It’s almost Friday! :D – 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.

Looking for Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors and Ideas?

Nov 11, 2011

A very long time ago, I posted about having an eco-friendly wedding.  Since I don’t want to be repetitive, I’m just going to ramble about our fabulous eco-friendly wedding favors.  I love our eco-friendly favors, mostly because so much thought went into making them not only good for the environment, but making them pretty too.

If you read my posts regularly, you’ll notice that I have a pet peeve for non-useful favors.  Why are you going to spend money on something your guests are going to toss away after your wedding?  I’m all about the practical stuff, or at least something you can eat or use at least one time.  Hence why I am obsessed with our seed wedding favors.  My absolute favorite eco-friendly wedding favor are our birdseed hearts that you see in the picture, but right now they’re currently out of stock until further notice.  But because they were so popular (and we had no complaints about them), I had to throw them in there.  Interested?  Keep checking back on our website every few weeks to see if they’re back in stock.  But great seed alternatives include our plantable magic beans (they can be personalized at no additional cost!)  Since the seeds are shipped loose to you, a great idea is to purchase some of our personalized muslin bags (also eco-friendly, of course) and fill them up with seeds.  For a really personal touch, attach a favor tag instructing your guests to plant the seeds when they get home to grow their very own beautiful wildflowers.

Beeswax candles are another popular choice of green wedding favors.  I personally don’t like candles too much, but our beeswax ones are definitely an exception.  So are our personalized soy candles and our real coconut shells filled with soy candles – they smell SO good!  If you’re not into candles, consider bamboo favors, such as our bamboo coasters.  The great thing about bamboo coasters is that you’re virtually paying the same price as you would for a set of glass coasters, but you’re getting four coasters instead of the usual two (since they’re thinner, more fit in the packaging).

I could sit here all day and tell you why I love our eco-friendly favors so much, but I’ll just let you find out yourself.  Questions?  Comments?  Share your thoughts please!

PS:  Happy 11/11/11!  I cannot tell you how many weddings are taking place today.  I was actually hoping to devote a blog to the unique and popular wedding date, but was unable to gather enough information.  All I really know is that Las Vegas will probably look like a bridal convention:  an estimated 3,500 weddings were reserved at Vegas chapels today, which is more than triple the usual weddings that occur per day there.

Have a great weekend, and congratulations if you’re getting married today!  <3 Kelsey

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Deck the Halls…with Winter and Holiday Party Favors!

Nov 10, 2011

Whether you’re shopping for favors for your winter wedding or a festive giveaway for your holiday affair, we’ve got all the winter wedding favors and holiday party favors that are going to make your event unique!

Recently we’ve added tons of new holiday and winter favors to our site.  As Christmas lovers ourselves, we know that everyone loves a fun holiday party!  In fact, Erica has just invited a bunch of friends to her house for a holiday cocktail party, and I can’t wait to see which Christmas party favors she gives to her guests!

Our selection of winter and holiday favors is so vast, you’ll have a hard time choosing something.  We’ve got favors suitable for your winter wonderland wedding like crystal snowflake bottle stoppers and everything red and green for your Christmas wedding or holiday party.

Some of our hot new items include nutcracker place card holders, tons of personalized drink mixes with brand new holiday designs available for the labels, a section completely dedicated to our large selection of angel favors, adorable holiday treats like holly berry sprinkled fortune cookies and Christmas character rice krispies, and unique holiday gifts that you won’t find anywhere else such as personalized ornaments.

Shop our winter wedding favors for anything frosted with snowflakes, and check out our holiday party favors for all of our new unique gifts and fun holiday favors!

- Kelsey

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How to Avoid Cheap DIY Wedding Favors

Nov 8, 2011

After working here for almost 4 years now, I’ve noticed a popular trend of do it yourself wedding favors…and have seen brides worried and concerned about them even more.  Today, most brides want to purchase unique wedding favors without breaking the bank, which is why DIY wedding favors are often considered.  Yet at the same time, they don’t want their favors to look cheap.  So, just how do you avoid working hard on your wedding favors, only to result in them looking low budget?

When I (and most brides) think of do it yourself favors, the thought that automatically comes to mind is a flimsy favor box or organza bag filled with 5 Jordan almonds.  Sure, it was popular back in the day, but today brides want something one of a kind.  I don’t want to go too deeply into do it yourself wedding favor ideas (you can check out my recent article, DIY wedding favor ideas for some inspiration), but rather focus on just how you can avoid making your favors look cheap.

1.  Quality is key.  This especially goes for wedding favor boxes, but remember that just because you find one that is more expensive than the others, doesn’t mean it’s better.  Your best bet?  Browse our selection of favor boxes and give us a call when you find a few you like.  There’s a good chance we’ll have it in our showroom and can give you a 100% honest opinion of the product.  I can tell you right now that any item code beginning with the prefix LPP is great quality.

2.  Personalize, personalize, personalize.  Adding customization to your favors is a great way to avoid looking like you just threw some candy into a box, bag or jar.  Hang tags look great on any of the three, and attaching them by a ribbon instead of a bungee cord makes a big difference too.  It adds a pop of color to the favor and displays the tag better since it holds it tighter than a string.  Personalized labels or stickers always look nicer when stuck over a piece of ribbon wrapped around the box (and you don’t have to worry about tying bows).

3.  Add something meaningful.  Whether it’s your favorite quote or a saying or something that symbolizes your relationship, your guests will know your heart went into making your favors special.  For example, filling up a bottle with your signature homemade salad dressing or baking your favorite cookies and stacking them in a clear cellophane bag is something that really did come from you, but make sure to let your guests know that!  Attach a tag that says “Baked with Love” or use your imagination to think up something clever to write.  Custom CDs are another great idea that has become very popular: create a playlist of the favorite songs you share.

Don’t be shy – tell us your ideas on how to make DIY wedding favors look more expensive!

<3 Kelsey

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Great Glass Favors

Nov 3, 2011

Personalized Stemless Wine Glasses

Did you know that the term “glass favors”  and “personalized glasses” are popular search terms on the net in regards to the favor market?  What makes this term so popular?  Since I can remember (going back to when I was a teenager) personalized glasses are a traditional way of memorializing the day.  Back in 1994 when I went to my senior prom – we received personalized candles in roly poly glasses to mark the occasion (funny, they came from one of our now suppliers, Fashioncraft).  To this day, some of our bestselling items are personalized glassware!

Glass favors though don’t just encompass personalized glasses, they also include our popular coasters, murano art deco favors, crystal, and the increasing popular glass candy favor jars.

Here are our Top 10 Glass Favors we’ve picked out especially for you! Check them out for some great wedding and party ideas:

  1. Design Your Own Apothecary Jars – Designed with tight rubber seals and a snap tight metal lock, there are over 200 different designs perfect for any occasion.  These are perfect to fill with treats, although some assembly is required they are our #1 selling glass favor.
  2. Square Glass Coaster With Heart Design – Number #2 on our bestselling glass favor list – probably because coasters are pratical and these are exceptionally cheap for the quality!  When you purchase 72 or more they are only .99 cents each!  They also hold a photo too!
  3. Crystal Heart Keychains – A romantic crystal heart dangles gracefully from this keychain.  It is perfect for any love-filled occasion and for only .99 cents (after a quantity of 30), you can’t beat this practical gift.
  4. 24% Genuine Lead Crystal Purple Rose – We can’t keep these in stock! As soon as we get shipments, they sell out.  So if you are interested in this keepsake, pre-order them.  Purple seems to be the color of the year.  The crystal rose is elegant and dainty – making it the perfect favor for your guests to display in their homes.  After all, who doesn’t like to receive roses?  And at .99 cents on orders of 60 or more – these are great favors for parties and weddings!
  5. Design Your Own Glass Candy Jars – Popular for a number of reasons: they are retro designed like old-fashioned candy jars, they are personalized for free and they are only .89 cents with a minimum order of 36.
  6. Personalized Stemless Wine Glasses – Shown above in the picture, these are the #1 selling personalized glassware item we sell. Available in over 200 designs and 9 colors, different font styles and up to 3 lines of text in most cases – these are great.  These only hold 9 ounces of wine though.  I have a feeling our newly released Personalized 15 Ounce Stemless Wine Glasses are going to do very well also.  The smaller 9 ounce size sells for 1.45 while the 15 ounce size sells for 1.65
  7. Personalized Pint Glasses – These aren’t just for the beer drinkers (although they do work well for beer!) These pint glasses hold anything you choose – water, soda, ice tea, juice, etc… and I’m sure they will get use in your guests’ homes.  Available in over 200 designs and 9 colors – personalized yours today!
  8. Personalized Round Shot Glass & Votive Candle Holder Favors – Whether your guests use these as a shot glass or a candle holder – the choice is theirs.  Some of our customers have used these to hold candles and decorate their reception tables while others have used these at the bar.  At 1.05 per personalized glass, its an easy choice!
  9. Set of 12 Personalized Glass Favor Jars – These are sold in sets of 12, so don’t let the high price tag shock you when you initally view these.  On the smaller side than the other two glass jars featured in this post, but the personalized tags offered are much prettier IMO than on the other jars.
  10. Design Your Own Glass Mason Candy Jars – I love the size and shape of these, complete with a little handle.  Fill these with sauces, jams, jellies, honey, spice mixes, candy – you name it. The stand a bit bigger than most measuring 3 ¼” tall x 2 ½” wide.

Breaking Dawn Wedding Favors

Nov 1, 2011

If you’re a Twilight fan (like me!) you’re anxiously anticipating the release of Breaking Dawn Part 1 next month.

If you’ve read the books as well, you know that Edward and Bella get married (sorry if I spoiled it, guys!).  And as you’ve seen from past blogs, obviously we’re all wondering what wedding favors vampires would give at their affair.

Perhaps personalized bottles of blood?  Well…we don’t have that, but the Cullens are vampires who try to blend in with the rest of humans in society.  So maybe they’ll opt for something a little more classy and “normal.”

My suggestions would be black and white or Damask themed favors – or even chess inspired favors, like our unique place card holders or candles, since the cover of Breaking Dawn features chess pieces.  Or maybe something with a chandelier on it?

The photos are my suggestions.  What do you think the Cullens will give as their wedding favors?

- Kelsey

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