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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

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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Top Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Nov 15, 2012

Did you know here at Little Things we offer a large selection of bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts? Well, we do, and many of them make great holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list too! We’ve gathered some of our top, best selling gifts that we think are perfect for those special girls and guys you need to buy for this year. The best part? Most of them can be personalized for free, and they’re also affordable for most budgets!

 

Personalized Photo Christmas Ornament

Personalized Photo Christmas Ornament

What’s our best suggestion when it comes to choosing Christmas gifts for mom? Give her anything that you can put photos inside of! She’ll absolutely adore our Personalized Photo Christmas Ornament – insert her favorite picture of you and your family before wrapping it up so she can hang it on the tree right after she opens it.

Top 5 Gifts for Mom

Monogrammed Red Wine Glass Set (Set of 4)

Personalized Photo Christmas Ornament

Personalized Oil & Vinegar Cruet Bottles – no longer available

Plush Hooded Spa Robe

Square Glass Photo Vase

Beaded Silver Plated Jewelry Box

Beaded Silver Plated Jewelry Box

You know her best, so you know exactly what she wants as a present! But if you’re stumped in the least bit, consider a simple and lovely keepsake gift like our best selling Beaded Silver Plated Jewelry Box.

Top 5 Gifts for Sisters

Personalized Close-at-Hand Purse Hook – no longer available

Beaded Silver Plated Jewelry Box

Personalized Beaded Silver Picture Frames

Embroidered Pashminas

Personalized Flip Flops

Personalized Souvenir Shot Glasses

Personalized Souvenir Shot Glasses

Best gals take the world by storm together, so if you two are the duo always out for a night on the town you should give her something that reflects your fabulous party lifestyle, such as a trendy flask or our Personalized Souvenir Shot Glasses.

Top 5 Gifts for Friends

Personalized Pink Glitter Flask

Striped Canvas Tote Bag

Personalized Souvenir Shot Glasses – no longer available

Engraved Key to my Heart Keychain – no longer available

Dupioni Silk Cosmetic Bags – no longer available

Premium Cigar Humidor with Hydrometer and Humidifier

Premium Cigar Humidor with Hydrometer and Humidifier

Here at Little Things, we know that dads come in all shapes and sizes and love to do different things! Yours may love to throw some burgers on the grill, others may enjoy a game of golf or lounging around smoking his favorite cigar. Whatever he enjoys doing, we have a great selection of Christmas gifts for dad where you’re sure to find the perfect gift for him.

Top 5 Gifts for Dad

Personalized 11 pc. Backyard BBQ Grill Set

Personalized Stainless Steel Thermos – no longer available

Stainless Steel Multi-Function Golf Tool

Premium Cigar Humidor with Hydrometer and Humidifier – no longer available

Personalized Glass Tumblers (Set of 4)

 

 

Custom Beer Flight Sampler With Pilsner Glasses

Custom Beer Flight Sampler With Pilsner Glasses

You may not get along that great all the time, but he’s still your brother after all. Whether he’s the college frat-boy partier, an avid football fan who tailgates every single game or more of a low-key kind of guy, we’re sure we have the gift to match his unique personality.

Top 5 Gifts for Brothers

Personalized Zippo Hand Warmer

Personalized Beer Cooler

Personalized Mirror Stainless Steel Flask

Custom Beer Flight Sampler With Pilsner Glasses

Personalized Canvas Travel Bag

Mr. Beer with Personalized Pub Glass Set

Mr. Beer with Personalized Pub Glass Set

If you’re really looking for a one of a kind gift that’s sure to impress, be sure to check out our unique selection of gifts for him where you’ll find cool stuff like our Mr. Beer Kit which will allow him to create his very own beer. You’ll be rewarded as girlfriend of the year!

Top 5 Gifts for Boyfriends

Tailgate Dispenser Cooler

Bottle Opener Keychain – no longer available

Mr. Beer with Personalized Pub Glass Set – no longer available

Personalized Multi-Tool with Flashlight – no longer available

Personalized iPad Case – no longer available

 

Personalized Counter Balance Wine Bottle Holder

Personalized Counter Balance Wine Bottle Holder

Don’t forget about the party planner – she went out of her way to make the holidays happen! For the hostess, you can’t go wrong with giving her a gift for the home, such as our Counter Balance Wine Bottle Holder, perhaps along with a bottle of her favorite brand of Merlot or Chardonnay.

Top 5 Hostess Gifts

Heart Shaped Fondue Set – no longer available

Counter Balance Wine Bottle Holder

Flower Bouquet Reception Vase Holder – no longer available

Monogram Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4)

Personalized Felicity Cheerful Monogram Pillow Case – no longer available

 

Diamond Shaped Paperweight

Diamond Shaped Paperweight

Shopping for teachers’ gifts can be a bit tricky, especially when you don’t know her too well! The easiest route is to choose a gift that you know she can use on her desk or in the classroom, such as a useful paperweight or a little trinket tray for holding paperclips, thumbtacks and other small items.

Top 5 Gifts for Teachers

Diamond Shaped Paperweight (Can be Engraved)

Premier Pen with Swarovski Crystals – no longer available

Personalized Sweetheart Silver Plated Compact Mirror – no longer available

Personalized Leather Trinket & Coin Tray – no longer available

Personalized Elegant Silver Picture Frames

Personalized Hot Cocoa Holiday Party Favors

Personalized Hot Cocoa Holiday Party Favors

Wish your guests a very Merry Christmas and send them home from your holiday party with a memorable favor. Our Ornament Design Brownie Pops are absolutely delectable, and our Personalized Hot Cocoa Holiday Party Favors will have each and every guest reminiscing on the good times as they sip their single serving from a mug!

Top 5 Holiday Party Favors

Assorted Holiday Lip Balm Favors – no longer available

Crystal Snowflake Design Wine Stopper Favors

Personalized Hot Cocoa Holiday Party Favors

Fabulous Ornament Design Brownie Pops

Personalized Holiday Cocktail Shaker Favors

Check back on our website www.littlethingsfavors.com for our upcoming Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales for super savings on your holiday shopping!

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Wedding Planning Step 3: Selecting Your Wedding Venue

Nov 13, 2012

Michael Anthony's, Jersey City, NJ

Michael Anthony’s, Jersey City, NJ

Hello my fellow brides-to-be! So you’ve celebrated your engagement with your family and friends – what’s next? Selecting for the perfect venue for your special day! Choosing your wedding venue is one of the first and most important steps in the wedding planning process. Steve and I have chosen the Michael Anthony’s, located in the Newport section of Jersey City. Located right near the Hudson River, our venue offers stunning views of the New York City skyline (and even a glimpse of my favorite building in NYC, the Chrysler building!) There is also a perfect view of the new One World Trade Center building that is still under construction, but always lit up in bright, beautiful lights. The restaurant itself has a modern touch, with exposed brick walls and large windows. Steve and I decided early on that we wanted a wedding venue that was out of the ordinary, but also reflected our personal style. Before you begin your search, there are several important factors you should consider.

First, and most importantly, you must decide on your wedding budget.  Will you and your fiancé be footing the bill? Will you receive help from your parents in any way? Once you have determined how much you are able to spend, you will be able to search for venues that will fit your budget.

Next, you should determine how many guests you plan to invite. This will help you narrow down the venues that will be able to accommodate the size of your wedding. You may also want to consider the fact that many venues have guest minimums for certain days. For example, Saturday is the most desirable day to have a wedding, and will require a higher minimum of guests. Fridays and Sundays will usually have a lower minimum guest requirement, as the availability will be greater for these days.

Now that the budget and amount of guests have been decided, you and your fiancé can discuss what you both envision for your special day. Do you plan on having a religious ceremony? Or are you looking for a venue that can also accommodate your ceremony? Also, do you have any particular theme in mind? Some of the most popular wedding venues/themes right now are the rustic wedding (think vintage-style barn or farm), a summertime beach wedding, a modern-style wedding (in a loft or re-purposed warehouse), and the always popular destination wedding. Ballrooms and banquet facilities are also excellent options, and can be found in any location. These venues can be blank slates that you can decorate and enhance. And don’t forget about up-lighting!  Something so simple can make all the difference in the overall look of your wedding venue.

Once you have found some wedding venues that suit your style, you can start visiting them to get a first-hand look of what they have to offer – and be sure to bring your camera! I must admit when Steve and I began visiting wedding venues, we were a little discouraged at first. I felt like we would never find a venue that would fit all of our needs, because each one had its pros and cons. The first venue we visited, a modern loft space, had an odd layout, and would not be able to comfortably accommodate the amount of guests we planned to invite. The second venue we visited was a beautiful re-purposed warehouse, but it did not have ample parking for our guests. You may come across similar bumps in the road, but don’t give up hope!

Here are a few questions to keep in mind once you have chosen that perfect wedding venue:

-Do you have to choose an outside caterer, or do they provide on-site catering services?

-Would you have to supply your own alcohol, or do they offer packages that include this?

-Do they have any wedding decorations (centerpieces, etc.) that you would be able to use for your reception? If so, is there any additional set-up fee if you choose to use them?

-Do they provide linens and chairs or if you will have to rent these from an outside vendor?

-Would you be able to hold your rehearsal at the venue prior to your wedding day (if you choose to have your ceremony/reception at the same location)?

-Are there any restrictions with the space (for example: no confetti, etc.)

-Is there a cake cutting fee? (some venues will add on an additional fee per person for cutting and serving your wedding cake)

-Is there a contingency plan? (should there be inclement weather, and your ceremony was to take place outside)

Do you have any other helpful tips to offer our fellow brides-to-be who are still searching for their perfect wedding venue? I’d love to hear them!

And if you’re still planning, or just beginning to plan your wedding, be sure to check out our wedding planning tips

All the best,

Kristi

Our Founder, In The Media

Nov 8, 2012

Erica’s been getting some media love lately and we’d like to share the press!

Fairground Media, Erica weighed in on the topic of Should You Pay For Advertising on Websites + Blogs – given Little Things has tested and re-tested so many advertising methods online, Erica had much to say!  For those fellow websites and bloggers, she’d love to hear your unique experiences in regards to your experience with online advertising.

YFSEntrepreneur (Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed) has also done a featured Entrepreneur profile on Erica and how she formed our company, Little Things Favors.  Want to see what it takes?  Check out the article: Entrepreneur, Erica Tevis Finds Big Success In One-Stop Shop Wedding Website, Little Things Favors

And finally, one of our favorite vendors of personalized event favors, Event Blossom, did a Q & A session with Erica about the business., which you can read here: Quick Q & A with Little Things Favors

Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath in Our Town

Nov 5, 2012

To Our Customers and Friends,

First of all we hope that everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy is safe and sound.

Many of you may not know, but our offices and most of our employees homes are located in Sayreville, NJ or the surrounding towns.  We lost power Monday night as Sandy hit and our offices were without power until last night.  Our area runs along the Raritan River and many of our friends and family members have completely lost homes and and have been displaced by the storm.  Our schools are shut down until November 13, as more than 1/2 of Sayreville remains without power. We are thankful and grateful to the Alabama Power Company who has been here in Sayreville helping our power company restore power.

If you would like to see some of the devastation that has happened to our small town, here is a video provided by the NJ Star Ledger and NJ.com:

Sayreville coping with serious flood damage, no power

Despite the hurricane, we moved one of our computers to a friend’s house in New York last week who had power and we were working diligently around the clock to try and answer your emails, live chats and process your orders.  It was a slow process, but we did the best we could under the circumstances.

At this time, we have power restored to our offices and we are fully operational again.  We are taking orders.  We are shipping again. All of our computers are up and running, our warehouses are shipping and we are here to answer your questions and help you anyway we can.

All orders will be shipping as fast as humanly possible.  As I write this, our warehouses have been open all weekend long trying to catch up and all orders will go out ASAP.  We thank you for your thoughts, prayers and well wishes that we have received during this time.

We have been in contact with the American Red Cross to set up a fundraising campaign.  We are awaiting their response to see if they will accept us and allow us to sponsor a fundraising drive.  We will offer 5% off all orders and we will donate 5% of the orders who use the coupon to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to the Red Cross.  As soon as we receive a response from the Red Cross we will let you know.

Our offices are located at 137 Main Street in Sayreville, NJ.  Anyone in the area who has been affected by the Hurricane and is still without power is welcome to come here, warm up and charge their electronics.  We wish we could help more!

It amazes me that in times of natural disasters, how we Americans ban together to help each other.  I am overwhelmed by our local situation and I am thankful and appreciate all the help that people from out of state have done to help not only our community, but everyone affected by Sandy.  We will rebuild!

Stay strong, stay safe.  We will continue to update our Facebook page and this blog in the coming days.  In the meantime we ask that you be patient with us as New Jersey, New York and the entire East Coast recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy.

If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let us know.

All the best,

Erica Tevis,

Founder, www.LittleThingsFavors.com