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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March 21, 2009

Seasonal Wedding Favors

Posted in Seasonal Wedding Favors tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:18 pm by Favor Warehouse

Top Seasonal Wedding Favors

Author: Jim Stevens/Favor Warehouse, Inc.

 

Seasonal wedding favors are a great way to add an extra special touch to your wedding reception. More and more manufacturers are developing seasonal and themed designs and the selection of favors now available is both unique and affordable. In this article we list the top 5 wedding favors for each season based on customer ratings and popularity.

Spring Wedding Favors:

Spring is here! The time of blooming flowers, butterflies, and garden parties. These favors are designed with all the sights, sounds and scents of the season in mind.

  1. Elegant Crystal Flower Candle Holder. These beautiful candle holders are affordable and practical and with the pink crystal flower design they are perfect for your spring wedding.
  2. Elegant Butterfly Design Wine Bottle Stopper. Wine stoppers are a great gift for any occasion. Not only are they a gift everyone will use, they are designed with an elegant butterfly top. Perfect for spring events.
  3. Spring Themed Iced Cappuccino Packs. Our personalized iced cappuccino packs come in a variety of spring themed designs and colors and make for a refreshing drink on a warm Spring day.
  4. Personalized Spring Theme Lip Balm Compact Mirrors. Still have chapped winter lips? Try these Spring theme personalized lip balm favors with a very useful mirror built right in.
  5. Fresh Linen Reed Diffuser. This Personalized Fresh Linen Reed Diffuser is the perfect spring favor. With a refreshing fresh linen scent these personalized wedding favors are great for your spring wedding.

Summer Wedding Favors:

Summer wedding favors are designed with the beauty of the summer season in mind. The designs available are reminiscent of  the sights and activities associated with summer days.

  1.  Beach Theme Starfish Ice Cream Scoop. Everyone loves ice cream in the summer. This fun ice cream scoop is features a starfish/beach design that makes it perfect as a summer wedding favor. Your guests are sure to appreciate and use these great favors.
  2. Murano Art Deco Collection Starfish Wine Stopper. Few drinks are better on a hot summer day than an ice cold glass of white wine. These artfully designed beach theme bottle stoppers are a great gift to give away at any of your summer events. Your guests will appreciate these bottle stoppers for their beautiful Murano design and you will be pleased to know that they are sold at the discount price of just $3.25 per piece.
  3. Sailboat Design Candle Holder Favors. These candle holders are feature a stunning blue sailboat design, and come in a gift box with an included tea light candle. The perfect favor for your summer wedding.
  4. Beach Theme Starfish Bottle Opener. The season of backyard barbecues is here and everyone appreciates a cold beer on a hot summer day. These summer themed bottle openers are sure to please both your male and female guests.
  5. Surfs Up! Surfboard Design Photo Frame. Having a tropical destination wedding? These surfboard design beach theme photo frames will be a perfect fit and will remind your guests of your beautiful summer themed wedding day.

Fall Wedding Favors:

The beauty and elegance of a fall wedding are hard to match. Fall is one of the most popular seasons to get married. The earth toned colors of the season are everywhere, from the changing leaves to the pumpkins on every porch. These favors are designed with this feeling in mind and are great giveaways for your Fall wedding and any other event you might be planing for this enchanting season.

  1. Fall Themed Sandalwood Scented Pillar Candles. These personalized pillar candle favors come in a large variety of fall designed labels on which you add your names and date of event for on a wonderfully scented candle that fits right in with the look and feel of the season.
  2. Festive Leaf Design Candle Holder Favors. With the leaves changing all around us these candle holders feature 3 different shades of fall leaf colors to match the season. They make a great wedding favor that will match your fall wedding theme at a very affordable price.
  3. Autumn Inspired Key Chain Favors. The name says it all. These key chain favors are inspired by the beautiful turning leaves of the fall. They include a 3 amber colored rhinestones and come in an elegant gift box with a satin ribbon.
  4. Natural Selections Fall Theme Candle Favors.  Sold in three assorted fall colors – forest green, golden yellow and autumn brown each colored glass holder measures 2 3/4″ x 2″ and is detailed in subtle elegance with natural rattan and cotton with a leaf shaped appliqué.
  5. Autumn Themed Book Mark Favors. Put a distinctive seasonal mark on your fall event with these cheery leaf design book mark favors. Fall and winter are perfect times to curl up with a good book, so give your guests a chance to stir up happy memories each time they return to their favorite page turner with these adorable leaf design bookmark favors.

Winter Wedding Favors:

Winter weddings are magical! The beauty of the season lends itself to your event for an enchanting winter inspired wedding. With the snow on the ground and snow and ice coating the branches of every tree, winter weddings are some of the most beautiful events we all attend. These winter themed wedding favor designs borrow from the sights of the season that make it so special for all of us.

  1. Personalized Winter Theme Hot Cocoa Favors. Your guests are sure to savor this creamy, rich tasting gourmet cocoa. The finest cocoa powders are blended to produce this gourmet cocoa mix. The single serving pouches are sealed in elegant silver pouches which can be personalized with your name(s) and event date along with your choice of one of our premium winter theme designs from our extensive design library.
  2. Snowman Bookmarks. Mark your winter themed occasion in style with these snowman bookmarks from our Snowman Sentiments Collection Simply irresistible and a true symbol of winter’s delight, everyone loves a snowman! So add a delightful addition to your guests’ winter reading with these cheery snowman bookmarks from the Snowman Sentiments Collection.
  3. Winter Wonderland Collection Candle Holder. Winter wonderland collection candle holder. These winter themed candle holder favors are uniquely designed for Cassiani collections exclusive winter wonderland favors collection. Each resin base candle holder is sculpted in the shape of a snowflake cleverly highlighted with hearts at the tip of flake and finished in wintry white and blue colors accented with perfectly placed crystals and comes with t-light candle.
  4. Winter Wonderland Collection Bottle Stopper. Winter wonderland collection bottle stopper. These winter themed wine stopper favors are uniquely designed for Cassiani collections exclusive winter wonderland favors collection. Each resin top bottle stopper is sculpted in the shape of a snowflake cleverly highlighted with hearts at the tip of flake and finished in wintry white and blue colors accented with perfectly placed crystals and attached to a chrome metal base.
  5. Personalized Winter Theme Frosted Votive Candles. These elegant frosted votive candles are a classic choice for an event favor that your guests will use and appreciate. The stylish candles come in a clear PVC box with a premium white satin ribbon. You can personalized each clear gift box with a name and date over a winter design of your choice from our extensive design library.

March 19, 2009

Unique Wedding Favors on a Budget

Posted in Wedding Favors tagged , , , , at 3:10 am by Favor Warehouse

Written by Dimitri Stefanopoulos/Favor Warehouse, Inc.

With a dizzying array of wedding favors available on-line finding a unique favor that won’t break the bank can be a challenging prospect. Many websites have entire sections dedicated to unique wedding favors that range from stylish to eclectic with a wide price range to choose from.

The key to finding truly unique wedding giveaways at discounted prices is research and patience.

Comparison Shopping is critical.

Just about every wedding website claims to have the lowest prices online and the largest variety of products to choose from. Actually finding them there can, however, be challenging. Always trust your instincts. Differentiating between a site with a common product catalog and catchy marketing jargon and one that really goes the extra mile to find unique and affordable gifts for with their customers in mind takes lots of research.

The best place to start is your favorite search engine. Try the search term “unique wedding favors”. Millions of results will be presented no matter which search engine you use. The best results tend to be at the top, whether paid advertising results or naturally ranked results. The first couple of pages are always the most relevant results whether paid or natural listing. They are there for a reason. These sites tend to carry the best selection at fair prices and are usually more dependable than sites listed 10 pages in. As a rule of thumb it is always best to comparison shop on at least 3 or 4 of the top sites. Doing so will help you sort through the ones with creative marketing jargon and unimpressive products and those with truly unique wedding favors. once you further narrow your search to 2 or 3 websites you can usually find the same products across them all at different price points. It is important to carefully read the sites policies, review shipping rates, and look for any price guarantees. Many sites offer discount coupons which can be used in conjunction with their low price guarantees.

Finding unique wedding favors on even the best sites can still be difficult. Scan through the navigation menus to see whether they have a dedicated section for unique favors. You will typically find items in those sections that are much more interesting and thoughful than your typical wedding favor.  For example you can find products like satin eye masks or Eco-friendly yet affordable natural bamboo wedding coasters and a mix of classic products with a stylish twist like a “with this ring” bottle stopper, which doubles as a cute engagement ring display box and practical wine bottle stopper.

As you can see, you can find a large variety or really unique wedding favors that are both trendy and practical and sold at great price points.

Happy Shopping!

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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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September 28, 2007

Wedding Favor Idea: Wine Glass Charms; Easy & Affordable

Posted in Discount Wedding Favors, Wedding Favors tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:04 am by Favor Warehouse

Wedding Favor Idea: Wine Glass Charms; Easy & Affordable
By Ellen Russell

Your wedding is a personal reflection of you. Everything at your wedding should reflect your life, dreams, interests, and your love as a couple. A theme of the day and share a piece of your personality with your guests.

Wedding favors are not hard to find,
but finding something that is personal and has not been used repeatedly is more
difficult. The key is to find a favor that is unique in itself, or twist an
idea to let your personality shine through.

A unique wedding favor option is creating personalized wine glass charms. No
craft experience is necessary, and they are economical to craft (the rings themselves
cost about $1.00 for 10 or 12). Supplies for making wine glass charms, also
referred to as beverage rings or markers, are easy to locate.

Shop for supplies through a bead store, craft store or online retailer. Novelty
and craft importers offer economically priced charms in large quantities. The
charms you choose for your wedding favors are what will make your favors personal.
This is where the internet is your best resource, as an abundance of charms
are available in all imaginable themes. You can choose a charm reflecting a
hobby, interest or occupation, such as flowers if you garden, motorcycles if
you live to ride, Americana for military couples…the possibilities are
truly endless. You do not need to feel limited by looking for products specifically
made to be charms. Anything you like the look of that you can fix to the ring
will work (small novelty buttons with round shanks and scrap booking buttons
are good options to explore, too). Keep in mind that you do not necessarily
have to make all your charms identical. In fact, you can add interest and conversation
to your day by choosing several coordinating charms, or making “his and
her” sets by choosing one charm to reflect an interest of the bride and
another for the groom. A traditional choice may be more your style, in which
case use heart shaped charms, love birds, doves or inspirational word charms
(nicely priced charm sets of four to six with words such as “live, laugh,
love, hope, and friends“ are available).

Once you have shopped for the charms for your wedding favors, buy the beads.
Use any beads you like. For something a little nicer with some sparkle, choose
glass beads. Glass beads are still inexpensive and will add a little more class
to your favors. Choose beads that coordinate with your charms or match your
wedding colors. You can choose to use one color for each charm, or make a pattern.

Buy the glass charms (or beverage rings as they may be called) and you are ready to begin creating
your wedding favors. While you are buying your supplies, you may want to invest
in an inexpensive pair of jeweler’s pliers. They’ll come in handy
for tightening closures or rings on charms. Invite the bridesmaids over and
have a beading party! A great benefit to this project is that, unlike food or
chocolate choices, the favors can be made well ahead of time, reducing your last minute
projects as your wedding day draws near.

After all your glass charm favors are made, you will want to create a unique way to display them
with your names and wedding date. Using either your home computer or hiring
a printer, design a business or index card template that will fit the charms
and give you enough space to attach the charms. Along with your names and wedding
date, you can add an inspirational quote, favorite adage or cute saying, something
like “charmed you were here”, or “thanks from the charming
couple”. Get a small hole punch from a scrap booking supply, punch holes
and tie with ribbons
to match your wedding colors. If you do not feel one charm is enough as a favor
for your guests, link two charms together per card, giving each guest a set
of two to take away, mirroring your new life as a couple. Remember, do as much
or as little as you feel comfortable doing within your budget; favors are meant
to be a small, token thank you, not an extravagant gift.

For a very unique display of your wedding favors, put them on the glasses at each place setting. Be sure to attach
a tag or card celebrating your day, and nicely state the guests should remove the rings and
take them as a favor from the happy (or “charming”) couple. Again,
you can use your rings as a fun “his and her” display by placing
one charm on a wine glass, and the accompanying place setting with a charmed beer mug handle.

Time is a factor for every couple planning a spectacular wedding day. If you
like the idea of custom crafted favors but lack the time or ability to make
them, get in touch with a local (or online) crafter. Many are happy to accept
custom work, and might appreciate the opportunity to work on something new.

Every new, different idea you use at your reception will work for you to make
your wedding day unique. Create favors with a personal twist and your wedding
day will be a memorable reflection of you as a couple. Using wine glass charms
as a favor is a wonderful way to display your personality and love for each
other on your wedding day!