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

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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!