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Basic Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

Posted on December 19th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Favors, Wedding Planning 1 Comment

Simple Wedding CenterpieceWhen you are planning your wedding, you might be overwhelmed by all the information available on the Internet and in wedding books on how to cut costs. There are probably a thousand ways you can trim your wedding costs. Don’t freak out and try to do it all. Just keep it simple.

Here are some basic ways to cut costs:

Schedule your wedding on a weekday. Vendors oftentimes charge more than double for their services on a weekend evening than they do during the week. If you are really against a weekday weekend, an afternoon wedding on the weekend will also be cheaper than a weekend night.

Make your own centerpieces. Centerpieces can be simple yet beautiful. You can save money by saving your own. They don’t have to be floral centerpieces either. You can use picture frames, mirrors, candles or even a bowl of fruit as a centerpiece.

Have cupcakes instead of cake. Enlist a friend or family member to bake cupcakes and then arrange them in the shape a cake. You should still have a small cake on the side to cut during the cake cutting ceremony.

Cut down your guest list. Gasp! I know it sounds horrible but you don’t really need to invite your third cousin’s boyfriend, or a friend of a friend of the family.

Have a sponsored wedding. A sponsored wedding is one where much of the wedding costs are offset by allowing a particular business (or businesses) to advertise in some manner during the wedding ceremony or reception.

Buy affordable wedding favors. I would never suggest you skip favors all together. After all, they are a small way to thank your guests. However, you can make or buy cheap favors. One of the most affordable favors is to buy mints, candy hearts, Hershey’s Kisses or Jordan almonds and then package them in wedding favor boxes, bags or tins. At Truly Wedding Favors, you can even find some favors for under $1.

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Wedding Favor Ideas – Terracotta Pots

Posted on December 14th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Favors, Wedding Flowers 1 Comment

One cute idea for a creating your own wedding favors is to buy small terracotta pots that contain flowers or blooming plants. Then you can decorate the pots with acrylic paints to personalize them.

Wedding Favor Ideas - Terracotta PotsYou can even put the name of each guest on a pot and they can double as a placecard holder. It’s a wedding favor, placecard holder and reception decoration all in one!

If you aren’t artistic, don’t worry! You can just stencil the name of your guest on one side of the pot and your wedding date on the other. It’s very simple! Stencils and acrylic paints are relatively inexpensive; you can find them at most craft stores.

You can also buy empty terracotta pots and give them as favors, along with a pack of seeds, and let your guests do the planting!

For more inexpensive wedding favor ideas, don’t miss the wonderful selections at Truly Wedding Favors.

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Feeling Like a Fruity Wedding?

Posted on December 3rd, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Favors 1 Comment

Pear Candles Wedding FavorsWhen decorating your reception tables, consider using bowls and baskets of fruit as centerpieces. Grapes, apples, pears and even citrus fruit make color centerpieces that are beautiful and serve a practical purpose.

If you aren’t serving another dessert other than your wedding cake, it’s a great idea to have a big bowl of fruit on each table for your guest to enjoy.

Keeping with the theme of fruit, you can also select wedding favors made of fruit. Here are some ideas for fruit favors:

  • Individually wrapped candied apples
  • Small personalized bottles of apple cider or grape juice
  • Jars of homemade fresh fruit preserves with customized labels
  • Fruit shaped candles

A terrific place to get individually wrapped caramel or candied apples is Mrs. Prindable’s. They offer cute little mini-apples dipped in chocolate, caramel and walnuts that are delicious! They also offer a variety of other apple options.

Visit their website at mrsprindables.com for more information.

If you are looking for fruit shaped candles, you can get them at Truly Wedding Favors. The Perfect Pair Candles pictured here are a very nice choice. Each favor consists of a pair of pear candles in a white mesh bag. These candles are priced as low as $2.34 each.

Check out these and the rest of the wonderful favor choices at Truly Wedding Favors.

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Finding Affordable Wedding Favors

Posted on November 20th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Favors, Wedding Planning No Comments

Wedding Favors Under $1Every wedding, no matter how small, should have wedding favors. Wedding favors are a little token given to each of your wedding guests to say “thank you.” Though you want to provide your guests with beautiful favors or fun keepsakes, if you are planning your wedding on a tight budget, you also don’t want to break the bank. After all, some guests may leave the favors behind or, worse yet, throw them away.

Here are some simple ideas for wedding favors that are affordable, yet not tacky.

Laminated Bookmarks – You can create personalized bookmarks on your home computer with your favorite love poem, biblical verse or message. After printing the bookmarks on card stock, you can have them laminated at a local print shop for a very little cost.

Candy Favors – Everyone loves candy! Probably the most inexpensive wedding favors can be made by simply placing small candies in a tulle circle or mesh fabric, and wrapping each little bundle with a ribbon. Many couples choose candy mints, Jordan almonds or Hershey’s Kisses for their candy favors. But you can also use more unique candies, such as Red Hots, candy hearts, lemon drops or even gummy bears!

Potpourri – Fill a tulle circle or mini favor bag with potpourri. Add organza ribbon and you are done! This is a very inexpensive favor that is still lovely. You can use different colors of tulle and ribbon to match your wedding colors.

Truly Wedding Favors – At Truly, you can find a wide variety of very affordable wedding favors that don’t skimp on style. When on the site, look for the “Favors By Price” section in the sidebar where you can find favors on clearance or other choices for under $1.00!

Truly Wedding Favors is confident that you will not find better prices on your wedding favors anywhere. The Lowest Price Guarantee allows you to shop around for 30 days after you initial purchase and if you find the same favors offered at a lower price elsewhere, we will pay you the difference.

Truly also offers a No-Hassle Returns/Exchanges policy. If you decide that the favors you ordered aren’t what you want for any reason, you may return any unused item for refund or exchange. It’s truly a no risk situation!

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Treat Your Wedding Guests to Courtship Stories

Posted on November 14th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Favors 19 Comments

Courtship StoriesFormer journalist Ellen Braunstein and wedding industry designer Vanessa Ploski have come up with an interesting new concept.

The wedding invitation meets a magazine to create Courtship Stories.

Courtship Stories are 12-16 page full-color booklets that tell the couple’s love story. These booklets are printed on 80-pound card stock and feature up to seven photographs. The couple then gives a copy of the booklet to each of their wedding guests as a keepsake.

It sounds like a very cute idea. You can choose from a selection of palettes to match your wedding colors, and from a variety of different designs.

They will interview the bride and groom via telephone in separate interviews to create your 1,650 to 1,850 word story. Of course you can revise the text or add a personal message to your guests before the booklets are printed.

Check out courtship-stories.com for more information.

On the website, you can read examples of other couples’ Courtship Stories. And the company is willing to send out a sample, if you want to view the quality of the product.

I’d be really interested in seeing what one of these looks like in person. On the website, they look terrific.

What do you think?

Leave your comments here and let us know.

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Wedding Favor Trends

Posted on November 12th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Favors, Wedding Planning 1 Comment

Choosing your wedding favors is one of the fun parts of wedding planning. Whether you are looking for something elaborate or quite simple, there are many wonderful options.

Here are some of the trends in wedding favors right now.

Eco-Friendly Favors
As everyone continues to “Go Green,” wedding favors do the same. If you are looking for eco-friendly favors, consider flower seeds, mini potted plants or even bird’s nests.

Charitable Favors
Many couples are electing to use some of the money they would normally spend on favors to give a gift to their favorite charity. If you choose to do this, you can still include a low-cost favor for your wedding guests, and then also attach a small note about the donation and why you selected the charity.

If you are looking for some very affordable wedding favors, look no further than Truly Wedding Favors.

LOVE wedding favorsHere, you can find dozens of wedding favors that are under $2.00!

Though you won’t be spending a lot of money, you won’t be skimping on quality. You can choose from a wide selection of all types of favors, including candles, bottle openers, keychains and much more.

One of my favorite wedding favors is this set of Love Cookie Cutters. These four cute cookie cutters spell out the word “LOVE.” You can get these unique favors for as low as $1.54 per set at Truly!

If you like these favors, you can purchase them or choose from many other terrific options by visiting TrulyWeddingFavors.com.

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Building A Wedding Favor Business

Posted on October 12th, 2007 by Melissa in Behind The Scenes, Wedding Favors 2 Comments

Well, today is Friday and it has been a very exciting week! We’re really going full-steam ahead building our wedding favor web store, TrulyWeddingFavors.com. My mother, Wendy, recently moved to California and settled in just 4 houses up the street and we’re so happy to have her here working with us. She’s managing our daily operations and doing an amazing job learning new things and keeping us all motivated. It felt that much more real when she arrived and we dove head on into the adventure of building a business together.

We’re really excited about our wedding favors and can’t wait to bring them to customers. My husband, Eric the Web Designer is working hard on the website so that’ll soon become a reality. I think we’ve got all the right ingredients to build our dream business and we all make an amazing team. I can’t wait to see where it leads, so cross your fingers for us!

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