April 9, 2009

Music and Your Wedding Reception

Posted in Uncategorized, Wedding Planning tagged , , , , , , , at 8:24 pm by Favor Warehouse

By Erica C. Lamar

Lots of newlyweds get so tied up in all the planning that goes along with setting up their wedding that they end up with a monotonous DJ who doesn’t meet their standards or a band that doesn’t appeal to all of their guests.  A great way to avoid making your perfect day merely almost-perfect simply because of a lackluster playlist is to follow the music of your heart.

first danceMix it up! If you’re not having a themed wedding, you’ll want to mix up the music, and although you may enjoy it, you don’t want your grandparents listening to hip hop all evening. Jot down a list of songs from different genres (not a LAUNDRY list) for when you consult with your DJ or band beforehand. This will give them the chance to decipher whether or not the music will they are planning to play for your reception will be suit your needs and make him aware of the type of crowd you will be entertaining. Select the romantic wedding songs that you’d like to play from classics such as “Because You Loved Me” and “Unforgettable”  from The Definitive Wedding CD.

Research! Check your DJs references. You won’t be happy when you realize that your friend-referred DJ doubles as an impromptu comedian and starts picking on your guests, or even worse, he brings half of his equipment to your very special occasion. Professional disc jockeys are usually listed under the AJDA (American Disc Jockey Association)and the organization will provide for you imperative information about the DJ of your choice’s membership.  Be sure that you meet with him beforehand, and do not merely speak with him over the phone! Ensure that your DJ has liability insurance in case one of your guests is injured by their equipment.

Make it a Band! Whether or not you’re throwing a themed wedding, give your guests a spectacular twist with a professional band instead of a DJ. Consult with the band just as you would with the DJ, to tell them the songs you’d like to be played for your guests as well as the instrumentation you’d like to be highlighted.

Favors Anyone? Make your wedding a night to remember with unique wedding favors like music note place card holders or musical note candles. Go a step further with personalized favors; create CDs of your favorite romantic songs for your guests that will allow them to capture the moments of your wedding forever.

April 7, 2009

How to Remain Stylishly Budget-Friendly When Planning Your Wedding

Posted in Affordable Wedding Favors tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:51 pm by Favor Warehouse

We’ve all seen (and envied) those exorbitant weddings strewn about on television, and perhaps have participated in a couple.  Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for a bride-to-be to spare little to no expense when planning her big day.  However, just because economizing has become more important lately, that doesn’t mean that you have to scrimp on your wedding extravaganza.

You Name It, We Frame It

According to celebrity insiders, the choice favor of celebs including Britney Spears and Shaquille O’Neill is picture frames, as it compliments everyones tastes, captures the moment and adds personality. Invitations, photos of the couple or from the event can later be added to the guests’ liking. Many wedding favor websites offer a plethora of frames that range in size and style, and can melt the heart of any bride, groom or guest.

Diva Fever

Personalized favors are always appreciated, because they reflect character; and for the bride whose guests are as character-oriented as she is, kitschy and stylish favors may be in order. Celebrate your wedding day in the spirit of celebritydom: Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman gave their guests personalized clocks with the message “A Moment in Time,” while John and Rebecca Romjin-Stamos created potpourri hangers with a photo of themselves and the message “Our Love Will Last Forever” inside. Show your guests your unique flair with your favors by personalizing your favors before your big day.

For the cover-girl bride, personalized lip balms, compact mirrors and scented bath salts are great favors to keep your guests refreshed after the festivities.

Believe in the Season – Discount Wedding Favors for Every Season

Summer: This is the “it” season for weddings. Let guests know that you care with personalized iced tea packets, or key chains. Both are hot for the summer wedding season, and tre’ affordable.

Fall: Don’t worry, girls, just because you plan a fall wedding doesn’t mean every idea must be pumpkin-oriented. Autumn weddings inspire color and flashiness, and this will be what your guests will look forward to in the theme of your wedding, and what they will expect in their favors. Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler celebrated their nuptials in an unconventional way when they evoked the spirit of Halloween and fashioned their wedding after The Nightmare Before Christmas. Follow the same trend in an affordable way by giving out personalized chocolates for $2.49 a pop or other fine treats as fall favors.

Winter: Take a cue from Christina Aguilera and Katie Holmes, who knew that walking in a winter wonderland was a nice way to take those steps down the aisle, but spare yourself an arm and a leg by celebrating in a venue that will allow you to incorporate Christmas decor, so that you can recycle the decorations for years to come.  This idea also applies to the favors that you bestow upon your guests, become a Santa Claus of sorts! They can use the beautiful winter coasters  and Winter Wonderland wine stoppers  for the entire season.

Spring: April showers bring May…weddings! Brides-to-be everywhere are springing to book venues for their weddings, and will spare no expense for their events to be the best. Know that it doesn’t take millions to make your wedding successful. Keep guests happy with a fun-filled wedding and thoughtful favors!  Lavender soap tulips will keep even the pickiest guest content while you can never go wrong with silver rose card holders!

In closing, finding cheap wedding favors and having a stylish wedding are not mutually exclusive. With a little research and creativity you can accomplish both at the same time.

By Erica C. Lamar/Dimitri Stefanopoulos – FavorWarehouse.com

March 19, 2009

10 Essential Wedding Accessories

Posted in Wedding Accessories tagged , , , , at 7:35 pm by Favor Warehouse

Wedding accessories are an essential product category for your special day. With so many accessories on your to-buy list we have put together a helpful list of the top 10 most essential wedding accessories for every bride.

Top 10 Must Have Wedding Accessories:

1) Guest Books and Pen Sets

Guest books and pens are extremely important and no wedding would be complete without them. Your guests will want to write you a special message on your special day. What better way to facilitate this than to purchase an elegant guest book/pen set. There are a variety of sets available online including many different themed sets to match your event and style. From Butterflies to Cala Lilys you can find them all at favorwarehouse.com

2) Wedding Cake Toppers

Wedding cake toppers aren’t just decoration. They are a special memento that will always remind you of your wedding day. There are many options available but we suggest going with a personalized wedding cake topper for that extra special touch. It will be personalized with your new monogram and your wedding date. What better way to preserve the  memory of your special day?

3) Ring Pillows

Ring pillows are a must.  Your ring boy can’t carry the wedding rings in his pocket now can he? Your most valuable  and sentimental pieces of Jewelry should be carried in style. Checkout our selection of stylish and affordable ring pillows. We have classic satin ring pillows, personalized ring pillows, and even beach themed ring pillows for tropical destination weddings.

4) Wedding Cake and Knife Sets

A regular old cake knife just won’t do on your wedding day. We carry a large selection of cake and knife sets to suit every taste. From the classic cala lily design to the more hip and trendy bride and groom design cake and knife set. At these prices, you just can’t go wrong.

5) Unity Candles

Unity canldes are a special memento that you will cherish for years. You can personalize your candles with your wedding information. We guarantee that you will treasure them for years to come.

6) Wedding Garters

We carry a large selection of garters to suit every taste. Our garters act as the ideal accessory on your big day. We have everything from personalized embroidered garters to our crystal heart wedding garters, which even include a free tossing garter so you dont have to part with your special accessory. Don’t have your “something blue” yet? Check out our something blue adjustable wedding garter.

7) Wedding Cameras

Place one of our personalized wedding cameras on each table so your guests can get creative and share their memory of your day with you from their own unique perspective. Our cameras include an instruction booklet that will let your guests know what to do. After the pictures are taken they will leave the cameras on the table for you to develop. It will be so much fun to look through the pictures after your special day. Having a professional photographer is a must but even they cannot provide the unique point of view of your special day that each of your guests can, and your guests will love to participate. 

8) Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gifts

We carry a huge selection of bridesmaid gifts and groomsmen gifts for the special members of your wedding party. You chose them for a reason. Let them know how much they mean to you and your wedding day by purchasing the perfect gifts for them at prices that won’t make even the most price sensitive brides cringe.  We have everything from engraved gifts like personalized lighters or cufflinks for the guys to engraved jewelry for the ladies. You can keep it simple with embroidered duffel bags or get something extra special like personalized pen sets.

9) Flower Girl Accessories

An elegant flower basket is a prerequisite, but you can make your flower girl feel extra special with our Flower Girl Tee & Tote Set or some special flower girl jewelry.

10) Memorial Candles

While having all your loved ones present on your wedding day may not be possible you can always remember them with a special memorial candle set. You will feel their presence and have a reminder of them there with you on your special day.