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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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Honeymoon Destinations: Where Would You Go?

Feb 26, 2013

"A Kiss and We're Off!" Wedding Cake Topper

"A Kiss and We're Off!" Wedding Cake Topper

Ah, the honeymoon. Your hard work and planning has finally paid off – the big day is officially over, and now you can relax and spend some one on one time with your spouse!

The honeymoon is often the most anticipated wedding-related event. That is, for the couple at least. After all, anyone who’s ever planned a wedding knows that it’s a time consuming job and certainly a stressful one at that! It can also be one of the biggest splurges as far as wedding-related expenses when you take into account all costs (airfare, hotel stay, food and drink, transportation, and activities). Even though it can break the bank, many couples still stick to the honeymoon tradition and spend the extra cash to unwind.

In order to get an idea of the top honeymoon destinations, we asked our readers where they would spend theirs if they didn’t have to worry about a budget. Warm weather spots with a shining sun and sandy beaches used to be the most desirable, but now it looks like Europe is the place to want to be! So many people said they’d love to visit countries such as Greece, Italy, or Ireland; others claimed they would love to tour all around the continent and visit the biggest cities. “So much history…so much to do and take in!” gushed Ashley F. “A girl can dream!”

Naturally, there are still brides who yearn for a seaside getaway. Hawaii and Bora Bora were the two most mentioned hot spots. Hans D. shared his insight on the beautiful Tahitian islands and certainly sold us! “All bungalows are on the water, with breakfast delivered to you via native canoes. You’ll never have any vacations better than there.” Other popular beach destinations that were mentioned included Fiji, St. Lucia and Seychelles. Canada, Asia, Alaska, Australia and New Zealand were other destinations that were named more than once.

Our office manager Kristi is currently planning her wedding and honeymoon and took a moment to share a bit of advice. “If you’re trying to save money and want to stick to a budget, definitely keep your eyes open for all inclusive packages. It’s really the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck.”

Be sure to check out our article for some more honeymoon ideas and honeymoon tips.

Congratulations to Ashley Friest who commented and won a wedding cake topper! Please contact us directly at info@littlethingsfavors.com with your shipping information!

~ Kelsey

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Unique Wedding Ideas | What Makes Your Wedding Different?

Feb 19, 2013

Vintage Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Sign Boards

Vintage Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Sign Boards

Doesn’t every bride want their wedding to be different than the rest? We asked our readers how their wedding will be unique or non-traditional.

Many brides dare to be different when it comes to the wedding ceremony, like Veronica P. from CA who plans to have a ‘circle ceremony.’ “All the chairs are formed into a circle and we will recite our vows in the middle, that way everyone has an easier time seeing us,” she explains. Amy G. plans to go completely against “traditional weddings” by having a Native American ceremony that will also include Wiccan rituals. Talk about unique! It was great to see that one of our readers, Mandy T. from WV, would be having a blended family ceremony. Hers will even include her 7 year old twins as the maid of honor and best man!

I was surprised at the number of brides who claimed their music will be totally out of the ordinary. “My hubby is a rocker deep down,” says Stephanie S. from OR. She’ll be walking to a rock song! The sound of bagpipes will blow in the wind at Kim F.‘s beach wedding ceremony. I found one comment in particular really interesting. Mary S. from WI said, “we will have a full hand-bell choir play during our church ceremony.” What a great idea!

Memorials are a very popular addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, and many of our readers shared their ideas. Some, like Danielle H., will stick with the traditional memorial candle. Others, like Amanda T. from MI will honor deceased loved ones by reserving seats with a photo and flower. I especially loved Shonnie A.‘s idea. “My grandmother and grandfather were married for over 70 years…I kept a rose from each of their funerals and am going to put them into my bouquet. I think they showed me what true love is really all about: a lifetime of love and caring for each other.” There was also Annie C. from ME, who lost both not only her best man, but her DJ too; he was to be both at her wedding until he unexpectedly passed away. “We are honoring his memory by teaching his son how to run the equipment and letting him run the show.”

There were so many other unique wedding ideas, including different themes (a Dr. Who and a magical Disney fairytale-inspired theme were just some of the ones brides shared), a crowning as the couple says “I do,” and more!

I’d like to congratulate Danielle Rae Harris who won this contest! Congratulations, Danielle, on both winning a cake topper and on your upcoming wedding this year!

Kelsey

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PhotoOpp Bride Edition: Fun Wedding Photography on a Budget

Feb 13, 2013

PhotoOpp Bride Edition

PhotoOpp Bride Edition

How do you plan to take your wedding photos? You can hire a professional photographer, leave a couple of disposable wedding cameras at each table, or have a wedding photo booth instead of giving out wedding favors. Wedding photography is definitely one of the bigger splurges when it comes time to plan your big day. That is, until now. Our friends over at PhotoOpp Bride Edition have revolutionized wedding photography!

Doesn’t everyone have a smart phone nowadays? POBE gives each of your guests the opportunity to play photographer as long as they have an iPhone or Android smart phone.

Here’s how it works:  you (the couple), purchase POBE. Remind your guests to download the app (for free), and upon their arrival the app will be activated. It’s as easy as that. “Everything is automatic, they do not have to create an account – they just open, point, and shoot.” Now guests can take and share pictures throughout the event! “It’s like everyone’s using the same camera at the same time,” the website boasts. All the photos taken are automatically uploaded to an online album for the bride. Plus, you can use it for up to 5 other wedding related events besides the reception, including the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and wedding ceremony!

POBE is a fun, budget friendly alternative to take and share pictures from your wedding day. For more information on its features, prices, and FAQ, be sure to check out the website www.ourphotoopp.com. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook too – they’re currently offering $10 off if you do! Trust me when I say you won’t need too much convincing…you can save SO much money (their awesome site has the statistics to prove it) and still get all those great candid shots without breaking the bank.

I hope you all take the time to check it out! ~ Kelsey

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Valentine’s Day!

Feb 12, 2013

A survey done by American Express says that approximately 4 million people will get engaged on Valentine’s Day.  What is it about that day?  How is it on February 14th you can have a warm feeling come over you despite it being the middle of winter? Regardless of what many people think it is not a holiday created by Hallmark. It’s romantic history is linked back to the middle ages and the time of Geoffrey Chaucer. A time of courtship and chivalry.

So why do so many people choose Valentine’s Day to get engaged?  I was discussing this with someone who said she doesn’t understand it?  Is it really romantic?  When two people are looking to start their lives together any day is a good day to start.   There is no question that when done right a date with your loved one can be a magical night and if it happens to be on Valentine’s Day, even better.  When you plan the evening out, men and woman want everything to be just right.  From your attire to the food to evening’s activity, the goal is to give your partner a night they will never forget.  Well think about, if you are truly going to plan such an evening wouldn’t the best topper be ask them to marry you? You were thinking about doing it anyway!  Put the cherry on top of that sundae! Add that exclamation point at the end of the sentence that was your evening! The site of joy and surprise is evidence that you made the right decision.  Next week we will explore this Valentine’s Day phenomenon a little more!

In celebrating Valentine’s Day, Little Things Favors is offering 14% OFF all its Red and Pink Favors or 10% OFF your entire purchase.  If you are looking for favors for you Wedding Day, we can help! Just go to: www.littlethingsfavors.com for more.

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