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Glitter, Glamor and Gold – The “It” Wedding Color

Nov 8, 2013

gold, blush and ivory wedding palette

Most weddings are glamorous, even the “simple” rustic inspired ones which have been so popular lately.  But no matter what your theme, by infusing a little bit of gold into your wedding decor you can make your wedding simply fabulous.  Just check out these classic color combinations for weddings but when you add accents of gold to them they simply will wow you.

Black, White & Gold Wedding Palette

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Sophisticated and stunning, the look of black and white combined with gold gives a regal touch.

Blush, Ivory & Gold Wedding Palette

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Soft and romantic, this sparkly combination is lovely for winter and early spring weddings.

Red, Ivory & Gold Wedding Palette

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Wonderful for Holiday and Valentine’s weddings, gold adds richness to red.

Mint & Gold Wedding Palette

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Mint has been popular in 2013 and will continue in 2014. It pairs pretty with gold hues for spring & summer.

Emerald Green & Gold Wedding Palette

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Emerald was Pantone’s color of the year in 2013, and it shines with gold accents for weddings. Perfect for fall, winter, holiday and St. Patrick’s Day or Irish weddings.

Silver & Gold Wedding Palette

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If you’re looking for a stunning color combination for winter weddings, silver and gold simply wows. This is a great wedding color combination for December weddings and New Year’s weddings.

What’s your favorite combination of colors with gold? What colors will you be using for your wedding?

Are Wedding Toasts Out Of Date?

Nov 1, 2013

image credit: Charles Media Photography

Wedding toasts are a tradition you either love or hate.  Chances are you have been to one to many weddings where the speeches are long, boring or maybe a bit too over the top.   I got to thinking if wedding toasts were somehow out of date with the times after reading Offbeat Bride’s post that wedding speeches could die and no one would care.  Most guests probably wouldn’t notice – or even talk about it afterwards – that no one gave a speech.  It would give people more time to mingle, drink and dance.

And let’s face it, no one likes to give them.  Who wants to stand in front of a crowd and give a speech, knowing that the majority of the guests couldn’t care less about what you have to say.  Well, it isn’t about the guests.  It’s about the couple – the bride and groom who’ve asked you to say a few words, maybe a blessing for the future, or some advice.  You are important to them and hearing your words of wisdom is important too.  They’re not asking you to give a 20 minute power point presentation and research their lives (chances are you probably already know most of the juicy details anyway) but just a few short minutes (1 to 3 minutes to be exact) to let them know you care too.

Ehh… you’re still not sold on giving that speech huh?  I don’t blame you, I’m not a fan of them either.  I hate sitting through them and I get so nervous I could puke while giving them.  But my tone changed when I attended a friend’s wedding last month – her twin sister gave a speech that was so moving and funny that it changed my whole impression of wedding toasts.  So what did she do that was so different that it changed my mind?

  1. She spoke from the heart about her sister and husband
  2. She made a Top 5 list of things to keep Kristi happy – words of advice for her husband, Steve.  And anyone who knows Kristi, was laughing because it was hilarious.
  3. She congratulated them and toasted, it was short, sweet and sentimental.

The thing is, wedding speeches don’t have to be horrible or dreadful for you or the guests.  Just a few short sentences that express your love and well wishes is good enough.  I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to preform.  The fact is, just be yourself because that’s who the bride and groom love.  Because heartfelt sentiments never go out of date.

Do you think wedding toasts are out of style? Are you doing something other than a toast for gathering good wishes?  Share your thoughts on wedding toasting speeches below!

And if you’re preparing to give a wedding toasting speech, you may want to read our tips: Wedding Toasting: 15 Do’s and Don’ts for some helpful hints.

Nautical Wedding Ideas

May 9, 2013

From bold navy stripes, to pops of red and rope details, we love all things associated with the trend toward nautical! There are so many ways to incorporate nautical elements into your celebration whether you want to give a subtle nod to the sea or have a full blown sea-side soiree! Anchors are a popular icon and other favorite include: sailboats, lighthouses, compasses, ship steering wheels, sea shells, sea stars, and even lobsters! Here are our top 3 nautical favors:

1. “Anchor” Bottle Opener
2. “By the Sea” Lighthouse Tea Light Holder
3. “Shining Sails” Silver Place Card Holders

These favors can be incorporated in to the center of the table décor, placed on each plate, or organized on an impressive display for guests to take as they “sail away” for the evening.

Happy Planning!

- Nicole of Kate Aspen

DIY Wedding Ideas & Tips

May 7, 2013

Design Your Own Apothecary Jars

Design Your Own Apothecary Jars

Whether you’re a bride planning for your upcoming nuptials, or are just like one of us hopeful girls who is constantly adding to their dream wedding Pinterest board, you may have noticed a trend:  do it yourself wedding ideas. From wedding favors packaged in mason jars to DIY centerpieces made of easy to find materials, there are tons of ways to make your own decorations or favors and save a couple bucks when planning the big day.

Before you commit to a huge project, take a moment to assess your situation. Often, brides are eager to dive headfirst and bring out the craft glue, only to find out that the task is much more difficult than they thought. Lisa, a wedding expert who runs her blog A Bride on a Budget gave us some insight:

“I think DIY wedding favors are a great idea — as long as the bride and groom are crafty. A lot of what people see on Pinterest are actually items made from professionals but tagged as DIY. Not every pin is made by every bride. I think Pinterest gives brides a false hope about what they can and cannot DIY. So, with that being said, if the couple (or their family or bridal party) is crafty, by all means, make as much as you can.”

Keep that in mind when browsing wedding ideas on the web. If you’ve pinned a number of DIY wedding ideas on Pinterest, our best advice is to look further into the pins and see what’s actually required to make them, or if they’re even handmade products at all. Luckily, the great thing about many of the DIY wedding projects found online is that you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to create them. Trust me, I myself am not crafty and even I think I could handle some of the projects I’ve stumbled upon on Pinterest. You’ll be surprised that a little extra research, time, and elbow grease can go a long way.

Our office manager Kristi is living proof: she recently sent out her save the dates–DIY save the dates, may I add. She found a collection of old postcards her grandfather sent his wife while away in the war, and after designing the layout, her and her fiance printed up their save the dates on the back of the postcards. Not only were they gorgeous and vintage, but they had a personal touch. All they paid for was paper, ink, and stamps–and the time to design and assemble them. Kristi says that overall supply costs to make the save the dates was probably only $60, not to mention that the two had an enjoyable time creating them together.

Lisa also proves that cutting costs elsewhere and making some of your own wedding supplies will definitely save you money. “My mom made a wishing well for my cousin’s September bridal shower and everyone thereafter will use it,” she said. So not only will it be used again in the future, but she saved on a whopping $200 on a rental fee.

DIY Save the Dates

DIY Save the Dates

I think a great idea is to sit down and begin writing a list of all the little things and extras in your wedding that end up costing money. Exclude some of the big ticket items you can’t avoid buying, like your venue, obviously, possibly your menu/any food, or a DJ. Focus on the small stuff, like save the dates, and welcome bags for your guests, if you’re doing that sort of thing. Ask yourself some of these questions:

How much time do you have, or are you willing to dedicate to creating favors or decorations?
Do you have the skills and capability required to create the item(s)?
What is the difference (price and quality) between your DIY wedding idea and a store bought alternative?
Do the math: will the time spent crafting really be worth it? Consider supply costs, and how much an hour of your time costs too.

You’re not the only bride who’s looking for ways to cut down on some wedding expenses. Many of our Facebook brides mentioned that they would be making the following themselves:

DIY Wedding Decorations
DIY Wedding Invitations
DIY Wedding Centerpieces
DIY Wedding Favors

Do it yourself wedding favors are one of the most popular items that brides choose to make themselves, next to invitations and decorations, because even though they’re such important wedding essentials, they can really add up and break the bank. Need a little inspiration? Check out our articles for more DIY Wedding Favor Ideas and Tips for Your DIY Favors. You might also want to check out The Benefits of DIY Wedding Favors.

Best of luck!

Kelsey

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Cheap Wedding Favors – Ideas That Inspire

May 2, 2013

 

One of the bigger trends this wedding season is DIY and Cheap wedding favors – it seems everyone is on a budget these days and are looking to do it themselves with almost every aspect of wedding planning.  While DIY may sound fun, sometimes “duplicating it yourself” isn’t always the best way – it takes time, energy, helping hands and money (sometimes more than you think to buy all the ribbon, charms, twine, hot glue, etc…) and some brides aren’t crafty – or maybe they just don’t have the time.

Not to worry – I put together a great article for those brides who may or may not want to go the DIY route but are still looking to save money on their wedding favors: 10 Beautiful, Budget-Friendly Cheap Wedding Favors – which will give you some great ideas and a starting point to get ideas for your wedding. Alternatively, you may want to browse our cheap wedding favors section which gives you many of our favors (all under or just around $1).

If you’re still looking for inspiration, we also just published a video on our YouTube channel with 25 of our most popular cheaper favors

Cheap Wedding Favors

Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas

Apr 9, 2013

"Love Grows" Picket Fence with Seeded Paper Sun

"Love Grows" Picket Fence with Seeded Paper Sun

I find it unfortunate that green wedding favors aren’t as popular as they used to be. I remember years ago when I first started working here they were all the rage:  brides couldn’t get enough of our bamboo candles and personalized magic beans!

Still, Team Little Things still strives to remain eco-friendly by donating to Carbon Fund, and we always encourage our brides to go green when planning their wedding too, whether it’s by using recycled paper for your invitations or purchasing eco-friendly wedding favors.

When I asked our Facebook fans if any part of their wedding would be environmentally friendly, I was really surprised at all the people who planned on remaining practical when it came to centerpieces. Like I mentioned in our previous blog post regarding centerpiece ideas, not only can they get expensive, but those cut flowers are harmful to the earth!

Mary S. says, “we are buying our centerpiece items from Goodwill & Craigslist, using natural materials to decorate, and using artificial flowers that can be reused by another bride.” She isn’t the only one who has recycling in her sights. Sherry V., Lynn S. and Jamie M. all do too! Others, like Lynn S. and Andy H. plan on visiting second hand stores and thrift shops for decorations and materials. And Dana R. plans to go 100% organic! “Planning has only just begun, but I am going to purchase the flowers from local farmers and use organic treats in favors, as well as use organic products for the reception,” she says.

Janna L. is also reducing her use of flowers by only using them in her bouquet and small centerpieces. “I’m trying to make everything double as something else,” she adds. Sam C. is nixing flowers completely and instead is arranging monogrammed martini glasses on the tables. And Heather W. is sawing logs herself for displaying her mason jar centerpieces!

Some more eco-friendly wedding ideas included Freddy R.‘s re-usable napkins and Craig A.‘s seed wedding favors. Remember that using recycled or natural materials can still be pretty, especially if you’re planning on having a rustic wedding. Scrounge up some recycled burlap for your table and aisle runners, or gather a variety of mason and glass jars for distinctive centerpieces with a ton of contrast.

Still stuck for some inspiration? You can also check out our other article for 10 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding.

Congratulations to Janna Lee for winning this blog contest and sharing her eco-friendly ideas!

~ Kelsey

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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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