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Wedding Cake Ideas & Alternatives

Mar 26, 2013

Grand Display Tower for Cupcakes

Grand Display Tower for Cupcakes

A wedding cake is one of the oldest wedding traditions. It is also a big focal point of the wedding reception, and often one of the biggest wedding expenses! Today it is not uncommon for couples to stray from this tradition and opt for alternative desserts, whether the reason being for budget purposes or just personal taste.

What’s more popular than a wedding cake? Cupcakes! Though used for many and all occasions, today cupcakes are definitely one of the most trendy alternatives to a wedding cake. They’re much more modern, often less expensive, and especially perfect for the DIY bride (what better way to save money than to bake or decorate them yourself?). Although they’re different, cupcakes are no less pretty than a wedding cake – there are so many ways to display them, like our damask cupcake stand!

When asked if they would be having a traditional wedding cake, a hefty number of our readers said they’ll be choosing cupcakes over a standard cake. A few other brides mentioned other desserts they’ll be serving up, like miniature pies, cheesecakes, or cannolis.

Some brides couldn’t make up their mind, so they chose more than one dessert, like Jane C. who will also have a candy buffet. In addition to her wedding cake, Heather W. will also be having a s’mores bar. You can create your very own by simply setting out sternos (they look great in boxes of pebbles) and allowing your guests to roasts marshmallows. The concept of a candy or ice cream bar has grown to be just as common as cupcakes! Pirom C. is another who will have both a wedding cake and other desserts, with hers having a personal meaning. “We are having a traditional cake, as well as traditional desserts from both our cultures,” she says. What better way to signify the blending of two different backgrounds than with tasty treats?

Still want to display that perfect wedding cake topper you found? You don’t need to have a cake to do that, and Sam C. proves it! “We will have light purple macarons and maybe monogrammed petit fours on a nice three tier stand with a cute cake topper on the top tier,” she says. Not having a wedding cake also eliminates the cake cutting ceremony, which many brides find to be a downside. However, Mary S. solved this problem by putting a small, two-tier cake on top of her cupcake stand (that will be full of cheesecake cupcakes!) so she her and her beau can still cut that first slice together.

A big congratulations to our winner of this contest, Jessika Hinston! Jessika is a bride who stuck to tradition and will have a traditional cake in chocolate and strawberry flavors!

~ Kelsey

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Wedding Centerpiece Ideas: Non-Traditional or Classic?

Mar 19, 2013

Burlap Table Number Wine Bags

Burlap Table Number Wine Bags

Gone are the days of spending a fortune on flowers for your wedding centerpieces. Today, it’s all about getting crafty and creating DIY centerpieces – and not only because they don’t break the bank, but because they’re original and creative too!

We asked our readers to share their wedding centerpiece ideas. Although many included flowers or some kind of floral accents, most of them went with a more non-traditional route and incorporated something really unique into them. Floating candles, sand, stones, feathers, and candy are just some of the decorations our brides-to-be are planning on incorporating with their wedding centerpieces.

If there was one way to describe the number one centerpiece trend, it’s this: mason jars. Brides love them, because they’re so versatile (and cheap). Available in a variety of sizes, they make perfect additions to rustic or vintage weddings and can hold candles, flowers, or candy – you name it.

Some other ideas we loved were painted wine bottles, like Danielle B. will have. (Another great idea is painting them with chalkboard paint and making them your table numbers.) And Hannah R. might fill up her mason jars with empty shot gun shells. Breana Z. was even thinking of incorporating live Beta fish into hers!

If you’re still weary about making your own centerpieces, remember that all those cut flowers are not only expensive, but bad for the environment! Plus, traditional flowers in vases can be bulky – you don’t want your guests peering around and over your centerpieces to see each other!

Congratulations to our contest winner Michelle Marie! Please contact us at info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your prize.

For more ideas, check out Kristi’s latest article on wedding centerpieces.

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What’s Your Biggest Wedding Splurge?

Mar 12, 2013

Read My Sign - Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper

Read My Sign - Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper

Photographers, flowers, food…all are huge wedding expenses. What do brides spend the most money on when it comes to planning a wedding? We asked our brides what their biggest wedding splurge is.

Today there are not many brides who can afford a wedding planner, but Kim F. defintitely went the extra mile and hired one. In addition, she opted for a personalized menu. It’s not a shock that food will be the most expensive thing for many brides. Sherry V. said in addition to a photographer, food is also her biggest expense. Sam C. agreed, and said that alcohol is just as costly as food. “I’m considering a martini bar,” he added. Veronica P., like many other brides, will be splurging on a photo booth rather than wedding favors or a photographer.

For Nanci C. and Candice W., decorations were a splurge – especially flowers. On the other hand, Stephanie G. and Tracy W. went the extra mile for their guests. “Our Our biggest splurge is renting a cabin for 20 people for two nights, so we can enjoy our wedding, but not have to worry about what time the reception will be over,” said Stephanie. Tracy added, “we didn’t want to worry about guests drinking and driving, so we are having it at a hotel which is a bit more expensive, but worth people not drunk driving.”

“Accessories for myself!” says Jen B. Her bridal accessories will be her biggest expense, from wedding shoes to jewelry and extra accents to make her wedding apparel one of a kind.

For many brides, like Jenn K. and Shonnie A., the wedding gown was what broke the bank. “I bought [my dress] custom made into the exact one of my dreams since I was unable to find one exactly like I wanted,” says Shonnie.

A big congratulations to Kimberly Lynn Lincolne who won this contest and a wedding cake topper!

Happy planning, everyone!

Kelsey

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How Long Were You Dating Before You Got Engaged?

Mar 5, 2013

As we all know, today there is no right or wrong when it comes to wedding traditions. Whether it’s rocking a non-traditional bridal gown or tying the knot in the strangest of places, anything goes! This also includes the amount of time a couple has been dating before one of them pops the question.

There was (and still is) no rule when it comes to marriage proposals. Nowadays, you could be dating for any amount of time before you get married, whether it’s less than a year or up to ten! And of course, there are still so many couples who choose to not make it official, but practically are anyway.

As I’ve mentioned many times, our office manager Kristi is getting married after dating her fiance Steve for five years. Coincidentally, so is her identical twin sister, but Kate was only dating John for just a little over a year! Yet their weddings are less than a year apart. This sparked a bit of curiosity in me, and I was excited to ask readers and Facebook fans how long they were dating their significant other before they got engaged!

The time range was huge: Brandy W. from IL only dated her man for 9 months before they decided to get married. “I knew he was the one on the first date,” she gushed. Some people may think that’s a short period of time, but Lori B. had her beat by a landslide – she was only dating her now-husband for six weeks! Yet she’s a perfect example that the amount of time means nothing, because that was thirteen years ago and she’s still happily married. Others, like Tanya L. from MN, dated her beau for ten years before she finally tied the knot!

I think my favorite responses on this particular “question of the day contest” were the ones that made me laugh:

“One year, one month, one week, and one day.” – Nanci R.

“I’m still waiting!” – Kim J., MI

“It took six years and two kids later!” – Ana D., WI

“Three years dating…took him long enough!” – Jen B.

Although everyone who participated boasted a different amount of dating time, there’s one thing everyone had in common:  that it didn’t matter how long it took for a proposal to happen, because it was definitely worth the wait!

A big congratulations to Sara Eisenhart who won this Facebook contest and a wedding cake topper! Sara’s fiance proposed to her just two days before their two year anniversary.

Please contact us to claim your prize!

~ Kelsey

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