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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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What’s Your Wedding Nightmare?

Feb 8, 2013

The Groom Takes The Plunge Wedding Cake Topper

When I think of planning a wedding, my mind is immediately flooded with nothing but thoughts of the good stuff: an epic proposal, falling in love with the perfect wedding dress, tasting a variety of delicious cakes, and having an awesome time drinking and dancing with my closest friends and family at the reception. However, I have never been married or even engaged, but I imagine when the time actually comes I will (hopefully not) be overcome with more worry and stress than excitement and anticipation, only because I would be scared of all the things that could go wrong!

I’m not trying to freak any brides to be out – even with mishaps, of course it will be the happiest day of your life! I decided to ask our readers what their biggest wedding day nightmare is. Not only did we get a lot of feedback from women AND guys voicing their concerns for the big day, but a few horror stories from previous brides to be too!

Many said they were worried that a close friend or family member wouldn’t be able to make it to the wedding. Mary E. from NC lives 5 hours away from her family. “It scares me to think that [my parents] might have some uncontrollable reason why they cannot be there. It would break my heart!” Kymberleigh M. can relate to her, but her main concern is that any tardiness will affect her entire wedding. “My daughter and fiance are coming from 2.5 hours away, so right now my biggest fear is that they are going to be late and we will miss our time we have booked! If you are a minute late they boot you,” she says. Heather W. from TN and Tracy W. are both uneasy when it comes to a family member’s health. “My biggest fear is that my grandmother won’t be there. Her health isn’t like it use to be,” Heather said. Tracy shared a similar worry. “My dad had back surgery. My biggest fear is that he will not be able to walk me down the aisle.”

Jessica L. fears wedding crashers, and does Sam C. “My biggest nightmare is that people will bring dates or children even though they are not invited,” Sam says. But many were actually scared of quite the opposite! Stephanie G. from CA and Stefanie L. agree that their biggest nightmare is that no one will show up or have any fun. Courtney E. from MA also stresses over the same matter and says, “My biggest fear for my wedding day is that I will get to my reception and see everyone and at that moment I’ll realize I forgot to invite someone that should really be there…I would feel awful if I was to leave someone important to us out!”

For others like Tara L. from IN, Craig A., Melissa W. and Tracie B., drama among guests would be their biggest peeve, whether it’s caused by an immediate family member, in-law or a drunken groomsman. Other concerns were bad weather, getting sick, a member of the bridal party dropping out, and fear of being left at the altar! Many brides also claimed their dress is the main priority and a wedding nightmare would involve any issues like bad alterations, spilled drinks, rips or not being able to fit into it at all. Our top two most original wedding nightmares involve ruined wedding photos: Adam E. from KY said he fears birds will ruin pictures outside the church by giving their little bit of “good luck” (if you catch his drift), and Jessica C. from PA said her cry baby nature may get the best of her when it comes to reading the wedding vows, therefore ruining the pictures too.

One of our fans literally had a wedding nightmare! “My photographer didn’t show, then in the same dream my groom decided to marry one of our guests. And he asked for MY ring so he could give it to her. It was horrible,” said Katy M. Another fan, Kim J. from MI gave us a laugh when she said her biggest fear is, “all eyes on me as a silent tear rolls down my face and I trip over my dress, smashing the bouquet and laughing!”

But Michelle L. is proof that even with the inevitable blunders, you’ll pull through and enjoy every minute of your special day. She says, “My biggest worry was the chance of rain and if I should have a tent for our outdoor ceremony. So glad I didn’t! It would’ve ruined the scenery. It rained, snowed, and was sunny the 2 days prior but I’m glad I chanced it. It sprinkled a bit but it happened at the perfect time in our ceremony which made it memorable and very meaningful since my spouse & I both have a deceased parent – sort of a sign from them. I also had to hire an outside caterer at the last minute, but it was worth every extra penny! The overall worst part was hiring a very expensive and well known wedding planner who did NOTHING…My Newcastle, CA reception was perfect. ”

There are some things that are beyond your control, like mother nature and your immune system. So don’t sweat the small stuff!

I’d like to congratulate our winner, Heather Warner from Tennessee! Congratulations, Heather, you’ve won our Photo Wedding Cake Topper! Please contact us directly at info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your prize!

Have a great weekend!

~ Kelsey

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How Involved Should Your Groom be in the Wedding Planning?

Feb 1, 2013

It used to be that the responsibility of planning the wedding fell solely to the bride. Today we often see the groom come out of the woodwork and lend a hand in the wedding planning, and we’re not just talking about tagging along to check out venues and taste cake. Some grooms are so involved that they an opinion on every aspect, from the font style on the place cards down to every last flower petal of the bouquet. We wanted to know how brides feel about sharing the spotlight with their fiance before the big day. Just how engaged is the hubby-to-be in the planning? Do most brides want their guy more involved in the decision making process, or should he just stay out of the way?

Most brides would probably agree that they want their beau to at least have an interest and make an attempt to participate, but when it comes down to it, they have the last word.

Our office manager Kristi, who is engaged and has her wedding date set for September 21st, shared some insight.

“Steve and I definitely took the planning on as a team, and that’s the way I like it. I think most women probably want to have full control, but there are many who want their guy to be a little involved when he’s just not into it. I got lucky – we make great decisions together.”

She’s definitely right that there are many “men’s men” who would rather leave everything up to their bride. For others, like Melissa W., it’s the exact opposite. “My guy is too involved,” she says. “I wish he would step back and just let me take control.” She thinks that if they could see eye to eye when it comes to their ideas that she would be more gung-ho about him helping out.

Others agree that it’s best for the groom to back down completely and let the bride run the show. “My future son in law is being smart and giving my daughter full reign,” said Jane C. of NM. But that doesn’t mean a guy can’t share some of his opinions! “He offers input, then steps back and lets her choose,” she added.

At the end of the day, the groom should back the bride and respect her final decisions…even if he doesn’t like them. No sulking allowed:  the bride may have the power to make the final calls, but he should still be ready to assist when she needs him, like Tracy W.‘s fiance who also let her take the reigns. “He’s very willing to help with whatever I need and make phone calls, attend appointments, etc.”

If there’s one thing the two of you can decide on together, it’s your wedding favors! We have SO many beautiful, new wedding favors and new wedding accessories available.

Have a great weekend! ~ Kelsey

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