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.

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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!