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Treat your Dinner Guests to a Favor!

Everyone loves a gift especially an unexpected gift, so what better way to let your friends know their special and dress up your table than to purchase a cute favor for each guest and put it at their place setting. Whether it is a wedding rehearsal dinner, Anniversary dinner party or just a get together of family and friends a cute little favor for each guest to take home to remind them of the special evening will be appreciated by everyone.

The best way to chose a favor is to start with the color scheme of the room your dinner party will be held in and the color of the linens that will be on the tables. You want your little favors to be seen so they should stand out against the linens on the tables. For example if the linens are white then you might select a mini cross place card holder in burgundy or light brown to hold a card with the name of each guest. However, if the linens are a dark color then select the mini cross place card holder favor in ivory, light blue or a mini angel ivory place card holder favor if these colors will blend with the walls and accessories in the room where the dinner party is being held. Carry these colors through with the centerpieces as well and if possible use linen napkins in the same color as your cute favor also. These place card holder favors can be used for mini photo holders by your guests for many years to come reminding them of the wonderful dinner they shared with you!

If your event is a more casual or outdoor dinner you can add fun and color to your table with a cute little favor as well. An outdoor safari themed dinner party table could be enhanced with an adorable monkey candle favor for each of your guests. If your party is taking place in the fall place a falling leaves wine bottle stopper favor or a lustrous leaf copper-finish bottle stopper at each of your guests place settings.

What ever the occasion to get together with your friends and family remember everyone loves a surprise gift no matter how little. Just a reminder when they return home of how much they enjoyed the good food and fellowship they had with you!

 Lucky in Love

Do you feel like the luckiest woman in the world now that you have found your true love and are planning the wedding of your dreams? Have you decided on a color scheme and a feel for the wedding; however, would really like to have a theme? What about using “Lucky in Love” as your theme! There are many ways you can weave the theme of luck through out your ceremony and reception. Some of them you are probably already doing. Almost all brides have “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe”. This tradition came from the Victorian period and has a lot of meanings: something old (a piece of jewelry) represents the connection with her “old” family; something new (the gown) signifies the new beginnings, something borrowed (the veil/hanky from a happily married friend) has to be returned in good condition after the event to bring good luck, something blue (blue is the color of fidelity), and a silver sixpence is for future wealth (many brides and grooms exchange coins and wear them during the wedding as a symbol of prosperity and good luck). Many weddings include the throwing of rice, confetti or flower petals to bring good luck, fertility, richness and prosperity.

There are many ways to carry your theme through all areas of your ceremony and reception. You can include lucky bamboo or clover in your bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. If you are having a casual wedding or having children at your wedding you can include games of luck for your guests to play. Such as, have a jar full of marbles in your wedding colors on a table and have your guests throughout the reception guess how many marbles are in the jar. Near the end of the reception see which guest is the luckiest guest of all and guessed closest to the actual number of marbles in the jar. Have a cute little gift for this guest.

Don’t forget to include a lucky little favor for each of your guests as well! A cute little favor idea is a set of natural bamboo eco-friendly coasters for each of your guests. These could be displayed on a table with lucky bamboo or placed at each table setting on top of the plate with the napkin folded under them. Everyone knows that elephants with their trunks up are lucky! Give each of your guests a silver-finish lucky elephant place card/photo holder to take home as a remembrance of your “Lucky in Love” themed wedding! You can use these cute little elephant favors as place card holders at each place setting or put your favorite engagement photo in it and create a display on a table with lucky bamboo. Your guests will be so excited to have a lucky silver elephant and a photo of the lucky couple to take home at the end of the night.

Good Luck!

Cute Little Favors Team.

Personalized Favors

SWEET Choices for Personalized Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a fun and creative way to thank your guests for being part of your special day. This really give the bride and groom a chance to step away and offer something that really speaks volumes of their love for each other and the gratitude they have that so many would share in on the special day that brought them together. The option of a great wedding favor can be done with a limited budget or a well-planned budget where each penny is accounted for. What you wish to see as a vision when it comes to personalized wedding favors can be done regardless of what you can or would like to spend.

With wedding favors, you really can find something that can be special to each guest, without breaking the wedding budget set aside. You can find creative alternatives that are cheap, easy and totally cute. These options are great when wanting to do away with all of the fuss and mess, and keep it simple and sweet.

SWEET and Simple

Yes, the wedding cake was fabulous, so why not allow your guests to enjoy that sweet spot even after the cutting of the cake. With personalized favors you can make that into anything you wish, and personalized cupcake boxes complete with a sweet treat inside is just what your guests will love to see before they leave. These are a great way to say thank you for sharing in on the special day, while enjoying a decadent delight even once the bouquet has been thrown. Adding your own personal touch and thank you allows each guest to feel welcomed and appreciated and in tow they are taking one sweet treat home with them.

Sing to Me a SWEET Song

Music completes the story of our lives. We can always look back on a day in time and remember a sweet melody that reminds us of that day. For many who have experienced love and a marriage can understand. The song first danced to, the song they heard when driving together on their first date. These and other songs that explain their lives thus far can be complied and put on a personalized CD for guests to take home. This gives each guest a glimpse of the moments that the bride and groom shared together prior to taking the plunge.

These songs can be sweet and intimate or silly and bring back memories where it was completely crazy. Yet each will share a moment that brought them closer together and to the day where everyone gathered. With a personalized cover for the CD, each guest can share in on the special day with a sweet token of thanks with a great background for the drive home.

These sweet ideas for personalized favors will leave your guests talking. Not only will they enjoy the wedding favor they take home, but leave knowing that your time and thoughtfulness really showed how thankful you are for sharing in on a special day that changed the world of two people for a lifetime.

Cute Little Favors Team!!!

Finding the Perfect Wedding Favor For Your Wedding

The moment that you kiss for the first time as husband and wife, everyone in the room feels it. The love that you share, completely open and exposed for all to see. It melts their hearts and brings them to the time they shared that moment with their spouse or opens their heart to the possibility that they too will have that one day. Everyone feels the veil of love and hope floating in the air, sweeping through your guests and entrapping them. Capturing that love for your guests to look back upon may be something that stumps you. What kind of wedding favors can you offer your guests that show your love, style and personality that they can not only cherish but find useful beyond the big day.

Tie Into Your Theme

There are many different gifts that you can offer your guests as a thank you for being a part of the day that truly brought everyone together in a special way. You want something that really conveys your personal style as a couple, something that is creative and useful. Not every bride and groom want to offer gifts that you typically see. There are a few tips that you can use to find that gift that perfectly matches you as a couple and goes along with what you are capturing on the big day. Look at that theme or idea that you wanted your wedding day to convey. Is your wedding outdoors, maybe on the beach or in the woods, perhaps you are having a traditional church wedding with a themed reception. Think about your location and theme as a whole and tie in a gift that can coincide. A wedding favor that goes along with your wedding and is something that they can use or really want to keep and use after not only is something that others will enjoy, but you will be pleased with the fact you are offering a favor that is not just another ordinary item that guests may not have a use for or not want to keep.

A Game of Numbers

For many brides and grooms, finding that perfect wedding favor is hard enough, yet finding something to accommodate the number of people that are attending could be a whole other ball game. When working with smaller numbers, wedding favors may be something that really can take a creative twist -something a little more intimate and thought out. It can also give you an opportunity to personalize each favor for each guest.

If you are having a wedding that is seating a larger guest list, you may need to think more outside the box, especially if you want something unlike any other wedding. But, with purchasing a wedding favor for a large amount, you may get a discounted price because of the larger numbers. When working with a larger amount of people, you may have to really sit down and consider your options to find the best favor possible to show your style and personality, but something that everyone will see as a sweet tough that they can use later.

A wedding favor truly shows the personality of the newly married couple and finding something that is perfect for each guest shows not only do you care about each guest but that you want each of them to feel like a true part of your special day. Look at your theme and the numbers attending and you can easily find that special gift for your special day.

Cute Little Favors Team!

Wedding Traditions: Family Affairs

Every family has special wedding traditions that they tie into their own special day and are passed on for generations. Even some churches have special moments that are done and every bride and groom before them has done. It is a sweet way to remember those wedding traditions when you too incorporate them into your own special day. For some it can be simple, such as wearing the same garter as a mother before you. Maybe it is a special broach or gem for your hair from your grandmother. Whatever that special wedding tradition is, it is something that may truly make your day feel more complete.

All weddings have special traditions that have been passed down or others have used before them to symbolize as a token of their love to display for others. For some it may be a simple, sweet gesture that is silently shared, but felt in their hearts. Bring a closeness right before the big moment. With these special traditions it can bring a special day that much more memorable and intimate.

Family Traditions

Wedding traditions can be as simple as a special line inserted in your vows that has been said in weddings generations before. This can be a sweet thing to do especially if parents or grandparents before have said the same line. It may not be something that all of your guests may know about, but having that within your family is a very special tie that truly binds.

While some families may use a special line or verse, it may also be used in the form of a dress or ring. Something that was worn by women before them to symbolize their love that left you as a product of. That is a sweet recognition of love while also taking it and making it your own when starting your own life as two.

Wedding Wonders

Some families may not have the dress or ring to pass down but they do still have the love. Some wedding traditions also include a special time the night before with your parents or family. This is a time spent together laughing and reminiscing before your off to start a whole new chapter of life. A moment to not remember the fun times of the past and the promise of the future. Some wedding traditions also include special letters written to each other from the bride and groom, to be opened before the ceremony and prior to seeing each other. This is a special time to show your love and affection for another with sweet words of love.

Some wedding traditions may not include family memories or love notes, but occur during the ceremony. Traditionally a unity candle is the moment when the ceremony ties the bride and groom as one unit. This is still a great way to convey your love through a special and intimate moment. Another popular alternative to the unity candle is the combining of sand. Some use sands with different colors to show the evolution of two colors becoming one, while others use the same. Joining the sand from two jars to one provides a moment to show their love coming together but a piece to put in their home as a decorative piece after the big day.

Some wedding traditions are more personal than others, yet still bring that special day a touch of love and commitment. Each offer something special to an already joyous occasion and bring everyone together to celebrate and already wonderful day.

Cute Little favors Team

Wedding Traditions

Love In All Sense of The Word: Wedding Traditions of the World

All around the world, a wedding means the same thing -two people in love showing those around them their conviction for one another. The love that they feel is bounding around everyone and wrapping them all as one. No matter where you are in the world a wedding symbolizes love, commitment and a desire to build a life with that other person. Although, the meaning of a wedding has the same feeling no matter where you are, the same cannot be said for wedding traditions and how the ceremony takes place. From start to finish, countries all over the world begin their own wedding traditions a little differently.

Traditional Exchanges

In most wedding ceremonies the ring symbolizes a love that is never ending. Just as the circle is. Continually flowing and never ending. While not all brides and grooms show their devotion in this way, it is certainly the most chosen token of love. Another wedding tradition in weddings near and far are the exchanging of vows. These words that flow from the mouths of brides and grooms all over verbalize their affection for one another not just so others can see but hear. Giving the guests a front row seat to the words in their hearts.

Not all wedding traditions are the same all over the world. Yet, each show and speak of love and hope. Hope for a commitment that can last through the tests of time and life. Throughout the world, each country has a wedding tradition that is unique to them. Wherever you are, you may find something that you find interesting and may want to include on your special day.

 Italy

According to folklore, that magical day to get married is on a Sunday. While the worst day that brings bad luck and misfortune are the days of Tuesday and Friday; while Saturday is saved for those marrying for the second or third time. In Italy instead of a traditional drive to the chapel, the bride and groom walk on foot to the wedding church. This offers a symbolic feel of walking through obstacles, without fear. 

To end the ceremony, a glass vase is then broken by the bride and groom stepping on it smashing it to pieces. The more pieces it shatters into, the longer the marriage full of love and happiness. Also talk about a great gift, instead of registries and towels, guests offer gifts in the form of money that is tucked away in a white statin bag for the newlyweds.

China

It’s all in the stars. For Chinese couples, taking the birthdates and a visit to the local fortune teller may result and date that is a match made in wedded bliss. Also, forget the white dress and veil. For Chinese women, a wedding tradition includes a fire engine red dress embroidered with a phoenix and dragon on it. Also, if money is no object, you will not only wear that fire engine red dress, but as many as the wedding budget will allow.

Wedding tradition for Chinese families also include 10 or 12 course feasts on the big day. Leave room for a big meal. This allows the family to show their wealth through lavish ceremonies with wardrobe changes and big meals. Also, forget the night alone. Guests are encouraged to follow bride and groom to honeymoon suit to taunt and laugh until the bride and groom can no longer take it. This wedding tradition is not as common as some, but make for an interesting story.

In Conclusion

No matter where you are in the world, wedding traditions are going to be a little different from one another, but one thing will ring true. That each shows a true love for one another through moments that bring everyone together. It is a true sense of love and partnership, a feeling of hope and prosperity.

Cute Little Favors Team!

Wedding Favors

Finding the Perfect Wedding Favor For Your Wedding

The moment that you kiss for the first time as husband and wife, everyone in the room feels it. The love that you share, completely open and exposed for all to see. It melts their hearts and brings them to the time they shared that moment with their spouse or opens their heart to the possibility that they too will have that one day. Everyone feels the veil of love and hope floating in the air, sweeping through your guests and entrapping them. Capturing that love for your guests to look back upon may be something that stumps you. What kind of wedding favors can you offer your guests that show your love, style and personality that they can not only cherish but find useful beyond the big day.

Tie Into Your Theme

There are many different gifts that you can offer your guests as a thank you for being a part of the day that truly brought everyone together in a special way. You want something that really conveys your personal style as a couple, something that is creative and useful. Not every bride and groom want to offer gifts that you typically see. There are a few tips that you can use to find that gift that perfectly matches you as a couple and goes along with what you are capturing on the big day.

Look at that theme or idea that you wanted your wedding day to convey. Is your wedding outdoors, maybe on the beach or in the woods, perhaps you are having a traditional church wedding with a themed reception. Think about your location and theme as a whole and tie in a gift that can coincide. A wedding favor that goes along with your wedding and is something that they can use or really want to keep and use after not only is something that others will enjoy, but you will be pleased with the fact you are offering a favor that is not just another ordinary item that guests may not have a use for or not want to keep.

A Game of Numbers

For many brides and grooms, finding that perfect wedding favor is hard enough, yet finding something to accommodate the number of people that are attending could be a whole other ball game. When working with smaller numbers, wedding favors may be something that really can take a creative twist -something a little more intimate and thought out. It can also give you an opportunity to personalize each favor for each guest.

If you are having a wedding that is seating a larger guest list, you may need to think more outside the box, especially if you want something unlike any other wedding. But, with purchasing a wedding favor for a large amount, you may get a discounted price because of the larger numbers. When working with a larger amount of people, you may have to really sit down and consider your options to find the best favor possible to show your style and personality, but something that everyone will see as a sweet tough that they can use later.

A wedding favor truly shows the personality of the newly married couple and finding something that is perfect for each guest shows not only do you care about each guest but that you want each of them to feel like a true part of your special day. Look at your theme and the numbers attending and you can easily find that special gift for your special day.

Cute Little Favor Team!

The History of Wedding Favors

There is no clear history regarding the introduction of wedding favors into the wedding celebration. The first party favors of note are documented in the 16th and 17th centuries, where bridal couples in England gave out love knots made of lace and ribbons. However, party favors are a way for the wedding couple to thank their guests for attending their wedding and sharing in their celebration. In the United States, the wedding favor has emerged as an integral part of wedding planning, with many couples favoring modern interpretations of old traditions.

The early wedding favors began as small fancy boxes, known by their French name of bonbonniere. A bonbonniere was fashioned of crystal, porcelain, or gold, and often encrusted with precious stones. The delicate boxes were meant to hold bonbons or other confectionery delicacies, at a time when sugar was quite expensive. Sugar was also highly valued by all, as it was believed to have medicinal benefits.

Many brides would choose to distribute this good luck by preparing a small gift of almonds, beautifully wrapped in an elegant fabric. The custom in the Middle East is for the bride to provide five almonds to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness.

Favors are presented in a variety of manners, how each couple does so depends on their own tradition or what they feel is best for their wedding reception.  Some couples will display favors at each place setting, thereby adding to the table decorations. Others will have a favor table where the small gifts are displayed and a decorative card attached containing each guest's name and table assignment. There are still others who choose to give favors out by hand in exchange for a wedding gift. It's up to the couple to decide which scenario works best for their reception.

Euly Lopez

My Favorites Destinations Wedding

A popular new tendency in wedding planning is coming up with plans and ideas for destination wedding. Almost 20% of weddings these days are destination weddings - ones where the bride and groom have to travel to the wedding.The destination is the biggest part of this planning process. The popular destination wedding locations are the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Australia, all known for their beauty and romantic feel!

 

#1 Place for Destination Weddings: Mexico

South of the border, Mexico entices couples with its warm, sunny weather, colorful culture, extensive coastline, spicy cuisine, and wide choice of accommodations.  While known for immaculate white sandy beaches, Mexico’s cultural attractions are equally compelling – making it an ideal place for your destination wedding. Your guests can enjoy luxurious resorts, snorkeling and world-class nightlife.  Depending on your tastes, some of the recommended regions are Ixtapa, a balance of serenity and top resorts; Cabo San Lucas, renowned for its beaches and natural wonders; and Cancun, a good choice for its sheer variety of entertainment options.

 

#2 Place for Destination Weddings: Jamaica

A luxurious island, Jamaica has beaches, waterfalls, mountains to explore. Whether you are seeking the casual beach ceremony or the more formal resort venue, weddings in Jamaica will delight with a diversity of beautiful locations to hold both your ceremony and reception. And, best of all, the climate is wonderfully warm all-year-round, so you and your fiancé can select light-weight wedding attire for this destination and make the most of the sensational beaches and crystal clear waters, before, during and after your wedding ceremony.

 

#3 Place for Destination Weddings: Dominical Republic

Couples have a wide variety of venue options from which to choose. Although beach weddings are popular among couples, many also opt to exchange vows in gardens or at a location overlooking the ocean. Whether you envision having a lavish wedding for all of your family and friends or a more intimate celebration with your closest loved ones, there are plenty of picture-perfect locations from which to choose.

 

#4 Place for Destination Weddings: Bahamas

This cluster of more than 700 low-lying coral islands is one of the most popular choices for destination brides thanks to the balmy weather, secluded beaches and easy access. Depending on your tastes, some of the recommended regions are Nassau, Freeport, Paradise, and Grand Bahamas Island.

 

#5 Place for Destination Weddings: Hawaii

It's a long flight to Hawaii from just about anywhere, yet couples flock to the state's gorgeous islands in order to have a memorable destination wedding. With six island locations to choose from weddings in Hawaii are diverse with you and your fiancé able to marry in resort luxury, in an almost pre-historic volcanic mountain setting, or on a secluded beach surrounded by spectacular scenery. Plus, you can elect to wear traditional wedding attire, Polynesian outfits, or a sarong and have a religious or civil ceremony, providing the cleric is legally certified to conduct Hawaii weddings.

 

#6 Place for Destination Weddings: Aruba

Dry Aruba, south of the hurricane zone, welcomes wedding couples year-round. Its clean, wide beaches beckon lovers by day, and its dozen-or-so casinos keep the action going till the wee hours.

 

#7 Place for Destination Weddings: Fiji

Exotic Fiji, with its gentle culture and castaway-island charm, is the choice of couples who want an unusual getaway-from-it-all wedding destination.  Let pristine white sand beaches, magnificent waterfalls and tropical rainforests serve as the backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Have a quiet wedding on the beach or a more formal event at one of Fiji’s exquisite resorts. There are a number of wedding packages to fit any budget. Let wedding professionals take care of every detail, so you and your fiancé can sit back and appreciate the beauty of the islands. After the wedding, enjoy all Fiji has to offer - balmy nights and breathtaking sunsets will surely make your romantic trip unforgettable.  Whether you’re planning on having an intimate ceremony or a romantic honeymoon, Fiji is a fantastic location to celebrate your wedding.

 

#8 Place for Destination Weddings: Cruise

Not only are cruise weddings affordable, they give a couple an opportunities to sail on their honeymoon to a variety of ports immediately following the wedding. Many ships have dedicated wedding chapels and can also arrange port-side weddings.

 

#9 Place for Destination Weddings: Europe

Historic and romantic, Europe's great cities and small villages alike provide unforgettable settings for destination weddings. Choose from a number of beautiful wedding venues in Ireland, Scotland and Italy, just to name a few. Whether you dream of being married in a Tuscan villa, romantic cathedral or a medieval castle, Europe has plenty of venues and wedding packages for any couple’s budget. Your wedding ceremony and attire can be as simple or lavish as you wish. Spend your time in Europe taking in the breathtaking views and landscape, visiting amazing historical sights and enjoying starry nights in the countryside.  Whether you want to embrace your heritage with this destination wedding or simply have a unique event, a ceremony in Europe will make your dream of a fairytale wedding come true.

Good luck!

Euly Lopez