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What’s the Importance of the Bling in YOUR Engagement Ring?

Jan 29, 2013

Here in America, we expect a wedding proposal to go down on one knee and of course, include a big, sparkling ring. But did you know that in Scandinavia–as well as some other European countries–this is not the norm? Rather than an engagement ring featuring a central stone and wedding bands for both the bride and groom during the ceremony, the custom is almost the opposite. Instead, gold bands are used at the time of the engagement (for each person, yes), and a second ring is given to the bride on the wedding day.

This practice is quite unlike the tradition here in the West. For many American brides, the biggest value is set on the engagement ring, but is this materialistic? We decided to ask our readers. Just how important is it to have a lot of bling in the ring? Is the phrase “quality over quantity” true for engagement rings? Do most brides prefer a rock they can show off to all their friends, or is it all about the “3 C’s” – clarity, cut and color?

Most of our brides to be said that quality over quantity is definitely more important. “Bigger isn’t always better,” said Courtney E. of MA. Penny W. of OK agreed, saying that “the ring should be about detail and great accents.”

Yet most of our readers went a step further and elaborated on the true meaning of an engagement ring, like Marissa B.,

“I think all that matters is the fact that my husband asked me to marry him! The engagement ring (as well as our wedding rings) was just a symbol of the two of us committing our lives together.”

“The ring shouldn’t matter to a girl if she’s really in love,” added Courtney. She wasn’t the only one who came out to say that the importance is what matters. Penny also said, “you should love anything he can afford to give you. The engagement ring represents his intention to spend the rest of his life with you.” Her husband used diamonds that belonged to both of their grandmothers. “It saved a bundle and there is so much love and family behind his design.”

Tiffany F. from OH provided some more insight by saying,  “people are forgetting the real meaning of the ring. It’s a life long commitment given by your significant other. I think too many women put emphasis on cost, appearance, and diamonds. Your significant other should know you well enough to pick out a ring that is your taste and his. The ring is a reflection of how he feels about you. It shouldn’t be jaded. That is selfish. It’s a gift and a commitment for life.”

With that in mind, we’re glad to see that so many brides reflect upon the sentimental value of the ring rather than the monetary value. Like your choice in a partner, it’s what’s inside that counts!

~ 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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Jan 9, 2013

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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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