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.

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April 8, 2009

Coordinating Wedding Favors with Your Fabulous Theme

Posted in celebrity weddings, Themed Favors, Wedding Favors tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:07 pm by Favor Warehouse

Let’s face it; themed wedding parties tow a fine line between A-List classy and oh-so-tacky. The difference is in the delivery, and in the design. Throwing a wedding with a twist will make yours an event that guests will never forget, and giving them favors that coincide with your wedding’s fabulous flair will provide a tangible treat, something extra that will help them to remember the occasion forever.

Happily Ever After

A Very Important Date: When opting for a themed wedding, go for something whimsical; Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson‘s wedding was a goth-inspired tribute to their love for each other and the literary classic Alice in Wonderland. When going this route, treat your guests to something reminiscent of the fairy tale with cutesey decor like cupcake place card holders, personalized picture cookies and Wonderland tea bags.

A Wish Your Heart Makes: For the Cinderella in you, go for elegance and grace, while putting your own spin on your event. Show your guests the royalty that lies within us all with pewter pumpkin coach picture frames, coach design candles and your very own fairy tale guest book.

Love, Naturally

Nature-themed weddings have been a big hit during the warmer months. With your wedding, you’ll be expected as newlyweds to spread love; but spreading some wildflower seeds wouldn’t hurt, either.

Go Green: Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller‘s wedding set the trend for newlyweds embracing nature. While many are making the environmentally conscious shift for their big day, some newlyweds-to-be are afraid that going green for their wedding will mean shelling out tons of the stuff. Have no fear, natural selections favors are budget-friendly, and favors like rattan design cinnamon stick candles, green tea, and calla lily coasters will brighten spirits.

Destination Wedding: The isle resort you wanted your aisle to be in may have been overbooked, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your guests to sandy beaches and summertime festivities. Give them something to remember from your summer-themed wedding with kitschy beach themed picture frames, starfish wine stoppers and bottle openers or summertime themed candle holders.

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

Personalized Event Favors

Posted in Wedding Favors tagged , , , , , , , at 2:19 am by Favor Warehouse

A wide range of personalized favors to suit your gifting needs are available for just about any event:

Personalized favors are much more than just the latest fad and the design possibilities are endless. From personalized coffee and tea favors to personalized mint containers, the selection of products and the number of personalized designs available make personalizing your thank you gifts both trendy and practical way to go.  You can select from a wide array of color palettes and design elements with most products and match them to your event theme as well. Unlike typical party favors, personalized favors come in many colors and styles to accommodate just about every taste. If you are having a themed event like a beach wedding you can even find beach themed wedding designs that can be applied to many different types of favors. With destination weddings becoming more and more popular finding the perfect thank you gift for your guest to match your event is becoming easier as personalization companies pick up on the trend and offer a larger selection of themed designs.

Choosing the right personalized favor for your event:

With the plethora of options available selecting the perfect personalized product and design can seem like a daunting task. Many times websites will display page after page of design options and this can be a bit overwhelming. The best way to narrow your search is to try to determine your basic preferences first. For example narrow your search down by color and search the websites personalized section based on that color. Try formatting your searches as narrowly as you can by selecting keywords to associate with the personalized favor you are interested in.

For example, lets say you have a bridal shower with a Vegas theme and want to order something perfect for a group of young female guests. Try searching for Vegas theme personalized lip balm favors or Las Vegas style personalized compact mirrors. The results that will come up will be much fewer, more precise and more manageable. You can then take it a step further and add a color to your search term to match the color scheme of your event. With the number of personalized designs available you are almost certain to find the perfect gift with a matching design and color. This will add a nice touch to your party and your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Variety, style, and service with a smile:

When personalized favors first started gaining popularity the design libraries that companies offered were limited, as was the level of service you would receive. Many companies only had a dozen or so designs available and shipped the merchandise out without first assembling the products. The customer would then have to worry about sticking dozens, sometimes hundreds, of labels onto their gifts at the last minute when they had so many other loose ends to tie up. Today, due to the growth of the personalized gift industry and the growing demand for personalized favors, most personalization companies have become much more service oriented and offer free assembly and large design libraries from which to select the perfect design. They will even apply the labels for you so there is no additional work to do once you receive your order. The last thing anyone wants to do during the final stages of planning a big event is to stick labels on dozens of mint containers or personalized lip balms. Always look for personalized favors that include assembly in the price.

Ordering ahead of time is critical:

Many people plan their entire even out before even thinking about ordering their favors. With personalized favors it is always best to allow for at least a couple of weeks time for order processing, printing, and delivery.  We recommend ordering  ahead of time to avoid any potential for production or shipping delays that may occur. Once you place your order you should always keep an eye on its progress if you have a last minute event planned. Most companies offer rush processing and shipping even on personalized favors and you should make sure to speak with a live person if timing is critical. They can work with you to ensure prompt delivery so that there is no last minute stress to worry about.

Author: Jim Stevens/Favor Warehouse Inc.

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