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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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You are going through all the gifts to see what your family and friends gave you.  Now its time!  The days are counting down and stress is building up.  We have encountered countless stories like this and we want to help.

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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 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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Wedding Songs: What Will You Dance to at Your Reception?

Dec 27, 2012

If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know that the DJ often plays those well known silly dance songs that almost everyone knows the moves to:  the Chicken Dance, Macarena, the Electric Slide, and more modernly, the Cotton Eye Joe or the Cha Cha Slide.

Well, with two upcoming weddings in our Little Things office, a debate got started a couple weeks ago on whether or not our brides-to-be will play these “traditional” funny songs at their reception. Are these dances outdated? Too ridiculous for some couple’s personalities? Or truly classics that should be upheld?

Our brides in the office say no, those won’t be played at their weddings! (Though one groom-to-be argued that he wanted them played). Then we decided to ask our Facebook fans what they thought of the silly steps.

Based on the responses, only a few claimed that they won’t be playing any such songs. “It’s just not what we want for our wedding,” said Brigid M. from NY.

Others, like Kasey D. from FL said, “Why not? There’s no reason you can’t be silly and have fun at your own wedding! If no one wants to join in, oh well – it’s their loss.” Tiffani D. from IL agreed that songs such as these get more people out on the dance floor, as well as Cassy C. from IN who said guests at her wedding loved them, and it got the kids involved too!

Others were specific about which songs they would be playing:  Rebecca P. from NJ, as well as others like Lauren B. also from NJ, Rachel D. from MA, and Hannah R. from FL all vetoed the Chicken Dance but not the Electric Slide. There were many other Facebook fans who even threw in some others we forgot–or didn’t even know of–like the Hokey Pokey, the Wobble, the Cupid Shuffle and the Hora, where guests will lift the newly wedded couple in the air to dance to the song in proud Jewish tradition.

The winner of this contest is Amy Gyure! Amy was one of the many who agreed that these songs are classic and said every wedding she’s attended has played them. Congratulations Amy – you’ve won a pair of our Bride Ballet Shoes with Embroidered Gift Pouch from Cathy’s Concepts! Please send us an email to to claim your prize – and let us know what size you will need!

Though some think these kinds of songs are not appropriate for their wedding, there will still be tons of other music played – including your wedding song for the first dance! We wanted to know what was or will be our Facebook fans’ wedding songs, and we got a ton of responses on this one! There was such a variety, but a couple of songs showed up more than once:

“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

“God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton

“God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascall Flatts

“Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” by Thompson Square

“From This Moment On” by Shania Twain

“I’ll Be” – Marion S. from TN will play The Goo Goo Dolls version, and Anthony G. from NY played Edward McCain’s.

Linda J. from NZ didn’t have a song to dance to, but instead used “The Prayer” by Gosh Grobin and Celine Dion in place of the wedding march. Leissa B. from NJ won’t be having a first dance either: “our wedding will be very non-traditional,” she said.

Congratulations to Amanda Nelson from Lakeport, California! Her first dance was to “This Big” by Scotty McCreery, and she even had a last dance to Brad Paisley’s “Then”. You’ve won a $50 gift certificate to or Please send us an email to to claim your prize!

We’d like to thank all of our Facebook fans for sharing their opinions and songs – and giving our brides-to-be here in the office some ideas!

- Kelsey

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Pre-Christmas Sale

Dec 18, 2012

The holidays are upon us!  The pressure is on.  Can you find those last gifts for people.  Is waiting online at the mall what you really want to do? Probably not.  One other question is what to get someone?  What about something you have never thought about?  How about getting candles and candle holders for your mom or sister? What about getting the man in your life personalized glassware? Welcome to the Little Things Favors Pre-Christmas Sale!   We have items ranging from personalized glassware to candles to drinks and candies!
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How Did You Know He Was “The One?”

Dec 17, 2012

Last week we asked our Facebook fans to answer the question, “How Did You Know He Was ‘The One’?”  This question was floating around our office earlier in the week because we are coming close to two office weddings this year (one in January and one in September) and I just made the jump to living with my boyfriend – and I was curious to hear from other real life couples who have also experienced that magical moment when you just knew – he was “The One”!

The story of my beau and I date back …  20 or so years ago, I had met him working at my first job – we both worked at a local McDonald’s.  It was the summer of 1993 – I was entering my senior year in high school and he was going into college.  I thought he was adorable and funny – but I knew that jocks didn’t date artists.  Instead, I wound up dating one of his friends, and well, that took him off the list of guys I could date.  Over the years, I heard updates about him through mutual friends, but we never re-connected – until February of 2012 when he messaged me on Facebook to catch up and within a few hours of talking we had plans to meet the very next day!  We went to a local Cuban restaurant and spent the night talking – not just a few hours, but all night – we even closed down the restaurant!  A few days later, I was leaving to go on an vacation with my son and my plane was delayed.  It was Valentine’s day.  He left work early and drove to the airport to take us to dinner.  After dinner, he bought a single red rose and handed it to my son and told him to give it to me for Valentine’s day.  I knew at that moment he was the one and I wasn’t going to let him get away from me for a second time … it was probably the sweetest and most romantic thing a guy had done for me my entire life!

I’d like to thank all our Facebook fans for sharing such amazing love stories with us!

While we’d love to choose all of you as the winner, the winner of this contest is:

Congrats to:

Michelle Santo, Cleveland Ohio

I have known my husband my whole life!! We grew up in the same neighborhood and my brother played little league with him!! He had a brother as well who always said the two of us would end up together. I was very close with his brother who unfortunately is no longer with us today but I know is very happy watching over us and our little one!!! Kevin and I have always been friends but one night he asked me to a wedding and I didn’t think he was serious (we were at a bar) so the next day he called and asked me again and I said yes. We had a great time (he was the best man) I knew alot of the people who were there so it was a lot fun!!! At the end of the night we ended up sharing the most amazing unexpected kiss and from that moment on I knew one of my friends was going to become my husband and my best friend. He was right under my nose my whole life and I never knew it!!!! We were married in two feet of snow (2 days before the wedding it was 70! Gotta love OH) on 4/23/2005 and with every passing year out loves grows stronger and stronger.

Michelle, please send us an email to to claim your $50 gift certificate to or

Would you like to win a $50 gift certificate too?  Join us every week on our Facebook page as we ask a question about love, romance and marriage.  Just comment on the weekly contest photo to be entered to win!

The Key To A Happy Marriage Is …

Dec 11, 2012

The Key To A Happy Marriage

There is no advice or secret tip to make a marriage successful.  Marriage is a series of ups and downs, trials and tribulations, laughter and tears (hopefully more laughter than tears), joy and sorrow.  Marriage is a process, one you have to work at – you must learn to compromise, learn from each other, continue to love each other and find time for romance.  But there is no real “key” to making it 100% secure.  If there was there would be no divorce! But we can learn from those who have long and happy marriages what the “key” was for them – and maybe incorporate these tidbits of advice into our own lives.

We asked our readers, our Facebook Fans and our Twitter Followers for their “Key” piece of advice and this is what they said:

Some of our readers feel that the sanctity of a marriage guided by God is the most important aspect. Jamie B., from NC says: “Constant communication, trust and God’s Grace!!” is the key for her.  Pamela W. from CA concurs, “The key is having God at the center of the marriage and submitting to Him first and foremost.”

A few of our readers acknowledge that being understanding no matter the situation, big or small, is the key to a successful marriage. Fiolina L. feels couples should have “patience, LOTS of it.” Jennifer K., from NY agrees that “not sweating the small stuff” is the secret for her. Newlywed Anthony G., from NY knows that “Understanding one another as well as accepting each other as a FRIEND.” is the most important aspect to any relationship. While understanding is important, it goes hand in hand with what Ginger A. and Brandy M. readers from Texas, tell us. It is a combination of “trust, patience and communication”.  Brandy goes on that, “it turns out, there’s lots a keys! Ima need a key chain of some sort!” – and we at Little Things agree, the “key” to a happy marriage may be a little of everything!

Also on top of our list of “keys” was the theme of romance, “respect and love”, according to our Facebook fan Izzabelle C., and Rosalynn G. from NY affirms this sentiment.  Rosalynn thinks that all couples should, “Keep doing and saying things that will give your spouse a sense of importance.”  While Pattie C., from FL wrapped this theme up nicely by stating couples should, “Kiss each other goodnight, every night !!!”

Humor, it turns out,  is just as important as all the other keys above.  Nicole M. from NY made us laugh when she told us her secret is, “Working opposite shifts!” While Kathy W. also from NY made us smile with her comment, “Let your hubby play softball on Sundays and he’ll do your bidding all week long!” So that’s the secret ingredient we were missing all along! Thanks, Kathy!

And finally, we think the “key” that every man should know to keep their wife happy is a tip from Dan. C from NY, “Never, NEVER, answer the question, ‘Does this make me look fat?’ Fake a seizure if you have to , but get out of the room. Then, 30 seconds later, wander back in the room as if you didn’t hear the question and say, ‘Wow, is that new?’ It looks great on you!” Repeat as often as possible.”

If you’ve enjoyed this post, why not incorporate it into your wedding day?  Ask your guests to write down their “keys” to a happy marriage on little cards or sheets of paper and keep them safe in a guest book, a reception card holder, photo album or even frame them in a photo collage to hang in your new home so you will always have their “keys” of wisdom with you throughout your happy marriage.  And don’t forget to share your key’s with them, a perfect complimentary wedding favor for this wedding theme is our bestselling, Antique Key Bottle Opener shown here:

Bronze Finish Antique Style Key Bottle Opener Favors in Gift Box

Bronze Finish Antique Style Key Bottle Opener Favors in Gift Box

Haven’t weighed in on the conversation yet?  Join by commenting below, what do you think is the “key” to a happy and successful marriage?

12 Days of Christmas – Day 4

Dec 6, 2012

The weather outside has been playing games the last few days.  You are not sure if you need your spring jacket or your winter coat.  One thing is for sure is the holidays are coming and so is the chaos of getting your shopping done.  You have bought all the big gifts for your fiance/husband this year but you want to get a couple of little extra gifts to add for him to open.  What do you get his family? What do you get your own? Gone are the days of the holiday fruitcake.  You can only re-gift it so many times!  Thinking about something new why not try looking at some different beverage ideas.   Go to:


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Day 3 Christmas Sale – 15% Off Winter Favors

Dec 5, 2012

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow … it has to be one of our favorite Holiday songs here at Little Things Favors.  Even though we haven’t seen a flurry yet here in Sayreville, we are still hoping for a white Christmas.  If you are planning a magical white winter wedding for the upcoming months you may be wishing for the fluffy white stuff to grace your special day … but even if you don’t get snow for your winter wedding day you can still add the sparkle and shine of snowflakes to your wedding with winter themed accessories, decorations, supplies and Winter Wedding Favors – if you’re looking for these items, today is the ONLY day to save 15% Off of any winter favors in the month of December!

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With so many different Christmas, winter and snowflake themed accessories, decorations and supplies you are sure to find exactly what you need to create the perfect atmosphere for your winter soiree – be sure to shop today because our Winter sale is for ONE DAY ONLY.

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